Law centres ‘bouncing back’ from funding cuts

first_imgCharging some clients fees for services is helping law centres survive funding cuts, according to the sector’s annual review.Law Centres Network chair Cheryl Weston (pictured) said centres were ‘certainly knocked but have bounced back in surprising ways’ in its annual 2014/15 review, Picking up the pieces.Some centres have set up ties with non-legal services such as local clinical commissioning groups  or other non-legal charities such as food banks, mental health and disability organisations, and domestic violence support projects, Weston said.Some had ‘taken the controversial move’ of charging a fee from those who can afford to pay.One such model, Weston said, was Rochdale Legal Enterprise, a not-for-profit solicitors’ practice that works closely with Rochdale Law Centre.The enterprise provides low-cost legal services to individuals on low and middle incomes across Greater Manchester.After staff and running costs, any excess income generated from charges to clients is given to Rochdale Law Centre towards its free work.Green Roots, a social enterprise owned by Islington Law Centre, offers legal services ‘at as low a price as possible to meet the legal needs of people who would otherwise go without a lawyer’, Weston said.At the other end of the scale, she added, centres were involved in providing free legal advice and assistance in partnership with other groups and agencies.In September the Gazette reported that law centres were seeking to raise funds for an IT upgrade that would enable them to provide innovative services.Weston said the network hoped to establish a ‘baseline of hardware, software and communication capability’, including a case management system that would allow it to observe national trends and emerging issues earlier to develop strategic responses.Taking access to justice ‘further afield’, the review states that the network will help to produce an ‘advocacy roadmap’ as part of its involvement in a project to share the Law Centre model across Balkan states in a project funded by the European Commisson.The roadmap could be used by partners to ‘ensure that positive changes to the funding of and legislation supporting free legal aid, information and advice services are not rolled back’, the review states.‘The unfolding refugee and migrant crisis of recent months has shown the importance of collaborative, joined-up action.’last_img read more

LB Foster boosts Rail division

first_imgLB FOSTER: Rail infrastructure, engineering and technology specialist LB Foster has announced a series of management changes in its Rail division. Greg LippardGreg Lippard has been named Vice-President, Rail. In addition to his responsibilities for the Rail Distribution, Allegheny Rail Products and Transit Products business and North American sales, he will now take charge of the company’s global Friction Management business, R&D and engineering activities. Lippard will continue to report to John Kasel, the company’s Senior Vice-President, Rail & Construction.Peter Jones becomes Vice-President, Global Technology, in addition to his existing role as Managing Director, Europe, while Steve Fletcher becomes Vice-President, Global Friction Management.Jason Bowlin is promoted to Vice-President, Rail Products and will manage the Rail Distribution, Allegheny Rail Products and Transit Products businesses. Patrick Tully is promoted to Senior Director, Rail Sales, for the North American market, while Jen Rohr becomes Director, Technical Sales, and Sarah McBrayer is promoted to Assistant General Manager, Transit Products.Director, Rail, Sid Shue will assume operational responsibility for the company’s Pueblo plant as well as ARP production at Niles, Ohio, and the Track Components manufacturing unit in St Jean, Québec. General Manager, Rail Distribution, Craig Davis will assume operational responsibility for the Columbia City yard in Indiana and the welded rail delivery train fleet.In addition to his Rail supply role, Director, Supply Chain, Rich Burnside will assume indirect purchasing for LB Foster, alongside his operational responsibilities for the Salient Systems operation in Dublin, Ohio, and Friction Management products manufacturing at Niles.last_img read more

Simple summer home improvement

first_imgUpgrade your curb appealSummer is a great time to complete your home improvement projects, but deciding which ones to tackle can be overwhelming. Here are a few simple curb appeal projects you can tackle this summer to welcome your family and friends into your home with style.Start fresh with a new front doorFor a dramatic refresh replace your front door. From single doors, to double-door options, to those accented with decorative glass or sidelights, it’s easy to find a door that fits your budget and your style. Once you have a panel design selected, pick a material such as wood, fiberglass or steel. Don’t forget to look for an ENERGY STAR qualified option to help keep your home comfortable.Pick a standout color for your front door Nothing adds to your curb appeal like bold, vibrant color. Pick a front door color that shows your personality and makes your home different from your neighbors. From red to blue and green to orange, color can instantly refresh the front of your home. A good place to find inspiration and the perfect color is from the limited-edition Vibrancy Collection from Pella.Sticking with your current door? A fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Pick a color that coordinates with your home’s exterior, but dare to be bold with color contrast to add eye appeal. Take a look at this Favorite Front Doors board on Pinterest for ideas.Update your hardwareRefresh your existing front door with new hardware. New hardware can be a quick update and add beauty to the entrance to your home’s exterior design. Hardware is available in a variety of finishes including satin nickels as well as unique designs including modern and traditional. Look for inspiration at this Baldwin Reserve board on Pinterest.Replace broken or damaged itemsReplace broken light fixtures, burned out bulbs, and worn out weather-stripping on exterior doors. Pitch that faded wreath, worn out mat, and dead plants, and instead, add a bright new welcome mat and eye-catching seasonal decorations.Lay a new pathFrom the moment your guest step off the sidewalk, the path to your front door showcases your home. Flagstone, gravel, or pavers — any of these materials can be used to create a new, inviting walkway in a weekend or less.Illuminate your walkway Make it easy for others to see the way to your front door at night. Transform and illuminate walkways with easy-to-install solar lights. Stake them in the ground positioned so solar cells get enough southern exposure for sunlight to recharge nightlights during the day.  Trim bushes, create great container gardens Landscaping should accent your home, not dominate it. Keep bushes below the bottom sill of your windows to improve your view. Trim or replace overgrown shrubs and trees. Keep plant material trimmed several feet away from your home to minimize damage from wind or insects. Fill decorative containers with plants that accent your home’s color scheme, front door, and landscape design.Visit Pella on Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram for more design inspiration and to connect with your local Pella representative for ideas on how to transform the look and comfort of your home inside and out. brandpointcontent.comlast_img read more

Caribbean hits 30-million mark in stay over visitors in 2017

first_imgThe Caribbean set a record with 30 million in stay-over arrivals for the first time in 2017, even as the region battled the effects of catastrophic hurricanes.The figures were released on Thursday by the Barbados based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).$37 billion to Caribbean economiesAccording to the CTO’s acting director of research, Ryan Skeete, the visitors contributed US$37 billion to Caribbean economies during the 12-month period, up 2.6 per cent over 2016.The tourism researcher explained that stay-over arrivals were on track for a strong performance during the first-half of 2017, growing by an estimated 4.8 per cent, but growth was curtailed in the second half of the year by the storms, which were largely responsible for a 1.7 per cent drop between July and December.“These outcomes resulted in an overall increase of 1.7 per cent in 2017, making it the eighth consecutive year of growth, albeit slower than the average global growth rate of 6.7 per cent.The CTO official explained that strong economic performance in the main markets helped spur the region’s performance, with some destinations recording strong double-digit growth, although the hurricane-affected countries were down between seven per cent and 18 per cent.US is still primary marketThe United States continued to be the primary market, growing by about 0.5 per cent to reach an estimated 14.9 million visits to the region due mainly to solid economic growth, low unemployment and high consumer confidence; while the Canadian market rebounded strongly, recording a 4.3 per cent increase in arrivals, compared to a decline of 3.1 per cent in 2016.European market had strongest growth rateHowever, it was the European market that recorded the strongest growth rate, increasing by 6.2 per cent to 5.8 million visitors, with the United Kingdom up by 2.9 per cent to 1.3 million.The CTO said the economic conditions are expected to be favorable for further growth in 2018, therefore it predicts growth of two to three per cent in both stay-over and cruise arrivals.last_img read more

South Sudan welcomes China’s peace mediator role

first_imgSouth Sudan has welcomed China’s role as a mediator in peace talks aimed at ending the civil war, a diplomat from the country said on Sunday.While speaking to Xinhua news agency, , South Sudan Ambassador to Ethiopia and the AU, James Morgan, said the enhanced Chinese role in the peace process will encourage South Sudanese warring parties to achieve peace.South Sudan descended into war in December 2013 following a feud between President Salva Kiir and his then deputy Riek Machar. Kiir accused the latter of plotting to overthrow his rule.Machar denied those allegations but soon went on to mobilize a rebel force to fight the government.The war has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions, making the country Africa’s biggest refugee crisis.“China is urging everybody to arrive at peace without sanctioning anybody. China doesn’t take sides in the South Sudan civil war and Chinese peacekeepers’ role in South Sudan has been positive,” Morgan said.He also pointed to China’s stance that Africa’s problem should be solved by Africans. “China’s role in South Sudan peace talks is to make sure peace and stability returns to the country that satisfies all South Sudanese parties.”China has sent several groups of peacekeeping troops and police to South Sudan under the UN mandate since the outbreak of the civil strife in the East African nation.Chinese peacekeepers in South Sudan have been engaged in protecting refugee camps, repairing broken infrastructures and facilitating local peace initiatives.last_img read more

Zuma corruption trial postponed until February 2020

first_imgZuma Shrugs off Nkandla Corruption Reports Former president Jacob Zuma’s fraud and corruption trial has been postponed to February 2020 for pre-trial proceedings.Jacob ZumaZuma briefly appeared in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday.There, the court heard that Zuma’s legal team intends to apply for leave to appeal last week’s dismissal of the application which he and co-accused, French arms dealer Thales, lodged for a permanent stay of prosecution.Zuma, in office from 2009-2018, had applied for a permanent stay of prosecution for alleged fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to the deal to buy European military hardware for South Africa’s armed forces in the 1990s.On Friday the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed the application by Zuma and his co-accused, French arms company Thales.“Mr. Zuma elects to exercise the full extent of his constitutional rights, which includes the right to appeal (this).. decision,” a lawyer for Zuma told the court.The appeal application must be filed within 15 days of last Friday’s decision.Related Jacob Zuma to face trial on corruption chargescenter_img Oscar Pistorius Trial Postponedlast_img read more

