Dutch Maritime Sector Recovers after Difficult Years

first_imgA cautious recovery became apparent in the global shipbuilding industry in 2017, especially over the final months of the year. Also the Dutch maritime cluster sees a positive change. “We can be proud of the many orders that our industry has taken in 2017, despite the many challenges faced,” Bas Ort, chair of the Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) trade association, said.Despite the beginnings of a recovery that became apparent in 2017, turnover still decreased by some five per cent during the year, from EUR 7.3 to EUR 6.9 billion for yards and suppliers collectively.The total workforce decreased by a little over three per cent, from nearly 29,000 FTE’s in 2016 to 28,000 FTE’ s in 2017. The decline in both figures now appears to have leveled off.“Over the past year we received one of the few large orders made by the global offshore market plus orders for the most powerful cutter suction dredger built to date, several other dredgers, and the first seagoing cruise vessel to be commissioned in years. Moreover, in 2017 we launched several record-breaking super yachts and dozens of smaller cutter suction dredgers for export, while also starting construction of a fleet of fishing boats. The number of orders for inland vessels has also seen a brisk increase,” Ort added.At the end of 2017, the combined Dutch order book counted 93 vessels with a total tonnage of 437,000 CGT.The cautious recovery in the final months of the year was very welcome after the disappointing figures of 2016. However, even though the new orders made in 2017 accounted for more than twice as large a tonnage as in 2016, this was not nearly enough to provide work for all the world’s yards.As a result, the global orderbooks decreased even more, and a number of yards found themselves in difficulties. The effects were especially visible in China and South Korea, while European shipbuilders were the only ones to experience an increase in the order books.“The only way for the global shipbuilding industry to survive is constant innovation and a focus on fair international competition,” Bas Ort says.“This is why NMT continued its efforts to once again get a subsidy for innovations in new vessels up and running in 2017. We remain committed to a level playing field, both outside and within Europe. Meanwhile, more and more companies are also seeing that the Netherlands is in a position to become one of the international leaders in making shipping more sustainable.”A strong Green Deal between the sector and the national government (as announced in the Dutch coalition agreement in 2017) should help in this context.“The coming years will see all kinds of environmental regulations come into force that affect shipping. Our yards and maritime suppliers have the innovative solutions required to supply vessels, and technologies that meet the most stringent requirements. Public authorities, vessel owners and maritime suppliers will have to work together to fulfil our stated ambition of maintaining a level playing field in this context too.”Netherlands Maritime Technology has published a position paper in which the trade association sum up their recommendations.SuppliersThe turnover of the approximately 800 maritime suppliers in the Netherlands amounted to EUR 3.4 billion in 2017 (EUR 3.8 billion in 2016). Total employment among Dutch maritimesuppliers was 16,413 FTEs in 2017 (16,838 in 2016). Additionally, they employed an average of 1,460 FTE’s of temporary workers during 2017.Seagoing vesselsA total of 58 seagoing vessels were delivered in 2017 (compared to 42 in 2016). 56 new vessels were ordered in 2017 (42 in 2016) with a value of EUR 1,143 million (EUR 642 million in 2016). The export share was 57 per cent (79 per cent in 2016).ShiprepairTurnover in 2017 was EUR 381 million (EUR 442 million in 2016). Total employment was 1,710 FTE’s (2,020 in 2016).Smaller vesselsThere were 155 inland shipping, fisheries and small seagoing vessels delivered in 2017 (116 in 2016). The order book contained 198 vessels on 31 December 2017 (126 in 2016).SuperyachtsTwenty-five superyachts were delivered in 2017 (19 in 2016), with a value of EUR 1.2 billion (EUR 1 billion in 2016) and 18 new commissions were received (17 in 2016) worth almost EUR 1.2 billion (EUR 1.3 billion in 2016). The order portfolio at the end of December contained 57 superyachts (66 in 2016) with a value of almost EUR 4.5 billion (EUR 4.6 billion in 2016).This article was originally published in the fourth edition of Maritime Holland 2018.last_img read more

Reconciling the residential schools era

first_imgInFocus on APTN National News:The legacy of Canada’s residential schools left it’s mark on the survivors – but also second and third generation survivors.In this season finale, we’re putting efforts to reconcile the past InFocus.APTN’s Cheryl McKenzie sits down with Theodore Fontaine, or Ted Fontaine, as most people know him.He shares memories of his residential school era as he looks through some old photographs.Ted was a close friend of Cheryl’s late father, Paul McKenzie.Ted has wanted to see Paul’s old photographs for a long time.Cheryl spoke with Ted in his home in Winnipeg.last_img read more

