Okomu Palm Oil Plc (OKOMUO.ng) 2004 Annual Report

first_imgOkomu Palm Oil Plc (OKOMUO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about Okomu Palm Oil Plc (OKOMUO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Okomu Palm Oil Plc (OKOMUO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Okomu Palm Oil Plc (OKOMUO.ng)  2004 annual report.Company ProfileOkomu Palm Oil Plc manufacture and market Banga Palm Oil in Nigeria as well as a range of Noko 10 rubber bands. The company was established in 1976 as a Federal Government pilot project set up to rehabilitate oil palm production in Nigeria. At the time, the pilot project incorporated 15 589 hectares of which 12 500 hectares was planted with oil palms. In 1985, Okomu Palm Oil Plc installed a 1.5 tonne fresh fruit bunches/hour mill. The company was privatised in 1990 and has grown to become Nigeria’s leading oil palm company with some 14 000 hectares of land currently planted with palm oil trees and 8 000 hectares of rubber trees. By 2020, an additional 4 000 hectares of palm oil trees and 1 500 hectares of rubber trees will have been planted on the 33 000 hectares of private land owned by Okomu Palm Oil Plc. The company operates two 30-tonne/per hour oil mills and an additional two 30-tonne/per hour mills will be operational by 2020/21. Its technical partner, SOCFINAF (Luxemburg), has a 53.32% stake in the business. SOCFINAF (Luxemburg) was founded in 1912 and was the first industrial company to plant oil palm trees in Africa and Indonesia. Today, it has plantations and oil palm operations in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, Cameroon, the DRC, Sao Time and Cambodia. Okomu Oil Palm Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Okomu Palm Oil Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Internet censors target ayatollahs, feminists and students

first_imgNews March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Reporters Without Borders is outraged that the Iranian government is reinforcing and extending its online censorship and repression of netizens. Several news and information websites have been blocked in the past few days including those of two influential Grand Ayatollahs, which have been inaccessible in Iran since 3 October. Online women’s rights and student activists are among those who continue to be questioned and threatened.It is now the ayatollahs’ turn to be censored. It seems that the Islamic Republic’s government, led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supported by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, can no longer tolerate the views of some of Iran’s leading clerics. Their websites cater to spiritual needs and are far from being news outlets or sources of information about opposition politics. But they are being targeted by the government. By preventing Muslims from visiting these sites, the Islamic Republic is taking censorship to a new level.The websites of Ayatollah Yusef Saanei (http://saanei.org/) and Ayatollah Asadollah Bayatzanjani (http://bayatzanjani.net/) were blocked on 3 October, as their offices have confirmed. Both are critical of the government and Supreme leader and both had often objected to the crackdown on protesters following President Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection in June 2009.The website of Ayatollah Sied Ali Mohammad Dastghib (http://www.dastgheib.ir/), another leading cleric, has been filtered for the past several months. Although a member of Assembly of Experts, which elects and supervises the Supreme Leader, he has criticised it on several occasions.One of the latest online activists to be harassed is Noushin Ahamadi Khorasani, the editor of the Feminist School website, who was summoned and questioned on 22 September by the Fifth Chamber of the Tehran revolutionary court, located inside Evin prison, and was then released on bail. A founder of the “One Million Signatures” online campaign for changes to laws that discriminate against women, Khorasani has received repeated summons since 2009 and is the victim of judicial harassment by the intelligence services. Her only crime is to have combated gender discrimination and fought for the right of women to express their views online, despite filtering, arrests and imprisonment.The intelligence agencies have stepped up pressure on students and their news websites since the start of the academic year. Students who help to produce Advar News, a website linked to an independent student union called the Unity Consolidation Bureau, have been questioned and threatened with arrest in connection with what they have been writing for the site.Several members and supporters of this union have been arrested and given long jail sentences in the past year or so. They include two journalists – Ali Malihi, who was arrested on 2 February 2010 and sentence to four years in prison, and Ahmad Zeydabadi, who was arrested on 14 June 2009 and sentenced to six years in prison. Zeydabadi is this year’s winner of the Golden Pen of Freedom Award, which is issued by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Journalist Akbar Ganji, a former political prisoner and winner of the award in 2005, will receive this year’s prize on Zeydabadi’s behalf at the WAN-IFRA annual congress in Hamburg today. News News February 25, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts October 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Internet censors target ayatollahs, feminists and studentscenter_img Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Organisation After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists RSF_en to go further Follow the news on Iranlast_img read more

