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Fixed costs regime ‘cut via the back door’ for legal aid lawyers

first_imgFixed recoverable costs could have a devastating impact on the provision of housing legal aid and leave vulnerable tenants struggling to find a solicitor if the government presses ahead with changes, a law centre solicitor has warned.Last month Professor Dominic Regan, a costs expert, said the government remains ‘mad keen’ on imposing fixed costs on most civil claims valued up to £100,000. Islington Law Centre solicitor Serdar Celebi told the Gazette this week that the Ministry of Justice’s proposal to introduce fixed recoverable costs in the fast track, with a fixed fee inclusive of counsel’s fees, would be ‘devastating’ for legal aid as ‘many if not all housing providers would likely have to close’.Celebi said most housing legal aid cases, such as possession claims, disrepair and unlawful eviction, are allocated to the fast track.‘Recovery of inter partes costs from opponents in such cases which are successful – ie at market rates from the opponent rather than legal aid rates from the Legal Aid Agency – is the only way housing legal aid as an area is sustainable given there has been no increase in legal aid rates since 1996 and there was a 10% cut in rates in October 2011,’ Celebi said.‘Limiting inter partes recovery would be a cut via the back door and mean housing would no longer be sustainable financially as an area of legal aid. Many if not all housing providers would likely have to close… A significant number of tenants in housing legal aid cases are disabled and would not be able to access housing solicitors.’At present, Celebi said, ‘costs on assessment by the court are only allowed anyway at a proportionate amount’.The Law Society highlighted the impact that fixed recoverable costs could have on housing in its response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation last year.The Society said: ‘The value of housing claims can be low but they can be complex and of profound importance to the client, especially when they may result in a client losing their home. Illegal eviction and housing disrepair matters over £1,000 but below £5,000 have not been allocated to the small claims track for the simple reason that those drafting the Civil Procedure Rules were aware of the very real complexity of housing matters.‘Whilst some forms of housing disrepair cases can be relatively straightforward, many cases arise by way of counterclaim in possession proceedings and the issues become far more complex. Equally, homelessness appeals are very difficult pieces of litigation which are invariably handled by specialists. Costs are driven by a variety of factors including defendant conduct and the vulnerability of a claimant which cannot be generalised. Many of these clients will be unable to pay any shortfall in cost.’A Ministry of Justice spokesperson told the Gazette today: ‘We consulted on extending fixed recoverable costs in 2019 and the government will set out the next steps in due course.’last_img read more

Route selected for Roissy link

first_imgFRANCE: Transport Minister Frédéric Cuvillier announced on April 30 that he had selected the ‘centre-north’ route option for a 7 km connection between the Paris – Amiens main line and the LGV Interconnexion, the high speed bypass running to the east of the capital.It is expected that the new link would be used by inter-regional TGV services from Amiens and Creil to destinations such as Strasbourg, Marseille and Bordeaux. It would also enable conventional TER services from the Picardie region to serve Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at Roissy, which lies at the centre of a major employment area.Detailed studies for the new route, connections to the existing network and related upgrades are now to be taken forward in preparation for a public enquiry. This will include the production of an environmental impact statement for the project.With an estimated cost of €306m, the project will be considered by the Mobilité 21 commission brought into being by Cuvillier in October 2012 and charged with selecting which projects within the SNIT national transport infrastructure programme are to be taken forward in the light of current spending constraints. Chaired by MP Philippe Duron, the commission is due to report by June and Cuvillier has said he is confident that it will recognize the benefits of the new link.last_img read more

Railtex 2015 – Wednesday round-up

first_imgFocused on multi-disciplinary railway technology, the biennial Railtex exhibition takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on May 12-14.,Focused on multi-disciplinary railway technology, the biennial Railtex exhibition takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on May 12-14.last_img

