BALIK PULAU (Bernama): There is a possibility that durians will be in short supply in Penang this year amid the total lockdown under the movement control order, says the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama). "Our monitoring at the orchard and wholesale levels has found no durian glut currently but perhaps even insufficient supply in the market as many people have been waiting for durians from Balik Pulau," said its deputy director-general (operations) Mohamad Mustahapa Awang. He said Fama is targeting 35,000 tonnes of durian to be exported to countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, China, United States and Australia due to the high demand with the export value amounting to RM100mil this year. Last year, Malaysia exported about 30,000 tonnes of durian valued at RM92.3mil. "China's demand for durian had reached 85,000 tonnes before but this year, perhaps only 10,000 tonnes of the fruit can be exported to that country," said Mohamad Mustahapa. "Each year, there's a high ... » Learn More about Possibility of low durian supply in Penang this year, says Fama
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DETROIT: General Motors Co will supply electric batteries and hydrogen fuel cell systems for rail supplier Wabtec Corp's locomotives, in a move extending the No. 1 U.S. automaker's reach outside the automotive sector. Wabtec, based in Pittsburgh, is developing locomotives powered by electric batteries and hydrogen fuel cells in response to rail industry demand to eliminate carbon emissions. It has a test electric locomotive model and intends to build a second generation version, with deliveries starting in 2023. "The rail industry is on the cusp of a sustainable transformation with the introduction of batteries and hydrogen to power locomotive fleets," Wabtec Chief Executive Rafael Santana said in a statement. Under the nonbinding memorandum of understanding, GM will supply Ultium electric batteries and Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell power cubes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Wabtec's decision to deploy GM's Ultium battery and Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell systems ... » Learn More about GM to supply electric batteries, hydrogen fuel cell systems for Wabtec locomotive
MELBOURNE: Which organisations would you look to as allies in the fight against climate change? Climate activist groups, foundations and even a smattering of corporates involved in sustainability might come to mind. But here’s some real food for thought: How about militaries? The ongoing fight against COVID-19 has made it seem like a lifetime ago that Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen unveiled a slew of green measures that the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will be adopting to do its bit for climate change in Parliament in March. But these bold plans augur well for a green future for these men in green. The initiatives announced range from simple waste-reduction measures including recycling food waste into energy to larger, ambitious plans that seek to replace the SAF’s 400 administrative vehicles with hybrid and eventually electric models to reduce carbon emissions. The Republic of Singapore Navy is also looking at hybrid propulsion for its ... » Learn More about Commentary: Militaries, the surprising allies – when men in green fight for a greener world
Inforial (The Jakarta Post) - ● Wed, June 16, 2021 2021-06-16 00:00 0 c78dad32e3af0945bdb46490a80c27e9 4 Inforial Free Palm oil is contained in many daily products, from food, cosmetics and personal care products to household cleaning products. This means that the public both benefits from and is highly dependent on the palm oil industry for the various products they consume. Most Indonesian consumers, however, are unaware of the palm oil content of various consumer goods. As a consequence, they are also unaware of the impact of the industry’s exponential and rapid growth. This low public awareness is likely is due to the indirect relevance of palm oil in consumers’ daily lives, as well as the complex and multilayered production chain, which can be hard to digest. A consumer survey by MarkPlus Inc. published in 2020 found that most consumers primarily associated palm oil with cooking oils and margarines. The survey also showed that although most ... » Learn More about Why should you care about sustainable palm oil?
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Delivery times for your latest Taobao or Shopee purchase might take even longer than before. On March 11, The Business Times (BT) reported that container vessels planning to dock at Singapore's port are now facing longer wait times, due to a recent surge in vessel calls and container volumes. Turnaround time increased to almost a week According to S&P Global Platts , one source estimated that container vessels now need to wait five to seven days for turnaround, up from a maximum of two days for an ultra-large 18,000 TEU vessel. The Loadstar reported that vessel turnaround times have more than doubled, alongside week-long cargo rollovers (when cargo cannot be loaded onto a vessel because the vessel ran out of capacity). Regarding the congestion, a PSA spokesperson said : “This exceptional situation is due to a confluence of factors, including an unprecedented and ... » Learn More about Container ships facing longer wait times at S’pore port due to surge in vessel calls & container volumes
REUTERS: Lyft Inc said on Tuesday it will launch an electric vehicle rental pilot program for ride-hail drivers in a part of the San Francisco Bay Area in partnership with a local utility. The EV rental program in San Mateo County south of San Francisco is scheduled to begin this fall. It initially aims to provide roughly 100 EVs for use on the Lyft platform, the ride-hail company and Peninsula Clean Energy said in a statement. Peninsula Clean Energy, San Mateo County's official energy provider which aims to provide 100per cent renewable energy by 2025, will provide US$500,000 in incentives to ride-hail drivers to ensure the cost of renting an EV is comparable to a gas-powered car. Lyft said exact rental prices and models were still being determined. The program is operated by Lyft's Flexdrive unit, which works with local car dealerships to rent out vehicles on a weekly or long-term basis. Lyft already offers EV rentals in Seattle, Atlanta and Denver, where drivers are ... » Learn More about Lyft launches EV rental pilot program for ride-hail drivers in Northern California