Facebook Google+ By News Highland – September 27, 2012 The Donegal Team is on the final leg of its tour of Donegal.The team’s journey has been revised.Prolonged stops will only be made in Malin, Buncrana and Glenswilly.The team is due to stop briefly in Newtowncunningham around 5.30pm and then Burt, Muff, Moville,Carndonagh and Urris.It is not clear at this point at what time the team is in due in the aforementioned towns. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleMystery over Raphoe calves attacked,killed and eatenNext articleAlternative A5 Alliance say they can’t be blamed in funding row News Highland Twitter Facebook Upated: Donegal Team revise final leg of homecoming tour News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Twitter
Alex Wong/Getty Images(DALLAS) — The student-led March for Our Lives inspired adults into action also, including one woman who is helping lead visual demonstrations during the National Rifle Association convention this weekend.Susan Levine told ABC News that what she saw during that March 14 demonstration prompted her to take action now in her city of Dallas.“I was watching all the speeches on TV and I was so incredibly moved and blown away by how articulate and powerful these children were,” she said, adding she “really felt like ‘Wow, I really want to do something to help this movement grow and amplify it.’”She decided that the best way to chime into the national gun debate was to “cause some sort of disruption … in a peaceful way” during the upcoming NRA convention.Levine is collaborating with four gun safety groups including gun violence prevention group Giffords to arrange guerilla projections of gun victims on buildings in downtown Dallas near the site of the convention on Friday night.The projections will begin at nightfall, hours after both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence speak at the event earlier in the day. Pence’s address, which was announced prior to Trump’s, sparked some controversy because the Secret Service banned the presence of guns and knives in the room during his speech.On Saturday, the visuals will move to the streets, with five double-sided mobile billboard trucks “weaving around the street closures,” Levine said.Both the projections, which will range from eight to 15 stories tall, and the displays on the billboard trucks will show the pictures and names of 24 gun victims, along with the model of gun used in their death.The victims range in age from 6 to 51, and they were chosen, with permission from their relatives, to show the diversity of gun deaths in the U.S.Victims from high-profile shootings like those in Aurora, Sandy Hook, and Pulse nightclub will be interspersed with others like Brishell Jones, 16, who died as a result of a drive-by shooting, or Aaron Rocha, 17, who was the victim of a “random road rage” shooting, Levine said.“It’s not just about mass shootings. It’s about the things that happened every day,” Levine said, citing violent break-ins, suicides, and instances of being “in the wrong place at the wrong time” as often overlooked examples of deadly gun violence.Levine said she hopes that the visuals make the tens of thousands of convention-goers think about the impact of their weapons.“It’s really not about being a liberal or a conservative or being for guns or completely against them,” she said. “It’s about life and I really don’t want people to lose sight of that so the focus of the campaign really let’s the power of the victims and their stories of gun violence do the talking.”While she has familial ties to Parkland, Florida, which was the site of the deadly school shooting in February, she does not have direct ties to victims of gun violence. That isn’t the case for Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords, which is one of the groups partnered in this demonstration effort.“I’m somebody who’s lost a colleague to gun violence. I worked with [former Rep.] Gabby [Giffords] when she got shot and it’s important that the NRA leaders and the politicians that they control are able to see with their own eyes the real tragic cost of their political agenda,” Ambler told ABC News.“There’ll be lots of macho talk but very little reflection on Congress’s inability to address the country’s gun violence crisis,” he said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Aerospace firms have the best training record in UK manufacturing but arestill suffering from skills shortages, according to research. A survey of the sector by the National Training Organisation for EngineeringManufacture (EMTA) reveals that 58 per cent of aerospace firms pay for both onand off-the-job training, compared with the manufacturing industry average of47 per cent. The study also reveals that almost half of aerospace companies employapprentices compared to an industry average of 38 per cent. Despite the sector’s efforts to develop staff, the report finds that almosta quarter of aerospace firms are still suffering from skills shortages. The study, Aerospace Manufacture Labour Market Observatory, calls for thenational workforce of 150,000 people to be constantly upskilled to keep the UKaerospace industry ahead of its competition. It has an annual turnover of £18.25bn and is the largest in Europe. It issecond only to the US in global strength. Dr Michael Sanderson, EMTA’s chief executive, appealed to UK firms to thinklong and hard about laying off experienced staff in the uncertain economicclimate because of difficulties they may face in recruiting, if and when demandimproves. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Aerospace has the best record on trainingOn 8 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today
