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“One of the biggest challenges many of our members face is finding reliable, cost-effective health insurance for themselves and their employees,” said SC&RA executive vice president Joel Dandrea. “For many of our members, this programme offers substantial savings on important products and services that ultimately can help them attract and retain key employees.”The new programme will be managed by Association Benefit Resources (ABR), with the medical plan insured and administered by United Healthcare Insurance Company (UHC). For more information about SC&RA’s new benefits programme and products, submission guidelines, and eligibility requirements, visit www.scrahealthplan.com
Torquing point by Evie AufhebenAfter more than nine months of protracted negotiations, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) has reached a tentative accord with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on chassis maintenance and repair – a critical step towards finalising a new waterfront contact at US West Coast ports.The PMA, representing major shipping lines, and the ILWU, acting in the interest of its 20,000 dockworker members, have been at loggerheads over the chassis maintenance issue. Answering this question has been considered imperative in order to alleviate the huge cargo bottlenecks currently hampering West Coast gateways.Federal mediators helped to broker a deal that placed the maintenance and repair of chassis and flatbeds with the ILWU. The dockworker’s union had been concerned over losing jobs and members as the ports continue to automate processes, and securing the maintenance contact would enable the ILWU to bolster its membership.Working chassis, used to move containers to and from port, have been in short supply at Pacific gateways and this was cited by the ILWU as a key factor causing the cargo logjams.The ILWU argued that the PMA misjudged the impact it would have on cargo flows when they stopped servicing chassis, allowing third parties to gain control over an asset that is essential to speeding containers out of the ports. In opposition to this, the PMA believed the ILWU orchestrated a slowdown and did not dispatch their most qualified workers, in a bid to gain leverage at the bargaining table.However, this tentative agreement signals the first piece of progress on the waterfront contract since July 2014. While the members still need to ratify the deal as part of the final contract package, this agreement could prove to be a significant step towards ending the horrendous delays as US West Coast ports. In businessZeeland returns to growthZeeland Seaports reported that cargo throughput at its Dutch gateways increased by 6.3 percent year-on-year to more than 35 million tonnes during 2014.Record year at Port of Indiana-JeffersonvilleThe Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville handled over 2.4 million tonnes of cargo in 2014, up 48 percent over 2013. Mixed success for Port of AntwerpThe port of Antwerp handled 199,012,082 tonnes of freight in 2014, a rise of 4.3 percent year-on-year over 2013. However, 9,884,522 tonnes of conventional breakbulk was handled at the gateway during 2014, down 2 percent on the 2013 total.Project cargoes soar at HamiltonThe Port of Hamilton handled 58,647 cu m (or 14,000 tonnes) of project cargo shipments during 2014 – up 53 percent year-on-year over 2013. SHL scores hat trick with Dong EnergySeaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) secured a deal for the transportation and installation of substations at three of Dong Energy’s offshore wind farms in the UK.Latin America tops TIACA AgendaThe International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) will focus on challenges and opportunities in Latin America, and host interactive workshops on global airfreight issues at its Executive and Annual General Meeting Summit conference in Miami, USA on May 19-21, 2015. Capacity developmentsC. Steinweg Oman adds Gottwald capacityC. Steinweg Oman, operator of the multipurpose cargo terminal at SOHAR Port and Freezone, has taken delivery of a 100-tonne lifting capacity Gottwald HMK 6407 crane.ABC adds HelsinkiAirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has commenced a twice-weekly B747 freighter service connecting Moscow Sheremetyevo airport and Helsinki. The Russian freighter airline also carried a record 401,000 tonnes of cargo during 2014 – a 17.6 percent year-on-year improvement over 2013. New UK abnormal load reporting system takes effectIn the UK, the latest version of ESDAL (Electronic Service Delivery for Abnormal Loads) has gone live after lengthy delays. Manaus takes Cargolux to 100Cargolux’s introduction of a regular air freight service to Manaus has resulted in the Brazilian airport becoming the airline’s 100th commercial 747-8F destination. On the move Hansa appoints HarmstorfHansa Heavy Lift has strengthened its managerial team with the addition of Maximilian Harmstorf as head of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.Notable shipmentFleet Line Shipping safely loaded a 160-tonne crew boat at Mussafah port, Abu Dhabi, destined for Lagos in Nigeria.
