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Watch Dave Chappelle Guest Host An NPR Tiny Desk Concert

By on March 2, 2021

first_img[H/T Pitchfork] The latest installment of NPR‘s Tiny Desk Concert series features French musician Frédéric Yonnet, an expert harmonica player who fuses the instrument into jazz, R&B, funk, gospel, and hip-hop. As noted by the public media outlet, Yonnet has performed with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, and Prince. Yonnet has also worked with famed comedian Dave Chappelle, with the two collaborating on Dave Chappelle’s Juke Joint, Chappelle’s series of live variety shows/parties featuring Yonnet, his Band With No Name, and a rotating lineup of surprise high-profile guests.Seemingly, Chappelle and Yonnet have become friends—so much so that Chappelle stopped by NPR to guest host Yonnet’s Tiny Desk performance. In his introduction, the comedian tells anecdotes about how Yonnet first met Stevie Wonder, leading to him being invited on Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life tour, as well as cracking jokes about Yonnet’s hometown of Normandy, France (“On behalf of everyone from the United States, you’re welcome.”)During the Tiny Desk concert, Yonnet and the Band With No Name performed three tunes, “Four20”, “FRéEDlosophy”, and “No Smokin’ Blues”. While the first two songs appear on the harmonica virtuoso’s new upcoming album, Reed My Lips, the last selection was inspired on-the-spot by Chappelle after asking the group to play Mississippi Delta blues.Come for the Dave Chappelle cameo, stay for the electrifying harmonica performance. You can check out the video for yourself below!Frédéric Yonnet NPR Tiny Desk Concert w/ Dave Chappellelast_img read more

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Getting Haiti to stand again

