Milwaukee’s award after tonnage leap

first_imgLast year Milwaukee moved more than 318,000 metric tonnes of cargo through the St. Lawrence Seaway – a 22 percent increase compared with 2008.Eric Reinelt, port director, is due to accept the award on behalf of the port and the city.He said: “Milwaukee has always looked to the Seaway as a vital marine trade route for moving manufactured and agricultural goods to market and receiving essential imports.”That was especially true in 2009 as we saw an increase in grain exports and handled an 800,000 pound transformer – the biggest piece of project cargo we’ve moved in recent years.”last_img read more

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World’s largest containership enters service

first_imgThe 16,000 teu ship which was built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) yard in South Korea, has impressive dimensions: 396 m long, 54 m wide, and a draft of 16 m.She is the first of a series of three 16,000 teu ships that will all be named after great explorers, with the other two vessels expected in 2013.All three will operate on the Group’s French Asia Line (FAL 1) which offers a fixed-day, weekly connection between Central and South China, and Northern Europe.www.cma-cgm.comlast_img read more

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Madrid – Valladolid progress

first_imgTHE LAST stage of the planning process for the Madrid – Segovia high speed line was completed on May 19. The government published its formal approval of the final alignment, enabling civil works to begin on the first 76 km of the route from the capital to Valladolid and Medina del Campo. The Madrid – Segovia section is expected to cost Pts270bn to build.Starting at Madrid Chamartín, the new line will run alongside the existing route to Burgos as far as Tres Cantos, then enter a 9 km tunnel before the twin 28 km bores taking the route under the Guadarrama mountains (RG 1.01 p58). The final section runs to the east of Segovia, which will be served by a new station located 2 km from the city centre.High speed construction authority GIF has awarded three contracts for civil works north of Segovia, with Construcciones Slast_img read more

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Luxury unit ready to go

first_imgNEXT month French Railcruise plans to run its first luxury tour of southwest France using a heavily-refurbished X4500 two-car diesel multiple-unit. The original interior of the SNCF unit has been completely replaced, with luxurious fittings designed by MBD Design to give the train’s 22 passengers ’exceptional conditions of comfort, elegance and safety.’Individual ivory-coloured leather armchairs from Compin are arranged in pairs in the lounge, with wide, retractable wooden tables between them. Each seat has an electrical socket and a shelving unit, and is angled to give views out of the windows. The bar and smoking car uses warm colours and ’sophisticated details’ to give a ’cosy atmosphere’. There are seats for 12 people on leather sofas and stools, and the bar staff offer a range of champagne, cognac, cigars and regional food. Interior fittings were supplied by James Enterprises. The train is equipped with a sound system for commentaries or music, and the lounge has two 42 in plasma screens linked to DVD players. The train is fully air-conditioned, and has separate ladies and gents toilets. Top speed is 120 km/h. Overnight accommodation will be provided in local hotels along the route. As well as regular four-day trips between Bordeaux and Toulouse the train is available for private charter.H Next month PeruRail will introduce a luxury dining service on the 914mm gauge Cuzco – Machupicchu route, using four carriages purchased from Singapore and refurbished at PeruRail’s workshops to designs by James Park Associates.last_img read more

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Sale is off

first_imgCIT GROUP: Commercial finance company CIT Group announced on September 8 that it had dropped plans to sell CIT Rail.The third largest wagon lessor in North America, Chicago-based CIT Rail has a lease fleet of around 115 000 wagons and 550 locomotives. The company said the decision to retain the US$4·5bn rail business was made ‘as a result of the progress the company has made managing its balance sheet and strengthening its liquidity position.’ This included the divestment of the home lending business and the sourcing of more than US$11bn in liquidity facilities.last_img read more

