Grant Theunissen with Jimmy Nevis. Picture: Michael Stephens Novus Holdings donated R10 000 to the Blue Collar Foundation (BCF), a philanthropic initiative founded by South African musician, Jimmy Nevis, on Sunday March 17 during Nevis’ performance at the Concerts in the Park at De Waal Park. BCF aims to inspire and create change among the youth of Cape Town and has a special focus on education.
Taking up where Nye Moloney left off, I have found the County Court Money Claims Centre (CCMCC) to be lacking. I am uncertain as to how the interaction between the centre and the Northampton Bulk Issue Centre pans out in practice. On 30 August, I was instructed by a client who was being pressed by a sheriff’s officer in respect of a judgment debt that had been wrongly entered against him. I sent an application to the Northampton Bulk Issue Centre where the judgment was issued for it to be set aside and for the matter to be transferred to my client’s local court for a hearing. That letter was marked ‘very urgent’. After chasing up the matter with telephone calls and emails, it was not until 17 September that I received an email from Northampton suggesting that I should contact the CCMCC in Salford, notwithstanding that the judgment had been made in Northampton. On the same day that I resubmitted the papers to Salford, I received an order from Northampton stating that the application had finally been transferred to the defendant’s local court. There is still no sign of a hearing and the sheriff continued to press my client. Fortunately, I was able to agree with sensible solicitors instructed by the claimant that the judgment had been wrongly entered, and a consent order setting aside judgment has now been filed and the claimant has called off the sheriff. I feel certain that all of this could have been resolved in days gone by with a telephone call to the local court office. My fear is that those days are never to return and that, rather than saving money, the system has become less efficient and more expensive. Peter Hatvany, Parker Bullen, Salisbury, Wiltshire
A national firm has been fined and rebuked after failing to inform the SRA that a member of staff was believed to have misappropriated money.According to a regulatory settlement agreement notice, Duncan Lewis Solicitors Ltd admitted misconduct after the matter went unreported for more than four months.The firm had identified 23 cash receipts coming from clients, received between November 2015 and August 2016, where money had not been deposited into any of the firm’s bank accounts. The total value was around £6,100, which the firm has since replaced.The firm concluded that the money had been misappropriated by an administrative assistant in its Birmingham office, who had responsibility for paying into the bank but who had not done so.It was recorded in the firm’s breach register but was described as being ‘not-material’ and as an ‘internal issue’.It was only when a member of the SRA’s staff met with the firm in January 2017 about unrelated matters that the breach came to the regulator’s attention.According to SRA accounts rules, firms must maintain effective accounting systems and proper internal controls over those systems. The SRA said Duncan Lewis Solicitors breached those rules by failing to discover misappropriations over such a long period.The firm further breached one of the SRA principles by failing to report promptly serious misconduct by an employee.The regulator said it had taken into account admissions by Duncan Lewis Solicitors and opted to fine the firm £1,500. The firm will also pay £1,350 costs.
A solicitor who alleges he was harassed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority is bringing unprecedented proceedings against the regulator through the employment tribunal.Naim Lone, from south-west London, has issued proceedings against the SRA and five of its members – including chief executive Paul Philip – alleging discrimination, victimisation and harassment over almost four years. This followed an SRA investigation of allegations by another solicitor. Lone went to the employment tribunal following the Supreme Court’s 2017 decision in Michalak v General Medical Council, which ruled that discrimination claims by professionals against their regulators can be brought in the ET. The SRA intervened as an interested party in Michalak and this is believed to be the first Michalak-style claim it has faced.In particulars of claim seen by the Gazette, Lone, who is of Pakistani origin, alleges that the SRA has demonstrated ‘deep, entrenched racism’ in the way he has been treated, particularly in comparison with white individuals involved in the investigation whose accounts have been ‘taken at face value’. Lone claims the SRA has been ‘grossly negligent’ in its duty to investigate others who he alleges have committed misconduct. He also says the SRA has made ‘bogus’ visits to his premises and harassed him by threatening referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over late payment of a practising certificate fee.At a preliminary hearing in December, Lone resisted attempts by the SRA to strike out his claims and to remove five defendants from the proceedings.Lone says he has been a solicitor since 1996 and every year has been granted an unconditional practising certificate. He adds that the SRA has not dropped its investigation into him but is now misappropriating members’ funds defending its own wrongdoing.Lone claims to have acted throughout with the ‘utmost integrity’, while the SRA’s conduct ‘has fallen well short of the standard of behaviour expected’.The SRA said it will not comment on an ongoing case. The next hearing is this month at the Employment Tribunal Midlands West.
