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Dealing with criminal cases in ‘hours and days’ could become ‘the norm’ under government plans announced today. Policing and criminal justice minister Nick Herbert published a white paper detailing proposals designed to speed up cases in the criminal justice system. Extended court sittings, increased use of video technology, and single magistrates sitting in community centres or police stations are among the measures outlined. Building on responses adopted during last year’s summer riots, the government plans to trial more flexible court opening hours, including the introduction of Sunday sittings, and early morning and evening sittings. The white paper also suggests enabling local communities to deal with anti-social behaviour and low-level offending through neighbourhood justice panels in 15 areas across the country. These will use community representatives and restorative justice techniques in a bid to tackle problems early and prevent them escalating. Herbert said: ‘During last year’s riots, we saw cases that normally take weeks and months being dealt with in just hours and days. We want this to become the norm, not the exception. ‘The criminal justice system must be more transparent and accountable to the local communities it services, so we are opening up the justice system and involving communities directly in resolving problem behaviour and low-level crimes.’ Richard Atkinson, chair of the Law Society Criminal Law Committee, voiced scepticism about the proposals. He said: ‘The Society has been at the forefront of urging improvements to the criminal justice system and we published our own proposals for this last year. We would support changes where they are appropriate. For example there is potential for there to be efficiency improvements arising from the increased use of prison to court video links. However, we are concerned by the government’s obsession with speed and its apparent belief that speed and efficiency is one and the same thing. In particular, we question whether there is any need for weekend courts at a time when the numbers of criminal cases are declining and when these proposals will cause problems for prisons and the availability of other professionals in the system. There will be significant costs at a time the government says there is no more money, including for defence practitioners who are mostly small businesses and do not have the same flexibility as large employers, such as the Crown Prosecution Service and the court service. ‘The fact that there has been no adequate consultation and discussion with defence practitioners about the proposals suggests that, yet again, government is ignoring the only people in the system who see cases through from start to finish. We are keen to discuss these with government, but it is mistaken if it believes that these changes can be achieved in a way which is cost-neutral and it is disappointing that it has not taken the opportunity to look at other improvements which are likely to have a much greater effect on efficiency than a headline-grabbing initiative on court sittings.’ Max Hill QC, Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA), warned that cost-cutting must not stand in the way of justice. He said: ‘The Criminal Bar Association endorses the government’s view that the criminal courts need to become more efficient, and we welcome many of the proposals contained within this white paper, but others risk undermining justice and due process. ‘We are particularly concerned about the increased presumption that cases will be run in the Magistrates’ Courts based purely on the financial value of the case. This is a blunt instrument which may not properly reflect the severity of the offence, and demonstrates the government’s commitment to cheap justice. ‘We cautiously welcome efforts to increase transparency by allowing cameras into courtrooms for sentencing remarks. This must, however, be carefully monitored to ensure that tight judicial scrutiny is maintained and that the parties in the case are consenting. ‘Late and weekend court sittings enabled the criminal justice system to manage its vastly increased workload following the summer riots, but longer hours are not the answer to inefficiency. They place a strain on the courts and on court workers, and may lead to delays and poor outcomes.’ Meanwhile, as the government proposes extending court sittings, the Ministry of Justice’s annual report showed that HM Courts and Tribunal Service has culled its staff by more than 1,000 over the last year. Published this week, the report shows that permanent staff numbers at HMCTS fell from 20,778 to 19,655. The full details of the government’s ‘Swift and Sure Justice’ proposals, can be found on the MoJ website.
