Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis will play host on the Occasion of the 16th Conference of Governors-General and Presidents of the Caribbean Region, which takes place from Sunday 8th to Thursday 12th of April, 2018. Chair of the conference, His Excellency Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis, said that there will be an opening ceremony and reception at Government House on Monday 9th April with the Governors-General and Presidents. Prior to the opening ceremony and reception, the visiting delegates would have already visited Nevis and taken a tour. Other visits while in the Federation will include one to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Center at the C.A. Paul Southwell Industrial Park and the other to the recently opened five star luxury hotel, Park Hyatt St. Kitts located at Christophe Harbour on the island’s Southeast Peninsula. The working sessions of the conference will be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort where several issues will be discussed. According to Sir Tapley, some of these issues relate to the Office of Governor-General and Office of President and the experiences of the office holders; issues relating to Central Banks in the region; the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and its accomplishments in 50 years and prospects for the future; the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a retrospective look at its 70 years in existence with predictions for the future; and the relationship of the High Commissions in London with Buckingham Palace. Dominica a land ‘brutalised’ – reflection on the fury of a… Conference of Governors-General, Presidents off to warm… CDB to discuss regional productivity, tourism industry… May 25, 2017 CDB study recommends strategies to promote regional… Sep 25, 2017 Apr 10, 2018 Apr 24, 2017 You may be interested in… Some of the countries that will be represented at the conference include Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while some prominent persons who will attend include Former Governor-General of Saint Lucia, Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy, the first woman to hold that post in Saint Lucia and who held the office for 20 years; President of the CCJ, Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron, who demits office this year; Governor General of Belize and Dean of the Governors-General of the Caribbean Region, Sir Colville Norbert Young; President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, His Excellency, the Honourable Charles Savarin; and Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Mr. Timothy Antoine. (St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service Press Release)Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Conference of Governors-General, Presidents off to warm start in St. Kitts and NevisBasseterre, St. Kitts, April 10, 2018 (SKNIS): His Excellency Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton, Governor-General of St. Kitts-Nevis, warmly welcomed eminent Heads of State to the federation, as they assembled at Government House on Monday, 9 April for the opening ceremony of the 16th Conference of Governors-General and President of…April 10, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Regional Bar Associations should promote CCJ more – St Kitts and Nevis Governor-GeneralBASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — St. Kitts and Nevis Governor-General Sir Samuel Tapley Seaton believes that Regional Bar Associations have dropped the ball on promoting the merits of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Seaton made the remarks while participating in a discussion on the CCJ at the two-day,…April 4, 2016In “CARICOM”Former Governor-General receives knighthood from Prince HarryBasseterre, St. Kitts – (SKNIS): An investiture ceremony was held Wednesday in the State Room at Government House where former Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence, formally received his knighthood. Sir Edmund Lawrence was invested with the insignia of Knight Grand Cross of…November 24, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has added two extra days to the time allowed for renewing practising certificates – but stated this will be the last extension. The renewals process, due to finish the end of this month, will now close at 5pm on 2 March. The SRA has been beset by difficulties caused by the new mySRA online renewal system but said today this date will be the ‘final deadline’. The authority repeated its ‘sincere apologies’ to solicitors who have struggled to access the new system and advised anyone who believes they won’t make the 2 March deadline to call its contact centre. The postponement of the closure date for online renewals means other regulatory deadlines have had to be moved back. The process of registering compliance officers for legal practice (COLPs) and compliance officers for finance and administration (COFAs) – nominations for which were supposed to be in at the end of March – will take place later than planned, the SRA said. The process to update the roll of all solicitors in England and Wales will also be delayed.
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Construction projects, and in particular large-scale projects, are inherently reliant on the co-ordination of people, permissions, materials, equipment and labour. As a result, delays are very common. While the common causes of delay remain of concern to contract parties, recent events such as Grenfell and the potential legislative overhaul Brexit may cause, add further considerations for employers and contractors keen to understand their potential exposure to project delays.Delay claims fall into several categories under most standard form contracts and give rise to different implications. There is delay which is the contractor’s fault, allowing the employer to claim liquidated damages if the project is not delivered on time. Alternatively, some delays are the result of the employer’s actions or impediment and may entitle a contractor to both additional time and a claim for loss and expense.Brexit and the Grenfell Tower tragedy has made the industry acutely sensitive of potential legislative changes and parties want to ensure that the risks of these are properly apportioned at the outsetNeutral delays, such as adverse weather conditions or other kinds of force majeure, may similarly entitle the contractor to seek additional time (but not usually cost) to complete the works. Such neutral delays are, to a large extent, unavoidable by the contracting parties. Invariably delays to works may be apportioned between more than one category.Both employers and contractors will always seek to attribute the cause of a project delay to the category that suits them. We therefore strongly recommend to all our clients that responses to instructions and applications are made promptly and documented properly and that comprehensive and accurate meeting minutes are kept. These simple steps may seem obvious, but they are vital in assessing the scope and impact of multiple delays. In our experience, the party that lacks the paperwork to back up its position is invariably in the weaker position when delay claims arise.Contracts must be realistically deliverable for contractors, without enabling the use of legislative changes or economic uncertainty as a blanket explanation for delayWhat about circumstances where the regulatory framework shifts during the works, forcing a project to be reassessed during the design or construction process? Who takes the risk for delays arising from, for example, the delay in procuring replacement materials to ensure compliance? Brexit and the Grenfell Tower tragedy has made the industry acutely sensitive of potential legislative changes and parties want to ensure that the risks of these are properly apportioned at the outset.Generally contractors are obliged to ensure that the works, when completed, meet current statutory requirements. Most standard form building contracts state that, once construction begins, the risk for any subsequent changes to legislation is borne by the employer. Often the only exception to this is where legislative updates could be considered “reasonably foreseeable” by the contractor at the time of the contract “base date”. This may have been acceptable to contractors when construction legislation remained moderately predictable – but in the wake of events like Grenfell and with Brexit looming, contractors are pushing for the definition of what is “reasonably foreseeable” to be construed as narrowly as possible in order to avoid any risks of additional cost and delays arising from having to make changes to comply with updated statutory requirements.It is essential that in amending template or standard form documents from project to project, that care is taken to ensure any revisions to the contract reflect the agreed commercial position between the parties. While some reconsideration is certainly reasonable in the face of uncertainty, there is a fine balance. Contracts must be realistically deliverable for contractors, without enabling the use of legislative changes or economic uncertainty as a blanket explanation for delay.
In a speech given yesterday at the ASEAN Ports & Shipping Conference in Jakarta, Phillip Emmanuel, regional director Asia-Pacific, pointed out that many port operators and cargo handling facilities are listed among its members, therefore putting the TT Club in a prime position to identify and advise on how these events can be minimised. The TT Club’s data shows that 68 percent of claims result from operational incidents within the port or terminal, with a further 14 percent from poor or insufficient maintenance. The remainder were weather related. Emmanuel emphasised: “It is clear that many of these incidents are avoidable if operators were to pay greater attention to some key safety related processes, install more available technology to help prevent collisions and give a higher standard to training to their employees.” The analysis of a total of over 9,500 claims over a seven-year period totalled approximately USD400 million and covered bodily injury, property and equipment damage and liability. Emmanuel explained that the TT Club is ready and able to help its members avoid incidents and minimise claims, and that prevention through careful risk management is the best way to operate safely and efficiently: “The reduction of claims assists the efficiency and profitability of many operators. It is not just the unforeseen costs of such accidents and the crucial eradication of injury to staff and third parties that results from good risk management,” argued Emmanuel. “The reputation of the cargo handling organisation is enhanced through an improved safety record. Operational delays are lessened and customer service levels heightened,” he emphasised. www.ttclub.com
Personal injury firms are ignoring existing rules in their efforts to comply with the referral fee ban, the SRA has discovered. The regulator this week issued what it called a ‘warning note’ after finding ‘numerous examples’ of firms breaching the code of conduct after changing their business model to deal with the ban.The warning follows a review of the first six months of the ban. Examples of the type of issues raised include:Firms agreeing with an introducer to deduct money from clients’ damagesInappropriate outsourcing of work to introducers and lack of transparency about the arrangementReferrals to other service providers which are not in the best interests of clientsFailure to advise clients properly about the costs and how their claim should be funded.Richard Collins, SRA executive director, said that while firms have done a lot to comply with the ban, it should not reduce the need to continue to ensure compliance with other principles.‘Worryingly, we are beginning to see some examples of firms that – in their desire to maintain a volume of new clients in a manner compliant with the referral fee ban – have not paid sufficient attention to compliance with the broader, and longstanding, regulatory requirements regarding referral.’The SRA said it continues to take a ‘measured approach’ to enforcing the ban, focusing on supervision to make sure firms are compliant.Where there are ‘significant concerns’, however, the regulator said it will work with the Ministry of Justice and Financial Conduct Authority to share information.‘Of course we will take formal enforcement action against any firm flagrantly breaching the rules,’ added Collins. ‘Those unwilling to change their practices and who fail to co-operate will face action.’
Australia: Goninan has been selected to supply nine new Prospector DMUs to Westrail by 2003 at a cost of A$59m. The fleet will comprise one three-car and two two-car 200 km/h sets for Perth – Kalgoorlie and a 150 km/h two-car set for AvonLink services to Northam.Azerbaijan: AZR has called tenders for the supply of rail under the Trans-Caucasus rail link project. EBRD is lending US$20·2m towards the US$36·1m total cost, with the EU’s Tacis programme providing US$8m.China: Queensland Rubber of Australia has won an A$6m contract to supply bearings to support concrete sleepers for floating slab track on Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp’s West Rail project.Finland: VR Ltd has awarded ABC-NACO Europe AB a US$1m contract to supply 82 Axle-Motion freight bogies with passive steering.Germany: German Railway has exercised an option with Adtranz worth DM260m euros for 46 more VT612 tilting DMUs by 2003, bringing the total of VT611 and VT612 units to 250.AVG of Karlsruhe has ordered an extra 10 GT8-100D/2S-M dual-mode LRVs from a consortium of Adtranz (electrical equipment and bogies) and Siemens. Deliveries under the DM57m order are scheduled for completion in April 2002.Great Britain: Union Railways (North) Ltd has awarded Kier Construction Ltd a £13m contract for advance works at Dagenham on Section 2 of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.IIT Research Institute of the USA is to supply a driver-training simulator to English Welsh & Scottish Railway.India: The Cowans Sheldon business of Rolls-Royce Materials Handling has completed the first of four 140 tonne breakdown cranes ordered by IR for £5m.Kazakhstan: KTZ has signed a letter of intent with Patentes Talgo for two gauge-convertible trains which could be used on through services to China. In trials, a Talgo set was hauled over the 1200 km between Almaty and Astana in 13h, cutting 8h off the best journey time.Malaysia: Petronas has awarded Lankhorst Bhd a 34·7m ringgits contract to build a 75 km route from the port of Kuantan to Kertih, scheduled for completion in September 2001. Lankhorst is also undertaking track renewal work worth 40m ringgits for Malayan Railway at Penang, Perlis and Kedah.Netherlands: NS Reizigers is to buy 15 Class 1300 electric locos from Railion, and refurbish them to haul 150 coaches to be acquired from German Railway in 2001. Four Class 1600 locos will be leased from Railion this year.Slovakia: ZSR has issued a call for tenders by September for supply of 35 three-car trainsets, backed by EIB funding.Spain: Renfe has invited bids for interior and exterior design of the C2000 suburban EMU, of which up to 130 may be ordered at a cost of Pts70bn. A consortium of CAF, Siemens, Adtranz and Alstom has a Pts8·5bn contract for an initial batch of 14 sets (RG 6.00 p341).Dimetronic has won a Pts2·6bn contract to resignal 75route-km of double track between Vitoria and Zum
INTERNATIONAL: The Gulf Co-operation Council and the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail have signed a memorandum of understanding which could lead to the GCC and its six member states Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE acceding to the COTIF convention.The convention provides a legal framework for international rail traffic. Following the meeting which was held at Bern in Switzerland on March 19, a seminar is planned for later this year to discuss the scope of co-operation between GCC and OTIF.
UN chief commends China’s leadership in South-South cooperation UN human rights chief condemns Albino murders The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the appointment of Madagascar’s Senate leader Rivo Rakotovao as the acting president of the island nation following the resignation of Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Friday.Rakotovao will serve as head of state in the interim until the election of the new president.“The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support the electoral process, leading to a peaceful, credible and inclusive poll”, Guterres’ spokesperson said on Saturday.Guterres also commended the close coordination between the UN, through his Special Adviser Abdoulaye Bathily, and international partners including the African Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in supporting the Malagasy-led dialogue and reconciliation. Madagascar had been facing a political crisis for several months.The island nation’s Constitution requires the incumbent leader to quit office 60 days before the vote if seeking re-election.“Since I am candidate, I have to comply with the law,” Rajaonarimampianina said when addressing the nation on Friday evening.The country’s High Constitutional Court approved his resignation.The presidential election is scheduled to be held on 7 November, with a run-off slated for 19December.Madagascans will head to the polls for the first round of presidential election on November 7, while the second round of the election is slated for December, 19.Related UN chief appoints new head of UN mission in South Sudan
Two militants killed in northern Somalia clashes 17 al-Shabab militants killed by Somali army Somali security forces on Thursday evening killed 10 al-Shabab militants in a fierce fight on the outskirts of Bosaso town in the northern region of Bari, an official said Friday.Abdul Rahman Mohamed Jama, commander of police forces of the semi-autonomous state of Puntland in charge of operations, said the fierce fight erupted at Galgala Mountains as the army was making operations.“The fight lasted for several hours, our forces inflicted severe casualties on the militants during the confrontation, killing 10 of them and capturing another fighter alive,” Jama said.He added that two soldiers were killed and another one injured in the gun battle. Locals told Xinhua there was a fierce exchange of fire in the town.“An intense clash broke out at Galgala area between al-Shabab militants and the army, we could hear the sound of mortars being exchanged between the warring sides that resulted in casualties,” Warfa Kadiye, a resident, told Xinhua.Galgala mountains is a strategic area of Bari region where al-Shabab and so-called Islamic State fighters have been using as hideouts for several years to launch attacks on Puntland forces.The latest operation came barely four days after Somali security forces killed five al-Shabab militants in another operation in the Gof Gadud Burey town in the southern region of Bay.Related 11 militants killed in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone region