Earle Of Wisdom

first_imgSteve Earle — the Grammy-winning American folk, rock, and country “hardcore troubadour” — will be the next performer in the “Portraits” series with G.E. Smith, produced by Taylor Barton, at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 26.Next to his writing — whether it’s his songs like “Copperhead Road” or “Guitar Town” or his novel, short stories, or even the play he scribed — next to all of this, and his role as Harley Wyatt on HBO’s “Treme,” Earle is known for his story telling.And tell them he does. When, as the interview opener (and we only had 15 minutes because he is in high demand), he was asked about the “elephant sanctuary” — at the suggestion of a little bird — his response was hearty laughter.“I never actually saw it up close,” he said. “But it just so happens that there is an elephant sanctuary in the same town I got sober in. There’s a little treatment center called Buffalo Valley in Lewis County, TN. And it’s called Lewis County because Merriweather Lewis committed suicide there. He was on his way back to Philadelphia and holed up there instead, shot himself, and did a pretty bad job of it. It took him four months to die.”Ice. Broken.“The joke was always if people bailed out on Buffalo Valley and walked in the wrong direction, they would come up against an elephant,” he said, laughing again.His friendship with legendary guitarist G.E. Smith goes way back. “I knew who he was because of ‘Saturday Night Live,’” where Smith was the musical director for a decade, “but he was playing guitar in Bob Dylan’s band when Bob went back out on the road in the late ’80s. And we were the opening act. When I was offered the tour, I thought Bob Dylan would never go out on the road again at that point. As it turns out, he hasn’t come off the road since.”Earle said he and Smith had a lot of things in common, “some bad, some good,” and they were both avid guitar collectors. “After that, I ran into him at George Gruhn’s guitar shop in Nashville a few times. I own a mandola to this day that belonged to G.E. that I bought there, and he probably had traded it for something else.”As far as his collecting, “I’ve gotten way more selective,” Earle said. “I’m actually a pretty serious collector. Not a lot of players are. G.E. is, but I think he’s a little more bulimic than I am. I don’t sell mine very often. At one point, before I built my guitar room, I looked at them all stacked in the corner and I thought, ‘Uh-oh, this is hoarding.’ But it’s something I understand, it’s something I love, it’s something valuable, and it’s somewhere to put money besides Wall Street,” he said the last two words with a twinge of disgust.“I don’t do Wall Street,” he added. “If I want to gamble, I’ll go to Vegas.”Besides the stuff he’s written (and his songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, and Shawn Colvin, to name just a few), Earle has also been the subject of two biographies and a documentary film, and he hosted the “Hardcore Troubadour” show on the Outlaw Country channel.He is also a vocal opponent of the death penalty. His song “Ellis Unit One” was used in the movie “Dead Man Walking” and in 2010, Earle received the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s Shining Star of Abolition award. His youngest son is autistic, so Earle is also a champion for more autism-friendly schools and research.Where was his activism born? “We moved to Texas when I was still a kid, and Texas was executing people at an alarming rate. My mother was really disturbed by it. I grew up in a house that was against capital punishment.”There was one case, “basically a poor kid who killed a rich kid in a brawl in a parking lot, and got the death sentence. The rich kid’s family hired a special prosecutor, which was legal then. My father thought that was not fair, and he wrote a letter to the governor of Texas, John Connally, the guy who got shot, who was sitting behind JFK. And that was when I was about six or seven, and it made an impression on me.” There is so much more to tell. Steve Earle will tell you himself, along with playing his music, on Saturday at 8 PM in Westhampton Beach. Visit www.whbpac.org for tickets.bridget@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

BOC helps Macy’s pump-up Thanksgiving

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London firm adds 50 fuel cell vehicles to fleet

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Showa Denko expanding specialty gas production

