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More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 You may be interested in… CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Share this on WhatsApp They are demanding that all vaccines, treatments and tests be patent-free, mass produced and distributed fairly. The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, underscored the need to work together to beat the virus. Oct 15, 2020 On Thursday, more than 140 world leaders and figures signed an open letter requesting Governments unite behind a “people’s vaccine” against COVID-19, marking the most ambitious position yet set out by world leaders on what has become the most urgent quest in modern science. “Nobody should be pushed to the back of the vaccine queue because of where they live or what they earn”, he said, in the joint UNAIDS/Oxfam letter. Oct 16, 2020 South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, is pushing for scientific research to be shared between countries and that the vaccine be patent-free. (United Nations News) UNAIDS, the UN agency fighting against the deadly HIV/AIDS virus, has initiated a petition from global leaders requesting that when a successful COVID-19 vaccine is developed, it be made available free of charge to all. Oct 16, 2020 Read more at: United Nations News Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak
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Maritime Craft Services (Clyde) Ltd. took delivery of three more Twin Axe wind farm support vessels in June and two more will arrive next month. With the introduction of the five new Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Suppliers, MCS has the largest Twin Axe fleet in the offshore wind industry.The addition of the latest three Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Supplier 2610s follows the successful introduction of two vessels of the same type in 2012, the MCS Sirocco and MCS Pampero.MCS Managing Director Dirk Kuijt says: “It is good business practice to have a mix of different type of CTV’s, but as yet we have not found a more reliable, safe and comfortable Crew Transfer Vessel as the Twin Axe to contemplate this mix.”First jobsThe three new vessels are named MCS Kaver, MCS Blue Norther and MCS Levanto and will be deployed in the Shetland Islands, Germany and Denmark in offshore wind farm support and maintenance activities.MCS has also ordered two more Twin Axe Fast Crew Suppliers, which will be delivered end-July. These will be named MCS Coromell and MCS Boreas.Based in Largs, Ayrshire (UK), MCS has more than 30 years experience, the Scottish family firm operates a 19-strong fleet of tugs and workboats internationally and has several Damen vessels including Multi Cats, Shoalbusters and Dredge Helpers. MCS has been active in the offshore wind market for many years and decided to enter the crew transfer market in 2011.[mappress]Press release, July 11, 2013; Image: MCS
With activity at the facilities of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) recently passing the halfway point of 2014, cargo statistics compiled for period of January 1 to June 30 strongly suggest that this will be another year of major successes at the Port of Philadelphia, with the fifth year of double-digit cargo growth a likely probability by year’s end.Comparing the period of January to June 2014 with January to June 2013, containers have increased more than 29 percent; breakbulk cargoes have increased almost 13 percent; Roll-On/Roll-Off cargoes have increased almost 5 percent; and liquid bulk cargoes have increased more than 4 percent.All told, total cargo tonnage at PRPA facilities is up over 13 percent when comparing January to June 2013 with January to June 2014.“As I commented this past spring when preliminary cargo figures began rolling in, we’re really entering a great period here at the Port of Philadelphia,” said PRPA Chairman Charles G. Kopp, Esq.“Between our aggressive terminal operators, our expert labor force, PRPA’s dedicated professional staff, the excitement created by the Delaware River Channel Deepening Project, and the excellent support we’ve received from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and his administration, the Port of Philadelphia has a formula in place for continued high performance, and I don’t think that is going to change.”[mappress]Press Release, July 28, 2014
Insurers are beginning to challenge solicitors over the terms of their professional indemnity insurance (PII) policies amid early signs that the profession is facing a wave of negligence claims. Some 82% of major insurers predict that the number of claims on solicitors’ PII policies this year will be higher than the 2008/09 indemnity period, according to a survey of 11 insurers by insurance broker Ntegrity Insurance Solutions. Just under two-thirds predicted that the total value of these claims will increase compared with 2009. Frank Maher, partner at Liverpool risk management and professional indemnity firm Legal Risk, said that PII insurers faced with a surge in claims are beginning to dispute the terms and conditions of PII policies. He said that insurers have recently started trying to deny cover by establishing that a sham partnership exists. Maher also said that several large firms are experiencing significant increases in claims, some being driven by the economic climate. None of the insurers polled by Ntegrity expected PII premiums to fall during the 2010 renewals season, with 85% forecasting premium rises. In the indemnity year 2009/10, the cost of insuring the profession was £241m – a £15m rise on 2008/09. Gary Horswell, managing director of Ntegrity, said: ‘This picture will be a worry to solicitors already being tested by the business climate. If it transpires that claims volumes and costs increase in the way anticipated, it will have a fairly immediate impact on premiums as insurers are no longer able to rely on historic levels of investment income to balance the books. Claims will have to be covered by premiums.’ Some 18% of insurers polled by Ntegrity expected that the number of claims on solicitors’ PII policies will increase substantially, while 64% predicted a small increase in claims.
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A new pension scheme for fee-paid judges, established by the government after the Supreme Court backed a former part-time recorder’s claim to a full pension, has been delayed. In 2013 the Central London Employment Tribunal ruled former part-time recorder Dermod O’Brien was entitled to a full pension. It followed a Supreme Court judgment earlier that year that part-time judges are ‘workers’ for the purpose of the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000.In a note issued yesterday, the ministry said planned implementation of the new scheme by 31 March was ‘no longer feasible’. It ‘anticipates’ the scheme will be implemented by 1 December.A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice said: ‘A complex period of litigation to test our proposals in court ended last month, which has resulted in a later implementation date for the scheme. However, the payments will be backdated.‘As with the rest of the public service, we are committed to providing an affordable, flexible, sustainable and fair pension scheme, whilst safeguarding judicial independence.’The scheme will mirror a current scheme for salaried judges, established by the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993 as far as possible, on a pro-rata basis.In a response to a previous consultation on the scheme, the ministry said it did not consider that any fee-paid judges, of any background, would be treated less favourably than their salaried counterparts.It stated: ‘The department takes seriously its legal duties in respect of equalities and equal opportunities, and is committed to ensuring no less favourable treatment based on background. The department will continue to monitor this in respect of the implementation of the [scheme].’One judge responding to the consultation said the scheme ‘clearly’ had potential equalities impacts, as there was a ‘far better representation of younger judges, women and those from the BME community in the fee-paid judiciary in comparison with the salaried judiciary (and in particular the senior salaried judiciary)’.The ministry’s latest note states that it is ‘committed’ to conducting a consultation on the draft regulations prior to them being laid in parliament. However it is ‘likely’ that the regulations will not be debated until the autumn.Until the scheme is introduced, the ministry will continue to offer interim payments to eligible fee-paid judicial office-holders.
A man in Bauchi State in northern Nigeria has been arrested by police for allegedly killing his five-day-old son with insecticide because he had no money to organize a naming ceremony for the child, local media reports.The man, Habibu Bala of Ningi Local Government area of the state was paraded alongside other suspected criminals by the police and confessed to committing the murderous act, because of lack of money to organize a naming ceremony.“I killed my new baby because I don’t have money to organize naming ceremony but I regretted killing him”, he confessed.“On 21st January, 2018 the suspect’s brother one Musa Bala reported at the Ningi police station that on the same date at about 2:30pm his younger brother used an insecticide known as “piya piya” and poisoned his son by administering the chemical into the baby’s mouth,” said Kamal Datti Abubakar, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and spokesman for the state command.“As a result the baby became unconscious; he was later taken to Ningi General Hospital where the medical doctor certified him dead,”Abubakar added.In another related incident, a 17-year-old boy was also arrested for allegedly killing his 65-year-old father.Nuhu Bulus of Toro Local Government Area of the same state is said to have inflicted serious injuries on his father after he was left alone with 65-year-old Bulus Azi on January 17.Abubakar revealed that the suspect hit his father several times with metal pots and woods, which led to his death after being rushed to hospital.Nuhu revealed during an interview with The Independent that he murdered his father due to a misunderstanding that ensued between them, adding that he was intoxicated with hard drugs when he committed the offence.“I killed my father because he provoked me with his strange behavior which led to a misunderstanding between us,” he said.