Auctions: the bid to take British market conditions overseas

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Local Gala Benefits Global Medical Outreach

first_imgIndependent/Courtesy Operation InternationalOn Saturday, September 28, from 6:30 PM to 11 PM, Operation International will celebrate its 22nd annual benefit gala for its medical outreach in Uganda and Bolivia at Laurel Lake Vineyards.“We are looking forward to celebrating with old and new friends as we raise funds to support our continued volunteer work offering free medical treatment, education, and training to adults and children suffering from the lack of quality health care in impoverished countries around the world,” said Dr. Medhat Allam, Operation International’s co-founder and chairman of the board of directors.Proceeds from this year’s benefit will go towards the Rakai Infant and Elementary School Orphanage in Uganda along with the medical outreach and efforts to improve living conditions in Bolivia. There will be dancing with That Motown Band, dinner, a full bar, and silent and live auctions. The auctions feature intriguing items such as international trip packages, jewelry, local products, restaurant outings, and more.Dr. Allam founded Southampton-based Operation International in 1996 with Ravi Kothuru MD, and Robert Mineo, CRNA, as a non-profit offering medical aid in impoverished countries for those in need. Team NY is the anchor team, making its maiden trip to Haiti in 1997. In the time since, the team has gone to Mexico, Honduras, Brazil, Vietnam, Nepal, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Zambia, Peru, India, Egypt, Kenya, Ecuador, Chile, Ghana, Myanmar, Tanzania, and Uganda.Recently, two domestic teams were added including New Jersey, completing a recent mission to Liberia, and Connecticut, which recently returned from Uganda. The nonprofit also added new teams in Hong Kong and another in the UK.Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Noel Chan, an ophthalmologist native to the city, and Dr. Dilip Madnani, a New York plastic surgeon, Hong Kong completed its first mission with a trip to Myanmar this past February. There, they restored eyesight to 200 patients and helped 14 patients with congenital facial deformities. Dr. Sala Abdalla started the UK chapter as a general surgeon from there. She is currently leading her team in Ghana as they help the Holy Family hospital at Techiman, Bono East Region.As the chapters continue to grow, so does its reach. The organization began a five-year program in Kenya to educate social works and therapists on the proper methods to safely treat young girls and the subject of gender violence. The program aims to extend training to South Africa as well. Tickets are $150 for a single ticket or $250 for a couple. Learn more or donate at www.operationinternational.org. Laurel Lake Vineyards is located at 3165 Main Road in Laurel.nicole@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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Pinsent Masons in Anglo-Scottish merger talks

first_imgTop 20 London firm Pinsent Masons has confirmed it is in cross-border merger talks with Edinburgh-based McGrigors. If successful, the merger would create a business with a turnover of more than £300m, headquartered in London and with six offices across Asia. In the next week, talks are expected to be held with partners and staff about the proposals. A spokesman for Pinsent Masons said: ‘Both firms complement each other well, being leaders in the field of construction, energy and infrastructure. A potential tie-up would greatly benefit the clients of both firms, providing a wealth of market-leading expertise across a number of sectors and practice areas. ‘It would also provide a strong platform upon which to grow internationally, with a continued focus in Europe, the Gulf and Asia Pacific.’ The combined firms would be a top 75 global firm, with 350 partners, 1,250 lawyers and 14 offices. National firms Cobbetts and DWF have also begun preliminary merger talks, although no further information is being released. Last year saw early signs of increased merger activity between larger firms, with Beachcroft and DAC and BLG and Clyde & Co forming alliances. Analysts have predicted a wave of mergers for some time, as firms look to protect themselves against threats from new entrants, a flat UK market, fee pressure and difficult credit conditions. Earlier this month, law firm consultant Andrew Otterburn told the Gazette he had his ‘busiest summer ever’ in 2011 helping firms to re-engineer their businesses in anticipation of potentially huge changes in the market. ‘Firms are having to look much more seriously at their future strategy,’ Otterburn said, but cautioned ‘there is a fairly limited timescale and there are only so many decent firms out there’.last_img read more

