Minneapolis-based producer Megan Hamilton has been loving her time in self-quarantine. The funk-focused bass musician kicked off the new year with an appearance at Tuscon, AZ’s Gem & Jam Festival in early February, and has regularly been releasing new music over the past few months including collaborations with SoDown and Cofresi.Geared up at home with quarantine necessities of her microphone, computer, beyerdynamic DT 990 headphones, a kindle, and weed pen, Hamilton has been cookin’ up some fresh new beats which are released every month and some delicious breakfast egg benedicts to go with her new Toast & Jam livestreams.Live For Live Music’s Mikala Lugen chatted with Hamilton on her most recent collaboration release “G.R.E.A.M.” with hip-hop artist Will Robinson, her process of perfecting livestreams, her new position as a music industry instructor, and how to make the world’s best grilled cheese eggs benedict.L4LM: In celebration of 420, you dropped a new single with Will Robinson with “G.R.E.A.M.” Can you tell us how you and Will started on that collab?MH: I met Will on Instagram, he had a mob of people who were stoked about what he was putting out, so I took an interest to watching him. I live across from a bar called Grumpy’s in Minneapolis, and one day I walked out of my front door and saw him walking out. We started hanging out and he popped over and I had him brainstorm ideas for anything green for the whole concept. We just ran with that, celebrating “green” and the eco-friendly way of life. We dropped it on April 20th for a green anthem for the national holiday [laughs], it was a really fun song to work on together.L4LM: The artwork for the new single highlights all things “green”. I noticed that you do the artwork and graphics for your own brand. Have you always been a graphic artist?MH: Yes, by trade I’m a graphic designer. I’ve always been into fine arts and drawing, so eventually I got a lot into illustration. I also drew up the “G.R.E.A.M.” artwork and merch for it. The shirt and the hat are based off the cover of Wu Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M” track. It was super fun to make. I’ve always done my own art, it’s very convenient being your own graphic designer, you can constantly make your own promo assets for any platform at any time without waiting.“G.R.E.A.M.” Ft. Will Robinson[Video: Megan Hamilton]L4LM: You’ve been doing weekly live streams on Facebook, as well as releasing new music on a regular basis. Is this a result of the ongoing coronavirus and postponement of live events?MH: Yeah, I actually didn’t know how to stream prior to all of this happening. It was quite a learning curve to all of a sudden figure it all out, and do it in a way that looked good. I was initially silent during the first week when everyone starting pushing out livestreams to learn the software, and making sure we had good camera angle and audio. Once everything looked good and I felt comfortable, I started my weekly livestreams. I now spend about half my day working on streaming stuff, or helping someone else with it. It’s been fun figuring it out with this new landscape, I’m a giant nerd when it comes to media software.L4LM: You’ve also been integrating some breakfast cooking in each of your morning Toast & Jam streams. Can you tell us how to make the world’s best grilled cheese eggs benedict?MH: Okay, so wow [laughs] it’s so much fun. You make a grilled cheese, you know the old Julia Child’s method, with lots of butter. Put that to the side, boil up some water, take a little festival pin and poke the egg at the very top through the shell, submerge it in the boiling water for 10 seconds, take it out, and then you swirl the water and crack it in. The swirl will prevent the egg from turning out super ugly haha. Let it cook for four minutes, and then instead of using hollandaise sauce, I use fresh tomato bisque I made in the Instant Pot. Take the lid of a mason jar and push it down onto the grilled cheese to make a perfect circle, put the egg on it and the tomato bisque and you got yourself a grilled cheese eggs benedict. I decided that since I’m benedicted that I’m going to make a benedict for every Toast & Jam Brunch livestream.L4LM: You also recently became a music industry instructor and course designer for Slam Academy. What do you hope to teach to students in the program?MH: Oh, it’s been so great. It’s an electronic music production school, and I recently became an instructor and their marketing director. I’m teaching a class called “Music Industry.” It was initially taught by Lazerbeak, a Minneapolis-based producer who’s worked with Doomtree and Lizzo. He taught a lot about the history of the music industry and how things operate within that, so we combined both of our curriculums to expand on how people can make it work for their music. I’m teaching a lot about personal branding and marketing, learning how to use social media properly, maintain an audience and following, monetize your music, and getting your royalties. Since we’re unable to do any in-person classes right now, it’s opened a lot of doors for us because we have an in-person student capacity, but when we go online, we’re able to accommodate a lot more students. Everyone has been really enjoying it, and I think we’re going to keep up with the online courses alongside in-person classes. My new streaming knowledge has really helped bring this about, and it’s nice to see that people are able to learn new things with all this extra free time. It’s been really rewarding.L4LM: You also use another creative outlet to teach and inform people, reaching almost 50 episodes of your Green Room Podcast. Why did you start up this