View post tag: Nicholas USS Nicholas Delivers More than Four Tons of Drugs to Mayport View post tag: Mayport View post tag: four View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: than View post tag: Tons View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nicholas Delivers More than Four Tons of Drugs to Mayport View post tag: Drugs View post tag: delivers July 18, 2012 View post tag: more Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) delivered more than four tons of cocaine and marijuana to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., seized from drug interdictions conducted in support of Operation Martillo, July 17.Crew members offloaded approximately 3,408 kilograms (7,500 pounds) of cocaine, and 109 kilograms (239 pounds) of marijuana, with an estimated wholesale value of more than $93 million. The amount of cocaine seized was enough for 7.2 million doses, each dose approximately the same size as a sugar packet.USS Nicholas is returning to port after a 175-day deployment supporting counter illicit trafficking operations aimed at disrupting transnational organized crime and keeping drugs off the streets. “With the help of some partners in the region we accomplished what we set out to do; disrupt the drug trade,” said Cmdr. Stephen Fuller, USS Nicholas commanding officer. “Interdictions are challenging, but with the help of other naval units, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the partner nation navies, we executed a successful deployment.”During the deployment, Nicholas with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) conducted a combination of six disruptions and interdictions while in the Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacific coastal waters of South and Central America.Also during the deployment, Nicholas transited the Panama Canal twice, conducted passing exercises and an officer exchange with the Colombian Navy, certified 22 pilots through Helicopter Anti Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 42 Detachment 9, four underway replenishments with a Chilean oiler, celebrated the anniversary of the War of 1812, and a “Crossing the Line” ceremony when the ship crossed the equator.U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels, U.S. military and patrol aircraft from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, along with the support of allied and partner nation (PN) forces assisted with patrolling coastal regions from Colombia to Mexico to detect and monitor illicit traffic in order to cue and support PNs and U.S. interagency interdiction efforts.Patrol airplanes from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77 (VAW-77), Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) operating from El Salvador and U.S. Customs and Border Protection long range patrol aircraft operating from Jacksonville, Fla. And Corpus Christi, Tex., use sophisticated sensors to detect suspicious vessels and coordinate interdictions by the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and partner nations patrolling the region.More than 80 percent of the narcotics entering Central America and largely transiting through Mexico on their way to U.S. markets enter via maritime littoral routes, with the main conveyance being “go-fast” boats. By teaming up with regional partner nations and allied forces to scrutinize the littorals, transnational organized crime networks will be denied those routes.LEDETs belong to Tactical Law Enforcement Team South or Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team and are an armed deployable specialized force under the USCG’s Deployable Operations Group. They were created to support narcotics interdiction operations aboard U.S. Navy and allied ships and are capable of supporting DOD national defense operations. LEDETs provide specialized law enforcement capability and maritime security capabilities to enforce U.S. laws across a full spectrum of maritime response situations, maritime security augmentation and maritime interdiction anti-piracy operations.Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. This joint service, interagency, and multinational operation is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force South, the agency charged with detection, monitoring, and supporting the interdiction of illicit trafficking in a 42 million square mile area under the direction of U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM).Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 18, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: USS Share this article
Dr Paul Altmann, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chief Clinical Information Officer, commented, “Being awarded Digital Hospital of the Year is recognition of all the hard work that has been going on across the Trust. We implemented a number of solutions over the past few years to improve our digital strategy, including plans to take paper out of the system, improve clinical deci- sion support and make use of the rich sources of information to further transform care.“We have advanced plans to continue to innovate and deliver a digital platform to be used to improve clinical performance, change models of care and manage care in ways which are not possible on paper.” Jessica Prince, a second-year medic at St John’s College, told Cherwell, “This is fantastic news as it recognises the Trust’s achievements establishing fully digital hospitals by making all patients’ medical history and care requirements available on the Trust’s electronic patient record (EPR) system.” “I want to take this opportunity to thank our fantastic staff for their continued commitment to delivering high quality healthcare for all our patients. We recognise that becoming a foundation trust does not in itself solve the challenges facing us or the NHS nationwide. We will continue to focus on sustaining delivering safe and high quality care, living within our means and meeting national standards in a very difficult financial climate.” Dame Fiona Caldicott, Chairman of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, highlighted the benefits the change will make to services, stating, “Being a Foundation Trust will enable us to continue to improve our services by increasing the involvement of patients, staff and the local communities that we serve through our membership. It means that our Council of Governors will now play an important role in holding the Board of Di- rectors to account, appointing non-executive Directors and contributing to the strategic direction of the Trust. “This is a most exciting event for the Trust and a vote of confidence in the achievements and capability of our staff.” Since being granted the foundation trust status, Oxford University Hospi- tals has been named Digital