INTRO: Norway’s infrastructure authority is developing with MerMec a self-propelled car that can record track geometry and rail profiles at 200 km/h, as well as static and dynamic measurement of the catenaryBYLINE: Dr Tom Hultgreen Norwegian National Rail AdministrationOCTOBER 4 1998 sees the introduction of 200 km/h trains in Norway when the Gardermobanen opens, bringing the centre of Oslo within 20min of our new national airport (RG 2.97 p107). Although construction and operation of the airport line is the responsibility of NSB Gardermobanen AS, this project is just one outstanding example of the upgrading and construction of new lines which is taking place throughout Norway.Maintenance and development of the national rail infrastructure is the responsibility of Jernbaneverket, the Norwegian National Rail Administration. Higher speeds mean that track geometry must be improved substantially to achieve acceptable ride quality. This can only be done economically with the aid of modern diagnostic systems which not only evaluate and predict the state of the infrastructure accurately, comprehensively, and at low cost, but can also relate different parameters such as track gauge and cant as an integral part of the analysis.Multi-function recording carIn January 1997 Jernbaneverket signed a contract with MerMec SpA of Italy for the development and delivery of an innovative infrastructure monitoring system, using a high speed multi-function measuring and recording car. This was an important milestone in the process of establishing a Norwegian Infrastructure Recording Service.The task of our Recording Service is to collect, process and store all kinds of infrastructure data, and disseminate the information to users. The organisation consists of a central In-Office service with real-time communications links to on-track recording vehicles; these are known as On-Board units. There are also direct telecommunications links from the In-Office and from individual On-Board units to users of the data, such as engineers responsible for track and catenary maintenance.The Recording Service offers users four basic modes of operation:
Credit: Sifeddine Elamine/SHOWTIME Credit: Sifeddine Elamine/SHOWTIME The season 8 premiere of Homeland, set the scene for the final season.If you want to avoid spoilers for Homeland season 8, we suggest you stop reading now. If you don’t mind then please keep reading.Carrie (Claire Danes) had recovered physically after her incarceration at the Russian gulag but was still suffering mentally. Her recuperation was cut short when Saul (Mandy Patinkin) requested her for a mission in Kabul. He needed her to meet with the Afghan VP to prevent peace talks with the Taliban breaking down. Carrie jumped at the chance but there were some doubts about whether she had been compromised by the Russians. This was because she had failed a polygraph test and had 180 days that she couldn’t remember. Carrie put this down to having her meds taken away from her but couldn’t promise that nothing had happened.In Kabul, Carrie left the station under the cover of darkness to try and make contact with an old asset. However, she found out that he had been killed and was left wondering if she had given him up to the Russians.Elsewhere in the episode, Max (Maury Sterling) was on a mission in Afghanistan to repair a listening device. The troops who were babysitting him weren’t impressed but their respect was later won over by his dedication to the mission.At the end of the episode, Carrie went to her meeting with the Afghan VP and came across her Russian torturer, Yevgeny Gromov (Costa Ronin). Seeing him brought back some memories via flashbacks and she was left visibly shaken. Could she have been turned?Watch the Homeland season 8 episode 2 teaser below:Here’s the synopsis for Homeland 8×02 – Catch and Release:Carrie reconnects with an old ally, Tasneem seeks counsel and Saul finds hope.UK viewers can watch the next episode of Homeland season 8 on Channel 4 on Sundays at 9pm. Preview the episode with our gallery below: Credit: Sifeddine Elamine/SHOWTIME Credit: Sifeddine Elamine/SHOWTIME
A Jamaican man, Marlon Porter, who was found guilty of raping a woman during a four-hour ordeal at a remote location in George Town, Grand Cayman in 2016, has been jailed for 13 years. The 37- year-old was convicted last October of rape, assault as well as causing harassment and distress after he also threatened to drown the woman. Porter eventually released his victim who was found wandering by a motorist and taken to hospital.In his ruling by video link from the UK, the presiding judge, Justice Alastair Malcolm, said he had taken into consideration the aggravating factors that Porter had taken the woman to a remote location to commit the sexual attack and also had a previous conviction for violence against women.During the trial, the victim told the court that she was offered a lift by Porter, whom she knew vaguely, shortly after midnight on the night in question. Porter, denied the allegations, insisting at trial that the woman had consented to sex in exchange for cash. _________________________________________________—CARIBBEANCaribbean Export and CDB partner to help finance women owned businessesThe Caribbean Export Development Agency and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have joined forces to help women across the region fund their business ventures.On Tuesday, both organizations signed an agreement to collaborate on a new program, Women Empowered through Export (WE-Xport), to support capacity-building for women-owned businesses to facilitate their access to finance.Access to financeA key component of the new initiative to be launched in March 2018 by Caribbean Export, will be “Access to Finance.” This will include a two-day workshop that aims to increase participants’ understanding of the requirements of financial institutions and how best to meet them.Ongoing technical assistance through regional business support organizations will also be available to participating companies through the CDB-funded component.Contributors to economic growth“CDB recognize the importance of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises as contributors to economic growth and development in our Region. We welcome the opportunity to partner with Caribbean Export to give women-owned businesses the support they need to gain better access to financing. We view WE-Xport as another opportunity for the Bank to directly advance women’s entrepreneurship and help women business owners overcome one of the greatest obstacles they face when looking to grow their businesses—unlocking financing,” said Daniel Best, Director of Projects, CDB.The Bank’s support for interventions targeting women business owners builds on research it commissioned in 2016, which identified gender disparities in access to credit across the region. As part of its response, the Bank is also collaborating with regional development financial institutions to develop gender policies.
Share A look at the forecast track and expected intensity of Tropical Storm Kate over the next five days. (Photo: weather.com)MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Kate has formed and is approaching the central Bahamas.The storm’s maximum sustained winds increased Monday morning are near 45 mph (75 kph) with additional strengthening expected.A tropical storm warning is in effect for the central and northwestern Bahamas.The storm is centred about 15 miles (25 kilometres) east-northeast of Cat Island in the Bahamas and is moving northwest near 15 mph (24 kph). Share NewsRegional Tropical Storm Kate forms near the Bahamas by: Associated Press – November 9, 2015 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 260 Views no discussions
Share Sharing is caring! Share Share LocalNews Press Release: DSC Tourism Studies Majors Attend International Sustainable Tourism Conference in Martinique by: – June 6, 2019 Four students and one Lecturer of the Tourism and Hospitality Department of the Dominica State College will be representing Dominica at the inaugural International Sustainable Tourism Conference to be held in Martinique on June 6th and 7th, 2019. The theme of the Conference is “My Land, Our Mother: A Planet to Protect.”The DSC team’s presentation, “My Earth, Our Earth, A Nugget to Preserve” will include in its focus, the resiliency of the local French architecture during the passing of Hurricane Maria as compared to the more modern architecture in the city of Roseau. This aspect was specifically requested by the Conference’s organizers as they want to explore how well Dominica’s traditional French architecture withstood the punishing attack of Hurricane Maria.In preparing for their presentation, the students engaged in months of research and were assisted in digital documentation by Chad Ambo of Discover Dominica Authority.A range of Latin American and Caribbean countries are expected at the conference. In fact, presentations will be in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.The team comprises of second-years, Janella Paul, Josefani Bello-Feliz, and first-years, Julien Valentine and Kaila-Ann Guiste. The students are accompanied by Lecturer Mrs Temra Letang-Thomas.The students are especially grateful for the sponsorship support of former DSC Tourism majors, Eddie Harris and Almer Lawrence, as well as Alexis Tours and the President and Staff of the Dominica State College. 260 Views no discussions Tweet
Low-power, high-ESD switch available in miniature SC-70 package Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation announced the availability of the SPDT PE42421 RF switch, which is available in a miniature, 6-lead SC-70 package. With its small package size, strong ESD performance of 2 kV on the RFC port, low voltage support down to 1.8V VDD, and low power consumption of 9 microamperes (typ.), the new switch is well suited for battery-powered portable applications, as well as automotive-telematics applications, such as vehicle entry systems and emergency calls. The 50 Ohm, reflective UltraCMOS® PE42421 switch features high linearity of 50 dBm IIP3 and on-chip, low-voltage CMOS control logic. It can be controlled using either single-pin or complementary control inputs. Additionally, the switch features low insertion loss of 0.35 dB @ 1.0 GHz and 0.50 dB @ 2.0 GHz, with high isolation of 30 dB @ 1 GHz and 20 dB @ 2 GHz. Using a nominal +3V power-supply voltage, a typical input 1 dB compression point of +33.5 dBm can be achieved. “Customers continue to push for low power and high ESD performance in the smallest package size possible, in order to deliver optimal RF performance in their portable device, and automotive telematics designs,” said Mark Schrepferman, director of marketing for Peregrine Semiconductor’s high performance solutions business unit. “The PE42421 switch meets these needs, and also makes customers’ manufacturing processes more reliable.” Development Tool Support: Peregrine Semiconductor also announced the PE42421 Evaluation Kit (part # EK42421-01), today. The kit includes a USB interface board and cable, and is priced at $95.00. It can be ordered from Peregrine’s global direct sales representatives and global distribution network. Packaging, Pricing & Availability: The PE42421 switch is available in a 6-lead SC-70 package for $0.30 each, in 10,000-unit quantities. Samples and volume-production quantities can be ordered today, through Peregrine’s global direct sales representatives. For more information, visit http://www.psemi.com.
