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Praxair is meeting customer demand for liquid hydrogen

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Added manufacturing space with Technifab expansion

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Interim decisions and disputes: The benefit of hindsight

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Port Authority subsidiary APEC wins People Development Award

first_imgThe People Development award recognises investment in staff training in the bulk shipping and cargo handling business. Fellow Antwerp company Euroports Belgium took the Environment Protection Award at the ceremony.APEC has extended its training to Africa, Asia, Europe and South America over many years, training more than 10,500 managers from 140 countries at Antwerp and Flanders. Since 2004, it has been recognised by the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) as a qualified overseas training institution for Chinese delegations.last_img read more

Scotlands Chief Medical Officer Calls for Realistic Medicine In Annual Report

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInScotland’s Chief Medical Officer has used her first annual report to call for a debate among doctors on the subject of realistic medicine.Dr Catherine Calderwood is encouraging medics to further involve and discuss with their patients what is important for them as individuals – which may be deciding not to have treatment. She asks doctors to question variation in practice and outcomes, to reduce waste and encourages innovative ideas and research to improve medicine for the future.She writes that increases in available medicines and treatments and public pressure and expectations, combined with greater numbers of people living longer with multiple conditions, can sometimes lead to over-treatment which is of little long-term benefit to the patient. She calls for greater transparency in decision making.Dr Calderwood, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, will launch the report this morning at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital. She will meet doctors to discuss the report, as she kicks off a conversation with the medical profession about how they see the future of the health service.The report also carries a summary of data on the health of the nation, featuring previously published statistics about indicators such as obesity, cancer mortality and smoking rates.Dr Calderwood said:“Doctors are doing a tremendous job up and down the country, serving their patients with distinction, and learning to adapt in the face of the changing demands being put on the health service. It’s vital that medicine constantly evolves, and the challenge to us as doctors is to ask ourselves how we can change our own working practices to create even better outcomes for patients.“In striving to provide relief from discomfort, illness and death, modern medicine can sometimes over-reach itself and provide treatment that is of little long-term benefit to the patient. This is especially true when a person has multiple conditions, each of which has its own list of recommended medicines and treatments.“Realistic medicine is about moving away from the ‘doctor knows best’ culture. It’s about more fully involving patients in the decisions about their care. Of course this will only happen if people are prepared to have these conversations in this way with their doctors.“It’s an interesting fact that doctors tend to choose fewer treatments for themselves than they offer to their patients. As doctors we should be asking why that is, and whether patients – if better informed – might also choose less intensive and less medicated treatment regimes. A person may achieve a greater quality of their life if less is done – fewer treatments, more targeted medication.“Doctors and other health care professionals are experts in our NHS – in these challenging times I want to hear from them how we can best practice medicine in NHS Scotland and beyond- how to innovate, ask questions about variation in practice and outcomes, reduce waste and act differently to improve care.“I will be speaking to doctors over the next few months to ask them what they think about these issues in our rapidly evolving health service. I hope to engage the profession in a dialogue about where we are going, and what role doctors can play in shaping the future of the NHS.” Realistic Medicine, the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2014-15 can be read in full here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/01/3745An Executive Summary is available at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/01/2744Additional quotes:Professor Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, said:“We are supportive of the direction of travel of Dr Calderwood’s report and welcome the exploration of the challenges in ‘Realistic Medicine’. We particularly endorse the proposals to avoid overtreatment and excessive prescribing, while increasing attempts to support individual and population lifestyle changes.“The College is committed to playing its part in contributing to these lifestyle changes through its ‘Health and Wellbeing’ work stream, which is promoting issues such as increasing physical activity, reducing alcohol consumption and tobacco use, and preventing obesity.“I am pleased to see the role of medical trainees being recognised as central to addressing the future challenges of the NHS. It is essential we continue to deliver high quality undergraduate training to attract more medical students and ensure they make the transition to post graduate careers in Scotland. Also key to this is ensuring that doctors at all levels in the profession are valued and recognised for the work that they do in delivering excellent patient care.“The NHS is continually evolving and we welcome the recognition that at a time of increased pressures in the NHS, we need to work together across disciplines, with our partners in social and community care, and with our patients and their families to best meet the changing needs of our patients.”Dr Brian Robson, Executive Clinical Director from Healthcare Improvement Scotland said:“With her inaugural CMO report, Dr Calderwood has given us an insightful summary of the wonderful opportunities and significant challenges that 21st century medicine brings. She is clear on the changing role of doctors in a complex world where patients and families are at the centre of their own care, supported by doctors. This is a ‘must read’ for doctors, and others, and clearly sets out the new attitudes, skills and behaviours required of doctors and the energy and encouragement ‘from the top’ to make change happen where it must happen – where doctors and patients or families come together.”last_img read more