project and what are some of your most memorable episodes?MH: It started as something just for fun, but it evolved into its own little monster and does take up a lot of our time now in a good way [laughs]. It builds camaraderie with all the guests we have on the podcast. I’ve had a few interesting guests on there that have made for great episodes. Ben Encanti of Zebbler Encanti Experience was really cool to talk with. He’s in Scotland, and he’s a professor at Berklee School of Music in Valencia, Spain, and he was teaching the masterclass there for music production. The Kill Paris episode was great too, he’s doing a lot of cool things with technology and biology and making music with those things. He talked about how he created his most recent album, Galaxies Within Us, using a piece of technology called a MIDI Sprout. It has all these alligator clips that you can clip onto any biological piece of material. He used different plants and he solely sampled the bass design for his song “Venus Fly Trap” from the frequencies generated from it.Green Room Podcast, Ep. 42 – Kill ParisL4LM: You’ve been regularly releasing new music collaborations amid our lockdowns, can fans expect more new music in the coming weeks?MH: I actually have another release coming out on May 12th with K+Lab. I’ll have something coming out every month this year, there’s a lot of great new material waiting to be released. Maddy O’Neal and I are finally going to debut our new duo house project, House Wives within the next couple months. I’ve always wanted to have a house music moniker, and now I have enough house music to finally debut this project with her, I’m pumped. It’s gonna open a lot of doors for us since house music isn’t either of our main genres, so we can reach new audiences. I’m also going to continue my livestreams, including an upcoming one with A.L. Grime and do some collaboration streams. Manic Focus just started a “Beat Challenge,” sending a track to a bunch of different DJs to add their own mix and spin on it for a monster collab compilation, that will also be released in the near future.L4LM: New music every month! We love to hear that. If you could do a song collab with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?MH: Holy shit. I would probably pick Amy Winehouse or Whitney Houston, like why wouldn’t you?Stream Megan Hamilton’s latest collaboration “G.R.E.A.M.” with Will Robinson here or via the Spotify audio player below.
On Monday, Billy Strings debuted video of his performance of “Watch It Fall” recorded for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.Founded in 2011, the FRRC is committed to the restoration of basic civil rights for millions of returning citizens (formerly convicted persons) in Florida. Through advocacy and lobbying work, this non-profit won a major victory in 2018 with the passage of Amendment 4 which allowed convicted felons to regain their voting rights upon completion of their sentence including parole and probation.Related: Billy Strings Performs Powerful “Taking Water” At Democracy Comes Alive [Watch]The performance finds a long-haired Strings alongside his bass player Royal Masat. Judging by the length of Strings’ hair, which he lopped off back in August the video was recorded some time ago. With the 2020 general elections just one day away, however, this performance of the Home track—recorded for a vital civil rights organization—is all the more relevant. It’s easy to see why Strings would feel so strongly about the rights of returning citizens, as his grandfather was incarcerated for a brief period, during which he hand-built the recognizable 33 guitar Billy occasionally uses onstage.With his contemplation on the trajectory of modern society, Strings highlights his insightful lyricism rather than his guitar-picking prowess with this performance. The effect is just as stirring than any of his instrumental offerings, as the lean, 3:43 minute rendition makes its point and doesn’t linger. As the rights of millions of returning citizens around the country remain ignored by politicians and voters alike, Strings ponders “how long until there’s nothing left at all?”Watch Billy Strings and Royal Masat perform “Watch It Fall” for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. To learn more about the FRRC click here. To watch the official music video for “Watch It Fall”, head here.Billy Strings – “Watch It Fall”[Video: Billy Strings]
This Monday, as part of Notre Dame Day, the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) will host the first ever Global Development Challenge.“[The] Global Development Challenge is comprised of six stations centrally located on campus, each relating to a global development challenge that NDIGD and the Notre Dame Community are currently working to address. Each station has a hands-on, interactive challenge for students, faculty, staff and members of the South Bend community to participate in,” event planner Meagan McDermott said.McDermott said events will include a scavenger hunt, a geography challenge and a 3-point shooting contest.“Notre Dame Day is about celebrating the best aspects of the University, and so we’re excited to showcase the global development work NDIGD and the Notre Dame community is doing in such a fun and interactive way,” she said.Participants can take on the challenges individually or in teams of up to four people, McDermott said. The six challenges are slated to take no more than an hour and can be completed any time between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.