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Compliments of the season to all our readers

first_imgThank you for visiting our website in 2012. The Law Society Gazette is now taking a break until 2 January, when our daily newsletter will resume publication: if you have not yet subscribed, please do so via the link to the right. Our next print issue will appear on 14 January, on the new publication date of Monday each week. The Gazette team wishes all our readers a merry Christmas and a happy new year. See you in 2013.last_img

Summer recess could be cancelled in bid to battle backlog

first_imgPlease see the Gazette’s dedicated coronavirus page here >> *The Law Society is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England. The judicial summer recess could be axed this year and magistrates may be required to sit at weekends to tackle the mounting backlog of cases, according to press reports today.The traditional two-month summer recess, observed by the High Court and the Court of Appeal, could be cancelled, according to the Telegraph. Evening and weekend magistrates’ hearings are also likely to be extended across the country.There are concerns that the growing backlog of cases will cripple the criminal justice system once lockdown is eased. The number of outstanding Crown court cases in England and Wales reached a two-year high before the pandemic took hold, with 37,434 cases waiting to be heard in December 2019. The pandemic is expected to have exacerbated the problem. Caroline Goodwin QC, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, said: ‘Any decision by the senior judiciary to forgo the conventional summer recess to preside over criminal appeals sends a strong and welcome signal – and would underpin the nation’s safe return to economic and social prosperity.’The Crown court generally never rests through the summer period but notions of even a brief pause for now are on hold, as the entire focus of the the criminal bar and the judiciary is to roll-out a safe resumption of jury trials across the Crown courts estate in careful stages over the coming months.’However, some barristers have said cancelling the recess will do little to clear the backlog as the break is not observed by Crown courts or magistrates’ courts.A small number of jury trials will resume in up to seven Crown court premises from Monday and more court centres are expected to re-open in the coming weeks. However the general restarting of jury trials across the system is not believed to be imminent.center_img Find advice and updates here.last_img read more

AUC chief Moussa Faki urges Africa to invest in youth

first_imgThe African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has urged Africa to invest more in the youth  to enable them innovate and drive the continent’s transformation.The new AUC chairperson was speaking at the African Economic Platform taking place in the Mauritian capital, Port Louis.“It is therefore very important that we invest in this young resource – our people, especially in health and education. We need to skill them especially in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics areas so that they can innovate and drive our transformation,” Faki said.The meeting in Mauritius is the first of its kind after the AU authorized the formation of the AEP in 2016.The inaugural platform has attracted various African leaders including the Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa, Mauritian Prime Minister among others.Faki who won the AUC Chairperson vote in February also took the chance to remind Africa about the continent’s Agenda 2063, urging African nations to use the diversity to the continent’s advantage.“Our pledge in Agenda 2063 is to use the diversity that is our strength as a force for peace and democracy, to transform our economies, and to eradicate poverty and create a better life for all Africans,” he said.The AEP is expected to end on Tuesday.last_img read more

Apartheid era leader Pik Botha dies

first_imgMuslim Brotherhood leader dies in Egypt prison Pik Botha, former South African foreign minister, listens to questions from members of the TRC (truth and reconciliation commission) 14 October at hearings in Johannesburg. Botha, once the world longest-serving foreign minister, was a member of the State Security Council, the inner sanctum of apartheid’s security apparatus devised to combat anti apartheid liberation movements and suspected of links to the killings of political activists. (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN / AFP) Pik Botha, who became the global face of South Africa’s reviled apartheid government as Pretoria’s minister of foreign affairs, has died aged 86 after a lengthy illness.FILE PHOTO: Former South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha shakes hands with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 14,1997. REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya/File PhotoHe served as foreign affairs minister in the last years of the apartheid government and as minister of mineral and energy affairs under Nelson Mandela‚ South Africa’s first democratically elected presidentBotha had the unenviable job of defending apartheid on the world stage as South Africa grew increasingly isolated, facing economic sanctions abroad while imposing a state of emergency at home and attempting to destablise its African neighbours.The Cold War provided the backdrop, as several countries in the region such as Angola and Mozambique allied themselves with Moscow, while Pretoria tried to portray itself as a bulwark against communist expansion.Regarded as a skilled behind-the-scenes negotiator who loosened adversaries up over rounds of drinks, Botha’s accomplishments included securing a peace protocol that ended South Africa’s military involvement in Angola, where Cuban troops had been sent to defend the Marxist government.That in turn helped pave the way for the independence of Namibia 1990, which also had an apartheid-style government and had been under South African administration for decades.He also established relationships with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and managed to influence former US President Ronald Reagan and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to oppose sanctions against SA.Botha worked to build a coalition of African states that would work with the apartheid regime‚ but was ultimately unsuccessful as the continent turned on the apartheid state.Botha retired from politics in 1996 when the National Party withdrew from the government of national unity. In 2000‚ he announced that he would join the ANC.Related Barclays Bank examined over possible apartheid-era bailoutcenter_img Al-Shabaab leader wanted by US dies in Somalialast_img read more

