Eleven hurt in double-decker bus crash

first_imgTwo people suffered life-threatening injuries and nine others were hurt when a double-decker bus crashed into a hedge.The driver and 18 passengers were on the Stagecoach bus when it crashed at Oakley, near Basingstoke, Hampshire, at about 1200hrs.Three people have been seriously hurt and the others suffered minor injuries.No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The two most seriously injured people have been taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Southampton, South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) said.Three unaccompanied children were not hurt.Bus operator Stagecoach said it believed the bus “remained upright at all times but that a number of people have been injured, including our driver”.”Safety is our absolute priority and we will assist the police fully in their investigation into the circumstances around this incident.”last_img read more

Applicants welcome call for entry date

first_imgMost applicant countries have set internal target dates for completing their preparations for EU membership, with the majority aiming for 2003.Germany’s Joschka Fischer has emerged as the strongest advocate of setting a timetable in Helsinki. But he faced opposition from fellow foreign ministers at a meeting in Finland last week.Most insisted it would be too early to fix dates in December even though the Commission’s latest reports on the applicants’ progress, due out next month, will provide a clearer picture of the state of play in each candidate country. France’s Hubert Védrine said deadlines could be counter-productive if applicants could not meet their commitments.But Polish officials point out incoming Enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen said in July that Warsaw’s target entry date of 1 January 2003 was “not unrealistic”. However, he also told MEPs the Union could not agree a timetable until it had a clear view of applicants’ position in all areas of EU legislation. Talks on many difficult dossiers have yet to begin. But they have voiced doubts that Union leaders will be able to agree on a fixed timetable for admitting new members at their December summit in Helsinki.Prodi ignited the debate over the wisdom of laying down a timetable in a speech to MEPs this week. He said the EU should “give serious consideration in Helsinki to setting a firm date for the accession of those countries which are best prepared, even if this means granting lengthy transition periods”.Senior Polish officials resp-onded enthusiastically. “The Union setting a date would facilitate Poland’s reforms,” said one, adding that it would help convince the public of the need for painful changes.last_img read more

Sarens puts Terex to the test

first_imgFurther to the news posted by HLPFI on October 13, reporting that Sarens had equipped its CC 8800-1 fleet with the Terex Boom Booster, the new kit has been used for the first time in the erection of an Enercon wind turbine.The Terex Boom Booster kit is a lattice boom structure with a width of 10 m and a length of up to 72 m that is designed to increase the capacity of CC 8800-1 crawler cranes by up to 60 percent.”It’s as if the kit had been designed specifically for our project at Windpark Noordoostpolder,” said Sarens project manager Hendrik Sanders.The kit was delivered directly to the job site in the Netherlands from the factory in Zweibrücken with the frame pre-assembled, in order to allow Sarens to save time during assembly on site.A total of 12 trucks and a special permit were needed to get the Boom Booster kit to Noordoostpolder in a week. Meanwhile, Sarens used 48 trucks to transport the crane, and another 28 vehicles to take the superlift counterweight to its destination.Sanders explained that the work conditions on site were unique: it was necessary to set up an adequate supporting surface for the CC 8800-1, which meant that Enercon had to use track ballasts to create a platform, so that the crane would end up 3 m above ground level.”Sure, the Boom Booster kit is about 50 percent heavier than the CC 8800-1 crane’s standard boom, but the way it was designed made self-assembly possible with the superlift,” said Sanders.With a main boom length of 138 m – 72 m of which were contributed by the Boom Booster kit – and an 18 m LF extension, the CC 8800-1 crane reached a total boom system length of 156 m.This was enough to lift the wind turbine components to a hub height of 135 m, while using an angular offset of 20°. To do this, the superstructure was equipped with a counterweight of 295 tonnes, the central ballast amounted to 60 tonnes, and 400 tonnes of superlift counterweight were used.Once the two assist cranes had erected the Enercon E-126’s tower, the Terex crane lifted the last components to a height of 135 m: the 170-tonne nacelle using a working radius of 40 m; the 260-tonne generator using a working radius of 36.5 m; the 375-tonne hub using a working radius of 33 m; and the three fibreglass rotor blades, each weighing 40 tonnes, using a working radius of 23.5 m. This whole process will be repeated for another 37 wind turbines.  www.terex.comwww.sarens.comlast_img read more

African Union pledges support for AEP resolutions

first_imgThe inaugural African Economic Platform came to a close on Tuesday evening in the Mauritian capital, Port Louis, with the African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat pledging the body’s full support for the resolutions made.The platform put a lot of emphasis on empowerment of the continent’s youth, with the aim of supporting their ideas in order to create more technological advancements to improve systems in Africa.Mahamat who was in Mauritius for the two-day platform, promised he would use his influence to ensure the resolutions reached upon in Port Louis are implemented.During the platform, a select group of youth from across the continent were given a chance to present their innovative ideas before the visiting African leaders.Apsrt from the empowerment of the youth, the platform also put a lot of emphasis of cross-border trade and the removal of any barriers between AU member states, to ensure a smooth flow of goods and products all across Africa.Mauritius’s Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth expressed his satisfaction with the proceedings of the AEP, saying that it was a big step towards the development of the continent.During the closing ceremony, Jugnauth said he was already looking forward to next year’s platform which will also take place in Mauritius, and will coincide with the island’s 50th independence anniversary.last_img read more

Average Donegal house-price rises by 2.9%

first_imgThe price of the average three-bed semi in Co Donegal has risen 2.9% to €87,500 in the last three months, according to a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance.The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide for the first three months of the year.“There is a continued shortage of stock and the price of semis in Letterkenny is higher than the rest of the county, but still not at level yet to generate any new development,” said Paul McElhinney of REA McElhinney in Milford. “We have noticed reduced demand due to Brexit and the sterling exchange rate,” said Michael McElhinney from REA McElhinney in Bundoran. “This could result in a potential decrease in prices going forward.”The average semi-detached house nationally now costs €209,944, the Q1 REA Average House Price Survey has found – a rise of 3.5% on the Q4 2016 figure of €202,926.Overall, the average house price across the country has risen by 10.9% over the past 12 months – a marked increase on the 7.7% rise registered to the end of December 2016.The average three-bed semi-detached in Dublin city now costs €404,167, a rise of €15,000 (3.9%) in the last three months and an increase of 12.8% over the past year, the Q1 REA Average House Price Index has found. The easing of the Central Bank restriction on lending for first-time buyers has had an immediate effect on the market with a large rise in numbers at viewings and potential buyers with mortgage financing.The biggest percentage increases over the past year came in the country’s smaller rural towns situated outside of Dublin, the commuter belt and the major cities.Prices here rose by an average of 12.9% over the year, with a three-bed semi now costing €136,194 – an increase of 3% in the past three months.The commuter counties of Louth, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow, Carlow and Laois rebounded after a relatively static end to 2016 to rise by 2.9% in the past three months, with the average house appreciating by over €6,000 in the quarter.Ireland’s major cities outside the capital experienced a 2.3% rise in the first quarter and 7.7% on the year, with the average semi now costing €305,000 in Cork (+3.4%), €132,000 in Galway (+2.1%) and €178,000 in Limerick (+0.6%). “There has been a recovery in bank lending, which has been reflected in the purchasing end, but the accelerated figures in the Dublin market particularly, show that we are moving into a vendors’ marketplace,” said REA spokesperson Healy Hynes.“However, we need to look at these figures in relation to the market where stock levels are at their lowest nationwide since January 2007.“At a current average price of €136,194, and an annual compound rise of 12.9%, it will be 2021 at the earliest before it becomes economic to build outside the cities.”Average Donegal house-price rises by 2.9% was last modified: March 27th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Beyond One Hundred: Chip Chat Breaks 100 episodes!

first_imgWhat is 100 to you? One hundred millimeters make a centimeter, and one hundred centimeters make a meter.  How about one hundred podcasts, what does that make?  To Allyson Klein Director of Technology Leadership Marketing at Intel, blogger, podcaster, and host, it makes Intel® Chip Chat. Chip Chat is a podcast series covering a variety of subjects highlighting the rock stars of technology and generally the brightest minds in the industry.  Since it started in 2007 the series has focused on brining listeners one-on-one with the men and women behind the innovations and inspirations that make the future of computing.As Allyson has already said in her post, she got to talk with executive vice president David “Dadi” Perlmutter.  She also touched on the fact that she met with other technologists and technology rock stars in attendance, a preview of that line-up is:Intel Chip Chat in Session at IDF 2010: Randy ChanGenevieve BellTom Stachura Congratulations to Allyson and Intel Chip Chat!  Remember to catch this great line up of interviews and more check out Chip Chat at its home on intel.com, and on iTunes.  In episode 101 Allyson sits down with Sunil Ahluwalia from the LAN Access Division to discuss Fibre Channel over Ethernet.  Keep up on all the Chip Chat news on Twitter, Facebook, and of course at the Server Room. Bob BeauchampCarl HansenJustin Rattnerlast_img read more

Tank spills 220000 gallons of asphalt oil in west Vancouver

first_imgEnvironmental regulators were notified Wednesday of an estimated 220,000-gallon oil spill contained inside a Vancouver asphalt plant. Workers discovered the spill around 7 a.m. Wednesday at Albina Asphalt, 1300 W. Eighth St. The plant’s company president, Jeff Arntson, said the spill occurred some time after 5:30 a.m., when workers selling a load of asphalt saw no problems with the tank. “We’re attempting to recover as much of it as we can while it’s still flowing,” Arntson said.The Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency and the Department of Ecology were notified, along with the neighboring Port of Vancouver. The floor of the tank evidently failed, forming a hole, which spilled hot asphalt oil into a containment area, said SWCAA executive director Bob Elliott. The oil flowed downhill, forming a pool about 2 feet deep.“It’s a large enough quantity it’s going to take some considerable effort on the part of Albina Asphalt and their contractor to clean up the site,” Elliott said. “At this point in time, it’s not clear how long the cleanup will take.”The liquid asphalt is contained inside the property, which is surrounded by a dike, Elliott said.Elliott said the odor released by the spill was minimal. However, residents in the surrounding neighborhoods described the smell as strong. Jamie McClure, who lives around Lincoln Avenue and West 19th Street in the Hough neighborhood, said it “smelled like someone was burning a tire in their wood stove.”Linda Kent, spokeswoman with the Department of Ecology, said that 20,000 to 30,000 gallons will be vacuumed into other tanks on site. Once the rest solidifies, it will be removed with excavators and front loaders. Kent said that it’s too soon to determine whether any soil absorbed the liquid. If so, it will have to be removed as well.last_img read more

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