Blue Crab Beau Monde Dip

first_imgWho: Spencer Gomez, Chef de Cuisine at Southern Belle and Georgia BoyInstagram: @ChefSpencerGomezChef Gomez’s Guest-Worthy Recipe: Blue Crab Beau Monde dipWhy?“Blue Crab Beau Monde dip is the ideal hors d’oeuvre recipe for guests, whatever the season. It has been a staple at our family holidays for years. If crab is not available, the dip is great on its own or topped with chow-chow or kimchi. At Southern Belle, we serve it alongside local grit bread and Benne seed crackers, but it can be paired with anything: from Ruffles chips to sliced crudité! A celery root purée is often subbed for the mayonnaise to celebrate the celery flavors. For the always-busy home cook, crab dip can be made ahead, refrigerated, and served cold the next day.”Ingredients:For Dip16 oz cream cheese4 oz sour cream12 oz mayonnaise30 g scallions, sliced45 g celery, minced35 g shallot, minced7 g salt (or to taste)2 lemons’ zest & juice6 g vegetable bullion (beef is great also)12 g Spice Islands Beau Monde SeasoningFor Crab Salad Topping12 oz jumbo lump crab meatOlive oilLarge flake sea salt and black pepperOne large lemon zest and juice20 g chive, mincedDirections:For DipPaddle cream cheese in stand mixer.Add sour cream slowly until combined with the cream cheese.Add the remainder of dip ingredients until smooth.Transfer to a large bowl and chill.Crab Salad ToppingClean crab by picking out all shells.In a separate bowl, mix crab with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chives.Olive oil, salt, and pepper all added to taste.Spread out crab over the top of the previously finished dip.Chill and serve. Enjoy with crackers and bread, or as a spread on sandwiches or hors d’oeuvres. Sharelast_img read more

Why can’t we get along?

