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Heavy-lifting specialists ALE today reported that it had performed the first load-out of jacket foundations for the Wikinger offshore wind farm.The first jacket, weighing 625t, was loaded-out using self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) and a CC8800 crawler crane in Ferrol, Spain.ALE has been contracted to perform a total of 58 land transportations (two per jacket) using SPMTs and 29 load-outs using a crawler crane during 2016. The company started with the project in January by performing the weighing and land transportation of the first jackets at the Navantia Fene Shipyard.Foundations will be loaded on transport ships in batches of 4 jackets. Piles for the jackets will be loaded by Windar at the Avilés harbour.Wikinger will comprise 70 foundations, supporting Adwen’s 5MW wind turbines, with Bladt Industries in charge of supplying the remaining 41 jackets.The installation of the first foundations at the offshore wind farm site started in April.
Sarah Davis is group commercial legal director at Guardian Media Group Never mind a week; a day is a long time in the politics of media regulation. On Monday Jeremy Hunt, who succeeded Vince Cable as the minister responsible for deciding on News Corporation’s proposed acquisition of up to 60.9% of BSkyB, told MPs that he is referring News Corporation’s bid to the Competition Commission. A week earlier no one would have predicted that, but then a week earlier Rupert Murdoch had not closed down the News of the World following public outrage over the phone-hacking scandal. Hunt’s announcement was the only possible response to News Corporation’s sudden withdrawal of the undertakings Murdoch had previously worked so hard to persuade the government to accept in exchange for allowing the bid to proceed. Murdoch’s surprise move seems to be aimed at taking the decision out of the hands of politicians and ensuring that it is not made at a time when News Corporation is vilified in all quarters. On Monday morning Hunt had asked the regulator Ofcom whether ‘any new information that has come to light causes you to reconsider any part of your previous advice, including your confidence in the credibility, sustainability or practicalities of the undertakings offered by News Corporation’. By Monday afternoon this question might have seemed less urgent, perhaps even redundant, following Hunt’s referral of the bid to the Competition Commission, which will buy Murdoch time. The commission may clear or block the proposed takeover, or it could propose remedies aimed at easing concerns about ‘media plurality’. A great deal has been written about the proposed acquisition by News Corporation of BSkyB since Cable, the business secretary, issued a European Intervention Notice in connection with the transaction, in November 2010, specifying the public interest consideration of sufficiency of plurality of persons with control of media enterprises. Hunt’s announcement this week in fact gives effect to Ofcom’s original advice, on the last day of 2010, that the bid should be referred to the Competition Commission. The secretary of state has a statutory discretion that allows him to accept undertakings in lieu of a reference to the commission. Hunt took the view that only if no suitable undertakings were offered by News Corporation would he refer the transaction. At times the secretary of state’s decision-making process seemed somewhat improvised, with merger control remedies being unsatisfactorily applied to public interest considerations. Then, less than two weeks ago, Hunt announced he was minded to exercise his discretion in favour of accepting News Corporation undertakings claimed to be sufficient to protect media plurality, which included Sky News being spun off as a separate, independent, entity and capping News Corporation’s shareholding at 39%. The collision of the phone-hacking scandal with this process has highlighted that the merger control remedy of accepting undertakings from News Corporation in lieu of a reference to the commission, in relation to the BSkyB bid, could not credibly be divorced from considerations of fitness and propriety. How could activities at News International, which raise serious questions of corporate governance, be treated as something separate from News Corporation’s BSkyB bid, given that the green light for the transaction rested on the secretary of state’s willingness to accept undertakings from News Corporation that related to corporate governance? While the ‘fit and proper test’ is not the secretary of state’s to apply, it was beginning to look untenable, both politically and legally, for there to be no consideration of this issue. The question that will now entertain and occupy media and competition lawyers is what Ofcom will do next. Last Thursday the regulator issued this statement: ‘In the light of the current public debate about phone hacking and other allegations, Ofcom confirms that it has a duty to be satisfied on an ongoing basis that the holder of a broadcasting licence is “fit and proper”.’ We look forward to hearing more about that.
