South East Markets: Ashford, Dover, Surrey on track

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Innovation allows for xenon extraction

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Linde boosts ultra-high purity gas supply

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Messer to attend the Messe Essen trade fair

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Deltares Tackles Coastal Erosion in Batumi

first_imgDeltares is working with the Technital & Saunders group on the design of a new coastal defense system to protect the Batumi Coast in Georgia against erosion.The coast near Batumi has been struggling with coastal erosion for four years now, with more than one meter a year being lost to the sea in some places. The construction of a coastal defense system should protect houses, roads and a section of the airport close to the coast.Coastal erosion is worsening because less sediment is being deposited on the coastline. The Chorocky River used to transport large amounts of sediment to the coast. As a result of the natural displacement of the river, and the building of new dams along its course, “sediment hunger” has become a challenge.Project leader Alessio Giardino of Deltares said: “In technical terms, this is a difficult project because there are two deep canyons just in front of the coast. That means, for example, that it is not easy to build groins or robust hydraulic engineering structures. We are going to study the causes of the coastal erosion, drawing on past studies at the same time.”“On the basis of the results, we will be able to identify the required measures and we will carry out model calculations for the coastal defense system. Alongside the hard solutions, we will also be looking at possible soft solutions that make smart use of sediment.”The project is being financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and conducted by the Municipal Development Fund of Georgia (MDF).[mappress mapid=”19719″]Press Releaselast_img read more

Hansom: Just plain silly

first_imgThese foolish thingsIf artist Will Jennings has his way, London could have a towering statue of an embracing Joanna Lumley and Boris Johnson instead of the Garden Bridge as its next tourist attraction. Jennings, in conjunction with Thames Central Open Spaces, the main group campaigning to halt the Garden Bridge, has launched the satirical Folly for London competition. Submissions should require at least £60m of public funding – the amount earmarked by the Treasury and Transport for London for the bridge. Ideas should also be “crazy, ridiculous and satirically nonsensical projects”, should take up as much space as possible, use environmentally damaging materials, obstruct as many key views of public landmarks as possible, and aim to raise house prices in the local area by around 100%. The world according to MaceNot content with its giddy expansion over 25 years to become one of the UK’s biggest and best-respected builders, Mace now has designs on creating an entire world in its vision. The construction group has launched an online, purpose-built city it has called Mace World, which allows the user to swoop through a virtual world consisting entirely of 60 Mace projects, from the Shard in London, to Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia and One Porsche Drive in Atlanta. To enter the world of Mace, visithttp://mace.world.Building blocks, Part ICould you be Cambridge university’s new professor of Lego? If so, you could find yourself in the faculty lounge conversing with the esteemed university’s Doctor of Chocolate, courtesy of the Lego Foundation. The foundation has given Cambridge £2.5m for a professorship of play in education, development and learning, as well as a further £1.5m for a play research centre at the university’s education faculty. The post is “open to all those whose work falls within the general field of the title of the office,” the university said. The successful candidate will lead the studies about the role of play in young children’s development.Building blocks, Part IINew housing development has received another setback. This time the blow has been dealt by horrid ground weaver spiders (Nothophantes horridus) which have halted a development of 57 houses at Radford Quarry in Plymouth. The critically endangered tiny money spiders – measuring just 2.5mm across – have only ever been found at three sites in Plymouth. They have been given a stay of extinction after an appeal was dismissed following a planning inquiry by Plymouth council. Over 9,700 people signed a petition to save the weavers. Buglife, an organisation committed to the conservation of invertebrates, said the decision was a victory for endangered species, “no matter how small”.Nautical but niceA mix of competitive sailing and high value networking is promised this September at the 27th annual Little Britain Challenge Cup (LBCC) in Cowes, Isle of Wight. Entries are now being accepted at www.littlebritain.co.uk for the property and construction industry’s 2015 sailing regatta, which is hoping to attract over 60 companies. The regatta’s racing, organised by Royal Yacht Squadron Racing, will stage five races from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September 2015 in two main classes: boats with spinnakers; and cruising for boats without spinnakers. The LBCC has raised £1.25m for charities since it was founded in 1988, including the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Jubilee Sailing Trust, Cirdan Sailing Trust and the Paralympic British Sailing Team.Source: Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for RIBABrutalism at playA new installation at the RIBA by the artist Simon Terrill and design collective Assemble has been inspired by Britain’s brutalist playgrounds. Part sculpture, part architectural installation, these renditions of concrete playgrounds explore post-war housing estates from a different angle. Occupying the entire Architecture Gallery, the exhibition draws on London estates such as Churchill Gardens, where the sculpted concrete forms no longer exist as the playgrounds became considered unsuitable for play, reimagined and reconstituted in foam. All are invited to play, “the brutalist way”.last_img read more

DFDS names terminals manager

first_imgKendall previously coordinated large project cargoes handled at the shipping group’s Immingham terminal and will now work with the other DFDS terminals across northern Europe to increase their activity within the project cargo sector.In addition to shipping services, DFDS provides warehouse management for a variety of industries.Its our own port terminals in strategic locations such as Gothenburg, Esbjerg, Vlaardingen, Immingham and Dunkerque handle unitised and heavy project cargoes.  www.dfds.comlast_img

