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O’Donnell’s encaustic wax art is on view in the Art Barn over the next two weekends. Independent/Courtesy Beth O’DonnellFolioeast presents two more weekends featuring the photography and paintings of Beth O’Donnell now through December 16, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 PM, in the Art Barn at Larkin Pond in East Hampton.O’Donnell has lived a life of inspirational accomplishments beyond the confines of a studio. She took her photojournalistic efforts to Nairobi, Kenya, in 2000 where she then published works in Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, and other publications. Her work “Angels in the Slums” and “AIDS and Orphans,” landed her a repeat guest spot on Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network. O’Donnell has exhibited her work at the United Nations, wrote a successful book Angels in Africa, and has continued to positively impact her world while also raising a family — the achievement closest to her heart.How did you get involved with folioeast?My friend met an artist on the Hampton Jitney who had great things to say about Coco Myers, the founder. After I heard that, I Googled folioeast and bravely sent an email to Coco. I wasn’t sure how she’d like my work.What’s your connection to the East End? Why a studio here?I moved to New York City after a divorce of a 25-year marriage to take a photography course at the International Center of Photography. I bought an apartment and rented houses in the summer until 2005, when I bought my first East Hampton home. I lived there for 11 years with a nice studio in the basement but wanted a studio separate from the house so my partner in life, Paul Shavelson, and I went looking at houses to buy that had everything we needed as artists and for our blended families.What drew you to encaustic wax paintings?I lived for a short time in Santa Fe, Tesuque Canyon, New Mexico, and met a couple of wonderful artists who introduced me to the encaustic method. When I was then back in East Hampton, I decided to learn more by going to R & F Paints in Kingston, New York. That was in 2005. For my newest encaustic work, I paint with encaustic wax on Japanese rice paper, tissue paper, and the very thin Japanese gampi paper. I do this on a Roland hot box, a box heated up to 170 degrees with a stainless steel plate on top. I paint directly onto the paper or on to the plate making monotypes. I sometimes use vintage children’s book pages to make single, diptychs, or triptych images.Tell me about some of your photojournalistic work. What drew you to Kenya in 2000?I went on safari with my family in 1997 and fell in love with the landscape and people there. I could feel that this is the land where we were born. I met a friend and starting working on a book about amazing African women and work with Marie Claire and other magazines. Eventually the book Angels in Africa was published in 2006, after seven years in the making.Artistic photography is very different from photojournalism. Do you find yourself preferring one as the years progress?Yes, I am leaning now more on shooting flowers with a macro lens but would still love to do another photojournalism project if it were brought to me. I just love the camera, especially shooting on film. The slowness of it and the surprise of not knowing and just reloading of it slows me down to look again and again.In your opinion, of the two styles, which is more powerful to the viewer?I think there is more story to photojournalism. It can spark an emotion which can bring about change. But also, artistic photography can bring also the emotion of joy and stillness. A meditation of sorts.What photographs will be shown at your open studio?The photography at my “Open Studio Visits” are a combination of many styles. I have a portfolio of flowers shot with macro of orchids and peonies. I have file drawers full of photography shot over the years all over the world. I have a collection of very small Polaroid type images. My newest work has been shot on our pond of water lilies printed in sepia color on gold metal each one 8×12 to make a large grid of up to 60×60.Tell me about some of your mixed media work. How do you choose what media to work with?My mixed media work always consists of photography and/or found objects like feathers or shells or small photographs glued on board, then covered in encaustic wax, oil paint, and finished with brush stroke.Given all that you’ve accomplished, would you say your work has a worldly, spiritual connection?I think my work has a spiritual connection in that I’m hoping that when viewing or owning my work you feel that there is still so much good in the world, on our planet. I want to give the idea of hope in this ever changing world.If you were photographing yourself for future generations to remember you, how would you want to be captured?That is a very hard question to answer. I think I would be a very mixed up media picture of an artist, friend, mother, lover, and grandmother to eight.Art Barn at Larkin Pond is located at 132 Swamp Road in East Hampton. 