Chanderpaul retains third position in ICC ranking

first_img Share NewsSports Chanderpaul retains third position in ICC ranking by: – March 6, 2013 Share Tweet 26 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Shivnarine ChanderpaulDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday March 6, 2013 -Veteran West Indies middle order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul continues to hold steady to the number three position in world cricket, according to the latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings released on Tuesday.Chanderpaul is 879 ratings points behind Australia’s Michael Clarke in second position and leader Hashim Amla of South Africa.Clarke, who was recently dislodged from the number one spot, has dropped three ratings points and now trails number-one ranked Amla by 13 ratings points.The biggest gains have been made by Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who have achieved their career-best rankings in batting and bowling respectively.Pujara, named player of the match for his double-century in the second Test, has jumped 12 places to a career-best 11th position, while Ashwin, who had match figures of six for 104, is now at a best-ever eighth spot, having jumped three positions.In the ICC team rankings, West Indies is ranked number seven after New Zealand and Bangladesh while South Africa has already sealed its position as the number-one ranked Test side at the 1 April cut-off date.The South Africans have therefore not only retained the Test mace but have also been assured of a reward of US$450,000.But a further US$750,000 is still up for grabs and will be distributed to teams that will finish second, third and fourth on the Championship table at the cut-off date. CMC/caribbean360last_img read more

Stay Over and Cruise Visitation increase in November 2014

first_img Share Cruise ship in Port at the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard. (Photo credit: Allegro)Stay over visitor arrivals for November 2014 stood at 73,484 – a 3.9% increase from January to November 2013 with 70,742 arrivals. During the month, there was mixed performance from key source markets contributing to the 2.7% growth of 4,517 arrivals. Arrivals from the United States, Canada and OECS countries grew, while we experienced declines from other key players such as France, the United Kingdom, Germany and the French West Indies. Although there was a 1.8% decline in vacation/ leisure arrivals during November, business-related arrivals grew 24.1%. Reported hotel occupancy for November was at 47.6% – a 19.8% drop from November 2013 (59.3%); however, year-to-date occupancy has grown over 2013 from 49.8% to 56.1%. During November, there were 27 cruise ship calls, including three inaugural calls, which carried 41,725 cruise passengers. This resulted in a 28.6% growth in cruise calls and a 27.1% growth in passengers over November 2013. Through November, there was a total of 156 cruise ship calls for 2014 compared to 126 in 2013 – a 23.8% growth. A total of 233,524 cruise passengers came aboard the vessels calling to Dominica through November 2014, a 32.2% growth from 176,601 for the same period in 2013. In 2015, DDA’s efforts will focus on retaining the market share of the strong performing markets, as well as generating interest from those source markets which have fallen behind in 2014. Share LocalNews Stay Over and Cruise Visitation increase in November 2014 by: – January 12, 2015 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 158 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Macoucherie bypass suffers another setback

first_imgPhoto credit: Donald ShillingfordDrivers accessing the Macoucherie area are being advised to exercise caution as the by-pass road has suffered some damage.Since the Macoucherie Bridge was washed away during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015, the by-pass access has suffered many challenges.A Bailey bridge was installed at Macoucherie after Tropical Storm Erika. However, heavy rainfall associated with a frontal boundary on Saturday 11 March 2017 resulted in the failure of the bridge.That bridge was abandoned and a concrete bypass road built over the river.On Tuesday 15 May 2018, a major crack appeared in the centre of that concrete road making drivers uneasy about traversing the area.The Ministry of Public Works and Ports had announced on Friday 17 March 2017 that designs for a new Bailey bridge were being finalized. Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img LocalNews Macoucherie bypass suffers another setback by: – May 15, 2018 233 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Qualcomm to Acquire CSR for $2.5 Billion

first_imgQualcomm Incorporated announced yesterday that it has reached agreement with CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) regarding the terms of a recommended cash acquisition through which the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of CSR will be acquired by Qualcomm Global Trading Pte. Ltd, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.The acquisition complements Qualcomm’s current offerings by adding products, channels, and customers in the important growth categories of Internet of Everything (IoE) and automotive infotainment, accelerating Qualcomm’s presence and path to leadership. This opportunity is aligned with Qualcomm’s established strategic priorities in these rapidly growing business areas.At £9.00 per share, the acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of CSR is valued at approximately £1.6 billion ($2.5 billion based upon an exchange rate of USD:GBP 1.6057). This cash offer has been unanimously recommended by the CSR board of directors.The acquisition is subject to a number of conditions as set forth in the announcement released today in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the UK Takeover Code, including the receipt of U.S. and other regulatory approvals and the approval of CSR’s shareholders. Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the summer of 2015. Qualcomm expects the acquisition to be accretive to Non-GAAP earnings per share in fiscal 2016, the first full year of combined operations.CSR is one of the leaders in Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart1 and audio processing. This acquisition will strengthen Qualcomm’s position in providing critical solutions that drive the rapid growth of the Internet of Everything, including business areas such as portable audio, automotive and wearable devices.last_img read more