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Air cargo industry warned over leadership crisis

first_imgThe project focuses on identifying educational needs for the next generation of managers in the worldwide cargo industry. The task force compiled a comprehensive educational matrix identifying existing courses and areas of deficiency.The task force concludes that managers must not only possess basic skills and detailed operational knowledge, but also further skills, including leadership, team building, and market and financial analysis techniques. While numerous training programmes are available to teach the fundamentals, the number of air cargo-focused programmes that teach these higher level skills is limited.The report stresses that without access to such programmes, the air cargo industry faces the difficulty of attracting and equipping qualified talent to lead the industry in the future, as well as the risk of losing rising managers to other sectors of the logistics industry, or other industries altogether – situations that would put the industry at a competitive leadership disadvantage.In light of the results of the report, a series of next steps will be established, including the creation of focused courses as part of a comprehensive programme addressing the needs of the next generation of worldwide air cargo industry managers and leaders.The full report can be viewed here.  www.fiata.comwww.iata.orgwww.tiaca.orglast_img read more

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Premium rail and suspension changes could cut rolling contact fatigue

first_imgINTRO: Two methods of achieving economic benefits in the management of rolling contact fatigue were examined in studies carried out by TTCI for the UK railway industry during 2005. Both the use of premium rail steels and changes to vehicle suspensions have the potential to deliver cost savingsBYLINE: Steve Clark, Curt Urban, and Firdausi Irani*BYLINE: * Steve Clark and Curt Urban are Principal Engineers at TTCI. Firdausi Irani is Managing Director of TTCI (UK)LtdAMONG Network Rail’s objectives are commitments to deliver cost-effective services to the passenger and freight operating companies who are its customers. Since its inception in October 2002, Network Rail has consistently sought to drive down costs on its 16116 route-km network, and further economic and financial benefits are in prospect.One area where this may be possible is in the management of rolling contact fatigue. Among potential improvements are the use of premium rail steels that resist RCF crack initiation and the modification of rolling stock suspensions to reduce primary yaw stiffness. Studies into both areas were conducted during 2005 for the Vehicle/Track System Interface Committee (V/T SIC), producing interesting results. The studies were funded and managed by Network Rail and the Rail Safety & Standards Board (RSSB).Premium rail steelsIt was assumed that premium rail steels – defined for this study as head-hardened and mill heat-treated steels with hardness values generally around 350 Brinell or higher – would have the greatest potential value on the busiest, fastest, and more maintenance-intensive lines. Sections of track were therefore studied on the East Coast Main Line, the West Coast Main Line, and the main line from London to Brighton. If premium rail steels could not demonstrate value on these routes, then they would be unlikely to show benefits on less busy lines requiring lower levels of maintenance.Based on the data collected and given the assumptions used, the study concluded that use of premium rail steels has potentially significant long-term economic benefits. It was assumed that benefits would be generated by premium rail steels offering longer service life thanks to lower wear, reduced rail grinding requirements and improved surface fatigue durability.Fig 1 presents the potential steady-state, per-km benefits estimated from using premium rail steels on curves of 1800m radius and less, and indicates the estimated benefit of premium rail steels with lives of 1·5, 2·0 and 2·5 times standard rail life. The values presented are uniform annual benefits over a five-year period and pertain to replacing only the rail affected by RCF – this is usually the high rail.There is some incremental benefit from reducing the grinding frequency, but the main economic benefit from using premium rail steels is in deferring rail replacement. However, the benefit does not appear until the rail requires replacement.Table I presents the estimated average wear and RCF life for rails on the East Coast Main Line, based on current average rail life in Equivalent Million Gross Tonnes. This shows that it would be 16 years or more before the rail replacement benefits were received. Therefore, if an infrastructure owner is substituting higher cost premium rails for standard rails that already have long lives, the replacement benefits from the premium rail will not be realised until far into the future. For an infrastructure owner required to make economic decisions on five to 10-year time horizons, the increased cost of premium rail steels would not be recouped that quickly.The same analysis was carried out on two curves on the West Coast Main Line near Weedon and Wolverton. The rail on these curves has suffered from chronic RCF and has recently required replacement after only two to three years in service. In this case, the benefits from premium rail steels would be realised quickly.Fig 2 presents the estimated benefits from the Weedon curve, where approximately 65% of the curve suffered RCF. Fig 3 presents the estimated disbenefits from Wolverton, where only about 35% of