Van der Vlist helps Shell out

first_imgThe drum, which measured 34.8 m x 5.4 m x 5.7 m, was first loaded onto a 14-axle modular trailer and transported to the quay, where it was lifted onto a pontoon for shipment to the coating facility.Once coating was complete, the drum was shipped back to the Moerdijk terminal and lifted back onto the 14-axle trailer for transport by road to the Shell site.Van der Vlist explained that Shell required a new pressure drum after a chemical reaction at its facility last year caused an explosion in part of the plant.  www.vandervlist.comlast_img read more

Deadly Times Square attack highlights NYC pedestrian safety

first_img Published: May 20, 2017 11:03 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) Fears of a terrorist attack prompted officials to ring many of the pedestrian plazas of Times Square with squat steel posts capable of stopping a speeding vehicle.But those barriers only cover so much ground. There were none of them Thursday at the corner where a man steered his car onto a busy sidewalk and began barreling through crowds of pedestrians, running down 23 people and killing one before one of the metal posts finally stopped him.The bollard that stopped the car driven by Richard Rojas likely saved lives by preventing it from entering an even more densely packed pedestrian plaza, and some New Yorkers are wondering whether the barriers should be deployed on many more sidewalks, much as they are now at sports stadiums and airports nationwide.“We can and should do more to keep our residents and visitors safe on our streets and street design is the first place to start,” said Ydanis Rodriguez, a city councilman from Manhattan who chairs the transportation committee. He called for the installation of more bollards at the ends of city sidewalks in busy areas.Last year, city officials installed 200 custom-made bollards in the Times Square area, enlisting the California-based Calpipe Security Bollards to manufacture and help design special 8 ½-inch diameter (22 centimeter) hunks of metal that are embedded in the ground and spaced about 4 feet (1 meter) apart, said Rob Reiter, the company’s security consultant.The bollards come equipped with special locks that firefighters can undo so they may be removed in an emergency. In Times Square, they are embedded no more than 18 inches (46 centimeters) into the ground, a necessity given the subway station just beneath the city’s surface.Still, that was enough of an anchor to abruptly stop Rojas’s Honda Accord, which was tossed into the air and wound up on its side, smoking, after running into a line of the barriers.“You always want to make a vehicle hit two barriers; that way no barrier can fail,” Reiter said. “You have to space for two considerations: vehicle stopping and pedestrian access.”City officials didn’t say how many bollards have been installed in recent years.In a radio interview Friday with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Mayor Bill de Blasio said police officials are “evaluating” whether new security measures, including the installation of more bollards, are necessary.“And we’re going to look at Times Square and see – obviously we’ll look at some other key locations – if we have to do different things in our approach,” he said.Joseph Rosetti, vice chairman of Guidepost Solutions, a security consulting firm, said bollards became the “in vogue thing” in recent decades, after a series of incidents in which disgruntled employees crashed their cars into the lobbies of office buildings.They’ve since become ubiquitous – some even look like flower planters – though Rosetti cautioned that there is no way to fully fortify a heavily trafficked public place such as Times Square, noting that some people have even called for the elimination of car traffic in the Crossroads of the World.“There’s always a balance between security and trying to facilitate commerce,” he said.Defenses against vehicle attacks have gotten extra attention in the past year because of terror assaults in England, Germany and France by people who drove vehicles into crowds.Rojas, the driver in the Times Square incident, made his first court appearance Friday.He is charged with murder and attempted murder.He didn’t enter a plea and was held without bail. His lawyer didn’t comment. Related Articles:Car plows into Times Square crowd; 1 dead, several hurtTimes Square driver wanted to ‘kill them all’ Author: Associated Press Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Deadly Times Square attack highlights NYC pedestrian safety SHARElast_img read more

