MARITIME PARTNERSHIP EXERCISE BETWEEN INDIAN NAVY AND JAPAN MARITIME SELF DEFENSE FORCE IN THE ANDAMAN SEA


 A Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) was conducted between Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and Indian Navy on 23 Jul 22 in Andaman Sea. INS Sukanya, an offshore patrol vessel and JS Samidare, a Murasame class destroyer, undertook various exercises including seamanship activities, aircraft operations and tactical manoeuvres as part of the operational interaction. The two countries have been carrying out regular exercises in IOR towards reinforcing maritime association. The exercise were aimed at enhancing interoperability and streamlining seamanship and communication procedures. This exercise is part of the ongoing efforts between the two navies towards ensuring safe and secure international shipping and trade in Indian Ocean Region.


 



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Canada – Federal-provincial partnership funds innovative research in agriculture and agri-food sector in Manitoba

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing $326,688 in several innovative research projects aimed at strengthening the agriculture and agri-food industries, through the Ag Action Manitoba program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson announced today.

February 18, 2022 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing $326,688 in several innovative research projects aimed at strengthening the agriculture and agri-food industries, through the Ag Action Manitoba program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson announced today.

Today’s announcement includes funding for promising projects focussed on grain innovation and crop production. They include:

Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers Inc.

Development and evaluation of a fully-automated, made-in-Manitoba rover for the rapid collection of environmental data to improve soybean adaptation to drought conditions; purchase of specialized lab equipment for crop protein research; develop the carbon footprint of typical pulse and soybean production in Manitoba and assess alternatives to reduce carbon intensity

Ducks Unlimited

Maximizing the potential of high-yielding winter wheat in Manitoba

Manitoba Crop Alliance Inc.

Grain dryer efficiency

Manitoba Horticulture Productivity Enhancement Centre Inc.

Improvements to the soils of Manitoba’s potato industry through decreasing wind erosion and variable rate irrigation

University of Manitoba

Noxious Amaranthus weed (pigweed) identification using molecular markers; using genome editing of functional genes in Brassicas napus to advance plant resistance to environmental conditions

“Research projects like those announced today allow agriculture and agri-food businesses in Manitoba to stay strong and prosperous. Our government’s investments will ensure the sector’s sustainable growth and competitiveness.”

–        The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“Funding available from Ag Action Manitoba supports the vital work of our research community in advancing our province’s priorities for the agricultural sector. This support for research and innovation is the key that opens the door to new discoveries, novel approaches and technologies, ensuring Manitoba’s continued success in the national and global agricultural markets.”

–        Derek Johnson, Manitoba Minister of Agriculture

BYD ADL Partnership Delivers 29 Enviro400EV Electric Buses to Abellio London

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – WEBWIRE



Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD UK jointly announced today that their electric vehicle partnership, the UK’s leading electric bus producer, has supplied 29 BYD ADL Enviro400EV to Abellio London for use on Transport for London (TfL) route 63 between King’s Cross and Honor Oak.


The zero emission double-deckers have innovative features, aimed at making them an even more attractive, green alternative to the car as London recovers from the pandemic.


ADL is a subsidiary of leading independent global bus manufacturer NFI Group Inc. (NFI), while BYD is the world’s leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles (NEV) and power batteries.


The new buses on route 63 have a more open feel thanks to a skylight on the upper deck and handles on the backs of seats rather than vertical poles for an unobstructed view. With high back seats throughout, journeys will be more comfortable. USB chargers and mobile phone holders in the seats mean passengers can work or relax more easily, while also taking the time to watch the sights of London go by.


A wood-effect floor adds to the cutting-edge design. New covers for the priority seats, with a contrasting colour scheme, help differentiate them from other seats for passengers who are less able to stand. The vehicles also have a larger wheelchair and buggy area, improving accessibility and helping parents getting around town. CCTV cameras have also been upgraded to provide higher-definition footage, acting as a greater deterrent and making travel even more safe and secure.


New digital signage on board the buses share a wider range of real-time information, including the time to the next stop, disruptions, space on the next bus and service updates for Tube and Overground services.


Thanks to the ADL’s extensive experience in tailoring buses’ interiors to customer requirements, the manufacturer was well placed to adapt the interior of the BYD ADL Enviro400EV electric double deckers. They were built at ADL’s factory in Scarborough, Yorkshire, supporting skilled green jobs and apprenticeships.


The electric buses are powered by BYD Iron-Phosphate Battery technology providing a longer driving range and optimised battery life. They also benefit from BYD’s innovative chassis, incorporating a ‘6 in one controller’ integrating the entire ecosystem of the bus for improved reliability.


Chris Gall, ADL Group Engineering Director, said: “We are delighted to continue to work with TfL and operators like Abellio to deliver innovation for London’s buses with the customer-friendly features on these zero emission buses. TfL’s sustained investment in its bus network is hugely important as it underpins skilled jobs and apprenticeships at our factories in Yorkshire and Scotland, our aftermarket facilities across the country, as well as in our extensive domestic supply chain, supporting communities through re-investment in local economies.”


