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Innodis Ltd (HWF.mu) Q12017 Interim Report

first_imgInnodis Ltd (HWF.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Innodis Ltd (HWF.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Innodis Ltd (HWF.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Innodis Ltd (HWF.mu)  2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileInnodis Limited is a Mauritian company that operates in the production and sale of various food and non-food items across the company’s segments which include Wholesale and Retail, Production and Distribution, amongst a few others. Within their production and distribution segment, the company engages in poultry farming, distribution of chicken, ice cream, yoghurt and other frozen food items, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of food and grocery products. Whilst in the ‘others’ segment they focus on manufacturing and distribution of animal feeds, as well as manufacturing, imports and distributive trading, retailing, franchising and consultancy. The Company, through its Poultry Division, produces chicken with an integrated operation of breeding farms, hatchery, broiler farms, quarantine farm and processing plants. It offers ice cream, and yoghurt and sterilized milk. Innodis Limited is headquartered in Port Louis, Mauritius. Innodis Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritiuslast_img read more

First Quantum Minerals HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgFirst Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileFirst Quantum Minerals Limited is an international holding company overseeing the extraction of copper, nickel, gold, zinc and acid through mining operations in Zambia, Australia, Finland, Turkey, Spain and Mauritania. The mining corporation operates six mines: Kansanshi copper-gold mine, Guelb Moghrein copper-gold mine, Las Cruces copper mine, Pyhasalmi copper-zinc mine, Ravensthorpe nickel-cobalt mine and Cayeli copper-zinc mine. Its subsidiary divisions have interests in evaluating and acquiring mineral properties, regulatory reporting, treasury and finance, corporate administration, and a metal marketing division. Copper is the main commodity mined by First Quantum Minerals in Zambia, and gold is a by-product commodity. First Quantum Minerals Limited is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

First Algarve tournament showcases shining sevens

first_imgAll action: The Portuguese event had plenty of on-field excitement (pic by João Peleteiro) First Algarve tournament showcases shining sevensIt was billed as sevens in the sun. So it was a fine surprise for the fans at the Algarve 7s that so much shone about the play at this first-time tournament.The Portuguese national team faced invitational side Susies in the cup final – with Olympic gold medalist Samisoni Viriviri making a telling, scoring appearance. Ably guided by former England sevens cap Warwick Lahmert and with NZ sevens-capped Luke Masirewa barrelling into contact all weekend, the invitational side bested the youthful Portuguese side, but only by a single point.Related: Hong Kong use Algarve 7s for developmentThe makings of a go-to on the sevens calendar, now year one is out of the way? Many of the competitors from Algarve will now head to established destination, Amsterdam. Some hope this will become a regular combo, swinging by the Portuguese coast before heading for Holland. The weather definitely helps too…Meanwhile, the men’s open was won by Lisbon-based Agronomia and Hong Kong won the women’s event.center_img So how was it? “I think everything went well and we have very good teams; very competitive games,” says Portugal veteran Pedro Leal, who played for the Samurai invitational team. “We’ve watched Portugal and Russia – two national teams – and yesterday I played Hong Kong who are going to the World Cup.“I’m sure it will grow. There were lovely teams this year, but I’m sure there will be more and more next year. And even better players. This year we had Todd Clever the former USA captain and Viriviri who was World Rugby sevens player of the year in 2014.”Adding to what Leal said, NZ Metro’s Clever points to the talent around him: “There’s definitely some stars with the Fijians and Kiwis carving up, so it’s incredible to watch.”On the ball: Todd Clever for the NZ Metro team (pic by João Peleteiro)For all the excitement on the field, the task is now to get more fans. “Behind the scenes it’s a well oiled machine running smooth – now it’s about the community getting behind it, getting that fan base, getting more excitement,” Clever agrees. “The hotels and food are great, and the level of rugby is really good too. If they had more live music during the games or a kids camp, whatever they decide in the future they can draw more people. But the spectacle is good.”last_img read more

