Beauty and the beast at Idroman 2013

first_imgWith the catchy strapline ‘alive in hell’, entries are still open for the seventh edition of Idroman, scheduled for 22-23 June on Lake Idro in Brescia, northern Italy.Lake Idro is an Italian glacial lake situated largely within the Province of Brescia and in part in Trentino. At 368m above sea level it is the highest of the Lombard pre-alpine lakes. The race organisers, Triathlonlecco and Spartacus Events point out that the three races on offer – Sprint, Olympic and Middle tri distances – ‘have in common an amazing landscape and hard courses.’The organisers point out that ‘the bike course is quite frightening, more than any other in Italy and the 15% rising roads link the lakes of Idro, Valvestino and Garda.’ With brutal climbing on offer, triathletes will be rewarded with the beautiful waters of Idro, the green of the Alto Garda Bresciano Park and the landscape of the Benaco area.The starting lists for all three race formats include ‘the bravest Italians’, alongside a number of foreign athletes travelling from Germany, Switzerland, Russia and France to take on the ride to hell and the rewards of scenery from heaven!The organization engines of Triathlonlecco/Spartacus are now getting into gear for the Idroman event this June. The race director’s team are working closely with local authorities in Idro, Capovalle, Valvestino, Gargnano, Magasa and the community of Montana Alto Parco Bresciano, the Land Office of Lago d’Idro-Valle Sabbia and several other local associations.The Idroman organisational machinery is also working with a variety of accommodation providers in the area – from hotels, villas, pensions, bed & breakfast and farm holiday stays. The all-new swimming centre Narciso Idronuoto, will also be available before and after the race for rest and relaxation.Entries are still open for events on both Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd Relatedlast_img read more

