The two business units were previously housed in separate buildings, and Crowley believes it will be more efficient to bring them together.Customers can also now reach both the liner and logistics teams via a single phone number. From left to right: Jorge Villela, Neil Perlmutter, Ned LaGoy, Jorge Campabadal, Carlos Beltran, Jorge Estevez, Frank Larkin, Claudia Kattan, Steve Collar, Miguel Ariga and Zoraida Jirau.www.crowley.com
Privatising the courts service is not on the government’s agenda, Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, told a free-market thinktank today.Answering questions at a Policy Exchange event Privatising Justice: myths, threats, opportunities, Grayling was invited to state ‘quite categorically’ that there are no plans to privatise the courts service.Earlier this month, senior judges attacked Ministry of Justice proposals to place courts on a ‘solid financial footing’ by charging wealthy litigants higher fees.Grayling (pictured) said that current reforms are aimed at giving courts ‘more freedom to manage their real estate’ and costs. However he stressed: ‘Those operating the courts are not going to be privatised.’Earlier, he defended his plan to contract out most of the probation service, saying the government had learned lessons from previous contracts to outsource offender services. Indicating that MoJ contractors G4S and Serco ‘are still subject to potential criminal proceedings’, he said, private contractors ‘can bring value to government but you can’t expect to play fast and loose with government and get away with it’.Members of the National Association of Probation Officers are to strike on 31 March in protest against plans to privatise 70% of the probation service’s work. The union describes the plan as ‘a recklessly dangerous social experiment that presents massive risks to the safety of communities’.Grayling denied that the contracts were driven by dogma or that the controversial principle of payment by results was too radical a step. ‘This is not rocket science, it’s basically performance-related pay.’ He said that the contracts would not necessarily go to the lowest bidder.‘We’re not doing the contracting on the basis of price. First and foremost this is about social change.’ Challenged on the cuts to criminal legal aid, he said he had done his best to ‘sweeten the pill’ of budget cuts. ‘I am disappointed that the bar feels I have not done enough. I have had constructive dialogue with the Law Society, I wish we had a more constructive dialogue with the bar.’ Grayling denied that recruitments of advocates to the Public Defender Service (PDS) were aimed at replacing the independent bar.’The PDS has been around since 2001, this is not a new creation. I have no desire for an institution to replace the independent bar with a supercharged public defender service.’
Statistics released by the Bar Standards Board have highlighted the dismal prospects for students hoping to obtain a bar pupillage, with the top providers failing to get even a third of their students into chambers.BPP’s London branch had the best record between 2011 and 2013 of students getting pupillages. However despite this, the figures show that 72% of its students starting the course in 2011, 2012 or 2013 are still yet to begin a pupillage.And of those who began the course in 2013, only 17% have started in chambers. The University of Northumbria was revealed as the worst at getting students to pupillage, with just 3% of students from those three years having started a pupillage. And out of those starting the course in 2013, none of its 48 students had commenced a pupillage yet.Meanwhile at Cardiff University just 6% of students had obtained a pupillage, with just one of 51 students in 2013 starting their final level of training before becoming a barrister. The University of Law’s London branch and City Law School came joint second with 22% of their students starting a pupillage.The statistics come as the bar regulator consults on changes to the bar training course, after barristers, pupils and students condemned the course as too expensive and poor value for money when responding to a review on training at the bar.One of the changes the regulator has proposed is preventing candidates with a 2:2 degree from being accepted onto the bar training course.The statistics published today showed that 26% of students starting a course in 2011, 2012 or 2013 had a lower second-class degree.The University of Northumbria told the Gazette that six of its 2013 intake had obtained pupillages, but this had not been recorded by the BSB as the regulator’s figures were based on those starting pupillages before 24 July 2015.Its students started their pupillages in September/October this year. Anna Banfield, director of bar professional training course (BPTC) programmes at BPP University Law School, said: ‘We are pleased that BPP University Law School London has come out top in the comparison of students with pupillage.‘However, the pupillage statistics have to be read in context. In particular, it is important to take account of the number of international students who study the BPTC with the intention of returning to their home jurisdiction who do not seek pupillage in England or Wales. Across all providers the proportion of international students is variable year on year but is typically about 50%.‘This means that the pool of students competing for pupillage is significantly smaller than it may first appear.’
