zoom JAXPORT, in conjunction with the JAX Chamber, announced yesterday that the Florida Ports Council (FPC) has joined the recently launched Deep Water Now initiative to encourage business and community leaders in Northeast Florida to support efforts to deepen the St. Johns River shipping channel to accommodate the next generation of larger cargo vessels.The Florida Ports Council is a nonprofit corporation that serves as the professional association for Florida’s fifteen deepwater seaports and their management. The FPC provides leadership, advocacy and information on seaport-related issues before the Legislative and Executive Branches of State and Federal Government.“It is critical that Florida’s ports act now to prepare for the global opportunities that will be arriving at our door,” said Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of the Florida Ports Council. “We applaud JAXPORT, JAX Chamber and other community leaders for coming together for this important effort to grow Northeast Florida’s economy.”JAXPORT is a crucial component of economic development across Florida and in the region. Cargo moving through Florida seaports generates more than 550,000 direct and indirect jobs (one of the few industries returning to pre-recession employment levels in 2013). According to the latest economic impact studies, 65,000 jobs throughout Northeast Florida are supported by the Port of Jacksonville and the trade, logistics and associated transportation businesses it attracts to region. Deepening the harbor to 47 feet will allow the larger ships now being deployed to the U.S. East Coast through the Suez Canal and after 2015, through the new, wider locks of the Panama Canal, to arrive and depart from JAXPORT more fully loaded.“Standing united for Deep Water Now with our fellow Florida seaports and business leaders sends a message that will resonate far and wide,” said JAXPORT CEO Brian Taylor. “Together we will deliver a deeper harbor and bring home the opportunity that it represents to the citizens of our state and the entire nation.”“Deep Water Now is designed to raise awareness and support for the opportunities harbor deepening can mean to Jacksonville – and our region. I appreciate JAXPORT CEO Brian Taylor for his focus on this important milestone. On behalf of the JAX Chamber, we are proud to be a partner in this important work with JAXPORT and the Florida Ports Council,” said Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis.Jaxport, October 17, 2013
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lauded the Sabooj Sathi project, where bicycles are given free of cost to students of Classes IX to XII of state-run and aided schools, on World Bicycle Day.On the occasion she tweeted: “Today is WorldBicycleDay. A bicycle is not just a means of transport but an instrument of empowerment too. The Bangla Govt has distributed over one crore bicycles to students under Sabooj Sathi scheme. These cycles have enabled them to attend school even from far-off places. The Sabooj Sathi project was declared a ‘Champion Project’ at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes given by ITU, a United Nations organisation in April, 2019, out of 1,140 projects across 18 categories.” Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBengal is the only state in the country where more than one crore bicycles have been distributed among the students of state-run and aided schools. The project has successfully brought down the number of school dropouts and reduced the number of early marriages among girls. The Bengal government has spent over Rs 2,000 crore for the project. The Backward Classes Welfare (BCW) department has the names of the students along with the classes they are studying in, names of their guardians and the schools and the day the cycles were given to them. The cycles have been maintained for one year and the department has given training to over 3,500 unemployed youths from the SC and ST categories to repair cycles as a part of the project to make them self-reliant. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe BCW department gave them kits free of cost. These youths have been engaged to maintain the cycles under Sabooj Sathi project. It may be mentioned that in New Town, the cycle sharing scheme introduced by the Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has become very successful. Under the scheme, a person can hire a cycle, use it for commuting and then leave the cycle on the stand after paying the requisite charges. In New Town, graded paths have been constructed only for cycles. The cycles are also fitted with GPS. It may be recalled that in the early 20th century, Jagadish Chandra Bose and his wife Abala used to demonstrate bicycle riding in different localities to inspire Indians to ride them to work, which symbolised self-confidence and nationalism as only the British used to ride cycles.