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SISCO Mawani Ink MOU for Expansion of Jeddah Islamic Port

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT), a subsidiary of Saudi Industrial Services Co. (SISCO), and Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for further expansion of Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Under the MOU, which was signed on January 28, 2019, the parties intend to further develop northern part of JIP on a long-term basis, in addition to RSGT’s existing terminal.JIP is Saudi Arabia’s largest seaport, handling approximately 50% of the all containerized volume of the country. Specifically, RSGT will consolidate the container facilities in northern part of Jeddah Port and execute a comprehensive development plan upgrading and adding berth capacity while modernizing yard and all support facilities, including RSGT’s existing terminal.This is expected to create a world-class facility capable of serving the local market, while also catering for the growing regional transshipment trade, according to SISCO.With a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs, RSGT is the first container terminal in the country built by the private sector. It is the only terminal at JIP capable of fully accommodating ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) of 14,000+ TEUs.In 2018, RSGT volumes grew by more than 16% as compared to 2017.The duo will announce more details once the binding terms are agreed.last_img read more

Historic legal ganja tree planted at UWI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, 20 Apr 2015 – THE University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, planted its first legal ganja (marijuana) plant yesterday, symbolising its position as the pioneer in legally cultivating and researching the benefits of the drug in Jamaica.Emotive adjectives coloured the presentations from government and university officials at the function marking the event, at the Agora Gardens, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Phillip Paulwell suggested that it was “a wonderful day”, while UWI principal, Professor Archibald McDonald, pronounced it a “historic and amazing day”.“If we can play our cards right, good things can happen for the people of Jamaica,” Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, who piloted the Bill in the Senate decriminalising the drug, commented.Under the provisions of a ministerial order issued by Paulwell recently, under the Dangerous Drugs Act, the UWI, Mona, as well as the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) are now licensed to grow ganja for research purposes.Yesterday’s event was to witness the planting of the first legal ganja plant on the UWI campus.Paulwell explained that he issued the order under Section 7 (d) of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, which was passed by Parliament in February.He said that the order was “absolutely critical” if Jamaica is to be cited as the place for medicinal research and development of the product.“We now have an opportunity to catch up (and) I want Jamaica to be the centre of excellence for research in medicinal ganja,” Paulwell said.He stated that the order will also allow the university to contract farming of the weed outside of the Mona campus, but suggested that, when that is done, the university should pay particular attention to the small farmers.He said that the law also allows him to grant authorisation to other bodies. However, he warned those interested in the commercial aspects of the drug to start by looking at their own research and development capabilities, and the opportunities being created at the university for research and development.Professor McDonald, noting that the UWI has recently assumed pole position among tertiary institutions in the Caribbean, thanked the Government and the parliament for making the ganja experiment possible.“Almost two years ago this was the most conservative institution in the Caribbean, and today here we are planting the first legal ganja plant after 102 years,” McDonald said.He said that ganja had been demonised for economic reasons, and alcohol and cigarettes were never so demonised because they originated in the northern countries.“Ganja originated from countries in the south, therefore, it was important that the interests of alcohol and cigarettes were protected,” he said.He said that the UWI will now do the necessary research aimed at providing the scientific basis to show that ganja is a medicine, and is effective against a range of diseases.Senator Golding, meanwhile, reiterated that the interest of the Rastafarian community would be protected.He said that there were three areas to protect their interest: (1) entitlement to certain lands designated for cultivation for sacramental purposes; (2) places of worship to be designated as such for the use of ganja as a sacrament; (3) and events primarily for observing the faith to be exempted from the Act.Golding also said that he will also be setting up an advisory group to give guidance on how the permits are to be issued. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos another step closer to being newest UWI Open Campus site Turks and Caicos Hosts UWI Open Campus Council Meeting Related Items:dangerous drugs act, ganja, legal, planting, UWI Recommended for you Universities organization formed – French, Spanish, Dutch and English speaking representedlast_img read more

Facebook loses Snopes as a factchecker

first_img Facebook Christophe Morin/IP3 / Getty Images Snopes said Friday that it won’t be renewing its fact-checking partnership with Facebook, which kicked off at the end of 2016 to help curb the spread of misinformation. “At this time we are evaluating the ramifications and costs of providing third-party fact-checking services, and we want to determine with certainty that our efforts to aid any particular platform are a net positive for our online community, publication and staff,” Snopes said in a post on its site.The fact-checking platform said it hasn’t ruled out working with Facebook in the future, and hopes to continue to discuss ways to combat misinformation. Snopes also said it hopes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with fact checkers following his 2019 resolution to “host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society.”Facebook has faced scrutiny for not taking more action against fake news and misinformation, including interference by Russian trolls during the 2016 US presidential election. Last year, the social network landed in hot water after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy linked to the Trump presidential campaign, improperly accessed data from as many as 87 million Facebook users.”We value the work that Snopes has done, and respect their decision as an independent business,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “Fighting misinformation takes a multi-pronged approach from across the industry. We are committed to fighting this through many tactics, and the work that third-party fact-checkers do is a valued and important piece of this effort.”Facebook says it has relationships with 34 fact-checking partners around the world for content in 16 languages, and it plans to add new partners and languages this year.Snopes didn’t receive financial compensation when it first joined Facebook’s fact-checking effort, but later accepted Facebook’s offer for payment, it said. “Forgoing an economic opportunity is not a decision that we or any other journalistic enterprise can take lightly in the current publishing landscape,” Snopes’ post reads. “A change like this means that we have less money to invest in our publication – and we will need to adapt to make up for it.”Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal.Infowars and Silicon Valley: Everything you need to know about the tech industry’s free speech debate. Tech Industry 5 Comments Tags Share your voicelast_img read more