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ASCO opens Australian base

first_imgThe USD110 million purpose-built supply base will support Northern Australia’s growth as an international hub for the oil and gas industry, said ASCO.”Australia is an important building block for us as we build our global operations through our four key regions – Europe, Americas, Middle East and Africa and Australasia,” said ASCO group ceo, Derek Smith.According to the Australian Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE), investment in LNG gas and oil projects continues to be the main driver of resources and energy investment in Australia.”Already a number of international oil and gas companies including ConocoPhillips, Eni, INPEX and Shell will be supporting their operations from Darwin and the supply base will be a critical link in their supply chain operations,” added ASCO ceo in Australia, Matt Thomas.ASCO took a majority stake in provider of remote area transport and logistics to the oil and gas industry, Bonnie Rock Transport, this year, which was reported by HLPFI on May 26.www.ascoworld.comlast_img read more

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Pre-assembled turnouts cut installation times

first_imgBYLINE: Dr Peter Schulz and Chris van Dranen*INTRO: TURNOUTSfor the Betuwe Route are being supplied by BWG of Germany, working with its Dutch sister company WBN Wisselbouw. In 2000 WBN Wisselbouw supplied the turnouts used below the hump to the sorting sidings in the marshalling yard at Kijfhoek south of Rotterdam; now it is providing 60 for the new line to the German border. These are designated as Type EW-UIC60-760-1:18·5 and are designed to allow trains to take the diverging route at 80 km/h; normal line speed will be 120 km/h.The first four turnouts for the Betuwe Route were delivered in early 2003 for use at Hardinxfeld-Giessendam, and the last will arrive on site in 2005. For the first time in the Netherlands UIC60 rail was specified, and a head-hardened S900A steel was selected for the rails, which are inclined inwards at 1:40. The fixed crossing is thermally treated to give a lowest tensile strength of 1180N/mm2. Point blades have three individual motor drives and are fitted with integrated Brandenburg rollers to avoid the need for lubrication. Split concrete sleepers are joined by elastic coupling plates that eliminate the transmission of vibration.The split sleeper design allows the turnouts to be pre-assembled at the factory and moved by lorry directly to the installation site. The different sections of the point are positioned using a mobile crane, and the whole process takes around 5h.Installation is not always a simple task. At the entrance to the Sophia tunnel near Papendrecht four turnouts had to be laid in a cutting, requiring careful co-ordination and detailed planning of the logistics; this was co-ordinated by WBN Wisselbouw. nCAPTION: LEFT: Pre-assembled turnout sections are delivered ready for installation on the Betuwe Route.RIGHT:The completed installation includes both facing and trailing crossovers CAPTION: *Dr Peter Schulz is Chief Executive, WBN Wisselbouw Nederland BV and Chris van Dranen is Head of Sales & Marketinglast_img read more

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Turkish PowerHaul order expected as demonstrator arrives in UK

first_imgINTERNATIONAL: Turkish company Tülomsas is hoping to sign a contract by the end of this year to supply state railway TCDD with 20 European-profile GE Transportation PowerHaul locomotives.The first European-profile PH37ACai PowerHaul was the highlight of GE Transportation’s presence at InnoTrans last month. It was assembled by Tülomsas from US-supplied components, and after being on show in Berlin in the branding of Heavy Haul Power International was due to be shipped to GE Transportation’s plant at Erie in the USA for thorough testing. Tülomsas is to assemble another two production-series locomotives, which will enter commercial service with HHPI. Tülomsas had previously assembled a UK-profile PowerHaul, which TCDD used for trials before it was shipped to the UK in October where it will be demonstrated to freight operators. PowerHaul offers ‘maximum flexibility for all markets with this class of locomotive’, according to GE Transportation’s General Manager, Global Locomotive Operations, Robert McKeel, with a claimed 9% fuel saving over comparable diesel-electric locomotives.last_img read more

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SNCF tests air-cycle HVAC

first_imgFRANCE: A prototype Liebherr-Transportation heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system which uses air-cycle instead of vapour-cycle technology is being tested on an SNCF regional trainset operating in the Midi-Pyrénées region. Derived from aerospace HVAC technology, it is intended to offer substantial savings in life cycle costs, with a reduced number of parts and a better environmental footprint thanks to the use of air as refrigerant instead of fluorinated greenhouse gases. The 24-month demonstrator programme aims to provide SNCF with real-world data on operating parameters including the cooling performance and power consumption.last_img read more

