Lawyers have paid tribute to departing Legal Services Commission (LSC) chief executive Carolyn Downs, following the announcement that she is leaving to take up a senior role in local government. Downs took over as chief executive of the LSC in March 2010 on secondment from the Ministry of Justice, following the resignation of Carolyn Regan. She will join the Local Government Association as chief executive within the next three months, replacing interim chief executive, John Ransford. Downs has considerable experience in local government, having been chief executive of Shropshire County Council from 2003 to 2009, before her appointment as deputy permanent secretary and director general of corporate performance at the MoJ. Lawyers’ groups which have had their differences with the LSC during Downs’ tenure agreed that she had performed well in challenging circumstances. In tandem with its legal aid reforms, the government plans to make the LSC an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, appointing a director of casework to head the agency and make funding decisions on behalf of the secretary of state. Law Society chief executive Des Hudson said Downs had developed a good understanding of the legal aid system and was always willing to engage with the profession. ‘While at times we had significant disagreements with the LSC, we recognised the difficult challenges facing Carolyn and the LSC,’ he said. ‘Her departure at a time of such substantial change represents a very unfortunate loss of expertise.’ Legal Aid Practitioners Group director Carol Storer also commended Downs for her ability to work with practitioners, and expressed concerns about who would succeed her. ‘With difficult times ahead we want to see someone appointed who understands the legal aid system and is willing to work closely with practitioners and representative bodies to try to ensure that the remaining rump of legal aid services will be effective,’ said Storer.
Keysight Technologies in a joint demonstration with Qualcomm Technologies have achieved download speeds upwards of 4Gbps with Keysight’s 5G Protocol R&D Toolset and a 5G mobile test device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset at Mobile World Congress 2018.Keysight achieved these multi-gigabit speeds by aggregating eight 100 MHz carriers in the 28 GHz mmWave radio spectrum.The 5G Protocol R&D Toolset forms part of Keysight’s Network Emulation Solutions portfolio, and together with the 5G RF DVT Toolset is enabling the development and test of 5G while keeping up with the evolving standards. Keysight provides the only solutions that address the entire device development workflow while scaling from sub-6 GHz to mmWave, enabling users to verify advanced 5G features such as beamforming across the global spectrum requirements.Keysight and Qualcomm Technologies are hosting the 5G demonstration of the 4Gbps data connection in their MWC 2018 booths, located in Hall 6, Stand 6G30 (Keysight) and Hall 3, Stand 3E10 (Qualcomm), Barcelona, Feb. 26 – March 1.
Dele Alli feels refreshed, renewed and ready to kick on from Tottenham’s Champions League heartache and an injury-hit season that took a mental as well as physical toll.The 2018-19 campaign will live long in the memory for all connected with Spurs after their historic run to a first-ever European Cup final, even though the 2-0 loss to Liverpool naturally still sticks in the craw.Seven weeks on and Alli is still hurting after falling at the last hurdle, but there is a hunger about the attacking midfielder after a stuttering, stop-start season on a personal level.Late back to Spurs after England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals, his start was hindered by a hamstring complaint that flared up again in January, keeping him out for two months.A fractured hand in April compounded matters in a campaign that saw Alli fail to scale the heights achieved previously for club and country.“It’s the most injuries I’ve ever had and it’s tough not just physically but mentally as well,” he told PA.“You have to dig deep.“Sitting in the treatment room and watching the lads train and watching at games is not nice. It’s not nice to be on the sidelines.“You obviously want to be out there helping your team. We had a great season as a team but individually I was disappointed to get the injuries. I’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”Asked if a better summer break can help heading into the new campaign, he said: “Yeah, hopefully. It was obviously a difficult season for me in terms of injuries.“It was the most injuries I’ve ever had in one season. I’ve got to use it all to go forward and not think about it in a negative way.“Every time I got injured, I was trying to come back as strong as I could, have a break and use the time to work on the things that weren’t quite right, keep building and come back stronger.“I feel like I’ve done that. I’ve got to keep working on those things throughout the season. I feel like I used the time well.”Alli’s desire to push forwards is palpable and is also fuelled by a first full campaign at Spurs’ stunning new stadium – along with the frustration of going so close to lifting the Champions League.“Obviously it was difficult to take, getting to the final and not getting over the line,” the 23-year-old said.“We’re disappointed as a team but we’ve got to try and use it as an advantage for next season.“I think we’re showing the direction the club’s going and as a team we’re going in the right direction.“It was a great campaign but obviously it’s heartbreaking not to have won it in the final.“Like I said, we’ve got to take the positives and try and use it to drive us on this season.“We’ve just got to try and use it as an advantage and use that hurt we felt after the game and that we’re still feeling now when we think about it.“We’ve just got to try and use that to drive us on as much as we can in the next season.”Alli believes Tottenham are on an upward trajectory just like England, although the Three Lions regular knows competition is increasing with Euro 2020 looming large.“For England, we’re heading in the right direction as well,” he said. “It’s very similar to here at Tottenham.“We’ve got a young squad. We’ve been together a little while with the manager and it’s exciting. We all want to play the same way which is good.“There’s a massive tournament coming up and we’ve got to keep making sure we prove we deserve to be in the team.“It’s not going to be easy. It’s exciting and I’m just going to do as well as I can for my club and country.”Alli was speaking at an event with sponsors AIA in sweltering Shanghai, where Tottenham’s pre-season preparations continue against Manchester United in the International Champions Cup on Friday.“We had our first session today – it was tough obviously with the heat,” he said on a day when the humidity in China meant it felt as high as 48 degrees Celsius.“But we adapt to different things and it’s all part of pre-season, getting back fit and making sure we start the season as strong as we can.“It is very hot but it’s a beautiful place and we’re happy to be here.”
BRAC Liberia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social welfare (MOH/SW) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has completed a weeklong psychosocial counseling workshop for Ebola survivors and orphans in four of the 15 counties.Those counties are Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Montserrado and Lofa. The exercise brought together hundreds of Ebola survivors and orphans.The workshop was intended for victims who were affected by the Ebola crisis in the country to share their experiences with the organization, and how to help tackle the growing levels of stigma surrounding the disease.Alexander Blackie, Psychosocial Consultant to BRAC, told the participants that there is a desperate need for psychosocial support and training in Liberia, where stigmatization has become a serious problem, pushing Ebola survivors and families out of their communities and adding to their pain.“We need to encourage the acceptance of medically cleared survivors and help communities understand the facts about Ebola transmission. It is important that communities and survivors stand in unity to successfully combat Ebola in the country,” Mr. Blackie stated.He said that survivors often face stigma, income loss and grief, particularly from surviving friends and family members of those who died from the disease.Mr. Blackie, who is a Mental Health Clinician, described the situation as “truly troubling,” because, he believes that survivors need food and other support, such as the provision of basic household items, since those who were infected had all their belongings burnt, leaving them in a desperate situation.”At the same time, Mr. Blackie is encouraging community dwellers to help ensure that survivors are welcomed and not stigmatized.Montserrado County Health Officer, Fred Amegashi, urged the survivors to think positively and forgo the stigma of Ebola, because the disease affected everyone in the country.In separate remarks, some of the survivors said that life had changed for them because community dwellers are stigmatizing them to the extent that some marketers refuse to accept money from victims for transactions.BRAC launched operations in Liberia in 2008, and has since been working for a better future with programs in microfinance, agriculture, poultry and livestock, health and empowerment as well as livelihoods for adolescents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)