Manchester eyesore to be given £25m government makeover

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Sybille Van Kempen’s Next Act

first_imgThe owner of two beloved Hamptons institutions, The Bridgehampton Inn and Loaves & Fishes, is starting a new chapter, celebrating the 25th anniversary of her hotel and the release of her own cookbook, “The Bridgehampton Inn Look + Cook Book.” Here, we sit down with van Kempen to reflect on her years as a local luminary of food.Tell us how you got your start. We imagine you were far ahead of the curve 25 years ago?My first job in the business was as manager of Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa in Westhampton Beach, almost 40 years ago. After that summer I went to cooking school, cooked at The Royale Fish in Amagansett for a year, and then joined my mother Anna Pump at Loaves & Fishes Food Store in Sagaponack as both chef and catering manager.In 1994, Mom and I purchased the property in Bridgehampton and renovated to create what is now our inn. We operated as a six-room B&B with a cooking school and private event space for 20 years, and five years ago I added six more rooms, created the restaurant, and built our Loaves & Fishes Cookshop space with my husband Gerrit.What kind of lessons were you able to take away from your time with Ina Garten?Ina shared with me her list of dos and don’ts. Such as, to be sure to make products that you can consistently supply, and to often walk through the front door, to assess the experiencewe were presenting to our customers.When did you realize you had a hit on your hands with The Bridgehampton Inn? Were there any OMG moments?It was on May 1, 2015, when we added the additional six rooms, the restaurant, and the Cookshop spaces. Amazingly, they were all ready two weeks ahead of construction schedule. We had made it on time and the reservations were pouring in, so a bigger season was destined!Who inspires your recipes?My inspiration comes from travel, other chefs, my customers, all of my employees, and our community of farmers.In addition to your 25th anniversary of The Bridgehampton Inn, you also have a cookbook coming out. What will we find inside?The restaurant has been “the best-kept secret” to allow it to grow organically through word of mouth with loyal employees. I think we’re now ready to share this special historical jewel with a larger audience through my book, which is coauthored with executive chef Brian Szostak and my son, our mixologist and bar manager Kyle Fengler.How will you be celebrating 25 years in business?Our 25-year celebration begins with a community book party on Tuesday, June 18, from 4 to 6 PM at the Inn. All are welcome to share our joy.For more information, visit Sharelast_img read more

Airgas acquires Florida’s Tri-Tech

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More ‘Walk to Work’ contracts for Uptime

first_img[mappress]Press Release, August 15, 2014 Norway’s Uptime International has entered into contracts with MAC Offshore Dubai and Fujian Mawei Shipyard China for delivery of three active motion compensated gangways.The first of these three gangways will be mounted early 2015 on their third Compact Semi Sub (CSS) maintenance vessel, which was designed by STX’s Vancouver office.The next two will be mounted on two new Motel Support Vessels to be built in 2015/2016.In order to ensure the POB access, the vessels have been upgraded with motion compensated gangways which, during inclement weather, will significantly increase the ability to connect to offshore installations.UPTIME 23,4m active motion compensated gangwayThe combination of MAC, the CSS stable platform, and the Uptime motion compensated gangway, will create a very safe and secure environment for the transfer offshore personnel, reduce downtime and increase productivity, Uptime explains.Uptime International also delivered an active motion compensated gangway to MAC Offshore Dubai and Fujian Mawei Shipyard last year. This was mounted on their second Compact Semi Sub “BSC CSS 1” that will soon be on charter with Shell Brunei.“This is the largest contract bundle for Uptime International so far, and in light of the fact that MAC Offshore is a very innovative company, it is a vote of confidence for Uptime international to be selected as supplier of their walk to work function” says Sales & Marketing Director Svein Ove Haugen.last_img read more

Petsec: Order Placed for Hummer Prospect Jacket

first_imgA platform jacket will be built and set up over the Main Pass Block 270 #3 BP 1 well, offshore Louisiana on the Hummer exploration prospect, ASX-listed Petsec Energy said Wednesday.The Hummer exploration prospect is operated by Castex Energy with Petsec having 12.5 percent working interest in the well.The well, which was drilled, and mudline suspended at 14,300 feet TVD/14,342 feet MD, will be completed and tested after the jacket has been fabricated and installed.According to Petsec, the timeframe for the delivery and installation of the jacket is 6 to 7 months, with the estimated net cost of USD 1.08 million.At the end of 2015, the Main Pass 270 #3 BP 1 well was drilled utilizing the Ensco 87 jack-up drilling rig.Water depth at the prospect location is approximately 65 meters.Subsea World News Staff[mappress mapid=”12379″]last_img read more

