Hong Kong – Special operational arrangements for GREEN@COMMUNITY facilities during Lunar New Year holidays

Special operational arrangements for GREEN@COMMUNITY facilities during Lunar New Year holidays


     ​The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (February 2) announced the special operational arrangements for the GREEN@COMMUNITY facilities during the Lunar New Year (LNY) holidays this year.
     In order to enable the public to recycle the recyclables generated during the year-end clean-up, the EPD has specially arranged for all of the 36 Recycling Stores to extend their service hours by three hours (i.e. operating from 9am to 10pm) on February 7. The Recycling Stores will also be opened for six hours (from 11am to 5pm) from February 11 to 13 to provide self-service recycling for the public (no GREEN$ services). All Recycling Stores will be closed on February 10.
     As it is expected that the number of people visiting the Recycling Stores for recycling will increase as the LNY approaches, the department calls on members of the public to pay visits during non-peak hours to shorten the waiting time.
     A spokesman for the EPD said, “Although people can still place recyclables into the self-service recycling cage trolleys/receptacles located outside the Recycling Stores (except for GREEN@KAI YIP, GREEN@ON TING and GREEN@TSING YI) beyond the operating hours, they should not leave the recyclables outside the stores or on streets when the recycling cage trolleys/receptacles are full, to avoid impact on the nearby residents and the environment.”
     As for the 11 Recycling Stations, six of them will be closed from February 10 to 13, while GREEN@EASTERN, GREEN@YUEN LONG, GREEN@SHAM SHUI PO, GREEN@KWAI TSING and GREEN@TAI PO will resume their operations on February 13. During the closure, people can place recyclables into the self-service recycling facilities inside the stations or outside the gates. They can also seek assistance from the security guards stationed at the facilities if needed.
     Details of the special operational arrangements for GREEN@COMMUNITY during the LNY holidays are set out in the Annex. Information on the facilities can be found on the website www.wastereduction.gov.hk/en-hk/waste-reduction-programme/greencommunity, or the dedicated Facebook page of individual facilities.

IATA Expanding Operational Data Analytics Capabilities

Geneva – WEBWIRE

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that insights from enhancing the analytical capabilities of theIATA Global Aviation Data Management (GADM) program are powering informed decisions to improve safety, operational efficiency and sustainability. The new capabilities take advantage of advancements in big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

GADMs data comes from several sources, including the Incident Data Exchange (IDX) and the Flight Data eXchange (FDX) programs. The latter now comprises data from 15 million flights performed by 7,500 aircraft. The FDX data captured from each flight monitors hundreds of parameters per second, thus making GADM the most authoritative and comprehensive collection of global aviation operational data in the world. Currently 198 airlines contribute data to GADM, this database will grow daily as additional data is collected.

[p”Enhancing GADMs capabilities is contributing to data-driven insights and improvements for aviation safety, operational efficiency and sustainability. GADM is the industrys most comprehensive database. By applying better analytical tools, we are turbocharging its ability to inform critical business decisions. Individual users will be able to better compare their performance to industry benchmarks when making critical business decisions. And, at the industry level, we have been able to more precisely pinpoint operational trends, as well as emerging challenges and opportunities, said Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President, Operations, Safety and Security.[/p]Industry-Leading Insights

Examples of insights gained through GADMs enhanced capabilities include:

  • Identifying emerging safety risks

Through extensive aggregation of GADMs data, IATA is able to identify emerging safety trends, whether at specific airports, regions, or for certain types of operation. Such analysis will be especially beneficial for airlines exploring new destinations, and for regulators formulating aviation safety strategies. Using GADM data, IATA recently identified GPS signal loss in specific geographies as an emerging safety risk, for example.

  • Fuel Efficiency Measurement

Fuel currently represents nearly a third of the operational expense of an airline. Since 2005, IATA has worked with airlines to find fuel saving opportunities and identified average potential fuels savings of 4.4% across flight dispatch, ground operations, and flight operations. Moving forward, IATA will use GADM operational data to enhance the analysis done by its fuel experts and provide industry benchmarks related to fuel efficiency.

  • Aircraft Emissions Calculations

Analyzing GADM data is leading to more granular measurement of aircraft fuel burn and, consequently, tracking of CO2 emissions. With analysis of hundreds of data parameters at every second of flight, it is also possible to identify the precise impact of fuel saving operational measures. All of these will help the industry as it moves towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

  • Predicting Aircraft Performance

Predictive analytics in aircraft performance, particularly in fuel consumption, are essential for strategic decisions. IATAs advanced deep learning models offer high-accuracy predictions, helping inform decisions on aircraft purchases and strategic network planning.

Focusing on Data

As the trade association for the global airline industry, IATA has long been a trusted partner of industry data, upholding strict governance rules agreed with the airlines. IATAs business intelligence services, including the flagshipDirect Data Solutions (DDS) and AirportIS products, are recognized for the quality and comprehensiveness that they provide for market analysis.

On the operational side, data from IATAs its flagship global safety audit programs IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) are included in GADM along with FDX and IDX data and much more.

