Court of Appeal rules claimants out of portal restricted to fixed costs

first_imgThe Court of Appeal has dealt a blow to claimant lawyers by coming down on the defendants’ side in a crucial costs dispute.Lord Justice Briggs said the claimant in Sharp v Leeds City Council was entitled to only fixed costs for pre-action disclosure (PAD) in a case which had dropped out of the personal injury portal.Briggs said the time may come when fixed costs were more generous, but for now the rules were prescribed by the regime and the court was not entitled to make a summary assessment.‘To throw open PAD applications generally to the recovery of assessed costs would in my view be to risk giving rise to an undesirable form of satellite litigation in which there would be likely to be incentives for the incurring of disproportionate expense, which is precisely what the fixed costs regime, viewed as a whole, is designed to avoid,’ said Briggs.The claim had been made against Leeds City Council after a pedestrian tripped over a pavement and fell, suffering a wrist injury.After the claim was loaded onto the portal in July 2014, it was common ground the claim then dropped out of the protocol, with the claim notification form treated as a letter of claim. The council failed to give the pre-action disclosure pursuant to the personal injury protocol, with the result that the claimant made a PAD application to the county court in February 2015.A district judge had awarded the claimant the costs of the PAD application, a figure of £1,250. But on appeal Judge Saffman said the fixed costs regime should apply and he reduced costs to £305.Claimant lawyers argued in the Court of Appeal that the regime for fixed recoverable costs was ‘incompatible’ with the general rule for the costs of PAD applications. To confine claimants to fixed costs, they said, would be an ‘inadequate sanction for widespread procedural misconduct by defendants’.But Briggs said that to ‘throw open’ PAD applications to assessed costs could create an undesirable level of satellite litigation.‘The fixed costs regime inevitably contains swings and roundabouts, and lawyers who assist claimants by participating in it are accustomed to taking the rough with the smooth, in pursuing legal business which is profitable overall.’The judge said the solution was not to subject the fixed costs regime to an implied exemption but to create a more variable level of recoverable costs liability.Briggs added: ‘The fixed costs regime needs to be kept under review, and defects in it remedied by adjustment of the fixed allowances where that can be shown to be justified.’last_img read more

ACTS goes metre-gauge

first_imgTHIS AUTUMN, Switzerland’s metre-gauge Rhätische Bahn is taking delivery of the first of 21 transporter wagons designed to carry ACTS roll-on roll-off containers. Developed for the RhB by Josef Meyer Waggon AG of Rheinfelden, the SI7751 series have a tare weight of 18 tonnes and can carry two 21 tonne containers each. Loading height is 860 mm above rail, and the maximum speed is 90 km/h, although brakes and bogies are configured to run at up to 100 km/h.The vehicles will be used to convey rubbish and recyclable materials to a new incinerator and sorting facility built by canton Graubünden in the Unterland region. This replaces previous arrangements to transport material to Niederurnen and Buchs. As part of this process, all movements are being containerised using ACTS equipment, requiring the development of a metre-gauge carrier.Josef Meyer Waggonbau, SwitzerlandReader Enquiry Number 145last_img read more

Ex-Mali president Moussa Traore dies aged 83 years

first_imgFormer Seychelles President dies aged 83 Mali’s former long-serving president Moussa Traore has died aged 83 years, AFP reports quoting a family source.Traore ruled the West African nation for 22 years.He rose to power in 1968 after leading the military in a coup against President Modibo Keïta. He remained in office until March 1991 when he was overthrown in a popular uprising.Traore’s death comes just a month after another coup in Mali against immediate former president Ibrahim Keita.Keita was removed from office by the military on 18 August following weeks of protests against his regime.He was held in detention for 10 days after his ouster, with the military justifying the move saying it was necessary for his own security.He was flown abroad for medical treatment upon his release.Related Mali’s president announces new government officialscenter_img Mali opposition insists President must quitlast_img read more

