‘Community courts’ call to revive local justice

first_imgThe closure of one in five magistrates’ courts has had ‘lamentable’ consequences for justice and led to rocketing costs, according to a paper from a centre-right thinktank calling for the restoration of local justice.In Magistrates Work!, published by Politeia, Conservative MP Simon Reevell, academic John Howson and barrister Stanley Brodie QC put forward proposals for restoring magistrates’ courts.Since 2009, the paper states, closures have cut the number of courts from 330 to 240. This, the authors say, has had ‘lamentable’  consequences, reducing access to justice and transparency, while costs have ‘rocketed’ by an extra £1.5bn.‘The rule of law now operates from a select few hubs. Some places have been abandoned in terms of local justice,’ Reevell told the Gazette.As many offences are dealt with away from the communities where they are committed, ‘no one will hear anything about the case, no lessons will be learned, there will be no deterrent effect’, he said.With little extra cost, the paper suggests, buildings could be adapted to accommodate courts or former courts reopened to ensure there is ‘a courtroom in every community’.The authors suggest that different courts could be used for different purposes, with large centralised courts supplemented by smaller courts dealing with specific issues, such as domestic violence, drugs and traffic offences.Community justice panels, says Reevell, may evolve back into magistrates’ courts. ‘If courts had not been closed in the first place, this would not need to be done. It’s like reinventing the wheel,’ he said.last_img read more

‘Bedroom tax’ ruling clarifies tribunal powers

first_imgPLP director Jo Hickman’Tribunals are intended to be a relatively inexpensive and accessible way for people to enforce their legal rights. They are often used to challenge public authority decisions about housing, disability and welfare entitlements. Where vulnerable people need a legal remedy, tribunals can be a lifeline.’Carla Clarke, head of strategic litigation at Child Poverty Action Group, said households with a medical need for an additional bedroom, who had appealed the application of the bedroom tax to them before the Department for Work and Pensions amended legislation, can now have their appeals decided with the tribunals required to apply the original law in a way which avoids a breach of their right to non-discrimination. Law firm Leigh Day represented the claimant, RR. Solicitor Lucy Cadd, who acted in the case with Caroline Ott, said: ‘This ruling is of great significance because it not only allows for the case of our client and that of the 130 couples whose cases were stayed behind it to be resolved with the social security tribunals disapplying the bedroom tax to ensure none of those individuals suffer a human rights breach, but also because it paves the way for decision-makers to avoid human rights breaches in other areas.’ Courts can set aside government regulations that are incompatible with human rights legislation, the Supreme Court ruled today in a case that stemmed from challenges to the 2013 housing benefit changes widely labelled the ‘bedroom tax’.In RR v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the UK’s highest court said there was nothing unconstitutional about a public authority, court or tribunal disapplying a provision of subordinate legislation which would otherwise result in them not complying with the Human Rights Act.Lady Hale, president, said: ‘Subordinate legislation is subordinate to the requirements of an act of parliament. The Human Rights Act is an act of parliament and its requirements are clear.’ Lord Reed, Lady Black, Lord Briggs and Lady Arden agreed. Heavyweight human rights organisations Liberty, Child Poverty Action Group and Public Law Project (PLP), represented by international firm Herbert Smith Freehills, intervened in the case.Rosie Brighouse, a lawyer at Liberty, said today’s decision clarifies what people can expect from courts and public bodies when it comes to duties under human rights law.PLP director Jo Hickman said: ‘This judgment re-affirms that people should be able to enforce their human rights under the European Convention on Human Rights in any court or tribunal, without having to bring separate legal proceedings – just as the Human Rights Act says they should be able to. last_img read more