Transnet tests diesel and electric locos

first_imgSOUTH AFRICA: Transnet Freight Rail has taken delivery of the first of 233 Class 44 diesel locomotives ordered from General Electric in March 2014. The order was one of four placed at the time for a total of 1 064 locomotives.Four Class 44 locomotives, each rated at 3 120 kW, have started test running and driver training trips. They are part of an initial small batch being assembled in the USA and will be followed by the main build which will be assembled in South Africa with a high level of locally-supplied components.Also being tested are the first of 359 Class 22E dual-voltage electric locos ordered from CSR Zhuzhou, now part of CRRC. The Co-Co design has a nominal rating of 4 600 kW. The first four locos arrived at the port of Durban in October, from where they were dispatched to Pretoria for commissioning.Also on order are 240 Bombardier Traxx electric locomotives rated at 3 800 kW and 232 diesel-electric units with a 3 300 kW power rating ordered from CNR Dalian, now also part of CRRC.last_img read more

Margin Protection Program sign-up may begin as early as Sept. 1

first_imgAs policy makers edge closer to releasing rules for the new Margin Protection Program (MPP) for dairy producers, introduced in the new farm bill, many questions still remain. In a webinar provided by Farm Credit East in June, Andrew M. Novaković of Cornell University and John Newton of the University of Illinois discussed reasons for choosing MPP as an insurance plan, even though all the program’s details will not be available until Sept. 1.advertisementadvertisementNovaković admitted it’s a challenge to decide now if MPP is the best option for a dairy farm when the USDA has not yet released specified details about the program. 
 Upon the rules being made public, Novaković believes the program should allow producers at least two weeks to understand its details before they would have to sign up for the program.“Sept. 1 is an important date to note,” Novaković said. “Staying up-to-date with the latest USDA decisions will ensure that you are able to sign up for the program in a timely manner.”With the current timeline, the potential enrollment period may occur around harvest season.Both Newton and Novaković agree that while the enrollment period – both its start date and duration – has not yet been set, it will likely be long enough for dairy producers to thoughtfully make the right decision about MPP enrollment despite falling during a hectic time of year.Similar to the existing, but limited, Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM-Dairy) insurance program, this new risk management tool has been created to alleviate stress for all U.S. farms during periods of financial difficulty. In short, it protects farm income over feed cost margins as determined by the USDA on a bimonthly basis.advertisementThroughout the webinar, Novaković and Newton shed light on the questions about the new program that continue to linger in dairymen’s minds across the country.“What we do know are the basics of what the program entails,” Newton said during the webinar. “What we don’t know are the specific details.”What we do know:MPP provides a framework to protect margins from $4 to $8 per hundredweight.An administration fee of $100 will be required at the time of enrollment.MPP does not guarantee a profit or minimum income for dairy producers.What we don’t know:When the enrollment deadline and coverage start date will beWhether producers will have the ability to decide on participation on an annual or five-year basisHow premiums will be calculatedTwo potential strategies that dairy producers should consider are the “passive MPP strategy” and “dynamic MPP decision,” Newton said. The passive strategy locks in coverage for the life of the five-year farm bill, while the latter allows producers to change coverage levels on an annual basis.“Passive MPP strategy is great for smaller dairies,” Newton said. “Larger dairies should consider the dynamic MPP decision in order to improve the performance of MPP and to avoid net income over feed cost losses.”advertisementWith nine coverage levels and 14 coverage percentage options, a total of 126 different coverage combinations are available for dairy producers through MPP. The University of Illinois provides an interactive tool on their website, called the MPP-Dairy Dashboard, for producers to use and decide what coverage option and strategy is best for their current farm operation.Premium rates for the MPP have been fixed for the five-year life of the farm bill. However, there is still uncertainty about how premiums will be determined based on each individual producer’s coverage plan.The following questions remain:Will producers be able to move freely among margin coverage levels from year to year?How will the 4-million-pound cut point for lower margin insurance rates, as stated in the bill, be applied to actual policies issued? Will it be calculated based on a farm’s production history or its base? Or will it be prorated on how many pounds a farm enrolls in the program?Novaković said those latter two questions might seem like the same thing but that it may make “a fair bit of difference” to farms with 500 to 900 cows. For example, if a farm with 8 million pounds of production were to cover 50 percent of its milk with the new program (a total of 4 million pounds of production), preliminary USDA indications are that the farm might pay a lower premium for insurance on only the first 2 million pounds of production because the farm was only insuring half of its eligible production base.“All of this is as clear as mud,” Novaković said.Until the Farm Service Agency releases the final rules, it will also not be clear whether or not dairy producers who choose to enroll in MPP will have to participate in the program for five years or if they can opt-in annually.The question also remains of whether a producer can alternate between participating in MPP or LGM-Dairy annually.For example, if participation were determined to be an annual choice, then producers would have the option to utilize MPP when the markets predict greater risks for low margins. Likewise, they could choose to switch from year to year to LGM-Dairy when the markets predict less risk for low margins.“Dairy producers need to weigh their options even though we do not yet have a clear answer on the parameters of MPP and LGM-Dairy being used interchangeably,” Novaković said.Newton added that producers should not wait until the last minute to decide whether or not MPP is the right tool for them. He urges all dairymen to become informed of the rules and unanswered questions that may pertain to them in the coming months. PDlast_img read more

