Barrister who fell down wine bar stairs at party wins payout – Telegraph

Barrister who fell down wine bar stairs at party wins payout – Telegraph: Michael Waterworth had been out celebrating two of his friends being made QCs
on May 30 this year, at popular lawyers’ watering hole Daly’s Wine Bar – a
stone’s throw from the Royal Courts of Justice – when he fell backwards down
a fight of “steep stairs” after paying a visit to the gents, smashing his
head on a step at the bottom.

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BBC News – Berkshire fire service missing targets for house blazes

BBC News – Berkshire fire service missing targets for house blazes: Berkshire’s fire service is missing its targets for reaching house fires more than 40% of the time, according to figures released by the fire authority.
Targets specify that the first fire crew should reach a burning property within eight minutes of a 999 call.

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Two shrimp firms receive hefty fines – VietNam News

Two shrimp firms receive hefty fines – Social Issues – VietNam News: THUA THIEN HUE (VNS)— The People’s Committee in the central province of Thua Thien Hue has fined two shrimp farms, the Truong Son JSC and Thien An Phu Ltd Company, VND453 million (US$21,700) for polluting the environment.

Following inspections, the provincial Department of Natural Resources and

Environment detected the firms were violating environmental regulations regarding waste water. — VNS

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Toxic waste continues to blight the environment – – VietNam News

Toxic waste continues to blight the environment – City Life – VietNam News: HCM CITY (VNS)— HCM City discharges nearly 500 tonnes of hazardous waste each day, but only 10 per cent are treated properly, according to a survey conducted by the Environmental and Natural Resources Institute under the Viet Nam National University-HCM City.

The city contains 49 waste treatment plants licensed to handle toxic waste, yet only 19 companies are actually capable of treating it, said the institute’s deputy director Le Thanh Hai.

“The remaining waste is treated improperly by businesses themselves or by private waste treatment plants,” Hai said.

In some cases, hazardous waste was also discarded without treatment.

“Many businesses hire private waste treatment companies to treat their toxic waste, but these enterprises are not licensed to handle the waste because they lack the proper equipment,” he added.

Often, according to Hai, businesses could not classify harmful waste because they lacked the necessary equipment.

“Such hazardous waste comes not only from industrial production plants and businesses, but also households,” Hai said. “Many local people find it hard to distinguish between toxic and normal waste. Used batteries, for example, are classified as toxic waste, but you can still find them in household garbage dumps.”

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Crackdown on hydropower plant safety ordered – Industries – VietNam News

Crackdown on hydropower plant safety ordered – Industries – VietNam News: HA NOI (VNS)– The Ministry of Industry and Trade has been ordered to conduct more inspections on hydropower dams and reservoirs nation-wide with a view to ensuring the safety of residents downstream.

The command came from Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, stating that hydropower plants would be required to cease operations if residents in lowlands were threatened by dams or reservoirs that were substandard.

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Fire At Industrial Unit In Pool Lane, Bromborough, Being Tackled By Firefighters – MF&RS Incidents

MF&RS Incidents: Firefighters are tackling a fire in part of a three storey disused industrial unit.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 6.59am on Monday December 17 to Pool Lane, Bromborough.

Five appliances were requested to help with water relay and supply and personnel to tackle the fire at the corrugated steel building which had been used in the past as an electrical switch room. The room measures 20 metres by 10 metres.

The fire involved a quantity of cables on the first and second floor. Two main hoses were used to tackle the blaze from outside the building.

By 8.45am firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were carrying out damping down operations and checking for hot spots.

One appliance from Bromborough Community Fire Station, one from Birkenhead Community Fire Station, two appliances from Wallasey Community Fire Station and an aerial appliance from City Centre Community Fire Station, which has a platform on the end of an extendable arm where a hose can be directed onto roof fires, attended the call-out.

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Midland Hotel fire – 150 people evacuated – Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service –

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service – Midland Hotel fire – 150 people evacuated: AROUND 150 people were evacuated from the Midland Hotel in Manchester city centre after a fire in the basement last night (Sunday, December, 16).

The blaze in the laundry room at 7.51pm caused the automatic fire alarm to sound, which alerted a crew from Manchester Central Fire Station.

Crews were helped by an off duty firefighter from Yorkshire, who was a guest at the hotel and rang 999 while they were on their way to confirm that there was a genuine fire and that there was smoke issuing from the six-storey hotel building.

Two more fire engines from Manchester Central and Salford fire stations rushed to the Peter Street hotel.

The fire which involved an industrial sized washer drier was limited to the basement laundry area and crews put the flames out using a hose reel while wearing breathing apparatus.

They then used a fan to disperse the smoke and made the electrics safe before the guests were allowed back into the hotel.

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Poor safety blamed for dock worker injury | thetelegraph.com.au

Poor safety blamed for dock worker injury | thetelegraph.com.au: A KARRATHA man’s arm was crushed as he worked at the dock supplying Chevron’s massive Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia on Saturday, the Maritime Union of Australia says.

There have been conflicting reports about the severity of the injury of the man.The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) claimed the man was being sent by air ambulance to Perth after he was seriously injured when his arm was crushed between the dock and a barge at the Mermaid Marine Supply base in Dampier.

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