SACGA urges caution on refrigerants purchases, following recent concerns

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Praxair to exhibit at AISTech 2019

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Seatricity all set for Oceanus 2 deployment

first_imgFalmouth-based wave energy developer, Seatricity, is waiting for suitable weather conditions to redeploy Oceanus 2 wave energy converter off Cornwall, following the completion of the refitting operations on the device.The only significant factor now constraining Seatricity’s ability to redeploy the Oceanus 2 device to Cornwall’s Wave Hub test site is the weather, the company informed.At the first suitable weather window, Seatricity plans to tow the Oceanus from its temporary berth within the Port of Truro on the River Fal, recover and survey the moorings infrastructure laid during previous deployments, repair anything that might have been damaged since the Oceanus 2 was last on site, and then re-attach the device to its moorings for another trial period.During the trials, Seatricity intends to measure performance data for comparison with its existing models, verify the longevity of key components and collect other relevant data.The precise length of this next deployment will depend upon a number of factors and will be the subject of a new berthing agreement with Wave Hub under their new ownership by Cornwall Council, according to Seatricity.The Oceanus 2 device has a capacity of 162 kW, and it works as float that travels up and down with the waves operates a pump to pressurize sea water which is piped ashore to drive the generators to produce electricity.last_img read more

Government legal aid response delayed

first_imgThe government has delayed its responses to the legal aid and civil costs consultations until after Easter, and will ‘review’ the definition of domestic violence, the legal aid minister has said. Jonathan Djanogly had previously said the government would respond before Easter, but speaking at the National Pro Bono Centre’s Question Time debate last week, he revealed the change in timetable. The Ministry of Justice received more than 5,000 responses to the legal aid consultation, which closed on 14 February. In its consideration of the responses, Djanogly said the MoJ is reviewing the definition of ‘domestic violence’ to be used when granting legal aid in private family law cases, and considering implementing a regime for cases where there are ‘exceptional circumstances’. The minister reaffirmed the government’s commitment to increasing the use of mediation, saying it is looking to extend this in civil courts and tribunals, and in the public sector, because it is cheaper, faster and less confrontational than court.last_img read more

