Steel Cut for Wightlinks New Ferry

first_imgzoom UK ferry operator Wightlink has revealed that the steel cutting ceremony for its new ship took place at the Cemre shipyard in Yalova, Turkey, on October 4, 2016.To be deployed on the Fishbourne-Portsmouth route, the new ferry is expected to come into service in summer 2018, according to Wightlink.The ship is part of Wightlink’s GBP 45 million (USD 55.6 million) Investing for the Future program and will be able to carry more than 1,000 passengers and up to 178 cars, the ferry operator said.The ferry will use diesel electric hybrid batteries (with marine gas oil) for propulsion and waste heat from the generator engines for heating. The eco-efficient lifts will put power back into the ship’s electrical supply harnessing excess energy generated by the elevators. Together with motion-activated LED lighting, these initiatives are said to lead to a significant reduction in the ferry’s carbon footprint.The project also includes new two tier boarding ramps at Fishbourne and Portsmouth Gunwharf to enable more efficient loading and unloading at both terminals.Wightlink’s vessels operate on the three routes connecting the Isle of Wight and the mainland, including Lymington-Yarmouth, Portsmouth-Fishbourne and Portsmouth-Ryde.last_img read more

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Baloney Meter Will tougher penalties for gang members make Canada safer

first_imgOTTAWA — “Canadians deserve to feel safe where they live. A Conservative government will deal swiftly and firmly with gang crime as part of our overall plan for a safer Canada.”— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, news release, Nov. 8, 2018.Dozens of handguns, bags of deadly drugs and confiscated cash were on display at a news conference after police laid more than 1,000 charges in June against 75 suspected members and associates of a Toronto-based gang.Since 2013, gang-related homicides in Canada’s largest cities have almost doubled, Public Safety Canada says.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s solution to the scourge of gang crime focuses on strict law enforcement and creating new penalties. He says the Conservatives will put an end to “the revolving door” for gang members by making it easier for police to target them and put them where they belong: behind bars.Will Scheer’s plan make Canadians safer?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.” Here’s why:The Conservative proposalScheer’s plan includes five elements: — Ending automatic bail for gang members, to ensure arrested repeat gang offenders remain in custody.— Identifying gangs in the Criminal Code, much like the existing list of terrorist organizations, to help speed up prosecutions.— Revoking parole for gang members, sending them back to jail if they associate with other known members.— Tougher sentences for ordering gang crime, including mandatory sentences in federal prison for directing crimes.— New sentences for committing and ordering violent gang crime, with mandatory sentences in federal prison.What the experts sayCriminal-justice experts say elements of the Conservative blueprint either duplicate existing measures or would be struck down as unconstitutional, and ignore the kind of measures shown to be effective in dealing with gang-related crime.“Overall, it seems to be written by someone who has either little knowledge of the criminal process, or it’s trying to mislead people about the process,” said Kate Puddister, an assistant professor of political science at Ontario’s University of Guelph.Added Neil Boyd, a criminology professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia: “It is very lamentable that the leader of the Opposition has chosen to engage in a Trumpian style of rhetoric, chastising the government through either deliberate distortion, or a more fundamental ignorance of existing law.”An analysis of each of Scheer’s proposals:— Ending automatic bail for gang members.While bail is not automatic, it is generally allowed as a constitutional right unless public safety would be endangered by releasing the accused. However, for some offences, including those involving a firearm or a gang — known as a “criminal organization” in the Criminal Code — the accused must show why their detention is not justified.Simply outlawing bail for gang members would result in “a pretty strong constitutional challenge,” Puddister said. — Identifying gangs in the Criminal Code.The Criminal Code, while not listing specific groups, defines a criminal organization as a group of three or more people with the purpose of committing serious offences for material benefit.Experts say prosecutors rightly have the burden of proving gang activity. The question of whether a group of individuals is an organized crime network “is not one that can simply be assumed,” Boyd said.— Revoking parole for gang members.Release on parole is never guaranteed, and the Parole Board of Canada must assess an offender’s risk when they become eligible. Offenders on parole must obey the law and follow standard conditions, such as reporting regularly to a parole officer. The parole board can also impose special conditions, and has the power to revoke release if the conditions are breached.The Conservative proposal “implies that the people working in the system are stupid,” said Irvin Waller, a criminology professor at the University of Ottawa.— Tougher sentences for ordering gang crime.The Criminal Code states that a member of a criminal organization who instructs someone to commit an offence for their benefit is guilty of an indictable offence and could receive a life sentence.There is considerable academic research that shows mandatory minimum sentences “don’t really work and have disproportionate effects on minority communities and vulnerable people,” Puddister said. “Simply because there’s no minimum doesn’t mean judges won’t apply a restrictive sanction.”Adds Waller: “Mandatory minimums are not a silver bullet.”All this aside, many firearm offences already carry mandatory penalties.— New sentences for violent gang crime.Penalties in the gang section of the Criminal Code range from as much as five years to life in prison.“If we want to stop those involved in organized crime, who are not afraid of using deadly force against each other, the answer is not in changing already severe penalties, but in increasing the likelihood of arrest and conviction, and working to prevent involvement in these kinds of activities in the first instance,” Boyd said.Other approachesThe Conservative plan doesn’t include any of the things that are proven to significantly reduce gang-related violence, Waller said. As an example, he pointed to Glasgow, Scotland, where the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence has seen success by establishing a partnership among police, social services, educators, housing officials and the public. The initiative makes services and programs available to violent street-gang members who agree to change their lives and devote themselves to constructive work.The U.S. National Institute of Justice says evaluations of gang-prevention programs show success flows from working with the local community, engaging city leaders, partnering with social service agencies and involving community members who have the respect of local gang leaders and members.In Canada, about 180 people took part in a national meeting on gun and gang violence convened in March by the Liberal government. Among the recommended measures were initiatives that look beyond the immediate problem to address the roots of violence through a holistic, healthy-communities approach.The verdictThe Conservative proposals to end gang activity focus on increasing penalties and locking up members for longer periods, based on the notion existing approaches are too soft on offenders.Criminal-justice experts say existing penalties and parole provisions are stiff enough. In addition, public safety officials in Canada and abroad emphasize the need for a much broader approach to gang-related crime — one that includes direct intervention with gang members and tailored programming. For these reasons, the Conservative assertion that its plan would make Canadian communities safer is “a lot of baloney.”MethodologyThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurate.A little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is required.Some baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missing.A lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth.Full of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurate.SourcesSummit on Gang and Gun Violence: Summary Report https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/2018-smmt-gng-vlnce-smmry/index-en.aspxGangs and gang crime, U.S. National Institute of Justice https://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gangs/Pages/welcome.aspxAddressing Youth Gang Problems: An Overview of Programs and Practices https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/ddrsng-prblms/index-en.aspxThe violence must stop: Glasgow’s Community Initiative to Reduce Violence, second year report http://actiononviolence.org/sites/default/files/CIRV_2nd_year_report.pdfJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Eddie Izzard Meets Syrian Refugees In Iraq