Opinion: RFU aim for clarity but create confusion

first_imgThe April issue of Rugby World magazine – focusing on a new generation of Six Nations stars – is out now.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Shutdown: Twickenham stadium is closed because of the pandemic (Getty Images) The governing body has said it is now working through the process of ensuring “fair and balanced outcomes for the game” and will announce these by mid-April, but it’s another layer of uncertainty on top of the wider picture of worrying times.Gallagher Premiership clubs are asking players and staff to take paycuts as they try to weather the financial storm the current postponement of matches is causing. There’s the immediate loss of match-day revenue while the ramifications for TV deals and sponsors is also not yet clear.With most professional teams’ finances not in the best shape in normal circumstances the current crisis will be a significant blow, perhaps even fatal for some.That could be especially true for Greene King IPA Championship clubs that were already reeling from the news of RFU funding reductions.Up in the air: Championship action between Ampthill and Cornish Pirates (Getty Images)Clubs at lower levels will also be hit financially, losing out on bar takings and other revenue they would usually receive when their facilities are open. This in a season when many have already been dealing with floods and damage caused by the recent storms.From the top tier to the bottom, clubs will be facing up to tough decisions – and the lack of clarity, leadership even, from the RFU is hardly helping.Scottish Rugby launched a £500,000 hardship fund on Sunday to help those clubs facing financial challenges.On Wednesday, the WRU released the first of a new weekly ‘status update’ to lay out plans moving forward and vowed to help all teams and clubs to “emerge from the crisis intact and able to have a sustainable future”. For starters, each club will receive an additional £1,000 in funds by the end of March.All WRU competitions have also been cancelled for the 2019-20 season, with confirmation that there will be no promotion or relegation.Cancelled: The IRFU have ended the domestic season in Ireland (Getty Images)The IRFU ended the Irish domestic season on Thursday night and explained how cups would be shared by finalists while there would be no promotion or relegation in the five divisions in the Energia Men’s All-Ireland League. The union has also announced that playing, coaching and administration staff are taking pay deferrals of between 10-50% to help cut costs during the Covid-19 crisis.Those three unions have delivered clear messages to their membership while the RFU – the biggest of the lot – has only been able to tell people that the season is ending. No detail on the aftermath. Let’s hope for answers – and soon. Opinion: RFU aim for clarity but create confusionThe RFU has ended the 2019-20 season in England at all levels – league, cup and county – except the Gallagher Premiership.The announcement was meant “to provide clarity and to assist with immediate and longer term planning” but instead it has created confusion with so many questions still to be answered.What is happening with the Premiership?Going down? Saracens are due to be relegated this season (Getty Images)Will there be promotion and relegation? If so, how will this be decided? If not, what happens to Saracens, who are due to be relegated to the Greene King IPA Championship because of salary cap breaches? Will Newcastle, leading the way in the Championship, go up?Is there any support available to clubs facing financial difficulties?Yes, these are times of uncertainty and the situation is very changeable, but surely the RFU would have been better waiting until it was able to give a clearer picture of the next steps.Related: Rugby tournaments affected by coronavirusLower down the league pyramid, some clubs who thought they had already secured promotion or were destined for relegation are now in limbo until the RFU makes it clear what will happen in those divisions. English governing body leaves clubs in limbo as to what future holdslast_img read more