INTERNATIONAL: The first direct rail freight service to operate between China and Spain arrived at ADIF’s Madrid Abroñigal intermodal terminal on December 9, welcomed by Spanish Development Minister Ana Pastor. Carrying a total of 30 containers, the train had left Yiwu in China on November 18, covering 13 000 km in 21 days.The route via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France involved a change of gauge at three border crossings, as well as locomotive changes approximately every 800 km. The service was operated by InterRail Services and DB Schenker Rail, with DB’s Spanish subsidiary Transfesa providing traction on the final leg to Madrid.The through service is the result of initiatives agreed by the governments of China and Spain in September 2014 to develop closer trading relations. The Spanish Ministry of Development points out that the trial has demonstrated the ‘reliable, versatile and competitive’ nature of rail freight, the overland journey having saved over 10 days of transit time compared to sea freight.
LocalNews $2.8M Calibishie Police Station commissioned by: Dominica Vibes News – August 12, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share 325 Views no discussions Share A 2.8 million dollars police station has been officially commissioned in Calibishie.The station, which will serve residents of Bense, Anse De Mai, Anse- Sol-Dat and Calibishie, was officially commissioned on Wednesday 12 August 2015. The symbolic ribbon to declare the police station opened was done by First Lady Clara Savarin and blessed by Wesley Parish Priest Fr Konan.Police Chief, Daniel Carbon told the commissioning ceremony that this new modern police station is testament to the government’s goal to provide suitable living and working accommodation for police officers island-wide.“This new building contains all the requirements of a modern and up to date police station which has enhanced the landscape of the village of Calibishie,” Carbon said.He added that the building also provides a more comfortable environment for the villagers to conduct business. “My administration will ensure that adequate police officers are stationed here to deliver quality and effective law enforcement services that we are mandated so to do,” Chief Carbon said.Carbon, who informed that a sergeant and female police officers form part of the staff complement there for the first time, said the new accommodation will lead to increased police presence.“There will definitely be an increased uniform presence in the villages as we endeavor to strengthen the community police partnerships. The station can now accommodate more personnel and for the first time it is under the command of a sergeant. For the very first time also, female officers are already stationed here. I am pleased with the present structure and efforts by all to ensure that this building was brought to completion,” Carbon stated.Mr Daniel thanked the government for sourcing the funds to build the new station, Urma Lee and Mitchel Thomas; the previous landlords for allowing the use of their house as a police station, as well as the many officers who worked at Calibishie for their commitment and patience during the transition. “Let me assure you that the necessary arrangements are in place for the proper care and maintenance of the building. By construction of this police station, the government has invested heavily into the security of the state and so Calibishie and surrounding communities must enjoy a low crime rate,” the Chief said.According to the project supervisor, Hakim Dangleben, the contract for the new modern Calibishie Police Station was signed on 7 February 2013 and done by Stewco Construction.The police station building is a two storey concrete frame structure with a gross floor area of 815 square meters. The ground floor contains a lobby, charge office, observation room, interview room, one sergeant office, a kitchen and dining, one corporal’s dormitory, one laundry, an exhibition room, a male and female washroom, two cells equipped with a shower and washroom facility and also a garage.The first floor contains one self-contained sergeant’s quarter, one self-contained corporal’s quarters, two male constable quarters, one self-contained female constable quarter, one male washroom and an armory. The two floors are linked by two staircases strategically located within the building in case of emergency. The building is also equipped with fire alarms, fire extinguishers and emergency hosiery. The project would not be complete if not for the construction of the new and improved access road along with retaining walls, proper side drainage which allow for easy access to the site. The project took sixty-eight weeks to complete with an average of 18-20 people were employed.
