Caithness to Become Next UK’s Energy Hub

first_imgCaithness will be unveiled as the UK’s latest energy hub at an event in Aberdeen next week (1st October). The lunch and learn event, run by industry body Subsea UK, will showcase the wealth of expertise the area has to offer to the oil and gas industry, particularly in relation to subsea.Neil Gordon, chief executive, Subsea UKThe one day event, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, will feature speakers from Subsea 7, the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Norsea Group.Sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, it will outline what is available to the oil and gas industry in the area also known as the Atlantic Frontier.Situated between the British mainland and the Northern Isles, Caithness is best known in the energy industry for Dounreay, the nuclear research establishment set up in 1955 to develop fast breeder reactor technology.Following the closure of the reactors in 1994, attention has turned to the wider energy industry with companies including Subsea 7, ASCO and Kongsberg Maritime opting to base operations there, attracted by the mainland harbour and strong supply chain established to serve Dounreay.Highland and Islands Enterprise anticipates about twenty projects in the Atlantic Frontier that could come forward by 2021 with Caithness the ideal base from which companies can operate in order to capitalise on these.“We are excited by the capacity and potential at the tip of the mainland of the UK,” said Roy Kirk, area manager with Highlands and Island Enterprise. “We see the region developing both as an operations base as well as a supply base. Our strong connectivity and deepwater harbours offer considerable savings rather than using Norway as a refuelling point.”Kirk hopes that the event will inform and encourage Aberdeen companies to build links with Caithness. He said: “The aim is to make Aberdeen-based companies aware of the financial incentives, talent pool, capacity and infrastructure available by using Caithness as an energy hub.”Neil Gordon, chief executive, Subsea UK said: “As oil & gas fields have moved North over the years starting in the Southern sector, we have seen ports develop up the East Coast to serve the developments. As the Atlantic Frontier develops, it will need a base to service its needs to help reduce costs.“Due to the legacy of Dounreay, the area boasts a strong engineering skill base and instead of losing this native talent, we want to see it further developed by applying it to the oil and gas industry. For example, the local supply chain that was initially developed established to service Dounreay is now diversifying into other energy industries including renewables and oil and gas.“We hope to hear first-hand from companies what we as an industry can do to make the Atlantic Frontier a key part of their future investment plans.”Press Release, September 26, 2014last_img read more

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Official report backs devolved justice powers for Wales

first_imgAn official study into the future powers of the Welsh assembly has called for further devolution of the courts system and judiciary.The Silk Commission report, which was commissioned by the UK government, recommends the creation of a Welsh criminal justice board, as well as a devolved youth justice system.Police and justice are currently non-devolved matters, with the exception of some tribunals, but with the development of Welsh statutory law the case for further separation of powers has gathered momentum.The Silk Commission recommends that the various divisions of the High Court should sit in Wales on a regular basis to hear cases that arise in Wales. It adds its voice to calls for a Welsh judge on the Supreme Court. High Court judges should also have to satisfy the lord chief justice that they understand Welsh law to be allowed to sit.The phased approach to justice devolution also includes a feasibility study for the devolution of prisons and probation.However the commission stops short of recommending a separate legal jurisdiction by devolving the entire court system and creating a Welsh judiciary.Divergence between the law in England and Wales remains minor, it noted, and radical change could be a ‘potential disadvantage’ for lawyers in Wales who represent clients in England.The report adds: ‘There seems from our opinion poll to be limited public appetite for devolution in this area. However, given the emergence of a distinct body of Welsh law that will need to be adequately administered, a separate Welsh courts system and a separate Welsh judiciary is something that must be contemplated in the future.‘We recommend that the two governments review the case for this within the next 10 years.’The report echoes the position of the Welsh government, which concluded last year that the implementation of a completely separate jurisdiction was too expensive for now.The UK government has welcomed the commission’s report but stated there is insufficient parliamentary time before next year’s general election for changes requiring primary legislation.David Jones, secretary of state for Wales, said: ‘These will therefore be matters for the next government and parliament, and it will be for political parties to set out their proposals and intentions to the electorate. ‘However, I can say now that we in government will be taking a very positive approach to the Silk Commission’s work, in keeping with our proud record on devolution.’Plaid Cymru parliamentary leader Elfyn Llwyd MP said the recommendations form ‘vital building blocks’ for a future where all aspects of justice and police are decided in Wales. ‘This report clearly shows that our current devolution settlement is confused, complex and unsatisfactory,’ he added.last_img read more

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North Korea’s sole foreign firm ‘suspends operations’

first_imgNorth Korea’s first and only foreign law firm has reportedly suspended operations in the country.Reuters reported this morning that British-French citizen Michael Hay, the principal of Hay, Kalb & Associates, has decided to cease practising.In a statement, Hay said the decision was based on ‘business and geopolitical principles’.This decision has been taken only after ‘lengthy and thorough deliberation and an examination of the continuing deterioration of inter-regional relations pertaining to the Korean peninsula’, added the statement.The firm is a multidisciplinary legal practice, business consultancy and accounting firm set up to help foreign companies and non-governmental organisations to do business in North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.The firm claims to be the only one in the country offering this service.Located in the capital Pyongyang (pictured), it has around a dozen lawyers supported by paralegals and office staff, as well as counsel based in a North Korea law school.Reuters says the suspension of trading took effect from midnight, but will officially come into force on 14 August, the firm’s 12-year anniversary.The country has been subject to international sanctions since a nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch a month later.Hay is quoted as saying: ‘Sanctions are hurting legitimate foreign investors. There is still no credible, consistent evidence I see of DPRK companies hurting.’Hay worked for ten years at South Korean law firm Bae, Kim & Lee, but left in 2001 to set up a business consultancy in North Korea. He was granted a special licence by the government in North Korea to set up his firm in 2004, saying the potential returns were ‘enormous’.International law groups have made efforts in recent years to engage more with lawyers in North Korea, and its two official bar associations, but its human rights abuses and criminal justice system flaws have been condemned.last_img read more

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Covid-19 Hospital To Be Created In Glasgow SEC

first_imgImage Credit – SEC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn A temporary hospital with an initial 300 beds is to be created in the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow to increase patient capacity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the NHS Scotland-run medical facility could be open within two weeks and could expand to hold more than 1000 patients if later required.Jill Young, former Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee Hospital at Clydebank, has been appointed Chief Executive of the temporary hospital.The First Minister said:“Our NHS is on an emergency footing and all health boards have been undertaking extensive work across Scotland to maximise the capacity available to manage expected rise in demand due to COVID-19.“There are currently approximately 13,000 beds in NHS hospitals across Scotland and health boards are working to ensure we have capacity of at least 3000 available for Covid-19 patients. They are also quadrupling Intensive Care Unit capacity to 700. We expect this to provide sufficient treatment capacity to meet the rise in demand.“As a safeguard and to provide extra flexibility, we have been working closely with the military to plan and build this facility which initially be for use by those who have been through hospital treatment and are recovering from their symptoms.I hope this facility will not be needed as, alongside the public’s contributed efforts to stay at home and the steps we are already taking to increase the number of NHS beds, we should have the beds we need.“I want to repeat my thanks to all of our NHS staff working to protect and treat those of us who need it and to everyone staying at home and doing their bit to face these unprecedented challenges.“It is essential everyone continues to stay at home, except for key workers, essential shopping, reasonable exercise or caring for the vulnerable, in order to avoid overwhelming our NHS staff and facilities.”last_img read more

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‘Emotionally distressed’ woman still missing in BVI

first_img Share Share Kimbonita Bevan Taylor (Photo taken four years ago)ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands — The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force has solicited the assistance of the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue, the US Coast Guard and the local boating community in the hope of locating missing boater, 51- year- old Kimbonita Bevan Taylor; however, she has still not been found.Taylor is a native of Australia, but has been residing on a boat at Trellis Bay for a number of years now. Her friend, also of Trellis Bay, spoke to her on July 21 by phone and indicated that Taylor was in extreme emotional distress. No one has seen or been in contact with her since Saturday afternoon, police said in a press release. The VI StandPoint newspaper has confirmed that Taylor told her friend in the phone conversation that she has “given up.”Police are asking boaters, in particular, to keep a keen eye out for a dinghy she might have taken out to sea. Police have also been in contact with the Australian High Commission.Any local resident with information is asked to contact the Royal Virgin Island Police Force (RVIPF) on a three-digit access number 311.Caribbean News Now 90 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional ‘Emotionally distressed’ woman still missing in BVI by: – July 26, 2012last_img read more

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RUGBY: Nigeria, 13 Others To Vie For Olympics Slot At South Africa Tourney

first_imgContinental rugby governing body, Rugby Africa, has selected South Africa and Tunisia as respective hosts of the Africa Men’s Sevens and Africa Women’s Sevens tournaments.Both tournaments will serve as qualification events for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.While Nigeria won’t be involved in the Women’s Sevens tournament in Tunisia, the men’s national team, The Black Stallions, will vie with thirteen (13) other rugby national teams for a chance to emerge African Champion at the South Africa tournament which holds on 8 and 9 November at the Bosman Stadium, Johannesburg.Winners will secure direct qualification to the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo while the teams finishing second and third will be given a final opportunity to make the Olympics at the world repêchage tournament later in the year.South Africa, currently ranked 4th and enjoying a comfortable lead over 5th place in the World Series classification which comes to an end on June 2nd, appear set to qualify directly to the Olympics if they maintain their classification.In this case, they will not participate in the African qualifications, meaning that Africa will have at least two representatives in the Olympic tournament.Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire, finalists of the Regional Sevens tournament held last September in Abidjan, qualified as the 13th and 14th teams for the 2019 Men’s Sevens Tournament.Participating teams for the Africa Men’s Sevens: Bosman stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa: 8 & 9 November 2019Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Zambia, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, Namibia, Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria.Africa Women’s Sevens: Jemmel Municipal Stadium, Tunisia, 12 & 13 October 2019Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Senegal, Botswana, Zambia, Morocco, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Tunisia.Relatedlast_img read more

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Rampant Bayern Humiliate Barca To Reach Semifinals

first_imgBayern Munich cruised into the Champions League semifinals with an almighty thrashing of Barcelona on Friday, scoring four times in each half to hand the Spanish side their biggest ever European defeat. The German champions who are on course for a treble having won a league and cup double will face the winner of Manchester City vs Lyon in the last four.The win was as emphatic as they come and sent out out an ominous message to their Champions League rivals.While Bayern were majestic for the entirety of the encounter, Barca looked completely out of their depth and were an absolute shambles and appeared shell shocked and incapable of basic defending.A breathless opening 10 minutes saw Bayern take the lead through Thomas Muller who fired home following a one-two with Robert Lewandowski before David Alaba comically sliced a Jordi Alba cross into his own net to restore parity. Luis Suarez was then denied by Manuel Neuer and Lionel Messi hit the post with a curling cross through a packed box.Bayern took control thereafter with Ivan Perisic smashing in a deflected second before Serge Gnabry finished off a delightful ball over the top from Leon Goretzka, and Muller tapped in his second at the near post.Suarez appeared to give Barca some hope just after the break with a neat turn and finish, but any thoughts of a stirring comeback was cruelly snuffed out when Joshua Kimmich side footed home following some stunning skill and speed and excellent delivery from Alphonse Davies.Robert Lewandowski headed his 14th Champions League goal in just eight games before Barca’s humiliation was made worse as Philippe Coutinho – on loan from the Spanish side – netted a seventh and eighth after coming off the bench.Bayern are now the only past winners left in the competition, having won the European Cup/Champions League on five occasions, most recently in 2013 and on the strength of tonight’s one-sided demolition of a fellow European heavyweight, look odds on to add a sixth trophy to their cabinet.RelatedUCL: Bayern Destroy Chelsea To Stroll Into Quarterfinals, Barca Thrash Napoli To Seal SpotAugust 8, 2020In “England”UCL Review: Real Madrid Survive Juventus In Mammoth Tie To Secure Semifinal Spot Alongside BayernApril 11, 2018In “Europe”UCL Review: Real Madrid, Bayern Secure 1st Leg AdvantageApril 3, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

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Effective crime control and prevention

first_imgDear Editor,Professionals in the Criminal Justice field have long recognised the value of community based efforts in crime prevention and control. Widespread application of this concept to the streets and neighbourhoods of local communities throughout the nation represents a new thirst in the search for approaches to combat illegal activities. Implicit in this trend is the idea that Guyanese can no longer rest on the comfortable assumption that the establishment of institutional machinery to deal with crime constitutes an adequate response to the problem.The continuing evidence of increasing criminal activities has made it clear that our Courts, Police and Correctional Institutions cannot solve the problem alone. We cannot ask those in the Criminal Justice System to take full responsibility for a task demanding the concerted action of every individual, community, and institution in the country.Just as the causes of crime lie imbedded in the structure of the community, so does its solutions. The successes of a variety of local crime prevention programmes suggest that the necessary elements for effective programmes are available in most communities. What is most commonly lacking is the will to act and the knowledge of how to organise effective programmes.Citizens’ concerns about crime must be translated into action.Crime prevention must be given the same priority that environmental problems have received in recent years. It is incumbent upon professionals in the Criminal Justice System to align themselves with the community to develop the level of awareness necessary to spark widespread involvement in crime prevention activities.Responsibility for initiating action must also be accepted by leaders representing all segments of the Public and Private Sectors. Without energetic, local involvement, of the total community, the Criminal Justice System will inevitably fall even further behind in its crime control prevention and rehabilitation efforts.Ample opportunities exist for private sector participation. They begin in the home and extend through the entire social structure of the community. There is an abundance of evidence that delinquency and crime occurs with greater frequency where there is also poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and inadequate medical and recreational resources. Efforts to alleviate these and other conditions that contribute to criminal activities are necessary if a community is to have a significant impact on the total group of crime-related problems.These activities must be coordinated with programmes more directly concerned with the Criminal Justice System.Most desirable as a foundation for development of programmes and activities is an overall evaluation of our Criminal Justice System to identify priority needs. What also must be recognised and used to its advantage is the vast reservoir of skill and expertise that exists within the private sector of the community, labour, business, industry, churches, schools, private foundations, social agencies, clubs, organisations and private citizens can be called upon to supply manpower, funds and other resources.To begin with the Police can establish or actively assist Volunteer Neighbourhood Security Programmes that involves the public in neighbourhood crime prevention and reduction. Such programmes can include for example: 1) The marking and identification of personal property. 2) Instructing neighbourhood volunteers to telephone the Police concerning suspicious situations and to identify themselves as volunteers and provide necessary information. 3) Insuring that participating volunteers do not take enforcement action themselves. 4) When an arrest result from the volunteer’s information, the Police notifies him/her by telephone; and, 5) Acknowledgement through personal contact, telephone call or letter, of every person who provides information.Further the police can establish or assist in programmes that involve trade, business, industry and community participation in preventing and reducing commercial crimes. Next the police can seek the enactment ordinances that establish minimum security standards for all new construction and for existing commercial structures.Finally the Police can create a specialised unit to provide support services to a jurisdiction wide coordination of the agency’s crime prevention programmes. Such programmes are usually best operationally decentralised.Yours respectfully,Allan R Gateslast_img read more

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Tiger Woods Seen Confused Stumbling On Police Dashcam Video

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — His speech slow and slurred, Tiger Woods couldn’t follow simple instructions or keep his balance during a dazed and disoriented encounter with police before he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.The video images came from dashcam footage that Jupiter police released Wednesday night, and they show Woods with little capacity to stand still without swaying, repeat simple instructions or put one foot in front of the other.The footage came from his arrest Monday in the dark of early morning when Jupiter police noticed his Mercedes parked on the side of a six-lane road, part of it in the road and part of it in the bicycle lane.Police found Woods asleep behind the wheel, according to an incident report. The engine was running, the brake lights were on and the right turn signal was blinking. Police also released photos of his car that showed two flat tires and minor damage around the bumpers.When the officer asks Woods where he had been, the 14-time major champion says, “LA.” He says he was headed down to Orange County.The 1 hour, 39-minute video starts with Jupiter police approaching Woods’ car and ends with the cruiser pulling into the Palm Beach County jail with Woods in handcuffs behind his back and sitting in the back seat.Woods told the officers he had not been drinking, and two breath tests at the jail registered a 0.0 blood-alcohol level. Woods issued a statement nearly 10 hours after he was released from jail on Monday that alcohol was not involved.“What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications,” Woods said in his statement. “I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”He told police he was taking prescription medicine. When asked what kind, he gave an answer that was redacted from the videotape. The arrest affidavit listed four medications, including Vicodin, that Woods reported taking.Woods is to be arraigned July 5 in Palm Beach County Court.The video brings to life the troubling images contained in an incident report from the four police officers who were at the scene.His speech is slurred from his first words. When the officer points out that Woods’ shoe is untied, Woods places his right foot on the front of the police car and starts to fiddle with the laces.“It’s your other shoe that’s untied,” the officer says as Woods unties the laces.“Now, that one is, too,” the officer adds.When Woods is unable to tie the left shoe, the officer tells him he can take them off. Woods then tells the officer he doesn’t remember what happened or being asleep in his car when police approached.The field sobriety test was a failure from the start.Woods struggled to simply put his feet together. When he did, he leaned forward after losing his balance.He couldn’t follow a red light the officer moved from side to side. When asked to walk a straight line by going heel-to-toe nine times, Woods staggered from the starting position. He never connected heel-to-toe. He often strayed outside the white line and occasionally lost his balance.Woods couldn’t raise one leg 6 inches off the ground.On his third try of understanding instructions to recite the alphabet, he made it from A to Z.The next instruction from the officer was to place his hands behind his back as they cuffed him and told him he was being arrested.Woods, who had his fourth back surgery in three years on April 20, has not played since Feb. 2 in Dubai when he withdrew after the first round because of back spasms. The surgery means he is out for the rest of the PGA Tour season. read more

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