RSF News: Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang has since urged for the cancellation of the nomination that he sees as support for “extremist terrorism.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) praises the nomination of Uyghur citizen-journalist Ilham Tohti, serving a life sentence in China, for the Council of Europe’s Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. Citizen-journalist Ilham Tohti, serving a life sentence in China, is nominated for the Council of Europe’s Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. Courtesy/RSF Ilham Tohti, an Uyghur citizen-journalist and academic currently serving a life sentence in China, is among the nominees for the Council of Europe’s Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. The winner will be announced Monday, Sept. 30 at the opening of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. “Ilham Tohti has committed no crime and was merely doing his duties of a journalist by reporting on the Uyghur community,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia Bureau, who called for “the immediate release of Ilham Tohti and all other journalists and bloggers imprisoned by the Chinese regime.” Tohti founded Uyghurbiz, a website reporting news on Uyghur-related issues that is aimed at promoting peaceful dialogue between different communities in China’s Xinjiang province. He was branded a separatist and received a life sentence in 2014. Tohti was awarded the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award in 2014 and the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2016.China is the largest incarcerator of journalists in the world, with at least 115 detainees, and ranks 177th out of 180 countries and territories in the RSF World Press Freedom Index 2019.
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Your feature about social mobility underplayed what can be the biggest barrier for applicants to the law – money (see  Gazette, 20 August, 8). The starting point will be the costs of a first degree. If it is not in law, then the student has to take and pass the graduate diploma in law. All candidates must then take and pass the legal practice course. Finally they must live on a trainee’s salary for two further years before entering practice, often at a salary barely higher than they trained at. They have to be prepared to take the very real risk that they will not be offered a training contract at the end of their LPC, or employment at the end of their training contract. The total cost of legal education will rarely be less than £20,000 and often more. Of that sum, £10,000 will have gone to finance the LPC alone. It stands to reason that it is going to be much easier for students from middle-class families, who are more likely to get parental support, to incur these costs than those from poorer backgrounds, including the significant number who will be supported by a single parent. Currently, the support available towards postgraduate stage costs is minimal. Unless this or a future government tackles the financial barrier to entry to the legal profession it will inevitably remain largely the domain of the well-off. Steve Willey, East Marton, Skipton, Yorkshire
Charles Plant is chair of the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority New disciplinary procedure Until 1 June 2010, the SRA had no option in cases where a reprimand was thought to be an inadequate penalty but to refer the solicitor to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Referral to the SDT inevitably entails delay, additional stress for the solicitor and the risk of costs increasing to the point where they may substantially exceed the fine imposed by the SDT. However, the SRA now has the power to impose a written rebuke and/or a penalty of up to £2,000, having made a finding of breach of regulatory obligations or professional misconduct. The new rules, which apply only to matters where the act or omission giving rise to the SRA finding occurred wholly after 1 June 2010, can be found on our website. For the avoidance of doubt, the most serious disciplinary cases will continue to be referred to the tribunal, including all in which dishonesty is alleged. The civil standard of proof (the balance of probabilities) will be applied in SRA decisions, as it always has been in cases not referred to the SDT. Both rebukes and fines, which can be ordered together, may be published in the public interest. There is a right of appeal to the SDT against an order to pay a penalty and also against a rebuke if it is intended to be published. The SRA’s new HandbookWe have now published our new Handbook for consultation with the profession and other interested parties. This is driven by our move to outcomes-focused regulation and the need to re-draft sections of the regulatory regime to accommodate alternative business structures. The Handbook