first_imgTen student teams are finalists for the 2015 President’s Challenge, Harvard President Drew Faust announced today. Now in its fourth year, the challenge gives students across Harvard the opportunity to refine their entrepreneurial ideas and develop them with the support of the University and the Harvard Innovation Lab.“The President’s Challenge brings together talented people from across the University and supports their efforts to address the world’s most-pressing challenges, embodying the spirit in which Harvard launched the i-lab more than three years ago,” said Faust. “It has been a pleasure to see firsthand the entrepreneurial and innovative work undertaken through the challenge, and I am eager to learn more about this year’s finalist teams.”This year’s challenge included a new area of emphasis, Connected Cities. This new topic works in tandem with Education Innovation, Affordable Health, Energy & Environment, and Economic Development & Sustainable Employment to highlight a spectrum of areas that require new ideas and creative solutions to promote high-impact change.More than 100 student teams applied in this year’s challenge. Industry experts formed a committee of 71 judges, co-chaired by Provost Alan M. Garber and Professor Margo I. Seltzer from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who offered their expertise and feedback to the teams.“It has been immensely rewarding, watching the creativity and passion emerge from the teams participating in the challenge,” Seltzer said.Evgenia Eliseeva/Eve PhotographyThis year’s finalist teams and their projects are:Clear Breath — develops a low-cost mask that can save lives in polluted, impoverished environments.Colterwell — develops a low-cost, down-hole pumping solution for deliquification of mature natural gas wells.Labs on Wheels — combats the dearth of hands-on and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education through a resource-sharing platform.PolityPro — utilizes a crowdfunding platform that serves as the basis for a nonpartisan, political-consulting service.Porter’s Referral Center — addresses information asymmetry in Nepal’s trekking industry as it relates to recruitment practices for mountain porters.RapidSOS — commercializes a suite of advanced communication technologies to revolutionize emergency response and communication.Rumi Spice — seeks to encourage peace in Afghanistan through sustainable, market-driven economic development in Afghan saffron.Safire — works with local farmers to make clean cooking fuel from organic waste.The Urban Farmers Project — harnesses the technology of aquaponics to bring sustainable food production, employment, and nutrition to the urban core.TetraScience — develops an “Internet-of-Things” platform for drug discovery.Over the next several weeks, the 10 teams will work to further their entrepreneurial ideas. With the help of $5,000 in seed money, mentorship from i-lab and University alumni experts, and programming provided by the i-lab, the teams will work to take their venture ideas to the next level.Faust will announce the grand prize winners on April 23 at the President’s Challenge Demo Day. The winners will take home a share of a $100,000 award, and three runners-up will also be named.The President’s Challenge is one of five challenges hosted at the i-lab. The Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge, Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge, Deans’ Food System Challenge, and Deans’ Innovation in Sport Challenge are other ways to convene students around shared interests, and encourage them to apply classroom education to the world’s opportunities.“At their core, the i-lab challenges are a great mechanism for these student teams to further refine their ideas and prepare themselves to put those ideas into action. I believe every team participating in the challenge has the opportunity to make an impact on the world around them,” said Gordon Jones, managing director of the i-lab. “And these finalists are shining examples of what Harvard students can do.”last_img read more

first_imgFor women with early stage HER2-negative cancer, researchers are looking to see if the new combination helps keep cancer from coming back. After surgery to remove the cancer, women participating in the study will receive either standard chemotherapy or standard chemotherapy plus bevacizumab, known by its trade name Avastin. The drug is actually an antibody designed to block the rapid growth of new blood vessels. It has already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat other types of cancer. Howard added that this research is particularly useful because of the need for specific drugs for HER2-negative tumors. ‘The HER2 gene typically creates a more aggressive cancer, and provides an excellent target for therapy,’ explained Howard. ‘HER2-negative cancers tend to be less aggressive, but they also don’t give us a good target.’ Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center is one of only 480 locations around the country taking part in a study of a new drug for treating breast cancer. The study, called a clinical trial, will help determine if adding a new drug, bevacizumab, to conventional chemotherapy affects the prognosis of women with a specific type of breast cancer. ‘Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women,’ Howard added. ‘By offering this clinical trial, we are able to give women additional options for treating this disease.’center_img ‘The new drug is specifically aimed at women with HER2-negative breast cancer,’ explained Dr. Orion Howard, director of medical oncology at the cancer center. ‘There are several types breast cancer caused by hormone or growth factor imbalances. A HER2-negative tumor means the tumor was not caused by a problem with the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, a technical term for the gene that controls cell growth in the body.’ Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center is home to Vermont’s only breast care program, accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. It is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, a community-based not-for-profit health system that includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, The VNA & Hospice of SVMC, the Centers for Living & Rehabilitation, and several medical practices. ‘ The study is sponsored by the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, a clinical trials cooperative formed in 1958 by the National Cancer Institute. As a national study, women must meet specific criteria to be included. For more information about taking part in the study, contact Theresa Keefer at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center 802-447-1836.last_img read more

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo September 21, 2016 As has become the tradition, the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) was present at the South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) 2016, which took place in Montevideo, Uruguay from August 16th -19th. The president of the Counsel of Delegates of the Inter-American Defense Board, Peruvian Navy Vice Admiral Gonzalo Ríos Polastri, briefed participants about the international organization, and, Diálogo leveraged his presence to talk to him about the role and concrete effects of the IADB in the region, among other topics.Diálogo: Why is it important for the IADB to participate in events like SOUTHDEC 2016?Vice Admiral Gonzalo Ríos Polastri: For us, this is a valuable opportunity that allows us not only to share ideas, but also to have direct contact with regional leaders of the armed forces. Introducing the Inter-American Defense Board is, undoubtedly, a special honor. It is an organization that will turn 75 years old next year, created in an environment, and with an absolutely different mission than what it has today: a history of changes that reflect the same course on the international scene and the political perspectives within the hemisphere. Thus, today it corresponds to specifically non-operations roles with competencies and mandates issued by the Organization of American States (OAS) which, starting in 2006, has incorporated the IADB into its structure, thus modifying it. These changes include the democratic election to leadership positions. In this sense, we must thank those of us who are currently performing a function, due to the vote of confidence issued by the countries for which we are currently working. This would not be but for the valuable support of the human resources with which the countries present allow us to organize, and for the most part, the functioning of our agencies.Diálogo: Usually, military personnel use C2 to refer to Command and Control, but for the IADB this has a slightly different meaning, doesn’t it?Vice Adm. Ríos: Yes. For the IADB, outside of an operations or tactical environment, as specifically mandated by the OAS, where they deal with a variety of political views, C2 has a different meaning. Internally, within the organization, and what we project outside, C2 means Cooperation and Coordination. A “cooperation and coordination” where individual or common abilities can be used to serve what states or regions require, and where the experience and individual learning of the members can benefit the whole. That is really the goal we wish to reach. And these references cause us to view the hemisphere as a region where the principles, such as the peaceful resolution of controversies, respecting countries’ sovereignty, and internal matters are basic norms of coexistence highlighted in the Charter of the OAS. The main roles of the armed forces in this sense remain absolutely valid in preserving the intangibility of the governments. But, alongside this, evolution puts us in a situation of marked interdependency when we confront the other operational action scenarios that, currently and for the most part, go beyond national borders. In some of them, because of their natural link to environmental challenges, require cooperative action that requires a peaceful, humane response because they respond to concerns of the organized society of nations.Diálogo: Does the IADB hope to be a part of the response to organized transnational crime?Vice Adm. Ríos: Actually, the actions we must take today to confront these networks [of transnational crime] do not allow for the slightest delay. The IADB hopes to be a part of the institutionalization of responses and, through