News Article | May 23, 2017
Former Mayor Gayle McLaughlin remembers the phone calls from that evening. It was August 6, 2012. Constituents were calling McLaughlin at home to describe a huge cloud of black smoke infiltrated their neighborhoods. It was coming from the Chevron refinery. Minutes later came the shelter-in-place warning for her Richmond, CA town and neighboring San Pablo. It lasted five hours. A corroded pipe at the Chevron refinery failed, causing a massive cloud of hydrocarbon and steam that ignited. Residents of Richmond, CA had been complaining for years about the toxic emissions from the 2,900 acre refinery in their backyard. This time, 15,000 sought help for respiratory problems at hospital emergency departments. Nineteen workers narrowly escaped death, but it was far from the first “close call” for employees at the refinery. It was however, the final straw for workers and the community. Nicole Marquez, a staff attorney for the Oakland, CA-based Worksafe said the Richmond fire served as a “rallying point” for workers and community groups to raise the profile of their health and safety concerns. Their near five-year effort resulted last week in an announcement of new safety rules for California refineries. The standards board of the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) announced revisions to its regulations for process safety management (PSM) of highly hazardous chemicals. WorkSafe was part of coalition of environmental and labor organizations which included the United Steelworkers, Communities for a Better Environment, the BlueGreen Alliance, and NRDC. They capitalized on the findings from investigation conducted by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, Cal/OSHA, and others to demand meaningful reforms to existing PSM standards. Investigators found, for example, that the 1970’s-era piping used in the refinery was particularly susceptible to corrosion from today’s sulfur-rich oil. Chevron’s technicians alerted company management to the problem but were ignored. The company’s mechanical integrity program was an utter failure. Investigators found more than 100 instances in which “temporary” clamps were holding together pipes and equipment. The coalition was relentless in pushing an interagency taskforce to issue new safety requirements for refineries in the state. A key demand from the coalition was a meaningful role for workers in process safety decision making. They succeeded in securing that provision of the rule as well as requirements, such as: The new regulation is being applauded by safety, community, and labor groups. The chair of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board Vanessa Sutherland congratulated Cal/OSHA for issuing the new refinery safety rules. The CSB investigated the Chevron Richmond catastrophe and issued its report and recommendations in 2015. Mike Wilson, Director of Occupational and Environmental Health at the BlueGreen Alliance, has been at the center of the effort for the new refinery safety rules. When implemented, California’ new PSM regulations for refineries will be the most protective in the country. Federal OSHA’s PSM standard was adopted in 1992 and has not been updated.
News Article | October 2, 2017
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL and BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwired - October 02, 2017) - Bluegreen Corporation ("Bluegreen Vacations" or "Bluegreen"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of BBX Capital Corporation ( : BBX) ( : BBXTB) ("BBX Capital"), today announced plans to expand the Fountains, its signature resort in Orlando, Florida. "Orlando is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and the Fountains is one of Bluegreen's premier flagship resorts," commented Shawn Pearson, CEO of Bluegreen Corporation. "The Fountains is in close proximity to Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios and many of Orlando's other world-renowned local attractions, and we look forward to having the availability of new vacation ownership resort units at the Fountains." Expansion plans for the Fountains include 97 additional vacation ownership resort units featuring two-bedroom accommodations, as well as luxurious three-bedroom Presidential suites. Once completed, the expanded Fountains campus is planned to encompass a total of 842 vacation ownership units. Completion and initial occupancy of the additional units is anticipated to occur in winter 2018. About the Fountains Resort: Orlando's world-famous attractions preside majestically over the rest of the city. But the Fountains is its own kingdom of 54 acres. Located on International Drive, the Fountains is an outlet to every attraction in Orlando and this Orlando retreat holds its own with a full calendar of activities for adults and children alike. Vacation villas offer the space and amenities needed to feel right at home. Onsite Amenities: The Fountains' Wakoola Springs is a spectacular 75,000 square-foot tropical water wonderland that is anything but ordinary. Features include two twisting water slides, a zero-entry pool, interactive water fountains, two hot tubs and Wakoola Grill, an on-site bar and grill. Beautiful Lake Eve offers fishing, paddleboats, and a boardwalk and pier. A 6,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor pool area, two hot tubs, a convenient pool bar and a playground for children is also offered. Further, a 20,000 square-foot clubhouse is home to a gift shop, lounge area and children's activity center with video games, air hockey and billiard tables. For further information about the Fountains visit: https://www.bluegreenvacations.com/resorts/fl/the-fountains. About Bluegreen Corporation: Bluegreen, founded in 1966 and headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, is a leading vacation ownership company that markets and sells vacation ownership interests (VOIs) and manages resorts in top leisure and urban destinations. Bluegreen's Vacation Club is a flexible, points-based, deeded vacation ownership plan with approximately 200,000 owners, 66 Vacation Club and Club Associate Resorts and access to more than 11,000 other hotels and resorts through partnerships and exchange networks. Bluegreen also offers a portfolio of comprehensive, fee-based resort management, financial, and sales and marketing services, to or on behalf of third parties. For further information, please visit www.BluegreenVacations.com. About BBX Capital Corporation: BBX Capital Corporation ( : BBX) ( : BBXTB), formerly BFC Financial Corporation, is a diversified holding company whose activities include its ownership of Bluegreen Corporation and, through its Real Estate and Middle Market Divisions, the acquisition, ownership and management of joint ventures and investments in real estate and real estate development projects and middle market operating businesses. As of June 30, 2017, BBX Capital had total consolidated assets of $1.5 billion. For further information, visit www.BBXCapital.