Water margins

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SIAD Group at Cryogen Expo 2009

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A question of discipline

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HSH ready to invest

first_imgAccording to a Reuters report, HSH Nordbank aims to buy shipping loans from other banks and make new investments in the industry.“HSH, at the end of this process of privatisation, will for the first time since 2008 be restored. We will not have the same restrictions we faced or the pressures to reduce bad debt,” Christian Nieswandt, global head of shipping with HSH Nordbank, told Reuters.“We are looking to re-invest in the shipping space and are looking for high-quality business.”The bank’s annual budget of EUR700 million (USD812.5 million), set until 2022, will be invested in new shipping business, including buying loans from other banks.Nieswandt added: “We will not buy non-performing portfolios. We are only looking at performing loans. We are talking to a couple of European banks, which have expressly stated that they want to get rid of parts of their portfolio,” he said.“This is a good way of developing the bank’s shipping portfolio. I have never experienced a period during which so many quality portfolios were for sale.”www.hsh-nordbank.comlast_img read more

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California winner of $447M Powerball can claim prize Monday

first_img Published: June 12, 2017 4:58 AM EDT Author: AP Recommended Sanibel man scores a $2 million POWERBALL prize Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Powerball jackpot leaps to estimated $625 million and counting California winner of $447M Powerball can claim prize Monday LOS ANGELES (AP) The holder of the sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8 million can claim the prize as early as Monday morning, lottery officials said.The ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Southern California, and whoever owns it will claim the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history, the California Lottery said in a statement. Lottery officials said the earliest the ticket could be redeemed is 8 a.m., and the winner has one year to claim the prize.The winning ticket was sold at Marietta Liquor & Deli in the small city of Menifee, the California Lottery said in a statement. The store just off a highway caters to retirees who live in the part of Menifee known as Sun City, which was developed as a retirement community in the 1960s. It also is a common stop for motorists passing through the area about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from Los Angeles.Liquor store owner Matthew Alberre said he does not know which of his customers won the jackpot or what his family will do with the $1 million bonus set aside for the retailer that sells the winning ticket.“We’re so blessed for this to happen,” said Alberre, who owns the store with his father.The year began terribly for the family because Alberre’s father was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.“Starting out the year, it seemed like it was going to be the worst year in the world, and six months later, our store hit the Powerball. We’re very, very grateful for this to happen to our store,” Alberre said.Sun City residents were wondering if they might know the winner.At a breakfast at the local Knights of Columbus organization, Armand Blais said people there hoped the ticketholder lived in their community and would assist their efforts to build a new church.“We’re hoping they’re a parishioner and they’ll bring us a check tomorrow,” said Blais, president of the Sun City Civic Association’s board.Sun City has about 4,700 homes developed for residents age 55 and older. Today, they are part of Menifee, population 89,000, but those living in Sun City still proudly call the community by its original name, Blais said.The homes are clustered around a golf course, and residents join in activities ranging from tai chi and swimming to woodworking and shuffleboard, according to the association’s website.Menifee Mayor Neil Winter said he hoped a local resident bought the winning ticket at the heavily visited store that has sold winners before but never for so much.“There’s a lot of good folks over there, so hopefully one of our Menifee folks won,” he said.The lucky numbers drawn Saturday night were 20-26-32-38-58, and the Powerball number was 3.Powerball spokesman Randy Miller said the estimated jackpot prize is based on a winner choosing an annuity, which pays off over 29 years. The cash prize would be $279.1 million. Both prize amounts would be before taxes are deducted.Before the drawing Saturday night, the jackpot was estimated at $435 million. It had grown because no one had matched all the numbers since April 1.The odds of winning Saturday’s drawing were one in 292.2 million.Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. SHARElast_img read more

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Super exam gets go ahead – in 2020

first_imgA single centrally set examination will form the gateway to the solicitors’ profession under plans announced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority this morning. A solicitors qualifying examination (SQE) will come in to use from September 2020 – a date pushed back two years after the profession reacted sceptically to the initial plans.  Julie BrannanThe super exam has been the subject of two consultations, which attracted some 500 responses. At a press briefing in London this morning, the regulator admitted that there had been ‘resistance’ from ‘some organisations, including training providers’. Following criticism from the Law Society and others, the scheme has been modified to require a degree or equivalent qualification as well as two years of work experience. The SRA said the exam ‘will make sure all solicitors meet consistent, high standards for entry to the profession’.However it revealed that 60% of respondents to the second consultation either ‘strongly disagreed’ or ‘disagreed’ that the proposals would be an effective measure of competence.The SRA said that more needs to be done in order to get the proposals right. With this in mind, it has delayed the proposed start date from 2018/19 to 2020.Under the scheme, candidates will take a two-part exam as well as undertaking work experience. To qualify as a solicitor, candidates will need to:have passed SQE stages 1 and 2 to demonstrate they have the right knowledge and skillshave been awarded a degree or an equivalent qualification, or have gained equivalent experiencehave completed at least two years of qualifying legal work experiencebe of satisfactory character and suitability.Even candidates who have a law degree will still need to pass stage 1.A remaining major concern is the cost of the process. Julie Brannan (pictured), director of education and training at the SRA, said the removal of a requirement to take a ‘gamble’ on the LPC – which can cost up to £15,000 – would mean the new assessment is likely to be cheaper. ‘By removing the need to take the LPC and spend up to £15,000 we are confident that the new assessment will equate to a net saving for candidates,’ Brannan said.A summary of consultation responses published today shows that just 20% of respondents said that they agreed with the SRA’s contention that its proposals would be an effective measure of competence.Paul Philip, SRA chief executive, said: ‘Views on the SQE are wide ranging. The depth of feedback has been invaluable in helping us shape our proposals. We want that to continue. By working closely with everyone we will create a modern, world-class assessment.’ The Law Society said the SRA has come far from its initial proposition and has shown a willingness to listen. ‘The inclusion within the revised proposals of a degree-level qualification and two years’ work-based training in all routes to entry is something the Law Society called for,’ the Society said.It added: ‘That said, there is still more work to be done before the SQE can be considered “right”.’ Noting that the assessment provider for the SQE is yet to be appointed and the assessments are yet to be developed, it said: ‘Just how the SRA will manage these concerns is yet to be seen.’last_img read more

