Construction Act payment rules: Why the scheme works a dream

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‘Direct action’ over cuts starts on Sunday, barristers announce

first_imgCriminal barristers will refuse to take new work from Sunday in protest at government cuts to the legal aid budget after 90% of survey respondents backed direct action, the Gazette can reveal.The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) said today (click the icon at the bottom of the article to read the full statement) that the decision was taken with ‘heavy hearts’ but that the situation was ‘desperate’.Over the past week the CBA surveyed members on whether there should be ‘action for justice’. According to today’s announcement, of 2,317 respondents, 2,081 voted in favour of action over a new formula for calculating legal aid fees for advocates. It marks the first time direct action has been taken since the ‘no new work and no returns’ action of 2014 and 2015.Angela Rafferty QC, CBA chair, said: ‘The system is desperate as are we. We are informing our members today that they should consider not taking any work from April 1, the implementation date of the reforms. We will hold days of actions. We will fight to improve the justice system for us and everyone else. We announce this action today with heavy hearts.’Barristers sets Garden Court Chambers, 25 Bedford Row and Doughty Street Chambers have all already indicated that they will support action.The CBA’s move comes after it emerged the House of Lords’ secondary legislation scrutiny committee had written to the Ministry of Justice seeking clarification on the revised Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), which determines how advocates are paid in legal aid cases. A government impact assessment claimed the changes would increase legal aid spending by an additional £9m per year but the Bar Council and the CBA say the reforms actually amount to a £2m cut.Rafferty added that, according to the Treasury’s own figures, the MoJ resource budget will fall by 9% over two years to £6bn by 2019/20.‘The budget for justice is now forecast to fall an initial £400m next year from £6.6bn in 2017/18 to £6.2bn in 2018/19, then to £6bn for 2019/20. Meanwhile the poor and vulnerable in society are being denied access to justice,’ she said. ‘The system is desperate; it cannot endure any more cuts.’The government has also cut the Litigators’ Graduated Fee Scheme, which remunerates solicitors. Earlier this week legal aid solicitors indicated that they would stand shoulder to shoulder with barristers, and today the Young Legal Aid Lawyers issued a statement of support.Law Society president Joe Egan said: ‘The action announced today by the Bar shines a light on wider concerns shared by lawyers that criminal legal aid services across England and Wales, and justice itself, are under threat.‘The same concern has led us to issue judicial review proceedings against cuts to fees for Crown Court work.’He added: ‘The rates paid to legal aid solicitors have not been increased since 1998 and the Law Society has consistently warned that the fragile criminal legal aid market cannot stand any further cuts. Despite this, the MoJ implemented further fee cuts in December 2017.’Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon, said: ‘That lawyers feel they now must resort to taking action underlines the depths of this crisis. Labour has submitted a motion opposing the government’s planned changes to the criminal legal aid remuneration scheme and calling for any changes to be debated fully in parliament. More widely, the government must urgently step forward with investment to fix our broken justice system.’A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: ‘We are extremely disappointed with the position the CBA has taken today, especially given that they and other members of the bar participated fully in the design of the scheme. Our reforms will reflect the actual work done in court, representing better value for the tax payer, and will replace an archaic scheme under which barristers were able to bill by pages of evidence.They added: ‘We greatly value the work of criminal advocates and will continue to engage with the bar moving forwards.’,Supporting documents Click link to download and view these files Statement by chair and vice chair of the barPDF, Size 0.34 mblast_img read more

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David Lammy replaces Burgon as shadow justice secretary

first_imgTottenham MP David Lammy, the author of a critical assessment of diversity in the criminal justice system in 2017, has been appointed shadow justice secretary in Labour leader Keir Starmer’s new team.Lammy said today it was a ‘great honour’ to be appointed to the shadow cabinet in ‘very challenging times’. He replaces Richard Burgon, who was removed by Starmer on Monday morning.Labour has also returned to former lord chancellor Lord Falconer of Thoroton (Charles Falconer QC) as shadow attorney general. He replaces Shami Chakrabarti, who had been in post since October 2016.Lammy was commissioned by then-prime minister David Cameron to lead an independent probe into the treatment of, and outcomes for, black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals criminal justice system. His report said the disproportionate representation of BAME people among defendants has resulted in a ‘chronic trust deficit’ and he made 35 different recommendations, including that suspects in custody have a choice of duty solicitor.A former practising barrister, called to the bar in 1994, Lammy has been an MP for almost 20 years. The former shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon confirmed this morning that he had been moved out of the role after almost four years.The former Thompsons employment solicitor, who came third in the Labour deputy leadership contest, was told by Starmer that he will no longer serve in the shadow cabinet. Burgon told by new Labour leader he is heading to the backbenchesSource: parliament.ukBurgon tweeted: ‘It’s been an honour to serve as Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary since 2016. I’ve just had a chat with Keir who let me know I won’t be in his new Shadow Cabinet team.‘As I’ve done since joining the party in the mid-1990s, I’ll continue to give my all to get a Labour gov’t.’Leeds East MP Burgon was a close supporter of former leader Jeremy Corbyn, and he was installed in the shadow justice role immediately after Corbyn’s win in 2016.Last year he won a libel case against The Sun newspaper after it published an online article in April 2017 claiming Burgon had joined a rock band which delighted in Nazi symbols. The High Court held that the allegation was untrue and likely to cause the MP serious harm. Burgon was awarded £30,000 in damages.last_img read more

