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Certex, a supplier of steel wire ropes, lifting products and services to the oil, gas, industrial and renewable markets, designed and supplied the below-the-hook solution for loading the helipad using a 300-tonne capacity crane on board a barge.The hexagonal helipad, which when fully assembled measures 44 sq m, was lifted from the gas rig in two sections; the heaviest piece weighed 89 tonnes, while the smaller section weighed 35 tonnes.Certex used a MOD 110H spreader beam at an outreach of 6 m for the heavier section and a MOD 110 at 6.5 m for the smaller section. The former can lift up to 170 tonnes at 11.5 m, while the latter provides 110-tonne capacity at 14 m.The beams were combined with different rigging equipment, including wire rope slings and shackles, also supplied by Certex, for each lift.”Pad-eyes were required on the side of the end units so they could be connected to winches on the barge crane to control manoeuvring of the helideck during positioning into place,” explained Jason Griffen, technical sales at Certex. “We provided calculations in advance of the project so Modulift could weld the modifications accordingly.”The modifications were required to eliminate the use of guide ropes and the requirement for personnel to work in proximity of the loads as they were landed on the supply vessel, says Modulift. www.certex.co.uk www.modulift.com
STUDIES by Railforum Nederland suggest that it may be possible to boost capacity on the Dutch rail network by 30 to 40% over the next five years with relatively minor modifications to signalling and track layouts.NS is currently struggling to handle its growing traffic, with many passenger trains cancelled due to shortage of crews and rolling stock. Transport Minister Tineke Netelenbos fined NS Reizigers 26m guilders at the end of May, after punctuality fell to 77% of trains arriving within 3min against a target of 88%. The Railforum proposals, drawn up in association with NS Reizigers, Railned, Verkeersleiding, Holland Rail Consult and Railion Benelux, envisage improvements to key corridors linking Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Haag to Eindhoven, Arnhem and Zwolle. Work would include moving signals to shorten block lengths, adding overtaking loops and strengthening power supplies, at a cost of 600m to 750m guilders per corridor. More significantly, train operations would be ’homogenised’ to reduce the conflict between fast and slow services. Inter-city trains would each serve one or two more intermediate stations, allowing the elimination of stopping trains. Heavy freights would be split into shorter sections which run faster, freeing up further paths. Operating costs are predicted to increase by 10% for passenger traffic and fall by 5% for freight.
zoom inzoom outAUSTRIA: Proposals for a €2bn package of infrastructure enhancements to expand the capital’s S-Bahn network were unveiled by the Mayor of Wien Michael Ludwig and ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä on December 3.Ludwig pointed out that the city’s population is expected to reach 2 million by 2027, and that the number of passengers using S-Bahn services has been rising rapidly. The network is now carrying 89 million passengers a year.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outThe Second Rail Infrastructure Package is intended to follow on from the projects in the first package adopted in 2016, several of which are currently under construction. According to Matthä, the majority of the projects in the second package would be finished by 2026-27, and the remainder by the early 2030s. The start of work must await agreement over the financing, with negotiations expected to begin in 2020. The usual model sees the federal government contributing 80% and the remaining 20% coming from local authorities.By far the biggest proposal in the package is quadrupling of the 11·8 km section of ÖBB’s Südstrecke main line between Wien Meidling and Mödling, which is priced at €1·2bn, including the construction of new stations at Brunn Europaring and Tullnertalgasse. The two extra tracks would provide capacity for 12 S-Bahn services per hour in each direction.The 13·2 km Wiener Stammstrecke between Meidling and Floridsdorf would be fully modernised and equipped with ETCS Level 2, while station platforms would be extended to 220 m. This would increase capacity of the cross-city S-Bahn core from the current 700 trains per day to 900, providing for future ridership growth.The 1·9 km single line connection between Hütteldorf and Penzing would be doubled, with a new station to be built at Wien Baumgarten. This would allow S-Bahn route S45 to operate at 15 min intervals in each direction. A second reversing siding at Aspern Nord would enable similar headways to be provided on route S80, while the stabling sidings at Floridsdorf would be expanded to accommodate an extra 40 trainsets. The package also envisages the modernisation of 12 stations, including