SeaBird Exploration Plc announces that it has been awarded work for approximately USD 16 million in the South America region with the vessel Osprey Explorer. In addition, the Hawk Explorer has now moved to Uruguay and commenced a 4,000 km survey for Spectrum. This survey will be covered under the current framework agreement.As previously announced, SeaBird will begin the Snospurv survey in the Barents Sea within the next few days. Phase 1 of the Snospurv project is 6,000 km. The survey will be executed with the vessel Harrier Explorer.SeaBird is a global provider of marine acquisition for 2D/3D and 4D seismic data, and associated products and services to the oil and gas industry. SeaBird specializes in high quality operations within the high end of the source vessel and 2D market, as well as in the shallow/deep water 2D/3D and 4D market.[mappress]May 28, 2013
During May, HLPFI reported the terminal would be run by the EMS subsidiary company, EMS Albanian Port Operator Shpk (EMS APO) (http://www.heavyliftpfi.com/news/ems-to-run-durres-terminal.html). “Over the next months we will together with Durres Port Authority continuously work on our common aim to improve the facilities of the East Terminal,” said Manfred Müller, managing director of EMS APO.EMS APO plans to deepen the shipping channel to 11 m that will allow the berthing of vessels up to 55,000 dwt, and Müller says he is confident that the Albanian authorities will start the necessary preliminary works to tender the dredging.”Albania is rich in metals and metallic ores that are in high demand. If the port gets the adequate means I am sure that exports will rise substantially,” Müller added.www.ems-fehn-group.de
Nature is saying something to us, and we have to listen. We take and take from her daily without considering the consequences it leaves on our planet. We forget that we are on borrowed time while she remains for future generations. Now, she is reminding us who is in charge. We have seen a lot of battles between people, whether it is political warfare, fighting for land, natural resources, a share of the economy, technology or science, and much of it has come at the expense of mother nature. We tend to forget, as much as we want to progress as humans, we still have a role to play in acknowledging nature’s existence, by living in a sustainable way. She warned us with climate change, she warned us with the water crisis, and she is warning us with this virus. We have seen the world come to a standstill due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And now, it’s in our backyard. Two weeks ago President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a national 21-day lockdown. As much as it has had a bad impact on many businesses, the lockdown is necessary for our health and survival. We have to put our differences aside and work together. It aches to see our lives disrupted, however, for us to get back to our normal routines, we have to adhere to the rules. And for now, it means staying at home. We were able to unite and each play our part through the water crisis. We can fight through this pandemic too. Our doctors, nurses, petrol attendants, supermarket workers, officials, journalists and other essential workers are out there, risking their lives, to provide us with services.We owe them a great deal of gratitude. It was sad to see looting of shops at some malls. Even if people were stealing much needed food, it is wrong and also not worth being caught and spending years in prison for it.As sports enthusiasts, we are sad to see sports, including the Tokyo Olympics, major rugby and football events, the Bayhill under-19 Premier Cup tournament and many other events postponed, but, we need to have patience to get through this pandemic. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in isolation. When he came out, with the help of many of our struggle leaders, they were able to give us hope, hope for a country that we can call home. We are not perfect, but for a better tomorrow, the message is simple, let us play our part for our unborn generations. Look after our earth. Look after our brothers and sisters. Look after each other. Together we can. Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika.
A solicitor who became entangled in a funding arrangement that ‘bore the hallmarks of a dubious investment scheme’ has been fined £25,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).According to the statement of agreed facts and proposed outcome, Mark Andrew Fallon, admitted in 1991, was director of a recognised body called Mr Finch Limited, established in 2016, at all material times. He previously held senior positions at Irwin Mitchell and Lance Mason. In 2016 Mr Finch received over £1m from an ‘alternative investment fund management company’ called Sable International Finance Limited. No organisation is currently listed under that name on Companies House. Fallon admitted to the Solicitors Regulation Authority that Sable showed signs of being ‘a dubious scheme’. For example, it displayed an ‘absence of commercial rationale’ as the rates being offered meant it could not make any profit.The scheme also stressed the need for secrecy and sent poorly drafted documentation, according to the statement. It added: ‘The indications of a dubious scheme were even more obvious and unavoidable when [Fallon] became aware of the fact that bank accounts relating to the Sable scheme had been frozen.’Fallon admitted to all allegations in full, including allowing the firm to become involved in a funding arrangement bearing the hallmarks of a dubious investment scheme.He also admitted to acting recklessly, failing to adequately monitor the firm’s funding arrangements and submitting an application to the SRA containing misleading information.Finally, he admitted to allowing funds to be transferred from the firm’s office account to third parties to re-pay debts to a lender in the knowledge that accounts associated with the lender had been frozen.According to the judgment, the tribunal found the respondent’s ‘very serious’ misconduct was ‘aggravated by his recklessness’. It noted, in mitigation, that the respondent’s misconduct did not put client money at risk. It also noted Fallon’s full co-operation with the SRA, his demonstrable insight and early admissions.Fallon was ordered to pay a fine of £25,000 and costs of £15,000. He was also banned from being sole signatory on any client or office account for three years.
A former managing partner at a Bradford solicitors’ firm who was sent to prison for creating a fictitious business to claim thousands of pounds from the Legal Aid Agency has been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to face separate allegations.In a notice published today the SRA said the tribunal had certified there was a case to answer in respect of allegations against Mohammed Ayub. These include a failure to ensure adequate supervision of staff leading to clients being provided with forged decree absolutes and a failure to deal with complaints from clients.The allegations are subject to a hearing and are as yet unproven, the SRA outlined. Ayub, who worked at Bradford-based Chambers Solicitors, was jailed for three and a half years last month for his part in a scheme to defraud the LAA.His brother Mohammed Riaz received a two years and nine month sentence for his part in the scheme while a third man, Neil Frew, was given a two-year suspended sentence. All three were found guilty following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court in November last year.Between September 2010 and October 2014, the trio conspired to create a sham company – known as Legal Support Services (LSS) – to claim expenses from the LAA for providing interpreters for immigration and asylum contract work.During the trial, the jury heard that money had been paid into LSS accounts over four years, but the company had no records of ever paying any corporation tax, VAT, or utility bills.During a sentencing hearing at Newcastle Crown Court last month, prosecutor Simon Kealey QC said there was ‘no definitive figure’ for the loss to the LAA but said in ‘broad terms’ it was between £194,000 and £234,000.The Solicitors Regulation Authority intervened in Chambers Solicitors late last year. The Bradford firm has no connection with Chambers Solicitors of Slough, Berkshire.
Alstom Transport Canada is delivering 50 remanufactured SD40-2 diesel locos (top right), to First Union Rail Corp, which will lease them to CSX Transportation under a multi-year agreement. The locos are being rebuilt at Alstom’s Montréal plant, a former Canadian National workshop which has been extensively remodelled since Alstom took it over in 1996.Next month should see the completion of a new locomotive stripping facility, with full environmental protection from oils and other parts. The main assembly hall has been remodelled from transverse workstations to two longitudinal five-station assembly lines with semi-autonomous work teams, mirroring modern production techniques. At full capacity the unit can outshop a loco every working day.Alstom now buys second-hand diesel locos speculatively as a source of parts for future orders. Most components are refurbished or replaced by sub-contractors, but Alstom has retained and updated its diesel engine refurbishment line, adding a purpose-build test house and other machine tools.The Montréal plant is also refurbishing second-hand commuter coaches for local operator Agence Metropolitaine de Transport. The Québec government acquired 80 single-deck cars from GO Transit several years ago, and these are stored at the plant to be refurbished and put into service as traffic develops.Alstom has also moved into freight wagon construction, with a new assembly line able to turn out 12 vehicles a day. The plant has a five-year contract to supply 3100 wagons to First Union of up to six designs, and has just completed 200 covered steel coil carriers (lower right). Mirroring its Optionic Design strategy for the passenger market, Alstom has brought in advanced computer-aided design software from the French aerospace industry. This allows it to develop specialised wagon designs for construction in batches of 100, compared to a minimum of 500 from some other wagon builders.
FILE PHOTO: Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir speaks during a press conference after the oath of the prime minister and first vice president Bakri Hassan Saleh at the palace in Khartoum, Sudan, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah./File Photo A Sudanese parliamentary committee has postponed a meeting on amending the country’s constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for a new term.The session, set for Sunday, has been shelved for the time being, the official SUNA news agency said, without giving a new date.Bashir, who is facing nationwide protests against his three-decade rule, is considering running for a third term in elections scheduled for next year.But for that to happen, lawmakers must amend the country’s constitution, which currently allows presidents two five-year terms.“The committee’s meeting has been postponed and a new date will be announced,” SUNA reported.Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and its allies have an overwhelming majority in parliament, and in August the party named the veteran leader as its candidate for the 2020 poll.The parliamentary committee was formed in late 2018 to consider the constitutional amendments necessary to keep Bashir in power, and it was set to meet Sunday for the first time.Bashir, 75, swept to power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989, but he only faced his first multi-party election in 2010.In 2015, he took 94% of the vote in the face of opposition boycotts. He later said he would not run for a third term.Rights groups have said both elections lacked credibility.Bashir has proved to be a political survivor, facing down both domestic and international challenges over the years, but since December 19 he has been confronted by daily rallies across the country against his rule.Analysts say the ongoing protest movement is the biggest threat Bashir has had to deal with since coming to power, with demonstrators calling for his resignation.Protesters chanting “freedom, peace, justice” have taken to the streets, blaming Bashir for the country’s dire economic conditions.Officials say 31 people have died in protest-related violence so far, while Human Rights Watch has put the death toll at 51.Bashir has remained defiant, saying the ballot box is the only route through which a government can be changed.On Saturday, he mocked the protest campaigners who have called for his resignation.“Those who are talking of freedom and protesting against the government were freely able to hold a press conference at the same time,” SUNA quoted Bashir as saying at a meeting of the Islamic Movement, the body that offers a political and ideological base to his rule.Protest campaigners held their first news conference earlier this week in Omdurman, the twin city of Khartoum, and urged other political groups to join their movement in “overthrowing” the regime.Bashir insisted yet again that Sudan will “overcome” the current situation.“We will continue with development work in spite of the crisis,” he said.Related Algeria reinstates two-term limits on presidency Sudan lawmakers back amendment to let Bashir extend term beyond 2020 Omar al-Bashir wins Sudan’s elections
Namibian Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula (R, Front) and Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming (L, Front) attend a handover ceremony of medical supplies in Windhoek, Namibia, on July 15, 2020. The Chinese government on Wednesday handed over the second batch of medical supplies to help Namibia combat the COVID-19 epidemic. (Photo by Musa C Kaseke/Xinhua)The Chinese government on Wednesday handed over the second batch of medical supplies to help Namibia combat the COVID-19 epidemic.The donation to Namibia’s Health Ministry, valued at 4.3 million Namibia dollars (260,000 U.S. dollars), included 5,000 disposable medical protective clothing, 15,000 face masks for medical use, 150,000 surgical masks, 7,000 medical protective goggles, 7,000 disposable surgical gloves, and 3,000 shoe covers.Namibian Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula thanked China for the donation and for its technical support and capacity-building assistance.“Obtaining these supplies from the outside market has been very challenging due to travel bans and restrictions worldwide,” he said at a ceremony in Windhoek.Shangula said health workers and other frontline cadres are the most valuable assets in the fight and the technical support, capacity-building, and donations from China are highly appreciated.Chinese ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, hopes the donated supplies will play an important role in Namibia’s fight against the epidemic at this critical moment.In April, Namibia received COVID-19 aid from the Chinese government and from the Jack Ma Foundation.Namibia has so far reported 960 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with two deaths and 31 recoveries.Related Tunisia receives drones from China to aid COVID-19 fight EU official thanks China for donation to aid COVID-19 fight Namibia’s first lady hails China for leading COVID-19 fight Namibian Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula (R, Front) and Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming (L, Front) attend a handover ceremony of medical supplies in Windhoek, Namibia, on July 15, 2020. The Chinese government on Wednesday handed over the second batch of medical supplies to help Namibia combat the COVID-19 epidemic. (Photo by Musa C Kaseke/Xinhua)
Sanan Integrated Circuit, a pure-play wafer foundry with its advanced compound semiconductor technology platform, has announced its recognition of Plextek RFI as an authorized resource for gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) design services in the emerging 5G market. The effectiveness of this collaboration has been demonstrated by the recent design by Plextek RFI of a single-chip surface mount packaged 4-channel 5G millimeter-wave power amplifier (PA) for the 28 GHz spectrum using Sanan IC’s P15EP1 0.15µm 6” GaAs E/D pHEMT process technology. The reference design was displayed and presented by Plextek RFI at the recent Automated RF and Microwave Measurement Society (ARMMS) Conference held in Bedfordshire, UK.As the 5G infrastructure market expands from sub-6GHz into the millimeter-wave spectrum, RF front-end design activities for the associated telecoms equipment are naturally increasing. The roll-out of 5G infrastructure has generated demand for a variety of millimeter-wave RF front-end architectures and topologies that require high-performance GaAs IC designs. The company’s P15EP1 process is a high-performance 6” GaAs pHEMT technology, highly integrated with E-mode, 0.15 µm gate length transistors which have an Ft of 85 GHz and Fmax of 155 GHz. The process is ideal for millimeter-wave PA and LNA designs, offering excellent gain, low noise figure, and wide bandwidth, and can be combined with 0.5 µm E-mode/D-mode devices for single-die logic implementation. This technology platform provides up to 3 metal interconnect layers, with 12 mask layers with and a back lapping thickness of 75 µm. The P15EP1 process is part of the P15 family of GaAs technologies, which can provide other options such as D-mode transistors, PIN diodes for switches and limiters, and which will be augmented later next year with a lower process node for higher frequency support.For more information on Sanam IC’s III-V semiconductor technology manufacturing platform, visit the company’s booth at CES 2020 in Las Vegas from 7th to 10th January.
Qorvo, a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, has announced that Custom MMIC, a company they acquired in February, has been awarded BAE Systems’ Gold Tier Supplier Excellence Award for 2019. The award, which recognizes outstanding supplier quality, service, and performance, is part of BAE Systems “Partner 2 Win” program. BAE Systems’ Partner 2 Win program is designed to achieve operational excellence and eliminate defects in its supply chain by raising the bar of performance expectations to meet the demand of current and future customers. This is the second consecutive year Custom MMIC has been awarded the honor.James Klein, president of Qorvo’s Infrastructure and Defense Products (IDP), commented, Custom MMIC has an outstanding reputation among leading defense customers. The award highlights their ongoing commitment to providing customers with the very best products and services.Custom MMIC’s high-performance Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) have been proven in mission-critical defense, aerospace, and space applications. Now part of IDP, it is contributing to Qorvo’s expanding RF and millimeter-wave product portfolio enabling further integration for defense phased array radars, electronic warfare, land/space-based satellite communications, wireless backhaul and microwave test equipment.Qorvo offers a broad GaN-on-SiC and GaAs product portfolio to help customers achieve significant improvements in efficiency, reliability, and operational capabilities. The company’s GaAs and GaN-on-SiC products deliver high power density, reduced size, excellent gain, high reliability, and process maturity.