AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThe Global Brake Safety Council (GBSC) has named Kevin Wolford of AMECA Inc. as its newest member.A lifelong car enthusiast, Wolford has owned everything from classic American muscle cars to overstressed imports. Wolford is a director with AMECA Inc. His work at AMECA involves understanding the needs of both industry and the safety community. He has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in marketing from John Hopkins University.AMECA has long been focused on the braking industry and inherent importance of braking systems.“I’m unbelievably excited to be joining the GBSC,” said Wolford. “Brakes and the braking system are the most important safety aspects of a car. Good brakes also win races. On the street or on the track, a good braking system is the first step to safety and performance.”AdvertisementThe GBSC’s current Chairman, Scott Lambert, added, “We’re thrilled to have Kevin on board as the newest member of the GBSC. His seasoned leadership skills and deep knowledge of the braking industry make him an incredibly valuable asset to our organization.”
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V.Ships Offshore, part of V. Group, has been awarded a new ship management contract by Milaha Offshore to provide full technical and crew management services for their self-propelled jack-up lift boat – the Milaha Explorer.The ship management services will be delivered from V.Ships Offshore’s newly acquired Bibby Ship Management office in Singapore. The Milaha Explorer, which can accommodate 300 people, will be deployed offshore with an initial crew of 15 in support of field maintenance efforts and is Singapore-flagged.Arvind Mohan, general manager V.Ships Offshore Singapore operation said: “This is the first lift boat owned by Milaha Offshore and we are pleased that our previous experience of managing these types of specialized vessels has been recognized.”Alessandro Ciocchi, director V.Ships Offshore added: “This contract further demonstrates the diverse portfolio of skills and experience, which V.Ships Offshore offers the offshore oil and gas sector, supporting our clients’ brown field operations.”
The service will start with monthly sailings later in April. It will accept containers, breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargoes.In Europe, the service will call at Antwerp, Rotterdam and Hamburg, with additional ports served on inducement. In East Africa, ports of call will be Nacala and Pemba subject to inducement.www.macship.comwww.ualalliance.com
Jonathan Swift QC is to step down as first treasury counsel after seven years, the Attorney General’s Office confirmed today. First Treasury counsel advise and represent the government in major litigation.A spokesman for the attorney’s office said Swift, who practices from 11KBW, will continue in private practice at the bar. James Eadie QC, of Blackstone Chambers, remains the other first Treasury counsel.The spokesman said: ‘Jonathan has said that he had been honoured to act as first treasury counsel (FTC) and the attorney general and the head of the Government Legal Service have both expressed their appreciation for Jonathan’s valuable support, advice and advocacy during his period as FTC.’ Decisions about future arrangements for the FTC, he said, will be taken ‘in due course’. A freedom of information request by the Guardian newspaper last year revealed Swift has been paid £975,075 over a three-year period for representing the government over the right to protest in Parliament Square and the freedom of information case relating to the release of private correspondence between Prince Charles and government ministers.Over the same period Eadie received more than £2.2m representing the government in matters including the Leveson and Francis inquiries. Swift declined to comment on his decision.
WITH CONSTRUCTION of its heavy metro largely suspended for lack of funding, the Moscow city government has announced plans to develop a network of small-profile mini-metro lines. The use of 4000mm diameter tunnels accommodating four-car trains of 12m long vehicles is expected to cut the cost of construction by half. Top speed will be 70 against 100 km/h, but the gauge will remain 1520mm to allow through running. Design capacity will be one-third of the 55000 passengers/h of a full-sized line.Tenders are to be called this year for an initial route, which is needed to serve the Moscow City international business centre taking shape in the heart of the capital. The first 2 km linking stations at Kievskaya Square and Kutozovskaya Avenue is to be ready by 2002, with an extension under the Moscow river serving Dorogomilvskaya and Moscow City following in 2003. No timescale has been set for the last stage which would continue to an interchange with the heavy metro. In the longer term, the city envisages a three-line network, with a circle and two radial routes linking Park Probeda and Nizhni Mnevniki to Lefortovo.A low-cost option for elevated routes in the outer suburbs is under development at the Yakovlev aircraft design bureau. Two to six-car trains carrying 120 passengers/car would run at 120 km/h, moving up to 20000 passengers/h. Linear-motored, rubber-tyred, asynchronous motored, and conventional steel-wheeled options are under consideration.
