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The time is right for the private equity sector to finance products and services designed to keep the shipping industry competitive and achieve regulatory compliance, the international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says.Alison Jarabo of maritime efficiency specialist Fathom Shipping told the recent Moore Stephens Opportunities in Shipping Services seminar in London that regulation and the need to control costs were the two main factors driving the growth of technology in the shipping industry. She emphasised, however, that, ”Technology and innovation may abound but, without end-users able to access the finance to deploy, the market will fail.”Jarabo identified scrubber technology, ballast water treatment systems and ship performance management systems as some of the main technology opportunities in the industry today.She cited unreliability of technology, lack of in-service history, and lack of acceptable clear parameters as some of the potential barriers to uptake, but also noted that the shipping industry excels at anticipating changes in regulations, at the timely implementation of R&D initiatives, and at the adoption of consistent and coherent regulation on a global basis.Moore Stephens shipping partner Richard Greiner said: ”Private equity investors who have a firm grasp on the potential risks and rewards available in today’s shipping services sector could be a good match for well-founded shipping services and technology providers who have a clearly identified market for their products. Indeed, it could be argued that recent developments have created something of a perfect storm to bring the two together.”Source: Moore Stephens; Image: Alta Shipping
Who is really in charge – the UK’s unelected judges or its elected politicians, its courts or its parliament? Or is the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights in charge, as many of its critics fear? These were the questions posed by Lord Neuberger, Master of the Rolls, when giving the second Lord Alexander of Weedon lecture, Who are the masters now?, on 6 April. And in answering them, he gave probably the best defence of the Strasbourg court and the European Convention on Human Rights that I have heard. Fears have been voiced about the ‘creeping supremacy of the Strasbourg Court’ over our own home-grown courts and parliament, he said. It is true that the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) imposes obligations on the state to ensure that judgments of the Strasbourg court are implemented, he said, but those obligations are in international law, not domestic law. If parliament chose not to implement a Strasbourg judgment, Neuberger said, it might place the UK in breach of its treaty obligations. Such a choice was a political decision, with which the courts could not interfere. Join our LinkedIn Human Rights sub-group And anyway, the obligation depended upon continued membership of the treaty – and the UK could always withdraw from the treaty. He said: ‘It is all too easy to attack (the ECHR) as a foreign import, but it was largely drafted by UK lawyers to reflect well-established English principles. Its noble aim is to protect individuals against an over-mighty state… by telling the state what it cannot do.’ He added: ‘We may think it is inappropriate that Strasbourg pokes its nose into the votes for prisoners issue on the basis that it should be left to our parliament to decide. ‘However, if Strasbourg said votes for criminals was a matter for national legislatures, it may be that a dictator might see this as a green light to depriving his enemies of the vote by trumping up charges to bring against them… ‘It may be thought a small price to pay for a civilised Europe that we sometimes have to adapt our laws a little.’ Neuberger also said in his speech that the sovereignty of the UK parliament was ‘absolute’, not least because ‘in a country with no written constitution, and which has had no revolution for over 300 years, it would require a very powerful reason indeed for parting from what has been almost universally accepted’. He added that in a world where ‘democratic accountability is of the essence’, judges could only claim the right to override the will of the democratically elected legislature if given that right by the people through their democratically elected representatives. If parliament, in other words, gave judges the right to overrule parliament – something that was unlikely ever to come about.
The appeal court last week reserved judgment on an appeal by publicist Max Clifford against the length of his eight-year jail sentence for sex offences. Watch the broadcast, in association with Sky News.,The appeal court last week reserved judgment on an appeal by publicist Max Clifford against the length of his eight-year jail sentence for sex offences.Three judges said they would give their decision at a later date because there are a ‘significant number of issues to be considered’. Watch the broadcast below.
Report shows Miami-Dade women earn significantly less than men A study on the female labor force in Miami-Dade County conducted by Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center, revealed significant disparities experienced by women compared to county male workers. The study ordered by Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava indicate women in the county are earning 13 cents less than men, that is women earn 87 cents to every dollar a man earns.The situation is worse for black women according to the report. Black women general earn 37 cents less than white women. While national data indicates that Black and Hispanic women generally earn 75 to 70 cents to every dollar earned by white women, the FIU report shows women of color in Miami-Dade earns 65 to 60 cents compared to every dollar earned by white women. The reports clearly indicate the disparities in salary for women workers are more pronounced when race and ethnicity is taken into account.The reports also indicated that professional women in Miami-Dade County are earning $23,000 less annually than their male counterpart in similar professions; and women are under-represented in county government jobs.Commissioner Cava says the report should be a wake-up call to the county’s public and private employers in the county that this gap between male and female workers should be bridged. She said, “It’s really shameful and shocking” that the incomes of African-American and Hispanic women a significant percentage lower than what men and white women are earning. She commented that it was “shocking” to learn of the disparity in salaries between professional women and professional men.Cava said reports like the one she commissioned from FIU should make more employers aware of the wage gap between the genders. She also suggested that employers “should conduct audits of their own salary scale, and take steps to close the gaps in the salary scale when these gaps are identified.”The commissioner also said it is important for more aggressive measures be taken to ensure women embark on “education tracks and careers” that assures them higher salaries, and that do pay a higher salary.” She said it was also important for county leaders to “critically examine” why women-dominated professions like childcare and teaching pay so little.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn Dumfries and Galloways Council ’s Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee will hear on Friday (3 February 2017) that the Scottish Government’s requirement for 600 hours of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) a year will be met by the end of academic year 2016/17.In February 2014, the Education committee agreed to increase ELC from 475 hours to 600 hours a year as set out in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.ELC is provided for more than 3,000 children across Dumfries and Galloway, with around two-thirds using 45 school nurseries and one-third using private day care and voluntary services, such as playgroups. There are also 45 childminders registered to provide funded care for eligible 2-year-olds. One of these is also registered for 3 and 4-year-olds. Since 2014, Dumfries and Galloway Council has increased flexibility in the ways that children can access their entitlement.The Scottish Government is committed to extend ELC entitlement from 600 hours to 1,140 hours by 2020/21. The CYPLL committee is being asked to consider the principle of allocating to enable officers to model the impact of phase 1 of the 1,140 hours programme ahead of the anticipated funding settlement being announced by the Scottish Government.aCouncillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of the CYPLL committee, said: “Providing the best start in life for all our children is a priority for our Council. Anticipating the needs of ELC, we have already actioned 21 projects to build, extend or refurbish facilities at 21 schools across the region. Now, we are proactively planning to for the commitment to deliver 1,140 hours of ELC by 2020.”
Related Topics Danny Simpson is a 4 year graduate from John Carroll University in Cleveland with a BA in Communications and Theatre Arts where he specialized in broadcast and theatre production. Graduated from Aurora High School, Danny has lived in North East Ohio all his life and love Cleveland Sports. Currently enrolled at The Ohio Center for Broadcasting in the Sports emphasis program, Danny hopes to make a name for himself somewhere for some professional or collegiate sports organization. Danny Simpson TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee was in beautiful condition for the St. Jude Classic. The first three days were without rain, sunny and breezy, but by the final round the players had to deal with a 3-hour rain delay, which led to softer course conditions and that meant adjustments had to be made. Not only would adjustments have to be made but also the execution would have to be at an all time high. 23 year old, Daniel Berger, (turned pro in 2013 out of Florida State and last year’s rookie of the year) went into the final round with a three shot lead at 10 under par finish with a three shot lead at 13 under.As the final group was just starting their round, the 3-hour rain delay came.But Berger having played college golf in Florida, which see’s its fair-share of “weather,” would know how to make those adjustments needed. He would start both nine’s of the final round with bogies, but remain resilient and daring, and play his way to his first PGA Tour win. With the win Berger moves up to 14th in the FedEx Cup standings.Familiar faces: Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson finished second at 10 under and Dustin Johnson would finish third at 9 under. NEXT WEEKEND (June 16-19) IS THE U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP!!!! This year’s U.S. Open will be played at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. Last year’s champion, Jordan Spieth, will look to defend his title and take home the U.S. Open Trophy for a second straight year and also secure 600 points in the FedEx Cup Standings. And a reminder; Tiger Woods will not play in this year’s U.S. Open after registering earlier in the year for procedural purposes in case he felt ready, which he does not. See you next weekend.
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball program announced that they will move its doubleheader against Miles College to Wednesday, March 25 starting at 3 p.m. CT. The Argonauts (6-20, 3-12 GSC) will face off with the Golden Bears (0-13, 0-0 SIAC) at the UWF Softball Complex for a non-conference match-up. The most up to date information can be found at GoArgos.com and immediate updates can be found on West Florida Athletics social media channels at Facebook.com/GoArgos and Twitter.com/GoArgos For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# — www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Version