Sign up to march in Farmington’s Memorial Day Parade

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Non-profit and charitable organizations are welcome to march in the 2019 Memorial Day Parade, which steps off at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27, in Farmington.Co-sponsored by Groves-Walker American Legion Post 346 and the Xemplar Club of Farmington & Farmington Hills, the parade has been a community tradition since 1970 and honors veterans, fallen heroes, and active service men and women.Participants assemble near the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Orchard Lake Road and will travel one mile west on Grand River. The parade ends at Oakland Avenue, where a ceremony will take place at the Farmington War Memorial Monument in Memorial Park.After the ceremony, the American Legion hosts at community luncheon sponsored by Weingartz at 31775 Grand River.To learn more or to register to march, visit memorialdayparade.us or call 248-471-4960, extension 206.–Press release Reported bylast_img read more

Echodyne’s EchoFlight Radar is Now Cleared for Export from the US

first_imgThe EchoFlight radar from Echodyne has received a commodity jurisdiction (CJ) determination from the US State Department. This means that the radar is now considered to be a commercial product exportable under the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) rather than the more restrictive International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) that apply to military items.EchoFlight is the first electronically scanning radar technology designed for mass production at commercial price points. This compact, low power, light-weight radar is the perfect sensor for integration into a wide variety of UAS platforms. Its long-range all-weather detection and tracking is critical for receiving authorization to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights. The precision of our beam-steering radar minimizes collision risk by tracking aircraft locations at all times across a broad field-of-view.Echodyne will now be able to offer its groundbreaking air-to-air radar to US companies that employ non-US nationals and to non-US companies, promoting growth and safety of the commercial UAS market globally.The key to unlocking the potential of the commercial UAS industry is the ability for UAS to fly beyond visual line of sight and, eventually, autonomously. But to safely fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), commercial UAS must be able to detect and avoid other aircraft and obstacles. For manned aircraft, the pilot performs this function. For unmanned aircraft, there needs to be a technological solution supported by an appropriate regulatory framework. EchoFlight radar offers this technological solution.Click here to learn more about the EchoFlight radar solution.last_img read more

Mesin Mendadak Mati, Lufthansa LH732 Tujuan Shanghai Terpaksa Putar Arah ke…,Peringati ASEAN Day, AirAsia Tampilkan Livery Spesial yang Sarat Makna

