CBRE appointed for Manchester masterplan

first_imgTrafford Metropolitan Borough Council and Trafford Economic Alliance have hired CBRE as part of a consortium including development specialists EKOS and consultancies URBED and WSP to work on an masterplan for the area. The 20-year project will be funded by the North West Development Agency. Nick Mullins, investment director at CBRE, said: ‘Currently Trafford Park is best known as being Greater Manchester’s industrial capital. This project, however, will look at what we can do to keep industrial and distribution business in the area, while making best use of the area’s fantastic cultural and leisure assets.’last_img read more

ILO Paves Way for Greater Seafarer Protection

first_imgAt the 103rd International Labour Conference, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has, with a staggering majority, adopted new provisions on the protection of abandoned seafarers and seafarers who have been injured in occupational accidents, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) said in a release.The new regulations are, inter alia, intended to ensure financial security when a seafarer is abandoned in a foreign port without any economic possibilities of paying the voyage home or is taken ill, for example as a consequence of an occupational accident.By now, 61 countries have ratified the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) and, thus, the protection of seafarers is extended.Hereby, the ILO’s success creating an up-to-date instrument on seafarers’ rights is confirmed.The Special MLC Tripartite Committee drew up the new provisions in April this year. Thus, the special revision process introduced by the MLC was tested.Now, a period of two years and six months remains before the regulations will take effect. Then, countries that have ratified the MLC will be bound by the regulations unless 40 per cent of the ratifying countries reject the new provisions in writing.However, such a result is hardly likely given the support for the regulations by both the employer and employee side as well as by the relevant governments.Only one of the 470 delegates voting on this issue voted against it.Consequently, seafarers and their families can look forward to being better protected worldwide as regards, inter alia, outstanding wages in case of the ship owner’s liquidation, a paid voyage home and security for compensation in case of occupational accidents.This is to be ensured by means of insurance or similar schemes. Seafarers on board Danish ships have already to a great extent enjoyed this protection, but it is far from obvious in other countries.[mappress]DMA, June 16, 2014; Image: ILOlast_img read more

Steveco acquires Hamina’s stevedoring business

first_imgNiko Orpana has been appointed to director in charge of Hamina Unit’s operations, reporting to CEO Kari Savolainen.The Hamina operations will be integrated as part of Steveco’s other operations which may lead to changes in future operating models.last_img

Mainstay Marine acquires hoist

first_imgThe Pembroke Dock-based company said the unit will lift vessels at its 4.6 ha site.Built by Italian company Boat Lift, the remote-controlled crane weighs 60 tons (54 tonnes) and measures 12 m in height. It has six lifting winches and can be immersed in water up to 5 m deep. It will be able to lift vessels with a 9 m beam and a 4.5 m draught.Stewart Graves, managing director at Mainstay Marine, commented: “The boat hoist will complement our recent upgrades to our slipways giving us the ability to provide customers with a much more flexible service for vessels up to 650 ton (590 tonnes).” The company’s other facilities include a wet basin, four slipways and a ro-ro jetty.Mainstay Marine said that the hoist will be used to launch the Welsh Fisheries Protection vessel Rhodri Morgan, as well as the 19 m-long catamaran Lady Megan, both of which are being built on site.The hoist could also be used in the EUR76 million (USD85.7 million) Swansea City development project at Pembroke port, which will support the marine renewable sector in Wales, according to Mainstay read more

Officials can’t ID source of E. coli that struck siblings

first_img Author: Associated Press Published: August 15, 2017 12:14 AM EDT Officials can’t ID source of E. coli that struck siblings Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.center_img SHARE ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota health officials say they are unable to identify the source of an E. coli strain that killed a 3-year-old Wright County girl and sickened her older brother.The state Health Department said Monday it has completed its investigation but was unable to identify a single source of E. coli.The parents of Kallan Maresh say the bacteria toxin attacked their daughter’s kidneys and neurological system and led to her death. Kallan and her 5-year-old brother, Kade, contracted the bacteria July 9, sending them into kidney failure.The Health Department says disease investigators considered all known potential sources of E. coli, including farm animals. But officials did not find a connection with a petting zoo the children visited, despite extensive testing of the animals.No additional cases have been reported.last_img read more

CBS suspends Rose, PBS halts his show following allegations

first_imgCBS suspends Rose, PBS halts his show following allegations Published: November 20, 2017 6:00 PM EST Updated: November 20, 2017 6:46 PM EST Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Rose’s PBS show features his in-depth interviews with newsmakers. The 75-year-old journalist is one of three hosts of “CBS This Morning” and is also a contributor to “60 Minutes.”MORE: Roy Moore accuser says she was not paid to tell her story NEW YORK (AP) PBS says it is immediately halting distribution of Charlie Rose’s interview program and CBS News suspended him following The Washington Post’s report of eight women who accused the veteran newsman of multiple unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate behavior.The women, three of whom spoke on the record in the deeply-reported story, accused Rose of groping them, walking naked in front of them and relating an erotic dream.MORE: 2nd woman accuses Sen. Al Franken of improper conductRose told the Post that he was “deeply embarrassed” and apologized for his behavior. Author: Associated Press SHARElast_img read more

US to Implement Rule Denying Green Cards to Immigrants Who Need…

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says starting Monday (February 24), it will be implementing the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule denying green cards to Caribbean and other immigrants who may need US government assistance.“In light of the US Supreme Court’s February 21, 2020 decision to stay the statewide injunction preventing implementation of the final rule issued by US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, USCIS will now apply the final rule to all applications and petitions postmarked (or submitted electronically) on or after February 24, 2020,” said USCIS in a statement on Friday.“The final rule, published on August 14, 2019 and originally scheduled to go into effect on October 15, 2019, prescribes how the Department of Homeland Security will determine whether an alien (immigrant) is inadmissible and ineligible to adjust status to that of a lawful permanent resident in the United States because the alien is likely at any time in the future to become a public charge pursuant to section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act,” USCIS continued.It said the final rule also addresses USCIS’ authority to issue public charge bonds in the context of applications for adjustment of status.USCIS said the final rule includes a requirement that Caribbean and other immigrants seeking an extension of nonimmigrant stay or change of nonimmigrant status “demonstrate that they have not received public benefits over the designated threshold”.In response, Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has expressed outrage over a United States Supreme Court ruling that allowed the Trump administration to deny green cards to Caribbean and other immigrants who may need government aid.“As a product of the hopes and dreams of an immigrant family, I am outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to implement the public charge rule – a cruel policy Donald Trump has crafted to jeopardise the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable,” Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation.“Historically, the United States has served as a place of refuge for individuals around the world seeking to fulfill the American dream,” added the representative for the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York.“Immigrants are our neighbours, our friends, leaders in our communities and even our members of Congress.”“It is disturbing to witness a global leader toying with people’s lives, and we must not stop fighting until Donald Trump is removed from office,” continued Clarke, a very ardent critic of Trump’s immigration policies.last_img read more

Emmanuel Macron takes over from François Hollande

first_imgNew French President Emmanuel Macron was on Sunday sworn into office, taking over from outgoing François Hollande.Macron, 39, has now become the first president of France born after the establishment of the Fifth Republic in 1958.In his inaugural speech, president Macron pledged to unite the country, saying it had to overcome the fractures that appeared during the campaigns.“The division and fractures in our society must be overcome,” the 39-year-old former investment banker said. “The world and Europe needs France more than ever.”Macron was handed France’s nuclear codes by predecessor Francois Hollande in an inauguration ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.Macron won a run-off poll against the National Front candidate Marine Le Pen after they both failed to win an outright majority in the initial vote.Representatives from every level of government, as well as members of different faiths, joined 100 personal guests as Macron received the Grand Necklace of the Order of the Legion of Honor, the highest award the country can offer.Macron invited his entire family, including his parents and the children of his wife and now first lady, Brigitte Macron, 64.last_img read more

Tunisia bans ships of French company from docking as crew test…

first_imgTunisia’s COVID-19 cases rise to 1,087 Tunisia’s COVID-19 cases near 1,000 Tunisia decided on Saturday to prevent the ships of French transport company Corsica Linea from anchoring in its ports, local media reported.Mosaique FM radio Saturday quoted Habib Ghedira, member of Tunisia’s committee to confront the COVID-19, as saying that the ban was taken by the government.Several crew members of a ship belonging to Corsica Linea company, which operated the Marseille-Tunis route from July 1 to July 10, have been tested positive for COVID-19.And eight other cases of COVID-19 were detected among the crew of another vessel of the same company that docked in the port of La Goulette in Tunis on July 14.Tunisian Health Ministry called on thousands of people who were on board the two ships during the period to adopt self-isolation at home.Meanwhile, Tunisian Transport Ministry has asked the French company on Tuesday to suspend its operations to Tunisia until the safety of the crew is confirmed.Relatedcenter_img Tunisia eases lockdown as COVID-19 cases slowdownlast_img read more

Record Number of Gretna Weddings Expected This Hogmanay

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe 31st of December will see the highest number of civil marriages conducted by Dumfries and Galloway Council staff to take place on Hogmanay in Gretna and the Gretna Green areas. There are 59 Gretna weddings in total being held which is the highest number recorded since the Registration Office opened in Central Avenue in September 1991.Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chairman of Communities Committee said;“The Gretna area consistently retains a 12% market share of all weddings that take place in Scotland and we are delighted couples have chosen our town to be married on such a significant day. Gretna and Gretna Green is a wonderful place to be married and couples love the tradition and romance associated with being married here.”Councillor John Martin, Vice Chairman of Communities Committee said;“Gretna and Gretna Green in Dumfries and Galloway is possibly the most romantic place in Scotland with couples choosing to be married here. Our small Scottish town is synonymous with romance and weddings. Hogmanay is one of our busier days during the winter months second only to St Valentines Day.”Analysis of marriage statistics shows that even in times of decline. both Gretna and Dumfries and Galloway have retained their market share of all the marriages taking place in Scotland. Preliminary figures show an increase in weddings in Gretna during 2019 compared with 2018 with an average of 80% of all weddings in Dumfries and Galloway taking place in the Gretna area.last_img read more