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Manchester firm Slater Heelis has announced a merger with city neighbours Cottrills, with four partners moving across to the Slater Heelis management team. The new firm will boast a workforce of more than 100.
A human rights firm has received an apology from The Times newspaper for a story printed almost a year ago.The article last April had accused London firm Hodge Jones & Allen of misleading victims of Ireland’s Magdalene laundries scandal.The firm had taken out advertisements for women to come forward who had been detained in institutions run by Roman Catholic nuns to work with no pay between 1922 and 1996.HJA rejected the allegations and threatened legal action unless there was a retraction.In its corrections and clarifications section yesterday, The Times said it had reported a statement made by the Irish government which suggested the firm had falsely claimed to have drafted government proposals for the scheme.The newspaper said: ‘We accept that HJA’s advert did not make such a claim, far less was its advert dishonest, and we apologise for any suggestion to the contrary.’The Times also confirmed the firm’s senior partner Patrick Allen (pictured) did submit proposals to the Irish government in October 2011 on how a compensation scheme might operate following a request by the campaign group Justice for Magdalenes.The newspaper added: ‘We acknowledge that Mr Allen and his firm campaigned for many years to obtain justice for the victims pro bono.’As part of the settlement, The Times also agreed to remove the online article immediately and to pay damages by way of a donation to charity – the advice agency run by Sally Mulready and the Irish Women Survivors Network at the London Irish Centre to provide advice to Magdalene laundries victims. The Times will also pay a contribution to HJA’s costs.Senior media silk counsel Justin Rushbrooke QC of 5RB took the case on a CFA.Allen said he was pleased the matter was concluded but regretted it had taken a year to resolve.‘The article made serious accusations against me and Hodge Jones & Allen and called into question our business methods and our integrity. These allegations were completely unfounded, as the settlement terms and the apology recognise.’Allen added the firm is pressing on with helping laundry victims based in the UK to obtain compensation from the new scheme.It is currently working with Sally Mulready and the London Irish Centre with around 70 UK-based claimants to complete their claims and set up a PI trust to receive their damages where appropriate.
The government is to fix an ‘anomaly’ that allows some, but not all, prisoners released into the community to vote, justice secretary David Lidington announced today – ending days of speculation about the government’s plans to escape a legal quagmire.At present, convicted offenders who are released on licence with an electronic tag can vote. Those on temporary licence, however, cannot.Lidington said today that release on a temporary licence is a tool allowing offenders to commute to employment and prepare themselves to return to society. ‘Reinstating the civic right of voting at this point is consistent with this approach. It is absolutely not an automatic entitlement and is subject to rigorous risk assessment,’ he said.The ministry estimates that the change to prison service guidance will affect up to 100 offenders at any one time, and none will be able to vote from prison.The administrative measure is part of the government’s attempt to address points raised in a 2005 European Court of Human Rights judgment.In Hirst (No 2) v the United Kingdom, the applicant, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for manslaughter, was disenfranchised during his period of detention by section 3 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 which applied to those convicted and serving a custodial sentence. In 2004 the applicant was released on licence. He alleged that, as a convicted prisoner in detention, he had been subject to a blanket ban on voting.The court held that article 3 (right to free elections) of protocol number one to the European Convention on Human Rights had been violated on account of the ‘automatic and discriminate restriction’ of the applicant’s right to vote.The government will hope that today’s announcement puts a lid on what has been a simmering issue. In 2011, MPs by a majority of 234 to 22, voted to continue the ban in defiance of the Strasbourg ruling. In December 2013 a joint committee recommended allowing prisoners serving sentences of 12 months or less to vote. However, no legislation was forthcoming.Lidington said today that the government will make clear to criminals when they are sentenced ‘that while they are in prison this means they will lose the right to vote. This directly addresses a specific concern of the Hirst judgment that there was not sufficient clarity in confirming to offenders that they cannot vote in prison’.He concluded: ‘We believe these changes address the points raised in the 2005 judgment in a way that respects the clear direction of successive parliaments and the strong views of the British public on prisoner voting.’
