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The state procures 289 vehicles for 40 million kuna

The Central State Bureau for Central Public Procurement has announced a public tender for the procurement of 289 vehicles with a total estimated value of 40.34 million kuna. This is a framework agreem ......

  • Croatia (Hrvatska)
  • Automotive
  • 01 Nov 2018
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Description The Central State Bureau for Central Public Procurement has announced a public tender for the procurement of 289 vehicles with a total estimated value of 40.34 million kuna. This is a framework agreement for the purchase of vehicles through operational leasing with a residual value, for a period of 60 months for 23 state institutions, writes Vecernji list The state wants to procure 188 middle class middle class cars, 69 middle class vehicles, and nine high-class middle class cars. In addition, there are also six terrains, three light-duty combo vehicles, four light-duty vans, seven vans and three combined vehicles for eight passengers, Vecernji list writes. All these vehicles are procured for 14 ministries - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, Ministry of Administration, Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, Ministry of Labor and Pension System, Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy , Ministry of Croatian Defenders, Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Science and Education, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of State Property. New motor vehicles will also receive the Central State Office for Croats outside the Republic of Croatia, the Central State Office for Reconstruction and Housing and the Central State Office for Sport. The National Geodetic Administration, the National Hydrometeorological Institute, the State Metrology Institute, the Central Bureau of Statistics, the State Administration for Protection and Rescue, and the General Affairs Office of the Parliament and the Government are also on the list of institutions that will renew their fleet. For the nine vehicles of the upper middle class, the value of procurement was estimated at 2.72 million kunas, which is about 300,000 kuna per car. These limoes must have a power of at least 190 kW, an automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive. Required equipment, among other things, requires an automatic air conditioner and central handheld display, as well as no model tags on the outside of the body.
Industry Automotive
Source https://www.tportal.hr/vijesti/clanak/drzava-nabavlja-289-vozila-za-40-milijuna-kuna-20180922
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TBMM seat heated tender vehicle tender: 64 units

Parliament, in the years 2019-2020 for the use of driver licenses to 64 units of 1950 engine capacity driverless opened. It was also requested that all the seats of the vehicles be leather upholstered ......

  • Turkey
  • Automotive
  • 15 May 2018
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Description Parliament, in the years 2019-2020 for the use of driver licenses to 64 units of 1950 engine capacity driverless opened. It was also requested that all the seats of the vehicles be leather upholstered and heated. Parliament, in the years 2019-2020 for the use of driver licenses to 64 units of 1950 engine capacity driverless opened. Among the technical features of all the seats for which leather upholstery and heating are required are the driver fatigue determination and the provision of audible and visual warning alerts. Someday den Nurcan Gökdemir According to reports in the Turkish Grand National Assembly Presidency, and in 2019 opened a tender for official vehicles to be used in 2020. The Turkish Grand National Assembly, which rented 30 Volkswagen Passat for the years 2017-2018, 34 Audi A-6 drivers without driver, made a new car rental offer for less than two months. The tools to be used for the authority services of the Grand National Assembly will be rented for two years from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020. Separate specifications for 28 of the vehicles, all of which will be in 1950 engine volume, and 36 for separate specifications. Some of the technical specifications of the 2018 model "0 km" and black colored vehicles are as follows: "Four cylinders, turbo diesel engine, fully automatic air conditioner, color display with Turkish language road computer, front and rear parking sensor, driver CD-MP3 player, original carpet and rubber soleplate mats, four-zone fully automatic air conditioning, leather upholstery, at least 6.5 inches and above display in the center console, heated front and back panels, rear seats. " The vehicles will be used in the office services of members of the new parliamentary presidency on 24 June, party group vice presidents, commission chairs and international commission chairs. Driverless car hire tender which all domestic and foreign tenderers meeting the qualification criteria can participate can be done openly on Friday, June 1st. TBMM also rented 64 driverless vehicles from Kopuz Otomotiv and Turizm Sanayi Ticaret AS, which won the two-year auction for the years 2017/2018 and paid 10 million pounds of rent for driving services from Sözkur Turizm Otomotiv. 30u Volkswagen Passat, 34 Audi A6 brand known as these vehicles in 2015 3 million 304 thousand pounds, 2016da 3 million 643 pounds paid. The payment made in 2017 was close to 4.5 million liras. In addition to these vehicles used for the services of the Parliaments authority services, 10 vehicles were rented for 3 years and 2 million 514 thousand TL for transportation services. In addition, a van-type minibus-type vehicle also joined the Mecis rental car fleet for use in cafeteria services.
Industry Automotive
Source http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/tbmmye-koltuk-isitmali-makam-araci-ihalesi-64-adet-237051
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Bitmain’s New Miner to Bring Bitcoin Mining Back to Homes

