Share AIA leaders Christian Demchak Leo Ellis Christian Demchak. Independent/Justin MeinkenThe American Institute of Architects Peconic celebrated its field Saturday, January 11, with the 2020 Daniel J. Rowen Memorial Design Awards at the Ross School in East Hampton. Over 40 projects were on view, and Bill Chaleff moderated a discussion.Honorees included the Leroy Street Studio, Bates Masi Architects, Roger Ferris + Partners, and Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects for design; John David Rose Architect and Newman Architects for historic preservation; and James Merrell Architects and SLR Architecture for projects.For the full list of awards, visit www.aia.org/peconicchapter.
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The load-out was part of a six-month turnkey project awarded to ALE, which will see the heavy lift specialist deliver 67 pipe rack modules, weighing between 130 and 250 tonnes, from the Port of Duqm to the project site in Harweel.During the project, ALE explained that it will be coordinating weighing, storage, transportation, load-ins, load-outs and ship chartering. The company will utilise a wide variety of equipment, including cranes, chartered vessels and its Trojan truck.The first operation involved the load-out of six pipe rack modules and two columns – weighing a total of 1,100 tonnes – and delivery of the units from their fabrication yard to the ship using self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT).Yasser Al Yasin, country manager for ALE in Oman, explained that the Rabab Harweel Integrated Project is the first of its kind for ALE in Oman, in terms of its complexity with the integration of so many different techniques and services.www.ale-heavylift.com
Lawyers are setting the standard for private employers in having more firms committed to paying workers an independently assessed ‘living wage’ than any other business sector. However, it has also emerged that solicitor practices were among hundreds of rogue employers recently penalised for not paying staff at least the minimum wage. Some 21 law firms and barristers’ chambers have now signed up to the fair pay scheme run by charity The Living Wage Foundation (LWF), which has 205 companies registered as living wage employers. A majority are in the public and not-for-profit sectors. LWF is backed by London mayor Boris Johnson. A ‘living wage’ is currently £8.55 an hour in London and £7.45 elsewhere. The minimum wage is £6.19. Three magic circle firms signed up early: Linklaters, Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May. Allen & Overy and Freshfields have not done so, but A&O supports the living wage and in London pays all onsite contractors the London living wage as a minimum. Freshfields also supports the London living wage and since October 2010 has paid all staff, including subcontractors, at least £8.55. A spokesperson said the firm chose not to seek accreditation from the LWF and instead made its commitment directly to the Greater London Authority. LWF signatories outside the magic circle include Mayer Brown, Holman Fenwick Willan, education law outfit Match Solicitors, and London and Manchester personal injury firm Fentons. Barristers’ chambers to have signed up with LWF include Matrix, Outer Temple and 11KBW. In 2012/13, HMRC investigated 1,693 complaints against employers for allegedly breaching minimum wage rules. This resulted in 708 employers receiving automatic penalty charges of up to £5,000 and 26,519 employees receiving an average of £300 in back pay. HMRC told the Gazette that ‘fewer than five’ of these employers were solicitor firms, but declined to reveal the penalties imposed.
A solicitor has been struck off after admitting to withdrawing more than £1.2m from the reserve client account to fund a spiralling gambling addiction.Sole practitioner Richard Sedgley, from Bournemouth, made 59 transfers from the client account over the course of two months as he struggled with problems in his personal life, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard. This left a client account shortage at various times between March 2016 and June 2016, although the shortage had been replaced in full by Sedgley by mid-June. His firm was closed by a Solicitors Regulation Authority intervention in June 2016.Sedgley, 66 this year, accepted he had been taking money from the client account and then putting it back, but he insisted he had no intention of permanently appropriating client funds.As well as a gambling addition, Sedgley told the Solicitors tribunal he was in a ‘kamikaze state of mind’ following two bereavements: the sudden death of a work colleague and the death of a close personal friend. He said the first relevant withdrawal from a client account was on the Monday after the second funeral.Sedgley, a solicitor for 38 years, said he had come to understand through counselling that after a build-up of work pressures and personal grief he had ‘pushed the “sod-it” button’.He was able to transfer money from one account to another on his computer screen on an almost daily basis for two months. He told the tribunal that he did not believe he had an understanding that what he was doing would be regarded as dishonesty.He had paid the money back through his winnings, and by April 2016 he had been ‘coming to his senses’ and vowed to himself he would stop making transfers.He accepted that other solicitors would find his conduct to be ‘horrendous’ and he could hardly believe he was the person who had done this. Sedgley told that tribunal that, given his state of mind at the time, he did not appreciate an honest person would regard his actions as dishonest. He did not pretend the matters were not serious, but told the tribunal he deeply regretted what had happened and that he was not thinking clearly at the time.The tribunal heard from two solicitors prepared to give evidence in support of his character. They had come forward after reading reports of allegations against him in the local press.The SRA, prosecuting, said the amount taken had been ‘breathtaking’, and that even if he had been stressed, Sedgley knew it was wrong to take the money and that clients’ funds were sacrosanct.The tribunal accepted his behaviour was out of character and he had been caught up in his gambling problems: until the events in question members were satisfied he had been a ‘thoroughly honest, decent and hard-working solicitor’.But the tribunal said Sedgley had known he was not entitled to use the money and understood that the conduct was wrong. The tribunal was ‘forced to the irresistible conclusion that in making such a large number of transfers… was dishonest by the ordinary standards of reasonable and honest people’.The judgment added: ‘His actions were planned, in that he had to log on to the banking system and make the transfers; none of the transfers were accidental. As a solicitor, [Sedgley] was in a position of trust and in particular was expected to protect client money.’He was struck off and ordered to pay SRA costs of £5,600.
THE MISSING LINK in the Washington DC Green Line is to open on September 18. WMATA announced in January that work on the $643m 4·7 km segment would be completed three months ahead of schedule. With stations at Columbia Heights and Georgia Avenue-Petworth, the mid-city section will finally link the isolated Fort Totten – Greenbelt branch and the inner portion of the line from U Street-Cardozo to Anacostia. This leaves just the Anacostia – Branch Avenue line with five stations, now due to open in 2001, to complete the 165 km network authorised in 1971 (DM 95 p77).Another proposal to extend the metro to the growing suburb of Tysons Corner, Virginia, has been unveiled by local and federal officials. It was to have been served by a station on the proposed link to Dulles Airport. The new plan envisages an 11·2 km elevated branch, diverging from the Orange line at West Falls Church, and terminating with a loop around Tysons Corner, serving shopping centres, offices and other traffic generators. At least $121m in state and federal money is already available towards the estimated cost of $700m to $900m, and if the rest can be raised quickly, the branch could be open by 2005.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn For those who opt into the Deluxe draw there is the monthly chance of winning £1,000. The monthly draw prize increases to £3000 at Christmas and of course there is the once a year chance of winning a new set of wheels. To be in with a chance of winning like Craig, is simple, all you have to do is take part in the weekly draw. For a pound a week, those taking part have two chances of winning a daily prize of £25 and £50 Monday to Friday and a weekly winner will pick up £500 on a Saturday, that means nearly a dozen people who enter the weekly draw will win. As part of the clubs weekly prize draw, all those who enter the Deluxe draw for just £2 per week have the chance to win a brand new car. This season’s car draw took place prior to our final home game against Livingston and the lucky winner from the 10 shortlisted entrants was Craig Mitchell of Dumfries. You’ve got to be in it to win it though and there is many ways your can join. You can pay by direct debit, by cheque or card at the club office, join online or by contacting one of our many agents across Dumfries and Galloway, all the details are available at www.qosfc.com or if you don’t have access to a computer then you can call the club on 01387 254853. picture of Queens Chairman Billy Hewitson handing over the keys to this season’s winner, Craig Mitchell
Author: Baibhav Mishra The vessel employs various technologies to achieve maximum fuel economy, including an energy-saving, electronically-controlled main diesel engine, a bow designed to reduce wave resistance, high propulsive efficiency propellers, and the Kawasaki rudder bulb system with fins (RBS-F) and semi-duct system with contra fins (SDS-F), which all contribute to the vessel’s enhanced propulsion performance. Length overall: 199.90 mLength between perpendiculars: 197.00 mMolded breadth: 32.24 mMolded depth: 18.60 mMolded draft: 13.00 mGross tonnage: 34,634Deadweight: 61,226 tHold capacity: 77,539 m3Main engine: One set of MAN B&W 6S50ME-B9.3-TII diesel engineMaximum continuous output: 8,130 kW at 108 rpmSpeed Approx: 14.5 knComplement: 25 peopleClassification: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)Country of registration: Panama Principal Particulars: Delivery: September 26, 2019 The vessel incorporates various energy saving technologies, which reduce both fuel consumption and emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), thereby complying with the EEDI* Phase 2 requirements. Sea News, October 4 The vessel has a flush deck with a forecastle and five holds that are designed for optimum transport of grains, coal, ores and steel products. Four 30-ton deck cranes are installed along the center in between the hatch covers to enable cargo loading and unloading in ports that lack cargo handling facilities. Delivery, principal particulars, and features of the vessel are as described below: * Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). An amendment to Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (“MARPOL,” one of the IMO treaties), became effective from January 2013, requires new ships to meet energy-efficiency levels based on the EEDI, an indicator of the amount of CO2 (in grams) emitted per metric ton of freight and per nautical mile of transportation. The energy efficiency requirement is tightened incrementally from Phase 0 to Phase 3, with the baseline being determined by the dates that the ship was contracted and/or delivered. By Phase 2, bulk carriers are required to achieve a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. on September 26 announced that it delivered the bulk carrier AFRICAN CARDINAL, with a capacity of 61,000 DWT (Kawasaki hull No. 8038, DACKS hull No. DE056), for CARDINAL MARITIME S.A. at the Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (DACKS), which is located in Dalian City, China and operated jointly with China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping).
HUBER+SUHNER and ENGIE INEO have signed a framework agreement to equip 140 Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) trains with next gen Wi-Fi services. Until 2018, HUBER+SUHNER will supply all required passive components for the world’s first broadband passenger Wi-Fi network on high-speed trains with ENGIE INEO speeds of up to 300km/h. The contract also includes an option to equip another 160 trains in 2017-2018.HUBER+SUHNER will provide all of the required passive components for broadband passenger Wi-Fi on the TGV fleet. The components needed for the communication networks will be delivered as separate kits for each train. The kits will include RADOX® Fiber Optic Q-ODC Assemblies, preassembled RADOX® Radio Frequency Cables, SENCITY® Antennas, RADOX® Railcat CAT7 data-bus cables and RADOX® Power Cables. Also at the request of the rail company SNCF, the products comply with the EN 45545-2 standard for fire safety, EN 50121 for electrical safety and EN 61373, which impose strict requirements for vibration and impact resistance.The first commercial journey of the modernized TGV trains took place in December 2016. This was the first time passengers were able to use a broadband Wi-Fi network in a train at speeds of up to 300 km/h.