Heim steps up at Seaports of Niedersachsen

first_imgHeim – who has been responsible for marketing and communication at Seaports of Niedersachsen since November 2013 – replaces Timo Schön.www.seaports.delast_img

Walter Presents: Ride Upon the Storm season 2 preview – rousing stuff that’s exquisitely acted

first_imgI recall reviewing season 1 of Ride Upon The Storm (Herrens Veje in its native Danish) back in January 2019 and remarking that this isn’t a crime show at all. At the time, it was unusual for Walter Presents to offer us anything that didn’t involve a gruesome murder or twenty; but these days, WP have widened their net to incorporate more and more drama of all types and genres; including family dramas like this.If you want to avoid spoilers for Ride Upon the Storm, stop reading now.For Season 2 of RUTS, there are still no murders – not yet, at least – but there is more family intrigue for Johannes Krogh (the masterful Lars Mikkelsen) and his dysfunctional clan.Credit: Tine Harden / Walter PresentsIt’s 18 months since the death of August (Johannes’ son), who walked in front of a lorry in the Danish countryside at the end of Season 1. Christian (Johannes’ other son), who was with August that fateful day, is immersing himself in his new self-help book, trying to cope with the guilt of being unable to prevent August’s death. Johannes is coping with troubles of his own, as August’s church is on the verge of being sold to the Muslim community, causing discord and anger from some parishioners in Brovang – a view Johannes is not unsympathetic with and one which the tabloids are quick to promote and exploit for a good storyline. As he admits to colleagues, that church is all that he has left of his son and he doesn’t want it sold to anyone – be it Aldi or Allah.Johannes’ wife, Elisabeth – played sublimely by Eleonora Jørgensen, winner of two best actress awards at the Danish Film Awards – is undergoing therapy as a result of the breakdown of her marriage to Johannes. They’re still living together, but they’re no longer intimate; and she struggles to cope with his moods and temper, whilst still mourning the loss of her son.Credit: Tine Harden / Walter PresentsElsewhere, Emilie – August’s widow – has decided that their young child will not be baptised in church, but instead has chosen to have a non-religious naming ceremony; something that further distances her from her father-in-law.This is rousing stuff. It’s exquisitely acted throughout, particularly by Jørgensen and Mikkelsen. In addition, the characterisation is so beautifully rounded, it’s an absolute joy to watch. Take Johannes as an example – he’s a violent, dinosaur of a man, and yet when his daughter-in-law stops him from seeing his grandson, you cannot help but feel sorry for the man. The scriptwriting is top-drawer; and everything from the musical score to the camerawork are faultless too. It is proof that you don’t need flash and crash to create quality drama.Walter Presents: Ride Upon the Storm launches on Channel 4 at 11pm on 5th April and the boxset is available via All4 immediately after the transmission of first episode.last_img read more

Narrow wins for Apollon and APOEL in Cyprus Cup

first_imgBy Nemanja BjedovCUP holders Apollon Limassol left it late before securing a narrow 1-0 advantage over Nea Salamina in the first leg of their Coca Cola Cup Round 16 clash after Greek midfielder Fotios Papoulis headed the ball home in the last minute of regular time, yesterday evening at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol.“This was only the first half. We deservedly won, but who will go through will be decided in two weeks in Larnaca. It was an open game and both teams had chances to score.“Before we start thinking of the second leg we will be fully focused on Omonia who are our next opponents in the league this coming weekend,” assessed Apollon coach Christakis Christoforou.At the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, APOEL beat AEL 1-0, with Irish striker Cillian Sheridan scoring the only goal of the game in the 40th minute.AEL midfielder Dede and APOEL’s Nektarios Alexandrou got into an argument after the final whistle and the referee showed them both yellow cards. Dede will now miss the return leg as he was sent off for his second yellow card of the game.“We lost, but we still have a solid chance of advancement because the second leg will be played at our stadium in two weeks time. Both teams had their chances, but it was APOEL who managed to score and that goal was the difference between the two teams tonight,” said AEL spokesman Ploutis Avraam.“In the second leg we will have to play without Dede, but we are expecting a few new players to arrive in Cyprus by then so our chances should be good to achieve progress into the next round,” he added.APOEL vice-president Vassos Eliades also thinks his side have a good chance of reaching the next round: “This is only the first half of the tie. There are another ninety minutes and maybe more to be played two weeks from now, but I believe we have a good chance after today’s result. However, our focus now shifts to AEK who we play in the league this weekend.”Elsewhere, Doxa Katokopia beat Olympiakos Nicosia 3-1 away from home, while AEK Kouklion celebrated a 1-0 victory over Ermis Aradippou. Enosis Neon Paralimni and Ethnikos Achnas played out a goalless draw.last_img read more

