New NileDutch vessel named

first_imgNileDutch Antwerpen is the third of four newbuild bespoke container vessels being delivered to the company for use in its West Africa – Far East service. The vessels will be registered in the Netherlands and fly the Dutch flag.The dimensions and deck equipment of the four new vessels are tailored to the ports they will serve in West Africa, said NileDutch. Each ship will have a capacity of 3,510 teu, with a length of over 224 m, beam of 34.8 m and draft of 12.5 m.The second newbuild – NileDutch Dordrecht – was named back in January at PSA Singapore Terminals. fourth newbuild vessel is scheduled for delivery later this year.  www.niledutch.comlast_img read more

Veterans Day: Bring the memorial to you

first_imgVeterans Day: Bring the memorial to you Published: November 10, 2016 5:34 AM EST Updated: November 10, 2016 12:17 PM EST (CBS) — Thousands of aging veterans of World War II and the Korean War have made the journey to Washington D.C. to experience the memorials in their honor with the help of the Honor Flight network. Now, veterans who are too frail to make the journey are getting their chance to experience the journey through virtual reality. It’s called Honor Everywhere, and its creators say it brings the memorials to the veterans in the comfort of their home or assisted living facility. SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

‘Overwhelming’ support for action as 400 barristers stay away from court

first_img Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-group Crown court hearings across the north were disrupted today as over 400 barristers stayed away from court in the first incident of militant action against the government’s planned reforms to criminal legal aid. The all-day protest meeting followed a ballot of barristers on the northern circuit, who the Gazette was told, expressed ‘overwhelming’ support for the action. In a show of unity around 100 Manchester solicitors attended the first part of the meeting today. Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service admitted that of the 241 cases originally listed for today, 15 trials and 42 other matters were adjourned, the majority of which were given new dates within four weeks. A HMCTS spokeswoman said that no vulnerable victims or witnesses were involved in the adjourned hearings The high-profile Preston Crown Court trial of Dale Cregan, who denies murdering two men killed in a pub shooting, went ahead as planned and with counsel in attendance. Online court lists indicate that many trials have gone ahead, but other courts are listed as ‘not sitting’ or state that the judge is ‘reading in chambers’. One Manchester solicitor contacted the Gazette to say that four prison vans had left Manchester (Crown Square) Crown Court in convoy at lunchtime, indicating that custody cases had not been dealt with. Criminal solicitors and barristers have united in their opposition to the proposed reforms, which include price-competitive tendering, 17.5% fee cuts and the removal of clients’ freedom to choose their defence lawyer. The leader of the northern circuit Rick Pratt QC said the proposed reforms are ‘nothing short of a wholesale restructuring of the criminal courts’ that will lead to a ‘bargain basement’ system of justice. He said the disruption caused to the courts was ‘inevitable’ as, even after being notified last week of the meeting, the courts made no arrangements to minimise the impact. The Law Society, which said the ‘unworkable’ proposals would lead to a ‘collapse of the criminal defence system’, urged solicitors to work with the consultation for now. ‘The Society does not rule out more serious action later on but, at this stage, we believe that it is in the interests of our members and of the criminal justice system to engage with the proposals and provide evidence and reasoned alternatives to government,’ a statement said. Richard Atkinson, chair of the Society’s criminal law committee, added: ‘Only if they [the Ministry of Justice] persist in implementing price-competitive tendering should there be any further action taken.’ Lawyers on both sides of the profession have expressed a desire to take action to voice their opposition. One Birmingham solicitor, Amanda Naughton, is planning a march on Downing Street. The Criminal Law Solicitors Association has organised a meeting in London on 22 May. Chair Bill Waddington said: ‘PCT needs to be taken off the table completely. Tinkering with the proposals is not enough.’ He added: ‘We understand that savings have to be made, but that will not be done by the devastation of the criminal justice system.’ However, the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association has suggested that protesting against the reforms is futile. A flyer for an association meeting planned for 29 April says: ‘Short of a strike by the judiciary, change will follow the consultation… Arguments against the proposals are likely to fail unless they meet the financial reality.’ In the run-up to today’s action, a letter to the circuits from chief Crown prosecutor Nazir Afzal says the presiding judge for the circuit, Mr Justice Holroyde, has written to circuit leader Richard Pratt QC explaining that the meeting does not provide a ‘sufficiently good reason’ for court hearings not to proceed. Afzal said: ‘It is also our view that a meeting of barristers does not provide good cause for the usual work of the prosecution to be disrupted.’ Afzal added: ‘Given the good relationship that has been built up between the CPS and the criminal bar, I would be very disappointed if prosecution work is targeted, or suffers as part of the bar’s wider concerns about quality assurance or the consultation paper issued by the MoJ. ‘This will have an adverse impact on victims and witnesses and the wider community.’ He said the CPS would regard decisions not to honour professional commitments as a ‘very serious step’ that could impact adversely on the effective partnership between the bar and the CPS. A Bar Council spokeswoman said: ‘There is significant anger and disappointment at the criminal bar at the prospect of further cuts. We are picking through every detail of the consultation paper to understand the full consequences of what is being proposed, to provide the evidence to explain the true ramifications for the justice system. ‘That remains our core and most immediate focus,’ she said. A spokeswoman for the judges on the circuit said: ‘The position of the judiciary is straightforward. It is constitutionally independent. It will hear any applications to adjourn, taking into account the interests of both parties and the administration of justice, but will only remove a case from the list if an application is made on properly arguable grounds. ‘If no application is made or if it is refused, the court hearing will proceed on Monday as listed.’ She added: ‘In recognition of the uncertainty, the court will take steps to minimise any adverse impact on witnesses who have already been warned to attend on Monday.’ Meanwhile, barristers on the south-east and Wales and Chester circuits have been balloted on boycotting the planned Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates. Barristers on the northern circuit have already voted overwhelmingly in favour of a boycott. A Law Society spokeswoman said: ‘We understand and share the surprise and anger at the government’s proposals among those who work in and care about the criminal justice system. We have made it clear to government that what they propose is unworkable.’ But she said: ‘Until every opportunity to influence the outcome is exhausted, that will remain our focus – working with members to produce alternative proposals to present to government. We invite responses to the Law Society consultation, helping to shape our submission.’last_img read more

