Virginia study projects $262m in taxes from legal casinos

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US Virginia Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has completed its impact assessment of legislation that could see the state’s first bricks and mortar casinos constructed, projecting annual tax revenue of $262m.However, it added, the lack of problem gambling support in the state must be urgently addressed, whether or not new gambling products and verticals are rolled out.The study also noted that Virginia could benefit from additional tax revenue of up to $55m from legal sports betting when the market reaches maturity.A further $84m could come from the launch of online casino gaming. As this would most likely be linked to the construction of land-based facilities, the study noted, sports betting regulations could be passed, implemented and the market launched sooner.Ultimately the study concluded that casino gambling could have a “positive, but modest” impact on the state’s local economies.The study was commissioned following the passage of Senate Bill 1126, which was signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam in March this year. The provisions of the bill must then be revisited in the 2020 legislative session before they can be enacted, something that Representative Barry Knight aims to do with House Bill 4, which was pre-filed last week.It said that under the conditions set out in SB1126, five cities would be eligible to host casinos: Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Richmond. The bill states that cities must meet a number of criteria based on unemployment, property tax rates and population decline if they are to allow resort-style venues. In these five cities, the study estimated that each project would require initial capital expenditure of between $200m and $300m, with the venues to generate around $970m in net revenue, and $262m in gaming tax revenue by 2025. In comparison, it noted, the Virginia Lottery generates $600m per year after prizes are paid out.Read the full story on iGB North America. Virginia study projects $262m in taxes from legal casinos Casino & games 26th November 2019 | By contenteditor The Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has completed its impact assessment of legislation that could see the state’s first bricks and mortar casinos constructed, projecting annual tax revenue of $262m. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Email Addresslast_img read more

I&M Holdings Limited ( HY2014 Interim Report

first_imgI&M Holdings Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the half year.For more information about I&M Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the I&M Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: I&M Holdings Limited (  2014 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileI&M Holdings Limited (I&M Bank Group) is a financial services institution providing products and services for the personal, commercial and corporate sectors in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Mauritius. Its product offering ranges from transactional accounts, home and car loans and overdraft and term loans to e-commerce payment and salary processing services, trade finance and insurance premium financing services I&M Bank Group also provides services for foreign exchange, fund transfers, tax payment, bancassurance and agency banking. Its investment management division offers securities accounts and fiduciary services and facilitates the purchase and sale of securities from the stock market and invests in government securities. Its asset finance division caters for personal and corporate clients and covers vehicle and machinery purchases and cash management services. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. I&M Holdings Limitedlast_img read more

Get rich and retire early! You really can make a million by investing in FTSE 100 shares today

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images. Get rich and retire early! You really can make a million by investing in FTSE 100 shares today Harvey Jones | Saturday, 11th July, 2020 Whenever I write that you can make a million from investing in FTSE 100 shares, I do a double take. Is that really possible, for ordinary people?A million pounds is an awful lot of money. If you can save that much, you will feel rich and be free to retire early. Unfortunately, you won’t make it overnight. I don’t want to be misleading here.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I have another worry. I don’t have a once-in-a-lifetime stock tip up my sleeve, that will make you a million if you buy it today. I didn’t spot the last Amazon or Apple, and I couldn’t direct you to the next one, either.Sorry.Investing in FTSE 100 shares does not work that way. There is no fast-track to making a million, and no magic wand either. Instead, you have to work at it. By building a balanced portfolio of shares and holding them for the long term, while reinvesting all your dividends for growth.Start early, save often in FTSE 100 sharesTo have the best chance of making a million from shares, you should ideally start early. If you are in your 20s, you have an edge. Retirement is 40 years away.You could turn £500 into a million, provided you invest that sum every month. If you started at age 28 and made an average total return of 6.5% each year after charges, by age 68 you would have £1.12m.People in their 20s have other priorities, though. Paying down debt, saving for a property deposit, having fun, and so on. Covid-19 is set to make life harder for young people, with job losses set to mount once furlough ends in October.Everybody should have an emergency stash of cash on easy access to cover six months of rainy day spending. After that, long-term funds should go into the stock market. Equities will make your money work harder than almost every other asset class.You can be rich even if you don’t make a millionIf you are in your 30s or 40s, you will have to work and invest harder to make that million. I’m afraid £500 a month won’t do it. Starting at 38, you would have to invest £1,000 a month, which would give you £1.1m on retirement, with the above growth rates.That assumes you are starting from scratch. You may already be well underway, if you tot up your various pension and ISA holdings.If retirement is just 20 years away, you have to put your foot down. That would mean saving the equivalent of £2,000 a month. Luckily, you are unlikely to be starting from scratch. Existing pensions and ISAs will be your launchpad.The later you leave it to make a million, the harder it will be. There is one consolation, though. Even if you fall short, you could still have hundreds of thousands of pounds.If you invest inside a Stocks and Shares ISA, that money will be free of tax for life. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Harvey Jones Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