the action of its members, reach the possibilities of formulating policies, as well as share useful national experiences in the sovereign interest of each country.Diálogo: How does the Inter-American Board fit into the context of the Organization of American States in its current context?Vice Adm. Ríos: The OAS has defined four pillars of its strategy, four basic pillars of its functioning: democracy, human rights, multidimensional security, and development. Out of these pillars, naturally, the board is part of the pillar of multidimensional security, even though the actions of defense and military affairs, which are the specific competency of the board, are likewise reflected in any of the other fields of activity that have been defined. In this sense, the OAS currently finds itself carrying out strategic planning through a commission and the Inter-American Board; the strategic planning of its actions, derived from mandates and the Charter of the OAS, have reached the working group that is in charge of the strategic planning. This way, defense and military affairs make up a real part of the general strategy and vision of the OAS.Diálogo: As for natural disasters, what is the role of the IADB in the region?Vice Adm. Ríos: As for natural disasters, the board is part of the Inter-American Committee [for the Reduction of Natural Disasters], but it does not have an operations role. It definitely has a coordination role through the member states. This coordination role can be more efficient in that it can rely on information provided by the states themselves. In this sense, once an emergency has taken place, in accordance with what is in the Inter-American System, the immediate response is from the country itself and neighboring countries – the responsible organizations in the region. But often, subsequent actions require revisiting the community responsibility to increase their capabilities as well. It happened in the events in Dominica, the last hurricane, where after the immediate reaction and focus on the emergency, the need to look for military engineering that could help Dominican forces or Dominican security forces to reconstruct or increase their capacities so that the same failures would not reoccur, they could be coordinated by means of information within member states that offered training opportunities in this type of topic. In the wake of the last earthquake in Ecuador, the board formed a situation room within its capabilities to keep the Secretary General of the Permanent Counsel up to date on the events, and tried to design a common operational plan that would work, since the authorities in Ecuador had very good organization in terms of their needs, and allowed it to be conveniently channeled for the vision of the OAS.Diálogo: What about with respect to humanitarian demining?Vice Adm. Ríos: This is a particular role of the board, which has concrete effects in the hemisphere. Since 1991, the IADB has actively contributed to resolving the mine problem and the declaration of an antipersonnel mine-free zone in Central America: in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Thereafter, once the Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines (known by the Spanish acronym AICMA) Program was incorporated into the OAS, the vision was developed in Peru and Ecuador, on the binational border, which has now become a bilateral program outside of the framework of the OAS, and the AICMA Program was developed in Colombia. There is now an Inter-American Board mission made up of members from Brazil which now includes Mexico, and we have two more countries that have offered their availability to deploy in Colombia as international monitors under the auspices of the OAS. The main function of the monitors is to follow and assure quality control of demining operations. They don’t get directly involved in a demining operation, but assure the OAS and donor countries that it gets carried out under quality conditions. This allows the OAS to work directly with the sponsorship and the support of its member states, rather than with non-governmental organizations all the time.Diálogo: Can you talk a little about the Inter-American Defense College?Vice Adm. Ríos: The Inter-American Defense College is already 55 years old. Fifty-six years ago, the Counsel of Delegates decided that a request that highlights the training of regional leaders, that highlights community efforts and community ideas, is important. I believe that it is just as valid today as when our leaders thought about starting the IADC. The recently achieved success of awarding accredited master’s degrees based on leadership is fundamental. The IADC’s unique position is that it does not have a national view like all war colleges or advanced training colleges. It has a hemispheric view. The Counsel of Delegates, by means of one of its commissions, takes care that this vision gets updated and responds to the needs of the hemisphere. The curriculum is revised when the program, including the accreditation program, merits it, in order to give it consistency. This year, there are already 17 countries participating in the course. Every year, the IADC places approximately 70 professionals from the Masters of Hemispheric Security and Defense program in countries in the region. They not only go on to become main advisers to their respective governments in the fields of defense and military affairs or security in general, because it covers participation in a variety of state components, but it also allows for networks to be established. I’m speaking very personally as a graduate of the IADC: the opportunities I’ve received to cultivate and implement the bonds I gained at the school have been fundamental.last_img read more

