Staff and families prepare for the Chamisa Elementary School 6th Grade Graduation Parade early Friday evening in White Rock. The group decorate their cars before caravanning through the streets near the school as a send-off to the 6th grade class, who will be moving up to Los Alamos Middle School in the fall. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com The Los Alamos Police Department leads the Chamisa Elementary School 6th Grade Graduation Parade heading down Meadow Lane early Friday evening in White Rock. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com Justin Griffin and family enjoy the festivities. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com Family and graduate in the procession. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com Families decorate their cars in support of their graduate. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com A graduate waves to cheering supporters lining the parade route. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com The Chamisa Mascot participates in the parade together with members of the Los Alamos Hillstompers. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com Parade participants appreciating all the community support. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com
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Offshore WIND staff, April 03, 2014; Image: siemens According to the China Securities Journal, China could set preferential power prices for offshore wind projects this year.With this measure, the country would attract more investors to this industry and speed up its further development.After years of struggle, China granted approval for the three of its first four offshore wind power concession projects in the third quarter of 2013.In July 2009, China set feed-in tariff for onshore wind power which were 0.51, 0.54, 0.58 and 0.61 yuan per kilowatt hour, representing a significant premium comparing to the average rate of 0.34 yuan per kilowatt hour for coal electricity generators.
The transportation of the 24-ton (21.1-tonne) Liebherr LTM 1040 mobile crane to the site was no mean feat.The crane had to be delivered to the research station on pontoons from the landing site located 2 km away; ships may not approach any closer to the island in order to protect the nearby penguin population.The crane was dismantled into parts weighing no more than 8 tons (7.3 tonnes) in order to comply with the pontoon’s weight bearing capacity.Schmidbauer highlighted “the mighty forces of nature” en route. Some of the individual parts of the crane were stored on deck during transportation due to their size and special tarpaulins were used to protect them against the elements.During the test phase, which began in December 2018, the Schmidbauer team lifted loads with the mobile crane on behalf of a neighbouring Chilean research station.Schmidbauer explained: “The crane was rendered winter proof immediately after its successful assembly. Since work cannot be carried out over the Antarctic winter with minus temperatures and strong winds, the crane stood in the garage of the neighbouring Chilean station for the next few months where it could be used for occasional lifting work.”Depending on the weather conditions over the Antarctic summer, the mobile crane will be used for four to six months to move containers and parts of the station before being winter proofed again. This cycle will be repeated two to three times before the upgrade work is completed, Schmidbauer said, adding that the next construction phase is scheduled to start again in November 2019.The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) has been operating an observation station in Antarctica for almost 30 years. Its living and office containers will be expanded over the next two years, while the upgrade of the technical areas of the station is set for completion by 2020.www.schmidbauer-gruppe.de
The government has set the ball rolling on the long-awaited review of its controversial legal aid reforms, the Ministry of Justice has announced.Justice minister Sir Oliver Heald told an all-party parliamentary group meeting in Westminster yesterday evening that the government ’now considers enough time has passed for the reforms to have bedded in for us to begin the review process’.The government had promised a review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) by April 2018. The act, which came into force in April 2013, removed vast swaths of law from the scope of legal aid.Heald told the meeting that the ministry plans to submit a post-legislative memorandum on LASPO ‘as a whole’ to the justice select committee. This process has to be done by May but Heald said the ministry hopes to do it before then. He added that the memorandum will cover the whole act, including part one.He said: ‘We will look at how the act has been affected by litigation, the various reviews of legal aid done by bodies such as the National Audit Office and others. This will lead to an initial discussion to the extent to which changes to legal aid met their objectives which is the test for the post-legislative memorandum. Then we will begin work on the full post-implementation review of legal aid.’Heald said the government intends to work ‘closely and collaboratively’ with other parties. It will outline more detailed plans about the review when it presents the memorandum to parliament.He added: ‘The memorandum and review will provide us with a robust evidence-based picture of the current legal aid landscape and how it’s changed since LASPO.’When pressed by Carol Storer, director of the Legal Aid Practitioners’ Group, for more details, such as who will carry out the review, Heald said he wanted to outline the timetable yesterday. But he said the ‘internal’ review will be a ‘collaborative effort’ and ’bring together all the contributors you would expect to assist us on that’.The government is already reviewing certain aspects of its legal aid reforms, such as evidence requirements in certain domestic violence cases, and employment and immigration tribunal fees.‘We’re trying to adjust the system to make it as good as it can be, but we’re a limited resource,’ Heald said. Sir Oliver HealdSource: PA Archive/PA ImagesHowever, Heald said he disagreed with the Law Society about the existence of legal aid housing advice ‘deserts’.Chancery Lane published a shocking infographic last year, which showed that nearly a third of legal aid areas have just one solicitor provider who specialises in housing and whose advice is available through legal aid.The Gazette has reported on several attempts by the government to urgently plug holes in the provision of housing and debt services due to ‘access’ issues. One practitioner told the Gazette that reliance on sole providers had already created conflicts of interest.Heald said there are 134 legal aid areas; 35 have one housing provider.Highlighting the Society’s call that there should be two providers, Heald thought ‘that would undermine the current providers in those areas where there is just one provider’.He added: ‘Those providers [will] have a certain volume of work. They have a team and bearing the costs of the team. If you were to divide the work between them and another provider… There is a history of losing providers for [sustainability] reasons. That’s my worry.’We have got a pattern of support around the country. In most areas there is more than one provider, in some areas there is one. A telephone hotline is also available [and] court duty rotas on the day. I do not want to put those single providers at risk.’
