Nasco to make Plantworx debut

first_imgNasco Load Indicators is heading for the Plantworx exhibition for the first time and will be showing the iDig2D system for excavators, for which it is the United Kingdom distributor.The new system will be fitted to a Sany SY26U demonstration machine.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Nasco will team up with equipment manufacturer Sany to show the iDig2D system for excavators at next month’s Plantworx eventNasco said the units take under two hours to install and calibrate first time around and are also quickly transferrable between machines by unplugging from a 12v power source and feature a 100 machine and bucket memory.They are also wireless, featuring sensors that are solar powered.Most recently iDig has added dozer blade guidance, described as  ideal for grading off larger areas with the blade.The wireless solar powered sensors are fitted to the boom, dipper and tipping link and on this example on the tiltrotator itself thanks to a bespoke bracket which allows the sensors to be set at 45o angles to each other.The company says the sensors will last up to 100 hours without a charge, but during hours of daylight they are charging all the time anyway.Plantworx, which is co-located with Railworx, takes place in Peterborough in the east of England from June 11 to 13, and there is a preview of the event in the May-June 2019 issue of Demolition & Recycling International.last_img read more

Industry portal queries shippers competence

first_imgDr Andrew Traill, Managing Partner of Shippers’ Voice, says, unfortunately, some shippers don’t know enough about the transport of their products to understand what they really need from their freight and logistics service providers.”Some shippers are hugely professional and sophisticated in their understanding of the world of international transport, but many others, sadly, are too reliant on their logistics suppliers. They hand over this vital part of their business to a third party without really knowing what they are buying. This is bad for them – and often bad for the logistics provider.”Shippers’ Voice ( is a free service that has been set up to help shippers become more knowledgeable and informed – so they can become better partners with their logistics providers and work more closely together to drive costs out of the supply chain.”The role of the person who buys or organises the transport of goods around the world – the shipper – is greatly undervalued in most companies,” says Dr Traill. “Yet the on-time delivery of a product is often the most important aspect in the customer’s mind. An efficient supply chain can help to win contracts – and an inefficient one can just as quickly lose them.”He reminds us that, ultimately, it is the person paying the bill – the shipper – who is responsible for meeting the legal requirements of, for instance, ensuring Customs paperwork and the duty paid is completely correct. “Just because you pay someone else to do the work, does not mean you can forget about it.”So important is this to The Shippers Voice that it has designed a series of Master Classes on all three days of the Multimodal Exhibition, NEC,Birmingham, UK, April 28-30th with the aim of ‘creating better shippers’.”Our message to shippers is to make sure you understand the processes and take more control. Greater knowledge gives you the confidence to challenge the logistics provider and carriers to work to your needs – not force you to fit into their systems. It also helps you to work with your own colleagues to cut costs in all sorts of ways.”The Shippers’ Voice website has just been relaunched to give shippers – and anyone else interested in the supply chain – a greater depth of information, with expert opinion, policy and insight. It also runs polls to gather opinions from shippers, and works ever more closely with Shippers’ Councils and associations around the world to give shippers the insights into the next big policy developments that will affect the freight business. Dr Traill said, “If we can get them to take notice, shippers will be better equipped to do their job as professionally as possible and be prepared for what ever is around the next corner.”last_img read more

Offshore wind zone introduced at fifth Offshore Energy event

first_imgSet to take place from October 23-24, 2012, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Offshore Energy is the only annual event in the Netherlands dedicated to offshore energy. It combines an extensive exhibition with a conference programme on the latest developments and markets in the industry, attracting key players from the international offshore, oil & gas, offshore wind and renewable energy sector.According to the organisers, the offshore wind industry has become an industry in its own right and now delivers an integral part of our global power generation.Offshore wind has always been an important part of Offshore Energy, and its role will steadily increase as market demands are rising. The Offshore Wind Zone is a clearly demarcated area exclusively for offshore wind supply chain companies. Also, the well known Offshore Wind Route, highlighting offshore wind activities of participating companies that service multiple offshore industries, will be extended with various options to attract the right visitors.The Offshore Energy event offers multiple conference opportunities, each concentrating on a different yet interlocking theme. The programme is dedicated to giving maximum information from the leading experts about the latest developments in offshore, oil & gas and renewable energy.www.offshore-energy.bizlast_img read more

Mammoet in massive quench tower lift

first_imgAccording to Mammoet, the quench tower, which is used in the conditioning of a high temperature, polluted air stream so that particulate, acid gasses, metals, and other emissions can be adequately removed, measured 87 m in length, is the tallest and heaviest piece on site. The lift was completed within a pre-planned 12-hour time period.As there was limited space at the site, Mammoet said the MSG80 was the only crane able to complete the lift, due to its small footprint and high lifting capacity.Additionally, Mammoet’s PTC200 DS ring crane is scheduled to complete a further 45 lifts for the project.Tim Dowdle, Mammoet’s project manager, said: “This scope required extensive planning and mobilisation within an intense schedule.”www.mammoet.comlast_img read more

Society: don’t delay PII renewal

first_imgThe Law Society has urged firms not to wait to secure indemnity insurance this year despite uncertainty being lifted about minimum cover requirements.The Solicitors Regulation Authority confirmed this week it will not seek to reduce the compulsory minimum cover to £500,000 in time for this year’s renewal period – a decision widely welcomed across the legal and insurance sectors.While the regulator had wanted to implement the change as soon as possible, it must wait for approval from oversight regulator the Legal Services Board.But despite this issue being put to one side, Society president Andrew Caplen said that this is not a sign that firms can be complacent about securing re-insurance.Around 95% of firms are expected to be working to the 1 October deadline, with brokers expecting to handle renewals until the last minute.Caplen said the market indications suggest that capacity should be less of a problem this year, but he warned any firm that has not begun preparation will face ‘potentially serious consequences’.‘We have had no catastrophic unrated insurer failure this year and there has been some limited new insurer entry into the smaller firm sectors and the larger sectors. Nevertheless firms should not delay renewing their PII or else they risk entering the extended indemnity period, incurring higher premiums or even having to close their practices.’Caplen said the Law Society will work with the SRA on future insurance policies, which they believe will produce more targeted regulation.He stressed the need for a debate about the balance between competition and consumer protection, especially in light of the LSB’s decision to allow accountants to operate without comparable insurance obligations.Ged Wood, PII manager at broker Wesleyan, agreed that the SRA’s postponement will bring certainty to the PII market this year, particularly as some firms had held off renewing until a decision had been made.‘The delay means there is going to be a surge of applications to brokers and insurers in the next few weeks,’ he added. ‘Finding the right level of PII protection at the right price from a reputable provider can be a time-consuming process so our advice is always to start early and work with a good broker who can help you navigate your way through the range of insurers.’last_img read more

Two Men Involved In Suspicious Incident – Dumfries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries police are instigating a reported incident that occurred at about 10.20am this morning Saturday 25th March 2017 within Loreburn Street car park, Dumfries.The incident involved two males, one on a bike and one within a white vehicle.Police Scotland would like to hear from any person who may have witnessed this incident or have knowledge of the persons involved.Please contact Police Scotland on contact  101last_img read more


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland is carrying out investigations into a fire which appears to have started in a shed at a house in Scott Street in Kelloholm in the early hours of Tuesday 15 August 2017. Just after 0100 hours a passer-by noticed the blaze and raised the alarm and the fire was extinguished by the Fire and Rescue Service. The shed was destroyed and damage has been caused to the nearby house.Constable Alan Steel at Sanquhar said “we understand the householder was not at home at the time of this fire. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area around Scott Street in the early hours of this morning. Anyone with any information which might help us in this enquiry is asked to call us at Sanquhar on the 101 number.”ENDSGraeme Wellburn15.08.17last_img read more

UK Researcher here to study how Dominica’s Mountain Chickens are surviving Chytrid Fungus

