Canada Energy Regulator recommends Cabinet approve TQM application to operate pipeline. (Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay) The Commission of the Canada Energy Regulator (Commission, CER) has conditionally approved an application from Trans-Québec & Maritimes Pipeline (TQM) to purchase 64 kilometres of pipeline and related components in southern Québec. The Commission is recommending that federal Cabinet direct the CER to issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to TQM, allowing it to continue operating the pipeline. If the certificate is issued, TQM would also construct a new compressor station and a 20-metre long pipeline to connect the 572-kilometre long TQM system to a planned Énergir delivery station at Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Quebec.The Commission attached 20 project conditions to its recommended approval of the project. This includes a requirement for a multi-jurisdictional emergency response table top exercise, within 18 months of the project being approved by federal Cabinet.In its report, the Commission said that it found the project to be in the Canadian public interest and that the facilities would be required for the present and future convenience and necessity.The Commission evaluated this application through a written hearing process that included evidence from TQM, along with letters of support from Énergir and TQM’s parent company TransCanada.Quick FactsThis is one of the last applications for an energy facility to be filed under the National Energy Board Act. TQM filed its application on August 23, 2019 and the National Energy Board became the Canada Energy Regulator on August 28, 2019.While TQM filed this application under the National Energy Board Act, if it is approved by federal Cabinet, it will be regulated under the Canadian Energy Regulator Act and associated regulations.TQM estimates that the project will cost $119 million.Associated Links Source: Company Press Release The Commission attached 20 project conditions to its recommended approval of the project
Police are investigating an Oxford student’s claims that he was attacked by a bouncer outside Filth after being ejected from the club. Charlie Moore, a first year Brasenose student, claims that he was left with a bloody nose after the incident, which he says took place in the early hours of Friday morning.Speaking about what he claims took place Moore said, “For no reason that I can remember I was picked up and thrown out of the club by a bouncer and then physically thrown onto the floor outside Filth. I got up and naturally wanted to go back inside. But when I approached the bouncer and asked if I could go back in he told me to ‘fuck off’. Then he head butted me in the nose so hard that I had blood gushing everywhere. I went back over to my friends and another guy called the police.” Whilst admitting he was rather drunk at the time, Moore claims that had the bouncer insisted on him leaving he “would have been happy to do so.”While the police took statements Moore says that he spoke to the management at Filth. “They said that the reason I had been thrown out was because I had been touching the fire exit. But that does not give the bouncers the right to manhandle me.”The management of Filth claim that they have subsequently checked CCTV footage of the evening and could not find anything to corroborate the claim of the attack. Filth owner Stuart Kerley said that Moore was thrown out for pulling down drapes on the club’s dancefloor. He denied that any of the club’s bouncers could have been involved, insisting that they were inside the bar at the time of the alleged attack.“It’s a bit of a mystery,” said Kerley. “As far as we’re concerned we’ve done an internal investigation and there is no evidence of anything at all.” Louise Randall, Vice President (Welfare and Equal Opportunities) of OUSU said, “All students deserve to have fun and feel safe at every club night they attend. If clubs and their promoters are going to provide an environment for students to have fun and have a drink in they need to take some responsibility for maintaining a safe atmosphere; the door staff are there to help with that, and if this allegation is true then something has clearly gone wrong down at Filth.”Moore was more philosophical, saying simply “I think I will be giving Filth a wide berth, for this term at least.”by Katherine Hall, Deputy News Editor
Sweet bakery and ingredients specialist, is launching a new customer guide for its recently reformulated and extended Baker’s Select range of mixes and bases.The guide features details on all 16 products within the range, including the Creme Cake Base, the Carrot Cake and Brownie Mixes, the Premium Scone Mix, the Lower Fat and Lower Sodium Cake and Muffin Mix, Madeira and Genoese Mixes and the Baker’s Select Extra Moist Muffin Mixes, launched last month.The entire Baker’s Select range is now free from hydrogenated and trans fats and is also lower in sodium, says the firm.Dawn Foods’ marketing director Maggie Dagostino says: “Our new customer guide provides all the information our customers need about this newly reformulated and extended range.”
