NERC Exercises Option on RRS Ernest Shackleton

first_imgThe Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) declares its first option for a one year extension of the bareboat charter for “RRS Ernest Shackleton”.The option will be effective from August 2014.“RRS Ernest Shackleton” has been on a long-term charter with NERC`s British Antarctic Survey since August 1999. NERC further holds four annual options to extend the bareboat charter.GC Rieber Shipping, December 12, 2013last_img

Fine for divorce lawyer who said litigant in person behaved ‘like a fisherwoman’

first_imgA solicitor has admitted sending a string of inappropriate emails to an unrepresented party involved in divorce proceedings with his client.Stefano Enrico Mario Lucatello, who practised as a member of south west London firm Kobalt Law, accused the woman (identified as Ms VG) of being a ‘vexatious litigant’ and told her to ‘stop playing at being a lawyer’ in emails sent from March 2014 to July 2015.In one exchange involving four emails in a day, Lucatello said the litigant had ‘argued with [the judge] in court like a fisherwoman’.The 56-year-old, who qualified as a solicitor in 1988, was retained by Mr AV, an Italian citizen, in matrimonial proceedings against his former wife over contact with their child and payment of maintenance.In an agreed outcome made with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Lucatello admitted failing to display proper professional respect and courtesy to the ex-wife, who was a litigant in person.At one stage he threatened to have her arrested and accused her of lying to an Italian court. In another email, he said: ‘Please answer the questions and don’t try to be clever. You fail miserably.’Following a complaint to the SRA, Lucatello was asked to comment on the allegation that he had made comments which were offensive and threatening.The solicitor said his comments were not made in isolation but were the result of the substantial action required to be taken against a person who had taken advantage of her position as an unrepresented person.He said the comments were ‘reasonable, fair, polite, but firm’ and followed accusations from her that he was a bully and a stalker. He added: ‘I have as an officer of the court highlighted to the courts, at all times, what my opponent’s agenda was and what she was striving to achieve.’The SRA told the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal that the facts and proposed penalty had been agreed with Lucatello, after he had received professional advice and fully admitted the allegation against him.There was also no evidence that the conduct had been prejudicial to Ms VG. When read in full it was clear from the correspondence that what Ms VG had said was also inappropriate.In a judgment published this week, the tribunal said the correspondence was ‘completely unacceptable’ and it was the solicitor’s responsibility to maintain his professionalism regardless of what the litigant in person may have done.His misconduct, following a long and previously unblemished career, was unprofessional and continued for more than a year.The tribunal agreed to Lucatello paying a £5,000 fine and £2,500 costs.last_img read more


People March 2007

first_imgMichael Clausecker took over as General Manager of Unife on February 1, replacing Drewin Nieuwenhuis who agreed to leave under a mutual understanding’ with the board. Clausecker became Chairman of Waggonbau Niesky in 1993, before joining Siemens in 1999 with worldwide responsibility for locomotives. In 2001 he was appointed General Manager of the German Railway Industry Association (VDB). Maurizio Castelletti has been appointed Head of the Rail Unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy & Transport. Ed Harris retired from his post as Vice-President, Operations, at Canadian National with effect from January 31. David Hoff and Eric Stefanson have been appointed to the board of VIA Rail, Canada’s national passenger operator. Union Pacific Corp President & CEO James R Young was elected to the additional post of Chairman with effect from February 1, succeeding Dick Davidson who retired the previous day. The appointments of Linda Williams, Michael Lee and John Thomas to the board of Britain’s Office of Rail Regulation were confirmed by the Secretary of State for Transport on January 22. Mphefo Ramutloa has been appointed General Manager, Group Procurement, at the merged South African Rail Commuter Corp-Metrorail. Boukje B?gel will take up the post of Commercial Director at NS Reizigers with effect from April 15. Charles Deegan has been elected to serve a year-long term as Chairman of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. A board member representing Maryland, he succeeds Gladys Mack who has stepped down after 23 years on the board. Virginia representative Christopher Zimmerman and District of Columbia representative Jim Graham were elected Vice-Chairmen. Saleemur Rahman Akhoond has retired as General Manager, Operations, at Pakistan Railways. He is succeeded by Asad Saeed who was previously Managing Director at Raisalpur Locomotive Factory, a position now held by Tariq Saeed Dasti. Cindy C Earhart has been named Vice-President, Human Resources, at Norfolk Southern, succeeding Thomas H Mullenix. Thomas G Werner replaces Earhart as Vice-President, Information Technology. Jim Marks has been named Vice-President, Safety, at CSX Transportation, succeeding Bob Bernard who retires this month. SNCF has appointed Henriette Chaubon as Legal Director. Ara Najarian and Anthony J Bejarano have joined the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) board of directors, succeeding former City of Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts and retired Los Angeles Councilman Hal Bernson. Francis Nakache has been appointed Director-General of international rail, bus and tram contractor EuRailCo. On January 2 Kansas City Southern announced the appointment of Edward E Scott as Assistant Vice-President, Capital Investment Accounting. Nathan L Poundstone has joined KCS from KPMG as Assistant Vice-President, Financial Reporting, and Scott L Mylin has been appointed Assistant Vice-President, Revenue Accounting & Disbursement. William J Wochner has been promoted to Senior Vice-President & Senior Legal Officer. Réseau Ferré de France has appointed Bruno de Monvallier as Regional Director for Aquitaine and Poitou-Charentes, where he succeeds Alain Prat. On February 13 wagon builder FreightCar America announced the election of Thomas M Fitzpatrick to succeed Camillo M Santomero as non-executive Chairman when Santomero steps down on March 15. Scott Brace has been promoted to Executive Vice-President of RailWorks Track Systems. Brian Bennett is Assistant Vice-President & Regional Manager for the newly-established southeast region. ail flaw testing firm Sperry Rail Service has appointed Jamie O’Rourke as Managing Director of its North American Operations. Gary Lowndes has become Finance & Commercial Manager at Siemens Transportation Systems’ Rail Communications division, which integrates into Siemens the Transmitton business which was bought in 2005. Anna Matthews has been appointed Chief Executive of consultancy firm DeltaRail Group, formerly AEA Technology Rail. John W Soderberg has replaced Fred Einbinder as General Counsel at Alstom’s transport business.last_img read more


