Solicitor struck off, but tribunal ticks off SRA over ‘poor’ preparation

first_imgAn experienced solicitor has been struck off for misleading the court over a backdated costs budget – but the Solicitors Regulation Authority was heavily criticised as large parts of the case against her collapsed.Angelina Rigby, admitted in 1993, was found to have acted dishonestly in applying for relief from sanctions using documents that had been recreated for the file to reflect an earlier date. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal said it had no other option but to strike off.But the tribunal threw out several allegations – including that Rigby caused the costs budget itself to be backdated – citing concerns over the investigation and nature of the evidence presented.Rigby was a partner and head of clinical negligence at national firm Geldards based in its Cardiff office, retained to bring proceedings against a hospital in relation to the death of a patient. She left in July 2017, with the allegations relating to events in the weeks leading up to her departure.Following a three-day hearing last month, the tribunal said the SRA prepared its case in a ‘poor way’, with ‘significant evidential gaps’ which could not be filled. A report prepared by an SRA investigator had been ‘perfunctory’ and relied far too heavily on Geldards’ internal investigation, at the expense of making independent and deeper enquiries.It was heard the SRA failed to call the firm’s compliance officer, two of its secretaries who may have had crucial evidence, and even the costs draftsman, to give evidence. The latter’s account, it was held, might have been definitive.Rigby was cleared of backdating the costs budget and of acting dishonestly in sending letters to the court and defendant solicitors enclosing the costs budget.But she was found to have filed an application to Cardiff County Court for relief from sanctions which contained untruthful and/or misleading statements. The application included a signed declaration of truth stating that the attached letters were copies of the originals sent before the budget deadline, when she knew the letters had been recreated after the event.Rigby had submitted that she believed the contents of her application to be true, but the tribunal concluded she would have known her actions would be considered dishonest.In mitigation she said she had rushed to complete and lodge the application with court, and this was consistent was a ‘moment of madness’ and therefore an exceptional case. She presented positive character references attesting to her competence, integrity and honesty.But the tribunal found her misconduct was not spontaneous and required planning and thought. Culpability and the seriousness of the misconduct were considered high, and a strike-off was deemed appropriate. The SRA applied for more than £26,000 in costs, of which the tribunal awarded less than half.Rigby has 21 days to appeal.last_img read more

Partnership in South Africa

first_imgUNION Carriage Partnership has been formed to carry out rolling stock refurbishment work in southern Africa. Union Carriage & Wagon, a subsidiary of Murray & Roberts, has a 70% stake in the Partnership, with 30% held by a consortium led by investment management company J & J Group. The consortium also includes trade union-owned empowerment services company Lesaka. Employees will receive a share of UCP’s profits, and the local community in Nigel will also benefit. Creation of the partnership will allow UCW to fulfil empowerment requirements for government contracts, and it hopes to win business across sub-Saharan Africa.UCW will continue to manage the property, plant and workforce, with the partnership responsible for design, procurement, marketing and administration. All the partners will have representation on the executive committee.UCW has developed a cost-effective approach to modular coach construction which has been used in major vehicle refurbishment contracts for SA Rail Commuter Corp. The partnership will have an exclusive supply contract with UCW, and will bid for contracts from existing and new customers. H Spoornet has awarded UCW a contract to refurbish freight locomotives used on the Coal Link and Orex heavy haul lines.last_img read more

