Youn Kyeong Heui, un exemple de bonheur

first_img By Daily NK – 2015.03.13 11:57am News Image: Daily NK Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Madame Youn Keyong Heui, réfugiée, travaille dans une maison de retraite comme aidesoignante. Elle prend soin des personnes âgées et malades. Madame Youn estbénévole au centre « Le bénévolat du bonheur » (Haengbok Bonsahoi),un centre tenu par des réfugiés. Elle y mène plusieurs missions variées maiselle considère que s’occuper des personnes âgées est une priorité indéniable. Madame Youn s’occupe avec une dévotionextrême d’une personne âgée qui a passé une partie de sa vie au Nord. Celle-ci,sans aucune famille au Sud, s’est décidée à venir s’installer seule il y aquelques années. Elle a vécu un moment dans la société, puis a été atteinte deparalysie. Dès lors il lui a fallu vivre bon an mal an, toute seule chez elle. Ellen’a donc jamais pu s’intégrer « normalement » dans la société sudcoréenne. Quand Youn l’a rencontré pour la première fois, elle a été surprisepar son fort caractère désagréable. Elle passait son temps à se plaindre contrela société et le monde entier et se détruisait avec l’alcool et la cigarette.Madame Youn se souvient :« Toutes les aides soignantes qui devaient s’occuper d’elle faisaient nonde la tête, comme paniquées, et abandonnaient rapidement. Je me disais que jene pourrai jamais faire ça ! Quoi qu’elle fasse de méchant, c’était macamarade devant les étapes de la vie (ou survie) que l’on a toutes les deux dûtraverser. J’ai essayé de m’occuper d’elle avec patience. Je lui répétait qu’ilfaut vivre en remerciant pour les petites choses de la vie, comme si ellesétaient de grands bonheurs précieux ».Madame Youn, habitant la même résidence,lui rendait visite même en dehors des horaires de travail. Elle lui cuisinaitde bonnes choses et quand elle était malade, elle venait s’assurer de sa santéplusieurs fois par jour. Elle priait aussi tous les jours pour que sa maladieguérisse. Après deux ans passés ainsi, la vieille dame lui a soudain déclaré : « Jesuis désolée pour ce que je t’ai fait endurer. Le verre que je bois là, c’estle dernier. J’arrête l’alcool ».Madame Youn dit qu’elle a été le plusheureuse à ce moment là. Le coeur de la vieille dame qui avait été si froid etfermé à la communication pendant tout ce temps semblait fondre petit à petit. Lavielle dame qui avait bu pendant plus de cinquante ans s’était arrêté net. Elleavait aussi commencé à ouvrir son coeur qui n’avait fait que de se plaindre dela cruauté du monde. « Si l’on est purement sincère avec quelqu’un, il seradoucit ». Elle parle d’expérience et en tire un résultat très positif.