Florida electors join in formally electing Trump as president

first_imgFlorida electors join in formally electing Trump as presidentGarth A. RoseWithout the drama and suspense anticipated by some of his opponents, on Monday, December 19, Donald Trump, 70, was officially elected by 304 electors from the Presidential Electoral College, including Florida’s 29 electors. Next, the US Congress on January 6, in a sitting presided over by vice-president Joe Biden, will certify the votes of the Electoral College, paving the way for Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the US on January 20.Although there was some anticipation a number of Republican electors would turn renegade and vote against Trump, in the end only two of the 306 electors, related to the votes cast on November 8, voted against Trump. On the other hand, surprising to many, four Democratic electors did not cast their votes for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton who although receiving some 3 million more of the popular votes in the presidential elections, had attained only 232 electoral votes.As expected there were rallies and protest at several state capitals where electors met to vote, but this did not deter the majority of electors voting for Trump.In Tallahassee were the 29 Florida electors voted, approximately 200 people peacefully protested outside the Senate chamber where electors voted in a ceremony presided over by Florida’s Secretary of State Ken Detzner. Inside the chamber each of the electors voted separately on paper ballots. When they had all voted Detzner announced, what was already known, Trump was the victor. The announcement was nonetheless met with loud applause by those present, but outside  the protestors booed and shouted down the announcement.Chairman of Florida’s Republican Party, and Republican elector, Blaise Ingoilia, thanked his colleagues for endorsing Trump’s victory in Florida on November 28. On that night, Trump defeated Clinton by 113,000 votes out of 9.3 million total votes that were cast. Trump won the majority votes in 58 of 67 Florida counties.Florida electors also included the state’s attorney general, Pam Bondi, Senate President Joe Negron from Stuart, Florida Representative Carlos Trujillo from Miami, and Sharon Day, the outgoing co-chair of the Republican National Committee from Fort Lauderdale.last_img read more

AU to send observers to Gabon election petition

first_imgThe African Union (AU) will send its observers to Gabon to help the country’s Constitutional Court with an election petition lodged by opposition leader Jean Ping who accuses President Ali Bongo of rigging the August vote.Riots engulfed Gabon following the declaration of Bongo as the winner of the August 27 vote, leading to the deaths of at least six people.President Bongo’s family has been at the helm of Gabon’s leadership for nearly 50 years now.Ping lost the election by less than 6,000 votes, but rejected the results saying his opponent Bongo had rigged the result.He went on to lodge a petition in court seeking a recount of the votes in the Haut-Ogooue province, Bongo’s stronghold, where the president won 95 percent of the votes on a 99.9 percent turnout.The European Union, which sent observers to the election, cited anomalies in the results from the province.last_img read more

EgyptAir cargo flight flies to Moscow for first time since ban

first_imgAn EgyptAir cargo service flight flew to Moscow for the first time since the downing of a Russian airliner in Egypt, that was followed by a suspension of flights between the two countries.Several foreign airlines have imposed travel bans on flights to Sharm El-Sheikh after a Russian passenger jet crashed over Sinai in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board. Since the deadly incident, Egypt has been implementing new, tighter security measures at all its airports. In recent months, a number of European airlines have resumed direct flights to the popular South Sinai tourist destination, including Turkish, Belgian and Polish companies.Russia’s President Vladimir Putin told Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during a telephone call that Russian flights to Egypt would soon resume.last_img read more