World rail freight news round-up

first_imgThe 40th Traxx MS2 locomotive ordered by Hamburger Hafen & Logistik’s rail subsidiary Metrans was handed over by Bombardier Transportation at the Praha Uhříněves container terminal on October 25. The locos are being used to haul trains between the North Sea ports of Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam and Antwerpen, and the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. ‘Our own fleet of locomotives enables us to better control our harbour-to-depot transport processes’, said Metrans Chief Operating Officer Martin Horinek. ‘This will allow us to be even more reliable, to be more flexible in response to the requests of our customers and to offer new services.’Catalunya operator FGC and Comsa Rail Transport’s contract to move vehicles between the SEAT factory in Martorell and the Port of Barcelona has been renewed for a further three years. The Autometro service has operated since 2008, with 411 m long trains of double-deck wagons carrying 170 vehicles operating three trips per weekday and carrying 105 000 vehicles/year. Uruguay’s National Port Administration has called tenders to build and operate a cellulose and chemical terminal in Montevideo docks. This would include sidings connected to a rail link to the port which is to be built under the Ferrocarril Central project. Hanson spent £250 000 rehabilitating a siding at its plant at Ashton-in-Makerfield in northwest England to enable freight to run to the site for the first time in 10 years on October 15. GB Railfreight will operate three trains a week to Ashton from a quarry at Shap, hauled by Class 60 diesel locomotives and carrying 200 000 tonnes/year. ‘These three trains a week will take around 1 500 truck journeys off the road each year’, said Simon Day, Hanson UK’s Regional General Manager. After a short break, regular freight services between Yiwu in China and the Lovosice Terminal in the Czech Republic resumed in September. On October 24 DB Cargo UK opened a £6m steel logistics centre at Wolverhampton, which will receive imported steel from as far afield the Netherlands and Sweden via the ports of Immingham, Hull and Boston for companies including ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel and SSAB. Logistics company Katoen Natie and Union Pacific opened a plastic packaging facility at the Prime Pointe Industrial Park near Dallas on October 23. Plastic resin pellets will be shipped to the warehouse by rail, then packaged and loaded into intermodal containers for transport to ports. ‘Katoen Natie‘s Dallas location is a great example of freight rail utilisation to provide growth opportunities and overall economic development for this region’, said Kari Kichhoefer, Vice-President Industrial, Union Pacific.On October 10 quarry company ERB Invest opened a siding at Černetice on the Strakonice – Vimperk line in the Czech Republic which will be used to transport aggregates to construction sites.last_img read more

TalkUp: What are your thoughts on the RNC?

first_imgWhat did you think about the Republican National Convention?Tina – Miramar, FLIt was excellent. The crowd was electric. I was on the fence, but when I heard what Donald Trump had to say, I was convinced that he would be good for the country. It’s going to be different, but it’s time for a change. We’ve done it one way, now it’s time to go a different route. I don’t think I’ll be voting for Donald though. Let the chips fall where they may.Alice – Hollywood, FLI don’t agree with a lot of what Trump said. I am Mexican so I was personally offended by his comments about Mexicans. A lot of the labor in this country is provided by Mexicans. I do not vote so I will definitely not be voting for Trump. My approach is to pray for this country and the government. God is the ideal President. He’s the best President that we could ever have in our lives. I was also offended when he claimed to be a Christian because he does not carry himself like a follower of Jesus Christ.Lionel – FranceAs a Frenchman, I am nervous about Trump’s plan to close the borders. At one time, the French thought that the US was a dangerous place, but the tables have turned and I now think that France is a dangerous place. It is not a safe place to raise children. Lots of French people want to move to the US for a better life. There are many immigrants in France who are creating problems and who paint France in a bad light. We actually need someone like Trump in France  to bring change. I support Trump. I just hope that he does not close the borders before honest, hardworking immigrants like myself get a chance to capture a part of the American dream.Tamyka– Hollywood, FLI am not into TV so I did not watch it. I read about it on Social Media. That whole issue with Malenia Trump was shady. I do not support Don Trump. On the one hand, I like many of his views, but he is too racial. That is the thing that I don’t like about him.Ingrid – Pembroke Pines, FL.                              I did not like it. I think that Donald Trump spent the whole time shouting. He made these big pronouncements, but he did not explain how he was going to get all these things done. He needs to lighten up. I don’t know how he is getting the support that he seems to be getting. Melania knowingly plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech. I do not support Trump or the Republican Party. If Trump becomes President, next year we will be purging.Manny – Liberty City, FLI didn’t watch the Republican National Convention. I have no interest in Donald Trump or the Republican Party. I will definitely not be voting for Donald Trump.Lysette – Hollywood, FLI didn’t watch it all, but I was very concerned because Trump is coming on very strong. He is a very strong candidate and we need to unite and stand up for what we believe and for each other. I am from a family of immigrants and I think that everybody deserves a chance. This country was built on the backs of immigrants. I believe that things must be done properly, not by force or by fear. There is good and bad in every culture and race, but it is not right to degrade or demean whole groups of people.Shanice – Pembroke Pines, FL.I didn’t watch it, but I saw lots of reviews and clips on Social Media. I found that plagiarism issue with Melania Trump interesting. Also, they definitely should have gotten Queen’s permission to use their song. They should have known better. There are some good things about Trump, but there are also lots of things about him and his policies that I don’t like. Besides that, I couldn’t care less about the RNC. I don’t think that I would vote for Trump, but I also don’t think that I would vote for Hillary, so right now I’m undecided.Rodney – Miami, FL It went as expected. I didn’t expect any more or any less. I was somewhat impressed. I have mixed feelings though about Trump and the Republican Party. I think they would show stronger force against terror than the Democrats have and they would do a better job of keeping our borders safe. However, this whole election process is out of control. There is too much craziness going on. It’s nothing like it used to be. As Donald Trump said, the whole world is watching and with all that’s been going on, I think we look bad.last_img read more

