Boston Transit Agency CEO Hire Draws Flak

Veteran corporate executive Luis M. Ramirez began a new role on Sept. 12 as general manager and CEO of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, despite controversy over his lack of public transit management experience and financial scrutiny of Global Power Equipment Group, an engineer and manufacturer of which he was CEO until 2015.

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Fed keeps U.S. rates steady, to start portfolio drawdown in October

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but signaled it still expects one more increase by the end of the year despite a recent bout of low inflation.

The Fed, as expected, also said it would begin in October to reduce its approximately $4.2 trillion in holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities acquired in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.

New economic projections released after the Fed’s two-day policy meeting showed 11 of 16 officials see the “appropriate” level for the federal funds rate, the central bank’s benchmark interest rate, to be in a range between 1.25 percent and 1.50 percent by the end of 2017, or 0.25 percentage points above the current level.

U.S. bond yields rose, pushing up the U.S. dollar after the Fed’s decision, but U.S. benchmark stock indexes were little changed.

U.S. benchmark 10-year Treasury note yields rose as far as 2.29 percent, the highest since Aug. 8., a move which helped push bank stock prices higher also.

“The Fed took another step on its path of beautiful normalization, announcing that the gradual balance sheet reduction will start next month and limiting revisions to both projections and policy guidance,” said Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Adviser At Allianz, in California.

In its policy statement, the Fed cited low unemployment, growth in business investment, and an economic expansion that has been moderate but durable this year as justifying it’s decision. It added that the near-term risks to the economic outlook remained “roughly balanced” but said it was “closely” watching inflation.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen said in a press conference after the end of the meeting that the fall in inflation this year remained a mystery, adding that the central bank was ready to change the interest rate outlook if needed.

“What we need to figure out is whether the factors that have lowered inflation are likely to prove persistent,” she said. If they do, “it would require an alteration of monetary policy,” Yellen said.

While the interest rate outlook for next year remained largely unchanged in the Fed’s latest projections, with three rises envisioned in 2018, the U.S. central bank did slow the pace of anticipated monetary tightening expected thereafter.

It forecasts only two increases in 2019 and one in 2020. It also lowered again its estimated long-term “neutral” interest rate from 3.0 percent to 2.75 percent, reflecting concerns about overall economic vitality.

“The US Federal Reserve has firmly signaled that a December rate rise is still on the table,” said Luke Bartholomew, of Aberdeen Standard Investments Investment Strategist in London.

”Clearly the Fed still believes that lower unemployment will eventually translate into a pick-up in inflation, but if inflation continues to undershoot it is hard to see the Fed following through on a hike,” he said.

Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference after a two-day Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) policy meeting, in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts


The Fed, as expected, also said it would begin in October to reduce its approximately $4.2 trillion in holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities by initially cutting up to $10 billion each month from the amount of maturing securities it reinvests.

That action will start a gradual reversal of the three rounds of quantitative easing, or bond buying, the Fed pursued between 2008 and 2014 to stimulate economic growth after the 2007-2009 financial crisis and recession.

The limit on reinvestment is scheduled to increase by $10 billion every three months to a maximum of $50 billion per month until the central bank’s overall balance sheet falls by perhaps $1 trillion or more in the coming years.

Yellen said it would take a “a material deterioration” in the economy’s performance for the Fed to reverse a schedule that she expects to proceed “gradually and predictably.”


The policy statement and accompanying projections showed the Fed still in the middle of a balancing act between an economic recovery that has kept U.S. unemployment low and is gaining steam globally and a recent worrying drop in U.S. inflation.

Three of the hawkish policymakers appeared to move their expected policy rate down to account for only one more hike by the end of 2017, leaving a core 11 clustered around a likely December increase. The Fed has raised rates twice this year.

The Fed noted that the recent hurricanes in the United States would affect economic activity but are “unlikely to materially alter the course of the national economy over the medium term.”

Forecasts for economic growth and unemployment into 2018 and beyond were largely unchanged. Gross domestic product is now expected to grow at a rate of 2.4 percent this year, 2.1 percent next year and 2.0 percent in 2019.

The unemployment rate is forecast to remain at 4.3 percent this year before falling to 4.1 percent next year and remaining there in 2019.

