BDP Project Logistics opens Aberdeen office

first_img“We are delighted to be formally extending our Aberdeen presence into BDP’s European footprint,” said Luc Van Heygen, BDP Project Logistics managing director for the Americas and Europe. “The ‘Oil Capital of Europe and Gateway to the North Sea’, as it’s sometimes referred to, has been under our due diligence for some time. The most compelling data from our research has revealed logistics / transportation decision-makers in the oil and gas sector here are looking above and beyond one-size-fits-all service solutions.The very nature of the industry necessitates a much more intensive customer service business model; a more high-touch, high-speed premium service experience for front line decision-makers who need and expect more.”Crawford Hendy (seen below), branch manager, and Marc Clarke, sales manager, bring to BDP more than 45 years of experience in the North Sea sector. Hendy has been involved in freight forwarding in the region for more than 30 years. Clarke has more than 15 years of both operational and sales experience in the North Sea, Middle East and African markets. Significantly both men have worked for major oil and gas companies.With the support of BDP’s global network of more than 140 offices in over 120 countries, the Aberdeen office will offer a full range of ocean, air, charter and road freight services. In addition to traditional freight forwarding activities, it will provide third-party warehousing, domestic and international distribution, on- and off-site packing and crating, customs consulting, and assistance with legal documentation. The newly established office complements and completes the global BDP Oil and Gas organisation, which has a strategic presence with competency centres in all major deployment hubs, including Houston, Aberdeen, Dubai and Singapore.The Aberdeen office will play a key role in developing the hub and region, while offering a hub-and-spoke solution for its UK oil and gas clients, exporting to and importing from the Gulf of Mexico, South America, the Caspian Sea, the North Sea, CIS, Middle East, West Africa and Asia. By channeling cargoes through regional hubs, it will coordinate deliveries to mainline ports and airports, as well as inland destinations.The address of the new office is: BDP Project Logistics, Caledonian House, Lawson Drive, Dyce, Aberdeen, United Kingdom AB21 0DR. Tel: +44 1224 796650 Fax: +44 1224 796651 Email: crawford.hendy@bdpprojects.comlast_img read more

Port of Vancouver, USA welcomes M/V Pac Suhail on maiden voyage

first_imgCaptain Capt. Corbeanu Gheorghe of Romania and his 21-member crew were greeted by Gary Martinke, port manager for Inchcape Shipping Services, and port representatives Lars Uglum, Katie Odem, Mark Newell, Rena Bellamy and Victoria Averett.Having sailed from Samarinda, Indonesia, the multi-purpose container and bulk carrier unloaded windmill components for Nordex USA, Inc.Pictured, from left: Rena Bellamy and Victoria Averett, Port of Vancouver; Gary Martinke, Inchcape Shipping Services; Capt. Corbeanu Gheorghe, M/V Pac Suhail; Lars Uglum and Mark Newell, Port of Vancouver.www.portvanusa.comlast_img read more

Government-sponsored panel launched to make UK ‘LawTech capital’

first_imgSupercharging innovation in the legal technology industry will be the focus of a review by a new panel that aims to make the UK the ’perfect’ destination for LawTech companies. The LawTech Delivery Panel, launched at today’s LegalGeek conference and co-sponsored by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Law Society, will tackle challenges in areas including: regulation; ethics; commercial dispute resolution; and education and training.Speaking at the conference, Law Society President Christina Blacklaws said: ’England and Wales is already a jurisdiction of choice for legal services and we hope to be the same for LawTech businesses. Working with the industry is a priority for the panel. We want to understand their goals and how government, industry and legal professionals can help them get there.’The panel includes Sir Geoffrey Vos, chancellor of the High Court, and professor Richard Susskind. Lord Keen of Elie, the Lords spokesperson for the MoJ, is also on the panel, as is Blacklaws.Lord Keen said: ‘I’ve seen first-hand the cutting-edge initiatives already underway across the country to develop a legal services sector in which new technology can thrive. That is why I am delighted to be working closely with partners across the industry to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the global LawTech revolution.’last_img read more