UK high speed rail development fund announced

first_imgUK: High speed rail pressure group Greengauge 21 announced a £750 000 strategy development programme at a Rail Forum event in Birmingham on June 13. The work programme will examine five broad corridors linking Britain’s major urban areas: London – Birmingham – ManchesterLondon – Cambridge – York – NewcastleLondon – Bristol/CardiffTrans-PennineAnglo-Scottish The case for building high speed railways in the UK will be developed using funding raised by consortium of rail industry and ‘regional, city and other public bodies’, which have formed a public interest group to oversee the work. According to Greengauge 21 director Jim Steer, the aim is to develop a national high speed rail strategy, identify the technical standards that should apply in Britain, investigate funding options, and ‘consult widely on the conclusions reached by earlier studies and on the outcome of this programme.’ This will ‘answer the questions that ministers and others raise about high-speed rail’, according to Steer. ‘We start from a perspective that this is all about achieving sustainable growth for the economy of Britain as a whole, rather than just a narrow concern about rail capacity’.Consultancy Steer Davies Gleave has undertaken a study on behalf of Birmingham City Council and Greengauge 21 into the potential benefits of a high speed line between London and Birmingham. Journey times could be cut from 1 h 20 min to around 45 min, with ‘significant productivity gains to the national and regional economy’. Forecasts using government guidance suggest GDP gains over 60 years of more than £5bn at 2002 prices.last_img read more


Eltel buys Finnish signalling business Celer

first_imgFINLAND: Swedish company Eltel has expanded its railway business with the acquisition of Finnish signalling services company Celer Oy with effect from April 1. Celer has 29 employees offering specialised signalling and safety services, with an annual turnover of €6m. Its activities include installation, corrective and preventive maintenance, project management, engineering and design. Customers include infrastructure manager Liikennevirasto, Helsinki Metro and various signalling and construction companies. ‘The acquisition of Celer is a great step forward for Eltel and is very much aligned with our strategic plan to expand in the Finnish market’, said Fredrik Häggström, President, Rail & Road, at Eltel. ‘Our customers have extensive investment plans and there are increasing needs to ensure sufficient competences and resources within this sector. Through this acquisition of Celer, Eltel can scale up its Finnish business and further develop cross border co-operation between our Eltel entities to be able to meet the needs of our customers.’last_img read more