Four of six rare black rhinos die after move to Chad

first_imgTwo endangered black rhinos die in Chad just months after relocation Endangered black rhinos die in Kenya reserve However, a similar attempt to move black rhinos in Kenya also ended with animals dying. Eleven rhinos were moved into Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park from other parks in June, but 10 of them died, apparently from drinking salty water. The 11th was attacked by a lion and died from his wounds.Related Black rhinos, one of the world’s endangered animals, are seen at a farm outside Klerksdorp, in the north west province, South Africa, February 24, 2016.REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko Black rhinos, one of the world’s endangered animals, are seen at a farm outside Klerksdorp, in the north west province, South Africa, February 24, 2016.REUTERS/Siphiwe SibekoFour out of six endangered black rhinos that were relocated to Chad from South Africa have died, possibly of starvation, the two countries and an NGO said.The six rhinos were transferred from South Africa in May, re-introducing the species into Chad for the first time since it died out in 1972, mostly owing to rampant poaching. Chad reported that two of them had died last month.“Low fat reserves suggest that maladaptation by the rhinos to their new environment is the likely underlying cause,” said the two nations and conservation group African Parks, which oversaw moving the rhinos to Chad’s Zakouma National Park.“The remaining two animals are being recaptured and placed in holding facilities in order to facilitate closer management.”Two decades ago, poaching had driven black rhinos to near extinction across their vast habitat in southern, eastern and central Africa. Their numbers fell by 98 percent between 1960 and 1998, but they have doubled since then to about 5,400 as conservation efforts grew.None of the four that died in Zakouma had been poached. Tests were being run to establish the exact cause of death.center_img Chad to receive six black rhinos from South Africa The relocation of the rhinos from South Africa was intended to help safeguard the long-term future of the species by spreading it out into more places.last_img read more

PM accuses Opposition of wasting state resources

first_img Share Tweet LocalNews PM accuses Opposition of wasting state resources by: – October 1, 2013 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 49 Views   2 comments Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has accused the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) of wasting state resources as police officers had to be deployed to protect the State House and citizens on Monday.Police officers secured Victoria Street from Sunday evening into Monday as a result of threats received; head of traffic inspector Patrickson Carbon told Dominica Vibes on Monday.A press release from the Chief of Police yesterday also declared Victoria Street as a restricted area and the general public was advised to adhere to all traffic signs and police instructions.Mr Skerrit said during the Third Meeting of the Fourth Session of the Eighth Parliament on Monday, 30th September that the Opposition, who boycotted the sitting in protest of Charles Savarin’s nomination, is seeking to incite violence and destroy Dominica The Opposition did not put forward a nomination to the House of Assembly according to the Speaker, Alix Boyd knights, but, UWP Leader Lennox Linton did announce that former principal Dorothy Leevy is their presidential nominee on Sunday, 29th September.“So they have not put forward a candidate and therefore they cannot come here to vote for anyone because they know they have not followed the Constitution”.“What they are seeking to do is to draw up some of their support base or whatever it is to destroy Dominica, break Dominica down with violence”.Thus, “instead [of] the police doing other things, the police have to come forward and secure the properties of the state and citizens”. The Prime Minister noted that it is not the first time that the Opposition has had issues with the government’s choice for president.“They want to create a situation where there is no president and say ah see what Skerrit did, see what the government did, we have no president in Dominica”.While the Prime Minister indicated that the president is largely a ceremonial position, he said the president is the head of state.“You must always have a head of state in office and the same thing happened when we set to appoint the current president, there was demonstration out on the streets”.He said further that anyone put forward by his government for the post “except Mr James, we would have problems”. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

T&T to assist Dominica in recovery efforts

first_img Share PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago has offered to help Dominica in recovery efforts following severe flooding and damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika.The Government of the twin-island republic says it will assist Dominica by deploying two rotary assets from the Air Guard to transport Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit back home from St Lucia.Trinidad will also assist with aerial reconnaissance, medieval operations for people in distress, and to assist persons stranded as a result of the floods.Meanwhile, the National Operations Centre, Office of Disaster Preparedness Management, Defence Force and other State agencies have been placed on alert should it become necessary to render further assistance to Dominica or any other four country impacted by the storm.So far four people are confirmed dead as Tropical Storm Erika unleashed its fury on the island yesterday.The police report that three of the deaths occurred during a mudslide in the south-eastern end of the island where they recovered the bodies of an elderly visually impaired man and two children from a house.The fourth death occurred in the capital when a man’s body was found near his home following a mudslide.Heavy wind and rain continued to buffet the island last night and 80 per cent of the island remains without electricity and water. Tweet Share LocalNewsRegional T&T to assist Dominica in recovery efforts by: Caribbean Media Corporation – August 28, 2015center_img Sharing is caring! 323 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Gilas escapes Thailand in Kuala Lumpur

