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Donjon mobilised its 400-tonne capacity derrick barge Columbia, NY to the site with its 3000-HP tug Mary Alice to lift the vessel from its grounded position. The recovered vessel was then loaded onto the deck of the Columbia, NY, lashed for seaworthiness, and successfully delivered to Savannah, Georgia, where the vessel was transloaded to a local shipyard facility for repair. Donjon successfully redelivered the vessel as planned last week.”This job is another example of Donjon’s varied capability and willingness to do whatever is necessary to successfully support the needs of an owner and his/her underwriters,” said John A. Witte, Jr., executive vice president, Donjon Marine Co., Inc.Donjon Marine provides a various marine services, including dredging, marine salvage, heavy lift transport, tug/barge transportation, demolition, pollution control and remediation, shipbuilding and repair, as well as land-based metals recycling, demolition and landfill remediation/site management. Based in New York and New Jersey, Donjon and its affiliates maintain offices, assets and personnel throughout the Northeast, with operations spanning the globe.
Stefan Bengtsson has joined Damco as cfo for Latin America and is based at Damco’s offices in Panama City. Bengtsson was formerly cfo at Kuehne & Nagel in Brazil for over nine years.Sune Stilling has left his role as managing director for West Africa to become coo for Latin America, also based in Panama. Stilling succeeds Svend Erik Arp who transitions into the role of regional chief transformational officer.Antonio Morciano joins Damco as regional head of ocean freight for Latin America. He brings with him more than 30 years experience in the industry, having worked in logistics roles in Europe, USA and Latin America.David Juarez has been named regional vertical head of retail and lifestyle for Latin America, having previously worked for Damco in Spain.Enrique Fajardo joins Damco as managing director for the Andean Cluster, consisting of Columbia and Ecuador. Fajardo has work of worked in the logistics industry for over 18 years and will be based in Columbia.Stefan BengtssonSune Stilling Antonio MorcianoEnrique Fajardo David Juarez www.damco.com
Hanover Park mother-inlaw, Fagmiedah Willie and her daughter-in-law Aalia Wylie. She may have been robbed of her identity, but she won’t allow the same to happen to her two-year-old son.So said Aalia Wylie, 23, a Hanover Park woman who was abducted just before her 5th birthday, and reunited with her family after 18 years.Ms Wylie was born Nthatisi Nyokana, but the man who kidnapped her outside her family home in Mayville, Durban, gave her the name Alice Tshimanga, saying she was his daughter.Ms Wylie said the man sexually abused her. When she was 13 years old, he was jailed, and Ms Wylie was placed in foster care with a family in Hanover Park.Her abductor moved with her in and out of South Africa over the years, and because he said she was his daughter, she was not considered a citizen. It was when she wanted to write her final matric exams, that social workers informed her that her papers were not in order. Since then, it has been an uphill battle to prove her identity to the Department of Home Affairs. The young mother got married and embraced Islam, but could not register her two-year-old son’s birth, because her identity was not proven.In January this year, she shared her story on Facebook and appealed for any information about her biological family. People shared the post, and in August, her brother made contact with her. Luckily she remembered her father’s first name and her first name.“Last year, I was extremely upset because I could not register my son. It was really stressful. I could also not finish my matric, because I was told my papers had expired. I explained to Home Affairs that the man who brought me here, disappeared, and they told me I have 30 days to find my biological family. I had no resources and I went there with a social worker.“When my family saw my Facebook post, my paternal grandmother went to get a copy of my birth certificate. They immediately sent me photos. My mother sadly passed away 12 years ago, but when I look at photos of her, I see a reflection of myself.”On Sunday September 8, Ms Wylie and her mother-in-law, Fagmiedah Wylie, travelled to Matatiele in the Eastern Cape, to meet her family.Just before she left, she told the Athlone News how excited she was about meeting her family.“I have a wonderful foster family. I do feel that man who abducted me did a lot of bad, but along the way I met a lot of good people. I refuse to be a victim. I used to cry about my situation, but I have a great family. I have love and support and I have a great husband. “I am also extremely excited to meet my family in the Eastern Cape. I wanted to share my story – not just for me but for all those children who went missing. To tell the families to never give up hope of finding their loved ones,” she said.Her mother-in-law agreed, adding: “At least all hope is not lost. If we keep on hoping, then this might be a triumph for others. The way we grow up should not define who we become. When I met her, I never thought she would become part of my family. She was always so respectful. I used to watch her going to and from school – I always look out for the children in my community. She really impressed me. I loved her from the start, because I love working with children. Now we are kindred spirits.”The two are hoping to spend a month in the Eastern Cape, and although they secured their transport money, they have appealed for assistance with sustenance. If you can assist, contact Fagmiedah Wylie at 073 453 7527.
