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National Grid start delivering gas through River Humber pipeline

first_imgThe new pipeline is part of the national transmission system connecting an import terminal at Easington to the wider gas network National Grid’s new gas pipeline is now operational. (Credit: National Grid.) The UK’s National Grid has announced that the River Humber gas pipeline project, a new gas pipeline 30m under the surface of the river, which was completed earlier this year, has now been operational.The new pipeline is part of the national transmission system connecting an import terminal at Easington, on the East Yorkshire coast, to the wider gas network and delivers gas supplies to millions of customer across the country.Following the commissioning, the pipeline now has the capacity to transport between 70 to 100 million m³, nearly a quarter of Britain’s gas requirements.The pipeline replaces trench-laid gas pipe which had been exposed to volatile tides in one of the busiest estuaries for marine traffic in the world.River Humber pipeline could be used for transporting hydrogen in futureThe new pipeline is expected to have huge potential in the future, as National Grid is looking for ways to explore how cleaner alternatives such as hydrogen and biogas can be transporting on the gas network, helping the country achieve its net zero carbon target by 2050.National Grid had worked with North Lincolnshire Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council to develop plans to build a new tunnel under the river, after recognising the need for a longer-term solution. The necessary consents for the works were secured in August 2016.In the same year, the utility company started a £150m joint venture project with partners including Skanska, A.Hak and Porr.The work took 18 months of time during which time, a 3.65m diameter tunnel beneath the river bed was drilled for the new pipeline to be installed, 30m below the riverbed.National Grid gas construction head Emma Ford said: “Complex engineering projects such as these require a huge amount of skill and dedication from all those involved. To have delivered this ahead of the cold winter months despite Covid-19 restrictions is a fantastic achievement.”last_img read more

Gazumping to be outlawed? Government to consider buyer lock-ins

first_imgHome » News » Gazumping to be outlawed? Government to consider buyer lock-ins previous nextGazumping to be outlawed? Government to consider buyer lock-insMeasure is one of several proposed schemes to improve house buying and selling, including more info prior to a sale and new conveyancing technology.Nigel Lewis23rd October 201701,031 Views Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has launched another call for evidence, this time as part of a government push to reform the buying process which could see gazumping outlawed.Just days after revealing he wanted to make life fairer for leaseholders, Sajid says he wants to hear from estate agents, solicitors and mortgage lenders about how to stop gazumping, reduce time wasting and ensuring buyers commit to a sale.In his call for evidence, the Communities Secretary says mistrust between parties is one of the biggest issues faced by the industry and wants to introduce lock-in agreement to improve it, highlighting how a quarter of house purchases fall through each year.Other measures include ‘encouraging’ sellers to provide more information before they put their property on the market – which sounds like a ‘lite’ version of Labour’s Home Information Packs – and encourage more digital innovation to help speed up the buying process by making more data available online.This refers to more recent innovations such as the blockchain technology developed by Bitcoin that enables processes to move forward automatically without the need for huge amounts of paperwork and human intervention.The first property in the UK – a retail unit – was recently sold this way last week.The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has today also revealed research among 2,000 people about their experiences of the buying process, which found that 69% of buyers and 62% of sellers reported experiencing “stress and worry” during the process, and that 24% of sellers would use a different estate agent if they moved again.“We want to help everyone have a good quality home they can afford, and improving the process of buying and selling is part of delivering that,” says Sajid Javid (pictured, left).“Buying a home is one of life’s largest investments, so if it goes wrong it can be costly. That’s why we’re determined to take action to make the process cheaper, faster and less stressful.“This can help save people money and time so they can focus on what matters – finding their dream home. I want to hear from the industry on what more we can do to tackle this issue.”Industry reactionMark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark, says: “NAEA Propertymark has long been calling for more regulation of the estate agents sector to ensure that consumers are protected when dealing with the biggest asset most people own, their home.“We are delighted that Government has chosen to include further estate agents regulation in the scope of their Call for Evidence into the house buying and selling process. This is a welcome review of the process, which is currently archaic and does not reflect the twenty first century.”Russell Quirk, CEO of agent eMoov, says:  “The law needs to change to ensure there is a contractual obligation and to protect home buyers much earlier on in the process.“One common misconception is that gazumping is the work of the agent in order to secure more commission on a property. However, this practice is often orchestrated by the seller and without the support or encouragement of the agent, although they take the blame.“These property market ‘fall-throughs’ cost £1bn per annum in wasted legal and survey costs, money that could be better spent elsewhere in tackling the housing crisis.”The call for evidence will run for eight weeks, and agents can respond online here. Mark Hayward NAEA propertymark Russell Quirk Savid Javid Communities secretary Emoov October 23, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Indian Fishermen Captured in Sri Lanka

