MoJ figures show five-figure slump in PI claims

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice – the department pushing through measures to curb personal injury claims – has revealed that the number of such claims is already on the decline.Civil justice statistics published today confirmed that the number of personal injury claims in the county court fell by 7% to 33,500 in the first quarter of 2018. The decrease represents a reversal in claim trends, after the same period in 2017 reflected a 10% increase in PI claims.The current fall comes just weeks after the Department for Work and Pensions’ Compensation Recovery Unit reported that the total number of cases registered with it fell by 13% to 853,615 in 2017/28. Personal injury lawyers suggest the government is already winning its battle to reduce claims numbers and should delay further reform until changes from recent years have had a chance to take full effect.Justice secretary David Gauke has backed the new Civil Liability Bill Civil Liability Bill saying the number of whiplash claims had been ‘too high for too long’, and was ‘symptomatic of a wider compensation culture’. That legislation, which introduces a tariff for whiplash damages, is due for report stage in the House of Lords next Tuesday.Justice minister Rory Stewart, answering a written question in parliament this week, reiterated that the government intends to implement all elements of its reform programme by 2019. This includes both the measures in the Civil Liability Bill and supplementary measures to increase the small claims limit for PI claims which require secondary legislation.Elsewhere in the MoJ’s civil justice statistics, it was confirmed the average time taken for small claims has increased by two weeks to 33 weeks and for multi and fast track claims by almost two weeks to 56.7 weeks. In January to March 2018, almost all (98%) of unspecified money defences (largely made up of PI claims) had legal representation for both the respondent and claimant.last_img read more

Station counter-terrorism guideline study launched

first_imgEUROPE: The EU-backed Secure Station project has been launched with the aim of producing guidelines to assist station managers, designers and the construction industry in making transport hubs safer and more resilient to terrorist attacks.The three-year project is being undertaken by a group of organisations led by Spanish defence consultancy ISDEFE, with the European Commission contributing €2m towards the €3m cost. Architectural practice John McAslan + Partners is to undertake studies to produce a design handbook on how to increase security through structural, interior and building services design. This will draw on JMP’s experience of projects including the redevelopment of London King’s Cross station and the design of metro stations in Delhi, as well as embassies in Alger, Tel Aviv and Madrid. ‘As more focus is placed on security measures, design must respond with comprehensive, guiding principles that create rigorous and transferable security measures’, said Simon Goode, Associate Director at JMP. ‘Stations are social hubs and are often people’s first experiences of a town or city, therefore these improvements to security must be done in a way that maintains the quality of the public space and the accessibility of these environments.’ Secure Station participantsJohn McAslan + Partners, UK Ingeniería de Sistemas para la Defensa de España, Spain Mtrs3 Solutions & Services, Israel University of Sheffield, UK Integral Consulting R&D, Romania D’appolonia, Italy Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid, Spain Heuristics, Switzerland Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain Azienda Trasporti Milanesi, Italylast_img read more

