Tuscor Lloyds secures key contract in Baluarte Bridge project

first_imgThe UK-based company will be responsible for moving six cranes, three of which reach a height in excess of 300 m. The cranes will be loaded in Spain and the US before movement to the site.Each crane will be moved in segments which weigh around 60 tonnes and require around seven 53′ low boys, step decks or platforms to handle.In total, the movement requires 15 segments, bringing the total weight of the consignment to around 900 tonnes.When complete, the bridge will be the tallest structure in Latin America and the highest cable stayed bridge in the world.Its final height of 390 m will make it the second highest road bridge on earth. It will also save about three and a half hours travel on the Durango-Mazatlan highway.last_img read more

Speakers confirmed for ICHCA Seminar

first_imgOrganised in advance of the IMO’s new shipping regulations requiring verification of a freight container’s gross mass, due to become mandatory from July 1, 2016, the seminar will discuss how legislation can be implemented and enforced with minimum disruption to container logistics chains. Key topics under discussion will be technology innovation and practicalities for the physical weighing of containers.The ocean carriers’ perspective will be given by Lars Kjaer, senior vice president, World Shipping Council (WSC), who will also outline the new guidelines issued by WSC.The regulators’ view will come from Loukas Kontogiannis, technical officer, subdivision for Marine Technology and Cargoes, at IMO’s Maritime Safety Division, Keith Bradley of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Richard Thomas of the UK Office of Road and Rail (ORR).The TT Club’s risk management director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox, and BIFA’s Robert Windsor will take part in a round table debate on ‘From Legislation to Implementation: Making it Happen’.The seminar will be held at the London offices of international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW). Matthew Gore, senior associate at HFW, will conclude with a session on the legal, contractual and commercial implications of the new rules.”With participation and views from regulators, shippers, forwarders, ocean carriers, ports and terminals, road and rail transporters and insurance and legal specialists, this will be a truly cross-party debate, as befits a major legislative development that will impact so many parties along the cargo handling and transport chain,” said ICHCA international chairman David Bendall.www.bifa.orgwww.ttclub.comwww.imo.org/enwww.ichca.comlast_img read more

Footie time…

first_img Ocean Views Eemaan Kok and Zeekoevleis Asemahle Masombuka battle for possession. 1 of 3 Zeekoevlei High Schools Likho Mgweba clears the ball under pressure from Ocean Views Keshia Arries. In line with the FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place in France, a girls’ soccer tournament was held at the Oasis centre in Schaapkraal, last week. Schools from across the city adopted various countries.  Zeekoevlei High Schools Likho Mgweba clears the ball under pressure from Ocean Views Keshia Arries. Zeekovleis Andisiwe Mntakaziwa gains possession.last_img read more

Separate jurisdiction could leave Wales in slow lane, Society says

first_imgThe Law Society has warned that creating a separate legal jurisdiction in Wales could ‘dilute some of the benefits’ which accrue to the country from its present alignment with England. Such a move would also raise questions relating to whether there needs to be a separate legal profession in Wales, and whether changes to the delivery of legal services – including the introduction of alternative business structures – would ‘continue to march in parallel’ with England. Division has the potential to ‘harm choice and competition’, it adds. Chancery Lane was responding to the consultation on a separate legal jurisdiction for Wales which is presently being undertaken by the Welsh Assembly’s Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee. ’The Law Society promotes the benefits of the jurisdiction of England and Wales on a global stage,’ the response states. ‘The law in England and Wales is transparent, predictable, flexible and supports the needs of modern commerce; in addition English is the language of international business. These features make England and Wales a highly attractive jurisdiction in which to resolve disputes.’ It adds: ‘Legal services contribute £3.2bn per annum to export earnings, largely driven by the popularity of the choice of the law of the jurisdiction of England and Wales in international trade and finance and of our courts and other forms of dispute resolution by international parties. In the context of a separate Welsh jurisdiction, whose future development was uncertain, would all this added value necessarily accrue to England not Wales? ‘While these matters are under consideration, would England and Wales suffer as a law and forum of choice, if parties could not be certain how their contract would be interpreted after separation? ‘Would the legislation on the provision of legal services more generally and the opening up of new markets continue to apply to Wales? With the introduction of alternative business structures (ABSs) into the legal market for England and Wales, an important consideration is whether changes to the delivery of legal services would continue to march in parallel in England & Wales if a separate jurisdiction were to be created? This is particularly so if it involved the creation of a separate profession. Would ABSs, or other practices with ambitious growth plans, be as willing to invest and create jobs in Wales in that context? ‘And would ABSs, unlike individual law firms continue to be licensed to provide services in England and Wales?’ It concludes: ‘The creation of a separate Welsh legal jurisdiction might dilute some of these benefits and the resulting legal environment in Wales may be weakened as a consequence.’ Even if a separate jurisdiction were created, Chancery Lane says it would hope to continue representing all solicitors in England and Wales, because maintaining a unified profession is ‘in the public interest’. To read the response go to the Law Society website.last_img read more

