The Peconic Bay Medical Center Golf Classic benefiting the Kanas Regional Heart Center has been rescheduled to Monday, September 14. The tournament, for which registration begins at 9:30 AM with a shotgun start slated for 10 AM, will be held at the North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue. The event is presented by Dr. Stan Zinberg, a retired physician out of Remsenburg who previously served as deputy executive vice president for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in Washington, D.C. and chief of obstetricians at New York Downtown Hospital, and chaired by John Kanas, Jr. Kanas Jr. and his wife, Elaine, started the John and Elaine Kanas Family Foundation with a $5 million gift that boosted Peconic Bay’s cardiac care program. The Kanas Regional Heart Center, which began life-saving, interventional cardiac care — including cardiac stents — on the East End for the first time in 2016, moved into the Corey Critical Care Pavilion in January of this year. Dr. Zinberg’s support of the medical center began in 2008, when his wife, Peggy, was treated in the emergency department. Dr. Zinberg was impressed with the attentive care his wife received, but also saw opportunities for improving the hospital’s facilities. After her recovery, the couple decided to donate $100,000 to help fund renovations to Peconic Bay’s patient admitting area. “We were appreciative for the level of professional, quality care I received,” said Peggy Zinberg, who is a registered nurse. “We saw a way to show our gratitude that would benefit the whole community, so we did it.” The couple also donated $1 million to help build the Kanas Regional Heart Center. “Peggy and I have been fortunate in many ways, not the least of which is being residents of one of the finest communities on Earth,” Dr. Stan Zinberg said. “We are happy to join our neighbors and friends in supporting the health and well-being of our shared community.” At 2 PM the day of the golf tournament, there will be an awards ceremony and barbecue lunch. Sponsorships and foursomes can be reserved today by calling 631-548-6166. Registration can also be done online at pbmcfoundation.thankyou4caring.org/golf. For more information, call Candace Porter, assistant director of special events, at 631-548-6166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org@indyeastend.com Share
CGG, a world leader in Geoscience, and Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest energy shipping company, announced today that they have signed an agreement to form a joint venture company dedicated to conducting high-end 3D marine seismic acquisition services with a focus on Arctic and sub-Arctic waters.One of CGG’s seismic acquisition vesselsThe joint venture, to be called Arctic Geophysical Exploration (AGE), will be 51 per cent owned by Sovcomflot and 49 per cent owned by CGG. The company will be incorporated in Russia with its headquarters in Moscow. Under the terms of the agreement, CGG will charter a fourteen-streamer ice-class vessel while Sovcomflot will add the capabilities of an eight-streamer ice-class vessel.The primary aim of the joint venture company is to offer world-class 3D marine seismic acquisition services to operators during the Arctic navigation season. In addition, the new company will offer its highly advanced vessel capabilities to the international market for the remainder of the year while benefiting from access to the most advanced seismic technologies from CGG’s worldwide operational and technical support.CGG and Sovcomflot will have a combined total of four vessels scheduled to operate on client projects during the 2014 Arctic navigation season and expect the joint venture to be fully operational by Q4 2014 in order to capture the growing 3D seismic market in this region.Jean-Georges Malcor, CEO, CGG, said: “The Russian Arctic is an exciting new frontier that has increasingly shown its potential over the last two years. By bringing together the two companies’ strong HSE cultures, Sovcomflot’s considerable Arctic maritime experience and Russian presence along with CGG’s expertise as a leading technology provider, we believe this joint venture will create a strong vehicle for growth in this demanding region.”Sergey Frank, President & CEO, OAO Sovcomflot, said: “By combining Sovcomflot’s in-depth knowledge and experience of operating in the Arctic with CGG’s global expertise in marine seismic operations, we have created a powerful new Russian marine seismic company able to meet the most demanding technical and operational challenges of the Arctic region, whilst also being able to offer a competitive range of seismic services internationally.” [mappress]Press Release, June 19, 2014