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share LocalNews UK Researcher here to study how Dominica’s Mountain Chickens are surviving Chytrid Fungus by: – June 10, 2019 Tweet Senior Amphibian Technician, Machel Sulton Share 253 Views   no discussions A United Kingdom researcher is teaming up with Dominica Forestry and Wild Life Division to carry out a research on the impact of the Chytrid Fungus on Dominica’s Mountain Chicken.The Chytrid Fungus is capable of causing sporadic deaths in some amphibian populations and have resulted in 100 per cent mortality rate in others.  However, recent study shows that the fungus is not having that same deadly effect on the mountain chicken in Dominica.According to UK researcher, Nina White, her work here is intended to confirm the reason behind the species’ survival.“These mountain chickens are already special species but the ones that are left in Dominica we think they are extra special because after the Chytrid epidemic, the fungus killed off most of the frogs. These frogs seem to be able to live with the fungus on their skin and they’re not getting sick and dying off like all the other frogs, so we feel like maybe they have evolved some sort of tolerance to the disease. So my project is to investigate how this may happen,” she explained.White further informed DA vibes that she plans to study the genetics of the mountain chickens in effort to conclude her  research.“I’m going to be looking at their genetics and the types of bacteria that lives on their skin. We have mountain chickens in Dominica that survive Chytrid now and if we can find out then maybe that can help save mountain chickens that are in captivity that haven’t been challenged with the disease yet or other species among amphibians as well.”White will work with senior amphibian technician of Dominica Forestry and Wild Life Division Machel Sulton until the end of July 2019.last_img read more