’CURRENT market prices are not compatible with an economically sound roll-out.’ Not only that, but they are ’much too high to encourage a rapid migration’. Taken from a UIC-CER-EIM declaration, these phrases leave little doubt over the scale of the problem facing Europe’s railways and their suppliers as they grapple with the implementation of ERTMS.The declaration was submitted to the European Parliament on January 24 following a meeting at the UIC headquarters on January 17 attended by senior railway executives, ERA Executive Director Marcel Verslype and European Union Co-ordinator for ERTMS Karel Vinck. While affirming the railways’ commitment to introduce ERTMS, the document makes it abundantly clear that progress depends on finding ways to cut equipment and installation costs. Only then will the long-sought virtuous circle of lower prices leading to more applications and hence still lower costs be triggered.For the moment ’migration towards ETCS is not economically possible for the railway operators’ without additional funding. The EU has already paid out €300m for ERTMS over the last decade, during which time the ’railway sector’ is estimated to have spent between €2bn and €3bn. With the cost of retrofitting onboard equipment peaking at €320000 per trainset (p140), no wonder that the UIC and its partners are calling for the transition process ’to be financially supported by the European Union and the respective Member States’. Quite how much more the EU is willing to give the railways is far from clear – there were ominous signs at the EuroRail conference in Brussels on January 31 that leading European policy-makers are losing patience with the national railways and their reluctance to embrace change.The declaration calls for the EU and ERA to take full responsibility in the regulatory field ’by guaranteeing the availability of stable ERTMS specifications’. This fundamental issue has still not been resolved – a visit to the Dutch HSL-Zuid on February 2 elucidated that superstructure contractor Infraspeed had installed Version 2.2.2, but that discussions were already taking place about upgrading to Version 2.3.0 – which is being installed in Belgium (p142). And in case anyone has forgotten, because of delays in specifying the ETCS equipment, purpose-built rolling stock for HSL-Zuid is not now expected to be available before late 2008 – although the southern section is practically complete, with a Thalys test train expected to reach the 300 km/h line speed last month. If that is not enough, the start date for the interim loco-hauled service has apparently slipped to September 2007.In Italy there are signs of more positive progress with Level 2 controlling trains on two lines at 300 km/h. Fare-paying passengers have been riding ETR500 trainsets between Roma and Napoli since January 23, although there are only two trains a day each way – one problem is that Trenitalia still has only eight ETR500 sets equipped for Level 2, although all 27 in the second series are due to be fitted. Services on the Torino – Novara high speed line began on February 7 with four trains a day running through to and from Milano. Contrary to earlier expectations (RG 2.06 p71), these trains do not serve Malpensa airport – Olympic visitors arriving by air and opting for the dash by train to Torino would have found that the first part of the journey as far as Novara was by bus.In Switzerland, there are hints that opening the L
RUSSIA: On December 16 the Russian Railways board approved plans to sell RZD’s 25% + 1 stake in The Breakers Investments BV, the Dutch-registered company which owns 100% of rolling stock manufacturing group Transmashholding. RZD’s stake would be sold for around 12·6bn roubles to existing shareholders Iskander Makhmudov, Andrei Bokarev and Alstom, which has reportedly expressed interested in increasing its stake from 25% to 33% Plans for the sale had been announced by RZD’s then-President Vladimir Yakunin in December 2014.
UK: The start of the next South Eastern passenger franchise has been delayed ‘while we make a decision on the competition’, Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling confirmed to parliament on April 9.The Department for Transport is negotiating a short-term extension to its current agreement with Govia. This would run until November 10 2019, with an option to extend it further to April 2020.The South Eastern franchise covers commuter and regional services from Kent and East Sussex to London which are currently operated by Govia under the Southeastern brand.The next franchise had originally been due to start on December 2018, but the refranchising process was delayed. On March 21 a DfT spokesperson had told Railway Gazette International that the department had not yet made a decision, but the refranchising process had not been stopped.The shortlisted bidders for the next contract are London & South East Passenger Rail Services (Govia 65:35 joint venture of Go-Ahead and Keolis UK) and South Eastern Holdings (Abellio Transport Group, East Japan Railway and Mitsui & Co). The Stagecoach South Eastern Trains group of Stagecoach and Alstom had also been shortlisted, but on April 10 the Department for Transport announced that Stagecoach Group’s bids for the South Eastern, East Midlands and West Coast Partnership contracts had all been disqualified as non-compliant. Trenitalia UK had also been shortlisted for South Eastern, but withdrew from the competition to focus on bidding for the West Coast Partnership inter-city contract which was its primary target in entering the UK market. According to Grayling, the award of the WCP contract is now expected in June.
