Union Pacific boosts spending

first_imgUSA: Union Pacific announced on February 1 that its board had approved a capital investment budget of $3·1bn for 2008. Of this, no less than $1·6bn will go on maintenance and upgrading of infrastructure, plus a further $840m to increase network and terminal capacity. UP plans to invest $490m on rolling stock during the year, including 175 additional high-horsepower diesel locomotives and a new fleet of covered hopper wagons. A budget of $170m has been set for IT projects including further development and testing of Positive Train Control.A week earlier, UP issued its fourth-quarter results for 2007, with a net income of $491m up from $485m for the same quarter in 2006. Chairman & CEO Jim Young said this represented ‘revenue growth on flat volume and improved operational efficiency’. UP’s total operating revenue in 2007 reached $16·3bn, 5% ahead of 2006, but the railway reported a 17% increase in operating income to $3·4bn giving a net income of $1·86bn and a return on capital of 8·7%. BNSF, UP’s main competitor in the western US markets, announced on January 29 a $2·49bn capital investment programme for 2008, including more than $200m for capacity enhancement and $400m to lease a further 200 locomotives.last_img read more

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African Bank to cut 652 staff

first_imgIt is thought that a high unemployment rate and a stagnant economy or the main reasons behind the move. Image courtesy: Mail & Guardian It is thought that a high unemployment rate and a stagnant economy or the main reasons behind the move. Image courtesy: Mail & GuardianAfrican Bank has this week issued notices to its staff related to a restructuring plan that will see up to 652 staff members retrenched, reports local media.“About 650 employees at African Bank will be retrenched. This is after the bank was rescued by government from liquidation,” a source told South Africa media.The retrenchment of 652 individuals will be around a sixth of the bank’s staff.It is thought that a high unemployment rate and a stagnant economy or the main reasons behind the move.“The matter is now with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). I found the news very disturbing because African Bank was rescued so that the employees’ jobs could be saved,” the source said.Myan Soobramoney, the national secretary for banking trade union Sasbo, confirmed that the union had received a restructuring notice in terms of the Labour Relations Act from African Bank, in which it indicated that 652 people could lose their jobs.He said that African Bank looked like it would institute forced retrenchments, and Sasbo was fundamentally opposed to this and would not agree to them.City Press further stated: African Bank CEO Brian Riley, in an email on Tuesday, communicated with the bank’s staff regarding the restructuring.In response to questions on Friday, Riley said: “The bank is set to begin consultations with Sasbo, facilitated by the CCMA. An application has consequently been lodged with the CCMA for a facilitation process.“The first consultation date of May 30 has been confirmed by all parties. Following the conclusion of this initial consultation process, which may take days or weeks, African Bank will be in a position to release further information.”African Bank Investments Limited, the holding company of African Bank, was placed under curatorship by the SA Reserve Bank in August 2014 as the unsecured lender folded under the weight of spiralling losses.In March last year, just before African Bank was re-launched, Riley said the bank would like to continue to cut costs, and that it may reduce its employee numbers via natural attrition.In April last year, African Bank was re-launched with the South African Reserve Bank, the Public Investment Corporation and a consortium of six local banks as its new shareholders.Before government rescued African Bank, it employed more than 5,500 people.last_img read more

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U.S. lifts 20-year-old economic sanctions on Sudan

first_imgSudanese President Omar al-Bashir Sudanese President Omar al-BashirThe United States on Friday lifted 20-year-old economic sanctions against Sudan, saying the country had made progress in stopping conflict and improving humanitarian access.“Today, the United States decided to revoke economic sanctions with respect to Sudan and the Government of Sudan under Executive Orders 13067 and 13412, in recognition of the Government of Sudan’s sustained positive actions to maintain a cessation of hostilities in conflict areas in Sudan, improve humanitarian access throughout Sudan, and maintain cooperation with the United States on addressing regional conflicts and the threat of terrorism,” a statement released by the US State Department read.The revocation of the sanctions will be effective on October 12, 2017.The lifting of the sanctions comes a month after President Donald Trump’s administration removed Sudan from a list of countries whose citizens are subject to travel restrictions.“The Government of Sudan’s actions during the last nine months show that it is serious about cooperating with the United States and has taken significant steps to stop conflict and improve humanitarian access within Sudan, and to promote regional stability,” the statement continued.It however noted that “much more progress is needed to fully and sustainably achieve peace in Sudan and to cooperate with the United States on a range of Administration priorities, including further expanding humanitarian access, improving the Government of Sudan’s human rights and religious freedom practices.”The process of lifting the sanctions imposed on Sudan was started by President Barack Obama’s administration towards the end of his tenure.Read full statement here; U.S. State Department statement on Sudan sanctionslast_img read more

