Sidewalks In Bridgehampton

first_imgAs part of the ongoing Bridgehampton traffic and pedestrian-safety project, the New York State Department Of Transportation has begun construction of a new portion of sidewalk along the south side of Montauk Highway this week. The new section of sidewalk is being installed beginning on the east side of Church Lane, extending east to connect with the existing sidewalk in this area. Portions of the existing sidewalk along this corridor will be repaired, and the new sidewalk will also be installed where gaps between existing sidewalk sections currently exist. When this phase of the project is complete, there will be uninterrupted sidewalk on the south side of Montauk Highway extending from Church Lane to School Street. Parking along the south side of Montauk Highway in this immediate area will be restricted at times. This will be an active construction area for several weeks. During this time, both motorists and pedestrians are advised to use caution when driving or walking in this Sharelast_img read more

The increasing market for rare gases

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Algerian leaders convinced huge plans can weather storms

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Orion launched with help from Air Products

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IMO Launches Study on D-2 Implementation

first_imgThe IMO has launched a Study on the implementation of the ballast water performance standard described in regulation D-2 of the BWM Convention. The Study will assess the implementation of the Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems (G8) and related type approval processes, as well as the performance of approved ballast water management systems (BWMS) in routine operation on board ships.The Study is fact-based and will focus on collecting, synthesising and analysing data and verifiable information and documentation.The Study will involve two ”tracks” to facilitate and optimize the collection of data.Track 1 involves online surveys and document collection on current and past approaches and procedures used in testing of BWMS and the granting of Type Approval Certificates by Administrations.Track 2 also involves online surveys and data collection on the technical, mechanical and biological performance of BWMS with Type Approval Certificates that have been installed, commissioned and are in operation on board ships.last_img read more

DEC: Hudson River Cleanup Not Done

first_imgIn a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos yesterday challenged the effectiveness of EPA’s remedy to cleanup PCBs from the Upper Hudson River.With unacceptably high levels of contamination still left in river sediment, the state called on EPA to reexamine its cleanup to effectively protect public health and the environment over the long term.“Unacceptably high levels of PCB contaminated sediment remain in large portions of the Upper Hudson River,” said Commissioner Seggos. “The job is not done and the remedy as implemented may not achieve the targeted reductions of PCB levels in water and fish tissue within the timeframes originally anticipated by EPA. EPA must ensure the remediation conducted by General Electric is effectively protecting public health and the environment from exposure to PCBs.”Specifically, DEC is urging EPA to evaluate the sufficiency of the remediation selected in the Record of Decision (ROD) guiding this cleanup. EPA’s current five-year review must thoroughly quantify the trends based on all available fish, water, and sediment data, and make reasonable and conservative assumptions regarding future trends.Recent analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others illustrate that recovery rates for fish in the lower Hudson may be far longer than EPA anticipated.Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the National Contingency Plan (NCP), EPA is required to monitor effectiveness of the remedy to affirm that it is meeting the goals set by the Record of Decision (ROD).In March, EPA committed to perform a five-year review of the remedy, which it expects to issue in the spring of 2017. EPA must take additional remedial action if the remedy fails to meet the goals required by the ROD, including the reduction of PCB levels in fish within the timeframe EPA originally anticipated.last_img read more

Battle for legal aid’s future is not about the profession

first_imgLast month, Law Society president Paul Marsh opened a debate entitled ‘Legal aid: a vision for the next 60 years’. The panel included the legal aid minister, Lord Bach. There was plenty of talk about the parlous state of legal aid. Vision, however, was in short supply. At the meeting, Andrew Caplen, chair of the access to justice committee, announced a Law Society review of access to justice. This is timely because we are at a critical moment. Legal aid needs a vision for the next 60 years, even if it has managed pretty well until recently without one. Lord Hailsham used to boast that it was the ‘fastest growing social service’. That was almost certainly not what Mrs Thatcher intended – it was the result of a lack of concern over the growth of a relatively low budget for a broadly desirable service. But, to survive the next 60 years, legal aid not only needs a clearer vision, it needs a sharper voice in which it can successfully articulate its case for funding against its competitors. If visions are distant, nightmares are close. Legal aid expenditure has been held at around £2bn for the last few years. There is no legal impediment to it being slashed further. Play the defence of legal aid wrong and we could very well find expenditure reducing. In particular, the civil budget of £800m could be devastated at the stroke of a pen. Services in crime and public law will be protected because of the fair trial guarantee of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the effect of which will remain whatever happens to the Human Rights Act). However, compulsory competitive tendering could be deployed to bring down criminal costs to rock-bottom levels. Provision would be reduced to a bureaucratised rump of privatised public defenders with pre-determined market shares. So how might the access to justice committee come up with an alternative, and less depressing, vision of the future? To do so, we have to forget professional advantage, even for beleaguered groups of practitioners. We need to stress the socially inclusive nature of access to justice and the constitutional importance of fair trial. We have to accept that legal aid will, henceforth, be a declining (yet not inconsiderable) source of professional income. For both the bar and solicitors, appeal to relatively low incomes against the rest of the legal profession will get us nowhere. The more telling comparisons will be with teachers, social workers and doctors. As a matter of practical politics, we must surely accept that the overall legal aid budget is capped. Our job will be to hold that cap at £2bn plus inflation and the cost of additional services. The failure to accept this is a weakness of the otherwise interesting contribution to this debate recently published by the Legal Action Group – The Justice Gap: Whatever Happened to Legal Aid? by Steve Hynes and Jon Robins. The old argument about justice being without price may be eternally valid – it is just that no-one will hear it anymore. The core of the problem is crime. The overall cost has to be brought down to preserve civil. Lord Mackay once remarked that we were about at the end of what could be done ‘without radical change’. He was right. The only game in town appears to be the hopes riding on competitive tendering – a policy first advocated by Lord Mackay himself. But competitive tendering will cut competition for clients; diminish quality; require more management than is planned; and bureaucratise provision. The more radical option, which allows for a bit more vision, is to do what has actually been very successfully done before – radically restructure court procedures and substantive law (in the late 1970s, it was divorce) to save legal aid. For example, could expensive serious fraud trials be replaced by cheaper offences based on breaches of clearer statutory duties? Could the cost be shifted to stronger City regulators? What changes are needed to ensure that no jury trial lasts beyond three months? Standard or graduated fees might well be a better way of regulating the budget and respecting the dignity of clients than hawking consolidated bundles of cases to the lowest bidder. On the civil side, three things must happen. First, the Community Legal Service (CLS) desperately needs a coherent vision. It ought to limit itself to being a comprehensive advice and information provider, providing assistance in social welfare law. We should argue to bring the not-for-profit movement and, in particular, the powerful citizens advice movement firmly into the CLS fold. There needs to be a binding together of provisions that includes national telephone and web services, not-for-profit advice, assistance and lawyers where their expertise is needed. Second, there has to be a clear policy about what should happen to family law and what help is provided, on what terms and why. Third, let us examine the case for reintegrating the funding of money claims into legal aid through the replacement of conditional fee agreements and remaining areas of legal aid into a publicly run contingency legal aid fund (CLAF). Might a CLAF allow a better regulated and broader system of litigation than conditional fee agreements that implicitly prioritise certain types of ‘slam dunk’ cases? Practitioners, readers and Law Society members may not agree with all – or any – of the above. The important thing is the quality of the debate of the society’s access to justice review. Paradoxically, if we are to defend the profession’s manifest material interest in legal aid then we have to do so in terms rigidly aligned with the interest of lawyers’ clients. Otherwise, the next 60 years is all downhill. Roger Smith is director of the law reform and human rights organisation Justicelast_img read more

Public sector faces high level of employment claims

first_imgSome 37% of employment appeal cases are against public sector organisations, despite such bodies employing only 22% of the workforce, research by Milton Keynes firm EMW Picton Howell has shown. The firm’s analysis of national statistics and information from the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) showed that while the private sector employs three-quarters of the workforce, it is involved in only 56% of employment cases. The not-for-profit sector faces a disproportionate number of employment claims, according to the research, accounting for 7% of all EAT cases but making up only 3% of overall employment. Jon Taylor, head of employment at EMW Picton Howell, said the high level of employment claims in the public sector was a result of union membership. He said: ‘Unions play a very important role in the public sector employment landscape. Strong representation and financial support from the unions to help employees bring their case to court is the reason why the public sector is involved in such a high proportion of employment claims.’ Taylor said the balance was likely to be redressed as the waves of redundancies that have taken place in the private sector because of the recession begin to feed through to the EAT this year. He noted that Picton Howell has already seen a fourfold increase in its own litigation work. Taylor said that so far the public sector had been relatively insulated from the recession, but government spending cuts following the election could spark grievance claims by employees.last_img read more