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Contractors are frequently able to insure against their liabilities. In the event of a claim, it is in all parties’ interests to know the extent, if any, of the insurers’ indemnity as soon as possible. This is not always easy, especially when identifying the cause of the accident is difficult and not yet established. This was the situation which the Court of Appeal faced when delivering its judgment in Aspen Insurance UK Limited vs Adana Construction Limited in March 2015. The case followed from the collapse of a crane at King’s Dock Mill in Liverpool in July 2009, operated by Adana Construction Limited (“Adana”) when the crane driver was gravely injured. The crane was damaged as well as some adjoining properties. Adana’s policy with Aspen Insurance UK Limited (“Aspen”) covered public liability for faulty workmanship and product liability, subject to exceptions. The court had to consider the meaning of “product” and “superstructure” within the policy.Adana was appointed as subcontractor to Bowmer and Kirkland Limited for work which included the casting and fixing of a reinforced concrete pile cap, to form the base for the crane. The four corners of the crane base were to rest on the four piles at each corner of the square. The design was undertaken, separately, by structural design engineers Bingham Davis Limited. After Adana completed its works, it left the site. The tower crane was subsequently erected. In or about April 2009 the first crane erected on the base was removed and a heavier crane erected upon it. The judge was sceptical of making any negative finding of liability in advance of any trial of liabilityFollowing the accident, a number of claims were issued in the High Court as well as the county court against Bowmer and Kirkland, Bingham Davis and Adana. In one instance, Bowmer and Kirkland paid £1.75m in settlement of a claim for the damage to the crane and might seek a contribution from Bingham Davis and Adana. Experts had concluded that the collapse was due to a failure of the connections between the crane base and the piles caused either by overloading or by Adana’s failure to place the dowels deeply enough into the piles. Adana has not admitted liability, and there has been no ruling either to this effect by any court. It is in these circumstances that Adana’s insurers, Aspen, sought a declaration from the court that that it had no liability to indemnify Adana under its policy. The judge at first instance was sceptical of making any negative finding of liability in advance of any trial of liability, or a statement of assumed facts, a view shared by the Court of Appeal. It proceeded nonetheless, hoping that it would serve a useful purpose. Aspen relied on two main arguments. Firstly, that the concrete base was a “product”. Thus it fell within an exclusion within the policy. The judge at first instance held that the concrete base was not a product and the Court of Appeal agreed. Adana’s contract was for the supply of labour and materials. The concrete base was thus created on site and not in a factory. It could not be purchased as a component. Adana had carried out the concreting works for the purpose of securing a foundation for the crane on the site. The fact that the works created something did not mean it was to be regarded as a product. Product liability does not extend to defective installation. The two are different. If the product was satisfactory but installed in the wrong way, there is no cover for product liability but there is for damage caused by bad workmanship within the public liability section. However, the appeal was allowed in part due to the success of Aspen’s second argument. It held that the damage to the crane was to be regarded as loss or damage to “any superstructure arising from the failure of Adana’s foundation works to perform their intended function”. Thus this definition did not merely include buildings above the ground but they extended as well to a crane which was to sit on the top of the foundations even though it was intended to rest temporarily. The Court of Appeal rejected the argument that the superstructure was a reference to the building above the foundations.This decision did not determine any liability on the part of Adana, but will have assisted the insurers to determine their own liability under the policy. It also brings clarity to the meaning of key words.Jeffrey Brown is a partner in the London office of Veale Wasbrough Vizards
GERMANY: Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG has announced an order for Alstom to supply 14 hydrogen fuel cell multiple-units, with options for 33 more.The initial batch of units is to be deployed on Weser-Elbe services between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude. The contract has been awarded to a consortium of Alstom and hydrogen supplier Linde through a negotiated procedure, because LNVG wishes to use fuel cell vehicles in preference to diesel units and believes Alstom is currently the only company in the world which can offer suitable rolling stock that is fully-developed for passenger use.Alstom presented its prototype two-car Coradia iLint multiple-unit at InnoTrans in September 2016, and test running began in April. The prototype is expected to begin carrying passengers in early 2018. The unit has been developed as part of the German national hydrogen and fuel cell technology programme, and incorporates roof-mounted fuel cells from Hydrogenics, Xperion storage tank, Akasol underfloor batteries. and Selectron control systems.The consortium of Alstom and Linde will be responsible for the supply, maintenance and fuelling of the LNVG units throughout their life, as patented technology is involved.The Coradia iLint was described in more detail in the March 2017 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine, which subscribers can access in the digital archive.
