Jackson costs reforms ‘could take years’

first_imgAlaistair KinleyReform will be slowLaw Society president Joe Egan said the review is to be welcomed by solicitors and consumers, with Jackson having acknowledged a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach could make many cases economically non-viable.‘We’re pleased that Lord Justice Jackson has listened to the strong feelings from solicitors and has reduced the scale of his original plans,’ he added.Thoughts now turn to implementation and many solicitors are cautious. Writing in the Gazette, Edwin Coe senior partner David Greene says the Ministry of Justice will have to consult on any changes.Alistair Kinley, director of policy and government affairs at global firm BLM, said the government may choose to wait to respond to Jackson until after its five-year review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act – pushing implementation back to 2019 or 2020.Ian Davies and Deborah Newberry of defendant firm Kennedys said large elements of the claimant sector will review the proposals ‘in horror’ as their revenue is significantly reduced.‘There is likely to be much argument about which band is correct as both sides scrutinise the draft rules for any opportunities to gain tactical advantage,’ they said. Leading lawyers say it could take years before Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations for fixed recoverable costs are implemented. The Court of Appeal judge published his review of costs last week in what he called ‘unfinished business’ from his 2013 civil litigation reforms.Jackson proposes all recoverable costs in the fast track be fixed, with a new ‘intermediate’ track with streamlined procedures for non-complex cases worth up to £100,000. He also recommends a pilot of capped recoverable costs for business and property cases valued up to £250,000, but proposes to restrict fixed costs in clinical negligence cases to a £25,000 limit.last_img read more

Complex structure of Britain’s railway starts to crack

first_imgPUNCTUALITY and on-time performance on Britain’s rail network were sacrificed on the altar of safety on October 19, when Railtrack imposed 81 emergency speed restrictions on main lines. It followed the derailment at Hatfield of Great North Eastern Railway’s 12.10 inter-city service from London to Leeds two days earlier. The fourth vehicle and all but two of the rest left the track at around 175 km/h. Three cars overturned, including the dining car, whose roof was ripped off after it struck a catenary mast; four people died in this vehicle. In a testimony to the Mk IV coach design, the most serious injuries among other passengers were a fractured spine and broken leg. The cause appears to be a broken rail resulting from gauge corner cracking.The accident unleashed a predictable media outcry, in the course of which Railtrack Chief Executive Gerald Corbett tendered his resignation. His offer was rejected at a specially-convened board meeting on October 18, amid expressions of support from within and without the industry. Transport Minister Lord Macdonald called for Railtrack ’to maintain its leadership and its coherence at the executive level’. Railtrack at once took the blame for the accident, saying that the offending rail, which was only five years old, ’was due to be replaced in November. The replacement should have been in place sooner and this was Railtrack’s responsibility.’Broken rails on Railtrack’s 32000 track-km network have been a cause for much concern in recent years. The number of breaks per million train-miles has been on a rising trend since 1989 (right), with the index climbing rapidly in 1998-99 to 2·92. We commented in RG 6.99 p346 on the alarming increase in rail breaks in late 1998 and early 1999. The Health & Safety Executive at once served a Prohibition Order on Railtrack. Rail Regulator Tom Winsor weighed in during August last year, telling Railtrack that the rise in rail breaks was ’clear evidence of failing asset management’. A year later, he attacked Railtrack again, claiming that ’an excessive level of broken rails’ was prima facie evidence of a licence breach.Given that until last month there had been only two deaths attributable to derailments caused by broken rails since 49 died at Hither Green in 1967, Railtrack’s decision to impose severe speed restrictions follows the revelation that gauge corner cracking has been identified in rails of various steels and ages, and even in rail that has been in service for less than 12 months. The immediate effect will be serious disruption to all services, driving hard-won customers back to the roads, where on average more than twice as many people are killed each day as died at Hatfield.Perhaps the most significant outcome of the derailment may follow from a meeting called on October 19 that gathered the chief executives of Train Operating Companies and contractors at Railtrack headquarters. Corbett said afterwards that ’the railway was ripped apart at privatisation and the structure that was put in place … was not a structure designed to optimise safety, optimise investment or, indeed cope with the huge increase in the number of passengers the railway has seen.’ Quite what changes may ensue to the complex matrix that now forms Britain’s railway are not known. But the objective must be to simplify the structure so that change is more easily managed. A huge web of legally binding relationships between a plethora of different companies with different agendas is not, as Virgin Chief Executive Chris Green suggests on p723, a formula for getting things done quickly and effectively. Nor has it encouraged attention to research, which could conceivably produce effective answers to problems such as gauge corner cracking.last_img read more

