PAT THE COPE MEETS COMPETITION COMMISSIONER OVER LOCAL AIRPORT WORRIES

first_imgMEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has met with the EU Competition Commissioner over concerns about proposals to reduce aid for regional airports including City of Derry and Ireland West Airport Knock.Pat The Cope Gallagher MEPPat the Cope met with Joaquín Almunia, the Vice President of the European Commission and EU Commissioner for Competition to express their concerns about draft proposals on state aid guidelines to airports and airlines.The draft guidelines by the European Commission will change the rules that permit EU Member States through national, regional and local authorities to invest in airport infrastructure, to provide operating aid to airports and to provide start up aid to airlines in order to launch a new air route. The European Commission are expected to approve the new rules by the beginning of 2014 Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP said “In early November, I along with over 45 MEPs from across the EU wrote an open letter to President Barroso, as we were extremely concerned with the proposal by the Commission to phase out operating aid for regional airports with over 200,000 passengers per year, after a 10 year transitional period.”“As a follow up to this initiative, I requested a meeting with Vice President Almunia, the Competition Commissioner to discuss directly with him the implications for Ireland West Airport in Knock, as passenger numbers per year are in excess of 700,000 and to outline similar concerns expressed by the City of Derry Airport.”Vice President confirmed today that he was willing to change his proposals to increase the minimum threshold from 200,000 to 500,000 passengers per year.He also confirmed that the proposals will undergo a comprehensive mid-term review in 5 years’ time before they are introduced in 10 years’ time, thus providing regional airports such as Knock and Derry with a window of opportunity. Mr Gallagher concluded “I believe that a much fairer and better solution would be to increase the minimum threshold to 1 million passengers per year. That said, I am pleased that the Vice President has shown a degree of flexibility by increasing the threshold to 500,000 passengers per year and by also including a mid-term review.“While the process will shortly conclude, I shall still continue to make the case for regional airports such as Knock and Derry, which contribute so positively to the economic well-being of the West and North West of Ireland.”Finally, Mr Gallagher stated that the decision to increase the minimum threshold to 500,000 will provide Carrickfinn airport in Donegal with ample opportunity to develop in the future. PAT THE COPE MEETS COMPETITION COMMISSIONER OVER LOCAL AIRPORT WORRIES was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Derry AirportKnock AirportMEPPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

Concerns over high trap counts of European corn borer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farm economics caused growers to plant more non-BT corn than usual and those acres will need to be watch carefully as recent trap counts for European corn borer have come in high. Brodbeck Seeds regional agronomist Terry Jones talks about the insect pressures that will be kicking up as the growing season begins, sidewall compaction and the 2016 planting season with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins.last_img

OFBF adds organizational directors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau recently hired new organizational directors to assist county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and act as a liaison between county Farm Bureaus and the state office.Kayla Jones of Newark has been named organization director for Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties. She will assist county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.Previously, Jones worked for the Licking County auditor’s office as director of CAUV and ag district programs and deputy director of oil and gas taxation. She also taught high school English and worked for the Tractor Supply Co. She has bachelor’s degree in English from Muskingum College and a master’s degree in Secondary English Education from Ohio State University as well as American and State FFA degrees.Jones is Licking County Farm Bureau president and a graduate of AgriPOWER. She served on the board of Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and received the Farm Bureau Member of Distinction award in 2015. She and her husband, Nick, raise beef cattle and hay with her parents. They have two children.Ashley Rose of New Vienna has been named organization director for Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties. Rose started at Ohio Farm Bureau in 2016 when she was hired as an organization director-in-training.Rose, who grew up on a small Highland County farm, has a bachelor’s degree in Extension education and animal sciences from Ohio State University and two associate degrees from Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute. She was an agricultural ambassador for Ohio Farm Bureau during the Ohio State Fair and an intern for Ohio State University Extension in both Delaware and Wayne counties. She also was an ATI student ambassador, secretary for the Ohio Collegiate Cattle Association and is an FFA American Degree recipient.Abra Dunn of Delaware has been named organization director for Crawford, Marion, Morrow and Richland counties. Dunn has 10 years of experience in various communications and marketing roles with United Producers, Inc. and J.D. Equipment, Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communication from Ohio State University.Dunn was a Franklin County Farm Bureau board trustee and is a graduate of AgriPOWER. She grew up on a small grain and cattle operation and was active in 4-H and FFA. She is a member of First United Church of Christ in Shelby.Audrey Hoey of Chillicothe has been named organization director for Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway and Ross counties. Hoey graduated in May from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in community leadership. She was an intern with Ohio Farm Bureau in the organization department, helping plan the Young Agricultural Professionals winter conference, AgriPOWER sessions and the county presidents’ trip to Washington, D.C. She also had internships with ADM Grain in Illinois and Walt Disney Co. in Florida.Hoey has an American FFA degree and traveled to Costa Rica as part of the National FFA’s Stars and Proficiency program as well as to Honduras for study abroad while in college. She is a member of Ross County Farm Bureau, Agriculture Future of America and Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association and was involved with 4-H, FFA and the county junior fair board.last_img read more

