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Counting passengers by laser

first_imgThe Transcomp trackside passenger-counting system from Eres Industrie comprises a laser transmitter unit and a counting unit installed on existing signalling or electrification masts facing each other across the track. Programmed with the operating timetable for the route in question and equipped with trackside vibration detectors, the equipment scans passing trains using Class 2 lasers that are harmless to the eye.The output of photoelectric sensor diodes is processed on the opposite side of the track by the counting unit, which compares it with pre-programmed data on train compositions and the configuration of coach interiors to determine which obstacles encountered by the laser beams are passengers. Oblique signals are also analysed to determine where passengers are sitting in rows, and historic data on train occupancy is used to assess if areas ’invisible’ to the lasers are likely to be occupied or not. In trials conducted on SNCF, the Transcomp system achieved its best accuracy rating of 84% with a second class Corail coach when this was 60% full. The final passenger count is downloaded to be viewed on a PC using Windows software. Eres IndustrieLyon, FranceReader Enquiry Number 140last_img read more

Shell DC members overwhelmingly back new drawdown option

first_imgMembers of Shell’s Dutch defined contribution (DC) scheme have opted for variable benefits at retirement at a much higher rate than expected.According to Peter Westgeest, supervisory trustee on behalf of the employer, when surveyed just 5% of participants wanted to receive fixed-rate annuities from an insurer at retirement.Other providers of variable benefits have so far observed limited interest from members.Variable payments involves an individual drawing down payments while their remaining pension rights stay invested, accruing additional pension income. In 2013, Shell Netherlands closed its defined benefit (DB) scheme – SSPF – and started its individual DC pension fund for new workers, known as SNPS.Last year, Dutch parliament passed legislation enabling defined contribution pension fund participants to opt for variable benefits, also known as drawdown plans.Shell was among the advocates of such plans for DC arrangements. Without this option, DC schemes would generate lower pension incomes than DB plans.Within DC arrangements like Shell’s, participants must make more choices than at traditional DB schemes, with options for lifecycle investments and benefits.In SNPS, participants can opt for a collective variable pension at Shell at the age of 57.This enables them to annually transfer 10% of their accrued pensions capital to Shell’s benefit scheme, which invests 35% in equity and the remainder in fixed income.Speaking during the World Pension Summit in The Hague last week, Westgeest emphasised that the sponsor refrained from advising participants.“Shell merely provides information and pays the contribution,” he said. “The risks lay with the participants.”The employer does not deploy independent financial planners.Westgeest said that he hoped that participants would be legally enabled to cash in part of their pension in a lump sum – a similar option is open to retirees in the UK.Since the introduction of the legislation, four insurance companies have also developed variable drawdown products, which vary widely in their set up.However, just a small minority of retirees – ranging from one in five at Allianz to one in 10 at Aegon, respectively – has opted for them.last_img read more

Strathclyde allocates £900m to quartet of private debt managers

first_imgHe added: “They have both made good progress with their existing allocations and also scored highly in the tender process. Awarding a new mandate to Partners Group further increases the capacity and diversification of the fund’s private debt strategy.”Alcentra and Barings will each have target allocations of 1.25% of fund assets – bringing them both up to 2%, including the existing investments – while Partners Group has a target of 1% of assets.ICG Longbow has been awarded a mandate to run private real estate debt, with a target of 1% of Strathclyde’s assets.The short-term enhanced yield allocation was introduced in 2015 alongside a similar long-term allocation. Strathclyde has been building up its investments in both strategies as part of a long-term risk reduction exercise. It currently aims to invest 20% of its assets in each bucket by 2020.As of 31 December 2018, the short-term allocation was worth £2.9bn and accounted for 14.2% of total assets, while the long-term strategy was worth £3.5bn, or 16.7%.In addition, Strathclyde’s investment committee approved a £20m investment in Albion Community Power, a company focused on small-scale renewable energy projects in the UK. It marked the third time the pension fund has invested in Albion, having previously allocated £10m in 2014 and another £10m in 2015.The investment was made via Strathclyde’s Direct Investment Portfolio, which allocates to smaller funds with a bias towards UK projects.Over the course of 2018, Strathclyde’s investment portfolio lost 1.5%, although this was comfortably above its benchmark, which declined by 2.4%. Over five years to the end of 2018 the fund posted an average annual return of 8.9%, compared with the benchmark’s 7.7% annual average gain.Strathclyde Pension Fund asset allocation, 31/12/18Chart Maker The UK’s second-largest public sector pension fund has invested £900m (€1bn) in private debt, appointing three managers to run the allocation.The £20.8bn Strathclyde Pension Fund has hired Partners Group, Barings, Alcentra and ICG Longbow to manage roughly 3.5% of its total assets, according to council documents.The investments form part of Strathclyde’s “short-term enhanced yield” bucket, which aims to “deliver an absolute return higher than cash or short-term bonds and with a high degree of predictability”, investment manager Richard Keery wrote in a report to the fund’s investment committee.The pension fund already has allocations to funds run by Barings and Alcentra, but these were “specific funds raised by these managers” and not open mandates, Keery said.last_img read more