Have Your Say About The Future Of Historic Dumfries Town Centre

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway Council recognises that the centre of Dumfries is of great interest in terms of its heritage and that it continues to attract visitors and provide services for the wider region. Dumfries Conservation Area includes most of the important streets and many buildings which are of individual historic interest and have strong connections with important events in the life of Robert the Bruce; the home of Robert Burns and his family; and J M Barrie.In order to protect the character and interest of Dumfries Conservation Area, a combined draft appraisal and management plan has been written which sets out to note the unique set of common and individual architectural features found in the conservation area. This will allow the special features to be properly looked after, to preserve and enhance the character of the conservation area into the future. The more attractive and individual a place Dumfries is, the more people will come to visit and stay and use the cafes and shops as part of the economic regeneration of the town.The draft Dumfries Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan recognises the special historic and local character of the central area of Dumfries and looks at ways in which everyone can look after the parts of the conservation area in their care.Many people who have stayed in Dumfries or visited it over the years may have knowledge and comments that would be helpful in finalising the draft Dumfries Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan and are invited to read the document and tell us what they think. The consultation opened in December and closes on 11th February 2019.The draft document is on the Council’s website at the following link: –http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/consultations and the easiest way to comment is by email to: LDP@dumgal.gov.ukCouncillor Archie Dryburgh, Chair of EEI Committee said: “Managing change in Dumfries to keep its unique and special character, historic architecture and the mediaeval layout of the buildings, streets and spaces is important to draw people in to town to use the shops and cafes and other services. Dumfries is an attractive shopping town with many historic connections for tourists to enjoy. Everyone can help the economy of Dumfries by sensitively looking after the part of it they own. The appraisal and management plan is draft at this stage, and everyone has the opportunity to comment until 11th February 2019.”last_img read more

