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The inevitable fate of Help to Buy

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Huisman to build cranes for Hereema

first_imgAccording to Huisman, these machines, which will be built at the Huisman production facility in China, will be the world’s largest cranes. The cranes will be tub mounted, but unlike traditional tub cranes which make use of bogies or large wheels for their slew system, the Huisman cranes will use large bearings of the manufacturer’s own design – this system allows for accurate control of the slewing motion of the crane and requires little maintenance, said Huisman. The two cranes will feature a 2,500-tonne auxiliary hoist and a whip hoist with a maximum reach of 155 m. In a reduced reeving, the main hoist will be able to lift 1,000 tonnes to a 1,000 m water depth, and will be fitted with active heave compensation (AHC). www.hereema.comlast_img read more

Port of Vancouver USA has ‘historic year’

first_imgThe Port of Vancouver USA handled 6.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2014, a 47 percent increase compared with 2013, and posted an operating revenue of USD37.5 million, a 25 percent year-on-year rise.Overall imports were up by a massive 118 percent in 2014, compared with the previous year, an increase the port says was fueled by a huge rise in steel and wind energy components, which required the gateway’s equipment and laydown space.Steel slabs (a new commodity for the port) took total steel import tonnage in 2014 to 590,170 tonnes, which is a huge 495 percent year-on-year increase. Wind energy components, such as towers and blades, arriving at the port also grew by an impressive 234 percent.The port is optimistic about 2015 too, noting that this year looks just as bright at 2014. The US gateway said that it expects continued business growth as customers and tenants capitalise on the strategic investments the port has made in infrastructure.  www.portvanusa.comlast_img read more

Africa ‘dependent’ on lawyers for growth

first_imgAfrica’s development potential is at a ’tipping point’, and many countries’ ability to sustain high economic growth is dependent on the strength of its legal infrastructure, according to the secretary-general of the African Development Bank.Speaking at the International Lawyers for Africa fundraising dinner, held yesterday at the Law Society, Cecilia Akintomide said the continent’s $100bn ‘infrastructure deficit’, combined with a boom in the exploitation of its natural resources, provided a ‘window of opportunity’ for the benefits of development ‘to be shared across gender, age and class’.The task of ‘capacity building’ for each jurisdictions’ legal communities, with the support of lawyers in the UK and elsewhere, was essential on two counts, Akintomide, a former lawyer, said. First, the contracts signed by parties doing deals across Africa would determine the fairness of resource exploitation. Second, lawyers as ‘the conscience’ of nations had a role in safeguarding the values that would ensure that growth was sustainable.The dinner marked the conclusion of secondments completed by African law students to law firms and in-house legal departments in the UK.last_img read more

JR Central inaugurates Nagoya museum

first_imgJAPAN: JR Central Chief Executive Yoshiomi Yamada officially inaugurated the company’s new railway museum at Kinjo-futo in Nagoya on March 1. Constructed over the past two years, the SC Maglev & Railway Park is due to be opened to the public on March 14.The museum brings together 39 items of historic rolling stock, including several generations of trainset used on the Tokaido Shinkansen, as well as experimental and prototype vehicles formerly stored at the company’s Hammamatsu workshops.Pride of place has been given to the MLX01-1 maglev car built by JR Research in 1995 for use at the Yamanashi test track. Other exhibits include three steam and three electric locomotives, and various types of EMU, DMU and loco-hauled coaches used on JR Central’s 1 067 mm gauge network.last_img read more

Mull of Galloway Trust ‘Bags’ £1,000 Tesco Funding

first_imgTony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said:“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.“We been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and it’s been great to give people a say on how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”Voting ran in stores from 1st December to 31st December with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £25 million across more than 3,000 local projects.Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace Scotland, said:“It’s just the beginning for Bags of Help and we’re really excited about the future.  The scheme will be permanently open for applications, and as grants can now be used for not just the development of, but also for the use of local outdoor spaces, we expect even more groups will now have the chance to benefit.“It’s projects like these that really help to capture the public’s imagination by illustrating what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to create better places where they live.”Funding is available to groups who are seeking to use and develop outdoor spaces in ways that will benefit their local community. Anyone can nominate a local project and local organisations can apply. To find out more visit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInMull of Galloway Trust is delighted to announce it has bagged £1,000 from a Tesco funding scheme.Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects every month. Greenspace Scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Mull of Galloway Trust has been awarded £1,000.Work will now continue on bringing the Lightkeeper’s Garden at the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse project to life.Maureen Chand, Chairperson of the Mull of Galloway Trust said: “We are especially pleased that it had been a community vote for a special unique community project at the most southerly point of Scotland.”last_img read more

Scientists in Nigeria develop indigenous rapid testing kits for COVID-19

first_imgNigeria’s COVID-19 cases rise to 139 Nigeria announces 2nd case of COVID-19 An indigenous rapid testing kit for COVID-19 have been developed by Nigerian scientists for the identification of SARS-Cov-2, which causes COVID-19, Minister of Science and Technology Ogbonnaya Onu said.The RNA Swift testing kits can accurately detect SARS-Cov-2 at a drastically lower cost, the minister told reporters in Abuja on Thursday.In the coming months 5 million farmers will be tested with the RNA Swift kits; 10 million kits will be produced in the first batch, Onu said.The indigenous RNA Swift test kit will significantly expand Nigeria’s testing capacity, said Alex Akpa, head of the National Biotechnology Development Agency.The kit is very accurate and sensitive and competes favorably with conventional and commercially available kits for the diagnosis of COVID-19, he said.Relatedcenter_img Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases exceed 8,000last_img read more

Seward Cruise Industry Growing: 10 New Dockings

first_imgMcKahan: “We rely on it, definitely. We also have a lot of winter activities, so there is winter tourism. Not having so much snow this year was tough. So we’re really looking forward to an extremely busy summer. Also, due to the mild weather, people are coming sooner and in larger numbers already. So it’s looking great. We’re really looking forward to having a wonderful season.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The first cruise ships have already been passing through Seward, one docked last week, with a total of 64 port calls planned this summer. Kari McKahan with the Seward Chamber of Commerce said that means 91,000 passengers and 42,000 crew members will be visiting the city… Norwegian Cruise Lines added Seward to their itinerary, with an additional 10 ships docking. McKahan said the boost is crucial for Seward’s tourism industry and the general economy… McKahan said Seward added a free shuttle to take tourists to the main attractions from May 17 through September 19. This year the city is also promoting a new zip tour of the forest. McKahan: “I think the word is out that Seward is a great port of call and it has great large adn small ship docking facilities.”last_img read more

Sammiya second in 1,000 meters

first_imgHEERENVEEN, Netherlands – World sprint silver medalist Eriko Sammiya took second to world champion Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt of Germany again Sunday, taking runnerup honors in the women’s 1,000 meters on the final day of the World Cup speedskating meet here.Sammiya posted a time of 1 minute, 16.60 seconds in her specialty event for her first World Cup medal since the Nagano meet in December, while Garbrecht-Enfeldt notched her third World Cup win of the season with a 1:16.38 at Heerenveen indoor arena. “It was a tough race, but my finish was strong. So, I’m happy that I persevered through the difficult parts,” said Sammiya, who won her first World Championship medal two weeks ago in Inzell, Germany.Canada’s Catriona LeMay-Doan, who won the women’s 500 on Saturday, was third in 1:16.73.Meanwhile, Aki Tonoike was fifth in 1:16.96 and Sayuri Osuga was a distant 19th in 1:19.33.In the men’s event, Hiroyasu Shimizu, who set a rink record winning the 500 on Saturday, could only manage 14th in the 1,000 with a time of 1:11.33. Erben Wennemars of the Netherlands won in 1:10.06. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

Japan bows out of Volleyball

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Japan captain Miyuki Takahashi scored 17 points but it was not enough to save the three-time gold medalist, which allowed its European opponents to come from behind several times in the final set before winning 25-23, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23.Japan coach Masahiro Yoshikawa was as disappointed as his players. “The players did their best so I take the responsibility for this defeat today. I made the wrong substitutions and that’s why we have to go home now,” he said. Japan’s overall 13th place finish in the competition was its worst in the championships since winning the silver medal in its debut in 1960. In other matches, Greece rewrote the nation’s volleyball history, upsetting title favorite China 3-0 for a place in the second round.Enjoying a reprieve from the International Volleyball Federation, the United States once again replaced injured libera Stacy Sykora with Tara Cross-Battle to defeat winless Kenya 3-0 and remain unbeaten at the end of preliminary-round play. center_img MUENSTER, Germany – Japan crashed out of the Women’s Volleyball World Championship on Tuesday after hosts Germany defeated Mexico 3-0 in their final first-round game to clinch third place in Pool A.Japan blew its chance of an automatic berth into the second round after a humiliating 3-1 defeat to the Czech Republic earlier in the day, a result which allowed Germany back into contention for a spot.last_img read more