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Video speeds line surveys

first_imgBR Business Systems has put together a package of three products, originally developed by different suppliers, which together provide a means of obtaining quickly detailed information on the location and condition of rail infrastructure.BR Business Systems officially launched TuScan, RouteScan and Infrastructure Video Survey (IVS) on a demonstration run on Serco Railtest’s Iris test car at the Old Dalby test track in Nottinghamshire on July 16. IVS is an improved version of the prototype developed by Omnicom Engineering Ltd of York, which currently covers 3690 km of Railtrack’s network. The improved version has a location accuracy better than 0·5m.Using high resolution digital video cameras, GPS, and a variety of other instruments, IVS builds up a digital record of heading, distance travelled, altitude and Ordnance Survey grid reference taken from a vehicle travelling at up to 96 km/h. The locations of bridges, tunnels, equipment boxes, AWS magnets, and station platforms are downloaded to a PC, which superimposes them onto an accurate map of the network.This can be overlaid onto Ordnance Survey road centre line mapping, allowing IVS to be used for directing staff to works locations or emergency services to an incident, or relating the infrastructure to the general landscape. TuScan was developed by German firm Spacetec to survey the walls of tunnels. It uses a laser shining onto a mirror rotating at 8400 to 12000rpm from a vehicle moving at 8 km/h, giving a scan every 10mm. A full 360° scan can be completed without staff having to walk along the track.The data is ’unwrapped’ on a PC to give a flat image of the tunnel, or it can be reassembled to give a three-dimensional view. Physical features inside the tunnel such as cables and pipes appear clear and sharp, and being digital, the brightness can be increased to improve the clarity of features in dark areas.Hot and cold spots beyond the tunnel lining can be identified using a second scanner for thermal images. This provides the means to check for water leakage, or the location of blocked up ventilation shafts. The scanning vehicle can run at up to 50 km/h for a lower resolution scan suitable for basic clearance data.RouteScan, developed by BRBS in association with Waterhouse & Sons and Moss Systems Ltd, operates in a similar way to TuScan, but in the open air. It can record at line speed to give a fast, accurate measurement of lineside clearances, enabling gauging data to be given for a new train design, or for an existing train on a new route. BR Business Systems, Derby, Great BritainReader Enquiry Number 141last_img read more

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Sustainability accounting standards investor group expands

first_imgSource:  LSE GroupSASB opens trading on the London Stock Exchange in November 2018The investor advisory group now counts 44 members from countries in Asia, Europe and North America, with $33trn (€29.6trn) in assets under management between them. It was established in October 2016, with 14 founding members. It provides investor feedback and guidance to SASB and is also intended “to demonstrate investor support for a market standard for investor-focused sustainability disclosure”.SASB is one of a number of organisations working on non-financial corporate reporting, but describes its standards as unique because of their industry focus, their emphasis on communicating to investors, and their focus on financial materiality.In November it published 77 industry-specific sustainability accounting standards. State Street Global Advisors has used SASB standards for a new system of scoring companies’ environmental and social practices that it believes could mark a breakthrough for capital markets’ integration of sustainability considerations. SASB said the developments “reflect the growing relevance of SASB’s sustainability accounting standards for global institutional investors”.Carine Smith Ihenacho, chief corporate governance officer at NBIM, said the manager welcomed SASB’s work in developing industry-based standards for improved sustainability reporting.Echoing NBIM’s responsible investment wish for 2019, she said: “We urge for standardised, concrete and relevant sustainability data and we ask companies to go from words to numbers – because what gets measured gets managed.” The manager of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund and several other major investors have joined the investor group advising the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).Fifteen additional asset owners and asset managers have become members of the group, SASB announced today. The new members are: AXA Investment Managers, Brunel Pension Partnership, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Fidelity Investments, Franklin Templeton Investments, Harvard Management Company, Hermes Investment Management, Legal & General Investment Management America, Neuberger Berman, Nissay Asset Management, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), Putnam Investments, and Schroders.Barbara Zvan, chief risk and strategy officer of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, has been named the investor group’s new chair, replacing Chris Ailman, CIO of CalSTRS, who has been named chair emeritus.last_img read more

