As Wildfire Season Approaches, Udall Leads Push In Letter To Pence To Secure PPE, COVID-19 Testing For Firefighters

first_imgU.S. Sen. Tom UdallU.S. SENATE News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, joined Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), ranking member of the Senate ENR Committee in a bipartisan letter Wednesday to Vice President Mike Pence urging the White House Coronavirus Task Force to assist the nation’s firefighters and national law enforcement in procuring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 testing as wildfire season approaches.Udall joined the letter as the National Weather Service in Albuquerque warned of critical fire conditions for the central and northern regions of New Mexico, as current high temperatures, low humidity and high winds increase the risk of wildfires. As the state and the West prepare for wildfire season, firefighters have expressed concern about access to PPE and testing necessary to protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Peak fire season comes closer every day,” the senators wrote. “However, it is our understanding that the supply of PPE in the Federal interagency inventories does not meet the expected need, and firefighters are having trouble acquiring additional PPE on their own. We also understand that many of the available testing methods may not be conducive for wide scale use.”“We ask that resources be used to develop and support an effective system of COVID-19 testing tailored to protecting firefighter health and maintaining the cohesiveness of federal wildland fire response,” the senators continued. “Wildland fires often occur in rural and remote areas, and already-taxed rural and tribal health services should not be expected to have the resources to manage COVID-19 cases coming from an active fire camp or when crews arrive in their hometowns after demobilizing from a fire.“Firefighters and fire support staff put their lives on the line every day to protect us, and we need to make every effort to protect them from this virus, so they can safely fight fires and return to their families when the fires are out,” the senators concluded. The full text of the letter can be found here.last_img read more

Return of the prelet

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US pension fund eyes UK and Europe to improve returns

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PGS Seismic Vessel Transfers Data to Shore via 12 Mbit/s Link

first_imgMarlink has successfully completed delivery of Ku-band VSAT services based on a 12 Mbit/s dedicated return link for the Atlantic Explorer, a Petroleum Geo Services (PGS) owned seismic survey vessel. The high throughput link was an upgrade to Atlantic Explorer’s existing Sealink customized VSAT service supplied by Marlink.The service was used during a four week North Sea survey project, enabling seamless transfer of survey data to shore where it could be reviewed and addressed whilst Atlantic Explorer was still at sea. This enabled survey schedules to be amended based on results as they were generated, saving time, costs and resources for PGS’ client as there was no need to wait for data to be delivered on return to port or collected by a helicopter, as is usually the case.“Taking into account overheads, packet loss for instance, the link enabled throughput of approx. 5GB per hour. To put it into context, this is about 50 times more throughput than an average offshore vessel needs for heavy operational and crew use,” explains Tommy-Konkol Dybvad, Director, Customised VSAT, Astrium Services. “A link of this scale was necessary in order to facilitate the transfer of survey data. The project was a success, with the link providing massive amounts of bandwidth that enabled PGS and its client to conduct a highly operationally and cost efficient offshore survey.”The connection was ordered by PGS mid May 2013 and was live by the end of June using the existing 1.5 m Ku-band antenna on board Atlantic Explorer. A Marlink engineer installed a new 40W BUC (Block Upconverter) prior to the survey, to enable the higher throughput, which was activated whilst the vessel was out at sea. The configuration and service provision reflects Marlink’s approach to project based VSAT, where it can quickly provide extended capabilities for vessels requesting extra temporary or permanent bandwidth.“This project represents the very cutting-edge of what is known as customized VSAT; the kind of services used by the offshore industry because every platform and vessel has different requirements. This kind of high-level connectivity is not an off-the-shelf product,” adds Tore Morten Olsen, Head of Maritime, Astrium Services. “Our delivery supported PGS in providing a very high-end service to its client and in the very competitive seismic survey market, being able to offer advanced capabilities such as the electronic delivery of survey data from vessel to shore makes all the difference.”[mappress]Press Release, October 03, 2013last_img read more

Top news of the week November 3-8, 2014

first_imgLNG World News Staff, November 9, 2014 Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project moving forwardChevron’s US$ 54 billion Gorgon LNG project in Australia is steadily progressing towards first LNG production in 2015.Ichthys construction progresses (VIDEO)Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG project, on Australia’s Western coast, is progressing according to plans.Ichthys LNG CPF pieced together in South Korea (VIDEO)Inpex posted a video showing a timelapse of the construction progress of the Ichthys CPF.Chevron: Wheatsone LNG construction at half way pointThe Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG project in Australia is about 49 percent complete and remains on track for first gas in late 2016.Pemex planning USD 6 bln liquefaction projectPemex of Mexico said it plans to develop a $6 billion liquefaction project on the Pacific coast, first of its kind in the country.last_img read more

