Judges could get new powers to bring contempt actions

first_imgJudges could be given new powers to bring contempt proceedings against defendants under proposed redrafting of civil procedure rules.Consultation was opened yesterday by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee on possible amendments to Part 81, concerning the practices and procedures on contempt of court.The current rules have come under greater scrutiny, most notably during committal proceedings against former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson in A-G v Yaxley-Lennon. Committee chair Lord Justice Coulson said a number of senior judges have commented on the unsatisfactory wording of Part 81 – including in the Yaxley-Lennon case – and the current provisions now appear unsatisfactory.  Source: ShutterstockRobinson arrives for sentencing for contempt of court at the Old Bailey in LondonCoulson said the existing Part 81 is ‘not easy to operate’ and the committee proposes a uniform procedural code for use in all contempt proceedings.The most eye-catching change could be to allow the court to initiate its own contempt proceedings without any need for an application from a third party. Judges could be able to issue a summons to the defendant, requiring them to attend court for directions. The summons would indicate to the defendant whether the proceedings will be tried by the judge issuing it; judges would have a template to fill in and could instruct staff to help with drafting.The consultation notes: ‘While some may object that judges are already hard pressed enough, in many cases if the judge does not take the lead, serious contempts will go unpunished.’Power to commit individuals for contempt could also be extended to circuit judges, although the committee does not express a view on whether this extension might also include district judges and/or masters. Procedural rules currently limit the jurisdiction of those who are not salaried High Court judges.The consultation says guarantees of procedural fairness must be the ‘cornerstone’ of the new draft Part 81. This includes defendants having the right to be legally represented, being entitled to apply for legal aid and being given reasonable time to prepare and produce witness evidence. Punishment should be reduced if the defendant admits the contempt and wishes to apologise to the court.Other proposed rule changes include changing ‘applicant and respondent’ to ‘claimant and defendant’, listing and hearing all contempt hearings in public unless the court directs otherwise, advocates and the judge appearing robed in all contempt proceedings, and judgments being transcribed on the judiciary website.Coulson said the committee is agreed that current rules cause ‘frequent difficulties’ and must be simplified, shortened and strengthened. The consultation closes on 1 May.last_img read more

Hotelier identifies areas which could improve the island’s development

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Hotelier identifies areas which could improve the island’s development by: – March 14, 2013 Mrs. Janice ArmourBusiness woman and hotelier, Mrs. Janice Armour has identified alternative energy and a vendor’s plaza as areas which could improve some of the development issues facing the island.During the annual general meeting of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) on Wednesday, Mrs. Armour said there are some major issues and development facing the island that the DAIC could lobby for, to “assist” in successfully navigating into the future.“Alternative energy; whether thermal or hydro, a Liat turn around, the development of medical tourism which can be complimented with health and wellness tourism, a vendors plaza and clean up the Bay Front to name a few. I propose that DAIC and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) use their collective membership to contribute to a plan of action on the way forward in these areas,” she said.Meanwhile, re-elected president of the DAIC, Lilian Piper said the association will look to engage in financial collaboration with government.DAIC president, Lilian Piper“We have had a number of meetings with government and Prime Minister Skerrit said there are investment opportunities that government is making available including the hotel in Portsmouth to other apartment building that government is looking at. So the private sector wants to know how they can collaborate and get involved,” Piper noted.She said the DAIC is also looking at a more productive human resource to support the private sector.“The association fells that engaging persons who will be working within the private sector to build productivity is very important, so that is one of the things we will be taking on in 2013. We would like to also look at the court system in terms of how we can facilitate court matters for some of our members”, the president announced.Normal Rolle, Robert Tonge, Kira Thompson Aird, Paul Frampton, Orrin Jolly and Lisa Defreitas Nesty were the six new members were elected to the board on which Jeffrey Baptiste sits as vice president.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Tweet 135 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Virgin Galactic Sukses Terbangkan (Kembali) Pesawat Bertenaga Roketnya ke Antariksa