Organisations paying little attention to governance measures around cybersecurity face a daunting task even though new EU-wide legislation is not expected until 2018, data protection specialists have warned.The European Parliament and Luxembourg presidency of the EU council of ministers this week reached agreement on rules in the first EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity.The Network and Information Security Directive will require operators of essential services in the energy, transport, banking and healthcare sectors, and providers of key digital services such as search engines and cloud computing, to take appropriate security measures and report incidents to the national authorities.The text now has to be approved by the European Parliament and council of ministers. Member states will have 21 months to implement the directive into their national laws and six months more to identify operators of essential services.Solicitor Peter Wright, chair of the Law Society technology and reference group, said businesses that had already incorporated governance measures around cybersecurity best practice ‘will have nothing to worry about’.However, ‘those paying little or no attention to this threat will face an even bigger task to make themselves fit for purpose when the directive [becomes] law by 2018 which will come around all too quickly for some’.Financial services institutions are already regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Financial Conduct Authority on cybersecurity matters and must report serious breaches as well as notify anyone subject to a breach that their personal data has been compromised, Wright said.Nicola Fulford, data protection partner at technology and digital media firm Kemp Little, said an organisation’s first priority ‘should be to stop breaches from happening in the first place.‘The mandatory security provisions in the directive will hopefully encourage companies to bolster their security systems and prevent attacks from happening’.The European Commission, which put forward a proposal for a directive in 2013, said it will establish a public-private partnership on cybersecurity next year.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has been asked to give more detail before plans to grant waivers for non-compliance with regulations can be backed.The Law Society today said the proposals may harm consumer protection and more explanation is needed about how they will work.Regulators want to change the existing system of granting exemptions from the rules only in ‘exceptional circumstances’.That would widen under the plans to allow any rule or regulation that is not a legal requirement to be waived provided doing so was not at odds with the regulatory objectives of the Legal Services Act.The SRA says it will simplify the system and encourage firms to innovate without being held back by unnecessary regulations.Law Society president Robert Bourns said he welcomed attempts to increase simplification but could not support waiver reforms without more explanation of what they mean in practice.‘The SRA has provided far too little detail on how a new process would operate to allow for a meaningful consultation,’ said Bourns.‘The Law Society would oppose any weakening of the criteria for granting professional indemnity insurance waivers in particular. PII is a direct protection for clients and it is appropriate that stricter criteria are required before these rules can be waived.’The SRA consultation includes circumstances in which a waiver would not be granted, for example if a firm applies for one on the basis it cannot afford insurance cover but carries out ‘low risk’ work.Applicants must be able to identify the impact of the waiver and the SRA will then consider if there are any competing objectives.The regulator says it may publish waivers on its website to ensure fairness and transparency, and potentially to show firms what examples of innovation are permitted.Bourns said a full impact assessment should be published and consulted on before any new policy is decided.He added: ‘Any future policy must be transparent to minimise competitive disadvantage for firms that have not applied for waivers, particularly where this might create confusion for consumers and so undermine the integrity of the legal system.’
Please see the Gazette’s dedicated coronavirus page here >> Find advice and updates here. *The Law Society is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England. Two firms in the top 100 have outlined plans to furlough staff in quieter practice areas as the legal sector continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.Both national firm Weightmans and Leeds firm Walker Morris say they have taken action to conserve cash and protect as many jobs as possible.There is no suggestion that either business has underlying problems, and this type of response is expected to be replicated across the sector this month. Commercial and conveyancing work in particular has dried up during the lockdown, although demand has increased in some other practice areas such as wills and probate.Weightmans says it has initiated a voluntary furlough programme, using the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme, with every eligible employee given the option to participate.A Weightmans spokesperson said: ‘Our priority in this period of terrible uncertainty is to preserve jobs. Current trading, right up until the end of March, has so far been unaffected. Indeed short-term, we have seen an increase in demand for some of our services, unsurprisingly however we have begun to see a drop in short-term future demand for some other services. There will also be delays in progressing types of work because of limitations on how institutions can operate under current restrictions to save lives and protect our NHS.’He added that the firm will continue to monitor the pandemic’s impact ‘to ensure our operating structures remain fit for purpose’. Salaries will be topped up to 100% in many cases to help minimise the impact on staff.Walker Morris managing partner Malcolm Simpson said his firm had taken action to give it the best opportunity to come through. Those in quieter practice areas will be part of the government’s job retention scheme, with pay topped up by the firm. Partners have agreed reductions in monthly drawings and will not receive any distributions until the period of uncertainty is over.Simpson said: ‘We are better placed than most firms to see this out, but even the strongest firms face a significant challenge if this continues for several months. At the moment none of us know how long the lockdown will continue, nor the damage that will be done to our clients and the economy in the meantime.‘We have worked hard to build the fantastic teams we have throughout the firm and our aim is to keep those teams together, protecting as many jobs as possible – all of them if we can. I am enormously proud of the way everyone at Walker Morris is pulling together to get us through this.’
