Norwegian owner of offshore support vessels, Siem Offshore, has secured a contract for one of its Platform Supply Vessels.The contract with Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras is for the ‘Siem Giant’ vessel. The charter will begin in September 2015, and is for a firm period of one year.Petrobras has an option to extend the charter for one additional year. The Siem Giant was delivered to its owner last year from Vard Niterói yard in Brazil.
Stephen Hanson, Mansfield I fully endorse Trevor F Moore’s comments (see  Gazette, 3 December, 11), with regard to the pointlessness of being a solicitor. I decided on a career change in the mid-90s, went to university, studied hard for three years before another year of study for the legal practice diploma, all at great cost and very difficult to achieve with a young family to support. Then it was two years of the training contract and being told to work on files and conclude matters that no one else in the practice could be bothered with. The rewards? A modest salary, plenty of stress, and this year – after eight years of practice – being made redundant in favour of an unqualified conveyancing clerk. I am still out of work, and like many other conveyancing solicitors in a similar position find that firms either ignore applications for employment, or are simply looking to save money and recruit paralegals, legal executives or clerks to do the conveyancing. In 1997, this government, ironically made up of many lawyers, started the downward spiral of the profession. We are now over-regulated and forced to compete with other institutions. Furthermore, it is only a matter of time before the public will be able to obtain legal services at the supermarket with their weekly shop, thus further eroding the integrity and independence of the profession.
Robert Bourns is senior partner at national law firm TLT Visit the Gazette’s blogs page for more In Business blogs A strong feature of 2010 was the growing debate about legal process outsourcing (LPO), offshoring and commoditising. To some practitioners this is anathema: a deskilling and cheapening of the practice of law. Others see it, more positively, as a separation of the repetitive, low value and boring work, allowing lawyers to apply their minds and time to complex, stimulating and more satisfying work which will command higher fees. Practitioners are right to reflect on the issues of separation and the value clients attach to the work undertaken. Many years ago we were invited to consider the effect of the ‘3Es’ – Expertise, Experience and Efficiency – on how we practise. Reflection on this may avoid practitioners placing demarcation lines between areas of work in the wrong place or assuming that they are fixed. The ‘3Es’ describe the way we do things, rather than categorising the work itself. They apply to all work however defined, whether complex advisory or volume and impact in different proportions from time to time. The first attempt at a complex transaction will require significant intellectual expertise to ensure all aspects, commercial, corporate and regulatory are dealt with appropriately and thoroughly to protect the client’s interest. Subsequent transactions can be dealt with more quickly and with greater confidence as practitioners capitalise on their earlier experience. Over time they can be expected to apply their expertise and experience to deal with cases more efficiently and, therefore, more economically. Certain elements of the transaction can be dealt with by less highly qualified personnel, reducing cost and freeing more experienced personnel to move on to other transactions. This is nothing new: it’s a method of production that has been the backbone of the traditional law firm structure for years. The process is inexorable and common to all services and sectors. The use of technology and the opportunity to relocate operations to other jurisdictions quickens the pace and rewards for those who take advantage, and increases the risk of failure by those who can’t or won’t. It underlies the client’s push for value. They see the benefits of efficiency in their own businesses and believe the legal services sector is susceptible to the same opportunities. Those preparing to invest in the provision of legal services will demonstrate the point. Practitioners who separate ‘low value’ work, but otherwise carry on as before, will remain vulnerable as they may be inclined to think that they have done what needs to be done. Fundamentally, there is a need to recognise not only the expertise in extracting maximum benefit from the experience of able lawyers, but also the real expertise required to manage and supervise the work carried on within a firm. This is an expertise that many lawyers do not have and are too often inclined to dismiss. Historically, many complaints and claims against solicitors can be attributed to failures in supervision. Firms that attempt to create a leaner structure, forcing work to ‘an appropriate level’ and/or to operate at greater volumes, must ensure that work is undertaken by appropriately qualified/trained people, operating robust systems, that are properly supervised. There is real expertise in this, which must be recognised if client matters are to be carried out effectively and profitably. Many principles of outcomes-focused regulation require this. Those who accept the effect of the ‘3Es’ will recognise that the proportion of each element required in any piece of work or area of practice will alter from time to time, as experience and client expectation push for ever greater efficiency or other changes require a rebalancing. For example, a change in legislation, regulation or practice will require the reintroduction of the technical skills of a highly qualified lawyer to review process, practices and procedures (as well as to provide training to those involved day-to-day) but, having done so, the technical expertise in terms of personnel can be withdrawn and applied to other more complex work, allowing the expertise of effective supervision and work management to carry on, providing benefit to the client and firm. In short, successful legal service providers (whether existing firms or new entrants) are entitled to take the benefits of their expertise and experience, including their expertise in effective work management and supervision.
