News story: Fatal accident, Twerton

first_imgThis item has been moved to the National Archives as RAIB has published its report describing this accident. See report 14/2019.,At around 22:04 hrs on 1 December 2018, a passenger travelling on a train from Bath to Bristol struck her head on a tree branch near to Twerton, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Bath Spa station. The train was travelling at about 85 mph (137 km/h) and the passenger sustained fatal injuries.The train was the 20:30 Paddington to Exeter service formed of a GWR High Speed Train (HST). Witness evidence indicates that the passenger was standing at a door on the side facing away from the other track. The door was fitted with an opening droplight window, which is used to access the door handle fitted to the outside of the door. A yellow ‘Caution’ label above the door states ‘Do not lean out of window when train is moving’. The window was reported to have been opened and the passenger had her head out of the window.Our investigation will encompass examination of the measures in place to control the risks from persons leaning out of train windows, including the threat from vegetation.Our investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry, the British Transport Police or by the industry’s regulator, the Office of Rail and Road.We will publish our findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of our investigation. This report will be available on our website.You can subscribe to automated emails notifying you when we publish our reports.last_img read more

Seeing Harvard at dawn

first_img 127:29 a.m. — Members of the 6:30 a.m. section of the November Project reconvene at their starting place after they completed — or attempted to complete — running each section of Harvard Stadium. They join hands before raising their arms for a group photo. As is customary at many early morning exercise events, they embrace one another before and after their workout routine. 16 a.m. — A member of the 5:30 a.m. November Project group is illuminated by a fellow runner’s headlamp as he scales the stone steps of Harvard Stadium. He is one of hundreds of people who gather in the stadium every Wednesday morning, regardless of the month. 57:30 a.m. — Bob Smith sorts mail at the Harvard Mail Service Center in Allston. He and several other postal workers sing along to the radio as they prepare the day’s mail for delivery. 97:20 a.m. — Members of the men’s rowing team stretch before an exhibition race between the lightweight and heavyweight teams as an alternative to their typical morning workout. 46:34 a.m. — A pair of runners, clad in winter hats and gloves, brave the harsh 30-degree temperatures for a predawn run along the Esplanade. 67:51 a.m. — Harvard University junior and Café Gato Rojo employee Blessing Jee jokes with her manager, grad student Peter Kim, as she unloads fresh pastries delivered daily from the Danish Pastry House, a local bakery. The coffee house in the basement of Dudley House is student-run, and accessible only to members of the University. 26:09 a.m. — A gate to Harvard Yard appears nearly in silhouette moments before the sun rises. 147:27 a.m. — Members of the lightweight and heavyweight crew teams unload boats from outdoor storage in preparation for early morning practice. 87:49 a.m. — Minutes before his 8 a.m. alarm chimes, a Harvard Kennedy School student is seen napping after a night of studying in Lamont Library. center_img 36:17 a.m. — Out of Town News employee Mohamed Rahman greets the first customers of the day. He hands them complimentary copies of The Boston Globe as they chat over their morning coffee. Just before the first customer arrives around 8 a.m., Café Gato Rojo employee Blessing Jee ’18 lifts a fresh bag of Colombian coffee beans to her nose. “This is my favorite part,” she says as she exhales. Jee says she’s not a morning person, but her warm smile and personalized latte foam drawings tell a different story.Across the river, hundreds gather in Harvard Stadium Wednesday mornings in November at 5:30 a.m. to run the iconic steps for the November Project. Around the same time, others prefer a quiet sunrise run along the Esplanade, where members of the rowing team take to the Charles River for practice.Not everyone is as quick on their feet early in the morning. Students can be seen napping in Lamont Library, which is accessible 24 hours a day.Whether early birds or night owls, however, there is no question the people of Harvard University know how to start the day off on the right foot. 107:41 a.m. — Harvard University Mail Service employee Maggie Norburg transfers mail from the sorting center to a truck for delivery. 156:49 a.m. — Mohamed Rahman unloads newspapers from around the world at Out of Town News, as he does each morning beginning around 6:30 a.m. 77:54 a.m. — Blessing Jee carefully arranges pastries before customers arrive. 136:45 a.m. — Curtis Sherrod exchanges the dirty towels for freshly laundered ones at Weld Boathouse. Members of the women’s crew team thank Sherrod as they pass him on their way to practice. 117:22 a.m. — Harvard University freshman Oliver Hansen, a member of the men’s lightweight crew team, makes adjustments to a boat inside the Newell Boathouse before practice. last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Sneak Peek of Kristin Chenoweth’s Oklahoma! & More

