Daily Postcard: The moon illuminates the sky above the Abiquiu Inn Saturday night at 21120 US-84 in Abiquiu. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
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The airline’s Hanoi, Vietnam-based team, which serves Volga-Dnepr’s customers in the Asia Pacific region, assessed the cargo and prepared the plan to transport the oversized shipments on board four AN-124-100 freighter flights from Tokyo to San Francisco.According to Hiro Tsukada, the airline’s representative in Japan: “Having local experts in the same time zone as our customer made our cooperation even easier and meant we could reduce the required planning time and meet the short delivery deadline. The machinery was secured to the AN-124’s cargo floor and was loaded and unloaded using the aircraft’s onboard handling systems. www.volga-dnepr.comwww.nipponexpress.com
JAPAN: JR Central has unveiled its next generation of high speed trains to operate on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen, which is expected to enter revenue service from February 8 2013.Unveiled at the railway’s Hammamatsu depot on September 18, the new trains are officially designated Series N700-1000, but are branded as N700A, for Advanced. The trains have almost the same structure, exterior design and performance as the existing Series N700 sets introduced in 2007, but offer improvements in four main areas: safety, reliability, comfort and environment, with particular emphasis on energy saving. Energy-saving measures include the use of LED lighting in the toilet compartments and a new design of recyclable polyester moquette for the seats. Other changes include modified brake discs, bogie vibration detection, and ATC improvements. Each 16-car trainset will have seats for 1 323 passengers, including three Green Class vehicles. There are 14 powered intermediate cars, of which two have pantographs, plus two unpowered driving trailers. Like the Series N700 sets, the new units incorporate 1° of tilt to enable operation at a maximum speed of 270 km/h on the Tokaido Shinkansen and 300 km/h on the Sanyo Shinkansen. Having been delivered in August, the first unit is currently undergoing commissioning and test running on the Tokaido Shinkansen. JR Central expects to take delivery of six sets during the current financial year and a further seven in fiscal 2013, replacing its oldest Series 700 trainsets which entered service from 1999.
AUSTRALIA: A 2·7 km section of the Cranbourne – Pakenham suburban line in southeast Melbourne is to be rebuilt on an elevated alignment under a A$1·6bn contract announced by Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews on February 9.Upgrading of the busy line serving the Dandenong region is part of a programme to increase capacity, which includes the purchase of 37 EMUs under the High Capacity Metro Trains PPP. The civil works package includes the lengthening of 30 platforms, as well as signalling renewals to reduce headways and power supply enhancement for the entire route between Flinders Street and Pakenham.The grade-separated alignment will eliminate nine busy level crossings, including some where the gates are reported to be closed to road traffic for up to 87 min in the 2 h peak period. The work will include the rebuilding of five stations, at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park.The Level Crossing Removal Authority has awarded the contract to a consortium of Aurecon, Lend Lease, CPB Contractors, and WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff. Aurecon will act as principal design engineer, having previously been appointed to undertake a similar role in other Melbourne level crossing projects. CPB was formed by the merger of Thiess and Leighton Contractors, and is part of the CIMIC Group which acquired Leighton Holdings in April 2015. Construction is due to start in June 2016, with the work to be completed by mid-2018.Unlike other recent level crossing removal schemes which involve the railway being lowered into a cutting, the Cranborne – Pakenham scheme will adopt an elevated alignment. Andrews explained that this could be built above the existing tracks, allowing road and rail traffic to continue with minimum disruption during the construction period.Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allen added that the project would free up 225 000 m² of land at ground level which will become ‘community open space’, which local residents could choose to use as parks, playgrounds, sports facilities and car parking as appropriate. ‘This tired and ugly rail corridor will become one of Melbourne’s largest community open spaces’, said Andrews.
Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd introduced four new models to their current line up During the Kawasaki Dealers’ Annual Gala Dinner earlier this evening, Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd took the opportunity to launch a total of four new bikes into the local market for 2017. These bikes are none other than the Versys –X 250, Ninja 650 ABS, Z650 ABS and finally the Z900 ABS.2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250The market for adventure bikes is getting more popular than ever and the all-new Versys-X 250 caters to the adventurers at an affordable package. Powered by a 249cc parallel twin engine, the bike’s main focus is more torque at lower rpm paired with high maneuverability.The main highlight of the all-new Versys-X 250 is definitely the off-road looks. The large bodywork and adventure styling fairings give a façade of a big bike like its bigger siblings, the Versys 650 and 1000. Equipped with a rigid backbone frame and long travelled suspension, it is designed to go where the adventure takes you.Another addition that has been adapted from the bigger bikes are the Assist and Slipper Clutch where two different types of cams come into play in whatever situation it’s put into. The Versys-X 250 also comes with dual throttle valves for smoother airflow and better combustion efficiency. This is turn makes the Versys-X great at fuel efficiency as indicated by its Economical Riding indicator on its multi function LCD screen.There’s no final pricing yet but what Kawasaki Motors Malaysia is offering is a price lower than RM25,000 (price inclusive of GST). The Versys-X 250 will be available in the Lime Green colour. The bike will be available later in the year.2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABSThe Ninja 650 ABS is brand new bike from the ground up that is considered as the replacement for the outgoing ER6F. A true addition to the Ninja range, the new 650 is as aggressive and modern as the other Ninjas in the range.The Ninja 650 ABS comes with a brand new parallel twin, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 649cc engine that offers not only great low to mid range power but also excellent fuel economy. As many of the middleweights in the market today, it serves as the perfect platform for new riders to bigger displacement bikes with its ability to control its power to be rider-friendly.Another main highlight of the new Ninja 650 is its lightweight high-tensile steel trellis frame that is designed to spread out the stress evenly and maintain a bike with ultra light handling capabilities. The 41mm telescopic fork and horizontal back-link rear suspension is connected at a lower position for better centre of gravity.Like the Versys-X 250, the Ninja 650 also comes with Assist and Slipper Clutch as well. Not only is it sporty but it is also will perform superbly well for a middleweight sports machine. The Ninja 650 will be priced less than RM38,000 (inclusive of GST) and it will come in two different colours; Lime Green and Orange.2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABSThe Z650 ABS has been introduced with the purpose of replacing its older generation, the ER6N. What the new Z650 promises is a compact middleweight naked bike package with superior handling and maneuverability. The overall design has been updated to be sleeker lines than ever instead of the usual aggressive façade commonly associated with the other Z variants in the current line-up.Packed with a 649cc parallel twin engine, the Z650 offers smooth but strong acceleration but also easy to manage in terms of power and handling as well. The agility of this supernaked styling comes from Kawasaki’s ‘sugomi’ design element that packs everything into a slim but aggressive stance resembling a crouching panther before pouncing on its prey.Like the Ninja 650, the Z650 also comes with ABS, Assist and Slipper clutch and a multi-function LCD screen. Unlike the Ninja 650, the Z650 comes with a flat handlebar for a more relaxed riding position while still maintaining some sporty essence in the mix. Combined with a ride height of 790mm, it caters to riders with a wide range of heights giving good riding confidence.The Z650 will be available in Lime Green and Titanium at a price lower than RM37,000 (inclusive of GST) sometime in April this year.2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABSThe final addition to the four-bike launch is none other than the highly anticipated Z900 ABS. Similar to most of the Z Supernaked family, the Z900 is all about the aggressiveness and sugomi element that resembles a crouching panther ready to strike. Kawasaki definitely retained to the uncanny characteristic of the Z bikes line up.The Z900 ABS is all about raw power and maximum riding experience. The 948cc liquid-cooled 4 stroke inline-four engine packs a powerful punch with its quick-revving characteristics that offers no compromise when it comes to raw power. Kawasaki has taken a step further in increasing the riding experience by redesigning the airbox for a more satisfying intake sound. The soundtrack will definitely turn a few heads in excitement.The all-new lightweight Trellis frame is only 13.5kg giving the Z900 a light and nimble handling even for Supernaked bike. Stopping power comes courtesy of the dual front 300mm discs with four piston calipers and a 250mm petal disc at the brake for absolute stopping power. The braking package also includes a European standard Nissin motorcycle ABS unit for added safety.The new Z900 also comes with Assist and Slipper clutch, LCD screen with analogue tachometer together with a shift-up indicator adding more fun in the overall riding experience. The Z900 will come is Gray and Blue (Special Edition colour) at a price of less than RM58,000 (inclusive of GST). To those who are interested in the Special Edition Z900, it comes with special graphics, single seat cover, meter cover, DC outlet, radiator screen, sliders, engine cover rings, front axle sliders, tank pad and knee pads.–Ads–
By Gaige Davilaeditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comThe Laguna Madre Water District (LMWD) has lifted a boil notice issued yesterday for all of its customers.After receiving lab results from water samples sent the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, LMWD has determined that water no longer needs to be boiled before washing hands, cooking or cleaning.LMWD issued the boil notice as a precautionary measure after restoring water pressure from a line break on South Padre Island.LMWD asks all questions to be forwarded to Manager Carlos J. Galvan, Jr. at (956) 943-2626 ext. 110. RelatedLaguna Madre Water District issues boil notice for all customersStaff report The Laguna Madre Water District has issued a boil notice after repairing a broken waterline on South Padre Island. Alicia Baldovinos, Media Affairs Consultant for LMWD, told the PRESS that the water district has sent water samples to the Department of State Health and Human Services office in…September 14, 2020In “News”Burst pipe: LMWD issues area wide-boil noticeBy Gaige Davila Port Isabel-South Padre Press This story has been updated. Workers from an unnamed utility company broke a main water line on the 700 block of Padre Boulevard around 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, according to Nikki Soto, public information officer for the City of South…July 26, 2019In “News”Water quality issue resurfacesBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press firstname.lastname@example.org Water quality issues continue to plague the Laguna Madre Water District’s (LMWD) water treatment facilities in the year since it has switched from using sand filtration to microfiltration. In mid-April, the District received a notice from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)…June 5, 2015In “News” Share
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Seven University of West Florida student-athletes and both the men’s and women’s tennis teams earned academic honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Monday. Pablo Borrero, Pedro Roese and Carlos Moura earned ITA Scholar Athlete status on the men’s side, while Nina Bubelova, Sarai Flores, Valeria Mantilla and Erica Eriksson were recipients for the women’s team. — GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Version The ITA Scholar Athlete honor is the third for All-Gulf South Conference second-teamer Flores, who clinched the GSC championship for UWF against Valdosta State in April. Flores was also named to the Gulf South Conference FireSeeds Spring All-Academic team this year, in addition to being a member of the team in 2015. West Florida is one of just four GSC teams to earn the ITA All-Academic Team award on the women’s side, and one of three among men’s teams. The Argonauts join Lee and Mississippi College as universities to earn the honor in both men’s and women’s tennis. Eriksson earned her second ITA academic honor, while Bubelova caps off an illustrious career at UWF with her first ITA academic award, having been named an All-GSC performer in each of her four seasons at the university. It is also the first honor for Mantilla, a freshman. All four student-athletes were named to the 2016 GSC FireSeeds Spring Academic Honor Roll. Borrero, a 2016 All-GSC first team selection, earned the second ITA academic award of his career, following a spot on the GSC FireSeeds Spring All-Academic team. The ITA Academic award is the third for both Roese and Moura.
Senior Devin Montalvo finished 59th with a time of 20:05.9 while Freshman Myra Tubb finished right behind her at 60th running a 20:07.0. Freshman Brianna Basford ran a 20:23.5 finishing in 68th place. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Rounding out the UWF lineup was freshman Morgan Morarend (21:47.0) and junior Rachel VanWart (21:48.6). The Argos total 5K time was 1:38:09. “We beat two teams in our conference, and while we could have run better overall, I feel like we improved in a lot of aspects,” head coach Caleb Carmichael said. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The University of West Florida women’s cross country team finished in sixth place at the Little Rock Invitational in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Saturday morning. Senior Renee Cox led the Argos once again for the 16th straight race with a time of 18:30.86 and a 12th-place finish. Senior Jasmine Lee finished second for UWF finishing 27th with a time of 19:09. West Florida will compete in Clinton, Mississippi at the D2 Invitational on October 20th. Sophomore Zeana Guirey (21:06.1) and junior Rebekah Lapp (21:08.1) finished back to back with Guirey finishing 88th while running and Lapp finishing 89th. FULL RESULTS