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Considerable progress has been achieved in containing and cleaning up the oil spill caused by the collision, which happened this morning between ships Oriental Pioneer and Atlantic Hero off Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) informed in an update.MPA further reported that there has been no additional spillage of fuel oil from Oriental Pioneer, from which some 100 metric tons of fuel spilled into the water right after the accident.Precautionary measures were taken by placing an oil boom around the vessel. An oil spill response craft have been also deployed on the site to monitor the situation.“11 craft and some 100 personnel from MPA and oil spill response companies have been deployed as part of the containment and clean-up efforts. A helicopter was also deployed to conduct aerial surveillance of the affected waters,” MPA said in a statement.[mappress]World Maritime News Staff, July 2, 2013; Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Teresa Rosen Peacocke (instructed by Brunswick Law) for the claimant; Nicholas Le Poidevin QC and Alexander Learmonth (instructed by Gillan & Co) for the defendants. Marley v Rawlings and another: Court of Appeal, Civil Division (Sir Anthony May, Lady Justice Black and Lord Justice Kitchin): 2 February 2012 Will – Construction – Intention of testator In 1999, a married couple had an appointment with their solicitor at their home for the purpose of executing the wills that he had drafted for them. The wills were short and except for the differences necessary to reflect the identity of the maker, were in identical terms. Each spouse left his or her entire estate to the other spouse, or if the spouse failed to survive him or her by one calendar month, to M, who was not related them, but who they treated as a son. By mistake, they signed each other’s will, rather than their own. No one noticed the error on the death of the wife in 2003. When the widower died in 2006, the error came to light. The couple’s children alleged that they had died intestate, so that they would inherit the estate, rather than M. M issued proceedings for probate of the widower’s will. The claim was dismissed, and M appealed. M submitted that the role of the court had been to give effect to the intention of the testator, pursuant to section 9 of the Wills Act 1837 (the 1837 act). Section 9 of the 1837 act required simply that the testamentary document was in writing and signed in such a way that it was apparent that the testator intended by his signature to give effect to it as a will. Consideration was given to sections 20 and 21 of the Administration of Justice Act 1982 (the 1982 act). The appeal would be dismissed. In the circumstances, the formalities in section 9 of the 1837 act had not been satisfied. The testator had not intended to sign the will that he had. It followed that the will was not valid. There was no room for rectification. It was not therefore necessary to determine whether what had arisen was the consequence of a clerical error within the meaning of section 20 of the 1982 act (see , ,  of the judgment). ––’s Goods, Re (1850) 14 Jur 402 considered; Guardhouse v Blackburn [1861-73] All ER Rep 680 considered; Hunt’s Goods, Re (1875) LR 3 P & D 250 considered; Meyer’s Estate, Re  P 353 considered; Guardian Trusts Executors Co of Zealand Ltd v Inwood  NZLR 614 considered; Foster, Re  NZLR 44 considered; McConagle v Starkey  3 NZLR 635 considered; In the matter of Harvey Snide, deceased (1981) 52 NY 2d 193 considered; Wordingham v Royal Exchange Trust Co Ltd  3 All ER 204 considered; Wood v Smith  3 All ER 556 considered; In the Estate of McDermid  Can LII 4950 considered; Corbett v Newey  2 All ER 914 considered; Vautier (estate of), Re (2000) 3 ITELR 566 considered; Henriques v Giles  ZASCA 64 considered. Decision of Proudman J  All ER (D) 43 (Feb) affirmed.
HUNGARY: A solar-powered railcar with a top speed of 25 km/h was unveiled at Hungary’s Forest Railway Festival in Krályrét on May 4.The 760 mm gauge railcar is intended for use on summer tourist services, and has 9·9 m2 of solar cells which are used to charge an onboard battery. The battery can also be charged from a mains supply, and is able to store enough energy for four or five uphill trips on the 12 km line between Kismaros to Királyrét; the return trip is downhill and requires little power. The railcar is 8275 mm long and 2000 mm wide, with an entry height of 360 mm and 32 seats. The frames and mechanical parts were supplied by Börzsöny 2020, with Hungarotrain responsible for electrical systems and GanzPlan providing documentation.