Mouser Electronics has signed an exclusive global distribution agreement with Guerrilla RF. The Guerrilla is a start-up company headquartered in Greensboro, NC, provides high performance Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs) for the wireless infrastructure market. They were incorporated in 2013 and are dedicated to the development of high performance MMICs to allow the wireless infrastructure equipment manufacturers to provide greater area coverage and higher data rates. They have a patent pending Guerrilla Armor™ technology and develop solutions across Enterprise & Carrier-Class Wi-Fi Access Points, Small Cells, wireless backhaul and defense applications.Their product line comprises of four series of low-noise amplifiers (LNAs). The GRF205x series ultra-LNAs boast exceptional noise figure, gain, and linearity, and supports a wide range of high-performance LNA applications. Its flexible application circuits result in simple, low-cost implementations that allow for optimal efficiency and reuse.The GRF2501 high-gain ultra-LNA is designed for IEEE 802.11a/n/ac/p applications in the 5 GHz band (4.9 GHz to 6.0 GHz). This device exhibits exceptional de-embedded noise figures (NFs) as low as 0.80 dB across the band, along with excellent gain and high linearity. It uses a single supply voltage of from 2.7 to 5.0 volts, with a typical bias condition of 3.3 V and 12 mA. This device is a broadband ultra-low noise linear amplifier designed for demanding 802.11ac and wireless backhaul LNA and power amplifier (PA) driver applications. It exhibits outstanding broadband NF, linearity, and return losses over 4.0 to 6.0 GHz with a single match. This amplifier operates from a single positive supply of 1.8 V to 5.0 V with a selectable IDDQ range of 20 to 70 mA for optimal efficiency and linearity. It is internally matched to 50 Ohms at the input and output ports, requiring only seven external resistor, inductor, and capacitor (RLC) components.The GRF400x series of broadband low-noise gain blocks are designed for small-cell, wireless infrastructures. These devices exhibit outstanding radio frequency (RF) performance over multiple GHz bandwidths with little or no external RF matching, delivering excellent NF and linearity over supply voltages ranging from 1.8 to 5.0 volts. Bias currents can be set independently from Vdd, allowing a linear solution with optimal efficiency. These amplifiers are suitable for applications requiring first- or second-stage LNA, or can be used as linear transmit drivers. The GRF4042 is a high-performance amplifier that offers bypass functionality and incorporates Guerrilla Armor technology, which provides high off-state isolation even in the presence of high-RF input powers. This isolation is especially useful in TDD systems in which significant transmitter RF power can leak into the transceiver receive path.The GRF50x0 Power LNA series consists of high-power, low-noise devices that, with simple matching, can be tuned to cover 100 MHz up to 6.0 GHz (100 MHz to 3.8 GHz for the GRF5040) with fractional bandwidths greater than 20 percent. Devices in this series are ideal for multistage LNA applications, microwave backhaul, and distributed antenna systems.
Share Scott Seven Under Par After Day One at Palisades CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sophomore Kyle Scott (Edenvale, South Africa/Edenglen HS) finished the first two rounds seven under par to lead the No. 17 West Florida men’s golf team at the Palisades Collegiate Classic hosted by Charlotte on Monday. The Argonauts are in sixth place, 26 strokes behind the leader, heading into Tuesday’s final round.Scott opened with a 68 in the first round and followed with a 69 in the second, placing him fifth overall at 137. Freshman Ryan Black (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) had the best round of the day for the Argonauts, firing a 67 in the second round to finish the day tied for 12th and three under par (74-67-141).Freshman Rafael Rodriguez Larreta (Montevideo, Uruguay/Pocitos Day School) had a solid first day, shooting 148 (72-76) to finish tied for 37th. Freshman Carlos Rodriguez (Cali, Colombia/Austin Peay/Pendleton School) and sophomore Otto Bonning (Skanor, Sweden/Sundsgymnasiet) rounded out the lineup for UWF, carding 153 (75-78) and 157 (80-77), respectively.Virginia Commonwealth leads after the first two rounds at 552 (282-270), and Louisville trails at 557 (290-267) after an excellent second round. VCU’s Vincent Nadeau and Louisville’s Riley Wheeldon share the overall lead at 12 under par, with UWF’s Kyle Scott five strokes back.The Argonauts will return to Palisades Country Club on Tuesday for the team’s final round of the regular season. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#DAY ONE RESULTS5 Kyle Scott 68 69 137 -7T12 Ryan Black 74 67 141 -3T37 Rafael Rodriguez Larreta 72 76 148 +4T61 Carlos Rodriguez 75 78 153 +9T76 Otto Bonning 80 77 157 +13Print Friendly Version Kyle Scott (Photo by Ron Besser)