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

Rebodied PumA cars raise comfort standards at no extra cost

first_imgBYLINE: Dipl-Ing Gerd Ahne andDipl-Ing Gerd Truckenbrodt*BYLINE: * Dipl-Ing Ahne is PumA Project Manager and Dipl-Ing Tuckenbrodt is Head of Projects at PFA GmbHON SHOW at the InnoTrans exhibition this month in Berlin will be the first production version of a PumA coach for German Railway’s regional services. The PumA concept of rebodying old vehicles was developed by Partner für Fahrzeug Austattung GmbH, which built a prototype in 1995.After intensive negotiations with German Railway, the company won an order in 1996 for 55 PumA cars. PFA had previously been refurbishing former German State Railway Type Bmh2329 coaches for Regional Express routes, but the discussions with DB concluded that rebodying using PumA technology was a better option. As a result, PFA’s Regional Express refurbishing programme begun in 1994 was wound up.Starting point for the PumA rebuild was a study of the work required for the previous refurbishment programme. Analysis revealed that high costs were incurred in restoring the bodyshell and underframe to good condition, but there was no technical improvement to show for the expense.This led to the idea of replacing the old 26·4m body with a structure that could be prefabricated in a cost-effective way. Body segments assembled in adjacent workshops would be mounted on the old underframe in place of the old sidewalls and roof. The advantages included: avoiding the cost of reconditioning bodyshells; the ability to automate assembly of the prefabricated elements and to use industrial production methods for fitting the interior; reduction of the time taken to complete the process; and a much more attractive exterior.Materials choiceOnce the basic decision had been taken, PFA investigated the merits of steel and aluminium bodyshells. Using criteria ranging from the need to fit in with the existing production process to weight reduction potential and minimal technical risk, Alusuisse was chosen as a development partner. Other considerations included low investment costs and the need for the body elements to form part of the load-bearing structure. The result was the concept chosen for the 1994 prototype which retained the steel underframe, used prefabricated aluminium sidewalls, bolted joints between the body sections, and a roof formed of glued sandwich elements.Cost savings were immediately obvious in terms of a shorter assembly time, but an overall saving was not achieved because of a decision to incorporate air-conditioning and a passenger information system. Analysis reveals that the total cost of rebodying is the same as refurbishment, but rebodied cars should be much more attractive to passengers.Two typesThe build of 55 vehicles includes 11 driving trailers. Starting again from a Type Bmh2329 second class DR coach, the underframe has to be modified for the different door configuration. A steel profile is added to form the link with the aluminium sidewalls. The driving trailers also receive a block structure to which the self-supporting driver’s cab is later glued.The side and end walls are assembled from welded aluminium extruded profiles which are bolted to the steel profile on the undeframe. Structural strength is increased by cross-members at roof level; the roof is formed of glued sandwich elements.To allow standard fittings for all the intermediate second class coaches, the driving trailers incorporate the first class accommodation and special requirements such as features for disabled people. Behind the cab is a 22-seat first class saloon, an entrance area with single-leaf sliding plug doors, and two five-seat first class compartments; the saloon’s location means that passengers will not be disturbed by people walking through the train. Those seated facing forward will enjoy a view of the track ahead through a glass partition at the rear of the cab.A multi-purpose area with folding seats and space for cycles is located in the centre of the car, and at the rear is an office and wheelchair-accessible toilet. An eight-seat second class saloon with wheelchair space completes the accommodation.The intermediate cars are divided into three saloons with 25, 38 and 23 seats. Twin-leaf sliding-plug doors are controlled by the driver. Passengers need only move the handle to activate internal doors.Compact air-conditioning modules are mounted in the roof over the entrances with deep air intakes over the doors so that there is little risk of the equipment sucking in exhaust fumes from a diesel loco. The cab is also air-conditioned.Ribbon glazing is glued to the sidewalls, and the first class windows are fitted with roller blinds. Post-formed interior panelling is used.The passenger information system includes screens in all saloons and exterior displays for passengers on the platform. An emergency call point is provided at each entrance and in the wheelchair-accessible toilet; all toilets are of the vacuum-retention type.Reconditioned bogies with disc brakes are taken from Type Bm281 cars converted to Intercity driving trailers which have been fitted with new running gear and load-sensitive brake equipment.Spin-off benefitsThe rationale behind the PumA programme was entirely based on economic considerations, but there were a number of environmental spin-off benefits. Compared with scrapping and remanufacture, reuse of the bogies and underframe achieves an energy saving equivalent to the needs of an average German household over 30 years. As many as 150 components such as buffers and brake valves were recovered from other vehicles and reconditioned; the benefit of this compared with straight use of replacement parts is substantial, but difficult to quantify.Thanks to use of aluminium and other light materials, weight of the intermediate cars was reduced from 40 to 39 tonnes, despite the addition of air-conditioning, a closed toilet system and other equipment. Assuming each car runs 225000 km a year, annual energy savings equate to the amount of energy consumed annually by three average German households. In practice, the saving is not achieved, as energy is required to power the air-conditioning.Co-operation between PFA and DB in the rebodying programme suggests that there is a considerable future for PumA-based technology. Experience gained with the project highlighted the limits and possibilities, revealing that major work on the underframe or bogie quickly notches up high costs. It is clear that options for refurbishment, rebodying or new build depend on different circumstances and requirements, but the ability to produce as-new vehicles on a series production basis is an important success criterion. oCAPTION: Driving trailers nearing completion in the PFA works at WeidenCAPTION: Before and after. An old DR coach has been transformed into an attractive air-conditioned vehicleCAPTION: Aluminium sidewalls have been bolted to the steel underframe; the roof is formed of glued sandwich elementsReferences1. Günther Dr D, Ansätze beim Umbau von Reisezugwagen. VDI Berichte 1089, VDI-Verlag 1993.2. Schwarz, Schlosser, Klast_img read more

Optimisers integrated

first_imgCARMEN Systems has acquired Australian software and operations research company Opcom Pty Ltd. The technologies of the two companies are being integrated, and Carmen Systems plans to continue to support Opcom products.From offices in Brisbane and London, Opcom has supplied optimisation software and services to customers including SNCF, RailCorp CityPendeln and Britain’s National Rail Enquiries, and also outside the rail industry. In the 2003-04 financial year it recorded revenue of A$8m. Carmen Systems specialises in crew management for airlines and railway businesses including DB, Rail Gourmet and Green Cargo. Based in Glast_img read more

World railway market is ‘robust and attractive’

first_imgA study commissioned by UNIFE from Roland Berger Strategy Consultants puts the value of the world railway market at over €100bn a year. Growth is predicted at 1·5% to 2% a year for the next decade.,’NO GENERALLY-ACCEPTED overall view of the market has ever been published before’, said Unife Chairman André Navarri on January 29 when he introduced a report commissioned by Unife from Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Worldwide Rail Market Study – Status Quo and Outlook 2015 rectifies the omission. The study puts the annual volume of railway business, excluding civil engineering, at €103·3bn, of which €71·8bn is accessible to external suppliers. The inaccessible part consists mainly of the service sector where railway operators still handle much of the work themselves. The three-month study examined five market segments in 41 countries: very high speed main line light rail/tram metro and freight. To obtain a reliable forecast for the next decade, a model with 52 smaller market segments was developed to give a total of well over 2 000 individual segments covering 95% of the world market, producing a database with ‘4·1 million units of rolling stock and 1·5 million km of track’. Growth rates and values were set in real terms to exclude inflation, and the figures are based on order income’. The study allows the market to be assessed in three ways – geographically, by product category and by market segment. In terms of geographic market volume, Western Europe is most significant with a total of €26bn accessible annually, with rolling stock being the largest segment. It is followed by Nafta with €19bn where the service sector is identified as the biggest accessible segment. Asia-Pacific occupies third place with a market volume worth €15bn. By market segment, services accounts for nearly half the total volume (€50bn), followed by rolling stock (€28bn), infrastructure (€18bn) and rail control (€7bn). Note, however, that only 52% of the services business is identified as accessible to third parties. In assessing future growth prospects, the study predicts that the world market will grow by 1·5% to 2% over the next 10 years. The fastest growth rates will be in the east, with the annual rate in Eastern Europe forecast to be 3·5% and the CIS area 3·3%. Among the most remarkable figures is the 8·2% predicted for rolling stock in Eastern Europe. Not unexpectedly, in the emerging markets China is the ‘clear forerunner in the race to develop a modern rail system’, but growth rates are not as high as might be expected because of the large volume of business already won by European suppliers. The expected growing prosperity of other Asian countries means that above-average growth is predicted across the region, although Japan is singled out as a ‘flat’ market. Western Europe shows low but stable growth of 1%, with the market volume for metro equipment declining because a number of large orders for replacement rolling stock have been placed in the last few years – London Underground being the driving factor. According to Andreas Schwilling, Partner at RBSC, the key value of the report lies in its segmentation of the market and the growth estimates. ‘This is the first time that market segmentation has been agreed by Unife’s members’, he said, adding that ‘we were able to agree on which segments were accessible and which were inaccessible.’ Swilling points to the detailed analysis carried out on existing fleets to determine the size and growth rate of the future markets. Average age and type of rolling stock were assessed to determine likely replacement rates – ‘average age is a very important driver for all mature markets’, he said. RBSC describes rail as ‘a robust, attractive market that will experience modest but steady growth over the next 10 years’. In comparison with other markets, rail represents around one-tenth of the automotive business which RBSC values at €1 350bn a year. Aircraft manufacturing, civil and military combined, is worth about €80bn a year, with shipbuilding at about €35bn a year.last_img read more

Cat litter by rail

first_imgUSA: Cat litter producer Intersand has begun construction of a rail-served production, packaging and distribution facility at the Great Western Industrial Park in Windsor, Colorado. GWIP is owned by short line group OmniTRAX, whose Great Western Railway of Colorado will provide direct rail services to the new facility.‘This new US rail-served distribution centre is a perfect fit for Intersand’s expanding business, the Windsor community and the Great Western Industrial Park’, said Reagan Shanley, Executive Vice-President of the Broe Real Estate Group business of OmniTrax’s parent company The Broe Group. ‘GWIP’s strategic location between I-70 and I-80 continues to demonstrate supply chain value while delivering the efficient, safe and green benefits that rail service provides.’Canadian company Intersand exports cat litter to 47 countries, and the Windsor distribution centre will provide a strategic US presence near the bentonite clay mines of Wyoming.‘The Great Western Industrial Park continues its growth as a leading rail-served hub that provides supply chain and distribution efficiency’, said TJ Smith, GWIP’s listing agent with Collliers International in Denver. ‘Intersand’s need for rail, coupled with The Broe Group’s entrepreneurial approach, led them to GWIP, where they are joining an already impressive roster of tenants that includes Owens Illinois, Vestas and Halliburton.’last_img read more

