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UWI Seismic Research Centre reports 32 aftershocks, more anticipated

first_imgThere were 32 aftershocks following the earthquake on Tuesday afternoon, and more are expected. Citizens are asked to remain calm and be alert. RFA Mounts Bay visits Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada May 4, 2020 Aftershocks ripple through CaribbeanSeveral Caribbean countries reported aftershocks Wednesday morning in the wake of the strong earthquake Tuesday afternoon. The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre said that a 5.9 magnitude aftershock was felt in Trinidad and Tobago about 9:30 on Wednesday morning. The Centre said that no tsunami warning was in…August 22, 2018In “Barbados”Strong earthquake rocks Trinidad and TobagoPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – An earthquake with an magnitude of 6.2 rocked Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday evening sending people into the streets and throwing items of the shelves of some stores and supermarkets. The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the St. Augustine campus of the University of…December 7, 2016In “Trinidad & Tobago”Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shakes Trinidad and Tobago as widespread flooding continuesPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Oct. 21, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 was felt in sections of the twin island republic on Sunday afternoon, the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) has reported. CMC said that the Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St.…October 21, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp The quake that hit Venezuela, affected many Caribbean Community  (CARICOM) Member States including Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, Dominica, Grenada, Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia. There are no reports of serious injury, loss of life, or significant damage to critical infrastructure in Trinidad and Tobago, which appeared to be the worst affected Member State. The University of the West Indies has confirmed that there were 32 aftershocks that were distributed evenly between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. A press release from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management of Trinidad and Tobago (ODPMTT) warned that aftershocks would continue. Aftershocks will continue and some may be at a magnitude large enough to be felt. Citizens are reminded to STAY CALM”, the ODPMTT said. Related Posts Building Disaster Resilience in Caribbean’s Culture Sector Feb 10, 2020 The release said that the The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) of Trinidad and Tobago is currently coordinating assessments of all critical infrastructure, government buildings and roadways. “Priority has been given to the completion of the Initial Damage Assessment (IDA) and Damage and Needs Analysis (DANA) across all sectors, with the focus being directed to governmental/ government-used critical facilities, and other building stock. The Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) has actively initiated inspection of critical facilities. Additionally, the MOWT is coordinating and implementing a national response team consisting of qualified and experienced personnel in building infrastructure. This team was dispatched across all municipalities on a priority basis to determine the structural safety of government buildings for occupancy,”the press release said. Inspections of more than 60 buildings were continuing on Thursday. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Elizabeth Riley appointed CDEMA Executive Director (Ag) Mar 27, 2020last_img read more

Two Promoted at BFNAT

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire has named Tim Dunn director of brand/supply chain marketing. Steve Rammer has been named director of consumer tires retail. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Both will report to Phil Pasci, BFNAT’s vice president of consumer marketing. Dunn succeeds Pasci, who was promoted earlier this year, in the director position and will oversee advertising, retail marketing, product planning and supply chain marketing. Rammer will be responsible for BFNAT’s north and south retail regions, Canada and corporate accounts.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

People Moves: Cromwell, Savills, Cogress and more

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Interview: Starting Up the LNG Supply Chain