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A Suffolk County Sheriff’s marine unit arrived Monday morning. The boat has sonar detection on board. Independent/T.E. McMorrowUpdate, July 21, 1:30 a.m.: The body of Jeffrey B. Gantt was recovered Monday evening. For more on this story, click here.Update, July 20, 4:45 p.m.: The search is still underway in Fort Pond for the swimmer who was presumed to have drowned Sunday night.East Hampton Town police said in a statement Monday afternoon that the missing man is a 42-year-old Manhattan resident.In addition to the marine units and divers being used, Suffolk County aviation is also assisting in the search on Monday.Update, July 20, 8:15 a.m.: Dive teams have resumed their search Monday morning for a man who went missing in Fort Pond in Montauk Sunday evening. East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo called it a recovery operation.Chief Sarlo explained that police received a call about a swimmer in distress at 7:54 p.m. Responding units determined that four people in a row boat had entered the water to retrieve an oar. The boat drifted away from them and “one of the four became distressed and disappeared under the water,” he said.The man, whose name was not released, is described as a Black male in his early 40s, possibly wearing a yellow bathing suit, Chief Sarlo said. The man is a New York City resident.East Hampton Town lifeguards brought back Jet Skis to Fort Pond on Monday morning. Independent/T.E. McMorrowThe Police Department’s dive team, made-up of highly trained officers, as well as the Montauk, East Hampton, and Sag Harbor Fire Department’s dive teams and the East Hampton Ocean Rescue squad all responded to search for the swimmer, in a race against nightfall. Sunset in Montauk was at 8:16 p.m.Chief Sarlo confirmed that Suffolk County police aviation and U.S. Coast Guard aviation units were both requested, but could not respond due to weather conditions elsewhere.“After hours of searching for the missing swimmer, all rescue efforts were suspended,” Chief Sarlo said. By 10:30 p.m., the water was cleared of divers, Jet Skis, paddle boards, and kayak that had been utilized to look for the man.The East Hampton Town Dive Team, with the assistance of the department’s Marine Patrol division, are back in Fort Pond this morning to begin the recovery operation, the chief said.Detectives are investigating.Originally, July 19, 10:30 p.m.: A man went missing in Fort Pond Sunday evening, just as the sun was going down in Montauk. After a two-hour search, police and fire departments called off the search, at least for the night.Just before 8 p.m., East Hampton Town police and its Marine Patrol unit, as well as the East Hampton Ocean Rescue Squad were called to respond for kayakers in distress — though later there were reports it was a swimmer and that the alleged victim had been on a row boat. There were reportedly several witnesses who saw a man in his 40s go under the water and not come up.Fort Pond is a large freshwater lake between downtown Montauk to Second House Road, which separates it from Fort Pond Bay on the north side of Montauk. Several hotels and restaurants surround the lake, including the Surf Lodge. It was not clear exactly where the man went missing in the lake.Dive teams from East Hampton and Sag Harbor Fire Departments, as well as the East Hampton Town Police Department’s team, conducted an underwater search. Ocean rescue squad members searched by Jet Skis and paddle boards.The Montauk Fire Department, which launched its Zodiac in the pond, also set up its tower ladder and lights were set up at command posts around the pond.Helicopters were requested to search by air, but Suffolk County Police Department’s aviation units were not flying due to weather, and a helicopter from Coast Guard Station Cape Cod was also not available.Police did not immediately release information.By 10:15 p.m., police cleared Fort Pond of all those searching. There was no word of when the search would resume.This article will be updated when more information is firstname.lastname@example.org Share
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With only one month left to go, preparations for the 2015 Pacific Chapter Meeting are now entering the final phase.The event will be held at the Embassy Suites San Rafael/Marin County hotel from November 4-6, 2015.According to WEDA, this year’s meeting is shaping up to be an extraordinary event, with a great lineup of presentations.Some of the sessions include: Corps/Industry Meeting; Ports Meeting, Federal Dredging Program presentation, technical presentations, etc.The Pacific Chapter of WEDA represents the West Coast of the United States including Hawaii and Alaska, Guam, American Samoa and Western Canada.View Final Agenda[mappress mapid=”21278″]
