During the recent Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure Conference in Amsterdam, we interviewed Mr Jaap van Thiel de Vries, General Manager of Hydronamic at Boskalis, on the importance of investing in stakeholder engagement.The stakeholder engagement is one of four key enablers that were presented in the CEDA-IADC Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure guidebook.The guidebook, which was officially unveiled at the conference, has been designed as an authoritative guide to delivering dredging projects that enhance the natural and socio-economic systems.In it, the four key enablers vital to the industry were discussed: the issues of valuation of ecosystem benefits, the stakeholder engagement, adaptive management of dredging projects and the beneficial use of dredged materials.Here’s what Mr de Vries from Boskalis had to say on the importance of investing in stakeholder engagement and other dredging related topics during our conference in Amsterdam.
Dominion Post 8 Feb 2012Conservative lobby group Family First is using a report from a controversial academic to claim day care is detrimental to children.The group issued today the report that claims spending long periods of time in day care, and away from parents, is detrimental to a child’s long-term development.However, the study, by Dr Aric Sigman, hit the headlines last year in Britain, where it was questioned by experts. Dr Sigman is also behind a 2009 claim that Facebook and other social networking sites cause cancer. He was accused of “cherry-picking” evidence and ignoring that which did not support this theory.Writing in The Guardian last year, Dorothy Bishop, professor of developmental neuropsychology at Oxford, disputed his claims and questioned his credentials.“Sigman ignores or selectively reports evidence for this more nuanced position,” she wrote. “He justifies his one-sided approach to the evidence on the basis that “while open-mindedness has its place in academia, it is a luxury children can’t afford”.Family First commissioned its report, Who Cares, to look at the increasing number of children and infants spending time in early childhood education while their parents are at work.Advocates say staying at home with their children is a luxury that many parents can no longer afford.Hayley Whitaker, early childhood spokeswoman for the NZEI union, said parental policies in New Zealand were “abhorrent” compared to other countries.“We should be able to give people the choice to be at home with their children. They shouldn’t have to feel that they’re forced back into the workforce.”However, there was a lot of evidence to show high-quality early childhood education benefited children, she said.“Everything in moderation, really.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/6380025/Critics-dispute-Family-First-findings-on-day-care
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Birmingham-born Irishman Dan Martin has withdrawn from the Vuelta a Espana following a crash on Friday’s seventh stage. Martin, nephew of 1987 world champion Stephen Roche, wrote on Twitter: “Nothing broken, but the most painful crash (I’ve) ever had. “Sad to leave the Vuelta but can’t race with these bids flying round my head. “I hit a hole or rock in the road. Down I went.” Martin also criticised race officials for compromising on rider safety. He added: “Stunned at UCI (International Cycling Union) commisaires lack of compassion. Should concentrate on rider safety and less on UCI fundraising.” Press Association The Garmin-Sharp rider, who has enjoyed a strong season which included a Tour de France stage win and victory in one-day classic Liege-Bastogne-Liege, suffered a blow to the head and pulled out prior to Saturday’s eighth stage. He will now recuperate before leading Ireland’s bid for glory in the Road World Championships in Florence on September 28.
FOOTBALL action in the 2017 Limacol round-robin knock-out received a boost yesterday when the proprietor of Trophy Stall, Ramesh Sunich, donated the first-place trophy and goal nets.The Petra-organised tournament begins on January 23. Sunich praised the organising body for the efforts to elevate the sport, hence his donation to the cause.Receiving the trophy, co-Director of Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca, added that the tournament helps to showcase the talent in teams that are not in the elite, with the aim of allowing them to hopefully elevate themselves in the future.Meanwhile the tournament’s first playing date is January 23 with Group D action when Police play Mahaica and Riddim Squad oppose Camptown. Both games will be played at the GFC ground, Bourda.Action returns on January 27 when Group B’s Western Tigers play New Amsterdam United at GFC and Group C’s Santos oppose Ann’s Grove.The following evening will see action at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground as Milerock play Northern Rangers and Winners Connection play Grove HiTech in Group A.