HUNGARY: Infrastructure agency NIF has awarded Siemens a €53m contract to supply ETCS Level 2 equipment for the 65 km route running southwest from Budapest-Kelenföld to Székesfehérvar. Commissioning is scheduled for 2013.Siemens said on July 26 that its plants in Budapest, Wallisellen and Braunschweig would provide two Simis electronic interlockings, an Iltis control system, a Trainguard 200 radio block centre and equipment for 15 level crossings. The route forms part of Pan-European Corridor V from Trieste and Koper to Ukraine. Siemens participated in electrification of the Bajánsenye – Boba section which was completed in 2010, and has supplied Simis interlockings for Cegléd, Szajol, Tata and Tiszatenyo/Kétpó.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland is appealing for information following a serious road crash in Dumfries Town Centre on Saturday 24 December 2016.Around 2130 hours police received a report of a 19 year old male pedestrian having been struck by a green Vauxhall Adam on Galloway Street at its junction with Glasgow Street.Emergency services attended and the man was taken Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary before being transferred to Edinburgh Western Infirmary where staff describe his condition as serious.Inspector Campbell Moffat is asking anyone who witnessed this incident to contact officers from the Divisional Road Policing Unit based at Dumfries.
Windies captain Jason Holder was keeping his cards close to his chest with regard to the team selection ahead of the start of the third and final Test against England today.But whoever gets chosen, Holder is keen on putting faith in his tried and trusted charges who have a chance to do what many before them have attempted and failed to do in decades: to win a series in England.With the series locked at one game apiece, the encounter at Old Trafford is expected to be a humdinger, with both sides brimming with confidence. Holder allayed fears that the team is battered and rattled after the second Test loss and said that they are eager and ready to go for the series finale.“The spirit in the dressing room is still very high,” Holder said. “We have a really good opportunity here to win this series, and everybody is upbeat for the occasion, and we know what’s at stake.”Both sides have selection conundrums, with England having the harder decision to make with a plethora of experienced quick bowlers at their disposal. The Windies pacers have had to endure an arduous last couple of weeks with a workload that has been second to none. One hundred and sixty-two overs among the quartet means that there must be some wear and tear, however, Holder is backing the senior players to come up trumps when it matters most to help them to win the Test match and the series.“It’s a combination of things,” he said. “You need 20 wickets to win a Test match, but you also need a solid first innings to set the game up well. Once we get these two things happening, more or less the game goes in the direction you want it to.”Starting well has not gone in favour of the visitors so far on tour, with the top order continuing to find the going tough in the English conditions. Despite the unproductivity, Holder is keen on keeping faith with John Campbell and Shai Hope, who are struggling to get runs in the series.“All our players have got my backing,” he said. “They know how I personally feel. Yes, some of them haven’t been getting the runs that we would like, but more or less, it’s about us giving them full support.“We all know what Shai can produce, and he’s done it at this level. He is one of the best one-day batsmen in the world, and we know the calibre player he can be. I’ve got full confidence in Shai to get some runs. He’s got starts so far in this series, and he’s not far from converting the start into something really special for us.”The match bowls off from Old Trafford in Manchester, England, at 5 a.m. Jamaica time.
Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN George Woodside of Reno, Nev., holds up a t-shirt he purchased paying tribute to Justin Wilson at Sonoma Raceway (Eric Risberg, AP)SONOMA, Calif. — To honor the legacy of late IndyCar driver Justin Wilson and help raise money for his family, IndyCar had approximately 3,000 tribute T-shirts printed for this weekend’s series finale at Sonoma Raceway.The track sold out of them in a few hours.That’s just one aspect of what has been a somber and heartfelt fan response in the wake of the likable English driver’s death earlier this week. Sue Hiltebeitel, who traveled from Pennsylvania to attend this weekend’s race, was among several fans who stopped to sign a banner honoring Wilson at the track.“He was a great guy, Justin Wilson,” said Hiltebeitel, briefly choking up with emotion. “I can’t even talk about it. He was a class act. He was a good guy, a great driver. You follow guys in racing, you just feel like you know them.”TRIBUTE: IndyCar drivers, fans will honor Wilson with special logoWilson, 37, died Monday, a day after he was hit in the head with debris during an accident at Pocono, leaving him in a coma. Wilson’s death resulted in an outpouring of grief from fellow competitors, casting a discernible pall over this weekend’s race. Session ID: 2020-09-18:e3bdb7a1698be078dd3eabb2 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-596997-4442514546001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Fans around the world have been tweeting remembrances with the hashtag #BADASSWILSON, a nickname he was given early in his career — but one that didn’t necessarily fit, given his affable demeanor.John Iniguez of Folsom, Calif., had met Wilson several times and took several photos of Wilson with his granddaughter, Brigid.“Justin was one of those drivers that would always stop and take the time to talk to you,” Iniguez said. “You didn’t have to be any bigwig, you didn’t have to be a race official. If you were just a fan, you could just sit and ask him a question. He’d always say, ‘How’s your day? Are you having a good time?’ So you always felt like he was your friend, even though you’d only watch him a couple of times a year in person.”WILSON: Family, strangers remember kind, generous spirit of driverJay Shah, from Scottsdale, Ariz., admired the leadership role Wilson took among the drivers.“He was the liaison between the drivers and the management, the leadership role he took there,” Shah said. “And he was such a young guy.”Oriol Servia is racing Wilson’s No. 25 Andretti Autosport car this weekend.JAMES: Filling in for fallen, injured drivers poses emotional hurdlesWilson’s accident was another reminder of the danger inherent in a sport that lost another beloved English driver, Dan Wheldon, in 2011, and faced serious safety questions earlier this year after a series of airborne accidents in the run-up to the Indianapolis 500.Scott Hefler of Fresno, Calif., was wearing a T-shirt honoring his all-time favorite driver, Greg Moore, who died in an accident in 1999. Hefler called the “freak nature” of Wilson’s accident hard to process.“A millisecond either way, and Justin’s still racing,” Hefler said. “That is just unbelievable. But having been a fan of Greg’s just realizing the loss, I knew it would put a damper on this weekend.”MORE: IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula 1 all have suffered on-track tragedyIniguez acknowledged that it was tougher to be at the track this weekend.“Yes, it is,” Iniguez said. “Because you accept the fact that it’s part of the sport. It’s a lot safer now than what is was when I was growing up. But again, there’s always that danger, regardless of whether it’s IndyCar, NASCAR, motorcycle racing, drag racing. It’s part of the sport, and as a fan, I think you kind of accept that. You hope that no one is ever killed. But that’s just part of the sport.”Added Hiltebeitel: “I mean, when I come to a race, I don’t think about that happening. Obviously, it can happen, but you don’t come to the races thinking about that.”NASCAR: Honors Wilson at Saturday’s Xfinity Series raceThe Wilson Children’s Fund was established this week to benefit the Wilson’s young daughters, Jane, 7, and Jessica, 5. An account has been established on behalf of the Wilson family at http://justinwilson.co.uk/donate.Matt Cleary, founder of Sunday Group Management, a firm that provided media relations for Wilson and helped establish the fund this week, says hundreds of individual gifts have been made to the fund this week. As of Saturday afternoon, nearly 2,800 decals and 2,700 T-shirts honoring Wilson had been sold online, in addition to the sales at Sonoma.Wilson, who struggled to overcome dyslexia as a child, used his status as a driver to become an activist for awareness and early testing. Clery noted that several of the groups and people Wilson spoke to about dyslexia posted remembrances online — including Elliot Cox, an aspiring young racer who met Wilson before this year’s Indianapolis 500. Cox will carry decals on his kart this week honoring Wilson.Graham Rahal is spearheading an online auction by drivers to benefit Wilson’s family.Rahal, who coordinated a similar effort after the death of Wheldon, said the event will be announced soon with eBay hosting.“eBay has been a great partner. They’re going to stick with us here and do an amazing thing for us in waving all fees and paying for the auction themselves on their side, which is tremendous,” Rahal told USA TODAY Sports Friday. “We can’t thank them enough and we’re going to go out there with the goal of trying to make as much money as possible for the family.“I think we raised $600,000 last time and it would be nice if we could do a good chunk better than that.”FINALE: Tragey transforms IndyCar seasonAlso, Honda will contribute $50 per lap completed in the Sonoma race by each of the 13 Honda entries for a possible donation of more than $55,000. Firestone announced it will donate $25 to the children’s fund for each tire used over the course of the race weekend – a total that could surpass $40,000.Wilson T-shirts remain available online at http://shop.ims.com/indycar/drivers/justin-wilson/.
