In just 10 days of campaigning on Funderbeamu, 21-year-old innovator Ivan Mrvoš, founder of the company Include he managed to exceed the initial requested amount and raise almost 270.000 euros of investment for the development of his smart benches.In record time, a successful domestic startup aroused great interest and became the most successful company in terms of collection speed on the innovative Funderbeam platform for investing and trading startup shares. About 90 investors from all over the world have already shown that they believe in the global success of the Croatian startup, and among them were entrepreneur and investor Nenad Bakić, as well as popular mathematician Toni Milun, who expressed his support via Twitter.The next goal of the young Croatian innovator is the amount of 400.000 euros, for which he has 20 days of the campaign left. "I am very pleased with the fact that we reached our initial goal so early, especially when we consider that this is a new approach to funding. A lot of people have supported us from the beginning, and now with the release of Include on Funderbeam they have been given the opportunity to invest in us and secure their stake in the company. Anyone can invest with an initial amount of 100 euros, and the funds raised will be used for even faster business development and penetration into new markets", Said Ivan Mrvoš, founder and director of Include.Founded in September 2016, Funderbeam South-East Europe is a Zagreb-based company in which the Zagreb Stock Exchange has a 20% stake and is supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development through their Shareholders Special Fund, while the Estonian Funderbeam owns the other 80 percent.Funderbeam is a global platform on which startup companies can raise funds, and investors after the initial investment phase can trade their shares thanks to an innovative system based on blockchain technology. The value of Funderbeam was also recognized by Skype founder Jaan Tallinn, one of the first investors in the company.
SFNF News:SANTA FE – Scattered thunderstorms in the Jemez Mountains over the weekend put a fair amount of moisture on the Conejos Fire, but not enough to extinguish it. Fire managers released some of the resources assigned to the fire over the weekend. The plan is to wait out the monsoonal weather patterns over the area now and, if the moisture is followed by a drying trend, resume firing operations later in the week to complete an 800-acre block. Start date: July 29, 2019Cause: LightningLocation: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa Size: 185 acresFuels: Primarily ponderosa pineResources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, district fire personnel and Santa Fe County Fire Department’s Black Canyon hand crewCurrent status: Crews will be monitoring the Conejos Fire through the showers and thunderstorms predicted for the next few days.Weather: The forecast for the next few days is for isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning, followed by more widespread showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Winds today are out of the northwest at 5-10 mph with temperatures in the 80s.Predicted smoke impact: Smoke is visible from US Highway 550, San Ysidro and Jemez Pueblo.The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) can take advantage of natural ignitions like the Conejos Fire to improve conditions on the ground by getting rid of woody material and debris on the forest floor. Weather over the next few days will determine whether the Conejos Fire can continue to achieve resource benefits by reintroducing fire to a fire-adapted forest ecosystem. Firefighter and public safety is always the first priority on all wildland fire incidents. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505.827.0006 for additional information. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com, www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF and Twitter @SantafeNF. For additional information about the Conejos Fire, please contact the Jemez Ranger District at 575.829.3535.
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There are still places available on the Training Institute for Dredging’s (TID) Project Staff Training that will take place from 3 to 7 November 2014 at the company’s premises in Kinderdijk, the Netherlands.This five-day course is based on earlier successful tailor-made training programs organised by the TID at the request of its broad customer base. It has been designed specifically to improve the skills of project engineers, superintendents and project managers with up to three years’ experience in dredging.The Project Staff Training is focused on operational management roles in dredging operations. It allows the participants to expand and improve their knowledge and skills for managing a project, based on the hard numbers relating to each project. The main topics to be covered are working methods, production and cost calculations, planning, effective communication, and reporting and responding to opportunities and threats.The interactive program incorporates classroom-based training, supported by practical case studies, workshops and discussions. The case studies are used to illustrate the subject matter and ensure that participants can apply this knowledge into practical everyday working scenarios.[mappress]Press Release, September 12, 2014
The architect of Clementi-style reforms of France’s legal landscape visited Chancery Lane this week for a seminar organised by the Law Society’s international division. Jean-Michel Darrois (pictured left), a company law specialist, headed a commission of academics, business people and other non-lawyers which published a review of France’s legal profession in April. The report made more than 60 proposals, including joint training and fee sharing for all arms of the profession, and the creation of multi-disciplinary practices. French president Nicholas Sarkozy said its proposals will be ‘implemented next year’. Darrois said that Sarkozy instigated the review because ‘French lawyers are not sufficiently present abroad’, particularly in corporate work. The meeting also heard about how the reforms might affect the 264 English solicitors working in France, most of whom are in private practice. Darrois recommended a turnover-based levy on the profession to boost France’s legal aid budget, which could increase the cost of operating in France.
Justin Lancaster has been promoted from director of the London Cargo department to group cargo sales director. Justin joined the company almost ten years ago and will be looking to develop the air charter broker's cargo business worldwide and expanding its global market share.Dan Morgan-Evans will now fill Justin's former role as cargo sales director of ACS's London office - he was previously assistant director. Dan joined ACS on the same day as Justin in 2002.Dan's promotion means that Richard Thompson is now promoted to London cargo sales manager. Richard, who joined almost seven years, is a languages graduate and has built strong client bases in both the UK and Spain.ACS Chairman, Chris Leach, said: "I am delighted for Justin, Dan and Richard. Their commitment to their clients, suppliers and ACS is unquestionable and their knowledge and leadership skills are well respected both in the industry and amongst their colleagues. I am sure that all three will thrive in their new roles and continue to grow our cargo business even further."
