Keppel Offshore and Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), a global leader in offshore rig design, construction and repair, ship repair and conversion, and specialized shipbuilding, has become a member of the World Ocean Council (WOC).Keppel O&M joins a growing number of companies from a wide range of industries that are distinguishing themselves as members of the international business leadership alliance on ocean sustainability, science and stewardship. With its headquarters in Singapore, Keppel O&M brings Singapore’s considerable maritime experience and expertise to the WOC and adds significantly to the increasing number of important firms from the Asia-Pacific region joining the WOC.Keppel O&M’s CEO, Mr Tong Chong Heong, commented, “We are pleased and privileged to become a member of the World Ocean Council, which provides an unprecedented global, multi-industry forum for ocean companies to collaborate in addressing shared challenges and ensuring that responsible operations are good for the ocean and good for business. At Keppel O&M, apart from sustaining our hallmark execution excellence, we also strive to be resource-efficient and incorporate environmentally-friendly features in our rigs and vessels. We look forward to being part of the collaborations at the World Ocean Council to share and learn about best practices in sustainable operations.”“The World Ocean Council is extremely pleased to welcome Keppel to our growing ocean business leadership alliance”, stated WOC CEO, Paul Holthus. “The Asia Pacific region is the center of tremendous levels and diversity of marine activity. Leadership and collaboration by the offshore and maritime sectors in the region are essential to tackling the ocean sustainability challenges and opportunities facing ocean industries,” Holthus added.WOC, January 28, 2014
In her latest column, the Law Society president urges us all to stand up and fight for access to justice against the threatened legal aid cuts. She writes: ‘This really is a process of genuine consultation; it is not a done deal and we still have all to play for’. I don’t believe this. We are in danger of underestimating the government’s resolve. This is not a genuine consultation – it’s a slow, slippery slope sliding ever downward toward savage cuts. Instead of consultation, we need confrontation. Instead of dancing to the government’s ‘process’, we need to build a strong negotiating position. Instead of talking, we need hard-nosed political bite. Justice secretary Ken Clarke is the last of the Westminster ‘big beasts’, and it will take more than Ms Lee’s call to arms to slay him. So what’s the plan? Do we just go on about how unfair and damaging it all is? What to do? Here’s a five point plan: (1) hire a PR expert who can make legal aid lawyers look good; (2) recruit a Michael Mansfield-type heavy-hitter to promote the cause; (3) request reinforcements from the City (City lawyers have always supported the good work of legal aid lawyers); (4) call the profession to direct action by exposing the public to the true worth of legally aided work; and (5) pray. Christopher Digby-Bell , Law Society Council member, City of London; senior general counsel, Palmer Capital, London W1
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… Crawford victoriousGUYANESE cyclists suffered mixed fortunes over the Memorial Day weekend of racing in the USA (Tour of Sommerville).Success came in the lower and Masters category with Romello Crawford winning the Category 3/4 event on Saturday before returning to place third in the Category 2/3 at Sommerville on Sunday.Competing in the same event was Stephano Husbands. In the Masters category, James Joseph finished in second place on Saturday and third on Sunday. In the Pro 1 race on Saturday, Scott Savory was forced to abandon the event due to inclement weather – understandably so, given his misfortune at the 2017 Tour of Sommerville.Hamza Eastman and Alonzo Ambrose failed to finish in the top placings. On Sunday, expectations were high amongst the large and vociferous Guyanese contingent of supporters. Hamza Eastman managed to place 13th, Alonzo Ambrose abandoned the race and Scott Savory suffered from cramps.Meanwhile in Vermont, National champion Raynauth Jeffrey found the conditions difficult to handle and fell to 19th overall after being in the top 10 in the Killington Stage Race.