Galloway Mountain Rescue Team in Action AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInEmma Harper MSP has praised the ‘bravery’ and ‘dedication’ of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team following a Parliamentary debate on the legacy of moutaineer, Sir Hugh Munro, who was the first person to chart Scotland’s highest mountains over 3,000 feet, now named the ‘Munros’. While South Scotland doesn’t have any Munros, it has plenty of mountains and hills called ‘Corbetts’ and ‘Donalds’ which attract thousands of visitors each year, on which mountain rescue teams can be required to save hillwalkers who are injured or in distress. The South Scotland MSP highlighted the work of Newton Stewart’s Galloway MRT, which was formed in 1975 and have responded to over 420 incidents, including one as recently as the 9th March. Ms. Harper said: “I would like to say thank you to Scotland’s mountain rescue teams. In the South West we have the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team, a charity in Newton Stewart which provides rescue services in the Dumfries & Galloway and South Ayrshire area.“Like other mountain rescue teams, Galloway MRT is a charity run by volunteers who give up their own time and when called upon put their life in danger to rescue those who are injured or in distress in our mountains and hills.“I would encourage everyone to visit their website to learn more about their work and to read about how to keep safe in the hills.”Speaking after the debate she added:“I commend the bravery and dedication of Scotland’s mountain rescue teams, including those in my South Scotland Region such as Galloway MRT, Moffat MRT and the Border Search and Rescue Unit.“I would encourage constituents to follow the advice of mountain rescue services in ensuring the right clothing and equipment is taken on any hill or mountain hike, and to take a map and compass as well. Weather conditions on Scotland’s hills can change very quickly and can be extremely challenging to navigate for even the most experienced of hillwalkers and climbers. Please visit the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team website for more information on how to stay safe when accessing our beautiful countryside.”
Sharing is caring! EntertainmentLocalNews Dominica places 1st runner up in Ms Carival Pageant by: Dominica Vibes News – July 2, 2016 Share 527 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share Miss Dominica 2016, Tasia Floissac placed first runner up to Trinidad and Tobago’s Djennicia Francis in the Ms Carival Pageant in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday 1 July 2016.Francis was crowned by Miss Carival 2015, DeYonte Myers of St Vincent and the Grenadines.The ten contestants were judged based on swimwear, talent evening wear and interview.Miss Dominica, who sang the popular ‘I am Titanium’ song of French DJ and music producer David Guetta, won the award for best talent while Francis won the awards for Miss Congeniality, Most Community Spirited, Cooperation Award, and Best Interview.Nikianna Williams of St Vincent and the Grenadines placed second runner up and copped the Photogenic, Best Swimwear, and Best Evening Wear awards.The other seven competitors were Chelsey Hughes of Anguilla, Sheryl Forde of Barbados, Nyanka Samuel Robinson of Grenada, Tabeanna Tuitt of Montserrat, Orngel Erskine of St Kitts & Nevis, Yuana David of St Lucia, and Michelle Sinmues of Venezuela.Miss Dominica 2015, Odessa Eli emerged 1st runner up last year and won the Best Interview award.Miss Dominica and her chaperone Leandra Lander are expected to return home on Saturday 2 July 2016.Dominica has won six Miss Carival titles since the show’s inception in 1985 with the last two titles being won by Leslassa Armour-Shillingford in 2013 and Francine Baron in 2014.
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) Farmington Hills city council member Theresa Rich (Contributed)Farmington Hills city council member Theresa Rich will host a Community Conversation on Sunday, August 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room on the first floor at the Farmington Community Library, 32737 West 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. The event will give constituents an opportunity to voice concerns, ask questions, and talk about happenings in the City. Reported by