Couples face up to year-long wait for ‘streamlined’ divorces

first_imgTony RoeTony Roe, principal of Reading firm Tony Roe Solicitors, told the Gazette that divorcing couples need closure. ‘Moving on with their lives is crucial. Moreover, the longer it takes to get decree nisi, the later any court can impose or approve a settlement,’ he added. A decree nisi must be in place to empower the court to make a financial order.Roe was compelled to write to HMCTS chief executive Susan Acland-Hood this month over delays his clients were facing with the Bury St Edmunds regional divorce centre, which covers London and the South East. An information bulletin posted by HMCTS on 19 June to help practitioners assess how long it will take for the centre to process work stated that answers to applications received on 30 May would be processed by the administrative team in approximately 59 days.Acland-Hood told Roe: ‘We know this is not good enough – we have been short of staff in Bury, but should have picked up the issues earlier – we are now using extra staff (and help from other divorce centres) to sort this, and you should start to see improvement soon.’Last month the Ministry of Justice announced that it had introduced a fully digital divorce application process, which is expected to eliminate up to 13,000 hours of time spent by court staff checking petitions. A law firm chief has highlighted the worrying extent of delays faced by divorce practitioners – backed by official quarterly figures, which show that couples can face up to 51 weeks to officially split. This is despite the introduction of online applications and centralised working. According to the Ministry of Justice’s latest family statistics, divorce petitions were down by 4% between January and March this year, compared to the same period last year. However, those granted a decree nisi this year waited, on average, 26.7 weeks. The average time from petition to decree absolute was 51.3 weeks.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

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Plans to increase capacity at Warszawa Zachodnia unveiled

first_imgPOLAND: Infrastructure manager PKP PLK has unveiled the design concept for an extensive modernisation of Warszawa Zachodnia station planned for 2019-21. The designs have been developed by Idom and Glebowski Studio, and aim to improve capacity to handle a predicted doubling of usage to 60 000 passengers per day by 2030.The track layout is to be revised to increase line capacity and reduce conflicting movements. An additional platform will be provided, a new overall roof built, and a new underpass provided to improve passenger flows. There would be an integrated rail, tram, bus and coach interchange, and a tram tunnel is to be built as part of new line from Wilanów. There will also be residential and office developments on a former freight yard.last_img read more

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Suicide bombers kill two, wound 11 in attack in Niger –…

first_imgThere are over 166,000 refugees living in Niger, as well as 127,000 internally displaced Nigeriens. Image courtesy: Flickr There are over 166,000 refugees living in Niger, as well as 127,000 internally displaced Nigeriens. Image courtesy: FlickrBombers killed two people and wounded 11 others at a U.N.-managed camp in Niger housing thousands of people who have fled Boko Haram violence in the first suicide attack in the region in a year, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday.Two women entered the camp in Kabelawa, around 50 kilometres north of the border with Nigeria, and joined a group of young people before detonating suicide belts just before midnight on Wednesday.“The explosion killed two young inhabitants of the camp, a male and a female, as well as the two women. 11 others were injured, two seriously,” the UNHCR said in a statement.Boko Haram launches frequent cross-border raids from its strongholds in northeastern Nigeria in its bid to carve out an Islamic caliphate, though most recent suicide attacks have targeted towns in northern Cameroon.The group’s eight-year insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people in the Lake Chad region and displaced 2.7 million.There are over 166,000 refugees living in Niger, as well as 127,000 internally displaced Nigeriens.last_img read more

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Former Egypt premier still mulling election bid

first_imgEgypt’s former prime minister Ahmed Shafik Egypt’s former prime minister Ahmed ShafikFormer Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik, who returned home from the United Arab Emirates after announcing his bid for Egypt’s presidency, appeared in Cairo on Sunday to say he was still considering his run in next year’s election.Shafik’s comments on a private Cairo television station came a day after his family said he had been taken from their home in the Emirates and deported back to Egypt, where they said they had lost contact with him until late on Sunday.Shafik, a former air force chief and government minister, has been seen by critics of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as the strongest potential challenger to the president, who is expected to run for a second term next year.last_img read more