first_imgBrian d’Arcy James’ Film HonorMore good news for the much-buzzed about new movie Spotlight, which features Something Rotten! headliner Brian d’Arcy James. The three-time Tony nominee has been honored with a special Gotham Jury Award alongside co-stars Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Tony nominees Mark Ruffalo and Stanley Tucci, as well as Tony winners Billy Crudup and Liev Schreiber, for their ensemble work in the drama. Spotlight also received Gotham Award nominations for Best Feature and Best Screenplay. Following The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Massachusetts Catholic sex abuse scandal, check out Spotlight’s first trailer here.Spend Halloween With Daphne Rubin-VegaYou wanna play…on Halloween? There will be a free (via online lottery) late night performance by two-time Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega in Empanada Loca on October 31. Penned and directed by Aaron Mark, the solo thriller is inspired by true events and the legend of Sweeney Todd. Labyrinth Theater Company’s world premiere is running off-Broadway at Bank Street Theater through November 8.Blur Frontman Damon Albarn’s New CareerBlur frontman and Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn has recently turned his hand to writing tuners and he’s been opening up about his latest, wonder.land, which will bow at the U.K.’s National Theatre later this month. “I really love writing musicals,” Albarn told The New York Times. “This is my third one; if it doesn’t work, I don’t know whether they’ll give me another chance.” Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, with a book and lyrics by Dying for It playwright Moira Buffini and helmed by the National’s Artistic Director Rufus Norris himself, we’re sure it’ll be magical!A Christmas Carol Returns to New YorkBah humbug! For the third year in a row, John Kevin Jones will portray Charles Dickens, re-enacting the author’s December 1867 trip to New York City, where he performed a month of sold-out shows of his beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. The 60-minute presentation will run December 10 through December 24 in the Greek Revival parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum, complete with 19th century holiday decorations, flickering candles and period furnishings. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Scrooge! View Comments Star Files Kristin Chenoweth Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Peek of Cheno’s Oklahoma!Movie theaters across the nation will be screening Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! beginning November 1 in celebration of the classic musical’s 60th anniversary. The event is set to include a special bonus featurette starring Kristin Chenoweth—check out a first look at her rendition of “People Will Say We’re In Love” below. (Although we always want to throw bouquets at the Tony winner…could this be a problem?!)last_img read more

Cape Wind approval marks milestone for American offshore wind industry

first_imgUS Secretary Ken Salazar has announced approval of the first-ever Construction and Operation Plan  (COP) for a U.S. offshore wind energy project, granting Cape Wind Associates the official go-ahead to begin construction on the over-100-turbine project across 25 square miles of Nantucket Sound.  When complete, the project will produce enough electricity to supply hundreds of thousands of American homes.  The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) congratulates Cape Wind and the Department of the Interior for the progress it has made in developing the American offshore wind industry. ‘Offshore wind power is the new frontier for our industry,” said Denise Bode, CEO of AWEA. ‘Thank you to Secretary Salazar for being a champion of offshore wind and for his commitment to making this industry a reality.  The Secretary understands the manufacturing and job opportunities that offshore wind brings to America and knows that it needs long-term policy support in order to do so.’  Joined by Dennis Duffy, vice president of Cape Wind Associates and Michael Bromwich, director of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Secretary Salazar signed the COP at the historic Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.  AWEA is the national trade association of America’s wind industry, with more than 2,500 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the world’s largest wind power trade show. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America.  Look up information on wind energy at the AWEA Web site. Find insight on industry issues at AWEA’s blog Into the Wind. Join AWEA on Facebook. Follow AWEA on Twitter. Boston, MA (April 19, 2011) ‘last_img read more

