Coast-To-Coast Railway In South America – The Project Of The Century

Siemens including dozens of German companies have attended meetings in Bolivia to discuss the construction of a coast-to-coast railway that will run through Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. According to officials from Germany and Bolivia, if plans push through, it can speed up exports of corn and soybeans to Asia.

The extraordinary $10 billion project involves the construction of a 3,700 kilometre (2,299 miles) rail line across the South American continent. The rail line will link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and will pass through mountains and jungles. According to Rainer Bomba, Germany’s State Secretary of German Transport, Building and Urban Development, the rail line will be the project of the century.

Representatives from Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia including Germany and Switzerland are still considering whether the train route is feasible particularly since it will drastically shorten the shipping routes of prime commodities from Brazil’s coast to Asian markets.

Siemens’ one of Europe’s top engineering groups is present in the meetings to gain as much information as possible regarding the project. In an email, Dennis Hoffman, spokesperson for Siemens, said that since the project is on its early stages, many questions have to be clarified.

The March discussions come after a similar Chinese-led project to construct a South American railway ran into roadblocks because of concerns regarding costs and the environment. Since 40 German companies attended the meetings, it demonstrates that Germany is highly involved in the planning phase and eventually the realization phase.

According to USDA, Brazil expects to export 28 million tons of corn and about 61 million tons of soybeans from the 2016-17 crop year. Land-locked Bolivia has long planned for a corridor to the Pacific because Chile took its coastline in a war in the late 19th century. Political issues have been resolved so that technical work can now move forward.

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How Technology Has Transformed Event Management

Event management for large corporations and multi-national conglomerates can be very challenging for the organizers. However, the advent of technology has transformed the traditional manner with which event organizers conceptualize and manage events. Many event management providers have become more consolidated and successful through the adoption of event management software developed by some tech companies.

In a recent report that was published by Future Market Insights, the following factors have been identified to prompt the sales of event management software all over the world.

  • The major factor that has enhanced the popularity of event management software is the benefit gained in the event management processes. If certain functions are automated like ticketing, venue sourcing and floor planning, event planning becomes more streamlined.
  • The demand for events management software is being fuelled by social media marketing, digital promotional activities and increasing adoption of cloud-based solutions.
  • On the other hand, the high costs of event management software installation have restrained its market growth.
  • Meanwhile, event management providers are looking towards favourable opportunities to use the software because of the popularity of Internet of Things (IoT) platforms and real-time analytical solutions.

According to Future Market Insights, the market for event management software is valued at S6.8 billion. The report reveals that more than two-thirds of revenues gained by the event management market will be accounted by the global sales of the software components. Event planning software is predicted to generate the highest value CAGR at 13.9%.

The event management industry is most likely to witness increasing preferences for on-premise deployment of the software. It is anticipated that the demand for the events management software will be high among large enterprises. On the other hand, small and medium sized businesses will collectively account for only 40% share of the global market revenue. The largest end-users will be corporate and event planners.

When searching for conference and event management service provider, it is important to choose based on high level of experience, flexibility, personal service and attention to details. There are event managers that have gained a good reputation in the industry due to their proven track record in providing outstanding results.

Tesla Powerwall In Brisbane: What You Should Know?

The world as we know it right now is change at a rapid rate even we might be able to catch up with. The climate is becoming more erratic. More destructive storms and tornadoes are causing massive damage to both life and properties. This is basically the reason why most nations in the world are now pushing for a less damaging mean to consume and store power. The use of alternative source of electricity such as solar energy is becoming a trend that you can see almost everywhere in the world. You see, using solar energy- a panel collects sun rays then converts it into electricity which can power an entire home, is less damage to the environmental plus the mere fact that it’s a cheaper way to consume electricity. Australia is considered as one of the world’s leading innovators of using solar energy and other kind of renewable energy to conserve our environment and prevent total destruction of our atmosphere which is our shield from the excessive rays of the sun. In fact, some people are already employing the use of Tesla Powerwall in Brisbane.

To begin with, Tesla is mainly known as an American car manufacturer and all of their vehicles run on electricity and not the conventional fuels. Being said that, they also manufacture batteries that allow users to collect and store rays of the sun that can be converted and used to power an entire home. You see, if you have a solar panel but you don’t have a storage mechanism, it’s useless. When you are using Tesla Powerwall in Brisbane, it’s important that you know enough the product, the manufacturer and how it should be used to prevent unwanted damage and additional expenses. Below are some of the things you must know about Tesla Powerwall in Brisbane:

  • A Powerwall can first and foremost, collect solar energy from the solar panels placed around your home and store it.
  • It can also draw electricity from the utility grid especially when the electric rate at that time is reasonably low.
  • It has the capability to provide back-up power supply in case of a power interruption in the area.


Natural Gas Project’s Employees Stood Down

People from all over Australia, from residents in Sydney to electricians in Perth, were glad to hear of the new project located in Darwin, aimed in providing natural gas for the country to utilize, seeing it as a promising venture.

Recent news however, has not been as promising.

