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AG Balderas Calls On New Mexico Game Commission To Strengthen State’s Waterway Access Rules

first_imgAttorney General Hector Balderas In 2015, the New Mexico Legislature passed legislation that addressed the balance between protecting private landowners’ interests in protecting their property from trespass and damage, while ensuring New Mexicans’ rights of access to waterways are protected. Game Commission regulations address these matters, but the current commission leadership has raised concerns regarding the adequacy of the permitting processes these regulations create. From the Office of the Attorney General:ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas called on the New Mexico Game Commission to immediately strengthen its regulations to address waterway access in compliance with state law.The Attorney General’s call for action follows a years long debate surrounding the public’s right to access waterways that are adjacent to private land.“New Mexican families and landowners deserve access to our waterways while protecting the safety of their property, so I will be directing the commission to strengthen the process to protect private property rights and minimize trespass, while respecting access rights and outdoor activities of sports enthusiasts,” Balderas said. The Office of the Attorney General will work with the commission in the coming months to strengthen the rules governing these processes and ensuring that the Legislature’s intent is carried out.last_img read more

Ad giant to move to County Hall

first_imgGlobal advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather is in advanced talks to move back to central London from Canary Wharf.Property Week understands that the firm, one of the first tenants to move to Docklands in the late 1980s, is in talks to move to a refurbishment of the former GLC headquarters at County Hall.It would lease 150,000 sq ft of offices at the development, which is being carried out by Cadogan Entertainments, which has a long lease on the property from Japanese landlord Shirayama.Ogilvy & Mather is understood to be attempting to negotiate a surrender of its lease at Canary Wharf. Niche West End firm Ereira Mendoza is advising Cadogan, but declined to comment.last_img

Linde revels in record results

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Linde’s cryogenic advances put older technologies “on ice”

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Plumbing depths

first_img Stacey White, Project manager, Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors In the months since Home Information Packs (HIPs) were introduced, we at the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors have seen and are still seeing alarmingly poor quality in all aspects of building work which requires notification. It seems there are still a significant number of installers and operatives who are not aware of the works that must be notified to the appropriate local authority, either directly or through a Competent Persons Scheme. Any works to a dwelling that are not correctly notified can ultimately fail earlier, causing significant damage to the property and potentially putting the homeowner’s or buyer’s health at risk. The consequences of these failings do not end there; they also come with a financial implication for the new owner, who must pay out to correct or replace such inadequately installed systems. Legal professionals, while they are aware of electrical systems (Part P) or glazing (Part N) as required notification areas, must also be aware of the requirement to notify any plumbing works for inclusion when producing home information packs; ‘plumbing works’ being defined as kitchen or bathroom installations/renovations, including heating systems or the installation of any renewable heating system. Legal professionals must ensure, when compiling HIPs or conducting any property searches as part of the exchange process, that any such works have been notified accordingly to the appropriate local authority. We hope that legal professionals will adopt this procedure in any future conveyancing transactions. If you require further information about the notification process of building regulations and compliance, please do not hesitate to visit the Communities and Local Government website. last_img read more

Inbox: On a budget

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International Institute of Marine Surveying approved to deliver

first_imgThe qualifications delivered by distance learning will provide the industry with a proven standard for the training of future marine surveyors acknowledged worldwide.The HNC delivered in one year will teach the basic skill requirements whilst the second year will be more specialised and will deliver an HND. The first programme will begin 1st October 2012.More information and an application form can be found on the IIMS website: International Institute of Marine Surveying is an independent, non-political organisation, based in the UK with a worldwide membership in excess of 1,250 in 98 countries.Edexcel: is the UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and read more

Pandemic sinks sea cruise dream holiday

first_imgAllen Lang had visions of relaxing on the deck of the Queen Elizabeth, sailing to Vancouver where he would be reunited with his daughter where she and her family relocated, which is why the holiday he booked with Imagine Cruises included an additional two weeks in the West Coast seaport city of British Columbia.Then came Covid-19 and the Rondebosch resident saw his dream holiday and the R116 998 go up in smoke. What annoyed him most, he said, was the lack of communication from Imagine Cruises and their agents, Imagine Holidays in Century City.Mr Lang’s departure date was May 11 2020 but he only found out that the cruise was cancelled when he went on to the Cunard shipping line website before March 6 (in South Africa, the lockdown started on March 26).“Holiday Cruises only informed me by email on April 22 that ‘due to the unprecedented volume of Covid-19 related cancellations, refunds have come to a virtual halt. Suppliers are not allowing us to apply cash refunds, but instead you will be issued with a future credit voucher. Unfortunately, due to the enormity of the situation it is completely impossible for suppliers to continue to issue cash refunds. With your full credit voucher, we will discuss options for a future travel option and when it needs to be used by. With regard to interest, we do not accrue interest on your money as it’s all sitting with the suppliers, so your voucher will be for the value of your holiday paid, R116 998, and due to the current volumes the refunds may take several months to process’,” Mr Lang said.According to the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) travel agents can offer clients a refund or a voucher to be used at another time. The Consumer Goods Ombudsman also recommended that people should accept the voucher. However, if it was not acceptable then they should ask for their money back. Mr Lang told Imagine Holidays that he did not want a voucher. Quoting Imagine Cruises’ terms and conditions, Mr Lang said, “You are contractually obliged to give me a refund and if Imagine Cruises has to cancel the holiday before the date of departure then the client has the option of taking an alternative holiday or accepting a full refund.”The bulk of the 19-night holiday was on the Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth.Mr Lang told Imagine Holidays, “As I am almost 70, it is possible that there would be severe restrictions on overseas travel for years to come for people in my age group. The fact that the clause contains the words ‘when it needs to be used by’ implies that there will be a time limit on the use of the credit voucher. So unless the credit voucher also states that ‘if a holiday cannot be undertaken by the end of the validity period of the voucher, the customer will be entitled to a full refund’, then my having to accept a credit voucher with a time limit could render it worthless for people in my age category.“While I sympathise with the dilemma that your company finds itself in, I believe that you are in flagrant breach of your contract and as such, it is not legal for Imagine Cruises to take my not insubstantial amount of money that I paid for the holiday and provide no value nor refund.”There was no response but Sandy Alvos of Imagine Holidays told me that they “understand customers’ frustration in these unprecedented and changing times, and we apologise that the process of resolving each booking is taking longer than we would like.“Each booking has its own detail and components, often cruise, hotel, flight and tours, and our team are working hard to discuss these individually as quickly as possible and to process the solution agreed. As we work through each booking, we are applying ASATA’s guidelines and the CPA regulations to ensure our customers’ rights are protected while we work with our airline and cruise line partners to understand options available. “We had discussed our approach to the crisis with Mr Lang and began the process for his refund and it should be with him by mid-August 2020,” Ms Alvos said.Mr Lang said, “Bottom line: communicate with your clients. It makes such a difference to the overall customer experience if you pro-actively keep them in the picture. I believe that at the outset of the crisis a client communication strategy should have been put in place so that clients were individually contacted and their minds put at rest, instead of just being referred to the website and sending out what seems like general ‘form’ emails. It would have been worth the extra expense of hiring some temps to help with this. You can see there is no mention of the refund process, let alone an August date in the correspondence. “As an aside I gather that considering Covid-19 as an act of God is highly debatable. An act of God is defined as something that ‘generally describes an event that can’t be predicted or prevented with reasonable care’. I would argue that the viral corona pandemic was predicted at least five years ago by Bill Gates (and probably earlier by others). I’m not sure whether a force majeure has a different definition, although I do see (on Google) they often tend to be lumped together.”Mr Lang confirmed that he was refunded in full on Friday August 14. “Thank you for your intervention,” he said.last_img read more

Court fee plans ‘herald justice for those who can pay’

first_imgSenior judges have savaged government proposals for reforming court fees, warning that they are based on ‘inadequate’ and compromised research, and basic misconceptions about the way the courts operate.They also warn of potentially ‘irremediable’ damage to the civil justice system, stating that they are ‘unable to share the Ministry of Justice’s confidence that the proposals will not affect access to justice’.The MoJ published its proposals for reforming court fees on 3 December last year. These aim to place the courts on a ‘solid financial footing’, partly by ensuring wealthier litigants pursuing high-value civil cases pay fees that more accurately reflect the costs to the system.In a forthright 19-page response, the senior judiciary indicates that the plans run counter to the accepted view that it is the ‘function and duty’ of the civil and family courts to provide the opportunity for legal redress to all.Instead, the plans implicitly assume that ‘recourse to the courts is a matter of discretionary spending by those who can afford to and should pay its full costs, and in some cases more than its full costs’.The judges point out that the civil courts are already fully self-financing, while the family courts run at a loss. New costs recovery proposals would hike civil court fees to slash the £125m combined deficit. But the judges argue that there is ‘no good reason’ for treating the civil and family courts as a single system.‘The issue that must be faced, though not raised in the consultation paper, is whether it is right that parties in civil proceedings should pay more than the cost of the civil courts in order to fund the deficit in the family court system,’ they add.The judges also point to the ‘fundamental change in policy’ proposed for fee remissions that are provided to those unable to pay court fees – a cost hitherto met from general taxation. The £25m bill for remissions would instead be met by hiking court fees in a ‘significant number of cases’ to a level exceeding the real cost of the proceedings.This ‘novel concept’ would require primary legislation, the judges stress.The judges go on to pour learned scorn on the MoJ’s research and impact assessment.According to the MoJ, this suggested that ‘court fees are a secondary consideration in a decision to pursue litigation’, providing ‘reassurance that [the proposals are] unlikely to deter people from bringing arguable cases before the courts’.This research is ‘clearly inadequate’, say the judges. Not only was it conducted by the same consultancy that is involved in developing the proposals on the MoJ’s behalf, it was based on just 18 telephone interviews with organisations and solicitors concerned largely with debt recovery claims.It provides ‘no evidence’ on the likely effect on individuals and small and medium-sized businesses’, they add.An assumption that user demand will not change in response to planned fee rises ’appears to contradict a basic law of economics’, they add. ‘The research so far undertaken does not enable the judiciary to share the MoJ’s confidence that the proposals will not affect access to justice.’last_img read more

Dublin’s DASH for growth

first_imgDUBLIN’S hard-pressed suburban services will gain a 30% increase in capacity at a cost of €170m under Phase I of the DART & Suburban Enhancement (DASH) project announced by Iarnród Éireann on March 24. Platforms at 23 stations will be increased from six to eight-car length, and two other stations are to be rebuilt, in addition to the work already underway at Tara Street in the city centre. Infrastructure will be improved at several locations, and all DART stations will be made fully accessible to mobility-impaired passengers.In a separate €80m deal, Mitsui will supply another batch of 40 cars for the DART electrified network. These will be delivered in 2005 to coincide with completion of the DASH works. Power supply will be augmented to permit eight-car operation, and depot facilities provided to accommodate the extra stock.Financial restraints have led to postponement of an associated resignalling scheme which would have raised capacity on the cross-city section from 12 to 16 trains/h. This will now constitute DASH Phase II, which is unlikely to start before 2005.last_img read more