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Passenger numbers halved at City of Derry Airport

first_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter Passenger numbers halved at City of Derry Airport WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – June 15, 2019 Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleArranmore asks people in US & Australia to consider moving thereNext articleHarps ‘paid the price’ for not taking their chances – Horgan News Highland Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Passenger numbers using City of Derry Airport have halved over the last five years. The decline is reportedly linked to the withdrawal of Ryanair’s London-Stansted flights from Derry over two years ago.Figures show that that between 2013 and 2018, the numbers using the council-owned airport have fallen from nearly 385,000 in 2013, to nearly 186,000 in 2018.According to a spokesperson for the airport, the decline is a result of reduced capacity following the withdrawal of Ryanair’s London-Stansted service.Ryanair had been operating a route between Derry and Stansted but decided to axe the flights in March 2017.While operations of a double daily public service obligation route to London- Stansted commenced in May 2017, it offers more frequency but less capacity than the previous operator, the spokesperson said.In sharp contrast, two million more passengers used Belfast International alone in 2018 than in 2013. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

Top 10 Most-Read Long Island News Stories of 2014

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s always striking how right after the Press staff painstakingly ranks the most significant Long Island news stories of the year, we find few of those stories are among the most read.What follows, dear readers, are the top 10 local news articles that you clicked on the most throughout the span of the last 12 months—some of which are more predictable than others.As always, thanks for reading, folks!10. Long Island Slammed With a Foot of RainRoads turned into rivers. Homes far from shore flooded. More than 13 inches of rainfall in and around the Town of Islip within a few hours, shattering records. All thanks to a freak storm Aug. 13 that fell short of causing enough monetary damage to secure Federal Emergency Management Agency clean-up aid for those affected.9. Ronald Bower Released on Parole After 23 YearsIt’s a story we’ve been following for a decade. Ronald Bower, the man who a growing number of law enforcement officials believe was falsely convicted of heinous sex attacks in Nassau and Queens, was freed from prison. Now, his family sets their sights on clearing his name, and ultimately, exoneration.8. Missing Syosset Woman Committed SuicideAn intense search was launched when 22-year-old Jasmine Joseph of Syosset was reported missing in February after telling her parents that she was studying at New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus library. While many feared that she was a victim of foul play, the investigation came to a tragic end when police determined that she took her own life in her Nissan Altima. It turned out that she had stopped attending classes months earlier.7. Shooting at Garden City Lounge Wounds 2It’s not hard to see why this shocking crime got so many clicks. A shooter fired a shotgun into a crowd of people at Mint Restaurant & Lounge outside Roosevelt Field Mall in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 16, and when the smoke cleared, two men were wounded. Emmanuel Barnett, 21, of Cambria Heights later died of a gunshot wound to the head. Police later apprehended the suspect, Tyshaun Phillips, also 21, of the Bronx, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and is awaiting trial. The incident came after a gunman shot two people, killing one at a lighting company near the same mall six months prior, and a falling display rack at the mall on Christmas Eve 2013 sparked scares of a shooting.6. Ex-Freeport Principal Admits Having Sex With TeenThis one is beyond disturbing. A former middle school principal, John O’Mard, met a 16-year-old boy on Grindr, a dating app for men, and had sex with the teen. Later, the principal is found to have lied about having prior criminal convictions on his job application.5. New Documentary Takes Standardized Testing Common Core Battle to Big ScreenStandardized: Lies, Money, and Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education by filmmaker Daniel Hornberger brought out a cast of characters that included two Long Island teachers, Lace to the Top founders Kevin Glynn and Anthony Griffin. The film captured how the standardized testing industry has corrupted public education in the wake of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, funded by President Obama’s Race to the Top initiative. Some recognizable LI faces in the film included Bellmore mom and advocate Jeanette Deutermann, East Islip mom GiGi Guiliano and Oceanside teacher Marla Kilfoyle, a founding member of BATs, aka Badass Teachers.4. News12 Journalist Sean Bergin Suspended Over On-air RemarksNews 12 Long Island and fellow Cablevision-owned Newsday didn’t bother reporting on the controversy stirred up when then-News 12 reporter Sean Bergin was suspended for comments he made on air while broadcasting about a suspect gunning down a New Jersey police officer. Bergin surmised that the “underlying cause” of anti-cop sentiments is “young black men growing up without fathers.” He said that his former employer later offered him one day of work weekly doing light features and no hard news. He declined.3. 2 Long Island Hospitals Designated for Ebola TreatmentSince campaign season is over and no more Americans have been infected, it’s been a while since there has been much attention paid to the largest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history. But, back in October, at the height of the panic, readers were hungry for news about the fact that New York State officials designated eight hospitals to handle potential Ebola patients—including two on LI. They include Stony Brook University Hospital and North Shore LIJ.2. News12 Anchor Judy Martin Found DeadWhen the 49-year-old Emmy Award-winning News12 Long Island journalist was found dead in her Halesite home earlier this year, the sad news unleashed a wave of grief from her fans, colleagues and sources. The accredited yoga instructor, who founded WorkLifeNation, taught business professionals how to reduce stress on the side. She was later determined to have died of natural causes.1. How Long Island is Losing its War on HeroinDespite authorities repeating years ago that LI could not arrest its way out of the deadly heroin epidemic, both arrests and overdoses continue to rise—same as comparable stats have nationwide. In Nassau, where lawmakers passed a law in 2008 requiring police to post a database alerting the public of the location of heroin arrests, that task went unfulfilled for three years. And despite efforts aimed at treatment and prevention, complacency has allowed the scourge to continue claiming young lives.last_img read more

