UK Appeal Court Ever Smart Responsible for 2015 Collision

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license The containership Ever Smart, which collided with the VLCC Alexandra 1 in February 2015, should bear 80% of the liability for the collision, the UK Court of Appeal confirmed.The ruling upheld the first instance decision of Hon. Mr Justice Teare on appeal following the collision that occurred in the narrow channel leading to the entrance of the port of Jebel Ali.On February 11, the vessels collided at the mouth of the exit channel from Jebel Ali port. At the time of the collision, Ever Smart was heading outbound from Jebel Ali port whilst the Alexandra 1, having its engines in low speed, was waiting in the pilot boarding area to embark the pilot who had just disembarked Ever Smart. As a result of the collision, significant damage was caused to both ships.The parties were agreed on the navigational facts. However, a substantial dispute arose regarding liability and applicability of the narrow channel rule and the crossing rule under rules 9 and 15 of the Collison Regulations (COLREGs).The owners of Ever Smart alleged that the crossing rule applied and so Alexandra 1 was obliged to give way to Ever Smart, while the owners of Alexandra 1 asserted that the crossing rule had limited application to questions of navigation in and around a narrow channel and did not apply to a ship in a narrow channel and a ship navigating towards that channel in preparation for entering it.In the court’s view, the crossing rule did not apply in the present case as in the interests of safety, which was the foundation of the COLREGs, the crossing rule could not have been intended to apply where one ship was navigating along a narrow channel and another ship was navigating towards that channel with a view to entering it.It followed that when Alexandra 1 approached the channel, it was not under a duty to keep out of the way of Ever Smart. As a matter of good seamanship, its duty was to navigate in such a manner that when it reached the channel it would be on the starboard side of the channel in accordance with rule 9 of the COLREGs.The fact that it had to embark a pilot did not discharge it from that duty. In any event, Alexandra 1 was not on a sufficiently defined course for the crossing rules to apply.In addition, it was held that, taking into consideration the unsafe speed of Ever Smart, it contributed far more to the damage resulting from the collision than the lower speed of Alexandra 1. It followed that Ever Smart’s fault was greater than that of Alexandra 1.The matter was appealed on two main issues: namely the applicability of the crossing rule in this scenario, and also whether the judge had erred in law in taking account of the extent of damage sustained by the ships when apportioning liability, according to The Standard Club.On the first issue, Lord Justice of Appeal Gross noted that the aim of the COLREGs was to ensure safety and accordingly he considered that a situation in which a mariner could be required to follow two rules requiring different actions at the same time would be unsatisfactory. He consequently agreed with the first instance judgment that the crossing rules did not apply to this situation. On the second issue, he concluded that a judge is entitled to take into account excessive speed in certain circumstances.The Court of Appeal upheld the finding of the Admiralty Judge that the narrow channel rule applied and the crossing rule did not apply, and dismissed each of the grounds of appeal raised on behalf of Ever Smart interests.last_img read more

1 killed 14 injured in mishap near Mirik

first_imgDarjeeling: A 73-year-old woman died in a vehicle mishap near Mirik in the Darjeeling district on Friday, while 14 others have been injured.The accident occurred at Malidhura in the Thorbu tea estate in Mirik. An SUV was going to Siliguri from Nagari, Dhajey when it skidded off the road. Local residents came to the rescue of the victims. 73-year-old Dhanmati Rai died on the spot. The injured persons were rushed to Mirik Hospital. Out of the 14 injured, the condition of 4 is reported to be critical. They have been referred to Siliguri. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, the body of missing tourist Gopal Narwani (24) of Bundi, Rajasthan was recovered from Haldibari area in Cooch Behar district. The body was identified by his brother Dipak Narwani. On July 10, one Aman Garg along with his two friends, all hailing from Rajasthan, were travelling from Bagdogra to Gangtok, when the car skidded off the road and fell into River Teesta near the Coronation Bridge. A search and rescue operation was launched by the NDRF and later joined in by an Indian Navy team, along with local rafters. Finally, the body of Garg was found kilometers downstream in Jalpaiguri district on July 13.last_img read more

