Georgia sees tonnage climb

first_imgThe Port of Brunswick’s dedicated auto and machinery terminal moved 674,327 units in FY14, while Savannah’s Ocean Terminal added another 26,375 for a record total of 700,702 units. GPA’s ro-ro cargo improved by 63,760 units or ten percent on the year, while breakbulk cargo saw a gain of 5.2 percent in FY14, growing by 129,861 tonnes to reach 2.63 million tonnes. The added volume contributed to a record year in total tonnage, claimed GPA.www.gaports.comlast_img

EDUCATION MINISTER LEADS PUSH TO INVOLVE MORE WOMEN IN SCIENCE

first_imgUniversities are being urged to join the push to get more women into all of levels of science, Education Secretary Angela Constance said today.While meeting with leaders in the science engagement sector Ms Constance also announced plans for the recruitment of a new Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for Scotland and members to the prestigious Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC).The Scottish Government will work with key stakeholders to review the CSA role to consider how to get the maximum value from this role and to make sure the post attracts a broad field of candidates.The science engagement sector – led by Scotland’s four Science Centres and numerous festivals – appears to have a better record in gender balance than other scientific areas and the Cabinet Secretary met those involved to see what lessons could be learned.Ms Constance said:“Scotland is a world leader in science and technology and our continued investment in support for STEM teaching, learning and skills development at school, college, university and beyond is paying off with increased Higher entrants and passes in these subjects. But we need to do more to counter the historic gender imbalance.“Women remain under-represented in much of the science, technology and engineering sector, but there is a key area that has made progress in achieving a better gender balance. Earlier today I met some of the inspirational women who are leading many of our science centres and science festivals to hear their views on how they have succeeded and what more we can all do to promote STEM as a potential area of study and work for girls and young women.“I have agreed that we will work together on an action plan to ensure more can be done on such a key issue. Such a plan will clearly benefit from their expertise and I am very grateful for their input.“Having women in senior, visible roles help to show girls and young women that choosing science can open up a range of career possibilities. That is why it is so important to appeal to a wide range of experts as scientific advisers to government.“I am writing to all university Principals and the Presidents of our learned societies to encourage them to work with us to ensure we recruit a new Chief Scientific Adviser that will deliver for Scotland. This critical role will reflect our commitment to drawing on the very best scientific advice and expertise.“We will also soon advertise for new members of our highest level group of independent science advisers – the SSAC. It has the potential to add real value in all policy areas connected to science, and the SSAC will also keep Ministers informed about new technologies and other scientific developments.“I am keen to see a diverse pool of potential candidates for the SSAC and the CSA post. If we are to continue to be a leading science nation we need to have all our talent contributing to public life. But we also need to make sure that we enable talented girls and young women to pursue their goals.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAction to encourage gender balance at all levels as new science advisers sought.last_img read more

Honda DCT for superbikes hinted

first_imgTakahashi has however pointed out that Honda is working to combat these size and weight issues for use in superbikes and sports performance models. He further added that if Honda raced two bikes of identical weight against each other, with one using a traditional gearbox and the other using DCT, the DCT-equipped bike would be quicker thanks to the DCT’s benefits of seamless shifts and reduced loss of drive during shifts.Will the Honda RC213V MotoGP bike get a DCT in the future?Takahashi did not disclose exactly haw far in he and his team have progressed here with sources, but he did highlight that even if the Honda DCT is applied in the Honda RC213V MotoGP bike, it would be faster than one equipped with a regular transmission. Should Honda successfully develop its DCT for superbike, we could likely see it offered as an option in the next generation Honda CBR1000RR, which is due for replacement soon.Sources: Visordown / AutoEvolution–Ads– Honda NC700X DCT Honda DCT for superbikes reportedly under development. 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twincenter_img Honda NM4 Vultus Rumour has it that a new Honda DCT (dual-clutch transmission) gearbox specificially for superbikes is currently under development. Honda DCT engineer Kosaku Takahashi was quoted by British site Visordown recently as he states that the firm is presently working on adapting its DCT technology for superbikes.Honda is the first motorcycle manufacturer to have successfully applied the DCT gearbox into its production bikes starting with the Honda VFR1200F. The DCT transmission was first offered as an option in the sport-touring model.Honda VRF1200FBesides the VFR1200F, the Honda DCT gearbox is also primed in several other models including the NM4 Vultus, the NC700X dual-sport, as well as the new and flagship CRF1000L Africa Twin adventure bike.The main challenges in priming the Honda DCT into superbikes lie in the transmission type’s heavy weight and large size resulting from the presence of two clutches. Unlike a conventional motorcycle transmission, the Honda DCT is in fact wider and heavier with current version of the transmission adding a further 10kg in the total weight of the models offering it.last_img read more

