By GEORGE MORSESports And OutdoorsLos Alamos Daily Post This past year saw better streamflows in our rivers and streams in Northern New Mexico thanks to a good snowpack and strong spring runoff. So far this winter, precipitation and snow levels are ahead of last year which is great news for our water supply.Unfortunately, last year also saw a change in how water is managed at Abiquiu Lake, which is a popular fishing and boating destination for local anglers. They were no longer storing water at Abiquiu and the water level remained low all summer despite the good spring runoff. It remained difficult to launch boats and a four-wheel drive vehicle was needed to safely do so. Perhaps this coming year they can store enough water to make the boat ramp usable again at Abiquiu.Because streamflows remained heavy well into the summer this past year there was likely a good holdover of stocked trout and good conditions for wild trout. Fishing should be good this coming year except during the heaviest times of spring runoff. Be sure to check streamflows when planning a trip. Water levels in lakes should rise this spring. Early spring trout fishing from the bank should be good and fishing for warmwater species like bass and walleye should be good a little bit later as the water warms up.Currently, the streamflows in the Chama River are at good levels for wintertime fishing. The streamflow below Abiquiu Dam was 76.6 cubic-feet-per-second Tuesday. Although there were no reports from here, the fishing should be good for stocked rainbow trout and wild brown trout. The limit here is two-fish-per-day. That may be limiting the amount of fishing pressure here.The streamflow below El Vado Dam was 108 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been good for rainbow trout and brown trout. The limit here is the regular five-fish-per-day downstream to the measuring gauge below Cooper’s. From there downstream to the Rio Nutrias the fishing is catch-and-release with lures and flies having a single, barbless hook.Some good news for ice-fishing anglers. Eagle Nest Lake is now open for ice fishing. Expect good fishing for rainbow trout and yellow perch. You might also hook a northern pike or a kokanee salmon. Call 575.377.1594 for updated conditionsOther lakes remain closed to ice-fishing due to unsafe ice conditions. Fenton Lake is closed to ice fishing. Call 575.829.3630 to see when the lake will be opened to ice fishing. The fishing has been good in the Jemez River near Battleship Rock.Lake Maloya and Lake Alice at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton are closed to ice fishing due to unsafe conditions. Lake Maloya was stocked Dec. 23 with 1,751 rainbow trout. Call 575.445.5607 for updated conditions.No reports from Heron Lake. There is often open water for bank fishing here. It could be worth a try for rainbow trout. It was stocked Dec. 23 with 25,005 small rainbow trout. Call 575.588.7470 for conditions.Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo was starting to ice over and there were no reports from here.Monastery Lake near Pecos may still have some open water. It was stocked Dec.24 with 251 rainbow trout. Ice fishing is never allowed at Monastery Lake. If it is frozen, try fishing the Pecos River at Villanueva State Park. It is stocked with rainbow trout in the winter. The upper Pecos River above the town of Pecos to Cowles may be getting icy. The fishing has been fair.The streamflows are about normal on the Rio Grande at 429 cubic-feet-per second. Fishing in the Pilar area should be worth a try. It was stocked Dec. 26 with 2,250 rainbow trout. The fishing has been fair-to-good. Floating ice can be a problem on the Rio Grande in the winter.No reports from the Red River below Questa. The fishing has been fair-to-good here. Other tributaries to the Rio Grande are icy.Over in the Four Corners, the streamflow in the San Juan River below Navajo Dam was 564 cubic-feet-per-second. The dry fly fishing has been fair and the nymph fly fishing has been good in the Quality Water. No reports on the Bait Water. Fly fishing and bait could effective in the Bait Water.No reports on Navajo Lake. Trout fishing is probably your best bet here. In years past some anglers would catch some big trout trolling lures like Rapalas during the winter.No reports from Lake Farmington. The fishing should be fair-to- good here as it has been heavily-stocked.Tingley Beach in Albuquerque was stocked twice last week with a total of 2.399 rainbow trout. The fishing has been good.The drainage canals in the Albuquerque area are being stocked weekly. The fishing in the Albuquerque, Albuquerque South, Belen Riverside, Corrales Riverside and Peralta drains has been fair-to-good.There were no reports from Elephant Butte Lake or from the Rio Grande below Elephant Butte Dam.The fishing at Alto Lake near Ruidoso was very good for stocked rainbow trout.. There were no reports from Grindstone Reservoir. It should be worth a try for rainbow trout.Bill Evans Lake near Silver City has been good for stocked rainbow trout. Trout fishing at Bear Canyon Lake has been good. No reports from Lake Roberts.
