Industrial chill in valley of the doldrums

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Squeeze on grade-A space puts development back on the agenda

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Watching The Waters Of East Hampton

first_imgHarbormaster Matt Zukosky is seen here scanning the waters of Gardiner’s Bay, watching for any problems on the water. Independent/T.E. McMorrowThey write tickets, make arrests, and are first responders in case of emergency, just like any other police officer in East Hampton, but the harbormasters’ authority is on sea, not land.On Saturday, August 24, harbormasters Matt Zukosky and Jay Sharron took the 43-foot-long state-of-the-art patrol vessel the John L. Behan out of the dock at the Coast Guard station on Star Island, and went on a routine patrol. Over the next few hours, they monitored a Connecticut vessel being towed off the beach that had gone aground the night before near Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett, and stopped a few boaters violating the rules of the watery road.The boat is a new acquisition for the town, made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The John L. Behan is named for the former New York State Assemblyman from Montauk.“It’s the crème de la crème,” Zukosky said. It is versatile craft. The cabin can be sealed from outside air, allowing the boat to fight otherwise toxic fires with a robotically-controlled water cannon. The Montauk Fire Department have personnel trained to use the vessel for fire-fighting in Montauk Harbor.After the plane crash that claimed the lives of Ben and Bonnie Krupinski, and their grandson, William Maerov, along with pilot Jon Dollard, the John L. Behan served as the dive platform for the East Hampton Town police dive team, Zukosky said.On the beach by Devon Yacht Club, a salvage boat had tied a tow line to the vessel, slowly pulling it back into Gardiner’s Bay. The boat had taken on water early that morning, forcing the pilot, who had his wife on board, to put the boat close to the beach, with the wind and current doing the rest.“It got very windy, very choppy, so the stern of the boat started taking on water,” Zukosky said, adding the driver was a seasoned boater. “He recognized that, and tried to get it close to shore so it wouldn’t sink.”With that situation under control, they headed back across Gardiner’s Bay before Zukosky spotted a group of paddleboarders and kayakers.“It looks like one guy may not have a life jacket,” Zukosky said, before adding that if a personal flotation device is on the board or in the vessel, it doesn’t have to be worn. On the other hand, if a paddleboarder doesn’t have the proper equipment, harbor patrol can terminate his or her voyage.When they returned to the Coast Guard station, Chief Harbormaster Ed Michels hopped onboard. Michels has organized the harbor patrol to enable it to work with 16 other departments across the East End in a marine task force, to step in where help is needed. He spoke about “the ocean rescue that started out with a bunch of off-duty lifeguards, and has turned into an agency that the state is getting ready to recognize. Every time we get a plane crash, they are right there with me.”A particular concern for Michels is pollution.“Every time we board a boat, we check the head,” Michels said. “We lose our water, we don’t have any place else to go.”Michels has been on the job for 40 years. He is originally from Astoria. He joined the Coast Guard in 1973 and was first sent to Boston.“I came out here in 1986,” Michels said. He was chief on the cutter Point Wells, the Coast Guard’s rescue boat at the time, which has since been replaced by the Bonito, for three years, then became chief of the base for another three years, before making the career move to harbor patrol. He became chief harbormaster in 1999. Michels also stresses keeping drunk boaters off the waters. This is the first year in a while that Marine Patrol hasn’t made a boating while intoxicated arrest. He supports legislation introduced by Assemblyman Fred Thiele that would make boating while intoxicated a felony if there are children aboard.t.e@indyeastend.com Share Jay Sharron and Matt Zukosky.last_img read more

Air Products operating margin at 25-year high

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Greek Lawmakers Approve Sale of Piraeus Stake to Cosco

first_imgThe sale of the majority stake in the Greek port of Piraeus to China’s port operator Cosco Group (Hong Kong) Limited has been ratified by the country’s lawmakers on Thursday, Reuters reports.Under the agreement, the port operator will purchase 67 percent in the port for EUR 368.5 million (USD 411 million), representing a price of EUR 22 per share.The company will initially purchase 51 percent in the port for an amount of EUR 280.5 million, and the remaining stake of 16 percent over five years, for EUR 88 million.The deal includes the investment of EUR 350 million in the port over a period of ten years.After it signed an agreement with the TAIPED (Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund) for the transfer of the majority stake in the Piraeus Port Authority in April, Cosco Group (Hong Kong) Limited received approval for the new concession agreement in mid-June.The Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) and Thessaloniki Port Authority (THPA) are being privatized as part of the country’s bailout plan.Russia’s President earlier revealed his intention to bid for the port of Thessaloniki, the second biggest port in Greece, which is being privatized under the same terms as the port of Piraeus.Greece plans to invite investors to submit binding bids for a majority stake in the port in Thessaloniki at the end of September.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Baumann expands crane fleet