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are based largely on the current expectations of BBX Capital and Bluegreen. All opinions, forecasts, projections, future plans or other statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements and can be identified by the use of words or phrases such as "plans," "will," "expects," "anticipates," ""would" and words and phrases of similar import. Forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties, including the risk that Bluegreen may not complete its expansion plans at the Fountains as anticipated, if at all, and that VOI sales at the expanded facility may not be as successful or profitable as anticipated, if at all. BBX Capital and Bluegreen can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Actual results, performance, or achievements could differ materially from those contemplated, expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: SST.2010.2.1-3. | Award Amount: 3.95M | Year: 2012
The BESTFACT objective is to develop, disseminate and enhance the utilisation of best practices and innovations in freight logistics that contribute to meeting European transport policy objectives with regard to competitiveness and environmental impact. BESTFACT builds up on the work of BESTUFS, PROMIT and BESTLOG and integrates four interrelated areas of the key freight logistics challenges the European Union is confronted with and creates coherence with the key actions of the Freight Logistics Action Plan: urban freight, green corridors and co-modality, transport related environmental issues and eFreight. BESTFACT will establish a robust and replicable methodology for collecting and processing best practices. Best practice is understood as the combination of three dimensions: (1) the identification, evaluation and prioritising of relevant business cases. (2) the credible knowledge management of best practices and (3), the utilisation and implementation within existing or new industrial realities. The BESTFACT best practice methodology comprises a three-level approach that includes the set up of a comprehensive best practice inventory for which 160 cases will be analysed providing a general description. 60 in depth surveys will be made including a detailed analysis of the best practice cases. The development of best practices will be addressed in 5 best practice implementation actions stimulating modal shift on company or regional level, co-operation among stakeholders or the introduction of best practices into administrative procedures. Practical best practice handbooks as well as research and policy recommendations addressing new and additional policy tools will be provided. BESTFACT will organise 12 cluster workshops and 3 conferences. Furthermore, a comprehensive knowledge management will be established to enlarge the knowledge basis and simplifying access to best practice. BESTFACT will be a neutral and open platform for any interested party.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: FI.ICT-2013.1.9 | Award Amount: 1.77M | Year: 2014
Phase Three of the FI-PPP will fund somewhere between 400 to 1600 consortia and individuals as part of the sub call process foreseen in the 1.8 action line, spending over 80 million Euros in an attempt to multiply the uptake and impact of the Generic and Specific Enablers coming from previous FI-PPP investment. The objective of the FIMPACT Support Action is to collect and assess the quali-quantitative evidence of the potential socio-economic impact of the Future Internet PPP by measuring and projecting potential take-up and impact of Phase III SME Accelerator projects to 2020, increasing the probability that those consortia and individuals selected will have the means and knowledge to deliver sustainable initiatives. First, FIMPACT will show these consortia exactly what factors create Impact and sustainability, not only in innovation and technical terms but also in technological, financial and market demand terms. Secondly FIMPACT will monitor and measure the progress and potential impact of the SMEs, Web entrepreneurs and projects of Phase III according to industry standards and the overall community of FI projects. The FIMPACT project will identify good practice and highlight consortia, SMEs and Web entrepreneurs who are achieving results with high Impact potential.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: GC.SST.2012.3-3. | Award Amount: 1.15M | Year: 2012
European Platform Driving KnoWledge to INNovations in Freight Logistics-WINN is a step forward to increase collaboration and consensus building of the different stakeholders dealing with freight transport and logistics to define and implement research and innovation measures (including policy) that may be implemented through the HORIZON 2020 and member states programs in the medium-long term in the field of logistics. Estimates put the share of the logistics industry in Europe at close to 14% of GDP and the logistics industry has had growth rates above the average of European economies. Moreover, six countries out of the global top-10 logistic performers are from the EU in 2012. This basic data support the idea of a potential worlwide leadership of the European logistics industry that will also benefit the competitivenes of the industrial sectors (automotive, food industry, etc.) in which logistics represents a major cost. The WINN project will establish a broad collaboration framework that will include, from the beginning, several main stakeholders operating at a European level (CO-Tree, EIRAC heritage) and national triple helix networks that currently operate in different countries in Europe: CNC-LOGISTICA (Spain), DINALOG (Netherlands) and ILiM (Poland and Baltic to Balkan countries). These networks mainly include excellence research centres, public bodies and industry operating in the logistics field. Manufacturing companies, retail, logistics services providers, transportation companies and logistics hubs and platforms (airports, ports, dry ports, etc.) are all represented in these networks. The collaboration framework will also include well known key stakeholders developing information and communication technologies for the logistics sector (BLUEGREEN and ENIDE). This will be the start point for a broad and open network that will be accessible for the benefit of all (substantial) logistic clusters, networks and companies operating worldwide or at European Level that will constitute the European Technology Platform (ETP) on Logistics. This ETP will be led by industry being WINN the tool to support ETP developments and coordination initiatives. The ETP on Logistics will provide input to HORIZON 2020 program and will be the voice of the sector (industry, authorities and research) in order to channel main areas of development in RTD and Innovation in the logistics field where coordination and combination of efforts between industry and authorities is needed to ensure the leadership of the European logistics sector. The ETP will constitute discussion forum of both industry and authorities where common financial and business plans and eventually legislative actions to support the research may be agreed. One of the main aims of the project is to stimulate research and innovation trough pioneering projects and programs in logistics.