The Law Society has urged justice secretary Michael Gove not to rely on pro bono to plug gaps in the justice system created by legal aid cuts.Gove said the government planned to ask the ‘very richest in the justice system to do a little bit more’ to fund the court system. The Gazette understands the lord chancellor is open to the idea of both pro bono work and financial contributions from City lawyers.His speech also called for new initiatives to cut waste in the courts system and improve efficiency through greater use of technology and fewer in-person hearings.The Society said it welcomes plans to improve effectiveness in the courts, but warned Gove he cannot use lawyers’ generosity to fill in for work previously covered by legal aid.‘The legal profession is committed to pro bono and nearly half of solicitors in private practice average more than 50 hours per year,’ said Society president Andrew Caplen.‘But pro bono is never a substitute for a properly funded system of legal aid, which needs skilled and experienced solicitors to provide expert legal advice to those who need it.’Caplen added that denying legal aid to around 600,000 people who were previously eligible is ‘damaging our reputation’ as the best legal system in the world.Angus McBride, partner in the criminal law team at London firm Kingsley Napley, said the legal profession must be careful not to ‘simply attack’ Gove’s plans but to explain the case against relying on corporate lawyers to do work they are not used to.‘Asking City law firms to do pro bono work in areas in which they do not practice is not the solution,’ he said. ‘Investment will be key to any modernisation programme and efficiencies that Gove hopes to achieve.’Jo Edwards, chair of the family law organisation Resolution, said Gove’s statement that justice should not be the preserve of the wealthy could signal a ‘change of direction’ from the new government.But she urged caution before placing too much emphasis on the introduction of telephone and video hearings and online dispute resolution.‘The most recent experience of a government online legal aid administration system that’s been beset by delays and the need for improvements suggests that any online solutions would need to be very carefully thought out, implemented and properly resourced.‘People feel the impact of family court proceedings for the rest of their lives – their matters deserve proper attention and consideration.’
NewsRegional Antigua confirms first Zika case by: Dominica Vibes News – May 4, 2016 20 Views no discussions Tweet Minister for Health and Environment in Antigua and Barbuda, Molwyn JosephAntigua and Barbuda’s Minister for Health and Environment, Molwyn Joseph has confirmed that the island has recorded its first case of Zika virus.Joseph revealed this while addressing the opening ceremony of the third meeting of the OECS Environment Ministers at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau on Wednesday 4 May 2016. “Just before leaving Antigua last evening, I had to engage in a press conference because Antigua and Barbuda had its first case of Zika Virus,” Joseph said.These challenges he added will forever affect the OECS states and working together is the only way to negotiate and respond effectively. “I know sometimes we get caught up in issues to the point we overlook the value of sharing information”.Antigua and Barbuda are “struggling right now to pass legislation to meet the international health regulation requirement, which this June, will represent the third time that we have been given the opportunity to get ready. I am not sure that we will be ready and that is unfortunate,” he said. Tighter collaboration and coordination could have made the OECS the first region or sub-region to meet these requirements he lamented. “It’s urgent, it has implications for the market place [and] our economic viability because we all are in the tourist industry and unless we can clearly demonstrate that we have the capacity to deal with these challenges of health and the environment, there will be doubts as to whether or not we are in control of the most important industry, and that is tourism.”Moreover, Joseph indicated that one case of Zika in any Caribbean island is a negative in the market place. “We just don’t understand, it can happen in the United States but that’s okay, but if it’s in a small island, then the impression is that the small island is just not ready to handle to situation. We have to overcome this and my message;[is] I am a strong believer that going forward, our success is inextricably linked to our ability to share information, to support each other and to collaborate on important issues affecting our citizens,” he proposed.Joseph hailed the OECS Commission for being “a tremendous source of support” over the last several months on all levels, especially in the field of health and the environment. Share Share Sharing is caring! Share
Sharing is caring! Tweet Share LocalNews Library to host panel discussion on marijuana legalization by: Dominica Vibes News – January 10, 2017 Share Share 243 Views one comment Marijuana trees (file photo)Should Marijuana Be Legalized? That’s the topic to be discussed at a panel discussion organized by the Roseau Public Library on Thursday 12 January 2017.This panel discussion, which will be held at the Pointe Mitchel Community Center from 7PM, coincides with Drug Awareness Month which is observed in January annually.“This would afford people the opportunity to gain knowledgeable information on marijuana and legalization whether it should or should not,” Librarian at the Roseau Public Library Renata Charles told Vibes Radio.The panelists will include Superintendent of Police Claude Weekes, Attorney at Law Henry Shillingford, Dr Phillip St. Jean, Martha Jarvis of the Drug Prevention Unit and Kester Toussaint of the House of Nyabinghi and will be moderated by Officer In Charge at the University of the West Indies Open Campus, Kimone Joseph.The Public Library is also offering free transportation to those who require that facilitation as according to Charles, this is a very important, interesting and educational topic and that there are those who are for and against the legalization of marijuana.“So we are therefore, seeing that we’ve taken the time to put this panel discussion together, we would be very grateful for a large turnout of persons, particularly adults and young adults to this discussion,” Charles stated.