« Je veux rendre toute la grâce quej’ai reçu pour aider les autres. »Cependant, son activité d’aide soignanten’a pas toujours été si rose. Au début, elle n’était pas bonne au travail, etles vieilles dames lui reprochaient rudement d’utiliser un dialecte nord coréendésagréable. Elle croyait qu’elle ne pourrai jamais communiquer avec elle. Sonfils unique, resté au Nord, lui manquait énormément. Quand elle rentrait chezelle après le travail, elle fondait en larmes, tout seule dans son appartement.Son mari était décédé une dizaine d’années auparavant et son fils l’a quittépour le service militaire.Madame Yoon, qui vivait seule au Nord, areçu l’aide de son père et son frère, qui étaient déja installés au Sud, pourvenir les rejoindre. Un jour, elle a reçu la nouvelle que son fils, qu’ellen’avait pas vu pendant huit ans, venait d’arriver à Hanawon. Elle s’est hâté delui rendre visite avec son frère. Pourtant, elle ne l’a pas reconnu immédiatement.A un moment, elle a vu un garçon de petite taillel’appeler « Maman ! ». Les deux, qui ne s’étaient pas vudepuis bien longtemps, ont passé du temps à pleurer dans les bras l’un del’autre.« Quand il est parti pour l’armée, ilétait plus grand que la moyenne. Mais là-bas, il n’a pas pu manger correctementet il a enduré de rudes épreuves. Je l’ai retrouvé vraiment changé. J’aibeaucoup pleuré. Maintenant, il travaille dans une usine de fabrication depièces pour voitures. Son objectif est d’acheter un appartement à son nom dansles cinq ans. Il travaille dur pour cela » dit-elle.Si elle a pu s’installer facilement au Sud,c’est uniquement grâce à l’aide de son entourage, dit-elle. Les membres de safamille arrivés au Sud avant elle l’ont toujours supporté. Elle a aussi reçuune précieuse aide de la part des responsables et travailleurs des centressociaux. « En 2009, j’ai recontré mon mari actuel. Avec ma situationfinancière actuelle, je ne pensais même pas à me marier. Un conseiller ducentre Seosan Hana avait entendu parler à la radio de l’organisation demariages collectifs gratuits. Grâce à son aide, j’ai pu me marier ! Etsi mon fils a pu trouver du travail, c’est grâce à l’aide du conseiller Kim KiSouk ! C’est un vrai bienfaiteur » ajoute-t-elle.Pensant qu’elle doit rendre tout le soutienqu’elle a reçu en aidant les autres à son tour, Madame Youn s’est inscritecomme volontaire dans le groupe de réfugiés du centre social de Seosan Seokrip endécembre 2011. Elle est maintenant vice-directrice du centre et mènevolontairement des visites d’installations pour personnes âgées ou handicapées.« J’ai aussi appris l’accordéon pour organiser des concerts bénévoles avecd’autres réfugiés. Depuis l’année dernière, je participe à un programme d’aideà l’installation des réfugiés ».Elle fait le ménage dans les domicilesavant l’arrivée des nouveaux réfugiés, et les accompagne dans la découverte desalentours. Beaucoup de réfugiés s’attendrissent devant son hospitalité presquefamiliale et finissent par rejoindre ses activités. Elle a même reçu le titred’« assistante à l’installation parfaite » de la part de la fondationNam-Buk Hana.Le souhait de Madame Youn est de vivre endonnant de la joie et de l’amour autour d’elle tant qu’elle est en bonne santé.Madame Youn est un exemple pluridisciplinaire pour les réfugiés NordCoréens : à la fois un exemple d’intégration réussi et un rayon de soleil quiva toujours vers les autres. News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE Youn Kyeong Heui, un exemple de bonheurlast_img read more

