BETHESDA, Md. – A commuter bus plunged off a highway Wednesday outside the nation’s capital, killing one person and injuring several others, including children, authorities said.
Until he was assassinated on the front porch of his house in 1969.WATCH: 5th Graders Hear Senior Couple’s Story of Racial Injustice and Take Action 60 Years LaterInspired by his career, Sarah wondered how she could properly honor Pratt beyond a little plaque. She then noticed that an early learning center was being built across the street from her school. More importantly, it did not yet have a name.Sarah launched a 15-month campaign to have the facility named after Pratt. She gave presentations in classrooms and churches; she served on committees; she spoke with school board members and officials; and she even went door-to-door so she could collect over 2,000 online and in-person signatures for a petition.RELATED: Adorable Preschool “Twins” Take a Stand Against DiscriminationFinally, the school board unanimously voted last month to name the new school The Edwin T. Pratt Early Learning Center.Though the accomplishment was a dream come true for Sarah, she is still working tirelessly in Pratt’s honor. She has started a GoFundMe campaign to pay for the Pratt family’s travel expenses so they can attend the center’s opening ceremony, and so that she can finance a mural on the building’s exterior.(WATCH the video below or our international viewers can watch the clip on the CBS News website)Share This Sweet Story Of Civil Justice With Your Friends – Photo by CBS NewsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen Sarah Haycox found a small commemorative plaque dedicated to Edwin T. Pratt, she was curious as to why he lived such a short life. Now upon learning about his life and achievements, there is not a single person in her city who will be ignorant to his identity.In 2016, 10-year-old Sarah, who lives in Shoreline, Washington, had just finished up a soccer game at a local park when she noticed a small memorial dedicated to Pratt. Even though she had never heard of him, she was particularly struck by how the marker indicated that he had died at the age of 39.The youngster did some researching and found that Pratt had been a civil rights activist and the executive director of the Seattle Urban League. During his life, he advocated for desegregation and fair job and housing opportunities. He was even the first black person to move into Shoreline.
Wagram’s Scotland County, is one of the poorest counties in NC with the state’s highest unemployment and food insecurity rate.RELATED: Young Man Rebuilding His Life Receives Guidance and Friendship From the Very Cop Who Arrested HimBecause the incarceration rate in the U.S. is at its lowest level in more than two decades—with imprisonment among black Americans down by 34% since 2006—North Carolina is shuttering prisons and correctional facilities across the state, with dozens of such facilities already closed.Along with offering a collection of buildings to be repurposed into education and art centers, prisons are ideal for conversion into farms because of their sturdy, gopher-and-sheep-proof fences, and large open spaces. With the properties belonging to the state in decay, officials are more than happy to consign the land to such projects.The prison kitchen has been converted into a commercial-grade community kitchen where the county will provide training on preparing and preserving food, while also serving as a classroom for students receiving training in foodservice and culinary arts, and to offer Farm-to-Classroom trips to educate children on nutritious foods.The crops produced by GrowingChange farm are also sold to local restaurants, a business enterprise aspect of the project that allows the program be self-sustaining for years, fertilizing entrepreneurship into the hearts of all who work here.WATCH a video and learn how you can help at GrowingChange.org…GROW Some Positivity By Sharing the Good News on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Recruiting the discipline and leadership skills of the latter to teach and guide the former, Growing Change creates an environment whereby at-risk youth who need to fulfill long hours of community service can learn life skills, sustainable farming practices, and animal husbandry, with an opportunity to receive clinical therapy in an environment much more suited to young men.“North Carolina is one of the last two states in which youth are adjudicated as adults for all charges at age 16,” explains the founder Noran Sanford. “By the time some 16 year-olds arrive in the courts they are permanently limited in their employment due to their ‘adult’ criminal record.”RELATED: Prisoners Are Finding Purpose–and Rehabilitation–By Caring for Lambs for Drought-Stricken FarmersIn 2016, the farm in Wagram also began admitting young men facing chaos at home, failure at school, trouble with mental health or substance abuse—to salvage lives before the criminal justice cycle begins.Sanford’s model of intensive therapy and “flipping their prisons” has seen a 92% reduction in recidivism rate among youth participants, while the national average of criminal recidivism is 43%.