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Independent/T. E. McMorrowSeven East Hampton High School students visited the town’s Justice Court last week as part of shadow day. In the front row are, from left to right, Emma Wiltshire, Brianna Larcomb, Kate Ward, and Jasmine Carroll. In back, Edison Verdugo, Tyler Simpson, and Jonathon Rodriguez. Wiltshire and Ward are eyeing careers in journalism, while the other five are considering becoming attorneys.Juniors at East Hampton High School spent half the day on May 23 shadowing various professionals in East Hampton, as part of a program run by teacher Catherine Tyrie. It was an opportunity for the students to observe adults practicing the careers they were thinking of pursuing.According to Tyrie, “The most popular careers were teacher, lawyer, and business owner. Journalist, veterinarian, dentist, and police officer were also very popular.”Five of those students shadowed East Hampton town attorney Michael Sendlenski. They started off that morning in a conference room in the town attorney’s office with a lot of questions. After that, Sendlenski and his crew headed to East Hampton Town Justice Court, where Justice Lisa Rana was conducting a combined traffic and criminal calendar.Over the course of the next hour, the group, seated in the front row normally reserved for attorneys, observed one defendant being arraigned on drunken driving charges. A second man was brought into the courtroom wearing a Suffolk County jail olive green jump suit, handcuffed, and in leg shackles to enter a guilty plea to two misdemeanor charges: driving with ability impaired by drugs and drug possession. Justice Rana sentenced that man, Driton Mushkolaj, to 10 months in jail.A third defendant, Roberto Caro, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, aggravated unlicensed driving. Caro has prior convictions for the same crime, as well as at least one alcohol-related driving conviction, and was sentenced by Justice Rana to 30 days.Sendlenski answered the students’ questions on the legal process throughout. “They asked very insightful questions,” he said.Another attorney, Carl Irace, who handles both criminal and civil cases in East Hampton, had two students in tow. The three of them observed the court session from the juror’s box.“They had the opportunity to see how our courthouse is a community court,” Irace said. They recognized some of the defendants in front of the court that morning on traffic matters. They also were moved by Justice Rana’s talk, from the bench with Mushkolaj, before she sentenced him. “I have no place else to go with you,” she said, encouraging him to get help.The students who shadowed police officers got to ride in squad cars. “They had fun,” Tyrie said. “Students also watched operations that veterinarians performed. Some students went on photo shoots. Some went to the theater.” Several, Tyrie said, were offered internships.Those may well include Emma Wiltshire and Kate Ward, two future journalists who shadowed this reporter as he made his rounds, visiting various East Hampton Town government offices, as well as the court. Share
On January 12, in the Port of IJmuiden, Deep BV started the mobilisation of the vessels to be used for the geophysical survey of Sites I and II of the Borssele Wind Farm Zone. Depending on the weather, the due date for the survey is mid-March and will be followed by a geotechnical investigation.The geophysical survey is part of the surveys as described in the Project and Site Description of the Borssele Wind Farm Zone on the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).Press release; Image: RVO
Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-group Law firm ProlegalSusan Brown, director: ‘Introducing a system which has no certainty of reducing costs and could equally well increase them, will undoubtedly lead to satellite litigation, will make it more difficult for claimants to find an experienced personal lawyer to represent them, and is extremely dangerous at a time when the legal services industry is on the brink of the major upheaval that will result from the introduction of alternative business structures. ‘With so much of the emphasis of this bill on legal aid and sentencing proposals, it seems the justice secretary has failed to understand the implications of the proposals in relation to litigation funding and costs.’ Young Legal Aid LawyersLaura Janes, chair, said: ‘The burden of these changes will fall on the most vulnerable. Legal aid is already only available to the poorest in society who are in the most desperate situations. Many cases brought by these people are only necessary in the first place because of poor decision-making by the state – particularly in benefits and immigration cases. For these people to bear the brunt of the cuts is completely unprincipled and unfair.’ She said: ‘These changes represent a false economy. It is disappointing that Ken Clarke has not listened to the Justice Select Committee who warned the proposals need to be thoroughly reviewed before being implemented; or the independent Committee of Inquiry who just last week confirmed that the proposals would not bring about long-term savings that Ken Clarke hopes; or the 5,000 people who felt so deeply about this issue that they took time to respond to the original consultation.