Dual-system LRVs arrive

first_imgKarlsruhe’s public transport operator VBK and its associated local railway AVG have taken delivery of the first of 21 low-floor eight-axle dual-system LRVs (right). Unlike the earlier dual-system cars (left) which have a high floor throughout, the vehicles have lowered areas in the two end sections. Floor heights are 880mm in the centre section and over the end bogies, and 630mm in the wells where the doors are located.The car bodies and interiors are being built by Duewag in Düsseldorf, and the bogies are coming from Adtranz Siegen. Siemens VT is contributing the 15 kV transformer, rectifier and voltage selector, which are identical to those used in the first series. Other electrical equipment is from Adtranz, with the 750V traction drives identical to 20 low-floor LRVs in use on VBK’s DC network. Four 125 kW three-phase motors are driven by four bipolar transistor inverters; regenerative braking is only possible in DC operation. Top speed is 100 km/h. Kassel’s KVG has ordered the first low-floor tramcars in Germany designed specifically for operation on EBO-regulated private railways. A batch of 12 cars from DWA Bautzen and Kiepe will run on the city’s tramways and on the 22 km Lossetalbahn, which is to be electrified at 750V DC. Due for delivery in mid-1999, the 28·8m long welded steel cars will have 70% of the floor at 354mm above rail and the rest at 560mm. The centre section will be carried on bogies with 590mm diameter independent wheels. Each unidirectional car will carry 90 seated and 98 standing passengers, and will be powered by four 100 kW motors controlled by four IGBT inverters. The cars must withstand end buffing loads of 300 kN at 5 km/h and will have Indusi and Sifa train protection. olast_img read more

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Jadestone sets in motion arbitration action against Total

first_imgSingapore-based oil and gas company Jadestone Energy has started arbitration against the French oil major Total related to a breach of a farm out agreement for an asset located offshore Philippines. Jadestone informed last week that its subsidiary, Jadestone-56, had started an arbitration action against Total Philippines, a subsidiary of Total.Jadestone-56 has started the action as a response to the breach of the farm out agreement (FOA) dated August 23, 2012, between Jadestone-56 and Total Philippines in respect of Service Contract 56, Philippines.Total farmed into the block in exchange for a carry through of the go-forward exploration program. The block covers a total area of around 4,300 km², in water depths ranging from 200 to 3,000 meters.The operatorship was transferred to Total in 2014, after a decision was made to drill an exploration well on Halcon prospect. Jadestone-56 holds a twenty five percent interest in SC 56, while Total Philippines holds the remaining seventy five percent.The notice of arbitration was filed with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre in accordance with the terms of the farm out agreement, Jadestone said.In the notice, Jadestone-56 claims that, among other things, Total Philippines failed to drill an exploration well on the Halcon prospect located within the block covered by Service Contract 56 and is seeking damages as a result of this failure to drill.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Fugro delivers remote inspection in UK sector

first_imgFugro has delivered the first fully remote inspection of an oil and gas platform in UK waters. Karl Daly, Fugro’s director for IRM services in Europe, said: “This innovative approach allowed for efficient scope delivery and demonstrates to all our clients the opportunities for maximising operational windows whilst reducing offshore HSSE exposure, which is always important but even more so during the current pandemic.” The ROV mobilised with dedicated remote systems for visual inspection, cathodic protection (CP) and flooded member detection (FMD). Neptune employs Fugro for subsea inspection in North Sea The project took place 250 kilometres east of Scotland, using an ROV and Fugro’s remote operations centre (ROC) in Aberdeen. In a first for the UK sector, the platform’s entire jacket structure was inspected remotely. Fugro also recently secured a contract with Neptune Energy to employ remote monitoring technology at the Cygnus gas field. Fugro originally intended to trial the remote inspection provision during the campaign. center_img Business & Finance Posted: 2 months ago This allowed its client and ROC personnel to access data acquired by the ROV in near real time. However, when only one offshore inspection engineer was able to mobilise to the platform due to Covid-19, inspection engineers based at Fugro’s ROC in Aberdeen stepped in and delivered the whole project remotely to stay on schedule. Categories: Posted: 2 months ago Fugro also transacted a COABIS database across the onshore and offshore locations.last_img read more