NI Introduces World’s First MIMO Application Framework

first_imgNational Instruments has announced the world’s first MIMO Application Framework. When paired with their software defined radio hardware, this software reference design provides a well-documented, reconfigurable, parameterized physical layer written and delivered in LabVIEW source code that enables researchers to build both traditional MIMO and Massive MIMO prototypes.The LabVIEW Communications MIMO Application Framework enables wireless designers to develop algorithms and evaluate custom IP to solve many of the practical challenges associated with real-world multiuser MIMO deployments. Scalable from 4 to 128 antennas, the MIMO Application Framework, when used with the NI USRP RIO and NI PXI hardware platforms, enables users to create small to large scale antenna systems with minimal system integration or design effort. Researchers can use the system out of the box to conduct Massive MIMO experiments and seamlessly integrate their own custom signal processing algorithms in a fraction of the time compared to other approaches, thereby accelerating the overall design process as the wireless industry races to define 5G.As participants in their RF/Communications Lead User program, researchers at Bristol University & Lund University have used this flexible prototyping platform for 5G research and recently announced a 22-fold increase in spectral efficiency over modern day 4G networks.NI’s MIMO platform was instrumental in enabling our Massive MIMO research. The MIMO Application Framework allowed their team to begin work from an advanced starting point, and the seamless interaction between the software and hardware let them move quickly from theory to real-world prototyping. As a result, they were able to prove the potential of Massive MIMO as a candidate technology for 5G by setting world records in spectral efficiency.last_img read more

UWF falls to third in NCAA South Region Rankings

first_img The Argonauts have won 12 of their last 13 matches and are on a five match winning spree (photo by Bill Stockland) UWF falls to third in NCAA South Region Rankings Sharecenter_img  INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Despite not incurring a loss over the past two weeks, the No. 18 West Florida volleyball team dropped to third in the second round of NCAA South Regional rankings released Wednesday. UWF improved to 17-3 in-region with wins over West Alabama and Valdosta State over the past week. The Argonauts (22-7, 15-1 GSC) were second in the first issue of regional rankings last week, but fell one spot when Eckerd jumped from fourth to second in the most recent version. West Florida is on a five match winning streak and has won 12 of their past 13 contests, with its lone loss over that stretch coming against the Tritons. Eckerd (19-7, 10-2 SSC) is on an eight match winning spree which includes victories in the competitive Sunshine State Conference. Fellow SSC member No. 7 Tampa holds steady as the No. 1 team in the South Region with an 18-1 region record. The Tritons are 16-5 in-region and fourth place Palm Beach Atlantic is 21-1.UWF wraps up the regular season this weekend with two matches on the road in Montevallo, Ala. It takes on UNC Pembroke at 1:30 p.m. CT before facing Montevallo at 3:30 p.m. CT. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#NCAA South Region Rankings (November 7, 2012)No.                       In-Region    Overall 1 Tampa                    18-1        23-3   2 Eckerd                   16-5        19-7   3 West Florida             17-3        21-7   4 Palm Beach Atlantic      21-1        31-3    5 Christian Brothers       15-7        16-9   6 Florida Southern         15-7        17-11   7 Rollins                  14-9        15-13   8 Barry                    8-8         14-11   9 Florida Tech             12-9        15-9  10 Lynn                     10-8        14-9Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Men’s Tennis Battles Through GSC Double Header

first_imgHUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  No. 1 UWF Men’s Tennis Team (4-0) adds two more victories to their record as they defeat GSC opponents University of Alabama-Huntsville (2-4) and the University of North Alabama (1-3).Up first for the Argos were the UAH Chargers, and due to expected showers, the matches were held indoors at the Athletic Club Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama. The reigning national champs raced off to dominant 3-0 lead after each team prevailed in doubles. Nicholas Springer and Alfonso Castellano won a commanding 8-4 match. Robin Rafaitin and Lucas Sanchez also won their doubles matchup with a score of 8-4. The top pair of Serdat Bojedjiev and Nicolas Lecoutre triumphed with an 8-5 victory.Immediately after doubles, No. 7 Bojedjiev made quick work of Dylan Hall, only surrendering three games. No. 23 ranked senior Alfonso Castellano delivered the clench for the team, dominating Elliot Hopson 6-2, 6-3. Sanchez, Juan Cabbrera, and Rafaitin all won their matches in straight sets, giving the Argos an 8-0 lead over the Chargers. The lone point gained by UAH was on court five, where James Caddies scraped past Gerard Rodriguez 6-1, 2-6, 10-7.UWF immediately hit the road and traveled to the Jimmy John’s Tennis Center in Decatur, Alabama to face the University of North Alabama.The North Alabama Lions proved to be a tricky opponent for the Argos. In the doubles, Springer/Castellano and Sanchez/Rafaitin eased pasted their respected challengers 8-3 and 8-4. On court one however, the fresh legs of the UNA pair Austin Racine and Miguel Garcia proved to much for the top pair of Bojedjiev/LeCoutre who fell 8-6.With a 2-1 lead after doubles, the UWF were in need of three more matches for the victory. On courts five and six, Rafaitin and Juan Motta cruised past each of their opponents, only dropping one game per set. The clench came from court three as Cabrera pushed past Luca Cirenza 6-2 6-4. The remainder of the matches went in North Alabama’s favor as multiple weary Argos tried to finish out the GSC contest. After a long day of matches, the Argos rallied past the Lions 5-4 and added two additional GSC wins to their record.As a close to this Alabama weekend, the No. 1 UWF face Montevallo University in Montevallo, Alabama. Matches will commence at 1pm. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Hari Ini! 7 Tahun Lalu Sukhoi SJ100 Jatuh di Gunung Salak

