Investigating the dynamic behaviour of rigid track

first_imgINTRO: Numerical simulations will augment practical trials for optimal design of future track structures. Dynamic analysis of a rigid track slab using the boundary element method has shown close correlation with measurements at test sites on the German Railway network BYLINE: Branislav Verbic, Günther Schmid, Heinz-Dieter Klast_img

Museum in Sliedrecht to Host Lecture on Dredging Projects

first_imgThe National Baggermuseum (Dredging Museum) in Sliedrecht will host lecture by Peter Verhoef on offshore groundmodels for dredging and cable burial projects on Tuesday, September 4.Verhoef works as a Senior Engineering Geologist at Boskalis and as a Guest Lecturer at the TU Delft.The lecture on offshore groundmodels for dredging and cable burial projects will be given in English and starts at 2:00 PM.In his lecture, Verhoef will discuss the latest development of groundmodels for offshore projects, with emphasis on the methods used to arrive at 3D engineering geological models of the sub-seabed surface. The organization of offshore ground investigation and the role of 3D GIS (Geographic Information System) will also be discussed.The Borssele offshore windfarm project in the Netherlands and the Fehmarnbelt immersed tunnel project between Germany and Denmark will serve as examples.last_img read more

Indiana State Park Photo Contest open to all

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Celebrate spring and show off your photography skills by participating in the Indiana State Parks spring photo contest on social media.Take photos of spring wildflowers, spring scenic beauty or selfies of spring activities in the 32 Indiana State Park properties or seven State Park Inns until May 12, the last day of Visit Indiana Week. See a list of eligible locations.Post photos on the Indiana State Parks Facebook page or on the Indiana State Parks Twitter feed @INDNRstateparks or the DNR Instagram feed @Indianadnr.Tag photos with #INStateParksSpringPix and include the location and date to help contest coordinators find them.last_img

IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars featured Friday at Heart O’ Texas

first_imgWACO, Texas – IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars join the Friday lineup, racing for $750 to win and $100 to start on opening night of Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s Quarantine Weekend.  Face masks are recommended and hand sanitizer stations will be located around the facility. Gates open at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. There is no entry fee and pit passes are $35. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, $5 for students ages 6-12 and free for ages five and under. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Texas State points will be awarded to the winged warriors as well on May 29, as they join IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods for the draw/redraw show at Waco.  Drivers will be allowed up to six people in their pit area and social distancing guidelines will be followed on both sides of the track.last_img read more

‘Nitro Nick’ nails Port Royal PASS feature

first_imgThe win was hardly a gimme, though. Last week’s Port Royal winner Garrett Bard, started 10th, got all the way to fourth on the opening lap, then took the runner-up spot on lap 11 and began to pressure Sweigart in lapped traffic during the caution-free race.  Sweigart had looked headed for victory in the season opener at Selinsgrove before engine troubles spoiled that outing, and an early race accident sidelined him last week at Port Royal. A third place at Selinsgrove in between was the year’s highlight before Saturday. PORT ROYAL, Pa. (June 20) – ‘Nitro’ Nick Sweigart made up for a couple of early season disappointments with a dominating wire-to-wire win in the 20-lap Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. By Frank Buhrman Nick Sweigart led every time around the oval in winning the fast-paced Pennsylvania Sprint Series main event Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. (Photo by Dan DeMarco) Sweigart took advantage of his pole start and put his IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car in victory lane for the first time in the late-starting 2020 season. Sweigart responded, though, and was 1.5 seconds ahead at the checkered flag. Bard’s finish gave him two wins and two seconds in five PASS starts, plus a Laurel Highlands Sprint Series victory.  Dave Grube matched Bard’s charge, advancing from 11th starting spot to finish third, ahead of Larry McVay and Derek Hauck. The Penns Valley Meat Market Hard Charger Award went to sixth-finishing Doug Dodson, who came all the way from 18th. Feature results – 1. Nick Sweigart; 2. Garrett Bard; 3. Dave Grube; 4. Larry McVay; 5. Derek Hauck; 6. Doug Dodson; 7. Jake Frye; 8. Christian Rumsey; 9. Erin Statler; 10. Tom Carberry; 11. John Walp; 12. Jaremi Hanson; 13. Devin Adams; 14. Kassidy Kreitz; 15. Greg Dobrosky; 16. Jared Zionkowski; 17. Ken Duke Jr.; 18. Ron Aurand; 19. Johnny Scarborough; 20. Landon Price; 21. Cassandra Minium; 22. Dominic Melair; 23. Josh Roush; 24. Kruz Kepner; 25. Nathan Gramley; 26. Peter Dance.last_img read more