NC GOP mistakenly harangues Kaine for lapel pin, apologizes Published: July 28, 2016 1:57 PM EDT Updated: July 28, 2016 1:58 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republicans have apologized to Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine for mistakenly critiquing him for wearing a foreign flag during his acceptance speech.The state GOP sent out a tweet Wednesday night saying it was “shameful” for Kaine to wear the flag of Honduras during his speech at the Democratic National Convention.Kaine spent a year in Honduras as a missionary. But Ben Amey, a reporter for WNYT-TV in Albany, New York, pointed out on Twitter that Kaine’s pin was actually the symbol for families with a member serving in the military.Kaine’s son, a Marine, is currently deployed.Amey posted a screen grab of the party’s original tweet, which the GOP has since deleted. Also on Twitter, the party thanked Amey for “letting us correct our mistake.”
The County Court has refused costs protection to a claimant after his solicitors had wrongly told the defendants that a funding agreement was in place.In Price v Egbert H Taylor & Company Limited, having failed with a claim against his employer, Raymond Price’s representatives, Worcestershire firm Prescott Solicitors, stated that qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) should apply.But the firm admitted that three years earlier, it had wrongly advised the defendants that the claim was being funded by way of a conditional fee agreement, which provided for a success fee.Prescotts said this element had been ‘included in the letter in error’ and no pre-commencement funding arrangement had in fact been entered into.Acting for the defendants, Matthew White from St John’s Chambers told Birmingham County Court that the claimants could not escape from this erroneous communication.He said the claimant’s solicitor had made a ‘clear and unequivocal’ representation to the defendant, even giving the additional details that the agreement provided for a success fee. The defendant and his solicitors had relied on that representation, it was argued.White invited the court to find there was probably an oral, or implied, retainer which would be unenforceable, but which would still not mean that QOCS applied.The claimant’s firm stated no additional costs were caused by its conduct and submitted it would not be just to make a wasted costs order at any stage.Judge Lopez made a costs order against the claimant.The judge added: ‘The claimant having represented that there was a pre-commencement funding agreement in place and the defendant having relied upon that representation, the claimant is now estopped from asserting that no such agreement was in place and/or that qualified one-way costs shifting applies.’The claimant was ordered to pay £5,533 costs of the first hearing and the £8,806 costs of the appeal.
A solicitor who continued to practise for 18 months for a firm he knew was unauthorised has been banned from the profession. Alan O’Doherty, a solicitor working in Surrey, had been reported to the SRA after concerns about letters headed ‘GM Law – Solicitors’ which further stated the firm was a ‘trading style’ of another practice. A second report was received from the Financial Conduct Authority asking about the status of GM Law.One of the original letters, obtained by the SRA, was headed ‘GM Law – Solicitors’ and further stated ‘GM Law is a trading style of Alan O’Doherty who is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority’. The registration number provided was O’Doherty’s personal SRA number and not one of an authorised entity.O’Doherty, who is listed on Companies House as a director of GM Law (New Malden) Limited, accepted that he sent 279 letters on behalf of a debt recovery business client with a letterhead GM Law.He told the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal that he believed GM Law was authorised to practise by virtue of his 10% shareholding of another firm, for whom he worked as a consultant and was a director. Work was carried out under the ‘trading style’ of this other firm, he said. The Solicitors Regulation Authority submitted that O’Doherty’s conduct showed a ‘flagrant disregard’ for the ethical standards required. After the regulator was alerted to the issue by the firm in which O’Doherty was a director, a review of the authorisations register found GM Law had never been authorised as a single entity. As a result, the minimum level of professional indemnity insurance was not available for the benefit of clients.The SRA submitted that O’Doherty was ‘fully aware’ of his obligation to be authorised and he knew he could not provide legal services as a sole practitioner or under the umbrella of his other firm as a trading style. This knowledge was assumed particularly because he had been the compliance officer for his other firm. The tribunal concluded that O’Doherty carried out activities as a solicitor for the one client under the name GM Law, which had never been authorised by the SRA in its own right and was never a trading style of the other firm. The tribunal said the public expected and trusted solicitors to provide accurate information as to their authorisation status, and it was satisfied that knowingly misrepresenting this status was dishonest. O’Doherty’s conduct had ‘sought to convey an appearance of authorisation when in fact there was none’. The tribunal added: ‘[O’Doherty] deliberately orchestrated the framework within which GM Law operated with apparent authorisation; as such his conduct [was] deliberate, planned and repeated over a protracted period of time.’ O’Doherty was struck off the roll and ordered to pay £20,000 costs.
