Housing lawyers could ‘cease to exist’

first_imgNational housing charity Shelter is seeking to work with law firm trainees to prevent what it says is the threatened extinction of housing law as a speciality following legal aid cuts. Shelter was forced to close nine offices and make 100 staff – mostly specialists in housing – redundant after the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act cut its legal aid income for advice in half. Speaking at a conference on responding to legal aid cuts at City Hall, London, yesterday, chief executive Campbell Robb said the charity was looking into partnerships with law firms that would see trainee solicitors support and work at Shelter.However, the risk of such pro bono partnerships, Robb warned, was that they would be seen as the solution to the crisis currently faced by cuts to civil legal aid, ‘feeding the agenda that everyone can deal with their own housing problems with a little advice and assistance’.Along with that agenda, he said, was the fear that social welfare law would be seen as a lesser branch of the law than other specialisms such as tax and commercial law.‘Our real fear at Shelter is…that the future generation of housing lawyers are just not going to come through,’ he said. ’If housing law ceases to be regarded as a discipline in its own right, and as a career path, then we’ll have an inferior system of justice. We need to develop our own trainee solicitors and we’re trying to do that.’People who are vulnerable, who have difficulty with the language or literacy, who struggle – as most of us would – with the Civil Procedure Rules, need more than advice. They need active assistance, they need to be represented.‘It is of little comfort to know you have a good legal case if you’re unable to do anything about it.’Every year 50,000 people visit Shelter’s offices, 130,000 people phone it’s helpline, and 4.5 million people visit its website to seek, in nearly all cases, legal advice.last_img read more

Togolese President flies into Nigeria to meet Africa’s richest man

first_imgTogo President second left in blue, Aliko Dangote on the left (Picture courtesy)Togo’s President Faure Gnassignbe, flew into Nigeria to visit the Dangote Refinery owned by Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote reports local media.President Gnassingbe arrived in Lagos on Tuesday with his entourage. Gnassingbe was welcomed by the president of Dangote group, Aliko Dangote and the Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enalemah and some members of the business community according to Channels TV.Togolee President’s visit to Aliko Dangote’s refinery shows a possible business partnership between the Dangote group and the West African country.“Aliko Dangote is our pride in Africa and his aggressive investment drive towards developing the economies of the continent should be lauded,” said President of Togo Republic, Faure Gnassingbe during a tour of the Dangote refinery project in LagosDangote refinery and fertiliser projects will cost a minimum of $17 billion, according to Dangote the $12billion refinery would have a capacity of 650,000 barrels a day. He further added that the mechanical completion will be at the end of 2018, but we will start producing in 2019, saving Nigeria at least $5 billion spent on the importation of oil according to Mr. Aliko Dangote.The Togo leader also met with the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for about half an hour in the President’s office.President Buhari commended Dangote for his efforts in building the refinery while President Gnassingbe said that the refinery would go a long way in promoting trade and ensuring that there imports from non-African countries would be reduced.‘President Buhari also promised that the Nigerian government would do all in its powers to stabilise the Niger Delta region to make the pumping of gas to other West African countries easy.’ Said a report by Channels Tvlast_img read more