In the uncertainty of this post-EU referendum world it is not surprising that the siren call from industry is for government to pump more money into infrastructure. I hope the chancellor will grant this wish in his Autumn Statement. There’s nothing wrong with this message but, given the appalling low levels of productivity in the industry, the taxpayer could be paying over the odds. Why is that?I’ll answer my own question with another. What is the biggest killer of productivity in UK construction? Answer: poor cashflow.Trade credit insurance company Euler Hermes has described 2015 as one of the worst years for payment delays: “Construction companies registered more payment delays than any other single UK sector last year […] the sector suffered a 26% year-on-year rise in the number of overdue payment incidents in 2015 [overdue being more than two months after the payments should have been discharged].” Poor payment practices are gradually crippling the industry. Bank lending to the sector has fallen by almost half in the years since the beginning of the recessionFrom my own research, I can add that in 2015 small firms across the UK lost almost £50m worth of retentions following upstream insolvencies.Poor payment practices are gradually crippling the industry. Bank lending to the sector has fallen by almost half in the years since the beginning of the recession. The so-called supply chain finance initiative has turned into a profitable income stream for a few of the large UK contractors as a result of the fees charged for having early access to one’s cash (usually after an extension to pre-existing payment periods).It’s no wonder that construction has the worst record for productivity. Where is the cash for the supply chain (which delivers 85% of the value) to invest in new technologies and skills development? The state of Western Australia has decided to act: As from 30 September 2016 project bank accounts (PBA) will be mandatory on the majority of state government projectsThe state’s Construction Contracts Act 2004 will be amended to reduce payment times from 50 days to 30 daysUnder the above act, cash retentions have to be ring-fenced in a trust but more detailed statutory arrangements will now be introduced to reinforce the existing statutory obligationProspective tenderers will be banned from state contracts for poor payment performanceThere is the possibility of statutory penalties involving fines to firms guilty of repetitive payment abuse of their supply chains.These measures reflect the frustration of the state’s government in failing to make progress on this issue. What are we doing in the UK? Over here PBAs continue to make strong progress. From 31 October 2016, PBAs will be mandated on building projects of more than £4m procured by Scottish government bodies. But government departments and agencies not using them should be challenged to state the “compelling reasons” for their non-use.Regulation 113 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 – which places a statutory duty on public bodies to ensure 30-day payment clauses are inserted in supply chain contracts – was a welcome provision. However, there is concern it lacks effective enforcement as complaints about non-compliance can only be directed through the Mystery Shopper Scheme.The government is reviewing the practice of retentions with a view to consulting industry on the outcome of the review. Anything less than a statutory ring-fencing of cash retentions is unlikely to lead to dramatic change.Other more general initiatives include the appointment of the small business commissioner and the implementation of Section 3 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. The commissioner won’t be appointed until the middle/end of next year. The government is about to consult on how the commissioner should handle payment complaints. As I explained in a recent column (“Someone to watch over SMEs”, 27 May 2016, page 42), the commissioner is unlikely to have significant impact on construction.It is expected that Section 3 will come into force next April. This will require large firms to report on their payment practices and policies. There is real concern that some businesses may manipulate their data. Given the lack of effective auditing, enforcement could be problematic.I can’t help wondering whether what’s currently on offer will cure our cashflow ills. Perhaps we should take a leaf out of Western Australia’s book and implement the measures they are proposing.Professor Rudi Klein is a barrister and chief executive of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group
With this integration, the divisions – DSV Road USA and DSV Solutions USA – have been added to DSV’s US organisation, and will be headed up by Jacques Retief and Michael Marlow, respectively.The DSV Air & Sea organisation in the USA now has over 1,000 employees across 36 offices.www.us.dsv.comwww.go2uti.com
