MoJ rules out further reform of legal services regulation

first_imgThe government has ruled out immediate further changes to the framework for legal services regulation following the wide-ranging review launched by the Ministry of Justice last June.In a ministerial statement today, justice minister Shailesh Vara (pictured) said the consultation process ‘did not reveal any options for government to reduce regulatory burdens on legal service practitioners or to simplify the regulatory framework that did not entail changes to primary legislation’.Vara said there was ‘no consensus on the longer-term vision’ for regulation among the 71 respondents to the consultation, which included the approved regulators, consumer bodies, practitioners, legal academics and the judiciary.‘In light of the above, the government has decided not to take forward any changes to the statutory framework at this time,’ he added.The announcement thwarts the radical ambitions of over-arching regulator the Legal Services Board, which lobbied hard for the introduction of a single regulator. Earlier this week, outgoing chair David Edmonds used his final speech to reiterate this demand for reform, while also taking aim at The Law Society and Bar Council by arguing that they should lose their statutory guarantee of funding. Responding to today’s announcement, Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson welcomed the retention of Section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007. This defines how approved regulators are allowed to deploy practising fees, incorporating such ‘permitted purposes’ as raising professional standards and participating in the law reform and legislative process. He told the Gazette: ‘If you look at the submissions to the consultation there were clearly differences of opinion. We are pleased Section 51 remains in place, but disappointed that some of the recommendations The Law Society made to the consultation will not be acted upon.’Chancery Lane argued in its submission for a ‘more proportionate’ regulatory regime, recommending that internal governance arrangements be modified so the Society could assume direct responsibility for training and authorisation to practise.It further argued that investigation and prosecution of offences should be undertaken at arm’s length by an operational arm of the Society with independent decision-making powers, but reporting directly to the Society.In a statement this afternoon, Hudson added: ‘The Law Society shares the government’s desire to reduce the regulatory burden on practitioners in the legal sector and promoting innovation, competition and growth in legal services.‘We argued in our response that while the reforms of the Legal Services Act 2007 have been successful in opening the market to new business structures and in improving the handling of complaints, the new regulatory structure remains complex and consequently creates a significant burden for our members.  ‘In our response we argued that there are a number of low-cost measures, which could be implemented in the short term, that would make regulation more proportionate and effective as well as minimising the cost to the profession. We look forward to working with the new leadership of the LSB and the other approved regulators to take these measures forward.’Consumer watchdog the Legal Services Consumer Panel, which also called for simplification through a single regulator, tweeted that it was a ‘shame’ that the government had ruled out a further overhaul of the system. It did however welcome the fact that a ‘return to self-regulation is off the agenda’. The Bar Standards Board welcomed the government’s announcement. ‘We will continue to modernise our regulatory regime to offer more flexibility and innovation, while ensuring that the public is properly protected,’ it said in a statement.‘We also look forward to working with a refreshed Legal Services Board and its new chair, in the public interest.’last_img read more

Preparation For Seven Mile NHS Fibre Optic Cable On Schedule

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInNHS Dumfries & Galloway and Dumfries & Galloway Council are working in partnership to procure a seven mile long fibre optic cable around Dumfries town, a contributing factor in the delivery of a new ‘digital hospital’, new data centre, and the flexibility to support joined up services throughout the region. Tenders are currently being sought for installation of fibre optic cables into the ducts, with works due to commence early 2017 and be complete by the end of July 2017. The Board and the Council would like to highlight that this is essential work to enable the delivery of improved information technology for public services in our region, and the new hospital which is scheduled to open in December 2017.  They would also like to reassure the public that they will continue to be given advance notice as the works progress through the town over the coming months. Preparation work for the cable to be installed started last May and is currently on schedule with half the ducts now in the ground ready for the cables. Installation of the remainder of the ducts is underway, being carried out by David Hardie Engineering Ltd and due to complete next May.  They will run from Troqueer through Millgreen, Market Square, over Galloway Street into College Street before crossing Glasgow Street into Lochfield Road and Hardthorn Crescent, and connecting to ducts already along Dumfries bypass. Crossing under the River Nith twice at Castledykes is technically the most difficult part and is being carried out by specialist drilling contractor Nicol of Skene from Aberdeenshire.  They have completed the first duct drill downstream of Kirkpatrick Macmillan Bridge, and have recently commenced the second drill upstream of the bridge.   last_img read more

INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AFTER HOUSE DESTROYED BY FIRE – ANNAN

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice officers are working with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service looking at the cause of a fire which destroyed a house in Northfield Park, Annan during the early hours of this morning, Monday 6 November 2017.A vehicle parked in front of the house was discovered to be on fire around 00:15 hours this morning and the fire quickly spread to the house.No one was injured in the blaze.A joint police and fire investigation is planned for later this morning to establish the cause of the fire.Image courtesy of D&G Police Departmentlast_img read more

More black sigatoka management training for farmers

first_img Share LocalNews More black sigatoka management training for farmers by: Dominica Vibes News – December 4, 2015 178 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Farm of Deles Warrington of CalibishieSuriname-based Plant Pathologist, Dr Robert Power has highlighted the importance of a clean environment in managing the deadly black sigatoka disease.Dr Powell is on island facilitating a two-week workshop on the ‘Integrated Disease Management of Black Sigatoka’. That workshop, which commenced on 23 November, will end today, Friday 4 December 2015.The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) organized this workshop in an effort to further strengthen Dominica’s capacity to manage Black Sigatoka Disease.“We bring the newest technology and the newest technology is not putting emphasis on chemical control, on the chemical part, but in the first place on the environment where it should be in fact clear, free of dead hanging leaves in abandoned fields of banana,” Dr Power told members of the press on Thursday 3 December 2015.Dr Power indicated that farmers play a critical role in maintaining a clean environment on their fields.“The discipline of the farmer should be there also to do things on time, fertilizing on time, these management programs need to be executed on time and so on”. Additionally, Dr Power informed the farmers of the role which the weather pattern plays on the management of the disease.“These are all the things we have discussed and weather factors like rainfall, humidity and temperature are all taken into account,” he said.“We have now, I think, a clear picture of how we can influence the lifecycle of the black sigatoka fungus so we can manipulate it, we can manage it, we can do a number of things apart from chemical control. If the need is there to use chemicals, then we do it,” Dr Power stated.This capacity building workshop is one of three actions taking place under the CARDI/CDB funded project (2015-2016) “Development of an Integrated Disease Management Programme for Black Sigatoka Disease” in Guyana, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia.Photographs of a CARDI black sigatoka disease training on the farm of Deles Warrington, Calibishie. Photographs compliments of the Agriculture Unit.– / 19last_img read more

NFL VP of Officiating Still Maintains Correct Call Was Made on Duke Johnson Fumble Sunday

first_img Related TopicsBrownsDean BlandinoDuke Johnson JrRedskins The NFL continues to do damage control over the obvious missed call from Sunday’s Browns 31-20 loss to the Redskins in which the team lost a fumble when it appeared to everyone it should have been their ball.Everyone knows about the call – Duke Johnson fumbled the football when the Browns were in position to build on a 20-17 lead, and right away the officials ruled the ball belonged to the Redskins – literally seconds after the ball hit the ground.This all took place despite Johnson coming out of the pile holding the ball in his hand.Two days later the call is still being talked about, and tonight NFL Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino chatted about the missed call on NFL Network. Here’s what Pro Football Talk wrote about the botch. NFL Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino discussed it Tuesday night on NFL Network and said that officials “had already ruled possession” by the time Johnson came out of the pile with the ball and that “no clear evidence” from several replay angles showed that Johnson or another Browns player had recovered the ball.Though Blandino admitted that there’s “no question it’s a bad visual” to see Johnson holding the ball while officials pointed in the Redskins’ direction, he said he didn’t believe the call came too quickly.“It’s quick but we want our officials if they have clear evidence we want to rule immediately,” Blandino said. “We don’t want an extended scrum. It’s a player safety issue.” Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

