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Croydon: young, Whitgifted and back

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Reyco Granning Announces Organizational Changes

first_imgOn May 7, Christopher Hughes joined Reyco Granning as the new vice president of finance. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Christopher’s extensive experience in process generation and best practices that improve profitability and cost control is an asset to Reyco Granning. We will rely heavily on him as we continue to strengthen our organization as a customized suspension system solution provider for the industry,” said President John Stuart. Hughes has 24 years of experience in manufacturing, having begun his career in 1994 at Armstrong/Triangle Pacific Corp as an audit supervisor and rose to the position of group controller. Prior to joining Reyco Granning, Hughes has served as the chief financial officer at Builders Firstsource, as well as Reliant Worldwide Plastics. In addition, he was the vice president of operations for Smith System Manufacturing Co.He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Missouri Southern and his CPA from the State of Missouri.Hughes replaces Tracy Carll in this role as Carll was promoted to her new position as vice president of supply chain and IT. “Tracy has demonstrated cross-functional leadership and is particularly adept in contract negotiations and cost reduction efforts. She was the ideal candidate to lead our supply chain and IT groups,” said Stuart. “We are fortunate to have Christopher and Tracy in these roles as we continuously improve our organization work daily to fulfill our mission to be a trusted, indispensable partner for suspension solutions.”last_img read more

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Volpe To Take Morning Spot On WPPB

first_imgOnly days after Bonnie Grice — longtime host of “The Eclectic Cafe” on 88.3 WPPB FM, Southampton’s National Public Radio station — announced her departure, a new morning host has been hired.Gianna Volpe, a freelance photojournalist who also hosts a popular local podcast and radio show, The Gianna Volpe Report on WRIV in Riverhead, will be starting this week.It was a shock to many who have followed Grice for the past two decades when the morning radio personality, who also hosted “Media Mavens” and “The Song is You” announced on March 12 that she was moving onward. Grice has been producing and acting in plays through her Boots on the Ground theater company — “The Miracle Worker” and “The Red Badge of Courage” — along with a Victorian Christmas caroling venture, and says more 19th-Century based productions are in the works.“I’m looking forward to many more adventures,” Grice told the Independent. “My life is up in the air and not on the air, for now. As Ma says in ‘Red Badge,’ ‘You’ve got to move forward Henry. Move forward.’”Volpe, who was hired on Saturday, March 16, was excited by the news and the new prospect. “It could not have happened at a more perfect time,” said the North Fork resident. “It’s kind of a dream come true for me. I’m particularly excited about starting a few interview series and continuing the ‘Media Mavens,’” she said.Volpe will be bringing her vinyl collection to the studio and looks forward to “the beginning of an exciting era I can only hope will make Bonnie Grice proud.” She offered her thanks to Dr. Wally Smith for the opportunity, “as I am unbelievably grateful for a chance to make excellent radio.” Sharelast_img read more

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East Hampton Town Sues DEC Over Sand Mine

first_img Share The Town of East Hampton is suing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation over a permit the agency issued in March that allows the operators of a sand mine to excavate into and far below ground water levels.If the owner is allowed to mine sand and gravel, as has been laid out in the DEC permit, a 110-foot deep, sharply sloped artificial lake covering more than six acres of ground would eventually be created. It is located east of Middle Highway, a little over 300 yards north of Oakview Highway, in East Hampton.The permit was issued despite the fact that the mine is in an area zoned residential, and “is in a designated Special Groundwater Protection Area and Critical Environmental Area,” a press release from the town states.The mine, owned by a limited liability corporation named Sand Highway, which is run by Patrick Bistrian Jr.Town officials are questioning the timing of the issuance of the permit, coming as it did smack in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, following over a year of review and the town’s objections. “The dramatic expansion of the mine is particularly troublesome given its proximity to Suffolk County’s sole-source aquifer, the community’s critical drinking water supply. It is also upgradient of well fields for two public water supply wells for the Suffolk County Water Authority.”According to the town, the expansion of the mine “would not only be an environmental cataclysmic intrusion into the water table that serves as a sole source aquifer for the entire South Fork, but it is patently prohibited by the zoning code of the Town of East Hampton.”  The mine, located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, is a pre-existing, non-conforming site. Any expansion of such a site without approval from the town violates the its zoning laws.“We are disappointed that the New York DEC would allow the expansion of this mine in a residential zone and we need to act in order to protect the community’s drinking water supply,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said.East Hampton has retained Daniel Ruzow of the law firm Whiteman Osterman & Hanna. The town board allocated $40,000 for the court action back in April, though that amount can be revisited, if need be.The suit, which was to be filed at the New York State Civil Supreme Court in Riverhead June 25, charges that the DEC did not follow its own guidelines when it issued the permit. The town is seeking an injunction to prevent any expansion of the mine until the legal issues can be squared away.t.e@indyeastend.comlast_img read more

