On The Job In Los Alamos: Uli’s New Store Manager

first_imgOn the job in Los Alamos Tuesday is new Manager Daphne Renee Harris at Uli’s Clothing Boutique at 800 Trinity Dr. Ste. G. Uli’s is a women’s and children’s boutique with distinctive gifts, books and toys. They are known for their ability to dress specific body types and personal styles to their best look. They have a loyal following of clients from all over the country that fly to meet with Uli’s staff  for wardrobe and style development. Visit www.ulislosalamos.com. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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Sensirion releases most accurate digital humidity sensor

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Nikola showcases zero-emission products

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Injunction to restrain an adjudication: Matthew Harding (t/a M J Harding Contractors)vs Gary George Leslie Paice and Kim Springall

first_imgThe FactsThe claimant building contractor entered into a JCT Intermediate Form of building contract on 25 March 2013 with the defendant property developers for the construction and fit out of two residential properties together with associated works. The contract provided for adjudication. Work commenced in April 2013 but the relationship deteriorated and by 18 September 2013 the developers purported to terminate the contract alleging a failure to proceed regularly and diligently, refusal by the contractor to accept the contract administrator and refusal of access to the site.The contractor rejected the termination and claimed that his work was ahead of schedule. He claimed he was being delayed by the developer’s failure to appoint a replacement architect and provide necessary design information. Work stopped during September 2013 and on 20 November 2013 the contractor gave notice of suspension.On 3 January 2014, the contractor purported to terminate the contract.In accordance with clause 8.12.3 of the contract, following termination the contractor was entitled to submit his account to the developer and he did so on 8 August 2014 claiming a gross valuation of £797,859.49 of which some £397,912.48 was said to be outstanding. Under the interim certificate mechanism in the contract, payment had to be made within 30 days and any pay less notice issued at least seven days prior to the expiry of the 30 day period. No valid pay less notice was issued, nor any payment made and the contractor commenced adjudication proceedings.The contractor maintained that this was a simple adjudication. He had made an application for payment. There was no valid pay less notice. Therefore the money was therefore due.The developers argued that they, not the contractor, had terminated the contract therefore the contractor had no entitlement to payment.The adjudicator’s decision was issued on 6 October 2014. He concluded that the contractor had terminated the contract and that the contractor was entitled to the £397,912.48, principally because of the lack of a valid pay less notice. On 14 October 2014 the developers commenced adjudication against the contractor alleging the correct value of the contract works was approximately £340,000 and not the £797,854.49 that the contractor had claimed in his account on 8 August 2014.The contractor applied for an injunction to restrain the developers’ adjudication on grounds that the developers had acted unreasonably and oppressively by commencing adjudication without first having complied with the 6 October adjudication decision.The IssueThe contractor had submitted a post termination account under which the developers were required to pay the “amount properly due”. Did the developers’ failure to issue a valid pay less notice mean that the adjudicator’s decision that the £397,912.48 must be paid comprise an inviolable determination of the “amount properly due” in respect of the account, thereby making it unchallengeable in later adjudication proceedings? The DecisionThe judge concluded that the adjudicator in the third adjudication had not determined what sum was “properly due” but only that the developers must pay the amount stated in the contractor’s account where there was no valid pay less notice. Accordingly, the developers could require another adjudicator to ascertain the sum that was “properly due” in respect of the contractor’s account. However, the judge noted that this did not give the developers the right to decline to pay the amount specified in the 6 October adjudication decision. CommentaryThis dispute concerned the particular payment provisions consequential upon termination which used different wording to the mechanism for interim certificates and the final account. Nevertheless, it would still have been prudent for the developers to have issued a pay less notice, if only on a protective basis. The contractor contended that this omission converted the sum claimed in the 8 August account to an immutable valuation. The judge thought that this draconian approach could not be right.Philip BarnesFenwick Elliott LLPlast_img read more

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Justice advisory council’s future up in the air after reshuffle

first_imgUncertainty surrounds the future of the advisory council set up by former lord chancellor Michael Gove to examine ways to eliminate waste and abuses in the criminal justice system.Within days of taking up her post, incoming lord chancellor Liz Truss confirmed that Gove’s programme of prison reform will ‘continue at pace’. However, she has yet to comment on the future of the advisory council, which her predecessor pledged to establish after scrapping the controversial two-tier criminal legal aid contracting regime in January.The council has met at least once since its chair, Gary Bell QC (pictured) of No5 Chambers, a friend of Gove, wrote in the Gazette in May calling for submissions.Council member and solicitor Paul Selby, a partner at Smethwick firm Mann & Co, said: ‘The first meeting was really to go through all the areas which people felt quite strongly about. There’s quite a wide cross-section of people. The next meeting is going to be a lot more specific.’ Bell did not respond to requests for comment.The council, which was heavily criticised by the Law Society for being unrepresentative and failing to reflect the diversity of the profession, plans to make recommendations before the end of the year. ‘It would be a shame if it just gets left behind, but we will see,’ Selby said.Meanwhile controversy over the appointment of Truss, the third non-lawyer lord chancellor in succession, continued last week. A former incumbent, Lord Falconer of Thoroton (Charles Falconer QC) said her appointment breached the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.Truss’s credentials were also called into question by Bob Neill MP, chair of the House of Commons justice select committee. He told the Gazette that the committee would seek reassurance that Truss will ‘continue to keep up the good relationship that Michael Gove established’.last_img read more

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CMC complaints increase 39% in the space of a year

first_imgThe number of complaints about claims management companies increased by almost 40% in the last year, the Legal Ombudsman has said.The complaints service had 23,000 consumer contacts in the first year of regulating CMCs and 32,000 in the past 12 months. To date, the ombudsman has accepted 4,683 complaints for investigation.The two main areas of complaints received relate to delays and a failure to refund upfront fees as agreed: these accounted around half of all complaints.Complaints about delays included failures to issue claims within a reasonable timeframe and failing to update clients on the progress of their claims.Kathryn Stone OBE, chief ombudsman, said the service had made a difference to hundreds of people’s lives over the past two years.The ombudsman service said it had made an impact on the wider claims management industry and adopts a ‘tough but fair’ approach when trends are identified in a CMC’s conduct.In August 2016, it published information in the public interest about JAS Financial Advisory Services after numerous complaints were made about failure to progress claims and to keep consumers updated.JAS has since closed and the ombudsman said it has helped 500 customers, some of whom were able to claim a refund.The ombudsman starting accepting complaints about CMCs in January 2015 after intervention from the government in an effort to ‘clean up’ the industry.The service was expecting to handle an extra 9,000 complaints every year, most of which relating to payment protection insurance.last_img read more

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Indian Railways faces testing times, says minister

first_imgINDIA: Presenting the Indian Railways budget for 2011-12 to Parliament on February 25, Minister of Railways Mamata Banerjee warned that IR was facing a ‘testing time’, citing a significant jump in fuel costs, and wage increases imposed following a review by the Pay Commission. With 1·4 million employees and 1·2 million pensioners, the increases are expected to add Rs730bn to IR’s expenditure over the current five-year period.Nevertheless, Banejee expects IR to achieve an operating ratio of 92·1% for the current financial year which ends on March 31, with gross receipts of Rs971bn, expenditures of Rs881bn and interest payments to the state of Rs49bn leaving a surplus of Rs41bn.Although freight traffic levels are running below budget at 924 million tonnes rather than 944 and 612 billion tonne-km instead of 623 billion, this is not reflected in the financial results. Freight revenues for the year are now projected to reach Rs625bn, a 6·8% increase over 2009-10. Passenger traffic levels remain on target, with passenger earnings for the year expected to be up by 11·2% at Rs261bn.For 2011-12, IR has budgeted for a 7% increase in freight traffic to 993 million tonnes, and a 6·4% increase in passenger earnings. Banerjee says total receipts should reach Rs1 062bn, giving an improved operating ratio of 91·1%.In terms of capital spending, the minister announced IR’s ‘highest ever plan investment’, totalling Rs576·3bn in 2011-12. This will cover the acquisition of 18 000 wagons, construction of 1 000 km of new lines, 867 km of double-tracking and 1 017 km of gauge conversion.Nevertheless, the budget reveals that IR has been eroding its Depreciation Reserve Fund for asset replacement, drawing down funding for capital expenditure and development faster than it is appropriating funds. Whereas IR allocated Rs70bn for depreciation in 2008-09, this fell to Rs45bn the following year and Rs57bn in 2010-11; Rs70bn has been budgeted for 2011-12.Our correspondent also reports little evidence of any long-term strategy to streamline the rail sector or to restructure IR, to cut costs and rationalise tariffs, or to engender the confidence needed to encourage private investment. Instead of increasing lower-class fares, where IR is currently losing around Rs200bn a year, the minister continues to demand increased service levels which add to the financial burdens and erode the capacity needed to handle profitable freight business.last_img read more

