Warner adds to Agora in Wirral

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Linden paves way to Watford scheme

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Solicitors to work ‘unpaid’ until committals abolished in April 2012

first_imgCommittals in either way criminal cases will be abolished from April 2012, the justice secretary announced today. Kenneth Clarke said the change will be effected by bringing into force schedule 3 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 on a phased basis. The regions where it will be introduced first will be announced later. Subject to a satisfactory assessment of the first phase, the change will be fully implemented over the next year, Clarke said. In the meantime, lawyers doing publicly funded criminal work will not be paid for the work done in magistrates’ courts in either way offences, following a fee change introduced on 3 October which removed payment for committals. The Law Society has already launched a judicial review of the government’s decision to remove the fee, claiming it was irrational and unlawful. That challenge is unaffected by today’s announcement and will go ahead next month. Section 51 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 abolished committals in indictable-only cases, replacing them with a new ‘sending’ procedure, where cases are sent straight to the Crown court after the defendant’s first appearance in the magistrates’ court. Schedule 3 of the CJA 2003 made provision for the same procedure to be adopted in either way cases, but up to now it has not been enacted. Clarke said: ‘It is in the interests of victims and witnesses, and of the criminal justice system generally, that court procedures should be made as efficient as possible, for example by cutting out unnecessary court hearings. ‘More than 10 years ago, committal proceedings were abolished in indictable-only offences, and replaced by a new ‘sending’ procedure. ‘The government has decided that the time has come to complete that reform by extending it to offences triable either way. This will enable the Crown court to manage such cases from an earlier stage, and facilitate efforts to encourage defendants who intend to plead guilty to do so sooner.’ Clarke said the change has the potential to improve the criminal justice system. But Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson lambasted the move, commenting: ‘The Society instituted its judicial review because it is wholly unreasonable for the government to expect defence lawyers to do work and not get paid a penny for it. I wonder if the Ministry of Justice would ask prison officers or any other employee or contractor under their ambit to undertake unpaid work? This announcement does not change that. ‘Had the government taken the rational approach of abolishing committals as a way of removing the need for the work, and thus the need to pay a fee, we would not have had to take this step. Now firms will have to adapt to yet another significant change to the way they work, when the ministry could have implemented these inextricably linked steps together.’last_img read more

Ceva strengthens Shelf partnership

first_imgCeva provides logistics support to the shallow-water drilling services specialist at the latter’s hubs in Houston, Aberdeen, Singapore and Dubai, where it coordinates the export and import of supplies and project cargo.Marcelo Franceschetti, executive vice president – global energy sector at Ceva Logistics, said: “Thanks to our team’s constant focus on operations and ability to meet the customer’s expectations we have proven our capabilities in this demanding market time and again.  We will continue to build on our strengths and expertise in the energy sector, and this additional business is proof of our capabilities in this market.”www.cevalogistics.com www.shelfdrilling.comlast_img read more