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Stern warning for Cabinet Ministers

first_img Share The Cabinet Ministers, who will be sworn into office on Saturday 13 December 2014, have already, received an early warning from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) which won a fourth consecutive term in office at the general election on Monday 8 December 2014 with fifteen out of twenty-one seats.In addressing DLP supporters at a victory rally in Portsmouth on Monday evening Mr Skerrit advised the new Cabinet that they will have to make themselves available to the citizens.“I am the Prime Minister of the country and I have many more responsibilities than all of the ministers but I try to make time to see people”. “From the time they get appointed as ministers, they become too busy; you know I have a meeting, I have to go there, I have to travel overseas I have plenty meetings to go to,” Mr Skerrit said.He has advised that “except if that meeting overseas is extremely important, they [Ministers] will stay in the constituency”.“Because I cannot explain to anybody how it is that you can be a parl rep in a constituency and people are saying they are not seeing you for five years,” Mr Skerrit noted. He said in this new DLP administration, there will be public notices as to days and times when constituency offices will be available.“They asked for constituency offices, I gave them constituency offices and when you go to the constituency offices it is closed most of the times”.“So I am saying to you that there shall be specific public office days when you know you can go to an office and meet a parl rep during those times. They can be vex if they want, that doesn’t matter to me,” the Prime Minister said.The official swearing-in ceremony for the Cabinet will take place at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau from 5PM. LocalNews Stern warning for Cabinet Ministers by: Dominica Vibes News – December 10, 2014 442 Views   3 comments Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Farmington Farmers Market ‘all about the people’

first_imgIt didn’t look like much 26 years ago. In fact, if you had driven, all you would have seen was a couple of trucks in a parking lot so big it just about swallowed up the few farmers, florist and bakery owner setting up their stands.But anybody who stopped was rewarded with just-picked vegetables and fruit, fresh flowers and bread still warm from the oven. They had made a wonderful discovery – the Farmington Farmers Market.Today, you can’t miss the market. It almost spills out from downtown Farmington’s Sundquist Pavilion, built in 2005 with the market in mind. The farmers, who have grown in number and diversity, fill their tables with freshly picked produce that would dazzle in any food magazine. Carrots, kale, kohlrabi, pea shoots, turnips, beets, leafy green and red lettuce, garlic scapes, arugula, sweet strawberries, rhubarb, asparagus, French breakfast radishes – a good start for a rain-ravaged spring.And the people who come are just as diverse. They look for produce to use in family recipes, or maybe they’ll cross cultures and try something new. The market is a true melting pot that can make shoppers feel as if they’ve been transported to a different land.Back at those first markets in 1993, a dozen or so farmers and other vendors set up shop. Today, the market has more than 90 names on its rotating lineup, including 18 farmers who come from all over southeast Michigan, from Detroit to Coloma, on the edge of Lake Michigan. The others bring to market such diverse fares as jewelry, pottery, teas, dog treats, spices, handmade soaps, photos, coffee, wine, nursery plants and more. Food items include cheesecake, tamales, soups, pot pies, pierogis, cookies, breads and sweet baked treats.And that’s just to name a few.(Contributed)There’s much more – musicians, chef demos, activities for children, senior assistance, special events such as the Polish American and the Italian American markets and room in Riley Park to play a giant version of connect four or just people-watch.The people have responded. Market manager Walt Gajewski says the market averaged about 3,250 visitors each Saturday last year and is on a pace to surpass that this year, despite the weather.This may sound like the small town you grew up in, or wished you had. And that’s exactly what it is. You can find librarians from the Farmington Community Library at the Little Sprouts tent with kid activities, and local florists from Farmington’s historic Springbrook Gardens who may have done your daughter’s wedding selling potted plants and cut flowers.There are the quick-to-smile volunteers, most of whom have been and still are market shoppers. The mayor and other city officials might be working at a tent or just chatting with shoppers, eager to stay connected with their constituency. When the soon-to-be-closed Harrison High School wanted to reach alumni with information about an all-school reunion, organizers set up a booth at the market.None of this sprouted overnight. Many folks joined together to nurture this market, including Gajewski, who became a certified market manager through the Michigan Farmers Market Association, the first group in the country to offer such a program. Gajewski saw a future for that little market in the downtown space that became Riley Park and Sundquist Pavilion, named for two local benefactors. He wasn’t alone.“There’s actually a time capsule buried here on the site,” Gajewski said, “with mementos contributed from those who joined together with a vision for a public gathering place. That collective vision is now a reality for all to enjoy at the market. That time capsule pings with good vibrations!”While it has grown, the Farmers Market remains close to its smalltown roots.“I love going to the Farmington Farmer’s Market every Saturday,” says Nancy Cullen Johnson, “because it is within walking distance to my home, and because the produce from the farmers is so fresh and delicious, and the fish and eggs are fantastic, and the atmosphere with the music is magical.“But the main reason I love the market is the sense of community I feel while I am there. It is wonderful to see and catch up with neighbors and friends.”(Contributed)Kevin Christiansen, the City of Farmington’s director of Economic and Community Development, agrees.“It’s all about people,” says Christiansen, a market volunteer who’s at the pavilion early on Saturdays to help set up tents. “It’s what life is supposed to be like on Saturday in a Michigan small town.”The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market has been nominated in WDIV-TV’s “Vote for the Best” competition and is looking for its third win in the Farmers Market category. You can vote once per hour through July 14 at clickondetroit.com/vote-4-the-best/heres-where-you-can-vote-4-the-bestSaturday’s Farmers Market previewThe Market’s annual Strawberry Shortcake Day on June 22 will raise funds in a delicious way.From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., get a taste of summer – strawberry shortcakes, with the berries and scratch-made biscuits from Kapnick Orchards. At $3 each and 2 for $5, these always sell out.All proceeds go to supporting the market, which relies 100 percent on sponsors, vendor fees and fundraising.Acoustic troubadour Mark Reitenga brings music to the market at 10 a.m., and Mayfair Pre-School hosts the Little Sprouts Corner. Also at 10 a.m., enjoy a performance with the ventriloquist team of Boytoe & Lazareth.You’ll find a list of produce that vendors will be bringing to the market and more market information at farmingtonfarmersmarket.com. 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UWF Picks Up Third-Straight Road Win With 42-29 Triumph At Shorter

