What the Water Remembers

first_imgToni Stuart, from Muizenberg, Afeefa Omar, from Bellville, and Pieter Odendaal and Lwanda Sindaphi, from Observatory, will take part in What the Water Remembers.Pictgure: Lindsey Appolis. A multilingual poetry production that explores our personal, historical, socio-economic and spiritual relationships to water in Cape Town will debut at the Open Book Festival on Wednesday September 4 at the Fugard Theatre, at 6pm.Poets Pieter Odendaal, Lwanda Sindaphi, Toni Stuart and Afeefa Omar join forces with director Jason Jacobs and singer Babalwa Zimbini Embo Makwetu to explore our relations to water in What the Water Remembers.The production is the result of a collaborative process that included workshops with various experts, visiting bodies of water and writing poems. The project forms part of Odendaal’s doctoral studies at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane on how spoken word poetry can help us to respond to social and ecological change. Tickets cost R50. Book through Webtickets under Open Book Festival.last_img read more

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MoJ to press ahead with criminal legal aid reforms

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice will press ahead with two-tier contracts for criminal legal aid and implement a second fee reduction of up to 8.75% next summer.In its response to the Transforming Legal Aid consultation, published today, the MoJ said it will increase the proposed number of tender contracts from 525 to 527.The two-month tender exercise began today. Bidders will be notified of the outcome in June 2015, with contracts beginning in October 2015.Law Society president Andrew Caplen said solicitors were ‘extremely disappointed’ with the decision and questioned the government’s suggestion that criminal legal aid work will be sustainable in future.Practitioner groups the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, and the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association said this afternoon that they are investigating the possibility of fresh legal action to thwart the plans.The consultation was started days after the high court had ruled it had acted unlawfully when introducing criminal legal aid reforms, following a challenge by the practitioner groups.It was specifically targeted at consulting on the reports undertaken by Otterburn Legal Consultating Ltd and KPMG in February 2014 and the assumptions used to decide the number of duty provider contracts to offer.In its summary, the government said the new model will give firms the confidence to invest in restructuring ‘in the knowledge they would be in receipt of larger and more certain volumes’.The summary added: ‘This contracting approach also gives the government the assurance it needs that those accused of a crime will have access to a lawyer by maintaining a sustainable legal aid service.’The MoJ explained KPMG had been asked to analyse the consultation responses and compared them to evidence previously heard.Based on responses to the consultation, the MoJ recommended the number of contracts increase to 527, but otherwise found respondents had provided no new evidence which would require them to amend its report.Respondents cited the Otterburn analysis that only the most profitable providers at present will survive under the new model and with a 17.5% cut in fees.But the MoJ largely rejected that conclusion, saying Otterburn had come to its conclusions ‘in the context of the current unconsolidated market’.The government added: ‘Consolidation of the market will give organisations the opportunity to access a larger share of work, enabling them to explore economies of scale which will in turn help to mitigate the fee reduction and give them the best possible opportunity to make a sustainable profit.’The department will pay expenses for travel time over 90 minutes in a bid to help firms in rural areas.The consultation received 3,942 responses, but the Ministry of Justice said they did not provide ‘any new evidence’ about the viability of the dual contract model.Law Society president Caplen warned some areas of the country could be left with no legal representation, depriving members of the public from access to justice.’We are very concerned that the ministry has not taken into account the views of the overwhelming majority of our members who responded to the consultation, or to the independent consultants who raised concerns about the economic impact on the supplier base.’Shadow legal aid minister Andy Slaughter said the ‘pathetic’ response was ‘another slap in the face’ to legal aid practitioners.‘This does very little to fix the growing crisis in legal aid and only further highlights how this out of touch government are belligerently sticking to their already failing program. Cuts to legal aid have led to justice increasingly becoming a privilege for the wealthy few.’The LCCSA has said it expects two-third of legal aid firms to close as a result of the decision. Jon Black, president, said it was a ‘depressing day’ for practitioners which will cause ‘terrible collateral damage’.‘A fair defence for those who aren’t wealthy will become a lottery,’ he said.‘As firms start to close or cut corners to keep afloat we’ll see plummeting standards of defence and miscarriages of justice. It would seem that the government is unconcerned by this.’A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: ‘Legal aid is a vital part of our justice system. We must ensure it is available for the individuals who need it, sustainable for the lawyers who provide it, and affordable for the taxpayers who ultimately pay for it.‘Nothing will change for anyone accused of a crime, they will still have the same access to a legally-aided lawyer as they do now.‘When we began reform, we had one of the most expensive legal aid systems in the world at around £2bn a year. Given the financial crisis this government inherited, we had no choice but to make significant savings. However, we do understand reform will not be easy for some lawyers, so we have introduced a range of measures to support them.’last_img read more