‘We sincerely hope that the passage of the bill through parliament will provide more of a listening exercise than we have had so far,’ she added. London Solicitors Litigation AssociationSeamus Smyth, president: ‘In so far as the bill relates to civil litigation it contains no surprises. ‘We are however disappointed that the bill has not clarified the position in regard to offers to settle and seems to contradict the Ministry of Justice’s earlier announcement in March that the rules governing Part 36 would be amended, reversing the effect of the decision in Carver v BAA plc. In our view the draft S51 makes the position less clear and will inevitably result in satellite litigation.’ More reaction ResolutionDavid Allison, chair of the legal aid committee, said the cuts will mean thousands of vulnerable parents going through the trauma of divorce and separation will be left without legal help, creating a serious risk that many children will lose contact with one of their parents or be subjected to unfair financial arrangements that harm their upbringing. He said: ‘Where there are serious problems between parents, stripping away affordable justice will force families into situations where children simply lose contact with one of their parents, which is wholly unacceptable in a civilized society.’ ‘The cuts will also mean that, separated parents with primary responsibility for caring for the children may not be able to obtain a fair financial deal from the former partner.’ He said large groups of vulnerable people will no longer be eligible for legal aid, and will be left with mediation as their only option, which although a valuable option it is not only suitable for all and requires both parties to voluntarily agree to take part. He said: ‘The government seems determined to turn a deaf ear to the misery that these cuts could create for thousands of children and families. Not to mention the long-term impact the cuts will have on wider society and the costs that will transfer to other state funded services as people develop other difficulties such as mental health issues, as they seek to work through these things on their own. ‘These cuts are clearly ill-considered and rushed. The consultation process has been the latest in a line of similar coalition government fiascos. It received an unprecedented 5,000 responses according to the Ministry of Justice’s own figures. It is inconceivable that these responses have been given full and proper consideration.’ He warned that the government’s proposals could be the final nail in the coffin for many legal aid providers, leaving too few lawyers able to help the small numbers of vulnerable people who would still be protected by family legal aid. ‘The cuts are likely to create spiralling costs for taxpayers and chaos in the court system as increasing numbers of people, stripped of their right to legal aid and affordable justice, try to represent themselves,’ he said. Citizens Advice BureauChief executive Gillian Guy: ‘The government is making a fundamental mistake on legal aid and it is those in greatest need who will suffer. Restricting the scope of legal aid is the wrong way to reform the system and may cost more than it saves. ‘Civil legal aid keeps people in their homes, in their jobs and out of debt. These cuts will leave hundreds of thousands with nowhere to turn for help. Serious cases of family breakdown, unfair dismissal and refusal of benefits will simply get worse.’ Law firm Mayer BrownRani Mina, commercial dispute resolution partner: ‘The recoverability of ATE insurance premiums will be abolished as expected. It is likely this will result in a lower overall take-up rate and reduce access to justice for many who could not afford to take on the risk of litigation without such protection.’ Access to Justice Action GroupAJAG co-ordinator Andrew Dismore: ‘The government does not care about the ability of ordinary people to enforce their rights. Their view of justice is based on the interests of big business insurance companies, not the person in the street. ‘The winners under the government’s plans are the insurance company major shareholders, the losers are ordinary people. ‘This is “Ritz justice”: anyone can go there, but only if you can afford it. Justice ministers can, senior judges can, but the average “no win, no fee” claimant cannot. ‘Our research has shown that the typical “no win no fee” claimant is not wealthy, but lives on average or below average income. ‘Their claims are mostly worth under £5,000 – a lot of money to most hard-working families, but not the millionaires in the cabinet who cannot, or will not, comprehend the impact of these changes on their victims.’ BeachcroftAndrew Parker, head of Strategic Litigation at the national law firm and an assessor to the Jackson Review, commented: ‘It’s good to see the government sticking to its guns on implementing the core principles of LJ Jackson’s recommendations; businesses and consumers will benefit from this control of disproportionate legal costs. ‘We do, however, need to see delivery of the second phase of the Jackson reforms, in which legal costs in low value personal injury cases are fixed and the process for paying compensation is simplified. That will help put claimants with genuine claims at the centre of the process.’ The Law Society and legal profession this week vowed to continue campaigning against the government’s legal aid cuts, following publication of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill by justice secretary Kenneth Clarke. The bill, issued as the Gazette went to press, confirmed the government’s intention to press ahead both with reforms aiming at slashing £350m from the legal aid budget, and Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals on civil litigation costs. As proposed in last year’s green paper, legal aid will be removed for welfare benefits advice; clinical negligence; debt (except where a person’s home is at risk); private law family cases; employment; non-detention immigration matters; education; and housing (unless a person is facing homelessness). Public funding will also be removed from those seeking compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. There were two minor concessions. Legal aid will be retained for special educational needs cases, and prohibited steps and specific issue orders in private family cases where there is a risk that the child concerned may be taken abroad. In addition, the definition of domestic violence has been expanded beyond physical abuse to include mental and sexual abuse, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation. In a small victory for The Law Society, the government decided against seizing the interest from client accounts to supplement the legal aid budget. Chancery Lane has however expressed alarm at a proposal buried in documents accompanying the bill for the state to take 25% of all general damages awarded to claimants in receipt of legal aid (see separate story here). Legal aid will remain available for judicial review applications, but will be restricted to individuals who will directly benefit from the case, making it impossible for challenges to be brought in the public interest by campaign groups. In criminal cases, the bill appears to introduce an ‘interest of justice’ test to determine legal representation for those detained in a police station. The bill provides for the abolition of the Legal Services Commission and the appointment of a civil servant to be Director of Legal Aid Casework, designated by the lord chancellor to administer the legal aid scheme. Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly said: ‘These reforms will ensure that we have a legal aid system which is targeted at those who need it most, in the most serious cases, as well as providing value for money to the taxpayer.’ But representative groups lambasted the government for seemingly ignoring over 5,000 responses to its green paper, the vast bulk of which were hostile. Law Society president Linda Lee said: ‘The Law Society and the legal profession will continue its campaign against government cuts to legal aid. Cuts that will cost the taxpayer more than they save; cuts that will leave families, the elderly, victims of clinical negligence and the unemployed without access to justice.’ Lee said the government should have listened to ‘thousands of dissenting voices’ and introduced reforms that would make the necessary savings without simply transferring costs to other parts of the public sector. ‘Instead, the government is risking increased criminality and reduced social cohesion, as the MoJ’s own impact assessment warned, while damaging the ability of ordinary people to get justice,’ said Lee. Roger Smith, director of law reform and human rights organisation Justice, and a Gazette columnist, claimed the reforms will lead to ‘economic cleansing’ of the courts. ‘Courts and lawyers will be only for the rich,’ he warned. ‘The poor will make do as best they can with no legal aid and cheap, privatised mediation. There will be no equal justice for all, only for those with money.’ Director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group Carol Storer said she would continue to lobby parliament against reforms that would ‘unravel’ the legal aid system. ‘Groups have put forward alternative proposals for cutting expenditure and have researched the economic case for continuing legal aid. Spending on legal aid cases can save money elsewhere,’ she said. Steve Hynes, director of the Legal Action Group, said the introduction of the director of casework role will mean the government acting as ‘judge and jury’ on whether cases brought against it are funded. ‘There is a real danger of political bias in decisions on legal aid,’ he added. On sentencing, the government abandoned its plan to give 50% discounts for those who enter early guilty pleas. Its new sentencing policy will look to: introduce mandatory prison sentences for threatening someone with a knife; review the use of indeterminate prison terms; consult on a new offence of squatting; and write into law the ability of homeowners to use reasonable force to defend themselves or their property. Campaigners also issued a rallying call to solicitors and their clients to fight against implementation of the Jackson reforms. The Consumer Justice Alliance, a collection of charities, victims’ groups, insurers and law firms which was set up in response to Jackson, said it is ‘now or never’ for practitioners who oppose the plans. ‘This is a call to arms [to] those solicitors who want to join the fight,’ said CJA chairman Nigel Muers-Raby. Association of Personal Injury LawyersDavid Bott, president: ‘Cutting legal aid for medical injuries at the same time as restricting ‘no win, no fee’ is a savage blow for patients whose lives may have been shattered by their injuries. ‘Obviously, this is an enabling bill and we still need to see the detail, but the intent behind it is clearly just as brutal as we had been led to expect. ‘The drive to cut costs by forcing injured people to give up part of their compensation to pay legal fees is unfair, unjust and unwarranted. People don’t choose to be injured, but when negligence happens, the guilty party – the losing defendant – must surely be held fully to account.’ Consumer Justice AllianceNigel Muers-Raby, chairman: ‘This government is pushing through sweeping and dangerous reforms with alarming speed. The government knows full well that by publishing such a wide-ranging bill, it is the controversial sentencing aspects that will grab the headlines. ‘However, buried in the bill, you can see that thousands of injured people will suffer as a result of what is being proposed today – the door to justice is effectively being slammed in their faces. ‘Every day across the country, victims of accidents or negligence have to confront a future in the face of life-changing injuries. ‘The bill threatens their ability to seek proper legal representation and to receive the compensation they need to begin to rebuild their lives.’ Victim SupportJaved Khan, chief executive: ‘Plans to make prisoners work, learn new skills and pay more towards supporting victims of crime are welcome. We know that victims want justice to be done and for offenders to stop committing crime and to repair some of the harm they have caused.On sentencing he added: ‘We welcome government having listened and responded to concerns about reducing sentences for pleading guilty early. ‘But the debate about reduced sentences has underlined the need for greater transparency and greater public understanding about sentencing. ‘Many of the public were no doubt unaware that by pleading guilty early offenders could already reduce their sentence by a third.’ Mary Ward Legal CentreMargie Butler, chief executive, said the cuts are a ‘disaster for justice’ and ‘wholly counter productive’. She said: ‘They will increase the deficit as they load extra costs on to other government departments. It has been estimated that preventative advice in these areas saves up to £10 for £1 invested. This will be lost if the proposals go ahead.’ She added: ‘The government received over 5,000 responses to the legal aid green paper published in November 2010 and appears to have failed to take into account the majority of representations made to them.’ Justice for All coalition Phil Jew, at Advice UK, said: ‘Legal aid cuts are a further blow to a whole swathe of people, those already suffering poverty and discrimination and bearing the brunt of cuts to public services. These are people without a safety net and it costs far more to pick up the pieces when problems spiral out of control than provide them with advice which can keep their families together and in work and education.’ ‘When you are destitute, in debt, at risk of losing your family, your job or your right to stay in the UK because of incompetence, bureaucracy or carelessness, legal aid is there for when you cannot sort it out on your own. Bureaucracy should be cut before front line services but at a time of massive cuts, that will not happen if scrutiny of government departments is reduced because people cannot challenge wrong decisions,’ said Jew. Bar CouncilPeter Lodder QC, chairman, said: ‘The government has failed to listen to the views expressed by many in the judiciary, the legal profession and voluntary organisations in formulating its proposals on legal aid. ‘Legal aid will be withdrawn from whole swaths of areas of law and access to justice will be systematically deprived. ‘It is wholly unsatisfactory that the government is determined to forge ahead with its radical reform of legal aid in family cases while the important work of the Family Justice Review is still ongoing. The government has apparently not taken any account of the interim recommendations of the Family Justice Review for fundamental reform of the family justice system; reforms which are likely to achieve economies in the delivery of justice. ‘We are very concerned about the risk to significant numbers of children at the centre of family disputes before the courts, whose parents will not be able to receive legal advice or representation. This has significant implications for access to justice of these children, and of their families, many of whom are among the most vulnerable members of our society. ‘The government’s expectations of the impact of increased numbers of unrepresented litigants in the courts are wholly unrealistic. As those who work in the court system made clear in their representations to government, the courts will become clogged by unrepresented litigants, and, in the event that parties are forced to appear without representation, the systems will become slower. The court system will seize up, cases will take longer, and overall costs will increase. ‘In crime it is incomprehensible that the government should do nothing to reduce the burden on the legal aid fund by forcing wealthy defendants whose assets have been restrained to pay for their own defence instead of granting them free legal aid and artificially inflating the cost of legal aid to the taxpayer.’
Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge over the River Thames has passed the final planning hurdle and now has permission. If and when it comes to fruition this, together with the “Boris bike” and the introduction of the new Routemaster bus, will be one of Boris Johnson’s memorable legacies.The Garden Bridge is supported by the mayor on the basis that it will help deliver the Greater London Authority’s overall objectives for transport, the environment and social and economic development. The key benefits of the Garden Bridge are said to be that it:Will create new opportunities for walking in Central London, reducing journey times and supporting a shift towards journeys by footWill support economic development on both sides of the river, in particular, by acting as a catalyst for development in the North Bank area by improving accessibility and increasing footfall in the area around the Strand and AldwychWill generate health benefits through an increase in the number of people walking in Central LondonWill create a new London icon and visitor attraction, encouraging more tourists to visitWill create a new open space which will enrich the quality of life for residents, commuters and visitors.Most importantly, however, it is the business case for the bridge that appears to have won over the mayor who believes it will showcase British design, engineering and landscape industries and will become a marketable international icon, creating significant promotional and branding benefits for London and the UK.It is highly likely that a scheme of such a nature, if it had been a purely private venture, would not have got off the groundIt is highly likely that a scheme of such a nature, if it had been a purely private venture, would not have got off the ground. The scheme will affect views of St Paul’s Cathedral from many vantage points, including Waterloo, Jubilee and Blackfriars bridges. The City Corporation has successfully protected views of St Paul’s Cathedral through the St Paul’s Heights code for over 70 years. The views protected by the Heights code are sensitive to even small infringements and consistent application of the limitations is therefore crucial to the successful protection of the views. The setting of precedents which encroaches on protected views has been a real concern. The granting of planning permission for the Garden Bridge not only provides a precedent for other schemes to encroach on protected views but potentially provides a blueprint on how to secure consent in a challenging policy environment. It has always been the case that harms caused by schemes should be dealt with by the planning process and in any event should be minimised, but when it is a question of views, this is much more difficult.In addition concerns have been raised about the location of the bridge between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges in terms of supporting transport infrastructure. But what has really divided opinions is its design costs and public funding – £30m coming from Transport for London, under the mayor’s remit, matched by £30m from central government. The notion of public and green space in such environments is also now attracting much debate – the recent opening of the roof garden in the City’s Walkie Talkie building (20 Fenchurch Street) has begun to raise concerns over the public use elements of the scheme. Perhaps, though, the real concern about the Garden Bridge is one relating to the quality of the facility being delivered.In this case the decision makers are of the view that an iconic bridge is in the public interest such that it outweighs the harm to other notable and protected interests. Planning is always a matter of subjective opinion, especially on matters of design and aesthetics. With the right supporters the planning system will always deliver schemes which are contrary to policy. This proves that the “material consideration” exception to determining applications which are contrary to policy is alive and kicking. It will be a brave party which is prepared to challenge a decision which is so clearly based on subjective judgments. Those entertaining potentially contentious schemes should consider joint venture type schemes with public authorities, which should at least assist in paving the way through protectionist planning policies.Jay Das is head of planning at Wedlake Bell
