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first_imgHuybrechts will retain his current position as managing director of Rickmers-Linie Belgium alongside his new role, which will involve managing and coordinating the development of Rickmers-Linie’s US organisation.Having joined the heavy lift shipping line in 1992, Huybrechts became general manager, sales in 2001 and was appointed head of the company’s Belgian operation in 2005. Huybrechts replaces Waldemar Poulsen, who left the company on September 18.  www.rickmers.comlast_img

first_imgRegular re-accreditation and an end to the ‘general practitioner model’ of training are among the reforms called for by the Legal Services Consumer Panel in its submission to the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) today. The consumer watchdog tells the review that the current system is ‘failing because it tries to train the typical lawyer when in reality there is no such thing. The legal market is simply too diverse to sustain the general practitioner training model any longer.’ A future system of education and training should be built around ‘an activity-based authorisation regime for individuals and entities’. Reform must include a new type of continuous professional development as ‘the current system is widely discredited’. This would include periodic re-accreditation for practitioners licensed in high-risk areas. The Legal Education and Training Review is being jointly undertaken by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Institute of Legal Executives Professional Standards (IPS). It was set up in November 2010 and is due to complete its research phase this year. According to the consumer panel, future systems of and training should be ‘centered on the needs of consumers rather than on those of law students’. It calls for activity-based training: in will-writing, for example,‘it is difficult to sustain the argument that an individual wishing to set up a will-writing business should undergo the full training that a solicitor must go through when that training demonstrably does not equip solicitors to prepare competent wills’. In the new model regulated legal entities would be required to allocate specific responsibilities to regulated legal advisers whose level of training would depend on the activities they provide, identified on practising certificates. The panel argues that activity-based training should make the profession more diverse, as it would allow more entry routes to candidates without degrees. Greater emphasis on entity rather than individual regulation should also give employers more freedom to recruit from a wider market, it says. On re-accreditation, it says current continuous professional development schemes are ‘widely discredited’. Current sanctions for failing to carry out continuing professional development ‘usually a slap on the wrist or a small fine’ are ‘not an effective deterrent’. The arguments for re-validation ‘should be self evident’. It should be seen by the profession ‘as a career-enhancing measure, not a career-threatening one. It would support further learning and enable lawyers to demonstrate their commitment to professionalism’. While the panel says it is too early to suggest a specific model of revalidation, it suggests any scheme be linked to the authorisation regime, coupled with the professional register, and should comprise an independent evaluation by a third party of a lawyer’s continued fitness to practise. The evidence base ‘must include consumer input’, though it concedes that consumers ‘will not always be able to judge the technical quality of advice’.last_img read more

first_imgSAUDI ARABIA: North–South Railway project promoter Saudi Railway Co has selected a consortium of three UK-based companies to provide management and technical support for the development of passenger and freight services on its network:Serco: prime contractor and technical support for passenger operations;Freightliner Group: freight expertise and support, technical assistance, interim management and training;Network Rail Consulting: infrastructure technical support, interim management and training. The five-year contract announced on February 23 was awarded following an international tender supported by consultancy AT Kearney. It comes into effect immediately, and is worth £120m to consortium leader Serco. Instead of acting as a stand-alone outsourced operator, the consortium will develop and implement operating procedures and systems for SAR. This will include the provision of management and technical assistance, along with training to support the development of local capabilities.SAR is a government-owned company which was established by the Ministry of Finance’s Public Investment Fund in 2006 to develop and operate the North–South Railway network and other publicly-financed rail projects. ‘In order to manage this new network, SAR went out to tender and invited a number of companies, based on their international experience in rail operations and infrastructure management, in order to support us’, said CEO Dr Rumaih al-Rumaih. ‘SAR’s vision is to implement world-class railway practices and deliver the highest standard of technical, commercial and operational service excellence to all SAR customers, as well as to ensure the transfer of technical and operating knowledge and skills, including training, to provide long-term employment opportunities for Saudis, to operate the rail network and develop the railway industry in Saudi Arabia.last_img read more