Plenty of work remains, but Friday’s activity a modest step forward for Ravens

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The first 10 days of free agency had been anything but smooth for the Ravens, even if it was expected by anyone paying attention.With limited salary cap room and 12 unrestricted free agents becoming available, coach John Harbaugh knew there would be difficult decisions to make, including waving goodbye to veterans Ben Grubbs, Jarret Johnson, Corey Redding, Haruki Nakamura, and Tom Zbikowski. Even when the Ravens targeted a potential outsider to help fill one of those voids — such as their flirtation with Eagles guard Evan Mathis — they found themselves without sufficient funds to close the deal.Other than the re-signing of veteran center Matt Birk last week, the lack of activity was causing some restless nights among the fan base. But with the second week of free agency nearing its conclusion, this is typically when general manager Ozzie Newsome begins hunting for the best value.Newsome and the Ravens apparently found it on Friday, re-signing linebackers Jameel McClain and Brendon Ayanbadejo and inking former Bears cornerback Corey Graham and veteran safety Sean Considine to contracts.“[Waiting] probably wasn’t as hard for me as it was for the fans, because I had a little bit more of a front seat into what we were doing and those conversations are happening every day,” Harbaugh said. “We were involved with guys all the time, but we had our limits as to what we were going to be able to pay certain players.”While none of the four moves should be labeled as significant splashes, the retaining of McClain allows the Ravens to cross off inside linebacker as one of their most pressing needs this offseason. Though not an elite player, McClain acquitted himself nicely in the absence of fellow inside linebacker Ray Lewis for four games last season.The 26-year-old repeatedly stated his preference to remain with the organization that took a chance on him as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2008, but many expected McClain to find a new home somewhere else once he hit the open market on March 13.“There’s always that possibility, because this game is unpredictable,” McClain said. “We never know what’s going to happen at the end of the day. But in the back of my heart, I always knew that Baltimore was home.”With a deep group of available inside linebackers and a slow pace to the market, McClain’s only visit came with the Denver Broncos, who eventually re-signed inside linebacker Joe Mays. Those circumstances led to increased optimism that the Ravens would be able to keep McClain in Baltimore, which became reality on Friday afternoon.“I probably wasn’t real confident early on because we just know what kind of a player he is,” Harbaugh said. “I think you guys have seen him. Our fans know how good of a player he is. For whatever reason, the inside backer market just didn’t really go crazy.”McClain represents a rock-solid starting option next to Lewis and quells concerns at the position, but the Ravens will still look to address the inside linebacker position in April’s draft with an eventual replacement for Lewis in mind. Pass coverage still remains an issue, but the re-signing of Ayanbadejo does give the Ravens another option in the nickel package.Friday also represented an encouraging day for the Ravens’ special teams with two Pro Bowl selections secured for a unit that finished 30th in the NFL in 2011, according to FootballOutsiders.com. The returning Ayanbadejo as well as Graham and Considine will try to help the Ravens improve on their 31st-ranked kickoff coverage and 24th-ranked punt coverage last season.Of the three signings, Graham represents the most intriguing upside. Regarded as one of the best gunners in the league, he will start on all special teams units and be a focal point for which other teams will have to game-plan. Though clearly behind Lardarius Webb, Cary Williams, and Jimmy Smith, Graham does have secondary experience in addition to his special teams prowess.“He’s kind of a guy like me who you’re going to have to scheme against him and double-team him and come up with ways to stop him,” Ayanabadejo said about his former Chicago teammate. “And anytime you double-team one guy, that’s going to leave someone else open.”While Friday can be regarded as a modest sigh of relief for the Ravens and their fans, plenty of holes remain with the draft nearly a month away. Identifying starting replacements for Grubbs at left guard and Johnson at outside linebacker are still the top priorities. After that, the Ravens will look to address the third receiver spot as well as to try to find a viable return specialist.The four signings eat away most of the near-$5 million in cap room the Ravens held entering the day, meaning they will likely need to sit tight until the draft and reassess the roster and the open market after selections have been made.Yes, Friday represented a satisfying move in the right direction, but it will likely put the Ravens back in the familiar position of waiting.With plenty of work still to do between now and the start of the season.Hear interviews with John Harbaugh, Jameel McClain, and Corey Graham in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault right here.last_img read more

BracketRacket: ‘Notice we don’t say reality’

