SOHAR, so good

first_imgThe deep sea port and freezone has just released its mid-year review and Aziz observed: “In just six months we have expanded almost every aspect of our operations, including the USD130 million relocation and expansion of the Oman International Container Terminal and a USD2.5 million investment to connect infrastructure that has cut turnaround times at Oiltanking Odfjell’s oil and gas storage facilities.” He added that cargo volumes are growing at a rate more than 50 million tonnes per year. “We are also seeing growth in industries beyond those that were originally set up when SOHAR was launched as a joint venture with the Port of Rotterdam back in 2002,” Mr. Aziz explained.  The gateway also revealed plans to develop a dedicated agricultural terminal, air and rail links, and a national food reserve.www.soharportandfreezone.comlast_img read more

Industry News in Brief

first_imgUnder a strategy to reduce cyclical demand, which makes it hard to maintain staff skills needed to work with small vehicle fleets, Stadler and Rhätische Bahn are to co-operate in the overhaul and repair of metre-gauge vehicles. Stadler will be general contractor and responsible for engineering, while RhB will undertake manufacturing to provide steady business for its Landquart workshops. Bogies and rack railway vehicles are not part of the agreement.Faiveley Transport and MTZ Transmash have signed a framework agreement for the joint development, manufacturing and sales of rolling stock brakes in the CIS countries and Baltic states.In January BEML began work on a factory at Palakkad in Kerala which will produce stainless steel and aluminium bodied wagons and defence equipment. Despite a turbulent commercial vehicle market, strong sales growth in the Rail Vehicle Systems division allowed Knorr-Bremse to report a 4% increase in sales to €3·4bn during 2008. Important framework agreements were signed, and €360m of orders were won in China. The company expects the rail market to continue to expand, particularly in Asia, with negative effects from the economic crisis being unpredictable overall, and expected to show a time lag.Following the start of test production, Stadler’s €30m Szolnok plant in Hungary is expected to reach full manufacturing capacity this month. It will weld aluminium bodyshells for Flirt multiple-units, with an annual output of 60 cars.The foundation stone of the Rs17bn Railway Coach Factory at Rae Bareili in Uttar Pradesh was laid by Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress party, on January 27. Completion is planned for 2010.China Railway Track Systems Group has bought Longchang Railway Materials Factory.On February 4 Québec-based hybrid and genset firm Railpower Technologies obtained protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act for 30 days expiring on March 6, to be extended as the court deems appropriate. ‘The initial order provides a framework for us to restructure our business,’ said Richard Laliberté of Railpower. ‘Our goal is to allow Railpower to be in a position to continue to assess all available alternatives’. Ernst & Young has been retained as financial advisor and McCarthy Tétrault is legal counsel.last_img read more

Cutting track life-cycle costs

first_imgEUROPE: With the four-year Innotrack research project now approaching completion, the project partners now estimate that the life-cycle cost of track could be cut by 25% in the coming years. ‘That’s a lot of savings when you consider the extent of the rail network’, said UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, during a webinar on April 28.Backed by the European Commission, the Inno­track project was jointly co-ordinated by UIC and Unife, who are keen to emphasise the integration of knowledge from operators and suppliers. Eight major track cost drivers were studied, combining results from across Europe to give a wider perspective of the issues than had previously been attempted (RG 1.10 p48). The research has brought a major step forward in the understanding of track stiffness, and demonstrated how a significant reduction in the dynamic loading at turnouts could be obtained. Revised geometry and new crossing designs are to be tested. Rails are ‘high-tech products in their own right’, pointed out Dr Martin Platzer of Voestalpine. He said Innotrack had combined laboratory and real-world data to develop a guide to optimal use of rail steel grades which could cut 35% from life-cycle costs for a given curve radius and traffic density. For example, heat-treated high-strength steel is recommended for radii up to 5000 m. Optimisation of the grinding regime was also considered, and tests showed that rail life could be increased from 12 to 34 years and the grinding cycle cut from annually to every three years, generating a 35% saving if the cost of disruption is included. Innotrack has also been looking at innovative track structures, including a further development of Balfour Beatty’s Embedded Rail System, which DB is planning to install later this year. Many of Innotrack’s findings have already been published in a series of project reports, and the next step will be the development of technical recommendations.last_img read more

