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News story: Local courts and tribunals help to raise the bar on provision of refreshments

first_imgCourts and tribunals vary a lot in the refreshments they provide. Some have a selection of hot and cold food; others offer drinks; and some offer very little. This can depend on where the building is, and how many people use it; but new guidance has been issued that will help courts to be more ambitious and provide better refreshment options.For the first time, the guidance sets a minimum standard – saying that, at the very least, all visitors to our buildings should be able to access a broad selection of good quality hot and cold drinks, even in our smallest buildings.In most places, we are keen to offer more than this. The new guidance and sources of information we’ve introduced will help operational teams to explore and introduce the best approach possible for their buildings and the people who use them. This includes both best practice in getting the right catering provision in place through conventional contracts; and advice on how to source and support sustainable small-scale initiatives with local businesses or charities in buildings where a commercial arrangement with a caterer may not work.There are lots of good examples taking place across the estate that others can learn from. For example, one small court uses local sandwich shop menus to provide a delivery service to jurors; and in other courts local catering firms bring baskets of sandwiches round at busy times, for staff and those waiting for hearings.In one court, we’ve encouraged a charity which supports children coming out of the care system to set up a snack bar which both provides great food, and helps to train young people in kitchen and service skills.By encouraging and supporting a wider range of approaches to providing refreshments on site, we expect to raise the bar on court and tribunal catering.Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive of HMCTS commented: Since joining HMCTS, I’ve heard a lot about court refreshments – and seen a lot too, in the visits I make every week. At the moment, what we do is inconsistent; we have too many sites with no refreshments, and what others provide is very basic. But there are also some great examples of excellent catering – and of people doing things in really innovative ways where a conventional big contract wouldn’t work. The guidance will help us bring the rest to the standard of the best, by giving people advice, help and support to put good arrangements in place. HMCTS refreshment guidance (PDF, 571KB, 9 pages)For further information, email us at: [email protected]last_img read more

Logano rises to top for Sprint Cup pole

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Nigeria Qualify for 2019 All Africa Games Volleyball

first_imgHe said the boys knew what was at stake and could not disappoint the over 180 million Nigerians.The Niger brass coach said, “I am glad this team has qualified for the 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco. It could have been disastrous if we did not qualify because the board led by Musa Nimrod has invested so much in the team.“Before the boys went to the court, I told them the volleyball family is expecting good news and we cannot afford to disappoint them. This is a new beginning for volleyball in Nigeria”.Also speaking, the captain of the team, Daniel Nathaniel thanked his teammates for playing as one unit.Nathaniel said, “This is a dream come true for me because I will be leading Nigeria to the All Africa Games as a captain. We promise not to lower the standard of our game when we get to the 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco”.The President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod praised the players for qualifying for the 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco.He urged them to continue to make the country proud in whatever capacity they find themselves.Nimrod said, “It is a great pleasure that Nigeria will be in Morocco for the All Africa Games. I am excited that these new set of players are performing beyond expectations and the board promise to support you ahead of the games”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria senior men’s volleyball team has qualified for the 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco.Nigeria beat Burkina Faso 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-15) to secure the sole ticket of Zone 3 which consists of Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Niger Republic.The head coach of the team, Japhet Nuhu attributed the feat to the determination of the players as well as the support from the volleyball Federation led by Engineer Musa Nimrod.last_img read more

While students travel home for break, Syracuse athletics will compete in 20 contests

