October 18, 2020

National Auto Body Council Launches Search Campaign For New Executive Director

first_imgFrom BodyShop BusinessAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThe National Auto Body Council (NABC) is launching a search campaign for a new executive director following the recent announcement by NABC founder and current Executive Director Chuck Sulkala of his intention to retire by the end of 2017.Since its inception in 1994, the NABC has significantly contributed to the positive image of today’s collision industry and is recognized as the industry’s leading voice to showcase the professionalism and integrity of the collision industry through its community service initiatives.“Our board of directors is looking for a candidate who shares our passion and commitment to collectively leverage our industry resources to make a positive impact in local communities across the country,” said NABC Chairman Domenic Brusco. “Over the past two decades under Chuck Sulkala’s leadership, our membership has grown exponentially. We look to our new executive director to capitalize on this momentum and provide the leadership and support to our growing network of members as they implement NABC initiatives that help change and saves lives for thousands of individuals nationwide.”According to Brusco, the executive director position reports to the NABC Board of Directors and works collaboratively with the board to implement NABC’s strategic annual goals. Responsibilities include oversight over NABC’s daily operations, membership, fundraising, marketing, finance and revenue growth. A detailed executive director position description is available on the NABC website.AdvertisementDeadline for submissions is March 31, 2017. Interested candidates should email resumes to Mike McManus, with copies to Nick Notte and Renee Ricciotti, co-chairs of the NABC Personnel Committee.last_img read more

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October 6, 2020

ABB Showcases Leading-Edge Power Technologies at Cigré in Paris

first_imgABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will present some of its leading-edge power technologies at the Cigré conference in Paris from August 25-29, 2014.This is a biennial event and a leading global platform for power experts, representatives and decision makers, to discuss the latest technology developments in the sector. In addition to presenting a number of technical papers at Cigré, ABB will exhibit some of its latest innovations and technologies that can make a significant contribution in the evolution of a stronger, smarter and greener grid.ABB will showcase for the first time, its recently developed 525 kilovolt high voltage direct current (HVDC) cable system. This will be the world’s most powerful extruded HVDC cable, and will enable more than doubling the power flow up to 2.6 gigawatts and extending distance to over 1500 km while keeping transmission losses in check. In addition to other applications, this innovation is expected to make a significant contribution to the integration of renewables and interconnections.Another technology that will have its first showing is the latest generation Static Var Compensator (SVC) Light, a part of ABB’s Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) portfolio. The new SVC Light has a compact and versatile design that enables hybrid solutions and is suitable for direct and transformer-less grid connections, for system voltages up to 69 kilovolt (kV).One of the most visible exhibits will be ABB’s new generation 145kV (kilovolt) Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS), incorporating a simplified, low weight modular design reducing SF6 insulating gas use by up to 60 percent. The latest compact 420kV PASS hybrid switchgear, integrating the functions of a circuit breaker, disconnector and earthing switch, as well as current- and voltage transformers in a single product will also be featured. This product is uniquely designed to enable the rotation of bushings from service to transportable position, facilitating easier movement and quick installation. ABB will also provide an update on the company’s latest breakthroughs in areas like SF6 gas management and other eco-efficiency initiatives.ABB will also demonstrate how smart technologies are increasingly being deployed to energize the digital grid. This includes a digital substation concept which shows how key products such as transformers and switchgear are becoming increasingly intelligent. It also highlights the latest communication systems offerings like the new FOX 615 and SAM600 stand-alone merging units.This intelligence is also being extended to the management of assets through the integration of information and operational technologies, showcased as part of ABB’s Asset Health Center solution, combining ABB’s vast competence and installed base and the company’s Ventyx software portfolio. Staying on the service theme, ABB is displaying an innovative non-intrusive service tool that uses x-ray or radiography to inspect high-voltage switchgear.A focal point will be an HVDC experience zone, a technology pioneered by the company 60 years ago. Some of the key HVDC technology components such as cables, semiconductors, converters and the breakthrough hybrid HVDC breaker that solved a 100 year dilemma and paved the way for more interconnected DC grids, will also be showcased.ABB will also present Microgrid PlusTM, its innovative solution for the integration of renewable energies into a microgrid, to improve reliability and efficiency.Press Release, August 25, 2014last_img read more

