Needless long hours

first_img Kieran Fielding, Pearson Fielding, Liverpool I read the comments of both Nick Herbert and in relation to magistrates sitting at unsocial times and hours. I have little respect for Mr Herbert’s opinion that ‘swift justice is currently the exception…’. Is he unaware of the Criminal Justice: Simple, Speedy Summary (CJSSS) process? As an advocate in the magistrates’ court, I know that many cases are dealt with on their first appearance. I am aware of the reluctance of magistrates to adjourn CJSSS cases. In Merseyside we have also had a scheme piloting early guilty pleas in the Crown court. Defendants are often sentenced within two weeks of a committal to the Crown court. It is difficult to see how these magistrates’ courts sitting outside normal hours would have any impact upon the speed that cases are dealt with. I am not sure that I can respect Mr Thornhill’s view that the main concern here would be costs. Solicitors would end up working longer hours, probably for less money. Perhaps I have misjudged both gentlemen and it is in their minds that the legal aid fund would pay enhanced rates for those of us who have the misfortune to appear in the late-night and weekend sittings. Finally, in our area we have seen a drop in the number of cases appearing in court due to a combination of falling police numbers and the reluctance of the Crown Prosecution Service to charge. This begs the question, why would we need such courts?last_img read more

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Bizon locomotive delivered

first_imgCZECH REPUBLIC: CZ Loko’s Česká Třebová factory has supplied Rail Cargo Carrier with the first of two EffiLiner 1600 Bizon locomotives produced by extensively rebuilding ČKD Class 753 locomotives.RCC-CZ intends to use the first of the locomotives to haul freight trains on the Polanka nad Odrou – Bohumín-Vrbice – Chałupki/Petrovice u Karviné route within the Ostrava industrial area and on transit Corridor 2 to Břeclav on the Austrian border.The second locomotive is scheduled to be delivered to RCC-Slovakia in late May, for use on container trains serving sister company Rail Cargo Operator–ČSKD’s terminals in Bratislava and Žilina.Ordered through a leasing agreement with Unicredit Leasing, the EffiLiner 1600 Bo-Bo locos are powered by a 1 550 kW CAT 3512C-HD engine with AC-DC transmission and have a maximum speed of 100 km/h. ‘One of the biggest advantages of these locomotives is their favourable purchase price’, according to CZ Loko Sales Director Jan Kutálek. ‘It is a complete upgrade of the original ČKD Class 753 locomotives that turns them into practically new locomotives. They can do the same job as a brand new locomotive. The purchase price, however, is almost two times lower. Another major advantage is fast and affordable servicing at Czech prices and a high level of unification with our other products.’Since 2012, Class 753.6 locos have been bought or leased to freight operators SD-KD (five), Unipetrol Doprava (four), PSŽ of Slovakia (one) and CER CARGO Holding of Hungary (two). Production of the EffiLiner 1600 in its current form is to end in a year’s time, when the type approval runs out, and modification of the design to meet the newer standards will be necessary. In addition, CZ Loko wants to concentrate on the production of shunting locos.last_img read more

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Quarterback Kyle Allen transferring from Texas A&M

first_imgThank you College Station and thank you Texas A&M University pic.twitter.com/hekE2O31ZK— Kyle Allen (@KyleAllen_10) December 11, 2015Allen won the starting job out of camp but was benched in favor of Murray after throwing three interceptions, all of which were returned for touchdowns, in a loss to Alabama in October.Allen received only sporadic playing time after he was benched. He played in 10 games as a freshman last season after Kenny Hill was benched after his struggles.Overall, Allen went 9-5 in 14 career starts.Allen is the second high-profile QB to announce a transfer on Thursday, joining Trevor Knight of Oklahoma. Knight has been granted a release from the school, according to Soonerscoop.com.Knight is scheduled to graduate at the end of the semester and would be immediately eligible in 2016 for his new school as a graduate transfer.Knight lost his job to Baker Mayfield.COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS Kyle Allen is leaving Texas A&M.The Aggies granted his release on Thursday. The school didn’t say where Allen, a former five-star recruit, would be going. The sophomore had lost the starting job to freshman Kyler Murray.Allen appeared in 10 games for the Aggies in 2015, and was 160 of 283 passing for 2,210 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions.Allen led the team to a 5-0 start, during which he averaged 254.8 yards passing and completed 64 percent of his passes.last_img read more

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NFF Delighted With Carl Ikeme’s Recovery From Cancer

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has expressed happiness at the news that former Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is winning his battle with cancer.The Wolverhampton Wanderers stopper was diagnosed with acute leukemia last year and has been receiving chemotherapy treatment until the weekend when he entered into complete remission.Speaking on behalf of the NFF in Saint Petersburg, Russia via Guardian, the body’s General Secretary, Sanusi Mohammed said: “We are indeed very happy and we rejoice with Ikeme on his progress. This is very good news that, I believe, will further inspire our Super Eagles ahead of their big World Cup match against Argentina today.”“Now that he has made the very important progress to remission, our prayer is for him to attain full recovery in the shortest time possible.” He added.Ikeme had earlier announced his treatment update via his twitter handle on Saturday. His tweet said: “After a tough year and intense chemotherapy treatment I would like to let everyone know I am in complete remission. I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality.“I would like to thank my family and friends, to start with, who have gone above and beyond for me. The support I have received from Wolves/Nigeria, the football world and from people from all over the world has been hard to put into words.I can’t thank everyone at the Christie and Heartlands Hospital enough for their care!!! What next who knows…I’m just taking it a day at a time.” it concluded.Sanusi Mohammed and other NFF chiefs including president Amaju Pinnick had visited Carl Ikeme at the Christie and Heartlands Hospital, Manchester in March.RelatedCarl Ikeme To Be Offered Super Eagles Coaching RoleJuly 30, 2018In “National Team”Carl Ikeme: Okala Praises NFF Gesture Towards Recently Retired GoalkeeperAugust 1, 2018In “National Team”Carl Ikeme Opens New Cancer Unit In First Public Appearance After Treatment (Photos)July 4, 2018In “Africa”last_img read more

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