It’s My Party

first_imgIt’s officially my birthday week! My birthday usually falls on Memorial Day weekend.It’s a busy weekend to host a birthday celebration. People are traveling, there are family BBQs, and many East Enders are simply working one of the busiest weekends of the year. I sometimes have to understand that going to someone’s 30-something birthday party doesn’t always jump to the top of the priority list, as much as I believe it should. With that said, I still like to get together with a good group of friends and celebrate.When you share your birthday with a busy holiday weekend, you’re never really the star of your own day. It’s like being born on Christmas or New Year’s. It’s Memorial Day weekend in the Hamptons, and every party and celebrity is bigger than the next.One year, supermodel Gigi Hadid may have thought it was her magazine cover party that she was attending at Georgica, but it was actually my birthday celebration, she just didn’t know it. Another year at Georgica, Bryan Greenberg celebrated his birthday at the same time as I did at the height of his HBO show “How To Make It In America.” Let’s just say I didn’t get nearly the fuss made over me as those two did. Don’t they know my birthday is like a national holiday?Countless past birthdays in the Hamptons have been overshadowed by Scott Disick one-upping me with a birthday celebration at 1Oak or some other East End nightclub (when East End nightclubs were a big thing). How could I ever compete with the Lord himself?On my 22nd birthday, I ended up at a party hosted by Screech from “Saved by the Bell” and the cast of “America’s Next Top Model” at the Foggy Goggle. Yes, I was upstaged by Screech and spent my birthday at the Foggy Goggle (don’t judge me!).Last year I went to Cowfish and there was a guy who looked exactly like Jon Taffer from “Bar Rescue.” People were even asking for photos with him. It turns out there was just an uncanny resemblance, but he still managed to out-celebrity me on my big day.Another year I didn’t even know that Ja Rule was going to be performing my birthday party until I discovered it as the restaurant’s Snapchat filter. Though if that had happened today, I may have won the popularity contest. Instead my table enjoyed cold dinner that came out hours late during the worst restaurant experience ever imagined. You’d probably get better service at Fyre Festival, or at least served water (insert cry-laugh emoji here).Later that night, the doorman made me pay him $100 when someone returned my phone that I had misplaced, if I wanted it back. For that birthday experience let’s just say, “I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hoodwinked, lead astray!”In recent years, I’ve decided to keep it simple, because it’s always difficult to manage a large group and commit to reservations on a holiday weekend. The past few years I’ve just said “Hi friends, meet me at Wölffer!” and that seems to work best!I really do love birthdays, whether they’re mine, a friend’s, or family. That’s what life should be about — enjoying the good times.jessica@indyeastend.com@hamptondaze Sharelast_img read more

Ocean Power Technologies Appoints New CFO (USA)

first_imgOcean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT), a wave energy technology company, has announced the appointment of Mark A. Featherstone as Chief Financial Officer, effective December 12, 2013.Mr. Featherstone, 52, is a seasoned executive with 30 years of experience working with capital markets, regulatory and accounting matters, strategic alliances and treasury management.“We are very pleased to have Mark Featherstone join OPT as we embark on our next stage of expansion and commercial development,” said Charles F. Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Power Technologies. “Mark has years of experience at organizations both large and small, across a wide spectrum of product categories, and is well suited to help lead OPT in the years to come. With the Company pursuing many commercialization opportunities across the globe, we will certainly benefit from Mark’s expertise in strategic planning, financial management, and capital markets activity. Mark is dedicated to improving shareholder value, and we welcome him to the senior management team at this important time in our growth trajectory.”Prior to joining OPT, Mr. Featherstone spent over ten years at Quaker Chemical Corporation, most recently as Vice President, CFO and Treasurer. In that capacity at Quaker, a multinational company with over $700 million in annual revenue, he led all global finance-related functions including treasury, corporate development, investor relations, financial planning, and internal audit. During his tenure there he also managed a significant equity offering, several acquisitions and a debt refinancing.Prior to Quaker, Mr. Featherstone spent several years at both Coty, the world’s largest mass-market fragrance company, and Scott Paper, now part of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, in a series of financial and accounting positions of increasing responsibility. Previously he worked at Arthur Andersen & Company. Over his career, Mr. Featherstone has been responsible for the financial reporting of many product lines, raised both debt and equity, assisted in the restructuring of operations leading to improved financial results and has overseen mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.Mr. Featherstone is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Drexel University and a Bachelors degree from Pennsylvania State University.[mappress]Press release, December 16, 2013; Image: OPTlast_img read more

Hansom

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Beyel Bros’ big move

first_imgThe transformer was transported 15 miles (24.14 km) from an electrical substation in southern Florida, and encountered bridge clearance restrictions and weight limitations.According to Beyel Bros, the transformer was therefore moved on two different transporters; the first, a low-boy 12-axle 96 wheel Kamag, was used to pass under two bridges.The transformer was then jacked up and moved onto a 24-axle 192 wheel Goldhofer transporter, which would spread the weight of the load over the road surface, to avoid damaging the roadway.Both transporters were pulled by a Peterbilt 850 with the Goldhofer requiring an additional push from behind by an Oshkosh 50-ton (48.9-tonne) truck, says Beyel Bros. Photo credit: Julian Leek. Photo credit: Julian Leek.www.beyel.comlast_img read more

Final shipment for Hising bridge project

first_imgThe span, manufactured by Tecade in Spain, measured 44 m long and 39 m wide. It was loaded on UHL Future and guided out of Seville’s Puerta de Mar lock ahead of its seven-day journey to Gothenburg.The span will be positioned on top of pylons and counterweights that were delivered and installed last month, as HLPFI reported here.tschudilogistics.comwww.unitedheavylift.dewww.portal.apsevilla.comlast_img

Conveyancing panels and separate representation

first_img To preserve the dominant and central role played by solicitors in the home-buying process To maintain lender panels that are as open as possible To preserve client choice in their selection of a conveyancing solicitor To set the highest standards of competence, probity and customer service for solicitors undertaking conveyancing. Desmond Hudson is chief executive of The Law Society. Jonathan Smithers is chair of the Society’s Conveyancing and Land Law Committee In 2011, the Society also launched the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) of accreditation with three objectives in mind. First, to build, over time, a consumer brand that would educate housebuyers to seek out law firms that are accredited under the scheme and make these firms the natural choice of conveyancer at a time when regulatory changes are leading to a plethora of new entrants to the market. Membership of the scheme is open to any entity which satisfies the entry standards and is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Second, to establish a trusted community of conveyancers that would be the lenders’ natural choice. Third, to recognise minimum standards of practice. Through the use of agreed documentation, common procedures and education, CQS facilitates improvements in the process for lenders, borrowers and solicitors. Like it or not, lenders now believe that the old days of allowing any firm of solicitors to act for them simply because they were solicitors are over. Of those who criticise CQS, few offer any practical or workable alternatives, save in one case the idea that we all resit our Law Society final exam every two years! All of these troubling issues came to a head with the recent decision of HSBC to reduce its UK-wide panel to 43 firms. An immense amount of time and energy was put in by the Law Society and its members to solve the issue. Just as things were returning to normal, along came Santander with its unilateral and questionable decision to remove panel firms. Its reasoning is based on levels of activity for Santander, irrespective of other activity with other lenders in the market. Removals occurred despite firms having paid fees to the bank to gain membership of the panel. Nationwide did a similar thing on a smaller scale some time ago, though at least in that case Nationwide looked at all transactions conducted by solicitors, not just those for Nationwide. We argued then and now that this approach shows no understanding of the impact those decisions have on the sustainability of small firms, the impact this could have on access to legal services and the questionable reasoning behind the process. Commendably, Santander has now set up an appeals process which actively seeks information about activity levels with other lenders – something they might better have done before the appeal stage. We have set up a team in our Practice Advice Service, available on 0870 606 2522, to help members deal with panel removals. We know that Santander has reinstated some firms precisely because they can demonstrate that they were active apart from Santander mortgages. If you have been removed by Santander, we urge you to speak