However, for moments when luxury isn’t the focus for passengers, like during an earthquake, the train is equipped with an onboard lithium-ion battery component that will allow it to power itself for enough time to reach the nearest evacuation point along the tracks where the passengers can disembark.RELATED: Caribbean Island is On Track to Become the World’s First ‘Hurricane-Proof’ CountryA ceremony to mark the commute of the first N700S train was held at Tokyo Station in early July, with JR Central President Shin Kaneko among the participants.The N700S is “full of our technological achievements,” Kaneko said.Photo of N700 by Mitsuki-2368, CC licenseOff-grid battery operations are the important details that form the web of disaster-proofing that exists in Japanese society. It’s these kind of auxiliary systems that allowed Japanese international airport KIX to recover so quickly after Typhoon Jebi smashed into Osaka bay in September 2018, bringing with it 124 mph (200 kph) winds. The waves overtook the seawall and flooded the terminals—and an ocean tanker crashed into the bridge connecting the airport to the mainland.RELATED: A Poor State in India Learned From Its Mistakes: How It Saved a Million People From the Devastating CycloneDespite that, the airport reopened partially in just 2 days, completing the repairs and allowing tens of thousands to arrive and depart in KIX once again only 17 days after the storm.SHARE the Japanese Ingenuity With Friends on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCentral Japan Railway Company, (JR Central) has launched a newly designed high speed, or ‘bullet’ train, equipped with special features to better protect passengers from natural disasters.Japan, an island nation surrounded by underground fault lines in the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, has a history of natural disasters, particularly earthquakes, but also typhoons and flooding, and much of the infrastructure for prevention and recovery is, at this point, baked into the fabric of society.JR Central’s N700 Supreme is the first new train model in 13 years to plow at great speeds down the Tokaido Shinkansen line, which connects Tokyo to Osaka. It moves passengers along at 186 mph (300 kph) and comes with a variety of accommodating features like power outlets between the seats, diffused interior lighting, reclining seats and headrests, and better suspension and sound-proofing to provide a quieter, more stable ride.
(Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Court of Justice Press Release) The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) (last week) convened a meeting of key personnel in judiciaries, prosecutorial services, state agencies and bar associations throughout the Caribbean in an effort to assess challenges and needs arising from the new paradigm produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC President of the CCJ, the Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders, opened the meeting by welcoming the gathering that included seven regional Heads of Judiciary, six Directors of Public Prosecutions and several Court Registrars, Bar Association Presidents and other legal and technicalprofessionals. The conference was co-facilitated by the CCJ President and Mr. Peter Bracegirdle of Global Affairs Canada (GAC), a consultant with the Canadian-funded JURIST project. A significant role in organising the event was also played by APEX, a non-profit agency established by the CCJ in 2017 to provide technology-enabled solutions and training to improve the region’s justice delivery sector. Oct 15, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 CCJ is 15 todayThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) observes its 15th anniversary today. The Court, which is headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago, was inaugurated in 2005. The Court has an original jurisdiction and an appellate jurisdiction. Since its inauguration in 2005, the Court has worked on the premise that it is more…April 16, 2020In “CARICOM”CCJ issues record number of judgments in 2018(Caribbean Court of Justice Press Release) During 2018, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) issued 34 judgments and reasons for decision, its highest number of judgments delivered in a calendar year since it began its operations in 2005. Throughout that period, the CCJ also heard 28 new matters in both…December 5, 2018In “CARICOM”Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders chosen as next CCJ PresidentPort of Spain, Trinidad – The Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders, a citizen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been appointed as the incoming President of the Caribbean Court of Justice with effect from July 4, 2018. The Heads of Government of CARICOM made the appointment at its last meeting, held in…March 12, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Oct 16, 2020 Co-sponsoring the meeting were the JURIST Project, the CCJ Academy for Law and the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers. The virtual meeting was attended by more than 100 participants across 22 countries and was hailed as a success by attendees. Many of the participants expressed a desire for follow-up regional collaborations. For more information please contact:The Public Education & Communications UnitTel: (868) 623-2225 exts. 2296, 2246Email: [email protected] Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak In the first session, the attendees engaged in a discussion of the challenges faced in their jurisdictions by judicial officers, court staff, attorneys and other court users. Issues discussed included health challenges, particularly of court staff but also of court users who are not able to conduct their affairs remotely, either owing to the nature of the services required or the absence or unavailability of desired technology. The gathering noted the challenges