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MPs to vote on gay marriage

first_imgNZ Herald 26 July 2012 A bill on whether to legalise gay marriage is to go before Parliament. The bill, submitted by Labour MP Louisa Wall and aimed at legalising same-sex marriage, has been drawn from the Members Bill Ballot. It was one of five drawn from a pool of 62 bills. The principal Marriage Act 1955 does not define marriage being between a man and a woman, but couples other than between a man and a woman have not been permitted to obtain marriage licences. The Marriage (Definition of Marriage Amendment Bill) submitted by Ms Wall makes it clear that marriage is a union of two people regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. A bill allowing a debate on same-sex marriage had double the chance of being drawn after Green Party MP Kevin Hague also had a private member’s bill in the ballot to legalise same-sex marriage. Mr Hague said “the time had come” for gay marriage in New Zealand. “One of the things we said was regardless of which bill got drawn, we’d both be putting our full weight behind them. I am very pleased to say I will be campaigning hard out to support Louisa’s bill.”  He said it was likely the bill would have majority support at the first reading, because Prime Minister John Key has indicated he would support the bill in its early stages. “I think John Key’s support is quite important because within the National Party caucus that is effectively the green light for people who support the bill to be able to vote for it,” he said. Prime Minister John Key said last month he would support a bill to legalise same-sex marriage at its initial stage, but will not guarantee his support will continue through to the final reading that would see it become law.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10822370last_img read more

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Luiz confident Blues will bounce back

first_imgDavid Luiz is optimistic Chelsea will swiftly overcome the pain of relinquishing their hold on the FA Cup and refocus on securing Champions League qualification. Chelsea face crucial matches in the Barclays Premier League prior to the trip to Basle in the Europa League semi-finals, beginning with Wednesday’s west London derby at Fulham, as they seek to secure a top-four spot and a return to the Champions League they won last May in Munich. “It’s not difficult (to overcome),” the Brazil defender said. “You need to take positive things. For us it was a great game. In the second half we controlled the game, we controlled one big team and created a lot of opportunities. In the future we have confidence. I’m always positive.” He added: “We have important games in the future. We need to win. We need to be in the best position in the league and win the Europa League.” Chelsea’s defeat came at the end of a run of six matches in 16 days and following Thursday night’s Europa League quarter-final second leg with Rubin Kazan in Moscow. But interim boss Rafael Benitez played down the impact of fatigue, citing the second-half response. “It’s more that City were very strong in the first half,” he said. “We know physically players like Yaya Toure can make a big difference in the middle of the park and also (Sergio) Aguero. They have very good players. “The first half we didn’t show the level that we wanted to show and second half the reaction of the team was quite positive. “For me the positive thing is we saw in the second half we could do much better.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Four from Hancock County selected to Shrine Lobster Bowl

first_imgELLSWORTH — Four Hancock County high school football players have been selected to play in the 2018 Shrine Lobster Bowl.Ellsworth/Sumner’s Ethan Kane, Bucksport’s Chase Carmichael and Mount Desert Island’s Colby Lee and Croix Albee were named to the roster Friday. They will represent the East team in this year’s game.Kane was injured for most of his senior season but was a vital player on the offensive and defensive lines for the Eagles throughout his four years in high school. He received honorable mention to the All-Little Ten Conference team following the 2016 season.Carmichael broke the LTC’s single-season passing yardage record in 2017 by throwing for more than 1,700 yards. He led the Golden Bucks to a runner-up finish in Class D North.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn Class C North, Lee and Albee led a dominant ground attack for a strong MDI team. The Trojans played in the Northern Maine championship game for the second year in a row and finished the season with a 9-2 record.Each player in the game is required to raise a minimum of $500, which will be distributed to 22 hospitals throughout North America. The game will be played July 21 at Thornton Academy in Saco.last_img read more

