Quiet please, noise testing

first_imgAERODYNAMIC testing of noise generated by shinkansen trains can now be undertaken in Japan Railway Technical Research Institute’s new wind tunnel at Maihara-cho. Work has already been carried out on JR West’s Series 500, and testing of components such as pantographs has proved particularly useful.Measuring the noise generated by air flow over a train or component profile is made possible by an extremely low level of noise in the anechoic test chamber, measuring 22m x 20m x 13 m high and lined with sound-absorbent material. Background noise is 75dB(A) at a wind velocity of 300 km/h.Measurement of aero-acoustic noise takes place with the wind tunnel in its open configuration; an 8m portion of the 228m circuit is open to the chamber where a sound level meter, linear array microphone and parabola microphone are deployed. A maximum wind velocity of 400 km/h is generated by a 5m diameter fan with 12 moving and 17 stator blades, which rotates at up to 550rev/min and is powered by a 7MW three-phase motor.With the wind tunnel in enclosed configuration, aerodynamic testing is undertaken at wind speeds of up to 300 km/h. To simulate air flows between moving vehicles and the ground, models are suspended over a belt measuring 6m x 2·7m which moves at up to 60m/s. Flow visualisation is achieved by means of a smoke generator, specialised lighting and video monitoring.Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan, Reader Enquiry Form Number 141CAPTION: The anechoic test chamber at Maihara-cho, with the wind tunnel in the open position for aero-acoustic noise testing. Models are placed on a raised platform in front of the smaller hood (right) Photo: RTRIlast_img read more

Sapura nets $315M in new contracts

first_imgMalaysia’s Sapura Energy has recently secured five new contracts worth RM1.3 billion, or $315 million, in total. Apart from the usual work in the space of offshore oil and gas, the company has won a deal with the Australian Navy as well as its first contract in Egypt.In Egypt, Sapura Offshore has won a sub-contract from Pan Marine Petroleum Services Company, to install six new subsea pipelines in the Gulf of Suez for the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO), a joint venture between BP plc and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, the National Oil Company of Egypt.Works will be carried out in various locations in the Morgan field, with an expected total pipelay of approximately 57 kilometers.Also, Sapura’s drilling subsidiary Sapura Drilling Asia been awarded two new contracts. The first one is with ExxonMobil in Malaysia and is for the provision of its tender assist drilling rig, Sapura T-9 over a three year period at the Tabu field, offshore Malaysia.Sapura Drilling has also been awarded a contract extension by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd for the provision of semi-tender assisted drilling rig, Sapura Berani. The contract entails the drilling of nine wells at the Sumandak, Erb West and Dulang facilities, offshore Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.Pipelines for Eni in Indonesia, Rescue system for Oz NavyIn Indonesia, Eni has awarded Sapura and PT Timas Suplindo JV a contract for Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation works of two 16-inch diameter offshore rigid pipelines from the Jangkrik facility to a future manifold near Merakes drilling centers.Works will be carried out at water depths of between 70 meters to 1400 meters. The total length of the pipeline system is approximately 95 kilometers. The scope of work includes design, fabrication and offshore installation of foreseen structures, deep water pipeline end terminations (PLETs) and in-line tee (ILT) systems for the East Sepinggan Block, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.In its first contract for The Royal Australian Navy, Sapura said its subsidiary Total Marine Technology Pty Ltd (TMT) has been awarded key roles in the Submarine Rescue Service contract by Phoenix International (Australia) Pty Ltd.TMT has been selected to design and fabricate a Remotely Operated Vehicle, including to design and supply the external propulsion and non-life support-related electrical and control systems as well as the Submarine Rescue Bell.The rescue system will be accepted into operational service in 2022 and will be one of four air transportable systems in the world. The ‘primary mission’ of the system is to deliver rescue capability to The Royal Australian Navy’s submarine fleet. The system will also be capable of supporting other submarine operating nations by means of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) standard escape hatch.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

Dodgers, Scott Alexander reach agreement on one-year deal

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have reached agreement on a one-year, $875,000 deal with left-hander Scott Alexander, avoiding arbitration.Alexander, 30, was one of 12 arbitration-eligible Dodgers this offseason. Monday is the deadline for teams to extend contract offers to all arbitration-eligible players or allow them to become free agents. After an injury-shortened 2019 season, Alexander was a candidate to be non-tendered.Acquired from the Kansas City Royals as part of a three-team trade in January 2018, Alexander was 2-1 with three saves and a 3.68 ERA over 73 appearances for the Dodgers in 2018. But he dealt with thumb and forearm injuries in 2019 that limited him to just 17 1/3 innings. He did not pitch after early June, eventually undergoing nerve decompression surgery on his left elbow in September.The Dodgers’ remaining arbitration-eligible players are Pedro Baez, Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson, Kike’ Hernandez, Yimi Garcia, Julio Urias, Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Ross Stripling, Austin Barnes and Max Muncy.last_img read more

Kenyatta promises $10,000 for Olympic gold

first_imgThe proposed Anti-Doping Bill establishes the anti-doping agency and proposes a $1,000 (100,000 Kenyan shillings, 872 euros) fine, and/or a year in jail for athletes caught doping.Those caught smuggling or administering banned substances face a $30,000 (3 million Kenya shillings, 26,200 euros) fine or a three-year jail term.Many in Kenya fear doping is rife among their top-class runners, who have been the source of enormous national pride.“We must win clean,” Kenyatta added. “As athletes, you are not only putting Kenya on the map and giving us pride – but you are also representing what is best about our country. This is something that we are very proud of.”Kenyatta said that every athlete who wins an Olympic medal would be given a cash reward of $10,000 for a gold, and $5,000 for a silver.Share on: WhatsApp Nairobi, KENYA | AFP |Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Monday he will give priority to pass a new anti-doping law to beat a deadline and ensure the east African track giants compete at the Rio Olympics.The second World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) deadline for Kenya to tighten its anti-doping law and provide funding for a proposed anti-doping agency expired last week, with lawmakers having failed to pass a bill criminalising sports doping.A new WADA deadline of May 2 has been given.“By next week latest, the Anti-Doping Bill will have been passed by parliament and I will have signed it into law – so that there will be no excuse to deny our team from participation in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August,” Kenyatta said in a statement.International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe had threatened to ban Kenya from the Rio Games.“We know there are people who are looking for excuses to ensure that Kenya does not participate in the Olympics,” Kenyatta said, as he hosted athletes at a meeting at State House in the capital Nairobi.“We will not give them that excuse.”last_img read more

Serena Williams set to tie the knot in New Orleans

first_imgIt said the event would cost more than $1 million and guests would be asked not to bring their cell phones because an exclusive photo deal has been signed with Vogue.Williams, 36, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, and Ohanian, 34, welcomed their first child, daughter Alexis Olympia, on September 1.They announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome.Williams won this year’s Australian Open while pregnant, and is expected to defend her title in Melbourne in 2018 — just four-and-a-half months after giving birth to her baby girl.Share on: WhatsApp Washington, United States | AFP | Tennis superstar Serena Williams is used to hoisting trophies, but on Thursday, it looks like she’ll be carrying a wedding bouquet.Music royalty Beyonce and Jay Z, along with actress Eva Longoria are among the A-listers reportedly convening in New Orleans for Williams’ wedding to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.People and The Daily Mail, citing unnamed sources, have reported that about 250 guests will be invited to the ceremony at the Contemporary Arts Center in the Big Easy.The Daily Mail said the wedding planning has been shrouded in secrecy and guests would not learn the details until Thursday morning.last_img read more

PBC School Board to Vote on Start Date for 2020-21 Academic Year

first_imgStudents and parents in Palm Beach County will find out Wednesday when the 2020-21 school year will actually start.At Wednesday’s school board meeting, School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy plans to recommend that the academic year begin on Monday, Aug.31 rather than Aug. 10.During last week’s marathon school board meeting, in which board members voted to start the school year with distance learning, officials also expressed their preference to start the year on Aug. 31, leading Fennoy to respond that he and his team needed more time to adjust the school calendar.WATCH LIVE COVERAGE: “The board’s will and pleasure right now is to delay it, and it will be delayed,” Fennoy told our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5, last week.He continued, “We had already done some preliminary work and figured that, a week or two, we could probably do that with minimal disruption. But once you get beyond that, so we need to take the time this week to really dig into that.”Fennoy is expected to recommend that students finish the school year on Friday, June 18.To see the proposed calendar for the 2020-21 academic year, click here.The school board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday to vote on a start date for the 2020-21 academic year.After approving a start date, the School District of Palm Beach County will send its reopening plan to the Florida Department of Education for final approval. That plan must be submitted to the state by July 31.last_img read more