Mental health tender criteria ‘discriminate against smaller firms’

first_imgA London firm is poised to challenge the Legal Services Commission’s mental health tender process by claiming that it discriminates against smaller firms, as the Law Society’s action over the family contract commences in the Divisional Court today. The firm, which did not want to be identified, has issued but not yet served proceedings claiming the LSC’s tendering process for the award of contracts to represent mental health patients detained in special hospitals breached the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended in 2009). The tender criteria meant that, to be awarded a contract, firms had to show they had had 100 or more clients in a special hospital over a defined one-year period. The firm, which failed to get a contract for special hospital work, claims that in using this threshold, the bid process and result were unfairly biased in favour of larger firms, and the LSC failed in its statutory duty to treat competing legal providers ‘equally and in a non-discriminatory way’. Meanwhile, the Law Society’s judicial review of the family tender process, adjourned by the Administrative Court earlier this week, will be heard today in the Divisional Court. At a hearing on Tuesday, Mr Justice Beatson adjourned the case after his fellow judge, Mr Justice Munby, disqualified himself due to a conflict of interest. Beatson will hear the case with Lord Justice Moses. At Tuesday’s hearing, the National Youth Advocacy Service was given permission to intervene in the Law Society’s case. A group representing around 70 firms, led by Derek Reynolds at the Children and Families Law Firm, had already been given permission to intervene. It has also served separate judicial review proceedings. Three other groups sought permission to join the Law Society’s action, but were advised to file their own cases and seek to have them linked to Reynolds’ case. No date was given for judgment in the main Law Society action, but it is expected some time next week.last_img read more

GO expansion plan

first_imgA MASSIVE expansion of Toronto’s commuter rail services is envisaged as the backbone of improved public transport in a strategic plan unveiled by the new Greater Toronto Services Board at the end of January. Closer integration with metro and streetcar services is recommended, together with the construction of ’gateway’ park-and-ride stations.Created on January 1 1999 to co-ordinate planning for the City of Toronto and five neighbouring authorities, GTSB assumed control of GO Transit from the Province of Ontario last summer. The 25-year strategic plan warns that the Greater Toronto Area is at ’a congested crossroads in imminent danger of gridlock.’ To counter this it favours major investment in public transport, although GTSB Chairman Alan Tonks says federal and provincial funding will be essential.Remodelling Union Station with better interchange between rail, bus and metro would allow the introduction of all-day services on GO routes which currently see only a handful of rush-hour trains. These would link Toronto to Burlington, Whitby, Milton via Mississauga, Brampton, Richmond Hill and Stouffville. A shuttle bus would link Pearson Airport with the nearby Georgetown line. Proper interchange stations would be built where the rail and metro lines intersect.Existing rail lines would be used to extend passenger services to Vandorf, Uxbridge and Bowmanville. A new route would serve Pickering, Seaton and East Markham via Scarborough, where it would interchange with TTC’s ALRT mini-metro. Orbital ’transit corridors’ are also envisaged to link key stations along the radial rail routes.last_img read more

Russian firms to invest in Iranian rolling stock

first_imgIRAN: A memorandum of co-operation for the joint production of rolling stock was signed by national railway RAI and the Russian Export Centre on December 18.The memorandum provides for Russian companies to invest €3bn in rolling stock financing and the formation of joint ventures which would support the localisation of production.Iran’s Ministry of Roads & Urban Development said this could cover 20 000 wagons, 1 000 coaches and 350 freight locomotives. United Wagon Co and Iran’s Wagon Pars, Wagon Kowsar Co and Foolad Derakhshan are to jointly produce an initial 600 wagons as part of the agreement.last_img read more