The Painters currently has 1-3 recordto start the season-ending conference./PN The former University of the East RedWarriors star dealt with the same injury during the Commissioner’s Cup when hemissed the latter part of the eliminations and the entire playoffs, where thePainters reached as far as the semifinals. MANILA – Negrense James Yap is set tomiss at least two weeks of action for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the2019 PBA Governors’ Cup after sustaining another groin injury. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters’ James Yap scores a one-hander over Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters’ Richard Howell. SPIN.PH Painters head coach Carlos Garcia saidthe Escalante City, Negros Occidental native hurt his groin again during thePainters’ 68-69 defeat to Magnolia Hotshots on Friday night. “He’s out for at least two weeks yata,” Garcia said on the two-time PBAMVP awardee. “First half pa lang nggame (against the Hotshots) sabi niyahindi niya na raw kaya. Masakit daw. So we did not want to gamble withthat.” The 37-year-old was hitting a basketagainst the defense of Hotshots’ import Romeo Travis when he suffered theinjury. He hobbled down court before being taken out of the game. With his expected two weeks ofabsence, Yap will not be able to suit up for the Painters against Phoenix PulseFuel Masters, Alaska Aces and Blackwater Elite. “The last time na nagka-groin injury siyamedyo nagtagal. So I don’t know how bad this is,” said Garcia.
RelatedSymphony in the Park slated May 4Special to the Parade Brownsville Literacy Center’s 15th Annual Symphony in the Park will be held on Saturday, May 4 at Washington Park. The gate opens at 5 p.m. to “Swing into Literacy,” the theme for this year’s exciting family fun event featuring the Dean Canty Big Band. Before the…April 24, 2013In “South Padre Parade”Fantasticks coming to SPISpecial to the PRESS The Fantasticks! may look like a simple show when one is enjoying it from the audience, but in reality it is one of the most challenging musicals for the actors/singers, directors and accompanists. The beautiful music is particularly challenging for vocalists and the well-drawn characters require…May 30, 2011In “News”UTB plans to honor US military on Veterans DaySpecial to the Parade The University of Texas at Brownsville will host two consecutive days of events in honor of veterans of the United States military. The Veterans Upward Bound Program will host the 12th annual Veterans Day Ceremony at noon Thursday, Nov. 10 on the Cardenas South Hall Lawn.…November 10, 2011In “South Padre Parade” Share Port Isabel High School Principal William Roach (center) earned his Doctorate of Education at the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College (UTB/TSC). (UTB/TSC photo)Special to the PRESSBROWNSVILLE – More than 1,400 graduates, including Port Isabel High School Principal William Roach received certificates and degrees at the 17th Winter Commencement for The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College on Saturday, Dec. 17. The graduating class is the largest in the university’s history.The original single ceremony planned for the Cardenas South Hall Lawn was moved indoors earlier this week to Jacob Brown Auditorium due to inclement weather. Students were divided by their degrees, colleges and schools for three ceremonies held in the morning and afternoon. Overflow viewing areas were opened at The Arts Center and Garza Gym for the large audiences.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Jan. 2 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS A four-set victory by Israel No. 2 Amir Weintraub in the decisive rubber lifted his nation to a 3-2 victory over Japan in their Davis Cup World Group Playoff at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday.Weintraub defeated Japan No. 2 Go Soeda 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-3 in reverse singles to send his team into the World Group in 2013. All to play for: Japan’s Kei Nishikori plays a shot against Israel’s Dudi Sela during their Davis Cup World Group Playoff at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. Nishikori won the match in five sets, but Amir Weintraub beat Go Soeda in the decisive rubber to give Israel a 3-2 victory. | AFP-JIJI The loss will relegate Japan, which had returned to the World Group this year after a 27-year absence, to the Asia/Oceania Zone Group 1 next year.Weintraub, ranked 223rd, came up big for his country in the tie, as he also beat Tatsuma Ito in straight sets on Friday.Soeda, 53rd in the rankings, had beaten Israel No. 1 Dudi Sela in four sets on Friday.Weintraub began cramping in his legs in the third set and appeared to be in trouble, but in the first game of the fourth set it began raining and play was stopped to close the roof.When play restarted Weintraub looked rejuvenated and saved seven break points in the delayed first game, before finishing off Soeda behind a strong serve in 3 hours, 23 minutes.Weintraub came out on top despite having 75 unforced errors to Soeda’s 52.Israel captain Eyal Ran put the result into perspective.“This was an amazing tie. Everybody fought so hard,” said Ran. “All the players on the court today were heroes. The Japanese did everything they could.“We are very happy with this victory because it puts up back in the World Group where I think we deserve to be.”“I appreciate that my players give it their very best until the end,” said Japan captain Toshiro Sakai. “We are very sorry we lost.”Japan No. 1 Kei Nishikori outlasted Sela in a five-set marathon (6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5) in the opening reverse singles match earlier Sunday.That battle lasted 4 hours, 31 minutes and featured some incredible shot-making by both players.Nishikori prevailed by sheer force of will, as he looked completely spent in the third set, only to come back and take the final two sets.The Japanese had 102 unforced errors to his opponent’s 73, but still managed to come out on top. He slugged away from the baseline and ripped several forehand winners on the way to victory.“It was a tough match. I was cramping in the second and third sets and thought I would not be able to win,” said Nishikori.Nishikori said he felt extra responsibility after not being able to play in Friday’s opening singles due to a shoulder injury. He was declared fit following a medical examination on Sunday morning.“I couldn’t let everybody down today because I had already let them down on Friday,” he said. “I to find a way to win.”The crafty veteran Sela, ranked 98th, was especially proficient with dropshots and backhand volleys throughout. He even threw in a few lobs late in the contest.“He played better in the big moments and deserved to win,” stated Sela after the tough loss.Behind a strong forehand and steady serve, Nishikori broke Sela in the fourth and sixth games and claimed the first set 6-3 in 37 minutes.Nishikori, ranked 16th in the world, converted 100 percent (9 for 9) of his second serves in the set.Sela fought back, breaking Nishikori in the fourth and six games, to take the second set 6-3.Nishikori committed 18 unforced errors in the set.The third set was on serve until the ninth game, when Sela broke to go up 5-3. With the game on the fourth deuce, Sela played a circus shot between his legs to gain break point following a drop shot from Nishikori.The 22-year-old Nishikori appeared fatigued in the third set, while the veteran Sela, 27, looked refreshed.“We played some long rallies and he appeared to be cramping in his legs,” said Sela. “After I won that set I thought was going to win the match.Sela had a break point in the third game of the fourth set, but could not capitalize and Nishikori held to move ahead 2-1.After Sela won his service game to make it 2-2, Nishikori struggled mightily not to be broken in a lengthy fifth game.Nishikori finally prevailed when Sela came to the net but couldn’t handle a forehand and it was 3-2.After quickly taking the seventh game on serve, Nishikori squandered a golden opportunity in the eighth, when he had three breaks points could not take advantage.Sela ran off five straight points to make it 4-4.Nishikori then held and grabbed the set 6-4 by breaking Sela. The Israeli double-faulted on set point.The Shimane native was able to prevail despite five double faults in the set.“In the fourth set there were five or six break points that I had the chance to win and didn’t,” said Sela.The players exchanged breaks in the fifth set and then were on serve until the ninth, when Sela earned a break point but could not convert. Nishikori held to lead 5-4.They stayed on serve until the 12th game, when with Nishikori leading 6-5, he broke Sela to clinch the match.Nishikori said he was overcome by his feeings after the triumph.“I was very emotional on the court, which is very unusual for me. You are part of a team in Davis Cup, so it really means something.” IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