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Euro-Brazilian co-operation accord

first_imgA key step towards greater regulatory co-operation between the European and Brazilian railway sectors was taken on September 23, with the signing at InnoTrans of a Memorandum of Understanding between Jorge Luiz Macedo Bastos, General Director of Brazilian land transport agency ANTT and the Executive Director of the European Railway Agency Marcel Verslype.The signing of the MoU follows initial discussions at an EU-Brazil summit in February, when the two agencies committed to seeking closer co-oepration, drawing up an action plan to develop mutual recognition on technical requirements, conformity assessments and standards in a number of specific areas.Brazil is currently investing heavily to revitalise and expand its rail network, and is planning to open up the rail market to competition. As part of this, Bastos confirmed that the intention is to adopt the European model of vertical separation between infrastructure management and train operations. He envisages the development of an interoperable network including several high speed lines as well as high-capacity mixed traffic freight and passenger routes. To this end, ANTT feels it is important to share information about European regulatory systems, capacity allocation processes and technical standards.ERA says that a bi-lateral exchange of experience in the field of interoperability and safety will be at the top of the agenda, along with signalling and communications regulations, Technical Specifications for Interoperability and the European Rail Traffic Management System, which the agency feels ‘has become a standard of reference world-wide for railway safety and capacity optimisation’.last_img read more

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Mass defections turn Nigeria’s APC into minority party in Senate

first_imgNigeria’s ruling APC party splits in two Nigeria’s ruling party wins key state gubernatorial race Fifteen Nigerian senators quit the ruling All Progressives Congress party on Tuesday, making it a minority in parliament’s upper house and indicating worsening rifts in President Muhammadu Buhari’s political camp months ahead of an election.Fourteen of the 15 lawmakers went to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a letter read on the Senate floor stated. Another senator later left the ruling party while parliament was in session.The PDP, which was in power from the start of civilian rule in 1999 until Buhari took office in 2015, said in a tweet that 32 lawmakers in the lower house of parliament, the House of Representatives, had also defected from the APC.The defections may make it harder for Buhari to push through his legislative agenda for the remainder of his first term, and follows the disclosure by a faction of Buhari’s ruling APC party this month that it no longer backs his government.Deepening divisions threaten to split support for Buhari within powerful patronage networks and among voters ahead of a presidential poll scheduled for February 2019 that will decide who runs Africa’s top oil producer.An APC spokesman declined to comment on the defections.Relations between Buhari, lawmakers and some members of his own party have been strained for months with fissures emerging in public over the last few weeks, resulting in the APC split earlier this month and the latest defections.Lawmakers in June issued a series of demands to Buhari including a call for an end to the “systematic harassment and humiliation by the executive of perceived political opponents.”The president’s supporters have previously rejected the accusations leveled against the 75-year-old former military ruler. Buhari said in April that he would seek another term. His candidacy depends on party approval, though that is usually considered to be a formality for the incumbent.Nigeria’s main opposition parties earlier this month agreed to form an alliance to field a joint candidate to contest next year’s presidential election.Atiku Abubakar, a former Nigerian vice president who left the APC late last year, remains the most high profile figure to leave the party. Abubakar told Reuters in May that he hopes to be the PDP’s presidential candidate.Relatedcenter_img Nigeria’s ruling All Progressive Congress party elects new leaderlast_img read more