By on March 1, 2021

first_imgEven before the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, Haiti was in deep trouble. It was the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Most people lived on less than $2 a day, and only a third had formal jobs. In 2008, four successive hurricanes had ruined 60 percent of the country’s harvest and its already shaky health infrastructure. Barely half of the children were immunized, malnutrition stunted the growth of 20 percent of them before age 5, and the average family of seven slept in one room — a trigger for infectious disease.Then came even greater trouble: a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that in minutes killed many thousands of Haitians and injured many thousands more. The quake left three million Haitians needing emergency aid. Hundreds of thousands still sleep outdoors, fearing aftershocks or lacking shelter, and many more are fleeing to the countryside, which may soon be overwhelmed. Food, water, sanitation, housing, and security remain concerns.About 600 small-scale tent cities will soon shelter the homeless from seasonal rains due in April, replacing what Harvard physician Joia Mukherjee, chief medical officer at the Harvard-affiliated Partners In Health, called the “sheet cities” thrown up in haste atop rubble.In the face of such apocalyptic disaster, what should be done to help, now, in six months, and in a decade? The Harvard Gazette asked Harvard experts for their insights.A few lessons have already emerged. For one, send cash, not goods. Get the money directly into Haitians’ hands. Expand health care capacity, including postoperative care, mental health, and physical rehabilitation. Most important, let Haitians oversee the long-term rebuilding of their nation.— Corydon IrelandPaul FarmerU.S. Special Envoy for Haiti; co-founder, Partners in Health; Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School Justin Ide/Harvard Staff PhotographerCreating safe schools and safe hospitals, even makeshift ones, is a known need in rebuilding a society, and storm-resistant housing must also be a carefully considered priority, since there is little time before the rainy season. Students need to be back in school. The planting season cannot be missed and requires fertilizer, seeds, and tools.Haiti will continue to need the contractors, and the NGOs and mission groups, but, more importantly, we will need to create new ground rules — including a focus on creating local jobs for Haitians, and on building the infrastructure that is crucial to creating sustainable economic growth and ultimately reducing Haiti’s dependence on aid.Debt relief is important, but only the beginning. Any group looking to do this work must share the goals of the Haitian people: social and economic rights, reflected, for example, in job creation, local business development, watershed protection (and alternatives to charcoal for cooking), access to quality health care, and gender equity.Excerpted from Paul Farmer’s Jan. 28, 2010, testimony on Haiti to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. To read the whole testimony, go to StandWithHaiti.org. Jean-Philippe BelleauAnthropologist, fellow at the Humanities Center at Harvard, who just returned from HaitiStephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe international community needs to recognize that the Haitian state no longer exists. Its destruction was started 50 years ago, and now has come to fulfillment. The population recognizes the impossibility of the authorities to provide a response to the country’s disarray and to coordinate international efforts.The international community also needs to look at the 2004 and 2008 relief efforts in Haiti, the United Nations presence (at $600 million a year), and the billions of dollars spent since 1994. Without a look back, aid will again be swallowed by a gigantic black hole of misunderstanding, corruption, and incompetence. Past arrangements between the Haitian state, multilateral organizations, and foreign governments created a Tower of Babel that failed miserably. Recycling the same projects with the same ideas and the same methods will only guarantee failure.The first step? Create a centralized command structure composed of the few most dedicated countries and of Haitians invested with the highest authority. Then focus on infrastructure, education, and land planning.And listen to Haitian intellectuals, which foreigners rarely do. They have ideas and a social conscience. Ignoring them is anti-intellectual and imperialistic.Michael VanRooyenDirector of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public HealthKris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerHaiti is in need of strong governance to coordinate the wide array of available assets being deployed for transition into a developmental effort. Medical and surgical teams from all over the world will soon disappear. Afterwards comes the need: to plan huge displacement centers with many nongovernmental organizations; to plan city and community reconstruction efforts with U.N. and military resources; and to provide contractors.Relief and development efforts must get under way at the same time. Haiti needs temporary potable water supplies and food distribution for displaced populations, but it also needs permanent municipal water and sanitation systems. Relief agencies are excellent at relief efforts for displaced populations over the short run. But reconstruction and infrastructure development (roads, electricity systems, etc.) will require a huge effort from U.S. military and private contractors.One key to success is political will. Both donor nations and Haiti’s leadership need to support “building back better,” which will stabilize the situation for many injured and displaced Haitians. That’s important to avoid insecurity or mass migration.The United Nations will be less involved in long-term rebuilding issues. The private sector could play a big role here.Hashim SarkisAga Khan Professor and director of the Aga Khan Program, Harvard Graduate School of DesignStephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerHaiti’s rainy season begins in April. In the face of imminent rains and hurricanes, providing shelter and adequate infrastructure for the displaced population of Port-au-Prince are critical.The physical interventions needed could clear an alternative path to socioeconomic recovery. About 600 makeshift tent cities going up in the countryside will house a million refugees. These new housing centers will likely remain there for a long time, but they will also bring resourceful workers to the countryside who can improve its agriculture. These tent cities could become the nuclei for the rejuvenation of the rural economy and of the whole country.Without diminishing the importance of a long-term plan for Port-au-Prince, efforts should focus on building roads to the tent cities and providing safe, collective roofs over the refugees’ heads. They will need generators, latrines, common kitchens, medical services, and schools.Around the centers, basic housing units should then be provided to replace the tents. Residents could expand their houses as they invest the returns from their work in agriculture, construction, and administration. A new economy with a polycentric distribution could emerge, and help Haiti transcend the rural-urban imbalance that devastated the country well before the earthquake.Arrietta ChakosDirector, Acting in Time Advance Disaster Recovery Project, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy SchoolKristyn Ulanday/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe humanitarian response has to be swift, decisive, and coordinated. The incoming responders must be self-sufficient, collaborative, and focused on immediate need because the Haitian authorities are not yet able to manage the situation. Typically, landscape-scale disasters exponentially magnify pre-event systemic vulnerabilities; this is evident in the situation at hand.The immediate order of business is complex. Restoring critical lifelines — water, communications, fuel, power —must be a first priority. Medical services and emergency housing must follow close on.Haitian authorities need to reconstitute the continuity of government for the nation. Strengthening the social connections among people is crucial to rebuilding hope and purpose for those devastated by the earthquake. The disaster literature shows that typically 10 years is the period for a region to recover from catastrophe. Haiti will likely follow this trajectory. Social and political reconstitution will emerge with support from responding nations in the form of governance guidelines, social-institution building, and development of safe building practices. Such measures have successfully been implemented in the wake of disasters in the last 20 years.Herman “Dutch” LeonardGeorge F. Baker Jr. Professor of Public Management, Harvard Kennedy School; Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business SchoolStephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerHaiti needs sustained local leadership development. In the end, only so much can be done from outside the country. Disparate recovery rates in different parts of New Orleans teach us that the quality of local leadership — the ability to understand the continuously evolving challenges of building a recovery, and the ability to adapt to those challenges — is the essential key to successful recovery. Development of repopulation and community planning must be indigenously owned and driven.Haiti will be in recovery for years and years … Recoveries can go well or very badly. The difference is driven by the ability of local leadership to learn its way through the problem and to catalyze and direct outside assistance. In Haiti’s case, this is all yet to be seen. And if we aren’t careful and vigilant and focused, the outside assistance part of this will disappear before it begins.Recovery won’t begin in any serious way for weeks or months, and will go on for years. … and, at this point, significant international engagement is a fragile hope.Joia MukherjeeChief medical officer, Partners in Health; assistant professor, Harvard Medical SchoolJustin Ide/Harvard Staff PhotographerUnfortunately, Haiti is going to look a lot like Cambodia looked after the war. We’re going to be a nation of amputees. This is on top of a population that is in desperate need of jobs, at baseline. Add to that, there is a huge amount of psychological trauma. We have inadequate kinds of support for the long-term needs of a population that is this wounded, this traumatized.Harvard and other universities … have really stepped up enormously in improving and supporting and accompanying the overall education structure for medical professionals. [It’s important] that we use some of this attention [so] that 10 years from now we have really state-of-the-art facilities to do global health.[It’s also important] to focus relief dollars coming in, getting [them] into the hands of people in their community, whether it’s by hiring community health workers or creating small-scale agricultural projects, things that will really help create the microeconomy that’s needed.Livelihoods are a major issue. It’s really important to assume the quickest recovery is going to be [the result of] more Haitians who have money in their pockets, not more relief organizations.last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s to host event to raise awareness about hunger

