The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 84 with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS
Wakefield Canada, Canadian manufacturer and distributor of Castrol premium lubricants, has appointed Shannon Spano, left, to the position of vice president, consumer sales, and Hasan Zobairi, right, as vice president, commercial and industrial sales. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementWakefield Canada, Canadian manufacturer and distributor of Castrol premium lubricants, has announced the creation of two separate sales divisions. Shannon Spano will lead the Consumer Sales division with Hasan Zobairi responsible for Commercial and Industrial Sales. The move comes after the first full year of operating the Castrol industrial business. Wakefield says its the next step in solidifying the company’s growing position in the industrial and commercial sector while reinforcing its leadership on the consumer side.“The commercial and industrial lubricant markets represent a significant growth opportunity for Wakefield,” says Dave Fifield, President, Wakefield Canada. “Wakefield’s robust product portfolio of Castrol and Wakefield branded lubricants coupled with our strong commitment to customer service continues to drive our growth. The creation of two distinct sales divisions will allow us to put even greater customer focus on these two important and unique customer segments.”Spano joined the Wakefield sales team in 2006. In her most recent role as retail sales manager, she developed strong relationships and deep knowledge of key partners, which opened new and exciting opportunities for Wakefield, delivering consistent year-over-year growth for customers.Zobairi joined Wakefield in 2015. In his most recent position as national sales manager, commercial sales, Zobairi helped build a clear roadmap and strong foundation for the commercial channel business. He was instrumental in the recent Castrol industrial business transition.Advertisement“Shannon is a trusted leader, highly respected within Wakefield and also by our trading partners and customers, which has resulted in strong strategic business partnerships, which are mutually valued,” says Fifield. “Hasan has almost 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the business, which included his work with BP Lubricants in Saudi Arabia. With his expansive knowledge and expertise, I can’t think of anyone more qualified to lead our new commercial and industrial sales division.”
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McAllister will be a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee, effective immediately.As a leader in government affairs regulatory law for over 30 years, McAllister has held several senior positions at the national level, including senior counsel to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Budget.McAllister also serves on the Board of Directors of public utility holding company Alliant Energy, and was voted on the proxy board of Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc. She is also a Board Member of Anterix and serves as Vice Chair for the National Women’s History Museum.
As the number of Covid-19 infections around the country continue to increase, and in the light of restrictions put in place by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his address on Sunday night, a number of events, among them the Two Oceans Marathon and Cape Town International Jazz Festival have been cancelled or postponed.Among them is the Southern Mail Wynberg Family Festival, which was to have taken place at Maynardville in Wynberg, later this month. The festival is sponsored by Athlone News’ sister title.“We took this difficult decision after extensive consultation and deliberations with various key stakeholders, staff members, some of our most valued vendors and artists,” said festival organiser Rozario Brown.“The safety of our staff, partners and patrons, remains of great importance to us and government’s stringent measures imposed in an effort to deal with this crisis (on Sunday) validated our decision.Mr Brown added that the festival will now take place from Friday to Sunday September 25 to 27. “The venue has been booked, the amusement park is confirmed, most of our existing vendors will continue to support us and we are hereby calling upon you, our most valued and loyal supporters and partners, to continue supporting us with this new date,” he said.This year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival has also been postponed as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus.The festival was scheduled to take place on Friday March 27 and Saturday March 28 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).For details on ticket refunds, visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website, www.capetownjazzfest.comFor refunds on hospitality packages, contact the espAfrika hotline on 021 671 0506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be assisted by the team.The Cape Town Carnival Trust said the Cape Town Carnival, which was to be held on Saturday March 21, had been cancelled in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s ban on gatherings of more than 100 people.“We would like to thank the 44 community groups, the individual performers, and the Carnival staff that have worked tirelessly to prepare for this event,” the Trust said.
Extending the Bribery Act to cover other economic crimes will have little impact on corporate behaviour in the continuing absence of high-profile and successful enforcement action, corporate lawyers have warned.The legislation was enacted over three years ago but there has yet to be a corporate prosecution. The Serious Fraud Office attributes this in part to the complexity of cases it handles.But Neill Blundell (pictured), head of fraud and investigations at Eversheds, told the Gazette: ‘If they try and amend section 7 of the act to include other economic crimes and there has not been a successful prosecution, then I would describe it to clients of mine as an empty threat.’He added: ‘From a prosecution angle, if you want to sell your message, there is nothing better than a high-profile prosecution.’ Most lawyers questioned by the Gazette were also sceptical about the appeal of US-style deferred prosecution agreements.