1917: the trailer for Sam Mendes’ WW1 epic is here!

first_imgThe trailer for Sam Mendes’ (Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty) World War I epic 1917 has been released.The film is directed by Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). Watch the trailer:At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers— Blake’s own brother among them.1917 also stars Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch.The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Away We Go) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (associate producer, Spectre), Callum McDougall (executive producer, Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall) and Brian Oliver (Rocketman, Black Swan).eOne will release 1917 in UK and Irish cinemas on 10th January 2020.last_img read more

Egypt’s Mousa Mostafa Mousa to run for president

first_imgImage processed by CodeCarvings Piczard ### FREE Community Edition ### on 2018-01-28 21:01:52Z | http://piczard.com | http://codecarvings.com Egyptian politician Mousa Mostafa Mousa said on Monday he would compete in presidential elections, hours before a nomination deadline was set to make President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the sole candidate after withdrawals and a boycott call.Several leading opposition figures called on Sunday for a boycott of the March election, citing a wave of repression that has cleared the field of challengers to Sisi and left his top opponent in jail.Former military commander Sisi was elected in 2014, a year after leading the army to oust Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. He is expected to easily win the vote, the third since protests in 2011 unseated long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak.Mousa, who leads the Ghad party, told Reuters he was at the electoral commission registering his candidacy after having collected the required number of nomination pledges.Would-be candidates are required to register by 2 p.m. (1200 GMT) on Monday after clinching at least 20 nominations from parliament or 25,000 pledges from citizens across the country.last_img read more

Congo approves oil deal that may encroach on World Heritage Site

first_imgSalonga National Park Salonga National ParkFormer Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila approved an oil contract that encroaches on a world-famous national park during his final weeks in office.Kabila signed a decree December 13 validating a production-sharing agreement between closely held South African company DIG Oil Ltd. and the state oil firm for three permits in central Congo. A large section of one license — Block 8 — covers territory inside Salonga National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site.The agreement, published officially last month, may enable Congo to increase crude output above the 25,000 barrels a day it produces on its Atlantic coast. It will also heighten concerns that the world’s second-largest rainforest, where Salonga is located, will be opened up to oil exploration, potentially damaging the region’s biodiversity and exacerbating climate change.Oil exploration and production activities are forbidden in protected areas in Congo. The government has said it’s considering declassifying swathes of Salonga and Virunga National Park, another conservation site that provides sanctuary to many of the world’s 1,000 mountain gorillas. Both overlap with oil permits.The Oil Ministry said in June Congo’s cabinet authorized it to establish a commission to advise the government on whether it should shrink the parks to enable oil companies to operate there. About 40 percent of Salonga and 20 percent of Virunga would be affected, according to a briefing Oil Minister Aime Ngoy Mukena submitted to his colleagues last March.The Oil Ministry and DIG originally signed an agreement on the concessions 11 years ago, but Kabila opted not to certify the contract until December. Congo’s presidency didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.Kabila stepped down last month after 18 years in power. Former opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi won elections that took place on Dec. 30, though he’s yet to appoint a prime minister or a cabinet, leaving it unclear whether his government will continue considering whether to allow oil exploration and production within what is presently Salonga and Virunga.The commission hasn’t yet been put in place, according to Tony Chermani, deputy chief-of-staff to Mukena, who remains in the post until the formation of a new ministerial team. “The government which will be established will get to grips with this matter,” he said by phone Monday.While DIG surveyed its two other licenses in 2012 and 2013, it hasn’t flown over Block 8 because of “the need for clarity on environmental impact and detailed demarcation,” Executive Director Andrea Brown said Monday in an emailed statement.The International Chamber of Commerce in Paris made a ruling relating to the three blocks last November in favor of DIG and against Congo, Brown said, declining to provide further details. The company “wants to keep the matter confidential because making it public would not help to settle the litigation,” she said.“The approval of another oil license over Salonga is an alarming development,” Global Witness, a London-based anti-corruption group, said in an emailed statement. Exploration could have “devastating consequences for the local communities and endangered species who live there, as well as broader environmental implications given the fundamental role it plays in climate change mitigation.”Kabila signed off on another contract last February between the state and Compagnie Miniere Congolaise SPRL, or Comico, where one of the three permits infringes on Salonga. Like DIG, Comico had concluded its agreement with the Oil Ministry a decade earlier.DIG is also a junior partner in an oil block in eastern Congo operated by Total SA and partly located inside Virunga. The French oil major pledged in 2013 not to explore in the park and to respect its current boundaries.DIG “has respected the World Heritage site requirements of Virunga,” Brown said. “The same approach would have been taken with respect to Block 8 had exploration begun there.”Related Eritrea’s capital city, Asmara, named a World Heritage site Mauritius: The Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Sitecenter_img Angola seeks to make old city, Mbanza Congo a UNESCO world heritage sitelast_img read more