Matzleindsdorfer Platz, Handelskai, Liesing and Franz Josefs Bhf.Feasibility studies will be undertaken for capacity enhancement on a 15 km section of the Laaer Ost line between Wien Hbf, Simmering and Süßenbrunn, and for a potential extension of route S45 from Handelskai to Praterkai. Also in the early stage of planning is a second cross-city S-Bahn axis, which would connect Wien Hbf with the northwestern suburbs around Heiligenstadt; several route options are currently under consideration.Pottendorfer lineMeanwhile, ÖBB is investing €680m in upgrading the Pottendorfer line which connects Meidling with Ebenfurth and Wiener Neustadt. It expects to start routing long-distance trains to Graz, Klagenfurt and Villach over this line from 2023, freeing up capacity on the Südstrecke for more frequent suburban services. The route will be cleared for 200 km/h operation between Inzersdorf Ort and Wampersdorf and 140 km/h from there to Wiener Neustadt.On November 22 a 9·4 km section of double track was commissioned on the Pottendorfer line between Hennersdorf and Münchendorf. Work is due to start in 2020 on doubling and realignment of the 11·8 km from Münchendorf to Wampersdorf; this is due for completion by 2023, along with a new station at Ebreichsdorf.
Rhino Poaching Crisis in the Rise in South Africa South Africa sees decrease in rhino poaching South Africa has seen a decrease in rhino poaching due to intensified anti-poaching efforts, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Barbara Creecy said on Sunday.From January to June this year, the number of rhinos poached around the country stood at 318, compared with 386 during the same period last year, Creecy said in a statement issued to mark the World Rhino Day.The Kruger National Park in northern South Africa bears the brunt of rhino poaching, losing 190 rhinos in the first six months of this year, according to Creecy.The minister said the park, one of Africa’s biggest game reserves, saw a total of 1,202 incursions and poacher activities in the first six months of this year.“Although the battle to end poaching is far from over, we are proud to say that our efforts as a government, as private rhino owners, and as concerned citizens, are paying dividends as we continue to implement the Integrated Strategic Approach to the management of rhinos,” said Creecy.She pledged to redouble efforts to make sure that communities on the borders of South African parks benefit from conservation and the biodiversity economy so they are not vulnerable to recruitment by syndicated poaching operations.Creecy said South Africa has continued to battle organized crime targeting its national and private parks as demands for rhino horn increase.South Africa is home to about 85 percent of the world’s rhino population, making it the center of the poaching crisis. EnditemRelated Steady decline in South Africa’s rhino poaching menace, says minister
Share LocalNews Early detection & treatment critical to reduce blindness from glaucoma by: Dominica Vibes News – March 8, 2016 86 Views one comment Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Glaucoma patient. Photo credit: learningall.comThe significance of early detection and treatment in order to reduce blindness associated with glaucoma has been highlighted by Minister for Health and the Environment, Dr Kenneth Darroux. This as Dominica has joined in the global observance of World Glaucoma Week from Sunday 6 to Saturday 12 March 2016 under the theme ‘Prevent Blindness from Glaucoma; Get Involved!’ World Glaucoma Week is organized jointly between the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association in an effort to eliminate blindness resulting from glaucoma.Glaucoma can be described as a group of eye diseases which causes progressive optic nerve damage resulting in a gradual loss of vision. Minister for Health and the Environment Kenneth Darroux, in his address to the nation in observance of the week, stated that no effort must be spared to reduce the incidence of blindness from glaucoma and all must be involved in the early detection, diagnosis and management of glaucoma.“It is also of great importance to know that the loss of vision and blindness from glaucoma is permanent, meaning it cannot be reversed, and whilst it cannot be cured, it can definitely be controlled, making it imperative that detection, diagnosis and management be made in a timely manner”.Minister Darroux said early detection and adherence to treatment to lower the intraocular pressure is one of the main strategies needed to reduce blindness from glaucoma.