Adidas reaches labor rights compromise

first_imgAfter controversy over labor rights in an Indonesian factory prompted several universities to terminate contracts with adidas, the German apparel giant has reached a settlement regarding unpaid funds owed to laborers. As of April 8, 10 schools suspended their contracts with adidas at the urging of the United Students Against Sweatshops group, according to a USA TODAY report. The schools included Cornell, Penn State and Georgetown, but not Notre Dame. In 2005, Notre Dame signed an exclusive 10-year contract with adidas to have the company supply footwear and apparel to the Irish varsity athletic teams. The current contract lasts through the 2013-2014 season, according to a 2005 press release. A report dated Jan. 18, 2012, from the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), a labor rights monitoring association said the PT Kizone factory in Tangerang, Indonesia, employed approximately 2,800 people before its closure in April 2011. It produced collegiate licensed apparel for adidas and Nike, and non-collegiate apparel for Dallas Cowboys Merchandising and other brands. The crisis began in 2010, when PT Kizone “stopped paying mandatory terminal compensation to workers separated from employment,” the report said. In January 2011, the factory owner fled the nation, “precipitating the factory’s eventual closure and leaving no money to pay severance.” The report said at the time of closure, employees were owed $3.4 million in total. Before the compromise was announced April 24, the WRC took issue with adidas being the only university-related company affiliated with the factory to not contribute or pledge to the severance fund or, according to the report. “Adidas has taken the position that it has no obligation to provide funds to the affected workers,” the report said. Before the settlement, adidas “did not disclose the violations, denied responsibility and refuses to pay anything,” it said. The report also said under university codes of conduct, “it is the duty of licensees to correct code violations.” Michael Low, Notre Dame’s director of licensing, said Notre Dame was the first university to adopt a Code of Conduct, which is applied to all of its licensees. Low said the University stayed in contact with adidas during the episode and reviewed reports and recommendations from the WRC and the Fair Labor Association.  “Any time that there is an issue with factory workers and our licensees, we are concerned,” Low said in a phone interview Friday. “In our case, [Notre Dame’s] Code of Conduct doesn’t really address the issue of unpaid severance. “This was not an adidas factory, this was a factory that adidas contracted with, and this is a case where the owner of the factory basically left the country overnight and stole the severance funds that he was required to pay by the Indonesian government,” he said. “In talking to adidas, … we know that they paid their bills and paid into the severance fund. They did not believe, and our Code supported the fact that they were not responsible for the illegal act of a third party.” Low said he considers adidas to be “a worldwide leader” in its efforts to enforce codes of conduct in the factories they contract with. “It’s always unfortunate when these things happen, but at Notre Dame, we don’t force a settlement by canceling contracts,” he said. “We continue to work through issues with our licensees.” James Paladino, associate director for business operations at Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, worked on the original formation of the Code of Conduct under former University president Fr. Edward Malloy. He said the University’s approach to issues of social justice focuses more on remediation than shaming. “Remediation goes along with the rights and responsibilities theme of Catholic Social Teaching,” Paladino said. “If you see an injustice, you shine the light on it. But you also work for positive change rather than just pulling out of the situation.” Administrators at other universities brought a different approach. Rodney Erickson, president of Pennsylvania State University, sent a letter to the company on March 13 to announce his university’s decision “to suspend the adidas license with Penn State for 60 days, effective immediately.” “We are confident that adidas’s actions fall short of our expectations for fair, just and humane behavior by licensees toward the laborers that sustain a system from which all of us, particularly our licensees, benefit enormously,” Erickson said in the letter. The letter stated that if adidas pays its portion of the funds owed to the workers denied compensation within 60 days, the university “will lift [the] suspension and proceed under [the] prior relationship with adidas. However, should adidas fail to do so to the satisfaction of both the Worker Rights Consortium and Penn State … the university will terminate the license.” Paladino said his past experiences with workers’ rights disputes in Latin America emphasize the benefits of remediation over termination. “I went down to El Salvador with a group, and we met with workers who had been laid off. They said, ‘whatever you do, fight for us. Don’t make them pull out,’” he said. “They really wanted to go through remediation. That’s the true piece of justice, making the changes and getting the situation resolved.” On April 24, adidas announced a solution to the situation in a letter to its university partners, provided by Notre Dame’s associate vice president for auxiliary operations David Harr. The letter said a compromise had been reached to the satisfaction of both adidas and the PT Kizone workers. “We have been and remain sympathetic to the plight of all former PT Kizone workers,” the letter said. “We have been supportive of the factory workers since we first learned of the factory’s closure and the workers’ hardship. “The additional aid comes on top of adidas’s earlier contributions in humanitarian aid, job placement services and advocacy on issues related to workers’ rights,” the letter stated. When a third party is involved in such a dispute, as it was in the PT Kizone case, Low said the University relies on the reports from the Worker Rights Consortium and the Fair Labor Association to advise courses of action. “Our expectation is that if the company is found to be at fault, they will remedy [the situation] appropriately to satisfy the issue,” Low said. “There’s no issue for us as long as the companies are working in good faith [and] going through remediation.” The Code qualifies in terms of ethical principles:, “Notre Dame Licensees must be committed in the conduct of their business to a set of ethical standards which are not incompatible with those of Notre Dame.” The Code of Conduct includes honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and “respect for the unique intrinsic value of each human being” in its list of ethical standards, according to the document. Paladino said Notre Dame’s Code is unique in its strong emphasis on the dignity of labor, which is another part of Catholic Social Teaching. William Purcell, associate director of Catholic Social Teaching for the Center for Social Concerns said the compromise is a “victory” for both adidas and the global community. “The bottom line here is how we can apply Catholic Social Teaching. It only happens in a practical way,” Purcell said. “You can have all the ideas of solidarity and rights and responsibilities, but how does it get carried out? It’s not just any one thing, but looking at the whole package. “We integrate Catholic Social Tradition in all we’re trying to do, including in a practical way using the University’s resources and the resources we engage in our local community and the global community,” he said. Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

