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first_imgA barrister jailed for pleading guilty to 37 charges related to sexual abuse has been disbarred.The Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service (BTAS) said yesterday that John Guess should be removed from the profession following his conviction last year. Guess, according to the BTAS, sexually abused a child, recorded and distributed images of the abuse, and possessed thousands of indecent images categorised as ‘extreme pornography’.The lawyer, called to the bar by Middle Temple in 2000, was jailed in August last year for 20 years at Cardiff Crown Court. He previously worked as a lawyer for the Welsh government.Guess also incited a girl under the age of 18 to expose herself to him and send photographs to him. He was also found to possess indecent ‘Category A’ images (considered the most severe), 1,000 images in ‘Category B’ and 10,000 in Category C as well as multiple videos.The offences took place between 2015 and 2018.Sara Jagger, director of professional conduct at the Bar Standards Board which brought misconduct charges against Guess, said: ‘Clearly a conviction for serious sexual offences is incompatible with continued membership of the Bar. The tribunal’s decision that he should be disbarred reflects this’.last_img read more

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first_imgPOLAND: A letter of intent for the joint production of wagons in Szczecin was signed by freight operator PKP Cargo and rolling stock manufacturer Greenbrier Europe Wagony Świdnica on July 1. PKP Cargo is to invest 11·5m złoty to start production at the Szczecin wagon repair workshops which are operated by its PKP Cargotabor rolling stock business. Greenbrier would contribute technology, documentation, quality control standards and production equipment. Production is planned to begin in the first quarter of 2016 with a capacity of up to 500 wagons a year of various types. Around 150 people would be employed, including current PKP Cargo staff and new recruits.PKP Cargo said it had undertaken detailed analysis of the cost-effectiveness of the project before seeking an experienced manufacturing partner. It expects to be able to produce wagons more cheaply than procuring them from external manufacturers, while making the most of its workshop facilities and staff.Many of PKP Cargo’s 61 500 wagons are more than 25 years old, and the company is planning to renew its fleet over the next 10 years ‘By partnering with a world-class manufacturer of rolling stock, we can have access to the latest wagon production technologies’, said Head of Operations Wojciech Derda. ‘After the consolidation of operations and the introduction of modern management methods, this is another step in the development of PKP Cargotabor.’ In 2010 PKP Cargo and CNR subsidiary Jinan Railway Vehicles formed a joint venture which planned to assemble kits of Chinese-made wagon parts in Szczecin, estimating that using Chinese components could be 30% cheaper than local manufacturing. However, studies and the trial assembly of three wagons concluded it would not be economically feasible, with the cost of transport and rising wages in China meaning it would hard to compete with the Polish domestic industry.last_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn  The RBWF consists of 242 clubs from across the world which include Dumfries Ladies Burns Club #1, Halton Peel Burns club in Oakville, Ontario and Dunedin Burns Club in New Zealand. MSP’s from across the political parties have supported the motion recognising the importance of promoting the works of Burns and cultivating the Scots language. Newly elected MSP Emma Harper has used her first parliamentary motion to commend the Robert Burns World Federation. “I have been involved in organising Burns suppers for many years and wanted to recognise the hard work of the members who keep the Burns tradition alive in Scotland and across the world.”center_img The south of Scotland MSP – who is also President of the Dumfries Ladies Burns Club No.1 – submitted the motion acknowledging the organisation as a leading authority in promoting the work of Burns. Ms Harper commented: “The life and works of Robert Burns have always been a passion of mine. Burns has been integral to preserving Scots language which is something I feel strongly about.last_img read more

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first_imgThe First A380 for Australian Carrier QANTAS arrives at Sydney’s International Airport on Sunday morning from Toulouse France. Staff and onlookers swarmed Sydney Airport for their first glimpse of the superjumbo. online pictureAfter six weeks of closure Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport in Abuja received its first airplane landing Tuesday morning as Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the first plane touch down to officialize the opening.The airport was closed for repairs which have been declared completed and the runway set for reopening to airlines on Wednesday, April 19.This comes after the The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) certified the rehabilitated Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja safe and ready for commercial flight operations on Monday.“So, the airport, the runway is very ready to accept flight operations safely. By this we are declaring that the airport and its runway are quite operational at the time that has been determined as the official opening of this airport,” NCAA’s Director General, Capt. Muktar Usman.Flights were diverted to the Kaduna International Airport in Kaduna during the period.last_img read more

