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MagneGas and Infinite Fuels get €6m European Commission grant

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Her story

first_imgSinger Salome will perform her show This is Me at the Baxter Theatre from today Wednesday March 20 to Saturday March 23, at 8pm. She will be joined on stage by Nur Abrahams, Candice Thornton, Margaretha Freeks and Marvin Wade Hyster. “For the past 15 plus years I have gone through all these many changes and phases in my life and now I have bloomed into the woman I am today, so I wanted to call the show This is Me,” said Salome. The show is co-produced by Robin Pieters, season one finalist of The Voice SA and acclaimed saxophonist Donvino Prins is the musical director. “I want to talk about my life journey. I want to put myself out there and want people to get to know me much more,” said Salome, who has released her latest single, Surefire. Tickets cost R150 each through Webticket or Pick n Pay.last_img read more


Director John Avildsen dies at 81; won Oscar for ‘Rocky’

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. LOS ANGELES (AP) John G. Avildsen, who directed “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid” — two dark-horse, underdog favorites that went on to become Hollywood franchises — died Friday at age 81.Anthony Avildsen said his father died Friday in Los Angeles from pancreatic cancer. “He was a pretty extraordinary man in my estimation. He was super talented and very driven and very stubborn and that was to his detriment but also often to his benefit,” Anthony Avildsen said.“Rocky” was a huge success. It won Oscars for best picture, director (Avildsen) and editing and was nominated for seven others. No less a Hollywood eminence than Frank Capra loved it, telling The New York Times in 1977, “When I saw it, I said, ‘Boy, that’s a picture I wish I had made.’ ” For his part, Avildsen said Capra — who also championed underdogs on film — was his favorite director.“Rocky” was a chance venture for Avildsen. Sylvester Stallone, then unknown, had written the script and sought Avildsen to direct it, but Avildsen was already working on another film. Suddenly the production company ran out of money and that film was canceled.A friend sent Avildsen the “Rocky” script. “On page 3, this guy (Rocky) is talking to his turtles, and I was hooked,” Avildsen remarked. “It was a great character study.” Avildsen agreed to direct “Rocky” even though he knew nothing about boxing.The film was shot on a tight budget, less than $1 million, and it was completed in 28 days.“The first time I showed it to 40 or 50 friends, they all freaked out, so that was encouraging,” he recalled. “But I guess when I saw the lines around the block, it began to take on a reality.”Five sequels followed, but Avildsen turned them down, until the fourth, “Rocky V,” in 1990. He said he considered it a good script and liked that Rocky would die. During the shooting the producers decided Rocky had to live. “You don’t kill off your corporate assets,” Avildsen commented. The fifth sequel, “Rocky Balboa,” came out in 2006.“The Karate Kid” was another surprise hit. In it, a teenager hounded by bullies played by Ralph Macchio seeks help from a Japanese handyman (Noryuki “Pat” Morita) who teaches him about karate. At the climax, a newly self-confident Macchio takes on a bully in a karate contest — and wins.Released in the summer of 1984, “The Karate Kid” attracted millions of youngsters and brought Morita, a veteran performer best known for his TV roles, an Oscar nomination as best supporting actor.“As soon as the producers saw the business it was doing, they wanted to do it again,” Avildsen said in a 1986 interview. “I was very apprehensive. I didn’t want to do a sequel because this was a very tough act to follow.”He relented and directed both “The Karate Kid, Part II” in 1986 and “The Karate Kid, Part III” in 1989. (The franchise was revived in 2010 with a hit remake directed by Harald Zwart.)Avildsen had come up the hard way in films. He started with a long apprenticeship as assistant director, then moved up to production manager, cinematographer and editor.He directed a few small films and then broke through with “Joe” (1970). Peter Boyle portrayed a hardhat bigot at odds with the emerging hippie youth culture.“My hope as a filmmaker is to make people feel a little differently about something when they leave the theater,” Avildsen told the Los Angeles Times in 1971.Avildsen liked working with unknowns like Boyle. “The problem with name actors is everyone knows them, no matter how (Dustin) Hoffman-y they look,” he told the Times.Boyle, whose career got a huge boost from “Joe,” told The New York Times that as a director, Avildsen was “on your side. He makes you feel good about what you’re doing.”After “Joe,” Avildsen directed “Save the Tiger” (1973) starring Jack Lemmon as a burned-out dress manufacturer. Lemmon won the Oscar as best actor for “Save the Tiger,” while Jack Gilford got a supporting-actor nomination.Among other Oscar nominations for “Rocky” were two for Stallone, best actor and best screenplay; plus best actress, Talia Shire; best supporting actor, Burgess Meredith and Burt Young; and best song, “Gonna Fly Now.”Avildsen directed other major stars: Burt Reynolds in “W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings” (1975); George C. Scott and Marlon Brando in “The Formula” (1980); Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in “Neighbors” (1981); and Morgan Freeman in “Lean on Me” (1989).He had been hired to direct “Saturday Night Fever” after his success with “Rocky,” but was let go amid differences over his desire to make the story more upbeat than the producers had in mind. “It’s better not to be doing something you don’t want to do,” Avildsen told the Los Angeles Times after he departed from the project.“Throughout the decades, his rousing portrayals of victory, courage and emotion captured the hearts of generations of Americans,” the Directors Guild of America wrote in a statement Friday.John Guilbert Avildsen was born in 1935 in Oak Park, IllInois, the son of a tool manufacturer. He attended New York University, then worked as an advertising copywriter. He spent two years in the Army as a chaplain’s assistant.A documentary on Avildsen, “John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs,” premiered earlier this year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The film, which is to be released digitally in August, was shot by Anthony Avildsen.In a 1992 interview, Avildsen outlined his view of filmmaking: “I don’t see my films as following any strict formula — even if many of them do have a similar theme. I guess I just like to see underdogs winning against the odds. To me, that is good drama. And the opposite would be too depressing.”Avildsen is survived by his sons Jonathan, Ashley and Anthony, and daughter Bridget. Published: June 16, 2017 9:46 PM EDT Updated: June 16, 2017 10:33 PM EDT Director John Avildsen dies at 81; won Oscar for ‘Rocky’ SHARElast_img read more


