Abnormal transport in west Africa

first_imgFracht France, the French division of Swiss freight specialist Fracht, commissioned Netherlands-headquartered heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet to transport components for a thermal power plant project in west Africa.The components were transported 1,400 km from the Port of Takoradi in Ghana to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where they are being used on the Kossodo thermal power plant project. Once completed, Kossodo power plant aims to increase national generation capacity by almost 20 percent.The components included three 325 tonne engines made by Germany-headquartered MAN Energy Solutions, three 59 tonne generators, two 80 tonne transformers and three 16 tonne turbo chargers, with each ranging in length up to 13 metres, in height up to 6.6 metres and in width up to 6 metres.According to Mammoet, cargo of this size and weight had never previously been transported over such a long distance in West Africa, as the local infrastructure was not built to handle it. Mammoet carried out several route surveys to find the most appropriate transport route. Challenges along the route included potholed roads and several structurally deficient bridges. The total transport height of around eight metres meant Mammoet had to lift more than 1,000 overhead power lines during the transport, in both Ghana and Burkina Faso. Mammoet worked with the Ghana Highway Authority, the police and the Electricity Company of Ghana to make the required road modifications and bridge reinforcements in advance. To ensure there were no problems during the operation, the team planned ahead and test-drove its entire length prior to the actual transport to confirm it was free of any previously unobserved obstacles.The coronavirus pandemic provided an additional challenge, said Mammoet, as both countries closed their borders, affecting mobilisation of the crew and threatening the entire operation. To ensure continuity of the project, with the support of Fracht France, its branch in Burkina Faso, and the plant owner Sonabel, Mammoet mobilised the crew using a private charter flight and handled all required transport permits from the different government authorities.The cargo arrived at the Kossodo project site ready for further installation using Mammoet jacking and skidding systems.“This was one of the first projects in Africa where Mammoet and former ALE combined forces, just after the integration. Right from the start we worked as one team, facing challenges and solving them on the spot, as the crew was committed to deliver the critical cargo safely and within the timeframes set by the client,” commented William Soeters, project manager at Mammoet.last_img read more

Five Players to Watch for the Browns in 2018

first_imgThe Browns might have gone 0-16 in 2017, but few people predict the Browns will be the worst in the league this season.  Here are players to watch for the 2018 season.Tyrod TaylorDeshone Kizer did not have a good season for the Browns in 2017.  The rookie completed just 53.6% of his passes and threw 22 interceptions.  Taylor was the opposite.  He threw only four interceptions and completed 62.6% of his passes.  Taylor will take care of the ball much better in 2018 than Kizer did in 2017.Running BacksThe Cleveland Browns have two new running backs for the 2o18 season, Carlos Hyde, and Nick Chudd.  Hyde ran for 938 yards last season and averaged 3.9 yards per carry.  Chubb will also be an interesting player to watch considering he was great for Georgia.  Chubb can thrive in a role of splitting carries like he did at Georgia with Sony Michel.  It is fair to say the Browns have better running backs than they did last season.Josh GordonSince Gordon’s phenomenal 2013 season, he’s only played in ten games.  Gordon had 18 receptions last season and one touchdown.  If Gordon can stay on the field he can be one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.  The key is, can he stay on the field?Jarvis LandryUnlike Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry has been very reliable.  He has played in every game of his four year career to this point.  Landry set a career high in receptions last season with 112.  Landry came just shy of 1000 receiving yards, he finished with 987 yards.  Between Landry and Gordon, the Browns make a strong case for having the best receiving core in the NFL.Jabrill PeppersMany Browns’ fans were not pleased with how Jabrill Peppers was used in 2017.  Peppers played free safety and was often times 30 yards off the line of scrimmage.  Fans won’t have to worry about that this season because Peppers will no longer be playing free safety.  He will be playing closer to the line of scrimmage where he thrived at Michigan.  Peppers should only improve returning punts and kicks.  Fans should look forward to seeing Peppers on the field. Related Topics Patrick Kennedylast_img read more