first_imgRobert Freeman has been helping people extract public information from New York state agencies for four decades. He is the executive director of the New York Committee on Open Government, a division of the New York Department of State that advises the public on the Freedom of Information Law — the state statute authorizing access to public records.While Freeman gives Gov. Andrew Cuomo credit for making a substantial amount of state data available online, he says the administration has been slower and more difficult than any previous administration in responding to formal Freedom of Information requests.Several ProPublica reporters have recently experienced delays and resistance from New York state agencies in responding to such requests. Joaquin Sapien has spent the last several weeks reporting on violent crimes perpetrated by youngsters living in group homes throughout New York City. Last week, he received a response to a request for inspections of the homes and enforcement actions made against their operators from the Office of Child and Family Services. The response came two weeks past the 20-day-deadline and said the agency needed an additional 75 business days to fulfill the request.Meanwhile, ProPublica reporter Michael Grabell has fought a three-year legal battle with the New York Police Department trying to obtain records on the department’s use of X-ray surveillance machines.Freeman agreed to participate in a Q&A with Sapien. In it, Freeman, 68, draws on his experience working under seven different governors to speak to such delays in the release of public information and their underlying causes.The transcript of the Q&A has been edited for clarity and space. (Listen to the full interview below or on SoundCloud.)Sapien: What is the Committee on Open Government? How did it start? And how’d you get involved?Freeman: The committee is a creation of the state’s Freedom of Information Law, which was initially enacted in 1974. And it came about, in fact, as the result of commentary by members of the news media. The news media pushed for the creation of some sort of an oversight body.That led to an amendment to the original enactment to create what was then called the Committee of Public Access to Records. Our function really is quite simple. We give advice and guidance, either verbally or in writing, to anybody who has a question about public access to government information. The staff is tiny; it’s myself and one other. I describe this office as the smallest state agency that actually does anything and leave the rest to people’s imagination.Sapien: Governor Cuomo, when he was running in 2010, pledged to usher in a new era of transparency, saying, “We must use technology to bring more sunlight to the operation of government.” Has he lived up to that promise?Robert: The truth is, in relation to technology, in many ways, the answer is yes.The governor has initiated an executive order which deals with open data, making data available online that is usable in ways that most of us can’t imagine. Certainly, there’s much more that is available online than in the past.But then again, when it comes to the typical freedom of information request, state government has engaged in too many instances, in my opinion, in unnecessary and unwarranted and unreasonable delays.Sapien: Has that been happening more now than before?Freeman: I think it has but it has for a variety of reasons. Number one, Freedom of Information Law, I used the term FOIL before, it is part of the language in New York.Our website receives literally millions of hits every year. People know about it and they use the law. That, I think, represents something of a cultural difference between New York and other places in this country, and in the world for that matter.We fight City Hall. We make lots of requests. That has resulted, in some instances, in delays. In other situations, my belief is that delays have occurred due to, let’s say, a failure on the part of many to have the ability to act independently.Sapien: What’s at the root of that failure? Is that a cultural issue within this administration, that’s particular to this administration?Freeman: Every administration has wanted to exercise a degree of control. Some more than others. In my view, this administration seeks to do so more than its predecessors.Sapien: Give us some examples of that.Freeman: There are any number of situations in which agencies receive requests and are told that they really should not respond until they have an OK from the executive chamber. If you deal with press people at state agencies, you know that it’s difficult to get quick answers from them.Once upon a time, and I’ve told this many times, years ago, I had a friend who worked here in