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Orbis’s Surrey state of affairs

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Don’t be ‘hoodwinked’ over rules, SRA warned

first_imgA former senior City watchdog has warned the Solicitors Regulation Authority that it is being ‘hoodwinked’ into liberalising rules relating to financial advisers. The SRA is set to reveal whether it will relax a rule requiring lawyers to refer clients to wholly independent advisers. Arguing that current regulations are too prescriptive and incompatible with outcomes-focused regulation, the SRA wants solicitors’ clients to be offered the choice of advisers who are contracted to sell financial products. However, David Severn (pictured), head of retail investment policy at the Financial Services Authority from 1998 to 2004, said the SRA had ‘allowed itself to be hoodwinked’ by those who claim the current rules do not accord with an outcomes-focused approach. ‘The fact is that there is a false dichotomy here,’ he says in his submission to the SRA consultation. ‘Any regulator should be prepared to use the tools that best meet the needs of a particular case. ‘A regulator should not abandon the use of one tool simply so that it can slavishly adhere to a general approach in its regulatory style. In the present case there is a key client protection issue at stake.’ Severn says biased advice, contingent on making sales, would offer less protection to clients. Solicitors, he warns, could suffer reputational damage if the clients they refer experience an inferior service as a result. To perform a referral with due diligence, Severn says solicitors would have to conduct a ‘considerable amount of research’, determining the limitations of a restricted financial adviser and explaining those limitations and their consequences to clients. Severn recommends that if the rules do need to be changed, solicitors should be required to refer clients to more than one firm, of which at least one would be wholly independent. The SRA is due to announce its plans on 17 October but has already stated its preference for scrapping rules requiring referrals to wholly independent advisers. A consultation paper released last month admitted the proposal was ‘controversial’ but said the lawyer and client would work together to decide whether an independent or restricted adviser would be the best choice.last_img read more


Expanded sentencing guidance on coercion and ‘revenge porn’

first_imgSentencing guidelines have been expanded to address the psychological harm caused to victims of revenge porn and coercive behaviour.The Sentencing Council today published definitive guidelines covering, for the first time, stalking, disclosing private sexual images (commonly known as ‘revenge porn’), and controlling and coercive behaviour. The offences of ‘revenge porn’ and controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship were introduced in 2015. The guideline also covers other intimidatory offences such as harrassment and threats to kill.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Judge Rosa DeanThe council said its guidance identifies factors that can make such offences particularly serious. This includes setting up fake social media profiles to post images, and inviting people to comment and contact the victim. Following a public consultation, an additional factor has been included that would show high culpability on the part of the offender for reposting images online after they are taken down from websites.The council says coercice and controlling behaviour can be characterised by an abuser preventing their victim from having friendships, denying them access to money, and controlling aspects of their everyday life such as what to wear, what they can eat and where they can go. Following consultation, the council has decided that leaving the victim in debt, destitute or homeless due to their finances being exploited will be considered an aggravating factor.Sending grossly violent or offensive material to someone being stalked, and the impact this has on others, such as children, will also be considered an aggravating factor.Sentencing Council member judge Rosa Dean said: ‘Our guidelines recognise and reflect the very intimate, personal and intrusive nature of these offences, which can have devastating, often long-term impacts on victims and their families. They will provide courts with comprehensive guidance that will help ensure sentences reflect the seriousness of these offences.’last_img read more


Broad gauge ICE3 in sight

first_imgRUSSIAN Railways continues to prepare the ground for signing a detailed contract with Siemens for supply of high speed trains (RG 2.05 p61), with RZD President Gennady Fadeyev announcing on May 5 in Moscow that the German company will assemble the trains in Russia.Technology transfer looks set to be the key issue in the contract, due for signature by the end of September. Russian companies have recent experience with high speed train technology – the six-car Sokol prototype train developed by the Russian High Speed Railway Co and intended for services at up to 280 km/h between Moscow and St Petersburg was rolled out in July 1999 at Tikhvin. Around 60 companies were involved, and although the test programme revealed that the Sokol technology was not mature enough to allow a move to a production build of 1520mm gauge high speed trains, valuable experience was gained.RZD notified Siemens last month that it had identified 69 Russian companies as potential suppliers of major items of equipment, and these included several who had been involved with Sokol such as Torzhok Carriage Factory, Tikhvin Transport Machinery and the research organisation Aurora. Tver Carriage Works and Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Works were also among nominated companies.Russia’s commitment to modernising its 86660 route-km network is now beyond doubt, and funding is gradually being put in place. Fadeyev signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development at the end of April, with a view to loans being agreed in 2006 and beyond. EBRD First Vice-President Norin Doyle said that the bank expected to complete ‘several large-scale joint projects’ with RZD over the next few years, drawing particular attention to plans for high speed services on the 654 km Moscow – St Petersburg route. As envisaged at the time of the Sokol project, an initial fleet of 60 trains will be needed.last_img read more


US Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against UN on Cholera Outbreak

first_imgNo comment from UN While UN officials have not commented on the ruling, under the 1946 Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, the organization is entitled to “immunity from every form of legal process” except when it has “expressly waived its immunity”.Lawyers at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, an advocacy group that represented Haitians in the case dismissed a year ago, had used a different argument, arguing that the United Nations had failed in its responsibility to give cholera sufferers a way to settle their grievances.Last September, prior to his departure as UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, publicly expressed regret for the cholera outbreak.Addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Ban said the cholera outbreak and the sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers in Central African had “tarnished the reputation of the United Nations and, far worse, traumatized many people we serve”.Haiti was free of cholera until 2010 when UN peacekeepers dumped infected sewage into a river.A 2011 study by the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said UN peacekeepers from Nepal, where cholera is endemic, were the likely cause of the outbreak.Since then, more than 9,000 people have died of the disease that causes uncontrollable diarrhea and 800,000 people have fallen ill, mostly in the first two years of the outbreak.The UN has not legally accepted responsibility for the outbreak. Cholera is a water-borne bacteria, which is principally spread via sewage. Leader lawyer to appeal rulingA United States Federal Court has dismissed the last remaining class-action lawsuit brought against the United Nations over the cholera epidemic in Haiti that killed thousands of people.Judge Sandra L. Townes in throwing out the lawsuit on Thursday, upheld the organization’s assertion of diplomatic immunity and for “lack of subject-matter jurisdiction”.Just over a year ago, a federal appeals court had dismissed the only other class-action lawsuit seeking redress for Haitians from the United Nations over the cholera epidemic. That ruling also held that the United Nations could not be sued in United States courts.Attorney James F. Haggerty, who is the lead lawyer in the lawsuit, said he was disappointed with the latest ruling and would most “certainly likely” appeal.“We firmly believe the U.S. legal system eventually bends toward justice,” Haggerty said.last_img read more


Autumn Duyn named to Daktronics All-South Region Team

first_img Share  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A stellar sophomore season has garnered West Florida volleyball player Autumn Duyn more postseason recognition by being named to the Daktronics All-South Region First Team announced Tuesday. It is the first time she has earned the honor. The Gulf South Conference Player of the Year earned the honor as a leader on both offense and defense for the Argonauts. Duyn (Venice, Fla./Venice HS) averages 2.89 kills per set and 3.66 digs per set, which ranks second and first for UWF, respectively.Duyn was named to the AVCA All-South Region First Team for the second season in a row last week after being crowned the Most Outstanding Player of the GSC Tournament when she helped West Florida to its fifth consecutive GSC Tournament Championship. West Florida resumes play Thursday in the first round of the NCAA South Regional against Christian Brothers at 2:30 p.m. ET. For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS#2012 Daktronics All-South Region TeamsFirst Team  Pos.     Name                  School                 Yr.  Hometown OH       Mariela Quesada       Palm Beach Atlantic    SR   San Jose, Costa Rica OH       Autumn Duyn           West Florida           SO   Venice, Fla. OH       Holly Reschke         Tampa                  JR   Naples, Fla. MB/MH    Danielle Selkridge    Tampa                  SR   Tortola, Virgin Island MB/MH    Camille Indest        Rollins                JR   Winter Park, Fla. L        Melissa Buckingham    Palm Beach Atlantic    SO   Southlake, Texas S        Ali Skayhan Florida   Southern               JR   Beaverton, Ore. Player of the Year: Danielle Selkridge, TampaSecond Team Pos.     Name                  School                 Yr.  Hometown OH       Lindsey Biggs         Eckerd                 JR   Topeka, Kan. OH       Megan Hodges          Rollins                JR   Orlando, Fla. OH       Priscilla Massengale  North Alabama          SR   Baytown, Texas MB/MH    Brianna Cox           Lynn                   SR   Lancaster, Calif. MB/MH    Meagan Burke          Tampa                  SO   Jacksonville, Fla. L        Kristina Headrick     Christian Brothers     FR   Memphis, Tenn. L        Angie Lassman         Florida Tech           JR   Fraser, Mich. S        Kahley Patrick        Tampa                  SO   Clearwater, Fla.Print Friendly Version Autumn Duyn named to Daktronics All-South Region Team center_img Duyn is fourth in the GSC in digs per set and seventh in kills per set last_img read more