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Report: UK to deport at least 2500 ‘illegal’ Zimbabweans

first_imgBritish ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona LaingBritain has reportedly announced its intention to deport at least 2 500 Zimbabweans living illegally in that country.According to New Zimbabwe.com, British ambassador to Zimbabwe, Catriona Laing, recently told Zimbabwean Deputy President Kembo Mohadi that her government intended to deport illegal Zimbabweans currently residing in UK.The announcement came as Theresa May said that her government was “determined to reduce the number of immigrants coming into the country by thousands”.In his response, Mohadi said that the southern African country had no problem taking back its nationals but it needed to check them to ensure they were truly Zimbabweans.“… We said we want to vet them before they leave the UK. We want to know whether or not they are Zimbabweans or if they are not fugitives who had run away from justice,” Mohadi was quoted as saying.Around 20 000 British citizens lived in Zimbabwe while at least 112 000 Zimbabweans lived in Britain, according to reports.Relations between the two countries went rocky under ex-president Robert Mugabe, particularly over the controversial land reform programme.last_img read more

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Advantech Wireless to Exhibit Next Gen GaN SSPAs and SATCOM Waveform Switching Technology

first_imgAdvantech Wireless will present details of its Second Generation Advanced GaN based SSPAs/BUCs and WaveSwitch “on-the-fly” SATCOM Waveform Switching Technology at AfricaCom and Global MilSatcom 2017.At AfricaCom, Advantech Wireless will discuss the latest developments of using Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology for solid state power amplifiers. GaN enables a wide variety of commercial and military applications, from Ultra HD TV transmission, SATCOM-on-the-move, internet access for aircraft passengers, and SATCOM manpack terminals. The new generation of GaN based SSPAs, provide higher performance and reliability combined with the smallest form factor and lowest power consumption on the market.To address the high complexity of new generation multiservice IP broadband satellite deployments, Advantech Wireless introduced WaveSwitch, its multi-service modeling architecture that dynamically optimizes waveform assignment to achieve the highest application performance, with minimum satellite bandwidth resources and the highest network utilization.At Global MilSatcom 2017, Advantech Wireless is presenting details of its new line of GaN based Solid State Power Amplifiers for Advanced Defence Communications, along with its Military Grade VSAT Hubs with unique WaveSwitch Technology for its ASAT II Multiservice VSAT System.last_img read more

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Fairview Microwave Introduces Hi-REL Relay Switches from DC to 26.5 GHz

first_imgFairview Microwave has released a new line of Hi-REL electro-mechanical relay switches that improve system capabilities and simplify the design with a solderless, reliable connection able to withstand the elements, shock and vibration.The new line of electromechanical relay switches consists of 44 different +12V and +28V designs offered in SPDT, SP3T, SP4T and SP6T configurations that support either latching, failsafe or normally open actuators with usable features such as indicators, terminations or TTL logic. They operate in frequency ranges from DC to 26.5 GHz and feature a D-SUB multi-pin connector interface for secure and reliable DC voltage and command control functions. These switches are designed to be compact and rugged, supporting N-type or SMA connectors. Typical performance includes 90 dB isolation levels and 0.15 dB insertion loss. Power handling capability is rated up to 600 watts. They are highly reliable with an operational temperature of -20°C to +70°C and a rating of up to 5M lifecycles when used in a make before break (cold switching) condition. All models in this line are RoHS and REACH compliant and guaranteed to meet MIL-STD-202 test conditions for vibration and shock.Typical applications include Hi-REL electronics, commercial aviation, military communications, broadcast systems, medical equipment, SATCOM, test, and instrumentation.Click here to learn more about these electromechanical relay switches from Fairview Microwave.last_img read more