The speech given by Dominic Clayden, director of technical claims at Aviva, at the Civil Justice Section’s annual conference (see  Gazette, 25 February, 2) demonstrates the insurance industry’s lamentable approach to the compensation of accident victims. Although he represents a business which last year had operating profits of £3.48bn, Mr Clayden complains that, under Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals, innocent accident victims could see their general damages increased by just 10% in return for having to fund success fees and ATE insurance premiums. The insurance industry has lobbied long and hard for reforms to the current costs arrangements, which were only introduced after they had lobbied long and hard for the removal of personal injury claims from the legal aid system. Now that Lord Justice Jackson might give them some of what they want, they are already lobbying for more! Mr Clayden uses the classic insurance industry scare tactic by suggesting that the proposed 10% increase will have to be funded by increased insurance premiums. The truth is that Lord Justice Jackson’s report makes it clear that he anticipates the overall cost to insurers will fall under his proposals. In those circumstances, why would a business already making a profit over one-and-a-half times the size of the government’s legal aid budget need to increase its charges? I believe that Mr Clayden’s comments are nothing more than spin designed to ensure that accident victims and those who represent them lose out, while his company makes even bigger profits. Martyn Brown, solicitor, Integrum Law, Birkenhead
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These include a port community system (PCS) that will combine the various IT services used by the port, improved hinterland connections and new barge projects. There will also be various marketing initiatives aimed at making full use of the new possibilities offered by the recent deepening of the Scheldt. The assembly also heard an interim report on the ‘total plan’ for a more competitive port. Antwerp Port Authority CEO Eddy Bruyninckx and Alfaport Antwerp chairman Roger Roels launched this initiative at the end of 2009. Nearly 200 port specialists drawn from the public and private sectors have been working on the project since February. The plan is much more than a response to last year’s recession, it will arm the port for the coming competitive recovery, says the port. “The tide has turned in a positive direction for us. Recent market research has shown that the great majority of our customers see Antwerp as the best choice,” says Bruyninckx. Among the highlights revealed to the assembly: the dredging of the Western Scheldt is on schedule and will be fully completed by the end of the year; the PCS portal combines the various services used by the port community; five new rail connections to Paris, Vienna, Ludwigshaven, Verona and Sopron and three upgraded routes to Lyons, Novarra and Duisburg will help to reinforce Antwerp’s position. For barge transport there is the setting up of the BICOS project (joint barge planning system), the co-ordination of sailing schedules among barge operators, the premium barge service and the roll-out of BTS 2.0.
RPL hope the new developments will expand its network in the Maghreb countries and boost its business in the oil and gas markets. The new RPL offices can handle the full range of services currently offered by Rhenus Group, including project logistics jobs, containers and breakbulk consignments. It can now offer door-to-door logistics supply chains in the region through its logistics centres and partnership agreements. RPL’s newly formed partnership with Sohatram allows it to deliver project logistics services between Tunisia, Libya and Algeria. Tobias Ko?nig, md of RPL, expects the demand for logistics services to rise in the Maghreb region in the wake of the Arab Spring: “We’ve been looking for a reliable partner there for a long time and have now found a company in the shape of Sohatram, which has specific local knowledge, excellent capacities and meets our high Western European standards when it comes to handling transport chains.”The partnership allows Rhenus to makes use of Sohatram’s fleet of including multi-axle desert vehicles with a payload capacity of 100 tonnes, heavy-duty transportation equipment, 500-tonne lifting capacity mobile cranes, as well as its storage space and warehousing facilities.Sohatram is certified according to ISO 9001-V2008 and has been accredited according to the OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management system since 2010.RPL and Sohatram have already successfully completed their first joint shipment of containers from Turkey to Tunisia.www.rhenus.com
The new distributors of Straightpoint’s force measurement, load monitoring and suspended weighing load cell equipment are intended to help the manufacturer raise its profile in the US market.Cooper and R.D. Jacobs both expect demand from the aerospace sector, while automotive, food processing, utilities, shipping and energy were among other industries referenced by Straightpoint’s three new partners.www.straightpoint.comwww.scalepeople.comwww.cooperinstruments.comwww.rdjacobs.com