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Balfour Beatty Investments Limited has been chosen to operate the offshore transmission system of the Thanet wind farm. Ofgem has determined to grant an offshore transmission licence to Thanet OFTO Limited, which is the proposed licensee entity incorporated by Balfour Beatty Investments Limited, the successful bidder in respect of the Thanet project.With 100 Vestas V90 3MW wind turbines, the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm has a generation capacity to deliver 300MW of power to the grid. The infrastructure also includes 1 offshore substation, 100 power cables between turbines and to the offshore substation, and 2 cables laid from the offshore substation to a connection point in Pegwell Bay.[mappress mapid=”14873″]Source: Ofgem/Vattenfall
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A barrister who co-founded his law firm before being removed from the business was not an employee or worker, a tribunal has found.Employment Judge Davies, sitting at the North Shields employment tribunal ruled that Brian Mark could not be classed as an employee of north east firm Kyles Legal Practice. Mark has brought claims for ordinary and automatically unfair dismissal, protected disclosure detriment, breach of contract and claims for wages and other payments after his removal earlier this year.The firm was heralded as a pioneer of the Legal Services Act, bringing together barristers Mark and Nick Peacock and solicitor John Turner under one roof. Peacock told local media the business would provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for criminal clients going through the court system.The tribunal heard the three directors agreed at the outset in 2010 they would each receive £30,000 a year, initially paid through the PAYE system. However, by 2016 this changed so they were paid by way of dividend.The tribunal heard that Mark was assigned to do the ‘lion’s share’ of Crown Court work, but in practice he did not do so. He was free to take on or turn down any particular case and was paid his monthly amount regardless of the work he did. There were no consequences when he ‘regularly’ turned down instructions.It was also not disputed that Mark had no set working hours and could take annual leave when he chose to do so. Mark had also declared to HMRC in 2017 that he was not an employee and not self-employed.The tribunal heard that within three years of founding the business, disagreements emerged between the three directors, partly because Mark wanted to also practise as a member of the independent bar.In late 2018, Turner and Peacock were tipped off by a third party about what they believed was evidence that Mark had leaked confidential information about the business and deleted emails to cover his tracks. The tribunal made no assessment of whether these allegations were true or not.After a board meeting, staff were sent a memo informing them Mark would not be involved in the day-to-day business of the firm, and he himself was told words to the effect he was being suspended.Considering the question of employee status, Judge Davies said there was no discussion in 2010 or since about employment status, worker status or contractual terms of engagement.The judge said that without a contract there was no contract of employment or contract as a worker. Even if there was a contract, the basic elements of the employment relationship were absent: Mark chose when he worked and was not subordinate to anybody else.The judge added: ‘This was a relationship in which an individual could choose whether to work or not and could and did outsource the work to someone else to do it instead of them.’ This was the ‘antithesis’ of personal service associated with being a worker, the judge said. Mark’s claims were dismissed in their entirety.
EUROPE: US railway investment and management company Railroad Development Corp announced on January 12 that it had taken a 25% stake in Belgium-based rail logistics company Eurorail. In 2012 RDC and Eurorail established the equally-owned RégioRail venture, which now operates four feeder services in France. ‘Through RégioRail we have developed a high quality partnership with RDC’, said Eurorail Managing Director Eric Debrauwere. ‘Their entry into the capital of Eurorail is based on shared vision and mutual confidence.’RDC Chairman Henry Posner III said ‘Europe is a challenging and fragmented market but with numerous niches representing opportunity for rail freight’, adding that the investment in Eurorail ‘represents an additional commitment to the European market based on our confidence in our partners.’RDC’s global portfolio currently includes freight operations in Iowa, Peru and Colombia. Its European interests include German open access passenger operator Hamburg-Köln-Express and UK company Vivarail, which plans to convert ex-London Underground D78 metro cars into diesel multiple-units for use on the national network.
Photo: Kazumiki Miurazoom inzoom outReplacing 25 year old vehicles, the two-car red and blue trainsets for the funicular have been supplied by Keio Juuki Seibi Co; each is able to accommodate up to 250 passengers.Services on the upper section of the railway between Hakone-Yumoto and Gora have been temporarily suspended as a result of damage to the infrastructure following Typhoon Hagibis. A replacement bus service is currently in operation over this section. #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Photo: Kazumiki Miurazoom inzoom outJAPAN: Hakone Tozan Railway launched its fifth generation of rolling stock for its 1·2 km funicular line into revenue service on March 20, having unveiled the two new trains on March 18.Japan’s only mountain railway serves the Fuji Hakone Izu national park, east of Mount Fuji, climbing inland from an interchange with the Tokaido Shinkansen at Odawara through a series of switchbacks to Gora, 541 m above sea level. The connecting funicular, branded as the Hakone Tozan Cable Car, passclimbs further to the hot springs at Sounzan.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#
“The repercussions go much wider than farmers. Local businesses are dependent on our farms, from our local tradesmen right through to our grocery stores. The SNP can’t run from the fact that their mishandling starved our rural economy of £400m worth of investment”. In his speech, Mr Carson also encouraged the Government to consider proposals by the Scottish Conservatives to create a South of Scotland Enterprise. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn In a debate in the Scottish Parliament entitled ‘Securing the Interests of Scotland’s Rural Economy following the EU Referendum’, Finlay Carson has told MSPs that the biggest threat to Scotland’s Rural Communities comes not from Brexit but from the current SNP Government. Such a body, he argued, would focus on delivering tangible outcomes for the communities such as Stranraer in the South of Scotland and would demonstrate to the people across the South of the Scotland that they understand the uniqueness of the problems experiences in rural areas and that a one size fits all approach is not the right answer. Mr Carson went on to propose ways to boost the rural economy and urged the Scottish Government to create new National Parks, including one in Galloway which he has always argued would increase the profile of the region. The Galloway and West Dumfries MSP attacked the Scottish Government for ‘stifling any ambition to deliver real and meaningful action in our rural communities’ and criticised their centralisation agenda, which he claimed would ‘decimate valued local services’. Speaking about the ongoing CAP Payment fiasco, Mr Carson said: Concluding his remarks, Mr Carson spoke of the “great opportunity’ to reenergise Scotland’s rural areas, such as in Galloway and West Dumfries, and called on the Government to “grasp the nettle”.
Mengacu Data Intelijen, AS dan Kanada Yakin Boeing 737 Ukraine International…,Terdeteksi Mabuk, Pramugari ANA Tunda Empat Penerbangan Secara Beruntun
Puing-puing dari Boeing 737-800 Ukraine International Airlines usai dirudal Iran. Foto: Business Insider Dugaan ditembak jatuhnya pesawat Ukraine International Airlines semakin menguat manakala Perdana Menteri Kanada, Justin Trudeau mengatakan bahwa bisa saja penembakan rudal tersebut tidak disengaja. Ujaran Justin ini didukung oleh laporan intelijen Kanada yang ia terima. Ya, pada Rabu (8/1) kemarin, pesawat Boeing 737-800 milik Ukraine International Airlines jatuh di Teheran, Iran tak lama berselang setelah pesawat tinggal landas. Pada insiden ini, sebanyak 176 orang yang ada di dalam pesawat dinyatakan meninggal – dimana 63 diantaranya adalah warga negara Kanada.Baca Juga: Inilah Lima Spekulasi Jatuhnya Boeing 737-800 Ukraine International di Iran“Kami memiliki data dari berbagai sumber, termasuk dari sekutu dan intelijen kami sendiri. Data tersebut menunjukkan bahwa pesawat ditembak jatuh oleh rudal darat milik Iran,” ujar Justin, dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman Reuters.com (9/1). Seolah mendukung pernyataan dari Justin, sebanyak tiga pejabat Amerika Serikat juga mengatakan bahwa Pemerintah Negeri Paman Sam percaya bahwa pihak Iran telah secara tidak sengaja menembak jatuh pesawat Ukraine International Airlines.Ditambah lagi dengan pernyataan Presiden Amerika Serikat, Donald Trump yang mengatakan bahwa dirinya tidak percaya bahwa pesawat Ukraine International Airlines jatuh karena masalah teknis.“Itu (insiden jatuhnya pesawat) adalah hal yang tragis. Tetapi seseorang bisa saja membuat kesalahan,” ujar Presiden Trump di hadapan wartawan di Gedung Putih.Justin juga mengatakan bahwa pihaknya tidak akan ‘beristirahat’ hingga mereka mendapatkan kejelasan, transparansi, akuntabilitas, dan keadilan dari insiden ini. Pada Kamis (9/1), seorang pejabat di Pemerintahan Amerika Serikat mengutip tinjauan luas terhadap data satelit dan pihak Washington menyimpulkan dengan sangat yakin bahwa pesawat Ukraine International jatuh akibat tembakan rudal – salah satu data yang dijadikan acuan adalah terdeteksinya heat signature dari dua rudal darat yang muncul tak lama berselang setelah pesawat tinggal landas.Baca Juga: Di Tengah Ketegangan Iran-AS, Boeing 737-800 Ukraine International Jatuh di IranKetika dikonfirmasi ke pihak Iran, juru bicara pemerintahan, Ali Rabiei menampik segala hipotesa yang beredar luas di publik – terutama yang menyudutkan pihak Iran.Namun jika pada akhirnya terbukti bahwa pesawat Ukraine International Airlines jatuh karena rudal darat milik Iran, berarti besar kemungkinan bahwa ini merupakan dampak dari meningkatnya ketegangan militer dengan Amerika Serikat. Sebagai informasi, pesawat nahas ini terbang beberapa saat setelah Iran melancarkan serangan rudal balistik ke basis militer AS di Irak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related
Jika ditarik benang merahnya, rute Yogyakarta – Mumbai via Bali ini merupakan perpanjangan dari rute Bali – Mumbai yang telah terlebih dahulu diresmikan pada Senin (23/4/2018) kemarin di Bali. Dikutipdari sumber terpihah, inaugural flight Mumbai-Denpasar ini dihadiri Menteri Pariwisata Arief Yahya, Konsul Jenderal Republik Indonesia di Mumbai, Ade Sukendar, dan Presiden Direktur Garuda Indonesia Pahala Mansury.“Banyak hal menarik yang membuat orang India datang ke Bali, terutama adanya kesamaan budaya antara keduanya,” ungkap Menteri Arief.Sebenarnya konektivitas penerbangan Indonesia – India sudah terjalin sejak Desember 2016 dimana Garuda Indonesia telah melayani penerbangan tidak langsung dari Jakarta – India.Baca Juga: Tutup Rute Penerbangan Langsung Jakarta-London, Ada Apa dengan Garuda Indonesia?“Ini (pembukaan rute baru) menandai babak baru hubungan India-Indonesia. Yaitu telah dibuka rute penerbangan langsung Mumbai-Bali. Garuda akan menggunakan pesawat badan lebar Airbus A330. Saya berterima kasih kepada Garuda atas usaha besar mereka, dan kami berharap langkah ini meningkatkan pergerakkan serta dapat membawa lebih banyak orang India untuk mengenal Indonesia, lebih khusus Bali dan sebaliknya,” pungkas Menteri Arief.Di luar konteks tersebut, Garuda Indonesia sendiri punya target untuk mendatangkan 700.000 wisman India di tahun 2018. “Ini adalah target besar. Sebab, tahun 2017 kita menerima sekitar 485.000 pengunjung India. Namun kami sangat optimis tahun ini mencapai target,” imbuhnya. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Armada Airbus A330 Milik Garuda Indonesia. Sumber: Istimewa Tidak hanya sebatas menjual tiket dengan harga khusus, namun melalui ajang Garuda Indonesia Travel Fair (GATF) 2018 Phase II, maskapai Flag Carrier kebanggaan Ibu Pertiwi ini juga turut membuka rute penerbangan internasional terbaru. Pada ajang yang digelar di Jogja City Mall (JCM) tanggal 5-7 Oktober 2018 kemarin, Garuda Indonesia secara resmi mempromosikan rute Yogyakarta – Mumbai (India) via Bali.Baca Juga: 23 April 2018, Garuda Indonesia Buka Penerbangan Langsung Denpasar – MumbaiSebagaimana yang dihimpun KabarPenumpang.com dari berbagai laman sumber, Sales and Service Manager Garuda Indonesia Retno Susilowati menyebutkan bahwa, “Kita lihat ada banyak warga keturunan India di Indonesia, termasuk di Yogyakarta dengan para turisnya,” ujar Retno dikutip dari laman tribunnews.com (7/10/2018).