Capital & Centric unveils £50m plan to convert Littlewoods building into film complex

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Funding cuts proposed for police station work

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has announced a consultation on funding cuts for police station and Crown court work aimed at ‘rebalancing’ the £2bn legal aid budget in favour of civil help. The reforms outlined in the consultation paper include reducing the fees paid for police station work in what the MoJ calls the ‘most expensive and oversubscribed’ areas of the country. It says costs in this area have been driven up by an ‘over use’ of duty solicitor schemes in some parts of the country, particularly where there are ‘too many firms competing for business’. The MoJ proposes cutting the fee rates for barristers in Crown court cases to bring them more into line with prosecution fees. On average barristers acting for the prosecution receive 23% less pay than those acting for the defence, it says, which could ‘create an incentive for barristers to favour defence work’. The paper suggests combining all committal work done by litigators into one fixed fee paid out of the Litigator Graduated Fee Scheme, rather than the current scheme which pays the litigator one fee to prepare the committal hearing, and a separate fee for consideration of the committal bundle. The MoJ says payments for criminal file reviews will end, to match the fee structure in civil cases. In addition, the MoJ has asked the Legal Services Commission to consider standardising payments made to experts in both criminal and civil cases. The LSC has also been asked to find an additional 5% saving from its administrative budget this year, and 10% next year, on top of the 30% cuts they have already been asked to make over the next five years. Legal aid minister Lord Bach said: ‘The UK has one of the best-funded legal aid systems in the world and it is a vital service for many people, particularly during the current economic downturn.’ ‘More and more homeowners, employees and those facing financial hardship, are vulnerable to civil law problems at this time. We need to do all we can to ensure that legal aid is prioritised effectively so that more people are able to access it to and resolve their legal problems.’ He added: ‘Legal aid practitioners provide a fantastic service and should be paid accordingly; and that means rebalancing some fee structures so that there is greater fairness across the board.’ ‘Today’s consultation paper sets out proposals to make better use of the legal aid budget and ensure access for as many people as possible.’ Law Society chief executive Des Hudson said: ‘Solicitors don’t create the demand for advice in police stations; they simply respond to requests from people who’ve been arrested. How can the government imply that the profession can somehow alter that – solicitors have no control over how many people are arrested. ‘Having access to legal advice in a police station is central to the working of our criminal justice system. It can result in early guilty pleas and can also ensure that innocent people are not prosecuted. It avoids the miscarriages of justice that were seen in the 1970s. Government should be investing in this to achieve future savings. Arbitrarily cutting the fees that are paid will reduce access to this vital service for the people who need it most.’ He added that it would be not just barristers, but also solicitor-advocates who would be affected by the decision to cut the rate of pay in Crown court cases. Hudson said: ‘For the criminal law solicitors whose businesses and livelihood are to be the subject of a best value tendering experiment in Bristol and Manchester this is deeply worrying. While they bid for work the Ministry of Justice introduces a flat rate countrywide fee. This consultation lacks thought for the long-term future of access to justice. ‘We are currently compiling a review into legal aid which we hope will be the base for the future of legal aid. We recognise that there is not a bottomless pit of money for legal services, but government needs to work with the professions to provide long-term solutions. We will be looking into these proposals in more detail and feeding back to the profession as soon as possible, but in the meantime we will be lobbying the government to delay implementation of the BVT experiments in Manchester and Bristol.’ The consultation will run until 12 November. It can be found at: read more

Keep off my land

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Globalink pipes up

first_imgThe pipes were received at Iraq’s Port of Umm Qasr, where Globalink used cranes to offload the pipes from the vessel into the storage area and handled the Customs clearance formalities.The cranes were then used to load the pipes onto trucks for transport to the jobsite. Due to security concerns, a convoy of escorts joined the road transport to the cargo’s final destination.Globalink is a member of The Heavy Lift Group (THLG).  www.globalinkllc.comwww.theheavyliftgroup.comlast_img

Lucky number 7 for Liburnia

first_imgThis is the sixth shipment of this type that Liburnia has executed, explained the company’s managing director, Captain Danko Crncevic: “From our perspective there is a huge difference now, compared to when the first lot was loaded 1.5 years ago. Operationally and technically all parties already have the know-how, so it appears that shipment is very smooth to handle, but for the first lot we had to make a huge number of preparations to ensure the project was a success.”Crncevic praised the relationship that Liburnia has fostered with Dockwise: “There are no delays in the schedule, and they handle the cargo with utmost care. Liburnia has chartered Dockwise vessels for all six lots.” He added completing shipments of this nature would not be possible without staff possessing wide-ranging technical and operational knowledge. www.liburniamar.hrlast_img read more