A smaller council and a management board including lay members feature in proposals for a new governance model for the Law Society expected to be put before the Society’s governing body later this month. Dr Nicola Nicholls, the independent lead of the Law Society governance review, gave a preview of her findings to the annual conference of Law Society presidents and secretaries in Chancery Lane today.She said the governance review will propose:- A smaller elected council than the current 96 members, with more representation from in-house, young and City solicitors. – Council members to serve terms of six years to ensure more turnover. – Most governance decisions to be taken by a ‘small appointed board’ of no more than 12 individuals under a non-executive chair who would be appointed for four years.- The board would include three lay members with specialist skills. At the moment the need is for ‘someone with financial skills, someone with communications experience and someone who really knows digital,’ Nicholls said. Nicholls’ 28-page report is expected to go before the Law Society Council on 18 May. The new structure would free up management, make council more representative – and save money, she said. ‘I’m talking about big six-figure savings.’ Nicholls said she had considered proposing that the president serve two years rather than the present one year, but rejected this as it would be unrealistic to ask working lawyers to take two years out from their jobs. ‘It is really important to have someone active in the law’ as president, she said. Introducing Nicholls, Law Society vice-president Robert Bourns said that the decision to carry out the governance review did not imply that anything in the current model is broken, but rather the need to cater for the future shape of the profession. By 2020, for example, 35% of solicitors will be working in-house, he said. The proposals sparked a lively debate, with one delegate criticising the appointed board as a new layer of bureaucracy and several questioning the need to appoint lay members.However Mushtaq Khan, immediate past president of Birmingham Law Society, said the new structure would be ‘very much what is regarded as good practice’. The current governance structure is ‘not fit for purpose, not fleet of foot’, he said.
SWITZERLAND: Rhätische Bahn awarded Stadler Bussnang a SFr215m contract to supply seven two-axle overhead/battery electric shunting locomotives on September 3.They are scheduled to enter service in 2020, enabling 11 older locomotives to be withdrawn. The metre-gauge locomotives will be identical to ones ordered by Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn in December 2016. They will be rated at 500 kW with a maximum speed of 80 km/h when operating from 11 kV 16·7 Hz overhead electrification, and 200 kW with a maximum speed of 40 km/h when powered by lithium-ion batteries.
“It simply isn’t on. While I accept that many roads fall under the remit of local authorities, the reality is that Councils are cash strapped, thanks to under investment from this SNP Government, and are unable to provide the required level of investment needed to bring our roads back up to a satisfactory standard. “We need a report on the economic and strategic impact of dualling the whole of the A75. The impact of doing nothing will have a detrimental effect on communities the length and breadth of the A75, including Stranraer – the forgotten Gateway to Scotland. “I would be delighted to see further upgrades to the A75, A77 and A76 and a report into a new link from Dumfries to the M74, however I appeal to Mr Yousaf not to forget the people of Galloway and West Dumfries. “There is no shortage of ideas or ambition for transport and infrastructure improvements in Dumfries and Galloway. “The people of Dumfries and Galloway expect the SNP to stick to their pre-election pledge of more investment in the A75. “On Monday 22nd August, Humza Yousaf has the opportunity to come to Dumfries and deliver something substantial. I am happy to work with anyone who appreciates the needs of our region and wants to realise its potential. Investment in our region’s road and rail networks has been long-awaited and I hope the people of Galloway and West Dumfries are not let down. “Only last week, a report by Audit Scotland put the region’s roads at the bottom of maintenance league tables with less than half the roads in an acceptable condition. Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Carson said: “For too long, the people of this region have felt left out when it comes to investment in our transport and infrastructure. “While I welcome that a date has been set for this important summit, I hope that it will be more than just a talking shop and would appeal to the Minister for Transport and Islands, Humza Yousaf, not to come to Dumfries and Galloway empty handed. “The villages of Springholm and Crocketford have been relentlessly campaigning for a by-pass for many years, something I have wholeheartedly supported. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInGalloway and West Dumfries MSP, Finlay Carson, has welcomed the announcement that a transport summit will be in held on Monday 22nd August to discuss key concerns about transport and infrastructure in Dumfries and Galloway.
110 girls remain missing after an attack on a school in northeast Nigeria. Authorities suspect Boko Haram insurgents are responsible for the attack. The information ministry said on Sunday, the incident may be one of the largest abductions since the Chibok kidnappings of 2014.“The federal government has confirmed that 110 students of the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, are so far unaccounted for, after insurgents believed to be from a faction of Boko Haram invaded their school on Monday,” the information ministry said in a statement.There had been confusion over the number of those missing, with estimates ranging from about 50 to more than 100. State police, Yobe government and others had given different figures while a parent representing families of girls who disappeared on Friday told Reuters 105 were missing.Yobe state government added to the confusion when it said on Wednesday that dozens of the girls had been rescued, only to issue a statement the next day saying the schoolgirls were mostly still unaccounted for, sparking anger among locals.President Muhammadu Buhari, the 75-year-old former military ruler elected in 2015 after vowing to crush Boko Haram, has described the disappearance of the girls after Monday’s attack in the town of Dapchi, Yobe state, as a “national disaster”.The insurgents drove into the town of Dapchi on Monday and attacked the girls’ school, sending hundreds of students fleeing. Some of the attackers were camouflaged, with witnesses stating that a number of students thought they were soldiers.The Islamist militant group attained international notoriety after abducting more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok. That case drew global attention to the insurgency and spawned high profile social media campaign Bring Back Our Girls.Boko Haram, whose name translates as “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language widely spoken in northern Nigeria, has killed more than 20,000 people and forced two million to flee their homes in a violent insurgency that began in 2009.The Nigerian Air Force on Sunday said the chief of air staff had “directed the immediate deployment of additional air assets and Nigerian Air Force personnel to the northeast with the sole mission of conducting day and night searches for the missing girls”.“The renewed efforts at locating the girls are being conducted in close liaison with other surface security forces.”Information Minister Lai Mohammed, who was part of a delegation of ministers who met parents and teachers in Dapchi and announced the number of missing girls, also said police and security officials had been deployed to schools in the state.
Egypt’s cabinet resigns in wake of corruption saga The former Home Affairs Minister has been under pressure to resign over the past two weeks following the court ruling that said he had been dishonest about the Fireblade private terminal at OR Tambo International Airport.The public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had found that the former minister had violated the constitution and the executive code of ethics when he lied to the court regarding the matter.Gigaba, who was finance minister in 2017-2018, has denied any wrongdoing.Last month, he grabbed headlines over a private sex video that was leaked online.President Cyril Ramaphosa requested Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande to act as Minister of Home Affairs until a permanent appointment is made.Related Having resigned from cabinet on Tuesday, former South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has also quit his role as a Member of Parliament, following a ruling by the High Court that he lied under oath.The South African parliament on Thursday announced that its Speaker, Baleka Mbete, had received Gigaba’s resignation letter. Egypt’s cabinet resignation aftermath Madagascar’s government resigns
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Mar 26 – Politicians from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) were on Tuesday discussing challenges to the free movement of their nationals within the sub-region as the first official meeting of the OECS Assembly got underway here.Apart from the free movement within the OECS Economic Union that took effect from August 2011, the government and opposition politicians from the nine-member grouping are also discussing the Civil Aviation (Aeronautical Telecommunications) Regulations and Civil Aviation (Amendment) Regulations.The meeting, the first since the OECS Assembly was inaugurated on August 10, last year, comes against the background that while all the independent member states have ratified the Revised Treaty of Basseterre, it has not been ratified and according to the host Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer “all our member states must now engage in the process of building out our single space.“It is important that we have a full understanding of our new regional institutions and to know how they fit together as an organic whole; as well as to fully grasp how the new regional institutions relate to our national organs. It is also important to be briefed on the Rules governing the conduct of the people’s business in this forum.”He said while the OECS countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, St. Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands – have a strong tradition of democracy, debate at the forum must be aimed at improving the socio-economic development of the sub region.Caribbean Media Corporation 7 Views no discussions Share Share Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Politicians charting the way forward within the OECS by: – March 26, 2013 Tweet