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first_img Sharing is caring! 293 Views   2 comments Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share Kyne George of the Paix Bouche Primary School is the 2015 winner of the Kweyol Spelling Bee Competition.Kyne competed against nine other students at the Arawak House of Culture in Roseau on Wednesday 13 May 2015. This is the third consecutive year that the Paix Bouche Primary School has won the competition.He won a tablet compliments Digicel Dominica, two hundred dollars ($200) cash prize, a trophy and plaque compliments the Sign Man and a gift bag compliments the Cultural Division.Naheem LeBlanc of the Bense Primary School placed second and won two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) compliments Big Edge Financial Express, a trophy and a package of books compliments the Division of Culture and Jays Bookstore Limited.Sarah Francis of the Massacre Primary placed third and won one hundred dollars ($100) compliments Big Edge Financial Express, a trophy and a package of books compliments the Division of Culture and Jays Bookstore Limited.The other participating schools were Wesley Primary, San Sauveur Primary, Delices Primary, Convent Preparatory, Lighthouse Christian Academy, Coulibistrie Primary, Tete Morne Primary.The students from these schools were presented with books compliments the Division of Culture and Jays Bookstore Limited and gift bag compliments Josephine Gabriel & Company Limited.The competition, organized by the Konmite pou Etid Kweyol (KEK) in collaboration with the Division of Culture seeks to raise awareness about the Kweyol language.It also forms part of activities to commemorate the Dominica Festival of Arts and Culture (DOMFESTA).– / 34 EducationLocalNewsPrimary Paix Bouche Primary wins Kweyol Spelling Bee again by: Dominica Vibes News – May 13, 2015last_img read more

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first_imgHonorable Minister for the Environment and Rural Modernization, Cozier FrederickA project from the Ministry of the Environment, Rural Modernization and Kalinago Upliftment in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme is promised to bring plant nurseries to the Kalinago Territory.Hon Minister and Parliamentary Representative, Cozier Frederick said the Million Trees project will build eight plant nurseries across the island in a reforestation drive.“Of significance importance is the establishment of one of these nurseries in the Concord Valley, with the endorsement of the Kalinago Council,” he said adding that the fencing and the pumice floor of the facility are nearly complete.“This nursery provides direct support to all residents of the Salybia constituency through the provision of plantlets to support agro forestry as an opportunity to generate income, which ultimately adds value to the development of a dynamic Dominica,” according to Hon Frederick.This is one of several projects according to the Ministry that will bring stimulation to the Salybia Constituency.The National Employment Programme established by Government in 2013 will be redirected in the territory to have employees engaged in disaster preparation in the natural environment.He explained, “We will focus on doing mitigation work in areas which are prone to flooding and landslides with particular attention paid to vulnerable groups within the ten hamlets across the jurisdiction.“Activities being undertaken include unblocking of drains and culverts, pruning of overhanging trees, collections of white goods and other related preparedness activities.He says NEP workers deployed in the Kalinago Territory represent seven percent of the programme’s entire workforce. Sharing is caring! LifestyleLocalNewsPolitics Plant Nursery and Disaster Mitigation for Kalinago Territory by: – June 17, 2020 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share 70 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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first_img 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) Farmington Hills resident Lindsay Brink has withdrawn from the process of appointing a new Farmington Public Schools trustee, but she’s raising concerns about the candidate interviews.Brink was among 12 applicants for a position that opened with Jim Stark’s October 16 resignation. Two dropped out before the interviews conducted earlier this month; Brink and current trustee David Turner dropped out after board members deadlocked, moving the decision to the Oakland Schools board.The problem, Brink said, is one of timing. Trustees interviewed nine applicants on November 10; two were scheduled on November 13, but one candidate withdrew. The first interviews were recorded and posted online over the weekend, so the last applicant, Jenn Garland, got to watch them before she faced the board on Tuesday.Garland referenced the advantage during her interview, in response to a long question from the public posed by trustee Angie Smith.“After I saw the final interview,” Brink said, “I realized the advantage she had. I have no issues with the candidate, it’s the process that’s flawed.”No live broadcastBrink, who was interviewed at 2 p.m., said she couldn’t attend all of the interviews, but tried to watch on her computer. While board meetings are not webcast, cable customers can usually watch live on TV-10.District spokesperson Diane Bauman said two special events interfered with the live broadcast.“The first interviews were not cablecast live due to the fact that TV-10 was off taping the Harrison High School Playoff Football game at the same time, as well as two performances of the ‘Detroit Tonight’ play that was being held in the TV-10 studio,” she wrote in an email.Bauman explained that video uploads happen in real time; so getting a six-hour meeting online takes six hours. The interview videos, uploaded in two sessions, were available November 11.“They were posted before the Tuesday interview because it was an Open Meeting, and we always try and get those tapes up as quickly as possible,” Bauman wrote. “To be honest, I wasn’t sure how fast TV-10 was going to be able to get it posted, due to all of the work on their plate that weekend.”Brink said the video should have been delayed to make the interview process more fair to everyone.“The public is not voting for this appointment,” she said. “They could have delayed the posting of interviews until all were complete. I strongly feel that this is an unfair process.”Brink said the board has tried to regain public trust and to be more transparent, but she’s concerned about the direction the group is taking. She brought her concerns to trustees and described the response as “defensive.”“I wonder why,” she said. “If you’re doing everything right, you shouldn’t care if I bring something up.”Providing public informationBoard president Terri Weems acknowledged having several conversations with Brink. She said the advantage for candidates interviewed last is “inherent in a public interview process.”“However, every candidate had an opportunity to sit and hear interviews. In fact, Ms. Brink herself sat in on the interview which proceeded her own and therefore had an opportunity to hear interview questions ahead of time,” Weems wrote in an email.Weems said the interview process is very similar to those conducted in previous years, except that the live broadcast was unavailable. She does not expect the process to change.“”Our responsibility is to the public at large,” she wrote. “We interview in public, we deliberate in public, and we vote in public. We make these actions available to the public as soon as possible, whenever possible.”Next stepsOakland Schools officials have said they will offer the open position to the highest vote-getter in the November 6 General Election, Pam Green. If she accepts. Farmington trustees will go through another appointment process when she resigns to take the seat she won.Oakland Schools trustees will talk about the appointment again on December 4, 6:30 p.m. in Waterford. Reported bylast_img read more

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first_imgHero HX250 – Courtesy of HeroCorp Rumours are starting to circulate that Ducati amy tie-up with HeroCorp. Other manufacturers have started to produce more affordable smaller-displacement models. The smaller models will appeal to a wider audience in the Asian markets. Ducati has been in the middle of the rumour mills lately, including the recent VW statement about whether they should continue to invest or divest their interest in the brand. Now, a new rumour has surfaced that the Italian manufacturer may tie-up with HeroCorp.VW Hints of Selling Ducati (Again)?Fueling these rumors was also Ducati’s CEO Claudio Domenicalli’s statement that the Italian manufacturer is working on more affordable V4-engined models.Ducati Working on “Cheaper” V4?Ducati are among the few premium manufacturers who does not have an affordable sub-400cc bike in their line-up, except for the Scrambler Sixty2 (400cc V-Twin), while the rest have taken the initiative to produce smaller capacity bikes for growing market consumption, such as India and the rest of Southeast Asia.Ducati Scrambler Sixty2KTM were the first to tie up with an Indian manufacturer, Bajaj Auto Limited in this case, to produce the smaller 125, 200, 250 and 390 Dukes and RC models, and receiving the engines for the 200cc Pulsar and 400cc Dominar range in return.2017 KTM 390 Duke – “Are you DUKE enough?”Other manufacturers include Triumph Motorcycles Limited who have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bajaj to explore the possibilities of producing 400cc motorcycles in the future. BMW co-operated with TVS to produce the popular G 310 R and G 310 GS models.BMW G 310 GS Test & ReviewHeroCorp is currently the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer and is no stranger to tie-ups with other brands, having co-operated with Honda and Buell in the past, although the Indian manufacturer has been producing commuter bikes.If Ducati and HeroCorp do tie-up, the Italians could do the R&D while HeroCorp produces the bikes.–Ads–last_img read more

