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Paddington Law Centre is relocating, but will continue to serve its community with the help of a local solicitor’s firm, the 40-year-old organisation said today, denying reports it was closing. Karen Buck (pictured), Labour MP for Westminster North tweeted this morning: ‘Sad goodbye to Paddington Law Centre tonight. Doors closing on 2nd oldest Law Centre after 40 years, and the service won’t be the same.’However manager Anne McNicholas confirmed to the Gazette that the service is not closing, but relocating to Irving Road near Leicester Square, sharing premises with Central London Law Centre. Its Harrow Road offices will close tomorrow. McNicholas said despite the change of address, the centre will continue to serve its local clients. It has made arrangements to see clients locally from rooms at nearby law firm Lawrence & Co and at tenant management organisation Walterton and Elgin Community Homes.McNicholas said failure to secure lottery and charitable funding together with legal aid cuts have forced the centre to cut its staff by half over the last six years, making the current premises too large.The centre now employs four solicitors, providing advice and representation in housing, employment and welfare rights to hundreds of people a year.
For the second consecutive year, the Florida Legislature is attempting to enforce harsh actions against undocumented immigrants in the state, And, for the second consecutive year, the state’s immigration advocates are firmly pushing back against laws that could harshly affect undocumented immigrants.There are currently three bills in the House which, if they advance to law, would add to difficulties faced by undocumented immigrants resulting from the escalated enforcement of federal immigration laws.Similar bills in the Florida House and Senate, HB 697 and SB 786, proposes to make it illegal for any Florida city to provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. This proposal is similar to a recent White House executive order that prohibits sanctuary cities in the nation.Two other similar bills (HB 83 and SB 120) proposes more severe penalties for crimes perpetuated by undocumented immigrants, compared to other residents.Immigration advocates across the state, including the Florida Immigration Coalition led by Francesca Menes, consider the bills before the Legislature as unconstitutional. A crowd of these advocates travelled to State Capitol in Tallahassee to make known their protest over any pending legislation. Earlier this week the protestors, joined by Democrats who are members of the Florida Legislature, held a press conference to state more clearly the reason for their protest and presence in Tallahassee.Menes speaking at the press conference said the advocates are tired for the immigrant community in Florida as if “we make no contribution to the state of Florida” when in fact the state’s large immigrant community play a vital role in building Florida’s economy. She and other advocates were emphatic in their statements that immigrants in Florida are here to stay.”The advocates demanded that the legislature stop the progress of the respective bills as immigrants are “sick and tired of being threatened.”Despite the protests and the opposition coming from Democrats in the House and the Senate, Republican lawmakers have not given any indication they will pull the bills, as they argue by being in the state without the required immigration documents, these immigrants have broken the law and should punished.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe Wigtown Book Festival generated £4.3 million for the Scottish economy last year – up from £2.3 million since 2013.The new economic impact study, by Bellerby Economics, also underlined the annual festival’s importance in supporting jobs and attracting visitors to Dumfries and Galloway.The study included the results from 400 face-to-face interviews with visitors which show that 99% rated the festival as very good or good – maintaining satisfaction levels of the previous research.There was further good news for regional tourism with the vast majority of visitors (97% compared to 80% in 2013) liking the region so much that they hope to return within the next three years.Adrian Turpin, Artistic Director of the Wigtown Festival Company, said: “The festival welcomes around 10,000 visitors a year – which is impressive for a small Scottish town with a population of less than 1,000.“They seem to love the event, the atmosphere, the friendly welcome from local people and the beauty of Dumfries and Galloway, with many returning time and again. Each year we try to come up with new themes, events and ideas to keep the festival fresh and we are also working hard to make it as appealing as possible to visitors of every age and background.“And while the 10-day festival each September remains the flagship, we are also focused on spreading the benefits throughout the year by staging a whole series of other events.”As well as bringing a gross economic impact of £4.3 million, the festival creates the equivalent of more than 57 full time jobs in Dumfries and Galloway (61 in Scotland as a whole), compared to around 32 in 2013.Nearly four in 10 festival visitors stayed in the region overnight – and growing numbers of them are choosing to remain for longer. Some 51% were here for three or four nights (30% in 2013) and 35% from five to nine nights (17% in 2013) with some remaining for even longer. And more than ever are staying in guest houses and B&Bs, bringing benefits to providers for miles around.Councillor Adam Wilson, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Major Events Champion, said: “Wigtown has grown into one of the country’s best loved book festivals and makes a tremendous contribution to our culture, economy and tourism industry. “Dumfries and Galloway Council has provided ongoing funding, advice and support to the festival to assist its growth and make it the stand-out book festival in rural Scotland. All of this is thanks to the dedication and hard work of a small professional team and the immense efforts of around 100 volunteers.” For festival information see wigtownbookfestival.com.
Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews IRC hosts 12th annaul OOCUR Conference by: – November 18, 2014 204 Views no discussions The conference will be hosted at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, Dominica (Photo courtesy: www.thebesthotels.comFrom November 19- 21, 2014, the Independent Regulatory Commission will host the 12th Annual Conference of the Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR) for the first time. Over the three days practitioners in the field of utility regulation will deliver presentations on various topics relating to the theme of the conference “Regulating Utilities In A Changing Environment”. The conference brings together participants from OOCUR member states and beyond as well as Utility companies in the region and the US. Also during the conference a new Executive Director in the person of David Geddes of Jamaica will be announced.The participants will also get an opportunity to enjoy the island and visit the geothermal site.The Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR) is a non-profit organization established by an agreement dated 26th July 2002 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.The Purpose and objectives of OOCUR are to among other things assist in the improvement of utility regulation, to foster transparent and stable utility regulation through autonomous and independent regulators in member countries, to undertake research, training & development, to facilitate understanding of regulation issues and sharing of information and experience.Members of OOCUR are Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands and the US Virgin Islands.The IRC was created by section 4 of the Electricity Supply Act NO. 10 of 2006 (ESA). It was inaugurated in June 2007 with a five member board.It is an independent body established to ensure that consumers in Dominica receive the highest quality of electricity at fair and reasonable prices, while also ensuring the financial viability of electric utilities and protecting the national environment.It is responsible for setting rules and regulations for the electricity sector. It also provides a forum for customer appeals in their dealings with service providers and advises and supports government’s policy on the supply of electricity for national development. Share
Sharing is caring! Fifteen inmates of the Dominica State Prison have been advised to grasp every available opportunity to regain their rightful place in society. That call came from general manger of the Dominica Electricity Service Limited (DOMLEC), Bertillia McKenzie during the launching of a CariMAN Dominica Chapter and DOMLEC Prison Rehab Project at the State Prison on Friday 5 June 2015. “This program in which you are going to participate is a program to give you a second chance,” the general manager said.The fifteen inmates will participate in the rehab project, worth eighteen thousand dollars, over the next six months to one year. The sessions will include, conflict, conflict resolution, anger, anger management, stress management, enhancing self-esteem use and abuse of illegal drugs and prevention of these illegal drugs. Mrs. McKenzie, a mother of two sons, became emotional while she addressed the young men on Friday. “In life we make mistakes, I made mistakes and as a respectful member of society I am saying to you that this chance that we are giving to you, I want you to grasp it. We want you to make the best of it, you have a clean slate now and move on, let nobody judge you, you are going to grasp that chance, you are going to work with it,” she encouraged the inmates.She also pledged DOMLEC’s commitment to assist the inmates to become “respectable members of society”. “That’s what I as a mother, as the manager of DOMLEC wants for you, I am not joking, I am not playing games,” she said.Mrs. McKenzie told the inmates that “Jesus came that you may have abundant life” and they should therefore “grasp that abundantly life through the choices that you make”. Mrs. McKenzie also urged the prison inmates not to be distracted by the ills in society and that they should grasp every opportunity to make the best for themselves. “Yes, you will get detractors, but forget that you have a clean slate now. Move on and focus on what is best for you, I want you to grasp that opportunity and make the best of it, not for your family members, or society but what is best for you because I don’t think you want to come back here and I don’t want to see you back here,” she said. The project, which is scheduled to commence on 16 June, will also include topics such as music, culture, job searching, sports, HIV and Aids, individual and family and also practical work including carpentry, masonry and farming. Tweet LocalNews DOMLEC’s GM makes emotional plea to prison inmates by: Dominica Vibes News – June 6, 2015 111 Views no discussions Share Share Share