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedEnam Jam ‘Terombang-Ambing’ di Udara, KLM Flight 591 Akhirnya Return to Base ke Amsterdam13/08/2019In “Bandara”Terkendala Masalah AC, Armada Garuda Indonesia Rute Jakarta – Bangkok Return to Base29/01/2019In “Bandara”Panel Sayap Lepas, Boeing 777-300ER China Eastern Terpaksa Return to Base14/08/2019In “Darat” Ketika jam menunjukkan pukul 22.54 waktu setempat, LH732 baru tinggal landas dan prosesi masih berjalan normal sampai saat itu. Tak lama berselang, pilot mendeteksi mesin inboard sebelah kanan mati. Seketika itu juga, pilot langsung berusaha menaikkan ketinggian jelajah ke level 18.000 kaki untuk membuang bahan bakar karena pilot memutuskan untuk return to base dan melakukan pendaratan darurat.Sumber: flightradar24Sebenarnya LH732 bisa saja membuang bahan bakar di daerah Eshwege, namun kala itu tengah ada festival musik Open Flair yang dihadiri oleh lebih dari 20.000 orang – tidak mungkin untuk membuang bahan bakar di daerah sana. Mana sang pilot memutuskan untuk membuang bahan bakar di daerah pedesaan Hesse, Jerman.Sekira 90 menit pesawat meninggalkan landas pacu di Frankfurt, LH732 kembali ke landas pacu yang sama dan sejumlah petugas darurat seperti mobil pemadam dan ambulans sudah berjaga-jaga di lokasi alih-alih ada situasi yang membutuhkan penanganan cepat.Baca Juga: Enam Jam ‘Terombang-Ambing’ di Udara, KLM Flight 591 Akhirnya Return to Base ke AmsterdamMenanggapi kejadian ini, pihak Lufthansa mengatakan, “Sebagai tindakan pencegahan, petugas pemadam kebakaran bandara juga tiba mengawal pendaratan darurat, yang merupakan prosedur standar dalam kasus-kasus seperti itu,”“Keselamatan adalah prioritas utama Lufthansa setiap saat. Lufthansa menyesalkan ketidaknyamanan yang ditimbulkan pada penumpang dan menyediakan pesawat pengganti keesokan paginya untuk mengangkut penumpang ke Shanghai,” ujar pihak Lufthansa dalam sebuah pernyataan resmi. Sumber: Pinterest Queen of the Skies yang dioperasikan oleh maskapai asal Negeri Bavaria, Lufthansa dikabarkan terpaksa menghujani sebuah pedesaan dengan avtur setelah salah satu mesin mengalami masalah dan pilot memutuskan untuk return to base. Mesini ketiga dari Boeing 747 ini mengalami macet dan membuat pilot ragu untuk melanjutkan penerbangan dari Frankfurt menuju Shanghai pada Minggu (11/8) kemarin. Beruntung, insiden ini tidak memakan korban sama sekali.Baca Juga: Panel Sayap Lepas, Boeing 777-300ER China Eastern Terpaksa Return to BaseSebagaimana yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman simpleflying.com (13/8), Lufthansa LH732 merupakan layanan penerbangan terjadwal yang dijadwalkan berangkat dari Frankfurt pada pukul 22.05 waktu setempat dan tiba di Shanghai pada pukul 14.50 waktu setempat keesokan harinya. Namun ada yang berbeda dari penerbangan pada tanggal 11 Agustus tersebut, dimana pesawat mengalami keterlambatan selama hampir satu jam.last_img read more

Terowongan MRT di Singapura Kebanjiran? Ini Dia Penyebabnya!