ND launches theology training program

first_imgEcho, a subset of the Institute for Church Life, added a new program this year, titled “Echo Teaching Theology,” to train recent college graduates to teach high school theology and to equip them with a Master’s degree in theology from Notre Dame. Echo Teaching Theology combines a focus on formation with an intense study of theology, Echo director Colleen Moore said. “We hope to prepare young people who are not only trained to be successful theology teachers but to be mature and integrated and inspiring witnesses of the faith,” she said. Echo addresses intellectual and professional-ministerial formation to foster a strong understanding of theology from academic and career angles, Moore said. “The main part of the intellectual formation is the [Master’s] in theology,” she said. “There’s professional-ministerial formation, which is their placement, whether they’re in parish ministry or campus ministry or in high school teaching theology.” Moore said the program also seeks to foster communal and spiritual formation. “[Participants] live in intentional faith communities,” she said. “That means they share not just the living space but they share their lives, they share faith. … There is a serious commitment to prayer and spiritual direction within the Echo program. We also have a very rich series of theologically-based retreats.” Moore said Echo incorporated a teaching program because many of its graduates had gone on to teach theology and credited Echo for their success. “We also had diocesan partners around the country who have said, ‘We have a need for stronger high school theology teachers. What you all are doing with your parish catechetical apprentices could be very helpful in preparation of high school theology teachers,’” Moore said. John Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life, said the United States has a shortage of good high school theology teachers. “There’s no such thing as an unemployed Echo student because they’re so much in demand,” Cavadini said. “We thought the need for education in the faith, the catechetical need, is a need that comes through at school. too.” Moore said teaching theology used to be predominately a job for professed religious, and now fewer American Catholics choose a religious vocation. Schools often ask teachers with other areas of expertise to teach theology, which is not an ideal situation for students’ spiritual growth, she said. Cavadini said expertise in theology should influence how one teaches the subject. “Theology has its own pedagogy, you might say,” he said. “So the pedagogy has to be directly related to the theology and flow from it.” To be able to train young people to pass on the faith and educate the next generation of Catholics is an invaluable opportunity, Cavadini said. “I think somebody’s high school theology experience can be one of the most important ones of their whole lives,” he said. “And I think to try to increase the chances that it’s really properly theological and oriented toward the faith and to faith formation and to just really helping students become attached to the faith and understand it more deeply – that’s something I can’t pass up.”   Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]last_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Which Song Do You Want to See Live at the Tony Awards?

first_imgThe Broadway.com editorial team is crazy about Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and rank your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank—we’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday.Last week, we ditched our cerulean sweaters and booked a trip to Paris when we heard The Devil Wears Prada was getting the musical treatment. We asked you to pick the stars you’d like to see play Miranda Priestly in the new adaptation—the results are in, and fans picked Christine Baranski as their top pick to play the intimidating Editor-in-Chief of Runway magazine. This week, we can’t stop thinking about the forthcoming 2015 Tony Awards ceremony. What will the stars be wearing? Who will the presenters be? And most of all, what songs will be performed?! Broadway.com features editor Lindsay Champion posted her list of top 10 picks here!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist, you will be asked to create one at this point.)Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Broadway.com Show! View Commentslast_img read more

March 1, 2003 News and Notes

first_img John F. Schutz, of Manoff & Schutz, P.A., West Palm Beach, has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a family mediator. Louise B. Zeuli, of Louise B. Zeuli, P.A., Maitland, presented “Legal Dilemmas Facing the Nurse Practitioner” at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, to the Graduate Nursing Association, where she spoke about the specific legal issues for nurse practitioners newly entering the profession. James A. Martin, Jr., a shareholder with Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, Clearwater, has been elected secretary of the board of directors of the Florida Academy of Health Care Lawyers. Dan Mitchell, of Tampa, has been appointed the chair of the continuing legal education committee of the Florida Defense Lawyers’ Association. Matthew Smith, of Akerman Senterfitt, Orlando, was the recipient of the Associated Marine Institute’s 2002 Leadership in Governance Award. David C. Willis, shareholder with Mateer & Harbert, P.A., Orlando, spoke to the East Central branch of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Structural Technical Group about professional liability. Ronald A. Christaldi, shareholder with de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A., has been appointed to serve as co-chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Cultural Affairs Committee. Paul Novack, attorney and mayor of the Town of Surfside, is the recipient of the 2003 Community Steward/Public Servant Award, by 1000 Friends of Florida, a nonprofit organization established to promote better planning for the state’s growth. Mark Kraus, assistant attorney general, along with Judge Michael Weatherby, lectured on the topic: “Managing Civil RICO and Qui Tam, Crooks and Bounty Hunters” at the Conference of Circuit Court Judges, at the Amelia Island Plantation. Steven Randall Walker, formerly general counsel with Essential Markets, Inc., Seattle, Washington, has been appointed attorney-advisor with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Corporation Finance, Washington, D.C., telephone (202)942-2976. Seth Rodner, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been named treasurer of the Federal Bar Association’s national criminal law section for 2003. John Newton, senior assistant attorney general in Attorney General Charlie Crist’s Economic Crimes and Civil Rights units, spoke at the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Conference on Privacy Issues and Dilemmas for Drug and Medical Device Manufacturers. Paul O. Lopez, a director with Tripp Scott, has been appointed to the executive board of the United Way of Broward County. James D. Camp III, president and shareholder of Camp & Camp, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, was recently elected president of the Legal Aid Society of Broward County, Inc., and has been appointed for a second term on the 17th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. Jeremy Alters, a partner with Ratzan & Alters has been named president-elect of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, where he formerly served as the organization’s treasurer. James D. Camp, Jr., vice president and shareholder of Camp & Camp, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, has been elected for a one-year term as a director of Community Television Foundation of South Florida, Inc., and has been re-appointed to the Florida Probate Rules Committee. Julie H. Littky-Rubin, of Lytal, Reiter, Clark, Fountain & Williams, LLP, has spoken at several seminars sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers on the topics of “Legislative and Judicial Updates in the Evidence Code and Civil Procedure Rules” and “Preserving the Record on Appeal.” She has also presented a program on “Proposals for Settlement” to members of the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association and was a speaker at The Florida Bar’s Practicing with Professionalism Seminar on “The Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Practice.” Oscar Sanchez, of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, and president-elect of the University of Florida Law Alumni Council, addressed the incoming winter class of about 200 students. Hayden Dempsey, a shareholder with GrayHarris, Tallahassee, has become a member of the board of trustees for Florida Tax Watch. Hardy L. Roberts III, formerly of Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith and Cutler, Miami, has been named by Gov. Jeb Bush the interim secretary of the Florida department of Business and Professional Regulation. John W. Hoft, Jr., of Tampa, has been appointed to the faculty of the College of Business at Columbus State University in Georgia, as assistant professor of business law. Jerry M. Markowitz, a founding shareholder of Markowitz, Davis, Ringel &Trusty, P.A., spoke on the topic of “Asset Sales–Executory Contracts and Other Issues” at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 8th Annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference in Denver, Colorado. Diane Carr, former partner with