Cargolux adds transpacific service

first_imgThe connection will be operated twice a week, with flights leaving from Hong Kong on Saturday and Monday to arrive in the Mexican capital on Sunday and Tuesday.The Monday flight will also include a stopover in Guadalajara (GDL), said Cargolux.Cargolux already offers westbound flights to six other North American destinations, including Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.www.cargolux.comlast_img

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Happy birthday

first_imgClaudia Willis, middle, from Bonteheuwel, celebrated her 80th birthday on Wednesday September 14. Ms Willis was born in Johannesburg and was moved to a children’s home in Cape Town at the age of 15. She dreamt of being a nurse, but worked as a child minder in Pinelands, until she got married, and moved to Maitland. From there, she and her family moved to Bishop Lavis, and later to Bonteheuwel. Ms Willis had seven children, 15 grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Pictured with her, from left, are her friend Annie Jordan, 80, and her sister Phillippa East, 86.last_img read more

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Time for diversity targets?

first_imgJudicial diversity, or the lack thereof, is back in the headlines after Justice, an influential thinktank, lambasted the lack of progress in the three years since it recommended ‘targets with teeth’. Monidipa FouzderSource: Michael CrossAndrea Coomber, director of Justice, says the senior judiciary continues to be dominated by white men from the independent bar: ‘We are continually assured that change is right around the corner and yet the homogeneity of appointments to the key feeder roles of recorder and deputy High Court judge give little reason for optimism.’Justice repeats its call for targets. And a glaring issue is the lack of solicitors on the senior bench.Across legal practice, solicitors outnumber barristers nine to one. However, latest statistics show that solicitors are less represented among the judiciary than they were four years ago and currently represent roughly a third of all judges.Only four sitting High Court judges are solicitors. Sir Gary Hickinbottom is the only solicitor judge in the Court of Appeal. No solicitors currently sit in the Supreme Court.Despite there being more solicitors in the High Court than ever before, Justice says the decline in overall numbers of non-barrister judges is due partly to the high proportion of solicitor judges who leave the judiciary. In 2018/19, more non-barristers left the courts than joined. ‘We are unaware of any explanation for why non-barrister judges would leave the judiciary and how this might be correlated with different leaving patterns of other groups. This requires examination.’In 2018/19, solicitors made up 55% of applicants. However, in most legal exercises barristers are more likely to be recommended for appointment. Justice says solicitors are struggling to get appointed to two ‘key feeder roles’ to senior appointments: recorder and deputy High Court judge.In 2017/2018, solicitors represented 28% of applicants to be a recorder but 4% of recommendations (7% in 2018/19). Currently, only 6% of sitting recorders are solicitors. Of the 24 deputy High Court judges announced in November, six were solicitors. (Justice says the result is encouraging, but notes that all six were white male partners at big City firms.)It is unclear whether a solicitor’s experience in a complicated transaction would ever be preferred to the experience of a barrister appearing in the Supreme CourtIncreasing Judicial Diversity: An Update – Justice reportLaw Society president Simon Davis says Chancery Lane and its Solicitor Judges Division are determined to lead efforts to increase the number of solicitor judges. ‘We work closely with stakeholders including the Judicial Appointments Commission and the judiciary as well as with our members, to understand better the challenges faced by aspiring solicitor judges, and to support solicitors in preparation for the application process.’The Justice report and member feedback, he says, ‘suggests that the application process and selection materials might not properly weigh the legal experiences and skills which solicitors would typically possess’. Sarah Austin, a solicitor member of the Law Society Council, was recently nominated to the JAC Advisory Group – which, Davis says, ‘aims to ensure that the content of selection materials is not inadvertently advantageous to candidates from a particular legal background’.The president says a challenge solicitors face is lack of familiarity with the application process, the preparation required and with members of the judiciary. The Society is trying to help by providing networking and support to aspiring and sitting solicitor judges, facilitating shadowing opportunities, delivering judge-led workshops of the Pre-Application Judicial Education Programme, and running workshops to enhance application and interview performance.Justice urges ‘targeted outreach’, including using headhunters, to identify and pursue applications from strong solicitor candidates. Further examination of the competition exercises is required – where are solicitors dropping out and why? Justice says a ‘fundamental challenge’ is that the JAC exercises are a competition: ‘It is unclear whether a solicitor’s experience in a complicated transaction would ever be preferred to the experience of a barrister appearing in the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal.’The lord chief justice has said his scepticism about targets extends to principled opposition to quotas: ‘They are not compatible with appointment on merit nor, ultimately, in sustaining public confidence in the judiciary.’ Until the statistics back the judiciary’s efforts to improve diversity, the rest of the profession will remain sceptical about progress.last_img read more

