Polly Getz might seek House of Deputies vice president post

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Getz, who has served as House of Deputies parliamentarian since 2003, announced late June 25 that she would stand for election as vice president of that house.In a posting on her Facebook page, Getz said she had been asked to run by some of the leaders of the Episcopal Church’s Province VIII group of dioceses in the western United States.She agreed, she said, because “Province VIII deserves more representation in the councils of the church.”“I can bring that voice to the table,” she said.Getz is the second lay person to announce that she intends to stand for election as vice president of the House of Deputies. Sally Johnson, a seven-time General Convention deputy from the Diocese of Minnesota, disclosed her plans June 24.Johnson and Getz will be able to enter the vice presidential election if a clergy person is elected to be president of the House of Deputies. Canon I.1.1(b) requires that the president and vice president be of different orders.Known to many in the church as “Polly,” Getz, 59 and a deputy from the Diocese of San Diego, has served the last three meetings of General Convention as House of Deputies parliamentarian. She began in 2003 for the Very Rev. George Werner’s first term as House of Deputies president, continued with Werner at the 2006 convention and went on to serve with House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson in 2009. She is to be Anderson’s parliamentarian for the July 5-12 meeting of convention in Indianapolis.Getz said in her announcement that her experience as parliamentarian has given her “an inside view as well as a good understanding of how the sausage is made.” She added that she understands “who we are and who we can be.”Getz, who has lived in the dioceses California, Arizona, San Joaquin, San Diego and West Texas, is a six-time deputy to convention and will be San Diego’s lead lay deputy in Indianapolis.Getz, an attorney, recently closed her law firm Getz & Associates in Poway, California, north of San Diego in southern California. She did so, she told Episcopal News Service via email, to launch a start-up venture with a longtime client. LuminOre Copper Touch, a company founded in 2011 cold sprays products with copper to create antimicrobial surfaces. Getz is the venture’s executive vice president and general counsel. She also serves as the vice chancellor of the Diocese of San Diego.Getz is one of five children and the daughter and sister of Episcopal priests. “That has given me a churchwide view of our family of Christ,” she said in her announcement.“The only ‘camp’ I am affiliated with is Camp Stevens, our diocesan church camp which we share with Los Angeles,” Getz said. “I make my decisions after prayerful consideration and not based on an agenda. Absolutely not implying anyone else does, just saying ‘this is me’.”Getz will have been married to her husband, Ron Enos, for 25 years on June 27.House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson has said she would not ask this meeting of General Convention to elect her to a third and final term as president. The election for her successor will be held July 10 with nominations opening July 9 with a “meet the nominees” reception that evening.Thus far, the Rev. Gay Jennings and Martha Bedell Alexander have announced they intend to stand for election as president.Nominations for House of Deputies vice president will open July 10 and that election will take place the next day, July 11. Getz will celebrate her 60th birthday on July 10.The office of vice president has been vacant since Feb. 15, 2010, when Diocese of Minnesota Bishop Brian Prior, who had been vice president, was ordained bishop.At the organizing session of the House of Deputies on July 5, the house will elect a vice president to serve at the 77th convention. The Very Rev. Scott Kirby, retired dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and a deputy from that diocese, has agreed to be nominated to serve as vice president. Other persons may also be nominated from the floor. If Kirby is elected, he has indicated that he will not stand for election for any office for the next triennium.The president-elect and vice president-elect take office at the adjournment of the regular meeting of the House of Deputies at which they are elected and continue in office until the adjournment of the following regular meeting of the General Convention. They are both eligible to stand for election for three three-year terms in each office.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Rector Martinsville, VA Youth Minister Lorton, VA General Convention 2012, July 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm Polly would make an extraordinary VP in the House. She is level headed, has a wonderful sense of humor and one smart lady. She is also dedicated to the faith in an extraordinary way always seeking to bring people together. 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Voter rights: Pushing back fascists in North Carolina