Court enforces German law on damages case

first_imgAn English claimant injured in a crash in Germany has failed in a bid to have her compensation case heard in England and Wales. Gaynor Winrow, who had lived in Germany for eight years after her husband was posted there by the army, suffered depression, and injuries to her back and leg following the crash in 2009.She issued proceedings in England against an insurer domiciled in England, Ageas Insurance.The issue of whether German or English law applied to the assessment of damages turned on the interpretation of European law known as Rome II.This states that the jurisdiction should be determined on the basis of where the damage occurs, regardless of the country or countries in which the indirect consequences could occur. The claimant relied on an ‘escape clause’ to allow a departure from the rule.At a one-day hearing in July at the High Court, Winrow, represented by Slater & Gordon, argued her case had close enough links to England to invoke the escape clause. The family planned to return to England in 2012 and they lived on a British Army base during the posting in Germany.She was also employed by Service Children’s Education – a UK government agency.But the defendants, represented by Weightmans, argued that Rome II focuses on ‘habitual residence rather than nationality’.The fact that the claimant now lives in England and is suffering continuing loss here was not, they said, sufficient evidence to show that the tort is more closely connected with England than Germany.In her judgment, The Honourable Mrs Justice Slade said there were a number of factors weighing against the displacement of German law, namely the location of the accident and the fact the claimant had lived there for eight years and continued to live there for 18 months after the accident.She said Rome II required a ‘high hurdle’ to be cleared.‘The court must be satisfied that the tort is manifestly more closely connected with English law than German law,’ she said.‘Taking into account all the circumstances, the relevant factors do not indicate a manifestly closer connection of the tort with England than with Germany.’last_img read more