“Some of the stations will make for great photo opportunities, and there’s no better way for students and their friends to spend some down time between classes. The challenges were planned in such a way that anyone can participate and have fun, whether you’re taking on the challenges by yourself or with a group of friends,” McDermott said.McDermott said winners will have the opportunity to either play basketball or have dinner with former Notre Dame basketball player, Ruth Riley.“Each task relates to a global development issue that Notre Dame is currently working to address in the developing world, such as clean water, education and one of my passions, fighting malaria,” Riley said in a video promoting the challenge.According to McDermott, the original idea for the events came from Riley and her commitment to helping those in the developing world.“[Riley] envisioned [the Global Development Challenge] as an opportunity to spread the word about the work that NDIGD is doing to the rest of campus. We were excited about the opportunity to involve students in our mission, and saw Notre Dame Day as a great day to hold the event as we try to spread the word about the work that our office is doing to different parts of campus,” McDermott said.A portion of the $10 registration fee will go to Connectivity, Electricity and Education for Entrepreneurship in Uganda, one of NDIGD’s many projects, McDermott said.“This is a great opportunity to learn more about the aid and support Notre Dame is providing to those most in need. The global development work being highlighted through the Global Development Challenge is central to Fr. Sorin’s goal of being ‘a global force for good,’” she said.Tags: Global Development Challenge, NDIGD, Notre Dame Day, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, Ruth Riley
Related Global media, sports and entertainment company, WMG has signed Serbian triathlete Ognjen Stojanovic as a global client.WMG will provide global representation, working closely with his existing team. ‘WMG will also assist in the development of the TRIOGY brand [triogy.com].’Peter Stencel, Senior Vice President at WMG said, “WMG is delighted to welcome Ognjen Stojanovic to our already established portfolio of athletic legends.“Ogy is widely regarded as the greatest Serbian and South-East European triathlete and we look forward to strategically developing his established triathlete profile across global markets.”Stojanovic commented, “I am excited at not only joining an established stable of global athletes but extending my professional opportunities in new markets.”The Olympics in London 2012 are fast approaching and I can’t think of a better combination of my long standing management team and now my extended team, WMG, the premier sports marketing company in the world.”www.triogy.com
Minnesota finishes 22nd at NCAA meetDerek Toomey tied his career-best time in the 50-yard free at the NCAAs.Daily File Photo, Ichigo TakikawaMinnesota’s Derek Toomey swims in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke during the Minnesota Challenge on Feb. 9, 2013, at the University Aquatic Center. David NelsonMarch 31, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s men’s swimming and diving team produced some of its best performances of the year at the NCAA meet over the weekend, but it regressed from last year’s 18th-place finish and placed 22nd overall.“They swam and dove great,” head coach Kelly Kremer said. “We really got some very tough breaks at almost every turn. And at the end of the day, the scoreboard doesn’t reflect what a great job these men did.”Minnesota boasted seven swimmers in total who garnered All-America honors, but it wasn’t enough.Gophers seniors Derek Toomey and Kyler Van Swol were two of those All-Americans. They capped their careers with two of the best performances of their careers.Toomey tied his career-best time in the 50-yard freestyle at 19.05 seconds. Van Swol’s time in the 200-yard butterfly prelim broke the school record in the event.But aside from those performances, bad breaks seemed to follow the team.“It seemed like at every turn, things didn’t go our way at critical moments,” Kremer said. “We found a way to really make life difficult for ourselves.”The Gophers qualified for the final or consolation final in five events but failed to capitalize on those opportunities.“We definitely swam better in prelims than we did in the finals,” Kremer said. “We didn’t make the most of those opportunities.” Gophers junior C.J. Smith said he wasn’t happy after finishing 16th in the 1,650-yard freestyle and 46th in the 500-yard freestyle.“I don’t think the best swimmers in the nation settle in any races,” he said. “I’m certainly eager to improve this summer.”This weekend, the best swimmers came from warmer climates.California blew away the competition with 468.5 points, Texas followed with 417.5 points and Florida took third with 387 points.“It’s tough to keep guys not bummed out when you watch some teams actually dominate a meet like that,” Smith said.Perhaps no one was more bummed than freshman diver Matt Barnard, who injured his leg while diving on the 3-meter springboard. That injury kept him out of the platform competition.“He was disappointed, but he has such a positive attitude,” Kremer said. “That’s why I know he’ll get right back on the horse and he’ll be fine. He’ll come back better than ever.”Barnard was one of six freshmen who made the trip to Austin, Texas, to compete on college swimming’s biggest stage. Smith said that’s one positive that can be taken away from an otherwise unsatisfactory competition.“We had six freshmen this year, and I think that’s the biggest positive,” he said. “We had those guys step up and swim fast, and that just shows the capability that they have and the direction this program is headed in.”
