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Navajo Express President to be Recognized as a 2019 HDT Truck Fleet Innovator of the Year

News Machinery - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 16:00

Each year at the Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange, HDT (Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine) celebrates innovators in the transportation industry who exhibit quality leadership and forward thinking as it pertains to fleet operations and employee management. Navajo Express' president, Don Digby Jr., will be recognized as a 2019 HDT Truck Fleet Innovator for his execution and out-of-the-box thinking towards heavy-haul solutions. - “I always believe there is a way to do things better,” states Di

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An uncertain future for Swiss soldiers guarding the Pope

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 14:02
Every May, a new batch of young Swiss Roman Catholic soldiers swears allegiance to the Pope. But in recent years their numbers have been dwindling. What does the future hold for the Swiss Guards?  For over half a millennium (they were founded in 1506), the special unit has acted as personal protectors of God’s representative on earth.  This week, 23 more young soldiers were sworn in on May 6, a symbolic date that commemorates the 1527 sack of Rome.   But much has changed over the past 500 years, both in Switzerland and the Vatican. Here’s what it takes to become a guard, and why recruiting them has become difficult.  1. What do the Swiss guards actually do?  The soldiers are mostly known for their ceremonial role during official receptions and visits, where they can be seen decked out in impressively coloured uniforms, carrying swords and halberds, and sporting modern 3D-printed helmets.  However, over the past century, the guards have also increasingly taken on more and ...
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Corporate tax: slowing down the race to the bottom

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 10:12
Swiss voters go to the polls on May 19 to vote on a complex revision of corporate taxation. How does this fit into international efforts to crack down on tax avoidance? They say that the only certainties in life are death and taxes, but big multinational companies are pretty good at minimising the latter. National exchequers around the world are losing out on some $100-240 billion (CHF102-245 billion) in revenues each year, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); other estimates put the figure even higher. The Financial Times reported last year that multinationals now pay less tax than before the 2008 financial crisis.  The May 19 vote to reform corporate tax  in Switzerland is an example of what countries are doing to try to change companies’ practices amid a complex international landscape. Harmonising practices Much of the impetus for reform comes from the OECD. In 2013, the Paris-based group began the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting ...
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Hiab Introduces HiVision for MULTILIFT Hooklifts

News Machinery - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 18:07

Hiab, part of Cargotec, introduces its HiVision(TM) vision system for MULTILIFT hooklifts, to make hooklift operation easier, safer and quicker. HiVision creates an Augmented Reality experience by overlaying operation guidance and equipment information to real-life footage captured by rear cameras. The driver sees it on a touch-screen display inside the truck cabin that can also be used to operate the hooklift.   "We have combined our HiVision camera technology with the latest industry in...

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Silica Dust Study Reminds California Construction Companies and Workers of the Need to Address Respirable Occupational Hazards

News Machinery - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 15:44

In late 2018, a new study was published in the  Annals of Work Exposures and Health  that examined construction workers' exposure to silica dust. “Characterization of Occupational Exposures to Respirable Silica and Dust in Demolition, Crushing, and Chipping Activities” looked at these potential inhalation hazards at construction sites in Massachusetts. Researchers found that some workers may be exposed to more than 10 times the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) permiss...

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These are the rules of Swiss cow fighting

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 14:47
The fiery Hérens cow breed is a symbol for the Swiss canton of Valais, where bovine fights have become a traditional spring attraction. (SRF, swissinfo.ch) The Hérens cow, found in the Swiss canton of Valais and in Italy's Aosta valley, is known for its ability to move on difficult terrain, its speed, and its combative temperament. The Hérens' natural fighting instinct has led to the organisation of official ring cow fights that attract numerous breeders and spectators. Divided into age and weight categories, the cows are freed into a ring where they choose their opponent. The rules are simple: the ones who run away or lose three consecutive fights are out of the competition.  The animals’ welfare is a priority as they are overseen by five referees, veterinarians, and the animal owners.  The highlight of the Valais ring cow fight season is the national championship, held each May in the town of Aproz. There, the winner of the first four categories is crowned "Queen of Queens". ...
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Amid shortages, can Switzerland stay Europe’s ‘water tower’?

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 12:26
A village in western Switzerland has banned the construction of new houses because there is not enough drinking water to go around. A water supply expert calls this an “intelligent” decision that other communities should follow. With its 1,500 lakes, 890 square kilometres of glaciers and countless rivers and streams, Switzerland should have no water supply problems. But in some places, inhabitants and farmers are regularly confronted with water shortages. This phenomenon will increase as a result of climate change and the predicted reduction in summer rainfall, researchers say. A lack of drinking water has forced the small municipality of Enges in canton Neuchâtel, with its 270 inhabitants, to take precautions. In mid-April, the authorities decided to block a housing project for 140 people and to ban the construction of new houses for at least two years. Enges is a few kilometres away from Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland’s largest inland lake, as well as Lake Biel. But the ...
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Swiss project gets water flowing to massive refugee camp

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 11:00
In a refugee camp, one of the first challenges is getting enough water – at least 20 litres a day per person for drinking, cooking, washing and cleaning. A methodology developed in Switzerland has quadrupled a Ugandan camp’s water supply. How does it work, and can it be applied elsewhere?  “It’s not magic,” laughs Ellen Milnes, a hydro-geologist who works part-time for Switzerland’s University of Neuchâtel and part-time for the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. The methodology, called “Rapid Groundwater Potential Mapping”, involves using existing sources and information freely available online to overlay maps and chart the best places to drill for water. The map allows hydro-geologists to zoom in to those areas and conduct further tests before drilling. After only a year, the results at northern Uganda’s Bidi Bidi refugee camp have been spectacular. “It’s made a big, big difference,” says David Njoroge, the UN Water, Health and Sanitation officer in the camp. “You can ...
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A 2000-year-old guest from Pakistan comes to Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 05/05/2019 - 11:00
Convincing Pakistan to lend an ancient Gandhara Buddha statue to a Swiss museum was the easy part. Transporting the 1.5-ton sculpture from Peshawar to Zurich posed the real challenge. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes to ensure that you don’t miss the next one.
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May Day, prisoners and food waste

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 17:00
Almost every article published by swissinfo.ch contains a percentage, an age, an amount of money or some other figure. Here’s a round-up of some of the most interesting statistics to appear in the past week’s stories. 3,203 The number of shipments of illegally imported medicines seized in 2018 by Swiss customs authorities  – three times more than the previous year. Erectile stimulants remained at the top of the list, followed by sleeping, diet and hair growth pills. 16,000 Police said 16,000 people turned out for May Day events in Zurich, which were marred by extremists lighting flares and damaging buildings and vehicles.  Big rallies and marches also took place in other major cities, with calls for higher salaries and increased efforts to achieve equal pay for men and women. 2 The number of proposals launched in Geneva aimed at removing embattled local minister Pierre Maudet from power. Maudet is under investigation for the alleged accepting of benefits.   7,000 The ...
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Switzerland, a nation of gun lovers

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 11:00
Shooting is a favourite leisure sport in Switzerland. Its roots date back to the late Middle Ages, but especially the 19th century when shooting became an important part of national identity. But gun lovers fear a new weapons law could spoil their fun. Swiss shooters and hunters fear that the European weapons directive being put to the vote on May 19 could jeopardise their hobby, even though Bern has managed to negotiate some concessions from Brussels, particularly on army weapons. Widespread passion If you have been for a walk in Switzerland you may well have passed near a shooting range or found a civilian with a rifle hanging over his shoulder. Many Swiss are passionate shooters, and some 130,000 people are registered in the shooting clubs alone. They regard the sporting use of firearms as part of national tradition. Legend has it that the national hero William Tell freed the Swiss from the tyrant Gessler by shooting at a target. In fact, marksmanship has a close ...
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Komatsu America Corp. Introduces the New PC1250SP-11 and PC1250LC-11 Hydraulic Excavators

News Machinery - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 00:56

Komatsu America Corp., a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, introduced the new PC1250SP-11  and PC1250LC-11  Tier 4 final emissions certified hydraulic excavators.  These new EPA Tier 4 Final (T4F) certified models have SAA6D170E-7 engines with two Komatsu Diesel Particulate Filters (KDPF) that do not require Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) or a Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) system. The new PC1250SP-11  and PC1250LC-11  feature increased power, improved production, and a new...

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John Deere's PD400 Inverter Is Gaining Interest in On-Highway Applications

News Machinery - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 00:52

John Deere Electronic Solutions (JDES) will continue to tout its modular solution that is the PD400 inverter at Europe's Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology expo in Stuttgart, Germany. JDES inverter technology has already proven maturity by accompanying John Deere's hybrid powertrain solutions in the 644K and 944K loaders which recently surpassed 1 million operating hours. This significant milestone was a highlight at the John Deere Power Systems stand during bauma this year. Focusing o...

