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I was delighted to see CNG Fuels announce that its new station – Europe’s largest refuelling station for low carbon biomethane in trucks – is open for business. Every step taken towards a net zero future for transport is to be applauded.CNG Fuels opens biomethane stationCadent has been a proud partner in this project from the beginning, reinforcing the surrounding network in Warrington and then providing the connection to it. And more widely, encouraging farming and food waste consortia to connect to the grid in order to sell their biomethane for use as fuel. We’re also working very successfully with companies such as Air Liquide and other CNG station developers to deliver their ambitious program of refuelling stations.For a while now, we’ve been at the vanguard of exploring greener fuels for freight transport in particular. It’s not just a question of carbon emissions, it’s also about NOx and the impact on air quality for our children.We echo CNG Fuels’ point about confidence in and demand for biomethane as an alternative to diesel. It really is a no-brainer for fleet operators who, like all of us, have to start to reduce their carbon emissions right now to have any chance of reaching the net zero target by 2050.Of course, as the UK’s largest Gas Distribution Network (GDN), we can’t expect this type of commitment from others unless we’re prepared to make it ourselves so I’m happy to report that Cadent is doing just that. We’re ‘walking the walk’ by decarbonising our own National Distribution Centre HGV distribution fleet which means more than 500tonnes of GHG emissions avoided each year.We’ve put considerable investment into scoping the options for decarbonising HGVs, buses and trains. This includes publication of our HyMotion report last June as well as soon to be published work with the National Physical Laboratory, and associated research partners, on understanding the challenge of managing the purity of hydrogen supplied to Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles using the UK’s gas network.We’re also about to add five electric vans and five hydrogen cars to our fleet in London with plans to make every one of the 1,100 vans used by our emergency engineers zero emission by 2026.So what’s next? I believe in the immediate future we need to focus on two things;the creation of a sustainable market for these fuels, andthe development and deployment of the gas infrastructure to deliver them across the UK.It’s heartening to see the UK Government continuing the fuel duty differential to incentivise uptake. Now the time is right to take the next step up – a strategic plan from the Government on embedding biomethane and then hydrogen as a fuel in larger transport. Political commitment to the future role of the gas network as a critical piece of infrastructure to achieve net zero would go a long way towards making this happen alongside some ‘push/pull’ incentives for fleet operators.And what about the rest of the journey to a situation in which all of our heavy transport is at zero emissions because biomethane, although low carbon, is not zero carbon? Well, that requires the same type of supportive investment, along with regulatory and policy amendments; this time focussed on hydrogen – the ultimate zero carbon fuel solution for HGVs and the like.What we need in this case is clear – support for the first tranche of large-scale hydrogen hubs at regional scale, along with swift policy amendments to facilitate the flow of these greener gases throughout the network. Only by networking zero carbon gases can they be made cost-effective for customers and accessible for fleets and logistics companies across the UK to embrace. Transport is the key way to maximise the use of green gases in the Cadent network and help the UK achieve the goal of a net zero transport sector by 2050, something we all want to see.
The Law Society has launched a new service which it claims will help firms navigate the increasingly complicated area of risk and compliance and put in place risk management procedures. The Risk and Compliance Service includes in-house consultancy, a newsletter and a Lawyerline complaints and compliance support service. Law Society president Robert Heslett said: ‘Over the last decade the legal profession has been subject to an unprecedented level of change. In particular the Legal Services Act has remoulded the regulatory framework, while the economic downturn has placed a heavy spotlight on risk, not least in the eyes of insurers and lenders.’ Heslett said this had resulted in a new legal market in which regulatory compliance and management of risk are two of the three biggest concerns for any managing partner, next to profit. ‘The Law Society is responding to this need within the profession by developing an innovative, effective and affordable way to manage risk and regulatory compliance,’ said Heslett. He added that the likelihood of an even tougher professional indemnity insurance renewal process this year makes it imperative that firms look at their systems and processes for client care and risk management, to ensure they can demonstrate best practice. For more information go to: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/productsandservices/specialinterest/riskandcompliance.page
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The most momentous legal judgment to hit construction law in recent times is Rock Advertising Ltd vs MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd, handed down by the Supreme Court on 16 May 2018. This case looked at the validity of so-called “no oral modification” (NOM) clauses – clauses commonly found in construction contracts and consultants’ appointments stating that any contractual amendment to the terms and conditions must be in writing to be effective. The Supreme Court recognised the academic, jurisprudential and practical importance and interest in this case stating: “Modern litigation rarely raises truly fundamental issues in the law of contract. This appeal is exceptional.” Readers will have their subjective tangible experience of oral discussions where certain terms and conditions in a construction contract have been to some extent modified or varied – but are such oral agreements reached in site meetings now good enough to circumvent a “no oral modification” clause? The Supreme Court decided that a ‘NOM’ clause was absolutely effective to prevent the parties