October 18, 2020

CBRE’s Wardroper given top job in Poland

first_imgWardroper, who has been in charge of CBRE’s north east busineess, based in Leeds, for the past two years, is replacing Nigel Wade.He will be in charge of growing the business in the country, where CBRE has had an office since 2008, expanding its services and growing its market share across the country.‘The positive impact of European Union membership, coupled with preparations for the Euro 2012 football championships has attracted high levels of investment in Poland over recent years,’ said Andrew Ridder, CBRE’s central and eastern Europe chairman. ‘Although signs of the global financial and economic slowdown are now evident, business conditions remain relatively favourable. ‘As a result, while growth rates will slow, we expect to see continued appetite from foreign investors and occupiers looking to expand their business interests across the country.’CBRE has 100 property advisors in Poland across offices in Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw and Krakow.It advised on several significant transaction in the third quarter of this year, including selling GE Real Estate’s 400,000 sq ft 3 Stawy shopping centre to Union Investment Real Estate for E95m (£83m).last_img read more

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October 6, 2020

First Flight Wind Gets Overall Positive Feedback

first_imgFirst Flight Wind has released results of the survey of public views on offshore wind turbines.Recently, they completed a second round of public consultation, during which they held a variety of community consultation events and used them to administer a questionnaire surveying the views of the public.The purpose of the second round of consultation was to update local communities on the project’s development activities and to gauge public opinion on some key issues the developer is addressing as part of their design and assessment work. Specifically, the round two consultation events focused on the following three areas:• Factors to be taken into account when locating the project;• Different project configurations (turbine number and size combinations);• Viewpoints from which to assess the potential visual impacts of the project.At the second consultation round, the most comments or questions were received for the seascape, landscape and visual impact, followed by the commercial fisheries, socioeconomics and tourism.The survey also shows that participants prefer larger turbines placed further apart, over smaller turbines erected closer to shore.Press Release, April 17, 2014; Image: firstflightwindlast_img read more

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October 6, 2020

Vitter Bipartisan Estuaries Bill Passes House

first_imgU.S. Senator David Vitter has announced that his bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the National Estuary Program (NEP) passed through the U.S. House of Representatives this week. Vitter and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse coauthored the reauthorization legislation last year to continue protecting and restoring critical estuaries.The current authorization of this program expired in 2010. Vitter’s bipartisan bill passed the Senate in August and will improve the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP), which spans 4.2 million acres of wetlands in southeast Louisiana.“The Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Program is absolutely vital to preserving Louisiana’s unique wetlands and protecting our coastal communities, and my bipartisan bill will go a long way toward improving and restoring some of our most vulnerable wildlife and fish habitats,” said Vitter.The Vitter bill allows for instituting necessary improvements to the National Estuary Program and will fund the NEP with more than $26 million per year while also directing more of the funds straight to field programs.last_img read more

