Marc Alan Associates Adds to Team

first_imgThe modules are connected to both sides of a symmetrical and structural I-beam. The I-beam includes channels, through which cooling fluid is pumped, to extract heat away from the battery modules. The I-beams also provide cross-vehicle structural support and help protect the pack from side intrusions.  Bollinger Motors will manufacture battery packs for its own vehicles – as well as make them commercially available for standalone applications – starting in 2021. Designed for safety, high energy density, and high continuous power capacity, the Bollinger Motors battery pack will be suitable for heavier applications such as medium-duty trucks, agricultural and construction equipment. The Bollinger Motors battery pack is composed of modules in 35 kWh strings that can be connected in series or parallel to form a variety of pack sizes and configurations. Pack sizes will include 35, 70, 105, 140, 175 kWh, and higher, with many sizes capable of both 350V and 700V configurations.  Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent application on Oct. 12. The patent application number is 17/068,260.center_img OAKLAND, N.J. – Marc Alan Associates Inc. has announced the addition of industry veterans Bob Leedom, Skip Scafidi and JP Scafidi to the organization.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Celebrating its 45th year in business, Marc Alan Associates now has 17 reps and four sales support professionals serving the Northeast. Marc Alan Associates, based in Oakland, N.J., calls on all facets of the automotive aftermarket, covering Metropolitan New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Maryland and Delaware.,Bollinger Motors has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its battery pack design. The scope of the patent includes mechanical, electrical and systems-engineering innovations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The Battery Management System (BMS) has also been developed in-house. The BMS has been created to handle any number of strings, therefore one BMS can be manufactured for all future battery-pack sizes and voltages.  The BMS monitors voltage, current, and temperature at multiple points within the pack and manages the system accordingly. It works with other vehicle-control units to maintain optimum operating conditions that increase efficiency and extend battery life. The BMS also provides several features which ensure system safety, including detecting and isolating faults to enable continued vehicle operation.Advertisement “The heart of every EV is the battery, so it was crucial for us to develop our own battery pack in-house,” said CEO Robert Bollinger. “Our engineering team has created a pack with high-strength structural properties, exemplary cooling features and state-of-the-art software.” last_img read more

Riverhead Police Say They Have Their Guy

first_imgPatrick Fontaine has a history of residential burglaries, police say.Riverhead Police said on January 18 they may have arrested a person they think is responsible for rifling through numerous vacant cars in Wading River.In recent weeks complaints have flooded in: someone rummaging through vehicles on Herod Point Road, Berry Lane, and Maple Road in Wading River in the past week alone. Additional incidents occurred on Maple Road and North Wading River Road on January 13, and the thief made off with enough to trigger multiple larceny counts.Patrick Fontaine, 36, is the man responsible, police said. So far, he’s been charged with criminal trespass in the second degree and unlawful possession of marijuana.Fontaine is no novice, according to police reports. Suffolk County Police arrested him for a string of residential burglaries in 2015.In December of that year, Fontaine was charged with four counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree attempted burglary, and one count of petit larceny for incidents that occurred at residences in the Colonial Woods and Whispering Pines apartment complexes in Yaphank between August and December.Fontaine lived at the Rutledge Commons complex at the time and was accused of robbing some of his neighbors there.In other North Fork police news, Rene Titi-Chamle, 27, of Peconic, was arrested for driving while intoxicated Saturday, January 12, around 8:30 PM by Southold Town Police after he allegedly failed roadside sobriety tests. Police said they spotted him speeding and swerving between lanes on Route 48 in Mattituck. There was also reportedly an open bottle of alcohol in the vehicle. Titi-Chamle could not produce a valid license, police added. It all added up to a night in jail and an arraignment the following morning.Police said they saw Antonio Morales-Boyate, 30, of Greenport traveling westbound on Front Street in Greenport tailgating a vehicle, and then watched him pass that vehicle on the right-hand side, in a no-passing zone. He was then arrested on Sunday, January 13 around 1:15 AM for DWI after police ascertained he had been drinking excessively. Morales-Boyate didn’t have a license either, police added.Maureen Lademann of Cutchogue was arrested for DWI January 14 around 6:30 PM. She allegedly ran a stop sign on Route 25 in Mattituck and failedsobriety tests after being pulled over.Southampton Town Police arrested Jameula Carter, 37, of Riverhead on January 9 for criminal possession of a controlled substance after he was allegedly spotted “stumbling southbound down Old Quogue Road.” Police said PCP was the culprit, but he had an open bottle of vodka as well. After searching him, police found Carter in possession of two Newport cigarettes dipped in PCP. Carter was arrested and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and two violations.Kristen Davis, 35, of Manorville was arrested in Riverside Sunday night after police ascertained she was driving without a license — and it wasn’t the first time. Police said that her driving privilege was suspended on four different occasions. Davis was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and two violations. Jonathan Villaortega, 27, of Riverhead was arrested on January 15 just before midnight for driving while intoxicated, according to reports. A passing motorist reported an erratic driver on, guess where — Flanders Road, of course. Police, ever vigilant in that neck of the woods, located the vehicle on Cross River Drive in Aquebogue and eventually charged Villaortega with DWI. Sharelast_img read more

East Hampton ZBA Considers Krakoff’s Dream Beach House

first_imgSpending $10.5 million for the right to demolish the oceanfront houses on two adjacent properties on Napeague, then merge the two properties, and build one grand structure on the new lot, may seem like an audacious plan, but perhaps not, when you consider the applicant is Reed Krakoff. Krakoff is the creative designer who made Coach Inc. through his creative leadership of the company formerly known as Coach New York from 1996 until 2012. He is now the artistic director for Tiffany & Co.Krakoff also has a history in East Hampton. In 2007, he purchased the home at 121 Further Lane in East Hampton Village, where Jacqueline Bouvier, the future First Lady, spent her summers when she was growing up. He sold the property in 2018, then later that year purchased the Dunes Lane parcels.It was Krakoff’s application for the Dunes Lane project that was the basis for a public hearing before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals August 6. It was a lavish presentation made by Krakoff’s team, but board members were concerned that too much pristine dune land was going to be disturbed on the way to the final design.The two properties in question are at 55 and 61 Dunes Lane, a private road. The houses currently on the site, one a three-bedroom, the other, four, date back to the 1970s, at the latest. They are reached via two driveways, starting from a common entrance on Dunes Lane. Combined, the two properties cover three acres. The sites are each long rectangular strips of land running from Dunes Lane to the Atlantic Beach dune itself. ZBA Chairman James Whelan, in introducing the application to his fellow board members, described the land surrounding the properties as “beautiful, incredible dune land.”To the immediate east of the two properties is a state park filled with pristine dune land, running from Montauk Highway to the Atlantic, then farther east, the old subdivision known as Montauk on the Sea, which includes the Amagansett White Sands Resort Hotel.Krakoff has hired Michael Trudeau of the architectural firm of Thomas Phifer and Partners to design a dream house for him and his wife, Delphine Krakoff.Trudeau explained his design to the ZBA August 6. He said the Krakoffs wanted a “series of discreet spaces. They are both practicing artists and designers. They have four children, generally in their teens.”Trudeau said his clients wanted a structure with “a public place, and a private place for work, for reflection, for artistry.”The initial design called for an 8000-square-foot, two-story structure, with two curving driveways, a 1000-square-foot pool located on the second floor, and 2600 square feet of decking. The driveways cover almost 7000 square feet.To go ahead with the plan, Krakoff would need to get a natural resources special permit to allow construction within dune lands, and two variances, one to allow a library room on the second floor to only be accessed from outside, with no interior access, contrary to East Hampton town code; and a height variance, to allow the planned flat roofed structure to stand 27 feet tall, when the code limits such structures at 24 feet in height.Tyler Borsack, the East Hampton Town Planner handling the application, recommended denying the original application, though he said that, with modifications, the planning department might well change its position. He pointed out the pluses in the project, such as a state-of-the-art septic system.Modifying the proposal is exactly what Trudeau did in the weeks between receiving Borsack’s memo on the application, and the August 6 public hearing. The ZBA was presented with a new survey, and each of the five board members were given two lavishly illustrated books showing what the final product would look like.The new design was scaled back significantly from the original, with most aspects decreasing by 15 to 20 percent, Trudeau said.Gone are the two driveways, to be replaced by one. One of the two variances for the proposal is no longer needed: the second-floor library will now be accessed from the interior. The second variance, regarding height, was needed because of the property’s location in a flood zone, Trudeau explained.While the plan calls for replacing two houses with one, at one point, Trudeau seemed to be saying that the structure could function as two dwelling areas. He said the vision for the house was to provide Reed and Delphine with a “place for the two of them when the two of them are alone together, or when the kids are in the main house.”In order to get the special permit to build in mostly pristine dunes, clearing caused by the project would have to be reduced, board members made clear during their remarks.“Our dune land is our most precious resource,” board member Roy Dalene said. Whelan followed that by saying revegetating dune land after clearing it for construction “was not quite the same thing.” He said that the various aspects of the proposal would require “clearing this virgin dune land.”Board members questioned, if a new driveway was to be added, why not utilize one of the two existing ones instead of clearing for the new one?“All your proposed parking up by the house is infringing on that as well,” Whelan said. “As well as most of the serpentine walkway boardwalk that you have coming through the land.” He said utilizing the existing driveway clearing would have been preferable to introducing new clearing.Krakoff said very few people design contemporary houses that look like they belong in the Hamptons.“They usually look like they belong in LA,” he said, adding that all aspects of the design were to make the structure appear one with the dune. “We really just want to be lightly on the dunes.” The record was kept open to allow Trudeau to continue to tweak the design to further reduce the project’s impact on the dune. The board and Krakoff and his team will take the matter up again in Sharelast_img read more

