At Water Views Festival with Don Lemon, Aly Cohen, and Bridget LeRoy. At Water Views Festival with Don Lemon, Aly Cohen, and Bridget LeRoy. Independent/Richard LewinSome weeks, it feels like I don’t do anything besides work and watch “Real Housewives,” others I’m all over the map, literally. This week happened to be slightly more thrilling than most.Leave it to The Wing in Soho to bring a little extra excitement to my usual Wednesday workspace. I started the week (Wednesday is the start of The Independent’s work week, since it’s the day we publish) at The Wing for a panel discussion for HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” The convo was moderated by Vanity Fair Editor Radhika Jones and included Hollywood stars, producers, and mega-actresses Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, and Nicole Kidman. The group discussed the show and its Season Two launch. Words of wisdom from the cast about female empowerment (and this is an empowered group of females) as well as domestic violence led the conversation.On Friday, The Independent and fitness-foodie writer Nicole Teitler hosted a gathering at Berry & Co. Joe & Liza’s ice cream and Grindstone Donuts have collaborated on a donut ice cream, and it’s pretty amazing. Guests were invited to sample the goods while also enjoying cocktails by Simple Vodka and Wölffer wines. It was also a great reason to explore the new whimsical Berry & Co. book shop, which opened in Sag Harbor a few weeks ago, above Jack’s Stir-Brew Coffee on Division Street.The Moke pop-up shop in Water Mill hosted a rosé toast on Saturday morning to celebrate its opening. I took one of the fun electric cars out for a spin (well, around the parking lot). The Moke is perfect for coastal communities such as ours. Plug it into an outlet to charge. It goes about 30 miles per hour, has zero emissions, and is perfect to get you to the beach — all while reducing your carbon footprint.Sunday started with the Water Views Festival and ended with me rain-drenched at Governors Ball.The Water Views Festival at Guild Hall was an event hosted by The Independent and the Chapman Perelman Foundation about celebrating and preserving the East End’s most valuable asset, its water. It was moderated by CNN’s Don Lemon and included panel discussions with Sara Davison, Dr. Christopher Gobler, Dorian Dale, Bridget Fleming, and Dr. Stuart Lowrie, followed by a key note address by Cyrill Gutsch and speeches by Edwina von Gal, Beth Rattner, Michael Ogden, and Aly Cohen. After the talks, it was off to an outdoor eco-fair with activations by Flowers by Beth, Perfect Earth Project, Telemark, Surfrider Foundation, SoFo, and many others.Once we arrived back in the city, we headed over to Governors Ball. Sunday was delayed because of rain so we ended up getting there around 8:30 PM. I tried to have a festival moment, but unfortunately the weather had other plans. We weren’t even there long enough to take a photo for the ‘gram.We were able to watch Nas perform and walk around for a few minutes before they announced that everyone should proceed to the nearest exit. When it started raining, I was secretly hoping for a Woodstock ’94 moment. Although I’m sure there’s a big difference between upstate mud and Randall’s Island mud. It will forever be known as the night Joe and I went to Governors Ball for 45 minutes. We did really enjoy ourselves for those few brief email@example.com@hamptondaze Share Nicole Teitler, Kyle Shanahan, Taylor Berry, Jessica Mackin-Cipro, Sean O’Donnell, and Amy Kalaczynski at Berry & Co.
The German merchant fleet has shrunk for the third consecutive year and as of September it is down to 3,122 vessels, the German Shipowners’ Association claims.Since 2012, the country’s transport capacity fell by 12% and the number of ships has decreased by almost 17%.“The decline in our commercial fleet is a disturbing development,” said Alfred Hartmann, President of the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR).According to Hartmann, half of the German shipping companies operate less than five ships in their fleet. For those shipping companies, even the loss of individual ships has serious consequences on the continuity of their respective companies’ businesses.Taking into account the additions through new construction and acquisitions, the German merchant fleet lost 117 ships in 2015, out of which only 13 ships were scrapped. A total of 182 vessels were sold abroad, including 68 container ships.“The vessels sold abroad are now competing with the German merchant fleet,” he said, adding that every ship that is sold abroad, means loss of jobs and value added in Germany.VDR expects that the competition and the brutal cost pressure will remain over the coming years. Furthermore, with the loss of many ships, the maritime cluster also loses German sailors along with their expertise.“Onshore, they are indispensable in the pilotage, ports, as well as in the entire shipbuilding industry and among maritime suppliers, ” he added.VDR also called for removal of obstacles to the wider use of LNG as a clean fuel among shipowners.Namely, only a few German companies are able to invest in LNG-powered vessels due to the high investment costs, which make these vessels up to 25% more expensive.“Without a broad support program of the Federal Government for the construction and conversion of ships to LNG, the barriers to market entry will not removed. So far not a single LNG ship has been brought into operation without government subsidies throughout Europe. Germany should follow that example being a maritime hub,” Hartmann said, urging for removal of legal hurdles related to docking and refueling of LNG in any port.
