Grayling looks to boost revenue from litigation

first_imgJustice secretary Chris Grayling will consult on plans to raise more money from those who litigate in courts in England and Wales. Grayling today announced he had asked his department to look at reform of the resourcing and administration of HM Courts & Tribunals Service. Critics will suggest that this implies the commoditisation of the courts system, but in a statement to the House of Commons Grayling insisted he wanted a more efficient service ensuring access to justice ‘quickly and effectively, while delivering value for money for the taxpayer’. He said: ‘This country is a major centre for legal services and dispute resolution. I want to explore how we can further enhance the position of the UK at the centre of the international legal market and the revenue it can generate. ‘I also want to ensure that those who litigate in our courts pay their fair share, and that it is possible to raise the revenue and investment necessary to modernise the infrastructure and deliver a better and more flexible service to court users.’ Grayling said any new model must support administration of justice as a ‘core pillar’ of the constitution and will preserve the independence of the judiciary. The justice secretary confirmed that he had discussed ideas with the lord chief justice and the senior president of tribunals. In a cautious response to the statement, Lord Judge, the lord chief justice, said it was increasingly difficult to secure adequate funding to support and develop the courts and tribunals. He added: ‘The senior president of tribunals [Sir Jeremy Sullivan] and I recognise the wisdom of exploring ways in which to achieve funding arrangements which are consistent with the independence of the judiciary, the responsibility of the state to provide access to justice and the need for appropriate accountability. ‘We will work with the lord chancellor [Grayling] over the coming months as the review considers the options.’ The Law Society said it strongly supported further steps to update the courts service in England and Wales, particularly to enhance international competitiveness. ‘A well-funded and effective courts service is an essential part of the UK’s democratic system and fundamental for the rule of the law,’ said president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff. ‘In a time of fiscal austerity, it is right that the Ministry of Justice seeks to find new and innovative ways of funding and updating the courts service.’last_img read more

Society: CPD plans ‘sending wrong signal’

first_imgProposals for a laissez-faire approach to continuing professional development (CPD) have been attacked by both the Law Society and the Legal Services Consumer Panel as ‘sending the wrong signal’ to the profession.Earlier this year the Solicitors Regulation Authority proposed removing requirements to undertake prescribed CPD through specific regulations. Instead it favours issuing ‘non-mandatory’ guidance.The regulator said an overhaul was necessary to reform a ‘tick-box’ approach with ‘no real focus on the quality or appropriateness of the professional development undertaken’.But Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson (pictured) said that, despite imperfections in the present system, ‘it is not clear to us that the SRA’s solution is the right one’.He added: ‘At a time when it is almost universally accepted that undertaking CPD is the mark of a professional, the abolition of the requirement may send the wrong signal to employers and clients.’In a consultation which closed last week, the SRA suggested three options to overhaul CPD.As well as its preferred option of non-mandatory guidance, the regulator suggested requiring solicitors to plan and reflect on their development or retaining the minimum hours scheme with some modifications.Hudson said the mandatory requirement provides a spur for solicitors to undertake the CPD they need. ‘Without it difficulties may be caused for some solicitors whose employers may think that they can make savings in the training budget,’ he said.The consumer panel said it had serious concerns about the SRA’s preferred option in relation to individual accountability and monitoring the quality of work.The watchdog said that ‘weak consumer-driven competition in legal services means that the market alone cannot currently be relied upon to regulate entities effectively’.However it welcomed the regulator’s wish to take a new approach.last_img read more

Oil taxes to fund Danish rail investment

first_imgDENMARK: The government and two opposition parties have reached an agreement to raise taxes on North Sea hydrocarbon extraction and invest the additional revenue in upgrading the rail network.The deal finalised on September 17 is expected to raise DKr28·5bn for the state, which would allocate the money to the Togfonden DK rail investment fund. The specific projects which would be financed are still to be finalised, but the overall aim is to electrify all the main rail routes in the country at 25 kV 50 Hz and undertake infrastructure works needed to provide a regular timetable based on 1 h journey times between each city on the København – Odense – Aarhus – Aalborg corridor. The government’s overall aim is to make public transport a more sustainable and more attractive option than private cars. It has already set a target to double public transport ridership by 2030, with all growth in travel demand to be absorbed by the rail network. An exclusive interview with DSB Chief Executive Jesper Lok will appear in the October 2013 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine. Subscribe today.last_img read more