first_imgBaca juga: Stasiun MRT Singapura Siap Uji Coba Gerbang Tiket “Handsfree”KabarPenumpang.com melansir dari laman channelnewsasia.com (31/10/2017), bahwa pemeliharaan tiga bulan sekali yang dilakukan tidak sebagaimana mestinya yang ditentukan dalam aturan manual SMRT. Hal ini didapat dari pernyataan yang disebarkan SMRT melalui sebuah siaran pers.Ternyata catatan pemeliharaan terkait stasiun SMRT ini sudah ditandatangani dan diserahkan kepada pihak SMRT oleh pemelihara. Namun nyatanya dalam penyelidikan yang dilakukan pihak SMRT menujukkan tidak adanya persetujuan akses jalur yang dikeluarkan untuk pemeliharaan dan perawatan pompa di Bishan.Diketahui juga ternyata pompa tidak diaktifkan, dimana hal tersebut sudah merupakan bagian dari prosedur perawatan. Manager dan staf yang bertanggung jawab atas pemeliharaan sistem pompa Bishan diberhentikan sementara dan diperbantukan untuk penyelidikan.“Kami akan bekerjasama dengan regulator untuk memastikan proses yang harus diikuti. Integritas dan tanggung jawab oleh manager dan supervisor kami adalah kunci dan merupakan bagian dari nilai inti. Kami bertekad untuk memperbaiki hal ini dengan cepat dan tegas serta menerapkan serangkaian tindakan untuk melakukannya,” ujar juru bicara SMRT.Baca juga: Sejarah MRT Singapura, Dibangun di Atas Keterbatasan LahanAdanya masalah ini membuat operator kereta melakukan perubahan pada tim management dan perawatan serta membentuk tim inspeksi tentang kesiapan bersama. Nantinya tim inspeksi ini akan melengkapi laporan ke sistem audit SMRT sendiri dan melaporkan secara independen ke audit dewan SMRT serta komite risiko.“Ini akan memastikan bahwa pembaruan pemeliharaan dan aset diaudit diaudit dan dipantau secara sistematis,” kata SMRT.SMRT nantinya juga akan melibatkan para ahli untuk membantu meningkatkan pengawasan pengendalian mutu dari semua kegiatan preventif dan melakukan pemeriksaan sistem secara menyeluruh terhadap sistem kritis untuk memasktikan bahwa pekerjaan pemeliharaan dilakukan sesuai dengan standar yang diterapkan/“SMRT tidak memiliki toleransi terhadap kegagalan dalam pengawasan dan ketekunan atas tugas pemeliharaan. Kami tidak memaafkan tindakan ketidakjujuran dan kelalaian tanggung jawab, baik oleh manajemen atau staf. Semua orang yang bertanggung jawab akan ditindak secara tegas, terlepas dari pangkat dan posisi, oleh karena itu, rantai komando manajemen yang relevan di SMRT harus dimintai pertanggungjawabannya,” ujar Chairman SMRT Seah Moon Ming.Land Transport Authority (LTA) atau Otoritas Transportasi Darat mengatakan dalam sebuah surat pernyataan bahwa pihaknya sangat prihatin dengan investigasi SMRT terkait ditemukannya perawatan yang tidak dilakukan pada pompa induk di Bishan. LTA juga akan melakukan evaluasi hasil investigasi SMRT mengenai dugaan pemalsuan catatan pemeliharaan sebelum kejadian banjir terowongan secara independen.“Sebagai regulator, Otoritas Angkutan Darat melihat adanya pelanggaran terhadap semua lisensi pengoperasian kereta api secara serius, termasuk yang berkaitan dengan pemeliharaan aset operasi kereta api,” kata otoritas tersebut.Setelah hujan deras pada hari 7 Juli 2017, bagian dari Jalur Utara-Selatan antara stasiun Braddell dan Bishan MRT mengalami banjiri. Layanan kereta api terganggu selama lebih dari 20 jam, yang mempengaruhi lebih dari seperempat juta penumpang. SMRT telah mengumumkan sebelumnya bahwa lebih banyak tindakan pencegahan banjir akan dilakukan untuk mencegah kejadian serupa terulang di masa depan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTak Hanya Satu, Ada 4 Stasiun MRT Singapura yang Terkenal Angker09/01/2019In “Darat”Box Girder MRT Jakarta Terakhir Sambungkan Jalur Lebak Bulus-Bundaran HI01/11/2017In “Darat”Singapura Punya Depo MRT Bawah Tanah Pertama di Dunia, Jakarta Punya Depo MRT Pertama di Indonesia28/09/2017In “Darat” Terowongan MRT Singapura banjir (Kompas.com) Meski jauh berada di bawah tanah, jalur perlintasan kereta bawah tanah atau akrab dikenal sebagai Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) sudah dirancang sedemikian rupa agar tahan terhadap ancama banjir. Selain dilengkapi sistem saluran air yang maju, jalur lintasan sampai stasiun dilengkapi seal khusus. Jika pun sampai air sampai masuk, sistem pompa telah disapkan untuk kondisi darurat. Namun pada dasarnya risiko banjir sudah bisa di eliminasi sedari awal.Tapi belum lama ini ada kabar yang mengejutkan datang dari Singapura, bahwa salah satu terowongan MRT di Negeri Pulau tersebut tepatnya di daerah stasiun Bishan, yang merupakan stasiun interchange, mengalami kebanjiran. Kok bisa? Bukankah segala sesuatunya di Singapura serba modern, tertib, teratur dan aman. Bahkan Singapore MRT (SMRT) telah dijadikan salah satu benchmark oleh PT MRT Jakarta.Banjir ini setelah diselidiki disebabkan karena pemeliharaan sistem pompa yang tidak dilakukan dengan benar sejak Desember tahun 2016 lalu.last_img read more