World rail infrastructure market – June 2019

first_imgAustralia: Arc Infrastructure has awarded Dixon Construction a A$2m contract for the development of a depot in Kalgoorlie, including offices, a maintenance shed and a washing plant. Rio Tinto Iron Ore has awarded Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corp subsidiary Yurra a A$20m five-year contract for infrastructure maintenance on its Pilbara network. ‘Through ongoing contract opportunities we will continue to push the boundaries to improve and raise the living standards of indigenous peoples of the region’, said YAC CEO Michael Woodley. Belarus: BC has awarded AŽD Praha a KC20m contract to supply signalling equipment including its ABE-1-BC electronic automatic block system for the modernisation of the Zlobin – Kalinkovicy – Slovecno line, and a KC270m contract to supply an ESA 44-BC interlocking, ABE-1-BC signalling and diagnostic systems for the Kalinkovicy area. The Czech company will work with local partner BETZ. Belgium: Infrabel has awarded Kapsch CarrierCom a 15-year framework agreement for the migration of its GSM-R network from R99/TDM to R4/VoIP and the provision of 12 years of maintenance. This is intended to provide the functionality and resilience for ETCS Level 2 over GPRS. China: Vossloh Fastening Systems has won a €40m order to supply rail fastenings for the Hangzhou – Taizhou high speed line in 2019-20. Czech Republic: SŽDC has awarded a consortium of Strabag Rail, Eurovia CS and Metrostav a contract to upgrade one of the last non-modernised sections of Corridor 4 Praha – České Budějovice. The sinuous single-track section between Soběslav and Doubí u Tábora will be replaced by a new 8·8 km double-track alignment suitable for 160 km/h, with two flyovers, a 370 m tunnel, 12 bridges and no level crossings, reducing the distance by 750 m. A halt at Myslkovice will replace the one at Roudná. The contract is worth KC3·87bn, of which EU may contribute up to 83% of the cost. Completion is due for April 2023. SŽDC has awarded Eurovia CS, GJW Praha and EŽ Praha a KC1·47bn contract to upgrade the 8.4 km Lysá nad Labem – Čelákovice double-track line, including a replacing the bridge over the River Labe to increase clearances above water level. India: National Capital Regional Transport Corp has awarded Ayesa an engineering design contract covering four stations of the regional express rail network planned to serve the Delhi area. Israel: AŽD Praha has signed a three-year framework for the supply of turnout monitoring equipment. Italy: RFI has awarded Vossloh a €25m two-year framework for the supply of high speed turnout components. Philippines: A consortium of Sumitomo Corp, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering and TES Philippines began work on May 1 to return Manila metro Line 3 to its design capacity and improve safety. The scope includes repairs to track, catenary, signalling and rolling stock. The ¥35·5bn contract was awarded in January. Sweden: Vossloh has agreed a framework deal for the supply of turnout components to Trafikverket over four years. Two options for extensions of two years could take the contract value to €75m. Trafikverket has awarded Railcare a framework agreement for track works which is valid for two years with an option for a further two years. UK: Network Rail has appointed Atkins, Atos IT Services, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Capita Business Services, Cognizant Worldwide, Deloitte, DXC, Fujitsu, Resonate Group and a consortium of EY and Capgemini to its IT Solution delivery framework. This covers the provision of specialist IT support for operational and corporate activities, and is worth an estimated £605m over five years Network Rail has awarded six Signalling & Telecoms framework contracts: London NW (VolkerRail, £150m – £250m); Anglia, South East and Wessex (Atkins, £150m – £250m); London NE (Linbrooke Services £100 – £200m), Scotland (Babcock Rail, £100m – £200m), Western (Colas Rail, £50m – £125m), Wales (Siemens Mobility, £25 – £100m). These cover stand-alone level crossing works, major telecoms and related civil works in 2019-24. USA: Virgin Trains USA has appointed RailWorks, Stacy & Witbeck and Herzog to undertake infrastructure works on the extension from West Palm Beach to Orlando Airport. Georgia Port Authority has selected RailComm to provide a yard management system to enable 83 turnouts and 38 powered derailer devices to be controlled from a central office or touchscreen kiosks at the Port of Savannah. RailWorks is to supply track to the Minneapolis Southwest Light Rail project.last_img read more