Related Shows Now’s your chance to get up close and personal with a pair of TV favorites off-Broadway! Tickets are now on sale for two upcoming shows at the Public Theater, headlined by former The Office star John Krasinski and former The Cosby Show star Phylicia Rashad.First up is Dry Powder, led by Krasinski in his theatrical debut. Directed by Hamilton’s Thomas Kail, the new play is scheduled to begin previews on March 1 and open on March 22. The same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a national grocery chain, Rick threw himself an extravagant engagement party, setting off a publicity nightmare. Fortunately, Seth (Krasinski), one of Rick’s managing directors, has a win-win deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song and rescue his boss from the company’s PR disaster. But Jenny, Seth’s counterpart, has an entirely different plan: to squeeze every last penny out of the company, no matter the human toll. The production will run through April 10 at the Public Theater off-Broadway.Tony winner Rashad will return to the Public Theater to headline the New York premiere of Head of Passes. Penned by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau, the new drama about family, acceptance and the power of faith will begin previews on March 15, 2016 in the Newman Theater. Opening night is set for March 28.Inspired by the Book of Job, Head of Passes is set at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Shelah’s (Rashad) family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof but unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges. The cast will also include Alana Arenas, Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran and J. Bernard Calloway. View Comments Dry Powder Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2016
from $49.50 Dylis Croman in ‘Chicago'(Photo: Jeremy Daniel) Related Shows Isn’t it grand? Dylis Croman, a long-time Roxie, is set to return to Broadway. She will replace Bianca Marroquín in Chicago on May 23; the Tony-winning revival is playing at the Ambassador Theatre.Croman has recently been appearing as Roxie on the national tour. A Chicago family member for more than seven years, her other Broadway and tour credits include In Your Arms, A Chorus Line, Movin’ Out, Sweet Charity, Oklahoma, Thou Shalt Not and Fosse. On screen she has been seen in Guiding Light and Smash.Chicago also currently stars Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Ryan Silverman as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Jaime Camil will play Billy Flynn from May 31. View Comments Chicago
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The first quarter of the year is an opportunity for credit unions to measure early successes and determine whether operational adjustments must be made to ensure the institution will be able to meet strategic goals. Successful business strategies are data-driven and effective performance measurement is the key to unlocking insights that are most relevant to a financial cooperative. With the right combination of metrics, credit unions will be able to identify early indicators of performance so that executives can assess whether strategic adjustments must be made to keep a business on track.These three metrics will introduce how credit unions benchmark performance in the beginning of the year and how these measures are used to drive strategic decisions:No. 1: Share GrowthIn an industry of tightening liquidity, share growth is crucial to a credit union’s ability to attract deposits that will be used to serve their growing membership base. Share growth, the period-to-period change of total share balances, is a major factor in determining whether a credit union can continue to make loans at the pace the market demands. Therefore, it is important to monitor this ratio relative to marketing efforts for deposit products.
Hundreds of cars lined up for the first ever Sock Out Cancer parade, organized by Bob Connelly to make up for the cancellation of many of the area’s summer car shows. Organizers say their research tells them the 9.4-mile route more than triples the previous record for the largest parade in Broome County which they say took place back in the 1920’s. For many in the crowd, including Connelly, the cause hit close to home. “I’m a three-time cancer survivor, and I know what it is,” Connelly said. “The first time was when I was seventeen so it has a special meaning to me and we’re raising a lot of money.” Admission was a $10 donation to Sock Out Cancer, an organization created by Security Mutual to help individuals who have cancer, but are struggling financially. Participants were also asked to make a food donation to CHOW. “My daughter is a cancer survivor, and I’ll participate in anything that’s raising money for that cause,” Pauline said. The parade included everything from classic cars to dune buggies and everything in between. Joseph Pauline of Binghamton brought his 1931 Ford Model A out to the event, and said seeing so many people come out in support of the cause meant a lot to him. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — What organizers called the longest parade ever in Broome County took place Saturday, and all to benefit a good cause.