123 Views no discussions Share MoneyNewsRegional World Bank official urges Caribbean countries to transit to blue economy by: – July 6, 2017 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Jorge Familiar, Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank. (Photo: Latin Trade)ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — A senior official of the World Bank said Wednesday that Caribbean countries have been more successful in reinventing themselves than some of the region’s giants.“This region managed to find a niche in the highly competitive global industry after it lost its trade preference treatment with Europe in the 1980s,” said Jorge Familiar, Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank.Addressing Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders at their 38th annual summit here on development finance opportunities for small states and how the blue economy has become the next frontier for economic growth for the Caribbean, Familiar noted that Grenada is demonstrating its commitment to inclusive growth and enhancing investment in the blue economy.“Often when we meet to discuss development prospects for Caribbean countries, we devote significant attention to common challenges: small scale, high debt, exposure to external shocks, and dependency on fossil fuels,” he said, noting that small economies are more open to trade and foreign investment.“While they are highly specialised in their export sectors, they are also more nimble and able to change the structure of their economies and exports over time. In fact, Caribbean countries have been more successful in reinventing themselves than some of the region’s giants.”He said there is an opportunity for CARICOM countries to find new sources of growth by transitioning to a blue economy and to leverage new sources of financing.There are a number of important questions that would be useful to reflect on, Familiar said, even as he focused on what is the blue economy and what opportunities it can offer for growth and how can the World Bank assist CARICOM countries to leverage new sources of financing in their pursuit of inclusive and sustainable growth.Familiar said that a new report titled “Toward a Blue Economy: A promise for sustainable growth in the Caribbean” notes that ocean assets and services are drivers of economic growth and that the Caribbean Sea generated US$407 billion in gross revenue in 2012, equivalent to almost 18 per cent of Caribbean gross domestic product (GDP), including mainland Caribbean coastal countries.“Caribbean island and coastal states may be small in terms of population and land area, but large when it comes to marine area. In fact, they are ‘Great Ocean States’. For example, St Lucia’s ocean area is over seven times greater than its land area and for Grenada over 70 times greater.”The World Bank official noted that harnessing marine resources while preserving the Caribbean Sea’s health, can help countries address key challenges such as high unemployment, low growth, food security, poverty and resilience to climate change.He said 1.5 million people rely on fishing for their livelihood and fish for food security and reefs such as Belize Barrier Reefs reduce 75 per cent of destructive capabilities from storm surges.“Marine tourism directly and indirectly supports two million direct and indirect jobs and generates over US$40 billion annually to Caribbean islands alone,” he said, adding that with a growing population, demand for seafood and aquaculture production will increase, shipping traffic and tourism will continue to grow, and new ocean industries will emerge.“If we look globally, ocean based industries such as fisheries, tourism, and shipping drive global trade, and annually contribute around three per cent or US$1.5 trillion in value added globally.”Familiar said that if “thinking green” was the focus of the past decade, Small Island Developing States and coastal economies are now starting to “think blue”.He said the new report identifies key priorities to generate blue growth, while ensuring that oceans and marine ecosystems are sustainably managed and used.“Already the impacts of overfishing, coastal development, pollution and climate change are being felt by coastal communities around the world: about 75 per cent of the region’s coral reefs are considered to be at risk from human activity and 85 per cent of wastewater enters the Caribbean Sea untreated.“Tourists come to the Caribbean region largely for its beautiful beaches and sea attractions, which puts tremendous pressure on the very coastal ecosystems that drive economies,” Familiar said, noting that a successful transition to a blue economy would mean that countries could better measure the region’s rich marine resources, better manage its ocean space, and ultimately achieve greater growth and prosperity from sound management of the ocean.The report outlines three recommendations including identifying, value, and mapping ocean assets which Familiar said would “will allow countries to better manage their ocean wealth and develop smart policies to promote a healthy, resilient and productive marine environment: marine special plans like OECS countries are planning to do with our support.He said the report also notes that regional integration and cooperation is essential to drive economic growth from the Caribbean Sea and promoting private sector investments in blue economy.“This means creating enabling conditions for private investment in ocean industries; building ‘blue green’ infrastructure…and supporting ocean MSMEs to generate ‘blue jobs’.” Familiar told the regional leaders that ‘there has never been a better time than now for the coastal and island nations to invest in the transition to a blue economy”. He said the World Bank Group (WBG) is now examining new initiatives to leverage new sources of financing in support of growth.