City takes years to fell trouble tree

first_img“If God works in mysterious ways,” the He doesn’t have a patch on Cape Town, which is why Fred Fruchtl why it took the municipality two years to remove a tree that his Rontree Avenue neighbour planted illegally on the pavement, blocking the Fruchtls’ access to their front garden.The Camps Bay resident first complained in September 2018. Two years later when Parks and Recreation eventually visited the house, they decided the tree wasn’t blocking access to the driveway. They looked at the wrong tree.Officials couldn’t say why they didn’t enforce the first notice ordering the neighbour to remove the tree; or why they ignored a request for an explanation from the City’s media department as well as one from Greg Wagner, mayor Dan Plato’s spokesperson. Mr Fruchtl said: “We spoke to Bianca Bernardo about the tree and she sent an email to Justin Andrews and Ashwin at the mayor’s office and copied to us. There was no response so we contacted her again; and on November 19 2018, she emailed Veronique Hartnick and Nangamso Maqina and copied us, again without acknowledgement; we emailed the mayor’s office on December 13 and it was sent to Konanani Phadziri who forwarded it to Keith Hartnick and copied to us; on February 14 2019 we sent an email to the director, Vincent Botto, and another one to him on March 7. None was acknowledged; on March 18, Mr Phadziri sent an email to Keith Hartnick, which was copied to Pauline McConney, Veronique Hartnick, and Ashwin, and us, and it went in to a black hole. We phoned Ashwin who told us he had not received an answer since December 2018,” Mr Fruchtl said.That’s why the City moves so ponderously. Their bureaucrats have mastered the art of passing the buck to the nth degree.Mr Fruchtl asked me in May 2019 to intervene when nobody offered him any help.“As far as we know it is illegal to plant trees on pavements without council approval in writing, and if they did approve it, surely not in front of a garden gate. This is the only access to our garden and braai area. The tree has grown considerably since it was planted and the neighbour elevated the ground around it causing water run-off into our property and making it impossible for us to finish off the pavement,” said Mr Fruchtl. This happened while the Fruchtls were abroad and the neighbour was doing renovations. “We did try to talk to him once but he told us to speak to our lawyer and he swore at my wife” Mr Fruchtl claimed.It took weeks to elicit a response. Zahid Badroodien, mayoral committee member for community services and health, confirmed that the tree was planted on council land in front of Mr Fruchtl’s property without the approval by the City or Mr Fruchtl’s consent. “The tree is not blocking any views or the entrance gate of the property,” Dr Badroodien said. Which is incorrect as Mr Fruchtl pointed out, “The tree is in front of our garden gate, not our driveway.”Dr Badroodien said the neighbour has been given the opportunity to remove and replant the tree. “Should this not happen, the City will remove it,” he said. However, the neighbour ignored the first order as he did the second notice.Then on December 20 2019, area head for horticulture, Pauline McConney, emailed Mr Fruchtl: “I have a few site visits today in the Sea Point area, and may not be able to come today. Please send me your contact number in order to phone and advise you before my visit.” She didn’t.Fast forward to 2020 and the Fruchtls received a reply from Keith Hartnick, Recreation and Parks, who said, “A letter was handed over to your neighbour on February 5 to remove the tree; given a time, and the option to relocate it himself”.Mr Hartnick knew about the tree that was causing all the trouble on November 20, 2018, as did Ms McConney who sent him another message on March 18 2019.After a visit to the site on January 23, this year, the first time he had been there, Mr Hartnick told the Fruchtls, “I will order a suitable tree from our nursery and plant it on the sidewalk in front of your premises which you undertook to water and care for. This process should take approximately 10 working days.”Ten days is not long considering that the Fruchtls have been waiting two years for some action.On Friday March 6 2020, Mr Fruchtl wrote: “Congratulations on your success. The council arrived this morning, dug up the tree and loaded it on to a truck. We had zero response from the council and this tree would have lived in front of our gate forever if you had not sorted it out. Sincere thanks for your help.”Dr Badroodien said: “If the tree is not removed the City will remove it. Law Enforcement ensured that the resident signed for the letter on February 4 2020 when officials visited the property on January 23 and it was agreed that the neighbour would be granted the opportunity to remove and replant the palm tree by March 5.” He didn’t so the City did.*God works in mysterious ways because He doesn’t want you to know the answer, according to some Biblical opinions.last_img read more

Make that axe weep

first_imgLawyers and staff at national firm Weightmans swapped the courtroom and office for the stage last week, as they rocked out at the firm’s first music gig. The event, dubbed ‘Weightstock’, saw staff from the firm’s Birmingham, Manchester and Dartford offices pack the Liverpool O2 Academy to hear music from four bands, including the aptly named Folklaws, featuring managing partner Patrick Gaul. The event grew out of an initiative to offer free guitar lessons to members of staff. It proved a hit and demonstrated that the lawyers at Weightmans certainly have the ‘X’ factor. It could well become a regular occasion on the Merseyside social calendar and, Obiter suggests, give Simon Cowell the material for a compelling new talent contest.last_img

Third-party disclosure could cause JRs to collapse – Society

first_imgGovernment proposals to provide courts with personal and financial information of third-party contributors could cause judicial review proceedings to collapse, the Law Society has said in response to a government consultation.The Ministry of Justice is proposing to provide courts with financial information to help decide how to award costs in judicial review cases.Publishing its response today, the Society argued that provisions in sections 85 and 86 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 were sufficient to address the ministry’s aims and its latest proposals ‘would add little value’ to the current system.It was unclear, the Society said, when the claimant would be expected to inform third-party contributors that their details might need to be provided to the court and that they may be liable for costs.‘Would the duty to inform arise at the point at which a donation was made, even if litigation was not a realistic prospect at that point?’ the Society asked.If third parties were not informed until legal action was underway, ‘there is a risk that contributors might withdraw their funding because of concerns over their personal data being made available, causing the case to collapse’, it said.Another issue requiring clarity was where the responsibility lay for telling claimants that financial information may be provided.If there are numerous third-party funders, the Society said, ‘the cost and time involved in writing to each of them individually would be considerable for claimants’.Where third-party funding is raised through websites such as CrowdJustice, the Society asked whether claimants would be expected to communicate with individual third-party funders.‘There may also be difficulties for claimants in obtaining the contact details of individual funders in this situation due to those websites’ data-protection policies,’ it said.The Society also called for clarification on whether individuals who make a partial contribution to a fund that totals £1,500 or more would be liable for costs in proportion to the level of funding they provided.In its consultation, the MoJ said a £1,500 threshold was introduced ‘in response to concerns about the chilling effect of the provision of information to the court in judicial review proceedings’.last_img read more