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Havila secures work for pair of platform suppliers

first_imgOffshore vessel operator Havila Shipping has secured work for two platform supply vessels. The first contract is with Maersk Oil for the platform supplier Havila Clipper. The contract is for a firm period of six months and one optional period of six months and it is in direct continuation of existing contract.The vessel has been working for the Danish oil company since 2014 when it was hired on a firm contract for three years starting June 1, 2014, with one optional period of one year from June 1, 2017. According to the latest AIS data, the vessel is currently in the UK sector of the North Sea.The Havila Clipper, of a Havyard 832 design, was built by Fjellstrand and delivered in 2011.The company has also secured work for the PSV vessel Havila Borg with Peterson Den Helder BV for a firm period of seven weeks with optional periods up to three weeks. The contracts is entered into on market terms. The vessel, currently moored in Aberdeen, has been in layup since the end of last year.The Havila Borg is also of a Havyard 832 design built by Havyard Tomrefjord and delivered in 2009.The owner of the vessels did not reveal any financial details of these two new contracts.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Multiple partners linked to drink

first_imgNZ Herald 4 September 2013Young adult drinkers dependent on the bottle are nearly 10 times more likely to have had 10 or more sexual partners within several years than people who don’t misuse alcohol, a new study shows.And they are nine times more likely to have committed violent offences.The study’s authors, including Dr Joseph Boden, estimate in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence that the elimination of all alcohol misuse could reduce the young adult crime rate by up to 47 per cent.The research, from Otago University at Christchurch, is based on interviews with around 1000 members of a long-term study who were born in the city in 1977.The alcohol study draws on answers from when they were aged 21, 25 and 30.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11119033One in 20 youth alcohol addictedStuff.co 4 September 2013In a country where teens are often in the firing line in the war against binge drinking, it appears the battle with the bottle does not stop at age 20.New research shows up to a quarter of New Zealanders aged 21 to 30 have a problem with alcohol affecting their daily lives, making them more susceptible to commit crime, inflict or be victims of violence, and contemplate suicide.The Christchurch Health and Development Study, a a 35-year study of a birth cohort of 1265 children born in the Christchurch region in mid-1977, is examining alcohol abuse in people in their 20s.Over the last 35 years, the participants have been interviewed at regular intervals.The new research is being welcomed by police, who say those in the age bracket are their ”biggest offenders”.http://i.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9123974/One-in-20-youth-alcohol-addictedlast_img read more

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Rain Forest Adventure Dominica launches Gorge Zip Challenge!

first_img Share Share Share LocalNews Rain Forest Adventure Dominica launches Gorge Zip Challenge! by: – September 30, 2011 Tweetcenter_img 142 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Image via: rainforestadventure.comRain Forest Adventure Dominica this morning launched another major attraction to its popular and exciting aerial tram adventure at a press conference at the Fort Young Hotel this morning.The Gorge Zip Challenge is a six-platform course which navigates three adrenaline-pumping lines through the rainforest canopy.Administrative Manager of Rain Forest Adventures Dominica Ms Nikima Royer explained that the Gorge Zip Challenge is the highest of any zip line in the Southern Caribbean and also offers a picturesque view of the Breakfast River Gorge.“The new Gorge Zip Challenge thrills with the highest zip line in the Caribbean. The six platform course line offers three adrenaline pumping lines that glide through the rain forest canopy. From the park’s top station, visitors receive a safety briefing and orientation and then take a short walk to the first platform and a one hundred and twenty-five foot zip line. The second zip line two hundred and forty feet takes riders higher yet and is followed by a forty foot repel to the ground. The highlight of the experience is the Gorge Challenge which is actually eight hundred and forty feet. The eight hundred and fifty feet cable suspended over the Breakfast River Gorge of three hundred and fifty foot caverns drop flourishing with plants and waterfalls,” she said.Hon. Ian Douglas.Meantime Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs Honourable Ian Douglas commended the rain forest aerial tram for preserving the forests and their consideration of the environment.“The fact that we still enjoy these attractions in Dominica is as a result of a long history of preserving our natural heritage either through legislation and a lot of people don’t know that in the 1970’s the government of the day took a deliberate step to legislate that a certain percent of our forest cover must remain untouched, so that is law….The rainforest aerial tram has been an example and continues to be, of what can be achieved with proper planning and due consideration for the environment,” he said.Mr Douglas also assured the team of Rain Forest Adventures Dominica of his support and that of his ministry to work with them to ensure that this new venture is successful.“As Minister of Tourism I pledge my support and that of the ministry to this venture, be assured that we will be working side by side with you as far as possible to ensure your success. I wish that many other tourism enterprises would take this bold initiative such as the one you have taken so that the tourism sector would continue to expand and to grow and to generate more excitement.”Admission to the zip line is $50 EC per person (local) and $50 US for visitors. Children must be twelve years and older to ride and the Rain Forest Aerial Tram reopens to the public on October 3rd.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Districts awarded for conservation efforts