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The shape of things to come

first_imgThe world is changing fast in a multitude of different dimensions. If one stops to think about it too long, it can be disconcerting. One thing is for sure: whatever we think the future holds, the reality is likely to be very different. Perhaps the accuracy of our predictions matters less than the intent. Because without a vision of the future, how can we take decisions today or tomorrow that will enable us to build a better world?So let us assume our vision is “a built environment that enables a high quality of life for people within limits our planet can support”. First articulated by the UK Green Building Council, this vision is now shared by many organisations responsible for shaping the built environment.But do we all fully appreciate what this means? Through a process of visualisation, based on changes we believe we will face imminently, perhaps we can get closer to what such a vision might look like in practice. In the last few months, JLL has initiated a major piece of thought leadership into the megatrends that are likely to affect the real estate sector – here is an early preview.Megatrend 1: Clean-tech revolutionOur starting point here is the commitment we have made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 in the UK and across Europe. To achieve this, all new buildings will need to be net positive on energy and carbon to compensate for residual emissions associated with the 60% or so of our 2015 stock that will still be around. Individual buildings will be powered by decentralised community-owned systems that generate renewable electricity, heat and cooling, with high capacity storage and low transmission losses. Flat urban surfaces – whether vertical, horizontal, or diagonal – will be covered in photovoltaic film barely detectable by the human eye, as a result of our advances in nanotechnology. Cities will be dotted with wind and solar power hubs and, of course, we will have transformed the efficiency of existing homes such that the term “fuel poverty” is no longer understood.Megatrend 2: Urbanisation and the rise of land and resource scarcityBy 2050, somewhere in the range of 66-75% of people will be living in cities. This will lead to the emergence of new satellite, largely residential towns constellated around major conurbations to house workers. These will have been developed due to poor housing supply and chronic overpricing within city centres, but also due to massive public and private investment in infrastructure, resulting in fast, low-carbon mass-transit systems.Volatility in commodity pricing and severe shortages of certain resources (such as water and rare metals) will have dramatically changed the way in which the construction industry operates. Prefabrication, on-site assembly, natural methods of construction, and biomimic design will all feed into a more circular economy, as construction and demolition waste is eliminated and materials-exchange schemes become the norm.Megatrend 3: Ageing demographics and the growing importance of ‘wellness’With the proportion of elderly expected to rise by 50% by 2030, the typical real estate portfolio will have adapted significantly – both in terms of asset allocation and physical design features. Healthcare and small-scale retail facilities will be integrated within residential schemes, and sophisticated mechanisms to allocate carers to patients will maintain a high quality of life for elderly people within buildings they call “homes”.The quest for wellness will have continued apace, as individuals increasingly recognise the link between their wellbeing and surroundings. Boundaries between inside and outside will become increasingly blurred, as design emphasis focuses on reconnecting people to the natural world. This will take place through biomimic design, green spaces and parks, integrated design such as green walls, vertical farms, roof gardens, and even digitally enhanced video screens showing uplifting scene-scapes or views.Megatrend 4: Technology and smart citiesThe performance gap between a building’s anticipated performance and how it actually operates will have all but disappeared. Buildings will be digitally optimised so that resource efficiency, materials recycling and energy profiling can be delivered through the Internet of Things, which itself will offer growing networks of low-cost sensors and actuators for data collection and monitoring in buildings, supporting smarter decision-making and asset management.The growing population of urbanites buying their varied goods online will have led to a drastic rethink of retailers’ logistics networks. Look out for “urban logistics” units – or small thin parcel hubs with extensive loading facilities embedded in cities, enabling rapid response and delivery times. Julie Hirigoyen is UK head of sustainability JLL and incoming chief executive UK Green Building Council. She will be speaking in the Ecobuild session “Visions of the future: Five big ideas”, Thursday 5 March, 15.00 – 16.00View the full Ecobuild programme here >>Register for free here >>last_img read more

Enquiries pick up for Dockwise

first_imgOcean Dynamics (ODL), a member of the Dockwise Group of Companies, has been awarded a contract by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) for the engineering design verification of a deepwater jacket and the float-over installation.The remaining contracts arise from port and maritime infrastructure activity and sees Dockwise assisting in the transportation of barges to the US, the Netherlands and Argentina as well as dredging equipment to the Netherlands and Columbia. All of these contracts are scheduled for execution in Q2 and Q3 2010. Other Q3 contract awards include transporting a semi-submersible rig from Dubai to Brazil and a jack-up rig from West Africa to the Netherlands. One contract brings forward a project already slated for 2013.André Goedée, Dockwise CEO, said: “In the second quarter, we continue to benefit from slowly increasing numbers of inquiries. Tender activity for the years to come remains strong and continues to hold interesting prospects for the larger vessels. Meanwhile on the short term we seriously focus on the opportunities our fleet size presents in view of the diverse geographic spread of the demand in the market.”last_img read more

RINA and RS share skills

first_imgRS will help RINA meet the needs of some of its clients for Arctic navigation and offshore operations, particularly with respect to ice classes and winterisation. RINA will use its skills to help RS approve specific projects for vessels that will operate under the Russian flag, or in Russian waters. Should the partnership prove to be successful the two societies will extend the partnership into other areas of their businesses, such as software and training. “Cooperating in specific areas where we each have particular expertise will help us build a platform for win-to-win situations in the marine as well as in other sectors,” said Ugo Salerno, ceo, RINA Group. Mikhail Ayvazov, ceo, RS, commented: “Both RS and RINA are rather comparable in size and have complementary expertise in areas at hand,” adding that the partnership will “raise the level of our expertise in new and promising areas”. www.rina.orgwww.rs-class.orglast_img read more

