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Occupiers set for big day out

Posted in dnxjvxyy on October 18th, 2020

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Bolloré Group Sets Aside USD 120 Million for Freetown Terminal

Posted in dnxjvxyy on October 6th, 2020

first_imgFrench investment and industrial holding conglomerate Bolloré Group has set in motion a USD 120 million project to extend the container terminal at the Port of Freetown in Sierra Leone.Bolloré Africa Logistics, a subsidiary of Bolloré Group, will expand the capacity of Freetown Terminal by building up a new 270-meter quay with a draft of 13 meters, backed by 3.5 hectares of storage yard, taking the total capacity of the container terminal to 750,000 TEUs.Two new ship-to-shore gantries and four gantry cranes will be set up at the terminal with the goal of doubling the productivity within four years. The new quay will be operational within three years.Philippe Labonne, CEO of Bolloré Africa Logistics, said: “This is a great opportunity for the Bolloré Group and our Sierra Leoneans partners to develop the Port of Freetown into the gateway to Sierra Leone and its hinterland, and a transshipment port”.Bolloré Africa Logistics, which has been managing the container terminal via the Freetown Terminal organisation since 2011, has already invested USD 37 million in yard rehabilitation and in the purchase of equipment to modernize the facility, enabling a volume increase of around 30% in the last four years.last_img read more

Now it is Spain’s turn

Posted in dnxjvxyy on September 30th, 2020

first_img Jonathan Goldsmith is secretary general of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, which represents about one million European lawyers through its member bars and law societies. He blogs weekly for the Gazette on European affairs I have been writing in recent weeks about the radical changes affecting numerous European Union member states in the wake of the economic crisis. The item on our agenda at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) called ‘important national developments’ grows longer at every meeting. And now along comes Spain. The new Spanish Minister of Justice – following their national election at the end of last year – trailed radical changes last week. First, he announced the proposed cancellation of the law on access to the profession (‘Ley de Acceso a la Abogacía’). This was a hard-fought law, brought in with great difficulty five years ago, and with the support of the Spanish Bar. Until that time, Spain was the last EU member state not to have an official professional examination in order to enter the profession. All you needed was a law degree, and then you could go to the bar and apply to become a lawyer without further obstacle. The new law was brought in only after vigorous student protests. Even then, it was given a five-year implementation delay, to allow all students currently in the system to benefit from the older, easier system. Indeed, the new law only became effective for the student intake which went up to university last October. In the single European market, the previous regime provided obvious distortions. Law students from other member states with more difficult entry requirements undertook a bit of forum shopping, went to Spain for some legal studies, and became lawyers there, with the opportunity of going back to their home member state afterwards under the lawyers’ directives, which provide for free movement. It even gave rise to the case of Robert Koller, (C-118/09), who did precisely that – went to Spain to become a lawyer, thereby avoiding the more burdensome route of becoming a lawyer in Austria. He won his case over the legal protests of the Austrian authorities. At the time, I wrote that this particular loop-hole was about to be closed – but I see now that I was wrong. I expect there to be more Robert Kollers in the future using the Spanish route. I do not know the reasoning behind the cancellation of the law, but I can only assume that its economic basis is to reduce obstacles to entry to the profession. Yet Spain suffers from a glut of lawyers, many of whom cannot support themselves as lawyers, and so the economic reasoning seems doubtful. The second announcement by the Spanish Minister of Justice was more surprising still. Notaries in Spain have had a particularly hard time as a result of the spectacular property market crash, and so he is coming to their aid (to the disadvantage, I expect, of lawyers’ market share). He announced a law of mediation and voluntary jurisdiction (‘Ley de mediación y de jurisdicción voluntaria’), whereby marriages and divorces by mutual consent will be able to be carried out by a notary. Referring to divorces, he said that this would ease the logjam in the courts. I know no more detail than that, but I expect that matrimonial lawyers will have a lot to say about whether divorces by mutual consent are not more complicated than the property purchases which usually pass through a notary’s office. What, for instance, will happen in relation to arrangements regarding any children? And will all notaries be required to obtain training before they undertake the wide array of legal knowledge and skills required for divorces? Questions are also being raised in Spain as to whether this new law would be in conformity with the Constitution, where Article 24 guarantees the right of effective protection by judges and courts when citizens exercise their rights or their legitimate interests are affected. Will divorcing people lose this constitutional right by having to appear before a notary? The economic crisis is well and truly washing over the European legal profession. Greek and Italian lawyers have been on strike against the measures affecting them (the next Italian lawyers’ strike, in case this might affect you, will be on 9 and 10 March). In Ireland, a long-awaited meeting between representatives of the legal profession and the Irish Minister of Justice brought some hope of amendments to their Legal Services Regulation Bill. I need not mention the cuts in the UK which will be familiar to Gazette readers. Now it is Spain’s turn. It is tempting to wonder what will be the state of the European legal profession once this long drawn-out crisis is finally over.last_img read more