Merseyrail Class 777 arrives in Liverpool

first_imgThe first of the Stadler Class 777 EMUs to renew the Merseyrail suburban fleet is now on test. Tony Miles reports from Kirkdale.,#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outThe first of Merseyrail’s new Class 777 EMUs was formally welcomed to the UK by the mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram in an event at Kirkdale depot on January 28. Assembled by Stadler in Switzerland, unit 777 003 had been hauled by rail across Europe, a journey that was slightly delayed by industrial action in France.The 52 four-car trains are being supplied under a £700m contract awarded in February 2017. This will also see Stadler undertaking light and heavy maintenance of the units throughout their 35 year life at the purpose-built depot. The units were ordered to replace the Class 507 and 508 fleets which are now over 40 years old.The new fleet will be owned outright by local transport authority Merseytravel, which will lease them to the operator; this will ensure that they will remain on the local network. An option to purchase up to 60 additional units could be exercised if services are extended to new destinations such as Helsby, Skelmersdale or Wrexham.Battery storageEach four-car unit will provide seats for 182 and room for 302 standing passengers, compared to 192 seats in a three-car Class 507. One pair of sliding doors is provided on each side of the driving cars and two per side of the centre trailers. Total weight of the set is put at 99 tonnes, around 5 tonnes lighter than the old EMUs. Installed power will be 2 100 kW, a significant increase on the 656 kW of the Class 507s, but the maximum speed will remain at 120 km/h.While the core Merseyrail network is electrified at 750 V DC third rail, the Class 777s have a dual voltage capability to use 25 kV 50 Hz electrification on any extensions. Options also exist for a battery-electric variant, and it is anticipated that one of the initial build will be equipped with onboard energy storage for evaluation. There is space under one vehicle to house a battery weighing up to 5 tonnes within the axleload limit.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outAccording to Merseytravel, ‘we want to be able to prove the concept that we could run beyond the third rail’. By storing recovered braking energy, the batteries would help to reduce power demand and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions. All of the Class 777s will be fitted with small batteries to allow independent movement around workshop and maintenance facilities.Passenger friendlyThe trains were designed following extensive consultation with passengers. As well as onboard CCTV they have larger vestibules and more grab handles, improving safety for standing passengers. A transparent screen behind the driver will give passengers a forward-facing view, although this can be made opaque at the flick of a switch if necessary.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outThe wide-gangwayed units are designed so that a wheelchair user will be able to pass through the length of a train, a level of accessibility that will also benefit elderly passengers, travellers with prams and buggies, or cyclists.To provide level boarding, the floor height is lower than standard, at 960 mm above rail level. All entrances are fitted with intelligent sliding steps to close the gap between train and platform. Door sensors will detect obstructions, while coloured lights on the doors inform passengers when it is safe to board and alight.Merseytravel Chair Liam Robinson told Railway Gazette ‘we’re really proud with the benchmarks that we’re setting here on Merseyside. In my view, in the fullness of time, these will get rolled out across the rest of the heavy rail network in this country.’Infrastructure modificationsExtensive work has been needed at many of the stations to ensure the platform height is kept within a very tight tolerance for level boarding. Platform extensions will also be required in various places, and Rolling stock programme director David Powell explained that Merseytravel is currently working with Network Rail to identify what work is needed.‘Running four car units will not be a problem. Where we are limited is the operation of eight-car sets, which will be required on the busier routes. This work involves a mix of platform lengthening and moving some signals, either where longer trains would pass existing platform end signals or where we need to meet new sighting regulations.’The signal sighting review has been done as a ‘desk-top’ modelling exercise, but final decisions will be taken once the first set starts running on the network and the assessments can be validated, Powell explains. He anticipates that a ‘reasonable number’ of signals will need to be relocated, with the final total being ‘in double figures’.The biggest challenge will be at Southport, where platform lengths are constrained by turnouts immediately beyond the platform ends; the platforms may have to be extended towards the concourse.Work is also underway to strengthen the power supply, improving the existing supply connections and adding new substations. Long distances between feeder points mean that the nominal 750 V DC can fall to below 400 V at some locations. The less-powerful Class 507s and 508s with their basic control systems can cope with the low voltage, albeit with reduced performance, but the Class 777s, with their higher power demand and modern control systems cannot operate when the supply falls below about 500 V.The power supply upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, well before full fleet introduction. Powell says the Train Management System on the new EMUs will be able to provide a precise readout of the third rail voltage along a route, allowing the infrastructure manager to ensure the supply is satisfactory and monitor how it fluctuates if several trains are running close together.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outTesting and commissioningThe first Class 777s were originally due to be delivered from mid-2019 and enter service from May 2020, with all 52 trains to be in service by the end of 2021. Delivery of the first set was around four months behind schedule and the deployment plan has been revised. The current aspiration is for the first trains to enter service in the latter part of 2020, following a comprehensive programme of testing and crew training.One particular area of focus will be checking for electromagnetic compatibility – Powell points out that ‘there is a host of compatibility issues on the Merseyrail network, including a number of different types of track circuit, as well as the requirement to operate on third rail under 25 kV wires. We will need to tread carefully.’While 777 003 has been delivered to Kirkdale, unit 001 is now at the Siemens test centre in Wildenrath for dynamic testing. It is due to be replaced there by sets 002 and 004, providing the two units needed for a thorough evaluation of the coupling and multiple-working functions. That will release 777 001 to return to Switzerland for completion ahead of delivery to the UK.last_img read more

South Of Scotland MSP Visits Women of the World

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn SOUTH OF SCOTLAND MSP Joan McAlpine paid a visit to Eastriggs on Friday (9th October)to meet the Women of the World group.Run by organiser Marilyn Bell, Women of the World is a friendly group of women who are active in the community who meet weekly to share their experiences.Ms McAlpine spoke to the women about her role as an MSP and learned about some of the work the group is doing in the community.Commenting, she said:“It was great to meet the Women of the World group on Friday and hear about all the events they are organising and the work they’ve been doing locally.“Marilyn has done a fantastic job setting up the group. They are a great bunch of women who care about the local community.”Any woman who is interested in joining the group can contact Marilyn Bell on 07833479300.last_img read more

China supports Tanzania’s trial of ivory smuggler

first_imgZimbabwe welcomes China ban on ivory trade Chinese businesswoman Yang Feng Glan, dubbed the “Ivory Queen”, sits inside the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania February 19, 2019. REUTERS/Emmanuel Herman Chinese businesswoman Yang Fenglan, dubbed the “Ivory Queen”, sits inside the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania February 19, 2019. REUTERS/Emmanuel HermanChina on Wednesday voiced support for Tanzania’s sentencing of a Chinese businesswoman to 15 years in prison for smuggling elephant tusks.According to media reports, Yang Fenglan, a Chinese businesswoman dubbed the “Ivory Queen,” was convicted on Tuesday by a Tanzanian court of smuggling about two tonnes of elephant tusks.Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a press briefing that China has consistently attached great importance to protecting endangered wild fauna and flora and diligently complied with relevant international obligations.Geng said that since 2015, China has promulgated measures banning imports of ivory carving, imports of ivory as hunting trophies and commercial processing and sales of ivory domestically, which have won acclaim worldwide.“The Chinese government shows “zero tolerance” to activities involving illegal trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora and related products, bringing relevant criminals to justice in a resolute and lawful manner, said the spokesperson.China has always demanded that its overseas nationals abide by local laws and regulations, never shielding illegal or criminal acts of its nationals, added Geng.“We support the Tanzanian authorities in conducting a just investigation and trial of the case,” Geng said, adding that China stands ready to work with the international community including Tanzania in protecting endangered wild fauna and flora as well as curbing their illegal trade.Related China and Tanzania Sign Development Agreementscenter_img Tanzania lauds China for banning ivory tradelast_img read more

Agilent’s New Service gets Radio Law-Designated Calibration

first_imgAgilent Technologies Inc. announced that the company has been accredited as a designated calibration agency under Japan Radio Law by the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications. Agilent is the first non-government designated calibration agency in Japan. Under Japan law, calibration service is required for all test equipment used to maintain radio stations in the country. In the past, this service had to be delivered through a state-affiliated body. Calibration certificates and calibration labels issued by Agilent meet the legal calibration needs of registered wireless maintenance companies under Japan Radio Law. Not only does Agilent provide Radio Law designated calibration, but the company also confirms if the instrument meets its specification. Japan customers can order this service as part of periodic calibration.last_img read more

Chris Antonetti Says Indians “Preference” is to Bring Back Free Agent 1B Mike Napoli

first_imgThere was a report last week that the Indians only want to give Napoli a one-year deal, but he would like a two-year pact with the Tribe. We shall see how it plays out, but with Encarnacion not inking at the meetings, it looks like Napoli is the option the Indians will turn to coming back to the roster in 2017. Related TopicsChris AntonettiIndiansMike Napoli Matt Loede With the Winter Meetings in the books, the Indians are still looking to add a player that can play first and likely hit right handed and add some power.One player who is still in the mix is free agent Mike Napoli, who last season powered his way to over 30 homers for the Indians, but struggled in the last two months of the season and postseason.The Indians took a long look at Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays free agent, but it seems like he’s going to want a huge amount to sign a deal this offseason.Today Jim Duquette at MLB Radio in an interview with Chris Antonetti said that the Tribe President stated that the team is still very wiling to bring back Napoli. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

