The Crown Prosecution Service deals with defence correspondence quickly, according to inspectors in a report published today which, they say, ‘somewhat undermines’ solicitors’ claims that letters go unanswered. HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate decided to inspect the handling of defence correspondence following a long-standing ‘anecdotal narrative’ that the CPS does not deal with correspondence effectively. Inspectors examined 200 files and 503 pieces of defence correspondence. Its inspection showed that 407 (80.9%) pieces of correspondence were transferred to the CPS’s case management system within 24 hours of being received. The CPS had to contact another agency, such as the police, for 196 pieces of correspondence before it could respond to the defence. In 30.8% of instances, a request to the other agency was not made until at least four days after the correspondence had been received.Of the 196 pieces of correspondence that required the CPS to contact another agency, the agency responded to 142 requests. In 71 instances, the CPS got back to the defence within 24 hours.The report states that many of the figures ‘show quite a positive picture’ of timely responses. ‘Still, inspectors saw examples of correspondence in which the defence had written to the CPS multiple times requesting the same items and instances where we could find no response in the CMS [case management system] to the defence’s query’.Chief inspector Kevin McGinty said: ‘Effective and timely handing of correspondence that affects the progress of cases is important. Having examined a large sample of correspondence we found that 80% of defence correspondence was dealt with by the CPS in a timely and effective manner. Clearly that still means that there is more the CPS can do.’The report states that the CPS’s current case management system ‘is not user friendly, requires multiple actions by staff to “book in” incoming correspondence and, in cases with large numbers of items of correspondence, makes it extremely difficult to understand whether matters have been dealt with’.CPS areas have centralised mailboxes to manage incoming correspondence. However, the report states that some emails, including those from the defence and notifications of undelivered emails, were being directed to junk folders. The Crown court digital case system was also affecting efficiency.A new case management system is being developed. However, the report highlights ‘simple changes’ that can be made now – such as linking incoming correspondence and outgoing replies so that those dealing with defence correspondence can immediately identify whether all the issues have been dealt with.The CPS said it was ‘pleased that the inspectorate recognises the good work it is undertaking to improve defence correspondence handling. We recognise the importance early engagement plays and will continue to work with defence representatives to improve this.’The report acknowledges that defence engagement both nationally and locally is challenging and we accept this is an issue that will require continued focus.’
INTERNATIONAL: A pilot eastbound postal service between Duisburg in Germany and Chongqing in China is to be operated in early 2017, after a westbound demonstrator which ran last year showed that rail could be a viable option for the parcels sector.As well as being cheaper than air and faster than maritime transport, rail can carry goods such as electronic devices with lithium ion batteries which cannot be sent by air. The operation of the westbound pilot train was discussed at a meeting in December which brought together representatives of the International Rail Transport Committee, the Co-ordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation, the Universal Postal Union, the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail, customs authorities and the private sector. OTIF said the pilot project had illustrated the efficiency and versatility of the COTIF legal regime for international freight transport. It said that to be successful, the parcels project would require appropriate interfaces to be established between the various customs, sales, postal and rail regulatory environments.