Mark Cranshaw, Associate at Hill Dickinson,also adds: The ports industry undertakes a vital role in the UK economy,facilitating trade, fuel, energy, fishing, recreation and tourism. All tiers ofGovernment and the industry are committed to UK ports staying open to helpsustain the country during this challenging time. The BPA has been working flat-out to support the industry with regularcalls and correspondence with the UK and devolved Governments on everythingfrom business support and key workers, to security and fishing. We are alsocontinuing to push for an expansion of testing and protective equipment forports’ essential key workers. The BPA will be holding an online webinar later this week for its portmembers that will address the issues outlined in this paper with the support ofemployment lawyer and Associate Mark Cranshaw from Hill Dickinson. Ports have been receiving daily updates on a wide range of topics asthey are announced, but the BPA recognise this can be overwhelming so havegathered everything in one place. Sea News, April 2 The BPA are closely working with its members to help answer any questionsthey have and feed any concerns onto government where relevant. Industry bestpractice is also being developed where processes and procedures need to beamended to take into consideration the new way of working, for exampleoperating pilot cutters and managing vessels whilst taking into accountgovernment’s strict new social distancing requirements. The BPA’s Corporate Services Manager, SaraWalsh, comments: We are pleased to be working with the ports and maritime law firm HillDickinson to produce this short paper and host an online webinar for ourmembers that addresses the various employment implications and challenges forall UK ports. This new information hub is the go-to ports industry resource oncoronavirus and we are encouraging those across the sector to share withcontacts both internal and external to their organisations. Given the volume of information and guidance being issued on a dailybasis from Government(s) and numerous agencies, the BPA is now signposting allof this content in one place in a clear and concise manner. The vast majority of those working at UK ports are considered to have‘key worker’ status which provides an exception to the government’s strictsocial distancing guidance to stay at home and permits travel for work purposes(where work cannot be performed from home). Like many other sectors who have‘key workers’, this presents as a unique and unprecedented challenge for all UKports. This paper is part of the BPA’s Port Futures Programme which is a seriesof papers considering emerging and innovative trends in the port sector. Thisarticle is part of a forthcoming wider piece of work from Hill Dickinson andthe BPA examining the potential impacts of pandemics on port. To further support the UK ports sector, the BPA has asked the ports andmaritime law firm Hill Dickinson, an Associate Member of the British PortsAssociation (BPA), to produce a short paper on the employment implications forUK ports as the shipping industry addresses the global coronavirus pandemic. During this rather unusual and challenging time all UK ports are under alot of pressure and are having to make difficult decisions about how best tomaintain their workforce so critical tasks are performed and legal duties met,whilst also supporting staff who are working at home or are self-isolating. Employers are having to consider which roles can be performed remotely,and where this is not possible, implementing procedures for shift working,social distancing and hand washing. Organisations also need to ensure adequatePPE is made available, where appropriate. Ports have a statutory duty to remainopen, where it is safe to do so, but must also ensure the protection of allport users, including visitors, workers and employees. Port users shouldcontinue to monitor government advice and take advantage of the various supportpackages available, but organisations should also be mindful of both theirstatutory and contractual obligations in relation employees. The British Ports Association (BPA) has launched a new information resource for UK ports dealing with the coronavirus outbreak – www.britishports.org.uk/coronavirus (Image Courtesy: British Ports Association) In cooperation with the UK Government, the Association will be keepingthe hub up to date with the latest Government guidance and information. The BPArepresents 86% of the ports by trade volume in the UK and our members managearound 400 ports, harbours and terminals, however this hub is very much open toall. Author: Baibhav Mishra
Acorn Award winners Taja Carroll, left, and Shaliz Eboh, right, are pictured with Michigan PTA President, Sibyl Collins Wilson. (contributed)Farmington Area PTA members, guests and dignitaries on March 4 celebrated the annual Farmington Area PTA Founders’ Day Dinner.The event marked the first-ever presentation of Acorn Awards, from Farmington High School PTSA to FHS students Taja Carroll and Shaliz Eboh. The Acorn Awards honor student service, advocacy and leadership.Harrison High School student Anya Turner received a distinguished service award from the Harrison High School PTSA, for her leadership and service.Retiring Superintendent Dr. George Heitsch received the Michigan PTA Honorary Life Membership award, recognizing his dedication to the welfare of children and youth.Pauline Kim, a parent volunteer, was named Council Member of the Year