Frank Thorpe, Managing Director, BYD UK, said: “Innovation and collaboration are integral to achieving ambitious net zero strategies. BYD strongly believes in the value of partnerships to help fast-track environmental goals for transport authorities and operators, such as TfL and Abellio. We are proud to bring our world leading expertise in batteries and integrated powertrain technology to our successful eBus venture in the UK with ADL.”


ABOUT BYD


The Official Sponsor of Mother Nature™, BYD, the world’s leading electric vehicle company, is dedicated to creating a “total solution.”  Globally, BYD has committed to corporate social responsibility, deeply monitoring our supply chain in terms of human rights, environmental safety, hazardous substance control and intellectual property rights. We only select suppliers who share our commitment to just labor practices, human rights standards and the environment. For more information, please visit https://byd.com/ or follow BYD on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Maritime Partnership Exercise between Ships of Indian Navy and JMSDF


    Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Kadmatt undertook Maritime Partnership Exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force(JMSDF) Ships Uraga and Hirado in the Bay of Bengal on 13 Jan 22. Both JMSDF ships are part of Minesweeper Division One and are on deployment to Indian Ocean Region with Captain Noguchi Yasushi, Commander Minesweeper Division One embarked onboard JS Uraga. The exercise was aimed at strengthening bilateral relations, promoting defence cooperation, enhancing mutual understanding and inter-operability between the two navies and sharing best practices.


           The Maritime Partnership Exercise included a wide range of maritime operations viz. Flying Operations, Replenishment Approaches and Tactical Manoeuvres. The entire exercise was planned and conducted in a non-contact mode, thereby adhering to  COVID  safety norms.


  


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Japan – JCB expands partnership with Planet to deliver more choice for European merchants accepting payments both in-store and via digital channels

JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., and Planet, a global integrated payments leader, announced the expansion of their European partnership.

This new deal ensures Planet will perform as a JCB acquirer across European territories for both face-to-face and ecommerce transactions, including JCB Contactless, with J/Secure(TM) 2.0-enabled ecommerce to be offered online in early 2022.

Planet provides integrated digital payment services on a unique single platform that offers acquiring, processing, digital wallets, VAT refund and currency conversion services to merchants in the retail, hospitality, food and beverage, parking, and financial sectors. As of today, Planet serves over 70 markets, having over 100 bank partners, and over 600,000 merchant partners[1].

With many of Planet’s merchants in the hospitality, food, and beverage industries, JCB’s 140 million cardmembers will benefit from being able to enjoy travel-related and everyday spending when travelling to Europe when travel restrictions lift.

JCB and Planet first entered into partnership in 2003 and have since expanded to cover multiple regions including across Europe, Middle East, and Asia.

Nick Fisher, General Manager, Sales and Marketing UK, JCB International (Europe) Ltd., said: “As long-standing partners of Planet, we are honoured to be invited to join its new growth journey to strengthen Planet’s position as a competitive player in the European market. As Planet looks to grow its merchant base, it’s important that we ensure our partnership grows to offer our cardmembers even more opportunities to spend in Europe.”

Steve O’Donovan, Chief Payments Officer at Planet, said: “JCB has been a valued partner of ours for many years, connecting us with their 140 million global cardmembers who like to spend with our merchants. This new evolution of our partnership opens up even more opportunities for our merchants to accept payments and encourage spending.”

[1] ‘Planet at a glance’ section on Planet’s website – https://www.planetpayment.com/en/home/, Accessed 20.10.2021
JCB Contactless https://www.global.jcb/en/products/payment-solution/contactless/index.html
J/Secure(TM) https://www.global.jcb/en/products/security/jsecure/

About JCB

JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading credit card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. Its acceptance network includes about 36 million merchants across the world. JCB Cards are now issued mainly in Asian countries and territories with more than 140 million cardmembers. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase its merchant coverage and cardmember base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to providing responsive and high-quality services and products to all customers worldwide. For more information: www.global.jcb/en/

About Planet

Planet is a revenue generating payments service and technology provider. Planet provides integrated digital payment services on a unique single platform that offers acquiring, processing, digital wallets, VAT refund and currency conversion services. Planet helps businesses meet the needs of their customers by simplifying complex payments, helping people spend freely. Planet serves 600,000 merchants and 100 partner banks across more than 70 markets on five continents. Planet is co-owned by Advent International and Eurazeo. Find out more here: https://www.planetpayment.com

CONTACTS:
JCB Press Office (JCB International/Europe)
Contact: India Stone, PR and Communications Executive
Email: istone@jcbeurope.eu
Phone: +44 020 7087 4754

JCB (Head Office in Japan)
Contact: Ayaka Nakajima
Email: jcb-pr@jcb.co.jp
Phone: +81 3 5778 8353

Planet Press contact:
Dan Purvis, Senior D