Share on Twitter The mission of neural stem cells located in the hippocampus, one of the main regions of the brain, is to generate new neurons during the adult life of mammals, including human beings, of course, and their function is to participate in certain types of learning and responses to anxiety and stress. Using an epilepsy model in genetically modified mice, the researchers have discovered that hippocampal neural stem cells stop generating new neurons and are turned into reactive astrocytes, a cell type that promotes inflammation and alters communication between neurons.This research work has also made it possible to confirm the hypothesis in a previous piece of research by these researchers; this hypothesis established that even though neuronal hyperexcitation does not go as far as to cause convulsions, it does induce the massive activation of neural stem cells and their resulting premature exhaustion; as a result, neurogenesis (generation of new neurons) in the hippocampus ends up chronically reduced.Juan Manuel Encinas, who is leading the study, highlights the fact that “this discovery has enabled us to gain a better understanding about how neural stem cells function. We have shown that in addition to generating neurons and astrocytes, neural stem cells in the adult hippocampus can generate reactive astrocytes following an epileptic seizure”. Pinterest Share LinkedIn Email Share on Facebook Even though the work has been carried out on experimental animals, this discovery has clear implications in clinical practice and in the quest for new therapies for epilepsy given that the generation of new neurons (neurogenesis) is a process that is negatively affected in epileptic seizures located in the hippocampus. “If we can manage to preserve the population of neural stem cells and their capacity to generate new neurons in humans, it may be possible to prevent the development of certain symptoms associated with epilepsy and very likely to mitigate the damage that is caused in the hippocampus,” pointed out Juan Manuel Encinas.In this ambitious, multidisciplinary project they have collaborated with research groups attached to institutions such as the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (United States), the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), the Achucarro centre itself, and the UPV/EHU’s Genetic Expression Service.
Jul 20, 2012ECDC sounds alarm about increase in drug-resistant gonnorheaCases of gonorrhea and syphilis are increasing in Europe as gonorrhea is becoming more resistant to antimicrobial drugs, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warned yesterday in Eurosurveillance. In 2010, 32,000 cases of gonorrhea, 18,000 cases of syphilis, and more than 345,000 cases of chlamydia were reported across Europe, according to an editorial. Separate reports in the issue deal with increases in sexually transmitted diseases in Germany, England, and Sweden in 2011. The increases probably reflect a combination of increased testing and an increase in risky sexual behavior by men who have sex with men and by young adults, according to the editorial. It says that Neisseria gonorrhoeae has developed resistance to most of the antimicrobial drugs introduced over the years. Surveillance from 2009 and 2010 shows that resistance to cefixime is spreading across Europe, and resistance to ceftriaxone also appears to be increasing. “These results are extremely worrying as the loss of both cefixime and ceftriaxone as treatment options for gonorrhoea would have a significant impact on public health,” the editorial states. The authors call for close monitoring of the rising rates of gonnorrhea and syphilis and targeting of public health interventions at the affected groups. The ECDC statement follows a World Health Organization (WHO) warning in June that urgent action is needed to prevent the spread of untreatable gonorrhea.Jul 19 Eurosurveillance editorialJun 6 WHO statementStudy: Source of hospital Klebsiella infections was down the drainResearchers from Toronto report that a sink was the pathogen reservoir for a persistent cluster of infections with an antimicrobial-resistant strain of Klebsiella oxytoca, a mainly healthcare-associated pathogen acquired from environmental surfaces. From October 2006 to March 2011, 66 patients in a Toronto hospital were infected with class A extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing K oxytoca with one of two DNA fingerprints, according to the researchers’ report in Emerging Infectious Diseases. New cases continued to crop up despite reinforcement of infection control measures and other precautions. When the investigators cultured samples from a sink in the intensive care unit, they found K oxytoca strains that matched those in the patients. New cases stopped after the sink drain was modified, cleaning frequency was increased, and an antimicrobial stewardship program was launched. “Sinks should be considered potential reservoirs for clusters of infection caused by K oxytoca,” the report states.Jul 18 Emerg Infect Dis reportWild Indonesian orangutans show evidence of Ebola, Marburg infectionsIn a study in Indonesia, almost one fifth of wild orangutans tested had antibodies to Ebola virus and a much smaller percentage had antibodies to Marburg virus, according to a report in PLoS One. Indonesian and Japanese researchers analyzed serum samples from 353 healthy Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) on Kalimantan Island, Indonesia, from December 2005 to December 2006. Using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay with recombinant viral surface glycoprotein antigens, they found seropositivity for Ebola virus in 18.4% (65/353) of the animals and seropositivity for Marbug virus in 1.7% (6/353). In addition, most Ebola-positive samples showed specificity to Zaire, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, or Bundibugyo viruses, all of which have