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A couple of weeks ago, Obiter’s memory lane featured the 1960s TV law drama, The Main Chance. What we omitted to say was that the series was devised by solicitor John Batt (pictured), who, among other achievements, wrote a theme tune used for many years by News at Ten, and acted for Sally Clark, wrongly convicted of killing her children. A mutual friend tells us Batt has just celebrated his 80th birthday and is ‘still defending the victims of miscarriages of justice, still working as a consultant to a law firm, still takes on pro bono cases – usually involving mothers falsely accused of their babies’ deaths’. And he’s still playing the church organ and writing music, too.
The Tugmaster units, which are specially designed for heavy haul ro-ro operations, will be deployed at the Liverpool terminals where they are now on site. The tractors boast powerful 4×4 drive and 165 tonne gross combined weight (GCW) capacity.David Huck, head of port operations for Peel Ports Mersey, said: “This latest investment in operational equipment will significantly improve the ro-ro capability of the port to the benefit of our customers and end-users and is in response to this growing sector.”The addition of the Terberg RT 283 Tractor units boosts our overall business efficiency at the Port of Liverpool, by helping to increase our service offering and capacity. The ergonomically designed cab, inherent safety features and easily accessible maintenance points will provide numerous advantages in productivity, cost-efficiency, safety and durability.” The tractors were purchased from Netherlands-based Terberg Benschop B.V., which produces trucks for road and off-road utilities and tractors and trailers for seaports.The tractors have been supplied with Terberg Safenecks that further provide improved stability and additional safety during ro-ro ramp operations by ensuring optimum weight distribution between axles. Use of the Safeneck System can increase permissible payloads by up to 250 percent compared to a conventional gooseneck, claims Peel Ports.www.terbergbenschop.nl www.peelports.co.uk/port-of-liverpool/
INTRO: Convergence achievedWHILE Europeans wrestle with impending monetary union, the railway supply industry appears to have already met convergence criteria. GEC Alsthom – soon to become just ’Alstom’ – and Siemens are co-operating on the Eurotrain project (p411). However, Dieter suggests a way that the gauge-changing Talgo might be incorporated into a three-way joint venture project, solving the political problem of whose power car should head the train.
Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Long-running British crime drama Vera returns for series 10 this weekend.The Brenda Blethyn-fronted show focuses on DCI Vera Stanhope and her team as they solve cases. Series 10 will see the return of Kenny Doughty as Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy, who over the years has proved himself to be a strong and reliable partner to DCI Stanhope.Vera’s team is completed by Jon Morrison who plays DC Kenny Lockhart, Riley Jones who plays DC Mark Edwards, Ibinabo Jack who plays DC Jacqueline Williams and Paul Kaye who returns as Pathologist Dr. Malcolm Donahue.The new series consists of four self-contained crime stories inspired by the best-selling novels and characters created by acclaimed crime writer Ann Cleeves.The first episode of the series is Blood Will Tell, written by Paul Logue and directed by Paul Gay. The synopsis for the episode is:Vera (Brenda Blethyn) has to unravel the circumstances of self-styled entrepreneur Freddie Gill’s (Jonathan Spencer) death when his body is found by bailiffs attempting to repossess his house.Freddie is estranged from his wife and son – Jade (Charlotte Pyke) and Riley Gill (Josh Barrow) – who are now living back at her family’s beloved pub with her formidable mother Tina Tripp (Marian McLoughlin), volatile brother Lee (Brian Lonsdale) and taciturn uncle Darren (Barry Aird).Matters are further complicated when Vera finds out Jade’s father Arthur, having recently succumbed to terminal illness, had secretly been keeping ties with Freddie despite him having been ejected from the family.Vera soon discovers Freddie’s professional life is just as turbulent when she learns the used-car sales company he runs with business partner and lifelong friend Nasir Ali, is failing and it is targeted by an arson attack.Vera must uncover whether the motive behind Freddie’s death comes from the trouble at the heart of his family, his desperate financial crises or his glances with organised crime.Vera returns to ITV at 8pm on Sunday 12th January 2020. Preview the first episode with our gallery below: Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV Credit: ITV
An active volcano, Mount Pelée erupted on May 8, 1902. The volcano is currently in a quiet phase and visitors can hike to the summit and enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic and the surrounding mountains on clear days.Trois IletsIf you’re looking for nightlife entertainment, make your way down to the tiny marina village of Trois Ilets. Restaurants serve till about 11 p.m., and tourists and locals can dine by the marina or in old Creole houses. The tiny village also offers ice cream shops, clothing boutiques, and pizza joints. Thanks to its French Creole culture, and ever vibrant people, Martinique is one of the most unique destinations in the Caribbean. Check out 3 of their most top-rated attractions!DowntownMartinique’s lively capital city is safe and friendly for a walking tour, and must-see stops include the Schoelcher Library.The highlight of any visit is a stop at the bustling Covered Market, full of vendors selling unusual tropical produce, local handicrafts, and folk tonics, including at least one herbal answer to Viagra.Mount Pelée
Federal and state human and animal health officials are investigating a multistate outbreak of salmonella Heidelberg infections, with the likely source traced back to dairy bull calves from Wisconsin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with Wisconsin health, agriculture and laboratory agencies, several other states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) to investigate the outbreak.advertisementadvertisementThrough PulseNet, a national database of salmonella bacteria DNA, CDC identified about 20 people in eight states who became ill between Jan. 11-Oct. 24, 2016. Eight people were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Illnesses that occurred after Oct. 24 might not be reported yet because reporting takes an average of two to four weeks.Whole genome sequencing showed the likelihood of a common source of infection. Most of the people who became ill reported contact with dairy bull calves or other cattle. Some of the ill people reported that they became sick after their dairy bull calves became ill or died.One ill person’s dairy calves were tested, identifying salmonella Heidelberg. Further epidemiologic, trace-back and laboratory findings identified dairy bull calves from livestock markets in Wisconsin as the likely source of infections. Wisconsin health and agriculture officials continue to work with other states to identify herds that may be affected.The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene also conducted antibiotic resistance testing, finding the clinical isolates resistant to amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, ampicillin, cefoxitin, ceftriaxone, chloramphenicol, nalidixic acid, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, tetracycline and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and had reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin. The two isolates tested were susceptible to gentamicin, azithromycin and meropenem.advertisementPeople can become infected by salmonella bacteria through contact with animal manure, but it can also be passed from person to person. Officials urged cattle farmers and veterinarians to take hygiene, biosecurity and testing measures to minimize the potential for infection and spread of the bacteria.”It’s in a dairy owner’s best interest to take precautions now to minimize the effect that this bacteria could have on those that work closely with the animals,” said Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw.Find advice for veterinarians and anyone handling livestock on the CDC website. —Compiled from CDC news releases by PD staffPHOTO: Courtesy of the CDC.advertisement
RelatedTurtle release draws hundredsBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS February 19, 2015 Cars lined up to enter Isla Blanca Park on Sunday, Feb. 15 to attend a sea turtle release hosted by Sea Turtle, Inc. The release, likely be the last until April, included many turtles being returned to the Gulf after…February 20, 2015In “News”STUNNED: Nearly 200 sea turtles rescuedBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press email@example.com Almost 200 sea turtles were rescued after a powerful cold front blew through the Laguna Madre region last weekend. Staff and volunteers at Sea Turtle Inc. (STI) rescued a total of 191 Atlantic green sea turtles that had been cold-stunned when the water…January 13, 2017In “News”For the love of turtles, please slow down!By Teresa Shumaker Special to the PRESS May and June is the height of nesting season for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle on Texas and Mexican beaches. The adult sea turtle’s shell is pale and can easily blend in with the sand, which makes it imperative that driver’s on the…May 22, 2015In “News” Share By ESTEVAN MEDRANOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comGoing in for rehabSeveral rescued cold-stunned sea turtles were brought in for rehabilitation at Sea Turtles Inc. Educator Caitlin Bovery is seen weighing one of the turtles on Nov. 14. (Photo by Teresa Shumaker)The drastic weather shift is being cited as the cause of 69 Atlantic green turtles washed ashore on the South Padre Island bay side. Texas Parks and Wildlife collected them and handed them off to caretakers of Sea Turtle Inc. near the Isla Blanca beach for rehabilitation.“When we have cold fronts come in the water temperature in the Laguna Madre, because it’s so shallow, drops quickly as well,” said Teresa Shumaker, Public Relations and Marketing Assistant for Sea Turtle Inc. “When that happens sometimes the green sea turtles in the area don’t have a chance to make it out into the Gulf of Mexico and that’s what causes them to cold-stun.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.
Payton Vince The Cleveland Indians add another name from the Baltimore Orioles in their recent trade talks; along with the rumors of Manny Machado, Adam Jones, and a few other Orioles’ players; the Indians have now added Baltimore relief pitcher Mychal Givens in their talks.According to Jon Morosi from the MLB Network, the Indians are interested in a relief pitcher that can be comfortable in establishing a four out appearance. Givens fits that criteria.Source: #Indians and #Orioles have discussed Mychal Givens, among numerous players, in recent trade talks. Cleveland is prioritizing controllable relievers comfortable with appearances of 4+ outs, and that describes Givens. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 14, 2018The Cleveland Indians have a well put together team for 2018 but one of their biggest flaws for the season is their numerous bullpen woes. With the trade deadline approaching the Indians will be looking for bullpen help regardless.For the 2018 season, Givens has a record of 0-6, making 41 appearances, logging 47.0 innings pitched, recording one save, striking out 55 batters, and walking 23. Givens has an ERA of 4.40 which is the worst so far out of four seasons.Mychal Givens is in his 4th major league season, all of them with Baltimore. The right-handed relief pitcher has a record of 18-9 in 198 appearances in his career, an ERA of 3.09, 230.1 innings pitched, walked 90 batters, and has struck out 277 hitters.With the Indians and Orioles being linked to a trade involving Adam Jones, there is a possibility that the Orioles can package Givens and Jones together in return for a couple of Indians prospects. Related Topics2018 Cleveland IndiansAdam JonesBaltimore OriolesMLB Trade DeadlineMychal Givens Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com.
In the meantime, the group is looking for volunteers to help give back to the community by picking up trash or helping people with yard work to change negative stereotypes about skaters and bikers. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization “AK Skate Dreams” is sponsored by Bridges Community Resource Network, Inc., and Chad Samskar has been instrumental in establishing the group. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A local group of extreme sports enthusiasts are working to change the image of skateboarding while gaining support for a covered skate park. Samskar said local skateboarders, BMX, and scooter riders would like a facility to practice their sports in during the winter on the Kenai Peninsula. Samskar: “It was positive, a lot more feedback than I was expecting but none of it was too negative or discouraging and so we’re going to keep pushing with it and hopefully after a few years we’ll get a skate park built.” Samskar: “We’ve already got a board of skaters and right now they’re helping with the design of the project and the plan afterwards is to stay involved by hosting events, coaching new riders, doing road trips to different skate parks and just kind of letting them experience all the other skate parks in Alaska.” The ultimate goal of creating an indoor or covered skate facility has been presented to both the Kenai and Soldotna Parks and Recreation Commissions.