As it happened: Michael Gove faces justice questions in House of Commons

Firms unite to fight Osborne’s PI reform plans

first_imgA group representing the personal injury sector has started the fightback against government plans to implement sweeping rerforms.A2J (Access to Justice), which has financial backing from 38 firms, accused insurers of deliberately misleading ministers to ensure legislation which favours them.The government plans to scrap general damages for soft-tissue injuries and increase the small claims limit from £1,000 to £5,000, with a consultation on both measures imminent.A2J says it wants to provide members with a united voice to fight the proposals and will work with the government and insurers to create balanced alternatives which address concerns about fraud.The group, which ran a similar campaign in the build-up to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, will co-ordinate the lobbying of MPs and will contact injured people and charities to help support their case. Funding will also be allocated to commission research into possible alternative options.A2J chair Martin Coyne (pictured), managing director of Manchester firm Ralli Ltd, said the government is being ‘hoodwinked’ by the insurance industry’s promise of lower premiums and it was time to make ministers understand the full implications of their proposals.He said: ‘Members of the public who have a genuine claim will be denied access to justice, even for quite serious injury cases, and premiums will continue to rise as insurers replace falling investment income with higher prices.‘It’s great news for insurance company executives and shareholders but terrible for those hurt through no fault of their own on our roads.’Coyne said A2J strongly supported action to clamp down on cold calling, tougher regulation of claims management companies and action on fraud.But he suggested more could be done through sharing data and prosecuting fraudsters, neither of which require legislation.Insurers have said motorists will save £50 a year on their premiums after the reforms, although they and the Treasury have admitted there will be no industry audit to ensure that promise is kept.Defendant lawyers have said they will oppose the small claims limit rise, with the Law Society also condemning the proposals.last_img read more

Private finance brings the DLR to Lewisham

first_imgOn November 22 Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott opened the 4·2 km Lewisham extension of London’s Docklands Light Railway, built and financed by a private-sector consortium that will maintain it until 2021. Providing direct access to the City of London, offices around Canary Wharf, and tourist attractions in Greenwich, the extension is expected to be used by 20million passengers a year. With the seven new stations, the DLR now serves 34 stations on 26route-km and carries 30million passengers a year.Ridership is expected to double as the extension taps new catchment areas south of the Thames, interchanging with rail services at Greenwich and Lewisham. Redevelopment of the Royal Docks along the route to Beckton should also contribute. The next extension, a 3·6 km branch from Canning Town to London City Airport, is expected to open in 2003-04.Opening two months ahead of schedule and within its £200m budget, the Lewisham extension has been described by Ian Brown, Chief Executive of holding company DLR Ltd, as a ’showpiece’ for light rail and for harnessing private finance to build public transport infrastructure. DLR Ltd intends to build the City Airport branch in the same way.Under the previous government’s Private Finance Initiative, a 241/2 year concession to finance, build and maintain the Lewisham extension was awarded on October 1 1996 to CGL Rail. Owned by Hyder Investments (40%), John Mowlem & Co (40%), London Electricity (8%) and Mitsui & Co Ltd (12%), CGL Rail raised a total of £268m to meet the £200m construction cost and interest. A bond issue underwritten and placed by BZW raised £165m, and the government provided a grant of £50m. This was to offset a cap imposed in 1995 on increases in the price of multi-operator Travelcard season tickets. The London Borough of Greenwich, Deptford City Challenge, the University of Greenwich and the National Maritime Museum also contributed funding. Property development above Cutty Sark station, due to open in early December, will meet part of the building cost.CGL Rail awarded a contract to build the extension to LRG Contractors, formed by John Mowlem & Co and a Mitsui-Nishimatsu joint venture. Construction began in October 1996 and included twin 1·08 km tunnels under the Thames (RG 1.99 p41).Mowlem was responsible for all above-ground work, including cut-and-cover tunnels, trackwork and commissioning, with Mitsui-Nishimatsu boring the tunnels under the Thames using a slurry-shield TBM. WS Atkins acted as design consultant to LRG Contractors, with the electrical infrastructure designed and installed by London Electricity Contracting.Alcatel Canada Inc installed the signalling equipment for Mowlem, and under a separate contract awarded by DLR Ltd upgraded the Seltrac hardware and software that controls the network. Schlumberger has supplied 92 ticket vending machines and a central management system, including 23 TVMs for the extension.CGL Rail will maintain the Lewisham extension, with electrical equipment the responsibility of London Electricity Services Ltd. Until 2009, CGL Rail will be paid an availability fee by DLR Ltd. From 2009 until 2021, when the extension and all its assets transfer to DLR Ltd, CGL Rail will be paid a usage fee tied to passenger numbers – the stations are equipped with an infra-red passenger-counting system.Operation of the DLR, including rolling stock maintenance and revenue collection, is undertaken by Docklands Railway Management Ltd under a seven-year franchise which began on April 6 1997 (RG 4.97 p207). Using the existing DLR fleet of 70 two-car units, trains will run from Lewisham to Bank or Stratford every 6min at peak periods, and every 8 to 12min off-peak.As traffic builds up, the peak frequency is due to increase to every 4min. DLR Ltd has modified 20 trainsets to provide 20% more capacity, and has secured funding to order 12 new trains for introduction in 2002 with an option on a further 12. An additional £20m in government grant was announced on September 29 1999, when plans to charge passengers an extra 50p each way for using the tunnel between Island Gardens and Greenwich were scrapped.Equipment suppliersRail Corus (British Steel)Baseplate pads GetznerNoise barriers Gramm Barrier SystemsSignalling Alcatel Canada IncOptical fibre communications ONLRadiating cables, antennae, station radio SimocoSCADA system TransmittonCCTV, public address Optical Networks LtdLifts EliteEscalators O&KTicket machines SchlumbergerPassenger counting system AcorelCAPTION: Above: Elverson Road station between Deptford and LewishamBelow: The new Mudchute station, with Canary Wharf behindlast_img read more