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Indian Fishermen Captured in Sri Lanka Indian Fishermen Captured in Sri Lanka Share this article Naval patrol craft attached to the Eastern Naval Command arrested 110 Indian fishermen and 15 Indian trawlers engaged in illegal fishing in the eastern seas of Sri Lanka on 11th December 2013.They were taken into SLN custody in the Sri Lankan waters very close to land in between Mullaitivu and Kokilai. The arrested fishermen were brought to Trincomalee Fisheries Harbour to be handed over to Harbour Police for legal action.[mappress]Press Release, December 12, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy December 12, 2013last_img read more

AMDR Program Finishes Hardware Delta PDR

first_img View post tag: Naval The Hardware Delta PDR was the first major design review on this contract. Completed on schedule, this “delta” review was focused on design updates since the PDR conducted during the Technology Development Phase. It demonstrated that the preliminary AMDR hardware design will meet its allocated requirements with acceptable risk and within cost and schedule constraints.The AMDR program now proceeds to a Software/System Delta PDR as well as to detailed hardware design efforts to support a Critical Design Review planned later this year.“We are executing the AMDR program as if the capability is needed today, because it is,” said Capt. Doug Small, AMDR’s program manager. “Completion of this important technical milestone as planned shows that AMDR remains in sync with and on track for the FY16 DDG 51 Flight III.”The culmination of over a decade of Navy investment in advanced radar technology, AMDR is being designed for Flight III Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class destroyers beginning in 2016. The program team composed of personnel from PMS 400D and PEO IWS, have won the David Packard Award for Acquisition Excellence in 2012 and 2013 respectively.PEO IWS, an affiliated Program Executive Office of the Naval Sea Systems Command, manages surface ship and submarine combat technologies and systems and coordinates Navy enterprise solutions across ship platforms.[mappress]Press Release, May 30, 2014; Image: Raytheon View post tag: AMDR View post tag: finishes Back to overview,Home naval-today AMDR Program Finishes Hardware Delta PDR May 30, 2014 View post tag: Hardware View post tag: americas A DESTROYER EQUIPPED WITH AMDR (ARTIST’S RENDITION)The Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) Program successfully completed a Hardware Delta Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in conjunction with the prime contractor, Raytheon, in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, May 21. View post tag: Delta Share this article Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: PDR View post tag: Navy View post tag: Programs AMDR Program Finishes Hardware Delta PDRlast_img read more

