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Over the course of the past seven days we have seen a number of new capital project and contract awards. Saipem secured USD850 million of drilling contracts; Alstom inked a USD540 million deal for a power station in Mexico; while China is set to develop nuclear power stations in Argentina and Romania.UK ministers have given the go-ahead for the expansion of fracking operations in the country – which will allow drilling in protected areas and national parks in “exceptional circumstances”.The British government will invite firms to bid for onshore exploration licences for the first time in six years. Competition to explore the country’s newfound shale reserves is likely to be high, despite fierce protests from environmental campaigners. Italian oil and gas contractor Saipem has been awarded new drilling contracts in Indonesia, Nigeria, the Arabian Gulf and Latin America worth approximately USD850 million – USD540 million of which relate to offshore works. http://www.saipem.com/site/home/press/business/articolo6423.html Statoil awarded the Technip-DeepOcean PRS joint venture a new five-year frame agreement for pipeline repair system (PRS) pool services. http://investors-en.technip.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=110877&p=irol-news&nyo=0 Technip also secured a two subsea construction projects from Maersk Oil for the Valdemar & Roar Gas Lift project as well as the Rolf Replacement Pipeline project, located on the Danish Continental Shelf, approximately 250 km offshore Esbjerg. Technip’s operating centre in Oslo will execute the project and vessels from the group’s fleet will perform the offshore installation in summer 2015. http://investors-en.technip.com Leighton Contractors, as part of the Wellington Gateway Partnership (WGP), has closed a public private partnership agreement with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) for delivery of the USD850 million Transmission Gully Motorway. WGP will finance, design and construct the project, and then operate and maintain the 27 km motorway from 2020 for a period of 25 years. http://www.hochtief.com/hochtief_en/200.jhtml?pid=9617 Nordex has received a contract for the construction of a wind farm in Uruguay. Once fully operational, 20 turbines will generate 200,000 MWh of clean electricity a year in the north east of the country, around 60 km from the Brazilian border. The customer is a subsidiary of one of Italy’s largest utilities. http://www.nordex-online.com/en/news-press/news-detail.html?tx_ttnews Skanska has secured a two-year contract from integrated support services company, Carillion, to deliver the mechanical and electrical shell, core and fit-out works for 866 prime residential apartments, as part of Phase 1 of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment in London, UK. The contract is worth about USD151 million. http://news.cision.com/skanska/r/skanska-awarded-contract-for-phase-1-of-the-battersea-power-stations-redevelopment-in-the-uk–worth-,c9621410 A consortium of STRABAG and Heilit+Woerner has signed a EUR130 million contract for the construction of a stretch of the S7 Trasa Nwohucka expressway in eastern Kraków. Construction is scheduled to start in August/September 2014. http://www.strabag.com/databases/internet/_public/content.nsf/web/SE-PRESSE.COM-index_e.html Keadby Wind Farm Limited has notified the UK’s Planning Inspectorate to extend its existing wind farm by 10 turbines. http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/yorkshire-and-the-humber/keadby-wind-farm-extension/ Alstom has been awarded contracts worth approximately USD450 million to supply a power island for Iberdrola’s Monterrey III combined-cycle power plant in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The new unit will consist of one GT24 gas turbine, a steam turbine and a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG). http://www.alstom.com/press-centre/2014/7/alstom-to-supply-major-equipment-and-maintenance-package-for-iberdrolas-monterrey-iii-power-plant/ A proposed uranium mine in the East Pilbara, Australia, has been given conditional approval by Western Australia’s environmental watchdog. https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/communications/environmental-review-and-management-programme-kint-1/consult_view World Nuclear News reports that an agreement has been signed by the governments of Argentina and China to build a third pressurized heavy water reactor at the Atucha nuclear power plant in Argentina. China Nuclear Power Engineering Co (CNPEC) has also signed a binding agreement with Candu Energy for the construction of two more reactors at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant in Romania. http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-China-signs-Candu-deals-with-Romania-and-Argentina-2507145.html Costain has been appointed by oil and gas contractor Perenco for EPC services for the environmental upgrade of the Dimlington gas terminal on Humberside. http://www.costain.com/news/news-releases/2014/7/29/costain-wins-epc-contract-extension-with-perenco.aspx DC Hidro Enerji Üretim has awarded Pöyry with the feasibility studies and final design services assignments for Doganli 1, Doganli 2, Doganli 3 and Çukurca dams and hydroelectric power plants in Turkey. The hydro projects located on the Zap River in the eastern part of Turkey, and developed by private investors in Turkey. The combined installed capacity of all four projects is around 735 MW with an annual generation of 2.246 GWH. http://www.poyry.com/news-events/news/poyry-awarded-feasibility-and-final-design-assignments-hydropower-projects-turkey KBR has received a letter of award from Hyundai Heavy Industries to perform engineering design services for the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company Al-Nasr Full Field Development project, located offshore Abu Dhabi. The Al-Nasr Package 2 facilities consist of a multi-platform super complex that includes central processing facilities, accommodation, utilities, flares, bridges and power distribution. The Al-Nasr offshore oil field is located approximately 80 miles northwest of Abu Dhabi in the Arabian Gulf. http://www.kbr.com/Newsroom/Press-Releases/2014/07/25/KBR-Awarded-Major-Engineering-Design-Contract-by-Hyundai-Heavy-Industries-Co-Limited-for-the-Al-Nasr-Full-Field-Development-Project/ AME Info reports that major global energy players have placed bids for stakes in Abu Dhabi’s onshore oil fields, capable of producing 1.6 million barrels per day. http://ameinfo.com/blog/energy-oil-and-gas/bidding-abu-dhabis-onshore-oil-fields-starts/ OAO Gazprom reported that Turkey has approved the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the South Stream gas pipeline in the Black Sea. The first pipe-laying vessel is slated to enter the Turkish exclusive economic zone in first-quarter 2015. The pipeline’s offshore section will have four strings, each more than 930 km long. http://www.ogj.com/articles/2014/07/turkey-approves-environmental-assessment-for-south-stream.html Maritime Executive reports that Northern Petroleum has been awarded two permits in Italy. One permit, Cascina Alberto, is onshore in the Po Valley and the other, C.R149.NP, is offshore in the Sicily Channel adjacent to the Northern Petroleum operated permit C.R146.NP. http://www.maritime-executive.com/pressrelease/Northern-Petroleum-Awarded-Italian-permits-2014-07-25 Engineering design firm AECOM Technology Corporation has acquired Hunt Construction Group, significantly adding to AECOM’s construction services business.http://investors.aecom.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=131318&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=1952279 Rio Tinto will divest Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique, which comprises the Benga coal mine and other projects in the Tete province of Mozambique, to International Coal Ventures Private Limited (ICVL) for USD50 million.http://riotinto.msgfocus.com/files/amf_rio_tinto/project_37/140730_Rio_Tinto_agrees_sale_of_coal_assets_in_Mozambique.pdf ConocoPhillips has completed the sale of its Nigerian upstream business to Oando Energy Resources for a price of USD1.5 billion. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140730005364/en/ConocoPhillips-Completes-Sale-Nigeria-Business#.U9jsuKiqO3U
The head of the standard bearer for alternative business structures has admitted the company grew too fast in its early years.Matt Howells (pictured), managing director of Co-operative Legal Services, spoke as the business – the first big non-lawyer consumer brand to enter the new legal market in 2012 – posted losses of £5.1m for the first half of 2014.That figure was 70% up on the same period in 2013, bringing total losses in the last 18 months to more than £14m. Revenues for the first half of 2014 were down by 28%, from £18m to £13m.The losses were blamed on the costs associated with a year of job cuts and rebuilding the business.Howells, who joined CLS in April 2014, revealed that staff numbers are now down to around 400, from a peak of more than 500 in January 2013. And he lifted the lid on the Co-op’s struggle to cope with the rapid expansion that followed the high-profile grant of an ABS licence.‘We grew very quickly and those costs had nowhere to go when the revenue was not coming in,’ he said. ‘The problem was the pace we executed our strategy. We grew far too quickly. There is always a balance between how much noise you make and the attention you want to draw. What you can now expect is a business that is very clear on what it’s trying to achieve.‘We have started to look at what is the right size and shape of the organisation.’Howells said the firm has ‘100% backing’ from the Co-op group, which has absorbed the losses of the past two years, but admitted it has to start turning a profit in 2015. CLS is earmarked to break even in the second half of this year.The former Barclays managing director said probate, wills and family divisions had all brought in revenue in line with expectations, with personal injury income suffering following reforms to the sector.Howells insisted CLS can prosper despite its early setbacks and said he still believes the company has something different to offer compared with traditional firms.‘The reason we’re here is to offer customers an alternative solution,’ he added.‘We’ve tried exceptionally hard to give customers transparent, fixed-fee pricing.‘There is always going to be a need for the high-street [firm] and customers who want that. The key thing is to be an alternative. We need to be more realistic.
The profession’s commitment to pro bono work is declining, a respected annual bellwether suggests.Thomson Reuters Foundation’s latest TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono reports that fee-earners in England and Wales clocked 21.6 hours in the last 12 months, down on the 22.5 hours reported in last year’s index.The proportion of fee-earners who did 10 or more hours has fallen from 35.8% in 2015 to 27.6%.The global snapshot shows that lawyers in China do more pro bono hours than England and Wales, at 37.3 per fee-earner. Regional analysis for Asia-Pacific shows a 38% increase in the average number of pro bono hours per fee-earner over the past year, from 17.5 hours to 24.2. The proportion of fee-earners doing 10 or more hours increased from 21.8% last year to 31%.Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa (pictured) said China was ‘definitely the country to watch’.‘Only 10 years ago, pro bono in China was a niche practice, but today the country has overtaken the amount of hours in England and other countries with solid pro bono traditions,’ she added.In England and Wales, partner engagement in pro bono nevertheless remains strong, with 40.5% spending time on pro bono work this year compared to 37.8% last time.Regional analysis also shows that the number of in-house legal teams who are setting up formal pro bono programmes within their corporations has increased.’In-house lawyers are typically not covered by professional indemnity insurance for pro bono work but lawyers are finding ways around this barrier by, for example, collaborating with law firms on joint pro bono projects,’ the index states.The survey covers data from more than 130 law firms, representing 64,500 lawyers in 75 countries.Immigration, refugees and asylum were cited as the key focus areas for pro bono work by 41.4% of firms across the globe, compared to 28% the previous year.Villa said: ‘The ongoing refugee crisis poses unprecedented challenges for Europe and the rest of the world. We are seeing a worrying increase in the number of migrants illegally detained, including unaccompanied children.‘Lawyers are stepping up to provide life-changing support, and this is undoubtedly a beautiful story of solidarity in action.’
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says a military type operation is needed to deal with the criminal activities in sections of Clarendon, a parish located on the south of the island as Opposition leader Dr. Peter Phillips plans to meet with the police hierarchy to discuss the crime situation in Jamaica..Phillips said crime in the area had surpassed the capabilities of a Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) after the Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mike Henry, called for the ZOSO operations after two police officers were shot and injured during a confrontation with armed bandits on Sunday.Henry, who is also the parliamentary representative for the area, had also suggested that the authorities implement a State of Public Emergency.Military operation needed But Chang said a military operation other than a ZOSO is required to deal with the criminal gangs.“ZOSO is a community-based operation. This is a criminal gang, heavily armed, which requires a response that is much different from a ZOSO. You have to chase them, hunt them down, find them and hopefully apprehend them. But if they respond, then the police will be prepared to do what they have to do. This is not a ZOSO operation. This is a military operation.Chang said if “the country needs to appreciate the severity of what the police face, they are armed with assault rifles and appear that certain M-16 they were using have what they call bomb stop magazines which carry 100 rounds. That is not the kind of thing a ZOSO deals with, this requires armed response but guided by intelligence and investigation that can make sure we find the right criminals,” he said.The May Pen Chamber of Commerce and Industry has expressed outrage at Sunday’s daylight robbery by the armed gunmen and the president of the private sector group, Winsome Witter said that the Chamber had invested in a closed circuit television (CCTV) system “some years ago” which should have been able to assist in allowing for a quicker response to incidents of crime and violence in the parish.Blatant disregard for law and orderShe said the business community as well as residents in May Pen are fearful because “it is not business as usual” and the criminals are showing “a sense of blatant disregard for law and order.“No one feels safe at this time,” she said, adding “there’s need for high police intervention”.PNP seeks urgent, effective measuresMeanwhile, the People’s National Party (PNP) said it wants urgent and effective steps taken to stem the deteriorating law and order situation across the country.The party said that Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips will be seeking a meeting with Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson on the situation and wants to know the Commissioner’s plans to reassure and protect the nation.Opposition spokesman on National Security Fitz Jackson said despite the presence of the State of Emergency in three western parishes, hardened and apparently well-trained criminals have continued their murderous rampage, carrying out daylight robberies.
Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chairman of Econet Wireless Global Ltd., speaks during the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills , California, U.S., on Monday, May 2, 2016. The conference gathers attendees to explore solutions to today’s most pressing challenges in financial markets, industry sectors, health, government and education. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chairman of Econet Wireless Global Ltd., speaks during the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills , California, U.S., on Monday, May 2, 2016. Getty ImagesZimbabwe’s telecom tycoon Strive Masiyiwa is the country’s first billionaire according to a report by Forbes.The 57-year-old is now worth $1.7 billion.Mr. Masiyiwa controls Econet Group, a Zimbabwe-listed mobile phone company that also has investments in financial services, insurance, e-commerce, renewable energy, education, Coca-Cola bottling, hospitality and payment gateway solutions, the report said.Econet also has a pay television outfit, Kwesé TV which is competitive across Africa.In July last year, Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Group successfully raised $700 million in a bond and term loan financing package from international financiers.Econet was founded in 1993 by Masiyiwa and gained a licence from the government in 1998.Mr Masiyiwa and his wife also founded the Higher Life Foundation, which educates more than 40,000 students in the country.In 2013, the couple also established the Ambassador Andrew Young Scholarship, a $6.4 million scholarship fund that sends African students to attend Morehouse College in the United States.
Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional St Kitts doubles salaries of public sector workers for Christmas by: Jamaica Observer – November 22, 2016 683 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy HarrisBASSETERRE, St Kitts (Jamaica Observer) — St Kitts and Nevis has announced a double salary in December for all civil servants, auxiliary workers and pensioners on the Government’s payroll as well as People’s Empowerment Programme (PEP) workers and Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) employees and other public sector workers.Roughly 10,000 people are to benefit from the move, according to a release from the office of Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris.“There is a sense of optimism for thousands of local households that can now better manage competing obligations this Christmas (such as renovating their homes, purchasing new furniture and other household durable items, making charitable donations, etc),” the release said.Harris, who made the announcement on Saturday said that the Cabinet of Ministers had taken the decision the day before, “to ensure that all share in the economic fortunes of our beloved country”.“The Ministry of Finance will work with the CFBC and other governmental agencies to make this happen. “We estimate that potentially EC$30 million will be pumped into the economy as a consequence of this bonus by the government.“The multiplier effect of this sum will be significant at this time of the year. As the principal beneficiaries of consumer expenditure, we hope that our private sector firms will do more than the normal pay for their employees,” he added.The country saw a positive multiplier effect from the removal of the 17 per cent value added tax (VAT) on food, medicines, educational supplies and funeral expenses in April 2015, the release said.Last year ended up being a banner year in St Kitts and Nevis, with the Discounted VAT-Rate Day generating record sales and demand for consumer durables such as automobiles and furniture reaching a peak, it added.Meanwhile, Harris also announced that there would be “further assistance to boost economic activity and make life easier for the lower and middle income families” this Christmas season.This assistance is to come in the form of duty-free concessions, for the first 400 pounds, on gift packages of food items and a duty-free allowance for travellers of EC$540 (US$200) off the CIF [cost, insurance and freight] value from Friday, December 9 to Saturday, December 31.
Share Sharing is caring! InternationalNewsPolitics Britain Quits EU, Steps Into Transition Twilight Zone by: – January 31, 2020 46 Views no discussions The United Kingdom leaves the European Union on Friday for an uncertain Brexit future, the most significant change to its place in the world since the loss of empire and a blow to 70 years of efforts to forge European unity from the ruins of war.The country will slip away an hour before midnight from the club it joined in 1973, moving into the no man’s land of a transition period that preserves membership in all but name until the end of this year.At a stroke, the EU will be deprived of 15% of its economy, its biggest military spender and the world’s international financial capital of London. The divorce will shape the fate of the United Kingdom — and determine its wealth — for generations to come.“This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a television address.Beyond the symbolism of turning its back on 47 years of membership, little will actually change until the end of 2020, by which time Johnson has promised to strike a broad free trade agreement with the EU, the world’s biggest trading bloc.For proponents, Brexit is a dream “independence day” for a United Kingdom escaping what they cast as a doomed German-dominated project that is failing its 500 million population.Opponents believe Brexit is a folly that will weaken the West, torpedo what is left of the United Kingdom’s global clout, undermine its economy and ultimately lead to a more insular and less cosmopolitan set of islands in the northern Atlantic.The June 2016 Brexit referendum showed a divided and triggered soul-searching about everything from secession and immigration to empire and modern Britishness.Such was the severity of the Brexit meltdown that allies and investors were left astonished by a country that was for decades touted as a confident pillar of Western political stability.The leaders of the European Union’s three institutions warned Britain on Friday that it cannot expect “the highest quality access to the single market” unless it adopts the bloc’s standards on environment, labor, taxation and state aid.“Without being a member, you cannot retain the benefits of membership,” they said in an op-ed published by several European media on Friday, ahead of Britain’s exit from the EU at midnight in Brussels (2300 GMT).“Without the free movement of people, there can be no free movement of capital, goods and services,” European Council President Charles Michel, European Parliament President David Sassoli and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote.Britain will no longer be an EU member state from Saturday, but it will enter a transition period until the end of December that is meant to give citizens and businesses time to adapt while an agreement is hammered out on the shape of the future relationship. Share Share Tweet