INDIANAPOLIS – The mighty, thundering voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been silenced. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Tom Carnegie, the legendary chief announcer for the IMS Public Address system for an incredible 61 years, died Feb. 11 in the Indianapolis suburb of Zionsville. He was 91. Carnegie served as the public address announcer at the Speedway from 1946 to 2006. He called 61 Indianapolis 500s, 12 Brickyard 400s and six United States Grands Prix for millions of fans at IMS. Carnegie’s incredible baritone coined and developed such iconic phrases as, “AND HEEEEEEE’S ON IT!” “HEEEEEERE’S THE TIME AND SPEED REPORT!” and the classic “AAAAAAND, IT’S A NEEEEEW TRACK RECORD!” It is fair to say Carnegie probably deserves more credit than any other single human being for helping build the gigantic crowds that were drawn to the track for qualifications three and four decades ago. He developed his style through the mid-1950s and pretty much had it perfected by the early 1960s, bellowing the aforementioned phrases and others to the delight of the crowd. He enjoyed tantalizing the attentive throng by “telegraphing” a track record or a spectacular speed with setup lines like, “YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT!” or, in the case of a run in which the speeds were increasing with each lap, “AAAAAAND, IT’S STILL GOING UP!”Advertisement Born in Connecticut as the son of a Baptist minister, Carnegie grew up aspiring to be an actor. But those hopes were dashed when he was stricken with polio as a student in Missouri. He turned his attention instead to the broadcasting of sporting events, and his sense of the dramatic quickly came to the fore. After graduating from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., he landed a job in 1942 at radio station WOWO in Fort Wayne, Ind. Westinghouse in Pittsburgh owned WOWO and sister station WGL, and the station manager suggested the name Tom Carnegie would go well in the East since the name Carnegie was prominent in Pittsburgh. So Carl Kenagy – Carnegie’s birth name – became Tom Carnegie. Fate eventually led him to radio station WIRE in Indianapolis near the end of World War II. He also wrote sports columns for the Indianapolis Star. It was while he was “emceeing” at a vintage car concourse just days before the 1946 “500” that new track president Wilbur Shaw heard his work and invited him to assist with the public address on race day. Carnegie accepted and kept coming back for the next six decades.Advertisement Because of his sense of the dramatic, and the fact that it had not been possible for any spectator to see completely around the massive facility, he enjoyed toying with the imagination of the IMS crowd with lines like: “WHO WILL IT BE? WHO WILL IT BE?” Or on a relatively peaceful qualifying day, while waiting to see if a driver was or was not going to raise his hand for a qualifying run, “Let’s wait and watch,” with a little singsong rise and fall to the last word. This would likely be followed up by, “Heeeeere he comes,” delivered with an upward glissando for “here” and a two-note singsong for “comes.” Privately, Carnegie became somewhat saddened in the 1990s when virtually instant timing-and-scoring information became available to the public via computers, followed by the installation of large television screens around the track. He felt these innovations could lessen the mystique. “It’s theater,” he would philosophize, pointing up into the grandstands and then chuckling over the memories of some of his more famous calls from the days when the public was relying largely on his commentary.Advertisement Perhaps his favorite “call” came in the closing moments of the 1967 Indianapolis 500 when Parnelli Jones had to drop out with Andy Granatelli’s turbine after having led for much of the day, setting the stage for A.J. Foyt to become a three-time winner. Moments before Foyt was due to come through Turn 4 for the final time, a multi-car accident took place on the main straight, all but blocking the track. While cars were spinning in every direction – and, unknown to Carnegie, Foyt, with his incredible sixth sense, had already slowed – Carnegie was bellowing, “HE SHOULD BE COMING INTO SIGHT AT ANY MOMENT. WILL HE GET THROUGH? WILL HE GET THROUGH? WHERE IS HE? WHERE IS HE?” What followed was the triumphant, “THERE HE IS!!!” Carnegie never really wanted to quit. But he understandably found himself tiring more easily upon entering his 80s. Realizing that the dramatic finish to the 2006 “500” would be hard to top – Sam Hornish Jr. seemingly came out of nowhere to edge young Marco Andretti at the start/finish line – Carnegie decided to call it a career in June 2006. He would continue to come to the track as a visitor during event times and be besieged by race fans of all ages who wanted to share their memories and thank him for his contributions.Advertisement His contributions spread far beyond the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was covering qualifications for the inaugural Ontario (Calif.) 