Hansom: Say cheese

first_imgDoing the roundsIn its interim results last week, piling specialist Van Elle flagged up the news that NG Bailey boss David Hurcomb had joined as a non-executive in November. Perhaps Hurcomb will be able to help Van Elle get back the £1.6m the firm says it is preparing to write off following Carillion’s collapse last month. After all, Hurcomb used to work at the bust contractor, stepping down as the director responsible for its UK building business in 2009. His replacement? Richard Howson, who later became chief executive and will be having to explain the whole sorry mess to MPs next Tuesday.Missing the boatI see that the Shipping Building in west London has been sold for £29m. An art deco gem, it was designed by Wallis, Gilbert & Partners and is part of the Old Vinyl Factory redevelopment – the former EMI record pressing plant being turned into offices, homes and retail by developer U+I. It’s now fully let, which is a disappointment because I rather fancied working there. “The Ship has now sailed,” U+I’s website tells me. I am quite saddened. Given that the plant pressed Pink Floyd records among others, Wish You Were Here seems more appropriate …The right skillsRedrow has unveiled plans for a three-year housebuilding degree it is launching in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University. The course starts later this year and promises “candidates a full overview of housebuilding skills” such as housebuilding quality, business skills and project management. Given the amount of flak some in the industry have been getting recently – step forward Persimmon – I am curious to see if a planned negotiation module will include a lesson on how to trouser a huge bonus.An uplifting storyThe escalator celebrated its 125th anniversary last month and we learned about a very niche area of history. The first ever escalator was installed at Iron Pier on Coney Island in New York. Inventor Jesse Reno’s design travelled at a 25° angle and carried 75,000 passengers in its first two weeks, who no doubt marvelled at this moving staircase. I’m afraid the novelty has long worn off for me, oppressed by years of travelling on London’s underground and having to stand on the right. The other day I was warned by a sign on the side that simply using an escalator meant a “danger of death”. Which made me think that our health and safety culture has, erm, escalated somewhat over the years.So good, they named it twice Could Brookfield be about to add another site to the list of schemes it is developing in the Square Mile? One of my hacks tells me that at a recent British Council for Offices dinner, the company was overheard expressing interest in the plans for 100 Leadenhall Street, which have been designed by architect SOM. The site is owned by a Hong Kong investor, and adviser London & Oriental, which is acting on behalf of the firm, has already talked it up as “one of the last significant sites available for development in the City’s eastern cluster”. The planned 56-storey skyscraper will have a slanting glass elevation resembling the Rogers Stirk Harbour-designed Cheesegrater next door. Inevitably, it has also been given its own nickname: the rather underwhelming Cheesegrater 2.0. Jacobs Cream Crackers anyone?#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Grater goodI’ve been having a bit of a clear-out and came across this little gem. It’s a limited edition gift to mark the formal opening of the Leadenhall Building, better known as the Cheesegrater. It came in a special presentation case complete with fancy card. A mildly amusing gift, of course, and yet I fail to see any resemblance to the actual Cheesegrater now standing proudly in the City. In shape, I rather think the building resembles a wedge of Italian Parmesan rather than the kitchen appliance pictured. But perhaps “the slice of Parmesan” isn’t such a catchy name – and if the cheese in your fridge was that colour, it would certainly go in the bin. Still, at least there aren’t any bolts to fall off it.Send any juicy industry gossip to hansom@ubm.comlast_img read more