Tarragona bypass contracts

first_imgSPAIN: The Ministry of Development has awarded contracts totalling €205m for a connection between the Valencia – Barcelona route and the Madrid – Barcelona high speed line, replacing single track through built-up areas between Vandellós and Tarragona.A joint venture of FCC Construcción, Copasa and Coalvi has been awarded a tracklaying contract worth €1298m. The route will be 1668 mm gauge as far as a gauge-changing facility near a new Tarragona Central station, with a 2·3 km spur to the existing Reus – Tarragona route. Electrification is to be undertaken by Cobra, Elecnor and SEMI for €548m. Four substations will be required for the 1668 mm gauge line electrified at 3 kV DC, while the standard gauge section has been designed for 25 kV. Azvi and Copisa will build a €204m station at Cambrils on a viaduct 126 m across, widening to 28 m in the station area to accommodate two platforms.last_img read more

Commonwealth Secretary General Defends Track Record

first_imgInternationalNewsPolitics Commonwealth Secretary General Defends Track Record by: – February 21, 2020 Tweet Share Share 165 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share (Jamaica Observer) – Embattled Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland yesterday defended her track record amid reports that she may not be granted an automatic second term when her current term ends in March.Earlier this month Britain suspended its funding for the Commonwealth Secretariat after Baroness Scotland was criticised by internal auditors for awarding a lucrative consultancy contract to a company run by a friend.Auditors also said that the secretariat waived procurement rules no less than on 50 occasions over a three-year period.However, she told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) yesterday that “there are a number of misconceptions and it is very unfortunate that a number of stories have been posted which are inaccurate and fallacious”.She maintained that the proper procedure was followed when the contract was awarded to fellow Labour peer Lord Patel.“The procurement process was absolutely adhered to. When I came into office on the first of April I was not responsible for the process that had gone before me. I was advised by the then Australian DSG (deputy secretary general) who I had total faith in, and I still have total faith in, that the process that was being adopted was the right process,” Scotland told CMC.Some Commonwealth countries, including Britain, have suspended voluntary contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat in the wake of the audit report.London has withheld its funding of £4.7 million, joining New Zealand and Australia in doing so until the secretariat’s financial systems are tightened up and tested by external auditors.The Commonwealth Secretariat is the central administrative hub for the intergovernmental organisation that comprises 54 countries – many of them former British colonies – and encompasses almost a third of the world’s population.But the 64-year-old Commonwealth Secretary-General said, “I have been told and I can only believe what countries tell me, is that they wanted to have certain issues clarified before the money could be sent forward.“They gave six issues last month; five of those issues have already been dealt with, and one more remains which will be completed by the end of this month. So I hope that any proper impediment that people might have thought was in the way will be absolutely moved.”She also defended the secretariat’s performance under her leadership as “the most transparent and accountable system of any international organisation.“We have just posted on the [Commonwealth] website all of our data. This is the most transparent and accountable system I think of any international organisation. I don’t know that anyone else is doing what we’re doing, and I’m very proud that for each of the years I have been secretary general, our auditors have given us a totally clean audit. Our audit from our auditors is also online for anyone to look at,” she said.last_img read more

Jon Jones Continues to Lose to the Man he Faces in the Mirror!

first_img Related TopicsDaniel CormierJon JonesMMAUFCUFC 200 NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio – Tiger Woods cheated on his wife. Pete Rose gambled on the game. There s a pretty good chance that Barry Bonds took steroids and Babe Ruth had a drinking problem. Michael Jordan liked to gamble and may have even resulted in the death of his father. (urban legend). Jim Brown hung a woman out of the window by her ankles. All these men are the greatest in their sports history, all these men are also troubled by a checkered past. Once again, another sport with it’s greatest athlete in trouble, for reasons and causes only he himself, could have prevented.Jon Jones has zero legit losses on his record and has beaten more hall of famers and legends then anyone in the history of the sport. Jones is the greatest pound for pound fighter in the history of MMA. His biggest wins have come against Shogun Rua, Lyoto Machida, Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Glover Teixeira, Vitor Belfort, and Ryan Bader.He had defended the title 8 straight times before he was stripped of it. His only challenge was against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September of 2013. No one else has ever come close to even pushing him. He dominated DC in their previous bout at UFC 182.Just days after I was impressed by the incredible effort of Johnny “Bones” Jones at UFC 182, I sat there saddened as the news had just broke that he failed his pre fight drug test.He didn’t fail for it the normal reason most fighters do however, it was shocking to discover that he failed it because traces of cocaine were found in his system. This is not only a fail for the fighter, but also a giant letdown for his legions of fans. He tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the primary metabolite of cocaine.A week after his first test, Jones was tested again. He passed the second test, which meant that the cocaine metabolite was out of his system before the fight. When the news was made public, Jones went into rehab for one night. He was fined $25,000 on January 17 for violating the UFC’s Athlete Code of Conduct policy.UFC President and voice of the organization, Dana White, wasted no time going into immediate damage control and showed full support for his fighter when he released these comments earlier that evening,“I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility. I’m confident that he’ll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is.”Jones would check out after just one day.It was just the latest of several incidents with Jones inside and outside of the cage that had many wondering if the wunderkind can handle the pressures of fame at such a young age. He had been criticized by fans and media for repeatedly poking his opponents in the eyes.He was arrested on May 19, 2012, for driving his Bentley Continental GT into a pole in Binghamton, New York. He later plead guilty to DUI charges.He just always seemed to be at the heart of drama and couldn’t seem to keep his nose clean. Despite being the greatest MMA fighter in the history of the sport, fans and friends worried about him because of his dangerous ways outside of the cage.Jones was stripped of the title only a short while later when his bad boy ways simply wouldn’t stop. On April 27, 2015, it was confirmed by police in Albuquerque, New Mexico that Jones was being sought in connection with a hit-and-run early the previous morning. Jones was alleged to have run a red light and crashed his rental car in a collision involving two other vehicles. Jones allegedly fled the scene of the crash on foot, leaving an injured pregnant woman behind in another vehicle.Paperwork found in the car was under the name of “Jonathan Jones”. Inside the silver Buick SUV, law enforcement found a pipe of marijuana with marijuana inside of it. An arrest warrant was issued against Jones and surrender arrangements were made between law enforcement and Jones’ lawyers. Dana White and the UFC had seen enough, and despite his talent in the cage, simply couldn’t allow him to get away with any more. The UFC stripped Jones of the title, removed him from the official rankings, and suspended him indefinitely. Just like that, the greatest fighter in the history of the sport was without his title.After over a year on the sidelines, Jones apparently cleaned up his act and returned to the Cage at UFC 197 on April 23, 2016 where he defeated opponent Ovince St. Preux to win the UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Title. This also set up the rematch with Cormier for UFC 200.As recently as two hours ago, it stood to be the greatest rematch in UFC history, and only a little over 48 hours away. Both men were healthy, nothing should have kept it from happening, and then the wheel came off the car, AGAIN!Per Jeff Novitzky. He has been flagged by USADA stemming from a test on 6/16.Just like that his road to redemption ends, and his claim to be the greatest ever hits another roadblock. Once again, not because of anyone he faced in the cage, but because of the toughest competitor he has had his entire life, the man looking back at him in the mirror everyday. At this point, we can only hope that Jones gets his act together soon, as with his talent he has all the tools to be the biggest role model in sports. No one, and I mean no one, wants to see this young phenomena turn into the next Mike Tyson.You can follow Vince McKee on twitter at VinceTheAuthor Vince McKeelast_img read more

Breaking Down The 2017 MLB Homerun Derby

first_imgAaron Judge, RF, New York YankeesCareer HRs: 31 | single-season high: 29 (current season) | 2017 HRs: 29 Will you be tuning in?  Let us know in the comment section below as we are very interested to see if this event is as popular as it once was.  Let us know your thoughts!  For more on each player see below for the breakdown of their totals coming into tonight. Vince McKee Justin Bour, 1B, Miami MarlinsCareer HRs: 57 | single-season high: 23 (2015) | 2017 HRs: 18 Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City RoyalsCareer HRs: 103 | single-season high: 25 (current season) | 2017 HRs: 25 Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota TwinsCareer HRs: 63 | single-season high: 25 (2016) | 2017 HRs: 20 Giancarlo Stanton, RF, Miami MarlinsCareer HRs: 229 | single-season high: 37 (2012, 2014) | 2017 HRs: 23center_img Charlie Blackmon, CF, Colorado RockiesCareer HRs: 92 | single-season high: 29 (2016) | 2017 HRs: 18 Tonight from Miami, Florida, it will be the 2017 MLB Homerun Derby.  An event that is always the kickoff of All Star Week.The bracket for tonight’s event has been released and can be seen below. Gary Sanchez, C, New York YankeesCareer HRs: 33 | single-season high: 20 (2016) | 2017 HRs: 13 Related Topics2017 MLB Home Run DerbyAaron JudgeGiancarlo StantonMLBMLB All Star Game Cody Bellinger, LF, Los Angeles DodgersCareer HRs: 24 | single-season high: 24 (current season) | 2017 HRs: 24last_img read more

