EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation

first_imgBut what if you’re concerned about the integrity of the election process and the security of your vote?State Election Law allows for political parties and independent groups to have a limited number of certified inspectors on site to make sure machines are working properly and that only eligible voters are permitted to vote.They are not allowed to electioneer in any manner, question any voter in any manner, assist in the conduct of the election, handle or remove election materials on the Board of Inspectors’ table or impede the election process in any way.They’re they’re to make sure the election is conducted fairly, but they can’t impede voters or the process directly.If you feel you’re being intimidated or see someone else being harassed, report it to your Board of Elections or local election inspector. Or call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or the U.S. Department of Justice’s Voting Rights Hotline at 1-800-253-3931.You have a right to vote without being harassed or intimidated. Don’t let anyone make you think otherwise.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right way And there’s a chance, given the rhetoric of the president, that federal officers or the president’s supporters will try to show up at the polls in the name of protecting the integrity of the election.But voter fraud at the polls is virtually non-existent. Everyone knows that, including the current administration.So we can only surmise that the presence of these self-appointed “poll-watchers” is really to intimidate voters or scare them away from the polls altogether.What immigrant, minority or person with a criminal record is going to risk arrest, harassment or deportation just for the opportunity to show up at the polls in person? That potential voter may decide it’s wiser and safer not to vote at all, thereby depriving that person of a fundamental right and depriving a candidate of that person’s vote.Voters don’t have to expose themselves to such intimidation. U.S. Code 18 Section 594 specifically prohibits action that “intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may chose.”Intimidation tactics include questioning a voter’s citizenship, criminal record or other qualifications to vote; presenting oneself as an election official; providing false information about voter requirements (such as the ability to speak English); and otherwise harrassing voters, particularly non-English-speaking voters and voters of color.Voter intimidation is punishable by a fine or up to a year in jail. Categories: Editorial, OpinionA week from today, many New Yorkers will start voting in person.last_img read more

Greg Mattern Of 3M Recognized As Arnold Group Rep Of The Year

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  Mattern, from Sioux Falls, S.D., has been in the automotive aftermarket for 26 years. According to Brad Edwardson, sales manager for The Arnold Group, “Greg goes wherever he is needed and he is always looking for ways to improve market penetration. He is one of the few manufacturer’s representatives that is willing to call on our stores and make sure that we have the right products and knowledge to be successful.” AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. SPENCER, Iowa – Arnold Motor Supply and the Auto Value Parts Stores of Nebraska and Iowa have recognized Greg Mattern, senior account rep for 3M, as the 2013 Manufacturer’s Rep of the Year for The Arnold Group. The award was presented to him at the company’s VIP golf outing held in Spencer, Iowa, on Sept. 4. This award recognizes the top manufacturer’s representative calling on the Arnold Group. center_img LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. last_img read more

Air Liquide introduces unique EPA protocol gases

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China brand award for Air Products

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Antwerp port house rises

first_imgThe new building design called for a steel structure to be erected above an existing, and listed, building on the same site, said the port of Antwerp.The structure is made up of six modules, each measuring about 50 m long, 20 m wide and 6 m high. The first module weighed in at around 378 tonnes, while the other units ranged in weight from 170 to 265 tonnes.Manufactured by Victor Buyck Steel Construction at its factory in Wondelgem, in the port of Ghent, the modules were transported one-by-one to the construction site at the port of Antwerp by barge.On arrival, the structures were rolled off the barge using SPMTs, before being lifted by cranes, which were owned and operated by heavy lifting specialist Sarens.Once installed, the units were attached to one another using temporary joints. In the next few months, final welding work will be carried out to join the pieces together permanently.Watch a video of the first module being installed below:  More videos of the project are available here: https://www.youtube.com/user/AntwerpPortTV   www.portofantwerp.comwww.sarens.comlast_img read more

