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Lilium Reveals New Air Taxi

Lilium reveals it’s long-awaited New Air Taxi & celebrates it’s maiden flight in the same swoop


Lilium is still aiming to sell the world’s first all-electric jet-powered 5-seat air taxi or electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) vehicle.

The Lilium eVTOL Jet Is A Go!

The Lilium Jet specs are honorable, with ad 300 km (186 mile) range that can be covered in under 60 minutes. Of course, the electric urban air mobility (UAM) startup claims to do all this with zero operating emissions.

Lilium says it is just about ready to manufacture and operate the Lilium Jet and offer on-demand air taxi service around the world. But before this happens, the UAM startup revealed a new 5-seat electric air taxi prototype. The eVTOL aircraft had its maiden flight earlier this month.

The Lilium Jet has no tail, no rudder, no propellers, no gearbox, and only a single moving part in the electric motors. And this full-scale, full-weight prototype powered by 36 electric motors is demonstrating the safety and potential affordability of eVTOL aircraft. Lilium is also working on the ergonomic and interior feel of the aircraft for “magical customer experience in the cabin, from panoramic windows to gull-wing doors.”


According to Daniel Wiegand, co-founder and CEO:

“Today we are taking another huge step towards making urban air mobility a reality. In less than two years we have been able to design, build and successfully fly an aircraft that will serve as our template for mass production. Moving from two to five seats was always our ambition as it enables us to open up the skies to many more travelers. Whether its friends or families flying together or business travelers ride-sharing into the city, having five seats delivers an economy of scale you just can’t achieve with two. The Lilium Jet itself is beautiful and w

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Skillnet Ireland launches initiative to help enterprises bounce back safely

ReBound Initiative to support business owners implement Return to Work Safely protocol

Skillnet Ireland has today launched a new initiative aimed at helping Irish SME owners and managers across all sectors prepare and implement a return to work safely plan for the reopening of their business. The initiative known as ‘ReBound – Back to Business. Safely’ is being offered in conjunction with industry and Government partners including Ibec, Chambers Ireland, the National Standards Authority of Ireland and the Small Firms Association.

Every workplace will need to adjust as they re-open and are faced with introducing practical changes necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The ReBound initiative will upskill business owners and managers to ensure they are well equipped to take on this challenge.

Participating companies will receive a combination of webinar training on implementing the Government’s Return to Work Safely Protocol and mentoring to help them create and implement a bespoke Return to Work Safely Plan. The scheme is available to 3,000 Irish SMEs and Irish enterprises are encouraged to register for the initiative through the Skillnet Ireland ReBound website available at


Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, said: “The Return to Work Safely Protocol is a critical component of the Government’s Roadmap which very clearly sets out the steps that businesses and workers need to take to ensure that they can return to work safely. The Skillnet Ireland ReBound initiative adds to the range of measures put in place by Government, to support companies in implementing the Protocol within their business and adapting to this new and challenging environment. ReBound exemplifies the collaboration between Government and industry that is central to the success of the reopening of the economy and safe return to work.” 

Launching ReBound, Paul Healy, Chief Executive, Skillnet Ireland said: “Skillnet Ireland is focused on supporting Irish SMEs as they reopen their business and begin the road to recovery. The ReBound initiative will provide owners and managers with the practical tools and knowledge needed to help navigate the new protocol whilst also mitigating business disruption. With the training and supports delivered through digital platforms, businesses nationwide can benefit from ReBound. We are delighted to be working with industry and Government on this important issue, and we urge SMEs to avail of these fully subsidised supports we are putting in place.”

Commenting on the launch Geraldine Larkin, Chief Executive of NSAI said: “The Government’s Return to Work Safety Protocol is key to driving the ability of businesses to protect against, prepare for, respond to and recover from COVID-19 related disruptions. Undertaking the training being provided by Skillnet Ireland and supported by the NSAI will provide SMEs with additional guidance in getting back to work safely at this time. It is our hope that schemes like this will help lead the way to a safer reopening for businesses.”


Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: “The health of the public and the workforce remains the primary concern for us all, but it is now essential that we apply a risk-based approach to balance these health concerns with wider wellbeing issues and the need to have a functioning economy. 

“The Return to Work Safely Pr

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€30 million investment at Rosslare Europort

€30 million investment at Rosslare Europort, as planning permission submitted for Port Masterplan.

The Masterplan, together with initiatives under the strategic plan for the port, will see over €30 million invested by Iarnród Éireann in Rosslare Europort over the next five years.  It will ensure that Rosslare will be equipped with the capacity, facilities and technology to facilitate major growth for the benefit of the region and the wider national economy.

Major changes in the Europort, and the subject of planning permission will be

  • New configuration of the port aligned to maximise future growth of the port and support regional and national development 
  • Significant new facilities and infrastructure to develop Rosslare Europort to its full potential as Irelands gateway port to the UK and Europe
  • Design and develop a Sustainable, Seamless and Smart Port that will be best in class internationally

The development under the Masterplan will be completed over a number of phases over a five year timeframe to enable the port continue to operate all services and activity during construction.

Rosslare Europort is the closest port to the UK and mainland Europe and offers numerous daily/weekly direct Services to the UK, France and Spain.

As well as the port masterplan further substantial investment will also take place both at the port and the surrounding area with the following further developments being completed during the same timeframe.

  1. Construction of the New N25 Rosslare Europort Access Road by TII and Wexford Co Council
  2. Development of the Rosslare Europort Business Park by the Dutch company XELLZ targeting the future Offshore Wind Market
  3. Construction of the future permanent extensive facilities to meet all customs and Brexit requirements for state agencies at the Port making Rosslare the only port outside of Dublin with the required Border Inspection Post

The combined developments will see the largest ever investment in the port and surrounding area and will position Rosslare Europort to become the leading gateway for the country to the UK and Europe.

Glenn Carr General Manager Rosslare Europort said “These are probably the most exciting times that the port has ever seen with transformational developments planned over the next few years. We will be making significant investment demonstrating our commitment and drive to grow Rosslare Europort and ensuring that we maximise its full potential both for the region and the overall country.

While we will have challenges in dealing with the current Covid and Brexit situation, I am extremely optimistic with the plans we now have in place for the development of the port and growing of the business well into the future, building on new business from Brittany Ferries earlier this year.

We also very much welcome the additional substantial investments that are being made with the new port access road by TII and Wexford Co Council, the new Brexit facilities for state agencies by the OPW, Revenue, Department of Transport, Depts of Agriculture, Justice and Health and the exciting proposed Rosslare Business Park Zone by XELLZ; All of these development along with our masterplan will greatly benefit not just the port but also the economic development of the region.

Finally I also strongly believe that Rosslare Europort is now the best positioned port to be the Offshore Wind Energy hub for Ireland in the future. No other port in the Republic

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COVID-fighting robot

MIT-designed robot can disinfect a warehouse floor in 30 minutes, and could one day be employed in grocery stores and schools.


MIT has designed a robot that is capable of disinfecting the floor of a 4,000-square foot warehouse in only half an hour, and it could one day be used to clean your local grocery store or school.

The university’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) worked with Ava Robotics — a company that focuses on creating telepresence robots — and the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to develop a robot that uses a custom UV-C light to disinfect surfaces and neutralize aerosolized forms of the coronavirus.

Development on this project began in early April, and one of the researchers said that it came in direct response to the pandemic. The results have been encouraging enough that the researchers say that autonomous UV disinfection could be done in other environments such as supermarkets, factories and restaurants.Covid-19 mainly spreads via airborne transmission, and it is capable of remaining on surfaces for several days. With states across the US reporting a surge in cases and no concrete timetable for a possible vaccine, there is currently no near-term end to the pandemic. That leaves schools and supermarkets looking for solutions to effectively disinfect areas.

The goal is for the robot to become capable of adapting to our world to dynamically change its plan based on estimated UV-C dosages.The UV-C array affixed to the top of the mobile robot emits a short-wavelength ultraviolet light that kills microorganisms and disrupts their DNA in a process called ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, the researchers said. This process is typically used in hospital or medical settings to sterilize rooms and stop the spread of microorganisms.While the team is currently focused on a single robot that is deployed at the food bank, the team said that they are exploring what “multi-robot solutions may look like in the future.”

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Xeneta Container Rates Alert

Xeneta container rates alert: grim economic outlook spurs slight fall in long-term ocean freight rates

Long-term contracted ocean freights fell for the second consecutive month, and are now 1.3% down year-on-year, as the ramifications of Coronavirus continue to shake the foundations of the global economy. According to the latest XSI® Public Indices report from Oslo-based Xeneta, rates fell by 1.8% in June, following on from a 1.2% decline in May. Although levels remain historically high, the carrier segment has now seen a 0.2% decline since the beginning of 2020, after four consecutive months of increases through to February. Furthermore, notes Xeneta, future economic indicators are far from promising.

Growing concern

Xeneta’s XSI® provides unique intelligence on the very latest ocean freight market moves. Based on crowd-sourced data from leading shippers, the report utilises over 200 million data points, covering more than 160,000 port-to-port pairings, to provide real-time insight of industry developments.

Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund says June’s report probably won’t assuage concerns in an increasingly uneasy carrier fraternity.

“Container ship owners and operators have been working overtime for months to balance supply and demand, removing tonnage, adjusting routes and constantly reviewing strategy to protect their all-important rates,” he notes, adding: “And, to their credit, it’s worked very well in these tumultuous times. What will be key now is can carriers resist the temptation of releasing capacity back into the market in an attempt to win market share? The capacity is there ready to be deployed, but do that too soon, and too rapidly, and the rates could collapse.”

Global hit

Berglund continues: “Everyone is looking at the big picture now and this month saw the IMF lower its global growth forecast dramatically. It was adjusted down from the 3% annual fall predicted in April to a staggering 4.9% contraction for 2020 – the greatest drop since the end of the Second World War. And many of the major consumer economies will bleed even more profusely, with the Eurozone block facing a hit of over 10%.

“Rates have held fairly firm so far, but it remains to be seen how effectively the carriers can fight against such overwhelming odds, and for how long. The next few months will be crucial, and market intelligence such as XSI® will be key to following developments and unlocking value from upcoming contract negotiations.”

Regional insight

Across the XSI® Public Indices’ regional analysis of major trading routes, almost all indicators pointed down this month.

For Europe the import benchmark fell 1.9%, the fourth consecutive month of decline, while the export figure fared slightly better, slipping just 0.3% in value. The US indices suffered sharper falls, with imports dropping by 4.6% while exports declined 3.5% across June. Both long-term contracted rate benchmarks have now moved downwards over the course of 2020, with imports falling by 2.9% (although remaining high against historic levels) while exports are down 3.3% since the end of 2019.

Rates on the Far East corridors provided the one relative bright spot, with the import figure climbing by 1%. That performance couldn’t be matched by exports, however, which fell 0.4%. Nevertheless, both benchmarks have climbed on a year-to-date basis, with imports surging by 7% and exports rallying 1.3%.

Complex picture

“Although it’s difficult to shake the pervading sense of

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