Michael Jibson is an award-winning British actor best-known for playing King George III in Hamilton.With an impressive CV that includes roles on the big screen in Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast and 1917, and small screen roles in A Discovery of Witches and The Alienist, Michael is an in-demand actor. For his latest role he plays Tecwen Whittock in ITV’s Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? drama Quiz that explores the cheating scandal that surrounded contestants Charles and Diana Ingram in the late 90s.I caught up with Michael to talk about Quiz, discuss how he prepared for the role and to find out what it was like to work with revered British director Stephen Frears.Quiz is going to be airing over three consecutive nights, starting on Easter Monday. What can people expect?I think they can expect the best of British television. It’s been made by Leftbank, who made The Crown amongst other things. It’s been directed by Stephen Frears, who’s a British institution in TV and film. It’s written by James Graham, who’s probably one of our best playwrights and now screenwriters at the moment, who’s still only in his 30s. He is intelligent and brilliant at what he does. There’s a brilliant ensemble cast, including Matthew Macfadyen, who was recently in Succession, Sian Clifford, who’s been brilliant in Fleabag, Michael Sheen of course, who’s playing Chris Tarrant, and other people like Mark Bonnar and Aisling Bea. It’s a really, really cool show about a scandal that happened 20 years ago, but also a real investigation into quizzing and whether they (Charles and Diana Ingram) did it or not. It explores the way people treat people and scrutinise people who have been caught for doing something that some would argue is not necessarily wrong. It really makes you think as well as being brilliant TV, and a whodunnnit.You’re playing Tecwen Whittock. Who is he and where does his fit into this scandal?Tecwen Whittock was a Welshman who was a quizzer himself. There was this community of people who were in contact with each other and they would go on quiz shows around the world, not just in this country. Some would say (they would) try to beat the system or that it was part of their hobby to go on these shows and be good at getting answers right and winning the prizes. Tecwen was in touch apparently with Diana Ingram, who is the wife in the threesome of Charles, Diana and Tecwen, through the quizzing community. Tecwen, by coincidence, on day two of Charles Ingram’s appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? was there in the fastest buzzer seat and allegedly was coughing to assist them in winning the jackpot prize. He was also convicted with the two of them and they were all give suspended sentences with a fine and proven guilty that they tried to steal a million pounds from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?Credit: Leftbank Pictures / ITVThere’s so much more to this scandal than I think a lot of people realised. What drew you to the part?I saw the play. The screenplay is based on James Graham’s original play that he wrote back in 2018. It started at Chichester Festival and then it transferred to the West End. One of my best friends was playing Charles Ingram in that place. I went to see it and loved it, and then just forgot about it really. Then the meeting came in to go meet Stephen Frears. When you get a meeting with Stephen Frears and you hear that people like Michael Sheen is attached, and Matthew Macfadyen, you jump at the chance and you go to the meeting. Luckily for me, it went well and I got the job.You mentioned that Stephen Frears directed the series. What was he like to work with?Apart from being brilliant, he’s a character. He’s knows what he wants and he knows when something’s not right, and he tells you. He’s very driven and just gets things done. He moves very quickly and he pulls together the best people. He’s very, very funny and quick-witted. It was incredible to watch him working really, because sometimes he doesn’t say much at all and he lets everybody get on with it, because he’s happy with what everybody’s doing, and then he’ll just say something that’s just some of the most brilliant direction you’ve ever had. He’s just a brilliant, brilliant man to be around and inspiring, really, as an actor to work with.When it came to preparing for this role did you actually go back and revisit any of the footage of the scandal from the original episodes?Yes, I did. I looked at the episode with Charles and Diana Ingram. I watched the episode with Tecwen when he was successful and got on to the show after the Ingram’s, which some might say is a coincidence or it was all part of the plan. I watched it and I studied his characteristics and delved deep. It’s such a luxury for an actor to be able to have the actual footage there to to look at of what actually happened. It was fascinating.The series actually features footage from the original episodes doesn’t it? The production and set design is so impressive. What can you tell me about that aspect?They rebuilt the set down at Wimbledon Studios, which is where they used to film The Bill. I think the latest Who Wants To Be A Millionaire set is up-to-date and it’s slightly different to the original one. They rebuilt the original one but they may