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A production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is being performed by the Stagecraft Drama Studio at the Artscape until Friday June 28, at 10.30am daily, except Sundays. The well-known children’s fairy tale, directed by Cheryl Abromowitz and Caryn Reznik, is recommended for children from two years and up. Children can dress up as a prince or princess on Saturday June 22 and stand a chance to win a lucky prize. Tickets cost R90 each with a10% discount for block bookings of 20 tickets or more. Book at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.
9. Resident Evil Outbreak/File #2By their own merits, these games would be behind Code Veronica. There are a few shortcomings in these titles that certainly make them worse than Code Veronica but there are some surprising strengths. The most important one to me was playing as a variety of characters. Having different abilities and story reasons for each character being there is a great concept.There are huge differences between playing as a cocktail waitress and playing as a cop, this is something modern games don’t dare attempt. The locations were awesome remixes of the series and the zoo level in Outbreak 2 is incredible. The limited multiplayer and virus system (Enforced time limit) let this series down and stopped it becoming truly great.8. Resident Evil: 0Oddly this game is seen as a somewhat lacklustre entry. I found it captured the spirit of the series a lot better than Code Veronica did and the gameplay systems were really interesting. Resident Evil 0 had a “Partner Zapping” system which allowed you to swap between 2 characters in a flash. This system divided fans but I found it made for a great puzzle system. The switch from an item box, to dropping items anywhere, hurt the game but overall it’s a strong title.7. Resident Evil: Revelations 2This game certainly shocked me. Coming out during the peak of episodic gaming, I was worried that Capcom’s decision to release this episodically would be a bad one. Capcom were in a lull at the time and episodic gaming was becoming a fad but despite the chips being stacked against them, Revelations 2 turned out really well. There were some shaky moments but, at its peak, it’s one you don’t want to miss. It also has an intuitive split-screen co-op system that demands co-operation.6. Resident Evil 3 (Original)I was a brave enough kid to play through the first 2 Resident Evil titles but 3 took it to the next level. Every time the terrifying Nemesis exploded onto the screen, I had to book it to the next area. Taking all the best elements of the previous titles and mixing them in the pot with some new ideas, was a recipe for success. It’s hard not to be impressed by this game and the remake is on its way very soon indeed.5. Resident Evil: RevelationsDo you know what’s cool? Ghost ships, ghost ships with zombies. Coming out of nowhere, in a time where Resident Evil was slipping, Revelations was a great surprise. Releasing on the 3DS gave it an excuse to utilise the system for some effective scares and taking place in a cramped area worked wonders. The story was also interesting and expanded on the universe in some unexpected ways. Even more impressive was the fact it managed to transition to consoles and PC, yet still retain its atmosphere. Don’t overlook this one.4. Resident Evil 4Despite being one of the best adventures games of all time, I still feel like this position may be too high. I can hear you all screaming at me “This is number 1!” but it’s not. It’s a brilliant game but it feels like “Leon on Holiday: The Game”, the loose ties to the series are appreciated and I like the oddball tone but as a Resident Evil game, it’s not very good.As a game, however, it’s hard to deny its staying power. If a game has a forced escort mission as a major gameplay system and can still be considered an excellent game, that should surely say a lot, right? It’s also out on every system you can think of, so judge for yourself.3. Resident Evil 7: BiohazardImagine an E3 trailer, it’s tense, creepy and mysterious. The crowd is in awe. It can’t possibly be Resident Evil right? BOOM! The trailer ends with a Resident Evil 7 reveal and the audience loses it. There hasn’t been a good Resident Evil game in years and here is one coming out and in VR?The central focus of the plot concerns a family ravaged by the outbreak and the effect it had on them. This is a wonderful departure and leads to a very different game. The change to a first-person perspective opens up completely new scares and playing in VR is a game-changer. The issue of a lack of enemy variety is disappointing but this is one hell of a game.2. Resident Evil (Remake)I would wager most people have played this is some form by now, so I’ll aim this towards complete novices. This is the game you start on. Not because of the plot but because of gameplay. It’s aged magnificently but it has aged. There are issues with the game that wouldn’t really stand now but it’s an essential game. The superbly crafted scares are still effective to this day and the visual design is something that stays with you. This is a true masterpiece of horror.1. Resident Evil 2 (Remake)If I was to count the original version of the game it would