Ellery shifts skids

first_imgThe Auckland headquartered forwarder was established in 1969 has a strong background moving heavy and oversize loads for the oil and gas, mining and engineering industries. Ellery OS Project Cargo recently handled gas plant skids from Alberta, Canada, via Galveston, Texas, USA, to Taranaki in New Zealand. According to Scott Ellery, managing director of Ellery OS Project Cargo: “The biggest challenge of this shipment wasn’t only navigating officials in three countries and the ocean itself – but the tight rural roads of Taranaki.” The two skids were delivered and positioned at the Taranaki jobsite on January 11, 2013. www.elleryos.co.nz www.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img

Baumann expands crane fleet

first_imgThe new crane will be used to support the company’s two existing Demag City cranes in machine assembly and relocation projects.”With a total length of just 8.69 m and a height of just 3.16 m, the AC 45 City is the most compact crane in its class and therefore ideally suited to working indoors,” said Viktor Baumann’s managing director Sabine Baumann-Duvenbeck.www.viktor-baumann.dewww.demag.comlast_img

At last: MoJ announces timetable for LASPO review

first_imgThe government has set the ball rolling on the long-awaited review of its controversial legal aid reforms, the Ministry of Justice has announced.Justice minister Sir Oliver Heald told an all-party parliamentary group meeting in Westminster yesterday evening that the government ’now considers enough time has passed for the reforms to have bedded in for us to begin the review process’.The government had promised a review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) by April 2018. The act, which came into force in April 2013, removed vast swaths of law from the scope of legal aid.Heald told the meeting that the ministry plans to submit a post-legislative memorandum on LASPO ‘as a whole’ to the justice select committee. This process has to be done by May but Heald said the ministry hopes to do it before then. He added that the memorandum will cover the whole act, including part one.He said: ‘We will look at how the act has been affected by litigation, the various reviews of legal aid done by bodies such as the National Audit Office and others. This will lead to an initial discussion to the extent to which changes to legal aid met their objectives which is the test for the post-legislative memorandum. Then we will begin work on the full post-implementation review of legal aid.’Heald said the government intends to work ‘closely and collaboratively’ with other parties. It will outline more detailed plans about the review when it presents the memorandum to parliament.He added: ‘The memorandum and review will provide us with a robust evidence-based picture of the current legal aid landscape and how it’s changed since LASPO.’When pressed by Carol Storer, director of the Legal Aid Practitioners’ Group, for more details, such as who will carry out the review, Heald said he wanted to outline the timetable yesterday. But he said the ‘internal’ review will be a ‘collaborative effort’ and ’bring together all the contributors you would expect to assist us on that’.The government is already reviewing certain aspects of its legal aid reforms, such as evidence requirements in certain domestic violence cases, and employment and immigration tribunal fees.‘We’re trying to adjust the system to make it as good as it can be, but we’re a limited resource,’ Heald said. Sir Oliver HealdSource: PA Archive/PA ImagesHowever, Heald said he disagreed with the Law Society about the existence of legal aid housing advice ‘deserts’.Chancery Lane published a shocking infographic last year, which showed that nearly a third of legal aid areas have just one solicitor provider who specialises in housing and whose advice is available through legal aid.The Gazette has reported on several attempts by the government to urgently plug holes in the provision of housing and debt services due to ‘access’ issues. One practitioner told the Gazette that reliance on sole providers had already created conflicts of interest.Heald said there are 134 legal aid areas; 35 have one housing provider.Highlighting the Society’s call that there should be two providers, Heald thought ‘that would undermine the current providers in those areas where there is just one provider’.He added: ‘Those providers [will] have a certain volume of work. They have a team and bearing the costs of the team. If you were to divide the work between them and another provider… There is a history of losing providers for [sustainability] reasons. That’s my worry.’We have got a pattern of support around the country. In most areas there is more than one provider, in some areas there is one. A telephone hotline is also available [and] court duty rotas on the day. I do not want to put those single providers at risk.’last_img read more

Ice-cool Evans sets up another British date for Federer

first_imgBritain’s Dan Evans kept his cool in uncharted territory on Thursday, downing 30th-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6(6) 6-4 6-1 to sweep into the third round at Wimbledon and equal his best ever grand slam performance.The prize for Evans, who before this year had never won a match in the main draw at the All England Club, is a clash with Roger Federer.That sets up a second date in a row with a home-grown outsider for the seven-times winner, who on Centre Court on Wednesday wrote the final chapter in the Wimbledon fairytale of 772th-ranked Marcus Willis.Evans, ranked 91st after breaking into the top 100 for the first time in May, represents a tougher proposition for the Swiss on paper, and the Briton played Thursday’s key points better than his 33rd-ranked opponent, a former Australian Open quarter-finalist.After a closely-fought opening, a Dolgopolov double-fault handed the first set to Evans 8-6 in a tiebreak.Evans, who reached the U.S. Open third round as a qualifier in 2013, was again the more clinical in the second set, staying aggressive and taking it on his first set point with a deft stop volley that left the Ukrainian floundering.Dolgopolov faded badly in the third set, dropping serve three times and netting weakly on match point as Evans won the last four points to wrap things up in just under two hours.Asked about his next opponent, Evans said in a courtside interview: “It’s going to be …an amazing experience…I have to put to the back of my mind that he is one of the best players ever to play the game.”last_img read more