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Vibration analysis aims to reduce train door failures

first_imgEUROPE: A Vibration Analysis for Remote Condition Monitoring project funded from the EU’s H2020 Fast Track to Innovation programme aims to use remote monitoring to detect potential failures of train doors and predict their remaining lifetime.The vibration analysis algorithms will be combined with image recognition to distinguish between doors that are working properly and those that are not. The ambition is to able to predict the probability of failure, and thus reduce costs through the use of targeted rather than preventive maintenanceThe project is being undertaken by a a consortium of Hitex, TWI Ltd, Transport Systems Catapult, Transports Metropolitans De Barcelona and Innovative Technology & Science Ltd, with completion planned for 2019.The partners quote statistics which say that between 25% and 50% of train defects come from the doors, while worldwide 70% of passenger injuries involve doors. ‘Vibration analysis and pattern recognition applied on the signals received during the operation of the train doors can pave the way for better maintenance, enhancement of future design of train doors and most importantly, decreased number of accidents’, said Sofia Sampethai, Project Manager at Transport Systems Catapult.last_img read more

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Economic Update: July Class III milk price tops $24.50; PPDs will be negative

first_imgUpdate HighlightsJuly Class III milk price tops $24.50; PPDs will be negativeGlobal Dairy Trade index dropsAg Economy Barometer reveals business changes due to COVID-19Chapter 12 bankruptcy news is mixedUSDA extends RMA deadlines, defers interest accrual July Class III milk price tops $24.50; PPDs will be negativeJuly’s Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) Class III milk price jumped another $3.50 from June to $24.54 per hundredweight (cwt). It’s $6.99 higher than a year ago. The last time the Class III price was above $24.50 per cwt was in September 2014.advertisementadvertisementThe July 2020 Class IV milk price rose just 86 cents from June to $13.76 per cwt. It’s down $3.14 from July 2019.Final July uniform prices and producer price differentials (PPDs) will depend on the level of depooling in each Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO). The class price disparity will again provide ample incentive for Class III depooling.As in June, the July Class III milk price is substantially higher than the Class I base price ($16.56 per cwt), the Class II price ($13.79 per cwt) and the Class IV milk price ($13.76 per cwt). While the difference between the Class III and Class I base price in July ($7.98 per cwt) shrunk a little from June ($9.62 per cwt), the difference between the July Class III price and the Class IV price grew to $10.78 per cwt.July FMMO information, including uniform price and PPD calculations will start to be announced late next week. Here’s a reminder of June data. Read: Negative PPD impact will likely vary by order, handler.advertisementThrough the first seven months of 2020, the Class III price averaged $17.30 per cwt, the highest for that period since 2014. The January-July 2020 Class IV price averaged $13.78 per cwt, down $2.23 for the same period a year ago.Global Dairy Trade index dropsAfter posting steady to stronger prices since the end of May, the index of Global Dairy Trade (GDT) dairy product prices was down 5.1% in the latest auction, held Aug. 4.A price summary of individual product categories follows:Skim milk powder was down 4.6% to $2,583 per metric ton (MT).Butter was down 2.8% to $3,438 per MT.Whole milk powder was down 7.5% to $3,003 per MT.Cheddar cheese was down 5.3% to $3,568 per MT.The next GDT auction is Aug. 18.Ag Economy Barometer reveals business changes due to COVID-19The Purdue University/CME Group “Ag Economy Barometer” provides a monthly snapshot of farmer sentiment regarding the state of the agricultural economy. In addition, it reveals producer insights into other topics impacting their businesses.advertisementThe monthly survey collects responses from 400 producers whose annual market value of production is equal to or exceeds $500,000. Minimum targets by enterprise are as follows: 53% corn/soybeans, 14% wheat, 3% cotton, 19% beef cattle, 5% dairy and 6% hogs.The latest survey, released Aug. 4, indicates overall farmer sentiment is improving, but still hasn’t reached levels of optimism seen before the COVID-19 pandemic began in February. The survey was conducted from July 20-24.The July survey found farmers were less concerned about the current economic situation on their farms but were also less optimistic about the future. Two-thirds of those responding said they believe Congress should provide additional economic assistance to farmers in 2020 to help offset the pandemic’s impact on agriculture.Four out of 10 respondents said they are conducting more business online as a result of COVID-19.Just two out of 10 farmers said they have a marketing adviser to help them make marketing decisions. Of those who utilize marketing advisers, about 36% said they chose their adviser based on advice from another producer, while 16% recommendations from an agribusiness firm.The impact of COVID-19 has changed the way producers get their information. Over half of farmers responding to the July survey said they were less likely to attend in-person educational events in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 concerns. When asked what their top information source would be in lieu of attending in-person events, 36% chose farm magazines, 19% chose online webinars, 17% chose farm radio and 17% chose websites.Looking ahead, 56% of producers reported they plan to reduce their farm machinery purchases compared to a year ago, while 38% of surveyed producers reported they plan to keep machinery purchases about the same as last year.Chapter 12 bankruptcy news is mixedThere was mixed news in the latest analysis of Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy filing data from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).While the number of Chapter 12 filings slowed in the first six months of 2020 to 284, filings were up 8% (to 580) for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2020, according to AFBF chief economist John Newton.The lower number of filings through the first half of 2020 – at a time when farmers and ranchers are struggling with the impact of COVID-19 – is due in large part to federal financial assistance, Newton said. With provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, including direct payments to agricultural producers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), there’s a high likelihood the number of Chapter 12 filings will increase without additional financial assistance.Bankruptcy rates over the previous 12 months were the highest in the Midwest, Northwest and Southeast. Farmers in these regions filed a combined 464 bankruptcies, representing 80% of the filings across the U.S.At nearly 300 filings, a 23% increase, more than 50% of the Chapter 12 filings were in the 13-state Midwest region. The Southeast had 122 Chapter 12 filings, an increase of 22% over prior-year levels. Chapter 12 farm bankruptcies were the highest in Wisconsin at 69, 24 more than the prior 12-month period.USDA extends RMA deadlines, defers interest accrualThe USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced it will authorize approved insurance providers (AIPs) to extend deadlines for premium and administrative fee payments, defer the resulting interest accrual, and allow other flexibilities to help farmers, ranchers and insurance providers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Specifically, the USDA is authorizing AIPs to provide policyholders additional time to pay premium and administrative fees and to waive accrual of interest to the earlier of 60 days after their scheduled payment due date or the termination date on policies with premium billing dates between Aug. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2020. In addition, the USDA is authorizing AIPs to provide up to an additional 60 days for policyholders to make payment and waive additional interest for written payment agreements due between Aug. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2020.   Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