been found so far only in Africa. “These results suggest the existence of multiple species of filoviruses or unknown filovirus-related viruses in Indonesia, some of which are serologically similar to African” Ebola viruses, the authors wrote. No confirmed human Ebola virus infections have been reported outside Africa, though the Ebola Reston strain has been found in monkeys imported to the United States and Italy from the Philippines, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Jul 18 PLoS One reportCDC information about EbolaECDC heightens surveillance for OlympicsThough infectious diseases aren’t likely to pose major problems at the upcoming 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the ECDC said yesterday that it, along with its partners, are enhancing surveillance for the events as part of ongoing communicable disease assessment. The group said in a statement that the biggest risk to visitors is likely to be food and waterborne diseases from improper food handling and poor hand hygiene practices. The ECDC added that it isn’t aware of any major public health problems that occurred at the recent EURO 2012 soccer tournament in Poland and the Ukraine. For the upcoming Games, the ECDC said it has adapted media screening tools to quickly flag threats in the UK and in participating countries and is exploring the use of social media and blogs in monitoring disease developments. As part of joint activities with global health partners, the ECDC and the UK’s Health Protection Agency will each have liaison officers to share risk assessments affecting those attending the Games as well as the wider EU community. Member states will receive a daily bulletin of relevant public health events. The Olympic Games run from Jul 27 through Aug 12 and the Paralympic Games from Aug 29 through Sep 9.Jul 19 ECDC statementBattelle wins 10-year US contract to test infectious-disease countermeasuresBattelle Memorial Institute announced this week that it has won a 10-year federal contract worth up to $102.5 million to evaluate and test vaccines and other biologics for infectious diseases. The work will support the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in developing medical countermeasures, including those for emerging and biodefense pathogens, the institute said in a press release. The work will be conducted at Battelle’s biosafety level 3 laboratories and new toxicology research facility in West Jefferson, Ohio. The contract provides for preclinical, nonclinical, and clinical testing as needed to obtain data that will contribute to decisions by the Food and Drug Administration about product safety and efficacy, the statement said. Battelle, based in Columbus, Ohio, describes itself as the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization.Jul 18 Battelle press release
H7N9 sampling study finds temporary benefits for market closuresTemporary poultry market closures can drop environmental levels of H7N9 and other avian flu viruses, but after stalls reopen, contamination quickly returns to preclosure levels, Chinese researchers reported yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.The study took place in Guangzhou, the largest city in southern China’s Guangdong province, during the second wave of human illnesses.In response to rising numbers of human infections in the city in the first months of 2014, officials ordered a 2-week closure of live-poultry markets from Feb 15 to Feb 28. The markets were cleaned and disinfected at the start of the closure, and the team collected environmental samples from different areas of the markets before, during, and after the closure. Samples were tested by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rT-PCR) and culture.During the closure period, H7N9 RNA detections fell by 79% and isolation decreased by 92%. The investigators also found that viable virus could still be cultured from wastewater about 2 days after poultry market closure. Chopping boards, often located at the front of the stalls, had the highest contamination rates of any other sampling site in the markets.Investigators found, however, that virus returned to preclosure levels when the markets opened again, a rebound that requires further investigation, they wrote. The group added that, given little support for permanent poultry market closures, health officials could consider more ways to minimize risks to humans, including putting a screen between customers and the chopping board or redesigning stalls to limit transmission to humans.Sep 3 Emerg Infect Dis study Variant H3N2 case reported in MichiganVariant H3N2 influenza (H3N2v) has been detected in a Michigan resident who was hospitalized in June with an infection and has now recovered, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today in its weekly flu update.An investigation into the case found no human-to-human spread of the virus, and the patient had close contact with pigs in the week before illness onset.The case is the second involving H3N2v this year. On July 24 the CDC reported a case from Minnesota, which also involved a patient who had contact with swine the week before symptoms began. That patient was also hospitalized, and no other infections were detected in contacts.The virus was first detected in humans in 2011 and spiked to 306 cases the following summer, much of them linked to swine exhibit exposure.Cases have declined rapidly since then, however, with sporadic detections of H3N2v as well as H1N1v.Sep 4 CDC FluView Jul 24 CIDRAP News scan “H3N2v case reported in Minnesota” CDC study notes risk factors for MRSA after hospital dischargeColonization of resistant bacteria and discharge to a nursing home are among the risk factors for developing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) after discharge after hospitalization for acute care, according to a study yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases.A team led by CDC researchers analyzed data on 194 patients who developed MRSA after hospital discharge from Feb 1, 2011, to Mar 31, 2013, and 388 matched controls. The median time between discharge and positive MRSA culture was 23 days, with a range of 1 to 83 days.They found these factors independently associated with post-discharge MRSA: MRSA colonization, discharge to a nursing home, presence of a chronic wound, and discharge with a central venous catheter (CVC) or a non-CVC invasive device.The authors concluded, “Prevention efforts should target patients with MRSA colonization or those with invasive devices or chronic wounds at hospital discharge. In addition, MRSA prevention efforts in nursing homes are warranted.”Sep 3 Clin Infect Dis abstract
