‘PG’ becomes X-rated as Irish banks play hard ball

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Ethereal Sparkle & Experimental Works

first_imgMeghan Boody’s “Trésor (Dear Dame, your sleeping sparkes awake).” William Ris Gallery in Jamesport will host the opening of “Neverlands,” an exhibit by Jeff Muhs and Meghan Boody on Friday, October 11, from 6 to 9 PM. Muhs, a South Fork resident, and Boody, from the North Fork, will be exhibiting for the first time together, representing both shores of the East End. There will also be an artist talk on Saturday, November 2, from 1 to 3 PM, when the two will share their backstories. Until then, Indy caught up with the artists.What does the title, ‘Neverlands,’ mean to you?Jeff Muhs: Meghan and I each have our own mythos to our work. Meghan has the characters that occupy her work, their journeys, their condition. My mythos is in the paint and color, their character, and the story I tell with them. Each of our works lie somewhere in the “Neverlands” of our own creation.Meghan Boody: To me, “Neverlands” is a twilight zone, an alternate plane that exists parallel to ours. It’s a magical place we often visit in our dreams where the normal laws of reality are suspended. Sometimes we get lucky during our day and the veil momentarily lifts and a glimmer of the mystery bleeds through. These are moments of déjá vu and synchronicity that often illuminate our path. As an artist, I try to capture this fleeting beauty.Is there a particular piece that you’re excited to show?JM: I will have two brand new paintings in the exhibition. They represent the latest incarnation of my work. I also will be bringing several small-scale experimental works that may be the forerunner for my next series.MB: I am excited to be showing some transparent photographs printed on plexiglass that I made over the summer. They are like large glass slides and can be hung in front of windows. The natural light activates each image, lending an ethereal sparkle to the otherworldly characters and scenes. The photos are blow-ups of individual cards from my PsycheSuperStar oracle deck (similar to a Tarot deck). Each manipulated image aims to capture the essence of familiar mythic archetypes that are imbedded in our collective imaginations. So if any of these images looks strangely familiar to you, they are doing their job.How does creativity strike?MB: For me, creativity is the life-blood of existence. Not just for artists, but for everyone on the planet. There is great creativity in a master plumber, surgeon, parent, or anyone who is interested in developing their craft. The creative genius hidden inside everyone is directly linked to the divine. Our life’s mission is about tapping into this source.JM: I think rather than a flash of inspiration, creativity for me is wound up like energy in a spring over time, building up to a breaking point, and then is unleashed.How do you feel your work will complement the other artist?JM: While my work and Meghan’s, on the surface, might seem very different, we have, in the past, acknowledged some underlying commonality. While not completely identified, this exhibition gives us the opportunity to explore that connection further.MB: Jeff Muhs and I go way back. In the early 1990s, I posted an ad in the Southampton Press for volunteers to pose nude with their pets for a series of photographs. Jeff and his best friend, Brad, responded. They appeared at my studio with a humongous sow along with a knapsack of Oreos — bribes which were necessary, as this pig was not budging without incentives. Brad was the one who stripped down and we had a hilarious time trying to choreograph a decent shot. (The piece is part of the show.) I mention this incident as an indication of how willing Jeff is to venture into, shall we say, unusual territory. I have been told I have the same tendency. I believe our work together will create a particular blast of intensity!What do you hope to discuss during the talk on November 2?MB: By experiencing art, people open themselves up to the process of transformation. Simply exposing oneself to the symbols, archetypes and color in a work can have a lasting impact on the psyche and trigger shifts in behavior. I hope to engage the audience in a conversation about these fascinating possibilities. To get the ball rolling, I will be giving readings from my oracle deck to volunteers.JM: I think we might discuss our association, what we think of each other’s work, and how it led to the genesis of this exhibition.“Neverlands” will run through November 9. William Ris Gallery is located at 1291 Main Road in Jamesport. Visit www.williamris.com. Sharelast_img read more

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RenewableUK: Hull Factory Opening Marks New Era for Britain’s Offshore Wind Industry

first_imgRenewableUK says today’s official opening of Siemens’ new offshore wind plant in Hull represents a major stride forward for Britain’s rapidly-expanding offshore wind sector.RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Hugh McNeal, who is attending today’s ceremony, said: “Innovative, large-scale manufacturing for Britain’s offshore wind industry, as Siemens are doing here in Hull, is a key part of our nation’s modern industrial strategy”.“It’s great to see a major international company building on Yorkshire’s proud manufacturing history. Siemens is one of many trailblazers investing in this sector right across the UK. Offshore wind developers are committed to maximising the amount of locally-made kit in their projects, to ensure that we all reap the economic benefits of renewable energy – including opportunities to export, capitalising on Britain’s global lead in offshore wind”.The £310 million redevelopment of Alexandra Dock by Siemens and Associated British Ports will create 1,000 jobs, some 700 of which have already been filled by local people. The site, which is the size of 78 football pitches, includes a factory which will manufacture blades 75 meters long and a dockside plant assembling turbine towers 82 meters tall.“The offshore wind industry is bringing well over £20 billion in investment to the UK over the course of this decade, creating thousands of new jobs, from apprentices taking their first steps into high-tech, to experienced workers making the transition from the oil and gas sector into renewables”, McNeal said.Within the last few weeks, JDR Cables in Hartlepool announced that it has won a major contract to design and manufacture subsea power cables for what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, off the coast of East Yorkshire. In Belfast, Harland and Wolff secured a significant deal to supply steel foundations to a project off the Suffolk coast. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind on the Isle of Wight has announced it is recruiting 70 extra workers to manufacture turbine blades. CS Wind based in Campbeltown in Scotland is recruiting 160 more staff supplying turbine towers for Siemens as well as other international companies, RenewableUK highlighted.last_img read more

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Dispute resolution: recovering costs before allocation

first_img Masood Ahmed is senior law lecturer at Birmingham City University Is a costs judge entitled to take the view that a matter would have been allocated to the small claims track (and therefore requiring the paying party to pay costs on the small claims track basis) where a case is settled before allocation and the consent order provides for costs to be paid on the standard basis? This was the bone of contention in the Court of Appeal case of O’Beirne v Hudson [2010] EWCA Civ 52 (see also Drew v Whitbread [2010] EWCA Civ 53, which raised similar issues). A personal injury matter was settled before allocation for £1119.06. The consent order, which recorded the settlement, stated: ‘The defendant do pay the claimant’s reasonable costs and disbursements on the standard basis, to be subject to detailed assessment if not agreed.’ The defendants subsequently ­disputed the claimant’s bill of costs (which appeared to exceed the fixed costs allowed under part 45 of the Civil Procedure Rules), and argued that if the matter had proceeded to ­allocation it would have been allocated to the small claims track and that costs should be assessed on the small claims basis (that is, fixed costs under part 27 of the CPR). The claimant, ­however, contended that the terms of the consent order were such as to preclude the application of CPR 27 and 45. It was accepted by both parties that if the matter were allocated to the small claims track, only fixed costs would be recoverable and nothing would be allowed for the use of lawyers, as it was clear that small claims track claims are intended to be conducted without lawyers. The claimant’s argument was accepted by the district judge who held that the wording of the consent order precluded the matter being ­limited to the small claims track and the effect of the wording of the order would be to fetter her discretion. On appeal to the High Court, Judge Stephen Stewart QC found for the defendant. He confirmed that a costs judge had no power to vary a costs order which had already been made. However, the judge observed that the question was not whether the original costs order could be varied but whether the district judge was correct in concluding that the order precluded the court in its discretion in assessing costs on the small claims basis. He then proceeded to consider the actual wording of the order against the backdrop of the involvement of the parties’ solicitors and the ‘factual matrix’ of the case and held: ‘There is nothing… in the word ‘reasonable’… standard basis, or in the words ‘detailed assessment’, which takes away from the defendant their right to argue that costs should be assessed by reference to the small claims track.’ The judge concluded that the defendant’s right to argue that the matter should be assessed on the small claims basis was a matter which remained within the discretion of the court when the question of costs comes before the court for assessment. The claimant made a further appeal. The appeal court confirmed that in making an assessment, a costs judge is entitled to take into account all of the circumstances of the case (CPR rule 44.5(1)), including the fact that the case would almost certainly have been allocated to a small claims track if it had proceeded to the allocation stage. Lord Justice Waller stated: ‘In so doing she would have regard to what could or could not be recovered if the case had been so ­allocated.’ The appeal court, in dismissing the claimant’s appeal, held that a costs judge could not vary a costs order. But he could exercise his discretion when considering whether costs were ­reasonably incurred, and thus whether it is reasonable for the paying party to pay more than would have been recoverable in a case that should have been allocated to the small claims track. Therefore, a costs judge must question whether, for example, it is reasonable that the paying party should pay the costs of a lawyer. Waller LJ argued that a costs judge would not be bound to allow the costs as per a case on the small claims track, but that this would still be a highly material circumstance in considering what, by way of assessment, should be payable. O’Beirne is a significant authority on the issue of costs. The fact that the value of a claim means that a case is destined to be allocated to the small claims track (or any other track) does not necessarily mean that costs will be assessed on the basis of that track if the matter is settled before allocation. The court will always maintain its discretion when assessing costs as provided to it under the CPR. Furthermore, the mere fact that the parties have used specific wording (and in many occasions standard wording as those used in O’Beirne) in a consent order will not assist the court when it is assessing costs. The court will exercise its discretion and take into account all the circumstances of the particular case. Therefore, parties should throughout litigation revisit their costs position and ensure that the costs which are being incurred are both reasonable and proportionate for those costs to be recoverable at a later stage. last_img read more

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Bar ‘entity’ model points to ‘fused’ profession

first_imgTwo innovative legal businesses provide further evidence of the growing convergence of the bar and solicitor branches of the profession, enabled by the bar regulator’s ‘entity’ model.They comprise a barrister’s business which remunerates barristers in a similar way to solicitors; and a solicitor opting to register with the bar regulator to cut costs.The businesses are among 44 entities now registered by the Bar Standards Board. Both opted for the model in part because they felt the two branches were gradually becoming fused.Merseyside barrister Richard Gray told the Gazette that he decided to set up his civil practice, Elysium Law, as an entity, as he thought it offered a more ‘progressive’ way of running the business. Gray is operating as a single-person entity but plans to bring in other barristers who would be paid a salary commensurate with their stake in the business.He said: ‘If you have got a group of barristers who have got shares in their own company, it encourages cohesion among counsel to run the chambers.’Gray said the current payment model, where barristers pay a percentage of their income to chambers, is ‘not tenable’. He said it has ‘bred resentment’ among barristers who have high incomes against those who contribute less to chambers.’No other business works like that. If you are a solicitor, you use timesheets so there is always an incentive to work hard,’ he said.He plans to set up his business as an online chambers in order to keep costs down. He said the overheads at traditional chambers are not compatible with the now financially straitened publicly funded bar. Elysium Law provides services in employment law, wills and probate, and tax planning. Gray is also considering recruiting a solicitor to the firm, as he said there are advantages to having a ‘fused set’. He said: ‘While the rules for barristers and solicitors are different, our interests are the same and if we are under the same roof that would only enhance our work.’Newcastle solicitor Lee Dowling (pictured) has opted to set up his business, LMD Law, as an entity in order to cut his overheads. The bar’s mutual indemnity insurance and lower authorisation fees made it cheaper to be licensed by the BSB than the Solicitors Regulation Authority, he said. Dowling said: ‘It does make a difference being able to keep costs to a minimum and being able pass the cost savings on to cost-sensitive clients.’LMD Law serves small and medium-sized business in areas including litigation, property law and employment law.Initially it will operate as a virtual firm, but Dowling said he is looking for small premises. Although he has no firm plans to hire a barrister, he said the entity structure would allow the business to make use of the resources that members of the bar can bring.Dowling said that while the bar would continue to focus on specialised advocacy, an ‘informal fusing’ of the two branches of the profession was already in progress.Meanwhile, one of the barristers to set up an SRA-licensed alternative business structure claimed that clients are responding well to the business.ARP Legal was set up by five barristers from 5 St Andrew’s Hill, London. One of the five, Ben Keith, said the firm had so far represented Sarah Tighe, the wife of Tom Hayes, during the Libor trial, and that it had worked on two cases involving the enforcement of foreign orders in the UK.He said the model was ‘much easier’ than taking on direct access work, as more than one barrister could work on the same case, meaning the barristers have been taking on larger cases than before.last_img read more