Tunisian energy minister and officials sacked over graft accusations

first_imgCorruption was one of main catalysts of the 2011 revolt against autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. Many Tunisians complain graft remains widespread despite a democratic transition since 2011 with free elections.Last year, the government confiscated the property and froze bank accounts of about 20 prominent businessmen arrested on suspicion of corruption.Chafik Jaraya, who maintains political contacts in Tunisia and Libya and helped finance the Nidaa Tounes ruling party during the last elections in 2014, was among those arrested last year.He is in jail awaiting trial. His lawyer has said the charges are politically motivated.Tunisia’s anti-corruption committee has said graft is still widespread in all business sectors and causes losses worth billions of dollars every year.Related BERLIN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 14: Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) arrive to lay flowers at a memorial to the December Berlin terror attack on February 14, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Earlier in the day the two leaders discussed the acceptance by Tunisia of Tunisians in Germany up for deportation due to failed asylum applications. The issue has become sensitive in light of the December terror attack in Berlin by Tunisian national Anis Amri, whose deportation was pending but had been delayed due to the slow response by Tunisian authorities. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed sacked the energy minister, Khaled Kaddour, and four other senior officials linked to that ministry on Friday over corruption accusations, an official source said.Chahed ordered the merger of the ministries of energy and industry and launched an investigation into the accusations, the official source told Reuters.There was no immediate comment from Kaddour – the first minister targeted in a crackdown on corruption that Chahed launched last year. So far only mid-level officials have lost their jobs.One of the other officials dismissed on Friday – secretary of state for energy, Hachem Hmidi – told Reuters he denied the accusations.“My exit from the government helps me to devote myself to the case and prove that I am innocent of these malicious charges,” he said. Somali auditor general sacked after bodyguards kill minister There were no immediate statements from the other officials named by the source – the director general of fuel, the head of the national oil company, ETAP, and the ministry’s director general of legal affairs.center_img Former Zambian minister facing graft charges Nigerian minister, top officials summoned over immigration dealslast_img read more


Youth urged to get involved in local government

first_imgKalinago Chief Garnett JosephYoung people in the Kalinago Territory and the country have been advised to become involved in local government or community based organizations by Kalinago Chief Garnett Joseph in his address to commemorate Local Government Month.Dominica is observing local government month under the theme, ‘Embracing The Principles Against Good Governance’.“This is the challenge that’s coming from myself as Kalinago Chief to the young persons within the Territory and young persons in the country to get involved in either a local council or a community based organization because…this is training ground for our future leaders.”Joseph further advised the youth to pay special attention to the affairs of their local government authorities and community based organizations.“I urge them to get involved and take up some of the responsibilities that is required to be done at this time …most importantly though this is why you can make a meaningful contribution to your community and country.”Moreover, Chief Joseph stated that this year’s theme is fitting as local government has been in operation on island for about 100 years and is well institutionalized in the country with forty-two (42) councils island wide.He described local government in Dominica as a model which needs to be applauded. Other Caribbean island, he added, have come to closely examine the operations of Dominican local government systems in order to emulate it.“This tells us that Dominicans on a whole are coming together and have been together for a considerable length of time taking up the challenges of developing their own communities with support from government and any other source that can be found.”Chief Joseph added however that the local government system is still a work in progress.“It is still evolving; as we’ve seen a number of changes have been proposed under the reform program”.“Change is inevitable; it is something that we must do and as the years go by we have to make the necessary adjustments to any system that we have otherwise it will become obsolete.”He explained that close attention must be paid to the present local government system as changes occur so that whatever is done goes well and is something that is wanted not only to improve what is already existing.However, Chief Joseph warned that it must be guaranteed that there is not too much political interference and manipulation within the local government system and stated that in spite of such concerns the system still works well.Furthermore, caution must be also taken in ensuring that different personalities do not stand in the way of development.“There is a way to deal with each issue that we can be confronted with and I’m certain that all issues will be dealt with”.“…We have to ensure that what we are involved in and the practitioners of local government continue striving in the area that they are in at this time.”He stated that it is hope that local governments “continue striving for the development of their communities and the development of the country”.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img LocalNews Youth urged to get involved in local government by: – May 6, 2014 12 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more


Japan Warns Its People to Avoid Several Caribbean Nations

first_img 555 Views   no discussions InternationalNewsRegional Japan Warns Its People to Avoid Several Caribbean Nations by: – June 11, 2020 Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Japan has raised its travel alert to level three for 18 more countries and has included Haiti among several Caribbean destinations to be avoided by its citizens, as a result of its increased cases of COVID-19.Japan has also named Cuba, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and St Vincent and the Grenadines as countries to be avoided by its citizens.Haiti records, on average, one new case of COVID-19 every seven minutes as the French-speaking CARICOM country recorded nearly 500 cases over the past 48 hours, health authorities here have said.They said that 124 new cases were reported in the 24 hours up to yesterday, bringing the total to 3,662 since the first case was detected on March 19.The Ministry of Public Health said that two new deaths had also been reported in the west of the country, including a child under the age of nine, bringing the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 56.The ministry said that there were now 3,582 active cases and that the country is recording one confirmed case of the virus every seven minutes, particularly over the past two days.“Over the last 32 days, there were 3,615 cases, an average of one case every 12 minutes,” it added.Citizenship and Patriotism Minister Guy François Junior said nearly nine million masks have already been distributed throughout the country.Meanwhile, the Haitian Embassy in Santo Domingo is distancing itself from what it claims to be fake news circulating on social networks, indicating that Haitians living in the Dominican Republic will benefit from financial aid during the pandemic.The mission said that it has “not been informed that organisations or institutions, Dominican, Haitian, or foreign, have set up an emergency fund via a bank in the Dominican Republic for Haitian nationals living in the country”.But it acknowledged that Haitians residing legally in the Dominican Republic may benefit from certain assistance programmes from the Government there, making reference to the Employee Solidarity Aid Fund intended to provide a monetary supplement to workers affected by the measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.In addition, the embassy is warning that the images broadcast on social networks, showing certain shopping centres with a crowd of Haitians waiting to receive this assistance from Banco Reservas is not true.(SKN Observer) Sharelast_img read more


