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‘Complicated’ immigration rules have grown by 1,060 pages in nearly 50 years, says the Law Commission, which has been asked by the government to simplify them.In proposals published for consultation today, the commission says the rules have become highly prescriptive, too long, complicated and difficult to follow. They have grown from 40 pages in 1973, when they were introduced, to 1,100 pages now. Senior judges have criticised them as being ‘labyrinthine’. Paines: rules have become too complicatedNicholas Paines QC, law commissioner for public law, said: ‘As the immigration rules have become longer, more detailed and more specific, they’ve also become more complicated and harder to follow for applicants. The Home Office has asked us to help put things right. Our proposals would introduce clearer language, and improve the presentation of the rules so they’re easier to understand and follow.’The commission proposes auditing overlapping provisions, making changes on two ‘common commencement’ dates a year and applying a uniform approach to the drafting style. Digital efforts to improve an applicant’s experience include an initial route map, hyperlinks and signposting, interactive tools and application error alerts.The commission also moots shorter, more general rules supported by ‘non-exhaustive’ or illustrative guidance to give caseworkers more discretion. The commission says simpler, more accessible rules could increase transparency for applications and lead to quicker decision-making by the Home Office. A simpler system that is easier to update could also reduce the number of appeals and judicial reviews.The complexity of the rules was highlighted by the House of Commons home affairs select committee last year. Its ‘Immigration policy: building a consensus’ report pointed out that governments have passed 11 immigration acts in the past 50 years and made regular amendments to the Immigration Rules with little parliamentary scrutiny or public consultation.The commission’s consultation closes on 26 April.
Lauren Jenkins is collaborating with Destination Country once again as she returns for a second live show.The first artist to do a second show with the UK Country music media collective, Lauren helped Destination Country launch back in February. Fans can see Lauren performing as part of the DC Sessions on StageIt at 9pm BST on Thursday 11th June 2020.She will be showcasing new songs and it will be the first opportunity for her fans to hear what she’s been working on since the release of her debut album No Saint. The next record will be Lauren’s first as an independent artist after parting ways with Big Machine earlier this year.Tickets for the show are on sale now for only $3.50 (35 notes) on StageIt at https://www.stageit.com/destination_country/lauren_jenkins_new_song_showcase/83073.Lauren is the second performer to take part in the DC Session this month. She follows a sold-out show from Kenny Foster and plays ahead of UK Country singer-songwriter Lisa Wright next week.
Share The Combine Taxi Association of Dominica has announced that it will spend more resources on training taxi operators when the 2013/2014 cruise season closes.The off season begins on Monday April 28, 2014 after the final call for the 2013/2014 season on Sunday.According to public relations officer of the Association Jenner Guiste, training of taxi operators is critical to the development of the tourism industry.The Association has a membership of over two hundred and sixty (260) taxi operators.“During the off season we take some time to retrain our members and we do that together with the Discover Authority because it’s mandatory, that you go to the state college after a few years”.He said the Association has tried to avert taxi operators going to the Dominica State College for training by conducting its own training sessions.“We expect to spend some more resources on training during the off season,” he said.The topics which will form part of the training include flora and fauna, the Waitukubuli National Trail and the Botanic Gardens.They will be sent to the Discover Dominica Authority for its recommendations and or additions.“We also train them on their own personal hygiene, we train them on different illnesses, prostate cancer which is very prevalent among black men, among other things,” he said.Meanwhile, a taxi operator Jefferson Pierre who stated that the 2013/2014 cruise season “went fairly well” called on taxi operators to be more disciplined.“I think we need to be more disciplined to help each other to get more out of the business”.“I think if we can start doing that from next season we can start going somewhere but if the same attitude stays then we are just going in circles,” Pierre said.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews More training for taxi operators during off season by: – April 25, 2014 11 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!
Share 178 Views no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! (Photo credit: www.cruisetimetables.com)Roseau, Dominica, October 27, 2014 – Tuesday October 28, 2014 marks the opening of the 2014/2015 cruise season. Dominica, expects to welcome the MV Celebrity Summit of Celebrity Cruises at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth. Activities to commemorate the event have been planned by Discover Dominica Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and the Cultural Division. The day’s activities will commence with the blowing of conch shells as the ship anchors at the Roseau Cruise ship berth. Cultural entertainment will be held on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard from 9:00am to 5:00pm at 30 minute intervals. Cultural entertainment will also be provided at the Emerald Pool and Trafalgar Falls facilities. As part of the activities, a press conference is currently being organized to be held at the Roseau Cruise Ship terminal at approximately 9:30am where the Honorable Minister is expected to officially declare the season open. A total of 191 cruise calls is projected for this cruise season. Dominica expects to welcome eight (8) new cruise ships to its shores. Inaugural ceremonies to include plaque exchanges will be held aboard the respective ships.DDA solicits the cooperation of all tourism stakeholders in ensuring a welcoming and enjoyable experience for the cruise visitors.The Government of Dominica will continue its effort in promoting Dominica as a desirable cruise destination so as to increase cruise calls to Dominica. Share LocalNews Opening Of Cruise Season 2014/2015 by: – October 27, 2014 Share
CLEVELAND, OH – Cleveland Soccer Club is proud to announce Platform Brewing Company as the club’s official brewery partner starting in 2018.Platform has been a staple of the Cleveland craft brewing scene since its opening in 2014. The Ohio City-based brewing company offers a wide selection of traditional and unique flavors with popular seasonal options to be enjoyed by Cleveland SC supporters over the age of 21.Cleveland SC President Sam Seibert was overjoyed to bring Platform onto the team for the club’s inaugural season. “The partnership of two emerging local entities focused on bringing new ideas to continuously mold the Cleveland market made a lot of sense. I’m even more excited for what the future holds for Cleveland SC now that Platform Beer Co. on board.”Platform Co-owner Justin Carson credits his passion for soccer in Northeast Ohio as the spark that led to the partnership, “Growing up playing soccer and being a avid fan of the Force/Crunch I’m so excited to be a part of soccer back in Cleveland.”Platform’s taproom, with over 100 indoor and patio seats, offers more than 20 house beers and food options. The taproom is located at 4125 Lorain Ave. Cleveland, OH.Further terms of the agreement will be announced in more detail at a later date.If you’re enjoying Platform’s taproom on May 19 and plan to attend Cleveland SC’s 5:30p.m. home opener, please plan ahead to arrange a responsible ride to Don Shula Stadium. Season and single match tickets are now available at ClevelandSC.com. Vince McKee Related TopicsCleveland SC
The bill originally came from Governor Bill Walker and calls for annual draws from the Fund’s earnings and some modifications to the PFD program. The House and Senate Finance Committees are still considering the issue. Senate President Kevin Meyer said yesterday he isn’t finding support in his chamber for a change to the Fund’s earnings. He said it’s the most difficult issue for the Senate, aside from new tax bills. Democratic Les Gara told the House yesterday that the changes could start the state on a “pathway to austerity,” even when oil prices rise, since payouts would be reduced. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Several days into this extended legislative session, lawmakers continue to wrestling with proposed changes to the Alaska Permanent Fund. The Governor’s office insists Alaska needs a new future with less volatility related to oil prices.
LONDON (AP):A wide-open north London derby fizzing with tension and littered with errors highlighted flaws that show why Arsenal and Tottenham are some way off from challenging for the English Premier League title.A 2-2 draw allowed the neighbours, though, to take some comfort yesterday heading into the international break by avoiding back-to-back Premier League losses.While Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino continues to fuel a sense of unease around the club, counterpart Unai Emery is working on forging stability at Arsenal.Tottenham rued throwing away a two-goal lead built by Christian Eriksen’s tap-in after Bernd Leno’s weak parrying of Erik Lamela’s shot and Harry Kane’s penalty after Granit Xhaka’s foolhardy challenge on Son Heung-min.“We played with our heart, sometimes more than our head,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said. “We need the balance. We need to be clearer in our mind. We made some mistakes.”So did Tottenham.Alexandre Lacazette, in a front three alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and summer signing Nicolas Pepe, began the Arsenal comeback in first-half stoppage time by exploiting Tottenham’s frailties in defence where Davinson Sanchez was the makeshift right back.“I was a little bit ashamed to concede before halftime,” Pochettino said.And Aubameyang was gifted space to drift through the defence to meet Matteo Guendouzi’s pass to recover the point in the 71st minute.“I’m a little disappointed,” Tottenham striker Harry Kane said. “When you go 2-0, up you expect to win, whoever you are playing.”Not perhaps when you are a Tottenham side visiting the Emirates Stadium where they have not won in the league since 2010.Still, four games into the season, Tottenham have left both champions Manchester City and Arsenal with draws after losing both games against them last season.
LSU shortstop Alex Bregman (8) was drafted by the Houston Astros.LSU junior shortstop Alex Bregman was picked No. 2 by the Houston Astros in the first round of the MLB First-Year Draft Monday night.“It really hasn’t hit me yet, it’s a dream come true,” Bregman said. “You grow up as a little kid wanting to play professional baseball one day and it is just a dream come true to hear your name called. It’s due to all my great teammates and coaches that I’ve had the last couple of years.”Bregman helped lead the Tigers to their 17th College World Series appearance this season, hitting .312 and driving in 49 runs while smacking nine home runs.“I kind of just tried to put it in the back of my mind and just focus on playing baseball and having fun doing it,” Bregman said. “I just wanted us to go to Omaha and I thought everything else what take care of itself and it did.”He gained acclaim throughout the season with his highlight plays defensively at shortstop for the Tigers. Going into the season Bregman’s strength was his offense, but according to several MLB scouting outlets impressed teams with his defense throughout the season.In his freshman season Bregman won the Brooks Wallace award as the nation’s best shortstop and was also named to the first-team, all-American squad after batting .369 with 52 RBIs.Bregman’s career game high’s contain one eight-RBI game against Northwestern State in 2014 and four hits three times (Tulane, 2013; Northwestern State, 2014; Houston 2014).Bregman broke out of his postseason-long slump in the best possible moment for the Tigers in the Super Regional against University of Louisiana at Lafayette, driving in two runs on an RBI-single up the middle.The Tigers will continue their quest for their seventh national championship on June 14 at 2 p.m. against either TCU or Texas A&M in their first game of the College World Series.“I’m just happy I get to spend this time with my family and my close friends,” Bregman said. “It’s a really surreal experience, but let’s go win some more games we aren’t done yet.”LSU coach Paul Mainieri heaped praise on Bregman after the pick was announced, and knows he will have quite a hole to fill in the middle of his infield next season.“He’s like a son to me,” Mainieri said. “There isn’t a player who works hard, and I couldn’t be happier for him.”Bregman’s actual father, Sam, said throughout the day Bregman wasn’t nervous, but definitely had anxious energy to burn off.“I was out earlier hitting some balls, we’ve still got work to do,” Alex Bregman said.Sam Bregman said while he couldn’t go into detail of the Astros plan for his son, he know what Alex’s plan was once his LSU season was over and he joined the Astros organization.“(Alex’s) plan is to go work his ass off and be the best minor league player in the league,” Sam Bregman said. “Everything is else will work itself out.”
Former Bossier High and All-SEC LSU basketball star Georgie Nattin, Jr., a member of the first Tiger team to defeat the University of Kentucky in hoops, passed away on Monday in Benton at the age of 74.Nattin played for the Tigers from 1959-62, earning First-Team All-SEC honors in 1961 and third-team honors in 1962 as chosen by the Associated Press. He was also named Academic All-SEC in 1962.LSU had lost to Kentucky and legendary Coach Adolph Rupp in every meeting since 1933, including a Southeastern Conference championship playoff game in 1954. The streak had reached 19 games when the Tigers under Coach Jay McCreary met on Jan. 13, 1961 at the “Cow Palace” in Baton Rouge. That night, LSU was at its best and Nattin helped the Tigers to a 73-59 decision over the Wildcats.Nattin would score 12 points in the win, hitting three field goals and all six of his free throw attempts.It would be 11 more years before LSU would win again against Kentucky, two seasons after Pete Maravich had moved to the NBA, in 1972.Nattin was born in Houston, Texas in 1940 but grew up in Bossier City. At Bossier High (where he was inducted into the school Alumni Association’s Sports and Spirit Hall of Fame) he excelled in basketball and was named All-City, All-District and All-State. He was President of the sophomore and junior class and the Student Council, earning Valedictorian honors.At LSU, Nattin led the team all three years in scoring averaging 13.5 points per game in 1960, 16.5 in 1961 and 12.8 in 1962. He also led the team in field goals made twice (165 in 1961 and 122 in 1962), free throws made in 1962 (62), field goal percentage in 1961 (41.8%) and he led the team in free throw percentage in both 1961 and 1962 with percentages of 79.5 in 1961 and 78.4 in 1962.Nattin would be in double figures all three of his years at LSU, averaging 13.5 points in 1960. He fell just short of the 1,000-point club with 937 career points. His career free throw percentage of 79.2 ranks eighth still on LSU’s All-Time List.Nattin was an easy choice for the 1960s All-Decade Team that was chosen in 2008-09 as part of the 100 years celebration of LSU basketball and was on the final ballot for the All-Century team that was selected.After college, he worked his way through the ranks into executive status at several casino properties in Las Vegas. He was the first President of the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City.He was preceded in death by his parents George Nattin Sr, Ava Nattin, daughter Melinda Nattin and granddaughter Stephanie Brascia. He is survived by his daughters Melanie Nattin Horner and husband Scott of Las Vegas, Nevada; Meschell Nattin Brascia and husband Peter of Washington, D.C.; Monique Rowell and husband Chris of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Honorary brother Rodney Nattin, Grandchildren Natalie Keffer and husband Brett, Richie Griffin and wife Jessie, Niki Anderson and husband Dave; Kaylie, Lillian and Paul Rowell; Allie Anna and Sam Brascia; Great grandchildren Sean, Jack and Preston Griffin; Ave Keffer.Visitation will be at Hill Crest Funeral Home in Haughton on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. with the celebration of his life to be held at Hill Crest Chapel on Thursday at 11 a.m.— LSU Sports InformationStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAppurseRemember Tiger Woods’ Ex-wife? Try Not To Gasp When You See Her NowAppurse|SponsoredSponsoredUndo