first_imgShorter (0-8, 0-5) totaled 442 yards on offense with 386 coming through the air from Pullum who was 26-of-35. His top target was Hayes who registered 168 yards and three touchdowns. Beaudry had his most efficient game as a starter, completing a career-high 25 passes on 33 attempts for a school-record 75.8 completion percentage with four touchdowns. He was also the team’s top rusher, finishing with 52 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. After going 3-and-out on its first possession prior to the ‘pick-6,’ UWF found its offensive rhythm and scored a touchdown on each of its remaining four drives, taking a 35-14 lead into the locker room. Beaudry found Blake-Smith for a 12-yard score in the first quarter, called his own number from nine yards out early in the second before connecting with Seward from 37 yards and Griffin from nine yards for a 35-6 lead. Full Schedule Roster The Hawks added another score from Hayes in the closing minutes before the Argos ran out the final 3:33. ROME, Ga. – Quarterback Mike Beaudry had a combined 374 yards of total offense and completed passes to 11 different receivers as UWF remained undefeated in three road games with a 42-29 win over Shorter at Barron Stadium Saturday. at #23 West Alabama 10/28/2017 – 4:00 pm Next Game: The Argonauts’ defense ended with four sacks, seven tackles for loss and a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown by Marvin Conley on the Hawks’ first play from scrimmage. They also held Shorter’s ground attack to 56 yards on 25 attempts.center_img UWF (5-2, 3-2 Gulf South) totaled 432 yards of offense, including 322 through the air. Beaudry completed at least one pass to 11 different receivers, with scoring strikes to Antoine Griffin, A.J. Seward and Austin Blake-Smith. Griffin led the squad with eight catches for 99 yards and touchdowns of nine and 42 yards. Shorter got some momentum at the end of the half, scoring as time expired to cut the margin to 35-14 before opening the second half with a Tyler Pullum to Lewis Hayes 75-yard score that made it a 35-21 UWF lead.  Print Friendly Version On the ground, UWF had 110 yards rushing on 34 carries for a 3.3 yards per play avg. Leroy Wilson complimented Beaudry’s numbers with 40 yards on seven rushes for 5.7 per run. UWF improved to 4-0 this season and 8-3 all-time when surpassing 100 yards rushing. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Choice 106.9 FM & WRNE 980 AM ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live UWF will return to action next week when it travels to No. 18/13 West Alabama (6-2, 5-1). Kickoff at Tiger Stadium in Livingston, Alabama, is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. The game is the GSC Game of the Week and will be televised on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app. It can be heard on the UWF Sports Network at Choice 106.9 FM and WRNE 980 AM, beginning 30 minutes before kickoff. Griffin added his second touchdown early in the fourth when he took a crossing route through the Shorter secondary and into the end zone for a 42-yard play. The Argos ended with five passing plays of 20-yards or more – a week after posting eight such connections.last_img read more