One third of Ashurst partnership to be female by 2022

first_imgCity firm Ashurst has become the latest practice to introduce targets to try and ensure more female representation in its upper echelons. The firm said it wants to achieve a partnership that is 33% female and ensure that 30% of ’legal leadership’ roles and 50% of senior business services roles are held by women. It hopes to reach these goals by the end of 2022.Managing partner Paul Jenkins said setting targets would ‘provide awareness and impetus for change’. ‘Identifying, supporting and developing the pipeline of all female leaders is vital for our business and setting our new diversity and inclusion targets reflects our confidence in the power of aspirational targets to further improve gender balance at the firm,’ he said.At the moment, 24% of Ashurst’s global partnership is female. The percentage of women in legal management roles is 23% and for business services roles 33%.Ashurst’s last diversity targets included implementing a ‘committed to change’ programme initiative which engaged partners to make a public commitment to diversity. It also introduced ‘bystander intervention training’ and a ‘calling out’  campaign to support partners and staff in feeling confident to challenge unacceptable language or behaviour.Several firms have introduced gender targets but with mixed success.Magic circle firm Linklaters exceeded its targets for 2018 after failing to meet them last year. In 2014, the firm pledged that at least 30% of new partners would be female.Rival Allen & Overy last year set a target of ensuring females make up 30% of partnership promotions by 2020. Taylor Wessing meanwhile was forced to introduce an entirely new long term diversity programme at the end of last year  after conceding it would not meet its goal of achieving a 25% female partnership by 2018.last_img read more

Centralisation shifts remand hearings to next county

first_imgCriminal defence solicitors in Shropshire want to ‘rule in’ the possibility of a judicial review if a decision to transfer remand prisoners to a court in a different county is not changed after the government submitted incorrect data about the numbers affected. Before April 2018, remand prisoners walked through a secure tunnel from Telford police station to Telford Magistrates’ Court, which is about a minute’s walk away. They are now taken to Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court, which is nearly an hour’s drive away in Worcestershire, after the Judicial Business Group, which oversees magistrates’ court business, decided to centralise West Mercia remand cases.The Shropshire Defence Advocates Group has written to the Judicial Business Group calling for the policy to be changed after Philip Dunne, Conservative MP for Ludlow, was given wrong figures by HM Courts & Tribunals Service in response to an enquiry about Shropshire prisoners.Dunne was told that the number of prisoners held for court the next day from Shropshire was 12 in April 2018, five in May 2018 and three in June 2018. The correct figures are 32, 30 and 22 respectively. HMCTS told the Gazette that it apologised for initially providing the wrong data, which was an ‘honest mistake and the result of human error’.Following a request made under the Freedom of Information Act, the advocates group has also obtained police data which, the group says, shows that between April and November 2018, prisoners who could have been produced at Telford under the old policy were detained for an additional 4,517 hours, with the average detention being 19 hours.The advocates group, in its letter, says the extra detention has meant additional costs to the taxpayer and legal aid fund, ‘great inconvenience’ to the police and ‘unnecessary hardship’ for prisoners.HMCTS said the Judicial Business Group decided to centralise the remand courts following a public consultation. ‘The centralised remand service has brought significant benefits to victims, witnesses and indeed defendants by delivering earlier trial dates, allowing for quicker resolution of cases. We have also seen a reduction in the number of ineffective trials since the changes were made,’ a spokesperson said. McMillan: advocates group wants to ‘rule in’ the possibility of a judicial reviewHowever, John McMillan, co-chair of the advocates group, told the Gazette that trial figures have improved because the number of criminal court cases is down, a trial ‘blitz’ was instigated and two district judges are now sitting at Telford.McMillan says the group does not rules out a judicial review, pointing out that detainees must be brought before a magistrates’ court quickly under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.The decision to centralise remand hearings has also meant fewer cases being heard at Telford. McMillan said court utilisation rates, which the Ministry of Justice often cites to justify court closures, ‘will be down’. A fortnight ago, he said, two criminal courts running at Telford were finished by lunchtime.HMCTS said there were no plans to close Telford Magistrates’ Court.last_img read more