Hospital of the Year. The Trust administers over 20,000 drugs every day electronically and medicine requests can be made online. Patient information can be stored, diagnostic tests can be ordered and doctors can view results electronically. This implementation of an electronic patient record is seen to be one of the most advanced systems in the NHS and is used by more than 8,000 members of staff every day. Monitor, the regulator of of NHS Services in England, has awarded Oxford University Hospitals with foundation trust status after a thorough examination of the hospital’s qual- ity of care, finances, governance and performance against national standards.This included scrutiny by the NHS Trust Development Authority as well as the Care Quality Commission giving Oxford University Hospitals an overall rating of ‘Good’ in May last year. John Radcliffe, Churchill, Horton, and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre are now free from central government control and able to decide how to improve their services. The foundation trust also allows the hospi- tals to retain any surpluses they generate to invest in new services and borrow money to support these investments. They are now accountable to their local communities, and students and locals will be allowed to have more of a say in the way their hospital is run, through a Council of Governors. This includes both elected and ap- pointed public and staff governors, who will play an important role in holding the Board to account.Sir Jonathan Michael, the recently retired Chief Executive of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told Cherwell, “The work we have done to become a foundation trust has involved a journey of improvement that needed to happen anyway. Foun- dation trust status has been a stimulus to us to pursue this improvement but was not a destination in itself. “Becoming a foundation trust is recognition of the work we have done to improve the quality and efficiency of our services for patients and the capability we have to continue these improvements. It also provides more local accountability through our membership and Council of Governors. “Having the EPR system will enable doctors to access important patient information at all hospitals that are part of the trust. This will make diagnoses a much easier, stress-free experience for both the doctor and patient as well as helping to improve accurate recording. I am excited to see the efforts taken by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust be implemented in other hospitals.”
“I’ve never competed the week before a Slam,” Murray said. “If I’m not ready five or six days beforehand, I’m assuming that I’ll probably just give it a miss.”The 32-year-old Scotsman, a former world number one now ranked 222nd, captured Grand Slam singles crowns at the 2012 US Open and at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016.– Tsitsipas’s shoe issues –The Tsitsipas victory was marked by his third straight game with a delay to change left shoes, having said he damages the laces when he slides incorrectly.“There’s nothing I can do about it,” he said. “The only thing is probably change my footwork, stop doing that.”Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Croatian sixth seed and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6 (9/7).Medvedev, chasing his fifth career ATP title, took the only break at the start and never faced a break point.“I managed to do what I had to do, hold my serve and win the tie-breaker,” Medvedev said. “I’m really happy with my level of play.”Next up for Medvedev will be 122nd-ranked German lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk, who outlasted British 13th seed Kyle Edmund 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.Gojowczyk, who only made the event after Australian Bernard Tomic dropped out with a finger injury, won his only title in 2017 at Metz.In the accompanying WTA event, Taiwan’s 31st-ranked Hsieh Su-Wei lost to Catherine McNally 6-4, 6-3. The American faces Italy’s Camila Giorgi in the semi-finals.Russian qualifier Anna Kalinskaya ousted France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to book a semi-final date with American Jessica Pegula.Share on: WhatsApp Andy Murray (R) with brother Jamie at the ATP Washington Open, is improving his form with hopes of a return to singles at Cincinnati after right hip surgery in JanuaryWashington, United States | AFP | Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray moved closer to a singles return six months after right hip surgery while Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas rolled into the world’s top five Friday at the ATP Washington Open.Britain’s Murray and his brother Jamie, in their first doubles event since the 2016 Rio Olympics, lost to New Zealand’s Michael Venus and South African Raven Klaasen 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (8/6), 10-7 in a quarter-final at the US Open tuneup event.Murray has practiced singles this week to improve his conditioning after the long layoff.“I feel fine,” Murray said. “Practice has been fine. No issues physically. So progressing well. Just keep practicing the next 10 days or so and see what happens.”Top seed Tsitsipas beat French 10th seed Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-0 to reach the semi-finals and ensure he will overtake Germany’s Alexander Zverev to crack the world rankings top five on Monday.“Once you’re in a certain position for a long time, you really crave for more,” Tsitsipas said.“This one position difference might not feel a lot for some people but for me it really means a lot because there has been a lot of hard work behind it, just a lot of suffering in general.“I feel I deserve this position. It means a lot for sure.”The 20-year-old Australian Open semi-finalist, who lost to Zverev in last year’s Washington semis, booked a semi-final against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who ousted Slovakian lucky loser Norbert Gombos 6-3, 6-3.“I’m excited to play him,” Kyrgios said of Tsitsipas. “He’s one of the best players in the world right now.”Murray, who feared his career might be over after the January operation, hasn’t played singles since the Australian Open but says he might return at the ATP Cincinnati Masters starting August 12.“If I feel like I’m ready, I’ll give it a go. If not, I’ll wait probably until after New York. But so far it has been fine.”Murray, set to play doubles next week at Montreal alongside Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, doesn’t want his first singles matches back to be the best-of-five-set variety offered in Grand Slams.He ruled out playing in Winston-Salem the week before New York, figuring he would be better off practicing for a post-US Open return.
