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NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.Major U.S. stock indexes are closing slightly lower, led by declines in health care companies and makers of consumer goods.Small-company stocks are at record highs Friday and still rising.Retailers Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch plunged after delivering weak quarterly reports, while discount retailer Ross Stores climbed.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 35 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 18,867.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,181. The Nasdaq composite slipped 12 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,321.Bond yields rose as investors sold off U.S. government debt. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.34 per cent, its highest level in a year.___11:45 a.m.Stocks are edging lower in midday trading on Wall Street as a post-election surge loses momentum.Health care and technology companies are taking some of the largest losses Friday.Retailers Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch are dropping after they gave weak quarterly reports, while discount retailer Ross Stores is climbing.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 34 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 18,869.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,181. The Nasdaq composite slipped 12 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,321.Bond yields continued to rise as investors sold off U.S. government debt. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.33 per cent, its highest level in a year.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as investors look over a mixed bag of earnings from retailers.Gap plunged 10 per cent early Friday after the clothing store chain said its earnings dropped almost 18 per cent in the latest quarter. Gap said it was seeing less foot traffic in its stores heading into the holiday shopping season.Abercrombie & Fitch sank 11 per cent after reporting that a key sales measure fell for the third straight quarter.Ross Stores jumped 4 per cent after reporting earnings and revenue that came in ahead of analysts’ forecasts.The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 19 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 18,884.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost a point to 2,186. The Nasdaq composite was little changed at 5,341. Markets Right Now: Major US indexes close slightly lower by The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2016 7:42 am MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) by Russia and the Philippines fulfils the minimum requirement that 30 ILO Member States – representing nearly 60 percent of global shipping tonnage – ratify the Convention. This means that in a year’s time, seafarers working on the majority of the world’s shipping will have their rights ensured by the new Convention.“This is great news for the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers,” ILO Director General Juan Somavia said. “It was a dream of the ILO as early as 1920, and I pay tribute to the international maritime community for having made it reality,” he added, noting that the ratification was “a remarkable achievement.” The Convention delineates a seafarers’ ‘bill of rights’ while allowing a sufficient degree of national discretion to deliver those rights with transparency and accountability. The Convention also contains provisions allowing it to keep in step with the needs of the industry, and help secure universal application and enforcement.Its provisions will help to meet the demand for quality shipping, crucial to the global economy. It will apply to all ships engaged in commercial activities with the exception of fishing vessels and traditional ships (such as dhows and junks). The Convention sets minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship and contains provisions on conditions of employment, hours of work and rest, accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering, health and medical care and welfare and social security protection.Along with protecting the rights of seafaring labourers and mariners, the Convention will also facilitate the inspection of ships through what is known as “port State control” which allows port countries to inspect ships flying under different national flags. “The maritime labour inspection and certification system is a big step forward by the ILO in taking concrete and specific action to address the very serious problems that arise because of international ownership of ships and the inability of some countries to ensure that their ships meet international standards for quality shipping,” noted Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the ILO’s International Labour Standards Department. When it comes into effect, the MLC, 2006 will replace 37 existing ILO maritime conventions adopted since 1920. read more