Bill looks to abolish chancel repair law

first_imgA bill to abolish chancel repair liability has been successfully introduced into the House of Lords.Liberal Democrat peer Lord Avebury (pictured) yesterday brought forward the Chancel Repairs Bill for its first reading.The proposed legislation seeks to ‘end the liability of lay rectors for the repair of chancels’ – in other words abolishing the demands for landowners to fund repairs to their parish church.Parochial church councils (PCCs) had until last October to register the liability with the Land Registry, and campaigners claim the ancient law is affecting property prices and house sales as would-be buyers baulk at the potential repair costs.The only way to remove a liability currently is to either prove it is incorrect or persuade the PCC to withdraw it.Lord Avebury said: ‘Thousands of landowners’ titles are still today blighted by chancel repair liability, this relic of mediaeval ecclesiastical law. Titles that have been registered by the Church with the Land Registry are those most likely to be adversely affected.‘This generally leads to a distressing reduction in value and even an impairment of saleability, even though the church never enforces the liability.’The private members’ bill applies only to England, as it is believed to be a devolved matter.The Law Commission and the Law Society are among the groups that have recommended abolition or phasing out of chancel repair rights in the past.Lord Avebury has been assisted in preparing the bill by the National Secular Society – a long-time campaigner against the liability.The society, which is running a petition to have the liability abolished, said registration notices have been served on the owners of around 12,000 properties but many more could be subject to CRL.‘Some people have been traumatised by the realisation that their property is subject to CRL, but many have not yet realised just how damaging CRL could be,’ said a spokesman.‘Few potential buyers will contemplate taking on the burden of a property subject to CRL, particularly where it is registered, so its value will be reduced and, in some cases, may become unsellable.’last_img read more

PSS valedictorian bags 9 ones

first_img Tweet Share Juanita Corbette was the 2013 valedictorianThe 2013 valedictorian of the Portsmouth Secondary School graduating class has excelled at the Caribbean Examination Council’s 2013 examinations.Juanita Corbette, 16, obtained nine ones in Mathematics, English, Integrated Science, Information Technology, Accounts, Principles of Business, Office Administration, Human & Social Biology and History.Ms Corbette also sat the 2012 CXC exams and earned a grade one in Social Studies.“I feel like I’ve pushed myself, I know I studied hard and the hard work has paid off and I feel that I have a very bright future ahead of me,” Ms Corbette told Dominica Vibes on Tuesday, 13th August.While she stated that hard work has paid off, it was necessary to eliminate some distractions prior to the examinations.“Months before the exam, I set aside some distractions; Facebook and TV, I had to devote time to studying like an hour a day”.She also noted that in addition to setting aside her Facebook page for the examinations, a healthy diet encouragement from family, friends and teachers played a role in her success.Ms Corbette, who hopes to become an economist, said she has a few options available to her including studies at UWI.Her year level supervisor and teacher Ms Valerie, described Ms Corbette as “an exceptional, well disciplined and very dedicated” student.“From first form to fifth form she has been the most outstanding students as it relates to academic, she’s a very, very helpful child; you can rely on her”.Ms Corbette was also part of the Portsmouth Secondary School’s entrepreneurship class who produced a few products for a business project.The class manufactured and packaged virgin coconut oil, cocoa and coffee products, pepper sauce, jams and a variety of punches. These were displayed at the Buy Dominica Extravaganza in July of this year and again during the Shop Dominica weekend promotionAccording to the citation read during the graduation last month, Ms Corbette maintained the title of ‘Most Outstanding Academic Student’ for the last five years. It further states that she has been involved in other school activities such as participating in cross country on sports day to gain at least a point for her house Christie Alcid, cleaning of Benjamin’s Park voluntarily after Sports Day activities, participating in Commonwealth Day Quiz and representing the school in the Mathematics Competition.She also contributed yearly to the school’s activities and was always eager to help in ushering or preparations for a few school activities.Ms Corbette was noted for her skillful use of the computer to create a Fifth Form collage for the 2012-2013 Year book.The Ministry of Education is expected to release the results of all the top performers and their schools at a press conference on Wednesday, 14th August. Dominica Vibes News 141 Views   7 comments Sharecenter_img Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary PSS valedictorian bags 9 ones by: – August 13, 2013 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Tendering process for new Marigot Hospital to commence