LMP 2.1 can be customised for individual vessels including semi-submersibles, SPARs, TLPs and jack-ups, and can account for all loads acting on a vessel. For day-to-day weight management, stability evaluation and regulatory compliance the LMP 2.1 offers a range of entry tools and displays. The original LMP was launched approximately 10 years ago. LMP 2.1 boasts a number of innovations to improve its accuracy and usability. www.herbert-abs.com
The company’s chairman, Chao-Cheng Lu and general manager, Chao-Shuen Lu travelled to Liebherr’s manufacturing plant in Ehingen to take delivery of the new cranes.Hong Tai plans to use the new cranes for jobs in refineries and steel mills, as well as in the erection of tower cranes.Hong Tai currently has 33 mobile cranes in its fleet, including 15 Liebherr cranes with a load capacity of 90 tonnes or more. The company chose to invest in the 750-tonne LTM 1750-9.1 for the excellent load capacities and flexibility of the model. www.liebherr.com
BIMCO, IMCA, ICS, ITF and OCIMF co-sponsored an event on maritime security in the area. It was hosted at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday, June 7. The event featured speakers from regional maritime agencies as well as shipping officials, academics and military staff.In opening the symposium, Grahaeme Henderson, chair of the UK Shipping Defence Advisory Committee and vice president of Shell Shipping & Maritime, said: “Simply put, the high level of piracy and armed robbery attacks in the Gulf of Guinea is not acceptable. Yet it is happening every day and this is not business as usual. We need to take urgent action now.”Concerns raised by industry were supported by figures from the International Maritime Bureau showing that the number of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea region had doubled in 2018. There has also been a marked increase towards kidnapping for ransom and armed robbery incidents.Piracy expert Bertand Monnet, who has interviewed pirate gangs in the Niger Delta, estimated that there were approximately tengroups of pirates that have been responsible for the majority of attacks in the area.Speakers at the event emphasised that the region has reignited efforts to fight maritime crime through the Yaoundé Process, which focuses on joint cooperation across the region for reporting and response.However, the shipping industry, seafarer groups and flag states are keen to identify actions that can have an immediate impact.On this note, attendees were encouraged to hear about recent Spanish Navy action to assist Equatorial Guinea to rescue seafarers from a piracy attack last month, as well as the new US programme to embark law enforcement officers on regional vessels. Jakob Larsen, head of security for BIMCO, pointed out that regional states needed to play their part as well.“Nigerian piracy mainly affects a small geographical area of around 150 x 150 nautical miles. The problem can be solved easily and quickly, especially if Nigeria partners with international navies. Nigeria holds the key to solving this problem,” Larsen said.
The Law Society has been granted what it describes as ‘unprecedented’ access to the United Nations.Special consultative status been accorded to the body, giving it scope to collaborate with member states on issues including human rights and the rule of law, and contribute to discussions on the Council’s agenda on an international and domestic level.Consultative status for an organisation allows it actively to engage with the Economic and Social Council of the UN, and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the UN secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies. The Society will be able to:* provide expert information and advice to the UN;* be informed about the provisional agenda of the Economic and Social Council;* make suggestions for the provisional agenda, and* designate official representatives to the UN headquarters in New York and the UN offices in Geneva and Vienna.Law Society president Andrew Caplen said: ‘We are thrilled to have been granted special consultative status at the UN. The recognition of the Law Society as an organisation that can provide insight and expertise will further our work upholding the independence of the legal profession, the rule of law, and human rights on a domestic and international level.’
ARGENTINA: President Cristina Fernández visited Barranqueras in Chaco province on December 29 to mark officially the re-opening to freight traffic of a 199·7 km section of the metre-gauge Belgrano network between the river port and Avia Terai. Following the reopening of the Pichanal – Joaquín V González route (RG 1.09 p7), soya is now being carried from Salta province to Barranqueras in 40-wagon trainloads with a payload of up to 1 450 tonnes.Speed limits and axleloads were due to be further increased this month under the programme costing a total of 90m pesos. Work undertaken by Comsa, Ferromel and Sogesic has included replacing sleepers, rail fastenings and fish plates, the construction of 30 culverts to improve drainage and repairs to level crossings.During 2009, the federal government’s Belgrano restoration programme will turn its attention to the Avia Terai – Joaquín V González route, with bids invited for work between Salta and the Chilean border at Socompa. Technical studies are due to be completed later this year for re-opening the route between Pichanal and the Bolivian border at Salvador Mazza.Passenger operator Sefecha is hoping to take advantage of the upgrading work to restore services between Resistencia and Presidencia Roque Sáenz Peña. Owned by Chaco province, the company is planning to spend up to 15m pesos on acquiring additional rolling stock this year, which may be sourced secondhand from Spain or Portugal under the federal government’s purchasing programme.