first_imgWelcome back to BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all your NCAA needs.Today, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys drops by to explain why the loss by his beloved Akron Zips won’t leave him a lonely boy, Rick Pitino’s horse fills out a bracket, and Harvard busts everyone else’s, though not necessarily in that order. We also brandish six-shooters — cap pistols, actually — and trot out the world’s longest dry-erase board to explain in detail why you never had a chance.But, first, a brief public-service message.____DIDN’T I SEE YOU IN THE LAST EPISODE OF ‘SWAMP HUNTERS?’In this Sept. 29, 2012, file photo, guitarist Dan Auerbach, center, and drummer Patrick Carney of The Black Keys perform at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in New York. (AP Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)If, like us, you can’t get by without your weekly fix of “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,” you already know where to find TruTV.The rest of you Johnny-come-latelies scrambling to find it during the tournament?Good luck.CBS is spreading its NCAA games across four networks this year — the mothership, plus TNT, TBS and TruTV. And while it will still provide live look-ins to games on the other networks, those will be shown only at halftime or between games. No more cutting back-and-forth to close contests. That’s what your remote is for.So grab it, and courtesy of Deadspin.com, start your hunt for TruTV here: https://deadsp.in/16LTK2e .In a previous incarnation, Tru used to be Court TV. Now, the network’s slogan is “Not Reality. Actuality.”“Notice we don’t say it’s reality,” Turner Broadcasting’s Steve Koonin practically boasted to the L.A. Times a while back. Duly noted.“This is our version of reality,” he added.What a coincidence. That’s the NCAA’s motto, too.___NOW YOU’RE TELLING US?No. 14 Harvard 68, No. 3 New Mexico 62.It’s about time.No, not the Crimson’s first-ever NCAA tournament win, but this: https://bit.ly/ZgKICO .___DOES MR. ED KNOW ABOUT THIS?A horse is a horse, of course, unless it happens to be Rick Pitino’s horse, of course.In that case, it’s a potential gold mine.Pitino is a master at recruiting kids and coaching ’em up. Everyone already knows that. He’s on the Hall of Fame ballot this year, and Pitino reminded us why one more time Thursday, when Louisville opened the tournament with a very workmanlike 79-48 thrashing of tiny North Carolina A&T. Just like the sensei, his young charges showed none of the nerves that often accompany being tagged as the No. 1 seed overall.What you might not know is the man also happens to be a pretty good judge of horseflesh (and occasionally names some of it after one of his players).Goldencents, Pitino’s 3-year-old thoroughbred, recently won the Sham Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep race, and is pointed squarely down the road toward this year’s Run for the Roses. What a double that would be. And here’s a look that Pitino could pull off in either arena: https://bit.ly/ZYdZ6b .But let’s not get one foot too far out in front of the other.First up on Pitino’s dance card is the tournament, and so it was probably a good thing he wasn’t around the barns when a reporter from NBC 4 in L.A. showed up earlier this week and asked his colt to fill out a bracket.There’s an ad on the front end of this video clip, and lots of TV happy talk right after, but if you start at the 1:50 mark and watch for a minute or so — it’s not half-bad — you’ll get it straight from the horse’s mouth here: https://bit.ly/14aEMmO .If you can’t spare the time, here’s the money quote: Louisville wins it going away.Smart horse.___CASTING CALL FOR A NEW TruTV SERIESJust know you don’t stand a chance if this guy finds out: https://bit.ly/Ycd5J9 .___CELEBRITY ALUMYou’d think growing up in Akron, Ohio, would be tough enough, even before you factor in the historic 88-42 beatdown the hometown Zips suffered at the hands of VCU in their opener.Then you remember most of those same kids also grew up in the shadow of Cleveland’s sad-sack sports teams. Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and bandmate Dan Auerbach did. But that was not the inspiration for their latest Grammy Award-winning hit “Lonely Boys” — even if it’s tempting to think so.Carney, who currently calls Nashville home, shared his tale of survival and what it’s like to grow up a Zips fan with AP music writer Chris Talbott.“My dad used to take us to games a couple times a year when I was a kid. They weren’t very good back then, but it was fun. I always like rooting for the underdog, I guess,” Carney said. “At this point, the school is probably the most important thing economically for the city of Akron, so it is great to see the basketball team getting a little attention.”Unfortunately, very little. But people have learned to make do with that in Akron. LeBron James hails from there, and gets back on occasion, but these days he’s got eyes mostly for Miami.Carney and Auerbach played baseball and basketball as kids, and began the band that became The Black Keys after dropping out of college. Carney still describes himself as a serious fan, but it could have been worse.“I have the potential to be a 10, but after watching Cleveland teams get brutalized my whole life, I kind of backed off a bit,” he said. “I am probably a five at this point.”Then, Carney proved his savvy by telling Talbot that while his heart was in Akron, at least when it comes to the NCAAs, his head is somewhere else:“I am picking Duke.”___YOU HEARD RIGHT. NOW WATCH THIS GUY PROVE ITWe told you Monday that the odds of a perfect bracket were one in 9.2 quintillion.Maybe you didn’t believe us.But you’ll believe this guy: https://bit.ly/YunLNo .___STAT OF THE DAYIf you value consistency, STATS thinks you’ll like Indiana. Only two players in the tournament averaged at least 16 points per game in their previous appearances (minimum: three games) and two of them are Hoosiers: Christian Watford (19.0 ppg in three games) and Cody Zeller (16.7 ppg in three games).Gonzaga’s Elias Harris was at 16.0 ppg in six games, but managed just five on Thursday when the Zags beat Southern.___QUOTE OF DAY“We got in here a little late last night, but we’re trying to enjoy Austin. I did walk down 6th Street last night and I didn’t realize how many bars they had. But I didn’t see any of my guys there, so we’re off to a good start.” — Pacific coach Bob Thomason, whose 15th-seeded Tigers play Miami, on his team’s arrival Wednesday night.___Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org and follow him at Twitter.com/Jim Litke.last_img read more

Jackson County Road Construction

first_imgA road construction project in Jackson county on U.S.-74 Is underway. Crews will work on the bridge ramp for U.S.-74 East to U.S.-441. Only the eastbound lanes will be affected; westbound lanes will stay open. There is a detour in place: drivers should take Hyatt Creek at Exit 69.The work is expected to take about 5-to-6 weeks.last_img