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High Court to hear latest chapter of Russian fishing dispute

first_imgA multi-million-pound dispute between two Russian businessmen is to return to court this week where it will be alleged that the terms of a freezing order have been violated.Russian businessman Alexander Tugushev is challenging billionaire Vitaly Orlov over a stake in the £1.2bn fishing company Norebo Group – one of the largest international fishing enterprises in the world.Orlov took control of Norebo in 2016 but Tugushev claims his one-third stake in the company is not being recognised.An order against Orlov, freezing £270m of his assets, was granted late last month and both men’s legal representatives appeared in court.There, Orlov did not challenge the order but requested that any information he does provide about his assets should handed over only to Tugushev’s legal team as there is ’a well-founded fear’ that the asset disclosure will be used for a ’collateral purpose’. He has until September to lay out his full evidence.However, the Gazette understands that Tugushev, represented by City firm Peters & Peters, will on Friday claim that Orlov has violated the order’s terms. The exact line of arguments have not been disclosed.Peters & Peters is instructing Richard Slade QC of Brick Court Chambers on behalf of Tugushev while Orlov is represented by City firm Macfarlanes.last_img read more

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North-South passenger services to start next year

first_imgRead more about the SAR passenger train fleet in the November 2016 issue of Railway Gazette International. SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railway Co is on course to launch regular passenger services on the North-South line at the beginning of 2017, the Governor of Riyadh Prince Faisal Bin Bandar confirmed following a test run from the capital on October 20.Speaking after the trial run with a CAF-built trainset between Riyadh and Al-Majma’ah, he said services would begin ‘within two or three months’. The passenger trains will operate over a 1 250 km route linking Riyadh, Unayzah, Buraydah (Al Qassim), Hail, Al Jawf and the northern city of Al Qurayyat; bulk freight trains have been running on the SAR network since 2011.CAF is supplying a fleet of trains for both daytime and overnight services under contracts signed in 2012 and 2014. The original order covered six diesel-electric power cars and 27 coaches for day services plus two power cars and 13 coaches for the overnight trains; an additional power car and five further coaches were ordered as spares. The 2014 order added three further power cars and 17 more coaches. Each power car has two diesel engines rated at 1 800 kW.Although Saudi Railway Co says train lengths will be variable to match demand, a standard day set will have seats for 444 passengers while the night trains will offer berths and seating for 377. The day services will operate at up to 200 km/h between Riyadh and Hail with night trains running at up to 160 km/h between Riyadh and Al Qurayyat. The trains will operate through areas where temperatures can fluctuate between -5°C and +50°C. Wind-blown sand is a particular hazard with wind speeds reaching 90 km/h.There are eight types of intermediate vehicle: sleeping and restaurant cars, luggage vans, car carriers and four types of car with seating in business or economy class; in each class there are special cars with prayer sections or family areas. Accommodation is also provided for passengers in wheelchairs.last_img read more

