Outrage at £2.60 wage proposal for trainees

first_imgTrainee solicitors could be paid as little as £2.60 an hour in their first year under an amendment to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s proposals for ending the minimum wage. The Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) today condemned the move as another step towards making the legal profession the ‘preserve of the rich’. The SRA amended its proposals after receiving advice that trainees would be classed as apprentices within the national minimum wage regulations. However the JLD said the classification was inappropriate. Heather Iqbal-Rayner, vice chair, said: ‘Apprentice wages are designed for school leavers who are usually living with their parents and about to enter a profession. Solicitor trainees will have completed four, five or even six years of study by the time they begin a training contract and may have children and mortgages, not to mention a mountain of debt from studying. ‘Implementing these changes will deter large numbers of people from entering the profession and have a negative, knock-on impact on equality and diversity.’ Under the proposals, trainees would have to wait for their second year of training before being entitled to the standard minimum wage of £6.08 an hour. Last week the JLD issued a call for a pause to the consultation. The SRA said that the apprenticeship issue emerged after due diligence on its consultation document, which included a detailed examination of the legal framework that would apply if current minimum salary requirements were removed. ‘Advice has been received that trainees would be classed as apprentices within the terms of the national minimum wage regulations. The regulations would apply a rate of £2.60 per hour for apprentices in their first year, and £6.08 per hour (the standard minimum wage) for subsequent years.’ The SRA stressed that it is keen to canvass views on the potential impact of deregulating the minimum salary, including on the option of keeping a prescribed minimum at the level of the minimum wage for the whole period of a training contract. ‘The SRA’s concern and that of all stakeholders, is to ensure that the profession continues to attract high-calibre, motivated students from a diverse range of backgrounds.’ The SRA’s consultation runs until April 10 and can be accessed on their site. Results of the consultation will be fed back to the SRA’s board when it meets in May.last_img read more

IMH boosts range with SPX Flow

first_imgThe agreement covers SPX Flow’s Power Team brand, which includes a broad range of parts, accessories and tools capable of supporting the shipbuilding, manufacturing and industrial processing sectors.According to IMH, the new range extends the hydraulic solutions it can offer to existing customers and also enables the company to reach new markets, especially companies active at the port of Blyth where there is a need for a heavy lifting solution.Following two days of theory and practical training on site at SPX Flow’s operation centre in the Netherlands, the IMH team based at the port are certified service and repair technicians for the full SPX Flow portfolio.www.imh-uk.comwww.spxflow.comlast_img read more

First refurbished Alfa Pendular trainset handed back

first_imgPORTUGAL: The first refurbished Alfa Pendular tilting trainset was handed over to national operator CP by maintenance business EMEF on March 24.EMEF is refurbishing all 10 of CP’s premium inter-city trains under a contract worth €18m. The trains were supplied in 1999-2000 by a consortium led by Fiat Ferroviaria and are a derivative of its Pendolino family. The six-car trains are used on Braga – Porto – Lisboa – Faro services at speeds of up to 220 km/h.EMEF is carrying out the mid-life refit at its main workshops in Entroncamento. In addition to general mechanical and electrical overhaul work, the train underwent ‘thorough refurbishment to improve passenger safety and comfort’, EMEF says. New seat shells, foam filling and leather covers have been fitted, along with new lighting. The flooring has been renewed using cork-based material to improve heat and acoustic insulation; 300 m2 of carpet has been replaced, EMEF reports. The buffet-bar and toilets have also been remodelled. An updated wi-fi and mobile communications backbone has been fitted, and all seats now have access to a power supply. An external redesign has required 2 700 kg of paint, while 44 km of updated wiring has been installed. The refurbishment was carried out by around 80 staff with approximately 90% local content.‘This project demonstrates EMEF’s ability to take its place as a lead company that can incorporate the contributions of other sectors of Portuguese industry’, commented EMEF Chief Executive Alberto Castanho Ribeiro.last_img read more

CGTN Anchor highlights role of media in curbing misinformation on COVID-19

first_imgWHO names new coronavirus as COVID-19 Tanzania Polls Run-up: Media role and coverage in elections queried Rwandan businessman hopes China will overcome COVID-19 China is leading the fight against the COVID-19, with its efforts having received praise from the World Health Organization (WHO).As the efforts to contain the virus continue, CGTN Africa Anchor Beatrice Marshall spoke to Kenya’s national broadcaster on Monday about China’s efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak and the role the media should play in enabling public outreach measures to dispel any misinformation.During the one hour program of KBC Radio, Marshall explained the basics, including what Coronavirus is and how it it is spread.Critics have hit the Chinese government for not being open in terms of sharing information more so on the rate of infection and deaths, but Marshall refuted the claims, saying China has from the start acted in an open and transparent manner in releasing relevant information to the world and seeking international cooperation to prevent the spread of the epidemic worldwide.The World Health Organization (WHO) has on multiple occasions commended China for its responsible actions, speaking highly of China’s decisive response and expressing confidence that China will overcome this epidemic.In her remarks at KBC, Marshall urged the media to play a more constructive role in the fight against the epidemic. Relatedlast_img read more

Scotland’s Day of Conversation – a Great Chance to Get Creative

first_imgJemma Neville, Director of Voluntary Arts Scotland, said: “The word ‘conversation’ means to turn around and exchange ideas or news. It’s about hospitality and is a creative act in and of itself. “This Get Creativefestival, strike up a conversation with someone new and allow yourself to be surprised by what you learn about yourself.”A Year of Conversation will involve events throughout 2019.Some will be about conversation in our personal relationships, others will involved wider social, health and political issues. Some involve scientists and academics, others focus on artists, musicians, writers and storytellers.A Year of Conversation 2019 is working with a wide range of organisations in the wider cultural world including the National Library of Scotland, Scottish Book Trust, The Stove, Voluntary Arts Scotland, Highlight Arts, The Lyceum Theatre, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Scottish Poetry Library, The Playwrights’ Studio, Literary Alliance Scotland, Edinburgh International Books Festival, Wigtown Festival Company, StAnza, DG Unlimited and the University of Glasgow.Day of Conversationevents can be listed on the Get Creativewebsite www.getcreativeuk.com– and Voluntary Arts Scotland will help get the word out. Or email Kelly Donaldson at kelly@vascotland.org.uk. Chatting over food to discuss something of local interest.Having a conversation with another local or similar group and learn from each other.Going on an inter-generational walk, where children take older people on a “play walk” and older people take children on a “memory walk”. D&G Poet Tom Pow AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInVoluntary Arts Scotland and A Year of Conversation 2019 have teamed up to call on the country to take time out and talkScotland will be getting to know itself better on 11 May when groups across the country take part in A Day of Conversation.The initiative is part of A Year of Conversation 2019,which has been set up to celebrate the positive power of conversation, to open our minds and to counter growing social polarisation.Among those involved is Voluntary Arts Scotland, which is encouraging creative groups everywhere to have their own Day of Conversation activities to help kick off its annual Get Creative Festival (11-19 May).Other organisations have also signed up and Tom Pow, creative director of A Year of Conversation 2019, would love to see as many people as possible get talking – independently or as part of the Voluntary Arts Scotland festival.Pow said:“Although a Year of Conversation has events throughout the year celebrating conversation, there’s a particular excitement about having a concentrated focus on one day – a Saturday.“Voluntary Arts Scotland and ourselves are hoping that many individuals and organisations will see an opportunity to do something different and to know that they are part of a national expression of everything that conversation means – engagement, openness, creativity.”One event Voluntary Arts Scotlandis organising, and which shows the range of imaginative possibilities, is Food For Thought, A Conversation Around Food.Run in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library it will be an afternoon of good food and good conversation – an opportunity to connect with others through food, and to share memories, recipes and delicacies from childhood.Voluntary Arts Scotlandhas suggested that creative groups can set upDay of Conversation events such as:A coffee morning to discuss an issue at the heart of their regular activity.A gathering where each person brings an object that means something to them – then share stories about it.center_img Or simply doing what they usually do (rehearse, plan, create) but building in a conversation. The possibilities are endless.last_img read more