Women’s Hoops Ranked Tenth in NCAA South Region Rankings

first_imgComplete NCAA Division II Region RankingsINDIANAPOLIS – The West Florida women’s basketball team is ranked tenth in the second Division II regional ranking of the 2015-16 women’s basketball season, as released by the NCAA Wednesday. UWF is currently 16-9 on the year and in fifth place in the Gulf South Conference at 14-7. The Argos are a game out of a 3-way tie for second place in the league standings. UWF can finish third, fourth or fifth depending on various outcomes this weekend. UWF has five wins over teams in the top 10, including one over No. 1 Union, two over No. 7 Delta State and one each over No. 8 Lee and No. 9 Shorter. The Argonauts will play host to Valdosta State this Saturday at 2 p.m. in the final regular-season game of the season.  NCAA Division II South Region RankingsFebruary 24, 20161.     Union                           25-22.     Benedict                      24-23.     Nova Southeastern      22-44.     Kentucky State            21-35.     Florida Tech                 18-76.     Florida Southern          21-47.     Delta State                  18-68.     Lee                              19-89.     Shorter                        18-710.   WEST FLORIDA          16-9 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


Sambut Libur Natal dan Tahun Baru 2019, Garuda Indonesia dan Citilink Siapkan 132 ribu…

first_imgDirektur Utama Garuda Indonesia, Ari Askhara saat on board di GA421. Musim liburan Natal dan Tahun Baru akan dimulai pada 20 Desember mendatang, dan berakhir pada 6 Januari 2019. Menyambut momen besar tersebut, Garuda Indonesia dan Citilink telah menyiapkan setidaknya 132 ribu ribu kursi tambahan (extra seat) untuk penerbangan domestik dan internasional sebagai upaya mengantisipasi lonjakan jumlah penumpang.Baca juga: Per 2 Desember, Garuda Indonesia Layani Penerbangan Bandung-Singapura 4x Seminggu Dalam siaran pers yang diterima (4/12), Direktur Utama Garuda Indonesia Ari Askhara mengatakan, kapasitas tambahan tersebut terdiri dari 55 ribu kursi tambahan pada layanan penerbangan Garuda Indonesia dan 77 ribu kursi tambahan pada layanan penerbangan Citilink. Adapun frekuensi penambahan kapasitas layanan penerbangan tambahan tersebut terdiri dari 197 frekuensi penerbangan Garuda Indonesia dan 216 frekuensi penerbangan Citilink. Penambahan kursi Garuda Indonesia selama periode liburan akhir tahun ini mengalami peningkatan hampir 2 kali lipat dibandingkan kapasitas kursi tambahan Garuda Indonesia Group pada periode liburan Natal dan Tahun Baru tahun lalu.“Adapun kapasitas tambahan Garuda Indonesia sebagai mainbrand pada periode liburan akhir tahun ini mencapai hingga 49 ribu kursi tambahan yang terbagi dalam 170 frekuensi penerbangan ekstra di sejumlah rute-rute penerbangan domestik dan internasional, serta lebih dari 6 ribuan kursi tambahan yang dilayani melalui 27 frekuensi penerbangan yang menggunakan “bigger aircraft” (pesawat berbadan lebar) di sejumlah rute penerbangan domestik dan internasional”.Ari mengatakan, “Penambahan kapasitas penerbangan Garuda Indonesia melalui penerbangan ekstra (extra flight) akan dilaksanakan pada rute-rute penerbangan domestik dan internasional dengan trafik penumpang tinggi, di antaranya Ambon – Langgur pp, Jakarta – Denpasar pp, Jakarta – Surabaya pp, Jakarta – Medan pp, Jakarta – Yogyakarta pp, Denpasar – Surabaya pp.Sementara itu, pengoperasian “bigger aircraft” akan dilakukan pada 6 sektor penerbangan Garuda Indonesia yang terdiri dari rute penerbangan Jakarta – Denpasar pp, Jakarta – Medan pp, Jakarta – Surabaya pp, hingga Jakarta – Tanjung Pandan pp hingga rute internasional Jakarta – Singapura pp”.Baca juga: Gandeng HokBen, Garuda Indonesia Hadirkan New Inflight Menu di Penerbangan DomestikPenggunaan bigger aircraft pada periode libur akhir tahun tersebut dilakukan melalui pengoperasian armada Boeing 777-300ER, Airbus A330-300 dan Airbus A330-200 yang akan menggantikan armada reguler B737-800 NG maupun armada regular lainnya di sejumlah sektor penerbangan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedJelang Libur Natal dan Tahun Baru 2018, Garuda Indonesia dan Citilink Siapkan 73.000 Kursi Tambahan19/12/2017In “Bandara”Garuda Indonesia Maksimalkan OTP Pada Peak Season Pergantian Tahun29/12/2017In “Domestik”Sambut Peak Season Natal dan Tahun Baru 2020, Garuda Indonesia Berikan Diskon 40 Persen untuk Rute Domestik13/12/2019In “Destinasi”last_img read more