‘Bobi Wine’s’ lawyers speak out on client’s deteriorating health

first_imgUgandan legislator Bobi Wine to be tried for treason Lawyers representing Kyadondo East Member of Parliament (MP) Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, AKA, Bobi Wine, has revealed that the MP is in poor health condition and can hardly walk or talk.The lawyers, together with members of Bobi Wine’s family were initially blocked from seeing their loved one who was arrested on Monday in Arua town together with several other opposition politicians. Mr. Ssentamu was arraigned before the General Court Martial in Gulu and charged with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition on Thursday.However, he was charged in the presence of only his two lawyers; Mr Asuman Basalirwa (Bugiri Municipality MP) and Mr Medard Seggona (Busiro East MP).According to Mr Asuman Basalirwa, who was inside the courtroom, his client’s face was swollen and could hardly talk or walk.Mr. Seggona said Bobi Wine didn’t take plea since he was in a very poor health condition and handcuffed.“Mr. Kyagulanyi’s health is in dire state. He is in great pain. He can’t talk, he can’t walk, and he sits with a lot of difficulty. His face is swollen and cannot see because of the torture by SFC soldiers. He couldn’t speak when the charges were read to him and I believe he didn’t know what was going or understood the charges read to him,” Mr Seggona told journalists.His family was not permitted to attend the court session chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti.Ms. Barbara Itungo alias Barbie, the wife of Bobi Wine broke down when her husband’s lawyers narrated how he was tortured.“As a wife and a mother, I feel my patience is being tested so much. Government should let me have access to my husband. I am concerned about his state because I understand he was beaten by the soldiers,” she said.Mr. Basalirwa said Bobi Wine was airlifted to Kampala in a chopper. It’s not clear whether the MP who campaigned for Mr Kassiano Wadri, the eventual winner of the Arua Municipality by-election, has been taken to hospital or a military prison.He, however, said they agreed with Gen Gutti to ensure that Bobi Wine gets immediate medical attention and is granted unlimited access to his lawyers and relatives.According to a Thursday statement by the army spokesperson, Brig, Richard Karemire, the MP has was subsequently remanded until Thursday next week.“As part of the investigations into these acts of violence, the Police arrested key organizers and participants including Hon Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi the Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East Constituency. During the search of his hotel room by investigators, he was found possessing arms and ammunition which are ordinarily a monopoly of the Defence Forces,” Brig Karemire’s statement reads in part. “Related Uganda MP Bobi Wine missing as driver is shot dead by policecenter_img Ugandan MP Bobi Wine arrested upon landing from New Yorklast_img read more

Police officers admonished to take care of police vehicles

Share 8 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Police officers admonished to take care of police vehicles by: – January 5, 2013 Share Share Police officers here have been asked to take greater care of Government vehicles entrusted to them to carry out their duties.National Security Minister, Charles Savarin during an interview with the Government Information Service (GIS) on Friday said in recent times Government has invested a significant amount of resources in providing the police with vehicles to carry out their functions and these vehicles must be taken care of.“There is a high degree of wear and tear and we sometimes feel that not all of it is justified and we urge the police that they should take greater care of the vehicles which are provided to them.“They are being provided at significant cost to the people of Dominica and they should be used primarily for police work and that even when they are being used for police work, it’s not drag races that we have so that just as the police can pull someone over for not driving with due care and attention, the police themselves need to be exemplary drivers and to show road courtesy when moving on the roads,” the Minister explained.Minister Savarin noted that while all of the police stations on the island have been outfitted with police vehicles, replacement vehicles are not readily available, hence the need for officers to exercise greater responsibility when using Government vehicles.“Those persons in the security services who are given charge of Government vehicles have a responsibility to use those vehicles with due care and attention. If a particular police station has one vehicle and that vehicle is off the road for a period of time there may not be replacement vehicle readily available, therefore that station is handicapped in carrying out its functions and is unable to respond to requests for assistance from members of the public.”Minister Savarin stated further that “Police vehicles are essential in policing and should be treated as such, so that as much as possible we can always have…all police stations and units equipped with vehicles”.Recently the Government of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) committed to provide the Dominica Police force with ninety (90) motorcycles to assist in patrolling the islands’ streets.Minister Savarin said this must be appreciated.“I am hopeful that we will instruct users and supervise the use of those motorcycles so that one does not get the impression that the police motorcycles are for racing. What the motorcycles should do is to assist us to cover a wider area than would be possible with the limited four wheeled vehicles that we have,” Savarin remarked.The National Security Minister has assured the nation that in 2013 Government will continue to work to create a safe and secure environment for nationals and visitors alike. He said Government will continue to invest in the development of the physical infrastructure and human resource base in support of the island’s police.Government Information Service read more