first_imgThailand threatened to come to within 74-77 on 3 straight points but an inside hit by Christian Standhardinger followed by free throws by Bobby Ray Parks Jr. sealed the win for the Philippines.Rosario led the way with 16 points while Standhardinger, Parks and Ravena contributed 15, 14 and 11 points, respectively, for Gilas, which looks to defend its SEA Games title.Gilas cadets led by as much as 13 points early in the game but the Thais were able to bounce back on baskets by American-Thai Tyler Lamb to turn the match into a seesaw affair all the way.PERLAS ROUTS S’POREOn the distaff side, Perlas Pilipinas also began its campaign on a bright note after clobbering Singapore 88-54. Afril Bernardino led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds.It was a close game for both teams midway in the second quarter until Bernardino and Janine Pontejos anchored a huge scoring run to give Perlas a 39-26 halftime lead.The Filipinas’ domination continued in the second half. The lead swelled further 64-36 at the end of the third period and reached its highest at 34 points in the final canto./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Gilas escapes Thailand in Kuala Lumpur ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Gilas Pilipinas cadets survived a tough stand by Thailand to open its 29th Southeast Asian Games campaign with a victory 81-74 on Sunday night at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Trailing 69-71 after a triple by Thailand, the Filipinos scored 8 straight from Kiefer Ravena, Jeth Troy Rosario and Baser Amer to snatch a 77-71 edge.last_img read more

District approves Flex program, Apple purchases

first_imgBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comThe Point Isabel School Board of Trustees approved the continuation of the district’s Optional Flexible School Day Program, the purchase of equipment and supplies from Apple, Inc., as well as a new online learning tool for secondary students during a regular meeting Tuesday.The board held a public hearing about the Flex program just prior to the start of Tuesday’s meeting. There, Dr. Steve Roach, principal at Port Isabel High School, explained how the program aims to meet the needs of students “that don’t fit into the traditional 8-4 schedule,” he said.A total of 14 students were enrolled in the program this year, which is also known as the STEP program. Utilizing afternoon tutorial sessions, class time availability on weekends and during the summer, the program allows students to attend school and finish their coursework on schedules that don’t always align with the normal 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. school day, Roach explained. “The STEP program allowed them to come in around their work schedule,” he said.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Related7th graders to pilot new learning programBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press Calling it something “completely different than anything we’ve ever done,” Point Isabel ISD Superintendent Dr. Lisa Garcia began the introduction to a new learning program which will be used by a majority of the District’s 7th grade students beginning this year. Throughout her…August 19, 2016In “News”SBCISD considers affiliation agreement with SPI EMS/FDBy J. NOEL ESPINOZA SAN BENITO NEWS With the intent to support student education and training, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District is considering entering an agreement with South Padre Island to use its emergency facilities. Known as the Clinical Education Affiliation Agreement, the contract allows San Benito students…August 15, 2019In “News”School board approves insurance plans, athletic complex costsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press The Point Isabel School Board of Trustees approved the purchase of several insurance policies, as well as the final payment for repairs made to the high school athletic complex during a regular meeting held Tuesday, July 25. With the new school year set…July 31, 2017In “News” Sharelast_img read more

Japan defeated in three matches at Tokyo Sevens

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 England, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Wales, Argentina, Samoa and South Africa advanced to the quarterfinals.Japan will play the losers from other first-round groups on Sunday.New Zealand leads the World Series standings with 111 points, two ahead of Fiji.Rugby sevens will make its Olympic debut at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Japan lost all three of its Group A matches on the opening day of the two-day Tokyo Sevens rugby tournament Saturday.Japan fell to England 15-5, Fiji 26-7 and France 24-5 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground as the host country failed to finish in the top two in Group A for a quarterfinal berth in the seventh leg of the seven-man rugby World Series.center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