first_imgWhile students leave for winter break between the fall and spring semesters, Syracuse athletes’ winter seasons carry on. Classes officially break Friday, Dec. 15 and won’t pick up again until the start of the spring semester on Tuesday, Jan. 16.In all, eight games will be played on Syracuse’s campus while students are gone on break. Here’s what to know about the 20 Syracuse sporting events that will take place, both home and away, while students aren’t on campus.Men’s basketballSyracuse (8-1) men’s basketball team will play nine times during the break, including its last four nonconference games of the season. The most notable of those will be its first game over the break against Georgetown on Dec. 16 in Washington, D.C.Syracuse lost to the Hoyas last year, 78-71, in the Carrier Dome in one of its five losses before Atlantic Coast Conference play in the 2016-2017 season. Syracuse played 10 times in between semesters last year and broke even with a 5-5 record, including a 30-point loss to St. John’s in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf Syracuse can win just one of its last four nonconference games, it will surpass its 8-5 nonconference record from last season.Six hours before the ball drops to celebrate the New Year, Syracuse will tip off its ACC slate against Virginia Tech in the Dome. Last year, Syracuse lost its opening ACC matchup at Boston College, 96-81.The Orange went on to lose seven more games in ACC play on the way to a second round exit from the National Invitational Tournament. It’s safe to say if Syracuse wants to make the NCAA Tournament come March, it will need to perform better in conference this season.Syracuse will play five conference games over break, including back-to-back matchups with teams currently ranked in the Top 25, when it hosts No. 9 Notre Dame on Jan. 6 before traveling to No. 15 Virginia three days later.Women’s basketballSyracuse (10-0) women’s basketball will wait eight days to play its next game after winning on Saturday evening against Drexel 72-62 in the Carrier Dome. The first three games once students leave campus will be the conclusion of Syracuse’s nonconference schedule. All three games will come in some type of tournament play.First, Syracuse travels to play Coastal Carolina in the Carolinas Challenge on Dec. 17 before traveling to Las Vegas for the Duel in the Desert. In that tournament, Syracuse will play the host school UNLV after a matchup with No. 6 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs were the only team to beat perennial powerhouse and No. 1 Connecticut last season, snapping the Huskies’ streak of 111 victories.The Orange will open ACC play three days prior to the men when it travels to No. 3 Notre Dame on Dec. 28. Notre Dame is one of three ranked opponents Syracuse will play over break, with the other two being the Bulldogs and No. 13 Florida State.With Syracuse undefeated through 10 games yet unranked, these games provide opportunity for the Orange to prove itself against formidable opponents. Thus far this year, Syracuse has only played two games in which it didn’t win by double digits.Syracuse entered winter break last season on a four-game winning streak while already having three demerits that year with a 8-3 overall record. During the break, SU went 5-3 with the highlight of the span being a 10-point win against then-No. 22 North Carolina State.Ice hockeyUnlike men’s and women’s basketball, Syracuse ice hockey does take a break. After losing to Mercyhurst on Friday and Saturday, which pushed SU’s College Hockey America record to 4-3-1, Syracuse takes a 25-day hiatus from the ice. The break comes conveniently for the Orange, which has dropped its last four games.In years past, Syracuse picks up its play after Winter break. In the last two seasons, Syracuse boasts a 22-9-1 overall record after the New Year. Last season, Syracuse netted 49 goals after the break,13 more than it scored before the pause in play.Both Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan and his players see the break as a benefit, citing the rest time as beneficial. SU captain Stephanie Grossi also noted the added time to work out during the over three-week break as particularly important for building strength to help in the latter half of the season.When Syracuse returns to play on Jan. 5, it will face defending CHA champion and No. 10 Robert Morris. Syracuse will visit the Colonials, which were picked to win the CHA title prior to the 2017 season, for a two-game series. It will be the Orange’s first shot at redemption from last year’s conference title game until Robert Morris travels to Syracuse on Feb. 23 and 24 to finish Syracuse’s regular season.Syracuse’s only other game during winter break will be at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Jan. 9 against No. 5 Cornell. The Big Red shellacked Syracuse last season 7-2 in Ithaca. Comments Published on December 13, 2017 at 11:11 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Baždarević at a Charity Match in Željezno Polje

first_imgA charity match between veterans of the FC Sarajevo and veterans of Željezno Polje was played yesterday in Željezno Polje, Žepče Municipality.The match was attended by the coach of the national football team of BiH Mehmed Baždarević, who was welcomed by the youngest residents of Željezno Polje.“This is a huge thing for me because, if I could, I would give everything I have just to give these people back everything they have lost. I am happy to see this many people here and if my arrival means something, I am also happy for that,” Baždarević said.Baždarević added that precisely children are his motivation in life.“When I attend events like this one, it is usually because of the children. whether there will be another Džeko among them or not, I do not know. What matters is that they are happy on the field and that is what motivates me in my life,” Baždarević added.Prior to the match, Baždarević handed over football balls to the youngsters, and representatives of Željezno Polje presented him with a letter of thanks and an appropriate gift.(Source: klix.ba/photo: avaz.ba)last_img read more

Broward Residents: You Must Wear a Face Covering On Your Property

first_imgIn case you missed it, Broward County issued a emergency order late last week requiring people to wear face coverings while on their own property. Guests must do the same.Yes, you read that correctly.Last Friday, county officials issued emergency order 20-22.Section 4A of the document states that residents of single or multi-family homes must enforce mask mandates on their property at all times, including when they have guests over.The clause itself states:Section 4. Responsibility to Ensure Compliance with Applicable Orders. A. Residential Property Residents. All persons who reside on any residential property, whether single family or multi-family, and irrespective of whether they own or rent the property, must ensure that all persons on the residential property, including guests, comply with all applicable guidelines of any Broward County Emergency Order, including the facial covering requirements. Residents who fail to ensure compliance with all applicable Broward County Emergency Orders by such persons shall be subject to the penalties set forth in Section 8-56 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances, with each person present and in violation of an applicable Emergency Order constituting a separate violation.However, Fort Lauderdale resident Chris Nelson is having none of it.Nelson, who is behind the group “ReOpen South Florida,” plans to sue the county over the requirement, which he says is unconstitutional.“What this is saying is the property owner is responsible for telling everybody, any person on that property, including family plus guests, that they have to wear a mask,” Nelson said. “So basically, if I want to have anybody come over to my house, I have to ensure they wear a mask and if I don’t and my neighbor suspects I’m not and calls the cops, I’m subject to a legal fine for not making people in my own house wear a mask. This steps way over the line.”He staged a protest against the county’s beach closures on the 4th of July, and was arrested last week at a Broward County news conference. Officials say Nelson was yelling that he felt the new curfew, face covering mandate, and other actions are an intrusion on citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights.Police ordered him to leave, claiming that he was causing a disturbance. Nelson refused to leave at first, but complied when the officer ordered him to place his hands behind his back.Residents who do not follow the mask mandate are “individually liable and subject to civil and criminal penalties” and “each person present in violation of Broward County Emergency Orders constitutes a separate violation subject to a $1,000 fine,” according to a Broward County FAQ page.Nelson goes on to say that Broward County’s order violates constitutional Fourth Amendment rights that protect people from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. He adds that it also violates the right to privacy in peoples’ homes.“They have gone so overboard with violating the Fourth Amendment,” Nelson says. “The Constitution is still in play, even though people act like it’s not. How do they plan to enforce this without breaking the Fourth Amendment?”Rep. Anthony Sabatini plans to file the lawsuit against the county’s order this week and will represent Nelson’s cause.“I just think it’s a blatant violation of due process,” according to Sabatini. “People have a substantive right of association and reasonable expectation of privacy. This is a radical step in the wrong direction.”He believes the ordinance would allow a suspicious neighbor to call the police on anyone they suspect has more than 10 people inside their home without masks, and could give police probable cause to get a search warrant.“It’s such an invasion of privacy,” he says. “The classic case law in privacy is you have the legitimate expectation of privacy inside your own home.”The suit is the latest example of pushback against local governments’ efforts to stop or slow the spread of the coronavirus, as the state continues to report an increase in cases and deaths. Miami-Dade continues to lead the state in both categories, while Broward has the second-highest number of cases and Palm Beach County is second in terms of fatalities.last_img read more