Hopping, Green and Sams, Tallahassee, has been named secretary designate of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation by Gov. Jeb Bush. Troy A. Kishbaugh, with GrayHarris, Orlando, has been elected to serve as the board chair for the Florida College of Health Sciences Foundation. Gary S. Lesser, of Lesser, Lesser & Landy, P.A., West Palm Beach, presented “Ethics in the Discovery Process” at a recent ethics in Florida seminar. He also presented “Practicing with Professionalism” at the Palm Beach County Bar Personal Injury Continuing Legal Education Seminar. Michael Rosenberg, of Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg, served as co-chair and a speaker at the 21st Annual International Tax Conference, co-sponsored by the Florida Institute of CPAs and The Florida Bar, held in Miami. His speech was titled: “A Potpourri of International Tax Issues Relevant to the Tax Practitioner.” Alicia M. Morales-Fernandez, of Katz, Barron, Squitero & Faust, P.A., Miami, has been appointed by the mayor to the city of South Miami’s Environmental Review and Preservation Board. Harry Shevin, of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, West Palm Beach, has been elected to the board of the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association. Joanne Harvest Koren, director of the University of Miami School of Law’s Academic Achievement Program, and member of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board, has been elected to the executive board of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Academic Support. Bud Bennington, of Shutts & Bowen, LLP, Orlando, has been appointed to the position of “At-Large Board Member” to the Orlando Diocesan School Board. Bob Murphy has been elected to a four-year term on the board of commissioners for the Midway Fire District. Dan Armstrong, of the Law Offices of Dan W. Armstrong, P.A., Ponte Vedra Beach, participated in Mediation Appreciation Day by presenting a lecture to the County Court Mediation Program of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. The lecture focused on asset protection and landlord/tenant issues. Dennis J. Levine, of Dennis Levine & Associates, Tampa, participated on a panel at the ABI’s Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference in Denver, Colorado. The panel’s topic was “Consumer Bankruptcy Issues–What Business Lawyers Need to Know.” James J. Therrell, Jr., attorney with Zimmerman Shuffield, Kiser & Sutclife, P.A., Orlando, has been named to and is serving on the Orange County Citizen’s Review Panel for Human Services. Alison M. Yurko, of Thomas P. Callan, P.A., Orlando, has written an article titled, “A Practical Perspective About Annexation in Florida: Making Sense of Chapters 171 and 164, Florida Statutes 2003 and Beyond.” David Oscar Markus, of Hirsch & Markus, LLP, spoke on jury selection at the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section seminar, and on pretrial motions at The Florida Bar’s Advanced Federal Criminal Practice Seminar. Barry M. Mankes, of the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Training Bureau, has been appointed to the Police-Prosecutor Coordinating Committee, Training Subcommittee. He was also a presenter at the Miami-Dade State Attorney/Miami Beach Police Department “Hate Crimes” seminar at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. Mildred Beam, a shareholder at Mateer & Harbert, P.A., Winter Park, has been named a member of the board of directors at Seniors First, a nonprofit organization that enhances the quality of life for Orange County Senior Citizens. Orlando Cabrera, a partner of Holland & Knight, Miami, has resigned from the firm, having been appointed by the Florida Department of Community Affairs as executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Jane Gordon, of Shutts &Bowen, LLP, spoke at a Lorman-sponsored seminar entitled “Title Examination in Florida” in Miami. She spoke on the topic of “Litigating Lien Priorities with the Subrogation Toolbox.” Christine A. Marlewski, of GrayHarris, Tampa, has been appointed director of the pro bono committee for the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Richard C. Grant, of Grant, Fridkin, Pearson, Athan & Crown, P.A., Naples, has been elected chair of the board of directors of The Conservancy of Southwest Florida for the year 2003. Elliot Wilcox, of the Office of the State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit, presented “Beyond What Happened Next?: How to Improve Your Direct Examination,” at the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association’s DUI Trial Advocacy School in Cocoa Beach. He also presented, “Convince ’em to Convict: A Prosecutor’s Guide to Persuasion” for the Winter Park Rotary Club. Michael G. Whelan, of Whelan, DeMaio & Kiszkiel, P.A., Miami, presented “Discipline and Discharge of Represented and Unrepresented Employees: What Type of Process Is Due?” for the Florida Public Employers Labor Relations Association’s 29th Annual Training Conference in Orlando. Joseph Warren Kniskern, of Weston, a former senior partner with Kelley Drye & Warren, and member of the Christian Legal Society, has published a new book titled “Making a New Vow: A Christian Guide to Remarriage and Blended Families.” William E. Adams, Jr., professor, has been promoted to associate dean for international, online, and graduate programs at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. Cliff Schulman, shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been named chair of the board of the Aventura Marketing Council. Joseph W. Hatchett, a member of Akerman Senterfitt, has been awarded the 2003 Jurisprudence Award by the Anti-Defamation League. Judith Nelson, former judge of compensation claims, has been awarded a Governor’s Points of Light Award for her volunteer work as executive director of The Victory School, a nonprofit school for children with autism and related disabilities. Darrell Payne, a partner with Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P., was elected chair of the WLRN Television and Radio Community Advisory Board. March 1, 2003 Regular News March 1, 2003 News and Noteslast_img read more