first_imgChapel Hill, N.C.During this election season, the struggle for “Defend the Vote” protection is especially sharp in the South, where ballot access has historically been a powerful organizing tool in the Black freedom struggle, including the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. A 24-foot ‘Black Lives Matter’ billboard was installed in July in Chatham County, N.C., paid for by a local GoFundMe campaign, to protest the flying of a Confederate flag.In 2013 in North Carolina — one of the states still under limited federal oversight by the VRA — the state legislature had a number of voting-related laws which were slated to be struck down as unconstitutionally racist under the VRA. Then the Shelby v. Holder decision by the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the VRA and opened up years of vicious attacks on access to the vote by poor and oppressed people.The struggle to access the vote has showed up dramatically and locally at polling sites such as those in Chatham County in rural North Carolina during the 2020 primary. There, members of various white-supremacist militias staged a “flagging” demonstration, flying equal numbers of Trump, Confederate, U.S. and white-supremacist militia flags at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center on Feb. 15. They arrived to intimidate during the first Saturday of early primary voting — and at the same time as major efforts from local Black community organizers to turn out the vote.The militias present included the League of South — a national group that gained infamy for numerous violent felonies at the Unite the Right fascist demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 — and a number of local groups, such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a white-supremacist militia. These groups took over the parking lot and demonstrated at the only entrances to the polling site, even inside the legally mandated buffer zone. Within that zone, supposedly no electioneering is allowed, and voter harassment is barred. The militias demonstrated there with impunity, under the direct protection of the Chatham County Sheriff’s department.For the general election this November, local anti-racist formation Chatham Stands Up and Democracy N.C., the statewide organization sponsoring the Election Protector program, were able to respond to the neofascist threat and win minor changes to election law that offered slightly better protection for voters across the state.One approach by Democracy N.C. relies on an all-volunteer group of vote protectors to find and report voter intimidation and suppression efforts to civil rights attorneys. These are then able to gain new polling sites and improved hours and investigate irregularities in reported vote totals. With President Trump’s recent message to the Proud Boys militia to “stand by” for intimidation during the coming election, the need has accelerated for strong local “Defend the Vote” actions to stop these racist, fascist groups. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Brgy PESOs can curb illegal recruitment

first_imgILOILO – Putting up public employmentservices office (PESOs) in villages could prevent illegal recruitment,according to Francisco Heler, provincial PESO chief. The 20 LGUs have a combined 965villages. The PESO in the villages also servesas a venue to spread information on legal employment opportunities andrecruitment. “If we cannot protect them, it defeatsthe purpose of the PESO which is employment facilitation and employmentprotection,” Heler said. Heler said the provincial PESO isurging LGUs to establish their respective village PESOs to protect job seekersagainst illegal recruiters and help with employment information dissemination. The provincial government-PESO canalso communicate to the village PESOs to relay employment opportunities, likethe JobStart program, and provide free employability enhancement and skillstraining with allowance to qualified applicants. “The huge help of the village PESO isto cascade the information on employment to the village level.They will helpthe municipal PESO cover all the villages in their locality,” Heler said. “The PESO in the village will check ifthe recruiter has the necessary requirements, or has secured the permission ofthe municipal mayor and the municipal PESO officer. If there will be no PESOofficer in the villages, the unlicensed recruitment agencies might not beprevented,” Heler said. So far, 20 of the 43 local government units(LGUs) in this province have established village PESOs. The PESO-Iloilo chief has assured thatseveral local chief executives committed to establishing the village PESOs. (PNA) The village PESO will be the one tocheck the legitimacy of recruitment companies. “They can also help to organizeoverseas Filipino Workers and their families in their respective families. Withthis, we would know what they need in terms of livelihood because we offer areintegration program to returning OFWs,” Heler added. Some of the villages are at risk ofbeing victimized by illegal recruiters since “people in the barangay wantemployment because they want to work abroad for a higher salary.”last_img read more

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Fourth Smalta Girls U-11 football tournament launched

