Universities to study cutting train life cycle costs

first_imgUK: Three projects to investigate ways of reducing whole-life rolling stock costs have been approved by the Rail Research UK Association, and £100 000 of funding has been awarded by safety and standards body RSSB. Funding has also been awarded for a studentship co-funded by government research agency EPSRC and RSSB.The projects will study: Economic Incentives for Innovation, a comparative study of the rail and aviation industries: University of Leeds, Loughborough University and Imperial College London; Design for Control of Railway Vehicles: University of Salford and Loughborough University; Commonality and Standardisation of Processes for Cost-Effective Rolling Stock: Newcastle University, Imperial College London, London Underground, Tata Steel, ScotRail and Alstom; Enabling the development of lightweight railway bogies through the use of novel technologies to control fatigue life: University of Huddersfield. RRUKA was established in 2010 with the aim of focusing academic research towards real-world problems, and providing the rail industry with a better understanding of what universities can offer. ‘RRUKA works to bring together the rail industry and the universities to facilitate research that can make a real difference to the industry’, said Colin Dennis, RSSB’s Director of Policy Research & Risk. ‘RSSB is pleased to be able to provide seed-corn funding for some fundamental research addressing the issue of cost, which is of vital importance to so many parts of the industry and passengers.’last_img read more

Progress Rail buys fuel injection system supplier

first_imgUSA: Progress Rail Services has acquired Haynes Corp, which manufactures precision diesel fuel injection systems for heavy duty engines. Products includes injection pumps, injector assembles, nozzles, delivery valves, plungers, barrels and electronic injectors. Haynes also undertakes contract manufacturing.‘This acquisition is a good strategic fit to expand our offering of locomotive OEM service parts, as Haynes Corp focuses on high quality, innovative solutions that help meet and exceed EPA expectations for emissions while generating fuel savings’, said Progress Rail President & CEO Billy Ainsworth on October 5.last_img read more

Transport Summit MSP Calls for Significant Investment in Road and Rail Links to Central…

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe MSP behind the local Transport Summit has made the case for significant investment to develop faster road and rail links to the central belt.The calls come as part of Joan McAlpine’s submission to the National Transport Strategy – which will ultimately dictate transport priorities across the whole of Scotland.Ms McAlpine – whose election campaign led to the summit – says that significant investment in the A75, A701 and A709, as well as electrification of the Nith Valley line, will help encourage more people to visit, live and work in the region.The Dumfrieshire MSP is also calling for  the re-opening of rural stations.The submission has been determined by listening to the views of constituents across the region.Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:“It is clear that Dumfries and Galloway needs better transport links to boost economic activity and enhance the quality of life for people who live here – and so it is important that we set some long term priorities.“The three major areas I believe will bring the greatest economic benefit are connecting Dumfries with faster rail links to Glasgow and Edinburgh – connecting the region with faster road links to the motorway and further improvements to the A75 with a view to dualling where viable.“I have also made the case for the reopening of stations at Beattock, Langholm and Thornhill as these communities have all come to me and made a compelling case.“It is all very well politicians calling generally for more investment in infrastructure, but in order to make that happen you need to make the case for specified local projects to be included in the national strategy. That’s how the process works across Scotland. I hope other local stakeholders have contributed to the national strategy  in a meaningful way – that’s how we will make progress. “last_img read more

Goodwill Primary wins 10th annual CCCU Spelling Bee Competition

first_imgCiana Joseph representing Goodwill Primary School is has emerged as the winner in the 2018 Central Cooperative Credit Union Spelling Bee competition.Joseph emerged as winner after an intense extended tie breaker round with Khanye Robin of the Ebenezer SDA Primary School.Robin placed second, while third place was won by Kenele Baron representing the St. John’s Catholic Primary School.Fourth place was captured by Camille Casimir representing the Dublanc Primary School.While speaking with Dominica Vibes News after her win, Joseph stated that she is elated to have won and that her practice had paid off.“First of all I feel extremely elated that I won the spelling competition, because I practiced and practiced with my parents and teachers and my principal.  At first I was nervous but then I got comfortable and I was really happy when I was announced as the spelling bee winner,” Joseph told Vibes.The students were given forty words each to spell during the Spelling Bee Competition.The competition was held earlier today at the Dominica Public Service Union. Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsPrimary Goodwill Primary wins 10th annual CCCU Spelling Bee Competition by: – November 28, 2018 Share 351 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

