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ALE’s Thailand branch office was contracted by CUEL to perform the load-out, transportation and weighing of 151 modules.The modules, which varied in weight from 24 tonnes to 1,928 tonnes, were moved using 120 axle lines of transporters and five power pack units throughout the operations.ALE’s contract completion coincided with the 30th sea voyage from CUEL’s construction yard at Thailand’s Laem Chabang port to Bladin Point in Darwin, Australia.ALE’s engineering manager, Worrasak Noenpa, who managed the project, commented: “Whilst it was challenging, we made sure all risks were mitigated and we found that the adjacent sea wall offered protection from wind and sea swells, ensuring relatively risk-free load-outs.” www.ale-heavylift.com
“This is the first time the 8 MW turbines have been installed offshore, so it is an exciting time for the entire industry,” said Claus Bøjle Møller, project director at Dong Energy.The Burbo Bank farm has a total capacity of 258 MW and is located 7 km off the coast of Liverpool Bay. It is expected to be fully commissioned in the first quarter of 2017.Sea Installer’s next project is turbine installation on the 580 MW Race Bank wind farm in the UK for Dong Energy. Installation is scheduled to start in early May 2017. www.a2sea.comwww.dongenergy.com
SHARE Published: July 15, 2016 12:18 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) – A New York City woman infected her male partner with Zika virus through sex, the first time female-to-male transmission of the germ has been documented.Zika is usually spread by mosquitoes, and health officials have known for some time that men can spread it through sex. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the case Friday and updated its advice for pregnant women.The CDC now advises them to use protection if their sex partner has traveled to a Zika-infected region, whether the partner is a man or a woman.The Zika virus causes only a mild illness, at worst, in most people. But infection during pregnancy can lead to severe brain-related birth defects for the fetus. The New York woman was not pregnant.While this is the first documented case of a woman spreading Zika through sex, health experts say it is not surprising because most diseases that can be spread through sex can be spread by both men and women.On the day the woman returned from a trip to a Zika-infected country, she had vaginal sex with a boyfriend, without a condom, health officials were told.She went to her doctor three days after her return, after developing common Zika sypmtoms such as fever, fatigue, rash and back pain. Tests showed Zika infection.Seven days after they’d had sex, her male partner developed similar symptoms. Two days later, he went to the same doctor. The doctor tested him even though he hadn’t traveled from a Zika outbreak area and no cases of female-to-male transmission had been reported. He tested positive for Zika.They both are in their 20s, but no other details about them were released, including where the woman traveled or when the infection started.The woman began menstruating the day after they had sex. Health official say she may have spread the virus through vaginal fluid or menstrual blood.The primary concern about Zika infection is the virus’s threat to pregnancies, and health officials have issued cautions to pregnant women who have a male sex partner who may have been infected.The CDC has now altered its advice slightly, to account for lesbian couples that include a pregnant woman. The CDC is now recommending that “barrier methods” be used by all pregnant women who have a sex partner who lives in or travels to a Zika outbreak area.No woman-to-woman sexual transmission had been reported to date.Eleven countries, including the United States, have reported cases of apparent sexual transmission of Zika virus from one person to another, according to the World Health Organization.There have been no reports of mosquitoes spreading Zika in the continental United States so far. But there have been more than 1,300 people in the 50 states and the District of Columbia who have been diagnosed with Zika. Almost all of them caught the virus while traveling to Latin America, the Caribbean or other outbreak areas.At least 14 were people who are believed to have caught it from sex with travelers.Health officials say all or most of those travelers likely were infected through mosquito bites in the countries they were visiting.Other research has hinted at the possibility of females spreading the virus through sex.In a study published last month, a team led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin detected Zika virus in the vaginal fluid of rhesus macaque monkeys. It was found for up to seven days after the monkeys were infected.And there was one report of Zika detected in the vaginal fluid of a woman in the Caribbean island nation of Guadeloupe, a CDC official said.Some experts said the case isn’t surprising. Sexually transmitted diseases that spread from men to women also spread from women to men, said Dr. John M. Douglas, Jr., a former CDC expert on sexually transmitted diseases who now oversees a local health department in Colorado. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Woman found to spread Zika through sex for 1st time Author: Associated Press
A justice pressure group has urged the government to postpone expanding virtual justice for defendants until there is more data about the impact of video-link hearings on them.A survey by Transform Justice shows that over half of respondents thought appearing on video made it more difficult for defendants to understand what was going on in their hearings and to participate. Nearly three-quarters said defendants who had no legal representation were disadvantaged by appearing on video.In August, HM Courts & Tribunals Service confirmed it is working with Microsoft to build a prototype for a fully virtual hearing, which will be tested this month for case management hearings in the immigration and asylum chamber.However, Penelope Gibbs, director of Transform Justice and a former magistrate, said: ‘If video justice disadvantages disabled people and risks undermining trust in the justice system, is it worth forging ahead with trial by Skype?’Today’s report does not contain any data on the number of video court hearings held or for their purpose. There is no research on the effects video hearings have on defendants’ ability to participate or their relationship with their lawyer. There has been no Ministry of Justice research on virtual hearings from police stations since 2010 nor on virtual hearings from prison since 1999.A Law Society spokesperson said the report was an ‘interesting contribution’ to the virtual justice debate: ‘It is important that HM Courts & Tribunals Service takes these concerns into account when developing its systems.’A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice said the government is investing more than £1bn to transform and modernise the court system. ‘We know video hearings reduces court time, improves public safety and saves money for the taxpayer. Video link technology is also being used to make the court process easier for thousands of vulnerable victims and witnesses,’ the spokesperson added.