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Riot police to patrol Miami Beach for remainder of spring break due to rowdy crowds: Reports

first_imgtravelview/iStock(MIAMI) — The Miami Beach Police Department is beefing up the number of officers to patrol crowds for the remainder of spring break after several incidents involving alcohol-induced revelers have caused chaos in the city, according to reports.On Tuesday, Miami Beach officials held an emergency meeting to address the alcohol-induced antics the partiers have brought to the city, the Miami Herald reported. The meeting was filled with resident, who expressed anguish at the disarray, that they said is particularly egregious this year, according to the local newspaper.Incidents have included a driver on the MacArthur Causeway serving alcohol to passengers in another vehicle, a brawl on the beach and a woman, who was knocked unconscious, near Ocean Drive.In another incident, Mariah Michelle Logan was killed by a hit-and-run driver on her way to the airport, according to the Miami Herald. Logan, 23 of Chicago, reportedly yelled “Bye, Miami” while hanging out of the car window on the Airport Expressway before she flew out of the car, landed on the road and was struck. The driver stop, then took off, police said.In addition, numerous videos showing drunk teens and 20-somethings stumbling throughout the city’s sidewalks have appeared on social media, according to the Miami New Times.The police department announced that starting this weekend, it will deploy about 25 officers, who will be wearing riot protective gear, in front of Ocean Drive to seize alcohol and drugs to prevent spring breakers from getting too intoxicated. Barricades and all-terrain vehicles will also be used to disperse crowds. Goodwill ambassadors are also being used to clean up the trash left on the beaches.The plan will bump the cost of dealing with spring break crowds from $1.1 million to $1.5 million, the Herald reported.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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NYC police officer dies from apparent suicide, eighth this year

first_imgtillsonburg/iStock(NEW YORK) — For the eighth time this year, a New York City police officer has died by suicide, two police officials confirmed to ABC News. The officer, who was not immediately identified, died just before 3 a.m. on Tuesday in Yonkers from a single gunshot wound to the head, the officials said. The officer was assigned to the 50th Precinct and was part of the security detail at Yankee Stadium. He had been on the force since July 2012.This marks the eighth New York Police Department suicide this year. Four NYPD officers died from suicide in June, one died in July, and two others took their lives earlier this year.Law enforcement advocates say the disturbing problem is visible nationwide.More police officers have died by suicide this year so far than in the line of duty (27 as of Aug. 1), statistics compiled by advocates show. Blue H.E.L.P., a nonprofit organization that tracks officer suicides, found that 120 officers killed themselves this year. The group goes through the painstaking process of calling each family to verify the deaths because no comprehensive government database exists.Chuck Wexler, the executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, an independent research organization, said officer suicide is “the number one issue for police departments around the country.”After an off-duty NYPD officer died by suicide at his Staten Island home in July, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said the department was in the throes of a “mental health crisis.”The spate of officer suicides has prompted O’Neill and NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan to convene mental health experts. They’re considering putting peer counselors and clinicians in each precinct.Both O’Neill and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio implored the more than 30,000 police officers on the force to seek help if they are experiencing depression.“To every member of the NYPD, please know this: it is okay to feel vulnerable. It is okay if you are facing struggles. And it is okay to seek help from others,” O’Neill said. “You may not know this, and it may be hard to imagine, but you are not out there all by yourself. More people than you know, who wear the same uniform as you do, share the same doubts and fears and struggles that you do. Seeking help is strength. Talking about your problems is strength. Acknowledging you need a place to turn is strength. There is no shame here — only a promise to provide you with the help and support you need and deserve.”De Blasio echoed O’Neill’s statement.“I want to say as loudly and clearly as I can: it is okay to ask for help,” de Blasio said. “If you or a loved one is in need, ask. Your whole city stands in support of you ready to answer the call.”A recent white paper commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization, found that police officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty.In 2017, there were at least 103 firefighter suicides and 140 police officer suicides nationwide, researchers said. In contrast, 93 firefighters and 129 police officers died in the line of duty.“Police officers experience trauma on a regular basis — not just what is on the front line of nightly news,” Miriam Heyman, a researcher with the Ruderman Family Foundation, told ABC News in April.If you or someone you know has talked about contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat, both available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Case round-up

