Broward Bar to host seminar/cruise

first_img Broward Bar to host seminar/cruise August 15, 2002 Regular News Broward Bar to host seminar/cruisecenter_img The Broward County Bar Association will host an ethics seminar and Intra-coastal cruise, “On the River of Knowledge,” August 22 aboard the M/Y Kathleen W, a first-class yachting vessel.The topic for the seminar is professionalism and courtesy in the legal community.“The Broward County Bar Association is delighted to sponsor this fun and creative way for its members, as well as other lawyers throughout South Florida, to obtain continuing education credit with some great sightseeing and networking, as well,” said Nancy Gregoire, BCBA president.The seminar program will begin promptly at 4 p.m. and boarding will be from Bridgeside Square, which is at the Intracoastal Waterway and Oakland Park Blvd. After the seminar, the Kathleen W will cruise Ft. Lauderdale’s Intracoastal, returning to the same dock at 7:45 p.m.The cruise will include music, open bar, and hors d’oeuvres. The registration fee is $85 for BCBA members and $100 for non-members.To register call (954) 764-8040.last_img read more

Norway’s PSA says regulations breached in Hammerfest LNG leak

first_imgThe Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has completed its investigation of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) leak in Equinor’s Hammerfest plant saying that several breaches of the regulations have been identified.To remind, this leak occurred on June 17 during loading of a road tanker at the gas liquefaction facility located at Melkøya Island outside Hammerfest.The authority decided on June 18 to investigate the incident.The direct cause of the LNG escape was that a valve on the cold flaring line in the road tanker from Barents Naturgass (BNG) had been left in the open position when loading was completed at the plant’s truck filling station, PSA said.It is estimated that about 996 kilograms, with an initial rate of 0.06 kilograms per second of LNG escaped during the incident.The leak is judged to have had small environmental consequences and it caused no material damage or production shutdown, according to PSA.The investigation has shown that the direct cause of the incident was the failure to close a valve during verification of the liquid level in the road tanker.“A gas and dispersal analysis shows that the leak from the road tanker could, under marginally different circumstances, have been ignited. In that event, the road tanker driver could have suffered third-degree burns in the space of two-three seconds,” PSA said.The PSA investigation has identified two nonconformities. These comprise deficient knowledge about and updating of operating documentation and design weaknesses in the system for overloading prevention and deficiencies in ignition source control.Three improvement points have furthermore been identified. These comprise lack of follow-up of BNG, lack of clarity over who should evacuate in the event of a factory alarm, and the clock in the emergency response centre showed the wrong time.PSA said that the investigation report has been sent to Equinor, which has been asked to explain how the nonconformities will be dealt with.The company has also been asked to provide its assessment of the improvement points which have been observed.Equinor has been given until January 24, 2019 to respond, PSA said.last_img read more

Competition at campus basketball courts draws local residents, students

first_imgWhile fans cheered on the USC basketball team Tuesday night at the Galen Center, across the street, players stole the spotlight on a different set of courts.The courts there are a little more dingy, with tattered nets and a thin layer of sand covering the cement. There is no scoreboard and no announcer, and players compete under the yellow wash of lights mounted on the adjoining parking garage.Hoops · Local residents frequently play basketball at the courts across from the Galen Center. The courts are used almost every night, but often remain vacant during the day. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanBut even though these courts aren’t nearly as ornate or well-kept as the Galen Center — or even the courts in the Lyon Center, for that matter — the games they host might be more important for USC’s image than those in either of the other venues.The two basketball courts located on the edge of campus — nestled between Gate 3, Figueroa Street and Parking Structure X — have become a mecca of sorts for basketball enthusiasts over the years. Though the courts are close to the freshmen dorms and sometimes attract USC students, a different crowd comes out to play at night: people who live in the neighborhood.“You get a good workout up here,” said 19-year-old Wayne McIntyre, who lives near campus. “I come here because I [see] the homies and I like playing basketball.”McIntyre and his friends play basketball on the courts regularly — he said he comes to campus “every other day.” There’s always someone on the courts in the evenings, he said, especially on the weekends.“There’s always competition,” he said.But competition marks every basketball court. What sets these courts apart, players said, is that here — unlike elsewhere in South Los Angeles — the competition doesn’t get out of hand.“Elsewhere people are getting mad regularly,” said Clifford Warrn, a 20-year-old who plays on the USC courts daily. “Not so much here. There’s really no arguing — nobody’s causing trouble.”“You can’t say the same thing about other courts,” McIntyre said.There’s something else uncommon about the outdoor courts: Although they are on campus and near many freshmen dorms, they are usually vacant during the day. They don’t come alive until 6 or 7 p.m., when the lights on the parking garage flicker on and players trickle in from different directions — mostly from outside of USC’s gates. Many students say they go elsewhere on campus to play basketball and rarely think about these courts.Anand Abraham, a sophomore majoring in biological sciences, said he has never played basketball on the outdoor courts. He usually plays at Cardinal Gardens or at the Lyon Center, even though he said the latter is “always crowded.”“They’re just closer to me,” Abraham said.Though Daryl Trotter, a junior majoring in architecture, has played basketball on the courts with his friends from the surrounding neighborhood for the past three and a half years, he said he doesn’t see too many other students around. Still, Trotter said, it would not be a problem if students were to visit the courts more often.“People over here wouldn’t even care,” Trotter said. “I think it’d actually be cool.”Bruce Morrissette, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said he used the courts last year and most of the other players were not USC students. Although some students might have negative misconceptions about the neighborhood surrounding USC and the people who live near the university, Morrissette said he had no problems playing basketball with players who weren’t students.“I always thought it was fine,” he said. “I really didn’t see any problems. People got a little into it sometimes, but that’s just competition.”For Trotter, the courts are the place where his friends in the neighborhood can feel like they’re part of the USC community.“A lot of people also come here because it’s up at ’SC. People who are fans of ’SC sports like to come here and ball and play sports at the ’SC courts,” he said. “It makes them feel at home.”Still, some of the regulars said it’s not about the relationship between USC and the neighborhood, and it doesn’t matter who shows up to the courts.“If they can play, they can play,” Warrn said. “It doesn’t matter.”last_img read more

RSPL double-header set for National Stadium

first_imgIndependence Park Limited (IPL) has brokered a partnership with the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) for a Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) double-header at the National Stadium on Monday night. The scheduled Monday-night games will see Boys’ Town playing Humble Lion, starting at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by a clash between old foes Tivoli Gardens and Harbour View, which kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Both parties decided to come together to have games played in the nation’s best facility in an effort to aid the development of local football. Major Desmon Brown, general manager at IPL, the government agency responsible for the National Stadium complex, says that Monday’s games are being played on a trial basis. “It is a trial. We hope that it will be successful in order to continue playing Premier League games there,” Major Brown told The Gleaner yesterday. “The gate receipts will be shared 50-50 between the IPL and PLCA and the clubs will also earn.” “We want to go back to the days where successful clubs’ matches were held at the stadium in the right atmosphere. Now, it is part of the drive to develop local football,” Major Brown added. The IPL will be responsible for additional cost to stage the games. Meanwhile, general manager of the PLCA, Patricia Garel, says that the league’s title sponsor Red Stripe is also fully behind the matches being played inside the National Stadium. “Red Stripe is fully involved. We think that the selection of games would be good to attract spectators as it depends on the turnout on Monday night,” Garel shared. Only the grandstand section will be open with tickets going for $500.last_img read more