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    Remembering Stephen Hillenburg by Adam Yardley -

    Stephen Hillenburg, a trailblazing animator and director perhaps most famous for bringing Spongebob Squarepants to the world, has passed away at the age of 57. Hillenburg had been suffering from ALS, having publicly advised of his diagnosis last year. By mark of respect, Nickelodeon – where Hillenburg directed and animated much of his work – advised that they would be holding a moment of silence to remember the creator.

    Spongebob Squarepants has become nothing short of a cultural phenomenon, with the show due to celebrate its 20th anniversary since its debut on Nickelodeon in 2019. Hillenburg had previously worked with the network and in the industry as a director for cult animated series Rocko’s Modern Life, before turning his attention to creating an undersea world and characters who have been gracing our screens for almost two decades.

    Steven Hillenburg,
    Steven Hillenburg, "SpongeBob SquarePants" creator, dead at 57 [video]

    Hillenburg’s knowledge of the ocean clearly helped to inspire his efforts to bring Spongebob, Squidward, Patrick et al to life. “I studied natural resources planning and thought I could get a job at some marine park,” the animator had previously confirmed in conversation. “But I was great at art and so-so at marine biology. It’s funny how the two eventually came together.”

    Hillenburg’s unique characters and constantly entertaining output has been charming viewers across two generations – with Spongebob and his friends having become meme mainstays on the internet in recent years, showing the sheer breadth of the humor injected into each and every show. It has become Nickelodeon’s signature show, and as a result, the network owes Hillenburg a tremendous debt for the years of laughs.

    “We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS,” the network advised in a statement, according to The Independent. “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family.”

    Hillenburg is survived by his wife and son – and leaves an incredible legacy behind him. The director had vowed to continue working despite his diagnosis and it’s clear he was true to his pledge until the end. Where would the animation world be without Spongebob? With its creator having sadly passed away, it will remain to be seen what happens to the character moving forward – but for now, at least, we take time to remember a true visionary in the field. He will be greatly missed.

     'Spongebob Squarepants' Creator Stephen Hillenburg Passes
    'Spongebob Squarepants' Creator Stephen Hillenburg Passes [video]

    Reported by One News Page Staff 5 hours ago.

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    The EU's second highest court upheld on Wednesday a decision by the European Union to recover money from far-right politician Marine Le Pen, delivering the former French presidential candidate a second legal setback this year. Reported by Reuters India 5 hours ago.

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    Kokam Wins Over 40 MWh of PV-Connected ESS Projects in South Korea Batteries to provide cost-effective, safe, energy dense storage for renewable capacity firming and energy time shifting

    SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Kokam Co., Ltd, a global provider of innovative battery solutions, today announced that it won two projects totaling 40 Megawatt hours (MWh) of PV-connected Energy Storage System (ESS) capacity in South Korea. These two projects, representing 12 MWh and 28 MWh of ESS capacity, will use Kokam's High Energy Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (HE NMC) battery technology to deliver the safe, energy dense storage the projects need for renewable capacity firming and energy time shifting.5 MW / 13 MWh Kokam ESS integrated with PV system

    The first project was installed at three sites in South Korea's Chungchoeng region in collaboration with the project's renewable energy system developer, Razzler, who is managing Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC). For this project, Kokam delivered and installed 5 megawatts (MW) / 12 MWh of total ESS capacity to support a total of 5 MW of PV system capacity. The second project is for Korea Midland Power Co., Ltd., for nine sites located throughout South Korea. This project consists of 8 MW / 28 MWh of total ESS capacity coupled with a total of 10 MW PV system capacity. All 28 MWh of ESS capacity is scheduled to be installed and in operation by the end of 2018.

    "With more than 200 MW of Kokam's battery technology sold to ESS customers around the world, these two new projects further strengthen Kokam's position as leader in delivering reliable, high-performance ESSs that enable renewable energy, utility, industrial, and other customers to maximize the value of their energy storage projects," said Ike Hong, vice president of Kokam's Power Solutions Division. "These two new projects and the introduction of our new high-energy 100 Ah HE NMC cell illustrate that we provide the technology and expertise that PV and other renewable energy project developers and owners need to integrate safe, high-energy storage into their projects."

    *Industry-Leading Battery and ESS Technologies Reduce Costs While Improving Safety*

    The majority of the ESS capacity for the 28 MWh Korea Midland Power Co., Ltd. ESS project uses Kokam's newly developed 100 Ah HE NMC cell. This next-generation, high-energy cell has a new active material in the anode and includes a new additive to the cell's electrolytes, increasing the cell's energy density by 26 percent, to 204.4 watt hours per kilogram (Wh/kg), without reducing its expected life. Kokam ESS solutions with the new cells help renewable energy project developers and owners lower the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and increase the ROI for ESSs used to support PV and wind systems.

    Kokam's ESSs feature three levels of protection, with a Battery Management System (BMS), a Battery Protection Unit (BPU), and fire fighting systems. In addition, all Kokam battery modules use flame-retardant materials, further increasing the safety of the ESS.

    *Strong PV-Connected Energy Storage Incentives Drive Growth of South Korea ESS Market*

    As part of its "Renewable Energy 3020" plan, which aims to increase renewable energy's share of South Korea's energy generation from 4 percent in 2016 to 20 percent by 2030, South Korea is incentivizing the installation of ESS with PV systems. The government is granting a Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) weight of 5.0 to all electricity discharged from ESSs coupled to PV power systems during off-peak times (before 10:00 am and after 4:00 pm).

    South Korea is encouraging the installation of ESSs with PV systems because ESSs address several of the problems caused by the intermittent energy generation of renewable resources. ESSs can store energy generated by the PV systems when energy supply is high or demand is low, and then discharge this energy later in the day when energy supply is low or demand is high, increasing the value of the energy generated by the PV system. In addition, ESSs can perform ramp rate control, stabilizing the amount of energy delivered by a PV system to the grid during the day, and provide other ancillary services to maintain grid stability.

    *About Kokam Co., Ltd.*

    With a globally acknowledged and proprietary manufacturing technology, Kokam Co., Ltd provides a wide range of lithium ion/polymer battery solutions to customers in over 50 countries and many different industries, including the Energy Storage System (ESS), Electric Vehicle (EV), aerospace, marine, military, and industrial markets. With over 60 battery-related patents and a total of 708-megawatt hours of field performance, Kokam is a proven leader in providing innovative, high-tech battery solutions. Kokam is a subsidiary of SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. For more information, please visit www.kokam.com.