New chairman at FPS

first_imgAparo, who is joint managing director of FPS Sydney and Melbourne, replaces FPS Group founder Benny Ling, who has taken an early retirement for health reasons.The FPS advisory board now comprises Aparo as chairman; FPS Indonesia ceo Iskandar Zulkarnain as treasurer; and Kettivit Sittisoontornwong, ceo of FPS Thailand and Leo Global Logistics, as membership director. Sam Aparo. www.fps-group.netlast_img

Doctor Who – The Web Planet vinyl review

first_imgCredit: Demon Music GroupThe Web Planet arrived in only the second full season of Doctor Who, originally airing in 1965. It is one of the first truly divisive stories: some fans love it for its breadth of imagination, pushing the show in brave new directions, whilst others find it almost unwatchable because of shoddy production values where a budget has been stretched well beyond breaking point by an overly-ambitious script.Demon Music Group, which has released a wide selection of Doctor Who titles on vinyl, has now added The Web Planet to its catalogue. A new box set is available, containing three heavyweight 180g vinyls (one side per episode). The design work is up to the usual excellent standards that we have come to expect from this range, and depicts the menacing ant-like Zarbi of the planet Vortis on the cover.Unlike previous releases, such as The Evil of the Daleks and The Daleks’ Master Plan, The Web Planet exists in its entirely in the BBC archives, and many fans will have the DVD in their collection. This special release – the first time that the Web Planet has been available as a soundtrack – has specially-recorded linking narration by Maureen O’Brien.Credit: Demon Music GroupThe plot is mildly chaotic, but it essentially follows the TARDIS crew as they become embroiled in rivalry between the ant-like Zarbi and butterfly-like Menoptera on the planet Vortis. A third alien species – the Animus – uses gold to control the minds of the other species. In depicting no other humans besides the TARDIS crew, but no fewer than three alien species, The Web Planet showed enormous ambition. The problems are that the budget couldn’t convincingly stretch to adequately translate writer Bill Strutton’s ideas to screen. The Zarbi are a touch cumbersome, and the Menoptera are, well, not the best-realised aliens the series ever offered.The Web Planet stars William Hartnell as the First Doctor, with William Russell as Ian, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara and Maureen O’Brien as Vicki. The cast also includes the television debut of Martin Jarvis, an actor who would go on to considerable acclaim. Not only that, but he would return to Doctor Who to star opposite both Jon Pertwee (The Invasion of the Dinosaurs) and Colin Baker (Vengeance on Varos).Besides the poor production values, another issue with The Web Planet is that the story isn’t always compelling. Aside from the TARDIS crew, it’s hard to care about any of the characters. This compounds the problem of the limited budget. Famously, an extra playing a Zarbi in an unwieldy costume clatters into the camera at one point. In an attempt to cover the cracks and make the alien landscape less obviously just a cheap set, director Richard Martin opted to smear a thin layer of vaseline on the camera lens, which lends the visuals a hazy quality. All in all, the distractingly tight budget can’t help but draw attention to a script that is over-stretched to fill six episodes.Happily, the audio experience is much more pleasurable than watching the DVD. As a fan of the original series, The Web Planet is a story I seldom return to, because the poor visuals are an almost insurmountable obstacle to enjoying the story. Listening to it on warm vinyl, and allowing the imagination to set the scene, I realised that the story is much better than I’d remembered, and I got much more out of it. I still think it’s a long way short of being ranked with the all-time greats, but it is the first story in the series’ run that tried to do something radically different, and the production team deserves credit for that.As always, the partnership between William Russell as Ian and Jacqueline Hill as Barbara, separated though they are for much of the serial, is the glue that binds everything together. It’s great to have Maureen O’Brien, best-known now as a novelist, back to lend her vocal talents to set the scene for the listener, and her involvement is an enticement for fans of the Demon Music Group’s extensive Doctor Who catalogue to add The Web Planet to their collection.Overall, The Web Planet is one of those Doctor Who stories that is more pleasurable to listen to rather than watch, and as such, this release serves it well.As with some previous titles in the catalogue, there are two versions available: the standard comes with deep red records, but an Amazon-exclusive has clear, blue and red splatter vinyls. The high production values with sturdy packaging, three 180g records and striking design work from Demon Music Group will be sure to impress Doctor Who fans.Cast: William Hartnell, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill, Maureen O’Brien, Martin Jarvis Writer: Bill Strutton Director: Richard Martin Released by: Demon Music Group Running time: 150 minutes Release date: 13th December 2019 buy nowlast_img read more

