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Picture-perfect in-house advice

first_imgIn-house counsel were last week urged to show the value they add ‘in pictures’ not ‘words’, to be better understood by the rest of their business.This was among the tips Richard Tapp, director of legal services at construction and support services giant Carillion, shared with 110 lawyers who attended the launch event of the Law Society’s in-house division.Tapp said lawyers must consider, ‘if your business works in pictures and you work in numbers, then it’s time to realign’. Carillion’s projects include the Yas Viceroy hotel in Abu Dhabi (pictured).Formally launching the division, Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson noted that in-house lawyers now account for a third of the Law Society’s membership, and he expects in-house numbers to continue to grow.See the website.last_img read more

DJ wrong to recuse himself on barrister’s fees

first_imgA district judge assessing a barrister’s fees did not need to recuse himself simply because that barrister had been appointed to the bench, the High Court has ruled.Mr Justice Waksman ruled in Akers & Ors v Kirkland Ltd & Ors there was no reason for District Judge Jenkinson to decide he was not in a position to assess the fees. A link to the case can be found here.The DJ and regional costs judge was required to assess the £1.7m claimant costs following the settlement of 37 claims in relation to a crane collapsing onto a block of flats in Liverpool in 2009.Included in the costs were £103,000 fees attributed to claimant counsel Shirley Hennessy, who had since been appointed as a full time district judge by the time of the costs assessment.DJ Jenkinson had said he was ‘not comfortable at all’ dealing with Hennessy’s fees, and the claimants made an application for him to recuse himself completely.The court heard that with DJ Jenkinson sitting at Liverpool County Court and DJ Hennessy at Birkenhead, there was a ‘degree of professional and… social interaction’ between them, including occasionally meeting at social events where judges were invited.DJ Jenkinson opted to partially recuse himself based on a ‘real possibility a fair minded observer may take the view there was a potential for bias’ and it might be felt a judge might approach a colleague’s fees ‘generously’.Hearing an appeal from the claimants, who wanted a full recusal, and defendants cross-appealing to contest any recusal, Waksman J found no basis for saying the handling of the costs assessment would be ‘tainted by apparent bias’.The judge said: ‘There was in fact, no cases for the district judge to have recused himself even at all, even to the extent of the assessment of counsel’s fees.‘This was a case, in truth, of no more than some judicial discomfort, but which falls well short of establishing apparent bias.’He added that there had to be a ‘sense of proportion’ that counsel fees amounted to just 7% of the total claimed.The judge was also critical of the claimant solicitors for having sought the opinion of a retired district judge when applying for DJ Jenkinson’s recusal. In his recusal judgment, DJ Jenkinson described this as ‘unprofessional’, and Waksman J said he was entitled to make such an assessment.The High Court judge added: ‘Experienced solicitors should know better than to attempt to support an application of this kind by seeking the opinion of a retired judge, as if that could or should somehow influence the judge who is the subject of the recusal application.’last_img read more

Launch on hold

first_imgCELEBRATIONS were planned in Lisboa for April 25. The day marked the 25th anniversary of the 1974 coup when Portugal’s Junta of National Salvation replaced dictatorship rule dating back to 1933, and it had also been chosen for the launch of a long-awaited rail service. For the first time trains were due to run over the famous bridge across the Tagus which has been rebuilt with a rail deck. The symbolism was poignant, as the structure is known as the 25 de Abril bridge.Pending a last minute decision, it looked as if the inauguration would be postponed. By mid-April only three of the 18 double-deck EMUs had been delivered to cross-Tagus concessionaire Fertagus.Suggestions that Sintra line EMUs would suffice initially were not favoured by Fertagus or the government, both of which wanted to see the service from Lisboa to Fogueteiro and Coina launched in full with appropriate fanfare. Portuguese Railways, under contract to Fertagus, has run the first set up to 150 km/h, and acceptance was expected last month. The problems appear to be logistical, as the work is split between three suppliers – Alstom and CAF in Spain, with final assembly by Adtranz at Amadora.Also due for April 25 was the launch of Pendolino tilting trains to Porto from Pragal, the first station on the south side of the Tagus, but this was also likely to be shelved. CP said in mid-April that the service would start ’soon’, but from Lisboa Santa Apolonia. Likely launch date for the trans-Tagus trains is now May 26.Adtranz Portugal is to fit air-conditioning in the 42 Sintra line EMUs delivered in 1992-96. It hopes to contract one-third of the work to EMEF, the former CP maintenance division. Adtranz plans to win maintenance contracts suffered a setback when Fertagus decided to maintain the double-deckers itself.last_img read more

