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On July 29, the signing ceremony for Flood Control Project of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia was held in the meeting room of Mecca Governor Office Building. The client’s representative, Prince Khalid Al Faisal, and the contractor’s representative, Dai Zhanping, the general manager of CCCC Saudi Arabia Branch, signed on the contract.The Flood Control Project of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is a large municipal people’s livelihood system engineering of Jeddah Government to thoroughly solve the flood disaster in Jeddah caused by the rainfall in every spring. The contract signed this time is the four contract sections in the Phase II of this system engineering, with a contract amount of about USD 500 million and a construction period of 432 days.This project is a large construction project undertaken by CHEC in the name of CCCC. It is not only of positive significance to improving the local people’s livelihood and infrastructure construction, but also shows that CHEC’s confidence and determination in actively giving play to the role of overseas platform of CCCC.Deputy Consul-General Wang Qimin from Charge d’Affaires ad interim of Chinese consulate-general to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and counselor Wu Yi from Chinese Economic Davison to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia were there and expressed their congratulations. In addition, the relevant department leaders of Mecca Province of Saudi Arabia, the client and relevant responsible people of CCCC Saudi Arabia Branch attended the signing ceremony.[mappress]Press Release, August 14, 2013
PCN achieved ISO 9001 for the first time in 2011 and achieving certification renewal requires continuous development and improvement of business processes.The ISO 14001 Environmental Management certification was awarded as part of PCN’s commitment to minimising its environmental impact, explained company chairwoman Rachel Humphrey, adding that the certification was particularly important as many of the PCN members are working in the renewable energy field. www.projectcargonetwork.com
A leading City training specialist has warned that legal apprenticeships may be less appealing to the biggest corporate firms with overseas offices. Tony King, chair of the City of London Law Society training committee, said: ‘Internationally, the lack of a degree will raise issues with some local bar associations.’ King was speaking at a breakfast seminar on apprenticeships held at the House of Lords and hosted by Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger. It would be an ‘enhancement’ of the apprenticeship model if apprentices were awarded a degree on their way through, King added. ‘We must make sure [apprentices] are not regarded as second-class citizens,’ he said. Meanwhile, Hillingdon Borough Council, London, has recruited four school leavers as legal administration apprentices to its legal services department. The Level 2 Legal Administration Apprenticeship programme is to be delivered jointly by ILEX Tutorial College and recruiters Vision Apprentices over 12 months. However, the council is employing the four apprentices on two-year contracts, giving them the opportunity to gain six months’ experience in each of the four units that make up the legal services department: central support; housing and property; social services; and corporate and planning. See How To offer apprenticeships
Listed law firm pioneer Gateley today hailed an ‘encouraging’ start to 2015/16 after posting an underlying improvement in profits for its last year before flotation.The AIM-listed outfit also claimed its admission to the junior market in June has boosted its appeal to potential acquisition targets and lateral hires.In the year to 30 April, pre-tax profits rose 32.4% on a like-for-like basis to £9.8m, on income which climbed 11.5% to £60.9m. Chief executive Michael Ward (pictured) said the firm benefited in 2014/15 from improved market conditions. ‘Clients began to feel cautiously optimistic about the future and therefore sought our services to implement and aid their growth plans,’ he added.Revenues from Banking and Financial Services, which contributed a fifth of total income, rose 13% on the previous year ‘driven by an increasing number of banking transactions taking place and notable successes in recovering monies obtained through fraudulent or deceitful transactions’. Property – the largest business segment accounting for a third of revenues – posted a 16.1% rise, attributed to a bullish market.Revenues from corporate deals, which yielded £10m in income, improved by 14.1%, the firm said. Gateley advised on more than 250 deals with an aggregate value in excess of £1.5bn.The number of fee-generating staff climbed to 366 from 355 during the year with their utilisation edging up to 85% from 84%. The bonuses earned by all employees rose to 6.13% of staff payroll costs from 5.6%.All staff received shares on the firm’s admission to AIM; Gateley is presently implementing an all-staff share ownership scheme. ‘The aim of encouraging widespread equity ownership is to attract, retain and motivate talent and to ensure all staff can benefit from the firm’s longer-term growth,’ Ward added.
Hannah BaynesThe Home Office introduced study restrictions under schedule 10 of the Immigration Act 2016, which came into force in January 2018. Guidance was issued in May 2018 stating that asylum seekers should not be prohibited from studying. However, Baynes said she continued to receive referrals of clients who had received restrictions.When the firm was instructed to represent the cancer biology student, Baynes said ‘it became apparent that the Home Office imposed what appeared to be a blanket ban on “appeals right exhausted” (ARE) individuals studying, when their guidance clearly stated that the imposition of study restrictions for ARE individuals should be discretionary, and such a practice did not appear to be the intended aim of schedule 10’.The Home Office told the Gazette that the government does not routinely comment on individual cases. The policy on immigration bail set out in guidance will be clarified with caseworkers as soon as reasonably practical.The students are represented by Hannah Baynes, Helen Baron and Joud Saeb from the public law department at Duncan Lewis, who instructed barristers Shu Shin Luh and Grace Capel of Garden Court Chambers. The Home Office has agreed to review its immigration bail guidance, a law firm has said as it was preparing to challenge the government in court next week in a case concerning two asylum-seeking university students. National firm Duncan Lewis, which represents the students, said one was studying cancer biology and was due to sit her end-of-first-year exams when the Home Office imposed a study restriction on her. She eventually had to drop out of university. The second student, who accepted a place to study politics and international relations, was informed during the enrolment process that he had no right to study.Duncan Lewis announced today that the Home Office ‘conceded in the settlement of two claims for judicial review that it had acted unlawfully in imposing a study restriction as a condition of bail on two individuals simply because they had failed in their initial asylum claims and exhausted their appeal rights’.Solicitor Hannah Baynes said: ‘We have seen first-hand from our clients the positive impact that being able to study has had on them, not only in terms of gaining important knowledge and skills to enable them to pursue their career aspirations, but also the impact on their mental health and emotional well-being. The imposition of study restrictions singles out already-vulnerable asylum-seeking students from their course-mates, making them feel inferior and of less value on account of their immigration status.’