either still take the top spot, or slip behind the remake of the first game. But Capcom decided Resident Evil 7 wouldn’t be the end of their new founded success and released the highly anticipated remake of Resident Evil 2. This stunning love-letter changed a fair bit to gameplay and a bit of the story as well but everything was for the better. What remained was a masterclass in game design, a high benchmark for visuals and a zombie story that aged like fine wine over 20 years.And that folks is the definitive list of the top ten best Resident Evil games of all time. Did your favourite Resident Evil games make it onto our list? Let us know on Twitter. The Resident Evil series is made up of at least 24 games and in that library there are are some true masterpieces and awful stinkers. So, I will deliver to you the definitive list of Resident Evil games. Is it an opinion piece? Well, technically but I’m pretty sure I’m right.10. Resident Evil: Code Veronica (X)It breaks my heart a little to put this so low because I really do like this game. There are some cool story beats and playing as both Chris and Claire Redfield is a lot of fun. I love the art design, a slightly unfamiliar setting with Gothic inspiration was a nice departure for the series and no doubt gave Capcom the idea to start the Devil May Cry series. There were a few mistakes though. Firstly, this title prioritised combat a little too much for my liking and the story, while interesting, was a little too complex for its own good. It fell into the classic Resi trap of faking out the villain’s death too many times. Regardless, fans of horror games will have a blast with this game.
A cover of the United States-based beauty magazine CosmoBiz features Ilongga high jumper Alexie Mae Caimoso Brooks. Brooks was chosen to be a model for Filipino makeup artist Malick James Hilado for the magazine’s April issue. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEXIE MAE CAIMOSO BROOKS AFTER winning gold medals and breaking records, an Ilongga high jumper appears on the cover of Unites States-based magazine this month.Alexie Mae Caimoso Brooks, a native of Leon, Iloilo, was chosen to be a model of Filipino makeup artist Malick James Hilado for the April issue of the monthly beauty, wig and hair extension magazine CosmoBiz.Brooks admitted that being featured in a magazine is one of her goals in life, as she also aspires to represent the Philippines in international beauty pageants.“I am shocked talaga noong malaman ko na ako iyong feature model ng CosmoBiz Magazine for April,” she told Panay News in an exclusive interview. “Naiyak talaga ako nong i-inform ako late March about it.” “Malaking bagay din for me na ma-feature sa magazine na iyon kasi pang international din ang scope noon,” she added. “And it is not a secret naman na isa sa mga goals ko ay to represent the country in international beauty pageants like Miss Universe soon.”The student of Iloilo National High School said her appearance in the magazine could also be a way for her to discover her father, whom she has not seen since she was born.Recently Brooks got scholarship offers from University of Texas at El Paso and Trojan California University, also from the US.She was also drawing interest from the Manila-based University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, and Ateneo de Manila University.“Sa ngayon ayaw ko po muna isipin iyong college since may isang taon pa ako sa high school,” Brooks said. “I just want to treat it as an inspiration for me to continue to improve my game.”Moreover Brooks wants to focus first on her upcoming stint in the 2018 Palarong Pambansa in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.“Matindi talaga ang practice namin para dito dahil ang gusto ni tatay Rey (Cabarles) i-break ko iyong existing record,” she said.“I am just fortunate nga na kahit ganito lang ako ay I got a lot of support from the people behind me hindi lamang po sa sports career ko kundi sa pagiging beauty queen ko. So I am really doing my best to repay their trust in me,” she added./PN
OXFORD — Mike Bianco is making an adjustment to his weekend rotation after the first week.No. 18 Ole Miss (2-1) plays Wright State in a three-game series starting on Saturday, and will go with redshirt sophomore Brady Bramlett on Saturday and senior Sam Smith on Sunday. The two were flip-flopped in the first weekend, against William & Mary.Smith had a mediocre first outing of the season, giving up four runs on four hits (including a home run) with three walks and a strikeout. Smith lasted just three innings in the 8-1 loss.Bramlett, meanwhile, started game 2 of a Saturday doubleheader and gave up two runs on four hits in six innings. Bramlett, pitching for the first time since surgery in 2013, struck out eight and did not walk a batter. This will be his second weekend start of his career.Moving Smith back to Sunday does put him back in his comfort role, where he’s made almost all of his SEC-best 37 career starts. Sean Johnson is also expected to pitch at some point this weekend as he recovers from a bout of tendinitis.Christian Trent will remain on Friday nights for Ole Miss.Wright State will start, in order, LHP Robby Sexton (0-0, 8.44 ERA), RHP Jesse Scholtens (1-0, 1.29) and RHP Trevor Swaney (0-0, 2.57).
