OSLO, Norway (AP) – A truck caught fire in Norway’s second-longest tunnel Monday, leading to the evacuation of 160 people – 55 of whom were hospitalized due to smoke inhalation and other injuries. The truck caught fire 3.5 kilometers (2.17 miles) into the tunnel, Gudvangatunnelen, in a district east of Bergen, police spokesman Jorn Lasse Refnes said. Gudvangatunnelen is 11.4 kilometers (7.08 miles) long and is in the western part of Norway. Rescue services spokesman Reinardt Sorensen said the light went out in the tunnel after the fire. Most of the injured suffered from smoke inhalation, but some people were lightly hurt after they crashed their cars in the darkness, he said. The 160 people evacuated from the tunnel included the truck driver, who walked away uninjured, Sorensen said. He added that it wasn’t yet clear what caused the fire, which was extinguished. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
The international forwarder has already opened offices in Moscow and Calgary earlier this year and says that following a 30 percent increase in turnover during the first quarter of 2011, another two offices are expected to be added to BRI’s global network within the next six months.Terry Walpole, chairman, describes this latest move further into China as an opportunity for a global forwarder to serve the local market. “We’ve had a presence in China for five years through our Shanghai office but the Shenzhen operation allows us to expand into southern China.”He adds: “It’s certainly a response to increasing demand from customers and in recent years, we’ve seen those in the automotive, fashion and energy markets require more logistics support from us in southern China.”Whilst BRI is a general freight forwarder, one of its three specialist divisions – BRI Energy Team – specialises in handling heavy and OOG consignments. The other two divisions are BRI Couture and BRI Automotive Team.
As the Gazette went to press, it was unclear whether a drinks party at national firm Cobbetts was going ahead as planned. In the uncertainty following the firm’s acquisition amid financial troubles, the atmosphere at the Birmingham event would hardly have been conducive to ‘a wind-down and a few celebratory beers’ as the invitation promised. A wind-down of a different kind, perhaps.One person probably not in the mood for celebrations was Jayne Firth, whose recruitment from Pinsent Masons as first associate on Cobbetts’ pensions team was announced on 17 January. Firth had said: ‘I look forward to working with the teams at Cobbetts to build on our existing high-quality client base with a view to further extend and modernise the services we provide.’News of Cobbetts’ financial troubles appears to have come as a shock to almost everyone. On the day last week that it announced that ‘the appropriate course at this time is for the firm to obtain the protection of an interim statutory moratorium to enable a sale of the business and assets’, it tweeted: ‘Welcoming one of our new directors… Nadeem from @Cobbetts talks about his appointment to the @JCIManchester team.’Certainly, there was little indication of trouble ahead in the firm’s announcement of half-year results in December, headed ‘a steady ship at Cobbetts’.Managing partner Nick Carr (pictured) announced fee income of more than £20m – consistent with the previous year – although a profit figure was absent. Carr said: ‘Our half-year results ensure we remain on target, and new client wins mean that trading predictions for the next six months are strong. We expect to meet our financial targets by year end.’Within six weeks, the firm had created a debenture securing lender Lloyds TSB against all of its debt and future debt.Just a few days later, the game was up and a fire sale was under way, culminating in the announcement of a pre-pack acquisition by DWF – the very firm that had been the subject of merger talks last year. Cobbetts refused to comment further, amid widespread speculation about the causes of the collapse.However, some facts are already clear. According to the most recent financial report, filed last January for the 2011 calendar year, Cobbetts was battling against falling profits despite seeing turnover increase. Profits fell by £400,000 year on year to £10.6m. During that period, the largest amount drawn by a partner went up from £292,500 in 2010 to £400,000.Long-term loans were reduced from £9m to £6m, but the short-term debt – that which was due to be paid by the end of calendar 2012 – jumped from £591,000 to £2.7m. Whatever the state of its finances more recently, Cobbetts continued to make hay – or so it seemed. Last July the firm promoted 24 members of staff across its four offices, including five to partner. The retention rate for trainees rose to 80% in 2012, up from 73% in 2011.And while the likes of Eversheds, Pinsent Masons and CMS Cameron McKenna made headlines by collectively pruning hundreds of jobs last month, there were no bad news stories at Cobbetts. Cobbetts is a full service law firm with a mixed client base of individuals and businesses. Recent work has included advising Premier Inn on its largest-ever hotel opening, working with supporters trusts to acquire stakes in Rangers and Portsmouth football clubs, and providing legal support to the Manchester International Festival.It appeared to be building on steady growth over the past 11 years, through mergers with Fox Brooks Marshall and Read Hind Stewart. It had offices established in expensive areas of Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London. Reportedly, around half of the firm’s 500 staff were fee-earners.There was, however, an element of the ‘squeezed middle’ about Cobbetts. Not wealthy or prestigious enough to cast off the regional tag and enter the higher echelons of the legal profession; nor resilient enough to stave off the threat from other firms snapping at its heels in the crowded Manchester market.A market-moving merger might have been the solution – as it will surely be for many firms of similar size – but this option collapsed, for unspecified reasons, when DWF pulled out of a proposed deal in January last year. Cobbetts will not be the only firm casting nervous glances at its balance sheet. According to a market survey by the Law Society, Ministry of Justice and Legal Services Board, more than one-fifth of firms had experienced problems with financing in the previous 12 months.The Gazette’s Cobbetts archive is filled with new hires and concluded deals. Most intriguing is a story from 2006, where Cobbetts and now-defunct Halliwells signed up to a legal practice course for their future trainees. Now the two firms are linked once again, but for all the wrong reasons.
USA: BNSF is planning to invest $3·3bn under its 2018 capital plan unveiled on January 31. This the same level of spending as 2017, and brings the total investment to more than $60bn since 2000.Within the total figure, $2·4bn has been allocated for maintenance and renewal of both infrastructure and rolling stock. ‘Our infrastructure is strong and robust’, explained President & Chief Executive Officer Carl Ice. ‘Our efforts to normalise our maintenance investment have positioned us to replace the right assets at the right locations at the right time. This allows our maintenance investment to be at similar levels year-to-year.’Among the infrastructure priorities are the replacement of more than 800 km of rail and nearly 3 million sleepers, as well as reballasting. Track surfacing and/or undercutting will be undertaken on work on more than 20 000 route-km.BNSF expects to invest $300m in new rolling stock during 2018, including freight wagons and other equipment. Around $100m has been allocated for Positive Train Control in order to meet the December 31 implementation deadline. BNSF says it is the only Class I freight railroad to have completed the installation of PTC on all its federally mandated subdivisions.
“Hang Up and Listen” airs Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. on WJON.The Minnesota Twins in the Shortened 2020 SeasonDave OverlundTwins PanoramaGet to know your Minnesota Twins for the 2020 season.Getty ImagesJorge PolancoJorge Polanco is expected to be the starting shortstop for the Twins in 2020. He will likey be their #2 hitter.Getty ImagesJosh DonaldsonJosh Donaldson was the big free agent acquisition of the Twins this offseason. He’s expected to add some home runs to the bomba squad.Getty ImagesJosh DonaldsonDonaldson takes batting practice in the cage.Getty ImagesKenta MaedaKenta Maeda came to the Twins in a trade with the Dodgers for hard throwing prospect Brusdar Graterol. Maeda should begin the season in the Twins’ rotation.Getty ImagesNelson CruzNelson Cruz is shagging some ground balls here. He didn’t play in the field last season and isn’t expected to do that this season either. The 40-year old will be the Twins’ full-time DH.Getty ImagesRocco BaldelliManager Rocco Baldelli enters his 2nd season as the Twins’ manager with high hopes for a return trip to the playoffs.Getty ImagesSummer WorkoutsThe Twins are stretching on an overcast day at Target Field.Getty ImagesTwins Working OutMarwin Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz are stretching before practice. Gonzalez is expected to see time all over the diamond again this season including the outfield 3rd base and first base.Getty ImagesWes Johnson and Jose BerriosJose Berrios will be the opening day starter on the mound for Twins. He is the staff ace and is coming off a solid 2019 season. About Connatix V56490 1/1 360p Auto (360p) Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 720p HD About Connatix V56490 1080p HD The Minnesota Twins are sitting atop the entire American League with a 20-10 record after beating Cleveland Monday night. Despite a bevvy of injured players, the Twins soldier on and continue to win games.Twins Daily writer Seth Stohs joins WJON’s “Hang Up and Listen” every Tuesday to talk baseball. This week, Seth talks about the Twins catching situation, the emergence of Jorge Alcala, Miguel Sano’s recent hot streak, how the team should handle the pitching injuries and more.
Bruno Fernandes has been crowned as the Premier League’s Player of the Month for February.BRUNO! BRUNO! BRUNO! @B_Fernandes8 is your February #PL POTM 🔥⚽ pic.twitter.com/NfMalr3u6r— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) March 16, 2020The Portuguese playmaker has taken Old Trafford by storm since completing his £68million move on January 29.Fernandes was involved in three goals – one goal and two assists – in three appearances in the Premier League for the Red Devils in February.An energetic display in the goalless draw against Wolves on his debut offered a glimpse into why United had relentlessly chased him with his impact on the team clear to see.The 25-year-old notched his first assist for the club over a fortnight later in the 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as the Red Devils completed the double over the Blues.Fernandes broke his duck for United in the 3-0 win against Watford where he scored a penalty and capped an impressive performance with an assist for Mason Greenwood for the third goal.Congratulations to @B_Fernandes8 on winning the @EASPORTSFIFA Player of the Month for February 🔴#PLAwards pic.twitter.com/475tuPlc00— Premier League (@premierleague) March 16, 2020The former Sporting skipper has helped rejuvenate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side but has seen any momentum halted due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.He has however refused to take credit for United’s resurgence telling Sky Sports that every player in the club has contributed to the turnaround.“We can talk about a new start after Bruno, but it’s not about Bruno, it’s about the team,” he said.”One player doesn’t change a team. A team changes when everyone pushes together for the same side.”Fernandes adds the Premier League award to the Manchester United and PFA player awards for February.United are unbeaten in five games and currently sit fifth in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea where they remain well in the hunt for a Champions League place next season.Related