the curve was affected by RCF.The results for these curves are very different because when rail is replaced, it is not good practice to mix premium rail steels with standard rail steels. Consequently, when premium rail is substituted for standard rail, the entire curve must be replaced. When replacing standard rails, only the affected parts of the curve need replacing, so reducing the total amount of replacement rail.Fig 4 shows a five-year break-even sensitivity for these two curves based on premium rail steel having twice the life of standard rail steel. On both, the break-even point is reached when the proportion of RCF-affected rail is around 60%. In other words, unless at least 60% of the curve suffers from RCF, then no economic benefit accrues from using premium rail steels.Reducing yaw stiffnessWork was also conducted to develop a methodology and perform a preliminary cost-benefit analysis of the effects of changing primary yaw stiffness on vehicles operating on Network Rail infrastructure.Vehicle curving theory suggests that primary yaw stiffness has a direct relationship with the incidence and severity of rolling contact fatigue and wear on wheels and rails. In this analysis, changes in this damage mechanism were estimated based on wear index values calculated for different primary yaw stiffness values. The wear index (also known as T-gamma) is a measure of the energy being expended at the wheel-rail contact patch. This energy is converted to any one of, or a combination of, heat, noise, surface fatigue, and wear, in both the wheels and the rails.The objectives were to determine if savings could be achieved in the cost of vehicle and track by reducing the primary yaw stiffness of suspension systems and to quantify the estimated benefits from a stakeholder perspective, and to determine a break-even cost for modifying vehicle suspensions.The study indicated that increasing primary yaw stiffness can increase stakeholder costs, while reducing primary yaw stiffness can generate stakeholder benefits. Furthermore, the analysis suggested that the allocation of benefits and costs falls differently across the vehicle-track system interface, and the allocation of costs and benefits will be specific to route and fleet.To illustrate the methodology and apply it to a preliminary analysis, a generic vehicle model was used to produce wear index values for vehicle primary yaw stiffness values ranging from 8 to 128MN-m/rad, with 20MN-m/rad set as the base case. Three Southern Region routes were selected for this analysis.To estimate a per-vehicle break-even cost, a notional fleet size was generated based on the route Equivalent Million Gross Tonnes per Annum. This notional fleet represented the number of vehicles required to operate the routes at their current traffic densities.Benefit and cost estimates were based on steady-state rail replacements and grinding costs for track and on steady-state wheel reprofiling and wheel replacement costs.Table II presents the five-year present value of savings (or cost) to the industry stakeholder groups (track and vehicle), based on the wear index analysis compared to the base case.Fig 6 presents the break-even cost of modifying each vehicle in the notional fleet to achieve the respective primary yaw stiffness value. These values represent a cost ceiling for the cost of modifying each vehicle in the notional fleet to achieve a respective primary yaw stiffness value. For example, given a five-year time horizon, and changing from a primary yaw stiffness value of 20MN-m/rad to 16MN-m/rad, the break-even cost is approximately £18000 per vehicle.The potential savings are time-sensitive, with the longer periods generating stronger savings. Fig 5 presents the combined industry stakeholder savings or costs for five-year, 10-year and 15-year time horizons.Harnessing the benefitsThe conclusions drawn from this preliminary study depend on a number of general assumptions. But a process or tool has been established for the industry to use that provides a starting point from which more specific, well-defined analyses could be performed.There is every indication that premium rail steels and changes to vehicle primary yaw stiffness could generate positive economic benefits for the industry. However, it is not clear that the incentives to initiate the necessary changes are in place or that they are even available.In the case of vehicle suspension modifications, the majority of the benefits fall to the infrastructure owner, yet the costs fall to the rolling stock stakeholders. It is possible that the vehicle modification cost could exceed the benefits available to the vehicle owner or maintainer. In addition, there are other drivers that may provide equal or larger benefits such as changes to wheel profiles, cant deficiency, and the use of lubrication.Likewise, in the case for premium rail steels, if benefits are only to be received in the very long term, then decision-making processes required by the infrastructure owner and driven by short-term metrics may conflict with the overall cost reductions possible for the industry.The authors wish to stress that these are only two possible means of reducing RCF, and it is possible that other changes could produce greater results. In addition, these findings should only be considered as a starting point for further analysis and discussion. To establish more robust results, a more rigorous study using specific routes and vehicle input parameters should be carried out.TABLE: Table I. Estimated average rail life for wear and RCF on a test section of NR’s East Coast Main Line Curvature m Wear RCF r > 2500 >50 years 44 years 2500last_img read more