Stunning ceramics make a Pit Stop at Peace Gallery North for the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Prince George artists Leanna Carlson and Karin Heathman made a pit stop with their exhibit “Road Trip” at the Peace Gallery North this past Friday.The exhibition will be running until March 31st at the gallery, featuring both of the artists’ ceramic work. The show features nearly a fifty-fifty split of both Carlson’s and Heathman’s works. Although both artists have vastly different styles, they both say that the theme of road trips suits the combination.Heathman said that when the pair were discussing the possible show, they decided on the theme of a road trip as it gave them a broad subject to work within. “Often when you are on a road trip, you might be going to Thanksgiving dinner, the beach or maybe something else! Road trips take you anywhere and gave us endless possibilities as artists”.Gallery Coordinator Catherine Ruddell said she’s excited to have the exhibit in the gallery for the month. Although Ruddell has only been with the gallery since January, she has enjoyed returning to the Peace Region and working in the local community space.“although the gallery is booked at a minimum one and a half to two years ahead of schedule, I have truly enjoyed getting to know the artists that are currently booked and what they plan to bring.”Carlson, who has been practising her ceramic work for over 26 years, said regardless of her experience, pre-show pressure always kicks in.“I knew coming into this show that I had nearly enough pieces built up, but as the show approached my artist’s brain kicked in. So I made multiple pieces for the show specifically to push my artistic envelope further.”The opening night of the Road Trip exhibit was Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm and featured live music. The exhibit will be available for viewing at Peace Gallery North until March 31st.last_img read more

UNSC Resolution on Western Sahara, ‘Significant Victory’ for Morocco: Govt. Chief

Rabat-  Resolution 2218, adopted unanimously Tuesday by the UN Security Council on the Western Sahara issue, is a “significant victory” for Morocco and a “huge defeat” for the enemies of the kingdom’s territorial integrity, Government Chief Abdelilah Benkirane said Thursday.Communication Minister, Government Spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi said during a press briefing following the weekly cabinet meeting that Benkirane “congratulated HM the King for his wise and enlightened management of the issue of the defense of the unity of the nation and the integrity of its territory”, underlining that it “is necessary to commend this resolution, which is a significant victory for Morocco and a huge defeat of the maneuvers of the enemies of the territorial integrity”.Benkirane stressed that the resolution, which also provides for extending for one year the MINURSO mandate, is the result of the policy adopted by the Kingdom in its southern provinces, noting that this process ”has yielded its fruits and has reinforced the position of our country on the global level”. He also noted that the resolution is “the result of a growing awareness internationally of the importance of not playing with the security and stability of countries, nor falling into the trap of creating microcosm states, which are easily infiltrated by networks and other groups that threaten the stability of countries”. read more

National Human Rights Council to Host Press Conference on Elections Sunday

Rabat – On Sunday, the National Human Rights Council will present its observations on the proceedings of Morocco’s legislative elections, which followed a campaigning period with drastically lower citizen complaints than in the period preceding the national voting day in 2011.The NHRC will hold a press conference in Rabat regarding the election’s administration, which – though largely peaceful – has not been without its flaws, according to the ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD).The PJD, which gained 18 seats in Friday’s election, filed a complaint against its rival Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) following a post on social media that depicted a man stuffing a ballot box, according to the Agence France Presse. Earlier this week, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Aziz Rabbah pedaled rumors of voter intimidation and other irregularities as elections approached.Some law enforcement officers have taken to convincing citizens not to vote for the PJD in Kenitra, the minister said. Other citizens in the same area have received anonymous calls telling them to cast their vote in Sidi Suleiman or in other towns far away from the city.Last month, the council announced that 4,000 national and international observers had been accredited to monitor the elections through a special commission under its domain.The NHRC held 18 rounds of workshops to train Moroccan observers on reporting violations to the country’s electoral laws in four key points of the process: campaigning, voting, counting votes and announcing the results.Abdelaziz El-Omari, the PJD-affiliated mayor of Casablanca, told Morocco World News yesterday that his concerns over organized voter fraud had been reduced due to King Mohammed VI’s support of free and fair elections.“These concerns immediately vanished, especially since King Mohammed VI has given his guarantees that the vote will be devoid of any fraudulent practice. Therefore we have no doubt that the process will reflect the democratic development of Morocco.” read more

UN food voucher scheme aims to help vulnerable Libyans and boost economy

The World Food Programme (WFP) plans to reach up to 10,000 families by the end of the three-month project, which may also be expanded to the capital, Tripoli, and other areas of the North African nation.Under the scheme, families will be able to exchange WFP vouchers for food they choose in selected shops. Around 4,000 families in Benghazi and surrounding areas are to receive about 30,000 vouchers at a total value of $443,000 in the first phase of distributions this month. “Food voucher schemes allow WFP to assist people who live in areas where food is available but they are unable to afford it in sufficient quantities or where there’s a shortage of cash,” says Zlatan Milisic, WFP Representative and Country Director in Libya. “Food is now available in most of Libya and it’s become feasible to switch to voucher-based assistance that acts as a cash injection to both families and the local economy,” he added.The beneficiaries have been identified by Libyan officials and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). They include families whose incomes hardly cover basic food items as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs). Libya’s interim authorities, the National Transitional Council (NTC), are working to respond to the immediate needs of the people following last year’s uprising that led to the toppling of the regime of Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi in October.WFP has been providing food assistance to people hit by the conflict throughout Libya since March 2011, reaching more than 1.4 million people with more than 24,000 metric tons of basic food commodities. 7 February 2012A new United Nations food voucher scheme aims to help vulnerable families in the Libyan port city of Benghazi get the food they need while also boosting the local economy in the wake of the conflict that wracked the country last year. read more