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Tay Tung girl spikers keep Nopsscea title

first_img[av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BACOLOD Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts completed its title-retention bid in girls’ volleyball of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (Nopsscea) in Bacolod City.Led by veterans Marianne Sotomil, Kiesha Bedonia, Alyssa Bertolano and Shane Carmona, Thunderbolts successfully retained the crown after beating Trinity Christian School.Jose Montalbo, Tay Tung’s vice chairman for sports, said Thunderbolts’ back-to-back championship was a result of the school’s long-term volleyball program.“This feat is a fruit of our five-year sports program development,” Montalbo said. “The players’ hard work, discipline and effort paid off. This will also help us prepare for future tournaments.”Other members of the team were Katherine Shane Cortez, Beatrice Decena, Joan Doguna, Joan Monares, Jeanny Padilla, Nohlin Jundana, Marixi Maligmat, and Hannah Quanico. Ian Macariola was head coach.Thunderbolts will also compete in the Nopsscea beach volleyball. The team will be led by Malignat, Doguna and Jundana.Aside from Batang Pinoy, Thunderbolts was also set to join the Rebisco girls’ volleyball league on Nov. 20 in Santa Rosa, Laguna and the Provincial Meet next month./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Tay Tung girl spikers keep Nopsscea title ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]Sunday, November 12, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/sports-tay-tung-nopsscea.jpeg’ attachment=’123948′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’ admin_preview_bg=”][/av_image]last_img read more

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Foto Penumpang Pakai Sarung Tangan Streril Untuk Tutupi Kaki Viral di…,Airbus dan Pratt & Whitney Paksa ‘Kandangkan’ Armada A320Neo Milik GoAir,…

first_imgDilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari express.co.uk (29/12/2019), foto kaki wanita dengan terbungkus sarung tangan steril tersebut viral di Instagram @PassengerShaming. Banyak warganet yang bingung dengan kelakuan wanita tersebut. Bahkan komentar-komentarnya pun beragam dan foto tersebut membuat gelak tawa para warganet.Tak hanya itu, banyak warganet yang bertanya apakah awak kabin tidak melihat dan melarangnya? Sebab, diketahui kabin kapal bukanlah tempat yang bersih apalagi toilet. Di mana banyak bakteri dan kuman yang menempel serta bisa membuat sakit penumpang.Para warganet di Instagram juga mengatakan apakah wanita tersebut menggunakan sarung tangan steril untuk menjaga kakinya tetap aman dan steril ketika ke toilet pesawat? Postingan yang diunggah pada Maret 2019 lalu di Instagram @PassengerShaming tersebut diberi caption “Ahh, sarung tangan membuat berhenti!! Oh, maksud saya kaki saya, apapun – Saya tidak tahu apa yang terjadi dan sekarang mempertanyakan kehidupan.”Diketahui, toilet pesawat menjadi salah satu tempat banyaknya bakteri sehingga ketika menggunakannya lebih baik pakai sepatu atau alas kaki. Tak hanya itu, melepas alas kaki dalam pesawat juga sebaiknya tidak dilakukan selain mencegah bau yang tersebar, ternyata menggunakan alas kaki juga untuk keselamatan penumpang ketika terjadi keadaan darurat.Baca juga: Gunakan Sepatu Hak Tinggi, Wanita Paruh Baya Lakukan Gerakan Yoga di Kursi PesawatJadi, baiknya gunakan alas kaki ketika di pesawat dan ke toilet, sebab selain menjaga keselamatan, menghindarkan penumpang juga terkena penularan kuman yang ada alam pesawat.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Sepertinya kelakuan penumpang pesawat makin hari makin aneh saja. Mabuk dan membuat awak kabin serta penumpang lain gusar menjadi yang paling sering terjadi. Bahkan melakukan gerakan yoga, naikkan kaki ke kursi depan, menjemur pakaian dalam hingga meni pedi (gunting kuku) di pesawat bukan hal aneh lagi.Baca juga: Jangan Sembarang Buka Sepatu di Dalam Kabin Pesawat, Inilah Sebabnya!Tapi seorang wanita mulai berulah dan menjadikannya lucu ketika foto kakinya viral ketika menggunakan sarung tangan. Penumpang yang menggunakan celana legging bunga-bunga berwarna hijau dan merah muda itu akan ke toilet dengan kaki berselimutkan sarung tangan steril.last_img read more