Ahlers sees Indian potential

first_imgIts parent company, Ahlers Group, reported turnover of USD275 million during FY2013; it aims to increase this to USD400 million by 2018. Ahlers India is forecast to contribute 12 percent of that target over the next four years. Pradeep Joseph, managing director, Ahlers India said: “We at Ahlers India are delighted to complete 10 successful years in business. Since our inception in 2004, we have demonstrated strong growth and successfully expanded across India, diversifying into newer segments and establishing footprints in key cities.” Christian Leysen, executive chairman, Ahlers added: “India is an important market with immense untapped growth potential. Adequate investment incentives, updating regulatory policies, and planned infrastructure projects are the preconditions for Indian logistics market to go to its full potential and contribute to the economic development at higher speed.” According to Ahlers India 60 percent of its revenue comes from its network business – encompassing door-to-door international transportation, 25 percent from project cargo management, and the 15 percent balance from industry specific logistics such as oil and gas, chemicals, and tobacco.www.ahlers.comlast_img read more

Ceva rejects CMA CGM’s takeover bid

first_imgCMA CGM’s takeover bid on January 28, 2019 offered CHF30 (USD30.21) per share.A statement from Ceva Logistics described this offer price as “reasonable from a financial perspective” but recommended that shareholders reject the bid “in the belief that [they] could realise a higher value with their continuing investment”.The statement added: “Based on a comprehensive review of the revised business plan for the period up to 2023 developed with external advisors and based on an independent financial opinion the board of directors, with the exception of two conflicted members, came unanimously to the conclusion not to recommend to Ceva’s shareholders to tender their shares into the offer.“The valuation of the revised business plan indicates a midpoint value of CHF40 (USD40.28) per share, well above the share price of CHF30 offered by CMA CGM.”In October 2018, Ceva rejected an approximately USD2.5 billion bid from Denmark’s DSV. The logistics group initially offered CHF27.75 (USD28.10) per share, before revising its offer to CHF30 per share.While DSV withdrew its revised offer, and Ceva deepened its partnership with CMA CGM, the Danish company has been vocal about its plans to expand through acquisitions – most recently the group made a move to acquire Swiss rival Panalpina.In an unsolicited bid, DSV offered USD4.1 billion to acquire Panalpina for approximately CHF170 (USD172) per share, as HLPFI reported here.Reports suggest that DSV’s offer could spark a bidding war. It is rumoured that freight forwarding giant Kuehne + Nagel might also make an offer, although no announcement has been forthcoming.Panalpina was expected to make an announcement in response to DSV’s takeover bid on Friday January 25, but has remained silent n the matter.As predicted, it seems that mergers and acquisitions will remain on the agenda for many companies across the supply chain.www.cevalogistics.comwww.cma-cgm.comwww.dsv.comwww.panalpina.comlast_img read more

Bristol court still out of action after car park flood

first_imgA busy civil court centre has been closed for almost a month after its car park was flooded. In an update sent to court users on Friday, operations manager Helen Andrews confirmed the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre remains shut due to water damage,The site is unavailable to house any court hearings or administrative support from HMCTS staff ‘until further notice’. There is speculation in the city that the building could be shut until October.The Redcliff Street court has worked with judges and lawyers to keep them informed and it is understood from court users that contingency arrangements have ensured cases are not subject to significant delays.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Bristol Civil and Family Justice CentreSource: AlamyAndrews said: ‘I appreciate that this will and has caused disruption to court users wanting to access the services provided by the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre and offer my most sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.’Main public counter services for all civil and family enquiries are temporarily located at Bristol Magistrates’ Court, with hearings kept in and around Bristol if possible or alternatively moved to Bath, Taunton, Gloucester or Worle if required. Court users are being asked to take any bundles with them at the conclusion of their hearings, with any bundles left in temporary venues having to be destroyed.The Bristol District Probate Registry has closed until further notice and staff relocated to the equivalent centre in Cardiff.Payments of court fees and warrant payments, as well as the personal support unit, are also relocated to Bristol Magistrates’ Court.Email services are unaffected by the situation, although there may still be a delay in replying to enquiries, and alternative numbers are available for the out-of-order telephone services.last_img read more