MoJ backs home support for vulnerable witnesses

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has given its backing to a new Citizens Advice initiative that provides support to vulnerable witnesses at home.Justice minister Sir Oliver Heald said Citizens Advice’s outreach service, which is being rolled out nationally, provides ‘fantastic support’ helping people understand the trial process better.Vulnerable and intimidated witnesses, such as children, victims of domestic abuse and people with mental health issues, are given the option to be visited at home or meet at a safe community location ahead of giving evidence in a trial and after the trial concludes.A volunteer or staff member talks the witness through what they should expect on the day of the trial, as well as their rights, who will be in court, and the reasons that a trial might not go ahead.The witness can then visit the court building before the trial, and the same volunteer or staff member will support the witness when they attend court to give evidence.The service is part of the charity’s Witness Service programme, which receives £12m a year in MoJ funding. The programme was established in April last year.Heald said: ‘Giving evidence can be hugely intimidating for victims and witnesses of crime, but the bravery they show in coming forward is vital to deliver justice.‘The [service] provides fantastic support helping people to better understand the trial process and I encourage more volunteers to take part in this rewarding work.‘Together with our £1bn investment to modernise our courts and the rollout of pre-recorded cross-examination for vulnerable victims and witnesses this will improve the experience of giving evidence.’The service, which is run by 2,800 volunteers and 270 staff, has already supported 178,000 witnesses between April 2015 and March this year. Citizens Advice expects to complete a national rollout this month.The charity’s chief executive, Gillian Guy (pictured), said getting the right support can turn giving evidence in court into an empowering experience.She added: ‘The witnesses we help value speaking to someone in person about what to expect before a trial starts – but for some of the most vulnerable witnesses, like young children, it can be more effective to provide this support in a familiar setting like their home.’last_img read more

Burges Salmon reports partner profit decline

first_imgUK firm Burges Salmon has reported a double digit dip in profit per equity partner after a ‘challenging year’ in which revenue was marginally down. For the year ending 30 April 2017, profit per equity partner fell by 17% from the previous year (from £523,000 to £435,000). Overall turnover was £87 million, down from £87.4m. The firm did not reveal its pre-tax profit figures.Peter Morris, managing partner, said the ‘wider context of political and economic uncertainty’ made for a challenging 12 months, especially against the backdrop of a ‘record year’ in 2015/16 in which revenue increased by 8.2% and PEP rose by 7.2%Morris added: ‘We are focused on the medium to long-term outlook for our business. Therefore, we have continued to invest in people across the firm to strengthen our offering to clients. We have seen PEP rise steadily for a number of years and we expect it to rise again this year.’The firm appointed five new partners this year.last_img read more

CAF tests prototype Oaris high speed train

first_imgSPAIN: A four-car prototype of CAF’s Oaris high speed train is undergoing trials on the Madrid – Sevilla route, where testing will include operation at up to 352 km/h. Numbered No 105 001 by RENFE, at the manufacturer’s suggestion the prototype was delivered in place of the last of an order for Class 120 trainsets.It arrived at the RENFE workshops at Villaseca de La Sagra in September, and following static trials made its first runs on the branch from the Madrid – Sevilla route to Toledo. The trainset is currently operating on 1 435 mm gauge bogies, although Oaris might also be equipped with CAF’s Brava gauge-changing system. Oaris has been designed for set lengths of four, six or eight cars, each vehicle riding on a motor and a trailer bogie. The maximum rating of an eight-car set would be 10 660 kW, with a passenger capacity in excess of 500 passengers depending on train format.last_img read more