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A tanker fire which started in the early morning hours on September 6 has temporarily closed the Houston Ship Channel, according to the United States Coast Guard.Around midnight, a pilot aboard the 810-foot tanker, Aframax River, notified Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders that the tanker was on fire near the Intercontinental Terminals Company.It was reported that a bunker tank was punctured and caught fire. The 2002-built tanker was not loaded and carrying product when the incident occurred.The Houston Ship Channel was closed at 12:08 a.m., and the Coast Guard established a safety zone from the Cargil facility to the Cemex docks. The channel remains closed to all traffic for 1 mile southwest of the Battleship Texas State Historic site, between the Cargill facility and the Cemex dock, as teams respond to leaked fuel oil from the ship.The fire has been extinguished and all tanker crew members are accounted for with no injuries reported.A port of Houston fire boat and Coast Guard investigators will remain on scene, USCG said.The reopening of the channel will depend on the results of inspections.
Argentina’s National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP) has selected Simrad marine ecosystem assessment technology from Kongsberg Maritime for installation aboard its new oceanographic and fishing research vessel. Currently under construction at Spanish yard Astilleros Armon Vigo, and due for delivery mid-2017, the new 52m research ship will be built as a silent vessel, which combined with the advanced Simrad marine ecosystem package should enable accurate survey results for Argentinian scientists.The combination of acoustic systems chosen by INIDEP is particularly suited to provide for understanding of the entire marine ecosystem. The equipment scope of supply includes: EK80 scientific wideband system, ME70 scientific multibeam system, a dedicated Bathymetric option for habitat mapping, SX90 Omnidirectional sonar for long-range detection and support for fishery operation, PI50 trawl monitoring system and FX80 with live camera feed from sampling trawl. The new Simrad TD50 software released in Vigo earlier this year is also included in the delivery, enabling the ME70 multibeam data to be visualised real time in 3D during a survey.“To measure and map the marine ecosystem, from small plankton to large fish and mammals and in all layers of the water column is a challenge,” says Adrián Madirolas, leader of the hydroacoustic lab at INIDEP. “The system setup for our new vessel is particularly suited to meet these challenges, allowing for more detailed information and also real time 3D distribution of the biology we study.”In addition to the Simrad marine ecosystem package, the new INIDEP vessel will also utilise a Kongsberg Seapath 330+ with Motion Reference and GPS input to the acoustic systems and the Kongsberg MDM 500 Marine Data Management system.“This combination of scientific single, multibeam and sonar systems is becoming the de facto industry standard for research vessels,” said Tonny Algrøy, gobal sales manager underwater science, Kongsberg Maritime. “INIDEP’s vessel will be highly advanced, especially for its size, and with recent developments such as real time 3D display of the ME70 multibeam data I feel confident it will be a very valuable tool for Argentinian scientists in the future.”
Members of international firm DAC Beachcroft have injected capital totalling £10.2m to help fund a five-year growth plan, LLP accounts have revealed.According to accounts filed this week with Companies House, the money was added to a £40m four-year revolving credit facility which will provide a ‘stable platform’ for ‘strategic growth’.The injection of capital came during a financial year in which fee income grew from £163.5m in 2012 to £186.8m in 2013.Profit before taxation was up 43% over the same period, from £22.2m to £31.7m.The members’ report said: ‘In order to maintain liquidity to ensure that sufficient funds are available for ongoing operations and future developments, the group uses a mixture of long-term and short-term bank finance and members’ capital.’The accounts also reveal staff costs increased from £86m to £99m, with the total number of employees rising from 1,842 to 2,051.The highest profit share of a member dropped during the year from £579,000 in 2012 to £450,340 in 2013.The firm, created by the 2011 merger between Davies Arnold Cooper and Beachcroft, continued to grow in 2012/13. In September 2012 the firm acquired the business and assets of Andersons Solicitors to form DAC Beachcroft Scotland and later that year expanded into Chile.This week the firm also opened an office in New York, which will be used to promote multi-jurisdictional insurance capabilities, especially across Latin America.The new base will also allow it to build greater relationships in North America, it says. It forms part of a strategic alliance agreed with specialist New York insurance law firm Abrams, Gorelick, Friedman & Jacobson (AGF&J).
The Xbox Live Games with Gold for February featured a fairly average choice of free titles for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. Our pick of the bunch in February was Call of Cthulhu.The Xbox Games with Gold for March 2020 have now been announced and as expected they will be available from 1st March. The selection on offer is better than last month and includes something for all types of gamers. On Xbox One, subscribers can download a copy of Batman: The Enemy Within all month which is the sequel to Batman: The Telltale Series – The Complete Season which was included back in January. Then, from 16th March – 15th April Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will also be available.On Xbox 360 (and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility) players can download a copy of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 from 1st March until 29th February. The first Lords of Shadow games was included in August 2019. This will then be switched to Sonic Generations for the remainder of the month.Even if you own a physical copy of the games on offer it’s still well worth grabbing the free digital copy. You could then pass your physical copy on to a friend or trade it in as you will no longer need the disc to play.Remember that you can still add all the games to your Xbox Live account even if you don’t own both an Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Also all these games will be playable on Xbox Series X when that launches later this year.EF Games will bring you news of the Games with Gold titles for April 2020 towards the end of March. While you’re waiting for the games for March to arrive don’t forget to download copies of the remaining games for February before they disappear. Let us know what you think of the selection this month via our Twitter and Facebook pages. Remember to give us a Follow or a Like while you’re there!