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: GC.SST.2011.7-11. | Award Amount: 4.34M | Year: 2011
This project is about interoperability between e-freight systems that have been developed in previous EU projects as well as in commercial undertakings. We will therefore show how the following e-freight systems will be integrated: Logit 4SEE (resulting from Freightwise), Smart-CM Neutral Layer and ICS-SEAP (from Smart-CM), SICIS (from Integrity), Port Community Systems (e.g. from Descartes) and commercial platforms (e.g. from DHL). Based on this interoperable set of e-freight systems, shippers, beneficial cargo owners, LSPs as well as customs authorities will be offered information that will make logistics chains have shorter lead times and higher reliability. We will unlock valuable information that is available somewhere throughout the logistics chain. There are many data sources available which will be aggregated: Data from container security devices, port communities, logistics network, terminal operators, etc. In order to support decision processes in the logistics chain, we need to combine data sources and consolidate these data to valuable information. Having common project members, here COMCIS will use the approach developed earlier in the Freightwise project. Interoperability between systems is only useful if it leads to improved processes. COMCIS will therefore focus on better integration of customs processes, better interfaces between sea and hinterland, as well as better control on the hinterland part of the logistics chain which is often the largest cause of variability. For communication between abovementioned e-freight systems, we will use the common framework that is being developed in a cooperation between EU projects (Freightwise, e-Freight, Smart-CM, Integrity, Euridice, etc.) as well as industry driven initiatives like LIM of GS-1. Demonstrations will take place in 3 business cases through ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.6.6 | Award Amount: 17.14M | Year: 2011
iCargo IP aims at advancing and extending the use of ICT to support new logistics services that: (i) synchronize vehicle movements and logistics operations across various modes and actors to lower CO2 emissions, (ii) adapt to changing conditions through dynamic planning methods involving intelligent cargo, vehicle and infrastructure systems and (iii) combine services, resources and information from different stakeholders, taking part in an open freight management ecosystem. To achieve the above targets, iCargo will design and implement a decentralized ICT infrastructure that allows real world objects, new planning services including CO2 calculation capabilities and existing systems to co-exist and efficiently co-operate at an affordable cost for logistics stakeholders. iCargo infrastructure will include Intelligent Cargo items to facilitate automated reactive decision-making and to integrate information obtained from on-going execution (all modes) into planning processes to optimize environmental performances, including real-time information about traffic and transport infrastructure conditions. iCargo involves representatives of the main stakeholders in three main areas of activity: (i) research and technological development, involving leading ICT companies and institutes to integrate in iCargo the necessary technology components, including results from key related EU projects, and to develop innovative approaches and business models for co-modal transport environmental optimization and dynamic planning; (ii) implementation, demonstration and validation of three extensive pilots in end-to-end multi-actor intermodal chains, involving users from logistics companies, shippers and public authorities; (iii) extensive dissemination of research results, demonstration and pilot cases validation activities, aimed at transferring iCargo results to the international transport logistics community and supporting take-up and extensive exploitation immediately after the project
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: GC.SST.2013-7. | Award Amount: 2.84M | Year: 2013
Small forwarders, carriers and other logistic SMEs are in need of affordable, reliable and trusted data-interchange solutions to take part in international trade and commerce flows. LogiCon aims at setting up, testing and facilitating the adoption of low-cost, low-barrier data connectivity solutions. The above activities will be carried out in four national living labs, each one with specific objectives, dealing with three main challenges: 1) enabling connectivity, by selecting, refining, testing and promoting state-of-the-art solutions and platforms, through involvement of a vast audience of SMEs; 2) engaging communities, either cargo communities around port and inland terminals or business networks run by large companies, to favour standard adoption and to support risk assessment and dashboards for key indicators like emissions and load factors; 3) prepare for cooperation in a global freight management ecosystem, foreseen for the future, where capacity will be optimized and flows will be synchronized among the different involved actors.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Innovation Voucher | Award Amount: 5.00K | Year: 2014
The trial of a unique active voltage management system designed to reduce the electrical energy consumption in domestic homes and light commercial properties.
BlueGreen | Date: 2011-08-02
The invention relates to a high molecular weight glycolipid characterized by the presence of rhamnose which has anti-inflammatory activity, particularly in inflammation triggered by ischemia and reperfusion. A further aspect of the invention is a process for preparation of said glycolipid from Cyanobacteria.