You can’t enjoy chili without fresh cilantro. Ditto chicken soup and parsley. Or tomato sauce without basil.You don’t have to be a gourmet cook to use fresh herbs on a regular basis (did we mention chocolate sundaes with fresh spearmint?) or to spice up an old favorite (lemon-thyme baked chicken).It may seem silly out here where farm fields abound, but the cold winters cut short most herb gardens even if you do have a good spot for them. It’s a lot trickier inside. Those who spend most of the time in Manhattan apartments know it’s hard to find a window that provides suitable sun — the rule of thumb is six hours a day.Now there’s really no excuse. A range of interesting products has come on the market of late. They are designed for indoor window sills that will yield an herb garden that stays healthy and plentiful all year long.Even in the coldest climate, the planting season lasts six months, and though greenhouses extend the seasons, greenhouses can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars. A nice windowsill garden can be an effective year-round yielder and Sunblaster Horticultural out of British Columbia makes some of the best products.It’s not just a hobby. The food writer Lynne Jaques issued this endorsement: “To enjoy the health benefits of herbs and spices, it is best to either grow them at home, or buy them organic and fresh from a natural grocery store or farmers market.”Herbs and spices are a healthier alternative for flavoring food than salt. Refined (“table”) salt may make individuals more prone to high blood pressure, kidney problems, and heart disease. “We tried the Growlight garden with spectacular results. It stayed hydrated for 14 days allowing us a trip out to the summer house for school vacation” Jaques wrote.Amazon sells a dozen makes and models for $20 on up. Nature’s Blossom Fruit Growing Kit isn’t as ambitious, and yields are much smaller, but the kids love it. The Beginner’s Set grows four types of berries.The Asian Greens Growing Kit is also a lot of fun. It boasts, “Everything included to easily grow four traditional Asian greens from seed.”Find more about growing your own herb garden on www.gardenerspath.com.To read about the medical benefits of fresh herbs:“Prescription for Dietary Wellness;” Phyllis A. Balch, CNC and James F. Balch, M.D.; 1998.“Anti-aging Manual: The Encyclopedia of Natural Health (3rd ed.);” Joseph B. Marion; 2005.“The Green Pharmacy: Herbal Remedies for Common Diseases and Conditions from the World’s Foremost Authority on Healing Herbs;” James A. Duke, Ph.D.; firstname.lastname@example.org Share
United States Senators Lisa Murkowski and Maria Cantwell introduced their broad, bipartisan energy bill focused on a wide range of national energy opportunities and challenges.The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, includes a section requiring the Secretary of Energy to issue a final decision, approving or disapproving, any application to export natural gas to countries that do not have free-trade agreements with the United States no later than 45 days after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or Maritime Administration has concluded the review required by NEPA.The bill grants, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit or the circuit in which the liquefied natural gas export facility will be located, original and exclusive jurisdiction over any civil action for the review of an order issued by the Secretary with respect to such an application or the Secretary’s failure to issue a final decision on such an application. Provides for expedited consideration of civil actions brought under the section, and, in the case of covered applications, provides for the transfer of petitions for review upon the motion of an applicant.Markup sessions on the bill will be held on July 28 and July 30. LNG World News Staff; Image: energy.senate.gov
Gerhardt has worked for Rickmers since 1978 and was previously director for Human Resources, Administration and Finance. In his new role he will lead the Logistics Services division within the Rickmers Group.Ulrichs has been head of Line Management since 2005 and has been a director of this division since 2008.Both gentlemen will remain responsible for their previous business areas. Alongside Gerhard and Ulrichs, Jan Boje Steffens, managing partner and CEO of Rickmers Group, remains president & CEO of Rickmers-Linie.
“This 10 m steam drum for the oil and gas industry was both heavy and outsize, and it was not equipped with tie-down points for its flight onboard one of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ IL-76TD-90VD aircraft,” said Evgeny Venikov, load planning manager at Volga-Dnepr’s engineering and logistics centre.”To distribute the weight, we developed two small, light cradles and installed the cargo onto them. We also fitted the drum with special devices to enable us to meet the mooring safety requirements and fix the drum inside the cargo hold of the aircraft. The loading was completed using two cranes and a trailer,” explained Venikov.The flight was operated on behalf of international forwarding and logistics company Panalpina. www.volga-dnepr.comwww.panalpina.com
It hopes to shorten and simplify what has become BIMCO’s longest standard clause, partly by removing the mediation provision that was added to the clause in 2002. BIMCO said that a free-standing mediation clause will be published for parties that wish to invoke mediation for all, or part of a dispute, once arbitration proceedings have commenced. The association added that, following the addition of Hong Kong as a fourth named arbitration venue, the BIMCO clause will be consolidated into a single provision that operates with any of the named arbitration venues. At present, each of the named venues has their own section in the Dispute Resolution Clause. In the proposed new clause, users will select the applicable law, place of arbitration, number of arbitrators and the procedural rules to give effect to the clause.The new clause will be submitted to the BIMCO Documentary Committee for approval in May 2020. www.bimco.org
Two years after announcing that it wanted to open up its data to give clients a ‘real picture’ of how well their conveyancer is performing, HM Land Registry has published application error figures for the top 500 conveyancers.Requisition figures, from April to December 2018, have been published for the Registry’s top 500 customers. Requisitions are requests for further information raised for applications that do not contain all the necessary evidence or information, or have discrepancies or anomalies in the documents.The Law Society says cutting the number of requistion requests following a purchase is likely to benefit parties in the conveyancing process. However, a spokesperson said: ‘Whilst we should seek to drive down the number of errors, we must also recognise that delays can be caused by mistakes either from HM Land Registry, or because there is information awaited from third parties such as lenders or managing agents.’The data includes the name of the customer, number of applications (first registration, transfers of part, discretionary lease, register update) lodged, number of applications completed by the Registry, and number of requests for information in each category.The Registry points out in some cases, it is not the conveyancer’s fault if a request is made. For instance, the Registry is exercising its power to ask for more information under rule 17 of the Land Registration Rules 2013, or the Registry requested information in error. Issues also arise from ‘errors and oversights’ by conveyancers and cases where third parties have not provided evidence ‘in a timely fashion’. Examples include no evidence of consents by third parties needed for registrations to proceed, no evidence of mortgages being paid off, name discrepancies, and documents not being signed or witnessed properly.The Registry says, proportionally, more information requests are raised for register creation applications than update applications because they are more complex. ‘So conveyancers whose business involves a greater proportion of work that results in new titles may receive proportionately more requests for information than a firm with a different profile of work,’ it says.The Registry outlined its plans to open up its data in its 2017-2022 business strategy. In a December 2017 blog, the Registry’s head of customer policy, Andrew Robertson, said the requisitions were holding back its aim to make conveyancing simpler, faster and cheaper.