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Mengenal ELT, Komponen Penting Pesawat yang Selalu Dicari Saat Kecelakaan

first_imgEmergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) jadi salah satu yang dicari saat terjadi kecelakaan pesawat. Foto: aircraftsystemstech.com Saat sebuah pesawat mengalami kecelakaan, black box sudah hampir pasti akan dibicarakan oleh semua orang. Sebab, misteri jatuhnya pesawat disebut ada di sana. Namun, tak bisa dipungkiri, sulit menemukan black box tanpa menemukan salah satu komponen terpenting pada pesawat; Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT).Baca juga: Apa Itu Kotak Hitam Atau Black Box?Dikutip dari aircraftsystemstech.com, ELT menjadi kunci utama tim SAR dalam menemukan black box, sebab posisinya menempel pada bagian black box, baik cockpit data recorder (CVR) maupun dlight data recorder (FDR). Singkatnya, bila ELT ditemukan, besar kemungkinan CVR dan FDR juga akan ditemukan (sekalipun mungkin saja ELT terpisah dengan FDR dan CVR karena benturan atau alasan lainnya). Selain itu, bila CVR dan FDR merekam data-data selama penerbangan, ELT berfungsi sebagai penanda lokasi dengan cara mengirimkan sinyal ping atau sinyal digital per 50 detik selama kurang lebih 24 hingga 48 jam. Cara kerjanya, mula-mulai, sinyal ELT 406 MHz dihitung dalam radius 2 hingga 5 kilometer. Normalnya, ELT didesain tahan dengan segala benturan atau kecelakaan, baik besaran g-force atau tabrakan maupun suhu ekstrem ketika terjadi ledakan ataupun saat berada di dalam air. ELT juga akan aktif secara otomatis bila terjadi benturan atau terendam air. Hanya saja, di beberapa kondisi, ELT nyatanya tidak berfungsi dengan baik karena satu dan lain hal. Itu sebabnya, fungsi ELT juga didukung oleh Underwater Locator Beacon (ULB), alat pemancar sinyal darurat lain yang menempel di black box pesawat.Kembali ke ELT, bila kondisi menguntungkan, sinyal ELT akan ditangkap oleh satelit COSPAS-SARSAT. Sinyal kemudian diteruskan ke satelit LEOSAT (yang mengorbit rendah). LEOSAT atau satelit LEO kemudian meneruskan ke stasiun pemancar bumi yang biasa disebut local user terminal (LUT).LUT kemudian meneruskan ke mission control center (MCC), kemudian diteruskan ke rescue coordination center (RCC) untuk mengidentifikasi pesawat melalui kode registrasi dan data-data pesawat lainnya dan kemudian diteruskan kembali ke tataran grassroot atau tim pelaksana di lapangan atau sejenis tim SAR. Dari temuan sinyal tersebut, tim SAR kemudian menuju lokasi sinyal dan melakukan penyelaman untuk memverifikasi keberadaan sinyal tersebut. Cukup panjang, bukan?Baca juga: Inilah Lima Rangkaian Tes Ekstrem untuk Pastikan Pesawat AmanDilihat dari fungsi dan cara kerjanya, semua itu rasanya nyaris mustahil tanpa adanya beberapa komponen yang terdapat di ELT itu sendiri, seperti transmitter, integral battery pack, g-switch, antenna, ELT remote switch found on the left circuit breaker subpanel, cable assembly, buzzer, program adapter, dan antenna coaxial cable.Semua komponen tersebut saling bekerjasama satu dengan yang lainnya, mulai dari memancarkan sinyal, mempertahankan kemampuan ELT untuk memancarkan sinyal, melindungi ELT dari segala macam kondisi, baik di darat maupun di lautan, baik saat benturan ataupun terjadi ledakan, menandakan lokasi dengan mengeluarkan suara, hingga menyimpan data identifikasi pesawat.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedKNKT: Guna Evaluasi Kinerja Pilot, Maskapai Dapat Menerima Data dari Black Box22/03/2017In “Domestik”KNKT: Isi Black Box Bisa Diterjemahkan ke Format Excel27/03/2017In “Domestik”Teknologi Baru CVR dan FDR Sukses Disertifikasi! Kini “Kotak Hitam” Bisa Rekam Hingga 70 Jam29/07/2020In “Featured”last_img read more

