Advocacy assurance scheme put on hold for a month

first_imgThe launch of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) has been delayed and the consultation on its design extended, the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) announced today. The JAG, set up with representatives of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board and ILEX Professional Services to design the scheme, said QASA is being ‘reconsidered in the light of issues being raises in the consultation period’. A consultation on the scheme to assess publicly funded criminal defence advocates was due to close today (7 October), but has been extended to 7 November. The JAG has indicated that there are likely to be adjustments made to ensure no ‘unintended consequences’. This is likely to mean that its implementation, scheduled for December, will be postponed. A JAG spokesman said: ‘We remain very committed to the introduction of a single set of standards for criminal advocates as soon as possible, but our priority is to develop a scheme which protects the public interest, while being both proportionate and consistent.’ He said: ‘A number of valid issues on how the scheme can operate most effectively have been raised during the consultation period. As responsible, public interest regulators, we must take the time needed to look at these in more detail, to ensure that the scheme meets our public interest objectives.’ Bodies representing solicitors welcomed the decision. Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson said: ‘The Law Society has never been against the principle of a proportionate and balanced quality assurance of advocacy scheme. We believe that, properly implemented, it could provide an important opportunity for solicitor advocates to demonstrate their skills and for the public to identify the best advocates. ‘However, the proposal from the JAG had significant flaws to the extent that it could cause serious and unnecessary damage to the practices of many competent solicitors and to the administration of justice.’ Jo Cooper, chair of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates said: ‘This is a common sense move. It gives us some hope for the development of the scheme. A moratorium will give all the stakeholders time to look again at the aims originally set out by the Legal Services Board, and try to generate a new consensus about how those aims can be put into effect rigorously but fairly.’ Cooper said the structures put in place to set up the scheme had created problems. ‘The JAG has become dominated by the bar who have sent their key players into bat, whereas the SRA representation is underweight.’ He said there is also ‘ambiguity’ about the role of the advisory group chaired by Lord Justice Thomas. ‘Neither group has invested in research to identify the real needs of regulation and the scheme that has been allowed to develop has been fuelled by myth and self-interest.’ However he said: ‘There are sensible voices on all sides of the debate and this is an opportunity for a new dialogue – and hopefully a genuine consensus around a more sensible scheme.’ Max Hill QC, chair of the Criminal Bar Asscoaition said: ‘The CBA welcomes the joint announcement by the regulators extending the current consultation period to 7 November 2011. Recent events have shown that there remain important issues for discussion within the draft QASA scheme. ‘Where professional livelihoods are at stake, these matters cannot be rushed.’last_img read more

European-profile PowerHaul locomotive to be unveiled at InnoTrans

first_imgGE TRANSPORTATION: The unveiling of the first PH37ACai PowerHaul diesel locomotive designed for continental Europe, launching the ETCS-compatible Tempo suite of signalling products and highlighting the training opportunities offered by GE Transportation University will be among the company’s objectives at InnoTrans.The first appearance of a European version of the PowerHaul family is expected to attract a lot of attention. Assembled by GE Transportation’s Turkish partner Tülomsas, it has a full-width body in contrast to the narrow-bodied version operated by Freightliner within the tight UK loading gauge, which was on show at InnoTrans 2010. German open access freight operator Heavy Haul Power International is to take delivery of an initial pilot batch of two to six European-profile PowerHaul locomotives. These are intended for use on ‘a specific project’, and HHP will work with GE Transportation to obtain approval for use in Germany and the Benelux countries. Further orders are expected to follow. According to Rob McKeel, General Manager for Locomotives at GE Transportation, the target market is ‘medium weight, medium power’ applications in Europe and Turkey, where a Tülomsas-built UK profile locomotive has been tested by TCDD with a view to placing future orders. A separate version of PowerHaul for the Australian market is under development in partnership with UGL, while 25 PowerHaul locomotives are to be built by Hyundai Rotem in South Korea for use on Korail passenger and freight services at up to 150 km/h from 2014. The PowerHaul on show at InnoTrans features the first commercial deployment of GE Transportation’s Tempo signalling equipment, which is being launched this year. Tempo is an integrated platform of signalling technology suitable for a wide range of applications from CBTC for metros to ERTMS equipment for high speed lines suitable for speeds above 300 km/h. Enabling customers to get the most of out of their products and optimise maintenance is also a key aim of GE Transportation University, an online training portal designed to equip operators and technicians in the rail, marine, mining and stationary power industries with the technical knowledge to recognise, diagnose and solve problems. Railway Gazette International is the only official international media partner for InnoTrans. Further details of GE Transportation’s presence at the show appear in the September 2012 issue.Guide to vehicles on show at InnoTrans 2012last_img read more

