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first_imgSetting a standard for autocouplersSir – It is good to see attempts being made again to introduce autocouplers into Europe on a large scale. The pattern described in your March issue (RG 3.97 p135) appears to be an unhappy compromise. It seems to have all the excessive weight and complexity of the drop-head buckeye coupler and retractable side buffers of Britain’s loco-hauled coaching stock. Moreover, side buffers are in themselves arguably the greatest danger in coupling operations.There seems no reason why the former Soviet SA3 Willison derivative should not become the universal European autocoupler. It has been around for most of this century and was the basis of the over-complex – and abortive – UIC Unicupler. Unlike the latter the Willison appears more suitable for a phased conversion, as happened in the former Soviet Union – initially retaining side buffers and using a simple link to marry with the drawhook of screw-coupled stock. What is more, the design of European rolling stock has long made provision for the Unicupler.Roger Calvert notes (RG 7.96 p417) the desire of English Welsh & Scottish Railways to adopt autocouplers. However, the standard North American knuckle design is incompatible with the Willison, which would become especially relevant when EWS takes over Railfreight Distribution.Adopting the former Soviet design would result in an autocoupler universal throughout the vast, contiguous area of Europe and the Baltic republics and Commonwealth of Independent States – surely a worthwhile economic and technical long-term objective.Tim HallPutney, London, Great Britainlast_img read more

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Retreat by the river for sale

first_imgTHIS seven-bedroom Kelso house complete with its own boatshed nestled beside the Ross River offers an ideal outdoor lifestyle.7 Koala Crt is on a 2278sq m block of land in one of Townsville’s most tranquil settings and is on the market for $820,000.A screened veranda overlooks the river and terraced gardens while the house is surrounded by paperbark trees, Leichhardt trees and ghost gums. 7 Koala Crt, KelsoOutside there is a small shed, fruit trees and a vegetable garden.The gardens also features a gazebo with pizza oven, commercial grade playground and pontoon located near the boat shed.Ms Elliott said the house was in a tightly held riverside pocket.“Homes where you can kayak or canoe directly from your property rarely come up for sale,” she said. “It would also be suitable for families with elderly parents because there are three bathrooms and they are all easily accessible.” More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20207 Koala Crt, Kelso“It’s one of the most peaceful settings I’ve come across,” she said.“It’s right on the river and most people wouldn’t even know this house existed.“It’s one of the few houses you would walk into and you would change absolutely nothing.“You can sit out on the back deck and watch the leaves falling off the trees but you’re less than 20 minutes from the city.”The house is spacious and contemporary with an open-plan living area and chef’s kitchen.The kitchen has stone top benches, a Miele steam oven, an induction cooktop and a servery to the veranda while there is also a separate, formal dining area.The gardens are fully irrigated with river water, there is a ducted vacuum system and most of the lights and fans are controlled by a C-Bus system.center_img 7 Koala Crt, KelsoButterflies, including the Ulysses and Cairns birdwing butterflies, are frequent visitors to the property while a diverse range of bird life can also be spotted.The property offers a hard-to-find lifestyle where the owners can kayak, stand-up paddle board or hop on a boat only metres from their back doorstep.Smith and Elliott principal Sally Elliott is marketing the property and said it was in one of the most tranquil locations in Townsville.last_img read more

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Divers Recover WWII Bouncing Bombs in Scotland

first_imgA specialised piece of underwater scanning equipment has been used to locate and identify WWII ‘bouncing bombs’ in a Scottish loch.GSE Rentals, part of Unique System UK provided the scanning equipment and engineering support to produce sonar images of the seabed at the dive site currently being explored by the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC).The scuba divers have completed a mission to raise two historic, ‘Highball’ bouncing bombs like those used by the Dambusters squadron on the successful raid of the Eder Dam.The Highball bombs were recovered in by divers.Mike Osterberger, Unique Group’s senior engineer said, “We are pleased that the quality of the images allowed us to identify not only a debris field with a number of Highballs but additional debris that we believe to be side charges from the X Craft type submarine.”The scanner was pulled by a workboat from fellow Scottish company Aspect Surveys. Sub Sea Tooling Services based near Aberdeen also provided an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to assist with filming the searches.Around 200 Highballs have lain at the bottom of Loch Striven in Argyll, for almost 75 years since they were tested by the Royal Navy for use against enemy ships and for the Eder Dam raid in the WWII.The bombs, which are inactive, were secured by the divers ready for lifting by the Royal Navy and then winched to the surface before being packed, ready for transport in wet tanks containing a special salt-water solution to prevent them from corroding.Now the aim is to donate the Highballs to two museums so they can be put on display to the public, in time for the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid, in 2018, GSE Rentals said.last_img read more

