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Nikola signs $16m order for fuel cell lab

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N-KOM: Rotor Renewal for LNG Carrier Aseem

first_imgLNG tanker Aseem, managed by the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), was recently repaired at the Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) shipyard in Qatar.“The highlight of the repair was the renewal and installation of two AMZ 1120 rotors for the 12,650 KW capacity Main Propulsion motors, done under the supervision of ABB,” N-KOM said in a statement.The 155,000 cbm tanker transports LNG for India’s largest liquefied natural gas importer, Petronet LNG.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, April 16, 2014; Image: N-KOMlast_img read more

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Had enough of experts?

first_imgAdjudication is now a well-established method for dispute resolution. Some forms of contract, such as NEC3, insist on adjudication as a condition precedent to a dispute proceeding to arbitration or litigation, if the parties have agreed to refer matters to the court. Adjudication is successful in finally disposing of many disputes which would otherwise find their way to the courts.Claims against construction professionals may also be referred, so long as the subject matter may be termed a construction contract. The chances of a successful claim against a construction professional, such as an architect or engineer, will be enhanced by supporting opinion from an expert. Adjudication has the benefit of being cheaper than litigation but often does not provide a final resolution of those issues in dispute. In those circumstances, a disaffected party can proceed to round two, involving arbitration or litigation.The chances of a successful claim against a construction professional will be enhanced by supporting opinion from an expertThe second edition of the Pre-action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes was published on 2 November 2016. Disputes relating to the same or substantially the same issues previously referred to adjudication have always been exempt. The parties will have understood by this time what are the contentious issues, and there is little or no purpose in complying with the pre-action protocol. This is expressly recognised by the exemption.Otherwise, the objective of the protocol is stated to be for the exchange of sufficient information to allow the parties to understand each other’s position and make informed decisions on how to proceed in the hope that this does lead to settlement without the need for litigation. This may involve an appropriate form of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation. A party should of course be allowed to litigate his dispute, but he should first demonstrate that he has complied with the protocol, and thus has tried to bring about a settlement of the dispute, albeit without success. Judges cannot compel parties to mediate in the hope of a settlement of a dispute, but if there has been a failure to comply with the protocol, or if the judge believes there to be unreasonable conduct by one of the parties, there is always the sanction of costs.Complying with the pre-action protocol can itself be costly. It involves, typically, the production of a letter of claim and a response to the claim. The claimant may also wish to reply to the response though they do not have to do so. The protocol provides for a pre-action meeting of the parties and this meeting may itself take the form of an ADR process such as mediation. Paragraph 7.1.3 is of particular interest. It states that: “Generally, it is not expected or required that expert reports should be provided but, in cases where they are succinct and central to the claim, they can form a helpful way of explaining the claimant’s position.”Whereas the spending of costs engaging an expert as part of the pre-action protocol is regrettable, it is usually an essential investmentNowhere is the need for an expert’s report more clearly seen than where the claim is against a member of the professional team, such as an architect, engineer or other designer. The professional will usually be supported by an insurer who will provide indemnity against any liability, subject of course to the terms of the policy itself. An opinion by the expert that the professional has failed to exercise the reasonable skill and care to be expected of him and any of his other obligations will be central to the claim. Without it there will be a general reluctance to accept liability, both by the professional and his insurers. Claims against professionals can be complicated, especially in a large project. The history of the project should be considered as a whole, identifying precisely the breaches of contract with subsequent analysis of the losses, to be attributed to each of the breaches of the professional’s duties.Engaging an expert and taking the necessary steps to establish the liabilities of the professional are costly. This process often takes months to perform with the expert’s costs alone running to tens of thousands of pounds. However, a failure to make this investment will prejudice a successful outcome. Thus, whereas the spending of costs as part of the pre-action protocol is regrettable, it is usually an essential investment. Thus it is, using the protocol’s own terminology, “central to the claim”.Claims against construction professionals have much less chance of settling as part of the pre-action dispute protocol without experts’ reports, whether or not they may be expected, required or desirable.Jeffrey Brown is a partner in the London office of Veale Wasbrough Vizardslast_img read more

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Belfast meets Bonteheuwel

first_imgYouths from Belfast in Northern Ireland, spent more than a week on an exchange programme with their peers from Bonteheuwel to learn from one another. Two communities from either side of the equator have come together to learn from one another how to fight the impact of gang culture on the youth.Fifteen youths and 10 leaders from Belfast in Northern Ireland undertook a 10-day exchange programme with 15 youths from Bonteheuwel, where they took part in various activities in an effort to quell the rising anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood. The group left Belfast on Sunday April 9 and will return today, Wednesday April 19.The partnership came about after Judith Kennedy, the Bonteheuwel Joint Peace Forum (JPF) chairwoman, did a one-year internship at a youth centre in Belfast back in 2003. Since then, Ms Kennedy kept in touch, and with the establishment of the JPF and its Official Bonteheuwel group on Facebook, the centre’s co-ordinator has been following developments in Bonteheuwel and the work of the JPF to create alternatives to gangsterism.Said Ms Kennedy: “The JPF was invited to speak at an event in Belfast last year around gang culture. “When the Belfast Youth Centre received funding to do an exchange programme, they could choose bet-ween going to Los Angeles in America, or come to us. They chose to come here because of the relationship and the work done by the JPF. They wanted to explore the kind of things we put in place for alternatives. The level of anti-social behaviour is on the rise there, and they view this as the beginning of gang culture.”Stephen Konrad, the youth leader at Ardoyne Youth Club, said they had noticed the rise in anti-social behaviour two years ago and had started the group to help deal with that behaviour.“We realised that because of this behaviour, somebody could have been seriously injured, and we took a decision to work with youths from 15 to 18 years of age. We meet once a week to explore gang culture and the consequences that come with it and how one can get out of it. One of the major things that lead to this behaviour is drugs. More and more young people are using drugs, and many are easily influenced by their peers. The reason we came to Bonteheuwel is that we are dealing with similar challenges, such as gangs, drugs and alcohol abuse. Our experience has been top class and every day just got better. I know our youths were inspired and touched by what they have experienced here,” Mr Konrad said.Rory McFadden said suicide, depression and gangs were some of the major things they had to deal with in Belfast.Speaking about what he had learnt from Bonteheuwel youths, he said: “People here want to have a better life. Back home, people take things for granted. Here, people don’t have much of a choice, and back home, people are spoiled for choice. I really enjoyed being here. Before we arrived, I thought the people would be so different from back home, but I can tell that people really want to make a change, especially Judith – we share a passion for football. What I’ll take back with me is that when you do something, give it your all. Some people take the privileges we have for granted, and yet, some of the boys from here that went to eat out with us have never been to a restaurant before.”Chad Jones, from Bonteheuwel, said he had enjoyed the teamwork and fun activities. “We have so many different gangs operating here, and we learnt that in Belfast, they only have one gang. What also struck me was that they take their education for granted, while many of us here want to learn, but we are challenged by the expenses involved. Education is more affordable on that side. And although we have many challenges, people here are happy, whereas people there are depressed, even though they have much more than we do and enjoy many more privileges.” Youths from Belfast in Northern Ireland, spent more than a week on an exchange programme with their peers from Bonteheuwel to learn from one another. 1 of 2last_img read more

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Congo opposition leader summoned by prosecutor on mercenary charges

first_imgThe Democratic Republic of Congo’s opposition presidential candidate Moise Katumbi has been summoned to appear before a prosecutor on Monday to respond to accusations that he hired foreign mercenaries, his lawyer said on Saturday.Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba ordered the national prosecutor general on Wednesday to investigate Katumbi’s alleged use of mercenaries, including several retired American soldiers.Katumbi last week declared himself a candidate for the presidency in the elections scheduled for November.Reuters news agency reports Katumbi’s lawyer King Kasongo Mushilanama to say that his client received the summons on Saturday to appear before the prosecutor general of Congo’s second city of Lubumbashi on Monday to respond to the government’s charges.Mushilanama said Katumbi will honor the summon.The presidential hopeful has denied the charges and accused the government of resorting to smear tactics.The U.S. Embassy in the capital Kinshasa also said that it believed the accusations were false.Tensions are high ahead of the election in part because President Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001, has not declared whether he plans to step down this year, as required by the constitution.last_img read more

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Sanchi Fire Mishap: Search, Rescue & Insurance

first_img Author: Baibhav Mishra A day after the Iranian oil ministry reported about tanker Sanchi’s collision with Hong Kong-registered cargo vessel CF Crystal off the South Korean coast, Sirous Kianersi, managing director of National Iranian Tanker Company informed that 32 crew members of the oil tanker have gone missing.The South Korean navy and naval police have sent two helicopters and a patrol rescue vessel to help coordinate with Chinese and Iranian maritime authorities.The Panamax vessel CF Crystal was carrying soybeans loaded from the US West Coast and was heading to South Korea. The vessel was chartered by a South Korean ship operator. According to shipping sources, the vessel’s bow has been damaged and the entire crew has been rescued.Meanwhile, Hanwha Total confirmed that any financial losses incurred by the undelivered oil (on Sanchi) would be fully covered by its own insurance package deals. The company bears no legal responsibilities over the vessel collision and environmental damages caused by the recent accident, Hanwha said.“Unlike what some South Korean, Chinese and Iranian media reported, Hanwha Total did not lease the vessel – Sanchi,” the company source said.Trading managers at South Korean refiners and petrochemical companies previously said majority of South Pars condensate they buy are delivered in Iranian-owned tankers and the seller typically handles all insurance and vessel chartering documents for the buyers.The 164,154-dwt Sanchi was a 2008-built, Panama-flagged vessel owned and operated by NITC. A NITC source confirmed that the vessel had the protection and indemnity cover from the International Group of P&I clubs (IG P&I).The IG P&I cover will, to a large extent, take care of the pollution clean-up cost. NITC is expected to issue a detailed statement either Monday evening or Tuesday morning.Sea News, January 9last_img read more

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PAHO calls on the role of nurses in primary health care to be expanded

first_img Sharing is caring! Share HealthInternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegional PAHO calls on the role of nurses in primary health care to be expanded by: – May 11, 2018 42 Views   no discussions Washington, D.C., 10 May 2018 (PAHO/WHO) — Expanding the role of graduate, primary health care nurses will improve access to health care, particularly in areas with limited numbers of health care professionals, reveals a new report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), launched in the run-up to International Nurses Day on 12 May.“If we are to meet the needs of an aging population and subsequent increase in the number of non-communicable diseases, we must expand the role of nurses, who make up the majority of the region’s health-care professionals,” said James Fitzgerald, Director of the Department of Health Systems and Services at PAHO.The report – Expanding the Role of Nurses in Primary Health Care – reveals that nurses can play a crucial role in expanding access to primary health care, and in particular, in health promotion, disease prevention and care, without leaving anyone behind.It is estimated that in the Americas region, around 800,000 additional health care professionals are required in order to meet current needs. The region also has an inadequate distribution of health care professionals, the majority of whom are concentrated primarily in urban areas with greater economic resources. In the United States, for example, there are 111.4 nurses for every 10,000 citizens, whereas in Haiti there are only 3.5. In half of the countries of the region, the average number of nurses per 10,000 citizens is 10.4 or fewer.The PAHO report emphasizes that the implementation of new roles, such as Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs), would enable a broader range of primary health care responsibilities to be carried out in vulnerable parts of cities and in remote areas. This would contribute to better promotion of health, disease prevention and a reduction in mortalities.In countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Finland, nurses with four and five-year university degrees already carry out a broader range of responsibilities that enable them to meet patient needs.The concept of APN’s or nurse practitioners (nurses authorized to make diagnoses, request examinations and issue prescriptions), began in Canada and the United States during the 1960s. These nurses practice as autonomous professionals, without supervision from a doctor, and can work within health care services or as independent practioners.In Latin America, there is still no regulation or training for APNs in primary health care, and issuing prescriptions, one of the central elements of this advanced practice, is still prohibited in many countries. Recently, however, Mexico passed a law to enable nurses to prescribe medication in the absence of a doctor, but only during an emergency.Jamaica and Puerto Rico are the Caribbean countries with most developed training programs, regulation and professional integration of APNs.The report also highlights Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru as countries with a high level of access to postgraduate nursing programs that could, in the future provide the training necessary for APNs.These highly-trained nurses, with Masters and PhD-level degrees, would be able to carry out advanced duties in primary health care, as well as other activities such as diagnosis and medical treatment, all within the framework of the nursing practice model: prevention, awareness, holistic and patient-centered.“Broadening the role of graduate nurses is not about substituting or replacing another professional, but about complementing other professionals while increasing efficiency, improving results and reducing cost,” said Silvia Cassiani, Advisor on Nursing and Allied Health Personnel at PAHO.The report offers nine recommendations for expanding the role of advanced practice nurses in the Americas, and suggests that governments, professional associations, nursing schools, health institutes and other interested organizations debate, implement and broaden the role of nurses in line with the needs and context of each individual country.center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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DSC students participate in economics research conference

first_img Share 258 Views   no discussions EducationLocalNewsTertiary DSC students participate in economics research conference by: – June 7, 2018 Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Student presenting at  Economics conferenceThe Economics Department of the Dominica State College (DSC) hosted its fourth annual Research Methods Conference in which economic students presented research findings on national and international issues.The conference held on Thursday 7 June 2018 at the Stockfarm Campus, included discussions on various topics relating to health economics, macroeconomic policy as well as other branches of economy.Fifteen students were given twenty minutes each to present on a topic of their choice, after which a panel of scholars posed questions to each presenter. The presentations are taking place over a period of three sessions throughout the day.This conference, which is the initiative of the DSC’s Head of the Economic Department, Ashma McDougall, was designed to assist students to become more prepared for the workforce after completing their time at the college.“I found it very necessary to somewhat go beyond academia and the regular intensive teaching institution because a lot of persons within the private and public sectors have suggested that students are not work ready after completing their studies, and this research study exposes them to that,” she stated.Ms. McDougall also commend the students for the topics chosen, which according to her, were “very diverse and interesting”, especially considering the restraints placed on them following the passage of Hurricane Maria.Fifteen students were given twenty minutes each to present on a topic of their choice, after which a panel of scholars posed questions to each presenterAmong the topics chosen were Cruise Tourism, Impact of disaster on the tourism sector, Marginalized Communities and Academic Performance, and Football Development in Dominica.She noted that every year, when collecting data, the students are challenged with getting information from the statistics department, the documentation center, or other key stakeholders who have access to the information.Ms. McDougall therefore called on persons responsible for sharing information to be more accommodating to students who are doing research.“I really hope that in the coming years, the necessary parties will be more forthcoming to give information, because…if the information is public, I don’t see a reason why the information should be hogged,” she stated.“So I am just calling on persons who are holding the information necessary to connect the research study, to be more willing to assist the students with their data research by providing them with the information to improve the quality of the students’ research,” she continued.Additionally, she noted that the course pushes students out of their comfort zone and gives them “the ability to increase their self-esteem, their self-confidence”.“I do hope that during this research era, more institutions and persons may come to recognize the importance of research and implement it in their daily lives,” Ms. McDougall added.last_img read more

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Iloilo pair places 2nd in BVR Sta. Ana

first_imgIn the men’s division, Malaysians Raja Nazmi Hussin and Mohd Aizzat Zokri toppled University of the Visayas’ Kevin Juban and Raphy Abanto 21-17, 21-18 to emerge as champions.After struggling with strong winds and losing to Far Eastern University’s Jeremiah Barrica and Kevin Hadlocon on opening day, Malaysia went on a five-match win streak to snag the gold.In the men’s semifinals, Raja and Aizzat won over Czech Republic’s Dominik Samen and Martin Samec 21-19, 19-21, 15-6 while Juban and Abanto ousted reigning national champion Ato ni Bai’s Jade Becaldo and Calvin Sarte 21-18, 22-20./PN MANILA – Dhannylaine Demontaño and Jackie Estoquia settled for a second place finish in the Beach Volleyball Republic International Santa Ana Open on Sunday in Santa Ana, Cagayan.The Ilonggas failed to clinch the women’s division title after a 14-21, 14-21 loss to Davao’s Lot Catubag and Karen Quilario in the knockout finals.Demontaño and Estoquia reached the finals after beating Harbor Pilot-Cebu’s Therese Ramas and Dij Rodriguez 21-16, 21-19 while Catubag and Quilario edged Tuguegarao’s Charo Soriano and Bea Tan 21-17, 21-18.Negrense Tan and Soriano, meanwhile, salvaged a third place finish with a come-from-behind 11-21, 21-16, 15-13 win over Ramas and Rodriguez.last_img read more

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Stasiun Gorakhpur, Punya Peron Terpanjang di Dunia

first_imgSumber: Walaupun layanan transportasi umum di India cenderung serba padat dan sesak, namun perkeretaapian di negara berpenduduk 1,4  miliar ini selalu memiliki sesuatu yang menarik untuk diulas. Sebut saja Stasiun Gorakhpur yang terletak di kota Gorakhpur di negara bagian India, Uttar Pradesh. Keunikkan dari stasiun ini bukan berasal dari kapasitas stasiun yang melebihi rata-rata, atau desain stasiun yang mewah, tapi dari ukuran peron yang sangat fantastis. Seberapa panjang sih peron di Stasiun Gorakhpur?Baca Juga: Kereta Ekonomi India Sekarang, Gambaran Kereta Ekonomi Indonesia Era 80-anMenurut data yang berhasil dikumpulkan oleh dari berbagai sumber, stasiun yang namanya diambil dari seorang pertapa yang mengenalkan teknik yoga, Guru Gorakshnath ini memiliki panjang peron 1.36 kilometer. Atas keunikannya ini, pada 6 Oktober 2013, Stasiun Gorakhpur menyabet gelar sebagai stasiun dengan peron terpanjang di dunia, dan langsung diajukan ke Guiness Book of Records untuk diverifikasi tingkat dunia. “Saya mengucapkan selamat kepada masyarakat Gorakhpur. Selamat atas pencapaian sebagai kota dengan peron terpanjang sedunia, “tutur KK Atal, staff Senior Direksi Perkeretaapian India, dikutip dari laman Stasiun yang juga berfungsi sebagai markas dari North Eastern Railway ini pertama kali beropeasi pada tahun 1890. Namun, ya, seperti yang sudah dijabarkan di atas, eksistensi perkeretaapian di India memang belum semaju di Indonesia, jadi jangan heran jika pemandangan yang Anda lihat selama perjalanan menuju Stasiun Gorakhpur ini hanyalah lahan tandus yang mulai dipadati oleh perumahan warga, hampir tidak ada bedanya dengan di dalam negeri.Sudah barang tentu, predikat stasiun dengan peron terpanjang di dunia ini menjadi prestise tersendiri bagi warga India. Sampai-sampai, di salah satu atap peron tergantung papan tulisan yang bertuliskan, “Welcome to World’s Longest Platform (1366,33 metres)”. Ini merupakan sebuah simbol yang melambangkan betapa bangganya warga India memiliki stasiun dengan peron terpanjang di dunia.Sumber: youtube.comAda hal unik lain seputar stasiun yang memiliki 26 jalur kereta ini. Sebelum Stasiun Gorakhpur dikalungi gelar sebagai stasiun dengan peron terpanjang di dunia, Stasiun Kharagpur di kota Bangalore sebelah Barat, India merupakan mantan penyandang gelar yang sama, yaitu dengan panjang peron 1072 meter. Unik ya!Baca Juga: Sering Naik Kereta? Kini Saatnya Anda Mengenal Jenis dan Karakter Peron di StasiunSebagai informasi tambahan, Stasiun Gorakhpur ini menjadi titik keberangkatan beberapa kereta di India, diantaranya Barauni–Gorakhpur line, Muzaffarpur- Gorakhpur line (via Hajipur, Raxaul dan Sitamarhi), Muzaffarpur-Gorakhpur main line, dan Gorakhpur-Lucknow Kanpur Delhi main line. Jadi, jika Anda berkesempatan mengunjungi Negeri Bollywood, pastikan diri Anda mampir ke Stasiun Gorakhpur, dan rasakan sensasi menyusuri peron terpanjang di dunia yang disuguhkan oleh stasiun yang meng-handle lebih dari 189 kereta setiap harinya ini!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

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