Mobile screening – Digital development

first_imgAstec Mobile Screens’ recently launched compact Ranger lineThe Ranger line will comprise tracked models including jaw, impact and cone crushers, as well as incline screens and trommels.Marketed for the construction, landscaping, quarrying markets and the rental sector, the compact equipment will be available through the manufacturer’s network of licensed dealers.Earlier, Kolberg-Pioneer added a two-deck, 1.21 x 2.13 m (4 x 7 ft) pre-screen option to its FT4250 mobile impactor plant. The new option allows producers to scalp the feed, crush the material and post-screen all on one unit.By pre-screening the feed, users can maximise their scalping ability and minimise the amount of undersized material passing through the chamber, reducing wear costs and increasing final product by 30%.Article first published in the March 2020 issue of Demolition & Recycling International Keestrack supplied its K5e to the civil engineering department of Denmark’s Frederikshavn municipality (photo: Keestrack)“We tested a wide range of offers on the market – the diesel-electric full hybrid plug-in concept from Keestrack seemed to us the most mature,” said Gert Christensen, who is responsible for application technology and the equipment fleet at Park og Vej,“Here, it was not just about building on an additional engine, but the whole process has been electrified very thoughtfully. In full electric operation, all system functions are available without any performance or functional limitations.“In conventional diesel-powered operation, we benefit from the independence of the track-mounted screen with significantly lower fuel consumption and emissions.”With a weight of around 30 t, the K5/K5e series represents the mid-range of Keestrack’s scalper programme, consisting of six models.An extensive choice of screen media for the 5,000 x 1,500 mm (196 x 59 in) double-deck screen box and the hydraulic adjustable screen angle, guarantee a wide range of applications – from highly efficient rock scalping to soil processing with a capacity up to 450 t/hr, from screening construction waste to the production of marketable end products in three fractions.Like all Keestrack scalpers, the K5 series is optimised for transport: all conveyors and other components can be hydraulically folded for low-bed transport (width 2,600 mm or 102 in) – on site, the unit without support legs is quickly operational.Materials for reuseAlso in Europe, a series of 167 improvements is currently underway around the southern ring road of the Finnish city of Lahti. One of the main contractors for the project, Skanska, has added a new tool to its armoury in making the work as efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly as possible. Allu DN Series Transformers have been successfully put to work screening excavated materials for reuse on the project, boosting the environmental credentials and efficiency of the project.Given that the project has impressive environmental credentials that will not only improve the infrastructure, but will also lead to a higher quality of life for residents, the way excavated materials are treated has been an important concern on all the sub-projects. One of the main contractors, Skanska Infra, has been using Allu DN Series Transformers for landscape purposes, helping to create noise reducing embankments and to mix soil for planting.The Allu Transformer comprises of an attachment which screens, crushes, aerates, blends, mixes, separates, feeds and loads materials. This results in the feed material being effectively transformed into highly valuable products, making operations on the project more efficient, and more profitable.At the heart of the Transformer is the unique top screen of its bucket. This is where the screening blades spin between the top screen combs with the end material size being defined by the space between the combs.Effectively these screening combs carry most of the material weight to ensure the drums and bearings take on less impact and load.The use of the machine has been pivotal on the ground works and landscaping operation on the southern ring road project.Following excavation the material is collected and its usability is analysed, then screened and mixed using the Transformer to provide a smooth soil mixture.After that, the ready to use soil is spread where it is required, ready for any planting. In the latter case, the construction of sight and noise barriers, as well as reaffirming the environmental credentials of the project, sees reforestation as a key part of it.Operating on smaller sitesAstec Mobile Screens has announced the launch of a new compact product range said to be ideal for operations on smaller sites.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Powerscreen’s Chieftain 1700X Hybrid features an aggressive screenbox and improved screening angleThe new Chieftain 1700X Hybrid boasts a highly aggressive screenbox with a patented 2/4 bearing drive system and improved screening angle. Growing on the Powerscreen legacy of high performance four-bearing screen boxes, the 4.87 x 1.52 m (16 x 5 ft) screenbox maintains the screenbox size and mesh of the current Chieftain 1700, but with increased screening force.After listening to customers, a number of other plant changes have been implemented, such as changing the way the fines conveyor is suspended for easier transport as well as self-tensioning side conveyor sealing rubber and feed-boot improvements for quicker set up, Lower running speed for reduced fuel usage without compromising power combine to give what is described as an unrivalled machine.The three-deck machine is available with a hydraulically folding extended auxiliary conveyor, complete with a transfer conveyor that allows easy recirculation with the entire range of Powerscreen crushing machines. Alternatively with a quick valve change the conveyor can run in reverse, effectively turning the machine into a two-deck screen, allowing maximum versatility with a single plant.Hybrid option is an alternative energy sourceThe Powerscreen Hybrid option gives customers an alternative energy source, letting them choose which fuel to use depending on cost, location and availability. This option will be of special interest for customers in areas where electricity is more cost effective than diesel fuel and on sites where electricity is the preferred energy source. Powerscreen Hybrid machines are fitted with an additional electric/hydraulic drive system which can be connected to an external electricity supply once the machine has been set up on site.It will be shown at the ConExpo event in Las Vegas, USA, from March 10 to 14, and Powerscreen global product line director Sean Loughran said: “ConExpo is the perfect platform for us to showcase our new innovations and products to the market.“We have been making strides in recent years with our digital technology and will have something special on the stand to showcase our offerings. Powerscreen staff and distributors are looking forward to meeting with customers to discuss the features and benefits of our extensive product portfolio.”The Danish port of Frederikshavn in the Nordjylland region is the administrative seat of the municipality, which extends for about 85 km (52 miles) along the Baltic coast to Skagen. Recently it has seen a major project for Belgian equipment manufacturer Keestrack.Road and civil engineering department Park og Vej is responsible for the municipal traffic infrastructure and its 130 employees are also responsible for recycling construction waste.Coarse mineral construction rubble is stored temporarily at its central yard and is periodically processed by a crushing contractor. Another 10,000 t of soil and excavation bulk are treated annually using the department’s own processing technology. Until last year, a mobile 6 x 2 m (20 x 7 ft) drum screen has been in use, but this changed to horizontal screening technology and the Keestrack K5e mobile scalper.It had opted almost immediately for an electric drive concept but did not want to renounce the flexibility of a mobile plant so the equipment would still be versatile to work on the central yard, decentralised depots or large construction sites.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#center_img Powerscreen has been making major developments with digital offerings in recent years with its Pulse Telematics System and Omni, described as a cutting edge safety solution and launched in 2019.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Building windmills in Cloud Cuckoo Land

