UK: James Fisher Defence Brings Its Expertise to Marine Renewable Energy Engineering

first_img View post tag: engineering Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: James Fisher Defence Brings Its Expertise to Marine Renewable Energy Engineering View post tag: renewable November 8, 2012 View post tag: marine View post tag: brings View post tag: expertise View post tag: energy View post tag: Navy With its headquarters at Renfrew, on the River Clyde in Scotland, and offices in the United States, Australia and Singapore, James Fisher Defence is one of the most respected names in subsea engineering. Established for almost 30 years, the company is a world leader in submarine rescue services, being the operator of the national service in Singapore and Australia and having operated the UK Submarine Rescue Service for 25 years up to 2008.The company is capable of taking on the most demanding of defence projects – working to the highest design and fabrication standards – and has been responsible for notable achievements such as the highly publicized 2005 rescue of the seven trapped submariners of the submersible vessel, Priz, in deep waters off the Russian Far East coast.With the rapid expansion of the UK marine renewable energy market – and many prototype tidal stream and wave energy devices under evaluation, as well as production-scale offshore wind farms under development – the company is focusing on the needs of this new type of customer. Its impressive 1900 square metre workshops on the Clyde provide an excellent defence-quality engineering and fabrication environment, capable of building and servicing the most complex of subsea equipment.An ideal resource for marine renewable energy developers, this facility includes a 100 cubic metre test tank where submersibles, turbines, dive equipment, and a wide range of sea-based power generation components and systems can be tested in complete safety prior to full scale prototype deployment.“We are used to taking on some extremely challenging subsea engineering tasks for the world’s navies,” said Ben Sharples, Managing Director of James Fisher Defence. “We have an extremely well-equipped engineering resource here on the Clyde that is ideally located for those engaged in marine renewable projects in UK, Irish and near-continental European waters. Given our proven abilities in naval architecture, design, engineering, development testing, fabrication and subsea deployment – including the integration of high-integrity powertrains into pressure vessels through our numerous submersible design and manufacturing projects – it follows that we have the skills too that are crucial to the successful and safe delivery of many types of marine renewable energy projects.”An example of the projects already being carried out by James Fisher Defence for marine renewable energy customers is its work for Ocean Flow Energy on the company’s Evopod™ semi-submerged, floating, tethered tidal energy capture device. James Fisher Defence has been contracted to assemble the power train for the quarter-scale, 37 kW prototype of the device to be installed in the waters of Sanda Sound, South Kintyre, where it will be connected to the 11 kV grid in a multi-year evaluation.“Whilst this represents a new market for us, it’s one in which we are right at home,” concludes Sharples. “We have the skills, expertise and resources, and we are in an ideal location to provide an excellent engineering support service focused on delivering the functionality that customers require, reliably and in complete safety.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff,November 8, 2012; Image: James Fisher Defencecenter_img View post tag: Fisher View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence UK: James Fisher Defence Brings Its Expertise to Marine Renewable Energy Engineering Share this article View post tag: James Industry news View post tag: Navallast_img read more

South Haven Outdoor Market slated for this Saturday

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The South Haven Outdoor Market will be Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Come spend some time in South Haven to experience a day filled with fun and unique shopping. You will find fabulous talented homemade vendors like: artists, funky and fun repurposed vendors, junk vendors and vintage and antique vendors.Bargain shop the City Wide Garage Sale.Learn new cooking tips from Chef Mike Castaneda’s food demo.The location is on South Haven’s Main street. Please check out the event page on Facebook (see site here).  Current vendors include: food truck, funky junk vendors, handmade jewelry, handmade signs, handmade fabric crafts, refurbished vendors, personalized shirts and signs, direct sellers (aka Scentsy, Perfectly Posh, etc.), vintage and antiques, artists, handmade lip balms and lotions, face painting, and food demo presented by Chef Mike Castaneda.The event is hosted by the South Haven Fair Association.For more information please contact Anette Broyes at 620-506-1829.last_img read more

Spanish success for Stephen East

first_img Yorkshire’s Stephen East made a winning start to his senior career with victory in the Spanish senior men’s international championship at La Manga. The 55-year-old from Moortown, Leeds, finished one-stroke clear of England senior international John Ambridge – who recently won the Asia Pacific senior title. East (image © Tom Ward) adds this title to his already impressive collection of three English, one British and one European mid-amateur championships. He triumphed in very difficult weather conditions at La Manga, when only one player was able to beat the par of 73 throughout the 54-hole event. East shared 32nd place after his first round 84, but moved up to third place after scoring 76 – the best of the day – in the second round. A final round 74 saw him home, one clear ahead of Ambridge, (80-81-74) and three ahead of Scotland’s Ian Brotherston, who shot the low round of the tournament with a closing 72. Ambridge, from Moor Park, Hertfordshire, won the Asia Pacific title on the Montgomerie Links in Vietnam. He has been a member of England’s winning teams at the senior Home Internationals for the past two years. 17 Feb 2014 Spanish success for Stephen East last_img read more

