Blue Water secures third TCO contract

first_imgHLPFI reported in May 2016 that Blue Water Shipping is leading a consortium in partnership with Topaz Marine and Energy for this project, which will supply 15 bespoke MCVs for the transportation of modules through the Russian river systems to a new offloading facility in Prorva, Kazakhstan.Topaz will commission the construction of the 15 MCVs, which will be owned and operated by Topaz and will commence work in the second quarter of 2018 for a minimum contract period of three years.  This new contract includes two additional MCVs, of the VARD 921 design, measuring 123 m long with a breadth of 16.5 m. Both vessels are scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2018 and the contract value is in excess of USD40 million. The 17 vessels will be used to transport modules weighing up to 1,800 tonnes from the Baltic and Black Sea, via the Russian inland waterway network to Prorva. During August 2016 HLPFI reported that Blue Water Shipping also signed a contract with TCO for three larger vessels, which will be used to transport modules from Kuryk in western Kazakhstan to Prorva.Topaz has also been appointed the technical managers of three additional larger MCVs.  www.bws.dkwww.kmg.kzwww.topazworld.comlast_img read more

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Councils fire SEN law firm over gloating tweets

first_imgBaker Small has been dropped by local authority clients, while its sole partner has referred himself to the SRA.,The law firm at the centre of a row over gloating tweets posted following a special education needs (SEN) tribunal victory has been dropped by local authority clients, losing instructions worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.Norfolk Council, which has a £600,000 contract with Milton Keynes-based Baker Small, said in a statement: ‘We have informed Baker Small today that we will be making arrangements to cease working with them as soon as possible.‘While we have noted Baker Small’s apology on this matter, our view is that tweets posted over the weekend were wholly inappropriate and do not in any way reflect how this council wishes to work with families.’ Seven other councils have cancelled or are reviewing their use of Baker Small, which in its Legal 500 profile lists 80% of its instructions as deriving from education law.Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Buckinghamshire either suspended their contracts or announced their intention to do so. The known contract value of the seven, as listed under the contract lists of each, exceeds £1m, though this is spread across more than one calendar year.  Norfolk’s statement added: ‘There are current cases that Baker Small are holding on our behalf, and we will be in direct contact with the families concerned and the tribunal offices to advise them of our revised arrangements for these and on a case by case basis.’Contacted by the Gazette, the firm’s managing director and sole partner Mark Small emailed the following statement: ‘As solicitors we have to set high standards and my conduct was abhorrent in respect of tweets sent out on twitter. A self-referral to the SRA was immediately sent and is now being investigated.‘I have apologised for the serious error of judgement on my part which was both provocative and hurtful to many. I deeply regret it and have issued two apologies and made a donation  to a children’s charity. I am passionate about the law in this area and a moment of red mist has done severe damage to my firm and reputation. I alone take full responsibility. ‘Local Authorities have ceased instructing Baker Small but I would like it noted that we have not received any complaints about the services provided to them.‘We have had no complaints in the six years of operation from our clients and we have provided a high standard of service and support. In some cases we have placed our staff directly in SEN teams to deal with staffing issues and the pressures faced as a result of the Children and Families Act. ‘I look forward to co-operating with the SRA with the hope of re-establishing Baker Small’s presence in the sector in the future.’In addition to the self-referral to the SRA, at least one complaint has been sent to the regulator, the text of which was posted on parent-led website Special Needs Jungle. The relevant tweets were posted from the Buckinghamshire firm’s main Twitter account on Saturday evening and concerned a ‘win’ which had ‘sent some parents into a storm’. The firm continued: ‘It is always a great win when the other side thinks they won!’  Tweets included a picture of a kitten that appears to be yawning, with the message: ‘Some great tweets received today from people who just see a one-sided argument… just shared them with my cat… .’ The following day, Mark Small posted an apology from the firm’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.The response acknowledged previous tweets had caused a ‘great deal of upset and offence’, with ‘full and appropriate action’ to be taken to address the matter.last_img read more

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DfT preparing for future passenger franchise options

first_imgThe InterCity East Coast franchise is already being managed by the government’s Operator of Last Resport under the LNER brand.UK: Having temporarily suspended its franchise agreements with passenger train operators, the Department for Transport is currently considering its options for what may follow the Emergency Measures Agreements announced on March 23.The EMAs saw all revenue and cost risk transferred to the government for a limited period, initially six months, at a cost estimated to be around £900m per month.DfT is currently advising TOCs to prepare for an increase in service levels as part of its plans to ease the Covid-19 lockdown, but uncertainty remains over the likely level of revenue that will be generated for some considerable time. The implementation of social distancing and a high proportion of unstaffed stations on many routes mean that the few passengers currently travelling are not always paying for their journeys.Industry insiders are clear that it will not be possible to reinstate the franchise agreements on the same terms that were in force up to the introduction of the EMAs. One senior TOC manager told Rail Business UK ‘DfT does need to prepare for all options, as no franchise is now viable without an EMA. The government has some tough decisions ahead’.There have been suggestions that the passenger businesses could move straight to concession agreements, in line with the expected recommendations in the yet-to-be-published Williams Review. This would allow DfT to continue carrying a tapering level of revenue risk. However, another senior insider warned that moving from an EMA (or franchise) to a concession without any form of competition ‘might breach numerous public procurement rules’.OLR waiting in the wingsCompanies House records reveal that DfT has begun to prepare for the ‘nuclear option’ of taking all franchises under government control through the Operator of Last Resort, with the registration of additional ‘dormant companies’ in April.Company names DFT OLR1 to DFT OLR7 had already been established in preparation for the potential takeover of failing franchises. OLR1 is now London North Eastern Railway Ltd and OLR3 Northern Trains Ltd. The remainder have at times been used to provide a standby company in case negotiations for a direct award or new franchise failed to reach a satisfactory agreement, including Great Western, Southeastern, CrossCountry, East Midlands, TransPennine Express, Thameslink, InterCity West Coast, London Midland and Essex Thameside.The records confirm that most of these companies had previously been ‘owned’ by DfT’s Directly Operated Railways subsidiary until it was wound up in favour of the partnership of Arup Group, Ernst & Young and SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit which was awarded the Operator of Last Resort contract in November 2015.New shadow companies DFT OLR8 to OLR14 were all incorporated on April 2, providing DfT with enough separate businesses to take over all franchises should this be required. Each company has the same listed directors and a registered office at Albany House in London’s Petty France. The ‘nature of business’ for each is shown as ‘Dormant Company’.Former TOC Managing Director and a Network Rail non-executive Director until November 2019, Chris Gibb was appointed as an additional Director of OLR with effect from March 24.last_img read more

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Kamala Harris pegged as favorite for Obama’s Supreme court nomination

first_imgJamaican-American state attorney general of California Kamala Harris is being pegged as a favorite by political pundits for President Obama’s pending nomination to the U.S. Supreme court. Kamala Harris nomination pending Jamaican-American state attorney general of California Kamala Harris is being pegged as a favorite by political pundits for President Obama’s pending nomination to the U.S. Supreme court.Kamala Harris with President Barack Obama.Harris, 51, is the daughter of Jamaica-American Stanford University Economics Professor Donald Harris, and Indian-born cancer researcher Dr. Shyamala Gopalan Harris. Former Obama White House advisor David Axelrod mentioned the possibility of a Harris nomination on a weekend news show, and Harris’ name has popped up on hypothetical lists from the New York Times, Associated Press, USA Today, and the National Law Journal. A graduate of Howard University and the University of California, Hasting College of Law, Harris is the first female, the first African-American, and the first Asian-American attorney general in CaliforniaWhether Harris would accept such an appointment however, is in question, as Harris is currently the frontrunner in the race for the U.S. Senate seat.READ MORE: Supreme Court to review President Obama’s appeal In DACA & DAPA executive actions case“While the attorney general is honored to be mentioned in these conversations, she’s committed to her current job and continuing her fight for California families in the U.S. Senate,” campaign spokesman Nathan Click said Monday. Photos of Kamala Harris Kamala Harris is sworn into office Jamaican-American state attorney general of California Kamala Harris is being pegged as a favorite by political pundits for President Obama’s pending nomination to the U.S. Supreme court. Kamala Harris meets woth San Francisco homeowners Kamala Harris and husband Douglas Emhoff at the Beat the Odds Awards Kamala Harris meets with California foreclosure victims Kamala Harris and Barack Obama at San Francisco International Airport Kamala Harris making a speech at the California Rifle and Pistol Association conference 1 of 7 Meanwhile, Jamaican-born Tanya Chutkan has been nominated by President Obama for the U.S. District Court Judge for Washington D.C. Chutkan is currently a partner at the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, where her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, especially antitrust class actions, but also on white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations.  If confirmed by the Senate, Chutkan would be the second Black woman appointed to the district court here in 32 years, only the third to ever serve, and the second currently on the bench, joining Ketanji Brown Jackson, another Norton recommendation.READ MORE: Supreme Court asked not to review case on Obama Amnestylast_img read more

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US swimmer gets 10-month ban for bogus robbery story — reports

first_img 45 Views   no discussions InternationalNewsPrintSports US swimmer gets 10-month ban for bogus robbery story — reports by: Associated Free Press – September 8, 2016 Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Ryan Lochte (File photo)LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — United States swimmer Ryan Lochte has been hit with a 10-month suspension following his bogus gunpoint robbery story during a drunken night out at the Olympics, two separate media reports said Wednesday.Lochte, 32, has been suspended until mid-2017 the USA Today newspaper reported citing a person with knowledge of the situation. He would also be banned from next year’s World Championships in Budapest.A United States Olympic Committee (USOC) spokesman declined to confirm the reports when contacted by AFP for comment. USA Today said a statement confirming the suspension would be issued on Thursday.Lochte’s suspension was first reported by the TMZ.com entertainment news website.The site said three other swimmers involved in the escapade were suspended for varying periods up to four months.Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medallist, has lost a slew of sponsorship deals following the Rio escapade.He was charged by Brazilian police last month of making a false report about being robbed at gunpoint during a night out.Lochte had already left the country by the time the charges were filed.The Olympic gold medal winner had told the media in Rio that he and three teammates had been mugged after an all-night party by robbers pretending to be police.The tale humiliated first the Brazilian hosts of the Games and later Lochte’s own Team USA, after police determined that he had largely fabricated his story.Lochte, who is now seeking to rehabilitate his public image with an appearance on upcoming reality show “Dancing With the Stars” has apologized for his behaviour.“I’m taking full responsibility for it,” Lochte said in a television interview.“I over-exaggerated that story and if I had never done that, we wouldn’t be in this mess.”last_img read more

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Celebrate Thanksgiving for Nature at Farmington Hills Nature Center

first_imgThe Farmington Hills Nature Center’s annual “Thanksgiving for Nature” will be held on Friday, November 23.Activities from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. include a self-guided scavenger hunt through the trails of Heritage Park, with a list of clues and directions that will help participants find reasons to be thankful for all of nature’s gifts.Those who complete the scavenger hunt will be eligible for a Thanksgiving prize.Kids can make some unique fall nature crafts and enjoy roasting marshmallows at the campfire. Check out the new animals and displays at the Nature Center or warm up with some hot cocoa.Thanksgiving for Nature is open to all ages. Preregistration is strongly encouraged at recreg.fhgov.com or at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. For more information, contact Nature Center Supervisor Ashlie Smith at 248-477-1135 or asmith@fhgov.com. Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Free skating August 22 at Farmington Hills Ice Arena