first_imgWITH the strict aim of ensuring that more females enjoy the game of football and have healthy lifestyles, the fourth Smalta Girls U-11 football tournament was launched yesterday.At a brief ceremony at the National Library in Georgetown, the tournament is set to begin on Saturday with sixteen teams participating.According to the director of the Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca, the tournament, which will feature sixteen primary school teams, will take on a different dimension.“It makes us happy to pull off another tournament that will assist in the development of women’s football,” Mendonca added.GFF vice-president Rawlston Adams contended that the initiative is one that fits hand-in-hand with the federation’s drive to give the women an equal opportunity at development.He added, “Team sports help young people and teach them accountability among other things,” adding that while the Ministry of Education has been doing work on ground enhancement, there is still some more to be done.From the Federation’s standpoint also, Adams believes that they too can do more and are doing more to support women’s football locally.Oneka Scott, Adolescent Health Coordinator within the Ministry of Public Health contended that the tournament will serve as a basis to promote the vaccine to fight against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).“On the dawn of launching another football tournament for our female athletes, we are using this platform to also promote the HPV vaccine.”She contended that Guyana cannot be left behind as the rest of the world moves forward with protecting young women.Title sponsor, through representative Sean Abel, added that the entity is once again pleased to be on board with the tournament adding that its support also hinges on the movement behind the issue of HPVMinistry of Education Department of Sport Coordinator, Nicholas Fraser stated that while he echoes the statements made by those before him, he is glad to see so many women rushing to get involved in sport.The tournament begins this Saturday at the National Service ground from 10:00hrs.last_img read more

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An attempt to make right on two wrongs

first_img“Winning may not be everything, but I guarantee you that losing is nothing.”Those were the only notes I took that day 39 years ago as guest lecturer Frank Cheek captivated the Humboldt State PE class. We were there to learn about umpiring, and he taught that with the addition of large doses of coaching wisdom.I have had the privilege of listening to that wisdom ever since as Cheek’s employee, co-worker and friend.Coach Cheek, 81, called me recently after he had a long stay in the hospital, …last_img

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Gautrain benefits ‘outweigh costs’

first_img28 October 2005The Gautrain is expected to cost R20-billion, nearly three times the 2002 sum of R7-billion. Finance Minister Trevor Manuel confirmed the new figure, an increase of more than 70 percent, in Parliament this week.The Gautrain consists of an 80km rail link between Johannesburg, Tshwane and Joburg International Airport.“The potential socio-economic benefits far outweigh the cost of the project,” said Ignatius Jacobs, Gauteng provincial minister for public transport, roads and works.Job creationSome of these benefits include: almost 93 000 jobs during the construction and commissioning phases; additional gross geographical product (GGP) during construction estimated to be about R5-billion, and about R165-million a year during the operation and maintenance of the system; a provincial GGP increase of between 0.7 percent and 1 percent during the implementation phase; the employment of about 3 500 people a year during the 15-year operational phase; and up to 40 000 jobs in other economic activities in the vicinity of the stations.The Bombela Consortium will operate the high-speed rail link for 15 years, after which it will be handed over to the province.Other benefits are the projected time savings by commuters using the Gautrain of R933-million annually, as well as savings in accident costs of R15-million a year. There will also be environmental savings: a massive reduction in carbon dioxide emissions each year.Cost increasesThe major reasons for the cost increase are:additions as a result of the environmental impact assessment, which necessitated changes to the route alignment and the introduction of mitigation measures;the net effect of more passengers and the consequent increase in the size of the system as a result of the completion date moving from 2007 to 2010;the recent increases in land costs influencing the acquisition of land needed for construction;the reviewed risk values as a result of the fact that in a private-public partnership project all risks need to be priced and incorporated;VAT on the construction total that was originally not included in the 2002 costing; andadditional tunnel lining as a result of geotechnical conditions, the relocation of bulk services and reviewed insurance premiums.‘Competitive edge’“Gautrain is a turnkey project that will not only change the face of Gauteng but also increase the province’s competitive edge,” Jacobs said.The Gautrain would transform public transport and would fulfil government goals like broad-based black economic empowerment and small, medium and micro enterprise development, encourage economic development and promote business tourism, he said.The Gautrain project team is negotiating with Bombela Consortium, the chosen bidder, to reach financial closure on the project by the end of 2005. Construction is expected to begin in early 2006, and the Gautrain should be complete in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.The costing from Bombela is a “fixed price lump sum contract”, which means that there will be no future unexpected cost increases. The final costing is within the affordability limit set by the National Treasury.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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And the February 2015 Geocacher of the Month Is…