first_img Comments are closed. Case round-up by Eversheds 020 7919 4500Sleeping on the job Landeshauptstadt Kiel v Jaeger, ECJ, 11 September [2003] Time spent by doctors on-call in a hospital constituted ‘working time’ underthe Working Time Directive, even where the doctor was allowed to sleep duringperiods of inactivity. Jaeger, a doctor in Germany, worked a number of on-call duties each month.When on-call, Jaeger was required to stay at the hospital, but was allocated aroom to sleep in when his services were not required. The Working Time Directive defines ‘working time’ as any period during whichthe worker is working, at the employer’s disposal and carrying out hisactivities or duties, in accordance with national laws and/or practice. Under German law, only the time spent actually performing tasks when doingon-call duties was classed as ‘working time’. All other time spent on-call,when the worker’s services were not required, was classed as ‘rest periods’. Jaeger challenged this arguing that his on-call duty in its entirety shouldbe deemed to constitute ‘working time’. However, his employer regarded allperiods of inactivity during on-call time as rest periods and not as ‘workingtime’. The case was referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ).It ruled thatthe Working Time Directive had to be interpreted as meaning that on-call dutyperformed by a doctor where he was required to be physically present in thehospital had to be regarded as constituting in its totality ‘working time’,even where the doctor was permitted to rest at his workplace when his serviceswere not required. Sick pay entitlement – who decides? Taylor Gordon & Co Limited (trading as Plan Personnel) v Timmons,EAT, 25 September [2003] An employment tribunal had no jurisdiction to consider whether a worker wasentitled to SSP, only whether there was a non-payment of SSP to which he wasproperly entitled. Timmons brought a tribunal complaint for unlawful deduction from wages bythe respondent employment agency (Plan Personnel), in that it had refused topay him statutory sick pay (SSP). Plan Personnel defended the claim, arguingthat Timmons was not entitled to SSP and therefore there had been no deductionfrom wages. The issue arose as to whether the tribunal had jurisdiction todecide if Timmons had been entitled to SSP. The tribunal held that it did have jurisdiction to deal with this issue, andupheld Timmons’ complaint. Plan Personnel appealed, arguing that exclusivejurisdiction to determine issues on entitlement to statutory payments wasvested in the Inland Revenue Commissioners. The appeal was allowed. It was clear that the appropriate authority for thedetermination of disputes relating to statutory payments, such as SSP, lay withthe Inland Revenue Commissioners. The tribunal was wrong to hold that it hadjurisdiction to deal with such a complaint. Case round-upOn 28 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Investigation: Drugs in Oxford

