Damen delivers mega pontoon

first_imgThe Damen Stan Pontoon 12032 measures 120 m x 32.2 m, has deadweight of 20,000 tonnes and a hold of 8.1 m. The barge comes equipped with a sophisticated ballast system, generating set, mooring winches and a deck load capacity of 20 tonnes per sq m. The barge is designed for complex ro-ro operations and the transport of large offshore constructions. The newbuild barge will be towed to Newfoundland on the east coast of Canada during the summer before being deployed into service. Earlier in 2013, Damen Shipyards Group moved 16 newbuild pontoons from shipyards in China to Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Most of the stock-built pontoons have been sold, leaving two Stan pontoons and one Damen transhipment barge remaining for sale. A new shipment of pontoons is scheduled for delivery to the Netherlands in early 2014.www.damen.comwww.mckeil.comlast_img read more

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Watford player’s future ‘increasingly in the air’ – Hornets want €15m,…

first_imgAfter Watford’s relegation to the Championship, you’re likely to hear numerous rumours about the future of their players. Reports have already indicated that the Hornets will oversee an overhaul and get rid of numerous players, with the Pozzo family determined to focus on youth instead.Thus, the speculation will be plentiful, and one player who you’ll definitely hear about is striker Luis Suárez.The Colombian has spent the season on loan at Real Zaragoza and impressed, scoring 19 goals in all competitions and earning himself plenty of praise, and attention, around Europe.There’s been months and months of speculation about his future as a result, with clubs in Spain and Italy competing for him and Watford seemingly trying to figure out what to do.Embed from Getty ImagesSport Aragon cover the situation today and state that the player’s future is ‘increasingly in the air’ after Watford’s relegation.Them dropping down a division has increased the chances of Suárez leaving Vicarage Road this summer and, while it’s not yet clear where he’ll go, Real Zaragoza remain an option.If they are promoted to La Liga, one of Suarez’s options would be to stay at his current club for a second loan spell.His situation at Watford is ‘complicated’ at present. He has two years left on his current deal, and they have offered him a new one, but that is ‘paralysed’.If he refuses to sign that deal, his departure will be ‘immediate’, on either loan or in a permanent deal, and he has ‘no shortage of offers’.Watford will only sell for €15m, which is a price that Napoli and Lazio, and even a club in Turkey have already offered for him.Suárez, for his part, is keen to play in the top flight in Spain or Italy, which indicates he will look to Vicarage Road at some point this summer.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending Today聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undolast_img read more

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Art of flower arranging meets holiday decor

first_imgHoliday decorations in the U.S. are often symmetrical: Two candles on either side of the mantel, a round wreath in the center of the door, a centerpiece with matching sprigs of holly and pine on each side. The ancient Japanese art of ikebana, or flower arranging, can provide festive sparkle and color, too, with a much more modern feel.“The three basic tenets are line, movement and open space,” said Eileen Kay, a retired elementary-school teacher in Boulder, Colorado, who has been studying ikebana for years. “Most people go to the store and buy a bunch of flowers. But there’s no line. The line could be a piece of ivy, a ribbon, anything that lends itself to visual flow.”Mastering ikebana requires years of training, and there are many methods of approaching the art. The Sogetsu school of flower arranging, one of the largest and most accessible, teaches that anyone can arrange ikebana and with almost anything.Even for the uninitiated, a few basic tools and principles are sufficient to begin experimenting at home with this different aesthetic — just in time for holiday decor.“The biggest difference between Western arrangements and ikebana is asymmetry,” said Kimi Quinn, a Sogetsu-certified practitioner who has been designing ikebana arrangements in the U.S. and Japan for over 20 years. “Ikebana is about capturing the universe and nature. Nothing in the natural world is symmetrical.”In ikebana, the empty space between branches is as important as the branches themselves.“It’s like that Zen question asking about the sound of one hand clapping. The answer is silence. Space,” Quinn said.Many ikebana arrangements mix and match tall tree branches and much smaller flowers with no perfectly vertical or horizontal lines, plenty of space in between and, if a low dish is used, the water often in view.To begin, all that’s needed is a heavy pin board (kenzan) or a block of flower-arranging sponge, available at craft and floral-supply stores, and a low salad bowl or platter. The container should be filled with just enough water to barely cover the pin board or sponge.You might start with a decorative branch for a long defining line, a medium flower or branch and a shorter flower, and a large leaf or some other small flower to help cover the pin board.For the holidays, bare branches painted silver, gold or white are a good choice, as are pine, holly or even red roses.In general, “the longest stem should be twice as long as the container is wide,” Quinn said. “The medium stem should be around three-quarters the length of the longer branch, and the shorter stem should be around half the length of the medium stem.”Before arranging the stems and branches, trim excess foliage, and trim the stems while they are submerged in water. They should be clipped at an angle for tree branches and straight across for flower stems, Quinn said.“You don’t just stick them straight down into the pin board,” she said. “You angle them in different directions, some backward and others forward, to give some depth and perspective. Pay attention to the curve of the lines, and the spaces between the lines.”Think about the beauty of the natural forms, and allow your personality and feeling to come through, Quinn said.Ikebana displays typically last only three to five days.“It’s so sad when they go because I’ve put so much heart into them,” Quinn said. “But appreciating that fleeting beauty is really the essence of what it’s all about.”Online resources:www.ikenoboamerica.com (Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Japan, one of the oldest ikebana societies, with branches across North America)www.ikebanahq.org (Ikebana International, based in Japan, with chapters and events around the world)www.sogetsu.or.jp (The Sogetsu school of Ikebana offers classes, books and supplies)www.ziji.com (sells supplies for ikebana flower arrangements)last_img read more

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