3 Feb 2016 England Golf announces Order of Merit schedules for 2016 England Golf has announced its schedule of tournaments and championships to form the basis of the Orders of Merit for 2016.The Scottish U18 Championship is a new addition to the girls’ schedule and the French Open Amateur Championship for the Coupe Murat has been added to the men’s tournament list for the year ahead.The Senior Women’s and Senior Men’s Orders of Merit will continue to be used for automatic selections for teams for the European Team Championships and the Home Internationals. This system, which also allows for two ‘picks’ per team, was successfully adopted for the men last year, having been previously introduced for the women.The other four Orders of Merit – for men, boys, women and girls – will be used as a guideline by the England selectors, together with other ranking systems and performance information.England Golf Performance Director Nigel Edwards commented: “There is much to look forward to in amateur golf in 2016.“In addition to the European Team Championships and Home Internationals for our England teams at all levels, 2016 is also a World Amateur Team Championship year. With just three spots available in each team, players will need to be at the top of their games in order to seal a spot for the championships in Mexico.”Ashley Chesters, the back-to-back winner of the England Golf Men’s Order of Merit in 2014 and 2015, has recently turned professional and a new winner will be crowned in 2016.In the women’s game, Bronte Law (image © Leaderboard Photography) will be defending her title and could prove tough to beat when the final calculations are made in September.Previous Order of Merit winners include a host of successful tournament professionals including Charley Hull and Holly Clyburn in the women’s game and Tom Lewis, Chris Wood and Gary Wolstenholme MBE in the men’s. All have won professional titles since graduating from the amateur ranks over the last decade.2015 Order of Merit Winners:Men – Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park)Boys – Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood)Senior Men – Richard Partridge (Wildernesse)Women – Bronte Law (Bramhall)Girls – Lizzie Prior (Burhill)Senior Women – Julie Brown (Trentham)Read more for full information about the Orders of Merit and the England Golf selection policy
South Okanagan ended the hopes of the host team advancing to the playoff round at the B.C. Hockey Peewee Rep Championships Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.South Okanagan rode the stellar netminding of Colby Dynneson to score a 7-4 victory over Nelson Leafs Tuesday in round robin action at the NDCC Arena.The loss drops Nelson to a 2-2 record, two points behind Dawson Creek (3-0) and South Okanagan (3-1).Both teams have defeated Nelson in the tournament.Aedan Osika, Carter Anderson, Cody Barnes and Reece Hunt scored for Nelson.Charlie Curiston faced 35 shots and was outstanding between the pipes for the Leafs while Dynneson was equally as strong in the South Okanagan nets.Nelson now meets Whitehorse Wednesday in the team’s final game of the tournament. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.On the other side of the tournament, Victoria jumped to a 3-0 record with a 6-2 win over Seafair.Arbutus of Vancouver (2-1) kept pace with Victoria with a 2-1 win over Cranbrook. The East Kootenay squad dropped to a tournament record of 1-2.The top four teams — two from each division — advance to the semi finals Thursday at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.The winners play for the provincial crown Friday at 11 a.m. The bronze medal is set for 8 a.m.Nelson Leafs pull out win over Vanderhoof to keep provincial playoff drive alive The Nelson Leafs managed to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot at the B.C. Hockey Peewee Rep Championships with a narrow 6-5 victory over Vanderhoof Monday.Mike Zarikoff and Cody Barnes each scored twice to lead the Leafs to the thrilling win.The victory, the second in as many games for the host club, keeps Nelson in the race for one of the two playoff spots with a 2-1 record.Dawson Creek and South Okanagan are currently tied for top spot with 2-0 records.Tyler Badger, also with two assists, and Carter Anderson also scored for Nelson. Taylor Harrison added assists while Reid Vulcano chipped in with two helpers.Brody Fillion was in goal for Nelson to register the win.Nelson now meets South Okanagan in key, must-win, matchup Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.”We need to basically win out to have a chance at the playoffs,” said Nelson coach Jeff Hunt.Vanderhoof and Quesnel are 0-2 in the Nelson pool.Nelson concludes the round robin draw Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. against Whitehorse.In the other division, Victoria leads with a 2-0 record after blasting Cranbrook 11-4.Three teams are tied at 1-1 — Seafair, Victoria and Cranbrook.Trail, the other West Kootenay team in the tournament, is winless in two starts.The semi final round of the playoffs, with the top two teams in each division advancing, is set to being Thursday at 5 p.m. with the A pool winner meeting the second-place finishers in the B division.At 8 p.m., the B winner plays the runner up from the A pool.The Championship game is set for 11 a.m. Thursday. The bronze medal game goes at 8 a.m.
TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES VANN BELVOIR, TRAINER GOLD RUSH DANCER, WINNER: “When I saw the pace wasn’t quite as fast as we thought it would be, I was a little worried because last time he was covered up and with him in the clear today, I was worried that he might get a little keen. He ended up relaxing well though and he was within himself down the backside. I’m more impressed with this race today because he leveled really nice through the stretch. They were really running. He’ll stay on the grass now. He’s a lot better horse on turf.” JOHN PARKER, OWNER/BREEDER, GOLD RUSH DANCER, WINNER: “I wasn’t worried, I was right in the action wanting to get that win. I’m flattered and really excited at the progress I’ve been seeing. He loves the grass, obviously, so this was a good day to win. I’m overwhelmed and excited for the two in a row. I don’t have any future plans worked out just yet, Vann and I will discuss it, but we’re thinking about going down to Del Mar in July.” -30- FLAVIEN PRAT, GOLD RUSH DANCER, WINNER: “I had a good trip today but he was still a bit aggressive. Even though he’s run a lot he’s still green, he’s still learning. When I asked him, he picked it up. He came in a little bit in the stretch but I don’t think he did anything wrong.“He needs to relax a bit. I wasn’t covered up at all (like he was in his last race, which Vann Belvoir said might have been the key to his win in his last out) and he was more aggressive so he just has to learn.“I’m riding with a lot of confidence. When you do well, it gets easier and you ride with more confidence. I try to focus on each mount and as of right now, that’s going pretty well.”MARIO GUTIERREZ, RALIS, SECOND: “It set up how I thought it would. It was a good race for him definitely.” NOTES: Winning Owner/Breeder John Parker resides in Houston, TX.
Rehabilitation work at the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam, located in Harrisburg, Upper Montserrado County, has come to an immediate halt, and all expatriate staffs have reportedly packed bags and baggage and left the country.The LEC expatriate staff have left the country owing to fear of contracting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has taken the lives of over 500 Liberians, including health workers.Rehabilitation work at the Mt. Coffee Hydro-electric Power Plant commenced in May 2013 with the establishment of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU), while actual construction started On January 2014.According to the project blue print, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) aims to fully complete the project by the end of 2016 and the target date for first commercial power from the plant remains December 2015. But with the seeming abandonment of work at the dam by international firms contracted to carry out various portions of the project, for fear of contracting the EVD, there are apprehensions that all efforts aimed at rehabilitating that vital national power grid seem farfetched.In December 2006, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf disclosed that her government was considering other alternatives of power supply. She indicated then that refurbishing the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant would cause government more than US$200 million.Following the provision of light in and around Monrovia under the theme ‘Small Light Today, Big Light Tomorrow’, Liberia still remains a country without the needed electricity necessary for the powering of mini and full scale factories, homes and offices.Currently, the running of Liberia’s only electric power generation company (LEC) now rests with a Canadian company called Monitaba Hydro International (MHI) and the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).Owing to the agreement underpinning the Memorandum of Understanding concluded between the MHI and the LEC, the LEC is currently headed by a Canadian named Gregory J. Sylvester of the MHI, as Chief Executive Officer.But Greg, as he is commonly called, has also departed Liberia since about a month ago and left the running of the company in the hands of his Liberian counterparts.The Project Implementation Unit (PIU), which is the prime driver of the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Dam, is also headed by one Randal Enns, another foreign national, who has reportedly left Liberia for fear of contracting the Ebola Disease.When contacted, Hassan Kiawu, communication consultant at the LEC, confirmed that almost all of the expatriate staffs working at the Hydro Dam have departed Liberia and gone to seek safe havens outside Liberia.Asked when the contractors, mainly foreigners, will return, Kiawu said he could not speak to that as the PIU was a project outside the ambit of his job description. He referred our reporter to Benedict Sarnor, Acting Chairman of the LEC Board of Directors and Patrick Sendolo, Minister of Lands Mines and Energy.However, according to the