first_imgMasih hangat dalam benak seputar tragedi maut Sukhoi SJ100 yang jatuh di Bandara Sheremetyevo, Moskow pada Minggu (5/5/2019). Maka tepat hari ini, 9 Mei menjadi momen duka yang tak pernah terlupakan dalam sejarah dirgantara di Indonesia. Saat sebuah pesawat Sukhoi SJ100 dengan nomer registrasi 97004 produksi tahun 2009, mengalami musibah setelah menabrak lereng Gunung Salak, Kabupaten Bogor pada 9 Mei 2019.Baca juga: Lindungi Industri Dirgantara, Rusia Sebut Human Error Jadi Penyebab Tragedi Sukhoi SJ100 Sukhoi SJ100 saat itu tiba di Bandara Halim Perdanaksuma dalam rangkaian promosi. Maklum pesawat yang sudah mengumupulkan 800 jam terbang ini adalah kebanggaan Rusia, persisnya Sukhoi SJ100 adalah adalah pesawat penumpang produksi pertama yang diproduksi di Rusia sejak runtuhnya Uni Soviet. Dalam rangkaian perjalanan promosi yang bertajuk dijuluki “Welcome Asia!,” Sukhoi SJ100 memang menjadwalkan melakukan lawatan ke negara-negara di Asia Tenggara dan Asia Tengah. Saat joy flight dari Bandara Halim Perdanakusuma pada 9 Mei 2012, Sukhoi SJ100 diawaki oleh delapan orang, dan membawa 37 penumpang yang merupakan undangan.Dikutip dari Wikipedia.org, PT Tri Marga Rekatama adalah perwakilan atau agen Sukhoi Company di Indonesia. Dalam demo penerbangan untuk kepentingan promosi itu telah disebar 100 undangan untuk mengikuti joy flight di Bandara Halim Perdanakusumah.Joy flight dibagi dalam beberapa kloter dengan tujuan Bandara Halim Perdanakusumah-Pelabuhan Ratu-Bandara Halim Perdanakusumah. Kloter pertama berlangsung lancar dan selamat. Setelah melakukan penerbangan sekitar 30-35 menit, pesawat mendarat sempurna di Bandara Halim Perdanakusumah.Pada saat giliran kloter kedua take off. Kloter kedua Superjet 100 diisi 50 orang. Sebanyak 42 orang merupakan para undangan, sedangkan delapan orang lainnya adalah awak pesawat yang di antaranya merupakan warga negara Rusia. Penerbangan kedua inilah yang bermasalah.Hasil investigasi kecelakaan pesawat Sukhoi Superjet 100 telah diumumkan oleh Komite Nasional Keselamatan Transportasi (KNKT), Selasa (18/12/2012). Kesimpulannya, saat itu Ketua KNKT yang dijabat Tatang Kurniadi menilai kecelakaan ini disebabkan oleh kelalaian pilot yang mengemudikan pesawat naas tersebut. Dari data investigasi KNKT didapatkan informasi mengenai tiga kesalahan fatal pilot Sukhoi SJ100 yang membawa 45 penumpang tersebut.Baca juga: Evakuasi Terhambat Penumpang Egois, Dua Awak Kabin Sukhoi SJ100 Aeroflot Tunjukan Heroisme Sejati Pertama, peta pada pesawat Sukhoi SJ100 tidak memuat informasi mengenai area yang dilintasi (Bogor). Kedua, dalam penerbangan tersebut, Pilot In Command (PIC) Aleksandr Yablontsev (57) bertugas sebagai pilot yang mengemudikan pesawat dan Second In Command (SIC) bertugas sebagai pilot monitoring. Di kokpit terdapat seorang wakil dari calon pembeli yang menempati tempat duduk observer (jump seat). Kesalahan ketiga adalah saat data penerbangan yang dibawa ke dalam pesawat. Hal ini membuat proses evakuasi menjadi tersendat dan keluarnya data korban yang simpang siur.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedLindungi Industri Dirgantara, Rusia Sebut Human Error Jadi Penyebab Tragedi Sukhoi SJ10008/05/2019In “Bandara”Kasihan, Sukhoi Superjet 100 Tak Terima Satupun Pesanan Tahun Ini07/08/2020In “Analisa Angkutan”Antara Merpati Air, Kim Johanes Mulia dan Sukhoi SJ10014/12/2018In “Domestik”last_img read more

