Tenants: we’ll treat you as customers if you pay your fair share

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Industrial unrest

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Dredging Company Pleads Guilty

first_imgA Louisiana dredging corporation – C.F. Bean, LLC (Bean) – pled guilty today to a criminal offense relating to the death of Biloxi mariner Mark Barhanovich, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Rear Admiral David R. Callahan, Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District.Bean admitted improperly marking its dredge operation near Deer Island, in violation of the applicable regulations designed to warn boaters.The felony information charged that the corporation violated federal regulations that required the dredge barge Bean 20 to be marked to alert mariners that it was engaged in dredge operations and for the company to mark its dredge pipeline with appropriate lights at night and in periods of low visibility.The dredge operation near Deer Island was associated with the port restoration project at the Mississippi State Port at Gulfport, which involved dredging and transporting dredge spoil materials to a site at Deer Island near Biloxi, Mississippi.Despite the requirements for properly marking and lighting the Bean 20 and its dredge pipeline, Bean, through its agents and employees, failed to do so.Bean, through its agents and employees, was aware of repeated incidents when mariners struck the dredge pipeline, culminating in the fatal accident when Mark Barhanovich’s boat struck the pipeline on September 16, 2012.Bean admitted that its negligence, violation of law, and inattention to duties resulted in the death of Barhanovich, which is the basis for the charged felony violation of the federal criminal law governing misconduct or neglect of ship officers. The statute is also commonly referred to as the Seaman’s Manslaughter act. A corporation convicted of this offense is subject to a penalty of not more than $500,000 per count.The corporation agreed and was ordered to pay the maximum penalty of $500,000. The corporation was placed on five years of probation and also was ordered to pay a mandatory special assessment of $400.last_img read more

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Exports to fall in 2009, warns WTO director general

first_imgSuch an agreement would have paved the way for the complex process of turning guidelines into legally binding obligations – or “scheduling as we call it in our jargon,” he told reporters.”Today, we find ourselves in the midst of a financial crisis and a global economic recession of unknown proportions. Some are already beginning to regret the opportunity they lost last year to conclude the Doha deal. Global output and trade plummeted in the final months of 2008, and global growth in 2009 is expected to fall further. “Of particular note is the World Bank’s forecast of a drop in global export volumes of two percent in 2009, the first decline since 1982. Developing countries – who are most in need of economic growth – will be particularly badly hit, with their export opportunities fading because of the recession in high-income countries, the shortage in export credits, and the rising cost of export insurance. This, coupled with reduced foreign direct investment, reduced remittances from migrant workers abroad, and further falls in commodity prices, is likely to be a serious strain on many of their economies,” he says.This means that the WTO, rather than creating new trading opportunities now finds itself struggling to preserve the status-quo, he said.”There’s also the engagement at the political level,” he added. “That’s been stalled in part because of this transition period in the United States. But what was significant last year at the same time these concerns were being raised, was that the combined leadership of the G20 committed very strongly to the importance of concluding the Round. It’s that momentum that we’ve got to build into the London summit. It’s that momentum obviously that we’ve got to engage the new US President in as well.”last_img read more

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Firm puts barristers in website shop window

first_imgA London criminal firm is putting barristers in its virtual shop window in an effort to attract more high-end work.Criminal defence firm Old Bailey Solicitors has set up a website that showcases a selection of top barristers from different chambers selected by the firm. The aim is to draw in clients attracted by the reputation of advocates who will represent them in court. No charge is made to appear on the site.Solicitor-advocate David Osborne (pictured), the firm’s director, told the Gazette: ‘Looking across to the US, they have a fused profession and advocates tend to be in-house and it is the advocate that tends to attract the business.‘Here we don’t have a fused profession but it struck me that we were missing a trick. If people are looking for representation in court they are looking for an advocate and in a sense the litigation side is separate to that.’He said the financial relationship between barrister and solicitors would work in the same way as normal, with the key difference being that it would be the barristers rather than the solicitors’ firm ‘advertising’ services.‘More and more people can now opt to go to a barrister first rather than a solicitor and this is an approach which doesn’t put solicitors and barristers in conflict with each other,’ Osborne said.He added that while more barristers are doing direct access work, few have the set-up to be able to handle client relationships on the model his firm can offer.Old Bailey Solicitors did not bid for a duty solicitor legal aid contract, meaning the firm needed to attract work in a different way.Osborne hopes this model will help the firm attract ‘higher end… higher quality’ criminal defence work.last_img read more

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Five cities dedicate light rail lines

first_imgA SERIES of service inaugurations saw five North American cities open new or rebuilt light rail lines last month.Pittsburgh kicked off on June 2 by restoring service on the Overbrook line after a major rebuild costing $386m (MR04 p36). The whole route is now double-track with many curves eased, and eight new stations have been constructed.Sacramento was next with a 4·5 km extension from Mather Field to Sunrise Boulevard including three new stations opening as scheduled on June 12. Free rides were offered, although the planned ceremonies were cancelled because of former President Reagan’s funeral. The project cost $89m, and a further 12·5 km to Folsom is on course to open in 2005.San Jose’s Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority dedicated on June 23 a 13·km extension with 11 stations from the former I-880/Milpitas terminus to Alum Rock, built at a cost of US$282m.Minneapolis expected to open the first 12·9 km segment of its Hiawatha line on June 26, despite concerns over cracks in welded joints that occurred during very cold weather in February 2003 and January 2004. The Twin Cities thus join the growing ranks of US light rail operators (MR04 p28).Calgary was scheduled to open a 2·9 km extension of its South line on June 28. This will add new stations at Shawnessy and Somerset-Bridlewood (RG 12.03 p795).last_img read more

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Prime Minister Skerrit expresses solidarity with Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgPrime Minister Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit has expressed his solidarity with the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago who has suffered severe flooding as a result of heavy rain fall over the past few days.Over one hundred and twenty thousand residents of Trinidad and Tobago have been af­fect­ed by the flood­ing.In his statement, Mr Skerrit stated that the Government of Dominica will provide assistance to the islands in whatever way possible.“I wish to, on behalf of the people and Government of Dominica, extend my solidarity to the Prime Minister, the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago who have been enduring for the past few days massive flooding, flooding of unprecedented proportions,” Mr. Skerrit stated.He noted that he has been in contact with the Prime Minister as well as following news outlets to get an idea of the situation on the twin islands.“It appears that they have suffered tremendously through flooding, and we are here to support and provide whatever assistance in whatever humble way we can,” he noted.Mr. Skerrit added that this level of flooding brings to the forefront the vulnerability that many countries face as a result of climate change.“This flooding brings to home the whole issue that we have been speaking about in this world for several decades, the issue of climate change. Not only is Trinidad and Tobago exposed to this, but you see it in Europe, in Asia, in Canada and other parts of the world,” Mr. Skerrit stated.He went on to add that he will “continue to pray, and pray for the heavy rain to cease, so that the situation will be brought under control.”“The level of flooding is surreal, and it is a real concern,” Mr. Skerrit added. Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share 107 Views   no discussions LocalNews Prime Minister Skerrit expresses solidarity with Trinidad and Tobago by: – October 23, 2018last_img read more

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Ceres-USLS, ADMU lead Sagay football

first_img[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]CERES-University of St. La Salle and Ateneo de Manila University tightened their hold of the top two spots in the 2nd Sagay Men’s Open Championships in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.Ceres-USLS, the defending champion, stretched its undefeated record to three with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Negros Selection on Jan. 8 at the Sagay National High School field.Negros Selection gained the early advantage on a sixth-minute goal by Mark Christian Gubatayao. Ceres-USLS tied the score in the 18th minute behind Oriel Carlie Tejada before taking the lead in the 59th courtesy of a Charles Barberan conversion.On the other hand, Blue Eagles – the reigning UAAP men’s football champion – banked on a pair of conversions from national team member Javier Gayoso to score a 2-1 victory over Villa Angela FC.Negros Selection recovered from its defeat to Ceres-USLS with a 3-1 victory over the struggling University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) to remain on third place.Host Sagay-North Negros and Villa Angela FC shared fourth to fifth places with a win, a loss and a draw. UNO-R lands on the tail-end of the six-team games after dropping all of its matches so far./PN***[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-desktop-hide=” av-medium-hide=” av-small-hide=” av-mini-hide=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=”][/av_textblock][av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Ceres-USLS, ADMU lead Sagay football ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading]last_img read more

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Negrense trackster Delotavo nabs silver in Arafura Games

first_imgDelivering golds in men’s athletics were Nicko Caparoso (3,000-meter steeplechase), Bruce Fernia (javelin throw), John Lloyd Cabalo (400-meter run), Mark Anthony Casena (triple jump), and the men’s 4×100-meter relay of Jovanie Calixto, Romel Bautista, Jason Buenacosa and Cabalo.In swimming, Lora Micah Amogius became the first double gold medalist for the Philippines after bagging the 13-14 100-meter backstroke and the 200-meter individual medley, while Ivo Nikolai Enot won the men’s 13-14 100-meter backstroke gold.Kaitlyn Irisha Mahril Diaz, meanwhile, delivered a silver medal for the Philippine delegation after placing second in the women’s -45 kilogram weightlifting competition./PN Ara Rahbea Delotavo MANILA – Negrense Ara Rahbea Delotavo clinched a silver medal as part of Philippine relay team in the athletics event of the 2019 Arafura Games on Saturday in Darwin, Australia.Delotavo, a product of Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts, joined Evangelene Caminong, Jessel Lumapas, and Eliza Cuyom in placing second behind Malaysia in the 4×100-meter relay.The silver medal, however, was just one of the many medals the Philippine delegation won in the first day of the tournament, which is making a return for the first time since 2011.Lumapas also got a gold medal in the women’s 400-meter run, as well as Abigail Manzano in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.last_img read more

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CONFIRMED: MotoGP US round postponed to November

first_imgThe bad news speculating the postponement or cancellation of the first round of MotoGP 2020 in Austin, Texas has just been confirmed by the folks from Dorna. The US round at the Circuit of the Americas will now be held in the middle of November right in between Sepang and Valencia.The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas is now set to run its course from 13 to 15 November 2020. This also means that the final MotoGP round in Valencia will be pushed later to 20 to 22 November 2020. The decision was made as the Coronavirus situation is getting worse up to a point where the Austin-Travis County leaders have officially declared a “local state of disaster”.According to the MotoGP scheduled season for 2020, we might only see the MotoGP boys and girls back in action in the middle of April for the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina on 19 April 2020. Even that round is currently being heavily reviewed as Argentina just reported its first Coronavirus-related death earlier this week.Authorities around the world are trying their level best to cope with the spread of Coronavirus or COVID-19 and some countries have opted to cancel and postpone several outdoor gatherings or festival for the entire duration of March and April. Formula 1 is also looking into running their races without the attendance of fans at selected circuits which we all know will put a dent in their main source of income.The MotoGP 2020 season is off to a rough start but Dorna is determined to run all 20 races in the season, even if it means being in the red when it comes to profits and incomes. All in the name and sake of motorsports.MotoGP: First round in jeopardy as Austin declares “state of disaster”–Ads–last_img read more

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