Van der Vaart suffers ankle sprain in Real Betis training session

first_img Doctors determined he sprained his right ankle although the injury is not serious. Further tests will be done. Real Betis’ Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday after he returned to work following two days of rest. Sport EN CEST Upd. at 17:31 center_img 04/08/2015 Betis trained at their Ciudad Deportiva to prepare for two friendlies, against Huelava on Friday and then Espanyol on Sunday. Van der Vaart was injured in a collision with team-mate Alex Martinez.  Along with a similar injury to Dani Ceballos, both problems have marred Betis’ return to training, after their tour of Germany. Ceballos will miss their Colombino Trophy clash, while Van der Vaart might also be sidelined. last_img read more

Oughterard’s Kieran Molloy Returns Home With National Senior Elite Title

first_imgKieran Molloy returned home to Oughterard as National Senior Elite Champion following his win over Eugene McKeever in the 69Kg Final at the National Stadium on Saturday Night. Kieran’s unanimous win also saw him take home the Best Male Boxer Award. Kieran Molloy and John Mulligan with the National Elite Title and the Best Male Boxer Trophies following his win on Saturday Night.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Oughterard BC in Galway had been waiting 56 years since their foundation to win a belt at the flagship tournament of Irish boxing.center_img Kieran and Sean Clancy joined John Mulligan in studio as they got a chance to take stock after an incredible weekend.Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/KIERAN%20MOLLOY%20POST%20NATIONAL%20FINAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

DVC Monthly Preview – December 2018

first_imgShare This!Welcome to the December installment of our monthly Disney Vacation Club preview. This month, we round up the latest news, including an upcoming price increase on Copper Creek Points and information about a DVC tasting cruise activity at Walt Disney World. We’ll also take a look at some common DVC owner questions.Booking WindowsThis month, here are some booking window dates to keep in mind. For your home resort (11-month booking window), in December, you will be able to book for dates in November 2019. For all other DVC resorts (seven-month booking window), this month you will be able to book for dates in July 2019.Topiary buffalo stands guard between the Boulder Ridge and Copper Creek Villas.Booking directly through Disney, during the month of December 2018 there is virtually no availability at Walt Disney World or Disneyland. As usual, there is moderate availability at Hilton Head. With the exception of the two-week period including Christmas and New Year’s Day, Aulani is wide open, with 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom villas available nearly every night. During January 2019, currently there is wide availability at Hilton Head and Aulani. In January, Saratoga Springs has 1- and 2-bedroom availability during most of the month. There are Polynesian Village bungalows available during weekdays in the second half of January. If you’re looking to splurge, now’s the time!If you want to expand your options, you may want to explore renting points as an alternative to booking through Disney. (If you rent points through the affiliate link to David’s DVC rentals, TouringPlans receives a commission.)DVC and Disney NewsDVC members visiting WDW in December should purchase their Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets as soon as possible. Some dates may sell out. Later winter visitors should keep an eye out for events related to Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts from January 18 – February 25, 2019. If you want to graze on tasting tidbits without the overwhelming madness of the Food & Wine Festival, the Arts Festival is a terrific option.DVC members may now book a new tasting cruise around the Seven Seas Lagoon. Members board pontoon boats at the Contemporary to explore the Lagoon, making stops at DVC resorts to enjoy food and beverage tastings. Stops include the Beaches Pool Bar at the Grand Floridian, Trader Sam’s at the Polynesian Village, and the Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower. The cruise cost $99 per person and is available on most Mondays through May 2019, setting sail at 3:00 p.m. To book, call member services at 800-800-9800. Reservations are required.Price Increase Coming on Copper Creek PointsMember services recently sent out a notice that the price per point at the Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at the Wilderness Lodge will increase from $182 to $188 on January 16, 2019. DVC is also running additional promotions offering savings of $1,000 to about $3,000 for Copper Creek purchases made prior to December 15, 2018. If you’ve been waffling on a purchase, this might be the time to act.Guest use grill at Saratoga Springs.DVC FAQHere’s where we tackle a frequently asked question or two about Disney Vacation Club.Question: Do I have to pay to park at the DVC resort hotels?Answer: During summer 2018, Disney added resort parking fees: $13 per night at value resorts, $19 per night at moderate resorts, $24 per night at deluxe resorts (which includes all the WDW DVC hotels). However, there is good news for DVC members. Members are still allowed free parking for up to two vehicles when staying at any of the WDW DVC hotels, whether they are paying with points or cash. If you are using DVC points to pay for a room at a non-DVC hotel at Walt Disney World, you are still allowed to park for free. DVC members paying cash to stay at a non-DVC hotel will be charged the parking fee. The valet parking rate at the deluxe and villa resorts is currently $33. All guests, including DVC members, using the valet parking service are required to pay the fee.Question: I’ve seen outdoor grills at my DVC resort. Do people really use them?Answer: There are outdoor grills available for guest use at many of the DVC resorts. In my experience, they’re used somewhat infrequently, so if you’re in the mood to cook up some burgers or hotdogs, or to indulge in some s’mores, it’s likely that you’ll have no problem finding an available grill. Charcoal briquettes and matches are available for sale in the resort shops. Tools like outdoor use tongs and spatulas are available to borrow in the DVC resort community centers.That does it for this month’s wrap-up. Got any DVC questions? Comments? Let us know below.last_img read more

SA’s freight rail fleet to be overhauled

first_img23 May 2011 “We need both to bring down the age of the fleet and add significant capacity if we are to both unlock Transnet’s customer’s growth potential and move goods from road to rail.” “The DPE [department of public enterprises] will be exploring partnerships with both development finance and mainstream finance institutions to see how equity and quasi equity finance for these projects can be raised. “This will include areas such as branch line concessioning, innovative proposals to put cargo from road to rail and reduce road congestion around ports, and inland terminal development. South Africa is looking to significantly increase the number of electric and diesel units in parastatal Transnet’s ageing freight rail locomotive fleet, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Thursday. “Our aim is to more than double the quantity of local content embodied in the locomotive and to ensure that South Africa becomes a key global manufacturing and niched engineering hub for the relevant original equipment manufacturer.” Exploring partnerships This would make South Africa one of the most strategic markets for global locomotive equipment manufacturers, particularly in relation to heavy haul electric models. Local manufacturing “We are investigating the establishment of a governance framework to expedite these processes,” he said. Gigaba said the average age of Transnet’s locomotives was about 33 years. In a speech prepared for delivery to members of the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Johannesburg, Gigaba said an “ambitious fleet renewal strategy” was being designed. “In addition, the department will be engaging with the large mining houses to explore co-investment relationships, given that these company’s have the most to gain through additional investment, but are presently not sharing any of the risk associated with the development of these corridor.” “[This will] see us procure consistent and significant quantities of both electric and diesel locomotives annually over the next 15 years.” “Our plan is to partner the relevant original equipment manufacturers to build South Africa’s locomotive manufacturing capability,” Gigaba said. Referring to the road and rail sectors, Gigaba said the government would initially focus on areas that were complementary to Transnet’s strategies. “[It] is insufficient to really unlock new investment and growth in our mining sector. Consequently, we need new sources of finance to enable a quantum jump in the rate of investment and in the capacity of these corridors,” Gigaba said. Although Transnet had been steadily investing to increase capacity on the country’s key commodity export corridors, this investment was limited by its balance sheet capacity. Sapalast_img read more

Rare birds fill new Angolan forest

first_imgThe pristine forest of Angola’s Mount Moco is in urgent need of conservation. (Image: Mount Moco) According to the IUCN Red List, there may be as few as 465 pairs left of the endangered Swierstra’s francolin.(Image: Batis Birding Safaris) The colourful Bar-tailed trogon prefers to live in forests, preferably at an altitude higher than 1 600m, which is another excellent motivation for the urgent conservation of forest areas in Angola.(Image: Birding Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hilary Buchanan  Percy FitzPatrick Institute of   African Ornithology  +27 21 650-3291 RELATED ARTICLES • Birds get right of way at airport • Saving the African penguin • Mozambique gets new reserve • Mount Mabu yields hidden bountyJanine ErasmusAngola is not generally known as an important birding destination, but this could soon change. The country’s bird population has received a boost with the news that a previously unknown tract of Afromontane forest has been discovered in the southern African country.Afromontane means “African mountain” and the term describes a type of eco-region, and the plants and animals associated with it, which is found in mountainous regions of Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula. This type of environment can occur up to an elevation of 2 000m above sea level, or as low as 300m.It is found mainly on the eastern side of the continent from the Red Sea right down to Knysna’s green abundance in South Africa. In Angola, the montane vegetation consists of grasslands and woodlands, rather than the tropical and subtropical vegetation found further north.This lush forest environment is important because it’s the most threatened habitat type in the country, and it’s home to some rare bird species.More forest than previously thoughtThe new discovery was made in the Namba mountains, by a team of scientists that included ornithologists Martin Mills and Martim Melo of Cape Town’s Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, as well as Portuguese journalist Alexandre Vaz.The team published their findings in the online June issue of the peer-reviewed Bird Conservation International journal.The report, written by Mills, Melo and Vaz and titled The Namba mountains: new hope for Afromontane forest birds in Angola, revealed that previously, about 200ha of this vulnerable forest was thought to exist in Angola, 85ha of it located on Mount Moco, the country’s highest peak at 2 620m.The Namba mountains and nearby Mount Moco are situated in southern Cuanza Sul province, and lie within the Western Angola endemic bird area. This important bird habitat shelters a number of species which are confined to this region, such as the endemic genus Xenocopsychus, which has only one species, the Angola cave chat (X. ansorgei), listed as near threatened.A group of organisations and individuals, including Mills and Melo, is already involved in a conservation project that involves the Kanjonde community living near Mount Moco. The initiative aims to educate the community about minimising the impact on the ecosystem; promote sustainable tourism in the area with the community as the main beneficiary; supply the village with fuel-efficient stoves that will cut down on deforestation; and replenish the forest around the mountain by growing trees in a locally-run nursery. The villagers in charge of the nursery are paid for their services, and in his latest report, filed in February 2012, Mills said that the project was thriving.The team visited the Namba mountains in July 2010 to survey the bird life and to establish more accurately the extent of the existing forest. They were unable to physically explore the whole area because it was difficult to move around in the densely forested and often boulder-strewn terrain, but they still managed to record 89 bird species.Fifty-six species were observed in or adjacent to the forest, and included a sizeable population of the endangered Swierstra’s francolin (Pternistis swierstrai), an endemic species found near the forest edges.All 20 species which are generally found in Angolan forests and which are an indicator of the conservation health of the area, such as the Bar-tailed trogon (Apaloderma vittatum), Orange ground thrush (Zoothera gurneyi) and Laura’s woodland warbler (Phylloscopus laurae), were sighted.“Previously the only site in Angola at which all 20 forest-associated Afromontane taxa had been recorded was Moco,” wrote the team. “However, during brief surveys at the Nambas we found all 20 species, including several species that are now rare or extinct at Moco, many of them common.”According to the team, it is likely that the Namba region can now claim to hold the largest populations of these 20 species.Technology to the rescueThwarted in their efforts to map the area at ground level, the team turned to Google Earth on their return, using newly available imagery to survey the area from above.“We used cloud-free, high-resolution images from 2003 available on Google Earth,” wrote the authors in Bird Conservation International. “We traced the perimeter of each forest patch larger than 2.5ha to create a .kml [Google Earth file] polygon file and calculate its perimeter length in kilometres, area in hectares and area/edge ratio.”The percentage of closed-canopy forest cover, they wrote, within each patch was visually estimated to the nearest 5%, to calculate the amount of forest in each patch.Out of this further survey, wrote the team, came the conclusion that “the densely vegetated habitat of the Nambas was found to consist of mature, closed-canopy Afromontane forest with the broad-leafed Yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius) as the dominant tree” – this is also South Africa’s national tree.Even more exciting was the realisation that this forest appeared to be in excellent condition and because of limited trail access, was largely unaffected by human intrusion. The team did note that some big trees had recently been felled.Altogether, these new patches amounted to some 590ha of previously unknown Afromontane forest, which significantly boosts the chances of survival for rare bird species. This brings the national area of Afromontane to about 700ha, more than three times the previous estimate of 200ha.The Nambas are therefore the most important site for Afromontane forest bird conservation in Angola, the team wrote, and all efforts should be made to recognise their conservation importance, especially since none of the tracts of Angolan Afromontane forest are formally protected.The Namba Mountains also satisfy the requirements to be named an important bird area because of the presence of a globally threatened species as well as restricted-range species. More surveys are now needed to accurately capture the population sizes, especially for Swierstra’s francolin, as well as the overall bird diversity. A survey of human populations and activities in the area and surrounding is also urgently needed, as this would help in drawing up conservation recommendations for the establishment of a new protected area, and to identify the most pressing threats to the biodiversity of the area.Dayne Braine, Batis Birding Safaris http://www.batisbirdingsafaris.comlast_img read more

Mothers Day Logos Over the Years from Google

first_imgBut for their first year, Google has been changing its home page logo every Mother’s Day in a tribute to mothers everywhere. And although the images for the years 2000 and 2001 don’t look very different, take a closer look (images below) and you’ll find a small but interesting distinction. We took this year’s image from Google Australia, but you should see it on all of Google’s sites now. Google 2009 Mothers Day LogoGoogle 2008 Mothers Day LogoGoogle 2007 Mothers Day LogoGoogle 2006 Mothers Day LogoGoogle 2005 Mothers Day LogoGoogle 2004 Mothers Day LogoGoogle 2003 Mothers Day LogoGoogle 2002 Mothers Day LogoGoogle 2001 Mothers Day LogoGoogle 2000 Mothers Day LogoWishing all of our readers and all of our moms (and mums) a happy Mother’s Day! A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Google#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… lidija davislast_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer ready to welcome back Dempsey to Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer ready to welcome back Dempsey to Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMark Dempsey is set to return to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom staff.Solskjaer plans to welcome Dempsey back into the fold at Manchester United after the coach was rushed to hospital during the summer tour of Australia and Asia.Dempsey flew home early ‘due to the intensity’ of United’s pre-season schedule and has not resumed his role in Solskjaer’s back room team since.It is understood he has been back to the club’s Carrington training ground on at least two occasions, but that is not believed to have been in an official capacity, says the London Evening Standard.Dempsey was considered an important part of Solskjaer’s coaching team, playing a pivotal role in day-to-day sessions alongside Kieran McKenna and Michael Carrick.He is also a close confidant of Solskjaer, having worked with him at Cardiff and Molde.United’s manager intends to give Dempsey every opportunity to resume his career at the club, but it’s understood he will be eased back into his role once he is ready to get back to work. last_img read more

6 days agoSolskjaer taunts Liverpool: It won’t be 30 years until Man Utd win title again

first_imgSolskjaer taunts Liverpool: It won’t be 30 years until Man Utd win title againby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stoked their rivalry with Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s showdown.The United boss has come out fighting on the eve of their big clash with Liverpool – and said their time in the title wilderness won’t be as long as their Anfield rivals, who last won in 1989/1990.Solskjaer defiantly said: “I’m sure we will bounce back and win the league – and I’m sure it won’t be 30 years until we do that again.”However, United have their backs to the wall after a dismal start, which has reaped a mere nine points from a possible total of 24.The manager also said: “You never take a draw when you’re at Man United, you just don’t. I want to go out there and get three points,” he said.“We need points – it doesn’t matter if it’s Liverpool, Manchester City or Brighton . We want to win games. We need to start winning games.“A win can turn the season around definitely, that’s another point around this match.“A good performance and result can change players’ confidence, players’ mood, players’ perception of what is good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more