People moves: Irwin Mitchell, Nexus Planning, EC Harris etc

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Food Fair Celebrates Farmers

first_imgOne of the biggest family and farm-friendly events to hit the Twin Forks, will happen on June 8 and 9, and while it’s anybody’s guess how big a crowd will find its way to the first annual “North Meets South Farms, Food, and Drink Festival” at the Long Island Sports Park in Calverton, one just needs to look at the numbers to see why this isn’t the festival to miss.A hundred local vendors — including an agricultural market — will be found throughout 80 sprawling acres, with more than 30 options for food, six musical acts, five inflatable rides and games, four eating competitions, three boozy outlets, two corn hole tournaments, a pig-weighing contest, exotic petting zoo, birds of prey show, hay rides, face painting, candle making, and no ticket charge for children under 12.“It was really important to us to make sure this event was accessible to families,” said North Meets South co-creator, Monique Cutone, a professional face and body artist who joined forces with fellow mom and up-and-coming oyster grower, Vanessa Rebentisch, to make their dream of an affordable festival a reality. “I’ve been to festivals that have charged $20 per kid, and it gets tough to spend any money on the fun stuff inside when you get tapped out at the door. We wanted to make sure this festival wasn’t like that.”Adults will still need to pay $20 for their pre-sale ticket — or $25 at the door — but parents will only have to pay for whatever games their munchkins want to play.In addition to free entertainment by Brady Rymer, Jen Kane, Paris Ray, Southbound, Who Are Those Guys, and The Butterfly Cody Experience, everyone who comes through the gate will also get one free guess at how much the Goodale Farms pig-on-hand weighs, which will garner the winner a cool $100 cash prize. Two-hundred bucks will go to the winners of the two eating contests, which will take place on both days.One contest will reward the person who can shuck and eat 30 Yennicott oysters the fastest, and the other prize will go to the person to most quickly finish an allotted plate of glazed donuts from the North Fork Doughnut Company. The winner of the corn hole contest will get a custom corn hole board set by Wild Child Design in Speonk, and festival sponsor Chief Equipment, a John Deere sales/service outlet in Calverton, will also be giving away a brand-new rideable mower to one lucky event patron, according to Rebentisch, who said families are welcome to bring folding chairs and blankets to enjoy the music.“We’ll have seating areas available in the food section of the festival, but there’s a nice, big lawn in front of the main stage that would be perfect for people to sit on blankets,” she said. “Long Island Sports Park is a really gorgeous place: think rolling hills, lakes, and trees.”Rebentisch, 33, is the co-owner of Bantam Creek Oyster Company. She started the North Fork Event Company with Cutone, 34, of Stay Salted after Cutone’s chance meeting with the owner of the Long Island Sports Park last summer led to a rare opportunity for someone local to lease the expansive property, which had previously been dominated by corporations.The two met through their 10-year-old children and classmates in Southold, Ethan and Molly, but it is organizing this festival that has kept them in constant communication since last fall’s lease signing. “We’ve worked on this thing every day from morning to night, and it has been an incredible challenge to get a first annual event off the ground with a lot of nay-sayers, but we’ve only let that feed our hunger and our drive,” said Rebentisch.“I think the message here is if you really want something, you can do it. It’s just a lot of work, never giving up and never taking no for an answer,” she added. The Independent is a media sponsor for the event. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com, under “North Meets South.”gianna@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Four companies in US LNG deal

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Top news of the week June 1-6, 2015

first_imgLNG World News Staff KBR awarded FLNG FEED job by Lloyds EnergyLNG engineer KBR said that it has been awarded a near-shore floating LNG Front End Engineering Design contract by Lloyds Energy.CEO: Chevron to become one of world’s leading LNG producersOil and gas Giant Chevron is expecting to become one of the world’s leading producers of liquefied natural gas in the next five years.LNG-Gorskaya orders Russia’s first LNG bunker vesselsLNG-Gorskaya of Russia informed that is has signed a contract with United Shipbuilding Corporation for the construction of the country’s first three LNG bunkering vessels.Sempra LNG, Woodside to assess Port Arthur LNG projectSempra LNG, a unit of Sempra Energy, said it has executed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with a Woodside Petroleum unit to commence discussions and assessments for the potential development of Sempra LNG’s proposed Port Arthur liquefaction project in Port Arthur, Texas.IOC, Mitsubishi Corp in LNG supply dealIndian Oil Corporation informed an interim sales purchase agreement was signed with Mitsubishi Corporation for supply of 0.7 MMTPA of LNG for 20 years from the Cameron LNG project in the USA.last_img read more

Government right to throw weight behind promoting commercial legal sector abroad

first_imgA fresh breeze is blowing through Whitehall. After years of benign neglect, the commercial legal sector has been recognised by the government as an engine for economic growth, deserving of support abroad. In its action plan published last week, Plan for Growth: Promoting the UK’s Legal Sector, the Ministry of Justice undertakes to promote UK legal services abroad by seeking to break down regulatory barriers in overseas markets and by facilitating promotional activities. Among other things, British embassies will have access to an online toolkit to assist them in explaining the value of UK legal services, and members of the profession will be included on ministerial and lord mayoral visits. The initiative has been warmly welcomed by TheCityUK, whose legal services and dispute resolution committee will be assisting the ministry in devising a core script for communications. Most importantly, it signals a recognition by the government that investment in the legal sector will yield rewards for the wider economy. Why has there been a change of heart now, and what more can the government do? Here are some interesting facts and figures. In 2009, legal services generated £23.1bn, or 1.8% of UK GDP. This included £3.2bn in exports – a staggering three times more than in 1999. A large slice of these exports is generated by dispute resolution in London. In the Commercial Court, over 80% of the cases do not involve any English parties. This success is mirrored in arbitration. According to a recent survey by Queen Mary University of London (sponsored by White & Case), 30% of respondent corporations preferred London as a seat for arbitration, with Geneva second on 9%. The integrity and expertise of English judges and the legal profession are vital components of this success. But the key ingredient is the widespread preference for English law to govern business relations conducted abroad, particularly in the emerging markets. So why is the MoJ stepping in now? Well, although there is a real opportunity for English law to take a dominant position in international business, there is competition. For example, a combination of French and German bar associations recently published a booklet arguing that civil law is to be preferred to common law for business transactions. This is supported by the French and German justice ministers and the Fondation pour le Droit Continental, an organisation set up to unite continental law legal professionals in the promotion of codified civil law around the world. Alongside this, despite the absence of any evidence that it is needed or desirable, a group of MEPs is pressing ahead with a long-running initiative to introduce a new ‘optional instrument’ of European contract law, under the guidance of an ‘expert group’. This group largely consists of academic lawyers, many of whom have been closely involved with the promotion of a European civil code for some time. Elsewhere, in the emerging markets, English jurisdiction is also under threat from a growing number of regional arbitration centres, such as Maxwell Chambers in Singapore. It is therefore an opportune time for the government to lend its support, and the Plan for Growth is a good start. It also coincides with the opening later this year of the Rolls Building, a new state-of-the-art home for business courts in London, and the biggest of its kind in the world. But it should not end here. For example, more can be done by the government to resist continental ambitions for a European contract law. Closer to home, any thoughts of imposing daily trial fees for commercial cases, or otherwise hiking court fees, should be dismissed. Even if only a handful of cases were lost to London as a result, the additional fees raised would be outweighed by the loss of revenues to the Exchequer. As a nation, we have a history of taking our world-leading industries and institutions for granted until it is too late. Investment by the government in the legal sector will be for the benefit of all, and will help build on the undoubted success of English law and lawyers around the globe. Ted Greeno is a senior litigation partner at Herbert Smithlast_img read more

We need to introduce a ‘brownfield-first’ housebuilding policy

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New project network launched

first_imgThe three founders all have experience in liner shipping, ship owning, airfreight, logistics management, and project forwarding.The network will recruit members which are, ‘proud but not arrogant, humble but not crawling’, according to Bo Drewsen, chairman.The network has offices in Hong Kong covering Asia/Australia and in Malta covering Africa/Americas and Europe. “The idea is to provide a platform where SME project freight forwarders can meet, get to know each other and link up in order to compete with the global players to offer the customers a one stop shop,” said Drewsen.The network has 30 members already and will have its first conference in Chongqing, China this month (March).www.clcprojects.comlast_img

DP World re-acquires P&O Ferries

first_imgP&O Ferries operates a fleet of 21 ro-ro vessels, with services calling at 11 different European ports, while P&O Ferrymasters provides logistics services at 19 European locations.The transaction is subject to customary completion conditions and is expected to close in the first half of 2019.In 2006, DP World acquired the UK-based P&O Group. At the height of 2008 financial crisis, it was forced to sell a number of divisions, including P&O Ferries. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairman and ceo at DP World, said he was ”pleased to announce the return of P&O Ferries back into the DP World family”.DP World also acquired 100 percent of Norway’s Unifeeder at the end of 2018 in a EUR660 million (USD760 million) deal.www.dpworld.comwww.poferries.comlast_img

Regions confirm €7bn framework TER contract

first_imgFRANCE: A framework contract for the supply of up to 1 000 low-floor trainsets to operate regional services was signed in Paris on October 27 by SNCF President Guillaume Pepy and the President of Alstom Transport Philippe Mellier. Within the overall package, orders were confirmed for an initial build of 100 trains which will be delivered from 2013.At a ceremony for regional representatives and invited guests, Pepy emphasised that he was signing the deal on behalf of the Association des Régions de France, a consortium of regional authorities led by Martin Malvey, President of Midi-Pyrénées. SNCF had been co-ordinating a joint tender for the regions over the past two years, he explained, but the individual regions will specify and procure the trains to meet their own requirements.Dubbed Régiolis by Pepy, the articulated TER trainsets are designated Coradia Polyvalent by Alstom. The design is derived from the Coradia Nordic and Coradia Continental families, but adapted to meet French specifications. As well as a high degree of modularity, they will have permanent-magnet motors offering a saving of up to 20% in energy use, according to Mellier.The base design is a dual-voltage EMU for 1∙5 kV DC and 25 kV 50 Hz operation; two other options add 15 kV AC or a diesel hybrid using small roof-mounted engines. Régiolis will be available in three standard lengths – 56 m (three-car), 72 m (four-car) or 110 m (six-car) – with interior configurations to suit suburban, regional or inter-city duties. The suburban option can also be offered with two doorways per car side, as with the Coradia Continental Class 440 units in Germany.The initial order for 100 sets is valued at €800m, with the total contract potentially worth more than €7bn over 10 years; Mellier said he was confident that all the options would be taken up, and ‘maybe more’. Further orders for 35 sets are expected shortly, and discussions have started for another 20.Of the first 135 trains, 25 are destined for Midi-Pyrénées, 22 for Alsace and 22 for Aquitaine. Basse-Normandie is taking 18, Picardie 17, Pays-de-la-Loire 15, Haute-Normandie eight and Lorraine eight. Mellier said around 60% would be diesel hybrids and the rest dual-system electric. Almost all length, interior and traction configurations are covered, he reported, except for the six-car EMU.With up to 1 000 trains to be built over 10 years, the framework contract is expected to safeguard 3 000 jobs at Alstom’s French factories. The trains will be assembled at the former De Dietrich plant in Reichshoffen, with bogies from Le Creusot, electrical equipment from Ornans and Tarbes, and on-board computers from Villeurbanne.last_img read more

No knee jerk reaction to crime says Jamaican Security Minister

first_imgJamaican security minister Robert Montague says gangs in the country are under pressure With Jamaica’s murder rate racing close to 700 since the start of the year that country’s National Security Minister, Robert Montague says the Government’s response to crime will be based on facts and firm intelligence.Speaking at the United District Constables Association (UDCA) 37th Anniversary Church Service, held at the Portmore New Testament Church of God on June 18, Montague said there would be no knee-jerk reaction to the out of control crime rate.“It will not be a knee jerk response. It will be deliberate, studied and targeted. The illegal gun and gunmen are our targets,” he said.Montague described the causes of the  recent surge in incidents of crime as the twin problem of a proliferation of guns and a lack of information from the citizenry.“The number one twin problem that drives crime is the illegal gun and lack of information,” he said, “This government will not be engaging in any knee-jerk reactions. We urge all Jamaica to remain calm and understand that the government has laid a firm foundation with the five-pillar crime reduction strategy.”The said the five pillars are Effective Policing, Swift and Sure Justice Processes, Situational Prevention, Crime Prevention through Social Development and Rehabilitation and Redemption.last_img read more