24 Oct

Panama Canal Reiterates to International Maritime …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close ACP, January 7, 2014 zoom The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reaffirmed its commitment to the international maritime community and its customers to successfully complete the Expansion Program, thereby fulfilling its objective of offering a new era of opportunities to world maritime commerce.In the Advisory to Shipping (No. A-02-2014), the Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano stated that, “we would like to reassure our customers that the contract was well drafted and includes guarantees that will allow the completion of the new locks, even if the ACP needs to step in to assume control of the project and deliver it in the shortest possible time.”“Our customers are our number one priority and we will seek to resolve this conflict in the best possible manner within the legal framework of the contract to ensure that the construction continues and that the Expansion Program is completed,” added ACP Administrator in the Advisory to Shipping.ACP reiterated that the Panama Canal continues to function normally and the situation with a contractor relates to one of the projects in the Expansion Program and has no impact on current Canal operations.Overall, the Expansion Program is 72% complete and at this time, is expected to be open to commercial transits in the second half of 2015.In response to GUPC recent letter, the ACP stated that the arguments raised by the contractor in the note lack legal basis, are not clear and do not give any reasons for the contractor to suspend the work.The ACP reiterated that the only channels to process claims are clearly established in the contract. A third party decides two of the three methods established in the contract for the resolution of claims. These contractual clauses were accepted by GUPCSA upon signature of the contract.The ACP trusts that the contractor is able to comply with the terms agreed upon under contract. If needed, the new locks project is at an advanced enough stage that the construction may be completed with the mechanisms and guarantees included in the contract. My locationlast_img read more

7 Oct

Landmark decision for doctor assisted suicide

A unanimous decision from the Supreme Court today struck down the ban on “doctor assisted suicide”, or “doctor assisted death” as it is now referred too. The decision comes 21 years after the court upheld the original law against the practice.The landmark decision is giving parliament one year to draft new legislation, which recognizes the right of clearly consenting adults suffering from intolerable physical or mental pain to end their lives.“It’s my wish that at the end of my life when I determine, hopefully I can be the one to determine that I will have the assistance of a physician to end my life peacefully and with dignity.”Linda Jarrett has lived with MS for 16 years. The 66 year old says she is grateful for the life she has lead, but as someone dealing with a progressive disease the supreme court’s ruling brings absolute relief.“Before today’s decision I was left in that quandary that others before me have found themselves of having to possibly having to hasten their own death while they are still physically capable of doing so.”“I have Parkinson’s, had Parkinson’s disease for over 20 years, plus I’ve had a number of brutal back surgeries which has lead me to believe this is an option that should really be available to people.”Retired physician and Parkinson’s patient Philip Hebert says overturning the ban on doctor-assisted suicide allows patients to access the help they may need at the end of life.“My prognosis is things will get worse at some point, I don’t know when but I could imagine circumstances where things are so awful that I would want some assistance of dying yes. Hopefully it won’t be anytime soon.”“I think about the patients that I have seen there was so little that I could do for them where more and more and more and more morphine did nothing for them where I could see their suffering and they asked me for more and I couldn’t do more.”Dr. Brett Belchetz called today a victory for those people who will no longer be forced to endure prolonged and unnecessary suffering.“I’m happy to see that finally those people who are suffering irremediably and for whom palliative care is not enough to end that suffering there is an option for them.” read more