can be found at the SRA website. The Solicitors Regulation Authority board has been considering the future of the assigned risks pool (ARP), the arrangement by which firms that have been unable to obtain professional indemnity insurance in the open market are provided with cover for a limited period. The ARP is underwritten by all the qualifying insurers as a condition of participation in this market. The number of firms in the ARP has increased dramatically in recent years, from 28 in 2007/08 to 259 in May 2010. Consequently, the cost of the ARP has increased considerably and many solicitors whose firms are not in it are concerned that it is significantly increasing their premiums. The SRA board has concluded that continuation in its current form is simply not sustainable. We have gone to great lengths to ensure that our decisions have been based on as complete information as possible and all relevant views have been fully taken into account. The responses to two consultations and a full equality impact assessment have been considered. The latter included research commissioned by the Law Society and information from qualifying insurers about their approach to equality. The option of closing the ARP altogether was proposed at the beginning of the process. However, we concluded that, because of the potentially detrimental consequences to certain sectors of the profession, some kind of safety net is required. We have decided to retain the ARP at this juncture, but from 1 October 2010 no newly established firms will be able to go straight into it, and the current two-year limit for firms to remain will be reduced to one. The SRA will be able to allow a firm to stay in the pool for a second year, subject to objective criteria. Our aim has been to preserve a system of sound financial protection for clients, while maintaining a sustainable competitive market for solicitors’ compulsory professional indemnity insurance. In conjunction with the Law Society, we will consider ways in which we can give better support to firms to reduce the risk of them entering the ARP in the first place. For many firms the uncertainty about the future of their insurance arrangements has been compounded by the placing of the Irish firm, Quinn Insurance, into administration under Irish insurance legislation. For the time being, Quinn insurance policies remain valid, and solicitors insured with Quinn need not take further action. But I urge all firms that have an indemnity policy with Quinn to monitor the SRA website (www.sra.org.uk), where we will post the latest guidance at least until the end of October. In the wake of our review of our overall approach to regulation and the expanding legal services landscape, we are about to start a root-and-branch review of client financial protection, with a view to introducing the outcomes in time for the renewal on 1 October 2011. The review will be wide-ranging and include both compulsory professional indemnity arrangements and the compensation fund. We shall consult closely with the profession, consumer organisations and the insurers as we undertake this work. We are also making arrangements for a meeting with black and minority ethnic practitioner groups and insurers to explore the concerns which have been raised about the ways in which the insurance market works for some sectors of the profession. It is essential that we can all have confidence that the system is working fairly, effectively and efficiently.
WARD Lawyers is led by managing director Philip GleedThe firm has also hired three principal lawyers in its Sydney office and a supervising lawyer in Brisbane. DWF now has more than 130 people in Australia, including 26 principal lawyers and more than 60 fee earners.DWF confirmed in January it will become the latest in the growing list of legal services businesses to float on the London Stock Exchange. The firm is understood to be hoping to raise between £400m and £600m from an initial public offering.Gleed said: ‘We are excited to be joining DWF and look forward to helping them further build their already fast-growing business in Australia.’Mark Hickey, chair of DWF Asia Pacific, said: ‘This is a major expansion for our business in Australia and especially for our practice in Melbourne. It further establishes DWF as a force in the Australian market, where we are growing at pace and attracting quality people who share our desire to do things differently.’ International firm DWF has expanded in Australia with the appointment of a team of lawyers from Melbourne-based boutique firm WARD Lawyers.Led by managing director Philip Gleed, WARD Lawyers describes itself as a boutique corporate advisory, financial services and real estate law firm. Gleed will become executive head for DWF’s Melbourne office. In total, 23 lawyers and support staff, including seven principal lawyers, will join DWF from WARD Lawyers.