The discovery of cocaine traces in a number of locations across Oxford suggests that for some students at least, university is a time for experimentating with recreational drugs. How prevalent is drug use in Oxford University?C+ has analysed drug use across the university by surveying over six hundred students and using swab tests to sample locations across the city for traces of cocaine.Swab tests suggest that cocaine has been taken in several Oxford locations. Toilets in the Oxford Union, the Old Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Camera, the Manor Road Building , the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, and the Oxford University Language centre, as reported on the front page.Students who answered the survey were asked about what drugs they had taken in the last year. The survey was distributed by email and social media and had received 650 responses at the time of writing.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%8901%%[/mm-hide-text]Use of alcohol is most common, with 94% of respondents claiming to have drunk recently. According to our survey, tobacco use is higher amongst the Oxford student population, at 54%, than in the UK as a whole.Among illegal drugs, the most common was cannabis: over a third of respondents (281) admitted to using marijuana or hashish. Over one in five students (22%) admitted to MDMA use.Strikingly, results suggest that cocaine use is relatively common, with 11% of respondents claiming to have taken the drug over the last year.The data gathered imply that a minority of students take a wider variety of narcotics. Eighteen of those surveyed said they had used heroin. An equally low number of students admitted to taking khat and crack over the past twelve months, whilst 5% of students said they had tried LSD. A relatively high number of respondents also claimed to have used nitrous oxide (15%). The drug has recently seen increased use among clubs in Europe, in the form of ‘laughing gas’.Significant numbers of students are also taking ‘magic mushrooms’, with 7% of respondents admitting to having ingested the psychedelic drug.When presented with the data, a spokesperson for Oxford University stated, “The survey is of concern, and while research demonstrates that most young people leave drugs and alcohol behind as they become clearer about who they are and what they want to achieve in life, the University and colleges advise and encourage those who are currently abusing any kind of substance to seek help.“We strongly advise students against taking any drugs that have not been prescribed to them as this could involve putting their health at risk. If students want help to address these matters, they will find a range of support available on many levels – college, university, Student Union, and the local NHS services. Information about this support is promoted to students by the University, the colleges and the Student Union.”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%8905%%[/mm-hide-text]According to the survey, there is relatively little evidence of ‘legal highs’, such as mephedrone, which have recently been the subject of debate in the media.When C+ spoke to forensic toxicology scientist Dr Simon Elliott of ROAR Forensics and David Nutt’s ‘DrugScience’ committee, he highlighted this as “particularly interesting”.Elliott commented, “Even if these featured in the 3% of ‘Other’ drugs, the suggested use would be proportionately low which is unexpected based on my forensic experience of current casework.” Elliott also drew attention to the risks of MDMA and amphetamines being cut with unknown drugs: “Users should be aware that such products may also contain other substances (potentially as a complete substitute for the expected contents). As such it is important that students have access to the necessary information to provide an objective view of drugs and drug harm, to help and educate where required.”9% of students also admitted to taking “other” drugs, not listed in the survey. The most popular response for this category was ketamine. A small minority of students said that they have used prescription drugs for recreational purposes.In the survey, C+ consulted respondents on their views about the extent of drug use in the university. Almost half of respondents (48%) feel drug use is “average” amongst the student body in Oxford. Only 31% believe usage is “rare”.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%8903%%[/mm-hide-text]However, others saw drug use as more widespread: just over 20% of the sample claimed that drug use in Oxford was either “common” or “ubiquitous”. Despite this, only 23% of respondents said they used drugs at least monthly. Nearly half of those surveyed claimed not to have taken recreational drugs at all in the past twelve months.Furthermore, the data suggests that only a small number of people have been drawn into drug culture since their arrival at Oxford. When asked about whether they had used drugs prior to university, around half of respondents answered “no” or “not applicable”.Charlotte Hendy, OUSU’s Vice-President for Welfare, told C+, “We encourage all students to be mindful of their health and wellbeing whilst at Oxford, and to avoid needle-sharing and other dangerous practices associated with drug use. Our Student Advice Service provides free, confidential advice to any student requiring it – just email [email protected]“OUSU is also partnering with the Lifeline Project, a drug and alcohol abuse charity. We are currently running a survey for all students, to ensure that the services OUSU and Lifeline provide is tailored to what students want and need. OUSU is looking to you to inform the direction we take with this partnership, to ensure that we provide you with the services you need.”A spokesperson for the Lifeline Project commented, “University students are in a unique social and economic position – receiving maintenance grants and loans in large amounts at precisely the same time that they are propelled into independent living, many for the first time away from home and family.They went on, “There is a strong social focus within student bodies in the UK on alcohol and increasingly, as the OUSU survey reveals, on illicit substances.”“Lifeline Project is pleased to be working with OUSU in supporting the pathway to the Recovery service in Oxford where students can receive information, counselling and interventions around alcohol and substance misuse.”Lifeline Oxfordshire is based on Marston Road in Cowley, and their partnership with OUSU was announced in Tom Rutland’s OUSU Presidential bulletin email earlier this week. read more

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Frankenstein Exhibit Returns to Library Atrium for October

first_imgAn all-things-Frankenstein exhibit returns to the atrium outside the Ocean City Free Public Library for the month of October.WHAT: An all-new Frankenstein exhibit with portraits, cartoons and drawings of the world’s most famous monster will be shown through October. The display runs through Oct. 31.WHERE: In the atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library’s main entrance, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue.WHAT ELSE: The collection has been compiled by Ron MacCloskey an actor, Groucho Marx impersonator and creator of the “Lucky Guess Game Show” featured at the library during First Night.A random drawing will decide the winner of a “Monsters of Filmland” painting.MacCloskey introduced the third annual exhibit on Thursday, Oct. 1, with Ocean City Fire Department Capt. Bill Martin volunteering as Frankenstein and with a themed cake served to attendees.This year on the 80th anniversary of “Bride of Frankenstein,” the library will be host to Frankenstein’s 80th Wedding Anniversary Party at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. All are invited to attend the free event, which will feature Dracula, Wolfman, the Mummy, Zombie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Hunchback. Student performers from Ocean City High School will be featured.Attendees can enter to win a painting originally created for the “Monsters of Filmland” magazine. Ron MacCloskey (left) and Bill Martin introduce the Frankenstein exhibit that will be on display throughout October in the atrium outside the Ocean City Free Public Library.last_img read more

