Rivals pair up at Croydon’s Whitgift

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Sherwood Valve LLC introduces advanced fill valve

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Oyster 800 Back in Operation (UK)

first_imgAquamarine Power’s Oyster 800 wave energy machine is back in operation following the completion of a comprehensive improvement programme which took place over the summer.The machine has now been de-ballasted and is clearly visible operating at the company’s site at Billia Croo, part of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.The Oyster 800 improvement programme involved shutting down the near shore wave energy machine to carry out improvements in five specific areas – with the overall goals of improving performance, reliability and availability of Aquamarine Power’s second full-scale device.“The product improvement programme has been extremely challenging but has resulted in an even better Oyster 800,” says Aquamarine Power Chief Executive Officer Martin McAdam.“We have just completed a huge programme of work over the summer period. I think someone referred to the programme as major heart surgery. I think that that is an exaggeration but we swapped out a large number of failed or non-functioning components.“The machine’s survivability is already well proven. It has operated through two winters, enduring massive storms. The downside is that several of the systems and components on Oyster were just not fit for purpose. Our Product Improvement Programme (PIP) allowed us to focus on those areas which were just not up to the job, such as cabling, connectors, accumulators and several of the components of the control and instrumentation system. We also had some failures in the valve and pipework systems.  “We exported our first power since the refit last week and we are now running through phased testing and building up our electricity exports. We can already see a marked improvement in Oyster 800 performance. Of course we have had some additional start-up issues, we would be naïve to assume that all will work perfectly since the PIP.“The most important part of the Oyster 800 programme has been the learning. Failures can be frustrating but they are not all bad, they are opportunities to learn and we have done a lot of learning.“The team at Aquamarine Power have given the programme an extraordinary level of commitment. I am very proud and grateful to them all. I am also very pleased with the financial support from our key investors ABB, SSE and Scottish Enterprise. The support from many of our key suppliers is also appreciated – especially those in the local community in Orkney including Leask Marine and Hamnavoe Engineering.“We have not completed anything yet – we have just started. We have a full-scale research platform in Oyster 800 and before we build our next generation machine we need to learn a lot more,” McAdam concludes.[mappress]Press release, October 29, 2013; Image: Aquamarine Powerlast_img read more

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Spreading love, filling tummies

first_imgPictured is the feeding scheme team in front of the container. From left are Sister Lorna Meyer, Pastor Isaac De Jongh, and Sister Venus Petersen. The Macedonian Revival Community Development feeding scheme, in Heideveld, offers children and adults a warm plate of food least once a week. They operate out of a container in Longkloof Circle Road, just behind Willows Primary School. The container, donated by Breadline Africa in December 2014, has kitchen cupboards, a sink and a stove. Meals are served once or twice a week depending on donations. Pastor Isaac De Jongh, who is the leader of the feeding scheme, said they wanted to feed people three times a week because of the poverty in Heideveld, but they would need more donations to do so, as much of what they already gave came from their own pockets.The need, he said, was most desperate in the days before people received their grants from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).About 50 to 100 men, women and children come from Gugulethu, Manenberg, Valhalla Park and Heideveld each week for a plate of food. Their numbers swell to 250 at Christmas. “Children come with their parents, and some sit here in case there’s enough for another helping. “Almost every second household is unemployed. “At least the child will get one plate of food a day, but we need to expand as it will be better for the community because being hungry is not good. The mind runs which leads to other things such as theft and robbery,” he said. He said it was a privilege to give someone in need a plate of food. Donations of food were preferred over money. “If people can buy stuff it will be better because that will cut us having to handle the money. What we need is a 120-litre pot because we always have to borrow pots,” he said. The team also needs styrofoam bowls, which it hands out to those who don’t bring containers. “Sometimes we run out of food and it’s not a nice feeling but there’s nothing we can do about that,” said Pastor De Jongh. Team member Sister Venus Peter-sen said the feeding scheme was a bulwark against the dire poverty in the area.“I go out and fetch the kids if fewer children come,” she said. Contact Pastor De Jongh at 084 477 8423 if you would like to help.last_img read more