Former Portuguese PM Antonio Guterres formally appointed as next UN chief

first_imgThe United Nations General Assembly has officially confirmed that Portugal’s Antonio Guterres will succeed Ban Ki-moon.It’s the final step in the long process of appointing the next UN secretary general.CCTV’s Lorna Shaddick reports from the UN headquarters in New York.last_img

Browns To Have “Significant Interest” in QB Tyrod Taylor Once Released By Bills

first_img Matt Loede Related TopicsBillsBrwonsTyrod Taylor Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Browns fans are you ready to order your Tyrod Taylor jerseys for the 2017 season? Yes, it appears the Browns interest in the quarterback who is reportedly going to get released by the Buffalo Bills is real, as Jason La Canfora of CBS reports the Browns very much have their eyes on Taylor. League sources said the Browns have significant interest in Taylor as a free agent. Taylor has strong ties to some on the Browns staff already and if/when he hits the open market I would be shocked if the Browns don’t make a real push for him. Many in the league believe that’s where he will end up — he’s young and athletic and protects the football and has upside. That would allow the Browns to take the two best players available with their two first-round picks — beginning with Myles Garrett first overall. The Browns also continue to try to push to retain pending free agent receiver Terrelle Pryor to have some weapons for the new QB.It was reported on February 8th by La Canfora that the Arizona Cardinals could be another team in the mix for Taylor, but with the Browns need for a quarterback, expect them to make a big push for the signal caller.Last season with the Bills Taylor threw for 3035 yards, 20 touchdowns and six picks, and also ran for 580 yards and six scores.He’s 14-14 in his career as a starter, and was 7-8 last season as starter for the Bills before being sat for the final game of the season so he would avoid injury and the team wouldn’t have to pay a huge insurance claim if he was hurt according to reports. If the Browns do get Taylor on the roster, you have to wonder what the future will hold for Robert Griffin III. last_img read more

UWF Men’s Basketball Ranked No. 9 In DII Bulletin Preseason Poll

first_img“Coming off arguably the greatest season in program history, West Florida (26-5) finds itself as the conference favorite. The reigning GSC champs have risen fast under the direction of Jeff Burkhamer and have added depth to an already loaded roster. The Argos must replace three of their best players but return Rashaan Benson (10.6 ppg), who dished out 174 assists. Among the new recruits is Old Dominion graduate transfer Alasaane Kah, who brings experience and will make an immediate impact in the post.” For the latest information on UWF men’s basketball, follow Argo athletics on Twitter @UWFMensBBall. The Argos will hold their first official practice Oct. 15. The team’s home opener vs. Spring Hill is slated for Nov. 20. The Argos were the only Gulf South Conference team featured in the poll. The Bulletin, a leading publication covering Division II basketball since 1991, rated the Argos the top team in the GSC for the upcoming season. The newsletter’s conference breakdown said: #ARGOS#Print Friendly Versioncenter_img The preseason preview edition of the Bulletin ranked Bellarmine as the top team in the country. Northwest Missouri followed with the No. 2 ranking. West Texas A&M, Lincoln Memorial, Saint Anselm, West Liberty, Western Washington, and Nova Southeastern came in ahead of UWF while East Stroudsburg rounded out the national top 10. PENSACOLA, Fla. – UWF men’s basketball checked in at No. 9 in the Division II Bulletin preseason poll Tuesday. The Argos open their season with an exhibition game at Florida State Oct. 26.”We are excited to receive our first ever preseason top 10 ranking,” said UWF head coach Jeff Burkhamer. “However, most preseason respect is earned by last year’s team. We have a completely different challenge this year.” “Pre season rankings are fun but postseason rankings are much more important,” said Burkhamer. “We are excited about beginning practice next week and look forward to staying relevant in the Gulf South Conference and the South Region.”UWF adds seven newcomers to the roster this year and returns six players who saw the floor last season, plus redshirt post player Conor Flanagan. last_img read more