EIA: Coal’s share of U.S. electric generation will fall to 21% this year

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Coal production and generation are expected to drop again in 2020 before stabilizing for the near-term, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected in its latest monthly energy forecast.The EIA expects coal’s share of electricity generation will fall from 24% in 2019 to 21% in 2020 and 2021. Meanwhile, the agency expects U.S. production of coal to stabilize in 2021 as export demand rises and U.S. power sector consumption of coal increases slightly due to a projected rise in natural gas.The EIA forecasts Henry Hub natural gas spot prices will average $2.11/MMBtu in 2020 before increasing in 2021, to reach an annual average of $2.51/MMBtu.The drop in coal generation is occurring as natural gas consumption is expected to remain relatively steady. However, electricity generation from renewable energy sources in the U.S. is expected to rise from a 17% share last year to 19% in 2020 and 21% in 2021.Coal production in 2020 is expected to total 573 million tons in 2020, down 17% from 2019 coal production volumes. The EIA said the decline in production volume is a function of falling utility demand for coal. Electric sector demand for coal in the U.S. is expected to fall by 16%, or 86 million tons, in 2020.Coal exports from the U.S. are expected to average about 78 million tons this year, about 9% lower than what the EIA forecast in its February short-term energy outlook. The revision is due to lower expected demand as global markets for coal have weakened. EIA expects metallurgical coal exports to fall from 55.1 million tons in 2019 to 47.2 million tons in 2020 before rebounding slightly to 49.5 million tons in 2021.[Taylor Kuykendall]More ($): EIA’s latest forecast sees coal dropping to 21% of US power generation in 2020 EIA: Coal’s share of U.S. electric generation will fall to 21% this yearlast_img read more

Guyana Sees Drug Trafficking Spike in Wake of Colombian Crackdown

first_img Guyana’s Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) says it will be too expensive to invest in a primary radar system that covers a radius of only 70 miles, considering sparsely populated Guyana itself measures 83,000 square miles — about the size of Great Britain. Currently, radar data from neighboring countries is being shared. In November, Malaysian authorities intercepted $7.1 million worth of cocaine in sealed tins of coconut milk that had been shipped from Guyana. That same month, CANU agents unearthed 233 kilos of cocaine stashed in a consignment of powdered detergent destined for the West African nation of Niger. The following month, a Guyanese man who attempted to ship 327 kilos of cocaine in fish food to China pleaded guilty to smuggling charges, and was sentenced to four years in prison. “Guyana has been benefitting from training through CBSI to strengthen its law enforcement units to deal with drug trafficking and other threats,” said Singh, adding that drug traffickers are shifting to lucrative and less risky destinations in Africa and Asia — and away from closely guarded countries like the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Local officials say the decision by Brazil and Venezuela to shoot down illicit drug planes has resulted in fewer cocaine-laden aircraft entering Guyanese airspace. In September, Brazilian officials began teaching their Guyanese counterparts how to use Brazil’s Amazon Surveillance Integrated SIVAM/SIPAM system to monitor the area by satellite for illegal activities and environmental degradation. “Traffickers are attracted by the country’s poorly monitored ports, remote airstrips, intricate river networks, porous land borders and weak security sector capacity,” states the report. “Smugglers also transit land borders with Brazil, Venezuela, and Suriname. Cocaine is often concealed in legitimate commodities and smuggled via commercial maritime vessels, air transport, human couriers, or the postal services.” “It’s about new and emerging markets and who offers the best price. The multi-ton loads are what you see the U.S. intercepting, but then in other areas you’re seeing smaller loads because there is more money to be made and you reduce the risk by sending smaller loads,” Singh explained. “It’s easy to lose 50 kilos as opposed to, say, 500 or 5,000 kilos, and your returns are a lot greater.” Singh said traffickers prefer such emerging destinations because they’d rather see smaller amounts of drugs seized there than huge quantities seized in North America or Great Britain. Officials: $21 million worth of cocaine seized last year In 2012, according to government statistics, Guyanese authorities seized $21 million worth of cocaine at airports and seaports. In Guyana, one kilo of cocaine costs only $5,000 — while that same kilo can bring $30,000 in New York, $120,000 in China and $200,000 in Australia. He said the GDF has begun balancing its manpower and material resources to offer greater intelligence-gathering and operational support to CANU and the police. Guyanese laws prohibit soldiers from engaging in civilian operations on their own. Clandestine airstrips and fake registrations By Dialogo March 25, 2013center_img And…¿What will it be good for? Thanks for those notes. Those who speak are noticeable. People who are suffering the calamity of hunger, poverty and inequality, need to defend themselves, in any way. The “drug dealer” problem is not of the humble people or poor people, since it’s the the rich ones who can consume vices; because of the great ambition of attacking narcotics, since they provide dollars, they neglect their people: health, education, food, dwelling, etc. “We will deal with that when funds are available and as soon as those who benefit the most from this activity may be able to give us funding,” said Aviation Minister Robeson Benn. Added Guyana’s national security minister, Clement Rohee: What we are doing is building files on people, so that when we decide to move — with the permission of the court and the DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions] — I think we’ll be in a much better position than we are in now.” However, when air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane, Guyanese police and soldiers embarked on a search-and-rescue mission. They eventually found the freshly painted plane with extra fuel tanks and pumps — as well as a bogus Venezuelan registration. James Singh, head of Guyana’s Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), said high-speed boats and modern technology offered by that program will hopefully stop traffickers in their tracks. Enforcing laws already on the books Last October, authorities discovered an Ecuadorian-registered plane parked on a clandestine airstrip near Guyana’s border with Brazil. When the Cessna 421 lifted off, the plane’s Brazilian pilot followed a flight plan that would have taken it to the nearby city of Boa Vista. The U.S. State Department’s 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report paints a bleak picture of the uphill task Guyana faces. GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana is banking on the U.S.-funded Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) to buffer the impact of a Colombian drug crackdown that has pushed traffickers to exploit new routes and high-paying markets for cocaine. Commodore Gary Best, chief of staff of the Guyana Defense Force, said CBSI-funded high-speed boats will help Guyana’s Coast Guard intercept drugs coming from Colombia through neighboring Venezuela. last_img read more