Joining in World Cup football fever UN agency to wave red card

With World Football Cup fever in full swing, the United Nations labour agency is preparing to wave a symbolic ‘Red Card’ against child work as part of a series of global events beginning this week to mark the World Day Against Child Labour. “Many have said child labour will always be with us,” International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia said in a statement today. “But the global movement against child labour is proving them wrong. That is the meaning of the symbolic waving of the Red Card against child labour – it’s not just a gesture, it’s a way to highlight our struggle for the right of every child to a real childhood.” World Cup football legend Roger Milla of Cameroon and leaders of the sports, scouting and labour worlds will speak at ceremonies in Geneva on 12 June marking the World Day and the symbolic waving of the card that signifies a referee’s expulsion of a player from the soccer field for a serious foul or other breach of football rules. At the same time, activities ranging from television specials to nationwide discussions, marches and public awareness raising events are planned in some 100 countries under the theme, ‘The End of Child Labour: Together we can do it!’ The events highlight ILO’s global ‘Red Card to child labour’ campaign which, through the partnership with Fédération Internationale of Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s governing body, has reached millions of people around the world since its launch in 2002. Mr. Milla will also ‘Kick the Ball’ against child labour in a friendly match with girls teams from a local football club and an international school. Other scheduled events include a march in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, card pinwheels throughout Brazil, a poetry, essay and painting competition in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and a panel discussion in Washington, DC. In more than 100 countries around the world, people will be reminded that at least on this one day of the year, they should reflect on the fate of working children. read more

US global partners wrestle over trade stance

BADEN-BADEN, Germany – Top finance officials including new U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are debating what stance to take on free trade at a meeting that will help set the tone for the global economy.The gathering of finance ministers and central bank heads from the Group of 20 countries has focused on shifting attitudes toward trade, particularly after U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to impose border taxes and rewrite free trade deals he says have shortchanged the U.S.Mnuchin has said trade needs to be “fair,” which would be a step back from the group’s previous blanket condemnation of trade barriers.Attention at the two-day meeting in the German spa town of Baden-Baden has centred on a joint statement that is being prepared for Saturday.Early drafts have dropped an earlier ban on protectionism, but there was no agreement on what would replace it, said officials who briefed reporters Friday on condition of anonymity because the talks were ongoing.The meeting’s host, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, told reporters that the discussion was about “the right formulation regarding the openness of the world economy.”The last such gathering, in July 2016 in Chengdu, China, issued a strong statement in favour of free trade, saying “we will resist all forms of protectionism.” Possible replacements include support for “fairness.”Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, downplayed differences over the exact language. The OECD is one of several international organizations invited to participate in the meeting.Gurria told The Associated Press it was “important to create a comfort zone” where leaders could have their first discussions with the new administration, “to make them feel that this is a place where we can talk, we can ventilate the areas where we have common ground and the areas where we may have differences.”European countries and others that depend on exports, such as China, were said to be pushing for a stronger statement in favour of trade with fewer tariffs and other barriers in a rule-based system.The gathering will help set the tone for international commerce and finance and will give Mnuchin a chance to clarify what the U.S. position is.The G-20 is an informal forum on economic co-operation made up of 19 countries with more than 80 per cent of the world economy, plus the European Union. The finance ministers’ meeting will pave the way for a summit of national leaders in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7-8.Trump has repeatedly emphasized that the U.S. needs a tougher approach to trade that would put American workers and companies first. He has already pulled the U.S. out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with Japan and other Pacific Rim countries and he has started the process to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, both of whom are G-20 members.In a visit to Berlin ahead of the G-20 meeting, Mnuchin said the U.S. is interested in trade that is not only free but fair.“Our objective is getting more balanced trade agreements,” he said, confirming that having border taxes is an option. He said, without providing specifics, that some U.S. trade agreements need to be re-examined, while adding that, “It is not our desire to get into trade wars.”Mnuchin is scheduled to meet one-to-one with China’s Finance Minister Xiao Jie and central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan.The G-20 meeting is taking place with the global economy in relatively good shape: the International Monetary Fund predicts growth of 3.4 per cent this year and 3.6 per cent next year, compared with 3.1 per cent last year.Yet the British vote last year to leave the European Union and Trump’s victory on an “America First” platform have underlined discontent with globalization, a sense among many that the benefits of a globalized economy — that is, with fewer barriers to trade and business — do not reach enough people.Advocates for free trade such as the IMF say that trade restrictions will only hurt growth and won’t benefit ordinary people, while urging measures to spread the benefits of trade more widely. That could include job training and education, since the IMF says trade and globalization have benefited higher-skilled workers. US, global partners wrestle over trade stance Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, left, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin meet for talks ahead of the G-20 Finance Ministers meeting in Baden-Baden, southern Germany, Friday, March 17, 2017. (Franziska Kraufmann/dpa via AP) by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted Mar 17, 2017 3:30 am MDT Last Updated Mar 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Companies governments assess damage from latest malware

