Leeds’ six appeal

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Two quit Knight Frank’s Manc industrial team

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No fears over Halton second crossing

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USACE Continues Joint Efforts Four Years after Sandy

first_imgSince Hurricane Sandy pounded the Northeast on Oct. 29, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has worked diligently, together with its federal, state, local and industry partners, to complete construction on more than 106 authorized and funded coastal storm damage risk reduction projects.    Extending from Maine to Virginia, the efforts of the Army Corps’ North Atlantic Division (NAD) have been laser focused on reducing coastline community vulnerability through repairing, restoring and constructing regional storm risk management projects authorized and funded by Public Law 113-2, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.In addition to repairing and restoring all 25 of the Corps’ previously constructed beach nourishment projects under the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program, the Corps has finished repair work on 90 percent (77 of 86 projects) of navigation channels and structures impacted by Sandy under NAD’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) program.Of the remaining nine projects, four are expected to be completed this year, with the last five wrapping up the O&M program by next summer.“I am immensely proud of the outstanding effort of our entire team,” Brig. Gen. William Graham, NAD commander, said. “For decades, the Army Corps of Engineers has been known as one of the largest and most respected engineering and construction organizations in the world. That reputation is based on the selfless dedication and professionalism of its workforce. Many years ago, the Corps had a motto, ‘The Corps Cares.’ Its efforts surrounding the recovery from Super Storm Sandy certainly prove that!”To restore engineered dunes and berms to their authorized specifications, the Corps has placed more than 50.1 million cubic yards of sand, enough to fill MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, more than 25 times, on coastlines from New York to Virginia since federal funds were appropriated 45 months ago.Feasibility cost-sharing agreements have been executed for all 17 federally-funded coastal storm risk management studies – one of which transitioned last year from a study to a construction project. Nine of 10 additional studies are projected to transition to construction projects by next summer.At the request of the non-Federal sponsor or, per Corps policy, the remaining six have transitioned, or will transition, out of the Sandy Recovery Program.The Corps has completed four “authorized but unconstructed” (ABU) projects.ABU projects constitute the bulk of the recovery program and include beach nourishment projects which had been designed and congressionally authorized prior to Sandy but had not been built or were only partially built when the hurricane struck.Seven more ABU projects are now in construction, and the remaining eight will be ready to build pending coordination with state and local officials.Since the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy (October 29, 2015), the Corps has completed 19 projects including 16 O&M and 3 ABU projects.last_img read more


CSA urges ice breaker investment

first_imgHLPFI reported on March 13 that the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway faced the thickest and broadest ice cover seen for 40 years. (http://www.heavyliftpfi.com/news/projects-battle-through-great-lakes-ice-out.html)During the first week of March an area spanning 86,000 square miles of the Great Lakes was covered in ice – approximately 92 percent of its surface. And while the CSA accepts that the Canadian Coast Guard is doing its best to work with limited resources, the situation is affecting Canada’s transportation and economic systems.The Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet of ice breaking ships is aging and too few in numbers to support the economic and environmental benefits of short-sea-shipping in Canada, says the CSA. It called on the Canadian Coast Guard to immediately fulfill its support to maritime commerce and asks the Government of Canada to find a longer term solution to augment assets.  www.shipowners.calast_img read more


Dickey takes helm at Metro Ports

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Don’t let lawyers’ reputation go the way of politicians’ – Woolf

first_imgA former lord chief justice – and one of the architects of the modern civil justice system – has expressed public concern that the reputation of the legal profession is under threat.Speaking at a conference in London today, The Rt Hon Lord Woolf (pictured) said one of the biggest challenges facing the legal sector is to uphold its standing with the public.Asked about whether he would encourage young people to be a lawyer, Woolf said it had been a ‘privilege’ to practise and warned this should not be lost in future.‘I would hate to think our standards would sink below the standard I know so the reputation of the profession was to be tarnished,’ he said.‘No matter how enthusiastic we may be things happen which really worry me. Things happened in the political arena which have challenged the reputation of politicians.‘We have to take great care we don’t damage the occupation that I love. We can discard practices [that are] no longer relevant but cannot ignore standards.’During a wide-ranging discussion at the SJ Live event, Woolf expressed his ‘regret’ at the need for McKenzie friends to step in to help those who cannot get legal representation in the conventional way, although he noted that some can provide ‘great assistance’.Woolf voiced concern that the volume and scale of inquires into historic child sex offences, notably the ongoing Goddard inquiry, threatens funding for other areas of justice.‘My fear is they are sucking huge amounts of resources away from the normal role of the justice system. We should be putting ordinary needs at the heart of the justice system first.’But on the issue of whether increased court fees could help plug the funding gap, Woolf said the government should act ‘responsibly’ and maintain proportionality.‘[Fees] should not place a burden on a particular section of the community.’Woolf, whose civil justice reforms came into force in 1999, advocated efforts to change the system and said the reform process should be ‘continuous’.As a member of parliament’s joint committee on human rights, the judge was asked about government plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British bill of rights.He said: ‘The present Human Rights Act serves us well but I am not entrenched. It is critical it should not be a bill which provides inadequate rights. If we have a new British bill of rights we are going to have a lot of work to do in the courts and as lawyers to absorb the new bill.’Day in and day out, the courts have dealt with the Human Rights Act and accumulated a wisdom about applying it. We have, over time, seen things that have not have been constructive and tried to put them right. [Under a new bill of rights] there is going to be great uncertainty which will take a number of years to work out.’last_img read more