THERE IS now a far greater understanding of rolling contact fatigue in the UK than there was on October 17 2000 when the Hatfield derailment occurred. In part this is due to the Wheel-Rail Interface System Authority, set up in 2001 to co-ordinate the response to RCF by a shattered and demoralised industry struggling to cope with the aftermath of Hatfield. But WRISA's members voted on December 9 to wind up the organisation, and plans to replace it have yet to be firmed up. With 12 individuals and two companies facing trial for manslaughter and other charges arising from Hatfield, it proved impossibly expensive to get personal liability insurance.Addressing in November a conference in London on wheel-rail interface management, WRISA's Chairman Brian Clementson said of the RCF pandemic 'similar problems are occurring on railways around the world'. But while the basic causes are better understood, there is always risk in changing wheel profiles or rail steels. So progress must involve carefully-monitored trials on the live railway.Hence the frustration expressed by delegates at the apparent inability to change anything at all in the UK. Stuart Grassie, who has contributed several articles on wheel-rail interaction to this journal, complained that 'there doesn't seem to be anyone who can make a decision about anything', and this applied 'no matter how much evidence there is'. London Underground and the rest of Europe all use BN260 rail - indeed 'every railway in the world uses head-hardened rail' (p42), but 'because Hatfield occurred on head-hardened rail, you cannot use anything except 220 rail'.Rob Haskel of ProRail, reported 'a huge rise in rail defects' in the Netherlands, which doubled from 654 in 2000 to 1585 in 2001. But the research programme reported on pp38-40 appears to be getting results. In the UK, RCF research is being hobbled by the difficulty of working on live track, according to Mark Dembosky, Network Rail's Dynamic Systems Specialist. Access to high speed lines in Germany and France was far simpler than 'the amount of rigmarole you have to go through to get on the track here', he said. Tangential forces that result from what Dembosky called 'a dancing contact patch' often cause RCF 'clusters' when the track is subject to short wavelength misalignments, as in switches and crossings, or with wheel treads that have worn hollow. A shifting contact patch causes the rolling radius to change so quickly that the wheels skid momentarily, generating large shear forces. But RCF cracks only become dangerous when they grow faster than the rail wears. Dembosky explained why the high rail in curves of around 1500m radius is particularly vulnerable. In sharper curves, the leading wheelset in each bogie wears away the gauge corner. In shallower curves, the self-steering quality of coned wheelsets keeps flanges away from the rail. The Hatfield curve was just under 1500m.
CHINA: The Shanghai - Hangzhou Passenger-Dedicated Line opened on October 26, with 350 km/h running cutting the 202 km journey between the cities from 1½ h to a fastest journey time of around 45 min.There will also be semi-fast and stopping trains serving the nine stations on the route, and total annual traffic is estimated at 80 million passenger-journeys. The line forms one side of a triangular high speed network which will provide journey times of less than 2 h between Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing, significantly increasing capacity in the Yangtze Delta region. The 301 km Shanghai - Nanjing leg opened on July 1, and construction is underway on the 251 km direct link between Nanjing and Hangzhou. 'The operation of the Shanghai - Hangzhou high speed rail line will help alleviate traffic pressure in the Yangtze River Delta region', Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun said at the inauguration. 'It will not only promote economic and personnel exchange but facilitate the integration of the Yangtze river delta region'. The line was completed within 20 months of the groundbreaking ceremony held on February 26 2009. It was built by Zhejiang Provincial Railway Investment Group, with funding from the Ministry of Railways, the Shanghai and Zhejiang provincial governments and Baosteel Group. During trials a CRH380A trainset reached a speed of 416·6 km/h on September 28, which manufacturer China South said was a record for a normal trainset; the TGV trainset which reached 574·8 km/h in France in 2007 had been specially modified for the record attempt. CSR said the CRH380A is a 'perfect match of modern technology and Chinese culture', with a 380 km/h design speed approaching that of some aircraft but subject to a more challenging aerodynamic environment. The nose shape was developed after extensive testing, and is derived from China's Long March family of space rockets. The 135 km Nanchang - Jiujiang line in Jiangxi province opened on September 20. Top speed is 180 km/h.
KAZAKHSTAN: On December 4 GE Transportation announced that it had signed an agreement with Transmashdiesel and the JSC Remlokomotive subsidiary of national railway KTZ to create a joint venture to produce diesel engines at a new plant in Astana. Subject to government and regulatory approval, the partners plan to invest US$90m in the facility which would cover some 9 000 m2.Due to be operational by the end of 2014, the plant would produce around 400 Evolution Series engines a year for rail, marine and stationary power customers in the CIS region. KTZ subsidiary JSC Lokomotiv Kurastyru Zauyty already operates an assembly facility in Astana with the capacity to produce 100 Evolution Series locomotives a year.