Companies, governments assess damage from latest malware by Raphael Satter And Frank Bajak, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2017 10:35 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2017 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A woman passes by cash machines that do not work in a city supermarket in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The cyberattack ransomware that has paralyzed computers across the world hit Ukraine hardest Tuesday, with victims including top-level government offices, energy companies, banks, cash machines, gas stations, and supermarkets. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) PARIS – Companies and governments around the world on Wednesday counted the cost of a software epidemic that has disrupted ports, hospitals and banks.Logistics firm FedEx says deliveries by its TNT Express subsidiary have been “slowed” by the cyberattack, which had “significantly affected” its systems.Ports operated by the Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk are still crippled. An Alabama port official, James K. Lyons, said crews at Maersk’s APM terminal in Mobile, Alabama, have been loading and unloading containers in manual mode, without the normal computerized co-ordination. The company’s operations were shuttered in Mumbai, India, Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Los Angeles, among others.In a statement, Moller-Maersk acknowledged that its APM Terminals had been “impacted in a number of ports” and that an undisclosed number of systems were shut down “to contain the issue.” The company declined to provide further detail or make an official available for an interview.Ukraine, which was hardest hit and where the attack likely originated, said it had secured critical state assets — though everyday life remained affected, with cash machines out of order and airport displays operating manually.As the impact of the cyberattack that erupted Tuesday was still being measured at offices, loading docks and boardrooms, the Ukrainian Cabinet said that “all strategic assets, including those involved in protecting state security, are working normally.”But that still left a large number of non-strategic assets — including dozens of banks and other institutions — fighting to get back online. Cash machines in Kyiv seen by an Associated Press photographer were still out of order Wednesday, and Ukrainian news reports said that flight information at the city’s Boryspil airport was being provided in manual mode.A local cybersecurity expert discounted the Ukrainian government’s assurances.“Obviously they don’t control the situation,” Victor Zhora of Infosafe in Kyiv told the AP.At the very least, cybersecurity firms say thousands of computers worldwide have been struck by the malware, which goes by a variety of names, including ExPetr.In Pennsylvania, lab and diagnostic services were closed at the satellite offices of the Heritage Valley Health System. In Tasmania, an Australian official said a Cadbury chocolate factory had stopped production after computers there crashed. Other organizations affected include U.S. drugmaker Merck, food and drinks company Mondelez International, global law firm DLA Piper, and London-based advertising group WPP.But most of the damage remains hidden away in corporate offices and industrial parks.As IT security workers turned their eye toward cleaning up the mess, others wondered at the attackers’ motives. The attack has the telltale signs of ransomware, which scrambles a computer’s data until a payment is made, but some experts believe this attack was less aimed at gathering money than at sending a message to Ukraine and its allies.That hunch was buttressed by the way the malware appears to have been seeded using a rogue update to a piece of Ukrainian accounting software — suggesting an attacker focused on Ukrainian targets.And it comes on the anniversary of the assassination of a senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer and a day before a national holiday celebrating a new constitution signed after the breakup of the Soviet Union.“The threat we’re talking about looks like it was specially developed for Ukraine because that was the place it created most of the damage,” said Bogdan Botezatu, of Romanian security firm Bitdefender, calling it a case of “national sabotage.”Suspicions were further heightened by the re-emergence of the mysterious Shadow Brokers group of hackers, whose dramatic leak of powerful NSA tools helped power Tuesday’s outbreak, as it did a previous ransomware explosion last month that was dubbed WannaCry.In a post published Wednesday, The Shadow Brokers made new threats, announced a new money-making scheme and made a boastful reference to the recent chaos.The malware didn’t appear to make a lot of money for its creators. A bitcoin wallet used to collect ransoms showed only about $10,000. And some analysts going through the malware’s code said that the ransomware may not even operate as ransomware at all; victims’ data appear to be hopelessly scrambled, rather than recoverable after the payment of ransom.Matthieu Suiche, the founder of Dubai-based Comae Technologies, said the ransom demand was merely “a mega-diversion.” In a blog post, he wrote that the code pointed not to criminals, but “in fact a nation state attack.”Researchers at Kaspersky Lab echoed the findings, saying in a statement, “Our analysis indicates there is little hope for victims to recover their data.”___Bajak reported from Houston, Texas. Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Alison Mutler in Bucharest, Romania, Larry Rosenthal in Philadelphia, Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles, Kim Chandler in Montgomery, Alabama and Bruce Shipkowski in Trenton, New Jersey, contributed to this report. read more

