The government should abandon its telephone helpline for civil legal advice, a justice campaign group has said, after the Ministry of Justice cancelled a procurement to provide education and discrimination services.On Monday the ministry announced that it will not be awarding any civil legal advice contracts for education and discrimination services after 1 September through the current process after receiving ‘insufficient compliant tenders’.The ministry said it could not say why the tenders were non-compliant because the information is ‘commercially sensitive’. But the department is ‘putting plans in place’ to ensure continued provision after 1 September, a spokesperson told the Gazette.People can seek government-funded advice and assistance on discrimination and special educational needs only through the telephone service, which was introduced in 2013 under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act.Government figures show that only one client received face-to-face education advice through the gateway in 2016/17. No clients received face-to-face discrimination advice in 2016/17.In 2015, the House of Commons justice select committee concluded that ‘failing to provide adequate public information’ on the gateway ‘is one of the primary reasons why the gateway is underused’.The Law Society, in its report Access Denied? LASPO four years on, said it was concerned that the gateway had created a barrier for clients for whom telephone advice is appropriate, such as people with poor English language skills, or physical or mental health problems. Public Law Project published a report in 2015 that showed that the number of special educational needs and discrimination matters through the service was significantly lower than in figures provided in Legal Services Commission tenders for gateway services. Referral rates for face-to-face advice were also substantially lower than that previously estimated by the LAA.PLP said this week: ‘The LAA says that there were not enough bidders. In all the circumstances, it is perhaps unsurprising that there is little interest in delivery of such a contract. We would suggest it is time for the Ministry of Justice to recognise that the “gateway” and associated services do not deliver access to justice or value for money.’Our strongly held view is that the MoJ should abandon the [gateway] for these areas of law. In any event, the lord chancellor now needs to make clear how he proposes to secure that legal aid is made available in discrimination and education cases, in accordance with his statutory duty.’
Gliniecki tops Tigers with 18 points, 11 reboundsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — Marathon held a big advantage at the free throw line, and it proved enough to top Stratford 52-45 in a Marawood Conference South Division girls basketball game Friday night at Stratford High School.Marathon opened up a full one-game lead over idle Wausau Newman Catholic in the Marawood South standings, improving to 10-1 in conference play and 15-3 overall. Stratford falls to 13-5 and 6-4 in the conference, eliminating it from the championship race.Marathon made 21 of 32 free throws, including 12 of 18 in the second half, to pull away from the Tigers.Stratford, on the other hand, was just 7 of 20 at the free throw line. The Tigers made only 1 of 8 free throws in the first half, allowing Marathon to take a 25-16 lead at the break.Chelsey Gliniecki had a career-high 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for Stratford as leading scorer. Andie Zuelke was held to three points.Stratford plays a nonconference game at Wittenberg-Birnamwood on Monday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Raiders 52, Tigers 45Marathon 25 27 – 52Stratford 16 29 – 45MARATHON (52): Stephanie Draeger 1 6-9 8, Karly Fischer 1 4-5 6, Alysha Stieber 1 2-2 5, Rhianna Sweno 1 0-0 2, Elizabeth Boehm 2 0-0 4, Olivia Ziebell 0 0-0 0, Katelyn Schmidt 3 1-5 7 Brooke Balz 0 5-6 5, Amanda Kind 6 3-5 15. FG: 15. FT: 21-32. 3-pointers: 1 (Stieber 1). Fouls: 17. Fouled out: none. Record: 15-3, 10-1 Marawood Conference South Division.STRATFORD (45): Taya Nett 1-2 1-7 1, Blaire Linder 2-4 2-4 7, Sammy Griesbach 4-10 0-2 8, Brooke Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Olivia Burrows 0-2 0-0 0, Chelsey Gliniecki 9-15 0-3 18, Kaylee Hollatz 1-5 3-3 6, Andie Zuelke 1-4 1-1 3. FG: 18-42. FT: 7-20. 3-pointers: 2-6 (Linder 1-1, Hollatz 1-5). Rebounds: 24 (Gliniecki 11). Fouls: 17. Fouled out: Gliniecki, Hollatz. Record: 13-5, 6-4 Marawood Conference South Division.
Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen cools Bundesliga return talkby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen has ruled out a return to the Bundesliga.Ter Stegen joined Barca in 2014 from Borussia Monchengladbach.Now the club’s outright No1, he told Sport Buzzer: “I do not think so far, very honestly. We feel totally at home in Barcelona, at the club but also in the city. “We may even stay there after my career. But we may also want to go home. There are some excellent clubs in Germany, without a doubt. But I do not know if I will go back to Germany on the pitch.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
In each of the past two seasons, the Houston Rockets have shattered previously held records for 3-pointers made and attempted. They took the three to previously unseen heights by connecting on 1,256 of 3,470 attempts during the 2017-18 season, then surpassed both of those marks by making 1,323 of 3,721 of their shots from beyond the arc this year.Given that they’ve attempted so many more threes than any other team, it should come as no surprise that the Rockets have also had more single-game 3-point explosions than any other team. The Rockets have made at least 15 treys an incredible 113 times in the past two seasons,1Regular season and playoffs. including Tuesday night against the Warriors, when they made 17. The next-closest team is the Brooklyn Nets, who have nailed 15-plus triples just 51 times in the last two years.Connecting on at least 15 shots from beyond the arc guarantees you at least 45 points, so it’s not surprising that the Rockets’ record when hitting all those treys was incredibly good heading into last night’s game. The Rockets were 89-23 in such games prior to their Game 2 loss — good for a 0.795 winning percentage, or the equivalent of a 65-win season.So then how does a team to manage to lose when hitting 17 3-pointers? The quick and easy answer: by turning the ball over 18 times.The Rockets gave the ball away on each of their first three possessions of the game, six of their first 10, and a total of nine times in the first quarter alone. With those blunders, they dug themselves a 14-point hole less than eight minutes into the game. Houston cleaned things up a bit during the final three periods, but the early struggles gave the Rockets a turnover rate north of 16 percent — far worse than their seasonlong average of about 12 percent, which ranked ninth in the NBA.Usually, the Rockets are able to overcome error-filled performances like this one.2 Such is the benefit of orienting your entire offense around The Math. Before dropping Game 2 to the Warriors, James Harden and company were 19-12 over the past two seasons in games in which their turnover rate was at least 15 percent. Turning the ball over 15-plus percent of the time against the Warriors, though, is a different story altogether. Golden State is practically unbeatable when its opponent coughs up as many possessions as the Rockets did in Game 2.Since acquiring Kevin Durant before the 2016-17 season, the Warriors had racked up a 41-6 record3Before last night’s win. when forcing a turnover on at least 15 percent of their opponent’s possessions. After Tuesday’s win, they’re now 3-0 when forcing the Rockets into that many errors — with the prior two victories coming in Game 3 and Game 6 of last year’s Western Conference finals.The Rockets compounded their turnover problems by allowing a ton of offensive rebounds. With Draymond Green (five) and Andre Iguodala (four) leading the way, Golden State snared the board off one of its own misses 18 times during Game 2. That 36.7 percent offensive rebound rate made this both the Warriors’ fifth-best offensive rebounding game of the Durant era and Houston’s sixth-worst defensive rebounding game this season.In the NBA, if you have enough talent and that talent is harnessed in the right way, you can overcome all kinds of deficits. You can shoot your way to victory even when you’re irresponsible with the ball and even when you let your opponent run wild on the offensive glass. Sometimes you can even overcome the odds and win when you do both of those things. Just, not against the Warriors. Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Mauricio Pochettino has had another successful season at Tottenham this year and he insisted that he always tries to look forward and not behind – and by this attitude, remain positive as well.Tottenham are 10 points clear ahead of Chelsea thanks to their latest win against Stoke and they are likely to gain their spot in the Champions League for the next year – and the manager insisted that the attitude has been a crucial thing for it.The former Southampton coach spoke about his side’s result as he said, according to tottenhamhotspur.com:“There is still second place to play for and we will try our best to finish as high as we can in the table.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“That mentality is so important – that the most important game is the next.”“Of course, what happened in the past is important, but that’s done.”“I think we’ve improved that mentality in the season, always wanting more, focusing on the next game.”“It’s like during a game. What is the most important ball? The next one. What happened before is not important, it’s already done. That mentality is so important and we’ve stepped up this season.”
FacebookTwitter March 27, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 27, 2018 The Chevron station at Sweetwater Springs Blvd.SPRING VALLEY (KUSI) – A boy was arrested early this morning in Spring Valley after he allegedly stole his family’s pickup truck, fled from police with no headlights on and crashed into a gas station, sparking a fire at one of the pumps, authorities said.It began about 12:30 a.m. when a sheriff’s patrol deputy attempted to stop a green Toyota Tacoma pickup for driving without headlights on Jamacha Boulevard near Pointe Parkway, Sgt. Scott Roller said. The driver refused to yield and sped northbound toward Sweetwater Springs Boulevard.At that intersection, the pickup ran a red light as the driver attempted to turn left onto Sweetwater Springs Boulevard, Roller said. But the driver lost control of the truck and it jumped a curb into the Chevron gas station, where it continued through the lot until crashing into a gas pump.“This impact disabled the vehicle and started a gas fire,” Roller said. “The driver exited the vehicle disoriented and was taken into custody by the pursuing sheriff’s patrol unit.”Investigators put initial damage estimates to the gas pump at $200,000, the sergeant said.Deputies later determined the driver was a juvenile who had stolen his family’s pickup, Roller said. His name and age were not released, but he was arrested and booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of vehicle theft and felony reckless evading. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents KUSI Newsroom, Minor crashes car, flees, sparks fire at Spring Valley gas pump Updated: 8:41 AM
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service has once again issued an advisory warning of high water levels expected on the Kenai River below Skilak Lake. Meteorologist Luis Ingram: “There is no flooding right now. And we’re not anticipating significant flooding. We are currently uncertain as to how much rain has fallen today and will eventually fall altogether, but we are certain that it’s probably going to go up over the week and we’re thinking that the Primrose Campground will be the first area to be affected.” The NWS is advising fisherman and campers along the river, especially near the Primrose Campground, to be prepared for the possibility of high water levels.