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2 former UWP supporters endorse DLP candidate

first_img Sharing is caring! Wendel PascalTwo former opposition supporters have joined a Dominica Labour Party (DLP) supporter in endorsing Petter Saint Jean to be re-elected as the parliamentary representative for that constituency.Wendel Pascal and Bentyboy Ettiene who claimed they were supporters of the United Workers Party (UWP) and a Dominica Labour Party (DLP) supporter Jenner Guiste, all of the La Plaine Constituency endorsed Mr Saint Jean during a Dominica Labour Party (DLP) meeting in Delices on Monday 24 November 2014.“This time around the people of Boetica are voting for Petter in large numbers,” Jenner Guiste said.“We have seen the representation that Petter has delivered in this constituency and we are not turning back,” Guiste added. Mr Saint Jean won the La Plaine seat with 724 votes while the United Workers Party (UWP) Senator Ronald Green obtained 722 votes in the 2009 general election.Bentyboy EttieneGuiste said while Mr Saint Jean won by two votes in 2009, “in the upcoming election he will win by 200 votes” because the people of La Plaine, Boetica and Delices have seen his performance.“We believe that you need that next five years to complete that what you have started,” Guiste said.Wendel Pascal, another constituent who revealed that he comes from a UWP background, said he has decided to support Mr Saint Jean. “Do not be taken by the lies and the unjust accusations of the United Workers Party,” Pascal told the youth.Pascal said he did not come to highlight the accomplishments of Mr Saint Jean to include the water project for Delices, construction of roads, support to farmers and the elderly, “but simply to warn the young people to stay away from the Opposition, the United Workers Party”.“I know how the United Workers Party thinks, if you want to stay in poverty support them. However, if you want to move forward support Petter Saint Jean and the Dominica Labour Party, I have made that change and I am glad I did,” Pascal said.Jenner GuisteHe added “in spite of all the lies and untruths targeted at Petter Saint Jean, he has stayed on target in helping the people of La Plaine, Boetica and Delices”.Meanwhile, Bentyboy Ettiene, who also informed that he was a UWP supporter, said that he previously endorsed Senator Ronald Green “and the people haven’t received anything in return”.Ettiene, who described Mr Green as a “careless man”, said “I stand before you all today to tell you who are undecided to vote for the Dominica Labour Party”.He stated that the party has brought tremendous change throughout the constituency because “when I see Delices of today and Delices of yesterday its two different Delices”.Ettiene also committed to working to ensure that the work that Petter Saint Jean has started will continue in his next term. LocalNewsPolitics 2 former UWP supporters endorse DLP candidate by: Dominica Vibes News – November 25, 2014 Tweet Sharecenter_img 488 Views   one comment Share Sharelast_img read more

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Women’s Tennis Advances To GSC Finals with Second-Straight Shutout

first_imgUWF advances to the championship match for the 23rd-consecutive year – every season since joining the GSC in the 2004-05 season – and have won a league-record 16 titles. For the second time this week, UWF swept the doubles matches earning wins at No. 1 from Paula Lopez and Paula Coyos, at No. 2 from Jordana Lujan and Heather Mixon, and No. 3 from Diana Vlad and Valeria Mantilla. BOX SCOREMONTGOMERY, Ala. – The top-seeded UWF women’s tennis team posted its second shutout in as many days to advance to the Gulf South Conference Tournament title match with a 5-0 win over North Alabama at the Lagoon Park Tennis Complex on Friday morning. Coyos earned the team’s fourth point with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Nina Linke at No. 2 singles. Lopez clinched it minutes later when she closed out Olivera Ngouabeu 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 1 spot. The Argonauts were easily in control in two of the remaining four matches and had the momentum in each of them when the outcome was decided.center_img  Print Friendly Version Sixth-ranked UWF improved to 22-6 on the season as it reached the 22-win mark for the fifth-consecutive season. The Argonauts will meet 10th-ranked Valdosta State (16-5) at 10 a.m. on Saturday. This is the 14th time the two have faced each other in the championship match, including in nine of the last 10 years.last_img read more

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Men’s Soccer Opens GSC Play in Alabama