Gunakan Fingerprint Saat Wabah Covid-19, Amankah?

first_imgIlustrasi fingerprint. Sumber: newatlas.com Virus corona menyebar dengan cepat, tak kenal tempat dan waktu. Selain itu, menurut penelitian, virus Cina (menukil perkataan Presiden AS Donald Trump) ini disebut dapat bertahan di udara selama 3 jam, 4 jam di bahan tembaga, 24 jam di bahan kardus, 2-4 hari di permukaan plastik dan stainless, serta 9 hari di permukaan logam dan kaca.Baca juga: Area Dekat Pintu Kereta Komuter, Jadi Lokasi Potensi Terbesar Penularan Virus CoronaOleh karena itu, Asosiasi Kesehatan untuk Penyakit Menular dan Pencegahan serta Pengendalian Infeksi di Jepang pernah menyarankan agar individu yang menggunakan transportasi umum supaya tak menyentuh hidung, mulut, atau mata dengan tangan yang digunakan untuk bersentuhan dengan hal-hal yang disentuh oleh orang lain, seperti tali pegangan di kereta dan sejenisnya. Tak hanya transportasi, berbagai media yang banyak disentuh orang lain juga termasuk, salah satunya fingerprint. Dalam sebuah artikel di biometricupdate.com, Chief Research Officer di Suprema Inc, Brian Song, Ph.D mengungkap bahwa sebetulnya ada beragam hal untuk menilai apakah fingerprint aman digunakan di tengah pandemi virus Cina. Namun, secara singkat, ia tak menyangkal, sulit untuk untuk mengklaim bahwa sensor pengenalan sidik jari sepenuhnya aman dari penyebaran virus.Meski tak menyangkal, ahli yang sudah 20 tahun bergelut di bidang teknologi biometeric ini menyebut, dibandingkan dengan berbagai permukaan lainnya seperti gagang pintu, tombol lift, gagang kendaraan, atau permukaan lainnya di transportasi atau fasilitas publik yang juga banyak disentuh orang, fingerprint dinilai masih lebih aman.Pada akhirnya, dengan tak menyangkal bahwa virus corona dapat menyebar lewat fingerprint dan disaat yang bersamaan fingerprint dinilai masih lebih aman dibandingkan permukaan lain yang juga sama-sama disentuh banyak orang, ia pun mengambil jalan tengah. Menurutnya, bisa saja penggunaan fingerprint tetap terus dilakukan dengan syarat harus mencuci tangan dengan air mengalir dan anti septic. Peletakannya pun juga tak boleh berjauhan, fingerprint dan fasilitas pencuci tangan harus bersebelahan untuk meminimalisir kemungkinan seseorang menyentuh area wajah sebelum mencuci tangan.Cara lainnya, tentu saja dengan tidak meniadakan absensi atau penggunaan fingerprint bila syarat di atas tak bisa dipenuhi. Selama syarat tersebut dapat dipenuhi, tak ada salahnya untuk tetap menggunakan teknologi dengan bijak, selagi masing-masing pribadi mengetahui keamanan teknologi itu sendiri.Baca juga: Ahli: Penumpang yang Duduk di Dekat Jendela Lebih Aman dari Virus CoronaDi belahan bumi lain, The New York Post pernah melaporkan bahwa karyawan di New York City telah memprotes penggunaan absensi biometrik sidik jari yang akhirnya membuat New York Police Department (NYPD) dan the Metropolitan Transit Authority mempertimbangkan kembali cara absensi mereka. Pada akhirnya, NYPD memutuskan untuk menangguhkan penggunaan mesin fingerprint di kantor pusatnya.Di India, pemerintah negara bagian dan lokal di negara tersebut telah mengeluarkan serangkaian protokol termasuk penghentian penggunaan mesin fingerprint setelah terdapat salah satu karyawan di daerah Hyderabad dinyatakan positif Virus Corona. Akhirnya, hampir dari 200 perusahaan dipanggil untuk diberikan panduan dan prosedur standar, salah satunya mengganti mesin fingerprint. Demikian juga di daerah New Delhi, berbagai perusahaan mulai berhenti menggunakan sistem absensi biometrik.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

