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Dogs Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos: Meet Lily & Daisy

first_imgChihuahuas Lily, left, and Daisy cuddle up and stay warm while at home during the public health emergency. They are rescue dogs from Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue in Albuquerque and the guess is Lily is about 10 years old and Daisy is 2 or 3. Lily and Daisy are members of the Joe Borovsky family and are doing their best to lift spirits around Los Alamos. Courtesy photolast_img

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Thoroughbreds are the safest bet for value in the downturn

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Liverpool One and Westfield London take BCSC’s ‘Supreme Gold’

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Preston could become rank outsider

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Bar regulator proposes relaxing limits on barristers’ role

first_imgThe Bar Standards Board has set out its stall to become a ‘specialist regulator’ for those providing advocacy and related services – and proposes allowing barristers to carry out work currently performed by solicitors. In a consultation published today, the bar’s regulator proposes that barristers should no longer be prevented from providing litigation services, where litigation is ancillary to advocacy. But the BSB suggests that the current restrictions on barristers handling client money and clients’ affairs should not be removed, to preserve the distinction between the roles of barrister and solicitor. The consultation, the BSB’s third on the implications of the Legal Services Act, asks whether it should widen its remit beyond individual barristers, to regulate the new business entities permitted by the Legal Services Act: barrister-only entities; legal disciplinary practices and alternative business structures. It proposes that all managers in any of these entities would need to be ‘active’ managers, and says it would not regulate entities with external owners who are not also managers. To reinforce the requirement that all entities regulated by the BSB would be providing primarily advocacy and advice services, the BSB would require that a majority of an entity’s managers to be permitted to practise as advocates in the higher courts. It would limit the non-lawyer management in an entity to either 25% or 10%, in line with either the current transitional arrangements for LDPs regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authoirty, or the threshold for ‘low-risk’ ABSs under the LSA. The consultation also discusses other reserved legal activities, and whether the BSB should regulate entities which provide conveyancing or probate services that are ancillary to the primary provision of advocacy services. The paper says that the BSB’s provisional conclusion is that it would be in the public interest for it to establish itself as a specialist regulator of entities providing primarily advocacy and ancillary services, including legal advice and litigation. BSB chair Lady Deech said: ‘This is one of the most significant consultations we have issued to date. These decisions could have major implications for barristers and those who seek their services, as well as for the BSB as a regulator.’ ‘There could also be substantial benefits to the public and increased access to justice if we update our regulatory arrangements to reflect the act.’ Deech added: ‘The proposals in the consultation are provisional and we encourage all those with an interest to submit their views and influence the future of legal service provision.’ The consultation will run until 23 December 2010.last_img read more

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Criminal

first_img The defendants, C and G, rented two properties (the properties). A term of the tenancy agreement or lease in each case was that the property should not be used for ‘immoral purposes’. Two commonplace, unremarkable and non-descript advertisements were found by the police, along with other advertisements of a similar nature, in the personal services section of a local newspaper. No addresses were given. However, two mobile telephone numbers were advertised. The officers telephoned both numbers and they were allegedly offered sexual services. Police officers attended the properties. At one house they found a scantily dressed woman and G. During the police search, C arrived. No one was found at the second house. A large number of condoms were found at both addresses. In one house one vibrator was found. No other mechanical devices or instruments were discovered. No customers were found at either house and no customers or woman offering services were observed going to or from either house. The defendants were arrested and charged with keeping a disorderly house at the two properties between 31 January and 19 February 2010. The prosecution relied on limited evidence which related to sexual services said to be offered from both addresses. The judge rejected a submission of no case to answer. The defendants were convicted of two counts of the ancient common law offence of keeping a disorderly house. The second defendant, G, was also convicted of a third count of transferring criminal property. Suspended sentences of imprisonment were imposed. The defendants appealed, inter alia, against conviction. The issue for consideration was whether the evidence in the instant case was capable of falling within the scope of the common law offence and whether the judge had erred in rejecting a submission of no case to answer. The appeals would be allowed. It was settled law that before a defendant could be convicted for keeping a disorderly house, the jury had to be satisfied that the services provided were open to members of the public who wished to partake of them, and were of such a character and conducted in such a manner (whether by advertisement or otherwise) that their provision amounted to an outrage of public decency, or was otherwise calculated to injure the public interest to such an extent as to call for condemnation and punishment. The provision of ‘straightforward sexual intercourse’ would not be sufficient to constitute the offence (see [13] of the judgment). On the evidence in the instant case, the conviction of the defendants represented a significant widening of the ambit of the ancient offence. The circumstances described, taken at their highest, were not capable of falling within the scope of the common law offence. The criminality which should have been alleged was that the defendants had allowed the premises of which they were tenants to be used for prostitution. That, however, could not be an appropriate basis for upholding the use of the common law charge. At the trial in the Crown Court, the judge should have upheld the submission that there was no case in law for either defendant to answer. It followed that the convictions were unsafe (see [9], [15], [16] of the judgment). The convictions would be quashed (see [16] of the judgment). R v Tan [1983] 2 All ER 12 applied; R v Berg and others [1927] 20 Cr App R 38 considered; R v Quinn [1961] 3 All ER 88 considered. R v Court and another: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division: 9 February 2012 Trial – Keeping a disorderly house – Defendants renting two properties allegedly used for prostitution Tom Wainwright (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for C; Dermot Keating (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for G; Geoffrey Porter (instructed by Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.last_img read more