    *About SolarEdge*

    SolarEdge is a global leader in smart energy technology. By leveraging world-class engineering capabilities and with a relentless focus on innovation, SolarEdge creates smart energy solutions that power our lives and drive future progress. SolarEdge developed an intelligent inverter solution that changed the way power is harvested and managed in photovoltaic (PV) systems. The SolarEdge DC optimized inverter seeks to maximize power generation while lowering the cost of energy produced by the PV system. Continuing to advance smart energy, SolarEdge addresses a broad range of energy market segments through its PV, storage, EV charging, batteries, UPS, and grid services solutions. SolarEdge is online at solaredge.com

    *Press Contact*

    SolarEdge
    Jessica Fishman
    Public and Media Relations Manager
    Tel: +972-9-9576620 Extension #353
    Jessica.Fishman@solaredge.com

    Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20181115/2299737-1

    Related Links :

    http://kokam.com Reported by PR Newswire Asia 3 hours ago.

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    *MagneGas Recognized for Innovation at Maritime2020 Asia Summit*TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- *MagneGas Applied Technology Solutions, Inc. ("MagneGas" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: MNGA)*, a leading clean technology company in the renewable resources and environmental solutions industries, announced today that it was granted an award as the “Most Innovative Sustainability Solution” at the 2018 Maritime2020 Asia Summit that was held November 27, 2018 in Singapore. 

    Scott Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer of MagneGas, commented, “We’re proud to be recognized by global industry players as an innovative sustainability leader. As we develop our fourth-generation gasification unit further and improve our relationships with ports and major industries for metal-cutting fuels and waste-to-energy applications, we can better scale our offerings to improve global environmental waste and energy solutions.” 

    “We thank the organizers of the Maritime2020 Asia Summit, as well as the shipping and maritime industry for their recognition and vote of confidence in us. We look forward to partnering with many of the government and business organizations we’ve met here in Singapore to further implement MagneGas technologies,” added Mr. Mahoney. 

    This summit is considered one of the premier events convene C-level representatives of the entire maritime industry supply chain and LNG leader who will share specialist information and engage in discussions about the upcoming regulations, regarding the global cap on sulphur content in shipping fuel, review LNG use in the marine sector and the best bunkering solutions.

    *About MagneGas Applied Technology Solutions, Inc. *
    MagneGas Applied Technology Solutions, Inc. (MNGA) owns a patented process that converts various renewables and liquid wastes into MagneGas® fuels. These fuels can be used as an alternative to natural gas or for metal cutting. The Company's testing has shown that its metal cutting fuel “MagneGas2®” is faster, cleaner and more productive than other alternatives on the market. It is also cost effective and safe to use with little changeover costs.  The Company currently sells MagneGas2® into the metal working market as a replacement to acetylene.

    The Company also sells equipment for the sterilization of bio-contaminated liquid waste for various industrial and agricultural markets. In addition, the Company is developing a variety of ancillary uses for MagneGas® fuels utilizing its high flame temperature for co-combustion of hydrocarbon fuels and other advanced applications. For more information on MagneGas, please visit the Company's website at http://www.MagneGas.com.

    The Company distributes MagneGas2® through Independent Distributors in the U.S and through its wholly owned distributors, ESSI, Green Arc Supply, Paris Oxygen, Latex Welding Supplies, United Welding Supplies, Trico Welding Supply and Complete Welding of San Diego. The Company operates 13 locations across California, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.

    *FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS*

    This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined within Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  These statements relate to future events, including our ability to raise capital, or to our future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects our current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

    For a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our public filings with the SEC are available from commercial document retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

    *News Release*
    Investor Contacts:
    Tirth Patel
    Edison Advisors
    T: 646-653-7035
    tpatel@edisongroup.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 3 hours ago.

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    Stock Exchange Notice
    Date: 28 November 2018

    *GC Rieber Shipping ASA: Presentation at today's Extraordinary General Meeting*

    NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION OR RELEASE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, TO U.S. NEWS WIRE SERVICES, OR IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, SOUTH AFRICA OR JAPAN OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH THE DISTRIBUTION OR RELEASE WOULD BE UNLAWFUL. OTHER RESTRICTIONS ARE APPLICABLE. PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT NOTICE AT THE END OF THE PRESS RELEASE.

    Please find attached to this notice a presentation which will be held at today's Extraordinary General Meeting of GC Rieber Shipping ASA (the "Company") in connection with the proposed rights issue of 28,941,177 new shares in the Company at a subscription price of NOK 8.50 per share as announced on 6 November 2018.

    *For further information, please contact:*

    CEO Einar Ytredal, phone: +47 975 20 184
    CFO Øystein Kvåle, phone: +47 479 02 919

    *About GC Rieber Shipping:*

    GC Rieber Shipping's business within offshore/shipping includes ownership in specialized vessels, high quality marine ship management and project development within the segments subsea, ice/support and marine seismic.

    The group has a specialized competence in offshore operations in harsh environments as well as design, development and maritime operation of offshore vessels. GC Rieber Shipping currently operates 11 and has direct and indirect ownership in 23 advanced special purpose vessels for defined markets within the subsea, ice/support and marine seismic segments.

    The company has its headquarter and a ship management office in Bergen, and an additional ship management company in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Russia). The Company is listed on Oslo Børs with ticker RISH.

    Further information is available on the company's website www.gcrieber-shipping.com.

    *IMPORTANT INFORMATION*

    This communication may not be published, distributed or transmitted in or into the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan. These materials do not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities of the Company in the United States, Norway or any other jurisdiction. The securities of the Company may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"). The securities of the Company have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act. Any sale in the United States of the securities mentioned in this communication will be made solely to "qualified institutional buyers" as defined in Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act and to "major U.S. institutional investors" under SEC Rule 15a-6 to the United States Exchange Act of 1934. No public offering of the securities will be made in the United States.

    In any EEA Member State that has implemented the Prospectus Directive, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive, i.e., only to investors who can receive the offer without an approved prospectus in such EEA Member State. The expression "Prospectus Directive" means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including Directive 2010/73/EU, to the extent implemented in any relevant Member State) and includes any relevant implementing measure in the relevant Member State.

    In the United Kingdom, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at Qualified Investors who (i) are investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended) (the "Order") or (ii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc.) (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). These materials are directed only at Relevant Persons and must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons. Persons distributing this communication must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so.

    Matters discussed in this announcement may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by words such as "anticipate", "believe", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "intends", "may", "should", "will" and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions. Although the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in this release by such forward-looking statements. The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as at its date, and are subject to change without notice.