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HOYER – An international logistics service provider

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Messer CFO Wienands signs new deal

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Celanese completes acquisition from Linde

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Second Visit to Clay’s Lake Flood Prevention Scheme

first_imgA visit to the site of a flood prevention scheme in West Sussex provided a group of civil engineering students from the University of Brighton with a valuable glimpse of ‘what collaborative engineering work looks like’.Taking place last Monday, October 24, around 45 students visited the Clay’s Lake site where flood prevention works are being carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency.The visit formed part of Team Van Oord’s ongoing commitment to providing aspiring civil engineers with real life experience, and was designed to help the students develop their understanding of how theoretical practice is applied in a working environment.The visit was organised in partnership with Dr Maria Diakoumi, Principal Lecturer in Civil Engineering in the School of Environment & Technology at the University of Brighton.[mappress mapid=”23196″]last_img read more

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BW Offshore in arbitration with Addax. Statoil, Petronas not extending FPSO deals

first_imgNorwegian FPSO supplier BW Offshore has been informed by Statoil and Petronas that the contracts for two FPSO units will not be extended and will run out next year.On top of this, the company has initiated arbitration against a client who is not paying an FPSO lease. All this was revealed by BW Offshore on Monday as it presented its third quarter 2016 financial results.The company operates the FPSO Peregrino for Statoil and Sinochem on the Peregrino oil field offshore Brazil. According to BW Offshore, during third quarter it was notified that Statoil, due to a change in the operating model, will not exercise options for extension of the contract beyond June 2017.Also, Petronas told BW Offshore it would not extend the contract for the FPSO Berge Helene beyond May 2017. The FPSO is currently located in Mauritania.“BW Offshore is in dialogue with the client about work to be undertaken for the disconnection and demobilization of the FPSO from the field,” the FPSO owner said.Furthermore, the company is now working to collect unpaid dayrate from the Sendje Berge FPSO, working for Addax, a subsidiary of Sinopec, in Nigeria.“The company has for some time not been paid the full contractual rate by Addax Petroleum Exploration Limited for the FPSO Sendje Berge. BW Offshore considers the arguments for not paying full rate unjustified and have started an arbitration process,” the vessel owner said.During the third quarter the company submitted a claim to the arbitration tribunal of $52.6 million.“BW Offshore is currently awaiting the outcome of a forthcoming hearing by the arbitration tribunal,” BW Offshore said.Despite these developments, BW Offshore provided a relatively optimistic outlook, at least for the long term. The company, however, did acknowledge the oil and gas markets remained challenging with field developments still being postponed.The company’s short- and medium-term expectations for low market activity with few awards were unchanged, however, a positive long- term outlook is maintained as offshore developments remain an “important part of the oil and gas supply to meet future demands as the supply and demand of oil in world markets is rebalancing.”Apart from the expected expiration of Sendje Berge FPSO contract, BW Offshore has three more uncontracted units: BW Athena, Azurite Indonesia, Belokamenka.Other than this, BW Offshore has 13 units under long term contract, with the earliest expiring in 2017, the longest in 2024 (optional extension periods excluded).Also, liquidity-wise, BW Offshore said that, with “strong support from all stakeholders,” the company completed all its previously announced financing initiatives during the third quarter.“The new long-term financial platform will contribute more than $500 million in improved liquidity in the period through 2020 and give the Company a secure basis for operation until an expected market recovery. This initiative, as well as the continued strong operating cash flow, is expected to cover all medium-term liquidity requirements. Further, all the Company’s firm capital commitments are fully financed,” BW Offshore said.BW Offshore posted 3Q 2016 net loss of $11.2 million, compared to a loss of $7.3 million a year ago. Operating revenue was $159.6 million, down from $308.7 million a year ago.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Managing the risk structure