Tiga Bandara Angkasa Pura Airports Masuk Peringkat 10 Besar Dunia

first_imgSatu lagi kabar membanggakan dalam dunia penerbangan di Tanah Air, tiga bandara internasional dikelola PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) atau lebih dikenal Angkasa Pura Airports menempati peringkat 10 besar dunia dengan tingkat kepuasan penumpang (Airport Service Quality/ASQ) tertinggi di periode triwulan II 2017. Penilaian itu dilakukan oleh Airports Council International (ACI).Baca juga: Inilah Alasan PT Angkasa Pura I Berganti Jadi “Angkasa Pura Airports”Ketiga bandara yang dimaksud adalah Bandara Internasional Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman (SAMS) Sepinggan Balikpapan, Bandara Internasional I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali, dan Bandara Internasional Juanda Surabaya.Untuk Bandara Internasional SAMS Sepinggan Balikpapan menduduki peringkat pertama (tertinggi) dari total 85 bandara dunia yang disurvei. Sementara itu, Bandara Internasional I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali menduduki peringkat 2 pada triwulan II 2017 dari total 37 bandara. Sedangkan Bandara Internasional Juanda Surabaya menduduki peringkat 10 pada kategori yang sama. ASQ sendiri merupakan program benchmarking global yang mengukur tingkat kepuasan penumpang di bandara yang dilakukan oleh Airports Council International (ACI), sebuah organisasi kebandarudaraan terkemuka di dunia yang berbasis di Montreal, Kanada. Dikutip KabarPenumpang dari (24/7), Direktur Utama PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) Danang S. Baskoro mengatakan, peningkatan peringkat kepuasan penumpang pesawat udara di bandara melalui survei ASQ pada triwulan dua oleh ACI ini menunjukkan komitmen kami untuk selalu berupaya menjaga dan meningkatkan standar layanan kami bagi pengguna jasa bandara, khususnya penumpang pesawat, agar terwujud service excellence. “Selain itu, peningkatan ini merupakan indikator perwujudan visi Angkasa Pura I yang ingin menjadi salah satu dari sepuluh besar pengelola bandara terbaik di Asia,” kata Danang S. Baskoro.Baca juga: Airport City, Tantangan Impelementasi Terbesar PT Angkasa Pura ISementara itu, pada tingkat Asia Pasifik, Bandara I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali menduduki posisi 8 dari total 96 bandara yang dinilai pada ASQ triwulan II 2017. Posisi Bandara I Gusti Ngurah Rai ini naik 4 peringkat dari posisi 12 pada triwulan I 2017. “Kami harap hingga triwulan IV tahun ini kinerja pelayanan kami untuk penumpang di bandara dapat meningkat dan meraih peringkat terbaik secara akumulatif pada akhir tahun,” ucap Danang.Dalam survei ini, diukur opini melalui 34 indikator kinerja, diantaranya akses bandara,check-in, security screening, fasilitas belanja dan restoran, serta toilet. Pertanyaan dan mekanisme survei dilakukan sama di semua bandara untuk menciptakan basis data industri yang memungkinkan setiap bandara membandingkan diri mereka dengan bandara lain di dunia. Metodologi ilmiah, prosedur quality control yang ketat, serta komitmen untuk tidak berpihak dalam setiap penilaian survei ASQ ini menjadikannya sebagai standar untuk mengukur kepuasan penumpang di bandara.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