Working towards a just global transition to clean energy

first_imgWorking towards a just global transition to clean energy The co-chairs of the Powering Past Coal Alliance Minister Trevelyan, Minister Wilkinson, distinguished guests.2021 is going to be a momentous year for climate action.And the Powering Past Coal Alliance has a vital role to play.The clock is ticking. And the window we have to protect our precious planet from the worst effects of climate change is closing.And it’s closing fast.So, we must make this the year that the world gets on track to make the Paris Agreement a reality.And we know the ambition is there.Sixty five percent of global emissions are now covered by carbon neutrality commitments.But we need to move faster to align short term action with this goal.Last week, the UNFCCC published its synthesis report.This showed that, so far, countries’ 2030 emissions reductions targets are nowhere near enough to meet the Paris Agreement.This must change. And it must change urgently. We need far more ambitious targets around the world.But we also need practical action to deliver them.With power accounting for a quarter of global emissions. Decarbonising the sector is absolutely vital.So we must consign coal power to history.And embrace the benefits of low-cost, clean energy.There is no doubt that we are seeing progress around the world.Pakistan recently announced an end to new coal power.Egypt, which I visited last month, is home to one of the world’s biggest solar farms.And the UK. We have cut the proportion of coal in our energy mix from 40 percent in 2012 to less than 2 percent today.But we all need to move faster.The International Energy Agency tells us that the transition to clean power must move at four times the current pace if we are to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.To achieve that, we must work together.We know that well-targeted collaboration within each sector can help us make progress faster.By creating economies of scale, spurring innovation, and increasing incentives for investment.That is why enhancing international collaboration, particularly on achieving a just transition away from coal and scaling up clean energy, is at the heart of our COP26 Presidency.The Powering Past Coal Alliance is fundamental to that work.I commend the leadership your members have shown in phasing out coal power at home, and supporting others to do the same.And I welcome the alliance’s work to end coal power financing. And of course, to support a just transition.The power sector stands at a tipping point. Clean energy is becoming the cheapest source of power all over the world.In the last five years, countries have cancelled plans to build nine hundred gigawatts of new coal power plants. That is more than ten times the power supply of the United Kingdom.Meanwhile, solar and wind power are growing faster than ever.By acting together, the countries, states, cities, banks, and utilities in this alliance are sending a powerful message to policymakers and investors all over the world:Coal power is on its way out. Clean power is the future.The work of the alliance is complemented by our new COP26 Energy Transition Council.Which brings together countries, with major technical and financial institutions, to strengthen international support to developing countries.Helping them to scale up investment in clean energy as part of a green recovery.I am really pleased to see that my co-chair on the Council, Damilola Ogunbiyi, is joining your session today.I would like to thank those of you who are supporting this work.And to wish all of you the very best for the Summit this week.Together, we can make coal power a thing of the past. And so help to make the goals of the Paris Agreement a reality. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. 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You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:carbon neutral, clean energy, climate change, Egypt, Government, innovation, Investment, leadership, Pakistan, Paris, power plant, power supply, presidency, UK, UK Government, UNFCCC, United Kingdomlast_img read more

Watch: Skidding Kia nearly mows down roadside rescuers in Alaska

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca ‹ Previous Next › Trending Videos Snow means slow, indeed. Stay safe out there, kids. In your author’s home province of Newfoundland, the provincial government used to erect roadside signs reading “Snow Means Slow” during the winter months. While that’s definitely a cheesy phrase, the driver of this Kia in Alaska would have done well to heed the warning.A Facebook video posted by cops in Anchorage shows what can happen when one’s driving behaviour isn’t adjusted to road conditions.The dashcam clip shows a stricken Ford Ranger parked in a highway pull-out and being prepared for towing by a service operator. About twenty seconds into the video, a white Kia Sorento heaves into view and crosses the centre line. RELATED TAGSNewsDrivingsnowwinterWinter Driving Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.center_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos Trending in Canada https://www.facebook.com/APDInfo/videos/2409201172630664/Through either a twist of fate, divine intervention, or a whole passel of good luck, the Kia driver manages to gather up the Sorento enough to pull a Clarkson-style powerslide through the slick road surface, coming within inches of striking man and machine. The resulting snow shower that was sent skyward rivals the dousing an NHL goalie can get from an aggressive forward play.Looking at how close the Kia’s back bumper was from the service professional, it must have been just a few microns from the cruiser the dashcam was recording video from. As for what caused the slide in the first place, some commenters are blaming excessive speed combined with forceful and ill-timed braking in that road bend, likely at the time its driver saw the workers. RELATED Montreal off-road group pulls city bus up icy hill Anchorage Police Department accompanied the clip with a note this “serves as a critical reminder” to slow down during winter months and that we should all take extra care behind the wheel at this time of year. The Facebook post has been shared over 10,000 times, so hopefully a few of those people get the message. advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everlast_img read more