Redevelopment Activity Gaining Momentum at Former Fort Monmouth

first_img“These are awesome plans, but we still must sell the real estate and make money off of it to pay the bills and replace and install new infrastructure like water, sewer and lights, which has been ongoing since FMERA took over the fort,” Steadman cautioned. “The fort is a city within three cities. All types of things arise each day. We still get calls and visits from those who served and lived there going back to World War II.” “FMERA is a team of 10 people,” Steadman said. “We can only be successful if we’ve got the support of our stakeholders, including the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the (federal) Environmental Protection Agency, the state departments of environmental protection and transportation, the three municipalities, and more. They have all been great partners, especially Monmouth County under the leadership of Freeholder Lillian Burry.” Burry has officially represented the county in the fort’s redevelopment since its closure. For Tinton Falls, that 40-acre site is next to the borough’s existing municipal complex on Tinton Avenue where Lennar Corporation has begun construction of 243 homes and 58,000 square feet of commercial space called Patriot’s Square. Lennar is also building 45 single-family detached homes, dubbed Anthem Place, on a nearby 15-acre site near completed projects Trinity Hall School, Commvault and the county recreation center, where streets have already been laid out with curbing. Nuse said model homes should open in 2020 and prospective buyers have already expressed interest. While each fort parcel has designated future uses in the master plan, FMERA stresses it will entertain alternate, “outside-the-box” compliant proposals. “Highest and best use” is a phrase frequently used by fort officials. Near Suneagles Golf Course in Eatontown, the 64-acre Howard Commons former fort housing area will require demolition of 480 deteriorating Army homes. After initial buyer HovWest backed out in 2015, Nuse said he hopes the new approved compliant bidder’s plans will be approved to go to contract in the first quarter of 2020. The developer, who will not be named until the contract is presented per FMERA rules, proposes a mix of high-end retail and 302 housing units with 20 percent affordable. Officials declined to name specific tenants, but said the retail portion should fill 250,000 square feet. In Eatontown, the highest profile town center on Parcel B will be along Route 35, just inside the brick arches of Johnson Gates, which will be retained and preserved. After the first approved bidder backed out, the second-highest bidder began negotiating with FMERA about two years ago. The developer must demolish 1 million square feet of existing structures there. Final negotiations were underway in August for the 77- acre parcel, Nuse said, adding, “We hope to bring a contract to the FMERA board this fall. We’re excited about the project. It’s the front door of the fort.” In Oceanport, the town center will take the form of a “transit-oriented development” focused on the Little Silver Train Station in what was the fort’s “400 Area.” Extending along Oceanport Avenue and Oceanport Creek, that parcel is slated for housing and commercial uses to create a live- work-play environment. A Request for Offers to Purchase, or RFOTP, is expected to be issued for the area by the end of this year, Nuse said. Projects in development at the former Fort Monmouth.Photo courtesy FMERA “The big picture remains the same: 1,585 housing units,40 percent open space and technology is still the main goal,along with targeted industry and a town center for each of thethree municipalities the fort spans, Eatontown, Oceanport andTinton Falls,” said David Nuse, FMERA director of real estatedevelopment. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski “The Master Development Plan started in 2008,” Steadmansaid. “There have been 14 changes so far, but the plan stillguides us. There have been 12 years of marketplace changessince we began, but uses we are looking for are still consistentwith the plan.” The Two River Times met with officials of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) last month for an update and exclusive tour. While the public can now drive along the fort’s main artery Route 537, known through the fort as the Avenue of Memories, activity is happening in areas still inaccessible to all but the law enforcement and security personnel who patrol them. center_img TRIO OFTOWN CENTERS Residential tenants will drive retail development, said Sarah Giberson, FMERA senior marketing and development officer. “We hope to have local, new to the market, and/ or high-end niche businesses, not big box stores. There will be a Main Street ‘spine’ within the development and public space for things like farmer’s markets and events. A dog park and walking trails are among the proposals. We want it to be a place where people want to go.” Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, called it, “new wave retail that will be experiential, more than just shopping, so people can bring their family and spend time. That’s what makes a successful retail development today.” A concept plan will be presented at the approval stage, Giberson said. The Fort Athletic Club in the base’s former Fitness Center along the Avenue of Memories should be in business next year, Steadman said. The water tower on that site will be retained, painted and bear the club logo. Other sites breaking ground or opening for business in 2020 will be the former dance hall, bowling center and Squier Hall, currently being renovated by New Jersey City University. The massive new campus of RWJ Barnabas Health should also break ground in 2020 on the site of the former Myer Center, where demolition was recently completed. FORT MONMOUTH – Several completed deals are expected by the end of 2019 on Fort Monmouth, the 1,126-acre former U.S. Army base shuttered in 2005. More fort parcels are coming to market, construction will begin on approved redevelopment projects and other firms will soon open their doors to the public. Officials are predicting a period of accelerated activity through 2020. WHAT’S NEXT On opposite sides of the Avenue of Memories, Mallet Hall, a former Class A office building, and Vail Hall, a “communications hub in the switchboard days,” should go out for bid in early 2020, Steadman said. The Mallet Hall parcel is slated for housing. Steadman said there has been “a lot of interest” in Vail Hall. The projects above have already been completed at the former Fort Monmouth.Photo courtesy FMERA Among the Oceanport properties anticipated to go under contract in 2020 are Barker’s Circle, the Commissary and Nurses Quarters. In some cases, contracts could be signed in 2019 with the rest of the process stretching into 2020. That process includes board approval and due diligence by the prospective purchaser, followed by FMERA site plan review to work out any “kinks.” Afterward, plans go before municipal planning boards and governing bodies. The due diligence period can take up to 60 days, but can be extended depending on circumstances. “In addition to a number of (real estate) closings on schedule for this year, we are looking to put out three large RFOTPs by the end of the year, including 31 acres in Tinton Falls known as the Tinton Falls Commercial Development Parcel, the 400 Area, and the technology campus envisioned for the 50-acre McAfee Center, with space for start-ups to mature tech companies,” Nuse said. “That site could also include amenities and support companies to create a holistic campus, like a mini-Google campus and incubator.” Total reinvestment at Fort Monmouth is projected to be $1.5 billion to $2 billion once all is built out, Steadman said, adding, “It’s millions and millions of tax revenue for the three municipalities and the county; $2 million to $3 million per year for the county, and as much as 10 times that for the municipalities over a 10-year period. That’s how our ultimate success will be judged.”last_img read more

