Photo by Kate RussellCOMMUNITY News: The community is invited to join the Belisama Irish Dancers 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15 at the James A. Little Theater at the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe for Rhythm of Fire 2020, a wee bit early for St. Patrick’s Day.A family friendly celebration of dance and music from Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Mexico.They are joined this year by special guests from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklorico and Flamenco programs, as well as Highland Dance Albuquerque.A fusion of traditional and contemporary Irish step-dancing styles with music that will have the audience clapping their hands and tapping their feet, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15.Tickets are $15 for children/students/seniors and $20 for adults. Visit www.ticketssantafe.org or call 505.988.1234 to purchase tickets.Founded in 2006 by owner and director Adrienne Bellis and co-director Celia Bassett, Belisama Irish Dance School strives to help children and adults, ages 5 and up, to cultivate a love for traditional dance styles through a fun program that emphasizes health, creativity and cooperation. As well as performing with renowned artists such as Eileen Ivers, Leahy, Lunasa and Natalie MacMaster, Belisama performs regularly throughout the communities of Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Los Alamos at local and charity events.Several of the students have competed successfully throughout the United States and Ireland. View the full schedule of classes online at www.belisamairishdance.com.Belisama (bel-i-SAH-ma) is a Celtic goddess recognized in Romano-Gaulish inscriptions which equate her with Roman goddess Minerva. The name translates as ‘summer bright;’ Belisama’s consort Belenus is God of the Sun, and she shares many attributes with him. Belisama is also associated with wisdom, healing, forge and craft.Photo by James Cleveland Watley
Siemens will organize its own side event at the Global Offshore Wind 2014 in Glasgow.The Siemens Reception will be held on June 11, at the end of Day 1 of the offshore wind conference. Siemens will host the reception at its stand (number 84) in the exhibition hall, giving attendees the opportunity to catch up and reflect over a glass of wine or beer.The Siemens Reception is open to all Global Offshore Wind 2014 attendees with a valid pass for Day 1.Source: RenewableUK, June 09, 2014; Image: Siemens
Jonathan Goldsmith is the secretary general of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, which represents more than 700,000 European lawyers through its member bars and law societies I had business with a notary this week. Visiting a notary in Belgium – I suspect the same holds true in all of the continental countries in which they practise – is like entering a scene from a 19th-century French novel. Typically, you are ushered into a specially furnished room, with impressive bookcases lining at least one wall, packed with uniformly bound law books from floor to ceiling, and a picture-window looking over a manicured garden. There is usually also at least one large art object on a low table, probably picked up by the notary on a foreign holiday. You wait a moment or two and the notary enters with a flourish, holding your file. There is no sign of a computer (even my doctor has a computer on his desk these days, for my records, and for research). I have had business with three notaries in Belgium. They always strike me as well-educated, well-off and bored. I suspect that they are bored because much of their work is ceremonial, required by the state to give formality to a document. I once had to sit through a notary reading out the articles of a company, line by line, even though I had read it myself beforehand and indeed helped the accountant to prepare it – the notary only read it, authenticated it and charged me a very large sum. On other occasions, when the CCBE (an organisation composed exclusively of lawyers, after all) has passed amendments to its statutes, they have not been considered valid until I have gone to visit the notary armed with the proxy votes of our heads of delegations, so that I can formally vote for the statutes once again on behalf of all our delegations in front of the notary, who can then authenticate and register them. This week, I had to obtain a document to the effect that I had signed another document in front of the notary. Wouldn’t you be bored? Yet the calm exterior hides savage battles about notarial rights. Article 45 of the EC Treaty says that the free movement provisions shall not apply ‘to activities which in that state are connected, even occasionally, with the exercise of official authority’. Since notaries have in some of their functions the delegated authority of the state, they cling to that provision to say that none of the usual treaty provisions should apply to them as they apply to the rest of us lawyers. But the European Commission is chipping away at their rights. The commission was so furious that the French government intervened at the last moment to exclude notaries from the recent liberalising services directive that they have since conducted a campaign against notaries: this month, DG Internal Market added Portugal to the list of countries (Belgium, Germany, Greece, France, Luxembourg and Austria) that it has already referred to the European Court of Justice for refusing to allow non-nationals to become notaries; and DG Competition released an unflattering report at the end of 2007 about their participation in the real estate market. In France, the spiritual home of the notary, president Sarkozy set up a commission (the equivalent of our Clementi, but headed by a Paris lawyer, Jean-Michel Darrois) to see, among other things, whether the notarial profession should be merged with advocates. Darrois decided against that, but recommended instead that lawyers should be allowed their own version of the notaries’ hallowed treasure, the authentic act. This was approved by president Sarkozy, and a law is in the act of preparation. It has brought the notaries out in revolt, and they are at this moment conducting an overwhelming lobbying campaign to see it defeated. Notaries argue that the authentic act is their contribution to civilisation, because its probative force provides security to the judicial system. They also claim that their governments will never abandon them, because they are a trusted authority in the collection of taxes. Contrary to what I have highlighted from my own experiences above, I know that their professional organisations are busy trying to bring the cutting edge of technological developments to the notarial act. It is difficult for someone from a common law background to understand their role and status. And I have not properly represented their substantive work in my given examples, because I have not come across it personally, for instance in family, property and succession matters. But it remains nevertheless true that they use monopolies (nationality, scope of practice, sometimes numbers) to sustain their position and to fend off competition. And their role can often be seen as a combined tax and obstruction on legal procedures. If the French law on a lawyer’s authentic act goes through, there will be radical changes throughout the notarial world, since other notarial countries will doubtless take their cue from France. So watch this space for the outcome.