Pablo Vázquez Vega

first_imgHaving been nominated by Development Minister Ana Pastor, Pablo Vázquez Vega has been appointed President of Spanish national passenger operator Renfe Operadora. He succeeds Julio Gómez-Pomar.last_img

Modi inaugurates Odisha enhancement works

first_imgINDIA: Visiting the eastern state of Odisha on January 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally inaugurated the recently-completed electrification of two lines totalling 813 route-km.Undertaken at a cost of Rs10·9bn, the 25 kV 50 Hz wiring programme covered the north-south corridor connecting Jharsuguda to Vizianagaram via Sambalpur, Titlagarh and Singapuram, plus the east-west line from Sambalpur to Angul, which connects with the already-electrified Paradeep – Talcher heavy haul line.With work underway on double-tracking the 181·5 km Titlagarh – Sambalpur section of the north-south corridor, Modi commissioned second tracks on the 14·2 km Barpali – Dungaripali and 17·3 km Balangir – Deogaon sections, which have been completed at a cost of Rs1·9bn.The Prime Minister also formally opened a 15 km section of new railway between Balangir and Bichhupali. Built at a cost of Rs11·5bn, this is the westernmost section of a 289 km corridor connecting the Titlagarh – Sambalpur route at Balangir with the East Coast Railway main line at Khurda Road. The east-west line through Sonepur, Boudh, Puranakatak, Daspalla and Nayagarh is intended to facilitate economic development along the Malianadi River valley and open up mineral reserves in the central part of the state.During his visit, Modi dedicated a new multimodal logistics park at Jharsuguda, which is intended to handle both import/export and domestic freight traffic. The 11 ha site lies adjacent to the Kolkata – Mumbai main line, about 5 km from Jharsuguda, and is expected to serve the local cement, paper and aluminium industries.last_img read more

Ten students to vie for Reading Competition title

first_imgEducationLocalNewsPrimary Ten students to vie for Reading Competition title by: Dominica Vibes News – July 1, 2015 Jarrett Jean-Jacques of the St. Luke’s Primary School is the 2014 reading competition winnerThe search for the 2015 best primary school reader will end tomorrow July 2, 2015 at 3pm at the Arawak House of Culture.Ten students will compete in the DBS Radio, Courts sponsored OECS Reading Competition in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.Various rounds of the competition were held with over sixty primary school students entering. The competing students will participate in two rounds consisting of a narrative round and the second round which will be reading a news item.The finalists include Madanah Auguiste – W.S Stevens Primary; Naomi Francis – Petite Savanne Primary; Makeda Cornelius – Roosevelt Douglas Primary; Ariana Cools-Lartigue – Convent Preparatory; Sarica Lazare – Roseau Seven Day Adventist; Mya Belle – Lighthouse Christian Academy; Ajjad Achmed – Massacre Primary; Tinna Alexander – Pioneer Preparatory; Edicia Sanford – Salybia Primary and Ebenezer St. Claire – Berean Christian Academy.Coordinator of the competition Mr Felix Henderson told Dominica Vibes that thought at the beginning of the competition he was a bit disappointed with the level of the competition, as the competition progressed further the best readers came out. “We have ten good readers in the finals and we expect a great finals,” he said.He informed that all the participants will be housed at Hotels around the city ahead of the competition tomorrow. He added that there will be several performances for the pupils at the competition.The regional leg of the DBS Courts OECS Reading Competition will be held in Dominica later down this year. Share 144 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