Anritsu has introduced its PIM over CPRI software for the BTS Master MT8220T and MT822xB handheld base station analyzers that allow passive intermodulation (PIM) measurements to be made from the ground for the first time. By eliminating the need for network operator installation and maintenance crews and contractors to climb the tower to test for PIM, the new BTS Master-based solution is a much more cost- and time-efficient tool for ensuring optimal operation of wireless networks.PIM over CPRI is a unique and patented PIM measurement technique that uses live traffic, unlike traditional RF PIM measurements that require a site be turned down for tests to be conducted. All that is required for PIM over CPRI to be performed are two Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) transceivers and an optical tap. Another benefit is that no component in the transmission line needs to be disconnected, eliminating the possibility of PIM being introduced into the system due to elements such as metal shavings or improperly torqued connectors.If the BTS Master with PIM over CPRI capability detects PIM at the ground level, the network operator can dispatch a tower crew to perform a traditional RF PIM measurement using the Anritsu PIM Master MW82119B battery-operated, high power, portable passive intermodulation analyzer. For rooftop base stations where PIM is detected, the Anritsu PIM Hunter test probe can be used. If the system is PIM-free, the network operator can conduct other tests to locate issues affecting the site, such as interference.The BTS Master handheld base station analyzers combine 30 analyzers into one to meet virtually every measurement need at a base station. It includes 20 MHz bandwidth modulation for high-quality testing; a vector signal generator with frequency coverage of 400 MHz to 6 GHz for comprehensive DAS and receiver testing, and sweep modes for reliable interference hunting and analysis. A convenient touch screen GUI allows measurements to be performed quickly and easily, even in bright sunlight. Click here to learn more about the Base Station Tester.
Competing in girls category are Livingstones International School, CPU Golden Lions, Ateneo de Iloilo, La Paz National High School, Iloilo Doctors College, Bingawan National High School and Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion.After the two-day competition, the semifinals round will be held on May 3 while the championship game and the battle-for-third place will be on May 4.The volleyball event is a regular fixture in Bingawan every May since 2005. It portrays the love and passion of the people for the game of volleyball./PN ILOILO – Seventeen teams are set to compete in the secondary girls and men’s open category of the Victor C. Plagata Cup Season 14 volleyball tournament from May 1 to 4 at the Bingawan Civic Center in Bingawan town.Ten teams are set to slug it out for the men’s open championship led by powerhouse teams Philippine Navy and Philippine Army which are both bannered by national team mainstays.Also competing in the men’s division are the Bingawan Team, Negros Team, Central Philippine University, Bingawan National High School, Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion, Angels Team, Pavia team, and Lambunao Team.Meanwhile, a new champion is set emerge in the secondary girls category with Season 13 titlist Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts unavailable as they represent Western Visayas in the 2019 Palarong Pambansa in Davao City.
