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Share Adam & Eve Tote, $35Versace x The Met Tee, $450Pat McGrath Labs x The Met “LUST: Gloss,” $28Jeweled Cross Medallion Coasters, $28Adam & Eve Tote, $35Versace x The Met Tee, $450Spring gala season in New York City has all the makings of a great night out — party guests are dressed to the nines, the champagne flows freely, and the dance floor is always full. Yet, among the hundreds of worthy causes holding their annual celebrations, it’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its Costume Institute that garners the most attention thanks to its sheer star power.At the behest of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, legions of bold-faced names from the worlds of fashion, film, stage, and sports converge to raise staggering sums at the annual Costume Institute Gala. This year, partygoers got a first look at the latest “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination” exhibit.Here, we’ve highlighted the newest crop of merchandise, courtesy of the Met Museum Store, that lands perfectly in line with this year’s theme.
Representatives from the South West Marine Energy Park (SWMEP) and the Channel Islands Marine Energy Group (CIMREG) met in London at the International Tidal Energy Summit on Wednesday to finalise details of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two organisations.The MoU, signed today between the Channel Islands and the South West of the UK on marine renewable energy, recognises the compatibility of the two regions on this important new opportunity for economic growth and low carbon energy security. The partnership brings together an excellent mix of world class energy resources and organisations with academic, technical and industrial expertise in marine renewable energy.The agreement is signed by Peter Kydd (Director of strategic consulting at Parsons Brinckerhoff and the chair of the SWMEP) and by a representative of each island, Francis Simonet – chair of Policy committee – Alderney, Deputy Al Brouard – Deputy Minister for Commerce and Employment – Guernsey, Deputy Rob Duhamel – Minister for Planning and Environment – Jersey and Conseiller Andrew Bache – General Purposes and Advisory Committee – Sark.The agreement outlines a commitment on all parties to work together for the benefit of the marine renewable energy sector across the South West of the UK and the Channel Islands, sharing information and working together to support joint initiatives that will increase the amount of installed MWs of technology and create new jobs. Through collaborative research and development CIMREG and SWMEP will look to support the development of renewable energy projects in each other’s waters.Deputy Brouard said: This is a good opportunity to forge long term links with the industry in the UK that will allow us to be in a position to move with the industry and longer term, make the most of the natural resources we have at our disposal in the Channel Islands.Building on an existing relationship and joint work undertaken by the two regions, the first step under this new MOU will be to meet at the next Bristol Tidal Energy Forum in March 2014, a key, industry led event in the SWMEP calendar. CIMREG will bring a delegation to the conference and will be invited to present to over a hundred key organisations in the South West marine energy sector.Building on an existing relationship and joint work undertaken by the two regions, the first step under this new MOU will be to meet at the next Bristol Tidal Energy Forum in March 2014, a key, industry led event in the SWMEP calendar. CIMREG will bring a delegation to the conference and will be invited to present to over a hundred key organisations in the South West marine energy sector.Francis Simonet explained: Alderney is pleased to be party to this agreement which can only help in our quest to ensure that the energy in our waters is capable of being delivered into the UK. We have worked hard to ensure an all islands approach and this is a significant step which demonstrates our commitment to working together.Deputy Rob Duhamel commented: I am delighted to be able to work alongside the other Channel Islands and our colleagues in the South West on renewable energy. There is no doubt that in the future the right project could bring significant environmental and economic benefits to the whole region and it is essential that we all work together to ensure that we achieve the best possible outcome in the long term.Roger Olsen, Sark Renewables Advisor: We are happy to share information and look forward to playing our small part in helping marine renewables forward.Press Release, December 03, 2013
Bilfinger Mars Offshore has won an order for the production of 91 steel foundations for the North Sea wind park. The wind park, located 28 kilometers from the United Kingdom’s east coast, will have an output of about 580 MW and will provide 400,000 households with electricity. The client is Danish energy company Dong Energy A/S.For Bilfinger Mars Offshore, the order is the starting signal for the production of offshore foundations at the new production site in the Polish city of Szczecin, the company said.“We will begin with the work as soon as the plant is officially opened in October 2015 and will complete production of the steel foundations by the end of the coming year”, says the responsible Member of the Bilfinger Executive Board, Joachim Enenkel.[mappress mapid=”12057″]
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After strengthening its presence in Europe by opening two offices, one in Hamburg, Germany, and one at Zeist, Netherlands, the company, owned by US investment fund New Mountain Capital, plans to lever the current weakness in ship values and newbuilding prices to expand its fleet.Twenty percent of the funds will be sponsored by Intermarine/New Mountain, with 80 percent being raised by institutional investorsThe group plans to add between ten and fifteen vessels with combined lifting capacities of up to 800 tonnes, reducing its dependence on chartered tonnage.”At this moment of consolidation the shipping industry is offering interesting possibilities, ” said Intermarine’s President and ceo Andre Grikitis.The APM will operate under Stefan Zinecker, Europe cfo, and Dr. Jens Rohweder, md business development, both newly appointed.The global financial crisis meant ship financing in Germany remained a “closed ship,” said Zinecker, “but in the meantime this gap is increasingly filled by offers from Asia.”He said that several different ships had already been offered by shipyards via brokers.Management of the new tonnage may eventually be the responsibility of a separate new company.Recent rumours about a possible merger with Bremen-based German competitor Beluga Shipping were denied by New Mountain Capital director Matthew Ebbel. Contact and talk with competitors were quite normal, he said, but in this case the rumours had to be regarded as a “misunderstanding” he said.