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Conference examines immigration

first_imgTo begin the Church and Immigration Conference, Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini of the Diocese of Huehuetenango in Guatemala gave the keynote address Sunday night in McKenna Hall. Both University President Fr. John Jenkins and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of the Archdiocese of Seattle introduced the speaker.In Jenkins’ remarks, he said the United States is in political gridlock when it comes to immigration reform, and while politicians are bickering, immigrants are dying.“We need to elevate the terms of the immigration debate onto a higher moral plane,” Jenkins said. “While we certainly recognize the right of a nation to regulate immigration, we must also recognize the economic realities that force people across borders to find the means to feed their families. We must also recognize the undeniable economic benefits that immigrants, both documented and undocumented, have brought to this nation.“We must recognize the history of immigration that has helped define our nation.”Elizondo, chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, said the Church’s obligation to care for immigrants began with Jesus himself.“The Church has been involved in the immigration issue since her founding, when the Lord Jesus Christ instructed all of us to welcome the stranger, and in these interfaces we see Christ himself,” Elizondo said.Elizondo said the USCCB is the largest refugee resettlement agency in the world, and has resettled more than one million refugees since 1975.“The Catholic voice continues to have impact in the public debate on immigration,” he said. “As a community, we are at the forefront of the moral arguments governing the immigration reform debate. We should be proud of our rich tradition of defending the migrant, both here in the United States and globally. This of course not only includes the bishops but all the faithful and many of you present.”Ramazzini said immigration crises throughout the world continue because people reduce immigrants to economic statistics.“The economic dimension of globalization places productivity and effectiveness as the values that orient all our human relationships,” he said. “This economic dimension promotes inequality and injustices. That is to say, the most important values of truth, justice, love and … human dignity and the rights of others are subjective to the world market. I say [it should be] the God market.”Ramazzini said a person is not just an economic factor.“The crisis of capitalism and also the crisis of socialism is to forget that God is the fundamental in the reality,” he said. “Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation, ‘The Joy of the Gospel,’ emphasized that the Church — and I dare to say that I believe Christianity today is in a profound crisis — is living a new idolatry of money, in that it is money that governs us.“We have created a world of inequality and this inequality is one of the causes of the migrants today.”Consumerism has created a “throw-away society” that does not value the inherent dignity of every person, Ramazzini said.“Being a Christian is to love God and our neighbor,” he said. “We know that. Because of this, we must promote a different globalization that emphasizes love for justice and a respect of human rights. … Even people who do not have documents are persons. Is it necessary to have a document in order to be a person? Can others be a hindrance in living as a human being?“If we truly live with a globalization as I mentioned, we will have the capacity to discover who is suffering, and we would then have the capacity of helping them.”Tags: Immigration Conferencelast_img read more

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New York governor says state will solicit another 1GW of offshore wind this year

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享offshoreWIND.biz:The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will issue its second solicitation for at least 1GW of offshore wind capacity in 2020, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo said in his State of the State Address.The second solicitation could potentially yield ”substantially more” than 1GW in new capacity, according to the 2020 State of the State.The second round will be designed to capture the rapidly falling costs of offshore wind energy, the address stated. No further details were shared.The announcement builds on New York’s goal to have 9GW of electricity from offshore wind by 2035.In its first offshore wind solicitation, NYSERDA selected Equinor’s 816MW Empire Wind and the 880MW Sunrise Wind, a project jointly developed by Ørsted and Eversource Energy.In early 2020, NYSERDA, Empire State Development (ESD), and New York Department of Transportation (DOT) will also initiate a competitive process to award USD 200 million in public investments to improve the port infrastructure that will be used for the local offshore wind sector.[Adnan Durakovic]More: New York to seek at least 1GW of new offshore wind capacity in 2020 New York governor says state will solicit another 1GW of offshore wind this yearlast_img read more

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Floating wind turbine off the French coast posts record production numbers in February

first_imgFloating wind turbine off the French coast posts record production numbers in February FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Offshorewind.biz:Floatgen, the first offshore wind turbine installed off the French coast, produced 923.2 MWh of electricity in February, setting a new monthly record.The 2MW Floatgen turbine achieved a capacity factor of 66.3% for the power production of 923.2 MWh last month, Ideol said.With a February time availability of 95,7%, Ideol added that its patented floating foundation again confirmed its readiness for commercial-scale deployments.To remind, Floatgen exceeded expectations when it produced a total of 2.2 GWh during the first half of 2019. The second half of last year saw the floating wind turbine already more than double its first-semester power production, reaching an annual total of 6 GWh.Floatgen, which consists of a Vestas V80 turbine mounted on the Damping Pool, started delivering electricity to the French grid in September 2018. The project is a joint venture of Ideol, Bouygues Travaux Publics, Centrale Nantes engineering school, RSK Group, Zabala, the University of Stuttgart, and Fraunhofer IWES.[Nadja Skopljak]More: Floatgen breaks record in Februarylast_img read more

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