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Hamas claims to have busted an Israeli spying Dolphine

first_imgspying Dolphine”A spy Dolphin” that is what Hamas fighters in Gaza have called it. A Dolphin alleged to have been caught by the Hamas group spying for Israelis in GazaThe group claimes that it has seized a Dolphin that was spying for Israel off the coast of Gaza.Naval commandos found several “spying devices and surveillance cameras” strapped to the mammal, according to Safa, a Palestinian news agency that is close to Hamas.“It is likely that the dolphin was important for photographing and spying on the frogmen [Palestinian divers whom Israel fears are allegedly planning on infiltrating the country to commit an attack],” the group said in a statement.It is not known what has happened to the Dolphin, and no photographs have been released to support the claim.The dolphin joins a long list of animals allegedly pressed into service by Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, according to a number of Arab governments.In one such example, vultures were detained in both Saudi Arabia and Sudan on suspicion of espionage. Israel said the birds were tagged with GPS chips and Hebrew leg bracelets as part of a university program to track their migration.A fisherman in Egypt meanwhile, caught a stork two years ago when he noticed a suspicious metal object strapped to its back and suspected it was a spy. In 2013, Egyptian police nabbed a bird outside of Cairo with microfilm supposedly tied to its leg. The bird was ultimately cleared of all charges and released.Some claims have been more outlandish still. In 2010, Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha, the governor of South Sinai, accused Mossad of using remote-control sharks to attack tourists and jeopardise the country.Dolphins, the subject of the latest scare, are among the smartest members of the animal kingdom and the US military has used them as naval minesweepers in the past.There is little evidence that Israel has deployed them, though it does maintain a fleet of German-built submarines known as Dolphins.Mossad has long been considered the Middle East’s most effective intelligence service, and has been the subject of endless bizarre rumours.A popular story in the 1990s accused the agency of distributing a tainted chewing gum that gave Palestinian women irrepressible sexual appetites while also sterilising them.An Iranian newspaper reported in 2008 that a pigeon was found near the Natanz nuclear facility with “invisible strings”. Authorities did not, crucially, explain how they managed to see the invisible threads.last_img read more

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Toboso local arrested in drug sting

first_imgHino-o was nabbed after he sold suspectedillegal drugs to an undercover officer for P500 around 4:50 p.m. on Saturday,the report added. Police also impounded his motorcycle. BACOLOD City – Police arrested a drug suspectin a sting operation in Barangay Poblacion, Toboso, Negros Occidental. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell ofthe Toboso municipal police station, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Six sachets of suspected shabu were seizedfrom 31-year-old resident Beranie Hino-o, a police report showed.last_img

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Defender Jessica DiGirolamo named College Hockey America Player of the Week

first_img Published on October 7, 2019 at 8:56 pm Contact Mitchell: mbannon@syr.edu Syracuse defender Jessica DiGirolamo took home the College Hockey America Player of the Week following an impressive showing in the Orange’s loss to No. 7 Boston College.Despite being the only CHA school to play a single game this weekend, DiGirolamo was honored with the award after posting a goal and two assists in the Orange’s 4-3 loss. DiGirolamo’s goal came seven minutes into the final period of Saturday’s game. After receiving a saucer pass from fellow defender Kristen Siermachesky, Digirolamo finished off the two-on-one by roofing a far-side wrist shot over the sprawling Eagles goaltender. The goal brought Boston College’s lead down to two, which DiGirolamo soon helped to cut in half after her shot from the corner created a rebound in front for Orange forward Anonda Hoppner, who deposited the puck in the net. SU was unable to tie the game in the final minutes of the game.DiGirolamo said she enjoys playing against higher ranked opponents like Boston College.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It gets us working, and it makes us play at a higher place,” DiGirolamo said.DiGirolamo also started the 2018-19 season on a hot streak, opening the year on a four-game point streak. The junior is looking to build off of last season, during which she tallied 7 goals and 11 assists and finished the year with a CHA All-Tournament Team selection. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Voter Registration Deadline for Fort Lauderdale primary election is Monday

first_imgThe deadline for voter registration for the Fort Lauderdale Municipal Primary Election is Monday, December 18, 2017.  The election is scheduled on January 16, 2018 at all Fort Lauderdale precincts.  All persons who reside in the City of Fort Lauderdale who are United States citizens, at least eighteen years of age without a felony conviction, not adjudicated mentally incapacitated, are eligible to register and vote in this election.Online Voter Registration (OVR) is now available at www.browardsoe.org.  The registration form may be completed in its entirety and forwarded electronically to the Broward Supervisor of Elections’ Office.Updates to an existing registration may also be completed online.  If a voter does not have a signature on-file with The Supervisor of Elections’ office, the form must be completed, printed and returned to the supervisor’s office prior to the registration deadline, December 18, 2017.Broward County Supervisor of Elections’ Office115 South Andrews Avenue, # 102Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301Voting Equipment CenterThe Lauderhill Mall (Westside)1501 N. W. 40th AvenueLauderhill, FL 33313Dr.  Brenda C. Snipes, Supervisor of Electionslast_img read more

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Tallawahs Keep Hope Alive With Win Over Tridents

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – All-rounder Dwayne Smith returned to haunt his former team Barbados Tridents as Jamaica Tallawahs inflicted a demoralizing five-run defeat on the hosts Barbados Tridents, in a low-scoring, last-over thriller at Kensington Oval on Monday night.With Tridents needing 15 runs off the last over in pursuit of a paltry 128, Barbadian Smith – ignored by his home franchise in this year’s draft – then conceded only nine runs and grabbed the key wicket of Raymon Reifer, to deliver victory for Tallawahs.Tridents put their noses in front when Sandeep Lamichhane scrambled a single off the first ball and Reifer then cleared the ropes at square leg, leaving eight runs to get from the last four balls of the over.Reifer skied the third ball into the deep for a couple but Smith then exacted revenge off the fourth delivery, inducing the left-hander to loft a slower ball to Shamar Springer at deep cover.Tridents were still in with a chance with six runs needed off the last two deliveries but Smith kept Lamichhane scoreless off both in a dramatic finish.Opener Johnson Charles top-scored with a painstaking 31 off 35 balls while Reifer’s 26 came from just 12 balls down the order and managed to re-energised a feeble run chase.The result for the hosts extended their wretched run at the Oval to eight straight defeats dating back to the 2017 season, and was their fourth in six outings overall for the current campaign.Tallawahs, meanwhile, kept alive their slim playoff hopes with what was only their second win of the campaign – both coming over Tridents.Both teams now have four points but Tridents remain fourth courtesy of net run rate while Tallawahs lie fifth.last_img read more

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BetBright unveils £10 million World Cup prediction challenge

first_img Aiming to set its offering apart at the World Cup, BetBright has launched its biggest ever prize fund promotion ahead of the 2018 football World Cup, giving customers the chance to win £10 million. The competition challenges punters to accurately predicting the first goalscorer, correct score and the time of the first goal of the World Cup Final.Open to new and existing customers, to qualify for the chance to win £10million, customers will need to complete specific daily challenges set by BetBright. Points are awarded for each completed daily challenge and a leaderboard will be updated daily throughout June and July, showing the number of points earned by customers.Sarne Lightman, Managing Director at BetBright commented: “We are making a major investment in user engagement during this summer’s biggest sporting competition.“We really wanted to create something different for our customers, old and new, to what the rest of the market is likely to offer. “With daily rewards, weekly leaderboard cash prizes and 10 users winning a shot at £10,000,000, we believe we have created a really exciting message that will cut through the noise of our competitors and provide a compelling reason to play with BetBright during the World Cup.”The primary game mechanics are based around rewarding people with a set amount of points for various activities and engagement with the site. Ranging from one point for simply logging in and up to 10 points for specific stretch bets.The campaign will be divided into eight periods of seven days with an individual leaderboard for each period – and each week, the top ten customers on the leaderboard will each receive £250 cash, with whoever is in the first place for each period also receiving entry to the £10million World Cup Final prediction challenge.Those players finishing 11th – 100th on each weekly leaderboard will be rewarded with free bets and bonuses throughout the competition, too.In total, ten lucky customers will have the opportunity to play for the £10million prize by making the prediction for the World Cup Final, which takes place in Russia on July 15. 888 Holdings’ Guy Cohen on purchases, PASPA and poker August 20, 2019 Submit Share Share UKGC reminds licensees of expectations when leaving the market October 4, 2019 Related Articles StumbleUpon Interwetten targets €100 million GGR mark for 2019 August 5, 2019last_img read more

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Medical Assistant Students to Hold Annual Christmas Craft Show

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMedical assistant students will be very busy for the holidays. The ACC program is making preparations for their 3rd annual Christmas Craft Show.The event will be held in order to raise funds for students to travel to their yearly Michigan Society of Medical Assistants Conference.The networking opportunity helps open the eyes for students as they learn more about their career choice while allowing others to learn what medical assisting is all about.“People get us confused with ‘Certified Nursing Assistants’ and with Nurses.’ So they don’t really know where we work or what we do so we’re trying to have contact with the public and let them know what it is that we learn, and where we work,” Medical Assistant Program Director, Kimberly Salziger said.The craft show won’t just be a day of Christmas shopping but also a way for residents to get their health checked.“This also helps the students. When the public comes in they can help us out by letting the students check their vital signs. That gives them about 100 people so they can do their vital signs, that they’ve never worked on before,” she explained.The Christmas Craft Show will be held Saturday, December 9th, starting at 9 am until 4 pm and Sunday, December 10th at 11 am until 4 pm inside of the Alpena Community College Besser Technical Building.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Unemployment Goes Relatively Unchanged in Northeast Michigan for OctoberNext Operation Toys for Kids, Feed a Family Still Needs Donations for Christmaslast_img read more

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