Man fined $25,000 for firearm & drug possession

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet LocalNews Man fined $25,000 for firearm & drug possession by: – October 24, 2014 Sharecenter_img Share 166 Views   no discussions Hubert Charles, 29, of Morne Prosper has been ordered to pay twenty-five thousand dollars after he pleaded guilty to possession of firearm and marijuana.Charles pleaded guilty to four out of the five drug related and firearm charges that were preferred against when he appeared before Magistrate Bernard Pacquette on Friday 24 October 2014.He pleaded guilty to possession of 6394 grams of marijuana, possession of the same with intent to supply, guilty to the possession of one 12 gauge shot gun and possession of one 20 gauge shot gun without being a valid license holder.He pleaded not guilty to cultivation of 6394 grams of marijuana.Information revealed in court by police prosecutor inspector Innocent Toussaint indicates that on Wednesday 22 October, members of the Anti-Crime Task Force who were on duty at Morne Proper, proceeded to the defendant’s premises armed with a search warrant about 4:35AM.Upon arrival, the officers knocked and introduced themselves to the defendant and informed him of the warrant. The officers inquired whether he had any illegal drugs or firearms in his possession but he did not respond.He was asked if there was anyone else in the house and he said, “My son.”Upon searching the bedroom, a quantity of what appeared to be cannabis was found in a white pail. More of the drugs was found wrapped in a grey tarpaulin.He was caution about the drug and he responded, “officer weed that”. He was informed that it was illegal to have marijuana in his possession and that he was going to be arrested. The search of his premises continued and one 12 gauge shot gun and one 20 gauge shot gun were found underneath the tarpaulin.He was cautioned about it and he responded, “first time I hold things”. He was asked whether or not he has a license for the weapons and he did not reply.The officers also found 90 plants growing in vegetable trays which appeared to be cannabis. Again the defendant admitted that it was weed. He was arrested and taken to the Police Headquarters.Attorney at Law Ronald Charles, who mitigated on behalf of the defendant, pleaded with the Magistrate to be lenient and not impose a custodial sentence on his client.“Hubert has found himself in a particular situation contrary to the laws of Dominica and he is at the mercy of the court,” Charles said.He further stated that it is the defendant’s first time and that he has promised to have a turnaround in his life for the sake of his little boy if he is given a chance. Charles also said that the defendant found the guns in the heights and always wanted to return it but was fearful.“I beg on the court to use its discretion and have mercy on this young man and give him a chance,” the attorney continued.”However, Magistrate Pacquette said; “that is a lot of marijuana which indicates that you are a big time dealer and cultivator”.“When you decide to get into drugs you have to put your insurance aside for when you get caught,” Magistrate Pacquette added.For possession with intent to supply marijuana he was fined fifteen thousand dollars ($15000.00). Five thousand dollars to be paid forthwith and in default of payment spend six months in jail. Another five thousand dollars is to be paid in the next 6 months; in default of payment spend 6 months in jail. The additional five thousand dollars is to be paid in 1 year; in default spend 6 months in jail.For the possession of firearm he was fine five thousand dollars which is to be paid by 24 May 2016; in default of payment spend 6 months in jail. An additional five thousand dollars is to be paid by 24 November 2016; in default of payment spend 6 months in jail.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Teekay and Teekay LNG Announce Resolution to China LNG JV Issues

first_imgAccordingly, Teekay LNG’s 50/50 joint venture with China LNG, which owns four on-the-water ARC7 LNG carriers and two ARC7 LNG carrier newbuildings, is also no longer classified as a “Blocked Person” under OFAC rules. The four existing ARC7 LNG carriers are continuing to operate under their long-term contracts transporting gas from the Yamal LNG project and the remaining two ARC7 LNG carrier newbuildings are expected to deliver in the fourth quarter of 2019. Author: Baibhav Mishra As a result of the resolution of this issue, the Teekay Group is now planning to reschedule its previously-postponed investor and analyst meeting and expects to provide details soon.center_img Teekay Corporation and Teekay LNG Partners announced on Tuesday that COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation has completed an ownership restructuring on arms-length terms which has resulted in Teekay LNG’s joint venture partner, China LNG Shipping (Holdings), no longer being classified as a “Blocked Person” under Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) rules. Sea News, October 23last_img read more

Feel the Game | This fight is for real already?

first_img[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=’ Feel the Game | This fight is for real already?’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]Bobby Motus[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Saturday, April 22, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] ABOUT two months ago, the Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan camps were declaring to all gullible citizens of the world (this column included) that they are ready for a violent exchange of greetings and scheduled a May 19 bout at an undisclosed city at the United Arab Emirates.  This supposed fight reportedly guaranteed between $30 to $38 million in prize money put up by a group of Arab investors.Because promoter Bob Arum was not exactly enthusiastic about the match and was obviously favouring a fight “Down Under”, we only heard Pacman’s adviser Michael Koncz doing the press releases stating dates and other related details.  In my limited understanding of prize fighting, only promoters have the ability and capacity to close fight deals and everything else that comes with it.  Unless advisers have multiple functions, only then can they close deals.The calendared UAE fight and all the accompanying hype melted under the hot desert sun because the one and only truly begotten god of boxing promotions didn’t put his stamp of approval on it.  Also reportedly, Khan, who is a devout Muslim, will be observing Ramadan which will be a week after the May 19 fight, and he is kind of tentative on the match.So here we go back to Australia and Queensland’s fighting school teacher Jeff Horn.  Duco Events, which promotes Horn has confirmed that the Pacman will defend his WBO welterweight title on July 2 at the Suncorp Stadium.  Top Rank likewise said that the part-time senator had already signed the contract but are not saying much and for what amount is up for grabs.Reports say that Pacman will be flying to Australia sometime next week and will be on a press conference with Horn at the fight venue.  It was further reported that he will also have some promotional stops at Melbourne and Sydney.  If what we’re hearing is true, then we can safely conclude that this fight is a done deal.Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium seats 55,000-plus spectators and depending on final seating arrangements, they are expecting to surpass the 38,000 who filled Melbourne’s Princes Park in 1992 when Azuma Nelson bested Jeff Fenech.  That was the biggest boxing crowd Australia has ever seen, and considering Horn will be fighting on home soil and Pacman’s international appeal, boxing fans just might pack the stadium to the brim.According to Aussie promoters, tickets to the fight will be available online beginning April 26 with 6,000 general admission tickets at 40 Australian dollars each and 27,000 seats to be available below A$100.  Corporate tickets will be sold starting at A$495 per person in a corporate box.Freddie Roach admitted that the younger, stronger and taller Horn is a good fighter, a strong counter-puncher yet for the nth time expects Pacman to win by KO.  The last time Pacman floored an opponent was in 2009 when he knocked out Miguel Cotto.  Yet the Australian’s trainer Glenn Rushton said that his ward could very well match up, likening Horn to a Pacman ten years removed from 38.  Whatever guys.  Just one well-timed solid punch will do the trick.Damn if we will be hearing of this fight as “para sa bayan”.  The moment Pacman unretired, nationalistic undertones drowned in sewage.  The one and only aim for The Battle of Brisbane is money.  Anything else is bullcrap.  It’s only eight hours away and we could be seeing someone from across the Guimaras Strait on top of the ring waving the national colors.  Abangan./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

No. 7 UWF Gets Second Straight Top Five Victory’ Defeats No. 5 Lynn, 5-4

first_imgNo. 7 UWF Gets Second Straight Top Five Victory’ Defeats No. 5 Lynn, 5-4 Kevin Ducros and Bruno Savi (Photo by UWF Sports Information)   BOCA RATON, Fla. – The No. 7- ranked University of West Florida men’s tennis team (11-2) recorded its second straight victory over a top five opponent as the Argos disposed of No. 5 Lynn, 5-4, this afternoon in Boca Raton. Yesterday, UWF defeated No. 2 Barry, 5-4. The loss was only Lynn’s second loss of the season.West Florida earned the first point of the day at the No. 1 doubles position, where Argos Kevin Ducros (Aix-en-Provence, France) and Bruno Savi (Santana do Livramento, Brazil) teamed to defeat Willi Wolfer and Vlad Cirla, 8-4. Leandro Ferreira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Andrey Pozhidaev (Sochi, Russia) defeated George Laffey and Amaury Van Haelen, 9-7 at No. 2. UWF’s lone loss in doubles came at the No. 3 line, where Alessio Iannozzi and Luca Pavanelli defeated Mike Lue (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and Domenico Sano (Macaray, Venezuela), 8-1.The Argonauts took the 2-1 lead into singles play. No. 10-ranked Savi tallied a straight set, 6-4, 6-2, victory over No. 12-ranked Cirla at the No. 2 position. West Florida suffered its first singles loss of the day as No. 49-ranked Pavanelli defeated No. 16-ranked Ferreira, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 4. UWF freshman Elio Latela (Sydney, Australia) made the score, 4-2 UWF as he recorded a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Iannozzi at the No. 5 line. Pozhidaev clinched the match for the Argonauts as he defeated Max Kouyate at the No. 3 position in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.Van Haelen defeated Lue, 6-1, 5-7, 6-1, at No. 6. In the final match standing, Wolfer, who is ranked No. 5 in singles nationally, needed three sets and a tie breaker to defeat UWF’s Ducros, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) at the No. 1 position. West Florida will play its third match in three days tomorrow as the Argos travel to Winter Park to face No. 8 Rollins. First serve is set for 3:30 p.m. eastern. Results and a recap of the match will be available on GoArgos.com. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS##7 West Florida 5, #5 Lynn 403/20/12 at Boca Raton, FL (Perper Tennis Complex) Singles Competition1. #5 Willi Wolfer (LUM) def. Kevin Ducros (UWFM) 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)2. #10 Bruno Savi (UWFM) def. #12 Vlad Cirla (LUM) 6-4, 6-23. #19 Andrey Pozhidaev (UWFM) def. Max Kouyate (LUM) 3-6, 6-3, 6-34. #49 Luca Pavanelli (LUM) def. #16 Leandro Ferreira (UWFM) 6-2, 7-55. Elio Latela (UWFM) def. Alessio Iannozzi (LUM) 7-5, 6-26. Amaury Van Haelen (LUM) def. Mike Lue (UWFM) 6-1, 5-7, 6-1Doubles Competition1. Kevin Ducros/Bruno Savi (UWFM) def. Willi Wolfer/Vlad Cirla (LUM) 8-42. Leandro Ferreira/Andrey Pozhidaev (UWFM) def. George Laffey/Amaury Van Haelen (LUM) 9-73. Alessio Iannozzi/Luca Pavanelli (LUM) def. Mike Lue/Domenico Sano (UWFM) 8-1Match NotesWest Florida 11-2; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #4Lynn 13-2; National ranking #5; Regional ranking #3Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,4,5,3,6,1)T-3:45– www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Sharelast_img read more

Prediksi Potensi Turbulensi Secara Real-Time, IATA Luncurkan “Turbulence Aware”

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedPesawat Diterjang Turbulensi, Awak Kabin American Airlines Alami Cedera28/12/2018In “Bandara”Turbulensi, Guncangan Saat Mengudara Yang Tak Perlu Ditakuti16/10/2017In “Domestik”Terjadi Turbulensi? Tetap Tenang dan Jangan Panik16/03/2017In “Bandara” Contohnya, tidak ada skala standar untuk tingkat keparahan turbulensi yang dapat dilaporkan seorang pilot selain skala ringan, sedang atau berat, yang menjadi sangat subyektif karena adanya perbedaan ukuran pesawat dan pengalaman pilot. Dengan adanya Turbulence Aware ini, maka diharapkan dapat meningkatkan kemapuan industri penerbangan dengan mengumpulkan data dari berbagai maskapai penerbangan yang berkontribusi, diikuti oleh kontrol kualitas yang ketat.Kemudian data dikonsolidasikan ke dalam database sumber tunggal, anonim, dan obyektif yang dapat diakses oleh peserta. Data dari Turbulence Aware nantinya akan dikonversi menjadi informasi yang dapat ditindaklanjuti saat di-input ke sistem pengiriman atau penyingkapan udara dari setiap maskapai penerbangan. Hasilnya adalah informasi global, real-time, rinci dan obyektif pertama bagi para pilot untuk mengelola turbulensi.“Turbulence Aware merupakan salah satu contoh mutakhir dalam potensi transformasi digital di dunia penerbangan yang selalu mengedepankan aspek keselamatan,” ujar Alexandre de Juniac, Direktur Jenderal dan CEO IATA.“Dalam kasus Turbulence Aware, prediksi turbulensi yang lebih tepat akan memberikan peningkatan nyata bagi penumpang – dimana perjalanannya akan lebih aman dan lebih nyaman,” tandasnya.Baca Juga: Turbulensi, Guncangan Saat Mengudara Yang Tak Perlu DitakutiTidak bisa dipungkiri, tantangan utama dalam mengelola turbulensi ini diperkirakan akan terus mengalami peningkatan seiring dengan perubahan iklim yang akan berdampak pada pola cuaca. Ini memiliki implikasi untuk keselamatan dan efisiensi penerbangan.Menurut Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), turbulensi merupakan penyebab utama cedera penumpang dan awak penerbang dalam kecelakaan non-fatal. Ilustrasi Turbulensi. Sumber: internationalairportreview.com International Air Transport Association atau yang kerap disingkat IATA baru-baru ini meluncurkan sebuah sumber data bernama Turbulence Aware yang dipercaya mampu membantu setiap maskapai untuk menghindari daerah dengan tingkat turbulensi yang cukup tinggi. Turbulence Aware ini dapat di-input oleh setiap pilot ketika tengah merencanakan rute penerbangan secara taktis. Sederhananya, Turbulence Aware akan menampilkan daerah dengan tingkat turbulensi yang cukup tinggi secara real-time berdasarkan laporan dari maskapai yang turut menggunakan fitur ini.Baca Juga: Peneliti Buktikan Bahwa Guncangan Akibat Turbulensi Bisa Diredam!Sebagaimana yang dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari laman internationalairportreview.com (13/12/2018), maskapai penerbangan saat ini mengandalkan laporan pilot dan penasehat cuaca untuk mengurangi dampak turbulensi pada operasi mereka. Kendati efektif, namun instrumen ini masih memiliki keterbatasan karena adanya fragmentasi sumber data, inkonsistensi dalam tingkat dan kualitas informasi yang tersedia, hingga ketidaktepatan lokasi dan subjektivitas pengamatan.last_img read more