Kelsea Ballerini, Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park, London live review

first_imgKelsea Ballerini has become one of the most popular new country artists since releasing her debut album, The First Time, back in 2015. Since then she’s had five chart-topping singles – most recently Miss Me More earlier this year – and been inducted into the legendary Grand Ole Opry. She’s also been a regular visitor to the UK, supporting Lady Antebellum and appearing at C2C in 2018. Now she’s back with her new single, homecoming queen?, and yesterday performed as part of BBC Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park.After an introduction from the legendary Bob Harris, Ballerini arrived on stage accompanied by her four-piece band. She kicked off her half-hour set with the empowering Miss Me More, adding an atmospheric guitar-led intro and heavy drums to give the song a rockier edge. Her vocals sounded great, with plenty of soul and depth, and she brought tons of swagger to her performance. moving around on stage throughout and looking like she was having a great time.Whilst it would have been easy for her to stick to the hits, Ballerini also chose to take some risks with her performance. The sparse Get Over Yourself, from her second album Unapologetically, might feel like an unusual choice for a show where many of the audience might not know her as well, but it actually served as a brilliant showcase for Ballerini’s smooth, powerful vocals and highlighted her strong stage presence. She also performed Better Luck Next Time, from her recent episode of NBC’s Songland, a twangy, number with a funky vibe and dreamy, lighthearted vocals that balanced out the kiss-off lyrics.Credit: BBC/Sarah JeynesThat said, there were plenty of fan favourites on offer too. Yeah Boy saw Ballerini pick up her acoustic guitar and show off her sweeter, playful side, whilst she put a rockier spin on Peter Pan with some impressive vocal runs and jammed out with her band. New single homecoming queen?, meanwhile, had a folky, melodic feel to it and Ballerini poured tons of emotion into the song’s delivery. You could really feel her performance was coming from the heart and it showed off a different side to her.Ballerini closed her set with a rendition of This Feeling, which she recorded with The Chainsmokers. She encouraged the crowd to sing and dance along and her vocals had a rich, full sound that worked well with the song’s poppy vibe. I also really loved her harmonies with her band on the track and there was a lovely, joyous energy about her too.Overall Kelsea Ballerini delivered a great set that showed off the different sides of her music as well as her impressive vocals and skill as a performer. I think it’s safe to say she left the country fans in the audience very happy, and from the chatter around me after her performance she’d won over plenty of new fans too. With a new album on the way early next year, here’s hoping it’s not long before she’s back in the UK again…<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Set list: 1. Miss Me More 2. Get Over Yourself 3. Yeah Boy 4. homecoming queen? 5. Better Luck Next Time 6. Peter Pan 7. This Feeling Performance date: 15th September 2019last_img read more

CAWASA advocates for ‘competent’ water operators

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 97 Views   no discussions BusinessLocalNewsRegional CAWASA advocates for ‘competent’ water operators by: Dominica Vibes News – June 30, 2017 Sharecenter_img Share Share President of CAWASA Christopher HusbandsPresident of the Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association Inc. (CAWASA) Christopher Husbands has said that water and wastewater operators should be those who demonstrate competence in that field. CAWASA believes that the operation of water and wastewater utilities is “too important to be trusted to amateurs”, Husbands said.He added that this role “should be restricted to those who can demonstrate their competence in the field through experience and certification” during the opening ceremony of the fifth Caribbean Water Operators Conference in Dominica on Thursday June 29 2017. This, he added, is why the organization continues to offer the Association of Boards Certification (ABC) Operator Certification Programme as CAWASA is the designated authority of the programme in the Caribbean. “I would like to reiterate the need for our operators to seize the opportunities for personal development through continuous education and training programmes,” Husbands said.“Continuous education targets improvements to your skills, safe work practices, supervision and management skills,” he added. There is endless value in attending a training course, whether online or in person, he told operators. “You’re presented with opportunities to meet and express your opinions and ideas and share experiences you have had in problem solving at work, as well as building networks and enhancing your technical knowledge,” he explained. Husbands said being cognizant of the challenges in mobilizing financial resources for continuous education and training, particularly the prohibitive cost of regional travel, CAWASA has sought to virtualize training. “In this regard, we’ve revamped our website which now includes the customized online training platform and an online suite of training materials, that’s the first phase of our rollout there is more to come,” Husbands indicated.last_img read more