first_img Share Share Tweet LocalNews Tendering process for new Marigot Hospital to commence by: – December 5, 2016 Sharecenter_img (Photo credit: Dominica Charity)The Ministry of Health and the Environment has initiated the process towards construction of a new hospital at Marigot.The current structure has been adversely affected by termites and mold, which forced its closure on two previous occasions.Minister for Health and the Environment, Dr Kenneth Darroux has confirmed that the tendering process has commenced for the design of the new medical facility.“Cabinet has taken a decision to outsource the process in terms of the design of the Marigot hospital,” Dr Darroux informed at a press conference.Dr Darroux said this decision was taken given the capacity issues that exist within the government system, and reliance on the Ministry of Public Works for technical work.He informed that the “money would be sitting here for the last year plus” as in last year’s budget, three hundred thousand dollars was allocated for the new Marigot hospital project.“So the fact is that as I said we have these capacity issues within the public service that is why we decided to outsource this. So we are now in the process of sending out document inviting intenders for the design of the Marigot Hospital,” Dr Darroux stated.The Health Minister sought to assure residents of Marigot and surrounding communities, who benefit from health services at that facility, that they are not being ignored.He said “there’s this feeling out there that Marigot is being targeted for whatever reason” but as a medical doctor, who found himself in politics “because of my human nature, and my performance as a district medical officer, and my love for people” and as such he would “not allow any particular region, or any particular person to be marginalized”.“Which is why I’m one of those great advocators and cheerleaders for the Minister of Finance’s initiative in terms of the pilot health insurance because a lot of times we have to move away from that ad hock access that people have for funding for advance medical care into an Dominica is to benefit from a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) funded SMART Health Care Facilities project worth US38.3 million dollars being supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (UK AID).Through this program, three medical facilities in Grand Bay, La Plaine and Marigot have been selected to undergo major improvements designed to make them disaster resilient and environmentally friendly.“So whatever it is we are going to do for Marigot, we are now going to incorporate the designs for the smart facility for Marigot in terms of renewable energy, solar panels, proper water supply, etc. So Marigot has not been forgotten as it has been made to appear to be,” Dr Darroux assured. Sharing is caring! 219 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Weekly Digest: FDA updates PFAS testing, contaminated dairies remain concerned

