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Trailing suction hopper dredger Belomorsky, belonging to Northern Shipping Company OJSC, has returned to the Port of Arkhangelsk under the flag of Russia.For the past 13 years, the vessel was operating under the flag of Portugal.Operated under a long-term charter agreement, the Belomorsky performed dredging works in Italy, continental Spain, Canary Islands and Equatorial Guinea.In 2016 Northern Shipping Company OJSC decided to return the dredger to its base port of Arkhangelsk under the flag of the Russian Federation.This move will allow the company to expand its fleet dredging activities at the ports of Russia including the ports on the Northern Sea Route.Apart from the Belomorsky, the company’s specialized fleet includes dredgers Dvinsky Zaliv and the Onezhsky.
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Former Belgravia High pupil, and student activist, Peter Williams, right, leads Abduragmaan Davids to the Trojan Horse Memorial where he laid down a wreath on behalf of the student activists and in honour of those who died that day. Former Belgravia High pupil, and student activist, Peter Williams, right, leads Abduragmaan Davids to the Trojan Horse Memorial where he laid down a wreath on behalf of the student activists and in honour of those who died that day. On Friday October 14, current and past pupils, staff and former staff gathered at Belgravia High, which celebrates 60 years of existence, to mark the 31st anniversary of the Trojan Horse Massacre in Thornton Road, Athlone, and the role of high school student activists in the struggle against apartheid (“Bellies rings in 60 years”, Athlone News, October 12). On October 15, 1985, student protesters were ambushed by security police hiding in crates on the back of a Railways truck. They opened fire, killing Jonathan Claasen, 21, Shaun Magmoed, 15, Michael Miranda, aged 11, and injuring many others. The incident was filmed by an international television crew and aired across the world, putting the spotlight on apartheid era atrocities in South Africa. The families of Shaun Magmoed and Michael Miranda also attended Friday’s event. 1 of 2 Former Belgravia High pupil, and student activist, Peter Williams, right, leads Abduragmaan Davids to the Trojan Horse Memorial where he laid down a wreath on behalf of the student activists and in honour of those who died that day.
Initial reaction to Lord Justice Jacksons review of civil litigation costs varied from wholehearted welcome to condemnation as a threat to access to justice. David Cooper, council member of the Association of Costs Lawyers, said Jackson was right to recommend that any extension to fixed costs be implemented in a careful and measured way. ‘It is tricky to strike the balance between ensuring that litigation is not prohibitively expensive while also making it economic for lawyers, and Jackson LJ appears to have had that at the forefront of his mind is putting forward a balanced package of reform.’Jonathan Wheeler, managing partner of loss and injury firm Bolt Burdon Kemp said: ’These proposals could have been much worse as far as access to justice for claimants is concerned. It seems that Lord Justice Jackson really has listened to the concerns of many since he started his review. I am heartened that the efforts of claimant’s representatives have been recognised for their work in attempting to negotiate a system of fixed costs in low value clinical negligence claims with the Department of Health. Lord Justice Jackson gives the green light to those efforts, and recommends that that work continues outside his fixed costs regime. ’The recommendation to bring in an intermediate track where issues are relatively simple, and the value of the claim is less than £100,000 could work. One must always fix the process before fixing costs and not allow well resourced defendants to game the system, driving up costs by their behaviour which they can afford but a claimant cannot. I hope the government listens to the learned judge, and consults more widely with all of us to ensure that in the face of further reform, checks and balances are in place to protect the vulnerable litigants that we represent.’However, campaign group Action against Medical Accidents said that Jackson’s report did not recognise the complexity of many cases of less than £25,000 – the majority of clinical negligence claims. ‘Included within this are very serious and complex claims including stillbirths and child deaths; negligent neglect of older people and claims for people with mental health and learning disability problems. Clinical negligence claims are far more complex than personal injury claims and imposing fixed costs – no matter how long and inappropriately the claim has been defended – means that many of the claims will not be feasible.’Daniel Frieze, barrister at St John’s Buildings, said: ‘These fixed costs proposals run the risk of denying many claimants access to justice – a topic particularly relevant following last week’s Supreme Court ruling on employment tribunal fees. There is the prospect of specialist solicitors in complex cases leaving the market due to the fixed fees, leaving those with lower incomes unable to access the best legal help.’Time will tell whether the suggestion of an intermediate track up to £100,000 will provide the necessary access to justice for the most vulnerable. Even with a fixed cost regime, there will inevitably continue to be disputes.’However the Medical Defence Union (MDU) described the proposals as a missed opportunity to make claimants’ legal costs more proportionate to compensation paid. Dr Matthew Lee, professional services director said: ‘Patients who believe they have been negligently harmed must have access to justice, but fixed costs are fairer and could, and indeed should, be applied to all cases valued at up to £250,000. In lower-value claims, claimant lawyers’ fees are still, on average, above the level of damages awarded and that cannot be right.‘The rising tide of litigation is having a dramatic effect on the medical profession and the NHS more widely. The current system makes no sense and creates too many perverse incentives. It needs root and branch reform.’Predictably, the claimant and defendant sectors had polarised opinions. Stephen Hines, vice president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers, said: ‘The extension of fixed costs represents an important step forward in the continued modernisation of the civil justice process. The streamlining of the civil process envisaged by Sir Rupert, together with other on-going procedural reforms, has the potential to significantly improve access to justice at proportionate cost. FOIL called upon the government last year to press ahead with its commitment to extend fixed costs to as many claims as possible and hopes that work can begin quickly to take forward the recommendations. Looking to future developments, Lord Justice Jackson calls for a collaborative approach to develop fixed costs proposals for clinical negligence and for multi-track claims in general.’Gerard Stilliard, head of personal injury strategy at Thompsons Solicitors retorted: ‘Fixed costs reduce access to justice for injured claimants and thus suit insurers; the lower those costs are the more it suits the insurance industry. Insurers successfully upended Jackson’s proposals on the level of fixed costs before and there will now be intensive insurance lobbying to turn the screw on the level of costs in this extended regime.’Brett Dixon, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) said: ‘We are not opposed to fixed recoverable costs so long as the processes are designed to fix the amount of work involved. It is sensible to allow specialists from both sides to negotiate a scheme for lower-value clinical negligence cases and we welcome this recommendation.’However he added: ‘We note that proposed intermediate track appears complex and that there is no suggestion of a pilot for personal injury, which could be dangerous. The real issues will, of course, come out in the detail of implementation.’ Twitter reacts Here is new Fast Track costs grid for all civil cases— Kerry Underwood (@kerry_underwood)31 July 2017The new intermediate track will only capture clin neg if both breach and causation admitted early on . Even then , if complex it will be out— Prof Dominic Regan (@krug79)31 July 2017In answer to my question about implementation, Sir Rupert says parties should not see the goalposts moved mid – litigation.— Prof Dominic Regan (@krug79)31 July 2017
GREEN mobility is the focus of the Siemens stand, where metro trains supplied to Oslo will be used as an example of the trend towards environmental protection. Materials were carefully chosen, with life-cycle cost calculations taking in to account the final disposal of the trains which are 94% recyclable. An energy efficiency study predicts a 30% saving in energy compared to the previous Oslo metro vehicles.Siemens will also be presenting its Sicas S7 interlocking for the light rail and industrial markets. An economical design intended for less-challenging applications, Sicas S7 is based on standardised and reliable industrial components from the Siemens Simatic S7F automation system. Hundreds of control units can be connected depending on the application.The Railcom Manager is based on Cromos software from UK subsidiary Transmitton, and integrates a number of communication subsystems in a single network controlled from a central graphical user interface. Rail-Info automatically delivers real-time information to passengers via integrated loudspeakers, screens and help points, Rail-Security bundles CCTV and emergency telephones, alarm sensors and intelligent video image processing, and Rail-Control provides property protection systems, Scada, voice over IP, radio, and network management.HSiemens will give presentations on Resignalling Paris Metro Line 1, ’from driver-operated to driverless’, and Syntegra, ’total integration of traction, bogie and braking technology’ (RG 11.06 p744).n
SPAIN: National operator RENFE introduced the Class 599 DMU to the Cartagena – Murcia – Valencia route on September 28. Two services are operated each way daily with the new rolling stock, which with a maximum speed of 160 km/h has cut journey times by up to 28 min.Offering only one class of accommodation, the Class 599 has a total of 182 seats and one wheelchair space. The low-floor centre trailer car of each unit is fully accessible, including the toilet, and also features a multi-functional space equipped with vending machines for drinks and snacks. Other passenger amenities include reclining seats equipped with power points and footrests. Reservations are now compulsory, and new fares include tickets for 10 journeys or unlimited travel within a month. CAF is supplying 50 Class 599s to RENFE for medium-distance services on the broad gauge network. Each three-car DMU weighs 159 tonnes when empty and is 75·9 m in length. Up to three units can operate in multiple.
CROATIA: An agreement to co-operate to rehabilitate the railway from Lupoglav to the port of Raša on the Istria peninsula has been signed by HŽ Infrastruktura and the Port of Rijeka Authority.The 52 km single-track and non-electrified line opened in 1951 but was closed in 2008 as a result of landslides. At Lupoglav it connects with the line from the Croatian port of Pula to Divača in Slovenia, the two routes not being directly connected with the rest of the Croatian networkEU funding will be sought for the rehabilitation project.Meanwhile, the EU’s Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions body has submitted a positive opinion on an application for EU funding to support the planned €428m modernisation and double-tracking of the 44 km Hrvatski Leskovac – Karlovac line, which forms part of the corridor from Gyékényes in Hungary to Zagreb and Rijeka.
Share Share Sharing is caring! Share 137 Views no discussions Tweet Blackinago defended their title well and made it to the finals but the band of Misfits would not be denied a second time and fought their way through to the finals. The best of 3 sets final would see power plays and dynamism as all but one player from the two teams have represented Dominica at the senior national level. In the end though Misfits captured the gold 2-0.Saturday’s games brought excitement to the Canefield location as the crowd cheered on the Volleyballers and laughed as the MC on the mic commentated. 3rd place went to CoupeBan who battled LimeSquash to secure their position. Both teams form part of the Celtics Volleyball Club.Along with the medals, individual prizes were given.Best Young Player – Donte Xavier (Strikers)Best Server – Julian Seraphine (Misfits)Best Hitter – Yahn Florent (Misfits)Best Setter – Ray Robinson (Blackinago)Play of the day – Delroy Watt (LimeSquash)Recognition must be given to the following teams for their participation: Drifters, Strikers, Tacklers, White City Classique, Ariel All Stars and Silence.A definite highlight of the games came when volleyball legend Samuel Daley battled against upcoming legend Yahn Florent. Hit for hit…power play for power play.The DAVA invites all players and supporters as Volleyball action continues tomorrow Monday July 16th at 7:00pm in St. Joseph when the first exhibition match serves off. See you there!– / 7 LocalNewsSports Misfits dethrone Blackinago in 4on4 Volleyball Competition by: – July 16, 2018