Technorati Relaunches: “Everything” Search

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting josh catone 1 But Technorati has removed the emphasis on blog search and repositioned itself as a live search site, which may be a brilliant move in light of Google’s recent universal search initiative. As Robert Scoble guesses, it looks like their “valuation just went up about $500 million.” (Perhaps not that much, but certainly, while acquisition rumors persist, this move only makes the site a more attractive prospect for purchase. I could see Yahoo! taking a long, hard look at Technorati.) Technorati has also eliminated their “search silos.” Instead of separate searches for keywords, tags, or the blog directory, there is now one unified search that attempts to return the most relevant results. Keeping things simple always makes a lot of sense and will certainly win points from users. For purists, Technorati offers a new dedicated blog search that works more or less like it always has, though with as simpler design. Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I always found Technorati to be useful. To me, their blog search seems to be a lot more “live” than Google’s, finding new posts in a matter of minutes, and I often use it to research obscure subjects and see what people are saying. However, according to David Weinberger, who is on Technorati’s board of advisers, the default search is now about tags — not the actual text of blog posts. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but I do know that Technorati is not indexing the full text of blog posts the way Google likely is. In order to compete in the long run, Technorati will have to find content based on the content itself — not just how people describe it, in my opinion.Beyond their blog search, I hope that Technorati expands their video search beyond YouTube, their photos beyond Flickr, events beyond Eventful, and hope their music search crawls more than Last.fm. Sifry says today’s changes are just the beginning of a series of changes that will make Technorati results richer and more comprehensive, so hopefully that includes expanding their search pool.“The world has changed,” Sifry said on his blog. “This isn’t just about blogs anymore. And to be of service to you, we have changed too.”What do you think of the changes to Technorati?center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Technorati announced a major relaunch this morning, 6-months in the making. The new Technorati has evolved from a blog search to, as the site puts it, an “everythinging in the known universe” search. What that really boils down to is: user generated content. Technorati mainly searches blog posts, photos, and videos, but also music and events. Technorati CEO David Sifry says people are using the site to “get the 360 degree context of the Live Web – blogs of course, but also user-generated video, photos, podcasts, music, games and more.”To that end, Technorati is now a hub for user generated content, aggregated across over “250 million videos, blogs, photos, podcasts, events, and other social media objects.” A lot of these media features were already available at Technorati, and indeed much of the relaunch is about the overhauled site design and search results integration than anything else.last_img read more

Shoplifting Suspect Dies after Brawl with Grocery Store Loss Prevention

first_imgA North Highlands, California, man involved in a brawl with three third-party loss prevention associates at a Carmichael grocery store Saturday evening died later that night, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shaun Hampton said. The man, identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as Eric Eastland, 50, was suspected of shoplifting from the store before the altercation. Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Bel Air supermarket, after several people called 911 to report the fight. Chelsea Minor, a Bel Air spokeswoman, said the altercation happened after Eastland filled a reusable bag with items without paying and headed toward the entrance. “He made physical contact with the loss prevention associate when he was approached leaving the store without payment,” Minor said. “It is not our policy to be forceful in any way. “Eastland was already detained by the time deputies got there, Hampton said. “He was looking as if he was not feeling well,” Hampton said. “He indicated that he had utilized some illegal drugs.”Eastland told deputies he had taken methamphetamine earlier that day but had not taken his heart medication. Deputies started CPR after Eastland lost consciousness, Hampton said. The Sheriff’s Department asked for Fire Department personnel to assist with the call, as they typically do when deputies respond to reports of an altercation, Hampton said. Eastland died at the hospital later that day, Hampton said. 
Minor said three loss prevention were involved in the incident. One was sent to the hospital with minor injuries. Loss prevention associates are required to follow their employer’s polices in instances of shoplifting, Hampton said. Minor said she believed the loss prevention personnel, who are contracted by Bel Air through the Roseville-based company Monument Security, did follow proper protocol. The Sacramento County district attorney will make the final determination as to whether the employees will face any charges in connection to Eastland’s death, Hampton said.  [Source: The Sacramento Bee] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Cartoon: “Hello World” Problems

first_imgTags:#Cartoons#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… See more of Rob’s cartoons at Noise to Signal. Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img rob cottingham 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img

Allow myself to introduce… myself.