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October 6, 2020

Paris MoU Bans Two

first_imgThe Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), acting on behalf of 27 participating maritime administrations, has banned two vessels this month from its waters following their third strikes.On 17th July 2015,  general cargo ship M/V Georgiana H with IMO number 8911413 was detained in Marina di Carrara, Italy. This is the ship’s third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 24 months.The ship flies the flag of Republic of Togo which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list.On 3rd March 2015, general cargo ship M/V Andrey Osipov, with IMO number 8711306 was detained in Brake/Bremerhaven (Germany). This is also the ship’s third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 24 months.The 1994-built ship flies the flag of St. Kitts and Nevis (at first PSC visit), which is grey on the current Paris MoU WGB list.The ships will be refused further access to any port and anchorages in the Paris MoU region, except for the ports of the ships’ flag states.The refusal of access is valid from 17th July 2015 and will become applicable immediately after the ships are authorized to leave their ports and anchorages.As this is the first refusal of access order for both ships the period of the refusal of access will be 3 months.last_img read more

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September 29, 2020

Editor’s blog: School’s out and the kids are in charge

first_imgDay three and the kids took charge of home-schooling. At first there was order: my partner overseeing phonics with the youngest reception-age child, the middle one (in year 6) attempting a practice SATs maths paper, and the eldest (in year 8) finding a heap of deadlines on his homework app.I had calls set up for the whole morning and told everyone I could not be interrupted. But an hour in and my partner had to get out of the house for some exercise having been cooped up the previous day. I could not monitor school work, so resorted to a DVD – The BFG is the current favourite – to keep the four-year-old occupied. I did not hear a peep until lunch time, when it was clear the other two had crept into the TV room and no work had been done.The decision was made to go with the flow for the rest of the day, so we suggested the middle one helped the youngest with some basic number work through play. This unexpectedly morphed into a game with wooden figures that lasted over an hour. After which they both said they wanted to make up a PE lesson, using up another precious 30 minutes or more.I found out that ahead of the school closures planned from today our primary school only had half the pupils attending and at least 25 staff off work. Parents received a letter outlining how the school intends to support learning, and a pack of work will be emailed and various links to online tools such as Doodlemaths. These materials will no doubt be a huge help for families in the weeks to come.We have amended the learning timetable for next week, letting the children start later in the morning and allowing a choice between various arts activities in the afternoon. Wednesday will now be a more “child-led” day to break up the week – I am a bit worried about this idea but they love it, so morale is high.In the meantime, I skipped going for a run in order to set up my temporary home office space. I have flipped my desk round so it no longer faces a boring wall and replaced a kitchen chair with an office one that was not being used. I have even put a plant by the phone to brighten things up.We all seem calmer today. Perhaps early on in our self-isolation we had felt under pressure to create order out of chaos. Now we have had time to adjust, make a plan, revise the plan and see what happens.  Chloe McCulloch, Building editorShare your stories of adapting to covid-19 restrictions, email: chloe.mcculloch@building.co.ukBlog catch up: Day one, Day two >> Coronavirus and construction: keep up to datelast_img read more

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September 28, 2020

Turkish ‘National Train’ set to roll in 2019

first_imgTURKEY: The first of 21 five-car electric multiple-units being developed under the ‘National Train’ programme to enhance local manufacturing capabilities is set to carry passengers in late 2019.The 160 km/h inter-regional trainsets are to be produced at the Tüvasaş factory in Sakarya province and will make use of a much higher proportion of local components than existing designs.Tüvasaş is leading the design work, and the company exhibited a mock-up of the exterior at the Eurasiarail trade show in Istanbul on March 2-4. National passenger operator TCDD Tasimacilik has already agreed to introduce the fleet from late 2019.As well as fostering a stronger domestic supply chain, the National Train project is also intended to showcase Turkish suppliers’ ability to deliver products that comply with European Technical Specifications for Interoperability. Tüvasaş has previously supplied TSI-compliant hauled coaches to Bulgaria, and sees the National Train EMU as a potential foundation for it to win more orders internationally.Principal local contractors include Bozankaya (bogies) and Tülomsaş (traction equipment). Where TSI-compliant components cannot be sourced from local businesses, Tüvasaş expects Turkish companies to reach licensing agreements with international suppliers that would support the government’s localisation policy objectives.The aluminium-bodied trains will include first class and buffet cars as well as a vehicle designed to be accessible for passengers of reduced mobility. The total seating capacity would be 322 plus two wheelchair spaces. The trains will have an axleload of less than 18 tonnes, and operate under Turkey’s standard 25 kV 50 Hz electrification,last_img read more

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September 26, 2020

Kenya appoints former VP special envoy to South Sudan

first_imgSouth Sudan Stalemate Sudan appoints new peace envoy to South Sudan Kenya Airways resumes flights to South Sudancenter_img Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed former vice president Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka as his special envoy to South Sudan to help promote peace, stability and reconciliation in the world’s youngest republic.“This appointment is in furtherance of Kenya’s commitment towards shared prosperity in the region, in general, and to the pursuit of lasting peace and security in South Sudan,” Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released on Wednesday.Musyoka’s appointment was announced after South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir’s two-day state visit to Kenya that focused on deepening trade ties between the two neighboring countries.The former Kenyan vice president is expected to spearhead efforts to hasten implementation of the revitalized agreement on conflict resolution in South Sudan.Relatedlast_img read more

