One of the world’s largest vessels set to leave Asia for Europe, Azeri rig incident, Offshore Energy in pictures, Job cuts in Norway, Offshore discovery in Gulf of Mexico…. ‘Pieter Schelte’ to leave S. Korea within days, Allseas President saysThe vessel is expected to arrive in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in late December 2014, where it will undergo final outfitting. Additional staff reductions at AibelAibel announced the need to reduce its workforce with an additional 300 employees. Repsol hits pay in GoM’s Leon wellRepsol has made a new discovery of “high quality” oil in the United States’ Gulf of Mexico. Three die in Azeri platform incidentThree workers were killed and one is still missing after a fire broke out on a Socar-run platform, in the Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan Offshore Energy 2014: Day two in picturesCheck a gallery showing images of the Amsterdam-based Offshore Energy 2014
Maersk Diverts Vessels from Tanjung Pelepas Due to Oil SpillMaersk Diverts Vessels from Tanjung Pelepas Due to Oil Spill
Due to an oil spill which occurred on August 24 at Malaysia’s ATT Tanjung Bin Terminal (ATB), the Danish shipping company Maersk Line is temporarily diverting its vessels from the Port of Tanjung Pelepas container terminal (PTP) to other ports in the area.Namely, the container carrier said that the spill is impacting Maersk Line and MCC vessel operations at the container terminal.“Our vessels are delayed due to clean-up operations, including the cleaning of their hulls for oil stains from the spill,” Maersk said.The oil spill occurred while the tanker MT Trident Star was loading bunker fuel at berth 5 of ATT Tanjung Bin Terminal (ATB), operated by energy storage company VTTI.An investigation into the incident concluded that oil was being loaded into a non-nominated tank on board of the MT Trident Star and the vessel’s crew failed to timely respond to the activation of the vessel’s high level alarm.VTTI, owned by energy trader Vitol, said that the operations at the terminal were initially suspended, however, the suspension was lifted after the ATB send a request to the authorities to re-consider the decision.World Maritime News Staff
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Athlone Swimming pool is one of 29 public swimming pools that will now be closed during the week as a water-saving measure. The City of Cape Town’s Athlone, Bonteheuwel, Manenberg and Hanover Park public swimming pools will only be open on weekends until the end of summer as part of the City’s water-saving measures.The move, which came into effect on Monday February 13, sees all but six of the City’s 35 public swimming pools close during the week due to the Level 3B water restrictions.With the exception of Sea Point, Mnandi Resort pool and four indoor facilities in Long Street, Retreat, Blue Downs and Strand, all public swimming pools will be closed from Monday to Thursday. The swimming pools will only be open to the public from 2pm until 5pm, on Fridays, and from 10am to 5pm, on Saturdays and Sundays, until the end of March, when pools will close for the winter season.“According to previous pool user logs, attendance during week days averaged at around 75 people a day during February and March 2016 and around 150 people a day on weekends. This shows that the swimming pools are used 50 percent more over weekends, compared with week days during February and March. With the low usage levels during the week, it is impractical to keep these pools open while facing the current water crisis in Cape Town,” said JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security, and social services.It is estimated that more than 1 680kl of water a day will be saved each day, just by eliminating the daily backwash the pools need. With pools only staying open on weekends, only one backwash a week will be needed. Showers at pools will be switched off and splashing in pools will also be monitored and restricted. Only normal bathing costumes may be worn when swimming at public swimming pools as significant water can be wasted just by swimming in casual clothing.“The situation is not ideal, but I trust the public can appreciate the severity of the situation and will support this measure, over and above their individual water-saving efforts. We need to look at the bigger picture and, frankly, a short-term sacrifice like this is a small price to pay if we consider the impact it will have on our longer-term water supply and needs,” said Mr Smith.