Borough Employee Policy to Clarify Marijuana Use

first_imgAssembly member Mako Haggerty gave the report on the Policies and Procedures Committee at last night’s meeting. Many state agencies have encouraged employers and businesses to ensure that employees are notified of marijuana related policies before the initiative is implemented in order to reduce conflicts. Haggerty: “To reference the use of or impairment by controlled substances and we talked a little bit about this but basically because marijuana’s been legalized by the vote in November this just brings up to date the borough code.”center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough is taking proactive measures to clarify employee code having to do with marijuana use.last_img read more

Japan into Asian Cup semis

first_imgHowever, Japan, which had lost three and drawn two of the previous five meetings between the two countries, took just four minutes to hit back with a set piece straight off the training ground.Any hopes China had of an easier route to the final effectively disappeared when Nanami swept in a left-foot volley from the edge of the box after being picked out by a Shunsuke Nakamura free kick from the right.Japan, starting with the same 11 players who demolished Uzbekistan 8-1 in the first round, immediately turned on the pressure and got in front in the 12th minute. Cerezo Osaka midfielder Hiroaki Morishima won possession from Iraqi defender Abdul Jabar Hashim before racing clear and squaring for Jubilo Iwata striker Naohiro Takahara, who stabbed in from close range.Japan, installed as title favorites after winning Group C in a canter, continued to play with a swagger, stringing together some wonderful one-touch soccer with Nanami and Nakamura at the heart of the team’s best moves.Nanami, back with Iwata after an unhappy spell in Italy, killed off any hopes Iraq had of a comeback in the 29th minute as he spotted goalkeeper Hashim Khamis off his line and found the back of the net, via a deflection, from 20 meters.Moments after the restart, a trio of Japan’s Under-23 Sydney Olympic side almost combined for the fourth goal as Junichi Inamoto released Myojin down the right and Takahara came within inches of converting at the far post.The Japanese underlined their superiority in the 63rd minute, however, as Nishizawa controlled a Nanami cross and set up Myojin, who crashed the ball into the top corner, cool as a cucumber.At 4-1, Japan coach Philippe Troussier decided to spare the Iraqis further embarrassment and gave Inamoto, Morishima and Nakamura a well-earned rest in preparation for Thursday’s semifinal with China.“I wasn’t worried when they scored because I knew, over 90 minutes, we would create a lot of chances. I’m not surprised about the result — Japan is better than Iraq,” said Troussier.In Tuesday’s second quarterfinal, defending champions Saudi Arabia, beaten 4-1 by Japan in the group stage, defeated Gulf rivals Kuwait 3-2 thanks to an extra-time “golden goal” from forward Nawaf al-Temyat. The Saudis play South Korea on Thursday. Miura heading homeBEIRUT (Kyodo) Yokohama midfielder Atsuhiro Miura will take no further part in the Asian Cup after suffering a back injury in Japan’s 1-1 Group C draw with Qatar, the JFA said Wednesday. Miura was to leave Lebanon later Wednesday and return to Japan for treatment. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 BEIRUT – Japan spotted Iraq a one-goal lead in their Asian Cup quarterfinal on Tuesday, but came charging back to win 4-1 with two goals from Man of the Match Hiroshi Nanami and one apiece from Naohiro Takahara and Tomokazu Myojin.The Iraqi jinx looked set to continue for Japan at Beirut Sports City Stadium when a poor clearance from captain Ryuzo Morioka fell nicely for Iraq forward Abbas Jassim, who drilled a right-foot shot into the top corner with just four minutes gone.center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more