Derek Phillips, Phillips & Co, Salisbury, Wiltshire Thank you for Roger Smith’s report on the International Legal Aid Group’s meeting in Helsinki. It is so comforting to see that those of us in England and Wales who are supportive of legal aid here are not totally misguided. Thanks to Roger also for reminding us of Steve Orchard – the like of whom it seems we are unlikely to see again on the legal aid scene.
Starting in Vietnam, six of the tugs, each of which weighed 500 tonnes and measured 28.6 m x 14.4 m x 15.8 m, were loaded onboard Svenja in Haiphong and another two in Dan Nang.Two of the Damen tugs were secured in the hatch of the SAL vessel, while the remaining six were fastened on deck leaving room for the 1,250-tonne E-house, which was loaded onboard in Batam, Indonesia.SAL explained that a perfect lifting arrangement had to be designed in order to execute the safe loading and unloading of the E-house, which measured 22 m x 28 m x 23 m, amidst the already lashed tugs.Once the cargo was successfully loaded in Indonesia, Svenja sailed first to Rio Grande in Brazil, where the E-house was unloaded ready for work on an FPSO unit. The E-house is a custom-engineered, walk-in metal enclosure specifically built to protect critical equipment in the power distribution network.The vessel then delivered some of the tugs to Lagos, Nigeria, before finally transporting the remaining cargo to the port of Rotterdam.Watch a video of the project below: www.sal-heavylift.com
A SPECIAL highlight of Friday at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs) has been the staging of the 100m finals and this year, there’s a fairly clear picture of who the winners could have been in every age group class except one. If not for the cancellation of Champs owing to the novel coronavirus, an evenly matched field would be settling into the blocks for the Class One boys’ 100m this evening at 8:38 p.m., but no one can be sure who might have won.Edwin Allen High and Hydel High looked certain to supply the winners of the four girls’ finals. Shemonique Hazle is undefeated in three starts, and though her Hydel teammate Jody-Ann Daley won the Class Four 100m at Central Championships while Hazel concentrated on the 200m, the tall girl is clearly the school’s number one. In Class Three, Wolmerian Mickalya Gardener was mighty impressive at the Corporate Area Championships in 11.75 seconds, but the Hydel pair of Kerrica Reid and Alana Hill have gone faster, with Hill atop the speed list at 11.66s. Class Two would see the ongoing battle between twin sisters Tina and Tia Clayton of Edwin Allen. Tia stunned everybody with a scorcher timed in 11.29 seconds at Central Champs, but was well beaten by Tina, 11.62 as against 11.45 seconds, at the Carifta Trials when a pesky headwind made sprinting difficult. Injury setback An injury setback for reigning Class One champion Ashanti Moore of Hydel might have transformed a potentially close race against former Class Two and Three winner Kevona Davis into a runaway for the Edwin Allen girl. Last year at Champs, Moore ran 11.18 seconds to win in Class One, while Davis clocked 11.19 in Class Two. Davis is ahead on the clock this season, 11.35 as against 11.47 by Moore.Mark Miller of Jamaica College (JC) has been the Class Three favourite all season, in part because he was fifth in the 200m last year, and also because of his fine runs at his school’s invitational and last month’s Youngster Goldsmith Classic. He’d have to be mindful of Corporate Area winner Jason Bullens of Clan Carthy High School, who is second to Miller on the yearly performer list by just 0.01s.Last year’s Champs Class Two runner-up Bouwahjgie Nkrumie of Kingston College (KC) burnt the field at the Carifta Trials in 10.69 seconds, despite a headwind of 1.4 metres per second. Class One isn’t so simple. Conroy Jones of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), Michali Everett of JC, and Javari Thomas of St Jago High were in the 2019 final, but Jones missed the Carifta Trials where his STETHS teammate Sachin Dennis zoomed 10.46 seconds in the heats. Rahiem Scott of Rusea’s High School and Thomas also broke 10.5s, with times of 10.44 and 10.48s, respectively. Dennis almost false started in the final and while he sat in the blocks the second time around, Deandre Watkin of JC bulled through a wind wall to beat everyone. Earlier in the season, outgoing KC senior Reshawn Rose flowed to the Corporate Area gold in 10.45 seconds. In contrast to the other six 100m finals, it’s hard to guess who would have taken the Class One boys’ 100m, and with the Champs cancellation, no one will ever know what might have happened.
Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip About Connatix V56490 About Connatix V56490 360p Auto (360p) 1/1 1080p HD The Timberwolves will close out their road trip Friday with a game in Orlando against the Magic. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. on WJON. The Minnesota Timberwolves were finally on the good side of a late comeback Wednesday in a 129-126 win over Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat. The win snaps the Wolves’ five game losing streak and improves the team to 17-40 on the season.The Timberwolves finished the game on a 20-5 run, including Jordan McLaughlin’s go-ahead layup with less than ten seconds left in the fourth quarter. Jimmy Butler’s game-tying layup attempted was swatted by a trio of Timberwolves as time expired. 720p HD
NEW YORK | With government officials now warning pregnant women to avoid Miami Beach in addition to Puerto Rico, some sun seekers are desperately scrambling for a Zika-free vacation.And that has left other tourist destinations to capitalize — quietly.Travel experts say families worried about Zika are now looking to Arizona and Southern California to get some sun, along with cooler weather locales such as New England and Canada.The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes or through sex with an infected person. In pregnant women, a Zika infection can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, where babies are born with a dangerously small head. In others, it can lead to Guillain-Barre, which can cause temporary paralysis and in rare instances, death. That was the case earlier this month of a man between 35 and 45 years old who died in Puerto Rico after being infected. FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2014, file photo taken with a slow shutter speed, the lights of cars blur along Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas. Zika fears are leading some to book away from the Caribbean and Florida. On a recent earnings call, a resort official said that Las Vegas was benefiting as vacationers book away from Florida. The American Southwest, New England and Bermuda are providing a virus-free alternative, but destinations are hesitant to market themselves as such. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) Miami-Dade mosquito control inspector Yasser “Jazz” Compagines sprays a chemical mist into a storm drain, as a tour vessel passes by at left, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. Gov. Rick Scott has announced that the Florida Department of Health is allocating another $5 million in funding to Miami-Dade County for Zika preparedness and mosquito control. Zika fears are leading some to book away from the Caribbean and Florida. The American Southwest, New England and Bermuda are providing a virus-free alternative, but destinations are hesitant to market themselves as such. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, file photo, a family from Peru takes a selfie in front of the Wynwood Walls, in the Wynwood area of Miami. The recent announcement that more than a dozen people have been infected with Zika by mosquitoes in the area has scared away some, but many others are still coming. The American Southwest, New England and Bermuda are providing a virus-free alternative, but destinations are hesitant to market themselves as such. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File) FILE – In this July 27, 2015, file photo, hikers cross paths along Bright Angel Trail heading into and out of the Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. Zika fears are leading some to book away from the Caribbean and Florida. The American Southwest, New England and Bermuda are providing a virus-free alternative, but destinations are hesitant to market themselves as such. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) Given that background, many would-be vacationers don’t want to take the risk.Jen LeFante and her husband Chris are expecting their first child in March. The New Jersey couple had wanted to escape to Puerto Rico or the Florida Keys for some relaxation before the baby arrives.“But it seems like every travel destination we picked is on the Zika list,” she says.Instead, they are doing a number of smaller, driving trips including ones to upstate New York and Vermont.“I’d much rather be on a beach,” LeFante says.Bermuda has seen several groups move meetings and conventions there from Caribbean islands, according to Glenn Jones, director of public and stakeholder relations at the Bermuda Tourism Authority.“That’s been a welcome and unexpected boost to our business this summer,” Jones says.However, the island nation off the coast of the Carolinas has been careful about how it handles the situation. Educating tourists who ask about the absence of Zika is fine, but don’t expect a marketing campaign around it.“There is a delicate balance there,” Jones says. “We don’t proactively seek to capitalize on this.”Ingrid Kessler takes a vacation every few years with 10 family members, spanning three generations. This year’s adventure was planned for Riviera Maya in Mexico. But with two members of the group at child-bearing age — and older members with compromised immune systems — that plan was scrapped because of Zika. Canada’s Banff National Park was briefly considered as an alternative but the group wanted beach time and the chance to go scuba diving. So Bermuda won out.Such travel shifts worry tourism officials in destinations with Zika.Miami is the first spot on the U.S. mainland where the virus has been transmitted by mosquito bites. The tourism industry has a lot at risk. More than 15.5 million people made overnight visits to Miami and nearby beaches in 2015, with an impact of $24.4 billion on the local economy, according to figures from the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.Some of that business is likely to go elsewhere.Visitors’ bureaus in some other destinations either said they didn’t have proof of a Zika connection to their growth or were hesitant to speak about the bump, fearing that they might be perceived as gloating in somebody else’s misery. But clues to the shift have surfaced, including in regulatory filings of publicly traded companies.James Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, said on a recent earnings call that Las Vegas was benefiting as vacationers book away from Florida.“As sad as that situation is in Florida, I certainly don’t want to benefit from it as a result of that, but I can say that we’re seeing a pickup in air traffic and in driving traffic even in the last couple of months,” Murren said on Aug. 4.That has hurt a particularly popular part of the travel business: honeymoons and so-called babymoons, trips prior to the arrival of a new child. For those destinations with Zika warnings, there has been a significant loss in business.During the first half of this year, the average hotel occupancy rate in Puerto Rico fell from 78.6 percent to 74.8 percent, according to STR, a firm that tracks hotel data. May was particularly devastating with occupancy falling to 67 percent.The luxury Belmond La Samanna hotel on St. Martin lost $700,000 in revenue — a 12-percent drop — in April, May and June as guests stayed away due to concerns over Zika, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Marriott International also said that its hotels in the Caribbean, Latin America and Mexico saw declining performance due to Zika concerns.It’s too early to estimate the economic toll of Zika. There are added health costs, the loss of business and the lack of travel. The 2002 and 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was estimated by the World Bank to have cost the global economy $54 billion.The affected destinations aren’t sitting still. Some are rejiggering marketing campaigns, hoping to attract new audiences.Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, said the island is ramping up advertising efforts to lure baby boomers, retirees and gay and lesbian travelers.Magazines including Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler have been offering “Zika-Free Destination” guides, offering alternative destinations. They include Bermuda, Charleston, South Carolina, San Diego, Palm Springs, Hawaii and Arizona.And not every destination has to be warm-weather.“When travelers tell me they want a place that’s Zika-free, terrorist-free and affordable, I suggest Canada,” says Wendy Perrin, a travel expert who offers advice on WendyPerrin.com.Those who really want to head to Latin America are planning trips to places that are at higher elevations where mosquitoes don’t live, such as Machu Picchu in Peru, Mexico City and Bogota, Colombia, Perrin says.Perrin notes that mosquitoes have been spreading diseases like malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever for centuries, many of them deadlier than Zika.“Obviously, people who are pregnant, or trying to be, should avoid Zika-affected areas,” she says. “But the rest of us should be careful not to focus so much on avoiding Zika that we choose a destination that puts our health at greater risk, whether from mosquitoes carrying other diseases or from another cause such as tainted water.”Follow Scott Mayerowitz at twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott. His work can be found at https://bigstory.ap.org/content/scott-mayerowitz
People’s Party of Canada candidate John Balagtas said he was drawn to the party due to its priorities of “preserving Canadian values” and “protecting free speech.”“I truly believe that in order for a nation to be in a state of peace we’ve got to share the same common values, common beliefs,” said the Chatham-Kent-Leamington candidate.Balagtas immigrated to Canada in 1991 at age 10 from the Philippines. He said his family moved around to a few places, including Scarborough, Pickering and Windsor.Eventually, he settled in Mississauga but later decided to move to Chatham-Kent in order to be closer to family in Windsor and Michigan.He said he became interested in running for office when he saw how this region didn’t have the same services and infrastructure as the last place he lived.“I was wondering how come they’re getting all of those funds there and how come people in Southwestern Ontario are pretty much getting whatever is left,” said Balagtas.This is the second time he is running for public office. He unsuccessfully placed a bid for a trustee’s position with the Lambton Kent District school board in 2018.Balagtas said high unemployment, high child poverty and the opioid crisis are the biggest issues for the riding, and he thinks they are all related.“I feel that we can address the high unemployment rate in Southwestern Ontario, everything that is connected to that will slowly follow through,” he said.The candidate works as an employment specialist in London and has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves for the past 12 years, currently serving in a part-time role.He said residents have been talking to him about their dissatisfaction with the “current government’s inability to follow through with their promises.”“They have lost their interest in choosing any one particular party because they feel that what’s the difference between your promises and their promises?” he said.When asked if he trusts the 97 per cent consensus among peer-reviewed scientific research that climate change is real and caused by human activity, Balagtas said his party is against “climate alarmism.”“I think it’s doing the people the disservice of trying to put them in a panic where there should be no panic at all,” he said. “We need to concentrate on the issue and try to come up with a solution to the problem, not to try to put people into panic where you try to tell them there is a crisis going on when there is no crisis at all.”He said climate always changes and, when asked if it always changes at the current rate, when the Earth is regularly experiencing record-high temperatures, he said there is disagreement in the scientific community, with some saying it is changing at its natural rate.Balagtas said most of the other candidates want to promise affordability to people, but “they are unwilling to actually divulge to the people how they’re going to fund it.”“People are hoping this is going to happen when they get elected and the problem is when they get elected, slowly one by one, those promises tend to disappear because they realize it wasn’t practical to begin with because the money wasn’t there.”
Photos: Christina Harrison Share This!Over at the All Star Movies resort food court we found this “Hallow-lime” cupcake, $5.99 or a Disney Dining Plan snack credit. The cake is moist vanilla, topped with a Halloween-colored swirl of icing, rimmed with sprinkles and embellished with sugar spiders. The moistness factor of the cake is boosted further when you inject the inject the included squeeze vial of lime syrup into the cake. The syrup is easily absorbed and not at all messy. The hands-on aspect of eating this definitely adds a bit of mad scientist vibe that’s appropriate for the season.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#news#Products 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The new Windows Live Messenger Steve Ballmer previewed in Brazil today represents again how a loosely joined ecosystem is developing in the cloud computing world. They are growing through a network of service providers connected through open API’s.Windows Live Messenger represents a re-emergence of a veteran Web product, revitalized by a loosely coupled network that is fostering a new ecosystem of open, connected communities. What it provides is Microsoft new opportunity to develop its own social graph by connecting with social networks and third-party services.It’s demonstrative of a new wave of platforms that seem to emerge with each passing week. Google Apps Marketplace, VMforce, SnapLogic – the list goes on.But it’s also an example of a much deeper movement that you see as a common thread in both new and old service providers.These are newer companies like ZenDesk that are finding a place in the SaaS ecosystem. And there are older ones such as Hoovers that are playing on the emergence of open systems and the social Web to re-architect and create their own social CRM communities.What all these companies have in common is a renewed priority on engagement across multiple networks through platforms, SaaS providers and data services.Messenger ConnectIn Sau Paulo, Ballmer previewed an upgrade to its instant messaging service. Its one of the most significant upgrades the service has seen in a while. Ballmer focused on the social aspects of the service which allows users to create a centralized hub for their various social networks. For example, the service will support Facebook Chat, allowing people to connect to Facebook from within the Microsoft Connect environment.In Amsterdam, Microsoft developers unveiled Messenger Connect, the new API service that connects to Windows Live Messenger. From the Inside Windows Live blog:“Messenger Connect brings the individual APIs we’ve had for a long time (Windows Live ID, Contacts API, Messenger Web Toolkit, etc.) together in a single API that’s based on industry standards and specifications (OAuth WRAP, ActivityStrea.ms, PortableContacts) and adds a number of new scenarios.”The new Messenger Connect provides developer partners with three big things:Create a user profile and social graph: Allows users to sign in and access friends lists.A web-oriented architecture that exposes a RESTful interface. This provides developers with easier technical integration with the service.Social distribution of the chat service: Real-time chat and the integration of Message Connect services into third-party sites.We’ll write more about ZenDesk and Hoover’s in a later post. They are part of continuing thread we will see in the market as open API’s proliferate.But for now, the moves by companies like Microsoft show that a loosely coupled ecosystem is growing fast and will be one of the most significant trends in 2010. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…