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Khashoggi barrister among bar pro bono award winners

first_imgA barrister who gave advice relating to the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul is among the winners of this year’s Bar Pro Bono Awards.  Jennifer Robinson, who was engaged in the Khashoggi case by UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard, shares the award for International Pro Bono Barrister of the Year with Jelia Sane. The joint winners are both tenants at London’s Doughty Street Chambers.Sane is a legal volunteer with Safe Passage, a charity advising asylum seekers on safe and legal routes to international protection and family reunification in the EU.With migration as a dominant theme, Pro Bono QC of the Year Anthony Metzer QC of Goldsmith Chambers was recognised for a case involving a Netherlands resident who was refused access to the UK. His success led to amendments to the law, including a change in regulations for unmarried partners of British citizens.Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year, Shu Shin Luh, worked on cases challenging the cuts to weekly subsistence paid to victims of trafficking. Her efforts included securing a reversal of subsistence cuts and obtaining a life-changing back payments.Chambers of the Year went to Fenners of Cambridge, nominated for its support for Anglia Law Clinic.Lord Goldsmith QC, chairman of the judging panel and founder and president of the charity Advocate, which runs the awards, said: ‘The bar particularly continues to do impressive work at the coal face of pro bono – supporting the most vulnerable in our communities and across the globe. I am continually reminded of how proud I am to be part of a profession that does such important work.’The awards were conferred at a ceremony last night hosted by the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, at Child & Co on London’s Fleet Street. Lexis Nexis were the headline sponsor.Pictured above: Jennifer Robinson receives her awardlast_img read more

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Managing maintenance on the world’s longest rail network

first_imgINTRO: Dense traffic, a difficult climate and an 87000 route-km network mean that maintaining Russian Railways’ track and infrastructure is a major challenge. Modern management methods and up-to-date machinery are being introduced, but the need to cater for fast passenger trains means that possession times on heavily used corridors will become even more criticalBYLINE: V I KovalevFirst Deputy MinisterRussian Ministry of RailwaysRAIL TRANSPORT in the Russian Federation remains of the utmost importance. Rail is the ideal mode for carrying high volumes of freight and passengers over long distances, and in terms of tonne-km and passenger-km, the Russian Railways network moves 75% of freight and more than 40% of passenger traffic, despite growing competition from other modes.In 1996 RZD handled more than 1100 million tonne-km, while passenger traffic amounted to 180000 million passenger-km. Such large volumes are possible thanks to RZD’s well developed infrastructure: more than 45% of the 87100 route-km network is electrified, and about 39000 km route-km have two or more tracks.RZD carries both domestic and international freight, some of it in transit between Europe and Asia. At present, export-driven traffic constitutes about 28% of total railway business.The density of traffic on the RZD network is practically unequalled in the world. In 1988 some lines carried more than 100 million gross tonnes a year, and the average volume of traffic on each km of route was 43 million tonnes. These figures were achieved thanks to electrification and the use of high axleloads combined with automatic block signalling, as well as a policy of reducing intervals between trains.RZD’s lines can be divided into three categories:last_img read more

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Strong interest in Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed line

first_imgASIA: The land transport authorities of Malaysia and Singapore received 98 responses to their request for information for the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail project, SPAD and LTA jointly announced on November 25. The proposed 330 km line would offer a 90 min journey time.The RFI was issued on October 7 to gauge market interest and gather industry opinion on the commercial and technical aspects of the project, to help to inform ongoing bilateral discussions. Responses came from companies and consortia ‘from across the high speed rail value chain’, including entities based in Malaysia, Singapore, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East and North America.The two governments expect to finalise the commercial and procurement models for the project by next year. ‘We are grateful for the strong feedback that the market has provided us on our project’, said SPAD Chief Executive Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah and his LTA counterpart Chew Men Leong in a joint statement. ‘We will study the responses thoroughly and consider how the project’s commercial model and procurement approach can be further improved. We are heartened by the support we have received, and look forward to our continued partnership with the private sector to deliver this exciting and iconic project.’last_img read more

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Man hospitalized following gunshot wound

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! A twenty-three year old man from Tete Morne, Grand Bay has been hospitalized and nursing injuries sustained from a firearm.A report from police spokesman inspector John Carbon indicates that Elvis Watt is nursing a gunshot wound to his stomach at the Intensive Care Unit at the Princess Margaret Hospital.It was reported that Elvis was involved in an altercation with another young man of the same community about 8:30pm on December 23, 2012 when he sustained the wound. One man is in custody in connection with the incident.Meanwhile, investigations are being carried out to determine the cause of a fire which gutted a house on Kennedy Avenue in Roseau.The fire destroyed the dwelling house of Dorothy David about 10:45pm on December 22nd.The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, however no one was injured.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img LocalNews Man hospitalized following gunshot wound by: – December 24, 2012 7 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

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