Inflation is expected to remain under the Fed’s 2 percent target through 2018 before hitting it in 2019.

There were no dissents in the Fed’s policy decision.

(For a graphic on the legacy of the QE era, click here)

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ARTBA Announces 2017-18 Officers During Annual Business Meeting of Members :: Story ID: 36463 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Wed September 20, 2017 – National Edition

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced the election of its 2017-2018 officers during an annual business meeting of members on Sept. 19.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced the election of its 2017-2018 officers during an annual business meeting of members on Sept. 19.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced the election of its 2017-2018 officers during an annual business meeting of members on Sept. 19.

They include:

Chairman: Matt Cummings, executive vice president, AECOM, Philadelphia

Senior Vice Chairman: Bob Alger, president & CEO, Lane Industries, Cheshire, Conn.

First Vice Chairman: Steve McGough, president and chief financial officer, HCSS, Sugarland, Texas

Northeastern Region Vice Chairman: David Harwood, senior vice president, Terracon, Olathe, Kansas

Southern Region Vice Chairman: Jeff Nelson, president, David Nelson Construction Co., Palm Harbor, Fla.

Western Region Vice Chairman: Jeff Clyde, president, W.W. Clyde & Company, Springville, Utah

Central Region Vice Chairman: Jim Fehsenfeld, Heritage Construction & Materials, Indianapolis, Ind.

Vice Chairman At-Large: Ward Nye, president and CEO of Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.

Vice Chairman At-Large: Randy Lake, CEO, Oldcastle Materials, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.

Vice Chairman At-Large: Rob Charter, group president, Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.

Vice Chairman At-Large: Melissa Tooley, director, Southwest University Transportation Center, Texas A&M Transportation Institute in College Station

Vice Chairman At-Large: Tim Duit, president, Duit Construction, Edmond, Okla.

Vice Chairman At-Large: Don Graul, president, Parsons Construction Group, Westminster, Colo.

Treasurer: Tom Hill, president and CEO, Summit Materials, LLC, Denver, Colo.

Secretary: Pete Ruane, president and CEO, ARTBA, Washington, D.C.

Established in 1902, ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation design and construction industry in Washington, D.C.

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Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals — ScienceDaily

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Scarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become “conflict minerals” which can promote conflicts and oppression. A survey at Chalmers University of Technology now shows that there are potential technology-based solutions that can replace many of the metals with carbon nanomaterials, such as graphene.

They can be found in your computer, in your mobile phone, in almost all other electronic equipment and in many of the plastics around you. Society is highly dependent on scarce metals, and this dependence has many disadvantages.

Scarce metals such as tin, silver, tungsten and indium are both rare and difficult to extract since the workable concentrations are very small. This ensures the metals are highly sought after — and their extraction is a breeding ground for conflicts, such as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where they fund armed conflicts.

In addition, they are difficult to recycle profitably since they are often present in small quantities in various components such as electronics.

Rickard Arvidsson and Björn Sandén, researchers in environmental systems analysis at Chalmers University of Technology, have now examined an alternative solution: substituting carbon nanomaterials for the scarce metals. These substances — the best known of which is graphene — are strong materials with good conductivity, like scarce metals.

“Now technology development has allowed us to make greater use of the common element carbon,” says Sandén. “Today there are many new carbon nanomaterials with similar properties to metals. It’s a welcome new track, and it’s important to invest in both the recycling and substitution of scarce metals from now on.”

The Chalmers researchers have studied the main applications of 14 different metals, and by reviewing patents and scientific literature have investigated the potential for replacing them by carbon nanomaterials. The results provide a unique overview of research and technology development in the field.

According to Arvidsson and Sandén the summary shows that a shift away from the use of scarce metals to carbon nanomaterials is already taking place.

“There are potential technology-based solutions for replacing 13 out of the 14 metals by carbon nanomaterials in their most common applications. The technology development is at different stages for different metals and applications, but in some cases such as indium and gallium, the results are very promising,” Arvidsson says.

“This offers hope,” says Sandén. “In the debate on resource constraints, circular economy and society’s handling of materials, the focus has long been on recycling and reuse. Substitution is a potential alternative that has not been explored to the same extent and as the resource issues become more pressing, we now have more tools to work with.”