“We’ve been engaging Sars over the years to formalise a constructive relationship,” Booyesen said. “We are a critical element of the economy of the country and we believe it is appropriate that we indicate the importance of establishing sound interaction between business and Sars. The accord encourages the banking industry to promote tax compliance, both within banks and their clients, to periodically determine the effective tax rate of banks, and to regularly engage with Sars to resolve any matters of dispute. ‘Higher tax morality’ Briefing the media at the signing of the accord in Johannesburg last week, the Banking Association’s Steven Booyesen said the agreement established a platform for constructive interaction between the industry and Sars. Gordhan said the revenue service also aimed to offer an advance ruling system that would be responsible for, and facilitate, tax certainty for banks and the industry as a whole. It would also promote the highest standards of tax compliance and also discourage practices that were inconsistent with the law. “As Sars, we are committed to offering dedicated services to the banking industry through the Large Business Centre, which will include the appointment of a taxpayer relationship manager to focus exclusively on the banking industry,” he said. “We will deepen our understanding of the banking industry in terms of building technical and professional skills.” The South African Revenue Service (Sars) and the Banking Association of South Africa have signed an accord to improve the levels of tax compliance countrywide. Promoting tax compliance “The framework will promote exemplary service offerings to the banking industry, while pursuing a climate of higher tax morality,” he said. Sars commissioner Pravin Gordhan explained that the accord would establish a framework for cooperation between the parties to discourage impermissible tax arrangements, while also enhancing their own services. 4 February 2009 “We are totally committed to sound tax morality and continue to endeavour to instil sound tax practice across the industry. It also provides greater certainty on the interpretation and application of tax and custom laws, and the identification of tax risks. Once accepted by both the banking industry and Sars, the framework has the potential to be translated into industry standards. On the other hand, the accord encourages Sars to dedicate specific resources to the banking industry and ensure professionalism in the services they provide to the industry. Source: BuaNews
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Blogging#E-Books#web richard macmanus It’s been a while since I’ve published a book review on R/WW, so I’m going to brieflyreview 5 books that I’ve read during the past few months. Four of them are WebTechnology-related and the other was an eBook that I bought.The Nudist on the Late Shift : And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley by Po Bronsonis a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages. I read his latest, What Should I DoWith My Life?, last year and that was an inspiring read. He’s one of the ‘newjournalism’ type writers that I so admire – Tom Wolfe and Micheal Lewis are my twofavourites in that genre (more on Wolfe below).Po Bronson started out with two novels and Nudist on the Late Shift was his thirdpublished book. He callsit “literary nonfiction” and it tells the tale of various Silicon Valley workers andcompanies. He covers some of the successful people – e.g. the guy who invented Hotmailand sold it for a heap of money to Microsoft. But he also writes about the strugglers –those who dream big but haven’t yet hit the jackpot. The chapter about Silicon Valleysalesmen best exemplified the strugglers.One of the most compelling parts of the book was his description of meeting Danny Hillis, the genuis computerprogrammer who created The Clock of the Long Now. [According to Wikipedia: “A clock builtto last 10,000 years or more, powered by seasonal climactic fluctuations. The clock isnot yet built, but a piece of land in rural Nevada has been purchased, the design iscompleted in detail, and construction of the components is underway.”]I also enjoyed Bronson’s descriptions of the Valley, because it’s my own personaldream to live and work there one day. Bronson described it as a hot and scenically unspectacular place. However it attracts a certain type of creative and ambitious person –and it’s this that drives the narrative of the book.My rating: 9/10. Nudist is a fantastic read and despite the cautionary tales, it onlymakes me want to visit Silicon Valley even more!amazon.com – Get Big Fast : Inside the Revolutionary Business Model That Changed theWorld, by Robert Spector is a biography of Jeff Bezos. It’s a nice business-orientedread, complete with “takeaways” at the end of each chapter (generic business lessons like“Always brace for competition and be ready to strike back”). I don’t think I learned muchnew about Bezos or Amazon. Spector had access to a couple of early employees, but notBezos himself – discounting an early interview he did with him.My rating: 6/10. It was a pleasant read but nothing to get too excited about.Movable Type 3.0 Bible Desktop Edition, by Rogers Cadenhead. I won a free copy ofthis from Rogers’weblog. I’ve leafed through it and it’s a comprehensive how-to for the latest versionof Movable Type. A lot of the early chapters are aimed at new bloggers, e.g. Ch 5 ‘Writinga weblog entry’, but there’s some meaty stuff for more experienced users later in thebook. I plan to test out some of the XML-RPC material in the coming weeks.My rating: 8/10. This is a very handy reference for me to have around (I’m an MT user)and the technical content in the second half of the book is something for me to get stuckinto when I get some time to tinker.Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age, by Paul Graham. This is a bookthat seems to polarize people. Paul Graham writes opinionated essays and he gets under the wick of many programmers for his dismissal of languages like Java and… wellpretty much any programming language except for his beloved Lisp. Having said that, as anon-programmer I enjoyed the parts of Hackers and Painters that I could understand! (Igot through everything but a couple of chapters at the end about spam filtering and heavyduty programming).He wrote some interesting things about web-based applications, which is Web 2.0territory. e.g. on pg 58 he wrote: “The whole idea of ‘your computer’ is going away, andbeing replaced with ‘your data’.” Also on pgs 79-80 he wrote an excellent explanation ofthe transition from mainframes to desktops to the server – I highly recommend thatpassage.My rating: 7. An enjoyable read, but you’re likely to disagree with some parts ofit.I Am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe. I read this via eBook and I promised I’d let youknow how the reading experience went. It was mostly good, but with some minor hassles readingvia a small PDA screen. The convenience of having the book always with me, as opposed to aheavy hardcover book, was a big plus. But it was a bit awkward sometimes reading thislong novel via my PDA – it’s summer over here in New Zealand right now, so the sunglinting on the screen was a problem sometimes. And that old issue of curling up in bedwith a good book – well, at times I did miss the comfort of a paper book. But those areminor quibbles. All in all, I was pleased with the ebook experience and I will buy moreebooks.As for the story itself, well as I mentioned above Tom Wolfe is one of my favouriteauthors. He pioneered ‘new journalism’ and is still one of the best Literary Non-fiction (and fiction) writers around. ‘I am Charlotte Simmons’ was a highly ambitious book for Wolfe. It is setin a university and the main character is a young very intelligent but socially naivesouthern girl. Other major characters include a white basketball star in a college teamdominated by black players, a frat boy involved in a scandel involving a senator, and anerdy college kid called Adam. About as far away from the life of Tom Wolfe, a man in his70’s who wears cream-coloured suits, as you can imagine. At times the dialogue seemed to get the better ofhim – e.g. he was ‘awarded’ the LiteraryReview’s annual Bad Sex award! – but to be fair at other times the dialogue andcharacters were utterly compelling. Tom Wolfe is a great writer, very strong on socialand moral themes, and overall I think he managed to do justice to this ambitiousproject.My rating: 8/10. If you’re a Tom Wolfe fan, this book won’t disappoint. Flawed in somerespects, but there’s more than enough evidence of Wolfe’s genius in this lengthynovel. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Cascading is a Java-based framework for big-data/data-centric application development created and supported by Concurrent. The framework abstracts and hides complex implementation details involved in the writing of big data applications. Cascading is used by companies like eBay, Linkedin, the Climate Corp and Twitter. The framework has seen broad adoption across many different industry segments that include Finance, Telecom, Marketing, Entertainment, and Enterprise IT. We covered the 2.5 release of the framework last November.Concurrent announced the release of the Cascading 3.0 framework today. This newest release expands the support for the underlying data engines which can be plugged into the framework. Cascading 3.0 will immediately support out of the box the local in-memory fabric, which has been in Cascading since the beginning. Apache MapReduce, which has been the default and the foundation on which Hadoop is been built, will be available too. Beyond that, the 3.0 release now also supports Apache Tez, and in the very near future support will be added for Apache Spark, followed by support for Apache Storm.Gary Nakamura, Concurrent CEO, said that “what we’ve done in Cascading 3.0 is that we’ve allowed for data applications to execute on different fabrics. So essentially we’ve made Hadoop and MapReduce, and Spark and Tez an implementation detail of the framework. The enterprise can now develop these applications unencumbered without having to think about latency or scale, and then simply pick the modality on which they want to deploy their application.”Cascading has become a top choice for building data-centric applications. Since mid-2012, the Cascading framework has seen 10 percent month-over-month growth. The number of software downloads has gone from roughly 20,000 per month to more than 150,000 downloads per month, and as a result, there are now more than 7000 deployments of the Cascading framework.By using Cascading some of the risk of data-centric application development can be taken out of the equation. Cascading provides a stable API and framework on which to build data applications and, once it’s in place, then it’s possible to swap in or out whichever underlying data engine or fabric that you want to deploy on.Nakamura commented that “for anyone developing on Cascading today, it will become very easy them to migrate their data-centric applications to new computation fabrics when the enterprise is ready to upgrade their Hadoop distribution. They could standardize on one API to solve a variety of business problems. ISVs can now leverage Cascading as the interface between their value-added solution and Hadoop or Spark or Storm without having to write directly to each of the different fabrics for the different modalities that they want to offer to their end customers. This translates to other data apps that are built on top of Cascading and they will benefit from this portability.”What types of organizations are benefiting from using Big Data? Nakamura thinks that businesses which can see the value in Big Data and then deeply architect the use of it in their enterprise applications will benefit the most. “End users that are just stopping at ad-hoc have a hard time having conversations with their bosses about budgets going forward. The ones that are building and operationalizing data inside of Hadoop and are standing up enterprise applications and consistently delivering data products to their end users” are seeing the rewards that can be derived with Big Data. “It’s not necessarily a conversation about how much money we are making off of this data product or how much money are we saving because of it. It’s more transformative.”