The three companies will support ADNOC’s drilling activities over five years by supplying casing and tubing Image: ADNCO intends to deliver more profitable upstream business. Photo: courtesy of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has awarded contracts worth AED13.2bn (£2.9bn) for wells and drilling materials.The three contracts are expected to maximise the state-owned oil company’s value across its drilling value chain and support its strategy to boost upstream business.The contracts have been awarded to Consolidated Suppliers Establishment, representing Tenaris; Abu Dhabi Oilfield Services Company, representing Vallourec; and Habshan Trading Company, representing Marubeni-Itochu Steel.Three companies to supply 1 million metric tonnes of casing and tubingUnder the contracts, the three companies will be responsible for supplying a total of 1 million metric tonnes of casing and tubing in order to support ADNOC’s drilling activities over five years.ADNOC upstream executive director Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy said: “The award of contracts with a combined scope that is one of the world’s largest for tubing and casing follows a highly competitive bid process.“It underscores ADNOC’s optimization efforts to drive commerciality across our growing portfolio. In addition, it is testament to our targeted approach to engage with value-add partners to unlock value as well as enhance the performance and returns on our assets and capital.“These agreements will provide ADNOC with increased flexibility to proactively respond to the demands of the evolving energy landscape as we ramp up our drilling activities and deliver our 2030 strategy.”The contracts represents the first in a series of ADNOC’s overall AED55bn (£12.3bn) drilling-related procurement expenditure plan in the next five years.Last year, ADNOC secured approval for an investment of AED486bn (£108.9bn) from the Abu Dhabi’s Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC) aimed at ramping up its production capacity.The investment will allow ADNOC to implement its new integrated gas strategy and boost its oil production capacity to 4 million barrels per day (mmbpd) by 2020-end and 5mmbpd by 2030.As part of the new gas strategy, the firm plans to develop the Hail, Ghasha and Dalma project to exploit Abu Dhabi’s Arab formation, which is estimated to contain multiple trillions of cubic feet of recoverable gas.The sour gas recovery project is projected to yield a production in excess of 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day.
The Apsara oil field, offshore Cambodia, is slated to begin production in the first half of next year and is estimated to reach a peak rate of 7,500 barrels of oil per day A representation of the Apsara oil field arrangement in Block A, offshore Cambodia. (Credit: KrisEnergy Ltd) KrisEnergy said that the first steel for the minimum facilities wellhead platform (mini-platform) for the offshore Apsara oil field in Cambodia has been cut at Profab’s facility in Indonesia.Last month, Profab, which is a subsidiary of National Oilwell Varco, was awarded contract from KrisEnergy for the supply of the platform.Under the contract, Profab is responsible for key procurement, fabrication and construction of the jacket, topsides and other associated accessories for the mini-platform. The work is being carried out at its facility located on Batam Island.Contained in Cambodia Block A, the Apsara oil field lies over the Khmer Basin, a geological basin in the Gulf of Thailand that is yet to produce any hydrocarbons till date.Apsara oil field to be developed in several phasesKrisEnergy said that owing to the unproven production performance of the Khmer Basin, development of the Apsara oil field will be executed in multiple phases to mitigate risk and gain time for collecting and analysing critical data to be applied in future phases.The company holds a 95% stake in Cambodia Block A with the remaining 5% stake owned by the Cambodian government.The current development phase of the Apsara oil field, called Mini Phase 1A, will see the mini-platform and five initial development wells connected to the Ingenium II production barge for the processing of oil, gas and water. Shuttle tankers will be used for transporting crude oil from the barge.The Apsara oil field is slated to begin production in the first half of next year and is estimated to reach a peak rate of 7,500 barrels of oil per day.KrisEnergy Cambodian operations CEO and president Kelvin Tang said: “The cutting of first steel is cause for celebration. It signifies that after years of planning, construction of the main structure is underway. However, we must not forget that a lot of work has been, and continues to be, carried out on other areas of the Apsara development.”Currently, the Ingenium II production barge is being upgraded and refurbished in Keppel Shipyard’s Benoi facility in Singapore and is targeted to be commissioned in January 2020.The company said that it received bids last month for the drilling rig tender, which is expected to be awarded soon.
Home » News » Guest blog: Managing agents need to realise that the days of leasehold are numbered previous nextRegulation & LawGuest blog: Managing agents need to realise that the days of leasehold are numberedCampaigner Simon Davies rebuffs claims made by Property management firm Estates and Management that scrapping ground rents could be a disaster for leaseholders.Simon Davies9th December 20191 Comment1,579 Views Nearly everywhere in the developed world including Scotland commonhold-type systems are the norm so why does England and Wales still use the feudal leasehold system?And what benefit does a leaseholder get by having a remote freeholder embedded in their flat or house? None. It adds to conveyancing costs because at least three parties are involved in the transaction.Also, ground rent is for no service at all, but an added expense for leaseholders; permission fees are another unjustified income for freeholders, when leaseholders are paying excessive fees, for example to remortgage.Many freeholders are not caring custodians of buildings or the leaseholders within them, when they are remote entities and often based offshore.Their only concern is the income from the building, and the freeholds and ground rents attached are tradeable assets with a value. The leaseholder often has no say in who owns the freehold for their property, and the costs associated with it.WindfallAlso, the freeholder receives an unjustified windfall from a lease extension or sale of the freehold to the leaseholder, when they may have paid as little as 1% of the building value for the freehold interest in the first place, received an income from ground rents and permission fees for many years, but adding nothing.The law is unbalanced and does not adequately protect those who have put the most money into the building or estate; the leaseholders.The freeholder can appoint their own managing agent, who in some circumstances cannot be removed by leaseholders or only with great difficulty and cost.CladdingFreeholders cannot claim to be caring custodians when they do not want to pay to replace flammable cladding, because the reason for their investment is to extract an income from the building, not look after it or the leaseholders within it.The arcane complexity of the leasehold system has exacerbated the cladding crisis with 300,000 flats now blighted because no one wants to take responsibility for it, other than trying to get innocent leaseholders to pay to put it right.England and Wales are unique amongst developed nations in using the feudal long-leasehold system. Everywhere else has placed the power in the hands of the flat owners to make their own decisions by using Commonhold type systems.Good incomeCommonhold has not taken off in England and Wales because many lawyers, developers, freeholders and their associated agents make a good income from long leasehold and the conflict associated with it, so have no incentive to change.The voice of six million leaseholders needs to be heard and their concerns put first and foremost. England and Wales need to abolish long leasehold, join the community of civilised nations in the 21st century and not persist with a system still stuck in the 18th century.Read the article that prompted Simon Davies to write a reply.Read the government’s most recent published plans to tackle leasehold reform.Simon Davies leaseholds commonhold freeholders December 9, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentStephen Clacy, Bowlwonder Limited Bowlwonder Limited 10th December 2019 at 10:51 pmThe ground rent is for no service and the lease makes it clear that the ground rent income is not to be added to the service charge accountTherefore it is a financial burden on the property and the consequences of agreeing to take on the lease with a ground rent needs to be considered carefullyThis could so easily be achieved by having the NPV of the ground rent shown next to the premium using a defined discount rate set by the Government from time to time .Therefore if you are buying a flat for £350k with a ground rent of £250 per annum doubling every 25 years then the NPV of the rent using a 6% discount rate is £5853. Therefore the total consideration is £355,583 and if SDLT was applied to the total the purchaser will appreciate what he is signing uptoA ground rent is only onerous if it’s value is not accurately reflected in the price paid – a ground rent of £10k per annum linked to the RPI on a flat worth £350k would be onerous if £350k was paid for the flat but if the price paid for the flat fell to £100k as a result of the