Orange Grove plays ball control

first_img RelatedTarpons fall to Rio Hondo By LARRY GAGE The Port Isabel Tar­pons lost to Rio Hondo, 10-5, on the road on Sat­urday in their final regu­lar season game. The team is now busy preparing for their first-round playoff matchup against Orange Grove. It will be a best-of-three series, the first game of which will be…May 3, 2011In “Sports”Lady Tarpons Take Lady ‘Kats in OT, 44-43By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS January 29, 2015 The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons hoops squad took to the road Tuesday night and took down the Lady Bearkats of Raymondville, 44-43, in overtime. With the win Port Isabel holds on to forth place in the standings of District 32-4A…January 30, 2015In “News”‘Kats Take Down TarponsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Raymondville Bearkats defeated the Port Isabel Tarpons, 22-7, in the next-to-last district game of the season last Friday night in Raymondville. Raymondville improves to 3-1 in District 16-4A Division II play, 8-1 overall.  Port Isabel drops to 1-3 in district, 2-6 overall.…November 10, 2017In “News” Share By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThe name of the game was ball control and the Bulldogs of Orange Grove played it well as they got past the Port Isabel Tarpons, 37-20, last Friday night at Tarpon Stadium.“They did what we were hoping they wouldn’t be able to do,” Tarpon Head Coach Jaime Infante said afterwards.  “They played the possession game and did a great job on time-of-possession.”Port Isabel actually had the same number of offensive series, nine, as Orange Grove did, but it was the Bulldogs who consistently made the most of their opportunities to score and keep the ball away from the Tarpon offense.Orange Grove improves to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in District 16-4A Div. II play after their fourth straight win.  Port Isabel is 1-6, 0-2.“Offensively, we moved the ball well at times,” Coach Infante told the Press after the game.  “I thought we shot ourselves in the foot a few times, and we had some mental errors, penalties that slowed down some of our offensive series.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

Penat dengan Rutinitas? Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Wahid Hasyim Tawarkan Promo “Rest & Relax”…

first_imgAktivitas yang padat dihari kerja terkadang melupakan kita untuk melakukan peremejaan diri. Kembalikan kesegaran diri Anda dengan bermalam santai di akhir pekan bersama Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Wahid Hasyimdilengkapi dengan treatment 1 jam traditional massage oleh terapis terlatih kami yang meningkatkan semangat Anda, membuat tubuh Anda rileks, dan menyegarkan pikiran Anda“Menghabiskan waktu diakhir pekan dengan peremajaan diri sangat penting dilakukan sehabis aktivitas padat dihari kerja, Selama akhir pekan di bulan Februari dan Maret kami menawarkan promo terbaik yaitu Rest & Relax dilengkapi dengan traditional massage yang akan mengembalikan kesegaran Anda” imbuh Koko Baskoro General Manager Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Wahid Hasyim.Berlokasi di sepanjang Jalan K.H. Wahid Hasyim yang strategis, Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Wahid Hasyim memiliki akses mudah ke kawasan bisnis utama kota di Jalan M.H Thamrin dan area utama lainnya seperti Jalan Jendral Sudirman dan kawasan Kuningan yang terletak di Segitiga Emas Jakarta.Baca juga: Boeing 747-400 Eks KLM “City of Bangkok” Bakal Menjadi Daya Tarik Hotel di Amsterdam Selain akses yang mudah ke kantor besar, bank, kedutaan besar dan bangunan pemerintah, hotel ini menawarkan akses WiFi gratis dan cepat serta ruang kerja yang fleksibel, menjadikannya pilihan cerdas bagi pelancong bisnis yang ingin mengoptimalkan waktunya di Jakarta.Untuk informasi dan reservasi, silahkan hubungi +62 21 8064 2600 atau alamat e-mail rsvn.jktwh@ihg.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Menghabiskan waktu santai diakhir pekan dengan peremajaan diri tepat dilakukan sehabis melakukan rutinitas padat sehari hari. Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Wahid Hasyim sebagai bagian dari jaringan hotel internasional Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) menawarkan promo akhir pecan Rest & Relax dengan harga paket IDR. 750.000 net/malam.Baca juga: 10 Bandara Internasional Ini, Pilihan Transit Ternyaman di Dunia Harga paket sudah termasuk1 Jam Tradisional Massage untuk 1 Orang dan Sarapan Pagi untuk 2 Orang. Harga sudah termasuk pajak dan servis. Periode reservasi mulai dari 11 Februari sampai dengan 31 Maret dan promo ini berlaku hanya untuk diakhir pekan selama bulan Februari dan Maret pada hari Jumat, Sabtu dan Minggu.last_img read more