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Miami-Dade’s Board of County Commissioners Passes Domestic Violence Resolution

first_img“I am very appreciative of the Board of County Commissioners for sponsoring Vice Chair Sosa’s Resolution and for promoting an awareness campaign to fight domestic violence,” said State Attorney Fernandez Rundle. “Our victims need to know they are not alone.” Miami-Dade State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle State Attorney Fernandez Rundle appeared before the Commission to make an important presentation regarding domestic violence, delivering the message that staying home does not mean staying trapped in a situation of domestic violence. For those who have been living in an abusive relationship, domestic violence is a great concern especially during this time. Being in self-isolation due to this COVID-19 crisis and staying at home with someone who is an abuser could be a matter of life or death. “We need an awareness campaign to ensure potential victims in our community know the courts are open and issuing protective orders, and police are available to respond to abusive and violent calls. Shelter and services are available”, she said in a release. As of May 4th, shelters in the community are available and all are CDC compliant. The State Attorney’s Office prosecutors and support staff, both misdemeanor and felony, are working remotely to file criminal cases and assist victims. center_img Victims can call the State Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit at 305-547-0140. For services, victims can call Miami-Dade County’s Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC) Helpline at 305-285-5900. Miami – At the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting held on May 5th, 2020, Vice Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa advanced legislation supporting the creation of an outreach campaign with State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to inform domestic violence victims that shelters, domestic violence courts and service providers are available and have taken steps to keep families together and safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. The SAO MOVES (Mobile Operations Victim Emergency Services) program staff are providing community outreach services throughout the community for domestic violence victims, contacting victims to assess their immediate needs, offer safety planning and services, and attempting video pre-file conferences in effort to protect the victims and ensure a stronger case when the matter goes to court.last_img read more

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St Kitts & Nevis wins Courts OECS Schools Reading Competition

first_imgLocalNewsRegional St Kitts & Nevis wins Courts OECS Schools Reading Competition by: Dominica Vibes News – March 4, 2016 411 Views   one comment Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Winner of the seventh annual Courts OECS Schools Reading Competition, Hrishikesh Srinivasan of St KittsHrishikesh Srinivasan of St Kitts is the winner of the seventh annual Courts OECS Schools Reading Competition in Dominica on Thursday 3 March 2016.Five primary school students from St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Grenada competed against Srinivasan at the Arawak House of Culture in Roseau.Srinivasan, the lone male in the competition, amassed six hundred and ninety-seven (697) points and was awarded five thousand ($5000.00) dollars and a Kindle Fire.“I feel excited, I feel happy,” Srinivasan told members of the press immediately after the competition.“I would like to thank firstly, Courts for sponsoring the competition, the Education Department for allowing me to enter, my teachers for allowing me to enter and helping me, then I want to thank my parents and fans for supporting me,” he noted.Srinivasan plans to use his prize money in the following way; “give a little bit to charity and spend a little for my college fund and then keep some for myself”. He said he likes reading “because it is fun, it takes me to a world of imagination and anything can happen”.Shekinah Campbell of St Vincent and the Grenadines placed first runner up with six hundred and ninety-one (691) points and won three thousand dollars ($3000.00). Jazz Dias of Antigua and Barbuda placed second runner up with six hundred and eighty-eight (688) points and won two thousand dollars ($2000.00).The other competitors Madannah Auguiste of Dominica, Eden Otway of Grenada and Arianna Mercier of St Lucia were each awarded one thousand dollars.The Courts OECS Schools Reading Competition was launched in 2009 in an effort to join in the fight against illiteracy in schools. This initiative forms part of Court’s corporate social responsibility which is primarily geared at providing interminable service to the wider Dominican populace.– / 57last_img read more

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DCOA Observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15

first_img Share InternationalLifestyleLocalNews DCOA Observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 by: – June 11, 2020 30 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! (Council on Ageing) On 15 June 2020, the Dominica Council on Ageing (DCOA) joins organisations, Government agencies, professional community groups and institutions around the world to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).In 2006 the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), to raise awareness of elder abuse and highlight ways to challenge such abuse.WEAAD was recognised as a United Nations Day by the General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/66/127 adopted in 2011.“Several senior citizens are abused by people who are close to them, relatives, caregivers,” said Ophelia Marie, president of the DCOA. “Abuse is in the form of neglect and it could be financial, emotional, physical, psychological and other types of abuse.”Although there is no data on levels of elder abuse in Dominica,   Ms. Marie said the World Health organisation (WHO) has estimated that one in six people 60 years and older have experienced some form of abuse in the community setting during the past years.Declaring elder abuse a serious public health issue, the United Nations has acknowledged that it is “deeply concerned” about the situation affecting older persons around the world  especially since levels of elder abuse will increase as the population of older persons rises.Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to practice social distancing and other protocols, in its observance of WEAAD-2020, the DCOA will focus on the media.One of the main highlights of the day will be a radio address on Monday 15 June by Honourable Dr. Addis King, Minister of Youth Development and Empowerment, Youth at Risk, Gender Affairs, Seniors’ Security, and Dominicans with Disabilities.In its observance of WEAAD, the DCOA has planned other radio addresses and programmes as well as newspaper articles highlighting the theme of WEAAD-2020 which is “Lifting up Voices”.“We are also using the day to draw attention to the situation of the older persons: how recognised are they; how included are they in the social fabric of society; what happens to them in any special way because they are senior citizens; how much are they included in decision making, or expressing their views on national issues,” said Ms. Marie. “We really need to look at the way we treat our seniors.”last_img read more

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