A metal sculpture is spotted recently wearing virus protection on Los Pueblos. The sculpture is created by local metal artist Richard Swenson. Photo by Darien Raistrick
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Share The junior lifeguards of the Hamptons Lifeguard Association fared better than their older counterparts — taking home 10 first places — in the Jersey Mike’s 2018 United States Lifeguard Association National Lifeguard Championships in Virginia Beach last weekend.In the beach flags event, the juniors won the 14-to-15-year-old and 16-to 18-year-old boys and girls divisions, with Val and Lila Ferraro, William Schlegel, and Lizzie Neville taking home gold medals. Evan Schaefer also took first place in the boys beach flags division for nine-to-11-year-olds.Luke Castillo came in first place for the boys nine-to-11-year-old division in the beach run and board race. In the boys under-19 division surf-swim-race, Chasen Dubbs took home first place. In the rescue race, the juniors took two first places, with Joey Badilla and Kevin Pineda in the combined Group A for 14-to-15-year-olds, and Rodin McKenna and Nicky Badilla in the combined Group B for 12-to-13-year-olds.“Juniors do not score team points, but if they had, we would clearly be top team in the nation,” wrote Coach John Ryan Jr. in an email on August 12.In the adult’s competition, top performers in the championships included men’s overall points winner Hayden Hemmens from Newport Beach and was followed by Ryan Paroz of Hampton Lifeguard Association. On the women’s side, Jenna Solberg of LA County took home her third straight overall women’s title with 94 points, beating out teammate Kelsey Cummings, who came in with 89.5 points. Beach flags champ Amanda Calabrese, who ranked number 10 in overall women’s points, held on to her title, taking home her fourth medal in the event. Vanessa Edwardes took first in the 2K beach run for 60-to-64-year-olds.In addition to ranking number two in overall men’s individual points, Paroz also took second place in the surfski event.Calabrese said that this year definitely brought some of the toughest competition she had ever seen for the open and the juniors.“Not only was [this] my fourth beach flags title, the one I wanted the most, but in my opinion, it was the hardest earned. I want to thank the USLA for another awesome Nationals and all of the competitors for giving their all and making it a great week of racing,” she wrote in an email.“The Virginia Beach Lifeguard Association was honored to host this inspiring group of life savers and elite athletes for the last four days and we cannot wait for them to return in 2019. We would like to thank all the officials, volunteers, sponsors and all who made this incredible event possible,” said Tom Gill, president of the Virginia Beach Lifeguard Association, co-host of the event.The national championships will return to Virginia Beach for a second straight year in firstname.lastname@example.org
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A proposed new system of contract law that will apply to all 28 member states of the European Union risks adding ‘cost and confusion’ for legislators and businesses, the Law Society has warned. The European Commission (EC) is to push ahead with legislative proposals for an EU-wide contract law, after a feasibility study ended earlier this month. The EC believes that the present situation, where businesses and consumers deal with different national contract laws for every member state, is complex and expensive, and leads to legal uncertainty. It has suggested creating a ‘common frame of reference’, bringing together legal concepts, definitions and principles based on the laws of all member states. A plenary meeting of the European Parliament is to vote on the proposals in early July. The feasibility study looked at existing contract law in the various member states and identified four possible models for an EU-wide contract law. The EC appears to favour the fourth model, the ‘optional instrument’. Some Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) also favoured it, saying that it would give states more choice and flexibility, while other MEPs disagreed, saying that by allowing states to choose options, the instrument would lack legal certainty and be unpredictable in its application. The Law Society said the EC was rushing its proposals through without giving member states and their lawyers enough time to scrutinise them. The Society said some of the terminology, such as the requirement to act with ‘good faith and fair dealing’, was too vague, while the proposals appear to ‘confuse contract law and consumer protection’, it said. Law Society President Linda Lee said: ‘We are keen to work with policymakers to improve the functioning of the single market, but our practitioners view the key barriers to cross-border trade as practical and procedural. ‘Introducing a (new) regime of European contract law risks adding cost and confusion for both legislators and market participants.’
The Health and Safety Executive has postponed the launch of its new cost recovery scheme for at least six months. The organisation planned to launch the Fee for Intervention scheme next month to recover costs from health and safety offenders. The money was to cover the cost of both investigations and enforcement action. However, the HSE said this week that the scheme has been halted until at least October for further discussions to examine technical detail. Gordon MacDonald, programme director, said the authority still intends to proceed with the scheme, which was recommended following a consultation last summer. He said: ‘The government has agreed that it is right that those who break the law should pay their fair share of the costs to put things right – and not the public purse.’ The HSE will use the extra time to talk with businesses that may be affected.
Catherine Dixon, formerly head of the NHS Litigation Authority, took up her post as chief executive of the Law Society last Monday.