FBI Seeks Information in Anchorage Robbery of Armored Car

first_imgReports came in to the Anchorage Police Department around 11:20 am Wednesday that two armed, black male adults robbed the vehicle in the parking lot of Wells Fargo on Debarr Road. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking information about two armed suspects who robbed an armored truck in an Anchorage bank parking lot Wednesday morning. Two images were released this afternoon depicting one suspect in gray sweatshirts and sweat pants and the other in a similar black outfit, both with what look like white painting masks covering portions of their faces. The men are pictured walking away from the truck, one carrying the black cash bag.The FBI is leading the investigation and ask that anyone with information relay it to  the FBI at 907-276-4441 or the Anchorage Police Department at 907-786-8900.  You may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or on-line at read more

KSRM Week In Review 6/26-6/30

first_imgSoldotna To Discuss The Use Of Electronic Devices While Driving As A Minor Offense, Special Session Stalled On Oil Tax Bill, East Fork Fire Temporary Flight Restriction Still In Place Borough Assembly Denies Name Adoption Of Local Ridgeline, Alaska Volcano Sends Up Ash Cloud From Aleutian Islands, Special Session Stalled On Oil Tax Bill, Alaska, Prodded By Suit, Enacting New Abortion Regulations, Senate Republican Leaders Postpone Vote On Overhaul To Affordable Care Act Wednesday 6/28 Tuesday 6/27 Senate Healthcare Bill Gives Big Costs To Alaskans, City Of Kenai Having Appraisals Done On Field Of Flowers Governor Walker Discusses Alaska’s Vast Energy Opportunities With President Trump, Alaska Is About To Have One Less Blockbuster, Senate Majority Offers Path To End Oil & Gas Cash Payments, Sarah Palin Sues Paper For Tying Her PAC Ad To Mass Shooting, New Sightings Of Lake Iliamna Monster Friday 6/30 Thursday 6/29 Strengthening The Addiction Treatment Workforce Act, Road Construction From Skilak Lake To Sterling, Beginning On July 1st Monday 6/26 FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week.last_img read more

Veteran Devon Smith not putting himself under no pressure to perform

first_img…as he prepares for his first Test match in three yearsPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Veteran left-hander Devon Smith says he is putting himself under no pressure to perform, as he prepares to play his first Test in three years starting here tomorrow.The 36-year-old said in the past he had often placed too much pressure on himself but had since matured and learnt how to enjoy his cricket, and this was the attitude he would be taking into the three-match series against Sri Lanka.“I’ll just go out there and enjoy my cricket. I think now I enjoy my cricket more than before,” Smith told reporters here Monday during a practice session.“I used to put much more pressure on myself, thinking about [being dropped] and if I was going to make runs and whatever was going to happen, but I’ve put all that behind me and I just go out there and be positive.”He added: “There’s all to gain, nothing to lose.”An opener, Smith has averaged 24 in an underwhelming 38-Test career but forced his way back into the selectors frame with heaving scoring in the last first class season, when he carved out a chart-topping 1095 runs at an average of 84 with six centuries.He was also the leading batsman in the 2015-16 campaign with 719 runs and one of only seven batsmen to pass 600 runs the following season.Smith said nothing much had changed about his game other than his hunger for big scores and trying to capitalise on starts.“It’s just that when I get starts I try and carry on and try to bat for as long as possible,” the Grenadian explained.“I scored six centuries – you score five you try to get one more. Scoring runs, it motivates you to push for more.”He continued: The first thing I have to do is get a start. Once I get a start I can, I can consolidate and so on. Scoring runs is a matter of occupying the crease and once you occupy the crease, there’s the possibility that runs will come and I’ll take it from there.“I’ve been hitting the ball good in the nets so far so I just hope to continue from where I left off in the four-day [championship].”The series for West Indies will be first one since the disastrous tour of New Zealand where they failed to win a single match across all three formats.Also, the Caribbean side will be facing Sri Lanka for the first time since their drubbing three years ago when they lost by an innings in Galle and 72 runs in Colombo.However, Smith said the mood in the side was upbeat and they were very motivated heading into the series.“The mood is very good. I think the guys are up for it,” he noted. “The guys are very motivated. The guys are just waiting for the day to reach to go out there and execute their skills.”The first Test will be played at Queen’s Park Oval, with the second carded for the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground from June 14-18.Kensington Oval in Barbados will host the final one, the first-ever day/night Test to be played in the Caribbean, from June 23-27.last_img read more