Reliability of wave & tidal energy devices set for upswing

first_imgThe second phase of the RiaSoR project, designed to improve the reliability of wave and tidal energy converters through collaborative international research, has officially started.The second phase of the Reliability in a Sea of Risk (RiaSoR) project will aim to enable developers to validate their findings and establish a practical, condition-based monitoring platform to prepare for future arrays, where big data handling and processing will be vital to drive down operational expenditure.Building on the success of RiaSoR’s first phase, which developed a theoretical reliability assessment guideline for wave and tidal energy converters, the project aims to encourage increased investment in the marine energy industry by both the public and private sector through the reduction of associated risks and reliability enhancement.Funded through the OceanERANET initiative and led by the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE), RiaSoR2 brings together the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, Alkit Communications, Synective Labs, CorPower Ocean, Waves4Power, Cruz Atcheson and Ocean Harvesting.The research consortium will offer a comprehensive suite of testing methodologies to wave and tidal developers that will enable a systematic approach to achieve optimal reliability and performance, while minimizing cost and time-to-market, according to EMEC.Elaine Buck, EMEC’s Technical Manager, said: “Reliability testing is tough to do in the sea. RiaSoR 2 is about establishing a methodology and testing program so we can gather data between device installation through to MTTF (mean time to failure).“The instrumentation, condition monitoring methodology applied with Variation Mode and Effect Analysis (VMEA) methodology used in other more mature sectors such as the automotive and aerospace industry will be adapted in the RiaSoR project for the ocean energy sector and will provide valuable insight into prototype design development.”The RiaSoR 1 reliability guideline built upon established practices from the automotive industry where a monitoring framework is applied to a fleet of test-vehicles. Through design iterations, the reliability is improved, and a final reduced set of sensors are deployed in a commercial vehicle, according to EMEC.Johannes Hüffmeier from RISE said: “The project will be making a report on condition-based monitoring and sensing techniques for ocean energy devices available shortly.”For RiaSoR 2, components for monitoring will be equipped with several sensors to collect required data, which will then be fed into the reliability process to reduce uncertainties. Sea tests will act as case studies to feed the methodologies and training into the guideline, EMEC said.The findings will then be disseminated to other wave energy and tidal energy converter developers, and to the wider industry.last_img read more

Port Freeport Gets Federal Funding for FHCIP

first_imgThe recently announced U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Work Plan includes $19 million in funding for the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project (FHCIP). Port Freeport, Texas, is one of two seaports nationwide to receive a “new start” designation for commencement of construction.The estimated total cost of the project is $295 million, of which the federal government share is $165 million and Port Freeport as the local sponsor will contribute the remaining $130 million to be funded by the 2018 voter-approved bond package.This vitally important project will deepen the Freeport Harbor Channel to depths ranging from 51 to 56 feet.“The inclusion of the FHCIP in the 2020 Work Plan is a significant milestone in the construction of the channel deepening and widening,” said Phyllis Saathoff, Port Executive Director/CEO.“A deeper channel and navigation improvements will allow the Freeport Harbor Channel to support the growing energy exports and need for more efficient transits using deeper draft vessels achieving greater economies of scale for our port and channel partners.” The channel deepening project has been a strategic initiative for Port Freeport for many years, with the feasibility study being initiated in 2003 and receiving congressional authorization in 2014.last_img read more

Less Partner Abuse, Substance Abuse and Post-Partum Depression Among Married Women

first_imgScience Daily Dec 13 2012Women who are married suffer less partner abuse, substance abuse or post-partum depression around the time of pregnancy than women who are cohabitating or do not have a partner, a new study has found. Unmarried women who lived with their partners for less than two years were more likely to experience at least one of the three problems. However, these problems became less frequent the longer the couple lived together. The problems were most common among women who were separated or divorced, especially if the couple parted less than 12 months before their child was born. Dr. Marcelo Urquia, an epidemiologist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital, said that as more children are being born to unmarried parents, he wanted to delve deeper into the risks and benefits of not just single vs. cohabitating parents but the various kinds of relationships. The results of his study were published today in the American Journal of Public Health.What is new in this study is that for the first time we looked at the duration of unmarried cohabitation and found the shorter the cohabitation, the more likely women were to suffer intimate-partner violence, substance abuse or post-partum depression around the time of conception, pregnancy and delivery,” Dr. Urquia said. “We did not see that pattern among married women, who experienced less psychosocial problems regardless of the length of time they lived together with their spouses.” read more

CTO’s Communication Specialist to facilitate media workshop in Dominica

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share 26 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews CTO’s Communication Specialist to facilitate media workshop in Dominica by: – February 29, 2012 Share Communications Specialist at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Johnson JohnRose will from Thursday this week facilitate a media workshop in Dominica.Johnson JohnRose. Photo credit: cmexmedia.orgThe 3–day workshop is organized by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) will commence on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 to Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at the La Flamboyant.A press release from the DDA indicates that the workshop has been designed to help journalists (writers, producers, etc) enhance their skills through hands-on, very practical exercises. The organizers say it was also designed to give participants “a much clearer sense of how to approach news, different from the less-than-effective way that has been taught”.The release further notes; “This very interactive workshop will deal with issues like what is news, what determines news and how to identify a news story. It will also expose the participants to the basic approach, preparation and question techniques of effective interviewing. Three other key areas that will be covered during the workshop are Journalism Ethics – a very essential but often neglected area of the profession –, feature writing, including structure, style and guidelines, and crime and crisis reporting”. Participants will be required to interview various local tourism stakeholders as part of the workshop and use the material collected from these interviews to produce stories and features as part of the training. These interviews will be part of the competitive assignments, which will be judged; the winner will be announced at the Tourism Month Awards Ceremony in May 2012.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