first_imgIndianapolis, In.—  The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and the State Soil Conservation Board (SSCB) distributed more than $900,000 to Indiana’s 92 Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The funds were awarded through the Clean Water Indiana (CWI) program as part of a matching grant.“These grants will go a long way to improve water quality across the state,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “It’s important that we provide our conservation districts with the resources they need to be effective on the ground.”Clean Water Indiana provides financial assistance to landowners and conservation groups that work to reduce non-point sources of water pollution. The program is administered by the SSCB and funded by a portion of the state’s cigarette tax.Each district received roughly $10,000 to support their conservation efforts, whether that’s providing technical assistance, education, training or cost sharing programs.“In many cases, conservation districts are the first line of defense when it comes to addressing natural resource concerns at the local level,” said Bruce Kettler, ISDA director. “We awarded these grants to supplement and reinforce those efforts.”last_img read more

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United Rebel Sprint Series has 14 dates in four states

first_imgOBERLIN, Kan. – The United Rebel Sprint Series will begin its 12th season of 305 Sprint Car Rac­ing featuring events in the four states, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado in 2017.The Myers Racing Engines National tour will feature fourteen stops in all four states and will bring rac­ers together under the IMCA RaceSaver banner for the second season.The national points season kicks off April 1 with an appearance at Longdale, Okla., Speedway. The race features a $1,000 to win, minimum $250 to start purse.On May 13, the URSS Rebels will make the first of two national event stops at Colorado Motor Sports Park in Byers. The 3/8’s mile oval will feature drivers from the Kansas and Colorado re­gions duking it out in the $1,000 to win, $200 to start feature.The URSS Sprint Series will make its return to C. Ray Hall’s 81 Speedway in Wichita Kan., for the May 28 Memorial Day Sprint Car Maynia. The feature is $1,000 to win and $200 to start.On June 16 and 17, the Rebels head to Dodge City Raceway Park for the Steve King Memorial Race to pair up with the DCRP Sprint Cars. Friday’s preliminary purse is $500 to win and $125 to start. Saturday’s Championship Night features the largest payout in United Rebel Sprint Series history. The feature will pay $3,000 to win and $600 to start so look for the region’s best to show up for the coveted Steve King Trophy.Once again the URSS Month of Money kicks off July 3 with a visit to the lightning fast ½-mile Belle­ville Speedway. This show is co-sanctioned with the Sprint Series of Nebraska and features a $1,000 to win, $250 main event.The URSS rolls into the Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte for a co-sanctioned show with the Sprint Series of Nebraska on July 28. Looking to build on last year’s sold-out show, the Re­bels will be competing for $1,000 to win and $250 to start in the 25-lap feature.The Rebels head back to RPM Speedway for the Wheatshocker Nationals, which kicks off the Ellis County Fair in Hays, Kan., July 15 and 16. Last year, Brian Herbert took the title by sweep­ing both nights of the event and claiming the “Rocky Mountain Grill” trophy provided by S&W Sup­ply of Hays. Saturday’s preliminary night payout is $500 to win/ and $125 to start, with Sunday’s Championship night feature paying $2,000 to win and $200 to start.The Wheatshocker Nationals are always one of the most attended races of the season, with rac­ers from across the Midwest to compete for the Title.On July 29, the Rebels return to Colorado Motor Sports Park for the second national event of the season. Drivers from the Kansas and Colorado regions will again be racing for bragging rights and the $1,000 to win, $200 to start purse.URSS Rebels return to Belleville as part of the Aug. 5 Belleville Midget Nationals. Drivers from across the Midwest will battle it out for the $2,000 to win, $300 to start purse.On Aug. 19 and 20, the Rebels return to their home in Oberlin, Kan., for a two-day show with Fri­day’s preliminary night featuring a $500 to win/$125 to start purse and Saturday’s championship night featuring a $1,000 to win, $200 to start purse.On Sept. 16, the URSS Rebels roll into Dodge City Raceway Park for the Jerry Soderberg Memo­rial. This will be the Championship night as the Rebels pair up with DCRP Sprint Cars to battle it out in the $1,000 to win, $200 to start event.If previous years are a yardstick to measure the competition, look for the 2017 Myers Racing En­gines URSS National Points Series to be a barn burner. The Midwest’s best 305 Sprint Car racers al­ways put on a spectacular show for the fans each and every night in the stands each and every year.The series website is www.unitedrebelsprintseries.com.last_img read more