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September 30, 2020

Habeas corpus

first_imgJurisdiction – Prisoner of war – Claimant Pakistani national being captured by British forces in Iraq Rahmatullah v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and another: CA (Civ Div) (Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger, Lord Justices Maurice Kay (vice-president) and Sullivan): 14 December 2011 The claimant was a national of Pakistan. In February 2004, he was captured by British forces in Iraq and handed over to US forces. From that time he was held at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan (Bagram). In June 2010, a US detainee review board determined that his continued internment was ‘not necessary to mitigate the threat he poses’ and that he was ‘not an enduring security threat’. It was decided that he would be released to Pakistan. However, as at July 2011, he was still held at Bagram. The US Department of Defense had determined that the claimant was a person who was part of, or substantially supported, Taliban or Al-Qaida forces and so would remain under US control. The claimant applied for a writ of habeas corpus. He submitted, inter alia, that although he was detained by the Americans, the secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs and the secretary of state for defence enjoyed a sufficient degree of control over him to bring about his release. Further, it was contended that his circumstances were a proper occasion in which to issue a writ of habeas corpus in order to test the degree of control enjoyed by the secretaries of state over the claimant and to test the response of the US authorities to a request for his release. The High Court gave consideration to the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (Geneva III) and the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (Geneva IV). Additionally, evidence was produced as to two memoranda of understanding between, inter alia, the UK and the US which addressed the procedures to be followed in the event of a transfer of a prisoner of war from the custody of one power to the other. His application was dismissed. The court held that it was impossible to say that the secretaries of state were in a position in effect to direct the claimant’s delivery as the claimant was not within their power or control. The arrangements between the UK and the US did not establish power and control in the hands of the secretaries of state such that the issue of the writ would be proper and efficient. First, the secretaries of state had no legal power to direct the claimant’s release. The memoranda of understanding did not create legally binding rights or obligations, and even if they had, they would have sounded on the international plane only. Second, the scope of the first memorandum, both as to time and subject matter, was problematic. Third, the Geneva conventions did not support the application for the writ. Furthermore, it was very far from clear that the American authorities would accede to a request from the secretaries of state for the claimant’s release. No such likelihood was entailed by the Geneva conventions. The claimant appealed. He submitted that: (i) he had established, for the purpose of the instant proceedings, that he had been unlawfully detained and so his application for the issue of a writ effectively succeeded by default; and (ii) in reliance on the Geneva conventions and the memoranda of understanding, he was sufficiently arguably in the control of the UK government to support the issue of a writ. In support of his first submission, the claimant contended that it was a fundamental principle of law that, where an individual was detained against his will, it was for the detainer to show that the detention was lawful and not for the detainee to show that his detention was unlawful. The appeal would be allowed. (1) Applying established principles, it could not be concluded that a writ in habeas corpus could not issue where uncertainty as to the respondent’s control over the applicant arose from the effectiveness and enforceability of certain agreements, even though such a writ could, and absent any countervailing reasons normally should, issue where the uncertainty arose from a need to investigate the facts. Such a distinction did not work in theory as the effectiveness and enforceability in practice of an agreement was a matter of fact rather than of law (see [44], [55], [57] of the judgment). In the instant case, putting to one side the issue of trespass into the diplomatic or foreign relations area, there was sufficient uncertainty to justify an order for habeas corpus. The US detainee review board had made its determination and, given the end of the war in Iraq, it was at least strongly arguable that the claimant should have been released by virtue of the provisions of Geneva IV. In the light of Geneva IV there was a substantial case for saying that the UK government was under an international obligation to demand the return of the claimant and the US government was bound to accede to such a request. That conclusion was reinforced by the memoranda of understanding and the circumstances in which they had been signed. It would be wrong for the court, in the context of a habeas corpus application, simply to accept the secretaries of states’ indication that they had lost control over the claimant (see [33], [35]-[38], [41], [55], [57] of the ­judgment). (2) The point, if correct, that the court would be wrongly trespassing into the area of foreign relations would not take the question of whether the secretaries of state had sufficient control over the claimant any further; it would simply serve to prevent the court from taking a course which it would otherwise take, namely the issue of a writ of habeas corpus. However, since the secretaries of state had not raised the issue of diplomatic and foreign relations as a free-standing issue, the point took matters no further (see [49] of the judgment). The claimant’s appeal would be allowed and a writ of habeas corpus would be issued (see [54]-[55], [57] of the judgment). Decision of Divisional Court [2011] 4 All ER 926 reversed.center_img Nathalie Lieven QC, Ben Jaffey and Tristan Jones (instructed by Leigh Day & Co) for the claimant; James Eadie QC and Ben Watson (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the secretaries of s­tate.last_img read more

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September 29, 2020

Transafe delivers for Omsk

first_imgThe project, which began in April 2017, involved the transport of 20 OOG units originating from Italy, Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, the Netherlands and China to the refinery in Siberia.According to Transafe, for the heavier and larger components, the longest distance travelled was 6,500 km.Transafe used the Russian ports of St Petersburg and Vladivostok, as well as the ports of Ravenna, Italy; Lübeck, Germany; and Liepaja, Latvia, for its transhipment operations.In total, the project required 85 standard trucks and containers to transport the equipment.Transafe, which is a specialised logistics provider for mining, power generation, oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical industries, says the Omsk refinery is in the second phase of its modernisation programme that will increase refining volumes and improve the production of light petroleum products. eng.transafe.rulast_img read more

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September 26, 2020

GalloGlas Security And Logistics Partners with Strategic Analytics Team

first_imgPaul Jorgensen, Senior Partner at Strategic Analytics Team, added: “We are committed to road safety and the safe transportation of people and goods all around the world and this dealer partnership with GalloGlas Security & Logistics helps us to further this agenda. We are really looking forward to working with GalloGlas Security & Logistics to provide its clients with driver training courses and technology that will really help them to run their businesses in a safer, lower risk manner.” For further information on the products and services available through GalloGlas Security & Logistics, go to www.galloglas.org or call 0131 6188902. The partnership is one of several to be rolled out across the UK and will see GalloGlas Security & Logistics – which specialises in security for the logistics industry – offer additional services and products to its customers that will be provided through SAT. These will include defensive driver training courses and technology such as journey management systems, asset tracking, dash cams and hardware that analyses driver behaviour. Richie Nicholl AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA Dumfries business, GalloGlas Security & Logistics, has joined forces with Manchester-based Strategic Analytics Team (SAT) to become the company’s first dealer partner in Scotland. Richie Nicoll, Director of GalloGlas Security & Logistics said: “GalloGlas Security & Logistics was born with the vision of providing a complete security, training and logistical solution for its clients. Our aim is to be the company our clients can approach to provide everything from initial security risk assessments and site surveys to VIP Close Protection under our Security Wing and medical training, driver training and asset tracking under our Training and Operations Wing. This dealer partnership with Strategic Analytics Team will help us towards our goal and bring these products and services to businesses not only locally but around the world.”last_img read more

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September 26, 2020

Deplorable working conditions worries fire officers

first_imgLocalNews Deplorable working conditions worries fire officers by: – March 28, 2014 The facility which has been in existence since the late 1970s is in dire need of repair works.Officers assigned to the Grand Bay Fire Station have called on the authorities to address what they describe as a major threat to their health.The facility which has been in existence since the late 1970s is in dire need of repair works. It was used as a hurricane shelter in 1979 during Hurricane David, later transformed into a doctor’s quarters and then became the fire station following a fire which claimed the lives of two Grand Bay residents.The structural integrity of the building is unsafe evident by cracks along its exterior and interior. Additionally, bat feaces and mold infestation are some of the conditions that the officers deal with on a daily basis.“The place is unsafe, unsanitary and not fitting for the health of the staff,” one fire officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Dominica Vibes.“We are very much aware of the various diseases that we can get as a result of inhaling fumes from bat excretion and also exposure from molds from the wall,” another officer stated.The officers have requested that they be removed from this facility urgently and housed elsewhere so that it can be renovated.Additionally, bat feaces and mold infestation are some of the working conditions that the officers deal with on a daily basis.“We are concerned that this can affect us. Certainly, we would not have it in our homes and we cannot afford to have it at our work place and get sick,” a third officer said.Fire Chief Josiah Dupuis confirmed to Dominica Vibes that he is aware of the situation which is being addressed.“We are doing our best to address the concerns that they have. I can assure you that it is not just the Service itself but at the Ministry level we are doing our best”.Dupuis, who could not indicate a specific time frame that the concerns would be addressed or how they are being addressed, noted that it would be in done “short order”.“I cannot give a time frame. I can only tell you that it is something we are aware of and we are doing our best to address it”.Meanwhile, the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) which represents the officers is also aware of the officers working conditions.General secretary of the Union, Thomas Letang informed Dominica Vibes that he is awaiting a report on the conditions at the station so that they can determine how best to address the officer’s concerns.The Union has been making continuous calls for the Fire Service to address issues affecting fire officers. – / 20Dominica Vibes News Share Share 60 Views   3 commentscenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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September 26, 2020

DDA saddened by Michel Raffoul’s death

first_imgChief executive officer of the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), Colin Piper has condoled with the family and friends of Michel Raffoul who was a renowned costume builder.Michel suffered a stroke in May 2013 and died on Sunday 5 April 2015 at the Dominica Infirmary.Raffoul, 51, was airlifted to a Barbados hospital on 31 May 2013 for medical treatment, died at the Dominica Infirmary on Sunday 5 April 2015, his brother Joseph Raffoul has confirmed.As a result of the stroke, Michel suffered severe injury to his brain which left him “virtually paralyzed”.Mr Piper told a press conference on Thursday 9 April 2015, Michel was a friend of the Dominica Festivals Committee and supporter of cultural development in Dominica.“We all know how instrumental he was in costume building at carnival time and we extend our sympathies to his immediate and extended family, and pray God’s blessings, guidance and protection on them as they grieve the loss of a loved one at this difficult period in their lives,” Mr Piper said.Michel’s funeral service will take place on Wednesday 15 April 2015 at the St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Chapel in Roseau. Share Share Tweet 324 Views   one commentcenter_img LocalNews DDA saddened by Michel Raffoul’s death by: Dominica Vibes News – April 9, 2015 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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September 26, 2020

Vaccination Week in the Americas: Love. Trust. Protect. #GetVax

first_img Share 9 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share AnnouncementsLifestyleLocalNewsRegional Vaccination Week in the Americas: Love. Trust. Protect. #GetVax by: – April 28, 2020center_img Share Tweet Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation Country Programme Specialist, Anneke Wilson speaks on the 18th Vaccination Week in the Americas from April 25th to May 2nd, 2020 themed, “Love. Trust. Protect. #GetVax.” The 9th World Immunization Week is celebrated April 24-30.“The celebration of this year’s Vaccination Week in the Americas is being convened in an unusual and very difficult epidemiological context. While we have a challenging task ahead of us to deal with COVID-19, we must take a moment to recognize that many other dangerous diseases can be prevented through immunization.Some of the diseases that vaccines prevent are seasonal Influenza, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, BCG and Cervical Cancer. Hence, immunization is considered an essential service that must be ensured during the pandemic.PAHO recommends that countries pay special attention to vaccination against influenza to protect vulnerable populations including older adults, people living in nursing homes or asylums, people with non-communicable diseases, and health care workers.We cannot afford to lose the success gained through strong vaccination programs and the contribution it has made to healthy and productive nations.Vaccines not only keep populations healthier, but also reduce the burden on the health systems, thus allowing them to focus on other areas including the response to COVID-19 which is presently affecting countries.This year’s vaccination campaign brings to mind the love people have for their children, themselves, and their communities and the trust in vaccines’ ability to save lives and the protection they provide for every one everywhere.We must also remember to salute the Health Care workers who continue to labour in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic.PAHO encouraged countries earlier this year to focus and recognize the work of the Nurse Midwife.So as Vaccination Week in the Americas is being celebrated we must thank the nurses for their work, more specifically through the attainment of high vaccination coverage.Dominica continues to maintain an over 95 % vaccination coverage for diseases covered by the expanded program in immunization. They also continue to encourage access for booster vaccinations. I beg of you to maintain your appointments, if you are ill or cannot attend for one reason or another call and adjust your appointment with your health care provider.Please remember vaccines save lives …. Love… trust …. Protect ….Get VAX! “last_img read more

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September 24, 2020

Ducommun to Provide Hi-Rel Switch Matrices to Airbus Defence and Space

first_imgDucommun has received a contract from Airbus Defence and Space to design and manufacture high reliability (Hi-Rel) switch matrices used in space. Ducommun will produce the switch matrices at its Carson, California, operations center through July 2018. A switch matrix is a system of electronic components that route RF signals between multiple inputs and outputs. Airbus will use the Hi-Rel switch matrices on satellites that provide mobile communications for both military and commercial customers in remote areas.Ducommun has been a provider of innovative manufacturing solutions to customers in the aerospace, defense and industrial markets. Founded in 1849, the company specializes in two core areas – Electronic Systems and Structural Systems – to produce complex products and components for commercial aircraft platforms, mission-critical military and space programs, and sophisticated industrial applications. They design and manufacturer a variety of RF (radio frequency) components and subsystems such as Hi-Rel switch matrices for military, space and industrial programs for nearly three decades.last_img read more

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