Albany at the Capitol. I said to him, “There’s a significant story on every floor of every state agency building. You just have to get it.”Back in the olden days, you could just walk into a state agency and talk to people. You can’t do that anymore. Generally speaking, the average state employee cannot talk to the press.Sapien: Is it true, then, that information is more tightly controlled under the Cuomo administration than it has been under previous governors?Freeman: I think that that is true.Sapien: I want to bring up a specific example of Mr. Cuomo’s approach toward public records with regard to preserving and disclosing emails.Apparently, he has adopted a controversial tactic of allowing or maybe even encouraging staffers to conduct official business on private email accounts. My colleague Justin Elliott has written about it.Freeman: As I mentioned earlier, our law was enacted in its initial form in 1974. It was completely revised in 1978. When we were drafting the amendments in ’77, we tried to correct what we perceived to be deficiencies in the federal act. One of the deficiencies that exists to this day is that the federal Freedom of Information Act does not define what a federal agency record is.The truth is [New York] got lucky. We got lucky. We drafted a definition of the term “record.” At the time, think about the late ’70s, high tech was an electric typewriter. We used carbon paper to make copies. There was no such thing as the (commercial) Internet or email. But since ’78, our law has dealt with all agency records. And the term record has been defined expansively to mean any information in any physical form whatsoever kept, held, filed, produced, or reproduced by, with, or for a government agency.If I go home and I sit down at my home computer and I use my personal email address and I communicate with you in my capacity as an employee of the Department of State, that is a Department of State record. It falls within the coverage of the Freedom of Information Law and, like any other record, its content would determine what’s public and what’s not.The question came up years ago, “Are those communications covered by FOIL?” The answer, based upon the definition of the term record, is clearly yes.Sapien: Do you get the sense that public officials are doing this on purpose, that using a private email account will make it more difficult for people to get their hands on those records in the future?Freeman: Sometimes, that may be so. The truth is, we heard about that in the Bloomberg administration. We’ve heard about it many times since. Whether that is done purposefully, or with knowledge of FOIL or not, I don’t know. I don’t know and I think it will vary from one situation to the next.Sapien: Taking it back down to a local level, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York also ran on a campaign of openness and transparency. How does he stand on answering open records requests? What are you hearing about that?Freeman: I’ve been somewhat disappointed. You might know that when Mr. de Blasio was public advocate, he engaged in what amounted to a freedom of information audit of New York City agencies. He put out a report which consisted, by and large, of a report card where city agencies were graded relative to their compliance or absence of compliance with FOIL.Based upon that interest, my hope was that, with the new mayor, the implementation of FOIL would improve in New York City. I don’t see that that has happened.Sapien: What’s the evidence that it hasn’t happened?Freeman: Again, there are any number of situations in which a request will be made and the agency engages in what I would consider to be unreasonable delays. There have been other situations in which I believe that they have engaged in unreasonable denials of access. For better or for worse, it is not uncommon.Sapien: The NYPD has long frustrated the press and advocates with its obstinance on public records. I’ll give you an example from our very own reporter, Michael Grabell.In January of 2012, Michael was writing about xray machines used by law enforcement. He learned that the New York Police Department was using them, and that the machines have raised serious civil rights and privacy concerns, and radiation from the machines has been linked to health problems.He submitted a FOIL request. He asked for some basics: How many xran vans the police had, the after action reports, documents regarding policy and procedure, things like that.For three years, Grabell and the department went back and forth with appeals and denials. Finally, in December 2014, a New York County judge ordered the police department to produce some of what he’d been asking for.Now, the police have appealed to a higher court. The soonest a ruling could come would be in January of 2016. So that’s one request, four years of legal drama, and still no records. How common is that?Freeman: Several points to be made. In terms of the delay, I mentioned earlier that the Committee on Open Government submits a report to the governor and the legislature. We offer legislative proposals. One of them is soon to go before the governor. It’s passed both houses of the legislature. It would deal with the issue of delay.Any time somebody sues, the loser