Rohde & Schwarz has launched the R&S WPU2000 wideband processing unit, a high-performance electronic intelligence (ELINT) receiver that incorporates cutting-edge radar detection technology. Following the success of the R&S WPU500, the newly introduced solution increases its real-time bandwidth to 2 GHz. This newly developed wideband processing unit will be the new core of radar signal collection and analysis systems from Rohde & Schwarz. Its excellent RF performance along with its great signal processing power make the R&S WPU2000 truly outstanding in the ELINT market.The R&S WPU2000 covers a broad frequency range (20 MHz to 18 GHz optionally extendable down to 8 kHz or up to 40 GHz). Its 2 GHz real-time bandwidth allows interception and analysis of the most complex wideband signals emitted by state-of-the-art frequency agile radar systems. The R&S WPU2000 can cope with any radar environment and intercepts even weak signals of low-power radars, due to its excellent sensitivity and high dynamic range. Its high detection range allows ELINT operators to remain in secure standoff positions without the need to approach an emitting target. With its high spectral scan speed of up to 2500 GHz per second, this newly launched wideband processing unit is perfectly equipped to detect and process all types of low probability of intercept (LPI) radars.Integrated into ELINT systems, R&S WPU2000 delivers required information about intercepted radar emissions, including continuous raw I/Q data and measured pulse parameters. This information is vital for the characterization of radar signals and the subsequent identification of their emitters. R&S WPU2000 enhances situational awareness and supports platform protection in theaters of operations.Bosco Novak, Executive Vice President, Monitoring and Network Testing at Rohde & Schwarz stated that one of the core components of their ELINT systems is the new R&S WPU2000 multi-channel processor, which collects, processes, and analyses modern low power, LPI radar signals. These include wideband, multi-RF, high duty cycle radar emissions, such as those that are produced by an active electronically scanned array (AESA). The fast scan speed of R&S WPU2000 contributes to a high probability of intercept (POI).The ELINT receiver is able to resolve and process even complex scenarios featuring modern radar signals, including wideband, multi-channel and high-duty-cycle radar emissions.
NEW YORK– During the first inning of yesterday’s wild 13-inning long ALDS Game 2 against the New York Yankees, Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion rolled his right ankle trying to get back to second base after a line out. Encarnacion left the stadium on crutches and in a walking boot, and after the game Indians’ manager Terry Francona said that Encarnacion had gotten an MRI and would be day to day.Francona provided an update on Encarnacion, who remarkably has not been ruled out for Game 3 on Sunday, while speaking with reporters during his media availability on Saturday. Most notably, even with the injury, the team will not be making any roster moves.“He is, I would say, I don’t know if remarkably better is a good word, but pretty close,” Francona said. “He’s doing much better today. I don’t think he’s going to start tomorrow, but he’s not been ruled out either. So we’ll take our time and allow him to continue to get treatment. But, if he’s that close to being available, that’s a really good sign. So we’re obviously not going to do anything roster-wise.”“Now, he came in on crutches, so I don’t think you’re going to see him stealing any bases, but we’ll let the medical people do their stuff today,” Francona continued. “We’ll let them do their stuff tomorrow and then we’ll kind of see where he’s at. He might be able to pinch-hit. He might not be able to pinch-hit. He might be able to DH. We’ll see. There’s no way to know yet.”While Encarnacion exited the contest early, Francona put Michael Brantley into the game at the DH position on Friday. Brantley, who suffered an ankle sprain of his own at the beginning of August, was activated from the disabled list in the final week of the regular season.On Friday before Encarnacion’s injury, Francona said he would likely have Brantley come off the bench in a pinch-hitting role in Game 2, and that there was a possibility that he could start in the outfield in Game 3 on Sunday. Now, however, Brantley will likely get the starting nod but at the DH position.“If Edwin doesn’t play, he walks into the DH spot,” Francona said. “That’s easy. As far as the lineup goes, I don’t know yet. I mean, one, we’ve got to check on Edwin. And then we’ll put it together. [Bench coach Brad Mills] and I will sit down later and kind of look at things. But we need to talk to our guys first.”There’s little doubt how much being in the lineup means to Brantley, who missed the entirety of the Indians’ Postseason run in 2016, and played in just 11 regular season games after having surgery on his right shoulder.“Every single day, whether everybody else is out doing interviews and the bright lights are on, he’s back in the back working hard, never missed a day,” Francona said. “For him to get an opportunity to be part of what we’re doing is extra meaningful to him. And before Edwin went down, he was most likely going to play left field as long as he felt physically good enough. But just now, just kind of makes it easy. If you have a choice to make, and you have an open slot at DH, it just seems common sense to put him there.” Related TopicsClevelandCleveland IndiansEdwin EncarnacionIndiansMichael BrantleyTerry Francona Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42 Ashley Bastock