first_imgUNICEF UK Ambassador Eddie Izzard has been reporting live from Domiz refugee camp in Northern Iraq, where he’s warned of a hidden crisis for Syrian refugees in the country.Eddie meets 10-year-old Mohammed and his sister at Domiz camp.Credit/Copyright: UNICEFThe camp was originally designed for 15,000 but is now home to 45,000 people. This number continues to grow as families flee the conflict in Syria.Video: Eddie Izzard’s video diary from Domiz refugee camp in Iraq“Syrian children across the region have lost everything,” Eddie said, speaking from Domiz camp. “I’ve heard refugee children in Iraq tell how they fled horrific violence and how they lost loved ones, their homes and their schools. They arrived here with only their clothes on their back. The plight of refugee children in Iraq has so far been a hidden and unreported crisis, but it desperately needs attention.”Among the children Eddie met was 10-year-old Muhammed. He was driven from Damascus by fighting and lived on the streets with his mother and three brothers and sisters before fleeing to Iraq. Now Muhammed is out of school and doesn’t have enough clean water to drink.UNICEF continues to deliver essential aid to children both in Syria and the surrounding countries. However, they urgently need more funds to help bridge the funding gap. Support them here.last_img read more

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Jennifer Nettles Joins Memorial Day Concert

first_imgIn what has now become tradition, the newly crowned winner of AMERICAN IDOL Season 13 will make their first appearance performing the “National Anthem” to open the 25th Annual NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT on Sunday, May 25th.Also joining the line-up is Grammy Award-winning country music artist Jennifer Nettles, who will offer a musical salute, with 100 recently returned veterans from Afghanistan on stage, as a grateful nation recognizes the more than 2.6 million men and women who have served, and are currently serving, over the past 13 years.Distinguished American statesman General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.) will lead the tribute to our servicemen and women with an inspiring “Welcome Home” to thank our veterans, as they begin to come home from Afghanistan, for their valor. The war in Afghanistan has set a milestone as the longest conflict in our nation’s history where our best and bravest have shed their blood in the war against terrorism.Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the 25th anniversary broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT also welcomes veteran actor Gerald McRaney (HOUSE OF CARDS) to the line-up. The event will be co-hosted for the ninth year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops in active service. The all-star cast also includes: two-time Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest; country music sensation and THE VOICE 2013 winner Danielle Bradbery; Broadway and television star Megan Hilty; musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; and world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.The multi award-winning program airs on PBS Sunday, May 25, 2014, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.last_img read more

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Lifeguards rescue two men trapped inside cave near Point Loma

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Lifeguards rescue two men trapped inside cave near Point Loma Posted: September 6, 2019 Updated: 4:26 PMcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two people were rescued Friday morning after their fishing boat became stuck on in a cave near Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs.Lifeguards got a mayday call just before 2 a.m. saying the 26-foot catamaran was unable to get out of the cave. It took crews around an hour to find the cave, which was near the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant.Lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropsky said border customs agents were first to the scene and the coast guard also assisted them with a helicopter lighting up the area so lifeguards could see.The lifeguards jumped into the surf and had to swim out to the vessel and bring the victims back the rescue boat. Both men were uninjured.The men were asleep inside a 26-foot-catamaran, which was on auto- pilot mode, as they returned from a fishing trip near Coronado Island when they woke up around midnight and realized the surf was pushing their boat into a cave.The coast guard hopes to tow the boat sometime during the day. September 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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