Aberdeen-based solutions provider to the oil and gas industry, ATR Group, has started its work on a new five-year contract with Nexen for supplying lifting equipment and regulatory inspection services in the UK part of the North Sea.The company said on Thursday that it will manage the coordination and mobilization of ten rigging lofts to support operations across Nexen Petroleum UK’s North Sea assets.The contract, which has two one-year extension options, will also see ATR Group’s Lifting Solutions division provide inspection services to ensure the equipment, including wire rope slings, hoists, shackles and working at height apparatus, is certified to HSE Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.Dave Grant, business development director, said about the new contract: “It will provide a great opportunity to fully demonstrate our strengths of providing experienced personnel, quality equipment, and value-adding services to our clients and support them in delivering safe and robust operations in the North Sea.”
The Guardian newspaper has reacted angrily to losing its freedom of information (FoI) bid to force the Ministry of Justice to name more than 100 judges who have been disciplined over the last 10 years and disclose why they were disciplined. The ministry refused the Guardian’s FoI request on the grounds that disclosing the information would ‘damage public confidence in the judiciary’. The Guardian appealed to the information tribunal, which on 10 June upheld the ministry’s argument. In his judgment, the tribunal’s chairman David Marks QC said there would be a risk of ‘great distress to at least some judicial office holders’ whose ‘privacy would be invaded, perhaps intrusively so’ by press coverage of their conduct. Rob Evans, the Guardian journalist who made the FoI request in July 2005, said the decision to shield highly paid public servants in this way was ‘outrageous’ and that justice secretary Jack Straw had ‘evidently learned nothing from the MPs’ expenses debacle’. The information requested is not private data exempt from disclosure under the Data Protection Act, Evans said on the newspaper’s Comment is Free online section: ‘It is public data, a record of the findings and sanctions on a public official, and should be as accessible as any court judgment… [but] Straw seems to insist that justice may not be seen to be done. Keeping these matters secret is no way to maintain public confidence.’
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VDT will offer maintenance up to A Check level and related services for Boeing 737 Classic models and Boeing 747 family aircraft.Volga-Dnepr Technics will be the first aircraft maintenance provider at Vnukovo Airport able to handle the Boeing 747-8, the latest modification of the Boeing 747.Volga-Dnepr will now operate maintenance bases at three airports in Moscow – Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo – bringing to 10 the number of airports around the world at which VDT operates.www.volga-dnepr.com
Call me a stooge if you like, but I reckon the Law Society is bang on the money with this one. Yesterday it emerged that Chancery Lane is opposed to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s plan to offer whistleblowers leniency if they shop their partners in crime. No, my bosses are not standing over me like hostage-takers forcing me to stare down the camera and spout the party line. I’m simply fed up, on solicitors’ behalf, with a regulator that seems to see its role as a Dirty Harry-type figure calling the shots. Whenever I speak to solicitors, the issue of over-regulation comes over as the biggest gripe. They are brow-beaten, exhausted by form-filling and angry at being diverted from serving clients and running a firm. Now we have plans for a ‘co-operation policy’. In other words, you tell us if you’ve broken the rules and we’ll cut you some slack, as long you tell us who else was involved. Where to start with this? First, the idea that law firms are run like some of mafia outfit with a chain of misconduct running through them is barmy. I struggle to believe there are cartels acting en masse to extort clients or launder money. Misconduct is by and large a solitary existence, and I’m confident that professionals becoming aware of it would be prepared to stand up and report it – no matter what the incentive. And just how likely is it that the miscreant on the inside is going to want to come forward? Would you trust the SRA to cut you some slack, given that full disclosure is a prerequisite before they will start negotiating? Certainly the Law Society does not think so, maintaining that trust between the profession and the SRA is so limited that witnesses are unlikely to come forward. And why should any wrongdoer be offered leniency anyway? If they’ve knowingly done something worthy of punishment, how are they in any way fit to return to the profession? As proposed, the co-operation policy creates a situation where unsuitable people will be free to practise only because they betrayed a fellow villain. Hardly someone I’d want to handle my legal affairs. The SRA is not Dirty Harry’s San Francisco Police Department, or NYPD. Chief executive Anthony Townsend is not Jack Bauer. The organisation is a conduit for upholding the standards we expect of solicitors and dealing with those who fail to do so. Leave the interrogation and deals to Hollywood. John Hyde is a Gazette reporter Follow John on Twitter
China’s parliament has attacked a Hong Kong court ruling that overturned a controversial ban on wearing masks, fuelling fears that the region’s legal independence is under threat. It has been widely reported today that a spokesperson for the National People’s Congress (NPC) said members of its law and labour committee ‘expressed serious concern’ and ‘strong dissatisfaction’ over a High Court ruling that overturned a mask ban implemented in early October.In a statement published by the official Xinhua news agency, the spokesman said the NPC was the only body with the authority to interpret Hong Kong law.He said: ‘No other organ has the right to make such a judgment or decision. Some NPC deputies expressed strong dissatisfaction. The legislative affairs commission of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress expresses deep concern.’The mask ban was passed after Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, exercised emergency powers to bypass the region’s Legislative Council. It prohibited people wearing masks at public assemblies. However, a decision handed down by the High Court yesterday overturned the ban.Hundreds of protesters remain barricaded inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University today, as the pro-democracy protests continue to escalate.Last week a protester was shot at close range by a police officer, in the third shooting since demonstrations began this summer.
