‘It is a major concern’ says regulator as he reminds Transport Managers of need to exercise controlTraffic Commissioner Tim Blackmore has called on operators to pay close attention to their drivers’ mental health after revealing that one individual called to a driver conduct hearing was suicidal.“Mental health is a major concern for me at driver conduct hearings,” says Mr Blackmore. He was speaking last week at the Confederation of Passenger Transport Northern Region AGM, held in Jesmond.“It has become a real issue. As a sector we have not yet quite grasped that yet.” He adds that Transport Managers (TMs) bear a responsibility to monitor drivers’ mental health as part of their duty to exercise continuous and effective control over an operation.“I cannot suspend a driving licence on the grounds of mental health, but I can flag my concerns to DVSA. If a TC does that, DVSA is likely to follow it up.”Mr Blackmore advises that operators should have a risk management policy in place that prevents employees from driving should they be judged incapable of doing their job safely.
Indian drilling contractor Aban Offshore has secured a contract from ONGC for the charter hire of drillship Aban Ice.According to Aban Offshore, the drilling contract is for a firm period of 3 years.The total value of this contract is approximately $72.3 million, a proof that the offshore drilling market is still depressed.To remind, ONGC had hired the drillship back in 2013, also for three-years. There is a big difference between the two contracts. Namely, the three-year contract from 2013 was estimated at $185 million.Aban Offshore said on the deployment of the 183 meters long rig is expected to start during the second quarter of 2017. As for the drilling unit, the Aban Ice was built way back in 1959 in Germany, and converted to drillship in 1975.According to the rig’s status shared on Aban Offshore’s website, Aban Ice’s working area is Mumbai High field, located offshore the west coast of India.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Haughton coach Rodney Guin found it difficult to muster a whole lot of excitement when talking about his team’s 34-0 victory over the St. Mary’s Tigers Friday night in Natchitoches.Guin, of course, was excited that his team won and improved to 4-1 overall heading into Thursday’s District 1-5A opener against Southwood.He just wasn’t thrilled with the way his team went about it.“We didn’t play well,” he said. “We just kind of went through the motions. There was no fire in us or anything else.”Haughton was coming off its first loss of the season, 25-21, to Ruston. The Bucs were also facing a Class 1A team, although one that came into the game with a 3-1 record.“They played real hard,” Guin said. “We just made some big play on them.”Sophomore Darius Brooks started at quarterback in place of Will Haines, who suffered a concussion in the first half of the Ruston game.The Bucs were also without several other starters, including some key offensive linemen.Guin said Brooks performed well.“He threw the ball OK, better than he did last week,” he said.Haughton did all of its scoring in the first half, rolling up the 34-0 lead.Brooks completed 14 of 20 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.Brooks’ touchdown passes went to P.J. Douglas (45 yards) and Hunter Hunsucker (13).The Bucs’ special teams scored three touchdowns.Jerrod Craft returned a kickoff 81 yards for Haughton’s first touchdown. Javonte Woodard and Douglas both returned punts for touchdowns.Woodard’s covered 53 yards and Douglas’ 47.D’Kovin Ware led Haughton on the ground with 31 yards on six carries.Guin expects to have Haines back Thursday against Southwood.He also said Travis White, a three-year starter and All-District offensive lineman, should be ready to go.Center Garrett Malone saw his first action of the season against St. Mary’s. Russell [email protected] Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo
… Floodlights Masters bootedAFTER two days of rip-roaring battle among 24 local and overseas softball teams, the Guyana Softball Cup 8 will climax today at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground under lights. The atmosphere at softball encounters is usually very noisy and exciting and today should be no different with some of the country’s top softball players expected to showcase their talent in what should be three riveting finals in the Over-45, Over-50 and Open categories to be played under floodlights.To add to the day’s excitement, Trophy Stall Angels, 4R Lioness, Mike’s Wellwoman and Karibee Girls will battle in the female category. Action bowls off at 10:00hrs. Meanwhile, Regal Masters and Fisherman Masters will lock horns in the Over-45 final while Floodlights and Parika Defenders will battle in the Over-50 category.SVC will meet either Regal All Stars or Ariel Speedboat in the Open final. Up to press time last evening, Regal All Stars and Ariel Speedboat were locked in battle under lights at DCC. Floodlights Masters and Regal Masters continued their softball rivalry when the two teams met in one of the Over-45 semifinal games. Played at the DCC ground in front of avid softball fans, a thrilling final over saw Regal Masters get the better of their opponents by three wickets.Floodlights, asked to bat first, managed 139-7. Uniss Yusuf and Ramo Malone added 29 for the first wicket before Yusuf was bowled by Mahendra Arjune (3-28) for 17. Malone was then bowled by Laurie Singh for 11, before Arjune continued the slide with the wickets of Ramesh Deonarine (16), and Jagdesh Persaud (1), at 61-4.Vinesh Vivakanand (36), Patrick Khan (12), and Wesley Parsnauth with an unbeaten 32, propped the innings towards the end. David Harper took 2-22 while Mahendra Hardyal claimed 1-8.In reply, two-time Prime Minister’s Cup champions held their nerve in a hard-fought run chase to clinch a victory with one ball to spare.They reached 140-7 in 19.5 overs with Eric Thomas leading the way with an unbeaten 30. He received support from Mahase Chunilall who contributed 24.In the other semifinal clash, Fisherman Masters edged Albion Masters by three wickets with four balls to spare. Batting first, Albion Masters made 145-6. Imran Hussain hit five fours and three sixes in his 67 while Veerapen Moonsammy contributed 41. In reply, Fisherman team rallied around Robert Mohan, who made a composed unbeaten 35. Fazal Ali made 32 while Hemraj (17) and Baldeo Persaud (16), contributed towards the win. They eventually reached 149-7.The Open semifinal between SVC and SVC Spartans was a highly competitive game, but in the end SVC came out victorious, winning by 28 runs.Batting first, SVC compiled a challenging total of 199-6. The total was built around an attacking 78 from Vijay Surujpaul, who smashed ten sixes and a four in his knock. He received support from Andrew Gonsalves with 40.In reply, SVC Spartans were restricted to 170-6, despite a fighting unbeaten 89 from David Looknauth – an innings which included four fours and ten sixes. Richard Latif and Mark Harold claimed two wickets apiece for the winners. The Over-50 semifinals saw Floodlights whip the NYSCL by nine wickets. Scores – NYSCL 128-9.. O. Jackman 29 and R. Singh 22; Floodlights 133-1, with K. Baljit 62 and R. Pereira 42 not out).In the other semifinal Parika Defenders defeated New York President’s X1 by 42 runs. Scores – Parika Defenders 174-5; New York President’s X1 132-9. The event, which is organised by the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA), has grown to become the most popular and well-attended softball cricket competition in Guyana.While the organisers have not disclosed the financial rewards, Chronicle Sport was informed that a substantial amount will be handed over to the winners and runners-up in all categories.Three gold pendants in the shape of a cricket bat will also be presented to the Most Valuable Player of the Open, Over-45 and Over-50 categories.