FRANCE: Infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau announced on February 3 that it had awarded its first design-build contract for catenary renewal.Under a €277m deal signed the previous day, the RC2 consortium of TSO Caténaires, Setec Ferroviare and Vinci subsidiaries ETF and Mobility is to replace the 1·5 kV DC overhead electrification on Paris RER Line C between Paris and Brétigny, some of which is more than 75 years old.Funded by SNCF Réseau as part of its master plan for investment in the Ile-de-France region, the work forms part of an extensive programme of infrastructure renewal on Line C, which has been underway since 2013.The contract covers the section of Line C south of Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand station as far as the junction at Brétigny. It will see around 180 track-km of overhead line replaced along with 2 000 masts and 600 gantries. Around 540 km of new cables will be required. Installation is expected to begin in 2018 for completion by 2024.The new ‘high performance’ OLE is being designed to withstand temperature variations over a range of 70°C, compared with 40°C for the current equipment. The renewal will also facilitate the operation of more frequent trains over the next 20 years to accommodate demand that has been increasing by an average of 3% per year.The four partners will undertake the work using a fleet of purpose-designed high-output machines, which are expected to be capable of replacing up to 1·4 km of catenary wire in an overnight shift without disrupting the following day’s operations.A first unit would install the new masts, while the second would have elevated platforms from which staff can dismantle the old contact wires. The third stage would install the new support arms and insulators, before machine four rolls out the new wires. Staff working on fifth unit with another elevated platform would then adjust the new catenary ready for use, while unit six removes the old masts. The project is expected to employ around 150 staff working for more than 1 million hours.
CHINA: Zhengzhou Public Transportation Corp is to put 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses into commercial demonstration operation. The buses that Yutong is supplying are equipped with a kneeling function for easier boarding, as well as a ramp. The supplier says that the buses have a range of 500 km, and refuelling takes less than 10 min. They are equipped with four hydrogen leakage sensors that trigger an alarm when the hydrogen concentration reaches 1·6%. At 2%, the hydrogen supply is automatically cut off.
A classic Caribbean recipe, particularly with Jamaicans living in and outside of the country.2 pounds pig tails, scrubbed, rinsed in cold water, and cut into 1-inch pieces.Ingredients1 pound salt beef, cut into 1/2-inch cubes6 1/2 pints water1 pound yams, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes1 pound coco, peeled and chopped4 cups ice water12 okra, rinsed8 ounces Indian kale, trimmed of heavy stalks and finely sliced1 teaspoon powdered thymeFreshly ground saltFreshly ground pepper6 ounces onion, thinly sliced3 scallions, finely chopped1 bundle/can callaloo* or 1 pound fresh spinach, shredded DirectionsIn a pot large enough to hold at least 20 cups of water, add pig tails. Cook on medium heat to render fat. Pat salt beef dry with a towel. When drippings have accumulated, add salt beef to pot and saute until brown.Once browned, add 6 1/2 pints of water and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 1 hour, occasionally skimming off the foam that rises to the surface and clings to the sides of the pot.After 1 hour, add the yams and coco. Add ice water to congeal fat and cause it to rise to the top. Skim off fat. Simmer for 1/2 hour more.Add okra and kale. Add thyme, salt, and pepper to taste. Add chopped onion and scallion. Cook another 1/2 hour. Add callaloo or spinach and boil for 3 minutes.Serve immediately.