Beijing based Bitmain Technologies Limited, owner of Antminer series of Bitcoin miners, Hashnest, Antpool and BTC.com will next week launch what it claims to be the world’s most silent multi-terahash ......

  • China
  • Mining
  • 03 Sep 2016
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Description Beijing based Bitmain Technologies Limited, owner of Antminer series of Bitcoin miners, Hashnest, Antpool and BTC.com will next week launch what it claims to be the world’s most silent multi-terahash Bitcoin miner, and a silent 2600W PSU specially designed for high performance mining. This model is called the ‘Antminer R4’.

Basic description

Antminer R4 is said to use the very power efficient 16nm BM1387 ASIC chip for Bitcoin mining and can deliver a hashrate of 8.6TH/s with a power efficiency of 0.1J/GH and a noise level less than 50dB. Bitmain also claims that at an ambient temperature of 35°C, the R4’s noise level is 52dB.

Nishant Sharma, International Marketing Manager, Bitmain Technologies Limited, says:

“The Antminer R4 has been designed with great care to ensure the least possible sound with the maximum hashrate. It replaces the traditional miner fan with a rotary blade system inspired by the fan of a silent split air conditioner. The speed of this fan is automatically controlled to ensure that it never produces more sound than is necessary. The slim design of the Antminer R4 allows it to be conveniently placed in a book rack or computer table at home”.

Compatibility

The APW5 power supply is compatible with the 220V as well as the 110V mains power supply in North America. On full load, it has a power factor greater than 0.95. With a 220V supply it can deliver an output of 2600W. It comes with seven 6-pin PCI-e connectors but can easily be fitted with 14 or 20 PCI-e connectors. It is built for high-power performance and low noise. Like that of the R4, the APW5’s fan is automatically controlled so it only produces as much sound as is absolutely necessary.

For home users who wish to utilize R4’s exceptional noise level with the optimum performance, Bitmain highly recommends that they use it with Bitmain’s APW5 power supply.

With the release of these products, Bitmain says that the aim is to bring Bitcoin mining back to homes and continue decentralizing the Bitcoin mining network.
Industry Mining
Source https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitmains-new-miner-to-bring-bitcoin-mining-back-to-homes
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You might be surprised who’d pay more under Austin Energy’s new rates

Conventional wisdom says that Austin Energy’s plan to raise the price of its base electric rate saddles poor residents with higher bills to help buy down rates for those who use more energy. There’ ......

  • United States
  • Energy & Power
  • 02 Sep 2016
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Description Conventional wisdom says that Austin Energy’s plan to raise the price of its base electric rate saddles poor residents with higher bills to help buy down rates for those who use more energy.

There’s just one problem with that: Being poor doesn’t necessarily mean you use less energy.

“Tier 1 is me,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said of the lowest base electric rate. A millionaire from his law career, Adler calls a downtown condo — filled with hyperefficient appliances — home. That means, even in the summer, he doesn’t use much power.

Many low-income Austinites aren’t so lucky. While Austin Energy doesn’t collect information about all of its customers’ incomes, an analysis by the utility found that customers on its low-income assistance program saw their energy usage soar from the utility’s cheapest energy tiers to some of its most expensive as Austin baked in summer heat.

Why? Adler and some advocates for the poor say that many of these families live in older, less energy-efficient homes, or they might be renters who don’t have a say in whether the home is weatherized or an inefficient air conditioner is replaced.

