Dockwise accepts Boskalis takeover bid

first_imgThe cash offer by Boskalis of EUR18.50 (USD24.94) per share cum dividend for all issued and outstanding common shares in Dockwise has been accepted by 92.93 percent of Dockwise shareholders.? Dockwise explained that it recognises the strategic merit of the combination of the two entities. The merger fits with the strategy of Dockwise to expand in the offshore transport, installations and logistics management market. Boskalis noted the takeover will strengthen its position in the offshore energy market.? André Goedée current CEO of Dockwise, has agreed to join the board of the Royal Boskalis Westminster in order to smooth the transition of the two firms into one. Furthermore, Adri Baan, chairman of the board, Dockwise, will join the supervisory board of Boskalis following the completion of the takeover.? In other news, Dockwise has published its financial highlights for financial year (FY) 2012. Revenues at the shipping line grew 35.3 percent year-on-year to USD539.4 million when compared to FY 2011.? ?Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation climbed 29.2 percent year-on-year to USD174.2 million. For FY 2012 Dockwise recorded a net profit of USD21.1 million – for FY2011 its net loss was USD33 million.?    www.dockwise.com www.boskalis.comlast_img read more

NWSA cranes arrive in Tacoma

first_imgThe vessel arrived in Tacoma late Friday afternoon and has been anchored in Commencement Bay over the weekend.The cranes will be installed at Husky Terminal, at the northwest end of the Blair Waterway, which is undergoing a USD250 million renovation.According to the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), upgrades include strengthening and realigning a berth as well as adding eight super-post-Panamax cranes capable of serving two 18,000 teu container ships at the same time.The new cranes will have an outreach of 24 containers and a lift height of 165 ft (50.2 m) above the pier deck. The other four cranes will arrive in 2019.A video of the project can be seen here. www.nwseaportalliance.com www.portoftacoma.comwww.huskyterminal.comlast_img read more

Advisers on compromise agreements ‘manipulated’

first_img For those who know their employment law cases, I am well aware of the Scottish Employment Appeal Tribunal case of McWilliam v Glasgow City Council [2011] IRLR 568, which confirms that the limits of an adviser’s duties are to advise on the terms and effect of the agreement. I do not agree that the decision is a helpful one since our duty as solicitors is always to look to the wider and best interest of our clients and not let them sign away their rights irrespective of the deal being put to them by an employer. In my own practice, our advice to employers has always been to avoid providing lists of ‘recommended firms’ to employees, but if necessary that the list needed to be a long one so as to ensure that there could be no suggestion that the firms were in any way on ‘friendly’ terms with the employer. As it is, employees have always looked askance at these lists and often sought advice from someone not on the list. I am sure most solicitors believe they are acting independently. However, a solicitor should not be putting themselves in a position where they could be accused of not being independent, because to advise their client to sue may lead to a steady and potentially lucrative flow of work being cut off. At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, it is worth reminding ourselves that it is a requirement of the code of conduct that solicitors must not allow their integrity to be compromised and must act in the best interests of the client. The practices above seem to fly in the face of this enshrined principle. As an employment lawyer, I am used to advising on compromise agreements, no more so than in recent years. While there have always been attempts by employers to seek to influence the choice of an employee’s legal adviser, I have recently seen a number of worrying trends emerging where employers are clearly trying to manipulate who gives advice to employees about these agreements. Pernicious practices include: Section 203 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 requires an adviser to be independent to provide legal advice to the employee in relation to the compromise agreement. Looking at these practices something just doesn’t look right. Two investment banks making redundancies providing a ‘pre-approved’ list of law firms and informing employees that the contribution to legal fees would only be paid if one of the ‘pre-approved’ firms was used. In one case a memo to employees was sent out informing them that they should not instruct their solicitors to seek amendments to the standard form compromise agreement. An employer who brought in two solicitors to its offices to advise employees in relation to their agreements by setting up short sequential appointments for the employees to be advised. No choice of legal advisers was provided and the employees were told that the deal was the best they could achieve in the circumstances. A further education college which sent all the employees due to be made redundant to one law firm. A client subsequently came to see us who said she felt she had been pressured by her independent solicitor to sign away her rights to bring a claim for an injury caused by an accident at work. The solicitor had insisted that all claims had to be compromised even though the correct advice was clearly that the personal injury should be excluded from the claims being settled.center_img Nicholas Lakeland is head of the employment and pensions team at Silverman Sherlikerlast_img read more

UN: More than 100 million people at risk of starvation globally

first_imgMore than 100 million people at risk of starvation globallyThe number of people facing severe hunger worldwide has surpassed 100 million, according to the United Nations.The world agency further warns that this number will continue to grow if humanitarian aid is not paired with more support for farmers.Dominique Burgeon, director of the emergency division at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said latest studies showed 102 million people faced acute malnutrition – meaning they were on the brink of starvationThe latest studies show an almost 30 percent rise from 80 million people in 2015.The hike is mainly driven by deepening crises in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia.Humanitarian agencies are now calling for more investment to help avert the situation.Burgeon called for more investment to help people feed themselves by farming crops and livestock.last_img read more

Reporter’s Diary: The dangers of informal mining in East Africa

first_imgA miner stands at the mouth of the mine in Nyatike. Photograph taken two days before accident. Image courtesy: Oliver W Jarvis A miner stands at the mouth of the mine in Nyatike. Photograph taken two days before accident. Image courtesy: Oliver W JarvisAs the explosion sounds, a young girl collapses and her mother wails. They had been waiting all night for him to come home – now they know he is dead.A husband and father, he had spent his life mining at Nyatike gold mine in Western Kenya. It’s a lucrative yet dangerous business. The unnamed miner and five other men were buried by a huge rock that tumbled down from above in the heavy rains. As rescuers worked from night to morning to try and retrieve the bodies, they finally saw no alternative but to blast the boulder with high explosives – confirming those bodies underneath as dead.It is the reality of mining in this area.Nyatike mine is classed as an informal gold mine. Miners work here with little or no safety equipment – the mine itself is over a century old. It was built by the British in the early 1900s, and has been used ever since as a source of wealth for the surrounding communities.But just how many people lose their lives in this business is not known. There are over 10,000 informal gold mines in the region. Many are poorly managed compared to international mining standards.Often the mines are overcrowded, extremely loud due to the machinery, and structurally unsound. Those who work on the mine tend to live on the mine, and small-scale settlements exist within some of the major pits. Children play by the pits and schools feature next to the machinery – these mines have proved self-sufficient for the locals.As rescuers worked from night to morning to try and retrieve the bodies, they finally saw no alternative but to blast the boulder with high explosives. Image courtesy: Oliver W JarvisWitnessing the production of goldYou could hear the mine before you saw it. Over the sound of the engine of our 4X4 on the dirt track: the shrill of the crusher breaking up rock.We arrived at Osiri Mine, the largest gold mine in the area – where over 10,000 people worked everyday. The area looked like a mine-cum-community, where makeshift buildings had been set up by those who worked there.Bags were continuously flowing up from underground on a conveyor pully, carrying ore that had been mined by men from 400 feet below the ground. One miner said that men can spend up to two days down there mining, using only a hammer and chisel.From the extraction underground, the ore was passed onto the women who manually broke it apart with a mallet. For this process, they did not wear gloves or protective eyewear. With their beaten-up mallets they sat on tar-pooling barefoot.They would then carry the bags of broken up ore to the crushers – barrels made of steel that ground the ore down. These constantly rolled in the background, right from the opening of the mine at 6am, until close at 6pm.The final stage saw the ground-down ore being passed onto women who sat by the side of small pools. This was where one could see the beginning of gold take shape – as women used mercury to extract the gold in buckets using cloth.We saw one woman produce $20 worth of gold – she was given $1 by a gold trader for her efforts.From the outside, it looked a chaotic practice. The stages were marked out by poor infrastructure, and equipment was worn out. It was the definition of an informal mine.All who we spoke to said that they were aware of the dangers involved in this kind of mining – yet they had been given no alternative.From the extraction underground, the ore was passed onto the women who manually broke it apart with a mallet. Image courtesy: Oliver W JarvisFinding an alternativeOne mining association in Migori County is looking to formalise and support these miners.“Our vision was to address issues that affect artisanal miners, so we created an association that could bring us together. Because I saw situations where a parent, a father died in the pit and is taken for burial, and the children are left suffering – and nobody cares about those children.”Bismarck Onyanda, the chairman of the Mining Community Development Programme (MICODEPRO), told us of the times he had witnessed deaths at the mines – and nothing had been done to compensate or look after the families left behind.On a micro-site in the region, Bismarck is trying out new health and safety techniques in a bid to introduce them to the larger mines in the area.“Our vision was to address issues that affect artisanal miners, so we created an association that could bring us together. Image courtesy: Oliver W JarvisFrom simple alternatives like laying fencing around the sluicing ponds to stop people falling in, to placing steel trays under the crushers to avoid workers getting crushed, the micro-site is a portrayal of how these mines in Migori may operate in the future.31 mining organisations have joined the association in a bid to better the conditions that their workers mine in. Bismarck is currently teaching a number of these miners alternatives to their current practice – and he says that he is getting positive results.They may be small steps, but these health and safety features could one day avert a tragedy like Nyakite ever happening again.last_img read more

Cuban lung cancer vaccine to be tested in US

first_imgThe Cuban vaccine known as Cimavax (Photo: CMC)HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) – A lung cancer vaccine developed in Cuba will be tested in the United States through the work of the Rosewell Park Institute – a cancer research and treatment centre located in New York.The vaccine, known as Cimavax will soon enter the US and could benefit cancer patients in that country.“We believe that treatments should be available to all patients and that politics and geography should not prohibit the drug development process,” reads a statement on the webpage of the Washington based Lung Cancer Alliance.“The development of Cimavax is particularly exciting as it would represent a new class of therapeutics for lung cancer – a vaccine that primes the immune system, similarly to the flu shot or common childhood vaccines,” the statement continued.The Lung Cancer Alliance was founded in 1995 to meet the needs of lung cancer patients and those at risk by improving outcomes, eliminating stigma and securing public health research funding.In 2010 Lung Cancer Alliance began its first awareness program. Since then, Lung Cancer Alliance has developed many programs focused on lung cancer awareness: “Give a Scan,” “National Shine a Light on Lung Cancer,” and “Team Lung Love,” have helped create awareness in the United States and internationally.In February 2012, Lung Cancer Alliance took on its first major initiative, creating a national framework for lung cancer screening.In June 2012, it launched its national “No One Deserves To Die” campaign to help raise awareness and change the stigma associated with lung cancer. By the end of the campaign, more than 281 million impressions were made and market research proved a shift in sentiment around lung cancer. Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyleNewsRegional Cuban lung cancer vaccine to be tested in US by: Caribbean Media Corporation – May 9, 2016 Share Sharecenter_img Share 164 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

West Florida Sweeps Christian Brothers on Sunday

first_imgThe series wraps up on Sunday with a single game starting at noon from the UWF Softball Complex. The home run was Castro’s fourth of the season. GAME 2: UWF 2, CBU 1Sarah Maloney needed just two runs of support to pick up her eighth win of the season, and that’s what she got from the West Florida lineup in Game 2. Maloney struck out nine batters over seven innings, allowed just two hits and lowered her season ERA to a team-best 2.02. It was Maloney’s second solo shutout of the year and her sixth complete game. Tiona Hill, Rachel Wright and Rhiannon Sassman each had two hits in the doubleheader, and both of Sassman’s hits were doubles. Live Stats Taylor plunked center fielder Holly Oyhenart to start the sixth, but the outs came easy after that and Taylor retired the final nine batters she faced to end the game. With the wins, UWF improved to 24-8 overall and 10-7 in the Gulf South Conference, and the team’s winning streak has extended to 14 games. Preview Game 1 was highlighted by Jacey Castro’s walk-off home run in the eighth, marking West Florida’s first walk-off home run since Crystal Thompson did so against Alabama Huntsville on March 31, 2012. That led to consecutive CBU innings that looked like trouble, but Taylor pitched her way out of jams each time. Abby Ferreira doubled down the left field line to lead off the fifth, but Taylor got two flyouts to left and struck out Amber Johnson to get out of any danger in the inning. PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida pitching staff was in total control in a doubleheader sweep over Christian Brothers on Sunday afternoon, taking 1-0 and 2-1 wins to start the series. Becca Taylor and Sarah Maloney combined to strike out 14 batters in 15 innings, while holding CBU to a .100 team batting average and just three total runs. CBU’s Jenna Cotter was nearly as good, and though West Florida threatened in several innings, the Argonauts struggled to string together hits against the sophomore. UWF first threatened in the fourth, when Rhiannon Sassman led off the inning with a hit by pitch. After Callan Taylor moved her over with a sacrifice bunt, UWF ran out of luck as Tiona Hill hit a sharp line drive right at CBU third baseman Kylie Steagall. The Argonauts picked up the go-ahead run in the fifth inning after Meghan Toney scored on a sacrifice fly from catcher Jacquelynne Poling. Toney reached via hit by pitch for the fourth time this year and the 13th time in her UWF career, marking the fifth-highest total in that category in program history. Sassman doubled with two outs in the sixth and Miranda Smith and Rachel Wright each recorded a single in the seventh, but UWF did not strike until Castro lifted a monster shot over the left field fence to grab the walkoff win. Full Schedule Roster Watch Live Christian Brothers 3/27/2017 – 12:00 pm GAME 1: UWF 1, CBU 0 (8 innings)Becca Taylor was dialed in on Sunday afternoon, throwing her 11th complete game and fourth shutout of the season in the eight-inning victory. The senior struck out five batters and did not walk any on the way to her Gulf South Conference-best 13th win. She forced 12 groundouts and lived in the strike zone, throwing nearly 70 percent strikes in her outing. After the run, Maloney settled in for good and retired 13 of the final 14 batters she faced. The junior struck out more than a batter per inning for the fifth time in a start this season. Next Game: UWF got on the board a little more quickly in Game 2, when Sara Spears’ grounder to shortstop brought in Tiona Hill to put the Argonauts ahead 1-0. Likewise, CBU struck for a run in the third to tie things up – this one coming on a bunt from Steagall that led to Holly Oyhenart coming across to score. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

HEA Works to Inform Customers of Scam

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Multiple suspicious calls to local businesses were reported yesterday and Homer Electric Association confirmed a scam targeting Kenai Peninsula residents and business owners. Gallagher: “And these types of scams are seen across the country, utilities across the country see these on a continual basis.  We have let the Troopers know but there is really not much they can do. Really we just want to make sure our members know that Homer Electric is not going to make a call and demand that you make a payment with your credit card or your power’s going to go off in 20 minutes. That is not what we do, that’s not how we operate.” He said that about a dozen Kenai Peninsula residents and business owners have reported the activity to HEA recently. Gallagher: “The message is, if there is any suspicion on your part that it is not Homer Electric that you’re dealing with, end the call and let us know.”center_img Joe Gallagher with HEA said each report confirmed the caller claiming to be an HEA representative, demanding payment, and even the caller ID also showed HEA. Anyone who thinks they have been targeted my call HEA at (907) 235-8551, (907) 283-5831 or 1 (800) 478-8551.last_img read more

Maita burns rubber at Bridgestone

first_imgCHIBA – Veteran Kiyoshi Maita got off to a flying start with an 8-under-par 64 to grab the lead after the first round of the Bridgestone Open on Thursday.Maita set the back nine on fire at Sodegaura Country Club with five birdies through his first seven holes before making his only bogey of the day on the Sodegaura Course’s par-3 17th. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

Outside draw for Tiz The Law in Kentucky Derby

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP):Kentucky Derby favourites will need to take the long route towards winning the Run For The Roses.Tiz the Law is the 3-5 morning-line favourite for the 146th Derby and will attempt to become the first winner from the No. 17 post position drawn for Saturday’s rescheduled marquee race for three-year-olds. The best finish in 41 starts from that spot was a second place by Forty Niner in 1988 and two thirds.Not that trainer Barclay Tagg is fazed by the spot.‘’Well, I like it being on the outside,’’ said Tagg, who won the 2003 Derby and Preakness with Funny Cide. ‘’I didn’t particularly want to be out that far, but it’s what we have. He seems to handle everything that gets thrown at him, so we have to leave it up to him.’’All the race favourites will break from the outside at Churchill Downs. Second choice Honor A. P. – at 5-1 odds – drew the No. 16 post on Tuesday. Authentic is the 8-1 third choice from the far No. 18 slot, which last year earned 65-1 long shot Country House the glory when the colt crossed the finish line second, before being awarded the victory after Maximum Security was disqualified for interference.Country House was just the second winner from the No. 18 post in 33 starts (6.1 per cent), with four second-place finishes since the use of a starting gate began in 1930. This year’s Derby will have a new 65-foot, 20-horse starting gate that eliminates the wide gap between the old No. 14 post and No. 15 spot in the auxiliary gate. BETTER ODDS Honor A. P.’s odds are slightly better at 8.3 per cent, with four wins, three seconds and three thirds in 48 starts from the No. 16 post. Animal Kingdom was the last winner there in 2011.Jockey Manny Franco will try to make history aboard Tiz the Law, who is unbeaten in four starts this year and has six wins and a third in seven career races. His non-win came here last November in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, where he finished behind Silver Prospector and Finnick the Fierce, who will start from the No. 1 post at 50-1 odds.Tiz the Law’s triumphs include a 3-3/4 lengths victory at the Belmont Stakes in June, which led off this year’s reshuffled Triple Crown. More recently, the bay colt won the Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga by more than five lengths lengths on August 8.This year’s $3-million Derby was postponed from its traditional first Saturday in May for the first time since 1945 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and no spectators are allowed.last_img read more