Month: March 2016

Motorbike riders require safety reminders – Letters to the editor – The National Dt 7th March 2016

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07-03-2016 - Motorbike riders require safety reminders - The National
I have noticed an increase in number of people violating safety rules, including but not limited to the non-use of helmets and poor maintenance of the vehicles.
I have seen delivery men riding without any respect for their own their safety let alone that of other road users. They often tailgate at high speed.
The authorities should contact the companies that employ motorcycle riders to ensure that these people get regular road-safety briefings.
Road safety should remain a priority for everyone.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
To read it in original, visit The National online.

A minute with ClicksandWrites – Al Ain Air Championship 2015

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The Al Ain Air Championship (formerly known as Al Ain Aerobatic Show) is one of the longest running events held in the United Arab Emirates was held from 17-10 December 2015. The event is one of th…

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Athirappally Vazhachal Waterfalls Kerala – A minute with ClicksandWrites

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The Athirappilly Falls is situated 1000 ft above sea level on the Chalakudy river, at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges of the Western Ghats.  Athirappalli is a scenic combination of forests and little streams. Falling from a height of 80 feet, this is one of the largest waterfalls in the state. Many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna are found in the forests of the Athirapilly-Vazhachal area. This area is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered hornbill species are seen. The Western Ghats is one of the most important biodiversity hot spot in the world. This valuable natural world is already degraded by mining and hydro electric projects. Environmentalists claim that Athirapally is a one-of its-kind riparian ecosystem in Kerala. V.S. Vijayan, Chairman of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board and former Director of the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore, has been quoted in Down to Earth magazine as affirming that the Vazhachal forest division is the second most biodiverse area in the State. The International Bird Association has declared it an “Important Bird Area” and the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation has recommended that the area should be declared a sanctuary or a national park, he points out.

Athirappilly is popular among tourists. Athirappilly Falls is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Another popular waterfall to visit is the Vazhachal Falls. Athirappilly Falls is a part of Chalakudy river and it is approximately 80 feet in height. Athirappilly is easily reachable from Chalakudy by taking a vehicle for rent or by bus from the Chalakudy private bus terminal.

Proper precautions are taken on site to prevent mishaps while swimming and a police camp is always positioned there. Athirappilly is situated on SH-21 highway connecting Tamil Nadu and Kerala, night driving is not advised. But you can enjoy the adventurous drive in the middle of jungle.

Route through Valparai: Coimbatore-Pollachi 40 km-Valparai 65 km From Pollachi onwards, the road climbs up steeply through tea estates to Valparai. From Valparai, the road goes through dense wild jungles after Malakkiparai. Route is as follows: Valparai-Malakkiparai 22 km-Sholayar 24-Peringalkuthu Dam 25-Vazhachal 5-Athirapalli 5-Chalakudy 33 km.

Route through Angamaly: For tourists from Cochin and other northern side of Kerala can take a short cut from Angamaly. After Passing Angamaly take right turn after the bridge. This route will pass through Mookkannoor, Edalakadu, Ezhattumugham, palm oil plantation and connect to Athirapilly Vazhachal route. This route can save time, distance and you can enjoy nature.

Route through Chalakudy: Tourists from Chalakudy and other southern side of Kerala can take the Athirappilly route starting from Anamala Jn. Chalakudy and pass through Kanjirapilly, Vettilapara Athirapilly route.

There is absolutely no human settlement between Malakkiparai and Peringalkuthu Dam. Wildlife—elephants and bison—spill over onto the road, and night driving is discouraged. Both Vazhachal and Athirapalli are on the same Chalakudy river.

Athirapalli Falls is best visited during rains. The rest of the year there is water flow but hardly the spectacle it is from June to October.

There are two water theme parks (Silver Storm and Dream Word) and many resorts on the way to Athirapilly.

A minute with ClicksandWrites is a series designed to highlight various events that I attend or location that I visit through short videos. The video also has a key safety message that is to remind each and every one that safety is a priority for all, especially road safety.

#StartEarlyDriveCarefullyReachSafely is the prime message that is the need for the hour. Beware of other drivers mistakes and drive carefully and cautiously see through to have a blessed day.

