On the afternoon of Tuesday, November 13, East Hampton Village Mayor Paul Rickenbach’s Tuesday Club invited the Hon. Loretta Davis, executive director of The Retreat, to be guest speaker at the luncheon. Besides explaining the mission of The Retreat, Davis spoke about the variety of its services, and the need for fundraising and volunteering. Share
The last of Canada Steamship Lines’ (CSL) four newbuild Trillium Class self-unloading Lakers, the Baie Comeau, was delivered on June 20, 2013 and set sail on her maiden voyage on June 30.She departed at 11:48 CST from Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China, en route to Montreal, Quebec, where she is set to operate throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.Commanding the Baie Comeau as she crosses the Pacific Ocean and transits through the Panama Canal are Captain Andriy Bondarenko and Chief Engineer Francis Cotton. She is expected to take approximately 50-60 days to complete her voyage.When she arrives in Montreal in early September, she will join her sister ships, the Thunder Bay, the Whitefish Bay and the award winning Baie St. Paul. Two new bulk carriers are also set to join the Canada Steamship Lines fleet in 2013-2014.[mappress]Press Release, July 8, 2013
Twenty-eight judicial office holders were removed from office last year, a 12% rise on last year, and a further 18 resigned during conduct investigations, according to the Office for Judicial Complaints’ annual report published yesterday. Matters investigated by the OLC included one instance where a magistrate refused to return to court following a disagreement with bench colleagues in the retiring room, and another where a judge made inappropriate comments that could be perceived as showing prejudice against a non-British defendant. Of the 28 judicial office holders removed from office, 25 were magistrates, two were judges and one was a non-legal tribunal member. Twelve of the removals related to ‘not fulfilling judicial duties’; five resulted from civil or criminal proceedings; six related to ‘inappropriate behaviour of comments’; three were due to professional misconduct; one related to motoring offences and one to a conflict of interest. A further 11 judicial office holders received a reprimand, and 11 were given formal advice or a warning. The OLC’s annual report provides four anonymised case studies giving a sample of the issues it has dealt with during the year. In one, it said a reprimand and requirement to take training were imposed on a magistrate after they ‘did not return to court to adjudicate, following a disagreement with bench colleagues in the retiring room’. In another case study, a reprimand, training requirement and removal from a mentoring list were given to an office holder who had used the words ‘we take exception to people coming to our shores and abusing our hospitality’ in open court, when addressing a non-British defendant. This was held to fall short of the qualities of social awareness and sound judgement expected of the judiciary. Inappropriate comments by judicial office holders led to nine occasions where the lord chief justice gave informal advice to the office holder in question, six where he gave formal advice; four reprimands, four resignations and six removals from office. The report showed that there were 422 complaints of inappropriate behaviour or comments against judicial office holders; 83 complaints of discrimination; 27 complaints that an office holder was not fulfilling their judicial duty’ (which normally relates to magistrates), and 19 complaints about conflicts of interest. There were 647 complaints in total, not including those that related to the outcome of a case, and therefore fell outside the OJC’s remit. The figures relate to the period from 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010. They do not therefore include the resignation of circuit judge Gerald Price, who resigned last month after losing an appeal against a decision to remove him from office following allegations over his private life.