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Double fault

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Another huge shipment for Chipolbrok

first_imgThe ship’s two 320-tonne capacity cranes were used to load the cargo onboard. Currently, Chipolbrok has a multi-purpose fleet of 22 geared, semi-container ships, four of which are equipped with cranes able to lift heavy loads of up to 640 tonnes. A number of newbuilds are anticipated over the next 12 months.last_img

Jailed solicitor denied ‘second chance’ following cocaine conviction

first_imgA solicitor jailed for conspiring to supply cocaine has been banned from the profession after pleading to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for a ‘second chance’.Omar Mohammed Khan, born in 1984 and admitted to the roll in 2012, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court to three years’ imprisonment in April 2016.Publishing its judgment this week, the tribunal said it was satisfied that, in light of Khan’s conviction, he had failed to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice. He supplied a controlled drug to a third party and thereby failed to act with integrity, the tribunal added.The one-day February hearing was heard in Khan’s absence. However, the judgment highlighted mitigation provided by Khan in letters to the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the tribunal.In a letter to the regulator in June 2016, Khan ‘explained that he had “stupidly” started to misuse cocaine himself and had built up a drug debt to a co-defendant’, the judgment states.’This had caused him to work longer hours. The respondent stated that he became unwell in 2015 and provided details of his ill health.’As his health deteriorated, the respondent stated that he made a conscious decision to stop using cocaine in November 2015 and he informed his co-defendant of this. He stated he also told his co-defendant that he would repay any debt owed.’To reduce his ‘drug debt’, Khan said he asked his co-defendant to collect the two grams of cocaine he possessed at the time. His co-defendant asked him to drop one gram to a friend who lived nearby. Khan said he initially ‘relentlessly and repeatedly’ refused. However, due to ‘pressure, coercion and intimidation’, Khan ‘engaged in the supply of one gram to another on [19 November 2015]’. He accepted he engaged in the same activity the following day.The judgment states that Khan ‘was disgusted and ashamed of his actions’.The tribunal continues: ‘The respondent stated he was proud of his status as a solicitor, which he had worked extremely hard to achieve, having come from a humble and underprivileged background.’’He submitted his actions had been stupid, careless and isolated. The respondent sought not to be removed from the roll of solicitors as he stated this would have a devastating and crippling effect on him and his family.’In a letter to the tribunal in September 2016, Khan ‘requested a second chance’, submitting that a suspension would be an appropriate sanction.The tribunal noted that Khan had a previously unblemished record. He co-operated with the regulator and in the disciplinary proceedings. The tribunal also considered remarks made by the sentencing judge, ‘who had concluded the respondent’s case was in many respects a tragedy’.However, the tribunal said Khan’s conduct leading to his conviction, was so serious that a suspension would undermine public confidence in the profession. ‘Whilst that conduct may not be repeated in the future, there was a need to protect the reputation of the legal profession and uphold professional standards,’ the tribunal added.Khan was ordered to be struck off the roll.Khan told the tribunal he had no income, or savings, and that it was likely he would be claiming state benefits when he is released from prison. However, the tribunal said Khan had not provided any documentary evidence of his income, expenditure, capital or assets.Khan was ordered to pay £1,337.32 in costs.last_img read more