    This announcement is made by and, and is the responsibility of, the Company. SpareBank 1 Markets AS (the "Manager") is acting exclusively for the Company and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, or for advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any of the matters referred to herein.

    Neither the Manager nor any of its affiliates makes any representation as to the accuracy or completeness of this announcement and none of them accepts any responsibility for the contents of this announcement or any matters referred to herein.

    This announcement is for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon in substitution for the exercise of independent judgment. It is not intended as investment advice and under no circumstances is it to be used or considered as an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a recommendation to buy or sell any securities of the Company. Neither the Manager nor any of its affiliates accepts any liability arising from the use of this announcement.

    Each of the Company, the Manager and their respective affiliates expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update, review or revise any statement contained in this announcement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

    This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5 -12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

    *Attachment*

    · Extraordinary General Meeting - Presentation.pdf Reported by GlobeNewswire 3 hours ago.

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    Stephen Hillenburg, a onetime marine biology teacher who created the enduringly popular "SpongeBob SquarePants," an Emmy Award-winning animated Nickelodeon program about a goofy underwater world that was the defining cartoon show of its generation, died Nov. 26 at his home near Los Angeles. He was 57. Reported by Denver Post 1 hour ago.

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    Stock Exchange Notice
    Date: 28 November 2018

    *GC Rieber Shipping ASA: Rights issue resolved by the Extraordinary General Meeting*

    NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION OR RELEASE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, TO U.S. NEWS WIRE SERVICES, OR IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, SOUTH AFRICA OR JAPAN OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH THE DISTRIBUTION OR RELEASE WOULD BE UNLAWFUL. OTHER RESTRICTIONS ARE APPLICABLE. PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT NOTICE AT THE END OF THE PRESS RELEASE.

    An Extraordinary General Meeting of the shareholders of GC Rieber Shipping ASA (the "Company") was held today, 28 November 2018 at 14:00 hours (CET).

    The Extraordinary General Meeting resolved the proposed rights issue (the "Rights Issue") of 28,941,177 new shares in the Company at a subscription price of NOK 8.50 per share as announced on 6 November 2018. The minutes of the Extraordinary General Meeting are attached hereto.

    The further terms and conditions for the Rights Issue will be detailed in a prospectus (the "Prospectus") to be published following approval of such Prospectus by the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority, expected to be on or about 29 November 2018.

    *For further information, please contact:*

    CEO Einar Ytredal, phone: +47 975 20 184
    CFO Øystein Kvåle, phone: +47 479 02 919

    *About GC Rieber Shipping:*

    GC Rieber Shipping's business within offshore/shipping includes ownership in specialized vessels, high quality marine ship management and project development within the segments subsea, ice/support and marine seismic.

    The group has a specialized competence in offshore operations in harsh environments as well as design, development and maritime operation of offshore vessels. GC Rieber Shipping currently operates 11 and has direct and indirect ownership in 23 advanced special purpose vessels for defined markets within the subsea, ice/support and marine seismic segments.

    The company has its headquarter and a ship management office in Bergen, and an additional ship management company in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Russia). The Company is listed on Oslo Børs with ticker RISH.

    Further information is available on the company's website www.gcrieber-shipping.com.

    *IMPORTANT INFORMATION*

    This communication may not be published, distributed or transmitted in or into the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan. These materials do not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities of the Company in the United States, Norway or any other jurisdiction. The securities of the Company may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"). The securities of the Company have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act. Any sale in the United States of the securities mentioned in this communication will be made solely to "qualified institutional buyers" as defined in Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act and to "major U.S. institutional investors" under SEC Rule 15a-6 to the United States Exchange Act of 1934. No public offering of the securities will be made in the United States.

    In any EEA Member State that has implemented the Prospectus Directive, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive, i.e., only to investors who can receive the offer without an approved prospectus in such EEA Member State. The expression "Prospectus Directive" means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including Directive 2010/73/EU, to the extent implemented in any relevant Member State) and includes any relevant implementing measure in the relevant Member State.

    In the United Kingdom, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at Qualified Investors who (i) are investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended) (the "Order") or (ii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc.) (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). These materials are directed only at Relevant Persons and must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons. Persons distributing this communication must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so.

    Matters discussed in this announcement may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by words such as "anticipate", "believe", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "intends", "may", "should", "will" and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions. Although the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in this release by such forward-looking statements. The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as at its date, and are subject to change without notice.

    This announcement is made by and, and is the responsibility of, the Company. SpareBank 1 Markets AS (the "Manager") is acting exclusively for the Company and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, or for advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any of the matters referred to herein.

    Neither the Manager nor any of its affiliates makes any representation as to the accuracy or completeness of this announcement and none of them accepts any responsibility for the contents of this announcement or any matters referred to herein.

    This announcement is for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon in substitution for the exercise of independent judgment. It is not intended as investment advice and under no circumstances is it to be used or considered as an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a recommendation to buy or sell any securities of the Company. Neither the Manager nor any of its affiliates accepts any liability arising from the use of this announcement.

    Each of the Company, the Manager and their respective affiliates expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update, review or revise any statement contained in this announcement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

    This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5 -12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

    *Attachment*

    · Minutes of Extraordinary General Meeting.pdf Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 hours ago.

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    Richardson Electronics, Ltd. to Present at the 11th Annual LD Micro Main Event *LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / November 28, 2018 /* Richardson Electronics, Ltd. (NASDAQ: RELL), today announced that it will be presenting at the 11th annual LD Micro Main Event on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30 AM/PM PST / 10:30 AM/PM EST. Edward J. Richardson, Chairman and CEO, will be presenting and meeting with investors.

    The presentation can be viewed at http://wsw.com/webcast/ldmicro15/rell/ and will be available on Richardson Electronics website following the event.

    "Internally, our entire year leads up to the Main Event. It has become the 'one thing' everyone in the small and micro-cap world knows us for. Also, free mints" stated Chris Lahiji, while enjoying a mint. "Even though LD has emerged as one of the largest and most influential organizations in the space, our focus has never deviated from showcasing some of the most interesting businesses in the world to our ever growing community."

    The LD Micro Main Event will take place December 4th, 5th, and 6th, in Los Angeles at the Luxe Sunset Bel Air Hotel, will feature 250 companies, and will be attended by over 1,200 individuals.

    View Richardson Electronics, Ltd. profile here: http://www.ldmicro.com/profile/RELL.

