Family procedure rules published

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has this week published the long-awaited Family Procedure Rules 2010, which will come into force on 6 April 2011. The new code provides a single set of rules for proceedings in the magistrates’ court, county court and High Court, along the model of the Civil Procedure Rules. It comprises nearly 300 pages of Statutory Instrument, which is intended to provide one set of simply expressed rules of court for family proceedings, to replace the disparate body of unconsolidated rules and guidance that have been used in different types of proceedings. The rules are to be supplemented by practice directions that have yet to be published. The Courts Service consulted on the policy that framed the new rules in 2006, and the Family Procedure Rule Committee drew up a draft set of rules, practice directions and forms for consultation in 2008/09. To rules can be found here .last_img read more

Shantell Taylor Named UWF Assistant Cheer Coach

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla. – Brooke Ciolino has hired Shantell Taylor as the assistant coach for the University of West Florida’s cheerleading team.Taylor is no stranger to leadership, as she was captain of her high school team in Tifton, Georgia, and in college at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Taylor has a B.A. in Psychology from Armstrong Atlantic State.From 2002-2009 Taylor was head instructor of the Universal Cheerleader Association on Southeast staff, and before being hired by UWF, was the program choreographer, head coach, and tumbling instructor for Velocity Xtreme Cheer in Spencerport, New York, from 2015-2017.Taylor is a Spirits Event Certified Judge, USASF Certified Level One through Four, Concussion and Cardiac Arrest Test Certified, along with many other certificates to add on to her resume.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Premiership 2016/17: Landmarks that will not be forgotten

first_imgAs the final drops of confetti fall on Celtic Park, we draw the curtain on another exciting campaign. Season 2016/17 will be remembered for many things. Celtic winning six-in-a-row, Rangers’ return to the top flight and Inverness Caley Thistle managing to drag out the relegation battle until the final day were just some of the big stories across the country.But what about the numbers? We look back on the landmark moments that will enter the history books and keep the campaign alive in our memories for many years to come.Adam Rooney has been prolific since signing for the Dons. SNS Group Adam Rooney became the first Aberdeen player since Joe Harper in the late 1970s to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons. The striker finished on 20, with 12 in the league, three in the Europa League qualifiers, three in the Scottish Cup and two in the League Cup. He also scored 20 last season and managed 28 the year before.Celtic lifted the Premiership trophy after beating Hearts. SNSThe champions enjoyed record after record as the season drew to a close. The 2-0 win over Hearts secured the Invincibles tag as they went the full season unbeaten. They finished on 106 points, their best tally yet, bettering Martin O’Neill’s record in 2001 when the side reached 103. They also scored a record number of goals this season, hitting home 106 and conceding just 25. And if that wasn’t enough, their 34 victories in one league season was also a club record. They hit the 100-point mark when they beat Aberdeen 3-1 at Pittodrie on May 12 and Leigh Griffiths scored their 100th goal of the season against Partick Thistle the following week.Paul Hartley was sacked after a poor run of form. SNS GroupDundee avoided breaking a record that has not been touched in more than a hundred years at the club. In March and April they lost seven consecutive league games under Paul Hartley. Had they made it eight it would have been their worst run since 1898, when Queen Victoria was on the throne. They avoided the embarrassing landmark with a 3-2 win over Motherwell when Neil McCann took charge. Hamilton avoid automatic relegation on the last day of the season. SNS GroupHamilton Accies saved the best to last, producing their biggest victory of the season on the closing day. It was Survival Saturday and they had to better Inverness Caley Thiste’s result to avoid automatic relegation. They cruised to a 4-0 win over Dundee to secure 11th spot in the table and while it may still not guarantee their top-flight status it gives them another two games to fight for their lives. Their biggest victory before Saturday was a 3-0 win over Caley Thistle in January. They also beat St Mirren by the same scoreline in the League Cup at the start of the season.Hearts slumped to a Scottish Cup defeat against Hibs. SNSBefore Robbie Neilson left Hearts they had only lost three of their 15 league games, winning seven and drawing five. He had been undefeated in 87% of his matches but left the club to join MK Dons at the start of December. Since Ian Cathro came in they have lost 13 of their 22 matches, winning just five and drawing four. That means he is undefeated in 41% of his matches, a run that’s more than half Neilson’s record. Neilson picked up 26 points while Cathro has only won 19. Jon Daly was in charge for one game and won one point in the 2-2 draw with Ross County.Cathro also lost to Hibs in the Scottish Cup, with their Edinburgh rivals coming back on to the Premiership scene next season.Lee McCulloch steered Kilmarnock to safety. SNS GroupKilmarnock secured their Premiership status for the 25th consecutive season when they beat Inverness Caley Thistle 2-1 in May. They avoided the drop on the final day of the campaign last season in the play-off final against Falkirk but finished this campaign with a lot more room to breathe under interim manager Lee McCulloch’s stewardship. Killie were promoted to the top flight in 1993 when they finished as runners-up to Raith Rovers.Inverness manager endured an agonising season. SNSInverness have broken their own club record for conceding the most goals over the course of one season. They let in 71 over 38 league games, scoring just 44 at the other end. It was another downer at the end of a bad season under Richie Foran for the side relegated to the Championship. Before this they conceded 62 in season 2007/08 in the top flight under Craig Brewster. James McFadden celebrates with is teammates. SNSMotherwell finished ninth in the table having won ten league games this season. They matched this poor run in 2006/07 when they finished tenth in the league and 2014/15 when they had to go through the play-offs to avoid relegation. In 1895 they won only five games and finished eighth in the table but that was when they only played 18 games in a season.Kris Doolan after Partick Thistle secured their top six place. SNSPartick Thistle booked their place in the top six of the Premiership with a 1-0 victory over Motherwell at Firhill. It guaranteed the Jags’ highest league finish since 1980/81, when Peter Cormack led them to sixth place. It was also the first time they’d made the top half of the split since it was introduced almost two decades ago. During this run of form they also went on an unbeaten run of eight league matches, their best run in the top flight since October to November 1977. Kenny Miller scored two in 3-0 win at Pittodrie. SNSRangers’ biggest away win of the season came at Pittodrie when they beat Aberdeen 3-0. It was also their biggest away league win since they defeated Dumbarton 6-0 in January 2016, a match in which Kenny Miller scored a hat-trick. Rangers were the only team to go to Pittodrie and win by three goals this season. Celtic scored three but conceded one and Motherwell scored two… but subsequently conceded seven. Liam Boyce was on fire this season. SNSLiam Boyce finished as top goalscorer in the Premiership with 23 goals. He beat off competition from Celtic’s Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele who finished second and third, with 21 and 17 goals, respectively. Stuart Armstrong finished equal fourth with Motherwell’s Louis Moult, both scoring 15 goals. It’s the first time the league’s top scorer is from a club that finished in the bottom half of the table. Last season he netted 15 times for the Staggies.Hibs-bound Danny Swanson secured European football for another season at McDiarmid Park. SNS GroupSt Johnstone booked their place in the Europa League qualifiers for the fifth time in six seasons. The 1-0 home win over Partick Thistle in May secured a top four finish at they’ll now go into the first qualifying round at the end of June. The Perth club had only twice qualified for Europe before 2012 but they’ve since went on to have an almost annual adventure.last_img read more

