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Press release: Transformation of Birmingham Civil Justice Centre – the future of courts and tribunals

first_img Myself and my colleagues are delighted to relocate to the refurbished 4th Floor at Birmingham Civil Justice Centre. The refurbishment is the result of the determination and hard work of HMCTS staff and all associated with the project. It provides 12 multi-jurisdictional hearing rooms suitable to hear a range of tribunal hearings including social security and child support appeals with appropriate facilities for tribunal users. The hearing rooms and judicial accommodation are an excellent example of a modern ‘fit for purpose’ justice centre. Regional Tribunal Judge Rhead said: 12 new multi-purpose and digitised courtrooms, more modern public space, and 19 new rooms for the judiciary have been built – bringing together all the courts and tribunals for the first time, within a combined Civil, Family and Tribunal Justice Centre. The building now hosts 59 courtrooms and chambers, 60 judges and around 223 members of staff – whose roles range from ensuring trials progress and assisting the judiciary to helping people who are attending court.The investment into Birmingham Civil Justice Centre is part of the Government’s £1bn reform and modernisation of the justice system – ensuring Britain’s courts and tribunals are fit for the 21st century.The County Court is one of the busiest in the country and was responsible for 3.3% of all national civil cases issued in the past 12 months. The Family Court is also one of the largest and received 496 care and 1,945 private law applications. 3.5% of national Social Security and Child Support cases were listed at Birmingham over the last 12 months.The state-of-the-art Civil Justice Centre is bringing together knowledge and expertise in managing court and tribunal cases from across the region – meaning a better service for citizens in the county and beyond.Justice Minister Lucy Frazer, said: Birmingham Civil Justice Centre is a prime example of the future of our courts and tribunals. We are spending £1 billion to make our system more accessible for all citizens, more sensitive for witnesses, and to deliver better value for taxpayers’ money. We are ensuring the justice system is fit for the 21st century. This investment is just one example of how our reform programme will modernise our courts and ensure swifter justice. HMCTS CEO Susan Acland-Hood, said: HMCTS have developed digital services so that, where appropriate, instead of taking time out to attend a physical court building, working people can now make a number of claims online. These include filing for divorce, challenging rogue traders for money owed, or making a tax appeal. In criminal courts the increasing use of video links means more vulnerable victims can give evidence away from the courtroom and without having to meet their attacker face to face. Across the country, people are also now able to indicate their plea online for low level motoring offences – 80,000 online pleas were made last year. This enables the court to better prepare for the hearing – saving time in the courtroom. £114.7m has already been raised from the sales of underused and poorly-equipped courts to reinvest in the reform and modernisation of the justice system.last_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Cycles Dazzle Stroudsburg, PA’s Sherman Theater [Photos/Videos]

first_imgOn Friday night, Pigeon Playing Ping Pong continued their ongoing winter/spring tour with a performance at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA. The show came on the heels of the band’s visit to the nearby Martin Guitars headquarters in Nazareth, PA earlier that day, where they delivered a full-band acoustic set which was streamed live for fans everywhere to enjoy.After an opening set from Colorado power trio Cycles, Pigeons took the stage at the packed Stroudsburg theater with a show-opening “Walk Outside”. The set continued with “Skipjack”, followed by a seamless stretch of tunes including “Henrietta”, Pink Floyd‘s “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”, and “Offshoot”. After a spirited rendition of “Fortress”, the band closed out their first of two sets with a high-energy “Spacejam” > “The Hop” > “F.U.”.Pigeons returned for their second set with a sing-along “Penguins”, followed in quick, segued succession by “Funkijam” and “Moonwalk”. “The Liquid” came next before the band dove into an extended take on “Funk E Zekiel” containing a thoroughly impressive drum solo courtesy of Alex “Gator” Petropulos. Rounding the corner into the show’s home stretch, the band worked through “Bad For You” before moving into a soaring “Horizon” and a memorable “Condenser” that featured a detour through “Su Casa”. Finally, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong closed out their second set with “Doc” before returning to the stage to treat the electrified crowd to a searing “Schwanthem” encore.Below, you can check out a selection of videos from the performance. You can also view a gallery of photos courtesy of photographer Vic Brazen.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” [Pink Floyd cover][Video: Addison Biederman]Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – “Schwanthem”[Video: Waldron Tony]For a full list of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Sherman Theater | Stroudsburg, PA | 3/29/19 | Photos: Vic BrazenSet One: Walk Outside, Skipjack, Henrietta > Pigs (Three Different Ones) > Offshoot, Fortress, Spacejam > The Hop > F.U.Set Two: Penguins > Funkijam > Moonwalk, The Liquid, Funk E Zekiel > Drums > Funk E Zekiel, Bad For You, Horizon > Condenser > Su Casa > Condenser, DocEncore: SchwanthemPigeons Playing Ping Pong w/ Cycles | Sherman Theater | Stroudsburg, PA | 3/29/19 | Photos: Vic Brazen Load remaining imageslast_img read more