Second OCSO motorcycle deputy involved in crash

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Earlier in the day another OCSO Deputy in the motorcycle unit was killed in a crash with a motorist. OCSO has not released the name of the deputy. TAGSFlorida Highway Patrol Previous articleDemings to murder suspect: “Turn yourself in”Next articleA timeline of events in the manhunt of Markeith Loyd Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter From The Florida Highway PatrolA second Orange County Sheriff’s motorcycle unit was involved in a crash this morning. Deputy Nelson Borjas was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with minor, non-life-threatening injuries.According to FHP reports, Jerry Lewis Brown, 36 of Orlando, driving a 2006 Chevy Impala, was traveling southbound on Pine Hills Road in the left through lane. Deputy Borjas was traveling southbound on Pine Hills Road on a marked OCSO motor unit (motorcycle) in the center, bi-directional turn lane, with his lights and siren activated. Brown was directed by another officer to make a U-Turn, to travel northbound, on Pine Hills Road. Brown did not see Borjas as he made the U-Turn and traveled into the path of Borjas. The front of Borjas’ motorcycle struck the left side of Brown’s Impala.Brown was arrested for driving with a suspended driver’s license. The crash remains under investigation Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

The Skiff: October 15, 2015

first_imgLinkedin The Skiff: Nov. 14, 2019 Welcome TCU Class of 2025 printFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoVolume 114, issue 8: Breaking (Common) Ground: Neeley School of Business’s two-year construction and renovation project will begin May 2016Also: Study Abroad Fair introduces students to travel options; Clinton, Sanders clash on guns, economy, foreign policy; Latino group celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month; Students get chance to transform business concepts into realities; Students ‘Make Conversation, Not War’ at foreign policy summit; TCU and Baylor officials denounce vandalism; Volleyball downs Texas Tech for fourth straight Big 12 win; TCU club polo team membership doubles in 2015; Health Center enlists dietitian to address student concerns; Women’s golf finishes 11th in Washington; Patterson eyes Iowa State to close four game stretch; TCU jumped by Baylor in AP, Coaches polls, falls to No. 3; and Recapping the controversial campus carry debates The Skiff by TCU360TCU Box 298050Fort Worth, TX [email protected] ReddIt The Skiff The Skiff Facebook Life in Fort Worth Linkedin Twitter The Skiff: Dec. 5, 2019center_img ReddIt The Skiff: Nov. 21, 2019 The Skiff + posts Twitter A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes The Skiff Previous articleMen’s golf takes first place at Connecticut CupNext articleSGA, theEnd volunteers prepare for Hunter Hayes concert The Skiff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook The Skiff: Nov. 7, 2019 The Skiff read more

RFI signal in Bukavu cut one week ago

first_img February 24, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today strongly protested after the signal of Radio France International (RFI) was cut in Bukavu, capital city of Sud-Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.The communications and media minister and government spokesman, Lambert Mendé Omalanga, said yesterday that RFI had been taken off air “one week ago, for national security reasons”.Mendé said that the government accused RFI of “inciting soldiers to disobedience and rebellion, and causing trouble in the barracks, while our country is at war”. A month earlier, the authorities accused the radio station of “throwing oil on the flames” and inciting soldiers to mutiny.“The minister is hounding the French international radio by cutting its signal in Bukavu, as it did in Bunia, capital of Ituri province in the north east”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “In taking this step, the Kinshasa government is denying the Congolese people vital access to pluralist news, especially in the east of the country. We urge the Congolese authorities to restore RFI’s signal in Bukavu without delay,” the organisation added.Reporters Without Borders wrote to the minister on 6 May after the cutting of the RFI signal in Bunia was announced , saying, “You should be aware that a media presence in areas that are unstable or experiencing an armed conflict is necessary so that all the actors can have adequate access to news and information.”The radio’s management told Reporters Without Borders that it condemned the closure and reaffirmed that its coverage of Congolese news was “irreproachable, completely professional and impartial”. “Our leaders do not seem to realise that by closing radio stations, they are openly demonstrating that they have things to hide”, one journalist in Bukavu, who asked for anonymity, told the organisation. “In this way, the authorities force us to only listen to local radio stations, most of them already committed to their cause”. “Gagging the press at all costs clearly shows that there is a hidden agenda,” said one official with a humanitarian organisation.”Kinshasa has for several years criticised the French radio’s coverage of Congolese news. The special correspondent for RFI in Kinshasa, Ghislaine Dupont, was expelled from the country during the presidential election campaign on 3 July 2006. Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian News RSF_en February 18, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo June 11, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RFI signal in Bukavu cut one week ago Receive email alertscenter_img Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica News February 16, 2021 Find out more Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma News Organisation Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Newslast_img read more