How to Green Screen (Before Digital Compositing!)

first_imgDiscover how pre-computer chroma keying worked in this informative video.If you do a lot of chroma key work than you are probably very familiar with how difficult the entire process can be. From lighting the background to minimizing spill, there are a million different things to think about (and mess up) along the way.However, the difficulties associated with modern chroma keying fail to compare to that of keying in the pre-computer world. Using techniques like contrast mattes and sodium vapor lights, filmmakers of years past had even more difficulties pulling good chroma keys.In the following video Tom Scott explains how filmmakers and TV professionals achieved chroma keys in the pre-computer age:This video was first shared on Tom Scott’s YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing Tom!Want to learn more about the pre-computer chroma keying process? Check out a few of the following resources:No CGI Please: Special Effects before Computers – Mental FlossChroma Key – Wikipedialast_img read more

Sony a7S vs a7S II: Is There a Noticeable Difference?

first_imgThe a7S vs a7S II: is the new model better than the old? Our team had a chance to compare these low-light monsters.The a7S and the a7S II are fantastic cameras for video professionals and photographer alike. The a7S II was the second camera in the series, but we were interested in comparing the two. Let’s take a look at a few of the noticeable differences and discuss why you might want one over the other.DesignDespite having the exact same a7S label on the front of the camera, the a7S and a7S II are somewhat different when it comes to design. The a7S is very reminiscent of a typical mirrorless camera. It is small, difficult to hold, and its buttons feel almost mechanical. On the other hand, The a7S II feels a lot more like a DSLR with an extended rubber grip, improved wheel design, and easier-to-push buttons. In our experience, we much preferred the design of the a7S II to that of the original a7S. Our only issue with the newer a7S II was the locking-mode dial… while it does perform its function quite well, I’ve never found a locking wheel to be necessary. From the rear, both the a7S and the a7S II are very similar. Both feature a slightly complicated tilting screen and a typical menu structure. The biggest upgrades featured on the new a7S II are updated scroll wheels. The new wheels have deeper grooves and we found them much easier to adjust. The old Sony a7S is definitely an example of a camera that valued design over ergonomics, but the a7S II is quite comfortable to use. As you can see in the image below, the grip on the a7S II is much more pronounced than the original a7S. There are also more ridges on the a7S II that make it easier to fit into the contours of your hand. The shutter button on the a7S II has also been improved to be in an easier-to-press location. Both cameras are fantastic tools for video production and photography, but in terms of functionality the a7S II is much easier to grip and use, especially for photography.PhotosQuick Caveat: Image compression for web images is quite horrible. I encourage you to download the unedited images using the following link. Download a7S Comparison Test Photos1. Bright LightWhile the a7S and a7S II are both known for their low-light capabilities, they are actually both actually pretty fantastic in bright light situations. From our tests, we found the a7S II to be a little sharper than the a7S. The a7S II is also a little better at picking up details in the bright and dark areas simultaneously. a7S 70mm f/5.6 1/500, Standard Color Profile a7S II 70mm f/5.6 1/500 , Standard Color Profile 2. IndoorsNormal indoor lighting scenarios are really where the a7S and a7S II begin to outshine their counterparts. You crank up the ISO to around 64,000 before you begin to see large amounts of grain. This makes it easy to capture properly exposed images with virtually any lens. a7S 60mm f/5.6 1/80 ISO 12,800, Standard Picture Profile a7S II 60mm f/5.6 1/80 ISO 12,800, Standard Picture Profile 3. Low LightBoth the a7S and the a7S II are fantastic in low-light scenarios. As you can see in the example images below, there isn’t a major difference between the two cameras in low light. As I said before, you probably don’t want to crank your ISO beyond 64,000, but that will be enough in most shooting scenarios. a7S 50mm f/4.5 1/15 ISO 12,800, Standard Picture Profile a7S II 70mm f/5.6 1/13 ISO 12,800, Standard Picture Profile Rolling Shuttera7S Rolling ShutterThe rolling shutter on the a7S is really bad. I’ve talked with quite a few professional videographers that refuse to use the a7S for this reason. While it’s not necessarily an issue if you have a static shot with limited movement, it can be disastrous if you are shooting handheld. a7S II Rolling ShutterThe rolling shutter on the a7S II is a much-welcomed improvement to the original a7S. As you can see below, the rolling shutter has significantly been reduced to only a slight wobble. What do you think of the new a7S? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Changes coming? NBA commissioner wants draft rules amended

