Auto-pedestrian crash in Vidor claim’s woman’s life

first_img Next UpTroopers said a 2015 Ford truck, driven by Adam Musslewhite, 38, of Kirbyville was northbound on FM 105 near the intersection with West Circle Road, Vidor, when a 56-year-old woman walking in the middle of the roadway walked into the Ford’s path.Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The victim’s name won’t be released until her next of kin is notified, Troopers said.Musslewhite was not injured, Troopers said. All information is preliminary as Troopers continue to investigate this fatal crash, the issued release said.. Staff reportA Vidor woman was killed early Monday when, according to initial reports, she walked into the path of a pickup truck.Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers said in an issued statement that the call about an auto-pedestrian collision came at 5:45 a.m.last_img read more

European Commission must act to liberalise rail freight

first_imgThe European Union must enforce the spirit of its First Railway Package if the revitalisation of rail freight is to be achieved, argues Tony Berkeley, Chairman of the Rail Freight Group UK and a Board Member of the European Rail Freight Customer PlatformTHERE WAS a chilling reminder at the CEE Rail conference in Budapest (RG 11.06 p697) of just how far the European goal of open access and on-rail competition for freight traffic remains from reality.The European Commission and member states have all signed up to the First Railway Package, and should have implemented the regulations at least two years ago. The Commission has produced evidence that competition leads to growth, better customer service and more competitive prices, as we have seen in the UK already.But as well as the problems in the CEE countries mentioned last month, some states in ‘old Europe’ seem to be making little progress. In a number of countries, notably France, there is a serious lack of independence of the timetabling organisation from the train operators. With incumbent operators running the timetable, they inevitably give themselves the best slots as well as getting prior knowledge of their competitors’ plans.Some member states still structure access charges with a large lump sum and a lower mileage charge, which again favours operators who can spread the lump sum over a larger number of trains. Again and again we heard about problems of new entrants crossing borders, where restrictive practices should have been abolished so that operators can be treated equally. There is an ongoing problem over access to terminals and marshalling yards. Whereas some intermodal terminals have been open-access since they were developed, this is not the case generally for wagonload traffic, which is why the First Railway Package requires such terminals to be open-access. Too many incumbent operators are scrapping wagons or locomotives, rather than selling them to potential competitors. Since these will have been purchased with public money or state aid, it could be argued that such disposal is an abuse of this provision. It demonstrates a serious failure by the member states to encourage liberalisation in a positive manner.And finally, a court in Germany has recently ruled that monopoly provider DB can supply electric traction power and diesel fuel to its competitors at any price it wants, without having to declare the price it charges to itself. How transparent is that?Rail freight customers remain deeply concerned. The current situation is fragile. New entrants face multiple problems, often caused by lack of fair implementation or application of the Directives. Few have the resources to fight endless procedural battles, or to start legal action against an incumbent operator able to call on government support. I therefore believe that it is essential that the Commission takes urgent action to require member states’ governments to deliver and implement the full agenda, and deploys sufficient staff to initiate infringement or anti-competitive actions against offending member states. It is not sufficient to pass EU legislation and then sit back and hope that everything will happen as planned. A competitive marketplace requires nurturing and encouraging in detail as well as in policy, and it needs to be done proactively. Without the private sector demonstrating quality and creativity, there is every prospect of rail freight dying across Europe. With the private sector setting an example, incumbent railways will also be encouraged to change their ways, so that the rail industry and society alike will benefit.last_img read more

St Kitts doubles salaries of public sector workers for Christmas

first_img Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional St Kitts doubles salaries of public sector workers for Christmas by: Jamaica Observer – November 22, 2016 683 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy HarrisBASSETERRE, St Kitts (Jamaica Observer) — St Kitts and Nevis has announced a double salary in December for all civil servants, auxiliary workers and pensioners on the Government’s payroll as well as People’s Empowerment Programme (PEP) workers and Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) employees and other public sector workers.Roughly 10,000 people are to benefit from the move, according to a release from the office of Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris.“There is a sense of optimism for thousands of local households that can now better manage competing obligations this Christmas (such as renovating their homes, purchasing new furniture and other household durable items, making charitable donations, etc),” the release said.Harris, who made the announcement on Saturday said that the Cabinet of Ministers had taken the decision the day before, “to ensure that all share in the economic fortunes of our beloved country”.“The Ministry of Finance will work with the CFBC and other governmental agencies to make this happen. “We estimate that potentially EC$30 million will be pumped into the economy as a consequence of this bonus by the government.“The multiplier effect of this sum will be significant at this time of the year. As the principal beneficiaries of consumer expenditure, we hope that our private sector firms will do more than the normal pay for their employees,” he added.The country saw a positive multiplier effect from the removal of the 17 per cent value added tax (VAT) on food, medicines, educational supplies and funeral expenses in April 2015, the release said.Last year ended up being a banner year in St Kitts and Nevis, with the Discounted VAT-Rate Day generating record sales and demand for consumer durables such as automobiles and furniture reaching a peak, it added.Meanwhile, Harris also announced that there would be “further assistance to boost economic activity and make life easier for the lower and middle income families” this Christmas season.This assistance is to come in the form of duty-free concessions, for the first 400 pounds, on gift packages of food items and a duty-free allowance for travellers of EC$540 (US$200) off the CIF [cost, insurance and freight] value from Friday, December 9 to Saturday, December 31.last_img read more