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Since May 12, the Lillgrund offshore wind farm has been standing still. The work to repair the export cable – which transmits the electricity from the wind farm to the substation on land – is underway.“Our focus is to replace the damaged section of the cable as soon as possible and get the production up and running again,” says Fredrik Forslund, site manager at Lillgrund. “Yesterday, May 23, we got the green light from the County Administration to begin work to replace the damaged part of the export cable.” Weather permitting, the plan is to cut and remove the damaged part of the export cable on Monday, May 27. About 75 meters of the 7 kilometer long submarine cable needs to be replaced. After the cable section is removed from the seabed, it will be analyzed to determine what caused the damage. [mappress]Offshore WIND Staff, May 24, 2013; Image: Vattenfall
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Meanwhile, the Canadian port of Halifax has appointed maritime advisory firm and consultancy Focus Maritime (North West) Limited to promote its facilities across Europe.North Rhine-Westphalia is of great importance for Antwerp and as part of its natural hinterland is a strategic trading partner of the Scheldt port. Some 75 percent of the cargoes moving between NRW and Antwerp are transported by inland waterway vessel via the Rhine-Scheldt connection.Furthermore, the port of Antwerp together with the has drawn up a roadmap for redefining the investment priorities in the rail infrastructure between the West Ports and North Rhine-Westphalia, with a major goal being an increase in capacity on the railway lines between Aachen and Monchengladbach on the one hand and between Aachen and Duren on the other hand. For Halifax, the move sees container industry veteran Graham Fraser take on the role of director, business development and growth – Europe. Fraser has held senior commercial, operational and planning management positions at CMA CGM, CSAV, Kent Line and and CP Ships’ brands, Contship Containerlines and Canada Maritime.George Malec, vice-president, business development and operations with Halifax Port Authority, said: “With wide experience across all sectors of the industry and deep knowledge of European and North American markets and operations, Fraser will further enhance the position of the Halifax Port Authority in Europe, with carriers, shippers and freight forwarders.”Graham Fraserwww.portofantwerp.comwww.portofhalifax.ca
A suicide at age 8? Very rare, but not inconceivable Author: Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) The death was startling even to the coroner: a boy only 8 years old apparently killing himself in his Cincinnati bedroom.Now Gabriel Taye’s January death is being re-examined, after it emerged that he was bullied and knocked unconscious at school two days before he died.Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco’s office has ruled Gabriel’s death a suicide, but she said last week that she was reopening the investigation to re-examine the boy’s injuries and whether there were contributing factors to his death.“It was very hard for me to believe that an 8-year-old would even know what it means to commit suicide,” Sammarco said.Suicides are rare among children so young, but not unheard of. Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show an average of 14 suicides per year nationwide among children 10 or younger since 1999. That compares to over 1,400 per year among 11- to 18-year-olds.At 8, children generally are just coming to understand death, says Dr. Louis Kraus, chief of child psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Conceiving of ending their own lives can be even more remote.“It’s possible, but at this young age, it’s very uncommon,” Kraus said. Even if a child has an idea of suicide, “many kids this young really don’t conceptualize the permanency of what they’re doing and what could happen.”Experts stress that at any age, suicide is a complex decision that often reflects a combination of life events and psychiatric problems, whether diagnosed or not.Warning signs can be harder to read in young children than older people, said Dr. Alec Miller, chief of child and adolescent psychology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. But while kids might not have the vocabulary to discuss depression, it still might show up, perhaps as a change in behavior or complaints about aches or fatigue with no physical explanation, Kraus notes.Gabriel had no history of mental health issues, said Carla Leader, a lawyer for his mother, Cornelia Reynolds. People who knew him describe him as a happy-go-lucky kid – “a very loving little boy who always had a smile on his face and would bring a smile to your face,” said Carolyn Emery, whose children went to school with him.Gabriel was at school Jan. 24 when, as seen on a choppy surveillance video the Cincinnati Public Schools system released Friday, he apparently tried to shake hands with a boy who had hit another child. Attorneys for Gabriel’s mother said the boy pushed Gabriel into a wall, knocking him unconscious.An assistant principal arrived about 4 ½ minutes later to look at him. The school system said that it was “concerned about the length of time that (the boy) lay motionless and the lack of adult supervision at the scene” but that administrators followed protocol by having the nurse evaluate him. School officials said the boy told staff he had fainted and never said he had been bullied or assaulted.They said school administrators asked Reynolds to get Gabriel and take him to a hospital. But her attorneys say she decided on her own to pick him up and take him to the hospital after her sister, who was baby-sitting while Reynolds was at work, called to say that Gabriel had vomited and was complaining of stomach pains. Doctors concluded he likely had a stomach virus and sent him home.Two days later, Gabriel hanged himself in his bedroom with a necktie, authorities said.According to her attorneys, Reynolds didn’t learn of the schoolhouse confrontation until her attorneys got a copy of a police investigative file that described the surveillance video. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: May 14, 2017 3:04 PM EDT Updated: May 14, 2017 3:23 PM EDT SHARE
London firm Gordon Dadds has today become the second law firm to float on the London Stock Exchange in its own right in a bid to raise £20m.The full-service practice is offering 14.2m shares at 140p per share, it announced today.The company says the placing will raise the £20m required and be used for future acquisitions, future growth and debt repayment. In early trading the shares edged up to 146.5p.The listing on the Alternative Investment Market comes after the Work Group conditionally offered to purchase the firm in a deal worth £18.8m last month. Last month, the Gazette reported that the firm aimed to be established in the top 100 by the end of this year.Since 2013, Gordon Dadds has spent £3.2m building a new back-office platform and has integrated 10 firms into the business, all trading under the firm’s brand.In the financial year ending 31 March 2017, it posted around £25m in turnover and adjusted profit before tax of around £2m.Adrian Biles, chief executive, said: ’Today represents an important milestone for the enlarged Gordon Dadds Group. The UK legal services sector is highly fragmented and Gordon Dadds’ proven consolidator model is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this significant market opportunity. We now have the necessary capital to support the group’s next stage of development which will enhance the group’s profile with clients and potential target firms.’Gordon Dadds is the second firm to list on the stock exchange after Gateley in 2015.