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Capital’s metro grows

first_imgBEIJING Metro Corp announced on December 12 that trial passenger services on the city’s 19 km Line 4 would start on December 28, bringing the length of operational metro in the Chinese capital to 95 km. Built mainly above ground, the elevated light metro Line 4 runs east from an interchange with Line 1 at Sihuidong to the suburb of Tongzhou. Construction started in 2000, and has cost around 3·4bn yuan. Work has started on construction of Line 5, and the city government expects to start work on two more lines shortly. The city’s urban rail network is expected to reach 300 km by the time that Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympic Games.last_img read more

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Termination of Rift Valley Railways concession agreed

first_imgKENYA: The termination of Rift Valley Railways’ concession to operate the Kenyan section of the metre gauge Kenya – Uganda railway network has been agreed ‘by joint consent’ after the high court in Nairobi backed Kenya Railways’ attempts to end the contract.KR had sought to end the concession in the belief that RVR had not complied with the terms of the 25-year contract, which was signed in January 2006 and restructured in 2011. Discussions between RVR and KR had been underway since January this year in an attempt to resolve the dispute. The metre-gauge network also faces competition from the Chinese-backed Standard Gauge Railway which was inaugurated between Mombasa and Nairobi in May.‘RVR defaulted in its payment of concession fees, rent and other key performance indicators under the concession agreement’, KR Managing Director Atanas K Maina told local media. ‘The government will not be paying them anything since they are the ones in default.’Following the court’s decision, Maina and RVR Chief Executive Isaiah Okoth issued a joint statement on July 31 announcing the formation of a committee to engage with stakeholders to ensure service continuity and to manage the ‘seamless’ handover of operations and the concession’s assets. The handover was expected within 30 days. The majority shareholder in RVR is Qalaa Holdings, formerly known as Citadel Capital. The Egypt-based energy and infrastructure group has classified RVR as a discontinued operation since the first quarter of 2016, and said the transfer of the concession would therefore not have a negative impact on its consolidated financial statements. RVR said it wanted to assure employees, customers and stakeholders of its ‘commitment to ensure a smooth transition and continue operations’ as the process ‘moves forward to its logical conclusion.’last_img read more

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Kalinago exhibition opens as part of History Week

first_img 256 Views   no discussions Tweet Share A national exhibition focusing on the Kalinago culture and heritage is one of the main highlights for this year’s History Week, which forms part of the annual six-week Independence celebrations. The exhibition, which opened at the Old Mill Cultural Center in Canefield on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, features many artifacts of the Kalinago people’s way of life.Cultural officer Mr Gregory Rabess said the exhibition features, “artifacts, petroglyphs, tablos and pictures of life in the Kalinago territory especially the iconic craft items, like the tools used to catch crayfish and in the production of cassava like the matapi.”Mr Rabess explained that the exhibition “is an attempt to recreate as much as possible some of the life in the Kalinago Territory represented in pictures, in objects, in materials and in art work.”Several schools from around the island including those from the Kalinago Territory visited the exhibition which Mr Rabess describes the response as exciting. “The students are very excited and they are getting to know different things,” he said.Mr Rabess also informed that some of the students from the Kalinago Territory recognized “some familiar faces, some of their grandparents and maybe their parents”.Mr Rabess thinks that it is a very engaging experience for the students as it “will inspire them to do more research into Kalinago History and heritage”.Meanwhile cultural Officer from the Kalinago Territory, Prosper Paris whose Kalinago name is nicotoboulou meaning ‘back bone’ said one of the main focusses of this year’s History Week is on Kalinago cuisine.He is hopeful that this will encourage “people to appreciate their history, their culture, appreciate their sense of identity and therefore when they know of their history, they can see things that they can relate to and build their sense of identity”.Mr Paris has also invited members of the public to “come to the Territory and eat something special”.“We don’t want to serve them rice and macaroni,” he said adding that a week workshop was convened to experiment and train people who will prepare the Kalinago cuisine.“The cassava bread and Kanki was always being done so we looked at how we could make that into a full course meal. Manioc chips, cassava balls, kanki were part of the dishes,” Mr Paris advised.The exhibition will remain on display at the Old Mill Cultural Centre for a week from today.– / 43Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img LocalNews Kalinago exhibition opens as part of History Week by: – October 8, 2014 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Two Kalinago Territory residents reportedly missing at sea