ITIC issues fraud warning

Posted in dnxjvxyy on September 29th, 2020

first_imgHaving previously issued a warning about the fraudulent diversion of port expenses, ITIC says it is now seeing evidence of similar frauds being perpetrated across the wider marine industry.In a typical such fraud, the party due to make a payment will receive a bogus message altering the recipient’s bank details. Examples include the diversion of ship agents’ disbursements accounts, and ship managers are also among those who have been targeted.The email addresses used by the fraudsters are only very slightly different to the genuine ones – perhaps with a single letter being omitted, said ITIC. “Any message changing account details should be regarded with suspicion, and steps should be taken to secure independent verification of instructions,” said the industry body. “By way of example, one shipbroker managed to frustrate an attempt to divert monthly hire payments by telephoning an owner’s accounts department to verify whether or not a request to forward funds was genuine. It wasn’t. The check should not involve replying to the suspect email, but rather using a different channel of communication or, at the very least, re-entering the email address copied from a message known to be genuine.” www.itic-insure.comlast_img read more

Delta cancels more flights in wake of computer-system outage

Posted in dnxjvxyy on September 28th, 2020

first_imgDelta cancels more flights in wake of computer-system outage DALLAS (AP) – Travelers on Delta Air Lines endured hundreds more canceled and delayed flights on Tuesday as the carrier slogged through day two of its recovery from a global computer outage.By early afternoon, Delta said it had canceled about 530 flights as it moved planes and crews to “reset” its operation.Nearly 1,200 Delta flights had been delayed, according to tracking service FlightStats Inc.“We are still operating in recovery mode,” said Dave Holtz, the airline’s senior vice president of operations.Tuesday’s disruptions followed about 1,000 cancelations and 2,800 delayed flights on Monday after a power outage at Delta’s Atlanta headquarters tripped a meltdown of its booking, communications and other systems.The airline was back online after a few hours Monday, but the ripple effects could be felt a day later.More than 1,000 people spent the night at Narita Airport outside Tokyo because of the shutdown. While flights resumed in the morning, Delta spokeswoman Hiroko Okada said more delays were expected.Delta also extended a travel-waiver policy to help stranded passengers rearrange their travel plans.The airline posted a video apology by CEO Ed Bastian. And it offered refunds and $200 in travel vouchers to people whose flights were canceled or delayed at least three hours.Delta’s challenge Tuesday will be to find enough seats on planes during the busy summer vacation season to accommodate the tens of thousands of passengers whose flights were scrubbed.Airlines have been putting more people in each plane, so when a system of a major carrier crashes, as has happened with others before Delta, finding a new seat for the waylaid becomes more difficult.Last month, the average Delta flight was 87 percent full.Confusion among passengers Monday was compounded as Delta’s flight-status updates crashed as well. Instead of staying home or poolside at a hotel until the airline could fix the mess, many passengers learned about the gridlock only after they reached the airport.They were stuck.Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter said that after the power outage, key systems and network equipment did not switch over to backups. The investigation of the outage is ongoing, but Banstetter said that there is no indication that the problems were caused by a hack or intentional breach of the system.A spokesman for the local electric company, Georgia Power, said the problem started with a piece of Delta equipment called a switchgear, which direct flows within a power system. No other customers lost power, he said.Airlines depend on huge, overlapping and complicated systems to operate flights, ticketing, boarding, airport kiosks, websites and mobile phone apps. Even brief outages can now snarl traffic and, as the Delta incident shows, those problems can go global in seconds.Last month, Southwest Airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights over four days after an outage that it blamed on a faulty network router. United Airlines and American Airlines both suffered outages last year – United has struggled with several meltdowns since combining technology systems with merger partner Continental Airlines.Some passengers said they were shocked that computer glitches could cause such turmoil. Others took it in stride.Ryan Shannon, whose flight from Lexington, Kentucky, on Monday was delayed, said passengers boarded, were told to exit, waited about 90 minutes, then got back on the plane and flew to New York without further incident.“There is always a delay, or weather, or something,” he said. “I travel weekly, so I’m used to it.” Published: August 9, 2016 7:35 AM EDT Updated: August 9, 2016 3:34 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