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Cavs looking for first win, as Brooklyn comes to town

first_imgCleveland- The Cleveland Cavaliers welcome the Brooklyn Nets to Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night, with Cleveland in search of their first win. The Cavaliers struggled mightily in their home opener on Sunday night against the lowly Atlanta Hawks, as the Cavs allowed rookie Tre Young to have a historic night. After the Cavs first two losses of the season, many chalked it up to playing superior opponents, but after Sunday’s loss the Cavaliers seem to be searching for answers.Through three games the Cavaliers have struggled greatly on defense, while the sample size is small the Cavaliers currently have the second worst defensive rating in the NBA. There are a few different things you can attribute the Cavs defensive struggles to, but the message being echoed throughout the locker room right now, is communication. Anyone who has ever played basketball knows how hard playing defense is without the proper communication. Especially in a defensive system that is rooted in constant switching, the Cavaliers roster is constructed to be able to have defensive flexibility but thus far they have looked lazy and defenseless.Cavaliers coach Ty Lue spoke on the lack of communication on Tuesday at practice, “either got to talk or they’ve got to come and sit down.”The Cavaliers are off to their worst start since the 2004-05 season, which was LeBron James second season. The Brooklyn Nets have had their fair share of ups and downs early on this season, but are coming in off their worst loss of the season at the hands of the Indiana Pacers.“They were a step faster than us. We were a step behind. No excuses,” said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson. “We competed for a while, and then shrunk.”Continue reading on for key-match-ups as well as keys to victory for each the Cavaliers and Nets…Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland,OhProbable Starters:Cleveland Cavaliers (0-3)Kevin LoveRodney HoodCedi OsmanGeorge HillTristian ThompsonBrooklyn Nets (1-2)Caris LeVertJoe HarrisJarrett AllenJared DudleyD’Angelo Russell Pages: 1 2 3 Related TopicsCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersJordan ClarksonLarry Nance Jr.NBATristan ThompsonTyronn Lue Corey Perezlast_img read more

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Callaway CB commits to Mississippi State

first_imgOne of Mississippi State’s primary concerns following the 2015 season will be replacing the depth it loses in its secondary. On Thursday morning, the Bulldogs made another stride in that direction.2017 Callaway DB Emanuel Dabney committed to Mississippi State on Thursday morning.2017 Callaway DB Emanuel Dabney committed to Mississippi State on Thursday morning.After receiving an offer from Mississippi State on Monday, Callaway junior cornerback Emanuel Dabney committed to the Bulldogs three days later. Mississippi State is the first and only offer for the unranked prospect who joins a 2017 class with JUCO products Tommy Champion, Cam Myers and Ravian Pierce.“I talked to (MSU cornerbacks) Coach (Deshea) Townsend this morning,” Dabney said. “It just feels like home there. … (I) just wanted to get it (a commitment) out of the way.”Dabney is the son of Emanuel Dabney, Sr., who played for Mississippi State assistant coach Tony Hughes at Hinds Community College. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound corner visited Mississippi State for the Alabama and LSU games earlier this year and began drawing interest from the Bulldogs staff after July’s Big Dawg Camp.“They’ve been talking back and forth for awhile but the interest has been there since the summer when he ran two consecutive 4.3s (40-yard dashes) at two different camps,” Callaway coach Patrick Austin said.Dabney said his relationship with the Bulldogs cornerbacks coach has grown stronger in recent months. Townsend offered the defensive back during his visit to Callaway on Monday. The junior said seeing how Bulldogs senior Taveze Calhoun developed into a three-year starter gives him hope for what he can achieve once he arrives in Starkville in two years.“He’s a ball hawk,” Dabney said of Calhoun. “I just like his style of play.”Dabney totaled 37 tackles, two tackles for loss, three interceptions for 35 yards and two fumble recoveries as a junior. Austin believes his cornerback’s speed and athleticism will help him transition into a successful Division I corner.“He has all the tools necessary,” Austin said. “He has long arm, he’s fast as can be and he’s a state track guy as well. Quick hips, lean muscle mass — al of that translates to playing that position at a high level because it allows you a little more margin of error when you have the speed capability that he has in order to close the distance.”Contact Courtney Cronin at (601) 961-7091 or ccronin@jackson.gannett.com. Follow @CourtneyRCronin on Twitter.last_img read more

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Souhan; Gopher Football Can Beat Wisconsin [PODCAST]

first_img 720p HD The Vikings are likely to get Adam Theilen back this week after he’s missed some time with a hamstring injury.  The Vikings play at Seattle Monday night.  Jim has been impressed with Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.  He says Wilson is neck and neck with Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson for the MVP. Auto (360p) The Gopher Football team will host Wisconsin Saturday in the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe.  Minnesota is ranked #9 while Wisconsin is ranked #14.  The winner will get Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship and the Gopher could, at worst, secure a spot in the Rose Bowl.  Jim Souhan sees no reason why Minnesota can’t win this game.  About Connatix V56490 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip center_img 1/1 1080p HD 360p About Connatix V56490last_img read more

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