Raptors 905 waive guard Felder after he is charged in domestic violence

TORONTO — Raptors 905, the G League affiliate of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, has waived guard Kay Felder after he was charged in connection with a domestic violence incident.The team announced it was cutting ties with the 23-year-old in a statement on Monday.Raptors 905 said it will not make further comment as the matter is before the courts.Felder, a Detroit native,  appeared in 11 games with Raptors 905 and averaged 18.1 points per game.The Canadian Press

Peers son left childlike after suffering skunkinduced psychotic episode before his suicide

A peer has described how the mind of his adult son “receded into early childhood” after months of skunk cannabis abuse triggered a psychotic breakdown.An inquest into the suicide of Rupert Green, 21, heard he had been in the grips of a mental health crisis when he was found dead in his mother’s garden in January 2017.His father, the hereditary peer Lord Monson, believes the student’s state of mind deteriorated once he began using skunk, a super-strong strain of cannabis, at university.Yesterday Woking Coroner’s Court was told the final year of Mr Green’s life had been characterised by psychological disturbance.He began behaving strangely during the Easter holiday of 2016, when he returned from studying biology at the University of Essex with claims his roommates were spying on him.His father gently challenged him on the suspicions and was threatened with violence, but the family eventually managed to refer him to an early intervention in psychosis team in September.However, after being prescribed medication including diazepam, he returned to university in October.Within weeks the student had another heated row with his father after asking him for £1,000, which he admitted under questioning was for drugs. Lord Monson refused. Delusions had set in again by January, when Mr Green began telling people he was the son of God, the inquest heard.His mother said on the day of his death he had talked about killing himself, while his grandmother later saw him with a knife.Mr Green then vanished and a police helicopter was called to help the search. Its crew spotted him hanged in the garden. Yesterday the peer told the inquest: “He said that the night before he had tried to kill himself by running around in front of traffic but this time he was going to make a proper job of it and stand in front of a train. Mrs Green said: “The loss of Rupert is a life sentence of devastating proportions.”Lord Monson lost his other son, Alexander Monson, in 2012, after what he claims was a beating in police custody in Kenya. Rupert Green had been a university student at the time of his death Rupert Green had been a university student at the time of his death “He said ‘have a happy life’ and put down the telephone.”Frantic efforts were made by Lord Monson and Karen Green, Mr Green’s mother, to contact the police and the university to organise an intervention.Their son – a talented artist – was subsequently taken to hospital, where his father described finding an upsetting scene.”Rupert was an art scholar, his paintings were quite beautiful, his compositions were marvellous,” he told the inquest.“He had been painting in hospital and it was like he had reverted to a four-year-old child.“I thought something was really wrong with this man, it represented how he was in his mental state – much of his powers and abilities had receded into early childhood.”Shortly before Christmas 2016, Mr Green asked to be readmitted to hospital, but nurses told his mother “he would not fit the criteria so he would not be admitted.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Father mods sons Lightning McQueen with 500W electric motor

first_imgPersonally, I always wanted one of those powered plastic cars when I was a kid but they were noisy, slow and, well, made out of plastic. When little Evan got such a car in the shape of Lightening McQueen from Pixar’s Cars for his second birthday, he loved it. He drove it all the time, so much in fact, that after three years of use, the plastic tires had completely worn down. Most people would throw the car away and buy another but not this father, who lucky for Evan, works at FFTEC Motorsports.Evan’s father, Sean, decided to mod his sons existing car. Not satisfied with only adding new rubber tires, he also added a 500W, 0.66 horsepower electric motor, an aluminum rear chassis, dual sealed 24V batteries, disk brakes, and a throttle modulated variable speed control with a reverse and Sparco battery cut-off switch.Sean doesn’t say how fast the new car can go or how much the modifications cost but just by watching the video it’s easy to see the dramatic difference between Evan’s old version of the car and his new one. He can go twice as fast and the handling is also much better. We’re not sure what’s more impressive — the car or his son’s driving skills. In twelve years time he’ll pass his driving test with flying colors.via Carscooplast_img read more

