Investigators Conclude Castaway Cove Fire Was Accidental

first_imgMultiple agencies completed the investigation of a four-alarm fire at Playland’s Castaway Cove on the Ocean City Boardwalk and announced the preliminary findings on Monday.The incident was determined to be an accidental fire from an undetermined electrical source near the front of the building, according to a city press release.The Jan. 30 blaze destroyed the building that housed an arcade and offices for the amusement park, a juice bar, and the adjacent Dairy Queen and Hamburger Construction Company businesses. The structure was unoccupied, and no one was injured in fighting the fire.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team led the investigation with assistance from the Ocean City Fire Department Investigation Unit, Cape May County Fire Marshal’s Office, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office.Investigators were able to use a pattern of fire alarms, eyewitness accounts, photos and videos, a detailed excavation of the site and examination of forensic evidence to determine the cause and area of origin for the fire and conclusively rule out other possible causes, the release stated.“On behalf of the Newark Field Division, I am extremely proud of and grateful for the level of expertise and resources our agents and the ATF National Response Team deploy to every investigation. As investigators, they dedicate their knowledge, skills, and abilities to each unique scene alongside our local, county, and state partners,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson said in the release.He continued, “As demonstrated in this joint investigation, our partners can rest assured that ATF will continue leveraging our expertise to support investigations across multiple agencies and jurisdictions.”The outdoor area of Castaway Cove, including the amusement rides, was not damaged by the fire. The owner has stated that he will be able to open the park this year while rebuilding the structure. The fire destroyed the Boardwalk entrance to Playland’s Castaway Cove and a building containing the amusement park’s arcade.last_img read more


Report: Glenn Spencer Interviewed for UTSA Head Coaching Job Wednesday

first_imgAccording to a report from Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, UTSA is very interested in OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.Hearing #UTSA has lots of interest in #OKState DC Glenn Spencer for its head coaching vacancy.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 13, 2016And the interest is mutual. reports that Spencer interviewed for the vacancy on Wednesday.An announcement on the newly named head coach could come as early as Friday.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more


Work to Verify Cockpit Country Boundary Under Way

first_img The Forestry Department is undertaking work to verify the estimated boundary of the Cockpit Country.This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, during Wednesday’s (July 25) post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House.He noted that the estimated area to be protected as the Cockpit Country is 219 kilometres.“The verification exercise commenced at the start of the financial year on the eastern side of the proposed boundary and will continue until the on-the-ground data is collected for all of the component parts,” Senator Reid said.He added that the process is projected to be completed in the next financial year and is being supported through funding received under the European Union Budgetary Support Programme.The Information Minister said that approximately five meetings will be held over the next few months in order to keep members of the various communities in and around the boundary abreast of the verification exercise.“This will give persons from approximately 31 communities in the environs of the area to be protected as the Cockpit Country the opportunity to pose questions to the agency on the process,” Senator Reid said. Story Highlights The Forestry Department is undertaking work to verify the estimated boundary of the Cockpit Country. This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, during Wednesday’s (July 25) post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House. “The verification exercise commenced at the start of the financial year on the eastern side of the proposed boundary and will continue until the on-the-ground data is collected for all of the component parts,” Senator Reid said.last_img read more


Kashtin reunites for Aboriginal Day Live bash

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe line up for APTN‘s Aboriginal Day Live broadcast and celebration was announced Wednesday.This is the sixth year for the event held at the Forks in Winnipeg.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has the details.last_img


European rail manufacturers announce deal leaving Bombardier out in cold

first_imgMONTREAL – European railway manufacturers Siemens Mobility and Alstom announced a merger Tuesday that leaves Montreal-based Bombardier Transportation facing a new “European champion” and a substantially larger rival.The memorandum of understanding announced Tuesday is described as a merger of equals with each owning half the shares of the new company to be headquartered in Paris. The Mobility Solutions business will be run out of Berlin.The combined company to be called Siemens Alstom will have US$18 billion in revenues — about double that of Bombardier Transportation — and US$1.4 billion in adjusted EBIT. Annual cost savings of US$554.2 million are expected four years after closing.The new European company with 62,300 employees in more than 60 countries will have an order backlog of US$72 billion and an adjusted margin of eight per cent.“We put the European idea to work and together with our friends at Alstom, we are creating a new European champion in the rail industry for the long-term,” Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said in a news release.He added that the global market has changed with the creation of a dominant competitor in China and digitalization.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) didn’t immediately respond to the merger of its rivals. It is also believed to have talked to Siemens.Mergers in China and Europe leave Bombardier “still looking for a dance partner,” said David Tyerman of Cormark Securities.“They lost out this time but there’s presumably going to be more consolidation,” he said, noting competitors of varying sizes remain around the world.Bombardier’s shares closed up more than six per cent to C$2.27 in Tuesday trading even though the transportation giant was expected to face bad news affecting both its commercial aircraft and railway businesses.The shares surged more than 13 per cent after a report out of China said Bombardier is close to signing orders for commercial aircraft.Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said he expects Bombardier will remain a key player in a growing transit market.“An overall modernization of infrastructure in developed countries, and a rapid urbanization coupled with environmental concerns in developing countries will prop up rail demand for decades to come in our view,” he wrote in a report.Analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said Bombardier Transportation can still succeed as a standalone company.Bombardier Transportation would be the world’s third-largest railway company with a strong presence in France, Germany and Britain. It has a four-year backlog of orders and is moving towards an eight per cent EBIT margin.Under a proposed merger with Siemens, Bombardier would have reportedly ceded control of signalling and maintained only marginal control over a separate rolling stock joint venture.“Given the cyclicality of Bombardier’s Aerospace operations, in our view, it was important that Bombardier maintained control of Bombardier Transportation,” he wrote in a note before the Siemens-Alstom merger was announced.The industry is undergoing consolidation to compete with the state-backed rival Chinese railway manufacturer CRRC that is growing its global reach.Doerksen added that the near-to-medium-term threat from the state-owned CRRC Chinese railway is exaggerated since only about 8.5 per cent of its revenues last year were outside of China and it has little presence in Western Europe.China’s cost advantage may also be limited since most buyers require significant local content, forcing CRRC to build new manufacturing facilities in major markets.last_img read more