first_imgDigest HighlightsFDA updates PFAS testing, contaminated dairies remain concernUSDA buys string cheese, opens additional bid periodsMcDonald’s launching reformulated chocolate milkBill provides regulatory relief to livestock haulersMilk Donation Reimbursement Program submission deadline extendedSchlafer named to lead Foremost FarmsWisconsin CAFO rule rewrite fight escalatingHiland Dairy offers holiday flavors of milkHorizon Organic Introduces ‘Growing Years’ milkMinnesota: Miron Farm named MMPA Producer of the YearPennsylvania: Online tool calculates value of dairy in each countyMinnesota offers grants to prevent wolf attacks on livestock FDA updates PFAS testing; contaminated dairies remain concernThe FDA updated information on food test results related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. The agency also announced it was making scientifically validated methods for testing 16 types of PFAS in a variety of food groups.advertisementadvertisementThe FDA’s Total Diet Study, initiated in 2017, tested samples of foods representative of the diets that the average consumer might eat and that are not associated with known environmental contamination. The tests were reevaluated for reliability, and the FDA said follow-up test results revealed the earlier test may have had several false positives.Although the overall test results showed a decline in the number of produce samples testing positive for PFAS, contamination in milk samples from two farms where PFAS was detected in groundwater still had levels determined to be health concerns by FDA.The new testing method involves liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and is approved for detecting 16 PFAS substances in milk, bread, lettuce and fish.PFAS are a family of human-made chemicals that are found in a wide range of products used by consumers and industry. There are nearly 5,000 types of PFAS. Many PFAS are resistant to grease, oil, water and heat, and can remain intact in the environment means over time.Read: PFAS: Emerging contaminant, evolving concerns for dairy.advertisementUSDA buys string cheese, opens additional bid periodsThe USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) awarded bids for the delivery of string cheese and opened bid periods for other dairy products for distribution in domestic feeding programs.Two bids for 604,800 pounds of mozzarella string cheese were accepted for delivery in January-March 2020. The price range of the accepted bids was $2.46 to $2.61 per pound.Bids for 74,500 pounds of salted butter for delivery in January-March 2019 will be accepted until Nov. 13, and bids for more than 10 million pounds of ultra-high-temperature (UHT) skim (1%) products will be accepted until Nov. 19.McDonald’s launching reformulated chocolate milkMcDonald’s USA will launch nationwide sales of a reduced-sugar, low-fat chocolate milk in January. The new formulation has 25% less sugar than McDonald’s previous chocolate milk and is no longer a fat-free product.Support for reformulation of McDonald’s chocolate milk came from dairy scientists funded through the national dairy checkoff program. Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the checkoff, has had a partnership with McDonald’s since 2009, providing on-site support and other resources.“Chocolate milk has been a longtime customer favorite at McDonald’s, and U.S. dairy farmers are glad to see the chain roll out a great-tasting chocolate milk that has even more nutritional benefits than previously,” said Pennsylvania dairy farmer Marilyn Hershey, who serves as chair of DMI. “This is a great example of a food service leader listening and responding to customer demand. It also benefits dairy farmers because McDonald’s will offer an improved milk product to millions of customers, which could lead to similar changes at other restaurants.”advertisementBill provides regulatory relief to livestock haulersA House proposal extends hours-of-service regulations for haulers of livestock, milk and other perishable agricultural products. Introduced by U.S. Reps. Angie Craig (Minnesota) and Lloyd Smucker (Pennsylvania), the Responsible & Efficient Agriculture Destination (TREAD) Act would make it possible for drivers hauling live animals and perishable goods to finish their routes if they are within 150 air miles of their destination. The bill additionally allows this exemption to be utilized year-round rather than only during harvesting seasons.Milk Donation Reimbursement Program submission deadline extendedThe USDA has extended the deadline for organizations to submit Milk Donation Reimbursement Program plans for both fiscal years 2019 and 2020, until Dec. 6. The original deadline was Nov. 6.Under the program, approved in the 2018 Farm Bill, eligible dairy organizations partner with nonprofit organizations that distribute food to low-income individuals. Those partnerships may apply for and receive limited reimbursements to cover expenses related to certain fluid milk product donations.An eligible dairy organization is a dairy farmer, either individually or as part of a cooperative, or a dairy processor that incurs qualified expenses by accounting to a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) pool for fluid milk product donations. The reimbursements will offset a portion of the raw milk cost for milk donated to food assistance programs.Milk Donation and Distribution Plans submitted for fiscal year 2019 can reflect donations made from Oct. 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2019. After approval, partnerships will then be able to submit specific information to obtain retroactive reimbursement claims. Plans for fiscal year 2019 and fiscal year 2020 will be approved by Jan. 22, 2020.Details about program eligibility and participation are available at the USDA AMS website.Congress directed the USDA to develop the program to reduce food waste and provide nutrition assistance to low-income individuals. Congress authorized $9 million for the program in fiscal year 2019 and $5 million per fiscal year thereafter.Schlafer named to lead Foremost FarmsThe Foremost Farms USA board named Greg Schlafer as the Upper Midwest dairy cooperative’s president and CEO, effective Dec. 2. He succeeds Michael Doyle, who retired.Schlafer has more than 25 years of experience in the food industry, most recently as vice president of food group sales and marketing at J.R. Simplot Company. Previous experience includes leadership roles at Lamb Weston, a division of ConAgra Foods, and