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFebruary Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsFebruary 13, 2013In “Community”January Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentFebruary 7, 2014In “Community”March Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMarch 15, 2013In “Community” Each month, geocachers around the world nominate members of their community for the prestigious title of Geocacher of the Month. The people who earn this title are not superheroes in the traditional sense: instead of the power of flight, they possess the power to transform a park bench into a treasure chest; instead of teaching the baddies how to be good, they teache newbies good geocaching etiquette; instead of stopping monsters from tearing down the city, they stop decaying geocaches from being archived.There is no doubt in our minds that the folks nominated for February 2015 Geocacher of the Month are our geocaching heroes. Here are the three nominees.TexasWriterThis geocacher from — you guessed it — Texas, is always rushing out the door to be the FTF, but won’t hestitate to help out a fellow ‘cacher along the way. If you live within 50 miles of him, he’s probably at the top of your Phone-A-Friend list.TexasWriter and CornDollRamgabThis geocacher has found just about 58% of the geocaches in his country. That’s quite a feat when the total number of geocaches in Hungary around is over 6000. Aside from placing stellar kayaking cache series, Ramgab has also helped organize multiple geocaching Mega events in Hungary. As a result, the Hungarian geocaching community has grown significantly over the last few years.Ramgab on the huntTeamPommesThis German geocaching Team has amassed hundreds of favorite points for their creative gadget caches, tricky Mystery caches, and stunning cache locations like this one, which has been featured on the geocaching Instagram page. You’ll recognize a TeamPommes cache by their signature pommes frites (french fries) page background.TeamPommes After we opened our blog post on the nominees for comments from the geocaching community, stories of TexasWriter’s generosity and leadership flowed in. Mike tells of the second time he met TexasWriter: I was with a group of cachers and we were caching his (locally famous) “Warrior Series” of caches. TexasWriter called me to ask about a cache that we had DNF’ed. (He knew we were getting his caches because I was uploading finds from the field). I told him I couldn’t talk to him right now because my phone battery was about to die and suggested that he should call one of the others in the group I was with. He surprised us when a half hour later he showed up on the trail and handed out water bottles. He then handed me a battery that plugged into my phones charging port and extended my phones battery life.”TXDinoTrax says: “He’s also one of the nicest cachers I’ve ever met. My kids love that he’s shared his pathtags and helped build their collections. He’s always available for a PAF (Phone-A-Friend), and he and his wife have graciously opened their home to host educational geocaching events. And if that weren’t enough, he has had some truly epic adventures (think night caching in a Louisiana bayou surrounded by hundreds of shiny gator eyes at kayak level).”Kind words from OMA&OPAof5: “We vote for TexasWriter. If there were such a thing as an International Geocache Goodwill Ambassador, he would be the perfect choice to fill the position. He has a passion for geocaching that is contagious. He uses his love of geocaching to mentor newbies like us and is always willing to answer any questions we might have.”So says Swagglepuss: “My vote is for TexasWriter. His numbers are impressive enough to win based on those alone, but they don’t even begin to tell the story about the tremendous positive impact he has had on the geocaching community. I appreciate the time he puts into writing meaningful, thoughtful, helpful, encouraging, and at times, extremely entertaining logs on every cache he finds. I love the time, effort, thought, and craftsmanship he puts into placing and maintaining his numerous hides.” All three nominees are outstanding members of their geocaching communities, and every comment that came in to us about them was full of praise. They will each receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ. But there can only be one winner. A panel from Geocaching HQ has collected and reviewed your comments. The outpouring of praise we received for TexasWriter goes on. The impact he has made on the Texas geocaching community (and elsewhere!) is clearly significant. We’re happy to award him with the Geocacher of the Month geocoin.The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin. Know an outstanding geocacher who should be recognized? Nominate them for next month’s award! The February 2015 Geocacher of the Month is:last_img read more