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‘Transformational’ deal creates Europe’s largest wagon manufacturer

first_imgEUROPE: The ‘transformational’ deal to combine the European activities of The Greenbrier Companies and Astra Holding to create what the firms describe as Europe’s largest wagon manufacturing and repair business was completed on June 1. According to Greenbrier-Astra Rail supervisory board Chairman and head of commercial operations Thomas Manns, the new company is ‘better positioned to pursue the growth opportunities offered by the wagon markets in Europe and globally’. Greenbrier holds a 75% stake, with the remainder owned by Manns who was formerly Chairman of Astra Rail. The new company includes all the European operations of Greenbrier and Astra Rail. It has 4 000 employees at six manufacturing sites in Poland and Romania and various repair facilities and sales, administration and engineering offices. According to Manns, the company will be able to capitalise on ‘substantial’ market opportunities existing in Europe, and will ‘aggressively pursue’ opportunities in emerging markets in Eurasia and the Gulf region ‘which we can uniquely access from our Europe-based operations.’ ‘The creation of Greenbrier-Astra Rail extends Greenbrier’s commitment to global diversification while providing scale and greater value to our customers in Europe’, said Greenbrier Chairman & CEO and Greenbrier-Astra Rail supervisory board member Bill Furman. ‘We are excited to unify the creative and capable management teams from both companies to deliver world-class innovation to our freight railcar customers in Europe and beyond. ‘Together with our investments in Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Mexico, Greenbrier has substantially grown our international footprint over the last several years to create a truly global network. We look forward to an expanded presence in Europe, while we also address developing markets in the GCC, Africa and Eurasia.’last_img read more

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Azuma launches on Flying Scotsman

first_imgUK: East Coast Main Line operator LNER launched its Hitachi-built Class 800 Azuma trainsets on Anglo-Scottish services on August 1, deploying one of the electro-diesel units on its flagship 05.40 Flying Scotsman service from Edinburgh to London King’s Cross and the 17.30 return working. Class 800s have been operating between London and Leeds since May 15, but were initially prohibited from running further north pending modifications to the signalling and power supply. August 1 also sees the first Azuma deployment on London – York services, the new units working the 11.06 from Kings Cross and 13.29 return. Under the Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme, Hitachi is supplying 13 nine-car and 10 five-car Class 800 electro-diesel trainsets and 30 nine-car and 12 five-car electric units designated Class 801. These are due to replace LNER’s existing fleets of 45 IC225 electric and diesel HST trainsets by mid-2020. During a special preview run on July 30, an Azuma set was posed at York station alongside the A4 class steam locomotive ‘Mallard’, which set the world speed record for steam on July 3 1938, and at Darlington with A3 class locomotive ‘Flying Scotsman’ which hauled the first regular non-stop service between London and Edinburgh in 1928. To mark the start of Anglo-Scottish operations, trainset 800104 has been decked out in a special ‘Connecting Scotland’ branding. This featured a newly created LNER tartan, designed by Ken MacDonald of Houston Kiltmakers in Paisley. The tartan colours combine blue for Scotland, red for England, white for the Yorkshire rose, purple for the heather of Scotland, green for the rolling hills and landscape along the ECML, and silver grey to represent the tracks of the railway.last_img read more

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Terrorism-linked Stabbing Claims Three in Reading, England