The Fladgate Partnership Announces 2018 Port Vintages

first_imgFacebook Previous articleNorthern Michigan Vintners Warn ‘the Grapes Won’t Wait’Next articleOrnellaia Announces Launch of Ornellaia Bianco 2017 to the Fine Wine Market Press Release Home Industry News Releases The Fladgate Partnership Announces 2018 Port VintagesIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessThe Fladgate Partnership Announces 2018 Port VintagesBy Press Release – April 23, 2020 250 0 AdvertisementNEW YORK, NY – April 23, 2020 – Today, The Fladgate Partnership officially announces the release of three 2018 Vintage Ports from Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca and Croft Port houses, and sets an historic precedent: For the first time in 328 years, the revered Taylor Fladgate Port House has declared a Classic Vintage for the third consecutive year in a row with the release of the Taylor Fladgate Classic Vintage 2018. In addition, Fonseca releases Guimaraens Vintage 2018 and Croft releases a vintage single quinta – Quinta da Roêda Vintage 2018. The three 2018 Vintage Ports from The Fladgate Partnership will be bottled in July and available nationwide in early 2021.“This is a year in which overall conditions weren’t just excellent, but exceptional, in the Douro superior,” says Adrian Bridge, CEO of The Fladgate Partnership. “Although a declaration normally only happens about three times a decade, the exceptional run of years has meant that Taylor Fladgate is able to make a third in a row. This is very unusual, but we only declare a Classic Vintage when the quality is there and that is dictated by the year, not by any other consideration.”According to Technical Director and Head Winemaker, David Guimaraens, “The Douro Superior had a combination of abundant ground water and hot summer weather, which results in the production of great Vintage Port. It has given us the excellent phenolic maturity typical of a hot ripening season, but the fine multi-layered fruit and fresh acidity we normally see in cooler years. It is important to note that the 2018 wines have the highest color intensity of recent vintages, always a sign of good extraction and longevity.”TAYLOR FLADGATE CLASSIC VINTAGE 201820% ABV, 750ml, $120 SRPImpressive purple-black core with a narrow purple rim. An intense burst of powerful woodland fruit, a dense coulis of blackberry and blackcurrant, almost overwhelms the nose. As would be expected of Taylor Fladgate, the fruit is very fine and focused, but this year seems to have given it an additional layer of density and weight.FONSECA GUIMARAENS VINTAGE 201820% ABV, 750ml, $59.99 SRPThe first bottling under the Guimaraens label since 2015, featuring rich, dense woodland fruit and sturdy but well integrated tannins. The Guimaraens concept is unique: a wine with the same make up and character as the classic Fonseca Vintages but made in a more approachable, early drinking style. 2018 is one of the finest recent examples of a Guimaraens Vintage, displaying stamina and depth with an abundance of crispy, berry fruit flavor, which carries into the long finish.CROFT QUINTA DA ROÊDA VINTAGE 201820% ABV, 750ml, $49.99 SRPVery deep purple black at the center with a narrow purple red rim. From its historic Quinta da Roêda estate, the Quinta da Roêda 2018 delivers a ripe fruit and scented quality, which are the hallmark of the Roêda wines, together with the taut tannins and freshness of the year. The finish is powerful and very long with persistent crispy, red berry flavors.For more information, please visit Taylor Fladgate, Croft Port or Fonseca Port. High-resolution images and limited samples will be available upon request.About Kobrand CorporationFounded in 1944, Kobrand Corporation remains one of the few family-owned wine and spirits companies in the United States. Kobrand’s portfolio was meticulously selected according to a single, unerring principle: quality. This continued focus has made the Kobrand name synonymous with wines and spirits of the highest caliber for 75 years. Kobrand is the exclusive agent for an outstanding selection of fine wines, spirits, and sakes from key regions around the world, including the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Japan, Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand. For more information about Kobrand and the portfolio visit http://www.Kobrandwineandspirits.com.Advertisement ReddIt Twitter Pinterest Email Share TAGSKobrand CorporationThe Fladgate Partnership Linkedinlast_img read more

