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Group plans for ‘GameDay,’ service

first_imgThe Student Senate looked ahead to a football weekend and a visit from “College GameDay,” as well as plans to improve the quality of residential and campus life, during its weekly meeting Wednesday. Student body president Brett Rocheleau said he would share more logistical information with the student body in coming days so campus could be prepared for the Stanford game weekend events. “As you all know, ‘College GameDay’ is coming on Saturday,” Rocheleau said. “Everyone’s wondering about tailgating, camping out, etc. Right now the administration is looking for the best place to set up a line. I’ll get more details tonight and send out a report on everything GameDay, what you can and cannot do.” Hall Presidents’ Council co-chair Matt Lynch shared details from the Leprechaun Legion’s GameDay plan. “There’s going to be a pit for 200 to 300 people in front of the stage,” Lynch said. “They’re trying to make it all students, and it would be cool if we could get all 29 dorms to have their flags in there. Posters are allowed too, and they want everyone to wear green.” Before the game weekend begins, Rocheleau reminded the senators about student government’s upcoming presentation with the Board of Trustees. “We present Thursday afternoon, and we’re basically talking about residence hall life like we’ve been discussing,” Rocheleau said. Chief of staff Katie Baker mentioned a new addition to their presentation booklet. “We added pictures of actual dorm rooms to show the discrepancies,” she said. “There are pictures of doubles from Duncan Hall and Morrissey Manor as well as a quad in Pangborn Hall.” With the addition of the group’s newest member, Class of 2016 president Hugh Phelan, the group discussed four resolutions related to residential and campus life. Director of community relations Kelsey Eckenrodge presented a resolution to direct future projects after a recent community summit. “Basically, a couple of Fridays ago, we had the city summit,” Eckenrodge said. “We met in the morning and talked about concerns and ideas for improvement regarding student-city interactions. We have created committees for specific projects to help in these relations. We decided on eight projects to work on this semester.” After the group passed Eckenrodge’s resolution concerning community relations committees, the director of university affairs Michael Masi also introduced two resolutions, both of which the group passed. The first resolution proposed the implementation of hydration stations in DeBartolo Hall. “We passed a resolution very similar to this one already for residence halls last semester,” Masi said. “This one is just recommending that the university provide the funding and put them in DeBartolo Hall.” When asked where the new hydration stations will be located, Rocheleau responded the exact location has not been decided yet. “They want to keep it in a central location, but they don’t want a line to form where everyone’s walking in because that would just add congestion,” Rocheleau said. “Basically, they’re still working on it.” Masi’s second resolution addressed the issue of campus aesthetics. “It came to my attention that statues around campus are looking old and dirty, so our goal has been to clean them up and restore them,” Masi said. “We want to make them look like their original selves again to make campus look good.” Masi said he has contacted the university architect’s office and the Snite Museum after getting complaints from both students and alumni, and he has identified four statues on campus to restore. Walsh Hall senator Veronica Guerrero said she thinks money should be spent on higher priorities such as new buildings or residence halls, but Rocheleau said the money comes from a different budget. “All the money is allocated differently,” Rocheleau said. “There are different groups. This is more land and making campus prettier while money for buildings comes mainly from donations. They’re very separate in the budgeting scheme.” Duncan Hall senator Brendan Bell announced a resolution for director of social concerns Paul John DiGiovanni, which also passed. “The subcommittee for community relations has been working a lot with the South Bend food banks and other organizations, and he thought it would be a good idea to look into cost-effective and healthier ways for people with food stamps to eat,” Bell said. “They’re looking to make a booklet with specific ideas for healthy eating, for good ways to eat healthy fruits and vegetables that they might now know how to work with.” Rose clarified this booklet is meant to be a sort of recipe book to make sure families on food stamps can meet nutritional needs. “Paul is hoping this booklet can be distributed to not only people in the community but also to students,” Bell said. “People in the local community are really excited and want students to get involved with this.”last_img read more