International firm Dentons has set up a ‘Eurozone’ hub in Frankfurt, a move it claims will help meet possible consequences of Brexit.The ‘Eurozone hub’ promises to advise banks and investment firms on regulation and policy in the Eurozone. Clients will get centralised access to a multidisciplinary and multijurisdictional team of lawyers with ‘a proven track record in engaging with EU and Eurozone level policymakers and regulators’, the firm said.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Michael Huertas, DentonsMichael Huertas, who joined Dentons’ Frankfurt office in April 2018, will coordinate the new group.Huertas said: ‘Our clients require internationally connected legal and strategic advice in order to cope with the decisions of supervisory and regulatory authorities, especially as these often have overlapping mandates as well as differing sensitivities and expectations between EU-level and national supervisors. Developments such as Brexit and the changes in the ECB’s monetary policy are further reshaping the European environment.’The Frankfurt team – which has experience in financial market regulation, structured finance, capital markets and securities law, IPOs and FinTech – will work closely with regulatory lawyers in Dentons’ other European offices, including the UK, Spain, France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
EUROPE: Ceremonies were held at the Franco-Spanish border on January 27 to mark the official inauguration of the 44·5 km cross-border rail link between Perpignan and Figueres. The 1 435 mm gauge line has been open to passenger and freight services since December 19.Participating in the official opening were Spanish Minister of Development José Blanco, French Secretary of State for Transport Thierry Mariani, and Carlo Secchi, the European Commission’s co-ordinator for high speed rail links in south-west Europe.Pointing out that ‘this link between the two main high speed rail European networks overcomes a historic barrier’, Secchi said ‘the new cross-border section represents a major achievement for the internal market and for the mobility of citizens. I am proud the European Union played such an essential role in making this possible.’ The EU provided co-financing of €69·75m from its Trans-European Transport Network budget, representing 25% of the cost of the project.Including the 8 km Pertus tunnel, the cross-border route built by the TP Ferro concession group is equipped with ETCS Level 2 and designed for operation at up to 350 km/h. The line was completed at the end of 2009, but the connections to the Spanish network were not ready until December 2010.Opening of the link has reduced journey times between Barcelona and France by about an hour, and completion of the high speed line between Barcelona and Figueres in 2012, is expected to cut the Barcelona – Perpignan journey time to just 50 min, compared with more than 3 h 30 min using the original broad-gauge route via Port Bou.According to the Spanish Ministry of Development, 14 503 passengers used the new link during its first month of operation, including 2 628 travelling between Barcelona and Paris.
Sharing is caring! Share Share Share 558 Views 8 comments Tweet LocalNewsPolitics Former UWP deputy leader detained by police by: Dominica Vibes News – February 15, 2017 Claudius Sanford (file photo)Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton has called on supporters to show their disagreement for the detention of Claudius Sanford by descending on the Police Headquarters in Roseau.Sanford, who is the former deputy political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), resigned following the 2014 general election as he failed to win the Salybia Constituency seat for a fourth consecutive term.His detention comes amidst the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force’s investigations into a night of riot and vandalism in the Capital City last week Tuesday.Speaking in a live video on Facebook on Wednesday 15 February 2017, Linton said Sanford was taken into police custody sometime after 5AM.“I just want to take this opportunity to remind you of what’s at stake and to encourage you, all of the people who are in the area of Roseau, and those of you who can make it from further afield, please go down to the Police Station,” Linton said.“And in your numbers, show the police authority and the political directorate of Roosevelt Skerrit that you do not agree to this level of persecution and harassment of Opposition personnel in Dominica,” he continued.Dr Thomson Fontaine, who was also detained on Sunday and questioned as part of the investigation, was released and further questioned on Monday. No charges have been preferred against Dr Fontaine.“They seem to have some schedule of arrests to be done and a list of persons to be arrested so they’re going one by one and they’re trying to drag this out,” Linton added.He also complained that the police have been placing barricades outside of the Police Station when Opposition members are detained for questioning so that “the ordinary public” has no access to the police station, road and sidewalk.“If they were doing something so wonderful and something that they were so proud of, why all this heavy presence of security and SSU personnel in army fatigue, in camouflage, trying to intimidate people, trying to believe that you can scare people; you’re not scaring anybody, nobody is afraid of you,” Linton said.The Opposition Leader called on supporters to show their concern by going to the Police Station.“Go down to town people, go down to Roseau; if you’re listening to me from overseas, get your family members to Roseau,” Linton urged supporters.“Don’t take it Dominica, don’t give them the impression that you are in support of this or you have any level of tolerance for it, it should be zero tolerance for police harassment and intimidation under the unlawful instructions of Roosevelt Skerrit,” he added.
Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected communications satellite is now ready to join the constellation in space. The AEHF-4 satellite was encapsulated into its payload on September 26 in anticipation of its October 17 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.This is the fourth satellite that will complete a worldwide ring of AEHF satellites to deliver global extended data rate (XDR) coverage for the U.S. Air Force and for the partner nations – Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom – that also connect to the AEHF network. Lockheed’s Silicon Valley-based Protected Communications team built this satellite and is now making progress on producing the fifth and sixth satellites in the constellation.AEHF communications are jam-proof and offer low probability of detection or interception, and the four AEHF satellite constellation will be able to deliver that capability worldwide. The satellite enables military communications with real-time video, battlefield maps and targeting data, boosted by a five-fold increase in individual user data rates. The AEHF system provides vastly improved global, survivable, highly secure, protected communications for strategic command and tactical warfighters operating on ground, sea and air platforms. A single AEHF satellite provides greater total capacity than the entire legacy five-satellite Milstar constellation.Lockheed Martin manufactured the AEHF-4 satellite at its Sunnyvale, California facility. The satellite was delivered to Florida on July 27, 2018. The AEHF team is led by the MILSATCOM Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin is the primary contractor, Northrop Grumman is the payload manufacturer. The US Air Force Space Command operates the AEHF system.
By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSPort Isabel football players at all levels of the academic system are working hard to get ready for next month’s start of practice. They recognize the importance of advance preparation, which includes many hours of workouts at the high school.The Press found two junior-varsity players pumping a little – actually more than a little – iron in the weight room this week, and talked with them between reps to get their thoughts.Sophomore Brian Chavez expects to play both ways this season as a quarterback and defensive back. “Yes sir, I’ve been working out every day. I wasn’t going to work this summer because I wanted to dedicate that time to the weight room.”Minutes before I talked with Chavez, I watched as he did five squat repetitions with 315 pounds on his shoulders. He also runs a mile a day and does 40-yard sprints at the field with the team. He takes weekends off from the running to practice his passing.“In the 8th grade I couldn’t throw a spiral and I couldn’t throw above 20 yards. I was just throwing it out there and hoping someone would catch it. This off-season I’ve been working at it with my Dad and with my teammates. I’ve been throwing spirals consistently and throwing over 40 yards with accuracy.”Brian’s dad, Victor, played as a Tarpon in the late 1980s.Another sophomore, and varsity hopeful, is wide receiver and linebacker Pedro Cesenes. He is one of many aspiring Tarpon players who believe in the benefits of weight lifting, and he also was doing squat reps with 315 pounds. “They increase our strength and they help a lot with blocking. Leg strength is very important for getting off the line. It helps a lot . . . explosion off the ball. You’re looking at the quarterback and as soon as that ball is hiked you’re off.”Senior lineman and returning varsity player Nick Marquez is also putting in lots of time this summer in the weight room. “I’ve been in here every day except for one week.”Marquez pointed out that all the lifting is not just about strength and power. “We not only work strength but speed and agility. The first five yards are the most important thing and for linemen it’s all about the get-off. As soon as that ball snaps you have to be the one to take that first step. If he (opposing lineman) oversteps you it’s basically his game now.”Marquez reflects the all-but universal sentiment among Tarpon players about the new season; “I’m very eager – been counting down the days since Christmas. We actually started planning right after Sinton. We did our reviews (film sessions), saw what we did wrong, and started going at it.”“I’m very determined,” Marquez said this week. “I wasn’t happy the way we left off last year. We were the last undefeated team in the Valley. Then we let it slip out of our hands. It didn’t feel good at all. I believe we got over-confidant and we didn’t work as hard in (district games) as we did in the first season. We’re looking to get first place in our district.”Port Isabel started last season with a 6-0 record, including a 61-7 win over Progresso in the district opener. The Tarpons won only one of their last four district games and they made the playoffs as the No. 4 seed from District 16-4A, Div. II. They lost to Sinton, 52-22, in their bi-district playoff game in Kingsville.The first day of practice will be Monday, August 3.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedRamirez looking forward to senior seasonBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Tarpon football player Elijah Ramirez is hard at work this spring as he prepares for his senior year of football. The Press found Ramirez in the weight room at the high school this week and he talked about his schedule and the upcoming…June 16, 2017In “News”Del Abra hitting weight room hardBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Aaron Del Abra has been hitting the weight room at the high school hard this summer, diligently working to prepare himself for the start of football practice in August. The Press found Del Abra at the weight room this week and he talked…June 22, 2018In “News”Infante encourages summer workoutsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS As with all football coaches at this time of year, new Port Isabel High athletic director and head football coach, Jaime Infante is hard at work these days as he plans for and looks forward to the 2017 season. Because Tuesday was the…July 7, 2017In “News”