first_imgLiquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is gaining ever more in its popularity as an alternative marine fuel, especially with the introduction of more stringent environmental regulations by the international maritime authorities. The benefits of LNG in cutting emissions are indisputable, however there are various aspects to it ranging from standardization of regulative framework to emergency response that remain to be resolved.In an interview with World Maritime News, Technical Manager for Environment at the Port of Antwerp, Mse Tessa Major, spoke of the current developments at the port with respect to LNG bunkering and main challenges ports face in bringing this service to its customers.WMN:  As the port is currently in the process of tendering a candidate to build and operate an LNG bunker station for barges, to be ready by the beginning of 2016, could you update us on the ongoing activities? What are the expectations?Major: “Antwerp is part of the LNG Master Plan, an EU funded project, together with other ports like the port of Rotterdam, port of Strasbourg etc. Within this framework we have received 50% funding to build an LNG bunker terminal. At the moment, on the one hand, we are undergoing a public procurement process for the design and construction of the terminal and on the other hand, a tendering process for its operation. We, as a port authority, are not a bunker company and don’t endeavor to become one. What we want to do is to help kick start the LNG market. Therefore, we are now starting up the LNG supply chain. The bunker terminal is intended for bunkering of inland shipping. Today we already have truck-to-ship bunkering at the port, but we foresee, in the long run, it would be of added benefit to have a fixed bunkering location because of security of delivery, its flexibility etc. We will be the owner of the terminal but will not be involved in its daily operation. The tendering process has just started for the operator and the tender was officially published last week.”WMN: When can we expect the winner of the tender? Are there any preferential bidders?Major: “We conducted a non-binding market consultation to get the sense of what the market wants also in terms of technical specifications.The feedback we received has become an intricate part of the procurement process for the design and build. We hope to get a candidate within the second quarter of 2015.We don’t know who the winner might be, however, the tendering procedure is designed in such a way that it will ensure we get the best candidate. This is ensured since the process is open to all and as such candidates that might have not been visible previously might  become visible during this public procurement process.”WMN:  Recently a delegation from Port of Antwerp was in Singapore discussing harmonization of bunkering procedures for LNG. What have been the conclusions? Major: “In November last year we had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the port of Singapore and Zeebrugge to work towards the harmonization of LNG bunkering procedures. This group has been broadened to the Port of Rotterdam and has been renamed into a focus group. Since each of the said ports has implemented LNG bunkering procedures into their respective bylaws (expect for the port of Zeebrugge), we have decided to work together to harmonize these procedures as much as possible. We have defined the terms of reference and things we want to work on and have agreed on the steps to proceed with. We have agreed also on a follow up meeting and this cooperation is progressing really well. Speaking of the issues that need to be tackled, Major said that the next topic at hand will be the harmonization of the accreditation procedures or the license to operate for LNG bunker companies.“We are also looking at emergency response. This in particular relates to the notification process: how to notify a port if an incident happens? This includes sharing lessons learned among involved parties and working together to create something that is thus far missing in terms of regulatory framework.”WMN: Is LNG a viable solution for ships as alternative marine fuel?Major: “We sincerely believe that it is a viable solution for the shipping industry especially with the upcoming environmental regulations with not only reducing Sulphur but also Nitrogen emissions. We feel that LNG is a comprehensive solution and its use has already been proven. We understand that there is still a number of hurdles regarding the supply chain and lack in clarity in terms of regulations. That is why we are investing efforts in development of procedures and transparency and development of the supply chain in and to the port. However, we support all other solutions to make ships compliant with the regulations. We, as a port, want to be ready for the pioneers in the industry and facilitate the change toward a sustainable maritime industry as much as possible and LNG is part of that.There are multiple questions shipowners have when it comes to LNG. A port can play a role in some of them, because it is part of our management to be sustainable and proactive.”According to Major, this particularly relates to facilitating provision of LNG to shipowners by becoming a place they can get the LNG they need.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

CGG Oceanic Caspian Mobilizes for 3D Seismic Survey Off Ireland

first_imgCGG Oceanic Caspian has started mobilization for a 3D seismic survey over the frontier exploration licence (FEL) 3/04 located in the southern Porcupine Basin offshore Ireland.The survey will cover around 1,800 km2 and its main objective is to understand the hydrocarbon potential of the undrilled Lower Cretaceous Dunquin South carbonate exploration prospect, Providence Resources explained.A further objective for the new survey is to assess the nature and hydrocarbon potential of the c. 700 km2 Dunquin Ridge which underlies both Dunquin carbonate build-ups and which was not penetrated by the previous well.The licence is operated by Eni Ireland (36.913%) on behalf of its partners Repsol Exploracion Irlanda (33.557%), Providence Resources (26.846%) and Sosina Exploration (2.684%).Dr John O’Sullivan, technical director of Providence said: “The revised Eni analysis of the 2013 44/23-1 Dunquin North well has highlighted material resource potential associated with the Dunquin South exploration prospect. This is evidenced by the significant commitment now being made by the JV partners to underwrite and licence a block-wide 3D seismic survey over both the Dunquin North and Dunquin South carbonate build-ups. We hope that the results of this survey will improve our understanding of the acreage and lead to further drilling in the future.”last_img read more

Obiter dictaphone

first_imgCriminal defence solicitor Jeremy Leaning cc’d Obiter on this letter to justice secretary Ken Clarke. He promises to keep us posted of the minister’s response. Dear SirPermission to bring a handheld voice recorder/dictation machine into courtOn 4 August I attended East Cornwall Magistrates’ Court at Bodmin in order to represent a client in custody. As is my usual practice, I brought a handheld voice recorder to court for the purpose of work. This allows for optimum use of the downtime at court. I have done this for the last 20 years. A security guard stopped me at the entrance to the court and informed me that I would need specific permission to bring the voice recorder in to the court premises. A short time later the court manager provided me with a policy document and requested that I make a written application [for permission]… I attach a copy of the policy document with which I expect you will be familiar. I hope that you share the view that this policy is a wholly unnecessary piece of regulation and should be withdrawn. Certainly that is my first invitation to you. However, if it should be the decision to persist with the policy, can I make a formal application to you as de facto head of the Court Service for a blanket authority to use my hand-held voice recorder on court premises… If you are sympathetic to my application, I would not be averse to providing a passport-size photograph to enable you to provide a photo-card-sized permission akin to a driving licence. One would then avoid the need to make a series of separate applications to each court for permission. Would it also be possible to make a blanket request on behalf of my firm notwithstanding the guidance in the policy? I could make a universal application on behalf of my partner and our staff, again providing photographs if necessary, which would certainly save on paperwork and time.J P Leaning, SmithLeaning Criminal Advocateslast_img read more

Construction is now on the front foot

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Agility delivers for Khafji Joint Operations

first_imgThe contract has a potential value of USD17 million and will see Agility providing all inclusive on-site warehousing management and operation services, including material receiving and handling services, as well as opening, inspecting, labelling, marking, bar coding, transferring, storing, issuing and transporting materials to users at different units within Khafji. Housekeeping of yards and warehouses, documentation and inventory assistance, receipt of materials in addition to technical and administrative support services, material handling (containers loading and offloading, stuffing and de-stuffing) also form part of the contract. A partnership between Kuwait Gulf Oil Company (KGOC) and ARAMCO Gulf Operations Company (AGOC), the KJO conducts onshore and offshore activities related to exploration and drilling for oil and gas in the Divided Zone between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Ali Mikail, CEO, Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), Kuwait highlighted, “In addition to our existing freight forwarding, customs clearance and complete 4PL support, we provide KJO with all the logistics services they require. With Agility’s intensive presence in the region and our comprehensive portfolio of specialized services; we are well equipped to support the growing demands of the fast paced oil and gas sector in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.”last_img read more

Zooming in on crime

first_img 1 of 3 A 31-year-old man was shot and killed in Hanover Park Avenue on Friday March 18, at about 10.50pm. Philippi police spokesperson Lieutenant Lance Goliath, said the man had a single gunshot wound to his neck.“The suspects are unknown and still at large. It has yet to be determined if the incident was gang-related and what the motive was.”Philippi police Station Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Dennis Abels condemned the killing, saying his officers will maintain a zero tolerance approach towards criminals.The community is urged to come forward with information. Contact the investigation officer Detective Sergeant Zamuxolo Lengesi at 073 676 8983 or 021 690 1517. SAPS has a reward system for information about crime which results in the successful arrest and prosecution of criminals.* Lansdowne SAPS is urging the public to assist them in finding two suspects wanted for a hijacking that happened in November 2014. Both Ashley Williams, 36, and Belinda Williams, 34, failed to return at their last court appearance. The pair’s last known address is 13 Twist Road, Manenberg. Police have warned the community not to approach them, as they might be dangerous. If you can assist, contact investigating officer Lieutenant Ricardo Hartman, at 021 700 9000.* The City of Cape Town’s law enforcement stability unit, deployed to the Manenberg precinct, arrested a 31-year-old man on Thursday March 17 for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.Manenberg SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Ian Bennett said: “They received information about a suspicious man, walking with a firearm in and around Sabie Walk. There were also incidents of stone throwing in the area. As members approached, they saw a man with the firearm in his hand. He started to run, but members of the stability unit cornered him, and he threw the firearm on the roof of a house in Sabie Walk. Police found the 45mm 357 Magnum revolver, loaded with six rounds (of ammunition).* Members of Operation Combat confiscated tik and unga at a house in Third Avenue, Sherwood Park, on Monday March 14, after reacting to a tip-off.The house was searched and five packets of uncut tik, valued at R10 000 and 51 units of unga, valued at R3 000, were found hidden on top of a cupboard in the bedroom. “The community and parents need to be aware of who frequents their homes and who their children are involved with. This could be very serious, and an innocent person could be arrested when these quantities of drugs are found,” Lieutenant Bennettt said.* Sector Commanders for Philippi SAPS can be contacted on the following numbers:* Head of Visible Policing: Lieutenant Colonel Desmond Laing at 082 469 3016* Sector 1: Warrant Officer Ettienne Conradie at 082 522 0780* Sector 2: Constable Gregory Philander at 082 522 0781* The Sector Commander and sector managers for Lansdowne SAPS can be contacted on:* Sector Commander: Captain Faiz Appels at 079 894 0090* Sector 1 manager: Sergeant Donny Petersen at 079 894 0085* Sector 2 manager: Sergeant Elsi Lucas at 079 893 9835* Sector 3 manager: Sergeant Mogamat Shafiek Manuel at 079 894 1218last_img read more

The National Archives is recruiting volunteers to update the statute book

first_imgIgnorance of the law is, notoriously, no excuse. But the individual citizen has never had access to a free, up-to-date account of what the law is on any particular topic. Acts of parliament can be consulted in public libraries (if there are any left) but a printed copy is only the starting point: many acts do not specify a commencement date and the legislation, as passed, cannot tell you whether it has been subsequently amended or repealed. That information is provided online by Westlaw UK and LexisNexis; but it comes at a price. The two legal publishers employ teams of researchers to update and annotate raw legislation as it arrives from parliament. If the Ministry of Justice did not buy subscriptions to these valuable services, even the judges would have difficulty keeping up. That is because the government’s offering is still lagging behind. After a series of Whitehall reorganisations, responsibility for maintaining the statute book, as lawyers still like to call it, ended up with the National Archives, an executive agency of the MoJ based, in Kew, at what used to be called the Public Record Office. Carol Tullo, director of information policy at the National Archives, is also Controller of HM Stationery Office and Queen’s Printer of Acts of Parliament. Two years ago, the National Archives brought together several different databases to create legislation.gov.uk, a comprehensive website of primary and secondary legislation dating back to 1267. If you type the name of any piece of legislation into Google, the first site you are likely to be offered is the contents page of the act on that website. But you may also see a warning that there are ‘outstanding changes not yet made by the legislation.gov.uk editorial team’ to the legislation you are looking at. Without combing through subsequent legislation, you cannot be sure that a provision that affects you has not been amended or repealed. If the site is to compete with the commercial publishers, it has to be up to date. But the existing editorial team of 23 staff do not have the capacity to revise the legislation and, of course, there is no money for extra staff. So they have had to think more creatively. At a legal technology conference in London tomorrow, John Sheridan, head of legislative services at the National Archives, will announce plans to recruit a team of volunteers to help his staff update the statute book. ‘People expect legislation to be free, current and to apply where they live,’ he tells me. ‘That’s our ambition.’ Sheridan, an IT specialist by training, estimates that a team of no more than 50 ‘external expert participants’ will be needed to bring the database up to date by 2015. He is looking for people who have a mental image of how legislation is constructed and amended, although his volunteers do not have to be lawyers. All will be trained and given the software tools they need to work online. Sheridan tells me his department is the world leader in this technology. I suspect that legal librarians and publishers will be clamouring to volunteer. An understanding of legislation is essential for developers seeking to make use of the statute book, whether by adding cases and commentaries as the traditional legal publishers do, or by developing apps for smartphones and tablet computers. They will find the code for each page freely available. How, though, can Sheridan afford to train external participants? ‘A review editor could spend two weeks reviewing a piece of legislation,’ he explains. ‘Doesn’t it make more sense for the editor to spend that time imparting knowledge to someone else?’ It is a variant on the supposed Chinese proverb: ‘give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime’. Even if legislation.gov.uk is updated as quickly as its commercial competitors, there will still be a strong market for LexisNexis and Westlaw UK because they provide so much more than the raw legislation. Reading an act of parliament, even one that is totally up to date, will give the reader little idea of how the courts will apply it in practice. It is useful to know the maximum penalty for an offence but it is even more useful to know what the current sentencing range happens to be. On the other hand, the legislation site allows you to go back in time to see which parts of an act were in force on a particular date. This is particularly important if you are dealing with different parts of the UK; laws may remain in force in England while no longer applying to Scotland or Wales. Recruiting volunteers to build a website reminds me of Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia that anyone can edit. But there is an important difference: with Wikipedia, inadvertent errors will stay online until someone corrects them. That is not acceptable on this site and so each amendment drafted by a volunteer will be checked at four different stages in the editing process. Not, of course, that parliament always gets it right. Paragraph 59 of schedule 17 of the Enterprise Act 2002 makes a minor change to the wording of section 427A(3) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. But the 2000 act does not have a section 427A, let alone a section 427A(3). So paragraph 59 has not been brought into force; and never will be. No doubt the officials who missed this one 10 years ago fervently hoped that nobody would ever notice.last_img read more