Gulf Agency on the double

first_imgThe vessel HR Endeavour arrived in the port carrying 13 tanks and three 40 ft open top containers, weighing a total of 6,835 tonnes.The Rickmers Chittagong arrived in Djibouti several days later, carrying two 106-tonne locomotives, one 50-tonne tamping wagon, 64 items of ballasting and shaping, a rail car, flat wagons, damping wagons and accessories with a total volume of 2,982 cu m, for the CCECC Mieso-Da Wanle Railway Project Ethiopia.Gulf Agency provided agency, husbandry, stevedoring and cargo handling services, as well as handling the discharging operations.Gulf Agency Services is a member of the Project Cargo Network (PCN).  www.gulfagencyservices.comwww.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img

US imports of mobile cranes: a matter of national security?

first_imgAs mobile cranes are frequently used in national defence applications as well as in critical infrastructure sectors, the Department of Homeland Security identifies the equipment as critical to industry. Manitowoc’s claim is that the prevalence of imported, low-priced mobile cranes – particularly from Germany, Austria and Japan – as well as intellectual property infringement by foreign competition have harmed domestic manufacturing.The investigation could lead to tariffs on cranes imported into the country.Manitowoc cited the US International Trade Commission’s (USITC) Dataweb to note that imports of mobile cranes increased 152 percent between 2014 and 2019. As a result, the company said it had to close one of its production facilities in the USA.In support of the petition, Michael J. Anderson from construction equipment and Manitowoc cranes distributor Hoffman Equipment said: “It is abundantly clear to me that most foreign crane manufacturers are in essence dumping cranes into the US market at prices that are well below where our company can compete. Through currency fluctuations, lack of tariffs and/or value added taxes we have first-hand knowledge of transactions that defy economic logic.”He noted that the situation has become more prevalent in the last five years and is evidenced by the number of US mobile crane manufacturers that no longer exist, for example Bucyrus-Erie, American Hoist, P&H, Lorain, Northwest Engineering, Pettibone, Galion, and Drott.Frank Bardonaro, chief operating officer at Maxim Crane Works, also penned a letter in support of the petition. He believes that the amount of specialised equipment that is currently working in the USA as a direct result of shipments from European brokers, traders, dealers and rental companies is more of a concern than ‘new’ sales.“[The dealers] get extremely heavy discounts from the foreign OEMs as well as financing packages, which allows them to ‘dump’ equipment into the USA and unfairly compete with US companies in the strategic end markets,” he said.He argued that some form of tariff or fee should be considered for both new and used equipment. “If the used cranes are not considered as a part of this decision, it will continue to provide the foreign manufacturers a very easy and quick work around to bypass any rules that are placed upon the imports,” added Bardonaro.The petition has also drawn criticism from other manufacturers and end users, however.In its open letter to the Department of Commerce, USA-based manufacturer Link-Belt took issue with a number of Manitowoc’s claims. Notably, Link-Belt drew attention to the exclusion of two types of mobile cranes that Manitowoc itself reportedly imports – one of which “is so narrowly tailored as to cover only the specific type of all-terrain crane imported by Manitowoc,” said Link-Belt.In its statement, Link-Belt added: “In other words, rather than generally exclude all-terrain cranes as a category, Manitowoc drafted a product exclusion designed to apply exclusively to their imported all-terrain cranes.“Taken together, Manitowoc’s two exclusions in a petition that otherwise broadly covers mobile cranes suggests that Manitowoc is attempting to use the federal government to manipulate the market, and protect its own imports.”A further issue, continued Link-Belt, is that cranes of these types, or cranes that are able to compete with those that Manitowoc imports, are manufactured in the USA.“If Manitowoc seriously believed imports of mobile cranes threatened the national security of the USA and harmed the domestic industry, it is curious to then have excluded imports of a category of mobile cranes produced by other domestic producers,” added Link-Belt.”Any limitation on the use of our existing fleet for infrastructure work in the USA would have a substantial negative effect on our ability to serve our clients.” – Alan BarnhartMany end users, meanwhile, have expressed their support for free trade and warned that tariffs would increase costs. The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) noted that domestic production of mobile cranes alone could not satisfy the broad range of demands of the lifting industry.Some were more critical, stating that Manitowoc’s concerns are not matters of national security, but rather the result of its own misguided strategy. Simply put, one commentator said: “They let quality slip while others improved.”Barnhart Crane & Rigging’s president Alan Barnhart said: “Our first preference as a US company is to buy US-manufactured products. But… these contemplated tariffs would have the exact opposite effect of their purported intent. These tariffs would have dramatic, detrimental consequences on many American businesses (large and small) and, more generally, on American commerce and American interests.”He noted that many of his company’s clients are active in critical infrastructure markets, including wind farms, refining, petrochemical, power generation and transmission, telecommunication, and commercial building and transportation infrastructure. “In other words, our clients help build America. Any limitation on the use of our existing fleet for infrastructure work in the USA would have a substantial negative effect on our ability to serve our clients.”Within this argument, Barnhart stressed that the leading German and Japanese-owned manufacturers have bought reliable and strong products with cutting edge technology to the market. “As owners, we along with our clients welcome multinational competition as it consistently brings to market diverse quality products with technological advances at fair/free market prices,” he added.HLPFI will be taking a closer look at this issue in the October/November edition of the magazine. If you would like to share your thoughts, please get in touch with read more