“At the core level, we are instilling hope,” Sanford explains to Civil Eats. “When hope is gone, it creates a pretty vicious void that a lot of other grimmer things can get pulled into. And as low-wealth rural America is left further behind, then that vacuum is stronger. We’re breaking that stream.”Meanwhile, the veterans work toward university degrees in environmental sciences and sustainable agriculture. Together, these individuals young and old who may have been on the fringes of society work to rehabilitate abandoned brownfields (land that might be contaminated and must be cleaned before future use) and the prison property decaying into dysfunction.LOOK: Matches Made in Heaven (and Jail): Troubled Dogs Saved From Euthanasia by Doting InmatesGrowingChange.org / FBBringing hope to all the dark placesThe number of societal areas Growing Change has the capacity to reform is rare among nonprofit work. Along with the boon to the individual participants’ lives, it stands to benefit the North Carolina counties it operates in, many of which experience the consequences of poor health outcomes arising from a diets of mostly processed foods.This is because some of these counties have no locally grown produce, a fact that has produced some startling facts about a part of the country most are not familiar with. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOn the grounds of an abandoned and decommissioned prison in North Carolina, vegetables are being tended by hands that, if not for the opportunity to learn the world’s oldest occupation, might have ended up in a real prison with nowhere to go but down.GrowingChange.org / FacebookBut Growing Change is an organization that believes the best solution to a problem is one that strikes at the root, not at the stem—and they have been tilling that soil since 2011.In converting old prisons to year-round-farming and education centers, Growing Change solves several problems at once. The program synergistically brings together young men on the edge of the criminal justice system, and jobless wounded veterans returning from deployment.
While the game may not be over quite yet, so far, this year’s “Tipoff Bowl” has scored close to $34,000 for Cincinnati’s restaurant workers. When you’ve got a win/win like that, who needs a trophy?RELATED: Customer Raises Huge $12K Tip to Give His Favorite 89-Year-old Pizza Deliveryman –Watch The Tearful SurpriseOn the other hand, with a host of college rivalries percolating nationwide, there’s certainly room for expansion.Maybe it’s time to kick off a new sporting tradition and make the “Tipoff Bowl” an annual sporting event?TIP Your Friends Off to the Good News—Share This Story…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCollege rivalries can lead to fierce competition on and off the playing field. While excesses of energetic team spirit have historically led to frivolous mascot-napping feuds, this past January fans of two Ohio schools launched a Battle Royale for bragging rights to a much more worthy cause: showing support to restaurant workers financially hamstrung by the COVID-19 pandemic.The first touchdown play after the “tipoff” tipoff was quarterbacked by a Xavier College alum who left a $1,000 tip on a $54 bill at Zip’s Café with a scrawled napkin note that read:“Please share this tip with all your employees as they work so hard and are dealing with COVID. Go, Xavier!” After the score was posted to the Internet, it was the University of Cincinnati’s turn to take the kick return and run with it.The following week, two anonymous UC fans left a $1,001 tip at the nearby Keystone Bar & Grill along with a challenge: “Earlier this week I saw a Xavier fan tip $1,000 at Zip’s… I believe now more than ever we need to support our local restaurants. Let’s see how long we can keep this going … Bearcats up by 1!!”Keystone soon spread the word of the generous gratuity to Facebook, explaining the tippers who preferred to remain nameless weren’t in it for the glory but in hopes of inspiring others to do likewise. They closed the post by throwing a little friendly fuel on the fire. “It’s your turn, Xavier fans! Who will be one-upping the Bearcats by leaving a $1,002 tip at your favorite local bar or restaurant?”Xavier and UC being located a mere three miles apart is the perfect call for intense rivalry. “I think the proximity has definitely helped drive the traction on this very generous, feel-good movement,” Zip’s Café owner Mike Burke told CNN.MORE: Juice Bar Workers Were Shocked By a New Year’s-Themed Tip of $2021 – And Assumed it Was a Mistake“Money aside, I know this has put smiles on faces of everyone impacted and even put smiles on faces of those not directly involved,” Burke added. “I have to say, we could all certainly use some more smiles these days.”
A number of talented divas, including Patti LuPone, Bette Midler and Queen Latifah, have been rumored to play the title role in the forthcoming production. The revival would mark the first mounting of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway since 1995, which was headlined by original star Carol Channing. A 1969 film adaptation starred Barbra Streisand in the titular role. Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of an outspoken matchmaker and her attempts to marry “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Chenoweth won a Tony Award for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and received an additional nomination for Wicked. Her other Broadway credits include Promises, Promises, The Apple Tree, Epic Proportions and Steel Pier. Her many TV credits include Glee, The West Wing, GCB and an Emmy-winning turn in Pushing Daisies. Chenoweth will appear on the season premiere of TV’s Say Yes to the Dress on August 16. View Comments Star Files Kristin Chenoweth Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth has been vocal about her future Broadway dream roles, and last year, she revealed on Twitter that she’d love to play the title role in Hello, Dolly! “in about 10 years.” But she may be taking the stage as the meddling matchmaker much sooner than that, according to The New York Post. Chenoweth is reportedly in talks to play Dolly Levi in a new Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, within the next two years. No additional casting, dates or theater have been announced.