Freight One awarded steel plant rail outsourcing contract

first_imgRUSSIA: Steelmaker NLMK Group has appointed Freight One to manage internal logistics at two sites operated by its Long Products Division in the Urals region. Under the pilot outsourcing programme Freight One will manage rail transport and maintenance at the NSMMZ and NLMK Metalware plants using rolling stock leased from NLMK Group. Freight One said the deal would expand its service portfolio into the industrial market, where it believes it can reduce customer’s rail transport costs by at least 8%. ‘Launching a pioneering new project in the rail freight market, we set ourselves a goal to cut transport costs for our customer, accelerate wagon turnover on the access tracks to the plants, as well as improve Freight One’s co-operation with the Russian Railways in industrial goods transport’, said Vitaly Kushchenko, Director of Freight One’s Yekaterinburg branch, on February 12.last_img read more

Seventy-two year old named Cultural Elder 2012

first_img Share 29 Views   no discussions Cultural elder, Henry Alexander (L) receiving his award from President Eluid Williams on SundayA seventy-two (72) year old farmer, father, musician, singer and a community man who helped formed a jing ping band in his village has been named the Cultural Elder for 2012.Mr. Henry Alexander, the son of Hodge and Tyrina Alexander (both deceased) was born in the village of Warner on Febuary 13, 1940. He attended the Warner Government School and left in Standard VII at the age of the sixteen years. After leaving school he took up farming, assisting his parents who themselves were ardent farmers.As a young boy growing up, Henry was surrounding by a family who had a love for traditional music. His father, Hodge ‘Chicki’ Alexander, owned a Jing Ping Band that comprised other siblings including Elue Alexander on the Tanbou. The Chiki Jing Ping Band, as it was called, performed at dances, village feasts, funeral wakes and major festivals all over the island. Although surrounded by a family who had a love for traditional music, Henry only got involved in traditional music after his father’s death in 1986.In 1999, along with Jeff Christopher Warrington, Henry helped form the Warner Jing Ping band. He learned to play the Tanbou from his brother Elue Alexander, who was also a member of the band. Not wanting to compete with his bigger brother on the Tanbou, Henry began learning to play the Mouth Organ. President Williams (R) sashing cultural elder 2012; Mr. Henry Alexander He always had his Mouth Organ handy and would practice many hours each day, striving for perfection. In his quest for perfection with the Mouth Organ, Henry was equally at ease playing the Tanbou. He also had a special love for traditional dances such as Heel-and-Toe Polka; and Flirtation.Having perfected the art of playing the Mouth Organ, Henry began competing in National Independence Competitions. He won the National Competition on two separate occasions. As a member of the Warner Jing Ping Band, Henry also participated in National Independence Competitions for several years. For his achievement in Culture, in 2010 he was awarded by the Division of Culture for his outstanding contribution to culture in the Commonwealth of Dominica.Henry Alexander, a farmer by profession, was married in 1988 to Berylia Alexander nee Bruno of Warner, and from that union produced five children. His wife passed in 2005 and he had not remarried.Apart from his involvement in the traditional cultural music and dance, Henry was actively involved in other aspects of the life of the community. He is an immediate past member of the St. Paul Parish Council and was also a Rural Constable for many years.This cultural icon of the Warner community is also a versatile singer and has been a member of the Warner Catholic Church Choir for the past fifteen years. He is surrounded in the Choir by several of his children and grand children.The Warner community is proud to present Mr. Henry Alexander as its Cultural Elder for 2012 and wish him God’s continued guidance and blessings.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Seventy-two year old named Cultural Elder 2012 by: – October 22, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