Jerry Lewis Returns To Help Muscular Dystrophy Association Unveil Revitalized Brand

first_imgJerry Lewis — the longtime host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day telethon — will step out of his retired role with the iconic charity that revolutionized philanthropic giving in America to help introduce MDA’s revitalized brand this Friday, Jan. 29, at an event in Carnegie Hall.Lewis, who hosted MDA’s telethon until 2011 when he last appeared as MDA National Chairman, taped a special message to the MDA community, urging continued support for MDA and the families he has championed for decades.MDA today released a segment of Lewis’ message in which he says, “I haven’t stopped thinking of all of you … my wonderful friends and the critical work MDA does,” Lewis said. “I think it’s great that MDA has a new look and tagline. We’ve got to keep giving strength, independence and life to all the kids and adults who are fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases.”On Friday, MDA will announce a five-year plan to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases, as scientists and drug developers get closer than ever to lifesaving treatments. It also will unveil a new brand identity and consumer campaign, including a new logo and tagline. The event will be webcast on mda.org at 12:30 p.m. ET and will include appearances by NBC News’ “Today” Natalie Morales, TNT on-air personality and sportscaster Ernie Johnson, “Small Town Big Deal” host Jann Carl and Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s “The Voice.”“Jerry Lewis’ heroic efforts on behalf of MDA families and through MDA telethons have enabled us to help millions of Americans living with muscle-debilitating diseases and make possible progress in research that was once thought unimaginable. We’re thrilled to build on our rich history and have Jerry’s support as we strengthen our mission and introduce the new MDA brand,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks.last_img read more

Experts meet in Thunder Bay to talk education

first_imgAPTN National NewsExperts in the field of education gathered in Thunder Bay Tuesday to talk about education.And the people who have the power to make things happen showed up to listen in.APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports.wrivers@aptn.calast_img

Exstaffer at UNs Balkan war crimes tribunal found guilty of contempt

Florence Hartmann was convicted by a specially appointed chamber of judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of contempt for disclosing confidential information in knowing violation of a court order.Ms. Hartmann is required to pay her fine in two instalments of €3,500, with the instalments due by mid-October and mid-November respectively.The ICTY found that Ms. Hartmann had twice disclosed the contents, purported effect and confidential nature of two decisions by the tribunal’s appeals chamber – once in her book, Peace and Punishment, published in September 2007, and once in an article entitled Vital Genocide Documents Concealed, published by the Bosnian Institute in January 2008.Announcing its decisiontoday, the tribunal dismissed the argument by Ms. Hartmann that the same information was already in the public domain and added that “a decision remains confidential until a chamber explicitly decides otherwise.”The judges said that the behaviour of Ms. Hartmann could deter countries from cooperating with the ICTY regarding the provision of evidence.“This… impacts upon the tribunal’s ability to exercise its jurisdiction to prosecute and punish serious violations of humanitarian law as prescribed by its mandate,” said Judge Bakone Justice Moloto, who presided in the case. “Public confidence in the effectiveness of protective measures, orders and decisions is vital to the success of the work of the tribunal.” 14 September 2009A former prosecution spokesperson at the United Nations tribunal set up to tackle the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s faces a fine of €7,000 after being found guilty today of contempt of court by the same tribunal for disclosing confidential information about the case of Slobodan Milosević. read more

