London office rents will rise and no investment “double dip”, say Savills

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Napier Port Presents Dredging Plans

first_imgNapier Port released today a draft proposal to add a new berth within its existing boundary for public consultation.The berth, which would require dredging and the construction of a new wharf, would be located at the northern end of the container terminal.Napier Port chief executive, Garth Cowie, said that it would give the Port the ability to handle the increasing volumes and larger ships expected at the Port in the future.“Shipping patterns are changing, and larger vessels are projected to visit New Zealand. At the same time, volumes are set to increase considerably,” said Garth.“We have already made significant investments to build capacity and increase productivity, but in our peak season there is a maximum capacity the Port’s main container berth can handle.“This new wharf would allow us to efficiently handle projected volume growth, larger ships and meet our customers’ future requirements for the foreseeable future,” added Garth.The Port is planning to seek a resource consent in the last quarter of this year for the new wharf and its phased dredging program (and the subsequent disposal of dredge material). The consent, if granted, would allow the Port to dredge in stages to a new maximum of 14.5 meters at low sea levels (from a current consent maximum of 12.8 meters) and to extend the shipping channel.“The timetable for any construction or phased dredging will be dictated by the time at which increasing container volumes and potentially larger vessels are likely to begin calling at the Port,” said Garth.“We’re not certain of when that will be but we do know that we need to be ready to start work immediately if required to remain the port of choice for central New Zealand.“If we are not ready, shipping lines and cargo volumes could go elsewhere, resulting in increased costs in the supply chain for our local exporters and importers,” he said.Before submitting its application, the Port is consulting with stakeholders to understand their perspectives and gather additional information. At the same time, it is also investigating potential environmental effects through a series of independent, specialist technical assessments and reports.[mappress mapid=”22046″]last_img read more

Experts warned ‘shaken baby’ ruling threatens their future

first_imgA leading human rights lawyer has warned expert witnesses that they will be sacrificing their careers in future if they dare to give a minority view.Clive Stafford Smith, founder of the Reprieve campaign group, said yesterday’s High Court decision to continue Dr Waney Squier’s ban from giving medical evidence would have serious consequences for all experts.Squier, who gave evidence in criminal trials involving so-called shaken-baby syndrome, was banned from practising in March after the Medical Practitioners Tribunal found she had been dishonest.That ruling was overturned in the court yesterday, but Mr Justice Mitting imposed conditions on Squier’s registration designed to prevent her giving expert evidence again, while allowing her to resume practice and assist in coroners’ courts.Smith, a prominent critic of the science behind shaken-baby syndrome, likened Squier’s position to the trial of Galileo by the Inquisition for arguing that the earth revolves around the sun.Smith told the Bond Solon conference in London: ‘If you don’t say in court the majority of opinion disagreed with you, you would get struck off as an expert witness in this country, which is bizarre. [Squier] was punished because she failed to accept that shaken baby syndrome exists.’The tribunal had concluded that Squier gave deliberately misleading and dishonest evidence for the defence in trials between 2007-10 regarding four babies and a 19-month-old who died after sustaining head injuries.In his judgment, Mitting said the Medical Practitioners Tribunal had been entitled to find Squier ‘had not been objective and unbiased and failed to pay due regard to the views of other experts’. He added that the tribunal was also entitled to find that her actions and omissions were in some respects irresponsible.Smith said this effectively amounted to excluding an expert witness for dismissing an opposite view.He noted there may be widely held views today that in future are proved to be ridiculous. They might not be challenged, he suggested, if experts did not go against the majority view.‘The whole legal system is structured in a way that is almost designed to come to the wrong conclusion,’ he added.A spokeswoman for the General Medical Council, which brought the case against the doctor, said the ruling made clear she acted irresponsibly and beyond her expertise.last_img read more

Supreme Court judge: Prompt action needed on ‘impenetrable mess’ of Welsh law

first_imgLord Justice Lloyd JonesOne cause of impenetrability, Lloyd-Jones said, is that legislation may be amended by both the Westminster Parliament and the National Assembly. For example section 569 of the Education Act 1996 has nine sub-sections – some relating only to England, some to Wales and some to both England and Wales.Confusion is exacerbated by the practice of publishing amendments without their accompanying text. When a statutory provision is amended over and over again, the result is ‘an impenetrable mess’. The result is often so complex that ‘it is barely intelligible to trained lawyers, let alone to laymen and women’. It is not the first time that Lloyd-Jones, the first Welsh judge on the Supreme Court bench, has voiced concern on the topic. In September last year he proposed establishing a new body to coordinate the work of institutions mapping emergent Welsh law. His latest proposal, to the Association of London Welsh Lawyers, goes further. He suggests two alternative approaches to making the law of Wales accessible: consolidation or codification. Consoldiation – drawing together different enactments on the same subject to form a rational structure – would be ‘an undertaking of massive proportions which … would be likely to take a generation to accomplish’. Codification, on the other hand, ‘could confer real benefits within a relatively short term. This ‘much more radical’ approach would involve the National Assembly producing US-style codes enabling all the statute law on a subject to be found in one place. ‘Thereafter any amendment would be by amendment of the code, which would remain an up to date statement of the legislation applicable to the particular field’. Legislation thus drafted would be superior to that produced in Westminster, he said.  Calling for ‘prompt action’, Lloyd-Jones said that ‘this needs to be set in motion soon while the position is still remediable’. Radical steps are essential to deal with the growing inaccessibility of the law in Wales due to the growing divergence between English and Welsh legislation, a Supreme Court justice has said.In a speech published by the judiciary yesterday, Lord Justice Lloyd-Jones, a Welshman and former chair of the Law Commission, said that because of the ‘extensive use’ of law-making powers under the Government of Wales Act 2006, the ‘complexity and inaccessibility of the law are now a huge problem’.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Canaveral Port Authority seeks to revive NASA railway

first_imgUSA: Canaveral Port Authority has announced its intention to apply to the Surface Transportation Board for powers to build and operate a rail link between its port on Atlantic and the Florida East Coast Railway near Titusville, Florida. This would eliminate the need for road haulage between the port and a suitable railhead. In documents published on October 27, CPA said the Port Canaveral Rail Extension would require the construction of 18 km of new single-track railway including a bridge across the Banana River, and would also make use of 27 km of the existing rail network within the John F Kennedy Space Center which has been out of use since the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle programme. Initial traffic is envisaged at 170 wagon round trips per week in three or four trains moving at around 16 km/h, with an additional 50 double-stack intermodal wagons/week envisaged with 2½ years of the start of services.The project would also maintain the possibility of providing rail services to support the launching of space vehicles.last_img read more

EIB loan supports inter-city EMU order

first_imgNETHERLANDS: The European Investment Bank has finalised a €450m loan to support national passenger operator NS’s €800m order for 79 InterCity New Generation electric multiple-units.Part of Alstom’s Coradia Stream family, the 49 five-car and 30 eight-car IC-NG units were ordered in July 2016 and are expected to enter service on the Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Breda and Den Haag – Eindhoven routes from 2021. ‘These new trains will be a welcome addition to the already excellent rail transport facilities that Dutch commuters and tourists from all over the world can enjoy on a daily basis’, said Vazil Hudak, EIB Vice-President responsible for transport, on June 29. ‘The bank is really proud to continue its relationship with NS by providing support for the next generation of inter-city trains that will soon be in action on the Dutch railway network.’last_img read more