MANCHESTER, England (CMC):The Old Trafford Test was left leaning heavily towards a draw after persistent rain ruined the pivotal third day, forcing an abandonment without a ball bowled here yesterday.While light rain in the morning held up the start before washing out the first session, heavier showers in the afternoon ensured the square remained covered, ruling out any possibility of play.Match officials eventually called time on the day at 4 p.m. (11 a.m. Eastern Caribbean time).The washout has left the element of time as the most important factor in the Test, which England need to win in order to level the three-match series, after losing the opener in Southampton by four wickets last weekend. CHASING VICTORY West Indies are also chasing victory in order to complete their first series win on English soil in 32 years, but if the match ends in a stalemate, they will retain the Wisden Trophy with a Test still to play, also at Old Trafford.The Caribbean side were poised to resume their first innings on 32 for one, with nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph on 14 and experienced opener Kraigg Brathwaite on six.Left with just under an hour to navigate late on Friday’s second day after England piled up a massive 469 for nine declared, West Indies lost left-handed opener John Campbell for 12, lbw on review to left-arm seamer Sam Curran, 20 minutes before the close.All-rounder Roston Chase said following Friday’s play that West Indies planned to take a patient approach to their innings.“[We need to] just take a page out of the English players’ book, especially (Dom) Sibley, how patient he was and just waiting for the bowlers to come to his areas and score,” Chase told reporters.“So it’s just for us to take that leaf from their book, play each ball on its merit and when the opportunity comes to score, just score and go about it the normal way.”The series is being played behind closed doors in a ‘bio-secure’ environment to mitigate against the threat of COVID-19 pandemic, which has already resulted in 45,300 deaths in the United Kingdom alone.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s athletic director wouldn’t tip his hand about who might replace retiring football coach Gary Pinkel, but said Houston’s Tom Herman, Memphis’ Justin Fuente and Tigers defensive coordinator Barry Odom are quality candidates.Mack Rhoades said Wednesday that the decision will come down to finding the right fit.“I’m not into the hottest names out there,” Rhoades said. “(Herman and Fuente) are certainly two of them, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll automatically come here, be a great fit and win games here. I’m more about winning games, winning championships and finding the coach that can really do that over the long haul.”Rhoades hired Herman last December at No. 13 Houston, which is 10-0. Memphis was 10-3 last year, won its first bowl game since 2005, and is 8-2 this year. Odom is in his first year as defensive coordinator at Missouri and spent three seasons in the same position at Memphis.Odom also was on Pinkel’s staff in a variety of roles from 2003-11.Pinkel will coach his final home game Saturday when Missouri (5-5, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) plays Tennessee (6-4, 3-3). The 63-year-old has been diagnosed with lymphoma and says he wants to get away from the grind of football.The team is trying to focus on the next games, needing to get to six wins to be bowl eligible.“I’m worried about these next two games,” wide receiver J’Mon Moore said. “Whatever happens, happens, and we’ll move forward from there.”Offensive coordinator Josh Henson said he told the players that, “As a staff, we’re going to coach our tail off until the very end.”Rhoades said he has discussed the future with players.“The message was, ‘It’s going to be all right.” He plans to sit down individually with each member of the coaching staff, too.“Certainly, we’re empathetic to what they’re going through,” Rhoades added. “This isn’t an easy time for them.”Pinkel abruptly announced Friday that he will retire at the end of this season, ending a tenure in which he revived a program that had largely languished for more than a decade.It was a stunning turn during a most unusual week in Columbia, Missouri, that started with Pinkel’s players on strike because of racial tensions on campus. Pinkel stood by his players and kept his team unified through a couple of difficult days, but his decision to step down had nothing to do with the team’s boycott.Pinkel is the winningest coach in school history with a 117-71 record over 15 seasons. After winning two straight SEC East titles, Missouri is out of contention this season.