first_imgAnyone in the middle of a project contracting structure needs to ensure, as far as possible, that obligations owed to it from others down the contractual chain are back to back with the obligations by which it is bound up the chain, in order to reduce risk exposure.That applies as much to an employer – who will need to make sure that he is not exposed to any greater obligations under a development agreement than are owed to him by the contractor – as it does to a contractor, in terms of “backing-off” his obligations under the main building contract with subcontractors beneath him in the chain.But it doesn’t stop there: once contracts are in place, they need to be managed so as not to upset that risk structure without fully appreciating the consequences of doing so.The risk for the contractor in the case of MW High Tech Projects UK Ltd vs Haase Environmental Consulting GmbH (HEC) was the additional costs of enhanced or “over-design” carried out by its subconsultant for which it had no entitlement to payment under its own contract up the chain.The facts were that West Sussex council had engaged Biffa Waste to design, build and operate a waste treatment plant. Biffa contracted the design and construction of the plant to MW under a fixed price engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. MW appointed HEC to provide design services. MW maintained that it had based its tender to Biffa on the design proposal produced by HEC.The dispute concerned the question as to which of the parties to the design appointment – MW or HEC – bore the risk of increased costs associated with enhancement of the design for the project.MW said it was HEC because the enhancements did not comply with key contractual documents, namely, the “EPC Delivery Plan” and “EPC Output Specification” so that HEC was in breach of contract.An adjudicator disagreed and held that, provided the design was carried out with reasonable skill and care, then the fact that it would cost MW more to implement that design could not be a breach of contract.If there were changes which did not comply with the relevant EPC documents, then HEC was liable to MW for the cost consequencesWhen the matter came to court, Mr Justice Coulson noted the “stark” financial consequences of the adjudicator’s decision for MW: it had no mechanism for recovering the additional expense of the design changes (some millions of pounds) under the EPC contract and could not recover the extra cost from HEC because the enhanced design was not negligent.MW sought a declaration as to the proper interpretation of the appointment. The judge found that the tests for granting declaratory relief had been met: there was a live dispute between the parties (and probably a raft of further disputes) which arose from the specific facts in the adjudication and the determination of the dispute would be of some practical consequences to them.He emphasised “the extent to which construction adjudication has altered this part of the legal landscape”, leading to an increase in applications for declarations where the loser to an adjudication considers that the adjudicator’s interpretation of the relevant contract is wrong. If the loser doesn’t challenge the adjudicator’s award, it will be final and binding.The judge’s conclusion on the construction of the appointment was that HEC did have an overriding obligation to design using reasonable skill and care. However, the adjudicator had failed to recognise that HEC also had additional obligations to comply with the EPC Output Specification and the EPC Delivery Plan. If it could comply with those documents non-negligently, then HEC was obliged to do that.The upshot was that, if there were changes to the design which did not comply with the relevant EPC documents, then the starting point was that HEC was liable to MW for the cost consequences of those changes. But (and it was a significant “but”), that position would be different if HEC could show that MW had consented to particular design changes and/or waived its right to claim the cost of them. The judge invited the parties to agree a declaration to reflect his judgment.So, having initially protected its design risk by imposing primary obligations on HEC to comply with the key EPC documents, had MW altered that position by its management of the design development regime under the appointment?The answer would depend upon the facts, which could only be decided on an item-by-item basis, and not in Part 8 proceedings. There were “practical limits” to what a declaration in a case like this could achieve.Kirstin Bardel is a counsel and professional development lawyer at international law firm Ashurstlast_img read more

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FMC license for BDP/Project Logistics

first_img“This license is extremely important since, as a separate legal entity, we could not provide these services without it,” explained Luc Van Heygen, managing director, Americas and Europe, BDP/Project Logistics. “As such, it enhances our ability to support our clients’ projects.”BDP/Project Logistics offers a complete portfolio of services associated with the movement of project cargo, including road, rail, river, ocean and air transportation and related services to support construction and expansion projects for the power generation, infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, chemical, alternative energy and other industries. In connection with these services, it will provide end-to-end materials management and tracking, freight consolidation and carrier cost maintenance, logistics process analysis and optimisation, documentation, coordination of cargo inspections, inland transportation and scheduling, and supervision of heavy lifts, and hazardous cargo, port operations, and jobsite unloading and checking.last_img read more

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Dockwise profits up

first_imgRevenue for the quarter rose 20% to USD137 million compared with USD114 million last year. Meanwhile, the company stated that its backlog stands at USD407 million, up from USD264 million this time last year.”The first quarter of 2009 was a period of exceptional performance. An unprecedented 15 rig transports boosted Dockwise revenues and EBITDA. Dockwise’s global sales network, together with our fully-optimised 20-vessel fleet, combines a reach in maritime transportation markets with operational flexibility which competitors will find hard to match. These advantages position Dockwise well to cope with the changes in industry and economic cycles. As the year progresses and on the basis of the current backlog the contribution from Offshore\Onshore projects to the overall revenue mix will grow notably,” said company boss Andre Goedee.A number of strategic highlights were noted by the company, including:- High rig mobility underpins strong Heavy Marine Transport performance – Further cost reductions with focus on direct expenses – Fleet optimisation programme in action – Divestment of Dock Express 10 effective in Q1 2009 – Divestment of Dock Express 12 effective in Q2 2009 – Mighty Servant 3 expected to return to service end May 2009. The 1984-built ship sank in shallow waters off Angola in 2006 and is in the Bahamas for repairs.last_img read more