Penumpang Justru Senang Pesawat Delay 2 Jam Gegara Apollo 11 Kembali Ke Bumi

first_imgDengan adanya potensi bahaya tersebut, Kapten Frank Brown, selaku kapten pilot pada penerbangan Qantas QF596 dari Brisbane ke San Francisco senantiasa rutin mengecek jalur penerbangannya. Pasalnya, Apollo 11 besar kemungkinan kembali ke bumi dan jatuh di Samudera Pasifik. Tentu saja Boeing 707 yang akan diterbangkannya akan melintas di langit Samudera Pasifik.Namun, Kapten Frank Brown, kala itu sengaja mengecek bukan untuk menghindari pesawat dari jalur jatuhnya Apollo 11, justru sebaliknya, membawa pesawat agar berada sedekat mungkin dengan Apollo 11 agar para penumpang bisa menyaksikan langsung momen langka sekali seumur hidup tersebut. Tak ayal jika ia memutuskan untuk menunda keberangkatan pesawat selama dua jam demi momen tersebut. Hasilnya, jalur sejauh 280 mil dari Brisbane ke ke San Francisco yang dilalui berhasil berada pada posisi sejajar dan mengudara pada posisi serta waktu yang tepat.Sambil menikmati sajian unik dengan tema Apollo 11, seperti ‘Chilled Lunar Lobster’, ‘Loin of Lamb Aldrin with Splashdown Sauce’, dan ‘Duckling a l’Armstrong’, para penumpang kala itu mengaku tak sabar menanti detik-detik Apollo 11 melintas. Pada akhirnya, momen yang ditunggu pun tiba. Apollo 11 melintas tepat di depan Qantas QF596. Selama kurang lebih tiga menit, penumpang disuguhi peristiwa yang mungkin hanya sekali dalam seumur hidup mereka.Baca juga: Pan Am, Maskapai Pelopor Kelas Ekonomi Modern di Penerbangan Jarak JauhTrevor Hiscock, salah satu penumpang dalam penerbangan tersebut mengaku tak percaya dengan apa yang dilihatnya. “Mata saya terasa sebesar jendela pesawat. Tiba-tiba bola hijau dan bola merah lainnya (mirip seperti suar) lama kelamaan semakin membesar dan pada akhirnya mereka bergerak menjauh dari jalur penerbangan kami,” katanya.Sama halnya dengan Trevor, Kapten Frank Brown juga melihat dengan jelas peristiwa langka tersebut. Ia pun kemudian menjadi buah bibir di Australia dan dunia hingga mendapat kehormatan sebagai narasumber ABC Radio Australia untuk menceritakan kronologi dan detik-detik ia melihat Apollo 11 kembali ke atmosfer bumi. Selain mendapat kehormatan sebagai narasumber, pengakuannya ketika melihat Apollo 11 kembali pun juga dijadikan dasar atau konfirmasi visual pertama.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Ilustrasi Boeing 707 milik Qantas dengan lima mesin Foto: Simple Flying Di berbagai belahan dunia, pada umumnya penumpang protes ke maskapai atas keterlambatan jadwal penerbangan mereka. Namun, lain cerita dengan penerbangan Qantas QF596 dari Brisbane ke San Francisco. Pada penerbangan tersebut, penumpang justru mengaku senang saat pesawat terlambat dua jam akibat peristiwa kembalinya Apollo 11 dari misi pendaratan di bulan untuk pertama kali.Baca juga: Wow, Kaca Film Sekarang Bisa untuk Jendela PesawatDikutip dari Simple Flying, Apollo 11 pada 16 Juli 1969 diketahui telah meluncur dari bumi untuk melakukan misi pendaratan di bulan dengan memuat tiga astronot, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, dan Michael Collins. Mereka diproyeksikan bakal menghabiskan waktu selama sembilan hari di sana sebelum akhirnya kembali ke bumi. Bila segalanya sesuai rencana, artinya, Apollo 11 akan melintas secara vertikal pada 24 Juli 1969 dan berpotensi menggangu kelancaran penerbangan.last_img read more