agreeing a subsequent variation save in accordance with its express requirements This case concerned a lease of serviced offices by Rock from MWB. A revised schedule of payments was agreed orally on the phone between MWB’s credit controller and Rock’s sole director which, in financial terms, was worth slightly less to MWB. The lease contained a clause requiring all variations to be in writing and signed before they took effect, as follows: “This licence sets out all of the terms as agreed between MWB and licensee. No other representations or terms shall apply or form part of this licence. All variations to this licence must be agreed, set out in writing and signed on behalf of both parties before they take effect.”At first instance, the judge held that although an oral variation (supported by consideration) had been agreed, it was ineffective because of the NOM clause, such that MWB could claim arrears without regard to the orally agreed variation. The Court of Appeal reversed the judge’s decision, in keeping with the recent trend towards such clauses having limited or no effect. This was on the basis that it was considered that NOM clauses could be overridden by oral agreement due to so-called party autonomy. Put another way, it was thought that parties with freedom of contract cannot bind themselves as to their future agreements. English courts followed Judge Cardozo’s well-known 1919 judgment in the New York Court of Appeals in Beatty vs Guggenheim Exploration Co, where he said: “Those who make a contract, may unmake it.” The recent trend towards such clauses having limited or no effect […] has now all changed […] ‘nom’ clauses will now have a real, decisive impact in construction lawThis has now all changed with Rock vs MWB. The Supreme Court decided that a NOM clause was absolutely effective to prevent the parties agreeing a subsequent variation save in accordance with its express requirements – subject only to a party being able to establish an estoppel specifically preventing reliance upon the precise NOM clause. Lord Sumption gave the judgment, which had the support of the majority in the Supreme Court. He drew attention to the commercial advantages of NOM clauses, such as certainty and preventing attempts to undermine agreements by informal means, which may be open to abuse. The construction industry will now need to look at the precise terms of the NOM in each contract or appointment to ensure that modifications or amendments of the terms are codified in accordance with the NOM – otherwise the written words in the contract continue to be effective, bind and regulate each party’s rights and obligations. Readers will note that the only lifeline may be to argue that the other party cannot rely on the particular clause – in other words argue that there has been a waiver and estoppel. While the strict approach of Lord Sumption may sometimes be mitigated by the availability of estoppel, that may be a blunt tool (as the failure of the estoppel argument in the Rock Adverting shows). For example, it will not be effective where the employer resiles from the oral agreement before the contractor has any opportunity to rely on it, and where estoppel does operate, in some cases it could prove only temporary in effect. Lord Sumption also appears to have limited the scope for estoppel to mitigate this new approach to NOM clauses, by saying that: there would at the very least have to be some words or conduct unequivocally representing that the variation was valid notwithstanding its informality, andsomething more would be required for this purpose than the informal promise itself.Academics are already considering whether the minority judgement in the Supreme Court was better. It does not matter in practice – “no oral modification” clauses will now have a real, decisive impact in construction law.
The new 4,000 sq m facility is C-TPAT compliant and strategically located within 15 km of Yangon port and major industrial locations.It is suitable for import and export activities for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), consumer electronics, apparels, components, machinery and project cargo, says the company.Since international sanctions were lifted in 2012, Myanmar has established itself as a new frontier market, with potential to become a major sourcing country and consumer market. www.damco.com
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDrivers across Scotland are advised to travel with caution, as the latest weather warnings are announced. Police Scotland have issued a Stage 2 – travel with caution warning from midnight tonight. (This will be reviewed late morning tomorrow).The latest Met Office Yellow weather warning, that is in place until 2359 hours on 3 April, has forecast snow for Angus, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Fife, Perth and Kinross, Stirling, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, West Lothian, Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire ,East Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West DunbartonshireFurther to this a Yellow warning of snow will remain in place for the following areas until 1500 hours on 4 April: Angus, Perth and Kinross, Stirling, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland, Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire – this is being monitored and further met office updates will be received which will allow us to consider if a Stage 2 needs to remain in place for these areas into Wednesday.Deputy Head of Road Policing for Police Scotland, Superintendent Louise Blakelock said: “We are expecting snowy conditions over the next couple of days, especially on the higher level routes.“I would urge drivers to plan accordingly, check the conditions ahead and make sure they are prepared for all eventualities.“Many people will be returning to work after the Easter break and conditions may be challenging on some routes not only due to snow but also surface water and spray as the snow melts. No-one should ever place themselves at risk on the roads and there are alternative arrangements you can make such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using public transport.“I want to ask drivers not to become complacent and the key is to be fully prepared, drive safely and to the conditions.”Be fully informed by checking the @PoliceScotland, @TrafficScotland and @MetOffice Twitter feeds before you travel to get the latest information and forecasts.
NewsPoliticsRegional Haiti gets interim president by: Caribbean News Service – February 15, 2016 Share 99 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Jocelerme PrivertPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CNS) – The Haitian Parliament elected a new interim president Sunday, one week after the previous president stepped down with no successor lined up.Former head of Parliament Jocelerme Privert is the new interim president. Privert will serve a term of 120 days and must confirm a consensus prime minister.The election came after former President Michel Martelly stepped down February 7.A new round of elections will take place on April 24, with the elected winner to be installed on May 14. Tweet
InternationalNewsPrintRegional Panama drops off unwanted Cubans at Costa Rica border by: Associated Free Press – April 7, 2017 89 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet Share (Photo credit: www.cbsnews.com)PANAMA CITY, Panama (AFP) — Panama on Thursday dropped a group of 71 unwanted Cubans at its border with Costa Rica in an operation highlighting a pass-the-buck strategy between Central American countries struggling to stem the flow of US-bound migrants.The Cubans were driven by bus from a holding centre in the east — where they had been kept since crossing from Colombia — to the Costa Rican border in the west, local media reports in Panama said.Panamanian officials did not confirm they organized the transfer, but one of the Cubans told the Panamanian newspaper La Estrella they were woken at dawn to board waiting buses.President Juan Carlos Varela told reporters the Cubans had to leave the country or face deportation to Cuba or Colombia.Costa Rica’s communication minister, Mauricio Herrera, told AFP that the Cubans would not be permitted entry. Any found illegally crossing into the country would be returned to Panama, he said.But the head of the UN’s International Organization for Migration in Costa Rica, Roeland de Wilde, said half the Cubans had already entered the country on Thursday.“We have reliable information that indicates the Cubans have entered Costa Rica with people smugglers,” he said.The IOM urged migrants “not to put themselves at risk through the dangerous smuggling business,” he added.Central America is a corridor for Cubans and other migrants trekking overland to try to get to the United States.Some 25,000 Cubans passed through the region in 2015.But their obstacles have since greatly increased.Nicaragua closed its border to undocumented Cuban migrants in late 2015, forcing Costa Rica, then Panama — both upstream of the migration flow — to follow suit.In January this year, the United States scrapped a decades-old policy giving Cubans preferred immigrant status. Hundreds have since been deported.Although the numbers passing through Central America have decreased, Costa Rica and Panama — both relatively stable and prosperous — fear they may become alternative destinations for Cubans.The two countries are also increasingly concerned that Venezuelan migrants could arrive in even greater numbers, fleeing a collapsing economy at home.Panama has already tightened entry requirements for Venezuelans.
Tweet Three hundred and twenty-seven students (327) graduated from the Dominica State College during its Fifteenth Commencement Ceremony held at the Windsor Park Stadium on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017. Forty-four students graduated with one of the three levels of honors, Summa Cum Laude (1st Class Honors), Magna Cum Laude (2nd Class Honors), and Cum Laude (3rd Class Honors). Stephanie Pascal, who majored in Mathematics, Economics and Physics, emerged as Valedictorian of the graduating class, with Summa Cum Laude honors in all three majors, for her consistent academic performances, her participation in extracurricular activities and co-curricular activities on campus, as well as community spirit and service leadership. She received the Valedictorian, Economics and Mathematics Awards.Shania Scotland, who majored in Geography, and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors, received the Highest Academic Award, for the student with the highest-grade point average (GPA) in the graduating class. She also received the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Award, as well as an award for Geography. Rael Felix received the Faculty Awards and the award for Mechanical Engineering, while Sophillia Hillaire received the Faculty of Education Award. Sports Personality of the Year went to Romelcia Phillip, while Club of the Year went to the Literary and Debating Society. Phael Lander received the Special Award for Volunteerism, Leadership, and Community Spirit. Tresha Jacob picked up the award for English, Kyra-Akilah Richards received the awards for Chemistry and Physics, Chrisline Tavernier took home the award for Mass Communications, while Terrick King took home the award for Electrical Engineering Technology. The Tourism Award went to Blondelle George, while the Paralegal Studies award went to Janae Jackson. Valedictorian Stephanie Pascal urged her fellow graduates to “step boldly and fearlessly” into the next journey and implement the lessons learnt in any field they may choose.“We must always be accountable for our actions. Do not do anything in life simply because you have to. Rather, do it because you want to, or because that step will take you closer towards achieving your goals. I believe that having a purpose helps us with accountability. So, find your purpose my dear graduates, and may all your actions reflect them,” Pascal stated.Pascal further told the graduates to enjoy life, and make the best of it while using the opportunities that they are given, despite any setbacks they may face. “Despite all the challenges, drawbacks, and bruising rounds, we must be thankful for the opportunity to see today; an opportunity so many others our age and younger are not given,” she noted. “Equipped with God, proper support systems such as family and friends, and now most recently our Associate Degree, I have no doubt that we will travel far on our respective journeys,” Pascal further stated. EducationLocalNewsTertiary 327 bid goodbye to Dominica State College by: Dominica Vibes News – July 13, 2017 Share Share 343 Views one comment Sharing is caring! Share