Stable half for Niedersachsen

first_imgIn the port of Brake, throughput was up 12 percent at 3.19 million tonnes compared to the first half of 2013, with a positive performance in the wind energy segment with approximately 450,000 freight tonnes of cargo. In Cuxhaven, whilst overall throughput was down 6 percent at 1.27 million tonnes, compared to the first half of 2013, the handling of general cargo was up 19 percent at 524,055 tonnes in the first half of 2014, with components for offshore wind energy developing positively. Nordenham also saw a decline in cargo throughput although the port notes that new business areas, such as submarine cables, offshore components and other project cargoes leaves it hopeful for the future. In Stade approximately 2.6 million tonnes of cargoes were handled in the first half of 2014, with growth in the shipments of wind energy blades – 3,129 tonnes in the first half of 2014, compared to 1,144 tonnes for the first half of 2013. Inke Onnen-Luebben, managing director of Seaports of Niedersachsen said: “In key business areas such as the handling of automobiles, agricultural products and project cargoes such as wind energy components, we have seen very positive developments in the first half. For the second half of the year, we are optimistic and assume that we achieve a balanced result on the previous year.”  www.seaports.delast_img read more

Safety first

first_imgJustin Sullivan, Patrick Ryan, Jon-Jon Emary, Volunteer Wildfire ServicesThere is a saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, but is a picture worth a life?These days it seems everyone is looking to express themselves and their view of the world via social media posts. While this is part of our modern world, the competition to achieve more likes or share a dramatic image appears to be leading to an increase in reckless behaviour during emergency incidents.Often, by people who don’t have a full understanding of how dangerous a situation, such as a wildfire, can be, until too late.The very real chance that members of the public might be injured or killed by placing themselves into these dangerous situations is of grave concern. The support that emergency organisations get from the public is fantastic and tremendously valued. However, we urge that people recognise the very real danger they can face when placing themselves close to a wildfire.Firefighters wear protective clothing in order to be able to work as closely as they do to the flames, but at times even this is not enough to protect them from the full impact of the heat. Wildfires can move incredibly quickly, and this is especially true when driven by winds or moving up slope.The area that a wildfire has burned through is still not safe to enter even after the flames have gone. There are other hazards that still exist there such white ash pits. These are pits filled with super-heated ash from burned out root systems. They are hard to spot so can easily be stepped on by someone thinking they are on solid ground. The result of falling into one of these pits would be severe burns and injuries.Other hazards in the burned areas after a wildfire has moved through are falling trees and branches from trees that have become unstable owing to the surrounding vegetation or root systems being burned away. Rockfalls are also common in the mountains after a wildfire again, this is due to the lack of vegetation and possibly also by the action of firefighting resources dropping water or working on slopes.Please do continue to support firefighting organisations, but please do so from a safe distance, and let us not have to worry about you, while we are worrying about the fire.For more information on how you can support us, please visit our website vws.org.zalast_img read more

Greenbrier announces alliance with Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance

first_imgUSA: The Greenbrier Companies announced an ‘alliance’ with Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance on May 22, saying this would combine Greenbrier Leasing Co’s expertise in wagon leasing and management with MUL’s experience of asset finance.MUL plans to acquire a $1bn portfolio of new and used wagons in the coming years, and expects to have secured vehicles worth more than $100m by the end of August. Greenbrier will provide management services for these vehicles. Greenbrier said the alliance builds on its long-standing commercial and financial relationships with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group affiliates, and is consistent with Greenbrier’s strategy to reduce the amount of long-term capital invested in its leasing business while driving more volume through lease underwriting, syndication and asset management. This has grown from less than $100m in underwriting and syndication volume in 2011 to a projected total transaction volume of approximately $425m in 2014, and its goal is to double its aggregate annual transaction volume to $1bn. ‘Our leasing and management services businesses continue to innovate and grow their offerings to serve a broad range of customers including leasing companies, shippers, railroads, investors and financial institutions’, said Greenbrier Chairman & CEO William A Furman. ‘Currently, the scope of our management services activity extends to almost 234 000 railcars. Our commitment to increasing our manufacturing capacity and expanding our range of products enables us to continue to serve those customers which purchase equipment directly, while expanding and diversifying our market reach through our partner network.’ Greenbrier received orders for 7 000 wagons worth more than $700m in April and May. These included 1 700 intermodal wagons, 2 500 small cube covered hoppers, 2 300 tank wagons and 400 wagons for the automotive industry.last_img read more