Plans to rezone industrial lands in Dublin to allow for housing revealed

first_img File photo Mar 5th 2019, 10:28 AM Share79 Tweet Email4 Jamestown Business Park, Finglas Business CentreDublin Industrial Estate (DIE), Ballyboggan RoadOscar Traynor Road, Malahide Road, Coolock Drive and Malahide Road Industrial Park, and Newtown Industrial EstateKylemore Road, Park West Road (including small Z7 landbank) and Inchicore Works and Lands East of Kylemore RoadCity planner John O’Hara said the plans were the start of a process that could provide 17,000 to 20,000 homes in 10 to 20 years time, RTÉ reported. The report delivered at the meeting last night noted that there will be implications to the rezoning of this land and that further planning will need to occur. “These lands are significant in scale, and a change to their use cannot be piecemeal. For these sites, the scale of the lands involved means that any change would need to be addressed within a more detailed planning framework,” the report said. Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Sinn Féin councillor Daithí Doolan, chairman of the council’s Housing Strategic Policy Committee, said these plans have been in the pipeline since 2004 and that they are “long overdue” but that he doesn’t think progress will happen “overnight”. “It’s long overdue, it’s very, very welcome. It should be positive if we do it the right way,” Doolan said.He said that “we don’t want to give a blank check to private developers” to develop areas “that don’t meet the needs of local communities”. Doolan said that the council needs to make sure the lands provide sustainable and affordable housing. He also said that community and recreational facilities need to be made available in the areas. Similar to Doolan’s comments, the report noted: “Changes for such large sites need to be framed around the development plan policies of place-making, creating/expanding amenities, examination of community needs, including schools provision; movement and connectivity and providing a good range of local services and ensuring quality employment locations proximate to where people live.” Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 10:28 AM 37 Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4524154 Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie Plans to rezone industrial lands in Dublin to allow for housing revealed A Dublin City Council month meeting last night was informed of potential “new growth areas” within the M50. By Hayley Halpin PLANS TO REZONE industrial lands in Dublin allow for housing in four areas of the city have been revealed by city councillors. A Dublin City Council month meeting last night was informed of over 270 hectares within the M50 which are potential “new growth areas”. These lands are currently zoned for industrial use. These lands are located in the following areas: File photo Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 26,457 Views last_img read more

Greek Community condemns Christchurch mosque attacks

first_imgNew Zealand police continue to respond to events following the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday as the national security threat level has been lifted to a high. Mosques across the country remain shut and people are refrained from visiting.The Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria could not sit idly by and watch the tragedy unfold. It released a statement showing its support to the community of Christchurch where 49 people have died and 20 have been injured until now.The statement condemns the attack and expresses the shock of the terrible news “regarding the misguided actions of a group of individuals, in what can only be described as a sickening, terrorist action.”“Our hearts go out to our Kiwi cousins as we mourn the senseless loss of innocent Muslim parents, children and friends, peacefully praying at their regular place of worship,” reads the statement.“New Zealand, like Australia, is a peace-loving, inclusive and diverse multicultural community respecting the beliefs and traditions of its citizens and residents. The Greek Community of Melbourne condemns today’s violent actions of an extremist right-wing group and sends our heartfelt sympathy to all affected.”Greek officials convey condolencesGreek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras are among the many Greek leaders that conveyed the nation’s condolences to the government and people of New Zealand following the shootings, spearheaded by religious hatred.The Greek president expressed his “abhorrence” for the act to Ekaterini Zagorari, the Greek Ambassador to Australia, who is also the country’s envoy to New Zealand.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said: “It is our duty to uphold tolerance and religious freedom, and to raise our voices against far-right extremism and racist hate.”The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs also condemned the attack: Εκφράζουμε αποτροπιασμό για την τρομοκρατική επίθεση στο τέμενος στο Christchurch Νέας Ζηλανδίας & την απόλυτη καταδίκη μας για την ειδεχθή πράξη βίας & μισαλλοδοξίας. Στεκόμαστε αλληλέγγυοι δίπλα στο λαό & την κυβέρνηση της χώρας. Θερμά συλλυπητήρια στις οικογένειες των θυμάτων https://t.co/NaS60wyvz6— Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών (@GreeceMFA) March 15, 2019Investigations continueMeanwhile, four people are in custody following the attacks. New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said that three men and one woman have been arrested, but more people are believed to be at large. He warned caution as the police found and deactivated multiple improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles.A gunman using the name of Brenton Tarrant on Twitter entered the Al Noor Mosque at around 1.30pm on Friday during prayers and open fired. He live streamed the shooting onto his Facebook account and is believed to have fired more than 100 shots inside. He is believed to be a 28-year-old Australian. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Fire damages apartment balcony in central Vancouver

first_imgImproperly discarded smoking materials sparked a fire that damaged a second-floor apartment balcony in central Vancouver.The fire was reported at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at Gardenview Estates Apartments, 3300 N.E. 57th Ave. The fire originated on the outside balcony and caused $33,263 damage to the building’s siding, eaves and attic space, said Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli.“These fires can be prevented,” she said.Smoking materials should always be put out in noncombustible containers.last_img read more

Freeway cap aimed at offsetting impact on fort

first_imgPlanners have settled on an alignment that pushes the new Interstate 5 bridge away from Fort Vancouver.But that doesn’t mean the reconstructed fur trading post will be untouched.Doug Wilson, archaeologist for the National Park Service, recently stood just outside the fort, on the formersite of a 19th-century village in the southwest corner of the 366-acre Fort Vancouver National Site. From there, he gazed toward Portland’s West Hills far in the distance.“That’s a scene that’s been here since the Hudson’s Bay Company,” Wilson said.That view will be eliminated by an elevated ramp alongside the new bridge. In addition, about three acres will be sliced out of the site to accommodate the new Columbia River Crossing.Wilson and Park Service officials don’t dispute the need for a new bridge — the fort itself was founded as a Euro-American foothold for trade and transportation — but they intend to make sure the impact is fully mitigated, as required by federal law.A freeway cap, intended to re-establish a link between downtown and the national site, is the primary mitigation being proposed.A city-led design competition last year settled on a 600-foot-long “community connector” extending south across the freeway from the existing Evergreen Boulevard overpass. A grassy parklike setting with views to Mount Hood, this tree-covered cap would extend just beyond the southern edge of the former Post Hospital.New bridge will cast long shadow over VancouverHowever, CRC planners have no engineering plans, no cost estimate and make no guarantee that such a cap will be included in the final project.last_img read more