Ivory Coast ex-president Bedie says he will run in 2020 election

first_imgFormer Ivory Coast president Henri Konan Bedie arrives for his party’s, PDCI (Democratic party of the Ivory Coast) meeting, in Daoukro, Ivory Coast, September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Luc Gnago FILE PHOTO: Former Ivory Coast president Henri Konan Bedie arrives for a PDCI (Democratic party of the Ivory Coast) meeting in Daoukro, Ivory Coast. REUTERS/Luc GnagoIvory Coast’s octogenarian former President Henri Konan Bedie will run for office again in presidential elections in October, he said in a statement on Saturday.Bedie’s candidacy is the latest twist in a turbulent build-up to a vote that is wide open after current President Alassane Ouattara said he would not run again after ten years in power.“I am both surprised and happy with the content of your messages asking me to be a candidate in the election,” Bedie told members of his PDCI-RDA coalition. “I feel honoured.”Bedie, 86, was president from 1993-1996. The coalition between his PDCI party and that of Ouattara’s RDR, forged in 2005, was meant to dominate for generations and help heal the political rifts that led to civil war three years earlier.The pact propelled Ouattara to presidential election victories in 2010 and 2015 but collapsed in September 2018 when the parties bickered over whose candidate should be in pole position in 2020.The race will be hard to call, say political analysts. Guillaume Soro, the former rebel leader and presidential candidate, was convicted in absentia of embezzlement and sentenced to 20 years in prison in April, a verdict likely to exclude him from the election.Ouattara said last year that he would run for a third term if his predecessors Bedie and Laurent Gbagbo decided to run, raising concerns of a constitutional crisis given that Ivory Coast has a two-term mandate limit.He backed down in March saying he wanted to hand over power to a new generation.Related Belgium willing to receive ex-Ivory Coast president French president visiting Ivory Coast, Niger over weekendcenter_img Gabon’s President to run for re-election this yearlast_img read more

VIDEO: Kevin Love Post-Game Interview Following Loss to Detroit Pistons

first_img Related TopicsCavsCleveland CavaliersDetroit PistonsKevin LoveNBA Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medleycenter_img Cavaliers Forward Kevin Love spoke with reporters following Monday night’s 96-88 loss to the Detroit Pistons.Here’s what Love had to say: last_img

Setelah Menempuh Jarak 4023 Km, Kereta Kim Jong Un Tiba di Vietnam Selasa Pagi

first_imgSementara Kim Jong Un sudah tiba di Vietnam pagi ini, Air Force One Donald Trump sendiri dikabarkan akan mendarat di Vietnam pada Selasa malam nanti. Demi memastikan keamanan stasiun ketika sang pemimpin negara yang baru saja berdamai dengan Korea Selatan ini datang, Stasiun Dong Dang sendiri sudah ditutup sejak hari Senin (25/2/2019) kemarin, dengan pengawasan gabungan antara polisi dan tentara yang berjaga di luar stasiun.Tidak hanya itu, jalanan dari daerah perbatasan menuju ke ibukota pun ditutup sejak pukul 06.00 hingga 14.00 waktu setempat.Donald Trump dan Kim Jong Un. Sumber: Fox NewsPertemuan antara dua pemimpin ini merupakan yang kedua kalinya setelah terakhir kali dihelat pada bulan Juni 2018 kemarin di Singapura – dimana topik pembahasan mereka tidak terlepas dari isu “bekerja untuk denuklirisasi total di Semenanjung Korea”.Sebagaimana yang sudah kita ketahui bersama, Kim Jong Un sendiri termasuk sebagai salah satu pemimpin yang unik. Pasalnya ia dikabarkan takut akan ketinggian dan lebih memilih untuk melakukan kunjungan kenegaraan dengan menggunakan kereta warisan dari mendiang ayahnya, Kim Jong Il.Baca Juga: Lakukan Perjalanan ke Beijing, Beginilah Kelebihan dari Kereta yang Bawa Kim Jong-unMungkin sebagai orang awam, melakukan perjalanan dari Korea Utara menuju Vietnam dengan menggunakan kereta api bukanlah hal yang mudah. Perjalanan selama 65 jam dengan jarak yang terbentang di antara kedua negara ini mencapai 4023 km harus ditempuh dengan persediaan logistik yang memadai dan persiapan lain yang menunjang perjalannya. Mungkin lain cerita dengan Kim Jong Un yang sudah pasti mendapatkan supplies yang memadai dari protokolernya, nah jika pertanyaannya di balik, apakah Anda siap untuk menempuh perjalanan sejauh Korea Utara – Vietnam dengan menggunakan kereta api? Sumber: Fox News Setelah melakukan perjalanan kurang lebih selama dua setengah hari, akhirnya pemimpin Korea Utara, Kim Jong Un tiba di Vietnam pada Selasa (26/2/2019) pagi sekira pukul 08.22 waktu setempat. Kunjungan sang diktator ini ke Vietnam bukan tanpa alasan, melainkan guna melakukan pertemuan puncak dengan Presiden Amerika Serikat, Donald Trump di Wisma Pemerintah yang terletak di pusat kota Hanoi.Baca Juga: Mewah Bak Limousine, Berlapis Baja Laksana Tank, Inilah Kereta Diktator Korea UtaraPerjalanan Kim Jong Un dari Pyongyang menuju Vietnam tersebut ditempuhnya dengan menggunakan kereta berlapiskan baja miliknya. Menempuh jarak sekitar 2.500 mil atau setara 4023 km dengan waktu perjalanan kurang lebih 65 jam, akhirnya Kim Jong Un tiba di Stasiun Dong Dang dan disambut dengan hangat oleh para pejabat Vietnam yang kala itu datang untuk menyambutnya. KabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari berbagai laman sumber, kondisi di luar stasiun pun tak kalah hangat dengan sambutan para pejabat tersebut. Puluhan hingga ratusan bendera Vietnam dan Korea Utara berkibar di tengah kerumunan orang yang antusias dengan kedatangannya ini.Sumber: cnn.com Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedMengapa Kim Jong Un ‘Lebih Senang’ Naik Kereta Ketimbang Pesawat? Ini Dia Spekulasi yang Beredar!27/02/2019In “Darat”Ternyata, Kereta Kenegaraan Kim Jong Un Tidak Lepas dari Peran dan Dukungan Cina28/02/2019In “Darat”Qishuyan DF11Z, Inilah Lokomotif Diesel Listrik Penarik Kereta Kim Jong Un Ke Vietnam01/03/2019In “Darat”last_img read more

Wow Wow good pick for Cash Pot Trophy

first_imgLEADING owner Carlton Watson will be playing catch-up after this afternoon when Michael Bernard’s WOW WOW strolls to what should be an easy victory in the six-furlong Cash Pot Trophy, which has a winner’s purse of $1.7 million.Watson, the main owner in champion trainer Wayne DaCosta’s barn, has LADY BLUE waiting in the wings in the eighth race, immediately after the Cash Pot Trophy, a $546,000 winner’s payout, which should about halve Bernard’s lead to roughly $500,000 at the end of the afternoon.LADY BLUE came home willingly on last, surprisingly from way off the pace, to secure third behind another Watson runner and stablemate, MR UNIVERSE, who was cut down by none other than Bernard’s MY SISTER in the Vassell Najair Memorial on October 12Though Watson extended his stakes lead from $69,700 to $737,100 over the Heroes holiday two-meet carnival, WOW WOW, who has won his last four starts and looking better the farther he goes, looks set to almost ­single-handedly hand Bernard his first owners’ title.Apart from the bounty that will come with landing the Cash Pot Trophy, November’s Pick-3 Super Challenge and December’s Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, WOW WOW also qualifies for the $1 million bonus awarded for the three-race series sweep, having passed through the Yearling sale as a $4 million buy-back in 2018.The bay colt, by far, has been the most impressive juvenile seen this season, winning his last two races by double-digit margins, embarrassing once highly thought of ENGLAND’S ROSE in the Bearings and Accessories Trophy, should sweep the Supreme Ventures Limited Two-Year-Old Series.Meanwhile, DaCosta, who outgunned stakes leaders Nunes 1-0 over the Heroes weekend two-day carnival, picking up a victory with Watson’s SUMMER SUN on Saturday, still fell behind by another $215,000 at the end of Monday.Nunes’ superior numbers, ­especially in the three-year-old and two-year-old ranks, for example, having earners such as VERSATILE VISION in the rich Cash Pot Trophy, in addition to older runners on the programme, KALAHARI, K J EXPRESS and a claimer, STALLWALKIN’GIRL, could very well nullify the $546,000 cheque DaCosta should pick up with LADY BLUE.Nunes blanketed the Heroes Day programme with 16 runners of which none won, but all went home earning purse monies, which added $215,000 to his lead, leaving the champion trainer counting down the days to the November 9 Diamond Mile, which he is expected to flood with as many as six runners, led by stable stars SHE’S A MANEATER and unbeaten importee STRANGER DANGER. ainsley.walters@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more