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first_img Share   PENSACOLA, Fla. – After winning its third consecutive Gulf South Conference championship last weekend, the No. 3 seeded West Florida women’s tennis team will look book tickets to the NCAA Championships in Surprise, Arz. by winning a pair of matches at the NCAA South Regional hosted by Saint Leo April 29-30.The Argonauts will play No. 6 Valdosta State in the regional semifinal Monday at 12:30 p.m. ET. UWF has defeated VSU twice this season, 5-4 Feb. 21 and 5-0 Apr. 21 in the GSC Final.With a win, UWF would advance to play the winner of No. 2 seed and host Saint Leo and No. 7 seed Florida Southern in the regional final Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET.Nationally-ranked No. 9 West Florida defeated No. 7 Saint Leo, 6-3, April 5 but lost to No. 26 Florida Southern, 5-4, April 7.Tournament Central PageLive StatsMatch Notes:4/28 @ NCAA South Regional4/19 @ Gulf South Conference Tournament4/11 vs. New Orleans, No. 5 Abilene Christian, Alabama-Birmingham4/4 vs. No. 7 Saint Leo, Alabama-Huntsville, Delta State, West Georgia, No. 26 Florida Southern3/27 vs. No 48 Concordia (N.Y.), No. 4 BYU Hawaii, William Carey3/22 vs. North Alabama3/14 @ Shorter3/8 vs. No. 5 Hawaii Pacific, No. 31 Point Loma Nazarene, No. 27 UC San Diego2/28 vs. No. 4 Barry, No. 3 Lynn2/21 @ Valdosta State, No. 1 Armstrong, No. 13 RollinsNotable Stats and StreaksFernanda Amaral and Nina Bubelova are on a four-match winning streak at No. 3 doubles and have won nine of their last 10.Luiza Sonnervig is on a nine-match winning streak with an unfinished match and a win by forfeit (that doesn’t count toward the winning streak) during that span. She is 6-2 against regionally-ranked opponents this season.Giovana Patitucci is on a seven-match winning streak and 7-1 in her last 10 matches, with two unfinished matches during that span.The duos of Luiza and Mariana Sonnervig and Monika Kochanova and Patitucci each are on three-match winning streaks. The Sonnervigs are 9-1 in their last 10 matches and Kochanova and Patitucci are 7-3 in their last 10.BracketNCAA South Region #1 hosted by BarryMatch #1 April 27   #1 Barry defeated #8 Stillman, 5-1Match #2 April 24   #4 Lynn defeated #5 Rollins, 5-2Match #3 April 28   #1 Barry defeated #4 Lynn, 5-4NCAA South Region #2 hosted by Saint LeoMatch #1 April 29 12:30 p.m. ET #3 West Florida vs. #6 Valdosta StateMatch #2 April 29 9:00 a.m. ET #2 Saint Leo vs. #7 Florida SouthernMatch #3 April 30 10:00 a.m. Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2     Print Friendly Version The Argonauts will head to Saint Leo, Fla. for the NCAA South Regional April 29-30 (Photo by Bill Stockland) center_img Match Notes: NCAA South Regional last_img read more

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first_imgLeif Abel, owner of Greatland Ganja in Kasilof: “So in essence we are paying the tax before the money has been made on the product, because the actual money comes from when the retailers sells that product to the end consumer. So, we’ve got a tax structure where the tax has to be paid on the product far before the end consumer ever pays for it, by the cultivation company who created it.”  Story as aired: The current tax is $50 per ounce for bud or flower, and $15 per ounce for other plant parts. During the meeting on Thursday, January 25, the board heard public testimony from marijuana growers and retailers that have suggested in particular that the $15 per ounce tax on other plant parts may be too high. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The state Marijuana Control Board voted to create a draft resolution requesting that the tax structure be altered from a flat rate to a percentage collected at retail sale on marijuana. According to the Director of the Board, Erica McConnell, the board will consider whether or not to send the resolution to the legislature at their next meeting in April. The board next meets in April in Nome.last_img read more

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