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VMEC Elects Two New Board Members and Chairperson

first_imgRandolph Center, VT — The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has announced the election of manufacturing executives John Goodrich and Scott McCreary to their Advisory Board. In addition, Board Member and manufacturer Mike Rainville has been elected Chairperson of the 12-member Board for 2007. John Goodrich is the Vice President and General Manager of EHV-Weidmann Industries, Inc. The St. Johnsbury facility produces electrical grade paperboard which can be used in transformers, motor windings, and insulation materials for the power generation industry. Scott McCreary is the Chief Operating Officer at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Waterbury. In June 2006, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was named one of FORTUNE Small Business magazine’s 100 “Fastest-Growing Small Companies” in America. Newly elected Board Chairman Mike Rainville is President and Owner of Maple Landmark, Inc. in Middlebury. Maple Landmark is a leading US manufacturer of wooden toys, games and innovative wooden products. VMEC Board members serve without compensation for two-year terms. The Board meets quarterly to address VMEC products and services and issues that affect VMECs ability to fulfill its mission. ###About VMECVMEC’s primary Mission is “To Improve Manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s manufacturers.” This is done through professional consulting, one-on-one coaching and public/onsite workshops to help Vermont’s approximately 2,000 small and medium sized manufacturers increase their productivity, modernize their manufacturing and business processes, adopt advanced technologies, reduce costs, and improve their competitiveness. Increased competitiveness means greater stability in the state’s work force, improved efficiencies. Visit www.vmec.org(link is external) for more information.last_img read more

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The power of the ballot

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Fryzel Michael Fryzel is the former Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration and is now a financial services consultant and government affairs attorney in Chicago. He can be reached at … Details In government and politics, where it seems we face a crisis every day, there appears to be a growing concern that those in charge are not only unable to adequately do their jobs but also are not being held accountable for their failures.In Chicago it has become a daily occurrence to read about individuals, especially young people in the inner city, who are shot and killed as a result of gang violence.  These are people who live in a city that many have called the greatest in the world. That may be true for its beautiful lake front, soaring buildings, five star restaurants and high end shopping on the Magnificent Mile. But in the impoverished black community where unemployment never drops below double digits, neighborhoods lack a grocery store, children cannot leave their homes feeling safe and the quality of education is questionable, it’s hard to think of the city as being great.In Flint, Michigan children have been allowed to drink water individuals knew for months was laced with lead. This continued even after General Motors stopped using the water the children were drinking because it was corroding their engine parts. It’s hard to imagine that those in charge of preventing such a tragedy would allow it to continue even after a problem was clearly evident.These are just two examples of countless problems facing communities across our country. These problems in some cases have been around for years, others for decades and even more just coming to the surface. It’s not difficult to understand the frustration of citizens who put their trust and faith in their elected and appointed officials to find solutions to those problems and correct the wrongs that exist.What is even more annoying is to listen to those individuals who for years have either held elected office or been in high government positions, talk about the problems and insist that solutions must be found. These are the same people who were there when the problems either started or were already in existence and have done nothing to solve them. Aware of this continued failure to right the wrongs, one can easily understand why this election year voters are taking a hard look at the candidates running for office.It has become extremely important when evaluating those individuals who have been in positions of authority that they be asked a simple question. Why have you failed to do anything about the problems you say must now be solved when you have done nothing to resolve them when previously given the opportunity?The criticism of the failure of appointed or elected officials to make changes when they had a chance to do so is not limited to one political party. In most cases both share the blame for inaction, incompetence and the inability to work together for the common good.So this year, the year in which we elect a President who conceivably will govern this country for the next eight years along with a Congress that could put us on a path to success or keep us on a road to nowhere, everyone must do their part. Do not just listen to what candidates say they will do, but also look at what they did when they had an opportunity to make a difference. If their past performance has been negligible and weak, more than likely their promises for the future are hollow and will never happen.Do not reward failure by giving those who accomplished nothing additional time to do more of the same. The most precious right you have is the opportunity to vote to improve yours and your children’s futures. Use it wisely.last_img read more

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4 website homepages to inspire your credit union

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Remember the days when getting noticed might have meant placing a big, prominent ad in the Yellow Pages? An ad that didn’t give you much real estate to promote all of the specialized services that make your credit union unique? That didn’t give you a chance to be YOU and to really sell yourself. All it did was plop you right into a gaggle of other credit unions… and maybe give you a paper cut.The good news, of course, is that the days of telephone book madness are long gone.We now have AdWords, digital display advertising, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and a partridge in a pear tree to reach millions of people at a very highly customized and personal level. And at the epicenter of each of those methods is this wonderful, brilliant tool – your credit union’s website. continue reading »last_img read more