UK: DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd announced a review of options for Piggyback rail freight services in Britain in June 8, following independent enquiries from a number of freight customers seeing to cut distribution costs. The freight operator said ongoing work to increase clearances is opening up more rail routes which could be suitable for Piggyback operations, where lorry trailers are loaded onto suitable wagons to provide quick modal integration. Services could be offered later this year if the review finds a viable commercial case. ‘The review of Piggyback rail freight services will test the logistics market to establish demand and, subject to the results, the type of Piggyback offering DB Schenker will introduce to the market’, said Stuart Boner, Managing Director of the Network segment of DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd. ‘We are working hard to develop innovative solutions for customers to secure road-to-rail conversion during the economic downturn to reduce costs and carbon emissions.’ Interested parties are invited to contract DB Schenker for further discussions of the concept.
ROMANIA: Infrastructure manager CFR SA signed contracts for a 78 km route modernisation project with a consortium of Astaldi, FCC, SALCEF and Thales on May 23.The work covers a section of the Arad – Deva main line between Km614 (near Cicir), Bârzava and Ilteu, which is part of pan-European Corridor IV. The contract is worth 3·5bn lei, the majority of which will come from EU investment funds. Tenders for the project were issued in February 2014.The upgrading includes the installation of ETCS, and will allow an increase in line speed to 160 km/h for passenger trains and 120 km/h for freight. No fewer than 64 minor bridges are to be modified or refurbished, while two new bridges are to be built over the river Mureș. A new 600 m long tunnel is to be excavated, and 11 stations refurbished.A further 22 km from Ilteu to Gurasada is still at the contracting stage, according to CFR SA. Preferred bidder for the section is the Railworks consortium of Alstom, Aktor and Arcada; but the 1·5bn lei contract is expected to be signed once any objections from competing bidders have been resolved.
SPAIN: An agreement to build and operate a rail motorway terminal in the Port of Barcelona has been signed by the government of Catalunya and SNCF subsidiary VIIA. The terminal will be open to any operator, offering capacity to accommodate eight trains per day carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers to and from France and central and northern Europe. The agreement ‘is excellent news for multimodal transport’, said VIIA Chairman Thierry Le Guilloux, adding that it ‘paves the way for an innovative and environmentally friendly mode of transport’ which would offer a real alternative to road transport. Minister for Territory & Sustainability Damià Calvet said the project was important for the regional government as it was expected to revitalise the economy, create jobs and help to decarbonise transport to tackle climate change. SNCF’s rail motorway subsidiary VIIA currently operates rail motorway services on five routes, from Bettembourg in Luxembourg to Barcelona and Le Boulou on the Franco-Spanish border, from Calais to Orbassano (Torino) and Le Boulou, and from Aiton (Chambéry) to Orbassano.
England won the three-match ODI series in the West Indies following a second victory over the hosts in Antigua.Joe Root combined with Chris Woakes to overcome a middle-order wobble with a 102-run seventh-wicket partnership to inspire England to a four wicket win and an unbeatable 2-0 lead..England were made to toil to achieve their 226-run target, with Root (90) doggedly keeping his wicket while his teammates folded after Jason Roy had been dismissed for 52.Woakes provided the perfect foil as he mastered the slow pitch to score an unbeaten 68 off 83 deliveries.West Indies had earlier struggled to their total, registering just 15 fours and three sixes as they were bowled out with 13 deliveries remaining.Kraigg Brathwaite (42) and the in-form Jason Mohammed (50) combined for a 72-run fourth-wicket stand in the highlight of a dour Windies innings, Liam Plunkett (3-32) shone for the tourists with ball in hand.Steven Finn’s (2-38) second wicket – a return catch from Kieran Powell (9) – brought up his 100th in ODI cricket.