A Port Arthur man died Friday morning, authorities said, less than three full days after sentencing for DWI.According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 49-year-old Joseph Postula was sentenced Tuesday for his third DWI. An autopsy has been ordered.Following Postula’s death, authorities notified his family, the Jail Commission and Texas Rangers. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Postula died at 4:41 a.m. Friday at the hospital. As Postula was taken to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility to be booked in, he was evaluated by medical staff as protocol.Authorities determined he was too ill for the book-in process to continue. At that time, Postula was taken to Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas and admitted.
Kids love bikes. Kids love bikes even more when they don’t weigh more than they do and have components that actually fit them and work properly. Islabikes know this, which is why renowned British designer Isla Rowntree designed a line of bikes specifically for children with tailored components so your child can love the ride as much as you do. Islabikes launched their line of bikes to the US in April, with shipping to the lower 48 states out of Portland. Bicycles are shipped directly to the consumer with minimal work needed to get them in running order.The Islabikes line includes everything from balance bikes to the Luath road bike above with multiple sizes to fit all children.The Luath Range is a road/CX/touring bike that is geared towards 8-15 year olds and weighs 20-22.5 lbs depending on the size. The Luath is offered in 24, 26″, and 700c wheels with the first two retailing for $599, and the 700c model going for $699. It features an 7005 T6 aluminum butted frame with a cro-moly fork and full rack and fender mounts. Propelling the bike is an 1×8 drivetrain for the 24 and 26″ models and a 2×8 for the 700c bike with short reach proportional bars, stem, and brake levers on all three. Cross top brakes keep things safe adding an extra position for braking.The Beinn Range is a multi purpose bike for 5-15 year olds that comes in at 17.3-21.7 lbs for 20-26″ wheeled bikes. Both the 20″ and 26″ wheeled sizes also come in a small and a large frame so there are plenty of options for the right fit. Again the bike offers an aluminum frame with cro-moly forks all built with proportional geomety based on the size.Gearing is provided through a single Grip Shift with 7 or 8 speed drivetrains mated with very short reach levers and V-brakes. Note the steerer has plenty of room to accommodate growth and everything from the saddle to the pedals is optimized for the little ones. Beinns will run $399 for the 20″ and $499 for the 24 and 26″ bikes.Getting smaller, the Cnoc Range is billed as a starter bike for 3-6 year olds. Built with either 14 or 16″ wheels, the Cnoc weighs about 12.5 lbs with an alloy frame and cro-moly fork. The US version differs from the Euro version pictured here in that it had to have a coaster brake to meet US safety requirements.Too keep things comfortable, the Cnoc features a smaller diameter handlebar with smaller grips for tiny hands and a micro reach brake lever. It also feature s a sealed headset and bottom bracket – something you will find on very few kids’ bikes. The Cnoc retails for $269.Last but not least, of course no kids’ line would be complete these days without a balance bike like the Islabikes Rothan. The 7.7lb bike for 2-4 year olds has a light aluminum frame with a rear hand brake. It also feature a built in steering limiter to prevent the bars from spinning around and affecting the brake. A Rothan will set you back $189.For those who are near Portland, you can stop by Islabikes’ fitting facility to have your child fit to a bike, or use the size chart on their website. Shipping charges vary based on your location, but range from $25-40.
Tony Chiaverini (left) and his barber Marv Cansler. Photo credit city of MerriamWhen famous Kansas City boxer Tony Chiaverini needs a haircut, he always goes to his favorite barber, Marv’s Barber Shop in Merriam.With a record of 39 wins (26 of which were knockouts), and only nine losses and two draws, Chiaverini is one of the most popular boxers to ever come out of Kansas City, Missouri, according to Ringside Report.The 5-foot-8 southpaw, nicknamed “The Spoiler,” was rated eighth in the world at middleweight in 1978. He even battled legendary fighters Sugar Ray Leonard and Wilfredo Benitez during his career.Marv Cansler has a poster of Chiaverini’s match with Sugar Ray Leonard. During his most recent visit to his barber, Chiaverini signed it.Before his boxing days, Chiaverini played high school football with Cansler’s cousin, Phil Cansler, at the now-closed St. Joseph High School in Shawnee.