The research findings were recently published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. Arvidsson and Sandén stress that there are significant potential benefits from reducing the use of scarce metals, and they hope to be able to strengthen the case for more research and development in the field.

“Imagine being able to replace scarce metals with carbon,” Sandén says. “Extracting the carbon from biomass would create a natural cycle.”

“Since carbon is such a common and readily available material, it would also be possible to reduce the conflicts and geopolitical problems associated with these metals,” Arvidsson says.

At the same time they point out that more research is needed in the field in order to deal with any new problems that may arise if the scarce metals are replaced.

“Carbon nanomaterials are only a relatively recent discovery, and so far knowledge is limited about their environmental impact from a life-cycle perspective. But generally there seems to be a potential for a low environmental impact,” Arvidsson says.


Carbon nanomaterials consist solely or mainly of carbon, and are strong materials with good conductivity. Several scarce metals have similar properties. The metals are found, for example, in cables, thin screens, flame-retardants, corrosion protection and capacitors.

Rickard Arvidsson and Björn Sandén at Chalmers University of Technology have investigated whether the carbon nanomaterials graphene, fullerenes and carbon nanotubes have the potential to replace 14 scarce metals in their main areas of application (see table in attached image). They found potential technology-based solutions to replace the metals with carbon nanomaterials for all applications except for gold in jewellery. The metals which we are closest to being able to substitute are indium, gallium, beryllium and silver.

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Nokia’s French jobs cut plan suspended until October 2: French minister

PARIS (Reuters) – Nokia’s (NOKIA.HE) plan to cut almost 600 jobs in France is suspended until Oct. 2, French junior economy minister Benjamin Griveaux said on Tuesday after meeting the head of the Finnish telecom equipment maker’s French unit.

Griveaux will meet with unions and company management on Oct. 2 to check whether Nokia is following on an earlier pledge to increase research and development (R&D) jobs in France.

“At this stage, the jobs cut plan is suspended … at least until this meeting that I will chair on Oct. 2 at the finance ministry,” Griveaux told reporters.

Nokia, which bought French rival Alcatel-Lucent in 2016, said earlier this month that it could cut 597 jobs in France by end-2019 as part of a plan to save 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) at group level.

When he was economy minister, President Emmanuel Macron had given his blessing for the takeover of the French company by Nokia in exchange for the Finnish group’s pledge to hire 500 people in R&D in France.

The acquisition of a so-called “national champion” by a foreign rival had fueled criticism amongst Macron’s political opponents at the time.

Reporting by Gwenaelle Barzic; Writing by Michel Rose; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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Toy companies’ shares tumble on concerns of Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy

(Reuters) – Shares of U.S. toy companies Mattel Inc (MAT.O) and Hasbro Inc (HAS.O) fell on Monday on concerns that retailer Toys “R” Us, a major customer, could be filing for bankruptcy protection before the holiday sales season.

In the latest sign of distress that has ripped through traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, sources said late on Friday that Toys “R” Us was working to put together a loan to fund its operations in a potential Chapter 11 filing.

Reorg Research said a bankruptcy filing could be made in Virginia as soon as Monday.

Toys “R” Us declined to comment.

The company is one of the three largest customers for both Mattel and Hasbro, according to the companies’ most recent annual reports. The other two are Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) and Target Corp (TGT.N).

Mattel, the world’s largest toymaker, said in its annual report that it typically makes sales on credit, without collateral, and it warned that a bankruptcy filing by any major customer could significantly affect revenue and profitability.

FILE PHOTO: Consumers leave a Toys R Us store with full shopping carts after shopping on the day dubbed “Black Friday” in Framingham, Massachusetts, U.S., November 25, 2011. REUTERS/Adam Hunger/File Photo

“If there is any kind of bankruptcy filing, it will have a major disruption for all of the toy suppliers,” said Lutz Muller, chief executive officer of toy retail consultancy Klosters Trading Corp. “Toys ‘R’ Us needs to have money in place to get merchandise on the shelves ahead of the holiday season.”