Mogamat Benjamin says a prayer. With him is Soraya Salie, chairperson of the Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies and a member of the International Womens Peace Group. Tears flowed as Bonteheuwel residents spent 67 minutes in prayer for peace in Bonteheuwel on Mandela Day, Monday July 18.The area has been plagued by gang violence over the past few months.The interfaith prayer initiative, arranged by the Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies (BWL) and the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) honoured Nelson Mandela, who, they say, was the epitome of peace.The area where the gathering was held – on the stoep of a small shopping complex known as Kaybees to the locals – is a known hot spot for gang violence. According to Soraya Salie, the chairperson of the BWL and a member of the IWPG, at least six people were killed in a short space of time around that block.Said Ms Salie: “Madiba was a peace-loving person. After spending 27 years in jail, he could have easily declared war, but instead, he promoted peace and reconciliation.”During her prayer, Ms Salie asked for peace over Bonteheuwel, adding: “We pray that the Almighty instils peace and love in our hearts, as we cannot be peaceful if we don’t have peace in our hearts. We pray that the Almighty forgives all those who cause this agony and lead them on a straight path. Please Lord, remove the evil spirit over Bonteheuwel.”Pastor Leslie Lambert from the Bonteheuwel Assembly of God prayed against all social evils.“There are those who thrive on bad news, but today we are declaring the good news. We were born with a purpose, but the devil wants to destroy that. We militate against all evils – drugs, school drop-outs, all forms of crime, gangsterism, families who suffer. Today we stand as one and say: enough is enough. I pray that each one of us become the change we want to see and that parents must stop hiding the evil of their children.”Lydia Southgate said her friends at the Bonteheuwel Disabled Group, who meet every weekday, put themselves at risk just by walking to the club.“Most of the club members have intellectual disabilities, making them even more vulnerable to violence. “Having to deal with the fear of leaving your house and the trauma gang violence causes are a lot for them to deal with. The leaders of the club often have to go out to collect or buy things, and even the women who cook every day for the club. They are all at great risk. Just as every other citizen, or disabled people deserve to have dignity, to live in a safe, peaceful and gun-free neighbourhood. Instead, our community has become fearful, too scared to step out of our homes, and small children get hurt and killed during these shootings,” Ms Southgate said.Mogamat Benjamin, who also offered a prayer, said he stands in solidarity with all who want a positive change for Bonteheuwel.“We must continue the struggle, especially for our youth – they deserve their youth and a long life. They must start playing sport again. Our community is known for producing excellent sports people, priests, imams and professors. However, we also have a determined spirit – from the layman to the poorest of the poor. We never give up. Why must our houses look like prisons with our high fencing and burglar gates. Why must we be in our homes by 8pm? We will continue this fight and stand in solidarity.”Stephen Selbourne, who was among those gathered, said: “We are honouring the legacy of Madiba and stand united against the challenges of our community.”
A man has attacked his wife while representing himself in family court proceedings, highlighting security concerns as more people appear in court without a lawyer.The Ministry of Justice confirmed that an incident took place during proceedings at an Essex court last week in a hearing about residence and visiting rights.As the judge began to deliver their ruling, the father walked across the court and punched his wife several times in the head. He was restrained by court staff and arrested by police. At a magistrates’ court hearing the man pleaded guilty to assault and will appear for sentencing at the Crown court later this month.The man will also face contempt of court proceedings in London in a hearing before Sir James Munby, president of the family division, on Wednesday. Lawyers raised concerns that the removal of legal aid for most family cases in April would increase the number of litigants in person and increase the tension in family law cases.A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: ‘Self-represented parties are not a new phenomenon – immediately prior to our legal aid changes about half of private law children’s cases involved them.’ She said: ‘Lawyers representing a party would not play a role in court security matters, and we have no evidence to suggest any increase in this type of incident since April.’HM Courts & Tribunals Service said: ‘HMCTS takes the issue of security within courts extremely seriously and has a robust security and safety system to protect all court users and the judiciary. This system includes mandatory bag searches, metal detectors and surveillance cameras, as well as court security officers who have legislative powers to protect all those in the court building. The powers of the court security officers include the ability to restrain and remove people from the building should there be a need.’A spokesman added: ‘Our security system is continually monitored to ensure that it is effective and proportionate, and mitigates against the risks faced.’A Law Society spokesperson agreed that the case raised serious concerns. He said: ‘We recognise that this situation can be very intimidating for people taking these actions. The law allows people to represent themselves and, while the judge can control excessive or intimidating behaviour and inappropriate questions, this will not stop the process being difficult and distressing.’The abolition of legal aid for many of these proceedings, in the 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, will make this more common. The Law Society and others with significant experience of domestic violence cases argued that this presented risks whereby defendants would be more likely to proceed without representation and would confront their victims in court.’In this case, it is clearly wrong and deeply distressing to the alleged victim. We call on government to revisit rules governing the scope of legal aid in civil cases so that such situations can be avoided, for the sake of alleged victims and for the sake of justice.’