GERMANY: On January 5 Deutsche Bahn and Bombardier Transportation announced a framework agreement worth up to €1·5bn for the supply of 800 double-deck coaches, including DB’s first double-deck EMU cars. DB will use the vehicles to compete in tenders for the provision of local rail transport. ‘For the first time ever, we will have powered double-deck coaches in our fleet’, said DB Regio Chairman Ulrich Homburg. ‘Individual coaches, driving trailers or trailer coaches can be added as well, depending on what the trains are being used for’. DB Regio currently has more than 2 000 double-deck coaches in its fleet, and the new stock will be compatible with previous generations.In 1998 Bombardier, Adtranz and Siemens developed a three-car double-deck EMU for possible use by DB. Known as Meridian, the aluminium-bodied Class 445 was built as a demonstrator and shown at the 1998 InnoTrans trade fair. The outer two cars were powered and the train offered 289 seats. However, no follow-on order was placed.DWA built six Class 670 double-deck single-car diesel railbuses for DB in 1996, but they have since been sold. Last month LNVG placed a €46m order with Bombardier for a further 34 double-deck coaches for use on Metronom services south of Hamburg. The Niedersachsen transport authority also ordered 10 two-car Coradia Lint DMUs from Alstom at a cost of €28m.
ROMANIA: Private passenger operator Regiotrans hopes to resume all its previous services this month, after regaining an operating certificate on March 30 and repairing enough rolling stock to reinstate one-third of its previous routes on April 1. National safety agency ASFR had withdrawn the company’s operating certificate on March 16, after inspections found defects in 29 of its diesel multiple-units. Regiotrans is Romania’s second biggest passenger operator, using second-hand locomotives and ex-French multiple units to serve 2 000 km of mainly local routes under a four-year contract. The immediate suspension of Regiotrans services hit commuters, school pupils and students who had to find other means of transport. On March 17 some of its services were provided using stock hired from national passenger operator CFR Călători, and the following day the state company stepped in to run temporary services on 11 of the suspended routes, implementing a new timetable but charging the same fares.Compounding Regiotrans’ problems, on February 25 co-owner Costel Comana, who was under investigation following corruption allegations, died in an apparent suicide while travelling on a flight between Bogotá and Costa Rica.
The aircraft touchdown about 135 feet from the threshold markings and the left landing gear collapsed soon after landing. The aircraft veered towards the left side of the runway and the other landing gear collapsed. The aircraft then stopped in the grass area between the taxiways B and A. A small fire on the aircraft was quickly extinguished by Government’s Fire Services. Tweet Share Share Share We expect that once ECCAA officials give the all clear, normal Airport operations will resume, hopefully by early afternoon on Tuesday April 9, 2019. DASPA will continue to monitor the situation and advise the general public accordingly. Efforts were made to have the ECCAA officials arrive on island Monday April 8, 2019. However, due to circumstances beyond their control ECCAA could only arrive on island on the morning of Tuesday April 9, 2019. We are aware that travel plans have been disrupted as a result of the accident and the delay in the reopening of the Airport for normal operations. However, every accident needs to be investigated by the OECS regulatory authority (ECCAA) whose headquarters are in Antigua. Therefore, we ask for the patience of the travelling public and urge the public to remember that safety comes first. 775 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Given the position of the aircraft between taxiway A and B and the proximity to the runway the ECCAA officials in Antigua advised that Douglas Charles Airport remains closed until they have completed their investigation. The Ministry of Public Works, Water Resource Management and Ports, and DASPA express gratitude to the Fire Services for their swift action in extinguishing the small fire as well as the management and staff of Douglas Charles Airport and other agencies for their support in a very challenging situation. We are indeed thankful that despite the damage to the aircraft, the passengers and crew walked out of the aircraft without any visible injuries. LocalNews PRESS RELEASE: Ministry of Public Works, Water Resource Management and Ports statement on Aircraft Accident at Douglas Charles Airport on April 8, 2019. by: – April 9, 2019 The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) was notified by Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority within minutes of the accident, in keeping with ECCAA procedures. At about 12:30 pm on Monday April 8, 2019, it was reported that a Sky high aviation Jetstream 41 aircraft with registration marks HL1038 landed at the Douglas Charles Airport (DCA) utilizing runway 27 from the sea end. The three (3) member crew and the twenty-nine (29) passengers exited the aircraft and were escorted to the airport terminal for further medical examination. No major injuries were recorded at that time.