Linde and Alliance Welding team up

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MOCON’s US sites gain ISO certification

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Prysmian Takes a Hit from Western Link Project

first_imgSales at their Energy cables and systems business also recorded growth of +3.6% to €1,343 million.“The 2014 first-quarter witnessed the first signs of volumes recovery with positive organic sales growth after several quarters of contraction. However, results have been adversely affected by technical problems encountered in the manufacture of the submarine cable for the Western HVDC Link project in the United Kingdom,” explains CEO Valerio Battista. “Our technicians are obviously already seeking to overcome these difficulties and resume work on this very complex project, the most technologically advanced one ever for a large-scale electrical interconnection project. The negative impact of these issues has been of €37 million on first-quarter operating income. Apart from these adverse effects, even profitability would have improved slightly, despite negative exchange rate effects. For FY 2014, the Group is forecasting Adjusted EBITDA in the range of €530-€580 million (€600 – €650 million excluding the negative impact of the Western Link project estimated at €70 million for the full year),” Battista concluded.Press Release, May 09, 2014; Image: prysmiangroup The Board of Directors of Prysmian S.p.A. has approved the Group’s consolidated results for the first quarter of 2014 (which are not subject to audit).Group Sales amounted to €1,579 million compared with €1,669 million in the first quarter of 2013, posting organic growth of +3.2%, assuming the same group perimeter and excluding metal price and exchange rate effects.Adjusted net profit was €12 million, which is 69.2% lower comparing to the same period last year.last_img read more

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Thomas Thorkildsen joins Flex LNG from Höegh

first_imgLNG World News Staff John Fredriksen-controlled Flex LNG said that Thomas Thorkildsen joined the company as senior vice president, business development. Thorkildsen has spent the previous 13 years with Höegh LNG where, as head of business development, he was responsible for the development of the FSRU opportunities.At Flex LNG he will head the business development activities with immediate effect.Flex LNG currently has two 174,000-cbm liquefied natural gas carriers under construction at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea, scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2018.At the end of 2016, the company signed a heads of agreement with the US LNG export player NextDecade to develop solutions for companies looking to buy liquefied natural gas fuel at NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG project in Texas.last_img read more

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Poppadoms and ‘toot’ with Billy

first_imgFollowing on from last month’s article on the inimitable barrister Billy Rees-Davies, some further recollections are worth sharing, writes James Morton. One problem with Billy was eating with him. It was no impediment to him that he had only one arm. The difficulty was that his remaining one tended to reach out for trifles that were not his. Once in an Indian restaurant with shared tables, he was eating the poppadoms of the man opposite. When I mentioned they belonged to the unfortunate chap, Billy replied, ‘Nonsense, any poppadom in my reach is my poppadom.’ Once, on a rare display of interest in the client, Billy had a conference during the lunch adjournment. This left him only a few minutes for a sandwich. In those days the bar did not go into the public canteen, and when Billy had picked up a ham sandwich, smeared it with mustard and went to pay, the cashier said: ‘I’ve told you before Mr Rees-Davies, you’re not allowed to eat here. You’ve your own place.’ Billy was not fazed. He carefully removed the mustard from the sandwich, which he replaced on the stack, said, ‘Charge the mustard up to me’, and stalked out. One of the greatest regrets in my life is that I did not take up Billy’s offer of a night out in Tiger Bay for what he called a spot of ‘toot’, in the days when that word meant a spree involving women and drink. We were down in a bitterly cold Merthyr Tydfil, in a counterfeiting case before Tasker Watkins VC, when he made the offer. But the leader I had instructed quickly put paid to the idea, saying we should look at some statements that evening. Billy turned up looking very sorry for himself an hour into the case the next day. The leader then asked him if he could have a glass of water, and Billy went up to the judge’s bench, took Watkins’ carafe and walked off saying, ‘Don’t think yer Lordship’ll be needing this’. Billy rarely pulled rank. But once, a member of his chambers had clashed with an Old Bailey judge and was being threatened with the Bar Council. He went to Billy, as head of chambers, to try to get him to intercede. ‘Was he in the Guards with you in the war, Billy,’ he ventured? ‘If he was, he certainly wasn’t an officer’, was the crushing reply. Anyone with more recollections of Billy is invited to contact obiter@lawsociety.org.uk. James Morton is a writer and former criminal defence solicitorlast_img read more

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The duty to warn

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

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Watchdog attacks ‘scandalous’ cost of maternity claims

first_imgThe cost to the NHS of cover against clinical negligence claims emerged as a major political issue today following a National Audit Office (pictured) finding that one fifth of total spending on maternity services is for litigation cover.The NAO today reported that cover against maternity claims totalled £482m in 2012/13, with the number of claims increasing by 80% over the past five years.In 2012-13, maternity care accounted for 12% of the claims resolved, but 33% of the payments made through the NHS Litigation Authority’s clinical negligence scheme for trusts.The average cost per case is higher than in other parts of the NHS because the settlements cover the cost of care and support for the whole of the individual’s life from birth.The NAO stated that the scale of litigation ‘highlights the importance of improving risk management and the safety of care’.In a statement, Margaret Hodge, chair of the House of Commons public accounts committee, said it was ‘absolutely scandalous’ that the equivalent of around £700 is spent per birth on clinical negligence cover.She added: ‘The current system is not working as it should. The Department [of Health] needs to buck up and take responsibility for this.’Janet Baker, head of clinical negligence at Yorkshire firm hlw Keeble Hawson, and an expert in birth trauma cases, says that lack of maternity resources is the likely reason for a continued rise in claims. ‘From more recent cases I have dealt with, and some of which are ongoing, it seems to me that the medical accident often occurs due to resource issues,’ she said. ‘Twenty years ago a birth injury was most likely due to a mistake made by one person – now I would say it is because maternity services are under resourced with not enough midwives.’Baker said that the way the insurance figures were reported is misleading: ‘The way clinical negligence insurance works in the NHS is not the same as the person in the street paying a premium to an insurer such as Direct Line or whomever. NHS trusts pay into an insurance pot managed by the NHS Litigation Authority. If the reserve they have set aside is not used in paying damages, then that money goes back into the NHS to pay for patient care.’While the level of consultant presence on labour wards has improved substantially, the report said more than half of obstetric units were not meeting the levels of consultant staffing recommended by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said the Department of Health’s implementation of its strategy ‘has not matched its ambition’.‘There have been improvements in maternity services, but the variation in performance across the country, and our findings on how services are being managed, demonstrate there is substantial scope for further improvement.’Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said the service was making progress but conceded there is room for improvement. He said: ‘The NHS remains one of the safest places in the world to have a baby, but on rare occasions care falls below acceptable standards and unsafe care should never be tolerated.’last_img read more

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‘No man’s land’: thousands of suspects left in limbo

first_imgThousands of people have been left in ‘legal limbo’ as a result of government reforms to pre-charge bail, which is affecting their mental health, family life and employment status, criminal defence solicitors have said.The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association has been surveying members for the past month on how many suspects are being released under investigation since a 28-day time limit for police bail came into force in April 2017. Publishing the results today, 109 solicitors who responded to the survey reported a total of 6,519 cases where their client has been released under investigation in the past three months. One firm had 200 such cases.More than half of respondents have cases under police investigation which have already lasted between 18 months and two years. These includes 22 cases involving rape allegations.Nearly everyone said investigation delays had affected their clients’ mental health, family life and employment status. Eight in 10 said the police did not explain why the case was taking so long.In one case, the association said a teenager was arrested during exam season for indecent images on a device and was prevented from living at home. Several years later the case was dropped on the basis of evidence provided for police examination early in the investigation.Criminal defence specialist Kerry Hudson, the association’s vice president, explained that typically, after arresting a suspect, police put the suspect on a ‘bail to return’ for 28 days with conditions. Before 28 days, the case is converted to a ‘release under investigation’ with no conditions, ‘and without going anywhere near a court for scrutiny from a judge or magistrate’.Hudson said: ‘This legal no man’s land emerged as a fudged workaround by hard-pressed, under-resourced police. It is failing everyone in the justice system. For suspects – who let’s remember are innocent until proven guilty – it spells a life on hold, causing untold stress and mental health problems, shattering families, homes and livelihoods.’This is the first attempt to gather hard data on the impact of the government’s reform. Armed with this data, the association wants to arrange a roundtable discussion with prosecutors, police chiefs and politicians.last_img read more

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Bergen line resignalling moves forward

first_imgNORWAY: Infrastructure manager Jernbaneverket confirmed on April 17 that control of its Bergen – Geilo line had been successfully switched to a new control centre. This is a key step in its three-year programme to resignal the entire Bergen – Honefoss route, which is due to be completed by the end of May.Faced with the problem of obtaining spares for its obsolete ECTC interlocking installed in 1979, Jernbaneverket decided to replace the entire CTC installation with a new Siemens Vicos interlocking, under a design and construct contract valued at NKr61m. As well as resignalling the existing stations, the project includes the introduction of intermediate block posts to increase line capacity.CTC has been used widely in Norway since the first installation on the Ofotbanan in 1963, but the Bergen line is the last of Norway’s main lines to be provided with a modern remote control system, according to project manager Kjell Atle Gullbraa. Installation of the Vicos equipment on the Bergen line began last year, along with an IP-based communications network using an optic fibre backbone. Following the transfer of control for the Bergen area, the remainder of the route will be migrated to the new control centre over the next two months, concluding with the Hol – Hønefoss section.Another new feature is a dedicated link between the new Bergen line control centre and the existing Vestfold line control centre in Drammen. This will enable either centre to act as a back-up to the other in the event of any disruption.last_img read more

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Little Big Town – Nightfall album review

first_imgCredit: Capitol Records NashvilleLittle Big Town is one of the leading groups in Country music. They released their self-titled debut album in 2002 but it wasn’t until 2012 that they scored their first number one with Pontoon, from their fifth album Tornado. Since then they’ve charted plenty of hits including two more number ones with Girl Crush and Better Man. Their last album, The Breaker, was released in February 2017 and it became their third number one on the US Country albums chart. Almost two years on from that record and the quartet is back with their ninth studio album (if you count 2016’s Wanderlust), Nightfall.As is the release strategy for albums these days, a number of tracks from Nightfall have been made available prior to the release. In this case four tracks, including the singles The Daughters and Over Drinking, have been released on streaming and download platforms. Neither of the singles has translated into a hit for the band yet but it adds further weight to the argument that acts with female lead vocals aren’t getting a fair shot at radio. You only have to listen to the lyrics of the Sean McConnell co-penned The Daughters to understand that the band have no time for the inequality that’s rife in the genre right now.If you ever had any doubt that Little Big Town were this generation’s Fleetwood Mac, you need look no closer than Nightfall’s opening track Next to You. Stripped back instrumentation complements the foursome’s tight harmonies and it’s a disarming way to start the record. There’s no bombast here, no over-production and no attempt at a radio hit. This is Little Big Town pulling everything back so the spotlight is on their abilities as vocalists. Perhaps even more interesting is that the album is produced by Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, the producers that worked with Kacey Musgraves on her already classic album Golden Hour, and Little Big Town themselves.Anyone expecting a record similar to Golden Hour will be surprised as Nightfall focuses on the vocals more than it does anything else. Little Big Town have always been exceptional vocalists with each of the four members able to take lead and their harmonies are the best in the industry. That’s not to say the album isn’t sonically interesting because there’s a lot to take in here, although it stays closer to ballad territory than any of their other releases. Title track Nightfall, co-written by band member Karen Fairchild, feels like a distant cousin of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams with it pulsing beat and dreamy melody.The album’s first standout moment comes on the Phillip Sweet led Forever And A Night, a big piano ballad co-written by three of the band and Foy Vance. The emotion in the song seeps through in every lyric and Sweet’s vocal is strong. Kimberly Schlapman gets a chance to shine on the bluesy backed Throw Your Love Away, showing off her softer vocal and drawing the soul out of it, and Jimi Westbrook leads the vulnerable misfit anthem Problem Child.The only true uptempo song on the collection is Wine, Beer, Whiskey, another song the band co-wrote with Sean McConnell. An ode to the variety of alcohol on offer, the band takes a swampy groove with a little mariachi influence for a foot-stomping moment that will fit perfectly into their live set. Elsewhere on the record Karen Fairchild brings it home on the powerful Questions, which sees the lyrics taking the perspective of a woman who ponders what her ex may be doing, while the gorgeous River of Stars is a dreamy harmony-filled moment that sees Jimi and Karen trading verses.Sugar Coat, a co-write from Lori McKenna, is the album’s finest moment. The song was available prior to the full album release and it has the biggest impact of the 13 songs included here. Karen takes lead again as she sings of hiding her true self from the world and putting on a front when her family is on the verge of crumbling. It’s the kind of heartfelt song that Little Big Town sells so well and it’s the track you’ll keep going back to on this record.The album comes to a sedate finish with the restrained but beautiful Bluebird, and the acoustic-led ballad Trouble With Forever. Sticking very much with the theme of the rest of the album – paired down production and strong vocals – the tracks bring the album to a suitable close and gear you up to press the replay button and start the record again.Nightfall is more of a continuation of The Breaker than it is a return to the more varied sound of Pain Killer. How much you like the album while very much depend on how you like your Little Big Town. If you’re after uptempo, party songs like Day Drinking then you may end up a little disappointed but if it’s lyrics with depth and gorgeous vocals then there’s plenty here to enjoy. I’ll admit this album wasn’t as instant as previous Little Big Town records for me but once you start to peel back the layers and really pay attention to the production and lyrics, you’ll find plenty to lose yourself in.Track list: 1. Next to You 2. Nightfall 3. Forever And A Night 4. Throw Your Love Away 5. Over Drinking 6. Wine, Beer, Whiskey 7. Questions 8. The Daughters 9. River of Stars 10. Sugar Coat 11. Problem Child 12. Bluebird 13. Trouble With Forever Record label: Capitol Nashville Records Release date: Friday 17th January 2020 Buy Nightfalllast_img read more

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