Spoornet moves to automate train health monitoring

first_imgINTRO: Condition monitoring of a range of equipment on moving trains can lead to fewer delays, lower maintenance costs and smaller component stocks. The key is to marry detection equipment with automatic vehicle identification so that management knows precisely where and when to target resourcesBYLINE: J J Marais Pr EngSenior Manager, Materials Engineering, SpoornetTRAIN PERFORMANCE can be seriously affected by failing or malfunctioning components, with the consequences ranging from a minor delay to a serious and expensive derailment. Failed components or subsystems may also lead to damage of other equipment on the train, or to the track or infrastructure. The need to reduce costs in today’s competitive transport environment is increasingly important, and the opportunity to cut costs by monitoring the health of rolling stock is now opening up. It will also be possible to base maintenance requirements on the condition of critical components, so eliminating the need for costly time-based maintenance plans.Spoornet has developed monitoring systems to detect malfunctioning or failing components on a train. Some of these operate automatically, alerting the section dispatcher in the control centre to an imminent failure. The CTC then instructs the train driver on procedures to follow, determined by the criticality of the failure. Hot box detectors warning of overheated plain or roller bearings are currently used in conjunction with axle counters. The driver has to count the train axles to find the failing bearing, which often leads to errors and bearing failures in service.Manual detectionA number of manual train condition monitoring systems have been developed, but these require the presence of trackside operators who feed data into a computer at specified measuring points. Interpretation of the results is slow and immediate reaction to problems very difficult. To identify the vehicle with the failing components, wagon and locomotive numbers are recorded on video. A time-consuming process then follows to match the recorded data with the vehicles.For these reasons, manual measuring points are used on an irregular basis. The next step is to integrate and expand them to create an integrated train health monitoring system.Measuring pointsThe positioning of a trackside measuring point should be carefully considered. In a typical situation wheel temperatures are measured at two locations, for example on the uphill approach to a summit and at a point on the following descent. At Measuring Point One, all wheel temperatures should be low (slightly above ambient temperature) as brakes are not normally applied at this location. A wheel significantly hotter than the others will therefore indicate sticking brakes. Should the temperature of all the wheels on the same wagon be higher than other wheels in the train, the hand brake might not have been released on that wagon or its brakes may be malfunctioning.At Measuring Point Two, on the descent, all wheels are expected to be hot in relation to ambient temperature as the brakes have been applied. Should a wheel be significantly colder than the others, it would mean that the brakes on that wagon are faulty.The positioning of measuring points for other components also requires careful consideration. Measurement of the position of wheels on axles, to detect broken or shifted wheels, should be undertaken well ahead of points and crossings. Should a shifted wheel be detected, the driver must be notified at a point where the train can be stopped before the crossing and a possible derailment avoided.The parameter to be measured at each point should be clearly defined. To facilitate computerised processing of data, a minimum range of factors should be specified. These are:last_img read more