New Relay Controlled Programmable Attenuators from DC to 2000 MHz

first_imgFairview Microwave has introduced a new line of relay controlled programmable attenuators that offer accurate and stable performance with very low harmonic distortion (IMD) and cover multiple RF frequency bands down to DC. The new line of relay controlled programmable attenuators consists of six models that cover broad frequency bands from DC to 2000 MHz with attenuation levels ranging from 0 to 127 dB. These attenuator designs have 6 to 8 relay bits with attenuation steps ranging from 0.25 dB to 64 dB for precise tuning capability, depending on the model. Typical performance includes low insertion loss ranging from 0.8 to 3.5 dB, input power up to 1-watt CW and attenuation accuracy of +/- 0.5 dB. Models are offered in 50 and 75 Ohm configurations and feature bidirectional performance capability for added convenience.These attenuator assemblies are available in rugged, nickel-plated brass packages with either female F-type or SMA connectors. Each relay bit has a designated RFI pin with a DC bias of +12 Vdc and 15 to 30 mA, depending on the model. All models have an operational temperature range of -20°C to +85°C, are RoHS compliant and export-rated as EAR99.They are popular for use in military and commercial satellite and ground communication systems, cable modem and cellular telephone testing, radar, telecommunications and automatic test equipment (ATE). Typical applications include signal conditioning and level control, matching impedances of sources and loads, and measuring the gain or loss of two-port devices.Fairview Microwave’s new relay controlled programmable attenuators are in stock and ready for immediate shipment with no minimum order quantity.Click here to learn more about these relay controlled programmable attenuators.last_img read more

8 persons nabbed for ‘illegal fishing’

first_imgTheir fish catch and three fishing boats were confiscated, said Miranda. Police identified them as Ramon Peralta, 30; Joe Antonio, 27; Mamerto Ga, 40; Jimmy Ga, 48; Julius Yanson, 39; Anthony Mahilum, 32; Jerry Diaz, 36 and Threseven Asoy, 19. While conducting patrol in the town’s coastal area, policemen chanced upon the suspects on Sept. 8, according to Lieutenant Ma. Rosario Miranda, officer-in-charge of the San Lorenzo police station. ILOILO – Eight individuals were arrested for alleged illegal fishing in San Lorenzo, Guimaras. The suspects were taken to the municipal police station, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

Setelah Didera Kekeringan, Warga Cape Town Kini Hadapi Masalah Pada Layanan Kereta Komuter