Olympia Police Chief Recognizes Citizens And Staff

first_imgSubmitted by City of OlympiaIn a ceremony today, Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts honored both members of the public and members of the Police Department for their service to the community in 2012.  Each year, the Olympia Police Department meets during National Police Week to recognize those who have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” to help provide a safe and secure city.  Chief Roberts thanked the award recipients for their dedication to community and to duty.Life Saving Award:  Mr. Ralph Osgood and Mr. Rhys McCray, were honored this year with a Life Saving Award for the help they gave to a suicidal woman who was trying to jump off the Capitol Way bridge onto I-5.  Officers Kory Pearce, Amy King, Ryan Donald, and Duane Hinrichs were also recognized for helping bring the woman to safety.Medal of Valor:  Officer Mike Hovda received a Medal of Valor for his actions that prevented injury to officers by a suspect wielding a gun.Partnership Awards:  Awards are given to members of the community who partner with the police to address crime.  Mr. Peter Guttchen, Ms. Angie Warner-Rein and Ms. Linda Donaldson were recognized for their efforts to keep their neighborhoods safe.Chief’s Awards:  Awards are given to individuals who provided exemplary service to the Department in 2012.  Those receiving Chief’s Awards included Officers Jason Watkins and Paul Evers, Sergeant Jim Black, and Corrections Officer Kelli Hull.Employee of the Year (non-commissioned):  Lonnie Griffin received this award for his exceptional work in Evidence and in Customer Service.Officer of the Year:  Chris Johnstone received the Officer of the Year award for his outstanding work as a Detective. Facebook9Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

New Device Developed In Monmouth County May Help Detect Heart Attacks

first_imgBy Judy O’Gorman Alvarez |Cardiac patients living with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) might feel they have a guardian angel looking out for them, thanks to a new medical device invented right here in the Two River area.After a long journey of starts and stops, research and trials, in April the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the AngelMed Guardian®System, the world’s first implantable cardiac monitor and patient alerting system for ACS.The AngelMed Guardian®System, nicknamed “the Guardian,” is designed to identify changes in the heart’s electrical signals indicative of a potential ACS, including heart attacks or episodes of unstable angina.“I’m a little numb,” said David R. Fischell, Ph.D., of Fair Haven, co-founder and CEO of Angel Medical Systems, and one of the inventors the device. “It’s been 17 years.”The Guardian got its start in 2002 in Fischell’s home office, where he and a handful of former AT&T Bell Lab engineers toiled for years to develop the device.Fischell, who’s company bio describes him as a “serial entrepreneur,” has founded nine biomedical device companies in the last 15 years, including Angel Medical Systems. For 11 years he worked at AT&T Bell Labs in Monmouth County locations. Much of the R&D for the Guardian was performed by former Bell Lab employees.Fischell’s father, Rober t, ScD., a physicist, inventor and holder of more than 200 medical patents, serves as chairman of the board of Angel Medical Systems. He is credited with developing modern medical stents, lifetime pacemaker batteries and implantable insulin pumps.The senior Fischell first got the idea for the Guardian when he observed that portable external devices that measure a heart’s activity continuously for 24 to 48 hours, similar to Holter monitors, use electrodes that attach to the skin. “But you can’t wear that 24 hours a day,” Fischell said. “With a heart attack you need to know when it happens. That’s what got us going.” Fischell and his father, as well as his brother Tim, M.D., an inter ventional cardiologist, set about working on an internal device.A heart attack occurs when there is a sudden complete blockage of an artery that supplies blood to an area of the heart.According to Fischell, “14 million Americans have ACS.”When the Guardian’s implanted monitor detects a potential heart attack, it vibrates, alerting the patient. In addition, a pager-size device beeps and flashes, letting the user know to seek help or call 911.At the hospital, a physician can retrieve the information collected by the Guardian on a computer.Despite the current excitement, it was a long road from conception to approval.After clinical trials at 100 medical centers throughout the country, including four in New Jersey, Angel Medical Systems had to complete an extensive review process for the FDA approval.The company had to make tough decisions, including reducing its over-head by shuttering its space and allowing its 10 employees to work out of their homes, in order to save money.Funding through New Jersey’s Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program, also known as the Net Operating Loss (NOL) Program, helped immensely.Now Fischell and AngelMed are poised and ready to bring the life-saving device to market, planned for sometime in 2019.“We believe it can reduce the number of patients coming in to emergency rooms every year thinking they’re having a heart attack,” said Fischell, “but are not.”“We hope the Guardian as it’s released throughout the country will have the potential to save hearts and lives.”This article first appeared in the July 5 – 12, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