with our team and consider an appeal. Following representations made by the Society, Santander has commenced urgent talks with the Society to discuss the matter further. We are both working towards a mutually agreeable solution. We will report to the profession shortly on those talks. In response to these recent developments, a small but vocal group has called, once again, for a return to separate representation. A key factor, which seems to go unmentioned but cannot be ignored, is that if the SRA (and it would be the regulator that would be required to make the changes) were to make separate representation compulsory, that rule would not apply to other, non-SRA regulated conveyancers, namely licensed conveyancers. Would their regulatory body adopt the same position, requiring separate representation? We believe not. This would give licensed conveyancers an immediate commercial advantage over our profession. They would be permitted to act for both parties and the lenders would be in a position to say that in the interests of the consumers, who are paying their fees, they could not justify appointing separate representatives and so would recommend licensed conveyancers to act. Some lenders might sell their referrals to licensed conveyancers or establish their own alternative business structures. If you were the bonus-fuelled sales director of a lender, given that choice, what would you do? The consequences of moving to separate representation would potentially reduce solicitors’ share of the market and tilt the already uneven playing field in favour of licensed conveyancers. The likely impact therefore, far from securing work for smaller firms, would be to produce quite the opposite effect. Our concerns about this proposal go wider than that. Separate representation inevitably increases costs for the consumers, who have to bear the lender’s fees. It also introduces delays as two sets of legal advisers peruse and approve the same documents. This is a detriment to the consumer and proved a powerful argument in our recent discussions with HSBC. That said, the Society is acutely aware of the unrelenting pressure on the profession from panel management changes. We are confident that the time to consider the separate representation rule is not upon us and there are, instead, alternative ideas and ways of improving the conveyancing process. Make no mistake; if the current panel management process goes on with ever-shrinking panel sizes, the banks will take to themselves yet more market power, erect significant barriers to entry, create markets that rather than being open and transparent are closed and opaque. This will not help the public, access to justice or reforms (if that be the right word) of the legal services markets; the driving philosophy behind the Legal Services Act. In this challenging situation, we are keen to welcome debate and discussion of informed and intelligent ideas about how to better secure the future role of solicitors in the residential conveyancing market. With this in mind, we propose to arrange a series of meetings across the country to explain the decisions the Society has taken and its current plans, to debate separate representation but, most of all, to seek the views of our members. If you would like to attend such a meeting please email panel.events@lawsociety.org.uk indicating the most convenient town or city for you to participate in a meeting. Once we have a sense of numbers we can, if interest justifies it, arrange locations and dates for the meetings.center_img For at least the past two years, the Law Society has been working hard to respond to a series of unwelcome and often confusing changes to lender panel membership. While the Society has recognised the imperatives driving some of this work by the lenders – mainly the intervention by the Financial Services Authority, which called upon lenders to manage their panels intensively, and the need to react to the threat of fraud in the mortgage process – we consider that many of the changes lacked coherence, were based upon a questionable rationale and impacted on the profession and public in a damaging way. We have talked to lenders, policymakers and politicians and sought to offer practical solutions for the benefit of housebuyers, lenders and our profession. We are confident that by supporting, even spearheading, initiatives that are in the best interests of the public we will also be able to bring great benefits to solicitors. Central to all our work have been a number of key objectives:last_img read more

Transfer test barrier removed

first_imgLawyers qualified outside the jurisdiction converting to practise law in England and Wales are to be allowed to take part of the qualifying test outside the UK.The Solicitors Regulation Authority has agreed that candidates for the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme can take the multiple choice test (MCT) online outside the UK. Previously everyone taking that part of the scheme has had to travel to London to do the test.Since 2010, the SRA has outsourced responsibility for the scheme to Kaplan, an education and media company which is the single authorised provider.Kaplan will partner with specialist provider Pearson to run the computer-based tests and will increase the price of the test from £500 to £565 to cover the cost.The online test will be offered in a variety of cities in the UK and several countries overseas and offered only through Pearson test centres to prevent fraud or cheating.The SRA said the change will help to eliminate discrimination against foreign lawyers by removing geographical barriers to completing the transfer scheme.It is expected the increased cost will be offset by savings in travel costs of coming to London, with more foreign lawyers likely to attempt the test next year.Booking for the next MCT will not open before late August 2015 and no further information will be available until then.Note: This story was amended at 11am on 21 July to add detail.last_img read more

Public servants to decide on gov’t salary increase offer

first_imgLocalNews Public servants to decide on gov’t salary increase offer by: – December 17, 2014 542 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img The membership of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) will decide on Thursday, 18 December 2014 whether it will accept government’s latest salary increase offer. The government has proposed three percent, one percent and one percent for the triennium 2012, 2013 and 2014 while the Union has proposed three percent, three percent and four percent. The Dominica Teachers Association (DAT) has already rejected governments offer. General secretary of the DPSU, Thomas Letang said on Wednesday 17 December 2014, the Union’s position will not be influenced by that of the DAT. “One of the things we have always been saying is that these are two separate issues; a salary increase and classification”.“We were able to get the government to accept that, our position is not influenced by what any other group accepts or rejects but what we believe is in the best interest of our members and we also think of long term,” Mr Letang explained.He has advised public servants to bear in mind that a salary interest is going to affect their gratuity and pension in a positive way “so when you are negotiating you don’t just think of today”. Mr Letang noted that there are several non-salary issues which have to be looked at before making a decision tomorrow. “With that three, one and one [percent offer] there are certain conditions, for example government is saying that they will give the tree, one and one but all the non-salary issues will have to be put on hold”.“We have to look at that, also the implementation of the job classification exercise will have to be suspended in the original proposal to us,” he said. Mr Letang stated that in a previous proposal the government offered a two percent increase and indicated that the job classification exercise would begin in January 2015, however with the new offer of 3, 1 and 1 the all non-salary matters would be out on hold. Thus, he said while some non-salary matters may benefit certain segment of the Union’s membership, it must work in the best interest of all members. “We look at things where the majority of the members or public officers will benefit, now if you have a five prevent salary increase or any level of increase that you are having, it means that all your members will benefit so we have to look at that,” he said. The general secretary further explained that a salary increase followed by the implementation of the job classification exercise would be an advantage to the officers but government has said that this exercise will be put on hold once the Union accepts its proposal. He has called on the general membership to turn out in large numbers on Thursday where a decision is likely to be taken. He said another negotiation for the new triennium in July could soon commence. Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Former T&T attorney general wants death penalty implemented

first_imgFormer Trinidad and Tobago attorney general Ramesh Lawrence MaharajPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj has called on the government to ensure that the death penalty is carried out here, saying he could not understand why the problem of crime cannot be solved or reduced in Trinidad and Tobago.“I could not understand why it is that the government is spending all this money on the Ministry of National Security but the country cannot be safe.“It needs a situation in which the criminal must know that if he does the crime he or she will be detected, will be convicted and will be sentenced and the death penalty will be carried out,” he said.‘The last time the death penalty was carried out in Trinidad and Tobago, was in 1999 when Maharaj served as attorney general in the Basdeo Panday administration.Dole Chadee and members of his criminal gang were hanged over four days in June and July for the murder of one of their alleged associates and his family.On July 28, 1999, Anthony Briggs and Wenceslaus James were hanged.Trinidad and Tobago is among 13 Caribbean countries that retain the death penalty and it is estimated that between 59 and 80 prisoners are currently on death row in eight Caribbean countries.Since the 1993 Pratt and Morgan ruling by the London-based Privy Council, which is still the final court for several Caribbean countries despite the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in 2001, the death penalty cannot be carried out if the prisoner has been under sentence of death for more than five years. In those cases the sentence is automatically commuted to life imprisonment.In February 2011, the then People’s Partnership government sought to table legislation that would have allowed for the resumption of hangings, but the “Hanging Bill” as it was then termed, was defeated after the then government failed to get the required support from the opposition to amend the constitution.Maharaj, speaking at the annual meeting of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU), said the country does not need more laws to solve the crime problem.“It may help, we have the laws, what we need is implementation and we need a passion,” he added.So far this year more than 250 people have been murdered in Trinidad and Tobago. 25 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Former T&T attorney general wants death penalty implemented by: Caribbean Media Corporation – July 27, 2016 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Tom Hanks Is a Big Indians Fan – Yells ‘Go Tribe’ at the End of Hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’

first_imgIt’s going to be a fun back and forth all week with all the Cubs supporters giving their love to the South side club, but let it be known that Hanks fired the first shot on National TV and giving Indians fans goose bumps all at the same time. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsIndiansMLBSaturday Night LiveTom HanksWorld Series It was a subtle yet declaration that all Indians fans seem to be relishing today, that being actor Tom Hank’s giving love to Indians nation on Saturday Night Live last night with a shout out to the team at the end of the show.In case you missed it, Hanks was on stage with the rest of the cast, and just before the credits rolled you see Hanks saying good night, and then out of nowhere he states ‘Go Tribe.’Here’s the video from Twitter user @dano708just when I thought I couldn’t love @tomhanks any more #RallyTogether @Indians pic.twitter.com/JIZRVGsGO4— DANdrew Miller (@dano708) October 23, 2016 Matt Loedelast_img read more