have changed a couple of things in terms of size because they were filming on it so that it had to be modified for filming purposes. Other than that it was pretty much bang on. They’ve used some footage of the actual contestants on the show so it looks like the person is an actor but they’re not, it’s the real person – the way it’s been edited – talking to Michael Sheen. There’s one particular moment in the first episode when a lady is on and she nearly wins quite a big amount of money. She’s genuinely gutted and I think it really highlights, for the production team in the show, how exciting Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was going to become for them because the formula they had for this quiz show was working. It’s a mixture of us lot being the actors and some of the real footage as well so it really feels like at times you’re watching actual episodes of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?Credit: Leftbank Pictures / ITVWas it surreal being around Michael Sheen when he was in character as Chris Tarrant?Yeah. Michael’s actually my cousin-in-law so I know Michael as an extended member of my family. My wife is his first cousin so I know Michael personally, I suppose better than most actors. He’s not like a best friend of mine but I see him at family dos and things like that so I’m quite used to chatting to Michael when he’s not in character. It was fascinating and brilliant to work with him for me because I’ve never worked with him. To be on set with him and see him having just a wig on and some fake tan, and just talking like Michael and having a chat with him in the lunch queue, or on set having a cup of tea, and then he just switches it on and the lines become blurred between Chris Tarrant and Michael Sheen. You start to forget what Chris Tarrant looks like, which I think the audience who are watching Quiz will also feel when they watch it. At first you look at him and go, ‘well it looks nothing like him’ and then you start to think, ‘hang on, he does look a bit like him’ and then it doesn’t really matter because he’s just so good at being a character without it being a caricature or an impression. It was fascinating to watch.What other projects do you have in the pipeline at the moment?I’ve got quite a few things coming out. I’m in Four Lives for the BBC, which has got Sheridan Smith and Stephen Merchant in it. It has been postponed for the time being because it’s an ongoing actual case so that’s coming out at some point. I’m also in Honour for ITV, which has got Keeley Hawes in it and is about the Banaz Mahmod honour killing that happened in South London about 10 years ago. I play one of the main parts. I’ve also got a nice role in Edgar Wright’s new film Last Night in Soho, which is coming out at some point in the future. I recently was filming the second season of A Discovery of Witches, which is on Sky, I play Rudolph the Second in one of the episodes who’s quite a prolific character and he was a real person. In the in the novels he’s quite a prolific character within that series of books. I’m also in a film called An Unquiet Life, that might be a working title at the moment, which is a film about Roald Dahl and his wife, which stars Hugh Bonneville and Keeley Hawes. I’ve been very busy this year, which has been great. The lockdown means that I’m just sitting around waiting for things to come out.Quiz airs over three consecutive nights on ITV starting Monday 13th April 2020 at 9pm. Watch the trailer below:
FILE PHOTO: A group of Tunisian migrants arrive on a rubber boat after being rescued by the Tunisian coast guard off the coast of Bizerte, Tunisia October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi A group of Tunisian migrants arrive on a rubber boat after being rescued by the Tunisian coast guard off the coast of Bizerte, Tunisia October 12, 2017. REUTERSTunisia’s navy rescued almost 100 migrants from a sinking boat off its southeast coast late on Monday, authorities said, and hours after eight people being smuggled to Europe drowned in the same stretch of water.The incidents coincided with the launch of joint patrols by the Tunisian and Italian navies to stem migrant flows and carry out search and rescue operations in the area, the Tunisian Defence Ministry said.Tunisia’s coast has become the launch pad of choice for traffickers transporting migrants from North Africa across the Mediterranean.Wooden boats packed with migrants, their numbers often swelled by young Tunisians seeking work in Europe, have started landing on secluded Sicilian beaches, often in broad daylight.Activity via Libya, until recently the busiest country of departure on that route, has declined since July as its coast guard and an armed group in the smuggling hub of Sabratha tightened controls.The Tunisian Interior Ministry said late on Monday the coast guard pulled 98 Tunisians, including three children, from the sinking vessel near the island of Kerkennah.Earlier on Monday at least eight people drowned nearby when another boat carrying dozens of migrants collided with a Tunisian navy vessel.Tunisia has won plaudits from abroad for its transition to democracy since 2011, when an uprising toppled autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. But unemployment remains high, especially among the country’s youth.
Courtesy: British Council KenyaA report published Wednesday by British Council Kenya suggests young people in Kenya are sick and tired of the corruption, inequality and favoritism associated with their homeland.The body found that forty percent of young Kenyans are willing to leave Kenya in search of better opportunities. The study also found that many Kenyan youth feel corruption, inequality and favoritism are the biggest impediments to youth empowerment.The report, dubbed Next Generation Kenya, was based on a survey of 4,000 young people aged 15 to 24 from all over the country.Unemployment is young people’s biggest concern, the survey found. Around 39% of young Kenyans are unemployed, the highest rate in Eastern Africa.Young people interested in being entrepreneurs said they were mainly hampered by lack of start-up capital.Young people also felt that many opportunities were not given on merit, but rather favouritism, bribery or sexual favours.Concerns were also raised about a discriminatory labour market that favours the older generation.Kenya’s education system was cited as falling short of equipping young people with the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century.And only 38% of Kenyans are highly satisfied with their involvement in politics and decision making, compared to 78% who feel the same way in Tanzania.
Share Share Tweet 34 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! BusinessInternationalNewsPrintRegional CDB, European Investment Bank sign multi-million dollar agreement by: – May 25, 2017 Share EIB Vice President, Pim Van Ballekom (left) and CDB President, Dr Wm Warren Smith (right) following the signing the agreement for the Climate Action Framework Loan II . (Photo: CMC)PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands (CMC) — The European Investment Bank (EIB) Wednesday signed a US$110 million agreement with the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to support investment projects in the region under the CDB’s climate action policy.“We are delighted to be signing this new climate action loan with CDB, which is the result of a fruitful partnership that lasts for almost four decades, to support new projects in the Caribbean,” said EIB Vice President, Pim Van Ballekom, during the signing ceremony on the side-lines of the 47th annual meeting of the CDB Board of Governors here.“This partnership is currently supporting CDB’s efforts to mainstream climate action to help its borrowing member countries (BMCs), which are all considered Small Island Developing States, to adequately tackle risks related to climate change. Caribbean countries face economic and social challenges which must be addressed whilst ensuring resilience to climate change,” he added.CDB President Dr Warren Smith said that through this new line of credit the bank will be able to provide to its BMCs much needed low-cost financing to address the climate impacts already affecting these countries.“The line supports our ongoing work to build climate resilience and the adaptive capacities of BMCs, as they work towards their goal of achieving sustainable development. The signing of this agreement reinforces the longstanding partnership between EIB and CDB, and signals strengthened cooperation between our two institutions,” he added.The CDB-EIB Climate Action Framework Loan II builds on the US$65 million Climate Action Line of Credit (CALC) signed between EIB and CDB in 2011, and which supports nine projects in seven Caribbean countries.The EURO 100 million (One Euro =US$1.29 cents) climate action initiative is the EIB’s biggest loan to the Caribbean.The CDB said that eligible investments under the Climate Action Framework Loan II include climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, road transport, water infrastructure and community-level physical and social infrastructure that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience to the impacts of climate change.It said that a healthy pipeline of climate action projects amounting to over USD 300 million for this new loan has been developed with support of an EIB-funded technical assistance programme.So far, CDB, the region’s premier financial institution, has committed EURO 50 million, the total resources under the ongoing Climate Action Line of Credit for nine projects, noting that this co-financing is associated with total project financing of approximately US$191 million from CDB loans/grants, EIB CALC, counterpart and other sources of financing.