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Ground level air route

first_imgCONTRACTS for construction of the substructure of HSL-Zuid in the Netherlands were expected to be signed by May 1 following a ceremonial start of work on March 27. Presiding at the event near Breda, Transport Minister Tineke Netelenbos was joined by her Belgian counterpart Isabelle Durant to underline the international character of the 300 km/h line. Letters of intent were signed by the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works & Water Management with five consortia on March 13, and all now looks set for work to forge ahead. Antwerpen – Rotterdam should be complete by mid-2005, with Rotterdam – Schiphol – Amsterdam following by the end of the same year.Forming the final leg of a high speed route from Paris to Amsterdam, HSL-Zuid has much potential to unload the congested roads and airways of northern Europe. Forecasts suggest that six to seven million passengers a year will use it for Dutch domestic travel, with a similar number of international trips. A full hour will be sliced off the present Brussels – Amsterdam Thalys timings of 2h 39min, with Paris – Amsterdam down to little more than 3h. Once Britain’s Channel Tunnel Rail link is complete, London – Amsterdam could take well under 4h.Some indication of how seriously HSL-Zuid’s potential is taken can be gauged from an alliance formed by NS, national airline KLM and Schiphol Airport to bid for access rights. All three stand to benefit, with KLM replacing uneconomic flights to Brussels and Paris by high speed trains. The bid is thought to be substantially higher than the NS offer rejected last November. Should it be accepted, we trust Dutch planes on rails will run without the nonsense of airline-style security that still segregates Eurostar passengers from the rest of Europe’s rapidly-growing high speed network. nlast_img read more

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Interiors segment proves popular

first_imgINTRO: More than 100 exhibitors reserve display space in Hall 6.2THE’Interiors’ segment being launched at InnoTrans 2006 is already proving to be a great success. Well over 100 exhibitors have registered to take part – half of them from outside Germany – filling to capacity the 6000 m2 allocated in Hall 6.2. InnoTrans project manager Matthias Steckmann is highly satisfied with the response. ’Alongside the vehicle outfitters who had already been represented at InnoTrans in previous years, we are seeing a lot of new exhibitors, especially from abroad. What is striking is that firms from other industries are using this new segment as a point of entry into the rail sector.’ Vossloh takes three standsGermany’s Vossloh AG, together with its subsidiaries, will be highlighting its wide range of products on no less than three separate stands at InnoTrans 2006. Amongst the planned exhibits are Europe’s most powerful diesel-electric locomotive, the Euro 4000 being built at the company’s Spanish factory near Valencia; the latest ’electronic ink’ applications for mobile passenger information displays; and hybrid vehicle technology. ’As well as being a showcase for our products’, says Vossloh CEO Dr Gerhard Eschenrlast_img read more

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Prime Minister inaugurates Napoli Afragola station

first_imgITALY: The landmark high speed station at Napoli Afragola, designed by the late Zaha Hadid, was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on June 6, ahead of the start of regular services on June 11.Arriving on a Freccciarossa 1000 high speed train, Gentiloni was accompanied by Minister of Infrastructure & Transport Graziano Delrio, FS Chairman Gioia Ghezzi and CEO Renato Mazzoncini and the CEO of Trenitalia Barbara Morgante. The group was welcomed by the President of Campania Region Vincenzo De Luca, RFI President Maurizio Gentile and Italferr CEO Carlo Carganico.Design of the station was awarded to Hadid in 2003 following an international competition, but its construction was subsequently delayed. The station has been completed over the past two years by Astaldi at a cost of €60m. The 400 m long four-level structure occupies an area of 3 ha, offering retail and office space as well as the station facilities.Located to the northeast of the city, the through station allows high speed trains to serve the Napoli region’s 3 million inhabitants without calling at the existing central terminus. Journey time from Roma will be just 55 min using the existing high speed line. Afragola will initially be served by 18 trains each way per day, nine operated by Trenitalia and nine by NTV. These will connect Afragola with major cities along the north-south high speed axis as far apart as Torino and Salerno, and there will be daily trains to Venezia and Reggio Calabria.At present the multi-modal hub provides a bus interchange and car parking. Completion of the second phase, scheduled for 2022, will see the opening of two extra platforms for regional trains to Caserta and Benevento which will connect with the Circumvesuviana railway. The station will also be served by the new Napoli – Bari high speed line.last_img read more