Supreme Court backs ‘unbeliever’ asylum right

first_imgThe Supreme Court today unanimously upheld the right of asylum seekers not to be forced to hold, seem to hold or express a political opinion in order to protect themselves from persecution in their own countries. The judgment, for the first time, makes the law clear that the right to be an unbeliever or not hold an opinion is as fundamental as the rights given explicit protection in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Lord Dyson, in giving the lead judgment, said: ‘The right to believe or not to believe is a key ingredient of a person’s dignity. The right to dignity is the foundation of all the freedoms protected by the [ECHR]. It is the badge of a truly democratic society that individuals should be free not to hold opinions. They should not be required to hold any particular religious or political beliefs. This is as important as the freedom to hold and – within certain defined limits – to express such beliefs as they do hold.’ Dyson added that ‘under both international and European human rights law, the right to freedom of thought, opinion and expression protects non-believers as well as believers and extends to the freedom not to hold and not to have to express opinions’. He cited the HJ (Iran) principle, which in a case last year held that it is ‘no answer to an asylum claim by a gay man that he should conceal his sexual identity in order to avoid the persecution that would follow if he did not do so’. The same principle, Dyson said, prevents requiring individuals to lie and feign loyalty to a regime that they do not support. James Howard, immigration partner at Midlands firm Blakemores, who represented one of the claimants, said: ‘After a lengthy legal challenge, the UK judiciary has recognised the importance of protecting the freedoms of holding or not holding political opinions. This judgment will have widespread application.’ The court was ruling on the case of four politically neutral asylum seekers who were seeking to avoid deportation to Zimbabwe, where they risked becoming victims of an ‘astonishingly brutal wave of violence’ aimed at people who cannot prove their loyalty to the ruling Zanu-PF party. Dyson said that ‘undisciplined militias’ have been punishing whole communities for a March 2008 poll showing popular support for the Movement for Democratic Change opposition party. Not only opposition party supporters were being targeted, he said, but also ‘anyone who cannot demonstrate positive support for Zanu-PF or alignment with the regime’.last_img read more

Unlocking the heart-healthy secret of mushrooms

first_imgGet healthy with this yummy ingredientWhether it’s being stuck in traffic, missing a deadline or having trouble getting the kids out of bed, the stress we experience comes in many different forms. Often, people think of stress as something you’re immediately aware of: your thoughts become crowded, your breath shortens or you can’t sleep.But there is a kind of stress most everyone experiences, and because there are no outward symptoms, few are aware of how it could be harming their health. It’s called oxidative stress, and it’s caused primarily by the lifestyles we lead. By not sleeping enough, not consuming enough antioxidants in your diet or just being around daily pollutants such as car exhaust, candles or cleaning products, you can be subject to oxidative stress.What makes oxidative stress especially dangerous is both a lack of awareness and the fact that research has found it leads to an increased risk of heart disease. How? Oxidative stress can affect LDL-cholesterol (commonly known as “bad cholesterol”) by transforming it into an even more damaging form: oxidized LDL.Essentially, what happens is oxidized stress “rusts” the LDL cholesterol that circulates in the blood. Just as rust can damage machinery, this rust can damage your heart. With someone suffering a heart attack or a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States, the need to educate people on how to defend against the damage caused by oxidized LDL is more important than ever.Unlocking the power of mushroomsFor more than 100 years, scientists have known that mushrooms contain a super antioxidant called ergothioneine that can help prevent cardiovascular damage. Ergothioneine is a natural part of the human defense system, and our bodies have a unique, genetically-coded protein designed to transport and deliver its antioxidant protection to high-stress areas where it is most needed, such as the walls or lining inside the arteries.Despite documented evidence of the beneficial role ergothioneine can help with your heart, it’s nearly impossible to get enough ergothioneine to directly impact your health through diet alone. No one has been able to unlock the potential of ergothioneine until now.A breakthrough supplementThanks to a scientific breakthrough by Mironova Labs, it is now possible to harness the power of this super antioxidant in a nutritional supplement. MironovaEGT+ is the first and only supplement to concentrate ergothioneine into an affordable, daily serving to help protect your heart from the damaging effects of oxidative stress.*With the availability of this supplement, the “Dust the Rust Off” campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the benefits of ergothioneine and showcase how it can be a major part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.mironova.com.Brandpointcontent.comlast_img read more

Police Investigate As Taxi Is Vandalised For Second Time – Dumfries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPOLICE in Dumfries are investigating after a black coloured Vauxhall Insignia Taxi was vandalised while parked in Lincluden Road, Dumfries, between 9:15 PM on Sunday 14th and 7 AM on Monday 15th.A police spokesperson stated “Both the front and rear windscreens on the Insignia had been smashed and this is the second time this year the vehicle has been damaged.”If you can help, contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 0533. Image and info Credit – D&G Policelast_img read more