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Ga. Southern looks to sweep La.-Lafeyette

first_imgGa. Southern looks to sweep La.-Lafeyette February 7, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGeorgia Southern (14-10, 8-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (10-14, 5-8)Cajun Dome, Lafayette, Louisiana; Saturday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Louisiana-Lafayette seeks revenge on Georgia Southern after dropping the first matchup in Statesboro. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 11, when the Eagles shot 42.4 percent from the field while holding Louisiana-Lafayette’s shooters to just 28.6 percent on the way to a 20-point victory.center_img Associated Press TEAM LEADERS: Jalen Johnson has averaged 15.3 points and seven rebounds to lead the charge for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Mylik Wilson has complemented Johnson and is putting up 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. The Eagles are led by Ike Smith, who is averaging 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds.SOLID SMITH: I. Smith has connected on 33.6 percent of the 131 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 11 of 33 over the last five games. He’s also converted 63.9 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Louisiana-Lafayette is 0-9 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 10-5 when it scores at least 66.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Eagles have recently gotten buckets via assists more often than the Cajuns. Louisiana-Lafayette has 34 assists on 76 field goals (44.7 percent) across its past three outings while Georgia Southern has assists on 38 of 80 field goals (47.5 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Georgia Southern as a team has made 8.9 3-pointers per game this season, which is tops among Sun Belt teams.___last_img read more

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Boys basketball Lakers upended by Jordan-Elbridge

first_imgAfter it once stood at 11-3, the Cazenovia boys basketball team had seen plenty go wrong in the last few weeks of the regular season.During last Tuesday night’s trip to Jordan-Elbridge, the Lakers again found itself in a close contest and again could not pull it out, falling 52-50 to the Eagles for its fifth consecutive defeat.And what made it more frustrating was that Cazenovia had led most of the way, not by a big margin, but enough to showcase an effective defense that was primarily responsible for a 37-31 lead through three quarters. The Bears led 18-12 through one period, only to have ITC outscore them 29-18 the rest of the half, led by Edwin Seton, who finished with 24 points, and Terrell McLaughlin, who had 20 points.Staying in it until the final seconds, Chittenango saw Tyrus Kelly hit five 3-pointers on his way to 21 points overall, while Brian Schermerhorn had 15 points. Bryce Bishop had eight points and James Miller added seven points.With Friday’s game against Homer snowed out, the Bears would have to make up that contest plus have a game Tuesday at Phoenix as Cazenovia met Altmar-Parish-Williamstown that same night Cazenovia hosts Altmar-Parish-Williamstown in Tuesday night’s regular-season finale.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: boys basketballCazenoviaChittenangocenter_img J-E turned it all around, though, zooming in front late thanks to an attack led by Dakota Holbrook, who put in 15 points, and Alex Pond, who got 14 points.This negated the efforts of Ty Freyer, who set a new career mark with 22 points, most of its from six 3-pointers, and Alex Moesch, who added 14 points as Keegan Bailey got 12 points, but the rest of the squad was held to just two points.As for Chittenango, its post-season hopes took a hit last Tuesday when a valiant effort against Institute of Technology Central fell just short in a 69-66 defeat.last_img read more

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Sergio Salcido doesn’t fit the mold of a Syracuse lacrosse star, but he’s emerging as one

