first_imgLSU sports information BATON ROUGE — Billy Cannon’s visitation and funeral will be held on Wednesday at the Maravich Center on the LSU campus and will be open to the public, the Cannon family announced on Monday.Cannon, a 1958 national champion and 1959 Heisman Trophy winner, passed away peacefully in his home early Sunday morning at the age of 80.Visitation for Dr. Cannon will begin at noon on Wednesday at the Maravich Center and will continue until 2 p.m. The funeral will follow the visitation and run from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Maravich Center. Both events are open to the public.last_img read more

Corrections facility solar project helps support Make-A-Wish

first_imgAllEarth Renewables, Inc.,Vermont Business Magazine A new solar farm is powering the state’s correctional facility in St Albans and has helped fund the wish for a local Make-A-Wish child. The new 500kW solar project sited adjacent to the prison is part of a broader solar initiative for state facilities spearheaded by Governor Peter Shumlin, which supplies solar energy for state buildings and provides taxpayer savings from reduced electric bills at the facilities. Previously completed solar projects include the Northeast State Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury and Southeast State Corrections Facility in Windsor.Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito, Dan Edison from Buildings and General Services, and other state officials joined to celebrate the milestone.Vermont-based AllEarth Renewables(link is external) manufactured solar trackers and oversaw design/construction for the project, and SolarSense(link is external) served as the developer of the project.Through its “Watts for Wishes” charitable donation program, SolarSense is donating $6,500 to Make-A-Wish Vermont to fund a wish for local wish child.  The donation is being made in the name of the State of Vermont, as the benefactor, in recognition of its leadership in initiating the St. Albans correctional facility project.The “Watts for Wishes” charitable donation program connects the renewable energy industry with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to provide children with life-threatening illnesses the funding to fulfill their wishes. Taylor, of Franklin County, who previously took a Make-A-Wish sponsored Disney cruise with her family, spoke at the event about the value of these wishes. The new donation will fund a future wish child. “When a child is sick, a family is sick and when a family is sick a community is sick. This gift from SolarSense will not just give one of Vermont’s children and family hope and strength to face a life threatening illness, it will lift an entire community,” said Jamie Hathaway, CEO of Make-A-Wish Vermont.Make-A-Wish Vermont has granted over 700 wishes to Vermont’s children facing life-threatening illnesses and no eligible child is turned away.  To learn how you can support Make-A-Wish Vermont visit is external)“We are thrilled to serve the State of Vermont and to be part of the State’s realization of the aggressive renewable energy initiative,” said Chris Fraga, founder and CEO of SolarSense, and a 23-year volunteer, donor, and six-year Make-A-Wish Board Member. “On a personal note, we are honored to sponsor the Watts-for-Wishes charitable giving program, and to donate the funding for a local wish in celebration of the Northwest facilities project and State sponsors.”“We are excited to be partnering with SolarSense to provide locally-produced solar power for the State of Vermont, helping our state move forward as a national leader in renewable energy and save taxpayers money. It’s also gratifying to be involved in a project that contributes to important and meaningful community programs like this support to Vermont’s Make-A-Wish Foundation,” added David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables.last_img read more

Walker: Why I’m Running As An Independent For Council

first_imgBy AARON WALKERIndependent CandidateLos Alamos County CouncilHello Los Alamos,First of all, a huge thank you to all of those that have reached out to me over the past two days. You have all kept me very busy gathering signatures and answering questions. I appreciate the outpouring of support from the community during this unique time dealing with COVID-19 and trying to secure aA big question I have been asked is “Why are you running?” The answer to that question is not an easy one to answer, as there are many diverse reasons why I am running. I have always felt the urge to serve, even after my time in the Navy concluded. The natural path from this was to get involved with the local government, and I have been since 2018 when I was selected to be on the Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB). During my tenure on CDAB I have gotten the feel for how our county government operates, and I have noticed areas that need to be fixed.Too often, the focus is on the “big picture” items such as housing, downtown and parking. These ARE major issues, but there are a lot of other issues plaguing this county that could make this place a much more dynamic place to live. I want to restore accountability to the county. I want to change the attitude and culture of the county and the county council. For too long, it seems as though the departments have had “free reign” to do what they wish, and the councilors will rubber stamp anything brought to them without asking difficult questions.We desperately need someone on county council that is not afraid to ruffle some feathers and ask challenging questions. We need a councilor that is willing to challenge what is in front of them, and not accept everything at face value. We also need a councilor that is sympathetic to the people of the county and will take time to listen to members of the community.I’m not afraid to do any of those. I can be brash, blunt, and not afraid to challenge the status quo. I can be sympathetic to the issues of the community and am willing to devote as much time as needed to talk to members of the town without a political bias or a specific agenda. I’m not doing this to build a “legacy” or leave my mark on the community. I am running because I feel I can fill a specific role that the county desperately needs right now.A while back I wrote a letter stating that Empathy, Integrity, and Listening were the three major qualities that I feel are paramount to a county councilor. I feel I bring all of these to the table and have struggled to find these qualities in some of the other candidates.  As an Independent I don’t have the same political advantages as the major parties, but I do have grit, desire, and determination. I am running because I feel I can be what people need in a county councilor.I still need your assistance to get on the ballot for the election in November. I must gather a total of roughly 205 signatures of voters registered in Los Alamos County. All your signature indicates is that you would like me to be on the ballot. If you would like to sign my petition or hear more about me, please email me at I will respond as rapidly as I can. I will respect social distancing protocol and can place a petition for you to sign at your door/in your mailbox and return for it later if that is what you would prefer. If you live in White Rock, you can also email me and ask for my address, as I have a petition on my door.Thank you for all the support!last_img read more

