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July 18, 2018 Police Blotter

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Management Consultants Encouraged to Strive for Excellence

first_img “Immediately as you think of consultancy, you are adding capacity, and sometimes you may be engaged with entities that may have the capacity, but don’t have the time. And at the end of the day, you have to add value, so if you engage a client and you are not enhancing the value, you are costing and not adding value,” Dr. Henry said. Story Highlights Director General at the Planning Institute of Jamaica, Dr. Wayne Henry, is encouraging management consultants to always strive for excellence. He was speaking at an event to observe International Consultants’ Day, held at the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), Oxford Road, on June 7. Director General at the Planning Institute of Jamaica, Dr. Wayne Henry, is encouraging management consultants to always strive for excellence.“Immediately as you think of consultancy, you are adding capacity, and sometimes you may be engaged with entities that may have the capacity, but don’t have the time. And at the end of the day, you have to add value, so if you engage a client and you are not enhancing the value, you are costing and not adding value,” Dr. Henry said.He was speaking at an event to observe International Consultants’ Day, held at the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), Oxford Road, on June 7.The day was observed by the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC), under the theme ‘Management Consultants… Contributing to a Better Future for all’.Dr. Henry also told the management consultants to always have a sense of purpose.“You don’t just do things and don’t just accept jobs. Have a sense of purpose. If we say we are going to engage your services, you have to have a clear sense of what you do,” he emphasised.The Director General said that consultants should, at all times, strive to maintain integrity in their work.The CICMC was established in 2007 as a non-profit organisation, to regulate the practice of management consultancy, to advocate for the profession and to advance the effectiveness of management consulting practices and processes in the region.Since inception, with the institutional support of the Caribbean Export Development Agency and other regional stakeholders, the CICMC has expanded its footprint throughout the Caribbean region and is now regarded as the champion of advocacy, networking support, capacity development and education for regional consulting professionals.last_img read more

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ExxonMobil Starts New Antwerp Unit to Produce Marine Fuel

first_imgExxonMobil has started operations of a new unit at its Antwerp refinery in Belgium to convert heavy, higher-sulfur residual oils into high-value transportation fuels such as marine gasoil and diesel.As explained, the new 50,000 barrel-per-day unit expands the refinery’s capacity to meet demand for cleaner transportation fuels throughout northwest Europe.The company’s investment in the new coker will also help meet anticipated demand for lower-sulfur fuel oil to comply with new standards to be implemented by the International Maritime Organization in 2020.We’ve started operations of a new unit at our Antwerp refinery in Belgium to produce high-value transportation fuels. https://t.co/zFf7ZnQ71P pic.twitter.com/nafNnK9nl9— ExxonMobil (@exxonmobil) October 31, 2018“Our investment in Antwerp strengthens ExxonMobil’s competitiveness and position (…) by expanding the refinery’s product slate and increasing our ability to deliver larger quantities of cleaner, higher-value fuels to European customers,” Bryan W. Milton, president of ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Company, commented.Other projects completed in Antwerp include a 130 megawatt cogeneration unit, which leads to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and a diesel hydrotreater, which has increased the refinery’s production capacity for low-sulfur diesel to enable modern diesel engines to achieve lower emissions standards.In addition, the company is currently constructing a new hydrocracker in Rotterdam that will upgrade heavier hydrocarbon byproducts into cleaner, higher-value finished products such as EHCTM Group II base stocks and ultra-low sulfur diesel.ExxonMobil is also considering an expansion project at its Fawley refinery in the United Kingdom that would include a new hydrotreater unit and associated hydrogen plant to increase domestic diesel production and reduce reliance on imported fuel.last_img read more

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Provinces territories push feds to loosen restrictions on infrastructure cash

first_imgOTTAWA – Provincial and territorial governments are asking the federal Liberals to loosen the strings tied to billions in upcoming infrastructure spending, including more relaxed spending requirements if it means too much of a hit to their budgets.The group is also asking Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi to let provinces and territories move money between funding programs in case there are greater needs in one area, like transit, and leftover cash in another, such as cultural centres.The demands, delivered on the eve of a meeting between Sohi and his provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa, add to the negotiations over how $33 billion in planned federal spending over the next 11 years will be used.The Liberals want to prevent provinces and territories from using federal dollars in place of their own. But the letter from Ontario’s infrastructure minister seems to push back at that idea, with Bob Chiarelli writing that federal funding “should not result in additional fiscal pressure on provinces, territories, and municipalities.”In an interview earlier in the day, Sohi said he was willing to talk with provinces and territories about how best to deliver the billions the government plans to spend.“This is a 10-year plan and having that kind of 10-year plan in place does give them more flexibility, does give them more time to plan and think about what kind of projects do they want to put forward,” Sohi said.Concerns about the wording of those funding agreements, and issues with spending the first tranche of the Liberals’ infrastructure cash, will make up the bulk of the agenda for Thursday’s meeting.All those Phase 1 projects must be completed by March 2018, but Sohi said the government will grant extensions on a case-by-case basis. The provinces and territories want a blanket one-year extension, with additional time for small and remote communities given the “historic volume of projects” underway.“Project review and federal approval has taken more time than expected. As a result, many municipalities and First Nations are experiencing challenges meeting current federal timelines,” Chiarelli’s letter says.The slower-than-expected pace of work mirrors the pace of federal spending: The Liberals carried over $828 million in infrastructure money to this fiscal year.On Tuesday, the Finance Department said the deficit was about $5.2 billion smaller than the $23 billion projected in the first Liberal budget, largely a result of a $3.7-billion lag in spending that included infrastructure cash.Infrastructure spending historically falls short of federal budget projections because the government doesn’t dole out cash until after construction begins or ends on a project, meaning actual spending can happen months or years beyond federal spending projections.Sohi also plans to talk about how federal cash flows for new roads, subways and water systems during the face-to-face meeting. He argued lower-than-expected federal spending didn’t have a “negative impact on the construction timelines or the projects not being undertaken.”“The allocation of money is not a problem. The approval of projects is not a problem because we have done that and the vast majority of Phase 1 resources are allocated.”The problem appears partially to be a lack of urgency from federal departments holding the purse strings, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.A March briefing note prepared for the deputy minister at Infrastructure Canada said agencies and departments didn’t see doling out the cash as a top priority, “and may consider this imperative among several other priorities.”The briefing note prepared for a meeting of senior officials from those eight agencies recommended that Sohi’s deputy minister prod his counterparts about the pace of spending, particularly with billions more about to become available through the second phase of the Liberal program.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

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Bank of Canada studying issues around a central bank digital currency

first_imgCALGARY – The Bank of Canada is looking at the key questions around the design of a digital currency and the issues surrounding such an idea, a senior Bank of Canada official said Monday.However, deputy governor Timothy Lane told a University of Calgary audience that unless the risks associated with a central bank digital currency can be managed through appropriate design, the bank would not recommend issuing such a currency.“The design of a CBDC has important implications for its risk and benefits,” Lane said according to the prepared text of his speech released in Ottawa.“Some major reasons for caution about a central bank digital currency are concerns that it could become a vehicle for illicit transactions or that it could have significant negative implications for financial intermediation.”Lane said the central bank uses the term cryptoassets to describe cryptocurrencies because they do not do a good job of performing the basic functions of money. The value of bitcoin has swung wildly with it topping US$20,000 last year and now trading around US$6,000.However, Lane said, as cryptocurrencies evolve they may touch on the central bank’s core functions including monetary policy, financial stability, payments and currency.He said the Bank of Canada is not responsible for regulating cryptocurrencies, but it has been examining the potential impact on the stability of the financial system.Earlier this year, Bank of Canada senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins called on authorities to work toward a set of globally aligned policies governing cryptocurrencies. She said it was important to have a strategy on cryptoassets that was as consistent as possible across countries.Lane said that differences in regulations around the world, together with the incompleteness of regulation in many jurisdictions leaves open room for regulatory arbitrage.“Differences in the regulatory treatment of these products for controlling money laundering and terrorist financing are a particularly pressing concern,” he said.Lane noted that they do not yet pose financial stability risks, but things are evolving rapidly as cryptoassets grow in size, complexity and interconnectedness.“As the underlying technologies and the design of crypto products evolve, we need to be ready to reassess how they might affect financial stability,” he said.“Some potential aspects include the integrity of payment systems, bank business models, and the exposures of financial institutions and infrastructures.”last_img read more

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GFL executive joins forces with Paul Coffey in new waste management company

first_imgTORONTO — An executive with Green For Life Environmental has joined forces with former NHL star Paul Coffey to launch new environmental waste management company Environmental 360 Solutions Inc.Danny Ardellini, who founded National Waste Services which later merged with GFL, will head the new company.He says the company has the expertise and financial backing to become a significant player in the North American environmental waste management industry through acquisitions and internal growth.Toronto-based E360S says it completed its first deal by acquiring Can Pak Environmental Inc., a central Alberta-based business serving residential, commercial and industrial properties.E360S has nearly 100 employees, more than 35 trucks, and two recycling facilities that serve more than 150,000 customers weekly.In addition to the Stanley Cup champion, private equity firm Almada Inc. has also invested in the company.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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TransCanada profit and revenue rise as oil and gas pipeline flows strengthen