first_imgInternationalNews Terrorism-linked Stabbing Claims Three in Reading, England by: – June 22, 2020 Share Tweet Three people were also hospitalised after a man wielding a five-inch knife went on the rampage in a park on Saturday, randomly stabbing people enjoying a sunny, summer evening. The attack was reminiscent of some recent incidents in Britain that authorities also called terrorism.In February, police shot dead a man, previously jailed for promoting violent Islamist material, who had stabbed two people on a busy street in south London. Last November, another man who had been jailed for terrorism offences stabbed two people to death on London Bridge before he too was shot dead by police. (BBC) Share A Western security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the suspect was a 25-year-old Libyan called Khairi Saadallah.Calling the incident terrorism, police said a 25-year-old had been arrested but they were not hunting others. “What we saw here on Saturday evening in Reading was the actions of one lone individual,” Home Secretary (interior minister) Priti Patel saidThe Philadelphia Inquirer said one of the dead was U.S. citizen Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, who had lived in Britain for 15 years. U.S. ambassador Woody Johnson sent condolences to families of victims. “To our great sorrow, this includes an American citizen,” he said on TwitterTeacher James Furlong, 36, who was friends with Ritchie-Bennett according to media reports, was also killed. “He was beautiful, intelligent, honest and fun,” his parents said.The third victim has not yet been identified.The security source told Reuters that Saadallah had come across the radar of Britain’s domestic security agency MI5 last year over intelligence he had aspirations to travel for extremist purposes, although his plans then came to nothing.“The security services have records on thousands of people and rightly so,” said Patel, adding she was limited in what she could say because the investigation was live. The English town of Reading held a minute’s silence on Monday for the victims of a stabbing that killed three people including an American in the latest terrorism-linked attack. Sharing is caring! 9 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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Weekly Digest: Hay inventories lower in many dairy states