“I am seeing a political will and an urgency for peace that has to be maintained,” Mrs. Robinson told reporters in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, the latest stop on her trip to the Great Lakes region, which began on 29 April and wraps up this weekend. “We have had regional agreements before. This time must be different. Now is the time for the implementation to begin,” she said, referring to the Peace Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region. Earlier in the day, she held talks with President Pierre Nkurunziza, and welcomed his expressed commitment to the peace plan and to working with her as Special Envoy. Mrs. Robinson also met with regional peace envoys of both the African Union and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, as well as with the leadership and staff of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB). “She recognizes the importance of regional efforts to contribute to solutions, and looks forward to working in partnership toward the success of the Framework agreement,” Mrs. Robinson’s office said afterwards.Yesterday, Mrs. Robinson held talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni focused on the implementation of the accord, which was signed by 11 nations in February 2013 to end the cycles of conflict and crisis in the eastern DRC and to build peace in the long-troubled region.While in Uganda, she expressed concern about purported mounting pressure and rhetoric in recent days in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “In her ongoing discussions with the leaders in the region, the Special Envoy is stressing that the political cooperation through the Framework should remain the central focus of efforts to resolve the conflicts and achieve peace, security and development,” continued the news release. During talks with the Ugandan President, Mrs. Robinson commended Mr. Museveni for his efforts to contribute the peace efforts by hosting the ongoing Kampala talks under his leadership of the regional intergovernmental group known as the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). She also met with Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga, facilitator of the talks.The Ugandan capital has been the site of on-off talks between the DRC Government and representatives of the 23 March Movement (M23) armed group, made up of former national army troops who mutinied in April and named after a 23 March 2009 peace agreement that they reportedly say has not been implemented. The M23 occupied the eastern city of Goma on 19 November, after an advance that included clashes with the DRC armed forces, known by the French acronym FARDC.Amid widespread condemnation and calls for their withdrawal, the group pulled out of the city of one million after 11 days in accordance with requirements laid out in an ICGLR communiqué, and monitored by some of the 1,500 peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) who are deployed in Goma.In March, the UN Security Council authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC.In recent days, media reports have quoted the M23 saying they will not continue with the Kampala talks given the establishment of the intervention brigade.During her visit, Mrs. Robinson urged all parties “to achieve renewed momentum” in the process. Her office added that the Special Envoy “recognizes the importance of regional efforts to contribute to solutions, and believes cooperation with the United Nations will be important to the success of the Framework agreement.”In both Burundi and Uganda, Mrs. Robinson met with civil society organizations, including women’s groups. The Special Envoy has said that the engagement of women at the national, regional and international levels is crucial for ensuring the success of the Framework.Mrs. Robinson’s next talks are in South Africa, where she will hold meetings including in Pretoria on Saturday with Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission. read more

As world leaders gathered today at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to focus on laying the groundwork for a new sustainable development agenda, the President of Zambia highlighted the importance of building global partnerships to address issues of poverty and development.In his statement today to the opening of the General Assembly’s General Debate, President Michael Chilufya Sata said that the importance of the intergovernmental processes on sustainable development “is critical and cannot be overemphasized.”Mr. Sata and the other General Assembly participants are due tomorrow to discuss ways to accelerate progress towards the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to “set the stage” for a development agenda after the 2015 deadline. Ahead of those discussions, he stressed the need for a single set of universally agreed goals reflecting sustainable development priorities which are “actionable, concise and whose implementation will resonate with different development and economic levels of Member States.”He emphasized the need for such goals to be “prudently balanced” and “effectively integrate the economic, social and environmental” aspects of development.“To this effect,” Mr. Sata said, “it is necessary to build global partnerships that are supported by commitments towards regional and international cooperation, anchored with mutual accountability, enhanced local private sector and public private partnerships.”Turning to Zambia’s progress on the MDGs, he noted that the country has made “tremendous progress” on Goal 4, which calls for reducing by two-thirds the percentage of under-five mortality rates, and Goal 5, which calls for reducing by three-quarters maternal mortality ratios. The national MDG report also indicated that while the challenges are still immense, Zambia has made great strides in its fight against HIV and AIDS, and ensuring that people who are living with the virus receive the best of care and access to social protection services.The country faces challenges, however, in lowering levels of poverty and unemployment. “My Government has taken an unprecedented painful step of curtailing subsidies on fuel and maize,” Mr. Sata said, thereby releasing “much needed resources” for programmes that specifically target poverty alleviation.Mr. Sata is among the scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. read more