Lawyer: Arrested Nassau Police Officer Victim of ‘Trickery’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dolores Sharpe, a member of the Nassau County Police Department, is accused of resisting arrest and harassment after an alleged struggle with her fellow officers in November. (Photo credit: YouTube/Antonio Kelley)The lawyer for a Nassau County police officer who was arrested by fellow cops in November blasted the department Thursday for piling on charges and blindsiding his client with a traffic ticket for tinted windows that officers never made her aware of.Officer Dolores Sharpe’s attorney, Frederick Brewington, accused the department of “trickery” and attempting to deceive his client by failing to notify Sharpe of a traffic violation that was to be settled by Thursday at 9 a.m.—the same time of her scheduled arraignment at First District Court in Hempstead.Brewington said he wasn’t aware of any traffic ticket until he received court documents just prior to Sharpe’s arraignment. He told Judge Douglas Lerose that officers never issued Sharpe a ticket while she was detained at the Fourth Precinct.“There’s something wrong here,” he told the judge.Nassau County Assistant District Attorney Theresa Tebbett said of Brewington’s claims of a surprise ticket: “That’s something I will look into.”Sharpe, who did not speak during the arraignment, was joined by more than two dozen supporters who stood in unison as she was called to face the charges.She was additionally charged with harassment—a charge Brewington said he expected to be added on. Sharpe plead not guilty to all charges. Nonetheless, Brewington said outside the courthouse that “all this stuff” was made up after the fact so police can “try and justify their wrongful actions.”“After the whistle’s blown, they’re piling on,” he added.The charges stem from Sharpe’s arrest after she was questioned outside a West Hempstead Dollar Tree store on the evening of Nov. 29.Sharpe, according to Brewington, was off duty when she went shopping and was approached by an officer who the lawyer said used foul language and ignored Sharpe’s pleas to notify a supervisor after showing her police badge.After leaving the store, Sharpe was pulled over about two blocks away by the same officers, handcuffed and brought to the Fourth Precinct.Police accused the 52-year-old cop of resisting arrest and “intentionally” trying to strike a second officer “in his face with a neck chain by swinging it at him,” according to court documents.Sharpe “refused to comply with multiple lawful orders to place her hands behind her back” and was arrested after a brief struggle, the documents state.Brewington said at no time was Sharpe aggressive toward the officers and it was police who were in the wrong.“They arrested this woman, put her in handcuffs…for driving while black, basically,” Brewington charged.During the hearing, Brewington also took issue with the arresting officer signing the ticket the day after Sharpe had already been released from custody.“That whole trickery is a problem we’re trying to deal with regards to this Nassau County Police Department, the [Nassau County] District Attorney’s office and they should all be ashamed,” he blasted. “This is an officer in the service and they should treat her with the utmost respect.”Insp. Kenneth Lack, Nassau police’s chief spokesman, declined to comment on the case, citing an ongoing internal affair’s investigation. He also declined to comment on any of Brewington’s statements. Meanwhile, Sharpe returned to her job in the applicant investigation unit after a 29-day unpaid suspension. Sharpe’s service weapon has not been returned, Brewington said.Sharpe declined to speak with reporters.last_img read more

