Goodman on track for Bristol Temple Meads site

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Deloitte Digital computes move to Clerkenwell

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Tekmar Names New Chairman

first_imgAn offshore cable protection company, Tekmar Energy, has bolstered its senior management team with the appointment of a new chairman.High profile industry figure Ally MacDonald takes up the post. With 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and a background in engineering, MacDonald brings a wealth of knowledge to the role where he will help to further drive forward Tekmar’s business growth.He joins Tekmar after five years of executive management positions at Wellstream, which was acquired by GE Oil & Gas during 2011. Prior to that, MacDonald spent 19 years with Technip and was Managing Director of their DUCO umbilicals business. An engineer by trade, he graduated with an honours degree in mechanical engineering.MacDonald said: “It is an attractive challenge to be joining an ambitious company which, through its industry-leading technology and established track record, has significant opportunities to continue to expand and evolve. The company has enjoyed an exceptional growth story to date and I look forward to helping to build on this success and further develop the business.”Founded in 1985, Tekmar initially specialised in oil and gas before expanding into the offshore renewables industry when it developed bespoke cable protection systems for cables connecting wind turbines. The company recently announced that it has further enhanced its oil and gas industry offering, whilst maintaining its leading position in offshore renewables.Chief Executive James Richie said: “Attracting someone with Ally’s experience and status in the energy industry is a great coup for the team at Tekmar. His depth of knowledge and network of contacts, combined with his engineering background, will be pivotal to helping to accelerate business growth across both oil and gas and offshore wind.“Tekmar’s business strategy is underpinned by its clear vision to deliver high value solutions to the energy industry. We are committed to helping to drive down costs and minimise risk of subsea cabling in offshore wind as well as to become a market-leading supplier of specialist protection systems for the oil and gas subsea umbilicals risers and flowlines (SURF) sector.” [mappress]Press Release, September 24, 2013last_img read more

Sarens’ synchronised success

first_imgSarens deployed nine telescopic cranes with lifting capacities ranging from 40-100 tons (36.3-90.7 tonnes), plus two of the client’s existing cranes to complete the lift.Two challenges that the team faced were limited visibility and confined working conditions.The cranes had to simultaneously lift and hold up the pipe without any visual aids, with the guidance of the lifting supervisor. The gas tube was slowly inserted into the pipe shaft and pulled through the tunnel on the other side of the Albert Canal.The pipeline previously ran across a nearby bridge but had to be repositioned following the bridge’s reconstruction. www.sarens.comlast_img

Qatar integrated rail project launches in May

first_imgQATAR: Next month is due to see the formal launch of the ‘integrated rail project’, with Qatar Railway Development Co holding an industry day to provide details of the proposed network which is provisionally costed at 130bn riyals.QRDC is a 51:49 joint venture of state-owned property development group Qatari Diar and DB International which was formed to manage the railway project. It expects to start procurement in June with the aim of beginning construction in 2012, according to Business Development Director Geoff Mee. The network is due to be completed around 2026, although key sections will be ready in time for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.last_img


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInNext week is Armed Forces Week and Dumfries and Galloway Council will be raising Armed Forces Flags at flag flying points throughout Dumfries and Galloway on Monday 20th June .If you wish to go along and show your support at these events the times and locations are listed belowNithsdaleMidsteeple, Dumfries10amAnnandale and Eskdale Annan Town Hall9.50amStewartryMarket Hill, Castle Douglas10amWigtownshire Castle Square, Stranraer4pm(There will be a flag lowering at Castle Square on 27 June at 4pm too)last_img

Constitutional Court in Zimbabwe outlaws child marriages

first_imgZimbabwe’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that marriage before the age of 18 is illegal.This is a development that has been described as a victory in the campaign for gender equality and it also means that sections of Zimbabwe’s Marriage Act are rendered unconstitutional.The unprecedented ruling by the court followed an application by two women, Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi, who sought to have the legal age of marriage moved to 18 for both men and women.The two young women were just girls when they were married and gave birth for the first time.Ruvimbo Tsopodzi, now 20, was 15 when she had to get married. She was forced to leave the marriage and return to her parents’ home after suffering emotional and physical abuse, she told the court in a signed affidavit.“My life is hell at the moment and cannot be wished on anyone else,” Tsopodzi’s testimony said.“Raising a child when you are a child yourself is excruciating and painful,” said Loveness Mudzuru, who was also married at 15, and had two children by the age of 19.The landmark court case was spearheaded by former Finance minister Tendai Biti, now an independent practising lawyer. It generated much interest among activists across the country who have pinned their hopes on eradicating child marriages“It is a great day for women and the girl child,” said Tendai Biti, the lawyer who represented the two women. “Parliament should now legislate for tougher jail sentences.”Part of the ruling says: “No person, male or female, in Zimbabwe may enter into any marriage, including an unregistered customary law union or any other union, including one arising out of religion or a religious rite, before attaining the age of 18.”“The progressive decision is a mark that the Zimbabwe Constitutional Court is building up a body of constitutional jurisprudence which will also be quoted in other jurisdictions and should assist the Africa-wide campaign against child marriage,” Veritas said in a statement after the Court ruling.Veritas, a non-governmental organisation that monitors parliamentary activities, said the ruling was a major milestone in Zimbabwe’s legal history.Zimbabwe has a high number of child brides through marriages contracted under customary norms. Such underage marriages are also common among religious sects.A third of Zimbabwean women aged 20 to 49 told the Zimbabwe’s National Statistics Agency that they married before the age of 18, a Human Rights Watch report said in November last year. Girls as young as 12 were married off due to poverty or religious and customary practices, the group said.Sometimes children are married off supposedly to appease “avenging spirits” in some local traditions.According to reports, 31 per cent of girls in Zimbabwe are married before they reach 18 years.Other reasons for child marriages include poverty in a country where only 11 per cent of the population is gainfully employed.Malawi’s parliament also recently passed a law that makes it illegal for people to marry before the age of 18.Similar legal interventions are being discussed in Zambia where child marriages are prevalent.last_img read more