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September 24, 2020

BUZZER BEATER

first_img“Sa totoo lang, kayang kaya naman bayaran ni PBA center ‘yan eh kahit pakonti konti hindi ko lang alam bakit ayaw niya. Maximum na nga ‘yung sweldo niya sa team niya eh.” “Pero kahanga-hanga itong si PBA center ahh magaling magdala ng problema. Hindi mo nga akalain na may ganyang dinadala eh kasi maganda naman inilalaro niya sa bago niyang team.” “Maganda ang takbo ng karera niya kaya sana i-settle na niya ito para huwag naman masira. Kasi naman talaga ang mga babae, kanya kanyahan talaga sila ng mga luho sa buhay.”***Australian boxer Jeffrey Horn is in for a chance of a lifetime as he is set to face Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title on April 22.Top Rank promotions head Bob Arum made the fight official following his meeting with the Australian-based Duco Promotions.For those who still don’t know, Horn has a Bachelor of Education degree on Health and Physical Education/Fitness from Griffith University, and taught part-time at Pallara State School before deciding to become a boxer.Prior to becoming a teacher, Horn took up boxing with the Stretton Boxing Club in the early 2000s to protect his high school friend from bullies and self-defense.In 2012, Horn fought in the London Olympics where he went all the way to the quarterfinals round of the 64-kilogram division before eventually losing to Ukraine’s Denys Berinchyk.When he turned pro in 2013, Horn became active as he fought once in March, April and May of that month. After his first draw in August, he went on to fight three more times in 2013 to end his debut year with a 6-0-1 win-loss-draw slate.In his four-year boxing career, the 28-year-old Horn has earned WBO Oriental, PABA, WBA Pan African, IBF Inter-Continental and WBA interim Oceania welterweight championships.Among his notable opponents are former world champions Ali Funeka of South Africa and American Randall Bailey. However, none of those he has faced is as big as Pacquiao, credential wise./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=’Who is upcoming Pacquiao foe Jeff Horn?’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Friday January 13, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]A POPULAR PBA center is currently problematic as he does not know how to resolve the mess his wife is caught in, as she is in danger of facing jail time after being slapped with charges by the partner of a certain character actor.A source told the Buzzer Beater that the wife of the PBA center purchased jewelry, watches, designer bags and shoes from the better-half of the character actor using checks from closed bank accounts.“Sumasakit na ang ulo ni (PBA center) kasi hindi niya alam ang gagawin niya. Yung asawa niya posibleng makulong kasi may kalakihan ang utang (sa asawa ng character actor),” the source said. “Nagsimula naman ‘yung utang ng asawa ni PBA center sa pag-order niya ng mga alahas, relo, signature bags at mga sapatos dun sa asawa ng character actor,” added the informant. “Nung singilan na, nakabayad naman ang asawa ni PBA center ng mga tseke pero nung ipinasok na sa bangko ng asawa ni character actor, nagsitalbugan na lahat kasi puro pala closed account na.” “Mahinahon pa naman nung una ‘yung asawa ni character actor, pinagbigyan pa ng palugit ‘yung asawa ni PBA center pero paulit ulit lang ‘yung pangyayari hanggang sa umabot na sa 60 ang tsekeng nagtalbugan.” “Kaya nung napuno na ang salop nung asawa ni character actor, sinampahan na niya ng estafa at (Batasang Pambansa 22 – bouncing checks law) ‘yung asawa ni PBA center.” “Nung naisampa na ‘yung kaso, todo text naman itong si PBA center dun sa asawa ni character actor na nangangakong siya na daw ang magbabayad pero hanggang ngayon wa pa din.”last_img read more

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September 23, 2020

Browns Announce They Are Releasing Wide Out Josh Gordon

first_imgThe Browns announced earlier on Saturday that wide out Josh Gordon had been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Saints with a hamstring injury.Hours later they have announced he’s no longer going to be with the franchise.In a move that will come as a shock to some, the team announced Saturday evening that Gordon is being released by the team. A statement on the release was sent out by the Browns, with GM John Dorsey sharing the news. “This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday. For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we’ve reached a point where we feel it’s best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well.”Gordon has been a player that has teased the organization with his talent and ability since he joined them, but in the end the baggage was just too much, and it started again this season when he missed the start of camp, but that he would be back. He returned on August 18th to the team, and did start last week’s game against the Steelers, catching one pass for a score to tie the game at 21. On Josh Gordon: He was late today to the facility, source said. In addition, he was fine at Friday’s practice, then injured his hamstring. The question of how is part of the reason they released him. My understanding is it’s an overall trust issue for a player on thin ice.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2018 Related TopicsJosh Gordon To my knowledge there was no new failed test from Josh Gordon, though I’m making some calls now.He was late to report this morning.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) September 15, 2018 Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loedelast_img read more