rent then a buyer who pays £100k has nothing to feel aggrieved aboutLog in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Australian electro-pop group Empire of the Sun have released another new single from their forthcoming album, Two Vines. The new song, “To Her Door”, is synth-laden ballad with dream-state vocals that features guitar playing from none other than Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. You can stream “To Her Door” below, courtesy of NPR Music.Empire of the Sun’s new album, Two Vines, is out October 28th. Other notable guests on the album include Wendy Melvoin, formerly of Prince‘s Revolution, and members of David Bowie‘s Blackstar backing band. You can pre-order the album at the band’s website.[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones just released all the stops on their three-week tour with 16 dates spanning across August this summer, adding to the six previously announced dates announced in March. Bassist Victor Wooten, multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy, and percussionist Futureman (Roy Wooten) will make up the Flecktones joining Fleck this August. For many of the upcoming Béla Fleck & The Flecktones dates, the band will join forces with Chick Corea Elektric Band (consisting of John Patitucci, Frank Gambale, Eric Marienthal, and Dave Weckl), solidifying their co-headlined August tour that was announced back in November of last year.Béla Fleck and Chick Corea are no strangers to collaboration, with legendary jazz banjoist and pianist frequently touring together with one another in the past and teaming up for the 2007 shared studio album The Enchantment, which won a Latin Grammy, and its respective live album Two, which was released in 2015. However, this tour is different, with both jazz virtuosos will be bringing their own bands along with them for the ride. For the co-billed performances, each act will perform individually, though are expected to combine for collaborative encores at each stop.The tour is welcome news to Flecktones fans, who saw Béla Fleck & The Flecktones disband following their their summer 2012 tour for a lengthy hiatus. Though the group reconvened last summer for an extensive reunion tour, following the four-year drought, in our eyes, the more Flecktones the better. Fleck & The Flecktones hit the road on August 2nd with solo dates in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn ahead of their performance at Newport Jazz Festival on August 4th. From there, the crew meets up with Chick Corea Elektric Band for a number of Northeast dates. The joint tour heads west on August 12th with a performance at Michigan’s Lottery Amphitheatre before winding its way across the Midwest with stops in Ohio, Colorado, Utah, eventually ending with three dates in California from August 18th through 20th.The full touring schedule and tickets are available here on the Flecktones website. You can also watch the video below of Fleck and Corea rehearsing their song “Mountain” to get ready for August!Béla Fleck & The Flecktones August TourAug 2 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music HallAug 3 – Brooklyn, NY – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! FestivalAug 4 – Newport, RI – Newport Jazz FestivalAug 5 – Albany, NY – Palace TheaterAug 6 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap – The Filene CenterAug 8 – Red Bank, NJ -Count Basié TheaterAug 9 – Kennett Square, PA – Longwood GardensAug 10 – Geneva, NY – Smith Opera HouseAug 11 – Chautaqua, NY – Chautauqua InstituteAug 12 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom HillAug 13 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music CenterAug 15 – Denver, CO – Denver Botanic GardensAug 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red ButteAug 18 – Santa Rosa, CA – Green CenterAug 19 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain WineryAug 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre
First in a series on Harvard’s longstanding ties to Mexico.It’s a winding 2,000 miles from Harvard’s gates to Mexico’s border, from piney woods to mesquite thickets. But in recent years, the distance between the oldest university in the United States and the even older country to the south has been shrinking, in terms of partnerships and people.Later this month it will shrink a bit more, when Harvard President Drew Faust travels to Mexico, in part to celebrate a relationship that is deep, diverse, and longstanding. Faust will participate in a “Your Harvard” alumni event in Mexico City, along with other University officials.The relationship goes back at least to 1878, when Harvard’s Peabody Museum helped sponsor a yearlong expedition to Mexico to collect plant specimens, in the first ethno-botanical study ever done in that country. The museum’s then-director, onetime Louis Agassiz protégé Frederic Ward Putnam, continued to sponsor trips there until the eve of World War I.To this day, the Peabody maintains a Mexican Day of the Dead altar in its Encounters With the Americas gallery — and for at least 10 years has worked with the Consulate General of Mexico to celebrate that day of mixed Christian and Mesoamerican rituals. (The celebration at the Peabody this year is Nov. 1.) But where once the University’s ties to Mexico were primarily archaeological and ethnographic, today they span every discipline and department at Harvard, from design and public health to art history, medicine, governance, law, and education.In terms of programs, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is positioning itself to become the go-to academic setting to study Mexico’s urbanization challenges, partly through a new program called the Mexico City Initiative. The GSD also has a research initiative underway on housing and yet another on sustainable transportation. All three initiatives are directed by Diane Davis, GSD’s professor of urbanism and development and the School’s senior expert on Mexico. Her 1994 book, “Urban Leviathan: Mexico City in the Twentieth Century,” is regarded as a classic.“In the 1950s, Mexico City was already becoming a global city,” said architect and visiting GSD professor Jose Castillo of his hometown in a recent “Cities by Design” lecture. The city’s current pace of informal growth both baffles and excites urban planners.The Angel of Independence monument looms above buzzing mid-afternoon traffic on the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. Ned Brown/Harvard StaffWithin the affordable housing component, said GSD Director of Executive Education Rena Fonseca, most of the Mexican government funding goes to a three-year cycle of programs to educate executives on the issues. In June, she said, GSD hosted the top leadership of Infonavit, a national mortgage bank that controls most of Mexico’s affordable housing market.In another example, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) is accelerating the collaborations in Mexico that it began two decades ago. Dean Julio Frenk is emblematic of such connections. He was Mexico’s minister of health from 2000 to 2006, when he helped introduce a comprehensive national health plan called Seguro Popular, and worked to found that country’s National Institute of Public Health.Mexican and HSPH officials signed a memorandum of understanding last month launching a major, five-year study of urban air quality and its health consequences, called the Mexico City-Harvard Alliance for Air Quality and Health. “It’s a moment to look back and say: We’ve done all these air quality improvements in Mexico City,” said HSPH researcher Ana Sandoval, S.M. ’15, and now “quantify that for us.”Meanwhile, the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, an interfaculty research project, has deep ties with the Mexican Health Foundation (Funsalud) and with the nonprofit Tómatelo a Pecho. Along with improving access for the poor to palliative care, the Initiative’s focus is on developing, testing, and implementing a curriculum to train primary health care physicians, nurses, and community health promoters in breast cancer awareness, early detection, and treatment.“Breast cancer just crept up,” said initiative director Felicia Knaul of incidence rates in Mexico and all of Latin America. “It was a shocking trend. We have to think about breast cancer as being today not only a disease of wealthy women, but of poor women.”Mexico’s challenges — environmental pressures, urban violence, traffic congestion, faltering educational achievement — replicate problems in middle-income and developing nations around the world, making the country a draw for researchers. Mexico is a vast research laboratory, with Mexico City, one of the globe’s biggest megacities at 21 million people, right in the middle of it.Geopolitical context puts the importance of a Harvard-Mexico connection into perspective. Mexico has 122 million people and ranks second among U.S. trading partners.Harvard’s institutions reflect the University’s growing ties to Mexico. The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies chose Mexico City when it opened its off-site Mexico and Central American Program office two years ago.In the past 25 years, the Fundación México en Harvard, A.C., an alumni creation, has helped support more than 500 Mexican students admitted to Harvard graduate and post-doctoral programs. Disbursements so far total $11.7 million. The Fundación offices are also an informal networking site for Harvard graduates, and the go-to facilitator for University recruiters. Harvard Business School (HBS) has done case studies based in Mexico.At the Harvard Divinity School, Davíd Carrasco, the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, specializes in both the past (symbolism of Mesoamerican cities) and the present (spiritual practices in Mexican-American borderlands). This fall he is co-teaching “Moctezuma’s Mexico: Then and Now” with William L. Fash Jr., the Charles P. Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology.Carrasco, a Mexican American, is also director of Harvard’s Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project, which began 30 years ago at the University of Colorado, moved with Carrasco to Princeton, and then on to Harvard in 2001, where it resides at the Peabody. “It’s important to strengthening Harvard’s connection to Mexico,” he said of the archive, which includes among its active scholars that country’s most celebrated archaeologists and anthropologists. Later this month, the archive will sponsor a major conference on Mexican history, religion, and anthropology — the fourth in 12 years.During the 2013-2014 academic year, Mexican students were enrolled in nine of the University’s 12 Schools. Mexico was first among Latin-American countries, with 98 students registered Harvard-wide.Mexico has more than 1,250 Harvard alumni, second only to Brazil in Latin America. They are predominantly from the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Law School, and HBS. Mois Cherem Arana, M.P.P. ’09, won HKS’s “rising star” award for co-founding Enova, which delivers learning technologies to poor urban neighborhoods.A cohort of young graduates from the Harvard Graduate School of Education is busy shaking up traditions and filling in gaps. Emanuel Garza, Ed.M. ’05, even just founded a university. Classes started this month. In October, Mariana Franco, Ed. M. ’10, will launch an online platform to teach high school students how to write computer code, starting with a pilot project in Puebla.Many within Mexico’s diaspora of graduates benefited from support from the Fundación. And what goes around comes around. Most Mexican graduates of the University return home to serve in their native land. “This is not a brain drain” of graduating Ph.D.s, said Jorge I. Dominguez, the Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico and vice provost for international affairs.By returning to Mexico, said Paloma Merodio Gomez, M.P.A./I.D. ’13, “We can access better positions and have more impact.” After teaching for three years at New York University, Juan Vazquez, Ph.D. ’09, returned to Mexico City last year to found a creative think tank and communications business with an eye to public education and social entrepreneurship. “I really wanted to come back to Mexico and give back to Mexico,” Vazquez said.These ambassadors of Harvard and Mexico stay in touch. More than 100 have signed up for an outdoor lecture series featuring Harvard speakers that Vazquez is launching in February. Karla Peterson, M.P.P. ’14, who just returned to work in the Ministry of Finance, acknowledged the culture of networking among the University’s graduates in Mexico, which is so fervent that “it’s like a small Harvard.”Harvard graduates have impact in Mexico. Of the last six presidents of the country, three were Harvard graduates. Today, Harvard graduates are at or near the top of the Mexican federal agencies that oversee public health, the environment, finance, economic development, and energy.Emilio Lozoya Austin, M.P.A./I.D. ’03, is CEO of Pemex, the national oil and gas company. (His father, Emilio Lozoya Thalmann, M.C./M.P.A. ’74, was once Mexico’s secretary of energy.) Eugenia Garduño, Ed.D. ’14, is general director of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, which collects and analyzes the nation’s statistics. Guillermo Lerdo de Tejada, M.P.A. ’13, is chief advisor to the Ministry of the Interior. Leonardo Beltrán Rodriguez, M.P.A./I.D. ’05, is deputy secretary of energy planning and transition.In Mexico, Harvard graduates are making a difference. Said Fundación’s executive director Barbara Randolph, “There are a lot of things that come full circle here.”To see more #harvardinmexico, come check us out at instagram.com/harvardu.