The fight by two charities against cuts to prison law legal aid will continue after the Court of Appeal granted permission to appeal the High Court’s rejection of the challenge.The Howard League and the Prisoners’ Advice Service brought the challenge over the lord chancellor’s decision to cut most aspects of prison law from legal aid funding, including cases involving mother and baby units, all resettlement and sentence planning cases and some parole board hearings.The charities claim the cuts, imposed in December 2013, undermine prisoners’ rights and rehabilitation and end up costing the taxpayer more.The challenge concerned two cases. The first argues that the removal of legal aid for a small number of important Parole Board cases is unlawful. The second argues that the removal of legal aid for a range of cases affecting prisoners’ progress through their sentence towards release is also unlawful.In March the High Court rejected the challenge, stating that while the cuts may well be unfair and may not save money, the issues were political not legal. In dismissing the charities’ application, the court said it can ‘well understand the concerns’, but said: ‘We simply cannot see, at least at this point in time, how these concerns can arguably constitute unlawful action by the lord chancellor.’ The two charities are represented by Simon Creighton at London firm Bhatt Murphy and Phillippa Kaufmann QC at Matrix Chambers, Martha Spurrier and Alex Gask of Doughty Street Chambers.
SWEDEN: National inter-city operator SJ AB put its next generation of train into commercial service on February 6, after the first of the 20 four-car EMUs was formally handed over on January 26.Designated X55 by SJ, the Bombardier Regina Alfa EMUs are marketed as SJ 3000 to follow the ageing X2000 tilting trains which continue to work front-line services. Around eight of the 20 sets being assembled at Hennigsdorf have now been delivered, and the remainder are expected before the autumn timetable change. SJ plans to use the X55s on medium-distance routes, replacing some locomotive-hauled trains and releasing X2000s for busier services. The first sets are operating on the East Coast Main Line between Stockholm and Sundsvall, replacing X40 double-deck EMUs. The next batch are expected to take over services to Östersund, Borlange and Mora. The X55s have ETCS onboard equipment, and will be able to run on the Botnabanan to Örnskoldsvik and Umeå, which is equipped with Level 2. Each 107 m long unit can carry 64 first class and 181 second class passengers, and up to three sets can operate in multiple. Unlike the regional Regina EMUs which have 3+2 seating, the SJ3000s have 2+2 throughout, providing a spacious ambience in the wide-bodied sets. Much of the interior trim is pale wood, with upholstery in varying shades of grey. All seats have power sockets, and first class seats have individual tables and reading lights. Most seating is arranged in airline style, apart from a few bays with tables adjacent to the bistro. One vehicle has a low-floor entrance with a built-in wheelchair lift leading to a second-class saloon with two wheelchair spaces and an accessible toilet.
CEH expresses concern at possible constitutional crisis in HaitiCEH expresses concern at possible constitutional crisis in Haiti
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Haiti (CEH) has expressed concern at the possible constitutional crisis in Haiti as President Michel Martelly term of office comes to an end on February 7.The second round of voting on January 24 to elect a successor to Martelly was cancelled indefinitely following street protests by opposition supporters who have been calling for the establishment of an interim government to lead the country into the elections.The situation has been further hampered by the resignation of Pierre-Louis Opont, president of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). The Organization of American States (OAS) has sent a mission at the request of Martelly to Port au Prince in a bid to broker a deal involving all the stakeholders.The CEH, meeting in extraordinary plenary session ahead of the constitutional deadline said it “is very concerned, whereas until now, no agreement was officially adopted in order to solve with a consensual manner the current crisis”.It said that it wanted also to salute “the courage of the Haitian people in these days so difficult socially, politically and economically” and is asking “informally, to facilitate exchanges and build bridges for dialogue between some actors involved in the current crisis.The CEH said it believes that all political and state actors must work to find, before the February 7, 2016, a negotiated and mutually acceptable solution to the crisis with wisdom, insight, moderation and patriotism.”
