Citi Industrious surrender

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LondonMetric sells Bishop Auckland retail park for £23.6m

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Plan A provides food for thought

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OpenHydro to Provide Two Tidal Turbines for Paimpol-Bréhat (France)

first_imgEDF has announced the development of a pilot farm comprising two tidal turbines at Paimpol-Bréhat in Brittany (France). OpenHydro, a DCNS company and leader in tidal energy, will supply two new turbines which will be operational from 2015.From prototype to pilot phaseThis new project is a fundamental step in the development of tidal energy in France. It follows on from the successful testing of the tidal turbine L’Arcouest in real conditions between December 2013 and April 2014 at the Paimpol-Bréhat site. These conclusive tests demonstrated the performance of the tidal turbine developed by OpenHydro and validated the principle of the 16-metre diameter prototype, an essential step before the deployment of pilot farms.The two turbines to be installed on the Paimpol-Bréhat site from 2015 will benefit from the feedback of studies conducted on components of the prototype L’Arcouest. These second-generation turbines, with optimised design and performance, will then be adapted for series production to support future calls for tenders for commercial farms.The pilot farm, essential step before commercial deploymentThe development of the Paimpol-Bréhat pilot farm, together with other pilot farm projects which OpenHydro is progressing in France and Canada, are intended to demonstrate the technical, economic and environmental feasibility of tidal energy sector.At Paimpol-Bréhat, OpenHydro and EDF are going to test the operation of two turbines connected to the grid. The two partners will demonstrate the long-term reliability of a totally innovative technology under real conditions. This pilot phase will pave the way for the deployment from 2016 of pre-commercial farms and the development of a tidal energy industrial sector in France.Thierry Kalanquin, executive chairman of OpenHydro and director of DCNS Marine Energy and Infrastructure Division said: “We are pleased with this announcement, which confirms the performance of the innovative tidal turbine technology developed by OpenHydro. We are eager to begin this new phase of our collaboration with EDF in order to contribute to the development of the tidal energy industry.Press Release, June 04, 2014; Image: OpenHydrolast_img read more

Heavy machinery flies into Kabul

first_imgWith a total weight of 86 tonnes, the consignments were shipped from Istanbul to Afghanistan onboard an Antonov 124, which was chartered by the WWPC’s Canadian member, Albacor Shipping. Airport Handling in Istanbul was undertaken by WWPC’s Turkish member, Smart Lojistics.Pictured, we see the AN-124-100 offloading cargo in Afghanistan.last_img

APM expands Jordan hub

first_imgThe newly completed facility includes 13,000 sq m of multipurpose warehousing alongside 40,000 sq m of open yard. The expansion has been designed to allow the flexibility of handling a wide range of cargoes, as regional and international trading patterns continue to evolve in the Middle East, said APM.”This modern multipurpose facility represents a new step for the Port of Aqaba and the Kingdom of Jordan as we continue toward our goal of becoming an essential regional commercial and logistics hub,” said Aqaba Logistics Village ceo Hakam Abul Feilat.www.apmterminals.comlast_img

Advocacy quality scheme set back to September

first_imgIntroduction of the controversial quality assurance scheme for advocates (QASA) has been delayed by nine months, the joint advocacy group (JAG) responsible for the scheme admitted today. Under the revised implementation timetable, published by the three legal regulators charged with designing QASA, a handbook on the scheme’s details will be published on 17 June, and phased accreditation will begin on 30 September. Accreditation will commence on a circuit-by-circuit basis: Phase 1 – 30 September to 10 January, Midlands and Western Circuits Phase 2 – 10 March to 13 June 2014, South Eastern Circuit Phase 3 – 30 June 2014 to 3 October, North East, Northern and Wales & Chester The JAG said that the phase during which an advocate should seek accreditation will be determined by the principal circuit covering the region where they practice. The scheme was due to begin this month, but the JAG announced that it would be delayed to allow adjustments to be made to details following a fourth consultation. A statement from the three regulators, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board and ILEX Professional Standards, said: ‘When developing the timetable, JAG has had regard to the need to ensure that there is adequate time for communication with the profession on the detail of the scheme and what will be expected of advocates who come within it. ‘Prior to implementation, the elements of the scheme that required further consideration in the light of responses to the fourth consultation will have been resolved and the scheme approved by each regulator as well as the Legal Services Board (LSB).’ The JAG said it expects to make a submission to the LSB on the final scheme at the beginning of May.last_img read more