John Collier

first_imgAll of you older fans will remember the name John Collier.  John was an outstanding basketball player at Hanover College.  John began his coaching career at Vevay High School in the early 50’s and then at his home town of Brookville from 1956-1966.  I remember John coaching at Brookville because that is when I was playing basketball at Batesville High School.John then went on to a highly successful career as the coach at Hanover College where he stayed until his retirement 1988.  John is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the Hanover College Athletic Hall of Fame.  His son, Steve, was Mr. Basketball at Southwestern High School in the mid 70’s.  John was 92 at the time of his passing.last_img read more

Cascarino: Chelsea whiz Havertz better than Sancho

first_img Loading… read also:Kai Havertz nears Chelsea switch after midfielder ‘completes medical’ “[Christian] Pulisic and Havertz are blessed with pace and great technique, and [Timo] Werner is a lethal finisher. “Havertz, in particular, is going to be a massive player for Chelsea. He is a better acquisition this summer than Jadon Sancho would be.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Chelsea striker, Tony Cascarino, has hailed the acquisition of Kai Havertz. The former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder made a winning debut at Brighton. Before the game, Cascarino wrote for The Times: “I cannot wait to see Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic leading the line for Chelsea. “Frank Lampard’s team now have the most exciting front three in the Premier League and, whisper it, they have what it takes to be more prolific than Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino at Liverpool.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To Play7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffeelast_img read more

Tyson Fury faked injury in build-up to Wilder — Cousin

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Tyson Fury feigned an injury in a bid to expose a mole he believed was leaking information from his training camp. Fury was preparing to take on Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas and would eventually go on to stop the American in the seventh round. The Brit was spotted limping at a UFC event in January, sparking concerns he was injured just weeks before the rematch. But Andy Lee, who is Fury’s cousin and part of his training team, has revealed it was all part of his game plan. “There was a couple days where Tyson messed around to see if leaks would happen,” he told Boxing Social. “He feigned injury or pretended to limp after a sparring session just to see what would happen. “That’s the type of level of deviousness you’re dealing with, with him. Inside his own training camp he’ll put on a show and play act to see if anyone talks outside the camp.” Fury swapped trainer Ben Davison for SugarHill Steward just two months before he dethroned Wilder. He insisted he would take the fight to the champion and box him on the front foot – but few believed him. Fury was true to his word last month however as he dropped the champion in the third and fifth rounds. Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round as his five-year reign came to an abrupt end. And Lee praised Fury for the dedication he showed in camp. “He absolutely performed perfectly in training and worked extremely hard,” he added. “People see this larger than life character, but when it comes to training, he works extremely hard. “He’s very focused and serious about what he does. He didn’t cut any corners or allow himself any small treats. “He stuck to his diet and regiment as strict as he could be. Maybe he had to because he knew the fight he was in.”Tags: Ben DavisonDeontay WilderLas VegasTyson Furylast_img read more

Cole signs new West Ham deal

first_imgWest Ham have confirmed that striker Carlton Cole has signed a new 18-month contract with the club. The England international has scored four goals in 11 Barclays Premier League fixtures since his return, including the opener in the vital 2-0 victory at Cardiff on Saturday that took the Hammers out of the relegation zone. Cole, who originally moved to West Ham from Chelsea in 2006, became a favourite among the Hammers fans and his performances earned him a first England cap against Spain in 2009. He scored the opening goal as West Ham beat Blackpool in the 2012 play-off final to return the the Premier League under Allardyce but only managed two goals throughout the whole of last season. A summer move to Ligue 1 was believed to be in the offing, but after no move materialised, Cole returned to train with West Ham before penning a short-term deal, with Carroll and Mladen Petric both sidelined and fellow striker Modibo Maiga unable to carry the goalscoring burden alone. Petric has since been released after his own short-term contract came to an end but Cole has been re-signed and will compete against a fit-again Carroll for the main striker’s berth in Allardyce’s side. Despite offering Cole a new deal, Allardyce is likely to continue his pursuit of Monaco forward Lacina Traore, with a move for Inter Milan’s Ishak Belfodil seemingly dead in the water. Saturday’s win at Cardiff was West Ham’s first in the Premier League since November and, with Allardyce welcoming former club Newcastle to Upton Park this weekend, the Hammers need to continue to pick up points if they are to avoid dropping back into the bottom three. The 30-year-old returned to Upton Park on a short-term deal in October having originally been released from the club at the end of his previous contract. With West Ham struggling for goals and with record signing Andy Carroll still sidelined, manager Sam Allardyce offered Cole a three-month deal to help get the club firing again. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sullivan targets ambitious boss

