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Making A Splash

first_img Share It was close, but in the end, there was only one winner.Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith steadied her cardboard boat, then waited for the signal to go and immediately gained a lead in her Peconic Riverfront face-off against Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman on Sunday, August 26, in the 10th Annual Cardboard Boat Races in Riverhead.The two supervisors began paddling, propelling their three-to-four-foot war machines along the water, passing a buoy to make their way back to the dock. Throngs of spectators cheered them on. The two vessels drifted into each other, provoking some playful pushing from their captains, who tried to untangle them on the way to the finish. Rival spectators alternated between shouts of “Go Laura,” and “Come on, Jay.” But then Jens-Smith began edging ahead, eventually crossing that finish line before Schneiderman. The Supervisors’ Cup was on its way back to Riverhead after three long years.“It was a little bit scary getting into the boat. It was sort of tipping from side to side and taking on water, but once I got myself settled and started rowing, it all worked out okay,” said Jens-Smith, who set another record last year as the first female to be elected to lead the town in its 226-year history. She described her boat, a navy blue vessel reminiscent of an amphibious military machine, as only the best configuration of cardboard and duct tape that one can get. Truth be told, her secret weapon was designed and constructed by a couple of volunteers from Brookhaven National Laboratory.“They built a beautiful boat — a nice, sleek boat that would just rip through the water nice and easy,” she said, which propelled Jens-Smith to overtake Schneiderman and end up victorious.Schneiderman, who wore a Southampton High School Mariners T-shirt, successfully defended the town’s title last year against previous town Supervisor Sean Walter, but after he saw photos of Jens-Smith’s vessel on Facebook a few weeks ago, he became concerned. He thought of it as sleek and mean.“I always get a little nervous,” he admitted while carrying his vessel — which looked like a sailboat with the town’s seal emblazoned on the top — down to the riverfront minutes before the race. Afterward, he called it a good day in the water. “The trophy will go back to Riverhead for a little while. Not for too long though,” he said. “Laura ran a great race. It’s all about the fun of it.”Schneiderman did withstand some playful razzing from at least one spectator.“Hey, Jay, I’m going to tell the whole town you lost the trophy,” yelled a man. A good sportsman, Schneiderman took it all in stride and laughed it off.Pirates and GnomesThe Supervisors Cup Race was not the only one throughout the day. There were four different races, which included all age levels, as well as races for single boaters.The crew of the Cardboard Black Pearl — a nod to the pirate ship from Pirates of the Caribbean — also took their third place for what it was and enjoyed their time on the water.“We were spinning around in it a bit, but after we got ourselves together, it went pretty well,” said 14-year-old Aquebogue resident Kate Foley, an eight-year veteran of the races who formed a team with her high school friends from Latin class. The youngsters wore pirate costumes as they manned their boat; some carried little skeletons on their shoulders. “We made it around the turn without any problems and we came back,” added Foley.Mostly all of the entries carried a theme. Some boaters chose the theme of pirates, others gnomes — taking it far enough to create a gnome mascot to pose in different positions around the parking lot like the character in the movie, Amelie. Still others tapped 1970s cartoons like “Scooby-Doo” and conjured up the Mystery Machine van for inspiration.The winners of the Grand National Regatta and Outlaw Race christened their boat Avengers Assemble and donned costumes like Spider-Man and Captain America. The Most Creative Boat went to a Wayne’s World ensemble, which featured crew members dressed as the “Saturday Night Live” skit heavy metal heroes Wayne and Garth inside their robin’s egg blue 1976 AMC Pacer.Other teams drew their inspiration from real-life heroes. Team USA, which featured the Farruggia cousins dressed as a firefighter, police officer, soldier, and angel in a tribute to the Twin Towers attack on 9-11, took first place in the Youth Regatta and won the Commanders Choice Award.The quartet’s spokes-kid, eight-year-old Jemma Farruggia, described the race as a nail biter because the group almost came in second. Gasp.“I was scared because I felt like we were going to tip over, but at the last second we came in first, so we are kind of happy about that,” she said. The cheers from kayakers nearby boosted their morale and the crew began to row furiously until they reached the finish line, overtaking their competitors, The Green Slime of the Ancient Mariner, in the process. They were going so fast, they hit each other with their paddles.“We got brave,” she said.Eddie Farruggia, age nine, said he was also worried they wouldn’t make it. “I tried to tell everyone to row the same way, so that we could actually turn,” he said. After that, it was smooth sailing as the group sailed into first place.The boat races drew an estimated 300 spectators throughout the day, many of them on hand to cheer for friends and family.For her first time at the races, Mattituck resident Sherri Kelly was in awe of the young children that participated. “They were adorable and they worked so hard,” she said. “It was great. The boats were beautiful.” She was supposed to partner up in the races with a friend, but she could not make it when the date was rescheduled. “I was trying to pick up some pointers for next year,” she said.peggy@indyeastend.com Dozens of cardboard boat race enthusiasts tested the waters of the Peconic River in Riverhead. Independent/Peggy Spellman Hoeylast_img read more