DBF Hosts Private Sector Forum 2017

first_imgBusinessLocalNews DBF Hosts Private Sector Forum 2017 by: – January 30, 2017 Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Press ReleaseRoseau, Dominica – The Dominica Business Forum (DBF) hosts a Private Sector Forum on February 10th at the Fort Young Hotel from 8:30am to 5:00pm. This one-day forum is designed for the inclusion of the entire private sector of Dominica to bring together members of its’ partner organizations, and non-members, seeking to strategize the way forward for our private sector and our contribution to the economic development of Dominica.The Forum includes presentations on: the Citizenship By Investment Programme as it relates to the Dominica Private Sector, presented by the Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit; an overview of the Private Sector by a private sector business person; the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF) by theCGF Secretariat on the intentions and economic growth opportunities for Dominica; initiatives DOMLEC, as our electricity provider, have undertaken to contribute to the development of the private sector; an overview of our agricultural industry and its private sector role in relation; andhighlights, concerns and recommendations from the telecommunication sector and how the NTRC aids in the development and direction of the private sector.The partners of the DBF – Dominica Employers’ Federation (DEF), the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA), the Dominica Coalition of Service Industries (DCSI), the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC), the Dominica Manufacturers’ Association (DMA),the Dominica Builders and Contractors Association (BCAD) and the OECS Business Council (OBC), will present on their sub-sectors to foster better understanding on their various functions in creating the development of Dominica’s private sector.The Forum will conclude with discussion to formulate a strategic roadmap for the economic development of the private sector.The expectations of the forum are:1. To establish linkages among the private sector2. To strengthen the Business Service Organisations through increased membership and involvement3. To identify the challenges and opportunities for the private sector, devising a strategy address and embrace these4. To recognize the critical role the private sector plays within the economy as it relates to job creation, revenue and social contributions.5. To highlight the importance of the private sector as an indispensable partner to the public sector6. To understand the need for a vibrant private sector capable of engaging in fostering strategic alliances within itself, with the public sector and abroad in realizing beneficial trading relationships7. To promote successful private sector enterprises and the establishment of a mechanism to reward and encourage entrepreneurs.The DBF’s goal for this Forum is to fulfill the varied roles each BSO represents to create an enhanced environment for operating successful and economically viable businesses in Dominica.Registration for the Forum is open. Participants may register through their respective representative organization or through the Dominica Coalition of Service Industries. Deadline for registration is Friday 3rd February, 2017.Please contact the Dominica Coalition of Service Industries at DEXIA Building or call 266- 4092 for further information. 164 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

FCC to Explore the use of 5.9 GHz Band for Wi-Fi Growth

first_imgSpeaking at a recent event “THE ROAD TO GIGABIT WI-FI” hosted by new America Foundation Washington, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said that the 5.9 GHz band is our best near shot for having more WiFi and called for tests to ensure that it can be effectively used for this purpose. She added that we need a place for Wi-Fi to grow and the 5.9 GHz band, or more precisely the 5850-5925 MHz band, is an ideal place to explore Wi-Fi expansion.  It’s adjacent to an existing band of unlicensed spectrum in 5725-5825 MHz.Back in 1999, the FCC set aside the 5.9 GHz band for the automotive industry. Since that time, efforts have been underway to use this spectrum to develop technology that can reduce car crashes and improve roadway safety.  This system, known as Dedicated Short Range Communications Service, is designed to have cars talk to each other in real time in order to reduce driving accidents. But this technology is still in the developmental stage.Jessica Rosenworcel informed us that the FCC has reached an agreement for new tests for shared operations in the 5.9 GHz band. But they still have to come up with a roadmap for this task. This will be a huge step towards using our spectrum resources in a better way and for building a more connected future.last_img read more

Industry’s First Network Test Solution to Validate 5G Performance

first_imgCobham Wireless has announced the availability of its new network test solution for validating 5G network performance. The TM500 5G test solution provides operators and network equipment manufacturers with a scalable system to test network performance as experienced by end users.The test system simulates multiple devices connecting to a 5G network, modelling real world conditions. When used in combination with Cobham Wireless’ application emulation and security performance solution, it provides a complete, end-to-end 5G test solution for the market.The TM500 solution facilitates the transition from legacy to future standards, in line with the industry’s progression to 5G. With flexible deployment options, it allows the user to upgrade or adapt functionality and test parameters, tailoring the solution to specific scenarios and requirements.The test solution supports key 5G technologies and is compatible with pre-3GPP standards which are currently in development. It can validate new 5G features such as carrier aggregation and beamforming, and is capable of verifying networks operating across multiple radio frequencies in the mmWave and sub-6GHz bands.The TM500 Test Solution is used by almost all the major network equipment manufacturers and operators across the world. It is considered to be the de facto standard for RAN network testingfor 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G. Click here to learn more.last_img read more