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iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? We explain which one is right for you

first_img}In a big change from its earlier stance, this year Apple launched two models of the iPhone with different screen sizes. Apple was a company that disliked large-screen phones like Galaxy Note. In fact, Steve Jobs once famously compared them to hummers.But then the popularity of large-screen phones shows that people do like them. So here we are, in 2014, with Apple releasing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.In case you were not paying attention last week, the iPhone 6 is a device with 4.7-inch screen. The Phone 6 Plus, meanwhile, sports a 5.5-inch screen. Interestingly, the screen size is not the only difference between these two devices. It doesn’t look all that apparent from Apple’s product images but the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are different from each other in some other important ways.Both models are likely to launch in India in October, so you will have to wait a while before you can get hold of your precious new iPhone. But while you are waiting, think about this: which one is right for you? Let’s help you decide.In fact, we have two answers to this question – short and long (how ironic).Short answer first.If you love, adore, heart your current iPhone because it is cute and cuddly?Buy the iPhone 6. The one with the 4.7-inch screen. It won’t be as cute and small as your existing iPhone, but it won’t be like Galaxy Note either, a “monstrosity” that you probably hate.If you like your existing iPhone but feel a tinge of jealousy whenever your co-worker takes out his Galaxy Note 3 to play a video game on it?advertisementBuy the iPhone 6 Plus. We understand your love for Apple and iOS kept your relationship with the iPhone going even though you were lusting after something more wilder like the Galaxy Note or the LG G3. But now you have a choice. You can get a big-screen iPhone and still be in the Apple camp with the iPhone 6 Plus.Now for the long answer.If screen size is not the primary criteria for you and you are genuinely confused between whether to buy the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus, read on to understand how they are different and then decide.iPhone 6 is more compact and ergonomically will fit hands betterThis is something obvious. The iPhone 6 is around 0.8 inches shorter, 0.4 inches less wider and 0.2mm slimmer compared to the Plus version. While these numbers don’t look all that large but they make a big difference in a phone. The iPhone 6 is also 40 grams lighter than the bigger model. The more modest dimension means that iPhone 6 will fit better in your hands and you will be able to use it even with single hand, unless you have small hands.iPhone 6 Plus has a sharper and more useful screenNo, it is not only the size that is different. The iPhone 6 Plus has a screen with FullHD resolution, which gives it a pixel density of 401 PPI compared to 326 PPI that the iPhone 6 screen has. In simple words, expect the iPhone 6 Plus to show sharper text and images despite its big display. The bigger display, as we found in the case of Android devices, also makes consuming media – watching movies, playing games, reading something, browsing web – more fun and enjoyable experience.iPhone 6 Plus has a better cameraThe bigger size of the iPhone 6 Plus has allowed Apple to fit in it a camera module with optical image stabilisation (OIS). OIS is already available on many high-end Android phones but the iPhone 6 Plus is the first iPhone to get it. While we expect even the iPhone 6 to click stellar images (for a phone), the OIS may help the Plus model to click images and videos that are sharper, especially in the low light when the aperture is likely to remain open for an extra millisecond.iPhone 6 Plus will offer better battery lifeThe large size of iPhone 6 Plus has also helped Apple cram a bigger battery into the device. And even though the bigger battery will be feeding a bigger – and consequently more power hungry – display, Apple says that the iPhone 6 Plus will offer overall better battery life. For example, the iPhone 6 Plus is supposed to provide 14 hours of video playback compared to 11 hours of playback that iPhone 6 can manage. Similarly, the Plus model can last 12 hours of web browsing on 3G while the smaller device can only manage 11 hours. These are all Apple’s official figures and the battery life that you get from the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus will depend on how you use your phone. But one thing is almost certain that the iPhone 6 Plus will likely offer better battery life.advertisementApps in landscape mode, split screen on the iPhone 6 PlusFinally, an iPhone will run apps in landscape mode. But interestingly the feature is limited to the bigger iPhone. Similarly, on the iPhone 6 Plus you will be able to run apps in split screen mode, somewhat similar to how you can do it on Samsung’s Galaxy devices. The iPhone 6 doesn’t possess the same cool tricks.  iPhone 6 is cheaperWell, before you say that iPhone 6 Plus is a better choice, take a look at the prices of both iPhones. The price of the unlocked iPhone 6 in the US is $649 for the 16GB model. In India, this should translate to somewhere above Rs 50,000. The price of the iPhone 6 Plus, is however, $749. That is a cool $100 more than the smaller iPhone.Yes, the iPhone 6 Plus packs in better hardware but it also costs more. In terms of user experience we don’t expect the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6 to have much difference, unless you really really love a large-screen phone. So, whether the iPhone 6 Plus will be worth paying the extra Rs 10,000 or not is something only you will be able to decide.last_img read more