Kenya, Netherlands partner to improve healthcare services

first_imgKenya and the Netherlands have entered into partnership to transform the health sector and improve the well-being of the citizens of the East African nation.A delegation from the Netherlands comprising of 20 companies and academia in the field of health sciences visited Nairobi on Wednesday to explore opportunities for cooperation with their local counterparts to offer integrated healthcare solutions in growth and investment in the sector.Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu said the two countries will identify specific sustainable innovations that will scale up solutions to contribute to improved healthcare delivery in Kenya.“Kenya and her partners is committed to ensuring that citizens have equitable and affordable access to the highest attainable quality of healthcare,” Mailu said.He noted that the country is committed to strengthening partnerships at both the local and international levels to ensure that the pledge to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is realized.“The Netherlands has a world renowned health system and related healthcare solutions that can be of great benefit to this country by strengthening partnership,” Mailu said.The 2014 Kenya Demographic Health Survey shows that Kenya has made important strides to improve maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, malaria and Tuberculosis control and child mortality ratios are on the decline.However, despite these achievements, the country faces resource constraints given the competing needs for limited fiscal space.Mailu said by increasing universal access to affordable quality, promotive, preventative and curative primary health care, Kenya will be well positioned to efficiently and effectively make further progress in addressing its double burden of communicable and non-communicable conditions.Over the last three years, the Kenyan government has worked with various private sector organizations to improve access to quality healthcare through the Management Equipment Service (MES) project, an initiative through which 98 hospitals spread across the country have been equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment.The Netherland’s Vice-Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Erik Gerritsen, said both Kenya and Netherlands are faced with major social challenges when it comes to accessible and quality healthcare owing to a growing number of people with chronic condition.“Kenya has achieved significant progress over the years in improving health outcomes and utilization of health services and the opportunity to set its health systems on a path to sustainability is unprecedented,” Gerritsen said.He said there is an opportunity for Kenya to follow a different path because the country has at its disposal multiple innovations that were not evident or possible for developed economies.“Leapfrogging, or taking innovative shortcuts that are cost-effective, scalable and easily accelerated is the way to achieve an ‘ideal’ health system,” he stated.last_img read more

St Lucia’s PM aware of alleged coup plot

first_imgCASTRIES, St. Lucia, Sep 24 2015 – Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has confirmed that he is aware of reports of a plot by certain member of the Police force aimed at bringing down his government.In his first official statement on the allegation made public this week by Senate President Claudius Francis, Anthony said the statements made by the Senator are not inconsistent with information which has reached him.“I have listened to members of the opposition calling for the resignation of Senator Claudius Francis regarding statements made on his Talk Show on Friday, 18 September 2015. As I stated during an interview on MBC Television on Monday, I was aware of the situation even prior to Senator Francis’ utterances. There was nothing in Senator Francis’ statements which are inconsistent with the information which had reached me previously,” the Prime Minister added.He disclosed in a statement from his office, that the issues which the Senator raised involve a small minority of police officers bent on embarrassing the Government of St Lucia for political ends.The Prime Minister says he plans to ask the Acting Commissioner of Police to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter. Share Tweet NewsPoliticsRegional St Lucia’s PM aware of alleged coup plot by: Caribbean News Service – September 24, 2015 158 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

CDF pleased with ongoing restorative works at Douglas Charles Airport

first_img Share Director of the Regional Development Division of the CARICOM Development Fund, Lennox ForteThe CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) is reportedly pleased with the ongoing restoration works at Douglas Charles Airport in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika. Douglas Charles Airport suffered forty million dollars’ worth of damage due to flood waters in August 2015. “The Board and staff of the CARICOM Development Fund, or the CDF in general, is pleased with the progress so far of the restoration efforts at Douglas Charles Airport,” Director of the Regional Development Division of the CARICOM Development Fund, Lennox Forte said.Due to the flooding, the entire runway, runway shoulders, taxi-way, apron, storm drains, fire station, the ground floor of the terminal building, carpark, air ground lighting system, technical and security equipment, among other equipment, suffered tremendous damage.“We are aware that it is not complete and that it is a hard track to follow, but nevertheless we should always register gratitude for that which we have accomplished,” Forte said added that the board is also grateful to Dominica for inviting CDF to be part of the “noble effort of reconstruction”.Forte was addressing the commissioning ceremony of two new x-ray scanning machines on Monday 10 April 2017 at Douglas Charles Airport in Marigot. That equipment, funded by the CDF at over 1.4 million dollars, means less manual checks for security personnel, less time at the check point for passengers and ultimately more efficient security at the airport.“I recall coming to Dominica during the initial aftermath and having then a less than satisfactory visitor experience at this very airport; the physical appearance, the many signs asking visitors to be patient, the experience of having my luggage placed on a shop scale at security all left me with a less than uplifting feeling,” Forte informedHe is however hopefully that “we never have to return to that scenario in the foreseeable future”.Additionally, Forte said CDF “was compelled to respond” to the request from DASPA and the government of Dominica for assistance in 2015 based on the purpose for which it was established.CDF was established under Article 158 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas for the purpose of providing financial or technical assistance to countries, regions and sectors for measures taken to implement the CSME and or adverse economic and weather-related shocks. Share BusinessLocalNewsRegional CDF pleased with ongoing restorative works at Douglas Charles Airport by: Dominica Vibes News – April 13, 2017 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 372 Views   one commentlast_img read more