    Profiles powered by LD Micro -- News Compliments of Accesswire

    *About Richardson Electronics, Ltd.*

    Richardson Electronics, Ltd. is a leading global provider of engineered solutions, power grid and microwave tubes and related consumables; power conversion and RF and microwave components; high value flat panel detector solutions, replacement parts, tubes and service training for diagnostic imaging equipment; and customized display solutions. We serve customers in the alternative energy, healthcare, aviation, broadcast, communications, industrial, marine, medical, military, scientific and semiconductor markets. The Company's strategy is to provide specialized technical expertise and "engineered solutions" based on our core engineering and manufacturing capabilities. The Company provides solutions and adds value through design-in support, systems integration, prototype design and manufacturing, testing, logistics, and aftermarket technical service and repair through its global infrastructure. More information is available at www.rell.com.

    *About LD Micro*

    LD Micro was founded in 2006 with the sole purpose of being an independent resource in the microcap space.

    What started out as a newsletter highlighting unique companies has transformed into several influential events annually (Invitational, Summit, and Main Event).

    In 2015, LDM launched the first pure microcap index (the LDMi) to exclusively provide intraday information on the entire sector. LD will continue to provide valuable tools for the benefit of everyone in the small and micro-cap universe.

    For those interested in attending, please contact David Scher at david@ldmicro.com or visit www.ldmicro.com for more information.

    *Contact:*

    Name: Wendy Diddell
    Phone: 630-208-2323
    Address: 40W267 Keslinger Road, P.O. Box 393, LaFox, IL 60147
    Email: wendyd@rell.com

    *SOURCE: *Richardson Electronics, Ltd.
    View source version on accesswire.com:
    https://www.accesswire.com/528768/Richardson-Electronics-Ltd-to-Present-at-the-11th-Annual-LD-Micro-Main-Event Reported by Accesswire 1 hour ago.

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    HERNDON, Va., Nov. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ManTech (Nasdaq: MANT) today announced a $35 million award for the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory Division of Science and Technology (MCWL S&T) to perform research and development of future technologies that can deliver unique systems capabilities to U.S. Marine Corps warfighters. The award was under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center (DoD IAC), Defense Systems Technical Area Task (DS TAT) Multiple Award Contract issued by the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency.

    ManTech will identify emerging technologies for reusability, interoperability, scalability, and mapping practical applications of these innovations to priority operational needs. Areas of focus for this 44-month task order will include U.S. Marine Corps Aviation, C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), cyber, electronic warfare, medical, logistics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and weapons systems. ManTech will also add capability and capacity to MCWL S&T through Additive Manufacturing 3D printing, enabling project managers to modify technologies in close to real-time.

    “By defining, measuring, and validating the fit of emerging technologies with combat needs, we are bringing digital to the mission in ways that will advance combat advantage for Marine Corps warfighters,” said Kevin M. Phillips, President and CEO of ManTech. “Our agile approach will deliver the pragmatic results that the MCWL S&T Division seeks, quickly and at lower cost.”

    *About DoD IAC Program*
    The DoD IAC program operates as a part of Defense Technical Information Center and provides technical data management and research support for DoD and federal government users. Established in the 1940s, the IAC program serves the DoD science & technology (S&T) and acquisition communities to drive innovation and technological developments by enhancing collaboration through integrated scientific and technical information development and dissemination for the DoD and broader S&T community.

    *About ManTech International Corporation*
    ManTech provides mission-focused technology solutions and services for U.S. defense, intelligence community and federal civilian agencies. Now in our 50^th year, we excel in full-spectrum cyber, data collection & analytics, enterprise IT, systems and software engineering solutions that support national and homeland security. Additional information on ManTech can be found at www.mantech.com.

    Statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, and could cause actual results to differ materially from those we anticipate. For a written description of these factors, see the section titled “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as any updating information in our subsequent filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and we disclaim any obligation to update them, whether as a result of a subsequent event or otherwise.

    ManTech-C

    Media Contacts:

    Jim Crawford                                    
    Executive Director, External Communications
    (O) 703.259.3636 (M) 571.446.7550
    James.Crawford2@ManTech.com

    Sue Cushing
    Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications
    (O) 703.814.8369 (M) 703.927.1482
    Sue.Cushing@ManTech.com

    A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/2a8c0ee4-1200-4de3-88da-a61ca2435aad Reported by GlobeNewswire 38 minutes ago.

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    Webcams eyes on Kāpiti Marine Reserve More high-tech webcams will be deployed to monitor the Kāpiti Marine Reserve.At the formal launch of the first webcam last week, the United States Embassy in Wellington announced it would donate $10,600 to enable a second... Reported by New Zealand Herald 20 hours ago.

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    KEMP, Texas, Nov. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Larson Electronics, a Texas-based company with over 40 years of experience spearheading the industrial lighting and power equipment sectors, announced the release of a hazardous location power distribution station that converts single-phase 110V AC electrical current to single-phase 220V AC. This portable unit allows operators to safely tap into 110V AC power from a variety of sources such as generators or direct grid power.The MGL-HAL-110V-2KVA-220V-1X16A.309-25C power distribution system has a primary side where operators can connect single-phase 110V line-in power through 25 feet of #16 SOOW cord with an IEC 60309 Class I, Division 2, Zone 2 rated cord cap. The secondary side allows operators to connect to one 16-amp IEC 60309 Class I, Division 2, Zone 2 rated receptacle for 220V equipment. This NEMA 3R 2KVA rated unit features receptacles that have weatherproof covers.

    This durable power distribution system features a transformer and load center/distribution assembly that is mounted to a standard upright steel dolly cart style frame and features a rear-mounted kick-stand for easy deployment in any position. This unit features two run-flat tired and cart style mounting platform provide easy mobility and can be modified to meet a variety of job site needs.

    This unit is also available up to 150KVA and can be equipped with skids or trailer mounted. The transformer is grounded to the frame with grounding lug provided and is suitable for indoor or outdoor use and ATEX-rated applications, including construction sites, plant maintenance, plant turnarounds, shows, exhibits, shipyard operations and more.

    *About Larson Electronics LLC: *Larson Electronics LLC is a manufacturer of industrial lighting equipment and accessories. The company offers an extensive catalog of industry-grade lighting and power distribution products for the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, food processing, oil and gas, military, marine and automobile. Customers can benefit from the company’s hands-on, customized approach to lighting solutions. Larson Electronics provides expedited service for quotes, customer support and shipments.