first_img Share 776 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! (file photo)Two men; Ian Joseph and Walters Joseph of the Kalinago Territory are reportedly missing at sea.According to Ian Joseph’s mother, Roselyn Fontaine, the men left the Territory on Tuesday 8 March 2016 and have not yet returned.“He was coming back down the same Tuesday and then he got some difficulties I believe in the night. Then he called the owner of the boat to tell the owner of the boat he’s experiencing difficulties, but the owner of the boat probably went out and couldn’t meet up with them,” Fontaine told Dominica Vibes on Friday 11 March 2016.“I’m not hearing nothing at all, I’m not hearing nothing on the news so I went to the Police Headquarters yesterday and they asked me if a report was made to the Salybia Police Station,” Fontaine informed. Fontaine, who resides at Soufriere, said she contacted her other son who resides in the Kalinago Territory and advised him to make a report to the police.She is hoping that the Dominica Coast Guard can assist in the search for the men. The Police Department has not yet issued a statement on this development and we have not yet been able to make contact with the Police Public Relations Officer. Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Two Kalinago Territory residents reportedly missing at sea by: Dominica Vibes News – March 11, 2016 Share Sharelast_img read more

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PBA Govs’ Cup: Slaughter, Mercado, dela Cruz return for Ginebra playoffs

first_imgMercado had surgery on his meniscus during the offseason.For dela Cruz, he will finally make his much-awaited debut for the Kings after being saddled with injuries the last two years, or since he was sent by Blackwater Elite to Ginebra in a trade.Cone said he might play Slaughter, Mercado and dela Cruz for limited minutes in their out-of-town match against the struggling Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Oct. 13 in Lucena City.“Coming into our last three games of the conference, we might be starting to have our guys back and get back to where our team was last conference in terms of personnel,” Cone said.“I am glad, however, that our other players like (Aljon Mariano and Prince Caperal) are stepping up in the absence of our big men,” added the 21-time PBA champion head coach.Still out for the Kings, however, were Joe Devance, who is recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot while Jervy Cruz and Julian Sargent are not expected to return until the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup./PN Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings center Gregory Slaughter will make his return when his team battles Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Saturday. CNN PHILIPPINES PHOTO MANILA – The already strong is bound to get even stronger.Defending champions Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings is set to welcome three of its injured players back to the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup.Head coach Tim Cone said Gregory Slaughter, Solomon Mercado and Arthur dela Cruz are good to go for the Kings, which clinched a playoffs spot with its league-leading 7-1 win-loss slate despite playing with a decimated lineup.Slaughter was out of commission for Ginebra since early last month due to a sprained ankle, which also prevented him from playing for Philippine team.last_img read more

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Cleveland Browns Don’t Use Franchise Tag On Terrelle Pryor; Wideout Becomes Free Agent

first_img Eli Mooneyham Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling. Related TopicsCleveland BrownsTerrelle Pryor Sr. CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland Browns have made a decision today regarding their top wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. The Brown and Orange have opted not to franchise tag the quarterback-turned-receiver, thus turning him into a free agent.Pryor had a standout year in a season where there wasn’t much to celebrate. He pulled in 77 receptions for 1,007 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, which will definitely attract contending teams this offseason.Another thing to keep an eye with Pryor is the chance to get big money, as he just watched his agent Drew Rosenhaus land Antonio Brown the most money in the wideout position group. Pryor will be looking to be the next route runner getting paid. NEOSI will keep an eye on this situation and continue to provide updates.last_img read more