first_imgGSC HISTORYOverall the Argonauts are 95-30-13 in the GSC with a .736 winning percentage after the 2016 season. UWF has the winningest program history in the GSC, and will look to improve on last seasons close second in the GSC final to West Alabama, which was decided by a penalty shootout. After the last year’s penalty shootout loss to West Alabama the Argonauts will look for revenge this Friday in Livingston, Alabama. PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s soccer will face two away battles over the weekend against conference opponents University of West Alabama and University of Alabama Huntsville. After a week of rest due to a cancellation against Rollins, the Argonauts will play Friday at West Alabama at 7:30 pm and then on Sunday at Alabama Huntsville 3:30 pm. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version NOTESFRIDAY STATS | SUNDAY STATSFRIDAY VIDEO | SUNDAY VIDEOcenter_img OVERTIME WINThe Argonauts last played Flagler in a home match in which UWF battled back from a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 in overtime with two goals from Rafael Godoi being the difference. SCOUTINGWest Alabama was picked to finish first in the 2017 GSC preseason coaches’ poll with 93 votes. West Alabama defenders Jack Shields and Jamie Cox were named to the 2017 Preseason All-GSC Team along with midfielders Harrison Roberts and Liam Ireland. West Alabama has gone 2-1 so far in their 2017 season with their only loss coming to Lynn 3-0. Alabama-Huntsville was picked sixth in the GSC preseason coaches’ poll. Alabama-Huntsville’s Jordan Wright was named to the 2017 Preseason All-GSC Team. Alabama Huntsville has an overall record of 1-3 in 2017, although they knocked off No. 20 Florida Tech 2-1 in their only win thus far.last_img read more

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Local Store Prints “Cleveland Browns Undefeated” Shirts

first_imgHow bad has it been since the Cleveland Browns returned to the NFL in 1999?  Well, to best answer that question, we give you this!ClevelandHomage, Connect & Inspire, a local Northeast Ohio store located in Crocker Park Westlake, has decided to print and sell the above shirts.  Not only that, but the online description used to order them, is too funny not to share.“Perfection is elusive and hard to come by, especially when it comes to Cleveland football. But every once in a while, the seas part, the stars align, and the football gods smile down on you with unprecedented glory: an undefeated (pre)season. At least, since 1986, anyway.Raise the banners and schedule the parade, Clevelanders! Because it’s about time we get to celebrate unblemished excellence. Pay homage.”While an undefeated preseason means absolutely nothing, and we’d be amiss not to remind you that the 2008 Lions went 0-16 in the regular season after going 4-0 in their practice games, here in Cleveland, we almost have to take any positive signs we can get!Go Browns! Vince McKee Related TopicsCleveland Brownslast_img read more

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Cavs down Wizards, 116-113; three observations from a wild ride to their second straight win

first_img Related TopicsCedi OsmanCleveland CavaliersCollin SextonRodney HoodWashington Wizards The Cleveland Cavaliers were playing some of their best basketball for three-plus quarters, having amassed a 19-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter behind 50 combined points (on 27 shots) from Cedi Osman and Jordan Clarkson, who were having their way with a lackadaisical Wizards defense. Cleveland’s offense was effective for most of the night, with center Ante Zizic setting the pace with six early points and Osman, Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. providing a spark on both ends of the court.Nance Jr., who went scoreless in his first game back from injury in the Cavs 104-101 win over the Chicago Bulls, recorded 13 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and an emphatic block in 25 minutes, shooting 6-8 from the field and proving himself to be quite the compliment to Zizic’s low-post presence when subbed in for the second-year center.Cleveland took advantage of their size mismatch in the frontcourt, outrebounding Washington 48-36 and outscoring the Wizards 48-42 in the paint. Their presence inside allowed the team to open up space for shooters on the outside, a welcome sight for Cleveland, as they received plenty of clean looks from beyond-the-arc.Unfortunately for the Cavs, when Washington’s third unit came into the game, playing with the energy you would expect of seldom-used players and catching Cleveland on their heels as they got comfortable with a big lead, the Wizards would battle back in the last six minutes of the game and cut final deficit down to three points. Washington still had a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds but, luckily, an ill-conceived (or, at least, poorly executed) play led to Wizards forward Troy Brown Jr. getting his three-point attempt blocked by Osman.Osman finished Tuesday’s game with 26 points (10-16 from the field), seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block. Clarkson, the team’s leading scorer, tallied 28 points (10-15 from the field), five rebounds and two assists.In what was an intriguing victory for the Cavs, here are a three observations from Tuesday’s win:1. Cedi Osman is turning the corner but free-throws have become an issueMuch has been made of the improvements that Osman has made as of late, averaging 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game over his last five contests while shooting 53.5 percent from the field and 45.7 percent from three-point range. However, while Osman has started to let the game come to him and learned how to take advantage of what the defense is giving him, he’s been a liability at the free-throw line during this stretch.Shooting 75.8 percent from the charity stripe this season, Osman has made just 56.5 percent of his free throws over the last five games and missed two clutch free-throws at the end of Tuesday’s game.2. Collin Sexton’s biggest weakness; ball-handlingSexton has the speed, aggressiveness and a developing outside shot that should allow him to be one of the league’s top scorers as he develops his NBA body and core strength. However, while Sexton has made clear strides in certain areas of his game, most notably his jump shot and basketball IQ, he’s still been plagued by a seldom-mentioned issue. He has a fairly simply, and limited, ball-handling package that keeps him from not only being able to get out of tight spots on his drives consistently but makes defending him a relatively straightforward task.He won’t lose you with multiple or counter-dribbles. Confuse you with an unforeseen move. Stay in front of him as best as he can while he drives north-south and you’ll give yourself a great chance of forcing a miss.3. Rodney Hood is going through a slumpHood has been averaging 7.6 points per game while shooting 30.4 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from three-point range. He hasn’t been overly assertive, perhaps in light of Osman’s recent spike in productivity, but he hasn’t been efficient at all and that’s a concern. Confidence doesn’t seem to be the issue, nor does his form. It could simply just be a stretch of bad shooting nights from the fifth-year swingman.His decision-making, defensive communication and tendency to make defensive plays off-ball are promising improvements to his game. However, as a potential trade piece and a future free agent, there’s a magnifying glass on his offensive play. Quenton S. Albertielast_img read more