WiTricity Acquires Qualcomm’s Wireless Charging Unit for Electric Vehicles

first_imgWiTricity, a startup that’s developing wireless charging technology for electric vehicles (EVs), has acquired Qualcomm’s EV wireless charging unit Halo. The acquisition will bring in over 1,500 patents and patent applications for wireless charging that WiTricity will own or control. Through the transaction, Qualcomm Incorporated will become a minority WiTricity shareholder.This acquisition will streamline technology development that enables automakers to deliver an EV charging experience that is seamless and efficient. By simply parking over wireless charging ground pads located at home, in garages, and public parking spots, EV drivers will be able to recharge hands-free, without the need for any bulky cables, virtually eliminating the need to ever plug in. Additionally, electrified autonomous vehicle (AV) fleets will require wireless charging since there will be no human drivers present to plug in.Qualcomm Incorporated and WiTricity have been working collaboratively with global standards organizations, which currently leverage reference designs from each company. This acquisition will simplify ratification of the standard and help ensure interoperability across automakers. EV drivers will be able to use any standards-compatible pad to charge their vehicles. With all major car manufacturers and climate-focused nations like China racing to phase out internal combustion vehicles, the global electric vehicle market is at a tipping point. It is estimated that more than 120 million EVs will be on the road by 2030 with over $50 billion being invested in charging infrastructure. By 2040, 200 million EVs will be on the road in China alone; and globally, 559 million — or a third of all cars. All of these could be charged simply and wirelessly with WiTricity’s unique technology.The acquisition follows other significant recent milestones for WiTricity. The company has signed several new licensing deals including Mahle in Germany and Anjie Wireless in China. Earlier this year, Honda and WiTricity demonstrated their wireless vehicle-to-grid charging model at CES in Las Vegas, leveraging WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 wireless charging system. 2018 also saw the introduction of the world’s first vehicle that is factory equipped with wireless charging, the BMW 530e iPerformance sedan.WiTricity develops solutions to enable wireless power transfer over distance using its patented magnetic resonance technology. WiTricity works with top global carmakers and Tier 1 suppliers to deploy wireless power solutions, helping realize a future of transportation that is electrified, shared and autonomous.last_img read more

Tektronix Launches Versatile Oscilloscopes to Enhance Measurement Capabilities

first_imgTektronix has added two new products to its portfolio with the launch of the 3 Series Mixed Domain Oscilloscope (MDO) and 4 Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscope (MSO), delivering powerful, versatile and easy-to-use oscilloscopes to the market.Built on the award-winning user experience first introduced in the 5 and 6 Series MSOs, the new 3 Series MDO and 4 Series MSO feature a highly intuitive touchscreen user interface, the largest and highest resolution display in their class and a modern industrial design. Now with more options across an array of demanding applications, Tektronix’ state-of-the-art product portfolio delivers advanced measurement and analysis capabilities and provides a comprehensive range of performance options for engineers.The 3 and 4 Series interface design with touchscreens and front panels keep key controls close at hand so instead of digging through multiple menus to find settings, engineers can simply double-tap the appropriate readout or measurement on the display.4 Series MSO: Large display, up to 6 FlexChannel inputsThe new 4 Series MSO features a 13.3-in. display with 1920 x 1080 HD resolution, the largest and highest resolution in its class. It offers bandwidths up to 1.5 GHz and uses 12-bit ADCs for the highest vertical resolution in its class as well. It is the first scope in this class to offer six input channels and with innovative FlexChannel technology, any input channel can be converted from an analog to eight digital channels simply by connecting a logic probe.To meet a diverse range of application requirements, the 4 Series MSO is available with bandwidths starting at 200 MHz and is well supported with options including serial decode and analysis, an arbitrary/function generator and a DVM/frequency counter. The new Spectrum View feature offers time correlated frequency domain analysis with independent spectrum controls. A power analysis package is available to automate AC line, switching device, ripple and sequencing measurements.Bandwidth and options are all field upgradeable. All models deliver a 6.25 GS/s sample rate on all analog and digital channels. The standard record length is 31.25 Mpoints with an option for 62.5 Mpoints.3 Series MDO: New levels of versatilityThe 3 Series MDO is intended to be the compact, versatile test instrument that sits on the desk of every engineer. It features a sleek industrial design and the largest display in its class at 11.6-in. with full high-definition resolution. It uses the same intuitive user interface as the rest of the portfolio with a similar set of knobs and buttons but takes up less than 6 inches of depth on a bench.The 3 Series MDO is more than an oscilloscope and can cover a wide range of debugging and validation tasks. It offers a built-in spectrum analyzer up to 3 GHz, with a separate RF input and specifications comparable to a standalone analyzer. This enables engineers to quickly debug wireless components in their designs or quickly track down sources of unwanted EMI emissions without having to use another instrument. Sixteen digital input channels are available for mixed signal analysis. Comprehensive serial protocol debugging and triggering options, optional power measurement and an optional AFG set the standard for versatility. A DVM/frequency counter is included for free with product registration.The new 3 Series MDO is available in bandwidths starting at 100 MHz and extending to 1 GHz. Models are available with 2.5 GS/s or 5 GS/s sample rates on all analog and up to 8.25 GS/s on digital channels with 121.2 ps timing resolution. The standard record length is 10 Mpoints. For investment protection, bandwidths and options are fully upgradeable.The distance between the front of the oscilloscope to the device under test are critical to gaining insight into troublesome circuits. Both the 3 Series MDO and 4 Series MSO use the TekVPI probe interface, giving access to the full range of Tektronix differential voltage probes, active voltage probes and current probes, plus the recently-introduced power rail probes and optically-isolated differential probes.Click on the link to learn more about the 3 Series Mixed Domain Oscilloscope (MDO) and 4 Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscope (MSO).last_img read more