Fox hosts Dobbs, Bartiromo strike back in voting fraud suit

first_img Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest TAGS  Previous articleRemaining Free AgentsNext articleJeanLouis, Junior Joseph carry Iona past Manhattan 85-67 Digital AIM Web Support Local NewsBusinessUS Newscenter_img Pinterest Fox hosts Dobbs, Bartiromo strike back in voting fraud suit By Digital AIM Web Support – February 12, 2021 Three Fox News hosts — Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro — are seeking the dismissal of claims against them and their employer as part of a $2.7 billion libel lawsuit brought by the voting technology company Smartmatic. Bartiromo, Dobbs and Pirro, as well as Donald Trump lawyers Rudolph Giuliani and Sidney Powell, were sued this month for the eye-popping amount by Smartmatic, which accused them of conspiring to spread false claims that the company was involved in an effort to steal the presidential election from Trump. In its motions, lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis, which is also defending Fox, argue Bartiromo, Dobbs and Pirro were doing their job in covering the biggest story of the day: unprecedented allegations by the president that the integrity of the electoral process was marred by fraud. Smartmatic, in its 285-page complaint filed Feb. 4 in state court in New York, had cited at least 13 reports on Fox News in which guests or personalities falsely stated or implied that the company had somehow helped steal the election through easily tampered technology or in cahoots with Venezuela’s socialist government. The complaint alleged that the “disinformation campaign” continued even after then-Attorney General William Barr said the Department of Justice could find no evidence of widespread voter fraud. “Smartmatic is confident in its case and looks forward to briefing these issues for the Court,” J. Erik Connolly, attorney for Smartmatic, wrote Friday in a statement. The lawsuit is being closely watched as the rise of far-right voices on social media and pro-Trump outlets like Newsmax and One America News challenge long-held assumptions about the limits of free speech. The filings by the Fox personalities note instances in which they questioned Powell and Giuliani for evidence to back their claims, as well as Smartmatic’s own denial of the charges. It also argues that Dobbs’ statements appearing to validate the claims of his guests were constitutionally protected opinions, not statements of fact. “The First Amendment protects the press when it informs the public about judicial proceedings regardless of the accuracy of the underlying allegations,” according to the motion filed on behalf of Dobbs. All three hosts later aired a segment with an expert debunking some of the claims that had been made on its networks against Smartmatic and another voting technology company, Dominion. The Fox Business Network dropped Dobbs’ show Feb. 5, a day after the lawsuit was filed. The network said the move was part of a planned programming shift and not related to the lawsuit. Bartiromo in her motion suggests an alternate motive for what she calls Smartmatic’s “headline-seeking” lawsuit: an attempt by the company to fill its coffers after reporting losses of $17 million on $144 million in revenue in 2019. “This complaint is not just meritless; it is a legal shakedown designed to chill speech and punish reporting on issues that cut to the heart of our democracy,” her lawyers argue. Roy Gutterman, a media law professor at Syracuse University, said Fox in its motion made reasonable arguments about First Amendment rights and its duty to fuel public discourse on important political issues. “Whether the broadcaster is liable for providing a forum for speakers and what responsibility they have for dealing with false factual statements will be central to the court’s decision,” he said. Still, he said, if Fox succeeds in persuading the court to dismiss the case, the individual guests — Giuliani and Powell — could still be liable for potentially false and damaging statements. Smartmatic’s participation in the U.S. election was restricted to a single district, Los Angeles County, which votes heavily Democratic. That limited role notwithstanding, the company and its technology were widely and baselessly blamed by Trump supporters for somehow tilting the race in favor of Joe Biden. The effects of the negative publicity were swift and included death threats against an executive’s 14-year-old son, the loss of business and an enduring stain on its reputation, Smartmatic says. The company fears its entire business, once worth billions as it expanded to countries around the world — from Belgium to the Philippines — could now be valued near zero. Like many conspiracy theories, the alleged campaign against Smartmatic was built on a grain of truth. The company’s founder and CEO is Venezuelan, and Smartmatic’s initial success is partly attributable to major contracts from Hugo Chávez’s government, an early devotee of electronic voting. Dobbs, in his motion to join the Fox request for dismissal, points out that he first covered Smartmatic a decade earlier, in 2006, when employed by CNN. At the time the company was facing scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers concerned about its purchase of an American competitor so shortly after it had helped organize elections in Venezuela that were marred by allegations of fraud. ——— Follow Goodman on Twitter: @APJoshGoodman Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Madras HC Directs State To Provide Ration Supplies To Migrant Workers Regardless Of Ration Cards [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesMadras HC Directs State To Provide Ration Supplies To Migrant Workers Regardless Of Ration Cards [Read Order] Mehal Jain10 July 2020 1:57 AMShare This – xConsidering the plight of migrant labourers who are without food, the Madras High Court on Thursday directed the State Government to provide ration supplies to migrant labourers, after satisfying that they are really migrant labourers, irrespective of whether they have ration cards or not. The bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and V. M. Velumani was informed that the State Government…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginConsidering the plight of migrant labourers who are without food, the Madras High Court on Thursday directed the State Government to provide ration supplies to migrant labourers, after satisfying that they are really migrant labourers, irrespective of whether they have ration cards or not. The bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and V. M. Velumani was informed that the State Government has announced that ration supplies would be provided only to card holders, while there are lakhs of migrant labourers, who are without ration cards and they will be put to unnecessary trouble. It was also brought to the notice of this Court that the Government of West Bengal has announced that even migrant labourers, who are without ration cards would be provided with ration materials. The Court was hearing Habeas Corpus pleas in respect of some bonded labourers allegedly detained illegally by the police, and over 400 other Tamil workers similarly detained by Maharashtra police. The Division Bench noted that the Apex Court in its suo motu cognisance “IN RE : PROBLEMS AND MISERIES OF MIGRANT LABOURERS” by order dated 09.06.2020 gave liberty to the respective High Courts to proceed with the case of Migrant Labourers which were already pending. The relevant portion of the order reads as follows. “25.It has also been brought before us that various High Courts have also taken notice of cases of migrant labourers, High Courts being constitutional Courts are well within their jurisdiction to take cognizance of violation of fundamental rights of migrant workers and we have no doubt that those proceedings shall proceed after considering all aspects including the response of concerned authorities.” “The aforesaid order has not been brought to the notice of this Court while closing the Habeas Corpus Petitions”, commented the bench, in reviving the aforesaid Habeas pleas. Moreover, the Court pulled up the Centre and the state government for not answering the queries raised by order of May 15. Vide the said order, the court had suo motu impleaded the Central Government and the Government of Tamil Nadu, and sought the following information from them : 1. Whether any data is being maintained by the Government of India regarding the details of migrant workers working in each State/Union Territories in India? 2. If so, what is the number of migrant workers in each State/Union Territories in India and the details regarding their nativity? 3. What is the number of migrant workers stranded in each State/Union Territories in India as on today? 4. What are all the assistance provided to those migrant workers by the respective States as well as the Union Government? 5. Whether those migrant workers are allowed to cross the State borders or prevented from crossing the borders and if they are prevented, whether they are provided with basic amenities such as food, shelter and medical assistance? 6. How many migrant workers died on their way to the native States? 7. To which States/Union Territories, the deceased workers belong to? 8. What are the relief measures/compensation provided to the families of those migrant workers who lost their lives on their way back to their native States? 9. How many migrant workers in each State/Union Territories have been evacuated from their working States to their native States through buses/trains throughout India? 10.What are all the steps taken to transport the remaining people to their native States? 11.Whether migration of people is one of the reasons for spread of Covid-19? 12.Whether the Central Government has instructed the respective States/Union Territories to provide financial assistance, job opportunities in their native State/Union Territories for the labourers who migrated from other States? The bench has directed the both the governments to place before the Court an ‘Action Taken Report’ on these aspects. On Thursday, the Court also took cognisance of the incident of pregnant wife of a migrant labourer, who developed labour pain, was denied admission in Government as well Private Hospitals for want of corona free certificate. This had led to the unfortunate situation of the lady delivering the baby in the autorickshaw itself and the new born child had fallen from the autorickshaw and sustained injuries immediately after its birth. Lamenting that “it is really unfortunate that such a treatment had been meted out to a new born baby”, the bench remarked “merely because the parents are migrant labourers necessary medical facilities cannot be denied to them”. “Although the details of the said migrant labourer have not been provided by the petitioner, he would state that the incident had happened at Thudiyalur in Coimbatore District and it was also telecast in a news channel”, observed the bench, directing that based on the said information, the authorities concerned shall verify, trace out the migrant labourer’s family and provide all necessary medical assistance.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