Alaska Spends More Per Student Than Most Other States

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Only state spends more student than Alaska. According to recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, New York students cost the state $19,800 per year. In Alaska, it’s $18,175. At the other end of the scale, Utah only spends $6,555 per child. The national average is $10,700. In third position is New Jersey, followed by Connecticut and Washington D.C., which also have some of the nation’s highest incomes per capita.center_img By District, the Anchorage School District is in third place for spending $15,419 per student. Boston and New York City spend more.last_img read more

Sharks outclass lowly Sunwolves

first_img sharks, Super Rugby, Sunwolves IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS Lwazi Mvovo and Sibusiso Nkosi were the chief recipients of the Sunwolves’ generosity as they grabbed a hat trick and brace of tries, respectively, to ensure the Sharks (8-3-1) strengthen their hold on a wild-card spot for the playoffs.“The gap between the Top League and Super Rugby is massive,” said Sunwolves head coach Filo Tiatia.“When you make a mistake there is just a split second to react and make the transition from attack to defense and we’re not used to that intensity.”In the second minute, Mvovo’s first try came when the Sunwolves (1-10) failed to follow up on a kick ahead and allowed Garth April to launch a counter attack from his own line.His second in the 75th minute occurred when the Sunwolves failed to execute a kick-pass deep in their own 22 and his third came when the Sunwolves, not for the first time, struggled at the restart.Nkosi’s two tries were also the result of errors — a simple handling miscue and an intercept — while Ruan Botha’s five-pointer came from the Sunwolves inability to defend a driving maul.To their credit, the Sunwolves bounced back from a poor start to make it 21-17 on the hour mark thanks to tries from Takeshi Hino and Shuhei Matsuhashi, two conversions from Yu Tamura and a penalty from Jumpei Ogura.“We showed a lot of resilience as the Sunwolves never gave up and showed a lot of composure, especially in the last four minutes when the game was in the balance,” said Sharks head coach Robert du Preez. “But we did make it difficult for ourselves as too many opportunities went begging.”Du Preez had double reason to feel happy as his twin sons — Jean-Luc and Daniel — together with fellow back rower Philip van der Walt were outstanding, constantly putting their team on the front foot with ball in hand and knocking the Sunwolves backward when they defended.Willie Britz once again had a standout game for the Sunwolves before he was forced from the field due to a concussion, while Fumiaki Tanaka’s quick service caused problems for the Sharks.But an inability to constantly put the phases together ensured the Sunwolves did not make proper use of the 49 percent of possession that came their way.“There are no excuses,” Tiatia said when asked if having to constantly change his team from week-to-week as the result of injuries and managing his player’s workload was the reason for the loss. center_img The Sharks’ Tendai Mtawarira tackles the Sunwolves’ Willie Britz during Saturday’s Super Rugby match in Singapore. | KYODO SINGAPORE – The Sunwolves were once again reminded Saturday of the gulf that exists between Super Rugby and the Top League in a 38-17 defeat to the Sharks at Singapore National Stadium.Three tries in the last six minutes handed the South African side its first bonus-point win of the season as it exploited the Sunwolves’ inability to play for the full 80 minutes and gave the Japanese side a lesson in how to exploit errors. RELATED PHOTOSlast_img read more

Vanderbilt baseball taking trip to Washington, D.C.