first_img Just minutes after losing at Newcastle in the final game of the season, the Hammers announced the wholly-expected decision to part company with Sam Allardyce. That exit, along with Europa League qualification starting on July 2, means the east London club are having to work harder than usual in the immediate aftermath of the campaign. Former West Ham defender Slaven Bilic is the bookmakers’ favourite to take the post and Sullivan has pledged to appoint an “ambitious manager”. “I am dedicating every waking minute to recruiting the best available manager to drive our club forwards,” he said in a post on the club’s official website, “It is a constantly changing landscape but we are being absolutely thorough in our search, by speaking to representatives of a number of managers and doing our own due diligence on each one. “Given that, I am not expecting us to make an appointment for at least a week as we must do everything we can to get this appointment right. “What is clear from our discussions so far is that this job is attracting names it wouldn’t have done five years ago. “When you combine our move to one of the best stadiums in Europe in 16 months’ time with the board’s ambitious vision and significant transfer budget you have an extremely exciting prospect for the right man. “In addition, I continue to work with our player recruitment team to identify players to improve the squad. “We hope to announce our first signing in the next 24 hours and follow that up with a big name in the next two-three weeks.” West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan says the club is attracting a calibre of manager that would not have been interested in the job five years ago.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

BCB president Foster hails 80th anniversary celebrations an overwhelming success

first_imgTHE transformation of Berbice cricket over the last 19 months has been remarkable. The situation in early 2018 was that our cricket was leaning over a cliff but in September 2019 we are now on firm footing and on the way to greater success.The 80th Anniversary celebration was an overwhelming success and all of our objectives were achieved. The 70th anniversary celebration in 2009 and 75th in 2014 were great successes but the 80th anniversary surpassed all expectations.As president of Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), I can proudly say that never in the history of Guyana has a cricket board worked so hard to develop the game during a two-year period. ”Those were the words of BCB president Hilbert Foster as he officially ended the month-long celebration of the board’s 80th anniversary.Foster, along with Public Relations Officer Simon Naidu, visited the home of the president of the Berbice Cricket Umpires Association, Joseph Simon, to hand over a Tribute to Heroes Award and also donated a water pitcher, a grocery hamper, a pair of crutches and several other gifts.Simon, an umpire for over 43 years, recently lost his left leg due to complications from diabetes. The presentation officially ended the month-long celebration for the 80th anniversary.Foster has repeatedly stated that under his leadership, BCB would be a compassionate organisation and not only would organise cricket but also make a positive difference in the lives of others.He committed the BCB and his club, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club MS (RHTY&SC) to assisting the ailing umpire on a regular basis. He also urged other clubs, NGOs and cricket associations to assist Simon.The 80th anniversary celebration started with a presentation of a $20 000 bicycle to all Under-13 female cricketers in Corriverton while among the other programmes were the Tribute to Heroes, Television Programme, 256-Page Anniversary Book, Berbice Greatest Cricketers, Tribute to Retired Cricketers, Hall of Fame for Cricketers, Administrators Hall of Fame, Honouring of West Indies Debutants, Youth Information Booklet, Trophy Stall Under-13 Cricket Tournament, STAG Beer 50-overs First Division Tournament, NBS 40 overs Second Division Tournament, Let’s Bet Sports 100 Balls Tournament, UCCA Inter-Secondary School Tournament, Somwaru Tribute Tournament and a Four-page newspaper pullout.The BCB also assisted 15 young players with over $300 000 worth of cricket gear. Clubs benefitted from $400 000 worth of water pitchers while three educational competitions were organised for nursery, primary and secondary students.Eighty less fortunate students collected school bags while donations were made to several institutions including the Port Mourant Public Hospital. Anniversary souvenir cups were distributed while clubs and players received scorebooks, bicycles and cricket balls.The main project was the upgrading of the BCB office, which would be completed in late October. The main objective of the upgrading project is to improve the general service of the BCB to the general public and to cut back on operational expenses.The Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh Wall of Fame would also be unveiled on October 26 by Dr Singh who would be visiting Berbice.The BCB was established in 1939 by two former West Indies players, LS Burkett and CR Browne who hailed from Barbados while being employed as senior Managers at the Blairmont Estate.The BCB president is expressing gratitude to all the sponsors who made the anniversary a success: Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh, Dr. Puran Singh, AH&L Kissoon, University of Guyana, Food for the Poor, Massy (GUY) Ltd, Ansa McAL, Poonai Pharmacy, Shane General Store, Devindra Bishoo, Anthony Bramble, Gudakesh Motie, Caribbean Nations Group, Rodwell Jagmohan, Sentinel Security, J’S Printery, Ministry of Finance, Caribbean Indo Federation, RHTY&SC, Colin Elcock, A. Hamid and Sons, Vice- President Khemraj Ramjattan, NCN, Sukhpaul Gas Station, RDC Region 6, Metro Office Supplies, Trophy Stall, Republic Bank New Amsterdam and the Management & Staff of Albion GUYSUCO Estate.last_img read more