Icy Road Conditions Expected

first_imgDrivers are asked to be extra cautious over the next 24-to-48 hours as dramatic drops in temperature will produce slippery road conditions. “Yesterday’s wet roads, plus snow we’re getting today, will quickly ice over making driving treacherous,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Geoff MacLellan. “You’re really going to need to slow down and allow extra travel time. Leave plenty of room between yourself and the car ahead of you.” While winter maintenance crews are salting today, salt is not as effective in extremely cold temperatures. Sand will be used once the mercury dips below -10 degrees Celsius. In addition, snow squalls are expected to produce winter white-out conditions in many areas of the province. Drivers should drive to conditions and turn their lights on so tail lights are visible. It is also a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your car and have winter tires installed. Winter tires improve stopping time and provide better grip on snow and ice covered roads. During any winter event plow operators work 24/7 to ensure roads are safe. The department has more than 400 pieces of snow and ice clearing equipment deployed across the province. Nothing is held back. Nova Scotians can check road conditions, view highway cameras, plowing priorities, and track plows using the live plow-tracker tool, and much more at novascotia.ca/tran/winter. During a storm or any winter event, follow @NS_TIR on Twitter and 511 for the latest road condition updates.last_img read more

Government briefs monks on process to draft new Constitution

The Minister recalled that even when Mahinda Rajapaksa was President an all party committee had submitted proposals for Constitutional amendments and several opinions were expressed. He asserted that everything that is being said are the views of individuals and is not part of the final document. Ranawaka said that the ideas put forward at present by several political parties, including the joint opposition, are being studied yet nothing is final. (Colombo Gazette) The Government today briefed the Chief Prelates on the progress of the process to draft a new Constitution.Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka said that misleading information is being spread about the Constitution drafting process. read more

The ONEPROD line of integrated condition monitoring tools

first_imgAfter a successful launch of the ONEPROD HAWK, VibrAlign introduces the entire ONEPROD line of integrated condition monitoring tools. ONEPROD brand tools include the HAWK, FALCON, EAGLE, and MVX, all integrated seamlessly by the ONEPROD NEST software platform.VibrAlign is the exclusive US distributor of Fixturlaser brand alignment products. The ONEPROD line of integrated condition monitoring products has been developed by VibrAlign’s (and Fixturlaser’s) new parent company, ACOEM. The ONEPROD brand, which includes the HAWK, FALCON, EAGLE, MVX, and NEST, is designed both to fill gaps in a facility’s already existing predictive maintenance program and to serve as an all-in-one solution for facilities that are looking to start a program.ONEPROD brand condition monitoring systems are used today by hundreds of industrial facilities in Europe, where the brand began more than 30 years ago serving the largest nuclear power company in the world. The rigorous standards of the nuclear power industry continue to drive the ONEPROD attention to quality, reliability and innovation.The ONEPROD line features two portable tools, HAWK and FALCON, and two online systems, EAGLE and MVX. All four are supported and connected by the NEST software platform, which serves as an analysis and reporting interface as well as a database for measurement data. The NEST can be deployed either as a cloud-based app, installed to a server, or loaded onto a single computer.Each ONEPROD tool is designed to fill a specific niche or gap in an overall predictive maintenance plan-of-attack. The HAWK takes the mystique out of vibration analysis by performing complex analysis algorithms in seconds to quickly deliver machine health diagnoses, all while the user is standing next to the machine. The FALCON, with its built in stroboscope, camera, and pyrometer, is an all-in-one portable toolbox for performing route-based vibration analysis. The EAGLE is a wireless online vibration and temperature monitoring system that can monitor machines in confined or hard to reach spaces remotely. The mighty MVX is a powerful and intelligent multi-channel data analyser that gathers multiple data-types, including vibration, IEPE, and voltage, continuously in real-time. The NEST software allows each of these tools to communicate and share data with each other, creating an airtight, fully integrated condition monitoring program.According to VibrAlign CEO David Zdrojewski, “The ONEPROD brand [will provide] head-to-tail integration as well as a high level of flexibility that leaves no blind spots. This flexibility allows customers to purchase a single ONEPROD tool today to meet current needs, but always have the option to expand their ONEPROD toolset later. Each ONEPROD tool can function separately or as part of a greater ONEPROD predictive maintenance program.”last_img read more

Reeva Steenkamp death Pistorius back in court for day two of bail

first_imgSOUTH AFRICAN OLYMPIC hero Oscar Pistorius has returned to court his morning to face a tough fight to win bail as the prosecution fleshes out charges that he deliberately gunned down his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day.Yesterday Pistorius tearfully denied the premeditated murder of Steenkamp, telling a court he shot at her through a locked bathroom door mistakenly believing she was a burglar.“I am absolutely mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva,” Pistorius said in an affidavit at a court hearing in the capital Pretoria, his first public comments on the killing.The 26-year-old double amputee ‘Blade Runner’ track star broke down in tears repeatedly as his own words filled the court: “We were deeply in love and couldn’t be more happy.”“I had no intention to kill my girlfriend,” he said in the statement read by his lawyer.As the court hearing proceeded Tuesday, the 29-year-old Steenkamp was laid to rest at an emotional private ceremony at a crematorium in her hometown of Port Elizabeth.Pistorius, left, stands as the judges leaves the court, during his bail application at the magistrate court, in Pretoria yesterday. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Premeditated murderPistorius was an inspiration to millions when he became the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympics in London last year.He now faces a charge of premeditated murder, which will likely result in remand without bail and, if convicted, a life sentence. Pistorius said he had awoken in the dead of night early last Thursday when he heard a noise at his upscale Pretoria home.“Filled with horror and fear” that someone was in the bathroom, he said he felt “very vulnerable” because he did not have his prosthetic legs on.He said he fired shots at the toilet door and shouted to his girlfriend to phone the police, but then realised it could have been Steenkamp in the bathroom.After smashing the door with a cricket bat, Pistorius said “Reeva was slumped over but alive”.He said he kept a firearm under his bed at night because he had been a victim of violence and burglaries before and had received death threat.Prosecutors argued that far from being an accident, Steenkamp’s death was a premeditated act of murder.Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court Pistorius had armed himself, put on his prosthetic legs, walked seven metres and fired four shots into the bathroom door, hitting a terrified Steenkamp three times and fatally wounding her.“She could go nowhere,” Nel said. “She locked the door for a purpose.”Magistrate Desmond Nair said he could not rule out that there was some planning involved in the killing, which may be considered as a premeditated murder for the purposes of bail.But Pistorius’s legal team rejected the claims as he sought to argue he was not a flight risk.Barry Steenkamp, father of  Reeva (man in black suit and beard, wearing glasses) at the funeral for Reeva Steenkamp in Port Elizabeth, South Africa yesterday. Rocky private lifePistorius, who off the track has had a rocky private life with stories of rash behaviour, beautiful women, guns and fast cars, has built up a powerful team of lawyers, medical specialists and public relations experts for his defence.In 2009 Pistorius — who once admitted to a newspaper that he slept with a pistol, machine gun, cricket bat and baseball bat for fear of burglars — spent a night in jail after allegedly assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a party.Meanwhile in Port Elizabeth, tearful friends and family bid farewell to Steenkamp, whose cloth-draped coffin with white flowers laid on top was carried into a chapel in the southeastern coastal city where she grew up.Pistorius, a Paralympian gold medallist, became the first double amputee to run against able-bodied athletes at last year’s Olympics in London on the carbon-fibre running blades that inspired his nickname.But his career has been put on hold since the shooting, forcing him to cancel races in Australia, Brazil, Britain and the United States between March and May.Pistorius revealed he earned 5.6 million rand ($640,000) a year and owned the $570,000 house in the gated estate where the killing took place as well as two other homes.But two of the athlete’s American sponsors, Nike and sunglasses maker Oakley, announced they were dropping Pistorius from their advertising campaigns, which have earned him millions of dollars in endorsements.- © AFP, 2013More: Sponsors Nike, Oakley sever ties to Oscar Pistoriuslast_img read more