The company’s cost of sales for the fourth quarter is estimated at $3 billion, he said. Toys “R” Us is the second-largest U.S. toy retailer behind Inc (AMZN.O), according to data compiled by Muller.

File Photo – The mostly empty shelves of a Toys “R” Us flagship store in Times Square are seen after it closed permanently in the Manhattan borough of New York December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Shares of Barbie maker Mattel closed down 6.2 percent to $14.87, extending recent losses after disappointing results and a slashed dividend payout to fund a turnaround strategy.

Shares in No. 2 U.S. toymaker Hasbro, which sells Nerf and Transformers and has outperformed Mattel this year, ended down 1.7 percent at $93.24.

“Mattel and Hasbro are in the same boat in terms of the amount of inventory that goes to Toy ‘R’ Us, but a filing by Toys could potentially delay Mattel’s turnaround,” said Morningstar analyst Jaime Katz.

Jakks Pacific Inc (JAKK.O), a smaller U.S. toy company that also relies on Toys “R” Us for its business, fell 6.6 percent to $2.85.

Mattel, Hasbro and Jakks did not respond to requests for comment.

Reporting by Tracy Rucinski in Chicago; Additional reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware, and Jessica DiNapoli in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Leslie Adler

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Critical role of nanoparticle transformation discovered — ScienceDaily

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Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies coming out of Berkeley Lab tackling the challenge of creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use.

In the new study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a team led by Berkeley Lab scientist Peidong Yang discovered that an electrocatalyst made up of copper nanoparticles provided the conditions necessary to break down carbon dioxide to form ethylene, ethanol, and propanol.

All those products contain two to three carbon atoms, and all are considered high-value products in modern life. Ethylene is the basic ingredient used to make plastic films and bottles as well as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes. Ethanol, commonly made from biomass, has already established its place as a biofuel additive for gasoline. While propanol is a very effective fuel, it is currently too costly to manufacture to be used for that purpose.

To gauge the energy efficiency of the catalyst, scientists consider the thermodynamic potential of products — the amount of energy that can be gained in an electrochemical reaction — and the amount of extra voltage needed above that thermodynamic potential to drive the reaction at sufficient reaction rates. That extra voltage is called the overpotential; the lower the overpotential, the more efficient the catalyst.

“It is now quite common in this field to make catalysts that can produce multicarbon products from CO2, but those processes typically operate at high overpotentials of 1 volt to attain appreciable amounts,” said Yang, a senior faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division. “What we are reporting here is much more challenging. We discovered a catalyst for carbon dioxide reduction operating at high current density with a record low overpotential that is about 300 millivolts less than typical electrocatalysts.”

Cube-like copper catalyst

The researchers characterized the electrocatalyst at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry using a combination of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy.

The catalyst consisted of tightly packed copper spheres, each about 7 nanometers in diameter, layered on top of carbon paper in a densely packed manner. The researchers found that during the very early period of electrolysis, clusters of nanoparticles fused and transformed into cube-like nanostructures. The cube-like shapes ranged in size from 10 to 40 nanometers.

“It is after this transition that the reactions to form multicarbon products are occurring,” said study lead author Dohyung Kim, a graduate student in Berkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division and at UC Berkeley’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. “We tried to start off with pre-formed nanoscale copper cubes, but that did not yield significant amounts of multicarbon products. It is this real-time structural change from copper nanospheres to the cube-like structures that is facilitating the formation of multicarbon hydrocarbons and oxygenates.”

Exactly how that is happening is still unclear, said Yang, who is also a professor at UC Berkeley’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

“What we know is that this unique structure provides a beneficial chemical environment for CO2 conversion to multicarbon products,” he said. “The cube-like shapes and associated interface may be providing an ideal meeting place where the carbon dioxide, water, and electrons can come together.”

Many paths in the CO2-to-fuel journey

This latest study exemplifies how carbon dioxide reduction has become an increasingly active area in energy research over the past several years. Instead of harnessing the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide into plant food, artificial photosynthesis seeks to use the same starting ingredients to produce chemical precursors commonly used in synthetic products as well as fuels like ethanol.