Vistas of NC: Who Owns the View?

first_imgOn an average morning thousands of North Carolinians wake up to the sight of a dusting of snow on area mountaintops.And while individuals can own much of the land, the state’s 25 land conservancies are working to protect the views for everyone to enjoy.They’re guided by the principle advocated by Ralph Waldo Emerson who wrote “None of us owns the landscape,” in his essay “Nature.”Pam Torlina, director of stewardship and land protection with the Pacolet Area Conservancy, says everyone owns the view.“They do belong to us,” she says. “Such a big part of our sensory experience is visual and so by protecting these places, it protects the signature of our rural communities.”Land conservancies in North Carolina have protected tens of thousands of acres of land with the help of public and private funding.The Pacolet Area Conservancy is actively working to preserve land in Polk County that previously had been considered for land development that would have changed the landscape.Late last month, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina purchased 75 acres in Alleghany and Surry counties to protect views on the Blue Ridge Parkway.Peter Barr, trails and outreach coordinator with the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, says it’s often the views that tie people’s emotions to the region.“It’s something that you can look at from any mountain top or any overlook and you essentially feel that attachment to this region,” he says. “And you feel that sense of ownership and belonging of what you love most.”Torlina says the scenic vistas that bring visitors to the state and bring joy to residents are taken for granted, until they disappear.“They are so important to the peace and tranquility that we always find in place, when it’s taken away, it ruins it for us,” she says. “Sadly a lot of times the developers move so much quicker than land trusts can.”Torlina adds that in addition to protecting the views by conserving land, land trusts such as hers protect water resources and native plants and wildlife.last_img read more

