Coastal speed dating
COLOGNE, Germany — The elimination of Kiel-based Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems from the German MKS-180 combat ship competition sent shock waves through the industry in the spring, leaving Dutch shipbuilder Damen with a real chance to win the business.TKMS has since partnered with German Naval Yards to remain in the race, prompting calls by some coastal politicians and trade unions that domestic shipyards should get preferential treatment in big Bundeswehr programs.As Germany’s third-largest defense contractor, we are in a good position.We acquired Atlas Elektronik last year, which made us one of only two European offerors with an in-house capability for the increasingly important electronics segment of shipbuilding. Once the MKS-180 acquisition process is finalized, Germany will have to re-evaluate its approach.
What you describe as a marriage is, in my view, currently not more than speed dating — contracts have been signed, but the implementation will take a few more years.
Yvonne and Nicole met at Spring Road Kindergarten last year when their children attended; both are active members of the kindy’s fundraising team.
The matchmakers spotted a need for single, separated and divorced people to make new friends close to home and together they launched Perth Hills Speed Dating.
NY Event organisers Nicole Airay and Yvonne Fletcher said they had no idea their first event for singles aged 32 to 49 would be a hit.“Speed dating has been around in Perth for many years, yet not in Kalamunda,” Ms Airay.
“It involves up to five-minute conversations, one-on-one, across a table in a comfortable setting.“The first event at the Best Drop Tavern last month was a huge success as it forged many new friendships – an ideal we want to promote.”They say many people are uncomfortable with the idea of internet dating and prefer to meet in person for companionship and in some cases, ultimately love.“We strongly believe people are feeling a lack of personal connection and we want to assist by providing a bridge to friendships,” Ms Fletcher said.“Speed dating is very fast and fun; it’s like going on eight blind dates.“If someone likes a person, we encourage them to tick ‘yes’ on the secret ballot sheet to continue the conversation…there is nothing to lose and potentially a friend to gain.“We find many people stay on to chat after the event finishes irrespective of who they match with.”Conversation starters are part of the package to turn a first impression into a lasting one within a five-minute timeframe.“At the end of the event, ballot sheets are reviewed and only ‘matches’ are informed of their successful pairing with contact details emailed to follow up,” Ms Airay said.
We intend to become an active participant in the process.