CCJ to observe 10th anniversary

first_img Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional CCJ to observe 10th anniversary by: CMC – January 20, 2015 240 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is observing its 10th anniversary this year with Justice Adrian Saunders saying the “CCJ has come a long way over those 10 years”.The CCJ, established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court, began operations on April 16, 2005.The CCJ has both an Original and Appellate Jurisdiction, but while most of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are signatories to the Original jurisdiction, only Barbados, Guyana and Belize are members of the Appellate Jurisdiction.The CCJ also acts as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration movement.Presiding in the first court proceedings for 2015, Justice Saunders noted that the CCJ had come a long way from the solitary case that was filed in 2005.He told the Court that last year, the CCJ delivered 21 judgments, six of which were from Barbados, four from Belize and 11 from Guyana.“Twenty-six matters were filed in 2014. It is for our stakeholders, lawyers, courts throughout the region, academia, the general public, to assess critically the jurisprudence the Court has fashioned over those years but the judges and administrative staff of the Court are extremely proud that for the last decade we have been afforded the opportunity to serve the region in implementing the historic mandate of the Court and in furthering the development of Caribbean jurisprudence,” he said.Speaking to the Court’s plans for its 10th year of operations, Justice Saunders said that throughout this calendar year the CCJ will be embarking on a variety of activities to mark the occasion.“These activities will unfold over the following months and details of them will be published in due course. Suffice it to say that on behalf of Sir Dennis Byron, President of the Court and all the judges and staff, I take this opportunity now formally to signal the commencement of our anniversary year and to invite all our customers and stakeholders to join with us in commemorating this significant milestone over the coming months,” he added.Last week on a visit to Belize, the CCJ President said he was still concerned over the fact that people were still expressing a lack of knowledge about the working of the court.“It has been a constant complain from the public in our region,” he said, noting that efforts were being made through the court’s website, lectures and articles to provide information on the CCJ.“But people still say, ‘we don’t know’. I think that it’s important for a court, for the work of the court to be known by the public,” he said, adding “I think a court needs to have the public’s confidence and the only way we can achieve that is by letting you know how we function, by providing the information.“We have thought about trying to encourage the reading of our judgments by creating what we call a press corner. So we have law students from university take the judgments that we write and produce a one-page version which we have been disseminating to the press but people haven’t been printing it,” Sir Dennis said.last_img read more

Trinidadian man expels 80 parcels of cocaine after arrest in Jamaica

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 149 Views   no discussions ST JAMES, Jamaica (Jamaica Observer) — A Trinidadian man, who Jamaican authorities arrested at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James on Sunday, has since expelled 80 parcels of cocaine from his body. The police said he remains in hospital.The man, whose identity is being withheld, was arrested about 1:40 pm that day, on suspicion of breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act, after narcotics police interviewed him during security screening.He was to board a flight destined for Brussels, Belgium. Investigations are ongoing. Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional Trinidadian man expels 80 parcels of cocaine after arrest in Jamaica by: – June 16, 2017 Share Sharelast_img read more

Powermat Joins Wireless Power Consortium to Help Take Wireless Charging to the Next Level

first_imgPowermat has announced that it will become the newest Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) member. Powermat will contribute its technology and expertise to further advance inductive wireless charging capabilities while maintaining backwards compatibility to the existing Qi ecosystem.Powermat was one of the pioneers that recognized the value of wireless charging. By joining WPC, it further unifies the wireless charging ecosystem behind the Qi global standard, which will accelerate wireless charging adoption and make it more convenient for consumers to use wireless charging wherever they go. WPC will leverage Powermat’s expertise in technology innovation to support more use cases including higher power and expanded special freedom.According to Powermat – Qi has become the dominant wireless charging standard on the market and the recently launched Apple iPhone lineup is evidence of this success. Powermat will share technology innovation to further unlock the potential of wireless charging, and will expedite the growth of the wireless charging infrastructure, bringing wireless charging to wherever users need it. Click here to know more.last_img read more