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As part of the plan to become one of the largest container terminals in Chile, Puerto Central S.A (PCE) in San Antonio is building a new multipurpose terminal with a 15m draft, allowing the port to handle Post-Panamax ships.Regarding this, Kalmar, part of Cargotec, said that they have received an order from PCE for 24 Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractors and three Kalmar DCG160-12 forklift trucks.Phase 1 of the project, which will transform Puerto Central into a multipurpose terminal with a capacity of 1.3 million TEUs, has already benefited from the delivery of seven Kalmar E-One2 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) in July 2015.The order was signed in June 2015 with delivery expected in November 2015.[mappress mapid=”21047″]
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In its April-June 2013 trading period the terminal handled 50,079 tonnes of non-containerised freight – predominantly steel wire rods and coils. The figure was an 85 percent improvement over the previous nine months combined, during which the Union Pier Terminal handled 27,109 tonnes of breakbulk cargo. Paul McClintock, senior vice president and chief commercial officer for the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), says the boost is a result of the agency’s focus on recruiting non-container accounts, and a new monthly breakbulk service launched in the spring. “We’ve been aggressive in recruiting breakbulk in an ongoing effort to diversify the port’s business,” McClintock said. “We’re exporting a large amount of steel used in construction. On the import side, we are seeing steel wire rod and coils used to manufacture tyres, which is a large and growing segment in the state,” McClintock observed. South Carolina ranks first in the USA for tyre exporting. With Michelin, Bridgestone and Continental all locating to or expanding in South Carolina, tyre manufacturing is one of the largest industrial sector employers in the state, providing jobs to more than 12,000 people. “At Union Pier, we have more than 290,000 square feet of warehouse storage space to handle weather-sensitive cargo, like steel wire rod and coils and paper, as well as large lay-down areas suitable for traditional breakbulk,” McClintock added.Since repositioning the port’s major ro-ro accounts to Columbus Street Terminal in March 2011, Union Pier offers greater space for non-containerised accounts. The SCPA has invested nearly USD25 million to convert Columbus Street Terminal from a container facility to a vehicle-handling and multi-use facility. Earlier this year, Grieg Star Shipping selected Charleston for its monthly service, which calls Union Pier Terminal. Since March 2013, the terminal has handled a total of 14 cargo vessels.The Port of Charleston’s non-container facilities handled 1.12 million tonnes of bulk and breakbulk cargo in fiscal year 2013, a 30 percent jump over FY2012. SCPA forecasts a 10 percent increase in breakbulk and non-containerised cargo at the Port of Charleston during the next 12 months.www.port-of-charleston.com
Together with deugro Denmark, Conquest Offshore developed the installation system, supported by the engineering knowledge and experience of Temporary Works Design (TWD) and Barge Master.Conquest Offshore said that the new floating installation concept was being launched “at just the right time”, as the offshore wind industry calls out for cost-effective and innovative solutions to optimise the installation process.A newly-designed and time-effective skidding system makes a full deck load on the 136 m by 36 m Conquest MB1 barge possible. The ability to upend monopiles – from deck and floating – and the use of a bespoke motion compensated pile gripper provide the means for floating installation. During hammering, hydraulic cylinders actively compensate the movements of the barge to ensure the right inclination of the pile.Conventionally monopiles are installed by jack-up units with higher day rates and less deck space than floating barges, said Conquest Offshore.”By taking advantage of the large deck space on the barge we can reduce the time and costs needed for transportation of monopiles and transition pieces and use the barge as floating storage – which altogether means that efficient floating installation has a much more competitive day rate,” added the company.The floating installation concept is also completely independent of the soil conditions and water depth.Watch an animation of the floating installation of monopile and transition pieces below: Watch an animation of the floating installation of prepiling of jackets below: www.conquestoffshore.com
