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[mappress mapid=”2494″] Damen Shipyards Group has delivered a Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2610 workboat, named AOS SWIFT for the Atlantic Maritime Group to be used for passenger and crew transfer to offshore platforms in the Strait of Hormuz.According to Damen, the delivery took place on August 20, 2015. The Dutch shipbuilder said that this was the first Damen Twin Axe vessel to be used in the Middle East for passenger and crew transfer as well as for the transport of industrial persons, materials and equipment to unmanned offshore platforms in the Strait of Hormuz.Damen signed the contract with Atlantic Maritime Group, in the United Arab Emirates, on June 1, 2015. Damen said that the vessel would be chartered to a Norwegian oil and gas company for its platform operations offshore Oman, but it did not name the company.The Dutch company noted that up to 35 industrial persons are transported to and from the platform daily, adding that, although there is a heliport on the unmanned platform, it is much more efficient and less costly to do personnel transfer by sea.“Damen specialises in broader marine access in the offshore wind and oil and gas industries. We see a large potential in this marine access market to reduce costs and improve logistics as well as to partially replace helicopter flights which can be expensive and less efficient. And some unmanned platforms are without heliports and only have marine access,” explains Damen Business Development Manager David Stibbe.Damen further said that the vessel was shipped from Damen Shipyards Gorinchem to Damen Shipyards Sharjah for further customization and outfitting. Describing the vessel, Damen says that the 25.75-meter long workboat’s twin hull design features robust fendering. A gas detection has also been installed and extra air-conditioning added, as the vessel is for the Middle East climate zone.This FCS workboat, Damen further explains, is also equipped with an additional hydraulically-operated 2200 kg crane with a reach of 8.6 metres and has deck space for two 20ft containers. The vessel is also equipped with a GPS Plot self-managed Man Overboard system and a Jason cradle for emergency personnel recovery. The workboat houses a total of 35 passengers plus crew. The operational speed of the AOS Swift is 25 knots maximum.
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Production levels dropped to 25 percent while talks broke down on how to settle a dispute over USD1.6 billion in cost overrun, and the ambitious Panama Canal expansion project has now ground to a halt.The GUPC threatened to stop works in January, but the two parties opted for continued discussion.However, no agreement has been reached and although the ACP has demanded that the GUPC resume work on the project as required by the contract, the consortium continues to seek an appropriate solution.The break in negotiations puts the expansion project and up to 10,000 jobs at immediate risk, and without an immediate resolution the ACP faces years of disputes and potential project failure, along with huge cost overruns.The project is currently more than 70 percent complete and the lock gates are to be delivered this year, but an additional USD1.6 billion of funding is required to reach completion.According to canal officials, other foreign contractors and project managers have expressed an interest in completing the remaining 30 percent of work that remains on the third canal lock, but the administrator of the ACP, Jorge Quijano, has insisted that under no circumstances will the 2015 construction deadline be pushed back.The project, which is already running nine months late, would double the capacity of the 80 km canal, which already carries 5 – 6 percent of world commerce.”We’re going to finish the canal whether it rains, thunders, or there’s lightning,” declared the country’s president, Ricardo Martinelli. www.pancanal.comwww.gupc.com/pa
Criminal barristers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of direct action over the government’s legal aid reforms.The Criminal Bar Association asked its 4,000 members whether they supported action – ‘no returns’ and ‘days of action’ – should the government decide to proceed with the duty provider scheme, reducing the number of legal aid solicitor firms by two-thirds.The CBA announced this morning that 96% of respondents in an ‘unprecedented’ 35% turnout urged the criminal bar to take action ‘to press the government to think again’. The CBA received 1,385 responses – 1,328 voted in favour of action, 57 voted against.Under the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AFGS), only the instructed advocate can make a claim for payment.A ‘return’ is any instruction to appear on any hearing on any defence case in the Crown court where there is a representation order in force in which another member of the bar is nominated as the instructed advocate.CBA chair Tony Cross QC (pictured) said: ‘No barrister wishes to withhold his or her labour. It is a measure of the extreme nature of our concern that so many of our members are contemplating such action.‘The proposed changes have no sensible economic foundation and will lead to irreversible damage to the criminal justice system. The proposed scheme will reduce competition, stifle innovation and paralyse the market as it becomes closed to new entrants.’In a message to members earlier this month, Cross said the proposals, if implemented by the new government, ‘will damage deeply access to justice and deal a colossal blow to the self-employed bar’.Cross said many solicitors would lose their jobs as a result of two-tier contracts and many already had.He said the business modelling which firms had now undertaken ‘anticipates that new income streams from advocacy must be part of what comes next’, with the imperative of ‘securing a slice of the advocacy fee’ becoming a necessary part of the new model.‘At present firms still need to protect their reputations by instructing barristers for a significant proportion of their advocacy in the Crown court. We are the specialist advocates and under current arrangements there remains a significant market for our services.‘However, once the market is “fixed” these considerations will no longer apply in the same way, and once a much larger share of the work is guaranteed, much more of the advocacy can be taken in-house, and much of the remainder will go to freelance advocates who pay a 30% management fee (sometimes more) back to the firm.‘This is the rational commercial reality that [the duty provider scheme] will enshrine. Justice for all will suffer.’Bar Council chair Alistair MacDonald QC said the survey results ‘demonstrate how deeply damaging the bar considers the dual-contracting model could be to the effective and efficient delivery of criminal legal services. The Bar Council will now work with the CBA and the circuit leaders to consider how best to address these concerns’.In March 2014 criminal barristers called off further direct action over legal aid reforms after Chris Grayling, justice secretary at the time, postponed a planned (average) 6% cut to fees paid to advocates in Crown court cases under the AGFS until at least this summer.Cross said this morning the CBA ‘remains committed to constructive dialogue with the government to ensure that our country has a [criminal justice system] that is fit for the 21st century’.Bill Waddington, chair of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association, said the CBA’s vote was ‘hugely welcome’.Waddington said: ‘We hope the arrival of a fresh face in Petty France, in the form of [justice secretary Michael Gove], will see the government push the reset button on their legal aid reforms.‘We would welcome the opportunity to engage and work constructively with them to preserve our justice system, and the treasured principles of access to justice and equality before the law.’Jonathan Black, president of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA), said it was ‘delighted’ the CBA surveyed its members, with overwhelming support for a no-returns campaign.Black said: ‘We witnessed last spring strength of a united approach from both sides of the profession. Should the action be considered a necessary step, then we shall, as on the last occasion, do everything to urge our members to participate jointly with our sister profession.’The Law Society said: ‘Anyone accused of wrongdoing should have access to legal help. While we would of course advise our members against doing anything which involves breaching legal aid contracts, no one can look at this issue without understanding why such action is being contemplated.’
Sharing is caring! Share 16 Views no discussions LocalNews Police officer injured in vehicular accident by: – July 25, 2014 A collision between a truck and a police patrol bike has left an officer injured.The male police officer was injured when the incident occurred in Jimmit, close to PetroCaribe.It is not clear at this point how the accident occurred or the extent of the police officer’s injury.Efforts to obtain details from the Police Department has so far proven futile.Further details will be provided as soon as it becomes available.– / 2Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Share
Aniyah Stokes (princeton.edu)Farmington High 2020 graduate Aniyah Stokes is among 29 high school students from across the U.S. to receive this year’s Princeton Prize in Race Relations. The program recognizes students who, through their volunteer activities, have undertaken significant efforts to advance racial equity and understanding in their schools or communities. According to information provided by the program, Stokes, who also attended Harrison High School, was president of the National Honor Society, a functioning head of Farmington’s District Diversity Committee, and provided a voice for her peers during the Harrison closure discussion.For more than two years, Stokes has planned a “Diversity Day” conference with high schoolers throughout Metro Detroit. A princeton.edu profile explains:“In a predominantly white community, this conference provides a safe space for students to candidly discuss any negative experiences they have endured due to their racial identities and to learn from each other’s experiences. The activities throughout the conference help students educate one another about their perspectives, show students that they can relate with peers they previously identified as their outgroup, and prepare students for better interactions between different races in their everyday lives.”Stokes also used her position as a choreographer to communicate controversial issues impacting her community, creating dances entitled “Learning to Let Go,” illustrating that regardless of one’s race everyone experiences grief, and “Standing on the Horizon,” illustrating the journey of African American success in America in order to challenge society’s indifference to oppression. “Learning to Let Go” was performed for over 800 people at several community events.The Princeton Prize for Race Relations carries cash awards of $1,000. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, programming for the awardees was held over video conferencing, rather than on the Princeton campus at the typically scheduled two-day symposium. Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Reported by