Browns Rookie QB Baker Mayfield Does an Amazing Impression of GM John Dorsey

first_img Matt Loede The Browns rookie show for 2018 has become one to remember, as first overall pick Baker Mayfield dressed up as General Manager John Dorsey – doing the best impression one could ever do of the new executive.John Dorsey had a special message at our Rookie Show: pic.twitter.com/HvFJBkF8kZ— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 21, 2018 Related TopicsBaker MayfieldJohn Dorseycenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

College football fanatic delivers predictions for upcoming season

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES VERO BEACH, FLORIDA – Donning his favorite turban — the one adorned with a replica ruby — MASwami gazes into his New York City souvenir snow globe and reveals his “Pigskin Prognostications” for the upcoming college football season.■ Ohio State will reach the final four if it can keep quarterback Cardale Jones healthy. RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDS Ohio State coach Urban Meyer (left) looks to lead the Buckyes to a second straight national title this season. | APcenter_img Without Jones, no way the Buckeyes would have won last season’s Big Ten title game and FBS semifinal and final contests.The 195-cm, 113-kg Jones’ rocket arm and strong bursts upfield on foot keyed OSU’s national title run. The two Buckeye QBs who went down with injuries, creating Jones’ shot, are back and are terrific athletes but not elite passers.■ Alabama will NOT make the final four.Lack of championship play at the quarterback position and a suspect defensive secondary will be the Crimson Tide’s dual Achilles’ heels.As a result, Bama will lose two regular season games, preventing it from making the playoff quartet.■ Oklahoma will once again be overrated and underachieving.Formerly a perennial national title contender, OU will lose its now customary 3-5 games.These are not your Grandfather’s powerhouse Sooners under Bud Wilkinson or your Pop’s coached by slick Barry Switzer, flashing his national title rings on every finger.After starting out strong during the tenure of present coach Bob Stoops, Oklahoma these days annually fields teams supposedly brimming with talent that only manage to disappoint.■ Drab gray will continue to be the new black in college football threads.Prime example: Oregon. The Ducks have beautiful school colors — green and yellow — but you’d never know it.UO, like an ever-increasing number of schools, opts for rat gray — think Japanese businessman suit — alternate unis waaay too often. Ugh!As if the previous fad of funeral-ready, all-black outfits (with colored numbers only) didn’t stink sartorially enough.■ Arkansas will be your unheralded, surprise final four participant.The three yards-and-a-cloud of dust Razorbacks have been building slowly but surely under third-year coach Bret Bielema, the former Wisconsin head man.If you follow college ball closely you know that last season in going 7-6, Arkansas dropped four games by a touchdown or less to top SEC foes (including a one-point loss to Bama).If it gets decent QB play out of Brandon Allen to keep defenses honest, loaded Arkansas with a sumo-sized offensive line averaging almost 145 kg per man could raise everyone’s eyebrows except MASwami’s.■ Oregon will not miss departed QB Marcus Mariota as much as you might think.New signal caller Vernon Adams, a graduate transfer from Eastern Washington, will step in and keep the Ducks up-tempo offense humming.While at EWU, Adams led his FCS-level ballclub to yearly upsets of Pac-12 powers and annual deep runs in the FCS playoffs.Adams is a sensational passer-runner in the Mariota mold capable of racking up pinball machine-type numbers.Thus, Oregon’s offensive consistency will be the difference once again as the Ducks beat out similarly talented but too hot-and-cold outfits like USC, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State for the Pac-12 title.