first_imgHay inventories lower in many dairy statesSeveral major dairy states entered winter with substantially lower on-farm hay inventories compared to a year ago, based on a semiannual hay stocks report from the USDA.advertisementadvertisementAll hay stored on U.S. farms as of Dec. 1, 2018, totaled 79.1 million tons, down 6 percent from a year ago, according to the USDA’s Crop Production report, released Feb. 8. This marks the lowest Dec. 1 hay stocks since the drought of 2012 and second-lowest inventory for that date since 1977.Based on preliminary 2018 hay estimates, last year’s acreage, yields and total production were down from 2017. About 64 percent of all hay produced last year was in storage on Dec. 1, 2018.The smaller inventories resulted even though “disappearance,” a measure of use, totaled 59.9 million tons for the period May 1-Dec. 1, 2018. That compares with 68.2 million tons for the same period a year earlier.Whereas last year much of the hay inventory declines were located in the drought-stressed West, this year’s numbers are more geographically diverse. One common theme is that many of the states where hay inventories are lower are also states where the nation’s 9.4 million dairy cows reside (Table 1).advertisementAmong the 23 “major” dairy states listed by the USDA, 17 had less hay in storage compared to a year ago. Decliners were led by Texas, where hay stocks were down by a whopping 2.05 million tons. Wisconsin and Missouri hay stocks were each down 900,000 tons. Hay inventories slipped by 450,000 to 550,000 tons in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and California.States with largest hay inventory increases compared to a year ago were North Dakota, Montana and Nebraska in the Northern Plains, and Tennessee and North Carolina in the Southeast.Check out Progressive Forage magazine’s monthly forage market update.Land purchase approval advances proposed Idaho research dairyThe Idaho State Board of Education approved the purchase of land to create a University of Idaho research dairy. The vote allows the University of Idaho to purchase 540 acres near Rupert, in southeastern Idaho.The University of Idaho will pay $2.5 million, while the Idaho Dairymen’s Association (IDA) will contribute $2 million to the purchase of the land from the Whitesides family, who will in turn donate another parcel of land.The land will house a research dairy, one of several south-central Idaho-based facilities planned as part of the $45 million Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) initiative. When completed, the project will include the research dairy – said to be the nation’s largest — an outreach and education center, and a food-processing component.advertisementIDA members first began working with the University of Idaho 15 years ago on the project.“One of our key focuses will be to have this dairy represent what this industry looks like in the West,” said Rick Naerebout, IDA chief executive officer. “Being the largest research dairy in the country will help support the industry and put Idaho on the map as a premier location for environmental research.”Brandon Whitesides, who is selling the property with his sister, Stacey Jackson, and father, Brent, said the family’s goal is supporting the dairy industry. As a student at Brigham Young University, he worked at the 500-cow university dairy. BYU no longer operates the dairy.In 2017, the Idaho Legislature appropriated $10 million to help finance the project, with an additional $5 million investment anticipated as the project progresses.Craigs Creamery launches branded productsCraigs Creamery, a joint venture of eight New York dairy farms and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), has launched a branded cheese line. The marketing strategy carries a “sustainable” message to consumers, highlighting the brand’s locally sourced, high-quality milk and a focus on the environment.The evolution of Craigs Creamery started in 2014, when the eight western New York farms and DFA formed Craigs Station Creamery, investing $12 million to build a cold separation plant producing standardized milk and cream. The Livingston and Wyoming county dairy farms include Lawnell Farms, Coyne Farms, McCormick Farms, Baker Brook Dairy, Southview Farm, Synergy Farm, Noblehurst Farms and Mulligan Farm. In 2017, a joint venture with Arla Foods led to the construction of a $49.7 million premium cheddar cheese processing facility.The operation maintains the tradition of family farming while incorporating the forward-thinking, innovative practices of modern agriculture. One of the farms features a biodigester that powers the creamery. In addition to processing dairy manure, the digester also handles food waste that otherwise would have gone to a landfill. Other practices include solar panels and extensive water recycling.Craigs Creamery offers a variety of product options, including whole-milk mozzarella, Swiss, mild, medium and sharp cheddar, and Muenster cheese, which are available in slices, shreds, chunks and snack bars. Craigs Creamery cheese products can be found in Giant Landover, Stop & Shop and ShopRite stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.CAFO water quality protection project grants available in New YorkA final round of grants, totaling $18.4 million, are available to help New York livestock farms implement water quality protection projects. The funding is provided through the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Waste Storage and Transfer System Program, a $50 million program launched in 2017. The application period closes April 16, 2019.County soil and water conservation districts can apply for the grants on behalf of eligible farmers. The maximum award amount per proposal is $385,000, which includes funding for engineering and construction expenses. Grants can be used to help CAFO-permitted farms offset the cost of manure storage construction, site preparation and associated best management practices.The program, administered by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets, funds projects designed to meet state department of environmental conservation requirements. Since the program’s launch, nearly $32 million has been awarded to 89 farms. New York has more than 500 CAFO farms, most of which are dairy farms with 300 or more cows.The application and additional information are available on the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ website.Calgren dairy digester project supplies SoCalGas pipelineNatural gas produced by Calgren’s Dairy Fuels, a dairy manure digester facility in Pixley, California, has, for the first time, been injected into the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) pipeline, the companies announced.Calgren’s facility is a dairy digester pipeline cluster, collecting biogas from anaerobic