Survival Specialists Collaborate on Constant Wear Lifejacket

first_imgThis allows personnel to take ownership of inspecting their inflation mechanisms before donning the lifejacket, to ensure the unit is action ready. Together, Survitec and Marine Rescue Technologies’ (MRT) have created a lifejacket that accommodates and complements a range of MRT personal locator beacons (PLB) and takes advantage of the two companies’ knowledge in their respective fields. The lifejacket’s sculpted bladder is designed to inflate quickly and reliably, even if the wearer is donned in heavy work gear and clothing. This unique bladder design efficiently rotates the wearer to a face up position in the water, whilst further protecting the airway by increasing mouth freeboard and improving both body angle and face plane. A Fusion 3D cover over the lifejacket further balances out the symmetry for the wearer. Inspection zips have also been incorporated to each side of the lifejacket allowing the sMRT PLB to be turned on/off and the inflation mechanisms to be checked without entirely opening the lifejacket. This development has been integrated into all Survitec’s SOLAS Crewsaver 3D lifejackets – including the new standard Seacrewsader 290N 3D and Rope Access 275N 3D. The Survitec range of Crewsaver SOLAS lifejackets have been designed for extreme working environments and abandonment purposes. They can be used in conjunction with a fall arrest harness and are ideal for workers based on offshore platforms and vessels. Ross Wilkinson, Survitec’s Vice President Northern Europe, said: “The strength and mutual respect of each brand sparked the collaboration. By working together, we can ensure that when a customer requires a lifejacket and an MRT beacon they have something that has been designed to complement each other for optimum comfort and in-water performance. Ultimately, to offer the best chance of survival should it be needed.” The lifejacket – the Seacrewsader 290N sMRT – has been specifically designed to be worn with a Sea Marshall AU9 and sMRT AU10 PLB. A number of features have been incorporated to ensure that both the lifejacket and PLB perform in harmony for optimum performance, making it an unbeatable solution for those requiring a SOLAS lifejacket / MRT PLB combination. Both companies have a long and respected history – MRT has 40 years’ experience in designing man overboard safety systems. While Survitec, with its 160-year heritage and complete safety and survival portfolio – has a proven track record of working in collaboration with high profile industry leaders to develop and deliver bespoke safety innovations. Comfort is an extremely important factor when designing a constant wear lifejacket, as it allows offshore workers to carry out tasks easily and unhindered by the safety equipment. With this in mind, the collaborators agreed to position both inflation mechanisms on one side of the lifejacket so that the sMRT PLB is accommodated on the other. Based on Survitec’s established SOLAS-standard Seacrewsader 290N 3D, the new Seacrewsader 290N sMRT version along with MRT’s PLBs are all approved to SOLAS and other international safety standards. A recent collaboration between two industry-leading safety equipment specialists shows what can be achieved when companies share their knowledge and expertise. It is the first in a series of products that will be brought to market by the partnership. Ryan Pettit, CEO of MRT, added: “MRT’s mantra is to put the safety of the man in the water at the forefront of all our decisions, we would simply not collaborate with any company who does not operate by this philosophy. Survitec is a partner that share our values and produce industry leading safety products, together we can offer customers an unrivalled safety solution. Throughout the product development and testing stages we went to extensive lengths to create a lifejacket/ PLB combination that ensures ultimate protection whilst maintaining comfort for offshore workers around the world.” Sea News, August 23 Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Over 70 volunteers participate in Spring Break dune planting

first_img Share Special to the PRESSSand dunes are the City of South Padre Island’s first line of defense from Mother Nature’s destructive tidal surges caused when severe weather moves in from offshore benefitted from 71 volunteers planting 6,000 native species plants, Sea Oats and Bitter Panicum, to establish a foundation for a healthy dune system.The planting group was largely made up of 40 students from Beach Reach South Padre, City staff, and a large number of visiting families with young children. The planting was located at Beach Access 9, Blue Water Circle in front of the Suntide III condominiums, just before noon Wednesday. The planting captured the attention of families and individuals many of which asked about the types of plants that were being used, why it was necessary and what the plants actually did for the dunes.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedDune Hugger: Dunes!Special to the PRESS Welcome to the new “Dune Hugger” Column!  My name is Rob Nixon and I am the Chairman of the Surfrider Foundation South Texas Chapter and Member of the Surfrider Foundation National Board of Directors.  This Column will explore our coasts and issues related to them as…April 6, 2015In “News”Planting a Seed: Beach Reach volunteers aid restoration effortSpecial to the PRESS Beach Reach is a group that has come to South Padre Island for Spring Break for the past 32 years to provide positive services and give back to the community. This faith-based organization brings in college kids from all over Texas and neighboring states. The services…March 29, 2012In “Gallery”UTB intern studies dune restoration efforts on SPIBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS If you have been out on the beach lately, you might have seen a contraption in the dunes that appears to show that “X” marks the spot. Many have asked the city, what is it marking? Well, University of Texas Brownsville (UTB) student…August 4, 2015In “News”last_img read more