In his inaugural speech on 13 September 2016, he noted that this session will be special because his office will have the experience of working with two Secretaries-General: Ban Ki-moon, whose term ends on 31 December 2016, and Antonio Guterres, who was appointed by the UN General Assembly as his successor, on 13 October 2016.Emerging from a busy period that saw him chair multiple high-level meetings – including the GA’s annual General Debate – Mr. Thomson spoke to the UN News Centre, describing what it was like being on the podium of the General Assembly Hall, where the annual Debate takes place.Mr. Thomson: Well, this wasn’t the first time for me – I was a vice president back in 2011, and an acting PGA (President of the General Assembly) back then, so I had sat up there many times before. But it was just such a deep honour for my country really and the Pacific Island region, to find myself up there as the President of the General Assembly – the first time in history that that had been so for our region – so I was, I must say, proud from that point of view. UN News Centre: And of course you had your two grandchildren here up on the podium, and that must have been quite an experience for them. Mr. Thomson: Yes- they weren’t overawed by it; funny enough, I was on Skype with them saying, “How is it now that you’re back at home, everybody asking you about being up here?” And they were very nonchalant about it. My reason for getting (my grandchildren) up here was that I have the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda at my heart, and I am very conscious of the fact when those grandchildren of mine get to the year 2030, they will be young adults. So, I wanted to make that point to everybody because everybody has either children coming or children now who will be in the same position, that the stakes are so high for them that we have to all be committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, for their sake. UN News Centre: Now you’re the man with the gavel – I think you had to use it several times to keep some of the rowdy delegates in line.I have led with my chin and said that the 71st session and my leadership of it can be judged as a failure if we don’t have movement on all 17 goals.Mr. Thomson: That partly comes from experience. I have observed over the years how the General debate, which is the high point of the United Nations’ year, when heads of state and heads of government come here from the 193 countries and debate amongst themselves the state of the world; I have observed over the years how there is not enough respect shown to the General Debate. Not only was there the rowdiness, which I think I controlled effectively this year, but there is the fact that the hall is often a quarter full, I would say – three-quarters empty – when a head of state is coming to make an address. It’s not good enough, and I want to address that in the 71st session: how we can show respect for the General Debate.UN News Centre: What are you looking forward to in the coming months?Mr. Thomson: The core of the work for me is the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and I have given my team – headed by Ambassador Williams of Grenada – the month of October to finalize our strategy and we will get rolling in November on how we can get the wheels turning on every one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, between now and the end of the session. I have led with my chin and said that the 71st session and my leadership of it can be judged as a failure if we don’t have movement on all 17 goals. UN News Centre: What were the highlights of the high level week for you?Mr. Thomson: It is all something of a blur now. I can say that because I think I had something like 80 to 100 bilateral meetings with the heads of state or heads of government or ministers of foreign affairs, and made over 40 speeches – it’s something I am going to have to read at my leisure, I think, one of these days, but I don’t remember too much of it right now to tell you the truth.UN News Centre: How is it possible for one person to juggle all of that? Mr. Thomson: I think you have to build up to it and I’ve been here 6 1/2 years now, and presided over a lot of boards and chaired the G77 and such things. You have to not be awed by the situation; you have to know that there’s a process that must be properly managed.UN News Centre: You’ve met some pretty high level diplomats and heads of state during this week, any highlights there?Mr. Thomson: Well it was obviously a great privilege to meet President Obama on his last visit to the United Nations as president, and we had a 15-minute session together back in the greenroom