Play Digicel text to win game to meet reggae song star Tarrus Riley

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 65 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Play Digicel text to win game to meet reggae song star Tarrus Riley by: – October 8, 2012 Taurrus Riley. Photo credit: kenyan-post.comMonday October 8, 2012 Digicel Dominica Limited, headline sponsor of the annual World Creole Music Festival this year celebrates ‘Sweet Sixteen’ with an exciting and fun text to win promotion to meet with Tarrus Riley up close. Every month, Digicel customers look forward to winning great prizes in our monthly text to win promotions. During the month of October surrounding the spectacular World Creole Music Festival event Digicel’s prepaid and postpaid customers will text the word “Meet” to 7171 for a chance to meet the Jamaican Reggae artists Tarrus Riley up close at Fort Young Hotel on Saturday 27th October. In addition, to meeting the star, each winner will receive WCMF complimentary tickets, $100 FREE credit and gift packs from Digicel. “The promotion is simple, exciting and very rewarding! The offer applies to all Digicel customers, so go ahead simply text the word “Meet” to 7171 for your chance to be part of a glorious and memorable time with Tarrus Riley. Every week 3 lucky winners will be chosen to be part of this extravagant meet and greet event on October 27th, said Sales & Marketing Manager, Nathalie Walsh. Mrs Walsh, continued to encourage Digicel customers to embrace and support Dominica’s culture and she looks forward to see thousands of Dominicans both home and abroad and visitors alike at this year’s 16th annual World Creole Music Festival. Press releaselast_img read more

Integrated Test Solution for 802.11ad Accelerates Device Validation

first_imgKeysight has partnered with leading 802.11ad chipset designers to create the control software for this chipset. These test automation tools shorten the design validation phase and increase early manufacturing throughput.Over-the-air test is critical to bring millimeter wave technologies to market. Measurements are no longer made with a cable connected to an RF connector. The flexibility of the E7760A and M1650A solution in making Over-the-air RF and IF measurements in an integrated form factor makes it an excellent choice for designers and a key enabler of the 60 GHz wireless device ecosystem. Embedded software that runs all required 802.11ad tests, allowing users to quickly create and analyze signals on a single screen A vector signal generator and vector signal analyzer to validate device IF performance Connectivity to remote M1650A mmWave transceivers with an RF cable for over-the-air testing Fully calibrated test capability near the device without the need for external calibration equipment The ability to connect up to six M1650A’s to one E7760A to validate beam forming capability or maximize throughput by testing multiple devices in a single setup Keysight Technologies has introduced a solution for testing 802.11ad devices. The flexible and compact E7760A wideband transceiver is an integrated test solution that supports the IEEE 802.11ad wireless standard. This solution was on display at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year.Customers are looking for millimeter wave over-the-air solutions with good performance to bring 60 GHz applications to market. The E7760A and M1650A make a compact solution that addresses the comprehensive set of 802.11ad standard requirements and delivers the required performance metrics. With chipset control, this solution is ideally suited for design validation and manufacturing of 60 GHz chipsets, modules and devices.The E7760A test solution includes:last_img read more