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Japan beginning to feel pressure of RWC stage

first_img Japan’s Akihito Yamada handles the ball during practice on Tuesday in Bristol, England. | KYODO IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Springboks, Brave Blossoms, Eddie Jones, 2015 Rugby World Cup Fellow back Harumichi Tatekawa feels the same way about a tournament that has broken all previous tickets sales records.“To be perfectly honest, there’s a part of me that’s having a blast and a part of me that’s nervous because I’ll be playing under the kind of pressure I’ve never experienced. But all in all, it’s good. I’m spending each and every day feeling really sharp.”Japan names its team for Saturday’s game — its first ever test match against the Springboks — on Thursday afternoon, and Hirose was under no illusions as to what the Brave Blossoms need to do if they are to produce the biggest upset the tournament has ever seen.“The most important thing will be whether we can believe in ourselves enough,” he said. “We’re obviously going to analyze them to the smallest details but we have to be able to believe in what we’re doing. That’s what it will come down to.”However, as assistant coach Steve Borthwick pointed out, the Springboks — who won the 2007 World Cup with current Japan coach Eddie Jones as technical director — will also have done analysis of their own.“Clearly, Eddie does know a lot about South Africa and South African players, but the level of analysis that will be done by every team at the World Cup — particularly teams like South Africa — will be extraordinary.“So they will have researched every one of our players and watched every one of our games over the last few years. They will have looked at the players in the Top League and every game they played for Japan. I think they’ll know a lot about us as well.”Former Australia rugby league international Craig Wing knows a thing or two about big games but admitted representing Japan at the World Cup, which was recently declared the most expensive sporting event ever, was taking things to a different level.“Opening game for the World Cup, it doesn’t get better than that. We feel that we’ve gone up a level and everyone feels a little sharper and excited.”And did he think Japan could upset the form book?“They play their style of football, we play ours. We’ve been preparing for quite a long time and most of the focus has been on this game.“Everyone writes us off, wants us to just fly the flag, but we’ve all sacrificed a lot of time, particularly away from our friends, our families, our lives. We’re not here to make up the numbers, we want to make a difference.” RELATED PHOTOScenter_img BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – With Japan’s opening game at Rugby World Cup 2015 less than four days away, the Brave Blossoms are slowly starting to realize the enormity of the tournament.“I’m not in my usual state of mind, that’s for sure. This is my first World Cup after all, and I’m looking forward to it,” Toshiaki Hirose said Tuesday in Brighton, where Japan takes on South Africa on Saturday. KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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