What appears to be the first detection of avian flu subtype H5N8 in Taiwan leads a long list of avian flu outbreaks reported in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa in the past few days.The incidents involved three avian flu subtypes and affected birds in Japan, China, Nigeria, Canada, and Germany. Media reports said Taiwan authorities reported finding not only an H5N8 outbreak but also a new strain of H5N2 virus, but they gave few details.Taiwan outbreaksIn a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday, Taiwan authorities said H5N8 killed 3,683 of 5,200 breeding geese in Chiayi County. Officials said plans call for culling the rest of the geese and putting farms within 3 kilometers of the outbreak under intensified surveillance for 3 months.The OIE report did not make clear whether this was the first H5N8 outbreak in Taiwan, but Taiwan officials quoted in stories from Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) and the Chinese news agency Xinhua said it was.Taiwan’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) said the virus was similar to the H5N8 that caused widespread outbreaks in South Korea in 2014, according to a Jan 11 CNA story. H5N8 viruses have also sparked outbreaks in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, and Japan in the past few months.The BAPHIQ also said a new strain of H5N2 struck four goose farms in Yunlin County, where 6,000 geese were being culled, according to CNA.The bureau said the conclusion that both viruses were new to Taiwan was based on lab tests of tissue samples collected from 23 goose farms and one duck egg farm, the story said.The story also said H5N2 was confirmed on a duck egg farm in Pingtung County, triggering plans to cull 7,000 ducks there. Two days earlier, on Jan 9, CNA had reported an H5N2 outbreak on a large commercial chicken farm in the same county, forcing the culling of 120,000 chickens.Meanwhile in Japan, an H5N8 virus was found in a wild hooded crane in Kagoshima prefecture, authorities told the OIE in a Jan 9 report. It said sequencing of the virus’s hemagglutinin (the H5 region) suggested it was a highly pathogenic strain.The report also noted that some Japanese farms that were involved in H5N8 outbreaks last fall are now free of the virus.Also on the H5N8 front, German authorities confirmed earlier media reports of infected storks at the Rostock Zoo in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a northeastern state. In a Jan 9 report to the OIE, officials said three white storks died of H5N8 infections. It said 39 of the zoo’s 496 birds, including the storks, were destroyed to stop the virus.Outbreaks in China, Nigeria, CanadaIn still another Jan 9 OIE report, Chinese officials said an H5N1 outbreak killed 2,371 poultry in a flock of 20,483, forcing the destruction of the rest of the birds. It didn’t say what kind of birds they were. The source of the virus was unknown.In Nigeria, a backyard poultry flock in the north-central province of Kano was hit by an H5 virus, according to another OIE report filed Jan 9. It said 1,370 birds died, and the remaining 198 were killed to control the outbreak. The report didn’t list the full subtype of the virus.In Canada, British Columbian officials reported an H5N2 outbreak in a small flock of mixed poultry at Langley, near where several commercial poultry farms were hit by the virus late in 2014.There were 12 cases, including 3 deaths, in an 85-bird hobby flock that included breeder ducks, geese, chickens, and turkeys, officials told the OIE in a Jan 8 report. The surviving birds were culled.The report also noted that depopulation of the commercial poultry farms affected by the recent outbreaks was completed Dec 20 and that cleaning and disinfection was under way.See also: Jan 11 Taiwan report to OIEJan 11 CNA story on Taiwan outbreaksJan 9 OIE report on H5N8 in JapanJan 9 OIE report on H5N8 in GermanyJan 9 OIE report on H5N1 in ChinaJan 9 OIE report on H5 outbreak in NigeriaJan 8 OIE report on H5N2 in British Columbia
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The 750-tonne mobile crane has experienced widespread demand with the most number of orders coming from Germany, the largest single market for its all-terrain cranes. Liebherr has seen strong demand for the crane in the Netherlands; the first LTM 1750-9.1 machines were supplied to Mammoet and Schot during January. Crane contractors Boekestijn and Barneveldse Kraanverhuur will take receipt of their new LTM 1750-9.1 cranes during the coming weeks. Van der Tol expects to receive one of the machines before the end of 2013. www.liebherr.com www.vandertolbv.nlwww.boekestijntransport.nl www.barneveldsekraanverhuur.nl www.schot-alkmaar.nl
Only a fraction of students enrolled on legal practice courses are obtaining training contracts, according to university records released under freedom of information requests.Liverpool John Moores University reported that 10 of its 38 LPC students (26%) have so far obtained training contracts for 2011/12.Bournemouth University reported that six out of 30 2012/13 students (20%) had training contracts by August 2013, up from five out of 30 in August 2012.Of the 36 students enrolled at the University of Central Lancashire in 2011/12, the university said it was aware of 13 (36%) having obtained legal graduate-level jobs, including training contracts, six months after completing the course.The number of students who secured training contracts at the start of their LPC course also remains low.Of the 78 enrolled at Oxford Brookes University in 2012/13, 14% had a training contract in place before starting their course – down from 25% of the 102 enrolled in 2011/12.Some 21% of the 76 enrolled at Cardiff University in 2012/13 had secured training contracts, down from 25% of the 89 in 2011/12.Just two students out of 33 at Birmingham City University had training contracts in place for 2012/13, an increase from no students in 2011/12.Heather Iqbal-Rayner (pictured), outgoing chair of the Junior Lawyers Division, said: ‘We have been warning for some time that the number of LPC students who actually obtain training contracts is very low.’
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has widened the areas of law under which firms will be required to publish prices – and firms have six months in which to comply.The regulator said today it had made the decision after ‘engaging with’ more than 21,000 members of the public and the profession.Under the plans, firms will now be required to publish the prices they charge and ‘what these prices cover’. Firms failing to comply could face enforcement action.However, rather than applying just to conveyancing, wills and personal injury as had initially been proposed, the new rules will now cover conveyancing, probate, motoring offences, immigration advice and the cost of bringing claims before an employment tribunal. Crispin PassmoreCrispin Passmore, the SRA’s executive director for policy, said the decision to expand the areas of law that fall under the price publishing scope was taken after feedback suggested consumers wanted more information. From its research, the SRA said 85% of people it engaged with wanted more information readily available – including on price.However, Passmore said there will be no requirements on exactly where firms publish their information. ‘As long as the information is on the website then firms are complying with what we asked,’ he said. ‘We will only take enforcement action if firms refuse to comply or if they mislead the consumer.’All regulated firms will be required to post prices and what they cover for:The public: conveyancing, probate, motoring offences, employment tribunals (claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal) and immigration (excluding asylum).For small businesses: debt recovery (up to £100,000), employment tribunals (defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal) and licensing applications for business premises.The SRA will no longer impose a requirement for firms to publish details of first-tier client complaints.However, a new searchable register providing information on all solicitors and regulated law firms in England and Wales, including any regulatory matters, will be created, as will a requirement for firms to display a digital ‘regulated by’ badge.The proposals will now be submitted to the Legal Services Board for its approval.The decision was confirmed on the same day as the SRA and Legal Ombudsman published new research showing consumers want clearer information about cost when purchasing legal services.The study found decision data from the complaints handler was valued and used by consumers, but further action was needed to improve price transparency.Wanda Goldwag, chair of the Office for Legal Complaints, which oversees LeO’s work, said: ‘Price transparency is extremely important, and one of the five most complained-about areas we deal with.’While it is good to know that what we publish is useful to people, we support the research view that access to a wider range of information would be beneficial.’
PORTUGAL: Prime Minister António Costa and Housing & Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos attended ceremonies on July 16 to mark completion of two electrification schemes on routes north of Porto. Both projects are part of the government’s Ferrovia 2020 investment plan. A 14·2 km section of the Porto – Pocinho Douro Valley line has been wired at 25 kV 50 Hz between Caíde and Marco de Canaveses at a cost of €10·5m. This will enable the Porto suburban network to be extended as far as Marco de Canaveses. Electrification of the rest of the line has been proposed, but for now passengers continuing up the valley on the popular tourist route towards Régua and Pocinho will need to change to connecting DMU services at Marco de Canaveses. A 44 km section of the Minho line between Nine and Viana do Castelo has also gone live. This forms part of a wider upgrading of the Porto – Vigo route which crosses into Spain. Electrification has been undertaken at a cost of €16·5m and paves the way for direct inter-city trains between Viana do Castelo and Lisboa. Regional services to and from Porto are to be accelerated by around 12 min, while the Porto – Vigo journey time is expected to fall by around 10 min thanks to investment in track renewals and resignalling. This is also intended to allow 750 m long freight trains to use the route. Electrification work is already underway over the 48 km between Viana do Castelo and Valença on the border with Spain.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May vows to see her Brexit deal through U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has called off Tuesday’s crucial vote on her deal to pull Britain out of the European Union, because it “would be rejected by a significant margin”.May said MPs backed much of the deal she has struck with the EU, but there was concern over the Northern irish backstop.She expressed confidence that the deal would still go through after she addresses the MPs concerns.May said she would be “deferring” the Commons vote until she had made efforts to address concerns over the Northern Ireland border “backstop” plan.The Prime Minister told the legislators that she would meet EU leaders ahead of a summit later this week, about the “clear concerns” expressed by MPs.She also said she will be “looking closely at new ways of empowering the House of Commons to ensure that any provision for a backstop has democratic legitimacy”.May’s deal has elicited mixed reactions from leaders in the UK.The latest reaction came from a committee of lawmakers responsible for scrutinizing the deal.The cross-party Committee on Exiting the European Union (EU) slammed it as “a huge step into the unknown”, a huge blow to May’s efforts to win parliamentary approval for the bill.The committee in a report published on Sunday, said “[the deal] does not give the British people or our businesses the clarity and the certainty they need about our future trading relationship with the EU in five or ten years’time.”Related UK Prime Minister Theresa May appoints new Brexit Secretary Two of Theresa May’s top advisors quit after election setback