behind here that will be memorable for me. UN News Centre: What did he tell you?Mr. Thomson: That is off the record; but I do remember thanking him on behalf of good and ethical people around the world for the example that he set as a good and ethical man, and I did say to demonstrate the limits of what a good and ethical man can do as well in this world – but it was a memorable meeting. UN News Centre: Was there any low points of the week?Mr. Thomson: No, and to say that with such authority is because I’ve just written a letter to my team at the office and I’m seeing the Department of Conference Management this evening to congratulate both of them because it was seamless for me. I just basically went and did what I was told by them, and they just managed it superbly.Peter Thomson flanked by his granddaughters Grace (left) and Mirabel), addresses the Assembly before taking the oath of office. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas < Previous Next > “The stakes are so high” for future generations, hence the need to commit to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). That is according to Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. In a recent interview, Mr. Thomson spoke about why he invited his two grand-daughters onto the stage at the commencement of this GA session, hoping to make a strong case for the 2030 Agenda. Peter Thomson (left), President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly; and Mogens Lykketoft, President of the Assembly’s seventieth session, brief journalists prior to the opening of the Summit for Refugees and Migrant. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebePeter Thomson visits the Sustainable Development Goals Media Zone set up at the Visitors’ Plaza of UN headquarters, during the general debate of the Assembly.Peter Thomson meets with António Guterres, Secretary-General-designate. The General Assembly appointed Mr. Guterres by acclamation, to serve as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. UN News Centre: How will you measure that movement? What are you expecting? Mr. Thomson: That is a very good question and it’s one that I will be able to give you the answer to in the end of October after the strategy is finished, because we are putting in place something measurable for each of the 17 goals. UN News Centre: Your predecessor, Mogens Lykketoft, of Denmark, was very keen on transparency within the General Assembly, especially in the selection of the next Secretary-General, what’s your position on that? Mr. Thomson: On transparency, I very much want to continue the level of transparency which he has exercised. I want it, by the end of the 71st session, to be just a way of doing business here at the United Nations. For example, I have had meetings with the president of the Security Council today, the president for October – which is Russia – and I’ve had a meeting with the president of the ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) today. Now there will be summary memos of both those meetings; what we discussed, that will be circulated to all 193 missions. UN News Centre: But for all the good intentions ultimately the PGA and the rest of the members actually are pretty powerless in terms of their inputs into the decision, aren’t they? Mr. Thomson: I don’t think we are powerless, what has been demonstrated through the process this year is that the GA has an opinion on all these candidates. We have exposed their strengths and perhaps weaknesses through Q & A and we have had a very useful role to play in that regard. So I think we influence the process in a big way. And every Security Council member that I speak to has acknowledged that. UN News Centre: So can you give me some of your highlights? Mr. Thomson: Well, there were some very important meetings which took place apart from the General Debate, when you think of the high level meeting on refugees and migrants; the outcome of that – the New York declaration on refugee and migrants – was ground breaking. I really do think that we stepped up our humanitarian response to both the refugee and migrant category and we will be working on that in the 71st session, in preparation for what is going to happen in 2018 on the migrants compact. And also worthy of mention was the meeting on the right to development; very important for developing countries in particular; also the anti-microbial summit, where we would have to increase world awareness, given the fact that antibiotics will no longer be working in the near future, and we will have to have a new area of medical research as a result. So together with the fact that we had that very inspiring SDG moment at the beginning of the General Debate just to remind everybody what is at the core of our work going forward. My thanks to people like Richard Curtis who put that together and Andrea Bocelli for that fantastic spirit-lifting rendition of Nessun Dorma and to Forest Whitaker and his companion who walked us through the SDG videos; very inspiring stuff. And I hope that all will continue to be done at the beginning of every General Debate between now and the year 2030, to remind us all what our main task is. read more