The road was closed for some time as recovery crews cleaned up the site. CHETWYND, B.C. – There was a vehicle rollover on January 14 on the Jackfish Lake Road.As reported by Peace FM, at 11:30 a.m., on January 14, B.C. Ambulance Crew attended the scene nine kilometres from Chetwynd on the Jackfish Lake Road as a specially designed semi truck hauling pipe rolled and was in the ditch.The driver escaped serious injury and extrication with the jaws of life were not necessary.
New Delhi: On the very day when the Congress is to kick-off its 2019 Lok Sabha campaign from the Prime Minister’s home turf with its Working Committee meeting in Ahmedabad, Narendra Modi took to his blog to tell the nation that it was Mahatma Gandhi who wanted to bisband the grand old party just after Independence. Marking the 89th year of the iconic Dandi March that was launched by Gandhi and 80 satyagrahis in 1930 on the day, Modi said the grand old party is nothing but “the perfect antithesis to what ‘Bapu’ stood for”. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Hailing Gandhi whose “handful of salt shook the British Empire” as he set out on foot for the coastal village of Dandi from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, Modi said: “Though aimed at protesting unfair Salt Laws, Dandi March shook the foundations of colonial rule and became a strong symbol of fighting injustice and inequality.” In a conversational approach to his blog readers Modi said: “Did you know who had a key role in the planning of the Dandi March? Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty “The great Sardar Patel”, who, he said, had a key role in planning “every minute aspect” of the 390km March, “down to the last detail”. The Congress have accuses the Bharatiya Janata Party of trying to appropriate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the nation’s first home minister. “In many of his works, Gandhiji said that he does not believe in inequality and caste divisions. Sadly, the Congress has never hesitated from dividing society. “The worst caste riots and anti-Dalit massacres happened under Congress rule,” Modi ripped the Congress apart listing a point-by-point contrast of Gandhi’s thoughts and “Congress culture”. Gandhi, said the Prime Minister, had understood the Congress culture very well, “which is why he wanted the Congress disbanded, especially after 1947”. He recounted how the British were “scared of Sardar Sahib that they arrested him a few days before the launch of Dandi March hoping it would scare Gandhiji. “However, none of that happened. The larger cause of fighting colonialism prevailed over everything else!” “Gandhiji taught us to think of the plight of the poorest person we have seen and think about how our work impacts that person. “I am proud to say that in all aspects of our government’s work, the guiding consideration is to see how it will alleviate poverty and bring prosperity.” Bapu said in 1947, “It is the duty of all leading men, whatever their persuasion or party, to safeguard the dignity of India. That dignity can’t be saved if misgovernment and corruption flourish. Misgovernment and corruption always go together.” Modi said: “We have done everything to punish the corrupt. But, the nation has seen how Congress and corruption have become synonyms. Name the sector and there will be a Congress scam – from Defence, Telecom, Irrigation, Sporting events to Agriculture, Rural Development and more.” He said: “Bapu spoke about detachment and staying away from excess wealth. “However, all that Congress has done is to fill their own bank accounts and lead luxurious lifestyles at the cost of providing basic necessities to the poor. Modi recounted an incident when Gandhi interacting with a group of women workers, said: “I have been receiving complaints that some so called eminent leaders of India are making money through their sons, that nepotism is on the increase as also is corruption and that I should do something about it. “If it is true all one can say is that we have reached the limit of our misfortune.” Modi added that “Bapu despised dynastic politics