From MEMA Industry News The Kettering/GMI Alumni Association will recognize Neil De Koker, president and CEO, OESA, and Bob Oswald, former chairman, president and CEO, Robert Bosch Corp., and a founding member of the OESA Board of Directors, as Distinguished Alumnus at the Alumni Awards Dinner & Ceremony on Oct. 16 at The Fairlane Club, Dearborn, Mich. The Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients are honored for specific and exceptional career achievements. Click here for event details. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
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Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering is to provide mooring and risk management support to the European Union’s OPERA (Open Sea Operating Experience to Reduce Wave Energy Cost) project.Global Maritime is part of a 12-member consortium led by TECNALIA for the three-and-a-half-year program with the objective being to progress offshore wave energy development, reduce costs, and ‘de-risk’ new technologies.As part of the project, Global Maritime will be responsible for providing mooring and risk management support to the 42 meter-tall spar type, wave energy converter (WEC) due to be operational in August 2016. The WEC will be based in the Bay of Biscay up to two nautical miles offshore in 85 meters of water.David Sutton, CEO of Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, said: “Wave and tidal energy is a tremendously important element of the future energy mix with the World Energy Council estimating that up to 10% of worldwide electricity demand could be met by harvesting ocean energy. And yet today, wave energy costs remain high compared to conventional forms of energy.”“That’s why OPERA is such a ground-breaking project and why Global Maritime is delighted to be involved in the mooring and risk management element. For the first time, the wave energy industry will be able to access high quality, open-sea operating data, see some of the latest mooring and other technology innovations tested offshore, and look forward to long-term cost reductions of up to 50%.”Inside the WEC is an oscillating water column (OWC) that forces air through a turbine that in turn generates electricity. The WEC has been developed by OCEANTEC and will use a novel shared mooring arrangement consisting of conventional tethers. The shared mooring system is designed to reduce the overall amount of mooring lines, share anchors and reduce costs. Global Maritime will help ensure that the mooring system is robust, delivering telemetry and tension data; and carry out operational simulations, if required.As the project continues into phase two in August 2017, Global Maritime will then help support the testing and integrating of further cost reducing innovations into the WEC. These include an elastomeric mooring tether, developed by the University of Exeter and which will reduce peak loads at mooring and hull connections. This should improve structural survivability and reduce mooring line strength requirements and costs.
Shadley Schroeders show, called Reborn, will be held at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on Saturday November 12. In a bid to keep “old school songs” alive, Crawford resident Shadley Schroeder has put together a show called Reborn, which will premiere at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on Saturday November 12.Mr Schroeder, who is being supported by a strong group of artists, said the title of the show was his way of bringing back the 1980s Motown music genre.“A lot of youngsters forgot about these songs. I remember listening to songs from the Manhattans, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Peaches and Herb, Jonathan Butler, and Ricardo Groenewald, among others. I grew up listening to these songs while my mother cooked food on a Sunday morning, with the smell of the nice spices coming from the kitchen. Other memories these kinds of songs trigger, is when our family made their way to the beach, with home-made grilled chicken and yellow rice… The lyrics of these songs have meanings to a lot of us. This is what inspired me to put together a show like Reborn,” Mr Schroeder said.Among the artists that will support him, are Kashiefa Blaauw, Sumaya Hendricks, Luqmaan Vardien, Georgie, Yazeed and Ruth. Reborn will also have a live band.This is the 24-year-old’s second production. His first one, called Just a Simple Cape Flats Boy, enjoyed a successful run in 2014.Mr Schroeder has a full-time job, but says his heart lies in the entertainment industry.He is no stranger when it comes to performing. Since a little boy, he has been involved with variety shows, Malay choirs and minstrel carnivals. He also featured in the movie, Four Corners, and David Kramer’s Blood Brothers.And although there are many challenges when it comes to putting a show together, Mr Schroeder said he takes it as learning curves to prepare for better shows. He is already planning another show for next year, he announced proudly.For tickets to Reborn, on Saturday November 12, at 8pm, at R100 each, call 021 697 1086 or 062 373 0257.