Disney’s “Lion King” Remake Breaks Box Office Records on Opening Weekend

first_imgDisney dominated at the movie theater this weekend.The company’s remake of “The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau, raked in a record-breaking $185 million at the North American box office, and an early global total of $531 million.That earns the movie the position of biggest domestic launch ever for a PG film, and the ninth biggest launch for any movie. It also tops the final “Harry Potter” movie, which took in $169.2 million during its opening weekend, for a July title.Overseas, “The Lion King” earned a $269.4 million this weekend, largely the result of a strong showing in Russia, Australia, and the entire Latin America region.The overall foreign total of $346 includes $97.5 million from China, where it actually debuted early last weekend.Although the film opened to lukewarm reviews, ticket buyers awarded it an “A” on CinemaScore.The movie’s star-studded voice cast features Donald Glover serving as the voice of Simba and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, with Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani and John Oliver playing other characters from the 1994 original. In addition, James Earl Jones reprises his original role as Mufasa.Favreau is also known for directing Disney’s remake of “The Jungle Book.”last_img read more

Local men accused of forcing alligator to drink beer

first_imgTwo Florida men are facing felony charges for allegedly trying to get a captured alligator drunk.Timothy Kepke, 27, of Hobe Sound and Noah Osborne, 22, of Stuart were arrested Oct. 3 and charged with unlawfully taking an alligator.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) reportedly received a complaint in August about Kepke holding an alligator.An alleged video showed Kepke antagonizing the alligator to bite his arm by forcibly feeding it beer, and the reptile reacting in an aggressive manner.Martin County Officers say they went to the suspect’s home on Sept. 17, who identified himself as the person in the video.Kepke told officers Osborne caught the reptile with his bare hands in Palm City on Aug. 26 but later released the gator alive.Kepke also told officers he had had a couple of beers but wasn’t drunk when the incident happened.He listed a female witness who reportedly confirmed the events to police, adding that she believed the alligator bit Kepke because of his actions.The two suspects were taken to the Martin County Jail, where they were later released on bond.last_img read more

T&T retain Regional U-17 title after tropical storm Don ruins final round

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago retained their Regional Under-17 title after all three final-round matches were abandoned because of heavy rain from the passage of tropical storm Don here yesterday.The hosts ended on 19.8 points with Barbados second on 16 and Windward Islands third on 14.7. Leeward Islands finished narrowly ahead of Guyana (13.3) with 13.4 while Jamaica were bottom on 1.3 after sustaining four defeats in their five matches.Playing at the National Cricket Centre, T&T limited Leewards to 214 all out off 47.3 overs, before the rains arrived and ruined any chance of a reply.Demari Benta, batting at number seven, top-scored with 47 while opener Uri Smith got 27 and captain Elroy Francis, 26.There were two key partnerships during the innings with Smith adding 48 for the first wicket with Shaquan Pemberton (24) and Francis and Paul Miller (18) posting another 44 for the fifth wicket.When Leewards slumped from 128 for four to 148 for seven, Benta then shepherded the innings, striking seven fours in a 60-ball knock.Off-spinner Avinash Mahabirsingh was the best bowler with three for 48 from his 10 overs.At Gilbert Park, Barbados dismissed Guyana for 149 off their 50 overs before rain also prevented them from starting their reply.Opener Sachin Singh top-scored with 29 while Kevin Christian and Kevlon Anderson both chipped in with 25.Anderson and Singh put on 41 for the third wicket before Christian and Ashmead Nedd (23) added 35 for the fifth wicket but Guyana lost their last six wickets for just 23 runs.Fast bowler Matthew Forde led the Barbados attack with four 34 while fellow new-ball seamer Ramon Simmonds claimed three for 44.In the other game at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, opener Kirk McKenzie struck a stroke-filled 81 off 60 balls as Jamaica reached 186 for seven off 48 overs against Windward Islands before the game was abandoned.McKenzie counted 14 fours and two sixes, dominating a 53-run third-wicket stand with Geordae Seymour (9) and a 44-run, third-wicket partnership with Jerome Johnson who was unbeaten on a patient 40.Off-spinner Garvin Serieux was the leading bowler with three for 33.last_img read more

