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PREMIUMHouse questions govt plan to sign free trade deals with Japan, EU

first_imgTopics : Facebook Indonesia international-trade ASEAN Japan European House hearing trade-minister Forgot Password ? Members of the House of Representatives have questioned a government plan to sign free trade deals with a number of countries this year, saying that such initiatives could further increase imports.During a hearing between the House Commission VI overseeing industrial, investment and business competition and Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto in Jakarta on Jan. 30, commission member Evita Nursanty questioned the urgency of the agreements.“The government has so far signed 14 international agreements, but our trade volume and exports continued to decline somehow,” she added.The government plans to sign protocol agreements that will pave the way for the amendment of the ASEAN-Japan comprehensive economic partnership (AJCEP), the Indonesia-European Free Trade Association (EFTA) comprehensive economic partnership agreements (IE-CEPA) and ASEAN agreement on electronic c… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Linkedin Googlelast_img read more

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Electric or diesel: tilting may tip the balance

first_imgEconomic, technical, environmental and ergonomic factors must be addressed when selecting traction power. However, parameters shift if tilt is to be used. Felix Schmid* examines the issues which engineers must assessTravel time is a key element in the attractiveness of an inter-city or inter-regional rail service. Increasing maximum speed over part or all of the distance is not necessarily the best way to reduce journey times, which is what matters to the customer. In most situations it is more effective to narrow the spectrum of speeds; that is, to eliminate as many low speed stretches as possible.Any reduction in the number of speed restrictions is perceived very positively by the customer. In the past, infrastructure improvement has been the orthodox way of achieving better performance, but this is not always possible or cost-effective. In many cases it is more appropriate to adapt the rolling stock to new needs, by using tilting trains for example. Selection of the right traction package for a tilting train depends on many factors ranging from availability of electric power to passenger comfort.It might be argued that the decision to incorporate tilt technology has no bearing on the choice of diesel or electric power for a train. This is not so. Any route-specific comparison of diesel and electric options should embrace a host of economic, technical, environmental and ergonomic issues; tilt can affect the outcome significantly.With tilt, a number of subsidiary technical questions must be answered. Should concentrated or distributed power be used? Will the tilt be passive or active, with hydraulic, electric or pneumatic actuation? Reliability and availability must be taken into account when making systems engineering decisions.Diesel or electric?On-train conversion of diesel fuel into mechanical power, followed in many cases by mechanical-electrical-mechanical conversion, offers substantial autonomy and reduces infrastructure cost. However, tractive effort at a given speed is restricted by the inefficiency of thermal power generation on a locomotive, typically around 30%. The overload capability of diesel engines is very limited because the heat resulting from this inefficiency must be dissipated.Whilst these inadequacies can be partly overcome by good design, diesel power is still viewed with some apprehension in Europe because of past poor performance in three areas: power-to-weight ratio, reliability, and environmental impact. In fact, improvements in all these areas have been dramatic over the last few years.With electric traction, there is no need to compromise between the weight and bulk of fuel carried and the operating range of the motive power unit. The overload capability of traction motors (the one-hour rating) is very high, especially for AC drives, and on-board computers will manage load optimisation even more effectively in future. Diesel traction is unable to exploit this capability fully.Traditionally, the choice of electric power for new passenger services has been automatic where overhead electrification already existed, or a small amount of infill made a fully electric service feasible. So far, no tilting trains have been designed for third-rail operation, although this is clearly possible.More recently, thanks to the development of quiet and reliable underfloor engines for DMUs like the Danish IC3, the economic and environmental benefits not only of new electrification, but also of replacing life-expired power supplies, have been questioned. This debate is now moving from the policy and strategy level to service-by-service decisions.One example of such a debate was provided by Britain’s West Coast main line1. Although there has as yet been no case of a major established electrification being abandoned in favour of diesel traction in Europe, as has happened in America, the use of diesel power for services running mostly or wholly on electrified lines is no longer viewed as heresy.High acceleration versus tiltKey reasons for electrifying a main line in difficult terrain have been the high continuous power rating, excellent acceleration and good controllability afforded by electric traction. Other factors determine the choice on suburban and urban railways.Electric traction permits regeneration of power when braking or on long gradients. Typical situations include the Schwarzwaldbahn in Southern Germany and the Llast_img read more

