Fools united over Greece

first_imgOn the other hand, Angela Merkel was said to have ruled the waves during that famous 17-hour summit. She did not. She won over Tsipras when it came to putting some strong language in the summit conclusions. But she has no means of enforcing their  implementation. She is not in a position to overrule that lack of will or capacity so often shown by Greece’s dysfunctional political and public system.From now on every country of the eurozone is either too important a member to be (temporarily) suspended or too proud a nation to be put under adequate control. Again, it will be all about trust, of which Merkel said she had no more just a day before she signed a paper based on nothing but … trust. That is lunacy, too.When Wolfgang Schäuble, the German finance minister, saw his idea of temporary Grexit dismissed, it was like passing the point of no return. From now on every country in the eurozone is either too important a member to be (temporarily) suspended or too proud a nation to be put under adequate control. This tacitly rolls back the Lisbon treaty, which set out rules on how to bring to order misbehaving member countries. It’s a shame.And it makes you think of a federal state. Among its key caracteristics are, first, no limits to internal transfers; second, the vow to keep together the territory that has been accumulated; and, third, the relinquishment of some specific sanctions such as suspension of membership rights.By taking the EU way down the road toward a federal state, leaders unleashed a debate on deeper integration of the eurozone. Pandora’s box has been opened. Almost every day, new proposals are sketched out in public. They all come at an inappropriate point in time. And they might backfire. Europe’s leaders are emperors with no clothes.Alexis Tsipras and the others have mostly agreed upon points that had already been accepted several times since 2010. Those famous €50 billion to be cashed from privatization, for example. Or the general overhaul of Greek bureaucracy. Or the end to nepotism, corruption and tax fraud. Or the enhancing of growth by liberalizing markets and closed-up professions.All of that made it into an agreement that might grant Greece another bailout worth €85 billion, and that clearly would buy some time. Yet the Greek prime minister, in his own words, does not believe in that agreement, nor does half of his Syriza party. Thus he has to rely on those parties he humiliated only recently when winning an anti-agreement referendum. It’s lunacy. Nikolaus Blome is a German journalist and writer, and formerly a member of the editorial board of Der Spiegel.center_img Not only the U.K. is challenging the notion that the answer to every single EU crisis ought to be More Europe: So do Germany and a couple of Nordic states. More integration and less national veto rights: following that path might turn out right one day. But it won’t right now.There is no such thing as a free bailout. The Greek experience has injected a heavy dose of distrust into the system among governments as well as nations. The consensus has eroded what is good and what is bad for the eurozone as a whole. If European heads of state and government can’t get the Greek drama straight in five years, how could an “economic government“ succeed in doing so, as French President François Hollande suggested?If every member state that wishes can take part in Schäuble’s avant-garde — that old idea of having a small group of states move forward into deeper Integration while others deliberately stay behind — how is that different from today’s inefficient union of equals?As of now, people all over Europe simply won’t buy it. As of now, parliaments will not melt national budgets into a common European one as long as rule-breaking comes at no major cost. So why discuss a very distant future when so much else is of immediate consequence? It won’t help the cause of European integration. Quite the contrary.There is no such thing as a free bailout. Ever since April 2010, tiny little Greece has sometimes brought the best out of European leaders. Now, it has brought out the worst, possibly changing the Union for a long time.last_img read more

Bosch Realigns North American Automotive Aftermarket Organization

first_imgDesigned 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. Odd Joergenrud, regional president North America, Robert Bosch LLC, Automotive Aftermarket, has announced a change in the division’s organizational structure to address the needs of a rapidly changing market. According to Joergenrud, the move also will provide enhanced support to all channel partners in the U.S. and Canada.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementEffective July 1, Robert “Bobby” Bloom, senior vice president automotive aftermarket, assumed oversight of the Bosch Aftermarket Canadian operations in addition to his existing U.S. responsibilities. Reporting to Bloom, Niall Davidson will continue in his current role as vice president of sales/general manager of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket in Canada.For Canadian customers, this realignment will be seamless, Bosch says. The company says it will continue to work with the current Bosch Aftermarket Canada team on a day-to-day basis; but that team will now have enhanced resources at their disposal, Bosch says.“Uniting both operations under a single structure creates synergies within all functional areas that will enable increased agility and speed, resulting in even greater customer satisfaction,” said Joergenrud.,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 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.  The 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.  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.Advertisementcenter_img Bollinger Motors will manufacture battery packs for its own vehicles – as well as make them commercially available for standalone applications – starting in 2021. “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.”  Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent application on Oct. 12. The patent application number is 17/068,260.last_img read more