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Canaries to host PPG conference

first_imgThe conference venue will be held at the Santa Catalina Hotel in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.”PPG member in the Canary Islands, Stier Shipagency, has provided invaluable assistance in recommending our 2015 conference venue and in developing out social networking agenda,” said PPG general manager Kevin Stephens.”The PPG conference meeting dates will also help ensure cost-effective travel arrangements to our conference for members also attending the annual Breakbulk Europe conference and exhibition in Antwerp the following week.”Sponsorship opportunities at the PPG conference are also available.Meanwhile, PPG is inviting industry participants to enrol in its next ISO-accredited Certificate of Achievement in Project Cargo Management course to be held from March 17-18, 2015 at the InterContinental Shanghai Expo Hotel in conjunction with Breakbulk China.www.ppgprojects.comlast_img read more

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Rotterdam ramps up cargo volumes

first_imgAccording to the port authority, ro-ro traffic is still on the rise, including an increase of shipments to the UK, which grew by 6.5 percent to 5.7 million tonnes. The port claims this is due to services that started last year.Throughput of general cargo increased by 49.9 percent, while throughput of breakbulk cargoes improved by 14.5 percent to 7.6 million tonnes.Of the 11 commodities that pass through the port, only mineral oil products and other liquid bulk showed a decrease. www.portofrotterdam.comlast_img read more

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ALE launches Red Kestrel

first_imgThe ferry had to be transported from a fabrication yard located directly on the slipway; this meant that ALE had to design a bespoke ramp system that could overcome changing gradients in order to launch the ship.Furthermore, there were only a few tides high enough throughout the year that were suitable for the launch. It was vital that the operation was on schedule in order to catch the tide.A 12 m-long ramp system ensured that the ferry could be safely moved from the fabrication yard to the main slipway ahead of the launch. Once in position, ALE followed the tide out and placed Red Kestrel at the bottom of the slipway. As the tide came back in, the ferry was floated onto the River Mersey. www.ale-heavylift.comlast_img read more

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Harsco wins Singapore metro grinder contract

first_imgSINGAPORE: Land Transit Authority has awarded Harsco Rail a contract to supply a 16 stone grinder custom designed for Singapore’s metro network. Modifications include electric motors and a small profile to operate in metro tunnels. ‘We have developed a strong partnership and open communication with LTA over the last 15 years’, said Harsco Rail President Jeswant Gill. ‘Because of that strong foundation, we were able to develop product that supports the specific needs of the Singapore railway system.’last_img read more

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Elbe-Spree EMU order confirmed

first_imgGERMANY: Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn has placed a €300m order for Siemens Mobility to supply 21 six-car and two four-car Desiro HC partly double-deck electric multiple-units. These are to be used on services which ODEG is to operate under Lots 1 and 4 of Elbe-Spree network operating contracts awarded by Berlin-Brandenburg transport authority VBB in January. The order is being financed by ODEG’s owners Netinera and BeNEX, with Netinera providing the largest share.The EMUs will be built at the Siemens plant in Krefeld for delivery from mid-2022, ready for the start of the 12-year operating contracts with the December 2022 timetable change. The six-car EMUs with 637 seats will be used on regional express route RE1 between Magdeburg, Berlin, Frankfurt (Oder) and Cottbus. The four-car EMUs with 400 seats are to be used on service RE8 connecting Wismar, Wittenberge, Berlin Baruth and Elsterwerda/Finsterwalde, as well as on RB17 between Wismar, Schwerin and Ludwigslust. There is an option to lengthen the EMUs to provide a capacity of 800 seats when platforms on route RE1 are extended. The EMUs will have spaces for bicycles, pushchairs and wheelchairs, free wi-fi, an accessible toilet and sliding steps for stations with 550 mm or 760 mm platform heights. The doors will be wider than on the existing trains to speed up boarding and alighting, and there will be real-time capacity displays inside and outside with the information also available via the VBB app. Control room staff will be able to access live CCTV images from the trains and communicate with passengers through the public address system.‘We’ve already started implementing our operating concept for the Elbe-Spree network’, said ODEG Chief Executive Arnulf Schuchmann when the order was confirmed on March 26. ‘In addition to expanding our workshop and training facilities, the trains are a very important part of the concept. They must meet all specifications defined in the transport contract and prove themselves in operation.’last_img read more

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SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT MUST LISTEN TO LOCAL POLICE CONCERNS, SAY SHADOW JUSTICE TEAM

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInLocal people deserve to have their faith restored in Police Scotland. That’s the message from Scottish Labour Justice spokesperson, Graeme Pearson MSP, and Dumfriesshire MSP and Shadow Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Elaine Murray, following a public meeting in Dumfries on Thursday 17th September as part of Scottish Labour’s Police Scotland review.The comprehensive review has been launched by former Senior Police Officer Graeme Pearson MSP, who has been tasked to assess the effectiveness of the single police force and propose bold reforms to restore local accountability and reverse the impact of damaging Scottish Government cuts to staff and services.The meeting in Dumfries was attended by dozens of local people, including former staff of the Dumfries Police Control Room and former Police Officers.Since the creation of the single force in 2013, local policing in Dumfries & Galloway has faced a series of scandals and controversies – including cuts to civilian staff and services, the local control room closure, a lack of transparency over stop and search and armed officers, and a severe lack of local knowledge from central belt call handlers when responding to incidents.South of Scotland MSP and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Graeme Pearson said:“My main objective in conducting this review of Police Scotland is to get out and speak to as many people as possible to learn of their experiences with local policing. It’s clear that from the public meeting held in Dumfries, local people have evidenced a lack of faith in the single police force. That evidence strengthens the fact that something has gone wrong with the implementation of Police Scotland, and that policing in Scotland needs put right. This isn’t a criticism of our police officers, who local people know are doing their best under very difficult circumstances. But the reality is that because of the Scottish Governments cuts to civilian staff, they simply aren’t doing the job they were trained for.”Dumfriesshire MSP and Shadow Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Elaine Murray added:“The sheer number of local people engaging in this debate just goes to show how frustrated we all are at what has happened to local policing under the Scottish Government. We heard from former call handlers, who sadly lost their jobs when the Dumfries Police Control Room was closed, about the severe lack of local knowledge of operators in the centralised control rooms; from former Police Officers, who told us all of a time not so long ago when police officers actually used to do the job they were trained for, instead of constantly working in the back office due to a lack of civilian staff. This can’t go on. Local people and Police Scotland staff deserve better.”last_img read more

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Haitian-American Legislator Condemns ‘Egregious, Inhumane’ Treatment By NYPD

first_imgBrooklyn Council Member Farah N. Louis, who represents the predominantly Caribbean 45th Council District, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that one of the officers used “excessive force” against Donni Wright. A Haitian-American legislator has strongly condemned what she describes as the “egregious and inhumane” treatment meted out to a 33-year-old Black man during a New York Police Department (NYPD) enforcement of the social distancing mandate of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic last weekend. She said Wright had a taser pointed at him; slapped, punched, dragged, before the officer “kneeled on his hand and, ultimately, handcuffed by another officer. “This is a dangerous precedent that further strains community-police relations in black and brown communities who, for generations, have been beaten, brutalized and villainized because of their skin color. “A tale of two cities has never been more prevalent at a time when America’s biggest city and the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic should be united,” added Louis, co-chair of the Council’s Women’s Caucus and vice co-chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. -CMC Louis said the social distancing rules apply to all New York City residents without exemption, but noted that recent incidents of “noncompliance and inconsistent NYPD enforcement have proven otherwise.center_img Louis said she is calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea to hold all officers involved in “egregious and inhumane treatment” of Donni Wright accountable “and assure that our communities will be treated fairly.” “While white New Yorkers gathered en masse over this weekend in Hudson River Park could be issued a summons or even a mask, a black bystander near a deli was assaulted. It is unacceptable for NYPD officers to enforce the rules, however they deem fit, in different zip codes. All New Yorkers deserve courtesy, respect, professionalism when interacting with officers sworn to protect and serve.” “We cannot continue to bear the mental, emotional, and physical scars inflicted by NYPD officers who demonstrate a blatant disregard for their own internal protocols.” Louis said while racial bias should have no place in community policing, communities of color have received more summonses and are victims of excessive use of force by the NYPD. “As we cope with our new reality, black and brown communities have been outspoken and outraged by the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and our City’s response to this pandemic.last_img read more

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