Wind tunnel

first_imgEUROTUNNEL has signed an agreement with two firms planning to build a wind farm on land at its French terminal. If planning permission is obtained, five 2MW turbines will be erected at Coquelles by Canadian energy company Boralex and Innovent, a French company specialising in the design and management of wind farms.The proposed wind farm is part of Eurotunnel’s energy management policy, supporting initiatives designed to save energy and encourage the use of renewable supplies. The electricity generated will be sold to Electricité de France.Eurotunnel Technical Director Dave Pointon said ’The wind farm project demonstrates Eurotunnel’s commitment to sustainable development and the future use of renewable energy sources. This small wind farm alone will generate enough power for a population of 11000 people.’last_img read more

World rail market June 2017

first_imgCanada: Bombardier has announ­ced a six-year C$700m agreement for IBM to support the integration of IT services across its Transportation and Aerospace businesses in 47 countries. Mauritania: Rafamet is to supply heavy haul operator SNIM with a UGE 400 N underfloor wheel lathes. Peru: Barcelona metro operator TMB and consultancy Ayesa are to supervise the capacity upgrade of Lima metro Line 1, under a US$6·8m three-year contract awarded by Ositran. Poland: Qumak is to supply a Sim­traq 3D driver-training simulator with six degrees of movement to Koleje Dolnolskie. UK: Network Rail has awarded contracts for the supply of signs to Royal British Legion Industries (trackside signage) and Interplan Sign Systems (safety instruction signage and wayfinding). Transport for London has signed a five-year deal for TSBA to manage its international brand licensing programme in return for a percentage of royalties from any licensing deals that it negotiates. Translink has renewed its mobile ticketing contract with Corethree.last_img read more

D&G Libraries Launch ‘Good Neighbour’ Membership Card

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn Dumfries and Galloway Library Services are delighted to announce a new Good Neighbour Membership Card to help everyone in the community borrow library books.  The Good Neighbour scheme provides individuals with a separate library card to borrow books on behalf of a friend, neighbour or relative who has difficulty getting to a library.  The Good Neighbour can choose any lending books from our stock, including Audio CDs and Large Print, for free.The Good Neighbours scheme will help local people to support potentially vulnerable or isolated members of our community by providing continued access to books. Reading is a great source of enjoyment and relaxation with proven benefits for mental wellbeing.  Through the Good Neighbour scheme people will also benefit from the social interaction of borrowing books from the library, even if they are unable to visit a library themselves.Councillor Tom McAughtrie, chairman of the customer and community services committee said ‘this is a great opportunity for people in our communities to continue borrowing to a range of books which can help them to maintain their interests, whilst also benefitting socially from visits from a Good Neighbour.  I would welcome people to consider if they know someone who would appreciate being brought books regularly’.For more information or to pick up a form please visit your local library or contact yourlibrary@dumgal.gov.uklast_img read more