digesters at 12 Tulare County dairies, then cleaning it to produce pipeline-quality renewable natural gas. The cluster is expected to add nine other dairies later this year, making it the largest dairy biogas operation in the U.S. The facility will capture the methane produced from the manure of more than 75,000 cows. SoCalGas will be capable of adding up to 2.26 billion cubic feet of renewable natural gas each year to its pipeline system from the facility, enough to fuel more than 1,200 Class 8 heavy duty trucks.Renewable natural gas can be produced from dairy manure, food waste, landfills, wastewater treatment plants and other sources. Capturing this otherwise wasted gas and turning it into a renewable fuel significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions from these waste sources.The Calgren project and others like it are partly funded under California’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manure generated at state dairy farms.There are currently 24 California dairy methane capture projects either operating or in development, and officials estimate there could be as many as 120 projects funded and operating in next five years.Did you know: Who holds farm debt?When all the numbers are in, U.S. agriculture-related debt is expected to be a record-high $409.5 billion in 2018, up 4.2 percent ($16.4 billion) from 2017 levels. The estimate, based on a forecast from the USDA Economic Research Service, projects 2018 real estate debt at a record $250.9 billion and non-real estate debt at $158.6 billion. In 2018 inflation-adjusted dollars, farm debt in 2018 is the highest since the 1980s.There are a variety of creditors that lend into agricultural credit markets. John Newton, chief economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, provided a summary of institutions holding farm debt at the end of 2017 (Read: Who holds farm debt?)Leading creditors, ranked by volume and percentage of total farm-sector debt at the end of 2017, were:commercial banks – $162 billion; 41.2 percent.the Farm Credit system – $159 billion; 40.4 percent.individual creditors – $40 billion; 10.2 percent.life insurance companies – $15 billion; 3.8 percent.the Farm Service Agency – $10 billion; 2.5 percent.Farmer Mac – $6 billion; 1.6 percent.While the Farm Credit system was the second-largest creditor in agriculture at the end of 2017, these customer-owned cooperatives were the largest creditors in farm real estate, holding about 45 percent of the total.For non-real estate debt, the largest creditors in agriculture are commercial banks, holding nearly 50 percent of the total. The Farm Credit system held about 33 percent with individual creditors holding 17 percent.Class IV price to be ‘higher of’ through 2019Class IV milk prices could continue to be the “higher of” in comparison to Class III prices throughout 2019, although the gap will narrow in the latter half of the year, according to the USDA’s February 2019 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report.The midpoint of the forecasted range for Class IV prices changes little during 2019, remaining near $16 per hundredweight (cwt) in each quarter. The projected Class III price improves incrementally throughout the year, but the weak first and second quarters leave the 2019 average at $15.05 per cwt at the midpoint.As a result, the 2019 U.S. average all-milk price will average about $17.25 per cwt or about $1 per cwt more than 2018’s average of $16.20 per cwt. With the increasing Class III prices, highest all-milk prices are forecast for the fourth quarter of 2019 at $17.80 per cwt at the midpoint of the range.Following a decline in the number of milk cows in November and relatively high slaughter rates during December, the forecast for the size of the milking herd has been lowered 5,000 head for the first half of 2019; however, the rounded estimate for the year remains at 9.365 million head. Based on relatively weak yield growth continuing in November, the 2019 milk per cow forecast has been lowered 50 pounds to 23,505. These changes result in a milk production forecast of 220.1 billion pounds for 2019, 0.5 billion pounds lower than the previous forecast.WUD opposes California bill that provides plant-based school lunch incentivesWestern United Dairymen (WUD) declared opposition to a proposal that would offer California schools financial incentives to incorporate plant-based “milk” alternatives in school lunch programs.The “Healthy Climate-Friendly School Lunch Act” (AB 479), was sponsored by Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys), a member of the California State Assembly. The bill is co-sponsored by Animal Hope in Legislation, Friends of the Earth, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation.The bill does not mandate plant-based diet in schools, but incentivizes schools to offer plant-based options, according to the sponsoring organizations.Entrees eligible for additional state reimbursement must be free of animal products or byproducts, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy or eggs to qualify for additional reimbursement. Schools are eligible to apply for reimbursement if they serve an increase in plant-based options from a baseline year.The bill would also include state support for staff training, student engagement, recipe development and other technical assistance to move public school toward plant-based lunch programs.Cottonseed harvest, acreage plans updatedRecent government and industry reports provide potential market insights for dairy farmers feeding cottonseed.The USDA’s February Crop Production report indicated last year’s weather challenges led to the loss of substantially more cotton acreage than anticipated earlier, according to Nigel Adcock with Cottonseed LLC. The report estimated 2018-19 cottonseed production at 5.79 million tons, down 64,000 tons from a December estimate, and down more than 628,000 tons from the 2017-18 crop.Most of the cotton crop acreage reduction resulted from the drought in Texas and hurricanes and flooding in Georgia. Total U.S. cotton acreage abandonment was estimated at 26 percent. There is further downside potential. About 10 percent of the 2018-19 cotton crop remains to be harvested and is in very poor condition with samples containing sprouted seeds, Adcock said.In addition to the USDA report, the National Cotton Council (NCC) published their annual economic outlook. Based on surveys, growers intend to plant 14.2 million acres for the 2019-20 crop year, up about 2.8 percent from a year earlier.Based on normal acreage abandonment (10 percent) and yield trends, cottonseed production would total about 7 million tons. That would be the largest cottonseed crop since 2006.2018 fluid sales lowerInitial 2018 numbers are out and fluid milk sales continued to decline, according to the USDA’s