Westside Family Health Center’s Director of Development Honored at LA Lakers Game

first_imgHomeNewsWestside Family Health Center’s Director of Development Honored at LA Lakers Game Apr. 21, 2018 at 5:00 amNewsWestside Family Health Center’s Director of Development Honored at LA Lakers GameGuest Author3 years agobriefsdaily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica news Westside Family Health Center’s (WFHC) Director of Development, Celia Bernstein, received a Comerica Bank Best of LA Women’s Business Award/Woman of Philanthropy before the start of the LA Lakers game vs. Houston Rockets at STAPLES Center on Tuesday, April 10. The nomination was made by Hayana Kwon, SOCA CRA Market Manager, Community Reinvestment, Corporate Compliance for Comerica Bank. This is the ninth season that the Lakers and Comerica Bank have partnered to create a business awards program that recognizes women in leadership.Kwon nominated Bernstein “in recognition of her outstanding dedication, leadership and passion in raising awareness, advocacy, and fundraising to empower patients to take an assertive role in caring for their well-being through all stages of their lives and by educating and providing affordable health care for the underserved and vulnerable populations in our community.”As a safety net provider, WFHC’s purpose is to address the health needs of anyone who walks through the doors by providing high-quality care. With a team of 2 physicians and 7 mid-level providers, WFHC provided services to 12,438 patients, with 31,113 visits, of which 94% live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and 49% are uninsured from 227 zip codes.Westside Family Health Center is a non-profit community health center providing a wide range of low-cost health care services and serves more than 12,000 low-income and uninsured women, men and children, regardless of one’s ability to pay. To learn more about WFHC, please visit www.wfhcenter.org.Submitted by Celia BernsteinTags :briefsdaily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica newsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentClimate Resiliency & Watershed Protection Bill Passes Out of CommitteeFresh Finds: Cape SeafoodYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours agolast_img read more

Match Points

first_imgLAKE OCONEE, Ga. – Normally through two rounds of an event, the best players advance to the weekend and try to extend their lead, while players who didn’t perform as well are left giving chase. But this isn’t a normal event. No, the Big Break Invitational Reynolds Plantation does things a little differently. And why shouldn’t it? The 40 competitors gathered this week aren’t your normal golfers. Sure, there are PGA Tour and LPGA pros in the field, but “Big Break” is more than the sum of its parts. Enter loopy loopers – hello, Kip Henley and Don Donatello, who both currently caddie on the PGA Tour – and a Pro Football Hall of Famer in Jerry Rice. Neither the event, nor its cast of characters, are lwhat you’re used to seeing on the professional stages.  The first two rounds of the Big Break Invitational were played as a Modified Stableford, where the more points players racked up, the better. But after the first two rounds, the 12 men and 12 women remaining will start anew when they tee it up at the Great Waters Course on Thursday. OK, it’s not quite that cut and dry. There is the issue of seeding for match play in the third round. But as any golfer knows, there are no guarantees when it comes to match play. “Tomorrow the slate is clean, for all 12 players, men and women,” Justin Peters said. “Doesn’t matter if you had 60 points or 40 points; if you’re No. 1 or No. 12. In match play, anything can happen. It’s just one day, one on one.” Peters birdied three of his last four holes Wednesday to sneak into the last spot as the No. 12 seed. “I don’t think anybody’s scared of me at this point,” Peters said. “You see [volatility] in match play. No. 1 goes down sometimes.” That No. 1 will be Tony Finau, and while no one is scared of Peters, perhaps Peters should be scared of Finau, after rounds of 67-70 and a two-day Stableford score of plus-55. “I definitely wanted to be that No. 1 seed,” Finau said. “I knew whether I was [the] 1 seed or 12 seed, you live another day.” Anything can happen, but the way Finau’s been playing of late, he’s showing no signs of slowing. Two weeks ago, he finished T-14 at the Web.com Tour Championship after completing a rookie season with five top 10s, including a win at the Stonebrae Classic in August. He’ll be a PGA Tour rookie next season. On the ladies side, Kim Welch, who’s the No. 9 seed, couldn’t be more excited about starting from scratch. “It’s great,” Welch said, “because I feel like I played OK yesterday, I played bad today, but tomorrow’s a new day and anything can happen in match play.” The No. 1 seed for the women is Ryan O’Toole, who finished 11 points clear of her next closest competitor through two rounds. The landscape isn’t quite as picturesque for O’Toole, who desperately needs some positive mojo after making only five made cuts in 18 LPGA events this season. “Two more days left,” O’Toole said. “Obviously today just positions me for match play but it doesn’t really give me that much of a boost. So, tomorrow is a new round, and a new tournament.” A new round and a new tournament, yes, but hopefully some things stay the same for O’Toole over the next two days – she blitzed the Great Waters Course on Wednesday with an 8-under 64, the lowest round of the week from a man or woman. Mark Silvers shot 6-under 66 Wednesday for the low round on the men’s side. That low round will help her if she advances to Friday, when women and men play head-to-head in stroke play. It’s a challenge she welcomes. “I look forward come Friday and being able to compete head-to-head with one of the guys to see the difference and to see what they do,” O’Toole said. “We play our tees, and so I will enjoy being ahead of them off the tee.” That is, of course, an entire day – and perhaps an entire “tournament” – away. Even though O’Toole and Finau have been playing superb thus far, as golfers all know, anything can happen in match play. The 12 men who advanced and their seeds for third-round match play are: No. 1: Tony Finau No. 2: Mark Murphy No. 3: Mark Silvers No. 4: Tommy Gainey No. 5: Derek Gillespie No. 6: Hugo Leon No. 7: David Byrne No. 8: Brian Cooper No. 9: Kent Eger No. 10: Brent Long No. 11: Jay Woodson No. 12: Justin Peters The 12 women who advanced and their seeds for third-round match play are: No. 1: Ryann O’Toole No. 2: Emily Talley No. 3: Gerina Piller No. 4: Sedena Parks No. 5: Jackie Stoelting No. 6: Kristy McPherson No. 7: Sara Brown No. 8: Elena Robles No. 9: Kim Welch No. 10: Stefanie Kenoyer No. 11: Carling Nolan No. 12: Mallory Blackwelderlast_img read more