A solicitor specialising in technology says he will defy the rule requiring him to display the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new digital badge on his firm’s website – on the ground that it contravenes data protection law.George Gardiner, of commercial and technology firm Gardiner & Co, described the badge, which becomes mandatory for SRA-regulated firms next month, as ‘an illegal gimmick’. He told the Gazette that his concerns stem from a lack of clarity about how the provider of the badge technology and the underlying technology will handle data generated when individuals click on the badge to check a firm’s bona fides. Gardiner: data protection concerns The ‘clickable logo’ contains embedded software which confirms that a practising certificate is valid and clicks through to an SRA-hosted page which confirms that the firm is regulated and outlines what protections this regulated status provides. Its display will be mandatory from 25 November.Gardiner said that, as the data controller responsible for his firm’s website, he has to ensure that all processing of personal data is lawful. However he said that the system’s design involves the processing of data by technology supplier Yoshki, and does not ask users to give their consent. Yoshki’s system is based in turn on technology developed by Google ‘which is in the business of harvesting personal data’, he said. In theory it has the capability to track a visitor to a law firm’s website and target them with promotions on social media.’I have been in discussions with the SRA for some nine months and have got nowhere,’ Gardiner said. An SRA spokesperson said: ‘We – and our development partner Yoshki – only have access to the data which is necessary to implement the clickable logo service.’So that we can address any improper use of the logo, and understand which firms have adopted the service, we can see which websites have implemented the logo. We can also see how many times the logo has been clicked – this is to help manage system performance and to gain insight into usage.’We do not have access, record or store any additional data such as IP addresses or page navigation behaviour. We do not collect data that would identify an individual.’If we find a firm is not making any effort to comply with our transparency rules after they become mandatory on 25 November, then we will need to consider enforcement action.’Gardiner was not persuaded: ‘If they don’t understand the technology they shouldn’t install it.’
Police forces in the UK should abandon their tests of computer programs to predict where crimes are likely to happen and whether individuals are likely to re-offend, human rights pressure group Liberty says today. According to the group, at least 14 forces in the UK are testing or in the process of developing ‘predictive policing’ systems based on machine-learning algorithms.A highly critical report, Policing by Machine, says that such systems can entrench bias, by making decisions based on historical ‘big data’ about crimes. The predictions may be based on ‘black box’ algorithms, which are impossible to scrutinise. Although police forces generally require human oversight over such programs, in practice officers are likely to defer to the algorithm, the report warns.’A police officer may be hesitant to overrule an algorithm which indicates that someone is high risk, just in case that person goes on to commit a crime and responsibility for this falls to them – they simply fear getting it wrong. It is incredibly difficult to design a process of human reasoning that can meaningfully run alongside a deeply complex mathematical process,’ the report states. Liberty recommends that police forces should end their use of predictive mapping programs, which ‘rely on problematic historical arrest data and encourage the over-policing of marginalised communities’ as well ‘individual risk assessment programs, which ‘encourage discriminatory profiling’. At the very least, the report calls on police forces to disclose information about the use of predictiving policing technologies, including to those most likely to be affected by the systems. Meanwhile, investment in digital policing should focus on the development of programs and algorithms that actively reduced biased approaches to policing, the report states. It concludes: ‘While it may seem a laudable aim to prevent crime before it ever occurs, this is best achieved by addressing underlying social issues through education, housing, employment and social care. The solution does not lie in policing by machine.’ Liberty is far from the first to raise concerns about the prospect of so-called ‘Schrödinger’s justice’. In September last year a study by the Royal United Services Instittue and the University of Winchester concluded wtih a call for the Home Office to set out rules governing how police forces should conduct trials of predictive policing tools. The Law Society’s policy commission on algorithms in the justice system will hold final public evidence sessions this month, in Cardiff (7 February) and London (14 February).