Zac Goldsmith targets ‘rogue agents’

first_imgHome » News » Zac Goldsmith targets ‘rogue agents’ previous nextRegulation & LawZac Goldsmith targets ‘rogue agents’London Mayor hopeful has vowed to address “rogue landlords and lack of housing” in the Capital.The Negotiator11th March 20160562 Views Zac Goldsmith has pledged to tackle the mounting housing crisis in the Capital in order to curb soaring house prices and rental values, as well as clampdown on high letting fees.Figures released by Goldsmith’s opponent, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, show that the average letting fee in the Capital has surged by 48 per cent since the last London Mayoral Election in 2012, reflecting a sharp rise in rents.The Tory mayoral candidate said the problem has been compounded by letting agents asking for a deposit equivalent to six weeks of rent, or at least one month’s rent in advance.While accepting that tenancy deposits are a necessity to protect landlords, the Richmond Park MP questions whether the fees being charged by letting agents are justifiable.“The agency fees are still very high – on average across London I think it’s around £330 and I don’t think people get £330-worth from their agents – it’s almost like a scam,” he said. “There are a lot of new businesses emerging where apps are being developed which I think very soon will effectively render the agents redundant.”London’s PRS has grown significantly over recent years. A decade ago private renting was 17 per cent of London’s housing stock. Today, over 26 per cent of London’s homes are rented privately.Despite the huge growth in the PRS, the regulations that govern it have remained largely unchanged since the 1980s, and Goldsmith wants to address the issue.He added, “We’ve got two million renters in Greater London as a whole, a lot of them get a bad deal, insecure tenancies, and paying too much and the conditions aren’t ideal and there’s a lot of rogue landlords as well.“I think the Housing Bill going through parliament takes us a big step forward (when) dealing with rogue landlords.”To help address the supply-demand imbalance in the capital, Goldsmith has pledged to build 50,000 homes – double the amount being built in London at the moment.Goldsmith continued, “I think it’s a mistake not to have any target in terms of the numbers of homes that we build, seriously.“It’s a big challenge but we can do it.”rogue agents housing crisis in Capital clampdown on high letting fees Zac Goldsmith March 11, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Inaccurate info led to near miss of Royal Navy sub and ferry

first_imgTwo previous collisions between Royal Navy submarines and surface vessels show a similarity in that key decisions on board the submarines were made based on an insufficient appreciation of the location of surface ships in the vicinity, MAIB added. The submarine’s command team detected and tracked the ferry using visual, sonar and automatic information system data. As the ferry’s range reduced, the submarine’s officer of the watch altered course to avoid it. However, this turn was towards the ferry and reduced the time available for the submarine to keep out of the ferry’s way. “(T)he submarine’s control room electronic tactical display presented a picture of a safer situation than reality; this meant that safety-critical decisions made on board the submarine may have appeared rational at the time,” MAIB explained. Stena Superfast VII was on a scheduled North Channel crossing from Belfast to Cairnryan and an undisclosed Royal Navy submarine was at periscope depth conducting pre-deployment safety training in the same vicinity. A near miss between a Royal Navy submarine and Stena Superfast VII ferry occurred in 2018 because the submarine’s control room team had underestimated the ferry’s speed and overestimated its range, a report issued by UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) shows. View post tag: Royal Navy Post-event analysis showed that, prior to the ferry’s course alteration, there had been a serious risk of collision. With the sonar contact on a steady bearing, the submarine’s sonar team initiated a close quarters procedure; the commanding officer was also called to the control room. Based on the picture displayed by the submarine’s electronic tactical command system, the commanding officer intervened to cancel the close quarters procedure and ordered that the submarine remain at periscope depth rather than go deep to its safe depth. At about the same time, Stena Superfast VII’s lookout spotted a submarine periscope close on the port bow, and alerted the officer of the watch, who took immediate action to avoid the collision. After taking avoiding action, the ferry’s closest point of approach with the submarine was about 250 yards, which was unsafe; however, the submarine’s commanding officer believed the passing distance to be about 1000 yards, or four times the actual range. View post tag: submarine The Royal Navy has taken a series of actions in response to this incident, and previous similar accidents. As a result, a safety recommendation has been made to the Royal Navy to undertake an independent review of its actions taken to ensure that such actions have been effective in reducing the risk of collision between dived submarines and surface vessels. View post tag: MAIB Back on November 6, 2018, the ferry’s officer of the watch took urgent action to avoid a submerged submarine after its periscope had been spotted close ahead of the ferry.  Submarine periscope as seen from ferry. Photo: Stena Line Photo: Stena Line Share this articlelast_img read more