General Convention July 2 Sermon

first_img Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL General Convention, General Convention 2012 Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The following sermon was presented today prior to the beginning of the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting in Indianapolis IN, July 5 through July 12.The Rev. Gregory S. Straub to the Secretariat, Coordinators and Supervisors of the 77th General Convention in Indianapolis, IN, 2 July.There are few words in the English language that connote as much as the word home. Home and the expressions that derive from it exert powerful pulls on our emotions. Going home expresses welcome, completion and rest. Far from home expresses distance, loneliness and disconnection. Homecoming expresses reunion, comfort and celebration.One of the privileges of being a layperson is shopping for a church home. When lay persons move to a new place, they try out various churches, often within a denomination in which they have been comfortable in the past, but sometimes among several denominations, until they find one that feels like home. When I was a rector, I once walked into the church on a weekday to find a woman sitting in one of the pews. She told me she was in town, looking at houses, but wanted to see first if this would be a church in which she could worship. She wanted to know whether or not it felt prayed in over sufficient time. (At the time the church had been prayed in for over 200 years.) The woman did buy a house, joined the church and became an active, engaged communicant.A convention center is the antithesis of home. It is one-size-fits-all. It has no personality, no charm, no warmth. It has seen countless number of conventions and shows. And not one of them changed it for better or worse. The convention center is just raw space, ever ready to be adapted to the next group’s needs. And, yet, for the next ten days it will be the location of the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. Its halls will resound with prayer, with the reading of scripture and with singing. Within its walls will take place elections and debates. The church’s direction for the next three years will be set here. It will be, for a time, the home of the church’s governance.The fourteenth chapter of the Gospel according to St. John contains Jesus’ promise that he and the Father would make their home amongst his followers. Jesus reiterates the ancient Jewish belief that God’s home is in the midst of God’s people. To symbolize God’s presence among them ancient Jews carried with them in their wanderings a leather case, which contained the tablets of the Law Moses had delivered on Sinai. Later Jewish thought located God in the temple in Jerusalem, but Jesus hearkens back to the older tradition. God has no particular home. God dwells wherever God’s people dwell. In myth this is illustrated in the story of Jesus’ birth. Jesus is born in a stable; he has no home. During his adult ministry he is an itinerant, a wanderer without a home. He makes his home among those who follow him like Mary and Martha and Lazarus of Bethany. Their home becomes his home.Like the people of Israel, we believe that God is with us in convention. We believe our deliberations to be God-centered and our votes to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. Because we are here, we believe God is here, and where God is, there is home, wherever that may be. To make the Indiana Convention Center a home for God and God’s people requires homemakers, and that’s where volunteers come in. You are the convention’s homemakers. You provide the services that transform empty space into the church’s convention home. Yours are the human faces that personify conventioneers’ temporary home. It is you who make the beds and set the tables, you who lay the hearthstone fires and set up the buffets, you who greet at the door and provide a word of welcome. If the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church comes to regard this place as its home-away-from-home, you will have done your homemaking tasks well.Houses, whether human habitations, places of worship or convention centers, are just empty space until we make them our own. We invest our homes, whether residence, church or convention center, with our precious emotions that include memories of our past, love for the people we associate with them and hopes for the future. Let Indianapolis be our Jerusalem, at least for ten days, and let it be our happy home. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA Posted Jul 2, 2012 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Press Release Service Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Collierville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Comments (1) Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Knoxville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Washington, DC Fr. Darin Lovelace says: Submit an Event Listing Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET General Convention July 2 Sermon The Rev. Gregory Straub July 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm “We believe our deliberations to be God-centered and our votes to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. ” The Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not determined by majority vote. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments are closed. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: January becomes deadliest month for COVID-19 in US