U.S., Canada Reveal New Oil Train Regulations

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. In an effort to prevent explosive oil train wrecks, United States and Canadian regulators are requiring railroads to use tougher tank cars and install enhanced braking systems.On May 1, transportation officials from both sides of the border gathered in Washington, D.C. to announce a sweeping set of regulations for oil trains across the continent. The new rules follow a series of explosive accidents and come nearly two years after an oil train derailed and exploded in Quebec, killing 47 people and leveling 30 buildings.BNSF Railway runs 11 to 16 oil trains a week through Northwest Montana along the boundary of Glacier National Park and along Whitefish Lake, according to information released by the state of Montana.“These new interdependent regulations will improve safety,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx at a press conference with his Canadian counterpart, Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt. “These rules will make the transporting of oil-by-rail safer than it is today.”The number of trains moving crude oil in North America has rapidly increased in recent years due to the Bakken oil boom in North Dakota. In 2008, Class 1 railroads, which include the largest rail companies in America, moved just 9,500 carloads of crude oil. Five years later, they moved more than 400,000 cars of crude.Included in the rules is a requirement that older tank cars must be retrofitted or phased out of use within the next three to five years. All new tank cars will have to be built to DOT-117 specifications and have a thicker shell, a shield on each end to prevent it from being punctured by another car and thermal protection systems that will help contain a fire.Oil trains will also have to be outfitted with “electronically controlled pneumatic” brake systems. The enhanced systems would help stop a train faster and keep the cars from violently running into each other in a derailment.Other new rules require railroads to use routing analysis to determine where oil trains can be run safely and to reduce speeds. The DOT rulemaking requires all oil trains, otherwise known as “high-hazard flammable unit trains,” to move no faster than 50 miles per hour in general and 40 miles per hour in urban areas. Also, after 2021, trains that are not outfitted with the enhanced brake system will not be able to run faster than 30 miles per hour.While federal officials have issued various emergency orders in recent months, the rules and regulations released Friday are the most extensive to date and are the result of nearly two years of work by regulators on both sides of the border.The railroads themselves have also made efforts to move oil trains safer, and in March, BNSF Railway implemented its own rules for oil trains. Among them is a 35 mile-per-hour speed limit for all oil trains running through large municipal areas with populations over 100,000 people.The railroad has also increased the number of track inspections along “critical waterways,” including the Flathead and Kootenai rivers and Whitefish Lake.Earlier this year, BNSF also began to encourage its shippers to stop using the older tank cars, known as DOT-111 and CPC-1232 cars, within three years. Both types of cars have been involved in explosive wrecks in recent months, and in January, BNSF began to charge oil shippers $1,000 every time they used an older tank car.In March, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufactures filed a lawsuit against the railroad alleging that new surcharge was unfair and illegal. The railroad has said the surcharge will encourage shippers to improve tank car safety. Most tank cars are owned by third-party leasing companies and not the railroads themselves.In a statement to the Beacon, BNSF officials lauded regulators for putting forward new tank car standards. However, the railroad also noted that it is important to make sure that new regulations don’t reduce capacity because that could have a negative impact on the economy.