Royal Australian Navy’s ScanEagle UAV completes first flight

first_img View post tag: HMAS Choules May 23, 2016 Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Australian Navy’s ScanEagle UAV completes first flight Share this article Royal Australian Navy’s ScanEagle UAV completes first flight View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: ScanEagle The Royal Australian Navy’s division for unmanned aircraft systems recently achieved a milestone as their ScanEagle UAV completed the first of class flight trial in late March.During the trials, which were conducted onboard HMAS Choules, the Aviation Maintenance and Flight Trails Unit assessed all facets of unmanned aircraft systems operation in an embarked setting.The fixed-wing unmanned aircraft system sends video and telemetry to its control station in near real time to fulfill its primary roles of surveillance and reconnaissance.According to the navy, it can be configured with various sensors and propulsion modules and has an operating range of up to 200km and endurance in excess of 12 hours.ScanEagle Detachment Commander, Lieutenant Commander Matt Hyam said the trial validated the systems operating limits and allowed personnel to gain their maritime qualifications.“Over the two weeks on Choules, ScanEagle conducted 26.1 hours of embarked flight operations during the trial, spread amongst eight sorties,” he said.“This allowed us to validate operating limits for Choules and gather information to inform to future acquisition projects.”The unmanned aircraft system consists of a mission control station, catapult launcher, recovery system and multiple unmanned aircraft. The standard Navy crew model is an air vehicle operator, mission commander and ground crew. In what marks a significant change in the Fleet Air Arm, the unmanned aircraft is ‘flown’ by non-commissioned crew, with airspace and mission control provided by aircrew officers.“Small tactical unmanned aircraft systems will have a key role in the future fleet and provide products to end users such as Principal Warfare Officers that will enhance the maritime operating picture without risking high value assets and personnel in manned aircraft,” Lieutenant Commander Hyam said.last_img read more

Vandemoortele expands with French takeover

first_imgBelgian firm Vandemoortele Food Group is poised to take over Panavi, France’s leading manufacturer of frozen bakery products, for an undisclosed sum.The deal, endorsed by the Panavi group’s shareholders and subject to approval by the French regulatory authorities, will mean a substantial expansion of Vandemoortele’s frozen bakery products operations, which produced turnover of £230 million in 2007. With 11 production units across Europe, including four in France and one in the UK, it produces and distributes a wide range of breakfast pastry, pastry and bread as well as American products, including donuts, muffins, cookies and brownies.Jean Vandemoortele, president of the executive committee of the group, said: “The European market for frozen bakery products sees growth of 5-10% each year. Within Europe, France is the largest market for frozen bread, breakfast pastry and pastry. After the take-over of Panavi, Vandemoortele, with its extensive and unique product range, 34 factories and 3,800 employees, will rank itself among the key players in Europe.”Panavi’s product range consists mainly of bread and breakfast pastry and the company supplies all the large chains of shops and wholesalers in France. It employs 2,000 staff, has 22 factories and 17 distribution centres, and turned over £245m in 2007.Vandemoortele recorded turnover of £692m last year.last_img read more

