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The ‘Imperio’ tram is the first to have been manufactured entirely in Romania and is currently one of only three in existence.It was making its world premiere at the Innotrans Fair in Berlin and such was the significance of the occasion that the manufacturer impressed upon Prangl the importance of schedule reliability – any delay would ruin the Romanian manufacturer’s plans for the premiere.The 37-tonne tram was conveyed by a four-axle lorry with an eight-axle special rail trailer, giving an overall total transport length of 39.75 m. With excellent cooperation from all the relevant authorities, the manufacturer, cargo escort companies, police, and Prangl team, the transport through four countries was incident free.However, on arrival at the exhibition hall, the track gauge available on site in Berlin was deemed to be not appropriate and Prangl suggested that the tram should stay on the its trailer for presentation at the trade fair.Prangl reports that the journey from Arad in Romania to Berlin, as well as the return was performed to the customer’s complete satisfaction.http://www.prangl.at/
Laura Carstensen, former partner at magic circle firm Slaughter and May and former deputy chair of the Competition Commission, is to join the Co-operative Group’s board and chair its new values committee.
HUNGARY: Stadler is to invest €30m to double the capacity of its centre of competence for bogie refurbishment in Szolnok from 250 to 500 bogies per year.The investment announced on March 29 is to be undertaken in two phases. The first phase of construction will get underway in April for completion in the third quarter of 2018, providing 8 000 m2 of space for refurbishment work and supporting office activities. The second phase includes a 20 000 m2 storage hall, which would be used jointly by the bogie centre and Stadler’s car body factory. Stadler’s centre of competence for bogies was launched in 2013, and has since refurbished more than 1 000 bogies and supported the assembly of new bogies.
EUROPE: The Shared & coHerent European Railway Protection Approach project to address risks associated with terrorist threats to trains and stations was launched in Paris on November 13. The 24-month SHERPA project is being funded by a grant from the European Union’s Internal Security Fund Police and co-ordinated by UIC. It aims to improve protection against attacks, including emerging threats such as insider action, cybercrime and the misuse of unmanned aerial vehicles. There are four technical work packages: a coherent approach to risk assessment and management; analysis of emerging terrorism-related threats to stations and trains; assessment of security technologies and procedures for better securing stations and trains, including the legal and ethical aspects and business constraints; practical tools including training and best practice guidelines for a common approach to raising awareness and improving security.Participants in SHERPA include Germany’s DB, Italy’s FS, Poland’s PKP, Belgium’s SNCB and France’s SNCF. The project will work with police, first responders and other stakeholders represented on an advisory board including the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies, the COLPOFER association or railway operators and police agencies and the RAILPOL network of EU railway police organisations.
This incident has been sighted as one of the worst in the history of the national park, where over 170 rangers have died protecting animals over the last 20 years. Image courtesy: NatGeoSuspected rebels have ambushed and killed five rangers and their driver at the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a spokesman told media.A sixth ranger was reportedly injured in the attack that took place in the central section of the reserve.This incident has been sighted as one of the worst in the history of the national park, where over 170 rangers have died protecting animals over the last 20 years.Despite boasting Africa’s most diverse wildlife habitat, the park has earned a reputation for being one of the most dangerous conservation projects in the world.Armed groups are known to be based in the park, and they are suspected of frequent poaching of the animals.Virunga is home to about a quarter of the world’s remaining 880 mountain gorillas, as well as lions, elephants and hippos – source: BBC.
Author: Priyanka Ann Saini Petrobras announced yesterday that it has signed an agreement in principle to settle the securities class action lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.The agreement, which is subject to approval by the court, is intended to resolve all pending and prospective claims by purchasers of Petrobras securities in the United States and by purchasers of Petrobras securities that are listed for trading in the United States. It eliminates the risk of an adverse judgment which, as Petrobras has previously reported, could have a material adverse effect on the company and its financial situation, and puts an end to the uncertainties, burdens and costs of protracted litigation.Under the proposed settlement, Petrobras has agreed to pay USD 2.95 billion to resolve claims in two installments of USD 983 million and a last installment of USD 984 million. The first installment will be paid within 10 days of preliminary approval of the settlement by the court. The second installment will be paid within 10 days of final approval of the settlement. The third installment will be paid by the later of (i) six months after final approval, or (ii) January 15, 2019. The total settlement amount will be recognised in the fourth quarter of 2017.The agreement does not constitute any admission of wrongdoing or misconduct by Petrobras. In the agreement, Petrobras expressly denies liability. This reflects its status as a victim of the acts uncovered by Operation Car Wash, as recognised by Brazilian authorities including the Brazilian Supreme Court. As a victim of the scheme, Petrobras has already recovered R$1.475 billion in restitution in Brazil and will continue to pursue all available legal remedies from culpable companies and individuals.The agreement is