Tim Fisikawan Internasional Temukan Cara Terbaik Minimalisir Kepadatan Dalam Kabin

first_imgKarena hal ini kemudian sebuah tim fisikawan internasional mengklaim telah menemukan cara terbaik untuk meminimalisir hal tersebut. merangkum laman (26/1/2020), rahasianya adalah dengan memberikan prioritas kepada penumpang yang lebih lambat dan menempatkan mereka pada pola tertentu.Dipimpin oleh Profesor Sveinung Erland dari Western Norway University, tim menemukan bahwa yang terbaik untuk mendudukkan penumpang ini mulai dari belakang dalam urutan nomor kursi yang zig-zag menyusuri lorong. Ini menciptakan lebih banyak ruang di sekitar penumpang ini saat mereka memilah diri mereka sendiri, mengurangi risiko kemacetan di lorong yang memperlambat orang lain naik setelah mereka.Menggambarkan temuan mereka di Ars Technica, sebuah situs web yang mencakup sains dan teknologi, para peneliti menjelaskan teknik tersebut dengan analogi pengemasan batu dan pasir ke dalam toples. Jika Anda mendapatkan batu terlebih dahulu, pasir dapat mengisi celah di sekitarnya dengan lebih mudah.Simulasi komputer menunjukkan kebijakan paling lambat-pertama dapat memotong waktu naik hingga 28 persen dibandingkan dengan memberikan prioritas kepada penumpang yang bepergian lebih ringan atau tanpa tas. Setidaknya itu teorinya, yang didukung oleh beberapa matematika yang sangat canggih. Tetapi apakah ini akan berhasil dalam praktiknya?(Tribunnews)Para peneliti mengakui ada beberapa masalah praktis yang masih harus diselesaikan dan paling tidak menghentikan penumpang “bermain” sistem. Maskapai saat ini memberikan prioritas kepada mereka yang telah membayar hak istimewa, atau lambat karena mereka membutuhkan bantuan atau memiliki anak kecil.Namun jika kebijakan baru ini memiliki dampak besar, penumpang yang “lebih lambat” akan termasuk mereka yang perlu menyimpan banyak barang bawaan. Itu, pada gilirannya, dapat mendorong penumpang untuk membawa barang bawaan sebanyak mungkin, dalam upaya untuk duduk lebih awal, sehingga meningkatkan penundaan.Seperti kata pepatah, penelitian lebih lanjut jelas diperlukan dan sedang berlangsung. Bandara Gatwick di Inggris baru saja menyelesaikan studi selama dua bulan dari berbagai metode naik pesawat untuk mengetahui teori mana yang terbaik di dunia nyata. Salah satunya adalah penumpang dengan kursi jendela berjalan lebih dulu, diikuti oleh mereka yang duduk di tengah dan akhirnya lorong.Itu lebih cepat daripada pendekatan “kursi blok” yang biasa, karena orang tidak mencoba untuk menyimpan bagasi dan duduk di area kecil yang sama, atau menunggu sementara mereka yang sudah duduk di kursi berlengan berdiri untuk membiarkan mereka masuk. Tetapi sementara lebih baik daripada pendekatan blok, metode ini juga memiliki masalah seperti orang yang memesan kursi tetangga tidak dapat naik bersama.Hal ini memaksa pengecualian untuk dibuat misalnya, untuk keluarga dengan anak kecil bisa merusak perolehan kecepatan. Kemudian ada rahasia kecil kotor tentang naik ke dalam pesawat yakni maskapai ingin agar semua orang duduk dengan cepat tetapi mereka tidak ingin itu sepenuhnya bebas masalah.Sebab mereka membuat keuntungan rapi dari skema tempat duduk prioritas, yang memungkinkan orang untuk melenggang di atas pesawat sambil menyeringai pada mereka yang terjebak di belakang para shopaholic. Meski begitu, uji coba Gatwick cenderung mengidentifikasi tweak kecil yang bisa membuat perbedaan signifikan.Hasil dari studi tersebut dalam Teori Optimalisasi, cabang ilmu terapan yang dapat membantu membuat hidup sedikit lebih menjengkelkan. Setiap penumpang udara mendapat manfaat dari wawasannya dan langsung dari titik di mana mereka check in.