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Huisman recently delivered the cranes for the Seajacks Scylla, the new build wind turbine installation vessel for Seajacks UK Ltd. This jack up vessel is currently nearing completion at the yard of Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. The Seajacks Scylla, based on the Gusto MSC NG14000X design, has been specifically designed to meet the demands associated with working UK Round 3, Scottish territorial waters and the other North West European markets. The vessel will be the fifth new self-propelled jack-up to join the Seajacks fleet since 2009.With a capacity of 1,500mt at 34m, the main crane of the “Seajacks Scylla” is the world’s largest leg encircling crane. An exceptional detaill for this type of crane is that it is installed around the starboard-aft jack up leg of the vessel. The crane has an internal leg opening of 11m diameter to ensure free travel of the leg through the crane. This solution saves significant amount of deck space on the vessel.Crane featuresThe crane is equipped with three different hoist systems. The main hoist has a capacity of 1,500mt SWL, which is suitable for installation of turbine foundations and monopiles. Nacelles and towers up to 600mt can be lifted with the secondary hoist. For a fast installation of lighter loads, e.g. wind turbine blades, a third, high speed, hoist system with 100mt capacity is installed.To reach high lifting heights, the crane is equipped with lattice type boom of 110m long. It is a ‘parallel’ boom type, which can be stored around the forward jack up leg of the vessel. This way the boom takes up less deck space during storage. When the crane is needed, the boom can be hoisted over the forward leg, even when this is fully retracted e.g. in transit.Slew bearingThe leg encircling crane is mounted on a 14m diameter segmented slew bearing. This bearing is completely developed and manufactured in house by Huisman. Application of a slew bearing is advantageous over traditional slew mechanisms (e.g. bogie systems or wheels). Because of the local load transfer and a better distribution of the loads the weight of the slew mechanism can be significantly reduced. Weight is an important factor for vessels, and especially for jack up units. Lower weights result in a higher vessel payload and less loading on the vessel jacking system. This makes the slew bearing a valuable feature of the Huisman leg encircling crane.The raceways and rollers of the bearing are protected from the harsh marine environment by the completely enclosed construction which is filled with grease. Therefore the amount of maintenance on the slew bearing is limited. If maintenance is required, special hatches are installed to reach the inside of the enclosed construction. Through these hatches the rollers and cages can be inspected or exchanged. If needed, segments can be dismantled to exchange complete raceways. This allows inspection, maintenance, and possibly replacement of the complete bearing segments if needed without dismounting the complete bearing.Weight optimizationTo reduce the weight even further, the crane is constructed out of high tensile steel where possible. This has a higher load bearing capacity and therefore allows for a lighter construction. The complete crane is modelled in a computer program for detailed finite element calculations. All excess steel has thereby been omitted.Electric drive systemAll movements of the crane are electrically driven by means of variable frequency drives. Electric drive systems give a high level of control and accuracy and it is more environmental friendly than hydraulic drive systems. Hydraulic drive systems have an increased risk of oil leakages into the environment. In addition, electric drive systems are more efficient and do not require power during standstill. Therefore this system uses less energy.The electric power supplies and control signals are transferred from the vessel to the crane via a 14m diameter slip ring. This slip ring is mounted on the bottom of the crane. The use of a slip ring instead of a drag chain allows the crane to revolve limitlessly around its axis.Turnkey deliveryThe complete development of the crane, from first design to final assembly, is done in house by Huisman. In the crane only components from renowned Western European suppliers have been used. The design has been made in the Huisman head office in Schiedam, the manufacturing has been performed at the Huisman facility in the P.R. of China.Maarten van de Waal, Sales Engineer Cranes, says: “The house of the crane has been fully assembled in our workshop. This makes it possible to test most crane functions before delivery of the crane. After factory testing of different components, the crane has been transported to the shipyard in two pieces: the slew section with back frame and the boom. Here it is installed onboard the vessel.” At the moment of writing, commissioning of the crane is nearing completion. After this, the final load tests need to be performed and the crane can be put in operation. For its first project, the crane will used to install XL monopiles exceeding 1,500mt in weight at the Veja Mate wind farm.
