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first_imgThe New York State Assembly last week passed the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, which would allow undocumented residents of New York to apply for a standard state driver’s license. Known as the “Green Light Bill,” the legislation aims to improve road safety, raise revenue, and boost the economy, its supporters say. The legislation would require that undocumented license applicants pass a driving test, be informed of traffic laws, and be properly licensed. The driver’s license would continue to have “not for federal purposes” stated on it, and would only be used for the operation of a motor vehicle. The legislation also aims to help police do their jobs by enabling them to verify a motorist’s identity, review their traffic records if necessary, and better use resources that would otherwise be used to pursue those driving without a license. Supporters say increased fees would provide needed revenue for the state, and argue it would not result in voting fraud or changes in an immigrant’s status. Undocumented residents would not be allowed to apply an Enhanced or Real-ID license, which will soon be needed to board a plane. Opponents say the measure would create security risks and possibly leave to an increase in fraudulent identification papers. If adopted into law, New York would join Utah and 11 other states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, in allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for licenses. “Keeping New Yorkers safe always comes first,” Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. said in a press release. “We can’t get sidetracked by fear, rumors or bigotry — we need to focus on the facts, and the facts tell us loud and clear that making sure everyone on the road has a driver’s license makes us all safer.” The measure is supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo, but still must be passed by the state Senate, which is narrowly controlled by the Democrats. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgShell has awarded Allseas the topsides and jacket removal contract for the Brent field platforms. The contract also includes the removal of Brent Alpha’s steel jacket. The Brent field is situated on the UK Continental Shelf, 186 km (116 miles) north-east of Lerwick, Scotland, in a water depth of 140 m (460 ft). The field comprises four large platforms: Alpha (a steel jacket), Bravo, Charlie and Delta (concrete gravity-based structures), with topside weights ranging from 16,000 to 30,000 t. Removals begin with Brent Delta in 2015/16, and the remaining topsides over the ensuing eight years with dates to be confirmed.The Brent contract is the first to be awarded to Allseas for Pieter Schelte, Allseas’ dynamically positioned single-lift installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel, which is currently under construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in Okpo, Korea. Pieter Schelte, with a length of 382 m and width of 124 m, will have a topsides lift capacity of 48,000 t and a jacket lift capacity of 25,000 t. [mappress]Press Release, August 5, 2013last_img read more

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first_imgProvincetown Ferries III and IVU.S. Coast Guard rescue crews assisted the crew and passengers aboard the Provincetown IV Ferry, which was disabled near Scituate, Massachusetts, Wednesday, August 13. Watchstanders at the Sector Boston Command Center received notification at 4:06 p.m. that the ferry had suffered an engine failure and was unable to make way.A Station Point Allerton 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Flyingfish rushed to the scene to provide a safety zone and monitor, while another ferry arrived on scene to also assist.The Provincetown IV crew eventually repaired the engine and were underway, while the Flyingfish and Station Point Allerton crews escorted them to port.The ferry docked safely in Boston at about 7:40 p.m.“We confirmed they were no injuries, ensured everyone aboard was safe, and made sure they made it back home,” said Lt. j.g. Ed Costa, the command duty officer at Sector Boston.The incident is under investigation.[mappress]Press Release; August 14, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgRolls-Royce has won a £19m contract with the Norwegian shipbuilding group Vard to deliver deck machinery, propulsion and engines to a new offshore construction and anchor handling vessel (OCV) for the Norwegian owner REM Supply. The vessel will be designed by Vard.The new vessel is developed for underwater construction work and anchor handling operations in Arctic waters and will have approximately 380 to 400 ton bollard pull to fulfill the demands for operational power in the deepwater segment.John Knudsen, President Commercial Marine, Rolls-Royce, said: “We are proud to embark on yet another project together with Vard. Our long-standing and good relationship with the shipbuilding group is unique, and has proven its value to end customers and their crews.”The propulsion package from Rolls-Royce will comprise main engines and generators, reduction gears, Promas integrated rudder and main propeller system with nozzle, tunnel thrusters, retractable thrusters, steering gear and Helicon X3 propulsion control system.The deck machinery package consists of a three-drum 500 ton low pressure anchor handling winch, stern roller, anchor handling cranes, centering device, stop-pins and shark-jaws. All mechanical, hydraulic and electric systems are included.Delivery is scheduled from Vard Brattvaag in Norway in 1Q 2016. The hull of the vessel will be delivered from Vard Tulcea in Romania.Press Release, September 11, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgThe Boom Booster replaces the bottom part of a standard CC 8800-1 boom, increasing its capacity by 60 percent. The Boom Booster is 10 m wide and 3.2 m high, with a total weight of 197 tonnes. Its elements are assemblies of single girders and lacings with pinned connections. The parts can be stored in transport racks and moved in ten 40 ft containers, enabling fast and efficient worldwide shipment and deployment, says Terex. The aim of the Boom Booster is to increase the capacity of the CC 8800-1, which is capable of handling up to 1,600 tonnes, at short radii and long boom lengths by reducing lateral deflection of the boom. The Boom Booster can be used for the assembly of large wind turbines, heavy refinery columns, solar towers, flare stacks and more, explained Sarens.  Sarens has acquired two Boom Boosters that can be retrofitted to its fleet of six CC 8800-1s. One is working at Noordoostpolder, the Netherlands, where 38 wind turbines are being erected for Enercon. These turbines have a tower height of 135 m and a capacity of 7.5 MW each. A second CC 8800-1 with Boom Booster is working at the Sadara Project in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, where it has lifted an 85 m high column weighing 800 tonnes. A second column lift is scheduled for the end of 2014. www.sarens.comwww.terex.comlast_img read more

