No change to UK lifting regs

first_imgThere has been no change to UK LOLER regulations that require lifting equipment to be inspected up to every 12 months, despite the spread of COVID-19.The UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said that following the UK Government’s recent announcement of measures designed to contain the outbreak of the Coronavirus, it is aware of concerns relating to the examination of equipment that is subject to statutory inspection time limits. However, it is not considering issuing exemptions or relaxation of the requirements. But the organisation added, “We recognise this is a fluid situation and this position is constantly under review.” The Health and Safety Executive enforces several pieces of legislation that contains requirements for time-bound statutory inspections, including the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), which includes cranes and MEWPs.Duty-holders have a legal responsibility to maintain work equipment and carry out thorough examinations, written schemes and statutory inspections, said the HSE in a statement. “These legal duties exist to help manage the significant hazard that the failure of such equipment can pose, not complying with these duties can significantly increase the risk of harm to workers and members of the public.”Under certain circumstances with the agreement of a suitable competent person, some legislation does allow thorough examinations to be postponed to a later date. Even if such options are taken, it remains the duty-holders responsibility to ensure that the equipment is safe to use.The HSE continued, “If engineering companies are suffering shortages in their own resources, they should consider focusing this resource/expertise on equipment in premises where the most vulnerable are located such as hospitals, care homes and infrastructure which is essential to the running of the country.“Engineers who are working on sites where there are restrictions arising from the risk of COVID-19 infection should comply with site rules and take into account the wider Public Health England advice regarding good hygiene practices and separation distances. Consideration needs to be given to protecting the engineers but also, where relevant, any vulnerable persons who may be affected by their work.”last_img read more

Sudanese protesters, military council say talks ‘fruitful’

first_imgProtesters cut ties with Sudan’s military council Organizers of the protests that drove Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir from power and the ruling military council said talks on forming a transitional government were “transparent” and “fruitful.”Both sides announced they would set up a joint committee comprised of members of both the military council and the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, a coalition of opposition groups led by the Sudanese Professionals Association, to tackle political disputes.The meeting came after the protesters agreed Wednesday to resume talks with the military after a temporary break. The military also announced then the resignation of three members of the military council, whom the opposition had accused of being too close to al-Bashir.The protesters fear the army, dominated by al-Bashir appointees, will cling to power or select one of its own to succeed him. They also fear Islamists and other factions close to the deposed leader, who is now jailed in the capital, Khartoum, will be granted a role in the transition.Shams al-Deen al-Kabashi, the spokesman for the military council, said the talks were “transparent” and that both sides agreed on resuming their meeting later Saturday.“We are very optimistic that we will reach a final conclusion that will be announced to the Sudanese people as soon as possible,” he told a brief press conference.A member of the protesters’ team said the talks were “fruitful” and that they have discussed “all disputed points.”“The discussion was positive and fruitful,” activist Madani Abbas Madani said.The Sudanese Professionals Association, which spearheaded four months of escalating demonstrations that led the military to remove al-Bashir from power April 11, is demanding a civilian government.They have proposed that a sovereign council, which would include “limited” army representation, hand over full powers to civilians during a four-year transitional period.Army leaders have called for a two-year transition during which the generals would retain sovereign power and give only executive authorities to civilians.The military has agreed to recognize the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, a coalition of opposition groups led by the SPA, as the uprising’s only legitimate representative, in a move widely seen as a victory for the protesters.Related Sudanese protesters converge on president’s compoundcenter_img Sudan protesters to pressure military by naming civilian councillast_img read more

Five Conor McGregor Hype Video’s That Will Help You Believe!

first_img Vince McKee Related Topics”The Notorious” Conor McGregorLive To InspirationMcGregor vs Mayweather CONOR MCGREGOR: The Odd’s are against him.  No one around the fight game is giving him the chance!  However, when it comes to Conor McGregor, it simply doesn’t matter.  The man knows his hype!Despite no sensible reason why he can possibly shock the world and beat Floyd Mayweather on August 26th,  it hasn’t stopped the hype train from storming out of the station and rolling along the tracks at full speed.  With that in mind, here are 5 videos, pro Conor, that will certainly lead you to believe he may actually stand a chance.Be warned, their is brief adult language used.Enjoy!last_img read more

Region 6 Chairman exposed corruption

first_imgDear Editor,The entire RDC boardroom was in a state of shock and disbelief when Regional Chairman, David Armogan announced that he has refused to approve the payment to a certain contractor even though the work done was approved by three councillors – two from the PPP/C and one from APNU/AFC.With contract in hand he explained to the RDC the reason why he refused to do so. The work done was approximately half the size of a normal house lot yet it cost the Region $150,000. The weeding was done at the monument site at Rose Hall Town, opposite Republic Bank by the Rose Hall Town Arch. This was ‘emergency’ work done for the Town Day celebrations. This work could have been done by the Rose Hall Town Council for as much as $5000, maximum $10,000.When the Chairman questioned the said councillors if they inspected the work they replied in the negative. How could these people whom the residents entrusted to get value for money not inspect the work? How can they determine the standard of work? These are members of the Regional Works Committee and should know the procedures involved before certifying works for payment. These persons have no right to serve us. They must do the honourable thing and resign.Moreover, it was pointed out by another Councillor that if the Regional Vice Chairman was not on leave then the Chairman would have never been able to discover this fraudulent and corrupt transaction. It is normal for the Vice Chairman to award ‘emergency’ works and to approve payments. The question is where are the checks and balance?This is type of corruption that Dr Ramayya was agitating about. He was a threat to the Regional Vice Chairman since he refused to approve payments for many such fraudulent works and so he had to be pressured into resigning.This revelation at the RDC Statutory meeting I am sure, is just the tip of the iceberg and as the Vice Chairman of the Works Committee of the 52-74 NDC, I have had firsthand experience of substandard work being certified by both the Engineer and the Regional Vice Chairman, therefore, I am calling for a forensic audit to be done for all the ‘emergency’ works undertaken; the tender process and the engineer’s estimates which are highly inflated to benefit the contractors who will be in a better financial position to facilitate ‘kickbacks’. Unless this is done the corrupt practices will continue and development of the Region will remain retarded.Yours sincerely,Lakram SinghCouncillor and VC ofthe Works Committee52-74 NDClast_img read more

Ramming incident against gardaí is proof of under resourcing – Cllr McMonagle

first_imgInvestigations are continuing into an incident in which an unmarked garda car was repeatedly rammed in Carrigart.Two gardaí sustained minor injuries when their patrol car was hit on Tuesday morning. However, this incident could have been much more tragic, says Chairperson of the Donegal Joint Policing Committee Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle, who is calling for more Garda resources for the county.Cllr McMonagle plans to write once again to the Garda Commissioner to request a meeting with a delegation from Donegal Joint Policing Committee to discuss the lack of resources and personnel that local Gardai are having to work with in the county. Cllr McMonagle said: “Monday’s early morning ramming incident where two Gardai were injured is proof if any more is needed that Gardai in Donegal are seriously under-resourced. They are unimaginably overstretched with cuts to Garda numbers, vehicles and overtime.  Stations have been closed down right across the county putting Gardai in further jeopardy and lessening the service that gardai can provide for our local communities.”He added:  “This latest ramming incident could have been more tragic for those involved. We have in recent years lost two gardai to this type of behaviour, Garda Gary Mc Loughlin who was tragically killed at Burt and Garda Robbie McCallion also knocked down and killed whilst executing his duties in Letterkenny.Cllr McMonagle has appealed to anyone with information that would identify the criminals involved in the Carrigart incident to pass the information on to the Gardai.“We must catch those responsible and bring them before the courts before there are more tragic incidents like the ones that led to the deaths of Garda McLoughlin and Garda McCallion,” he added. Gardaí in Milford are seeking information on a Volkswagen Passat bearing partial registration number 02-MH which was involved in the ramming.Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Milford Garda Station on 074 9153060Two Gardaí injured in Carrigart ramming incidentRamming incident against gardaí is proof of under resourcing – Cllr McMonagle was last modified: August 29th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Gallery: The People’s Bus

first_imgPhotographs by Nicky Rehbock. Compiled by Mary Alexander Workers at the MAN bus factory, schoolchildren and the team from Brand South Africa had a good party at the launch of the People’s Bus roadshow, which will take football fever to the most remote parts of South Africa.Read the full storyClick on a thumbnail for a larger image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution image.  • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more

Billion Dollar Corporation Interested in Bahamas Energy Sector

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#aesinterestedinbahamas, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 12, 2017 – Nassau – A multi-billion dollar corporation yesterday said it was “very, very interested” in supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Bahamas-based power generators, suggesting “substantial” economic and environmental benefits could result.George Nemeth, Director of Business Development for AES Corporation, said that the ability to load LNG on to smaller bulk vessels had opened the possibility for his company to supply the Bahamas and other Caribbean nations from its Dominican Republic and Panama hubs.Acknowledging that more studies were needed to determine the economic feasibility, Mr. Nemeth said the use of smaller vessels meant LNG supply could be tailored to meet the Bahamas’ energy demands.“The key point for the Caribbean, the islands, which have smaller demand needs, is that we are able to transship from our two locations in smaller vessels that are very economical,” he explained.“What we hope for, from the island nations and their utilities, is that they explore the alternatives with LNG.”Speaking after the former Christie administration initiated a secret, hasty search for power generation solutions to aid Bahamas Power & Light (BPL), and reduce energy costs for consumers, Mr. Nemeth said AES was unlikely to be interested in constructing a new power plant in this nation itself.“Our interest in the Bahamas is more to the supply of LNG,” Mr. Nemeth said. “It’s very, very interesting for us. What creates the interest from our perspective is, number one, what is the real need for the fuel on the island, and what is the economic proposition in the Bahamas?“It’s very high, because the Bahamas is burning diesel. Gas can compete with the existing fuels burned in the Bahamas. Even if you include the cost of the infrastructure required to burn gas, it should be more economical than diesel.” he explained.The AES Corporation is a multi-billion dollar, Fortune 200 company that generates and distributes electrical power. They are one of the world’s leading power companies.#magneticmedianews#aesinterestedinbahamaslast_img read more