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Appeal for laptop, printer for tutor

first_imgLeslie van Rooyen, right, of Youth 4 Change Global, is trying to get a laptop and printer for tutor Jane van Schalkwyk. A Manenberg organisation has launched a public appeal to get a laptop and a printer for a local tutor. Jane van Schalkwyk is a board member of Youth 4 Change Global run by Leslie van Rooyen.Mr Van Rooyen said he was so impressed with Ms Van Schalkwyk’s work in the community that he wanted to help her and show her special recognition during Women’s Month.Ms Van Schalkwyk moved to Manenberg four years ago to be close to her daughter. She is originally from Namibia and lived in Bloemfontein most of her adult life. After working as a legal secretary for 23 years, she struggled to find work in Cape Town but then a woman in her road asked if she could help her Grade 4 grandchild who could not read.“I got involved with tutoring when my children were still at primary school. It started again when I was approached by the grandmother,” Ms Van Schalkwyk said. “Within six months, the child was able to read, and then we started focusing on other subjects. I got the shock of my life when she passed last year with A and B symbols. She also received a certificate for the best progress made.” Ms Van Schalkwyk lives in the same road as Mr Van Rooyen, and she got involved with his organisation. Apart from serving as a board member she is also a Youth 4 Change education officer.Ms Van Schalkwyk also completed a Wordworks home-based school partnerships programme at Easter Peak Primary School. Wordworks, a non-profit organisation, celebrated her as one of their “early literacy champions” during Women’s Month last year. Ms Van Schalkwyk now tutors 14 children for a nominal fee. “We continued working during lockdown, and I am proud to say all my children excelled during the first term. Classes are huge at schools, and sometimes the teachers rush through the curriculum. I take my time with them and we will not move on until the child understands the work completely. I am very strict and don’t believe in spoon-feeding.”Taryn Philander said her sons’ school work had improved a lot after Ms Van Schalkwyk had started tutoring them.“My eldest son moved from an Afrikaans-medium school to an English medium, and he struggled to adjust. Jane, being fully bilingual, helped him with his languages. He made a huge improvement… She also assisted our younger son with his mathematics. She makes it fun for them.”Allan Thompson, another parent, said Ms Van Schalkwyk did “incredible work”.“She helps the children with more than just school work. She is almost like a social worker or another mother to them. She always gives us as parents feedback and my child has improved so much,” he said.If you can assist, contact Mr Van Rooyen at 065 883 5091, Ms Van Schalkwyk at 064 404 8443 or email directoryouth4changeglobal@gmail.comlast_img read more

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POLICE SCOTLAND ROLLS OUT INNOVATIVE TRAINING TO CRACK DOWN ON LGBTI HATE CRIME

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland is training more than 60 officers to work with the country’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) community to help prevent hate crime.Tackling hate crime is a priority for Police Scotland and research shows LGBTI hate crime is under reported. The new training – which is being delivered by Equality Network, Scotland’s national LGBTI equality and human rights charity, on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission – aims to help address this issue and increase public confidence in Police Scotland around the country.Once they have completed training, officers will become part of a new network of LGBTI Liaison Officers who can be contacted by the public. The officers will also be able to help and advise their colleagues across Police Scotland on LGBTI issues.Superintendent Davie Duncan of Police Scotland’s Safer Communities Department said: “Tackling hate crime is a priority for Police Scotland. We are delighted to have worked with the Equality Network. Research and studies show hate crime against the LGBTI community is often under reported. We hope that these specially trained officers will encourage more LGBTI people to come forward with the confidence in Police Scotland to help reverse this trend.”Supt Duncan added: “If anyone feels they have been the victim of, or witness to, a crime which is motivated by malice or ill will because of sexual orientation or gender identity they should report it to us directly, online or through a Third Party Reporting site.“We take all such reports very seriously and will conduct thorough investigations to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.”Scott Cuthbertson of the Equality Network added: “We know too many LGBTI people are the victims of hate crime, but we also know that many, for whatever reason, still do not report hate crimes. We want to change that.“That’s why we are pleased to be working so closely with Police Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurators Fiscal service and other criminal justice agencies to provide training on LGBTI issues and to work together to remove the barriers to reporting a hate crime.”last_img read more

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Dominica listed in top 7 beaches

first_imgLocalNews Dominica listed in top 7 beaches by: Dominica Vibes News – March 8, 2017 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share 522 Views   no discussions Volcanic Air Bubbles at Champagne Beach, Champagne Beach, Caribbean Sea, Dominica(Photo credit: Reinhard Dirscherl via Getty Images)Champagne Beach in Dominica has been rated number one among seven of the most stunning Caribbean beaches by The Huffington Post and Royal Caribbean International. Champagne Beach, located just after Pointe Michel in Roseau South, was named ‘champagne’ because of the small gas bubbles continuously rising from the volcanic sea floor.The list, captioned ‘7 Stunning Beaches That Will Make You Want To Travel To the Caribbean’, was published on 22 February 2017.It notes that the Caribbean is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and diverse beaches in the world, and the islands are a feast for the senses. Huffington Post teamed up with global cruise line Royal Caribbean to highlight seven of the most stunning Caribbean beaches “that prove there’s a lot more than swaying palm trees, gently lapping waves, and white sandy expanses to tempt nature lovers (although that also sounds pretty great). Kick your relaxation up a notch by exploring these one-of-a-kind beaches on your next Caribbean adventure”.In the report, Champagne Beach was described as having much more to offer than the pristine white sand beach that first meets the eye. Beach dwellers will be spellbound as soon as they dip their toes into the warm turquoise waters. The sea floor covers a series of volcanic vents, which release drops of liquid crystal into the water. The effect for swimmers? Like floating in a giant flute glass of Champagne!”“Great for snorkeling right off the shoreline, Champagne Reef will also wow visitors with its vibrant coral and plentiful sea life. Less crowded than more well-known tourist spots, Champagne Beach also offers great nightlife at waterfront Melvina’s Champagne Bar and Restaurant. Order a glass of bubbly or stay for rum punch and steamed fish as you watch the sunset,” the report adds.Bathsheba Beach in Barbados placed second, Punta Sur Beach in Cozumel placed third, Woodlands Beach in St. John’s placed fourth, Cayman Island Blowholes in the Grand Cayman placed fifth, Paradise Beach in the Bahamas placed sixth and Magens Bay Beach in St Thomas placed seventh.The full list is available here.last_img read more

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Blooms, butterflies lead beautification committee talks

first_imgBy KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSThe Keep South Padre Island Beautiful Committee recognized ecologically friendly initiatives and discussed environmental issues during its May 11 meeting.Committee Member Kimberly Dollar presented Boy Scout Troop 59 with the Environmentalist of the Month award in recognition of their work with the City’s mono-filament recycling program. “Thanks for your efforts and we sure hope you continue on to do that,” Dollar said of the Scouts’ involvement in the program.Environmental Health Director Victor Baldovinos discussed the Governor’s Community Achievement Award application process.“We’re going to do all that we can do to make that happen,” Dollar stated regarding the committee’s desire to win the award. “We were very close last year,” she added.Discussion regarding the plant of the month for May, the Coral Bean, was next on the agenda. “When it has leaves on it, it doesn’t have blooms, and when it has blooms, it doesn’t have leaves,” Dollar said. She went on to explain that the red blooms then turn into a coral bean, whose seeds have been used as beads in the Native American culture, as well as a poison for rodents.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedKeep SPI Beautiful developing partnershipsBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS January 15, 2015 The Keep SPI Beautiful Committee met last Thursday afternoon to appoint their new committee chair and vice chairperson for the year. Chairman Michael Quist of the Laguna Madre Boys and Girls Club reminded everyone that the committee almost disbanded, but…January 16, 2015In “News”Respeta tu Playa joins Keep SPI Beautiful for future collaborationsBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS February 19, 2015 The Keep SPI Beautiful (KSPIB) committee recently made efforts to seek out like minded groups for collaboration on events or projects to benefit the community. At last Thursday’s regular meeting, the committee was joined by local group Respeta tu Playa…February 20, 2015In “News”Keep SPI Beautiful seeks volunteersBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The Keep SPI Beautiful Committee (KSPIB) met Thursday afternoon for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting was a bountiful one with the formation of three subcommittees including one regarding volunteer outreach and organization, another for the Butterfly Garden project, and finally, one to…July 24, 2015In “News” Sharelast_img read more