MediaTek and T-Mobile Conduct Multi-vendor 5G NR Standalone Data Call

first_imgMediaTek and T-Mobile have recently completed the first 5G New Radio (NR) standalone data call in a multi-vendor environment. The collaboration between MediaTek and T-Mobile was supported by Ericsson, Nokia, and Cisco. Together, the companies achieved the world’s first standalone call in a multi-vendor environment that mirrors actual 5G deployment in T-Mobile’s network, taking a significant step towards making 5G standalone networks a reality. The call was completed using MediaTek 5G M70 Modem. Earlier this year, MediaTek also introduced its groundbreaking 5G chipset, a multi-mode, 7nm 5G system-on-chip (SoC) designed to power the first wave of high-end 5G smartphones. The integrated 5G chipset, with the MediaTek Helio M70 5G modem, built-in packs world-leading technology into its compact design. It includes Arm’s newest Cortex-A77 CPU, Mali-G77 GPU and MediaTek’s most advanced AI processing unit (APU). The MediaTek multi-mode 5G chipset is for 5G stand alone and non-stand alone (SA/NSA) sub-6GHz networks. It supports connectivity from 2G to 5G. 5G Standalone NR, which will be widely deployed in the 2020 timeframe, is designed to be even more efficient than the preceding LTE and non-standalone variants. Standalone 5G NR, coupled with new 5G Core, will lead to ultra-low latency, better coverage and better capacity for operators. It will pave the way to supercharge applications that require real-time responses and massive connectivity such as mobile augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), cloud gaming, smart factories and meters, and even connected vehicles. The network evolution also provides improved performance and response time to end-users. MediaTek’s 5G M70 Modem supports both non-standalone and standalone 5G network architectures, with a peak throughput of 4.7Gps download (sub-6GHz) and New Radio (NR) Carrier Aggregation (CA) support. The modem also supports Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) to give operators more flexibility in deployment. This standalone call conducted in a realistic carrier deployment test environment builds on the momentum of MediaTek and Ericsson’s standalone 5G call on 2.6 GHz band placed in May 2019.last_img read more

Flexible BPSK Wireless Data Modulator Simplifies Design for Licensed Frequency Bands