mm-Wave Coaxial Cable Solution Crosses the 145 GHz Barrier

first_imgAt IMS 2019, Junkosha launched its new mmWave cabling solution that goes beyond the 145 GHz barrier. In a 5G world, both humans and devices will require wireless connectivity, such as Internet of Things (IoT) sensors throughout smart buildings and cities, alongside connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) on smart highways. As the move towards 5G and beyond accelerates towards a state of reality, so the need for advanced phase stable interconnects that enable higher frequencies to be reached increases in tandem.This increased capacity for 5G networks calls for both an amplification of, and more efficient use of, the available frequency spectrum through the application of innovative technologies. Launched at the IMS event in Boston, Junkosha’s MWX004 interconnect solution provides Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) manufacturers with the capability to test very high frequency networks that are at the heart of tomorrow’s highly sophisticated systems. It is also designed for applications including LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) based systems such as CAVs.With this latest mmWave interconnect solution, Junkosha is meeting the needs of customer groups who are moving towards upgrading their equipment to contend with the higher frequencies demanded by a 5G enabled world and beyond. Featuring characteristics including advanced phase stability, a high performing dielectric material and a high flex life thanks to the company’s precision engineered expanded-PTFE tape wrapping technology.The use of mmWave frequencies in 5G systems are essential to enable higher data rates and the transfer of large amounts of data from systems such as Autonomous Vehicles and other machine-to-machine devices. As a result, major telecommunications service providers are specifying components required for 5G networks, including highly sophisticated cabling interconnect solutions that endure at the highest frequency levels.Junkosha is showcasing the product at the IMS event in Boston in its Booth #158 from June 4-6. To view more product launches and updates from the event, follow everything RF’s live coverage here.Click here to know more about Junkosha’s wider precision engineered MWX range.last_img read more

Qatar di Blokade Negara-Negara Teluk, Bagaimana Nasib Qatar Airways?

first_imgAliansi negara-negara di Timur Tengah, yakni Arab Saudi, Mesir, Bahrain, Yaman, dan Uni Emirat Arab pada Senin kemarin (5/6/2017) secara mendadak telah memutuskan hubungan diplomatik dengan Qatar. Buntut pemutusan hubungan diplomatik didasarkan pada tuduhan Qatar sebagai pendukung dan penyandang dana bagi kelompok teroris, seperti ISIS, Al Qaida dan Ikhwanul Muslimin. Meski langsung mendapat bantahan dari Pemerintah Qatar, tak pelak pemutusan hubungan diplomatik pada Qatar, terlebih atas alasan terorisme memicu kecemasan bagi banyak penumpang internasional.Baca juga: Tak Lagi Gunakan Airbus A380, Qatar Airways Ganti Armada Tujuan AtlantaSeperti halnya Uni Emirat Arab yang menjadi hub transit penerbangan internasional di Abu Dhabi, maka Qatar pun punya status yang sama, Qatar juga punya Hamad International Airport di Doha, bandara yang masuk sebagai bandara termegah di dunia ini juga dikenal sebagai hub transit banyak maskapai internasional, terutama dari wilayah Eropa dan Asia, begitu pula sebaliknya. Ditambah lagi Qatar punya maskapai raksasa, Qatar Airways yang melayani puluhan rute strategis internasional di lima benua. Setiap pemutusan hubugan diplomatik dipastikan akan membawa dampak pada banyak hal, tak terkecuali pada sektor transportasi. Dalam waktu singkat, reaksi yang terasa adalah maskapai UEA Etihad Airways, Emirates dan Flydubai mengatakan mereka akan menghentikan semua penerbangan ke dan dari ibu kota Qatar, Doha mulai Selasa ini (6/6/2017).Baca juga: Qatar Airways dan Beberapa Maskapai Timur Tengah Sewakan Laptop Pada PenumpangTiga negara Teluk mengatakan mereka menutup wilayah udara mereka dari penerbangan Qatar Airways. Penutupan ruang udara ini yang diyakini langsung berdampak buruk, pasalnya lintasan terbang pesawat komersial dari Qatar menuju beragam destinasi akan melintasi ruang udara dari negara-negara pemutus hubungan diplomatik tersebut. Qatar Airways sendiri adalah maskapai kelas dunia yang mengoperasikan armada jet berbadan lebar paling canggih di dunia, mulai dari Airbus A380 dan Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Dari segi peringkat, Skytrax dalam penghargaan World Airline Awards 2017 menobatkan Qatar Airways sebagai maskapai kedua terbaik di dunia, diurutan pertama adalah Emirates, dan Garuda Indonesia ada diurutan ke-11.Dasar dari ketegangan Qatar dengan sejumlah negara di Timur Tengah muncul setelah kantor berita Qatar menyebut Emir Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamid al-Thani meminta negara-negara Teluk bekerja sama dengan Iran, yang menjadi negara musuh nomer satu diantara aliasi negara-negara Teluk. Ironisnya Pemerintah Qatar menyebut laporan itu muncul karena kantor berita mereka diretas, tapi hal itu tak membuat Arab Saudi dan negara-negara Teluk lain melunak. Qatar yang menjadi tuan rumah Piala Dunia Sepak Bola tahun 2022 menyatakan pihaknya adalah korban dari konspirasi.Dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari TheGuardian.com (6/6/2017), dampak secara sosial langsung dirasakan warga akibat pemutusan hubungan diplomatik dan blokade dari negara-negara Teluk, yang langsung terasa adalah panic buying warga Qatar untuk membeli kebutuhan pangan, mengingat 40 persen jalur pasokan pangan ke Qatar akan terdampak dari blokade negara-negara Teluk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

Marum happy with draws and finals format

first_imgRugby League SP Hunters coach Michael Marum is happy with the draws and the top eight final formats. “The first six rounds will see us (SP Hunters) having two consecutive home games and three straight on the road. After that we will have either one or two consecutive home games with one away game in between so yes I am happy with the draw,” Marum said. “I am also happy with the eight team final format.” The SP PNG Hunters will play 12 games of the 23 rounds at home in the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season. This includes the country week round. PNG Rugby Football League chief executive officer Reatau Rau said the 2019 Intrust Super Cup draws released yesterday was endorsed at the last CEOs meeting in Brisbane last month. “We have 12 games at home including the Round 18 (July 20-21) Country Week round here in PNG,” Rau said. “The venue for next year’s Country week game against Easts Tigers should be finalised by May” he said. The 14 team Intrust Super Cup 2019 competition kicks off on the weekend of March 9 and 10 with the SP Hunters playing Tweed Heads Seagulls away in Piggabeen Sports Complex in Brisbane. “The 1st SP Hunters home game at NFS is on the following Sunday March 17 against Northern Pride,” Rau said. “The week after that on March 24 is another home game against Sunshine Coast Falcons,” he said. Rau said the annual Kokoda Cup against Burleigh Bears during the ANZAC round will be played on April 25 at Pizzey Park in Brisbane. He said the Stan Joyce Cup played for against Redcliffe Dolphins since 2014 will see the Dolphins out to retain the Cup when they host the SP Hunters at Dolphin Stadium in Round 12 on Saturday June 1. “The 2nd match will be played in Round 22 on Sunday August 25 at the NFS in Port Moresby,” Rau said. The annual Air Niugini/Kokoda Cup against Townsville Blackhawks will see two games next season. “The 1st is in Port Moresby in Round 9 on Sunday May 5 when the SP Hunters will be out to retain the Cup since its inception in 2017,” he said. The 2nd game will be played in Round 19 on Saturday August 3 at the Jack Manski oval in Townsville. Rau also revealed that the finals format has been changed from six teams to eight teams next season. “The CEOs identified this move as a priority for all clubs in 2019,” Rau said. QRL Major Competition’s manager Dave Maiden said it was shaping up to be another thrilling season. “Changing the finals format from six teams to eight will keep more fans engaged throughout the season and will add to the overall excitement and anticipation that the competition brings each week,” Maiden said. “Our clubs identified this move as a priority in 2019 and we are pleased to deliver an outcome that will assist them greatly moving forward.”last_img read more

Arrests in Liverpool after the title – Football World – England

first_imgNine people were arrested after the celebrations around Anfield Stadium on the occasion of the Liverpool title last night. Despite the constant calls of the club’s management and local authorities to the fans of the “reds” not to gather around the facility, thousands celebrated during the night.9 people were detained for violating public order, the municipality informed today.Employees of the club joined the action to clean the area around the stadium this morning. Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of Gong.bg. You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.last_img read more