Iseman: Players deserve blame for Syracuse’s struggles

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Doug Marrone can say what he wants. He can stand behind a podium at every press conference and preach that Syracuse’s struggles start with him and say that he needs to do a better job. He can take the blame and the spotlight off his players and bring it all onto himself.He’s the head coach; it’s his job to do that. That’s as far as it can go.Marrone is not the reason for the Orange’s disappointing start to the season. But when fans want to consider why Syracuse is playing poorly, why the players are turning the ball over so much, why the program as a whole can’t seem to move forward, they look to Marrone. They blame him. They say the team’s struggles are a reflection on him and that the players aren’t being held to a high enough level.But that’s all misdirected blame. Syracuse can be a winning program with Marrone at the helm. It already has. Syracuse played in a bowl game. Remember? The Pinstripe Bowl? Which came after a 7-5 season.This isn’t to say that Marrone should be absolved of all fault for this season’s struggles. But to say he’s the reason for Syracuse’s futility would be ignoring the Division-I football players that take the field every week with the task of playing at a high level. At some point, they’re the ones who need to shoulder some of the blame, as well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Coach Marrone’s going to say what he wants to say,” center Macky MacPherson said. “Obviously I think it’s no secret that coach Marrone can’t go out there and play for us. Obviously, it has to start with us. It starts with me; I snap the ball and then Ryan goes from there. I think that’s something that we all know.”During his four years at Syracuse, Marrone has shown he’s a player’s coach. He’ll never criticize any of his players to the media. He’ll protect them and ensure they aren’t treated unfairly. It’s why he accepts the blame.It takes the pressure off the players and lets them focus on improving. That’s important considering they’re the ones on the field. The players are the ones who commit turnovers or make mental mistakes. It’s foolish to think Marrone ignores that in practice and doesn’t drill into their head how they’re supposed to play.Marrone is not glossing over any of his team’s mistakes. He even restructured his practice schedule to allow for more time to work on ball security.“We’ve worked on all the things that we can do from the standpoint of practice time,” Marrone said. “We spent the maximum amount of practice time on that, to a point where we’ve actually cut things out to work on it, emphasized it.”Marrone adjusted his practice schedule. Now the players have to adjust how they play on the field. He can’t do that for them.Wide receiver Alec Lemon said the team’s been focusing in on ball security since before the Orange’s bye week. So what happened when Syracuse committed four turnovers against Rutgers last Saturday?The players made the mistakes. Quarterback Ryan Nassib threw two ill-advised passes that were intercepted. Steve Rene fumbled on a punt return. Justin Pugh said he missed the assignment that caused the Orange’s field goal to be blocked and be returned for a Rutgers touchdown.Marrone wasn’t on the field. He didn’t commit any of them. The players know he’ll defend them, but they know the true responsibility is on their shoulders just as much.“It’s great because you know Coach has your back, because it’s not his fault,” Nassib said. “We shoulder the blame as players. It’s nice to know he’s got our back and he’s going to be with us in the long haul.”Turning the team around, starting Friday against Connecticut, will determine how much the players can raise their level of focus and limit their mistakes. All week long, Marrone emphasized it, and that’s the job of a coach. Now it’s each individual player to make sure they execute on the field.“It’s just raising the level of focus. I know personally I need to pick my game up, I have to play better. That’s really where we have to start,” offensive tackle Justin Pugh said. “If you play better individually, then you’re going to pick up everyone’s game around you, and that’s the approach I’m taking.”Marrone’s not the cause of these struggles, but because he’s the face of the team, he’s the one who takes the brunt of the criticism. And that’s certainly understandable since he is, indeed, the head coach.But this is not on Marrone.There is not much else he can do.“He put it on his shoulders,” MacPherson said. “But I think everyone knows we have a big part in it as well.” Comments Published on October 18, 2012 at 2:57 amlast_img read more