Cape Town spends more on early childhood development

first_img3 June 2014Cape Town has allocated R16-million for the construction of more early childhood development (ECD) centres across the city in 2014/15, it was announced at a recent tabling of the city’s budget.Speaking at the meeting, Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and ECD, Suzette Little, said the city remained committed to giving young children a safe learning environment at ECD level. This, she said, would prepare them for their formal schooling.In the new financial year, Little said, the department would expand the programmes initiated in the previous financial year and continue investing in capital projects.The directorate has budgeted nearly R16-million to build more ECD centres in Delft, Mitchells Plain, Dunoon, Ocean View, Heideveld and Lotus River.Little said that in 2013/14, the City had spent over R7-million on building a number of ECD centres, completing the Leonsdale and Scorpio centres in Elsies River and Ocean View. The new Strandfontein centre was also on track for completion, she said.“In addition, the department has exceeded its targets for the number of initiatives to help ECD centres become compliant so that they can register with the Western Cape Social Development Department, and has also provided training to 165 ECD practitioners on the national norms and standards for these facilities.“Children need a solid start in life,” Little said. “We are making a massive investment in early childhood development by building these centres of excellence, as part of our goal of getting to the point where every child has access to a facility that can provide the building blocks so crucial to their future.”Partnerships with communitiesLittle stressed the importance of partnerships with communities, insisting that parents share in the responsibility of ensuring that their children get ahead.“I encourage residents to approach the authorities to find out how you can get involved in the development of the community by, for example, starting a food garden. In some cases, there is the option of volunteering at a local school for those who are unable to pay the school fees.“Our responsibility towards our children must take priority at all times, to ensure that they grow up to be active, well-functioning members of society,” she said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

