2015 was a serious year for Lettuce. The funk outfit put out a phenomenally received new record and dropped a documentary film, all the while powering through a country-wide tour. The band is firing on all cylinders and fans are in high spirits. Lettuce will bring one of their most prolific years to a proper close and kick off 2016 with two nights at Brooklyn Bowl, January 1st and 2nd. Get tickets here and here.The shows will include two sets, with one at around 10:30 PM and the other starting at 12:30 AM, giving Phish phans ample time to cruise out to Williamsburg on the ~L Train~ after the music at Madison Square Garden.The band will be coming off a huge New Year’s Eve blowout with Turbo Suit and Future Rock at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Get more info on that here.Lettuce New Year’s Eve Run 2015-2016December 31st: Lettuce, Future Rock, Turbo Suit at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL // Get TicketsJanuary 1st: Lettuce at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY // Get TicketsJanuary 2nd: Lettuce at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY // Get Tickets
Vermont Business Magazine Healthy Living Market – Burlington, Hunger Mountain Coop – Montpelier, and Commodities Natural Market – Stowe have been named as Vermont Green Grocery Environmental Leaders by the state of Vermont for their environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts. The standards to meet this designation were developed by multi-state environmental agency workgroup members of NEWMOA (Northeast Waste Management Officials Organization, as part of the Northeast Sustainable Grocery Environmental Leader program and include energy efficiency, water and waste reduction, recycling, environmentally preferable purchasing, and facility operations. The State of Vermont’s Green Business Program is a joint effort between the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Small Business Development Center and is voluntary and free of cost to participating businesses. This program provides assistance to businesses desiring to “green up” their operations and recognizes businesses of all sizes for meeting a set of environmental best management standards, going beyond compliance with existing environmental regulations. These standards are posted on the program’s website (www.vbep.org(link is external)).
Infrastructure has become a topic of increasing importance as it is seen not only as essential to the well-being of our society but also as a significant means of promoting growth. Therefore it is not surprising that in recent years much money has been directed to that end. Perhaps what is surprising is the way we enter into contractual arrangements for such works not at the high level but rather at the construction level. Everyone now seems to be talking about infrastructure. But what does it really mean and how do we determine appropriate contractual arrangements for construction works?Recently I overheard someone asking advice on what construction contract should be used on an infrastructure project. Although not wanting to pry I did hear mention of an infrastructure conditions of contract. Later that day I found myself pondering how I would have answered that question and was reminded of an excellent paper from Harvard Law School entitled Infrastructure: Defining Matters by Larry Beeferman and Alan Wain (2016). Although the paper was primarily concerned with pension fund investment its theme of understanding what infrastructure “is” or might be thought “to be” is also pertinent to the choice of a construction contract.As Sir Rod Eddington, chairman of Infrastructure Australia, put it in the foreword to that paper, do different understandings of the term infrastructure confuse our attempts to decide what to do? I would suggest they do. For example, for some people infrastructure simply means civil engineering works as compared with building works which then suggests the choice is between an engineering contract and a building contract. For others infrastructure distinguishes itself because of the nature of its funding which frequently involves an overarching financial agreement that is separate and distinct from the contracts for actually carrying out the building work. Such distinctions are far too crude.Infrastructure is sometimes described largely in functional terms, in terms of the uses of the facilities and services involvedFrom research it is evident that no single universally accepted definition exists and that many different definitions are used.Infrastructure is sometimes described largely in functional terms, in terms of the uses of the facilities and services involved. Sometimes as economic infrastructure such as: roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, and so on, and on other occasions as social infrastructure, such as schools, healthcare and the like.Befferman and Wain’s paper actually posed 12 definitions of infrastructure and, in a survey, all bar one were found to have some merit. The authors also suggested two of their own. However, none of these appear to match precisely that used for example by the National Infrastructure Commission or indeed the Infrastructure and Projects Authority. Although the latter supports the delivery of all types of infrastructure and major projects: ranging from railways, schools, hospitals and housing, to defence, IT and major transformation programmes, it is unclear what the limits of infrastructure might be.However, it is clear that schools, hospitals and housing are quite different from railways, defence and IT. Such consideration is important because if infrastructure is taken as a generic term or one whose definition is unknown, how can an appropriate construction contract be chosen?If infrastructure is taken as a generic term or one whose definition is unknown, how can an appropriate construction contract be chosen?In the conversation I overheard it was apparent that the infrastructure conditions of contract were seen as appropriate once the word infrastructure was mentioned by the questioner; the assumption being that they must be appropriate because the words match. Such an approach is wrong because what matters is the nature of the project itself, not whether or not it is described as infrastructure. For example, JCT contracts will be more suitable than some others, for many projects which fall under what is frequently described as “infrastructure”. But, obviously in order to be meaningful either the definition of infrastructure must be clear so that the specific nature of the work and projects involved are known, or we ignore the term when giving advice and only ever consider the specific project or projects. Until we have a precise definition it is probably best not to use it. There is no short cut to selecting the appropriate contract.Therefore, whenever a consultant who has been asked for advice on the choice of construction contract hears the term infrastructure, that consultant must establish the projects involved and the precise nature of the work. The characteristics that exist in the nature of that work and how risks are to be apportioned must be determined. It is only then that one can make a judgement and properly advise.Simply because a contract is termed an “infrastructure contract” or is stated to be suitable for public and private infrastructure projects is not sufficient. That is perhaps why JCT does not expressly refer to infrastructure on or in its contracts and why instead it provides helpful guidance in the contract itself and the associated guides as to their respective use across the width of construction activity.Peter Hibberd is the past chair of the Joint Contracts Tribunal
The air cargo carrier currently operates flights to 51 destinations globally, deploying both its fleet of Boeing 777 freighter aircraft, which has a payload capacity of up to 100 tonnes, and Emirates’ B777 passenger aircraft that offer up to 50 tonnes bellyhold capacity.Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo, said: “We have particularly ramped up operations for transporting cargo in the bellyhold of our passenger aircraft in the last two weeks. Emirates SkyCargo has been expanding its network on a daily basis and some of the latest destinations for our cargo flights on passenger aircraft include Bangkok (Thailand), Casablanca (Morocco), Johannesburg (South Africa), Singapore and Taipei (Taiwan).”Emirates SkyCargo has also operated an increasing number of special charter flights for cargo both on its freighter and passenger aircraft. Since the start of April, the carrier has executed more than 30 charter flights connecting over 20 global destinations.The main commodities transported on the charter flights are medical supplies including facemasks, protective covers, sanitisers, equipment for hospitals in addition to pharmaceuticals, raw materials and spare parts.www.skycargo.com
Sunday’s game in Semple Stadium will be broadcast live here on Tipp FM. Tipperary Senior Football manager Liam Kearns is having to plan without a number of players for this weekends League clash with Fermanagh.An understrength Premier lost out to Meath in their opening match last weekend.Speaking after that game in Navan Kearns admitted his injury woes don’t look like easing anytime soon.
The 9th Pattaya Mountain Bike Challenge 2017 will be held on Sunday, April 30 on Pratumnak Hill in south Pattaya from 07:00 am – 12:00 pm.The races will follow the usual mixed-terrain route combining steep asphalt hills and tricky off-road descents with the full course distance expected to be approx. 4km in length.Cyclists will test their riding skills and fitness levels at the Pattaya Mountain Bike Challenge 2017.The riders will be split into relevant age and gender related categories with prizes on offer in each division. Everyone with a bicycle (MTB recommended) is welcome to come and take part and the entry fee is 350 baht for adults and free for children not older than 15 years old.For more information or to register to take part, contact 081-3155773, 086-1460146, or 081-8540537.