Published: August 13, 2016 9:04 AM EDT ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) – The Republican Party seems to be nearing a breaking point with Donald Trump.As he skips from one gaffe to the next, GOP leaders in Washington and in the most competitive states have begun openly contemplating turning their backs on their party’s presidential nominee to prevent what they fear will be wide-scale Republican losses on Election Day.Back in 1996, the party largely gave up on nominee Bob Dole once it became clear he had little chance of winning, so it’s not without precedent. Nevertheless, it’s a jolting prospect now, with roughly three months still left before the Nov. 8 vote and weeks before the three presidential debates.Republicans who have devoted their professional lives to electing GOP candidates say they believe the White House already may be lost. They’re exasperated by Trump’s divisive politics and his insistence on running a general election campaign that mirrors his approach to the primaries.“Based on his campaign record, there’s no chance he’s going to win,” said Sara Fagen, the political director for former President George W. Bush. “He’s losing groups of people he can’t get back.”Trump’s campaign says things are moving in the right direction, a position that itself feeds the discontent among his GOP detractors. The billionaire businessman’s loyalists say enough time remains to change the dynamic against Democrat Hillary Clinton who, like Trump, is deeply unpopular with voters.And his backers are blaming the media for the perception that all is not well.“Frankly, a lot of stuff over the last week … it’s him being distorted,” said Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. “For the last week or so, he’s been very focused and very much on his game.”Trump did show some modest improvement as a candidate in the past week. He has stopped criticizing a Muslim family of a fallen U.S. soldier. Gone are the fights with some of his party’s most respected members of Congress.But also in the past seven days, Trump has questioned the advice of senior aides, threatened to stop raising money for the party, dismissed the usefulness of get-out-the-vote efforts and defended his decision not to run any television ads even as his opponents fill the airwaves with spots backing Clinton in several contested states.It all largely overshadowed the content of 44 previously-unreleased email exchanges Clinton had while at the State Department. They became public on Tuesday and showed her interacting with lobbyists, political and Clinton Foundation donors and business interests while serving as secretary of state.“He can’t simply continue to preach to the choir and think he’s going to put together a coalition that will win the White House,” said Ryan Williams, a party strategist and former aide to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney. “He’s essentially guaranteeing that he will lose by refusing to clean up his mistakes and stop committing future ones.”The mistakes do keep coming.Trump this past week stuck by a patently false claim that President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State group. The candidate made an off-handed remark about Clinton that was widely condemned by critics as an invitation to violence. He even acknowledged that losing might not be so bad.“I’ll just keep doing the same thing I’m doing right now,” he told CNBC on Thursday. “And at the end it’s either going to work or I’m going to you know, I’m going to have a very, very nice, long vacation.”All of it, to some Republicans, should lead the party to give up on its nominee.More than 100 GOP officials, including at least six former members of Congress and more than 20 former staffers at the Republican National Committee, have signed a letter asking the party chairman, Reince Priebus, to stop helping Trump’s campaign.They call the New York real estate mogul a threat to the party and to the nation. They want the RNC to take resources now helping Trump and shift them to vulnerable GOP candidates for House and Senate.The letter follows a steady stream of recent defections from Republican elected officials and longtime strategists who vow never to support Trump. They want party leaders to acknowledge that backing his White House bid is a waste of time and money.“They’re going to do it sooner or later. They might as well do it sooner to have more impact,” said former Minnesota Rep. Vin Weber, one of the Republicans to sign the letter to Priebus.Senior Republicans in Washington and in some of the most contested states have discussed a scenario in which the party scales back its presidential focus in states that don’t feature top races for Senate. They could abandon a state such as Virginia, for example, and focus more on a state such as Indiana, where Democrat Evan Bayh is trying to make a Senate comeback.That’s according to several Republican officials in Washington and states that would be affected, including Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. They spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to outline private discussions.There is no evidence that a formal plan to break with Trump exists at either the state party or RNC level, but Priebus has informally discussed the possibility with party leaders in battleground states in recent days, three of the officials said.Should that occur, it’s not likely to happen until after Labor Day, as the party is still relying on Trump to help raise money to fund its expansive political operation. But the amount of money needed decreases as each day passes, giving the RNC greater financial freedom to potentially change course as the election nears.For now, Priebus is vocally supportive of Trump. The party chairman joined the nominee on Friday, part of a larger effort to ensure an experienced political hand is almost always at the candidate’s side when he travels.Others keeping Trump company this past week include former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.