Game Notes: Argos Travel To First-Place North Alabama For Three-Game Set

first_imgMarch 4, 2016 Full Release and Game Notes in PDF FormatLive StatsLive Video (Sunday only) PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida baseball team continues Gulf South Conference play this weekend, as they face North Alabama in Florence, Alabama this weekend. Saturday will consist of a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m., with Sunday featuring a single game also starting at 1:00 p.m. REDOVIAN WALKS IT OFF: West Florida baseball won its second consecutive game in walk off fashion on Wednesday, as Jimmy Redovian hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to break a scoreless tie and give UWF the 1-0 win… The win gave UWF its sixth victory in the last seven games… Redovian’s walk off home run marks as the first occasion in 2016 and the first time since Ledarious Clark hit one against Lee on March 28, 2015. FRESHMEN FOUR: UWF sent four different freshmen to the mound on Wednesday against Stillman, as Troy Brown, Garrett Peek, Gray Dorsey and Cole Crowder combined for a shutout… Troy Brown struck out four and allowed just one hit over three innings to start it off for UWF… Gulf Breeze natives Garrett Peek and Gray Dorsey each threw two innings, with Peek striking out two and Dorsey making his first appearance of the season… Crowder earned his first collegiate win as he was able to prevent Stillman from scoring when threatening with runners in scoring position in the eighth inning.POSTING ZEROS: UWF led the GSC with 10 shutouts in 2015 and is on a similar track for 2016, having four shutouts through the first 15 games… Three shutouts is the most in the GSC (tied with Union), and the second most in NCAA Division II… UWF set a new 2016 best, posting 16 consecutive scoreless innings last week stretching from the end of last Wednesday’s game against Spring Hill to the second game of Saturday’s double header against Valdosta State… UWF’s 10 shutouts in 2015 was the third most for a single season in GSC history. GSC’S BEST: UWF’s 2.25 team ERA marks as the best in the conference, and although early in the season, if the Argonauts were to maintain their current pace, it would be the second best team ERA in Gulf South Conference history… Delta State’s 1974 team currently owns the GSC record, having a team ERA of 2.20… West Florida’s 2014 team posted the third best ERA in GSC history, as the pitching staff posted a 2.50 ERA… UWF’s 2.25 team ERA is SCOUTING NORTH ALABAMA: North Alabama has gotten off to a 5-1 start in GSC play after taking two out of three against West Georgia and sweeping Shorter last weekend… In non-conference action, the Lions lost two of three against Spring Hill… North Alabama enters their series against UWF with a 10-3 overall record… Peyton Sockwell and Kevin Hall rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the GSC in batting average… Sockwell owns a .462 average while Hall posts a .458 batting average… Kyle Hubbuch is the team’s leader in RBI, having 18 on the season… Hubbuch also has five home runs on the season… UNA is batting .320 as a team while having a 2.93 team ERA. SERIES HISTORY VS. LIONS: UWF holds a slim advantage in the all-time series, winning 35 contests in comparison to UNA’s 33… The Argos are 8-1 in its last nine contests against the Lions, including taking two out of three last year in Pensacola… UWF swept UNA the last time the Argos traveled to Florence, Alabama beating North Alabama 3-2, 2-0 and 4-0 in 2014. LAST TIME OUT: UWF last played UNA on Feb. 15, 2015, beating the Lions 9-3 at Jim Spooner Field… Nic Strasser had a 2-for-3 day with a pair of RBI… Nick Kerkmann posted a 2-for-4 showing with two RBI… Alex Greene went 2-for-5 with an RBI… Jimmy Redovian had an RBI and a run scored in a 2-for-3 day at the plate… Josh McLaney had a dominating relief apperance in the contest, striking out six over three innings where he did not allow a runner to reach base.Probable Pitching MatchupsSaturday Game 1UWF: Walker O’Connor – 1.09 ERA, 3-0, 24.2 IP, 20 K, 3 BB, .221 B/AVGUNA: Austin Carpenter — 6.52 ERA, 1-1, 19.1 IP, 25 K, 7 BB, .360 B/AVGSaturday Game 2UWF: JT Granat – 1.83 ERA, 2-2, 19.2 IP, 18 K, 3 BB, .250 B/AVGUNA: Todd Gibson — 1.25 ERA, 2-0, 21.2 IP, 29 K, 8 BB, .137 B/AVGSundayUWF: Anthony Mazzurco – 2.25 ERA, 0-0, 12.0 IP, 11 K, 2 BB, .250 B/AVGUNA: Riley Sanderson — 0.99 ERA, 3-0, 27.1 IP, 33 K, 2 BB, .144 B/AVG To stay updated on the UWF baseball team, follow the team on Twitter @UWF_Baseball. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit — —     Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Holy Name Basketball Standout Dwayne Cohill Receives Offer From Ohio State’s New Coaching Staff

first_img Related TopicsDwayne CohillOhio State Buckeyes Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. While a number of young Northeast Ohio baseball players have new homes after being drafted, there’s news on the hoops front about a very good local product getting an offer today from Ohio State.That player is Holy Name basketball point guard Dwayne Cohill, who is due to graduate a Green Wave in 2018.Blessed and honored to say that I’ve been offered by the new coaching staff at The Ohio State University!! #GoBucks— Dwayne Cohill (@therealdwayne35) June 15, 2017Cohill is the No. 3 ranked Ohio prospect in the class of 2018, according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings.Cohill is listed at 6-2, 175 pounds, and will for sure be a player to watch on the local level again in 2018 in his senior season.center_img Matt Loedelast_img read more