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Solicitors lauded for LGBT+ inclusion work

first_imgThe legal profession is well represented in an annual compilation that celebrates professionals who have helped support LBGT people, with solicitors making up more than one in ten spots on one list.Today’s OUTstanding list, presented by the Financial Times newspaper, lists professionals who identify as LGBT+ who create positive workplaces for other LGBT+ people. The list is split into three categories – LGBT+ executives, ally executives and future leaders.In the LGBT+ executives list, at least 11 of the 100 are solicitors. They come from law firms including Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills and Allen & Overy.Clifford Chance has three of its lawyers across the lists. Partner Narind Singh is listed as an ‘LGBT+ executive’ while senior associates Eraldo d’Atri and Nathan Eastwood are in the ‘future leaders’ list. Other names include Ben Foat, group legal director at the Post Office (LGBT+ executives) and King & Spalding associate Krishna Omkar (future leaders).Laura King, global head of people and talent at Clifford Chance, said: ‘I’d like to congratulate Narind, Eraldo and Nathan for being named in this prestigious list of LGBT+ role models. Narind, Eraldo and Nathan have given generously of their time speaking at events, mentoring others, and driving aspects of Clifford Chance’s pro bono work in support of the LGBT+ community.’The FT has compiled the list since 2013. This year’s role models were nominated by peers and colleagues with the nominations then reviewed by an independent judging panel.Suki Sandhu, chief executive of INvolve, parent organisation of OUTstanding, said: ’We’re so proud to see so many senior and future leaders recognised as role models for their work driving cultural change and creating work environments where everyone can succeed.’last_img read more

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RF Test Bench for Contactless Cards & Mobile Payments Achieves EMVCo Qualification

first_imgKeysight Technologies and FIME today announced that the EMVCo global technical body has qualified the latest version of the FIME Radio Frequency (RF) test bench based on Keysight´s T1141A Test Set. The Test Bench verifies compliance of mobile handsets and contactless cards with EMV Level 1 Specifications.FIME, a leading provider of secure-chip consulting and testing services, will use the system to confirm that mobile and contactless card products perform as specified by the EMV™ Proximity Integrated Circuit Card (PICC) version 2.3 Specification.The qualification by EMVCo is the result of the successful cooperation between Keysight and FIME and enables both organizations to address the increasing market demand for advanced test equipment. In addition to EMV contact, contactless and mobile certification tools, laboratory expertise, and consulting services, FIME delivers training to use the RF test bench in-house and helps its customers to further understand the EMVCo Contactless Specifications and improve the performance of their product. This level of training assists customers in efficiently and effectively obtaining EMVCo certification for contactless cards and mobile devices. It also reduces the time needed for product qualification.FIME’s work with Keysight has focused on EMV Level 1 RF testing for mobile or contactless smartcards (PICC). Both organizations are actively working to address EMVCo requirements and complete qualification of their existing test solutions for payment terminals (Proximity Coupling Device). They offer easy upgrade paths for its customers to integrate EMVCo and NFC testing in their test systems.Informtion on on Keysight´s T1141A Test Set is not available on the Keysight website at the moment. Will updates this once it becomes available.last_img read more

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Bread of Faith

first_imgRabbi helps locals prepare for PassoverBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comRabbi Asher Hecht has been on a mission this week. The McAllen-area rabbi, who represents Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley (Chabad RGV), has been traveling across the Valley distributing shmurah matzah to help the local Jewish population prepare for the upcoming Passover holiday.Shmurah matzah, which means “watched matzah,” is unleavened bread that is traditionally eaten during Passover in remembrance of the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt. “It was Passover that we were freed from bondage, slavery and were able to become the nation of the Jewish people and to receive our mandate from God at Mt. Sanai,” Hecht said during a phone interview this week.With Passover beginning this Friday, March 30, Hecht and Chabad RGV wanted to make sure every Jewish person in the Valley had unleavened bread with which to observe the holiday. What makes shmurah matzah so special, Hecht explained, is that the ingredients used to make it are literally watched from the point of harvest until the bread is cooked to ensure that it does not come in contact with water.Too, the matzahs Hecht distributed this week were handmade in Israel.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedLetter to the Editor for August 31, 2017Special to the PRESS Editor, Liquefied natural gas will bring job diversity and investment to the RGV. It is an exciting time to be living in the Rio Grande Valley. Our tremendous economic growth and resources will bring life-changing opportunities to our region. This is great news for the Valley,…September 1, 2017In “News”San Benito host to bevy of holiday eventsBy CARLOS GONZALES Special to the Parade If you haven’t had that jolly feeling with Christmas Day coming up soon, then take a trip to San Benito and enjoy upcoming events that will take place to celebrate the holiday spirit. The City of San Benito will be holding more events…December 2, 2011In “South Padre Parade”Crowdfunding effort aiding RGV recoveryBy Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After Hurricane Hanna swept through the Rio Grande Valley, countless people throughout the area found themselves needing help, some of whom have had their homes destroyed by floodwater. On July 26, a group of around ten RGV organizers started a crowdfunding campaign, the RGV Mutual Aid…August 7, 2020In “News”last_img read more

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Argos Take Third in Season-Opening Meet

first_imgRachel VanWart and Jordan Spicer rounded out the UWF lineup at 27:49.75 and 29:31.44. Cox’s ninth-place finish at 24:25.48 was just ahead of Devin Montalvo in 16th at 25:08.21 and Alexis Parnell in 18th at 25:12.18. Rebekah Lapp, Zeana Guirey, Kimberly Napoleon and Abigail Greenleaf, stayed grouped together, coming in at 26:29.52, 26:48.81, 26:51.29, and 27:03.55, respectively. Those times were good for 28th, 33rd, 35th, and 42nd. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version FULL RESULTSMONTEVALLO, Ala. – Three Argonauts took top-20 finishes in the University of West Florida women’s cross country team’s first meet of the year on Saturday in Montevallo, with junior Renee Cox leading the team and finishing ninth. As a team, UWF finished third with an average time just 13 seconds behind second-place Berry.center_img Like on the men’s side of the meet, Montevallo took first while fellow Gulf South Conference members Auburn Montgomery and Valdosta State finished fifth and sixth. The first group was followed closely by Sarah Carrion and Jasmine Lee, who finished just a second apart in 23rd and 24th and clocked in right at the 26-minute mark. The Argonauts had an extra week to prepare for this weekend’s race after the event at Furman University was cancelled due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. Next up the team heads to Nashville, Tennessee, for the Trevecca DII Showcase Invitational, September 23.last_img read more

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Olmsted Falls converts trick play to stun Midview in closing seconds, 26-23

first_imgOLMSTED FALLS, Ohio– Round one of the OHSAA High School Football Playoffs started off tonight with incredible action all over the state. The Middies of Midview entered Olmsted Falls fresh off an 8-2 season and looking to avenge a 41-27 Week 8 loss to the Bulldogs less than a month ago.It was not to be, as once again the incredible rushing attack of the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs proved to be too much to contain. The Bulldog triple-headed rushing monster compiled 218 total rushing yards in a 26-23 victory over The Middies to advance to the second round of the state playoffs. The leading rusher was Michael Howard with 108 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.A trick passing play in the closing seconds secured Olmsted Falls one of the most dramatic wins in OHSAA Playoff history. Running back Jack Spellacy threw a 60-yard halfback pass touchdown to Braden Galaska with 42 seconds left on the clock to win the game. No one saw the play coming and it proved to be a genius call by Head Coach Tom DeLuca to win his team the game in shocking fashion.“We’ve been in four games in the last two years in which we had to come on a two-minute drive to win the game,” said DeLuca, who took us behind his thought process at the time of his gutsy call. “We’re not afraid to run the ball on those two-minute drives, thus a defense cannot just play us in a prevent defense and not account for the run. Their safety and their corner both bit on the halfback lead and we threw it over the top. We have been practicing it for the last four weeks and thank God we did!”The craziest part of it all was that only 90 seconds earlier, it was a trick play by Midview that gave them the 23-20 lead with two minutes left to play. Midview was down 20-17 at the time with a few tics over two minutes remaining on the clock when they ran a double reverse that allowed wide receiver Ben Gendics to break off a 64-yard touchdown run that appeared to seal the victory for the Middies.It was their first lead of the entire game, and for all intents and purposes appeared to be enough to vault the Middie’s into the second round of the playoffs. But, the Bulldogs were not done yet.“We were in our nickel personal and trying to play the pass so we were a little weak on the backside,” DeLuca said describing what could have been a back-breaking moment. “Credit to them because they saw that, and that is a good play to go to and he had the edge contained. Our backer pursued the way he was supposed to, but then they kicked him out and cut it up. It was a great play call on their end and put them in great position. They caught us on that play and did a good job there.”The Midview Middies did their best to counter with some of their best as well, but it wasn’t quite enough. Quarterback Seamus Higley finished with 128 yards passing on 10-of-23 attempts with one touchdown. He also rushed for 23 yards and appeared to lead the game winning drive, before the dramatic ending. Star tailback Connor Wolfe was held in check, only rushing for 44 yards on 19 carries with no scores.After the Olmsted Falls defense forced a three-and-out of the Middie’s offense to start the game, their offensive right went on the attack. On their second play from scrimmage it was Michael Howard breaking off a 70-yard rush down to the one-yard line of Midview. Luke Lombardo would punch it in on the next snap to put the Bulldogs up.It wouldn’t take Midview long to reply as they took the ensuing kickoff in for a touchdown. It was the speedy Isiah Johnson running it in from 90 yards out to tie the game.  As the first quarter was coming to a close, the Bulldogs went up again. This time, it was on a touchdown toss from Grenzynski to Galaska that should have been picked off, but instead, led to a touchdown on a missed chance by the Midview defender.The Middies did manage a field goal before the half was out to pull within three points at the break. They were playing without Isiah Johnson who got banged up on the next series following his touchdown. They were also without Seth Sanders who left the game injured as well. Despite missing two of their better playmakers, the Midview attack did manage to score in each quarter of the game.Olmsted Falls opened the second half with a 7 minute, 41 second touchdown drive. The long and impressive series of third and fourth down conversations was topped off by a 10-yard Michael Howard touchdown run. Midview would answer on their next series with a beautiful one-handed touchdown catch by Wolfe from Higley. The score would remain 20-17 until the wild closing minutes.Tonight’s player of the game goes to Braden Galaska with 114 yards receiving on seven catches including the dramatic game winner!Box ScoreMidview    7     3     7     6 = 23O. Falls     13    0     7     6 = 26Scoring Summary1Q 1-yard TD run Lombardo. XP Good @ 9:071Q 90-yard kickoff return TD Johnson. XP Good @ 8:521Q 16-yard TD pass Grendzynski to Galaska. XP no good @2:022Q 35-yard FG Roig. @2:423Q 10-yard TD run Howard. XP Good @4:413Q 25-yard TD pass Higley to Wolfe. XP good @1:024Q 64-yard TD run Gendics. XP no good @2:024Q 60-yard TD pass Spellacy to Galaska. XP no good @0:42 Related TopicsOHSAA Vince McKeelast_img read more