500 in 1970 for what was then WFBM-TV (now WRTV), of which he was the longtime sports director, when he was quickly pressed into service. Carnegie actually traveled the circuit for a couple of years after that, announcing all of the United States Auto Club national championship races. He was a real friend to USAC, as well as to the Speedway, never failing to show up for any kind of press announcement over a period of many years and always willing to interview a driver on camera about an upcoming race. He was eventually to be inducted into a variety of Halls of Fame, in the fields of both motor racing and broadcasting. The impact of Tom Carnegie has been immeasurable, and his work will never be forgotten. IndyCar released several statements today from its executives regarding memorializing Carnegie. “It was truly an honor to meet a man that played such an important role in creating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500,” said Randy Bernard, CEO of IndyCar. “If there are two sayings that truly resonate with race fans around the world, it is ‘Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines’ and Mr. Carnegie’s iconic ‘It’s a new track record.’ His warm personality and booming voice will always be remembered as an important part of what made fans and competitors fall in the love with ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’ His enthusiasm for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the sport of Indy car racing will be greatly missed.”Advertisement Terry Angstadt, president of IndyCar’s Commercial Division, added, “What you remember, of course, is the voice. It is the Indy 500 to everyone. Those who have had the pleasure of knowing the man understand what an incredibly warm and endearing person he was. He was one of those special people that cross your path in life and I’m fortunate to have known him for more than a decade.” “Tom Carnegie was an institution at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and recognized around the world for his contributions to making it the world’s most famous course,” said Brian Barnhart, president of competition and operations at IndyCar. “His booming voice and signature ‘It’s a new track record’ will live on in the minds of all race fans. More importantly, he was a friend to hundreds of competitors who attempted to find their way into Victory Circle at the Speedway over the years. I’ll remember him as the essence of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’ ” Carnegie is survived by his wife, D.J., and children Blair, Charlotte and Robert.
Market access in the EC would be challenged in GATT and its successor, the World Trade Organization (WTO), starting with Latin American banana producers supported by the USA. This challenge would require the now European Union (EU) to propose negotiating WTO compatible regional Economic Partnership Agreements with the ACP countries commencing in 2001. Applying a development strategy The EPA regional negotiations between the EU and the Caribbean (CARIFORUM) would conclude in 2008. This was a development-oriented agreement phasing in reciprocal market access for the EU. The first is non-reciprocity from GATT Part IV dealing with trade and development which meant that developing countries were not required to participate in market liberalization in the GATT rounds of trade negotiations. The second, Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT), resulted from UNCTAD’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) by which developed countries provided non-reciprocal (one-way) market access to developing countries. By Elizabeth Morgan Oct 14, 2020 Jamaica’s Trade Performance: Turbulence ahead Trade in Services – For CARICOM, Tourism dominates Negotiating FTAs So, what has been CARICOM’s foreign trade policy strategy? Oct 7, 2020 Sep 2, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 At the same time, there was a further move to promote trade liberalization through negotiating free trade agreements (FTAs). The USA proposed negotiating the hemispheric Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement between 1998 and 2005. This period saw CARICOM engaging in other trade negotiations with the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, and exploring negotiations with Central America and MERCOSUR. Other Latin American countries, e.g. Chile, were interested in negotiating with CARICOM. A schedule for negotiations was prepared. The FTAA would stall and be consigned to cold-storage. CARICOM’s policy for negotiating these agreements remained centred on S&DT to meet development needs. In the FTAA, the idea of special treatment for small, vulnerable economies was introduced. You may be interested in… With the launch of the GATT Uruguay Round of negotiations in 1986, there was a more aggressive move toward liberalization of global trade. Developing countries; including those in the CARICOM, held to the principles of non-reciprocity and S&DT aiming to protect their market access into developed countries, especially the EC, and protecting specific domestic production. At the multilateral level, the WTO Doha “Development” Round of negotiations was also launched in 2001. Development was to be at its core. Thus S&DT and small vulnerable economies (SVEs) were on board. With the Doha Round petering-out and the advent of the Trump administration in the USA, S&DT is under close scrutiny as a measure for reform. On February 20, 2019, my article in the Gleaner was titled “Needed: A CARICOM Foreign Trade Strategy and Agenda”. On September 2, 2020, I addressed “Jamaica’s Trade Performance: Turbulence Ahead”. This article was relevant to CARICOM generally. Last week, referring specifically to Jamaica’s Cabinet appointments in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, I pointed