Benton Elementary School’s archery team hit the bullseye and is now the 2017 National Champions.The school won the elementary division, after putting on an outstanding performance at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) tournament held earlier this month in Louisville, Ken.Kingston Elementary followed right on the Tigers’ heels, placing second in the nation in both the bullseye and 3D divisions.Nearly 14,500 archers participated in the Nationals, including many of our own. Teams from 12 Bossier Parish schools competed in the three-day event and they all shined, several of them ranking in the top 10 as well as being singled out for individual awards.Kingston Elementary also hit their target, winning the 2017 Centershot Ministries Tournament, which was held in conjunction with the Nationals.Three were also selected for the All Academic All Star Archery Team; Thomas Allen, who attends Kingston; Aiden Jones, who attends Haughton Middle; and Hannah McKenzie, who goes to Benton Elementary.Here is a look at our Bossier schools’ and students’ rankings:Elementary BullseyeBenton Elementary — National Champions, ranking first out of 180 teamsKingston — 2nd place out of 180 teamsPrinceton — 20th out of 180Legacy — 61st out of 180W.T. Lewis — 118 out 180Apollo — 135 out of 180Middle School BullseyeBenton Middle — 4th out of 242 teamsHaughton Middle — 28th out of 242 teamsCope — 116 out of 242Greenacres — 196 out of 242High School BullseyeBenton High — 30th out of 248 teamsHaughton High — 225 out of 248 teamsElementary 3DKingston — 2nd out of 56 teamsBenton Elementary — 5th out of 56 teamsPrinceton — 16th out of 56 teamsMiddle School 3DBenton Middle — 8th out of 89 teamsHaughton Middle — 20th out of 89 teamsHigh School 3DBenton High — 10th out of 108Haughton High — 106th out of 108Individual Rankings*Aiden Jones from Haughton Middle scored the state high of 297, earning him a $5,000 scholarship for 3rd overall male out of 7,730 archers. He placed 2nd overall in the Bullseye middle school boys competition out of 2,991 participants.*Hannah McKenzie, Benton Elementary, took 3rd out of 1,906 competitors in the elementary girls division of the Bullseye with a score of 289; she placed 5th in the elementary girls 3D competition out of 506 archers.*Thomas Allen from Kingston placed 5th out of 2,321 in the bullseye elementary boys competition with a score of 288.*Madeline “Maddy” Lowry, from Benton Elementary, is ranked 4th in the 3D girls division out of 506 participating elementary girl archers.It doesn’t end here for Bossier Schools’ archery teams. Several will continue practicing in preparation for the 2017 World Tournament to be held July 20-22 in Orlando, Fla.Top Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo
PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said the ‘live’ televising of the games was made possible through a partnership with SP Brewery. “This is great news for our people,” Rau said. “On Sunday, you will be able to watch the SP Hunters take on Wynnum Manly at 3pm from Brisbane through Digicel on their TV WAN+ channel,” he said. Rau thanked SP Brewery for partnering with PNGRFL to bring the remaining ‘away’ games ‘live’ to our fans across the country. “This should motivate and inspire the SP Hunters players to perform better knowing that everybody in the country will be watching,” Rau added. He said the Digicel Cup games will continue to be televised ‘live’ by TV Wan on the Events channel. “There will be SP Hunters and Digicel Cup games on TV for everyone in PNG,” he said. Meanwhile coach Michael Marum has finalised the 18 man travelling team to Brisbane. 1. Adex Wera 2. Junior Rau 3. Thompson Teteh 4. Willie Minoga 5. Butler Morris 6. Ase Boas – captain 7. Watson Boas 8. Enock Maki 9. Wartovo Puara Jnr 10. Dilbert Isaac 11. Nixon Put 12. Ila Alu 13. Rhadley Brawa 14. Charlie Simon 15. Baundo Aba 16. Sailas Gahuna 17. Julius Yakopa 18. William Mone The SP Hunters take on Wynnum Manly in Round 10 of the Intrust Super Cup match on Sunday May 13, 2018 at 3pm at the BMD Kougari oval in Brisbane.