MPs vote to fast-track surveillance bill

first_imgMPs have voted to fast-track the government’s emergency Data Retention and Investigatory Powers (Drip) Bill, despite criticism from legal academics that the legislation breaches European law.The emergency surveillance bill was yesterday granted fast-track approval in the Commons by 436 votes to 49.The legislation is a response to a European Court of Justice ruling in April that the current retention of data by communications service providers for law enforcement purposes breached article 8 of the Human Rights Act, which guarantees respect for private life.In an open letter to the Commons, 15 experts legal experts in technology law voiced their concern.The academics, including a number of legal experts such as Julia Powles, researcher in law and technology at the University of Cambridge and Lorna Woods, professor of internet law at the University of Essex, said the bill extends surveillance powers ‘considerably’.Mass data retention by the UK falls within the scope of EU law, under the EU’s privacy Directive (Article 15, Directive 2002/5) and as such the proposed bill may breach EU law, ‘as mass surveillance still falls foul of the criteria set out by the Court of Justice in the Digital Rights and Seitlinger judgment’, said the letter.Martyn Thomas from the Institution of Engineering and Technology said: ‘Hasty legislation has often proved to be badly flawed. The government has not yet published the detail of the proposed bill, so it’s important to make sure that the draft bill is examined and debated in detail before legislation is passed.’Last week Law Society president Andrew Caplen said the legislation did nothing to enhance the rule of law ‘or address the fact that we are increasingly becoming a surveillance society’.last_img read more

City firms recognised for diversity efforts

first_imgTwo top City firms have been recognised for their efforts to increase the diversity of their staff. Allen & Overy has been given the City & Guilds stamp of approval for its work experience programme. A&O’s Smart Start Experience has helped over 700 London students, aged 16-17 and from non-privileged backgrounds, gain insight into the legal profession.The scheme was started in 2009 and is the first work experience programme in the legal sector to be awarded City & Guilds accreditation.A&O senior partner David Morley said: ‘High-quality work experience is a vital first step on the career ladder and something that should be equally available to all young people, regardless of their background.’Last month a report commissioned by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission highlighted a dramatic over-representation of those educated at independent schools and Oxbridge across the legal and political institutions that have a profound influence on what happens in the UK.Elitist Britain? revealed that 71% of senior judges attended independent schools and 75% of senior judges attended Oxbridge.Meanwhile Simmons & Simmons has been shortlisted in this year’s European Diversity Awards for its commitment to diversity and initiatives which are run through the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) network.The firm is one of eight nominees for ‘Outstanding Employee Network Group of the Year’ category.David Stone, partner and co-chair of the Simmons & Simmons LGBT network, said the nomination ‘recognises the contribution the firm’s LGBT network makes to diversity beyond just our firm, as well as the work, dedication and commitment that goes into our equality and inclusion initiatives’.He added: ‘We aim to further increase the support we provide to organisations outside of the legal sector, particularly in fields that have struggled with LGBT inclusion.‘As a firm with offices in Asia and the Middle East, we are also keen to increase our activities beyond Europe. This recognition by the European Diversity Awards will play a huge part in reaching this goal.’last_img read more