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The new Thai king's Swiss childhood

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 14:02
In 1960 and 1961, Thailand’s new king lived with his parents and sisters in Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva at Puidoux-Chexbres. He is now being crowned the tenth king of the Chakri dynasty.  A photograph from summer 1960 shows the family by the Ouchy Castle on the lakeside in Lausanne. Walking in front is Queen Sirikit, holding an eight-year-old boy by the hand. He is wearing a tie and the cap of a school in Lausanne, looking straight ahead as if intimidated by the photographer.  On May 4, it is not a school cap but a spectacular pointed crown that he will wear on his head as Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarang, now 66, becomes Rama X, tenth king of the Chakri dynasty founded in 1782.  From May 2 to 6, Bangkok is expecting some 150,000 Thai visitors especially for the event. The palace will provide food and drinking water during a ceremony that Thailand has not seen for 69 years. Royal ties with Switzerland  On May 5, 1950, it was his father King Bhumibol or ...
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Loss of pubs and villages affects local decision making

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 11:00
Swiss democracy began with the village pub. The talking was done around the regulars’ table and decisions were made in the room. It was a small community where everyone felt affected and everyone had their say. Now that is over. Local pubs are closing, and so are local newspapers. Anonymous towns are delegating their decision-making to professional bureaucrats. All this is cause for concern.  Last summer there were good feelings all round when Swiss democracy got a very good mark from researchers at the University of Göteborg. In the biggest international comparison of democracy yet, Switzerland came in fourth after Norway, Sweden and Estonia. There was some criticism to be found in the small print, however. Low turnout for democratic processes in this country’s 2,212 local governments, it was pointed out, spelt trouble for their continued functioning.  Village pubs closing Observers of the Swiss local government scene were not surprised by this finding. In 2017 the nation’s ...
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Voith Signs Large Pump Order in China as Part of the Middle Yellow River Diversion Project

News Machinery - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 02:00

In April, Shanxi Middle Yellow River Diversion Water Development Co., LTD and Voith signed a contract to provide five large pumps and auxiliary equipment. The customer emphasized the importance of this project as one of the four pillars of Shanxi Province's water supply network. This network will supply the whole province including three cities and 14 districts in total. - - The order includes an underground pumping station and five large pump units with a capacity of 10.1 megawatts and a f...

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ANDRITZ to Supply the Sixth High-Efficiency Powerfluid Circulating Fluidized Bed Boiler for Tokushima Tsuda Biomass Power Plant, Japan

News Machinery - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 01:27

The boiler will be part of a new biomass power plant to be built in Tokushima in Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku Island, some 500 km southwest of Tokyo, Japan, for the Tokushima Tsuda Biomass Power Plant. Commercial operations are scheduled to begin in early 2023. The PowerFluid boiler to be supplied by ANDRITZ features lowest emissions, high efficiency and availability, as well as highest fuel flexibility. It forms an essential part of a high-efficiency biomass power plant for supply of gr...

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The Ceramics Industry Relies on Advanced MicroAnalytical for Answers to Materials Science Questions and Production Challenges

News Machinery - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 20:39

The field of ceramic engineering has created a vast number of different specialty materials that are essential to the modern world. Many of these materials are for applications designed to leverage ceramic's temperature resistance, high hardness or rigidity, porosity or unique chemical properties. - - With the fusion of smaller, simple crystalline elements into a bulk material, the microstructure and crystalline properties of ceramics are often critical. This is when the expertise of cerami...

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All aboard with a new Alpine railway invention

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 17:18
Passengers will soon be able to travel non-stop from Lake Geneva to Interlaken, thanks to an innovation allowing trains to ride on different types of tracks in one journey. Tourist trains through the Alps are very popular, but it's less than convenient if passengers have to change too many times. With lots of luggage in tow, there's potential for confusion. At the moment, passengers on the GoldenPass train from Montreux to Interlaken, have to change in Zweisimmen. The narrow-gauge MOB trains (from Montreux to Zweisimmen) cannot continue on the standard gauge tracks of the BLS company, which operates from Zweisimmen to Interlaken Ost.  Technical solution: a world premier It has taken the train companies decades to find a technical solution to allow trains to switch gauges mid-journey, and almost imperceptibly. It's the first device of its kind in the world. Engineers have installed two gauge changers across four tracks at Zweisimmen railway station. These force the gauge ...
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Nations meet in Geneva to regulate plastic waste trade 

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 15:00
Officials from over 180 states have gathered in Geneva to discuss how to better manage the global trade in recyclable plastic. Marco Buletti, a Swiss government environment specialist, is confident that a solution is within reach.   State parties to the Basel Convention, the main global treaty regulating the trans-national movement of hazardous waste, are in the Swiss city from April 29 to May 10 to try to agree on how to better control the worldwide trade in plastic waste. If a proposal tabled by Norway is adopted next week, plastic waste exporters would be required to obtain prior approval from the importing nation and to provide more detailed information on the volume and type of waste in question.   Triple COPs  The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention is taking place in Geneva in parallel to the ninth Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm ...
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