Activists detained after boarding palm oil tanker off Spain

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia — Greenpeace says six of its activists boarded a tanker transporting Indonesian palm oil in the Gulf of Cadiz and were detained by its captain after unfurling “Save our Rainforest” and “Drop Dirty Palm Oil” banners.A ship tracking website shows the Stolt Tenacity, which Greenpeace says is carrying palm oil from Wilmar International linked to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia, was bound for Rotterdam.Greenpeace says the activists from Indonesia, Germany, Britain, France, Canada and the U.S. are being detained in a cabin on the ship.Palm oil is used in a huge array of consumer goods from makeup to snacks. Wilmar supplies Mondelez, the maker of Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolate.Greenpeace said the Stolt Tenacity’s captain was informed in advance that the protest, staged Saturday, would be peaceful.The Associated Presslast_img read more


Landing gear collapse as plane lands in Bolivia none hurt

first_imgLA PAZ, Bolivia — A Peruvian Airlines Boeing 737 suffered a collapsed landing gear when it arrived at an airport in Bolivia, forcing closure of the runway for 10 several hours. Officials say none of the 122 passengers or five crewmembers was hurt.Officials say that they were unable to move the plane, prompting a 10-hour closure that delayed several other flights into and out of the El Alto airport near the Bolivian capital on ThursdayThe plane was arriving on a flight from Cuzco, Peru.The airline said in a statement that the cause of the incident is under investigation.The Associated Presslast_img


Govt eyes Rs 50000 cr public procurement through GeM in FY20

first_imgNew Delhi: Public procurement worth Rs 50,000 crore is expected to take place through the commerce ministry’s online marketplace GeM during 2019-20, an official said. In 2018-19, Government e-Marketplace (GeM) touched Rs 17,325 crore mark in terms of value of transactions as compared to Rs 5,885 crore in the previous financial year and Rs 422 crore in 2016-17. “We are targeting Rs 50,000 crore worth of transactions to be carried out through this platform in 2019-20,” the official said. The ministry launched the GeM on August 9, 2016 with the objective of creating an open and transparent procurement platform for government departments, ministries and agencies. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalMeanwhile, the commerce ministry, in a statement on Monday, said 2018-19 has witnessed a multifold increase in total value of transactions on the portal and doubling of number of sellers at the marketplace. It said over two lakh sellers are offering more than eight lakh products on this platform. It added that training of over 1.3 lakh buyers and sellers has been conducted across 28 states and Union Territories to enable them operate the platform seamlessly. “MoUs have been signed with 12 banks for payment integration to facilitate a cashless and paperless payment system on the platform,” the ministry said. Public procurement of the Central and State governments runs into over Rs 2 lakh crore annually.last_img read more


Moroccan Minister in favor of the castration of rapists

first_imgFez- Moroccan Minister of Solidarity and Family, Bassima Hakkaoui, said in a statement to the Press that she is in favor of the castration of rapist.In a statement to the Moroccan daily Al Akhabr in its issue of Saturday 14 December, the PJD Minister said that the rapist who have been condemned once and relapse should be castrated.The Minister said that this measure was proposed by some NGO’s, adding that she is ready to discuss it. I am ready to “discuss a proposal made by some NGOs on the castration of rapists,” the Minister was quoted by the same source as saying.Rape has become a common occurrence in Morocco in recent years and no social category is immune from it.The latest example was reported by the daily Al Quds, which pointed that a man from Tifelt, a small town near Rabat, the country’s capital, raped his mother-in-law, on the absence of his wife.Last weekend a man was arrested in Fez and charged of raping 70 women aged between 6 and 45 years.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more


Coast Guard Rescues Four Near Kodiak

first_imgAccording to reports the vessel is registered to Joseph Samoilov, of Homer. The CG crew towed the mariners to Lazy Bay Cannery, Alitak Bay. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received the initial report that the Soulmate was disabled and unable to anchor, on Saturday. Petty Offficer 1stClass Michael Taylor, a Sector Anchorage watchstander: “This case highlights the importance of having multiple means of communications. The availability of both a VHF radio and a satellite phone on board the vessel allowed for consistent communication with the master providing up to date information and situational reports.” According to the CG, initial communication via VHF radio were unreliable. They instituted a 6-hour communications schedule and the crew was dispatched to the scene. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four mariners after their commercial fishing vessel, the Soulmate, became disabled approximately 57 miles west of Kodiak, on Sunday.last_img read more


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