Firefighters Tackled Hundreds of Deliberate Blazes across Scotland Last Summer

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDedicated crews throughout Scotland battled hundreds of needless fires across the country last summer, latest figures reveal.Firefighters worked tirelessly throughout the hot summer months of 2017 battling blazes involving homes, vehicles, grassland, refuse and derelict buildings.And the majority of those fires were deliberate and reckless – putting pressure on firefighters when genuine emergencies arose and placing lives at risk.Assistant Chief Officer David McGown is the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Director of Prevention and Protection.He spoke out ahead of summer 2018 to warn that firefighters will work closely with colleagues in Police Scotland to identify those responsible.The ACO also appealed to parents, carers and young people as the school holidays kick off – a traditionally busy time of year for firefighters.He said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has a very clear, zero tolerance approach to deliberate fire raising because it puts our communities at great risk.“It presents a danger to life, property and the environment – not to mention the potential impact on businesses which are important to the economy.“We will continue to work very closely with our police and local authority partners to ensure that those responsible are identified and dealt with accordingly.”ACO McGown added: “But I must point out that the best fire I ever fought was the one I prevented from happening in the first place.“That is why we will continue to work hard to engage with our young people and our communities to ensure they are aware of the very real dangers.“We have seen all too clearly the very devastating consequences of fire and if we can prevent just one person being hurt then it will be worth that effort.”The latest figures show there were 473 deliberate primary fires within buildings between 26 June and 28 August, 2017.This is a decrease of 62 from 2016.There were also 1,700 deliberate secondary fires throughout Scotland, with 623 of these affecting fields, refuse and countryside.And 1,122 fires involving refuse, both deliberate and accidental.Anyone with information about deliberate fire-raising should contact the free and confidential Crimestoppers helpline on 0800 555 111.For more information on how you can keep your home and family safe, visit the Your Safety section of the website /your-safety/safer-summer.aspxlast_img read more

1st Infection Prevention & Control Manual launched

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews 1st Infection Prevention & Control Manual launched by: Dominica Vibes News – March 18, 2015 316 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img Share Share Infection Control Manual (Photograph compliments the Health Promotion Resource Centre)An Infection Prevention Control Manual, which provides a comprehensive outline of all pertinent aspects required for an infection prevention control program has been launched in Dominica.The manual, spearheaded by the ministry of health, was launched at the Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU) at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Roseau on Tuesday 17 March 2015.It was sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) through its country health specialist Shirley Augustine and the European Union.Infection control officer, Joanna Laurent-Blaize said the manual contains policies and procedures which coincide with CDC International Infection control standards. “With the emergence of infectious diseases, such as Ebola which poses a great threat to small population countries as ours, I must say that the launching of the manual is indeed timely,” Mrs Laurent-Blaize said. Mrs Laurent-Blaize noted that the prevention of infection in health care setting remains a key goal for all health care professionals as well as health care establishments who are required to a continually improve the quality of care delivered.“Health care associated infection lengthens patients’ stay; hospital stays and increases both mortality and mobility rates. In addition, diagnosing and treating this infection is costly, the process and placing intense pressure on the limited health care resources,” she informed. Hence, it is with these in mind that this first time edition of the Infection Prevention Control Manual and guideline booklet was launched.According to Mrs Laurent-Blaize, the manual was not only designed to be used at the Princess Margaret Hospital, but at all health care facilities on the island. “The purpose of the manual is to sensitize health care providers on the availability of the manual and guidelines, to assist healthcare providers to deliver better quality care services”.“Furthermore, each healthcare provider must have knowledge of the general objectives of this manual and guideline. This tool will enable them to implement effective infection control programs in order to protect their staff, service users and visitors from acquiring infection control diseases or infections within any health care facility,” Mrs Laurent-Blaize indicated.A copy of the manual, in CD form, was presented to the permanent secretary in the ministry of Health, Helen Royer, the chief medical officer, principal nursing officer national epidemiologist, acting hospital medical director, acting director of primary health care Dr Charlotte Jeremy, acting hospital services coordinator and the matron.Photographs compliments of the Health Promotion Resource Centre.– / 15last_img read more

Latest Version (v14) of NI AWR Design Environment Software is Out Now

first_imgNI AWR has introduced a new version of the NI AWR Design Environment platform. The latest release – V14 – includes new features, add-on modules and enhancements to the NI AWR Design Environment software suite of products, including Microwave Office/Analog Office circuit design software, Visual System Simulator (VSS) system design software and AXIEM planar and Analyst 3D finite element method (FEM) electromagnetic (EM) simulators.In particular, the V14 release focuses on streamlining and expediting all stages of design – from initial starts using powerful network synthesis to circuit, system and EM simulation technology improvements for performance analysis, optimization and verification. Along with enhancements to design flow automation, the release offers an unmatched user experience to accelerate RF/microwave designs from concept to product.Highlights include: New network synthesis for impedance matching (add-on module) New tuner interface for large-scale parametric design Loop gain stability analysis Port points for component/EM integration 3D internal wave ports Support for conformal structures such as antennas System Simulation and Models/Libraries Design Environment, Layout and Automation Advanced report/measurement management Improved report generation for power amplifiers (PAs) Expanded PCB import wizard automates layout edit/capture Enhanced iNet intelligent net routing and layout managercenter_img Circuit Simulation and Models/Libraries EM Simulation and Modeling Phased-array generation wizard (add-on module) New spatial channel models System bus support V14 of the NI AWR Design Environment is available for download to current customers and evaluators of the software. Click here to learn more about the V14 release.last_img read more

Lady Tarpons Drop District Opener to Raymondville

first_img RelatedLady Tarpons Win Two StraightBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons volleyball team has won its last two matches against district foes Rio Hondo and Raymondville.  Last Saturday in Tarpon Gym they handled Rio Hondo three sets to one by the scores of 25-17, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20.  On…October 16, 2015In “News”Lady Tarpons Beat Grulla in Straight SetsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons volleyball team took down the Lady Gators of Grulla in straight sets Tuesday night in Tarpon Gym.  They won 25-18, 28-26, 25-14, and improve to 3-1 in district play. “Our kids played really well today,” head coach Julie…September 25, 2015In “News”Lady Tarpons advance to playoffsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Lady Tarpons volleyball team closed out the district season Tuesday night with a straight-sets victory over the Rio Hondo Lady Bobcats at Tarpon Gym. They will now concentrate on preparing for their first-round playoff opponent, Raymondville, and the match is on for…October 27, 2011In “Sports” Share By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSdropped their district opening match at home Tuesday evening to the Raymondville Lady Bearkats, three sets to one.Raymondville won by the scores, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 25-12.The Lady Tarpons scored three straight points to take a 22-21 lead in the first set before the Lady Kats scored the last four points to take the set.  Port Isabel led most of the way to win the second set, then scored 11 straight points to tie the third at 19.  The Lady Tarpons led 23-22 before Raymondville closed out the set with three straight points.“When we make that kind of comeback, we’ve got to be able to hold onto that,” Breedlove said.  “We didn’t do a good job of that last night.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

