Time for action
. . . .also in action on Skype as harbourexpert
TIME FOR ACTIONS:
I'm happy being occasionally hired by Management Producties to act as roving reporter at its congresses. The executive arm of the Dutch ministry of Transport - Rijkswaterstaat - has taken me on as such twice. The latest action was doing the act at the traditional dinner of Rotterdam-based ship agents' association VRC.
The picture with me in action is evidence. My channel @ YouTube is another example of congress work in progress.
Bridging the gaps:
The plan to construct an out of the ordinary bridge has been materialised. Please go to www.luchtsingel.nl , my page on Facebook and other social media for more information.
Husband Jaap and I were amongst the Rotterdammers who contributed to the materialisation of the bridge - called Luchtsingel (Air Canal) - and were present to open Luchtsingel officially.
Talking about connections: another one has opened between the Wilhelminapier and the Katendrecht district in Rotterdam;l a bridge that already has a nickname. It refers to the old days when Katendrecht was known as a red light district.
The story of my life
Radio Rijnmond asked me to tell the story of my youth for the programme Zonder Eten Naar Bed (roughly translated Out to Bed You Go). In the Dutch announcement of the item That's the Way I grew Up (Zo ben ik groot geworden), it was mentioned that, at times, I felt like a guide dog. Curious to know how that felt? Please go to http://t.co/ybvAJdZn
Unfortunately, top brass of Radio Rijnmond decided to axe the programme in an attempt to economise on expenditure. The producers of Zonder Eten Naar Bed have unsuccessfully defended the programme they've loved to make. So much for appreciation of the work done.
South African trip
Late 2013 Janny and husband Jaap were about to meet old friends and relatives in South Africa. That would happen early 2014. Unfortunately Jaap passed on 17th February. He is sadly missed at this end and in Johannesburg and environs. It will take time before Janny will meet nurse Sibungili who works at one of the projects close to migrant hostels dr. Joop Lensink supervises and others in Soweto and elsewhere in South Africa. Husband Jaap was fundraiser of these projects. Sibungili and another old friend Mr. Patrick (former sales manager of Nestlé) admit that progress is made slowly but surely. These two friends set the example of strong people who cooperate to help others to help themselves. themselves.
However, in fact it is a shame that the South African government stipulates that pupils of primary and secondary schools should wear school uniforms and matching shoes, but does not provide the facilities for the really poor to acquire these items.Without the proper
attire they cannot attend classes. It is just one example of a government taking self interest of its cabinet ministers first and foremost.
PREVIOUS actions of the Drag Anchor carrier Janny (please read elsewhere on this site for further explanation) still go on. She still supports the idea of making the statue in dedication of the Unknown Docker reality. The idea of materialising the statue Unknown Docker - made by Sandy Warnaar - is supported by Chief Marketing Officer Mai Elmar and other top brass in Rotterdam. The scheme as to how is still under discussion.
Cruise Terminal Rotterdam
Another initial successful venture was promoting to get the outside of Cruise Terminal Rotterdam prettier, the way the parking lot is enclosed in particular. Potted plants alongside the parking lot and elsewhere at the Wilhelminapier area, have done a world of good. Unfortunately there is no sign yet of a flowery welcome outside the terminal building.
Welwyn Garden City look-alike Vreewijk
Janny has also embarked projects in her own home suburb Vreewijk; the oldest but one Welwyn Garden City look-alike in the Netherlands to safeguard the existence of the characteristic venue Het Witte Paard. Entrepreneurs and the organisation of inhabitants of this specific Rotterdam area can look back on nice festivities on theÂ occasion of the official reopening of the venue Het Witte PaardÂ in the centre of Vreewijk.
They are happy that hospitality entrepreneurs Daan and Mirjan Kint were brave enough to move their Mediterranean restaurant RoosMarijn to the Het Witte Paard refurbished building. They have been pictured together with CEO Hedy van den Berk of the social housing company, who has offered the couple gardens' help outside the venue. Connoisseurs living in Vreewijk are happy to have RoosMarijn in Het Witte Paard so close at home. Please go to www.roos-marijn.nl for further and better particulars.
Janny's husband Jaap was one of the many volunteering Dutch who were distinguished by the Queen (or rather the special department of Dutch Queen's Honours) for their outstanding contribution to the Dutch community.
He celebrated another milestone in RoosMarijn in Het Witte Paard: that of his 70th birthday.That happened in 2012.
THERE is more than that going on in the oldest but one garden city in the Netherlands. Please go to http://www.ondernemendvreewijk.nl to find out. Next on the agenda is improving business and life at the green district of Rotterdam. VOV_Vreewijk is on Twitter as well.
Read all about further developments at Janny's page on Facebook and elsewhere on social media.
Janny reads more than one daily, and writes for more than just the one special interest paper. She sympathises with Fokke & Sukke, who plead to be published. Please go to www.foksuk.nl to learn more about these out of the ordinary birds and their creators.
More details @ this website can be found by clicking the button Work.
You will find publications who appreciate Janny's work. They have been Offshore Wind and Maritime by Holland. As yet, publisher Navingo holds its hand tight to its purse. It means no assignments for freelance.
The latest publications which are likely to commission Janny on a more regular base are the London-based Hazardous Cargo Bulletin and the publications of Riviera Maritime Media. The American-based Breakbulk Magazine turned out to be a 'one night stand'. Lesson learned at this end: stick to working for the British and the Dutch
Please watch this space or that at Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for updates.
Call for protection of copyrights and more . . . .
OR FAIR SHARE . . . .the Dutch union of journalists NVJ has started the campaign Fair Share (Eerlijk Deel) in an attempt to safeguard the rights of both publisher and freelance contributor. NVJ proposes to introduce a surcharge on top of the regular rate per contribution of a freelance journalist or photographer, in an attempt to solve the problem of forced assignment of rights by contract the publisher wants freelance to sign.
As it is, publishers such as National Geographic, Sanoma and IHS claim these rights for free. Freelance contributorsÂ are left with the liability of their work, which is in danger to be deformed by others. We won't twist your arm, publishers say, but warn that contributors who do not sign the contract will be not commissioned. At least, Dutch junior minister Fred Teeven is aware of the copyright subject and plans to adapt legislation. It is still time for action!
Dutch-based foundation Afrikaad has a heart beating for the people of the Republic of Ghana and all things related to that country and West-African environs. Foundation president Aad van der Munnik brought Ghana home through importing Ghanaian arts and crafts to the Netherlands, thus building up a business network of Ghanaian artists and craftsmen. In the process Van der Munnik and his wife Willy Schols found their core business in Ghana: that of contributing to further developing education and that offering other practical help for the benefit of people living in Ghana.
Afrikaad's logo Funtumfrafo one of the Akan symbols stands for unity in diversity, and the oneness of humanity in spite of the differences. It is symbolised in the many-headed crocodile with a single stomach.It is no surprise that Funtumfrafo is in the minds and hearts of all involved in the foundation Afrikaad: both in the Netherlands and in Ghana and elsewhere in West-Africa. Please go to http://www.afrikaad.nl to find more about the work of the couple Van der Munnik/Schols and their friends close to home and far away.
Maritime female senior managers in action
WISTA The Netherlands president Karin Orsel was elected WISTA International president. Three cheers for a tough lady! She has chaired WISTA International meetings of WISTA members based all over the world. Read all about it on LinkedIn and Facebook. WISTA welcomes WISTA members to join the groups on these two social media. Janny has stepped down as WISTA member, but will remain a fan of this international female network.