Surferlab to develop augmented vehicle technology

first_imgFRANCE: On October 25 Bombardier Transportation, Prosyst and the University of Valenciennes & Hainaut-Cambrésis inaugurated Surferlab, a joint facility which will develop embedded digital technology for safer and more intelligent rail, road, air and maritime transport.The three priority areas for Surferlab are connected and predictive maintenance, artificial intelligence, and product life-cycle design and optimisation for sustainability. Initial research will focus on ‘augmented vehicle’ technology, developing connected, co-operative and autonomous systems capable of anticipating and reporting technical problems with components such as doors and air-conditioning. The laboratory has a budget of €2·1m, partly funded by the Hauts-de-France regional council. The permanent staff brings together three Prosyst employees, four Bombardier employees and nine lecturer/researchers from UVHC. There are also two research engineers and two post-doctorate positions. The laboratory builds on the government-funded SURFER predictive maintenance project, and its services will be available to other companies in the transport sector.A feature article on the rail ‘competitiveness cluster’ at Valenciennes appeared in the April 2017 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine, which subscribers can read in the digital archive.last_img read more


4 Billion IoT Devices Expected to Rely on LPWAN Technologies by 2025

first_imgWith four billion IoT devices expected to rely on Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) by 2025, ABI Research predicts that this technology will be the fastest growing connectivity segment in the market through 2025. The rise of LPWANs will translate into one billion chipset shipments with the technology generating a total value of more than $2 billion in 2025.LPWAN can be split into two main categories; technologies that operate under unlicensed spectrum and those operating under licensed spectrum and using 3GPP standards. Although unlicensed technologies—whether proprietary technologies like SIGFOX or those based on open frameworks like LoRa and Weightless—are gaining a considerable momentum within the IoT market, they will be increasingly challenged by the emerging technologies based on 3GPP standards, notably NB-IoT. LPWAN technologies operating under unlicensed spectrum have the early market advantage and provide the quickest time to deployment, and the lowest infrastructure and operating costs for many IoT applications. However, emerging 3GPP LPWAN technologies like eMTC and NB-IoT are promising similar performance and have many more advantages. These include strong support from the telecommunications ecosystem, the ability to operate ubiquitously across the cellular infrastructure already in place, and most importantly, the scalability for service providers to easily and quickly add new services to their portfolios using the same infrastructure.While some technologies, mainly those operating in unlicensed spectrum, will continue to perform well in specific segments, notably utility and energy management, as well as in retail applications, other technologies will better suit service providers who want to address many segments using the same infrastructure. Smart cities, smart homes, smart buildings, and industrial IoT applications are prime examples of such segments. Operators including Orange and SK Telecom are deploying various technologies operating in both licensed and unlicensed spectrums with the ultimate goal being to build service platforms that are agnostic to the access technology used. Their aim is to play the various LPWAN technologies at their strengths, depending on the market segment targeted.ABI Research expects the utility and energy management market to have the largest share of the LPWAN market through 2025 due to the fact that the application requirements of smart electricity, water, and gas meters match fundamental characteristics of LPWAN technologies, such as long battery life, wide coverage area, and higher link budget. Moving forward, the market will expand to include best-fit use cases for all LPWAN technologies, with smart street lighting and smart parking applications also forecast to see significant shipments.These finding can be seen in ABI Research’s Market Opportunities for Low Power and Cellular Wireless ICs for the IoT report.last_img read more


Urbancic’s Brace Leads UWF to Victory in GSC Opener

first_imgUWF and UU were even in corner kick opportunities at 3-3. West Florida posted 11 shots, with four on goal, in comparison to Union’s five shots with only one on target. Freshman keeper Phil D’Amico notched his first career win and recorded one save in the process. UWF wasted little time in gaining a lead, as Chandler Castleman drew a foul inside the box to set up a penalty kick allowing for Urbancic’s first goal 7:09 into the game. Urbancic tallied a goal the old fashioned way 12 minutes into the second half, after securing a long pass from Allan Kuhne and beating UU goalkeeper Pedro Haniel on a one-on-one situation. With the win, the Argonauts break into the win column and stand at 1-3 on the season. The setback for Union snaps a two-game winning streak for the Bulldogs and has UU at 2-4 on the year. The backline of Owen Munro, Barrett Mills, Japhet Bitsindou, Shawn Sanon and Kuhne prevented any chance at Union putting one in the net, as the Argonauts allowed just one shot on goal in the contest.center_img Kuhne recorded his second assist of the season on Urbancic’s second goal. With a two-goal performance, Urbancic becomes the first UWF player to record a multi-goal game in 2016. Box Score PENSACOLA, Fla. – Senior forward Marteinn Urbancic posted the first multi-goal game of his career to push the University of West Florida men’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory over the Union University Bulldogs in UWF’s Gulf South Conference opener. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit GoArgos.com.  Print Friendly Version West Florida looks to make it back-to-back wins to open GSC play when it hosts Christian Brothers on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.last_img read more