Conference on Lewis Carroll attracts artists

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan Doheny Memorial Library hosted “Lewis Carroll Outsiders,” an annual conference on the lasting influence of Lewis Carroll, mathematician and writer of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on Saturday.Down the rabbit hole · Author Raul Contreras signs copies of his book, Alice’s Bloody Adventure in Wonderland at Doheny Memorial Library. – Jessica Zhou | Daily TrojanAttendees of the event were greeted by a sculpture of distorted Alice in Wonderland characters when they entered the foyer of Doheny Library. Karen Mortillaro, sculptor and head of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America’s planning committee, created these sculptures for the event. The Lewis Carroll Society of North America puts on the daylong event.“For my work, this is a wedding of word to imagery. Most of Lewis Carroll is flat book illustration,” Mortillaro said. “So being sculptural is taking it off the page and making it three-dimensional.”The emphasis to bring something new to Alice was reiterated throughout the conference. Mortillaro said that the many different views of Carroll’s work was what made the author popular.“If you look at the people in attendance here, they are an eclectic group,” Mortillaro said. “Some have a love of the books, some the illustrations. If you asked each one you’d get a different answer.”The conference began with an “elevator pitch” session at 9:30 a.m., in which exhibitors of Alice merchandise pitched their Carrollian products, everything from animated Alice films to illustrations to biographies.Attendees came from as far as Sweden and Lithuania to hear panelists who ranged from video game designer American McGee to USC recipients of the Wonderland Award, an arts and scholarship award for college students in California.The first speaker of the day was Dan Bergevin, a publisher who created a collaborative illustrated version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He contacted artists through the portfolio website Behance and received 58 illustrations from 58 artists, only eight of which came from America. On a projector, he showed all the illustrations from the book. The styles ranged from gothic Alices to ’50s cartoon-style Alice characters.“I don’t think I could have pulled it off without Tim Burton’s movie to pull it along,” Bergevin said of how the movie brought interest to the project. “I don’t think [some of the artists] realized that the book and the movie are different things.”Bryan Talbot, writer and illustrator of the graphic novel Alice in Sunderland, joined the event via Skype from Sunderland, England. In a discussion moderated by USC professor Henry Jenkins, Talbot spoke of how John Tenniel’s classic illustrations of Carroll’s books influenced his work.“I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know the Tenniel illustrations,” Talbot said.Talbot’s book deals with the history of Sunderland, where Carroll wrote “The Jabberwocky” and its influence on the author. His knowledge of Sunderland and England was immense.“[‘The Jabberwocky’] is very much based on northeastern legends,” Talbot said of the poem’s connection with Sunderland, which is located on the eastern coast of Britain.Christopher Tyler, a neuroscientist and investigator of the historical context of Alice in Wonderland, spoke after Talbot. He presented his book Parallel Alices: Alice through the Looking-Glass of Eleanor of Aquitaine, which discusses historical influences on Alice, rather than focusing on the Alices Carroll knew.“Lewis Carroll knew a lot of Alices,” Tyler said. “These are photographs of eight different Alices that he knew. This gives you a sampling of his own photographs and drawings.”In the afternoon, USC students Lindsey Jones, a graduate student in liberal studies, and Andrew Woodham, a doctoral candidate in genetics, molecular and cellular biology, presented their winning  projects. The two have each won the Wonderland Award twice. Because the two have won the award multiple times, they were introduced as the “King and Queen of Wonderland.”Woodham’s inspiration for Queen Victoria of Hearts, a Queen of Hearts composed of morbid playing cards, came from the theory that the Queen of Hearts was a satire of Queen Victoria, who was the reigning monarch for most of Carroll’s life. Woodham said he was also inspired by Carroll’s book on mathematics, An Elementary Treatise on Determinants.“The Wonderland Award lets us play around with things we wouldn’t in our ordinary endeavors,” Woodham said.Jones presented a scrapbook and a chess set based on Alice Chess, a 1953 variation of chess played with a mirror.McGee discussed his games American McGee’s Alice and its sequel Alice: Madness Returns.“My background was with games like Doom and Quake, which tended to focus mainly on violence,” McGee said. “Coming out of that I saw a lot of opportunity for storytelling.”Not everyone in the industry, however, saw game-making in the same light.“There was a quote within the industry: ‘Story within games is as useful as story within pornography.’ The first thing I wanted to do was prove that wrong,” McGee said.To prove the theory wrong, McGee honed in on Carroll.“I began to brainstorm,” McGee said. “I was driving here in California and a song was playing, and the word ‘wonder’ was featured. And somehow when the word ‘wonder’ hit my brain, it felt like an epiphany that Alice could become a game.”The event concluded with a tour of the Lewis Carroll Collection, a collection founded in 2000 with more than 3,000 rare documents relating to Carroll’s work.last_img read more