UPDATE: Five-day closure of U.S. 421, S.R. 3 intersection begins Oct. 7 in Greensburg

first_imgOriginal Story:Dave O’Mara Contractor Inc. will close the intersection of U.S. 421 and S.R. 3 in Greensburg today (Sept. 30) to complete median patching and pavement repair. The intersection is scheduled to reopen the afternoon of Friday, October 4, weather permitting.During the closure, traffic on U.S. 421 will not be able to travel through the intersection or make left turns onto S.R. 3. Thru traffic will not be affected on S.R. 3, but motorists will not be able to make left turns onto U.S. 421.The official state detour for U.S. 421 NB will follow S.R. 3 to I-74 WB. The detour for U.S. 421 SB will follow S.R. 3 to S.R. 46.The resurfacing portion of the $11.7 million S.R. 3/U.S. 421 pavement replacement and bridge preservation project is scheduled to be completed by October 31, 2019. The entire project is expected to be completed by July 2020. Greensburg, IN—UPDATE:The closure of the U.S. 421 and S.R. 3 intersection in Greensburg has been rescheduled for next week. The five-day closure will begin Monday, October 7. The intersection is scheduled to reopen the afternoon of Friday, October 11, weather permitting.The closure was originally scheduled to begin September 30, but has been pushed back a week due to the contractor’s schedule. Median patching and pavement repair will be completed during the closure.last_img read more

Sunman Town Council approves new agenda protocol and more

first_imgSunman, IN — At the Sunman Town Council meeting Thursday, a protocol was presented to the Council by Marilyn Decker for those wishing to be on the Agenda for all upcoming Sunman Public Meetings.The protocol listed the following:Call the Clerk-Treasurer and request to be on the agenda, Submit the subject in writing with supporting documents to the Clerk’s Office 48 hours prior to the meeting, and A time limit of 10 minutes will be allotted to the speaker followed by questions and answers.The Council voted in favor of this protocol. The Council also agreed that the park hours would be determined by the Park Board. Erick Taylor stated that they would change the Park hours from the current times of 6 am to 10 pm to dawn to dusk. The Board was looking into limiting the use of the electricity at night by locking the sources. Renters will be allowed to use electricity.last_img read more

Prince earmarked for Gowran return

first_img Winner of the Jewson Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham in March 2011, the nine-year-old will be seen back over smaller obstacles for the first time since he was fourth to Quevega in the World Series Hurdle at Punchestown in April 2010. The Coral Cup at next month’s Cheltenham Festival is the first big target for the Paul Nolan-trained nine-year-old following a return to action in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park on Saturday week. Noble Prince is being prepared for a spring campaign after being sidelined through injury since the end of October. Press Associationcenter_img “He had a split hoof after Aintree and has been laid up ever since, but the heavy ground we’ve had in the meantime would have been against him,” said Nolan. “It’s healed up and he’ll go for the Red Mills and then the Coral Cup. “There are lots of races he can go for later in the spring as well.” last_img read more

Long game pays off for Hull

first_img The Tigers confirmed the club record signing of fellow forward Nikica Jelavic from Everton on Wednesday and less than 24 hours later made a breakthrough in their long-term pursuit of Long. Jelavic cost an initial £6.5million rising to £7.5million should Hull stay in the Barclays Premier League, and Republic of Ireland international Long would cost them around £7million in a similarly-structured deal. Hull have had an offer accepted for West Brom striker Shane Long and have been given permission to begin talks with the player. The 26-year-old has six months remaining on his current Baggies deal, with the club retaining an option of an extra year. But Albion’s sporting director Richard Garlick said the decision to accept Hull’s offer came after attempts to pin Long down to a new contract proved unsuccessful. He told the club’s official website: “We began talking to Shane about a new contract last spring and, during the ongoing negotiations, we made him two offers which would have significantly increased his salary. “However, despite our best endeavours, Shane has declined to sign a new contract. “Shane effectively only has 18 months left on his deal and with him no closer to accepting our terms and then Hull making an acceptable offer, we felt it was in the club’s best interests to accept the bid.” Long was close to joining Steve Bruce’s side in September when a private jet was chartered to fly him from the Republic of Ireland’s international camp to Hull’s training ground. A move seemed imminent only for West Brom to pull the plug when their own pursuit of Romelu Lukaku fell through. Long, who is understood to be of interest to other teams in the Premier League including Stoke, now has a decision to make. Last week his pregnant wife Kayleah suggested he would be staying with West Brom, tweeting: ”Not going anywhere! Told Shane happy here & with baby on way it not worth the stress when still in contract! He agreed?? #happydays.” Bruce, who was able to persuade Jelavic to swap Goodison Park for the KC Stadium, must now convince Long to join him. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Verbal commit Gomez looks to replace Murrell at left defense next season

