More barristers to skip court security – but solicitors still have to queue

first_imgA scheme which enables barristers to bypass court security has been rolled out in 30 more courts – but solicitors still have to undergo searches.The professional access scheme – which allows barristers to use electronic ID cards to avoid onerous security checks – is now in operation in 55 courts, including ones in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Oxford and Durham.Barristers receive digital identification cards from the Bar Council, which they download onto their mobile phones or tablets. These cards are then scanned at court with equipment provided by HM Courts and Tribunals Service.Speaking at the annual bar conference, Richard Atkins QC, chair of the Bar Council, said the scheme has ‘so far been a success’ despite ‘some teething troubles’. He said the initiative will be rolled out in all courts by summer next year.Solicitors cannot currently skip court security, according to the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA), which piloted the professional access scheme for solicitors in 2018, along with the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association.According to LCCSA – which is in talks with HMCTS about reintroducing the programme – the ID cards had cost and security implications. The Law Society is also in informal discussions with HMCTS on how to go forward.last_img read more

Prominent Kenyan coach offers to train Indian marathon talent Budhia Singh

first_imgBy Anupam Pratihary(REUTERS) – No one in the history of marathon has won nine out of 10 races, including an Olympic gold, except Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge.Considered by many as the greatest marathon runner ever, Eliud was discovered by the accomplished coach Patrick Sang at the age of 16.After less than two years of training under Sang, Kipchoge stunned the world by winning the 5 000 metres at the Paris world championships in 2003, beating greats like Hicham El Guerrouj and Kenenisa Bekele.Having stunned the world himself by running 65km in 7hrs 2min at the age of six, India’s Budhia Singh, now 16, is a picture in contrast. He has been forgotten and abandoned.Without a coach, the youngster trains six days a week, all on his own, and still dreams of Olympic glory. “I want to win Olympic gold for India in marathon at the 2024 Olympics,” Budhia told Reuters.When asked about the importance of making sure promising talent is nurtured correctly, Sang tells Reuters: “The role of a coach in handling young runners like Budhia is critical. Workload for an age like his must be monitored so that they’re not over-trained, exposed to injuries and burn out.”In fact, Sang goes a step further and says he is willing to help Budhia. Having trained Kipchoge for 17 years, and several other champion athletes, Sang is known to choose his words carefully when discussing prospective students.After hearing about the extraordinary childhood of Budhia, where he ran marathon-equivalent distances more than 25 times by the age of six, the 54-year-old coach takes a cautious approach.“We could be looking at a potential athlete, depending on when he is put to the test to see what distance he can do. Running at that tender age is a sign of potential,” says Sang.“To me ideally it’s a case where medical experts should intervene a little bit to assess and see the status of this boy physiologically and psychologically.“If it’s clear clinically and there are no other factors pushing him in that direction to do what he is doing, then we can move towards testing his potential to see what he is capable of.“If everything is normal then some of us can come in and contribute. He can be helped if potential is there,” adds Sang, who was in Bangalore for the recent TCS World 10K event.last_img read more

Liverpool ‘pushing hard’ to get Ligue 1 transfer done, club have…

first_imgLiverpool’s interest in Houssem Aouar isn’t anything new, and it isn’t going to go away anytime soon, either. Starting around the time he made his breakthrough at Lyon in 2017, the Reds’ curiosity in what the French midfielder has to offer led them to approach him, prior to his first professional contract signing with the Ligue 1 club, to no avail.Since then, rumours have popped up here and there, but Liverpool turned their attention to his teammate, Nabil Fékir, once again to no avail.Far from discouraged from their two failed attempts for Lyon players, the Reds are said to be returning to the fore for Aouar, according to Le10 Sport, ‘pushing hard’ to get a transfer done.Unfortunately for Jürgen Klopp, Lyon, who are preparing to lose Tanguy Ndombele (and possibly Fekir if he doesn’t renew his contract), have ‘completely shut the door’ for the 20-year-old’s exit.With a policy of selling just one or two key elements a year, it’s more likely to see Lyon being open to a sale in Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond BoutiqueUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndolast_img read more