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Argonaut Weekly: February 8-14

first_img jimhoguephotos.com Argonaut Weekly: February 8-14 Sharecenter_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The first pitch has been thrown in the spring season for University of West Florida Athletics, as the UWF baseball, golf, softball, and tennis teams are ready for their 2010 campaigns.  The Argonaut basketball teams are also in the stretch run, as both teams are fighting for a return to the Gulf South Conference Tournament in March.  Baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, and softball are all home this week, while the men’s golf team wraps up its first spring tournament of the season in Orlando.ARGONAUT OF THE WEEKZach CatesBaseballSenior First BasemanCates, a senior first baseman for the University of West Florida, had an outstanding week at the plate. The Mobile, Ala. native batted .429 (9-21) over a six game stretch with eight runs batted in. In the Argos’ first series of the season he went 5-12 with four runs scored and back-to-back three RBI games. Back in Pensacola over the weekend for the home opener against Rollins, Cates blasted his first career Argonaut homerun. He then followed his 3-for-4 game one performance by hitting his second homerun of the season, a solo shot to center, in the Argos’ 6-2 victory in game two.For all of your hotel needs in the Pensacola area, visit www.highpointe.com.BASEBALL (4-2, 0-0 GSC)- 2/2 @ Montevallo: 12-2 W- 2/3 @ Montevallo: 13-10 W- 2/3 @ Montevallo: 9-2 W- 2/6 vs. Rollins: 4-14 L (8 inn.)- 2/7 vs. Rollins: 6-2 W- 2/7 vs. Rollins: 0-2 LLast week the University of West Florida baseball team kicked off their 2010 campaign with series against Montevallo and Rollins. West Florida went on to sweep Montevallo in a three game series for the first time since 2005. The offense really came alive in the series, posting 34 runs over the three game span. Game one starter Kevin Johnson picked up his first win of the season as he tossed six strong innings while striking out eight in the 12-2 win. In game two the Argos battled from a late three run deficit to pull out the come-from-behind 13-10 win. In the nightcap West Florida jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back as they cruised to a 9-2 victory.Over the weekend the Argos returned home to face Rollins College for a three game series. In game one the Argos jumped out to an early lead but would let the lead slip away as they dropped game one to the Tars 14-4. With Johnson back on the mound in game two, the Argos responded back with a 6-2 victory to even up the series at one apiece. Johnson went the distance in game two, tossing his first complete game of the season while allowing just eight hits with five strikeouts. In the rubber match between these two teams, the Argos could not get much going offensively as they were shutout 2-0 by Tars starter Tim Griffin.On the week the Argos went 4-2 and look to rebound from the series loss to Rollins with a pair of wins over Concordia-Selma this Thursday, February 11th. First pitch for Thursday’s doubleheader is slated for 1:00 p.m. CT.WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (13-9, 4-3 GSC)- 2/3 @ West Alabama: 64-69 L- 2/6 @ Alabama-Huntsville: 91-68 WAfter a tough road loss to a streaking West Alabama team on Wednesday, the Argonauts rebounded in a big way with a 91-68 win at Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday.  In Wednesday’s 64-69 loss in Livingston, Sabrina Stambouli’s potential game-tying three-pointer bounced out with three seconds left, and the Tigers held on for the win.  Dominique Boykins had a strong game for the Argonauts, scoring 16 points with seven rebounds to lead the team.  Amy Drake added 15 points and seven assists, and Stambouli scored 11 off the bench.On Saturday the Argos scored a season-high 91 points to take down Alabama-Huntsville on the road on Saturday afternoon. The Argos shot 50 percent from the field and had three players score in double-digits in the 91-68 victory, led by Drake with 23 points and five steals.  Tiffany Williams turned in an 8-11 performance from the field on her way to 19 points, while Jessie Ivey’s 3-4 mark from long range earned her 12 points. Drake and Williams teamed up for a total of 14 assists, eight and six respectively. The Argos will face a big test this week, hosting first place Valdosta State on Wednesday and West Georgia on Saturday.  