By on January 26, 2021

first_imgThe Student Diversity Board at Saint Mary’s College will be hosting its annual Hunger Banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Haggar College Center. The banquet raises awareness about the poverty and hunger that impact people all across the world, specifically by demonstrating how meal sizes vary according to one’s social class.Student Diversity Board president and junior Bella Tillman explained that guests to the dinner will be randomly seated at a table representing a specific social class. Tillman said the low income group will be have the largest number of students to reflect the relative size of this socioeconomic class throughout the world. The meals provided will differ according to the table.“If you are in the low income group then you only get rice and water,” Tillman said. “The middle income group gets rice, water, lentils, and salad. And then if you are in the high income group you get a really nice meal.”Senior and Student Diversity Board marketing chair Leslie Taubert said in an email the banquet is designed to showcase the prevalence of hunger throughout the world. She said organizers hope to expose attendees to the every day reality of many people throughout the world.“The Hunger Banquet really shows how food injustice is a problem around the world,” she said. “Often, people are so used to the bubble they are in that they forget other problems in the world, so it is nice to take the time to think about the injustice and talk about ways to help.”The Hunger Banquet event stems from Oxfam, a “a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty,” according to its website. This global organization encourages colleges to host hunger banquets on campus in order to “respond to global crises, highlight issues of injustice, and change the laws that keep people trapped in poverty,” the website said.Tillman expressed hope the event would raise awareness and encourage students to seriously consider how they can contribute to the fight against global hunger.“I hope students realize that we need to start doing things to combat world hunger,” she said. “I know it’s hard to know what we can do, but I think attending the dinner and educating yourself on how prevalent world hunger is doing something. As students, we are so focused on our school work and on what we are doing in our daily lives that we forget that other people in the world are struggling so much.”Tags: hunger, hunger banquet, Oxfam, saint mary’s, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

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Cereal thriller

By on October 20, 2020

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Chelsea and Manchester United urged to sign Celtic ace Odsonne Edouard by Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas

By on October 18, 2020

first_imgChelsea and Man Utd have been urged to sign Odsonne Edouard from Celtic (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has urged Chelsea and Manchester United to target Celtic ace Odsonne Edouard this summer.French forward Edouard has developed into a key player for Scottish champions Celtic since signing from PSG in 2018.The 22-year-old is enjoying a stunning campaign, scoring 24 goals in 37 appearances, and Nicholas is adamant he would be a welcome addition at both Chelsea and Manchester United.The Premier League rivals have been strongly linked with moves for Moussa Dembele this year but Nicholas says they should target his Celtic team-mate Edouard instead.ADVERTISEMENT‘Odsonne Edouard is good enough to go and play at a Chelsea or a Manchester United,’ former Arsenal, Celtic and Scotland striker Nicholas told the Daily Express.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I say that with some confidence. I think he could go into both their squads and make a real impact.‘That is how much ability he has. It is up to him how far he wants to go in his career. The sky’s the limit. Comment Edouard is enjoying a superb season for Scottish champions Celtic (Picture: Getty)‘Why have I picked these clubs? Because they have both been linked with his former Celtic striker partner Moussa Dembele in recent months.‘For me, Edouard is a better footballer than the Lyon striker and his fellow Frenchman.‘He is absolutely nailed on to win the player of the year award in my opinion.’Celtic are braced for offers for Edouard and manager Neil Lennon admits he is unsure whether the Scottish club will be able to keep hold of him beyond the summer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He is super-talented,’ Lennon said. ‘He could play in the Premier League and Champions League, no question, with the form he is in.‘At 22 he is has it all in front of him. I just hope he keeps getting better and better with us.‘I don’t know [if we can keep him]. We have had no enquiries for him but I am sure somewhere down the line for someone of that quality there will be.’MORE: Mauricio Pochettino sends message to Manchester United over replacing Ole Gunnar SolskjaerMORE: Why Manchester United expect to beat Chelsea to stunning £120m Jadon Sancho transfer Advertisement Chelsea and Manchester United urged to sign Celtic ace Odsonne Edouard by Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Feb 2020 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link798Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Tomic finally finds love for old stomping ground

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgBright lights down the streets. But it seems things may be looking up for the World Number 150 who banked a reported $1m for his stint early this year on television reality show “I’m a celebrity … Get me out of here”. File picture from when the Tomics lived at the twin villas. Luxury lodge Queensland’s hottest home this week Big-money market braced for bumper sales Win for buyers as units set to boom Bernard Tomic’s family home in Southport has finally found some love on the market. Picture: Nigel HallettFIERY Aussie tennis star Bernard Tomic may have taken a pounding in the tennis world but at least one thing’s gone right — finally finding love for his old stomping ground.The family’s old home on the Gold Coast sold for an undisclosed sum two days ago.Tomic who failed to qualify for Wimbledon this year has had a tough time adjusting to life in the lower ranks of the international tennis world. With their famous son climbing the ranks at the tennis open organised by World Number 1 Rafa Nadal in Majorca this week, the Tomic family can finally let go of their twin villas in Southport.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago It’s located close to the waterfront. The family first tried to sell this property in 2012. The villas come with a very private party space. The agents at Harcourts Coastal could not be reached for comment. They had it listed on realestate.com.au as one the owners were “sad” to lose.But the listing said the vendors were “committed elsewhere”.“They must sell and all offers in writing will be presented.” They have been trying to sell the seven bedroom, five bathroom, four car space property on and off since June 2012 when it was priced at $750,000 each. The price dropped to offers over $695,000 as recently as March this year before it was finally put through a 36 day campaign leading to this week’s auction. The Tomics were willing to sell the villas together or separately and marketed the property as having no body corporate fees and nothing to spend on upgrades. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCoreLogic Brisbane Housing Market Update – August 201809:25last_img read more

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Gold Coast waterfront wonder proves opulence doesn’t need to be extravagant