5 ways to thwart identity theft

first_imgAs a lot of us have had to find out the hard way, identity theft is a real threat and it can be damaging to your finances and personal life. Make sure you’re doing all you can to keep yourself safe. Here are 5 things you can do to stay protected.Have secure passwordsStop using the word ‘password’ as your password. People actually do this. And don’t use your mother’s maiden name. It’s time to get sneaky. Create a complex password that only you can remember. For instance, maybe you’re a big Alabama football fan. I’m not sure why you would be, but that’s a conversation for another day. Make a phrase like, “I think Alabama will win another National Championship in 2018! Then use the initials, symbols, and numbers from that phrase to create your password. That would look like this: ItAwwaNCi2018! Nobody’s going to guess that one. According to howsecureismypassword.net, it would take a computer 204 million years to crack that password.Shred sensitive informationYour weekly routine probably involves dragging your trash can out to the street on trash day. Make sure when this happens, you’re not throwing anything away that an identity thief could find valuable. Anything that contains account numbers, banking information, or social security numbers would be gold for a thief. Get online, buy a paper shredder and put it to work. This is the easiest way to help yourself stay protected.Check your credit reportIf checking your credit report isn’t something you do regularly, you should make it one. If a thief opens up an account in your name, this will affect your credit score and that can be an easy red flag to detect. Although it used to be a hassle, there are a few sites that provide free credit reports these days. If you need a suggestion, check out Credit Karma. I’ve been using this service for a while and I’ve been super pleased.Be careful with the internetCybercriminals can get your information a few ways, one of which is phishing. Phishing is when a cybercriminal defrauds you of sensitive information by posing as a legitimate company that you trust. Make sure you never click a link in an email that’s asking you for personal information. You’ll never get an email like this if you didn’t request it, and even then, contact the company and have it verified. Also, make sure you’re not doing sensitive things like logging into your bank website from a coffee house’s wifi. Feel free to write articles like this one from a coffee house, but make wait until you get home to check your account balance.Monitor your accountsMy online banking got hacked once. Fortunately, because I login quite often, I noticed a pending transaction that I wasn’t aware of. Because I caught it in the pending phase, I was able to cancel it and save myself the headache of having to get my money back. I still closed the account and opened a new one, but it showed me the importance of regularly looking at my accounts and keeping a close eye on my money. 201SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

HR Answers: Sexual harassment a c-suite priority

first_imgTwo recent surveys about sexual harassment suggest it will be a top priority for company leaders in 2018, but human resources professionals do not expect the increased media attention around high-profile cases to make things easier for HR.In early December, Next Concept Human Resource Association and Waggl surveyed nearly 1,000 people, with 89 percent agreeing with the following statement: “I anticipate that preventing sexual harassment will become a greater concern of company leadership in 2018, given the recent wave of high-profile cases in the news.” The responses were aligned across various demographics including age, gender and job function. For respondents 61 years and older and for people from large for-profit corporations with 20,000 employees or more, a full 94 percent agreed that sexual harassment will become a greater priority in the coming year.As a follow-up question, participants were asked whether they agreed with this statement: “I believe that there is room for improvement at my organization for minimizing sexual harassment in the workplace.” In aggregate, 58 percent of participants agreed, but within these responses, there were some interesting demographic splits. For example, only 53 percent of men felt there was room for improvement, in comparison with 60 percent of women. Among respondents 51 to 60 years old only 51 percent agreed, in comparison with 64 percent of respondents 31 to 40 years of age. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

NCUA sets board meeting schedule for 2021

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img The NCUA Board released its monthly meeting schedule for 2021 Tuesday.The board meeting calendar is posted to the NCUA’s website along with the agendas, which are available one week in advance of each open board meeting. Copies of Board memorandums and other documents related to the items considered are available online at the start of each meeting.Open Board meetings are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. (ET) on the following dates:last_img