General Mills.Wisconsin CAFO rule rewrite fight escalatingA battle over a rewrite of Wisconsin regulations affecting siting of concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) is escalating.The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) board was scheduled to vote on proposed changes to the rule (ATCP 51) at its meeting set for Nov. 7. However, late last week, DATCP Secretary-Designee Brad Pfaff announced the agency had decided to delay bringing the proposed update forward for a vote.That prompted Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) President Darin Von Ruden, a dairy farmer, to ask Pfaff to reconsider the delay. Von Ruden linked the delay to an earlier threat to reject approval of Pfaff as state ag secretary by Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Republican. Pfaff was named to the post by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, and has been serving as secretary-designee for several months. The state Senate was scheduled to vote on Pfaff’s appointment on Nov. 5.Editor’s note: On Nov. 5, the Senate voted down DATCP secretary-designee Pfaff’s appointment in a 14-19 party-line vote.“To scrap the rules now is to ignore the input of hundreds of citizens who participated in the public comment process, not to mention the hundreds of hours invested by technical review committee members in 2010, 2014 and again in 2018 to make science-based recommendations for improving the rules. To abandon the revisions now at the 11th hour is a colossal waste of government resources. It’s time for these rules to go forward,” Von Ruden said in a statement released by WFU.One Wisconsin organization urged that politics be put aside.”Our dairy farmers are being battered by a perfect storm of challenges, from low milk prices in recent years and extreme weather conditions to shifting regulations and trade disruptions,” according to a statement released by the Dairy Business Association. “What we desperately need is certainty and stability, not a political fight. DBA supported Mr. Pfaff’s appointment at the outset, and we see no reason to change that position now. At this critical moment for Wisconsin’s dairy community, the right thing to do is to keep him in place.”Wisconsin Dairy Alliance (WDA) President Cindy Leitner said any delays in implementing ATCP 51 didn’t go far enough, instead calling for outright rejection by the DATCP board.“These proposed changes would have a devastating impact on the struggling dairy industry in Wisconsin,” she said. “The dairy industry has been sounding the alarm bells on these rule revisions for months, and DATCP simply ignored us.”WDA’s concerns, outlined in a letter from 20 Wisconsin agricultural organizations to the DATCP board, include manure storage setbacks and permit fees.Hiland Dairy offers holiday flavors of milkHiland Dairy released festive small-batch holiday milk flavors. Flavors include custard, pumpkin spice eggnog, traditional eggnog, chocolate mint, sugar cookie and maple pecan.Headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, farmer-owned Hiland Dairy operates plants in Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, producing ice cream, milk, butter, cottage cheese, sour cream, dips and eggnog.Horizon Organic Introduces ‘Growing Years’ milkHorizon Organic introduced “Growing Years,” a new whole milk created for children ages 1 to 5.According to the company, the product was developed in partnership with pediatricians. “Growing Years” contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) omega-3 fat to support brain health, choline to transport DHA in the body, prebiotics and vitamin D, and calcium.Horizon Organic became a brand of Danone North America in 2017, contracting milk production with nearly 600 family farmers across the U.S.Minnesota: Miron Farm named MMPA Producer of the YearThe Minnesota Milk Producers Association 2019 Producer of the Year is Miron Farm, Hugo, Minnesota.Established in 1887, the family now milks 120 cows and farms 800 acres of crops. The Miron Farm includes Fran and Mary Ann Miron, their sons Paul and Andrew Miron, as well as their families.Miron Farm was selected based on their extensive involvement with their urban neighbors and the agricultural community. Involvement includes Fran serving on the Hugo city council, 16 years as the mayor of Hugo, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation board and as a Washington County commissioner. Several family members are involved in local dairy promotion, Dairy Herd Improvement and Farm Bureau boards. This fall, Miron Farm hosted 2,000 people at the Washington County Breakfast on the Farm.As the Producer of the Year, the family receives a scholarship toward educational programming, a trip to the Minnesota Milk Dairy Conference and Expo, and a framed and matted art print. The farm family will receive the award Dec. 3, during the Minnesota Milk Dairy Conference and Expo.Pennsylvania: Online tool calculates value of dairy in each countyPennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE) launched a new online tool allowing users to see how the dairy industry’s $12 billion economic impact is distributed across each of 67 counties.In the form of an interactive map, the tool shares the number of farms, cows, jobs, herd size and economic impact dairy provides for each county. Data is based on the 2017 National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Agricultural Census.“Dairy businesses create more than 52,000 jobs and spend about 85 percent of their income locally, so our communities are stronger because of the many contributions dairy farms provide,” said Jayne Sebright, CDE executive director.Minnesota offers grants to prevent wolf attacks on livestockMoney is available to Minnesota livestock producers to help prevent wolf attacks. Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grants totaling $60,000 can be used to provide reimbursement for costs of approved practices to prevent wolf-livestock conflicts, including:Purchase of guard animalsVeterinary costs for guard animalsInstallation of wolf barriers which may include pens, fladry and fencingInstallation of wolf-deterring lights and alarmsCalving or lambing sheltersOther measures demonstrated to effectively reduce wolf-livestock conflictsEligible producers must live within an area designated as the Minnesota’s wolf range. Applications are due Jan. 31, 2020, to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).   Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