ATHLETICS: Record Number Of Athletes To Make Nigeria “Giant Of Africa” At U20 African…

first_imgNigerian athletes will prove that the country still is “the giant of Africa” at the 14th African Athletics Confederation U18 and U20 African Championships which began yesterday in Abidjan the capital of Ivory Coast according to the technical director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Sunday Adeleye.Nigeria’s team of 96 athletes is the largest of any country in Ivory Coast and represents the largest ever number to represent Nigeria at the U18 and U20 African Championships.Adeleye told that the AFN, despite being plagued by financial difficulty (the sports ministry refused to fund Nigeria’s participation at this championship and Nigeria’s contingent made the journey to Ivory Coast by bus), made the decision to send a record number of athletes to the championships in order expose them to conditions that will help accelerate their development.Nigeria missed out on the last U18 and U20 African Championships held in Algeria in 2017 because of financial constraints and Adeleye using the excuse of lack for not competing at these age-grade meets would mean the AFN will be shortchanging the athletes at a vital stage of their development especially as many of them will never get another opportunity to compete at this level.     “We are actually doing this [sending 96 athletes] because you can go to senior competitions as many times as you can but you can’t always go for junior [competitions] because you surpass the age and then the generation,” Adeleye said.“If this generation misses this one again because the Nigerian team we have been losing out in the Junior competitions we’ve not attended the Juniors in about two series because of lack of funds. Even now we still have the issue of lack of funds so are we going to continue saying there’s lack of funds for almost a decade saying we are not going for this competition? No.“So we came about agreeing that let’s go with these athletes let’s expose them because they need exposure. This is the bedrock of Nigerian track and field athletes’ performance this is where we must start from. If we don’t expose these athletes, then when do we expose them?”“A lot of them will never be eighteen again after this year, a lot of them will never be eighteen again after next month. So that is why we’ve said we are going with this large pool to expose these athletes because [it helps us for the Olympics in] 2020, then give them that confidence.”With Nigeria returning to the competition with such a large number of athletes, Adeleye says it is time once again for that Nigeria still is “the giant of Africa” in athletics.“Our target is to go there and of course do Nigeria proud and do ourselves proud and of course to show our dominance in Africa: that we are still the giant of Africa and that, of course, we are still good in what we know how to do best which is sports.”Relatedlast_img read more

MotoGP Spain live stream FREE: How to watch Jerez Grand Prix without paying a penny

first_imgMOTOGP has finally returned after a false start just over four months ago.The season was meant to get underway in Qatar, but only the Moto2 and Moto3 grand prix races were held after Qatari authorities banned all Italian nationals due to coronavirus.Marc Marquez will be looking to secure another MotoGP world titleCredit: AFP or licensorsWhat time does MotoGP Spain start?MotoGP Spain takes place over the weekend of July 17-19.The race will commence at 1pm TODAY – 2pm local time.What TV channel is MotoGP Spain on and can I live stream it?MotoGP Spain is live on BT Sport 2.Race day coverage commences at 7.15am, taking in Moto2 and Moto3.To stream all the action live, head to or the BT Sport app.Can I watch MotoGP Spain for FREE?MotoGP Spain scheduleFriday8.55am – Free Practice 11.10pm – Free Practice 2Saturday 8.55am – Free Practice 312.30pm – Free Practice 41.10pm – Qualifying 11.35pm – Qualifying 2Sunday1pm – Race 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 10 Best Travel Destinations in Taiwan What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! DayZ Amazing Mods ~ More Cars, More Guns, More Gore!center_img 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Football player touch female referee s breast! Source: Motorsport – read more