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Daily Postcard: Sunny, Shadowy Scene From Overlook Park

Posted in iphgegfl on October 19th, 2020

first_imgDaily Postcard: A sunny and shadowy scene viewed recently from Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comlast_img

Scene From Detour On N.M. 4 Earlier Today

Posted in iphgegfl on October 19th, 2020

first_imgScene earlier this morning where a vehicle pulling a trailer with construction sheet rock flipped over, blocking the lanes on N.M. 4 between the truck route (East Jemez Road) and the community of White Rock, at mile marker 66. The roadway is now clear and traffic is moving smoothly. Courtesy/LAPDlast_img

Sierra expands liquid flow solutions with new ultrasonic flow meter models

Posted in iphgegfl on October 7th, 2020

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Air Products to build world’s largest gasification plant

Posted in iphgegfl on October 7th, 2020

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Two landmark reports demonstrate the complexity of human rights

Posted in iphgegfl on September 30th, 2020

first_img The inquiry team noted green shoots of recovery. It quoted the National Policing Improvement Agency as recognising that human rights ‘are a key part of effectiveness in policing’, and a director of social services that the Human Rights Act ‘has provided a much stronger foundation for both promoting equality and tackling inequality’. The PIL publication is altogether more hard-edged. The report argues that the British army is still using interrogation techniques banned as cruel and degrading treatment by the European Court of Human Rights in 1972 and which Ted Heath, thereafter, ordered the security and armed services to reject. The sources for the PIL accusation are 10 judicial review cases. Its conclusions reveal an ambitious and unabashed political agenda: ‘The [anticipated] success of these cases should signal a sea change in the government’s approach to military training and planning, military invasion and occupation, interrogation of combatants and civilians and treatment of civilians, internees and prisoners of war.’ The commission’s team knew very well that human rights can have a hard edge. After all, its chair was Dame Nuala O’Loan, a solicitor whose career is somewhat close to that of PIL’s Phil Shiner. As the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman, she played a heroic role in exposing collusion in the death of another solicitor, Rosemary Nelson, and in unravelling the Omagh bombing. Shiner, Law Society solicitor of the year in 2007, is the man who successfully pursued the case of Baha Mousa, establishing the principle that a person in the custody of British troops is protected by the Human Rights Act, even when outside the UK. Both Dame Nuala and Shiner have encountered a vicious degree of media and political hostility. Sir Ronnie Flanagan, then chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, argued that Dame Nuala’s Omagh report suffered from ‘significant factual inaccuracies, misunderstandings, material omissions and unwarranted assumptions’. For his part, Shiner has braved attacks by tabloid newspapers to the effect that ‘this man is the greatest threat to our troops and national security since Lord Haw Haw’. Thus, the EHRC knew what it was doing. In the face of attacks on the Human Rights Act, it wanted to accentuate the positives of the human rights contribution to improving public services. Trevor Phillips, the commission’s chair, specifically attacks in his foreword the ‘mistake’ that ‘human rights only really matter to people from far off and foreign lands’ and our failure ‘to think of human rights outside of laws, lawyers and legislation’. However, these two reports and the experience of their respective main authors show the true complexity of human rights. Some rights are best enforced through sensitive public services. However, the work of Dame Nuala in Northern Ireland and Shiner is at the far end of the spectrum of enforcement: they have questioned the operation of the British military and the Northern Irish police in ‘peacekeeping missions’. Frankly, in that situation, you need all the law, lawyers and legislation that you can get. The chief legal mechanism for challenging violent death at the hands of agents of the state comes from articles 1 (obliges the state to strive to make rights effective) and 2 (the right to life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. A violent death, particularly of someone in the custody of, or at the hands of, agents of the state requires ‘an independent and impartial official investigation’. This is the minimum means by which the state is accountable. Dame Nuala and Shiner between them have shown the power of this simple right of inquiry. It shines a light on the kind of murky security and military practices that can thrive only in the dark. In the long term, the police in Northern Ireland and the military overseas will be the better for it, painful though the short-term consequences may be. The power in the concept of human rights derives largely from the unity that it gives to different civil liberties. Human rights can help to improve public services: they can be a shield against inhumanity and complacency. But, allied with the force of independent review by judge or ombudsman, human rights can also be a sword. We need both. The commission, and any other effective apologist for human rights, must recognise that. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has just published the 200-page report of its Human Rights Inquiry. Meanwhile, rather more economically, Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) has put out its study – British forces in Iraq: the emerging picture of human rights violations and the role of the judicial review. There are some lessons for the commission in the PIL study. The commission’s report is indubitably worthy. The terms of reference of its inquiry were:The report looks at how the delivery of public services has been, and could be, improved through use of the Human Rights Act. The essential argument is about moving on from a comment by Andrew Dismore MP, himself a solicitor, that ‘human rights has become a prisoner of the lawyers’. to assess progress towards the effectiveness and enjoyment of a culture of respect for human rights in Great Britain; and to consider how the current human rights framework might be best developed and used, to realise the vision of a society built on fairness and respect, confident in all of its diversity.center_img Roger Smith is director of the law reform and human rights organisation Justicelast_img read more