Paix Bouche Primary Gets ICT Donation from Rotary Club

first_img 106 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNews Paix Bouche Primary Gets ICT Donation from Rotary Club by: – September 27, 2019 Share The Paix Bouche Primary School has been gifted a donation of information technology equipment for its computer lab from the Rotary Clubs of Portsmouth and Barbados and the All Hearts and Hands Foundation.At a ceremony on Thursday, September 26th Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth, Hans Chambers, explained that the gesture was made possible through a student of the Seventh-Day Adventist Secondary School.“Lily came to me with some of the staff as well as the Principal and members of All Hands and Hearts. They came knocking on the door of the Rotary Club in Portsmouth and said ‘guys we need help for Paix Bouche. We’re giving them a new building but they also need more support.’“We altogether decided that Rotary was going to try to give you computers because we already know exactly what computers to buy, we were in contact with the IT Department of the Ministry of Education so we all came together. That one students had done so well and had such good grace that one Rotarian from Florida came to bring the computers. He was in the middle of Hurricane Maria horrified and decided to give computers to the school. We are here the Rotary Clubs of Portsmouth and Barbados to bring you your computers.”Principal, Joannie Honore said “We are delighted that the Rotary Club has seen the need to make this partnershiup official. The ravages of Hurricane Maria upon the school cannot be forgotten or overlooked. However, the blessings which have been bestowed on the school as a result are truly tremendous. We shall forever be grateful to you all…”The package comprised Chromebooks, projectors and photocopiers which Principal Honore assured will assist in providing quality education to the students of her school.center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Indians and Twins Rained Out; Doubleheader Wednesday Starting at 4:10pm

first_img Matt Loede CLEVELAND – The Indians and Twins will have to wait another day to continue their set at Progressive Field another day, as Tuesday nights game was rained out.Wednesday will be a traditional doubleheader starting at 4pm, with game two of the double slate starting 30 minutes after game one.Game one on Wednesday will see Carlos Carrasco go for the Indians, while game two the Tribe will throw Cody Anderson, who was set to throw tonight if the game was played. Kyle Gibson will go game one for the Twins, he was set to go Tuesday night, and Mike Pelfrey will pitch in game two.Tickets dated September 29th are good for both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader, set for 4:10PM. Gates will open at 3:30PM. Fans simply should stop at the Progressive Field Ticket Office on Wednesday to exchange their Sept. 29 ticket for a ticket dated Sept. 30. Related TopicsCarlos CarrascoCody AndersonIndiansKyle GibsonMLBTwinscenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

Nagem named NCBWA South Region Pitcher of the Year

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – After a dominant junior season, West Florida pitcher Brandon Nagem was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association South Region Pitcher of the Year. The Pensacola, Fla. native led the South Region with a 2.00 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP in 94.1 innings pitched, the third most among regional pitchers. Nagem ranked third in the region in walks allowed per nine innings (1.05), fourth in strikeouts (90) and fifth in hits allowed per nine innings (7.06). He had previously been named the Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Year after leading the conference in ERA, WHIP, shutouts (2), strikeouts and strikeouts looking (33). He tied for eighth for the most strikeouts in a single season at UWF and tied for ninth for the most shutouts in a single season in school history. Nagem is the second consecutive Argonaut to win the award. Jordan DeLorenzo was the 2014 NCBWA South Region POW. The All-South Region selections were voted on by the NCBWA South Region Committee. All first-team selections will be eligible for NCBWA All-American recognition which will be announced on May 19th. For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS# South Region Player of the Year: Justin Garcia, Nova SoutheasternSouth Region Pitcher of the Year: Brandon Nagem, West FloridaCo-South Region Coach of the Year: Greg Brown, Nova Southeastern; Gary Rundles, West Alabama 2015 NCBWA Division II All-South Region First-TeamSP Fernando Gonzalez, West AlabamaSP Brandon Nagem, West FloridaSP Scott Ward, Florida TechRP Tanner Rainey, West AlabamaC Austin Allen, Florida Tech1B Tanner Rainey, West Alabama2B Hayden Jones, Valdosta State3B Michael Gouge, Valdosta StateSS Terrence Worthy, Albany StateOF Justin Garcia, Nova SoutheasternOF Jhalan Jackson, Florida SouthernOF Colton Simbeck, Alabama-HuntsvilleDH Stephen Dezzi, TampaUT Chandler Brock, Alabama-Huntsville 2015 NCBWA Division II All-South Region Second-TeamSP Ryan Castellanos, Nova SoutheasternSP Mitchell Cody, Valdosta StateSP Daniel Koger, Alabama-HuntsvilleRP Zachary Westcott, Nova SoutheasternC Bryant Hayman, Valdosta State1B Troy Sieber, Saint Leo2B Brian Walker, Palm Beach Atlantic3B Mitch Holgate, West AlabamaSS Tyler Doughty, Florida TechOF Jeremy Arrington, Albany StateOF John Borup, LynnOF Kevin Cruz, Valdosta StateDH Ryan Barnes, Alabama-HuntsvilleUT Brett Jones, Tampa 2015 NCBWA Division II All-South Region Honorable MentionSP Jorge Cruz, West Alabama2B Cody deNoyelles, Tampa3B Ricky Rodriguez, Florida TechSS Giovanny Alfonzo, TampaPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more