Yorkshire Bank has signalled that confidence is returning to UK legal lenders by increasing the number of law firms in its portfolio and completing 100 new deals this year.The latest to secure funding is north-west firm MLP Solicitors, which received £640,000 to progress with expansion plans.The perceived stability of the legal sector has suffered in recent years, with the downturn followed by a series of high-profile failures leaving many creditors out of pocket.However, a spokesman for Yorkshire Bank, part of the National Australia Group, said the lender is increasingly attracted to law firms. ‘As the economy continues to recover, there are more opportunities for growth created in the sector,’ he said.‘Firms with growth ambitions are now in a better position to move forward with those plans – a clear sign that confidence is building within professional services. The bank remains focused on supporting these firms and investing in their growth ambitions.’Sue Carter, head of professional services at Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks, indicated last year that the bank was willing to lend to law firms if they could prove they were financially viable. ‘You must be able to robustly measure performance, both in terms of financial and non-financial aspects,’ she told the Gazette.The deal to invest in MLP Solicitors, a 25-year-old commercial firm, was made through the bank’s business and private banking centre in Manchester.The firm, which employs 30 people and has turnover of £1.8m, plans to increase headcount by 15% in the next year.Stephen Attree, managing director, said: ‘We are currently looking to increase our footprint in the north-west, employing more staff and increasing our turnover as we continue to help regional businesses grow by getting the right legal structures in place.’
USA: A hydrogen-powered shunting locomotive now being assembled will serve as a testbed for reducing diesel fuel use by North America’s railroads. David Lustig reports from Topeka.,Taking shape in the BNSF Railway workshop at Topeka, Kansas, is an experimental shunting locomotive powered by hydrogen fuel cells. BNSF believes that fuel cell technology offers the potential to reduce air pollution as well as preparing the way for a future locomotive fleet that is not dependent on oil.‘While it’s not a proven technology and the project is still in its infancy, we believe investments like the fuel cell switching locomotive are important for the advancement of new technology’, explains Craig Hill, BNSF’s Vice-President of Mechanical & Value Engineering.BNSF estimates its diesel locomotive fleet burns more than 15 million litres a day, about 2% of all US diesel fuel usage. In its third-quarter results for 2008, the railroad said diesel fuel represented 26% of its operating costs. This was more than $500m higher than the equivalent quarter in 2007 for a comparable level of consumption. The use of fuel cells in road vehicles such as buses and cars is not new, but to date there have only been a few attempts to introduce the introduce the technology to the rail sector. An experimental fuel-cell railcar is being tested in Japan, and another is expected to start test running in Denmark in 2010 (RG 1.08 p30). BNSF’s project was officially launched in January 2008, and is the first to be undertaken by a Class I railroad in North America.The railway is working with Vehicle Projects LLC, a private engineering company based in Denver which has been developing and demonstrating prototype fuel cell vehicles for various modes. Since 2003 the company has also been working on a project sponsored by the US Department of Defense to develop a 1·2 MW fuel cell locomotive. The two companies insist that the latest prototype, which is being assembled by BNSF’s mechanical department using a former Railpower Green Goat hybrid as the platform, is strictly a testbed.In simple terms, a fuel cell is an electrochemical device that combines hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity, producing water and heat as a by-product. As long as fuel is available, the fuel cell continues to generate power. Oxygen is available from the air, but the hydrogen must be supplied. BNSF envisages that the hydrogen will be generated off the vehicle using electricity, which can be drawn from a number of available sources including nuclear, wind or solar.The experimental locomotive will carry compressed hydrogen on board in tanks similar to those used on fuel-cell road vehicles. Since the fuel cells use an electro-chemical process rather than conventional combustion, it is clean (meaning no environmentally-harmful emissions), quiet and is expected to be two to three times more fuel-efficient than a standard US diesel locomotive.According to BNSF, the electricity generated by the onboard fuel cell power module will be stored in batteries or fed directly to the locomotive’s high-voltage propulsion system. DC choppers will be used to control the power to each traction motor independently, providing substantially improved adhesion compared to a conventional locomotive wheel-slip system. BNSF says the locomtoive will be rated at 2 000 hp for traction.The Railpower locomotive, which had been reduced to a shell, was delivered from Montréal to Topeka in 2007, and the various components, including the fuel cell power modules and the hydrogen storage tanks are now being installed, along with the electrical transmission and control systems. BNSF and Vehicle Products had hoped to begin testing the completed unit in 2008, but are now expecting to start operations during 2009. The loco is also expected to visit the Transportation Technology Center at Pueblo for testing by the Federal Railroad Administration.According to the President of Vehicle Projects, Arnold Miller, ‘the world burns millions of barrels of oil for energy, and the waste carbon is then emitted to the atmosphere. Because they don’t rely on oil as a fuel source, fuel cells solve these two issues’. He believes that developing proof-of-concept locomotives is an important first step toward the use of fuel cells in future rail applications. CAPTION: The prototype locomotive uses a former Green Goat diesel-battery hybrid as a platform. CAPTION: BNSF says that fuel accounts for around a quarter of its operating costs. Fuel cell technology is intended to reduce the railway’s dependency on oil in future.
USA: Chicago commuter operator Metra has issued a request for proposals for the supply of at least 200 double-deck coaches, with options for up to 200 more if funding is available. The operator has said it will accept alternatives to the gallery cars that have been used on its routes for nearly 70 years.Requirements include CCTV, LED lighting, racks for two to five bicycles and seats with arm rests and cup holders. Manufacturers have the option of proposing features such as USB ports, foot rests, tray tables and heated floors. There should be provision for wi-fi, either from new or for retrofitting at a later date. Proposals should be submitted in August, and Metra hopes to finalise a deal by the end of the year. Important factors in evaluating the proposals will include seating capacity and the most efficient passenger flow within the vehicles. ‘We are excited to open this procurement up and explore all the alternative designs that may be proposed’, said Metra CEO Jim Derwinski on March 20. ‘Safety, reliability and an improved, modern passenger experience will be important aspects to Metra in this procurement.’
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway Council have arranged some workshops across the areas to talk about issues with the school holidays, as part of a consultation process for session dates for future years.a council spokesperson stated – Due to some misconceptions, it is important to clarify what these meetings are, and are not.It is very positive that so many people are interested in the school holidays and that indicates that we were right to consult widely and openly.All will have the opportunity to respond through the questionnaire which will come out in February.The school holidays are set until session 2018/19. We set these on a 3 year cycle and we consult with staff, parents and stakeholders through parent councils, elected members and the unions. But we know that the pattern of the school year affects a lot of people and we want to find out more about what is important to the families of the 21,000 children we have in our schools and nurseries.We often receive questions or concerns from parents about school holidays and it is difficult to get a pattern that suits everyone. We know that people all have different views and different arrangements at home so we want to find out what people think.The consultations are to get a feel for the key issues –we will then send out a questionnaire to all parents and staff but what we hear at this meeting will help us set out the questions we ask.Above all, we want to be sure that the pattern of the school year helps, not hinders, the learning of children and young people and takes into account the needs of families.What we have done so far:• Spring 2018 The Local Negotiating Committee for Teachers (made up of union representatives, staff and senior management) agreed that it would be useful to find out from parents and other key stakeholders what they considered to be important when setting the future pattern of school holidays and session dates – a series of consultation workshops were set up to gather this information.• From these meetings, the teachers’ unions (LNCT) will establish the general view on the current pattern and take on board what key features are important – are our current principles still important or are there other views? The feedback will be analysed in February 2018.What will happen next:• From the feedback, an electronic questionnaire will be designed to ask specific questions on any proposals (late February – mid March)• Analysis of that survey process will inform the LNCT subgroup who will design proposals and share with non-teaching unions and parents – late March / April• Consideration of proposals and recommendations will be made by LNCT• Proposals to Children Young People & Life Long (CYPLL) Committee to consider in May 2018• Publish the holiday patterns for 2019-2022 in June 2018 In a previous press release – The Council’s Education Services is consulting on school holidays and terms for 2019/20 and 2021/22.Workshops will take place:Monday 22 January 2018 – Main Hall, Minnigaff Primary, Newton StewartThursday 25 January 2018 – Main Hall, Castle Douglas High School, Castle DouglasMonday 29 January 2018 – Main Hall, Lockerbie Academy, LockerbieThursday 1 February 2018 – Main Hall, Dumfries Academy, DumfriesThere will be two sessions at each: 1530 to 1700 [3.30 to 5pm] and 1800 to 1930 [6pm to 7.30pm)Each session will begin with a short presentation followed by a group workshop activity, concluding with a short feedback session.If you want to attend one of the sessions, email: ResourcesTeam@dumgal.gov.uk indicating your choice of consultation session if you would like to take part in.Following the consultation workshops a questionnaire will be available for stakeholders’ views to be submitted.The aim is to have the session dates agreed by May 2018.The number of days which children must attend school in each year (190) and teachers must work (195) is laid down in law. However, the shape of the school year and the pattern of holidays are for individual Councils to determine.The current pattern of school holidays in Dumfries and Galloway has been in place for a number of years. Key features of the existing arrangements, as far as possible, are:• Equal length terms, recognising inherent challenges;• Two week break in October;• Schools will be closed for the first two full weeks of April for the Spring break.• Aim to finish at end June;• Prevent fragmented holidays for pupils by building INSET against bank holidays;• Retain full weeks for teaching and, where not possible, prevent repetition of the same day of the week off, as these impact unequally on timetabled activity and part-time staff.The school holidays are set until session 2019/2020. School holidays require to be agreed with the teaching unions through the LNCT and by elected members at Children Young People & Lifelong Learning Committee. Although it may seem straightforward, there is limited flexibility available within a school year.In setting holidays for the future, we would like to ensure the proposals reflect all stakeholders’ views on what would work best. We want to be sure that the way we organise the school year is meeting the needs of all concerned – above all, we want to be sure that it HELPS, NOT HINDERS, the learning of children and young people.
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has updated its online tools for dairy farmers considering their enrollment options in the second year of the Margin Protection Program, the new federal dairy safety net included in the 2014 farm bill. A three-month sign-up period for the program, also known as MPP, opened July 1. Producers have until Sept. 30 to enroll for coverage in calendar year 2016. Producers currently covered by MPP in 2015 can elect now to make coverage changes in 2016.advertisementadvertisementTo help producers make decisions, NMPF’s dedicated website, www.futurefordairy.com, offers the following materials:A six-page brochure explaining the program and its benefits to dairy farmersA PowerPoint slide deck explaining the program in more detailFour pages of frequently asked questionsAn Excel spreadsheet with milk and feed prices, and margins, dating back to 2007An interactive calculator allowing farmers to estimate future margins based on their forecasts of feed and milk pricesThe Margin Protection Program was designed to insure against the kind of catastrophic losses that many dairy farmers experienced in 2009 and again in 2012. Instead of tying government support to milk prices, MPP allows farmers to protect against the difference between milk prices and feed costs.Dairy farmers insure their farms on a sliding scale, deciding both how much of their production to cover and the level of margin to protect. The program offers more extensive coverage for low-margin conditions than the previous programs it replaced.According to the Agriculture Department, more than half of the nation’s 45,000 dairy producers enrolled in the Margin Protection Program during the inaugural sign-up period last fall. The USDA also reported that approximately 80 percent of the nation’s milk supply enrolled in the program. Of the farms in the program, approximately 55 percent elected to pay a premium for coverage above the basic, $4 per hundredweight coverage level.NMPF was instrumental in MPP’s development and strongly encourages producers to use the program.advertisement“The Margin Protection Program is more flexible, more comprehensive and more equitable than any previous federal dairy safety net,” says Jim Mulhern, NMPF’s president and CEO. “It is risk management for the 21st century, and we strongly encourage farmers to choose a coverage plan that fits their circumstances.” PD—From National Milk Producers Federation news release
Related TopicsDamarious RandallJosh Gordon Matt Loede Sunday Browns wide out Josh Gordon had his second straight solid game since coming back to the team after his suspension from the NFL. In the first drive of the game Gordon had a big catch on the first play, and then pulled in his first touchdown in nearly four seasons to tie the game at seven.Gordon ended the day with three catches for 69 yards and a score, but according to Packers cornerback Damarious Randall, he wasn’t that impressed with the return of ‘Flash.’Randall didn’t take too kindly to a question about Gordon, and today Gordon responded on Twitter with a slam back at Randall, who was the Packers first-round pick out of Arizona State back in 2015.Randall came back with a shot at Gordon, making a comment about his past in a response tweet. 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.