Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg March 15, 1933 – Sept. 18, 2020. Courtesy/biography.comU.S. SUPREME COURT News: Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87 years old. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years. She is survived by her two children: Jane Carol Ginsburg (George Spera) and James Steven Ginsburg (Patrice Michaels), four grandchildren: Paul Spera (Francesca Toich), Clara Spera (Rory Boyd), Miranda Ginsburg, Abigail Ginsburg, two step-grandchildren: Harjinder Bedi, Satinder Bedi, and one great-grandchild: Lucrezia Spera. Her husband, Martin David Ginsburg, died in 2010.Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said of Justice Ginsburg: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.” Justice Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959–1961. From 1961–1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was a Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963–1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977–1978. In 1971, she was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. During her more than 40 years as a Judge and a Justice, she was served by 159 law clerks.While on the Court, the Justice authored My Own Words (2016), a compilation of her speeches and writings.A private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.Officials issue statements on the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a titan of justice. She was a trailblazing force who used her unmatched talents for immeasurable good. She is irreplaceable. Jill and I join the nation in mourning this devastating loss. Justice Ginsburg was a friend to us – and an icon of righteousness for the nation. She inspired us all, but her legacy shines especially bright for the countless women and girls across the nation and world who now proudly walk in her footsteps. Justice Ginsburg fought for fairness above all—for a nation that lives true to its principles—and she brought us ever closer to that ideal. At this moment of anguish for the nation, it is only right that we honor Justice Ginsburg’s last wishes. As she said: ‘My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.’ I am appalled that Republican Majority Leader McConnell has already vowed to betray that wish—and his own precedent—the same day that Justice Ginsburg passed. Jill and I send our deepest condolences to Justice Ginsburg’s loved ones–and to all in New Mexico and across the country who are heartbroken tonight.” –U.S. Sen. Tom Udall“I am filled with gratitude for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s extraordinary life that inspired America. For over a quarter of a century, she served on our nation’s highest court with conviction and intellect, inspiring generations of women and young girls to stand firm in their fight for equality. Justice Ginsburg was a champion for women – and all Americans – and an icon whose legacy will endure. It is absolutely critical that we honor the final wishes of Justice Ginsburg and fill her seat only after the next president is inaugurated. With just weeks before the presidential election, we must let the American people decide when they cast their ballots in November. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set a precedent for this very situation. I will commit to holding the Majority Leader and all Senate Republicans accountable to their own standard. Anything less would be hypocrisy at its worst and a grave injustice to the American people.” –U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich“I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and join our country in mourning her loss. Justice Ginsburg was an extraordinary jurist, a sharp dissenter, and an inspiration to millions of Americans. She has left an indelible mark on our nation through her groundbreaking work on the Court, and her legacy will live on through her sound and just decisions. My thoughts and prayers are with the Ginsburg family during these difficult moments.” –U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American hero who throughout her prolific career as a lawyer and jurist evinced the best of our country’s founding ideals. She charted and herself lived an American course toward equal representation and empowerment for women. She was a champion of civil rights. I mourn — as our nation mourns — her death. The fight for equal rights, for equal representation, for genuine and meaningful equality under the law will go on in her absence, never without the strength and vision and fairness she delivered to that foundational cause. Her legacy will live in the ongoing battle for the wholesale elimination of discrimination, of hate, of brutality in the American way of governance and life. I am praying right now for her family and loved ones. The American promise of equal justice under the law depends upon a United States Supreme Court that is above all respectful of precedent and our Constitution. Justice Ginsburg’s life should serve as a reminder of that all-important truth. Rest in power.” –Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham“America has painfully lost a true champion for equal rights, a giant who as a lawyer shaped the law to protect those most vulnerable and as a jurist who