but the ‘Dynasty First’ is the way for the Congress today. “A firm believer in democracy, Bapu said, ‘I understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong’.” Modi stressed that “ironically, the Congress gave the nation the Emergency, when democratic spirit was trampled over”. “The Congress misused Article 356 several times. If they did not like a leader, that Government was dismissed. Always eager to promote dynastic culture, Congress has no regard for democratic values,” he adeed. “Gandhiji had understood the Congress culture very well, which is why he wanted the Congress disbanded, especially after 1947. He lamented, ‘I am sorry to have to say that many Congressmen have looked upon this item (Swaraj) as a mere political necessity and not as something indispensable’.” Modi quoted gandhi as saying that Congress leaders were only busy making communal adjustments. In 1937 itself the father of the Nation said: “I would go to the length of giving the whole Congress a decent burial, rather than put up with the corruption that is rampant.” The Prime Minister ended his blog hailing his own government at the Centre that he said “is working on Bapu’s path and a Jan Shakti that is fulfilling his dream of freeing India from the Congress Culture!”
Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s grand nephew Parth and senior leader Chhagan Bhujbal’s nephew Sameer figure in the second list of five candidates for next month’s Lok Sabha poll, declared by the party on Friday. Parth, son of senior NCP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, will be contesting from the Maval constituency. Parth’s candidature follows Sharad Pawar stepping back from the poll arena from Madha seat to accommodate his grand- nephew in the list. The party also fielded Chhagan Bhujbal’s nephew Sameer Bhujbal (Nashik). Sameer was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a case of money laundering. Dr Amol Kolhe, who played Chhatrapati Sambhaji on TV, also figures in the second list. Kolhe, who recently switched parties to join the NCP, after quitting the Shiv Sena, will contest from Shirur. The list also includes Dhanraj Haribhau Mahale (Dindori) and Bajrang Sonawane (Beed). The party has so far not announced any candidate for the controversial Ahmednagar and Madha seats. Pawar was expected to contest from Madha but recently declared he won’t do so. In the first list of 12 candidates, declared Thursday, Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule was renominated from the family turf Baramati, which she represents in the outgoing Lok Sabha. Prominent among others named in the first list were former Irrigation Minister Sunil Tatkare from Raigad, former state minister Gulabrao Devkar from Jalgaon, Udyanraje Bhosale from Satara, Dhananjay Mhadik from Kolhapur, Sanjay Dina Patil (Mumbai North East) and Anand Paranjpe from Thane.
An exhibition of Mexican photographer Adalberto Rios Szalay’s images depicting his country’s Unesco World Heritage sites and practices opened for the public at the Academy of Fine Arts here on Wednesday, after a show in Delhi. “Mexico in the World Heritage” offers a glimpse into the natural spaces as well as the rich art, architecture and culture of the country, through a collection of 44 photographs. The exhibition also depicts Mexican gastronomy and Mariachi music, which are listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by Unesco, organiser Mexican Embassy said in a statement. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSzalay’s work, dedicated to documenting the biodiversity and plural cultural heritage of Latin America, has won him Unesco’s Award for Excellence in Photography. The Embassy called the exhibition a “touristic” opportunity to showcase Mexican cultural wealth in order to stimulate an Indo-Mexican exchange on heritage conservation and restoration. With an astounding diversity of natural and cultural heritage, Mexico was home to 35 World Heritage Sites in 2018. The South American country was ranked 7th in the world in the number of heritage sites, just after India which had 37 sites listed.