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December digest

first_imgFive-star show for silks#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Sophie Lamb and Imran KhanFive solicitors, including two at US firm Latham & Watkins, have taken silk – one behind 2016’s record number. They are: Philip Clifford and Sophie Lamb, partners at Latham & Watkins, Louis Flannery, partner at Stephenson Harwood, Imran Khan, founding member of Imran Khan and Partners, and Reza Mohtashami, partner at magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Khan is the first criminal law solicitor to make the grade in several years. Solicitor Janet Legrand, partner at DLA Piper and chair of the Trustee Board of The Children’s Society, has been granted honorary QC status.Planning for post-Brexit justiceLawyers welcomed with relief the declaration on ‘legal certainty and clarity’ – including mutual recognition and enforcement of judgments – in the Brexit phase 1 agreement reached last month. However the Law Society cautioned that the ‘real complexity’ of the deal lies ahead.Among several breakthroughs, the joint report of the negotiators of the EU and the UK government appears to resolve the row over the role of the Court of Justice of the EU in protecting the rights of EU citizens in the UK after 2019. In a significant concession, Brussels abandoned its demand for the CJEU to have continued jurisdiction. Instead, UK courts shall have ‘due regard’ to relevant decisions of the CJEU. Meanwhile, consistent interpretation of citizens’ rights should be ‘supported and facilitated by an exchange of case law between the courts and regular judicial dialogue’.The UK government and the European Commission would have the right to intervene in relevant cases before the CJEU and UK courts and tribunals respectively.On more general cooperation in civil and commercial matters, the joint report says ‘there is a need to provide legal certainty and clarity’. It sets out a ‘general consensus that EU rules on conflict of laws should continue to apply to contracts before the withdrawal date and non-contractual obligations where an event causing damage occurred before the withdrawal date.’On cooperation in criminal matters, ‘there is a need to provide legal certainty and clarity’, the agreement states.On ongoing judicial procedures, both parties agreed that the CJEU should remain competent for UK judicial procedures registered at the CJEU on the date of withdrawal, and that those procedures should continue through to a binding judgment.Drive for firms to publish feesPlans to force firms to publish their fees are unnecessary and may simply confuse or mislead consumers, the Law Society told the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Chancery Lane rejected SRA proposals to require firms to publish their prices online, along with a description of what services are included. The proposal followed a call by the Competition and Markets Authority for more transparency and help for consumers in choosing a legal services provider. Initially, the SRA is proposing that the requirement would be limited to a select number of legal services, such as conveyancing or personal injury.Responding to an SRA consultation, the Society said the CMA report had been a major driver of change and it acknowledged the importance of clients making informed decisions. But while perceived cost was a barrier to people accessing legal services, a blanket approach to publishing fees would do little to address this in practice.‘Clients have very different legal needs, and legal services are complex,’ said the Society. ‘Simply requiring more information to be published on websites is unlikely to result in people making more informed choices.’Economic crime crackdownA new National Economic Crime Centre will be set up to ‘task and coordinate the response to economic crime’, the government said. The agency, which will sit within the National Crime Agency, will have the power to ask the Serious Fraud Office to investigate suspects. ‘The SFO will continue to act as an independent organisation, supporting the multi-agency response led by the NCA,’ a government spokesperson said.Andrew Smith, a partner at criminal law firm Corker Binning, told the Gazette that it is right that the SFO, which has made ‘significant progress’ under its outgoing director David Green QC, should continue to be tasked with investigating the worst allegations of fraud, money laundering and corruption.Smith added: ‘On paper this is an ambitious strategy, and part of a broader drive towards increasing transparency and accountability in financial services in particular. But the recent political past is littered with such strategies. Whether the NECC can achieve its lofty ambitions is ultimately a question of funding and expertise.’Lammy calls for bench diversity#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# David LammyDavid Lammy MP, author of proposals to create a more diverse judiciary, criticised the government’s apparent failure to commit to steps he concluded were necessary for balance on the bench.Former prime minister David Cameron commissioned the Labour MP to study the justice system, and last year Lammy put forward 35 recommendations to address what he described as the bias and overt discrimination faced by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people.The government published its full response to Lammy’s report on race disparity in the criminal justice system before Christmas. Justice Secretary David Lidington insisted the government will ‘take forward’ work around each of the 35 recommendations but acknowledged that some cannot be implemented exactly as Lammy suggested.Key proposals affecting the courts system, including targets for BAME judges and online reviews of judges, are effectively ruled out.Lammy said he is ‘disappointed’ that ministers are not pushing ahead with targets for a more diverse judiciary.TLT keys into AI businessBristol-headquartered City and commercial firm TLT became the latest law firm to invest in an artificial intelligence technology business. The firm said that it had acquired a ‘minority equity share’ as part of a strategic partnership with LegalSifter, a US supplier of software to automate contract reviews. TLT declined to put a figure on the investment, but LegalSifter, a privately held company founded in 2013, reported earlier this month that it had raised $1.86m (£1.4m) from unnamed investors.TLT said the partnership would enable it to offer a ‘combined intelligence’ solution for contract negotiation for in-house legal, procurement and operations teams. It will combine ‘powerful artificial intelligence technology from LegalSifter with in-built legal advice and ad hoc legal support from TLT’, the firm said. Users start by uploading draft contracts into the system. Sifters – software trained to read text for a specific concept which is learned over time – and in-context advice from TLT’s commercial lawyers help users to identify missing terms and conditions and make changes to protect their interests.The software is claimed to complete a contract review within a minute or two, with greater consistency, less risk of errors or missed terms and the assurance that a lawyer is available when needed.last_img read more

US, others express concern about violence in Sudan

first_imgSouth Sudan government denies renewed violence in Malakal region South Sudan government tasks leaders to explain ongoing violence The United States, Britain, Norway and Canada say they are concerned by “credible reports” that Sudan’s security forces have used live ammunition against demonstrators demanding that President Omar Bashir step down.In a joint statement issued late on Monday in Khartoum, the four nations urged all parties to avoid violence or the destruction of property while affirming the right of the Sudanese people to peacefully protest to express their “legitimate grievances.”Amnesty International meanwhile said it had “credible reports” that Sudanese police have killed 37 protesters in clashes during the anti-government demonstrations that erupted last week across much of the country.It said the use of lethal force by security forces against unarmed protesters was “extremely troubling” given that more protests were planned on Tuesday.A coalition of independent professional unions has called for a march on the presidential palace in Khartoum later on Tuesday to submit a petition demanding that President Omar Bashir, who rose to power in a 1989 military coup, step down. Two of Sudan’s largest political parties called on their supporters to take part.Relatedcenter_img Sexual Violence in South Sudan Ongoing Despite Ceasefire Agreementlast_img read more

Addis Ababa motobike ban takes effect

first_imgChinese-sponsored railway inaugurated in Addis Ababa Addis Ababa gets its first antique shop A ban on motorbikes came into force in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Tuesday.The city’s authorities imposed the ban in a bid to curb crime after reports emerged that motorbikes were used by thugs to rob residents.Addis Ababa mayor Takele Uma said a huge number of crimes within the city had been carried out on motorbikes.The ban will however not affect businesses including delivery companies that operate in the city.“Exceptions will be made to those conducting licensed businesses with motorcycles as well as those who use motorcycles as postal carriers and motorcycles affiliated to embassies,” the mayor said last month.Motorbikes have become popular in Addis Ababa as a way of evading traffic jams.Other cities around the continent also have similar bans in place, including the capital of neighbouring Kenya, Nairobi.In Nigeria, motorbikes are not allowed in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcout.In his announcement of the ban last month, mayor Takele also said Addis Ababa’s authorities would seek more ways to reduce traffic congestion.Relatedcenter_img Reviving Jazz in Addis Ababalast_img read more

Dumfries And Galloway NHS Responds Well To Cyber Attacks

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInNHS Dumfries and Galloway have issued a statement today May the 15th after Fridays Cyber attacks on NHS Computer systems across the UK.A spokesperson for NHS Dumfries and Galloway said:  “NHS Dumfries and Galloway have responded well to the recent Cyber Attack with only two GP Practice sites affected. It has been reported this morning that very limited patient services have been affected across the whole of Dumfries and Galloway with most Practices not affected at all.All Hospital sites remains free of any attack.  No patient data has been lost as a result of this attack.Heightened awareness has been communicated to all Health staff and the IT department remain active, ensuring all our systems are fully protected.”last_img read more

Woodford Hill Credit Union robbed by masked men

first_img Share Share LocalNews Woodford Hill Credit Union robbed by masked men by: – January 9, 2014 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img One man has been accosted by the police following a robbery at the Woodford Hill Credit Union on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Three masked men armed with guns and knives robbed the Credit Union about 8:10 am on Thursday, police public relations officer inspector John Carbon told Dominica Vibes.“A large sum of money was stolen during the robbery and shortly thereafter the police intercepted a motor vehicle in the village of Woodford Hill”.“During the process, one individual was shot and a large sum of cash was recovered from the vehicle,” Carbon reported. He said two other individuals who were on the vehicle at the time, escaped and are being sought by the police. According to Mr Carbon, “no employees or persons doing business at the time of the robbery were injured”. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 8477.Dominica Vibes News Share 12 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