Locked down and dreaming of his next fight

first_imgJunior welterweight boxer Jami Weapons Webb aims to have a shot at the SA title once the Covid situation is resolved. With most of the Covid-19 regulations still in place, there’s only one thing a fighter can do: dream of the next time he steps into the ring. If anything, the lockdown period has presented an ideal time to reflect, prepare and sharpen his skill, says Jami “Weapons” Webb, one of the Cape’s most promising junior middleweight prospects.Although relatively new to the sport, Webb, 30, from Kuils River, has done enough to impress boxing fans since turning professional two years ago. Understandably so, especially considering his fight record of 6-0.His tall, slender frame is reminiscent of former WBA welterweight champion, Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns (32-0) who became the first boxer in history to win world titles in five weight divisions: welterweight, light middleweight, super middleweight, cruiserweight and light heavyweight. Boxing aficionados will recall that, in 1981, Hearns lost his first professional fight when he fought WBC champion, Sugar Ray Leonard (30-1) in an epic clash dubbed “The Showdown”.Like The Hitman, Webb is also good with his hands and boasts a height advantage that gives him an edge over his opponents. In fact, it’s his hands that earned him the nickname “Weapons” and, he says, once we’re in the clear of this whole Covid-19 situation, he’ll be able to put it to good use.“I’ve always been passionate about boxing,” he said, recalling that one time his older sister had to bail him out in a schoolyard brawl.“Funny story is, my first fight was actually in primary school. I think I was in Grade 1 and my sister was Grade 2,“So I got into a fight and my sister came to save me. She’s like, stop it guys, leave my brother. Stop hitting my brother.“I started crying, not because I was hurt, but because I wanted to fight,” he said.Although big sis saved the day, young Jami made up his mind, he was going to be a boxer. Fast forward to Philippi Plaza, some years later, at an event called Future Champs, when he stepped into the ring for the first time. Unknown to him at the time, he said, was an experienced opponent who happened to be undefeated at that point.“It was a bit intense in there, I can’t explain it. The atmosphere was brilliant, every one was singing songs and shouting… I fought my first fight and I beat the guy. From there I was hooked, I couldn’t stop, I just wanted to continue fighting,” he said.The rest, as they say, is history, which, in more recent times includes the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. What followed was an end to all sporting activities and a total lockdown as declared by president Cyril Ramaphosa just over a month ago.“The Covid-19 has affected my goals but it’s good that we can stay at home and basically solve this together. It’s actually a good time now to plan for the future,” he said.“My goals after the lockdown are to continue training, get a tune up fight and then fight for the SA title,” he said. Visit CCNSport Facebook page to check out the video.last_img read more

R&S Introduces a Compact Solution for 5G NR FR2 Production and Regression Testing

first_imgRohde & Schwarz has introduced the R&S CMPQ test platform designed especially for 5G-NR non-signaling tests. The customizable R&S CMPQ can be used at any time in the product life cycle – R&D, validation, quality assurance – but is optimized for production testing of FR2 5G devices and components.With 5G becoming reality, the demand for production test solutions for 5G devices is growing. However, high-volume testing in the mmWave frequency range (FR2) brings new challenges. For example, DUTs must be validated in an over-the-air environment. To meet these challenges, Rohde & Schwarz developed the compact R&S CMPQ, a fully integrated production test solution from a single supplier. The concept is based on a radio communication tester and a shielding solution, providing accurate and reliable measurement results under radiated conditions.Perfectly Matched Components from a Single SupplierThe new test solution consists of the R&S CMP200 radio communication tester, the R&S CMPHEAD30 remote radio heads (RRH) and the R&S CMQ200 shielding cube. Because Rohde & Schwarz manufactures all system components, they are matched exactly to get a reliable and efficient test setup, ensuring optimal system parameters.The R&S CMP200 radio communication tester combines vector signal analyzer and ARB generator functionality. It can generate and analyze IF frequencies from 6 GHz to 20 GHz directly at the output; for higher 5G FR2 frequency ranges, R&S CMPHEAD30 takes over this function.The R&S CMQ200 is a compact, flexible 19″ shielding solution that uses a drawer concept enabling automated handling in a manufacturing environment for the frequencies from 20 to 77 GHz. The robust mechanical design ensures millions of test cycles for reliable mass production environments. 5G devices operating in the mmWave range (FR2) require over-the-air (OTA) testing since these devices usually have no RF port or interface to connect to, and conducted tests are therefore not possible.Conducted Manufacturing Test Solution for 5G FR1 DevicesFor high-volume testing of 5G devices operating in FR1, the company will showcase its well-known R&S CMW100 radio communication tester running latest 5G measurement and generator personalities. In addition to 5G, the industry-leading solution supports all major cellular standards (3G, 4G) and wireless technologies (Bluetooth, WLAN, etc.).One-Platform StrategyThe challenges associated with 5G-NR require high flexibility, end-to-end data testing solutions and reliable measurement methods. Rohde & Schwarz relies in its comprehensive portfolio of innovative 5G-NR test solutions on the one-platform strategy, using the same technology, similar hardware and the same software in all test solutions. This makes test results comparable in all stages of testing from R&D to production.This strategy includes the R&S CMsquares, a new unified test software solution with a web-based user experience combining everything that is required for 5G NR testing. It covers test configuration, parameterization, as well as test execution in a single environment with a dashboard style and quick access to different types of applications. Users can control all new 5G radio communication testers via a standardized GUI for a unified experience.Rohde & Schwarz was going to showcase this at at Mobile World Congress 2020 in Barcelona, which has now been canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

