AMRA Forms MAP Advisory Council

first_imgFALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (AMRA) Board of Directors has formed a new Advisory Council for the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP).AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The MAP Advisory Council will be an independent, self-governing body that advises the AMRA Board of Directors on all MAP-related matters, concerns and issues identified by the council. The AMRA Board may, from time to time, request specific input from the advisory council on topics related to automotive aftermarket service and repair, or general areas related to consumer outreach. The Advisory Council will formulate and submit its own list of practices to the AMRA Board at its next meeting on Oct. 31. Members of the MAP Advisory Council include Dr. Lance David, Larry Kaplan, Richard Laimbeer, Elizabeth Owen and Darrell Rowe. Laimbeer was selected as chairman of the Advisory Council and will serve as a voting member of the AMRA Board of Directors and represent the interests of MAP to the AMRA Board. MAP is the consumer outreach effort of AMRA, which is one the nation’s leading consumer auto service non-profit organizations. Dick Laimbeer is a partner with the consulting firm of Docker, Findlay, Swoboda & Associates (DFS&A). Prior to joining DFS&A, Laimbeer was the publisher of Motor Information Systems. He served on the MAP Board of Trustees from 2000-09 and was the MAP Secretary/Treasurer from 2001-08.Advertisement Darrell Rowe is the director of education and development for Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC. He has served on the MAP Board of Trustees since 2006 and has been the MAP Secretary/Treasurer for the past two years. Larry Kaplan is the administrative manager of the Consumer Protection Section of the Broward County (Fla.) Permitting, Licensing & Consumer Protection Division. He has been the MAP Board of Trustees Government Representative since 2002. Elizabeth Owen is the executive director of the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators (NACAA). She previously served as the director of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs. She has been the MAP Board of Trustees Consumer Representative for the past year. Lance David is the chairman of the Department of Automotive Technology at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill. He was a member of the MAP Board of Trustees from 2002-04 and prior to that was a member of the AMRA/MAP Technical Committee that drafted and updated the MAP Uniform Inspection and Communication Standards (UICS). Prior to joining the College of Lake County, David was director of training for Midas International. Visit the MAP website to learn more.last_img read more

Total driving distance in 2016 for tankers

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North Sea offshore workers put strike action on hold (UK)

first_imgThe threat of strike action in the UK North Sea has been suspended due to a new offer made to offshore workers by their employers.According to BBC, two offshore workers’ unions, GMB and Unite, suspended their strike ballot plans after receiving what is reported as an “improved offer” for the North Sea offshore workers.The Offshore Contractors Association (OCA), the representative body for offshore contractors, had been in negotiations with the unions over job cuts and change of shift patterns.STV News quotes Unite officer, Willie Wallace, as saying: “Today’s talks have been constructive and we have made enough progress to be able to put an improved offer from the OCA to our membership. It’s for them to decide if this offer is good enough.”The agreement covers members working in mechanical, electrical and allied services, construction, modifications and maintenance work, design and project engineering, fabrication and decommissioning.Oil & Gas UK, the representative organization for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, welcomed Unite’s Decision to put industrial action ballot on hold.Oil & Gas UK CEO, Deirdre Michie, said: “Tonight’s news is very welcome indeed and we hope an acceptable outcome for all parties can be reached quickly.“To secure the future of the industry, it is important that we resolve issues by working together – companies, workforce, regulator, unions and government.”Offshore Energy Today reached out to GMB and Unite seeking further info about the offer they received, but we are yet to receive their response.Update: June 18, 2015; 12:55 CETIn an e-mail sent to Offshore Energy Today, David Hulse, GMB national officer, confirmed that there is a new offer on the table for the workers to consider. “We have put giving notice of the official strike ballot on hold while members consider the new offer.”Hulse also added: “Once we have everything in writing we will run a consultative ballot over a 4 week period.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Committee to examine Ministry of Justice

first_imgThe House of Commons’ justice committee is to undertake an inquiry into the structure and budget of the Ministry of Justice and its associated public bodies. The inquiry will focus on the potential contribution of further structural changes to future efficiency savings and improved performance. The wide-ranging inquiry will attempt to determine the MoJ’s core objectives and which of its functions are essential. It will examine whether any of its functions could be best provided by others, or not at all. It will also look at costs and efficiencies, the changes to the administration of legal aid, the use of information technology and other key issues. Submissions are due by 30 September and the evidence sessions will start in the autumn. The committee has launched two further inquiries, into the common law doctrine of joint enterprise which allows a number of people to be charged and convicted for the same offence, and into the presumption of death.last_img read more