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER, EMILY SHAPIRO and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 100.2 million people worldwide and killed over 2.1 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:Jan 27, 7:39 amJanuary becomes deadliest month for COVID-19 in USJanuary is now the deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic for the United States.So far this month, 79,261 people have lost their lives to COVID-19 in the U.S., surpassing December’s record 77,124 deaths, according to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.December still holds the record for the highest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases.Jan 27, 7:21 amAuschwitz survivors mark 76th anniversary online amid pandemicThe official commemoration of the 76th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation will be held online Wednesday due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and Memorial, which is located on the site of the Nazi concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland, is closed for visitors until at least Jan. 31 under COVID-19 restrictions set by the Polish government.“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the commemoration will exceptionally not be held at the Memorial, but in the virtual space,” Auschwitz Memorial spokesperson Pawel Sawicki said in a statement Tuesday evening. “The main theme of the 76th anniversary of the liberation will be the fate of children in Auschwitz.”
The online events will include testimony from survivors as well as a guided virtual tour of the Auschwitz Memorial, “aimed at enhancing the educational value for visitors from around the globe,” according to Sawicki.Auschwitz, also known as Auschwitz-Birkenau, was a complex of over 40 concentration and death camps run by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland amid the Holocaust during World War II. It was the largest of the Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers. More than 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives there, mainly Jews, according to information on the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum’s website.In January 1945, as Soviet Russia advanced deeper into Nazi-occupied Poland toward the end of the war, Nazi officers organized a forced evacuation of the Auschwitz prisoners. Almost 9,000 prisoners, most of whom were sick or suffering from exhaustion, were deemed unfit to join the death march to Germany. The Nazis intended to kill them all as part of attempts to destroy the evidence of their crimes at Auschwitz, but only managed to murder about 700 Jewish prisoners between the departure of the final evacuation column and the arrival of Soviet forces.Soviet troops entered Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 1945, a day now commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and liberated more than 7,000 survivors, according to the museum’s website.Jan 27, 5:39 amGambia vows to name and shame those flouting COVID-19 rulesForty people in Gambia who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past week have refused to self-isolate or have escaped treatment centers, according to the country’s health ministry, which vowed to reveal the identities of those flouting public health regulations.Officials are also aware of a “large number of travelers who recently arrived” in the small West African nation from countries considered COVID-19 hotspots and “have refused to abide to official protocols and/or report to the health authorities for the mandatory test upon arrival,” said Modou Njai, director of health promotion and education at Gambia’s Ministry of Health.“The Ministry continues to treat these matters with utmost and grave concern and thus, the Ministry is hereby giving an order and ultimatum to all those concerned, that they are required to report themselves to the health authorities with immediate effect and failure of which will lead to serious consequences, including the publication of names and identifying information of all those at large,” Njai said in a statement Tuesday.“The Ministry would like to stress that this serious and ruthless misconduct will no longer be condoned under any circumstances,” he added. “Anyone found not willing to cooperate with COVID-19 regulations will have their names and identifying information published on the media and thereafter, drastic measures will be taken against anyone that is non-compliant.”Gambia, home to some 2.3 million people, has confirmed 4,008 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including at least 128 deaths, according to the latest data from the health ministry.Jan 27, 4:06 amUS reports over 142,000 new casesThere were 142,511 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Tuesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Tuesday’s case count is far less than the country’s all-time high of 298,031 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 3,990 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Tuesday, down from a peak of 4,462 new deaths on Jan. 12, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.A total of 25,443,700 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 425,216 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before nearing 300,000 on Jan. 2.So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use — one developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and another developed by American biotechnology company Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

e-learning news in brief

first_imge-learning news in brief – Marconi Corporation has announced a three-year e-learning contract withSkillSoft after trialling its MultiModal Learning solution (MML). The programmecombines Marconi’s own bespoke e-learning content with Skillsoft’s generic ITand business e-learning and Books24x7 referenceware. SkillSoft will deliver thelearning in five languages via its portal SkillPort 6.  www.skillsoft.com– i10 is a collaboration of 10 east of England universities, including theUniversity of Cambridge, which are combining to deliver free, bite-sizede-learning courses on business innovation. Other universities involved includeAnglia Polytechnic University, the Open University and the University ofHertfordshire. All courses take only 20 minutes to complete.  www.i10.org.uk– SumTotal Systems is the new company formed following the integration ofDocent and Click2learn. Its first product has been announced and will beavailable later in 2004. SumTotal Enterprise Suite 7.0 com-prises a number ofmodules, including a learning management system.  www.sumtotalsystems.com e-learning news in briefOn 1 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