I condemn the continuing launching of rockets from #Gaza. Enough #Palestinian and #Israeli lives have been lost, people injured, houses damaged and destroyed! It is time to de-escalate and return to the understandings of the past few months before it is too late. #UN— Nickolay E. MLADENOV (@nmladenov) May 5, 2019 The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, issued a similar call for calm on Saturday and continues to work closely with Egypt and all concerned parties to restore calm.Against a backdrop of longstanding shortages of basic goods and services in Gaza linked to a more than decade-long air, sea and land blockade by Israel, Palestinian protests began over a year ago in the Strip. In an ongoing cycle of violence, close to 200 Palestinians have been killed, including more than 40 children, and over 1,300 have been injured. According to news reports, several women, children and men on both sides have been killed and injured as a result of the violence.Deploring the “risk of yet another dangerous escalation and further loss of life on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan,” on Sunday, the UN chief condemned “in the strongest terms the launching of rockets from Gaza into Israel, particularly the targeting of civilian population centres”. He urged all parties to “exercise maximum restraint, immediately de-escalate and return to the understandings of the past few months,” referring to a fragile Egypt-brokered and UN-backed ceasefire, which was recently agreed.  read more

Transport News Brief – Monday 9 June 2008

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UK Government defends its biofuels policy The SMMT’s Week in Westminster newsletter says that a debate in Westminster Hall last week concluded that the potential effect of supporting biofuels was not properly thought out before the government introduced its Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation. The debate followed publication of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s Report: ‘Are biofuels Sustainable ‘ Jim Fitzpatrick MP, transport minister defended the RTFO but suggested the government’s ‘policy of caution’. He also said the conclusions of the Gallagher report into biofuels will be available at the end of the month. More from to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UAN approves Roadlink as new CV supplier The United Aftermarket Network has appointed Roadlink International as a new approved CV supplier to the group. The deal started on 1 April and covers Roadlink’s full range of truck and van friction products, as well as discs, drums and new and remanufactured callipers as well as Koni shock absorbers and Timken bearings and seals from Roadlink. The firm recently launched its new CV brake disc and drum catalogue which details an extended range of drums and more than 80 new disc types. The UAN CV group includes 30 CV distributors and 40 branches. More from Mark Field on ++44 (0)1 213 234 165 or Transaid week to challenge industry International development agency Transaid wants the transport and logistics industry to go the extra mile to raise money for its work in the developing world. It will run the first Transaid Week, from Monday 30 June to Friday 4 July this year, the charity’s 10th anniversary. The aim is to raise £100,000 this year and Transaid’s website gives an A-Z of fundraising ideas. “Fundraising can be a great motivator for employees and provide some light-hearted fun whilst helping a good cause at the same time,” said Chris Saunders, boss of Transaid. “For example, raising just £200 can pay for a two-week truck driver training course in Zambia.” More from Chantelle Cummings on + 44 (0)2 073 878 136 or FTA says SNP amendment would help but it’s not enough Andrew Haines, president of the Freight Transport Association told Scottish MPs that the Scottish National Party amendment to the Finance Bill is not enough. It would freeze or cut fuel duty to compensate for rising oil prices and while the FTA supported such a measure, Haines said it would not be enough and wants bigger changes in the tax process. He said the UK transport industry needs fuel duty parity with the rest of Europe rather than the paying twice as much tax. The FTA was working with the Treasury and had PriceWaterhouseCoopers produce a report that shows ways to cut the tax rate for commercial users. It will give that to the Chancellor this week. More from Gavin Scott on +44 (0)1 786 457 503 or Oxonica looks for truck fuel test partners Following successful bus and coach fuel saving tests with Stagecoach, Oxonica is now looking for blue-chip truck operators to help the firm validate results in haulage and distribution work. “The trials with Stagecoach delivered fuel savings of over 4% in a three month test involving 550 vehicles,” said Mike Attfield, director, energy at Oxonica. Stagecoach originally tested Enviroxâ„¢, a fuel-borne catalyst that improves combustion efficiency, in a year-long trial on 1,300 buses. That delivered more than 5% fuel savings. Stagecoach says it is happy with the results and will continue to use Enviroxâ„¢ across its 7,000 strong UK bus fleet. “Now we’re looking for truck fleet operators to help see if we can deliver similar savings in their environment,” says Attfield. More from Mike Attfield on +44 (0)1 865 856 729 or Trucks buoy-up May’s registrations Last week’s van and truck registration data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders shows the total up 5.8% to 396,368 for the rolling year and down 0.5% in May. Within those totals, truck registrations are up 25.1% to 57,357 for the rolling year and up 23.1% in May. Van registrations are up 3.1% to 339,011 for the rolling year and down 4.0% for May. “Buoyant truck registrations continue in 2008 and strong order books suggest the trend is firm for the year,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Van registrations over the year to May are up too, though more modestly, as volumes are already at record levels. We expect these order and registration trends to hold over the next quarter.” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 02 073 449 222 or Cut fuel costs by up to 20% Transfrigoroute says its meeting on Wednesday 9 July will tackle fuel escalation issues, breakdown recovery, aftermarket service for temperature controlled and general fleets and cost savings in fleet management and more. One contributor aims to show how to cut fuel costs by 10 to 20%. Admission is free and the event, which starts at 10:00 and should finish after lunch at 14:30 is at Scania’s UK headquarters at Delaware Drive, Tongwell, Milton Keynes, MK15 8HB More from Judith Ball on +44 (0)1 326 569 657 or ATS wins Donnell & Ellis tyre deal European heavy haulage specialist Donnell & Ellis of Omagh, Co Tyrone says ATS Euromaster will now do all its tyre service work. The new deal aims to use active tyre maintenance to cut unexpected vehicle downtime. Worth nearly £100,000 a year, the move will mean new tyre brands across the fleet; Michelin tyres on the 30 Scania tractor units and Hankook tyres on the 60 specialist trailers – some of which have a payload capacity of up to 200 tonnes. ATS started to look after the trailer fleet in late 2007 and cut tyre-related breakdowns by 50%. This won it the tractor fleet business. More from James Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 184 or Isotrak delivers new efficiency for Asda Home Shopping Asda Home Shopping has specified Isotrak’s ‘highly sophisticated’ Active Transport Management System to improve the performance of its 800-strong home delivery vehicle fleet. This will be Asda Home Shopping’s first tracking and telematics system and one of the first to use Isotrak’s ATMS in a van fleet. Installation work starts this month for completion in August 2008. The modular system “fuses” accurate satellite tracking and telematics data capture with a sophisticated transport management system based on Isotrak’s 12 years of expertise. The system will deliver “huge boosts in efficiency” for Asda, cutting fuel use and carbon emissions and giving Asda its first live, helicopter view of performance for the fleet and individual vehicles. This means managers can easily see if and where they need to take ‘remedial action’. Asda installed ATMS across its grocery delivery fleet during 2007. More from Andrew Vincent +44 (0)1 869 353 800 or Fuel saving success CarrierWeb says its new in-cab, web-based touch screen computer is delivering fuel savings of between six and 25%. Truckers across Europe are successfully using the system to analyse and improve driving styles and habits, resulting in valuable savings. The new unit, known as the MDT 3000, also allows direct digital tachograph download and reporting from the web. More from Frank Kendrick on +44 (0)1 932 849 699 or Transport News Brief Week 24, Monday 9 June 2008 Spraydown delivers 4% fuel saving Spraydown says recent independent tests show fuel savings of up to 4%. The system, launched at the recent CV Show, had already been shown to cut spray by 40% compared with existing kit. Now, further independent tests done by the Transport Research Laboratory delivered steady state fuel savings of 3.8% at a constant 52mph. “Confirmation of fuel savings approaching 4% now delivers a compelling business case for fitting the equipment,” says Steve Nesbitt, managing director. “Whilst actual savings in use will vary according to road conditions and the type of operation, we can be confident that the initial competitive costs of fitting the equipment will deliver a payback and more in a very modest period of time”. More from Steve Nesbitt on +44 (0)1 786 445 255 or Truck & Plant opens UK depot Irish truck, trailer and plant equipment specialist Truck & Plant has opened a two acre depot in Measham, close to the M/A42 in the Birmingham area. The firm says it aims to strengthen ties with its steadily growing customer base on the UK mainland. “With growing sales to operators across Britain, the establishment of a presence in the Midlands is a next logical step in our measured expansion programme,” says Mark Montgomery, general manager. “This … means that any potential customer is never far from the opportunity to view the metal.” The firm sells all makes of new and used vehicles, vans, trucks, trailers and plant. More from Trevor Longcroft on +44 (0)1 202 840 662 or New UK boss for Krone German trailer maker Krone says Fran Pickering has joined its UK business as managing director. At the same time, Chris Lardner has joined as fleet sales manager. Krone is Europe’s second biggest trailer maker, employs over 2,000 people and expects a turnover of about €1.4bn in this financial year, up over 20% on the previous financial year. In the UK it offers curtain-side, dry freight, skeletal and rear-steer models. More from Fran Pickering on +44 (0)1 469 571 626 or New container lift from Combilift Combilift says its new Container Lifter allows much safer ground level loading and unloading and eliminates the need for ramps, cranes and time wasted waiting for them to arrive. With a 34 tonne capacity it will lift 20, 30 and 40ft containers and can lift two smaller 20ft containers simultaneously. The unit can also move containers directly from one trailer to another. “We believe hauliers will be quick to recognise the multiple benefits of the Container Lifter both for them and their customers,” says Martin McVicar, managing director. More from Martin McVicar on +353 (0)4 780 500 or Scottish Ambulance Service takes genisys Carnation Design says the Scottish Ambulance Service is standardising on its genisys electronic management system for all its new rapid response, patient transport ambulances and accident and emergency vehicles. “Having a universal vehicle electronic management system is vital to the service. By standardising on one system, our staff are confident that no matter which vehicle they get into, no matter what type it is or who manufactured it, the control panel in the dash is exactly the same,” said Michael Jackson, general manager of fleet services at SAS. “The main benefit of genisys for me is its flexibility and the ability we have to make changes to the control functions without having to change any hardware.” SAS has used genysis since 2001. More from Sarah Withington on +44 (0)1 234 210 555 or Bus and coach registrations hit 12,257 Figures just published by the SMMT show 12,357 bus and coach registrations for the rolling year. On the same rolling year basis, the trend remains much better than expected for big buses, with a total of 2,729. Big coaches also set record levels at 1,184. Small minibuses, under 3.5 tonnes, dropped 17.7% to 3,269 while medium weight versions, from 3.5 to 8.5 tonnes were up 56.6% to 4,987. Overall the growth trend for midi and the heaviest mini buses slowed slightly, but the numbers are still strong. “May delivered yet more encouraging sustained growth in bus and coach registrations”, said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Big bus and coach registrations have grown for six straight months and 12 for coaches. We’re cautious about the year ahead, but from a better position than we expected”. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 02 073 449 222 or Euro 5 Renault Premiums for Sparks Sparks Transport is adding six new Renault Premium 450.25 tractor units to its 70-strong transport and distribution fleet. The firm already owns a number of Renaults but its fleet is mainly Scania, so Renault Trucks South West, which did the business, sees this as an important deal. The new trucks will do domestic haulage for Sparks’ UK operation, moving food, drink, clothing and electronics across the UK. The family-run firm works from a seven acre site in Glastonbury, Somerset. More from Penny Randal on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or Another 50 Dublin deckers from Volvo Volvo Bus says it has won a deal for 50 more double deckers to Dublin Bus. Based on B9TL chassis they will have with Wrightbus low-floor bodywork. This is a wheelchair accessible body via a powered ramp, has an anti-bandit driver’s signal unit, Colour 10 camera CCTV system, an on board digital PA system and a real time information system. The new buses will go to work between November 2008 and March 2009 as part of Dublin Bus’ fleet replacement programme. More from Don Johnston on +44 (0)1 926 414 553 or Manchester congestion charge coming The SMMT’s Policy Departments says it expects that Government ministers will confirm Manchester’s congestion charging scheme any day now. This is part of the Transport Innovation Fund process and will be a two-ring arrangement, starting in 2013. Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council says less than 20% of motorists in the area will pay and those who must travel during charging hours will find their journeys 20% faster. There will be public consultation process across Greater Manchester if the government gives the scheme the go-ahead. So far it seems aimed at cars only and there are plans to spend cash on other types of transport at the same time. More from Jennifer Huckstep on +44(0)2 073 449 217 or Germany in trouble on VW law The SMMT’s Week in Brussels newsletter reports that the European Commission has threatened to take Germany to court for failing to revoke a law shielding Volkswagen from a hostile takeover. The so-called VW law gives the German state of Lower Saxony veto rights over big decisions affecting the firm, but German company law normally fixes veto powers at a minimum of 25% of a company’s equity. Porsche, with nearly a third of voting rights in VW, claims that the rule needs to be updated. The Commission has given Germany two months to respond or face a final warning. Lower Saxony owns a 20.8% stake in Volkswagen. More from Biofuels policy in the spotlight The SMMT’s Week in Brussels newsletter reports that the European Parliament’s Environment committee has backed demands for biofuels to cut life-cycle emissions by of 50% compared with fossil fuels, to count toward an EU consumption target. The European Commission had proposed 35%. Mariann Fischer Boel, commissioner for agriculture and rural development defends the EU’s position on biofuels and their effects on food prices debate, saying that the EU uses less than 1% of its cereal production to make bio-ethanol. She also supports the development of second and third generation biofuels, made from feedstocks other than food crops. More from read more