out that this may be the time for the region to review its foreign trade strategy and agenda as it determines requirements to stimulate its economic growth in this time of COVID-19. While intra-regional trade is important, the bulk of CARICOM Member States’ trade is with external partners. In 2019, CARICOM collectively imported an estimated US$36 billion in goods from the world and exported US$18 billion. The total value of goods trade within CARICOM, imports and exports, was US$7 billion. Among CARICOM countries, in the 1980s, Jamaica particularly, under World Bank and IMF Structural Adjustment Programmes, undertook unilateral trade liberalization by reducing tariffs thus further opening the domestic market to extra-regional trade. This strategy, to gain market access in developed countries, has been based on trade and development concepts which emerged in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the 1960s. Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… The European Community (EC) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States negotiated the Lomé Conventions (1975-2000) applying these development principles of non-reciprocity and S&DT. This was continued in the trade arrangements with the USA and Canada which gave rise to the Caribbean Basin Initiative in 1983 and the Canada/Caribbean Trade Agreement (CARIBCAN) in 1986. Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy alliance CARICOM, in 2001, had proposed negotiating an FTA with Canada, thinking it would be the template for a development-oriented agreement with the EU. The then Liberal Canadian Government of Jean Chrétien, after exploratory talks, did not issue the negotiating mandate. This would not be forthcoming until 2007 when the Conservative Government of Stephen Harper came into office. These negotiations commenced in 2009. The CARIFORUM/EU EPA then became the template for these negotiations. The 2001 strategy had been upended. CARICOM’s Trade with Asian Countries: Mainly about importsOver the past months, I have written a series of articles on CARICOM’s trade with its trading partners – USA, Canada, United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU), Latin America and Africa. I had also looked previously at trade discussions within the Commonwealth. This week, I will complete this series by…September 23, 2020In “Indepth”CARICOM/USA Relations: What of CBI?By Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics You will recall from previous articles that the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) comprises the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBPTA). CBERA’s duration is indefinite, but CBPTA, which amends provisions of CBERA,…June 7, 2019In “CARICOM”Jamaica: 25 years at WTO [Part II]Doha Development Round or Agenda (DDA) By Elizabeth Morgan The Doha Development Round/Agenda (DDA) was launched at the 4th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC4) in Doha, Qatar in 2001. The new Round was reluctantly accepted by many developing countries, including Jamaica, as development priorities were to be central. Development included reviewing…March 15, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp CARICOM’s zeal for negotiating FTAs waned after 2015 when the negotiations with Canada were suspended. The work programme has been limited to outstanding work on existing FTAs, such as those with Cuba, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, and on continuing work in the WTO. So, given the crisis created by COVID-19 and the situation with foreign and foreign trade policy at the bilateral, regional, hemispheric, and international levels, it is time for CARICOM to assess the continued effectiveness of its development-oriented foreign trade strategy and resulting trade agreements to determine the way forward. Applying the trade and development provisions in GATT and UNCTAD, CARICOM Member States were implementing a neo-mercantilist trade policy as the aim was to have limited domestic liberalization of trade to external trade partners, while improving access to the markets of developed trading partners. Trade-in-Services and Technology: More missed opportunities…
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The ground-breaking ceremony held at Neste’s renewable product refinery in Rotterdam marked the beginning of construction for the world’s first Bio LPG production facility.The EUR 60 million facility will start production of Bio LPG at the end of 2016, the company informed in a statement.SHV Energy will market and sell Bio LPG to be produced at Neste’s Rotterdam refinery.The new facility will have a production capacity of 40,000 tonnes per year of Bio LPG for the European market. SHV Energy will be the exclusive distributor, supplying the 160,000 tonnes over four years.The UK Department for Transport has issued Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates for Bio LPG under their Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation accreditation, and SHV Energy is working with customers and policy makers in France, Germany, the Benelux countries, Scandinavia, and Ireland on similar schemes, as policy makers push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Neste’s Rotterdam refinery primarily produces NEXBTL renewable diesel from various waste, residues and vegetable oils.Technology, engineering and project management company Neste Jacobs has designed the Bio LPG production process.
