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Two-thirds of ‘miscarriage’ referrals successful

first_imgTwo-thirds of cases referred to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) for suspected miscarriages of justice have succeeded on appeal, the government has revealed.Responding to a parliamentary question from shadow justice secretary Lord Falconer (pictured) yesterday, justice minister Lord Faulks confirmed that, up until 31 March, the commission had referred 619 cases to the relevant court.As at 31 March, 596 referrals had been heard by the relevant court. Of these, 406 appeals were allowed, 178 were dismissed and 12 were abandoned.The commission was set up in 1997 as an independent organisation to investigate suspected miscarriages from magistrates’ courts, the Crown court in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Court Martial and Service Civilian Court.It has the power to send, or refer, a case back to an appeal court if it considers that there is a real possibility the court will quash the conviction or reduce the sentence in that case.Since its creation, the CCRC has received 20,367 applications, excluding 279 that were transferred from the Home Office, its previous sponsor department.Figures show application numbers reaching a peak of 1,599 in 2014/15, dropping to 1,480 in 2015/16.Since sponsorship function transferred to the Ministry of Justice in 2007/8, the commission has seen its net levels of funding fall from £6.7m in 2007/8 to £5.2m a year since 2013/14.last_img read more

Injury rules South Africa’s Trevor Nyakane out of RWC2019

first_imgSouth Africa Elections Coverage South Africa budget expectations South Africa Rastafarianscenter_img YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 21: Trevor Nyakane of South Africa reacts after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between New Zealand and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on September 21, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images) YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 21: Trevor Nyakane of South Africa reacts after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between New Zealand and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on September 21, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)South African prop Trevor Nyakane will miss the rest of the 2019 Rugby World Cup due to a torn calf muscle suffered in the 23-13 defeat against New Zealand on Saturday.24-year-old prop Thomas du Toit, who plays for South African side Cell C Sharks, has been drafted in as Nyakane’s replacement.Du Toit had been on standby and was part of the Springboks’ pre-tournament preparations until the squad departed for Japan at the end of last month.South Africa’s rugby coach Rassie Erasmus lamented the loss of Nyakane but expressed optimism about his replacements.“It’s very tough on Trevor. He has had a great season and added value whenever he took the field. It’s a blow to him and the team, but it’s also an opportunity for Thomas and for Vincent [Koch] who now have the chance to step up,” Erasmus said.Springboks forwards coach Matt Proudfoot echoed Erasmus’ sentiments while praising du Toit’s versatility.“It’s really sad for him. He is a guy who is going to be missed; we wish him well. He has been given instructions to get himself right and who knows what can happen down the track,” Proudfoot said.“He is a very good ball carrier; he is good over the ball; a good defender and brings lots of energy; he is very powerful on the loosehead side; very strong on the tighthead side so we’ve got great cover in for Trevor.”Du Toit is expected to link up with the squad in Nagoya later on Tuesday.South Africa next plays Namibia in Pool B at the City of Toyota Stadium on Saturday.Relatedlast_img read more

Port of LA Launches New Investor Relations Website to Attract Investors

first_img Author: Priyanka Ann Saini The Port of Los Angeles has launched a newly dedicated investor website to better communicate with its invested stakeholders, including current and potential bond investors who support Port infrastructure projects, institutional investors, and smaller investors, like local banks and individuals, and members of the public.With more than 2,000 pages of data and documents, the corporate-style investor platform provides insight into the credit fundamentals behind the Port’s longstanding ‘AA/Aa2/AA’ rating — the highest rating attainable for self-funded ports.“This new tool is designed to make it easier for those interested in Port of Los Angeles bond opportunities to quickly access information about our nation’s busiest container port,” said Marla Bleavins, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Port of Los Angeles. “This site consolidates investment opportunities, financial data, and other resources needed to make informed decisions.”“We’re very proud to work with the Port of Los Angeles to increase its disclosure and transparency to the bond market,” said BondLink CEO and co-founder Colin MacNaught. “Disclosure and efficiency attracts investors, particularly individual investors in the Los Angeles region who may want to invest locally.”This new investor resources tool is powered by BondLink, a Boston-based financial technology company that seeks to provide investor relations solutions to issuers in the municipal bond market.The Port of Los Angeles’ investor platform is a free and open resource available to everyone. The new website consolidates Port data and documents that are valuable to bond investors and rating agencies, providing quick and easy access to extensive financial information. The long-term goal of the investor platform is to attract more investors, including retail investors, local banks and wealth managers, to the Port’s bond program in order to increase distribution and diversify its investor base.The Port of Los Angeles is a non taxpayer-supported department of the City of Los Angeles and its revenues are derived from fees for shipping services and leasing of facilities. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated USD 272 billion in trade during 2016.Sea News, December 5last_img read more

Your Voice: Schneemann has vision for Farmington

first_imgTO THE EDITOR:I write to express my enthusiastic support for the re-election of Steve Schneemann to Farmington City Council.In his nearly two decades of public service to the City of Farmington, Steve has brought great passion and clear vision to a variety of roles, including the Planning Commission, DDA, City Council, and most recently, as our Mayor.As an architect, Steve understands the importance of precision and good design and has always aspired to the very best for Farmington. He has tirelessly applied this impeccable vision to his service, contributing countless pro bono hours toward ensuring that our projects reflect the quality and consistent design standards that Farmington deserves.If you look around at the great developments that have made Farmington a destination over the last 15 years, such as the design and implementation of Riley Park and the transformative Grand River Streetscape, you will find that Steve Schneemann has played an integral role in bringing nearly each one to fruition.Recently, Steve’s advocacy and leadership, both at the City Council and DDA levels, was crucial in securing approvals for the long-awaited Farmington Road Streetscape, which will bring much needed traffic calming, pedestrian safety and walkability, a better connection to surrounding neighborhoods, outdoor seating and dramatically improved aesthetics to the main thoroughfare into Downtown Farmington. His efforts toward future improvements will not stop there, however, as he works to implement a solution to redevelop the vacant Maxfield Training Center and better connect Shiawassee Park with the downtown, a goal which has been at the top of residents’ priority lists for several years.Steve exemplifies the best values of our small town: he is an intelligent, inclusive, kind, and forward-thinking leader. I encourage your support to help him continue his exemplary service to Farmington. Please vote for Steve Schneemann on November 5th.Sean MurphyFarmington Reported by 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)last_img read more

The Crew Cap: Sounders Shut Out Crew 1-0 in Columbus

first_img Danny Simpson Today’s match in Columbus didn’t really get exciting until the final few minutes when Seattle’s Jordan Morris hit a left-footed close range shot into the bottom left corner past Crew goalie Steve Clark.”Three in three for the U.S. international and a late late goal for your Seattle Sounders!” #SEAvCLB— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) May 1, 2016Aside from that goal, Clark had a great game making seven saves on eight shots.That’s a big NO from Steve! #CrewSC #SEAvCLB— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) April 30, 2016The Crew only managed to put a quarter of their shots on goal (4 for 16) to Seattle’s 8 of 16. The Sounders were better on defense and able to limit the Crew’s shot attempts by not allowing the Crew to take a variety of distance shots from various locations, while the Sounders were able to take more shots from a variety of locations from farther away which drew the Crew’s defense out just long enough and at the right moment during the 88th minute to sneak past them and score from only a few feet away. Seattle was better on defense by forcing the shots more toward the inside of the field where the defensive help was more readily available. After the only goal of the game, the Crew would get off 3 shots in the 90th minute from Ethan Finlay, Waylon Francis and Kei Kamara, all blocked by Seattle’s goaltender Stefan Frei who needless to say had himself a good outing in front of the home crowd of Seattle. Time of possession was split down the middle 50-50. After the loss today against Seattle, the Crew now sits in 9th place in the Eastern Conference with 8 points (3 for a win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for a loss) and an overall record of 2-4-2 (wins-losses-draws). The Montreal Impact is currently in first place of the Eastern Conference with 14 points and the Colorado Rapids are atop the Western Conference with 17. Next up for the Crew is a home match on Saturday May 7th against the top team in the Western Conference, Montreal Impact SC. Match begins at 7:30 ET. Go Crew! Related TopicsColumbusCrewSeattleSounderscenter_img Danny Simpson is a 4 year graduate from John Carroll University in Cleveland with a BA in Communications and Theatre Arts where he specialized in broadcast and theatre production. Graduated from Aurora High School, Danny has lived in North East Ohio all his life and love Cleveland Sports. Currently enrolled at The Ohio Center for Broadcasting in the Sports emphasis program, Danny hopes to make a name for himself somewhere for some professional or collegiate sports organization.last_img read more