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Chadbourne Advises Lenders and Export Credit Agencies in Sabine Pass Financing Deal (USA)

first_imgChadbourne acted as counsel to lenders and Korean export credit agencies in the closing of project finance debt facilities totaling US$6 billion for Cheniere Energy Partner’s US$12 billion Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project.When its construction is completed, Sabine Pass LNG will become the first bi-directional LNG facility in the world capable of both gasifying imported LNG and liquefying domestic natural gas supplies for export. Chadbourne represented approximately 40 commercial banks and other financial institutions, Korean ECAs, and other Korean policy development institutions that participated in the debt facilities.“This project represents a tremendous milestone with significant implications for the global LNG industry and the US energy sector, as well as for the geopolitical landscape,” said partner Noam Ayali, who with partner Benjamin Koenigsberg led the Chadbourne team on the transaction.“Speaking for our whole team, we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work on this groundbreaking financing,” added partner Benjamin Koenigsberg.The Phase I financing for Sabine Pass, on which Chadbourne also represented the lenders, received the 2012 North American Oil and Gas Deal of the Year Award as well as the Overall North American Deal of the Year Award from Project Finance Magazine and Americas Deal of the Year from Project Finance International. According to industry observers, that financing proved groundbreaking, as it was:The largest US project financing to be executed on the basis of a fixed-price turnkey contract onlyThe only LNG liquefaction financing in the world without ECA or multilateral support or without a completion guaranteeOne of the largest investments in the LNG sector by a private equity firmThis second phase of the financing has again broken new ground as:The first North American energy infrastructure transaction for KSURE, and one of the first such transactions for KEXIMThe first Korean ECA energy infrastructure transaction utilizing a mini-perm structureThe first Korean ECA energy infrastructure financing without a sponsor completion guarantee or other completion supportThe first North American transaction for many of the Korean commercial banks in the covered tranches.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, June 03, 2013; Image: Chenierelast_img read more

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Thought for tomorrow: Research and development

first_imgChampioning British tradition, the construction industry came to a standstill during recent adverse weather conditions.However, this is no anomaly – the construction sector has seen a contraction during the last nine months. The House of Lords has just launched a select committee to examine the sector’s poor productivity.We need to get the ball rolling again and research and development (R&D) tax incentives should be playing a greater role in achieving this. But for this to become reality, the industry’s approach to R&D has to change.The government has set aside £2.3bn a year to support R&DThere is a long-standing perception that R&D is restricted to those in white lab coats. This is not the case. The Government is openly encouraging businesses to undertake R&D and has set aside an extra £2.3 billion a year to support this; money the construction industry should take advantage of. There are plenty of benefits – R&D can be used to develop new building materials, design specialist machinery and technology, reduce wastage, improve durability and even take the form of employee training. Investing in the research that will support these advancements will serve to increase productivity, both for individual businesses and the industry as a whole.Management teams must get their heads around how to use incentives and understand the full extent of what constitutes R&D and what subsequently qualifies for the incentives.Once businesses have a firm grasp on this, they can factor these into their annual calculations and make better use of money that is tied up. In tandem with this, firms should have a system of ongoing tracking to record all innovations – ensuring they claim for every liable penny.Recently, for example, we had a client who was developing a new type of brick. Production of the samples took many hours to heat in a large oven. The client had factored in the materials and the time for R&D but had completely missed the fact that they can claim for the vast energy bill incurred in the production process. Once businesses become aware of the finer details, they can make better use of the Government’s initiative to support both much-needed innovation and the bottom line.Do you have a Thought for Tomorrow? Just send your name, job title and company, and 250 words to building@building.co.uk, with the heading “Building Your Future”, answering these questions: What would you like the construction industry to look like in 25 years’ time?And what needs to change to make that happen?last_img read more