first_imgVanderbilt coach Tim Corbin, center, and his team will travel to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for a fall break trip.Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin, center, and his team will travel to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for a fall break trip.The Vanderbilt baseball team will travel to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to start a six-day fall break team trip.The Commodores will tour the capital and practice three days at the U.S. Naval Academy in nearby Annapolis, Md.“That’s a huge plus for our kids just to be on the Naval Academy’s campus,” coach Tim Corbin said. “… It’s an opportunity to educate your kids in another way besides baseball. I’ve always wanted to take them to the capital.“I just want to ingrain our country as much as possible because I think sometimes that can get lost.”Ring ceremony: Vanderbilt’s 2015 NCAA runner-up team will receive its rings at the Commodores’ basketball game versus Auburn on Jan. 12 (8 p.m./ESPNU). The Commodores lost to Virginia in a three-game national championship series in June, following up a 2014 NCAA title run.Vanderbilt baseball unveils 2016 scheduleNo. 1 recruiting class: Vanderbilt’s 2015 recruiting class was ranked No. 1 nationally by Baseball America on Tuesday for the fourth time (2005, 2011, 2012, 2015) after 13 freshmen made it to campus.Freshman pitcher Donny Everett, a former Clarksville standout, is the nation’s highest rated player to go to college, according to Baseball America’s rankings. Overall, eight Vanderbilt freshmen were among Baseball America’s top 400 recruits.The Commodores’ 2012 class, which also ranked No. 1, included three first-round draft picks in pitchers Carson Fulmer and Walker Buehler as well as shortstop Dansby Swanson, the No. 1 overall selection.Price in relief? Former Vanderbilt standout David Price, the Toronto Blue Jays’ ace, was strangely used in relief for Nashville native R.A. Dickey with two outs in the fifth inning and a 7-1 lead over the Rangers in Game 4 of the ALDS Monday.Right-hander Marcus Stroman will start Game 5 on Wednesday rather than Price, who threw 50 pitches in relief. Corbin said he understood the move.“It kind of reminded me of our 2007 season when we brought in (Price in relief) against Michigan (in an NCAA Regional elimination game),” Corbin said. “… Knowing David, he would tell the manager, ‘I’m good whenever.’ And you throw the rules out the window (in the postseason) as we do in Omaha at that time of year. You tell the kids, ‘Now, there are no more roles.’”Vanderbilt tabbed nation’s best baseball programCorbin on Spurrier: About South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier’s resignation, Corbin said, “I am a big fan of his, how he communicates in public and how he communicates with his players. I love that he’s right out there with everything. You feel emotional for a guy like that, too, when it comes to an end because you can understand how much time he has invested in the sport and people. But how clear-cut he was in his mind on the finalization of it, that’s sad in some ways.”Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks.last_img read more

TENNIS ONLINE: A challenge for Krejčíková, in the fight for the…

first_imgKrejčíková fought Halepová four years ago and lost 1: 2 in sets in Bucharest. The Romanian was then world number five. Krejčíková has not yet beat a player from the top 30 in singles. She got her biggest scalp in Prague, where in 2016 she defeated Slovakia Dominika Cibulková, who was then in 38th place.The Canadian, Eugenie Bouchardová, is already in the quarterfinals. She defeated Slovenia Tamara Zidanšeková after two hours and 52 minutes 7: 6, 6: 7 and 6: 2.The 🇨🇦 claims it!After a marathon session, @geniebouchard moved past Zidansek 7-6(2), 6-7(2), 6-2.#PragueOpen2020 pic.twitter.com/S1qfJsjuCy – wta (@WTA) August 13, 2020Twenty-six-year-old Bouchard won the first set in a tie-break with a ratio of 7: 2, but lost the second with the same score in the shortened game. In the decisive set, the former world number five, which is now up to 330th place in the ranking, took the lead 5: 1. A game later, she averted her breakball and, during the first match, she clenched her fist victoriously after her opponent’s mistake.“It was hard, she’s a fighter and you can’t rest. I’m excited that I managed it in the third set, I tried to dictate exchanges. I gained an edge and already believed,” Bouchardová said in an interview on Czech Television.In Friday’s quarterfinals, Bouchard will face tournament trio Elise Mertens from Belgium, with whom she did not even win a set in two mutual matches.The Prague Open is played with a $ 225,500 grant behind closed doors without fans and is the second WTA event after the coronavirus break.Prague OpenRound of 16:15:45 Halepová – KrejčíkováBouchardová (CAN) – Zidanšeková (Slovenia) 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 7 (2: 7), 6: 2.Doubles Quarterfinals:Hradecká, Kristýna Plíšková (2-CZ) – Voracova, Listerova (CR / Sweden) 6: 3, 6: 4.last_img read more