Argos Shine in Premier Summer Leagues

first_imgArgos Shine in Premier Summer Leagues Share Richard Dixon played in the Premier Development League this summer (Photo by Jim Hogue) center_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – Argonaut soccer players Stuart McCrory, Nick Salafrio, Jack Salafrio, Richard Dixon, and former West Florida standout Nolan Intermoia have continued their success on the pitch leading their respective summer teams deep into the postseason. Intermoia wore the UWF green and blue from 2004-2008, after which he went on to play for the Thunder Bay Chill FC in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League. Intermoia led the Chill two years ago to a PDL championship, netting the deciding goal on a penalty kick. He has played in 13 games this season scoring two goals while adding four assists. The Chill, 14-2-2, won their quarterfinal match over the Michigan Bucks FC on Saturday 2-1, with Intermoia earning a starting nod. The Chill will play in the PDL semifinal on Friday at 9:30 CT against the Kitsap Pumas in Bremerton, Wash. The PDL championship match will be held on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be aired on Fox Soccer Channel. For more information visit: Current Argo midfielder Richard Dixon ended his PDL season with the Mississippi Brilla FC after falling in the PDL Southern Conference Championship Match to the Laredo Heat FC on Saturday. The game finished tied 2-2 in part to a 116 minute Heat goal. The Heat took their momentum into the penalty shootout coming away victorious 7-6. Dixon played in 10 games for the Brilla, 13-2-3, this season tallying 870 minutes on the pitch. Freshman keeper McCrory and the sophomore Salafrio twins rode an eight game winning streak, knocking off the top two seeds at the National Championship, to capture the National Premier Soccer League Championship over the Hollywood United FC 3-2. McCrory and Nick Salafrio picked up a start in the championship game while Jack contributed off the bench for the Jacksonville United FC. Pat Cannon, a former UWF soccer player and current West Florida Hall of Fame member, serves at the United’s head coach.McCrory, Dixon, and the Salafrio’s are aspiring to reach the heights of former Argonaut Keith Savage who plays for FC Tampa Bay of the North American Soccer league, which is one level below Major League Soccer. Savage has played in 16-of-18 games, starting in 14, tallying 1,208 minutes this season. FCTB ranks 5th in the NASL and is scheduled to play their next match Saturday August 6, 2011 at 6:30 CT against the Atlanta Silverbacks FC. The Match will be streamed live on information on UWF men’s soccer and for information on all UWF Athletics, visit Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

UWF Softball moves up to No. 7 in regional poll

first_img Share UWF Softball moves up to No. 7 in regional poll Argos move to No. 7 regionally (Photo by Bill Stockland) center_img INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  – The University of West Florida softball team jumped one spot to No. 7 in the latest NCAA Softball Poll released earlier today. The Argonauts used an 18-14 record against regional opponents to jump over Saint Leo University who has a 23-19 record against opponents in the region.West Florida used a three-game sweep against regional and conference opponent, University of West Alabama, to earn the No. 7 ranking.Eight teams from the south region earn a spot into the NCAA Tournament with three teams earning automatic bids for winning the Gulf South Conference, Sunshine State Conference, and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Alabama-Huntsville tops the list with a 33-7 record against opponents in the region, followed by Tampa at 21-5 and Valdosta State at 33-11. North Alabama (28-10), Rollins (28-11), Palm Beach Atlantic (26-12), and Saint Leo (23-19) round out the remaining teams in the top eight.UWF travels to Delta State for the final series of the regular season this week. The Argos open the series at Friday, April 25, at 5 p.m. and finish the series with a doubleheader Saturday, April 26, at noon.For information on all UWF athletics, visit Regional Rankings– –Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