Angola says 380,000 illegal migrants have left in weeksAngola says 380,000 illegal migrants have left in weeks
Illegal African Migrants Denied Entry About 380,000 illegal migrants, mostly from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, have left Angola in less than a month during a massive operation targeting diamond smuggling, a minister said Saturday.On a visit to Dundo in northern Angola on the border with DR Congo, Pedro Sebastiao dismissed allegations that the migrants had been violently expelled and often beaten by police.Sebastiao, a state minister and the head of presidential security who is in charge of the operation, told travelling reporters that diamonds worth more than $1 million had been seized.He said that the migrants had all left voluntarily, and 231 premises for illegal diamond trading had been closed and 59 weapons seized.“Angola is a democratic and lawful state,” he said. “It must be made clear that ‘Operation Transparency’ is not based on any xenophobic sentiment against citizens of neighbouring countries or any other nationality.”Speaking at the Chitato border post, he said the crackdown across northern and western Angola was “legitimate” and was to ensure that the country’s diamond reserves were correctly exploited.There was “illegal immigration and the plundering of our natural resources without any contribution to the treasury,” he said, adding the operation was scheduled to continue for two years.After pouring across the border in recent weeks, many Congolese have described being brutally thrown out of Angola after sometimes living there for more than 10 years.– ‘Left with almost nothing’ –Migrants who had crossed back to the frontier town of Kamako told AFP this week that their houses had been burnt by police and gangs of Angolan youths, and some had been attacked with machetes and beaten as they fled.With 1,000 arrivals crossing some border posts every hour, many have been left in DRC Congo without shelter and adequate food and water as authorities struggle to cope.“During displacement, DRC nationals have experienced violence and human rights abuses, and many have arrived with almost nothing,” ACAPS, an humanitarian crisis group, said in a briefing note.“Although the Angolan government claims all returns are voluntary, there have been reports of forced returns,” it added.This week DR Congo threatened to take international action against Angola over the allegedly violent expulsions.Clashes have been reported between Congolese, Angolan security forces and local Angolans in several provinces especially in Lunda Norte, which borders on DRC.Local media and an NGO reported that several migrants have been killed.Oil-rich Angola attracts hordes of Congolese as it is relatively stable and offers better employment prospects.DR Congo has an abundance of mineral wealth but is rocked by unrest unleashed by rebel groups and militias from within and neighbouring nations such as Uganda and Rwanda.Angola and DR Congo share a 2,500-kilometre (1,550-mile) land border, the longest in Africa.Related Illegal Ethiopian migrants arrested in Yemen’s Aden Illegal migrants detained off the coast of Libya
Harrison High’s theater program takes on musical with a messageHarrison High’s theater program takes on musical with a message
Harrison High School thespians take the auditorium stage March 22-25 with a musical reminder that it’s important to fight for every human being’s rights.Set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, “Hairspray” shares the story of quirky, plus-sized, teenager Tracy Turnblad (played by Elizabeth Kagan), who has one dream: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. While she serves detention with her school’s African-American students, Seaweed (Maxwell Martin), Little Inez (Hannah Martin) and their friends teach her some of their dance moves, which help her dream come true.Pictured from left: Link (Perry Kreiss), Tracy (Liz Kagan), Penny (Gen Benson), and Seaweed (Maxwell Martin). (Harrison High Theater)Tracy becomes an overnight sensation and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show. She faces scrutiny and bullying from the network producer, Velma (Izzy Taylor), and her popular but vicious daughter, Amber (Annaliese Fowler). With the help of teenage heartthrob Link (Perry Kreiss), host Corny Collins (Justin Bugeja), and the host of “Negro Day,” Motormouth Maybelle (Chania Malcum), Tracy overcomes the odds and succeeds in her mission.Tony Award-winning Hairspray continues to be one of the most widely produced musicals today, not only because of its wit and charm, but also because of the beautiful message of acceptance and progress that it portrays.Hairspray brings together the directing talents of Dean and Sue Cobb, Lucy Koviak, Kathy Seremet, Peggy Babcock and Tom Schroeder, along with approximately 90 talented students on stage, back stage and in the orchestra pit.Performances will be held March 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and March 25 at 2 p.m. All seats are reserved at $12 for students and seniors (60+) and $15 for adults. Seniors with a Farmington Senior Adult Card will receive one free ticket per card.Purchase tickets at the door, through the box office (after March 12) at 248-888-6274, or during all lunches (11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) March 12-15 and 19–23.Harrison High School is located at 29995 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)