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Farmington Hills Ice Arena will hold an open house from 6 p.m. to 7:20 p.m., on Thursday, August 22.Enjoy a free open skate with help from ice skating coaches, free skate rentals, and give-aways. To learn more, call 248-478-8800.The arena is located inside Founders Sports Park, 35500 W. Eight Mile Rd. Reported bylast_img read more

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Vaunix Relocates Manufacturing Facility to Support Expansion

first_imgVaunix Technology, a manufacturer of USB controlled and powered test equipment, recently moved their head office to Newburyport, Massachusetts. This move will help accommodate future growth and allow for advances in the engineering and manufacturing of their products. Additionally, Newburyport offers a greater variety of business opportunities and development which will be beneficial to moving the company forward.The address of the new location is 7 New Pasture Road, Newburyport, MA 01950. All other contact information, including phone numbers, remain the same.“We looked all over Massachusetts’s Merrimack Valley for a suitable building to house our growing manufacturing and administration needs, “ said Scott Blanchard, President of Vaunix. “ We settled on a building in Newburyport’s business and industry park because it accommodated all of our wishes, including being involved in an innovative community and being a good commute for all current and future employees.”last_img read more

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NBTC Negros qualifiers set tomorrow

first_imgNBTC is also envisioned to mentorcoaches, get kids to love the sport and inspire them to have a healthy andactive lifestyle, establish and develop fundamental skills and build character,and empower and raise future leaders./PN Winners will advance to the NBTCRegional Qualifiers on the third week of February in Aklan, said Benny Lachica,NBTC league’s local tournament commissioner. NBTC is a duly recognized grassrootsprogram by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. It identifies, prepares anddevelops young male student-athletes. The program: * promotes the values of leadership,commitment to excellence, right attitude and discipline among young studentsthrough sports SAGAY City – The SM Chooks To Go NBTCBasketball Tournament provincial/city qualifiers for Negros Occidental startstomorrow. Bacolod Tay Tung High School center Henj Demisana (No. 5) outpowers Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias forward Rommel Hechanova during the NBTC Bacolod leg finals. NBTC BACOLOD PHOTO * serves as pathway for the players andcoaches to move to a higher level of competition, and to develop skills, buildcharacter and raise leaders * creates learning environmentopportunities for players to demonstrate and enhance both individual and teamskills To see action in the provincial finalsare Bacolod City leg champion Bacolod Tay Tung High School, San Carlos City legtitlist Tañon College and Silay-Sagay leg champion MDM College.last_img read more

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Sebelum Naik Bus, Cek Dulu Terminalnya Tipe Apa?