“BNSF has advocated for a safer tank car in the movement of crude oil and finally setting a new federal standard with get the next generation tank car into service and substantially reduce the risk of a release in the event of an incident,” the railroad said in a statement.While the railroad industry and its largest lobbying group, the Association of American Railroads, have long supported tougher tank car standards, they have been adamantly opposed to enhanced braking systems, stating that there is no proof those systems would prevent derailments. Not long after the May 1 press conference, AAR president and CEO Edward R. Hamberger issued a statement applauding some of the new rules while criticizing others.“The DOT’s study is flawed and the (electronically controlled pneumatic) brakes do not significantly improve safety and are unreliable,” Hamberger said. “No justified safety case for EPC brakes has ever been made.”During the press conference, Canadian Minister of Transportation Raitt said she understood that these new regulations would be expensive for the rail industry. But Raitt noted that in the long run the safety improvements would be less expensive than having to respond to large derailments.Since 2013, there have been at least 10 large oil train derailments in North America, including four in a three-week period this winter. The high-profile accidents have brought public scrutiny to the practice, including in the Flathead Valley, where concerns have been raised about possible incidents impacting Glacier Park and the Flathead River Basin.Officials said that while accidents like the one in Lac-Mègantic, Quebec were disastrous, they have led to stronger regulations that will safeguard the public.“We can never undo the harm that happened at Lac-Mègantic or the site of any other rail accident,” Raitt said. “But we can and must learn from these incidents.”last_img read more

32 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH

first_img Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase By News Highland – January 17, 2019 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist 32 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH Facebook Pinterest Google+ Previous articleNew data protection rules could mean disposal of important filesNext articleCase progressing against men accused of Edward Meenan murder News Highland Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegartycenter_img Pinterest There were 32 people awaiting in-patient beds at Letterkenny University Hospital this morning, nine of them on Emergency Department trolleys. That’s eight down on yesterday’s figure, according to the latest INMO trolley watch report.At Sligo University Hospital, this morning’s figure was 23, a fall of 17.Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Limerick were the most overcrowded today, with 47 people waiting in each.Nationally, there were 480 people waiting at hospitals across the country today. Twitter Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

People / Janet Jiang takes over as regional manager China for Cargolux

first_img Cargolux has appointed Janet Jiang as its new regional manager for China, a significant position as the carrier puts increasing focus on its Chinese operations.Ms Jiang has been at the carrier for 16 years, starting as sales and reservations manager in Shanghai.  After several promotions, she became regional manager central and eastern China in 2014. Ms Jiang now takes on responsibility for Beijing, Xiamen, as well as Shanghai and Zhengzhou. She will also be in charge of all new developments in China.Cargolux is currently setting up its subsidiary, Cargolux China, together with shareholder HNCA. While it is putting increasing amounts of capacity into the Chinese market, rivals say it now has less focus on other routes, which is creating opportunities in the market.Over the past few years, as it sought a new shareholder and pledged to boost its Chinese operations following HNCA’s investment, Cargolux has witnessed the loss of many key executives. Customers have told The Loadstar that they believe quality  at the all-cargo carrier has declined as a result. By Alex Lennane 19/02/2016last_img read more