New target for female top-earners

Posted in dnxjvxyy on September 28th, 2020

first_imgTop law firms could come under new pressure to promote women to senior posts if a government-backed review of equality in business reports as expected. The Davies Review, which was originally set up to increase the number of women on boards, is due to publish a report in October which will recommend women make at least a quarter of executive posts at FTSE 100 companies.According to a report by the Davies Review published in March, British businesses were on track to achieving a 25% target for the number of women on FTSE 100 boards by the end of the year.However, women accounted for 8.6% of executive directors, 3% of chairmen and 5% of chief executives.Lord Davies of Abersoch (pictured) said: ‘Boards are getting fixed, now we have to fix the low number of women chairs and executive directors on boards and the loss of talented, senior women from the executive pipeline.’Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon said women were still under-represented at the top of the legal profession even though more women than men joined the sector last year.’Through our Diversity and Inclusion Charter, we work closely with law firms to share good practice, and to demonstrate that good diversity and inclusion policies actually give a competitive advantage,’ Dixon said.News of the report follows Law Society of Scotland research showing that female solicitors are effectively working for free from 31 July until the end of the year due to a 42% gender pay gap among its members.Janet Hood, convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s equality and diversity committee, said the legal profession had seen little change in the past decade compared to other professions such as accountancy or dentistry.‘Quite simply, it is not something we can afford to ignore, for either ethical or business reasons. Many government and other organisations sourcing legal services also include equality criteria as part of their tendering processes. If law firms are not taking steps to ensure that they are meeting these, they could be adversely affected.’last_img read more

Financier enters UK pledging £50m for PI firms

Posted in dnxjvxyy on September 28th, 2020

first_imgA Canadian law firm financier has created a business which claims it will lend at least £50m to personal injury firms this year.SpectraLegal, founded by the leaders of litigation funder BridgePoint Financial Group, purports to be the solution to PI firms’ struggles to secure backing to grow their business.The company says it is Canada’s leading law firm financier and says it has supported more than 750 Canadian practices in the past 11 years.Securing loans from traditional lenders has proven increasingly difficult for the PI sector in recent years, with the Jackson reforms and fixed costs eating into profits and turnover.SpectraLegal says it has already approved more than £10m in loans to a handful of firms since arriving in the UK last October.This has included backing the expansion plans of Pure Legal and its £13m acquisition of York-based clinical negligence specialist Pryers in December.Chief operating officer Steve Carter (pictured), former head of professional practices (north) at accountancy firm Baker Tilly, said: ‘The combination of our secure position and market insight has really struck a chord with firms, with new applications coming in all the time.‘Law firms like the fact that our business is based on growing those with whom we do business. Unlike traditional investors, such as banks, we spend just as much time looking at the market as we do the firm’s books. We delve deeper, make plans, organise and advise.‘Alongside this we’ve invested in a bespoke online platform that allows us to look at a wide range of factors, including how fee-earners and suppliers are performing. The result is a level of independent, proactive and granular analysis that firms may not have had access to previously.’The company will target PI firms through both conditional fee and damages-based agreements.Costs advance facilities enable law firms to draw down against expected costs awards in completed cases, meaning they can release cash without having to compromise on their costs claims. It is through this scheme that funding for the Pryers acquisition and backing for Pure’s expansion plans have been put in place.WIP and disbursements facilities help firms monetise their WIP and disbursements to progress their cases, subject to a minimum of £200,000 for each facility.SpectraLegal, which is headquartered in Ireland, says it has the backing of major institutions including Royal Bank of Scotland.Carter said the similarities between the English and Welsh costs regime and the Canadian system will be a ‘key competitive advantage’.last_img read more