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first_img The brand-new home offers understated luxury. The glamorous kitchen is a highlight of the home.Aside from the spectacular water and city views, the architecturally-designed house offers a golden lifestyle. The luxury abode has sleek, modern and sophisticated interiors, which are opulent yet understated. The kitchen forms the centrepiece of the home and takes a minimalist approach. There’s a luxuriously large marble island bench, which sits under a trendy gold pendant light, a tone that is also featured in the tapware and throughout the home. Feature matte black cabinetry, a marble and window splashback, butler’s pantry and Bosch appliances top off the cooking zone. How’s the wine cellar! Kick back and relax in the freestanding bath.The kitchen flows through to the living and dining area with a built-in, glass-encased wine cellar and connecting deck. The outdoor zone will be a haven of entertainment thanks to a barbecue kitchen, bar fridge, fans and speakers. This area overlooks the Broadbeach waterways and the home’s pool, where you can relaxed in style thanks to the custom-built cabanas. There are four bedrooms, including the opulent main that is luxuriously appointed with a private balcony, dual walk-in wardrobes and an ensuite with natural stonework and gold fixtures. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago There are four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Owners Logan and Zarah Pihl, who built the brand new home, were drawn to Broadbeach Waters for its strong ongoing growth and convenient location. “The location is second to none – close to many key attractions including Pacific Fair, Star Casino and of course the beach,” Mr Pihl said. “We specifically looked for a property to demolish and build new. By building our own property we were able to design the house the way we like with personal style and wishes.” Welcome to 140 Rio Vista Blvd, Broadbeach Waters.FOR the early risers, waking up each morning to the glorious sunrise overlooking the Surfers Paradise skyline will be a special moment this house affords daily. And for those who are more of a night owl, looking out to the glistening city lights while listening to the tranquil sound of the water lapping at the property’s edge will be the perfect way to end the day. MORE NEWS: The suburb that’s topped the country’s highest sales listMORE NEWS: Finest homes for wine lovers on the market center_img Mr Pihl said they set out to design a home with a luxurious resort vibe and focused on entertaining and the views. “Our favourite part of the home would have to be the kitchen with its huge 4m marble island bench, high- end appliances and plenty of storage.”Marc Keswell and Charlon Delos Angeles of Amir Prestige Property Agents are marketing the house at 140 Rio Vista Blvd. Offers close on February 3.last_img read more

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Interview: Owners Lack Trust in BWMS Technical Capability

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first_imgImage Courtesy: Ballast Water CentreAs the entrance into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) approaches, the industry’s sentiment on retrofitting ships with BWM systems seems to shift more to the negative side, based on several industry bodies World Maritime News spoke with.Speaking on the preparedness of shipowners to comply with the new requirements, Yildiz Williams, Senior Marine Consultant, Marine & Offshore, Lloyd’s Register, says that the majority of shipowners are ready in terms of paperwork preparedness – they either already have or are in the process of getting their ballast water management plans ready and approved and getting their internal ballast water management certificates issued.However, in terms of getting ready for the D-2 standard there is generally a lower level of preparedness, but this is because it’s not an immediate requirement after entry into force, following IMO’s decision at MEPC 71 to delay dates for the D-2 standard compliance.Based on LR’s prediction there are about 30,000 vessels that will need to retrofit.“There is a growing number of owners that have fitted systems onboard their vessels and are actively operating their ballast water treatments systems (BWTS) to ensure reliability and crew familiarity,” Thomas Kirk, Director, Environmental Performance, Global Marine, ABS, commented.On the other hand, according to Williams, the biggest concern that the shipowners have is the lack of trust in the technical capability of the ballast water management systems available.This is among the key reasons behind owners’ unwillingness to invest in retrofits, as explained by Williams: “because shipowners don’t see this as a benefit to them.”“However they have to invest to comply with the requirements. If they cannot comply then they cannot operate.”“They want to ensure that the system can operate in different conditions and that it can operate without breaking down. Owners probably do not want to scrap their vessels early so they are willing to invest in retrofits because they want to be compliant,” she added.Speaking from an engineering perspective Kirk says that the engineering involved in retrofitting a BWM system is far from trivial.“Space is a major constraint as are available power and hydraulics. This means that the team must first identify what space and how much power is available, which must be done before determining which systems will be suitable and provide the requisite flow rates. The configuration of ballast tanks is an important factor, especially with respect to the ability to perform treatment or neutralization during discharge.“Owners must consider the impact of treatment during ballasting. Similarly, many systems place constraints on vessels for additional treatment or neutralization during de-ballasting. Owners should also carefully consider the trade and ballast profile of their vessel when determining the best fit from the available technology.”With regard to space-related constraints, Williams said that there are companies that deal with fitting these systems.“But still we encourage our clients to speak to manufacturers and the installation companies early on to understand whether a system is suitable for their technical and operational profile. It is a challenge but it’s not impossible and it can certainly be done and the impact can be reduced if it is well planned in advance. Of course, the ship’s operability will be affected to a certain extent. We also encourage them to speak to us very early on as there are particular class requirements that need to be met as well. LR offers a range of services to the industry on how to select a suitable system and fit it with the least impact,” she added.One of the key issues to be tackled is the training of personnel on how to operate the new equipment, once the BWM systems are installed.  “Proper training forms an essential element of a well-implemented ballast water management plan. Some companies have indicated that they are sending their shoreside management as well as their senior officers to vendor-specific training. Others are looking at computer-based and/or video training. Some owners are already in the initial phases of establishing criteria to verify the competency of those trained,” Kirk noted.“As part of a BWM plan all owners and operators must have a training plan in place, this is a mandatory requirement. They have to ensure personnel are trained and that a ballast water management officer is on board – this is not necessarily a person as it is a rank, so if one person leaves then there is a continuity of the BWM officer. It is their responsibility to ensure that the crew onboard are familiar with the requirements of the Convention and if they have a system on board, that they understand how to operate it. LR encourages our clients to speak to the manufacturers early if they are fitting a system so that they are well trained to use it,” Williams cautioned.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Elmer Ernest Vonderheide