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Gove sworn in as lord chancellor

first_imgJustice secretary Michael Gove was sworn in as lord chancellor at the Royal Courts of Justice today, where he took oath to uphold judicial independence, access to justice and the rule of law.Before the ceremony Gove was greeted at the judges’ entrance by master of the rolls Lord Dyson and the lord chief justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd.Gove impressed attendees by speaking without notes, and the former journalist commented on his move from the ‘least respected’ position on the press benches to the ‘most elevated position’ as lord chancellor.As he swore Gove in, Lord Thomas said the forensic analysis, love of communication, and thirst for ideas Gove has shown as a politician and journalist would serve him well in his new role.He ended with the words: ‘We wish you well as you take up your responsibilities and look forward to working with you in fulfilling our respective roles in the delivery of one of the key responsibilities of the state – the delivery of justice through a shared commitment to judicial independence, access to justice and the rule of law.’The ceremony was held in court four of the RCJ where Gove was welcomed by the attorney general Jeremy Wright MP, Law Society vice-president Jonathan Smithers and others representing the rule of law.Welcoming Gove, Smithers spoke of the ‘period of uncertainty’ facing the legal profession, particularly for those undertaking publicly funded work. He said: ‘By working together, however, I am confident that we can find common ground to protect British values of freedom, tolerance, respect for the rule of law and equal access to justice.’Meanwhile, legal commentator and Gazette columnist Joshua Rozenberg tweeted: ‘Gove promises to uphold independence of the judiciary and rule of law. Makes much better impression than Grayling did on this occasion.’last_img read more

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NS rethink

first_imgWITH expressions of interest for the operation of international high-speed services on HSL-Zuid due by August 18 (RG 7.99 p426), Netherlands Transport Minister Tineke Netelenbos revealed last month that she was now minded to allow Netherlands Railways to enter the bidding. However, this would be on condition that NS gives up its option for a 10-year exclusive concession to run domestic inter-city services. The immediate reaction from members of parliament was that the constant changing of railway policy was counterproductive, and all the Dutch people wanted was an integrated national network that was convenient and easy to use.The open access freight operators competing with NS Cargo have formed an umbrella association to protect their interests when dealing with the government and Railned. BVS is worried that the failure of Lovers Rail to break into the passenger business may be repeated in the freight sector, where shortages of ATB-equipped locos are constraining capacity. Track access charges are also set to rise by up to 20% under the government’s current financing strategy.H An investigation by the Netherlands Audit Office released at the end of June suggests that sensitive information submitted to Railned by open access bidders has found its way to NS. Although the two organisations are officially independent, 99% of Railned staff are still technically on the NS payroll.last_img read more

