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An application for relief from sanctions has been rejected in the High Court after an error was made in typing an email address.In Cockell (trading as Cockell Building Services) v Holton counter-claimant Martin Holton had been given almost two months to make an amended counterclaim following a long-running dispute over building work costs with Cockell Building Services.Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart threatened to strike out the counterclaim, valued at around £1.6m, unless Holton, represented by Midlands firm Blythe Liggins, served the proposed pleading by 20 March.At 3.46pm on 20 March, the solicitors sent an amended defence and counterclaim to the claimant’s solicitors, as well as an email to court with the same attachments.However, the email address was mistyped and the message was returned marked undeliverable. This happened on a Friday and so the documents were not filed with the court until early the following week once the problem had come to light.Edwards-Stuart said as a result of the error in typing an email address, the counterclaim was automatically struck out.Considering an application for relief from sanctions, the judge, sitting in the Technology and Construction Court, said this mistake alone would be unlikely to have caused a strike out. But the error was the ‘culmination’ of a course of conduct that amounted to a continuing breach of an order made in December.Holton’s position was that the degree of non-compliance was trivial, particularly as the amended pleading had been served with the claimant on time.Edwards-Stuart said the non-compliance passed the Denton test of being both serious and significant.On the reasons behind the delay, Holton said he failed to provide his solicitors with the necessary information until 18 March after a misunderstanding between his insurers and the loss adjusters. Neither he nor his solicitors took any steps to chase up the missing information.‘This was a case where, for whatever reason, the provision of the necessary information for the re-pleading of the counterclaim was left until the 11th hour,’ said the judge. ‘Those who leave necessary steps until just before the deadline must take the risk of a last-minute slip up.’Edwards-Stuart did give the defendant permission to amend his defence, but anything new in the counterclaim will not be allowed. The matter will go to trial in July.
The Public Transport Authority (PTA) has raised the Saudi flag on Shaden, a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) owned and operated by Bahri, a global leader in transportation and logistics. At a ceremony held on Thursday, November 23 at Port of Ras Tanura in the presence of senior officials from PTA and Bahri, the new vessel joined the country’s national maritime fleet and became Bahri’s fifth VLCC to raise the Kingdom’s flag in 2017.Bahri is the world’s largest owner and operator of VLCCs with a fleet of 88 multi-purpose vessels. Built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), the world’s largest shipbuilding company based in South Korea, the new vessel has 300,000 dwt capacity and it brought the total number of VLCCs owned and operated by Bahri to 41.H.E. Dr. Rumaih Mohammed Al-Rumaih, President of the Public Transport Authority, said, “Saudi Arabia is eager on strengthening its maritime fleet in partnership with the private sector, and by supporting the country’s vision, PTA aims to reinforce the Kingdom’s established position in the oil industry in particular and the maritime transportation industry in general. We are pleased to welcome new vessels, which truly reflects our firm partnership with the private sector. This enhanced modern fleet will contribute to the transformation of the Kingdom to the most important and largest logistics hub in the region, as envisioned in the Saudi Vision 2030. We, at PTA, are proud to raise the Saudi flag on the new VLCC so that it joins the Kingdom’s huge maritime fleet.”Al-Rumaih added: “Shaden, along with other VLCCs in the national fleet, will contribute to increasing the volume of bilateral maritime trade between the Kingdom and other global economies, in addition to creating a positive impact on the continued growth of the maritime transport sector in the Kingdom and the region. More importantly, the new addition to the country’s maritime fleet comes at a time when PTA is keen to support the maritime industry in order to achieve greater Saudization and economic growth by taking advantage of the Kingdom’s strategic geographic position, as well as its coastline stretching from 2,400 km to the Red Sea and 1,000 km to the Arabian Gulf.”“It is a defining moment for Bahri, the Kingdom as well as the global maritime industry as the Public Transport Authority raises the Saudi flag on board Shaden. The addition of the new fifth VLCC this year is part of our plans to aggressively expand our Saudi fleet to reinforce Bahri’s position as the world’s largest owner and operator of VLCCs. We are now better equipped to gain access to new markets, strengthen our presence in the markets we already operate and enhance the scope and breadth of services we offer in the global shipping industry. This will also bolster our capabilities to help the Kingdom achieve its objective of further cementing its pre-eminent position as a major trade hub by leveraging the country’s distinct logistical gateway to Asia, Africa, and Europe, as outlined in the Saudi Vision 2030,” said Ali Al-Harbi, Acting CEO, Bahri.Bahri is now the first and only transportation and Logistics Company in the world to have a 41-strong VLCC fleet. An additional five more vessels are planned for delivery in the next year. The Saudi Arabian flag is raised on cargo and passenger vessels by the Public Transport Authority. They are then inspected and checked regularly in accordance with the standards laid down by international classification authorities accredited by the Kingdom.Sea News, November 24 Author: Priyanka Ann Saini
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — After watching his team trail UAB for nearly the entire first half, LSU coach Johnny Jones decided to let his team run wild in the second. The Tigers responded with a flurry of fast-break baskets, and a 79-70 comeback victory over the Blazers.Behind the shooting of Jarrell Martin and Keith Hornsby, who combined to score 49 points, LSU opened the second half with a 27-12 run. The Tigers (8-2) took the lead four minutes into the half and never trailed again on the way to their fifth consecutive victory.“They did a great job coming out with energy in the first half,” Jones said of the Blazers, who jumped out to a 17-6 lead. “In the second half, we had to make sure we didn’t just match their intensity level, we had to exceed it, and our guys were able to do that.“We were able to get some stops, and on the offensive end we were able to get out and run and get in the open floor. We were just quicker than they were and had some easy scoring opportunities.”Martin scored 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting and Hornsby added 24 points, with much of the damage coming early in the second half.“The second half did us in,” UAB coach Jerod Haase said. “The bottom line is we were completely and totally ineffective on the defensive end. We had no answers for them.”The Blazers (4-7) also didn’t have much of an answer for LSU 6-foot-8 forward Jordan Mickey, who had 13 points, eight rebounds and blocked seven shots. His presence down low was one of the reasons UAB went 12-for-32 (37.5 percent) from the field in the second half.“He blocked seven, but he altered several other shots as well. He forced guys to take quick shots,” Jones said. “They shot in the 30s in the second half, and that was indicative of what he did defensively.”Trailing 39-33 at halftime, LSU opened the second half by scoring six straight points to tie the game. Moments later, a 3-pointer by Jalyn Patterson gave the Tigers their first lead since the opening minute at 44-42.LSU quickly pulled away from there, going on an 11-2 run in less than three minutes to build a 60-51 lead.Robert Brown led the Blazers with 20 points and five assists.TIP-INS: LSU: Mickey failed to reach double figures in rebounds for only the fourth time in nine games. He is averaging 9.9 rebounds per game. The Tigers made 56.7 percent of their shots in the second half (17-of-30).UAB: Freshman William Lee, the Alabama high school player of the year in 2013-14, had 13 points and five rebounds in his second start of the season. After pulling to within 65-62 in the second half, the Blazers made only one shot over the next 5½ minutes.MASH UNIT: LSU starting point guard Josh Gray did not play because of a lower right leg injury suffered Saturday against Sam Houston State. Tim Quarterman started in his place and went 0-for-5 from the field in the first half, but finished with six points and eight assists with only two turnovers.COURTSIDE: There were signs and periodic chants from the crowd throughout the game calling for the firing of UAB president Ray Watts, who announced earlier this month that the university is shutting down its football program. Watts was not in attendance.UP NEXT: LSU vs. Charleston on Monday.