first_imgST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Members states with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) plan on reopening borders to intra-regional travel in the first instance, hopefully by next month. Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell, in a national address on Sunday night, said that reopening of borders was a topic of discussion at recent meetings of Caribbean leaders at both the OECS and CARICOM levels and a regional approach is being considered. Mitchell who also holds the portfolio of Minister for National Security assured Grenadians that the health and safety of citizens remain a primary concern. This is according to Grenada’s cabinet minister with responsibility for CARICOM, Oliver Joseph. Grenada’s borders as well many regional ports of entry and exit were closed in March as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID19. At the 10th Special Emergency Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government last week, a sub-committee was established to engage stakeholders in the tourism industry to agree on appropriate protocols that will ensure the safety of workers and visitors alike, once borders are re-opened. “We collectively agreed to start gradually relaxing the restrictions for travel, as the pandemic in the region has been largely contained. Governments, airlines, and hotels are now finalising the details of this phased re-opening. Assuming that the requisite protocols are in place, we expect to open our borders in the first week of June.”center_img During the virtual meeting, the COTED approved a strategy for the re-opening of economies in the Caribbean Community. The Council is made up of Trade Ministers and officials agreed to a framework centered on the development and adherence to defined metrics related to the Covid-19 virus, which will guide in the reopening process. “Borders were closed to prevent the spread of the virus and to save lives, and for now, we must maintain that status quo…I assure you, fellow Grenadians, we will not move unless we are satisfied that adequate health and safety guidelines are in place.” “These protocols will be informed by a regional public health policy which the heads have agreed is necessary to guide the criteria for reopening. The health policy is being drafted and will be submitted to CARICOM Heads of Government for final approval” said a news release from the Government Information Service. “What we are discussing is to first allow regional travel, that is travel within the islands such as travel between Grenada and Trinidad or between Trinidad and Barbados, we are not looking at having international carriers come to the island yet,” said Joseph who last week chaired at the fiftieth meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED). CMClast_img read more

first_imgMark Jardine of The People’s Project said: “This amazing project will last for generations to come, giving lasting pleasure to countless people, and it will instil a pride in the individuals who can say to their children and grandchildren “I planted this tree.”The idea was to plant a variety of species of trees to replace dead trees or fill empty spaces around the Dock Park. At the original regeneration of the Dock Park there were financial constraints, so the number of trees species which could be planted was limited.Schools who signed up for the project included: Holywood, St Ninian’s, Lochside, Troqueer, St Michaels, Georgetown, Noblehill, Cargenbridge, and Locharbriggs Primary Schools along with 3 secondary schools, St Joseph’s College, Maxwelltown High School and Dumfries Academy. Three of these schools, St Ninian’s, Lochside and Max High, wanted their trees to be a symbol for them as their individual schools are due to close and subsequently be joined together into one super school.Each tree has a brass plaque attached with the Latin and common names of the tree, the name of the sponsor and the date when the tree was planted. Brian McAviney, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Head Gardiner and his team provided a talk to the pupils about their individual tree as they were planting them. Councillors John Martin and John Campbell both came down to support the event: Cllr John Martin, Vice Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee said: “My grateful thanks are extended to all schools and groups who took part, but particularly to Dumfries Civic Pride who initially had this fantastic idea. Not only does this project provide a boost to the area, enhancing the refurbishment works already carried out, but it also educational to local pupils who must have enjoyed the participation and will undoubtedly take a pride in their very own trees, providing life-long memories for the people who planted them and their families.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInFollowing an initial idea taken from Dumfries Civic Pride a number of years ago, pupils from eight local schools along with groups such as the Friends of Dock Park, The People’s Project and Incredible Edible have all been out planting trees at Dock Park in Dumfries.The basic idea for this project was to encourage young people to take care of their local community and environment. The project was primarily funded by The People’s Project, Dumfries Civic Pride and Dumfries and Galloway Council along with contributions from the above groups and all the schools involved.Anne Simpson of the People’s Project and Town Centre Ambassador Lorraine Wilson implemented this fantastic project, by inviting the schools and groups involved to plant a tree. Fortunately, the tree plantings was organised for the second last week of February and as such the majority of the school children missed the blizzards which could have forced a cancellation.last_img read more

first_imgYou’re busy – milking cows, starting the 2019 cropping season and getting ready to celebrate Mother’s Day. With that in mind, Progressive Dairyman looks at issues in the news impacting you and your dairy business. In recognition of your time, we’ll attempt to summarize recent events or actions making dairy headlines and reported in our weekly digital newsletter, Progressive Dairyman Extra. Then, we’ll try to put that news into perspective and briefly describe how it might affect you. DAIRY MARGIN COVERAGE(DMC) PROGRAMWhat happened?advertisementadvertisementWith expiration of the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) at the end of 2018, the USDA has been calculating milk income over feed cost margins under its replacement, the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.The DMC margin was $7.99 per hundredweight (cwt) in January and $8.22 per cwt in February (Table 1).For dairy operations electing the top DMC coverage level of $9.50 per cwt on their first 5 million pounds of their annual production history, that translates into gross DMC indemnity payments of $1.51 and $1.28 per cwt in January and February, respectively. (Remember, all federal government payments are subject to a 6.6 percent sequestration deduction, so the actual payment will be lower.)For an example herd with annual production history of 3 million pounds of milk and electing to cover the maximum allowable 95 percent of that milk (2.85 million pounds), DMC payments would be made on 2,375 hundredweights per month (2.85 million pounds divided by 100 divided by 12).advertisementIf protected at $9.50 per cwt, the 2,375 hundredweights would yield gross indemnity payments of $3,586 for January and $3,040 for February, for a total of $6,626. Subtracting the sequestration deduction of about $438 for January-February, the two-month payment is about $6,189.The premium for $9.50 margin coverage is 15 cents per cwt, or $4,275 for the full year. Thus, the example dairy would see a net return – above full-year premium costs – of $1,914 in January-February alone.What’s next?March and April DMC margins will be announced on April 30 and May 31, respectively. DMC signup starts June 17, so margins and estimated indemnity payments for the first four months of the year will be known even before signup begins. Market outlooks have been improving but, as of April 9, DMC margins were forecast to remain below $9.50 per cwt through August 2019.Initial indemnity payments to eligible dairy producers are scheduled to begin July 8. Payments will be retroactive to January.If you decide to participate in DMC, you have an additional decision to make: Do you lock in your margin coverage level for the full five-year length of the program and receive a 25 percent discount on the annual premium (11.25 cents per cwt versus 15 cents per cwt) or pay the higher premium and retain the flexibility to make your coverage decision annually?advertisementBottom lineI’m not a dairy market adviser, but I’ve heard it 25 times over the past few months: Participation in DMC at the $9.50-per-cwt coverage level on the first 5 million pounds of your milk production history is a “no-brainer” for 2019.‘DAIRY’ HAY PRICESWhat happened?One of the sharpest criticisms of the old MPP-Dairy program was the formula used to calculate feed costs. That formula hasn’t changed under DMC.However, in an effort to more accurately evaluate dairy farmer feed costs under federal dairy safety net programs, the 2018 Farm Bill mandated the USDA to begin reporting average “dairy-quality” hay prices in the top five milk-producing states. The USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service began reporting prices for Premium and Supreme alfalfa hay in its monthly Ag Prices report. The report actually lists hay prices in eight states and an average for the top five: California, Idaho, New York, Texas and Wisconsin (Table 2).Based on those prices, January and February 2019 dairy-quality hay prices averaged $221 and $225 per ton, respectively. That compares to $181 and $180 per ton for all alfalfa hay during the same two months.It’s only hypothetical, but if the average of high-quality alfalfa prices was incorporated into the new DMC program, what would the impact be?First, a review. A carryover from MPP-Dairy, the DMC average feed cost for each month is calculated by summing three numbers:The corn price per bushel times 1.0728The soybean meal price per ton times 0.00735The alfalfa hay price per ton times 0.0137Under that formula, the January 2019 U.S. average alfalfa hay price of $181 per ton created a DMC hay price factor of $2.48, while the dairy-quality hay price averaged $221 per ton would have led to a $3.03 hay price factor, a difference of 55 cents per cwt.As noted above, the USDA previously announced a January 2019 margin of $7.99 per cwt, but the higher hay price cuts that to $7.44 per cwt. That would have translated into a January DMC payment of $2.06 per cwt for a producer insured at the $9.50-per-cwt level.Similarly, the U.S. average alfalfa hay price of $180 per ton in February created a DMC dairy ration hay price factor of $2.47 per cwt. The higher dairy-quality alfalfa hay price would have raised the hay price factor another 62 cents to $3.08 per cwt. Thus, February’s announced margin of $8.22 per cwt would have fallen 62 cents to $7.60 per cwt, resulting in a DMC indemnity payment of $1.90 per cwt for a producer insured at the $9.50-per-cwt level.What’s next?Probably not much. Just a hunch, but with the U.S. fiscal year 2020 budget deficit estimated at more than $1 trillion, and current U.S. debt estimated at more than $22 trillion, the Congressional Budget Office won’t be recommending the higher hay price be used in DMC calculations anytime soon.Bottom lineTo be clear, the new NASS dairy-quality hay prices are not part of the DMC calculations. They do, however, help call attention to the higher feed costs dairy farmers face compared to those calculated using the U.S. average alfalfa hay price.MPP-DAIRY: LIMITED EDITIONWhat happened?Last month in this column, I discussed a “retroactive” MPP-Dairy enrollment period for producers who had signed up for Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM-Dairy) in 2018 and therefore were originally prohibited from participating in MPP-Dairy. In early April, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency sent a notice to state and county officials, opening another retroactive MPP-Dairy sign-up period, this one for operations which had ceased marketing milk in the first half of 2018.What’s next?There were MPP-Dairy payments every month between February and June of 2018. However, operations that stopped marketing milk in early 2018 can only apply for indemnity payments during the months they were marketing milk. Premiums for buy-up coverage will be adjusted accordingly. Eligible dairy operations must provide all of the following:Form CCC-782 with 2018 coverage electionsA copy of the final month milk check statement to verify the last day and month the dairy operation commercially marketed milk in 2018A check for the $100 administrative fee if it has not been paid, waived or previously refunded for 2018.Bottom lineIf you fall into the category described above – or were an LGM-Dairy participant and still haven’t taken advantage of that retroactive sign-up period – you must act fast. Deadline for both enrollment periods is May 10 at county USDA FSA offices.   Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) A Farmington Hills business is providing a free grocery shopping service during the COVID-19 pandemic for local seniors and those who are disabled or too ill to shop for themselves.Call or send an email to Visiting Angels with your name and address to make an appointment. The shopper will come to your home to pick up your list and funds for your purchase and deliver the order and receipt to your door.The service is available Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., but you can call or send an email any day of the week.Call 248-957-8331 or write to Angels typically provides seniors with in-home help with daily activities. The business has offered free grocery shopping service for Oakland and Wayne County seniors since April 1. Learn more at Reported bylast_img read more

first_imgPentek, under its family of Talon Sentinel signal recording systems, has launched the new RTR 2613, which combines Pentek’s intelligent signal scanning software with real-time recording in a lightweight, portable and rugged package. The RTR 2613 allows SIGINT engineers to scan the 3 GHz of spectrum for signals of interest and monitor or record instantaneous bandwidths up to 40 MHz once a signal of interest is detected.This signal recording system is housed in a rugged, lightweight chassis measuring only 16.0″ W x 6.9″ D x 13.0″ H and typically weighing less than 30 pounds. The briefcase-style, portable workstation features 100% aluminum alloy construction, reinforced with shock absorbing rubber corners, and an impact-resistant protective glass for the 17″, high resolution LCD monitor. Its recorder is a grab-and-go recorder suitable for test & measurement, mobile military, security and government intelligence (SIGINT, COMINT and ELINT) applications.A Pentek Model 78621 Cobalt software radio module serves as the data acquisition engine of the Talon RTR 2613. Its 200 MHz 16-bit A/D converter provides 86 dB of spurious-free dynamic range and 75 dB of SNR. A digital down-converter (DDC) provides frequency zooming for signal bandwidths from 40 MHz to as low as a few kHz. The Model 78621 is driven by a 3 GHz RF tuner front end with excellent dynamic range across its entire spectrum.Pentek’s Sentinel recorders add intelligent signal monitoring and detection capabilities to Talon real-time recording systems. The intuitive GUI allows users to monitor the entire spectrum or select a region of interest, while a selectable resolution bandwidth allows the user to trade sweep rate for a finer resolution and better dynamic range. Scan settings can be saved as profiles for quick setup in the field. RF energy in each band of the scan is detected and presented in a waterfall display. Any RF band can be selected for monitoring and real-time recording.Talon/Sentinel recorders are built on Windows Server 2016 with an Intel Core i7 processor and provide both a GUI (Graphical User Interface) and API (Application Programming Interface) to control the system. Systems are fully supported with Pentek’s SystemFlow software for system control and turn-key operation. SystemFlow software has been enhanced to include intelligent scanning and integrated control of the RF tuner and optional RF up-converter. The software provides a GUI with point-and-click configuration management and can store custom configurations for single-click setup.Post processing and analysis software tools like MATLAB can be installed directly on the Talon RTR 2613 platform. Data files are recorded to the Windows native NTFS file system, which allows operators immediate access to recordings without the need for any file format conversion. The Solid-State Drive (SSD) array capacities between 480 GB and 61 TB are available, with support for RAID levels 0, 5 and 6. Additional options include recordable GPS time and position stamping and 10GbE or 40GbE offload facilities.Targeting spectral scans of 3 GHz, the new cost-effective recorder is priced 20% lower than other Sentinel family members. For more details on latest pricing, delivery and availability options, click here.Click here to know more about the 2613 Talon 3 GHz RF/IF Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning Portable Recorder.last_img read more

first_img[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Arellano levels NCAA volley finals series vs Lady Stags’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Wednesday, February 8, 2017[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]MANILA – The Arellano University Lady Chiefs scored a stunning 25-18, 25-20, 25-16 win over the San Sebastian College Lady Stags in Game 1 of the NCAA Season 92 women’s volleyball finals on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.With the victory, the Lady Chiefs has virtually leveled the championship series against the Lady Stags armed with a thrice-to-beat advantage after sweeping the nine-game elimination round.From a tight start, the Lady Chiefs suddenly went on a huge run to build a 16-13 lead. It later grew to 22-17 on hits by Regine Arocha. The Lady Stags came close behind Gretchel Soltones but three straight hits by the Lady Chiefs closed the set.The Lady Chiefs opened the second set with an 8-4 lead. After the Lady Stags came to within one, the Lady Chiefs pulled to a 19-11 edge behind Jovielyn Prado. The Lady Stags rallied to 21-19 but errors from them allowed the Lady Chiefs to take a 2-0 hold.The Lady Chiefs had another strong start in the third frame for a 15-6 advantage on aces by Arocha and Mary Anne Esguerra. The Lady Stags tried to keep it close but consecutive points from Esguerra completed the Lady Chiefs’ straight-set stunner.Meanwhile, the College of St. Benilde Blazers fought back from a set down and a four-hit deficit in the fifth and final set as it downed the University of Perpetual Help Altas, 25-12, 21-25, 17-25, 25-14, 18-16, to capture the men’s division championship.Johnvic de Guzman, the Season 92 and Finals MVP, came through big, unloading a match-best 28 hits, including key points in the last set to hand the Blazers their first ever championship.“This is a special moment for us and the school because it this is the first,” said Blazers head coach Arnold Laniog. “It was a team effort but I have to say Johnvic (de Guzman) really stepped up big for us.”/PNlast_img read more