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UK railway news round-up

first_imgNetwork Rail has announced that the lines from Three Bridges to Brighton and Lewes will be closed during the school half term periods from October 20-28 2018 and February 16-24 2019 to permit a ‘once in a generation’ upgrade to the southern end of the Brighton Main Line. This will focus on preventing leaks and improving drainage in the Balcombe, Clayton, Patcham and Haywards Heath tunnels, and upgrading track, third rail electrification, signalling and fencing. ‘This is a long-overdue upgrade to one of the most unreliable parts of the south east’s rail network’, said John Halsall, Managing Director of Network Rail South East route. ‘We explored a range of different options, but the only alternative to weekday closures would have required us to close this part of the Brighton Main Line for 84 weekends. Clearly, that’s not acceptable to passengers or the region’s economy – but neither is doing nothing.’Professor Stephen Glaister has been reappointed as Chair of the Office of Rail & Road for a further year. The search for a replacement to take up the role from 2019 will take place early this year.Network Rail has invited expressions of interest in the development of a spatial database which would provide a ‘one stop shop’ for information relating to current and historical mining activities near the railway. Approximately 80 000 plans require georeferencing and vectorising, and around 14 000 correspondence files need to be spatially catalogued, uploaded to the cloud computing system and hyperlinked.London Overground DMU services on the Gospel Oak to Barking line will restart on January 15, having been suspended to permit the installation of 25 kV 50 Hz electrification. ‘A period of testing of the new electrified line will now take place ahead of introducing new, more reliable and longer electric trains in the spring’, said Jonathan Fox, TfL’s Director of Rail & Sponsored Services, on January 10.Heathrow Express is testing blue lights installed by Podtrack on the edge of platform 6 at London Paddington station which flash when the train doors open to warn passengers to of the platform-train interface. These are combined with footprint vinyl signs with ‘mind your step’ warnings.LS Telcom UK has completed a research report commissioned by RSSB on behalf of the Future Communications & Positioning Systems Advisory Group which proposes a three to five-year technology roadmap and commercial deployment models for improving high-speed mobile internet connectivity. An event at techUK on February 6 aims to bring together the rail sector, digital industries and government to discuss the report. Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s cabinet has agreed to submit a business case to the government for a £286m redevelopment of Birmingham International station as a multi-modal hub including the future HS2 station. This follows an 18-month feasibility study led by Urban Growth Company, a special-delivery vehicle set up by Solihull Council in 2016. The study was 50% co-financed from a €875 000 grant awarded by the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility, with the rest of the funding provided by West Midlands Combined Authority, Birmingham Airport and NEC Group. ‘Passenger numbers at Birmingham International station are forecast to triple over the next 20 years’, said UGC Chairman Nick Brown. ‘It has the potential to be one of the busiest stations in the UK but without this transformation it will be a major barrier to sustainable economic growth’.On January 24 the Department for International Trade, East Midlands, is to hold a breakfast networking and roundtable event in Derby for rail sector finance directors and managers.Rail Safety Solutions Ltd‏’s signalling and telecoms team assisted Colas Rail in track and guard rail renewals on Folkestone Viaduct on January 6-7. UK railway suppliers are invited to join a Department for International Trade mission to Taiwan at the end of January, with opportunities to meet main line and urban rail operators.last_img read more

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New Single-chip 2.4 GHz RF Transceiver for Wireless ZigBee and IoT Connectivity

first_imgZilog, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the IXYS Corporation, has introduced its RadioPulse MG2420 Transceiver, a single-chip 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee compliant radio transceiver. Zilog specializes in application specific microcontroller (MCU) solutions for the industrial, telecommunication, automotive, and consumer markets.The MG2420 operates from 2.4 to 2.48 GHz with enhanced data rates with channel coding from1 to 3 Mbps. This transceiver can be controlled by an external microcontroller and its operations configured through a high speed Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI). It has ultra-low power consumption, and consumes 15.4 mA in the receiver (Rx) mode and 16.1 mA in the transmitter (Tx) mode with 0 dBm output power. The MG2420’s high data rate utilization (3 Mbps) helps minimize transmission and reception time, leading to further reduction in power consumption.The Zilog’s MG2420 is a single-chip RF transceiver in a compact 4 x 4 x 0.85 mm package. It includes an RF front-end, VCO, PLL, digital block including baseband modem, MAC, power management, and a high speed SPI.The transceiver core operates at 1.2V, and its I/O pin voltages can range from 1.8 V to 3.6 V. There are several on-chip voltage regulators to separately power the analog and digital blocks. The current consumption is just under one microamp in the power saving “Deep Sleep” mode. Also, no external T/R switch and filter are needed since the bidirectional differential RF pins are used. Other key features include Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS), MSK (O-QPSK) modulation, digital RSSI output, two 256-byte FIFOs, AES-128 engine, and automatic ACK transmission.The MG2420 displays excellent interference rejection. It can receive a desired signal even when there is interference from ZigBee or other communication devices such as wi-fi or bluetooth. It also has a longer communication range based on high transmit power up to +9 dBm and high sensitivity of –97 dBm at 250 Kbps. Only a few external components like RF matching network, crystal, bias resistor, and antenna, are necessary to achieve an optimized lower cost solution.This new transceiver from Zilog is well suited for home automation and security, automatic meter reading, factory automation and motor control, remote keyless entry with acknowledgement, low power telemetry, toys and gaming peripherals, remote controller for consumer electronics, audio/video, and medical devices.Zilog’s RadioPulse MG2420 Transceiver is now available and can be purchased via their distribution channels.last_img read more