for her work with the Farmington Area PTA Reflections art program. The award honors outstanding council level leadership, a commitment to children’s advocacy, and a genuine passion for the PTA.House Democratic Leader Christine Greig, a former Farmington High School PTSA president and PTA council president, received both the Michigan PTA Super Advocate award and Michigan PTA Brian Whiston Advocate of the Year award, which was presented by Beth Whiston, wife of the late state superintendent.Founders’ Day, an annual event, celebrates the legacy and work of PTA founders Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, and Selena Sloan Butler, to better the lives of every child in education, health and safety. Members reflect on and take pride in achievements, and renew their commitment to be a powerful voice for all children, relevant resource for parents, and strong advocate for public education.Distinguished Service Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the welfare of children and youth, and were given by local PTA units to the following volunteers:Susan Groenenboom -Farmington High SchoolTim Hutton -Farmington High SchoolBeth Rodda -Warner Middle SchoolCindi Dinkins –Warner Middle SchoolLisa Goldstein –Warner Middle SchoolMichele Barker –Farmington STEAM AcademyDavid Beazley –Farmington STEAM AcademyMary Beth Taylor -Alameda Early Childhood CenterHugh Holstine –Longacre Elementary SchoolFrancesca Holstine –Longacre Elementary SchoolJennifer Hassell -Wood Creek Elementary SchoolMelissa Wiercinski -Wood Creek Elementary SchoolKim Chenoweth –Hillside Elementary SchoolLisa Brosnan –Hillside Elementary SchoolCatherine Cordle –East Middle SchoolBecky Lasecki -East Middle SchoolAshleigh Jaleel -Gill Elementary SchoolCarrie Winters -Gill Elementary SchoolMeredith Swaine -Gill Elementary SchoolPauline Kim -North Farmington High SchoolElizabeth Gebs -Lanigan Elementary SchoolJaime Manville -Lanigan Elementary SchoolCheryl Newcomer -Power Middle SchoolJennifer Crager -Power Middle SchoolDebbie Schurgin -Beechview Elementary SchoolMrs. Defever -Beechview Elementary SchoolNoel Cimmino -Forest Elementary SchoolIlyssa Cimmino -Forest Elementary SchoolJanice Sterling -Forest Elementary SchoolNatalie Lowenfeld -Harrison High SchoolTammy Luty -Harrison High SchoolSpecial guests in attendance included:Michigan PTA President, Sibyl Collins WilsonMichigan PTA Past President, Mary DeYoung SmithSuperintendent Dr. George HeitschDirector of School and Community Relations, Diane BaumanHouse Democratic Leader, Christine GreigState Senator, Jeremy MossBeth Whiston, Wife of the late Brian Whiston, State SuperintendentFarmington Board of Education members, Pam Green, Angie Smith, Zach Rich, and Terri WeemsFarmington Hills City Council members Theresa Rich, Samantha Steckloff, Michael Bridges and Randy BruceIn addition to the awards ceremony, attendees enjoyed musical performances from Harrison High School IB student Elena Vargo, performing a duet with her mother, Power Middle School orchestra teacher Sandy Vargo; and a Reflections award winning dance piece by Warner Middle School student Alexis Harvey.The Farmington Area PTA Council, consisting of 16 local PTA units, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization affiliated with Michigan PTA and National PTA.–Press release Reported by admin 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)
Modelithics, has announced the release of version 19.4.2 of the Modelithics Qorvo GaN library for use with Keysight Technologies’ Advanced Design System and National Instruments AWR Design Environment.The Modelithics Qorvo GaN Library is a set of non-linear models for Qorvo package and die GaN devices, designed for excellent accuracy, and validated with broadband S-parameters and load-pull data at multiple frequencies. Each model has a detailed datasheet summarizing model features, development details, and model performance plots. Some devices are also represented with small-signal and noise models in addition to non-linear models. Version 19.4.2 of the Modelithics Qorvo GaN Library includes a total of 80 models containing 57 packaged power models, 17 GaN die power transistor products and 6 small-signal models. This release offers a new model for QPD1006 internally-matched CW-capable discrete GaN (450W, 50V, 1.2-1.4 GHz). Other recent additions include new models for QPD1029L – 1500 W, GaN RF Power Transistor 65V (DC – 2.6 GHz), QPD2017 – 45 W, GaN RF Power Transistor 50 V (DC – 5 GHz) and QPD0020 – 35W, GaN on SiC HEMT (DC – 6.5 GHz).Click here for more information about Modelithics Qorvo GaN Library.
In a surprising twist to the on-going saga between British rider Cal Crutchlow and the Ducati MotoGP team, the Italian team has officially announced that Crutchlow will be leaving the team at the end of this season.Ducati Corse officially announced in a short communique that Crutchlow’s contract will be terminated ahead of time while his replacement will be Andrea Iannone.With Andrea Dovizioso and Iannone confirmed for 2015, the Ducati Corse racing team will be an all-Italian team again after Rossi switched back to Yamaha.Iannone previously raced for the Pramac Racing team.–Ads–