in ensuring a) efficient, accessible and effective justice for all court customers; and b) the health and safety of all who work in and use the services provided by the justice sector. At present, four states access the Court in its Appellate Jurisdiction, these being Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana. However, by signing and ratifying the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice, Member States of the Community have demonstrated a commitment to making the CCJ their final court of appeal. The Court is the realisation of a vision of our ancestors, an expression of independence and a signal of the region’s coming of age. The latter two sessions focused on solutions that have been implemented in various jurisdictions and the lessons learned from these, as well as the needs that have become apparent in addressing the uncertainty that lies ahead. Participants benefited from hearing measures that have been implemented in other jurisdictions, such as those enabling the conduct of trials in Magistrates’ or Parish courts. In its Original Jurisdiction, the CCJ is critical to the CSME and all 12 Member States which belong to the CSME (including their citizens, businesses, and governments) can access the Court’s Original Jurisdiction to protect their rights under the RTCIn its Appellate Jurisdiction, the CCJ is the final court of appeal for criminal and civil matters for those countries in the Caribbean that alter their national Constitutions to enable the CCJ to perform that role. Oct 16, 2020 The meeting served as a significant first step in combining ideas and efforts across the Caribbean to meet the needs of those working in the justice sector and those seeking to avail themselves of its services. Going forward, the CCJ intends to continue working with its partners and the stakeholders in each of these jurisdictions to ensure that we are all stronger and better positioned to serve our constituents, even when COVID-19 is in our rear view. You may be interested in… The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was inaugurated in Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on 16 April 2005 and presently has a Bench of seven judges presided over by CCJ President, the Honourable Mr Justice Adrian Saunders. The CCJ has an Original and an Appellate Jurisdiction and is effectively, therefore, two courts in one. In its Original Jurisdiction, it is an international court with exclusive jurisdiction to interpret and apply the rules set out in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) and to decide disputes arising under it. The RTC established the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). St. Lucia records more cases of COVID About the Caribbean Court of Justice
… Kobras, Ravens to battleTHE semi-finals of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation’s (GABF) National Club Championship will be on tonight at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.The line-up has the potential to be one of the best showdowns in the tournament’s recent history, bringing together some of basketball’s bitter rivalries.In the opening game from 19:00hrs, Ravens, the once-feared team in Guyana, will face Kobras, the ‘proverbial upstarts’ in a clash that is expected to be one that most basketball fans have been anticipating.The night’s second game will see a rematch of last year’s final, as defending champions Colts, faceoff with Linden’s Victory Valley Royals.Last year, Colts repeated as champions with a thrilling 87-85 points win over Royals, in what many regard as one of the most entertaining finals of the GABF’s showpiece.However, this time around, Colts will be without the services of Dave Causeway, the sensational point guard, who, along with fellow guard Shelroy Thomas, had picked apart the Royals’ defence with precision.Causeway took his talents to Pacesetters, one of Colts’ rivals and as such, the ‘champs’, though yet to be really challenged this year, look ‘shaky’ in the back-court.Standout point guard Stanton Rose has been picking up where Causeway left off, to continue the trend of Colt’s dominant back-court, but, it’s not the same as last year.Colts will miss Causeway’s relentless approach on defence, especially coming up against an unselfish Royals team, led by two-way Harold Adams – the ‘big man’ who can do it all.Adams, known for scoring 111 points in a game in Linden last year, is the backbone of the team but with players like Marlon Pollydore and Orlan Glasgow, the Royals could be very dangerous when firing on all cylinders.It will be interesting to see how Shane Webster, last year’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), matches up with Adams and defends him on the perimeter.Meanwhile, the opening game should set the tone for an evening of enthralling basketball when Travis Burnett tries to lead the Kobras past Darcel Harris and the Ravens.Burnett, popularly known as ‘The Blur’ because of his quickness, has proved to be the leader of the recently-formed Kobras unit, but his rivalry with Ravens dates back to his days as a point guard for Pacesetters.The inclusion of former Ravens stand-out player, Jermaine Slater, and the recent acquisition of former Pacesetters marksman Naylon Loncke as head coach make the Kobras versus Ravens clash an intriguing one.Ravens will look to their experienced backcourt duo in Harris and Ryan Stephney, as well as Dominic Vincente’s sniper-like shooting to get them over the physical-playing Kobras.There are more questions than answers surrounding tonight’s two semi-finalists, but one thing is sure: fans can expect some pulsating action from jump ball.The team crowned National Champions this year will pocket $600 000, while second- and third-place will go home with $400 000 and $200 000 respectively.Individual prizes totalling $200 000 will be shared among the MVP, the player scoring the most points and the player with the most rebounds.