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Women’s contributions to education not reflected in leadership roles

first_imgWho runs the schools? Women.It is impossible to ignore the important role that women play as teachers, especially in Indonesia, where they account for almost 70 percent of the country’s 1,433,794 primary school teachers.For Yunita Maiza, 37, who teaches first graders at a primary school in Tanjung Uban, Riau Islands province, being a teacher at a primary school is not just about teaching young students how to count and read. Maiza said she also chaperones them when they need to go to the toilet, consoles them when they cry and makes sure they have fun while learning in the classroom.As it turns out, teaching primary school students requires much more patience and creativity, Maiza said, as younger children get bored easily and teachers must come up with ideas to engage with them. Even extracurricular activities and other school events are handled mostly by the female teachers.“Female teachers are more active when it comes to bonding with the students. I think maybe it’s our motherly instincts that make us feel more connected to them,” she said.“This is really important in the early learning environment, and it makes them feel more comfortable around us than around the male teachers who I think are more practical.” It stands to reason that women should already be running the education system, but looking for a school led by one is an entirely different story.Although women are more actively engaged and work in larger numbers in schools than men, only a third of all primary schools in Indonesia are led by female principals.“Our data shows that the more senior the position is, the higher the likelihood that it will be filled by a man,” said Dewi Susanti, a senior social development specialist at the World Bank Indonesia.“Greater welfare is associated with higher positions.”According to a WBI survey conducted in 270 rural and remote primary schools between 2016 and 2017, the proportion of female teachers was lower than the national average of 48 percent, likely due to geographic remoteness.However, even in that situation, the study showed that female teachers had lower absentee rates than their male counterparts.”Our analysis indicates that teacher absence is positively correlated with civil servant status, with being a male and with low supervision by the school principal. In other words, contracted and female teachers teach more often,” WBI researchers said in a study note from earlier this year.Teacher absence is a serious problem, experts say, as it directly affects whether or not students learn in school. And as the first phase of formal education for many people, primary education is immensely important to nurturing growth in young children.The presence of female educators in rural and remote areas has thus become more important, they say.Inovasi untuk Anak Sekolah Indonesia (INOVASI) researchers have said that the lack of female headmasters at primary schools not only indicates gender inequality, but also that many schools do not benefit from “the effective leadership of female principals and the better learning environments they tend to create”.Read also: Indonesian female school heads: Why so few and why we need more?The INOVASI program is the result of a partnership between the governments of Indonesia and Australia, which aims to improve students’ learning outcomes at school.In 2018, INOVASI conducted school surveys in 16 districts and one municipality in West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, North Kalimantan and East Java.The survey found that not only do female teachers perform better in the classroom, having female principles could also improve a school’s development, as they tend to be better at creating a more supportive learning environment.Senza Arsendy, a monitoring, evaluation, research and learning officer with INOVASI, said the survey also found that female headmasters tended to give better quality instructions as leaders.“Limiting their roles [in school leadership] will prevent the students from benefiting from those qualities,” Senza said on Saturday.Having schoolgirls look up to female headmasters as role models is also important for their aspirations. “[When women don’t become headmasters] it will reinforce the stereotype that the leader of an institution is the job of a man,” he said.Susanti, 37, has never seen a woman rise up the ranks to become a headmaster at the private high school at which she works in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, even though the women who work there are the ones most actively involved in all activities and the students’ personal development.“I have been teaching for 12 years in this city, and during those years I never had the experience of being led by a female headmaster,” she said.Data from the World Bank in 2010 showed that among all education levels in Indonesia, only kindergartens were led largely by female headmasters, while between 60 to 80 percent of all other schools are led by male headmasters.“We need to focus on the things that are preventing female teachers from becoming principals,” INOVASI’s Senza said.He urged the government to gain a better understanding of how gender differences shaped school performance, especially when it came to filling school leadership positions.Dewi from the World Bank Indonesia called on the government to encourage and provide more opportunities for women to become civil servants and principals through mentorship and leadership programs. An affirmative action policy could also be considered.“Female teachers may have to overcome more barriers in pursuit of leadership positions due to family obligations or safety concerns during ex situ training,” she said.“When the larger community becomes more aware of these barriers, they can provide [them with the] necessary additional support.”Topics :last_img read more