    *For further information, please contact:*

    Rob Bresnahan, President and CEO

    Toll-free: 1-888-351-2363

    Int’l: 214-616-6180

    Fax: 903-498-3364

    E-mail: sales@larsonelectronics.com

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    Mettawa, IL, Nov. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brittany Hizer today was named president – Crestliner Boats, reporting to Dirk Hyde, president of Brunswick’s Aluminum Fish Group.  Crestliner is one of 14 brands which comprise the Boat Group of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).*Brittany Hizer*

    Hizer most recently served as global director for Life Fitness Digital Ventures, which is also associated with Brunswick Corporation, where she was responsible for championing the division’s digital transformation vision as well as its fiscal strategy.

    Earlier in her career, Hizer led the Life Fitness acquisition and integration of its SCIFIT brand, with general management responsibility for the Tulsa, Okla.-based business. In that role, Hizer delivered exceptional operating synergies and drove increased sales through the dealer network.Hizer joined Life Fitness in 2004, where she had a number of roles of increasing responsibility during her tenure.  She brings more than 15 years of product, sales and general management experience to her new responsibilities at Crestliner.

    Hizer earned her baccalaureate at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and will receive her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in December.  Further, she is passionate about diversity in leadership as a way to create stronger business results and served as the Business Alignment Lead for the Brunswick Women’s Leadership Council. 

    *About Crestliner*
    Located in Otsego, Minn., Crestliner boats and pontoons are crafted with an uncompromising mix of functional design, all-welded aluminum construction and a relentless commitment to excellence. Since 1946 Crestliner has been making boats forged with strength and defined by durability. As a world-wide leader, Crestliner continues to redefine the industry with boats built to last. A testament to our quality and craftsmanship, Crestliner has received the CSI Award of Excellence in Customer Satisfaction for Aluminum Outboard Boats for 11 consecutive years. Learn more about Crestliner and its line of boats by visiting crestliner.com.

    *About Brunswick*
    Headquartered in Mettawa, Ill., Brunswick Corporation’s  leading consumer brands include Mercury Marine outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard packages; Mercury global parts and accessories including propellers, and SmartCraft electronics; Power Products Integrated Solutions; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood, Garelick and Whale marine parts; Land ’N’ Sea, BLA, Payne’s Marine, Kellogg Marine  & Lankhorst Taselaar marine parts distribution; and Mercury and Quicksilver parts and oils; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Lowe, Lund, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray, Thunder Jet and Uttern boats; Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex, Indoor Cycling Group  and SCIFIT fitness equipment; and Brunswick billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture. For more information, visit http://www.brunswick.com.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:         
    Lori Kneeland
    Lkneeland@Crestliner.com
    (763) 241-2625 Reported by GlobeNewswire 20 hours ago.

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    To better serve customers with integrated supply chain solutions, Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it will complete the merger of its liner services group into Crowley Logistics on Jan. 1 under the leadership of Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (PRWEB) November 28, 2018

    To better serve customers with integrated supply chain solutions, Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it will complete the merger of its liner services group into Crowley Logistics on Jan. 1 under the leadership of Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager.

    The Crowley Logistics business unit provides a singular source for customers to receive end-to-end services, including ocean, land and air transportation; commercial transportation management; supply chain and distribution services; freight forwarding and warehousing; and cargo risk and customs compliance.

    “This restructuring is essential for us to compete more effectively in our markets while providing clarity to our customers and business partners that we are a fully integrated logistics organization with a focus on our customers' supply chains,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO. “We add a lot more value when we help customers increase the velocity of their supply chains and reduce their landed costs.”

    “We have been moving in this direction for a while, and with the pending retirement of John Hourihan at the end of this year, this is an opportunity to restructure,” said Crowley. Hourihan is senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico services, and has been a major contributor to Crowley’s success for the past 31 years. Most recently he has overseen the delivery and deployment of the first of two new LNG powered ConRo ships and the transformation of the Crowley’s San Juan, Puerto Rico terminal, raising the company’s U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico supply chain to world-class standards.  

    Collar will have responsibility for all aspects of the Logistics organization – now a $1 billion-a-year enterprise – including commercial, operations, offshore and financial.

    “The integration of the liner services and logistics organizations into a singular, highly focused resource for our customers will allow us to take a holistic approach to maximizing the efficiency of their supply chains,” said Collar. “I’m looking forward to working with our highly experienced and dedicated team to bring innovative solutions to our customers.”

    Integrating liner services into logistics was planned as part of a corporate restructuring announced earlier this year that yielded four business units: Crowley Fuels, Crowley Solutions, Crowley Shipping and Crowley Logistics. This structure better aligns operations and increases the company’s ability to bring solutions to customers by leveraging its strong culture and high-performance capabilities. 

    Collar is a longtime Crowley veteran. He joined Crowley in 1977 and has worked in a wide variety of roles and businesses within the company, holding leadership roles in engineering, cargo services, technical services, terminal operations, and marine and petroleum operations. He most recently served as senior vice president and general manager, international services. Collar is particularly adept at developing customer relationships, understanding their needs and bringing teams and resources together to provide ideal solutions. 

    About Crowley
    Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 126-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides marine solutions, energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets. Crowley operates under four business units: Crowley LOGISTICS, a singular ocean liner and logistics supply chain division; Crowley SHIPPING, , which encompasses ownership, operations and management of vessels, including tankers, container, dual fuel (LNG) and multipurpose ships, tugboats and barges; Crowley FUELS, a fuel transportation, distribution and sales division that also provides liquefied natural gas (LNG) and related services; and Crowley SOLUTIONS, which focuses on government services, including vessel management for government agencies, as well as engineering, project management, naval architecture through its subsidiary Jensen Maritime, and marine salvage and emergency response through its 50 percent ownership in Ardent Global. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found at http://www.crowley.com. Reported by PRWeb 19 hours ago.

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  • 11/28/18--14:03: Ship traffic, November 29
  • Ship traffic Due to arrive today SHIP FROM PORT Aegean Leader Long Beach BNC Columbia Highway San Diego RCH Conti Crystal Los Angeles OAK MOL Magnificence Los Angeles OAK MSC Katrina Long Beach OAK MSC Letizia Long Beach OAK Nord Neptune Zhenjiang, China SFO Due to depart today SHIP TO PORT Aegean Leader Toyohashi, Japan BNC Aristomenis Port Unknown OAK Brussels Bridge Tokyo SFO CMA CGM A Lincoln Fuqing, China OAK Duesseldorf Express Seattle OAK Horizon Enterprise Honolulu OAK Source: S.F. Marine Exchange Reported by SFGate 19 hours ago.