van Dam Shipping to install Ventifoil system from eConowind BV

first_imgBoth eConowind and van Dam Shipping are convinced the Ventifoils will give significant savings and thus be an important solution to help shipping reach the IMO decarbonization goals for 2030 and 2050. Van Dam Shipping will participate in further testing the concept in the new EU Interreg backed Wind-Assist Ship Propulsion ( WASP) research program, which from October will study practical use of wind-assisted systems in day-to-day operation as well as actual savings over an extended period of time. Author: Baibhav Mishra For eConowind BV, located in Groningen, Netherlands, it is the first commercial order of their Ventifoil system which successfully completed sea test trials earlier this year. The wind-assist system was developed over the past three years supported by an EU backed grant and this first installation marks a significant milestone for the company in bringing their technology to a shipping market eager to deploy credible decarbonization solutions. “We expect the reduction in fuel costs over a period of approx. three years will equal the costs of the system and thus fulfill our dream of using the wind again in modern shipping, which has been 40 years in the making.” stated a delighted Jan van Dam, owner of van Dam Shipping. The modular Ventifoil units are in the form of non-rotating wing with vents and an internal fan that use boundary layer suction for maximum effect. This installation will feature two, 10-meter wings along with two extensions of six meters that will generate significant force allowing the vessel to reduce motor power and thus save energy. “We are seeking ‘Econology’ for shipping: good for Ecology but must be Economical as well. After several years of development and testing we are very happy to take this next big step: a first commercial installation to show that saving energy and emissions can mean saving money at the same time. We are confident that such an innovative company as van Dam Shipping will manage to get the most out of the system and we are really excited to share the results in the coming months.” stated Frank Nieuwenhuis, CEO of eConowind. Jan van Dam Shipping has signed a contract for the installation of an eConowind supplied wind assisted propulsion system on their 3,600 DWT general cargo vessel MV Ankie. The Spijk, Netherlands based company will take delivery of the Ventifoil system in Q4 2019. Sea News, September 27last_img read more

Beaumont Commons offers rock painting event

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Beaumont Commons Senior Community in Farmington Hills will host an event on Tuesday, August 13, that gives seniors and their grandkids an opportunity to paint positive messages on rocks and hide them for others to find.“Rock Art and More” begins at 3 p.m. in the 1W Assisted Living Community Room on the campus at 21400 Archwood Circle. There will be a scavenger hunt, prizes and and plenty of rocks to paint.For more information, or to RSVP, contact Suzanne Lipar, or 248-426-6943. Reported bylast_img read more

Qualcomm Develops New Reference Design for 5G Fixed Wireless Access Home Gateways

first_imgQualcomm Technologies has announced a new reference design for 5G-based fixed wireless access (FWA) home gateways. The comprehensive turnkey offering integrates Qualcomm Technologies’ most advanced connectivity offerings, including the second-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System and the Qualcomm Networking Pro 1200 platform for high-performance Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, along with other advanced gateway capabilities and features. With this new reference design, broadband carriers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can rapidly develop and deploy all-wireless home internet solutions with the latest in Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G cellular and Wi-Fi 6 home networking technologies, transforming the traditional home broadband industry with multi-gigabit, plug-and-play alternatives to digital subscriber line (DSL), cable and fiber.The new home gateway reference design extends Qualcomm Technologies’ portfolio of offerings for the emerging 5G Fixed Wireless Access segment – including solutions with support for sub-6 GHz and millimeter-wave frequencies. With this new reference design, OEMs have a cost-effective and high-performance alternative to traditional home broadband gateway products, a broad category comprised of DSL, cable broadband/DOCSIS, and passive optical networking (PON) providers. The Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System defines the most significant shift from wireline technologies by supporting multi-gigabit 5G fixed wireless backhaul. The reference design pairs this 5G backhaul capability with the latest in Wi-Fi connectivity, security and high-performance features critical to home broadband gateways, including:Qualcomm Networking Pro 1200 platform, a Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 wireless networking offering that supports up to 12 spatial streams of Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, multi-user scheduling algorithms, and advanced implementation of Wi-Fi 6 features like MU-MIMO and OFDMA in uplink and downlink across all spatial streams.High-performance firewall-router-gateway using 64-bit quad-core CPU giving the reference design computing power for dynamic data processing and management.Security acceleration for high-performance Virtual Private Network (VPN).Qualcomm Technologies’ highly differentiated Maximum User Networking Architecture, a unique design developed for high-density environments to simultaneously support connected devices.Integrated voice-calling support for hardwired Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) with e-911 emergency call support capabilities.The vision of fully-wireless home internet is being realized through 5G technology. With the high capacity expected by broadband subscribers and ample spectrum for carrier deployments, the era of wireless home internet has begun. This new home gateway reference design can help ISPs and broadband carriers deliver triple-play home internet to customers, including fiber-like high-speed data, television and phone services, all with support for hundreds of devices, in a high-performance single-box solution powered by the latest connectivity offerings from Qualcomm Technologies.A fully wireless home internet solution is a truly disruptive new path to the connected home, one enabled by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System. This reference design is yet another example of 5G’s potential to transform industries beyond the smartphone, just like we’re seeing in transportation, AR and VR, industrial manufacturing and more.The new reference design offers numerous stakeholder advantages across the ecosystem. Mobile operators can take advantage of their investments in 5G infrastructure to provide internet access to home users and enable new revenue streams; consumers can truly “cut-the-cord” with additional options for internet access beyond fixed-line broadband suppliers; municipalities can encourage increased investment in high-speed data infrastructure with a larger serviceable opportunity and property owners can enable high-speed internet without the costs of enabling and disabling fixed-line access for new tenants.The Qualcomm Networking Pro 1200 platform is available for OEM sampling, with commercial devices expected to launch in the first half of 2020. Demonstrations of the home gateway reference design are being given at Broadband World Forum (BBWF), October 15-17, 2019.last_img read more