has 30 days to appeal. Thirty days to file a notice of appeal. Thereafter, it has a certain period of time within which it must perfect the appeal by filing a brief. It can be, in some cases, as much as nine months.What you described happens far too frequently. We described the issue as access delayed is the equivalent of access denied. This bill would say, yep, the agency still has 30 days to appeal, but from there it has 60 days, not nine months, to perfect the appeal. If they don’t do that, the appeal would be deemed abandoned. That’s point one. We’re working on that. My hope is that that will become law within a very few weeks.Sapien: So take us behind the scenes a little bit. I think reporters often wonder what these FOIL officers are doing when it takes months or years to respond to a request, often with a blanket denial.Is this deliberate? Is it laziness? Is it a cultural problem? What’s going on in these state agencies when our requests go unanswered for so long?Freeman: I think it’s a combination of all of those things. First of all, I do know, and I’m going to defend the agencies, we are as thin as we have ever been. The truth is that there are many, many agencies that simply can’t do as much work as they used to do not so long ago.It’s an aging workforce. I’m an old guy. The truth is that people leave. They retire. They die. In too many situations, you don’t have people at the agency who have the ability to pick up the ball and carry out the duties, the functions in the same way.Sometimes, yes, I think it is institutional resistance. Sometimes, it may be sloth. We just don’t want to go look for it. We don’t want to go through it. We don’t want to do what the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, has told us. And in fact, you used the phrase that the court used. The court rankled when the New York City Police Department engaged in what it called, “The blanket denial of access.”FOIL says that all government agency records are available except those records or portions of records that fall within a series of exceptions. There are any number of situations in which some elements of a record, even on a single page, will be public. Others might justifiably be withheld. But it is unusual that the entirety of the page, of the document, will justifiably be withheld.FOIL says, at least the way I see it, very basically that all records are available except those records or portions of records that fall within a series of exceptions. Those exceptions are based upon common sense.All the law really should ever say is that everything is available except to the extent that disclosure would hurt – either somebody in terms of an invasion of privacy, the government in terms of its ability to do its job well on behalf of the public or, on occasion, a private company visàvis its competition.The real question in so many instances is, “What would happen if we had to disclose?” And unless the answer in the gut is, “Ouch, this would really hurt,” disclosure ordinarily should be the outcome. Obviously, that’s an oversimplification, but that’s what the law is about. In fact, the law specifies that the government has to meet the burden of defending secrecy.Sapien: You’ve obviously been outspoken and in favor of disclosure for a long time now. You’ve helped a lot of people get records, many of whom in our own office.Freeman: It’s hard to believe that they pay me to do this, actually. They don’t pay me very much.Sapien: That’s what I’m getting to. Being a state employee, have you been the subject of criticism or backlash from your colleagues in state government?Freeman: Not as far as I know. Behind closed doors, probably, but I think that there’s a recognition that to function at all this office has to be independent.It’s interesting that you raise the question, because for all intents and purposes, my first real boss was Mario Cuomo, who above all, was a lawyer. He arrived as Secretary of State, his first government job, in 1975. I was pretty much a kid. I picked up the phone because it rang and answered people’s correspondence because it landed on my desk and offered what I believed to be the right answer under the law, regardless of the source of the question.Things have not changed since then. This office has always been independent.Sapien: So what’s the big picture lesson for folks who want to obtain public information? How do we heighten our chances of getting the most and the best information possible through our FOIL requests?Robert: Number one, use our website. It’s easy to find. We’re the only Committee on Open Government in the world. You simply Google “COOG” and you’ll get there. We have an immense amount of material that’s available online. You scroll to “Freedom of Information Law.” There will be a box that says, “Advisory Opinions.”We’ve written 25,000 over the course of years. They’re indexed by key phrase. Use them. You find an opinion that supports your point of view and you make a request. Attach it to the request so that you can show that you’ve done your homework, that it’s not you alone who wants it, that other people have wanted the same information in the past, that you’re referring to the language of the law, and usually judicial precedent to back you up.The other thing that I think is absolutely critical, and I’ve said this a thousand times, I refer often to the statement offered by Judge Louis Brandeis 102 years ago. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” That’s what you do. You shed light on situations.Often, when you do, when you tell the world, either good things begin to happen or bad things stop happening. I think that the effort to continue to do that has to go on forever.Help us investigate: If you have experience with or information about transparency in government, email [email protected] stories: For more coverage, read ProPublica’s previous reporting on the Cuomo administration’s use of private email to conduct government business and our legal fight for New York Police Department records on X-ray surveillance machines.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

first_imgAsk most credit union C-suites to describe their digital transformation goals, and chances are the CMOs and CTOs will be brimming with ways to leverage data, analytics and technology to become even more member-centric.Query the CFOs, though, and a different set of priorities will often emerge. That’s because many CFOs—long accustomed to acting as the voices of caution—have learned to restrict their input to coming up with ways to pay for it all.If this dynamic sounds familiar, your credit union could be shortchanging itself when it comes to developing its digital transformation strategy. Remember, it was Silicon Valley tech pioneer and Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard who once famously noted that, “Marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department.” continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgKTMT had also handled around 31,900 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of cargo as of August this year, 34 percent more than the 23,900 TEUs of cargo KTMT handled throughout 2019.“If we look at the cargo loading traffic, it shows a positive trend,” Dani said during a press conference.Kuala Tanjung seaport is expected to become one of Indonesia’s largest ports after the country’s main gateway, Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta. It is located in Batubara regency, home to resources such as oil palm and aluminum, and is supported by the nearby Sei Mangkei special economic zone (KEK).The seaport, which began to service exports in December 2018, has a 17-meter low water spring (LWS) draft that enables 50,000 dead weight tonnage (DWT) freight ship to dock. State-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) I has seen an increase in ship calls at its Kuala Tanjung seaport in Batubara regency, North Sumatra, despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on global trade.The company’s president director Dani Rusli Utama said on Sept. 24 that the Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal (KTMT) had recorded 169 ship calls as of August, an increase of 30 percent year-to-date (ytd) from 130 calls booked throughout 2019. Meanwhile, the World Trade Organization (WTO) projects that global trade volumes will contract by between 13 percent at best and 32 percent at worst this year, affecting the trade-dependent shipping industry.Pelindo I spokesperson Fiona Sari Utama told The Jakarta Post on Friday that both national and international freight shipping companies docked at Kuala Tanjung seaport because of the availability of modern facilities and services.“The number of domestic and international cargo services that dock at KTMT is steadily increasing because the port is supported by state-of-the-art port infrastructure,” she said.Furthermore, Fiona said the government’s infrastructure projects in Sumatra had resulted in increasing traffic of general cargo, especially of construction materials.“The potential for general cargo shipments through the port has increased thanks to the government’s infrastructure projects, such as the trans-Sumatra toll road,” she said, referring to the 2,900-kilometer toll road mega project that aims to connect Aceh, the northernmost province in Sumatra, to the island’s southernmost province Lampung.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated the Pekanbaru-Dumai section of the trans-Sumatra toll road during a virtual ceremony on Sept. 25.Read also: Jokowi inaugurates first toll road in RiauAccording to Pelindo I’s data, general cargo is the fastest growing segment handled by KTMT with an increase of 176 percent ytd to 46,800 tons as of August, from around 16,900 tons by the end of 2019.Meanwhile, crude palm oil (CPO) products remain the largest commodity handled by KTMT, reaching around 242,500 tons as of August, a 137 percent increase from the end of 2019.Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) chairperson Carmelita Hartoto told the Post on Sunday that shipping companies were satisfied with the services provided at Kuala Tanjung seaport.However, she said that Pelindo I should expand the port area and increase the number of container cranes to optimize its potential.KTMT currently operates three ship-to-shore cranes and eight automated rubber tyred gantry cranes, according to Pelindo I’s data.