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INTRO: Computer diagnostics and the ability to replace electronic assemblies translates directly into higher asset utilisation, bringing major financial benefitsBYLINE: Vic SergeantSenior Systems Engineer,General Electric Transportation SystemsGENERAL ELECTRIC introduced the first ever microprocessor controlled diesel locomotive in production quantities in 1985. With the 4 000 hp C39-8, the concept of ’replaceable units’ (RUs) was introduced for elecronic modules in the GE product line. By December 31 1996, GE had supplied 4739 locos with microprocessor control that are maintained on the RU principle.Even the largest and heaviest power electronics unit on GE’s new AC6000 loco rated at 6250hp gross with asynchronous traction motors – the inverter phase module for one motor – can be completely changed in two hours by one person. The control microprocessor identifies any defective unit, and in the case of an inverter phase module, for example, will automatically reconfigure the other five traction motors and inverters so that the loco continues in service until the defective inverter can be replaced.Prior to 1985, electronic units were repaired as necessary by changing plug-in cards. To assist troubleshooting, later cards were fitted with LED indicators, but it was still time consuming to hold the loco out of service until the defect had been identified and repaired.Multi-function microprocessorsWith the introduction of the microprocessor, a number of things happened simultaneously. Fortunately, at the same time as the electronic module became more complex, it also became more reliable. Along with processing power came the ability to monitor many locomotive functions (Fig 1), and to diagnose any abnormality, sometimes before it became a failure. This enables a defect to be corrected much more quickly, allowing the locomotive to return to traffic sooner.The ability to monitor a locomotive’s condition by radio is now becoming available, allowing a control centre to predict the maintenance or repair requirements before the loco arrives at the servicing point.Before microprocessors arrived, electro-mechanical logic in the form of relays performed the power control functions. Power electronics were initially used for regulating excitation current both for traction and auxiliary power generation, and for adhesion management.From 1985 until the AC6000 appeared in prototype form in 1995, followed by pre-production units in 1996, three computers were used in GE locomotives (Fig 2). The first managed total loco control functions, and monitored the response and performance of overall systems. The second controlled traction alternator excitation and the power transmitted to the motors.A third computer monitored the auxiliaries, constantly evaluating the ancillary power needs and adjusting them to optimise performance. This allows unneeded auxiliary power to be used for traction, providing higher speeds on grades, more rapid acceleration, and fuel economy.Sensors throughout the locomotive equipment forward information regarding operating conditions to the microprocessors, which analyse the information and make adjustments automatically.Memory capability is provided both with the volatile RAM, the EPROM, and battery backed RAM. The computer program records mileage operated, total hours elapsed, total hours of engine running, and hours in each controller notch position including braking. Total kWh of traction power expended and regenerated braking power absorbed is recorded. These figures have been found to be invaluable to the builder, owner and operator.Any identified faults and corrective actions are recorded in memory, which can later be interrogated and the data transferred to a shore based or portable computer for manipulation, printout, and investigation by maintenance personnel. Such interrogation can be made by radio link on a routine or specific time basis to provide advance information for scheduled or unscheduled maintenance.With the introduction of the AC6000, which is scheduled for series production early in 1998, the increasing power of microprocessors has allowed a new control system to be introduced, needing only two processors instead of three. The general principles remain the same, but the functions controlled include each inverter output voltage and frequency.Every operator of GE locos is offered free computer storage of the locomotive microcomputer memory. This is first downloaded into a compatible portable computer, and then uploaded to the GE mainframe computer in Erie for permanent retention. The owner has continuous access to this data, and can manipulate it to obtain analysis in many different