I’m back on the winning train last week due to a huge performance from Antonio Gates on Monday and the last second touchdown from Bell. Sometimes you just got to get lucky. This week is the first week I truly don’t feel great about a lineup. You got some decent options on the bye week and the Saints and Falcons playing on Thursday makes for some pretty limited options. When you only have five running backs values over $8,000 it’s going to be a doozy. This week is all about being able to find the hidden gems. Let’s get it going again and as always feel free to comment with any questions whether it’s Fanduel or your own fantasy league related, or better yet you can contact me through twitter @burasek10 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 Related TopicsFantasy FootballFantasy Football Week 6NFL Week 6 Brandon Urasek While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10
detik.com Bagi kebanyakan wisatawan jalur untuk mengunjungi Pulau Samosir adalah menggunakan jasa kapal ferry atau angkutan kapal lainnya. Nah, lain dari itu ternyata untuk menuju Pulau Samosir juga dapat ditempuh lewat jalur darat. Bagi yang awam, ada pulau bisa diakses lewat jalan darat mungkin bakal mengundang tanya, tapi faktanya salah satu bagian terpencil dari Pulau ditengah Danau Toba ini memang tersambung dengan daratan utama Pulau Sumatera.Jalur ini bisa dilalui sebagai jalur alternatif menuju ke Pulau Samoris dengan melewati jembatan Tano Ponggol atau dalam bahasa Indonesianya tanah yang terpenggal. Karena untuk menuju rute alternatif ini lumayan berliku, maka jarang dipilih oleh para wisatawan, dan rute ini lebih banyak digunakan oleh penduduk setempat.Untuk sampai ke Samosir dengan jalur ini, Anda bisa melalui Jalan Raya Sidikalang sampai ke Dolok Sanggul terus menuju Jalan Tele-Pangururan. Nanti Anda akan menemui Jembatan Tano Ponggol atau Jembatan Tele. Untuk Anda yang menggunakan kendaraan pribadi menuju ke Samosir melalui jalan ini harus tetap waspada. Sebab jalan untuk menuju Tele ini bukan jalur yang mudah untuk di tempuh. Jalur menurun dan berkelok-kelok membuat Anda haruslah tetap waspada. Namun, dalam perjalanan pastinya Anda akan disuguhkan pemandangan indah dengan pohon pinus sebagai latarnya dan tebing. Tak hanya itu, saat Anda melalui jalur ini, di beberapa titik akan mencium bau belerang yang khas.Bila Anda tidak membawa kendaraan pribadi, melalui kota Medan tepatnya dari Padang Bulan, Anda bisa menaiki mobil Elf. Tarif yang dibayarkan pun cukup murah sekitar Rp55 ribu perorangnya sudah bisa menikmati pemandangan menuju Samosir melalui jalur darat. Jalur yang ditempuh melalui jalur darat ini langsung dari kota Medan sekitar 6 jam.Saat sampai di jembatan Tano Ponggol atau jembatan Tele ini untuk menuju Pulau Samosir hanya berjarak 20 meter dari Pulau Sumatera. Jalan Tele Nagali menjadi ujung pertemuan Pulau Sumatera ke Pulau Samosir yang nantinya dipertemukan di jalan Pangururan, Pulau Samosir. Lebarnya pun hanya 3 meter, sehingga untuk jalan di jalur ini, bagi Anda yang baru pertama kali diharapkan hati-hati. Tak hanya itu, untuk melalui jalur ini, Anda disarankan berjalan pada siang atau pagi hari. Ini dikarenakan penerangan di jalur Tele masih kurang memadai dan jalur yang menurun membuat jalur ini agak menyeramkan bila di lalui saat malam hari.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedBandara Silangit Terintegrasi Shuttle Bus Menuju Pulau Samosir13/10/2017In “Bandara”Pulau Rote, Strategis Bagi Perbatasan, Inilah Keindahan di Ujung Selatan Indonesia17/08/2020In “Destinasi”Tingkatkan Kinerja Jasa Pelayaran, Kabupaten Bengkalis Canangkan Modernisasi Sistem Pelabuhan21/11/2017In “Angkutan Ferry”