Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, October. 23, 2016 – The Government’s drive to bring cheaper and cleaner energy to the people of Jamaica has been advanced with the arrival of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) power plant in Bogue, St. James. Supplied by New Fortress Energy, the shipment arrived at the Port of Montego Bay aboard the feeder ship Anthony Veeder on October 22.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JPS, Kelly Tomblin, said the introduction of LNG as part of the energy mix represents “a historic milestone for Jamaica” as the nation pursues “energy diversification and the expansion of its energy sector”. Ms. Tomblin, who was at the Montego Bay port for the ship’s arrival, said New Fortress has pumped US$750 million into the construction of the LNG terminal. She said that natural gas will play a key role in transforming the energy sector, while supporting industrial development and economic growth. “We are definitely on the threshold of great things for Jamaica and the region,” Ms. Tomblin added.Just a year ago, New Fortress Energy signed an agreement with JPS to supply LNG for Jamaica’s 120-megawatt power plant in Bogue. Earlier this year, the plant was converted to run on gas as well as Automotive Diesel Oil (ADO). JPS and New Fortress Energy have also signed an agreement to extend the supply of gas to Jamaica to the new 190-megawatt power plant at Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine. New Fortress Energy has agreed to privately finance and develop the infrastructure necessary to deliver LNG to the new Old Harbour plant.Meanwhile, Project Manager at the Port Authority of Jamaica, Keith Mitchell, said the agency is pleased to have done its part in facilitating the arrival of the vessel and to provide the infrastructure for the cargo to be unloaded. “The LNG diversification project has resulted in the Authority fast-tracking its master plan for the development of the Port of Montego Bay into a modern facility with separate berths dedicated to cargo operations and cruise shipping,” he pointed out.“We are also delighted to have been able to facilitate and enable the realisation of a national objective, which has been in the pipeline for a number of years. This project is of national importance and is part of the Government’s drive to bring cheaper energy to the Jamaican people,” he added.He informed that the Port Authority leased the lands to New Fortress for infrastructural works to enable the weekly arrival of LNG to be offloaded, converted and channelled for use at the Bogue Power Plant. “This investment has the potential to significantly reduce energy costs and thus drive economic development and job creation and promote the wide industrial application of LNG,” Mr. Mitchell further explained.“It will also see the facilitation of cruise and cargo vessels using LNG as well as the exportation of the product to other regional countries,” he added. He noted that with the weekly docking of the LNG vessel coupled with the increased home-porting activities, there is need for the development of new port infrastructure, and a new dedicated cargo berth for docking containers and liquid bulk (fuels) vessels. “There are indeed numerous opportunities for Jamaica to benefit,” Mr. Mitchell added. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 18, 2017 – Nassau – Marquis Who’s Who, the premier authority on who makes a difference in the worlds of politics, law, science, art, business and community, has bestowed its highest honour on visionary entrepreneur Michael D. Dingman, naming him a 2017 Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achiever. Mr. Dingman, a businessman, international investor and philanthropist, is the first Bahamian to have achieved the distinction.According to a statement issued by Marquis September 16, Mr. Dingman is being “celebrated for his significant achievements, leadership qualities and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.”Over more than six decades, Mr. Dingman’s intellectual curiosity, engineering background and constantly inquiring mind have led him to historic firsts in practical science applications, corporate and national economic development in struggling economies and extended to founding the award-winning Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland.Reached shortly after he received news of the honour, Mr. Dingman said he was taken by surprise.Michael Dingman“I am humbled by this honour,” he said. “There are so many people out there leading corporations, making important contributions, uncovering cures for diseases or new ways to produce food, it is humbling to think that someone like me who got his start long before the first cell phone call was ever made is being remembered and honoured by the founders of Who’s Who. I hope this inspires other Bahamians who believe they can make a difference.”The current president and chief executive officer of Shipston Group, Ltd, a private equity company based in Nassau, Bahamas, Mr. Dingman began his career as a partner at Burnham and Company in 1964. In 1970, he became the president, chief executive officer, and member of the board of directors of the Wheelabrator-Frye Inc., where he served for more than 10 years. Mr. Dingman established Wheelabrator-Frye Inc. by combining the Wheelabrator industrial-cleaning and air-pollution-control units with Frye Copysystems, a manufacturer of printing inks. In 1983, Wheelabrator was acquired by The Signal Companies, where Mr. Dingman served as president and member of the board of directors until 1985.Allied Corporation and Signal Companies merged in 1985 to establish The Henley Group Inc., and Mr. Dingman maintained his position within the new corporation as chief executive officer and chairman of the board. He was also chairman of the board of Fisher Science International Inc, from 1991 to 1998 and chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Abex Inc. from 1992 to 1995. He served as a member of the board of directors of Ford Motor Company, Fisher Science International Inc, Time Warner, Inc., Mellon Finance Corporation, and Teekay Shipping Corp. He also served his community as a trustee of The John A. Hartford Foundation.Mr. Dingman received an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Business and Management from the University of Maryland. Mr. Dingman is an active member of the advanced board of IEEE. He is also a member of multiple clubs, including Links, the Yacht Club of New York City; Union Club in Boston; Cruising of America in Connecticut; the Bohemian in San Francisco; Lyford Cay in Nassau; La Jolla Country Club; and the San Diego Yacht Club. He has been featured in Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in the World.In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community, Mr. Dingman has been featured on the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.Release: DPA Media
A dust storm rises over the Indian capital New Delhi on 13 May 2018. Photo: AFPAt least 70 people have been killed and over 100 injured after a fresh wave of violent sandstorms and thunderstorms battered India, officials said Monday.Winds of over 100 kilometres per hour struck parts of north, east and southern India late Sunday, uprooting trees, electricity pylons and damaging houses, officials from federal and state disaster management agencies said.Forty people were killed by hail and thunderstorms that brought down walls, trees and power pylons in Uttar Pradesh state, TP Gupta of the state disaster management department told AFP.Another 80 were injured by the winds that flattened nearly 40 houses across India’s most populous state.Another 14 people were killed Sunday by thunderstorms in West Bengal and 12 by lightning bolts in Andhra Pradesh.The southern state had also been hit by more than 40,000 lightning bolts on 1 May killing 14 people in a matter of hours.The latest storms also killed two people each in Bihar and the capital New Delhi where winds reached more than 100 kilometres an hour, national disaster management authorities said.Indira Gandhi International Airport was closed for more than two hours because of the winds, with 70 flights diverted.The deaths came just 10 days after a sandstorm left more than 84 dead, most of them in Agra — the city of the Taj Mahal.India has been gripped by a freak weather system since the beginning of May, with many parts of the country experiencing extreme conditions.Weather forecasters warned of fierce storms in parts of the north and east for the next two days.Similar storms hit the region every year but this year has been the deadliest. On Thursday a thunderstorm left at least 22 people dead across India.The 2 May dust storm killed at least 134 people and caused widespread destruction in the western state of Rajasthan and in northern Punjab and Uttarakhand states.