Urban Transformations: In Tanzania’s Capital, Safer Children Mean Better Neighborhoods

first_imgPoswayo and her team carried out a peer-reviewed study of SARSAI with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015 and 2016. Compared to a control group, the schools with SARSAI experienced 26 percent fewer traffic injuries, while vehicle speeds in school zones dropped as much as 60 percent. It is the first peer-reviewed method of its kind proven to reduce road traffic injuries and death in the region.The impact of SARSAI goes beyond the numbers, helping children understand that their safety, mobility and freedom in the city matters. Children also internalize the importance of a safe environment and are encouraged to support road safety going forward.“As a parent, now I am very happy,” said Didace Kamugisha, a PTA secretary at the Mikumi Primary School. “This has not only helped the students, but also residents who use the road.”Didace Kamugisha, a parent and PTA secretary at Mikumi Primary School. Photo by Kyle Laferriere Amend, a global road safety nonprofit, is working to save children’s lives by changing the roads they traverse. The School Areas Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI) program targets schools with the highest rates of student injuries and creates corridors of improved safety between children’s homes and their schools.“Road safety does so much more to a city than just keep people safe,” said Ayikai Poswayo, SARSAI program director at Amend. “It determines how a city operates, how the people within a city feel.” SARSAI is a finalist for the WRI Ross Prize for Cities. Learn more here.Corridors of SafetyCommunities and local authorities are active participants throughout SARSAI’s process. They help Amend gather data on traffic and pedestrian counts, speed surveys and measurements by explaining their specific challenges and dangerous hotspots. Once identified, Amend implements measures with local road authorities. They install speed bumps, footpaths, traffic calming measures and other infrastructure on nearby roads. Sometimes they even create new entrances to schools to help kids avoid especially dangerous areas. Then they work with the students to teach them safer pedestrian behavior.Footpaths create a safer environment for children and all pedestrians. Photo by Kyle Laferriere EDITOR’S NOTE: SARSAI won the WRI Ross Prize for Cities on April 10, 2019. Learn more here.Chaos often reigns on the streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital. Minivans, cars and motorcycles careen along half-finished roads without markings, sidewalks or traffic lights. Pedestrians walk single-file within reach of speeding vehicles. Groups of children in matching school uniforms hold hands as they linger at the road’s edge. They scan for breaks in traffic and dart across before the bell rings for the start of class. Every day, this journey puts their lives at risk.Some of Dar es Salaam’s highest-risk schools see more than 12 students injured or killed in road crashes every year. The city’s skyrocketing population, increasing car ownership and haphazard development have combined to create perilous commutes for school children. While road safety is a global problem—more than 1.35 million people die in crashes every year and the total is only getting higher—children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than twice as likely to die in a road crash than kids in other parts of the world. In cities’ poor neighborhoods, the odds are even worse.Children in sub-Saharan African are twice as likely to die in a road crash than kids in other parts of the world. Designated crossings like the one above help make students’ walks to school safer. Photo by Kyle Laferriere These simple solutions—which cost only about $25,000 per school—are already reshaping Dar es Salaam. SARSAI has helped more than 38,000 students there to date, as well as many more family members, who worry less about their children’s walks to school, and neighbors, who benefit from safer pedestrian infrastructure.One motorcycle taxi driver said street alterations have changed the way he drives. “Before, we used to fear that we would hit them [students],” Yasini Tahwa told WRI. “Now when we reach the zebra crossing, we wait for them to cross first before we pass.”Big Impact with Limited ResourcesData is at the heart of what makes SARSAI effective. To achieve maximum impact with limited resources, Amend’s engineers and statisticians first survey a city for the most high-risk school areas. Then they build out from there, selecting physical interventions that best fit the area.Mikumi Primary School, one of several in Dar es Salaam that worked with the SARSAI program to improve student safety. Photo by Kyle Laferriere Sowing the Seeds of Change“The fact that the interventions we implement are very simple and affordable means that they can be replicated basically anywhere in the world,” Poswayo said.Amend started SARSAI in 2012 with a one-year grant of $100,000 to work with two schools in Dar es Salaam. It’s now expanded to 26 other high-risk school areas in the city, covering 60 percent of the highest-risk schools, as well as eight more cities in eight countries.In Lusaka, Zambia, Amend is partnering with the mayor’s office. In Accra, Ghana, the organization is working to create a pedestrian action plan. Elsewhere in Tanzania, Amend is helping the World Bank incorporate SARSAI’s principles into the design of new roads in eight cities. Amend has even partnered with UNICEF to share its methodology with the city of Kingston, Jamaica.Children play in the schoolyard of Mikumi Primary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo by Kyle Laferriere Improving the city for some of its most vulnerable residents fundamentally changes the fabric of a city. It weaves together a community that includes parents, families, teachers, youth and local leaders, reimagining how public space is used in daily life. Starting with a focus on school children—such a visceral and immediate concern for so many—allows for a broader conversation about building cities that are better for everyone.“What SARSAI does is to look at our cities from the angle of the child pedestrian,” said Poswayo, SARSAI’s program director. “If we can design our cities from that angle, we would be designing it for the safety and security of all.”Our blog series, Urban Transformations, spotlights finalists for the inaugural WRI Ross Prize for Cities, a global competition for transformative projects and initiatives that have ignited citywide change. The winner, selected from nearly 200 submissions from around the world, will be announced April 10, 2019 in New York City. For more information, visit wrirossprize.org.last_img read more