Helgadottir Gives UWF Game-Winner Over Nova Southeastern

first_imgUWF was in top form defensively, as well, allowing Nova Southeastern to get off just five shots all day. In what is becoming a common theme, the Argonauts held NSU’s top attacker, 2016 Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year Hannah Christophe, without a shot in her 59 minutes on the pitch. Christophe ranks second in the SSC in goals, with 10. UWF faces region host Saint Leo at 1 pm ET on Sunday at University Soccer Field on the campus of Saint Leo University. The Lions enter Sunday as the 2-seed in the South Region at 13-3-1, and they won the Sunshine State Conference regular season and conference titles. Full Schedule Roster Live Stats DADE CITY, Fla. – For the second consecutive year, the University of West Florida women’s soccer team eliminated Nova Southeastern from the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 win. This time, senior Sara Helgadottir scored the lone goal of the game, and UWF picked up its 16th shutout of the season, a total that ranks second all-time in Gulf South Conference women’s soccer history. Though both teams were held scoreless for the first 34 minutes of play, West Florida outshot NSU 8-2 and had five corner kicks before Helgadottir found the net with 10 minutes left in the first half. The goal was Helgadottir’s fifth of the season, and she got an assist from junior Kaljit Atwal, who ranks third on the team with seven helpers. vs. Saint Leo University 11/13/2016 – 1:00 pm ET Preview Friday’s win was UWF’s 20th in the NCAA Tournament, a total that leads all GSC teams. West Florida kept up the pressure for the remainder of the game, totaling 18 shots, nine of which were on target, and NSU keeper Ida Norstrom made seven saves on the day against a strong UWF offense. Marjorie Boilesen and Kaley Ward each led UWF with two shots on goal and put on a combined eight shots. Watch Live The shutout was the seventh for UWF keeper Katelyn Burkhart, who has also played a part in eight other UWF shutouts. “Nova’s a very difficult team, and our players knew that, and they had to give it their all and they did,” head coach Joe Bartlinski said. “Our players worked very hard. This group has some very good qualities, so we look forward to the matchup on Sunday (against Saint Leo).” Next Game: #ARGOS# Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Muncul Dengung di Telinga? Jangan Panik, Atasi dengan Cara Tradisional

first_img1. Jauhi suara kerasDengungan ini tidak disebabkan oleh suara dibawah 75 desibel. Tetapi bagi Anda yang tinggal dekat stasiun kereta api atau bekerja dengan mesin yang keras, baiknya gunakan earbud untuk menghindari dengungan.2. Jangan gunakan cotton budPenggunaan cutton bud untuk membersihkan telinga sebenarnya tidak baik, karena earwax atau serumen didalam telinga bekerja untuk melindungi saluran telinga dari debu, kotoran dan serangga. Cotton bud juga tidak baik karena akan mendorong earwax semakin dekat dengan gendang telinga dan akan memperparah suara dengung. Jadi, jika Anda memiliki terlalu banyak kotoran di dalam telinga dan menyebabkan tidak nyaman, segera ke dokter THT untuk membersihkannya.3. Pakai earphone dan dengarkan musikPasang earphone di telinga dan dengarkan musik yang Anda suka. Biasanya dengan suara musik dengungan di telinga bisa lebih cepat hilangnya. Cara ini juga baik untuk menyembuhkan efek samping dengungan seperti susah tidur dan tidak fokus pada pekerjaan.4. Gingko bilobaRamuan ini adalah obat alami terbaik mengusir dengungan karena dapat memperbaiki sirkulasi darah. Gunakan ekstrak gingko biloba 30-60 mg empat kali sehari selama enam minggu dapat membantu menyembuhkan telinga berdengung. Namun, Anda harus berkonsultasi terlebih dahulu dengan dokter sebelum mengkonsumsi obat herbal ini.Baca juga: Ingin Bawa Anak Naik Pesawat? Perhatikan Beberapa Poin Penting Ini5. Periksa tekanan darahPada beberapa kasus, dengungan bisa disebabkan karena tekanan darah tinggi. Ini terjadi karena telinga mendapat banyak suplai pembuluh darah dan ketika darah mengalir deras atau tekanan tinggi akan menghasilkan suara menderu. Jadi, bila sering mengalami telinga berdengung dan mengganggu, segera konsultasikan ke dokter dan periksa tekanan darah Anda siapa tahu itu penyebabnya.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedMengunyah Permen Karet Dapat Redakan Dengungan di Pesawat, Kok Bisa?13/05/2018In “Domestik”Kuping Berdengung Saat Take Off? Jangan Panik dan Pahami Penyebabnya08/02/2017In “Destinasi Udara”Hentikan Kebiasaan Tidur Saat Take-Off, Berbahaya!14/11/2017In “Domestik” Ilustrasi kuping berdengung Saban naik pesawat, mungkin telinga Anda bakal berdengung karena ada perbedaan suhu antara di darat dan ketinggian di angkasa. Sebenarnya dengungan ini tidak membahayakan sistem pendengaran, meski harus diakui lumayan mengganggu kenyamanan.Baca juga: Kuping Berdengung Saat Take Off? Jangan Panik dan Pahami merangkum dari berbagai laman sumber, telinga berdengung atau tinnitus merupakan masalah yang umum dialami seorang manusia. Sebenarnya, jika terjadi Anda tak perlu panik dan ada beberapa cara alami yang efektif untuk mengatasi dengungan di telinga salah satunya seperti menelan ludah atau mengunyah permen jika dengungan terasa saat berada di dalam kabin pesawat. Berikut ini cara alami lainnya jika telinga Anda berdengung.last_img read more

HEA Rates Now Decreasing Jan 1, Not Increasing

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In a change of course, Homer Electric Association rates will be going down January 1, not up. HEA’s Joe Gallagher says a proposed increase which would have added $3.15 to the average monthly household bill has been put on hold. Instead, a change to the Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) will bring the average bill down by $6.88 per month. The COPA rate for the first quarter of 2016 is calculated to be $0.06656 per kilowatt hour. Gallagher says this is a decrease of $0.01251 from the current COPA rate of $0.07907 per kilowatt hour.center_img The proposed $3.15 increase is being reviewed by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and, if approved, will help HEA cover the cost of an ongoing legal battle. HEA has been litigating to have Railbelt utilities pay for using HEA’s transmission network.last_img read more

Cooper Introduces Ordinance to Expedite Marijuana Licenses This Year

first_imgState regulations require that plants are tracked on their journey from seed to product. The ordinance will be up for public testimony at the June 7 meeting. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted in favor of introducing an ordinance last night that will speed up the licensing process for marijuana cultivators this summer so they can begin growing. Asmb. Cooper: “There are four [local] cultivators which are considered complete, but if we don’t exercise our waiver that’s in our code, they may not be issued a license until July. The Marijuana Control Board is tentatively scheduled to meet again in July but they haven’t set that date yet. So if these folks can’t get their plants in the ground, they miss that whole season.” Cooper says she worries that if local cultivators aren’t allowed to get going during Alaska’s short summer, product will be brought in from other areas. Homer Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper sponsored the laydown item that would waive the 60 day borough comment period that follows the approval of pot cultivation licenses by the Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office. Asmb. Cooper: “They would still have to comply with all the other requirements of the ordinances that we’ve put in place, as well as the state. It would be for the first year so next year it would go back to normal it’s just been a horrible delay for that industry.”last_img read more

Report: Bristol City Women 0 – 5 Arsenal Ladies

first_imgHowever, a few minutes later Hemp sailed down the right wing beating two defenders but her ambitious back-heel was easily collected by Veenendaal.Jordan Nobbs threatened with two long range shots which flew high over the bar, whilst the Vixens absorbed the pressure put on them valiantly.Arsenal continued to fire at the Vixens goal with a Janssen shot coming the closest, hitting the side netting midway through the first half.Arsenal soon broke the deadlock before the half hour mark when Louise Quinn rose highest to head past Leach to open the scoring.City Women’s spirit was not dampened however, five minutes before the end of the first half, Claire Emslie broke down the right hand side following a defensive mistake before delivering a cross to Hemp which she could not reach.Arsenal nearly doubled their lead before the half time whistle, if not for a foul on Caitlin Leach.Arsenal doubled their lead in the 51st minute, Jordan Nobbs was on the end of a neat one-two inside the City Women box, and she then fired a shot into the top corner of the net.Leach was vigilant all day in the Vixens goal, keeping her side in touch.Chloe Arthur nearly got one back for the home side as she tested Veenendaal in the 65th minute, only to be denied by a top save.Arsenal scrambled home a third goal in the 75th minute as pressure was put on Leach, she fumbled and Chloe Kelly was on hand to tap in from inside the six-yard-box.Minutes later, a fourth was added by substitute Van de Donk who was on the end of a cross to volley into the right hand corner of the net.Beth Mead, who replaced Jodie Taylor completed the late flurry of goals for the Gunners as she slotted home into the bottom of the net after a quick counter attack from the visitors to make it 5-0.Tickets for Bristol City Women’s remaining Spring Series games are available via @BristolCityWFC on twitter to keep up-to-date on all the Bristol City Women action and news.last_img read more