New York plans $27·3bn capital spend

first_img’PROGRESS that MTA has made in the last 20 years to restore and maintain the core system must not and cannot be eroded’, emphasised New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Executive Director Katherine N Lapp on July 29, unveiling investment proposals for the agency’s fifth five-year capital programme. MTA hopes to spend an unprecedented $27·3bn in 2005-09. `The capital programme sets forth prudent plans that define the core needs for bringing the entire system into a state of good repair, accomplishing normal replacement, and instituting system improvement’, explained Lapp. Maintenance and upgrades to existing subway and commuter rail infrastructure would account for $16·1bn, new lines or extensions such as the Second Avenue subway and the Long Island Rail Road’s East Side Access would be allocated $9·9bn and the region’s highways, bridges and tunnels would get just $1·3bn. Noting that $48bn had been spent over the past 20 years, Lapp said ’the results have been remarkable. On-time performance at Long Island Rail Road has increased from 85% in the early 1980s to 93·1%, and Metro-North’s performance rose from 80·5% to 97·5%.’ Mean distance between subway car failures increased from 11246 km in 1981 to over 225000 km in 2003.The budget gives New York City Transit $12·1bn for maintenance and rehabilitation work, with another $2·4bn for Long Island Rail Road and $1·6bn for Metro-North. Funding would come from federal, state and local governments as well as MTA’s bridge and tunnel tolls and the sale of bonds. Major investment elements include the purchase of 960 new subway cars and 1300 new buses for New York City Transit, rehabilitation of 55 stations, and further investment in automated train supervision and communications-based train control. LIRR would be able to start adding a new third track on its main line between Bellrose and Hicksville, build a new maintenance depot to serve the Port Jervis branch and acquire a further 170 M-7 EMU cars to complete the replacement of its M-1 fleet (RG 8.04 p474). Metro-North would buy 100 new dual-voltage M-8 cars to accommodate growing traffic and begin replacement for M-2 cars on the New Haven Line, with the state of Connecticut covering 65% of the cost. MTA would also buy 36 more M-7s, and fund rebuilding work on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines, plus rehabilitation of 25 stations. The budget also covers Phases 2 and 3 of a programme to replace the railway’s century-old workshops and depot at Croton-Harmon. MTA says an additional $500m would be spent ’to continue post-9/11 security investments to harden vulnerable assets and implement systems for conducting targeted surveillance, controlling access, stopping intrusion, and providing command and control systems to support incident response.’ Other funding sources will be required for two further rail projects. A $2bn extension of the No 7 Flushing subway line from Times Square to the west side of Manhattan would be financed by the city, whilst a direct link from Lower Manhattan to JFK International Airport would be funded by Washington and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Meanwhile, MTA has requested proposals from marketing companies to develop sponsorship schemes for transport facilities, including subway stations, bridges and tunnels. It hopes to raise sponsorship revenue to help close a short-term operating budget deficit estimated at over $1bn.MTA has awarded a $43·4m contract to Rail Works Corp subsidiary L K Comstock & Co for the second phase of resignalling on the No 7 Flushing Line over the next four years. The work includes renewal of the interlockings at Queensboro Plaza, 33rd Street and 74th Street in Queens, and of lineside and relay room equipment. Comstock completed Phase I of the Flushing Line project, from 111th Street interlocking to the Main Street terminal, towards the end of 2003.last_img

NASA makes “Herstory” with first ever female spacewalk

first_imgNASA planning first ever mission to Mars Originally, NASA had planned an all-female spacewalk in March. But that event,which was to have involved Koch and NASA astronaut Anne McClain, was scrapped because there weren’t enough spacesuits of the right size available on the station. NASA was heavily criticized for not having enough uniforms for two women to participate in a spacewalk together.NASA noted the historical significance of the mission as it announced the live steaming of the nearly five hour event.Ms Koch had already carried out four spacewalks but it was the first for MS Meir, who became the 15th woman to walk in space, Nasa said.Ms Koch, an electrical engineer, and Ms Meir, who has a doctorate in marine biology, stepped outside in their Nasa spacesuits at 11:38 GMT. They made their way to a location called the Port 6 truss structure to replace the a battery charge-discharge unit.Once the task is complete, Ms Koch and Ms Meir will return to the airlock with the failed BCDU. The device will subsequently be loaded on to the next SpaceX Dragon resupply ship for inspection on Earth.Previously, 14 women and 213 men have carried out spacewalks. The first woman was the Russian cosmonaut, Svetlana Savitskaya, who went outside the USSR’s Salyut 7 space station in 1984.Sandra Magnus, a former NASA astronaut who spent 136 days on the International Space Station, told Reuters she did not want events like Friday’s spacewalk to become gimmicks.“We want them to happen because people have the skill sets and they’re available to do the job,” said Magnus.“On the other hand, it’s important for young women to see women role models doing extraordinary things,” she said. “So there’s two sides of the coin. You want it to be normal but yet you want it to be special.”Related This undated combination photo obtained from NASA shows astronauts Christina Koch (left) and Jessica Meir. After an infamous spacesuit flub earlier this year that resulted in accusations of sexism, NASA now plans to carry out the first all-female spacewalk this week, it said on October 15, 2019. Koch and Meir will venture outside the International Space Station either October 17 or October 18 to replace a power controller unit that failed over the weekend. (AFP/NASA) NASA astronauts Jessica Meir, left, and Christina Koch are inside the Quest airlock preparing the U.S. spacesuits and tools they will use on their first spacewalk together on the International Space Station.NASANASA made history on Friday, by undertaking the first ever all female crew spacewalk.The much-anticipated milestone for NASA was achieved by Christina Koch and Jessica Meir  who left the International Space Station’s Quest airlock on Friday to replace a failed power control unit on the station’s exterior. Malawi parliament elects first ever female speaker Meet Egypt’s female knife makerlast_img read more


2012 Meritorious Service awardee; Joan James

first_img Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! 68 Views   no discussionscenter_img Ms Joan James has given dedicated service in the field of Health for over 30 years.She was the first qualified Physiotherapist in Dominica who had sacrificed great external opportunity available for Physiotherapists worldwide. She was trained in Jamaica and undertook training internship in Canada.She served as the only Physiotherapist in the Princess Margaret Hospital for 30 years. She retired in 2009. Ms Joan James popularly known as IRON LADY (Nurse James) unilaterally handled the Department of Physiotherapy.Press release Share LocalNews 2012 Meritorious Service awardee; Joan James by: – November 3, 2012last_img read more