Toromont to buy Quebecbased Hewitt heavy equipment business for 102 billion

MONTREAL — Toromont Industries Ltd. says its $1.02-billion purchase of the privately held Hewitt Group will give it an expanded network of Caterpillar heavy equipment dealerships in eastern Canada and more growth opportunities, especially in Quebec.Following the announcement before markets opened Monday, Toromont stock (TSX:TIH) set a new 52-week high of $50.95. The shares later gave up some gains but were still up 12 per cent at $50.29.Toronto-based Toromont said the acquisition of the 52-year-old Montreal-area company will add 45 branches and 2,000 employees in Quebec and the Maritimes.That will bring Toromont’s total number of Caterpillar dealerships to 120, located in Canada’s seven eastern provinces and the northern territory of Nunavut.Hewitt is also the MaK dealer for Quebec, the Maritimes and the Eastern seaboard of the United States, from Maine to Virginia.Toromont chief executive Scott Medhurst said the addition of Hewitt will put Toromont it in a more competitive position to take advantage of growing spending in the natural resource, infrastructure, and construction industries in Canada.Analyst Yuri Lynk of Canaccord Genuity said in a note to clients that “we believe Toromont has long coveted Hewitt and management has patiently waited for the day it became available.”Hewitt chief executive Jim Hewitt said in statement that the sale of the family business founded by his father makes sense given the trend towards consolidation in the sectors where the company operates.“The decision to sell the business founded 65 years ago by my father has not been an easy one, but is the outcome of much reflection on the part of my son David and me,” Jim Hewitt said in a statement issued at the same time as Toromont’s announcement.The deal expands Toromont’s presence in Quebec, where its CIMCO refrigeration division open since 1951 has 130 employees. The division services food distribution customers, community hockey rinks and curling clubs and arena’s such as the Bell Centre home of the Montreal Canadiens.The purchase for $917.7 million cash and the issuance of 2.25 million Toromont shares is expected to close by mid-October. read more

UN labour agency to launch new soccerthemed campaign against child labour

The “Red Card to Child Labour” campaign against the use of child labour is symbolized by the red card handed out by referees for serious violations of rules on the soccer field, the UN agency said in a statement issued at its headquarters in Geneva.The ILO, which aims to take its initiative worldwide to include the World Cup, will formally launch the campaign Friday at a signing ceremony involving President Alpha Oumar Konare and co-sponsors from the Confédération africaine de football and the Comité d’organisation de la Coupe d’Afrique des Nations 2002.The initiative intends to seize on the popularity of the African Cup of Nations 2002 to generate the widest possible public awareness of the harsh reality of child labour and encourage people to support the global movement against it, ILO said.The campaign adds a new, symbolic element to the global struggle against child labour, exemplified by the rapid ratification by over 100 countries of ILO’s most recent labour standard, the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention No. 182 adopted in 1999.While Africa today is home to some 40 per cent, or about 80 million, of the world’s child workers, the continent has in many ways led the way in the struggle against child labour, especially in its worst forms. Of the 115 countries ratifying Convention No. 182, 30 are from Africa, including the first two ratifying states, Seychelles and Malawi.Following the launch of the “Red Card” campaign in Africa, the ILO plans to expand the initiative to Latin America, Asia and Europe. “Child labour is neither a sport nor a pastime,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said. “Child labourers work hard – on the farms, in mines and quarries, or as domestic servants. Some are trafficked into slave-like conditions or prostitution. Millions are condemned to lifelong poverty and despair.””Now, working hand in hand with the world’s most popular sport, we hope to galvanize the global campaign against child labour with this potent symbol – the red card that means you’re out of the game,” he said. read more

UN disaster team arrives in quakehit Morocco to coordinate relief effort

A six-member United Nations Disaster and Coordination Assessment (UNDAC) team has arrived in Morocco to provide help after an earthquake yesterday killed at least 550 people near the northern port city of Al Hoceima.The UNDAC experts will support the efforts of the Moroccan Government and the UN’s country team as they respond to the tragedy. It will also help coordinate on-site search and rescue activities.Meanwhile, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is arranging for relief goods, including blankets, water and sanitation supplies, to be shipped to the area from the World Food Programme’s (WFP) depot in Brindisi, Italy.Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including the Moroccan Red Crescent, have mobilized staff and volunteers and are also providing items such as blankets, tents, clothing and jerry cans. Many European countries have sent search and rescue teams or provided emergency equipment.OCHA today predicted a possible rise in the death toll from the earthquake, which measured 6.5 on the Richter scale when it struck the Mediterranean Sea, just off the coast from Al Hoceima, about 2.30 a.m. local time yesterday. read more