Caribbean resorts share top honours at World Travel Awards

first_img Share Tweet NewsRegional Caribbean resorts share top honours at World Travel Awards by: – September 19, 2012 Share Buccaneer Bay Spa & Resort (St Vincent) won “Caribbean’s Leading New Hotel.”PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos, Wednesday September 19, 2012 – Some of the brightest stars in regional tourism shared top honours when the leading travel brands from across the Caribbean and the Americas were showcased at a World Travel Awards (WTA) ceremony hosted at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa on Friday.VIPs, senior tourism figures, and international media from over 30 nations congregated at the WTA’s Caribbean and The Americas Ceremony 2012, part of an awards programme hailed as the “Oscars of the travel industry”.Jamaica bagged the top award of “Caribbean’s Leading Destination”, acknowledging its continuing rise up the global tourism order and enhancing its status as the country to beat in regional tourism.Other nations that shone at the event included St Lucia, which won the coveted title of “Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” and Coco Reef Resort in Tobago, which picked up “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel”. Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands was voted “Caribbean Leading Private Island”.Buccaneer Bay Spa & Resort (St Vincent) edged ahead of The Hotel Chocolat (St Lucia), Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro (Dominican Republic),The Magdalena Grand Beach Resort (Tobago) and Cofresi Palm Beach and Spa Resort (Dominican Republic) to win “Caribbean’s Leading New Hotel.”Meanwhile, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) was voted “South America’s Leading Destination,” ahead of the likes of Easter Island (Chile), the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) and Machu Picchu (Peru).Cancun (Mexico) placed ahead of Bay Islands (Honduras), San Jose (Costa Rica), Los Cabos (Mexico) and Granada (Nicaragua) to win the “Mexico and Central America’s Leading Destination” title. Copa Airlines was named “Mexico and Central America’s Leading Airline”.In North America, Las Vegas headed-off competition from New York, Miami, San Francisco, Montreal, and Vancouver to win the “North America’s Leading Destination” title. New York copped the “North America’s Leading City Break Destination” title, while American Airlines was voted “North America’s Leading Airline”.The WTA awards programme highlights and rewards those travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry over the past year.Graham E Cooke, President and Founder of WTA, underlined the depth and quality of the travel and tourism sector across the Caribbean and the Americas.“Our winners are also drawn from the breadth of the Caribbean and the Americas, reflecting the strength and depth of the travel and tourism sector in the regions. I am sure these organizations will fare strongly in our Grand Final, which takes place in New Delhi, India on December 12, 2012.“The ceremony has also served as a glittering spotlight for Turks and Caicos – a paradise nation that has welcomed a record number of tourist visitors over the past year. This is testament to its overwhelming natural attractions, its luxury hospitality facilities and its rich local heritage,” Cooke said.Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, said: “We are honored to receive the highest number of awards in Sandals Resorts’ history. We always strive for excellence, and continue to invest in our product so that each year we can be proud to say we are the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand.”Ralph Higgs, Director of Tourism, Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, said: “The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board congratulates the winners and the nominees for this year’s World Travel Awards. With another 30 nations represented at these awards, we hope that each of you will take a piece of our islands home with you, etched in your memory forever. Congratulations again and we do hope to see you here in the future as we celebrate and acknowledge the brightest and best in the global hospitality industry.”Reigning Miss Bahamas, Anastagia Pierre, co-hosted the show with American actor and comedian Walt Willey. Leading Caribbean vocalists, including Shawn Campbell and Elroy Simmons, performed at the event, which was supported by the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board and Scotiabank.Other WTA Grand Tour 2012 regional heats include Dubai (UAE), Algarve (Portugal), and Singapore. The winners of these legs will go head-to-head in WTA’s Grand Final, which takes place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon in December.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img 10 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Route for 2020 Opening of Carnival Parade