Researchers at Berkeley Lab have taken on various aspects of this challenge, such as controlling the product that comes out of the catalytic reactions. For instance, in 2016, a hybrid semiconductor-bacteria system was developed for the production of acetate from CO2 and sunlight. Earlier this year, another research team used a photocatalyst to convert carbon dioxide almost exclusively to carbon monoxide. More recently, a new catalyst was reported for the effective production of synthesis gas mixtures, or syngas.

Researchers have also worked on increasing the energy efficiency of carbon dioxide reduction so that systems can be scaled up for industrial use.

A recent paper led by Berkeley Lab researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis leverages fundamental science to show how optimizing each component of an entire system can accomplish the goal of solar-powered fuel production with impressive rates of energy efficiency.

This new PNAS study focuses on the efficiency of the catalyst rather than an entire system, but the researchers point out that the catalyst can be hooked up to a variety of renewable energy sources, including solar cells.

“By utilizing values already established for other components, such as commercial solar cells and electrolyzers, we project electricity-to-product and solar-to-product energy efficiencies up to 24.1 and 4.3 percent for two-to-three carbon products, respectively,” said Kim.

Kim estimates that if this catalyst were incorporated into an electrolyzer as part of a solar fuel system, a material only 10 square centimeters could produce about 1.3 grams of ethylene, 0.8 grams of ethanol, and 0.2 grams of propanol a day.

“With continued improvements in individual components of a solar fuel system, those numbers should keep improving over time,” he said.

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Unusual fluorescent materials could be used for rapid light-based communications systems — ScienceDaily

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Two-dimensional materials called molecular aggregates are very effective light emitters that work on a different principle than typical organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) or quantum dots. But their potential as components for new kinds of optoelectronic devices has been limited by their relatively slow response time. Now, researchers at MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, and Northeastern University have found a way to overcome that limitation, potentially opening up a variety of applications for these materials.

The findings are described in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in a paper by MIT associate professor of mechanical engineering Nicholas X. Fang, postdocs Qing Hu and Dafei Jin, and five others.

The key to enhancing the response time of these 2-D molecular aggregates (2DMA), Fang and his team found, is to couple that material with a thin layer of a metal such as silver. The interaction between the 2DMA and the metal that is just a few nanometers away boosts the speed of the material’s light pulses more than tenfold.

These 2DMA materials exhibit a number of unusual properties and have been used to create exotic forms of matter, known as Bose-Einstein condensates, at room temperature, while other approaches required extreme cooling. They have also been applied in technologies such as solar cells and light-harvesting organic antennas. But the new work for the first time identifies the strong influence that a very close sheet of metal can have on the way these materials emit light.

In order for these materials to be useful in devices such as photonic chips — which are like semiconductor chips but carry out their operations using light instead of electrons — “the challenge is to be able to switch them on and off quickly,” which had not been possible before, Fang says.

With the metal substrate nearby, the response time for the light emission dropped from 60 picoseconds (trillionths of a second) to just 2 picoseconds, Fang says: “This is pretty exciting, because we observed this effect even when the material is 5 to 10 nanometers away from the surface,” with a spacing layer of polymer in between. That’s enough of a separation that fabricating such paired materials in quantity should not be an overly demanding process. “This is something we think could be adapted to roll-to-roll printing,” he says.

If used for signal processing, such as sending data by light rather than radio waves, Fang says, this advance could lead to a data transmission rate of about 40 gigahertz, which is eight times faster than such devices can currently deliver. This is “a very promising step, but it’s still very early” as far as translating that into practical, manufacturable devices, he cautions.

The team studied only one of the many kinds of molecular aggregates that have been developed, so there may still be opportunities to find even better variations. “This is actually a very rich family of luminous materials,” Fang says.

Because the responsiveness of the material is so strongly influenced by the exact proximity of the nearby metal substrate, such systems could also be used for very precise measuring tools. “The interaction is reduced as a function of the gap size, so it could now be used if we want to measure the proximity of a surface,” Fang says.

As the team continues its studies of these materials, one next step is to study the effects that patterning of the metal surface might have, since the tests so far only used flat surfaces. Other questions to be addressed include determining the useful lifetimes of these materials and how they might be extended.

Fang says a first prototype of a device using this system might be produced “within a year or so.”