SA rugby’s future is bright: Junior Bok coach

first_img‘Praiseworthy’ “The players could deal with them face-to-face every day, and the manner in which the guys handled it, with maturity, it is praiseworthy. We are all friends off the field anyway in rugby, and it was probably two of the most titanic battles ever fought at junior level – against New Zealand in New Zealand and with all that backing that they had. I was just so proud of the guys,” said Theron. The Junior Bok coach said the two big clashes with Kiwis, plus a bruising encounter with Samoa in difficult, wet conditions eventually took its toll on his team in an exhausting final.‘Must-win’ “The matches against New Zealand were must-win situations and then the final against a good England side [was very taxing],” he explained. “Perhaps it was the mental fatigue, and we didn’t show the same patience that we did against New Zealand. “We lost a vital ball that we knocked-on from an attacking scrum and if we had to score there, then it was 17-3 for us and it would’ve been a different ball-game. Handre Pollard also tried his best and just missed with two drops goal. However, a final is a final, and it brings other things to the table.” 23 June 2014 The Junior Springboks returned to South Africa on Sunday after finishing runners-up to England in the IRB Junior World Championship in Auckland. The future of South African rugby is bright, coach Dawie Theron told the media on his return. Apart from the heart-breaking 20-21 loss to England, the Junior Boks enjoyed an outstanding 2014. They achieved a first ever whitewash, 3-0, series win over Argentina. Then, at the Junior World Championship, they finished finished first in Pool C after wins over Scotland, New Zealand and Samoa, followed by another defeat of the Baby Blacks (South Africa’s fourth win in a row over the New Zealanders at under-20 level) to reach the final. Sharing the same hotel with the New Zealanders served his team well, Theron reckoned. Proud Theron said every one of the Junior Springboks was immensely proud of their captain, Pollard, being awarded the IRB Junior Player of the Year 2014 prize after he led his team superbly at the Junior World Championship. “Handre is just getting better and the whole team is unbelievably proud of him,” Theron said. “He was a wonderful skipper with wonderful leadership qualities. Although we did not win the tournament, it was just a great experience for him with his teammates. The guys had an unbelievable spirit and I think they won’t ever forget each other.” Eligible for 2015 JWC Theron said nine players who did duty in New Zealand will be eligible for the next Junior World Championship, which takes place in 2015 in Italy. They include the Du Preez twins, Dan and Jean-Luc, Joseph Dweba and the highly rated DHL Western Province duo of Jacques Vermeulen and JD Schickerling. Towering lock Schickerling was one of the outstanding forwards on display during the three-week tournament in Auckland.‘A born rugby player’ “You could play him (Schickerling) at six, seven or eight and he would play just as well,” reckoned Theron. “He is a born rugby player, he is a footballer,” he grinned. “We played Nico (Janse van Rensburg) at five as he is more experienced, but JD can play there and learned from Nico, so he can make the calls next year. We are also busy with a development plan, so we are growing JD, and I don’t think there was a better four lock around either. “Overall, we lost one of nine matches this year. Unfortunately, that was during the Junior World Championship final and it was by a single point against the defending world champions. “Although we just fell short of our goal, South Africans can be very proud of the effort, conduct and commitment of these youngsters,” Theron said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

15 days agoBurnley winger McNeil appreciates Dyche freedom

first_imgBurnley winger McNeil appreciates Dyche freedomby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley winger Dwight McNeil appreciates the freedom manager Sean Dyche has granted him.Dyche recently claimed McNeil, who has three goals to his name, will “outgrow” the club and revealed he is wary of “over-coaching” him.”The gaffer will let me figure it out on my own, which I think is good for my development,” McNeil said.”He and the coaches will talk to me when they need to, when I’m doing well and not so well.”They help me in and out of possession because I’m maturing as a player, tactically and physically. I’ll give everything I have got to help the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more