first_imgStasiun Metrorail di Cape Town Setelah dilanda kekeringan air akibat efek panas El Nino, warga kota kota Cape Town di Afrika Selatan kini bertambah lagi masalahnya. Persisnya puluhan ribu penumpang Metrorail yang menggunakan Jalur Tengah Cape Town, masih bertanya-tanya kapan layanan kereta api tersebut akan kembali beroperasi sejak ditangguhkan pada 8 Januari 2018 kemarin. Sedangkan penumpang di Jalur Utara justru dihadapkan dengan toilet kotor minggu ini.Baca juga: PT INKA Raih Pesanan Kereta Rel Diesel Untuk Jaringan Metro ManilaKabarPenumpang.com melansir dari laman news24.com (8/2/2018), adanya penangguhan layanan jalur kereta tersebut karena anggota United National Transport Union (UNTU) yang menolak bekerja setelah seorang satpam terbunuh. Sonja Carstens selaku humas di UNTU pada 30 Januari 2018 lalu, mengatakan bahwa serikat pekerja sudah siap melanjutkan pekerjaan mereka setelah adanaya kesepakatan dengan Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) mengenai keamanan bagi pekerja.Penumpang jalur tengah Metrorail Cape Town orasi (news24.com) Namun, layanan ini kembali ditangguhkan setelah adanya vandalisme di telepon. Bila terhitung, saat ini sudah minggu kelima atau sebulan setelah ditangguhkan tidak ada layanan kereta api berjalan dari jalur tengah tersebut.Menanggapi hal tersebut, juru bicara Metrorail, Riana Scott mengatakan, sebelum kejadian ini, jika mempertimbangkan penjualan tiket harian dan pengembalian, tiket mingguan serta tiket bulanan bisa sebanyak 48 ribu tiket yang terjual di jalur tengah tersebut pada hari kerja. Tetapi dirinya tidak bisa mengatakan kapan jalur Metrorail tersebut bisa beroperasi kembali seperti semula.Dia mengatakan, saat ini rencana pemulihan layanan multi-faceted dibutuhkan terlebih dahulu. Pemulihan ini meliputi perbaikan teknis, pemeliharaan, keamanan dan pengaturan penjadwalan operasi kereta api.“Beberapa intervensi sudah dalam proses pengadaan rantai pasokan yang harus mengikuti jalannya sesuai dengan prinsip pengadaan entitas BUMN, peraturan Departemen Keuangan dan kebijakan rantai pasokan Prasa. Perbaikan sedang berlangsung untuk daya traksi di atas, penggantian komponen kereta api seperti klip rel, mesin titik dan kotak lacak. Teknisi juga melanjutkan dengan target pengerasan aset kritis, membungkusnya di dengan lapisan baja untuk perlindungan,” ujar Scott.Karena masalah ini, beberapa pengguna kereta jalur tengah kini berpindah ke jalur lain ataupun menggunakan angkutan umum lainnya. Tak hanya itu, pada Selasa (6/2/2018) pagi, penumpang jalur utara yang akan naik metro plus atau bisa dikatakan gerbong yang lebih baik dari biasanya dikagetkan dengan toilet kotor.Toilet kotor dan bau di Metrorail jalur utara (news24.com)Tarif tiket metro plus bulanan dari Bellville ke Wynberg mengabiskan biaya R340, sementara biaya tiket metro biasa R175 per bulan. Tak hanya itu, semua penumpang yang memasuki kereta di stasiun Parow menemukan semua penumpang terjepit di pintu dan tidak ada yang berdiri di belakang. Terlihat pintu toilet terbuka dan rusak serta lalat berada di sekitar toilet kotor dan berbau busuk itu.Baca juga: Dampak Proyek Terowongan Metro, Ribuan Tikus Banjiri Jalanan di Melbourne“Apakah ini sebabnya saya membayar banyak uang untuk membeli tiket plus metro?” tanya salah seorang penumpang.Scott mendapatkan foto toilet kotor dan menjawab, “Saya sudah meminta tim pemeliharaan depot untuk diperiksa. Akan meminta tim perawatan semalam di depot untuk menilai dan mengganti gerbong atau mengunci pintu.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedUntuk Pertama Kalinya Mumbaikars Merasakan Layanan Kereta Ekonomi AC27/12/2017In “Darat”Inilah 10 Kecelakaan Kereta Terburuk di Dunia21/04/2018In “Darat”Graceful Super Express, Cikal Bakal Layanan Kereta Jarak Jauh Tokyo-London12/12/2017In “Darat”last_img read more