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I think we all agree that we need to make a change,” Silver said. “As I’ve said before, our position, at least our formal position, going into bargaining was that we wanted to raise the minimum age from 19 to 20, and of course their formal position was they want to lower the age from 19 to 18.“I think it’s one of those issues that we need to come together and study.”There were six rookies this season who averaged 10 points per game or more; none were teenagers. One of the advantages that could come from raising the age minimum to 20 would be that players may be more ready for the pro game. Silver said he has talked to many veteran players, who have a sense that the 19-year-olds “are not coming in game-ready.”Other highlights in Silver’s annual Finals media availability included:All-Star in CharlotteADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “I’ve known Steve for probably close to 25 years and my heart goes out to him,” Silver said. “As he and I talked about, it puts this all in perspective.”Kerr hasn’t coached Golden State — 12-0 heading into its third straight Finals against LeBron James and the Cavs — since Game 2 of the first round against Portland. He underwent a procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but said he is still ailing and in debilitating pain.Chinese playersSilver said it’s frustrating to him that basketball-crazed China does not have a player in the league.“There’s probably more basketball being played in China than anywhere else in the world, and more NBA basketball is being watched in China than anywhere else in the world,” Silver said. “It’s something I’ve talked to Yao Ming a lot about. We all have to do collectively a better job training the best players in China.” LATEST STORIES Argentina begins new era under coach Sampaoli NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, California. APNBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants the NBA’s draft-eligibility rules changed.To what, he isn’t sure.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Silver defended the NBA’s decision to return the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019, after taking it away and moving it to New Orleans this season in response to the state’s law restricting the rights and anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people.A deal to repeal that law was struck in March, though critics have said it does not go far enough.“We had said to the legislative leaders we will consider coming back in 2019, if you change the law,” Silver said. “The law was changed. Sufficient, is a tough … the answer is yes. They made incremental progress. And I felt, in part, there is a role that the league can play in demonstrating what equality looks like to a community.”Silver said taking All-Star weekend to Charlotte could serve as an example of what it looks like to be non-discriminatory, “and my hope is that by setting that example we can unify people and that the state will follow.”Phil JacksonSilver said he did not consider disciplining New York Knicks President Phil Jackson for comments suggesting that Knicks star Carmelo Anthony should be traded.Jackson’s comments raised the ire of the players’ union, which pointed out that players risk being fined if they lobby for trades publicly.“There’s never been a history in this league of fining a team and disciplining a team executive for talking about trading a player,” Silver said.Kerr’s healthSilver met with Golden State coach Steve Kerr before Thursday’s game, and expressed regret for the health issues that are keeping the Warriors’ coach off the sideline. Less than a month away from a draft where about 20 players who completed just one year of college will be welcomed into the league, Silver expects the so-called “one-and-done” rule to be modified — somehow — before too long. But in saying that, Silver also acknowledged that even he isn’t certain what makes the most sense going forward.“My sense is it’s not working for anyone,” Silver said Thursday (Friday Manila time) before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. “It’s not working for the college coaches and athletic directors I hear from. They’re not happy with the current system. And I know our teams aren’t happy either, in part because they don’t necessarily think the players who are coming into the league are getting the kind of training that they would expect to see.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s been just over a decade since the NBA and the players union agreed on a rule in that says players either need to be 19 years old or be one year removed from high school before being eligible for the draft. There are arguments for raising the minimum age to 20, there are arguments for getting rid of the rule altogether.Silver said he expects to have more talks in the coming months with the union about the topic. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