ways. No other railway has access to the data for a particular customer. The facility is known as Dash-H (pronounced ’dash star’).Microprocessors permit self-test features to be incorporated for all major items of equipment or sub-units. This can prevent a locomotive being sent into service with a previously undetected (or unreported) defect, increasing the likelihood of successful conclusion of the turn of duty.Mechanical components of the locomotive have not been neglected. Each model of locomotive provides good access to aid maintenance or replacement and reduce downtime, while the need to maintain has been periodically reduced by design changes. The primary maintenance inspection interval is now 92 days. This may be varied by agreement dependent on duty, and some railways are already at 112 days, with more stretch being considered.The human interfaceDrivers and maintenance personnel communicate with the on-board microprocessors using an interface unit with a two-line text display screen and five function keys.Recent locomotives also carry an in-cab display which provides the driver with all the information he needs to operate the train. Another display is available for a second crew member riding in the cab.These displays are generated by a further microprocessor known as the Integrated Functions Computer. The IFC communicates with the other microprocessors which already hold all the data required to generate the in-cab displays, thus avoiding the need for additional sensors. Separate instruments displaying train speed, for example, can be eliminated. The driver sees two interactive colour graphics screens complying with AAR standards displaying all the locomotive and train information that he requires, including diagnostics, set-up, and control of IFC functions. A third screen for the second crew member is optional. Each screen is of the LCD type with a 150 mm by 200mm viewing area. Yellow is used to alert the driver to active alarms and out-of-limit conditions.Menu-driven soft keys at the bottom of each screen allow the operator to select the information to be viewed and to control various locomotive functions including slow-speed control, air brake set-up, end-of-train set-up, and integrated diagnostics. The displays are defined as:
AP4, FRR and Church Commissioners for England are among the major asset owners backing Tobacco-Free Finance, a new initiative launched this week by the United Nations.The initiative’s pledge – which has already been signed by 90 asset owners, managers, banks and advisers overseeing $6.8trn (€5.8trn) – cited previous work by the UN, Principles for Responsible Investment, and the World Health Organisation on raising awareness of the health implications of smoking.The Tobacco-Free Finance pledge stated: “With 7m deaths worldwide each year and a forecast of 1bn deaths this century due to tobacco-related illnesses, global and multi-stakeholder collaboration is needed to tackle the devastating impact of tobacco on society, as well as on the environment.”European financial services companies including NN Group, BNP Paribas, Natixis, AXA and Robeco have signed the pledge, as have pension funds such as Denmark’s Laegernes Pension, the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund and 15 Australian superannuation funds. Citing the UN’s third Sustainable Development Goal – “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” – Tobacco-Free Finance said its signatories would “collaborate to raise awareness of the issue of lending to, investing in, and insuring tobacco companies”.A number of European pension funds and asset managers have independently moved to cut tobacco companies from their portfolios this year, including Europe’s biggest pension fund, ABP, and France’s Ircantec.Kempen, Robeco, Candriam and BNP Paribas Asset Management have also introduced or extended tobacco bans this year. All four are signatories to the Tobacco-Free Finance initiative.Separately, index provider MSCI has launched five new equity benchmarks excluding tobacco-related investments.The Global Ex Tobacco Involvement indices do not include any tobacco producers, and also exclude “companies deriving 5% or more aggregate revenue from distribution, retail and supply of tobacco-related products”, MSCI said.The five new benchmarks are:MSCI ACWI ex Tobacco Involvement indexMSCI World ex Tobacco Involvement indexMSCI EAFE ex Tobacco Involvement indexMSCI Japan ex Tobacco Involvement indexMSCI Emerging Markets ex Tobacco Involvement index“There is growing demand for exclusionary indices globally, including interest among the world’s largest pension and endowment funds for tobacco exclusion benchmarks,” said Deborah Yang, global head of ESG indices at MSCI.