Scenes From 67th Atomic City Invitational

first_imgJim Bergauer chips onto the 9th green. Photo by John McHale/ Eddie Sanchez putts-out on the 9th green Saturday morning in the 67th annual Atomic City Invitational Golf tournament being played over a 4-day period this 4th of July weekend at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Results will be posted as they become available. Photo by John McHale/ A golfers tee off on the 9th green practicing social distancing. Photo by John McHale/ Barbara Schmidt is the driver and support team for Eddie Sanchez. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comcenter_img Bryan Fearey putts-out on the 9th green. Photo by John McHale/ Jeff Goettee takes his fairway shot to the 9th green. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Government of Taiwan recognise BOC Edwards

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Will parliament spot the real problem with legal aid cuts?

first_imgAs shown in president Linda Lee’s excellent summary piece it is clear that the government has a simple arithmetical problem (over and above the deficit itself). The debate on legal aid today in parliament will have to address a sum that does not add up. Legal aids cuts + Jackson/Young review = access to justice disaster. This problem is especially pronounced for clinical negligence claims. As with all good disaster movies however, it is first necessary to set the scene with some general points which bear repetition with each and every MP in the country who is going to be involved in the debates on this issue. First, it does seem to me that the coalition government – despite being in its infancy – already risks repeating the very mistakes it criticised in the Labour government for when in opposition, namely not listening, not understanding, and picking on supposedly weak targets in carrying policy into effect on this issue. Does the government appreciate that there is a ‘double whammy’ hit of both the cuts and the Jackson/Young proposals on access to justice? Is this a case of those who understand the law and constitution become lawyers, and those who don’t become MPs and ministers? Secondly, it seems clear to everyone except the Ministry of Justice, that there is no point in having a justice system if we as citizens have no practical access to it – that would be a breach of the fundamental constitutional basis for any state, that we as citizens give up our individual rights to the state in return for a way of enforcing those, that is, the justice system. Indeed, access to justice is not just part of David Cameron’s ‘big society’, but in fact is a marker of what I have always known as a civilised society. Thirdly, European law is quite clear that in order to comply with their obligations, member states must have effective and independent justice systems, and only within the last two weeks the European Justice Commissioner has signaled a very clear intention to introduce minimum levels of legal aid provision which all states – including the UK – will have to adhere to. Our government is clearly swimming against the tide upon this issue generally, and risks successful challenges under domestic and/or European law (note to government: rather ironically, any judicial review of these decisions will likely have to be paid for out of legal aid funds). And finally, what can we now expect of a ‘consultation’ – which the present government would do well to remember became a by-word for rubber-stamping exercises under the last government – from a government whose health and safety adviser, Lord Young, can confirm there is no such thing as a compensation culture in this country, only a perception of one, and then perpetuate that myth by referencing all proposals for legal reform under the report headings ‘compensation culture’? Applying that background specifically to the proposal to withdraw legal aid from all clinical negligence claims, produces the following more specific points. Crucially, to solve a problem you must first have a problem – in clinical negligence cases, as per the government figures standing behind the green paper, the success rates for clinical negligence cases has increased to 91%. Therefore on the basis that legal aid funds only pay for unsuccessful cases, clearly we as lawyers are doing a better job at pursuing meritorious cases and so driving down the costs to the legal aid fund. Add to that the average costs of unsuccessful cases have decreased 69%, and one may wonder what the problem is the government has with funding clinical negligence cases via legal aid. Following on from the above, the problem the government has – in many different respects – is that it funds the NHS, which sometimes injures people negligently, legal aid may fund their case and then the government has to pay the compensation. If you make it practically impossible for patients to sue the NHS by withdrawing funding, you in effect as a government/NHS put yourself above the law. There seems to be an inherent conflict of interests for the government, and therefore abuse of power situation to be created, which no-one appears to have yet focused on, opening up further avenues for successful challenge under domestic and European law. Most importantly, cutting legal aid for clinical negligence cases will affect the most vulnerable of claimants in clinical negligence – severely disabled children, the bereaved, children generally and those who lack mental capacity. This cannot be part of the coalition government’s stated plan to protect the most vulnerable from its cuts? Buried deep within the impact assessments attached to the green paper – which are cunningly not stored on-line with the green paper itself – are the figures behind the cuts. In terms of clinical negligence work, the net cost, that is presumably of unsuccessful cases, to the Legal Services Commission in 2008/09 (the figures the government quotes) was £17m. It cannot be that anyone has looked at that aspect of the impact assessment and done a proper cost/benefit analysis. If the costs are access to justice for some of the most vulnerable in Society who have been injured by the negligence of the State/the NHS with the potential political and constitutional costs of that, and the saving is £17m or 0.7% of the total legal aid budget of £2.3bn to contribute 0.01% to the £150bn deficit, surely that cannot be worth it? Is the government only looking at bald numbers and not the implications of those? In summary it would appear that the government either does not understand the combined implications of the legal aid cuts and Jackson/Young review in regard to conditional free agreements and access to justice, or it does not care. They can either cut legal aid or tamper with CFAs, but if access to justice is to prevail as it must, they cannot do both. Either the government does not understand the true implications of its proposals to cut legal aid for clinical negligence (and other) cases, or it does not want to listen when this is pointed out – or most dangerously it neither understands nor wants to listen. For us as a profession, now is the time for us to stand up for access to justice, on the firm basis that in fact the government needs us more than we need them. Without us and an effective justice system, they erode the very democracy which puts them into power, and keeps them there. If we do that, and educate the general public, they will also have the voice to fight these cuts and lay bear the truth behind the oft quoted spin of the ‘compensation culture’ and ‘self-serving lawyers’. We are simply the servants of our clients and the justice system, just as MPs and ministers are servants of the people. As Lord Neuberger MR aptly reminded the government only a few weeks ago – the justice system is the third branch of Government, and therefore in terms of their proposals the other two branches, the executive and legislature, should proceed cautiously if they are to avoid the same perils that beset the last government. In Not Listening/Understanding v Déjà Vu [2010] Court of Public Opinion & Constitutional Niceties – the jury’s still out. Paul Rumley is a partner in the clinical negligence team at Withy Kinglast_img read more

A vital insurance backstop

first_imgTo continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Advance International puts some wind into renewable energy sales

first_imgAdvance International Transport (AIT) is becoming increasingly involved in the shipment of modern wind turbines at a time when the world is waking up to advantages of environmentally sustainable power generation. Advance International Transport (AIT) is becoming increasingly involved in the shipment of modern wind turbines at a time when the world is waking up to advantages of environmentally sustainable power generation.Advance International Transport (AIT) is becoming increasingly involved in the shipment of modern wind turbines at a time when the world is waking up to advantages of environmentally sustainable power generation.last_img read more

Multitrade Spain supports public transport investments

first_imgFor a public transport system in Tunis, Multitrade has moved 39 trams from La Rochelle, France to Tunis, Tunisia. Each tram measured 32m in length. An enormous consignment of 180 metro rail cars was shipped by Multitrade from Bilbao, Spain to Santiago, Chile. The rail cars which shipped in lots of nine to a maximum of 18 per shipment. The forwarder also transported 18 airport passenger terminal fingers from the factory in Spain to a new airport at Enfidha, Tunisia. Each finger was 23m in length. CEE is a global network for cargo equipment owners, stevedores and export packers serving the heavy and out-sized cargo industry.last_img read more

Huisman introduces new AHC crane

first_imgThese cranes combine the benefits of a normal rope luffing crane and a traditional knuckle boom crane, so that the machine offers a high lifting height and a large capacity at outreach. The capacities of the new cranes range from 400 up to 1,200 tonnes at up to 5,000 m water depth, and the first crane of this type – a 900-tonne capacity Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Crane for Subsea 7’s Seven Arctic – is scheduled for delivery in 2016.In addition to the cranes’ high lifting capacity and large lifting radius, the boom of the crane can be stored vertically saving valuable deck space.The main hoisting system comprises a traction and storage winch system and a separate heave compensation system, which means that both lifting/lowering and heave compensation can occur simultaneously with no performance interdependency, resulting in a better overall system performance and increased safety. Because the crane is fully electrically driven, the power consumption, noise levels, and the number of components are reduced, said Huisman.  www.huismanequipment.comlast_img read more