Today we are announcing the shortlists for the World Demolition Awards.We have now reached the Safety and Training category shortlist.Congratulations to:#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Brandenburg Industrial Service Co (USA) – which successfully completed the Challenge pilot programme executed by the Occupational Safety and Health AdministrationBudget Demolition (Canada) – which achieved Certificate of Recognition health and safety accreditation after a five-year overhaul of its entire safety programmeDemoliciones Mitre (Argentina) – which gained B Corporation certification for its social and environmental performancePriestly Demolition (Canada) – which achieved a Certificate of Recognition in Ontario in 2020 and has started bringing safety and training programmes in house for increased flexibility.The World Demolition Awards take place on Thursday 12 November and are organised by Demolition & Recycling International in co-operation with the European Demolition Association and the National Demolition Association of the USA.The headline sponsor is Volvo Construction Equipment.To register for the World Demolition Summit please visit https://www.demolitionsummit.com/
JFG Calthorp, Marchant Solicitors, Mansfield I recently had my first experience of the court’s small claims mediation service, in a difficult building dispute which started life as a small claim but, had it proceeded, would have gone into the fast track. The mediation, for which 60 to 90 minutes was allowed, was conducted by telephone and I had my clients sitting opposite. My opponent’s clients were available to speak to him by telephone. The court mediator was most effective and rapidly grasped the main issues. After 75 minutes we had a settlement. I reflected at the end of the process that there was no mediator’s fee for the clients to pay, and that my clients’ costs had been kept to a minimum by conducting the process on the telephone. A good deal of preparation had been done in advance, however, and I had spoken to my professional opponent beforehand. While there may be cases which are not suitable for telephone mediation, there will be many fast-track cases which could, at the right stage, be resolved in this manner, given the allocation of sufficient support and resources to the mediation service. With public expenditure cuts on the horizon, this is an area which the Ministry of Justice needs to fight hard to safeguard and extend.
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It is all too easy to take shots from the sidelines and offer sniping in place of substance, rather than constructive criticism. However, the recent announcement of the appointment of Lord Adonis as chair of the government’s new independent infrastructure commission is as imaginative as it is inspired.With a brief to draw up plans for a trio of big infrastructure schemes, the three key areas of Crossrail 2, High Speed 3 and improvements to Britain’s energy storage all now sit in the in-tray of what was a former Labour transport secretary. With a chancellor who has quite rightly been criticised for talking big but delivering an infrastructure investment programme which has declined by 5.4% since 2010, this is the big chance to prove that he is prepared to walk the talk by, in effect, stealing a Labour plan and appointing a Labour grandee to oversee long-term infrastructure planning.For our industry, infrastructure investment is welcome on many fronts. It enhances productivity, it creates jobs on a long-term and sustained basis and, with pension funds demanding investment opportunities with a stable and substantive return because the construction risk is likely to be underwritten by the public purse, it surely strikes the right chord. The issue with infrastructure investment has always been about politics rather than delivery. After all, we are the construction professionals who delivered the Channel Tunnel and the 2012 Olympics, and are about to complete Crossrail. The beauty of the Lord Adonis appointment is that a cross-party political consensus has been established from the outset with a respected chairman in place with a brief to hold the government to account if things do not get The challenge has always been funding. So much of the finance for infrastructure projects is front-end loaded whereas the benefits are diluted and spread over a long period of time. Hence, the government approving the initial expenditure sees itself as getting all the blame at the outset but none of the political plaudits at the end. The beauty of the Lord Adonis appointment is that a cross-party political consensus has been established from the outset with a respected chairman in place with a brief to hold the government to account if things do not get built. He, in effect, is enacting a plan under a Conservative administration that comes straight from his own Labour Party’s manifesto. While he will be operating as an independent peer, his appointment is shrewd.Last week George Osborne announced that 89 local authority pension funds would be pooled into six “British wealth funds” with assets of more than £25bn each. He is hoping that they will see the wisdom of investing in infrastructure. As I understand it, Lord Adonis’ role is to advise the government, but decision making on the who/what/where and when will remain with ministers. The commission will operate from a position of neutrality and will use our industry expertise to manage the politics based on what is needed rather than what is politically expedient. The chancellor was quoted as saying that he sees the new commission as deciding dispassionately what projects were most needed and that it was there to hold “any government’s feet to the fire” if they did not deliver.These are encouraging words and I welcome the re-commitment to infrastructure construction activity but it comes after a track record of limited success on delivering on Osborne’s ambitions. It was pointed out that previous plans revealed in 2011 expected 500 building projects to be supported by up to £20bn from pension funds over a 10-year period. Critics point out that so far only £1bn has been