first_imgSergio Salcido sat alone on the Carrier Dome steps crying. Tears rushed down his cheeks as he broke down.Earlier that day, in the fall of 2012, he heard a pop during a routine drill in practice. He crumpled to the ground and flipped the ball to a teammate. But then he got up, circled to the back of the line and tried to play through the pain. He didn’t know what it meant but his aching knee was swelling up.Just several feet from Sadler Hall, his freshman dorm, Salcido told his dad about the injury over the phone.Salcido was already a walk-on Syracuse’s coaches didn’t believe in. A 5-foot-7 player from Florida didn’t fit the Syracuse lacrosse prototype anyway. Making the team a week prior, just midway through his first semester at SU, could have been enough.But it wasn’t.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo days before Salcido received surgery on his torn right ACL, he got a tattoo on his bicep that read “Faith.” That’s what he’d need while spending the winter trudging through snow on crutches, spending weekends at relatives’ houses in the central New York area and completing his freshman year as a redshirt in 2013.“I didn’t come this far just to come this far,” Salcido said. “I realized ‘You’re here now and this is what you wanted. This is a true test to see how bad you really want it.’”The ACL injury was just another hurdle for Salcido to leap over. The undersized midfielder played sparingly and never scored a goal in his first two seasons at SU when healthy. But now in his junior season, Salcido has started every game and broken out with 28 goals and 23 assists. His quickness has forced defenses to construct slide packages based on him and his outside shot has made them pay if he gets just a sliver of space.Lucy Naland | Senior Design EditorOn Saturday at noon, Salcido will have a key role in the biggest game he’ll have played when No. 8 seed Syracuse (12-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) takes on top-seeded Maryland (15-2, 5-0 Big Ten) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in Providence, Rhode Island. And again it’s an opportunity to prove people wrong.“I didn’t see it coming. … A couple years ago I’m not sure I thought he would ever play for us really and he’s turned it around.Syracuse head coach John Desko Facebook Twitter Google+ What Desko thought wasn’t anything new. Collegiate coaches would call Salcido’s high school coach, Ryan Healy, during Salcido’s senior year. When Healy told the coaches about Salcido’s plan to play at Syracuse, they’d contest that he wasn’t good enough so he should play at their schools instead.Even Salcido’s parents considered what would happen if lacrosse at Syracuse didn’t work out for their son. He only applied to one school and getting in was no guarantee. “Wouldn’t it suck,” if he couldn’t make it to SU solely because he didn’t have the grades, Salcido’s father, Moses, would tell him.“In the back of my mind I’m thinking, ‘Sh*t, if this doesn’t happen, what’s plan B?’” Salcido’s mother, Nancy, said.But Salcido never budged. When he was accepted, he ran into the backyard, jumped up and down and started screaming. It didn’t matter that he’d have to walk-on.Salcido even had a full-ride scholarship offer to Providence and had offers from several other schools. But since elementary school, he had a poster of the Powell brothers, Syracuse lacrosse legends, hanging on his bedroom wall. His mother was from Utica, New York and still had family in the area, too.He attended multiple recruiting camps at SU and made a point to talk to the coaches while he was there so they would remember him. He knew he’d be considered less than players from traditional hotbeds.“I think he was just so far behind everybody,” Desko said. “Any time you get players from certain areas like Florida, they don’t have that tradition of a lot of great high school coaching.”Lucy Naland | Senior Design EditorWhen Salcido would talk about his top college choice with other local players, they would laugh at him. Once he made the team, they didn’t think he’d get any playing time. Once he tore his ACL, people thought that might have been the end.“It kind of pissed me off,” Salcido said. And he turned it into fuel.To get where he wanted required the highest level of training possible. He began working out with Jon Davis at Davis Training Systems in Orlando as a junior in high school.“I knew from the first week of training with him, he wasn’t just there to kind of lift weights,” Davis said. “He was there for a real reason.”Davis jokes that he gets mad at Salcido because Salcido always wants to get his workout done as early as possible. Salcido schedules his sessions via an app and the earliest time slot is around 9 a.m. “Where’s the 8:30 time slot?” Salcido often says to Davis.During the past several summers, Salcido worked out twice a day and did shooting or stick skill exercises in between. Before his workouts, he’d eat a breakfast often consisting of oatmeal, a six-egg omelet and egg whites.The workouts were designed around building strength and bulk. Davis helped Salcido hone in on back and shoulder exercises to improve his weak links. Now, Salcido has one of the hardest shots of any Syracuse player, Desko said.“We were training him when no one knew about him,” Davis said. “When everyone doubted him.” Published on May 20, 2016 at 5:27 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedscenter_img In his first three years at Syracuse, Salcido still hadn’t made the splash he hoped for. The only playing time Salcido saw as a redshirt freshman was on the wing during faceoffs.By 2015, he got a little more time as a backup midfielder, but still wasn’t on the field enough to make a difference. He wasn’t getting a chance to show the skills he used when dominating in high school. And he let his parents know he was frustrated by the situation.“There were times my husband and I were like, ‘I’m not going up there,’” Nancy Salcido said, “‘because if he’s just going to complain he’s not getting playing time, it’s not fun as a parent to sit there and listen to him complain about it.’”When he was struggling to get playing time, Salcido asked his dad to call the coaches. But this wasn’t high school and his parents recommended that he ask the coaches for advice.Winter Park (Florida) High School head coach Andy Sinclair called Salcido a “pest” because he was always asking questions. Now, Salcido was doing the same thing to Syracuse’s coaches.Liam Sheehan | Staff PhotographerAnd after four years at SU, it’s paying off. Salcido is the one with the answers instead of the questions. He tied a career-high with six points in the ACC championship game to lead the Orange to victory over Duke. He scored Syracuse’s ninth goal on Sunday against Albany in the first round of the NCAA tournament to give his team the lead for good.Growing up, people told Salcido he wouldn’t make the team at Syracuse. Then they said he wouldn’t get on the field. His coaches at Syracuse told him to work on his stick skills and get stronger. He’s done all of that.Finally, Salcido is one of the Orange’s most important players.“I’m the one getting the last laugh now,” Salcido said. Comments Related Stories Syracuse men’s lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about MarylandSyracuse men’s lacrosse roundtable: How SU beat Albany, the matchup with Maryland and the Orange’s weaknessesHow Syracuse’s offensive depth created problems for Albany’s defense in SU’s 11-9 NCAA tournament winlast_img read more