The aircraft, which is used to simulate parabolic flight and has been named Zero-G, was lifted from the airport’s apron using the Liebherr crawler and a complex combination of attachment equipment, including two cross beams and three load spreaders developed by Riga Mainz.Uwe Langer, managing director of Riga Mainz, explained that the specifications for the lifting job at the airport were very stringent, with a limited set-up height and various requirements for attaching the fragile loads.A remote controlled chain hoist was used to adjust the crane hook precisely over the overall centre of gravity, which Liebherr explained made it possible to adjust the required angle of the aircraft to generate no upthrust in the event of wind and inflows from the front. Once in the air, the aircraft was turned around 180 degrees before being transported a distance of 20 m and lowered onto foundations in its final position. www.liebherr.comwww.riga-mainz.dewww.airbus.com
Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: June 9, 2017 6:38 AM EDT Updated: June 9, 2017 9:08 AM EDT Trump tweets on Comey, declares ‘total vindication’ WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump on Friday broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey, declaring “total and complete vindication.”Trump, who had not posted on his Twitter account since Comey accused the administration of spreading “lies,” struck back with an early morning tweet in which he said, “Wow, Comey is a leaker.”Trump’s tweet comes ahead of a news conference planned Friday. Trump scheduled a joint news conference with visiting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.In his first congressional appearance since being abruptly fired last month, Comey on Thursday described months of distrust of the president, bluntly asserting that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign.Comey also revealed that he’d orchestrated the public release of information about his private conversations with the president in an effort to further the investigation.Trump’s tweet said: “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication … and WOW, Comey is a leaker.”Comey’s testimony, at a hugely anticipated hearing that captured the country’s attention, provided a gripping account of his interactions with Trump and underscored the discord that had soured their relationship.He portrayed Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI’s independence and made clear that he interpreted Trump’s request to end an investigation into his former national security adviser as an order coming from the president.Though Republicans worked to discredit Comey and to blunt the impact of his testimony, the ex-director’s statement deepened questions about the basis for his May 9 dismissal and about whether Trump’s actions constituted obstruction of justice. The veteran lawman expressed confidence that could be a matter ripe for investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, though he declined to offer an opinion on whether it met such a threshold.Trump’s private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey’s admission that he had told Trump on multiple occasions that he was not personally under investigation and maintained the testimony made clear that Trump “never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone.”Kasowitz also jumped on Comey’s revelation that he had released details of his private conversations with the president, casting the former FBI director as one of the “leakers” set on undermining the Trump administration.Still, there was no doubt the veteran lawman made for a challenging adversary.“It’s my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation,” Comey said toward the end of more than two hours of testimony before the Senate intelligence committee. “I was fired in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russia investigation was being conducted.“That is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me.”At one point he practically dared Trump to release any recordings of their conversations, a prospect the president once alluded to in a tweet.“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey said, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over the president’s.Thursday’s hearing brought Washington and other parts of the country to a standstill as Americans sat glued to their screens, harkening to the Watergate congressional hearings that held the nation rapt some four decades earlier.Republicans mindful of the gravity of the moment worked feverishly to lessen any damage from the hearing. They tried to undermine Comey’s credibility by issuing press releases and even ads pointing to a past instance where the FBI had to clean up the director’s testimony to Congress.In his opening statement, Comey somberly accused the Trump administration of spreading “lies, plain and simple” in the aftermath of his abrupt ouster, declaring that the administration “chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI” by claiming the bureau was in disorder.He then dove into the heart of the fraught political controversy around his firing and whether Trump interfered in the bureau’s Russia investigation, as he elaborated on written testimony released a day earlier.In that testimony, Comey said that Trump demanded his “loyalty” and directly pushed him to “lift the cloud” of investigation by declaring publicly the president was not a target of the FBI probe into his campaign’s Russia ties.He said that when Trump told him he hoped he would terminate an investigation into Michael Flynn, the ousted national security adviser, he interpreted that as a directive.“I mean, this is the president of the United States, with me alone, saying, ‘I hope’ this,” he said. “I took it as, this is what he wants me to do.”He said that while he found the February exchange in the Oval Office disturbing, “that’s a conclusion I’m sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that’s an offense.”Comey said that after his firing he actually tried to spur the special counsel’s appointment by giving a damning memo he had written about a meeting with Trump to a friend to release to the media.“My judgment was I need to get that out into the public square,” he said.The February meeting was one of several one-on-one encounters that Comey said made him feel such intense discomfort that he felt compelled to document them in memos.