Argos Start Blue vs. Green World Series Share PENSACOLA, Fla. – The defending 2011 national championship baseball team has started their annual Blue vs. Green World Series. Graduate assistant coaches Kyle Brown and Tyler Stovall serve as this year’s coaches and chose their team in a draft style format.Coach Brown coach’s the Green team and has several familiar faces on his team in Josh Huggins (Bay Minette, Ala./Faulkner State CC (Baldwin County HS), Taye Larry (Panama City, Fla./Wallace State CC-Dothan (Mosley HS), Korey Domenick (Festus, Mo./Mineral Area (Festus HS), Jordan Rasinski (Winter Springs, Fla./UCF (Winter Springs HS) and Kevin Peters (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater HS). “This is a team with a lot of veteran leadership. We are a team with lots of power compared to the faster blue team”.Coach Stovall heads the Blue team which is full of new faces. The only returning players on the Blue team are last year’s second baseman Leo Lamarche (Miami, Fla./Wallace State CC-Dothan (Krop HS) and Brad Hammac (Pace, Fla./South Alabama (Pace HS) who spilt playing time behind the plate last season.Two games have already been played in the World Series match up and the series is tied 1-1. In game one freshman Michael Tomlinson (Orlando, Fla.) led the Blue team to victory on a walk off hit through the infield scoring Lamarche to edge the Green team 4-3. In game two the Green team was victorious 4-3 in part to a two RBI go ahead double by Garret Flynn (Davie, Fla./Sagemont Upper School).The Argos will continue their best of five series throughout the week as they conclude fall team practices. For information on the UWF baseball team and on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version Blue vs. Green World Series tied at one ( Photo by Bill Stockland)
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball program handed out team awards that were voted on by the players and coaches. Outfielder Caroline Kaston (Niceville, Fla.) was voted the team MVP after leading the team in batting average (.346), hits (62), and stolen bases (32) and was also an All-GSC first team selection.Other awards that were handed out were Best Hitter to senior Hannah Dowling (Irvine, Calif.) and Best Pitcher to senior Taylor Bailey (Austin, Texas). Dowling finished second on the team in batting average after posting a .342 average and led the Argonauts in RBI with 38 and on-base percentage (.407).Bailey was a consistent force for UWF in the circle this season and in 35 appearances had a record of 16-10 with an ERA of 3.77 with 16 complete games and two shutouts.The team also voted on Best Defensive Player, Hardest Worker, and Newcomer of the Year awards. Senior outfielder Audrey Harner (Celina, Ohio) took home the Best Defensive Player award after posting a .961 fielding percentage during the season and Danielle Sanders (Leesburg, Fla.) was voted the Hardest Worker.The Argos’ Newcomer of the Year was given to junior transfer Lou Barnard (Apopka, Fla.). Barnard batted .266 with 37 hits, 10 doubles, one triple, and five home runs.West Florida finished the season at 28-23 and 16-13 in the Gulf South Conference.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#– www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Version
KUALA LUMPUR – Hideki Matsuyama finished runner-up at the CIMB Classic on Sunday, his six-birdie 66 not enough to catch American Justin Thomas as the defending champ raced to his second straight title.Matsuyama, who started the day tied for fourth, had three birdies on either side of the turn at the par-72 TPC Kuala Lumpur to finish at 20-under 268. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Hideki Matsuyama follows his drive on the first tee during the final round of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. | AP RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDS But Thomas, who teed off a stroke ahead of Matsuyama, carded eight birdies with no bogeys to hole out three strokes ahead to win his second tour title.Overnight leader Anirban Lahiri of India had a wild nine-stroke ride on the par-5 No. 3. He recovered quickly with a birdie and an eagle in the next two holes, but settled for third alongside American Derek Fathauer, a stroke behind Matsuyama.“With him (Thomas) going that far and the form I’m in, I couldn’t quite catch him,” said Matsuyama. “Neither my drives nor putts had what were needed to get a 9- or 10-under.“(Runner-up) I think isn’t bad at all. I hope to raise my game a little bit.”Compatriot Ryo Ishikawa dropped down a place to finish in a tie for 10th, carding three birdies and one bogey for 13-under 275 total.“My drives were not any good so I couldn’t get birdies. It was a round with lots of things to reflect on,” said Ishikawa. “I can’t go far with this kind of golf. I’m not prepared to compete for titles.” Hideki Matsuyama IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
The winger – who has been absent since December – is one of three changes to the starting line-up, as Gavin Henson returns from a toe injury and Jack Tovey is included.Marc Jones captains the side from the front row, while Academy utility forward Sam Jeffries retains his place in the back row.“It’s a massive challenge that awaits us at Sandy Park on Saturday. Exeter are an excellent side and deservedly one of the top sides in the league. We have to go with positivity and energy and attack them from the kick-off,” Head Coach Mark Tainton said.“We go to Exeter with the belief that we can win and that’s the attitude we will take into the game this weekend – it’s vital we deliver a performance in front of our travelling supporters and give them something to cheer about.”Academy centre James Newey is named among the replacements and could make his Premiership debut on Saturday.Bristol Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs at Ashton Gate on Saturday, 8 April (3pm KO):15. Jason Woodward; 14. Ryan Edwards, 13. Will Hurrell, 12. Gavin Henson, 11. Jack Tovey; 10. Billy Searle, 9. Alby Mathewson; 1. Ryan Bevington, 2. Marc Jones (c), 3. Gaston Cortes, 4. James Phillips, 5. Mark Sorenson, 6. Sam Jeffries, 7. Jack Lam, 8. Mitch Eadie.Replacements: 16. Max Crumpton, 17. Jack O’Connell, 18. Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19. Ben Glynn, 20. Nick Fenton-Wells, 21. Rhodri Williams, 22. James Newey, 23. Charlie Amesbury.