Over 800 workers from the project are being stood down from the $36 B Ichthys gas venture, led by Inpex, in Darwin, Australia. JKC Australia LNG, head contractor for the project has confirmed: 640 direct employees were laid off from the natural gas venture, followed by an additional 200 subcontractors soon after.

Laing O’Rourke, the man in charge of it all, possesses the contract and authorization, as the representative of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, needed for the construction of cryogenic tanks on the site. This contract is one of the largest involved with the Ichthys project, which aims to acquire the natural gas located in the Western Australia coasts, and deliver it across 900km of underwater piping to a processing plant located in Darwin Harbour.

The achievement of this aim, however, has been hampered by recent contractual disputes involving Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Laing O’Rourke, was caught in the hotseat, forced to handle the aftermath of the issue, which led to it withdrawing from the project. As a result, over 800 employees on the project were laid off, sent back to their homes after a surprise announcement made by the construction company.

Josh Burling, spokesperson for the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union stated that the layoffs were sudden and unexpected, and that he was simply informed of them via a phone call on the morning of March 15.

According to Mr. Burling, employees were suddenly being shipped off-site on buses and promptly sent home without work. The employees were undoubtedly shocked, with some stating that their work suddenly disappeared overnight. Some, however, state that there have been murmurs leading up to the mass layoff.

Laing O’Rourke has made their statement, saying that the problem lies with KHI, not with them, stating that the Japanese company had failed to pay for work on the project for some time now, and that the company had attempted to rectify the issues plaguing the site. Regardless, Laing O’Rourke has properly compensated all employees for any work during the tumultuous timeframe.

Electricians in Perth and people all over Australia remain hopeful for the project.

The Outrageous Frankenmansions of Rich New Yorkers

When a wealthy New Yorker finds that his apartment or penthouse is not big not enough to satisfy his needs, he starts getting creative. In recent years, one of the more popular options is to create the Frankenmansions or a combination of multiple townhouses or building floors.

Some big names have offered their neighbors million-dollar buyouts so that they could construct a Frankenmansion. One example of a Frankenmansion is owned by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg purchased 5 out of 6 apartments units in a building that is adjacent to his 7,500 square feet townhouse over the last 3 decades to increase his property to 12,500 square feet.

Sarah Jessica Parker lives in two brick townhouses located above the non-profit United Methodist Women. Originally, the two townhouses were not fused together but after the connection, the star of Sex in the City has a 13,900-square foot mansion with 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and a 2,100-square feet private garden.

Sean Parker, the former president of Facebook is the proud owner of three brownstones. Each of the buildings originally had four apartment units, a grand stairwell and a back garden. The first building was purchased for $20 million in 2010, the 2nd for $16.5 million in May 2016 and the 3rd for $22 million in August 2016. During the renovations, the three brownstones were connected.

It is rumored that the owner of two brick buildings that are being turned into a single residence is billionaire Jon Stryker. Previously the buildings were an ice cream factory, a showroom for Steinway pianos and a garage.

In 2009, Madonna invested into 3 connected townhouses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The mansion costs $32 million and features 13 bedrooms, a dance studio, several dining rooms, a private gym, 2 garages, an elevator and 3,000-square foot private garden.

For ordinary homeowners, the best option when renovating the home is to improve the design of the bathroom. To make sure that the bathroom will be tidy and organized while looking elegant and luxurious, add corner vanity unit made to last. Not only will it perfectly match with the bathroom, you gain more value for the money spent.

Swiss Company Offers To Use Cremation Ashes As Diamonds For Keepsake

When it comes to creativity, human beings have no limit thus the continued innovation that we are experiencing. The same goes when it comes to the celebration of life for the deceased loved ones. This is because of many reasons and one of them is the growing desire in people to choose cremation over the burial ceremony. There are now many options to remember our loved one who have passed away such as mixing the ashes into paint so that a portrait of the deceased can be made from it or the ashes can be sent into space if desired. A new discovery is further eliminating the need for traditional burial because of the option to memorialize the one who passed away after its human body has been cremated.

This new service promises to make diamonds out of the ashes of the loved ones after cremation. Back in the day, common keepsakes would be keeping a lock of hair or a simple photograph of the deceased wherever they may be. This is not enough anymore as we can turn the ashes into diamond and set them into different jewelleries such as ring or pendant for a necklace. It can also be kept as is if desired.

The company that is offering this service is called Lonite and it is located in Zurich, Switzerland. The name of the company, Lonite, is originally from Longevite which is a Swiss word. The word means “to live a long life”. This is only suitable because diamonds are known to be one of the toughest materials in the world which is derived naturally and can last a long time. This is also why diamonds are considered as a symbol of eternity – both in love and devotion. This is why many couples are choosing this service so that they can have a part of the ones they love even after they have passed on.

Diamond making out of human remains for funeral jewellery in Perth is possible because of the high concentration of carbon which is required in creating diamonds. The beautiful thing is that the colour of the diamond will depend on the nitrogen that is left in the carbon. Colourless ones can also be achieved but the process is longer and will cost more.