SAL loads super-heavy module

first_imgThe super-heavy unit measured 42 m x 37 m x 36 m and has an overall volume of 54,353 cu m. SAL Heavy Lift accepted the project at short notice, only having two weeks to make all the necessary arrangements. Svenja’s on board equipment had to be modified to complete the job. The traverse had to be rigged and fastened at a certain angle; various grommets needed to be ordered and certified. Svenja used its two on board 1,000-tonne lifting capacity cranes in tandem to lift the module from a barge into the hold. Svenja is now making for Geoje in South Korea, transporting the module with open hatches and an overhang of 20 m.  www.sal-heavylift.comlast_img read more

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Keep working on tenders, criminal practitioners told

first_imgThe Law Society has advised criminal defence practitioners to continue working on their tenders for legal aid contracts, despite the High Court suspending the government’s controversial tendering process for the next round of crime duty work pending the outcome of next week’s judicial review.Legal challenges from the Law Society and practitioner groups the Criminal Law Solicitors Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association will be heard in the High Court on 15 and 16 January.Richard Miller, the Society’s head of legal aid, said: ‘We remain concerned that the tender for criminal legal aid contracts is unworkable, jeopardising access to justice by risking market failure which would leave people without representation and damage the livelihoods of many of our members.‘That is why we sought a judicial review and have supported other groups to seek one too.’Although the tender process has been suspended, ‘we still do not know what the outcome of the JR will be’, Miller noted. He recommended solicitors ‘continue to think about how they might construct any bid they may wish to submit in the event that the process is restarted’.An update on the Ministry of Justice’s website states that, following the injunction, potential bidders would be unable to access material directly from the e-tendering system while the injunction was in place. However, ‘all relevant documentation’, including newly published answers to frequently asked questions, would remain available for viewing online.last_img read more

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Jeremy Hunt confirms he’s been sacked as foreign secretary

first_imgJeremy Hunt has been sacked as foreign secretary.Hunt says he was offered another job (reportedly defence) but decided to return to the backbenches.1/4 I would have been honoured to carry on my work at the FCO but understand the need for a new PM to choose his team. BJ kindly offered me another role but after 9 yrs in Cabinet & over 300 cab mtgs now is the time to return 2 backbenches from where PM will have my full support— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 24, 2019Announcing his departure on Twitter, Mr Hunt said: “I would have been honoured to carry on my work at the FCO but understand the need for a new PM to choose his team. BJ kindly offered me another role but after 9 yrs in Cabinet & over 300 cab mtgs now is the time to return 2 backbenches from where PM will have my full support.”The Foreign Secretary – who was comprehensively beaten by Boris Johnson in the Tory leadership race – left the Government after turning down the chance to become Defence Secretary.Johnson also axed a number of Mr Hunt’s supporters in a dramatic Cabinet clear-out within two hours of becoming Prime Minister.Hunt who said that he has been cabinet minister for every hour that his three children have been alive, went on to say that it was ‘time for the biggest challenge of all – to be a good dad’.2/4 I’ve been a cabinet minister for every hour my 3 gorgeous children have been alive. So whilst it may seem strange for someone who just tried to become PM (& is a terrible cliche) I have decided now is the time for the biggest challenge of all – to be a GOOD DAD!— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 24, 2019 Related British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Egypt UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns UK foreign secretary compares Trump to president Mugabelast_img read more

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Dumfries on track for ‘step-free’ station

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDUMFRIES railway station is on the right track for travellers with mobility difficulties.The busy Nith Valley Line destination is set to become fully accessible to customers with limited mobility.Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack, who campaigned for improvements, has welcomed the news.He was briefed by UK junior Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani on the planned work at Dumfries.It will be part of the latest phase of the UK Government Access for All programme which has already resulted in 200 stations being upgraded.Mr Jack, a regular train traveller, said: “There has been concern expressed by individuals and groups about disabled access at Dumfries and this work should resolve long-standing issues.“Dumfries seemed to tick all the boxes during a strict qualifying process and will be amongst a further 73 stations upgraded in the next phase. “Bridge work and lift installations are included when required.“Inclusive access should be the norm and I’m looking forward to seeing work begin at Dumfries and for the station to become truly step-free.”There are an estimated 13.9 million disabled people across the UK and Mr Jack hopes the upgrade will encourage more to use Dumfries Station as a gateway to the region’s many holiday delights.last_img read more

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Statement: Kevin Prince Boateng

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association has received a letter from player Kevin Prince Boateng on his decision to resign from the senior national team, the Black Stars.According to Kevin, the physical demands of playing for both club and country at high levels are taking a toll on his health.The player also explained that in order to remain healthy and stay off any injuries, he has consulted his doctors and family over the matter and has decided to take the decision to excuse himself from national duties since he is on a special training that he has to interrupt to honour national invitations.The Ghana Football Association is yet to take a position on the decision of Kevin Prince Boateng.last_img read more

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