“Kuala Tanjung port has huge potential thanks to its services and location. However, access to the industrial hinterland remains limited and the port needs to be expanded so more large ships can dock at the port,” she said.She said the government also needed to increase industrial development in the region to attract more shipping lines and improve access between the seaport and the industrial region.“The trucking costs remain higher at KTMT compared to the nearby port of Belawan [in North Sumatra],” she said.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs JV and Connersville both had scoring chances on Monday, but it was the Batesville Bulldogs JV that were able to capitalize on them as they pulled out a 5-2 win.Connersville had nine hits compared with the Batesville Bulldogs JV’s three, but Connersville stranded 11 runners on base.The Batesville Bulldogs JV got the win thanks in large part to Anthony Butz‘s dominant, five-strikeout performance. Butz allowed no earned runs, nine hits and one walk over six innings.Lynn ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted seven innings, walked six, struck out eight, and allowed five runs.The top of the first saw the Batesville Bulldogs JV take an early lead, 1-0.The Batesville Bulldogs JV went up for good in the fourth, scoring one run on.The Batesville Bulldogs JV piled on two more runs in the top of the fifth.Christian Prickel kicked things off with a double, scoring Jacob Speckman.The Batesville Bulldogs JV piled up one more run in the top of the sixth when Austin Siefert stole home.After pushing across one run in the bottom of the seventh, Connersville faced just a 5-2 deficit. set off Connersville rally. Connersville ‘s Jennings flew out to end the ballgame.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ian Manlove.last_img read more

first_imgBRITT, Iowa – The winner of Hancock County Speedway’s Thursday, June 26 MaxYield Seed Northern SportMod Nationals earns as much as $4,000 for his or her 30-lap efforts.The main event for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods pays a minimum of $2,500 to win with $500 bonuses if the first-place driver is a previous event winner; has raced at least three times previously this season at Britt; and has won a regular season feature there this year. Twenty-four cars qualify and four more get sponsor provisionals. A 10-minute pit stop on the front straight is planned at midway and the winner goes home with a six-foot tall trophy. Start money is $75 and the MaxYield Seed Hard Charger award is $100. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded to SportMod drivers.Completing the card are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts running for weekly purses and all applicable points, including local track points.Pit gates at Britt open at 5 p.m., the draw closes at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Family passes are $40. Pit passes are $25. Tech-related questions can be directed to Tim Weiland at 641 843-4230. More information about the Northern SportMod Nationals is available by calling 515 295-5555 or 641 843-9080, and at the www.hcspeedway.com website.last_img read more

first_imgGreensburg, IN —The Main Street Greensburg Farmer’s Market will be staying at the Decatur County Fairgrounds until further notice.  Originally it was set to move back to the downtown district in its normal location on the Southside of the Square, but due to suggestions from the Decatur County Health Department on social distancing, it was best to continue out at the fairgrounds.Those attendees that are high risk can shop from 2-3 pm on Friday and then the market is open for walk-thru for the general public from 3-6 pm.  Masks and social distancing are encouraged at the market.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Trio of signings make instant impact as Everton stun Spurs EPL: Spurs, Everton light up London Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is unlikely to play again this year after scans showed he suffered damaged ligaments in his left elbow during the 3-0 defeat to Brighton in the Premier League, Didier Deschamps said.Lloris suffered a dislocated elbow as he landed awkwardly when attempting to save a Pascal Gross shot and the ball fell to Brighton’s Neal Maupay to tap into an unguarded net for the opening goal.France head coach Deschamps met with his goalkeeper at Clairefontaine on Monday morning. Lloris came to Paris to have an MRI scan on his elbow, which revealed no fracture but ligament damage.“I spoke to him [Hugo],” Deschamps said in a news conference at the French HQ. “He is on the mend.“He had more exams this morning [Monday]. It is difficult today to say how long exactly he will be unavailable for. The possibility of a fracture has been ruled out but the ligaments have been damaged.“I am not a doctor but I know that he will not be with us during this international break or the next one in November for sure. He will start a protocol now for his rehabilitation.“But he will be out for a few weeks and a few months. He won’t play again in 2019 that is almost a certitude.”Scans taken on Saturday showed there was no fracture but Lloris was waiting on this MRI to understand more more on how long he would be out for.Tags: Hugo LlorisTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more