Haiti UN peacekeepers kill four arrest 33 in new antigang operation in

Thirty-three other gang members were apprehended and turned over to the Haitian authorities, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) reported.There were no civilian or UN casualties in the battle which erupted in the Pele zone of the Cité Militaire area when the blue helmets came under attack by men firing heavy weapons.The battle followed several UN search and security operations over the weekend in which one suspect was killed, two people wounded, nine others arrested, weapons seized and stolen vehicles recovered.Two other UN posts came under attack yesterday but there were no casualties, according to MINUSTAH, which was set up by the Security Council last year to help to re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile in February 2004. read more

Rare photos of John and Jackie Kennedy relaxing on Cape Cod are

BOSTON – Dozens of never-before-released images of John and Jacqueline Kennedy swimming, relaxing, boating and simply enjoying the Cape Cod shore are going up for auction.The lot includes an original photographic proof booklet that contains 27 images.The unpublished, candid images were taken by Washington Post heiress Katharine Graham at Bunny Mellon’s Cape Cod beach shack in August 1961.The 26-acre Mellon estate, in Osterville, featured 1,000 feet of continuous shoreline. It wasn’t far from the Kennedys’ Hyannis Port compound.The Mellon estate was sold in 2013 for nearly $20 million.RR Auction’s executive vice-president says the images are “exceptionally private, unrehearsed moments” that “convey a carefree happiness.”Bidding on the lot begins Feb. 12. A live auction will be held Feb. 19 in Cambridge.___Online: RR Auction, http://www.rrauction.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2015 9:37 am MDT Rare photos of John and Jackie Kennedy relaxing on Cape Cod are going on the auction block read more

Aura Silver uses Soil Gas Hydrocarbon technology to locate highgrade gold and

first_imgAura Silver Resources has identified possible distinct sources of the high-grade gold and high-grade silver surface samples found in close proximity to Aura Lake on its wholly-owned Greyhound project in Nunavut, Canada. Aura Silver’s prospecting has identified multiple surface rock samples ranging up to 5,300 g/t Ag carrying little gold and up to 28 g/t Au with negligible silver. However, drilling to date of structural, geophysical and geochemical targets has been unable to locate a source of these high grade samples. A possible cause is believed to be due to glacial transport.The difficulty in finding a source of the high-grade gold and silver samples through traditional geophysical and geochemical techniques prompted Aura Silver to employ an interpretative study referred to as Soil Gas Hydrocarbon (SGH) to unravel anomalous trends in the entire area and to pinpoint drill targets. SGH is a deep penetrating organic geochemistry developed by Activation Laboratories (Actlabs) that involves the analysis of surficial samples prospected over potential mineral or petroleum targets (see: http://www.actlabs.com/files/SGH_-_NEW_.pdf). The analysis involves the testing for 162 hydrocarbon compounds in the C5-C17 carbon series range in a wide variety of sample types. The observation of a specific set of hydrocarbon classes provides a forensic signature of mineral identification related to the hydrocarbons synthesized by bacteria that are in contact with the mineral target at depth. The geochromatographic dispersion of the SGH classes in the overburden has been successful in delineating mineral targets found at over 700 m in depth. Over 14 years of research, Actlabs has conducted over 800 SGH surveys with an 85% repeat client base including some of the worlds’ largest mining companies.The Aura Lake SGH analysis provides compelling results and has defined a separate gold and two separate silver targets. The targets identified reside to the east and southeast of Aura Lake in areas where no previous drilling has occurred. These targets are sufficiently definitive to outline drill targets and have been rated by Actlabs as high-priority targets; with gold receiving the second highest rating of the gold pathfinder class maps and silver of the very highest confirmation level. The results also indicate that gold and silver samples originated from two different mineralising systems with most samples being transported on a north to southerly path.last_img read more

