Tradelossa on the boil (video)

first_imgAs part of the project, Tradelossa transported a 275-tonne boiler which had the dimensions 17 m x 8.5 m x 10 m.Watch a video of this transport here (password: boiler2013).  www.tradelossa.comlast_img

Officials: 34 presumed dead after fire on Calif. scuba diving boat

first_img No one likely escaped the flames that tore through a boat packed with scuba divers, with all 34 people sleeping below deck presumed dead during a Labor Day weekend expedition off the Southern California coast, authorities said Tuesday as they called off the search for survivors.Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said no one has been found alive after the fire engulfed the dive boat early Monday. Flames blocked an escape hatch and a stairwell leading to the sleeping area crowded with passengers on a recreational scuba diving trip.Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig told reporters that the victims’ relatives “will rely on us to do everything in our power to find out happened aboard that vessel in the last moments of these family members’ lives. That’s our commitment.”Only five crew members sleeping on the top deck were able to escape by jumping off and taking a small boat to safety.The fire that engulfed the Conception killed all 33 passengers and one crew member who was below deck, the sheriff said. Investigators have not yet determined how the fire erupted.The bodies of 20 victims have been recovered, and divers have seen between four and six others in the sunken wreckage, the sheriff said. Authorities are trying to stabilize the boat that sank in about 60 feet (18 meters) of water so divers can recover those remains.Most need to be identified by DNA analysis and officials are collecting samples from family members, Brown said.One passenger, marine biologist and veteran diver Kristy Finstad, 41, was identified in a Facebook post by her brother, Brett Harmeling of Houston.“Please pray for my sister Kristy!! She was leading a dive trip on this boat,” Harmeling wrote.The sheriff says the majority of the victims appear to have been from Northern California, including Santa Cruz, San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area.The boat had departed Santa Barbara Harbor on Saturday and the fire broke out about 3 a.m. Monday while it was anchored off Santa Cruz Island, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Los Angeles. The crew appeared to quickly call for help.“The call was garbled, it was not that clear, but we were able to get some information out of it to send vessels,” Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said.Capt. Paul Amaral of the vessel assistance company TowBoatUS also launched a fast boat from Ventura Harbor, but it was some 30 miles (48 kilometers) away. By the time it got there around 5 a.m., a Coast Guard helicopter and a fireboat were on scene.Amaral said he first searched the water and shoreline, then turned back to the Conception, which was adrift. He attached a line and pulled it into deeper water so the fireboats could reach it.“We launched that boat knowing that the vessel was on fire, lots of people aboard,” he told The Associated Press.The five crew members, meanwhile, went on a dinghy to a private fishing boat, The Grape Escape, that was anchored near the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Two had minor injuries.That boat’s owners, Bob and Shirley Hansen, told The New York Times they were asleep when they heard pounding on the side of their 60-foot (18-meter) vessel about 3:30 a.m. and discovered the frightened crew members.“When we looked out, the other boat was totally engulfed in flames, from stem to stern,” Hansen said. “I could see the fire coming through holes on the side of the boat. There were these explosions every few beats. You can’t prepare yourself for that. It was horrendous.”Hansen said two of the crew members went back toward the Conception looking for survivors but found no one.The 75-foot (23-meter) Conception was on a three-day excursion to the chain of rugged, wind-swept isles that form Channel Islands National Park in the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles. The fire broke out as the boat sat anchored in Platt’s Harbor off Santa Cruz Island.The Conception, based in Santa Barbara Harbor on the mainland, was owned by Santa Barbara-based Truth Aquatics, founded in 1974. A memorial outside Truth Aquatics in the Santa Barbara Harbor grew Monday night as mourners came to pay their respects.Dave Reid, who runs an underwater camera manufacturing business with his wife, Terry Schuller, and has traveled on the Conception and two other boats in Truth Aquatics’ fleet, said he considered all three among the best and safest.“When you see the boats they are always immaculate,” he said. “I wouldn’t hesitate at all to go on one again. Of all the boat companies, that would be one of the ones I wouldn’t think this would happen to.”His wife said Truth Aquatics crews have always been meticulous in going over safety instructions at the beginning of every trip she’s been on.“They tell you where the life jackets are, how to put them on … the exits, where the fire extinguishers are, on every single trip,” said Schuller. “They are the best, the absolute best.”Both said the sleeping area is comfortable but tight, however, with bunk beds stacked next to one another on the lowest deck. Coming up to the top deck to get off requires navigating a narrow stairway with only one exit.If the fire was fast-moving, Reid said, it’s very likely divers couldn’t escape and the crew couldn’t get to them.Coast Guard records show all safety violations from the last five years were quickly addressed by the boat’s owners. Some violations were related to fire safety. A 2016 inspection resulted in owners replacing the heat detector in the galley and one in 2014 cited a leaky fire hose.The Conception was chartered by Worldwide Diving Adventures, which says on its website that it has been taking divers on such expeditions since the 1970s.Andy Taylor, owner of Blue Water Hunter Dive Shop in Santa Barbara, said he discussed dive conditions with several people Friday as they were buying some last-minute things before boarding the Conception. Taylor said he often sends divers to Truth Aquatics for trips and he has friends who have crewed on the Conception.He said he was on the phone all day Monday as friends checked to make sure he had not been on the boat.“Right now it’s a big question of who was on there and who wasn’t,” he said. “I’m scared to see the list of names, honestly.”___Associated Press writers John Antczak, John Rogers, Frank Baker and Justin Pritchard in Los Angeles, Stephanie Mullen in San Francisco, Michael R. Blood in Oxnard, California, and Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this story. Recommended Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. 2 Florida firefighters help fight fires out west, say more help needed SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) Officials: 34 presumed dead after fire on Calif. scuba diving boat Author: STEFANIE DAZIO/APWriter:WINK News SHARE Seeping under doors, bad air from West’s fires won’t ease up Published: September 3, 2019 4:22 PM EDT Updated: September 3, 2019 4:23 PM EDT last_img read more

