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Lawyers have condemned the arrest of a US colleague who is representing a defendant before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and called for his immediate release. Peter Erlinder is the lead counsel in the defence of Major Aloys Ntabakuze at the ICTR in Arusha, Tanzania, and president of the Rwanda Tribunal Defence Bar. He was arrested on 28 May during a visit to Rwanda and charged with genocide denial and minimisation. Prosecutors claim the charge is based, in part, on statements made by him on behalf of Ntabakuze during his client’s defence before the ICTR. He remains in custody and has been denied bail. Jo Cooper, chairman of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates, said: ‘If the leader of the Defence Bar in the Rwanda Tribunal can be subject to this arbitrary arrest, then no lawyer in the international tribunals can be sure they will not be subject to similar pressure.’ The International Defence Attorneys Association said it condemned Erlinder’s arrest in ‘the strongest possible terms’.
Men In Tutus. New York’s all-male comedy ballet company Les Ballets Eloelle will present Men In Tutus at the Artscape Opera House from Thursday April 18 to Sunday April 21. The parody show features dancers from America, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, the Philippines, Australia, Colombia, the Isle of Wight and Japan.
Ed Lester, the chief land registrar and chief executive of HM Land Registry, has announced his intention to leave both roles. The announcement comes two months after ministers rebuffed a plan to spin off the bulk of the registry’s activity’s into a ‘service delivery company’.Lester, a qualified accountant, joined the registry in 2013 from the Student Loans Company. The agency said he has been ‘responsible for conducting a major review of Land Registry’s commercial structure and for driving forward an ambitious transformation agenda’. His legacy includes the ambitious programme to take over from local authorities the maintenance of the local land charges register. Mark Boyle, chair of Land Registry said in a statement today: “The board and I are sad that Ed has decided to leave Land Registry, but fully support his decision. Ed has played a key part in formulating a sustainable vision for Land Registry’s future. We are grateful that he has agreed to stay on until next year as the organisation will need the benefit of his wisdom and experience as we begin a major transformation of the organisation. When the time comes for his departure, we wish him all the very best for the future.’Land Registry will now start the process of recruiting for the new chief land registrar and chief executive.
UK: Southern announced on November 14 that is developing proposals in conjunction with the Department for Transport to procure 116 electric multiple-unit cars, with an option for a further 100. Procurement would be undertaken through the Link-Up system.An order for new vehicles would assist DfT in the rolling stock cascades associated with the Thameslink Programme. The routes the EMUs would be deployed on have not been decided at this early stage, but the 750 V DC third rail/25 kV 50 Hz dual-voltage units would be required to operate at up 177 km/h (110 mile/h). Any firm order would depend on DfT accepting the business case for the new units and agreeing amendments to Southern’s franchise agreement. Separately, Southern has announced its intention to place a firm order for a further eight Bombardier Electrostar EMUs by exercising an option on a contract for 130 cars announced in December 2011. The five-car units would enter service in December 2014 to provide additional capacity and enable a cascade of rolling stock around the wider network. Porterbrook has been selected to fund the new stock.
