Posts Tagged ‘focus’

DeLand to join other Volusia, Flagler cities with red-light cameras

Pátek, Červen 8th, 2012

Later this summer, a new set of eyes will be looking for motorists who speed through red lights in this city, the fourth in Volusia and Flagler counties to approve red-light cameras at major intersections.

DeLand joins the ranks of Daytona Beach, Holly Hill and Palm Coast in adopting the controversial program, which supporters claim helps prevent accidents and critics slam as another way to fill city coffers.

Commissioner Leigh Matusick, a staunch supporter of the cameras that were approved 4-1 by the City Commission this week, said the program is not being instituted as a revenue stream for the city.

“This is about traffic safety on the roadway,” Matusick said, adding the idea is to reduce the number of accidents caused by red light runners.

Officials in Daytona Beach and Holly Hill say the program has helped to cut accident rates but failed to provide the financial shot-in-the-arm they were led to believe it would.

Daytona Beach was counting on the cameras to bring in $7.5 million in revenue by the end of September. Officials have since lowered that estimate to $1.5 million, all of which will be owed to the state and the camera vendor.

Holly Hill officials cite lenient judges tossing out tickets written for motorists making right turns on red.

Palm Coast’s program, meanwhile, was the subject of a 2009 class-action lawsuit. An appeals court recently ruled in the city’s favor. The firm that provided the red-light cameras opted to settle.

DeLand commissioners approved a three-year contact with Delaware-based Gatso USA Inc., which also provides a red-light camera, photo-enforcement program to Holly Hill and Daytona Beach. The agreement took effect Monday.

In 2011, the city approved a contract with another vendor to provide the same service but the program was never implemented. The contact was terminated earlier this year by both parties.

Under the terms of DeLand’s contract with Gatso, the firm will be responsible for installing and monitoring the cameras, among other things. The company has identified three intersections where it plans to install cameras — International Speedway Boulevard and Woodland Boulevard, International Speedway Boulevard and Amelia Avenue, and Woodland Boulevard and Taylor Road. Other locations are expected to be added later.

Red-light camera citations cost motorists $158, set by the state. The cost increases to $264 if the fine is not paid within 60 days. The money is divided between the city, the state and the vendor.

Commissioner Phil Martin cast the sole dissenting vote. “I am not against them in principal. They do reduce car accidents,” Martin said, adding he was upset because of the state interjecting itself into something that he felt should have been decided by home rule.

“Philosophically, I’m against it because it was sold as an opportunity to improve safety in communities and then the state debated whether they are legal,” he said, noting in the end, lawmakers approved red-light cameras while at the same time deciding that the state was entitled to a share of the fines.

SavWatt Installs Eco-Poles in New York

Čtvrtek, Březen 29th, 2012

SavWatt USA, Inc. pioneers in LED lighting and the Green Revolution, announced today that SavWatt has completed Eco-Pole installations at three New York sites: City of Riverhead - Riverhead, NY, Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, NY, St Raymond’s School - Bronx, NY.Further per our February 6, 2012 news release, our Solar Panel program has enabled SavWatt to close its first major Solar Panel EPC project totaling $3.4 million in New Jersey.

Martin Gerber, SavWatt’s CMO, commented, “Eco-Pole installations continue, with each new site providing feedback and statistics. Our continuous upgrading strengthens our offering for mass deployment. On another note, our Solar initiatives have started to produce results especially due to Federal Tax incentives and accelerated depreciation which covers 50% of the cost, making solar opportunities very attractive. We are looking forward to working with any municipalities that want to go green.”

About SavWatt Fast becoming the market leader in LED lighting, SavWatt focuses on developing innovative, energy-efficient and cost-effective LED lighting solutions. By delivering value added, application-specific LED lighting systems, we can significantly reduce energy costs and minimize our carbon footprint world-wide. SavWatt is leading the LED lighting revolution and setting the stage to obsolete the incandescent light bulb. SavWatt’s product families include LED fixtures, bulbs, street lights, and parking lights.

This press release contains forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Actual results may differ materially due to a number of factors, including the risk we may encounter delays or other difficulties in ramping-up production of our new products; the rapid development of new technology and competing products that may impair demand or render SavWatt’s products obsolete; and other factors discussed in SavWatt’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, and subsequent filings.

