Korean Register to Survey, Class Bangladeshi-Flagged Ships

first_imgClassification society Korean Register (KR) has signed an agreement with the Government of Bangladesh to deliver services on behalf of the Bangladeshi flag administration.Under the agreement, KR will conduct vessel surveys and audits and issue certificates to Bangladeshi-flagged ships for compliance with SOLAS, MARPOL, ITC, ICLL, and MLC.KR said it has been working to obtain the authorization to deliver statutory services to Bangladesh, anticipating an increase in sea-borne transport between Southern Asian countries and Bangladesh.“We are delighted to receive the authorization to deliver statutory services on behalf of the Bangladeshi government. This means that we will be able to provide a wider range of sought after services…, adding value to their businesses in Southern Asia, including those in India and Sri Lanka,” Lee Jeong-Kie, Chairman and CEO of KR, commented.The latest authorization brings the total number of countries where KR is authorized to carry out ship survey and certification work to seventy-seven.Established in 1960, KR currently classes an international fleet of 3,042 vessels totaling 69 million gross tons.last_img read more

SpeakSC Forum discusses annual fountain run options

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government hosted a SpeakSC Forum on Wednesday night that centered on the annual fountain run tradition that many undergraduate seniors partake in.USG President Andrew Menard, moderated the forum. Administrators in attendance included Dr. Ainsley Carry, vice provost for Student Affairs; Dr. Monique Allard, assistant provost for Student Affairs; and Lieutenant Hecklemann of the Dept. of Public Safety.For the last decade, seniors have attempted to run into all of the fountains located on the University Park campus. The annual fountain run, which occurs on the last Thursday before graduation, has sparked great concern among school officials due to the damage caused by last year’s event.Last year, three students were transported to a local hospital due to injuries or intoxication. The 2014 fountain run cost the university $34,842 in damages. Though DPS wrapped parts of the fountains in specialized fencing to prevent damage and student injury, nearly all of the fences were torn down in under eight minutes.Youth Triumphant, a fountain located at the center of Alumni Park and features a solid bronze statue atop four “modest maidens,” incurred the most financial and physical damage.Menard commented on the importance of smoothly facilitating this year’s fountain run.“Administrators reached out to USG and said, ‘Look, these are the damages we’ve incurred, this is the amount of lacerations there have been, this is the amount of students that were transported to the hospital, and we need to have a conversation about liability and safety,’” Menard said. “USG wanted students to have a place in this discussion so we decided to put together an event where we can get administrators and students in the same room talking about solutions.”Students and administrators reached a consensus agreeing that the fountain run must change in order to ensure student safety. Others also expressed their desire to effectively communicate about the event in order to preserve the fountain tradition.Carry asked students to work with administrators to help achieve a smoother, safer event.“We need your help for coming up with a smarter way to make this a safe event,” Carry said. “The fountain run was born out of the students. You have a chance to stake a claim in what is acceptable at your institution.”Students in attendance also contributed their ideas to the administration. One senior suggested selling tickets to contribute to the possible damages incurred during the event and to prevent outsiders from participating. Another student suggested checking student identification for this purpose. Many students supported the idea of an alternative event, however, such as food trucks or a concert, running concurrently with the fountain run to direct traffic away from the fountains.Lieutenant Hecklemenn asserted that the fountains be excluded from any kind of alternative event. Other administrators agreed with this sentiment.“An alternative event is an excellent idea, but it would have to exclude the fountains,” Hecklemenn said. “The fountains are simply not designed for this kind of event. That’s the challenge.”Suggestions to end the fountain run for the 2015 school year was met by hesitation from students. Many felt the cancellation of the highly anticipated event would not stop seniors from continuing to partake in the fountain run.Rini Sampath, vice president of USG, said cancelling the fountain run might not be effective.“Cancellation of the fountain run might create an issue where students are organizing it for a day where DPS isn’t aware,” Sampath said. “So if we were going to organize something else I think it would need to coexist with the fountain run.”last_img read more

Triggered Article 50 changes UK political betting dynamics

first_img Related Articles Scottish bookies warn of job losses without government support July 21, 2020 Having triggered Article 50 which begins the process of withdrawal from the European Union, the UK now enters an unprecedented cycle in its politics, with Brexit negotiations likely to dominate all political agenda and discussion.Following PM Theresa May’s official triggering of Article 50 on the 29 March, all bookmakers have updated their respective political markets as the Conservative government states that there will be ‘no return to the EU’.UK Political context  is now focused on whether the government can fulfill its 2-year negotiation mandate, and successfully extract the country from the EU with a functional deal with its biggest trading partner.Updating its political markets, William Hill has priced 2/7 (78% chance) that Britain will officially leave the EU in 2019. William Hill politics offer 9/2 that it will happen earlier, in 2018 or before, and 5/1 that it will take longer than expected, happening in 2020 or later.‘Although 2019 may look a shoo-in, this process has never happened before so there is every possibility it may be over surprisingly quickly, or negotiations may become  unexpectedly lengthily.’ commented William Hill politics spokesman Graham SharpeMeanwhile, competitor Betfair has chosen to focus on Brexit’s impact on the frosty relationship between Scotland and the UK.Betfair politics details that the chances of a Scottish independence referendum being held before 2019 are just 17% – down from 60% after the Brexit vote – according to the latest Betfair Exchange odds on the day Article 50 was delivered.The bookmaker notes that SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has made a convincing case for a second ‘IndyRef’ in recent months, pointing to the fact that the majority of Scots voted to Remain on June 23, and the Exchange made it a 4/6 chance in the wake of the vote.Naomi Totten, Spokesperson for Betfair commented on the market  “Now that Britain is committed to the process of leaving the EU, Nicola Sturgeon is pushing hard for another referendum to give Scottish people a chance to decide if it wants to be part of a post-Brexit Britain but the odds of another IndyRef occurring before 2019 have drifted and there’s now an 86% chance that Scotland will not get to decide on its future before 2019.” EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Submit BGC welcomes decision to reopen Scottish casinos July 31, 2020 Share Share StumbleUponlast_img read more