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Former nurse-turned-barrister Mandie Lavin will become chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives upon the retirement of Diane Burleigh at the end of the year.
n Vietnam’s Minstry of Transport & Communications has announced that work will begin this year on a 5 km railway extension from Halong to the new Cai Lan deep water port in Quang Ninh province, at a cost of 281bn dong.n AustralAsia Railway Corp now expects to complete construction of the Alice – Darwin line in December, four months ahead of schedule. Contractor ADRail began tracklaying on the 312 km north of Katherine on April 7, by which time around 190 km of the 475 km segment south of Tennant Creek had been laid.n The governments of North and South Korea signed a further agreement in Kaesong on March 12 to resume work on reconnecting their networks across the Demilitarised Zone. De-mining along a 100m wide strip was completed in December.n Hans Schabert, Group President of Transportation Systems, told the Rail-Tech Europe Congress in Utrecht on April 1 that Siemens was completing an ETCS test train that would be commissioned this summer.n The Arab Gulf Co-operation Council has appointed the Islamic Development Bank to prepare a feasibility study for a rail network linking the member countries. According to Assistant Secretary-General Mohammed Obaid Al Mazroui, the AGCC customs union now covers a population of more than 30 million.n Canadian National Chief Executive E Hunter Harrison confirmed in April that the railway was interested in taking over the financially-troubled BC Rail. The British Columbia government is expected to invite proposals for an operating concession shortly, but wants to retain ownership of the infrastructure. CN has already submitted a bid to take over Ontario Northland Railway.n A team from China’s Fourth Railway Institute has completed a feasibility study for construction of a high speed rail link between Beijing, Wuhan and Guangzhou, which would cut the journey time for the 2000 km trip from 23 to 10h.n Expect the Greek Transport Ministry to call tenders next year for construction of a double-track standard-gauge rail link between Korinthos and Patras at an estimated cost of €660m. Feasibility studies for the project are now nearing completion.n French Transport Secretary Dominique Bussereau told local representatives on April 7 that the government would ’try to accelerate’ studies into a Bordeaux – Narbonne high speed line, which was put back until 2020 in the recent infrastructure project audit (RG 4.03 p179). n Utah Transit Authority expects to open its next TRAX light rail extension more than a year ahead of schedule. Development Director Mike Allegra said work on the US$90m route from Rice-Eccles Stadium to the University of Utah Medical Center was 65% complete at the end of March; UTA hopes to have services running by September 28.
UK: Following successful trials, UK infrastructure manager Network Rail has granted full approval for the SL35 LED Light Engine which has been introduced by Howells Railway Products as a direct replacement for signal filament lamps. The Light Engine is compatible with existing electrical and lamp proving systems, offering the reliability and long life of LEDs without the need to change the existing signal head. The existing lamp holder is used, but to further reduce failures the Light Engine is hard-wired into the signal. This means it does not use lamp holder contact springs to provide electrical connections.According to Howells, a four-aspect signal can be converted in less than 15 min.
Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 26 Views one comment Share LocalNews Man beats girlfriend for behaving aggressively by: – November 8, 2013 Share A Boyd’s Avenue man pleaded guilty to battery and making threats at a Roseau Magistrate’s Court on Friday, November 8 when he appeared before Magistrate Ossie Lewis.According to information revealed in court by police prosecutor corporal Innocent Toussaint on November 6, Marcel Jermaine, 28, who had the keys to his girlfriend’s house, Julia Austrie, opened the house in which they lived in together, after she had asked him for the keys.Austrie was angry because she had been waiting for him to arrive with the keys for a long time. Jermaine pushed Austrie and she fell in a sitting position, then he proceeded to choke her.During the choking which occurred on about five occasions, she informed police that she felt weak and her vision became blurry at one time.He threatened her by saying, “I will kill you…I stabbing you, I stabbing you with the scissors.”In his defence, he told the court he tried speaking with Austrie in a civilized manner and tried to calm her down but she kept on acting aggressively. He said it was Community Day of Service and they went into town separately so when she tried contacting him to bring the keys to open the house, he was unaware that his phone was ringing.He told the court he tried approaching her on several occasions “begging her to calm down” but she kept pushing him away.He said it was when he bounced against a wall after she pushed him he held her hands. “I whisper in her ears I love you,” he said and told the court that he did not choke or punch her.However, Magistrate Lewis said based on the medical form there was certainly a lot of physical contact.The medical report stated that she was seen by the doctor, had a swollen right upper lip and numerous red marks accompanied by swelling on her face.“I have a very dim view of men who beat women,” the Magistrate told Jermaine.He was spared a custodial sentence because his previous convictions dated back ten years ago when he was a juvenile. Therefore, he was fined $1200 on the charge of battery to be paid in full by 31 January 2014 or in default of which he will spend five months in prison.On the charge of threats he was fined $600 to be paid by 31 May 2014 or in default he will spend six weeks in prison.Austrie declined compensation from the court as she stated that Jermaine is unemployed but asked that he be warned to stay away from her for the rest of his life as their relationship is over.Dominica Vibes News
245 Views no discussions Share Chairman of the CARICOM sub-committee on cricket governance, Dr. Keith Mitchell.Chairman of the CARICOM sub-committee on cricket governance, Dr. Keith Mitchell has deemed the management operational functions of West Indies Cricket as dysfunctional and in need of change.Dr. Mitchell, who is also the Prime Minister of Grenada, made the statement in Dominica during a joint press conference Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Friday 9 October 2015. He said West Indies Cricket has been at the helm of world sport for decades, but has been in decline for twenty and more years.“If I am Governor in Grenada and Grenada is on the decline for twenty something years, I do not see how I would want to continue to stay there; either I change the status quo or I get out,” Dr Mitchell noted.He said it has nothing to do with “who is there, but the whole system of governance of West Indies Cricket must change. And if we love the game, because cricket defines the psyche of the West Indian man and woman, we must do something”.Dr Mitchell pointed out that over the years there has been chaos in West Indies Cricket. “One day is the mess taking place at the board level, with respect with those who work for the board, another day is the team leaving India and leaving a tour with massive problems, another day is the hiring of a coach today and the firing of one tomorrow; it’s just chaos”.He noted that to play a sport, one has to be psychologically ready and if the players are not emotionally happy and ready it will affect their performance.“I don’t care what talent you have but if you are down emotionally you cannot perform at your peak. Now you’re sending a team to Sri Lanka with a coach that they said they don’t want. Tell me how you define this,” Dr Mitchell questioned. “My word is the management of West Indies Cricket id dysfunctional and must be changed,” Dr. Mitchell concluded. Share Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNewsRegionalSports West Indies cricket management ‘dysfunctional’ by: Dominica Vibes News – October 12, 2015 Share
Share 111 Views no discussions BusinessInternationalNewsPrintSports FLOW and Manchester United partnership launched by: – March 10, 2016 (L-R) Manchester United Legend Andy Cole, the mascot, and Flow Jamaica’s Head of Marketing & Products, Carlo Redwood, pose for the cameras following the official launch of the regional partnership between FLOW and Manchester United football club. The deal includes extensive sponsorship and broadcast rights for Manchester United and offers Flow customers across the Caribbean unique experiences, signed merchandise and much more.KINGSTON, Jamaica (March 9, 2016) – Cable & Wireless’s retail brand Flow has delivered yet another major landmark deal in the Caribbean with Manchester United. The deal between Manchester United and Flow, the only telecoms provider in the region with extensive partnership and broadcast rights for the world’s most popular football club was officially launched in Kingston, on Thursday, February 18.Flow will also have exclusive distribution rights of the dedicated MUTV channel in the region. This will give Flow subscribers access to exclusive Manchester United programming as well as behind-the-scenes access to the club, starting with the upcoming 2016/17 Premier League season.As the region’s leading quad-play operator, Flow will also enable access to Manchester United content “on the go” via mobile, tablets and desktop devices. Fans will be able to access Manchester United’s Red Alerts and download the Manchester United App. Manchester United is an industry leader making an excellent fit with C&W as the Caribbean’s most innovative operator providing products and services across multiple platforms.The Manchester United partnership provides Caribbean fans with unique experiences including the chance to win tickets to Manchester United games, signed merchandise, as well as interaction with Manchester United Legends.John Reid, C&W’s President Consumer Group welcomed the exciting regional partnership and said, “This deal with Manchester United is certainly paving the way for Flow to truly become the undisputed Home of Sports in the Caribbean. FLOW is bringing sports fans closer to football through our new association with the biggest club in the world. With Flow and Manchester United, we can truly say, ‘together we are in a different league.’”Manchester United has a global community of 659 million followers. Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share
Keysight Technologies has introduced six millimeter-wave models to its family of FieldFox handheld analyzers. The flagship model is the industry’s first handheld combination analyzer to provide coverage to 50 GHz. With more built-in capabilities than similar analyzers, FieldFox can replace three or four single-function instruments – benchtop or handheld – that are typically used for maintenance and troubleshooting of systems that operate at or above Ka-band frequencies.The analyzers weigh only 7.1 pounds, and deliver laboratory-grade measurements that enable field personnel to fully characterize the most demanding radar and satellite systems. The FieldFox combination analyzers also provides unprecedented functionality and value at about half the cost of each equivalent benchtop instrument.Three combination-analyzer models cover 32, 44 or 50 GHz and provide spectrum analysis, vector network analysis and cable and antenna testing in a rugged, portable unit. The three spectrum analyzer models cover the same frequency range. In all six new models, spectrum measurements are up to eight times faster than those made with comparable analyzers. FieldFox millimeter-wave analyzers are also three pounds lighter than similar units from other vendors.The FieldFox family is optimized for field testing. The fully sealed enclosure – no fans or vents – is compliant with US MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2 standards and is also type tested to meet MIL-STD-810G requirements for operation in explosive environments (Method 511.5, Procedure 1). FieldFox analyzers are also type tested to meet IEC/EN 60529 IP53 requirements for protection from dust and water.The analyzers offer a broad array of functionality that is software upgradeable, enabling users to choose the capabilities they need initially and add others later. Examples include vector voltmeter, TDR cable measurements, built-in power meter, pulse measurements, spectrum analyzer time gating, interference analyzer (with spectrogram), and GPS receiver.U.S. Pricing and Availability N9950A 32 GHz FieldFox microwave (combination) analyzer N9951A 44 GHz FieldFox microwave (combination) analyzer N9952A 50 GHz FieldFox microwave (combination) analyzer N9960A 32 GHz FieldFox spectrum analyzer N9961A 44 GHz FieldFox spectrum analyzer N9962A 50 GHz FieldFox spectrum analyzer Pricing starts at $28,000 for the N9950A 32 GHz FieldFox microwave combination analyzer.
Sierra Wireless has announced that the AirPrime EM7565 LTE-Advanced Pro Embedded Module has been granted FCC approval and is the first embedded module available for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) networks in the U.S. This enables organizations to operate their own LTE networks in areas such as colleges and corporate campuses, arenas, airports, ports, and warehouses.The Sierra Wireless module is approved to operate in the 3.5 GHz CBRS radio band which was traditionally used by U.S. Navy radar systems. This band has now been made available for private LTE (and other technology) networks or for cellular carriers to augment their existing services. The 3GPP has authorized the use of Band 48 for CBRS so that LTE products can use the new CBRS band in addition to the U.S. cellular carrier bands. Outside of the U.S. and not considered CBRS, the 3GPP has defined other 3.5 GHz bands that are expected to quickly enable 5G services in regions where these bands are available, including Europe, Japan, and Brazil.As the CBRS ecosystem of infrastructure, carriers, and modules roll out, it becomes much easier for organizations to operate their own LTE networks with more device and service options for users. For example, a college campus could deploy a CBRS network to provide unlimited data to users while on campus, or an oil and gas company could provide LTE coverage to connect tablets, rugged handhelds, routers, and other equipment in a remote oil field. Seen as a more secure alternative to Wi-Fi, CBRS networks can support both low and high-bandwidth applications, do not require spectrum licenses and are expected to reduce the cost of data transmission.Part of the AirPrime EM75 Series, the EM7565 embedded module now supports emerging CBRS networks with the EM7511 expected to complete FCC approval shortly. In addition to providing 4G LTE Advanced Pro Cat-12 coverage, including FirstNet LTE Band 14, the EM75 Series has 3G fallback, integrated GNSS and support for secure, authenticated firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) updates and offered in the PCI Express M.2 form factor. For more information, click here.
Share By ALEXANDRA BROTZMANSpecial to the PRESSMost people associate the Keep South Padre Island Beautiful Committee (KSPIBC) with a group of Island locals dedicated to beach cleanups, recycling and conservation. While all of this is true, the group is also dedicated to community education and involvement. For this reason, we have decided to bring back a popular informational piece highlighting a local plant of the month.This first month’s plant is the Beach Morning Glory (Ipomoea imperati) from the convolvulaceae family. The plant, which has also been known as the Goat’s Foot Railroad Vine, or Bayhops, has a funnel shaped flower with petals that tend to grow together. The flower is white with a yellow center and can grow up to 2 and 3/4 inches long. Beach Morning Glory seeds easily float, and are unaffected by the salt water. This vine-like perennial blooms in spring, summer, and fall; opening with the early morning sun and closing again before dark. This is a plant found in the coastal sands of North America, such as that of Cameron and Willacy counties, and is an important stabilizer of the delicate sand dunes of South Padre Island.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedPlanting a Seed: Beach Reach volunteers aid restoration effortSpecial to the PRESS Beach Reach is a group that has come to South Padre Island for Spring Break for the past 32 years to provide positive services and give back to the community. This faith-based organization brings in college kids from all over Texas and neighboring states. The services…March 29, 2012In “Gallery”Plant of the Month: Texas Prickly PearBy ALENXADRA BROTZMAN Special to the PRESS This month, the Keep South Padre Island Beautiful committee is highlighting the Texas Prickly Pear as the plant of the month. The Texas Prickly Pear, or Opuntiaengelmannii, is part of the cactus family (cactaceae) and has also been called Lindheimer’s Prickly Pear, in honor…February 5, 2016In “News”Rio History: Sea Beans of Padre IslandBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS There are quite a variety of sea beans, or drift seeds, to be found on South Padre’s shores. In fact, Padre Island is considered the best sea bean collecting beach along the entire Gulf Coast region. Most of them come from trees and vines…March 2, 2018In “News”