ESPN ranks Cavaliers seventh in their future power rankings

first_img Related TopicsCavsCleveland CavaliersIsaiah ThomasKevin LoveLebron JamesNBA Ashley Bastock CLEVELAND– ESPN’s Kevin Pelton and Bobby Marks released their NBA future power rankings this morning, which looks at all 30 teams in the league and ranks them based on projections for the next three seasons.In order to calculate the rankings, looks at five separate categories: players, management, financial flexibility, market and draft assets.Last year, the Cavaliers were ranked No. 2. This year, they have dropped to No. 7. When broken down by category, ESPN ranked the Cavs 10th in players, 19th in management, 16th in money, eighth in market and fifth in draft assets.As you may be able to guess, a lot of this uncertainty hinges on LeBron James’ status as a free agent next summer, as Pelton writes:Will LeBron James stay or will he go? That question looms heavily over Cleveland’s future projection.Having swapped Irving for a package including Jae Crowder and All-Star Isaiah Thomas, the Cavaliers should again be one of the NBA’s best teams in 2017-18 provided Thomas is able to return from his hip injury. The outlook is hazier beyond that because James can become a free agent, and whispers around the league suggest he’s likely to leave Cleveland again.If James departs, the Cavaliers could pivot to a rebuild using the 2018 Nets’ first-round pick they acquired from the Celtics as a starting point. So this time a year from now, Cleveland could rank near the bottom of the future rankings.The Brooklyn Nets pick that the Cavs acquired from the Boston Celtics in the Kyrie Irving trade no doubt raised their ranking when it comes to the draft and the market. Based on how far they are over the salary cap, and considering their off-season struggles with naming a general manager, it’s not really surprising that they received lower rankings in management and money.With LeBron James, Kevin Love and Isaiah Thomas all due to become free agents in the next two years, it’s also really not surprising that their overall ranking and player ranking dropped compared to last season.center_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42last_img read more

OHSAA High School Football Playoff Round Two Matchups and Locations Announced

first_img Click to comment After an incredible opening week of playoff action all around the state of Ohio.  The Week two pairings and locations have not been announced.  Once again, all games will be Friday night at 7:30 Vince McKee Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Related TopicsAvonBay VillageOlmsted FallsSt. Edward’sSt. Iganatius Footballcenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Region 11 Cle. St. Ignatius (10-1) vs. 4 Euclid (9-2) at Bedford Bearcat Stadium2 Lakewood St. Edward (10-1) vs. 3 Mentor (10-1) at Parma Byers FieldRegion 21 Tol. Whitmer (11-0) vs. 5 Lewis Center Olentangy (8-3) at Tiffin Frost-Kalnow Stadium2 Powell Olentangy Liberty (9-2) vs. 6 Gahanna Lincoln (7-4) at Westerville North Jim McCann StadiumRegion 31 Centerville (10-1) vs. 5 Pickerington North (9-2) at Springfield Evans Stadium2 Hilliard Bradley (11-0) vs. 3 Pickerington Central (10-1) at Cols. St. Francis DeSales Alumni StadiumRegion 41 Cin. St. Xavier (10-1) vs. 4 Cin. Sycamore (9-2) at Mason Dwire Field, Atrium Stadium2 Cin. Colerain (9-2) vs. 3 Mason (9-2) at Cin. Princeton Mancusco Viking Stadiumlast_img read more