News / Port of Nansha grows as ocean alliances call and intra-Asia services boom

first_imgThe big uptick in Q1 European volumes was thanks to an additional 2M sailing, and new calls have been won on other major tradelanes, too. For example, Nansha attracted its first direct US east coast service, also from 2M, last September.“The 2M and Ocean alliances are very active at Nansha,” Mr Nanninga said. “We don’t yet have a direct call from THE Alliance, but do work with its members on non-alliance calls.”He said the port’s intra-Asia volumes had also grown, “tremendously”, with 20 new services in 2018 and another 10 last year. Calls connecting South-east Asia, Taiwan and Korea have been particularly prominent.However, international volumes have surged from a relatively low base by Chinese standards, with Nansha having only switched focus from purely domestic traffic in 2009. In fact, even by 2018, around 60% of the port’s volumes were via Chinese domestic traffic.The transition to international cargo coincided with the transformation of the PRD into a hi-tech manufacturing hub and the economic integration of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau into the Greater Bay Area.“Shenzhen is moving into financial services and hi-tech, so the space for new warehousing has become too expensive.” explained Mr Nanninga. “What you see in China, with its ‘go west’ strategy of shifting export production capacity to lower cost areas, is also reflected on a smaller scale within the PRD itself, because the western hinterland of Nansha is still very much a growth market, in terms of production.”This has allowed Nansha to seize the opportunity to compete with the PRD’s dominant container gateways of Shenzhen, Yantian and Hong Kong for international cargo.Fortunately, for Hong Kong in particular, Mr Nanninga said both Shenzhen and Hong Kong remained more suitable for international transhipment cargo, due to cabotage rules. Given Hong Kong’s precarious political situation, however, whether these rules stay in place long-term remains to be seen. Furthermore, since a large portion of the city’s transhipment cargo is river-to-ocean transhipment, originating from the western PRD, Nansha’s rise will no doubt be of continuing concern in the boardrooms of Kwai Tsing’s terminal operators.The completion of Nansha’s on-dock rail connection in the second quarter of 2021 could also be a “game changer”, believes Mr Nanninga. “It really opens up the the western economic hubs, especially Sichuan, Chengdu and Chongqing.“Traditionally, exports would go via the Yangtze river or by rail to Ningbo or Shanghai, but – especially for the southern trades – Nansha could be a very good alternative, moving via rail directly onto the terminal and cutting out a couple of days’ steaming.”Meanwhile, with Guangzhou having been historically dubbed China’s “window to the world”, even now it’s providing a snapshot into Beijing’s plans to transform the country’s economy to greater levels of domestic consumption, shift from low-cost manufacturing and improve the environment.Importing waste products like plastic and paper have been slowly phased out, for example, and Mr Nanninga noted that these trends were paving the way for greater volumes of imported consumer goods to pick up the slack. And Nansha is aiming to tap into refrigerated cargo flows from Europe, Africa and Latin America by building a 150,000sq metre cold storage facility, the largest in South China.“Traditionally, temperature-controlled business was always routed via Hong Kong,” added Mr Nanninga. By Sam Whelan 24/06/2020 The port of Nansha at Guangzhou is bucking the downturn trend among container terminals this year, and looks to emerge as the big winner from the Pearl River Delta’s evolution into the Greater Bay Area.For example, while other Chinese terminals were suffering in the coronavirus shutdown, Nansha clocked up a 30% increase in Q1 exports to Europe.“There’s a transformation taking place in South China, and Nansha is still gaining market share,” said Johannes Nanninga, Port of Nansha’s Europe CEO. “There’s almost no trade which isn’t growing.”Part of Guangzhou Port Group, Nansha lies on the west bank of the Pearl River Delta (PRD), its three terminals handling 75% of Guangzhou’s 21.9m teu in 2019, when it surpassed Hong Kong to become the world’s fifth-busiest box port.last_img read more