Adjudication fees: Paying your dues

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Expert shopping: They’re not just for Christmas

first_imgStay 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 Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access 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 community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

Konecranes order for Hamnterminal

first_imgThe G HSK 3432 model will be delivered later this year. The unit has been designed to fit on the terminal’s existing rails on the quay and will have a maximum lifting capacity of 100 tons (90.7 tonnes), and a lifting radius of 46 m.Uddevalla has opted for the crane to be equipped with an external power supply, which will make use of existing local grid electricity. This, according to Konecranes, results in less noise, no local exhaust, and reduced operational costs.According to Ulf Stenberg, managing director of Uddevalla Hamnterminal, the terminal needed additional lifting equipment for project cargo and container handling as a result the expanding business in the region.www.konecranes.comwww.uddevalla-hamn.selast_img

Mayfair solicitor suspended for anti-money laundering failures

first_imgA solicitor with a client base in Russia and Ukraine has been suspended for nine months by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal after failing to instate anti-money laundering safeguards.Natalia Levinzon, admitted in 2007, accepted that she did not have an appropriate anti-money laundering policy in place; that she failed to ensure there was a firm-wide risk assessment; that she did not apply enhanced due diligence measures; that she failed to conduct ongoing monitoring; and that she breached SRA accounts rules.According to the disciplinary judgment, Levinzon was a partner at Mayfair-based Alexander Dobrovinksky & Partners LLP – which closed last year – at the relevant time. She told the regulator in an interview that there was no risk assessment of the firm or of client matters because ‘they knew 99% of their clients who were family or friends’.On the question of ongoing monitoring, a statement of agreed facts said that Levinzon did not adequately investigate the source of funds for the purchase of certain properties, where there were ‘red flag indicators including in respect of geographic risk and corporate funding expenditure’.‘The client demographic for the files reviewed by the Forensic Investigation Officer was predominantly Russian and the Ukraine,’ the statement said. ‘On the matters which Ms Levinzon handed for these clients, funds were used to purchase properties from companies based in Dubai, the British Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Nevis and Cyprus. Those facts… should have led Ms Levinzon to ensure that she conducted adequate ongoing monitoring,’ it said.The firm had been subject of a previous forensic investigation in 2015, when Levinzon was issued with a written rebuke and a fine. Levinzon accepted that this was an aggravating factor as ‘previous failings were repeated’.The tribunal ordered that Levinzon be suspended from practice as a solicitor for nine months from 14 July 2020. It also ordered that she pay costs of £10,000.The tribunal added that for two years Levinzon cannot be a manager or owner of any authorised body; be a partner or member of an authorised body; hold or receive client money; or be a head of legal practice/compliance officer for legal practice or a head of finance and administration/compliance officer for finance.last_img read more

La Réunion picks tram-train concessionaire

first_imgFRANCE: The regional council in La Réunion selected the Tram’Tiss consortium as preferred bidder for the PPP concession to develop the Indian Ocean island’s ambitious interurban tram-train route on August 13. Led by Bouygues, Bombardier and Veolia, the consortium also includes Colas, local architects and financial partners such as AXA and Société Générale. Tram’Tiss was preferred to the rival Run Ram consortium led by Vinci, Alstom and Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. Valued at around €1·6bn, the concession covers the construction and operation of the initial 40 km section of the coastal route, linking Sante-Marie and the airport to the east of the capital Saint-Denis with Le Port and Saint-Paul in the northwest. With 28 stops, the line is to be worked by a fleet of 20 LRVs, which would be 40 m long with a capacity of 265 passengers. It is expected to open in 2014, and carry around 45 000 passengers/day. Promoted by the President of the regional council, Paul Vergès, the tram-train project was allocated €435m by former transport minister Dominique de Villepin in 2007. Further funding may come from the government’s economic stimulus package, and the EU is expected to contribute €200m. The project failed to receive its Declaration of Public Utility in April following concerns over a 600 m section of the route through Saint-Denis, but following further studies another public enquiry is to be held in October. In the longer term, Vergès envisages that the tram-train route would be extended eastwards from Sante-Marie to Saint-André and Saint-Benoît, and along the island’s west and south coasts from Saint-Paul to Saint-Louis, Saint-Pierre and Saint-Joseph.last_img read more