first_imgJordan Murrell has started all 70 games he’s played in his Syracuse career, only missing two over four years.And when the left-sided defender graduates after this year, there will be a void at a position head coach Ian McIntyre hasn’t had to worry about for the past four seasons.Enter Chris Gomez.Ranked 21st among high school seniors by College Soccer News, Gomez, like Murrell, is a left defender with a knack for advancing into the attacking third. SU’s top verbal commit brings a near carbon copy of one of Syracuse’s best players — both height-wise and with his playing style — and the Jamison, Pennsylvania native is expected to fill the shoes of a four-year starter right when he steps on campus.“I talked to Mac about it with my parents and he expects me to come in 100-percent ready to just contribute to the team right away,” Gomez said. “I’m looking to come in right away and have a starting spot.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMurrell ranks third on the team in points with 10 and has contributed six assists, which is tied for fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The senior has not only been an integral part of an SU defense that posted 11 shutouts in 17 regular season games, but also a key contributor to the attack.Though McIntyre shifted to a three-back system this year, wing backs Murrell and Tyler Hilliard still have a tendency to get forward. They just also have to track back when necessary since there isn’t a second center back to slide over and fill a gap.“He’s that type of person that’s always getting forward,” said Jalil Blalock, a teammate of Gomez’s on Philadelphia Union’s Academy team. “…  Always has a work rate and doesn’t rely on others to get back for him and gets back for himself.”Only two freshmen — Julian Buescher and Danny Apajee — have played for SU this year, with Buescher playing almost all of every match and Apajee getting brief minutes in two games. Gomez, though, may be ready to take on a role more along the lines of Buescher’s with his prior experience.He said he’s had plenty of high-level time, not only with his PDA team, but also with the United States Under-18 national team, with whom he’s been traveling out of the country for a while now, he said.“I have a lot of experience under my belt,” Gomez said. “I feel a little bit of pressure but I’m 100 percent confident in myself, I’ll be able to get the job done.”Taking the spot of Murrell will be no light task, but Syracuse may have found a first-year player capable of doing so. Associate head coach Jukka Masalin has touched on the benefits of a 14-win regular season, one of which includes attracting five of College Soccer News’ Top-150 players in the class of 2015.“We’re gonna add a couple exciting ones for next year,” Masalin said.The Orange’s top addition, though, is primed to fill the spot of a constant that Syracuse fans have become accustomed to.Said Gomez: “Obviously having Jordan leave is a big loss so I’m looking to come in and jump right in.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 4, 2014 at 12:24 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Grade Syracuse’s performance against Texas Southern and vote for the player of the game

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Syracuse took down Texas Southern, 80-67, on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Grade the Orange’s performance below and vote for the player of the game.Grade Syracuse’s performance against Texas SouthernABCDFVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comGrade Syracuse's performance against Texas Southerncenter_img Published on December 27, 2015 at 3:53 pmlast_img

Point guard Alexis Peterson named 1st-team All-ACC

first_img Published on March 1, 2016 at 2:32 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Syracuse point guard Alexis Peterson has been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s first team, the ACC announced on Tuesday.Peterson, a junior, earned All-ACC accolades for the second consecutive year after being named to the conference’s second team in 2014–15. She is averaging 14.5 points (11th in ACC), 5.2 assists (second in ACC) and 2.5 steals (fourth in ACC).She also leads the Orange in scoring, and is one of just five players in the country with 14.5 points, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game.Peterson is the 10th player in program history to receive multiple all-conference accolades and the first since Kayla Alexander was recognized in three straight seasons.No. 17 Syracuse (23-6, 13-3 ACC) currently sits at its highest ranking in school history in the AP Top 25. After finishing third in the conference and earning a double bye, the Orange will begin play in the ACC tournament on Friday at 8 p.m. in Greensboro, North Carolina.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Related Stories Alexis Peterson helping Syracuse as a distributor, not just as a scorercenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more