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  • 28 jun 2017
    HAMILTON _ On the sidelines of the 35th America’s Cup off Bermuda this summer, the J-Class regattas were an outstanding event, that cast a bright spotlight on the quality of Dutch nautical design and knowhow. Six J Class yachts appeared on the starting line for the AC’s superyacht event. The overall winner was the 43.4m Lionheart (photos StudioBorlenghi) that also won the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta Trophy. “We have been working super hard for years on this,”...
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  • 26 jun 2017
    AALSMEER _ The Netherlands was the first country to experience an economic bubble. In March of 1637, the price of some single tulip bulbs exceeded the annual salary of a laborer. The tulip’s vivid colors made the flower a status symbol and awakened the trader that lurks inside every Dutchman. By 1636, the tulip bulb had become the Netherlands’ largest export product _ after gin, herrings and cheese. In his 1641 book, entitled “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of...
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  • 22 jun 2017
    ROTTERDAM _ “If there is a shooting in a bar, I am asked a million questions,” Rotterdam Mayer Ahmed Aboutaleb told the New York Times recently. “But if I say everyone should own a boat because we predict a tremendous increase in the intensity of rain, nobody questions the politics.” The Netherlands has been shaped by the struggle against the sea. That is very visible in Rotterdam whose roots go back to 1270 when a dam was built in the Rotte river to prevent flooding....
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  • 19 jun 2017
    AMSTERDAM _ When he succeeded his mother and became the Dutch monarch on April 30, 2013, King Willem-Alexander’s life changed in major ways. There was stuff close to his heart he had to give up. No more membership in the International Olympic Committee, for instance. No more activist work in international water management issues. Until his investiture as monarch, Willem-Alexander served on the UN Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation. But the Dutch king held on to one very treasured...
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  • 15 jun 2017
    THE HAGUE _ China is cutting back on mergers and acquisitions abroad. According to Bloomberg data, China set an outbound takeover record of $246 billion in 2016 but its M&A activity dropped by almost 70% in the first 4 months of 2017. One culprit: tougher capital controls restrain China’s outbound M&A activity. These days, bankers are finicky. They want Chinese corporations to have offshore account balances. Or a letter of credit, early in M&A negotiations. They know Beijing...
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  • 13 jun 2017
    ABU DHABI _ To build the Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago in the United Arab Emirates, and 2 other palm projects, 450 million tons of sand were imported from Australia. In the last 20 years, Singapore has imported 517 million tons of sand for housing projects.   Sand and gravel account for the largest volume of extracted solid material in the world. A recent UN report says sand and gravel are mined faster than their renewal. “This has major impact on rivers, deltas and coastal...
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  • 06 jun 2017
    PARIS _ Hydrogen fuel lifts space shuttles and other rockets into orbit. Aboard spacecraft, it powers electrical systems. The byproduct of making hydrogen is pure water which space crews drink. So why fist-thick tiles of insulation, rooftop solar panels and ugly-as-sin wind farms on earth? What’s wrong with using the earth’s simplest, most abundant element? A 50-strong French team of navigators, naval architects, engineers and designers is answering that question by sending the first...
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  • 01 jun 2017
    AMSTERDAM _ For its 2017-18 contest, the Volvo Ocean Race will again rely on Mastervolt to provide power for the 8 VO-65 racers. Mastervolt systems will power anything from the large lifting keels to onboard AC and coffee makers. The next VOR starts in October. Mastervolt, says Nick Bice, head of technical development at the VOR, is the “technical part of the boatyard and the Volvo Ocean Race.” The VOR boatyard is a 1200 sq. m. maintenance facility shared by all contestants who sail...
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  • 30 mei 2017
    PARIS _ “It’s like our coming out party,” US billionaire Thomas S. Kaplan told the Artnet News website in February. He and his wife Daphne Recanati Kaplan had just announced they have acquired _ in only 14 years! _ more than 250 portraits, history paintings and genre scenes by 5 generations of Dutch Masters, including a Vermeer and 13 Rembrandts. The Kaplans’ “Leiden Collection” _ named for the city where Rembrandt was born in 1606 _ is one of the largest...
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  • 24 mei 2017
    DELFT _ Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch crowd-funded foundation developing technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, says donations since 2013 have reached $31.5 million. It reports a windfall of $21.7 million since last November from, among others, San Francisco-based philanthropists Marc and Lynne Benioff, the Julius Baer Foundation, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Royal DSM, a Dutch multinational active in health, nutrition and materials. “This new contribution allows Ocean Cleanup to...
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