With the image flying around the Internet of a possible prototype Shimano hydraulic brake system for road bikes, the timing on their patent filing couldn’t have been better for feeding the rumor mill.The photo above is just one of many included in a February 7th US Patent Application describing a “bicycle component control device (that) includes a bracket, a hydraulic brake unit and either a mechanical or electronic shifting unit.” The rest of the initial description reads:“The bracket has a gripping portion. The hydraulic brake unit is operatively mounted on the bracket and configured to operate a hydraulic brake device. The mechanical shifting unit or electric control unit is operatively mounted on the bracket and configured to control a bicycle device.”It’s worth mentioning that all major companies patent all sorts of things that never come to fruition, but what’s really interesting is this isn’t Shimano’s first hydraulic brake patent filing…Back in July 2007, Shimano filed a patent application for a “Multi Position Brake Lever System With a Converter That Converts aCable Actuator to a Hydraulic Actuator”, shown above. It’s described as “a hydraulic assembly for a hydraulic disc brake system that includes a housing defining a cylinder, a piston received in and moveable within the cylinder, a first lever operatively associated with one of the piston or the cylinder, and a second lever operatively associated with the other of the piston or the cylinder.”Here’s a view of the hose and cable entry/exits on the side of the converter. This application was published in January 2009 and would have preceded TRP’s Parabox and the others by a good bit.Shimano also filed a patent application in August 2009 for a “Hydraulic Brake Control Unit” that, to us, looks an awful lot like a TT brake lever. Here’s the internals:Sure beats the Magura RT6TT to the punch, no?And then there’s this hydraulic rim brake design patent filing for a “Hydraulic Connector Arrangement”. At first, I thought this was pre-STI based on the design of the brake lever and the hose exit port, but no: This was filed in December 2009 and published in June 2011! Could this mean a hydraulic rim brake is coming, too?BACK TO THE FUTUREAt the top of this post are the drawings for the Mechanical shifters with integrated hydraulic master cylinder. Above is presumably the Di2 version as the diagram essentially matches the layout and size of the small electronic shifting controls.One interesting bit to point out is the higher position of the brake lever pivot. On the standard (mechanical brake) STI levers, the brake lever’s pivot is about where the piston enters the hood. The lever feel could be quite different as a result, but with all the attention Shimano paid to the current 9000 group’s brakes, our bet is it’ll perform quite well.Where some of the older patents use pretty descriptive names, this one’s simply called “Bicycle Component Control Device”.How does this compare to SRAM’s upcoming hydraulic road brakes? Without that product being officially launched, no one has hard details, but images suggest some or all of the master cylinder may be placed inside the forward knob given it’s pronounced growth over its mechanical counterpart. If that’s the case, it’s likely because SRAM’s shifting mechanics are larger than Shimano’s, which might have forced the design. Or, they could have been avoiding conflict with Shimano, who’s patent describes the master cylinder as “located rearward of the pivot axis of the operating member.” While SRAM announced their hydro units first, Shimano’s patent is a divisional application of an original patent filing from 2011 that may have spelled out some iteration of this prior to SRAM’s designs.Subtle but important details that we look hope to confirmed in the real world soon!JUST FOR FUNShimano Di2 powered dropper post anyone? Thanks to one of our readers (What up, Varaxis!), we got these images of another of Shimano’s patent applications: The “Motorized Bicycle Seatpost Assembly.”The diagrams show the computer control unit under the saddle (26) and the battery inside the top of the post (68) driving a motor attached to a screw-type set of gears to raise or lower the seat via a switch on the handlebars. This one was filed in August 2009!
The Bar on Johnson Drive in Mission.Another set of new rankings from Niche suggests NEJC is a great place to live — especially if you’re just getting started in the world of “adulting.”The top five suburbs for millennials in the Kansas City metro are all in northeast Johnson County, according to the rankings, which looked at more than 75 municipalities in the greater KC area.The rankings took the number of millennials in the area, job opportunities, housing affordability and nightlife into account. The results put the following cities at the top of the list:1.) Mission2.) Roeland Park3.) Westwood4.) Fairway5.) MerriamOverland Park was number seven on the list. Prairie Village came in at 11. You can see the full rankings here.