first_imgHi! Since this is my first post to the server room, I thought I would introduce myself and give you a bit of background on who I am. My name is Matt Chorman, and I am a validation engineer at Intel where I get to work with EPSD (Enterprise Products and Services Division) servers. My job is to test a wide range of products, from single processor servers up to Itanium2 “Big Iron” boxes. I’m an open source guy, and have been working with Linux in the enterprise for nine years. During recent years, I have also been running performance testing and tuning on all the servers that come through our lab.I work in platform validation (which is an engineering role), but I have a unique perspective on servers; I worked in IT for a number of years, culminating in a System Administration role for a mid-sized finance company. There were many challenges that I faced that are becoming the calling card of IT everywhere: Were there things that I could have done to make the servers we had run more efficiently? Where do you draw the line between employee complaints about the speed of a certain server and the cost of upgrading (i.e. employee efficiency)? How much would it cost to simply purchase a newer (and much better performing) server to compensate for this? Client management difficulties. These problems are directly tied to the lack of efficiency in the software they were using. However, there is a tradeoff when it comes to looking at options to improve the speed of your network. How much would it have cost to hire a team of programmers to re-write this custom software to be more efficient? Heat in the server room. Power usage of the clients. Too many servers for the space we were allocated. These are the type of questions IT folks everywhere are faced with, and unfortunately there are no black-and-white answers. However, these are the questions I’ll be exploring in my blog. I may not be able to offer you answers, but perhaps I can give you some ideas you can use in your own organization. Maybe you’ll give me some answers that I can use within my own role! Also, like all of us here, I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have for me. If I don’t have the answers, I can probably find someone who can answer them for you.Cheers, and happy computing!last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Iceland hero reveals how he prepared for Lionel Messi

first_imgHannes Por Halldorsson Iceland’s goalkeeper, who doubles as a film director when he is not playing football, had his moment in the sun when he saved Lionel Messi’s penalty to hand his country a 1-1 draw against Argentina in their opening Group d encounter in Moscow in Saturday.”I hope it is going to prove important to us to reach our goal to qualify,” Halldorsson said of the penalty save.”I did my homework, I looked at a lot of penalties by Messi, and I also looked at how I had been behaving in previous penalties, so I tried to get into their mindset, how they would be thinking about me.”I think the Argentinians felt a bit frustrated that they weren’t getting through and it was important we equalised so quickly. I guess our game plan worked almost perfectly.”2018 FIFA World Cup, Day 3: UpdatesSergio Aguero had given the twice world champions the lead after 19 minutes of the Group D match. However, Iceland showed exactly the same commitment and self-belief as when they stunned the soccer world with their run to the quarter-finals of the European Championship two years ago and hit back four minutes later through Alfred Finnbogason.Also read – Messi flops as Iceland draw with ArgentinaArgentina, playing in all-black and roared on by the vast majority of the crowd in the Spartak Stadium, eventually took command and delivered wave after wave of attacks in the second half but they actually created few clear chances either side of the poorly-struck 64th-minute penalty by Messi, who had a remarkable 11 shots during the match.advertisement Iceland, by far the smallest country by population to appear at the World Cup, famously beat England in the last 16 of Euro 2016 and again inspired by their “thunderclapping” fans ran tirelessly and fought for everything to write another glowing chapter in their short but glorious major tournament story.Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said: “We need to find more variety of options going forward. It’s a very competitive group.”The circumstances around the missed penalty and that led to Leo’s mistake, that’s just another statistic, it’s part of the past… football is like that. We need to be strong as a group, believe in ourselves and know we have all the tools to beat anybody.”His players won’t have to look far for inspiration when it comes to self-belief.After poor-quality, low-intensity performances from some of the other tournament outsiders in the opening days in Russia, Iceland showed yet again their magnificent commitment, spirit and fitness.They signalled their intent from the kick off, sending seven men charging into the box to challenge as the ball was pumped long and it proved to be just the first of many uncomfortable moments for a decidedly shaky Argentine defence.The South Americans looked more assured in attack, though, and went ahead when Aguero turned tightly in the box and smashed in an unstoppable shot.Iceland, however, are not a team to sit back and sulk and soon forced an equaliser when keeper Willy Caballero palmed Gylfi Sigurdsson’s low shot straight into the path of Finnbogason to sweep into the unguarded net.After Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain on Friday, all eyes were on Messi to respond but he was generally kept at arm’s length by the rugged but controlled Iceland defenders, no respecters of even the greatest reputation.The great man was then given the ultimate opportunity after Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson got entangled with Aguero in the box, only for Halldorsson to fly to his right and palm the penalty clear.Iceland then defended superbly, almost fanatically, and when substitute Cristian Pavon did break through in the dying moments, Halldorsson made another fantastic full-length save to touch his shot clear.Iceland’s players rushed to the stands to share their celebrations with their fans and now will have real belief that they can get out of a group that also contains Croatia and Nigeria, who meet later on Saturday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more