Pirates, Lions extend streaks

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Quarters: 17-18, 41-28, 63-41, 72-58LYCEUM 96 – MAPUA 90LYCEUM 96—Perez 22, Jc. Marcelino 19, Ayaay 10, Tansingco 10, Caduyac 8, Pretta 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Liwag 5, Nzeusseu 5, Marata 3, Baltazar 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Santos 0.MAPUA 90—Gabo 21, Buñag 18, Victoria 16, Aguirre 11, Nieles 9, Orquina 7, Pelayo 6, Raflores 2.Quarters: 20-21, 48-43, 73-58, 96-90Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lyceum coach Topex Robinson, though, was dissatisfied with how his unbeaten squad played as the cellar-dwelling Cardinals gave the Pirates everything they could handle.“We didn’t honor the game and it almost backfired on us,” said Robinson. “Credit to coach Atoy (Co) for preparing his team well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSan Beda also sustained its streak with a 72-58 rout of St. Benilde in the first game.The Lions’ eighth straight victory, however, was overshadowed by an endgame fracas where Carlo Young tackled a driving Robert Bolick down on a fastbreak with 2:28 left. Rio silver medalist Diaz back in actioncenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lyceum didn’t look like it missed a beat as it sustained its hot streak in the second round of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 96-90 victory over Mapua Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez paced the Pirates with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jaycee Marcelino got 19 points, six boards, and two assists in the Pirates’ 10th straight win.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Things escalated quickly under the basket which led to a disqualifying foul on Young and the ejection of Bolick, who was seen retaliating by the referees during the replay, and Clint Doliguez, who entered the playing court.After the game, coach Boyet Fernandez expressed disgust on how officials handled the commotion and expects the commissioner to review the incident. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETSAN BEDA 72 – ST. BENILDE 58SAN BEDA 72—Bolick 14, Potts 12, Mocon 10, Soberano 8, Tankoua 7, Cabanag 5, Noah 5, Bahio 4, Carino 3, Adamos 2, Doliguez 2, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Tongco 0.ST. BENILDE 58—Leutcheu 25, Domingo 8, Sta. Maria 8, Pili 5, Castor 4, Belgica 2, Dixon 2, Naboa 2, San Juan 2, Johnson 0, Young 0.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Justice Mudgal to head selection committee for Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awards

first_img(Eds: fixing typo in headline) New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the Supreme Court-appointed probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, has been named chairman of the 11-member selection committee to pick this year’s Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awardees. The panel headed by Mudgal, the retired Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been picked by the Sports Ministry but it yet to be officially announced. “The meeting will take place on September 16 in Delhi,” a source in the panel told PTI. The selection committee features former Commonwealth Games gold-winning air pistol shooter Samresh Jung and shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa among others. The panel also comprises former national boxing coach G S Sandhu, hockey coach AK Bansal and archery coach Sanjeeva Singh apart from Sports Authority of India’s Special Director General Onkar Kedia and Joint Secretary (Sports) Inder Dhamija. The panel also has two sports journalists and Target Olympic Podium Scheme CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan. Dronacharya award is presented to coaches for their outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis over a period of four years. The Dhyanchand honour is bestowed on sportspersons for their life-time achievements and contribution to sport during both their active career and after retirement. The National Sports Awards ceremony, held on August 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, will be organised on September 25 this year. The change of schedule was done because of the clash of dates with the Asian Games, which concluded on September 2 in Jakarta. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