Sevilla down Wolves, Shakhtar thump Basel to reach Europa League semis

first_img“I am very proud of my players. We needed to have lots of patience against a very good team,” said Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui, whose team are now unbeaten in 19 matches in all competitions, to BT Sport. “We have ambition we work very hard… but we are going to play against Manchester United… the biggest team in world football.”Premier League outfit Wolves thought they were set to make the perfect start in the 11th minute when Adam Traore set off on a sensational surge towards goal from his own half and was chopped down in the area by Diego Carlos.However Raul Jimenez, who had scored all of his previous eight penalties for Wolves, sent a weak spot-kick towards Yassine Bounou, who could hardly believe his luck as he batted the Mexican’s tame shot aside. There were claims that Bounou had left his line while Sevilla players seemed to enter the area before the penalty was taken, but in any case that was to be Wolves’ last shot on target of the match as chances became hard to come by.Sevilla though began to take a stranglehold on the play and force Wolves back into their own half.However they struggled to carve out many clear-cut opportunities, with Wolves’ defense managing to snuff out their opponents when they did manage to break free. Topics : Ocampos snatches victory The first good chance of the second half came when Jules Kounde met Suso’s beautifully flighted cross in the 66th minute, but the Frenchman had to stretch for the ball and sent it looping over the bar.Eleven minutes later Rui Patrico did well to tip over Ever Banega’s dipping free-kick as Wolves began to rock, but the goalkeeper could do nothing to stop Sevilla’s winner with two minutes left.Banega was again at the heart of the action, whipping in a fizzing cross that Lucas Ocampos did brilliantly to guide into the bottom corner and send his team into the semis.In Gelsenkirchen Shakhtar booked their spot in the last four with a commanding win over Basel that will give Inter Milan something to think about ahead of their semi-final clash on Monday.”I’m feeling amazing because we have worked hard and we trust we can reach the final,” said goalscorer Junior Moraes. “If you want to test yourself, you have to play against teams at this high level.”The Ukrainian side got off to a flyer thanks to Brazil-born Moraes, who headed home Marlos’ corner with less than two minutes on the clock, and they never looked back from that point on.Taison put Shakhtar two ahead 20 minutes later when his deflected shot flashed past Basel’s bamboozled goalkeeper Dorde Nikolic.Alan Patrick put the result beyond doubt from the penalty spot with 14 minutes left after Taison’s burst into the box was ended by a clumsy challenge from Basel defender Yannick Marchand.Shakhtar rounded off a fine display in the 88th minute when right-back Dodo combined with Tete before smashing home a superb finish.Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s close range strike for Basel a minute into stoppage time made no difference to a thumping defeat for the Swiss. Sevilla qualified for the semi-finals of the Europa League on Tuesday after Lucas Ocampos’ late header broke Wolverhampton Wanderers’ hearts, while Shakhtar Donetsk thumped Basel 4-1 to join the Spaniards in the last four.Five-time competition winners Sevilla face Manchester United in Cologne on Sunday thanks to a brilliant header from Argentine Ocampos with less than two minutes left on the clock which gave them a deserved 1-0 win, while Shakhtar take on Inter Milan on Monday in another intriguing tie.Sevilla dominated their English opponents over the course of the match, as a tired-looking Wolves’ dreams of European glory ended with a whimper.last_img read more

Syracuse’s inaugural ACC schedule released

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s Atlantic Coast Conference schedule was released Wednesday night. The Orange hosts Duke on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m., Georgia Tech on Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. and Pittsburgh on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m., among other schools.SU’s road slate is highlighted by trips to Maryland on Jan. 16 at at 8:30 p.m., North Carolina on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. and perennial powerhouse and former Big East foe Notre Dame on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.Syracuse plays 16 ACC games in total. Six of the teams it faces finished 2012-13 in the Associated Press Top 25, including No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 5 Duke. The Orange ended the season in the No. 22 slot, earning a No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament after a 24-8 regular season campaign and a trip to the Big East tournament semifinals.Kayla Alexander, Carmen Tyson-Thomas and Elashier Hall graduated, but sophomores Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler and Cornelia Fondren will look to lead Syracuse back to the postseason in its first year in the ACC.The Orange’s non-conference schedule will be announced at a later date.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on August 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