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn An explosive row has broken out in Holyrood today over the failure of Dumfries and Galloway Council to pass on Scottish Government money to victims of flooding.In a heated exchange, Deputy First Minister John Swinney called on the council to ‘pay up to the people and stop finding excuses.’Mr Swinney put paid to claims by Dumfries and Galloway Councillors that they couldn’t pay out to individuals as the funding wouldn’t be distributed until the budget settlement in March.The council only opened a helpline for victims seeking the £1500 compensation funded by the Scottish Government this week after pressure from Joan McAlpine MSP.However they still insisted they didn’t have the money despite sitting on £6.8 millions of reserves with a guarantee of £1.7 million extra from the Scottish Government to help flooding victims in the region. They also have £2.3 billion of grants which they failed to spend on services this year, it emerged this week.Ms McAlpine was first to raise the stalling attitude of the council during a fiery exchange in parliament. Mr Swinney said the March payment was normal local authority accountancy practice.The Deputy First Minister said:“There is no issue, absolutely no issue about local authorities having to wait until March for their money. I’ve announced in Parliament the money is coming.“I’ve got a list of different other schemes here; whether it’s the Council Tax Reduction scheme or the Teacher’s Induction scheme, or Free School Meals, or the Looked After Children policy, or the Discretionary Housing Payments system, all of which were paid out to local authorities by the same means and it didn’t stop local authorities paying out the money.“Local authorities are sitting on £1.8bn of cash reserves that can be used to support cash management, and they know fine well it’s not an IOU, they know fine well I have given a commitment in a redetermination and that money will be paid.“Now Dumfries and Galloway Council should just pay up to the people that we’ve allocated the money and stop finding excuses.”Ms McAlpine has been attacked on social media for telling the council to pay up to flooding victims by other politiciansShe said:“Instead of spending their time attacking me on Twitter and claiming the council had no money to help flood victims, the council group would have been better spending their time getting their funds in order and learning how local government finance operates.”“I hope this draws a line under the issue and people are now able to get the help they need.”
Share Share NewsRegional Several Caribbean countries named in US money laundering report by: – March 5, 2014 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 50 Views 2 comments The US State Department listed Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize and Haiti as among major money laundering countries and jurisdictions around the world.The United States has named several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as major money laundering states whose financial institutions engage in currency transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds from international narcotics trafficking.In its just released “2014 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report,’ the US State Department listed Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize and Haiti as among major money laundering countries and jurisdictions around the world.In addition to these CARICOM countries, the other Caribbean islands named are the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.The report also notes that countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Brazil, Russia, France, Canada as well as the Dominican Republic, Germany, Greece and the Netherlands had been designated major money laundering countriesThe report which describes the steps taken during the previous year by the governments of nearly 90 countries, to reduce illicit narcotics production, trafficking, and use, as well as money laundering and financial crimes, said that the “complex nature of money laundering transactions today makes it difficult in many cases to distinguish the proceeds of narcotics trafficking from the proceeds of other serious crime. “Moreover, financial institutions engaging in transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds of other serious crime are vulnerable to narcotics-related money laundering.”Washington said that “this year’s list of major money laundering countries recognizes this relationship by including all countries and other jurisdictions, whose financial institutions engage in transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds from all serious crime”.The report also notes that Caribbean countries like the Bahamas, Belize, Haiti and Jamaica had been classified as major drug-transit countries.The State Department defines a major drug transit country as one “that is a significant direct source of illicit narcotic or psychotropic drugs or other controlled substances significantly affecting the United States; or (B) through which are transported such drugs or substances”.It said that apart from the Caribbean countries, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela were identified and notified to Congress by the President on September 13, last year.CMC News
Share Tweet Share Share Toussaint relayed that this year, special focus will be placed on community beautification island-wide.He made a special appeal to the public to get involved in building resilience at a community level.Toussaint says, “We are no longer into the concrete thing, we are into cleanup and beautification. Essentially, we are talking about the removal of white goods and other household items [from the natural environment]“Since Hurricane Maria, in some households and yards, there is a lot of those old fridges and stoves and the opportunity is ours to enhance and beautify our surroundings.”“We are talking about cleaning and clearing drains,” Toussaint adds, “In Dominica we have natural earth drains that are blocked so we have to unblock them because it is part of mitigating floods. That is important at community level and we are encouraging people to get involved this year in those tasks.”Toussaint encouraged citizens to build a sense of pride for the nature island of the world, advising to not only use community day of service to promote clean environment.He said, “It should be a natural inclination within you to visit somewhere, even your yard, and to see clean surroundings. It is important; cleanliness is next to godliness. It is important to do that sort of cleanup to reduce the health risks. We must also ensure that we make it a part of everyday life.” LocalNews $250k for Community Day of Service by: – September 25, 2019 The Government of Dominica is prepared to inject $250,000 into this year’s Community Day of Service.This is according to local Government Commissioner, Glenroy Toussaint. Sharing is caring! 251 Views no discussions
Joe Bryan speaks exclusively to BCTV after being named the PFA Player in the Community award winner at tonight’s EFL Awards in London.