Equinor and RPS successfully launch new LiDAR buoys in South Korea

first_img Equinor and RPS successfully launch new LiDAR buoys in South Korea. (Credit: RPS Group.) South Korea has ambitious plans to develop 12GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. To support this growing demand, Equinor is planning to develop the floating offshore wind project Firefly.Over the next year, a feasibility study into the viability of wind resource will be conducted. RPS was engaged to deliver two Floating LiDAR buoys to collect the data that will determine future investment decisions. Over this past weekend they were deployed into the East Sea from Ulsan, marking a significant project milestone.Commenting on the launch, RPS Managing Director Energy AAP, Murray Burling said, “To ensure the commercial viability of an offshore wind farm, our clients need reliable resource data to support their project feasibility assessment.“Developing a design that maximises data accuracy and return through reliability, while making the process of information gathering easier, safer and more cost-effective for our clients, is our primary concern.”Equinor Managing Director and Country Office Manager for South Korea, Jacques-Etienne Michel said: “We are pleased to see the Floating LiDARs being deployed. The data gathered through this feasibility study will be important to determine the way forward for what could be Asia’s first floating offshore wind farm. To get there, we are looking forward to collaborating with all partners as we see strong potential in developing offshore wind in South Korea.”The buoys will be moored some 80 km offshore of Ulsan for the next year, collecting wind and wave data to determine the resource viability. Data will be transmitted every 10 minutes via satellite communications.The RPS Floating LiDAR 4.5 buoy design is environmentally friendly and Level 2 Certified qualifying them to collect bankable wind resource data for clients.“Design and construction of our buoy utilises decades of experience,” says Greg Bush, RPS General Manager MetOcean AAP. “Our design has proven robust, providing 100% data return in all conditions. During deployments around the world, our buoys have operated through a variety of weather conditions including severe winter storms. For example, mean winds reached 50 knts during deployment off Australia; waves exceeded 9 m in the North Sea; and air temperature off New York dipped to -15°C. And more recently, soon after deployment a late June storm occurred off the coast of Ulsan – with winds peaking at 39 knts and wave height recorded at over 9 m. Our electronics are yet to miss a 10-minute transmission due to the robustness of our design, components and system redundancy.” Source: Company Press Release Equinor is planning to develop the floating offshore wind project Firefly, to support this growing demandlast_img read more

How to Clean a Faucet Aerator in 60 Seconds

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Content Sponsored by Alure Home ImprovementsThe last thing you want to worry about when you’re frantically getting ready to go to work is your bathroom sink. You just want to wash your face and hands and not have to give it a second thought.But over time the faucet can become a headache that slows you down. The worst case scenario is that you turn on the faucet to rinse your hands in the sink, and suddenly water is spraying all over the place.Fortunately, Doug Cornwell, Alure Home Improvements’ chief operating officer, has a simple fix in store.“So how come the water is spraying all over?” Cornwell asks in a recent episode of “Alure’s 60-Second Fix: How To Clean A Faucet Aerator In 60 Seconds.” “The reason is that at the end of the faucet is an aerator.”This little circular device helps add air bubbles to the water, making the flow feel softer on your face and hands. For an added benefit, a properly working aerator can even help you reduce the overall amount of water you use by making the flow more efficient.Alure Home Improvements Chief Operating Officer Doug Cornwell explains how easy is it to clean your faucet’s filter and get that water back flowing smoothly once again! (Jon Sasala/Long Island Press)Just as important, an aerator also acts as a filter, catching any dirt in the water supply. As the particles build up, the aerator screen can get just as clogged as a drain. When the aerator is working properly, the water flows so naturally that you don’t even know the device is there. But when its fine mesh screen gets blocked by debris that’s accumulated over time, the flow is interrupted. Eventually it could get so bad that the water will spray out, even dribble back up the faucet instead of pouring into the sink, creating an annoying puddle. But to make the faucet work as good as new doesn’t require a plumbing license. You don’t even have to shut off the entire water supply to the sink.The procedure is so simple you could practically do it with one hand, as Cornwell demonstrates in this helpful “60 Second” video. He boils it down to five easy steps:Step 1. Turn the faucet on.Step 2. Unscrew the aerator.Step 3: Pull the stopper.Step 4. Rinse the aerator.Step 5. Screw the aerator back on.Before you begin, though, make sure the sink stopper is blocking the drain because the aerator has a small screen and a round rubber gasket that sometimes sticks inside the aerator. You don’t want to accidentally drop anything down the drainage pipe! But you will need to separate the aerator parts for best results—and remember how to replace them in order.Once you’re ready, you can unscrew the aerator counter-clockwise from the faucet.After you’ve removed the aerator, take the screen assembly and place it in your palm. Then turn the water faucet back on. Rinse all the particles off as you gently rub it between your fingers and thumb. Don’t take too long or the sink will overflow.Next, inspect the results, and if the aerator looks clean, then you can shut the water off. For stubborn debris, try an unwanted toothbrush and some mild solution like white vinegar. Sometimes you need to let the aerator soak in a dish or a bowl until the particles float away. Usually, cleaning a faucet aerator is a breeze. But if the screen looks old and damaged or it’s turned too rusty, you might have to replace it.“Once it’s all nice and clean, screw it back on!” Cornwell says. “Make it nice and tight.”Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsBut try to use just your fingers, not a wrench, so you can unloosen the aerator more easily the next time you need to clean it. The last thing you want to do is bend the aerator with a wrench so it won’t smoothly screw back on the faucet.Once the aerator’s in place, then you can unstop the drain and open up the sink for a quick run-through.As Cornwell exclaims, “Look at that: no spray at all!” The aerator is functioning as it’s intended to do. And it barely took a minute.So, to complete the task, just wash out any leftover particles or debris left in the sink.And, as Cornwell puts it with a laugh, “Now you can head off to work!”last_img read more