Arrow Video FrightFest 2019: Dark Encounter review

Posted in dnxjvxyy on September 27th, 2020

first_imgOlivia (Laura Fraser) and Ray (Mel Raido) leave their daughter Maisie at home while they go out. On their return they find the front door open and Maisie gone, with only a shattered family photo suggesting that anyone has been in the house. A year later, Olivia and Ray’s relationship is strained but they bring their family together on the anniversary of Maisie’s disappearance. As tensions begin to rise, strange occurrences start to take place outside the house and the answer to Maisie’s disappearance may be out of this world.Credit: GoldfinchDark Encounter comes from writer and director Carl Strathie. The Yorkshire-filmed science-fiction drama is set in Pennsylvania with the majority British cast putting on convincing American accents. Starting off strong, the film has a lot going for it. The mystery of Maisie’s disappearance is an intriguing one and the way the grief and tension plays out between the family members is compelling. Olivia and Ray’s son Noah (Spike White) takes the brunt of his parents’ marriage breakdown while police officer Kenneth (Grant Masters), who is married to Olivia’s sister Arlene (Alice Lowe), blames himself for not having been able to find Maisie following her disappearance.Things take a supernatural turn when its suggested that aliens are tormenting the family, with different members disappearing one-by-one over the duration of the film. Are they being abducted by aliens or is there something else going on? It would be a spoiler to reveal too much more but this is where my problem came in with the film. The eventual reveal and explanation for Maisie’s disappearance doesn’t make a whole lot of sense with the alien storyline that dominates much of the film. Perhaps I simply missed some of the nuances but by the end of the film I felt that it didn’t deliver on the promise of the first half, and that’s something that I was worried about very early on.Credit: Signature EntertainmentIt’s a real shame because the film looks great and you’d never know it had been filmed in Yorkshire. The cast is also very good with Laura Fraser and Mel Raido bringing real gravitas to the screen. They are believable as a struggling married couple and both actors have impressive range. Alice Lowe is memorable, if not a bit under-used as Arlene, while Sid Phoenix, Grant Masters, Vincent Regan and Spike White all provide able support. There isn’t a weak link in the cast.Dark Encounter left me disappointed. I was with the story right up until the final moments and then I felt a bit cheated. With such a strong first half, I really thought this was going to be one of the big surprises of Arrow Video FrightFest. Instead, for me, it was a mix of great ideas that never really fully realised their potential. Visually it’s great and the cast is excellent but the plot didn’t come together in a way that was cohesive enough for me to feel fully satisfied.Cast: Laura Fraser, Mel Raido, Sid Phoenix, Grant Masters, Spike White, Alice Lowe, Nicholas Pinnock, Vincent Regan Director: Carl Strathie Writer: Carl Strathie Certificate: TBC Duration: 97 mins Released by: Signature EntertainmentSignature Entertainment presents Dark Encounter on DVD & Digital HD 21st October 2019.last_img read more

MV Mein Schiff 3 makes inaugural call to Dominica

Posted in dnxjvxyy on September 26th, 2020

first_imgLocalNews MV Mein Schiff 3 makes inaugural call to Dominica by: Dominica Vibes News – November 10, 2015 241 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Photo credit: thecruisepeople.wordpress.comMV Mein Schiff 3 of TUI Cruises made its inaugural call to Dominica on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth. Today’s visit is the first of its eleven (11) calls to Dominica for the 2015/2016 cruise season. Mien Schiff I and II have previously visited Dominica. The Mein Schiff 3 is TUI line’s first newly built vessel, constructed at the Turku Shipyard of STX Finland. Nicknamed “feel-good ship”, the vessel was built with energy efficient solutions and environmentally friendly power plants that reduce emissions by 30% in comparison to other vessels of similar size. The ship has a passenger capacity of 2506 and 1000 crew. Mein Schiff 3 measures 293 meters and has a gross tonnage of 99,526. To mark the Ship’s inaugural call, a welcome ceremony, to include plaque exchange, was held aboard the ship.Government Officials and tourism stakeholders were part of the welcome ceremony to officially welcome the ship’s captain and crew. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Gerard Jean Jacques; Director of Tourism, Colin Piper; Mayor of Roseau, Irene John; Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority, Benoit Bardouille; Chief Executive Officer of H. H V Whitchurch, the ship’s agent, Gairy Aird; Executive Vice President of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association, Stephanie Astaphan; Deputy Fire Chief, Farley Riviere; and members of the press.“Warm welcome to the captain and crew, we welcome you here to Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean…and certainly we hope the facilities are to your liking,” Mr Piper said.He added that the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal appreciates Mien Schiff’s inaugural visit as well as the ten other planned calls.“Your business is our business as well, the cruise business, and as you can see it’s a great part of the economy for Dominica. So we have a number of people employed to service your guests when they go on shore and certainly we hope quite a number of them are on shore and we hope that there will be great reports when they come back,” Piper added. Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille, who also welcomed the captain and crew to Dominica, assured them that “we have everything that you could ask for from the natural environment”.Bardouille added that the country is doing everything to “bounce back” from Tropical Storm Erika, hence their visit “signals to us that indeed you are very supportive of our efforts in terms of rebuilding the industry and we want to compliment TUI for in fact ensuring that the ship continues to call to Dominica”.He further noted that Dominica is also doing everything possible “to ensure that we can bring all the things that we offer in terms of our natural products to the tourists and we’re in fact doing a lot to bring Dominica back to where it was before Erika”.From Dominica the ship sails to Guadeloupe, Antigua, St. Maarten and Dominican Republic. A total of one hundred and seventy four (174) cruise calls are projected for the cruise season which translates to approximately 290,000 passengers. – / 92 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Alion to Evaluate US Army’s RF Spectrum Compliance

Posted in dnxjvxyy on September 24th, 2020

first_imgWireless communication using RF spectrum is important for successfully executing modern military operations, testing weapons systems, and training U.S. forces. Protecting the Army’s use of spectrum is critical to national security. The Army Spectrum Management Office (ASMO) has awarded Alion Science and Technology, a $25 million contract to ensure the Army’s compliance with federal spectrum regulations and presidential direction while protecting wireless communications from interference.In order to promote and protect Army access to the spectrum, Alion will provide engineering assessments, research, and analysis to ensure uninterrupted operation of all current and future RF spectrum-dependent systems for ASMO customers and programs. This will help ensure that the Army’s spectrum requirements are supportable to conduct combat operations, training, and daily mission requirements around the world. Alion’s analysis will also aid in responding to Department of Defense challenges resulting from the ongoing implementation of the president’s National Broadband Policy.Alion’s expertise with analytical tools, data sources and analytical methods will help the Army address evolving spectrum challenges. Alion is adept at rapidly responding to spectrum reallocation and sharing issues and providing support for warfighters with spectrum-dependent equipment in conflict areas. The task order was awarded under the Defense Systems Technical Area Task Multiple Award Contract (DS TAT MAC).last_img read more