Miller Electric launches new website

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Mermaid clinches ROV services job in Thailand

first_imgMermaid Offshore Services Ltd. has been awarded a call off contract for subsea remotely operated vehicle (“ROV”) services in Thailand serving major upstream oil and gas operators.The contract award has an estimated value of USD 19 million for an initial period of 2 years. The contract, which provides for Mermaid to serve customers in the Gulf of Thailand, requires the use of 2 ROV support vessels simultaneously and will utilize ‘Mermaid Sapphire’ and a vessel of opportunity. The duration of the contract is approximately 75 days for each vessel through 2016.Mermaid Sapphire is a purpose-built ABS Classed DP2 ROV & air diving support vessel built in 2009, designed for operation of dual deepwater work-class ROV’s (Quasar Compact or Triton XLX) plus optional inspection-class ROV. The ROV’s are installed on a dedicated raised deck level, leaving all back deck space for project equipment. Mermaid Sapphire is also equipped with state-of-the-art subsea inspection data acquisition and data management systems. A 23t knuckle -boom crane, and auxiliary 5t crane are also installed.Mermaid Sapphire is equipped with substantial office space, online/offline survey room, hospital, and a gymnasium. Accommodation comprises 60 berths (4 x 1-man and 28 x 2-man), all cabinswith en-suite bathroom.[mappress]Press Release, June 12, 2014last_img read more

Sugar is sweet for ALE

first_imgThe vessels arrived at the port of King’s Lynn where they were lifted onto the 4-spacer 4-transport configurations, each pulled by an ALE heavy ballast tractor to begin transportation by road (pictured below).Prior to the move, ALE’s UK office conducted a detailed route survey to identify any possible issues with moving the load from port to factory. It revealed that street furniture would need to be removed along the planned route to provide a clear path for the 70 tonne vessels. ALE also required a police escort, as well as wire escorts to lift any overhead power lines causing obstruction to the vehicles.Once on site the vessels were transhipped from the road-going transport configurations onto a four-row self propelled modular transporter (SPMT) and six rolling axles, all of which were fitted with ALE-designed and manufactured bolsters to aid manoeuvrability. The SPMT enabled ALE to remotely drive the loads on a smaller system not much longer than the vessels themselves, allowing easy navigation through the tight on site road system to the location where they would be offloaded to foundation.ALE also produced swept path drawings to establish the required running area during negotiation of site roads. This forward planning enabled ALE to advise the site of modifications needed to ensure the safe and successful move of the vessels through the site, which included road widening measures and removal of pedestrian barriers.Andy Tite, project manager at ALE said: “Even our smaller projects involve a great deal of planning and research; it is essential that each project is well planned to ensure safety and success.” about ALEFounded in 1983 by Roger Harries, ALE delivers a highly tailored, end-to-end service covering every aspect of the handling, transportation and installation of heavy, indivisible loads, including lifting, transporting, installing, ballasting, jacking and weighing. In 2008 it launched the AL.SK190, the world’s largest land-based crane, which it developed specifically for the lifting and installation of ultra heavy loads and which is capable of lifting a record-breaking 4,300te and can be relocated on site fully rigged.ALE delivers strategic heavy-lift services to a wide range of sectors, including civil, oil and gas, energy, nuclear, offshore, renewables, petrochemical, ports, marine, minerals and metals and mining.ALE is headquartered in Staffordshire and has more than 20 offices across Europe, the Far East, Africa, America, South America and the Middle East. It is fully compliant with international standards of safety and excellence, including Quality standard ISO 9001:2008, Environmental standard ISO 14001:2004, and Health and Safety Standard OHSAS 18001:2007. ALE is also registered and qualified in the Achilles Norway and Link-up systems, and is a member of both the British Safety Council and the British Standards Institution.last_img read more