JFMS Partners with Big Blue Ocean Cleanup

first_imgJames Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has teamed up with Big Blue Ocean Cleanup, an international ocean conservation foundation helping to protect oceans and raises awareness about ocean pollution.The non-profit foundation coordinates an ambassador network of volunteers who proactively organise events in their local area to reduce litter across coastlines all over the world.Rory Sinclair, chief executive at Big Blue Ocean Cleanup, said:“We are delighted to have James Fisher Marine Services as our new official corporate partner supporting our mission to end ocean pollution. Big Blue Ocean Cleanup fully welcomes companies that are providing active support across our non-profit activities.”Amy Gresty, tender and proposals manager at JFMS, said:“The world needs clean and healthy oceans to support our own health and survival, and every one of us can make a difference. We came together at the start of a new year to come up with ideas for ways we can give back over the months that follow. As a few members of the team are individually involved with Big Blue Ocean Cleanup as ambassadors, it provides us with the perfect opportunity to have a positive impact on the communities around where we work, offshore and back on dry land.”The team is now planning events to campaign for clean seas and support efforts to conserve local beaches.last_img read more

Arnold Ray Lunsford, 83

first_imgArnold Ray Lunsford, 83, of Gosport, Indiana. Arnie passed away on February 21, 2016. He was born on August 6, 1932, in Indianapolis, IN to Charles and Ethel (WienHimer) Lunsford of Batesville, IN.He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Joe Lunsford of Osgood, IN; and a sister, Audrey Lunsford “Sister Ramona” of Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN. He was the former husband of Barbara Lunsford Olsen of Indianapolis, IN. She is the mother of his sons who survive him.Arnie is survived by sons, Ray Lunsford of Marengo, IN, Cliff Lunsford of Lizton, IN, and Danny Lunsford or Indianapolis, IN; three grandchildren, Tammy (Larry) Barrentine of Quieders, Germany, Jill (Craig) Fortner of Greenwood, IN, and Jonathon (Rochelle) Lunsford of Ottawa, KS. He is the great grandfather of four girls.Also surviving are siblings, Rita Gramman of Brookville, IN, Alice Springman of Beech Grove, IN, Charlene Bravard of Sunman, IN, Elaine Amburger of Sunman, IN, Emmy Lunsford Market of Brookville, IN, Richard Lunsford of New Alsace, IN, Ralph Lunsford of St. Peter’s, IN, Steve Lunsford of Batesville, IN, and William Lunsford of Napoleon, IN.So long to “Homer”, his dog!Arnie was in the United States Army from 1952 to December 1954, serving in the Korean War. He retired from B&O/C&O Railroad in 1997. We would like to thank Janni Wade (husband, Alvis) for her support and caregiving. It is so appreciated.Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 11:00 until the time of service at 1:00 pm at G. H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 South State Road 135 and Olive Branch Road.Arnold will be laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Glenns Valley, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN.last_img read more