Having succeeded Muhammad Junaid Qureshi as General Manager, Operations, at Pakistan Railways on March 27, Rana Saeed Akhtar (photo) was arrested two days later on embezzlement and corruption charges. The ongoing investigation into scrap disposal tenders also names Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour and former railways secretary Samiul Haq Khilji.In an effort to turn PR around, the government has established a new management board, with Bilour taking the helm as Chairman. Other members are Dr Hafeez Pasha, Pir Muhammad Qasim Qureshi, Dr Abdul Malik, Professor Imran, Mohsin Aziz, Shakeel Durrani, Muhammad Aurangzeb Khan, Iqbal Samad Khan and Nasreen Haq.
HUNGARY: Stadler’s factory in Dunakeszi has rolled out the first Kiss double-deck electric multiple-unit for national passenger operator MÁV-Start, which has so far ordered a total of 19 under a 2017 eight-year framework agreement for up to 40. Testing is to be undertaken in Germany and the Czech Republic, with entry into service planned from February 2020 on routes from Budapest to Vác and Cegléd. Unveiling the first EMU on July 16, Stadler said the fleet would ‘open a new chapter’ for MÁV-Start’s passenger services, reducing journey times and enabling a more reliable service. The six-car EMU has 600 seats, 50% more than a single-deck unit with the same 155·88 m length, and space for four wheelchairs. There are four toilets, one of which is accessible for persons with reduced mobility, space for 12 bicycles or five pushchairs, a ‘state-of-the-art’ information system, a ‘spacious and bright’ interior, air-conditioning and free wi-fi. The fleet will have EVM and ETCS Level 2 train control systems suitable for operation at up to 160 km/h on modernised routes.
The election commission of Democratic Republic of Congo has excluded opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba and three former prime ministers from the list of approved candidates for December’s presidential election, which was published on Friday.Bemba, a former warlord who earlier in August returned to the Congolese capital Kinshasa to submit his candidacy for president after a decade in prison in The Hague for war crimes, had been seen as one of the frontrunners in the race to succeed incumbent Joseph Kabila.The commission said a separate International Criminal Court conviction for witness tampering was the reason for Bemba’s exclusion from the list.Bemba was acquitted on appeal at the International Criminal Court of war crimes and crimes against humanity for murder, rape and pillage committed by fighters he sent to Central African Republic in 2002 but his witness tampering conviction stands.Opposition parties condemned the election commission’s decision, which can be appealed before the final list is published in September.“Once again the current regime is showing its determination to suppress the electoral process,” they said in a joint statement before the commission published the list.Last month, Bemba placed third in a rare public opinion poll on the likely outcome of the election, winning 17 percent support.He is popular in western Congo, including the capital Kinshasa, and his exclusion could trigger a violent reaction by his supporters. Street battles between militiamen loyal to Bemba and state forces broke out in Kinshasha after he lost the 2006 election to Kabila.After years of speculation over his intentions, Kabila consented earlier in August to obey the two-term limit imposed by the Central African country’s constitution by not entering his name for the poll set for Dec. 23.As a parting shot, he picked a former interior minister, who has been placed under EU sanctions, to stand instead.His choice of a die-hard loyalist suggested that the president, who came to power after his father’s assassination in 2001, intends to remain closely involved in national politics. He will be eligible to run again in 2023.Former prime ministers Adolphe Muzito, Antoine Gizenga and Samy Badibanga were also among the six candidates excluded from the commission’s list.Related DR Congo opposition leader Bemba nominated for presidential election Uganda’s opposition leader Kizza Besigye launches presidential bid Congo opposition leader Bemba arrives home for presidential bid