ensured fairness and justice for all.” –Attorney General Hector Balderas“The New Mexico Supreme Court is saddened by the passing of one of the great jurists of our time and a national treasure. Throughout her career, Ruth Bader Ginsburg opened doors for gender equality across this country, including New Mexico. She dedicated her life to the principle of equal justice under the law. She was recognized by the National Constitution Center on Thursday, which was Constitution Day, for advancing liberty and equality for all. Justice Ginsburg will always be remembered as a champion of the rule of law.” –Chief Justice Michael E. Vigil on behalf of the New Mexico Supreme Court“Today we lost a champion for so many New Mexicans and Americans. People across our nation are remembering and honoring Justice Ginsburg’s long legacy of principled leadership and distinguished service. We expect that Republicans in the Senate will honor Justice Ginsberg’s wishes and remain consistent with their own past principles by refraining from appointing another justice to her seat until a new president is in place.” –DPNM Chair Marg
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Independent/Rick MurphyThree Mile Harbor in East Hampton was closed to traffic with at least a dozen police and ambulance personnel deployed when a car and a bicycle collided near Damark’s Deli on Monday afternoon, June 17. There appeared to be at least one serious injury and the person was Medevac-ed to Stony Brook Hospital’s trauma center.Police did not provide further information by press time. Share
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The University of Oxford Department of Engineering Science, in conjunction with Kepler Energy, has developed a new horizontal axis tidal turbine that can operate in lower velocity tidal waters.The Kepler Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine (THAWT) is designed to be operated either in arrays or in stand-alone form.The carbon blades of the turbine are configured in a way that doesn’t require the turbine rotor, called a triangulated stressed truss, to have an enveloping supporting structure.This leads to lower parasitic drag, and hence low power losses, according to Kepler Energy.The basic generating unit comprises two rotors with a central generator, with four supporting bearings and three foundation supports required.The turbine is scalable to suit different marine sites, and has been designed for resources in shallower, low tidal stream velocity flows.Kepler Energy states that a typical turbine rotor would be 10 m diameter and 60 m long sited in a tidal flow with a mean depth of 20 m.Documented flume tests on a scale model have shown that the basic 10m diameter, 120 m long unit, consisting of two turbines with one generator, should generate more than 4.4 MW at a water velocity of 2 m/s, and more than 5.2 MW at a water velocity of 2.5 m/s, according to Kepler Energy.To remind, Kepler Energy has announced tidal energy fence project that would feature THAWT technology and would be located in Bristol Channel, UK.Planned Kepler tidal fence A tidal fence envisages a linear, connected series of turbines in a chain, placed to best exploit the available tidal flow.The 30 MW tidal fence deployment will be subject to detailed environment and technical assessments to ensure that it safely co-exists with marine life and other users of the sea.Take a look at the video of the scaled THAWT turbine testing.Source/Images: Kepler Energy
Axis Offshore, a provider of flotels servicing the offshore oil & gas industry, has further postponed the delivery of its newbuild flotel Axis Nova that is being built at Cosco’s yard in China.Following completion of sea trials, the accommodation rig, or flotel, will be laid-up at the yard until August 20, 2017.The company said on Thursday that it can take delivery of the Axis Nova at any time with short notice.This agreement is an extension of the current standstill agreement with the yard which expires on September 30, 2016. According to the agreement, signed back in July 2015, Axis partially waived any accrued liquidated damages due to delay. The rig was originally scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2015.The rig owner explained that the new agreement safeguards and strengthens Axis Offshore’s legal position in respect of the excessive delay having occurred in the construction of the Axis Nova, while maintaining commercial optionality through exclusive marketing rights for the vessel.According to information provided by Axis in November last year, sea trials were supposed to be carried out in late 2015 and the vessel was supposed to be completed in early 2016.Once completed, Axis Nova will have the 11.5-meter operational air-gap, dynamic positioning systems (DP3) as well as mooring to enable year-round operability in the North Sea. The Axis Nova is based on the GM500A design and it is the first of two units of the same type ordered by Axis Offshore at Cosco’s yard.Offshore Energy Today Staff
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Prior to joining CSX as director of strategic planning in 2008, Rutherford served at major consumer products companies, Adidas and Johnson & Johnson.Meanwhile, Peter Güttinger is the new country manager of Gebrüder Weiss Air & Sea Switzerland, with overall responsibility for the company’s air and sea freight business in the country.Based at Zurich Airport and reporting directly to Michael Büchele, Gebrüder Weiss air & sea regional manager Europe, the 46-year old was most recently responsible for freight management for Europe, Africa and the Near East for the American chemicals group, Sigma-Aldrich. Peter Güttinger. Elsewhere, Terex Cranes has welcomed back Ingo Nöske as director product management for crawler cranes and Ascan Klein as the new director of competency centre technology platforms for Terex Cranes. Nöske, who left Terex Cranes in 2008, will lead the global product management teams for the Demag and Terex crawler crane lines, as well as manage the development and execution of product line strategies.In his newly established position, Klein will drive common approaches for crane equipment software, electronics, hydraulics and load management, where commonality in technology throughout the product lines should benefit the company’s customers globally.Klein is also rejoining Terex Cranes, where he held multiple leadership positions in engineering until 2011. Ingo Nöske (left) and Ascan Klein. Meanwhile, London Offshore Consultants (LOC) has named Mark Board as marine consultant, and Dan Niklas Ahlgren as naval architect. Board is a trained auditor and root cause analysis investigator. Prior to joining LOC, Ahlgren was a consultant to DNV GL (Noble Denton) and has many years of experience as a naval architect, project manager/engineer, consultant and marine warranty surveyor. Mark Board (left) and Dan Niklas Ahlgren. www.loc-group.comwww.terex.com/craneswww.csx.comwww.gw-world.com
TOLL HOLDINGS planned to announce a revised offer for Patrick Corp during the second half of March after the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission agreed to drop its opposition to the deal (RG 3.06 p122). This followed commitments by Toll which addressed the ACCC’s concerns about competition.Instrumental in persuading the ACCC to pull back from blocking Toll’s bid was an undertaking to sell its 50% share in Pacific National. In a statement on March 13, the ACCC said that it had accepted revised undertakings from Toll which ’are far more extensive than previously offered’.Toll has made it clear that it ’will make available a bundle of assets and services’ to facilitate another operator setting up on the lucrative east-west haul across Australia. It has agreed to give up five paths, to make available 12 locomotives plus a fleet of wagons for another operator to use, and to provide ancillary services such as crewing, fuelling and maintenance. Further, it will sell off the Minto yard in Sydney and relinquish its interest in the Dynon terminal in Melbourne, together with access tracks and land.Interest now centres on who will bid for the 50% share of PN – possible buyers include Babcock & Brown, which is Queensland Rail’s partner in the acquisition of Australia Railroad Group in Western Australia (RG 3.06 p111).QR has in the meantime won a critical legal battle over control of the Acacia Ridge terminal in Brisbane. Acacia Ridge is owned by QR and is the only location where freight can be transferred between standard gauge trains from New South Wales and QR’s 1067mm gauge network. However, after Freightcorp and National Rail Corp were sold in 2003 to PN – a move which gave PN control of standard gauge track and terminals – QR sought to terminate the lease on the terminal which allowed PN to use it. PN fought back, contending that QR had no right to do this. On February 16 the Federal Court ruled in favour of QR, saying that the site should be operated by the owner. PN was given 90 days to negotiate an access deal with QR.
SOUTH AFRICA: A contract for a further 43 GE Transportation C30ACi diesel-electric general freight locomotives was signed at Transnet Rail Engineering’s facility in Koedoespoort on January 10, taking Transnet’s total order to 143.’The acquisition of these locomotives is part of our fleet renewal programme, a key element of our R110bn, five-year capital investment programme,’ said Transnet Group CEO Brian Molefe. ‘Improving the average age of our assets is crucial in our efforts to improve our reliability, efficiency and our ultimate goal of running a scheduled railway.’ In December 2009 Transnet and GE announced an initial order for 100 of the Class 43 locomotives. The first 10 were delivered complete from the USA, and the rest in kit form for assembly at Koedoespoort by GE South Africa Technologies Ltd, a subsidiary created in partnership with black economic empowerment company Mineworkers Investment Co. So far 27 locomotives have entered service. The 43 kits to be supplied under the latest order will be delivered from the second quarter of 2012 to enter service by June 2013. ‘The positive impact of this success will be felt way beyond the GESAT venture,’ said Paul Nkuna, CEO of Mineworkers Investment Co. ‘Benefits include job creation here in South Africa, skills and technology transfer and the renewal and modernisation of South Africa’s transport infrastructure at a time when greater balance in road and rail transport capacity has become a national priority.’