Schenker reorganises

first_imgThe most important changes will include consolidating the Air and Ocean Freight and Land Transport Board Divisions to create a new division named Freight (COO), which will be headed by Ewald Kaiser, currently a member of the Management Board For Land Transport.The company says that the aim is to tie these three product areas closer together to quickly improve integrated transport products and services and make better use of growth potential.A new organisational unit named Global Land Transport will also be created within this board division and will standardise and promote the development of land transport outside Europe.A new division called Commercial DB Schenker (CCO) and Contract Logistics, headed by Tom Schmitt, will be created. For the first time, Key Account Management/Sales and Marketing will be interconnected at the Management Board level.A personnel change has also been made at Schenker AG’s largest business region. On 1 December 2016, Reiner Heiken (54) assumed the role of ceo of Region Europe, replacing Ewald Kaiser in this function. Heiken served most recently as chairman of the Management Board at Kühne & Nagel in Hamburg.www.dbschenker.comlast_img read more

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Power blackouts continue in S. Africa amid escalating COVID-19 pandemic

first_img= Image courtesy: Brookings Institute Massive rolling power blackouts continued in South Africa on Sunday for three days running, dealing another heavy blow to the economy already battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.The severely constrained generation system will most likely persist through the coming week, said state-run electricity utility Eskom, which provides about 95 percent of the electricity consumed in the country.Rolling blackouts, or load shedding, were a necessary step to replenish the emergency generation reserves to better prepare for the coming week, said Eskom.Due to the much colder weather, demand for electricity has also risen significantly, requesting the public to help reduce electricity usage in order to lessen the impact of load shedding, said Eskom.The latest load shedding resulted from the dysfunctioning of several generation units, which removed more than 2,600 MW of capacity from the system, according to the utility.South Africans had been spared of load shedding for the past four months, after being constantly subjected to rolling blackouts in the past few years.The latest spate of load shedding has led to public outrage as the country was grapping with the COVID-19 pandemic which has infected 264,184 people and claimed the lives of 3,971 others as of Saturday.Not only will the economic sectors, especially small businesses, have to contend with the COVID-19 lockdown, they will now also have to weather the storm of the rolling blackouts, the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said.Just as businesses begin to pick up the pieces after the disastrous economic lockdown, they have been dealt yet another blow, said Ghaleb Cachalia, DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises.To break the electricity monopoly by Eskom, the DA has proposed a plan to split the utility into two entities, the generation and distribution, as a pathway to a partial or full privatization of the parastatal, and to bring independent power producers on board.“Electricity is central to ensuring people’s livelihoods are secured. It is clear that while South Africans can afford electricity, they cannot afford Eskom,” Cachalia said.Eskom says it implements load shedding as the last resort to prevent the national grid from a total collapse.Due to poor management and alleged corruption, Eskom, the world’s fourth largest coal-burning power plant, has been struggling to meet the growing demand for electricity.South Africa has suffered from electricity insufficiency for more than a decade, with power blackouts having become increasingly frequent in recent years. Africa Battles COVID-19: Africa responds to the COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19 cases in Africa exceed 371,000center_img Related Talk Africa: Africa’s response to COVID-19last_img read more

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Farmington High to dedicate new performing arts center

first_imgFarmington High School (FHS) will dedicate its Performing Arts Center during a public event held Wednesday, May 2.Updates were funded through the district’s 2015 bond program.The event will kick off at 6 p.m. with student-led tours of the new facility. The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:15 p.m.; a plaque dedication will follow.Several FHS music ensembles will perform during a 6:30 p.m. reception in the cafeteria, and the official program will begin at 7:30 p.m. with short pieces performed by the theater troupe, choral group, orchestra, dance group, and the band.One of the evening’s highlights will be the debut of a new piece of music specifically commissioned by the FHS Music Patrons and performed by the Symphony Band.“We are grateful that we are able provide our students with such an incredible space to learn and grow. We look forward to sharing it with the community that helped make this a reality for Farmington High School,” said Principal Tom Shelton.The school is located at 32000 Shiawassee in Farmington. RSVP to [email protected] or by calling 248-489-3456. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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