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Linfield ease to victory

first_img Hogni Madsen and Ari Ellingsgaard came closest for the hosts, who face an uphill battle to overturn the deficit at Windsor Park in seven days’ time. Linfield edged out Faroese opposition in the form of B36 Torshavn during their bid to qualify for last season’s Champions League, only to fall foul of AEL Limassol in the second round. Linfield will take a two-goal advantage back to Belfast after beating IF Fuglafjordur 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League first-round qualifying tie. The Northern Irish club toiled for 68 minutes on the Faroe Islands before debutant Andy Waterworth – a recent signing from Glentoran – broke the deadlock. The previously resilient Fuglafjordur side were rocked and conceded again six minutes later as Waterworth’s replacement Philip Lowry found the back of the net. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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CDC: The Benjamin School Students Exposed to a Chinese Student Being Tested for Coronavirus

first_imgThe Benjamin School is taking precautions after 30 high school students and three teachers attending a Yale Model United Nations in Connecticut may have been exposed to a student from China who is being tested for coronavirus. The students must stay away from the Palm Beach Gardens campus at least until test results come back from the CDC. Until then affected students and chaperones will stay home.The North Palm Beach Campus is for the lower and middle schools, which did not have students at the event, which began Thursday.The Benjamin School said 1,800 delegates from over 40 countries from around the world were alerted Saturday by Yale that an unidentified student became ill.The student, whose location in China wasn’t released, was quarantined and tested positive for influenza. The student also was tested for 2019-nCoV, also known as coronavirus, which mainly has been concentrated in mainland China. The Sunday sessions at Yale, including closing ceremony, were canceled and Benjamin students returned home that evening.Patients with the coronavirus typically suffer pneumonia-like symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms show up two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the CDC.People who may have had contact with a person confirmed with the disease should closely monitor health for for 14 days, the agency said.The CDC has confirmed five cases of the virus in the United States: two in California, and one each in Arizona, Illinois and Washington state.The Benjamin School said it is monitoring the “students” health as our top priority,” according to a school news release.The State Department is encouraging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China and to not travel to the Hubei province.The only deaths have occurred in mainland China with 100 reported. Also, there are 2,714 confirmed cases there.last_img read more

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Summer Fun

first_img admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Sign-up has begun for Camp Harbor House Sports Camps. Space is limited. There is an extended all-day camp as well. During this extended camp, kids will be playing games and going swimming and just having summer fun. Registration forms can be downloaded at harborhousemdi.org. If you fill out your registration form you can mail it or drop it off at the Harbor House business office.For more sports stories, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Latest Posts This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all)last_img read more

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