Valdosta State is 13-7 and a perfect 6-0 in GSC play, while defending East Division champion West Georgia is 8-14, 1-5.MEN’S GOLF- 2/7-9 @ Golfweek Division II Spring InvitationalThe University of West Florida men’s golf team finished their first round of the 2010 spring season strong, compiling a nine over par 297 to put the team in fourth place and just six strokes off first place Lander at the Golfweek Spring Invitational Saturday. Sophomore Ryan Black came in low for the Argonauts, birdying three of his last five holes to shoot a one over par 73 and place in a tie for 10th, while junior Otto Bonning sits one stroke back in a tie for 17th place after finishing with a 74. The Argonauts continue play today with the second round, and fans can go to www.Golfstat.com to follow the live action.MEN’S BASKETBALL (8-12, 1-6 GSC)- 2/3 @ West Alabama: 67-87 L- 2/6 @ Alabama-Huntsville: 63-73 LThe UWF men’s basketball team suffered two losses on the road last week, falling to West Alabama 67-87 and Alabama-Huntsville 63-73.  In Wednesday’s loss in Livingston, the Tigers shot 55.6 percent from the field to power past the Argonauts by 20 points.  Max Hoggard led UWF with 16 points, and Jonathan Jackson and Jose Davila chipped in with 13 points each.  Maurice Thomas scored nine and added a team high seven rebounds and four steals.The Argos battled with UAH on Saturday, and UWF shot just 21.9 percent in the low-scoring first half.  The Argonauts were not alone in their first half struggles, as the Chargers also shot just 26.9 percent in the first half, but UAH held a 31-20 lead going into halftime.  Both teams turned it around in the second half, as each team scored over 40 points in the second period.  Hoggard finished the night shooting 6-11 from the field and 5-8 from three-point territory for a team high 20 points, and he also pulled down six rebounds.  Davila added 12 points, five rebounds, and six assists, while Ervin Herron came off the bench to score 11.UWF returns home this week to face two teams it lost to earlier in the season.  No. 5 Valdosta State comes to town this Wednesday, and West Georgia will make the trip to Pensacola on Saturday.  The Blazers are 21-2 and a perfect 6-0 in conference play, while West Georgia is 11-10, 3-3 and in third place in the GSC East.MULTIMEDIAThe UWF Sports Information office is proud to offer a variety of ways to stay updated on Argonaut Athletics:- Live Audio- Live Video- Live Stats- eScores- E-mailing List- www.Facebook.com/GoArgos- www.Twitter.com/GoArgos- Photo Galleries- RSS Feeds- Podcasts2009-10 ARGONAUTS OF THE WEEK2/8Zach CatesBaseball1/18Jose DavilaMen’s Basketball1/11Sabrina StambouliWomen’s Basketball1/4Max HoggardMen’s Basketball12/14Ken MitchellMen’s Basketball12/7Amy DrakeWomen’s Basketball11/30Dominique BoykinsWomen’s BasketballMaurice ThomasMen’s Basketball11/23Shameka GordonWomen’s SoccerJonathan JacksonMen’s BasketballTiffany WilliamsWomen’s Basketball11/16Courtney JonesWomen’s SoccerJamie NicholsVolleyball11/9Frank CopeMen’s SoccerLindsay HommeVolleyball11/2Shakira DuncanWomen’s SoccerPatricia GandolfoVolleyball10/26Kara GonzalezVolleyballEddie PaganMen’s Cross CountryJordan StoneWomen’s Soccer10/19Valissia BrathwaiteVolleyballRichard DixonMen’s Soccer10/12Donald DavisMen’s Cross CountryShakira DuncanWomen’s Soccer10/5Kevin DucrosMen’s TennisLeandro FerreiraMen’s TennisBailee HedstromWomen’s Cross Country9/28Patricia GandolfoVolleyballJenny LinesWomen’s GolfKaley MorrisWomen’s Soccer9/21Tyler BowmanMen’s Cross CountryJay MainvilleMen’s Soccer9/14Kimberly ClarkVolleyballDernelle MascallWomen’s Soccer9/7Shaneka GordonWomen’s SoccerMegan SteinocherWomen’s Cross Country8/31Paul WilloughbyMen’s SoccerTHIS WEEK’S UWF ATHLETICS SCHEDULEMonday, February 8M. Golf @ Golfweek Division II Spring InvitationalTuesday, February 9M. Golf @ Golfweek Division II Spring InvitationalWednesday, February 10W. Basketball vs. Valdosta State* 5:00 M. Basketball vs. Valdosta State* 7:00 Thursday, February 11Baseball vs. Concordia-Selma 1:00 (DH)Friday, February 12Softball vs. Saint Leo (GSC-SSC Crossover) 2:00 (DH)Saturday, February 13Softball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic (GSC-SSC Crossover) 2:00 (DH)W. Basketball vs. West Georgia* 2:00 M. Basketball vs. West Georgia* 4:00 Sunday, February 14Softball vs. Nova Southeastern (GSC-SSC Crossover) 1:00 (DH)* indicates Gulf South Conference eventFor information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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