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Brazilian players that survived the plane crash return home singing praises…

first_imgTwo of the survivors of Chapecoense club from southern Brazil from the ill-fated plane that perished 71 of their mates are thanking God after returning home Brazil following being hospitalized in Colombia.According to the Sun, Left-back Alan Ruschel and defender Helio Neto were both released from the Colombian hospital where they have been recovering since the crash over two weeks ago.“God’s plans are greater than mine, so great that you can not imagine. Thanks to everyone for your love, strength, your prayers and positive thoughts.”  Ruschel, 27, posted on social media, adding “We continue the fight and we will honour the ones that died. God, I ask you to comfort their relatives! God, thank you for the mercy in this miracle, the Lord is wonderful, Thank you!”Center-back Helio Neto, 31, has released a touching video via his father thanking “everyone for the help” after also returning safely to Brazil. Neto had no memory of the crash, he asked for the match score when he first regained consciousness.A journalist found the bible that Neto was reading moments before the crash. The bible was found with a bookmark inserted next to Psalm 63.last_img read more

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ERZIA Signs Global Franchise Agreement with Richardson RFPD

first_imgRichardson RFPD, an Arrow Electronics company, has entered into a global franchise agreement with ERZIA Technologies. Headquartered in Santander, Spain, ERZIA is a leading specialist in the design and manufacture of solid-state amplifiers using the latest technologies available to provide rugged and high-reliability solutions for a range of applications, including communications, test and measurement, radar, and electronic warfare. The agreement covers ERZIA’s commercial off-the-shelf products, including high-power/driver amplifier (HPA) modules and low noise amplifier (LNA) modules. ERZIA’s broad product offering covers DC to 100 GHz, with connectorized and waveguide interfaces. All of ERZIA’s COTS products are ITAR-free designs and offer a high degree of customization. Richardson RFPD is franchised for ERZIA’s full line of COTS modules and will initially stock 14 models. Inventory is expected by January 2020 and is available for immediate preorder.Click here to see ERZIA’s products available with Richardson RFPD.Click here to see ERZIA’s complete product line on everything RF.Click here to see an Interview everything RF conducted with Erzia.last_img read more

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Aprilia Central Riding Club (ACRC) and Desmo Owners Club Malaysia (DOCM)…