North Atlantic Drilling Limited (NADL), a provider of harsh environment offshore drilling units, and a subsidiary of Seadrill, sees the near-term demand for its services as “extremely challenging.”The company posted a revenue of $136.7 million , down from $194.4 million in the third quarter of 2015, as the contract of its West Phoenix and the West Alpha rigs came to an end in August 2016, partly offset by demobilization revenue for the West Alpha.The harsh-environment driller posted a net loss for the third quarter of $12.8 million, compared to a net profit of $1.4 million a year.During the third quarter, North Atlantic Drilling had three offshore drilling rigs in operation offshore Norway for the full quarter, and at the end of the quarter four rigs were idle: the West Navigator, the West Venture and the West Alpha and West Phoenix went idle in August.“While our long-term view of the market for harsh environment drilling rigs remains positive, in the near term it remains extremely challenging. Oil prices remained in the $40-50 range during the third quarter, a level that is not sufficient to reverse the declines in oil company upstream spending. It is expected that upstream spending will again decline in 2017, albeit less than previous reductions of approximately 27% in 2016 and 24% in 2015.”“While the forecasted decline in spending sets the stage for another challenging year in the offshore drilling business it is important to recognize the resetting of costs across the value chain. This may facilitate increased activity on a year over year basis with only a marginal increase in commodity prices if accompanied by pricing stability,” NADL said.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the WINNDOT portal will simplify the permitting process and save time and money for carriers and the states.The WINNDOT portal uses a single interface to coordinate data flow between the system’s interface and the agencies’ back-end permitting systems. To ensure a streamlined approach, each state receives only the application data appropriate to its particular requirements. The two agencies maintain control over their respective internal systems, rules, processes and queues, while benefiting from the inherent efficiencies that result from automated collection of permit data, according to Ted Coulianos of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicles.The benefits of WINNDOT Portal to commercial carriers include: less time spent on applying for oversize and overweight travel permits; faster identification of acceptable travel routes; and the ability to make a single payment to both states, regardless of the payment types that each accepts.For additional information about WINNDOT Portal, visit www.mndot.gov/cvo/oversize (Minnesota) or www.dot.wi.gov (Wisconsin). www.scranet.com
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is expected to deliver its verdict in a case involving a Freshfields partner accused of sexual misconduct tomorrow after hearing, this morning, closing submissions from counsel for the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Ryan Beckwith.The SRA alleges that Beckwith kissed or attempted to kiss Person A in circumstances where he was in a position of seniority or authority. It also alleges that a few weeks later Beckwith initiated and/or engaged in sexual activity, where he ought to have known his conduct was unwelcome and that the other party was intoxicated to the extent she was vulnerable and her decision-making ability impaired. By doing so, it alleges that Beckwith failed to act with integrity and failed to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in him and the legal profession.Beckwith denies the allegations.The seventh day began with the tribunal hearing from two character witnesses for Beckwith. Person 1, a solicitor, said Beckwith was an ‘extremely upstanding person’. Asked to sum up for the tribunal what he would say about Beckwith, he said: ‘He’s the kind of person you would want your kids to be friends with. He’s the kind of person, if your daughter would ever bring home, say “this is the person I want to marry”, he’s the person you would genuinely be happy about.’Another character witness, Person 2, told the tribunal that Beckwith ‘is extremely hard working, really cares about his job, he’s really kind and always looks out for other people’.Making closing submissions, Riel Karmy-Jones QC, for the SRA, told the tribunal: ‘It’s plain that the respondent should not have sought to engage in sexual activity with Person A in that state. His behaviour in the lead up to [the second incident] was inappropriate and unacceptable.’The respondent was in a position of seniority and authority at the time of [the second incident]… The fact that Person A is a well-educated solicitor makes no difference to what she knew happened or how you would expect her to have behaved… Someone in her position would be more likely to think through and understand, try to understand the personal and professional implications of making a complaint. A young solicitor may well be more likely to feel ashamed or embarrassed [to] get into a position where a senior colleague can take advantage of her… She’s put herself through a series of interviews, questions, she has no reason to make this up.’Alisdair Williamson QC, for Beckwith, said Beckwith ‘is a good man, he’s a man of integrity’. He said: ‘If an adult decides to go back with another adult after a few drinks, and both consent, and no pressure put on either of them, that’s not serious misconduct. It might be unwise, it might cause difficulties at work, but we submit it is not serious misconduct.’Update at 1300 on 9 October: The tribunal is expected to deliver its finding tomorrow.