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mm-Wave Coaxial Horn Antenna from 6 to 67 GHz

first_imgRFspin, a Czech based pioneer in broadband horn antennas, has announced a unique, extremely broadband millimeter-wave antenna (QRH67) capable of continuous frequency coverage from 6 to 67 GHz using coaxial input and output connectors. The model QRH67 is a dual-polarized horn antenna able to transmit and receive signals with high sensitivity across the full 61 GHz bandwidth. Rather than using larger waveguide interconnections, the horn antenna features 1.85-mm coaxial connections for continuous frequency coverage with low VSWR (less than 2.0:1) across its full frequency range. This 50 Ω antenna can handle input power levels as high as 5 W CW and 10 W peak.The compact antenna is ideal for a wide range of millimeter-wave applications, including for line-of-sight (LOS) communications links, aerospace and defense systems, scientific research, and medical electronics systems. It is especially useful for broadband test applications, including evaluating automotive millimeter-wave radar systems and over-the-air (OTA) testing of Fifth Generation (5G) cellular wireless microcells operating above 6 GHz.Represented by Impulse Technologies, in the United States RFspin is a strong player mainly in the area of broadband horn antennas that cover the frequency range from 200 MHz to 110 GHz and further offers diversified lines of active and passive RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave components, including amplifiers and power dividers/combiners. In addition, the company provides coaxial cables and waveguide-to-coaxial adapters.Impulse Technologies serves a wide range of markets, including aerospace, commercial, industrial, medical, military, and scientific research, representing leading technology developers such as RFspin. In addition to offering extensive product lines from the companies it represents, Impulse backs its wide inventory and global reach with outstanding professional services, including engineering, export licensing, repair, and testing.Click here to see a list of RFspin distributors in other countries.last_img read more

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Jackson Shuts Down Previously Undefeated Lake, 28-3

first_imgUNIONTOWN, OHIO – Coming into their homecoming night, Lake was undefeated, averaging over 35 points per contest. Jackson would tear down their momentum with a 28-3 victory at Blue Streak Stadium on Friday Night. Both teams exchanged several punts in the opening quarter, as the game was deadlocked 0-0 heading into the second. Jackson would start off the scoring late in the second quarter. Jake Ryan, an NCAA Division I recruit, hauled in the first of his two touchdowns on a 33-yard pass from Hunter Geissinger to make the score 7-0.Lake would end the half with a chip shot field goal after an impressive goal line stand from Jackson, making the halftime score 7-3 Polar Bears. Ryan would corral his second touchdown of the night, a 73-yard catch and run to put Jackson ahead 14-3. The Polar Bears would continue a balanced offensive attack, with Geissinger muscling his way forward for another Jackson touchdown.Lake’s offensive struggles would continue, as they would only pick up 69 yards from scrimmage in the second half. Jackson would tack on one more short touchdown carry, giving us our final score of 28-3. One of the keys coming into the game for Jackson was to stop Dreden Owens at all costs. They did just that, holding him to 73 yards just one week after he finished with 299 yards and four touchdowns. Jackson running back Ethan Adkins outgained his counterpart with 130 yards on 25 carries.As the old saying goes, “defense wins championships”. While a state title may be a little extreme, don’t tell that to this football team. The Polar Bears believe that they can lock down any team that comes their way this season.Jackson (4-1) will travel to Canton next week to face GlenOak (1-4). Lake (4-1) will have another tough challenge, as they visit McKinley (4-1) at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Billy Kosco Related TopicsfeaturedLake Blue StreaksMassillon Jackson Pantherslast_img read more

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