first_imgThe Aprilia Central Riding Club (ACRC) and Desmo Owners Club Malaysia (DOCM) celebrate their Italian motorcycle kinship – or brotherhood, if you will – for the “live” viewing of the Czech MotoGP over the weekend.Motorcycle brand loyalty can manifest in fierce tribalism, meaning loving whoever is riding the same brand while eschewing others. It’s not something bad per se, because it’s one of our basic human instinct to protect the clan we live in. (That’s the central theme of post-apocalyptic shows such as “The Walking Dead.”)So, it’s definitely something to celebrate when ACRC and DOCM got together as one large biker community.“The love for Italian motorcycles is something we all cherish. In this gathering organized by Shell, we gather our brothers and sisters from Aprilia to join us the Ducati Owners for MotoGP viewing to support our Italian race teams,” mentioned Gaddaffi Shazalli, Vice President of Desmo Owners Club Malaysia.According to Juan Chow Wee, General Manager of Didi Resources Sdn. Bhd. (the official importer and distributor of Aprilia motorcycles in Malaysia), “To further strengthen the ownership experience, our doors are always open to various owner clubs to foster greater relationship among bikers and we believe the best biking lifestyle is from owners themselves.”Juan also added that “listening to our customers” goes beyond just selling motorcycles. “As such, Didi Resources just rolled out a special Service Clinic and Merdeka Campaign for for Aprilia owners. We are offering the original factory oil filter at just RM10, and other important parts like brake pads and air filter at special prices.”(Please refer to our article pertaining to this campaign.)“We always believe in listening to our customers as they are important in improving how we do business, and today we roll out an after sales program to further reduce ownership cost and to ensure our owners get the best from our network in terms of quality.”–Ads– The Aprilia Central Riding Club (ACRC) and Desmo Owners Club Malaysia (DOCM) held a “live” MotoGP viewing to celebrate their Italian motorcycle kinship. Together, they watched the Czech MotoGP over the weekend.center_img On another note, Didi Resources is offering a special Service Clinic and Merdeka Campaign to Aprilia owners.last_img read more

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New Balance tweets support for Francisco Lindor billboard in place of LeBron James

first_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42 Ashley Bastock CLEVELAND– On Tuesday, the 10-story LeBron James Nike billboard came down from the Sherwin-Williams Global Headquarters in downtown Cleveland.Ever since news that the billboard would be coming down was announced, fans have been taking to Twitter to come up with suggestions for who could fill the space with James out west. One popular answer was Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.New Balance, the company Lindor is a spokesman for, seemingly tweeted support for the idea on Wednesday. Talk about the power of Twitter.We have an idea for open banner space in Cleveland ? @Lindor12BC pic.twitter.com/zpGCBdYCxI— New Balance Baseball (@NB_Baseball) July 4, 2018They also tweeted reminding fans to #VoteFrankie into the All-Star game.Sherwin-Williams has said they are “considering replacements” for the James billboard. What do you think about the idea of a Lindor billboard in place of James? Tell us in the comments.center_img Related TopicsClevelandCleveland IndiansIndiansMLBlast_img read more

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Kenai Avoids Capital Project Vetoes

first_imgKoch: “That we’ve been working on for now the last five or six years, beginning with treatment of water, higher production, more storage, and we are hard at work for moving that project forward for construction through this fall, winter, and next summer.” Earlier this year Finance Director Terry Eubank said the city is working to rely less on state funding due to the state’s current budget situation. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享None of Governor Bill Walker’s vetoes were to any of the City of Kenai’s capital projects. The state capital budget signed by the governor on Monday included approximately $1.8 million for that project to continue. City Manager Rick Koch said those funds will allow the city to finish those water system upgrades. Among the top of Kenai’s projects for upcoming years is the Beaver Loop water transmission extension project, just one facet of the the city’s ongoing improvements to the water system. Eubank: “We’re expecting pretty lean capital budgets coming out of the state for the next few years, especially, we had our annual dance with healthcare this year trying to maintain good benefits for our employees but not break the bank and that was another one of our big dances.”last_img read more