■ Florida State, likewise, will be fine without Jameis Winston.New FSU quarterback Everett Golson (Notre Dame transfer) will flourish replacing the former Heisman Trophy- and supermarket crab legs-lifting Winston at the Seminoles’ controls.Golson made a wise move freeing himself of his nagging ND coach Brian Kelly, who was constantly putting the blame for the Fighting Irish’s woes on Everett’s play (and not his at-times suspect coaching).By the way, MASwami shops at Publix, the chain where Winston did his heavy lifting. With their king’s ransom price on crab legs, PUBLIX is the one committing highway robbery.■ TCU and Baylor will be a threat to lay a “hunnert” (100 points) on foes weekly.TCU, with its Heisman Trophy candidate Trevone Boykin back at quarterback and blinding speed on offense, and equally explosive Baylor will take last year’s postseason tournament snub out on this year’s foes.Both these clubs will display a take-no-prisoners approach to make SURE pollsters don’t overlook them this go ’round.So, be on the lookout for the first hunnert point game since 1968 when Houston steamrolled Tulsa, 100-6.■ Many college gridiron fans will miss out on seeing, arguably, the most exciting player in the country: multitalented Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill.The former Mormon mission-serving 25-year-old is a man among boys in more ways than one.Independent BYU plays a host of games that are televised late (mostly U.S. Mountain time) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. So, while watching one of the 97 “CSI” spin-offs, much of the nation will be blissfully unaware of the scintillating and tough all-purpose Cougar QB.■ After an absence of several seasons, Georgia and Tennessee will enjoy re-entry into the SEC’s upper echelon.They will replace two slumping ballclubs — LSU (can’t pass — 126th in the nation in 2014) and South Carolina (porous defense since Jadeveon Clowney left for the NFL).■ Once-proud powers like Texas, Nebraska and Miami will continue to sputter.MASwami can’t see the Longhorns (seven losses in ’14), Cornhuskers (four defeats last season) and Hurricanes (seven L’s) improving a great deal record-wise.Your not-so-humble soothsayer admires Texas’ Charlie Strong’s no-nonsense approach.However, Strong seems to be a defense-oriented coach who needs to be gifted with a Teddy Bridgewater at QB (like Strong had at Louisville) to field a potent offense.In recent years, Nebraska’s famed “Blackshirts” defense has gone into the witness protection program and is nowhere to be seen anymore. Top Cornhusker foes have been rolling up the points on U of N regularly.Miami, since it cracked down on the obnoxious actions of its players, has become respectable in the behavior department but struggled to post great win-loss marks.But that’s OK with MASwami, never a fan of repulsive deportment excused as “swag,” — the type “The U” was formerly notorious for.■ This season’s final four: Arkansas, Ohio State, Oregon and TCU.Uneasy lies the turban on the head of the sports kingdom’s premier predictor. Geez, this thing must weigh 25 pounds (11 kg) it’s giving MASwami a sore neck.Contact MAS at: davwigg@gmail.com Oregon, Heisman Trophy, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, Everett Golson, Cardale Jones, Arkansas, Pigskin Prognostications, Vernon Adams IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Pack the Gate for promotion party!

first_imgPat Lam’s men face Doncaster Knights in the final home game of the season and we’re expecting our biggest crowd with the Greene King IPA Championship title secured.Visit BS3 with your friends and family and enjoy an action-packed promotion party with live music before and after the game, both in the fan village and inside the concourse.Secure your tickets online or via supporter services on 0117 963 0600.BUY TICKETS ONLINElast_img