Venezuela wants peaceful solution to border dispute

first_img Share Tweet NewsRegional Venezuela wants peaceful solution to border dispute by: Caribbean Media Corporation – June 10, 2015 86 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share CARACAS, Venezuela (CMC) – Venezuela Tuesday denied it has any intention of forcibly taking over land it claims to be its own in Guyana and rejected statements from the new administration in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country that it was moving to enforce a recent shift in its maritime boundary.“It is unacceptable that the new Government of Guyana assume this position with a territory that is subject to controversy, and is also expressly recognized that this sea area is subject to the amicable settlement of the territorial claims, as envisaged in the Geneva Agreement,” Caracas said in a statement.In a strongly worded statement on Monday, Georgetown said that it “wishes to make it pellucid that Decree No 1787 cannot be applicable to any part of Guyana’s territory and any attempt by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to apply that instrument in an extra-territorial manner will be vigorously resisted by the Cooperative Republic of Guyana”.The new administration of President David Granger, which has since received the support of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on the border issue, said it plans to formally bring to the attention of the international community what it termed “this aggressive and illegal act by Venezuela”.Guyana said the decree is a “flagrant violation of international law and is inconsistent with the principle that all States should respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other States, large and small.”The Cooperative Republic of Guyana rejects this illegality which seeks to undermine our efforts at development through exploitation of our natural resources off-shore.“Guyana will continue, undeterred, to access and develop its resources in accordance with the Constitution and laws in keeping with the principles of International Law.”But Venezuela said that Guyana may have created an artificial crisis over the decree that was issued by the President of Venezuela and which highlighted a widening of Venezuela’s claim to Guyana’s waters and territory.“Venezuela regrets that an administrative rule directed to organize, with the assistance of the new technologies of information, daily supervision and maritime security within the framework of its unlimited jurisdiction and constitutional exercise which nothing can affect the Cooperative Republic of Guyana – will be exploited to shock and trying to create an artificial crisis, inventing irrational situations against a brother country like Venezuela, using a highly offensive language.”Venezuela said that the only appropriate channels to resolve this dispute are those of International Law, the Geneva Agreement and continue the Good Officer mechanism under the figure of the Secretary General of the United Nations.“It is an offense to the libertarian tradition of the people of Simon Bolivar consider imperial clear language that Venezuela is a threat to the region, when, was reflected in the recent Summit of the Americas the unanimous recognition and support of the fraternal peoples of the Venezuelan foreign policy of peace and solidarity.”But Caracas has maintained its objection to the presence of the oil rig of the US-based ExxonMobil in Guyana waters, with Caracas noting that “the unique and surprising aggression, is that the government of Guyana has allowed such a powerful transnational as Exxon Mobil venture into disputed territory between the two countries, which in no way seeks to address the right to development of Guyana.”“It is imperative to remember that thanks to the eternal Commander Hugo Chavez, various programmes of cooperation, solidarity and brotherhood such as PETROCARIBE, for stability and energy security of the region were implemented.“This policy puts into practice humanistic sublime to the people of Guyana principles, has been of great impact and success for true prosperity of our brother Guyanese people, and President Nicolas Maduro and has been continued.“The new Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana exhibits a dangerous policy of provocation against the Bolivarian Venezuela of peace , supported by the imperial power of a US multinational , Exxon Mobil , which must be rectified in the short term.”Venezuela said “this unfriendly policy of provocation will be defeated by the force of reality imposed by the foreign policy of peace and friendship between Venezuela and the people of Guyana itself”“The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterates its desire for peace feelings and the brotherly people of Guyana, and reaffirms the invitation to his Foreign Minister to an early meeting so through political dialogue between brothers, continue along the path of cooperation and overcoming the historical dispute , which had its genesis in fraudulent actions of former colonial powers against Venezuela”Prior to the decree, Venezuela had twice written to the local subsidiary of the US-based Exxon-Mobil warning against continued exploration for hydrocarbons in the area. On both occasions, the Guyana government had issued strong objections.In its latest statement, the Guyana government said that the “land boundary between Guyana and Venezuela, which was defined by the Arbitral Award of 1899 is recognized by all States.Venezuela also recognized its border with Guyana as settled for over sixty years having also participated in the demarcation of its established boundary which was demarcated in 1905,” the statement said, adding “it is international law that must reign supreme and not the ambitions of a larger State which wishes to trample upon the rights of a smaller country in order to obstruct the sovereign right of Guyana to develop its natural resources”.last_img read more

British Ports Association Welcomes New Border Pragmatism

first_imgRichard Ballantyne, the Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, who represents all the main ferry port gateways including Dover, Holyhead, Immingham and Portsmouth, said: Author: Baibhav Mishra The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Give, announced details of the extension which included arrangements for the funding of certain inland borders infrastructure. A new Border Operating Model should be published by July to outline what ports and businesses need to do the prepare. These measures are focussed on EU to Great Britain trade and there remain differences in approach for traffic between GB and Northern Ireland. This is welcome news. Across the board the freight industry has been telling government that it will not be ready. The risk of doing nothing could have led to issues for much of our trade with Europe, including severe congestion at ports. Delays and additional costs for freight operators get passed on and ultimately this sensible and pragmatic decision will mean British manufacturers and consumers are not faced with the increased expenditure, at least until a more formal border operating model is agreed by industry and Government. (Image Courtesy: British Ports Association) Government must now speed up its work to agree a new long lasting border operating model which ensures goods continue to flow between the UK and the EU and also between Britain and Northern Ireland. The British Ports Association has welcomed news that the UK Government will postpone its plans to introduce full border checks on traffic arriving from the EU for six months from January 2020. This will be done for imports into the UK in three phases until July 2021. Whilst the context of the Coronavirus pandemic means we have lost some time to prepare, the timescales were already challenging so a period of pragmatism will be helpful. There do remain questions about how Northern Irish traffic will be managed. Sea News, June 15last_img read more