The State of Dairy 2018: Northwest turning to short-term priorities

first_imgDave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave The March 12, 2018, issue of Progressive Dairyman features our annual regional snapshots of “the state of dairy” around the U.S. Expanded reports for individual regions are highlighted in this online series. Like their counterparts in the rest of the country, last year’s cautious optimism has turned to pessimism and concern in the Northwest. Short-term economics are the top priority, according to Rick Naerebout, new chief executive officer of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association (IDA).advertisementadvertisement“You’ve got milk prices that are very unappealing, on top of the market conditions where dairies are told there’s no home for their milk,” he said. “It creates a lot of uncertainty. They’re trying to make it through the first six months [of 2018] to have a chance to milk cows into the future. We’re going to be in negative $2 to $3 margins for the first half of the year, on average, and that’s a scary proposition.”Even though Idaho’s milk production didn’t change substantially between 2016 and 2017, a change in supply contracts had a dramatic impact on the region’s producers. An oversupplied market came to a head this winter, with some dairies notified that they didn’t have a home for their milk on Jan. 1.The situation resulted in some dispersal sales, and there are currently some vacant dairies for sale in the state, said Pete Jones, certified public accountant with Frazer LLP.Naerebout estimated approximately 5,500 cows were removed from production the first go-around: Some of them moved to Canada, some were incorporated into existing herds and poorer-producing animals went to beef.There was a short reprieve during the production lows of winter, when plant capacity was adequate, but those marketing opportunities will dissipate as the region moves into spring and summer flush. Another 5,500 cows are expected to be liquidated in the next couple of months.advertisement2017: BreakevenLooking back, Idaho producers were able to overcome one of the worst winters on record in 2016-17, recovering without long-term impacts on production or reproduction thanks in part to a plentiful supply of heifers.“I’d put 2017 as a break-even year, with a majority of producers slightly above breakeven (about 25 to 50 cents on either side of $16 per hundredweight [cwt]),” Naerebout said. “Guys were able to pay the bills, but not make much headway.”Naerebout characterizes Idaho milk prices as “negative basis” – averaging about 55 cents below the U.S. all-milk price on a five-year average.“We’re typically in the bottom four states for a milk pay prices – along with California, New Mexico and Michigan,” he explained. “If you use Class III as the baseline, we’re in a marketplace where we’re going to see prices 35 to 50 cents under Class III on a long-term average. Right now, where we are significantly oversupplied, we’re closer to a negative $1 and will be greater than that going forward, because we’re so long in milk.”Looking for some positives? Many producers are still living off an outstanding corn silage harvest from two years ago, and corn silage and hay harvests were good last year, so the dairy feed situation remains healthy. Water inventories also remain good.“Feed costs have been very stable and are as low as we’ve seen in the last 10 years, but there is some upward pressure on hay prices coming from out-of-state buyers,” Jones said.advertisement“Overall, we’re looking at losses for the first half of 2018, with the more efficient producers making up some or all of the losses in the back half,” Jones concluded.With the more-than-adequate milk supply, there’s a silver lining for any processors who want to expand. “There’s a lot of tire kicking going on,” Naerebout said.Shortly after this interview, two dairy processors in Jerome, Idaho, announced expansion plans. A $20 million expansion is planned for a dairy processing plant owned by Magic Valley Quality Milk Producers, adding milk receiving bays and processing equipment to process ultrafiltered skim milk, condensed skim milk and cream.Also, Commercial Creamery, a cheese powder and specialty powder processing facility, will get a $7 million upgrade, expanding production by an estimated 20 to 30 percent.Pacific NorthwestAlthough 2017 was better than 2015 and 2016 in terms of milk prices, it left most producers only slightly profitable, according to the latest Northwest Farm Credit Services dairy market snapshotWith milk prices moving into the $13s per cwt, Pacific Northwest dairy farmers are deeply concerned, said Jim Werkhoven, Monroe, Washington. Adding to that concern is the uncertainty over how long the price dip will last. The projected milk prices for the first half of the year will likely be below the cost of production for most producers in the region.While Idaho is in an oversupply situation, the milk supply-processing capacity situation is more balanced in Oregon and Washington, he said. 2017 milk production in those two states was down about 2 percent compared to 2016, with cow numbers down slightly.Supply pressure may have been reduced modestly when some processors prohibited the use of recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST). Agropur producers were rBST-free by the end of the fourth quarter 2017, and Glanbia expected to be rBST-free by the end of the first quarter of 2018, the Northwest Farm Credit Service newsletter noted.A very wet spring followed by a dry summer– as well as smoke from forest fires – led to some feed quality issues, Werkhoven said. Feed prices in general are reasonable, but homegrown forages in western Washington were hard hit by last summer’s droughtLow feed prices – and stronger demand for dairy products in light of an improving general economy – could limit the severity of losses in the Pacific Northwest. In Washington, cow sales to Canada – at robust prices – and lower feed costs are the bright spots for producers. Canadian support for cow prices could remain intact for the next 18 months until heifer replacements from the growing herd begin entering the milking herd.Labor, trade concernsThe impact of labor and trade issues remains large. “We don’t have an Idaho dairy industry without foreign-born labor,” Naerebout said.“Labor is the biggest worry for most of our producers,” Jones said. ”There is a lot of interest in doing things more efficiently to reduce labor needs, from remodeling corrals to installing robotic milking machines.”Despite its proximity to Canada, Mexico is Idaho’s biggest dairy trade partner, making successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement especially important.“We’d love to gain access to Canada, but for Idaho, the bigger ballgame is in Mexico, and we have to maintain our access there,” he said.Read also:California in transitionUncertainty in the MidwestNorthwest turning to short-term Two forms of concentration in the SoutheastApprehension in the Northeast Texas and New Mexico optimistic  ILLUSTRATION: Illustration by Kristen Phillips.last_img read more