AUBURN — Antoine Mason has returned to Auburn following his father’s death and will play in Wednesday’s opening round game of the SEC Tournament against Mississippi State.The Tigers’ second-leading scorer (15.1 points) this season, Mason got back to campus Sunday night, two days after the funeral for his father, former New York Knicks forward Anthony Mason.“He will practice (Monday) afternoon,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “It is great to have him back after a difficult time, and it is still a difficult time for him. This says a lot about Antoine and our team that he would be able to come back and play in the (SEC) Tournament.”Mason missed the last three games to be with his family and had traveled back and forth to New York to be with his father following his congestive heart failure in early February.The graduate transfer scored nine points against Georgia only hours after an early morning flight to be back with the team on Feb. 14. He followed up with a pair of 20-point outings, including 29 points at Kentucky, the most scored by an opposing player at Rupp Arena this season.“I think he had his moments this year and those moments speak volumes,” Pearl said. “I would imagine the last several weeks have been really hard for him. He has hardly practiced so I would imagine in getting him back he won’t play as dominant a role – i can’t imagine he could play as dominant a role – as he played at times. We will get him in there and get him in a rotation and know that in a lot of ways we are better with him on the floor.”Mason missed six games earlier in the season with a high ankle sprain and Auburn (12-19, 4-14 SEC) is 2-7 without him in the lineup.“We need him,” guard K.T. Harrell said. “He has been going through a lot. It is good to see him and see him around like we are used to. We are going to go out there and try to play as hard as can for him “Mason’s last game was one of the worst of his career, as he failed to make a shot from the field for the first time in his college career while scoring six points from the free throw line in Auburn’s loss to LSU on Feb. 24. It is unclear if that performance played a factor in Mason’s decision to return to the team for what could be the final game of the season.“One of the things throughout this whole process is we let Antoine take the lead on when he was going to go back and when he was going to come back,” Pearl said. “That is the way it has been through both his father’s illness as well as returning to play. We really didn’t discuss with him the particulars about it and if and why he was going to come back. I left that up to him and when he decided that’s what he wanted to do we worked with him on it.”Auburn plays No. 12 seed Mississippi State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Mississippi State offensive lineman Rufus Warren says he’s healthy heading into the matchup with Alabama.STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s trainers wanted to escort Rufus Warren to the locker room at Missouri last week. A leg injury sidelined the left tackle. He wouldn’t return to MSU’s 31-13 win, but he demanded to remain on the sideline.“I wanted to go back out there to be a voice,” Warren said. “It killed me to not be out there physically, but I was always in their ear on the sideline.”Warren expects to return to the field this weekend when No. 17 Mississippi State hosts No. 2 Alabama on Saturday. Against Missouri, Warren’s injury forced guard Justin Malone to move to left tackle and protect Dak Prescott’s blindside. Elgton Jenkins, Warren’s backup, didn’t dress for the game with a knee injury. He traveled with the team as a game-time decision.Jenkins is also expected back for Alabama.“He had a slight injury with his knee,” MSU offensive line coach John Hevesy said. “It was something where he could have played to a point where if he had to go, he could go, but it was to a point to get him healthier for this week.”Alabama limited LSU’s Leonard Fournette, the nation’s leading rusher, to 31 yards on 19 carries last week. The Crimson Tide own the second best rush defense in the country allowing 75.8 yards per game. Overall, the defense ranks third in the country, limiting teams to 265 total yards per game.It all starts up front with arguably the best front seven Mississippi State will face all year.“They’re big strong guys in there,” Hevesy said. “I told my kids, it’s going to come down to fundamentals and technique.”Prescott represents Mississippi State’s best chance to knock off Alabama for the first time since 2007. The Crimson Tide are 2-3 in the last three seasons when a quarterback throws for at least three touchdowns. Prescott has done that in his last three games.The offensive line has to give the fifth-year senior time, though. Alabama leads the SEC with 29 sacks, which also ranks ninth in the country.“We know that they’re big and stout,” Warren said. “So this week is going to be all about coming off the ball and controlling the line of scrimmage.”Contact Michael Bonner at email@example.com. Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.