Oil: A new nadir in pricing ahead?

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Legal services reforms to ‘influence worldwide markets’, says IBA

first_imgFull implementation of the Legal Services Act 2007 could ‘substantially influence’ legal markets around the world, according to the new president of the International Bar Association. Akira Kawamura (pictured), partner at Japanese firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, last week became the twenty-second IBA president and the first from Japan. Looking ahead to the coming year, he said he would be observing with great interest the developments in the European legal market following the implementation of the LSA and EU moves to liberalise professional services throughout the continent. He said: ‘It is possible that the resulting developments may substantively influence the transformation of markets in other jurisdictions that would like to achieve the status of a highly-regarded and independent legal jurisdiction.’ Kawamura told the Gazette that industrial growth in Brazil, Russia, India and China was fuelling dramatic growth in the legal professions of those countries, which he predicted would continue. ‘In each one of those BRIC countries, large and organised law firms are mushrooming and providing their clients with world class legal services, and further increases in cross-border transactions will see the demand for legal services continue to rise,’ he said. The new president said the global financial crisis had negatively impacted access to justice around the world. ‘This is a widespread problem and the bars and law societies across the globe face the challenge of ensuring that access to justice is not denied to people during these difficult financial times,’ he said.last_img read more

SSI acquires MTH30

first_imgThe MTH straddle carrier is designed to transport long loads used in industrial applications, such as billets and tubes. This customised version of the MTH features an inside lifting stroke and is able to handle two stacked pallets.The MTH30 is equipped with pneumatic-mechanical suspension and a hydraulic steering system with a maximum steering angle of 30 degrees.SSI specialises in handling cargoes for the steel industry and is present in 26 ports in Spain. It is a part of the multimodal group Bergé Logistics.cometto.combergelogistics.comlast_img

Laugh out loud for charity

first_imgRiaad Moosa. Comedians are partnering with relief organisation Penny Appeal in a comedy tour for a good cause. Penny Appeal is an NGO which aids communities in need, while advocating and addressing the needs of marginalised people. The comedy show, called Penny for a Laugh, will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday July 19. There will also be shows in Durban and Johannesburg.Hosted by Heathfield comedian Riaad Moosa, the tour will feature Annalakshmi, Chris Forrest, Conrad Koch and Chester Missing, Farhan Esat, Mo Vawda, Ndumiso Lindi, Sifiso Nene, Simmi Areff and Tumi Morake. Shahnaaz Paruk, CEO of Penny Appeal, said it was an exciting time for them as they embarked on their first national comedy tour for charity. “This milestone, in our relatively new chapter, holds promise of great ventures to come and with that comes the possibility of being able to extend our services to those we strive to serve right here at home and across the globe. We can’t think of a better way to support those in need other than to bring the public together for a good laugh and for a great cause.” Ms Paruk said the idea for the comedy show came from Penny Appeal’s comedy fund-raisers, however, they decided that this year, they wanted to do a more diverse show with a South African twist. “We approached some of the local comedians to help us put something together, and they’ve been really great about being part of the show.” She said the aim was to raise R1.5 million over the three shows. The proceeds will go towards various projects including Penny Appeal’s Children of the World campaign. The campaign is focused on orphaned and vulnerable children, as well as marginalised communities across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. “More specifically, the funds will go towards kick-starting our mobile bus clinic, which will launch in the Western Cape. The bus will provide primary healthcare services to areas including Mitchell’s Plain, Hanover Park Valhalla Park and other areas on the Cape Flats where people struggle to access healthcare. The service will also be extended to pupils at underprivileged schools, and will provide primary healthcare services such as health screenings, vaccinations and medicines for common colds and the flu. The clinic will also refer people to other medical services if needed. There will also be a dental service which will promote oral hygiene and treatment of minor dental issues, as well as an eye clinic, where peoples’ eyes can be tested and they could either receive spectacles for basic problems, or be referred to other clinics if the medical bus is unable to assist. “We are very passionate about this project because we are taking the services to the people. We understand the challenges that the health care service in South Africa faces and we want to make it easier for people who cannot access services to have it at their doorstep.” Mr Moosa, a qualified doctor, said when he was approached by Penny Appeal, he was interested in taking part because he wanted to help raise funds for the mobile clinics. He said Penny Appeal had done many comedy fund-raisers around the world and, with South Africa’s booming comedy scene, wanted to have a charity show here too. “We’re very excited to be part of this tour because of all the good it can do – help support orphans and health initiatives plus having a belly laugh in the process. What could be a more worthwhile exercise?” said Mr Moosa. He said the audience can expect family-orientated material coming from a diverse group of comedians. “And I’ll be the host. I want people to come out and enjoy themselves all while supporting a good cause.” He said the idea was to do more shows with Penny Appeal in future to support the cause. Woodstock comedian and ventriloquist Conrad Koch will also be taking to the stage with his most famous puppet, Chester Missing. He said he was happy to be part of the charity show. “The line-up is beautiful and proudly South African, and it will be hosted by Riaad, who is of the best in the country.” He said from his set, people can expect Chester’s political jokes. “We will have Chester spitting fire, and maybe an Ace Magashule joke… and definitely a Patricia de Lille joke!” Ticket prices for Penny for a Laugh start from R200 and can be booked through Computicket. For more information on Penny Appeal and how to donate to their cause, visit www.pennyappeal.org.za. Conrad Koch with Chester Missing. Riaad Moosa.center_img 1 of 2last_img read more

Don’t worry about Jackson fallout – judge

first_imgThe High Court judge responsible for implementing the Jackson civil litigation reforms has made two speeches seeking to allay lawyers’ fears about the reforms’ impact. Speaking to the Commercial Litigation Association annual conference, Mr Justice Ramsey urged more ‘hot-tubbing’ of expert witnesses to improve the costs management of civil cases and speed up the trial process. Hot-tubbing requires the expert witnesses for both parties to give evidence at the same time. This ensures their contrasting opinions are quickly made clear to the judge and the case can then move on without unnecessary delay. Ramsey also urged litigators to keep written evidence and disclosures to a minimum, saying normally ‘not more than three facts are required to decide any case’, and that so few ‘smoking guns’ were revealed by disclosure that each one costs around £60m to turn up. He said that rigorously following costs management procedures would encourage the parties to focus on the key issues in dispute early on and encourage settlement at an early stage. Ramsey told the Association of Costs Lawyers annual conference that the future of third-party litigation funding was one of the ‘great questions’ of the post-Jackson era. Ramsey said there should be more certainty in the market in the next three years, which will give investors confidence to take on funding more cases than at present. ‘Funders should be able to make a decent profit and in effect transfer legal aid from the public sector to the private sector,’ he said. Ramsey said the future was not necessarily bleak for costs lawyers, despite costs budgeting meaning there may be fewer standard costs assessments. ‘Instead the expertise of costs lawyers will apply to the beginning of litigation,’ he said. Ramsey also suggested that the decision to exempt commercial cases worth more than £2m from new costs management rules could eventually be overturned as judges look at them on a case-by-case basis.last_img read more

Government ‘invited’ to resolve deprivation of liberty requirements

first_imgIn a long-awaited ruling, the Court of Protection has ‘invited’ the government to find ways to ensure that vulnerable people unable to make decisions for themselves have access to independent representation in deprivation of liberty hearings.Delivering judgment by way of four test cases in JM & others, Mr Justice Charles (pictured) said the primary responsibility to provide a resource that enabled the Court of Protection to either appoint a professional rule 3A representative or to otherwise meet minimum procedural requirements in those and similar cases ‘falls on the secretary of state, or on the secretary of state together with the applicant authorities’.Charles invited the Ministry of Justice and Department of Health to identify a suitable person ‘who is ready, willing and able’ to accept immediate appointment as a rule 3A representative or identify an alternative procedure that is ‘actually’ available to the court to meet minimum procedural requirements.Future similar cases have been adjourned until a ‘practically available procedure’ is found.Charles acknowledged that his order would ‘create a backlog comprising a very large number of stayed cases’.‘Plainly this is unfortunate but it will identify the extent of the problem and why the [court] and the applicant authorities have not been able to progress the applications for welfare orders to authorise P’s deprivation of liberty,’ he said.Charles identified six ‘routes’ the government could take alone or with local authorities to find a ‘necessary solution’.These include entering into contracts with advocacy services providers to supply a pool of people who can be appointed as rule 3A representatives; setting up a pool of accredited legal representatives; or making legal aid changes.A government spokesperson told the Gazette: ‘We are carefully considering the judgment and will respond to the findings in due course.’ Charles said central government’s stance in the proceedings had been one in which it had ‘failed to face up to and constructively address the availability in practice’ of such rule 3A representatives and ‘sought to avoid them by trying to pass them on to local government’.Budgetary pressures in central and local government had led to a ‘resources-led catch-22’ for the Court of Protection, and for vulnerable people and their families, ‘because neither central nor local government are offering to create or to try to create a practically available resource to enable the [court] to meet the minimum procedural requirements by appointing professional rule 3A representatives’.Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, which intervened in the case, said it was ‘vital’ that vulnerable people who did not have friends or family to represent them during a decision to restrict their liberty were able to participate in the decision-making process.‘If this is not possible, then they must have a legal representative to protect their rights as well as their health and general welfare.’The Society recognised that the court, local authorities and government budgets were stretched. ‘But those who are least able to defend themselves should not be sacrificed on the altar of austerity,’ Smithers said.He added that the Society ‘look forward’ to working with the ministry to find a solution.last_img read more

Make Your Voice Heard Over Transport Issues

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn Commenting on the Scottish Government’s draft report on its recent Dumfries and Galloway transport summit, Councillor Colin Smyth, chairman of the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure committee, said: “Improved transport links are vital to delivering our number one priority of building the local economy. But, the Scottish Government’s criteria for assessing investment in transport projects disadvantage Dumfries and Galloway and we repeatedly miss out. Vital projects such as a proper link road from Dumfries to the M74 and the re-opening of railway stations were previously deemed by the Government to be economically unviable due to our rurality and low population. The Scottish Government must reconsider its criteria to enable Dumfries and Galloway to access investment infrastructure to deliver improvement to the A75 and A77. So the key message we have to get across during this consultation is a clear demand that we want equity with the rest of Scotland when the next round of transport investment is announced. The Scottish Government needs to break down the barriers to transport investment for our region. The transport summit was only the start of the conversation. We need to keep up the pressure until we unlock the investment our region needs. The transport minister states that he wants anyone with an interest in transport in Dumfries and Galloway to comment by 31 October 2016. Several local pressure groups were excluded from participating in the transport summit. This is their opportunity to make their views known to the transport minister. I encourage all appropriate local groups to have their say.”During the summit Dumfries and Galloway Council made the case for:• A review of the criteria used by the Scottish Government to allocate funding for major transport projects, to ensure peripheral regions such as Dumfries and Galloway gain a fairer share when it comes to road, rail and active travel projects• Better and faster road connectivity between Dumfries and the M74• Improvements to the A75, A76, A77, A7 to ensure better connectivity north into the rest of Scotland, south into England, and east-west across Dumfries and Galloway• Improved rail links, including considerations of the re-opening of stations in the region to improving connectivity to Edinburgh, Glasgow, the north of England, London• Integrated transport services that involve road, rail, ferries• An end to cuts to the council’s funding from the Scottish Government, which is putting subsidies for local bus services at risk• Improved digital connectivitylast_img read more

HAROPA Names APL ‘Best Green Shipping Line’

first_imgAPL has received the ‘Best Green Shipping Line’ award from HAROPA, the French port of Le Havre on 13 November 2017. APL’s third consecutive win since 2014, the achievement marks an acknowledgement of APL’s exemplary environmental performance in reducing air emissions beyond the standards set by the International Maritime Organisation.Nicolas Sartini, APL Chief Executive Officer said, “APL stands proud as the ocean carrier to have made the greenest call at HAROPA in 2016. A signatory of the HAROPA charter since 2013, APL has continually advanced in lowering our fleet emission levels across the trades where our vessels ply. APL remains committed in being an environmental steward and will persevere in our pursuits of environmental excellence in our ship operations.”Benchmarked against the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) that evaluates the emission levels of a ship, APL vessels have scored distinctions to be ranked amongst the cleanest containerships that called the French port in 2016.In fact, APL recorded its highest fleet carbon dioxide emission reduction of 48% in 2016, compared to its base level in 2009. This is a result of continual improvements in operational efficiencies, fleet and voyage optimisation, as well as the deployment of a fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly fleet of vessels. Moving forward, APL aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30% between 2015 and 2025, a target set by the CMA CGM Group, the company revealed.APL has resolved to reduce emissions such as sulphur oxide and protect ocean biodiversity. The company will persist with cold-ironing and ballast water treatment development respectively though technology innovation, clean energy sources and the adoption of best practices.Through stakeholder collaborations and engagements, APL continues to navigate the developments in shipping, monitor its environmental scorecard and stay accessible to solutions for sustainable shipping.Sea News, November 16 Author: Priyanka Ann Sainilast_img read more

Gunman Kills At Least 16 in Canada

first_img Share                                           Gabriel Wortman(BBC) A gunman disguised as a policeman killed at least 16 people, including a female police officer, in what is believed to be Canada’s worst mass shooting.The 12-hour rampage started late on Saturday and ended with a car chase.Police said the suspect shot people at different locations in Nova Scotia, many of them randomly. He was killed in a confrontation with police.He was reported to have been driving what looked like a police car.Police began receiving calls about shots being fired at a home in Portapique about 22:00 local time (01:00 GMT on Sunday), the Globe and Mail reports.Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers arrived to find “several casualties” inside and outside the home, but did not find the suspect.The alleged attacker, who was later identified by Nova Scotia police tweets as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, owned two large properties in the village, the Globe and Mail says.At 23:30, RCMP tweeted that officers were responding to a firearms complaint in the area, and advised residents to lock themselves indoors. While officers descended on the scene, a series of fires broke out around the community, and then later at homes about 40km (25 miles) north, the Globe and Mail reports.Neighbours told the newspaper that Mr Wortman set fire to his home and several buildings on the property, and shot people when they ran out of their homes.RCMP continued pursuing Mr Wortman for hours, following a series of crime scenes that police said were “scattered across the province” and which police are still working to piece together.Authorities were still trying to establish the final death toll on Sunday. They warned that there may be more victims.RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson, who had served in the force for 23 years, was among those killed.“Heidi answered the call of duty and lost her life while protecting those she served,” Nova Scotia RCMP Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman said in a Facebook post.“Two children have lost their mother and a husband his wife. Parents lost their daughter and countless others lost an incredible friend and colleague,” Commissioner Bergerman said.Another victim has been identified as Lisa McCully, a teacher, the Globe and Mail reports, quoting a post written by the victim’s sister on Facebook.Neighbours say Mr Wortman owned a successful denture clinic in Dartmouth, and had a strong interest in RCMP and RCMP memorabilia, the Globe reports.Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said he was not aware of Mr Wortman having had a history of violence, or extremist political views, and that there did not appear to be anything linking the victims to each other.RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said she believed the gunman had an initial “motivation” that “turned to randomness”, according to CBC News.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described it as “a terrible situation”, and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil told reporters “this is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history.”Gabriel Wortman was not employed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but “may be wearing a RCMP uniform”, police said during the attack.“There’s one difference between his car and our Royal Canadian Mounted Police vehicles: the car # [registration plate]. The suspect’s car is 28B11, behind rear passenger window. If you see 28B11 call 911 immediately,” they tweeted on Sunday.The gunman later changed cars to drive a “small silver Chevrolet SUV”, police added.The police provided few details about how the suspected gunman died.Mass shootings are relatively rare in Canada where gun ownership laws are stricter than in the neighbouring United States.Last year, two fugitive teenagers confessed to killing three people, including an Australian-US couple on holiday, in northern British Columbia.In 2017, university student Alexandre Bissonnette shot dead six worshippers and injured either others a Quebec City mosque.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been targeted in a number of shootings, including an attack that left three officers dead in Moncton, New Brunswick, in 2014.In 1989, a college shooting in Quebec left 14 women dead after the killer sent all the men out of the classroom and opened fire. Share InternationalNews Gunman Kills At Least 16 in Canada by: – April 20, 2020 Tweetcenter_img Share 65 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

TESTED: 2017 Benelli 302R – “Little sports bike with a big…

first_imgThe 2017 Benelli 302R is one of the latest entries into the Malaysian entry-level sports bike segment.Created with a beautiful design and decent performance from its 300cc twin-cylinder engine, the 302R is an overall fun package especially for beginners.Reasonably priced at RM21,888 (basic price without GST), we try to answer the question on whether it is worth the money when it comes to an entry-level sports bike. Looking at all the sports bike offering available here in good ol’ Malaysia, a lot of people go through a lot of trouble and effort in finding out what would be the best choice for them. While there are a lot of options in the entry level sports bike segment, one of the most recent additions to that menu is the 2017 Benelli 302R.We were given the opportunity to really test out what the Benelli 302R feels like when it comes to different riding scenarios. At the same time, we would to address on the big question of whether it is worth it for you to get one of your very own.When we picked up the bike at the Mforce Bike Holdings headquarters located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, we’ve been told that the bike has picked up quite some miles as it had recently participated in the BERNAMA 50th Golden Jubilee Anniversary “Jelajah 1 Malaysia” Nationwide Tour. That was the perfect indication of testing the bike that has been put through its paces in a variety of real world riding scenarios but also how it compared to our first impressions when the bike was initially launched.To know more about our first impressions of the 2017 Benelli 302R, CLICK HERE.Looking at design, we can honestly say that the 302R has a combination of old school sports bike appeal at the front and as it flows to the rear, you will notice a lot of modern edges and sharp lines. In fact, we noticed a lot of big bike qualities when photographing this beauty from the rear which carries a lot resemblance to middleweight sport bikes. The Benelli 302R is indeed a beautifully-made machine.Several big bike parts are also found on the 302R. For example, the suspension package consists of a huge front upside-down telescopic fork with 120mm of travel plus a rear telescopic coil spring oil damped suspension with 45mm of travel. The ride was exceptionally smooth and not at all tiring unlike some entry-level sport bikes which sacrifice some comfort in order to keep the prices down.The brake package is also quite impressive for a low budget sports bike. The entire system consists of a pair of front 260mm disc brakes coupled with dual-cylinder callipers (plus a single rear 240mm disc brake) so stopping the 302R has been made easier without having to stomp on the brake lever. They also provide ample controlled stopping power whenever you need it which makes the 302R really good even for beginners.Moving on the main heart of the 302R; its 300cc twin-cylinder engine. Constructed with eight valves, double overhead cams and Benelli’s latest fuel injection technology, the 302R produces a respectable 37hp at 10,000rpm and 27.4Nm of torque at 9,000rpm.The 300cc engine has been tuned for a smooth and linear power delivery throughout the low and mid rpm range but it becomes a screamer once you rev it beyond 9,000rpm. It’s not the fastest bike but it’s indeed fast enough to put a small grin on your face. Paired with a seductive intake noise which is usually present in high performance bikes like the Kawasaki Z900 ABS, the Benelli 302R is certainly a fun machine to ride.The acceleration was decent and it was quick to hit highway speeds. Due to limited time and space, we weren’t able to test out the top speed of the 302R. We did however talked to one of its owners and he claimed that he has maxed out the bike around 193km/h before the RPM cuts off.While working through its six-speed transmission, we noticed that it had the tendency to jump out of the fourth gear so you really have pull the clutch lever all the way in and shift gears efficiently in order to avoid any false neutrals from happening. Other than that, the gearbox is fairly easy to operate with no issues.On a side note, we noticed that the handlebar especially on the right hand side vibrates ever so slightly but any tiny vibration being transferred to the arm for a significant amount of time will cause fatigue and discomfort to the rider. The same goes to the foot pegs but the vibrations are quite hard to notice if you’re wearing any recommended riding boots or shoes.A pair of Metzeler rubbers was indeed a good choice made by Benelli as these tyres provide ample grip and smooth cornering capabilities around the bends. One would expect the 302R to be a fun machine to start off with when it comes to track day sessions even at big circuits such as the Sepang International Circuit. Just give it a couple of laps to warm up properly and you can have fun with it in smaller tracks like the ELITE Speedway in Subang or the Sepang International Kart Circuit.One significant aspect that we noticed after a week’s worth of riding is that the 14-litre fuel tank is slim and long in design. Although it looks great and allows for great space to put your head down when blasting down the front straights, it did give an impression that it’s a much smaller bike compared to the rest of the machine. Holding on to the tank with your legs requires a bit of practice due to its unique shape but after some time, you’ll be hanging off of it like Maverick Vinales when getting your knee down around the track.All in all, we think the Benelli 302R is a fun package when it comes to entry-level sport bikes. Priced at a very affordable RM21,888 (basic price without GST), purchasing your very own 302R won’t burn a big hole in your wallet either.While we think it’s a decent entry-level sports bike to own, those who have their eyes on this particular model will also have to invest some time and money in obtaining a B Full license as it is after all a 300cc motorcycle. Good bike, great design, respectable performance and reasonably priced. All the good things Malaysians are always looking out for, right?To check out the complete specification of the 2017 Benelli 302R, CLICK HERE. –Ads–center_img 2017 Benelli 302Slast_img read more