New line to Bamako

first_imgSENEGAL: Speaking in Thiès on January 5, President Abdoulaye Wade announced the construction of a standard gauge route between Dakar and Bamako in Mali that would enable Senegal ‘to be at forefront of progress, with electric trains’. In the meantime, a major upgrading and construction programme would be launched on the 1000 mm gauge network during 2012, focusing on the Dakar – Saint-Louis and Ziguinchor – Tambacounda routes. ‘The rehabilitation of the Dakar – Thiès route is already in hand, as well as the construction of 42 km of railway between Mekhé and Diogo’, said the president. The acquisition of 12 rakes of new coaches would boost passenger traffic on the existing Dakar – Bamako route, he added.last_img

Cable & Wireless announces John Reid, CEO to step down

first_img 65 Views   no discussions Press ReleaseMIAMI, FL – December 12, 2017 – Cable & Wireless Communications (“C&W”) today announced that John Reid will step down from the position of CEO in early 2018. An announcement on C&W’s incoming CEO will be made in due course, and until that time, Reid will remain in the post and will support the transition to new leadership.Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, parent company of C&W said: “John has been an exceptional leader for us, steering Cable & Wireless through significant changes and transformation; we have valued John’s dedication and energy and wish him the very best for the future.”Reid has been an industry leader for more than 29 years in Canada and for the past 13 years across the Caribbean and Latin America. At Columbus Communications and then with the merger with Cable & Wireless, Reid played a key role in building the region’s leading full service communications and entertainment provider. Most recently, John was also instrumental in the integration of C&W with Liberty Global, which is due to deliver $150m in synergies, as well as readying the company to be part of Liberty Global’s Latin America and Caribbean operation, which is due to be split-off next month. During his tenure at C&W, Reid has driven the transformation of the business to focus on delivering an unparalleled customer experience leading to improved performance and efficiency, as well as the implementation of growth strategies for the Company’s mobile, residential, business and wholesale segments. In October 2016, Reid was recognized by leading intelligence source, Global Telecom Business, as one of the top five leaders from the Caribbean and Latin America in GTB’s Power 100. Commenting, Reid said: “It has been a great privilege to lead C&W through the integration with Columbus and more recently with Liberty Global. With the planned split-off of Liberty Latin America, now is the right time to let new leadership take the business through its exciting next chapter. I am proud of what we have achieved during my tenure; with our focus on delivering an unparalleled customer experience starting to translate into performance momentum, and a talented new leadership team in place, C&W is ready for its next phase of growth.” Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img BusinessNewsRegional Cable & Wireless announces John Reid, CEO to step down by: – December 14, 2017 Share Tweetlast_img read more

Injury-hit Alab beats Indonesia in ASEAN league

first_imgSan Miguel Beer-Alab Pilipinas’ Justin Brownlee scores on a one-hander dunk against CLS Indonesia. SPIN.PH MANILA – San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas survived the exit of Renaldo Balkman to score an 84-67 victory over CLS Indonesia in the ASEAN Basketball League at the Caloocan Sports Complex.Bobby Ray Parks Jr. led the way with 21 points and five rebounds while Justin Brownlee added 15 markers for Alab, which moved to a joint third place in the standings with a 13-6 win-loss card.The Wednesday night victory was costly for Alab. Balkman hurt his ankle in the second period, joining veterans Joshua Urbiztondo and Robby Celiz in the team’s injured list.“As far as we know it’s just an ankle sprain,” Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag said Wednesday. “But he’s a tough guy. I’m sure he’ll be all right.” Alab had a strong start in the opening quarter for an early 24-12 advantage. Indonesians tried to rally back in the second period but Brownlee answered with timely shots for a 44-33 halftime lead.In the third period Alab started to pull away behind locals Parks and Lawrence Domingo to increase the lead 71-49 and push it to as high as 24 points in the final frame on a Brownlee basket.Former PBA imports Brian Williams finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds and Shane Edwards added 17 for the Indonesian side, which got eliminated from the playoffs with the loss./PNlast_img read more