“I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document,” he said. “I knew there might come a day when I might need a record of what happened not only to defend myself but to protect the FBI.”Trump himself was expected to dispute Comey’s claims that he demanded loyalty and asked the FBI director to drop the investigation into Flynn, according to a person close to the president’s legal team who was not authorized to discuss legal strategy by name and demanded anonymity. Instead, Kasowitz pushed back and the president remained conspicuously silent on Twitter during the hearing despite expectations he might respond.The disclosures that followed Comey’s firing have raised questions about why Comey, known in government for an independent streak and a willingness to buck protocol, did not speak out publicly while on the job, or at least make his objections directly known to the president.Discussing the meeting in which Comey says Trump asked him to back off Flynn, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California asked, “Why didn’t you stop and say, ‘Mr. President, this is wrong,’?”“It’s a great question,” Comey replied. “Maybe if I were stronger I would have. I was so stunned by the conversation I just took it in.”Comey also made clear that political entanglement in law enforcement has cut across party lines.During a discussion of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Comey disclosed that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, an Obama administration appointee, instructed him to refer to the issue as a “matter,” not an “investigation.”“That concerned me because that language tracked how the campaign was talking about the FBI’s work and that’s concerning,” he said. “We had an investigation open at the time so that gave me a queasy feeling.”Many Democrats still blame Comey for Clinton’s loss, leading Trump to apparently believe they would applaud him for firing Comey. The opposite occurred, as the firing created a political firestorm that has stalled Trump’s legislative agenda and taken over Washington.Under questioning Thursday, Comey reaffirmed the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the election.“There should be no fuzz on this. The Russians interfered,” Comey stated firmly. “That happened. It’s about as unfake as you can possibly get.”Trump has begrudgingly accepted that assessment. But he has also suggested he doesn’t believe it, saying Russia is a “ruse” and calling the investigation into the matter a “witch hunt.” SHARE
Sarah Hannett (instructed by John Ford Solicitors) for the claimant; Colin Thomann (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the secretary of state. R (on the application of Arogundade) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: QBD (Admin) (Mr Robin Purchas QC (sitting as a deputy High Court judge)): 7 September 2012 Education – Grant for study – Eligibility The claimant, a national of Nigeria, entered the UK on 3 August 2003 on a visitor’s visa, which expired on 2 January 2004. She subsequently overstayed that visa without leave to remain under the Immigration Act 1971. In 2006, the claimant suffered serious brain injury caused by carbon monoxide gas poisoning from a faulty boiler in her home. In September 2007, she applied for leave to remain. That application was refused but an appeal to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal succeeded on human rights grounds and the claimant was granted discretionary leave to remain in 2009. The claimant was accepted for a BA degree at a London university and she was granted student support for the academic year 2009/10. However, the university enrolled the claimant as an overseas student. That led to judicial review proceedings, which resulted in a consent order that the university should treat the claimant as ‘a person with leave to remain’ under the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007. However, the claimant’s past status as an overstayer came to light, which led to the cancellation of her student grant payments for the academic year 2010/11. The reason stated for cancellation was that the claimant did not have the required three years ‘ordinary residence’ at the relevant time. The claimant’s appeal against that decision was unsuccessful. The secretary of state confirmed the decision, withdrawing the student grant from the claimant on the ground that unlawful residence could not constitute ordinary residence for the purposes of the three years ordinary residence qualification under paragraph 5(1)(c) of schedule 1 to the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2009 (the 2009 regulations). The claimant sought judicial review of the decision of the secretary of state. The question for determination was whether residence in the UK, which was unlawful under the 1971 act, could qualify as ordinary residence for the purpose of paragraph 5(1)(c) of schedule 1 to the 2009 regulations. Consideration was given to the opinion of Lord Scarman in Shah v Barnet London Borough Council  1 All ER 226. The court ruled: Ordinary residence for the purposes of paragraph 5(1)(c) of schedule 1 to the 2009 regulations required lawful residence and would not include residence in breach of the immigration rules (see  of the judgment). There was nothing in the authorities or in the relevant regulations or subsequent legislative changes which would undermine or displace the approach clearly and authoritatively set out by Lord Scarman in Shah (see  of the judgment). Applying that interpretation to the instant case, the claim failed (see  of the judgment). Shah v Barnet London Borough Council  1 All ER 226 applied.
UK: A steel bridge 71 m long and weighing 1 200 tonnes was positioned across Borough High Street in central London on April 29-May 1. It forms part of a 507 m viaduct being built to remove a major rail bottleneck at the west end of London Bridge station.Network Rail said finding space has been a challenge, and in some places the viaduct is just 160 mm from existing buildings. ‘A project of this scale taking place in such a heavily built-up area required outstanding planning and innovation’, said Project Director Martin Jurkowski. ‘Our solution was to build the new bridge on top of the new viaduct, which offered best value for money and minimal disruption’. A complicated operation saw the bridge moved an average of 7 mm/sec using specialist machinery before being lowered into place. The bridge is a significant local landmark and a vintage double-decker bus was positioned to allow local people to observe the works. The £59m viaduct is being built as part of the Thameslink Programme to upgrade the north-south commuter route through central London. The main contractor for the viaduct is Skanska, and the bridge was supplied by Watson Steel.