Remembering Vonnie McGowan-ArscottOliver Falloon-Reid, President of JURAVonnie McGowan-Arscott, O.D. who passed away on Thursday, August 18 can be described as a woman of excellence. While we use this description for a variety of people and events, when we think of this illustrious Jamaican, advocate for the less fortunate, and ambassador for things Jamaican, we realize these words have genuine meaning.Her legacy spans across the Jamaican Diaspora, touching countless lives in many ways. She loved people, and was passionate about Jamaica and Jamaicans, and very fitting, pioneered the Woman of Excellence Awards, recognizing outstanding Jamaican women for many years – always shining the spotlight on others.People who knew her, may recall her time as a very successful radio and TV presenter in New York City during the 1980s. Her skills as a Disc Jockey raised the profile of vintage Jamaican music, influencing many concerts and creating an opportunity for music promotions at the time. Many successful musicians and Jamaican artistes will testify to her role in promoting their careers and securing life changing international opportunities for them. This aspect of her work served to break new ground for Jamaican culture and music in world renowned venues, including Madison Square Garden and the World famous, Apollo Theatre in New York City.In 1990, McGowan-Arscott relocated to South Florida, and maintained her community momentum by getting involved with various civic organizations and continued helping the less fortunate. She became a member of Jamaica United Relief Association, Inc. (JURA), serving as president from 2009 to 2011. Her signature projects included the monthly outreach feeding of the homeless in Broward and Miami-Dade, a collection drive where she said “your small change can make a big change”. She also assisted a number of ‘undocumented’ Caribbean farm workers in the agricultural belts of Florida, was involved in countless feeding projects in Jamaica, and raised funds for the Athletic Foundation in that country to assist the gifted youth.She is survived by her Husband Paul Arscott, her children Daemion, Jody Black, Robert Arscott and five grandchildren. Her memorial service has been set for September 17.
Morocco launches final stage of world largest solar plant Nigeria’s main car plant idles as dollar crisis continues The French car manufacturer PSA Group inaugurated on Thursday a production plant near Morocco’s northern coastal city of Kenitra, the Moroccan government said.“This is the first PSA industrial complex in Morocco and is based on the creation of a complete automotive ecosystem,” Jean-Christophe Quemard, vice president of PSA for the Middle East and North Africa region, told reporters.With an investment of 560 million euros (632 million U.S. dollars), this plant plans to produce 200,000 car engines and 100,000 cars per year by 2020, he said.The group expects that 90 percent of the plant’s products will be exported, especially to the rest of Africa and the Middle East.This is Morocco’s third automobile production plant. French Renault operates a plant in Casablanca, which manufactures 80,000 cars annually, and another site in the northern city of Tangier which has an annual production of 340,000 cars.Related Solar power plant launched in Morocco
251 Views 2 comments The K2 bottle was launched in Dominica on Saturday.Josephine Gabriel and Company Limited, local agents for Holland’s Heineken beer, launched its new K2 bottle during a VIP party at the Fort Young Hotel on Saturday, April 6th.The new designed bottle is intended to incorporate and enhance Heineken’s iconic brand and to be fresh and innovative.There are three changes to the K2 bottle which according to its agents, adds to the premium appeal of the beer. The bottle is now slimmer and longer.The paper labels have been replaced with a plastic label and the back of the bottle now has the Heineken logo embossed on it.Regional manager for Heineken Americas, Cordell Wilson described this year as a “special” one for the Heineken brand as it celebrates its 140th anniversary during Saturday’s launching.Regional Manager for Heineken Americas, Cordell WilsonHe stated that the beer has established itself as the “number one premier beer brand in the world” and is being sold in more than 194 countries.This achievement he attributed to “our commitment to innovation and quality”.Mr. Wilson said with the launch of the new bottle, persons now know that they are getting a “real beer,” when they ask for a Heineken.Dominica Vibes News Share BusinessEntertainmentLocalNews Heineken launches new ‘K2’ bottle by: – April 8, 2013 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share
LocalNews Salisbury farmer wants compensation by: Dominica Vibes News – May 12, 2015 Share A Salisbury farmer, who was part of protest action on Monday 11 May 2015, has vowed to continue fighting for proper farm access and village roads. The farmers blocked the road with old electrical appliances and the remnants of old vehicles from 3AM on Monday. They proceeded to pelt bottles and stones at the police when they attempted to clear the blockage and restore vehicular access.The farmers, who have been appealing for proper farm access roads for over ten years, said they been very patient but “enough is enough”.Cuthbert Vidal, one of the leading farmers in the community, told Dominica Vibes on Monday he wants compensation for damage to his vehicle resulting from poor road condition and loss of sale of produce. “We are now seeking reparation that means to say for all what we have lost… last year I spent $1200 to repair my pickup, look it calling for another $1200. It doesn’t make sense the amount of tug and war we have gone through with that road,” Vidal explained.He said farmers have reached the stage where “we have decided that something needs to be done and this is why we are standing for it”.“We are hoping that something will come out of it, that the farmers, that the people concerned and the authorities will come together… it is so stupid that since morning we are protesting and they have not found it fit to come here and to do something, that doesn’t make sense,” Vidal stated.Mr. Vidal said the road condition is “impassable now” and considering that the hurricane season will commence shortly, something needs to be done urgently.Mr. Vidal, who noted that the government has made several “empty promises” to the people, said “they are playing games with us”. He further called for a public apology from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit for the inconvenience to people of Salisbury.“I am hoping that the Prime Minster and the minister of finance will come to Salisbury and apologize publicly to the people of Salisbury for all the victimization that we have suffered under this present regime,” Mr Vidal said. Tweet Share Share 217 Views 2 comments Sharing is caring!