Jinghu spearheads high-speed ambitions

first_imgCONSTRUCTION of the 1307 km Jinghu high-speed line from Beijing to Shanghai is now expected to get under way in 2000. Shen Zhijie, Director General of the High-Speed Railway Pre-Feasibility Study Office at the Ministry of Railways, announced in June that initial design work had been completed, and that the ministry was making ’great efforts’ to start construction within two years. MOR is investigating the possibility of drawing on foreign capital to finance the 100bn yuan project, which is to be built and equipped using a combination of imported technology and the fruits of Chinese research and development. Aiming to meet the highest international standards whilst serving national transport needs, the Jinghu line will have 24 stations including Tianjin, Jinan, Xuzhou, Bengbu and Nanjing. Shen says the route will serve a region that produces 37·7% of China’s total industrial and agricultural output, with stations an average of 55 km apart. The double-track route will be aligned for 350 km/h operation, although medium and high-speed services will initially run at speeds up to 300 km/h.The China Academy of Railway Sciences is preparing design and construction specifications for both the line and the trainsets; over the past two years standards have been agreed for the track, bridges and tunnels, and for the route management strategy. Specifications for the signalling and telecommunications are nearing completion, and final parameters have been selected for the rolling stock, although detailed design will depend on the selection of any foreign partners.Construction of one or two sections will be accelerated to form a test track for refining the high-speed technology. Studies into the Beijing – Tianjin and Shanghai – Nanjing sections are currently under way, and MOR expects to decide by the end of the year which one (or both) will be selected as the test section. CARS Vice-President Zhu Qijie favours the southern option as this will provide an early opportunity to address the challenge of the softer ground conditions found in the Yangtze delta region. oCAPTION: Beijing – Shanghai is one of CR’s busiest corridors, and construction of a separate high-speed passenger route will help to alleviate conflicts with freight traffic. This GE-built ND5 on an empty coal train is overtaking a local passenger service while it calls at Nanjinglast_img read more