Arsenal has quarantined its players over possible cases of Coronavirus infection, thereby forcing the club’s game against Manchester City to be postponed indefinitely.Arsenal said players and four staff had been isolated at their homes after coming into contact with the owner of Greek club Olympiakos, who has tested positive for COVID-19.“We are strictly following the government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact,” an Arsenal statement said. “As a result, the players are unavailable for tonight’s (Wednesday’s) match against Manchester City and the Premier League has decided the game should be postponed.”The first postponement in the Premier League, which has a worldwide following of billions of TV viewers, follows widespread disruption to football and other sports across the globe.Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiakos in late February. Vangelis Marinakis, owner of the Greek club and England’s Nottingham Forest, announced on Tuesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.But Arsenal said the players and staff, who met Marinakis after the game at the Emirates Stadium, will return to work on Friday ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton.“The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing COVID-19 at extremely low,” it added.The Premier League called the move a “precautionary measure” and said there were no plans to postpone any other games.Football’s Serie A and all other sports have been put on hold in Italy, while the top two divisions in Spain and France will be played in empty stadiums for at least the next two weeks.UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League have also been both forced to arrange matches behind closed doors as the epidemic spreads.Olympiakos host Wolverhampton Wanderers in Athens this week in the Europa League, in one of the last-16 games that will be played in front of an empty stadium.Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has joined a number of managers, including Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, in voicing disquiet at being asked to play without fans.“If we have to go we will. But we don’t agree — we’re not happy to go,” he told Sky Sports.“Behind closed doors doesn’t make sense,” he added. “We’re pretending to live a normal life when things aren’t normal.”Wednesday’s postponement could also frustrate Premier League leaders Liverpool, as a Manchester City defeat would have taken them to the brink of their first top-flight title in 30 years.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 28, 2012 at 10:36 am Contact Chris: email@example.com | @chris_iseman The Atlantic Coast Conference presidents and chancellors voted unanimously Wednesday to add Louisville to the conference to replace departing Maryland.“The University of Louisville is an outstanding addition to the Atlantic Coast Conference and I commend the Council of Presidents for continuing to position our league for the long-term future,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a press release. “If you look at what has been done over the last 15 months, the ACC has only gotten stronger with the additions of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse.”The Big East requires schools give 27 months notice and pay a $10 million fee to leave the conference. Louisville could negotiate with the Big East to leave earlier than the required 27-month waiting period.Maryland is leaving the ACC in 2014, which could be the same year the Cardinals join the conference.Louisville is the latest team to leave the Big East, which has undergone a major realignment in the last year. Syracuse, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Notre Dame have all left. TCU agreed to join the league but left before ever playing a game as a member of the Big East.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLouisville brings a strong football and basketball presence to the ACC.Louisville’s football team started its season 9-0 and was ranked as high as 11th this season before falling to Syracuse and Connecticut in its last two games. The Terrapins were only 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the ACC this season.The addition of the Cardinals means the ACC will have a 14-team football conference in 2014.The Cardinals’ top-level basketball team fits well with the ACC’s basketball landscape, which will include Syracuse, North Carolina and Duke.“What I really like about this move is it’s terrific for our fans, with the proximity of the institutions and we never have to leave the Eastern time zone,” said Tom Jurich, Louisville vice president and athletic director. “This is a credit to everyone at the University of Louisville and our community, as we have all pulled together to position ourselves for this opportunity.” Comments
Daniel Sturridge has pledged his future to Liverpool by signing a new contract which will keep him at Anfield until 2019.The new five-year deal is heavily incentivised and could net the Liverpool striker almost £40m.Sturridge’s pay packet is expected to soar from £65,000-a-week to beyond £150,000-a-week if he is playing and scoring regularly.Talks began at the end of last season and, despite the player’s representatives and the club being apart at the start of the month, common ground was found to tie Sturridge’s long term future to the Anfield club.As with all the contracts now on offer from Liverpool, the terms are performance-related and mean Sturridge will be rewarded financially for his progress on the pitch.The improved deal is a reflection of the strides Sturridge has made since arriving on Merseyside from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013 with 36 goals plundered in just 52 appearances. Sturridge has been sidelined for a month with a thigh injury sustained while with England and is unlikely to face West Brom tomorrow.“He has had a Grade One injury now for near on four weeks which is a long time,” said manager Brendan Rodgers.
LOS ANGELES — Big Baby is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers.The team said Saturday that it has re-signed Glen Davis, who averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 23 games last season, when he joined the Clippers at the end of February.The 28-year-old free-agent forward has also played for Orlando and Boston, where he and current Clippers coach Doc Rivers won the NBA championship in 2008. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error