Growth, but at what price?

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‘Borderline’ civil cases no longer eligible for legal aid

first_imgLegal aid will no longer be made available for cases with poor or borderline prospects of success that may have received funding, the government has said.The Legal Aid Agency has changed its approach to assessing merits after the Court of Appeal ruled last month that the agency’s exceptional case funding scheme and merits regulations were lawful.Under the current merits criteria, most cases need to pass a ‘prospects of success test’ before legal aid can be made available.The prospects of success test is met in cases with ‘poor’ prospects or ‘borderline’ cases where funding is necessary to prevent a breach of a client’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, or any rights of a client to the provision of civil legal aid or services that are enforceable under EU law.Legal aid can also be granted where the director of legal aid casework considers it appropriate to find that the test is met having regard to any risk of a breach.The agency said yesterday that the Court of Appeal found that it was lawful for the prospects of success test to have a 50% threshold and that this did not breach a client’s rights.‘As a result, we are now no longer funding any applications for civil legal aid that are subject to a prospects of success test where the prospects are assessed as poor or borderline,’ it added.A spokesperson for the agency told the Gazette that it will only fund cases which are at or above the 50% threshold in any case where the legal aid regulations require the prospects of success test to be met.The agency has also reinstated delegated functions to allow providers to refuse legal aid in cases they assess as having poor or borderline prospects.‘This allows immigration providers to refuse applications for controlled legal representation in these matters without having to revert to us first,’ the agency said.The Law Society said the change could mean that fewer people are entitled to legal aid. ’We are therefore disappointed that the Ministry of Justice decided to announce this significant change so soon after the referendum, and without consultation,’ a spokesperson for the Society said.’The court may still be considering this issue following the Court of Appeal judgment in The Director of Legal Aid Casework and Lord Chancellor v IS and, as such, if the Supreme Court changes the rules, decisions on eligibility for legal aid could turn out to be unlawful.’Although the Court of Appeal ruled in the lord chancellor’s favour, several observations were made about the government’s exceptional case funding scheme.The agency said that the Ministry of Justice was considering what steps to take following the court’s findings. Information on any further changes would be provided ’in due course’.last_img read more

To all Connie Hawkins ballers—‘Do the Right Thing!’ (April 25)

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter BILL NEAL:10—Of course this is not a shoutout to the likes of Hosea Champine, Norm Nixon, John Marshall, Kirk Bruce, Ron Carter, Sam Clancy, Myron Brown, Bobby Franklin, B.B. Flenory, Magic Mike Williams, Kenny Durrett, Bobby Byrd or Billy Varner…your legend was already in place! No, this is “a call to arms for the other 5,060 or so players that played in the nationally-recognized, top 10-rated Connie Hawkins Summer League that more than likely may have never been recognized beyond your last glorified high school game. On Saturday, May 5, we will honor and memorialize the late great Connie Hawkins. Do the right thing man and come pay your respects to the man that put you on the map!:09—Sooooo, while I have your attention, here’s your info for the next to last time. Friday, May 4, “Live” at The Savoy Restaurant (2623 Penn Avenue, zip code 15222). Come one, come all to welcome home the 1968 ABA World Champion Pittsburgh Pipers. 6 p.m. until, $5 cover, free parking, cash bar, cash kitchen, dress to impress. Saturday, May 5, noon press conference at the Marriott Hotel City Center, Downtown Pittsburgh. Then at 2 p.m., the Pittsburgh Bullets ABA team will showcase a tribute exhibition game and clinic for kids at the Thelma Lovette YMCA (2114 Centre Avenue, zip code 15219) in honor of the champions. Then at 6 p.m., cocktail reception for the event at the Marriott. Then at 7 p.m., dinner and awards presentation honoring the Pipers, Connie Hawkins and the 2018 Connie Hawkins Hall of Fame Inductees. Special guest speakers include the legendary Billy Knight, former L.A. Laker Ron Carter and former Boston Celtic B.B. Flenory. $50 in advance, $75 at the door, not formal. Dress to impress. Parking at cost. For additional information, please call Achieving Greatness Inc. at 412-628-4856, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.:08—Hey, while I am shouting out stuff, let’s have a shoutout for all the people that helped make this historic night possible. Major Mark Whited. The Mark Cuban Foundation. The New Pittsburgh Courier. The Phoenix Suns. The Pittsburgh Penguins. State Representative Austin Davis. City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle. Chuck Sanders Charities. Gary White. Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. Attorney Glenn Mahone. Attorney William Goodrich. Attorney Jack Goodrich. J.T. Thomas. The Tribune Review. Larry Richert of KDKA Radio.:07—Lord, please don’t let Kevin Cameron be right about the Pittsburgh Pirates, but if the pitchin’ don’t hold up, the bats don’t mean jack. Now that’s teamwork.:06—Yeah, I know the NFL draft is on Thursday, April 26, but I won’t be watching. Call me when we’ve made our selection, then you got my attention.:05—But if you really want to know who, what, when, where and why, tune into Soul Take—Champions Live Sports Talk Show every Wednesday…go to and get reminded of how much you don’t know, but you think you know. Brought to you by Urban Media Today, the New Pittsburgh Courier and Cameron Professional Management. Starring Kevin Cameron, Bill Neal and a cast of the greatest sports minds in the business. To get on board – or call Achieving Greatness Inc. at 412-628- 4856.:04—Man, you know the Black Panther is all that if it’s still playing at theaters and at prime time slots. It’s been over a month. They used to call that “Black Power!!!”:03—BTW, if you still have doubts about me proclaiming Jim Thorpe the greatest athlete of all time, just pull up or rent the movie Jim Thorpe—All American. You – Will – Be – Amazed. Look, the man and one other Native American beat an entire track team by themselves . . . just Google it.:02—To the world, and to my good friend, and the family and close friends of the late great “Super Champion” Bruno Sammartino, farewell to a true legend!!! (FYI – he sold out Madison Square Garden 108 times . . . C’mon man!)Dexter Westbrook driving against “The Hawk”:01—In continuing to showcase the members of the Pittsburgh Pipers World Champions, pictured here are Dexter Westbrook driving against “The Hawk” before getting traded to the Pipers weeks later, and sharp shooter Barry Leibowitz.Barry Leibowitz:00—GAME OVER.last_img read more

The World Cup remains a blot on football’s greatest curriculum

first_img Lionel Messi leaves Kazan without revealing Argentina future 30/06/2018 Ivan San Antonio @sanantheone El Mundial, un borrón en el currículum de Messi A STRANGE BODY  Russia could have seen the last of Lionel Messi in international football. Qatar 2022 is slowly appearing on the horizon and the No.10 will be 35 then. Predicting his evolution is as difficult as thinking that, even if he does play it, something will have changed for him to have a chance to win his first World Cup. Bloody World Cup! What a grotesque way to dirty the greatest curriculum in the game!  Messi, Catalan in Argentina and Argentina in Catalonia, left the pithc at the Kazan Arena with the same face as always, the same one he wore in Germany, South Africa and Brazil. Leo was the youngest Argentina player in 2006, he fought for his place, he earned the captain’s armband, runs everything and should be made to feel at home.  But not. He never felt like he was at home. Messi has never noticed the warmth that he receives at Camp Nou, nor complicity on the pitch from those that have grown along with him. Not once has he flowed in the Argentina shirt as he does in the Barcelona strip. The 10 on his back, the armband or the Argentine passport don’t mean anything. They don’t add anything. The biggest love stories aren’t built on material gifts.  RELATED STORIES Coach Jorge Sampaoli changed his system for the umpteenth time against France. And he could change it as many times as Argentina play games with Messi. There won’t be any improvement. The victories are circumstantial, the same as the losses. The problem is not the set up, nor the players selected. To find the reason why Leo looks like he’s in a strange body when playing for Argentina, you have to rewind 18 years, back to when he was 13, when his destiny changed and football took him to Barcelona. That day, everything changed and Barça’s success would be balanced by Argentina’s failings. Because both things are intimately connected.  LAST WORLD CUP? IN SPORT.ES Upd. on 02/07/2018 at 18:07 CEST How many knocks of this stature is one person — who since he was young has been obliged to win a World Cup — capable of taking? Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, where football is a religion, but he became a man in Barcelona. It was also surrounded by the Mediterranean that he was crowned as the best player in the history of the game, a symbolic prize which is only argued about where he was born. And all because of a tournament that is played every four years, a tournament that is whimsical and unpredictable. The hell Messi has to go through every four years is all because of Diego Maradona and his two goals against England in 1986. Bloody World Cup!  Messi at his most human as Argentina crash out of World Cuplast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: 9-year old seer Ahaan Kapadia might just become India’s version…

first_imgAdvertisement After Paul the Octopus, India has got its own version of an oracle in the form of a 9-year old boy from India: Ahaan Kapadia.Advertisement Most of us remember Paul the Octopus from the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Paul was a common octopus who rose to fame as an animal oracle.During divinations, Paul’s keepers at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany would present him with two boxes containing food. The boxes were decorated with the different team flags of the competitors in an upcoming football match.Advertisement Whichever box Paul ate from first was considered his prediction for which team would win the match. He also correctly chose Spain as the winner of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.In his YouTube channel: ‘Talking Football with Ahaan’, a video was posted yesterday before the semi-final match between France and Belgium in which he not only correctly assessed the victor of the match(France) but also the outcome of France beating Belgium 1-0.Advertisement Here is the video in which he predicted France to win: Today, a similar video was posted just a few moments ago in which Ahaan predicted that in tonight’s semi-final match between Croatia and England; England will come out as the eventual winners:He specified that England is his second-favourite team in this tournament and that the presence of their captain, Harry Kane who is currently the top-scorer in this tournament with 5 goals can play a pivotal role in today’s match.However, he has also mentioned that Croatia’s Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic are also among the players to look out for.As he tells us in his videos, Ahaan is a fan of the German club Bayern Munich and also supports the German national team.Can this 9-year old seer hold onto his streak of successful predictions? Only time will tell. Read also: Wimbledon 2018: Day 8 results: Serena and Angelique Kerber advance to SemisFootball: Riyad Mahrez finally signs with Manchester City    Advertisementlast_img read more