Sep 4, 2020 ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Sep 3, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 10, 2020 You may be interested in… Make COVID Recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and… Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) Dr. Kenrick Leslie met with the president of the University of Belize (UB) Professor Clement Sankat on 2 April 2019, to discuss further collaboration of the two entities . During the meeting which took place at the Centre’s Belmopan offices, Drs. Sankat and Leslie discussed further technical collaboration between the Centre and UB in the areas of project development; Climate Change Research and training in the use of climate tools including CCORAL, CAROWIG and the Centre’s Clearinghouse Platform which houses the largest collection of Climate Change related publications on the Caribbean. Dr. Sankat thanked Dr Leslie for the Centre’s ongoing support and collaboration. Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture Oct 7, 2020 CCCCC, Govts Of Belize, Italy Break Ground For Multi-Purpose Facility(CCCCC Press Release) The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), in collaboration with the Governments of Belize and Italy, held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a Community Multi-purpose Emergency Centre (CMEC) at the Victor Galvez Stadium, in San Ignacio, Belize on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. The project…December 1, 2018In “Belize”Bio-energy training conducted in BelizeRepresentatives of various organisations in Belize were recently trained in the use of bio-energy resources as part of a course offered by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in cooperation with the GIZ/REETA. The training, part of its capacity-building thrust, was conducted at the training centre of the CCCCC…August 30, 2016In “Belize”CCCCC, IAEA Sign ‘Practical Arrangement’ In Vienna, AustriaVIENNA, (Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Press Release) August 8, 2018: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed an agreement to pursue areas of technical cooperation in the use of nuclear science and technology to combat climate change in the Caribbean, at…August 9, 2018In “CAHFSA”Share this on WhatsApp NASA Features Belizean Scientist, Emil Cherrington and…
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Dr. MacDonald joins Northwood on Aug. 1. Dr. MacDonald joins Northwood from St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), one of Canada’s most respected and historic universities, where he has been the president and vice chancellor since 2014. Dr. MacDonald is credited with leading the university in its development of a new five-year strategic plan, as well as significant fundraising efforts at StFX. Dr. Kent MacDonald Northwood, which opened in 1961, has graduated more than 33,000 students. The university offers automotive management and aftermarket-specific degree programs. Before StFX, MacDonald spent nearly two decades at Algonquin College, in a variety of roles including president, vice president, executive director and dean, school of business. Northwood University has announced the selection of its next leader. The board of trustees for the Midland, Michigan-based school has selected Dr. Kent D. MacDonald to serve as the new president of Northwood. He will succeed Dr. Keith Pretty, who announced his retirement last fall. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Dr. Pretty had served as president of Northwood since 2006.
A former marketing executive who managed PepsiCo and Frito-Lay’s retail advertising is running for mayor of Sag Harbor.Kathleen Mulcahy, who moved to Sag Harbor in 1995, handled $200 million budgets and a team of more than 250 creative and managerial staff, and wants to bring long-term strategic planning and zero-based budgeting to the village. The mother of two said because surrounding villages are facing many of the same issues, she’s hoping municipalities can work together on solutions.“I came to Sag Harbor because I like the size and scale of our village and I like the historic nature and the community feel that Sag Harbor has. It felt like a home and a place to bring up children, and I’d like that to continue,” Mulcahy said.“We want to maintain the character of the village and if we don’t have long-term planning and have an idea of where we want to go, it’s easy to go off the rails and it would be easy for the village to lose some of the character that makes it so special, that makes it such a great place to live,” the candidate added.Short-term, Mulcahy would like to make the village board more accessible to the public, which would include quarterly Friday afternoon or Saturday morning meetings, rather than having them all on Tuesday evenings.“I want to make it easier for residents to have their thoughts known, more open office hours to have the public feel they’re able to come in and talk about their concerns. I want better communication in general,” she said.Although she first bought a house in the village in 1998, Mulcahy said she has been coming to the East End with her family her entire life. Her grandfather was a business partner of Carl Fisher, the man who laid the foundation for the resort that is Montauk today.As her children, 24-year-old Colman, who was a pitcher for Pierson, and her 21-year-old daughter Kerrie, who was involved in theater, moved through the school district, Mulcahy found herself getting involved. She’s still currently on the board of Sag Harbor Kids, a volunteer organization dedicated to curating and managing the nonprofit’s website that’s a calendar and contact point for youth-oriented places and events on the East End.In 2016, she and three other like-minded Sag Harbor residents founded Main Street Conversations, a monthly gathering of concerned residents who discuss issues such as immigration, gun control, and local and state politics, and meet with local leaders in an effort to make a difference in the community.Besides visibility and transparency within the village, she’d like to tackle cleaning up Havens Beach and protecting the waterfront, parking and traffic, and spearheading the Long Wharf Pier restoration project.For current Mayor Sandra Schroeder, who is seeking her third term, those are things she, too, is preparing to face.“We have to start a long-term plan on drainage and road runoff,” said Schroeder. “The water table is coming up. We’re a low-lying area and we have to have some long-term infrastructure put in place and it has to be done soon. We have so many houses so close to low water and it’s heartbreaking thinking of what could happen.”The village board just adopted the beginning phases of the Long Wharf renovation project two weeks ago. She’s also worked on union contracts and renovating the Municipal Building over her tenure, adding she’s volunteered all her life because of the satisfaction it brings.“It’s a full-contact sport,” she said of being mayor. “It makes me feel so good when you get to do things for people, even when the rest of the world doesn’t know about it. I’m hoping I’m re-elected — get to continue this work. It’s fun. Good stuff. You can help more people this way.”Mulcahy said when it comes to the Long Wharf renovation, she thinks there’s money to be found. She said she also thinks the village is in “desperate” for a manager or administrator.“Right now the board comes up with great ideas and there’s lots of great plans, but we don’t have the manpower to get as much done as we want,” Mulcahy said. “The manpower and the budget. Rather than putting it on the village clerk, we should have someone making these plans happen.”Silas Marder, a landscape and furniture designer and former gallery owner; Bob Plumb, president of Salt Construction Corp. and a current member of the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals; and Jennifer Ponzini, a real estate agent and attorney who formerly served on the village’s ZBA, are running along with incumbent Trustee Aidan Corish, who is seeking his second term, for two seats on the board. Incumbent Ken O’Donnell said he would not seek a fourth term.“I’m very confident that I’d be able to work with any of them, the current trustees as well,” said Mulcahy, who has known Plumb since they were teenagers, and supported Corish when he first ran. The village election will be June 18 at the Sag Harbor Firehouse on Brick Kiln Road.email@example.com Share
Who:Chef Jesse Ford, Executive Chef of Classic Car Club ManhattanInstagram:@CCCManhattanChef Ford’s Guest-Worthy Recipe:All-purpose Thai basil sauceWhy?“At Classic Car Club Manhattan, we use this sauce on our tuna tartare, but it’s super versatile and makes for a great sauce with fish, steak, or chicken. It pretty much goes with everything!”Ingredients:1 c chopped garlic1/2 c chopped ginger1 small/medium chopped Spanishonion2 pieces chopped lemongrass2 c spinach1 c Thai basil1 c cilantro2 pieces chopped jalapeño1/2 c canola oil plus 1 tsp for sautéingSalt to tasteDirections:Sauté garlic, ginger, onion, lemongrass, and jalapeño until softened and onions are translucent.In a blender, purée all the ingredients together until perfectly smooth.Add salt according to your taste. Share
Earlier this year gasworld reported Messer’s intentions to fully integrate and merge the two companies into the respective Messer companies in Prague and in Bratislava in the short term.Messer in talks with Air Liquide to purchase Central Europe entitiesAir Liquide said in a statement the decision to divest the assets “illustrates Air Liquide’s strategy to review regularly its asset portfolio and focus its geographic expansion on key regions in order to increase density and therefore enhance performance”.
I was astonished to read the comments of Sadiq Khan MP, shadow justice secretary, in which he described the government’s proposed legal aid cuts as ‘irresponsible and inequitable’. I have no recollection of Mr Khan expressing his concerns about the cuts introduced by his own party, when in power, which decimated the legal aid system. As a struggling legal aid solicitor I welcome all genuine support in the fight against cuts, but Mr Khan’s support is unwelcome and his arrant hypocrisy should not be allowed to pass without comment. Dan O’Callaghan, Solicitor-advocate, London
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Sarah Pace Moore of Malta takes a picture of the Moores Crinum; a type of lily. Budding horticulturists, nature lovers and anyone who is interested in learning about the rich history of Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is invited to join their free guided walks. The Athlone News joined one of the walks on Saturday November 19, when Jane von Witt, a Botanical Society volunteer garden guide, took a group of tourists and locals on a 50-minute adventure, starting at Gate 1. Ms Von Witt, who has been a member of the Botanical Society for 20 years, said Kirstenbosch spans more than 500 hectares, but only one-sixth of the land is used as a garden, which is home to 4 000 plant species. She said Kirstenbosch’s heritage dates back to prehistoric times as Stone Age hand axes had been found near the spring in the dell, which is the oldest part of the garden.In 1652, Jan van Riebeeck surveyed the land and appointed its first forester, Leendert Cornelissen, in 1657 to protect the forests and supply the Dutch East India Company with timber. According to Ms Von Witt, Kirstenbosch the farm was owned by the Cloete family in the 1800s. “Cecil John Rhodes was the last private owner of the land, which he bought for 9 000 pounds to protect the eastern slopes of Table Mountain from urban development.” Following the death of Rhodes in 1902, the land was given to the government and became a botanical garden dedicated to the study of indigenous plants of South Africa. During the walk, Ms Von Witt, takes visitors to the grave of the first director of the gardens Professor Harold Pearson – a botany graduate from Cambridge University. Armed with refreshments and comfortable shoes, visitors are shown the many attractions at the gardens: the fragrance garden; the Braille trail; the centre for home gardening; the dell; the cycad amphitheatre; Pearson’s grave; the fynbos walk; a view of the buchus; the “boomslang” centenary tree canopy walkway; and the garden of extinction, which displays the more than 1 500 South African plants facing extinction. Tourist Sarah Pace Moore of Malta said she had found the guided tour both enjoyable and informative. “We joined 20 minutes into the walk, and we are grateful for the information. If we didn’t do the guided walk, we would have just walked around reading from the information boards,” she said. On weekdays, there will be 50-minute walks from both gates, at 11am and noon, and 90-minute walks from Gate 1, at 10am and 2pm. On Saturdays, 50-minute walks will be offered from both gates, at 10am and 11am. For information about the free walks, call 021 799 8783.
ADS Aerospace Ltd v EMS Global Tracking LtdThe approach taken by the courts when assessing unreasonable behaviour is well illustrated by the recent case of ADS Aerospace Ltd v EMS Global Tracking Ltd  EWHC 2904 (TCC). The claimant’s $16m claim, which was for breach and repudiation of an agreement between the parties for the exclusive distribution of satellite tracking devices for aeroplanes or helicopters, was dismissed. The court was required to decide on the issue of costs. The claimant maintained that there should be a substantial reduction in the defendant’s costs entitlement (of at least 50%) to reflect the unwillingness of the defendant to enter into mediation to seek to resolve the issues between the parties. The parties provided the court with information about what was going on behind the scenes with regard to trying to settle the case. The defendant’s solicitors had proposed that the parties engage in settlement discussions but the claimant wanted to wait until exchange of witness statements. The defendant later offered to settle the claim on a without-prejudice basis but the claimant failed to provide a response and later, during a telephone discussion with the defendant, the claimant did not demonstrate any intention to settle the matter. Later, the claimant rejected the settlement offer which had been made and suggested that the parties engage in mediation. The defendant wrote back and referred to the previous history and stated that: it did not feel that mediation would be worthwhile and that both parties were now aware of each other’s case; the time and cost of mediation would be wasted; and that the claimant was not likely to accept less than $16m. Despite this, the defendant indicated that it would consider any reasonable offer which the claimant may make on a without-prejudice basis. The claimant replied by stating that there was a reasonable prospect of settling the claim and that a skilled mediator would be capable of settling the matter. The defendant wrote back reiterating its previous position that a formal mediation was not necessary, especially given the fact that it was now three weeks before the commencement of the trial. The claimant then offered to settle the matter and repeated its invitation for the parties to engage in mediation. The defendant replied with a counter offer which was substantially less than the claimant’s offer. Neither of the offers were accepted and the matter proceeded to trial. The claimant accepted that prima facie the defendant is entitled to its costs, but said that the defendant acted unreasonably in refusing its request to attempt to settle the dispute in mediation. The defendant said that it acted reasonably in all the circumstances. Akenhead J made reference to Halsey in which Dyson LJ (as he then was) held the following:Applying the above criteria to the circumstances of the case before him, Akenhead J held that the claimant had failed to demonstrate that the defendant had acted unreasonably in refusing to engage in mediation on the following grounds:There had been no willingness on the part of the claimant to engage even in a without-prejudice discussion until quite late in the litigation process, notwithstanding at least various attempts on the part of the defendant to initiate the same earlier on.It was clear from the offer to settle which was made by it that the claimant, for good or bad reason, had a strong view that it was entitled to substantial compensation, and that was clear also to the defendant. The claimant gave every appearance that it was simply not interested in a nominal payment.The defendant was at all times prepared to engage in without-prejudice discussions with the claimant and there appeared to have been little or no good reason why that approach should not have been tried earlier on in the litigation process.The lateness within the trial programme of the mediation suggestion coming from the claimant was a material factor. Without-prejudice discussions would have been quicker, cheaper and less intrusive into trial preparation than a mediation which, even if it lasted only a day in itself, would have diverted solicitors and counsel by more than one day because they would have had to prepare for the mediation.The defendant did not act unreasonably in believing that it had a very strong case both on liability, causation and quantum. There were very real difficulties apparent in the claimant’s case on repudiation and the damages claim was demonstrably overstated (worth no more than about $400,000 rather than the $16m claimed). Akenhead J was of the opinion that a good mediator would have been able to ‘work on’ the claimant to accept what would in effect be a nominal offer. However, Akenhead J stated that he did not have any doubt that without-prejudice discussions would probably have achieved the same result or at least got to the same stage as mediation.Masood Ahmed, Birmingham City University The general principle on costs in civil litigation is clear: the unsuccessful party will be ordered to pay the costs of the successful party, albeit that the court has discretion to order otherwise (Civil Procedure Rule 44.3 (2)). The court may exercise its discretion where a party (whether claimant or defendant) refuses, without legitimate excuse, to engage in an alternative dispute resolution process (ADR). That refusal may be seen as evidence of unreasonable behaviour and a court may penalise that party in costs. However, it does not follow that such a party will automatically be considered to have acted unreasonably in refusing to engage in ADR. In assessing unreasonable behaviour in this context, the court will seek to apply the criteria set out in Halsey v Milton Keynes NHS Trust  EWCA Civ 576. In deciding whether to deprive a successful party of some or all of its costs on the grounds that it has refused to agree to ADR, the burden is on the unsuccessful party to show why there should be a departure from the general rule. Mediation has a number of advantages over the court process. Mediation provides litigants with a wider range of solutions than those available in litigation. For example: an apology; an explanation; or the continuation of an existing professional or business relationship. The question of whether a party has acted unreasonably in refusing ADR must be determined having regard to all the circumstances of the particular case. The question whether a party has unreasonably refused ADR will include (but is not limited to) the following: (a) the nature of the dispute; (b) the merits of the case; (c) the extent to which other settlement methods have been attempted; (d) whether the costs of the ADR would be disproportionately high; (e) whether any delay in setting up and attending the ADR would have been prejudicial; and (f) whether the ADR had a reasonable prospect of success. The fact that a party unreasonably believes that its case is watertight is no justification for refusing mediation. But the fact that a party reasonably believes that it has a watertight case may well be sufficient justification for a refusal to mediate.