Super Bowl, New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees, Sean Payton IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Brees had certainly earned the right to bop and dip to his heart’s content after throwing five touchdown passes that day against the Bills.Based on a combination of Brees’s jaunty strut, New Orleans’ just-completed 35-17 victory and its second-best NFC log, it sure looked to MAS like the Saints had their old swagger (cocky confidence) back.The swag New Orleans had played with since it won Super Bowl XLIV was missing for most of last season when the post-Bountygate Saints, minus suspended coach Sean Payton, bumbled their way to a 7-9 record.But with the return this campaign of Payton — who can also appear a tad full of himself at times — the Saints look like their former talented and somewhat haughty selves.Brees, however, was quick to nix that swag-is-back notion when MAS brought it up postgame.“It’s great to have coach back,” said Brees, “and it’s great for us to be playing the way we are but there are a lot of things to clean up and we have to continue to get better each and every week.”Turns out, Brees was poll parroting what his head coach had told MAS 20 minutes earlier about the state of his team.Said Payton: “There are a handful of things — like today’s eight penalties, having 12 guys in the huddle on offense, only 10 on the field on defense — that go against saying you have your swag back.“Those things can be costly,” added Payton, “we’ve got to make corrections and get that kind of stuff cleaned up first.”That same message had obviously been delivered to Brees and his teammates immediately after the game before the star QB met with the media.What one must realize, though, is how curious head football coaches can be (and none of them are, um, curiouser than MAS was eons ago as a title-winning head high school coach in suburban Philadelphia).To wit: When their teams squeak out a one-point victory in a toss-up game against a tough foe, coaches are tickled pink to just get the win no matter how sloppy their team may have looked.Yet, a decisive 35-17 victory in a game where their ball club was a substantial favorite — like the Saints were over the Bills — is somehow a cause for much grumbling and grousing by the winning coach.Been there, done that. Go figure!The Saint players MAS talked to after the lopsided win pretty much toed the company line.“We believe our program is on the right track again,” cornerback Jabari Greer told MAS, “and we’re excited about it — but we’ve still got a long way to go.”Added solid running back Pierre Thomas: “It’s the basics that we’ve got to get right — like having the right personnel groupings, knowing where to line up, not jumping offsides, knowing who to block. It’s those little things that are hurting us.“Other than that,” offered Thomas, “there’s really not a lot of things we’re messing up on. You can definitely see we’re improving each week.”Make no mistake, any Saints swagger starts at the top with Payton and trickles down.“Absolutely, absolutely,” confirmed wide receiver Lance Moore, who had earlier hauled in one of Brees’s TD tosses. “We’re a reflection of our coach.”“I don’t think we lost all our swagger — we’ve got a little bit out out there.” offered Moore. “We’re in a good spot at 6-1; now we just have to get better and it will be so much more.”Safe to say, then, that when Sean Payton is once again in full swagger, it will be OK for the team to follow suit in that department.One guy who has never lost his on-field swagger, however, is 201-cm Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham, a former college hoopster whose post-TD catch histrionics include 360-degree football dunks over the goalpost crossbar.Graham registered a pair of whirly bird jams vs. the Bills (his seventh and eighth of the season).However, as brazen as Graham can be on the field, he is just as reserved off it.When MAS mentioned his omnipresent swag, Jimmy chuckled and softly said, “I was just happy to play. It felt good.”(He had been out with a foot injury and needed to pass a medical check that morning to participate.)Graham modestly then turned to team improvement.“You always want to build momentum with each game,” he suggested. “And I think today was a little momentum builder for us. So we’ll see . . . “Greer says the coach’s return has been “the catalyst” for a lot of improved on-field execution by the players.“We’re playing better defense (under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan), creating turnovers and then capitalizing on the turnovers,” offered Greer. “And we’re winning the close games.”Sunday, though, it was the Saints who committed costly turnovers in losing a tight contest to the New York Jets.But rebounding New Orleans, now 6-2, still remains a prime NFC contender — only Seattle at 8-1 has fewer losses.So, with a little more tidying up, there’s a good chance that when the Super Bowl arrives, Brees and the Saints will go marching — or is it diddy-bopping? — in.Contact Man About Sports at: email@example.com NEW ORLEANS – After the New Orleans Saints had thumped Buffalo last week to run their record to 6-1, quarterback Drew Brees rolled about the Saints’ Superdome locker room employing a confident-bordering-on-cocky bop and dip in his step.For the uninitiated, “bopping” is when you add a slight bounce or hop to your stride. And “dipping” is rolling your shoulders forward and down, alternating arms, as you walk. KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES