Lumens Digital Optics announced its UHD and Full HD PTZ cameras are now integrated with Extron control systems.This means that Lumens PTZ cameras now combine with the Extron IPCP, IPL and TLC series controller via RS232 and Ethernet. The control drivers enable the Extron Touch Screen and the Extron App to fully manage the camera control directly, such as pan-tilt-zoom, preset and focus functions. With seamless integration, users can control white balance and exposure easily. The system works with the VC-A70H 4K PTZ camera and the VC-B30U USB 3.0 PTZ camera. Also, it is compatible with the VC-A50P IP PTZ camera, the VC-A50PN IP PTZ camera with NDI and the VC-A61P UHD PTZ IP camera.These cameras are aimed at education, broadcasting, government, house of worship, medical, entertainment, etc.
Falling in love is one of the essential human experiences. It has been romanticized for centuries, and is essential for human survival, but little is known about the scientific process behind it.In a new study, researchers evaluated the psychological process and examined the physiological response to falling in love.The early stage of romantic love is usually associated with “intense preoccupations and worries regarding the partner and the relationship, obsessive-like anticipation, focus on minute non-verbal signals, and fears of rejection,” the researchers from Bar-Ilan University noted. However, romantic relationships also require “sufficient calm” in order to create a trusting approach with one’s partner, which is known as “immobility without fear.” Share Share on Twitter Email LinkedIn Share on Facebook Pinterest Specifically, cortisol, a steroid hormone excreted usually in response to stress, has been related to “psychological, physiological, and physical health.” Cortisol levels are associated with behavior between romantic partners; partners with higher levels of cortisol have demonstrated greater animosity during conflict interactions.Researchers in this study published in Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology argue that reduced cortisol production is necessary for this state of “immobility with fear,” which is crucial to the beginning of a romantic relationship.To test this, researchers “measured associations between daily cortisol and CAR and the couple’s observed social reciprocity and joint partnership during naturalistic interactions.” Using this theory of cortisol, researchers utilized one hundred and 55 young adults which were split into two groups — a new couples group, who began their relationships on average 2.4 months prior to the study, and a singles group, which included 35 young adults who were not in any romantic relationship and had not been so for at least 3 months prior to the study. The singles group was comprised of 21 women and 14 men. The participants collected saliva when they woke up, half an hour after waking up, and just before bedtime on two consecutive weekdays.Couples also were asked to “arrive at the lab for a videotaped interaction that included two paradigms; positive and support giving.” In the positive interaction, couples discussed a shared positive experience; the support giving interaction had couples describe to each other situations that had caused them stress but weren’t related to the relationship.Researchers found that couples in relationships produced less cortisol than individuals not in relationships, like they had predicted. Romantic partners who displayed “greater social reciprocity and goal-directed partnership, including the expression of positive affect, matched dyadic states, visual attention to partner, consistent and predictable style, and focus on listening to the partner and jointly accomplishing the task at hand” during the interaction sessions at the lab were also shown to have lower cortisol production than those couples who did not.One important limitation in the study was that the singles group was comprised of mostly women; the results could show some gender bias. Also, the amount of time couples spent together during the study was not measured or regulated. Researchers noted that further research is necessary to study the lack of a stress response when falling in love.
Ebola’s impact on the United States reached far beyond Texas today, as federal and state health officials revealed preliminary test results indicating infection in a second nurse who had flown to Dallas from Ohio hours before she reported having a fever.The woman’s travel history triggered notification today of 132 passengers on Frontier Airways flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth on Oct 13, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Though the nurse didn’t have any illness symptoms during the flight and isn’t thought to have been infectious then, the short period between the evening flight and her fever report the next morning has the CDC acting out of an abundance of caution, the agency said.Nurse also helped care for DuncanThe Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) said today that the second infected nurse reported a low-grade fever yesterday and was immediately isolated at the hospital. The Dallas media identified her as 29-year-old Amber Joy Vinson. As with the first infected nurse, Vinson had helped care for the Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Oct 8.At a media briefing today, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said the nurse had extensive contact with Duncan when he was having substantial amounts of diarrhea and vomiting. He said Vinson will be taken to Emory University Hospital’s special isolation unit in Atlanta for treatment, and a Dallas Morning News story today said she had been flown there today.The hospital said in a statement today that she is in good condition. Dallas health officials said no symptoms have been reported in 75 other health workers who may have had the same exposure as the two nurses. Also, no symptoms have been noted in the one contact of the first sick nurse—Nina Pham—or in the 48 people originally identified as Duncan’s possible contacts.Federal and state health officials are deeply concerned that others in Duncan’s care team may have had similar exposure and have warned that more Ebola infections may be detected in the group.Earlier in the day at a press conference in Dallas that was broadcast live on the local ABC affiliate, WFAA, Mayor Mike Rawlings said Vinson lives alone and doesn’t have any pets. As for Pham, city officials sent a reverse 911 call to nearby residents and provided literature about Ebola to neighbors, and cleaning teams began decontaminating her apartment and car.Nurse’s flight triggers passenger notificationThe CDC this morning asked travelers who took the Frontier Airlines flight to call the agency and said that the airline is working closely with the CDC to identify and notify passengers. It said public health officials will begin interviewing passengers this afternoon, and those found to be at potential risk will be actively monitored.Frontier Airlines said in a joint statement with the CDC today that it learned about the nurse’s travel at 1:00 am today. It said the flight landed in Dallas at 8:16 pm on Oct 13 and the plane was cleaned using normal procedures, which are consistent with CDC guidelines. The company said the plane was cleaned again in Cleveland last night. It added that the woman’s initial flight to Cleveland was on Oct 10 on Flight 1142.Frieden said the nurse flew to Ohio before Pham’s Ebola infection was known. Because she was self-monitoring, Vinson should not have traveled and should not have been allowed to travel. People who are self-monitoring should travel only in controlled setting, such as private vehicles, Frieden said. Her temperature the day of the flight was 99.5°F.He said the chance of the woman transmitting the virus during the flight is extremely low, “but we’re putting in place extra layers of safety.”Kent State asks three workers to self-monitorIn a related development, Kent State University (KSU) today announced that Vinson is related to three of its employees and that she didn’t have symptoms when she traveled to Cleveland from Oct 10 to Oct 13.In a statement, KSU said the woman wasn’t on campus and had stayed with her family at their home in Summit County. It said that, out of an abundance of caution, it has asked the woman’s family members to remain off campus for the next 21 days and monitor their health.Probe focuses on PPEThe second infection in a health worker comes a day after the CDC announced steps to shore up personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control guidelines for managing Ebola patients. The steps came in the wake of charges from National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest registered nurses’ union, that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital didn’t have PPE protocols and had inconsistent guidelines that were confusing for employees.In a fact sheet yesterday outlining its steps, the CDC said it has deployed a second team to the Dallas hospital to assist with infection control and monitoring health workers. The team includes professions from Emory’s special isolation unit and some who have worked with Doctors without Borders, a group that is known for its highly disciplined PPE practices.It said the focus of the investigation at the Dallas hospital centers around what type of gear the staff wore, how it was donned and doffed, procedures done on Duncan that may have exposed the nurses, decontamination after workers left the isolation unit, oversight, and what other training may be needed.Though it hasn’t identified a source of exposure, the CDC said immediate recommendations for the facility include standardizing PPE, possibly employing full body suits, ensuring consistent training in PPE use, use of a hood model that protects workers’ necks, and detailing steps for hand disinfection and PPE removal.Frieden, at today’s media briefing, said there are several right ways to wear PPE, but he added that employees who use familiar PPE in familiar ways are more likely to do it right.Yesterday the CDC announced that it will send an Ebola response team to any US hospital that identifies an Ebola patient. It also provided details on a host of conferences and webinars, including one tomorrow with the American Hospital Association and one on Oct 20 for healthcare workers.Nurses union demands better training, protectionNNU said, based on reports from Dallas nurses, that Duncan’s lab specimens were sent through the hospital pneumatic tube system, nurses initially had gowns that weren’t impermeable, and N95 respirators and face shields were optional. Suits given to nurses exposed their necks, and the nurses secured them with medical tape, which isn’t impermeable.NNU raised the concerns, based on reports from unnamed nurses at the Dallas hospital, at a media briefing yesterday and detailed them in a press release and during a national conference call today.The group said advance training consisted of an optional seminar, and even after Duncan was hospitalized for Ebola, training was limited and didn’t include practice PPE donning and doffing for every nurse. Some nurses said hospital preparedness consisted only of leaflets on PPE for Ebola and short in-services.”Nurses had to interact with Mr. Duncan with whatever protective equipment was available, at a time when he had copious amounts of diarrhea and vomiting which produces a lot of contagious fluids,” NNU said.The hospital’s parent company, Texas Health Resources, said in a statement that patient and employee safety is its top priority and it takes compliance very seriously. It said it has numerous measures in place to provide a safe environment, including mandatory annual training, an around-the-clock hotline, and mechanisms that allow anonymous reporting. It said it would review and respond to any concerns nurses and employees have.During the NNU call today, the group aired a letter outlining its concerns that it sent to President Obama, other lawmakers, and public health officials. Nursing organizations from Spain and Liberia weighed in with similar concerns, and nurses from different parts of the United States called in to describe the experiences at their hospitals.A common complaint was that hospitals had only generic gowns and other gear, instead of properly sized hazmat type gear. One nurse from Washington, DC, said her hospital couldn’t afford goggles: “It’s a mess. We need help.”Lisa Brosseau, ScD, who coauthored a Sep 17 commentary published on CIDRAP’s Web site on the potential for Ebola to be transmitted by infectious aerosol particles and the need for better PPE, addressed the group. She said that when the first Ebola case was identified in Dallas, she assumed US hospitals would be ready, given their experiences with tuberculosis, pandemic flu, and SARS.She said, though, that she is shocked and saddened to know that two nurses have been infected. She put the blame for lack of hospital Ebola preparedness at the door of the CDC, which she said has not incorporated the expertise of worker safety groups such as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) into its planning.Brosseau is a professor in the School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, at the University of Illinois in Chicago.West Africa cases approach 9,000The Ebola infection pattern in all three outbreak countries continues to deteriorate, with continuing problems with data gathering and reporting in Liberia clouding some of the assessment there, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today in its latest update. Though a vast undercount of the disease’s true burden, the total through Oct 12 is 8,997 infections and 4,493 deaths, it said.The total reflects an increase of 598 infections and 460 deaths since the WHO’s late update on Oct 10.Widespread and persistent Ebola transmission in Guinea, where disease levels have ebbed and flowed over the outbreak months, is driven by a spike in cases in the capital Conakry and in nearby Coyah district. In Sierra Leone, intense transmission is still occurring in Freetown, the capital, and in surrounding districts, the WHO said.Corporate preparedness concernsAbsence of a fever doesn’t necessarily guarantee that a person is not infected with the Ebola virus, said Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, at a webinar today on corporate preparedness for Ebola. Therefore, travelers who return from an Ebola-hit country and have suggestive symptoms but don’t have a fever should “absolutely” be tested for the disease, he said. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of CIDRAP News, said 10% to 20% of Ebola patients may present without a fever.Worries about Ebola may be slowing the US military response to the Ebola crisis in Liberia, said another expert who spoke during the same webinar. Myles Druckman, MD, senior vice president of medical services at International SOS, a travel security firm, said US contractors supporting the US military in Liberia are concerned about how Ebola risks will be managed. “A lot of the contractors who are being asked to go in-country to support the military are asking, ‘What’s the plan, guys?'” he said. “I think that’s definitely holding up some of the relief effort to support the US military.” Osterholm commented that now, a month after President Obama promised to send 3,000 troops to Liberia, only 300 troops have been sent and no new treatment beds or hospitals have yet been provided.Evacuating a sick visitor from an Ebola-hit country is very difficult, even if he or she is known not to have Ebola, Druckman said during the webinar. “Basically the stars have to align,” he said. “While it is possible, it’s extremely challenging, and it has to be on a dedicated aircraft.” If a person actually has Ebola, evacuating him or her requires a government/military operation, he added.Other developmentsAs news reports reveal breaches in 21-day quarantine measures in some people exposed to Ebola patients, a study yesterday in PLoS Currents Outbreaks suggests that 3 weeks might not even be long enough. Charles N. Haas, PhD, of Drexel University in Philadelphia said the origin of the current oft-cited 2- to 21-day incubation period is unclear but is possibly based on studies of either a 1976 Zaire or a 2000 Uganda outbreak, both of which cited the 21-day figure without detailed analysis. Haas used data from previous outbreaks and the first 9 months of the current West Africa outbreak to determine that 0.1% to 12% of patients have onset of symptoms longer than 21 days after exposure. The lower number is derived from the 1976 Zaire outbreak, which had the fewest cases.Today the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced a license agreement for advancing dual-purpose candidate vaccines to protect against both rabies and Ebola. The vaccines were created by scientists at NIAID and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and are being further developed through a partnership with the German company IDT Biologika, the agency said in a news release. The vaccines are now licensed to Exxell BIO of Saint Paul for advancing them through clinical trials and commercial use. The vaccines are based on currently used rabies vaccines.The Public Health Agency of Canada has sent health officials in Spain and Norway a laboratory-grade version of the Ebola drug ZMapp for treating patients in the two countries, the Canadian Press reported yesterday. A national lab in Winnipeg sent the nations one treatment course each of ZMab, a monoclonal antibody drug developed at the lab for animal research. An unnamed expert said the move is unusual but added that it’s an unusual time.News editor Robert Roos and editorial director Jim Wappes contributed to this report.See also:Oct 15 TDSHS statementOct 15 CDC statement on infection in second nurseOct 15 Texas Health Resources statement on second infected nurseOct 14 CDC fact sheet on hospital Ebola preparednessOct 15 NNU statement on PPE at Dallas hospitalOct 14 Texas Health Resources statement on healthcare worker protectionOct 14 Texas Health Resources statement on Nina Pham’s conditionOct 15 CDC statement on flight contact tracingOct 15 KSU statementOct 15 Dallas Morning News storyOct 15 WHO Ebola situation updateOct 14 PLoS Curr Outbreaks studyOct 15 NIAID news releaseOct 14 Canadian Press story
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Brave? Because four of the previous seven governors have been imprisoned.That ignominious record has resulted in more than typical controversy surrounding some Chicago real estate projects, not least the 1980s redevelopment of West Madison Street from Skid Row into a dynamic residential district, supported by federal subsidies and tax breaks.At the heart of this transformation is Presidential Towers, four vast blocks of over 2,000 apartments recently refurbished for multi-family housing. This ‘value added’ development represents one of the more extraordinary parts of the Windy City’s rental market. It was one of several schemes visited by UK-based developers and investors as part of an Urban Land Institute tour, exploring why we haven’t quite cracked purpose-built rent here. The ULI will be publishing an updated version of its influential best-practice rental guide following the visit.There are many aspects of residential development where the UK excels in comparison with the US. Large-scale regeneration like West Maddison is infrequent. The materials and unit design are sometimes weaker. Zoning is under pressure as government attempts to extract more affordable homes. These are areas where the UK performs better. But we’ve still a lot to learn from the US rented market.The prospect of a UK purpose-built rented market has been talked up in recent years. There have been promising deals. Kickstarted by Qatari Diar’s investment in the former Olympic Village three years ago, we’ve