NWS: Today’s High Near 58; Tonight’s Low Around 38

first_imgThe National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 58 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 38. Courtesy/NWSlast_img

Chevrolet’s Equinox delivered to DOE

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Cryoport tapped for exclusive cancer cryogenics support

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EnerQuip: New oil and gas services company launched in Aberdeen

first_imgFormer AMC Engineering directors have established a new oil and gas services company EnerQuip, with the goal to provide torque machines and associated services to the drilling and downhole tools sectors.The company, initially located in Tullos, Scotland, has said it plans to make an initial investment of £6 million ($9.14 m), and to move to a larger facility in the north-east in early 2016.In addition, EnerQuip has acquired a workshop, yard and office facility in Lybster, Caithness, to host fabrication and repair activities.The company plans to launch a new generation torque machine, for the assembly and dismantling of downhole tools, by the first half of 2016.The chairman/engineering director of EnerQuip, Andrew Polson, sold AMC Engineering to Forum Energy Technologies (FET) nearly four years ago, and now managing director Dave Clark, a former AMC senior manager and technical director John Duncan, a former AMC director, have joined him to launch EnerQuip.According to the company, additional three people are expected to be recruited by the end of July, with further 10 posts being created in Aberdeen and Lybster by the end of the year.Dave Clark, managing director of EnerQuip, said: “The new business provides us with a platform to offer a unique service package that harnesses our extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of our specialist sector.”“We’re equipped to support the international activities of industry contractors, and to do so quickly, reliably and efficiently.”“More than that, we’re tapping into that mix of experience and expertise to develop an improved torque machine that will add a new dimension to our offering. It’s an ambitious programme, but it’s achievable because of inherent capabilities and we look forward to taking it to the market.”ProductsAccording to EnerQuip, the company’s key products include a range of bucking units and fully rotational makeup and breakout torque machines and associated products, such as jar testers, containerised workshops and pipe handling systems.Furthermore, the company’s services include torque machine servicing and upgrades, jar tester repair and maintenance, equipment design and manufacture, calibration and software support. It also provides training and consultancy services.Additionally, the business stocks spares as part of its 24/7 service support, including dies, inserts, hydraulic cylinders, filters, hydraulic motors, hoses and fittings.[mappress mapid=”1837″]last_img read more

Record month for ACS

first_img“It is a great achievement to have organised 1,056 charters in a month – many of these consisting of more than one sector,” said ACS chief operating officer Ruan Courtney. “That is an average of one contract signed every 41 minutes.”Courtney went on: “Despite the deterioration of the Russian market, which has hurt numbers in both our Moscow and St Petersburg offices, all our other European offices were up considerably year-on-year, as well as our North American operations, more than making up for the shortfall.”Particular highlights include the performance of our cargo departments in the UK and the US – these have fuelled a large part of the growth in terms of numbers. Also our operations in Hong Kong and Beijing which, while less significant in terms of overall numbers, saw a 60 percent increase.”He added that ACS also posted record figures in March and May of this year, with charter numbers for 2015 already up 20 percent compared with 2014.www.aircharterservice.comlast_img read more

