Lenders pause for breath as London housing sales slow

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BOC India performing well

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iSURVEY in Seabed Mapping for Bibby Offshore

first_imgiSURVEY Offshore Ltd, a provider of survey and positioning services to the global oil and gas, offshore renewables and telecommunications markets, has completed a contract with Bibby Offshore’s ROV division worth more than £500,000.Andrew McMurtrie, managing director at iSURVEY OffshoreiSURVEY supported Bibby Offshore’s ROV and dredging operations onboard the Olympic Triton, a multi-service construction, support, and intervention vessel, which has been commissioned by Elf Exploration UK Ltd to dredge three areas alongside the Franklin platform in preparation for the installation of the Prospector I jack-up drilling rig.iSURVEY provided positioning and seabed mapping for the dredging operation, which included the supply of multi-beam echo sounder sensors and other supporting sensors installed on one of the two ROVs mobilised onboard. Andrew McMurtrie, managing director at iSURVEY Offshore, said: “Establishing a base in Aberdeen earlier this year was a major step in our UK growth plans and has allowed us to expand operations in the North Sea. “This contract, our first with Bibby Offshore, recognises our UK commitment and also the significant investment that we have made into our positioning capabilities. Being awarded this project is a great success for iSURVEY and we are confident that our work in the North Sea will continue to grow following on from this.”The project mobilised at the end of July in Rosyth and continued until early September.Press Release, September 10, 2014last_img read more

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Why the Jenrick saga has dented faith in the planning system

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Scheuerle impresses at bauma

first_imgThe manufacturer’s SPMT widening adaptor was initiated at the request of heavy lift and specialised transport provider Mammoet, and is intended to reduce the amount of trailers needed and the carbon footprint for specific transport projects.As reported by HLPFI on April 12, the development makes it possible to increase the track width of a split SPMT – thereby increasing the width of the loading platform without the need to add more SPMT trailer units.The adaptor presented at the Munich exhibition was being delivered to French haulier Scales.Also on show at bauma was Scheuerle’s new EuroAxle series, which caused quite a stir, with the manufacturer claiming that the innovation marks a new era for independent wheel suspension in the heavy transport industry.The patented system has an extendable central beam and lateral extensions up to 3,000 mm, as well as an 850 mm drive height, a 58 degree steering angle and a width of 2,550 mm – all of which Scheuerle says guarantees a wide range of applications.Its advantages include less maintenance, reduced tyre wear and less chance of damage from hydraulic hoses, as well as easier and safer operations, claimed the German trailer manufacturer.Another product attracting a lot of attention at the event was Scheuerle’s latest and largest power pack unit (PPU), which offers 1,000 horsepower. The unit, which was also developed in cooperation with Mammoet, is intended to reduce the number of trucks required to pull and steer super heavy loads to just one.In a number of heavy haulage jobs involving very large pieces of cargo and multiple trailers, up to four trucks or prime movers can be required at the back and front of the load to push or brake assist the combination.The new PPU, which forms the Trailer Power Assist (TPA) concept, can be mounted at one or either end of the trailer, or can be positioned on the prime mover to replace the counterweight for traction – removing the need for numerous tractor units.See more about the TPA concept here.Also on the TII Group stand was a model of Nicolas’ Tractomas prime mover, which the company claims is the “world’s strongest prime mover”.One of the models on the TII Group stand that also attracted interest from visitors was the SPMT Light, which is designed to move heavy payloads while maintaining a very low deadweight.www.scheuerle.dewww.nicolas.frwww.tii-group.delast_img read more

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‘We want to address violence with peace’

first_img Soraya Salie, the founding member of the Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies, said spreading peace was a solution to violence. Ward 77 councillor Brandon Golding spoke at the event at De Waal Park on Saturday. The event was organised to mark the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. Above: Members of the Aphrodite Belly Dancers, were one of the performers at De Waal Park on Saturday. 1 of 4center_img Soraya Salie, the founding member of the Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies, said spreading peace was a solution to violence. As the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children came to a close, the message from an event at De Waal Park in Oranjezicht on Saturday December 10 was all about spreading peace.The Peace Festival was organised by the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and Heavenly Culture World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL). The organisations believe that promoting a culture of peace was the solution to violence against women and children.Soraya Salie, the founding member of the Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies, said the event was about promoting and spreading the seeds of peace. “In Bonteheuwel we are dressed in yellow because we want the entire world to be so bright that it will blind the evil that is happening. We want peace in our time.”Ms Salie, who is also a member of the IWPG, added that the group had been involved in the 16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Childrenn which came to an end on Saturday December 10. “There is so much violence in the world, especially in Cape Town. We want to address this violence with peace. We are telling our people to let us find that inner peace. Once we find that, it’s easy to get rid of anger and we will achieve world peace.” Ms Salie said the campaign was also about hope and breaking the silence around domestic violence. “Speaking is healing and there is always somebody out there who is prepared to listen. Join the Walking Ladies and other clubs because we are a group of women supporting women. We have this opportunity where we can release this anger by just speaking about it.”Ward 77 councillor Brandon Golding, who spoke at the event on Saturday, said that the message of peace was important. “It’s great at this time to celebrate peace. It is a peaceful time of year, a time of love, forgiveness and reflection. I am very happy to see people here who are advocating peace. If we want to drive peace it has to be among all people.”He said peace was about finding commonality and working to earn trust. “It takes work but it feels really good,” added Mr Golding. Media liaison for the festival, Kevin Jephta, said the event had been a first for the organisation and that the feedback they had received was good and so they were planning another event for next year. “It was a joyous celebration with the message of peace. It was about bringing people of different cultures together.” The event included speeches and performers with the main message of spreading peace.last_img read more

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More QASA delay calls

first_imgThe Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates has repeated calls to postpone the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates, despite the Court of Appeal ruling the scheme to be lawful.Master of the rolls Lord Dyson said the controversial scheme does not undermine the independence of the advocate or judiciary.The decision was welcomed by consumer groups and Legal Services Board chairman Sir Michael Pitt, who hailed it as proof the scheme is valid.SAHCA said the judgment was ‘disappointing’ but noted Dyson had not commented on the merits of the scheme. It is understood an appeal to the Supreme Court (pictured) is being considered.last_img read more

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Family justice system ‘under sustained and heavy attack’ – Munby

first_imgSir James Munby: confidence within private family law is at all-time lowThe former family chief addressed the outcry over His Honour Judge Tolson’s judgment following a fact-finding trial in proceedings for child arrangement orders, which the High Court said was ‘so flawed as to require a retrial’. The case attracted national media coverage.The case illustrated ‘in microcosm just what is wrong’, Munby said. It was ‘distorted’ by the fact the woman had legal aid and the man did not. The judge’s approach to the issue of consent in the context of a history of coercive and controlling behaviour ‘was astonishing’.Munby said: ‘No doubt some will say that this particular judgment is not typical, that it is an “outlier”. Others, no doubt, will say that it is no more than the very small tip of the proverbial iceberg. Without research we simply do not know, but I fear that the latter view is probably very much closer to the truth. I emphasise that exactly the same goes for those judgments relied upon in support of their complaints from those on the other side of the debate.’He suggested several ideas to prevent the system from suffering ‘further damage’ and highlighted the need for independent research to find out what is happening on the ground. This includes a six-month survey, recording key information in every case under part II of the Children Act 1989 and part IV of the Family Law Act 1996. Munby said: ‘Time is running out to address all these problems. These continuing attacks on the private law system pose a particular threat to the reputation and standing not merely of the family justice system but also, crucially, of the family judges… These criticisms are immensely damaging and, unless addressed, and seen to be addressed, with vigour, and with a complete lack of either complacency or sentimental self-protection, will sooner rather later, I fear, bring the system to its knees. Confidence in the system is at an all-time low, and unless drastic steps are taken, it will sink even lower.’ The outspoken former president of the family division has called for urgent action to stop the private family law system from falling to its knees or worse as a result of damaging criticism.Sir James Munby said the system was under ‘heavy and sustained attack’ from two different viewpoints – those who have experienced the system as litigants, and from journalists and family practitioners. Munby said there was ‘no room for the complacent assumption that if you are criticised by both you are probably getting it right. On the contrary, it surely suggests that we are getting it very wrong’. Munby made his comments in a speech entitled ‘The crisis in private family law’, published on the website of open justice group the Transparency Project. He had been supposed to deliver the speech at an event in Edinburgh for Shared Parenting Scotland, formerly known as Families Need Fathers Scotland, but was unable to attend. last_img read more

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Cuisine: Green fig and saltfish

first_imgThe National Dish of St Lucia is green fig and saltfish (codfish).Ingredients you will need225 g salt codcoconut oil, or olive oil for frying1 small onion, chopped1 tbsp mild chillies, chopped1 clove garlic, crushed2 spring onions, sliced2-3 tomatoes, deseeded and diced2-3 drops hot pepper sauce, or to taste2 green bananas, boiled until tender and skins have split, peeled and diced1½ tbsp mayonnaise1 handfuls herbs, coriander, parsley or Caribbean celery leaf.DirectionsFor the green fig and saltfishPrepare the salted cod by rinsing off the excess salt. Put into a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil then drain; repeat 2-3 times until the water is no longer salty. Remove the skin and bones and flake the flesh.Heat a little oil in a large pan and gently fry the onion, seasoning peppers and garlic until softened. Add the spring onions and stir well.Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the prepared saltfish. Add the tomatoes and hot pepper sauce. Finally stir in the bananas and mayonnaise to bind. The dish shouldn’t need any more seasoning because of the saltfish. Serve sprinkled with fresh herbs.last_img read more

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Kenai Sells Dragseth Property To Ron Hyde

first_imgThe earliest the airships will be on site is 2019. Hyde wrote, “the projected utilization of the airstrip by the airship would be light, sporadic use for ancillary support activities, not key to our daily operations.” A special use permit was granted on Wednesday evening for the airstrip. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai has sold the Dragseth mansion, hangar, and air strip to Ron Hyde of PRL Logistics. Hyde says fixed wing aircraft will only use the area sporadically, supporting the airships during “emergency or extreme situations,” but insists aircraft will never land or take off in unsafe conditions. Hyde wasn’t able to attend the May 17th Council Meeting, since it conflicted with his daughter’s graduation. Instead, Hyde sent a letter to the Council, addressing concerns previously raised by biologist Ken Tarbox. Kenai Mayor Brian Gabriel… Hyde explains that since the ships will be deployed around the state, they will only use the Kenai hangar intermittently, or for Cook Inlet-based projects. He says the ships will “depart the airfield vertically, reach an altitude to avoid obstacles, then descend vertically onto the current PRL property.” Hyde says the approach and departure will be over the Cook Inlet, avoiding the estuary. Mayor Gabriel: “So it’s been for sale for a while. We’ve had a few people that were interested, several hours. Mr. Hyde came in, PRL did, with a pretty good offer. As you heard tonight, it was unanimous from Council to sell to him.”last_img read more

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