in the company’s best interest and that of its shareholders, given the risks of a verdict advised by a jury, particularities of US procedure and securities laws, as well its assessment of the status of the class action and the nature of such litigation in the United States, where only approximately 0.3% of securities-related class actions proceed to trial.The agreement will now be submitted to the district court in the SDNY for review. If preliminary approval is granted, the court will notify the members of the class of the terms of the proposed settlement. After considering any objections and a hearing on the fairness of the proposed settlement, the court will decide whether to grant final approval.As a result of the agreement, the parties will ask the United States Supreme Court to defer consideration of Petrobras’s petition for a writ of certiorari, which was scheduled for January 5, 2018, pending final approval of the proposed settlement.Sea News, January 4
BP today announced that it has committed to two new North Sea developments which are expected to produce 30,000 barrels gross of oil equivalent a day at peak production.Alligin and Vorlich are satellite fields located near to existing infrastructure meaning they can be quickly developed through established offshore hubs.Alligin, a two-well development west of Shetland, will be tied back to BP’s Glen Lyon floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.Vorlich, also a two-well development in the central North Sea, will be tied back to the Ithaca Energy-operated FPF-1 floating production facility which lies at the centre of Ithaca’s Greater Stella Area production hub.Both fields are expected to come on stream in 2020.BP today also confirmed that it has awarded a major contract for the Alligin development to Subsea 7, which will provide project management, engineering, procurement and construction services for the subsea pipelines. Subsea 7 will deliver the contract from its Aberdeen base with offshore activities expected to get under way in 2019.Meanwhile, BP has submitted its Environmental Statement for the Vorlich development to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is finalising its contracting strategy for the development.Incoming BP North Sea Regional President Ariel Flores said: “BP is working hard to modernise and transform the way we work and a key focus of this is maintaining safety while optimising the pace at which we deliver activity.“Through our Alligin and Vorlich developments we are simplifying and accelerating the stages of delivery to improve project cycle time, reduce costs and, importantly, add new production to our North Sea portfolio.“These projects follow on from a period of record investment by BP in the North Sea which helped deliver our Quad 204 project last year and will deliver our Clair Ridge project which is planned to start-up later in 2018.“While not on the same scale as Quad 204 and Clair Ridge, Alligin and Vorlich will lead to significant production gains and further demonstrate BP’s commitment to the North Sea.”Alligin (BP 50% operator; Shell 50%) is a 20-million-barrel recoverable oil field in the Greater Schiehallion Area, located approximately 140 kilometres west of Shetland.Vorlich (BP 66% operator; Ithaca Energy 34%) will recover over 30-million-barrels of oil equivalent and is located approximately 241 kilometres east of Aberdeen.Sea News, April 11 Author: Priyanka Ann Saini
LocalNews Venezuelans charged & jailed for guns, drugs & ammunition by: Dominica Vibes News – September 18, 2018 137 Views no discussions Three Venezuelan nationals were charged at the Magistrate’s court yesterday, Monday 17 September 2018. Venezuelan nationals Raman FR Espinosa, Javier JA Natera and Luis MV Hernandez were each charged by the Magistrate $20,000 for Possession of Cocaine with intent to supply. The sum to be paid forthwith or in default 2 years in prison, information from Police public relations officer Simon Edwards said. Luis Hernandez was sentenced to 1 year hard labour for Possession of Firearm.Javier Natera was sentenced to 1 year hard labour for Possession of Firearm and Possession of Ammunition.All three were each $25,000 for Illegal Entry to be paid forthwith or in default 6 months. Men to be deported following completion of the terms laid out.Meantime Public Relations Officer Inspector Simon Edwards reported that twelve arrests made for curfew violations between Wednesday 12 September and on Thursday 13 September, 2018. Sharing is caring! Share Share Share Tweet
Related TopicsIndiansYan GomesYonder Alonso Matt Loede The Indians left Texas getting shutout Sunday by the Rangers, but did take two of three in the series, and now will come back at home for a set with the Pittsburgh Pirates.Sunday’s lineup might have looked a little odd for the Indians if you looked at both the first and last names, as for the first time in franchise history the Indians had a lineup with one rather uncommon first name letter by three different players.The letter ‘Y’. Yes, Indians baseball info guru Ryan Milowicki pointed out on Twitter that the Tribe for the first time in franchise history and for just the 7th time in baseball history had a lineup that featured three players whose first names started with the letter ‘Y’ – Yonder Alonso, Yan Gomes and Yandy Diaz. The @Indians starting nine today is the 9th lineup in MLB history featuring three players (Alonso, Díaz, Gomes) whose first names begin with Y.The 2014 Padres (Alonso, Grandal, Solarte) had seven such lineups, while the 2017 Dodgers did so on August 4 (Darvish, Grandal, Puig). https://t.co/jzcHf4s57p— Ryan Milowicki (@RyanMilowicki) July 22, 2018So while it’s a shame that the the Tribe’s three ‘Y’ players couldn’t do much at the plate, it’ll be a great trivia question down the road about the three ‘Y’s that all got to be in the lineup on one fateful hot Sunday in Texas for the Indians. Yan Gomes, Yonder Alonso and Yandy Diaz are all in the lineup.Get your jawbreakers ready. ?#RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/nD8IQTNq4f— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 22, 2018 Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.