The smartphone and tablet app, which can be used in English, German and French, provides a quick overview of the crane manufacturer’s dealer network and the equipment available in the Liebherr hire park.The available machines are shown in a product overview, while technical data, a short description and images can also be viewed. Once a user has selected a machine, he/she is directed to a dealer overview. The mobile app then uses the user’s location to offer contact details of the nearest dealer. If deployment in a different area is planned, the dealer overview can be adjusted according to specific requirements. www.liebherr.com
The legislation on tackling forced marriage provides civil remedies for a breach of a forced marriage protection order (FMPOs). In the first three years after the legislation came into force, 339 FMPOs were recorded, although the true extent of the abuse is likely to be on a far greater scale. The government’s Forced Marriage Unit dealt with 1,735 forced marriage cases in 2010 – and many more cases go unreported. Following a Home Affairs Select Committee recommendation to criminalise forced marriage and breaches of FMPOs, the government has consulted on: 1) how criminalisation of breaches of FMPOs should be implemented; and 2) whether a specific criminal offence of forced marriage would help combat the practice. The consultation suggests that these approaches could be modelled on breaches of non-molestation orders set out in the Family Law Act 1996 and on Scottish forced marriage legislation. In its response to the consultation, the Law Society has come out strongly in favour of making both forced marriage and the breach of FMPOs criminal offences. This would acknowledge the level of wrongdoing against vulnerable victims by their own families, send out a stronger signal to potential offenders, and provide victims with greater support and protection. In a civil action, the onus is on the victim to bring the action. An argument against criminalisation has been that it will deter victims from reporting forced marriage because of the consequences for their family. The reality is that for a victim to report their family members to the authorities takes enormous courage because of the immense emotional pressures piled upon them. Any victim – usually but not invariably a young girl – who reports an attempt at a forced marriage or a breach of a FMPO is likely to face isolation and being stigmatised within their family, among their friends and in their wider community for taking action against those closest to them. Once they have taken the step of approaching the authorities, it is far better that the onus for initiating proceedings is then put on those authorities – the police and Crown Prosecution Service – than the victim. Combating forced marriages will require more than a robust legal framework. All agencies, including the police, the CPS, schools and local authorities must not only be made aware of the new legal framework, but also be supported by training and education. Inevitably, this will require funding. School staff are particularly important and need to be supported accordingly. They need to be helped to spot the signs of a child who is at risk of, or who may recently have entered, a forced marriage, and know where to turn to for help. Another difficult challenge will be to raise awareness among victims and potential victims of forced marriage of the help that is available to them. Often it is the ‘community’ that is given the information, possibly the very same people who do not want these children to be aware about the help available. Forced marriage under the pretext of a holiday or visit to a sick relative often requires several members of a family or community to arrange, and for that reason the Law Society supports the proposal that breaching any element of a FMPO should be a criminal offence, so that all parties are liable for their role in making the arrangements. Some communities do not accept that forced marriage is not legitimised by either culture or tradition. The reality is that this is a form of bullying, violence and abuse. Forced marriage is quite unlike an arranged marriage which is traditional, cultural and – crucially – consensual for both parties who are introduced to one another and who then have the choice of whether to marry or not. Criminalisation of forced marriages would make that distinction clearer. Talvinder Penaser is a director and specialist family law solicitor at Leeds Family Law, and a member of the Law Society family law committee
An increased emphasis on sustainable business practice has led to an expansion in the roles of in-house lawyers, according to research.A report from national firm Bond Dickinson Beyond Responsibility: The emerging role of legal counsel in sustainable business, finds that changes in legislation and regulation, along with a number of high-profile corporate collapses and scandals in recent years, have led to a re-evaluation of sustainability practices.Of the 60 general counsel surveyed across a number of sectors, 71% said that a greater focus on governance has had a ‘major’ or ‘measurable’ impact on operations.As such 33% reported formal changes to their roles and responsibilities. Around 37% said they had established sustainable business structures and policies internally, while 35% said they had advised on legal issues relating to corporate sustainability projects and initiatives.Victor Tettmar, executive partner at Bond Dickinson, said boards are increasingly looking to their legal advisers to contribute at a strategic level.He said: ‘Sustainability is proving a legitimate career development path for senior lawyers looking to develop their roles within the in-house structure.’However, 72% said market forces rather than legal requirements would have the greatest impact on sustainability practices in the next five years.GCs said customers are increasingly requiring businesses to demonstrate sustainable business practices.
The number of practising solicitors in England and Wales has reached another all-time high as the profession continues to defy all predictions of a potential shakeout.In August, the Solicitors Regulation Authority reports, the number of PC-holders in England and Wales passed 140,000 for the first time.There was a further intake of more than 2,000 in September. Regulatory data shows there are now 15,000 more solicitors than five years ago.This success story for the profession has however attracted warnings from sector consultants that expansion cannot continue indefinitely. Growth in numbers in large firms in particular may be unsustainable in the face of static profits and pressures on fees, they suggest.Tony Williams, principal of legal consultancy Jomati and former managing partner at magic circle firm Clifford Chance, said: ‘In the last three years, if you look at utilisation rates and hours declining, and revenue per lawyer which seems to have flatlined, margins have been squeezed and yet firms are still recruiting.‘The fact that the profession is still adding bodies when there is spare capacity is odd, and you would expect if anything for it to be going the other way.’Williams said the trend in larger firms has been to outsource back-office functions and reduce as far as possible numbers of non fee-earners. But the time may be approaching when firms look at partners and senior associates.‘There is great reluctance among firms and it seems to be too difficult,’ added Williams. ‘They may be meeting the limits of what can be cut. At some stage there will be a block on recruitment or we move people between departments.’Big Four accountancy firm PwC last week reported that staff cost as a percentage of fee income grew from 36.7% to 38.5% in top UK firms last year.
QUEENSLAND’s state government has awarded a build-operate-transfer concession to the Airtrain Citylink consortium for construction of an 8·5 km rail link to Brisbane airport at a cost of A$223m. Work is expected to take two years, followed by a 35-year operating period before the line is handed over to the state.Airtrain Citylink Ltd is owned by Macquarie Bank (30%), Colonial Ltd (20%), British utility group Hyder (15%), GIO Australia Ltd (11%) engineering group Transfield (10%) and French group Transroute (10%). Financial close was reached on February 3 for an initial equity component valued at A$89m, split between shares, bonds and debt. Another A$175m of debt will be provided by ANZ Banking Group, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Dresdner Bank and BNP. Design work began in February, with heavy construction getting under way later this year. The branch will diverge from the existing QR network near Toombul. Most of the route will be elevated, with two stations serving the international and domestic terminals.Airport services will run every 15min, using QR tracks to reach the city centre, where they will connect with QR’s Citytrain network. Alternate trains will continue south to the Gold Coast resorts. Airtrain Citylink has ordered 12 EMU cars from the Walkers/Adtranz joint venture for A$38m. Based on QR’s inter-city multiple-units also build by Walkers in Maryborough, they will have IGBT traction drives supplied from Adtranz Sweden. Delivery will run from October 2001 to January 2002.
On October 1 Plasser & Theurer established Track Machines Connected GmbH. This business unit supersedes P&T Connected, which was set up in 2017 to launch Plasser’s ‘big data’ activity. TMC will offer services for collection and processing of rail infrastructure data.Czech construction group IDS has acquired rolling stock leasing company KDS-Kladenská. IDS is the parent of open access freight operator IDS Cargo. The acquisition sees IDS take on around 20 staff and 12 diesel locomotives, plus two electric shunting locos. IDS Cargo will also take over the workshops at Kladno, having previously outsourced its fleet maintenance.Onboard digital connectivity specialist Icomera is relocating its US headquarters from Rockville to larger facilities in Bethesda, Maryland. The company says this will bring it closer to the Washington DC area and support its growth plans in the North American market.Patentes Talgo and wheel lathe manufacturing specialist Geminis have signed a formal commercial partnership. The two companies say that they have complementary ranges, with Talgo producing underfloor reprofiling tools and Geminis surface lathes. The collaboration focuses on sharing sales and distribution networks, project information and product marketing.Knorr-Bremse announced on September 30 that it had sold its Powertech power supply components business to Radial Capital Partners. Employing 526 staff, Powertech’s portfolio includes converters and electrical equipment for rail vehicles and the power generation sector and energy storage systems, and engine and transmission test benches.