“In order to maximize the effectiveness of this strategy one must target those at risk – mainly blacks over the age of 40 years, and the relatives of people already diagnosed with open angle glaucoma.”Dr Darroux highlighted several treatments and preventative measures that are available here in Dominica, geared to combat glaucoma and its effects:1. Delivery of eye services in all seven Primary Health Districts, at the Princess Margaret Hospital, the Dominica Infirmary and in the private sector to enhance affordability, availability and accessibility for screening and treatment for glaucoma; 2. Performing opportunistic screening for glaucoma for all patients seen at the eye clinics irrespective of their presenting complaints; 3. Providing some of the glaucoma medications free of charge in all primary health districts and others at cost price at the Princess Margaret Hospital; 4. Screening eye examinations by the VOSH team in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Dominica during their annual eye missions in Dominica for over 20 years and 5. Treating open angle glaucoma with Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty or SLT is an ongoing research for over a year in Dominica. Dr Darroux informed that this year the eye team during their scheduled eye clinic, will be hosting an exhibition and lecture on glaucoma at the St. Joseph health Centre on Thursday, March 10 from 9am. “In addition, there will be a number of radio talk shows, during the week, to inform the general public. We will continue to provide the resources for regular comprehensive eye care including treatment of glaucoma and of course to the further enhancement of these services when our New National Hospital is commissioned in a few years from now,” Dr Darroux informed.
ONCE a year, the best and most marvellously overpaid basketball players engage in a high-profile show of talent. Today is the start of the All-Star festivities and will climax on Monday with the most expensive practice game in the world. Without the threat of defenders, players display their God-given skills with some guys doing things that simply can’t be erased from memory. We see them get exceptionally scorching during the 3-point shootout and likewise soar and air-sit over mascots for a dunk. This year’s group are legitimate stars although the cast, as always, is a debatable issue. The West side had won the last two All-Star games with Russell Westbrook winning the MVP honors of both games. Because he’s on the second unit, Russ will do everything in his power to get a third consecutive ASG MVP and join Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal in the ASG triple MVP club.The NBA ASG is not only about pride, it is also about money. If memory serves me right, players on the winning team get $50,000 each, losers take home half of the amount. The winner of the long distance shootout gets $50,000 and the slam dunk king receives $100,000. Of course, there are other monetary considerations stipulated on their contracts dependent on their All-Star performance.Converted to Philippine peso, about P15,000 can get you a seat nearly touching the roof of Smoothie Kings Arena at New Orleans. Your favorite players will be looking like two-colored ants running around a matchbox. Of course, there are the courtside seats, the feel-and-smell section, if you’re willing to throw away close to a million pesos.The ASG is supposed to be the launch of new sneaker collections but Nike said there will be no ASG-specific releases this year. Instead, players will be wearing the latest from Nike’s Black History Month collection. It’s a bit of a surprise because sneakerheads anticipate the event for new variations of models worn by their marquee endorsers.Adidas on the other hand will be releasing new 2017 All-Star models for James Harden, Damian Lillard and Derrick Rose. Rose and Lilliard are not playing but it did not stop the brand with the three stripes to make AS variants for their signature Dame 3 and DRose 7 Primeknit. The Beard will be wearing on Monday his Harden Vol. 1 in gray with orange and purple blends.Meanwhile, Under Armour’s billion dollar investment will rock New Orleans with a new AS-related colorway. Playing on his fourth All-Star, Stephen Curry will razzle-dazzle the crowd with his new Curry 3 Brass Band model. He returns to the place where he played his first AS game. The East is playing small with 5 point guards (Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, John Wall, Kemba Walker, and Kyle Lowry) and shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, three small forwards (Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George) and three power forwards (LeBron James, Kevin Love and Paul Millsap). Love is injured but the games must go on and someone has to replace him. Joel Imbiid could be a good fit but he also has health issues. Shooting guard Bradley Beal was a favorite sub. Also considered were Kristaps Porzingis, Andre Drummond and Hassan Whiteside, if only to beef up the East frontcourt. But the league opted for a scorer and in comes Carmelo Anthony for his 10th All-Star appearance.The West is more balanced and will most likely prevail with two real centers (Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan), four power forwards (DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green), two small forwards (Gordon Hayward and Kevin Durant), two point guards (Curry