This item has been moved to the National Archives as RAIB has published its safety digest describing this incident. See safety digest 03/2018,At around 14:36 hrs on 2 March 2018, a northbound train travelling at around 85 mph (137 km/h) nearly struck the driver of a stationary southbound train at Stafford station. The driver of the stationary train was between the Up and Down Stafford Fast lines attending to a train brake fault. There were no injuries.We have undertaken a preliminary examination into the circumstances surrounding this incident. Having assessed the evidence which has been gathered to date, we have decided to publish a safety digest.The safety digest will be made available on our website in the next few weeks.
The Brevard, N.C., area and southeast cycling community was privy to a very cool event this past weekend: Red Bull Dreamline came to town.This collaboration between Oskar Blues REEB ranch, the juggernaut energy drink company, and 32 of the world’s best BMX riders produced a truly incredible show.The recently created REEB ranch was a perfect venue for this event. Flanking DuPont State Forest, this property was graced by the brightest minds in dirt trail building, and the result really is something out of a daydream… some of the biggest jumps ever hit or witnessed in BMX riding. Pro rider and event conceiver Anthony Napolitan and expert builder Adam Aloise truly outdid themselves with this one.Arriving on-site just in time to see practice start before the 12 athlete Finals, it’s quite obvious that the 3,000 ticket holders are in for something special. Rider after rider charge the jumps, flying 20-plus feet higher than the lips, performing trick after trick. One impressive run showcases riders doing backflip after backflip, with up to three athletes in the air at once!As the wind picks up, the early leaves of autumn fall around us, and the moody weather gives the riders a sense of urgency. There are few more beautiful places in the world than NC this time of year. The event kicks off, and the taps flow generously. After about 30 minutes of riders cycling through their initial runs, the rain hits, and the event is temporarily put on hold.In spite of the weather, the majority of the crowd hunkers down, steadfast and determined. The clouds clear after about two hours, and what happens next is simply a gift to everyone present. The sky opens, and it turns into the most spectacular fall afternoon imaginable. The roar of the crowd grows, and the competitors bring the heat!Some incredible tricks start going down…triple tail whips, flip whips, cork 720s, supermans, front flips, and everything in between. The riders are putting on a clinic, and the crowd is absolutely loving it. It’s a really special thing to see the NC trail riding community join and celebrate the BMX and freestyle aspect of the sport. It just goes to show that in spite of the different styles of cycling, we all have the same passion.As the riders throw down, the NBC cameras, octocopter drone, and cable cams zip around and catch all of the action. It’s an amazing demonstration of athleticism.In the end, 35-year-old veteran Ryan Nyquist takes the Dreamline crown, with James Foster in 2nd, and Aussie Kyle Baldock in 3rd. Spectators filter out of the event pumped by the positive energy, cool vibe, and most importantly — the desire to go and jump on their bikes!Tune in to NBC on November 8 at 5:00 p.m. EST for the full-length broadcast of Red Bull Dreamline, and check out the Red Bull Highlights Video here.–Chris Gragtmans, based in Asheville, N.C., is a Contributing Editor to Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine and an internationally-ranked professional kayaker. Other ventures include the annual Live Your Dreams Speaking Tour, and serving as Pro Team Manager for Dagger Kayaks. In his free time, Chris likes to mountain bike, ski, shoot drone photography and hang out with his girlfriend and faithful hound.
Cooperation between the Naval and Coast Guard fleets of the partner nation participating in Operation Martillo has led to several large drug seizures: • In September 2013, a British Naval support ship, the “Wave Night,” intercepted a fishing boat in the Caribbean Sea. Officers with the U.S. Coast Guard who were aboard the Wave Night helped search the fishing vessel. The officers found and confiscated 55 packages of marijuana, worth an estimated $5 million (USD). • Between April 14 and July 12, 2013, Guatemalan and Honduran security forces seized more than 2,340 kilograms of drugs along the coasts of the two countries. During that time, authorities in the two countries incinerated another 3,000 kilograms of drugs that were seized during Operacion Martillo, according to Guatemala’s Defense Ministry. The multinational effort to combat drug trafficking in Latin America, which is known as “Operation Martillo,” is improving security in the region, a security analyst said. Operation Martillo is joint effort to target drug trafficking along the Caribbean coastlines of Guatemala and Honduras, as well as drug trafficking routes in Pacific Ocean waters. The initiative, which was launched Jan. 15, 2012, includes all seven Central American nations and U.S. Southern Command (U.S. SOUTHCOM). Colombia, Mexico, Canada, as well as The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and France are also active participants in the effort. Security forces and law enforcement agencies participating in Operation Martillo have confiscated more than 222 metric tons of cocaine, seized $10.7 million (USD), and arrested 551 drug trafficking suspects since the initiative was launched in January 2012, authorities said. The importance of international cooperation Developing intelligence on drug shipments and intercepting them is a team effort which requires international cooperation, according to military officials participating in Operation Martillo. For example, Latin American security forces are providing intelligence to their partners in the U.S. Navy, who are helping to intercept drug shipments. The USS Thach, a U.S. Navy frigate, began participating in Operation Martillo in March 2013, patrolling in the Pacific Ocean. By the time it had returned to U.S. waters in April 2013, the USS Thach, in cooperation with Latin American security forces, had seized 379 kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana. The drugs were worth more than $10 million (USD). Ecuador and Colombia cooperate against drug trafficking Operation Martillo is not the only cooperative initiative against organized crime in Latin America. On Nov. 25, 2013, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the foreign ministers of both countries met to discuss security issues shared by the two countries. The leaders met in the border region which divides the two countries, in the Colombian city of Ipiales. Correa and Santos signed an agreement to strengthen ties between Ecuador and Colombia in the fight against drug cartels and other organized crime groups. “Where we have met most of our objectives is in security. We have to give transnational crime a collective response between the two countries,” Correa said during the meeting with Colombian officials. International cooperation, such as the sharing of information by the security services of the countries participating in Operation Martillo, led to the drug seizures and captures, a security analyst said. “These results by Operation Martillo are possible because Central American countries and South American countries like Colombia have contributed intelligence work to catch these shipments,” explained Alfredo Perez, a security analyst at Central Cientítica affairs division of the National Safety Commission in Mexico. Naval and Coast Guard forces from various countries participating in Operation Martillo are cooperating effectively to identify and capture drug shipments and organized crime operatives, Perez said. “Various analysts can agree or disagree with these schemes,” Perez said. “But to combat organized crime countries recognize that it is more efficient to do it under a scheme of cooperation.” By intercepting large drug shipments and capturing more than 500 suspects, Operation Martillo has proven successful, said Yadira Gálvez, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).. Battling the FARC and Los Rastrojos The two countries share a border that is 730 kilometers long. The FARC and other organized crime groups, as well as common criminals, are active in the border region. Organized crime operatives and common criminals smuggle drugs and weapons, engage in human trafficking, and commit other crimes in the border region. Even before the signing of the security treaty, Ecuador and Colombia have been cooperating closely on security in recent years. Missions at sea The importance of teamwork By Dialogo December 12, 2013 Cooperation leads to the capture of “Palustre” In August 2013, Ecuadorean security forces captured Jorge Dominguez, an alleged gang leader who is wanted in Colombia. He is known as “Palustre” and is suspected of being the leader of Los Rastrojos, a violent Colombian drug trafficking organization. Los Rastrojos trafficks cocaine, marijuana, and heroin, and engages in illegal gold mining. Palustre was later deported to Colombia, according to Jose Serrano, Ecuador’s Interior Minister.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lawmakers from across the political spectrum paid tribute Friday to former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, a champion of liberal policies known for his soaring oratory and as a national presidential favorite among Democrats—a prospect that never came to pass. Cuomo died of heart failure Thursday evening, just hours after his son Andrew took his second oath of office as governor of New York, a position he himself had held for three terms between 1983 and 1994. Cuomo’s family was at his side, according to a statement from the governor’s office. He was 82 years old.All across Long Island and New York State, lawmakers who knew him paid tribute to the man who more than once flirted with the idea of running for president but decided to remain in New York. “Mario Cuomo was a giant of New York government and politics,” Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said in a statement. “As much as anyone he understood and appreciated the mosaic that was New York. All who knew Mario Cuomo were better for it. My thoughts and prayers are with the Cuomo family. RIP.”“Mario Cuomo rose to the very pinnacle of political power in New York because he believed in his bones in the greatness of this state, the greatness of America and the unique potential of every individual,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said in a statement. State Senate Co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) called Cuomo a “legendary figure” whom he always had a deep and “profound” respect for.“With his passing, New York has lost a dedicated leader and committed public servant, and one of the great orators of our time,” Skelos said. “He will be deeply missed.” Long Island’s two county executives also expressed their condolences. “He was a man of passion, principle and dedication who inspired so many New Yorkers to pursue public service, including me,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, said in a statement. “We are a better state and a more just nation because of him.” “Mario Cuomo had much to be proud of, but I’m certain, he was most proud to know that his son, Andrew Cuomo, was sworn in for a second term as New York State Governor today,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican. Before being elected governor, Cuomo was recognized for resolving a low-income and racially charged housing controversy in Forest Hills in 1972. He was appointed Secretary of State of New York three years later and was elected lieutenant governor in 1978. His keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention put him on the map nationally. Andrew Cuomo was sworn in for his second term as governor on Thursday. In his speech, he noted his father’s absence, saying “he is not well enough to come.” “We spent last night with him, changed the tradition a little bit,” Andrew Cuomo continued. “We weren’t in Albany last night; we stayed at my father’s house to ring in the New Year with him. I went through the speech with him. He said it was good, especially for a second-termer. See, my father is a third-termer. But he sends his regards to all of you. He couldn’t be here physically today, my father. But my father is in this room. He is in the heart and mind of every person who is here. He is here and he is here, and his inspiration and his legacy and his experience is what has brought this state to this point. So let’s give him a round of applause.”In honor of his father, Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered all flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff.
Looking at the destinations, most overnight stays so far in July were realized in the destinations Vir, Rovinj, Medulin, Mali Lošinj, Poreč, Umag, Crikvenica and others. Photo: Municipality of Vir In the commercial and non-commercial segment (eVisitor) and in the nautical charter (eCrew system), for the first time this year, more than more people are staying in Croatian destinations this year. 500.000 tourists of which about 430.000 are foreigners. At the moment, most foreign guests come from the market Germany, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. “We realize the largest tourist turnover from those markets where we carry out intensive promotional activities aimed at positioning our country as an interesting, but above all safe tourist destination. The achieved results prove that we succeeded in that because Croatia is one of the few tourist destinations in the Mediterranean where tourist traffic is realized. We expect guests from distant non-European markets, but also from the UK, France or Scandinavia during mid-July with an increase in the number of airlines that will positively affect the overall traffic in the country, especially the results of destinations in central and southern Dalmatia. stated the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, emphasizing that responsible behavior and adherence to all prescribed epidemiological measures are still extremely important. The beginning of July for Croatian tourism, given the corona crisis, and according to the results of the Croatian Tourist Board, was quite successful. In the period from 1 to 10 July in Croatia it has been achieved almost 600 thousand arrivals (46% of results achieved during the same period last year) i 4,4 million overnight stays (53% of the results achieved during the same period last year). Looking at overnight stays realized in the same period by counties, most of them were realized in Istria (1,2 million overnight stays), Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (975.000) and Zadar County (819.000 overnight stays). They are followed by the Split-Dalmatia County with 706.000 overnight stays, the Šibenik-Knin County with 321.000, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 188.000 overnight stays and the Lika-Senj County with 167.000 overnight stays in July.