first_imgLocalNews Route for 2020 Opening of Carnival Parade by: – January 15, 2020 Share 280 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! The Dominica Police Force has made public the route for this year’s opening of Carnival Parade.Carnival 2020 will officially open this Saturday 18th January 2020 with the traditional parade.Speaking at a Dominica Festivals Committee press conference today, Assistant Chief of Police, Richmond Valentine announced that the parade will begin from Victoria Street along the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard.“They will move north unto the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard and then East on King George V Street, north on Great George Street, east along the River Bank, south on Independence Street and then east on Kennedy Avenue and then into the Windsor Park Sports Stadium,” Officer Valentine said.He further disclosed that temporary arrangements have been made to facilitate traffic flow on Saturday.“From the junction of Bath Road and Victoria Street to the roundabout at Fort Young Hotel, we will ensure that that portion of road is available for the parade groups to assemble. However, from the junction of Bath Road and Victoria Street to the intersection of High Street and DBS, vehicles will only park on the western side.“From the junction of High Street to the roundabout, you are able to utilize both east and west sides. The necessary traffic arrangements will be in place to facilitate that process.”The parade is expected to begin 3:00 p.m. and end at 6:00 p.m followed by the official ceremony at the Windsor Park Stadium Forecourt.Events Manager of DFC, Marva Williams informed that all vehicles and groups who are part of the opening parade should enter through the third entrance gate on River Street, near the riverbank.                                      Assistant Chief of Police, Richmond Valentinelast_img read more

Warm weather boosts Holly Days, Light Up the Grand

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) A sunny and unseasonably warm day greeted the Greater Farmington Area Chamber’s Holly Days celebration held December 2 in downtown Farmington.The Gifts, Greens & Giving market took over the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion, with “Merry & Bright” train rides on the hardscape portions of Riley Park. Families waited in long lines to enter a holiday wonderland and visit with Santa at Great Lakes Ace Hardware, while Mrs. Claus read stories in front of a toasty fireplace at The Farmington Garage.  Great Lakes Ace Hardware was all decked out to welcome Santa.  Mrs. Claus read stories to children at The Farmington Garage. The Walter Sundquist Pavilion hosts the Gifts, Greens & Giving Market. A train carried children around Riley Park and the Pavilion during the Gifts, Greens & Giving Market.    Marcia Rodeheffer represented the Greater Farmington Area Chamber during Light Up the Grand.  The Farmington Hills Special Services Division float won the Mayors’ award. After Light Up the Grand, spectators followed the parade to the Governor Warner Mansion for the annual tree lighting ceremony hosted by the Farmington Area Jaycees.   Miss Farmington Summer Bedrak chats with Santa and Farmington Area Jaycees president aymi Dormaier.  Visitors wait to tour the Governor Warner Mansion.     Miss Farmington Summer Bedrak Spectators lined Grand River for the 6 p.m. Light Up the Grand parade, which ended at the Governor Warner Mansion. There, Santa made another appearance to light up an evergreen tree in the gazebo. That portion of the day was organized by the Farmington Area Jaycees and the Salvation Army. Reported bylast_img read more

RFMD at CES 2013

first_imgThe Consumer Electronics Association hosts the International Consumer Electronics Show from January 8-11’ 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and The Venetian in Las Vegas. CES attracts manufacturers, developers, and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems, and related products and services with more than 3,100 exhibitors showcasing their latest products in more than 1.86 million net square feet of exhibit space. RFMD Exhibition Booth RFMD returns to 2013 International CES with our industry-leading product portfolio and, as members of the ZigBee® Alliance, we will be exhibiting in the ZigBee® Pavilion, Booth 20618 South Hall 1. RFMD’s representation at CES highlights our highly efficient ZigBee Front End Modules (FEMs) aligned with the world’s leading ZigBee transceiver solutions. If you would like to schedule a meeting with RFMD at CES 2013, please visit read more