[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’FEEL THE GAME’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BOBBY MOTUS[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Thursday, January 5, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]NBA’s Endorsement All-Stars YOU play better than most, you get max money. It also helps if you belong to a big market team where fans fill the arena on a nightly basis. Then you build star power that you can command a hefty contract bordering on the ridiculous. With it come the companies that want you to be their sales agents.Off-court earning is big money for NBA stars. Peter Laatz of the research firm Repucom said, “The NBA is very good at producing ‘endorsable’ icons that transcend what happens on the court.” Their star power helps the products they pitch for sell quickly, especially among the younger age group.Forbes is very good at compiling top earners in various sports. Recently it came up with their “NBA’s Endorsement All-Stars of 2016.” Receiving a combined $189 million last year, here are the NBA’s top 10 off-court earners with their annual take-home pays from endorsements:LeBron James ($48 million). Major partners include Nike, Samsung, Coca-Cola, Kia Motors, and Beats by Dre. He is the first athlete given a lifetime contract by Nike, which sold $340 million worth of his signature pairs of shoes in 2014.Kevin Durant ($36 million). Partners are Nike, Panini, Sonic, Beats by Dre, BBVA, and American Family Insurance. The contract extension from Nike in 2014 earned Durant $300 million spread over 10 years. KD is the first athlete that fast-food chain Sonic had used in advertising.Kobe Bryant ($25 million). One of the best-ever to play on hard court, Bryant has partnered with Nike, Panini, Hublot, Alibaba, and Turkish Airlines, among others. He may be retired but he still rakes in the dollars.James Harden ($17 million). In 2015 he signed with Adidas for a 13-year, $200-million deal that included an undisclosed signing bonus. His first signature pair of shoes, “James Harden 1, Wake The Game Up,” is now in Philippine shores and sells for P8,000. Other partners are Footlocker, NBA2K, BBVA, and Beats by Dre.Derrick Rose ($14 million). Another Adidas endorser, he was the shoe company’s main man in 2012 when they signed him to a 13-year, $185-million deal. Injuries the past four seasons affected sales of his signature shoe. He also endorses products from Gatorade and Giordano’s.Dwyane Wade ($12 million). He left Jordan/Nike in 2012 in favor of China’s Li-Ning, inking a 10-year deal worth in excess of $50 million, plus a share in company ownership. Other companies D-Wade is connected with are Gatorade, Fan Duel, Hublot, Mission, and Pepperidge Farm.Stephen Curry ($12 million). With D-Wade, they are the only ones in this top 10 list not connected with either Adidas or Nike/Jordan. Curry’s deal with Under Armour, which also includes a share in ownership, will last until 2024. The company is banking on him to create a $1-billion basketball business. He also pitches for Kaiser Permanente, Fanatics, JBL, Degree, and Brita.Chris Paul ($8.5 million). Jordan/Nike has released the ninth edition of his CP3 signature shoe. Other company partners are Panini, State Farm and Fan Duel.Carmelo Anthony ($8 million). Melo had been with Jordan/Nike since he cracked the league in 2003. Other partners are Las Vegas Sands, Panini, SMS Audio, and Draft Kings.Blake Griffin ($8 million). I suppose KIA got interested in Griffin when he jumped over one of their cars in a slam dunk attempt in an All-Star Slam Dunk competition back in 2011. He also has endorsement deals with Jordan/Nike, Panini and Red Bull.It certainly pays well to be a star and, in this case, it pays double. Happy New Year!/PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
Also part of the squad of head coachIan Macariola were Kiesha Bedonia, Sophie Cagalawan, Gwen Banas, Kathleen Tan,Nicolei Galvan, Alijah Ysulan, Julianne Monares and Aurea Alvero. Foton-Bacolod Tay Tung High School. The Thunderbolts had a walk in park inclinching the pocket tournament title with the Iloilo Selection opting not toplay the gold medal match. The volleyball tournament was throughthe auspices of Bacolod City congressman Greg Gasataya in coordination with theNegros Federation Volleyball Enthusiast Inc. and JGM Dreams Foundation Inc./PN BACOLOD City – Foton-Bacolod Tay TungHigh School Thunderbolts clinched the 1st Cong. Greg Gasataya Masskara Cupwomen’s open volleyball championship at the Montalbo Residence here. Spearheading the Thunderbolts teamwere Alyssa Bertolano, Joan Marie Monares, Annikha Cabasac, Shane Carmona,Rhean Almendralejo, Jermaine Joniega, and Katherine Shaine Cortez. Prior to the aborted finale, theThunderbolts defeated Bacolod Selection (25-12, 25-9, 25-15), University of SanAgustin Bacolod (25-8, 25-7, 25-9), University of San Agustin Iloilo (25-8,25-19, 25-13), Carlos Hilado Memorial State University (25-13, 25-12, 25-10)mand Iloilo Selection (25-11, 25-11, 25-16) in the elimination round.
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享From 1:30-3pm today (Tuesday), the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and Alaska State Troopers will host a free background check workshop at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. RSVPs are required. Blaum also recommends using the State of Alaska’s free online Court System records at http://www.courtrecords.alaska.gov/ Blaum: “Google is a great place to start, where you can put their name in that website. There’s a website called pipl.com and you can search name and phone numbers and addresses and it will give you a good snapshot of maybe some of their social networking pages and other webpages they’re associated with.” Troopers say the information shared during these workshops is helpful for landlords, employers, students, and charitable organizations. Christy Blaum, an analyst with the Alaska State Troopers, has previously hosted similar workshops with the Chamber… Call 262-9814 to RSVP.