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Gov. Douglas Announces $4.96 Million for Homeland Security, Majority of Funds to Local Units

first_imgMontpelier, Vt.- Governor Jim Douglas announced that Homeland SecuritySecretary Tom Ridge is making a total of $4,963,000 of fiscal year 2003grant funds available for local and state homeland security preparedness inVermont. The money is for domestic preparedness equipment, training andplanning.Governor Douglas said that Vermont’s Homeland Security Unit (HSU) would workwith all response organizations in the state to ensure that grant fundsreach the largest number of participants in the most effective manner.”Over the next 30 days we will be working closely with representatives fromthe U.S. Department of Homeland Security to finalize the details of thisgrant,” Douglas said. “These additional resources will allow our localfirst responders and state public safety units to be more prepared for avariety of public safety scenarios.”The Governor said that the Homeland Security Unit would be reaching out toall first responder departments to notify them of the availability of funds.The allocation is part of nearly $600 million that has been made availablenationwide by the Bush administration for local homeland security efforts.Vermont’s emergency responders will receive nearly $3.5 million forequipment. “Eighty percent of the equipment allocation must be passeddirectly through to local communities. The state’s twenty percent will beused to purchase, among other things, a hazardous material response trailerfor Southern Vermont,” Douglas said.The grant also includes $ 861, 000 for exercises, $261,000 for training and$348,000 for planning.The Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security Unit, will managedistribution of grant funds at the state level.Information will also be posted on the HSU website atwww.vthomelandsecurity.org(link is external) .last_img read more

Series E4 offers high capacity at high speed

first_imgBYLINE: Yoshihiko SatoGeneral Manager, Transport and Rolling Stock Department,East Japan RailwayJR EAST has adopted a two-part strategy for replacing the 700 Series 200 cars that entered service with the opening of the Tohoku and Joetsu shinkansen in 1982. The fine detail is still under discussion, but Series E2 sets running at up to 275 km/h will accelerate journey times from Tokyo to Morioka and Niigata, and double-deck Series E4 units will increase capacity on profitable peak-hour commuter services to destinations within a 150 km radius of Tokyo. Work continues on the best way to operate E2 and E4 trainsets together.JR East’s first all double-deck shinkansen trainset, the Series E1 ’MAX’ (RG 5.94 p287), has enjoyed considerable success and boosted capacity on commuter services. Each E1 trainset has 12 cars, providing high capacity at peak periods but offering insufficient flexibility for economic operation at other times. To achieve this, the eight-car E4 will run in pairs during peak periods and singly at other times, and will be compatible with E2, E3 and Series 400 trainsets (Fig 1).Three E4 trainsets are currently under construction and are due to enter service at the end of this year. Each unit will have a total of 817 seats, with 54 in green car accommodation (first class) and 763 in second. We believe that commuter services operated with pairs of E4 trainsets will offer the greatest high-speed capacity anywhere in the world, with 1634 seats provided in a 16-car formation 400m long.Less weight, more powerWith car bodies fabricated from aluminium alloy rather than carbon steel, the E4 has a lower axleload than its E1 predecessor. With a 1 h rating of 6 720 kW, each E4 trainset has four powered and four trailer vehicles. In place of the 410 kW traction motors fitted to the E1, the E4 has 420 kW motors which will provide sufficient capacity for continued operation in the event of power car failure.To reduce weight further, VVVF traction equipment incorporating IGBT technology has replaced the GTO-based drive of the E1. As a result, a fully-laden E4 has a highest axleload of 16 tonnes, 1 tonne less than the E1. Bolsterless bogies with a wheelbase of 2500mm have been specified; wheel diameter is 910mm, as with the E1.Maximum speed is 240 km/h, with regenerative and air braking systems fitted as on the E1. The nose design of the E4 has been modified to reduce pressure waves generated when the train enters or leaves a tunnel.The driving trailer at the Tokyo end of each E4 trainset (Car 1) has 75 unreserved second class seats, arranged in a 3+3 configuration on the upper deck and as a 2+3 layout on the lower deck. Folding seats are provided in the vestibule of Car 1, which is equipped with toilets. Car 2 is a motor car with 133 unreserved second class seats, arranged in the same 3+3 and 2+3 configurations as Car 1.Transformer equipment is located in Car 3, a motor car with 119 second class seats for smokers arranged in 3+3 and 2+3 formats. Car 4 is a trailer equipped with a pantograph, with 124 reserved second class seats for smokers in a 2+3 configuration on both decks.Reserved seating in a 2+3 configuration for 110 second class passengers is provided in Car 5, a trailer vehicle with a kiosk, conductor’s office and toilets (including one for disabled passengers) at vestibule level. Car 6 is powered and equipped with a pantograph, offering 122 reserved second class seats and a compartment with disabled accommodation, at vestibule level adjacent to Car 5.The upper deck of Car 7, a power car with transformer equipment, has seats for 36 first class passengers, arranged in a 2+2 layout (Fig 2). On the lower deck there are 55 reserved second class seats in a 2+3 arrangement. Car 8, a driving trailer, has reserved smoking accommodation for 18 first class passengers on the upper deck and 25 standard class passengers on the lower deck. Disabled accommodation is provided on the upper deck, reached by a lift from the vestibule.Seating throughout the E4 is the same as that supplied for the E1, with electric motors fitted to turn the seats through 180° at the end of each journey. Each car on the E4 has a lift for transferring refreshment trolleys between decks, and public telephones have been fitted in Cars 2, 3, 5 and 8. oCAPTION: Nose design has concentrated on reducing the pressure waves generated when entering and leaving tunnels CAPTION: Fig 1. The E4 has been designed to operate with JR East’s E3 (top), Series 400 (middle) and E2 (bottom) trainsetsCAPTION: Fig 2. Two cars of Series E4 have first class accommodation on the upper deckSeries E4 car dimensionsTABLE: Width mm 3380Height mm 4493Length over (driving car) 25700 couplers mm (intermediate car) 25000Bogie wheelbase mm 2500last_img read more

SMC toasts big year

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Reality bites in PBA Draft; road to pros not always easy View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Over the din of the music and celebration, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero screamed into the microphone: “I hope there are more events like this in the future!”ADVERTISEMENT While waiting for top rookie pick Christian Standhardinger, the San Miguel Beermen topped the PBA Philippine Cup (against the Hotshots). Standhardinger was still playing for Hong Kong Eastern in the Asean Basketball League and joined the Beermen in the Commissioner’s Cup, which was eventually ruled by Barangay Ginebra (against the Beermen).The team that went on to capture the Asean crown? Alab Pilipinas, which was backed by SMC and whose imports eventually went on to play for the Beermen (Renaldo Balkman) and the Gin Kings (Justin Brownlee) in the PBA.The triumphs of San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Magnolia, Petron and Alab Pilipinas were hardly coincidental, said SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua, who credits the strong support system laid out for the different teams by SMC big boss Ramon S. Ang.“Whatever the teams need, we try to give them,” said Chua.“We’re like family. We treat each other like family, that’s why we’re like this,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT That was Friday night, when the Hotshots partied at the San Miguel Corp. headquarters to toast the franchise’s 14th PBA crown, the season-ending Governors’ Cup.The day before, Petron’s Blaze Spikers ruled the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino conference for that franchise’s second crown this year. Petron’s volleybelles had earlier captured the Grand Prix.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMagnolia’s crown came on Wednesday when the Hotshots scored the first 12 points and coasted to the title in Game 6 of the Finals series.The back-to-back wins by squads under the SMC group underscored the comglomerate’s dominance in the country’s sporting landscape. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “[This] just shows that San Miguel, especially Boss Ramon S. Ang, is focused—not only on the business side of it all. He’s hands-on with everything.”And Victolero may get his wish for more parties like this. The SMC group doesn’t look like it is slowing down any time soon.“We’re not going to stop now. 2019, 2020, we have to find ways to make us competitive,” Chua vowed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more