Industry recommendations for ECDIS training

first_imgThe guidance has been issued by an industry group made up of leading international shipping industry organisations and organised and coordinated by The Nautical Institute.The guidance covers issues of training and competency for ECDIS and helps interpret IMO requirements for ECDIS training. The Nautical Institute says that iscrepancies have arisen between flag states’ regulations and training that is aimed at meeting the IMO standards. Such discrepancy has led to a concern that training might risk not meeting the minimum standards – something of great concern to the shipping industry.There are two key dates for ECDIS this year – in January 2012 ECDIS Training came into force as part of theSTCW 2010 Manila amendments and, from July 2012, mandatory carriage requirements start to be phased in.The organisations supporting this guidance want the industry to understand that ECDIS must be taught in the context of navigation, rather than just ECDIS operation. Ship owners and operators will require those who have taken generic training to be capable of demonstrating, in full, the competencies required by the IMO.Leading shipping organisations have now endorsed this guidance demanding a thorough generic training course (unlikely to be less than the IMO recommended 40 hours) and effective familiarisation of onboard equipment for all watchkeepers prior to taking charge of a navigational watch. The industry has emphasised the need for watch-standers to demonstrate all IMO identified competencies and to maintain these competencies – including familiarisation with any updates or alterations.James Robinson DSM FNI Irish Navy (Retired), President of The Nautical Institute, commented: “ECDIS is a complex system and will be one of the most essential tools for supporting mariners in their efforts to ensure the safety of navigation and protection of the marine environment. Shipowners must not assume that an ECDIS course certificate is enough to ensure safety and Shipmasters should work with their bridge teams to ensure that ECDIS best practice and company procedures for familiarisation and use of the ECDIS are continually maintained”.The guidance also makes recommendations to ensure that watchkeepers remain competent and that other industry stakeholders such as trainers, inspectors and auditors are capable of assessing such competence.The organisations supporting this guidance are: BIMCO, GlobalMET, International Federation of Ship Masters’ Associations, International Group of P&I Clubs, International Maritime Pilots’ Association, International Chamber of Shipping, Intermanager, Intertanko, International Shipping Federation, Marine Accident Investigators’ International Forum, The Nautical Institute and OCIMF.A copy of the Industry Recommendations for ECDIS Training is available on The Nautical Institute’s ECDIS forum at www.nautinst.org/ECDISwww.nautinst.orglast_img read more

CLA launches Mexico connection

first_imgTwice-weekly Boeing 747-400 flights will depart from CLA’s base at London Stansted Airport every Wednesday and Saturday. Flights will operate to Mexico City International Airport via Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, USA. The launch of CLA’S first scheduled route follows the delivery of its third Boeing 747 freighter in May 2017. Dmitry Grishin, ceo of CargoLogicAir, said: “The arrival of our third 747 freighter means we are ready to begin our scheduled cargo operations and we are confident the routing we have chosen will appeal strongly to customers moving car spares, hi-tech, energy, aerospace and healthcare products.” The full aircraft routing includes Houston, USA; Frankfurt, Germany; and Abu Dhabi, UAE. This enables CLA to offer customers a choice of Europe-Mexico, Europe-Middle East, and US-Middle East connections.In Frankfurt, the service will also link up with the global network of its partner airline, AirBridgeCargo, enabling CLA to offer onward connections to the Asia Pacific region. In the Middle East, CLA is providing road feeder services to also offer customers fast deliveries to Dubai International Airport (DXB), Dubai World Central (DWC) and Sharjah (SHJ). CLA, which will offer a total cargo capacity of over 200 tonnes a week on its new routes, has appointed Aerocharter as its general sales agent (GSA) in Mexico, AirCargoAmericas in the USA and AirFreightLogistics in Europe. www.aerocharter.com.mxlast_img read more