FIBA World Cup: D’Tigress will do well in Spain — NBBF

first_imgCol. Sam Ahmedu, a member of the Nigeria Basketball Federation Board (NBBF), on Thursday said that Nigeria could make the second round and beyond in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.Nigeria’s senior women’s national team, D’Tigress is scheduled to play in Group B with teams from Australia, Argentina and Turkey when the competition dunks off in Sept. 22.Ahmedu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the team was capable of progressing into the knockout stages and also go all the way to win going by the quality of the players.“I think we have a formidable team, it is true no African country has yet to get past the group stage but that was in the past and we cannot continue to leave in the past.“The array of players we have are just phenomenon, they play in top leagues in Europe and other parts of the world and can’t be intimidated anymore.“We have seen in their preparations that they are working hard ahead of the competition which is the mother of events in the year and a place for them to compete with the best.“They know also what it takes because they meet with these players in their various leagues they play in so there is no cause for alarm,’’ Ahmedu told journalists.Similarly, Franca Ukwoji, an ex-international backed the team to do well in Spain going by the quality of its.“I think we have great girls that can make us proud, I have seen them train and also watched their friendly match against the Raptors of Lagos.“They are a hardworking team but should not play any individual or selfish basketball but stick together like a team.“Teamwork is very important, for any team to be successful they just have to play for each other and gel together.“It will be a great thing if Nigeria get past the group stage with the arrays of talents that abound in the team,’’ Ukwoji said.In the same vein, Sarah Imovbioh, who plays in the forward position, told journalists that the team was unfazed with the challenges coming from other teams in the group.“We have a very good team; we work very hard and are confident of going far because this is our goal.“We want to do this for ourselves and our country because we know that our basketball has truly come of age, we are no more pushovers.“This is why we prepare so hard and very determined to shine in Spain,’’ Imovbioh said.Nigeria is ranked 34 in the world and will work their socks off to overcome Australia, Argentina ranked number four and 15 respectively.Newsmen reports that in 2014, the U.S. won the World Cup, while Nigeria placed 13th.last_img read more

KSAFA rejects JFF proposal

first_imgKINGSTON AND St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) general secretary, Dwayne Dillon, confirmed that the organisation has rejected a Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) designed football restructuring proposal, citing it as “impractical”. The federation recently sent documentation to the respective associations to discuss and evaluate. The proposal includes increasing the teams in the Premier League from 12 to 14, adding a second-tier professional league with 16 teams, with one from each parish to kick-start the competition in the 2020-2021 season, and reducing the number of clubs in the island by over 50 per cent. Dillon, who accused the federation of playing politics, demanded that the island’s football authority complete their own reforms, as mandated by Concacaf, before trying to implement their ideas domestically. “There is a feeling of disrespect, they (JFF) send a document on Saturday and want you meet them Tuesday and make a decision in a week. This mad rush the clubs don’t understand and it’s major cause for concern,” said Dillon. “But the clubs have rejected it (document) in its current form unanimously. It’s not workable, it’s filled with flaws and is not a representative solution to the problems we have.” The administrator noted that KSAFA is, however, willing to work with the JFF to make adjustments. “We are actually putting forward our own proposal, which we will send out after we meet with them,” he said. “If we try to implement some things that won’t work, it’s the clubs that will face the brunt of it. When they (JFF) cannot get sponsorship and cannot run their leagues, the clubs will return to their parish and we (parish FAs) will have to adjust and resolve the issue. So they need to show us the money,” he said. He also argued that the urgency with which the federation is trying to implement this recently drafted document is centred around political motives. “They want to do everything one time. Why, because they are restructuring and trying to set up themselves. The new restructure gives professional football organisations a say, and the only professional league we have is the Premier League and the Premier League has seven KSAFA clubs, so naturally KSAFA will have greater representation. So in order to ensure that this is dysfunctional, they come up with this system that gives everybody (Parish) a second-tier team and call it professional. So they would dilute the influence they think KSAFA have. “The JFF is going through a major restructuring right now and it is being done in secret. But the JFF restructure must come before any football restructuring in the country. So we need to know what is happening and they must not force any restructuring on us,” Dillon added. Efforts to get comments from Gregory Daley, president of the Western Confederation and Patrick Malcolm, president of the South Central Confederation, as well as representatives from the Eastern Confederation were unsuccessful.last_img read more

Wollacott joins the Green Army

first_imgThe shot-stopper joins Mark Cooper’s side for the 2019/20 campaign – with City having a recall option in January – and will now benefit from regular League Two game time.Wollacott has risen through the Academy ranks and developed from temporary spells at the likes of Bath City, Truro City and Gloucester City.On returning to BS3, Wollacott was included in Lee Johnson’s 18-man squad on three occasions last term.The 22-year-old travelled with the first-team squad for the club’s 2019/20 pre-season training camp in Florida and was named on the bench for the season opener against Leeds United.Wollacott put pen to paper on a new two-year contract at Ashton Gate earlier this summer, with the option of a further 12 months.He will now link up with fellow City loanee James Morton at The New Lawn, who made his Rovers debut at the weekend.last_img read more