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Higher volumes from its growing stable of oil and gas pipelines in the United States and Canada drove improvements in fourth-quarter earnings, TransCanada Corp. reported Thursday.Oil and gas production growth in the U.S. and full oil pipelines in Alberta _ where the provincial government has enacted production cuts to free up pipeline space and draw down overflowing storage _ helped drive net income to $1.09 billion, the Calgary-based company said.That translated to $1.19 per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $861 million or 98 cents per diluted share for the same quarter a year earlier. “With a $36-billion backlog of projects to drive cash flow growth over the next few years, we see the company as well-positioned to continue to grow cash flow and increase its dividend,” Edward Jones analyst Jennifer Rowland said in a report.Results were boosted by about $4 billion of growth projects that have been placed into service over the past 12 months, the company said.It reported higher contributions from its U.S. natural gas pipelines segment, mainly due to increased earnings from Columbia Gas and Columbia Gulf growth projects placed in service.It had higher earnings from its liquids pipelines segment primarily due to higher volumes on the Keystone pipeline system and increased earnings from liquids marketing activities and pipelines placed in service in the second half of 2017 in Alberta. The company said it had recovered $470 million in November from the five partners in the LNG Canada joint venture. That’s what TransCanada spent in pre-final investment decision costs on the $6.2-billion Coastal GasLink project it’s building to supply natural gas to a liquefied natural gas export facility on the B.C. coast.TransCanada said it now has commercial support for all available capacity on its proposed 590,000-barrel-per-day Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta into the U.S. and has started pre-construction activities.Earlier this week, Calgary-based oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. said it had increased its shipping commitment from 50,000 to 150,000 bpd on the line, in part by assuming the Alberta government’s pledge to use 50,000 bpd of the capacity.TransCanada said it expects the Nebraska Supreme Court to reach a decision in the first quarter of 2019 regarding a challenge to the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s Keystone XL route approval.center_img “We continue to realize the growth expected from our industry-leading capital expansion program as we place new long-term contracted and rate-regulated assets into service,” said CEO Russ Girling on a conference call.“Simply, the demand for our infrastructure remains strong, driving historically high utilization rates across our systems. That, combined with new assets entering service, resulted in record earnings and cash flow for 2018.”For the year, TransCanada had net income attributable to common shares of $3.54 billion, versus just under $3 billion in 2017, as revenue rose to $13.68 billion from $13.45 billion.Revenue was $3.91 billion in the fourth quarter, up from $3.62 billion in the last three months of 2017.TransCanada also announced Thursday it would raise its quarterly dividend to 75 cents from 69 cents per share, representing its 19th consecutive annual increase.Comparable earnings for the quarter amounted to $1.03 per share, up from 82 cents per share a year earlier, beating analyst consensus expectations of 96 cents, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.last_img read more

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Hoardings carrying pics of party leaders and govt schemes being removed

first_imgNEW DELHI: Public hoardings carrying images of party leaders, government schemes or any political references are being removed or covered up in the city in accordance with the model code of conduct for the general elections, officials said Tuesday. Pictures of political leaders have been ordered to be removed even from websites, they said.”All public hoardings carrying images of party leaders, government schemes or any political references have been ordered to be removed or covered up in accordance with the model code of conduct,” Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAnother senior official said use of any imagery of armed forces or invoking references to air strike on posters, hoardings or any other publicity platform “would amount to violation of the poll code of conduct”. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s pictures on Mohalla Clinics establishments or on hoardings put up for the fourth anniversary of the AAP government are also being removed or covered in keeping with the model code of conduct. The Election Commission had announced the schedule of the general elections on Sunday, following which the model code of conduct was enforced. Kejriwal government’s ‘Chaar Saal Mein Hua Kamal’ themed hoardings still dot various public places and Delhi Metro station buildings. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKailash Colony metro station in south Delhi till Tuesday carried advertorial hoarding on the station’s building. A response from Delhi Metro authorities is awaited. Civic officials said they have received the instructions from the Election Commission and work has begun on removing or covering of such hoardings. A senior official of the BJP-ruled North Delhi Municipal Corporation said, “We received the instruction on Monday and work has begun to comply with the order.” Singh said after meeting was held with various government agencies, including the three corporations, Delhi Cantonment Board and the New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi Police and election officers to emphasise the provisions of the code. Hoardings put up outside the premises of political parties would also be removed or covered, he said.last_img read more

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Two die three injured as factory wall collapses in Shahdara

first_imgNew Delhi: Two persons died and three injured after a part of a wall collapsed in an aluminium factory in Delhi’s Shahdara on Thursday. An Official from East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) said that the building owner in order to rebuild the wall was demolishing the wall when the incident happened.The deceased have been identified as Baldev and Dharmender, both in their early 30s. According to the fire department, they received information regarding the incident around 11.54 am. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Five people were buried under the debris in Shahdara’s Seemapuri area. They were engaged in a repair work when the incident happened,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said. The persons who were at the spot did not get any time to escape and were trapped under debries. The police were informed about the incident. Fire official stated that they took out the victims from the debries. The victims were rushed to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital where two were declared brought dead while three others are undergoing treatment, the police officer said. Three persons aged between 22-27 are still undergoing treatment at hospital. A senior police officer in the Shahdara district said that the probe is on to check negligence in the incident. “It’s an old building and investigation is going on to know whether it was legal or not. We have registered a case against the owner,” the police officer said.last_img read more

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