Aurea Fest 2016 in Požega which lasts from 28. to 3. September, was ceremoniously opened with the Festival of Customs, which this year, thanks to the numerous guardians of tradition, successfully united the beauty of customs and the splendor of bečar and bečar. Aurea Fest Požega is a successful combination of modern and traditional events, as evidenced by the seven-day events on the Holy Trinity Square and the Promenade Zone in Požega, which gather year after year more and more visitors throughout the region.The song, top wines, gastronomic offer, concerts, exhibitions, sports competitions, folklore festivals and many other entertainment programs will be held in Požega from August 28 to September 03, 2016 under the slogan 7 days, 7 nights.It all starts with a program that will take place in the promenade zone of the festival as an open musical morning called “Happy Valley” which will bring together a large number of music amateurs, music enthusiasts, music professionals and music lovers in one thematic unit. The desire is to break the Guinness Book of Records in the most massive performance of a single song. It will be a song by Queen We will rock you. The plan is to gather more than seven thousand people in one year to perform one song, and in that way promote Požega, Aurea Fest, but also the love of music.On the main stage at St. The Trinity program begins with the Festival of Customs, with a traditional folklore procession and Požega grape harvest. The festival procession is attended by historical units, city music, cultural and artistic societies of Požeština, horsemen and carriages, as well as winemakers, fruit growers and honey producers of Požeština. The opening ceremony of the festival begins at 19:00, followed by the Aurea Fest of customs, which will show and perform various customs, music and dances from the life of the people living in Slavonia. On the same evening, we will always see a witty selection for the most glamorous Šokica and the winners of the Golden Voice of the Golden Valley Kaptol 2016. Aurea Fest of street musicians and magicians will follow. various bastards, singers and musicians who will make this unusual program truly special. At the end of the program, guests will be able to watch the great feature film “Sun Kid of Recent Times” on the main stage, which shows the specifics of children with Down syndrome and how we can all change the world starting from ourselves.Aurea Fest of dance called “Let’s dance through all styles and colors” is planned for Tuesday, where various dance groups of contemporary dance, hip hop, jazz and classical ballet will perform, introducing the audience to various styles through words, movement and colors. The program begins with a program of excellent Požega majorettes who will perform with the City Music Trenkovi panduri. After the dance part of the program, “Aurea Fashion” begins – a fashion show of the guild of hairdressers and beauticians of the Association of Craftsmen of the City of Požega and the Crafts School of Požega. Wednesday, August 31st is a big treat of the Festival, the Aurea Fest Jazz. We invite you to experience the warmth of summer outdoor jazz with the top Big Band Požega who will warm up this evening and make a great introduction to the rest of the program featuring the first lady of the Croatian jazz and blues scene Zdenka Kovačiček and the fantastic International Greenhouse Blues Band.Aurea Fest of choreographed folklore, which will feature the best cultural and artistic societies of Slavonia with attractive choreographies of Croatian dances, secured their place on Thursday, September 1 on the main stage of the Festival, on Trg sv. Trinity, known for the beautiful baroque bolts that dominate this square. On the same Square, we will have a big concert by Miroslav Škora called “They call me tambourines”. Aurea Fest electronic music, which will be presented by significant representatives of electronic and house music, you will be able to visit from 24:00 in Platinum In.On Friday, 2016 famous singers of this style of music will perform at the Požega Popular Music Festival 16, and in the second part, each will perform one of their hits from one of the previous festivals in the form of a show program. The mentioned program will be able to be watched live via Agricultural Television, live stream.Aurea Fest of the Golden String of Slavonia Požega 2016 – tamburitza music festival, traditionally the most famous festival we present so far. The festival brings 16 most popular soloists and tamburitza ensembles in Croatia. The program consists of two parts, the first part of which will feature new songs, and the second part of the program hits from the past Golden Strings of Slavonia, with a live broadcast on Croatian Radio Television. The program also included daily events in the pedestrian zone from 17:00 pm to 23:00 pm with numerous tamburitza ensembles, jugglers, magicians, performers and street musicians. And every night in the agreed bars and restaurants, music of different styles and genres will be played.You can watch the live broadcast of all 7 days of the Festival on the link available on the official website of Poljoprivredna TV Požega, and you can watch the live broadcast of Aurea Fest popular music and Aurea Fest Zlatne žice Slavonije via Croatian Radio Television.All videos related to the festival can be found at the links www.aurea-fest.com.
NACo News:WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Counties (NACo) has called on federal policymakers to ensure America’s 3,069 county governments are eligible for the State Stabilization Fund and other essential supplemental federal aid resources. “Counties are on the front lines of responding to the coronavirus pandemic,” NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase said. “We are investing huge sums in immediate public health and public safety needs, and at the same time, we will be experiencing massive declines in revenue.” America’s counties employ about one percent of the U.S. population, or 3.6 million people. Counties support over 1,900 public health departments – the ground troops in the CDC’s fight against the outbreak – and nearly 1,000 hospitals. Counties also have significant responsibilities for public safety, human services and other critical functions. Whether or not individual local jurisdictions decide or need to access these federal resources, NACo underscored the importance of making counties eligible. The following are preliminary estimates of the fiscal impact of this pandemic on county governments: Los Angeles County, Calif., the nation’s most populous county, estimated costs of $290 million over the course of six months. It has also estimated that 50 of the 88 cities within the county will face additional total response costs of roughly $145 million. Clark County, Nevada, home to 2.2 million residents, has early estimates of $1.08 billion. This number includes unbudgeted impacts to the county hospital, emergency services, human services, aviation (McCarran International airport), and lost revenue for the duration of FY20 and for FY21. This number also includes two pay periods (30 days) of additional staff costs. Harris County, Texas has already incurred nearly $43 million of expenditures and expects to continue to invest nearly $11 million each month. The county is investing additional funds in its county hospital district, public health services, sheriff’s department, public works department, among other items. These estimates do not include lost revenue and productivity. Nor do these estimates include additional overtime for peace officers, which could amount to nearly $2 million per week. Marathon County, Wis., a medium-sized county with a population of roughly 135,000, estimated direct cost increases of nearly $2 million, including more than $1.4 million in wages and benefits and almost $600,000 in contractual services related to the county’s response. Contra Costa County, Calif. has estimated the crisis will have cost its health department alone $46 million through the month of May: $6 million for equipment, $6 million for testing, $4 million for services and supplies, $5 million for IT infrastructure, $5 million in increased staffing costs and $20 million in service interruption. San Diego County, Calif. is incurring costs of around $7 million each month for its emergency response, which includes temporary housing assistance, sanitation and related costs. A significant portion of these costs are going toward temporary housing and hotels to assist individuals who need to be quarantined or isolated. The county predicted these costs could total over $86 million by the end of the fiscal year. These figures do not reflect anticipated lost revenues due to the economic shock of the pandemic. Hamilton County, Ohio has estimated that the pandemic has cost $1 million so far in expenditures. More importantly, the crisis is causing the county to lose approximately $12 million each month in revenue, which is over 10 percent of the county’s total monthly revenue. Humboldt County, Nevada, home to 17,079 residents, is projecting $468,000/month in new costs that include support to their county hospital, county emergency response, increased inmate medical, emergency day care for essential employees, additional supplies, IT costs for telework, and staff costs. The estimate also includes lost revenue of $118,000. “In counties across the nation, already strained budgets are facing extreme fiscal pressure as we work daily to stop the spread of COVID-19,” added Chase. “Now more than ever, we need a strong partnership with the federal government to address this crisis.” Over 500 counties have declared a state of emergency to activate additional funding, streamline procurement rules and expand the resources and flexibility necessary to respond quickly to this crisis. NACo has launched a coronavirus information hub that includes county level examples of response efforts and a map tracking county and state emergency declarations. View this resource-rich webpage at www.naco.org/coronavirus.About NACoThe National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, including nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to advocate for county government priorities in federal policymaking; promote exemplary county policies and practices; nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks; optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings; and enrich the public’s understanding of county government. www.naco.org.