first_imgSumber: newatlas.com Virgin Group melalui anak perusahaannya,Virgin Galactic kembali memberikan gebrakan di sektor aviasi global. Diketahui, perusahaan besutan Sir Richard Brenson ini baru saja meluncurkan VSS Unity, pesawat ruang angkasa bertipe subordital yang dirancang untuk pariwisata antariksa. Dengan bantuan dari pesawat WhiteKnightTwo, VSS Unity ini ‘ditembakkan’ dari Gurun Mojave, California pada Jumat (6/4/2018) pagi.Baca Juga: Virgin Galatic Uji Coba Pesawat Luar Angkasa KomersialSebagaimana yang diwartakan KabarPenumpang.com dari sejumlah sumber, pesawat ini mengudara bersama dengan pilot uji Mark “Forger” Stucky dan Dave Mackay pada pukul 08.02 waktu setempat. Sang pesawat induk, WhiteKnightTwo, membawa VSS Unity hingga ketinggian 46.500 kaki (14.175 meter) di atas permukaan tanah sebelum akhirnnya melepaskan pesawat yang diketahui pernah mengalami insiden masif pada 31 Oktober 2014 silam. Ketika sudah mencapai ketinggian tersebut, VSS Unity yang memiliki panjang 18 meter ini berhasil mengarungi angkasa dengan kecepatan 2.290 km per jam (Mach 1.87) dalam 30 detik setelah menyalakan mesinnya. Tidak tanggung-tanggung, VSS Unity pun berhasil menanjak hingga sudut 80 derajat.Sumber: newatlas.comUji coba penerbangan tersebut pun bisa dibilang mulus dan tidak menemukan kendala yang berarti. Hingga akhirnya VSS Unity bersama dua pilot yang mengendalikannya berhasil menembus ketinggian 84.271 kaki (25.700 meter) di atas permukaan tanah, sebelum akhirnya sang pilot memutuskan untuk mengaktifkan “Feather” system yang akan memudahkan mereka kembali menuju permukaan bumi.Twin tail dari pesawat ini pun berganti arah 60 derajat dari badan pesawat, dimana hal tersebut akan membuat hidung pesawat yang semula menghadap ke udara berbalik arah dan menukik menuju bumi. Cara kerja dari “Feather’ system ini bisa dibilang hampir mirip dengan sebuah shuttlecock yang biasa digunakan dalam permainan bulutangkis.Setelah menukik turun sejauh 50.000 (15.240 meter) menuju permukaan bumi, twin tail VSS Unity pun kembali ke posisi semula dan membuang sisa oksidator saat meluncur kembali menuju runway di Gurun Mojave, California. Uji coba penerbangan ini pun sukses dan menghasilkan data tentang kinerja pesawat selama pembakaran mesin serta selama transisi dari kecepatan subsonik ke supersonik.Baca Juga: Yuk Intip Aktivitas Awak Kabin Virgin Atlantic“Kami menggabungkan mekanisme keamanan tambahan yang diadopsi setelah kecelakaan penerbangan uji VSS Enterprise pada tahun 2014 silam,” tuang Virgin Galactic dalam keterangan tertulisnya.Tentu saja, uji coba penerbangan pesawat bertenaga roket ini menjadi tonggak penting bagi perusahaan. Jika dalam beberapa uji coba lanjutan di masa yang akan datang, Virgin Galactic tidak menemukan masalah, maka bukan tidak mungkin dalam waktu dekat ini mereka akan mulai menjajakan tiket perjalanan wisata menuju ruang angkasa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedVirgin Galatic Uji Coba Pesawat Luar Angkasa Komersial09/05/2017In “Featured”Untuk Pertama Kali, SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity Meluncur ke Ruang Angkasa dengan Awak26/02/2019In “Destinasi Udara”Gunakan Boeing 747-400, Virgin Group Siap Luncurkan Satelit Menuju Orbit08/11/2018In “Featured”last_img read more

Cubs’ Joe Maddon set to learn fate in postgame meeting with Theo Epstein

first_img“Right now, you know what I’m excited about?” Maddon said before Friday’s series opener. “I’m going to get in that car and drive to our pad in Hazelton (Pa.), which is on this really cool little golf course, the Valley Country Club. My buddy Frankie’s the golf pro, And I do need some work, so he’ll be there to straighten my stuff out. My mom’s right down the street, so is my sister. Of course, (Maddon’s wife) Jaye’s going to be there. My buddy Willie’s going to stop by. I mean, come on, what’s better than that?”And if he is let go, as seems inevitable, he’ll have plenty of options to choose from this offseason.The Padres, Giants and Royals jobs are already open, and as many as five or six more managers could be let go at the end of the season. And it’s here, where Jack Buck became a broadcasting legend and broadcasting legend Harry Caray found his voice, that Maddon will learn his fate. The Cubs opted against extending Maddon’s contract after the 2018 season, despite the fact the franchise had made the playoffs in each of the deal’s first four years, had reached the NLCS three times and had won the 2016 World Series, the first one for the franchise since 1908. BERNSTEIN: Maddon should have good laugh if deluded Cubs let him walk”I mean, three trips into the CS,” Maddon said pregame Friday. “If you would have been guaranteed that in ’14 going into ’15 when we walked in the door, how would you feel about that? As a fan of the Cubs, how would you feel about that?”He continued, in typical Maddon fashion: “The mind, when stretched, has a difficult time going back to its original form. We’ve stretched the minds a bit, so now, fans are expecting more. Groovy, man. Go and expect it all.”But Epstein wanted to see how the 2019 season would play out before committing to Maddon, and, well, 2019 wasn’t great. Injuries and inconsistency and a down-the-stretch collapse all conspired to keep the Cubs out of the postseason for the first time in Maddon’s tenure.And so Maddon and Epstein will have a meeting somewhere in St. Louis to discuss the future. Maddon informed reporters of the meeting during his pregame interview session Saturday and Epstein confirmed it shortly after. “We’ll discuss everything moving forward, that kind of stuff,” Maddon said. “We haven’t had any kind of a talk about any of this. I mean that sincerely. We will tonight.” Maddon was asked if he thought there would be a resolution. “I hope so, yeah,” he said. “I’d like to believe so, yes.” Then he was asked if that resolution might be announced before Sunday’s game: “I have no idea,” he replied.MORE: Epstein shoots down talk of return to Red SoxWhat he does know, at least, is what he plans to do when he leaves St. Louis, whether that’s before the game Sunday or after.  ST. LOUIS — Chances are, when Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein meet after Saturday evening’s Cubs-Cardinals contest at Busch Stadium, they won’t split an Imo’s pizza, and a couple orders of toasted ravioli probably isn’t likely, either. Maybe a couple of ice-cold Budweisers would be appropriate, though, considering the agenda for the get-together. There is something symbolic about the most fateful meeting of Maddon’s tenure as the Cubs’ manager happening in St. Louis. When he was a young lad growing up in rural Pennsylvania, he became a Cardinals fan, listening to the games on KMOX’s powerful signal. last_img read more

