CSEF V highlights

first_imgAct with urgency on energy transition, Region urged at close of CSEF V#CSEF winds down: Ms Kim Osborne, OAS said discussion was rich; what needs to be done was clear, but challenges should not be underestimated pic.twitter.com/DTGLx6SLPQ — CARICOM (@CARICOMorg) January 25, 2017 The Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) concluded in Nassau, The Bahamas on Thursday following two days of robust…January 26, 2017In “CARICOM”Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum gets underway MondayThe fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) gets underway in Nassau, The Bahamas, Monday evening under the theme ‘Future Energy, 2027’. Prime Minster of the Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Forum which will be held at the British…January 21, 2017In “CARICOM”Stakeholders want CARICOM Heads of Government to meet on energyParticipants at a recently concluded high level forum want energy to be placed squarely before the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government to generate speedier action and firmer commitments to the transition to renewables. The general thinking at the Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V) held from 23 –…February 1, 2017In “CARDI”Share this on WhatsApp Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Final panel discussion of the day The regulatory round table underway Focus on C-SERMS Participants at the CSEF V Participants at the CSEF V The Ministerial Panel The first full day of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEFV) discussions concluded on Tuesday evening. A Ministerial discourse started the proceedings. There were two other panel discussions that focused on shifting the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) from concept to action; lessons from the last five years of CARICOM Energy transition, and a round-table on the Integrated Resource Planning Process. On Wednesday, the focus will be on the experiences of Jamaica and The Bahamas with energy transition; finding innovative financing mechanisms and tools; and information and capacity-building with particular reference to: You may be interested in… Oct 5, 2020 building a culture of effective energy statistics and information management in the Region;integrating efficiency and renewable energy into the Regional energy system The final panel will focus on CARICOM’s energy transition for the next ten years. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 15, 2020 Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Oct 1, 2020 CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector… Oct 2, 2020last_img read more

Risks of Labour’s Right to Buy plan outweigh the benefits

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Exclusive fuel cell technology sales deal in China

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2019 in Review: CO2Meter

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first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access 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 building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters 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 community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

PI lawyer paid damages from his own account to cover mistakes

first_imgA personal injury solicitor who fabricated documents and even paid out from his own account to keep clients happy has been struck off the roll. Paul Andrew Smith, 39, admitted making untrue statements to five clients regarding the progress of their claim between June 2013 and July 2014.He also admitted making false statements to a third party funder, the union USDAW, and fabricating a letter of instruction to a costs consultancy.The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard that Smith, who worked for Hull firm Williamsons Solicitors, had ‘messed up’ on a handful of the 170 cases he was handling and did not seek help from colleagues.Instead he went to great lengths to reassure clients their case was progressing: on one occasion he fabricated a defence letter from defendant solicitors to ‘buy some time’ to get money together and pay the client off, after proceedings had not been served in time.On another occasion he wrongly told a client that medical evidence had been disclosed to the opposing party, again to delay matters.The tribunal heard that in another matter Smith had written to a client saying his opponent had offered the sum of £2,250 in full and final settlement for a personal injury claim. Smith later admitted that proceedings in this matter were not served and he had in fact paid the client the sum pledged directly from his bank account.This happened a second time when, after failing to inform his client that proceedings had not been issued correctly, he paid £2,500 from his own account to settle the matter.In neither matter where he paid his own clients did he inform them what he had done.The tribunal heard Smith felt himself inexperienced in personal injury work, having taken on such cases only in the last six months of his training contract. When his caseload increased to 170 files, he worked from very early in the morning to late into the evening, but when he needed to visit a sick relative in hospital he could no longer keep up this workload.Smith, who was admitted to the roll in 2011, said he felt his position at the firm was precarious and he was also worried about the consequences of failing to comply with case management orders. He accepted now he should have asked for help at the time and apologised profusely to everyone affected by his conduct.Smith, who resigned from the firm in August 2015, admitted to not having the confidence to tell clients their case was unlikely to be successful.Dennis Brewer, giving evidence to the tribunal, said Smith had understated his personal problems and he maintained he was a credit to the profession.In judgment, the tribunal said it maintained ‘considerable sympathy’ for Smith’s plight and gave careful consideration to sanction.‘[He] had acted very naively and his inexperience had been his downfall,’ said the SDT. ‘He had got himself into difficulties early on in his career and instead of seeking assistance from senior colleagues he had attempted to deal with the problems on his own using his own money. It was quite clear that he had not wanted clients to suffer losses by virtue of the payments he had made to them from his own personal funds.’Nevertheless, given the finding of dishonesty it was not felt that a reprimand, restriction order or fine was sufficient sanction.With no exceptional circumstances advanced, there was no course of action open other than to strike Smith off. He was also ordered to pay £3,847 in costs.Jim Suthers, director and head of personal injury at Williamsons, said in a statement: ‘Mr Smith was employed by the firm for nine years as a paralegal, a trainee solicitor and then as a qualified solicitor, specialising in personal injuries claims for over five years post qualification. ‘Throughout this period Mr Smith had daily contact with a senior supervisor and he ran a standard PI case load under supervision. ‘Although the general standard of Mr Smith’s work was considered to be very good, unfortunately on a small handful of cases he made mistakes regarding the limitation period, which he then deliberately concealed from his supervisor and created false paperwork to avoid detection and to override the firm’s case management system.‘These mistakes could and would have been remedied with prompt action had Mr Smith disclosed them to his supervisor or departmental head. However Mr Smith chose not to do this but instead embarked upon a series of deliberate acts of concealment to attempt to cover up the initial mistake.‘Once Mr Smith’s actions were discovered Williamsons contacted those clients affected and ensured that the initial mistake was remedied and clients suitably compensated. In accordance with professional standards, the matter was then reported to the SRA.’last_img read more

Amey recommends cash offer

first_imgSPANISH construction and services group Ferrovial Servicios has made a cash offer of £0·32 per share for Amey plc. The directors of Amey have unanimously recommended acceptance of the ’fair and reasonable’ offer, and Ferrovial has received irrevocable undertakings to accept the offer in respect of 32·6% of Amey’s shares. It is intended to retain the Amey brand name.The Amey board believes the offer will enable the exercise of an option to acquire by June 30 a £60m equity interest in London Underground Infraco JNP under the PPP deal, currently being funded by its partners in the Tube Lines consortium. The boards of Amey and Ferrovial Servicios have agreed to co-operate to ensure that this option is exercised. Amey plc published its preliminary results for 2002 on March 26. Including Amey Rail, turnover at Transport was up from £322·5m in 2001 to £465·7m, with ’adjusted profit’ excluding exceptional items up from £16·1m to £46·05m. Group turnover was up 10% at £867·5m, but exceptional charges of £110·2m resulted in a post-tax loss of £118·5m. Amongst exceptional items was a write-down of Croydon Tramlink as a current asset to £3·9m, ’being the amount of expected insurance recovery’, and a write-down of Amey’s investment in Tramtrack Croydon from £11·1m to zero. The concession company has been experiencing ’poor trading’, and Amey classified its stake in the venture as a continuing activity ’in the course of being discont-inued’. EBITA from TCL before exceptional items and goodwill amortisation was £200000, up from £100000.last_img read more

Tropical storm Gabrielle forms south of Puerto Rico

first_img 11 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Tropical Storm Gabrielle five-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — Tropical storm Gabrielle formed in the Caribbean south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and is expected to bring heavy rain over portions of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 11:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, the center of Tropical Storm Gabrielle was located about 70 miles south of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and about 160 miles southeast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.Gabrielle was moving toward the northwest near 8 mph and this motion is expected to continue through Thursday night. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected on Friday with a slight decrease in forward speed. On the forecast track, the centre should pass near or just west of Puerto Rico on Wednesday night and early Thursday, pass near or just east of the Dominican Republic on Thursday and Thursday evening, and move east of the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph, with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the centre. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Cabo Frances Viejo.A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Dominican Republic from Santo Domingo to Cabo Engano.Interests in the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands should monitor the progress of this system.Gabrielle is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches over portions of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and eastern portions of the Dominican Republic, with isolated maximum amounts of up to 10 inches possible in areas of mountainous terrain. These heavier amounts could result in dangerous flash floods and mud slides over mountainous terrain. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast of Puerto Rico overnight and reach the warning area in the Dominican Republic by midday Thursday. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by early Thursday.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share NewsRegional Tropical storm Gabrielle forms south of Puerto Rico by: – September 5, 2013 Sharelast_img read more

Windies squad off to Sri Lanka as controversy swirls

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 84 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img NewsSports Windies squad off to Sri Lanka as controversy swirls by: Caribbean Media Corporation – September 30, 2015 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The second group of West Indies squad left here Tuesday for Sri Lanka, even as the controversy over head coach Phil Simmons’ suspension continued to swirl.Simmons was on Monday suspended by West Indies Cricket Board management after taking the unusual step of claiming that the selection panel – of which he is a member – had suffered from “outside interference” with regards to the picking of the one-day team for the upcoming tour.The Trinidadian has been replaced for the tour by former Windies seamer, Eldine Baptiste, who is also a selector.He will now oversee the regional side for the tour that comprises two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20s.The squad concluded a week-long camp at the 3Ws Oval last Friday and Simmons, who oversaw proceedings, said the Windies were prepared to meet the challenges of the Sri Lanka tour.“[We expect] a lot of spin because you always think when you go to the subcontinent you’re going to get a lot of spin so for the last two days we have had all the UWI spinners bowling at us,” Simmons said at the time.“The guys have had some long sessions over in the spin nets so it’s been a lot about spin but it has also been a lot about getting into the habit of batting long.“Everything needs to be improved on but the biggest thing is that the guys need to score big hundreds. We need to have a couple hundreds in each innings to put ourselves in a good position.“The bowlers have been doing well so we just need to have those big scores.”The first group of players, comprising mainly the fast bowling unit, left the island on Monday and are set to arrive in Colombo on Wednesday, with the second group of players arriving on Thursday.West Indies face the Sri Lanka President’s XI in a three-day tour game starting October 8 before taking on Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle on October 14. Tweetlast_img read more

U.S. ag trade turns to deficit

first_imgMilk powders, whey proteins offer bright spot in dairy export pictureMonthly U.S. exports remain well below the three-year average, but April’s bright spots included improved shipments of milk powder and whey proteins, leading to the highest overall volume in 10 months, according to Alan Levitt, with the U.S. Dairy Export Council.advertisementadvertisementU.S. exporters shipped 150,713 tons of milk powders, cheese, butterfat, whey and lactose in April, up 11 percent from March (on a daily average basis), but still down 19 percent year-over-year. April overall exports were valued at $366.7 million, down 31 percent from a year ago.Shipments of nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder (NDM/SMP) were the most since last October, built mainly on sales to Mexico. Whole milk powder exports were the highest since May 2010. Exports of whey protein concentrate (WPC) had the second-biggest month ever, with sales to China, southeast Asia and Mexico up.Exports of the other large-volume categories – cheese, dry sweet whey and lactose – were well off the pace of a year ago.On a total milk solids basis, U.S. exports were equivalent to 13.4 percent of U.S. milk production in April, matching February for the highest figure in six months. Imports were equivalent to 3.3 percent of production, the lowest in six months.U.S. dairy exports as a percent of total production, April 2016advertisementNonfat dry milk/skim milk powder – 45 percentTotal cheese – 4.7 percentButterfat – 1.6 percentDry sweet whey – 34 percentLactose – 71 percentTotal milk solids – 13.4 percentadvertisementSources: USDA, U.S. Dairy Export Council and National Milk Producers FederationRead the full USDEC report.U.S. dairy cattle exports lower, but embryos growThe U.S. dairy genetics export market hopped back on the roller coaster lower in April.After topping 1,000 head exported in each of the previous two months, April 2016 foreign sales of live female dairy animals were estimated at just 304 head. Canada was the leading destination, at 171 head, followed by Mexico, at 133.The April report again fails to account for about 260 dairy heifers shipped to Pakistan earlier this year. Previously, Ellen Dougherty, with USDA’s Foreign Ag Service, said delays in filing export documents may account for the absence.Gerardo Quaassdorff, DVM, sales and management consultant with TK Exports Inc., TKE Agri-Tech Services Inc., Culpeper, Virginia, said the strength of the U.S. dollar against currencies in countries competing for exports continues to be an obstacle to U.S. live cattle exports. The global glut of milk and dairy products is also a factor.While interest remains strong for U.S. dairy replacement cattle, foreign buyers are sitting on the fence waiting for prices to decline further, said Tony Clayton, president of Clayton Agri-Marketing Inc., Jefferson City, Missouri. “It seems we test the bottom every week,” he said.Two countries looking to gain access to U.S. replacement dairy cattle are Syria and Algeria.The U.S. government has imposed trade sanctions due to Syria’s political turmoil, although the U.S. Treasury Department does grant permission for sales of agricultural products.Farmers in Algeria are pushing to open their market to U.S. cattle, seeking an alternative to the cattle they currently import from France.The Middle East will be quiet for U.S. cattle trade during the observance of Ramadan, June 6 to July 7, Clayton said.Dairy embryo exportsForeign sales of U.S. dairy embryos improved. Exports totaled 972 in April 2016. The month’s exports were valued at $843,000.China was the leading market in April, purchasing 348 dairy embryos, followed by Japan, at 140. South Africa and the Netherlands each received about 120 embryos, and Russia, which has an embargo on U.S. dairy product exports, took 86.Imports of genetics are playing a role in improving the quality of China’s dairy cattle. Increased cattle imports from Australia and New Zealand, and their subsequent offspring, are helping support China’s expansion in fluid milk production in 2016.With Russia blocking imports of dairy products and other foods from the European Union and U.S., Asian businesses are investing in Russia’s dairy production. Recent announcements said Vietnamese dairy producer TH Group broke ground on a 45,000-cow dairy in Volokolamsk, in the Moscow region, and Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group) planned an 80,000-cow milk and dairy complex in the Ryazan region.Russian agriculture minister Alexander Tkachev, quoted in a Russian newspaper on June 3, said Russia hopes to be completely reliant on domstically produced milk, meat and vegetables by 2020.However, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Agricultural Information Network estimated a 2016 Russian dairy cow inventory of about 7.55 million head, 2.6 percent less than 2015. Milk production was estimated down 1.5 percent.Alfalfa exports maintain strengthU.S. alfalfa hay exports were down in April, but still tipped the scales at more than 190,000 metric tons for a second consecutive month, according to USDA’s Foreign Ag Service.April 2016 alfalfa hay exports were estimated at 192,143 metric tons, down from the March total of 199,809 metric tons, but up slightly from April 2015. China, which is building its domestic dairy herd, was the only country to increase alfalfa and other hay shipments from the U.S. compared to March, noted Christy Mastin, international sales manager with Eckenberg Farms Inc., Mattawa, Washington. However, shipments to China were less than April 2015, and shipments to major southeast Asia markets were down compared to a year ago. Year-over-year increased shipments to the Middle East, led by United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, somewhat offset those declines.See the full Progressive Forage article.  PD Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com The U.S. turned in an agricultural trade deficit in April, according to USDA’s monthly export and import estimates. Ag exports were valued at $9.6 billion; imports were estimated at just under $10 billion. A review of dairy product, genetics and hay exports follow.last_img read more