Data is at the center of more and more of IATAs activities as the global trade association for airlines. Its not about storing it for posterity, but rather using data to provide better analysis, and more importantly, solutions to industry issues. Data analysis is a part of our core business and a great opportunity to make aviation stronger, said Kim Macaulay, IATA Chief Information and Data Officer.

To support its increased focus on data, IATA is staffing-up a newly established a division responsible for data management, strengthening the GADM team and expanding its team of data scientists significantly. The aim is to improve the analytics capabilities offered by IATA to help airlines in their decision-making processes. IATA Consulting has also geared-up to help clients achieve their business goals using GADM and other IATA data collections and expertise.

Find more information on the IATA Consulting page

Notes for Editors:

  • IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 320 airlines comprising 83% of global air traffic.
  • You can follow us at twitter.com/iata for announcements, policy positions, and other useful industry information.


India celebrates December 04 as Navy Day, every year, to acknowledge the role of the Indian Navy and commemorate its achievements in ‘Operation Trident’ during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. 

This year, as India ushers in the ‘Amrit Kaal’ with the commencement of the celebrations of 75 years of her independence, the Indian Navy is all set to demonstrate India’s combat prowess and capability through an ‘Operational Demonstration’ at Visakhapatnam on Sunday, December 04, 2022. The Hon’ble President of India and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Smt. Droupadi Murmu would witness the event as the Guest of Honour. Several dignitaries from the Central and State Governments are expected to attend the event, which will be hosted by Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff. 

Traditionally, the Navy Day celebrations are conducted at New Delhi in the presence of the Hon’ble President and other dignitaries. This year, for the first time, Navy Day Celebrations are being conducted outside the National Capital. Indian Naval ships, submarines, aircraft and Special Forces from Eastern, Western and Southern Naval Command would showcase the capability and versatility of Indian Navy. The event will culminate with a sunset ceremony and illumination by ships at anchorage.  

The Navy Day celebrations are aimed at fostering greater outreach, renewing maritime consciousness amongst our citizens and highlights the Navy’s contributions towards national security.



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Independent Operational Fiduciary Launches Its First Pooled Employer Plan

 Group Plan Systems, LLC (GPS), an independent operational fiduciary for employer-sponsored retirement plans, has signed an agreement with JULY Business Services (JULY) to serve as recordkeeper and third-party administrator to a Pooled Employer Plan (PEP) for which GPS will serve as the Pooled Plan Provider (PPP).

“After nearly 18 months of due diligence, we are eager to launch our first PEP with JULY,” said Pete Swisher, a Managing Partner of GPS. “We are confident that their compliance infrastructure and operations are well-designed and will provide a solid foundation from which GPS can oversee plan operations in a prudent manner.”

While GPS’ first PEP is constructed to focus on serving start-up and small plans, “We have a lot of interest from banks, broker-dealers and investment advisers that are developing group solutions for all clients – large and small,” according to Jason C. Roberts, ERISA attorney and co-founder of GPS. “Consequently, this is the first of many PEPs we will be sponsoring, but a key differentiator with all of them is that employers retain the exclusive right to hire investment professionals of their choosing,” says Roberts. “We have no interest in hiring or firing 3(38) managers, so we have carefully engineered the plan documents to put that duty solely in the hands of each employer, which is consistent with the letter and spirit of the SECURE Act,” he adds.

GPS, officially formed in August 2021, is a partnership between Pension Resource Institute (PRI) and Waypoint Fiduciary (Waypoint), founded by Messrs. Roberts and Swisher, respectively. “After working with JULY on our group plan solution, I came away extremely impressed by their process, technology, knowledge, and most importantly, the people,” Swisher said. “They are highly committed to delivering for the plan participants and employers they serve.”

About GPS:

GPS provides independent fiduciary oversight that allows recordkeepers, TPAs, and financial institutions to serve retirement plans with confidence and at scale. For more information, please visit our website www.groupplansystems.com, or contact us via email at info@groupplansystems.com.

Group Plan Systems

Pete Swisher





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Hong Kong – Operational event at Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station

Operational event at Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station


     The Nuclear Emergency Committee Office of the Guangdong Province notified the Security Bureau today (May 10) of an operational event at Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station (DBNPS), a Security Bureau spokesperson said today.

     On May 8, during a routine inspection, station staff found that a speed controller in one of the backup diesel generators of Unit 2 of the DBNPS was not working properly. They immediately replaced the dysfunctional speed controller. After the replacement, it was confirmed that the speed controller had resumed normal function. The Unit remained in a safe condition throughout the above event.

     This event was classified as a Level 0 deviation on May 9 in accordance with the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale. It did not affect the safe operation of the Unit, the health of the workers, the nearby public or the environment.

     The Daya Bay Nuclear Power Operations and Management Co Ltd has released the details of this event on its website (www.dnmc.com.cn) (Chinese only), which can be viewed in the “operational events” section under the “nuclear and radiation safety information” page of the website.