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Three largest Austrian Pensionskassen increase hold on market

first_imgThe three largest Austrian Pensionskassen are increasing their dominance of Austria’s Pensionskassen market, holding 73% of the €17.4bn managed by the 16 funds, according to the Austrian financial supervisor (FMA).In 2012, VBV, Valida and APK, accounted for just over 71% of the assets in the sector, but consolidation such as APK takeover the company pension fund of the Austrian Economic Chamber WKÖ increased the share.Adding roughly another €700m from the Valida Industrie Pensionskasse – the former company pension fund for Siemens – to the assets held by Valida, the market share of the three largest funds increases to almost 77%.Additionally, on average multi-employer pension funds, including the three largest Austrian funds, achieved a better return in 2013 at 5.3% than company pension funds which only managed 3.9%. It was the first time in three years that the multi-employer funds outperformed the company Pensionskassen. The performance of the smaller funds in the post-crisis year of 2009 was already significantly better, at 12.6% annual return, compared to a negative performance of -8.45% for the larger funds.However, performance figures in Austria should only ever be viewed as a very rough average, as multi-employer funds have to offer different portfolios for larger clients while company pension funds only put in place one or two portfolios.Under the most recent amendment to the law governing Austrian Pensionskassen, some pension funds used the opportunity to reduce the number of portfolios, which lead to an overall decrease from 140 to 124 year-on-year across all pension funds. However, some schemes created sub-portfolios instead.Overall, the FMA confirmed a 5.1% average return for all Austrian Pensionskassen for 2013, with returns ranging from 0.4% to 5.8% depending on the risk-return profile of a portfolio.For the Betriebliche Kollektivversicherung (BVK), an insurance-based occupational pension solution, the FMA reported a 20% increase in assets over the last year to €643.4m.last_img read more

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Struggling Queenslander wins entire luxury unit block

first_img Draw 361 Winners: Just in time for Christmas, a man from Boronia in Brisbane’s south has won an entire apartment block. What a view for Xmas dinner.He was “repairing the banged up bumper on his ’94 Corolla” when he was told that he had also won two luxury Audi vehicles as part of the first prize.According to an RSL Art Union statement, “this prize could not have come at a better time, after going through a rough patch, (the man) has been living with his wife, two girls, and extended family all in one property. Now they have an entire luxury apartment complex to choose from.” He also takes home $50,000 in Gold Bullion. 1st Prize: $5.005m property Boronia Heights, QLD2nd Prize: $10,000 Athelstone, SA3rd Prize: $5,000 Narangba, QLDLoyal Supporter Draw: $11,000 North Curl Curl, NSWLoyal Supporter Draw: $11,000 Wynnum West, QLDVIP Only Bonus Draw: $10,000 Wurtulla, QLDVIP Only Bonus Draw: $10,000 Roseworthy, SAVIP Update Your Details: $500 Mountain Top, NSW (Source: RSL Art Union) The man thought the call was a hoax. The property is in Palm Beach. All the units are fully furnished.The draw involved a $5 million entire apartment complex on the Gold Coast, with six units — one of which was a four-bedroom penthouse and the other five two-bedroom apartments.The rental income potential from the five apartments was $171,080 a year, according to an RSL Art Union statement — with that jumping to estimated annual rental income of $238,680 if the penthouse was let out too.“The whole complex has been styled with $377,112 worth of furniture and electrical appliances. Secure garage with 12 car spaces, plus two public visitor spaces.” He also won two luxury Audis.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago The $5 million Gold Coast apartment block has six fully furnished units.‘Are you serious’ was the response from a struggling Queenslander who became an instant millionaire landlord this morning after winning an entire apartment block.The man from Boronia Heights in Logan, half an hour south of the Brisbane CBD, did not want to be named and was understood to be overwhelmed since being told he had won the latest RSL Art Union prize draw.“This prize will change our lives forever,” said the man, “There’s not much to say but thank you”.last_img read more

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Al-Shabaab leader wanted by US dies in Somalia

first_imgA senior leader of al-Shabaab, who was hunted by the United States for years, is dead, the Islamist militant group said on Thursday. Hassan Abdullah Hersi Turki, 73, died of natural causes after years of illness, al-Shabaab spokesperson Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, also known as Ali Dhere, told dpa. Turki was reportedly a close ally of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.The US tried to kill Turki in 2008 in an airstrike on Somalia’s Lower Juba region and searched for him ever since. The death of Turki could be a blow to the militant group, which has in the last one year lost a number of senior leaders, including the former leader Ali Godane in a US airstrike in September last year.The U.N. Security Council said Turki played a role in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.last_img read more

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Tim Tebow

first_imgI recently came upon an article about Tim Tebow and why he thinks he needs to be a quarterback to play in the NFL.  After all, he is 6’3″ and weighs 235 pounds.  His best asset as a quarterback is running the football which he certainly could do with this size and weight.John Madden’s “16” video-game version evidently has Tebow as a running back.  Many players of his size have been quite successful as a pro fullback.  Their main duty is acting as a blocker for the speedy running backs.  Tebow’s running style would fit this perfectly.Just look at Tim Dudley who played for Franklin County in the early 2000’s.  He had a successful NFL career strictly as a blocking back.  Maybe Tebow needs to swallow his pride a little and see if he can be successful at this.  His career as a quarterback has not been a shining one.last_img read more