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Newark Equipment Founder Jose Nogueiras Passes Away :: Story ID: 36389 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Mon September 18, 2017 – Northeast Edition #19

Mr. Nogueiras started and owned several businesses in Newark, N.J., including Newark Motor and Export Corp. and Newark Equipment Sales Corp.

Mr. Nogueiras started and owned several businesses in Newark, N.J., including Newark Motor and Export Corp. and Newark Equipment Sales Corp.

Jose Nogueiras Martinez of New Vernon, N.J., died Sept. 4. He was 69.

Mr. Nogueiras was born on April 1, 1948, in Celanova-Ourense, Spain, to Sergio and Dolores Nogueiras. At 16, he came to the United States with his parents and three sisters to pursue the American dream.

He married his life’s love, Neir Taboada at age 26, and soon after, completed his family with the births of their daughter, Sandra and son, George.

Mr. Nogueiras started and owned several businesses in Newark, N.J., including Newark Motor and Export Corp. and Newark Equipment Sales Corp. He took pride in being a member and supporter of his community. He was actively involved in many organizations committed to rebuilding and improving the Newark community.

From Newark Motor and Export Corp., Mr. Nogueiras created Newark Equipment Sales Corp. in 1995.

“My father was probably one of the most loyal and honest people that you would meet,” said his son, George, who is sales manager of Newark Equipment Sales Corp. “He was a staple to his community. He was an immigrant to this country … came with his parents and his three sisters when he was 16. Here in Newark is a big Spanish, Portuguese community, which he was a very big part of. He wanted to see Newark improve; the city has had a bad rap, but it was what he considered home. He spent more time here in the office and in Newark than he did at our home [outside of Newark].”

George Nogueiras added that his father was a big family man, that he did everything for children and his grandchildren.

“My farther started this business because he wanted to be around his family,” George said. “That was his priority. My aunts, uncles and cousins at some point or another all worked for my father.”

Mr. Nogueiras was active in the business up until the last couple of months with his battle with cancer.

“He would work on Sundays when you were supposed to relax; he was an unstoppable force,” George said. “He always had to be moving, doing something. We were trying to get him to retire for years, but he couldn’t stop. This industry was his life.”

Mr. Nogueiras is survived by his wife, Neir; two children, Sandra and George; children in-law, David Caruso and Kristhina Nogueiras, and four grandchildren, Jack, Ella, Ethan and Lyla. He also is survived by his mother, Dolores; three sisters, Concepcion Dominguez, Maria Del Carmen Juegen, and Aida Gomes; brother and sister-in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation took place at Galante Funeral Home in Union, N.J., on Sept. 7. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ the King in New Vernon on Sept. 8. He was buried at St. Teresa Cemetery in Summit, N.J. Charitable donations may be made in Mr. Nogueiras memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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Northrop Grumman nears deal to purchase Orbital ATK: source

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N) is poised to announce a purchase of missile and rocket maker Orbital ATK Inc (OA.N) as soon as Monday, a person familiar with the transaction said on Sunday.

The deal would come as the firing of missiles by North Korea in recent months has focused attention on missile defense systems.

With Orbital’s stock market value of $6.3 billion and $1.4 billion of long-term debt, the deal’s final value will likely exceed $7.7 billion.

Northrop Grumman declined to comment. Orbital did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Orbital’s rocket motors, missiles and electro-optical countermeasure product lines would enlarge Northrop’s offerings to its largest customer, the U.S. Department of Defense, analyst Byron Callan of Capital Alpha Partners LLC said in a research note on Sunday.

The deal is noteworthy not only because it boosts Northrop’s exposure to missile defense, but also because the company has not bought a large rival in many years. It would also represent a departure from a focus of returning earnings to shareholders.

Orbital ATK has contracts with NASA as well as the U.S. Army and the deal would give Northrop more than $4.4 billion in annual revenue according to Orbital’s 2016 financials.

Despite infrequent strategic mergers, Northrop has not shied away from bold corporate actions to please investors. In 2011 Northrop spun off its Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII.N) shipbuilding business to shareholders. In 2009, it sold its government services business, TASC.

Northrop’s last buying spree more than a decade ago included the 2002 purchase of TRW Inc for about $7.8 billion.