With the approaching start of the highest competition and the start of preparatory duels within the Generali Česká Cup, there is huge uncertainty in the domestic hockey environment. The head of the extra league, Josef Řezníček, answered questions related to the coronavirus crisis in an interview for Hokej.cz. The situation regarding coronavirus infection has deteriorated considerably in recent weeks, Libor Zábranský talks about a possible catastrophe. Do you perceive the concerns of clubs?Certainly. Everyone expected it to calm down and loosen up over the summer, but unfortunately there were problems with getting on the ice. The infection occurred in certain teams from the extra league and the first league, as well as in junior teams or national teams. This raised fears that it would complicate the start of the season and the start of the Generali Czech Cup.The worst is probably the uncertainty that the association, clubs, players, fans, no one knows what will happen in a week …I think it is a society-wide phenomenon. All the actions and activities of the population are in uncertainty and no one knows what will happen if the situation worsens or improves. It is very illegible and no one can say whether it will really end or it will culminate again. But we must be prepared for all situations.“All the actions and activities of the population are in uncertainty and no one knows what will happen if the situation worsens or improves.”The union can’t really influence that much, because the government makes key decisions.We are a collective sport that takes place behind closed doors, in closed spaces where the virus thrives. We need to be more vigilant about that. This also contributed to the cancellation of all representative events after the occurrence.Clubs have to work very hard in such uncertainty, because it is a company like any other. Do you agree?Yes, for clubs, at the moment when the beginning of the season is approaching and everything is contracted, difficult. The partners are ready, but waiting to be released. We are also working on further diplomatic steps. We are working with the Ministry of Health, epidemiology and the government to develop restrictions in favor of team sport. But it is not easy, because the virus affects the whole of society. As I said at the beginning, hockey halls are just the mushroom where the virus can last a very long time. We have to be careful. It’s very difficult for clubs because they need to see a future ahead. But none of us can predict this.Photo: Vladimir KochaClubs could be helped by the state budget, as is the case in some countries. Are these negotiations taking place?Negotiations began intensively at the level of the National Sports Agency, and even the Prime Minister. Everything is going well and I assume there will be some result.Milan Hnilička in a sports agency could help with them, right?Exactly. We approached Milan because he is a former hockey player, representative and personality. So he continues to develop activities towards government personalities.“We approached Milan because he is a former hockey player, representative and personality. So he continues to develop activities towards government personalities. “Anyway, the non-relegation extra league now seems like a sensible choice, doesn’t it?The relegation of the extra league is playing into our cards at the moment, we don’t have to panic so much. If it were a relegation, we would be under a completely different pressure from teams that could not start properly, as we feel for some premier league teams, where it can most likely be done as well. I’m not saying it’s good, because we all want the extra league to be dramatic, have a charge and be watched by as many spectators as possible. But unfortunately we are in a situation where we have to adapt the whole thing. It’s definitely not about the fact that the competition is non-downhill and we have won. After all, it is still progressive and the results will be played upwards. We have to be vigilant in this in order to play as many matches as possible. And last but not least, to get some spectators into the auditorium.Are you preparing a contingency plan on how to proceed when a team is in quarantine and cannot play for two weeks?First, we can hardly prepare for when this will happen. The variants will clearly be based on the fact that by any intervention in the set schedule of the competition, we will eliminate the situation that would cause the clubs not to be able to play some matches. From the current schedule, we will try to play as many matches as possible so that the clubs do not lose anything. It’s hard to come up with, but scenario number one is clear: try to play as many matches as possible with as many spectators as possible. This is the direction it will take.Photo: Stanislav Souček, mountfieldhk.czWhat do you say about the current quarantine conditions? How do you think they should change?We started the negotiations based on the experience from the beginning, when one player is positive and the whole team has to quarantine. The fortnightly quarantine has been and is being discussed, but we are waiting for the opinion of other authorities.In your opinion, would it be good if sports associations, such as hockey and football, came together to have more power in any negotiations?I think it is perceived in the same way by the authorities. Collective sport today is based on marketing and spectators. It is necessary to look at it in such a way that both competitions belong to team sports, but each of them plays in a different environment. This means that the conditions for hockey and football are quite different. I’m not saying it’s not necessary, but I don’t think the unions have to hold hands and fight for strength somewhere. In my opinion, diplomacy is at a high level and I think we are perceived as partners who have a high position in sports.“We will constantly monitor the situation in order to play as many matches as possible from the current schedule in front of as many spectators as possible.”Among other things, Mr. Zábranský indicated that the start of the extra league could be postponed. Can it be one of the variants?That is a question. As I said, we will constantly monitor the situation in order to play as many matches as possible from the current schedule in front of as many spectators as possible. If we come to the conclusion that we can postpone the extra league by fourteen days, which is probably the last date where we can postpone it, so that we can complete the fortnightly decline. Then I think we can talk about it. But if it doesn’t bring us anything and restrictions will always apply to the audience, then I don’t see a reason to postpone the start of the extra league yet.An APK meeting should take place next week. That will probably be crucial, right?Exactly. These questions will be discussed there, whether to move the extra league by a fortnight or start normally, what steps to take next… We will review all the things that have been done towards the government and the Ministry of Health and evaluate the Generali Česká Cup matches. From there, the discussion will develop further. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter