first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of State in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Hon. Laurence Broderick, has lauded the safety record of the local mining industry.Speaking at the National Minerals Industry Safety Awards banquet, recently at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites in Kingston, Mr. Broderick pinpointed the work ethnic in the sector in terms of discipline and safety.He said that, visiting bauxite plants, he observed the respect that the heads of the companies had for security and safety.“Not only were we given a thorough lecture, we were given the boots, the hat, the goggles,” the State Minister reflected. He said he was also impressed with the fact that the management also practised the safety measures outlined to visitors.Minister of State in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Hon. Laurence Broderick (left), in discussion with Executive Director of the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), Mr. Parris Lyew-Ayee, prior to the start of the National Minerals Industry Safety Awards banquet, held recently at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, in Kingston.He praised the industry for having kept a low injury index and few deaths, noting that the safety practices employed were models that should be promoted.He suggested that tours be arranged for children, to enlighten them on how a disciplined entity operates and how they should conduct themselves.On the status of the bauxite/alumina industry, Mr. Broderick said that despite the downturn, there will be opportunities for Jamaicans, as the Government seeks new markets and forge new partnerships when the industry rebounds.“As we look down the road, we see an industry that saw alumina plummeting to a low of some US$1,200 per tonne, we saw it creeping back to US$2,000, we know it came from a high of US$3,000 but, if we are thinking people, we will understand that we are not far from the horizon,” he projected. RelatedBroderick Praises Safety System in Mining Sector Broderick Praises Safety System in Mining Sector MiningDecember 1, 2009 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedBroderick Praises Safety System in Mining Sector RelatedBroderick Praises Safety System in Mining Sectorlast_img read more

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. A 31-year-old Kalispell man pleaded not guilty to a single count of felony vehicular homicide while under the influence, nearly a month after he crashed his car into an Evergreen home killing a 15-year-old girl.Jared Allen Parsons appeared at an arraignment before Judge Dan Wilson on May 30 in Flathead County District Court. If convicted at trial later this year, he could spend up to 30 years in prison and have to pay a $50,000 fine.A date for the trial has not yet been set but Wilson said he would issue a scheduling order in the coming days.According to an affidavit in support of the charges, Montana Highway Patrol troopers Jerril Ren and Eric Thoreson responded to a report of a vehicle crashing into a house on Spring Creek Drive at around 2:16 a.m. on April 26. Upon arriving, they learned that a Dodge Ram pickup truck crashed through a sign, ran over some bushes and struck a house, killing 15-year-old Erin Howk, a student at Columbia Falls High School. The teen had been sleeping and was dead when authorities arrived.Trooper Thoreson located two men near the scene of the crash and identified one as Howk’s father, who was on top of the other man, and the other as Parsons.“The father stated that Parsons had driven into his house. The father stated that he had pulled Parsons out of his vehicle and Parsons took off running,” the charging documents state.Trooper Ren detected the strong odor of alcohol coming from Parsons, and observed he had a difficult time maintaining his balance and stumbled when he walked, records state. Parsons refused to participate in field sobriety tests and, after being read the implied consent advisory, refused to provide a blood sample.According to records, the pickup crashed through the exterior of the house “to approximately the driver’s door” and was registered to Parsons.last_img read more

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* SIGN UP Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy (FRA).The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal with her mare Royal Delight ahead of British Paralympic and reigning world champion Sophie Christiansen and Singapore’s most-decorated Paralympic athlete Laurentia Tan.Morganti, who also won Individual Grade 1a silver at the Games in Normandy, beat five champions to the top spot in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) poll from the worlds of canoeing, athletics, swimming and sailing following a bumper month of global para-sport.Since her international début at the first FEI European Para-Dressage Championships in 2009 in Kristiansand (NOR), where she won Freestyle bronze with chestnut stallion Dollaro de Villanova, Morganti has gone on with Royal Delight to secure Freestyle bronze at both the 2011 Championships in Moorsele (BEL) and the JYSK FEI European Para-Dressage Championships 2013 in Herning (DEN). Since coming fourth at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Greenwich Park, where her cherished nine-year-old mare was the youngest horse to compete, she has been trying to edge past her highly experienced rivals.With over 40 per cent of the votes, Morganti said: “I’m so happy that so many have voted for me – it’s incredible. The support of all these people will be an additional reason to focus on doing the best I can every single day. Before the Games in Normandy my dream was to qualify for Rio 2016, but after winning two medals there my dream is now to win a Paralympic medal. Obviously Royal Delight will have an extra portion of carrots for this new fantastic achievement!”Pole positionGreat Britain’s Jeannette Chippington (GBR), second in the IPC poll, was crowned a seven-time para-canoe world champion with two more titles at the 2014 ICF Canoe World Championships in Moscow (RUS), despite only taking up canoeing in 2012.Teresa Perales (ESP), voted third, won a staggering four gold medals at the 2014 IPC Swimming Championships in Eindhoven (NED), with Manuela Schaer (SUI) and Margarita Goncharova (RUS), coming fourth and fifth after each achieving four golds at the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea (GBR). Liesl Tesch (AUS) placed sixth in the IPC poll after scoring her first-ever world title with her partner Daniel Fitzgibbon at the 2014 IFDS Combined Sailing World Championships in Halifax (CAN).Lee Pearson, the ten-time Paralympic Games gold medallist in Grade 1b, who scored triple gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA), and helped to secure Great Britain’s team spot at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, was shortlisted for the best male Allianz Athlete of the Month for August, but was pipped to the post by the Ukraine’s Yevheniy Bohodayko who won seven gold medals at the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships.The nominations for the Allianz Athlete of the Month are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs), with voting open to the public. The Best Youngster category for the Allianz Athlete of the Month for August will soon be live at Tags: International Paralympic Committee, 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Sara Morganti, Allianz Athlete of the Month, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

first_imgAlthough, as a result of the case, retailers and computer manufacturers can market Windows without its Media Player (Windows XP N), many say that they are not interested in the stripped-down version.“We are not planning to stock Windows XP N because it is the same price as the full version,” a spokeswoman for specialist computer retailer PCWorld UK said: “We want to offer the best value for our customers.”Four major computer manufacturers have also said that they will not install Windows XP N in their PCs. A spokeswoman for Lenovo, which recently took over IBM’s PC unit, said that Lenovo’s PCs would all carry the full Windows version. “At the moment we’re shipping a consistent product line worldwide,” she said. The company would monitor customer interest but Lenovo would only ship PCs with an unbundled player if there were a market for it, she said, adding: “Our customers in Europe aren’t generally demanding a Media Player-free version of Windows on our PCs.”A spokeswoman for Dell echoed this view. “As most of the users of Microsoft Windows also want the Media Player it’s the best offer and one that we will continue to make to consumers,” she said, adding that “if consumer demand changes we will act accordingly”.A Fujitsu Siemens spokeswoman said that as the software was already free to download there was “no reason for not including Media Player”. Hewlett-Packard has made similar comments in recent weeks. Under the March 2004 decision by the Commission, Microsoft was forced to roll out a version of its Windows software minus the Media Player, after competitors such as RealNetworks and QuickPlayer complained about the computer giant’s monopoly on media player software. Windows XP N has been available to computer makers since 15 June and retailers will be able to stock it from 1 July. RealNetworks declined to comment on the issue.The Commission is hoping for a better result on European competition with its demands on interoperability following complaints from server provider Novell and free software operators.Microsoft recently agreed to disclose information that would allow non-Microsoft work group servers to be fully interoperable with Windows. It also agreed to allow the development and sale of interoperable products worldwide and to disclose some of it free of charge.The Commission is currently ‘market-testing’ Microsoft’s proposals and will release its judgement shortly.But any real benefits for Microsoft’s competitors may not be seen for a while, as the computer giant will not accept other software manufacturers sharing source codes they have developed using Microsoft protocols with others via a licence. As the Commission cannot oppose this for fear of triggering another court appeal, it will have to wait until the Court of First Instance rules on Microsoft’s appeal against the March 2004 decision. [email protected] One of the main problems with the decision is that the Commission did not address the cost of Microsoft’s software, stating only that the full version could not be offered more cheaply than the stripped-down version. Microsoft put them at the same price.Thomas Vinje, a lawyer for the European Committee for Interoperable Systems, a group of five technology firms supporting the Commission’s case, argues that consumer demand is irrelevant. “If there were a price differential then I believe we would see PC manufacturers choosing between competitors,” he said. “These manufacturers would prefer to see competition as it promotes innovation in the sector, but they have to act in light of the current pricing situation given the competition at PC manufacturer level.” Vinje said that it was possible for the Commission to force Microsoft to make Windows XP N cheaper than the full version. But to do so, the EU executive would have to make a new inquiry and decision, which might be pointless anyway if Microsoft’s competitors had already been frozen out of the market.A Commission spokesman said that “there is no provision in the March 2004 decision to impose a price differential”.A spokesman for Microsoft said that the company had complied with the Commission’s demands. “Whether computer manufacturers and retailers offer this product in Europe is their decision,” he said. last_img read more

first_imgIRVINE, CA – Joseph “Corky” Coker, president of Coker Tire Co., and former chairman of Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), has been awarded the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) 2006 Street Rodding Achievement Award. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The annual NSRA award, presented at the HRIA banquet at the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas, each year recognizes and honors a business, company or individual in recognition of their outstanding support of the street rod industry. “I’m extremely pleased to have been chosen for this honor,” said Coker as he accepted the distinctive NSRA award trophy. “I’d like to thank all of the people within the industry as well as the collectors, professional restorers, and especially the end-user enthusiasts who appreciate and use our specially developed street rod products. We are determined to help keep more of these marvelous cars on the road and properly maintained so they can be handed down to a new generation of street rod enthusiasts.” In 2005 Coker received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hot Rod Association for his unrelenting commitment and dedication to the preservation and expansion of the sport of Hotrodding. He was also recognized as the Automotive Restoration Market Organization’s (ARMO) “Person of the Year” for his achievements in the restoration industry. In 1997 Coker was elected to serve on the SEMA Board of Directors and was elected chairman of the board in 2003, making him the trade organization’s first chairman to come from the Restoration/Street Rod segment of the automotive aftermarket. Advertisement As an avid supporter of the hobby of collector vehicles, including a personal collection of more than 70 hot rods, classic cars and vintage American motorcycles, Coker regularly participates in car shows, cruises, rallies and swap meets. He was quick to recognize collectors’ growing demands for “hard to find” tires that were no longer commercially available. In the early 1970s he began to develop an astounding array of specialty tires for antique vehicles from the 1890s to muscle cars of the 1970’s. In less than three decades, Coker turned a small division of his father’s Chattanooga, TN, BFGoodrich dealership into what is today the world’s leading supplier of vintage and specialty tires. “Corky’s dynamic personality and leadership qualities have been and will continue to be felt within and beyond the street rod industry,” said the NSRA’s Jerry Kennedy, who presented the trophy at the banquet. “The National Street Rod association is pleased to honor the man that has made a major commitment to ensure that our vehicles of choice can ride on the tires that give them the ‘right’ look and performance they deserve.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice today announced new fixed advocacy rates for family legal aid, which harmonise the fees paid to solicitors and barristers. The new structure follows a lengthy consultation process and will see hourly rates replaced with standard fees. Barristers and solicitors will be paid at the same rate for advocacy work. Following feedback from the professions, the MoJ has introduced more graduation into the fee structure to ensure those advocates who take on more difficult cases are better rewarded. The MoJ also confirmed that the proposal to remove payment for independent social work from the scope of legal aid in private law cases will not be implemented. Legal aid minister Lord Bach said: ‘The new fee schemes direct more money into public law cases to ensure that children and adults at risk of abuse take the highest priority for legal services.’ He said the scheme did not mean cuts to the legal aid budget or to the services received by children and families, but added: ‘Some funding will be moved from barristers to solicitors, as barristers and solicitor-advocates will now receive the same fees for the same advocacy work. ‘The reforms published today provide a sensible way forward, which responds to comments made during the consultation process,’ said Bach. Carolyn Regan, chief executive of the Legal Services Commission, said: ‘We listened carefully to solicitors and barristers during the consultation. We agree with their view that they should be paid equally for equal work and that vulnerable clients must be protected. ‘The changes we are making achieve both these goals. They will safeguard high-quality family law services for children and other vulnerable clients by controlling future growth in costs that would otherwise put all services at risk. They will ensure fairness so that all advocates will be paid the same for doing the same challenging work.’ Robert Heslett, Law Society president, said: ‘The Law Society welcomes harmonisation and the recognition given to the valuable work undertaken by solicitor advocates. It is pleasing that this reflects the submissions made by the Law Society during the consultation process. Even accepting budget constraints and an emphasis on public work, there is concern for firms across the country who carry heavy overheads and it remains to be seen whether they can remain in business on such low rates. This may well seriously affect the supply of advice to families. We will study the figures in detail and continue to do all we can to ensure proper access to justice for those who need high-quality legal advice at a time of immense importance to them.’ However, Heslett described the rates for private representation as ‘disappointing’ and devoid of a clear rationale. ‘This is the main work for firms across the country who carry heavy overheads and it remains to be seen whether these firms can remain in business on such low rates. This may well seriously affect the supply of advice to families,’ he said. ‘We will study the figures in detail and continue to do all we can to ensure proper access to justice for those who need high quality legal advice at a time of immense importance to them.’ The LSC will shortly publish the response and impact assessment on its website. It plans to introduce the new schemes in the new civil contracts in October 2010.last_img read more

first_img Director of Rugby Pat Lam said: “The Bears High-Performance Centre is a class facility and wonderfully built by Beard Construction and a number of local companies. However, I believe what really brings it to life and makes it World class is the quality of the people and the teamwork that happens here every day.”Everything we strive to do has to be about high performance and the standards, disciplines and commitment we set to ensure the Bears achieve our vision to inspire our community through rugby success.“The Bears High-Performance Centre facilitates world class preparation in an elite environment. The players and staff are so grateful of what we have and we understand the expectations that come with it, on the field and in our community. Embracing that challenge and continually raising the bar is a key part of our team growth and culture.“It was crucial to us that we recognised the people who have driven this process from the start. The vision of Steve [Lansdown] and Chris [Booy] is embodied in the Bears High-Performance Centre and the foundations are set for the Bears to move forward to the next level through high performance.” Officially titled the Bears High-Performance Centre, the Abbots Leigh site includes two full size pitches and a covered indoor training centre containing an exact half sized Ashton Gate measured pitch, ensuring players can train to perform in all conditions.The High Performance Centre – which accommodates first team and Academy – also houses a state-of-the-art gymnasium, medical facilities, hydrotherapy, nutrition, administration offices, board room, team analysis room, players’ lounge and a high quality kitchen and dining room run by a full-time chef.To celebrate the outstanding service in making the Bears’ new home possible, the lower pitch will be named ‘The Booy Pitch’ in recognition of chairman Chris Booy.The upper floodlit pitch, which overlooks the facility, will be named ‘The Lansdown Pitch’ in recognition of owner and organisation leader Stephen Lansdown.last_img read more