Archive for: November 2015

World Anti-Doping Agency Boss Praises Organisation For Results On Russian Probe

Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, praised his organisation after it discovered the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was non-compliant with the international sport”s anti-doping code. Russia is indefinitely suspended from all international athletics competitions by the IAAF last Friday after WADA confirmed the state-sponsored systematic doping practices.

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Reedie said:

“The message is clear – there will now be greater focus on strengthening compliance work so all anti-doping organisations worldwide are held accountable to deliver robust anti-doping programs.

“Our priority is now on ensuring all our partners are fully compliant and have watertight anti-doping systems that protect clean athletes and reassure sports fans worldwide.

“Make no mistake, we will not rush this process of compliance, we will do it right – the integrity of sport is under threat.

“Anti-doping in sport is under the spotlight today like never before, and WADA, along with our partners, have begun the work needed on the road to recovery for Russia. The world is watching and we have acted.

“We will conduct the necessary meetings with the Russian authorities in respect of the non-compliance status of RUSADA that tests athletes in all sports within Russia.

“A WADA expert team will then meet with the task of ensuring the continuation of testing in Russia. Any information brought forward to me as a result will allow me to make a considered decision on whether or not to extend the independent commission”s mandate.

“The theme of the day has clearly been investigations. I will now write to all public authority stakeholders and ask them to make further contributions specifically to fund anti-doping investigations. Following any commitments made, I will then immediately approach the International Olympic Committee to seek matching funding.”

WADA’s requests for information were repeatedly turned down by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. This automatically merits RUSADA’s non-compliance, which disables Russian athletes from participating in international competitions.

The Costings of British Justice

The recent recession and its consequent slow economic recovery has affected near enough every area of government spending. The Justice system is no exception: the past two years have seen many changes to cut costs: legal aid has been cut back hugely, arbitration and mediation are to be used wherever possible instead of court time, and there have been changes to the contracts of police station solicitors, to name but a few. The changes came into effect in April 2013 from Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. The people in power call them ‘reforms’.

1The number of civil cases granted funding for legal advice and representation have dropped massively, with the sectors most dramatically affected being family law and social welfare. It is estimated that around two thirds of cases in the family court now feature somebody representing themselves.

Many, in the legal sector included, see the changes as flawed as they in essence limit access to justice to thousands of ordinary people. The European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 give the right to a full and impartial trial, with proper legal representation for any proceedings. The reforms, it can be argued, are breaching those human rights.

For some areas of law like personal injury compensation, the only chance of justice for an ordinary person is through private solicitors own Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs). Litigants only have to pay their lawyers if and when they win their case, from the money they receive in compensation for their injury. If someone has been injured at work, for example, where there might have been a clear breach of an employer’s duty of care under Health and Safety laws and regulations, the injured party still has to resort to making an injury at work claim privately as this is not covered by state funding. If it were not for CFAs, many people would not be able to afford to seek justice for the wrongs they have suffered.

The legal sector have voiced many concerns over the changes to legal aid etc, before the bill was passed and still after. However the government has its economic targets to focus on instead, and are also busy trying to change human rights legislation… the new British Bill of rights anyone?

Bomb The Possible Culprit Of A321M Crash

US and UK intelligence both point to a bomb on board the MetroJet flight A321M that exploded before it was sent hurtling down the province of Sinai in Egypt. The suspicion had seen the ban of flights from the US and UK to the Sharm el-Sheikh resort.

Egyptian officials said the cockpit voice recorder of the MetroJet was badly damaged in the crash. Investigators are currently analysing the flight’s black box.

The flight came from St. Petersburg to the province after taking off from the Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday. Most pilots were Russian.

No passenger survived the Sinai crash

Stuck

About 3,500 Britons in the Sharm el-Sheikh resort rescue planes from EasyJet would return to the United Kingdom. However, Egyptian authorities barred the exit for reasons security checks are to be made.

The UK government first announced that Britons would all be returned to the UK by the end of Friday while their heavier luggage stayed for more than seven to 10 days for intensive security checks.

The plane would only allow hand-carried or laptop-sized luggage to be carried with the holidaymakers.

Terrorism Unlikely

While an ISIS representative said the A321 “bombing” was their work, Egyptian authorities were highly sceptical.

The US and the UK suspect the use of a bomb.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the UK’s response to the crisis was premature and unwarranted. Egypt said the airport security had enhanced new measures to handle the situation more effectively.