Cubs’ Joe Maddon set to learn fate in postgame meeting with Theo Epstein

first_img“Right now, you know what I’m excited about?” Maddon said before Friday’s series opener. “I’m going to get in that car and drive to our pad in Hazelton (Pa.), which is on this really cool little golf course, the Valley Country Club. My buddy Frankie’s the golf pro, And I do need some work, so he’ll be there to straighten my stuff out. My mom’s right down the street, so is my sister. Of course, (Maddon’s wife) Jaye’s going to be there. My buddy Willie’s going to stop by. I mean, come on, what’s better than that?”And if he is let go, as seems inevitable, he’ll have plenty of options to choose from this offseason.The Padres, Giants and Royals jobs are already open, and as many as five or six more managers could be let go at the end of the season. And it’s here, where Jack Buck became a broadcasting legend and broadcasting legend Harry Caray found his voice, that Maddon will learn his fate. The Cubs opted against extending Maddon’s contract after the 2018 season, despite the fact the franchise had made the playoffs in each of the deal’s first four years, had reached the NLCS three times and had won the 2016 World Series, the first one for the franchise since 1908. BERNSTEIN: Maddon should have good laugh if deluded Cubs let him walk”I mean, three trips into the CS,” Maddon said pregame Friday. “If you would have been guaranteed that in ’14 going into ’15 when we walked in the door, how would you feel about that? As a fan of the Cubs, how would you feel about that?”He continued, in typical Maddon fashion: “The mind, when stretched, has a difficult time going back to its original form. We’ve stretched the minds a bit, so now, fans are expecting more. Groovy, man. Go and expect it all.”But Epstein wanted to see how the 2019 season would play out before committing to Maddon, and, well, 2019 wasn’t great. Injuries and inconsistency and a down-the-stretch collapse all conspired to keep the Cubs out of the postseason for the first time in Maddon’s tenure.And so Maddon and Epstein will have a meeting somewhere in St. Louis to discuss the future. Maddon informed reporters of the meeting during his pregame interview session Saturday and Epstein confirmed it shortly after. “We’ll discuss everything moving forward, that kind of stuff,” Maddon said. “We haven’t had any kind of a talk about any of this. I mean that sincerely. We will tonight.” Maddon was asked if he thought there would be a resolution. “I hope so, yeah,” he said. “I’d like to believe so, yes.” Then he was asked if that resolution might be announced before Sunday’s game: “I have no idea,” he replied.MORE: Epstein shoots down talk of return to Red SoxWhat he does know, at least, is what he plans to do when he leaves St. Louis, whether that’s before the game Sunday or after.  ST. LOUIS — Chances are, when Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein meet after Saturday evening’s Cubs-Cardinals contest at Busch Stadium, they won’t split an Imo’s pizza, and a couple orders of toasted ravioli probably isn’t likely, either. Maybe a couple of ice-cold Budweisers would be appropriate, though, considering the agenda for the get-together. There is something symbolic about the most fateful meeting of Maddon’s tenure as the Cubs’ manager happening in St. Louis. When he was a young lad growing up in rural Pennsylvania, he became a Cardinals fan, listening to the games on KMOX’s powerful signal. last_img read more

Vatican threatened over Muslim offense

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsIn a broader talk rejecting any religious motivation for violence, Benedict cited the words of a Byzantine emperor who characterized some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as “evil and inhuman,” particularly “his command to spread by the sword the faith.” The pontiff did not endorse that description, but he did not question it, and his words set off a firestorm of protests across the Muslim world. The new Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said the pope’s position on Islam is unmistakably in line with Vatican teaching that says the church “esteems” Muslims. Benedict “thus sincerely regrets that certain passages of his address could have sounded offensive to the sensitivities of the Muslim faithful and should have been interpreted in a manner that in no way corresponds to his intentions,” Bertone said in a statement. He noted that earlier during his German trip, Benedict warned “secularized Western culture” against holding contempt for any religion or believers. Bertone said the pontiff sought in his university speech to condemn all religious motivation for violence, “from whatever side it may come.” But the pope’s words only seemed to fan rage. Mohammed Bishr, a senior Muslim Brotherhood member in Egypt, said the statement “was not an apology.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI “sincerely regrets” offending Muslims with his reference to an obscure medieval text that characterizes some of the teachings of Islam’s founder as “evil and inhuman,” the Vatican said Saturday. But the statement stopped short of the apology demanded by Islamic leaders around the globe, and anger among Muslims remained intense. Palestinians attacked five churches in the West Bank and Gaza over the pope’s remarks Tuesday in a speech to university professors in his native Germany. An Iraqi insurgent group threatened the Vatican with a suicide attack over the pope’s remarks on Islam, according to a statement posted Saturday on the Web. “We swear to God to send you people who adore death as much as you adore life,” said the message posted in the name of the Mujahedeen Army on a Web site frequently used by militant groups. The message’s authenticity could not be independently verified. The statement was addressed to “you dog of Rome” and threatens to “shake your thrones and break your crosses in your home.” last_img read more