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US supports credible, transparent elections in Haiti

first_imgHaiti Special Coordinator and Deputy US Assistant Secretary of State Kenneth Merten US Expresses Confidence in Haiti’s Presidential Runoff ProcessThe United States has reiterated its support for “credible, transparent, and secure elections” that reflect the will of the Haitian people.In a special briefing in Haiti dubbed, “Roadmap Towards Completion of the Electoral Cycle,” Haiti Special Coordinator and Deputy US Assistant Secretary of State Kenneth Merten, said the US strongly believes that only a democratically elected government provides the legal legitimacy to govern Haiti and provides the Haitian people with the transparency we certainly believe that they deserve.“The United States has been interested in Haiti – and in democracy in Haiti for a long time,” he said. “And I think we recently welcomed this February 5 agreement that President Martelly and the presidents of the two chambers of parliament came to. I think we recognise that challenges remain, as Haiti moves towards the completion of its electoral cycle with voting due to take place on April 24,” Merten added. “But the success of the February 5 agreement between these parties depends on the interim leadership’s commitment to implement the terms of the agreement on the timeline that’s outlined in it.”“Our goal here is to, again, to ensure that the Haitian people have a chance to have their voice heard about who determines their leadership,” he continued.As one of Haiti’s many international partners, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State said the role of the US is to support and strengthen democracy in the French-speaking Caribbean country.Merten said the upcoming elections and the incorporation of the recommended steps by the Independent Electoral Evaluation Commission (CEP) to improve the transparency and fairness of the third round of presidential elections “will enhance citizens’ overall confidence, we believe and the swift convocation by the provisional president of concerned sectors within society to designate new members of the provisional electoral council, we think is very important, because it will give this new CEP a chance to learn their jobs, learn – time to learn to avoid mistakes that have been made in previous CEPs,” he added.Last week, the United Nations joined the US in welcoming Sunday’s election by Haiti’s National Assembly of Jocelerme Privert as interim President.Privert’s election came a week after the departure of former President Michel Martelly.The election stems from the agreement signed on February 6 between Haitian stakeholders “to preserve institutional continuity and further the electoralprocess,” according to a statement issued on Monday by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’sspokesperson.last_img read more

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AU Commission chairperson lauds UN Security Council’s lifting of Sanctions Against…

first_imgUN Security Council sanctions diamond firm Eritrea hopes for lifting of UN Security Council sanctions The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has welcomed the adoption by the United Nations Security Council of a resolution lifting the sanctions imposed on Eritrea since December 2009.The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted the UN-drafted resolution lifting the arms embargo, all travel bans, asset freezes and targeted sanctions against Eritrea.“Yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) decision is a further step towards the consolidation of the recent positive developments in the Horn of Africa, marked by an improvement of bilateral relations between the countries of the region, as well as by a renewed determination to promote good neighborliness and foster regional cooperation,” a statement attributed to Mahamat read in part.Mahamat in the statement also lauded the developments, saying they were in line with the AU’s agenda to end wars around the continent by 2020.The Security Council imposed the sanctions on Eritrea in 2009 for its alleged support of Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia, a claim Asmara has long denied.The resolution acknowledged that UN monitors have “not found conclusive evidence that Eritrea supports Al-Shabaab” and declared that the sanctions and arms embargo ended with the adoption of the measure.Following the lifting of the sanctions against Eritrea, the UN Security Council went on to urge Eritrea and Djibouti to continue efforts to settle a 2008 border dispute, and also called on Asmara to release information concerning Djiboutian soldiers that went missing in clashes a decade ago.Relatedcenter_img UN Security Council considers lifting sanctions on Eritrealast_img read more

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