“Ketika segala sesuatunya tidak terlalu sibuk, kami mungkin memilih antrian di depan salah satu check out hanya untuk mengetahui kami terjebak di belakang pasangan dengan koper yang tampak cerdik dan tanpa paspor. Kami kemudian mengutuk keberuntungan kami, sambil menonton antrian di sebelah kami,” ujar tim fisikawan.Pada waktu sibuk, Teori Optimasi datang menyelamatkan penumpang dengan sengaja merampok dari pilihan apa pun. Semua check in dilayani oleh satu baris, yang menjalin dengan cara ini dan itu di seluruh ruang pertemuan. Meskipun sering disambut dengan cemas, sistem antrian “satu-kanal multi-server” seperti itu secara matematis terbukti jauh lebih cepat dan tidak membuat frustrasi daripada membiarkan penumpang menebak check in mana yang akan melayani Anda terlebih dahulu.Memiliki saluran pengumpan tunggal memastikan semua orang berakhir di mana pun check out baru saja mengalahkan semua tetangganya. Maskapai itu sendiri mengandalkan Teori Optimasi untuk menyelesaikan masalah yang benar-benar mengerikan di mana pesawat penjadwalan yang tergantung pada koneksi penumpang, transfer kru dan waktu istirahat dan pemeliharaan pesawat.Dengan menggunakan algoritma dan komputer ultra-cepat, maskapai penerbangan menghitung jadwal optimal yang meminimalkan waktu henti dan memaksimalkan efisiensi. Tetapi bandara yang terikat kabut atau pesawat yang rusak dapat menuntut agar seluruh jadwal yang dioptimalkan untuk dihitung ulang dengan penundaan minimal.Yang mengherankan, Delta Air Lines baru saja mengungkapkan bahwa pihaknya bekerja sama dengan IBM untuk menggunakan komputer kuantum untuk pengolah angka terbesar dalam “mengatasi tantangan di sepanjang hari perjalanan”. Itu kode untuk mengoptimalkan jadwal ketika tiba-tiba ada masalah.Baca juga: Dear Maskapai, Mau Kejar OTP Tinggi? Perhatikan Pengaturan Masuknya Penumpang Ke Kabin!Tapi ada satu masalah optimasi yang ingin diselesaikan semua wanita sekarang adalah menghilangkan antrian untuk loos. Sepintas sepertinya cukup mudah. Studi menunjukkan bahwa wanita membutuhkan waktu sekitar dua kali lebih lama daripada pria. Jadi jelas wanita harus mendapat dua kali lebih banyak bilik daripada pria. Sebuah kekhasan matematis berarti akan membutuhkan empat kali lebih banyak bilik untuk memberikan pengalaman antrian yang sama dengan laki-laki kepada perempuan yang sangat mahal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Ilustrasi Bagasi Kabin. Sumber: istimewa Ketika tiba di gerbang keberangkatan dan dipanggil untuk naik pesawat, penumpang mengantri dan menemukan kursi masing-masing setiba di dalam kabin. Tapi ternyata tidaklah semudah itu, sebab ada saja masalah yang akan dihadapi penumpang sebelum benar-benar tiba di kursi mereka.Baca juga: Rahasia di Bandara yang Tak Semua Diketahui PenumpangSalah satunya adalah penyimpanan bagasi di atas kepala yang sudah penuh dengan barang penumpang lainnya. Bahkan selama bertahun-tahun sebagian besar maskapai terjebak dengan sistem yang sama di mana penumpang kelas satu atau bisnis naik terlebih dahulu dan baru penumpang lainnya.last_img read more


Okazaki takes single-distance title

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 NAGANO – Speedskater Tomomi Okazaki outpaced the field in the women’s 1,000 meters en route to capturing her first victory at the single-distance championships on Sunday.Okazaki clocked 1 minute, 17.57 seconds to finish ahead of Aki Tonoike, who timed 1:18.11 in second, and Maki Tabata who came third in 1:18.22 at the M-Wave ice arena in Nagano.center_img In other action, Yusuke Imai, who won his first 1,500 crown in five years a day earlier, blew away the competition to win the 1,000 in 1:10.31 for a new meet record. Takahiro Ushiyama placed second in 1:11.01 while third place went to Takaharu Nakajima in 1:11.09.Eriko Ishino won the women’s 3,000 in 4:10.12 in a race that had to be timed with a stopwatch after the official tournament clock failed to operate properly. Kesato Miyazaki claimed top honors in the men’s 3,000, which was newly introduced at this meet, in 3:51.63.The single-distance championships serve as qualifiers for the first half of the upcoming World Cup season. last_img read more