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Shipping containers weights to be verified before boxes are loaded in accordance with amended rules Solas of The International Maritime Organization (IMO) in place since July 1st 2016. The aim is to better distribute weight on board vessels. Confindustria Marmomacchine of Italy would prefer to see mere declarations by shipping firms which it considers sufficient. Vehement protests were voiced from India where increased costs were considered too high. Also it is feared that bureaucracy could bog down terminals and slowing of workflow.

Lapicida of Great Britain has slabs of marble measuring 1.20 m in length and width but merely 1.2 cm thick. The format is new in the program.

The Acropolis is taking down scaffolding and setting it up on the west side. That is a good opportunity to take a look on the webpage of the Acropolis Restoration Office (1, 2).

Eyewear made with stone: Italian Budri company was the first to develop spectacle frames made of super thin marble. Meanwhile, other firms are active in that field, too. Budri continues its way with luxury eyewear and is again exhibiting its new collection at the Silmo Optical Fair (September 23-26, 2016) in Paris (1, 2).

In the dense jungle near Angkor Wat in Cambodia Australian archaeologist Damian Evans has discovered an entire medieval city buried in the ground, the Washington Post reports.

For the first time the Terra Award for building in clay was given out. 357 projects from 67 countries had submitted entries.

 Photo: Calla Eklund/V-wolf/Wikimedia CommonsDalhalla is the name of a defunct quarry transformed into an amphitheater in 1994 near Dalarna Province’s city of Rättvik in Sweden. Also the acoustics are said to be amazing.

„Natur“ is the name of the theme at a sculptors’ competition in Florence organized by Pietre die Rapolanno and the Accademia di Belli Arti. Nine students of the Academy participated. The project was supported by von Grassi Pietre (1, 2).

Video of the Month: A video is now available documenting the restoration of Paris’ Musée Rodin (French). An advertising strip shows a young couple visiting the newly completed house (1, 2, 3).

(02.09.2016, USA: 09.02.2016)