Minister Falconer Lauds Diaspora for Keeping Jamaica’s Image High

first_imgRelatedMinister Falconer Lauds Diaspora for Keeping Jamaica’s Image High RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, has lauded the Diaspora for keeping the good name, image and reputation of Jamaica at a high level. She was delivering the keynote address at the annual gala of the Merl Grove High School Past Students’ Association’s North-Eastern American Chapter, held on June 29 at the Hilton Hotel in Greenbelt, Maryland. Noting the country’s accomplishments in various fields, Miss Falconer said: “we should never allow ourselves to be led into believing that the minority position is what defines a people and a nation, as is demonstrated time and time again, when Jamaicans step out, they take on and beat the world.”  The Minister told the audience that the Government is committed to openness, noting that “enlightened policies” in the information and telecommunications technology (ICT) sector, as well as passage of the Access to Information legislation, have made information readily available to nationals at home and abroad. She said that under her leadership more is being done to open up government to the people, and in a matter of weeks the new Jamaica House/Office of the Prime Minister website will be launched, “which will be on the cutting edge and interactive”.  “We have also brought together, all the communications arms of Government under one umbrella grouping, to share ideas and to ensure that we all agree on the importance of increasing the access to government information by the people,” she said. Turning to technology in education, Minister Falconer stated that despite fiscal constraints, the Government is seeking to increase the use of ICT to improve access to and the quality of education. “We are determined to move the education system to a point where it is more relevant and more geared towards providing us with an internationally competitive edge,” she said. “We have, at this time, an education system that produces a large number of brilliant graduates at every level.  We are aiming for a system where all have an equal opportunity to excel, where very few will fail, and where the broad majority emerge as more than just average, but having mastery of the basic skills and competencies on which to build a productive and fulfilling life,” she added. Minister Falconer encouraged the alumni groups to continue their outstanding efforts to help their school and by extension, education in Jamaica. By Derrick Scott (Washinton, D.C.) RelatedMinister Falconer Lauds Diaspora for Keeping Jamaica’s Image High Minister Falconer Lauds Diaspora for Keeping Jamaica’s Image High InformationJuly 3, 2012last_img read more

Kübler boosts heavy rail fleet

first_imgCommissioning is scheduled for mid-2020 and the unit will be used predominantly to shift heavy transformers on the German rail network.Furthermore, Kübler Spedition has also invested in a 32-axle heavy transport rail vehicle, which has a capacity of 500 tonnes. The deal was struck with Austrian company ITB (International Low-Loader Rail Transport, a division of the Felbermayr Group), which will retain an ownership stake in the unit. It will be positioned at Kübler’s Mannheim terminal and is already available for customer use.Heinz Rößler, owner of Kübler Spedition, and Thomas Grabuschnigg, division manager of Felbermayr-ITB, commented: “The joint use of equipment enables us to meet our customers’ requirements even faster with greater adherence to schedule.”Thorge Clever, who is responsible for intermodal heavy transport and rail transport at Kübler, added that until now, there was just one similar vehicle in Germany which has a maximum load capacity of 454 tonnes, and it had to be booked well in advance.In addition to the proportionate acquisition of a 32-axle vehicle, Kübler Spedition now has two identical vehicles from ITB at its disposal. Clever said that If appointments overlap, a replacement vehicle can be scheduled at short notice, for which the existing feasibility studies and timetables are still valid.He added that thanks to lower axle loads, the trailers can travel on railways that have lower route classifications. “Additionally, the new vehicle can carry wider loads due to its maximum lateral side shift ability,” said Clever. “The new vehicle uses computer-controlled technology to move while the vehicle is in motion. This allows us to get past obstacles faster and reach the next point of evasion. We therefore assume there will be shorter overall transit times.”Kübler explained that increasingly challenging road transport conditions have led to a rise in heavy railway transportation in recent times, and this spurred its decision to invest in its fleet and offer solutions in the 500-tonne class.www.kuebler-spedition.dewww.felbermayr.cclast_img read more