Flashback: WCMF 2013 highlights

first_img 165 Views   no discussions Share The eighteenth annual World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) featuring three nights of pulsating rhythms kicks off in almost a month.We’ve obtained a video of highlights of the 2013 Festival which captures the “true essence of the event in a concise 2″12”.The video, produced by Richard Etienne of Maven Pictures UK, a UK film maker of Dominican parents, is part of “The iD Project” – a documentary about his father’s birthplace.“The video gives you never-before-seen access to the world’s biggest Creole Music festival in the heart of the nature isle of Dominica,” he said.It features artists including Busy Signal, Kassav, Machel Montano, Tito Puente Jr. and Dominican artistes and bands. The full line-up for the 2013 Festival was;Friday: Nu Look from Haiti, Kwasi Color, Machal Montano Triple K Global will be with Ole Benx and Nayee and Asa Bantan.Saturday: Busy Signal, Bracket, Zouk All Stars in the names of Jean Marc Ferdinand, Patrice Human, Orland and also Alex Alexy, Cadence All Stars in the names of Fitzroy Williams and his Band with Chubby & Co, Elisha Benoit, Halibut and the WCK Band.Sunday: Swinging Stars with calypsonians, the Uprising Stars, Kassav, Carimi and the Rising Stars with Kross Vybes.The Festival will be held on October 24 – 26, 2014 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau. The tickets, which cost US $48.00 nightly and US$125.00 season, can be purchased online via[youtube][/youtube]Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share EntertainmentLocalNews Flashback: WCMF 2013 highlights by: – September 17, 2014last_img read more

Development banks seek greater economic empowerment of women in the Caribbean

first_img 68 Views   no discussions BusinessNewsRegional Development banks seek greater economic empowerment of women in the Caribbean by: Caribbean Media Corporation – June 8, 2016 Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share WASHINGTON, DC (CMC) — More than 200 leaders from the private sector, governments, multilateral development banks, bilateral agencies and civil society in the region are meeting here Wednesday to share successful and innovative initiatives to help shape the gender equality agenda in the coming years.The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which is collaborating with the World Bank in convening the two-day Sixth Summit of the Working Group on Gender, said the challenges being faced by these institutions are among the questions being discussed at the event.It said that the goal of the summit “Stereotypes & Opportunities: Women’s Economic Empowerment, is to facilitate the exchange of best practices and evidence-based approaches to advance the economic empowerment of women worldwide.Specifically, the female labour market participation, the wage gap, selecting no studies or work in traditionally female sectors, entrepreneurship and women’s leadership, are among the topics to be discussed in depth during this event, the IDB said.Despite the growing recognition that economic empowerment of women is essential to achieve development objectives, such as reducing poverty, promoting inclusive economic growth and productivity-increasing, many women around the world continue to see limited their ability to achieve economic change in their lives, the IDB said.“These challenges threaten our ability to create economic opportunities for both women and men,” said IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno.“For this reason, we have prioritized an ambitious gender agenda at work within our institution and in the region.”Panellists at the summit, which ends on Thursday, include experts from the five multilateral development banks that form the gender working group, namely the African Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the IDB, as well as representatives of numerous regional governments. Sharelast_img read more

Woman jailed over 15 counts of qualified theft

first_imgShe was detained in the lockup cell of the municipal police station. ILOILO City – Police nabbed a woman charged with 15 counts of qualified theft on Santiago Street, Barangay 5, San Miguel, Iloilo. Buid – tagged as the No. 1 most wanted person in the San Miguel police station – was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 26, it added. She was 41-year-old resident Shella Buid, a police report showed. The court recommended a P440,000 bail bond for Buid’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img