Tweet Dermot Southwell (file photo)Chairman of the Integrity in Public Office (IPO) Commission, Dermot Southwell has died.He died on Wednesday afternoon after a period of illness.Mr. Southwell served as a member of the 1990 Dame Eugenia Charles administration and also served as chairman of the Dominica Air and Seaports Authority, DASPA. Share Share 334 Views no discussions Share LocalNews IPO chairman passes by: – July 25, 2018 Sharing is caring!
Peregrine Semiconductor has introduced a series of three high-performance, high-throw count Ultra CMOS RF Switches for the Wireless Infrastructure market. The PE42462, PE42482 and PE42412 are SP6T, SP8T and SP12T switches that have excellent performance specifications in a high-throw count configuration. These switches have high port-to-port isolation, high linearity, low insertion loss and exceptional power handling, these absorptive switches are optimized for 4G and 4.5G wireless infrastructure switching applications such as robust digital pre-distortion (DPD) loops, filter banks and transmit/ receive (T/R) paths signal routing. In addition, these three RF switches cover a frequency range from 10 MHz to 8 GHz, making them ideal for 5 GHz LTE Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) and LTE WiFi Link Aggregation (LWA).The PE42462, PE42482 and PE42412 allow advanced linearization techniques, such as DPD loops, to be used over a greater number of power amplifiers (PAs), maximizing spectral efficiency and data throughput. Recent advancements in wireless base stations have increased RF complexity, resulting in the need for more PAs per antenna sector. However, these PAs, if not optimized, can be a drain on the system’s operational (Opex) and capital (Capex) expenditures. Linearization techniques, such as DPD loops, are used to compensate for the PAs non-linear behaviour and improve adjacent channel power ratio (ACPR) in wireless base stations.Additionally, a high-throw count switches, like the PE42462, PE42482 and PE42412, enable a DPD loop to be leveraged over a greater number of PAs. However, this high-throw count switch must meet stringent performance requirements in order to preserve the integrity of the monitored signal. Within the closed loop, the switch must have low insertion loss, high port-to-port isolation and high linearity to enable the single DPD receiver to accurately sample multiple transmit paths. Peregrine’s new switches deliver exceptional performance in a high-throw count configuration with no added noise or interference.The wireless infrastructure market has seen multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technology evolve into massive MIMO, and their designs must support this ever-increasing number of signal channels. These new switches deliver the performance needed to meet next-generation wireless infrastructure switching demands.Features, Packaging, Price and AvailabilityThe switches operate over a broad frequency range from 10 MHz to 8 GHz. The UltraCMOS PE42462 (SP6T), PE42482 (SP8T) and PE42412 (SP12T) RF switches are optimized for wireless infrastructure applications. The absorptive switches have extremely high isolation and low insertion loss across the entire frequency range. Each high-throw count switch delivers high linearity of 60 dBm IIP3, exceptional power handling of 33 dBm continuous wave (CW) and a fast switching time in the 200-nanosecond range.The PE42462 and PE42482 are offered in 24-lead 4 x 4 mm QFN package, while the PE42412 is available in a 32-lead 5 x 5 mm QFN package. Samples and evaluation kits are available now. Volume-production parts will be available at the end of March. For 10K-quantity orders, each PE42462 (SP6T) switch is $1.76. Each PE42482 (SP8T) switch is $2.35, and each PE42412 (SP12T) switch is $2.94.