314 Views no discussions EducationLocalNewsSecondary 10 schools to participate in Economics for Success program by: Dominica Vibes News – March 11, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet Share Junior Achievement (JA) Dominica has launched a new initiative geared at assisting secondary school students to succeed.The Economics for Success Program, launched on Wednesday 11 March 2015 at the National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD)’s conference room, is a career focused program which explores personal finance and students’ education and career options based on their skills, interests, and values, while demonstrating the economic benefits of remaining in school.Ten (10) secondary schools, to include, the Dominica Grammar School, Wesley High School, Portsmouth Secondary, St Martin Secondary, Goodwill Secondary, Pierre Charles Secondary and the North East Comprehensive are to participate in the program.Teachers from the above mentioned schools attended the launching ceremony and will participate in a three-hour training activity. “The Economic for Success will focus on information and learning about careers, budgeting, credit and the importance of things such as insurance,” JA Dominica’s executive director Natasha Yeeloy Labad said.“As part of this program, Junior Achievement will go these high schools focused on what we call the JA Economics for success,” Mrs Labad indicated.She informed that students will participate in discussions, have the opportunity to receive direct instructions, reflect on their future aspirations and be able to make use of the Junior Achievement program kits which has a number of engaging and fun resources.“Junior Achievement is really hoping that the students will enjoy this program, the teachers will enjoy this program and both teachers, students and parents will be able to review the materials together as they complete the activity,” Mrs Labad noted.One of the highlights of the program, she informed, is to allow students who excel to have an internship opportunity called the Junior Achievement Careers Forum. “Ten students from each of the schools will excel and come forward to be part of this national expo,” she said.She added that it will result in one student receiving an internship at a local organization here.Meanwhile, Enzinga Darroux, a teacher at the Pierre Charles Secondary School believes that the program is a great initiative as it will help students to choose their careers. “It is common to find students who are unsure as to which career path to follow, but you will also find some who have already made up their mind as to what they want to become in life. To those who are unsure, then I think this program will be of great benefit to them,” Ms Darroux said.She pledged to continue to teach, motivate and encourage students to set goals and work towards their career opportunities.– / 6
Tweet 94 Views no discussions Share Press ReleaseIn the presence of Members of the JCI Advisory Council, the local chapter’s executive board, members of the general assembly, and other invited guests, a group of 11 inductees went through the process of induction to become members of JCI Dominica. The event was held on Saturday 22nd September 2018 at the Prevost Cinemall Ball Room at 7 p.m.The feature address was delivered by Ms. Trudy Christian, who highlighted the depth of ‘Service’ and how Social Organizations such as JCI Dominica should serve. Utilizing a mnemonic for the word SERVE, she indicated that members should beS- Self-less, putting the needs of others before your ownE- Engaging, because to identify others’ needs it requires you to engage with themR- Resolve, to remain steadfast in service we need to make a resolve to do serviceV- Vision, have a vision of what you would like to accomplishE- Enthusiastic, we must enjoy delivering the service to our fellow man.A total of 11 prospectives were unanimously accepted into the organization. The assembly witnessed the following inductees take their oath of membership, be coated and pinned signalling that they are now full members of the JCI Dominica Chapter.• Allenna Antoine• Nikkita Celaire• Tawana Paris• Britney Clarke• Celene Letang• Tania Burnett• Stevie Christopher• Nyome John• Christel Samuel• Mickael Desbones• Brent WilliamsA series of awards were then presented to the newly inducted Jaycees in recognition of their hard work and contribution throughout their journey as a prospective member. It is expected that these new members will do their all to help JCI Dominica chapter make a great impact in our country and the wider world by extension. Service to humanity is the best work of life. Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews New members inducted in JCI by: – September 26, 2018 Share
Keysight has extended its collaboration with MediaTek to accelerate 5G New Radio (NR) chipset development and testing of 5G NR protocol stacks.MediaTek will use Keysight’s 5G Protocol R&D Toolset for Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocol development, pre-silicon deployment, and full stack chipset validation across sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies using the latest 3GPP Release 15 5G NR standards.Keysight’s 5G Protocol R&D Toolset is part of Keysight’s suite of network emulation solutions, the only seamless radio frequency (RF) and protocol workflow approach that enables chipset and device makers to efficiently develop and test evolving 5G standards and latest 4G standards in a single solution. These solutions accelerate the delivery of new 5G NR products by leveraging common development tools to eliminate siloed data sets and share design insights gained across each stage of the device lifecycle.The development of 5G depends on up-to-date tools that let designers easily explore new signals, scenarios and topologies. Keysight’s 5G solutions are ready to enable deeper insights as development evolves with the standard. In design and test, Keysight is helping industry leaders innovate across new and existing technologies as they transform ideas into reality. Click here to learn more.