NETHERLANDS: National passenger operator NS has revealed plans to order ‘around 60’ Stadler Flirt electric multiple-units to meet its short term capacity requirements.NS announced the planned order on December 5, when it confirmed that following the regulatory standstill period it had signed a firm contract worth more than €500m for preferred bidder CAF to supply 118 EMUs, with options for more. The CAF Civity units are to be known as Sprinter New Generation by NS, and are due to enter service from 2018. However, NS said it needs to provide more passenger capacity by 2016, and so it intends to order around 60 Flirt EMUs. These would be similar to EMUs already operating in other countries, with wide gangways and a wheelchair accessible toilet.Meanwhile, four potential suppliers have been shortlisted for the contract to supply the Intercity New Generation fleet of units for use from 2021 on both 1·5 kV DC conventional lines and the 25 kV 50 Hz HSL-Zuid high speed line.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInNew measures to ensure justice can take place while minimising social contact and the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been announced.The Coronavirus Bill introduces powers to allow hearings across criminal and civil courts and tribunals to take place remotely.The Bill also includes temporary emergency powers to ensure prisons continue to safely operate during cases of significant staff absence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Powers relating to the emergency release of prisoners, similar to the position in England and Wales, would require secondary legislation and be subject to further parliamentary approval.Those who are undertaking unpaid work as part of a Community Payback Order (CPO) will see their time limits relaxed to allow this to be continued once social distancing measures have been lifted.Proposals to potentially enable trials without juries during the outbreak have been postponed. The Scottish Government will now work with relevant stakeholders regarding this temporary measure to consider any other practical or legislative solutions to this complex issue.Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said:“These unprecedented circumstances require unprecedented steps to be taken, and we have aimed to strike a balance with the powers outlined in this Bill to ensure continuity across our courts, prisons and wider justice system as we respond to this public health emergency.“These measures are temporary and designed as a practical response to social distancing requirements, harnessing technology to allow hearings to take place remotely. We will work constructively with the legal profession, victims’ organisations, political parties and the judiciary to consider the best way to enable solemn trials to progress while social distancing requirements are in place.“Emergency powers to allow for release are included only as a last resort to ensure our valued prison staff are able to concentrate efforts on those that present the greatest risk to society, in the event there is a high level of staff absence due to COVID-19. The Bill specifically excludes categories of high-risk prisoners and, if any such release under these provisions was to take place, it would be subject to an appropriate level of risk assessment. Public safety is a central consideration and, before using these powers, we will in the first instance look at the existing provision for Home Detention Curfew.“People who are being rehabilitated in the community should not face unfair penalisation where they are unable to comply with Community Payback Orders for reasons outwith their control and the relaxation of timescales around unpaid work in particular will ensure this does not happen.“Keeping crime down and communities safe remains our priority, although it is clear that as with other aspects of life there are some areas of our justice system that cannot continue as normal while social distancing rules remain in place – for all of our safety.”BackgroundCoronavirus (Scotland) Bill
Share Dominica State College (DSC) emerged winners of the Junior Achievement (JA) Dominica and Scotiabank Innovation Camp 2019 which was held recently at the Dominica Public Service Union Hall.This camp forms part of the Road to Success initiative sponsored by Scotiabank International. Four School Teams were given the task to find innovative solutions to challenges that emerge in the world of finance and business.The participating teams included the Convent High School (CHS), Dominica State College (DSC), Isaiah Thomas Secondary School (ITSS) and Dominica Grammar School (DGS) who were assisted by mentors in producing viable solutions.Convent High School came in the 1st Runner-up position while Isaiah Thomas Secondary School and Dominica Grammar School were awarded for their participation.The Dominica State College team’s presentation centered on the need to develop a SWIFT (Snapchat, Whats App, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) based platform to promote and deliver improved financial literacy programs.The team comprises Kodie Jean Jacques, Kieyah Lawrence, Kayjah Charles and Shaniah Edwards. They will represent Dominica at the online based Regional Innovation Camp later this year.For the competition at the DPSU hall, the teams brought along their fellow students as supporters and they were also engaged in educational games centered on making informed decisions in regards to entrepreneurial development, workplace readiness and wise financial management. This was in keeping with the local observance of Global Money Week (GMW).GMW is a Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI) initiative; it is an annual financial awareness campaign built to inspire children and young people to learn about money matters, livelihoods and entrepreneurship, it is held in March each year. This year GMW 2019 took place worldwide from 25–31 March 2019.Executive Director of Junior Achievement Dominica, Mrs. Rhanda Alexander-Alfred highlighted the work of Junior Achievement particularly its new initiatives including its ongoing online based Road to Success Programme. Scotiabank Dominica’s representative Ms. Reina Letang advised the students that budgeting should be priority in their personal development. Junior Achievement Dominica is grateful to all its partners who continually support its various youth programs focusing on Entrepreneurship, Work Readiness and Financial Literacy. Sharing is caring! Official Winners of the Innovation Camp LocalNews Press Release: Dominica State College Team Wins Junior Achievement Dominica – Scotiabank Innovation Camp 2019 by: – April 26, 2019 Share 370 Views no discussions Tweet Share Students of CHS, DGS and ITSSStudents of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School Students of the Dominica Grammar School