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Anti-Drone Market to be Worth $1.5 Billion by 2023

first_imgAccording to a research report by MarketsandMarkets, the anti-drone market is expected to grow from USD 342.6 Million in 2016 to USD 1.5 Billion by 2023. This represents a CAGR of 25.9% between 2017 and 2023. The market is mainly driven by factors such as increased security breach incidences by unidentified drones and increased terrorism and illicit activities.The military and defense vertical captured the largest share of the overall anti-drone market in 2016. The use of drones for border trespassing, smuggling, and spying has increased. As a result, the demand for an efficient anti-drone system is expected to rise in the coming years in the military and defense sector. The commercial vertical accounted for the second-largest share of the overall anti-drone market in 2016.The anti-drone market for the detection and disruption application is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This is mainly due to the major applications of detection and disruption systems in the military and defense and homeland security sectors, wherein the unauthorized drones entering into the prohibited area of any country are detected as well as disrupted on the spot.The Americas accounted for the largest share of the overall anti-drone market in 2016. Factors contributing to the growth of this market include increasing number of security breach incidents by unidentified drones and increasing terrorist attacks in the American countries, especially the US. This compelled the government to deploy anti-drone systems to ensure safety and security from drones in this region.The report also profiles the most promising players in the market. The competitive landscape of the market is highly dynamic because of the presence of a significant number of big and small players. Click here to read the full report.last_img read more

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Softball Game Notes: Week Four

first_img Share Softball Game Notes: Week Four Crystal Thomspon (Photo by Bob Newsome) center_img PENSACOLA, Fla. — No. 13 West Florida opens up Gulf South Conference play this weekend on the road, playing first at West Georgia at 3pm and 5pm on Sunday. The Argos will then take on No. 11 Alabama-Huntsville on Monday, with first pitch slated for 1pm in the doubleheader. Both games will be available at www.GoArgos.com through live stats and audio broadcast. COMPLETE GAME NOTES. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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No. 24 UWF Finishes Off Series Sweep at Christian Brothers

first_imgAfter another double from Wright in the sixth, Sassman homered for the second time in the series to cap off the scoring. MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The No. 24 University of West Florida softball team finished off a sweep at Christian Brothers on Monday afternoon with a pair of wins in a doubleheader. UWF improved to 16-8 overall with a 7-4 Gulf South Conference record with the wins, and the team stretched its winning streak to seven games. Callan Taylor led UWF with four hits on Monday afternoon, and Kathleen Smiley, Jibrasha Moore and Rachel Wright each added three. The UWF pitching staff combined for a 1.17 ERA on Monday, with 10 strikeouts and just 10 hits allowed over 12 innings in the circle. Live Stats Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Game 1: UWF 8, CBU 0 (5 innings)Tori Perkins threw her third complete game and first full shutout of the season in the front half of the doubleheader, striking out three and allowing just four hits and a walk in five innings of work. The effort dropped her season ERA to 2.04 and she earned her fourth win in the circle. Perkins also got the offense going early, with an RBI double to right center that scored Tiona Hill after a leadoff walk in the second inning. Hill would add to UWF’s 1-0 lead an inning later with her third home run of the season, blasting a line drive to left center that also scored Jibrasha Moore and Mika Garcia. Preview Sarah Maloney and Olivia Printiss combined to strike out seven CBU batters and allow just six hits. Maloney got the start and allowed three runs over three innings, before Printiss picked up her third win of the year with four innings of shutout relief, allowing only three hits and striking out five batters.   West Florida hit .438 in the three-game series as a team, with Rhiannon Sassman’s six hits, seven runs, two home runs, seven RBIs, 16 total bases and 1.455 slugging percentage leading all players. Tiona Hill and Wright both had five hits apiece, with Hill scoring five times and driving in six runs, and Wright tallying three doubles. Wright and Taylor each finished the game with three hits, marking their first three-hit games of the season.center_img Wright now leads UWF with 10 doubles, and she has eight in her last six games. With 14 and 10 hits in each game of Monday’s doubleheader, UWF now has at least eight hits in its last seven games. The final nail in the coffin was a single up the middle from Callan Taylor that scored Rhiannon Sassman, pushing West Florida ahead 8-0 and giving the Argos a run-rule victory. UWF put up another 3-spot in the fourth, starting with Rachel Wright’s steal of home after CBU tried to catch Garcia stealing second. Jibrasha Moore then doubled to left field to score Garcia, and Moore crossed home on a Meghan Toney double, putting West Florida ahead 7-0. Game 2: UWF 10, CBU 3The series finale was never in doubt for UWF, as the Argonauts put six runs on the board in the first. The first three batters in the West Florida order reached base, as Moore and Wright singled and Sassman drew a walk to load the bases, before Taylor delivered a one-out, two-run single into left field. UWF will be back in action at Mississippi College over the weekend, with games on Saturday and Sunday in Clinton, Mississippi.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Perkins drew a bases-loaded walk two batters later, and a two-run double from Jacquelynne Poling stretched the Argonauts lead to 5-0, before Garcia lifted a sac fly for the final run of the inning. CBU bounced back with three runs across the first and second innings, but West Florida punched back with a pair of runs in the fifth and in the sixth. The first two runs came on a single up the middle from Perkins that scored Taylor, and the next was on a sacrifice fly from Poling to stretch it to an 8-3 UWF lead. Watch Live Smiley led UWF with two hits, marking her first multi-hit game of the season, and Moore, Hill, and Garcia each scored twice. at Mississippi College 3/17/2018 – 4:00 pmlast_img read more

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