first_imgThe new crane will be used to support the company’s two existing Demag City cranes in machine assembly and relocation projects.”With a total length of just 8.69 m and a height of just 3.16 m, the AC 45 City is the most compact crane in its class and therefore ideally suited to working indoors,” said Viktor Baumann’s managing director Sabine Baumann-Duvenbeck.www.viktor-baumann.dewww.demag.comlast_img

Wolfenstein: Youngblood review

first_img Credit: Bethesda Credit: Bethesda Credit: Bethesda Credit: Bethesda Credit: Bethesda Credit: Bethesda Since 1981, the Wolfenstein series has taught us that shooting Nazis is fun. Not satisfied with just a cool premise, the series has constantly perfected the FPS genre. MachineGames took over the license and gave us the next iteration of the series with Wolfenstein: The New Order. A great story with a redesigned hero in a bleak, yet funny world. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the passing of a torch, from hero BJ Blazkowicz to his twin daughters. Can they live up to expectations?Taking place roughly 20 years after Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Youngblood opens with series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz teaching his daughters Jessica and Sophie how to become Nazi killing machines. A quick cut reveals that BJ has gone missing with Paris being the only clue the girls have to go on. Bidding farewell to their mother, the girls leave for Paris to join the French Resistance, repel the Nazi invasion of 1980’s Paris and find their father.Watch the Wolfenstein: Youngblood launch trailer below:The previous titles did an outstanding job of building their worlds. The trenches of The New Order and returning to Castle Wolfenstein in The Old Blood were brilliant openers. Wolfenstein: Youngblood sees Soph and Jess infiltrate a Zeppelin on their first mission and chronicles their first kill. It’s a gory kill and they laugh and joke about the grotesqueness. This sets the tone pretty quickly. Jess and Soph are idiots, plain and simple. They whoop and holler at every opportunity and refer to themselves as “Bros”. This rebooted series uses humour well but here, it’s just annoying. For the first 10 minutes it’s fine but 15 hours later, you just want them to shut up. The rest of the cast are bland with a capital B but the biggest failure is the villain. The New Order and New Colossus had excellent villains but in this game you get a generic snarling bad guy. The plot itself is bare bones and never really goes anywhere. The ending hints at things to come but left me more worried than excited.Thankfully, the combat is almost identical to The New Colossus. Guns feel fantastic, each have relevant kickback and aiming feels responsive. The movement system is fluid yet retains a classic feel and double jumps and slides add up to make a wonderful locomotion system. Enemies have changed a little and now have an armour system. This means you need to pick the right gun for the right enemy. It’s like a rock-paper-scissors system and while it works well for the most part, it can get a little tedious, having to constantly swap weapons. Unfortunately, enemy AI seems to have taken a back-step, more so when playing solo. They can’t seem to pick what target to prioritise leaving you either getting obliterated or having to chase down baddies.Credit: BethesdaEach weapon has a handful of upgrades that uses coins found throughout the level or given as a reward for completing side missions (also available through micro-transactions). Upgrades are essential to best higher-level enemies as there is an RPG levelling system that forces you to take on side quests. Just running through the main quest is impossible without doing these extra quests. It’s generic padding that doesn’t feel as though you’re accomplishing anything. The level design is set up like Dishonored and while they are very well designed, it’s wasted by forcing you to run through them multiple times doing the same content. The perk system is implemented well, each perk makes you feel like you’re progressing. It’s not quite Far Cry but it’s good enough.This game is designed with co-op in mind. Playing solo is not the way to play this. As stated, enemy AI can’t decide what to do and your AI partner isn’t concerned with safety. The crux of the game is taking on Brother Towers, which are essentially bases. Getting to the final boss is tough enough but the final fight is challenging even with a competent partner. In solo mode, when you die in this battle, which you will, you’ll have to do the entire 20-30 minute mission again. The kicker is, is that you start with the ammo you died with, not what you had originally. This is infuriating to say the least and turned Youngblood into a nightmare. View some Wolfenstein: Youngblood screenshots in our gallery: Credit: Bethesda Credit: Bethesda Credit: Bethesda Co-op is better, the game uses a shared life system where you get 3 lives to use if you both go down but you can pick each-other up infinitely. What co-op doesn’t fix is the bad design. There is no loot to differentiate each-other with and you share the exact same abilities and weapons.On a visual front, Wolfenstein: Youngblood is gorgeous, as expected. Running on PS4 Pro, the dynamic resolution has little impact to performance and there is some great texture-work and character models. The lighting is incredibly impressive, giving off a HDR vibe. Performance in-game is an almost flawless 60fps though there were issues in cutscenes. The soundtrack and voice acting is pretty good on the whole, but the poor writing leaves a lot to be desired. There was a lot of hatred towards this and going in I was expecting the worst. The story isn’t as good as previous titles and Jess and Soph are utterly forgettable. This is saved by stellar combat….which is then marred by constant meandering and pointless back-tracking. The co-op system works well but playing this in solo is just awful. It’s another case of forcing a game to be something it doesn’t need to be. It feels like it has been designed by committee, which is sad. With a tighter focus on the story and more linear but thought out levels, they could have done away with the RPG elements and had a really great game. It’s not terrible by any means and at its discount price, you do get value for money. If you want a mindless co-op shooter to waste a few hours, Wolfenstein: Youngblood may not blow you away but it’ll fill that purpose.Wolfenstein: Youngblood was reviewed using a digital code supplied by the publisher.Publisher: Bethesda Developer: MachineGames, Arkane Studios Release Date: 26th July, 2019 Reviewed On: PS4 Also Available On: PC/Steam, Xbox Onelast_img read more