By on September 24, 2020

first_imgElmer Ernest Vonderheide, of Brookville, was born on October 13, 1927 in St. Mary’s, the son of Walter M. and Marie (nee Wallpe) Vonderheide.  Elmer was a 1945 graduate of Brookville High School.  He served his country from 1945 to 1947 in the United States Navy.  On October 15, 1949 at St. Michael’s Rectory, Elmer and Betty Sue Payne were united in marriage by Rev. George B. Saum.  Elmer and his partner, Bud Moster, owned and operated Bud and Elmer’s Shell service station on Main Street for over 40 years.  On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at the age of 88, he passed away at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.Those surviving who will cherish Elmer’s memory include his wife of 66 years, Betty Vonderheide; children, Elmer M. (Gayla) of Batesville, Deborah (Russell) King of Pleasant Prairie, WI, Randall (Gail) of Lafayette, David of Liberty, Kerry (Cathy) of New Castle, Irwin (Barbara), Allen (Shauna), and Mary (George) Buckler, all of Brookville; 15 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren; brother, Harold (Julie) of Brookville, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by granddaughter, Megan, daughter-in-law, Jody, and brothers, Irwin B. and Walter L. Vonderheide.Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Rosary will follow at 6 p.m.  A Mass of Christian burial, officiated by Rev. Sean Danda is on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Michael School.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Elmer Ernest Vonderheide.last_img read more

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Urma Lucille Puttmann

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first_imgUrma Lucille Puttmann of New Point, Indiana passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2017.  The daughter of John and Lucy (nee: Miller) Bredewater was born on January 1, 1915. She was 102 years old.The 1933 New Point High School graduate, married Walter Puttmann who passed away on April 19, 1995.  Urma was a member of the Smyrna Lutheran Church and of the Order of the Eastern Star Batesville Chapter #348.She is survived by her nieces, Carol Swanson and Janet Brandt; nephews, John, James and Larry Bredewater; a sister-in-law Lois Bredewater and numerous great nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, niece Lynn Giesting, brothers, Harold, Arthur, Arnold Bredewater      and Erval Bredewater who died as an infant.Visitation will be Friday, December 29, 2017 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM followed by 12:00PM Funeral Service all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Mark Vice officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rossburg Cemetery in New Point, IN.last_img read more

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