QUEENSLAND Railways and Walkers Pty Ltd are putting the finishing touches to the design of a pair of diesel-powered tilting trains, intended to work premium services over the 1680 km between Brisbane and the northern tropical resort of Cairns. The first underframes have been laid down, and the 1067mm gauge trains should be commissioned by late 2002. With a 5° tilt capability and a maximum speed of 160 km/h on upgraded sections of QR’s main line (RG 2.98.p109), they will cut timings between Brisbane and Cairns from around 31h at present to 27h.Many of the train’s features will be similar to the electric tilting trains that QR operates between Brisbane and Rockhampton. This includes the tilting equipment derived from that used on 1067mm gauge trains in Japan, with route characteristics pre-programmed so that the tilt activates just as the train enters a curve.QR has formed an alliance with Walkers to manage the project from design to commissioning. The contract has been drawn up to give both parties strong incentives to complete the project within budget and on time; QR says that ’this form of relationship contracting has been shown to deliver considerable cost savings.’Each set will have two twin-engined power cars enclosing seven air-conditioned trailers. Continuous rating for the complete train is 5400 kW against a requirement of 4 200 kW at rail for traction and 260 kW for hotel power. Sufficient power reserves are available to allow a further five trailers to be added to the formation. Hydrodynamic transmissions are fitted, with axle drive gearboxes. Sufficient fuel will be carried to limit refuelling to once per single trip.Each power car has two auxiliary power plants, which are linked by an innovative power synchronisation system. Hydrodynamic braking is blended with EP disc brakes, which are also fitted on the trailers.A service car adjacent to one of the power cars has space for checked luggage and staff accommodation. It also houses the train entertainment system and includes refrigerated storage space.Behind the service car are three seats cars, each with 39 seats arranged 2+1. In one arm of each seat is an adjustable LCD screen offering a choice of entertainment programmes. The screen can also display information about the train’s progress and a view from a camera mounted in the cab showing the track ahead. Audio entertainment is available, with a 240V socket at each seat. Closed luggage bins are fitted along the length of the car.Next in the formation is a club car with galley serving a wide range of drinks and food. Passengers will also enjoy an at-seat trolley service of hot and cold meals.Two further seats cars follow the club car, and both of these include removable seats and toilets large enough for wheelchair access.TABLE: Main data for diesel trainsetsGauge mm 1067Maximum speed km/h 160Seating capacity 183Operating range km 1 000Power carLength over couplers mm 20350Distance between bogie centres mm 12600Bogie wheelbase mm 2500Wheel diameter, new mm 840Mass tonnes 60 Diesel engine rating kW 2×1 350Auxiliary power rating kW 2x150Trailer carLength over couplers mm 22 300Distance between bogie centres mm 16 000Bogie wheelbase mm 2 250Wheel diameter, new mm 810Mass tonnes 42CAPTION: Queensland Railways’ tilting diesel trains will be derived from the two electric units introduced between Brisbane and Rockhampton in October 1998CAPTION: QRset a narrow-gauge speed record of 210 km/h on May 23 1999 as part of high-speed trials for the development of the diesel units; speed measurement was verified by the local police with a hand-held radar gun
No Miracles Here is a foot-stomping and thought-provoking new musical that promises to have audiences on their feet as it hits Square Chapel Arts Centre on 1 March.Ray is young man with a big night ahead of him. The music has started, and he can’t leave the floor. He just has to keep going. Follow the journey of Ray and his band The Raylettes in what is an uplifting and joyful look at how you can overcome depression through dancing.“The show had a wonderful reception when it was initially staged in Edinburgh, Salford and London,” explains Stan Hodgson, co-artistic director of The Letter Room.“We tried to tell a personal story of human struggle, but fill it with music, movement and humour. And we can’t wait to pick up our instruments, get our sweatbands on and bring it to new audiences across the country in 2019!”Packed with live music and dance, No Miracles Here is an anthem to feeling alive and keeping the faith with a northern soul – a tale of resilience, strength and the need to stay on your feet.No Miracles Here is at Square Chapel on 1 March 2019. Book online at squarechapel.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01422 349 422. Find out more about the 15-date national tour at theletterroomtheatre.co.uk
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland officers in Lockerbie are investigating a number of vandalisms that took place sometime overnight Wednesday 29/Thursday 30 March 2017.In the first incident a window at Lochmaben Primary School was broken between 1600 hours on 29th and 0720 hours on 30th March. In further incidents a poly tunnel at Lockerbie Academy was also damaged and the rear window of a silver Peugeot 308 motor car, which was parked in Redhall Road, Templand was smashed the same night. A window at Kirk Loch Caravan Park was also broken sometime between 1630 hours and 1200 hours, again overnight on 29/30 March 2017. Constable Terence Robertson at Lockerbie said “Having carried out enquires we understand a dark coloured vehicle with a loud exhaust has been heard near to the locus of a number of the vandalisms. We will be reviewing CCTV and carrying out door to door enquiries however I would ask anyone that has information that may assist our enquiries contact Police at Lockerbie on the 101 number”.
Parsec Technologies, Inc. is now offering antenna design services to help GPS/GNSS and M2M customers efficiently and effectively imbed modules into their products. GPS/GNSS and M2M modules continue to shrink in size and need additional LNA’s and antennas to maximize signal strength. The future of GPS/GNSS and M2M tracking will come from non-traditional RF products that require RF experts in antenna design as well as LNA + filter design and placement. It is also very important to optimize the antenna and LNA + filter design to embed correctly into each new device. The additional of an external to system on chip (SoC) LNA +filter and antenna need to be carefully considered and modeled to optimize the design. Parsec is here to help with that critical extra step. The services are as follows: 1) Full 3D design and manufacturing tolerance verification using CST for antennas. The 3D model is built around the importing of mechanical realization of PCBAs and plastic enclosures from other 2D and 3D design tools. 2) Material characterization of plastics and PCB materials to reduce hardware spins. 3) Passive Intermodulation Testing, Return Loss and Isolation Testing, Antenna Pattern Testing in anechoic chambers.