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Oshoala, Oparanozie, Nnadozie lead 45 others to Falcons’ Epe camp

first_imgHead Coach, Thomas Dennerby has invited 29 home–based and 19 overseas–based professionals for the senior women national team, Super Falcons’ first phase of camping ahead next month’s 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Ghana.On the list of players expected to resume camp at the Jubilee Chalets, Epe, Lagos State today are reigning African Woman Player of the Year Asisat Oshoala, ace forward Desire Oparanozie, goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie and defender Glory Ogbonna.There are also goalkeepers Alaba Jonathan and Tochukwu Oluehi, defenders Joy Jegede and Onome Ebi, midfielders Halimat Ayinde and Osarenoma Igbinovia and forwards Francisca Ordega and Anam Imo.Cup holders and winners of eight out of the 10 editions of the championship staged so far, the Super Falcons qualified to defend their title in Ghana after spanking their Gambian counterparts home and away in their only qualification fixture.All the players have been asked to report at the Jubilee Chalets, Chalet Road, off Obafemi Awolowo Road, Epe Town today.The Falcons defeated hosts Cameroun 1-0 in the final of the last edition of the Women Africa Cup of Nations in December 2016.The 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations will be staged in the Ghanaian cities of Accra and Cape Coast cities from November 17 to December 1, 2018. The draw for the eight –nation championship has been scheduled for Sunday.In the full list of invited are goalkeepers Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Confluence Queens); Alaba Jonathan (Bayelsa Queens); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels); and Onyinyechukwu Okeke (Edo Queens).The defenders are Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Joy Jegede (Bayelsa Queens); Ugochi Emenayo (Nasarawa Amazons); Maureen Okpala (Confluence Queens); Mariam Ibrahim (Nasarawa Amazons); Sarah Nnodim (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Ebere (Barcelona FC, Cyprus); Joy Duru (Nasarawa Amazons); Faith Michael (Pitea IF, Sweden); Onome Ebi (Henan Huisanhang, China); Juliet Lorliam (Nasarawa Amazons); Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF, Sweden); and Josephine Chukwunonye (Asarum AIF, Sweden)The list of midfielders has Osarenoma Igbinovia (Bayelsa Queens); Christy Ucheibe (Nasarawa Amazons); Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Ogechi Ukwuoma (Pelican Stars); Peace Efih (Edo Queens); Bashirat Amoo (Confluence Queens); Goodness Onyebuchi (Sunshine Queens); Nneka Julius (Edo Queens); Patience Agbokade (Sunshine Queens); Mary Anjor (Osun Babes); Ngozi Okobi (Eskiltuna UTD, Sweden); Rita Chikwelu (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden); Christy Adule (Biik Kazygurt, Kazakhstan); Halimat Ayinde (Asarum AIF, Sweden); and Ogonna Chukwudi (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden).Apart from Asisat Oshoala, who plays for Dalian Quanjian of China, other forwards in the list are Chidinma Okeke (FC Robo Queens); Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons); Alice Ogebe (Rivers Angels); Joy Jerry (Bayelsa Queens); Chioma Wogu (Rivers Angels); Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo Queens); Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit, USA); Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France); Chinaza Uchendu (SC Braga, Portugal); Ebere Orji (Mallbackens Lysvik, Sweden); Esther Sunday (Konak Belediyespor); Uchechi Sunday; Courtney Dike (Oklahoma City, USA); and Chinwendu Ihezuo (Biik Kazygurt, Kazakhstan).last_img read more

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