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Interview Megaships to Call on Brisbane Terminal by 201920

first_imgCruising ‘Down Under’ is yet to be given a new flavor as Queensland readies to attract giant cruise ships with a new cruise terminal. Namely, Australia’s Port of Brisbane has embarked on a project aimed at tapping Queensland’s abundant cruise potential by proposing to develop a AUD 100 million cruise facility for Brisbane and South-east Queensland at the mouth of the Brisbane River.Currently there is no dedicated cruise facility in Brisbane able to cater for mega cruise ships. However, as the cruise shipping giants invest in ever larger and more complex ships, the port saw a window of opportunity in this segment, especially as over 60 percent of cruise ships visiting the port by 2020 are projected to be of this size.According to initial estimates, the cruise terminal has the potential to triple the size of Brisbane’s cruise industry.The Queensland Government has granted the port stage 1 approval for the facility, and during the project’s second stage the port will undertake environmental and technical investigations, progress design and engineering work.World Maritime News spoke with Roy Cummins, Port of Brisbane CEO, to learn more about the current activities on the project along with the port’s plans for the future.WMN: Latest media reports said that the port of Brisbane expects to have the approval for the beginning of the construction of its new AUD 100 million cruise ship terminal by the end of the year in order to start building it early in 2018 and allowing it to be finished by late 2019. Are these projections true and how far along are the preparation activities?Cummins: The Port of Brisbane will be making a submission to the Government in the near future for assessment. This will allow the progression of the planning stages of the project. If approved, engineering and preliminary design work will begin.We expect to be in a position to seek final approvals later this year and if successful, we expect the terminal to be operational during the 2019/20 cruise season.WMN: In the second stage of the project the port is expected to carry out detailed design and all required environmental and technical investigations. Are there any environmental or technical concerns that might compromise the project?Cummins: The Port of Brisbane has already been able to conduct several environmental and technical investigations. To date we have not encountered any issues or concerns that cannot be dealt with in the normal course of site development.WMN: What impact will the new cruise terminal have on the cruise industry of Queensland?Cummins: Queensland currently does not have a dedicated cruise ship terminal capable of handling ‘mega’ cruise ships. As cruising becomes more popular, ships are becoming bigger.Already, mega cruise ships cannot navigate their way upriver in Brisbane. Our proposal provides Brisbane with a dedicated mega cruise ship facility at the mouth of the Brisbane River to service all of South East Queensland tourism. The location is in close proximity to both domestic and international airports yet is sufficiently clear of the port’s day-to-day cargo handling activities.WMN: With LNG-powered cruise ships entering the market, do you plan to have LNG bunkering bases in the port? Any plans for the new terminal to offer LNG bunkering?Cummins: We are working closely with cruise line customers to understand their fuel requirements, including alternative fuels, and those considerations will be made during the design process.WMN: The port welcomed its first 8,500 TEU class boxship in December 2016 as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance its navigational channel to allow for the arrival of bigger ships. How would you assess the demand for berthing this size of ships in the port? Cummins: The Port of Brisbane is determined to ensure we are not the limiting factor on the east coast of Australia when it comes to catering for the larger vessels commonly used by the major shipping lines, and we recently demonstrated this by successfully welcoming an 8,500 TEU ship.We expect, over time, that ships of this size will become more common in Australian waters, therefore it is important we are equipped to cater for them.WMN: Seeing that the industry is becoming ever more eager to cut its carbon footprint, what activities has the port of Brisbane taken or plans to take in this respect?Cummins: Protecting our environment is a key focus for the Port of Brisbane.We have a leading offsite stormwater treatment project upstream from the Port, which is reducing the amount of sediment run-off entering the Brisbane River.We have built two office buildings that have been rated 5 Green Star by the Green Building Council Australia and include a number of energy efficiency features.All new street lighting is LED and older fluorescent lighting is being retrofitted with LED. Numerous improvements have been made to our dredge vessel the TSHD Brisbane including improved autopilot navigation systems, improvements to propellers, engine replacement and many others upgrades which have substantially cut fuel usage.We have also installed 180kW of solar panels and we are investigating even larger renewable energy investments at the Port.Article prepared by Jasmina Ovcina, Erna Penjic and Naida HakirevicImage Courtesy: Port of Brisbanelast_img read more

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