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    HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on meetings among U.S. officials and researchers about a decline in humpback whale sightings in Hawaii (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hope meetings about a decline in humpback whale sightings in Hawaii will help them to form a plan and get future funding. Marc Lammers, research coordinator for NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary says researchers agree that a change in food sources in Alaska is driving the change, but officials don't know if that change applies more broadly in the North Pacific. Reported by SeattlePI.com 16 hours ago.

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    Hengtong Delivers 3,000km Submarine Optical Cable to Chile, Hosts a Ceremony to Celebrate Overseas 10,000km Delivery SUZHOU, China, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 26, 2018, the "Hengtong Overseas 10,000km Submarine Optical Cable Delivery Ceremony" was held in Changshu, Jiangsu Province, celebrating Hengtong's success in manufacturing and delivering nearly 3,000km of submarine optical cable to Chile FOA Project and achieving cumulative overseas deliveries of 10,000km of submarine optical cable. This ranks Hengtong first in the world in both capacity and delivery to the domestic submarine optical cable market. This is a milestone in China's submarine cable industry and highlights the "made in China" drive in the field of international oceanic communications.

    On November 26, Hengtong also released a number of new products including submarine equipment fitting stations, a stereo intelligent anchor observation system, two-stage composite cables for application in marine disaster prevention pre-warning networks, an environmental monitoring system for ports and wharfs, as well as an underwater oil and gas production and monitoring system, demonstrating Hengtong's technology, quality, production and delivery capability.

    To realize global connections, submarine cable plays a critical role in global ocean communication and energy interconnection. In the past five years, Hengtong has built a global-leading submarine optical cable R&D production base, including a system integration, testing center and a dock cabling system, making Hengtong one of the leading submarine optical cable companies, both at home and abroad.

    Qian Jianlin, Executive President of Hengtong Group, stated that Hengtong was committed to creating a submarine industry supply chain of integrating product, engineering and operation service to promote the implementation of the "One Belt and One Road" initiative and contribute to global connections.

    *About Hengtong*

    Hengtong is a global information and energy network service provider offering various kinds of wire and cables including fibre-optic, power cable, marine cable and accessories. 

    With over 20 years of development, Hengtong now grows to have 10 manufacturing facilities based in China, Europe, South America, South Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. As well as sales offices in over 30 countries and regions around the world supply products and service to over 140 countries.

    Committing to innovation and social responsibility is at the heart of Hengtong - Hengtong is implementing and transforming to intelligent manufacturing to be one of the most advanced cable manufacturers in the world.

     Website:
    http://www.hengtonggroup.com/en/

    View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hengtong-delivers-3-000km-submarine-optical-cable-to-chile-hosts-a-ceremony-to-celebrate-overseas-10-000km-delivery-300757348.html Reported by PR Newswire Asia 15 hours ago.

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    The nutritional qualities of shellfish could be significantly reduced by future ocean acidification and warming, a new study suggests.

    Research has previously shown that climate change could threaten future production, safety and quality by negatively impacting the fitness of marine species.

    Now scientists from the University of Plymouth, in a study published in Marine Environmental Research, have demonstrated the potential for negative nutritional effects within economically and commercially valuable species.

    The research focussed on the Pacific oyster (Magallana gigas) and the native flat oyster (Ostrea edulis), with results showing that increased temperatures and CO[2] levels could significantly reduce the former’s levels of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates.

    With seafood being the source of more than 15% of animal protein consumed globally, scientists say the aquaculture industry may wish to consider a shift in focus toward species that are most robust to climate change and less prone to deterioration in quality.

    Dr Anaëlle Lemasson, a former PhD student at the University, led the research having previously shown that although the physiology of the Pacific oyster can be negatively impacted by future climate change, its taste might not be adversely affected.

    She said: “Identifying changes in nutritional quality, as well as species most at risk, is crucial if societies are to secure food production. Our previous research had suggested there could be negative effects in the conditions predicted to occur in 2050 and 2100. However the fact that Pacific oysters, which currently accounts for around 90% of UK oyster production, can be affected could be a cause for concern.”

    The research was conducted by scientists linked to the University’s Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre (MBERC) and the Food, Health and Nutrition research group.

    MBERC is one of the world’s leading research centres examining the impact of multiple stressors on marine organisms and environments, and undergraduate and postgraduate students are regularly involved in that research.

    The oysters were subjected to six different sets of ocean conditions over a 12-week period, from current temperatures and CO[2] levels to the increased measurements predicted for both the middle and end of the century.

    As well as changes in nutrient levels, researchers also observed important changes to essential mineral composition, adding that the enhanced accumulation of copper in Pacific oysters may be of future concern in terms of consumption safety.

    Dr Victor Kuri, Lecturer in Food Quality at the University, said: “With a low environmental impact, shellfish are a promising highly nutritious alternative to fish and other animal products, but their sustainability depends on their quality attributes including palatability, nutrition and safety. This work confirms the need to understand the science behind the risks and mechanisms of shellfish production, as this knowledge is needed to build adequate resilience in harvesting and aquaculture industries”

    Dr Antony Knights, Associate Professor in Marine Ecology, added: “Climate change and the growing global population are placing arguably unsustainable demands on sources of animal protein. This comes at a time when increased obesity in several regions of the world is leading to greater public awareness of the need for healthy and balanced diets. Oysters have the potential to be a sustainable, low-cost alternative source of protein for humans. Our native flat oyster, in particular, appears to be more resilient to future climate change scenarios than introduced Pacific oysters making them a great aquaculture choice and supports the growing investment in this product in the UK.” Reported by Eurasia Review 14 hours ago.

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    Governments and ruling regimes tend to face revolution in the face of harsh hikes in prices. Margaret Thatcher’s rule in Britain was rocked by the poll tax.  In France, the once enthusiastically embraced Emmanuel Macron has decided to leave the ground rich with challenges against his administration. The Yellow Vests, the gilet jaunes, have decided to take up the chance protesting with such intensity it has led to death and serious injury.

    The pretext was an old one.  An increase in carbon taxes was imposed in 2017 as part of a push to support renewables.  “Support for renewable energy,” announced the environment ministry, “will be increasingly financed by a tax on fossil fuel consumption.” In 2018, the amount rose from 30.5 euros to 44.6 euros per ton, rising to 55 next year.  Diesel and petrol have been affected, a matter than proves less of a problem for those in city environs, serviced by public transport, than rural areas, where the car remains essential.  “Macron has to understand,” came the familiar sentiment from demonstrator Patrick Perez, “that Paris is not France.”