After detailing findings from research involving full scale testing on a number of newbuild vessels, Dr Lindstad told CSA 2020 that: “[Studies] indicate that two-stroke engines with Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and scrubbers represent the most cost- and GHG-effective way of meeting both IMO Tier 3 NOx rules and the 2020 sulphur cap. (Image Courtesy: Radio Canada International) Ian Adams, CSA2020 Executive Director, said the industry has long realised that there is an energy penalty differential in the production of fuels. Author: Baibhav Mishra Members of the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 have welcomed a new addition to the canon of scientific literature relating to exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), the latest of which indicates that continued use of residual fuels with a scrubber can help towards global CO2 reduction. In a study published in June by Norway’s SINTEF, one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations, Chief Scientist Dr Elizabeth Lindstad concluded that from well-to-wake the continued use of HSFO or HFO (heavy fuel oil) with an EGCS is the most environmentally beneficial means of meeting global Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets. Dr Lindstad also believes that emissions abatement rules need to be reviewed to consider pollution problems in different areas. “This study provides further scientific evidence that both local SOx and NOx to air and global CO2 emissions will be reduced by the expanded use of HFO with exhaust gas cleaning systems in the marine fleet, with benefits to the marine and port environments and, of course, human health.” Sea News, August 13 “Using higher sulphur fuels with an exhaust gas cleaning system will have a beneficial impact on the global reduction of sulphur and nitrogen oxides emissions, and also on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” said Adams. Dr Lindstad stated that based on the energy consumed during the global production of distillate fuels, the continued use of residual fuel will have a positive impact on global GHG emissions, given the energy required to produce distillates would result in higher levels of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. “To meet climate targets, i.e. reduce global GHG emissions, we can no longer afford to have standards that are strict in areas where we do not have local pollution problems, while areas with high pollution may need even stricter rules than today,” Dr Lindstad told CSA 2020. “With new modern refineries set up to convert crude into higher priced products, HSFO will, from 2020, be delivered from existing refineries where its share of energy consumption can be considered to be next to nothing. The explanation is that the heavy bunker oil coming out from the refinery is the bottom of the barrel. If we acknowledge the lower energy consumption in delivering HSFO and deduct the refining we get 9 to 10g of CO2 equivalent per MJ for HFO, rather than 13 to 15 of CO2 equivalent per MJ for LSFO/MGO.” But that’s not all: according to Adams there is also a significant benefit from reduced particulates in emissions. “With reduced particulates in exhaust emissions of 75% or more, the combination of dramatically reduced SOx and particulates makes a big difference in improved air quality and lower health risks,” he said.
— GoArgos.com — Full Schedule Roster For information on all UWF athletics, visit GoArgos.com. “Being a senior and being a leader, you want to have the ball in your hands,” Laatsch said. “As a senior leader you want to take those shots and I’m happy today and other times this season I was able to make those shots.” Next Game: West Florida dominated on the glass, outrebounding West Georgia by 15 at 51-36. UWF exerted its muscle on the boards early and often by recording 24 first-half rebounds in comparison to UWG’s 12. January 28, 2016 CARROLLTON, Ga. – Momentum had swayed in West Georgia’s favor when Willie Evans drilled a game-tying triple with two seconds remaining in regulation, but Jason Laatsch’s six-point effort in overtime helped lead the UWF men’s basketball team to an 85-80 win on the road on Saturday afternoon. “There’s a lot more maturity and experience this year when it comes to winning close games. Just being able to play together and play as a team has been key for us,” stated Laatsch. UWF, who has played five games in the last nine days, now sees a brief break in action before a Mississippi road trip next weekend. West Florida will play Delta State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. before heading to Mississippi College for a Saturday tilt at 4:00 p.m. After UWG’s Evans recorded the game-tying basket to end regulation, the Argos built a five-point lead behind a Benson jumper and Laatsch’s fifth triple of the day. Just 51 seconds after Laatsch’s first overtime three-pointer, the senior recorded his career-high sixth three-pointer of the day to give UWF an 84-78 lead. The Argos only allowed four overtime points to seal its third overtime victory of the season. Live Stats BOX SCORE: PDF | HTML at Delta State 2/2/2017 – 7:30 pm The Argos had a season-high six players turn in point totals in double figures, led by Laatsch and Marvin Jones who each had 18. Darryl Tucker recorded his second consecutive and fourth double double of the season with a 10-point, 14-rebound performance, while Deangelo Legrier was just a rebound shy of his own double double with 14 points and nine rebounds. Moter Deng posted 12 points to go along with a season-high 7 rebounds, while Rashaan Benson recorded 11 points and had a team-high five assists. Since starting the conference schedule 0-4, UWF has won eight of its last 10 games and has tied its highest single-season win total since the 2011-12 season. UWF is now 13-6 on the year and sits in fifth place in the Gulf South Conference with an 8-6-league mark. Preview Print Friendly Version