Napoleon State Bank officially begins construction in Greensburg

first_imgPictured Left to Right ; NSB Employees & Directors: Jennifer McIntosh, Steve Harmeyer, Christy Sutton, Mark Fry, Leslie Kessens, Joe Moorman, Wayne Peetz, Mark Comer, Tony Gutzwiller (Bruns-Gutzwiller Project Manager), Irvin Harmeyer, Bob Welling (K4 Architecture), Jeffry Klump (K4 Architecture)Napoleon, In. — The Napoleon State Bank held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new banking facility on Lincoln Street in Greensburg, Indiana, next to Pizza King. The new facility will be the companies’ second branch in Greensburg and will be an extension of the branch on Westridge Parkway.“Breaking ground on this new banking facility signifies our commitment to, and investment in, the future of our community,” said Mark Comer, President and CEO of The Napoleon State Bank. “This is an exciting time in our 115-year history as a locally owned bank. We look forward to furthering our customer relationships with the personal care of locally owned banking.”The construction of the 3,493 square foot facility is scheduled to be completed late Spring 2019 and will offer more resources and greater convenience for the bank’s customers. The new branch will house a lending team, along with customer service staff, and will include an ATM and drive-up lanes.The new banking facility is being constructed by Batesville-based Bruns-Gutzwiller Construction Company and designed by K4 Architecture from Cincinnati.The Napoleon State Bank has been locally owned since 1903 and serves the Ripley and Decatur counties of Southeastern Indiana with locations in Napoleon, Holton, Osgood, and Greensburg. The mission of The Napoleon State Bank is to remain a locally owned financial institution, dedicated to providing a broad range of services to our customers and communities, through a friendly, trained, qualified staff that provides unsurpassed personal service to our customers. The Napoleon State Bank has a total of 55 full and part-time employees. Member FDIC & Equal Housing Lendelast_img read more

James tames Willamette for career first Wild West Shootout checkers

first_imgBricen James sped to the first Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout victory of his career at Willamette Speedway. The $1,000 win also put him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional. (Photo by Stephanie Deatherage)By Ben DeatherageLEBANON, Ore. (June 29) – Night number seven of the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout be­longed to Bricen James.The Albany speedster gained the lead near midway and led to the $1,000 checkers Friday at Willamette Speedway, earning his tour career first victory and a berth on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Rob Mayea made his first start with the series and got to the front on the initial green. Mayea was mighty fast while leading but unfortunately got caught up with a lapped car on the 13th circuit. Although Mayea retained the lead due to not stopping, his car was sustained enough damage to take him out of contention for the victory.On the restart, James blazed past Mayea and officially took over first place on lap 14. James tried to separate from the rest of the field but a handful of contenders gave chase.The race started intensified as lapped traffic came into the picture in the last laps. James kept all challengers in check to become the sixth different winner in seven 2018 events thus far.Jesse Williamson was second while John Campos took third. Grey Ferrando and Greg Walters completed the top five.Feature results – 1. Bricen James; 2. Jesse Williamson; 3. John Campos; 4. Grey Ferrando; 5. Greg Walters; 6. Ethan Dotson; 7. Dustin Cady; 8. Collen Winebarger; 9. Jerry Schram; 10. Brian Thompson; 11. Curtis Towns; 12. Lawrence O’Connor; 13. Jimmy Schram; 14. Sam Potter; 15. Jeff Faulkner; 16. Preston Luckman; 17. Aaron Sheelar; 18. Brian Wulfenstein; 19. Paul Rea; 20. Danny Lauer; 21. Rob Mayea; 22. Jeff Lovell.last_img read more

Dhoni’s leadership makes the difference for CSK in IPL: Sanjay Manjrekar

first_imgNew Delhi: Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar believes M.S. Dhoni’s leadership is one of the greatest assets for Chennai Super Kings, adding that if the wicketkeeper-batsman can replicate last season’s performance, it would augur well for the team in next edition of the Indian Premier League.In last edition of the IPL, where CSK finished as runners-up, Dhoni scored 416 runs at an average of 83.20 in the 15 matches he played.CSK boasts of having experience in their side with the likes of Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson and Suresh Raina being there in the team. The Chennai-based franchise has won the title three times in 2010, 2011 and 2018 and would be looking for the fourth in next year’s season.“CSK have always had senior players in their squad, they have Faf Du Plessis and Shane Watson at the top, they have got players like Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina at the middle, so a backup middle order batsman would be a good idea for them,” Manjrekar said while speaking at Star Sports show Game plan.“Dhoni loves to take these chances with ageing players, his leadership eventually makes a difference and if he can replicate last season’s performance, it would be great for the team,” he added.The auctions for next year’s IPL are slated to be held on December 19 in Kolkata and one of the lads who will be watched out will be Virat Singh. The middle-order batsman from Jharkhand was one of the standout performers in the just-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. In 10 matches, Virat scored 343 runs at an average of 57.17.Even in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he finished with a strike rate above 100. The 21-year-old also showed glimpses of his talent in the Deodhar Trophy too, playing a game-changing 76 while batting alongside Axar Patel for India C against India B.“If you look at his Deodhar trophy numbers, he (Virat Singh) is averaging at 80 and still striking at 101 and if he is able to do that in a 50-over format, you know he has got the fire power to play the 20-over match,” said former India opener Aakash Chopra. IANSAlso Read: BCCI Plans Game-Changer ‘Power Player’ in Indian Premier LeagueAlso Watch: Deer Calf Rescued by Local people at Laharighat in Morigaonlast_img read more