So, as Austin Energy asks for a residential rate redo that the utility says it needs to improve its financial stability, it has encountered the age-old questions that bedevil all political decisions: Who should pay less? And who should pay more?

A balancing act

This balancing act between high and low users on the residential side is the final front as the Austin City Council heads toward a vote, potentially as early as Monday, on Austin Energy’s rate proposal.

The council vote and the fight over residential rates follows a deal the city utility struck with some of its biggest customers, including Samsung Austin Semiconductor and NXP Semiconductors, which will cut Austin Energy’s revenues by $42.5 million annually by reducing rates.

Much of the savings, about $36.5 million, is dedicated to cutting rates for many commercial and industrial users, who have long complained Austin Energy was charging them far too much. An additional $1 million will go to cutting electric bills for small businesses.

The remaining $5 million will go toward reducing residential rates. Austin Energy plans to use that money to:

Combine its summer and regular electricity rates into one consistent set of rates used year-round.
Significantly reduce the upper tier rates it charges customers who use larger amounts of electricity.
Increase the rate it charges for its lowest tier, the base charge paid by all customers.
The billion-dollar utility says the changes are important to improve its financial health by making it less dependent on hot weather — and cashing in on large spikes in electricity use — to pay the bills. Under Austin Energy’s current rates, the utility’s only consistently profitable months are in the summer, executives told the council last week.

While Austin Energy’s proposal would save the average customer some money, the low-end Tier 1 user would pay an extra $3.50 annually, according to the latest figures in a proposal that has evolved over the past few weeks.

The politics of increasing the base rate are fraught with complications, largely due to the way the utility’s residential rate structure works.

How the tiers work

Currently, Austin Energy has five different pricing tiers for residential customers.

The rate per kilowatt hour increases in a step-like fashion: The first 500 kilowatt-hours are priced at the Tier 1 rate; the second 500 kilowatt-hours used are priced at the higher Tier 2 rate; and so on.

Proponents of this structure have long argued it helps promote conservation by dramatically increasing the cost of power for those who use the most, providing an incentive for people to weatherize their homes and buy more efficient air conditioners and appliances.

Adding further complexity to the system, each of those tiers has a special, higher rate during the summer. (There is also a discount program to assist low-income families.)

While Austin Energy’s plan to switch to consistent year-round rates has generated little controversy, its plan to cut prices for the upper tiers but increase it for the first tier — flattening the rate structure — has been controversial.

Activists have charged that the proposal undermines the conservation-driven nature of the rate structure, and they’ve argued that it’s a giveaway to richer customers on the backs of the poor ones. The theory here: Poor people use far less electricity than rich people, because they can’t afford it.

“Study after study shows that low-income people use less energy,” said Paul Robbins, a longtime utility activist. “It is almost biblical in its stature; it’s just assumed in this industry.”

Austin Energy suggests otherwise

Robbins says his own analysis of electricity use by ZIP code, when paired with income data from the U.S. Census Bureau, bears him out.

But a measure the utility came up with — which examined the energy consumption habits of customers registered for its low-income bill discount program — contradicts Robbins’ finding, at least in part.

Instead of looking at a yearly average, as Robbins did, the utility examined electric usage for two months: April 2015 and August 2015, which represented Austin’s two seasons — hot and not. And in August, energy usage among these poorer households surged, sending them into the utility’s expensive, high-usage tiers (albeit with the discounts provided to those low-income customers).

Indeed, low-income households in the utility’s customer assistance program, known as CAP, made up the majority of the households in Austin Energy’s third and fourth highest-rate tiers in August, even though they account for less than 10 percent of the utility’s total customers.

Adler said the utility’s math makes sense, since poorer customers often live in older homes with less energy efficient air conditioners and appliances.

Even so, Council Members Delia Garza, Greg Casar and Ann Kitchen asked Austin Energy executives in a variety of ways last week if it would be possible for them to forgo the Tier 1 increase.

Adler eventually joined that call as well, asking utility executives to study the matter before Monday’s hearing.

