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APM Terminals Maasvlakte II has achieved a negotiation result on October 23 with the Dutch unions FNV and CNV on a principal agreement for a new collective labor agreement (CLA) effective January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2017.Negotiations started in June 2013 and has led to an agreement that gives clarity to those employees currently working at the company’s Maasvlakte I facility who want to transfer to the new terminal being built which opens November 1, 2014. The new collective labor agreement matches new operating procedures, practices and functions at the new facility, which will set new standards in safety, sustainability and productivity as one of the most advanced, automated container terminals in the world.The new agreement offers salaries adjusted for inflation each year plus wage increases of 0.5% (2015) and 1% (2016) on top of inflation, plus EUR 3600 in one-off payments over the CLA period. One of the key elements is 24/7 operations which is crucial to meet customer demands for higher productivity.APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Managing Director, Frank Tazelaar stated: “The new CLA contains clear labor condition agreements for employees interested in transferring to our new facility. And for our customers, they know they will be able to access 24/7 operations at our terminal.”APM Terminals has two terminals in Rotterdam: APM Terminals Maasvlakte I which is currently operating; and the new APM Terminals Maasvlakte II which is being built. The new terminal is already in the testing phase since July 2013 for new computer systems and equipment and opens November 2014.[mappress]Press Release, October 24, 2013
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Attempts to impose a minimum financial strength rating for professional indemnity insurers will stifle competition and put small law firms at risk, the Law Society has warned.The Solicitors Regulation Authority is consulting on plans to ban unrated insurers from the solicitors market to avoid the problems caused by insolvent providers in recent years.The collapse of firms such as Quinn, Lemma and Balva has raised concerns over the protection of clients of law firms, forcing the SRA to consider raising barriers to entry.But the Law Society, in its response to the consultation, said the proposal risks having a ‘destabilising effect’ on the profession and in particular smaller high street firms that have relied on unrated insurers for cover.Those most at risk will be the one-to-four partner segment, which has a higher representation of black and ethnic minority (BME) and female-led firms.It argued that ratings do not guarantee an insurer’s financial solvency or suitability for a particular client.The Society’s response added: ‘We are concerned that the proposed remedy may give rise to serious competition law concern by restricting the number of insurers and raising barriers to entry.’It also fears the impact of the ban on premiums, as well as the increased risk of exit by smaller firms, may have been underestimated.Evidence gathered from the Law Society’s annual PII survey for the 2014 renewal period showed three unrated insurers still accounted for 22% of the solicitor market – the majority of those firms with no more than four partners.The net effect of an insurance firm seeking a rating standard is expected to be a 5% increase in premiums due to extra administrative costs.The Law Society also pointed out that a rating requirement would remove any source of competition. It said a proper transition period must be established before any changes can be made, which may preclude reform of the system before the 2015 renewal period.It also wants a second round of consultation based on input from a recovery accountancy practice and the results of a competition impact assessment to ensure the SRA’s response is practicable and proportionate.But there is acknowledgement that the regulator should act quickly to understand why the PII market is so unstable and what has caused so many insurers to fail.‘There is an urgent need to address the systemic risk of market failure posed by unrated insurers and a repetition of the type of disruptive effects that many law firms have suffered in recent years, often with drastic consequences for their business and their clients. It is for the SRA to address that risk.’The SRA has admitted that premiums could increase by as much as 15% for affected firms if all three unrated insurers exit the market.According to SRA figures for 2013/14, more than 2,500 firms have policies with unrated insurers. However, the two biggest providers of the three are considering seeking a rating, leaving 134 firms potentially affected directly by the proposed rule change.
Dr. Alia Abdulla The Helping Hand: Dr. Alia AbdullaAge: 35Hometown: Fort LauderdaleProfession/Specialization: Surgical Oncologist/Cancer SurgeonA cancer diagnosis can be heartbreak for a patient. But the journey may seem less daunting in the capable hands of surgical oncologist Dr. Alia Abdulla. A specialist in several areas, Dr. Abdulla most enjoys “meeting new patients and helping them deal with their personal hurdles associated with their diagnosis.”Dr. Abdulla first became passionate about cancer treatment as a student at the University of Miami’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scholarship program, where she first began researching into cancer and its causes. “This was my first exposure to the severity of this disease,” says Dr. Abdulla. “I was intrigued to learn more.” She then went on to take a Post-Baccalaureate position at the National Institutes of Health in the National Cancer Institute in Washington DC. “There, I continued my research and was also involved with patients with cancer,” recalls Abdulla. “This is where my interest in helping cancer patients began.”She now currently holds a practice at the Center for Advanced Surgical Oncology in Hialeah, where she continues her hands-on approach to care. Seeing the aftermath the disease can have on her patients, Dr. Abdulla is also eager “to help and educate the community in dealing with cancer, especially the Caribbean population in South Florida and the West Indies.”Faced daily with the challenge of cancer treatment, Abdulla credits her Guyanese heritage for instilling a work ethic that “has allowed me to persist and succeed. As a child of immigrant parents, I have grown up seeing my parents work hard and sacrifice so I could be afforded the opportunities they never had.”As for her advice to young members of the Diaspora eager to find meaningful work through medicine, Dr. Abdulla advises them to “seek out what you are most passionate about and go for it! It’s not an easy road so you must like what you do. Medicine is a very diverse field with many specialties.”
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte has a few words of advice for the United States, particularly as it relates to dealing with its drug problem.“I have …said that the US also needs to work on their demand, maybe if they will stop using so much drugs, we wouldn’t be selling any, according to them,” Peyrefitte told television viewers last week after acknowledging he fully read the 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report released by the US State Department late last month.In the report, Washington named four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as major illicit drug-producing countries. It noted the Bahamas, Belize, Haiti and Jamaica were also major drug-transit countries.According to Washington, a major illicit drug-producing country is one in which 1,000 hectares or more of illicit opium poppy is cultivated or harvested during a year; 1,000 hectares or more of illicit coca is cultivated or harvested during a year; or 5,000 hectares or more of illicit cannabis is cultivated or harvested during a year.Peyrefitte said the US has “not presented to us any evidence why is it they believe that. It’s based on what? Based on what they are saying we are a major transshipment point of drugs? We don’t have any information from them as to what is the foundation of that analysis. They don’t share any information with us.“If the US knows who is bringing drugs into Belize, then let us know and we will arrest those people because drugs are illegal. So, what information do they have that they are not telling us about? We don’t know.“But like I said, that is their opinion. It is a black eye, yes, because they are an elephant and we are a flea in world politics and geo-politics. But at the same time, I think it is very unfair and very cowardly that you would pass a judgment like that on Belize without any evidence to show on what based that opinion on,” the Attorney General said.He said that the Belize government has daily contact with Washington but “they tend to want information but don’t give information.“As long as we are not treated equally or operate on an equal footing, then what can we do? All we can do is to try and fight crime the best that we can.“If there is an illegal activity, we go to stomp it out and we bring the people to court, they have their day in court and the justice systems decides. But until then, I do not accept any other country’s assessment on my country without at least trying to do some good with that assessment,” Peyrefitte added.Several other Caribbean countries have also disputed the US report.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPOLICE SCOTLAND annouced this evening that following a number of enquiries carried out by officers from Dumfries Community Policing Unit in relation to the recently reported grass fires in Lincluden, Dumfries, on Monday 27 April 2020. That two youths aged 15 and 16 have been identified, traced and charged in relation to the fires.
ILOILO City – Three suspected drug pushers were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Abilay, Oton, Iloilo. Officers of the Pavia municipal police station staged the entrapment operation which led to the suspects’ arrest around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 30. The suspects were detained in the lockup cell of the Pavia police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Aside from suspected illegal drugs, a P1,100 marked money and drug paraphernalia were also seized, the report added. Ryan Milan of Barangay Airport, Mandurriao, Iloilo City; Ronald Batislaong of Barangay Guzman Jesena, Mandurriao and Marc Louie Feo of Balabag, Pavia yielded the suspected drugs, police said. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Seven sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P80,000 were confiscated from Ryan Milan, 49, of Barangay Airport, Mandurriao district; Ronald Batislaong, 41, of Barangay Guzman Jesena, Mandurriao district and Louie Feo (subject of the operation), 40, of Barangay Balabag, Pavia, Iloilo, a police report showed.
Aces zoomed to an early 11-2 start. Hits by Banchero and Kevin Racal allowed for a 28-20 lead at the end of the first quarter. Beermen slowly clawed its way back to cut the deficit 35-40 but Aces turned to Manuel and Marion Magat to increase the lead 57-43 at the half.Alaska continued its torrid shooting at the onset of the third period and built its largest lead 72-50 on a Casio triple. Beermen had another run to come to within 72-81 heading into the fourth.Aces was still hanging to a double-digit lead in the fourth when Beermen went on a huge run to tie the count 100-all on a Chico Lanete triple. The game was tied 103-all before Manuel went for the winning shot at the heart of Beermen’s defense.Renaldo Balkman posted double-double 32 points and 13 rebounds, rookie Christian Standhardinger added 22 while Marcio Lassiter contributed 20 for Beermen (0-3), the defending champion./PN Alaska Aces’ Vic Manuel attacks the defense of San Miguel Beermen’s Marcio Lassiter for a layup. PBA MANILA – Vic Manuel scored on a game-winning floater as Alaska Aces escaped with a 105-103 victory over San Miguel Beermen in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday night.After Beermen erased Alaska’s lead – which reached as high as 22 points – for a 103-all score, Manuel attacked San Miguel’s defense before scoring a floater at the buzzer to clinch the win for Aces.Manuel finished the match at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Center in Dumaguete City with 23 points.Jvee Casio chipped in 18 markers, including three triples, while Chris Banchero had 15 points and import Anthony Campbell and Calvin Abueva made 13 points apiece for Aces (4-1) to share the top spot with Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and TNT KaTropa.
The Gilas Pilipinas pool, released by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) on Friday, also shows a mixture of veteran and incoming rookie PBA players, and collegiate standouts. Ilonggo brothers Thirdy and Kiefer Ravena are set to join the 24-man Gilas core in the upcoming regional cage wars starting February. TIEBREAKER TIMES The 24 players are set to vie for their spots in the national team roster, having to take on SEA neighbors Thailand and Indonesia on Feb.20 and 23, respectively./PN This is the first time that the Ravena brothers will team up bannering the country’s colors after playing side by side in the UAAP with the Blue Eagles, while Belo earns his recall in the national duty. MANILA – Ilonggos Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, and Antiqueño Rey Mark Belo will spearhead the 24-man Gilas Pilipinas pool for the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers this February. Named from the collegiate ranks were Fighting Maroons’ Kobe Paras and brothers Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño, De La Salle University Green Archers’ Justine Baltazar and Ateneo Blue Eagles’ Dwight Ramos and Dave Ildefonso. The SBP pool also included George Isaac Go, twins Matt and Mike Nieto, Rey Suerte and Allyn Bulanadi, who were drafted during the PBA special draft last December. Former University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons guard Frederick Tungcab was also in the list. Other PBA players named in the 24-man squad were Christian Standhardinger, who will serve as naturalized player, John Paul Erram, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Jeth Troy Rosario, Roger Pogoy, Jaymar Perez, Jean Marc Pingris, Matthew Wright and Japeth Aguilar.