VARD Secures Contract for Cable Laying Vessel for Prysmian Group

first_imgVARD announced that it has been selected by Prysmian Group for the design and construction of one cable laying vessel. The contract value, including owner supplied special equipment, amounts to approximately € 170 million.The specialised vessel for advanced subsea operations, is intended to be the most capable cable layer in its market, featuring deep water installation capabilities for depths of more than 2,000 meters and high cable loading capacity in large cable rotating platforms. The cable layer is developed to perform complex installation operations, supported by a variety of burial systems, including heavy duty ploughs, and state-of-the-art positioning and seakeeping systems, coupled with a reduced environmental footprint. With a length of 172 meters, and a beam of 34 meters, the vessel will be able to accommodate a crew of 120 persons.Mr. Roy Reite, CEO and Executive Director of VARD, commented, “It is an honour to welcome Prysmian Group to VARD. Our broad experience in the design and construction of several cable layers and other specialised vessels over the years, combined with Prysmian’s know-how and established experience in advanced submarine cable operations, have been of high value in the development process. We look forward to building this cutting-edge cable layer in close cooperation with our new customer.”The cable layer is designed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway. VARD and Prysmian are currently completing the vessel’s design and according to contract activation scheme the commencement of construction phase is foreseen by end 2018. The vessel is scheduled for delivery from Vard Brattvaag in Norway, in 4Q 2020. The hull will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania. Several of the Group’s specialised subsidiaries are also involved in the project through deliveries of equipment and solutions.Mr. Giuseppe Coronella, Chairman of Vard Holdings Limited, commented, “We are proud to have been chosen by Prysmian to contribute to their development plans bringing to life this advanced vessel which will unquestionably make the difference in the deep water cable laying market.”Mr. Massimo Battaini, Prysmian Group SVP Business Energy Project, commented, “This new strategic asset will consolidate Prysmian Group’s leadership in the submarine cable industry, by bolstering turnkey approach, under which we deliver end-to-end EPCI projects, from engineering, manufacturing and installation to full monitoring and diagnostic services.” Author: Priyanka Ann Saini Sea News, April 30last_img read more

Learn maple sugaring in Farmington Hills

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Celebrate one of the first signs of spring and learn the basics of making maple syrup during maple sugaring programs offered March 1 and 15 at the Farmington Hills Nature Center in Heritage Park.The outdoor class include information about identifying and selecting a maple tree, collecting and boiling down sap. The program will finish with a pure maple syrup treat and exclusive Michigan maple syrup products to purchase.Sign up for any of three time slots each day: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-2:30 p.m., and 3-4:30 p.m.The cost is $7 per person (free for children under age 2). Space is limited, and advance registration is required at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd., or at the Nature Center, 248-477-1135, or write to for more information about this and upcoming programs. Reported bylast_img read more

Dyneema Crystal Technology to be Used in Drone Detection Systems

first_imgDSM Dyneema announced that ROBIN Radar Systems has selected their Crystal Technology for the radome of their new Elvira drone detection system. With near-zero signal loss, Crystal Technology helps Elvira in detecting drones and classifying them, distinguishing them from birds or other flying objects, at longer distances than traditional radar systems. In fact, this breakthrough radar technology can detect larger fixed-wing drones at a range of nine kilometers and smaller multi-rotor drones at up to three kilometers. In addition to the material’s electromagnetic transparency, ROBIN Radar chose this technology for its superior protection of sensitive equipment in harsh outdoor environments and its extreme light weight for easy transport.These Elvira radomes are produced by Airborne, a partner of DSM Dyneema. These two companies collaborate to deliver next-generation radomes made with this Crystal Technology to customers worldwide. Gerben Pakkert, head of R&D at ROBIN Radar Systems said – Because this detection system is looking for very small targets and must distinguish fine details to prevent false positives, we needed a radome material that could provide high transparency to minimize signal loss. These rigorous requirements quickly ruled out existing alternatives. This technology delivers lower signal loss than any other radome material available today, allowing us to realize the full potential of our advanced radar system.Elvira was specifically designed for drone detection. After winning a tender from the Dutch Ministry of Justice, ROBIN Radar Systems applied their expertise in tracking small targets to design this new system, which launched in April 2016. This system provides military-grade radar capabilities, including advanced Doppler processing that enables it to track even the most agile drones. This system is offered at a competitive price that supports broad usage in professional security scenarios, such as protecting high-profile events, airports, harbors, prisons and other critical infrastructures against drones. By combining detection and classification in just one sensor, this technology saves precious time in the decision process.“With nearly 200,000 new drones taking to the air each month, as reported by CNBC, accurately detecting and classifying them is becoming extremely critical,” said Danielle Petra, new business development manager at DSM Dyneema.This Crystal Technology provides an extremely low loss tangent and approximately half the dielectric constant compared to aramid, e-glass and quartz. The electrical properties of the material maintain superior performance – even at higher frequencies from X band to millimeter band – allowing military, civil and telecommunications organizations to realize the full potential of their advanced antenna, radar, radio astronomy or communications systems.Further, because this technology offers an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio and high impact resistance, it can be used in thinner gauges that enhance transmission quality even more. Its light weight also makes radomes more energy-efficient to ship and easier to maneuver and install.This technology is inherently hydrophobic without the need for time-consuming and demanding secondary resin application, a property that virtually eliminates the need for regular maintenance.last_img read more