first_imgCML Microcircuits has introduced a new flexible data modulator, the CMX7146, that simplifies the design of transmit-only solutions using BPSK (Binary Phase Shift Keying) and differential BPSK modulation (also referred to as PRK, Phase Reversal Keying, or 2PSK). The modulator generates precise baseband analog in-phase and quadrature signals with programmable signal filtering. This generates with high accuracy a signal ready for transmission and suitable for up-conversion to an RF carrier of the user’s choice.Compared to other BPSK solutions, the CMX7146 offers greater flexibility, with better support for low speed BPSK modulation. It provides an extensive configuration in terms of data rates and modulation shaping, while enabling users to customize transmit frequencies and channel bandwidths using an external RF modulator.By contrast, alternative products on the market leave customers to develop their own discrete solutions, which require both RF and DSP programming knowledge. The integrated solution provided by the CMX7146 accelerates time to market, without the need for specialist knowledge. With growing interests in satellite IoT applications that monitor very remote equipment and send relatively small messages, the wireless data modulator will give developers a quick and easy route to deploying a robust transmitter.BPSK (Binary Phase Shift Keying) is often used when durable, long range communication is needed. Its benefits include being relatively simple to demodulate and also extremely power efficient. These features have seen BPSK widely adopted for satellite applications (most recently in CubeSats), marine search and rescue (SAR) beacons and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) transmitters.The CMX7146 supports raw (bits in, modulation data out) and pre-loaded (messages in, modulation data out) transmissions and features a transmit trigger input to enable precisely timed data transfers. A power amplifier ramping DAC can be employed to control transmission bursts, which can be synchronized as part of the transmit sequence. To increase flexibility in sensor interfacing and IIoT solutions, the modulator integrates low power analogue to digital converters and four GPIO interfaces.The new device is based on CML’s proven FirmASIC technology, where device functionality is defined by a small configuration file that is loaded at power-up. This increases the flexibility and lifetime of an end-product, by taking advantage of future functionality upgrades provided by CML, such as alternative modulation schemes or over air protocols.The new modulator complements CML’s existing range of wireless data modems aimed at applications in licensed frequency bands. In a typical system, the CMX7146 may be paired with CML’s CMX971 IQ modulator or CMX973 transceiver and a low-cost flash microcontroller that provides simple control functions as well as Function Image storage. Such a solution supports transmit frequencies from 100 MHz to 1000 MHz, and higher frequency systems can be supported by using alternative up-converter solutions. The CMX7146 operates from a single 3.3V supply and is provided in a space-saving 48 lead QFN package.Click here for more info about the CMX7146.last_img read more

Shell Advance Launches New Range of Scooter Oils

first_imgBetter engine cleaning, oxidation stability & viscosity It can’t be denied that scooters are probably one of the most popular types of two wheel transportation known to man. About 11% of an estimated of 12 million motorcycles comprises of scooters alone. That’s about 1.2 million scooters running around Malaysia right now. With that in mind, Shell took the opportunity to cater to this specific group of motorists with the introduction of their new range of Shell Advance scooter oils.The launch was held at the Shell petrol station, Batu 3 Shah Alam (Klang-bound). Present to officiate the launch was the Managing Director of Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd, Shairan Huzaini. Another special guest present during the launch was Ducati Team MotoGP rider, Andrea Dovizioso.The specially formulated new engine and gear oils for scooters are the fully synthetic Shell Advance 4T Ultra Scooter with PurePlus Technology 5W-40, synthetic technology Shell Advance 4T AX 7 Scooter 10W-40 and the Shell Advance Scooter Gear Oil. The new line-up has been added to the current Shell Advance 4T AX 5 Scooter 15W-40 that has been available since 2014.With scooters being totally different machines to conventional motorcycles or mopeds, the characteristics on how the engines perform are different as well as they will run at higher RPMs most of the time. With this knowledge, Shell’s new range of scooter oils promises 33% better engine cleaning, retains oxidation stability 43% longer and viscosity 42% longer than the current API limit.In conjunction with the launch of the new scooter engine oils, Shell Advance plans to introduce an express oil change service for motorcycles below 250cc at selected Shell stations across the country. The new engine oils are priced as follow:Fully synthetic Shell Advance 4T Ultra Scooter with PurePlus Technology 5W-40 – RM68.30 (PM) and RM68.70 (EM)Synthetic Technology Shell Advance 4T AX 7 Scooter 10W-40 – RM32.50 (PM) and RM33.00 (EM)Shell Advance 4T AX5 Scooter 15W-40 – RM22.52 (PM) and RM22.80 (EM)Shell Advance Scooter Gear Oil – RM12.00 (PM) and RM12.50 (EM) Two new Shell Advance Scooter engine oils & a scooter gear oil –Ads– Embedded with PurePlus Technology and Active and Active Cleansing Technologylast_img read more