Creative rocks lifting spirits around Los Alamos including these rocks sending the message that ‘It’s fun to stay at the YMCA!” Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
Britain’s biggest retailer plans to build a large ‘environmentally friendly’ store in the centre of the proposed town in a move that will further increase Tesco’s high-street dominance.Its involvement in the eco-town programme has surprised campaigners. They are concerned that Tesco has withheld its identity from planning proposals. The move may also revive fears over ‘land-banking’, the controversial supermarket practice of owning large tracts of undeveloped land.One of the towns shortlisted last week for potential development – Hanley Grange in Cambridgeshire – was put forward by a company called Jarrow Investments. Jarrow owns much of the land on behalf of Tesco.
The new acreage was secured by 22 new leases won at the February State land auction and 8 new leases from private mineral owners.Commenting on the acquisition, Big Star Managing Director Joanne Kendrick said, “I am delighted by our success at the recent state auction where we saw an increase in competition for leases, supporting our opinion of the perspectivity in the area and specifically at the Enterprise location.” “Our leasing programme will continue this quarter with a focus on increasing net acreage over key prospects. At the same time, we are working on well location selection, drilling planning and prospective resource estimation.” Big Star Energy has leased acreage covering a total of 15 soil gas sample locations which returned helium readings significantly above atmospheric concentrations.Read more like this – subscribe todayEnjoyed this story? Subscribe to gasworld today and take advantage of even more great insights and exclusives in industrial gases.Visit www.gasworld.com/subscribe to access all content and choose the right subscription for you.
A Manchester firm has launched a new division to tap into the customer base of major retail, insurance and financial services companies. Pannone is negotiating with several potential partners to join its ‘white label’ legal services division, known as Affinity Solutions, with one unnamed business already signed up and talks ongoing with a number of others. The firm will offer services including employment advice, consumer disputes, conveyancing, remortgaging and fast-track accident and injury claims. Pannone is the latest firm to announce its intentions ahead of the Legal Services Act coming fully into force in October, when companies can look for external investment and non-law firms can offer legal services for the first time. Andrew Morton, leading the Affinity Solutions division of Pannone, predicted the industry has nothing to fear from new entrants, despite cynics warning of a doomsday scenario and claiming they will take business away from law firms. He said: ‘A number of these new entrants to the marketplace know how to provide excellent service to their existing customers while arguably many in the legal sector do not. ‘So an organisation that places as much emphasis on good service as well as providing excellent legal advice has to be of benefit to the consumer.’ Last week national firm Irwin Mitchell announced its intention to seek external investment as it became one of the first to make public its plans for the LSA.
The five vessels – built in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively – will replace some of the older tonnage in Thorco’s fleet, with the company phasing out four green-type vessels that are around 15-16 years old, later this year.The multipurpose dry cargo vessels, which have overall lengths of 161.5 m and breadths of 25.2 m, are strengthened for heavy cargoes. The vessels, which will start being delivered to the Danish shipping company in mid December 2015, will form a new Thorco R-class.According to Thorco ceo Thomas Mikkelsen, expansion within the 15,000-20,000 dwt segment is a strategic focus for the company.”The new vessels are of a well-known design to Thorco, have high specifications, are modern and more fuel efficient, which all together meet the increasing demands of the industry and optimise our performance and efficiency to serve our clients in the best way,” said Mikkelsen.Christian Stadil, owner and ceo of Thorco’s parent company Thornico, commented: “We firmly believe that when a market is under pressure, when the market is like a closed door, this also equals an open door in terms of the opportunities that will arise, so when an opportunity like this presents itself, we strike.”A newbuilding programme is also underway at Thorco, with seven new L-class vessels delivered to the company and three remaining. HLPFI reported on November 26 that the eighth vessel, Thorco Logic, had been launched by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Japan. www.thorcoshipping.com
Emergency items donated by Islamic Relief for the victims of the earthquake. Emergency items donated by Islamic Relief for the victims of the earthquake. Islamic Relief South Africa has deployed its disaster response team to assist with recovery operations in central Italy, after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the region at 3.36am local time on Wednesday August 24. According to CNN and AP, at least 290 people died and 2 500 people are displaced in camps. Islamic Relief’s Italy office, based in Milan, reported that one of the worst hit areas is in the town of Amatrice, which was left in ruins. Acting country director, Rachid Jamal, said that Islamic Relief has donated food, hygiene kits, water, disposable nappies and milk, and requests prayers and support as they try to assist as many people as they can. 1 of 2
LocalNews Education Minister shocked by PS’ sudden death by: Dominica Vibes News – November 15, 2016 Share Sharing is caring! Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education & Human Resource, Development, Marcella Powell on her way to Parliament (file photo)The employees and minister of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development are in a state of shock and sorrow following the sudden death of its acting permanent secretary Marcella Powell.Powell died on Tuesday 15 November 2016 at the Princess Margaret Hospital where she reported for treatment after feeling unwell.“We express our deepest condolences to her immediate family, relatives, friends and her staff at the Ministry of Education,” Minister Petter Saint Jean said in a brief statement on Tuesday. “We wish to assure her immediate family of the support of Ministry of Education and of the government of Dominica, as they go through this difficult period of grief and mourning,” he added. Minister Saint Jean described Powell as “a long serving, dedicated, and hardworking public servant” who worked in various ministries during her tenure as a public officer. During her time at the helm of the Ministry of Education, he said, “she displayed passion for the well-being of Dominica’s children and was committed to the improvement of the education system to ensure each child succeeds”.The Ministry, he noted, will miss Powell for “her capable direction and leadership, her conscientious approach to the execution of her public duties and the love and care she showed for all who she interacted with”.“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms Powell’s family as they go through the grieving process. We wish them hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort in the midst of their pain. We will work closely with them in the days ahead to honor her memory and maintain her legacy,” Minister Saint Jean said. 1254 Views 2 comments Share Share Tweet
33 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share NewsRegional Bermuda moves to decriminalise small amounts of ganja by: Jamaica Observer – February 3, 2017 HAMILTON, Bermuda (Jamaica Observer) — The ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) government has assured the Opposition party Progressive Labour Party (PLP) that it has been holding talks with police and prosecutors over plans to decriminalise possession of small amounts of marijuana.One of the most damaging consequences for Bermudians convicted of marijuana possession is that the United States and Canada places them on their stop-lists.Attorney-General Trevor Moniz gave an update on Wednesday on the OBA’s Throne Speech pledge last November, after the Opposition PLP revealed it would table a decriminalisation of cannabis Bill in the House of Assembly.At a news conference ahead of Friday’s reconvening of Parliament, Shadow Attorney-General Michael Scott said the PLP’s proposed legislation would drop penalties against those found with a small amount of the drug.In a press release, Moniz said – “I am pleased to hear that the Progressive Labour Party is on board with the government’s plan to decriminalise possession of small amounts of cannabis.“The government committed to doing so in last November’s Throne Speech and has initiated consultations with the Department of Public Prosecutions and the Bermuda Police Service to develop appropriate legislation.“The aim of the legislation is to eliminate unjust consequences that have occurred under the current system, most particularly the unnecessary criminalisation of young Bermudians.“Our commitment to decriminalise possession of small amounts of cannabis is one step in the government’s efforts to reform Bermuda’s cannabis laws as they relate to the criminal justice system and public health.”Earlier, Scott said the PLP’s Bill would decriminalise possession of up to seven grams of the drug and provide education and treatment opportunities for those who are caught in possession of such amounts.He also drew attention to the “epidemic and unjust outcomes for hundreds of black citizens — young black men in particular” which he said is reflected in the disproportionate number of arrests and charges made against them in Bermuda.“This Bill aims to rectify that as well as include other justice initiatives for education and empowerment opportunities,” he told the media.“This is a step along the way of ending life-altering consequences including being prohibited to travelling to the United States of America and Canada, and having one’s reputation smeared and job prospects shattered due to simple possession of cannabis.“As the statistics show black people in our society are more likely than whites to be arrested, charged and convicted for cannabis possession. This criminalisation for minor, non-violent possession is damaging for hundreds of Bermudians young and old and it must end.”In his response, Moniz also noted legislation was passed last year that would allow the Director of Public Prosecutions to authorise police to issue a formal warning to an individual instead of charge.“While I appreciate the PLP’s need to be seen to be leading this issue, the government has initiated a responsible and inclusive approach to the development of this important change in the law,” he said.“Proceeding without the input of the Bermuda Police Service and the Department of Public Prosecutions would be premature and flawed.” Share Share
Sharing is caring! Tweet Dominica has recorded its best performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams since 2013, Local CXC Registrar, Magalie Celestine has announced.Celestine, who was addressing a press conference where the 2018 results were released on Wednesday 15 August, said Dominica’s overall performance was twelve points above the regional average.“When we compared our subject performance to that of the region, Dominica’s overall performance is 82 percent, which is some twelve points above the regional average,” Celestine said.“Dominican students performed above the regional average in thirty out of the thirty-three subject areas attempted,” she continued.In addition, Celestine reported that there was “a 3.6 percent increase” in the overall percentage pass of students receiving grades one, two and three in the 2018 CSEXC exams compared to 2017. “We received an overall eighty-two percent pass this year; this is the best performance since 2013,” Celestine stated. This year, four schools showed marked improvement in their overall performances, which Celestine highlighted.A thirteen percent increase was recorded for the Dominica Community High School, twelve percent increase for St. Martin’s Secondary School, nine percent increase for the Dominica Grammar School and eight percent increase for the Arthur Waldron Seventh Day Adventist Academy, formerly the Dominica Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School. All fifteen (15) secondary schools submitted a total of seven hundred and seventy-nine (779) candidates for the CSEC exams. This figure represents ninety (90) students less than last year when eight hundred and sixty-nine (869) students sat the exam. A total of nine hundred and seventy-six (976) candidates wrote the CSEC exams in thirty-three subject areas.There was also a decrease in the number of private candidates registered for the CSEC exams; one hundred and ninety-seven (197) in 2018 compared to three hundred and ninety-seven (397) in 2017. “We are all well aware of the factors that contributed to the decreasing numbers, both for school candidates and private candidates,” Celestine said. Share 852 Views 2 comments EducationLocalNewsSecondary Dominica’s CSEC performance 12 points above regional average by: – August 15, 2018 Share Share
Aeroflex/Weinschel is now API Technologies Weinschel – www.apitech.com/weinschel On June 8, 2015, API Technologies announced the completion of its acquisition of Aeroflex/Inmet and Aeroflex/Weinschel from Cobham. The businesses will become part of API’s RF, Microwave, and Microelectronics global product offering.API Technologies has a formal integration team and detailed plan already in place to ensure uninterrupted supply chain of the products. Customers can interface with the same Inmet and Weinschel contacts as they do not anticipate any changes within the supply chain or AP teams.Aeroflex/Inmet is now API Technologies Inmet – www.apitech.com/inmet