Objects of instruction

first_imgThe 12th century volume of commentaries on the epistles of St. Paul held in Harvard’s Houghton Library gives students in Professor Jeffrey Hamburger’s freshman seminar “Picturing Prayer in the Middle Ages” insight into the minds of medieval religious scholars. What’s really valuable to Hamburger as a teacher, however, is the bookmark.“It’s precisely the type of hands-on object that can draw students into these books and the whole world that is literally opened up by them,” he said. “A medieval bookmark that not only marks your place in the book on a page-to-page basis, but also allows you to pinpoint the line on which you left off reading or, perhaps more important, left off copying. That lets us know that it’s not the book or the folio — originally these books were not paginated or collated — but the opening that is the governing semantic unit both for the maker and for the reader.”Hamburger’s remarks were delivered at Harvard Hall on April 1 as part of “Teaching with Collections,” a discussion of the University’s oft-underappreciated treasures and their use in the classroom. The session, which featured presentations by four other members of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), was hosted by Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds. It was part of the Conversations @ FAS series, which explores topics of broad interest related to the University’s teaching and research mission.Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, opened the discussion by reporting that more than 100 members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) make Harvard’s collections a centerpiece of courses in areas as disparate as visual and environmental studies, expository writing, the history of science, and stem cell research. She said that she hoped the day’s presentations would foster increased use of Harvard’s collected objects.Peter Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor and director of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, said that there have been collections at Harvard almost as long as there has been a Harvard. The University began to collect scientific instruments, for instance, in the 17th century. When the early collection was lost in a fire, Harvard enlisted Benjamin Franklin to begin a new one, which he did while working in Paris for the establishment of the United States. Among the items he sent back to Harvard was a late 18th century model of the solar system.“In true enlightenment fashion, you can look inside and see the clockwork mechanism, and understand its rational motion,” Galison said.Galison presented slides of some of the 20,000 objects his group has cataloged, including the control panel for one of the first atomic cyclotrons, which was installed at Harvard in the 1930s and then moved to Los Alamos, N.M., during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project. He reported that courses in the History of Science Department now integrate the curation of exhibits like these into their curriculum. Galison pointed to an exhibition on the history of the scientific fact recently created by College students, and one on patent models assembled by graduate students and FAS faculty.“This type of activity is not only expanding the genre of sources, used in academic inquiry,” he said, “but also expanding equally the idioms through which we can express ourselves.”Hamburger, the Kuno Francke Professor of German Art and Culture, centered his presentation on the study of the codex. He said that the 12th century manuscript of Pauline commentaries is only one of more than 3,500 medieval manuscripts housed at Houghton Library. He called this collection the largest in North America and comparable to those in the great universities of Europe.By taking his students into Houghton, Hamburger said that he can “bring material to life in a way that no classroom presentation could ever possibly do.” But the library’s resources — as well as those at the Law, Medical, and Business Schools — are often underused, he said. Few people know, for instance, that HBS’ Baker Library | Bloomberg Center holds a substantial number of manuscripts of the Medici family, principal patrons of the Italian Renaissance. Hamburger advocated for the digitization of such resources to ensure their use by scholars around the world.While Hamburger and Galison focused on the rare and the remarkable in Harvard’s collections, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, the 300th Anniversary University Professor, and Ivan Gaskell, Margaret S. Winthrop Curator in the Harvard Art Museums and senior lecturer on history, extolled the virtues of the mundane and the everyday: a toothbrush, a chair, a piece of clothing. “My adventure has been to move into the realm of material objects and use them to study ordinary people in ordinary life,” Ulrich said.Ulrich, the developer of the popular General Education course and exhibition “Tangible Things,” stood at the front of the classroom and pulled a quilt out of an old bookcase. The quilt, which was made in Missouri during the 1920s, was designed with dark blue hexagons. She said that she had students research the source of the design, which led them back hundreds of years to a study of Islamic decorative art, its migration through Europe and then to America. An examination of the cloth and its manufacture in the American South took students through the history of slavery.Ulrich said that she wanted her students to work with artifacts to “break them out of their narrowness” and help them make connections between unrelated things like a quilt made in Missouri and an Islamic tile.“You see cultural contact and exchange in ways that you cannot see in books and writing,” she said. “Students get really excited when you put them in touch with real stuff.”The final presentation took the audience from the inanimate to the animal. Farish Jenkins, professor of biology, curator of vertebrate paleontology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, talked about the importance of Harvard’s collection of zoological specimens in teaching students about the natural world. As an example, he used a photo of the skeleton of a young boa constrictor in a short lesson on the predatory habits of snakes.A snake’s prey is often several times bigger than its head. To illustrate, he projected a gruesome picture of a snake swallowing a frog, then referred back to the boa skeleton to show that the animal’s neck goes all the way down to its tail. Jenkins pointed to special vertebrae along the snake’s body that help it to digest its food.“You can’t teach about this any other way than by putting the skeleton right in front of a student,” he said. “The ultimate goal is to get students to look at, touch, understand, and know many species of animals. The ultimate goal is to get them to love those animals.”last_img read more

Fairbank Center for Chinese studies aids student research

first_imgThe Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies supports and promotes advanced research and training in all fields of Chinese studies. The center collaborates with the Harvard University Asia Center to offer undergraduate and graduate student grants for Chinese language study and research travel.In 2010-11 the Fairbank Center also assisted the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in providing financial aid to four doctoral students pursuing research on China in various disciplines. To support the training of new scholars, the center provides grants for graduate student conference travel and dissertation research. The generosity and foresight of many donors have made the student grants possible by establishing funds such as the Desmond and Whitney Shum Graduate Fellowship, Liang Qichao Travel Fund, Elise Fay Hawtin Travel and Research Fund, Fairbank Center Challenge Grant, Harvard Club of the Republic of China Fellowship Fund, John K. Fairbank Center Endowment, and John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Undergraduate Summer Travel Grants. Student grants in Chinese studies are also supported by contributions from Fairbank Center affiliates.For a list of current student grant recipients.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Poster Revealed for Hamlet, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch & More

first_img Photographer Tim Gutt, Poster Art Direction Shona Heath. Donna Murphy Will Appear in Resurrection Two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy (The King and I, Passion) has won a big recurring role on the ABC drama Resurrection. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress will play an enigmatic government agent. Altar Boyz Crosses the Pond Good God! Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz is crossing the pond. The award-winning musical comedy will receive its U.K. premiere at London’s Greenwich Theatre on October 3 and will play through October 18. Directed by Steven Dexter, casting will be announced later. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Poster Revealed for Hamlet, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch We were most excited to wake up to the news that the poster had been revealed for the upcoming London production of Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. However, the image, below, is a puzzle worthy of Sherlock Holmes. For it’s not of the British stage and screen star. It’s of a small child. Back to gazing at these totally necessary mashups of Cumberbatch and Hamlet. Helmed by Lyndsey Turner, Shakespeare’s classic will play a limited engagement (naturally) at the Barbican Theatre, August 5, 2015 through October 31. Opening night is set for August 25. Further casting news (and photos, presumably) will be released later. West End’s Made in Dagenham Completes Casting Isla Blair (The History Boys, TV’s House of Cards) and David Cardy (Ghost Stories) will join the West End cast of Made in Dagenham, as Connie and Monty, respectively. The musical stage adaptation of the hit British film, starring Gemma Arterton, will officially open at London’s Adelphi Theatre on November 5. View Commentslast_img read more

The Top Five Shows Your Friend Who Hates Broadway Might Actually Love

first_img ROCK OF AGES You won’t see any blue-haired matinee ladies sipping Chardonnay at this headbanging rock show. Throw back Jell-O shots while American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis, Frankie J. Grande of Big Brother and more wail ‘80s songs like “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Nothin’ But a Good Time.” (Which is what you guys will be having, obviously.) Click for tickets! HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Ladies and gentlemen, Hedwig is not for the faint of heart. In the Tony-winning musical, a disgruntled transgender rock star (currently played by Dexter’s Michael C. Hall) might spit on you, lick your glasses or give you a lap dance. Anything can happen in Miss Hedwig’s world—but you know what won’t happen? Jazz hands. Click for tickets! JERSEY BOYS Sure, Jersey Boys is a Broadway musical, but we promise there isn’t a showtune in sight. Featuring hit songs by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Tony-winning bio-musical details the rise and fall of the iconic group, but it feels more like a rock concert than an evening at the theater. Click for tickets! THE ELEPHANT MAN You know what’s cooler than standing 15 feet away from one of the biggest movie stars on the planet? Nothing, that’s what. See The Hangover and American Hustle star in the flesh (yep, even with his shirt off) in Bernard Pomerance’s 1977 play based on the true story of freak show performer Joseph Merrick. Click for tickets! It’s Black Friday, and you know what that means: toaster ovens are 10 for a dollar! Oh, and it’s also time to start buying Broadway show tickets to put in your family and friends’ stockings for the holidays. From flashy, splashy musicals to highbrow, intellectual drama, there’s something for everyone—even for your friend who can’t stand Broadway shows. We’ve got a few suggestions that just might turn the guy that fell asleep during the Les Miz movie into a full-fledged Broadway fan. Hey, we’re not promising miracles, but it’s worth a shot! If you can’t decide which show to see, Broadway.com gift cards also make great stocking stuffers. Check out our top five picks! View Comments THE BOOK OF MORMON The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are very convincing, so why not let them accompany you on your mission? South Park fans, even if they’re not huge musical fanatics, will be instantly won over by the hilarious Tony-winning tuner by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez. Click for tickets!last_img read more