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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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  • 22 mei 2017
    LONDON _ Global online art auction sales rose by 15% last year to $3.75 billion, a turnover that is seen to more than double in the years ahead. Sotheby’s and Christie’s are said to be best at transforming their bricks-and-mortar businesses into online art trade giants. The annual Hiscox Online Art Trade Report says the 15% rise came amid rising competition among online platforms and contrasts with a drop of 8 to 10% _ to an estimated $12.45 billion _ in all 2016 auction sales. A...
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  • 18 mei 2017
    LONDON _ The SuperYacht Gallery London at the Saatchi Gallery here is a one-of-a-kind boat show celebrating the world of superyachts. The inaugural event (June 1-3) offers owners, charterers and yachting enthusiasts a rare peek into the world of yachting through photography, art, film, virtual reality and other creative endeavors. “The world of luxury yachting is being presented in a never-before-seen form of display,” blurbs the gallery for contemporary art. The show _ and related...
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