seen pension funds invest from Washington State to the Dutch APG, and the birth of new providers like Essential Living competing successfully in the land market. Public policy has encouraged this growth (including land and planning at the GLA) and generally there’s recognition that when the market cools, long-term rent could accelerate further.Building amenitiesYet we are still far from the institutional-grade, mind-blowing management that US cities offer. There are three aspects the UK is missing. The first is management, where tenants are consumers, pets have their own parks and the concierge is replaced by a indispensable block manager responsible for everything from letting to parcel deliveries — and are justly rewarded at $80,000 a year. This level of service reflects the competitive nature of their multi-family market. The UK needs to think how we deliver this, especially in mixed-tenure developments.The second is building amenities. The mantra in Chicago and Washington is that residents sleep in the unit but live in the building. This results in an astonishing range of facilities, with as much as 50,000 sq ft being dedicated to communal space for a single block. Crucially, this range of facilities – from indoor cinema to dining rooms for hire — is not restricted to prime locations. It’s fair to ask whether our planning system would make this amount of communal space viable, or whether there would be demand to pay for it, but, nonetheless, the sort of provision we have seen in student accommodation here should be reflected in market rent too.And, finally, US providers utilise extraordinary revenue-management systems, pioneered by organisations like Yieldstar, maximising returns without necessarily increasing rents through sophisticated real-time pricing software. This approach to optimising gross-to-net yield is far ahead of anything operating here.The result is an intensely competitive market that has has encouraged long-term investors in North America. Something similar is required in London to help to double housebuilding and complement the staple output of volume housebuilders. It isn’t the only thing we need to do — we need a more liberated land market, more competition among builders and new construction methods to address capacity problems. But it would mean that, like other global cities, London had a solid, professional long-term rent offer.Richard Blakeway is London’s deputy mayor for housing, land and property.
Effective immediately, Pilot Automotive announces the addition of Jean Franks as the new chief financial officer (CFO). Franks brings more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry and more than two decades of experience in the automotive aftermarket industry. She joins Pilot from the executive team of K&N Filters. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement “Her expertise in finance, accounting and compliance will be a huge asset to our team. She knows this industry better than most. I’m delighted she joined us,” said Scott Webb, Pilot Automotive CEO. Franks joins the Pilot Automotive team in a time of expansion that includes the Rolling Big Power, Voodoo Ride, ROVI, DC Sports and Lunna brands. “I am excited to join the company at a critical time, where I can advance the growing brands by working closely with the team to improve fiscal strategy and create growth,” said Franks.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.
James J. Mackin Twenty-four million in New York State and federal funding is slated for a revetment project to strengthen the rocky shoreline of the Montauk Point Lighthouse — teetering 100 feet away from the ocean — against coastal erosion.A deteriorating stonework revetment has long been the only thing preventing the lighthouse from falling into the Atlantic Ocean, but stabilizing stonework reconstructing the banks surrounding the property is planned to fortify the structure this December.The project, which is nearing the completion of its design and engineering phase, will be overseen by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It is expected to take up to 18 months to complete.The project was made possible through a series of agreements hammered out between the Army Corps, which oversees coastal erosion projects, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the lead state agency on environmental projects on state-owned property, and the Montauk Historical Society, which operates the lighthouse.Legislation penned by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2016 cleared the way for the DEC to move forward with the project, and others to protect national historic landmarks. Previously, the DEC was barred from undertaking projects at locations not owned and operated by the state.Funding for the project will be split 65/35 between the federal government and state.The Montauk Point Lighthouse is the first lighthouse ever built in New York and is designated a National Historic Landmark that is listed on both the federal and state registers of historic places.When it was first commissioned by founding father George Washington in 1796, it was about 300 feet away from the receding bluff.The revetment project will provide protection for the various cultural resources associated with the lighthouse complex — including the Lighthouse Tower and Keeper’s House, the fire control tower, the Garage, which was an earlier Keeper’s House, and archaeological sites — and will stabilize the area as a tourist attraction, officials said.Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on April 24.“Generations of visitors have experienced the culture and beauty of Montauk Point, and New York is committed to ensuring this historic landmark remains a sought-after attraction on Long Island for decades to come,” Governor Cuomo stated in a press release. “This investment provides the resources needed to secure the ocean bank, protect the historic structures at the Montauk Point Lighthouse site, and preserve New York history for future generations of visitors.”US Senator Chuck Schumer referred to the iconic image of the lighthouse as a “historic touchstone for generations of Long Islanders and the countless visitors who come to the East End to sun, walk, sail, surf fish, and frolic.”“This federal-and-state funding will preserve this jewel on Long Island’s coastal crown and ensure the continued enjoyment of its beauty and cultural significance for future generations,” he said.DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said the project is one of many coastal projects in the state that demonstrates Cuomo’s commitment to shoreline resiliency.“The new revetment will have level access areas built into it that will allow visitors to walk along the seaward side of the lighthouse safely and will enhance the safety of those fishing from this popular spot. Some of the best Striped Bass fishing on the eastern seaboard is found at Montauk Point,” he said.State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said the lighthouse “shines brighter than ever” as a nautical marker and tourism beacon.“Its storied history, coupled with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island Sound, remains a popular destination and complements the recreational opportunities nearby such as hiking, fishing, surfing, or just relaxing and watching the seals sun on the rocks offshore,” she said.Colonel Thomas Asbery, Army Corps New York District Commander, said the project is of critical importance.“With the signing of this project partnership agreement, it allows for construction of a new revetment to reduce risk to the historic lighthouse complex,” he said. “Our team has worked towards this momentous project for a very long time, and we look forward to completing construction.”The United States Coast Guard transferred ownership of the lighthouse to the Montauk Historical Society in 1996. The society is responsible for maintaining the revetment.Montauk Historical Society Board of Directors Member Greg Donohue said the organization is honored to be a part of the “civilian/government alliance” that has been protecting the lighthouse since 1970.“We acknowledge the importance of this project for both preserving the history of our national historic landmark, as well as promoting recreation at Montauk State Park for generations to come, and applaud Governor Cuomo, Senator Schumer, and all involved in making this important project happen,” he firstname.lastname@example.org Share
The Ministry of Justice has conceded defeat over its timetable for introducing a new claims process for road traffic cases, as the Gazette predicted last week (see  Gazette, 23 April, 3). A letter sent to stakeholders this week says it now hopes to have the rules approved in December – five months later than planned – with implementation in April 2010 rather than October this year. The inability of claimant and defendant groups to agree the details of the process – even before getting on to the level of fee-earner, amount of time and fee to undertake each stage – has forced the MoJ to call in the Civil Justice Council to mediate. The decision to delay came on the first day set aside for the mediation. Confusion also remains over the impact on the talks of Lord Justice Jackson’s review of costs. If they are linked, then April will also not be feasible as the judge will not issue his final report until Christmas. Association of Personal Injury Lawyers chief executive Denise Kitchener said: ‘We are pleased the MoJ has recognised that more time is needed. For some time we have had concerns about how implementation of IT and other system changes, as well as training staff and all that involves, could realistically be completed by October.’ She reiterated the association’s call for independent research and a pilot of the process. Anthony Hughes, president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers, described the delay as ‘disappointing’. One way to make progress would be to agree the overall level of fees first and then work backwards, Hughes said.
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Tuscor Lloyds assisted the exporter in reviewing various methods of shipping and it was decided that in the interest of speed a container carrier was the most suitable method of transport, since the shipper would have the ability to track the vessel and make alternative arrangements if there were any unforeseen delays.The cargo was carried to Russia on three 40 ft flat rack containers. www.tuscorlloyds.com