Air Partner and An-225 join Japan relief efforts

first_imgThe Paris office of charter broker Air Partner chartered the aircraft to carry 145 tonnes of including blankets, food, water, medicines and respirators from Chateauroux in France to Tokyo Narita Airport, as part of France’s relief effort for Japan. The flight was organised by Antonov Airlines. Additionally, the load comprises a range of specialist equipment for relief teams such as pumps, compressors, generators, dosimeters (which measure an individual’s exposure to radiation), and radiometers (to measure the power of electromagnetic radiation).Richard Smith, Air Partner’s freight director, said: “The aircraft was ideal for the task as it allowed us to move the entire payload in one airlift which was commercially beneficial for the client. Following the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, Air Partner has been involved in assisting the Japanese relief effort from the outset. We flew one of the first relief and medical support teams into the region, as well as their equipment, and this latest flight is part of our on-going operations on behalf of governments, corporate companies and international charities.”Adds Antonov Airlines’ commercial director Valery Kulbaka: “Through our business, Antonov has longstanding relationships with Japan. We share everyone’s concerns for the wellbeing of those affected by these events. The An-225 (pictured below) will play its part in the relief effort.last_img read more

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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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Homeless Service Delivers Significant Improvements

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway Councillors at this week’s Communities committee will be told about some big improvements that have been delivered by the Council’s Homeless Service.An Improvement Plan was created for the Homeless Service in May 2016 and progress on the plan will be reported to Councillors next week.The actions in the Improvement Plan have been prioritised based on those that would benefit customers. As such, Councillors will hear about some real improvements that have been made within the service that are making a difference for some of the most vulnerable customers that use our Council’s services. Some actions completed include:• New service standards for providing housing options and housing support advice• Reviewing the use of temporary accommodation including reducing the use of accommodation below standard; reducing prolonged stays in accommodation and improved reporting on accommodation types• Improvements to procedures and protocols for staff dealing with homeless applications and customers in temporary accommodationThis Improvement Plan has resulted in improved performance for the Homeless Service:• Average number of weeks to close a homeless case reduced from 40 days last year to 32 days this year – better than the Scottish average• Percentage of customers who were satisfied with the quality of temporary accommodation increased from 84.2% last year to 91.3% this year – better than the Scottish average• Percentage of Homeless applications assessed within 28 days rose from 73.7% last year to 91.4% this year – better than the Scottish average.One of the improvement actions that has been achieved in the last year that the service is particularly proud of relates temporary accommodation being provided to 99.7% of the cases in the past year (the remaining 0.3% relates to 2 specific cases which the current housing stock could not accommodate).Councillors will also be told at the committee how some of the actions in the Improvement Plan are assisting with preparing the service for the introduction of Universal Credit next year and the significant impact it will have. Chair of the Communities committee, Cllr Andy Ferguson, said “I’m pleased that this report will be presented to councillors so they can hear about the significant progress that has been made implementing the service’s Improvement Plan. Our Homeless Service is essential for so many individuals facing very difficult circumstances. For that reason, that fact the service has made so many improvements that have made a real difference to these customers is a huge step forward.”Vice Chair of Communities Committee, Cllr John Martin, said “The report today outlined some of the improvements that have been delivered by the Homeless service and although we realise there is still work to do to deliver all the actions in the Plan, the progress so far is a fantastic start. With Challenge Poverty week fast approaching (15-21 October), reports like this that show how our Council is improving its services to make a real difference for homeless families and individuals.”last_img read more

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The cast of “Bobbi Kristina” says the film comes from “a place of love and respect”

first_img Related Cast of “Bobbi Kristina”; Photo Courtesy of TVOne(NEW YORK) — It’s only been two short years since the untimely death of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina.Sunday, TV One will attempt to bring her tumultuous story to life with their original movie, Bobbi Kristina.While the film’s expected to honor Bobbi Kristina’s legacy, it’s come under intense criticism from Bobby Brown.Vivica A. Fox, who plays Pat Houston in the biopic, says she spoke to Brown.“I did see Bobby and he let me know he wasn’t happy with us doing the film,” Fox tells ABC Radio.“And my reaction to him was, ‘Bobby, give it a chance. Trust me. Knowing that the majority of the cast knows you — has respect and love for you and Whitney — we’re not going to do nothing to make you look bad.’”Fox says Brown’s reaction was “him being a natural protective father.”She says TV One also “reached out and communicated with him to look at the film.”Hassan Johnson, who plays Brown in the film, agrees with Foxas, adding that Brown should understand that the film comes from “a place of love…and.. respect.”“I came with all the sincerity and consideration in the world, for what Bobbi has been through, with the loss of his wife and his daughter,” Johnson explains.  “So I just felt like it was a duty to do him some justice and to represent.”For the youngest star of the film, Joy Rovaris, who plays Bobbi Kristina, the biopic was a “personal” project.“I’ve always been such a Whitney fan that…it felt personal to me,” she explained.  “I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t anything exploitative or that would shed a bad light.”Bobbi Kristina airs Sunday, October 8 at 7 p.m. ET on TV One.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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