PIU website, the Mt. Coffee rehabilitation project is co-financed by the Government of Norway, Government of Germany (KWF), European International Bank and the Liberian Government, respectively.Interestingly, local contractors who have been hired to do bits and pieces in the Mt. Coffee Hydro Dam location have also complained that they have not been paid by the PIU. However, the LEC, through the PIU, has so far signed contracts with a number of international firms to help rehabilitate and reconstruct the Hydro Dam.According to the PIU website, to date four of the seven main project contracts have been awarded.On April 30, 2013, LEC signed Consulting Services Agreement with Norplan/Fichtner for Mt. Coffee Owner’s Engineer Services. The Owner’s Engineer is responsible for project design planning and procurement. On October 25, 2013, LEC signed a contract with Voith Hydro for Mt. Coffee Generating Equipment and on January 9, 2014 LEC signed another contract with Dawnus International Ltd. for Mount Coffee Enabling works.The latest contract signed with Andritz Hydro GMbH for Hydraulic Steelwork and Auxiliary Systems now puts the total sum of money so far bankrolled for the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Dam in the Millions.The LEC communication boss could not give the exact amount so far utilized on the project. But it is believed that all of these projects, plus three more to be awarded, will effectively lead to full rehabilitation the dam.Recently, the World Health Organization spokesperson, Glenn Thomas, told the BBC in an interview that funds intended to be used to carry out development in the Ebola affected countries will be redirected to help fight the Ebola Virus in those countries.Just few weeks following the outbreak of the Ebola scourge in the Minor River Basin, the World Bank donated US$5 billion for the African electric power project. According to the World Bank, the money will be given to six African countries to be utilized in electric power project generation. The bank’s donation is mainly for countries incorporated under Barak Obama Power Africa Initiative. The benefitting countries include Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Ethiopia.Dr. Jim Young Kim, World Bank President, announced the bank’s intervention at the African leaders’ summit held in America and said the donation will help address Africa’s electric power challenges.Development experts here believed that the money is coming at a time when the Mt. Coffee Hydro Dam is being placed on ice. It is also not clear whether Liberia’s share of that amount will be redirected towards the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus.The Liberia rural electrification project, initiated in collaboration with the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP), has also been seriously affected as most communities in the rural parts are being quarantined.Moreover, Ghanaian and Ivoirian electrical engineers working on the rural electrification project in the North Eastern part of Liberia have also reportedly left the country so as to avoid contracting the Ebola disease.Construction of the Mt. Coffee hydropower plant was first undertaken in 1964. The first phase, with an installed capacity of 34 MW from two turbines, was commissioned and put in production in 1967. The project was undertaken by the government of Liberia (GOL), with financing from the United States government.The installation of two additional turbines in 1973 increased the installed capacity to 64 MW. This second phase was financed by the World Bank.From 1973 until late 1989, Liberia’s electricity service was largely limited to the capital of Monrovia and environs; with around 35,000 customers—almost 13 percent of the population—served by 1989. LEC also handled the electricity supply of rural areas outside Monrovia through 10 small isolated power systems with a total installed capacity of 13 MW.During the period of civil unrest in Liberia, power generation at Mount Coffee had to be stopped and operation of the spillway gates was prevented by the hostilities. Rebel forces under the command of Charles Taylor seized the Mt. Coffee plant in July 1990, halting production and causing the dam to breach. Efforts have been underway since 2006 to restore the Monrovia grid and expand mini-grid and stand-alone power systems in the interior. Following the restoration of peace, rehabilitation of Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant has been proposed as an important part of the reconstruction efforts led by H.E. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Now with the intrusion of the Ebola Virus and the resulting immediate halting of the Mt. Coffee Hydro Dam reconstruction and rehabilitation, it could be long coming before light reaches many homes, offices and factories across Liberia.When completed, the dam, which had a capacity 64 mw is expected to have 80 mw. With all of these developments, analysts here think the PIU target date for supplying the first commercial current in December 2015 may not be on schedule.