INTERNATIONAL: GE Transportation has announced its intention to enter the global ERTMS market, launching its first products at the UIC’s 10th ERTMS World Congress in Stockholm on April 25. A GE PowerHaul diesel locomotive is to be used as a European onboard equipment demonstrator from 2013.GE Transportation has invested US$60m to develop its Tempo product range in just 40 months, according to Marketing Leader Christophe Eline. The company now has over 100 staff working on the project at two centres in Paris and at Sesto, near Firenze, which opened in 2009-10. Designed for both ETCS Level 1 and Level 2 applications, a common scaleable Tempo Vital Platform hosts any of the core systems: Onboard Controller, Lineside Equipment Unit, Radio Block Centre or Interlocking Controller. This helps to reduce the number of spare parts needed. Certified to Cenelec SIL4, the TVP is suitable for use with centralised or distributed system architectures. The Tempo family also incorporates an integrated suite of design, application and verification tools. Eline says GE Transportation has been working closely with operators to develop the concept, establishing a ‘challenge committee’ of railway experts including former Swiss Federal Railways project leader Oskar Stalder and former MTR Corp Chief Executive Phil Gaffney. Although the company has extensive signalling experience, with its products in use on more than 70 000 route-km, the Tempo range has been developed from scratch. GE is now looking at using the same basic elements to support a CBTC application. The launch customer for Tempo ETCS will be an open access freight operator which is to put a PowerHaul locomotive assembled by Turkish firm Tülomsas into service on routes in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Switzerland during 2013. GE is currently in discussions with potential customers for the lineside elements. The completed onboard package is due to be on display at InnoTrans in September. Railway Gazette International is the only official international media partner for InnoTrans.
A Tanzanian technician has designed a new technology that requires motorcycle (BodaBoda) riders to put on their helmets in order for the engine to start in a move to reduce road fatalities.Thousands of deaths and injuries from BodaBoda accidents have been recorded every year despite the government’s efforts to reduce them by providing education on the importance of the riders using their helmets, the Citizen reports.According to a report from Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institutes (MOI), for the past eight years, road accident injures caused by motorcycles stood at 24,131.In a move to curb the rising number of deaths, Ms Aneth Mganga came up with the new technology, which requires riders to put on their helmets before the ignition of the BodaBodas.The BodaBoda have currently become the largest source of income for majority of the unemployed youth, but it also means of transport for most people especially who live reside in the outskirts of major cities, the report said.The new technology was first demonstrated at the country’s Nane Nane Agriculturakl Exhibitions.Mganga explained that the device consists of two parts namely transmitter and receiver whereby the former is placed at the helmet while latter is on the motorcycle.All the rider needs to do is put on the helmet properly, then the signal will be sent to the receiver and the rider can switch on, and continue with normal operations, this is according to her.According to Mganga, the new technology hopes to minimise the effects of accidents caused by BodaBodas, with majority of the fatalities recorded among those who do not wear helmets.Mganga’s technology is meant to also cut down on theft cases, since for one to ignite a motorcycle they will require a helmet.The project is not yet 100 per cent complete, but Mganga promised everything would be complete soon.“I am carrying this project out in collaborating by other teachers at VETA Kipawa. After completing this project, we will start working on another one, which will target passengers,” she said, expressing hopes that the devices will get the nod from the top authority.” The report said.Data from the country’s traffic police headquarters indicates that 7,219 people have died in motorcycle accidents in the past nine years, leaving 35,878 people with injuries.