Rio History: A Long Time Ago on Padre Island

first_img RelatedRio History: From Pineda to LafitteBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Alonso Álvarez de Pineda was on a mapping expedition when he discovered the Brazos pass in 1519. He is generally credited with naming the pass, Brazos de Santiago, meaning the Arms of Saint James, which has remained unchanged to this day. Pineda continued south…November 30, 2018In “News”Rio History: The Indigenous People of PadreBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Much has been speculated about the indigenous people who inhabited the lands that lay between the mouth of the Rio Grande and the Nueces River 130 miles to the north. Oftentimes, the Spaniards would accuse the local populations of horrible crimes against humanity. In…June 1, 2018In “News”Rio History: Racer’s StormBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS In his book, “Hurricane Almanac,” writer Michael J. Ellis talks of a cyclone called Racers Storm that formed up in the Yucatan in 1837. The storm was named for the British Sloop of War, “Racer”. The ship ran ahead of the storm for some…September 7, 2018In “News” By STEVE HATHCOCKSpecial to the PRESSMuch has been speculated about the original Americans who inhabited the lands lying between the mouth of the Rio Grande River and the Nueces River 130 miles to the north. Oftentimes, the Spaniards would accuse the local populations of horrible crimes against humanity. In this way, they could justify any actions they themselves took against the natives.While on a mapping expedition, Alonso Alvarez de Piñeda sailed past the Isla Blanca (White Island) in the summer of 1519. Though historians argue about where exactly along the coast he and his four ships dropped anchor, there is no doubting his reports of a tribe of tall Indians who frequented this coast and were rumored to be very war-like. Unlike future explorers, Piñeda stopped short of branding them as, “eaters of men.”In late November 1528, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and other members of an expedition led by Pániflo de Narváez were shipwrecked on the Texas coast near Galveston Island. Cabeza de Vaca and three others were enslaved by the Karankawa, spending 8 years as captives of the tribe. During that time, Cabeza de Vaca acquired a reputation as a healer. The Indians trusted him and he traveled amongst the various tribes at will. Eventually, Cabeza de Vaca and his companions traveled across West Texas, wandered through what would become the southwestern United States until, in 1536, they reached a Spanish settlement in Mexico. Cabeza de Vaca’s account of his life with the Karankawa and Coahuiltecan Indians continues to be one of the most quoted works about the Coastal Indians of Texas.There were five large groups of Karankawa that called the Gulf coast home. Those bands included the Capoques, Cocos, Kohanis, Copanes and Karankawa. They inhabited the Gulf Coast of Texas from Galveston Bay southwestward to Corpus Christi Bay. The Karankawa lived along the coastal areas while the Coahuiltecans inhabited the interior.They were very similar in many ways. Both groups hunted and gathered, which, of course, meant they traveled to where the nuts and prickly pears grew in abundance and set  up camp for as long as the harvest lasted. Once the fruit was out of season the whole tribe would pack up their households and set off for their favorite hunting grounds. Bison was much sought after, as were deer and fowl. During the summer months the tribes would head to the shore where it was cooler. The Laguna Madre teemed with Nature’s abundance and the tribe feasted on redfish and trout. When they tired of fishing they could hunt for clams and oysters and shellfish in the shallow bay waters. The shells were harvested for trade while the creature inside went into the stew pot.Sometimes — and this was a rare delicacy — an alligator would be killed. The meat was wrapped in leaves and left to cook atop the hot coals of a banked fire. The reptilian skin was valued for the articles that could be made from it, while the yellow fatty tissue below the flesh was smeared upon naked bodies to act as an insect repellant. The teeth and claws were often strung together on strips of the animals own skin and worn about the neck. A badge of honor, reserved only for those who had actually engaged the beast in mortal combat.Food was scarcer inland and the Coahuiltecans hunted in smaller groups bringing down rabbits and birds alike.  The names of several hundred groups of the Coahuiltecans including the Manos de Perro, Patrines, Piguisas, Pasnaaus, and Malaguita Indians were recorded by the Spaniards though some historians feel many more went unnamed and thus are forgotten to history. While searching the Island for British spies in 1768, Ramon Falcon wrote of several small tribes of Indians who lived very near the southern tip of Isla Blanca, today known as South Padre Island. Many people of Coahuiltecan descent still live in South Texas today. Theirs is a constant struggle to retain their heritage.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more