Maskapai Pacu Kemampuan WiFi dalam Penerbangan

first_img“Adanya akses WiFi di dalam sebuah pesawat, bukanlah hal yang murah baik dalam pembiayaan maupun prosedurnya,” ujar Jason Rabinowitz, Direktur Riset Maskapai Routehappy. Hal ini menjadi alasan bagi maskapai carter yang menyewakan pesawat mereka tidak menghadirkan WiFi di dalamnya. Routehappy baru-baru ini merilis studi tentang keadaan layanan internet global saat ini dalam penerbangan.Rabinowitz mengatakan, instalasi perangkat WiFi di pesawat tak bisa dibilang murah, butuh kocek di kisaran US$50 ribu sampai US$100 ribu atau lebih per pesawatnya, dan teknologinya masih terus berkembang hingga kini. Hal ini juga yang membuat banyak maskapai belum membuat keputusan yang tepat sebelum teknologi yang jelas benar-benar hadir. Seperti Air Canada dan WestJet yang tidak ingin terikat pada salah satu basis teknologi belum tentu pas untuk kebutuhan mereka.“2Ku adalah satelit yang paling cepat bergulir di saat ini. Kami juga memiliki ViaSat sebagai solusi yang juga bisa ditemukan di Jetblue dan United, tetapi belum menyediakan cakupan di Kanada dan Inmarsat masih dalam uji coba serta belum digunakan untuk komersial,” tambahnya.Rabinowitz mengatakan sedangkan Air Canada memiliki body pesawat yang lebih kecil dari jet, sudah dilengkapi dengan sistem ATG yang dikembangkan oleh Gogo. Maskapai ini pun telah berkomitmen untuk memasang satelit yang terhubung dengan sistem WiFi 2Ku serta perusahaan akan menggunakannya dalam waktu dekat di pesawat dengan body besar.Gogo sendiri merupakan pemasok konektivitas dan sistem hiburan dalam penerbangan dan AirCanada menjadi bagian dari 17 maskapai di seluruh dunia yang bermitra dengan Gogo. “Sekarang mungkin ada kurang dari 150 pesawat di seluruh dunia dengan sistem 2Ku dan mereka (Gogo) mungkin menginstal secepat mereka bisa,” kata Rabinowitz.Gogo menginstal sistem di 3.000 pesawat komersial dengan 130 satelit 2Ku terbaru yang juga sudah melengkapi 4200pesawat bisnis pada 8 maret lalu. Sedangkan WestJet Connect merupakan sistem hiburan nirkabel yang terhubung dengan setelit hasil pengembangan Panasonic. Ada 84 Boeing 737, empat Boeing 767s dan semua pesawat Boeing di masa depan akan menggunakan sistem yang sama. Peluncuran sistem baru dalam penerbangan WestJet ini dimulai sejak 2015 lalu dan diharapkan selesai tahun 2017.“Kami memilih satelit untuk cakupan global. Ini penting, kami menawarkan pengalaman yang konsisten di jaringan yang membentang dari Inggris ke Hawaii dan juga cakupan di atas air,” ujar Lauren Stewart, Penasehat hubungan Media WestJet. Ia menambahkan, sekitar 45 persen pengguna yang terbang dengan WestJet menggunakan konetivitas dan umpan balik yang lebih memuaskan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTahun 2020, Dipercaya 14.419 Pesawat Komersial Gunakan Akses WiFi di Kabin27/07/2017In “Bandara”Barcelona Terapkan Internet of Things di Transportasi Publik03/05/2017In “Basis Aplikasi”AirAsia Hadirkan WiFi dalam Penerbangan Domestik dan Internasional20/11/2017In “Destinasi” www.thestar.com Akses internet lewat jalur WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) kini telah menjadi ‘bahasa’ standar dalam layanan transportasi, terlebih di angkutan udara yang identik dengan pelayanan premium dengan kebutuhan penumpangnya yang serba ingin lebih.Dilansir dari www.thestar.com, WiFi dalam sebuah pesawat bisa mengubah investasi sistem maskapai untuk meningkatkan konektivitas dalam mengikuti perkembangan teknologi yang dihubungkan melalui teknologi ground based dan satelit. Ini sama seperti menaik turunkan layar film pada pesawat di masa lalu, monitor layar sentuh di sandaran yang akhirnya masuk ke tempat sampah karena penumpang sudah menggunakan perangkat nirkabel pribadi atau tablet dari maskapi yang dikenakan biaya untuk mengakses hiburan dan internet di atas awan.www.thestar.comMemang ada beberapa hiburan dan informasi yang dibagikan secara gratis, tetapi bila menggunakan internet akan dikenakan biaya tergantung lama penggunaannya. Dalam akses internet di pesawat ada dua sistem yang digunaka,  yakni air to ground (ATG) yang mengakses dari menara selular dengan antena di sisi pesawat atau antena yang terletak di bawah pada penerbangan domestik. Kemudian sistem berikutnya melalui konektivitas satelit yang juga menggunakan antena, namun berada di atas badan pesawat pada penerbangan internasional.last_img read more