raised, which has been allocated to, among other things, London’s new giant sewer project. Others from our industry will also point out that two days after Osborne revealed the new commission, it was announced that the flagship £2.9bn consultants framework has also been delayed yet again and now looks as though it will be awarded in 2016, three years late.A leader column in the Financial Times heralded the new commission as “firing up Britain’s bulldozers”. It points out the vital impact of infrastructure on our sector and holds out the hope that political barriers that have brought delay and prevarication may well be overcome by the appointment of Lord Adonis. I think we have at last got grounds for optimism and he is a clever and shrewd appointment by a government that is showing a zeal for enhanced public projects that would not be out of place in a Britain from the age of Brunel. He just may bethe galvanising figure that investors needed to see at the helm. Let’s hope so.Richard Steer is chairman of Gleeds Worldwide There will be a session on Infrastructure, cities and the northern powerhouse at this year’s Building Live event on 26 November. For more information and to book tickets go to: www.building-live.co.uk/programme
SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: April 28, 2017 7:06 AM EDT (CNN) Toyota is recalling 228,000 Tacoma vehicles over an issue that could cause drivers to lose control of their cars.The company said Thursday that the recall applies to certain 2016 and 2017 Tacoma trucks.The issue is that the vehicles’ rear differential — or a set of gears that sends power out to the rear wheels — could leak oil.“If a vehicle is continuously operated in this condition, the rear differential could become damaged, which can result in noise and reduced propulsion,” Toyota said in a statement. “In some cases the rear differential could seize, resulting in a loss of control of the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.”Customers can look up whether their car is included in the recall on Toyota’s website. The company says it’s already sending notices in the mail to affected customers.Toyota is encouraging drivers with affected trucks to bring them into a dealer to get checked out. If there’s an issue, the company says necessary parts will be replaced free of charge. Otherwise, minor services may be performed to ensure there isn’t an issue going forward, Toyota said.The company declined to comment when asked whether there have been any injuries or crashes linked to this recall. Author: CNN Toyota recalls 228,000 Tacoma trucks
A London criminal law firm says it lost out on a new legal aid contract as a result of a ‘basic transcription error’ in the marking of one of its bids.Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson (EFBW), one of several firms challenging the Legal Aid Agency’s tender process for new crime duty provider contracts, today filed an application for a summary judgment in a claim challenging the contract decision. The firm was unsuccessful in its bids for duty solicitor work in the London boroughs Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.A press release issued this afternoon by London firm Bindmans, which is acting for EFBW in the litigation, states that the LAA has ‘now admitted that it made a basic transcription error in scoring at least one of EFBW’s bids, and that consequently EFBW should have been awarded a contract in Hackney’.According to the press release, Bindmans identified the possibility of such an error in October but this was not addressed by the LAA in pre-action correspondence and a formal offer of alternative dispute resolution was not taken up.Bindmans says the error was only then able to be confirmed following early limited disclosure of the marking documents ordered by the High Court in November in respect of EFBW’s Hackney and eight other claims.‘Even after disclosure, the LAA ignored Bindmans’ requests to settle EFBW’s claim and proceeded to file a defence that admitted the error but failed to acknowledge the consequences,’ the press release continues.‘Only after further correspondence did the LAA acknowledge that if the error had not been made, EFBW should have scored higher than at least one of the purported successful bidders.‘The LAA has, however, refused to settle the claim, despite the fact that it should never have had to be brought.’Bindmans partner Jamie Potter said: ‘The error in this case may have been small but its consequences were extremely serious. The lord chancellor and the LAA must look for a way out of this litigation outside of the courtroom.’EFBW managing partner Paul Harris (pictured) said the number of contracts the firm was awarded ‘significantly affects the extent to which we are able to continue as a business, including the number of staff we can employ.‘Can the LAA realistically say that such errors have not been made in respect of other bids by us or by other firms?’‘In the absence of such an assurance, surely at least a wholesale review and/or remarking is required instead of continuing to pursue inevitably costly litigation.‘Livelihoods should not be undermined by the typing of a “1” instead of a “2” and firms should not be required to bring legal challenges to uncover such errors.’A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice told the Gazette it was ‘defending the legal challenges to the procurement process and it would not be appropriate to discuss individual cases that are subject to ongoing litigation in the courts’.The spokesperson said: ‘We still have one of the most generous legal aid systems in the world, with £1.6bn spent last year alone. The spending review settlement we have reached with the Treasury for the next five years leaves legal aid almost untouched.’The Law Society said the latest news ‘seriously undermines the confidence of those firms that have secured contracts as it creates doubt as to whether they will still have a contract once the litigation is concluded’.It urged the MoJ to take up its call for an independent review of the tender award process, ‘instead of proceeding with expensive and time-consuming litigation’.