VBMS has expanded its subsea cable storage and handling facilities as it looks to provide its clients with a one-stop shop for subsea power cable installation and repair solutions.The Boskalis subsidiary has opened a new ISPC-certified cable storage facility at the port of Vlissingen in the Netherlands with a 2,300-meter-long quay for on- and offloading and direct access to the North Sea.This is VBMS’ third cable storage facility besides the ones in the Port of Rotterdam area (Dordrecht and Moerdijk, the Netherlands).Rick van Bruggen, repairs manager, said: “Our key drivers for reducing costs for our clients are our flexibility, fast response time and our in-house capabilities. This new facility enables us to meet the growing demand for strategic spare parts management and rapid deployment when, for example, a cable has failed and minimising downtime is critical.”Additionally, VBMS has completed the construction of a subsea cable storage and splicing facility at the port of Rotterdam, in collaboration with Blue Offshore. This new facility comprises of two turntables, a jointing habitat and a range of equipment through which cables can be offloaded from and transferred and loaded onto floating barges or vessels.
A Dallas Police office’s adult son his recovering in the hospital after his father mistook him for an intruder and shot him.The incident occurred around 6 p.m Saturday near DeSoto.When authorities arrived to the home, they found the victim bleeding from his right forearm.The victim was then taken to an area hospital for treatment on the non-life-threatening injury.Authorities say that they are continuing to investigate the incident, however, no arrest have been made and no charges have been filed.“The DeSoto Police Department has treated this like every other case that we would have had and we would’ve handled it the exact same way that if any charges are appropriate later on, they’ll be forwarded over to the DA’s office for them to make a decision,” Pete Schulte, DeSoto police spokesman said.The names of the two parties involved have not yet been released.
The student body president at the University of Florida is facing an impeachment threat of his own, for allegedly spending $50,000 in student fees to have Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, speak on campus.Members of the university’s student senate filed a resolution this week to impeach Student Body President Michael Murphy for malfeasance and abuse of power.The resolution accuses Murphy of spending mandatory student fees to support his own political beliefs by having Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle visit last month.The pair spoke on October 10 at the University Auditorium to an audience of more than 800 people for a $50,000 joint payment.Student Body statutes forbid leaders from spending student money in support of or against a political party, according to the resolution.However, Murphy claims the visit was not campaign related. UF’s student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator, obtained emails that reveal a Trump re-election campaign official asked Murphy to bring the pair to the school.“We met at my house on the 4th of July,” Caroline Wren, a national finance consultant of Trump Victory, wrote to Murphy in a September 10 email. She adds, “I wanted to follow up with you regarding a speaking engagement at the University of Florida for Donald Trump Jr.”The newspaper also reports that Murphy contacted the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and invited him to come to campus. Sanders’ campaign declined, citing scheduling issues.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a temporary flight restriction alert for the Thanksgiving holiday, as it appears that President Trump will spend the holiday in town.Flight restrictions will be imposed from Tuesday, November 26, through Sunday, December 1.The White House has not confirmed whether the president will indeed spend Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago again this year, although he is scheduled to host a political rally in Broward County next week.Last Sunday, the Team Trump-Pence campaign issued a press release promoting a “homecoming” rally on November 26 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m.Trump filed last month to become a Florida resident, and is now also registered to vote here. He has spent each Thanksgiving as president in Palm Beach County.The President is also scheduled to be in Florida on December 7. During that visit, he will be the keynote speaker at a summit for the Israeli-American Council.That event, which will be held at the Diplomat Resort & Hotel in Hollywood, is expected to attract, “nearly 4,000 attendees from around the world,” according to a statement from the IAC.Trump is also expected to speak at the Florida Republican Party’s Statesmen’s Dinner in Miami the same day.The President last visited Mar-a-Lago during the Easter weekend in April.