No Ronaldo, no goals as Zidane splits trousers

first_imgZidane’s wardrobe malfunction Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP |Champions League top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was a frustrated spectator as his Real Madrid side played out a slow-burning 0-0 draw at Manchester City in Tuesday’s semi-final first leg.Injury prevented the Portuguese superstar from adding to his 16-goal tally and in his absence the visitors were unable to convert the handful of chances they created, with a sensational late Joe Hart save to deny Pepe the closest either side came to a goal at the Etihad Stadium.As an occasion, City’s first semi-final appearance in the competition was a let-down, but by preventing Madrid from notching an away goal the tie’s underdogs safeguarded their hopes of reaching the final ahead of next week’s return leg at the Bernabeu.“We played a very intense game and defended well,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini.“This season we have played very well away. Now we go to the Bernabeu with the same attitude as playing at home.“Real Madrid must attack a little bit more. You cannot take too much from the first leg. We can see from the second leg who will go through.”Pellegrini, though, will be without David Silva for the second leg after he was forced off by a hamstring injury, while his Madrid counterpart Zinedine Zidane was left sweating on the fitness of Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, who went off at half-time.“I’m happy with the game,” said Zidane, who expressed hope that both his ailing forwards will be fit for the return leg.“We had the ball more in the second half, had a couple of chances. We’re a little bit disappointed, because we possibly deserved more.“Before this game it was 50-50. I think it’s still the same, 50-50.” City’s semi-final arrival was an event seven and a half years in the making for the club’s Emirati owners and there was a carefully stage-managed attempt to generate an atmosphere prior to kick-off, with fans given blue and silver foil flags and a flurry of streamers greeting the teams.The star attraction, alas, was on the bench, glowering in a grey Real Madrid anorak. Ronaldo took his place among the visiting officials after failing a pre-match fitness test on a thigh strain.City seemed determine not to let their guests settle into a rhythm and with Fernandinho setting the tempo for their pressing, they did exactly that.But with neither side able to create any chances, the most notable act of the first half was the departure of Silva after he injured himself in a sliding challenge on Gareth Bale that earned him a booking, which saw 19-year-old Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho join the fray.Benzema, a pre-match doubt with a knee problem, was replaced at half-time by Jese and despite the touchline exhortations of Zidane, who split his trousers for the second Champions League match running, his side could not make the breakthrough.When they belatedly hit the target, Sergio Ramos hanging in the air to meet Toni Kroos’s corner from the right with a firm header, Hart saved comfortably.And when they conspired to beat Hart, Jese looping a header towards goal from Dani Carvajal’s right-wing cross, the crossbar came to the England international’s rescue.City started the second half with a left-foot sighter from Sergio Aguero that whistled over the bar, but they did not threaten again until a stoppage-time Kevin De Bruyne free-kick that Keylor Navas tipped over.In the minutes prior to that, the visitors had started to knock on the door.After Bale had given City a scare by curling narrowly wide from the edge of the box, Hart produced two demonstrations of the razor-sharp reflexes that have come to his side’s rescue so many times on big European nights.First, he stuck out his left boot to deflect away a downward header from Casemiro and moments later a starfish-style block prevented Pepe from snatching a late winner from point-blank range.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Ozil, Sanchez could leave in January – Wenger