EHF CL 20132014 Round 1 The best match is …

← Previous Story IHF to pay insurance and travel costs to Women’s WCh 2013 participants Next Story → FILIP JICHA FOR HANDBALL-PLANET: “Barcelona is the first favorite to win EHF CL” EHF CLhandballhandball match Fantastic weekend is behind us. Many fantastic matches, thrilling endings, some surprises, etc. Which was the best one?Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.GROUP A:Rhein Neckar Lowen – Motor Zaporozhye 31:31 (15:13)St.Petersburg – Veszprem 15:28 (7:12)Zagreb – Celje P.L 24:21 (13:10)Group B:Wisla Plock – Kiel 33:34 (14:14)Kolding – Porto 25:20 (15:10)Kielce – Dunkerque 33:23 (15:11)Group C:Paris Saint-Germain – Dinamo Minsk 34:30 (12:11)Wacker Thun – Metalurg 22:23 (9:13)Vardar – Barcelona 29:29 (15:19)Group D:Naturhouse La Rioja – HSV Handball 24:33 (8:14)Gorenje Velenje – Drott 35:33 (19:16)SG Flensburg – Aalborg 31:27 (15:12) read more

DREAMS COME TRUE RK Vardar outplay SG Flensburg for F4

RK Vardar Skopje wrote the best chapter of club’s history by qualifing for the VELUX EHF Champion League Final 4 in Cologne. The Macedonian champions beat SG Flensburg once again 35:27 (first match 26:24) for amazing sucess.HC Vardar Skopje – SG Flensburg-Handewitt  35:27 (15:10)HC Vardar Skopje: Sterbik (14 saves), Milic (3 saves) – S. Stoilov (1), Moraes (1), Maqueda, Derewen, Karacic (3), Dujshebaev (5), Abutovic, Cañellas (3/2), Cindric (7), Cupic (2/2), Dibirov (1), Schischkarjow (5), Borozan (4), Marsenic (3)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (3/1 saves), Møller (4 saves) – Karlsson, Eggert (8/6), Glandorf, Mogensen (4), Svan (1), Wanne (3), Djordjic, Jakobsson (1), Heinl, Zachariassen (1), Toft Hansen (4), Lauge (2/1), Mahé (3/1), Radivojevic ← Previous Story 10 COUNTRIES: Masters Handball World Cup 2017 to start on Friday in Omis Next Story → VESZPREM, MACCABI, PAOK are already there! Join “New Belgrade Summer Cup” read more