EF’s Top Ten celebrates the centenary of Doctor Who legend Patrick Troughton

first_imgOn March 25th 2020, it is exactly one hundred years since the birth of Patrick Troughton, the British actor best-remembered for his role as the second actor to play Doctor Who. He took over the part from William Hartnell in 1966 and left in 1969 after three remarkable seasons of adventures. But his work on the show was never forgotten.Although Troughton was a definitive character actor, excelling at playing both heroes and villains, and scrupulously avoiding type-casting, the cult status that Doctor Who achieved ensured that it was a role he never truly left behind. He returned to the show three times, in The Three Doctors (1972), The Five Doctors (1983) and The Two Doctors (1985). Towards the end of his life, he overcame his shyness and instinct for privacy to become a stalwart on the convention circuit, and indeed, would suffer a fatal heart attack whilst attending a Doctor Who convention in America in 1987.It’s hard to believe that Patrick Troughton has been gone for over three decades, and we wrote our tribute to his versatility as an actor to remember him on the 30th anniversary of his passing. But his legacy lives on in the extraordinary body of television and film work he left behind, as well as in the distinction his children and grandchildren have achieved, both in acting and in cricket! His son Michael’s remarkable biography delves deeper into the life of an actor who preferred to retain the mystery.So to celebrate his centenary, here is our choice of Patrick Troughton’s top ten best Doctor Who stories, one for each decade since his birth!10. The Power of the DaleksPatrick Troughton’s first outing as The Doctor was a strong one, and it quickly established him in the part in the eyes of the viewing public, who had never previously experienced regeneration. His earliest episodes see the new Doctor in a slightly more manic guise than the loveable and impish scruff he would later become. Supported by companions Anneke Wills and Michael Craze, the Doctor faces his deadliest enemy in a missing story that was recently animated.9. The Seeds of DeathThis title was one of the earliest releases to VHS in the late 1980s, which adds an extra layer of nostalgia all of its own. It was, for many post-1960s fans, their introduction to the magical world of the Second Doctor. The Ice Warriors are an effective and brutal opponent, taking over a moon base and keeping humans captive. They look better than in their first outing, with masks that fit the actors more convincingly. Plenty of action and adventure sustains the six episodes.8. The Web of FearFive of the six episodes of this serial are now known to exist, when they were returned to the archives along with all six episodes of The Enemy of the World in 2013 – the show’s 50th anniversary. The action-heavy episode four, with superb direction by Douglas Camfield, is a standout, when the Yeti attack. If only that final missing episode had been unearthed! It’s so frustrating that it remains incomplete. Thankfully, the sets of the London Underground are effective, since there’s an awful lot of filming in tunnels.7. The Five DoctorsOK, so Peter Davison was the incumbent Doctor for this one, but what’s not to love about the extravaganza of the Twentieth Anniversary special? Pat’s part in it mostly saw him filming in freezing conditions in Wales, but it reunited him with Nicholas Courtney (the Brigadier). The interplay with Jon Pertwee in the final sequences is one of the highlights of this romp, continuing the banter and rivalry they had established in The Three Doctors a decade earlier. Troughton would be brought back once more to the part in 1985’s The Two Doctors, but for our money, The Five Doctors is his best return story.6. The Mind RobberOne of the strangest and most imaginative Doctor Who stories of all time, The Mind Robber is classic 1960s psychedelia, mixing fairytales together in a strange land of fiction. The opening episode (penned as a filler by future producer Derrick Sherwin) is tense and gripping. Using only the TARDIS crew, it sustains over twenty increasingly sinister minutes as the Doctor’s companions are lured outside into an unknown world. Troughton’s performance as he fights the alien menace inside the TARDIS demonstrates the intensity and gravitas he brought to the role, which lay behind his usually affable demeanour.5. Fury from the DeepThis missing classic tends to top fans’ wish-lists of episodes to be discovered. It is the archetypal Second Doctor base-under-siege story, but with a memorable seaweed monster. What little footage survives looks excellent. The novelisation by Victor Pemberton also brought the story to life, in one of the best adaptations of the serials ever written. Thankfully, the soundtrack survives, so the story can still be partially enjoyed. It has recently been animated.4. The Evil of the DaleksThe second outing against the Daleks saw the production team merge the Doctor’s greatest enemy with a Victorian setting. From the one surviving episode, it’s clear that Evil of the Daleks is a strong story with an intriguing premise. It also introduces Deborah Watling as Victoria, the Doctor’s Nineteenth Century travelling companion, who is to begin with held captive by the Daleks. The final showdown gives the story an epic quality.3. The InvasionThe eight-episode adventure is Troughton’s final encounter with the Cybermen, the enemy he met the most frequently (four times in total). Director Douglas Camfield again gives the small budget a cinematic flavour, with some superb action sequences. The Doctor’s scared little jumps as he runs away from Cyber explosions is pure, classic Troughton. The sequences of the Cybermen emerging from the sewers outside St Paul’s Cathedral are amongst the most iconic in the series’ history, though this footage is bettered by the UNIT fight with the Cybermen at the warehouse. The show began to break new boundaries and expand the limits of what it was capable of and set things up neatly for Troughton’s successor, Jon Pertwee.2. The War GamesThe ten-episode epic that Patrick Troughton went out on was famously written over a frantic weekend by Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke when other scripts were deemed unworkable. Although there is padding-aplenty, The War Games is hugely ambitious and sustains over the course of four hours. What seems to be a World War One story evolves into an adventure involving the Doctor’s own people, and his identity as a Time Lord is finally revealed. The climactic episode, in which the Doctor parts from his companions, is poignant, yet his forced regeneration leaves viewers on a sinister cliffhanger.1. The Tomb of the CybermenIt’s hard to separate The Tomb of the Cybermen from the excitement of its discovery in the early 1990s, which was easily the most exciting find in the history of missing episodes being returned to the archives. The end product lives up to the hype, and older fans found that the memory didn’t cheat after all. This story has in abundance everything that is great about Doctor Who: an intriguing premise, a sustained atmosphere of menace, a memorable villain and a first class supporting cast. There are so many small great moments in The Tomb of the Cybermen that help to make it special, and almost all of them are touches of class from Troughton. On modern television sets, of course we can now see the artifice of some of the special effects, but as adults we already watch with a suspension of disbelief. Over fifty years after it was made, joining the Doctor and the archeologists as they open up the tombs and release a terrifying menace is as thrilling as ever, and a great introduction to the black and white era for the not-we.We hope you like our choices, though there are plenty of other great Patrick Troughton Doctor Who stories. But on Wednesday 25th March, on the great man’s centenary, we will be sticking on The Tomb of the Cybermen and raising a glass to the memory of a great actor, a brilliant man: our unforgettable Second Doctor. How will you celebrate?last_img read more

UN chief condemns Mali attack that left 95 dead

first_imgTwo peacekeepers dead, 10 wounded in Mali attack: UN A traditional Dogon village in central Mali. (file 2013, UN Photo) A traditional Dogon village in central Mali. (file 2013, UN Photo)UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack in central Mali that killed at least 95 civilians, his spokesman said.According to a statement released by his spokesman,Stephane Dujarric, the Secretary-General said he was “outraged by reports that at least 95 civilians, including women and children”, following the assault on Sobanou-Kou village in the Mopti region of central Mali.He also “strongly” condemned the attack and called on the Malian authorities “to investigate this tragedy”.He urged the Government and all actors to “engage in intercommunal dialogue to resolve tensions and differences”.Through his Twitter account, the Secretary-General expressed his “heartfelt condolences” to the families of the victims, the people and the Government. Gunmen Attack UN Base in Northern Mali According to Reuters news agency, the attack was staged by semi-nomadic Fulani herders  at night, although no one has yet claimed responsibility for this attack.Mali has seen an escalation of attacks in recent months, some ethnic while others were carried out by jihadist groups.Tensions have been rising since the ethnic Dogon hunters were accused of carrying out a massacre on the semi-nomadic Fulani herders’s village in March.Meanwhile, the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, has redeployed its security operations in central Mali to support the Malian Defense and Security Forces in securing and protecting the population.center_img At least 95 killed in Mali attack Relatedlast_img read more