MPs recommend tough penalties for corporate fraudsters

first_imgBusinesses that knowingly perpetrate fraud should face penalties based on the organisation’s turnover rather than the amount of harm caused, the House of Commons Justice Committee has said.In its comments to the Sentencing Council on the draft fraud, bribery and money laundering offences guidelines, the committee argues that fines imposed to punish corporate offenders for financial crimes should be calculated primarily on a percentage of turnover, rather than on an evaluation of the amount of financial harm caused by the crimes.The committee welcomed the greater emphasis across the guidelines for individual offenders on the impact the crime has had on the victim, rather than focusing exclusively on financial loss.It highlighted concerns that the proposed approach to sentencing corporate offenders, which involves evaluating the amount of financial harm caused, would be difficult to achieve and likely to result in ‘overly lenient’ sentences.Instead it suggested sentences be based primarily on a percentage of turnover, or some other indication of the corporation’s financial value.To optimise the chances of securing compensation for victims of financial crime, the committee recommended that the guideline should be slightly redrafted to incentivise offenders to make voluntary reparation at an early stage.It also recommended that the benefit fraud guideline gives greater clarity to sentencers about the circumstances in which they should take financial hardship into account as a mitigating factor.In other respects the committee broadly supported the Sentencing Council’s draft guidelines.
 
Committee chair Sir Alan Beith MP said: ‘We would like the Sentencing Council to revisit their proposed approach to calculating sentences for corporate offenders, to ensure they pay a more meaningful penalty.‘At the same time, we welcome many aspects of the new Guideline for sentencing offenders convicted of fraud and related offences, in particular the greater weight given to the harm caused to victims.’The committee’s report is available here.last_img read more

Directors rebuked for not revealing firm’s financial woes

first_imgRegulators have rebuked three law firm directors who failed to report the practice was in financial trouble. Martin Pearse, Christopher Lingard and Fiona Higgins were all sanctioned by the SRA following the intervention last year into south-west firm Follett Stock.The regulator closed the practice last year after it was declared insolvent, with 30 people losing their jobs.In a statement on its website, the SRA said Pearse, Lingard and Higgins had all failed to comply with regulatory obligations and deal with the regulator in an ‘open, timely and co-operative manner’.They also delayed informing the SRA of serious financial difficulty at Follett Stock and its subsidiary FSHL Limited. The firm was based in Truro, Cornwall (pictured) and at one time had offices in London, Bristol and Exeter.The rebuke means the trio will not face any further action at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.Last week the SRA emphasised that risks of financial instability and firms collapsing in a disorderly way are still a concern to the regulator. Executive director Crispin Passmore said research has found that, for small and medium firms, the risk of misusing client money is more common if a firm is in financial difficulty and needs propping up.last_img read more