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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17 September 2012 South African paper maker Mondi has expanded its presence in Europe with the acquisition of packaging company Duropack’s operations in Germany and the Czech Republic, the company announced last week. In a deal worth €125-million, which includes two corrugated box packaging plants and one recycled containerboard mill, Mondi aims to consolidate its European operations. “[It] is in line with Mondi Group’s strategy to strengthen its leading market position in corrugated packaging in central and eastern Europe,” the company said in a statement. It follows the organisation’s US$782-million purchase of German packaging company Nordenia in August. SAinfo reporter The deal is being funded from Mondi’s existing resources. It was also announced that all employees at Duropack will be taken on by Mondi. “Our strategy is consequently focused on east and southeast Europe,” said chief executive officer of Duropack, Peter Szivacsek. “The sale of our operations in Germany and the Czech Republic further strengthens our profile and allows us to focus entirely on our core markets and core business, packaging.” According to Mondi, the two corrugated box plants consume about 130 000 tonnes of containerboard annually, and the recycled containerboard mill has a production capacity of 105 000 tonnes per year. Mondi is an international paper and packaging company with operations in 28 countries around the world and over 23 000 employees; its key operations are in South Africa, central Europe and Russia.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The news-reading app Flipboard announced a major update — one that, among other things, allows users to create their own personalized “magazines” for public viewing. Although “allow” might be too generous. “Imposes on users by default” might be closer to the truth.From Flipboard’s announcement:Using the new Plus “+” button found on items in Flipboard or by using the new Flipboard Bookmarket for the web, readers can fill their magazines with content that expresses a point of view, reflects personal tastes or shares ideas they find inspiring.In other words, Flipboard has introduced a poor man’s “Like” button. The service is now counting on its users to begin tagging the articles and other items they find most interesting, creating a trail of “plussed” items that Flipboard will publicly associate with their online identities by default. This might, of course, take any number of people by surprise.Flipboard also didn’t say what it hopes to gain from the new feature, although cataloguing what users like has certainly proven a financial and data-collection bonanza for the likes of Facebook. The new features aren’t intended for readers only. Flipboard hopes existing publishers will use its new functions to promote articles and other material from their archives:For publishers this is a new way to share archival content, publish great collections or package together stories in a totally new way on Flipboard. Aspects of the “Plus” feature, of course, are similar to various “Read Later” bookmarklet services such as Instapaper and Pocket. The unique thing here, though, is the way Flipboard effectively publishes its users’ preferences to the world as personalized “magazines” — by default, of course:Because magazines are public, they can grow an audience and others can like items, comment on posts, or even subscribe to other people’s magazines. When people interact with a magazine, the curator learns about it through new Flipboard Notifications.For each item that’s flipped into a magazine, attribution back to the source is preserved, and if the content is from a social network interactions such as commenting, retweeting or liking are reflected back to the originating social network.Flipboard also announced “Content Search,” a search box at the top of every page that “lets readers find anything being shared on Flipboard.” The twist here is that each set of search results effectively turns into its own Flipboard-style magazine. The company also announced a partnership with the “social commerce” site Etsy. Flipboard readers can review Etsy products and make purchases from within Flipboard. The company did not state if this would impact existing purchasing rules and fees in any way, such as the 30% fee that Apple charges for in-app purchases. Flipboard also did not announce any new services or metrics that would enable readers or publishers to gauge pageviews and engagement of their “magazine.” Flipboard has continued to garner interest from news media, the investment community and tablet users. Recently, Flipboard has been touted as a replacement for the deprecated Google Reader. Earlier this month, well-known venture capitalist John Doerr joined the board. The company calls this “the biggest release ever.” Flipboard is a free app that claims more than 50 million users across iPhone, iPad and Android. Though the Flipboard app is available on Android, the features announced today are currently available only on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Lead image screencapped from the Flipboard app brian s hall Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market