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Toxic Blooms Increasing along Coasts from California to Alaska

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享One of the largest toxic algae blooms recorded off the West Coast is denser, more widespread, and deeper than scientists feared just weeks ago. Alaskan researchers are still studying whether this huge algae bloom is tied to unusual marine mammal behaviors since the growth can turn toxic according to NOAA’s Julie Speegle. The bloom now stretches from at least California to Alaska according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sponsored researchers. The Pacific Seafood industry, coastal tourism, and marine ecosystems in lower states have already seen severe consequences from this bloom which is as much as 40 miles wide in spots. Speegle: “There’s naturally occurring algae blooms and in certain ocean conditions they just explode in population and they can have a toxic substance. If the population is low on those blooms they’re not problem but if there’s a lot of those blooms they can increase toxicity, especially for animals that live in the water.” They say the Pacific Ocean’s unusually warm temperatures have caused it to flourish. After finding elevated levels of marine toxins in crab meat, Washington coast shellfish managers doubled the area that is closed to recreational and commercial Dungeness crab fishing on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Tomoki Kameda gets WBO bantamweight title shot

first_imgTomoki Kameda will take on champion Paulus Ambunda of Namibia for the WBO bantamweight title in Cebu in the Philippines on Aug. 1, the Kameda gym announced on Thursday.“I’m simply delighted. Finally the moment has come,” said Kameda, the youngest of the three boxing Kameda brothers, told a news conference in Tokyo. KEYWORDS Kameda, 21, who will be taking his first crack at a world title, made his professional debut in Mexico in 2008 and has won all 27 of his fights, 18 by knockout.Koki Kameda, the eldest brother, and Daiki Kameda have both won world title fights. A victory for fifth-ranked Tomoki Kameda against Ambunda would make the Kamedas the first trio of siblings to win world crowns, according to their gym.“That has been a long-held dream for the Kameda family,” said Tomoki Kameda. “Since I was a little boy, I have trained with the aim of being a champion.”The Japan Boxing Commission became a member of the World Boxing Organization in April.Under Japan Pro Boxing Association regulations, only national champions and winners of Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation titles are eligible to challenge for world titles in Japan, so the Kameda gym had been looking to fight overseas.Tomoki Kameda said he would want to unify the title against another world body’s champ should he win his match against the 32-year-old Ambunda, who has a 20-0 record (10 KOs). boxing, bantamweight, Tomoki Kameda center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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