Fury at MP’s ‘solicitor from hell’ question to prime minister

first_imgA north-west firm has demanded an apology from an MP who described its senior partner as a ‘solicitor from hell’ during this week’s prime minister’s questions.Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk (pictured) told the prime minister his constituent Paul Cowdrey will ‘lose his home’ to cover the costs of a complaint about local firm Keoghs, Nicholls, Lindsell & Harris.But the firm responded with a statement on its website saying the question was ‘highly misleading’ and ‘totally unjustified’.Cowdrey claims he was advised by the former Legal Complaints Service that he would not be liable for costs if he complained about the handling of his father’s estate.Cowdrey has now been in dispute with the firm for more than four years and owes £127,000 to cover the costs of the complaint and a subsequent hearing.The Solicitors Regulation Authority has told the MP and Cowdrey that while it ‘might sympathise’ with his position, it is powerless to stop Keoghs, Nicholls, Lindsell & Harris enforcing the costs order.Danczuk told the House of Commons that senior partner Michael Sandler had ‘found a loophole’ by which he could sue Cowdrey for complaining.The MP urged David Cameron to act to stop solicitors ‘running rings’ around their regulators.The prime minister said he would arrange a meeting between Danczuk and a justice minister to discuss what remedies are open to Cowdrey.In a statement, Keoghs, Nicholls, Lindsell & Harris said it would seek immediate redress for the ‘deeply regrettable’ question. The statement says the question was ‘highly misleading by failing to draw to the attention of the house that Mr Sandler and this firm had acted lawfully and with the full approval of the courts throughout’.The MP ‘omitted mention that his constituent’s siblings were also awarded their legal costs against their brother, whose interests Mr Sandler had gone to court to protect.‘It is disappointing and frustrating that Mr Danczuk did not contact us in advance so that we could disabuse him, and made his comments under a purported cloak of parliamentary privilege leaving us without a right of reply.‘However, we fully intend to complain in the most robust terms to the office of the speaker of the house in order to seek Mr Danczuk’s censure and his unqualified apology.’The firm added that it acts in the best interests of the body of beneficiaries of wills and gives effect to the wishes of the deceased.Its statement says the firm does not charge for investigating ‘genuine complaints’ of inadequate service and always acts within the law.last_img read more

Indian rail fastening factory opened

first_imgINDIA: The Pandrol Rahee Technologies joint venture of rail fastening supplier Pandrol and infrastructure contractor Rahee Group has opened a fastening manufacturing plant in Hyderabad.The 3 500 m2 facility has includes an automated clip forming line with an advanced coating technology process. It is expected to produce 4 million clips per year, mainly for the Indian market. ‘We have made a very significant investment in our manufacturing capabilities in India, which we see as a key market growth sector over the next decade’, said Pradeep Khaitan of Pandrol Rahee Technologies. ‘Investing in a new manufacturing facility will mean we are best placed to service customers and capitalise on this growth. It will also give us greater capacity to respond to market requirements while creating new employment in the region. This will be a world class facility for rail fastening manufacture, fully supporting the Make in India policy of the Indian government.’Pandrol also has a facility in Raipur which manufactures aluminothermic welding equipment and light track machines.last_img read more

Rwandan troops arrive in Juba as part of regional protection force

About 120 Rwandan troops have started arriving in South Sudan’s capital Juba as part of the United Nations additional troops expected to protect civilians and guard key installations in the war-doffed country.The deployment of the additional troops was okayed by the UN earlier this year following days of heavy fighting in Juba between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to former first vice president Riek Machar.There are already 13,000 UN peacekeepers in the country.The world’s youngest nation descended into war in December 2013 following President Kiir’s accusations that his then deputy Riek Machar was plotting a coup against his government. Machar denied the allegations but then went on to mobilize a rebel force to fight the government.A peace deal signed in 2015 has continually been violated by the warring factions, with the fighting killing thousands and forcing millions to flee their homes.Currently, the UN ranks South Sudan as Africa’s biggest refugee crisis, and third worldwide after Syria and Afghanistan.In addition to Rwanda, the other troop contributing countries are Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Nepal to make up the additional 4,000 peacekeepers.The UN now urges the troop contributing countries to speed up the process of the deployment, the deployment process has now taken a year and the 2015 peace deal is also left only with a year to come to an end. read more

Digicel Dominica launches Blackberry Q5

first_img 81 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNews Digicel Dominica launches Blackberry Q5 by: – September 20, 2013 Share The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone can be purchased online and in Digicel Dominica stores from $1149.00 both pre and postpaidDigicel Dominica has announced that the new Blackberry Q5 smartphone is now available in the Caribbean and Panama.The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone can be purchased online and in Digicel Dominica stores from $1149.00 both pre and postpaid.It features a QWERTY keyboard in a stunning youthful design and comes pre-loaded with the new BlackBerry® 10 OS version 10.1 software. Every feature, every part of the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone has been built to provide a fast, effortless experience that flows and moves with you to help you explore, create, and share while on the move go. “Digicel is all about delivering style and value to its customers across the region and with the introduction of the BlackBerry Q5, we’re doing just that,” Digicel’s group commercial director, Brian Finn said.“The stylish handset boasts many of the great features of the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones at a very affordable price from Digicel,” he noted. As part of the BlackBerry 10 experience, the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone offers a powerful and unique mobile computing experience that continuously adapts to your needs. Features and apps work seamlessly together, allowing your every move to flow into the next. Highlights of the BlackBerry Q5 include the BlackBerry® Hub, which lets you stay close to what’s important to you without stopping what you’re working on. The camera Time Shift mode helps you create the perfect shot every time, and with BBM™ Video with Screen Share, you can instantly switch your BBM chat to a BBM Video conversation and catch up face-to-face. Visit the BlackBerry® World™ storefront and discover the more than 120,000 apps available to you. Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more