    Macron is now being accused of being icily out of touch, a self-conscious creature of arrogance who insists on the dignity of his office even as he attempts to dismantle the pride of others.  But his current approval rating – with 25 percent, according to Ifop, is strikingly accurate, given the share of the vote he garnered in the first round of the 2017 presidential elections.  A mere 24.01 percent favoured him, with Marine Le Pen of the National Front breathing down his neck with 21.3 percent, followed by the Republicans choice of François Fillon with 20.01 percent and the left wing Jean-Luc Melenchon with 19.58 percent.

    In the second round, France duly divided along the lines of favouring Le Pen or fearing her, hence Macron’s deceptively bolstered victory. The grand centrist was born, a person who had been warned in 2008 by friends that joining the Rothschild investment bank would mar his political prospects.  The “Mozart of finance” is finding the job of governing France a far more complex prospect than the cold business of debt restructuring, mergers and acquisitions.

    He has shown himself to be a keen moderniser, if a frustrated one, of the French labour market, earning the ire of unions and the spluttering contempt of the French labour movement.  Like other French leaders, he has also stumbled into observations more fitting to amateur anthropology, suggesting that the French “Gauls”, by way of example, were a stubborn lot resistant to the influence of other labour models. (He is rather keen on the Nordic example.)

    To his Romanian hosts, he explained with the relief of someone away from a troubled home that France was “not a reformable country… because French and women hate reform”.  Many leaders had failed in the effort to buck this trend.  To his Danish hosts, he was similarly heaping upon the French some manured derision while praising his audience in Copenhagen. “What is possible is linked to a culture, a people marked by their own history. These Lutheran [Danish] people, who have lived through the transformations of recent years, are not exactly Gauls who are resistant to change.”

    But part of the issue with tarnished presidential popularity has been a diminishing of a position that always demanded a certain, high-peak majesty.  The French president, gravitas and all, was also a European, if not global statesman. Macron’s predecessors, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande, were also victims of the 2000 referendum which reduced the period of the presidency from seven years to five.  (This is not to say these characters were not, in of themselves, defective in character or policy.) Then, as now, the French authorities also faced a national revolt over high fuel taxes.

    While seen as a necessary mercy for a modern time, le quinquennat had the added effect, according to historian Jean Garrigues, of encouraging the leader to be seen as temporary commodity, easily purchased, irritably used, then disposed of. “Voters no longer believe in ideology, they consume and then reject their elected representatives, including the President of the Republic.”  A clue was in the 2000 referendum turnout: 70 percent preferred to stay away from the polls. “A little yes, but a big slapdown,” came the observation of le Parisien.  As ever, the French, masters of the strike, had initiated something similar at the ballot box.

    The Yellow Vest movement is not a Gallic shrug but a shaking roar.  The initial target was increased fuel taxes, but the indignation has become a broader church of disaffection on living in general.  It is also being given a ringing endorsement by political opportunists who argue that the movement has no political roots.  Le Pen has been there, fanning matters while providing Christophe Castaner, the interior minister, a distracting if shaky alibi. “The ultra-Right is mobilised and is building barricades on the Champs-Elysées.” For him, such protests are the work, not of a broad movement but a few casseurs, or troublemakers.

    Macron is doing his level best to avoid confronting the movement, but his Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is attempting to bribe the protesters into silence, or at the very least a more timorous form of disagreement.  Energy subsidies to 5.6 million households, up from the current number of 3.6 million, are being proposed.  France’s poorest families will also see fuel credits directed to those whose livelihood depends on car travel.  These measures, alone, will be no panacea for Macron’s declining influence. Reported by Eurasia Review 14 hours ago.

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    In a 21^st century conflict between roughly equal powers, the country with the superior military technology will have the edge.  Their militaries are increasingly confronting each other in the South China Sea and a clash there leading to a wider conflict is possible. As the two race to gain the maritime technological edge, their advances in the use of drones as instruments of war are outpacing existing international norms and law. This in turn complicates their military interactions and relations.

    Their military to military relationship has already been strained by a series of incidents involving US challenges to China’s jurisdictional and sovereignty claims in the South China Sea, as well as by China’s challenges to US intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR ) vessels and aircraft.  China considers these challenges and probes to be threatening to its security. Indeed, the U.S. and China have had 18 ‘unsafe’ or ‘unprofessional’ encounters with Chinese military assets in the Western Pacific since 2016.

    Now the U.S. is quickly transitioning to the use of drones for ISR – – unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).  Some are weaponized and can launch missiles and torpedoes and lay mines.  Indeed the U.S. is deploying “new undersea drones in multiple sizes and diverse payloads that can, importantly, operate in shallow water where manned submersibles cannot”.

    https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1939529/how-underwater-drones-are-threatening-escalate-south-china Many seem designed and destined to operate in foreign air and sea space without authorization, i. e., in, over and under EEZs, archipelagic waters and even territorial seas.

    China is trying to catch up and has made dramatic progress in recent years.  Advances are most evident in UAVs, but Beijing is also accelerating its development of UUVs and USVs.  This effort is at least partially attributable to their utility in its ‘near seas’ that it considers critical to its defense and security..

    China’s use of drones in the East China Sea has already raised political hackles. In response to China’s intended deployment of a  UAV there, then Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera announced that Japan would “consider shooting down drones that enter Japanese airspace,” significantly raising the prospects of escalation. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/20/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-to-shoot-down-foreign-drones-that-invade-its-airspace/#.W-jQmNVKj3g Soon after, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a plan for the Japan Self-Defense Forces to “engage drones intruding into the country’s airspace.” In response to Abe’s remarks, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense spokesperson stated that shooting down a Chinese UAV would constitute an “act of war”.  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-25050493

    China is also developing a new family of UUVs.  Their physical shape and qualities may cause enemy sensors to interpret it is a fish.

    https://www.realcleardefense.com/2018/07/16/hn-1_china039s_new_ai-powered_underwater_drone_303180.html

    and it is thus expected to have extraordinary survivability on the battlefield.  It could be particularly useful for mapping adversary minefields and laying down anti-submarine warfare networks as well as covertly penetrating heavily defended enemy ports and naval bases.   The U.S. Navy is also performing research on similar bio-mimicking underwater vehicles and may be a few years ahead in their development.

    The gathering of ocean data for military purposes is important because sonars are seriously impacted by oceanographic factors such as temperature, salinity and depth.  For decades, military and civilian satellites and high flying spy planes have collected such data in others EEZs without the permission – and sometimes even the knowledge – required by the 1982 UNCLOS.  Now there is a whole new array of drones doing so. The sea glider is just one example. It is a small, energy efficient unmanned underwater vessel.  It uses a new form of propulsion that changes the vehicle’s buoyancy and allows it to ascend and descend as a means of moving forward.  These vessels have extremely low energy demand which enables both their endurance and their stealth due to an absence of noise-producing engines. This also makes them ideal for ISR missions.

    Such advances in military technology will generate political issues particularly between competing major maritime powers like the U.S. and China.  Then U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughhead  forecast that ” [the pursuit of unmanned systems] is  going to be important politically, because ­_ _ the future will be one where the sensitivities of sovereignty, a nation’s claim to control its own land,  – – may not always be guaranteed as we have become used to over these past years”.  https://www.brookings.edu/events/unmanning-the-helm-the-future-of-unmanned-naval-technologies/

    These developments also raise many legal questions.

    · Are some of these activities be inconsistent with the peaceful purposes clause of the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS)?  Could some even be considered a threat of use of force – which is a violation of the UN Charter and UNCLOS?

    Particularly relevant are active signals intelligence (SIGNINT) activities that are deliberately provocative and intended to generate responses that can be observed and, if necessary, disrupted.  Other SIGINT activities can intercept naval radar and emitters, enabling them to locate, identify and track (and thus plan electronic or missile attacks against) surface ships and submarines.  Still others may interfere with communication and computer systems.  These activities would involve far greater interference with the communication and defense systems of the targeted coastal state then traditional passive intelligence gathering activities conducted from outside national territory.

    · Sovereign immunity in international law makes one State’s property immune from interference by another State. Does the UNCLOS “sovereign immunity” clause extend to drones deployed from but not controlled by state vessels and if so – – under what conditions?  Does it apply to “non-ratifiers” of UNCLOS like the U.S.?

    According to UNCLOS Article 32, sovereign immunity depends on whether a particular asset, presumably including unmanned autonomous vehicles, is a “warship or a government ship operated for non- commercial purposes.”  But these terms are not defined in UNCLOS leaving a grey area of contention over their classification.

    .     Is a drone “operating legitimately”?

    Under UNCLOS, “marine scientific research” (MSR) can only be undertaken in a country’s EEZ with its permission. The U.S. maintains that their drones are undertaking military surveys or hydrographic research and thus do not require permission.  China disagrees.  Can this particular controversy be resolved by a plain reading of UNCLOS Article 258.  It provides that “the deployment and use of any type of scientific research installation or equipment in any area of the marine environment shall be subject to the conditions as are prescribed in this Convention for the conduct of marine scientific research in any such area.”  In other words, permission is required to operate “scientific research equipment” in a foreign EEZ. The collection of data by military surveys or hydrographic research uses similar equipment to that used for MSR.

    .    If a ship deploys a drone in the vicinity of another vessel in an EEZ, did it violating the UNCLOS duty to exercise “due regard” for the rights of other states in its EEZ as well as those of freedom of navigation on the “high seas” e.g., the duty not to present a hazard to navigation?

     

    In sum, the activities of drones are a legal “grey area” and currently beyond international regulation and control. However, the scale and scope of maritime and airborne drone activities are expanding rapidly involving levels and sorts of activities quite unprecedented in peacetime.  They are not only becoming more intensive; they are becoming generally more intrusive and in some instances may even be considered a prelude to an impending attack and thus a threat of use of force. Continued intrusive probes using drones are likely to generate frustration and resentment that may result in the forcible halting of such ‘intrusions’ when and if detected. Their mushrooming use will produce defensive reactions and escalatory dynamics, and lead to less stability in the most affected regions, especially in Asia.   Moreover, drones and attacks thereon will increasingly become tools in coercive diplomacy enabling rivals to send a strong signal without directly targeting their human opponents. The U.S. and China should try to get ahead of the curve and negotiate voluntary guidelines for the use of drones in waters under foreign jurisdiction.

    **Mark J. Valencia*, Adjunct Senior Scholar, National Institute for South China Sea Studies, Haiku, China

    This piece first appeared in the IPP Review. http://ippreview.com/index.php/Blog/single/id/839.html Reported by Eurasia Review 14 hours ago.

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    The White House is unsure about Trump's idea of a separate Space Force· *The White House does not appear to be certain on how it will implement Space Force.*
    · *White House officials were reportedly still mulling the possibility of Space Force operating under the wings of the Air Force.*
    · **President Donald Trump touted the Space Force **as an independent military branch in numerous statements and campaign speeches.

    The White House does not appear to be certain on how it will implement Space Force, President Donald Trump's highly anticipated sixth branch of the military, and was still mulling the possibility of it operating under the wings of the Air Force, according to memos reviewed by Defense One.

    As recently as October 26, the White House reportedly asked the Pentagon for its expertise in the "organizational construct to meet [the President's] intent" and asked for alternative recommendations for the Space Force's structure — despite Trump touting it as an independent military branch in numerous statements and campaign speeches.

    In the memo, White House officials solicited advice on whether the US military was "best served" if the Space Force remained separate from the other naval, ground, and air branches.

    But the memo threw a wrench in Trump's numerous claims about the Space Force by asking if "the new Space Force would be most effectively organized as a separate service within the Department of the Air Force," according to Defense One.

    "We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force: separate but equal," Trump said at a National Space Council meeting in June.

    Defense officials have reportedly come up with several plans on how to implement a "distinct branch of the Armed Forces for Space."

    These plans ranged from a space-focused corps under the Air Force's purview, to an independent Space Force that includes Air Force, Army, Navy, and intelligence community assets, according to a defense official cited in the report.

    The possibility of housing a potential Space Corps under the Air Force — similar to how the Marine Corps and Navy operates — was previously proposed by Congress as part of its annual national defense policy bill. The provision in the National Defense Authorization Act was later shot down in 2017 and 2018 — a result the White House has taken into account in asking the Pentagon for suggestions, military officials told Defense One.

    The memo reportedly did not explicitly mention a Space Corps.

    The question of establishing an autonomous Space Force has divided many in the Defense Department and White House. While military experts generally agree that adversaries like China and Russia pose a threat to the US in space, not all are convinced and point to the Space Force or Space Corps' potential cost.

    *SEE ALSO: Astronaut Mark Kelly says Trump's plan to create a Space Force 'is a dumb idea'*

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