Home working and money worries: Lawyers seek help for Covid concerns

first_imgPlease see the Gazette’s dedicated coronavirus page here >> *The Law Society is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England. Dozens of lawyers have sought specialist help with their mental health since the lockdown began eight weeks ago, new figures have revealed.Legal Mental health charity LawCare said today that 48 legal professional have contacted it since 10 March, making up 37% of all contacts to the support service in that time.The most common issues people have reported relating to coronavirus have been not being allowed to work from home, financial issues due to furloughing or pay cuts, and worsening of existing mental health conditions. People calling the support service have also reported relationship strain, childcare issues and being asked to work whilst on furlough.The figures were released to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, which begins today, and LawCare believes many more people could be in need of help and support.Chief Executive Elizabeth Rimmer said: ‘We feel this is very much the tip of the iceberg and anticipate in the coming weeks more and more legal professionals will contact us as the emotional and financial impact of the pandemic begins to really hit home.’We would like to remind all legal professionals, including support staff, they can contact us for free, in confidence, to discuss anything that is bothering them. Talking through your problems with one of our trained staff and volunteers, who have all worked in the law themselves, can really help.’The charity has developed a Covid-19 hub with specific information and resources at its website, while there is also help through email, webchat and a peer support service. This week, LawCare is asking legal professionals to share moments in their legal career when someone has shown them kindness, with people encouraged to use the hashtag #momentofkindness and tag @LawCare on Twitter, or LawCare on Facebook and LinkedIn.Meanwhile, a survey of 1,000 people at the start of this month, from professional recruitment firm Walters People, suggests that lawyers who rent shared accommodation are suffering the greatest strain during this period of lockdown.Researchers found less than a fifth (18%) of people in shared housing were satisfied with home working arrangements, and just 6% said productivity had increased. A third in shared accommodation said remote working had negatively impacted their mental health, with a quarter of professionals reporting space to be so limited that they had to work from their beds.center_img Find advice and updates here.last_img read more

Publications

first_imgMétéor: Le Métro du FuturThis colourful booklet in French with English translations provides a potted history of the development of Paris metro Line 14. It traces the background to the line, and explains in more detail the modular train control systems, which have since been adopted as the basis for the future controls on the New York subway.Matra Transport International, 48-56 rue Barbès, BP 531, F-92542 Montrouge, Cedex, France.Fax: +33 1 49 65 70 93Railway Directory 2000edited by Chris BushellThe 105 edition of the ’red book’ has been fully updated, reflecting changes in the rail industry. The manufacturers’ section has been redesigned, with a new Buyer’s Guide and standardised product codes keyed to more comprehensive company entries grouped into six major categories: Rolling Stock, Components, Traction & Control, Infrastructure, Data & Information, and Services. There are also several new colour maps. Railway Directory 2000 includes information, statistics and personnel details for over 1400 railways in more than 140 countries, plus around 400 city rail operators, and 1800 suppliers. With government authorities, industry associations and rail-related bodies, there are listings for over 15000 people. Also available on CD-ROM.ISBN 0-617-01277-6Book: £170 Europe, $300 USA or £200 Rest of World; CD-Rom £370 Europe, $650 USA, £400 Rest of World. Available from Esco Business Services, PO Box 935, Finchingfield, Essex, CM7 4LN, Great BritainFax: +44 1371 811065last_img read more

Cantabrian studies

first_imgGIF HAS AWARDED three contacts worth a total of €5m to undertake studies for a proposed 450 km high speed line along the northern coast of Spain between Ferrol and Bilbao (RG 4.03 p180). The section from Ferrol to the boundary between the Galicia and Asturias regions has been awarded to Ayesa for €1·35m, while AEPO has a €2·19m contract covering Asturias. Proser will cover the section across Cantabria and on to Bilbao for €1·5m; all three contracts are for a period of 24 months.The Ministry of Development has begun public consultation on a 126·3 km high speed line between Alar del Rey and Santander, expected to cost €1·1bn to build as part of a new route between Madrid and the Cantabrian coast. This would largely follow the existing railway, and routing options include dual-gauging the 39 km Los Corrales de Buelna – Torrelavega – Santander section. Between Torrelavega and Santander the proposed Ferrol – Bilbao route would have to be taken into account.last_img read more