West Indies players Keemo Paul and Darren Bravo suffer injuries during 3rd Test vs England

first_imgWest Indies players Keemo Paul and Darren Bravo suffer injuries during 3rd Test vs EnglandWest Indies vs England 3rd Test St Lucia: Keemo Paul suffered a right quadricep strain early in the morning of Day 3 in the Test match while Darren Bravo did not take the field with injury.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri Saint LuciaFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 00:35 IST West Indies vs England 3rd Test Day 3 St Lucia: Keemo Paul was stretched off after sustaining a right quadricep strain. (AP Photo)West Indies found themselves in a precarious situation on Day 3 of the third Test against England on Monday after pacer Keemo Paul was stretchered off the field, sustaining a right quadricep strain. Paul had taken Rory Burns wicket on the first ball of the day but could not last for long.On the other hand, medium pacer Darren Bravo also suffered an injury in the left first finger while batting on Day 2 and did not take the field on Day 3 as he was being attended by physio Khevyn Williams and Shamarh Brooks came on as substitutes.During the 14th over on Day 3, Keemo Paul was seen in some pain, lying flat on his back beyond the boundary line and after the physio attended to him, he was taken off on a stretcher. The play resumed soon after with a substitute replacing Paul.WEST INDIES VS ENGLAND, 3RD TEST DAY 3 IN GROS ISLET: LIVE CRICKET SCOREEngland have taken command in the third Test after losing the series with West Indies taking an unassailable 2-0 lead with massive wins in the first two Tests.At the time of publishing, England were 207 for 3 and led West Indies by 330 runs. England had scored 277 in the first innings, in reply of which West Indies were bowled out for just 154 runs, courtesy Mark Wood’s fifer.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow West Indies vs EnglandFollow West Indies vs England 3rd TestFollow Keemo PaulFollow darren bravolast_img read more

LR Recognised for Performance for 2011-2013

first_imgzoom The European port state control organisation, the Paris MoU, on June 17th confirmed that Lloyd’s Register (LR) was the highest performing Recognised Organisation (RO) in the European port state control area for the rolling three-year period 2011-2013. During this period 11,405 inspections were carried out on LR classed ships and 10 ships were detained for what are known as ‘class related’ factors. In official correspondence to all ROs, Richard W.J. Schiferli, Secretary General of the Paris MOU, wrote: “The best performing Recognised Organisation is Lloyd’s Register.”Commenting on the ranking LR’s Marine Director Tom Boardley said, “This is a significant achievement, as the ranking system is encouraging all ROs to continuously improve their performance. In 2009 LR was in 8th position and we realised this was unsatisfactory, not just for our own reputation but particularly for our clients who had put their faith in our ability to keep their vessels trading without the disruption of detentions. We set out to improve our position with the initial aim of attaining a top three position and then remaining there.”“We began a concentrated effort to improve fleet quality and help owners, managers and ships’ crews to avoid detentions. This activity aligns with our mission to promote safety and to improve the operational performance of the fleets we serve.”There were a number of key activities reinforced and initiatives undertaken by LR. These included: Additional training of LR surveyors, promoting awareness of the need to communicate what needs to be done by ships not just to pass surveys but to stay at the right level to pass port state control inspections for the whole year after a class visit.The publication of the series of convenient Pocket Guide Checklists to help seafarers’ awareness of safety and port state control requirements – these have been highly popular and not just on LR classed ships. The introduction of the first smartphone app for ILO/MLC compliance, followed swiftly by an ISM/ISPS app, which were both well received by the industry and helped promote awareness. The creation of a Fleet Quality Programme (FQP) in 2009 to help owners who were in danger of slipping below required safety standards between surveys. LR amended its classification Rules to permit LR surveyors to inspect ships between scheduled surveys where there was cause for concern in any classed ships.Publicising LR’s concentrated survey campaigns through Class News to owners and managers to raise awareness of port state control requirements.Joanna Townsend, Global Head, Fleet Services, Lloyd’s Register added: “We recognise the importance of identifying ships that are at a high risk of falling below the standards required in the classification rules and statutory requirements as well as the need for awareness of managers and seafarers and better communications with port state control authorities. Our surveyors cannot be on ships all the time. But we can promote safety by working with owners and managers to help them improve compliance with the classification and statutory requirements before they become either at risk or fall below required standards.”Press Release, June 19, 2014last_img read more