“We’ve always found it’s wise to have people traveling with him, because it’s an opportunity to have him engaged and not just sitting there,” Manafort said.Some credit that strategy for Trump’s avoiding devastating unforced errors, such as his tussle with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Muslim-Americans parents whose son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq in 2004. Manafort also has privately assured swing state Republicans that Trump no longer will attack party rivals – House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Arizona Sen. John McCain and Ohio Gov. John Kasich among them.But it’s hardly foolproof.After several error-free days, Trump caused a major stir Tuesday when his comments about supporters of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms were viewed by some as advocating violence against Clinton.He came in for criticism again after saying on Wednesday that Obama was the “founder” of IS, a false claim he repeated several times on Thursday – even when given the chance to tone down his attack on the president’s foreign policies.On Friday, Trump started the day saying he was only being sarcastic, before telling a Pennsylvania rally, “but not that sarcastic, to be honest with you.”It’s those kinds of moments that lead experienced Republicans to think Trump cannot be saved from himself.“He’s almost like someone with an addiction who can’t stop,” Fagen said. “Until he gets help and admits it, he won’t be able to change.”The dissension in the Republican ranks hasn’t affected Trump’s ability to draw supporters to his rallies. Lisa Thompson, a firefighter from St. Cloud, Florida, is among the many who continue to stand in long lines for hours to see Trump at his events.She said those balking at his missteps were being “too sensitive” – a luxury the nation can’t afford with growing security threats. She urged Trump to stick with his playbook.“Why be fake?” she asked.Others aren’t so sure.Mike Dedrel, a UPS driver and Trump supporter who’s also from St. Cloud, said he hoped in the coming months that Trump wouldn’t speak off the cuff as often and stick to pre-planned answers. If he doesn’t, Dedrel said, he’s concerned that Trump is on the way to an Election Day defeat.“I was worried about that from Day One, when he was going against 16 other guys,” he said. “But at the end of the day, I know he’ll be a great president – if he can win.” Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Frustrated with Trump, GOP sees White House slipping away SHARE
SHARE Working hard or hardly working: Study finds plenty of people waste time at work MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Just because someone is at work does not necessarily mean they are always working. The results of a new survey shows plenty of people waste plenty of time on the job.Part of the problem is technology. While technology makes it easier to do our jobs, it also keeps us from doing our jobs.“So you see everyone on their phone, like Instagram, you know check and see if anyone liked your pictures,” said Helen Johnstone.In a survey from OfficeTeam, employees admit spending one hour and 36 minutes a day doing personal tasks at work. Almost an hour of that is on a smartphone.“I think it’s absolutely true,” said working mom Jodi Kuchinski. “I do it myself.”Johnstone agrees as well. “I don’t do it personally but most of my work colleagues do.” Johnstone then admitted she does it “sometimes.”Another professional, Holly Parker, said laughingly she does it “for just a couple of minutes a day or maybe a couple of hours. Depends on the day.”OfficeTeam’s Richard Deosingh says millennials are the biggest offenders. They rack up 70 minutes a day on the phone.“They are big on social media and they are always connected so that second nature move of looking at their phone is constant,” explained Deosingh.Kuchinski says she has to use her phone on the job.“I don’t have time to do anything during the week because I’m at work. I leave my house at seven in the morning and I don’t get home until almost 7 o’clock. So I have to do my personal things at work.”Some businesses block social media and shopping websites on company computers.Half of the employees surveyed said they use their phones to access those blocked sites. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: November 14, 2017 2:31 PM EST Updated: November 14, 2017 2:40 PM EST
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd v Apple Retail UK Ltd and another company: Chancery Division, Patents Court: 7 March 2013 In the action and counterclaim, the claimant (Samsung) alleged infringement of three patents by the defendants (together Apple). The alleged infringements included certain Apple 3G (HSUPA)-enabled devices, including the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad2 3G. The instant proceedings concerned the third patent (404), which related to an apparatus and method for minimising an increase in peak to average power ratio (PAPR) of a transmission signal during data transmission through an enhanced uplink dedicated transport channel (the enhanced data channel). The invention was broadly concerned with the structuring of individual data streams which were transmitted simultaneously on the same frequency range from a mobile device to a base station. Apple denied infringement and counterclaimed for revocation of the patent. It fell to be determined whether patent 404 was invalid and if not, whether it had been infringed by Apple’s HSUPA enabled devices. Consideration was given to the judgment of the court in Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd v Apple Retail UK Ltd and another company  All ER (D) 60 (Mar) (Samsung Electronics). Samsung accepted that the patent would be invalid for lack of novelty if it was not entitled to priority because of intervening prior art. The court ruled: applying the approach which the law took to entitlement to priority as set out in Samsung Electronics, the 404 patent as proposed to be amended was invalid both because it had lost priority and was accordingly rendered invalid by intervening prior art and because it was, in any event, obvious. If it had survived those attacks, it would have been infringed by Apple’s accused, HSUPA enabled devices (see , , , ,  of the judgment). The 404 patent was invalid (see  of the judgment) Infringement – Validity of patent – Obviousness – Prior art Conor Medsystems Inc v Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc  4 All ER 621 considered; Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd v Apple Retail UK Ltd and another company  All ER (D) 60 (Mar) applied. Mark Vanhegan QC and Brian Nicholson (instructed by Bristows) for Samsung; Simon Thorley QC, Guy Burkill QC and Jeremy Heald (instructed by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP) for Apple.
The criminal justice system could be speeded up if the magistracy was expanded and JPs were allowed to deal with cases at police stations and oversee cautions, a thinktank has suggested.Outlining proposals to reform summary justice, a report from centre-right thinktank, Policy Exchange, suggests magistrates should dispense justice inside police stations at peak times – including evenings and weekends.The report Future Courts says that putting magistrates in police stations would allow them to oversee or directly administer out-of-court disposals such as simple cautions and reduce delays. There is, according to the report, currently a two-month delay from the time an offender is charged by the police to the sentence being handed down in a magistrates’ court. It also notes the public concern about the police’s use of these disposals, which now account for 20% of all criminal cases.The report calls for a massive expansion in the size of the magistracy, recruiting 10,000 new magistrates, to enable them to perform the expanded roles, which would also include reviewing sentences and ‘community engagement’ work.There are currently 23,000 magistrates who preside over 90% of all criminal cases in England and Wales, but a recruitment freeze has been in place reducing their numbers.Instead of automatic retirement at 70, the report suggests the introduction of a 10-year ‘tenure period’, creating greater turnover, and policies to specifically target younger and more ethnically diverse recruits. The report also recommends that the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial College and the Magistrates’ Association devise a training package for 500 or so ‘problem-solving’ magistrates and judges, specialising in dealing with people with drug and alcohol addiction. The report’s author, Policy Exchange’s head of crime and justice Max Chambers, said the criminal justice system operates in a ‘leisurely fashion’ which needs to change as budgets are cut.He praised the work done by ‘invaluable and underused’ volunteer magistrates. They are, he said, not something that should be ‘inadvertently lost, or apathetically discarded’. Rather, he suggested, the way forward for the court system is an expanded role for a ‘new and more diverse’ set of magistrates that ‘drives greater court innovation, injects more dynamism and energy into judicial culture, and delivers a more creative and effective response to local crime problems’. Chairman of Magistrates’ Association Richard Monkhouse said: ‘Three years ago the Magistrates’ Association celebrated 650 years of the magistracy and looked into the future. We proposed some positive suggestions about how magistrates could become more active, accessible and engaged.’He added: ‘This report from Policy Exchange mirrors many of our suggestions and we are pleased to see that there is a wider view that much greater use can and should be made of magistrates.’