ASIA: A second international rail connection between China and Kazakhstan was officially inaugurated on December 22, when two special trains were operated to the border crossing at Korgas in Xinjiang province.The break-of-gauge transfer facility forms part of a free trade zone at Korgas, known as the International Centre for Transfrontier Co-operation. Completed towards the end of 2011, the trade zone was formally opened on April 18 2012.Located 670 km west of Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang province, Korgas lies 90 km northwest of Yining, the principal town in China’s Ili Kazakh autonomous prefecture. It is served by a 292 km electrified branch which leaves the Urumqi – Alashankou line at Jinghe, built at a cost of 6bn yuan. Tracklaying on the branch had been completed in September 2009, and the section from Jinghe to Yining opened for passenger traffic in June 2010.Construction of the corresponding 293 km branch from Zhetigen on the Kazakh side was originally to be undertaken through the China Gateway PPP project, but the work was subsequently taken over by national railway KTZ. Tracklaying was completed in December 2011, with a privately-operated passenger service introduced as far as Altynkol in September.Opening of the second border crossing is expected to enhance rail traffic between China and Central Asia, and thence to Europe. The existing crossing point at Alashankou/Dostyk handled 15·6 million tonnes of freight in the 10½ months to November 18, split between 9·9 million tonnes moving west from China and 5·7 million tonnes heading east. The Korgas crossing is also expected to handle around 15 million tonnes a year initially, with a long term target of 30 million tonnes.
With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, September 23 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health;To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.Coming up in the newscast, Governor DeSantis proposes harsher penalties for violent protesters, Broward and Miami-Dade delays the reopening of schools and Jamaica says no face to face classes for the immediate future.Now for the news in the detailMonths after a series of Black Lives Matter protests around the world, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing harsher penalties for violent protesters. At a press conference on Monday, DeSantis announced new legislation which, if passed, will impose felony charges on anyone who participates in disorderly protests that cause property damage or injury. The proposal includes a ban on disorderly assembling where property damage or injuries to other people occur. A violation can lead to a third-degree felony. Obstructing traffic during an unpermitted protest would become a third-degree felony under the bill and drivers would not be liable for accidents caused. A provision has also been made to cut funding for local governments that attempt to defund local police departments. DeSantis received backlash from major organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the African American Policy Forum.In Local News, Both Broward County Public Schools and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) decided to delay the reopening of face-to-face classes. BCPS Superintendent Robert Runcie had initially recommended schools to reopen starting October 5, but during a school board meeting on Tuesday, some members of the board proposed a possible reopening date of October 16. The board will vote on the reopening plan on October 6. Similarly, the MDCPS, at their school board meeting, voted unanimously to delay the start of in-person instruction to at least October 14. Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho initially recommended that students return beginning on September 30. Students will return to school in a staggered approach, with all students in physical classrooms by October 21.In Caribbean News,In Jamaica, the ministry of education has decided not to resume face-to-face classes amid a COVID-19 spike. At a press conference on Tuesday, the newly appointed minister of education Fayval Williams announced that as of October 5, schools will used a mixed approach of online and remote learning in addition to TV, Cable and Radio broadcasts and the distribution of printed materials for students. Since the beginning of this year, the ministry has purchased and distributed some 40,000 tablets for students to transition to remote learning. As additional 25,000 are to be purchased and teachers will receive training on an online learning system. Prior to the announcement, the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association had said they could not support the reopening of schools while the island is in the middle of a deadly second wave of COVID-19.For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. You’ve been watching CNW90, I’m…