It’s too early to pop champagne for offices

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India Approves Paradip Port Mechanization Project

first_imgIndia’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval to the project of mechanization of East Quay berths-1, 2 and 3 at Paradip Port on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis, under public private partnership (PPP) mode for handling thermal coal exports.The estimated cost of the project is around INR 1,438 crore (USD 220 million), of which INR 1413 crore will be spent by the concessionaire. The remaining INR 25 crore will be spent by the Paradip Port Trust on dredging.The project envisages mechanization of the three berths to increase their capacity from the existing 7.85 million tons to 30 million tons.The project is scheduled to be completed within three years from the date of award of concession.After completion of the project, the total thermal coal export handling capacity at Paradip Port, one of the state-owned Major Ports, is expected to reach 50 million tons.last_img read more

Charities are right to recover losses

first_img Peter Steer, Wilsons, Salisbury I was disappointed to read Michael Loveridge’s response to my comments about executors potentially being liable to beneficiaries for losses caused by delay (see [2009] Gazette, 2 July, 10). I hope he will not carry through his suggestion of advising his clients against making charitable bequests. Sometimes a loss can arise because of negligence or a breach of duty by the executor. If this happens, and particularly if the executor is acting professionally and has charged a significant fee, surely it would be surprising (not to mention a potential breach of its own legal duties) if the charity took no action to recover such losses. In my experience, charities do not expect anything more than their proper entitlement, but it seems harsh to force them to accept less. last_img read more

Solicitor jailed for client theft

first_imgA former solicitor from Warrington has been jailed after admitting stealing more than £38,000 of client money.Martin John Davy, 47, was sentenced to 32 months in prison at Manchester Crown Court last week after he pleaded guilty to eight charges of theft and two of false accounting. The court heard that former personal injury lawyer Davy stole money from clients at two different law firms were he had been employed, and used false accounting to try to cover up cases he had mishandled. Davy’s criminal activities began after he lost his position as a partner at city centre firm JMW, following his negligent mishandling of some personal injury cases. He began stealing from clients when he was employed as an assistant at Rupert Wood & Son in Ashton under Lyne, and continued after moving to be an associate at Geoffrey Lucas in Didsbury. Davy was struck off in March after admitting a series of dishonest acts to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, which formed the basis of the criminal prosecution. Some of the money stolen came from compensation awarded to a survivor of child abuse and, according to the SDT’s findings, was used to decorate his house. Shaun Draycott, partner at Manchester firm Draycott Browne, who represented Davy, declined to comment on his client’s behalf. Rupert Wood & Co declined to comment. Geoffrey Lucas has ceased trading.last_img read more

Bucuresti branch opens

first_imgMarch 1 saw the start of revenue services on the long-awaited Bucuresti metro extension from Gara de Nord to 1 Mai. The 3·3 km branch of Line 3 has intermediate stations at Basarab and Grivita, bringing the network to 63route-km and 43 stations.Participating at the opening ceremonies were Romanian transport minister Traian Basescu, Metrorex SA General Manager Gheorghe Udriste, and European Investment Bank director Flavio Campo. EIB has provided 590m towards the 800m lei cost of the extension (DM95 p46).Designed by Metrosul SA and built by CCCF Bucuresti and Tunnels Brasov, the branch runs in tunnel under Grivita Street. It is expected to handle around 36000 passengers a day. Services are currently running at 7min intervals using stock transferred from the other three lines. Frequencies will be stepped up following the delivery of 18 six-car articulated trainsets ordered from Adtranz Sweden in June 1999. Based on the Stockholm C20 design, these cars are also being funded by the EIB through a 110m euro loan. Following delivery in 2001-02, the new cars will be used on north-south Line 2 between IMGB and Pipera 3. Udriste is very keen to push ahead with a 2·9 km extension from 1 Mai to Laromet. However, his top priority is finishing the 5 km Line 1 branch from Nicolae Grigorescu to Linea de Centura, which is around 50% complete. Metrorex hopes to start work shortly on a feasibility study for a metro extension from Laromet to Baneasa and Otopeni airport, which would be a mix of tunnel and surface running.last_img read more

Birmingham New Street station rebuild funded

first_imgUK: Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly announced on February 12 that the Birmingham Gateway project to reconstruct the city’s New Street station had obtained the funding needed to proceed. Work is planned to start in 2009 for completion by 2014.The Department for Transport will contribute £288m; another £100m will come through regional development agency Advantage West Midlands, and £200m from the private sector. The first phase of the new 10 500 m² concourse above the west end of the station is due to be completed by 2011. The congested current station dates from a 1967 rebuild of the site. A major hub in the UK rail network, New Street is currently used by 31 million passengers a year, with traffic expected to grow 30% in 10 years. At present there are only five escalators linking the five island platforms with the concourse above. The new station will have 31 escalators and five rather than two public entrances. The business case for the Gateway scheme was developed by Steer Davies Gleave for Network Rail, Birmingham City Council, Advantage West Midlands and local transport executive Centro.last_img read more

News in Brief – September 2012

first_imgGermany’s federal Railway Authority has approved the regular operation of 835 m long freight trains between Padborg in Denmark and Maschen in Niedersachsen. After 25 expressions of interest, the only bids for a $1bn contract to operate Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad services from July 2013 came from Keolis and the incumbent which is majority owned by Veolia.As part of a €20m investment programme funded by the Spanish Ministry of Development, a new rail terminal has been opened to serve the Isla Verde Exterior container terminal within the Port of Algeciras Bay. A total of 3898 m of new track has been laid, including three terminal roads capable of accommodating 750 m trains. The US Federal Railroad Administration is contributing $100 000 to study plans to reinstate Amtrak passenger services between Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile in Alabama. UK passenger operator Greater Anglia has introduced tickets giving supporters of three football teams a 25% discount on travel to any 10 home games during the 2012-13 season; tickets for all home matches are also offered. Mining company Anglo American is undertaking a R$38m programme of track renewals on 30 km of the Amapá Railway in Brazil, which runs for 194 km from iron deposits at Serra do Navio to the port of Santana on the Amazon. Genesee & Wyoming Australia has bought a rail-served intermodal terminal in Alice Springs from Asciano Services for A$9m.last_img read more

Dominica on display in St. Thomas

first_imgLocalNews Dominica on display in St. Thomas by: – June 25, 2013 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 43 Views   no discussions Share Photograph compliments: Mrs Loreen Bannis-RobertsDominicans who are members of the Seventh Day Adventist, District One in St. Thomas put on an impressive booth of Dominican items at a cultural celebration at the weekend.The All Nations and Cultural Celebration was held at the Fort Christian Parking Lot on Saturday, 22nd June, 2013.The activity was organized in observance of the 150th anniversary of Seventh Day Adventist.According to a release from Dominica’s liaison officer, Diaspora Affairs Loreen Bannis-Roberts, there were various Dominican artifacts, promotional material and products on display at the celebration.“Available for sale were delicious foods that truly represented the taste of the Nature Island. There was Roast Breadfruit and Salt Fish, Smoke herring, Ton Ton, Cocoa Tea, Bread Fruit Pie, soup Roasted Corn, etc,” Mrs Roberts wrote.Photograph compliments: Mrs Loreen Bannis-RobertsMany other Caribbean islands were represented through the displays at the other booths.“All in all it was a very successful activity and very well organized. Hats off to all the Dominicans who are members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church on St. Thomas for all their efforts at giving Dominica prominence at this wonderful event”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Friday Night Live concert in Farmington focuses on songwriters

first_imgThe next Friday Night Live concert, presented by St. Joe’s Medical Group, happens November 9 at the Farmington Civic Theater. It’s another songwriters round with local singer-songwriters Amy Petty, Mark Jewett, Rochelle Clark and Sam Corbin.Concerts are held in the upstairs theater and focus on singer-songwriters in an up-close-and-personal atmosphere. Scott Freeman, the theater’s general manager notes, “Before we can ask, performers tell us they really like the venue. The comments tend to revolve around acoustics and intimacy.”Amy Petty (contributed)Amy Petty’s sound blends folk, pop, rock and blues. She’s known for her signature voice and style.Rochelle Clark (contributed)Rochelle Clark’s strong vocals and energetic guitar create a musical magnet. She also performs as part of the duo The Potter’s Field.Sam Corbin (contributed)Ypsilanti-based Sam Corbin writes songs based upon day-to-day experiences with influences coming from the troubadours of Greenwich Village and the soul singers of Detroit.Mark Jewett (contributed)Mark Jewett has been twice recognized by American Songwriter Magazine (2015 & 2017). He’s a natural at sharing his outlook on life through music.Friday Night Live concerts begin at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available in advance at the box office or at the door. Also, online at Cash only at the theater.The Farmington Civic Theater, is located in downtown Farmington at 33332 Grand River Avenue. Additional concert information is available on the theater’s Facebook page. Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more