SERBIA: The government formally converted Serbian Railways into a joint stock company 100% owned by the state on May 26. ZS is now a holding company for four subsidiaries which are responsible for infrastructure, property, passenger operations & rolling stock maintenance and freight operations & rolling stock maintenance.Interaction between the subsidiaries and with the government are now based on contracts setting out responsibilities and liabilities, while the state is committed to funding infrastructure maintenance and enhancement and will provide subsidies for specified passenger services. ZS Director General Milovan Markovic said the restructuring ‘according to all European standards’ will not lead to job losses or a decline in working conditions, but should bring ‘many positive effects’ including improved efficiency and service quality and closer alignment with the market. The changes follow a review of the state railway which was launched by the Ministry of Infrastructure & Energy in 2009.
Residents look out of the window as a worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant to sanitise parts of the Alexandra’s Madala Men’s Hostel during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to try to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Alexandra, South Africa April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Residents look out of the window as a worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant to sanitise parts of the Alexandra’s Madala Men’s Hostel during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to try to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Alexandra, South Africa April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYSouth Africa has confirmed another 43 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 1,505, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Friday.Mkhize also reported two more deaths; an 80-year-old man who died on 1 April and an 81-year-old woman who died on 2 April.He said there were two more cases that were under investigation and, if confirmed, would take the country’s official Covid-19 death to nine.Mkhize said there was a question over the value of testing people, when over 50,000 tests had revealed a relatively small 1,500 cases.“It is worth the effort even if we test several million people but only find a couple of thousand cases … because the devastation of a Covid-19 outbreak that is unmanaged and uncontrolled is far worse than the cost of testing many people,” he said. “We need many more people being tested.”Related South Africa budget expectations FOCAC: People-to-people exchanges South Africa Rastafarians
Blighter Surveillance Systems is supplying its Blighter B400 series E-scan micro-Doppler ground surveillance radar to Dat-Con Defence for deployment along the Indian border.The Blighter radar was supplied to and deployed by Dat-Con Defence in 2018 as part of the Indian Government’s Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS). CIBMS is designed to establish a multi-tier security ring – ground surveillance radar, thermal cameras, unattended ground sensors, seismic vibration systems, fences, and fence protection systems – to protect the country’s long international borders.Dat-Con has integrated the Blighter radar, cameras, and other sensors into its own command and control (C2) system. Sensor information from its C2 system is integrated with the CIBMS system to alert quick response teams (QRTs) of the Indian Border Security Force for action. Dat-Con has partnered with in-country Pune-based Ador Powertron for this pilot project.The Blighter B400 micro-Doppler radar is best-in-class as it outperformed all the other radars in an Indian Government-sponsored trial. Also, this radar is highly effective in difficult terrains – such as mountains, plains and coastal areas, as it has been deployed for many years now along the 250 km Korean DMZ, in what is considered one of the world’s most mountainous countries with environmental extremes of -30ºC in winter and a humid +40ºC in summer.The Blighter radar’s wide elevation beam was a key feature for the Indian CIBMS project as it ensures that the radar can operate effectively in all terrains allowing the hills, mountains, plains, riverine territories and marshes to be scanned simultaneously, without the need to tilt the radar. The wide beam also provides detection of low flying manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones.The solid-state passive electronically scanned array (PESA) radar detects small and slow-moving targets, even in cluttered environments, due to the radar’s coactive frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) micro-Doppler fast-scan processing. The radar delivers a 24 x 7 x 365 all-weather persistent surveillance capability. It can detect and track a walking person at 11 km (6.8 miles), a crawler at 4.6 km (2.9 miles) or a large moving vehicle at 25 km (15.5 miles) and then cue a camera system to follow and identify targets.Blighter Surveillance Systems has now sold hundreds of its E-scan ground surveillance radars across 35 different countries. It has systems deployed along the Korean demilitarised zone (DMZ), on the US Southern border, in several Middle Eastern countries, and now in India too.Blighter Surveillance Systems delivers an integrated multi-sensor package to system integrators comprising the Blighter radars plus cameras, thermal imagers, trackers and software solutions. Its ITAR-free systems are used worldwide in commercial, government and defence markets in area and asset protection for national border security, homeland security, critical infrastructure protection such as oil and gas facilities, coastal surveillance, and in military applications.Dat-Con Defence will be showcasing the Blighter B400 series radar at The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2019), at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, UAE, (Stand 10-B15: Slovenia Pavilion), from 17 to 21 February 2019.Blighter Surveillance Systems will also be exhibiting at SCTX 2019, the Security & Counter Terror Expo (Stand I-61) at London Olympia from 5 to 6 March 2019. For more information about Blighter products, click here.