Yesterday, the installation of the 3,000mt Offshore Mast Crane onboard the ‘Lewek Constellation’ was completed by means of Huisman China’s new 2,400mt quayside crane. The quayside crane, also known as the ‘Skyhook’, installed the 3,000mt Offshore Mast Crane in a mere two lifts within a three day period. The vessel will leave Huisman China in April and is due to arrive at Huisman Schiedam mid 2014 for the installation of the 800mt Multi-lay Pipelay Tower. The ‘Skyhook’ further enables Huisman China to install, commission and test large pieces of equipment on a turn-key basis, mitigating project risks.The 2,400mt ‘Skyhook’ has two main lifting configurations: a heavy lift configuration, capable of lifting 2,400mt at 30m outreach (maximum lifting height of 100m) and an extended reach configuration, capable of placing a 200mt load at 90m outreach (maximum lifting height of 140m). The crane can travel along the 380m long quayside, and is capable of travelling this distance with a load of 2,400mt in its “super ballast” main lift configuration.The ‘Skyhook’ was designed and fabricated by Huisman and has been an operational quay side crane since the spring of 2013 along with the 380m long Huisman China quayside. The combination of the strong quayside structure with deepwater access (17m) and the Ro-Ro facility makes Huisman China a well suited facility for the manufacturing, loading, installation, testing and commissioning of heavy constructions onboard large (offshore) vessels or FPSOs.Previously, the ‘Skyhook’ was used to install two 900mt Heavy Lift Mast Cranes for BigLift’s ‘Happy Sky’. Other examples of successfully manufactured, tested, commissioned and installed projects include one 850mt Offshore Mast Crane, two 800mt Offshore Mast Cranes and various 300mt Pedestal Cranes. Huisman China’s order portfolio for 2014 and beyond is well stocked and includes various types of cranes, a 325mt Vertical-Lay pipelay system for Subsea 7 and a Well Intervention System for Helix Energy Solutions. Huisman China is OHSAS and API certified.Press Release, January 28, 2014; Image: EMAS
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Justice minister Helen Grant today said initial evidence may support a rise in the discount rate used to calculate deductions from compensation awards. The government has opened a second part to a consultation with the legal and insurance professions that began last year. It will run to 7 May. In the paper accompanying the second consultation, the Ministry of Justice said there was evidence that recipients of lump sums ‘do not invest in the cautious way that is envisaged by the guidelines’. The current rate of 2.5% was set in 2001 and was based on yields of Index-Linked Government Gilts (ILGs). The government emphasised in its introduction to the consultation that it had ‘no provisional preference’ about how to set the rate. The paper said: ‘The initial evidence indicates [successful claimants] seem to invest in mixed portfolios, including higher risk investments. ‘This may be the result of a number of factors, but it might suggest that the current legal parameters for setting the rate may produce a rate that is too low. ‘This would result in over-compensation for claimants and extra cost for defendants and those who fund them. These unnecessary costs could unfairly increase the burden on taxpayers and consumers as ultimately they have to fund the payments by state bodies and private insurers. ‘Conversely, if the rate is too high, it is the victims of wrongful personal injury who will suffer.’ Claimant groups have argued the rate is out of date and leaves some injured people under-compensated by hundreds of thousands of pounds. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers had threatened a judicial review over the issue until the MoJ offered a consultation. The Association of British Insurers has argued that a smaller discount to compensation payments would have an immediate cost to insurers that would likely be passed onto consumers through higher premiums. National defendant firm Kennedys told the consultation that the use of ILGS ignored the reality of what claimants do with their damages and could over-compensate them. The first government consultation with the legal professions in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, ran for six weeks, ending on 23 October 2012.
The Jamaican government has banned the importation of corn beef from Brazil following reports that several major Brazilian meat processors have been “selling rotten beef and poultry”.Brazilian authorities say the companies are also alleged to have paid hefty bribes to auditors in exchange for fraudulent sanitary licences.The Ministry of Agriculture says companies implicated by the Brazilian authorities supply 99.5 per cent of the corned beef on the local market.Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda during an emergency meeting called on Monday stressed the importance of safeguarding the welfare of consumers.According to a statement, the ministry also convened a meeting with major distributors and importers of corned beef.Besides the temporary ban, the ministry said with immediate effect there would be a “temporary hold will be placed on all permits for the import of corned beef from Brazil” and as a “precautionary measure, all corned beef currently on the shelves will be withdrawn”.It said also that the National Food Recall Committee will meet immediately to determine next steps and inform when it will be safe to consume the product.The ministry also cautioned consumers not to consume corned beef until further notice.