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New 120 Degree MIMO Sector Antennas for S and C Band Communication

first_img High gain 90° sector antennas for S and C-Band communication 2 and 4-port omni-directional MIMO antennas with magnetic bases for rapid vehicle deployment Omni-directional antennas with integrated RF gooseneck base, ideal for tactical radio systems and available in L, S, or C band options Omni-directional “Ultra-Flex dipole” antennas with flexible weatherproof sealed spring base, ideal for tactical radio systems and available in L, S, or C band options These antennas join Southwest Antennas’ existing selection of MIMO antennas for use on hand held or body worn tactical radio systems, vehicle installed radio systems, or fixed site infrastructure.Popular MIMO products from Southwest Antennas include: Part # 1009-035 – 12 dBi, 2×2 MIMO 120° Sector Panel Antenna, Slant L/R Polarized, 2.2 – 2.5 GHz Part # 1009-034 – 12 dBi, 4×4 MIMO 120° Sector Panel Antenna, Slant L/R Polarized, 2.2 – 2.5 GHz Part # 1009-037 – 12 dBi, 2×2 MIMO 120° Sector Panel Antenna, Slant L/R Polarized, 4.4 – 5.0 GHz Part # 1009-036 – 12 dBi, 4×4 MIMO 120° Sector Panel Antenna, Slant L/R Polarized, 4.4 – 5.0 GHz Southwest Antennas has introduced four new MIMO sector antennas to their existing line-up of directional antenna solutions. The four new MIMO sector antennas feature a wide 120 degree horizontal beamwidth, allowing for wide area coverage. Designed for 2 x 2 and 4 x 4 MIMO radio systems, two and four port versions of these sector antennas are available in both 2.2 to 2.5 GHz S-Band and 4.4 to 5.0 GHz C-Band frequency options, for ISM / broadcast and law enforcement use. Polarization and spatial diversity is provided by the 45° left/right slant polarization antenna elements within the radome, offering users of MIMO radio systems better RF link capability and data/voice throughput versus standard vertically polarized antennas in congested RF environments.Each antenna is contained in a durable UV-resistant white kydex radome, making them suitable for extended outdoor installation and allowing for seamless integration next to other wireless infrastructure antennas without drawing attention. Each sector antenna ships with a mounting kit for 1” to 2” OD poles, with user-adjustable 0 to -15° adjustable elevation angle downtilt.The four new MIMO sector panel antennas include the following part numbers: These products are available now from Southwest Antennas, authorized sales representatives, and distributors.last_img read more

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Industry’s Most Versatile 5 GHz Backhaul Radio with Twist-On Antennas for Variable Gain

first_imgMimosa Networks has launched the Mimosa C5x, the most versatile, integrated 5 GHz radio with four modular, twist-on antenna options. With best-in-class Front-to-Back (FTB) and Front-to-Side (FTS) ratios for superior noise immunity, and extended frequency operation from 4.9-6.4 GHz, the ultra-rugged C5x is disrupting the industry and sets new price/performance benchmarks for integrated wireless connectivity.The modular design of the C5x is a perfect fit for network operators, offering the ease and simplicity of an integrated radio coupled with antenna gain flexibility for streamlined installation and reduced inventory costs. The C5x is optimized for short- to mid-range links with a native 8 dBi gain that can be increased to 12, 16, 20 or 25 dBi using a set of modular twist-on antennas. With a disruptive price point (MSRP US$59), the C5x is designed for cost-effective point-to-multipoint (PTMP) deployments delivering up to 100BaseT of IP throughput out-of-the-box, and up to 500 Mbps when paired with a “C5x-PTMP” feature key upgrade (sold separately). A separate point-to-point (PTP) “C5x-PTP” feature key will upgrade the C5x to deliver up to 700 Mbps throughput for a PTP link.The flexibility of the C5x is an enormous benefit for network operators who typically deploy radios in unfamiliar environments. Service installers are often unaware of the detailed topography until they arrive at the install site, and as a result, they are required to carry a variety of radio and antenna options to successfully connect the devices. Now with the Mimosa C5x, a single radio combined with a selection of different antennas can be kept on-hand to ensure that installers are ready for any environment. The Mimosa Install App allows feature keys to be purchased in advance and redeemed onsite, giving operators even greater deployment flexibility.Based on Mimosa’s field-proven C5c software, the Mimosa C5x, like all Mimosa products, is engineered with extended frequency support and takes advantage of both 4.9 GHz public safety applications in the United States and unlicensed frequencies up to 6.4 GHz worldwide (where allowed by local regulations). In addition, the accompanying N5-X modular antennas are specifically optimized for C5x extended frequency support.Fabricated in rugged die-cast metal to excel in the harshest environments, the custom-engineered N5-X Cassegrain or horn antennas are optimized for gain across a broad spectrum range. Best-in-class noise isolation provides immunity from interference with breakthrough FTB and FTS performance, delivering 10bB improvement in the Signal-to-Interference-Plus-Noise Ratio (SINR). This feature translates into a 10X performance increase against competitive integrated radios.At just 17.5 centimeters in height and weighing only 370 grams, the C5x delivers with an incredibly sleek form factor, perfect for visually sensitive installations. And with a typical energy consumption of sub-10w, the C5x is ideal for solar-powered, battery back-up installations, where power and reliability are at a premium.The Mimosa C5x (MSRP US$59) and N5-X12 (US$19), N5-X16 (US$29), N5-X20 (US$39) and N5-X25 (US$59) antennas are available to order now (feature key upgrades sold separately). For more details, click here.last_img read more

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