Fergus Hewison, political reporter at BBC Radio Newcastle, amusingly claimed “a 1980s’ nightclub” and “an electricity company” were among the answers he’d received when asking people what the northern powerhouse was. Whether this reveals a fundamental issue with the way Westminster communicates its policies in general is perhaps a separate issue.What is clear, however, is that an economic model designed to significantly benefit the North, far from being championed and embraced, is still largely misunderstood by those who stand to gain the most from it.The key thing to take away is that the vast potential of the opportunity at hand needs to be made clearer. The government is looking for private sector ‘provocations’ to deliver what is needed, but if the northern powerhouse is simply seen as a political measure to improve the Tories’ standing in the North alone, the concept won’t progress with the energy and passion needed to make it a success.What needs to be made clear is that this is a solution ‘for the North, by the North’. If the northern powerhouse succeeds, what is arguably an underperforming economic region, when measured against national and European GVA standards, will evolve into a world-class one. The North’s economy would be the 10-largest state in the EU if independent – not just an ‘alternative to London’.Furthermore, it is an opportunity to tap into entirely new resources, knowledge and investment. The cities of the northern powerhouse will not compete internally for existing employers by discounted business rates and other fiscal measures. Instead, they will focus on attracting inward investment to the northern powerhouse area as a whole, securing more external capital and funding for the region.Finally, with the advent of greater devolution, the northern powerhouse will not be burdened by layers of bureaucracy as previous attempts were. Instead, those who know the intricacies of the regional economic landscape best will be increasingly influential as devolution is rolled out. Here is an opportunity for the North to secure its own prosperous future far from the political machinations of Westminster.Start getting people enthused by the sheer scale of potential for the northern powerhouse and the understanding of the practicalities will follow suit. Until then it will simply be assumed that the chancellor is championing a retro discotheque.Richard Corby, Lambert Smith Hampton’s northern powerhouse spokesperson and director in the firm’s Leeds office
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According to Aqualis, the purpose of the office is to promote its marine and engineering services locally, and to support the development of projects being undertaken by its sister company, Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC).In December 2016, OWC was appointed by a Taiwanese renewables company to provide consultancy services related to wind turbine installation vessels and their suitability for different wind turbines and site locations offshore Taiwan. Under the contract, OWC is currently providing technical due diligence services to assess vessel suitability for wind turbine installation in the Taiwan Strait. www.aqualisoffshore.com www.offshorewindconsultants.com
David Kapp, Belthorn EstateThe queue snakesright round the cornerand it is just about 6ama brisk Monday mornand I have a feelingof deja vu(I have been here beforewe have been here before)We should be free is one of many sayingsyou get to hearin places like these (choicer ones I leavesteaming behind)outside we arein the fresh airwe who are seniorcitizens of the land older personspensioners and pensionersto beWe should be free from all of thisfree from the elementsin the little villageWe should be free not shackled imprisoned and trapped not feeling likewe’ve done somethingwrong (someone wondersis it not our money)When will freedom reignWill itEver One fine Monday morning, out at the Athlone SASSA office.
WITH AMTRAK’s Northeast Corridor electrification between New Haven and Boston due to come into service later this year, teams from Balfour Beatty Construction Inc and its joint venture partner Mass Electric Construction Co are currently finishing the installation of the 25 kV catenary. They faced a major challenge in wiring two lifting and three swing bridges in Connecticut, which carry the line across rivers and estuaries busy with boats and yachts. With the bridges opening and closing several times each day, special arrangements were needed to energise the moving sections.BBCI has opted for fixed contact wires supplied by Furrer + Frey of Switzerland. The copper/silver wires are held in a longitudinal aluminium tube which can be rigidly secured to the bridge structure. At each end of the bridge is a portal frame carrying the transition between normal and fixed catenary, linked by undersea cables.On the swing bridges, short sections of contact wire are hinged vertically, and rotate clear before the bridge is opened. The rolling lift bridges call for a more complex solution, as the catenary must be moved clear of the space where the bridge counterweights descend. To span the gap, the wires are carried on a mobile frame developed from a rail-mounted portal crane (below). The rigid catenary is mounted on hinged insulators, so that it can swing sideways to clear the adjacent section of wire when the frame is retracted. Guide clamps force the swinging section into the correct alignment automatically as the frame rolls to and fro.Because of severe winters, where freezing rain can deposit ice layers up to 30mm thick, the mechanism was tested in the Swiss National Laboratory for Climate Control prior to installation.Reader Enquiry Numbers:Balfour Beatty Construction Inc 140 Furrer + Frey 141
INDIA: Steel Authority of India Ltd and wagon manufacturer Burn Standard Co Ltd have agreed to form a Rs2bn joint venture to produce wagon components at BSCL’s Jellingham plant in West Bengal. The venture will have the capacity to produce 10 000 bogies and 10 000 couplers a year from 2013-14.’SAIL is on the lookout for new market segments where we can refocus our opportunities to supply more value-added steel’, said SAIL Chairman C S Verma when the agreement was signed on May 25, adding that the railway sector requires stainless and special grade steels. The project had originally been announced in the 2010 railways budget by the then Railways Minister, Mamata Banerjee, who is now Chief Minister of West Bengal.