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Repair Work on MV ‘Blue Puttees’ Completed

first_imgRepair work to the MV Blue Puttees was successfully completed over the weekend and the vessel departed Halifax returning to North Sydney later that day. It is anticipated that the vessel will resume service between North Sydney and Port aux Basques Tuesday evening (August 20).With the return of the MV Blue Puttees, the MV Atlantic Vision will resume its Argentia sailing schedule, with the first departure being Wednesday’s (August 21) sailing from North Sydney to Argentia.Argentia customers whose original bookings were re-routed through Port aux Basques are being contacted and provided the option of re-booking to the Argentia service. Previously impacted customers who choose to take the Argentia service will see no increase in their fare and will continue to pay the Port aux Basques-North Sydney rate.Marine Atlantic, August 21, 2013last_img read more

£20,000 law firm donation kickstarts head injury fund

first_imgA fund for families of people with head injuries has been kick-started by a £20,000 grant from a litigation law firm. The long-established Stewarts Law Foundation, a charity fund founded by the firm’s partners, donated the money to the Headway Emergency Fund earlier this month. The scheme aims to help survivors, carers and family members cope with the practical implications when a loved one suffers a sudden head injury. It has already been put into action, with Headway providing money for the family of one victim to stay overnight near the facility where their relative was being treated. John Cahill, managing partner of Stewart’s Law, said: ‘The foundation recognises the immediate impact that brain injury can have on a family’s finances and the fund aims to alleviate some of that financial hardship at the point of need.’ Applicants can seek up to £500 for hotel and travel costs for an emergency situation associated with a head injury. Andrew Green, chairman of Headway, whose son Chris was nine years old when he sustained a brain injury in a cycling accident, explained how vital the new service can be. ‘We had to dash to the hospital when Chris had his accident and didn’t have time to pack a bag or make any arrangements. ‘We had no money, clothes or personal items with us. ‘I’m quite sure this type of fund would have helped immensely and allowed us to concentrate fully on supporting our son.’last_img read more

Dealing with uncomfortably high – and low – temperatures in buildings: an increasingly common problem

first_imgTo my detriment in the winter, my home – an Edwardian terrace – is poorly insulated and leaky. Keeping it warm can feel like a Sisyphean task. As we struggle through a seemingly never-ending heat wave, however, its deficiencies are in some ways a positive boon – an old-fashioned fan next to the bed is sufficient to make sleep possible, even on the balmiest of evenings.Unfortunately, if you live in a new build apartment you’re probably not having such an easy time keeping cool. After all, modern apartments are designed for winter by trapping as much heat as possible; the overarching priority of building regulations.Similar issues confront commercial property, but it is clear that overheating homes is a real problem. A survey in 2015 found that more than 80% of Londoners suffer from uncomfortably hot homes and more than 50% were woken up at night because of high temperatures. Increasing summer temperatures and the urban heat island effect combine to make this a worsening risk for the foreseeable future.Other parts of the world have coped very well with uncomfortably high temperatures. CIBSE subtly suggest external Venetian shutters in heavy weight construction on the front cover of the new guidance, a vernacular that is more typical of southern Europe. Occupants of warmer climates are adapted to managing the internal temperature of their home but keeping sun out and opening windows. Designers and occupants similarly need to adapt to our new climate, and these past weeks have proved a good rehearsal for what is to come.Which brings us to air-conditioning. Although this would solve the issue, it is considered a last resort by planning policy for the right reasons. Cooling systems can be highly efficient and the carbon emission from electricity are decreasing, but on a national and global level we are heading towards a net zero carbon future and we cannot rely on energy-consuming solutions. In any case, cooling systems add cost and infrastructure takes up floor space and floor to ceiling height that can be better enjoyed by occupants. Retrofit air-conditioned systems are likely to be an eye-sore where unplanned.Our R&D team has run a large number of scenarios to determine design rules of thumb and the effectiveness of mitigation measures that are known to work. We have established a tiered approach to ‘reduce, absorb then purge’ heat in homes and are in discussions with housing developers that would like to understand the true risk of overheating in live projects and the application of innovative mitigation measures.Using an early design tool, we have some interesting findings, such as that south-west facing apartments with glazing ratios in any given habitable room greater than 40% are unlikely to pass the new CIBSE criteria without adding considerable cost to the development. In addition, dual aspect apartments can perform worse than single aspect, despite a planning push towards the former, because the benefit of partial ‘cross ventilation’ in corners is outweighed by long solar exposure of windows in two orientations.The New London Plan proposes that all residential developments comply with the TM59 criteria, so this an area the industry needs to get to grips with – and soon!Marie-Louise ‘Emlu’ Schembri is head of the Hilson Moran Masterplan Energy & Environment Group (MEE) and the Energy Team in the London Sustainability Grouplast_img read more

Judge and ex-lover guilty of law firm fraud

first_imgA judge and his ex-lover who set up their own solicitors’ firm are facing jail for stealing up to £1m from clients to fund their lavish lifestyle.Simon Kenny, a district judge in Sussex, and his assistant Emma Coates ransacked the customers’ funds at CK Solicitors in West Sussex for four years.Southwark Crown Court heard that Coates paid off four mortgages, spent £15,000 on a log cabin and hot tub, and bought a Range Rover with the cash. She also took 12 friends on a trip to a resort in Barbados.Kenny, 61, who was in a relationship with 46-year-old Coates at the time, told staff he had moved cash to offshore accounts because of the Northern Rock bank collapse. The pair were found guilty of two counts of fraud following a trial at Southwark.CK Solicitors, which has no connection with the firm of the same name in Leyton, East London, was closed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2012.A third defendant, 60-year-old Stephen Hiseman, a fee-earner at the former CK Solicitors, was also found guilty of two counts of fraud.The trio were charged by police in April, 2014, after detectives from the Sussex Police major fraud unit began investigating the firm over the alleged disappearance of around £900,000 from client accounts.Kenny and Coates were both remanded in custody while Hiseman was released on conditional bail.The three will be sentenced on 27 January.last_img read more

Lawyers can break quarantine to attend court, says Bar Council

first_img*The Law Society is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England. Please see the Gazette’s dedicated coronavirus page here >> Find advice and updates here.center_img Lawyers coming back from holiday can break quarantine to attend court and tribunal hearings in-person, according to an announcement by the Bar Council.In an email seen by the Gazette, chair of the Bar Council Amanda Pinto QC told members that ‘after significant lobbying’ the Department for Transport has confirmed that barristers returning from non-exempt countries – and who, therefore, have to self-isolate for 14 days – can break quarantine to attend a court or tribunal hearing. They then have to continue to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14-day period.The exemption applies to anyone who needs to participate in a hearing – including clients – and does not require any additional paperwork, Pinto said.‘This accommodation follows our ongoing pressure on the government to value the functioning of the justice system and the daily work of the bar through Covid-19. It’s good to know we are now in league with Formula 1 mechanics and astronauts.’France, Aruba, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands and Turks and Caicos Islands were removed from England’s ‘travel corridor’ list at 4am on Saturday. last_img read more

Win some awesome Spies in Disguise merch

first_imgTo celebrate the release of Spies in Disguise out in UK cinemas on 26th December, we’ve teamed up with Blue Sky Studios to offer one lucky winner a fantastic prize bundle. The bundle includes: a reversible backpack, an inventor’s notebook, spy glasses, a projector watch, a multicolour pen, an activity set, a mini figurine, stickers and a button badge!Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is… not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can’t learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril. Spies in Disguise is an animated comedy set in the high-octane globe-trotting world of international espionage.Credit: 20th Century FoxSpies in Disguise, starring Will Smith and Tom Holland alongside co-stars Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones and DJ Khaled, will release in UK cinemas in December.Spies in Disguise opens at cinemas across the UK on 26th December.To be in with a chance of winning this super bundle, enter below: The competition closes at 23.59 (GMT) on Sunday 29th December 2019.Terms & Conditions The competition is open to all UK residents over the age of 13.Winners will be selected at random.By entering into the competition all entrants agree to be bound by the terms and conditions.Entertainment Focus does not allow collective or proxy entries.Entertainment Focus reserves the right to change or withdraw this competition without notice.Entertainment Focus will not pass your details to any third parties and they will be used solely for communication regarding this competition.Winners will be notified via email or social media and prizes must be claimed within 5 working days.Winners will be selected at random.The supplier may change the prize offered without warning.There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable. No part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.Entertainment Focus’ decision is final – no correspondence will be entered into.last_img read more

A winter getaway- Top 3 things to do in Aruba

first_imgIf you are a nature lover who is enthralled by natural coral reefs and unique, colorful marine life, the tropical island of Anguilla is among the best Caribbean vacation destinations for your particular tastes.Check out our top 3 things to do in the island known for its pristine beaches and friendly local spots.Baby Beach Jeep AdventureHop in and ride off for a day of swimming, sunbathing, and outdoors exploration as this exciting open jeep tour explores Aruba’s diverse charms on land and offshore. Admire Arikok National Park and snorkel beneath Aruba’s clear blue waters. Take in the preserve’s vast desert flora, then journey on to the natural limestone archway of Seroe Colorado Natural Bridge. Stand 23 feet (7 m) above the sea and take in the amazing view. ( Party CruiseEnjoy an unforgettable evening on the only party cruise in Aruba. Dance under the stars and enjoy a delicious dinner as you sail along the coastline of the picturesque island. With great music setting the mood, jump on the rope swing or sip a cocktail, beer, or rum punch from the cash bar. ( TourGet an introduction to Aruba on a tour of the island’s top sites, including pristine beaches and fabulous landmarks. Experience the wonder of Aruba’s beautiful tropical environment as you travel with the assistance of an expert guide. ( read more

Jamaican Singer-Songwriter Chevaughn Releases Quiet Giantz to Celebrate Unsung Heroes

first_imgThe former lead singer of the band C-Sharp hopes the message in this latest single will resonate well with audiences, quoting the great Nina Simone who once said, “how can you be an artist and not reflect the times?” “This song is two years in the making and I hope it is embraced by every soul with immense gratitude for our essential and frontline GIANTZ. It also reaches beyond our current crisis, our everyday people, teachers, parents, and civil servants alike,” Chevaughn stresses. Currently, the lyric video QUIET GIANTZ feat. Agent Sasco and Riff Raff is available on YouTube: Chevaughn believes music is a conversation, adding that the collaboration with Agent Sasco and Llamar ‘Riff Raff’ Brown was a natural synergy, having worked with them closely over the years. “Riff Raff and I have worked together for more than a decade and he is, simply put, a genius, so I was confident he would interpret my crazy ideas. I’ve worked with Sasco on a few of his singles and his last project Hope River I was fully involved, so when he heard it, he was immediately impressed and saw that the timing was fitting – sooner than I did,” Chevaughn notes. Not wanting to give away too much about his upcoming projects, he encouraged fans to follow him on all channels @chevaughnmusic. However, he did give an indication that he is much closer to the completion of his debut Album. . . ??????, ???? ???????.  Same Xoul Different Sound.  When asked about the release of the video to accompany the single, he pointed out that work is ongoing to ensure they create a visual masterpiece that will certainly express the truth of this song. “Even though the time restrictions are a bit of a challenge, we will deliver,” notes the smooth velvet tenor. The musical phenomenon notes that initial idea was sparked about two years ago following a performance, when he heard some audience members talking about the event and how much work the artists have done over the years. It was a result of that conversation that reignited a fire and served as confirmation of the hard work many artists including himself put in to building their craft, which is often unseen.   Chevaughn admits that is has been a difficult time for everyone, but he’s confident that we will get through this together. And how is he coping? “I do my best to stay present and positive and I am grateful for the souls I’ve been blessed to call friends and family who keep me grounded. The world will get through this with love.” When Jamaican singer/songwriter Chevaughn began working on this project, he had not envisioned a time like this, but what he knew is that he wanted to celebrate and pay tribute to many of our QUIET GIANTZ, hence the title of his new single which has just been released featuring Agent Sasco and Llamar ‘Riff Raff’ Brown. However, Chevaughn is hopeful that that song will be on all digital platforms by the time the world is reading this.last_img read more

Petition drive seeks to bring whole milk back to schools

first_imgA petition drive to make whole milk available for school children is being circulated by Grassroots Citizens for Whole Milk for Healthy Kids. About 6,450 online signatures and 3,000 paper signatures had been gathered as of Oct. 21. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave The petition asks Congress and President Trump to support proposals to allow whole milk to be included on school feeding program menus. Current proposals expanding school milk options include:advertisementadvertisementThe Milk in Lunches for Kids Act (Senate Bill 1810) – That bill allows whole milk and reduced-fat milk (regular and flavored) at school meals and revises regulations to exclude milkfat from the calculation of the average saturated fat content of a school meal.The Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act (House Bill 832) – That bill allows schools to offer whole milk and whole flavored milk as well as 2% reduced-fat milk without additional paperwork. (Read: Is whole milk headed back to schools?)The petition drive also asks parents and others to urge local school boards and other groups to pass resolutions supporting whole milk being allowed in schools.Petition organizers say whole milk (standardized to 3.25% fat) can support the health, well-being and learning readiness of schoolchildren. A letter from Katie Sattazahn Womelsdorf, representing the grassroots Pennsylvania Dairy Advisory Committee, includes several pages of supporting evidence and infographics supporting the nutritional value of whole milk.Attempts to expand school feeding program milk offerings are an effort to reverse declining fluid milk consumption since federal rules were changed earlier this decade. In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, amending federal school nutrition standards. Among the changes, the law mandated that flavored milk offered in schools must be fat-free. Published reports indicate school milk consumption has declined by hundreds of millions of half pints over recent years at a time school enrollment was growing.Additional recent proposals addressing school milk have included the School Milk Nutrition Act of 2019. That bill does not expand the varieties of milk that may be offered in schools but rather preserves the USDA policy which allows schools to offer students low-fat and fat-free milk, including low-fat (1%) flavored milk. The bill permits individual school districts to determine which milk varieties to offer their students, provided they align with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.Early in 2019, the USDA advanced a final rule – titled “The Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains and Sodium Requirements” – which broadened the milk options in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program by allowing local operators to permanently offer flavored low-fat milk. For consistency across nutrition programs, it also allows flavored low-fat milk in the Special Milk Program for Children and in the Child and Adult Care Food Program for participants ages 6 and older.advertisementAdding whole milk to the school lunchroom menu won’t be as simple as changing orders from low-fat to higher-fat or whole-milk varieties. Revisions to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – updated every five years and currently going through the revision process – are seen as critical to expanded milk offerings in schools. The “2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans” update is scheduled for release at the end of 2020.Beyond providing dietary recommendations, the document is also used as the basis for dairy options served as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs and other federal feeding programs. (Read: Research seeks to fill milk ‘whole’ in dietary guidelines.)Read also: When dairy milk options are expanded for schools, everyone wins.  last_img read more