Brand new poster artwork and a fantastic new IMAX trailer have been released for the sci-fi epic Ad Astra.Due in cinemas on 18th September, the movie stars Brad Pitt as an astronaut who has to go on a perilous mission into Space. The film co-stars Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga, John Ortiz and John Finn and is directed by James Gray. Gray co-scripts with Ethan Gross for this eagerly anticipated drama.Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.Brad Pitt’s intergalactic adventure film will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. We are massive fans of IMAX and can’t wait to see this in the format, to truly experience the movie just how the filmmakers intended an audience to.IMAX remains the premier destination for space exploration cinema and only in IMAX cinemas will audiences experience the full vision and vastness of director James Gray’s outer space adventure. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, will put audiences in the middle of the action and fully immerse them into the void of space.With intrigue, action and adventure, Ad Astra looks to be one of the surprise hits of the year and should prove to be a real crowd-pleaser. Brad Pitt is always worth your time and money, and he’s just come off the back of some incredible success with Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – a film which he effortlessly steals too!Check out the brand new IMAX poster artwork for Ad Astra and a film featurette below;Credit: 20th Century Fox
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInCare home residents will be able to receive visitors outside from 3 July, provided their home meets strict criteria, with infection control measures remaining in place.Guidance published today confirms that the next phase of visiting will include outdoor meetings with a single nominated visitor and that face coverings must be worn for the visit’s duration. Currently, only essential visits, including those involving end of life care are permitted.The guidance builds up to a fourth and final phase of reintroduction which will include controlled indoor visits and wider use of communal areas by residents, with appropriate measures still being observed.A care home will only be able to permit visiting or relax arrangements for communal activities if they have been COVID-free throughout the pandemic or if all affected residents have fully recovered and no residents have had symptoms for 28 days.Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:“I fully appreciate that the necessary restrictions placed on care homes have been challenging for the people living in care homes, their loved ones, and the staff. Care homes are first and foremost people’s homes, and it is now important that we find safe ways for residents to reconnect with their families and friends.“Significant progress is being made and we are continuing to see improvements with fewer care homes currently having an infection. On that basis, we can now see a phased return to visiting in care homes when and where it is clinically safe to do so.“It is crucial that we do this incrementally and proceed with real caution to protect vulnerable residents and staff. Only outside visiting with a named key visitor using appropriate physical distancing and safety measures can be permitted from 3 July. When the scientific advice states that it is safe to do so, we can then gradually open up further visiting options.“Today’s publication will be important news for families with loved ones in care homes. I recognise how long people have been waiting to see their friends and families and I hope to be able to offer further updates in the coming weeks in order to reconnect even more loved ones.”BackgroundThe 28 day period represents twice the extreme incubation period for coronavirus (COVID-19) and given the asymptomatic carriage is the safest estimate of when a home could be declared outbreak free. This is based on public health advice.Adult Care Homes Visiting Guidance.
EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondaryTertiary Twelve government schools welcome back students post Hurricane Maria by: Dominica Vibes News – October 23, 2017 663 Views one comment Tweet Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Twelve government schools officially opened their doors to students on Monday, October 23rd, 2017, for the first time since Hurricane Maria. Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, who was speaking at the daily press briefing held on Monday, stated that more schools are scheduled to be opened in the coming week. “We have a number of tents that we have received and those tents will be erected on the compound of the old schools, the schools that existed prior to Hurricane Maria. The intention is to move to have every school reopened,” Mr. Skerrit explained.He added that decisions will be taken at a Cabinet level as the government seeks to provide temporary houses for persons in shelters, specifically those in schools, so that all schools can be reopened. “We need to get all our students into school into the classrooms so they can continue their process of learning. So decisions will be taken in respect to the construction of temporary housing, and I say temporary because it will be absolute temporary housing for you to be out of the shelters and for your own children, for our children to be back in school having been disrupted from attending school on the 18th of September,” he said. Mr. Skerrit added that the Ministry of Education will give a full update to the nation later in the week in respect to the schools including the Dominica State College.
Share Share Tweet 202 Views no discussions FeaturedLocalNews DAPD’s concerns to be addressed by Gov’t by: Dominica Vibes News – June 22, 2018 Share Sharing is caring! Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (file photo)Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said the concerns raised by the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) will be addressed soon. The DAPD’s most recent call came during its annual general meeting in May 2018, where the association’s president Irma Raymond-Joseph called for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).The UNCRPD was adopted by the members of the United Nations in December 2006 and entered into force on 3 May 2008.According to the UN’s website, with 82 signatories to the Convention, 44 signatories to the Optional Protocol and 1 ratification of the Convention, the UNCRPD received the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day. It is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century and is the first human rights convention to be open for signature by regional integration organizations. Dominica signed the UNCPRD on March 30, 2007 and ratified it on October 1, 2012 however it has not yet been legislated.Mr. Skerrit, while speaking on a radio program on Thursday 21 June 2018 said the DAPD in consultation with the government has asked for the UNCRPD to be part of the 2018/2019 Budget statement. “The implementation of the convention or certain articles of the convention…I can say off the bat that certainly we will be implementing those. We’ll be putting the administrative mechanism in place to oversee the implementation of the convention in a step by step process.”He added that a number of recommendations have come from the DAPD and the government will consider implementing them. Another concern raised by the DAPD’s president, Irma Raymond-Joseph was that the reconstruction of sidewalks along the ministerial building in the City did not make provision for wheelchair users.Mr. Skerrit said this concern will be addressed as soon as next week. “Minister McIntyre will get the folks to chisel it down and to allow for the access of people with disabilities.”The sidewalks, he said, were built “not in keeping with the 21st century” and will therefore be reconstructed to the satisfaction of “the very important group of people in our country”.The Prime Minister commended the DAPD’s leadership, particularly Mrs. Raymond Joseph and Executive Director Nathalie Murphy. “They’re really solid advocates, they’re very hard hitting people, very articulate… these are two solid hard hitting people, they know how to negotiate. Having a disability does not mean you are dead, you have your life to live and you can live your life.”The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is intended as a human rights instrument with an explicit, social development dimension. It adopts a broad categorization of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights apply to persons with disabilities and identifies areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights and areas where their rights have been violated, and where protection of rights must be reinforced.