Ultra-Wideband GaN Doherty PA for Next Gen Wireless Base Stations

first_imgMitsubishi has developed an ultra-wideband gallium nitride (GaN) Doherty power amplifier for next generation base stations that operate from 3 to 3.6 GHz (600 MHz Bandwidth). The technology is expected to help reduce the size and energy consumption of next generation wireless base stations. Technical details will be presented at the IEEE Topical Conference on RF/Microwave Power Amplifiers for Wireless and Radio Applications (PAWR2017) during the Radio & Wireless Week (RWW) in the U.S. city of Phoenix, Arizona from January 15-18, 2017.To help meet a rapid rise in demand for increasing wireless capacity, mobile technologies are shifting to next generation systems that raise capacity by allocating new frequency bands above 3 GHz and using multiple frequency bands. Generally, power amplifiers operate with less efficiency at higher frequencies. Also, different power amplifiers are needed for different frequency bands, which can require larger base stations. As such, extra-efficient power amplifiers compatible with multiple frequencies are in demand.This new ultra-wideband GaN Doherty power amplifier from Mitsubishi Electric uses advanced frequency-compensation circuits with Doherty architecture for enhanced efficiency in a very wide band range.The new power amplifier’s frequency-compensation circuit enhances efficiency over a wide frequency range to enable wider performance by three times, a world record for Doherty power amplifiers (with a 600 MHz bandwidth). Wideband, high-efficiency performance for efficient amplification of multiple radio frequencies by just one power amplifier will help to reduce base station size and cooling needs. Mitsubishi Electric’s high-efficiency GaN devices (MGFS39G38L2) have an efficiency of more than 45.9% in the 3.0 to 3.6 GHz frequency range, thereby reducing energy consumption. Further, an adjacent channel leakage ratio (ACLR) of -50 dBc is achieved with a commercial digital pre-distortion (DPD) technique for LTE (Long-Term Evolution) 20 MHz signals.last_img read more

Keysight Appoints Satish Dhanasekaran as President of the Communications Solutions Group

first_imgKeysight Technologies has announced that Satish Dhanasekaran will succeed Mike Gasparian as president of the Communications Solutions Group. Gasparian, who has chosen to retire, will remain as an advisor through the end of the year to assist with the transition. Keysight also announced the addition of Marie Hattar to its executive team as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).Dhanasekaran, who is currently vice president and general manager of the Wireless Devices and Operators solution unit within the Communications Solutions Group, has held a variety of leadership roles throughout his 21 years in the communications ecosystem. He has managed solution conception, development and go-to-market strategies of design and test solutions for the wireless industry, and has sponsored the company’s participation in standards bodies, collaborations and consortia that define wireless technology innovation.He has held a variety of leadership roles at Agilent Technologies and Keysight, initially joining the company in 2006 in the Americas sales organization, leading customer engagements and the Application Engineering Organization. In 2014, as the Microwave and Communications Division marketing manager, Dhanasekaran created and executed go-to-market strategies for products and modular solutions. In 2015, Dhanasekaran was named general manager of the Mobile Broadband Organization and created platforms that now give Keysight a competitive advantage in 5G design and test. He started his career with Motorola designing and leading the development of first-generation smart phone devices.Before being named Keysight’s Chief Marketing Officer, Hattar held that position for Ixia, which was recently acquired by Keysight. Completing the acquisition of Ixia to accelerate Keysight’s strategies for growth, and creating the CMO role, marks an inflection point for the company. These growth strategies include expanding Keysight’s software solutions and end-to-end software-centric test offerings to better serve evolving communications development lifecycles, while strengthening Ixia’s advancing leadership position in the rapidly-growing visibility and security markets.Hattar has more than 20 years of marketing leadership experience spanning the security, routing, switching, telecom and mobility markets. Before becoming CMO of Ixia, she held the same position at Check Point Software Technologies, where she reestablished the company as the leading end-to-end security vendor. Prior to that, she was vice president at Cisco, where she led the company’s enterprise networking and security portfolio and helped drive the company’s leadership in networking. Prior to Cisco, she held senior marketing positions at Nortel Networks, Alteon WebSystems and Shasta Networks.last_img read more

Ganja Legal di California, Tapi Tak Bisa Dibawa Melalui Bandara

first_imgIlustrasi ganja dengan pesawat (Boing Boing) Ketika berbicara mengenai ganja yang terpikir adalah narkoba atau obat-obatan terlarang dan melanggar hukum. Namun, apa jadinya jika beberapa negara saat ini sudah memperbolehkan membawa tanamana ganja ini dan menjadi buah tangan saat menggunakan sebuah penerbangan?Baca juga: Mau Bawa Snow Globe Selama Penerbangan? Sebaiknya Kemasi di Dalam KoperPada Januari 2018 kemarin, California terdaftar sebagai salah satu Negara Bagian di Amerika Serikat yang melegalkan adanya ganja. KabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari laman usatoday.com (7/2/2018), dikabarkan bahwa saat ini satu diantara lima orang Amerika membawa ganja dalam pot sebagai buah tangan. Tapi jika Anda masih ragu untuk mebawa ganja, baiknya hati-hati bahkan tidak perlu dibawa. Sebab ganja atau mariyuana ini masih merupakan obat ilegal dibawah undang-undang federal dan daerah pasca keamanan di bandara yang diperintah oleh badan-badan federal.Seperti di Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Alaska dan Nevada, membawa ganja dalam pot serta dibeli secara legal dan melewati pos pemeriksaan keamanan di negara bagian yang paling padat penduduknya masih dapat memicu respon penegak hukum. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mengatakan, petugas pemeriksa tetap berfokus pada keamanan, mendeteksi senjata, bahan peledak dan ancaman lain yang bisa menganggu penerbangan dan tidak mengendus obat terlarang.Kampanye tentang ganja legalMemang mereka tidak terlalu memeriksa terkait ganja, tetapi jika petugas TSA menemukan ganja serta zat ilegal lainnya selama pemeriksaan bagasi, kebijakan akan berlaku dan akan menghubungi penegak hukum bandara setempat.“Bawaan penumpang dan tujuan penumpang tidak diperhitungkan. Respon TSA terhadap penemuan ganja sama di setiap negara bagian dan di setiap bandara, terlepas dari apakah ganja telah atau akan dilegalisir,” kata juru bicara TSA Lorie Dankers.Menurut polisi bandara Los Angeles, pihaknya yang berada di bandara Los Angeles dan Southern California lainnya, untuk penumpang yang dihentikan oleh pihak TSA dengan aduan masalah ganja, mereka tidak akan meminta apapun. Sebab membawa ganja bukanlah suatu kejahatan. Hal ini juga berlaku di bandara John Wayne di Orange County.“Jika TSA memanggil ketika menemukan ganja, kami akan naik dan memastikan jumlahnya sesuai dengan hukum. Jika begitu, kami hanya akan berdiri sementara penumpang memutuskan apa yang harus dilakukan dengan hal itu. TSA mungkin tidak menginginkannya terbang, tapi bukan berarti itu ilegal di California,” ujar Letnan Mark Gonzales, Kepala Dinas Kepolisian Bandara departemen Sheriff.Dia mengatakan, hingga saat ini, timnya belum pernah ada yang dipanggil ke pos pemeriksaan bandara oleh pihak TSA untuk menangani masalah ganja. Gonzales berujar, sepertinya penumpang tahu dan membaca peraturan, apa yang harus mereka lakukan saat melewati pos pemeriksaan.Sedangkan di bandara yang tidak melarang membawa ganja, penegak hukum setempat di panggil oleh pihak TSA untuk menjelaskan pilihan pada penumpang dan mungkin termasuk membuangnya ke tempat sampah. Tak hanya itu, penumpang juga bisa mengembalikan ke dalam mobil atau bisa dikatakan ganja tersebut tidak bisa dibawa dalam sebuah penerbangan meski legal.Bulan November 2017 lalu, Organa Brands memasang iklan mereka pada baki di pos pemeriksaan Bandara Internasional Ontario. Dengan pesan yang berbunyi “Ganja legal. Tetapi tidak bepergian dengan membawa itu. Biarkan saja di California.”Juru bicara Organa Brands, Jackson Tilley mengatakan, pihaknya yakin, jika pesan yang ada di baki tersebut adalah postif. Meskipun dia mengatakan, perusahaan tersebut tidak terlalu terkejut ketika sebulan setelah kampanye pesan-pesan tersebut dilepas.Saat ini di San Francisco, Long Beach atau bandara California lainnya sudah tidak ada lagi iklan dibaki pemeriksaan terkait ganja. Tetapi di Nevada yang mana ganja menjadi legal sejak Juli 2017 lalu memiliki cerita berbeda. Bandara Internasional Reno-Tahoe memiliki tanda di area merokok yang mengingatkan pelancong bahwa penggunaan ganja tidak diperbolehkan.“Secara umum, kami belum melihat dampak yang besar dari undang-undang baru ini di bandara. Namun, kami mengamati dengan seksama bandara lain dan bagaimana penanganannya dengan situasi unik ini,” kata juru bicara bandara Heidi Jared.Di Bandara Internasional McCarran di Las Vegas, ada larangan bandara secara resmi bagi yang memiliki ganja, dengan pemberitahuan tentang keputusan Komisi County Clark yang dimuat di situs bandara. Mulai bulan depan, tanda-tanda tentang kotak kebijakan dan amnesti untuk ganja serta produk ganja lainnya akan dipasang di lokasi-lokasi utama di McCarran, termasuk di fasilitas penyewaan mobil bandara.“Kotak pembuangan ini akan berada di luar gedung, bukan di pos pemeriksaan. Tujuannya agar produk ganja tidak diijinkan di manapun di dalam gedung, baik itu sebelum atau sesudah keamanan,” kata juru bicara McCarran Chris Jones.Baca juga: Larangan Dilonggarkan, Maskapai Cina Kini Izinkan Penumpang Aktifkan Smartphone di PesawatSementara itu, di Colorado, pada tahun 2014 adalah negara bagian pertama yang melisensikan toko untuk menjual ganja, tetapi Bandara Internasional Denver masih mempertahankan kebijakannya untuk melarang ganja di manapun pada properti bandara.“Polisi meminta penumpang yang ditemukan dengan mariyuana atau ganja untuk membuang obat tersebut. Tapi kita sudah memiliki beberapa contoh sehingga kita tidak bisa melacak kontak ini lagi,” kata juru bicara bandara Heath Montgomery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDi Kanada Bawa Ganja Legal di Penerbangan Domestik18/10/2018In “Bandara”Ganja Legal, San Diego Adakan Tur Keliling Kebun31/05/2018In “Darat”Nyeleneh! The Potland Experience Bus Siap Bawa ‘Pelesir’ Anda Bersama Lintingan Ganja di Tangan16/05/2018In “Bus dalam kota”last_img read more