GAME NOTES: West Florida to continue conference play on the road

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s basketball will hit the road this weekend to face Gulf South Conference opponents in the University of West Alabama on Jan. 10 and then the University of West Georgia on Jan. 12.The Argonauts will first take on West Alabama Jan. 10 in Livingston, Alabama at 4 p.m. CT. The Tigers have a record of 9-7 this season and are seventh in the GSC with a record of 4-4.UWF will then travel to Carrollton, Georgia for a match-up against West Georgia Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Wolves are currently 9-3 this season and are fifth in the GSC with a record of 4-3. Around the GSCGulf South Conference men’s basketball teams returned from holiday break, while Christian Brothers and West Alabama were the only two squads to have a non-conference and a GSC game(s) on the week. The Bucs closed 2014 with a commanding 92-68 win over Harding and then claimed a 77-74 double-overtime win against Valdosta State on Saturday. The Tigers defeated Auburn-Montgomery 95-67 on New Year’s Day, but fell to Shorter on Saturday, 69-78. Union claimed an 82-79 win over West Florida and now stands alone atop the GSC standings at 5-2 (11-2 overall). This Week in the GSCMonday will see six contests, all conference games. Alabama Huntsville and its GSC-leading 65.2 scoring defense will play host to Delta State, which is averaging 78.6 points-per-game. Mississippi College has strung off three-straight and is slowly rising up the standings. MC will take on North Alabama. West Georgia tops the GSC in scoring offense (88.0 ppg) and will face Shorter, which sports a second-best 86.6 ppg.On Saturday, another six GSC games will be played. Union and its 10.4 scoring margin will host Alabama Huntsville in hopes of shutting down guard Ronnie Mack from beyond the key. Mack leads the GSC in three-point field-goals made with 44. His 119 three-point field-goal attempts currently tops all of NCAA Division II. Straughn leading the GSCUniversity of West Florida senior Erin Straughn (Pensacola, Fla./East Carolina University) is currently leading the Gulf South Conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 49.2 percent. So far this season, Straughn has made five or more three pointers in a game on two separate occasion, including seven against Spring Hill on Nov. 25. Straughn is currently second on the team in points per game at 13.6.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Olympic champ Raich wins World Cup slalom, Sasaki 2nd

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES SHIGA KOGEN, Nagano Pref. – Winter Olympic double gold medalist Benjamin Raich won a World Cup slalom meet Friday while local favorite Akira Sasaki finished second, equaling a best ever showing by a Japanese skier at a World Cup event.Japanese alpine skier Akira Sasaki (left) celebrates after finishing second behind winner Benjamin Raich of Austria in a World Cup slalom race in Shiga Kogen, Nagano Pref. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Austrian Raich, winner in both the slalom and giant slalom at last month’s Turin Olympics, posted a winning time of 1 minute, 36.66 seconds at Shiga Kogen in Nagano Prefecture while Sasaki, who was sixth after his first run, timed 1:36.83. Canada’s Thomas Grandi was third in 1:37.17.Raich’s victory moved him closer to the overall title. He has 1,260 points in the rankings, 429 clear of compatriot Michael Walchofer, who along with third-placed Hermann Maier is not competing here.Sasaki, who had been tipped as an Olympic medal candidate but straddled a gate on his second try and did not finish in Turin, said he would aim to go one better and win Saturday’s slalom.“Of course I’m pleased but I was second. There is still something lacking and that’s why I haven’t won here. I’ll just try and go for first tomorrow (Saturday) and if I mess it up then so be it,” said Sasaki.Kentaro Minagawa, who narrowly missed out on a podium place after finishing fourth in Turin, dropped from fifth for a 14th place finish while Naoki Yuasa retired during the first run. last_img read more