Officials Whales after deadly year could become extinct

first_imgPORTLAND, Maine – Officials with the U.S government say it’s time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them.North Atlantic right whales are among the rarest marine mammals in the world, and they have endured a deadly year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said there are only about 450 of the whales left and 17 of them have died so far in 2017.The situation is so dire that American and Canadian regulators need to consider the possibility that the population won’t recover without action soon, said John Bullard, the Northeast Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. The high year of mortality is coinciding with a year of poor reproduction, and there are only about 100 breeding female North Atlantic right whales left.“You do have to use the extinction word, because that’s where the trend lines say they are,” Bullard said. “That’s something we can’t let happen.”Bullard and other NOAA officials made the comments during a Tuesday meeting of the regulatory New England Fishery Management Council. Mark Murray-Brown, an Endangered Species Act consultant for NOAA, said right whales have been declining in abundance since 2010, with females hit harder than males.The U.S. and Canada must work to reduce the human-caused deaths of the whales, Murray-Brown said. Vessel-strikes and entanglement in fishing gear are two frequently cited causes of the whales’ deaths.“The current status of the right whales is a critical situation, and using our available resources to recover right whales is of high importance and high urgency,” he said.The animals give birth in temperate southern waters and then head to New England and Canada every spring and summer to feed. All of this year’s deaths were off of New England and Canada.Some recent scientific studies have shed some light on why whale deaths have ticked up. One, published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, stated that the whales move around much more than previously thought. Some scientists have posited that whales might be venturing outside of protected areas in search of food, putting themselves in harm’s way.In another study, published last month in the journal Endangered Species Research, scientists examined right whale feces and found whales that suffer long entanglements in fishing gear produce hormone levels that indicate high stress. The stress negatively impacts their ability to reproduce even when they survive entanglement, scientists said.“My colleagues are trying to find solutions so we can find out how they can continue to fish, but not entangle whales,” said a study co-author, Elizabeth Burgess, an associate scientist with the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium in Boston.A five-year NOAA review of right whales that was released in October said the animals should remain on the endangered list. It also included recommendations to protect the species. They included developing a long-term plan for monitoring the population trends and habitat use, and studying the impact of commercial fishing on right whales.last_img read more

Astronomers investigate open cluster NGC 6530

first_img Explore further Open clusters, formed from the same giant molecular cloud, are groups of up to few thousand stars loosely gravitationally bound to each other. Given that stars in open clusters have similar ages, chemical compositions, and distances from the Earth, they serve as excellent laboratories for studies of formation of stars and stellar evolution.Discovered in the 17th century, NGC 6530 (also known as OCL 19, or ESO 521-SC21) is a young open cluster of a few million years old within the Lagoon Nebula. The cluster is known for its complex morphology and star-formation history.NGC 6530 contains low-mass stars in their pre-main sequence, which makes them bright X-ray sources due to their active coronae. This allowed researchers to identify a large population of around 2,500 candidate cluster members down to subsolar masses. However, this cluster member list is still incomplete, since each of the methods used in previous studies suffers from some bias.So a team of astronomers led by Francesco Damiani of Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) in Palermo, Italy, decided to assemble a highly comprehensive list of candidate members of NGC 6530. Using various methods, the researchers managed to expand the list of candidate cluster members to more than 3,500 stars.”By combining various techniques for member selection complementary to each other, we have assembled a list of 3,675 candidate NGC 6530 members down to approximately 0.3 solar masses,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.The techniques employed by Damiani’s team to determine the cluster membership include X-ray data, hydrogen-alpha emission, near-infrared and ultraviolet excess from photometric surveys and near-infrared catalogs, as well as astrometry provided by ESA’s Gaia satellite. They also used their own method for photometric selection of M-type pre-main-sequence cluster members.The researchers say that out of the 3,675 candidates, only 711 fulfill more than one membership criterion. However, they estimate that more than 2,700 are genuine NGC 6530 members. “The total net number of NGC 6530 members estimated with all our methods becomes therefore of 2,728 stars, down to 0.2−0.4 solar masses, the exact limit being dependent on individual stellar ages and extinction,” the paper reads.In addition to assembling the list of NGC 6530 members, the astronomers found that the distance to this cluster is about 4,300 light years. They also confirmed the cluster’s complex morphology, noting that it has a core containing the bulk of members, and secondary concentrations of members in known regions, as well as anonymous, small groups. Italian astronomers have investigated the young open cluster NGC 6530 by conducting a statistical study of its global properties. The research, which provides important insights on the cluster membership, was presented in a paper published December 29 on the arXiv pre-print repository. © 2019 Science X Network More information: A wide-area photometric and astrometric (Gaia DR2) study of the young cluster NGC 6530. The Lagoon Nebula and NGC 6530 (on the right). Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Rbruels. Three new open clusters discovered in the Milky Way Citation: Astronomers investigate open cluster NGC 6530 (2019, January 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

FremantleMedia has separated its drama and digital

first_imgFremantleMedia has separated its drama and digital divisions and promoted Donna Wiffen to head of worldwide drama.
Claire Tavernier previously oversaw digital and drama at the production and distribution firm as senior executive vice-president, FMX and worldwide drama. She remains in charge of the FMX digital division.Wiffen has been at production group FremantleMedia since 2009 and previously worked for companies including Endemol and the BBC.Both Tavernier and Wiffen report to company CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz. She said: “Donna’s promotion and the creation of distinct leadership for Worldwide Drama will better enable us to support and develop our drama offering at what is a very exciting time for the genre. Claire Tavernier will now focus exclusively on the continued success of our central new media division FMX and on furthering our position in the digital arena.”last_img read more