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first_imgThe shocking scale of bullying and sexual harassment across the global legal profession is exposed in a landmark survey conducted by the International Bar Association. Half of all women lawyers have been bullied at work and one in three has been sexually harassed. One in three male lawyers reports having been bullied, while one in 15 has been sexually harassed. These are among the preliminary findings of an International Bar Association survey on bullying and sexual harassment in the profession, which closes on 26 October.  The survey has already received responses from more than 5,000 lawyers from 120 jurisdictions. Some 25% of all lawyers have been sexually harassed, 36% of whom have experienced harassment in the last year. Yet in four out of five cases the harassment was never reported, for reasons including fear of career damage and reprisals. Some 43% of respondents have been bullied, but this was not reported in 57% of all cases, with similar reasons given. Where harassment and bullying were reported, legal employers proved generally inept in dealing with it. In around two-thirds of cases the response was ‘insufficient or negligible’, and in three-quarters of cases the perpetrator was not sanctioned. In 62% of cases, bullying conduct contributed to the victim leaving or intending to leave the workplace. For harassment, the equivalent figure was 36%. The findings are likely to galvanise efforts to improve the profession’s handling of bullying and sexual harassment cases amid the ‘MeToo’ campaign. Earlier this year a former magic circle employee who claimed to have been sexually assaulted at work by a partner at the firm told MPs that law firms should be required to have sexual harassment and alcohol consumption policies.The suggestion was part of an anonymised written submission made by a member of the public to the House of Commons women and equalities select committee as part of its sexual harassment in the workplace inquiry.The IBA’s survey findings were disclosed at a session on harassment and bullying at the IBA’s Rome conference. Speakers included Zelda Perkins, Harvey Weinstein’s former assistant, who addressed the same commons committee.last_img read more

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first_img Credit: ABC Credit: ABC Catherine (Debbie Allen) had surgery on the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy in an attempt to save her life.Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Koracick (Greg Germann) teamed up to perform the surgery. Initially hopeful they could remove all of the cancer, they quickly realised that wasn’t going to be possible.With the help of Richard (James Pickens Jr.), the surgeons managed to remove 95% of the tumour and Catherine survived the surgery.Meanwhile Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) went to visit her ailing father Thatcher (Jeff Perry). The two clashed with Meredith lashing out over her father’s absence in her life. Meredith managed to get past her issues and reconnect with Thatcher before he died with her by his side.The next episode of the season is Girlfriend in a Coma. A patient gives Meredith some clarity on her dating situation around the holidays. The strain on Bailey and Ben’s marriage comes to a head. Meanwhile, Betty drops a bomb on Owen and Amelia.Grey’s Anatomy continues at 9pm Wednesday on Sky Witness HD. Preview the episode with our gallery below: Credit: ABC Credit: ABC Credit: ABC Credit: ABC Credit: ABC Credit: ABClast_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInSouth Scotland MSP Emma Harper has today welcomed the progress the Scottish Government is making in delivering superfast broadband to every part of Scotland, including rural areas such as parts of Dumfries and Galloway. “Recent figures published in response to a parliamentary question lodged by my colleague Gillian Martin, showed a comparison across all Scottish local authorities of premises connected to fibre broadband compared to the progress made if the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband team hadn’t provided support.”“The findings are prominsing and show that 91.7% of properties in Dumfries and Galloway receive fibre broadband, compared to only 26% if left to commercial deployment.”“I absolutely welcome these figures which demonstrate the Scottish Governments commitment to achieving nationwide broadband, which will deliver to all rural businesses and farms in Scotland.” “There are still many folks in the South West with no, or slow broadband and I have been contacted by, and I am working with many people to help support them to obtain internet connection as well as better broadband speeds. I have hosted drop in Digital Broadband surgeries in Dumfries, Stranraer and New Galloway which were well attended. In the debate, Ms Harper also called on the UK Government to increase its funding contribution to the R100 programme, and its efforts to ensure that Scotland sees tangible financial, social and environmental benefits from the broadband Universal service obligation.Commenting, Ms Harper said:center_img Speaking in a debate on digital connectivity Ms Harper welcomed the progress to date, but also accepted that there is still some way to go in achieving 100% connectivity for rural areas. “I have been working with the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband team in order to help constituents in the South West get connected and provide solutions to some of the problems they are having. I would also encourage anyone having difficulties to get in touch with me if they are looking for support.”last_img read more

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