Rise in small-claims limit may be good for litigants

first_img Rachel Rothwell is editor of Litigation Funding magazine, providing in-depth coverage on costs and the financing of litigation. Follow Rachel on Twitter When it comes to the small-claims court, all the focus seems to have been on personal injury. There has been a lot of attention on the looming threat of a rise in the small-claims track limit for PI, currently being mulled over by government. The PI small-claims limit is £1,000 at the moment – but most commentators expect the justice secretary to bump this up to £5,000. The big point about the small-claims track, of course, is that there are no recoverable costs – so the rise risks leaving many unrepresented injured people to deal directly with defendant insurers, without having any idea of the real value of their claim. But what about non-PI claims? Here, the small-claims limit doubled from £5,000 to £10,000 this month, and the profession does not seem to have made much of a fuss about it. Is it bad news for lawyers – and what about for litigating parties? For those who have a very clear-cut claim, where they have good evidence that they have suffered loss as a result of a breach of contract or negligence on the part of a professional, the fact that their £9,500 claim will now fall within the small-claims limit may be unfair. Whereas previously they could have recouped their legal costs when they won, now they cannot. But how many claims ever fall into that category? Is there really any such thing as a surefire claim? More likely, a litigant may have a very strong claim that they feel they really should win, provided that the judge on the day adopts a sensible approach. But you can never be sure – because unfortunately, that is the nature of litigation – and the opposing party may be feeling equally confident. For the average person with a relatively small-scale dispute to litigate, their biggest concern is not the amount they might have to spend on their own lawyers. It is the prospect of paying the other side’s costs if they lose – costs over which they have no control at all, and cannot simply pull the plug on – that really scares them. And in a very many cases, it will put them off litigating altogether, and they will never enforce their rights as a result. I have a friend who has been let down very badly by her builders. They botched the job to such an extent that she eventually had to hire another building firm to put things right. She has paid the original builders a reasonable sum for the aspects of the work that did not need to be re-done; but they continue to press her for the full cost of the job, despite their obvious negligence. It is a very large and well-resourced firm. Because of the amounts involved, her dispute will fall within the small-claims track under the new limit – something she is relieved about. Rather than caving in, she is more than prepared to fight her corner in that court, and instruct her own lawyers if she needs to. But had she been at risk of her opponent’s legal costs, that would have involved a far greater risk, and one she probably wouldn’t have wanted to take. As lawyers know only too well, adverse costs can be a very powerful bullying tool – although it will be interesting to see what effect the new rule requiring costs to be ‘proportionate’ to the amounts at stake will have outside the small-claims track. So while litigants will not now be able to recoup their legal costs for disputes under £10,000 allocated to the small-claims track, it may just be that we will actually see more cases being brought, and more wrongs being righted, as a result of the new limit. If that is the case, there could be an opportunity for solicitors to offer a supporting role, even if it falls short of full representation.last_img read more

MoJ figures paint stark picture of aid decline

first_imgFigures released by the Ministry of Justice this week show the stark impact of the government’s legal aid cuts.The first full-year figures since the April 2013 implementation of cuts in scope made under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 also reveal that the number of legal aid cases and cost were falling before the cuts were implemented.In 2013/14 the Legal Aid Agency facilitated 1.8 million acts of assistance, costing just over £1.7bn for both criminal (£0.9bn) and civil (£0.8bn) matters. This showed a 20% drop from the 2.3 million acts of assistance in 2012/13 and an 11% drop in cost from £1.9bn the previous year.The report shows the number of acts of assistance peaked in 2009/10. Since then volumes have fallen by 39%. Within that, crime has reduced by 14% and civil legal aid by almost two-thirds.The largest drop in criminal legal aid has been in magistrates’ court work, with volumes down by 21% between 2008 and 2013. This is attributed by the report to a reduction in crime.On the civil side, the report shows the volume of new matter starts for civil legal help fell by over 80% between 2009/10 and 2013/14 and the number of certificates for civil representation dropped by 30% between 201/11 and 2013/14.In the past four years the volume of family work has been decreasing. Last year saw a dramatic 60% fall, following LASPO, which removed most private law family cases from the scope of public funding.The largest fall was in private law Children Act proceedings, with over 30,000 fewer certificates granted.The number of family mediations fell from 15,357 in 2011/12 and 13,609 in 2012/13 to 8,400 last year.The volume of cases in social welfare law, including community care, debt, housing and welfare benefits, fell by 79% in 2013/14 compared to 2012/13 due to the scope cuts.But again, the report shows volumes were declining pre-LASPO, with volumes falling by 29% between 2010/11 and 2012/13.Elsewhere the number of immigration cases fell by 45% in 2013/14 compared to the previous year.Since LASPO came into force, there have been 1,520 applications for exceptional funding, of which 69 were granted. Of them 53 were for inquests, nine for family cases and four immigration matters.The report also shows the impact on practitioners of the cuts and declining volumes. Since 2007/08 the number of firms carrying out civil legal aid work has nearly halved while the number of criminal providers decreased by 16%.In the past year the number of civil providers has decreased by almost a quarter and the number of crime providers by 5%. The not-for-profit sector has seen a 90% reduction in providers.The director of the Legal Action Group, Steve Hynes said: ‘This shows the telling picture that we have been saying all along – cases were dropping anyway before the LASPO scope cuts.’last_img read more

Mail on rail under threat

first_imgIT IS extraordinary that Europe’s railways successfully offer fast, frequent inter-city passenger services, but that several of them cannot provide the speed and reliability needed for mail traffic. Deutsche Post Transport stopped using rail in 1996, and despite a 1998 plan to launch dedicated overnight trains for mail and packages jointly with global parcels delivery group UPS, spectacularly little progress has been made. French National Railways has lost all but its TGV postal services and a single route with classic rolling stock between Paris and Besançon. Postal rail traffic is no more in the Netherlands, and is being cut back in Switzerland.In Britain rail operators are threatened with losing a substantial chunk of their remaining postal traffic. Post Office Chief Executive John Roberts warned at the opening of a £6m mail terminal in Bristol on July 21 that better performance and flexibility were needed. ’I hope you understand that The Post Office’s continued use of rail will not – and cannot be – at any price’, he told guests, adding that even after investing £150m in its Railnet network in the last six years, it was ’on the basis of a belief we would get the service we need.’ The arrangements for mail traffic in Britain are complex, with The Post Office contracting with English Welsh & Scottish Railway to run the trains and negotiate paths with Railtrack. A target of 95% of arrivals within 10min of schedule has been consistently undershot, and only in the last two months has this been approached.Roberts criticised Railtrack for its decision to remove access to the London area mail hub at Willesden over the coming Christmas and New Year holiday because of upgrading work on the West Coast Main Line. He was incensed that ’as a major customer there was not even any consultation about a change that could affect major amounts of our customers’ mail at this key time of the year.’ The Post Office challenged the decision and Railtrack eventually backed down. But the episode damaged rail’s credibility at a critical time – The Post Office must shortly decide whether to replace its fleet of Travelling Post Office sorting vehicles. These are MkI coaches that cannot legally run after December 2002 without expensive modifications to prevent over-ride, and then only for two more years.last_img read more

Nigeria to probe ruling party’s chief over corruption allegation

first_imgNigeria widens corruption probe targeting army officers Nigeria Crackdown On Corruption Nigeria’s ruling party endorses Buhari for second termcenter_img Nigeria’s anti-graft body said Wednesday that it would probe the allegation of corruption leveled against the chairman of the country’s ruling party during the recently concluded party primaries.Rasheedat Okoduwa, spokesperson for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission (ICPC) told reporters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, that Adams Oshiomhole, chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), would be investigated.The ICPC’s decision to investigate Oshiomhole came barely one week after he was quizzed by the country’s secret police over alleged anomalies in the APC primaries.He was quizzed by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) over a complaint from some aggrieved governors that he allegedly received bribes during the recently held primary elections of the party.Oshiomhole, during the DSS interrogation, was asked to resign from his position as national chairman, according to reports.The APC chairman has been engaged in a war of words with some state governors.At least two governors had openly criticized the party chairman for rejecting their preferred candidates for the 2019 general elections.The country’s next general elections are scheduled for February-March 2019.Relatedlast_img read more

$2.5 million in cocaine seized in Bahamas

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews $2.5 million in cocaine seized in Bahamas by: – September 3, 2012center_img Share 11 Views   no discussions Cocaine. Photo credit: topnews.aeNASSAU, Bahamas — A joint operation by law enforcement agencies near Great Inagua in The Bahamas resulted in the seizure of an estimated $2.5 million worth of cocaine, police said on Friday.Police seized the 345 pounds of cocaine on North West Cay, an island north of Great Inagua, around 4:30 am on Thursday, according to Superintendent Stephen Dean.The Drug Enforcement Unit and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration arrested two men, a 44-year-old Dominican Republic national and a 41-year-old Turks and Caicos resident shortly after the large find.Dean said the suspects will be arraigned in court sometime this week.The seizure comes just over a week after law enforcement agencies in Grand Bahama seized $1.2 million in cocaine from the Freeport Container Port.The narcotics were discovered in a container that arrived from Peru and was being transported to Toronto, Canada, according to police.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more