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​Denmark’s LD partners with charity for revised ownership policy

first_imgThe pension fund manager said it believed influencing a firm’s actions as a shareholder was more effective that simply divesting stock.Kristoffer Fabricius Birch, LD Pensions’ head of equities, told IPE: “Transparent and credible sustainable development indicators can make companies change behaviour, and Future-Fit is the best framework we have seen.”The partnership reflects changes LD Pensions made to its active ownership policy earlier this year, which put more emphasis on supporting investee companies in acting sustainably and responsibly with regard to the environment and society. The previous policy focused more on minimising investment risks by including ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria when investing, according to Fabricius Birch.LD Pensions said the Future-Fit foundation offered a practical tool for companies to measure and report their own social and environmental impact. Previously, it said, the industry has lacked concrete data on how businesses can be run lucratively and sustainably at the same time.“Once we’ve educated our managers, we ask them to take this to companies when they meet them on a regular basis,” Fabricius Birch told IPE. “That’s how I think we can have an impact. I don’t believe in just divesting or tilting portfolios towards companies that help the climate.” The pension fund firm launched a tender process last month for a global equities mandate that would be managed to have a positive impact on the environment, called the ‘Positive Pursuits’ mandate. This phrase, coined by the Future-Fit Foundation, refers to any activity with an outcome that can aid the transition to a more sustainable society.However, the new partnership with Future-Fit would apply to all of LD Pension’s investments, Fabricius Birch said.“What we really want to do with every security we own is to encourage and support companies reducing their own negative impact on the world, and become ‘future fit’ as they define it, and that is done by operating within the planetary and social boundaries that we all face,” he said.LD Pensions said that, while it was positive that many companies reported on how they improve the sustainability of their production methods year-on-year, the foundation’s framework examined how such activity related to global limits such as temperature rise and material resources, rather than simply comparing behaviour against past performance. Danish pension fund firm LD Pensions is collaborating with the Future-Fit Foundation to adopt the charity’s framework for sustainable business practices as the basis for its new active ownership policy.According to the UK-based charity, the framework – the Future-Fit Business Benchmark – shows companies how to become genuinely sustainable and generates meaningful data on their effects on society and the environment.LD Pensions has begun a major series of mandate tenders , a process due to take place over the next 12 months or more. When selecting managers, the firm said it would take into account their willingness to take the Future-Fit Business Benchmark directly to prospective companies.LD is preparing to manage up to DKK100bn (€13.4bn) in a holiday allowances fund , established in response to a change to Danish holiday rights law in line with EU rules.last_img read more

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Striking Gold Coast ‘tree house’ attracts house hunters across Queensland

first_imgThe house has a modern design.They said it was a challenge given the 0.44ha block’s topography but also a labour of love.Mr Newitt, who is the managing director of Steel Construct Australia, said they struggled to find a builder willing to take on the job so decided to do it themselves.“Projects like this require understanding, vision and a can do attitude,” Mr Newitt told The Bulletin earlier this month. It has floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the sprawling views.The four-bedroom property went to auction earlier this month but was passed in.It is now listed for $1.875 million.Marketing agent Rob Lamb, of Kollosche Prestige Agents, said there were about five prospective buyers interested in snapping it up at auction but didn’t meet the reserve price.“Throughout that campaign, we had a lot of interest,” he said.“A lot of spectator interest too because of it’s unique design.”MORE: More ‘multigenerational’ homes built on Coast Imagine waking up to this view every day. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE: Beach vs Hinterland This Tallai house was the most viewed in Queensland this week.THE striking design of a Gold Coast house that looks like it is sitting in the treetops is attracting the eyes of house hunters across the state.The Tallai house on Grandview Tce was the most viewed property on realestate.com.au in Queensland this week.It also made the list of top 10 most viewed properties around Australia, claiming 8th place.Appropriately named the ‘Tree House’, it is a rare find on the Gold Coast. The 15m cantilevered wing was one of the most complicated parts of the build. He said they were working with a number of conditional buyers to seal a deal.The property’s owners, Simon and Janine Newitt, designed and built the house. Even the bathroom has a view.“The tie down construction was extensive to lock the cantilevered wing down to the earth,” he said.“This included 9m-deep rock anchors set below the primary footing. “We also drilled and blasted three rock sockets that support the cantilevered building laterally.” It looks as though it’s suspended in the air. “We really enjoy the challenge of applying our structural expertise and involve our structural steel fabrication business to create something unique.”He said the 15m cantilevered wing, which has floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the sprawling views, was one of the most complicated parts of the build. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p400p400p320p320p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNovember 6: Prestige listings04:19last_img read more