South African wine wins Fairtrade award

first_img19 September 2012South African winemaker Bosman Family Vineyards established itself as one of the world’s leading ethical wine producers by winning the Fairtrade Award at the 2012 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in the United Kingdom last week.The Fairtrade Award is for wine-producing regions which are officially recognised as being part of the Fairtrade Association.Wines are judged on their individual merits and the award is presented to the highest quality wine at the IWC with Fairtrade certification.Bosman Family Vineyards was also the only South African winery to win one of the trophies at this year’s show.The winning wine was the 2011 Wild Valley Chenin Blanc from the premium Fairtrade range of Sainsbury’s, Taste The Difference, and is made from the Bosman Fairtrade Chenin Blanc vineyards from the Wellington Wine region.The judges described the wine as “floral with white fruit aromas, fresh acidity, appealing grapefruit honey flowers and a rich creamy, bready texture”.The wine is available from Sainsbury’s in the United Kingdom at £7.99 (about R107).“South Africa is the leader in sustainable and ethical wine production in the world and we are excited that a South African wine is recognised in this way and that such outstanding quality can actually be produced in an ethical and environmentally responsible way,” chief executive officer of Wines of South Africa, Su Birch, said in a statement.Bosman Family Vineyards managing director Petrus Bosman said: “Our story at Bosman Family Vineyards is still being written and as a young team, we are very aware that the pages we are on today is the result of the hard work and dedication of those that have written our story before us.“Farming with sustainable principles is something that has been carried over from one generation to the next in our family and our experience has been that the quality of your product increases over time when you consistently invest in people and nature.”Three hundred and thirty-eight judges from 25 countries tasted 21 609 different wines from over 50 countries.The International Wine Challenge is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive blind wine-tasting competitions, and the organisation was founded in 1983.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

3 Ways Social Media Is Reshaping the Political Landscape

first_imgRelated Posts The recent political conventions underscored a few disconcerting trends. Our political leadership is not only out of touch with reality but also tends to distort the truth. How can social-media-based innovations address these challenges?Given that social media excel at connecting people with society’s leaders, there is no question social entrepreneurs can play a major role in the country’s future. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted in his company’s S-1 IPO filing that he viewed Facebook as a tool that could “bring a more honest and transparent dialogue around government that could lead to more direct empowerment of people.”While Zuckerberg believes that social media can more bring accountability to the political process and offer solutions to some of our biggest problems, how is this vision being realized? A number of startups are approaching the social engagement process in different ways. ClicktivismFounded in 2006 by two Stanford University undergrads, Change.org aims to overcome microcosmic challenges. The company lets citizens create online petitions. Its most famous win was “forcing” Bank of America to rescind its planned monthly $5 banking fee, a petition started by a 22-year-old nanny Molly Katchpole.Demonstrating the budding interest in online activism, often dubbed “clicktivism,” Change.org has signed up 17 million members and is adding 2-3 million clicktivists each month, according to Change.org Communications Manager Charlotte Hill.In August, Change.org helped three high-school students succeed: in getting a woman, CNN’s Candy Crowley, to moderate the presidential debates, something that hadn’t occurred since 1992. (Look here for other Change.org victoriesHill tells me that Change.org generates revenue by accepting advertisements from non-profits, basically “sponsored petitions.” The formula may be working because the company already has grown to 150 employees.Civic EngagementPOPVOX was born to address the problem of too much information. Founder and CEO Marci Harris worked as a legislative assistant in Washington and discovered that congressional staffers were drowning in too much noise, so the idea to create an online sentiment platform was born.POPVOX automates the process of constituent communications with their political representatives. The online platform makes it easy for citizens to follow proposed legislation and express support or opposition, which is then sent with a personalized note to involved representatives.Harris tells me that POPVOX relies on a freemium model. Politicians are welcome to place a free widget on their site but if they need analytics, the company is more than happy to oblige for a monthly subscription fee. michael tchong A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Government#Non-Profits#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification POPVOX users are not required to be citizens or even registered voters. So users can keep civic logins separate from their Facebook or Twitter login. This feature lets members rely on anonymous screen names yet communicate with Congress using their real name.Voter EngagementVotizen takes a different approach. It spent a lot of money and time digitizing voter registration records for 200 million Americans. It took two years to capture the data, which was supplied by local registrars on floppy disks, magnetic tape and even spreadsheets.The resulting 1TB database was used to create a social-media-driven service that lets members discover who their social media connections like – or to find like-minded individuals. Votizen has raised $2.25 million from the likes of Napster co-founder Sean Parker and angel investor Ron Conway in addition to Twitter celebrity Ashton Kutcher.Votizen believes politicians and activists will pay to reach its members, selectable by affinity or geography. The service says it has so far attracted 1,549,231 members. Votizen co-founder and CEO David Binetti says the goal of the service is to reduce the role of money in politics by making “the size of a person’s network more important than the size of their wallet.”Clearly, social entrepreneurs have heeded the call to help reshape America’s political landscape, whether through clicktivism and heightened civic or voter engagement. I plan to look at the other challenge, realtime transparency and fact-checking, in an upcoming post.Soldier on America and do contribute your ideas to our Social Revolution ideation engine. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

A new identity

first_imgGrit, Glamour, GutsKHUSHBU SUNDAR, Actor and former DMK spokespersonKIRRON KHER, Member of Parliament. I have a peacock tattoo on my back. So I started wearing high-neck blouses in Parliament and at party meets. The first rule of politics: Don’t distract people! Khushbu SundarIt’s not easy for women from the film,Grit, Glamour, GutsKHUSHBU SUNDAR, Actor and former DMK spokespersonKIRRON KHER, Member of Parliament.I have a peacock tattoo on my back. So I started wearing high-neck blouses in Parliament and at party meets. The first rule of politics: Don’t distract people! Khushbu SundarIt’s not easy for women from the film industry to be taken seriously in politics. The journey is long and difficult but ultimately, one can succeed.If you come from the world of glamour, you will always face scrutiny. While one has to follow certain rules and change some things in order to adapt to a new environment, you should never lose your basic identity.No matter what background you come from, if you’ve been elected to the Parliament, it is your duty to fulfill those responsibilities. Otherwise, you are disrespecting your people and national democracy.last_img read more

Guide Document Being Drafted for Immigration Officers

first_img Senator Nicholson was referring to the recent ruling by CCJ on the Shanique Myrie case. Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson stated that the document will comprise all relevant CARICOM decisions on movement which will serve as a general guide A Guide Document outlining matters relating to free movement under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) regime, is currently being drafted for immigration officers.This was disclosed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, as he piloted a Bill to amend the Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act, in the Senate on October 18.The Minister noted that the document is being prepared by the CARICOM Secretariat and speaks specifically to free movement of skilled nationals, and allowing service providers the right to establishment and contingent rights.“The document will comprise all relevant CARICOM decisions on movement which will serve as a general guide. It is however, still a work in progress, but will be guided by the recent Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling,” he said.Senator Nicholson was referring to the recent case, which directly relates to the free movement regime, where the CCJ ruled in favour of Jamaican national, Shanique Myrie, declaring that the Barbados government breached her right to enter the country under article 5 of the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, awarding her damages totalling $3.6 million.He further contended that the ruling of the CCJ on the Shanique Myrie case “has implications for the actions of border officials, specifically that the activities of border officials are not immune to judicial review by the CCJ.”Senator Nicholson noted that along with ongoing training of CARICOM immigration officers, the Guide Document should help to standardise the treatment accorded to CARICOM nationals exercising that right of movement under the free movement regime.He informed that there are two regimes governing movement in the CSME as set out in Articles 45 and 46 in the Treaty of Chaguaramas. They are free movement for the purpose of engagement in gainful economic activity; and hassle-free travel/facilitation of travel.“CARICOM member states are required, under Article 46, to establish appropriate legislative, administrative and procedural arrangements to facilitate the movement of skills and to provide for the movement of Community nationals into and within their jurisdictions without harassment or the imposition of impediments. Jamaica has established the necessary framework for both and has been amending its legislation accordingly,” Senator Nicholson explained.He added that it is important for Jamaica and other member states to continue to put in place the necessary legislative framework, “so that we can effectively participate in the CSME regime, bearing in mind that Jamaican nationals are among the beneficiaries of the free movement regime.”The Minister further urged Jamaicans to inform themselves about the procedures relating to the application for a Skills Certificate and the specific regimes for movement across the region, including the right of establishment and the movement of service providers.He invited the public or persons interested in the free movement regime, the media, civil society and other stakeholders to remain in dialogue with either the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade or the Ministry of Labour and Social Security about the free movement regime.“I also reiterate that whenever Jamaican nationals believe that their rights under the regime have not been upheld, or if they have received treatment in another CARICOM member state that they consider to be not in accordance with the spirit and letter of the Revised Treaty, then they must make a report to the nearest Jamaican High Commission or Consulate or to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade,” the Senator advised.In the meantime, Mr. Nicholson informed that the CARICOM-wide complaints procedure is almost finalised.“Jamaica participated actively in these discussions. The idea is to streamline the reporting across the region to be able to effectively deal with the various complaints. This should, hopefully, be implemented in the near future,” he said.The Bill to amend the Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) (Amendment) Act, seeks to, among other things, broaden the categories of skilled nationals able to access jobs in regional countries. Story Highlights He added that it’s completion will be “guided by the recent Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling,”last_img read more