Based on Friday’s closing stock price, Northrop was valued at $46.5 billion. The acquisition price could exceed $7.5 billion if a typical premium was attached to it, the Wall Street Journal said in a report published earlier on Sunday.

Another reason for the deal could be the Pentagon’s efforts to rebuild missiles defenses. The Air Force had asked the defense industry last summer for proposals to replace the aging nuclear cruise missiles and intercontinental ballistic missile system as the military moved ahead with a costly modernization of its aging atomic weapons systems.

In August, Northrop received a $328 million contract to continue developing a replacement of the aging Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system for the U.S. Air Force.

Northrop is also the prime contractor for the B-21 bomber as well as the maker of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle.

Orbital is a subcontractor for composite structures on the B-21, and Callan of Capital Alpha Partners said the deal might spark concerns at the Pentagon because of vertical integration within that program.

So far this year Orbital’s stock has increased 25 percent as investors have eyed an increase in U.S. defense spending.

Earlier in September, aerospace supplier United Technologies Corp (UTX.N) agreed to buy avionics and interiors maker Rockwell Collins Inc (COL.N) in $30 billion deal that would be the largest in the industry’s history.

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Volkswagen is ‘second mover’ in electric commercial vehicles: executive

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is a “second mover” in electrified commercial vehicles, after lagging companies such as Tesla (TSLA.O) and Deutsche Post DHL (DPWGn.DE) in putting them on the road, the head of VW’s trucks business told a German newspaper.

He said Volkswagen had emissions-free alternatives to conventional trucks and buses on offer.

“But maybe the German manufacturers were too slow. It could be,” German daily Tagesspiegel quoted Andreas Renschler, who is also a member of Volkswagen’s group management board, as saying in an interview published on its website on Sunday.

Truck manufacturers such as Tesla, Daimler (DAIGn.DE) and Navistar International Corp (NAV.N) are racing to overcome the challenges of substituting batteries for diesel engines as regulators crack down on carbon dioxide and soot pollution.

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday that the Silicon Valley company would show off a prototype of an electric semi-trailer truck on Oct. 26.

“Tesla has set some important and good impulses in the industry,” VW’s Renschler told Tagesspiegel, but said Volkswagen was rather a “second mover, who would rather check a couple of times more whether the standards are right.”

German peer Daimler said on Thursday that United Parcel Service (UPS.N) would be the first U.S. commercial customer for its new battery-powered eCanter truck.

But German logistics group Deutsche Post quietly designed and made its own electric delivery van, the StreetScooter, and plans to double annual output to 20,000 by the end of the year.

Volkswagen said at the Frankfurt auto show this week that it was stepping up its shift to electric cars by investing more than 20 billion euros ($24 billion) in zero-emission vehicles by 2030 to challenge pioneer Tesla in creating a mass market.

Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Susan Fenton

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Wall Street hits record high, S&P 500 teases 2,500-mark

(Reuters) – Wall Street touched intra-day record highs on Friday, with the S&P 500 approaching the 2,500 mark as technology stocks bounced back after two days of declines.

The S&P 500 information technology sector .SPLRCT rose 0.21 percent, powered by an Nvidia-led surge in chipmakers, while Apple rose 1.1 percent in its first gain since unveiling new iPhones on Tuesday.

The semiconductor index .SOX surged 1.6 percent, boosted by Nvidia’s (NVDA.O) 5.7-percent jump to a record high after Evercore ISI raised its price target on the stock.

The S&P 500 tech index has been the best performing sector this year, rising more than 25 percent, far outpacing the broader S&P 500’s 11.5-percent growth.

Wall Street largely shrugged off reports showing an unexpected drop in U.S. retail sales last month and the first drop in industrial output since January, both in part due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

“Investors are keeping an eye on the retail sales data, thinking it may be transitory, and are focusing on growth areas such as technology, which is mostly immune to policy decisions in DC and has avoided all the global noise,” said Michael Antonelli, managing director of institutional sales trading at Robert W. Baird in Milwaukee.

U.S. stocks have surged this year, despite turmoil in the White House, doubts about President Donald Trump’s ability to push through his pro-business reforms, uncertainty over the timing of rate hikes, and lately, tensions over Pyongyang’s missile tests.

All three main indexes high intra-day all-time highs.

At 2:12 pm ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was up 0.24 percent at 22,256.23 points, while the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 0.28 percent to 6,446.84.

The S&P 500 .SPX had gained 0.06 percent to 2,497.21, just short of the 2,500 mark.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.38-to-1 ratio.

“That’s not the best spread at a new high, but it’s better than the other way around,” said Frank Gretz, a technical analyst for Wellington Shields & Co, a brokerage in New York. “That makes it technically healthy.”

Earlier, North Korea fired a second missile in as many weeks over Japan, drawing criticism from global leaders but barely moving shares as investors await the next catalyst – the Federal Reserve’s meeting on Sept. 19-20.

Boeing (BA.N) rose 1.66 percent to a record high after Canaccord Genuity raised its price target for the stock.

Among the laggards was Oracle (ORCL.N), which sank 7.38 percent, on track for its worst day in more than 4 years after disappointing forecasts for its profit and cloud business.

Additional reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Nick Zieminski

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What Makes Concrete Crack? Researchers Look to Canadian Dam for Answers :: Story ID: 36374 :: Construction Equipment Guide

When the researchers visited the Mactaquac Dam last month, they were able to see firsthand the damage that ASR has caused.

📅   Fri September 15, 2017 – National Edition
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The Mactaquac Dam in New Brunswick, Canada, is just one example of the issues ASR can cause. Built in 1968, the dam was expected to serve the area for upwards of 100 years — ASR has caused its lifespan to shorten quite a bit.

The Mactaquac Dam in New Brunswick, Canada, is just one example of the issues ASR can cause. Built in 1968, the dam was expected to serve the area for upwards of 100 years — ASR has caused its lifespan to shorten quite a bit.

Researchers from MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub), the University of New Brunswick and Oregon State University have teamed up to take a closer look at the durability of concrete in construction. The team also will look at alkali-silica reaction (ASR), which is known to cause major structural damage, reported.

The Mactaquac Dam in New Brunswick, Canada, is just one example of the issues ASR can cause. Built in 1968, the dam was expected to serve the area for upwards of 100 years — ASR has caused its lifespan to shorten quite a bit.

“Alkali-silica reaction, the cause of the major issues in New Brunswick, occurs when alkalis in the cement pore solution encounter reactive forms of silica in the rock used to make the concrete,” said Jeremy Gregory, executive director of CSHub. “The reaction produces a gel, which expands as it absorbs water and exerts pressure that can cause cracking and result in structural problems in concrete infrastructure.”

“Our research collaboration looks at understanding ASR from fundamental building blocks,” said Thomas Petersen, a grad student in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and research assistant with the CSHub. “Starting from an atomistic description, we wish to understand the mechanisms leading to the expansion of the bulk concrete composite. Is the gel expanding? Is the CSH [calcium-silicate-hydrate] expanding? We are looking to answer these questions by understanding the molecular configurations of the materials.”

When the researchers visited the Mactaquac Dam last month, they were able to see firsthand the damage that ASR has caused.

CSHub postdoc Laurent Béland, said, “Seeing the impacts of ASR on a structure that large, in person, makes you realize how big this problem is; not only is this major dam supplying electricity, it’s making sure a pretty big city won’t be flooded. As an atomistic simulation expert, I’m coming at this from one perspective. Working with people to be able to absorb what this is all about, you see the research impact scaled up.”

Since 1968, the dam has grown between 9 and 12 in. higher, and cracks are prominent, but that’s not all, reported.

“There are gates that no longer close — there’s a seven- or eight-inch gap,” said Béland. “There are also places where engineers have had to cut through the dam to relieve pressure and, for obvious reasons, you’d prefer that dams not have to be cut into.”

Right now, engineers are trying to keep the dam running until it reaches the end of its original service life in 2068. But according to Petersen, this type of maintenance means a full-time staff of engineers, plus $8 million annually.

When the dam was built, officials did test for potential ASR issues, but they didn’t conduct those tests under the same conditions to which the dam would be exposed. Currently, the industry does not yet have a quick and consistent way to test for ASR, but with a bit of luck these researchers will be able to find one.

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