Three senior UK automotive executives have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the industry. News of the awards follows a series of positive announcements about UK motor manufacturing, as well as the landmark visit of the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA) last week.Joe Greenwell, Chairman, Ford of Britain and SMMT Deputy President, becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).Joe Greenwell’s career in the motor industry spans almost 40 years. He began his career as a graduate trainee with Austin Morris and held a variety of senior roles in Jaguar, Ford of Europe and Ford North America before becoming Chairman and CEO of Jaguar Cars and subsequently Chairman of Ford of Britain.Stephen Odell, Chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe, said, “Joe Greenwell has been a highly-influential figure in the British auto industry for many years, working closely with the SMMT, the CBI, and the government on key issues relating to the future of automotive manufacturing in the UK, skills, research and development, and the low-carbon agenda.“Joe is a great ambassador for Ford, and for the motor industry as a whole. The award of a CBE is an appropriate recognition of his achievements.”Bill Parfitt, Chairman and Managing Director of GM UK, also becomes a CBE.Trained as a motor engineer in the family motor business in South Wales, Bill Parfitt then joined Goodyear as a graduate entrant. He has subsequently spent his working life in the motor industry, holding a number of directorships and senior executive roles in blue chip companies. He joined Vauxhall Motors in 1998 as Fleet Sales Director and quickly became responsible for all sales and marketing activities for GM’s UK operations.  He was appointed Managing Director of Vauxhall in 2005 and Chairman of GMUK in 2009.Working with the joint government/industry body, the Automotive Council, on a strategic plan to increase the supplier base in the UK, Bill Parfitt became the first chairman of the Council’s sub-committee, the Supply Chain Group.Mike Godfrey, Division Manager and Chief Engineer, Honda UK Manufacturing Limited, becomes an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).Mike Godfrey has been involved in the UK automotive industry for his entire career, and currently works at Honda’s facility in Swindon. He has held a variety of previous roles, currently taking responsibility for Safety and Environment co-ordination, not only for the Swindon site, but all of Honda’s other manufacturing operations in Europe. As part of his work Mike represents Honda on SMMT’s Environmental Policy Committee, the CBI’s Manufacturing Council, and is involved with national and local government issues affecting Honda, as well as local organisations in the Swindon area.Stephen Odell has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the 2011 SMMT International Automotive Summit. Mr Odell will address the automotive industry’s third annual Summit in Westminster, London, on 28 June 2011. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Click through to download the UK car manufacturing news release for August 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK car manufacturing output, year-to-date, 2012-2014 “The month of August – typically the quietest of the year – saw a 22.1% drop in car production over 2013 as the 2014 calendar meant some key plants took additional shutdown compared to last year,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “Volumes are still strong for the year-to-date, however, with the UK automotive sector in the midst of a renaissance. Global demand for quality UK-built products is at an unprecedented level, with significant investments into UK production facilities from government and industry currently being realised.” UK car manufacturing output rolling year total 994,949 cars manufactured in the UK so far in 2014 – up 1.0% on January-August 2013.August output fell 22.1%, with some manufacturers taking additional holiday shutdown.UK car production set for a bright future, with significant investments being realised and new models starting assembly. read more

BUSU presents Entrepreneurship Week 2015

October 2, 2019 | fofabvlic | No Comments

It’s the first of its kind at Brock University.Entrepreneurship Week 2015.And the theme is: You are the CEO of your own life.Entrepreneurship week runs from Monday, March 9 until Sunday, March 15 in the Guernsey Market and Bob Davis Gymnasium, highlighted by a free keynote address featuring Eric Thomas on Monday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the gym.Eric ThomasThomas is a critically acclaimed author, world renowned speaker, educator, pastor and Audie Awards finalist.The week will also feature trades shows, a pitch competition, and a fair on social corporate responsibility.The Brock University Students’ Union has worked closely with the University, and the city of St. Catharines to put the weeks events together.For more information on Entrepreneurship Week 2015, visit here. read more