Harper calls for siting of new medical school in D&G

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInEmma Harper South Scotland MSP has contacted John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, to make the case for establishing a new medical school in Dumfries & Galloway.Within the Scottish Government’s *Programme for Scotland 2019-20, there is a commitment to develop proposals for a new medical school in Scotland. This will build on the country’s existing international reputation for excellence within the higher education, science and medical sectors, widening access to these core subjects in the future.Ms Harper’s call has come on the back of representations made to her from members of the Crichton Campus Leadership Group and from her work as Deputy Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Health Committee where she has been pursuing issues relating to training, education and recruitment of GPs and other health professionals – especially to Dumfries & Galloway.The policy for a new medical school was highlighted as an opportunity for the region to receive needed capital, skills and educational investment which would offer significant investment and benefit to the whole region, as well as to Scotland.Ms Harper said;“I have called on the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills to hear why Dumfries & Galloway is the ideal location for Scotland’s new medical school to be established. “I have set out the core reasons why key influencers, and myself, consider that the Crichton Campus is the ideal site for a new medical school – particularly because there are unique challenges and excellent potential opportunities which our region offers.“I’d encourage people to take a look at the detail within my letter, which will be available on my social media pages.”last_img read more

St Lucia response crew departs for Dominica

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! The response crew will arrive via this vesselSaint Lucia’s first response crew departs for Dominica today, Saturday 29 August 2015.The Press Secretary to the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia reported on Friday that officers from the Special Services Unit (SSU) of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) as well as other officials will arrive in Dominica via “The Defender” on Saturday morning to assist with search, rescue and recovery efforts. The vessel will also be carrying emergency supplies such as hygiene and medical kits, supplied by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). LocalNews St Lucia response crew departs for Dominica by: Dominica Vibes News – August 29, 2015 Sharecenter_img Share Share 779 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Policy changes being made to keep Dominica clean

first_imgBusinessLocalNews Policy changes being made to keep Dominica clean by: – June 29, 2018 Share Share Derelict vehicles, like this one parked on Hillsborough Street in Roseau, will be targeted in these new changesA decision has been taken to outsource garbage collection to the private sector so that the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC) can function with greater efficiency.This is among policy changes being made by the new Minister for the Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal, Joseph Isaac.According to the minister, the changes include clearing of vacant lots and derelict vehicles, implementation of litter and parking wardens and enforcement of garbage collection across the island, especially in the City.“We did some significant work in the clean-up of vacant lots; we didn’t just do a surface clean, you will see real in depth, thorough cleaning of those lots and we removed some derelict vehicles,” Minister Isaac informed. As part of these changes, all derelict vehicles across the country will be flagged by the Solid Waste Management Corporation. It will also be responsible for identifying locations where these derelict vehicles can be disposed of. If the vehicle owner fails to remove it as directed by the Corporation, government will have them removed. A company will be engaged to dispose of these derelict vehicles .As part of the implementation of these policy changes, Minister Isaac warned that government will be making “some radical decisions on enforcement”. “So we’ll have litter wardens and we’re trying to look at the issue of parking so the litter wardens will play a double role they might also be parking wardens too,” he stated.The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation will focus on advocacy of these new changes for a two month period before it commences enforcement.“I want people to understand, I don’t want anyone to become the first to pay a five thousand dollar fine for littering,” Minister Isaac said and emphasized that the policy changes will be enforced. Sharecenter_img Tweet 649 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Sonnet EM Socket Now Supported Within NI AWR Design Environment V13

first_imgNI AWR Design Environment Version 13 now offers an improved flow between AWR Connected for Sonnet and Sonnet Suites Version 16.54 using the latest EM Socket II architecture.The new partner flow boasts 64-bit compatibility, as well as asynchronous EM simulations, and is perfect for printed circuit board (PCB) and monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) design applications. AWR Connected for Sonnet provides an integrated “solver on request” interface that enables users to work within the NI AWR Design Environment, specifically Microwave Office circuit design software, while integrating Sonnet’s high-accuracy simulation engine, EM to edit and analyze circuits.To simplify usage, Microwave Office contains dialog boxes that provide control settings for Sonnet’s analysis tool. Global settings within the software efficiently apply to all EM structures in a project, while local settings allow for precision application to a single EM structure within the project.  The interface also offers the option of accessing Sonnet-exclusive features, such as parameters or dielectric bricks, when editing is done within the Sonnet Project Editor. Once a project analysis is completed within Sonnet Suites, the user can easily import the resulting data back into the Microwave Office environment.  Contact your AWR or Sonnet representative for pricing and more information.last_img read more