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September 23, 2020

Municipal Election Candidacy Packets Available

first_imgModigh: “Our candidate packet consists of a nominating petition, unlike other municipalities within the peninsula, the city of Kenai requires that each candidate has to obtain 20 signatures of registered voters of the city of Kenai, and that has to be submitted with a financial closure statement and declaration of candidacy.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Candidacy packets for local municipal are available today and must be submitted by August 15th. Modigh: “Our Municipal Election is going to be held on Tuesday, October 4th. Polls will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm and a few important dates leading up to the election: our candidate filing period begins on August 1st and closes on August 15th.” The city will also vote on their Borough Assembly representative as Dale Bagley’s term comes to an end. Sandra Modigh, Kenai City Clerk… Soldotna Councilor Steve Manley’s seat will be one of four on this year’s municipal ballot. The seats up for election are currently held by Councilors Keith Baxter (who is running for State House against Rick Koch), Tim Cashman Jr. (recently appointed to a one-year term) and Vice Mayor Regina Daniels.center_img Candidacy packets have been available since July 25th, one week earlier than in the past… Other Borough Assembly seats on the ballot include Nikiski (currently Wayne Ogle) and the Central District (currently Brent Johnson). For more information on the election year, click here. In Kenai, Mayor Pat Porter’s term is ending, and so is Vice Mayor Brian Gabriel and Councilor Terry Bookey’s.last_img read more

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September 22, 2020

Goromaru embraces challenge with French club Toulon

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KEYWORDS “Until now, it may have been that France was a place where (Japanese) guys longed to play,” the 30-year-old Goromaru said Thursday. “But by my going, I hope others will make it a goal to play there and at some point it will become a natural destination.“It’s a team that has assembled top players. I’ll aim to take in as much as I can and become a better player.”Goromaru joined the Reds following Japan’s impressive performance at last year’s World Cup in England, where he scored 58 points in four matches. For the Reds, however, he was limited to 30 points in eight games.He suffered a right-shoulder injury against the Sunwolves on May 21 and underwent season-ending surgery, but the former Yamaha Jubilo player said he has learned from the experience.“I feel that I had to make more of a case for myself after jumping into a new environment where no one knew me,” he said. “I wasn’t thinking I’d get much playing time to start with, and I knew I was in for a tough battle. But I do have regrets for not taking chances.”There were, however, plenty of positives for Goromaru, who had his first taste of club rugby away from Japan, while getting to spend precious time with his family.“The individual skill level (in Super Rugby) is high and the pace of the game is really fast. The tackles are hard — even from smaller players,” he said.“There weren’t many things I felt were tough, though. I really enjoyed the whole thing. I hadn’t had any time with my family for the past four years, but we got to do things like watching rugby league together.”Upon joining the Reds in February, Goromaru said he would have no regrets when he retires after already having achieved more than he ever imagined. But with the new chapter in Europe starting in August, he has changed his tune somewhat.“It would be sad if I were to retire without going to France,” he said. “I wanted to have another challenge (abroad). When I do that perhaps I’ll have different feelings.”Habana left off Rio squadAFP-JIJIGauteng, South Africa — Former World Rugby Player of the Year Bryan Habana was overlooked Thursday when South Africa named a 12-man squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics sevens tournament.Club commitments with French giant Toulon limited the seven-a-side appearances of the Springbok winger, who has scored 320 points in 117 tests.Now 33, Habana was part of the 2007 World Cup-winning squad and his electric pace made him a feared international opponent for more than a decade.He played in the 2015 World Cup in England, where South Africa finished third, but was not part of the squad for a 2-1 home series win over Ireland last month. Ayumu Goromaru will join France’s Toulon for the coming season after his Super Rugby campaign with the Reds ended early due to injury. | REUTERS RELATED PHOTOScenter_img BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru is eager to be a Japanese pioneer in French rugby as his move to Toulon draws near.In joining the star-studded French Top 14 side, which boasts Kiwi center Ma’a Nonu and South African wing Bryan Habana in its ranks, Goromaru is in for another huge challenge following his maiden yet underwhelming Super Rugby campaign with the Reds. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Ayumu Goromaru, Toulon, French rugby, Ma’a Nonu last_img read more

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