Tempuh 12.000 Km, Jalur Sutera Kuno Dibuka Kembali dari Inggris Menuju Tiongkok

first_imgLayanan angkutan kereta barang mulai kembali berjalan dari Inggris menuju Tiongkok. Dilansir dari metro.co.uk (10/4/2017) layanan angkutan barang ini berjarak 7.500 mil (12.000 km) jauhnya dari Standford-le-Hope, Essex. Kereta angkutan barang ini akan menghidupkan kembali ‘Jalur Sutera Kuno’ yang pernah ada 2.000 tahun lalu. Layanan kereta ini akan memulai perjalanannya Senin (10/4/2017) dan berangkat dari DP World London Gateway pukul 10.35.Kereta angkutan barang akan menggunakan lokomotif DB Cargo dengan mengangkut 30 kontainer yang berisikan barang-barang produksi Inggris seperti Wiski, minuman ringan, vitamin, obat-obataan dan produk-produk bayi yang akan di ekspor. Nantinya perjalanan kereta layanan angkut barang akan melewati Terowongan Channel ke Perancis dan Belgia, kemudian menuju Duisburg. Melanjutkan ke Jerman dan sebelum sampai di InterRail akan mengangkut kargo dengan melalui Polandia, Balarus, Rusia, Khazahktan dan kemudian di perhentian terakhir Yiwu, Tiongkok Selatan pada 27 April mendatang.metro.co.ukPerjalanan kereta angkutan ini memakan waktu kurang lebih 18 hari dari Inggris untuk sampai ke Tiongkok. Tak hanya itu, angkutan barang dengan kereta lebih murah dibandingkan dengan angkutan udara dan lebih cepat dari angkutan laut. Kepala eksekutif DP Wolrd Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem mengatakan, layanan pengiriman pertama dari Inggris menuju Tiongkok ini adalah kesempatan perdagangan yang signifikan. Menurutnya, DP World London Gateway adalah salah satu pusat logistik terbesar di Inggris yang dirancang dan dikembangkan untuk memastikan produk bisa di impor dan di ekspor dari Inggris melalui kapal atau kereta api dengan cara yang lebih cepat, aman dan lebih dapat diandalkan daripada sebelumnya.“Kami berharap untuk memungkinkan dan memfasilitasi perdagangan lebih antara Inggris, Cina dan seluruh dunia,” ujarnya.Selain itu, Menteri Perdagangan Inggris Greg Hands juga mengatakan, “Ini adalah jaringan perdagangan terbaru antara Inggris dengan Tiongkok melalui Jalur Sutera Kuno untuk membawa produk dari Inggris untuk dijual ke seluruh dunia. Meski waktu tempuh mencapai 18 hari, namun dari sisi pembiayaan masih jah lebih murah ketimbang mengekspor barang dengan menggunakan pesawat. Di sisi lain, mengantar barang menggunakan kapal memang murah, namun memakan waktu yang malah jauh lebih lama lagi. Penggunaan kereta barang, menurut mereka, adalah sebuah kompromi yang terbaik.Inggris adalah negara Eropa kedelapan yang menjadi tujuan kereta barang Cina, sedangkan London adalah kota tujuan kedua belas. Ini salah satu realisasi strategi ekonomi “Satu Sabuk, Satu Jalan” yang digagas Presiden Cina Xi Jinping sejak 2013. Tujuannya menghubungkan Asia dan Eropa serta Afrika melalui Jalur Sutra yang lama.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDari London, Kereta Kargo East Wind Sampai di Yiwu Setelah 19 Hari!23/05/2017In “Featured”Nippon Express Canangkan Pengiriman Barang dengan Kereta dari Cina Menuju Eropa15/10/2018In “Darat”Bangkitnya Jalur Sutra Modern Dari Cina ke Daratan Eropa02/06/2017In “Darat”last_img read more