IFR 2016: HMS Defender trains en route to Visakhapatnam

first_img IFR 2016: HMS Defender trains en route to Visakhapatnam February 4, 2016 View post tag: HMS Defender Back to overview,Home naval-today IFR 2016: HMS Defender trains en route to Visakhapatnam Share this article HMS Defender’s embarked helicopter held training drills in the middle of the Indian Ocean as the destroyer made her way to the port of Visakhapatnam in India.The Portsmouth-based warship is one of two dozen vessels from the navies of the world attending the Indian International Fleet Review, which formally opens on Thursday, February 4, reaches its climax on Saturday with the review itself and closes on Monday.A multitude of warships are taking part in the review off the east coast port with the country’s president Pranab Mukherjee inspecting the six lines of vessels from a patrol ship over a three-hour period on Saturday morning.The review is also the final performance for the world’s oldest operational aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, which served as the flagship of the Royal Navy’s Falklands task force back in 1982 before being sold to India three years later.Defender’s participation in the fleet review comes hot on the heels of supporting air strikes against Daesh in Syria and Iraq as she took her place in the carrier battle groups of the FS Charles de Gaulle and USS Harry S Truman operating in the Gulf.After a short visit to the Omani capital Muscat, the destroyer began the 2,600-mile journey to Visakhapatnam across the Indian Ocean and into the Bay of Bengal.During the early stages of the crossing, Defender conducted joint counter-terrorism and counter-smuggling work with the French frigate FS Provence.[mappress mapid=”17668″] Authorities View post tag: Indian Fleet Review View post tag: Royal Navylast_img read more

News story: Runaway of a road-rail vehicle at Bradford

first_imgOur investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry or by the industry’s regulator, the Office of Rail and Road.We will publish our findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of our investigation. This report will be available on our website.You can subscribe to automated emails notifying you when we publish our reports. This item has been moved to the National Archives as RAIB has published its report describing this incident. See report 01/2019.,On Friday 8 June 2018, a road-rail maintenance vehicle ran away towards Bradford Interchange terminal station.The maintenance vehicle was a mobile elevating working platform (MEWP) that was equipped with both rubber wheels for road running and steel rail wheels for operation on the railway. That night, it was intended to be used for examination work on a section of track which was under possession (temporarily closed to normal train services).The runaway started at the Britannia Street road-rail access point, which provides a flat surface allowing road-rail vehicles to be manoeuvred on to the track. This access point is on a section of railway which slopes downwards at a declared gradient of 1 in 50 towards the station before running onto level track as it enters the platforms.Shortly after 01:30 hrs the MEWP was being transferred from its rubber-tyred road wheels onto its rail wheels. During this manoeuvre, known as on-tracking, the machine operator was controlling the machine using a remote control unit which was connected to the machine by a cable. As the rail wheels were lowered onto the track the MEWP started to run down the gradient towards the station where it stopped about 340 metres from the access point (and before reaching the buffers at the end of the platform).No-one was on board the MEWP as it started to run away. The machine operator and machine controller attempted to stop the runaway. They were unable to do so, but they kept up with the machine during its travel to warn other staff working in the vicinity.Initial evidence suggests that the runaway occurred because the on-tracking was not carried out correctly and the rail wheel brakes, intended to hold the vehicle on the gradient, provided insufficient brake force to do so.The RAIB’s investigation will identify: the sequence of events that led to the runaway the factors influencing the actions of those involved in the operation of the machine as it was being placed onto the track the actual capability of the rail wheel brakes the rail-conversion and maintenance history of the MEWP the standards and design approval processes that were applied to this type of MEWP any relevant management factorslast_img read more

Remembering Blind Melon’s Shannon Hoon On The Anniversary Of His Passing

first_imgWe all know the story; a young and promising rock and roll star taken from the world in the prime of his life. That’s what happened to Blind Melon’s lead singer, Shannon Hoon, who passed away on October 21st, 1995 – exactly 21 years ago today.Hoon and his band Blind Melon had taken the world by storm, capturing a certain rock and roll whimsy with an elevated sense of maturity. The band was incredibly popular during the first half of the 1990’s, powered by their mega-hit “No Rain” and supported by countless great songs. Things were only looking up for Blind Melon in the mid-90’s, as the band had just spent time in New Orleans recording their sophomore album Soup.That is, however, until Shannon Hoon tragically overdosed at just 28 years old. The success of Blind Melon led many of the band members to drug and alcohol abuse problems, and stints in rehabilitation were unsuccessful. His untimely death sent shockwaves through the world, depressing avid fans and harshly reminding others about the pitfalls of the rock and roll lifestyle.Shannon Hoon will always be remembered for his one-of-a-kind vocal approach and beautiful songs. Though he passed away so many years ago, Hoon will never be forgotten. In honor of his life, please enjoy this full performance captured just one month before the end, in September of 1995.RIP Shannon.last_img read more