Situation analysis on Dominican children commences

first_img Tweet LocalNews Situation analysis on Dominican children commences by: Dominica Vibes News – November 12, 2015 Share Share A consultation discussing the key preliminary findings from an updated Situational Analysis (SITAN) on children in Dominica commenced on Thursday 12 November 2015 at the Garraway Hotel in Roseau, Dominica.The consultation is hosted by the Ministry of Social Services in collaboration with the UNICEF Officer for the Eastern Caribbean Area, Muriel Mafacio.The SITAN is the key document which informs the development of a new country programme between governments and UNICEF.This situation analysis, according to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs, Sylvannie Burton will provide information on children and families with regards to the principals of the millennium declaration, the millennium declaration goals, the convention on the rights of the child and the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against woman.She added that the analysis will assess the progress made towards achieving the rights and identify facilitating factors to build on as well as the bottlenecks that need to be addressed in other to ensure the progressive realization of the rights of women and children. Mrs. Burton views the analysis as one of great importance to the future wellbeing of Dominica’s society. “The analysis is expected to produce baseline data which will be useful in addressing the barriers and bottlenecks which may be impeding progress towards the accomplishments of the rights of women and children in Dominica,” Mrs Burton noted.UNICEF Deputy Representative at the Barbados Office, Muriel Mafico pointed out that Dominica has made good progress in education since 82% of children begin primary school with some experience in Early Childhood Development and the net completion rate is very high with a 91% completion rate.She said that although this is good, “we have to wonder about those who are left behind. What are we going to do to reach those who are not yet in school, who are not accessing ECD before they reach grade one. What are we going to do about the unreached?”Ms Mafico noted that the sustainable development goal of UNICEF, the key message, is to leave no one behind. “It will not be easy to reach the remaining few, but it has to be done because it is a moral imperative, it is a necessity for our nations to develop into stable nations.”She further stated that there is a huge opportunity for development in Dominica due to the young population as forty one percent of the population is below the age of twenty four (24). “We need to invest in this group because that is where the future lies,” Mafico continued.– / 8center_img Share Sharing is caring! 283 Views   no discussionslast_img read more


Klaveness Ship Management expands contract with Veracity by DNV GL

first_img“Klaveness has done a meticulous pilot of the solution with full installation onboard three vessels streaming data to the Veracity Cloud – for almost one year. The data is contextualized according to the vessel information standard promoted by ISO and DNV GL. They have also leveraged the Veracity support for remote work. This shows digital thought leadership and lays the foundation for a fleet scale data management solution,” says Mikkel Skou, Director of Veracity. ”We are very pleased that Klaveness now chooses to expand the project based on the positive results.” With the successful outcome of the pilot project, Klaveness Ship Management (Klaveness) now expands its contract with Veracity to include another eight of its vessels. The pilot project has shown that reduction in fuel consumption can be achieved by combining and visualizing operational, positioning and engine data. The new contract will expand the scope of the Veracity deliveries to include more vessels and new use cases. Author: Baibhav Mishra Klaveness aimed to reduce fuel consumption and operational costs on the three pilot vessels- particularly related to optimizing Auxiliary Engines utilization. Another main objective was to make the operations more transparent between the onboard officers, office personnel and manufacturers by having updated data available onshore in the Veracity platform/cloud solution. Ernst Meyer, COO of Klaveness says, “In Klaveness we have high digital ambitions and by live-streaming sensor data to shore we can change our operating models both onboard and in the office. The outcome can be less accidents, less CO2 emissions, higher revenues and lower costs. Through Veracity/Arundo we have established the opportunity. Our job now is to establish new ways of working to utilize the data streams.” Veracity by DNVGL (Veracity) started a pilot project with Klaveness in 2019 to collect data from the onboard operational systems on three pilot vessels. Veracity partnered with Arundo Analytics (Arundo) to install Arundo Edge Agent software onboard and stream data onto the Veracity data platform. On Veracity, the data is secured, stored, contextualized and combined with other data sources such as position data. This ‘fit-for-purpose’ data is then made available by Arundo and Klaveness for analytics, visualization and data-sharing.center_img (Image Courtesy: Veracity) Sea News, April 13 At the start of the Pilot, Klaveness had a hypothesis that they did not utilize their engines optimally – but it was not until they ran the project with Veracity that they were able to test this hypothesis. In addition, Klaveness reported improved communication between crew and superintendents, as a result of having common data to talk around. By combining data from different systems and visualizing them in a common dashboard, Klaveness could immediately detect inefficiencies in engine utilization, leading to less than optimal fuel consumption as well as higher maintenance and spare part costs.last_img read more