Aces dominates Ginebra, 101-86, in PBA PH Cup

first_img[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 tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’Aces dominates Ginebra, 101-86, in PBA PH Cup’ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The Alaska Aces maintained its streak in the 2016-2017 Oppo PBA Philippine Cup with a 101-86 victory over the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.RJ Jazul led the way with 16 points, including five three-point baskets, for the Aces, which moved up to a 3-2 slate along with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, Star Hotshots, TNT Katropa and Blackwater Elite.Calvin Abueva chipped in 12 markers, while Chris Banchero and Vic Manuel contributed 10 points apiece for the Aces, which stretched its winning run to three despite playing sans Joachim Thoss and Siverino Baclao.From a slim lead in the opening quarter, the Aces went on a scoring run behind Jaypee Mendoza and Manuel for a 20-11 edge. It later grew to 27-15 at the end of the period after a triple by Anthony Dela Cruz.The Aces lead reached 17 points early in the second frame but the Kings was able to trim it to 44-35 on a triple by Kevin Ferrer. The Aces, however, answered behind Jake Pascual and Jvee Casio to make it 59-44 at halftime.The Aces became aggressive at the start of the third canto behind Abueva to buil a 20-point game. The gap later grew to its largest at 92-72 on conversions from Jazul, Pascual and Chris Exciminiano.“I was a little surprised,” said Aces head coach Alex Compton. “But I really thought there were large stretches that our guys had tremendous defensive activity. We did a good job in the half court, scrambling and taking away their shots.”Ferrer finished with a career-best 19 points, while Japeth Aguilar added 12 markers for the Kings, which slid down to fifth place in the standings with a 2-3 win-loss slate to tie with the Phoenix Fuel Masters./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Bago City club takes Negros First youth football title

first_imgNOFA president Ricky Yanson said he was happy with the outcome of the inaugural edition of the tournament and plans to repeat it next year.“This program helped NOFA in promoting football in our province as well as encouraged our young grassroots to stay in sports and achieve academically,” Yanson said. “It’s a great learning process to have this kind of tournament with every LGU’s (local government unit) involvement in hosting and showcasing their homegrown talents.”STI-WNU SHINES IN NOPSSCEA FOOTBALLSTI-West Negros University Junior Mustangs retained the secondary boys football title in Nopsscea Season 38 after a 6-0 win over University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Junior Rams at the Santa Maria Football Field in Talisay City.Leading the way for the Ian Combate-mentored Junior Mustangs were Bryant John Alianza and Zakary Josh Lacson with 2 goals each while Rolevan Valderama and team skipper Adonis Abramm Abela delivered a goal each.Meanwhile, Don Bosco Technical Institute-Victorias salvaged the third place after defeating University of St. La Salle in the consolation match./PN The Bago City Football Club. PHOTO FROM JUSTIN VILLAN / FACEBOOK BAGO City FC captured the 2018 Negros First NOFA Youth Football Provincial Championship title after a 2-1 victory over University of St. La Salle at the Ceres North Football Field in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.Most Valuable Player awardee Jerome Aligora led Bago City’s attack with two conversions while Best Defender Christian Suarez and Best Goalkeeper Justin Villan did just enough to carry the defense for the winning team.Joshua Limco and Luis Henares – the match’s Best Striker and Best Midfielder, respectively – carried the fight for the USLS-Integrated School from eliminations all the way to their finals stint on Oct. 7.Villa Angela FC, meanwhile, captured the third place as it survived Sagay City FC on a 5-3 result off the penalty shootout following a 2-all draw in the regulation.last_img read more