WHEN Britain’s Transport Secretary John Prescott made an ’emergency statement’ to the House of Commons on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link on January 28, he triggered a frantic 30-day scramble to try and put together a financial package that would rescue the 108 km line from collapse (p151). The latest twist in the long-running saga of the CTRL, not unfamiliar to readers of these pages, is a reminder of just how difficult it is to push through high speed line projects. While the CTRL has Royal Assent, the scheme could yet fail at the funding hurdle.Nor is it alone. Only a few days after Prescott’s statement, the French government announced on February 4 that two-thirds of the TGV Est project will be built, with construction starting in 1999 (p190). But we have been here before. Go-aheads, green lights and approvals of all kinds for TGV Est have been granted on numerous occasions since it was first proposed in the early 1980s, but so far it has never progressed beyond a line on the map.While this time money has been made available for the final engineering design stage, the funding arrangements are still not properly sorted out. It seems that the government is counting on promises rather than firm agreements from the EU and Luxembourg, and even after all that the total funding is still well short of the Fr18·7bn required.South Korea’s difficulties with the Seoul – Pusan high speed line are rather different, but it seems likely that a detailed review will call all aspects of the project into question once President-elect Kim Dae Jung takes office on February 25. GEC Alsthom issued a statement on January 16 confirming that Korea High Speed Rail Construction Authority has been asked to consider postponing construction of part of the line, and we understand that this could mean that only the Seoul – Taejon section will be completed. Construction of the Taejon – Pusan section may be replaced by simply electrifying the existing tracks.News from Taiwan is mixed. A symbolic start-of-work ceremony for the Taipei – Kaohsiung high speed line planned before the New Year did not take place, and reports in January indicated that winning bidder Taiwan High Speed Rail Consortium was not finding it easy to secure local funding for the NT$337bn project. Despite this, THSRC issued a request for qualification for civil engineering work on February 13, with responses due later this month. The Franco-German rolling stock partners are due to start trials at the end of May with a unique test train formed of two ICE2 power cars and six double-deck TGV Duplex trailers. It will run between G
ON MAY 12 the UK Strategic Rail Authority signed its second replacement franchise, under which the Govia joint venture of Go-Ahead and Keolis will operate the South Central network for up to seven years. The operation was due to be rebranded as Southern Railway when the franchise took effect on May 25. The joint venture also runs the Thameslink franchise which shares the London – Brighton corridor with South Central. SRA may terminate the new contract at any point between May 2008 and December 2009, to facilitate the award of a combined franchise.SRA Chairman Richard Bowker and Govia Chief Executive, Rail, Keith Ludeman claimed the deal would secure more than £1bn of investment, although £856m of this had been committed by March 2002. Govia has agreed to lease 700 Bombardier Electrostar EMU cars from Porterbrook to replace all of South Central’s MkI EMUs. A £50m contract signed on May 12 with Porterbrook and Bombardier will provide 42 Class 170 Turbostar DMU cars to operate London Bridge – Uckfield services from 2004, and Brighton – Ashford from 2005. Another £20m is to be spent on refurbishing Class 455 inner-suburban EMUs, and £115m will go on upgrading the rolling stock depots at Selhurst, Streatham Hill, Bognor Regis, Brighton, Littlehampton and Eastbourne. If the franchise runs the full term, Govia will get £670m in subsidy payments, an average of £96m a year. According to SRA’s Annual Report, South Central received ’basic payments’ of £19·4m in 2001-02.
Share Share Sharing is caring! BusinessLocalNews Digicel commits over US$500,00 in support of Dominica’s relief efforts by: – September 4, 2015 Tweet Share 517 Views no discussions Digicel Dominica employees carrying mattresses for distribution (Photo credit: Digicel Dominica)Friday 4th September 2015 – Roseau, Dominica: Digicel today announced that it has committed over US$500,000 in support of the relief efforts in Dominica following the devastation that was left behind when Tropical Storm Erika hit the island last week.Having confirmed the safety of all staff, Digicel’s immediate focus moved towards ensuring its networks were restored and operational as quickly as possible, enabling customers to communicate with friends and family throughout other parts of the island and abroad. With the mobile network now 98% operational, Digicel has given away free call credit to customers across the island. On the Digicel Play side, the network has been restored in all of the main areas and Digicel is today announcing that as a result of the disruption, customers will not be charged for their TV service for the month of August, also easing the financial burden at this time.In tandem, Digicel has been supporting the relief efforts on the island in partnership with aid agencies as well as directly with those communities most affected. To date, it has delivered US$150,000 in food supplies, blankets, mattresses, stoves and handsets to staff and residents in the worst affected communities and continues to work closely with the Red Cross – donating supplies as well as a boat to provide access to those who are cut off by road.(Photo credit: Digicel Dominica)The team is also assisting various groups with handsets and credit including the Police Head Quarters, Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority, and the Meteorological Office. In addition, Digicel has launched a text to donate line across all 32 markets – from which all funds will be donated directly to Dominica’s relief efforts. Paul Osborne, Digicel Regional CEO, said; “We are deeply upset and concerned by the devastation left behind in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika and are doing everything we can to support the much-needed relief efforts. In the coming days, my team will be at Roseau Grammar School and Grandbay where they will be serving food and hosting the evacuated families in these locations.”“We hope that others will also step up to support the people of Dominica by providing aid to assist with the recovery and rebuilding efforts that are now needed on the island,” concluded Osborne.