Teen jailed for 45 years for stabbing young man in the heart

first_img Updated 3.20pmTHE TEENAGER WHO fatally stabbed 21-year-old Lorcan O’Reilly in the heart at a Halloween bonfire party was sentenced today to four-and-half-years’ detention.At an arraignment hearing at the Central Criminal Court last November, the boy, who was 14 at the time, pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to Lorcan O’Reilly’s manslaughter at the Oliver Bond flats in Dublin during the early hours of 1 November 2015.At today’s sentencing hearing, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy told the court – which had been closed off to members of the public except close relatives of the accused and deceased – that the accused was guilty of “a very grave offence”.AltercationDescribing the events which led up to the stabbing that took place in an open area of the Oliver Bond Flats complex in south inner-city Dublin, the judge said:Approximately 23 people were congregated in the area, and during the course of the evening an altercation occurred between the deceased and the accused.During the row, the judge said, the accused had been brandishing a hurley but left the scene after it was taken from him by O’Reilly.The boy, who is now aged 16 and cannot be named due to his age, returned a short time later with a knife in his possession and struck Lorcan O’Reilly in the chest with the weapon.Mr Justice McCarthy added that the offence of manslaughter is “rendered far more serious when a knife is introduced into the equation and this is what the accused did”.Referring to a “deeply affecting” victim impact report from O’Reilly’s father, Paddy Rooney, which he read out in court last week, the judge said one sentence in particular had summed up the family’s loss.He said:And I quote, ‘When he was stabbed in the heart that night it was all our hearts that were broken”.The judge added that Lorcan O’Reilly’s “parents and other members of his family are having great difficulty getting over the death”.He said that the appropriate sentence for this offence would have been eight years.But, due to the accused’s early guilty plea, he was reducing the term by two years and would suspend the last 18 months of the sentence imposed.“Short fuse”Delivering his sentence, Mr Justice McCarthy added that he was taking a number of factors into account, including the accused’s age at the time of the fatal attack, adding: “A judge must bear in mind sentencing is not an exercise in vengeance.”The judge also noted the accused’s upbringing, which he described as “unsettled”.He said the members of the household that the accused had grown up in were fear of “third parties” and that “there were frequent visits to the house by members of An Garda Siochana”.Mr Justice McCarthy told the court: “At least one member of his immediate family is associated with criminal activities.”The judge said that background reports had revealed that the accused had a low IQ.He said that the accused admitted to a psychologist to having a “short fuse” and a “tendency to lose his temper” but he had “also expressed regret and he has some understanding of the harm he has caused”.Mr Justice McCarthy said the suspended part of the sentence would last for two years, during which time the accused must be of good behaviour, abstain from taking illegal substances, and not associate with such persons deemed as inappropriate by the probation service, “save members of his immediate family”.Read: Teenage boy admits stabbing Lorcan O’Reilly to death> Oliver Bond Flats Short URL Share317 Tweet Email2 Teen jailed for 4.5 years for stabbing young man in the heart at Halloween party The incident occurred at the Oliver Bond Flats. Oliver Bond Flats Image: Rolling News Feb 13th 2017, 1:45 PM http://jrnl.ie/3237513 center_img Image: Rolling News 18,055 Views 62 Comments By Peter Doyle Monday 13 Feb 2017, 1:45 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ANZ warns of more rate rises

first_imgANZ chief Mike Smith has warned of further “funding pressures” that may lead to more out-of-cycle increases to mortgage rates. “The Reserve Bank cash rate is not an accurate reflection of the bank’s true costs,” Mr Smith said. “Bank funding costs are continuing to rise as the deepening economic and financial crisis in Europe causes dislocation and volatility in global markets, although prospects are brighter in the US. And, frankly, politics isn’t helping. We need to bring more focus to the long-term opportunities and challenges facing Australia rather than short-term point scoring.” Source: Herald Sun Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