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Messi’s Barca doubts continue

first_imgFor every day that goes by without a word from Lionel Messi, a new rumour surfaces about his future with Barcelona.Messi hasn’t made any public statement since Barcelona’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals last week, putting in doubt his permanence with the struggling Catalan club. He had already shown his discontent earlier in the season, and the humiliation in Lisbon only made it worse. Messi, who has been with the Catalan club for nearly two decades, has a contract with Barcelona until the end of the 2020-21 season.There’s been speculation about Messi’s future from the moment the final whistle blew against Bayern. The doubts increased after a Catalan radio station, RAC1, claimed late Thursday that the Argentina great met with new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman and said he sees himself “more out than in” the club at the moment. Messi allegedly told Koeman that his future was not clear and that he was not happy with the current situation in Barcelona. WORST CRISES Barcelona are enduring one of their worst crises, coming off their first trophyless season since 2007-08 and dealing with uncertainty about their own future. They went through a coaching change midseason and players – especially Messi – were outspoken about their dissatisfaction with club directors and their recent decisions.The radio station report made headlines across Spain. Barcelona admitted that the meeting was scheduled to happen but they did not release any details about the discussions. Club president Josep Bartomeu said he had only spoken with Messi’s father, who told him his son was frustrated and disappointed. The president downplayed the situation, though, saying he was not too concerned. Bartomeu has said all along he is confident that Messi will end his career with Barcelona, and that Messi himself has said this is his wish.But Koeman’s words during his official introduction weren’t so reassuring. The Dutchman said he “hoped” that Messi would stay, and that he wanted to hear directly from the player to know what was in his mind.“I want him to tell me what he is thinking,” Koeman said. “I don’t think I have to convince him. It would be wonderful to work with him because he wins you games.”Bartomeu had said Koeman’s project with the club was based on having Messi in the team.last_img read more

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Greatest Twins Team Bracket: 1987 vs 2019

first_img 1/1 360p 1080p HD Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip About Connatix V56490 About Connatix V56490center_img The #6 2019 Twins “Bomba Squad” includes pitchers Jose Berrios (14-8, 3.68), Jake Odorizzi (15-7, 3.51) and Michael Pineda (11-5, 4.01). The lineup includes five players with 30 or more home runs, highlighted by Nelson Cruz’s 41.Hear Jay and Dave break down the matchup HERE: Which is the greatest Twins team of all time? We are asking baseball fans in Central Minnesota to answer that question with a series of polls.Our #3 Seed is the World Champion 1987 Twins, featuring pitchers Frank Viola (17-10, 2.90), Bert Blyleven (15-12, 4.01) and, um, Les Straker I guess (8-10, 4.37). The legendary lineup includes Kirby Puckett (.332/28/99), Kent Hrbek (.285/34/90) and Gary Gaetti (.257/31/109). Auto (360p) 720p HDlast_img read more

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KHL’s best sniper Kaprizov signs two-year contract with ‘Wild’

first_imgKirill Kaprizov, the best sniper of the Continental Hockey League (KHL) for the last two seasons, has signed a two-year entry-level contract with the National Hockey League (NHL) unit of Minnesota “Wild”. Content will continue after the ad Advertising The contract with the 23-year-old hockey player will take effect already this season, where “Wild” will fight in the final phase of the tournament. The Minnesota team had the right to Kaprizov, so the Russian striker has joined the “Wild” ranks.Kaprizov, a hockey student from Novokuznetsk, made his debut at KHL at the age of 17, representing the Russian grand Moscow CSKA for the last three seasons.The striker stood out in 57 KHL games this season with 33 goals and 29 assists, becoming the best sniper in the league. In his short career as a hockey player, the striker has already managed to play 293 KHL regular championship games, accumulating 230 performance points (113 + 117).He also played in 47 playoffs, with 11 goals and 20 assists.During his career, the hockey player has won Olympic gold, Gagarin Cup, World Championship bronze and various forgings in junior world championships. He has been selected for the All-Star Game for five years in a row, but has been the league’s top scorer in the last two seasons. The Wild team has also announced that Dean Eveson, who has been an assistant for the past season and a half, has been appointed head coach. Prior to that, he was the head coach of the American Hockey League (AHL) team Milwaukee Admirals for six seasons.The 55-year-old Canadian has also worked for the Capitals coaching staff in Washington for seven years.Former center forward Eveson spent 13 seasons in the NHL in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1997, he was captain of the Canadian national team, helping his hockey homeland triumph at the World Cup.last_img read more

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