first_imgTerminal Tirtonadi salah satu terminal tipe A Ada kabar bahwa Kementerian Perhubungan akan membangun terminal bus tipe A di Demak, Jawa Tengah. Pembangunan ini merupakan salah satu upaya peningkatan pelayanan transportasi jalan. Rencananya pembangunan yang akan menghabiskan dana sekitar Rp3,5 miliar tersebut akan selesai dalam waktu tiga tahun.Baca juga: Jejak Sejarah Stasiun Muntilan, Kini Berubah Jadi Terminal Bus PrajitnoBerangkat dari kabar ini, ternyata tidak hanya bandara dan stasiun yang memiliki kelas atau tipe. Ternyata terminal juga  punya tipe tersendiri untuk melayani bus dan angkutannya. KabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari berbagai laman sumber, bahwa tipe terminal sendiri terbagi tiga yakni A, B dan C. Kini yang jadi pertanyaan, apa perbedaan ketiga terminal ini? Pembagian tipe terminal sendiri ternyata dipisahkan kewenangannya menjadi milik Pemerintah Pusat, Pemerintah Provinsi dan Pemerintah Daerah. Pembagian ini juga didasari UU No.23/2014 tentang Pemerintah Daerah yang hanya membagi berdasarkan kewenangan pengelolaan terminal. Untuk menelisiknya lebih lanjut, berikut ini akan dibahas perbedaan dari tiga tipe terminal bus.Terminal penumpang tipe ATerminal tipe A ini juga disebut terminal induk yang berfungsi melayani kendaraan umum baik secara nasional maupun internasional seperti angkutan antarkota antarprovinsi atau angkutan lintas batas negara, angkutan antar kota dalam provinsi, angkutan kota dan angkutan pedesaan.Biasanya terminal tipe A terletak di ibu kota Provinsi, Kotamadya atau Kabupaten dan terletak di jalan arteri dengan kelas jalan minimal kelas IIIA. Jumlah arus kendaraannya 50-100 per jamnya, memiliki luas 5 hektar di Pulau Sumatera dan Jawa, serta 3 hektar di pulau lainnya. Memiliki akses jalan masuk di Pulau Jawa 100 meter dan 50 meter untuk pulau lainnya. Penentuan lokasi pembangunannya pun dilaksanakan Direktur Jenderal setelah mendengar pendapat Gubernur.Terminal penumpang tipe BTerminal ini juga biasa disebut dengan terminal regional yang melayani kendaraan umum untuk angkutan antar kota dalam provinsi, angkutan kota dan angkutan pedesaan. Terminal tipe B sendiri letaknya di Kotamadya atau Kabupaten dan mencakup jaringan trayek angkutan kota dalam provinsi. Terletak di jalan arteri dengan kelas sekurang-kurangnya kelas IIIB. Memiliki jumlah arus kendaraan 25-50 per jamnya.Terminal tipe ini memiliki luas di Pulau Jawa dan Sumatera seluas 3 hektar dan dipulau lainnya 2 hektar. Terminal tipe B memiliki akses masuk dengan jarak 50 meter untuk Pulau Jawa dan 30 meter untuk pulau lainnya. Penentuan lokasi pembangunannya pun dilakukan oleh Gubernur setelah mendapat persetujuan dari Direktur Jenderal.Terminal penumpang tipe CTerminal tipe C bisa dikatakan sebagai subterminal yang melayani kendaraan umum kelas kecil seperti angkutan kota dan angkutan pedesaan. Letaknya di dalam wilayah Kabupaten Daerah Tingkat II dan dalam jaringan trayek angkutan desa, tak hanya itu terminal tipe C juga berada di jalan lokal dengan kelas jalan paling tinggi IIIA. Arus kendaraannya pun tak banyak hanya 25 per jamnya. Sedangkan luas dan akses jalan masuk ke terminalnya pun tergantung kebutuhan Kabupaten itu sendiri. Untuk penentuan lokasi dan letaknya dilaksanakan oleh Bupati Kepala Daerah/Walikotamadya Daerah Tingkat II setelah mendapat persetujuan Gubernur.Baca juga: Wales Bangun Terminal Bus Terpadu, Sinergikan Ritel dan PerkantoranMeski ada pembagian, terminal tipe A dan B minimal harus memiliki jalur pemberangkatan kendaraan umum, jalur kedatangan kendaraan umum, tempat tunggu kendaraan umum, tempat istirahat sementara kendaraan umum, bangunan kantor terminal tempat tunggu penumpang atau pengantar, menara pengawas, loket penjualan karcis, rambu-rambu dan papan informasi, yang memuat petunjuk jurusan, tarif dan jadwal perjalanan, pelataran parkir kendaraan pengantar dan taksi.Selain itu juga harus dilengkapi dengan toilet, musholla, kios/kantin, ruang pengobatan, ruang infromasi dan pengaduan telepon umum serta tempat penitipan barangTaman. Adapula kegiatan sirkulasi penumpang, pengantar, penjemput, sirkulasi barang dan pengelola terminal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTerminal Baranang Siang, Kini Seperti Pupus Harapan23/01/2018In “Bus AKAP”Trans Jogja, Bus Rapid Transit Tanpa Separator Asli Kota Gudeg05/04/2017In “Bus dalam kota”Layaknya Pohon Natal, Ini Alasan Bus AKAP Dihiasi Lampu Warna Warni13/05/2020In “Bus AKAP”last_img read more

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