first_imgOzil could feature at Watford, having returned to training following a knee injury.But Sanchez is due to be assessed after playing in Chile’s 3-0 loss to Brazil on Wednesday, which ended their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup.“I will have to speak to him,” Wenger said. “Yesterday afternoon I watched the whole Brazil against Chile game to see how difficult the game was.“I must say he got some special treatment — it was a very physical game and mentally I will have to assess the situation when he comes back tomorrow.”Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi also endured a miserable international break, the Germany international suffering a thigh injury against Azerbaijan that will sideline him for four to six weeks.But his absence will soon be offset by the return of Laurent Koscielny, who is closing on a comeback from an Achilles injury.“Koscielny has a definite final test tomorrow,” Wenger said.“At the moment, he’s not available. He trained on his own and the first signs are positive, so we decided to give him a test tomorrow.”Striker Danny Welbeck is back in contention after a groin injury, while left-back Sead Kolasinac faces a late fitness test on a hip complaint.Jack Wilshere is yet to play a minute of Premier League football and has lost his place in the England squad, but Wenger believes the midfielder is on course to go to next year’s World Cup in Russia.“I believe that Jack at the moment is in the best form I’ve seen him in for a long time,” Wenger said.“If he keeps going like he’s going at the moment, he will go to the World Cup, I’m sure. I don’t see Jack being fully fit and not going to the World Cup.”Share on: WhatsApp Arsene Wenger conceded he may have no option but to sell star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut OzilLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded on Thursday he may have no option but to sell star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the January transfer window.The pair are both out of contract at the end of the season and are yet to agree new deals.As things stand, they will be able to leave the Emirates Stadium for free, meaning January will be Arsenal’s last opportunity to cash in on their two most high-profile players.“It is possible,” Wenger told a press conference ahead of his side’s trip to Watford on Saturday. “Once you’re in our kind of situation, we have envisaged every solution, yes.”Asked if Arsenal had set a deadline for contract negotiations with the pair to conclude, Wenger replied: “No. Not at the moment.”Chile forward Sanchez, 28, joined Arsenal from Barcelona in July 2014, a year after 28-year-old Germany playmaker Ozil’s arrival from Real Madrid.The signings electrified Arsenal’s fan base, but for all their quality, the duo have thus far been unable to end the club’s 14-year wait for the Premier League title.Sanchez has been linked with a number of major clubs, among them Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.Ozil, meanwhile, is reported to have attracted interest from Manchester United, who are managed by his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.Earlier this week, Ozil’s agent, Erkut Sogut, indicated talks with Arsenal were progressing positively.“That’s my understanding, yes,” said Wenger.“I always said the fact that we didn’t find an agreement last year doesn’t mean the player will necessarily leave. Both players look happy here and overall I hope the situation can be turned around.”– Wilshere in ‘best form’ –last_img read more

Manchester City go for title against United

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City can become English champions for the fifth time if they beat Manchester United on Saturday — and Pep Guardiola’s claim he was offered Paul Pogba has added to the occasion.A City side that has lost just once in the league all season will seal their third Premier League title in seven seasons unless Jose Mourinho’s side can throw a spanner in the works in what promises to be a memorable Manchester derby.Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat of City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday took some gloss off their impending coronation, but Guardiola has come out fighting by taunting United with the claim he was given the chance to sign the club’s record signing Paul Pogba in January.“I said no. We don’t have the money to buy Pogba because he is so expensive,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday as he attacked the conduct of Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola.Guardiola, who stressed he thought Pogba was an “incredible player”, also suggested Raiola offered him then-United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan shortly before Arsenal signed him instead in part-exchange for the deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford.Pogba, who joined United for £89 million ($125 million, 102 million euros) from Juventus in 2016, has endured a wretched season and is by no means guaranteed to be in the starting line-up on Saturday.The French midfielder responded to Guardiola’s revelations with a picture on Twitter cupping his hand to his ear, captioned “Say what?”United manager Jose Mourinho indicated last month that it was up to Pogba to explain why his form has been so inconsistent in recent months.There is no suggestion that United had given their approval for Pogba to be offered to City and Guardiola’s ire appeared to be aimed solely at Raiola — the two men have feuded since the Catalan coach was managing Barcelona.Raiola believes Guardiola forced another of his clients, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, out of Barcelona in 2011.Their row was reignited two weeks ago when Raiola called Guardiola a “zero”, a “coward” and a “dog” for the way he treats his players. “Comparing someone to a dog is bad. It’s not good. He has to respect the dogs,” Guardiola said with heavy sarcasm on Friday.Mourinho has not commented on the Pogba claims, but he said although it would not be “the end of the world” if United lost, “we don’t want to offer them the game”.“We want to go there and want to compete and win the match if possible.”– Emirati riches –Despite Guardiola’s suggestion that City could not stretch to Pogba’s price tag, the investment by their owners from Abu Dhabi, who took over in 2008, has been phenomenal.The CIES Football Observatory estimates that the current City squad, including Sergio Aguero and contender for player of the year Kevin De Bruyne, cost 878 million euros ($1.07 billion) to assemble.That financial firepower has put City 16 points ahead of second-placed United.Guardiola, also a former manager of German giants Bayern Munich, has himself splashed out nearly 600 million euros in his time in northwest England, but he defended the level of spending.“I am so, so happy with what we have done this year,” he said. “It’s impossible to do that, to play the way we play, the results we achieved, without top players. It’s impossible. And today the top players cost a lot of money.“When the people say, ‘You win because you spend 600 million euros’, I don’t know how much money we spent in two years. But it is impossible to do it without money.“When people you say, ‘You can do that, Pep, what you have done in Barcelona or Bayern Munich without those players, is it possible to do that?’ No, it’s impossible, so be calm.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more