Japan secures meeting with Brazil in FIVB Women’s Grand Champions Cup finale

first_img On target: Japan’s Yuki Ishii follows through on a spike against the Dominican Republic on Saturday in their FIVB Women’s Grand Champions Cup match at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Japan topped the Dominicans in three sets | KYODO Host Japan delivered a strong all-around effort in a three-set triumph over the Dominican Republic volleyball team on Saturday in the FIVB Women’s Grand Champions Cup.In Japan’s 25-17, 25-19, 29-27 win, the dynamic duo of Saori Kimura and Saori Sakoda both amassed 14 points. Brayelin Martinez had 12 points in a losing effort at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The winners held a 7-1 advantage in the blocking department while the defeated side dominated the blocking category 9-5. The Dominicans made 22 unforced errors to 16 by the Japanese.“Today our serve and defense were as I had expected going into this match,” said Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe. “Today our serve and defense were as I had expected going into this match. I thought blocking the Dominicans would be hard, so I tried to get our team to have blocking and defense in sync, and in the end it worked out well.”The first set pitted Japan’s finesse against the power of the Dominican Republic, with the home team taking an early edge thanks to solid net play from Kimura and Yuki Ishii. Candida Arias bounced a pair of hard spikes to counter, but Japan moved out front 11-6 causing the Dominicans to regroup with a timeout. The home team played confidently, extending to 16-8 on an ace by Nana Iwasaka, and despite a late rush from the Dominicans, closed out a relatively easy first set 25-17, led by five points from Kimura, including two aces.Japan continued to have good serving in the second, this time from Risa Shinnabe, who put the home side ahead 7-4 with a gorgeous ace. Sakoda got busy in this set, displaying her patented aerial attack throughout, putting Japan ahead 20-16 with a hard drive down the sideline. A drive down the center from the hard hitting Iwasaka gave Japan set point at 24-18, setting the stage for Ishii to take the second set with her ninth point (25-19) to lead all scorers at that point.Said Kimura: “For the first and second (sets), we could break out a little with serving, and our scoring was pretty balanced. So I think it was good effort overall.”Isabel Peña of the Dominican Republic was jittery to start the third set, with a couple of early errors. But she would pull together and push her side out front with a number of scores to jump out 12-8. That seemed to spark Sakoda, who brought a surprising block on Brens Prisilla Rivera at the net (12-9), and then later another stuff on Martinez to tie at 14-14.But the Dominicans showed incredible spirit, keeping an edge to grab a set point at 24-22. But Kimura responded in true superstar fashion, helping her side fight off four set points to eventually take the set, with three scores late from her, taking the set 29-27, and the match 3-0.“Everyone stayed focused until the end of the match,” Shinnabe said. “For the first and second set we had our own pace, and got some momentum going. However during the third we started to slow because out blocking was not effective, but we stayed focus until the end, and that’s why we won.”After the match, Dominican captain Bethania De La Cruz said, “Today’s match was very difficult, but we had to accept the fact that we lost. Japan did their homework, and exploited our shortcomings. Our counter attacks were not effective today.”A first title for the second-placed Japanese will be on the line in their final match on Sunday against Brazil, which has four straight wins after beating Russia in four sets. The United States beat Asian champions Thailand 3-2.“Tomorrow will be everything we have worked for this season, so I need to try really hard to bring this home,” Kimura said. “All the team members and staff will be acting as one, we need to believe in ourselves that we can win this game for sure.”Ishii said, “We really have to have a great start. It would be nice to get the first eight points, but even if they can score one, we don’t want to let up or give away any momentum. This will be the last game.” Dominican Republic, FIVB Women’s Grand Champions Cup, Japan RELATED PHOTOS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 A show of strength: The Dominican Republic’s Candida Arias Perez hits the ball against Japan on Saturday | FIVBlast_img read more

Former Cougar Tate McGhee celebrates his birthday today

first_imgJACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Former Cougar Tate McGhee is shown here hammering a homer over the fence in 2015 at Brown-Archer Field.  Today, ole Number 7 celebrates his 23rd birthday.  Happy Birthday, Tate.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/26/2020-1:30PM – PHOTO COURTESY OF RAYMOND MCGHEE)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img