In November 2012, a man was cloaked with an invisibility vest before a technical audience at the Radio Club of America, disappearing at microwave wavelengths, thus publicly demonstrating enablement of the now newly patented technology. A peer-reviewed scholarly article also detailed the successful efforts to cloak a person at microwave frequencies using this new technology.Cloaking and related applications concentrate on microwave and infrared wavelengths, although the technology and patents apply to visible light as well. According to Nathan Cohen, cloaking at visible light has limited needs. Camouflage and projection methods are easier and cheaper at making something disappear to the eye. But at radio and heat wavelengths, the cloaking technology is an important enabler.Fractal Antenna Systems has assembled a comprehensive IP portfolio of over a dozen patents and pending patents, on cloaking, deflectors and absorbers, using fractal resonator metamaterials and surface waves. There is no ambiguity about ‘source’ patents and priority on these technologies/applications; others must now look at Fractal’s patents as the defining prior art and acknowledge their exclusive use and offerings, as they confidently meet the needs of customers. Fractal Antenna Systems has filed a new Patent 9,847,583 that covers electromagnetic cloaking/deflection of satellites, rockets, towers, antennas, vehicles, body coverings, people, ships, spacecraft, and many others, each uniquely recognized as novel inventions.The invention of the invisibility cloak, acknowledged by their earlier patent 8,253,639, was a watershed moment, creating a new field of applied science. Deflection is brought about through their novel technology, including deflecting electromagnetic waves around an object, so that it remains invisible and undisturbed. This applied science is emerging with real applications, and Fractal Antenna Systems takes patented claim on invention of these applications.Uses of the newly patented technology extend to commercial needs such as towers, antennas, people, and shielding, but it may also be used in defense and intelligence arenas.Fractal Antenna Systems not only invented the invisibility cloak and deflector ‘shield’ but demonstrated them as well. The technology produces the desired effects without any requirements on special orientation, composition, or shape of the object. The cloak/deflector can be very thin, and the effect can happen over a wide bandwidth. This introductory video shows the cloaking/deflection effect, demonstrating that it is not a diffraction phenomenon, but a unique result of evanescent surface wave production, enabled by the firm’s fractal metamaterial technology.
Day Two Results (pdf)MELBOURNE, Fla. – Freshman Pia Hulley had a strong swim to open the second day of the Panther Invitational and added a school-record in the 100 Backstroke to highlight another standout performance by the West Florida swimming & diving team as it continues to lead the event, totaling 740.5 points at the midway point in the meet. UWF held a 120 point lead entering Friday’s action and extended it slightly with a 134.5-point margin over North Florida’s 605. Saint Leo remains in third with 413.5 and event-host Florida Tech is in fourth at 355. “We had a challenge to come off the travel day (Thursday) and we’ve held serve to put our people where they needed to be to score the most points,” UWF head coach Andrew Hancock said. “The meet gets more interesting Saturday with a Division I school in UNF chasing us and we can’t wait to rise to the challenge of competing with them and try to win this thing. We think our best days are head of us along with our best events, and we’re very excited to see how that unfolds.” Hulley led off the event finals with a strong swim in the 200 Medley Relay as the Argonauts finished in 1:45.06, climbing one spot into the second-fastest in the country this season. She followed that performance two events later with a school-record time of 56.49 in the 100 Back to post the third-fastest swim nationally. Rebecca Halfast took fourth in 57.81 – just out of B-cut range – but did lower her time more than two seconds from the morning prelims. A day after winning the 1000 Free, Madeline Pitt won silver and was the top D-!! racer in the 500 Free, completing the 20 laps in an NCAA B-cut time of 5:05.73. The Argos showed off their depth in the final two events of the day, putting five swimmers into the finals of both the 200 Individual Medley and 50 Free, with five of the nine entrants in the championship finals of the Free. Peggy de Villiers was second in 23.96, lowering her B-cut time by 11-hundredths of a second. The meet will continue through Sunday, with prelim racing at 10 a.m. Eastern time and finals at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Panther Aquatic Center. Print Friendly Version
Tune in to KSRM 920AM at 5pm, or click here to stream live over the internet. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享KSRM will be hosting a live-forum with the candidates running for House District 29, from 5-6pm on KSRM 920AM, on Thursday, November 1. No calls will be taken during each of the scheduled forums. Don’t forget to vote in the general election on Tuesday, November 6, from 7am to 8pm. Ben Carpenter and Shawn Butler will join hosts Jennifer Williams and Karen McGahan. This is the final in a week-long series of candidate forums.
Dean Holden chats to BCTV ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Norwich City.
Famara Diédhiou’s first-half header settled the game, as he finished off a wonderful cross from Niclas Eliasson.The win lifts City to sixth in the Championship heading into the international break.