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Caribbean countries voted on UN resolution against Trump stance on Jerusalem

first_imgYesterday, despite threats from the Trump administration that country’s who vote for a United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) resolution to declare “null and void” President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, could risk not receiving US aid, 128 UN member countries voted for the resolution.Six Caribbean countries – Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines voted for the resolution.  Six other Caribbean counties – Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago abstained from voting; while the countries of St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia was absent from the assembly and did not cast votes.In addition to the 128 UN member countries that voted in favor of the resolution, nine (the US, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo) voted against and 35 abstained. The vote is seen as a victory for the Palestinians.Following the vote, the government of Jamaica issued the following statement:GOJ’s Statement Post Abstention on UNGA VoteThe Government of Jamaica has taken note of the recent announcement by the President of the United States of America recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and advising of its intention to move its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The Government recognizes the sovereign right of states to determine their relations with others, but notes international concerns regarding the possible implications of same.We unequivocally continue to hope for the attainment of peace and stability for the people of that region, through continued dialogue on outstanding issues.Jamaica therefore reaffirms the statement made by Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade during the UNGA in September 2017 that, “We continue to believe that the best solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis rests in a negotiated political settlement based on a just, lasting and comprehensive agreement that guarantees the security of Israel and provides for a Palestinian State, within internationally recognized borders”last_img read more

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10 KW COTS L-Band Pulsed Power Amplifier for Radar Applications

first_img User selectable output power management modes – AGC (Automatic Gain Control), ALC (Automatic Level Control) and MGC (Manual Gain Control) Selectable RF power detectors optimized to your waveform Optional Filter/Switches for improved harmonic rejection can be specified Compact, lightweight and portable for easier maneuverability in lab environments or tactical deployments Modern and multi-faceted Monitoring and Control user interfaces, including a Web browser, TCP/IP Ethernet, factory configurable serial RS-422 or RS232 interface and a front panel touchscreen display. Empower RF has announced the availability of their field proven Model 2185 high power pulsed amplifier that operates from 960 to 1215 MHz at 10KW Peak with duty cycles from 0.1% to 5%. This compact and versatile radar transmitting amplifier, with flexible operating modes, is ideal for radar component testing, advanced research, and system development. It is also well suited for mobile EW and threat simulator applications.Tactical Transmit applications include distance measuring equipment (DME), military identification friend or foe (IFF), tactical air navigation (TACAN), secondary surveillance radar (SSR), and Joint Tactical Information Distribution System/Multifunctional Information Distribution System (JTIDS/MIDS)The amplifier features user selectable operating scenarios in the event of certain alarms or device failures that either keep the amplifier transmitting at reduced levels (for mission critical duties) or shuts down.  In all cases, alarms are pushed out the LAN port so polling is not required.The amplifier has built in Protections and Remote Monitoring This COTS High Power Amplifier has a flexible feature set making it ideal for research and threat simulation, with the benefit of a future proof architecture. Some of the key features include: The user interface capabilities of this amplifier are the same as all Empower next generation designs and allow the user to initiate remote management and diagnostics via an embedded web server or M2M interface, enabling network managed site status and control simply by connecting the unit’s Ethernet port to a LAN. Using a web browser and the unit’s IP address (IPV4) allows ease of access with the benefit of multilevel security. Click here to See More Information on Model 2185. Excessive VSWR with user selectable fold-back or Shutdown on fault – Electronic VSWR Protection Duty cycle and pulse width protection exceeding your pre-set value Power supply faults including input line voltage faults Output power limit Input overdrive Cooling and Electronic thermal management and fan health speed RF section component failure – will back down power to a safe operating level with “Graceful Output Power Degradation“last_img read more

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Audio: Matt Loede Chats w/ Bob Frantz of 106.5 The Ticket on the Indians and Opening Day

first_img Adrienne Goehler CLEVELAND – As the Tribe gets set for game two against the Red Sox, listen as Matt Loede of NEO Sports Insiders chats with 106.5 The Ticket midday host Bob Frantz about opening day, the Indians looking ahead, Michael Brantley and more in this interview. Listen to the Matt Loede / Bob Frantz interview Related TopicsBob FrantzIndiansMatt Loedecenter_img In Adrienne Goehler’s household, there was no escape becoming a Cleveland sports and Buckeyes fan growing up; that’s where her passion began. An athlete her whole life, Adrienne is channeling that competitive spirit for the game as a columnist for NEO Sports Insiders. She has a background working with web-based software for use by professionals in the broadcast industry, and experience involving major league sports.last_img read more

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Wildwood Assault Lands One in Hospital

first_imgState Troopers were notified just after 6pm that a male inmate was being taken to Central Peninsula Hospital. Soldotna Bureau of Investigation was notified and took over case responsibility. Beth Ipsen with AST said they are regarding another inmate as a suspect, but haven’t yet finished their investigation. The inmate is yet to be identified.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Monday evening assault at Wildwood landed one inmate in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.last_img

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