STATE REP RACE QA Mike McCoy Discusses What Hell Do To Support

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in his own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington).#15a) What you will do at the State House to ensure that our local police and fire departments have what they need to adequately protect us? The brave and dedicated men and women in our police and fire departments put their lives on the line every day. They are our first line of defense for the populations of Tewksbury and Wilmington. It would be irresponsible if I were to do anything less than my best to care for them as their State Representative as they are for me, my family and my neighbors. My platform and commitment to the deserving people in public safety is as follows. I will:Commit one day per month to meet with police, firefighters and EMT’s from Wilmington and Tewksbury. Face-to-face interaction and active listening are the best ways for an elected official to truly understand the needs and concerns of these heroes. You cannot provide these fine people with what they need without keeping your finger on their pulse and getting their direct input. They know best what they need.Provide every individual in public safety a business card with my office, cell and home phone number for direct and immediate access to me, 24/7.Ensure first responders’ salaries and benefits in Tewksbury and Wilmington remain competitive.File legislation to reinstate the death penalty for anybody convicted of taking the life of a first responder.Sponsor legislation to provide compensation for those families who lost a spouse or parent in the line of duty.The populations of Wilmington and Tewksbury are rapidly increasing. What was adequate in the past won’t cut it in the future. Response time for police, fire and EMS is frequently a matter of life and death. Our increasing populations in our communities directly impacts response time in two ways; the first is increased traffic. Think of Routes 38 and 62 today as compared to ten years ago. Now picture it ten years from now. The second factor is that increased populations and dwellings exponentially increase the probability of several emergencies occurring at the same time. Having a substation in North Wilmington will cut response time. Another reason for having this substation is the railroad crossing on Middlesex Avenue. Emergency response vehicles have waited for the commuter rail gates to be lifted. There is also an immediate danger associated with this crossing is the location is the MTBA commuter on/off boarding platform. The current location is too close to Middlesex Avenue. The crossing gate and train block the traffic on Middlesex Avenue for emergency response vehicles for minutes when seconds count. Resolving this critical public safety issue will be a high priority item if I am elected as your next state representative. Finally, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to our public safety professionals.#15b) Do you support a fire substation in North Wilmington? The simple answer is yes. It is long overdue because of over-development combined with increased population.#15c) Did you/do you support the construction of the new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year?I come from the school of common sense. My own observation dictates that simple answer is yes because of the rampant over-development and the the population explosion. With that being said, I took it upon myself to see Chief Hazel of the Tewksbury Fire Department on Friday August 3, 2018 and asked him a couple of basic questions in regards to the funding of the new Center fire station in Tewksbury. Chief Hazel is a complete gentleman and a true professional. He answered all of my questions and Tewksbury should be very proud to have him as their fire chief. I will always do everything in my power as state representative to ensure that the Tewksbury firefighters have everything they need to keep themselves and the residents safe.#16a) The Vietnam War Moving Wall recently visited Wilmington. It was a sobering reminder of what the men and women in our armed forces are willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom. What will you do at the State House to support our local veterans and veterans statewide? The first time I visited the wall was in 2008 and again last week I visited the Vietnam Moving Memorial Wall when it came to Wilmington. It gave me pause and an opportunity to silently reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by 58,193 young American men and women. They never had the opportunity to enjoy the full measure of life. Countless more will carry the scars of their service-related or psychological trauma to their graves. Even for those who returned unharmed, their thanks was frequently being spat upon and called, “Baby Killers!” This was a national disgrace. The debt that we owe our veterans is incalculable. As your state representative, I pledge to:Meet with the Veterans Services Departments in Wilmington and Tewksbury once a month to better understand the needs of our veterans and how I can help to fulfill those needs.Sponsor and support legislation that will improve the quality of life for these heroes.Arrange for State House tours for veterans and their families.Establish a communications link with the Tewksbury DAV and the Wilmington VFW and American Legion to explore ways that I can beter assist our prcious veteran population.Address all veteran concerns in a timely and effective manner.#16b) What, if anything, have you done as a private citizen and/or locally elected official that shows a commitment to veterans? While I have never worn an armed services uniform, I have always had the desire to dedicate myself to public service. I fulfilled this need by committing my life to 31 years to serving the public and 28 of those years (and counting) as a Wilmington selectman. Things that I have done to demonstrate my commitment to our veterans include:Making financial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House and the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA.Marching in every Memorial Day parade for 28 years.Supporting the Wilmington Veteran’s service budget for as long as it has been established.In closing, I would like to give a heart-felt thanks to our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. I would also like to extend my profound gratitude to Lisa Downey, the Tewksbury Veterans Service Officer, Lou Cimaglia IV, Wilmington Veteran Services Director and Michael Frotten, Wilmington Veteran’s Service agent for the fine work that they do for our veterans on a daily basis.#16c) Do you personally have any family that serves/served? Yes.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tewksbury Residents Should Vote Mike McCoy For State Rep Because…In “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses What She’ll Do To Support Police, Fire & Veterans If ElectedIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”last_img read more

Full Show Salaries Of College Presidents And Houston Pet Peeves Dec 10

first_imgOn Monday’s Houston Matters: A new report says Texas has some of the highest paid college executives in the country. We learn more about the findings from the Chronicle of Higher Education.Also this hour: Every few months or so we like to give you the opportunity to vent. So, today we invite you to share your Houston pet peeves.And we break down the Texans’ loss to the Colts and the latest developments in Houston sports. We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img

Moments arrested in time

first_imgOfficially, a day before the chromatic festival, New Delhi based photographer Gaurav Singh is feisty this Holi with his vibrant manifestations. Arrested Moments, an exhibition of his photographs was inaugurated by Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister of Haryana at Lalit Kala Academy. A collection of photographs portraying abstract human emotions, from the demon inside to the serenity, through Gaurav’s iris transpires to be, painted brush strokes. The photographs talk a hazy visual language but iridescent emotions and in deed a feast for a photography lover. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’After lighting the lamp with Deepender Singh Hooda, Member of Parliament and Gaurav Singh, Bhupinder Singh Hooda released the catalogue of the photographs and accoladed the photography as dedicated and unique. Deepender Singh expressed his sincere wishes to Gaurav Singh to achieve more feats in photography.Gaurav Singh, who says photography as his raison d’etre says, ‘Human emotions and Nature are my inspirations.’ In his words his work is an amalgam of some of the most creative moments of his experiential spectrum and a reflection of his individual psyche.On 28 March Maha Mandaleshwar Pujya Shri Kailashanad Ji Maharaj, Dakshin Kali Mandir, Haridwar will bless the event with his presence.The exhibition is on from 26 March to 2 April at the Lalit Kala Akademy.last_img read more

M6 closed due to serious accident in West Midlands

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe M6 motorway is closed in the West Midlands following a ‘serious collision’ this evening. The accident has shut the southbound carriageway between J6 and J5 – with delays building. Three vehicles are believed to be involved, two lorries and a car, following the collision near Birmingham. Police and emergency services are at the scene as of 8.20pm on Thursday May 31 – and the motorway remains closed as of 11pm. A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 in the West Midlands is currently closed between J6 and J5 while we assist Central Motorway Police Group and emergency services with a serious collision.” Traffic is currently queuing in the area, with reports of congestion stretching back to junction 7. Traffic England is currently suggesting motorists could consider the M6 Toll Road – and Highways England have now put a diversion in place (see below). We have no information yet on whether anyone has been injured. Trapped traffic is, as of 9.20pm, currently being released past the scene in lane one. A Highways England spokesman said: “Please be aware there is a lot of traffic to get through and we are going as quickly and safely as possible but this may take some time before you start to move.” The motorway is currently set to remain closed for several hours – with Traffic England currently estimating around midnight. In other traffic news nationally tonight, there is flooding on the A49 near Ludlow in Shropshire as heavy rain continues to batter the region. The M50 in Gloucestershire is also closed in both directions due to flooding. Read MoreYellow Weather Warnings for rain in force for Stoke-on-Trent until Friday night DIVERSION IN PLACE: Highways England have confirmed there is now a diversion in place following the collision on the M6 in the West Midlands: There is a signed diversion route available via the Hollow Triangle. Traffic should exit the M6 at J6 on to Salford Circus. Take the A5127 southbound then turn left on to the B4137 eastbound. Turn on to the A47 eastbound and then turn on to A452 southbound. Continue straight on to re-join the M6 at J5. We’ll bring you updates on this story as they become available. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

January 28 2019

first_imgJanuary 28 , 2019 New York-based fruit distributor Jac. Vandenberg has recalled thousands of cartons of Chilean stonefruit over concerns they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.An announcement on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website stated that the company is recalling 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines and 365 cartons of fresh plums.”The peaches and nectarines are sold as a bulk retail produce item with PLU sticker (PLU# 4044, 3035, 4378) showing the country of origin of Chile,” the FDA said.  Chilean fruit exports to Latin America soar in 201 … Dalian Yidu chief wins visionary award at Global C … Chilean clementine season sees greater volumes of … center_img You might also be interested in No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.”The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the packing house which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem,” it said.The fruit was distributed in 18 states – Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia – through small retail establishments and at larger supermarket chains including Walmart, Costco, and Aldi.Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Chilean citrus: Clementines end with 18% volume dr …last_img read more