and Russell Westbrook) and two shooting guards (Harden and Klay Thompson). For comparative purposes, I have my own all-time all-star lineup composed of players from the early 80s up to the present. This will beat, IMHO, any AS line-up formed. Of course, my selection is open for contradiction and that is where the fun starts.Starting backcourt for the East will be Michael Jordan and Isaiah Thomas of the Bad Boys era. The frontcourt will have Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird and LeBron. The reserves will include Charles Barkley, Moses Malone, Dennis Rodman, Kevin McHale, Allen Iverson, Ray Allen and Penny Hardaway.Four Laker greats are on my West team with Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson as backcourt starters. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Karl Malone starts up front. The second unit will have Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Garnett, Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, John Stockton and Curry. So, what is your all-time NBA All-Star selection?/PN [/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’The 2017 NBA All-Stars’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BOBBY MOTUS[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Saturday, February 18, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]
Kroos lined up for a free kick as if he was going for goal but just tapped the ball to Reus, who held it with his toe as the defenders paused. Kroos swung his right foot, curling the ball past a spinning Sebastian Larsson and over the outstretched hand of diving goalkeeper Robin Olsen.The Swedes watched the ball go in, mouths open in disbelief.The Germans ran to Kroos and erupted in emotional relief.“Happy of course. It was a tough game again today for us,” Kroos said. “We suffered. … If you don’t score an early goal and we have the chances then it’s going to be difficult until the end. It was, but now of course we’re happy because I think we also deserved the victory.”Coming off an opening loss to Mexico, Germany fell behind again when Kroos’ early mistake led to Ola Toivonen’s goal in the 32nd minute. Reus equalized in the 48th. A point for a draw would have been enough to stay alive for the knockout stage, but the Germans would have needed help on the final day.Now Germany has some control of what happens. Mexico leads Group F with six points, and Germany and Sweden both have three. Mexico faces Sweden and Germany takes on winless South Korea in the final group matches.“Of course this was a thriller, full of emotions and a rollercoaster ride right up until the final whistle,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said.Crazy as it seems, all four teams still have a chance to advance on the final day.“There’s nothing strange to get ready for that match,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. “We still have an excellent opportunity to qualify.”For 90-plus minutes, Germany looked as if it would enter the final match facing the same possible fate as Spain and Italy and potentially become the third straight defending champion to fail to reach the knockout stage. They played the final 10 minutes without Boateng.Toivonen gave Sweden the lead, but Germany controlled every aspect by playing aggressive and attacking soccer. Germany forced Sweden to play defensively for almost the entire second half and eventually the attack paid off.“Something that I did appreciate today was that we didn’t lose our nerve, we didn’t panic after going down after conceding a goal,” Loew said. “We kept a level head.”Reus scored to pull Germany even, finishing Timo Werner’s cross that was tapped by halftime substitute Mario Gomez and caused the ball to pop up perfectly for Reus to finish with his leg.Olsen made a major save by stopping Gomez’s header in the 88th minute and Julian Brandt hit the post in the 90th, but he had no chance at Kroos’ strike.“This is probably heaviest conclusion that I’ve experienced in my career,” Andersson said. (AP) Sweden’s Viktor Claesson (left) challenges Germany’s Toni Kroos during the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia on Saturday, June 23 (Sunday in Manila). AP SOCHI, Russia – The desperate world champions from Germany were seconds from losing control of their World Cup fate when Toni Kroos whispered to Marco Reus just outside Sweden’s penalty area.With the score tied in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos seemed to remind Reus of a tricky set play from training that will live in World Cup lore.Down to 10 men after Jerome Boateng was given a second yellow card, Germany rallied for a 2-1 victory over Sweden on Saturday to suddenly revive its title defense thanks to a strike from Kroos that caught the Swedes by surprise and won’t soon be forgotten in Germany.“The fact Toni Kroos put it away is just incredible,” Reus said. “He’s shown that talent on previous occasions but really in this case it was practically the very last opportunity to win this match.”
Matt Loede STRONGSVILLE, OH – The Lake Erie Monsters, the new affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, showed off their new unis today in Strongsville during their media day.Fans on hand to the open session got to see the Blue Jackets take the ice first, then hung around as the Monsters practiced after Columbus was finished.Columbus coach Todd Richards unveiled the new jerseys, a sharp new look for the Monsters who formerly were affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche.Friday is the first game for both teams, as the Blue Jackets host the New York Rangers, and the and Monster start on the road at Rochester.You can also see from our coverage of media day video interviews with Monsters Dillon Heatherington and Sonny Milano – Click HERE to see those!Here’s some pics of the new Jerseys! Click on to see more! Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 Related TopicsColumbus Blue JacketsLake Erie MonstersTodd Richards Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.
Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, led no fewer than 25 players in the team’’ camp in Asaba to the 2nd Stephen Keshi Memorial Lecture held in the Delta capital on Friday.Keshi died in June 2017 and the memorial lecture was instituted by the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers.The eagles are currently camping in Asaba ahead of the friendly match with the Warriors of Zimbabwe on Saturday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.Rohr, at the sideline of the event, lauded the qualities of late Keshi and told newsmen that he (Keshi) made a mark in Nigerian football and abroad, as a player and a coach.He expressed delight that the lecture held at a time when the Eagles were camping in Asaba ahead of the African Nations Cup tournament beginning on June 21 in Egypt, and for a friendly match with Zimbabwe in Asaba.“I commend the association of professional footballers for keeping a date with Keshi. Such association is necessary to seek the welfare of members after retirement from active play.“It is important that I bring all the players here as a mark of respect and honour to Keshi,’’ Rohr said.The Chairman, Delta Sports Commission, Tonobok Okowa, said that the lecture was to expose the younger generation to the times and achievements of Keshi, which made the state government name Asaba Township Stadium after him.He said the lecture was a pointer to the fact that all players must prepare for life after football, adding that it may be challenging to those who failed to prepare for their future.According to him, like Keshi, the footballers must be dedicated, be objective and have a clear vision of what legacies they will leave behind.“Keshi started as a footballer, became the captain of the team, and later a coach of the Super Eagles, which he played for.’’On his part, General Secretary of NANF, Austin Popo, said the occasion was to keep alive the legacies and memory of Keshi.He said that the lecture was among the promises the new leadership made after their election in 2018 to reposition the players’ union to truly represent and promote players’ right and interest in Africa and the world.“The annual Stephen Keshi memorial lecture and the youth football tournament is one of such programmes.“We are already discussing plans on how both bodies can make the second edition of the Stephen Keshi U-17 and U-21 national football tournament a success, with Delta government providing support,’’ he said.Meanwhile, the Zimbabwean team comprising 25 players and eight technical crew arrived at the Hampton Hotel, Asaba, on Friday at about 11.30 am for the Saturday encounter.According to the Zimbabwean Coach, Sunday Chidzambwa, the team is here to play and learn from the more experienced Nigerian Super Eagles.The theme of the memorial lecture is “Life after Football: What Does the Country Owe Our Ex-Internationals?”