Why does your credit union need a business continuity plan?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You’ve probably read it somewhere. Someone has probably told you. Chances are, you know that your credit union needs a business continuity plan, but you don’t remember exactly where you first heard it.But those other concerns don’t change the simple fact of the matter:It’s even possible that you didn’t know that you need a business continuity plan. It’s not exactly a major component of daily operations. Besides, you have more pressing concerns to worry about!Your credit union needs a business continuity plan.But why?last_img

Residential: Miracle of Manhattan

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Mediterranean Ferry Operators Troubled by Sulfur Emissions Cap

first_imgMediterranean ferry operators voiced their concerns on meeting the 0.5% sulfur emissions cap due in 2020 during Interferry’s 42nd annual conference in Split, Croatia.According to Minoan Lines Managing Director Antonios Maniadakis, using low sulfur fuel would increase costs by EUR 2 million ( USD 2.35 million) per year.But clean diesel was advocated by Alan Klanac, Interferry President and former CEO of conference host company Jadrolinija, who argued that LNG coolant technology was more suited to cold sea temperatures of 7-10 degrees such as in Norway. “Here in Croatia we face 27 degrees in summer and that’s a major issue,” he warned.Referencing another problem – the region’s shortage of LNG bunkering facilities – Attica Group CEO Spiros Paschalis said the company was collaborating on a dual-fuel ferry project while also working with a Greek distributor on the potential for more refuelling infrastructure.Panos Mitrou of Lloyd’s Register suggested that the ferry sector was the best candidate for alternative fuels. He highlighted two European Union-backed schemes to encourage a switch in the Eastern Mediterranean – the Poseidon Med II project to provide LNG bunkering facilities at five ports, and the Elemed project promoting cold ironing and electric propulsion.Supporters of electrification included Jan Helge Pile, Managing Director of Color Line’s marine & technical division. Pile said the Norwegian company’s 27,000gt diesel-electric ro-pax newbuild, due for delivery in 2019, was originally planned to be LNG-powered.  Later it became clear that competition for the best time slots on the single ferry berth at Sandefjord would favour the vessel with least emissions. “The vessel can operate for 60 minutes on batteries, meaning we will have unbeatable zero emissions in the agreed zone off the port,” he explained.  “In any case, two years ago it was all about LNG yet now we are already hearing more talk about hydrogen.”Jim Anderson, director of vessels at Scotland’s Caledonian Maritime Assets, which has a fleet that includes three small hybrid double-enders, confirmed that the company was actively working towards building a hydrogen-powered ferry. The project dated from 2010 and a Capex model had shown it was feasible.  However, because storing the fuel would occupy a large amount of vessel space, bunkering would be required every second day and that raised the problem of how to fit it into the timetable.Renewable electric energy was a viable game changer according to Soren Danig, VP business solutions at Plan B Energy Storage.“Air pollution from international shipping accounts for 50,000 deaths per year in Europe,” he asserted. “New energy storage technology allows charging in 15 minutes, decreasing system sizes, 40,000-hour life cycles and end of life cell swaps.”A ro-pax case study presented by MAN passenger ship sales head Sokrates Tolgos concluded that life-cycle costs were 14% higher using LNG and 31% higher for marine gasoil (MGO) compared with the HFO/scrubber option – a solution that meets regulatory requirements and is in line with industry forecasts that 80% of marine operations would be HFO fuelled in 2030.As for electrification, he argued: “You may have emissions-free ships but how do you produce the electricity? You’re just shifting the emissions somewhere else unless you can produce electricity in the quantities required without using fossil fuels.”Safety management and social media were also included in the agenda of the conference.last_img read more