No. 3 UWF men’s tennis defeats NCAA DIII No. 5 Kenyon 9-0

first_img   PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 3-ranked University of West Florida men’s tennis team defeated NCAA DIII No. 5 Kenyon College 9-0 on Monday afternoon at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex. West Florida (9-0, 4-0 GSC) also defeated Gulf South Conference opponent Shorter 9-0 at home on Sunday afternoon.West Florida has swept three consecutive opponents and has also swept six out of the last seven matches this season.The Argonauts will head south this weekend as they face a bevy of top-ranked DII teams in south Florida. UWF will face No. 8 Saint Leo in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m. ET. West Florida will then face No. 4 Lynn on Monday, March 10 before facing No. 1 Barry on Tuesday, March 11. UWF will play Florida Southern on Friday, March 14 and will finish the road trip by facing No. 9 Rollins on Saturday, March 15.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Share Elio Latella won 6-4, 6-2 at number three singles this afternoon. (Photo by Chris Nelson) center_img No. 3 UWF men’s tennis defeats NCAA DIII No. 5 Kenyon 9-0last_img read more

Dan Mullen says Sean White ‘doesn’t change’ MSU’s plan

first_imgAuburn will look to rebound after last week's 38-23 loss at Mississippi State.Auburn will look to rebound after last week’s 38-23 loss at Mississippi State.AUBURN – Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen says Auburn giving Sean White his first career start Saturday night “doesn’t change their game plan at all really”.Auburn head coach Gus Malzahnannounced Tuesday morning that White would be getting his first career action Saturday night when Auburn (2-1, 0-1 in Southeastern Conference) hosts Mississippi State (2-1, 0-1 in SEC) in a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.Malzahn said Wednesday, in his time on the Southeastern Conference media teleconference, that White’s first practice with the first-team offense “went extremely well” and his teammates were excited for the change at quarterback.In his time on the teleconference Wednesday, Mullen acknowledged the uniqueness of “never having seen (White) play ever”, which is understandable seeing as how the 19-year-old has yet to take a snap in his college career.Mullen has experience with taking a young quarterback to Jordan-Hare Stadium as his current quarterback Dak Prescott made his first career start against a SEC opponent at Auburn in 2013. Prescott had 346 total yards (233 passing, 134 rushing) in a dramatic 24-20 loss to Auburn after Nick Marshall led the Tigers to a game-winning drive.Mullen disregarded the idea that he and MSU defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, who faced Auburn last year while he was at Louisiana Tech, would have to adapt in real-time to the difference between White and Jeremy Johnson.“Every game is critical to your season,” Mullen said. “There aren’t many layup-games in the Southeastern Conference. You’ve got to show up every single game and play your butt off.”Malzahn confirmed during the teleconference that Johnson will be the backup quarterback and stressed the importance of keeping the junior from Montgomery mentally involved in the program even though he was been removed as the starter.“I think that is very important,” Malzahn said. “We’re just encouraging Jeremy to keep working and we know he will. His teammates really responded to him as well in practice (Tuesday).”Auburn Tigers quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) talks to Auburn Tigers quarterback Sean White (13) after the NCAA football game between LSU Tigers and Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. LSU Tigers defeated Auburn Tigers 45-21. Albert Cesare / AdvertiserAuburn Tigers quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) talks to Auburn Tigers quarterback Sean White (13) after the NCAA football game between LSU Tigers and Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. LSU Tigers defeated Auburn Tigers 45-21. Albert Cesare / Advertiserlast_img read more

Lee County Speedway will feature IMCA Late Models on Friday nights

first_imgBoth venues are part of IMCA’s Side Biter Chassis North Central Region for Modifieds and EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region for Stock Cars. IMCA Late Models were first sanctioned at Lee County in 1990 and last ran there weekly in 2010. The Deery Brothers Summer Series is in town on Aug. 2. “It’s going to be a big plus. Everyone we’ve talked to likes the idea and we’ve already heard of a lot of new cars being built,” said Gaylord. “We want to build the car count numbers up and that will help increase numbers in the grandstand.” Lee County has a perfect Saturday night partner in 34 Raceway. The West Burlington track also brings Late Models back to weekly shows this season and has the same other four IMCA classes on regular race programs as well. Late Models will be one of five sanctioned divisions featured this season at Lee County, with opening night on April 12. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season continues through Aug. 23.  “IMCA has a long history at Lee County Speedway and we’re glad to be adding a new chapter with the return of Late Models to Friday night events,” noted Jim Stannard, vice president of operations for the sanctioning body.  DONNELLSON, Iowa – IMCA Late Model drivers can look forward to a warm reception when they return to Lee County Speedway this spring.  The division headlines Friday night programs at Donnellson and promoter Brian Gaylord said news of the division’s return has generated a 100 percent positive response. IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars have both run weekly at Donnellson for more than 20 years. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods have been sanctioned since 2009, Mach-1 Sport Compacts since 2012. last_img read more