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A minute with ClicksandWrites – Nothing is impossible, if you try

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The Kollur Mookambika Temple at Kollur, Udupi District in the state of Karnataka, India, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Mookambika Devi. There are bus services from Udupi and Mangalore to Kollur at regular interval.

Mookambika temple is an ancient temple located at Kollur in Karnataka. Kollur is about 135 away from Mangalore. And is easily accessed from Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka by train and road.

The perennial Souparnika river’s pure water is used for theertham and puja. The kollur Mookambika temple wears a festival look during Navarathri and Navarathri is celebrated with pomp, show and gaiety.

By plane:

Mangalore International Airport, at Bajpe, about 20 km from the city centre. Kollur is two hours drive from Mangalore.

By Train:

Byndoor (Mookambika Road Station is the nearest station to Kollur, road distance is 28km. From railway station to Byndoor catch rickshaw & from Byndoor to Kollur private bus facility is there. Other option is private taxi from Byndoor or from the railway station. Big disadvantage of Byndoor station is its located remote border area of Kundapura taluk and there is risk of getting facilities during night hours.

Kundapura is another nearer railway station and road distance to Kollur is 38km. Station has good waiting room/hall and even Kundapura city is nearby so that it is safer if you reach in night hours. From Kundapura there are plenty of private express buses are available(every 15 min) to Kollur. Plenty of private taxies are also available from the station. Nearest route to Kollur from the station is via Basrur-Gulvady Vended Dam Bridge (Kundapura Station-Basrur-Gulvadi Vented Dam Bridge-Neralkatte-Vandse-Kollur), its lesser than 35km journey.

By Bus: There are direct public transport buses from all the major transport stations in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamilnadu to Kollur.

A minute with ClicksandWrites is a series designed to highlight various events that I attend or location that I visit through short videos. The video also has a key safety message that is to remind each and every one that safety is a priority for all, especially road safety.

#StartEarlyDriveCarefullyReachSafely is the prime message that is the need for the hour. Beware of other drivers mistakes and drive carefully and cautiously see through to have a blessed day.

 

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HydraCHEK – Royal acknowledgement for Heriot-Watt & Total

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A crowning achievement for the innovative research on hydrates.

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Professor Dorrik Stow, Director of IPE (Institute of Petroleum Engineering), receiving the scroll from Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall

On February 25, 2016 at Buckingham Palace, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall awarded the “Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2015” to the Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, in particular for its innovative research on hydrates carried out in partnership with Total.

HydraCHEK® crowned with success

Improving hydrate management is a crucial issue for offshore oil & gas operations, to preserve the integrity of subsea pipelines and ensure the smooth flow of fluids from the reservoir to the surface. If hydrates form, they are likely to clog the pipelines, particularly during critical production shutdown phases. HydraCHEK® is a novel process developed by the company Hydrafact (spin-out of the Heriot-Watt University) in cooperation with Total, and is used to measure the hydrate and salt concentrations in water samples. The tool makes it easier to monitor hydrate formation in a production system and therefore avoid the substantial cost of methanol injection, used by the industry to prevent the compounds from forming.

There are many advantages to decreasing the methanol injection rate:

  • Reduction in the use of expensive and toxic chemicals (28,000 m3 less methanol used each year).
  • Reduction and elimination of methanol contamination in the produced condensate.
  • Improvement in the management of this highly toxic and flammable compound and the associated environmental impact.

For instance, HydraCHEK® has made it possible to extend the life of the Nuggets gas reservoir in the North Sea while reducing the quantity of methanol injected. By applying this process, an extra 2.8 million barrels of oil equivalent of gas have been produced, increasing the recovery factor by 2%.

Benefits for the medical world

The mathematical models developed in the frame of the Heriot-Watt hydrates research group to map the flow of oil and gas through rock also awakened the interest of the medical world due to similarities between the circulation of effluents and that of blood in the human body (and biological systems in general).

Drawing on this strong analogy, researchers were able to make considerable headway and gain greater understanding of how tumors form and of the principle of angiogenesis (the formation of blood vessels from existing vessels).