first_imgThe new location will be managed by Nadya Chudaleva, regional manager of GW Russia, who will report directly to Vojislav Jevtic, regional management air and sea, Asia at Gebrüder Weiss.Gebrüder Weiss will be offering air freight, sea freight, land transport, logistics and projects services from its new Russian branches. The opening of these new facilities will consolidate Gebrüder Weiss’ network and close the geographical gap between its branches in Europe and Asia, said the

Police called in standoff over LLP ownership

first_imgA confrontation between the two partners of an LLP which became subject to a Solicitors Regulation Authority intervention led to police being called, a High Court judgment has revealed.Sir William Blackburne’s judgment in Andrew Roy Williams v The Law Society of England and Wales (Solicitors Regulation Authority) is the latest development in a story that began last October when the regulator shut down Dagenham firm Lillywhite Williams LLP.Although the SRA later withdrew its intervention into the personal practice of one of the firm’s partners, Andrew Williams (pictured), the move left him £100,000 out of pocket and unable to practise. In May this year Williams began action to recover £41,000 in legal aid fees from the regulator.While the funds have since been released, the High Court judgment upholds the SRA’s position in relation to Legal Aid Agency (LAA) monies. The judgment also reveals details of the circumstances in which Williams found himself subject to intervention after practising for 38 years with what the judge made clear was ‘an unblemished regulatory and disciplinary record’.In mid-2013 Williams agreed that Naresh Chopra, principal of a neighbouring firm, Nationwide Solicitors, could take on his firm’s conveyancing practice from his partner who wanted to retire.The judgment says that the arrangement amounted to a merger of the activities of the two firms under LLP status. ‘It was not a success,’ the judgment notes.In early 2014 it emerged that Chopra had been removed from the conveyancing panel of ‘a well-known banking group’. Following this the LLP was removed from other lenders’ panels and ‘brought to its knees as a result’.Relations between Chopra and Williams ‘became very strained’. According to the judgment, ‘matters came to a head when Mr Williams concluded that it was not safe to allow Mr Chopra unattended into the LLP’s offices. The locks to the front door were changed’.Chopra responded by turning up at the office saying that he had filed a return at Companies House registering himself as the LLP’s owner.’How Mr Chopra had achieved that was not clear,’ the judgment says. ‘The disclosure led to a standoff. The police were called. Eventually the matter was resolved by everyone leaving the building. Mr Chopra made no attempt to return.’The SRA, which was already investigating Nationwide, opened an investigation into Lillywhite Williams. In the circumstances, Williams never completed the transfer of his legal aid franchise agreement to the LLP, meaning that monies owed by the Legal Aid Agency were caught by the Statutory Trust.The High Court judgment dismisses Williams’ challenge to this decision. An SRA spokesperson said: ‘As we said in our submission, these monies fell within the scope of the Statutory Trust, a contention that was upheld by the court.’In a statement the regulator said: ‘There are complex issues around intervention into individual practices within an incorporated law firm. The SRA reached agreement with Mr Williams on terms that included no return to him of client files or money.’It said that neither the LLP nor three other individuals involved have challenged their interventions and that these remain in place. ‘The SRA cannot comment further because investigation into the conduct of relevant individuals continues.’last_img read more

Kane Brown – Mixtape Vol. 1 EP review

first_imgCredit: RCAWith just two albums to his name, Kane Brown has established himself as one of the biggest stars of modern Country music. The 26-year-old Tennessee native is also one of the most divisive artists in the genre, ignored by traditionalists but loved by the more open-minded genre fans who like their Country with influences from other genres. After the release of several singles, Brown has bundled them up with some news tracks for the 7-track EP Mixtape Vol. 1.Current single Cool Again kicks the EP off but sadly not the remix featuring Nelly. The breezy pop Country track has been climbing the Country charts, and it’s not really a surprise as it’s hook-laden and summer ready. The song is a perfect slice of modern Country, the kind of which is very much dominating airplay right now. For my money the remix with Nelly packs more of a punch but even without Nelly, you can’t deny this is a cracking song.The other tracks included here that fans will already have heard are Be Like That (feat. Swae Lee and Khalid), Last Time I Say Sorry with John Legend and Worldwide Beautiful. Those three songs perfectly encapsulate Brown’s appeal. He’s a bit of a chameleon and can shape his sound however he needs to depending on the track. Be Like That is straight up hip-hop while Last Time I Say Sorry is a contemporary pop/soul ballad that shows Brown’s vocals off in a way we’ve not really heard them before. Worldwide Beautiful, which closes out the EP, was the name of Brown’s recent tour and it borrows a little of the speak-sing style of Sam Hunt while calling for unity.Of the songs fans won’t have heard yet, Worship You mixes two Country staples – women and religion – in a song that will sit nicely alongside Brown’s previous material. BFE, the best song here, is a throwback to 90s Country and proves that when he wants to, Brown can go traditional and pull it off, while BFE sounds a little Elton John musically with big chords that open up into a melodic chorus.Across the songs included on Mixtape Vol. 1, Brown showcases all sides of his abilities. While his genre shapeshifting may not sit well with all Country fans, I find him a refreshing change. Vocally he’s Country through-and-through but through his music he pays homage to all of the genres that have inspired him. I’m sure people will complain this isn’t Country enough but they can’t say this isn’t a perfectly crafted collection of songs.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Track list: 1. Cool Again 2. Be Like That (feat. Swae Lee and Khalid) 3. Worship You 4. BFE 5. Didn’t Know What Love Was 6. Last Time I Say Sorry (with John Legend) 7. Worldwide Beautiful Released by: RCA Release date: 14th August 2020last_img read more

4 reasons why you should fill your shopping cart with store… 4 reasons why you should fill your shopping cart with store brandsPrice isn’t the only reason 97 percent of millennials say they buy store brands. Shoppers age 18-36 say store brand products are also more innovative than brand name ones, deliver better value and are higher quality than ever, according to a report by Mintel.What’s more, millennials aren’t the only group driving the growing demand for store brands. Private label brands now account for nearly 18 percent of all sales — $115.3 billion, according to the Private Label Manufacturer’s Association. In supermarkets, store brands make up 23 percent of all products sold and more than 17 percent of all products sold in drug stores, the PLMA says.Performance and innovationEarly store brands had a reputation for mimicking the winning qualities of national brands, but many of today’s private labels are leading the way. In today’s market, it’s not unusual to find store brands launching their own innovations and bringing a new standard of performance to both national and competitive private label brands.For example, some store brand incontinence and feminine care products now incorporate Dri-Fit innovations — the same absorbency technology found in the Prevail national brand of adult incontinence products. With a unique blend of natural and synthetic fibers, Dri-Fit innovations provide the comfort of cotton and the protection of synthetics in protective underwear, bladder control pads/liners, ultrathin maxi pads, thick maxi pads and panty liners. Independent lab testing found that products incorporating Dri-Fit innovations lock in 20 percent more wetness than other leading bladder control brands, based on retention capacity. To learn more, visit and valueInnovation by store brands could explain why, globally, 71 percent of store brand buyers say the quality of private label brands has improved, according to one Nielsen study. And while this study also found that a quarter of American shoppers describe store brands as an extremely good value, it’s clear that cost is no longer the only benefit of private label products.For food items in particular, one major consumer study found most taste-testers felt store brands tasted as good as, and in some cases better than, national brands, Time magazine and Money Manifesto both reported.Choice and convenienceToday’s store brands are available in virtually every product category. From prepared foods and dry goods, to fresh and deli meats, dairy and eggs, as well as health and beauty items and even baby formula, it’s possible to find alternative options for many popular name-brand products.What’s more, nearly every major department, grocery and pharmacy chain now has its own store brand, meaning you can find innovative and value-oriented alternatives no matter where you prefer to shop.Same sources and standardsFood and beverage and consumer products are regulated in the U.S., and store brands are held to the same regulatory standards of quality, safety and source as national brands. What’s more, some store brands not only offer the same quality as national brands, they come from the same place.Store brands may come from national brand manufacturers who use their excess plant capacity to produce and supply store brands to retail chains. Others are made by specialized producers that concentrate their business on providing products for store brands. Still others, such as retailers and wholesalers, may own their own manufacturing facilities that supply product exclusively to their stores.In a report on private labels, Nielsen noted that “Long gone are the days of no-frills packaging intended only for those on a tight budget — private label, also known as store brands, are no longer viewed simply as low-cost alternatives to name brands; they’re increasingly high-quality products that fulfill consumer needs across a variety of price points.”last_img read more