An airline mechanic pleaded guilty on Wednesday to sabotaging a jetliner with 150 people aboard at Miami International Airport, causing the pilot to abort the flight just before its scheduled takeoff.Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani entered his plea in federal court in Miami. He previously admitted to investigators that he had committed the sabotage in order to receive overtime to fix the American Airlines jet, which he later did.“I do admit the guilt,” Alani said through an Arabic interpreter.The 60-year-old man, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Iraq, has been an airline mechanic for 30 years.According to prosecutors, he has a brother in Iraq who may be involved with the Islamic State extremist group. They add that Alani made statements wishing Allah would use “divine powers” in order to harm non-Muslims.Investigators also say he had Islamic State videos on his phone that show mass murders, and that he did not tell the FBI that he traveled to Iraq last March, following his arrest.Despite the evidence, Alani was not charged with any terrorism-related crimes. He has pleaded guilty to attempted destruction of an aircraft, which carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 4.Court documents reveal the sabotage involved gluing Styrofoam inside the nose of the Boeing 737, in order to disable the crew’s ability to monitor airspeed, altitude and the pitch of the plane. Authorities explain that if the flight had taken off as intended on July 17 for Nassau, Bahamas, it would have crashed.Alani’s actions on that day were caught on surveillance video, and co-workers also identified him as the suspect.Jonathan Meltz, Alani’s attorney, says his client has led a “law-abiding life” and that he did not intend to harm the aircraft or the people aboard. He adds that Alani’s sole motivation was “just trying to provide for his family like most of us try to do.”
Move over! It looks like more and more Americans are moving to Florida.The Sunshine State is now the number 1 moving destination according to U-Haul. According to a new report, U-Haul said one-way truck arrivals in Florida increased 1% while one-way departures were down 1%, compared to 2018’s numbers.Texas has held the number 1 spot for at least 4 years, but now Florida bumped them down to the number 2 spot.I guess people love the heat, hurricanes, and alligators!
In a marathon 13-hour session on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, the Senate formally adopted rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.Now, with the rules set, Democrat impeachment managers are delivering their opening statements.
As visitors from around the country and beyond descend on South Florida this week for the Super Bowl, doctors at one local hospital are implementing new guidelines in order to screen patients for the deadly Coronavirus.The flu-like illness originated in Wuhan, China. Cases have been confirmed in Australia, Germany, France, Canada, and the United States.There are no known cases in Florida.“We are on the side of caution in order to provide the best care for our community,” says Dr. S. Raymond Golish, who practices at Jupiter Medical Center. “Know there are no known cases here at this time, but we are prepared in the unlikely eventuality that such a case occurs.”He adds that the hospital is now following new CDC guidelines to conduct additional screenings for patients who display flu-like symptoms such as fever and coughing.Those patients will be asked to answer questions about their travels and contact with others during the previous two weeks.If doctors suspect the Coronavirus, those patients will then be placed in isolation and local health officials will be notified immediately.Dr. Golish says a sample would be sent to the CDC for testing.There is currently no antiviral treatment for the virus and no vaccine to prevent it.So far, there are more than 6,000 cases in China, and 132 deaths.
The woman who is accused of driving through security barriers at Mar-a-Lago on Friday refused to appear before a judge this weekend to have charges read to her.According to the arrest report, 30-year-old opera singer Hannah Roemhild is charged with aggravated assault of an officer.After crashing through two security checkpoints at President Trump’s Palm Beach estate and having Palm Beach Sheriff’s deputies open fire on her SUV, she led them on a chase, where they lost her in traffic.Roemhild them allegedly picked up her mother from Palm Beach International Airport, and the two checking into a local motel. Deputies arrested her there a few hours later.The judge delayed her hearing until Monday, depending on whether Roemhild can be transported from the Palm Beach County Jail without endangering herself or deputies.
Today Pelosi said that she feels very liberated and said there is no such thing as an “eternal animosity” and vowed that we will have a new president next year.Pelose ended with, “He shredded the truth in his speech, he has shredded the constitution in his conduct so I shredded his speech.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump treated the State of the Union address like a reality TV show.Talking to reporters at the Capitol, Pelosi said Trump’s speech was riddled with falsehoods and had no connection to reality.She argued that Trump’s claim of inheriting a mess was wrong and pointed out that unemployment under the Obama administration was cut in half from 10 to 5% and the Dow Jones industrial average has gained about 45 percent since Trump was sworn in nearly three years ago. The Dow was up about 53 percent at this point in Obama’s presidency and a whopping 57 percent in Clinton’s early years in office.Pelosi insisted that Trump inherited a strong and growing economy from President Obama.She also said it was inappropriate for law makers to chant “Four more years” on the floor of the hallowed chamber of the House of Representatives.Pelosi ripped up Trump’s speech when he was finished on Tuesday night. Florida congressman Matt Gaetz says he’s filing ethics charges against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for ripping up the President’s State of the Union speech.Gaetz says he’s joining two other Republicans in filing charges with the House Ethics Committee. Gaetz said Pelosi disgraced the House of Representatives, “embarrassed our country” and destroyed official records.