Nakada expected to take over as Japan women’s volleyball coach

first_img KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES In recent days, the Japan Volleyball Association’s women’s development committee settled on Nakada as the primary candidate to replace the outgoing 53-year-old Manabe. A formal decision is expected to be made by the board of directors on Oct. 25.Nakada, a longtime standout on the national team, won a bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. She has managed Hisamitsu since 2012, and has won three league titles and four Japan championships. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Masayoshi Manabe, who managed the Japan women’s volleyball team to an Olympic bronze medal, will step down and likely be replaced by Kumi Nakada, a source said Wednesday.The 51-year-old Nakada, a former setter for the national team, is currently in charge of the Hisamitsu Springs team in the women’s Premier League and will be the first woman to oversee the women’s national team. Masayoshi Manabe, Japan Volleyball Association, 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Kumi Nakada last_img read more

Bale’s Madrid future again in doubt

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Gareth Bale’s future is once again in doubt.The Welsh winger travelled to London with the permission of Real Madrid to see his agent this week, reigniting speculation about a possible departure after coach Zinedine Zidane said in July that it would be best for the player and the club to part ways.Zidane has since backtracked and said Bale is an important player for him, but the damage was done to the public image of their relationship.Bale was in the British capital on Tuesday, and Spanish television broadcaster Cuatro filmed him arriving to see his agent, Jonathan Barnett. Barnett told Cuatro that their meeting was “private”.When asked if Bale was happy at Madrid, Barnett said: “Ecstatic.”Bale did not answer questions from journalists at the airport.Bale has missed three matches with a left-calf injury he picked up in a European Championship qualifier with Wales more than two weeks ago. Zidane did not include Bale in his line-up for Wednesday’s 5-0 win over Leganés.Zidane also dropped the Welshman from his squad for two matches before he was injured.Otherwise, he has scored two goals – both in a 2-2 draw with Villarreal – in seven appearances this season.“A lot of things are said, and we think that Bale is a player who is here, who puts in a lot of effort and trains well,” Zidane said Tuesday. “He’s important for this squad and for the club. When he’s not available, he’s not available because he’s got something, and that’s it.”Zidane said Bale had not told him why he needed to go to London and had received permission to do so directly from the club.“He’s never talked about leaving,” Zidane said. “He stayed in the summer, and it’s better for everyone. He’s here, and he’s happy to be here. It’s impossible to lose the desire. I don’t think about offers coming in.”Those words of support contrast with Zidane’s statements during the offseason, when he said the club was close to transferring Bale and that it would be “the best for everyone”.That move never materialised. There were rumours of a Chinese club willing to match or improve his annual salary of €15 million. The other clubs, particularly the richest English teams, were considered the most likely candidates to offer a new destination for Bale.Madrid paid a then world-record €100 millions for Bale to pry him from Tottenham in 2013. GOAL HIGHLIGHTS He has delivered some amazing goals on the biggest stages. He romped down the field to score the late winner against Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey, and his stunning bicycle kick for the first of his two goals in the 2018 Champions League final victory over Liverpool is one Madrid’s faithful will never forget.Otherwise, his stint at Madrid has been plagued by nagging injuries, and many fans have lost patience with his regularly uninspired performances.Bale had his opportunity to claim the status as Madrid’s leader when Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus. Instead, he and the rest of his teammates have failed to replace the Portugal forward’s missing goals.Now, following his London excursion, the pressure is back on Bale and Madrid to clarify their plans with the transfer window opening in two months.last_img read more