Looming deadlines, much unfinished business await Congress

first_img Published: November 25, 2017 11:09 AM EST SHARE Author: AP Looming deadlines, much unfinished business await Congress center_img WASHINGTON (AP) The crush of unfinished business facing lawmakers when they return to the Capitol would be daunting even if Washington were functioning at peak efficiency.It’s an agenda whose core items – tax cuts, a potential government shutdown, lots of leftover spending bills – could unravel just as easily as advance amid factionalism, gamesmanship, and a toxic political environment.There’s only a four-week window until a Christmas deadline, barely enough time for complicated negotiations even if December stays on the rails. And that’s hardly a sure bet in President Donald Trump’s capital.Trump and congressional leaders plan a meeting Tuesday to discuss how to sidestep a shutdown and work though the legislative to-do list.For the optimistic, it’s plain that Democrats and Republicans have reasons to cooperate, particularly on spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies whose budgets otherwise would be frozen. An additional round of hurricane aid should be bipartisan, and efforts to reauthorize a popular health care program for children seem to be on track.Republicans are advancing their cherished tax cut measure under special rules that mean Senate Democrats cannot use delaying tactics. The measure passed the House just before the Thanksgiving break and moves to the Senate floor this coming week.After the Senate GOP’s failure on health care this summer, the majority party is under enormous pressure to produce a victory on taxes. Still, GOP deficit hawks such as Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona remain uneasy about the overhaul.While Democrats largely sidelined on taxes, they hold leverage over a mix of budget-related issues.MORE: Congressional leaders call for sexual harassment trainingFirst, there’s the need to avert a government shutdown after a temporary spending bill expires on Dec. 8. The most likely scenario, congressional aides say, is for an additional extension until Christmas. On a parallel track are talks to raise spending limits that are keeping agency budgets essentially frozen unless those caps are raised. If that happens, then negotiations could begin in earnest on a massive catchall spending measure in hopes of having it signed into law by year’s end.Taxes have gotten all the attention so far, but the showdown over a potential shutdown right before Christmas could soon take center stage. Democrats are counting on GOP fears of a holiday season closure to ensure Republican concessions during December talks.Both sides would have to make concessions that may upset partisans in either party. Just as House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., fears a revolt on the right, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California risks an uprising on her left. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., round out the quartet of top negotiators.“Everybody’s got complicated politics. The chance of short-term failure is pretty high – short-term failure being a shutdown,” said Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic lobbyist. “But the four of them, assuming they don’t want to shut the government down for a long time, are going to have to come to an accommodation.”MORE: Congress to consider air-traffic control privatization billTalks on the spending caps are stuck, however, aides say. A GOP offer to lift the Pentagon budget by more than $54 billion next year and nondefense limits by $37 billion was rejected by Democrats demanding balance between the two sides of the ledger.Long-delayed battles over immigration and Trump’s promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border are huge obstacles. Many Democrats whose votes are needed on the spending bills insist they won’t vote for any legislation that includes the wall. Trump remains dead set on his $1.6 billion request for a down payment on the project.Those same Democrats also insist that Congress must act by year’s end to protect immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and whose protected status is set to lapse next year. Trump backs the idea despite issuing an executive order reversing the Obama administration protections, starting next spring. Conservatives oppose drawing in the immigration issue to legislation to keep the government running.Hurricane relief is adding one more wrinkle.Congress has approved more than $50 billion in aid in response to a series of devastating hurricanes. The most recent request by the White House is the largest yet at $44 billion, but it’s not nearly enough to satisfy the powerful Texas delegation, which is pressing behind the scenes for more.“Completely inadequate,” said Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas. “We must do far more to rebuild, repair and allow Texans to return to normal as quickly as possible.”Trump is a huge wild card. He warmed to the idea of cutting deals with Democrats after a September pact with Schumer and Pelosi to lift the government’s debt ceiling. He promised the Democratic leaders that he would sign legislation to give the young immigrants legal status – provided border security is addressed as well.But Trump has not really engaged on the year-end agenda and his impulsiveness could be a liability. He almost disowned an omnibus spending bill in May after media accounts portrayed the measure as a win for Democrats. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more