Cricket News Australian newspapers lose Chris Gayle masseuse defamation appeal

first_imghighlights Sydney: An Australian media group on Tuesday lost an appeal against an Australian dollar 300,000 (USD 211,000) defamation payout to West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle after claiming he exposed his genitals to a masseuse. Gayle was accused by former media group Fairfax, which at the time was publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, of exposing his penis and indecently propositioning the woman in a dressing room during the 2015 World Cup in Sydney.Gayle vigorously denied the allegations, claiming the journalists behind the series of stories published in the newspapers in 2016 were out to “destroy him”. He won the defamation case in October last year after jurors found Fairfax was motivated by malice and had failed to establish a defence of truth.The publisher appealed the case arguing it did not receive a fair trial and the judge should have discharged the jury after Gayle’s barrister attacked the credibility of the massage therapist. Gayle also appealed the size of his payout, seeking an increase. A New South Wales court dismissed both appeals.Gayle caused a stir in Australia in 2016 prior to the Fairfax stories being published when he attempted to flirt with a presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: “Don’t blush, baby.”After winning his court case last year, he tried to spark a bidding war for a tell-all interview, promising that “when I break this down to y’all it will be like a movie”.”Biding (sic) starts at USD 300K for this interview! So much to say & I will!” he tweeted to his then 3.75 million followers. Fairfax newspapers are now owned by commercial broadcaster Nine Entertainment, which purchased the media company last year. Chris Gayle featured in 2019 World Cup. Chris Gayle is set to play his last International assignment against India. Gayle will continue to feature in franchise based T20 leagues. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Beach Soccer: Keta festival to host league

first_imgThe Ghana Beach Soccer Association (GBSA) is expected to thrill residents of Keta in the Volta region next weekend when the exciting sport returns after a break of three weeks. The spectacular Hegbotsosto festival of the Chiefs and people of Anloga in the Volta Region will provide the perfect setting for over half a dozen beach soccer matches.   This was disclosed in an interview by the association’s spokesman George Addo. “We have long planned to spread our activities beyond the La Beach Soccer Arena but it has never been financially prudent due to a number of challenges”.  He revealed that although CAL Bank sponsors the Championship to the tune of Gh44,000, the association simply cannot run an entire season on the amount. “The GBSA believes that by spreading our tentacles, we can attract potential new sponsors to come onboard and also see the limitless potential of this amazing sport”. Ghana currently has the only such set up in Africa; a double tier Championship and a Division one league that consists of twenty clubs in total. The leagues first kicked off in 2011 with Voltic Mineral water as non cash sponsors providing water and logistics for every team. The obvious lack of exposure and shoe string budget of beach soccer has meant that the GBSA is constantly facing turbulent challenges. Currently, defending champions Keta Sunset lead the Championship by with 36 points followed by city rivals Havedzi Mighty Warriors.   However, several clubs have been unable to raise teams on a weekly basis to honour matches due to lack of financial muscle.  In another development, the GBSA has confirmed that all relevant documents requested by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) have been submitted to the GFA for onward transmission to Cairo. GBSA President Yaw Ampofo Ankrah is optimistic that the process will be successful.  “We provided all our credentials to the GFA as directed by CAF in September through Caf officer Francis Oti Akenteng and GFA Gen Secretary Emmanuel Gyimah so hopefully this would allow Ghana present a team at the 2015 African qualifiers in Seychelles”.  Seychelles will host the 2015 African beach soccer championship from the 15th – 19th of April after a decision was taken by the Caf executive committee during one of its meetings at the Cairo headquarters. It is expected that eight teams, including hosts Seychelles will take part in the championship. The winners and runners-up will represent Africa in the Fifa beach soccer World Cup in Portugal. It was only last year that Seychelles launched its first beach football league and to date several teams are actively trying to develop the sport. However the country is currently putting up a state of the art beach soccer stadium which is estimated to cost about $1.1m.Fifa has described beach soccer which is the fastest growing mass participation team sport as the next frontier in the sport world wide.last_img read more

Not a bad gig if you can get it

first_imgNot a bad gig if you can get it. When most people are on their way to work, there’s a group of skiers out on Kootenay Lake.The trio, led by Nelson’s own Bruce Ramsay, take to the water near the Regional District of Central Kootenay transfer station where the waterski course is located.The boys up early when the water is like glass, before 7 a.m.last_img