Government figures are being manipulated to suggest courts are under less strain than is actually the case, the Criminal Bar Association has claimed. Chair of the CBA, Caroline Goodwin QC, said there is an increasing trend to list trials as mentions to ‘avoid the trap of being a trial which is not reached’. Mentions are short pre-trial court appearances. In her weekly message to members, Goodwin said: ‘For those of you in the know, that is a sin. This approach utterly undermines and devalues the purpose of these figures.’Goodwin also said the word ‘median’ should be removed from the statistical data reported quarterly by the Ministry of Justice and replaced with ‘true and accurate figures as to the timeliness of trials’. She said: ‘No wonder the allocation of sitting days has been so farcical if the data relied on is skewed and out of date…Who is sanctioning the manipulation of trial listing so that as if by magic a trial is demoted to a mere mention?’.A HM Courts & Tribunals Service spokesperson said: ‘These claims are completely untrue.’Last November the government promised that 700 additional Crown court sitting days will be available before the end of the financial year. However, the CBA said this is ‘simply not enough’, adding that a ‘tiny increase in Crown court sitting days is frankly derisory’. According to the CBA, 700 extra days represents an increase of less than 1% over the course of a year. This follows a ‘15% cull’ last spring when the annual budget was reduced from 97,400 court sitting days to 82,300.
Originally from Kentucky, Ian Noe released his debut EP, Off The Mountaintop, back in 2017, and has toured with artists including John Prine, Colter Wall and Jade Bird. He wrote all 10 tracks on his debut album, Between The Country, which was released earlier this year, recorded in Nashville and produced by the legendary Dave Cobb. Now, following critical acclaim, Noe recently embarked on a short European tour to promote the record, ending with a sold-out show at The Slaughtered Lamb in London.Noe arrived on stage to big cheers from the audience and opened his acoustic solo set with Letter To Madeline, from his debut record. It’s a simple, midtempo song with a strong folk influence and full of stark imagery, making it feel very powerful. Noe’s vocals had a great depth and rawness to them and his performance was full of intensity too.Over the next hour and a half, Noe delivered a stripped-back set that was packed with great storytelling, edgy vocals and impressive guitar playing. One thing which particularly stood out was the variety of sounds Noe managed to generate with just his acoustic guitar, whether that was on rockier numbers like The Promised Land with its dry humour (‘the dogs rarely bite’) and sense of resignation, the oddly romantic Barbara’s Song or the twangy yet world-weary That Kind Of Life. Meanwhile, songs like the rollicking I’d Rather Be Over You evoked Bob Dylan and the protest songs of the late 1960s, giving Noe’s sound a timeless feel to it.I also thought Noe did an excellent job of creating the characters in his lyrics, particularly on songs like the slow, melodic If Today Doesn’t Do Me In (where he showed off some impressive belt in his voice as well as great control), Irene with its highly specific lyrics, the dark, desperate Dead On The River and the startlingly blunt Meth Head. Although you only get snippets of each character’s life in Noe’s sparse lyrics, these little glimpses are enough to leave a picture that stays with you and it’s an incredibly skilful approach to writing. He also does the same thing to small town living on Junk Town, which really captures the sense of being left behind with only the next life to look forward to, Between The Country with its stark imagery of burning farmhouses, and the pictures of lonely places drawn out on the gentle Canyon Falls Bound.For me one of the standout songs of the set was Lonesome As It Gets, a midtempo number with an oddly lively melody that contrasted the downbeat lyrics. There was a touch of growl in Noe’s voice as he performed the song and he held the audience absolutely spellbound throughout, before they burst into huge cheers and applause at the end. I also really liked POW Blues with its sharp, punchy rhythm and throwback feel, and the heavy The Last Stampede, which saw Noe almost yelling in places as he built the narrative of the song and its bleak tale of isolation.Noe closed the main portion of his set with his version of the Bruce Springsteen classic Born In The USA. The song had a sparse, laid-back feel which put a completely different spin on in and brought out the richness in Noe’s voice, as well as giving the song a more introspective feel. For his encore, he performed Strip Jaw Blues, which he introduced with a story about his dad’s job. I liked how he showed a little more soul in his voice and thought it was a great balance to the bittersweet lyrics and the crowd clearly agreed, roaring their approval and chanting his name as he finished.It’s not hard to see why Ian Noe is being praised as one of the new country acts to look out for. He’s got a real knack for capturing emotional stories and the side of country life that often isn’t talked about in music, as well as being an incredibly skilled guitar player and distinctive vocalist with a mesmerising stage presence. I’m definitely keen to see more from him in the future and based on the audience reaction I don’t think it’ll be too long before he’s back in the UK playing to even bigger crowds.Set list: 1. Letter To Madeline 2. If Today Doesn’t Do Me In 3. The Promised Land 4. That Kind Of Life 5. Irene (Ravin’ Bomb) 6. Dead On The River (Rolling Down) 7. Barbara’s Song 8. Junk Town 9. I’d Rather Be Over You 10. Lonesome As It Gets 11. Between The Country 12. POW Blues 13. The Last Stampede 14. Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms 15. Canyon Falls Bound 16. Meth Head 17. Born In The USA (Bruce Springsteen cover) 18. Strip Jaw Blues Performance date: 7th September 2019
Cameroonian police conducting a past operationBy Diana Rose WairumbiThe UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a travel advisory against Cameroon, warning its nationals to avoid traveling to some regions of the Central African country.The advisory asked Britons not to travel to within 40km of the border with Chad, within 40km of the border with Nigeria, within 40km of the border with the Central African Republic (CAR), Ndian division in South West Region and the Bakassi Peninsula.The FCO advised against all but essential travel to the rest of the north, northwest and Adamawa regions, Koupé-Manengouba, Lebialem, Manvu and Meme divisions in southwest region.“There have also been multiple exchanges of fire between the Cameroonian security forces and armed groups over the past few months in some towns and villages in the North West and South West regions,” the FCO statement read in part.Earlier this week, the French Ambassador to Cameroon, Giles Thibaut, posted on Twitter that the Anglophone regions were a no-go zone for French nationals.The alert also cautioned against all but Cameroon’s borders with Gabon and Congo. The U.K.’s position followed thereafter that of France.The FCO recounted the March 2018 kidnappings of 2 Tunisian and 2 Cameroon road workers, in which rescue operations led to the death of a Tunisian. The agency also mentioned recent armed exchanges between suspected separatists and security forces.“Kidnaps of Cameroon officials have been reported in the North West and South West regions. There have also been multiple exchanges of fire between the Cameroonian security forces and armed groups over the past few months in some towns and villages in the North West and South West regions.“This follows violent and deadly clashes between demonstrators and the Cameroonian security forces in the North West and South West regions in September and October 2017. Restrictions including night curfews, a ban on public meetings and other restrictions remain in place,” continued FCO’s statement.
LocalNews Dominica represented in UN’s journalists’ fellowship programme by: – September 6, 2013 Share Sharing is caring! Share 40 Views no discussions Jarna Hector of the Government Information Service is Dominica’s representative at the training which commenced on 3rd September and will continue through to 4th October.One Dominican journalist is among a group of ten journalists participating in the 33rd annual Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists’ Fellowship Programme in New York.The programme which targets journalists from developing countries and countries with economies in transmission, serves to acquaint journalists with the work of the United Nations.Jarna Hector of the Government Information Service is Dominica’s representative at the training which commenced on 3rd September and will continue through to 4th October.The agenda features briefings by United Nations Officials, a two-day academic workshop at the Fordham University and visits to major media organisations in New York including the New York Times and Reuters.The eleven journalists will, during this time, undertake professional work assignments which will be presented to top level U.N. Officials.The highlights of the programme include a meeting with Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon and the observation of meetings of the 68th Session of the United Nations’ General Assembly.The group will also spend one week in Geneva, Switzerland where special emphasis will be placed on topics such as human rights and humanitarian affairs.The memorial journalists’ fellowship was renamed in 2003 in honour of Reham Al-Farra, a twenty-nine year old journalist who was one of several United Nations staff members killed in an attack on the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad in 2003.Since the programme’s inception, about five hundred journalists have participated.The method of selection for participating journalists means that each U.N. developing country will be allowed to participate once every eight to ten years.Countries represented this year are Djibouti, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Poland, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iraq and Grenada.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet