iBeam Founder/President Vlad Matais takes National Academy of Sciences Board on a tour of his facility in Santa Fe. Courtesy/NMEDDPetricor employee performs adjustments to the extruder on the X-BOT at the company facility in Clovis. Courtesy/NMEDD NMEDD News:SANTA FE – The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) has awarded its first round of Business Start-Up Grants to five science and technology companies, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today.The purpose of the grants is to recognize and assist early stage companies developing a unique product or service, with strong growth potential. Eligible companies must be working within one of five target industry sectors: aerospace, biosciences, cybersecurity, intelligent manufacturing or sustainable and green energy.The Technology Research Collaborative (TRC) Board reviewed 25 applications and chose five that they thought best represented the purpose of the grant. Of the five, two companies are in rural areas. Start-Up Grants are typically $10,000, though the TRC may grant different amounts based a company’s need and growth potential.“We have restructured the TRC so it has the expertise to evaluate and make decisions about companies that have the potential to break out, succeed in the marketplace, and create high-paying jobs,” Cabinet Secretary Keyes said. New Mexico companies receiving awards:AgilVax (Albuquerque) – AgilVax is a biopharmaceutical company that is creating novel antibody-based therapies to treat cancer patients that lack safe and effective therapeutic options. AgilVax has three development programs to treat many types of cancer. It has raised nearly $10 million to date to fund the development of its therapeutic programs.Armonica Technologies (Albuquerque) – Armonica is developing genetic sequencing technologies on a platform that delivers all the key advantages of other single molecule platforms, while overcoming the critical limitations of current offerings in the market. The company seeks additional funding to develop prototype systems.iBeam Materials (Santa Fe) -Within the industry, emissive displays based on microLED technology are currently being developed around the world for mobile devices, but technological and cost barriers have prevented quick commercialization. iBeam Materials has developed technology that enables microLED displays that are super-bright, paper-thin, flexible and power-efficient in a low-cost, scalable approach. iBeam was recently one of a few companies selected for strategic investments by Samsung Ventures in the microLED space. The Business Start-Up Grant will help iBeam seek additional funding to develop their product.Mesilla Valley Organics (Mesquite) – Mesilla Valley Organics seeks to capture 5 percent of New Mexico’s market for hemp startup plants by genetically engineering a plant strain that will thrive in the harsh climate Southern New Mexico. Testing by the company has yielded plants 10 feet tall, with 10 percent CBD content, and yields of up to 9 pounds of flower. Mesilla Valley Organics is dedicated to Regenerative Agriculture Practices and only uses careful selective breeding techniques (not laboratory manipulations) and natural selection (Mother Nature) to achieve genetically adapted cultivars.Petricor (Clovis) – Mainstream desktop printers have an inherent design limitation that prevents them from creating an object that is larger than the frame, and the pieces require post assembly to create a large object. Large-scale machines are cost prohibitive and hard to transport and setup. Petricor is developing the world’s first concepts of mobile printers for large formats with fewer limitations in scale. The grant will help cover the cost of building their third prototype, which is a more complex version meant to be used as an industrial machine. For more information about the Business Start-Up Grants visit the Office of Science and Technology online at www.gonm.biz/OST and click on “S&T Business Startup Grants”, or contact Myrriah Tomar, Ph.D., Director, Office of Science & Technology, at 505.827.0222 or email Myrriah.Tomar@state.nm.us.The New Mexico Economic Development Department’s mission is to improve the lives of New Mexico families by increasing economic opportunities and providing a place for businesses to thrive.
Anguilla’s new Cabinet of Ministers You may be interested in… Premier Webster later announced his seven-member Cabinet which includes the youthful Ms Dee-Ann Kentish Rogers who defeated former Premier Mr Victor Banks in Monday’s poll. The APM won seven of the eleven seats at stake, with the other four going to Mr. Bank’s Anguilla United Front (AUF). CARICOM SG congratulates Anguilla’s new Premier and GovernmentCARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended congratulations to the new Premier of Anguilla Hon. Dr. Ellis Webster and his Anguilla Progressive Movement (APM) on their victory in the island’s General Elections of 29 June 2020. The APM won seven of the eleven seats at stake, with the other four…July 9, 2020In “Anguilla”Anguillans vote for changeAnguillans voted the main opposition Anguilla Progressive Movement (APM) into office in general elections held on Monday 29 June 2020. The APM, led by medical doctor Ellis Webster, won seven of the eleven seats at stake, with the other four going to the incumbent Anguilla United Front of Premier Victor…June 30, 2020In “Anguilla”Anguillans vote today for new governmentTHE VALLEY, Anguilla, Apr 22, CMC – Outgoing Chief Minister Hubert Hughes is among 19 candidates facing the electorate Wednesday, as Anguillans vote in a general election to elect a new government. However, the 82-year-old Hughes is not leading the incumbent Anguilla United Movement (AUM) into the polls against the…April 22, 2015In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp The newly sworn in Government of AnguillaThe Honourable Premier, Dr. Ellis Lorenzo Webster will have responsibility for Ministry of Finance, Tourism and Health.The Honourable Minister of Home Affairs – Mr. Kenneth HodgeThe Honourable Minister of Social Development and Education – Ms. Dee-Ann Kentish-RogersThe Honourable Ministerial Assistant in the Ministry of Social Development with responsibility for Youth , Sports and Culture – Mr. Merrick RichardsonThe Honourable Minister of Infrastructure – Mr.Haydn HughesThe Honourable Parliamentary Secretary for Economic Development – Mrs. Quincia Gumbs-MarieThe Honourable Minister of Trade and Commerce – Mr. Kyle Hodge Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Anguillans vote for change Anguilla’s new Premier Dr Ellis Webster was sworn into office on Tuesday after leading his Anguilla Progressive Movement (APM) to victory in general elections on Monday 29 June 2020. Jun 30, 2020
GMB North America Inc. has added industry veteran Robert Crane to its team. Crane joins the company as sales director and will be based out of the OE and aftermarket parts manufacturer’s headquarters in Dayton, New Jersey.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Since Robert has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket sector and has been a team leader during most of his career, we’re confident he’ll guide our sales managers and salespeople toward meeting GMB’s goals,” said Sarah Porter, marketing manager at GMB.Crane started out in his family’s jobber business and has most recently held sales management positions at B3C Fuel Solutions and CRP Industries. Crane said his mission is to ‘always work together as one unit and share in our accomplishments together as a team.’ Since GMB North America is rapidly growing and aiming to hit some ambitious business and customer service targets this year, the company says Crane’s plan perfectly aligns with the manufacturer’s plan.“We are excited to bring Robert on board. His new role will continue driving our success and our customers’ success,” said Porter.
Petronas of Malaysia is planning to invest up to $35 billion to develop the Pacific Northwest LNG project in Canada.Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Saturday that: “this is a very significant landmark decision by Petronas, done in the wake of our friendly relationship,” Bloomberg reports.Pacific NorthWest LNG recently applied to the National Energy Board for a license to export up to 19.68 million tonnes of LNG per year for 25 years beginning in 2019.Pacific NorthWest LNG will be supplied with natural gas sourced primarily from Progress Energy Canada’s assets in northeast British Columbia.The export project is ultimately owned, through various subsidiaries, by PETRONAS with a 90 per cent interest in the project and JAPEX with the remaining 10 per cent interest.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, October 7, 2013; Image: Pacific NorthWest LNG
The Australian Government’s recent decision to extend the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES) to include international export freight transhipped via Melbourne has materially changed the strategic context of the MoU that was signed in November 2014, said Swire Swipping.The Tasmanian Government has encouraged Swire Shipping to continue to fully explore all commercial opportunities arising from the current environment. Swire Shipping says that while it recognises that the extension of the TFES will be positive for the Tasmanian market in the short term, a solution for the medium to long term requirements of Tasmanian exporters remains uncertain.Swire Shipping country manager Brodie Stevens said: “Our interest is to work with partners in Tasmania to develop long term, competitive and direct international shipping services. Given recent developments, the current market does not support this objective. However we confirm our commitment to Tasmanian shippers who have been extremely supportive of our efforts.”Swire Shipping says that it will continue to develop the Australia Pacific Asia (APA) service from Bell Bay to key ports in Asia. www.swireshipping.com
Members of limited liability partnerships are not ‘workers’ under employment legislation, the Court of Appeal ruled this week dismissing a whistleblowing claim made against City firm Clyde & Co.English qualified solicitor Krista Bates van Winkelhof alleged that she had been sacked by the firm in 2011, after she made allegations that the managing partner of the firm’s Tanzanian operation Ako Law had engaged in money laundering and corruption.Bates van Winkelhof brought a whistleblowing complaint against the firm, under Section 47B of the Employment Rights Act 1996, on the grounds that she had made protected disclosures in respect of the senior partner of Ako Law. She also claimed that she had been subject to unlawful sexual discrimination, alleging that her dismissal from the firm was related to her pregnancy.Led by Lord Justice Elias, the Court of Appeal overturned the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s finding and ruled that a partner in an LLP could not be regarded as a worker for the purposes of the act and she had no jurisdiction to bring the whistleblowing claim.Elias said that there were two ‘inter-related’ reasons why partners cannot have status as an employee: ‘The first is legal: since the partnership is not a separate legal entity, the parties are in a relationship with each other and accordingly each partner has to be employed, inter alia, by himself. He would be both workman and employer which is a legal impossibility.‘The second reason is more sociological. The very concept of employment presupposes as a matter of sociological fact a hierarchical relationship whereby the worker is to some extent at least subordinate to the employer.’He concluded: ‘In my judgment, therefore, a member of an LLP who, if it had not been registered as an LLP would have been a partner in an 1890 Act partnership, can be neither an employee nor a limb (b) worker within the meaning of Section 230 of the Employment Rights Act 1996. It follows that the claimant cannot pursue her whistleblowing claim.’But the court ruled that Bates van Winkelhof’s sex discrimination case against the firm can continue, accepting the lower court’s rulings that she has a sufficient connection with the UK for the courts to have jurisdiction.A spokeswoman for Clyde & Co said: ‘Clyde & Co welcomes the Court of Appeal’s decision upholding employment judge Welch’s original finding in respect of Ms Bates van Winkelhof’s legal status during her former role in Tanzania.’She said: ‘We maintain that Ms Bates van Winkelhof’s claims of detriment were without merit and we entirely refute her remaining claims of discrimination. The firm strenuously denies that she was removed from the partnership as a result of her pregnancy or gender and indeed her other claims of detriment.‘It was only after the process which led to her departure had begun that Ms Bates van Winkelhof began to make her allegations of discrimination. We continue to believe this issue could, and should, have been resolved through arbitration or mediation, as provided for in our partnership agreement.’Read the full judgment.
Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-group Price-competitive tendering for criminal defence services will be introduced this autumn under accelerated plans revealed by the justice secretary this morning. In a written ministerial statement, Chris Grayling (pictured) announced an eight-week consultation on the plans will begin in April – but said that the tender for contracts will open in the autumn. The government expects the first contracts to go live in the autumn of 2014. In a statement issued in December 2011, the government said it would consult on the introduction of price competition in autumn 2013. However Grayling said today: ‘Given the need to achieve savings as quickly as possible, we have decided to accelerate that timetable.’ The Labour government had sought to introduce price-competitive tendering, but abandoned its proposals after strong resistance from the profession, especially from smaller firms. Grayling said that through the Legal Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, the government had already sought to reduce legal aid spent on civil cases, but he said that criminal defence represents by far the largest element of the remaining legal aid spend, accounting for over £1bn a year. He said: ‘We are committed to ensuring that the criminal legal aid scheme of the future continues to protect people’s fundamental right to a defence. ‘However, against a background of continuing financial challenge, we need to ensure we target our resources.’ Grayling said that the government would also look again at ways to ensure that defendants who can afford to contribute to their legal costs do so, so that system ‘commands the confidence of the public’. The Law Society’s head of legal aid Richard Miller said: ‘We will take some convincing that price competition is workable, given the nature of the work and the market as it currently exists. But we’re ready to work with them to make the procurement process, whatever form it might eventually take, successful, since it would be in nobody’s interest for a repeat of the problems with court translation services. ‘As to the substance of their consultation – we await with interest and will take a full part in the consultation, on behalf of our members.’ Grayling also announced that the Ministry of Justice is taking steps to strengthen the effectiveness of the Crown court means-testing scheme, with the introduction in July of the power to seize and sell a convicted defendant’s car to contribute to the cost of their defence. The full statement can be read on the parliament website.
Top 50-firm Hill Dickinson has placed 39 jobs at risk of redundancy from its counter-fraud group.Staff members were told yesterday that a 30-day consultation period had started, with roles including fee-earners and administrative support staff expected to be affected. The firm has said it expects a ‘significant proportion’ of the departures to be through voluntary redundancy.Hill Dickinson said its counter-fraud group has experienced a 15% increase in instructions but its restructuring processes to be ‘aligned to insurers’ ongoing counter-fraud requirements’.Peter Oakes, head of fraud, said: ‘It is regrettable that we will lose some colleagues from the group as a result of this restructure. We appreciate this is a difficult time and we will be providing as much support and guidance as possible. ‘The counter-fraud market is hugely dynamic and the restructure will give us an agile model with an emphasis on expertise aligned to the evolving counter-fraud environment, the needs of our clients and the insurance market.’The job cuts follow the international firm’s decision last year to make 83 people redundant, 14 at partner level.The decision followed an announcement in April 2013 that the firm would review its range of services and business model in response to market conditions.Hill Dickinson has domestic offices in London, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, plus bases in Monaco, Singapore and Greece.
Farmington Voice 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) The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre program will host open auditions on January 11, 12 to 5 p.m., and January 12, 12 to 4 p.m., for spring 2020 productions of James and the Giant Peach Jr. (grades K-8) and Mamma Mia! (grades 6-12).James and the Giant Peach Jr. – March 26-29, 2020Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, James and the Giant Peach Jr. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, which he rolls into the ocean and then launches a journey of enormous proportions.Mamma Mia! – April 23-26, 2020ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.Newcomers and experienced youth actors, residents and non-residents, are invited to audition for its spring shows. The drop-in process is easy and friendly, and no experience or preparation is necessary. Participants are asked to bring a recent photo to auditions; all other materials are supplied.For more information about auditions and a pre-audition workshop, visit fhgov.com/youththeatre. Reported by
In a bid to bring an end to violence and fans encroachment before, during and after matches, Kano Pillars FC has set up a five-man sensitization committee to look into the remote causes and bring solutions to it.According to a statement signed by the club’s Media Officer, Alhaji Rilwanu Idris Malikawa Garu and made available to www.kano-pillars.com, the committee has Professor Musa Garba Yakasai as chairman with club secretary Sayyadi Abdullahi to serve as secretary of the committee.While vice-chairman, Kano Pillars Supporters club, Alhaji Kabiru Lawan Fagge, Alhaji Rabi’u Abdullahi and chairman, Kano State Referees council Alhaji Nasiru Ibrahim Muhammad are to serve as members of the committee.According to the chairman of the club Alhaji Surajo Sha’ibu Yahaya, the committee is mandated to come out with modalities and new ideas that would help in educating the teeming fans of the club about the new rules of the game.Alhaji Surajo Shu’ibu Yahaya said setting up the committee is necessary considering the task ahead of the Sai Masu Gida which is representing the country in the upcoming 2019/2020 CAF Champions League and has charged the committee members to work tireless to ensure that they come up with recommendations that would help in reviving the glory of the club’s supporters club in the nearest possible feature.The chairman said his administration would not tolerate any acts of indiscipline from the fans and urged other stakeholders to cooperate with the committee and the management of the club as a whole.He also said that what happened in Lagos and Kaduna during the Super Six and the Federation Cup final is a wake-up call to his Board and such behaviour would not be accepted.“Encroachment of the pitch of play during our matches at home or away will not be accepted and anybody found wanting shall be dealt with accordingly, the chairman emphasised.The committee is expected to submit its report before the CAF Champions League first leg encounter against Asante Kotoko of Ghana at the famous Sani Abacha Stadium Kofar Mata to be decided on Saturday the 10th of August, 2019.The 2019 Aiteo Cup champions are currently camping in Kaduna and will soon arrive the Pyramid City for the all-important clash against the Porcupines.RelatedCAFCC: Kano Pillars Mull Option Of Bauchi Or Kaduna For Home GamesAugust 21, 2020In “Confederation Cup”Ganduje Showers Kano Pillars With $1,000 Following Aiteo Cup TriumphAugust 6, 2019In “Federation Cup”NPFL: Kano Pillars Set Up Committee On Players’ FitnessSeptember 2, 2019In “NPFl”