Babsy Grange’s mother is dead

first_imgRaphaelita Walker, the mother of the Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has died at the age of 90.Mrs. Walker died peacefully at her home in Toronto, Canada, on February 14 surrounded by family and friends, including Minister Grange and her husband of over 50 years, Gifford Walker.Olivia’Babsy’ Grange was with her mother Raphealite Walker asa she drew her last breath.Considered a stalwart in the Jamaican community in Toronto, Mrs. Walker was an integral member of several organizations including the 55-year-old Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA), the largest and oldest community Jamaican organization in Canada; PACE (Canada), [Project for the Advancementof Childhood Education], which adopts basic schools in Jamaica; and the Jamaica Independence Church Service committee, which plans the annual event to commemorate Jamaica’s independence.Mrs. Walker has adopted two basic schools in Jamaica – Charles Chin Loy and High Holborn.  For nearly 30 years, she and husband, Gifford Walker, have played Santa and Mrs. Claus at JCA’s annual Children’s Christmas Party.Describing her mother as the backbone of the family Minister Grange says her life epitomized the true meaning of the words “Love and Helpful.”Senator the Honorable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade under whose portfolio Diaspora Affairs falls, underscored the tremendous contributions which Raphaelita has made to Diaspora development spanning several decades. “Her passion, drive and generosity of spirit has left an imprint in the hearts of a grateful nation” she stated.Her Excellency Janice Miller, High Commissioner of Jamaica expressed deep sorrow at the loss of a community icon who she says exemplified all that is good and positive about Jamaica in Canada.Jamaica’s Consul General at Toronto Mr. Lloyd Wilks noted that Mrs. Walker was a community mother and stalwart whose high standards and compassionate disposition permeated all the organizations that she was involved with and all the individuals with whom she came into contact.Mrs. Walker, who has called Toronto home since 1963, has been the recipient of many awards including the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Jamaica, the Ontario Volunteer Service Award, the JCA Certificateof Appreciation, Excellence in Community Service Award, and the Committee on Community, Race & Ethnic Award.Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.last_img read more

All Boat Ramps and Marinas in Palm Beach County Closed to…

first_imgPALM BEACH COUNTY – Effective immediately, all boat ramps and marinas will be closed to all recreational boating activities to include boat launching, in/out storage activities, and boat rentals in Palm Beach County until further notice.Licensed commercial fishermen who provide food for restaurants and markets, commercial marine operations, and support services are permitted to operate.This order is necessary in response to people gathering in large groups on the sandbars, Intracoastal lands and waterways without observing social distancing to prevent community spread of COVID-19. Marina supply, fueling and service activities necessary to support commercial fishing and commercial marine operations may continue to operate.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies will be enforcing the closures and monitoring waterways.Closures are being ordered in Palm Beach County and counties to the south to prevent large group gatherings and to protect the health of residents during this emergency. Current guidelines call for gatherings to be limited to groups of 10 or fewer with social distancing of six feet apart. These actions are necessary to slow the community spread of COVID-19.last_img read more

White goods collection from National Clean Up Day continues

first_imgLocalNews White goods collection from National Clean Up Day continues by: Dominica Vibes News – February 22, 2016 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 229 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC) has confirmed that the collection of white goods, in respect to the recent national clean-up campaign, is continuing.Acting General Manager of the Corporation, Florian Mitchell told Dominica Vibes on Monday 22 February 2016, the organization was “overwhelmed” with the country’s response to the cleanup day held on Thursday 17 February 2016.Government, through the Ministry of Health and the Environment along with other stakeholders, implemented a National Clean-Up day aimed at ridding the environment of white goods and other materials that could possibly be breeding grounds for mosquitos. This was done as a proactive approach in fighting Zika Virus.“The project was originally designated for a one day activity, but because of the amount of waste that was put out, we continued. We worked from Thursday to Sunday and there was still an overwhelming amount of material in the environment,” he said.Mr Mitchell added that the project has not ended as people are still hauling those white goods to the Sanitary Landfill in Fond Cole.He informed that the goods will not remain on the Landfill but a plan is being put into place where the material will be compacted and shipped overseas.“We are trying right now to bring a [scrap] metal bailing machine on island that will be used to process, compact and then export. That would be the final cycle of the items brought to the landfill. We sort them by their category, compact them and ship them out,” Mr Mitchell explained.He noted that the overwhelming response from the public shows two things; “that a lot of our white goods are not in our ravines because of the volumes that came out of the communities and it is a positive sign that we are not dumping white goods and derelict vehicles in the ravines”.Mr Mitchell commended the general public for their cooperation and assistance in the cleanup campaign.last_img read more