GONE: 92-year-old Yacht Club demolished

first_imgBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comThe Port Isabel Yacht Club, built in 1926 — two years before the incorporation of the City of Port Isabel — is no more.The 92-year-old former speakeasy, hotel and restaurant was demolished beginning last Friday, Dec. 14.The property’s new owners, father and son duo Ernesto and Armando Martinez, were on site as a large Caterpillar excavator used its bucket like a closed fist to punch through walls and claw away at the sagging, rotted roof.Golden afternoon sunlight spilled into the building’s newly exposed interior as the Martinezes stood outside the fence line. Periodically, passersby on foot would stop to stare. Drivers, too, slowed down in the middle of the road, or pulled over to look up at the half-ruined structure through open car windows.Though the elder and younger Martinezes declined to speak on the record, they did share their excitement for their future plans for the property. Ernesto Martinez reiterated comments he made during public city meetings earlier this year, saying the family was planning something exciting.But those plans are not entirely clear. The family has guarded their plans, repeatedly saying they will inform the community when the time is right.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedFormer Yacht Club Hotel land listed for sale, nearly $1MBy Gaige Davila Special to the PRESS As of July 6, the former site of the Yacht Club Hotel, now 1.7 acres of undeveloped land after the 92-year-old building was demolished in December 2018, is listed for sale for $899,000, according to a recent posting on real estate database company…July 18, 2019In “News”UNVEILED: Community gets first look at new Yacht Club developmentCommunity gets first look at new Yacht Club development, BOA denies Martinez family’s variance request By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Plans to develop a multimillion-dollar high-end apartment complex at the site of the old Yacht Club Hotel will proceed, despite a Board of Adjustments decision to deny a…January 4, 2019In “News”Year in Review: Looking back at the biggest stories of 2014By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press press@portisabelsouthpadre.com January 1, 2015 It’s been an interesting year for the Laguna Madre region. From stratospheric highs promising boons in both local commerce, increased jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields via the proposed SpaceX launch site, to news of the death…January 9, 2015In “News” Sharelast_img read more

UWF softball goes 1-1 in first day of GSC Tournament

first_img CULLMAN, Ala.  – The University of West Florida softball team split the first day of the Bojangles Famous Chicken N’ Biscuits 2014 Gulf South Conference Softball Tournament Thursday. The Argonauts fell in the first game to Delta State University 17-0 but bounced back with a 9-1 victory in game two against Christian Brothers University. In the double elimination tournament, the Argos will play again tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT against the University of North Alabama to keep their season alive.West Florida struggled in the first game offensively and defensively and amassed only two hits and had three fielding errors in the 0-17 loss. UWF had no answer to the Lady Statesmen 17 runs on 19 hits and was handed their first loss of the tournament. UWF used four pitchers in the game but senior Taylor Bailey (Austin, Texas) was credited the loss after getting the start and went 3.2 innings while giving up six earned runs.The second game was a different story for the Argos as they were able to produce nine runs from 11 hits and took the game 9-1 in five innings. Lauren Correia (Mary Esther, Fla.) and Jenna Belser (Chipley, Fla.) each went 3-for-3 in the game while Belser added a home run and drove in four RBIs for the Argos.Lauren Register (Vernon, Fla.) earned the win for UWF after pitching three innings in relief and only gave up three hits and one earned run in the outing.West Florida will look to keep their season alive tomorrow when they play North Alabama at 11 a.m. CT for the third round of the GSC Softball Tournament.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Delta State 17, West Florida 0 (May 01, 2014 at Cullman, Ala.)———————————————————————-Delta State……… 013 49 – 17 19  0      (28-27)West Florida…….. 000 00 –  0  2  3      (27-22)———————————————————————-Pitchers: Delta State – M. Maddox and M. Zoeller. West Florida – Taylor Bailey;Rebecca Hein(4); Brooke Hale(5); Becca Taylor(5) and Jenna Belser.Win-M. Maddox(7-8)  Loss-Taylor Bailey(16-9)  T-1:30  A-97HR DSU – A. Adcock; A. Cutts.Weather: SunnyR. Hein faced 3 batters in the 5th.Game: GSC1West Florida 9, Christian Brothers U 1 (May 01, 2014 at Cullman, Ala.)———————————————————————-West Florida…….. 412 02 –  9 11  1      (28-22)Christian Brothers U 000 01 –  1  4  1      (9-40)———————————————————————-Pitchers: West Florida – Taylor Bailey; Lauren Register(3) and . Christian Brothers U -K. Beekman; A. Wade(5) and .Win-Lauren Register(4-1)  Loss-K. Beekman(2-13)  T-1:22  A-129HR UWF – Danielle Sanders (4); Jenna Belser (4).Weather: 65 degrees and clearGame: CBU5012– www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Version Argos face UNA tomorrow in third round of tournament (Photo by Bill Stockland) UWF softball goes 1-1 in first day of GSC Tournamentcenter_img Sharelast_img read more