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Dartford runs rings around the rest

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Shopping for answers in Newport

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Harvard, MIT sue Trump govt over order revoking visas for foreign students

first_imgHarvard and MIT asked a court Wednesday to block an order by President Donald Trump’s administration threatening the visas of foreign students whose entire courses have moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic.The universities’ lawsuit was in response to an announcement Monday by the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) that the affected students must leave the country or transfer to a school offering in-person tuition.”We will pursue this case vigorously so that our international students, and international students at institutions across the country, can continue their studies without the threat of deportation,” Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said in a statement. “The order came down without notice — its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness,” Bacow said.He added it was made “without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors and others.”The universities say in their lawsuit that the order would harm students “immensely,” both personally and financially.It describes the order as “arbitrary and capricious” and says it threw US higher education “into chaos.”There were more than one million international students in the US for the 2018-19 academic year, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE).The plaintiffs ask that the court issue a temporary restraining order and “permanent injunctive relief” preventing the policy being enforced.They also ask that the order be declared unlawful, that their legal costs are covered, and that they receive any other relief that the court deems appropriate.’Ridiculous’ The lawsuit, filed in Boston, lists the defendants as ICE and the United States Department of Homeland Security.The US posted a daily high of 60,209 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, Johns Hopkins University said, and the country topped three million cases on Wednesday.The disease has claimed more than 131,000 lives across America.Most US colleges and universities have not yet announced their plans for the fall semester but Harvard has said all its classes for the 2020-21 academic year will be conducted online “with rare exceptions.”Some 40 percent of undergraduates will be allowed to return to campus, but their instruction will be conducted remotely.It says packed classrooms endanger the health of students and teachers.Trump has branded the decision “ridiculous” as he takes a bullish approach to reopening the country ahead of November’s presidential vote, when he seeks reelection.While cracking down on immigration is one of his key issues, Trump has taken a particularly hard stance on foreigners since the health crisis began.In June, he froze until 2021 the issuing of green cards — which offer permanent US resident status — and some work visas, particularly those used in the technology sector.Topics : Trump is pushing universities and schools to fully open when the new academic year starts in September despite the US registering record COVID-19 cases.ICE said in its announcement the State Department would not issue visas to students enrolled in programs that are fully online for the fall semester and such students would not be allowed to enter the country.Universities with a hybrid system of in-person and online classes will have to show that foreign students are taking as many in-person classes as possible, to maintain their status.The measure was seen as a move by the White House to put pressure on educational institutions that are adopting a cautious approach to reopening amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more