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Softball: Big Ten Tournament spot on the line for Badgers this weekend

first_imgAfter a 4-1 week on the road, University of Wisconsin softball is coming back to Goodman Diamond this weekend to take on the University of Illinois. The series will be the first in an eight-game homestretch to end the Badgers’ season before the Big Ten tournament in May.The Badgers (23-17-1, 8-5-1 Big Ten) are trying to win key games to ensure a spot in the tournament. That makes these three games against Illinois (26-18, 5-9 Big Ten) crucial for Wisconsin, and any mistakes could have big consequences later on.Last time outThe Badgers are moving up after last week, which featured a win against rivals University of Minnesota Twin Cities and University of Iowa. With four wins on the weekend, the Badgers moved up six spots in the NCAA ranking, going from No. 73 to No. 67.There is no doubt that if the Badgers keep having weeks like this, they will find themselves ranked even higher nationally.Softball: Yvette Healy talks team’s impressive week on road, importance of seniorsThe University of Wisconsin women’s softball team is looking ahead to their last games of the season after having beat Read…Keys to SuccessAs the season comes to a close, it is key that the Badgers keep focusing on the game at hand. It is crucial that they continue to perform with the same high-caliber play they have been playing with in the last few weeks.As long as Wisconsin keeps its momentum going, and keeps errors down, they should find themselves victorious against a team like Illinois. All the Badgers need is a few more conference wins to secure their spot in the Big Ten tournament.Player to Watch: Annie FlemingIllinois’ number one batter for the season is Fleming, who is currently leading her team with a .352 batting average. Fleming, who is a designated player for Illinois, is going to be a challenge for Taylor-Paige Stewart and the Badger defense to keep points off the board.If the Badgers want to come out of this weekend with a win, they need to keep Fleming at bay. If they manage to do that, they will be saying “Bye Bye Bye” to Illinois come Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

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