Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf (DSO) of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, recently completed extensive conversion of the sand barge Kreeft.The sand barge – which is owned by Boskalis – spent last three months at DSO undergoing major works in preparation for her next project.As Damen reported, the 96-meter by 12.5-meter barge has been active for many years, and the first order of business was extensive repair work on her double-plated hull. The inspection revealed that part of the hull required repair or replacement.The second stage of the project was to give the barge new capabilities, in this case the ability to manoeuvre independently when being on site. This required the fitting of a bow thruster and all the associated systems.To achieve this, a generator room was created inside the forepeak space. There, two generators and pumps for handling the cargo compartment were installed along with all the necessary pipework and electrical components and cabling, plus connections to the bow thruster itself.A range of deck and hold modifications were also made, including adding a drainage system in the hold with a pump connection overboard.“This was a major undertaking and involved a wide range of skills,” said Jeen van der Werf, commercial manager at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf. “With the works completed and with over 50 tonnes of steel added or replaced, the entire barge was blasted and repainted, leaving her looking as good as new.”After the completion of project, the Kreeft left DSO and was towed to the land reclamation project currently taking place in North Amsterdam. This requires a total of 15,000,000m³ of sand to be transported to the site and offloaded, and so involves the support of many barges. read more
he St. Elizabeth Parish Council is to receive an additional $3 million to assist in the distribution of water to drought stricken areas in the parish.This was announced by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, at a meeting of the Council on March 21.With sections of the island suffering from drought conditions, concern was expressed by councillors about the availability of water in the farming areas of St. Elizabeth, both for farming and domestic consumption.“The drought situation requires at this time immediate action, so we have been able to find a small sum to assist you within the next two days,” Mr. Arscot told the meeting.He noted that $70 million was made available by the Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change for the trucking of water nationally, adding that the St. Elizabeth Parish Council received some $4 million late last year for that purpose, but the chronic situation in the parish now requires an additional sum to help in alleviating some of the problems.The Minister said he is also seeking some funds to assist in refurbishing some of the community tanks throughout the parish and to acquire an additional water truck for the parish.Mr. Arscott called on the farmers of the parish to continue to conserve water.Other Councils visited by the Minister include Portland, St. Thomas, Portmore, St. Catherine and Clarendon.By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporter read more
Story Highlights JADCO Anti-Doping Rules Violation Review Panel conducted their initial review JADCO continues its Results Management Process The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) continues its Results Management Process in accordance with its Anti-Doping Rules, 2008.Following receipt of the 5 Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs) from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Accredited Laboratory in Montreal, Canada, JADCO wishes to state the following:1. The JADCO Anti-Doping Rules Violation Review Panel conducted their initial review to confirm the integrity of the doping control procedures employed.2. All athletes were officially notified of their AAFs and an immediate acknowledgement of receipt was requested. They were also given the mandatory 7 days in which to indicate:a. An explanation for the AAF; andb. A request for an analysis of the B sample.3. To date four (4) athletes have acknowledged receipt of the notification and one (1) has requested analysis of their B sample. The official responses to the AAF are awaited.4. If the results of the B sample analysis confirm the findings of the A sample analysis, JADCO will refer the cases to the independent body, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.JADCO maintains its robust Anti-Doping Programme and conducted 17 tests at the National Junior Championships, June 15-16, 2013 and 70 tests at the National Senior Championships, June 20-23, 2013. Since starting Doping Control Testing in May 2009, JADCO has conducted 860 tests – 504 In-Competition and 356 Out-of-Competition. read more
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange looks on as Damron Malcolm, a student of Central Branch Infant School signs the Book of Condolence for South African Activist, Winnie Madizike Mandela, who died on April 2.
The NASCAR Foundation will host its first-ever Honors Gala at the Marriott Marquis in New York City Sept. 27 to unveil the winner of its signature Betty France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide.Multi-platinum selling pop star Rachel Platten will perform live with music from her major-label debut, Wildfire, which debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 Chart in the U.S. and spawned chart-topping singles “Fight Song” and “Stand by You.”The gala will celebrate “10 Years of Giving” for the NASCAR Foundation which has donated $25 million to more than one million children since its inception in 2006.Betty Jane France, Founder and Chairwoman Emeritus of The NASCAR Foundation, will present the Humanitarian Award to the NASCAR fan who has shown tremendous dedication to improving the lives of children in their communities. This Award has benefitted nearly 200,000 children since launching six years ago and the winner will be chosen following a public vote of four finalists that begins July 13.At the event, The NASCAR Foundation will hand out a series of awards including its first-ever Founder’s Award to Mark Lazarus, Chairman of the NBC Sports Group. The Founder’s Award honors contributions to philanthropy through use of time, talent and resources – both personally and professionally – to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children.Lazarus serves on the board of governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as well as the board of directors for the Atlanta-based East Lake Foundation, helping families build better lives through community revitalization with mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education, and health and wellness programs.“Mark is simply an exceptional individual and we could not have chosen a more deserving person to receive this inaugural award,” France said. “This will make the evening even more memorable and we thank all of our partners for their continued support.”In addition, the annual Children’s Champion Award will be given to a medical professional that has showcased significant contributions, leadership, and dedication to enriching the lives of children.The NASCAR Foundation will also announce the launch of the Speediatrics Children’s Fund through a long-term partnership with a New York-area medical organization providing services to children in need. Today, The NASCAR Foundation helps provide state-of-the-art medical treatment to more than 50,000 children annually.“It is exciting to host this event in New York, the home of many great philanthropists, and to honor individuals that give so much of their personal time and energy towards helping others,” said The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director Lorene King. “We would like to thank Nationwide and all our partners for their support as we look back on what we have accomplished in 10 years and look forward to achieving even more going forward.”The event will also host a live auction featuring the artwork of the 2015 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide winner Jeff Hanson, a philanthropic artist whose artwork gifted to charity has generated nearly $2 million.For ticket information or table sponsorships, please visit www.nascarfoundation.org/Honorsgala. read more