“Voting for a rate increase for some people — even though not most people — for some people, we can vote that away and still take the incremental step towards where it is they want to go,” Adler said.
Industry Energy & Power
Source http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local/you-might-be-surprised-whod-pay-more-under-austin-/nsM3G/
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Kenilworth owner continues to make repairs

It started with a small fire. And it looks like it may end in a courtroom. A compressor in an air conditioner overheated and sparked a small blaze on the second floor mechanical room of the Kenilwo ......

  • United States
  • Construction
  • 02 Sep 2016
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Description It started with a small fire. And it looks like it may end in a courtroom.

A compressor in an air conditioner overheated and sparked a small blaze on the second floor mechanical room of the Kenilworth Lodge on May 11.

The heat triggered a nearby sprinkler head and activated the hotel’s fire suppression system that extinguished the blaze.

“Everything worked properly,” hotelier Robert Mueller said.

The occurrence, as is common practice with fire incidents, sparked a fire inspection by the City of Sebring of the 100-year-old hotel the next day.

That inspection, Mueller recalled, included a survey of an unfinished basement area below the hotel where fire officials found a “red tag” attached to a segment of the fire suppression piping.

A formal report of findings of deficiency was issued along with a timetable for completion.

“It was news to us,” Mueller said.

It is there that the tale of the hotel, now condemned for occupation by the City of Sebring, diverges, and what has led to a lawsuit filed Friday by the hotel owners against Sebring Fire Chief Brad Batz, the City of Sebring and C-T Fire Protection Inc.

Batz and other city officials say Mueller and hotel management have dragged their feet in addressing fire code issues.

Mueller, and his management team, including Max Mueller, offer a much different account backed by a file of documents chronicling work contracts that show they were attempting to answer the fire department’s concerns prior to the shut down.

“We called and called contractors,” the elder Mueller said. “When we did get someone to look at it they were not able to meet the chief’s deadlines. He just wouldn’t work with us.”

The Kenilworth hired a firm to inspect and certify the fire suppression system following the initial complaints.

Batz, in turn, granted an extension of 30 days to bring deficiencies into compliance with code on June 17, allowing for the Heartland Triathlon to continue uninterrupted.

After the race, the work on the system commenced.

“The company refused to give us a final report. The wouldn’t event give the fire department a final report,” Mueller said.

“I requested a fire sprinkler system report from the fire sprinkler company regarding their documented deficiencies. The fire sprinkler company declined to give the report to the city, which is the authority having jurisdiction,” Batz wrote in a letter after an Aug. 3 inspection. Batz could not be reached for comment Friday.

Batz, according to records, gave the hotel seven days to hire a contractor and file a report.

Mueller claims he was also instructed to hire a contractor to wire the hotel with a new alarm system linked to the fire department.

Contractors were hired for both tasks.

“They just could not do the work in seven days,” Mueller said.

“The engineer we had to hire said at bare minimum it would be six weeks before he could get a final report and installation plan,” Max Mueller said.

The contractor, the Muellers said, asked to meet with fire officials one day after the seven day deadline.

Batz, according to emails shared by the Muellers, refused the request for a one-day extension and proceeded to condemn the hotel to occupancy the next day.

Kenilworth officials say many of the fire department’s findings have already been addressed.

The city cited the hotel for ranges without exhaust hoods.

The Kenilworth has removed the stoves in question, under Batz’s supervision, they claim.

The city cited the hotel for using a screw jack to support a beam.

The Kenilworth says the screw jack was part of a temporary construction project involving an office expansion.

“It was a safety concern during the work and has been removed,” Maintenance Manger Ralph Negron said.

Dryer ducts have been re-run out of the basement as well, Negron said, in answer to that city complaint.

Plans, too, remain underway to help host the 34th annual Tour of Sebring over the Labor Day weekend.

“We will still stage in the parking lot,” Max Mueller said.

“We are doing everything we can to comply,” Robert Mueller said. “It not just hurts us. It hurts the city.”
Industry Construction
Source http://www.highlandstoday.com/hi/local-news/kenilworth-owner-continues-to-make-repairs-20160828/

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