12The highest national academic distinction in the United Kingdom

The Royal Anniversary Trust is an independent charity founded in 1990 to mark the 40th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession, and its vocation is to advance education for public benefit. It endeavors to promote the excellence of British universities worldwide, in particular through The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, awarded every two years. It is currently recognized as the highest national distinction open to all academic institutions in the United Kingdom.

What is a hydrate?

Gas hydrates are crystalline ice-like substances composed of gas molecules (methane, ethane, propane…) held in a caged structure of frozen water. They occur both naturally and are formed during hydrocarbon production and processing operations, where they cause serious operational and safety concerns.

NUGGETS

Gas production field in the deep offshore comprising four isolated wells situated in the northern part of the North Sea, 400 km to the north-east of Aberdeen and 20 km south of the Dunbar platform. The reservoirs on the Nuggets field contain “dry” gases (99% methane) with a low proportion of water and liquid hydrocarbons. Nuggets produces roughly 165 million m3 of gas per day.

Total and Heriot-Watt, many subjects for as many partnerships

  • Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).
  • Visualizing flow at microscopic scale (Digital Rock Physics, DRP).
  • Flow Assurance and Hydrates.
  • Multiscale reservoir simulation.
  • Sponsoring of the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in O&G, a new research program funded by the British government and the industry (http://www.nerc-cdt-oil-and-gas.ac.uk/).

A minute with ClicksandWrites – A pit stop moment from F1 Abu Dhabi

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In motorsports, a pit stop is where a racing vehicle stops in the pits during a race for refuelling, new tyres, repairs, mechanical adjustments, a driver change, as a penalty, or any combination of the above. Not all of these are allowed in all forms of racing.

The pits usually comprise a pit lane which runs parallel to the start/finish straight and is connected at each end to the main track, and a row of garages (usually one per team) outside which the work is done. Pit stop work is carried out by anywhere from five to twenty mechanics (also called a “pit crew”), depending on the series regulations, while the driver often waits in the vehicle (except where a driver change is involved or in Motorbike racing).

Where it is permitted, refuelling is often an important purpose of a pit stop. Carrying fuel slows down a vehicle and there is often a limit on the size of the fuel tank, so many races require multiple stops for fuel to complete the race distance in the minimum time. Changing tyres is also common to permit the use of softer tyres that wear faster but provide more grip, to use tyres suitable for wet conditions, or to use a range of tyres designated by the rules. Teams will aim for each of their vehicles to pit following a planned schedule, with the number of stops determined by many factors such as fuel capacity, tyre lifespan, and the trade-off between time lost in the pits versus time gained on the track due to the benefits of pit stops. Choosing the optimum pit strategy of how many stops to make and when to make them is crucial in having a successful race. It is also important for teams to take competitors’ strategies into account when planning pit stops, to avoid being held up behind a competitor where overtaking is difficult or risky. An unscheduled or extended stop, such as for a repair, can be very costly for a driver’s chance of success, because while they are stopped for service, competitors remaining on the track are gaining time on them. For this reason, the pit crew often undergo intensive training to perform operations such as tyre changes as quickly as possible leading to pit stops, for example in Formula 1, where the car is only stationary for a few seconds for a regular pit stop.

In most series the order of the order of the teams’ pit boxes is assigned by points standings, race results, or previous qualifying results before the start of the race. In NASCAR and in INDYCAR’s Indianapolis 500, typically pit assignments are made after qualifying, with the fastest qualifiers choosing their pit stall first.

A minute with ClicksandWrites is a series designed to highlight various events that I attend or location that I visit through short videos. The video also has a key safety message that is to remind each and every one that safety is a priority for all, especially road safety.

#StartEarlyDriveCarefullyReachSafely is the prime message that is the need for the hour. Beware of other drivers mistakes and drive carefully and cautiously see through to have a blessed day.

#StartEarlyDriveCarefullyReachSafely  #SafetyFirst  #PassionatePhotographers

#ClicksandWrites  #AminutewithClicksandWrites #AbuDhabiGP @F1TotalOfficiel