DSME Names Four Ice-Breaking LNG Carriers

first_imgDaewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has simultaneously named four ice-breaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers at its Okpo Shipyard.In a ceremony on March 28, the shipbuilder christened the new vessels Nikolay Yevgenov, Vladimir Voronin, Georgiy Ushakov and Yakov Gakkel, after Russian Arctic explorers and scholars.Data provided by Reuters shows that the ships are scheduled for delivery in October and November of 2019, and January and February of 2020, respectively.The ARC-7 units will operate on the Arctic route and transport clean energy from the Arctic to the Asian and Nordic regions. Featuring a length of 299 meters and a width of 50 meters, the ships have a capacity to carry up to 172,600 cbm of LNG and break up to 2.1 meter thick ice.The units are being built for Teekay LNG Partners under a USD 4.8 billion contract for 15 ice-breaking LNG carriers, received in 2014. Each ship has a price of USD 320 million.So far, DSME has handed over 10 of these carriers to their owners, with five remaining under construction at the Okpo yard.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Medical marijuana: good evidence for some diseases, weak for others

first_imgReuters 23 June 2015Moderate- or high-quality evidence supports the use of marijuana for some medical conditions, but not for others, according to a fresh review of past research.After reviewing 80 randomized trials that included nearly 6,500 people, researchers found moderate support for using marijuana to treat chronic pain and muscle spasms and involuntary movements.The evidence wasn’t as strong to support marijuana’s use for nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, sleep disorders, HIV-related weight loss and Tourette syndrome.Also, any benefits of marijuana or cannabis use must be weighed against the risk of side effects, which include dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, sleepiness and euphoria, according to the study’s lead author.“Individuals considering cannabinoids as a possible treatment for their symptoms should discuss the potential benefits and harms with their doctor,” said Penny Whiting of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.She also told Reuters Health by email that other reviews of medical marijuana suggest prolonged use may be tied to an increased risk of psychosis.http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/23/us-marijuana-medical-evidence-idUSKBN0P31WT20150623Scant evidence that medical pot helps many illnesses – studyAssociated Press 23 June 2015 Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits.The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis, according to the review, which evaluated 79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients. Evidence was weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders, and Tourette’s syndrome and the authors recommend more research.The analysis is among several medical marijuana articles published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. They include a small study suggesting that many brand labels for edible marijuana products list inaccurate amounts of active ingredients. More than half of brands tested had much lower amounts than labeled, meaning users might get no effect.Highlights from the journal:THE ANALYSISThe researchers pooled results from studies that tested marijuana against placebos, usual care or no treatment. That’s the most rigorous kind of research but many studies found no conclusive evidence of any benefit. Side effects were common and included dizziness, dry mouth and sleepiness. A less extensive research review in the journal found similar results.It’s possible medical marijuana could have widespread benefits, but strong evidence from high-quality studies is lacking, authors of both articles say.http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MED_MEDICAL_MARIJUANA_RESEARCH_5_THINGS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-06-23-11-51-43last_img read more