Argos drop second in a row

first_imgArgos drop second in a row Argos lose second game of the season to Georgia Southwestern, 59-55 (Photo by Bill Stockland)   AMERICUS, Ga.  – The University of West Florida men’s basketball program dropped its second game of the season after falling to Georgia Southwestern, 59-55. The Argonauts are off to a slow start of the season and have lost their first two games. West Florida was once again led by sophomore transfer Mario Stramaglia (Birmingham, Ala.) who picked up 14 points after going 4-6 from three point range and adding two free throws. The sophomore also led the Argos with four assists and collected four rebounds.It was a slow start for UWF, and the Argos could only muster 20 points in the first half and quickly fell behind the Canes after they posted 30 points in the half. Playing from behind, the Argos fought back in the second half and would eventually take the lead with 14 minutes remaining after the Argos scored 14 unanswered. However, UWF couldn’t keep the lead and would eventually fall to the Peach Belt Conference member 59-55. Only one other Argo posted double-digits in points and that was senior Ellis Young III (Merritt Island, Fla.) who totaled 11 points on 4-8 shooting. Senior Nate Johnson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) once again had a solid night on the glass and for the second straight game collected 13 rebounds. Johnson also added six points for the Argos and two assists. The Canes were led by Alan Arnett who posted 15 points and had a game-high 15 opportunities from the free throw line and converted on 11.As a team West Florida out shot their opponent and shot 41 percent from the field on 21-51 shooting and shot 45 percent from the three point stripe. But fouls were the Argos weakness and Georgia Southwestern knocked in 20 free throws on 34 attempts to UWF’s eight on 14 attempts.West Florida will see Georgia Southwestern again next week when the Canes travel to Pensacola for the Argos home opener Nov. 20. Tip-off will be at 7 p.m. CT from the UWF Field House and live coverage of the game can be found at information on all UWF athletics, visit Box ScoreWest Florida vs Georgia Southwestern11/14/13 7:30 PM at Americus, Ga.At Americus, Ga.GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN 59, WEST FLORIDA 55WEST FLORIDA (0-2)Stramaglia,Mario 4-8 2-4 14; Young, Ellis 4-8 3-3 11; Townes,Terrence 4-90-0 9; Legrier,Deangelo 3-4 0-1 6; Langham,Kent 3-12 0-0 6; Johnson,Nate 2-82-4 6; Funk,Tyler 1-1 0-0 2; Voss,Sean 0-1 1-2 1; Williams,Justin 0-0 0-0 0;Laatsch,Jason 0-0 0-0 0; Bracey,Savon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-51 8-14 55.GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN (4-0)Alan Arnett 2-5 11-15 15; Jamon Hawkins 4-8 4-8 12; Daryl Davis 4-7 2-2 10;Kevin Burnell 3-6 1-2 8; Johathon Brooks 4-10 0-0 8; Darius Redding 2-6 1-35; Derrick Dawkins 0-3 1-4 1; Bobby Glover 0-1 0-0 0; Adrian Knight 0-0 0-00. Totals 19-46 20-34 59.West Florida………………   20   35  –   55Georgia Southwestern……….   30   29  –   593-point goals–West Florida 5-11 (Stramaglia,Mario 4-6; Townes,Terrence 1-1;Langham,Kent 0-2; Johnson,Nate 0-1; Young, Ellis 0-1), Georgia Southwestern1-3 (Kevin Burnell 1-2; Johathon Brooks 0-1). Fouled out–West Florida-None,Georgia Southwestern-None. Rebounds–West Florida 30 (Johnson,Nate 13),Georgia Southwestern 33 (Johathon Brooks 9). Assists–West Florida 10(Stramaglia,Mario 4), Georgia Southwestern 9 (Alan Arnett 3). Totalfouls–West Florida 25, Georgia Southwestern 18. Technical fouls–WestFlorida-None, Georgia Southwestern-None. A-884– — Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Sharelast_img read more