For Associations Balancing Print vs Digital Understanding Your Membership is Key

first_img Paul Tarricone: Survey Monkey is a beautiful thing. Its cost-effectiveness allows for much more frequent reader research. We conduct “Editorial Guidance” surveys every two or three years, which allow us to gauge reader interest/satisfaction with topics, specific columnists, layout/design, you name it. We’ve also integrated editorial questions into our annual Ad-Q advertiser survey to get even more feedback.   Click here for our full series of Association Summit speaker Q&A’s. Folio: Do you include the same content in both your print and digital editions? Tarricone: Print has a certain gravitas (there’s no such thing a “bound volume” of a digital edition). It’s a record that lasts for decades—very important to a 110-year-old Society such as ours. In addition, our market is quite visual (architecture/design) so readers like to see projects in all their glory. From a business perspective, the advantage to print is that our advertisers still consider this the hub of their marketing campaigns. Print, for us, drives a lot of revenue. The advantage of the digital issue is mobility, and now the experience with print is somewhat replicated due to the sophisticated page turner systems. LD+A is the monthly magazine for the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), a 110-year-old non-profit whose stated mission is to “improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public.” Folio: What are some of the benefits specific to the print edition of LD+A? And digital?  Paul TarriconeThis is the sixth in a series of Q&A’s with panelists appearing at the Folio: Association Media Summit on May 3rd in Washington, D.C. Tarricone: The stories that typically drive letters and comments for us involve new industry standards. A new code or standard may seem dry to the layman, but they have a huge impact on practitioners and manufacturers. Here, LD+A editor and publisher, Paul Tarricone, gives a preview of some of the insights he will offer as a speaker on the panel, “Print vs. Digital: A Strategic Choice,” at the Folio: Association Media Summit in Washington, D.C. Folio: What are some effective ways in which an association publication can draw feedback from its membership? Tarricone: We do a replica digital edition (page turner/flip technology) that is available only to members. In addition, we publish several e-newsletters that combine selected magazine content and new content, and distribute to a wider audience than just members. Association publications—especially within non-profit organizations—are often under immense pressure to be as financially efficient as possible, something that might make the cheaper digital publishing a more attractive pursuit. But what if an association’s membership has an established relationship with a print magazine that cannot be ignored? How can associations effectively engage with their members to learn which types of publications, topics, and stories they value in order to make informed strategic decisions? Folio: What was one of your most engaging articles/stories in recent issues, and why?last_img read more

LISTEN A Family Leader A Role Model And A Literacy Champion Houstonians

first_imgAP PhotoMrs. George Bush walking on New York’s Park Avenue, April 13, 1971. (AP Photo)With the news of Barbara Bush’s death at 92 on Tuesday, Houston Public Media asked locals about their memory of the former first lady. We went out along a trail at Memorial Park, where the former First Lady and former President George H. W. Bush used to jog.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18102136/Bars-2018-04-18-at-10.19am.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“It’s a sad day, she was a great first lady, I think she brought a lot to the White House, I think she brought a lot to the nation, particularly in terms of what she did with education and literacy. And, you know, she’s an icon and an example for everyone I think,” said Bob Kalin. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18102628/Brigett.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I think she was one who kind of spoke her mind. You know what I mean? She didn’t really… I don’t want to say conform, but she kind of paved her own way as First Lady. But yeah she gave me empowerment as a woman to believe that I can do anything, regardless of race, color, creed,” said Bridgett Joe. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18102933/Eric.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I think that when we look at where we are politically today, I think we need another family like that, another leader like that, another leader of families to step up and lead the country. I think she was definitely a leader in that family and the sons pulled those leadership qualities from her, no question. She led by example,” said Eric Justason. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18103307/Bars-2018-04-18-at-8.20am.mp400:0000:0000:29Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“At the office — I was cleaning the office — and I wanted to throw out a newspaper and they said “Oh, no, hold on! This has a picture of Barbara Bush!” And my boss said he wanted to keep it,” said Gaza Badasz. Sharelast_img read more

Snapchat Rolls Out Election Day Filters and Tools

first_imgStay on target Election Day 2018: How to Get a Free Ride to the PollsThe Government Wants You—To Hack U.S. Election Systems Social media platform Snapchat is making sure people get to the polls for the 2018 midterm elections on November 6, as it releases new Election Day tools, including voting reminders, polling locations in Snap Map, nationwide snaps, “I Voted” filters, and face lenses.On National Registration Day in September, the app announced a partnership with TurboVote, which allowed users to register to vote right in Snapchat. The company revealed last week the results of the integration: more than 600,000 users signed up for TurboVote’s custom election reminders, and over 400,000 of those users were assisted by TurboVote during the voter-registration process.For the elections on Tuesday, Snapchat is partnering with voting information tool Get to the Polls to help users find their polling location on Snap Map. When users open Snap Map on Tuesday, a prompt will appear telling them to tap a card to find their polling place, according to VentureBeat.All U.S. users 18 and older will also be sent a video and text reminding them to vote November 6, Snapchat said.Filters and face lenses will also be available throughout the U.S. in the six days counting down to election day so that users can remind their friends to vote, AdWeek reported. After Snapchatters use an election-related filter or lens, the app will dress their Bitmoji in the Snap Map in a special costume.Snapchat will post election night coverage on Discover starting at 6 . p.m. ET. Good Luck America‘s Peter Hamby will host a Snapchat-exclusive show, though users can watch the Washington Post‘s exclusive live coverage for the platform instead.More on Geek.com:You Know Your Smartphone is Spying on You, But It’s Worse Than You ThinkApple Potentially Opening Pilot Program For Vintage Product RepairsGorgeous Mandarin Duck Makes a Splash on Social Medialast_img read more

Nanotip could play integral part in heatassisted data storage devices

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In this drawing of an atomic force microscope tip transferring heat to a surface, the heated zone causes air molecules to collide, which heats a specific, localized surface with no contact. The technique could help develop heat-assisted magnetic recording, an innovative alternative for future data storage technology. Photo credit: Pierre-Olivier Chapuis et al. Using a tip with a nano heat source that never touches the surface, scientists have shown how to heat a localized surface with no contact. The discovery could open the doors to heat-assisted data storage devices and nano thermometers. Explore further Engineers develop chip that converts wasted heat to usable energy Every year, the world’s data storage needs more than double. Understanding heat transfer on the nanoscale is imperative for fabricating technology that will affect nearly everyone living in first-world countries. All over the world, scientists are rushing to develop an alternative data storage system in an effort to increase the space that our information-overloaded society is running out of. One of the options, called thermally-assisted or heat-assisted data storage, works by using a laser to heat a data disc, which stabilizes the magnetic recording process by making it easier to write data when hot and retain data when subsequently cooled. The process overcomes a critical point that conventional magnetic recording devices will soon encounter, known as the superparamagnetic limit. As scientists increase data storage on conventional systems by making the room-temperature bits smaller, at a certain size the bits will become magnetically unstable, will fall out of place, and their information will vanish.In a recent study on heat transfer between a tip and a surface, scientists from France have made a significant step toward the development of heat-assisted data storage, as well as other applications. The team calculated the heat transfer between a silicon tip and a surface, which is dominated mostly by air conduction.“Heat transfer is well known at the macroscopic level (described by Fourier diffusion when collisions between molecules induce thermodynamic local equilibrium),” Pierre-Olivier Chapuis, coauthor of the recent paper in Nanotechnology, told PhysOrg.com. “Heat transfer can also be calculated in the pure ballistic regime (when there is no collision between molecules). But calculating heat transfer in the intermediate regime, when there are a few collisions, still remains a challenge.”In their experiment, the scientists used a tip with a heat source about 20 nanometers high hovering between zero and 50 nanometers above a surface. The heat transfer occurs when cold molecules in the air are heated when they come in contact with the hot tip, then fly to the disk surface, colliding sometimes with other molecules before reaching the surface. Using Boltzmann’s law on the movement of gas, the scientists proposed for the first time a heat distribution at this scale and levels of heat flux. The team showed that the heat transfer through the air takes only a few tens of picoseconds (10-12) seconds) to propagate from the tip to the surface when there is no contact. The scientists also found that below the height of 10 nanometers, a hot tip can heat a region with an edge of 35 nanometers while maintaining its shape; beyond this height, the shape is lost and the thermal spot increases significantly.Heat-assisted data storage products, which are generally predicted to break into the market around 2010, could achieve data density of trillions of bits (terabytes) per square inch, dwarfing the current density. Scanning thermal microscopy, which acts like a nano thermometer to sense temperature and thermal conductivity on the nanoscale, could also benefit from this non-contact, localized heat transfer method. “In thermally-assisted data storage, levels of heat flux are very important because you need to know if the increase of temperature is enough to reach the crtitical temperature (e.g. melting point),” said Sebastian Volz, coauthor of the study. “Scanning thermal microscopy can benefit from this work because it shows that, by reducing the heat source, you will probe more locally than what can be achieved now. Our work proposes a heat distribution in this field, which could help industrials design their devices.”Citation: Chapuis, Pierre-Olivier, Greffet, Jean-Jacques, Joulain, Karl and Volz, Sebastian. Heat transfer between a nano-tip and a surface. Nanotechnology 17 (2006) 2978-2981.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com. 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