Qorvo has announced a line of small-signal products that support the 600 MHz/Band 71 spectrum recently auctioned in the U.S. This expansion of the company’s infrastructure portfolio makes them the only supplier to address all frequency bands for 5G communications, from sub-6 GHz through 39 GHz.The new products are linear driver amplifiers that support operation down to 600 MHz – the QPA9805, TQP7M9101, TQP7M9102, TQP7M9103 and TQP7M9105. They complement Qorvo’s already broad range of wireless infrastructure solutions, from linear driver amplifiers and variable gain amplifiers to low noise amplifiers, gain blocks, filters, attenuators, switches and integrated front-end modules.These modules are available off-the-shelf and can shorten customers’ time to market to meet consumers’ insatiable demand for more bandwidth and higher data speeds.The number of subscriptions for 5G technology is projected to accelerate over the next several years, reaching 89 million by 2022.By operating over broad frequency ranges or having pin-compatible product families, Qorvo’s products enable customers to save costs by eliminating the need to redesign PCBs or system lineups. The table below shows a partial list of Qorvo products targeted for wireless infrastructure, and the frequency bands they support.Click here to see the complete list of products for 5G Wireless Infrastructure Applications.
Magnolia Hotshots’ Ian Sangalang (center) easily scores inside despite the presence of GlobalPort Batang Pier’s Malcolm White (right) and Moala Tautuaa. PBA MANILA – Magnolia Hotshots turned to Ian Sangalang in the end game to cruise to a 92-87 victory over GlobalPort Batang Pier in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday at the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles, Pampanga.Trailing 83-85 with over three minutes left, Sangalang anchored a 7-0 scoring run by Hotshots to build a 90-85 advantage following an inside hit by Paul Lee.Batang Pier had its last push to come to within 87-90 on free throws by Stanley Pringle. A split free throw by Vernon Macklin and Jiovani Jalalon sealed the win for Hotshots.Sangalang finished the match with 22 points and eight rebounds while Macklin had double-double 19 points and 14 rebounds for Hotshots (1-1). Hotshots got to an early start and went up by as much as 8 points on baskets from Macklin and Sangalang. Batang Pier answered with a run in the second canto to take a 45-40 lead.Magnolia gained headway in the third quarter behind Sangalang, Aldrech Ramos and Andy Mark Barroca but Batang Pier quickly responded with a rally to make it a seesaw affair in the fourth.Sean Anthony posted 20 points for Batang Pier (3-2). Malcolm White had double-double 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Stanley Pringle and Moala Tautuaa had 14 and 12, respectively.Bacolodnon Nico Paolo Javelona had a decent PBA debut for Batang Pier with 9 points – on 3-of-3 3-point shooting – to go along with two rebounds and two assists./PN
Donaire did damage on Young in the fourth as a left uppercut bloodied the latter’s nose. After a good fifth round by Young in the fifth, Donaire went for the kill in the sixth as he landed a vicious left hook to the head of Young sending the latter to the canvas.Young, who was knocked down and decisioned by Filipino Raymart Gaballo last year, was a last minute replacement foe for Donaire as his original opponent South African Zolani Tete sustained an injury.With the victory, the 36-year-old Donaire improved his record to 40-5-0 win-loss-draw ring record with 26 stoppage wins, while the 30-year-old Young dropped his slate to 18-2-3 card, including seven knockout wins./PN Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire Jr. tags American Stephon Young with left to the head. LOMEJORDEBOXER.COM MANILA – Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire Jr. fashioned out a sixth round knockout win over American Stephon Young to retain the WBA super bantamweight belt on Sunday at the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, Louisiana.It was the first successful title defense of the Talibon, Bohol native Donaire to the world championship he captured against Ryan Burnett last December at Glasglow in Scotland.The victory also, which served as the semifinals round of the World Boxing Super Series, advanced the Filipino Flash to the final round against either WBA regular champion Naoya Inoue or IBF beltholder Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico.Donaire has been dominant since the start as he unloaded multiple combinations on Young. The American tried to counter with his own attacks in the second and third but the Filipino let go of a left to the head to stagger his foe heading into the fourth.