Liberia Urged to Ratify Kampala Convention on IDP

first_imgExecutives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission in Liberia have called on the National Legislature to ratify the Kampala Convention.The Kampala Convention calls for the establishment of a legal framework for preventing external displacement, and protecting and assisting of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). It is a framework for solidarity, cooperation, promotion of durable solutions and mutual support between state parties. It provides for the respective obligations of armed groups, non state actors and other relevant actors, including civil society organizations.The IDPs are people obliged to flee their homes or places of habitual residence in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violation of human rights, natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internally recognized state border.ECOWAS Special Representative to Liberia, Ambassador Tunde O. Ajisomo, said the workshop about Post-IDP Conference Advocacy Mission to Liberia was meant to discuss the adoption of the commitment Liberia had made with respect to the Kampala Convention about the welfare of the IDPs.He said there were discussions at a local resort in Monrovia a few years back where the need for making laws to protect IDPs was discussed, and with this commitment, ECOWAS is looking up toLiberia’s Lawmakers to ratify the Convention.The Ebola crisis, coupled with other natural disasters, Ambassador Ajisomo said, drives internal displacement and urged ECOWAS countries to remain vigilant and strengthen the health sector in a collective effort.It was noted that the recent flood disaster due to heavy downpour had displaced many residents of Monrovia, while fire disasters and demolition of congested slum communities in Accra had displaced thousands in Ghana.For UNHCR Acting Representative Loli Kimyaci, her organization has been collaborating with the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) to sensitize people about the significance of ratifying the Kampala Convention.Dr. Fatimata Dia Sow, ECOWAS Social and Gender Affairs Commissioner, also recalled that an agreement had been reached among West African leaders for strong implementation of the Kampala Convention, and sensitization carried out so that people will be aware of its domestication and implementation.She said the meeting on July 2, 2015, was a snapshot to get ECOWAS countries to see reason for the implementation of the convention since it has been agreed on by all parties.Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh, who arrived when the opening formalities were drawing to a close, said Liberia remains committed to ECOWAS and the Kampala Convention as ECOWAS’ role in restoring peace in the sub-region is visible to all.He also noted that signing and ratifying Convention was not enough, but Africans must learn to domesticate and reform laws that will be in conformity with international instruments.Nimba County Representative, Sam Kogar, in remarks, pledged to rally his fellow lawmakers to ensure the Convention is ratified.The discussion held in Monrovia was in commemoration of the IDP Sensitization Mission to Liberia’s 40th Anniversary. The discussions took into consideration scores of issues including humanitarian affairs policy and action plan, presentation of the Kampala Convention and outcomes.The Kampala Convention of the African Union (AU) on IDPs adopted by ECOWAS underscores that state parties are obligated to prevent political, social, cultural and economic exclusion and marginalization of citizens. State parties are also to ensure individual responsibility and accountability for acts of arbitrary displacement, including that of non-state actors, and may seek the cooperation of international organizations or humanitarian agencies and civil society organizations.The convention further obligates parties to protect their populations against arbitrary displacement and displacement caused by development projects.During period of displacement, state parties are also called to bear the primary responsibility for providing protection and assistance to IDPs within their territories, including IDPs registration and documentation. They are expected to respect the mandate of the AU and the United Nations (UN) and the role of international humanitarian agencies in providing protection and assistance, respecting the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence of humanitarian actors.The Kampala Convention requires state parties to protect humanitarian personnel respect and ensure respect for the civilian and humanitarian character of places where IDPs are sheltered.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more