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Indiana Main Street council members appointed

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch today announced nine appointments to the Indiana Main Street Council.The lieutenant governor made the following appointments:Valecia Crisafulli (Madison), Director of Madison Main Street;Maria Davis (Angola), Downtown Services Coordinator at the City of Angola;Marsh Davis (Indianapolis), Executive Director of Indiana Landmarks;Jay Ellis (Indianapolis), Executive Director of Jeffersonville Main Street;J.P. Hall III (Muncie), Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation at Ball State University;Danielle McGrath (Indianapolis), Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy, Policy and Foundation at Indiana Economic Development Corporation;Mark Newman (Indianapolis), Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development;Lewis Ricci (Indianapolis), Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission; andAshley Willis (Petersburg), Executive Director of the Pike County Economic Development Corporation.The Indiana Main Street Council will advise and assist the Indiana Main Street program, and term limits will expire on June 30, 2021.Administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Main Street program is founded on a four point approach to downtown development: organization, design, promotion and economic vitality. The program encourages economic development, redevelopment and improvement to the downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns.last_img read more

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Xhaka: Arsenal selling Aubameyang would be ‘great loss’

first_imgGranit Xhaka has admitted that Arsenal selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be a “great loss”. Aubameyang is approaching the final 12 months of his contract at the Emirates. Xhaka, who was replaced by Aubameyang as captain during the season, admits his exit would be a damaging blow to the club.Advertisement Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Loading… “If that were to happen, it would, of course, be a great loss for the team and the club,” he told SportBild. read also:Arsenal eye Real Madrid star as possible Aubameyang replacement “Auba is always dangerous and always good for a goal, and as a guy, he’s also really great. “He is always positive, optimistic, helpful and very professional.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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JUST-IN: Man City win dumps Real Madrid out of Champions League

first_img Loading… City continued to impose themselves after the break, with Sterling and De Bruyne both forcing saves from Thibaut Courtois. Read Also: Chelsea, Inter monitor Ter Stegen’s Barca contract talks However, Real Madrid were the architects of their own downfall in the closing stages, as Jesus pounced on a poor back header from Varane to slot past Courtois. Manchester City will now face Lyon in the quarter final stage on August 15 at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon, after Rudi Garcia’s side overcame Juventus. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester City ended Real Madrid’s 2019-20 Champions League campaign, with a convincing 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Friday night. The Premier League giants were 2-1 ahead on aggregate ahead of the clash in Manchester, as goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus secured a win in Madrid back in February. Jesus was the key figure again for Pep Guardiola’s side in the second leg, as his 68th minute goal reestablished City’s lead, and made it 4-2 on aggregate. Raheem Sterling put Guardiola’s side in front after eight minutes, as Jesus capitalised on some poor defending by Raphael Varane, to hand the England international an easy finish. Zinedine Zidane’s side reacted swiftly, as Karim Benzema headed them level just before the half hour mark from Rodrygo Goes’ chipped cross.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Washington looks to end streak vs UCLA

first_imgFor more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com YOUTH MOVEMENT: Washington has benefited heavily from its freshmen. Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels, Nahziah Carter and Hameir Wright have collectively accounted for 68 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 69 percent of all Huskies points over the team’s last five games.CLUTCH CHRIS: Chris Smith has connected on 31 percent of the 58 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 4 for 14 over the last three games. He’s also converted 85.3 percent of his foul shots this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: UCLA is a perfect 13-0 when it holds an opponent to 68 points or fewer. The Bruins are 1-11 when opponents score more than 68 points.TWO STREAKS: Washington has dropped its last six road games, scoring 60.7 points and allowing 67.7 points during those contests. UCLA has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 70.3 points while giving up 62.STINGY DEFENSE: Washington has held opposing teams to 37.7 percent shooting from the field this year, the ninth-lowest percentage among all Division I teams. The Huskies have allowed 38.8 percent from the field over their seven-game losing streak, however.___ Associated Press Washington looks to end streak vs UCLAcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWashington (12-13, 2-10) vs. UCLA (14-11, 7-5)Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles; Saturday, 10 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: UCLA looks to extend Washington’s conference losing streak to eight games. Washington’s last Pac-12 win came against the Oregon State Beavers 64-56 on Jan. 16. UCLA is coming off an 86-83 overtime win at home over Washington State in its most recent game. February 14, 2020last_img read more

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