The improved lights, offering better illumination and significantly improved reliability to reduce airline operating costs over current LED lights, will be integrated in the aircraft nose landing gear in two locations. Additionally, due to the plug and play design, the LED lights are easy to install in 15 minutes or less. The work will be done at Goodrich’s Lighting Systems facility in Lippstadt, Germany.

“Goodrich has worked closely with the Lufthansa Technik team to create a superb technology LED solution which extends light service life and offers a ‘no touch - maintenance free’ product,” says Brian Sartain, vice president of Goodrich’s Interiors Cabin and Lighting Systems business. “Our LED runway turnoff lights are reliable and are fully interchangeable (mechanically and electronically) with the existing lights. Moreover, during the extensive field trials, pilots reported that they can see better with these new lights which is a welcome safety improvement for exterior lights on board the Airbus A320 Family aircraft.”

Tim Wenger, A320 Family aircraft system engineer for Lufthansa Technik AG, expressed his appreciation to the Goodrich team for collaborating with the airline. “I am impressed with the way Goodrich worked to provide us with a cost effective lighting solution for our needs. The Goodrich lights certainly exceeded our expectations and we are confident in the quality and use of these lights,” he says.

How the Lusitantia Artifacts were Raised By Diver Eoin McGarry

Úterý, Srpen 30th, 2011

Earlier in the month Eoin McGarry led the technical dive team on the expedition that was carried out by National Geographic, this was for a two hour documentary special which will be aired in May of next year in time for the anniversary of the sinking of Lusitania. Due to contractual agreements McGarry cannot discuss the details of that expedition but the recovery of artifacts was executed by him and and a specialised dive
team, and the details of that the Waterfor diver can reveal exclusively here to Afloat.ie readers.

The recovery of artifacts took place on the 22nd of this month as a continuation of Gregg Bemis’s five year license. As recovery of artifacts was not on the Nat Geo agenda, their primary objectives were for a forensic examination of the wreck.

Subsequently, it was decided by Gregg Bemis and myself to return to the wreck and recover some significant items from the wreck while his licence was still active.

Agreement from the Irish Underwater Archaeological Unit and the National Museum of Ireland was necessary for this recovery to proceed as the surrounding site and wreck of the RMS Lusitania is a designated National Monument, and while carrying out the recovery we were monitored by the Irish Naval Service.

Many hours of research involving global positioning satellite information, multibeam data and side scan sonar images of the site were carried out to determine the exact location from which to recover the objects.

This is very important due to the physical size of the wreck site, as if you land in the wrong area of the wreck the dive could or would be wasted. Once determined, the remainder of the proposed expedition had to be put in place, a dive vessel suitable in sized and also had to be able to cater for divers, a specially designed lifting vessel that would be able to recover the heavy phosphor bronze bridge telemotor, the dive team, all necessary paperwork and most importantly… the weather.

Dancing is encouraged by the staff and performers

Pátek, Srpen 19th, 2011

The club plays “everything but classical and hip hop,” said Brennan Reilly, from jazz to oldies rock to beach music to big band to Motown. Regular performers include Doc Scantlin, Beatlemania and Satin Doll Jazz.

Brennan Reilly said he appreciates it when performers “do more than get up there and sing. They make it a night out. That’s one of the benefits of having such a small venue. That’s ultimately what we try to do here. To make it more fun than just seeing a concert.”

Dancing is encouraged by the staff and performers. “You don’t have to be professionally trained to dance. Everybody can get up and have a good time,” said Sharon Reilly.

They hold charitable events as well as political fundraisers. “We’re equal opportunity,” said Brennan Reilly. John Warner, Mark Warner and Patsy Ticer have all held events there. “There isn’t anything in the meeting or event area that we can’t do,” said Hewitt.

Although the music is often the focus, the Carlyle Club is, after all, a supper club.

“The purpose is to come here and enjoy the music and have an excellent meal. But you don’t need to be a foodie,” said Sharon Reilly.

The style of food is “American kind of steak and seafood,” said Brennan Reilly.

Meaghan Reilly, the oldest daughter of Sharon and Brennan Reilly, runs the hostess stand. At 16, she has gotten her friends from school involved in the upkeep up the Carlyle Club. She said she likes “the whole atmosphere” and “I like working with the different bands that come here. I get to know them.”

Waiter Joseph Elian echoes her sentiment. “I enjoy every band that comes here … I love it here. I enjoy every moment of it.”