Walter Presents has secured UK rights to hit Danish show When the Dust Settles from DR Sales.When the Dust Settles tells the story of eight strangers whose lives intertwine in the aftermath of a shocking terrorist attack in a Copenhagen restaurant. The cast includes well-known Danish actors, including Karen-Lise Mynster (Aftermath), Jacob Lohmann (Follow The Money, The Rain), Henning Jensen (The Killing, The Rain), Peter Christoffersen (The Bridge).The ten part psychological drama was created by Ida Maria Rydén (Dicte) and Dorte Høgh (Dicte, Anna Pihl) for DR Drama. It was directed by Milad Alami (Follow The Money III, The Charmer), Jeanette Nordahl (Wildland), Iram Haq (What Will People Say) and produced by Stinna Lassen (Wisting, The Team).Walter Presents Co-founder and curator Walter Iuzzolino says: “Danish drama has consistently been setting standards for scripted excellence across the Nordic countries for the past ten years, and DR’s output has been playing a pivotal role in that creative revolution – from global crime hit The Killing to International Emmy winner Ride Upon The Storm, DR’s programming slate is always synonymous with top quality. When the Dust Settles continues that tradition of programming excellence: it is a powerful character driven series that conjugates memorable, emotional stories with a gripping, sophisticated approach to storytelling and narrative structure.”DR Sales’ Executive Sales & Acquisitions Manager Freja Johanne Nørgaard Sørensen says: “When the Dust Settles is an ambitious project that speaks to something in all of us and has proven attractive to the international market. Walter Presents is doing an amazing job bringing foreign-language drama series to the British audiences and we are delighted that they’ve committed to When the Dust Settles.”When the Dust Settles was nominated for Nordisk Film & TV Fond’s Script Award 2020 during Göteborg International Film Festival. The series premiered domestically on DR1 on February 2nd 2020 to great critical acclaim, achieving a 42% viewing share.
Kenya’s top football bodies differ over decision to end season Nick Mwendwa, President of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), speaks to media ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match between Kenya and Ghana at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on September 7, 2018. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images) FILE PHOTO: Nick Mwendwa, President of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), speaks to media during a past event. (Photo credit YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images)Kenya’s Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) on Tuesday issued an order temporarily suspending a declaration by the nation’s football governing body cancelling the 2019/2020 Kenyan Premier League season.The order follows a petition filed by Chemelil Sugar Football Club and the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Limited against the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Secretariat, the FKF president Nick Mwendwa and chief executive officer Barry Otieno.In the petition, Mwendwa and Otieno are accused of unlawfully and unprocedurally cancelling the season and interfering with the mandate of the KPL, the administrator of the nation’s top football league.In a statement, the SDT certified the petition as urgent and directed that the order be served to the respondents within three days.“Pending the hearing and determination of this application and/or the Petition inter partes, the purported decision of the Respondents cancelling the Kenyan Premier League 2019/2020 Season be and is hereby stayed,” the statement signed by the chairman John Ohaga read in part.The SDT also directed parties that wish to be enjoined in the case to file their responses within seven days.Last month, FKF President Nick Mwendwa in a series of tweets announced that the leaders of the Kenyan Premier League, Gor Mahia, and the second-tier National Super League, Nairobi City Stars, were declared champions.Mwendwa then proceeded to cite the regulations of the federation that provided for such a decision to be made.However, the KPL strongly protested against the move to cancel the season without looking into other possibilities which would see the season played to its conclusion.The KPL accused FKF of selectively applying rules and interpreting communication by CAF causing a breach of its mandate.The KPL added that a decision to end the season can only be taken into account if CAF, which has not yet completed its own club competitions, had ordered all its members to do so by a certain date.On April 7, the KPL issued a statement suspending the 2019/2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The KPL said at the time that there was no urgency in determining the fate of the season.Related Kenya Rugby Union reverses decision to cancel season Kenyan community project empowering women through football
Cleaning staff disinfect a metro carriage in Addis Ababa .Ethiopia announced its first COVID-19 death Sunday.PHOTO/AFP Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 2,915 after 245 more new cases were confirmed on Friday, the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health said.The ministry revealed in a statement issued on Friday that from the total of 5,709 medical tests that were conducted within the last 24 hours, some 245 of them have been tested positive for COVID-19, eventually bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Horn of Africa country to 2,915.According to figures from the ministry, 241 of the latest confirmed cases are Ethiopian nationals, while the remaining four were said to be foreign nationals. The ministry also stressed that some 172 of the latest confirmed cases are males and 73 females, with an age range of 1 to 85.The ministry also disclosed that seven more people succumbed to the disease on Friday, raising the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the East African country to 47.According to figures from the ministry, some 17 more people who have been tested positive for COVID-19 recovered on Friday, bringing the total numbers of recoveries in the country to 451.The East African country has so far conducted some 170,860 COVID-19 tests, according to the ministry.Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation with about 107 million people, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13. The Ethiopian government has since then instituted a wide range of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.In April, the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives, the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament, announced a five-month state of emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country.Related Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 700 Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 21 Ethiopia’s COVID-19 cases rise to 582 after 88 more cases confirmed