Dairy Market News. Here’s a summary:At 47.1 billion pounds, 2018 overall sales of packaged conventional and organic fluid milk were down 2 percent compared to a year earlier.Sales of conventional products totaled 44.5 billion pounds, down 2.2 from the previous year. Sales of whole and flavored whole milk were up from a year earlier. Something to watch: November and December 2018 estimates of flavored whole milk sales could be the highest two-month total in 15 years.Sales of organic products, at 2.6 billion pounds, were up 0.6 percent. Organic products represented about 5.5 percent of total sales. Sales of whole and reduced-fat (2 percent) organic milk were up about 5 percent from a year earlier. (There is no estimate for flavored whole organic milk sales in the report.)The U.S. figures represent consumption of fluid milk products in federal milk order marketing (FMMO) areas and California (now a part of the FMMO system), which account for approximately 92 percent of total fluid milk sales in the U.S. Sales outlets include food stores, convenience stores, warehouse stores/wholesale clubs, nonfood stores, schools, the food service industry and home delivery.Global Dairy Trade index maintains upward streakThe index of Global Dairy Trade (GDT) dairy product prices posted a sixth consecutive increase during the auction held Feb. 19. The 1 percent increase followed a 6.7 percent increase on Feb. 5.Prices for all major product categories were modestly higher:Skim milk powder was up 2.8 percent to $2,580 per metric ton (MT).Butter was up 1.2 percent to $4,495 per MT.Whole milk powder was up 0.3 percent to $3,022 per MT.Cheddar cheese was up 2.9 percent to $3,667 per MT.The next GDT auction is March 5, 2019.Upper Midwest milk hauling charges rose in 2018Average milk hauling charges in the Upper Midwest FMMO rose substantially.An annual study, “Milk Hauling Charges in the Upper Midwest Marketing Area, May 2018,” shows the weighted average cost across all milk deliveries was almost 28 cents per cwt, up from 20 cents (39 percent) per cwt in 2017. Total hauling charges for the month rose from $8.05 million in May 2017 to $11.32 million in May 2018, an increase of 41 percent.Across all producers, the simple average hauling charge was 47 cents per cwt, up from 33 cents per cwt (14 cents or 42 percent) the year before. By production volume, simple average hauling charges ranged from nearly 88 cents per cwt (up from 64 cents in 2017) for those delivering less than 50,000 pounds of milk during the month to about 19 cents per cwt (up a penny) for those delivering 5 million pounds or more.The report, prepared by Corey Freije with the Upper Midwest market administrator’s office, examined hauling charges to the first point of delivery for 4.1 billion pounds of milk from 11,417 producers in FMMO #30. Milk volume was up about 60 million pounds, but producer numbers were down 690.Highlights of the study include:Wisconsin weighted average hauling charges rose from 17 cents per cwt in 2017 to nearly 24 cents per cwt in 2018, a 41 percent increase.Minnesota weighted average hauling charges rose from about 20 cents per cwt in 2017 to 30 cents per cwt in 2018.North Dakota again had the highest weighted average hauling charge (64 cents per cwt, 19-cent increase) in 2018, with a low number of farms and longest distance to point of first delivery.In counties where information was disclosed, the highest weighted average hauling charges were $1.61 and $1.53 per cwt in Tama and Story counties of Iowa, respectively.May 2018 diesel fuel prices averaged $3.18 per gallon, up 27 percent from a year earlier.The hauling charges consist of deductions shown on producer payrolls, submitted to the FMMO administrator’s office by handlers. Charges may not necessarily reflect the actual cost of the hauling, because in some cases handlers or cooperatives waive or subsidize hauling costs. Also, some producers pay the hauling costs directly.Read also: Hauling charges a drag on basis in Midwest.Study provides winning growth formula for dairy companiesModest growth forecasts, shifting consumer tastes and increased domestic competition mean dairy companies will need new strategies at home and abroad to capture growth, according to research presented at the International Dairy Foods Association 2019 Dairy Forum. About 1,000 dairy executives from across the country attended the event, held in late January in Orlando, Florida.The presentation, “Resilience and Growth: Perspectives from McKinsey & Company,” summarized interviews with 30 chief executive officers of international dairy companies and findings from a survey of more than 1,000 American households. McKinsey’s Roberto Uchoa de Paula, Ludovic Meilhac and Christina Adams told the dairy forum attendees that U.S. dairy manufacturers have the option of chasing international opportunities or competing for share in their home market.Based on the research, the consultants believe U.S. dairy companies should consider four strategic responses – innovating to capture domestic growth; revamping the supply chain to serve a new type of demand; exporting to markets with high projected dairy deficits and attractive trade agreement groundwork; and investing directly in deficit markets to maximize long-term success.Dairy companies can meet a diverging range of new consumer demands by strategically responding to six major factors: consumers’ desire to explore new or different brands and experiences; the growing volume of consumer data and highly personalized microsegments; the proliferation of smaller brands; consumers’ focus on health and wellness; the shifting retail landscape; and rising commercial costs.Their report’s findings revealed that globally focused companies have increased their revenues significantly from 2007 to 2018, while those active in local markets have seen their revenues fall. Dairy’s future is global, the consultants stressed, and the greatest gains lie in markets beyond American borders, primarily in Africa and Asia.McKinsey & Company released a white paper titled “A winning growth formula for dairy” that highlights the research findings.   Digest HighlightsHay inventories lower in many dairy statesLand purchase approval advances proposed Idaho research dairyCraigs Creamery launches branded productsCAFO water quality protection project grants available in New YorkCalgren dairy digester project supplies SoCalGas pipelineDid you know: Who holds farm debt?Class IV price to be ‘higher of’ through 2019WUD opposes California bill that provides plant-based school lunch incentivesCottonseed harvest, acreage plans updated2018 fluid sales lowerGlobal Dairy Trade index maintains upward streakUpper Midwest milk hauling charges rose in 2018Study provides winning growth formula for dairy companies Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

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Cavs – Mavericks Game Day Notes

first_imgFriday, November 25th, 2016WHEN: 7:30 PM ESTWHERE: @TheQArena, Cleveland, OhioWATCH: @FOXSportsOH, @FoxSportsSWLISTEN: @WMMS 100.7 FM, @wtam1100, La Mega 87.7FM, @1033fmESPN (Dallas-Fort Worth)– Cavaliers (11-2, 1st in Central): Cleveland remains atop the Eastern Conference standings after their record-breaking (137-125) victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night inside Quicken Loans Arena.Cleveland’s 137 point total was the highest mark they have achieved since they’re 1992 win over the Charlotte Hornets (141).Kevin Love led all Cleveland scorers in Wednesday night’s win, scoring 40 points (34 in first quarter), eight rebounds, three assists, one block, and one steal in his 32 minutes of playing time.The Cavaliers are producing an extremely efficient 110.8 points per game, placing them third amongst the NBA’s highest scoring teams.Coming into tonight’s bout with Dallas, Cleveland is leading the NBA in three-pointers per game (13.5). Furthermore, the Cavaliers have made 10 or more three-pointers in each of their first 13 games of the season (NBA record).* Milestone watch *LeBron James (6,927) needs 29 assists to move past Bob Cousey (6,955) for the 16th position on the NBA’s all-time leader board.With an appearance tonight, James will have played 1,000 career regular season games in the NBA (999 starts).* Cavaliers projected starting lineup (subject to change) *(PG) Kyrie Irving (6′-3″, 193 lbs)(SG) J.R. Smith (6′-6″, 225 lbs)(SF) LeBron James (6′-8″, 250 lbs)(PF) Kevin Love (6′-10″, 251 lbs)(PF) Tristan Thompson (6′-10″, 238 lbs)* Cavaliers injury report *– (PF/C) Channing Frye (personal): Out– Mavericks (2-12, 5th in Southwest): Wednesday’s disappointing (124-104) loss to the Los Angeles Clippers brings Dallas’ current losing-streak to seven. The Mavericks haven’t lost seven games since Dirk Nowitzki’s 1999 rookie season.The injury bug has plagued the Mavericks through the early stages of this year’s NBA season.Nowitski, who has missed eight games due to an Achilles injury, should be ready to play for the Mavericks tonight against the defending champs.Mavericks point guard, Deron Williams, has been dealing with a nagging calf injury that has caused him to miss the last four games and is listed as questionable for tonight’s match-up.Harrison Barnes has played well for the Mavericks and leads his team in the scoring department, averaging 21.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.Andrew Bogut, the former number one overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft and native of Melbourne, Australia, will be roaming the paint for Dallas. Bogut is currently averaging 3.8 points, a team-high 10.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.0 block per game.* Mavericks projected starting lineup (subject to change) *(PG) Deron Williams (6′-0″, 200 lbs)(SG) Wesley Matthews (6′-5″, 220 lbs)(SF) Harrison Barnes (6′-8″, 225 lbs)(PF) Dirk Nowitzki (7′-0″, 245 lbs)(C) Andrew Bogut (7′-0″, 260 lbs)* Mavericks injury report *– (PG) Deron Williams (calf): Questionable– (PG) J.J. Barea (calf): Out– (PG) Devin Harris (toe): Out* All stats and information via www.basketball-reference.com, www.rotoworld.com, www.nba.com, www.espn.com, Elias Sports Bureau, and The Associated Press * Kenny Honaker Related Topicslast_img read more

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Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Pesawat Latih Terpopuler Sejagad, Pencetak Berjuta Pilot

first_imgCessna Skyhawk hanya memiliki kapasitas untuk empat penumpang, itupun dengan ruang gerak kaki yang sempit. Jarak jangkau Cessna Skyhawk pun mencapai 1280 km (dalam kondisi bahan bakar terisi penuh) dengan kecepatan maksimum 240 km per jam. Lalu, apa yang membuat pesawat Skyhawk menjadi lebih populer daripada pesawat-pesawat modern saat ini?Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman traveller.com.au, Skyhawk ini merupakan pesawat ‘pencetak’ pilot-pilot handal, yang kini berada di balik kemudi penyedia jasa layanan transportasi udara. Skyhawk-lah yang menjadi saksi buta gentarnya para calon pilot ketika hendak mengudara untuk pertama kalinya. Tidak hanya digunakan sebagai sarana latihan para calon pilot penerbangan komersial, Skyhawk juga diketahui menjadi ‘pencetak’ pilot-pilot dari United States Air Force and Army.Lalu, terbesit pertanyaan mengapa pesawat ini yang dipilih untuk menjadi objek latihan para calon pilot? Jawabannya sangatlah sederhana, yaitu pesawat ini tidak begitu mudah untuk dikendalikan, baik ketika take-off maupun landing. Percayalah, posisi sayap yang melintang di atas kokpit membuat pesawat ini dinilai sempurna untuk jadi pesawat latih.Selain itu, harganya pun tergolong cukup murah untuk sekelas moda udara, yaitu berkisar $396.000 atau setara dengan Rp5,4 miliar untuk yang baru dan $44.000 atau yang setara dengan Rp597 juta untuk sebuah Skyhawk tangan kedua.Baca Juga: Mendarat Darurat, Pesawat Cessna Gilas Dua Orang di Pantai Caparica“Cessna 172 Skyhawk bisa dibilang merupakan ittifak paling elegan dalam sejarah penerbangan,” ungkap Robert Goyer, seorang penulis untuk Flying Magazine. Di luar konteksnya sebagai objek pelatihan, Skyhawk juga kerap kali digunakan oleh US Border Patrol dan segelintir militer untuk pengawasan udara, yang juga mencakup Austria, Bolivia, Cile, Ekuador, Irak, Irlandia dan Singapura.Dari dalam negeri sendiri, pesawat yang merupakan suksesor dari tipe sebelumnya, Cessna 170, juga diperuntukkan sebagai pesawat latih oleh beberapa sekolah penerbangan, seperti Nusa Flying School, Wing Flying School (termasuk Angkasa Aviation Academy), Bandung Pilot Academy, dan lain-lain. Bahkan, ada juga yang memiliki pesawat ini berlisensi pribadi lho!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedPilihan Pengadaan Pesawat, Mengapa Maskapai Pilih Airbus dan Boeing?02/08/2019In “Analisa Angkutan”Boeing 737 Sabet Predikat Sebagai Pesawat Terlaris Sepanjang Sejarah Aviasi Global22/03/2018In “Featured”Boeing 767, Pesawat Widebody dengan Lebar ‘Terkecil’ di Dunia31/08/2020In “Analisa Angkutan” Sumber: flyefi.com Dalam jagad dunia dirgantara, nama Boeing dan Airbus bisa disebut sebagai dua kutub industri manufaktur pesawat, khususnya di segmen pesawat sipil/komersial. Produk dari Boeing dan Airbus dalam kelas wide body dan narrow body nyaris dapat ditemui di setiap negara. Namun tahukah Anda, bahwa sejatinya ada nama manufaktur pesawat lain yang lebih tak kalah ‘besar’ eksistensinya dari Boeing dan Airbus.Baca Juga: Mengenal Jasa Penerbangan Charter di IndonesiaYang dimaksud ini justru tidak memproduksi pesawat komersial dalam ukuran besar, melainkan namanya begitu moncer sebagai penyedia pesawat latih. Inilah Cessna Aircraft Company, manufakur pesawat yang berbasis di Wichita, Kansas, Amerika Serikat. Diantara beragam produknya, Cessna 172 Skyhawk disebut-sebut sebagai yang paling populer, tak lain karena pesawat latih dasar ini banyak digunakan oleh sekolah pilot.last_img read more