Cavs – Raptors Game Day Notes

first_img Kenny Honaker Related Topics Monday, December 5th, 2016WHEN: 7:30 PM ESTWHERE: @AirCanadaCentre, Toronto, CanadaWATCH: @FOXSportsOHLISTEN: @WMMS 100.7 FM, @wtam1100, La Mega 87.7FM– Cavaliers (13-5, 1st in Central): After their frustrating 111-105 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, the Cavaliers are carrying a three-game losing streak and looking for improvement.Despite their recent set-backs, the Cavaliers are tied with the Raptors atop the Eastern Conference standings.Coming into tonight’s match-up, the Cavs are leading the Eastern Conference in points (110.0 per game, 4th in NBA), three-pointers made (240, 2nd in NBA), and three-point percentage (.389, 2nd in NBA).Tonight, Cavs guard/forward Mike Dunleavy, who has missed Cleveland’s previous two games with a mild concussion as a result of an on-court collision, is expected to make his return to the lineup. Dunleavy’s injury came in Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. After showing concussion-like symptoms on Thursday, Dunleavy was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol program.Tonight’s match-up marks the third of four meetings between Cleveland and Toronto. The Cavs won the first two meetings this season (94-91 on Oct. 28 in Toronto and 121-117 on Nov. 15 in Cleveland). The fourth game is scheduled to be played on April 12th in Cleveland.* Cavaliers projected starting lineup (subject to change) *(PG) Kyrie Irving (6′-3″, 193 lbs)(SG) J.R. Smith (6′-6″, 225 lbs)(SF) LeBron James (6′-8″, 250 lbs)(PF) Kevin Love (6′-10″, 251 lbs)(PF) Tristan Thompson (6′-10″, 238 lbs)* Cavaliers injury report *– (F/C) Mike Dunleavy (concussion): Probable– Raptors (14-6, 1st in Atlantic): Toronto comes into tonight’s match-up with the defending champs as winners in six straight games, including their dominating 128-84 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. Per Elias Sports Bureau, Toronto’s 44 point margin of victory over the Hawks on Saturday night set a new Raptors franchise record. DeMar DeRozan continues to lead the Raptors in scoring. DeRozan, who was selected 9th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft (Toronto), is averaging 27.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per contest. Kyle Lowry leads the Raptors in the assist department. The former Villanova Wildcat stand-out and 24th overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft (Memphis) is averaging 20.4 points, 7.4 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game. In Saturday’s impressive win over the Hawks, Lowry scored 17 points (6-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers), eight rebounds, eight assists and one block in 31 minutes.Lowry truly has it going as of late, averaging 22.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 4.6 three-pointers on 64 percent shooting over his last five games.In a recent article from ESPN, Lowry was asked if the game against the Cavaliers would provide a test for the Raptors. Lowry replied, saying:“I don’t think it’s a test. You all asked me that the first game of the season that we played them. I think it’s just another regular-season game for us and a team that we always want to be better than. But we want to be better than every team in the NBA at the end of the day.”Jonas Valanciunas, who was selected 5th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft (Toronto), will be cleaning the glass for the Raptors. Coming into tonight’s bout with the defending champs, the Lithuanian big man is averaging 12.6 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds per game.* Raptors projected starting lineup (subject to change) *(PG) Kyle Lowry (6′-1″, 196 lbs)(SG) DeMar DeRozan (6′-7″, 219 lbs)(SF) DeMarre Carroll (6′-8″, 215 lbs)(PF) Patrick Patterson (6′-9″, 230 lbs)(C) Jonas Valanciunas (7′-0″, 265 lbs)* Raptors injury report *– (PG) Delon Wright (shoulder): Out– (PF) Jared Sullinger (foot): Out* All stats and information via,,,, Elias Sports Bureau, and The Associated Press *last_img read more

Mengapa Pesawat Komersial ‘Single Jet’ Tidak Banyak Beroperasi? Ini Jawabannya

first_imgDikutip dari Simple Flying, sebetulnya, pesawat jet sipil dengan mesin tunggal pertama di dunia, Cirrus Vision SF5, tidak memiliki fitur kursi lontar. Nyatanya, mereka tetap diizinkan beroperasi dengan jarak terbatas berkat fitur pengganti kursi lontar, berupa parasut yang menopang badan pesawat bila sewaktu-waktu pesawat mengalami kegagalan mesin.Terlepas dari faktor safety, pesawat yang mulai kembali terbang pada 2016 lalu itu, diklaim mampu mengangkut sebanyak tujuh penumpang hingga 1.100 km dengan kecepatan maksimum mencapai 560 km per jam. Namun, tetap saja, kemampuan tersebut (batas kecepatan maksimum) masih setengah dari kecepatan maksimum pesawat komersial pada umumnya.Dari segi desain, penggunaan mesin tunggal, dipastikan sangat tidak efisien. Sebab, mau tak mau, mesin harus berada tepat di atas pesawat dan berhimpitan dengan vertical stabilizer. Untuk menjaga jarak aman, pastinya antara posisi mesin dengan kabin dalam pesawat harus dikosongkan atau nyawa penumpang menjadi taruhannya.Dari sini saja, penggunaan single jet sudah tak menarik maskapai yang menginginkan pemanfaatan ruang kabin secara maksimum. Belum lagi masalah tingkat kebisingan, safety, serta kenyamanan penumpang, tentu di era seperti sekarang ini, single jet atau satu mesin sangat tidak cocok untuk memenuhi kebutuhan dan keinginan penumpang.Terakhir, meskipun biaya pengembangan dan operasional pesawat single jet jauh lebih murah ketimbang twin, tri, ataupun quad jet, namun, tetap saja, pesawat tidak akan lolos sertifikasi xtended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards atau yang biasa disingkat ETOPS oleh regulator dunia, utamanya Badan Keselamatan Penerbangan Eropa (EASA) dan Regulator Penerbangan Sipil AS (FAA).Baca juga: ETOPS – Sertifikasi Darurat Pesawat Twin Engine Agar Layak Mengudara dengan Satu MesinETOPS sendiri adalah kemampuan pesawat untuk beroperasi di luar keadaan normal. Singkatnya, bila pesawat memiliki dua mesin, ia harus diujicoba dalam penerbangan dengan menggunakan satu mesin saja. Hal itu dilakukan agar ketika pesawat mengalami kegagalan mesin di salah satunya, pesawat tetap bisa terbang untuk melakukan pendaratan darurat dengan mesin lainnya.Dengan kemampuan dan ketangguhan mesin yang semakin berkembang, twin jet masih terbukti mampu melahap penerbangan berjam-jam dengan hanya mengoperasikan satu mesin. Sebagai salh satu bukti, pada Februari tahun lalu, A330-900 pernah menjalani sertifikasi ETOPS dengan mencatat waktu 4 jam 45 menit dengan hanya satu mesin.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedMengapa Pesawat Tri-Jet Tidak Se-Populer Twin-Jet dan Quad-Jet? Berikut Ulasannya18/06/2020In “Featured”Inilah Alasan Kenapa Boeing Tak Buat Seri 777-10029/06/2020In “Featured”Ternyata Boeing 777 Sempat Dirancang dengan Konsep “Trijet”24/10/2019In “Featured” Pesawat jet sipil dengan mesin tunggal pertama di dunia, Cirrus Vision SF5. Foto: Cirrus Aircraft via Simple Flying Pada umumnya, pesawat komersial yang beredar di dunia dilengkapi dengan dua (twin jet), tiga (trijet), dan empat mesin (quad jet). Jarang sekali, sebuah pesawat komersial terbang dengan hanya satu mesin pesawat dedicated atau yang dari segi desain dilengkapi dengan satu mesin saja. Mengapa demikian?Baca juga: Mengapa Pesawat Tri-Jet Tidak Se-Populer Twin-Jet dan Quad-Jet? Berikut UlasannyaFaktor keselamatan tentu menjadi alasan utama. Namun, bila dilihat dari sektor lain, seperti militer, penggunaan satu mesin justru cukup populer. Lihat saja pesawat tempur buatan seluruh dunia, Amerika Serikat, Rusia, Perancis, hingga Cina, seluruhnya menggunakan satu mesin jet saja. Tetapi, sebagai bagian dari faktor safety, ketika pesawat mengalami kegagalan mesin, pilot dan kru akan tetap memiliki peluang selamat berkat fitur kursi lontar.last_img read more