Unwilling to listen

Posted in iphgegfl on September 30th, 2020

first_img Nigel Muers-Raby, Chairman, Consumer Justice Alliance I read your recent news article highlighting the report from three expert judges who issued a stark warning about current proposals to reform the civil litigation system. It is extraordinary that the government continues to push through its ideas regardless. Not only is the Ministry of Justice apparently determined to ignore the voice of the victims who will ultimately pay for the government’s reforms, it is now choosing to overlook the considered views of senior members of the judiciary. These three judges, like the Consumer Justice Alliance, highlight serious mistakes in the thinking behind the government’s proposals, which were prompted by Lord Justice Jackson’s original report. We thoroughly agree with the judges’ assertion that, ‘now is not the time to make radical changes which give no guarantee that access to justice at reduced costs will be delivered’. The MoJ’s proposals are dangerous and injudicious, and it is innocent victims who will suffer the most. If the government will not listen to them or to senior judges, it makes you wonder who is setting the agenda.last_img read more

And here’s another one

Posted in iphgegfl on September 29th, 2020

first_imgRecently a client’s QS and employer’s agent both asked whether it was possible to raise more than one payment notice in one month. They then asked why do High Court judgments name adjudicators in the context of adjudication enforcement proceedings. I could readily understand the provenance of the first question since multiple payment notices were in issue on our project. The provenance of the second was less obvious but it became clear that they had both read Caledonian Modular Ltd vs Mar City Developments Ltd [2015] (TCC) handed down on 29 June 2015. Before looking at “multiple payment notices in a month” one ought to note that Caledonian Modular is an exceptional case since it is one where the court addressed a substantive point at enforcement where that point had already been decided by the adjudicator. Readers will be aware of the long line of cases which have followed the principle that it is not open to a defendant to seek to avoid payment of a sum found due by an adjudicator, by raising the very issue on which the adjudicator ruled against the defendant in the adjudication. However, the court responded: “That is, of course, the general rule and it will apply in 99 cases out of 100. But there is an exception. If the issue is a short and self-contained point, which requires no oral evidence or any other elaboration than that which is capable of being provided during a relatively short interlocutory hearing, then the defendant may be entitled to have the point decided by way of a claim for a declaration.” So, having established that Caledonian Modular was a one in a hundred case, the court sought to examine the substantive issue as to whether more than one payment notice can be issued in a month.In Caledonian Modular the payee issued its payment application on 30 January 2015 and the payer issued the payment notice and payless notice on 5 February 2015 (no later than five days after the payment due date). There was no dispute that this was a valid payless notice. However, there were discussions afoot about the final account and on 13 February 2015 the payee issued revised payment details. The payee argued that this was a valid payment application and there had been no payless notice issued in respect of it such that the full amount discussed in the 13 February 2015 papers was payable. The real question was whether the 13 February submission was a valid payment application. The adjudicator decided that it was and, in the absence of a relevant payless notice, that amount was payable by the payer. The court decided otherwise for three reasons.The real question was whether the 13 February submission was a valid payment application. The adjudicator decided that it was and, in the absence of a payless notice, that amount was payable. The court decided otherwiseThe court found firstly that the 13 February documents did not say that this was a further application for interim payment. The second reason was that the 13 February documents failed as a point of law. Note what the court said on this point: “It is wrong in law, because interim application 15 had been provided only a fortnight before 13 February, and had been the subject of a valid payless notice. No further interim application could validly be made here until the end of February, in accordance with the 28-day cycle that the parties had agreed and followed. If (which I reject…) the 13 February documents were otherwise a valid claim for an interim payment, I do not accept that such a claim could be made ‘early’, without at the very least that fact being expressly drawn to the defendant’s attention.”The third reason is also noteworthy because the court said that it is simply not permissible for a contractor to make an interim application, to have it knocked back through the payless notice mechanism, to update that same claim eight days later by adding one small variation worth £6,000, and then, by reason of that update alone, to become entitled to the original application.The court’s warning is tangible: “Such a sequence would make a mockery of the notice provisions under the act and the scheme. It would encourage a contractor to make fresh claims every few days in the hope that, at some stage, the employer or his agent will take his eye off the ball and fail to serve a valid payless notice, thus entitling the contractor to a wholly undeserved windfall. The whole purpose of the act and the scheme is to create an atmosphere in which the parties are not always at loggerheads.”It appears that where one payment notice in a month is the agreed cycle, a contractor will not be allowed to unilaterally add another payment notice.Hamish Lal is head of construction at Jones Day Londonlast_img read more

Breakbulk rebrands in Asia

Posted in iphgegfl on September 29th, 2020

first_imgThe event will be held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center from March 21 – 22, 2019.“The global ‘One Belt, One Road’ [Belt and Road Initiative] strategy has rapidly increased China’s global influence. Today, China’s neighbouring countries are doing business with them, especially large-scale infrastructure construction and oil and gas projects,” said Nick Davison, Breakbulk portfolio director.www.breakbulk.comlast_img

Train times by WAPphone

Posted in iphgegfl on September 28th, 2020

first_imgRailtrack announced on August 3 the launch of a timetable enquiry service for users of WAP mobile phones. Following an agreement with software company Kizoom, the estimated 500000 users of WAP phones in Great Britain can now access Railtrack’s well-established internet service at www.railtrack.co.uk/i.wml. They will also be able to personalise the service to suit their regular travel requirements.Travel InfoSystems is launching a WAP-enabled version of its RailPlanner journey-planning software, which includes timetable information for scheduled rail services in Britain as well as Eurostar and ferries. RailPlanner is also available for intranet applications, and future developments are expected to include additional data sets such as taxi information.Consultancy Oscar Faber has joined forces with Integrated Travel Information Systems to develop TRAINONTIME, a service which will supply information on the running of a specific service by e-mail and mobile phone. Discussions are under way with Train Operating Companies and other companies in the rail sector, with the aim of integrating real-time information gathered from a number of sources.Internet ticket booking service thetrainline.com relaunched its website on July 29, which has been redesigned to provide a timetable enquiry service without accessing the main, secure area. Other innovations include a favourite journeys facility which can be used to save seating preferences, a shopping basket for making multiple purchases in a single transaction and the ability to store credit card details.last_img read more

20 Kenyans students benefit from Chinese embassy scholarships

Posted in iphgegfl on September 26th, 2020

first_imgChinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa (2nd R) presents certificate of scholarship to a student of the Nairobi University in Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 14, 2016. Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa (2nd R) presents certificate of scholarship to a student of the Nairobi University in Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 14, 2016.Kenya’s Chinese embassy on Thursday awarded scholarships to 20 university students as part of a programme that begun in 2013 which aims to ensure disadvantaged students do not miss out on the opportunity to further their education.Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa said the beneficiaries are from financially disadvantaged background and hence cannot afford to pay for their fees and upkeep at the tertiary institution.“The Chinese scholarships are aimed at helping young Kenyans pursue their dreams in order to uplift their lives and that of society,” Liu said at the ceremony of awarding Chinese Ambassador Scholarship.The scholarships program, which began in 2013, has benefited more than 98 students from disadvantaged backgrounds.The envoy noted that the scholarships will encourage students to achieve better results in their studies adding that the Chinese embassy in Nairobi will continue to offer strong support to educational institutions of Kenya as part of the Sino-Kenya cooperation.Peter Mbithi, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, said Chinese scholarships will help students with limited financial resources complete their studies uninterrupted.Mbithi noted that the financial aid from China will help his institution achieve its goals of educating more students from needy background.last_img read more