All North American operations will be managed by Egge Kloosterboer, who recently joined GBS and brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in yacht transport.GBS is part of the EMS Fehn Group giving it direct access to a fleet of cargo vessels and excellent contacts in the shipping and logistics industry, which allows GBS flexibility in offering lo-lo and flo-flo services for super yachts.”With the recent acquisition of Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) by Sevenstar, there are fewer choices left for clients seeking reliable yacht transport. Now with our expansion into North America, we are in a position to offer clients another dependable and consistent alternative,” said Christian van Hoorn, managing director of GBS. www.gbs-germany.comwww.ems-fehn-group.de
Edwards Moving & Rigging utilised one of its ADDrives for the delivery of a turbine to a combined-cycle power plant in northeastern USA. Used in combination with a prime mover, it powered a gross weight of 621,689 lbs (281.9 tonnes) up an incline with a ten percent gradient to the job site.On site, the prime mover was removed and the ADDrive manoeuvred the 375,000 lb (170-tonne) turbine around the job site prior to offloading.A video of the project can be viewed here.More information about Goldhofer’s ADDrive system can be found here. www.edwardsmoving.comwww.goldhofer.de
NÜRNBERG transport authority VAG awarded a €185m contract to Siemens on November 16 covering the supply of automatic train control equipment for its Rubin project. This covers the construction of a fully-automated U-Bahn Line U3, and the conversion of Line U2. The deal also includes the supply of 30 ATO-equipped trainsets to work the two lines. Under construction since 2000, U3 combines two branches, from Rathenauplatz to Maxfeld in the north of the city, and Rothenburger Strasse to Gustav-Adolf-Strasse in the southwest. Trains will share tracks with U2 services through the city centre (RG 7.00 p401).The ATO and ATP equipment will be developed by Siemens’ signalling department at Braunschweig, using inductive loops to transfer data between track and train. Siemens will supply a Sicas solid-state interlocking to control U3, with interfaces to the existing relay interlocking used on U2. The programme provides for mixed working of conventional and automatic trains between the opening of U3 – now expected at the beginning of 2006 – and the conversion of U2 the following year. The DT3 two-car EMUs will be based on the existing VAG fleet, but incorporating Siemens’ MoMo design principles. They will be built in Wien, with bogies from Graz. Each 36m long unit will have seats for 60 passengers and standing room for 240; maximum speed will be 80 km/h. U3 will be worked by 16 sets, with the other 14 to work U2.
Sharing is caring! LocalNews Public service day 2014 officially launched by: – June 25, 2014 Tweet Share 20 Views no discussions Share Public Service day 2014 has been officially launched and will be observed on the 5th of December 2014 under the theme ‘An Efficient Service A Sustainable Future’. Several activities have been planned leading up to the December 5th event which includes, discussions on various topics, hikes, an award ceremony a church service among others.Administrative officer Carrie Baron, who gave an overview of Public Service Day 2014, said the major objective of the event is to recognise and reward excellence in service delivery and the performance of duties. “It also focuses on encouraging socialization among current officers and recognizing the tremendous efforts of retired officers to nation building,” she said.Public Service Day is also about educating officers on topics for interest. To this end, during the month of July, a series of talks and show cases have been planned. Topics will range from retirement health benefits to occupational health and safety.All public servants are encouraged to participate in the activities planned in observance of the day.Secretary to Cabinet Steve Ferrol who spoke at the ceremony said while the public service sector has been under constant scrutiny, “this scrutiny under the nation at large has been a welcomed checking balance that we in the public service over the years has converted into a form of positive energy that has propelled and strengthen our resolve to persevere and perform credibly in good times and in bad times”. He further stated that, the public service truly depicts sustainability, resilience and hard work.“We together with other Dominicans have built this country several times over within the last three decades who has passed on”.He urged all public servants to continue to work hard as we continue to build our country.Mr Ferrol also held a moment of silence in memory of public servants who have passed on. Dominica Vibes News Share