Land O’Lakes Inc. is establishing a structured base program in the Midwest to help balance burgeoning milk production levels with processing and marketing capabilities. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com “This is not a quota program,” said Leah Anderson, vice president of member relations for Land O’Lakes. “Our membership is free to produce as much milk as they choose, and Land O’Lakes will continue to pick that milk up and market it as we always have.”advertisementadvertisementWhat is different, Anderson said, regards who will bear the cost of excess milk production. Producers surpassing their base production will do so at some financial risk.“Where in the past all members would subsidize the unmanaged overproduction of a few, our structured base program ensures that only those who exceed their base allocation bear the risk of any adverse financial costs caused by insufficient demand. There is no real change to how Land O’Lakes and its members are engaging except for better communication about on-farm growth plans. In the event member production growth creates a situation where the cooperative cannot profitably market the milk, we have created a system where only those who overproduce bear the costs.”Under the program, members producing more than their base volume will be charged any incremental costs (freight, market discounts) associated with marketing that milk in less profitable channels.West, Northeast programs already implementedThe cooperative, with 2,014 dairy producers nationwide, established a base program in the West in 2008, adding a Northeast program in January 2016. While similar, each program is managed independently to account for regional supply-and-demand dynamics.Upper midwestern states have contributed substantially to U.S. milk production growth, and the pace has picked up over the past six months. During the last quarter of 2015, South Dakota production was up 13.3 percent compared to the same quarter in 2014; Minnesota output was up 2.2 percent, Michigan production was up 5.8 percent and Wisconsin output was up 4.6 percent.advertisementThose trends continued during the first quarter of 2016, with South Dakota up 13.2 percent; Minnesota up 3.2 percent; Michigan up 8.3 percent and Wisconsin up 6.0 percent. That compares to a national average increase of 2.1 percent.While the domestic U.S. dairy market remains remarkably strong, there’s a backup in the export pipeline. Managing growing supplies in a cost-effective manner is becoming a challenge.With a spring flush already stretching milk processing and product storage capacities, there have been numerous reports of spot loads of milk being offered between $3 to $5 per hundredweight below class prices in the central U.S.Midwest programLand O’Lakes used 2016 spring meetings and the annual meeting to communicate details of the plan and work with producers to establish base levels of milk production.“For 2016, our primary goal is to get members familiar and comfortable with the base program,” Anderson said. “To that end, all members have already received their base number and are working with us on refining their future plans.”Under Land O’Lakes’ structured base program in the Midwest, each member’s “base” is determined by his or her actual production history. Member base allocations will be renewed each September based on actual September-through-August production. Bases will be evaluated on actual production levels, member growth plans and market demand. The base cannot be purchased or sold.advertisementBoth Land O’Lakes management and each individual member have the opportunity to monitor his or her actual production in relation to his or her base allocation on a daily basis in case they wish to make milk production management changes.Land O’Lakes leaders have been meeting with members. Although details of those conversations weren’t available, Anderson explained they are working with producers to understand their business plans and work with those who have growth plans underway.“Land O’Lakes staff representatives are meeting with members individually to better understand multi-year member production plans taking into special account the need to partner with members who have existing expansion plans where bank loans have been arranged and/or construction has already begun,” Anderson said.“If market demands generate a need for additional milk beyond what is currently in the Land O’Lakes system, we will first offer incremental base to existing members who wish to grow before adding any new members,” she added.In addition to managing supplies, Land O’Lakes is boosting its ability to take on more milk, Anderson said.In Wisconsin, the co-op is expanding operating capacity at a cheese and whey operation in Kiel and acquired the Hillsboro Riverview Creamery in Hillsboro. Land O’Lakes also recently gained 100 percent ownership of a Melrose facility in central Minnesota.“As an industry, milk production nationwide rose 23.1 percent from 2000 to 2014,” Anderson said. “This strong milk production has come at a time when the demand for dairy products globally is challenged. Despite these dynamics, we continue to manage through these challenges and maintain profitability and appropriate returns. In fact, in 2015 we delivered record earnings and near-record cash returns to our members.” PD