Tourism sector gets $5.3 million boost

first_imgLocalNews Tourism sector gets $5.3 million boost by: – March 26, 2013 5 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Tourism Minister, Ian DouglasDominica will soon begin utilizing an allocation of $ 5.3 million from the European Union to help boost its tourism industry. That announcement came from Tourism Minister Ian Douglas during his address at the commencement of a three day national tourism consultation at the Fort Young Hotel on Monday, March 25th.Mr. Douglas told the consultation that the funds made available through the 10th EDF support budget program will be allocated to marketing. “It’s aimed at driving the increase in visitor arrivals, the tourism satellite account to accurately capture tourism contribution to the national economy, hospitality training and construction of community tourism facilities in Marigot, Capuchin, Laudat and Tan Tan,” the Tourism Minister revealed. He explained that the funds will be disbursed over a three-year period. The first tranche, which has already been disbursed, will be used to start up some of marketing projects in the current 2012/2013 financial year. Mr Douglas also made reference to several tourism projects being undertaken around the island which he said will help boost the industry. Meanwhile, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Claudia Bellot believes the 2022 master plan will serve as a very useful tool to update the tourism component of government’s growth and social protection strategy up to the year 2022.“However from all our analysis and studies the real growth of the industry over the last six years seems to have slowed somewhat and we believe that a creative and innovative strategy and approach is required to achieve the level of incremental growth which is desired by all, the Tourism Master Plan embraces the entire tourism sector,” Mrs Bellot said. According to Mrs Bellot, it is only with a strong public, private sector partnership that the success in the Tourism Master Plan will be evident.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

IMF defends Haiti fuel price hikes that sparked unrest

first_img Share Share Share Tweet PORT-AUPRINCE, Haiti — A painted bus filled with passengers makes its way along the street on the second day of a nationwide, general strike in Portau- Prince, Haiti, early Tuesday. (Photo: AP)PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The International Monetary Fund stands by its proposal for fuel price hikes in Haiti that sparked four days of unrest in the impoverished country.An IMF spokesman in Washington says Haiti’s Government agreed to eliminate fuel subsidies as part of a broader agreement that would have strengthened its finances and opened it to more support from IMF member nations.Spokesman Gerry Rice says that fuel subsidies disproportionately benefit the well-off and deprive the Government of revenue it could otherwise use for other programmes.He said at a news conference yesterday, the Haitian Government should gradually phase out the subsidies.The Government announced July 6 that price increases of up to 50 per cent would take effect the next day. That set off protests and looting that led to several deaths.center_img BusinessInternationalNewsPrintRegional IMF defends Haiti fuel price hikes that sparked unrest by: – July 13, 2018 Sharing is caring! 41 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Finnish T&M Expert Selects R&S Plane Wave Converter for 5G-NR OTA Base Station Testing

first_imgRohde & Schwarz has recently released its first plane wave converter (PWC), the R&S PWC200, for 5G massive MIMO (mMIMO) base station testings for both production and R&D. The R&S PWC200 Plane Wave Converter is a bidirectional array of 156 wideband Vivaldi antennas placed in the radiating near field of the device under test (DUT). The phased antenna array can form planar waves inside a specified quiet zone within the radiating near field of the 5G massive MIMO base station for realtime radiated power and transceiver measurements (EVM, ACLR, SEM, etc.).Verkotan, a leading wireless test services expert, has now become the the first independent test house to choose this technology to test 5G-NR FR1 base stations over-the-air (OTA). The PWC200 plane wave converter supports a large part of 3GPP certifications and features a bi-directional array of 156 wideband Vivaldi antennas placed in the radiating near-field area close to the device under test (DUT). It is a solution for 5G-NR FR1 OTA testing of base stations addressing manufacturers and test houses, who can use it with the R&S AMS32 system software. It is the first commercially available PWC test solution, and offers an unprecedented small footprint.For Verkotan, another important criteria for choosing the R&S PWC200 was the possibility to combine the solution with their own existing in-house OTA software applications and test chambers, making their investment more cost-effective. In addition to the Verkotan software, their R&S PWC200 is using software based functionality provided by Rohde & Schwarz, including pretransfer calibration, field simulation and calibration as well as self-test.With this solution, Verkotan, has now become the first commercial test laboratory providing high-quality accredited test services for base stations and ancillary equipment. According to the company CEO, Kari Komonen, the company mission is to offer the fastest, most accurate test and certification solutions for base station, mobile device and antenna manufacturers.Click here to view detailed specifications of the R&S PWC200 plane wave converter.last_img read more