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Vocus connects Ichthys, Prelude to North-West Cable System

first_imgIchthys and PreludeThe Ichthys LNG Project is located in the Ichthys Field within the northern Browse Basin about 220 kilometers north-west of Western Australia’s Kimberley coast, at the western edge of the Timor Sea.During operations, the Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce up to 8.9 million tonnes of LNG and up to 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum and 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak, requiring an 890-kilometer pipeline to facilitate export.Prelude is the first deployment of Shell’s FLNG technology that will see a 488-meter-long floating facility extracting and liquefying gas at sea before it is exported to customers around the globe. The project is located approximately 475km north-northeast of Broome in Western Australia. Vocus Group, an Australian telecommunications company, has connected its high-speed fiber-optic North-West Cable System (NWCS) to the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG Project and Shell’s Prelude FLNG located off the northwest coast of Australia.Vocus said that the North-West Cable System, recently constructed by Vocus in partnership with Shell and INPEX, comprises 2,100 kilometers of submarine cable between Darwin to Port Hedland.The system can deliver speeds of up to 40 gigabytes per second to both facilities and, according to Vocus, serves to increase the reach and resiliency of the company’s network in Australia.The company added that the NWCS was designed to enable high-speed data connections to other key hydrocarbon prospects along the cable route.Geoff Horth, CEO of Vocus Group, said: “Connection of these services isn’t just an important milestone for Vocus, it’s an improvement to the essential telco services in an often-neglected part of Australia and a fast and secure connection to families and teams for the fly-in-fly-out crew on these platforms.”“Not only is this initiative strengthening the safe operations of the Inpex-led Ichthys LNG project’s offshore facilities – it is also delivering immediate benefits to our teams and the Northern Territory and Western Australia communities connected to the cable,” said Louis Bon, managing director of the Ichthys project.David Bird, VP of Prelude, added: “The NWCS will improve the collaboration of our onshore and offshore teams during the commissioning and operation of Prelude, and importantly, will transform the offshore experience for our offshore teams ensuring they are well connected to home and family.”last_img read more

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Top news of the week October 16-21

first_imgMOL FSRU Challenger, the world’s largest FSRU (Image: MOL)LNG Canada contracts BAM to build new Rio Tinto wharfBAM International, together with Canada’s JJM Construction and a U.S. company Manson Construction has been awarded the contract to build the new Rio Tinto Aluminium BC Works wharf on behalf of LNG Canada.Venture Global LNG brings in cash for liquefaction projectsVenture Global LNG garnered $108.6 million in a private placement bringing the company’s aggregate funding total to $470 million.MOL takes delivery of world’s largest FSRUMitsui O.S.K. Lines of Japan has last week taken the delivery of the world’s largest floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU).Cheniere commissions Sabine Pass LNG’s Train 4The US LNG export player, Cheniere, has reached substantial completion of the fourth liquefaction train at the Sabine Pass LNG project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.Guy Elliott steps down from Shell board after Rio Tinto fraud chargeThe Hague-based LNG giant Shell said Wednesday that Guy Elliott has stood down as a non-executive director of the company after US regulators charged his former company Rio Tinto with fraud for not coming clean about a coal deal in Africa. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

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Estonian Terminal Supports HHLA’s Container Throughput Rise

first_imgDespite a challenging market environment, German terminal operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) wrapped up the first half of 2019 with improved profitability.The group delivered a profit after tax of EUR 54.7 million (USD 61.2 million) in H1 2019, an increase of 4.4 percent compared to a profit of EUR 52.4 million seen in the same period last year.Total revenue rose by 9.6 percent to EUR 693.7 million in H1 2019 from EUR 633 million recorded in the first six months of 2018.What is more, the operating result (EBIT) improved strongly by EUR 14.4 million, or 14.4 %, to EUR 114.3 million. “The results achieved in the first half of the year confirm our expectations of reaching the targets forecast for 2019. However, these results only represent one step in our strategic plan to secure the success of HHLA in the mid- and long-term future,” Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board, commented.“In addition to the continued development of our core business and tapping into further business fields, sustainability and climate protection are integral elements of our business model. We are aware of our responsibility – not only for HHLA’s economic development but also towards society – and have already done a lot of work in this area,” Titzrath added.Container throughput increased moderately by 3.8 percent in the first half of the year, due in particular to the successful integration of the Estonian terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia, which was acquired last year.On the other hand, the three Hamburg container terminals showed a sideways trend with a marginal year-on-year increase in throughput volume of 0.1 percent.Additionally, a significant rise of 9.6 percent in container transport was achieved.OutlookDue to the takeover of North America services and the first full-year consolidation of throughput volumes of the HHLA TK Estonia container terminal, HHLA expects a slight overall increase in container throughput in 2019. Slight year-on-year growth is also expected for container transport.At a group level, this should lead to a slight increase in revenue, HHLA concluded.HHLA operates container terminals in Hamburg, Odessa and Tallinn.last_img read more

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