POLAND: Infrastructure manager PKP PLK has selected Egis Poland for a 18·7m złoty contract to plan the rehabilitation and electrification of the out-of-use Tarnowskie Góry – Zawiercie line to enable the launch of passenger services to Katowice airport. The reopened route would be suitable for passenger trains operating at up to 140 km/h and freight trains running at 80 km/h. The estimated cost of the project is 550m złoty. It is envisaged that physical works could get underway in 2019 for opening in 2022.
DENMARK: DSB is to move its main locomotive and rolling stock workshop from København to a new facility to be built at Næstved in south Sjælland, the national passenger operator announced on August 27.DSB CEO Flemming Jensen said the move was a long-term strategic decision that would contribute towards preparing DSB for competition in the train operating market. DSB said the current workshop at Otto Busses Vej alongside the railway into the capital’s main station did not have enough space, its location posed logistical challenges and moving out would allow the land to be redeveloped.DSB is investigating several potential sites in Næstved. It envisages that the relocation would occur in stages for completion by 2025, with the København site continuing to maintain diesel locomotives until they are displaced by the ongoing national electrification programme.
No. 9 UWF falls to No. 5 Abilene Christian in tight match UWF will wrap up the regular season against Alabama-Birmingham at home Sunday, April 14 at 9 a.m. (Photo by Bill Stockland) Share PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 9 West Florida women’s tennis team played No. 5 Abilene Christian closely but was unable to come away with a victory, falling 5-4 Saturday at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex.Schedule Update: The Argonauts’ regular-season finale against Division I Alabama-Birmingham scheduled Sunday, April 14, has been moved up to 9 a.m. to avoid rain in the weather forecast.UWF trailed 2-1 after doubles after dropping matches to the No. 14 and No. 5 doubles tandems in the Division II, but the Argonauts got a victory from Nina Bubelova (Považská Bystrica, Slovakia/Gymnazium Považská Bystrica) and Fernanda Amaral (Curitiba, Brazil/Positivo HS), 8-1, at No. 3.UWF secured victories from Luiza Sonnervig (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Ateneu HS) at No. 2 singles, Nina Bubelova (Považská Bystrica, Slovakia/Gymnazium Považská Bystrica) at No. 3 and Giovana Patitucci (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Doze de Outubro) at No. 5.But the Argos suffered close losses at No. 1 and No. 6, in matches that went to three sets, and were unable to complete the comeback.UWF will host Alabama-Birmingham in the regular-season finale Sunday, April 14 at 9 a.m.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS##5 Abilene Christian 5, #9 West Florida 404/13/13 at Pensacola, Fla. (Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex) Singles competition1. #32 Micah Hermsdorf (ACUW) def. #27 Monika Kochanova (UWF) 6-3, 5-7, 6-42. Luiza Sonnervig (UWF) def. Brittney Reed (ACUW) 6-3, 6-23. Nina Bubelova (UWF) def. Hannah Kelley (ACUW) 6-7, 6-1, 6-24. Laura Mongin (ACUW) def. Mariana Sonnervig (UWF) 6-3, 6-15. Giovana Patitucci (UWF) def. Kaysie Hermsdorf (ACUW) 6-4, 4-6, 6-46. Jamie Lee Denton (ACUW) def. Fernanda Amaral (UWF) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4Doubles competition1. #14 Micah Hermsdorf/Hannah Kelley (ACUW) def. Monika Kochanova/Giovana Patitucci (UWF) 8-52. #5 Brittney Reed/Laura Mongin (ACUW) def. Luiza Sonnervig/Mariana Sonnervig (UWF) 8-53. Nina Bubelova/Fernanda Amaral (UWF) def. Kaysie Hermsdorf/Jamie Lee Denton (ACUW) 8-1Match NotesAbilene Christian 21-5; National ranking #5; Regional ranking #1West Florida 16-6; National ranking #9; Regional ranking #4Abilene Christian competes in the South Central RegionPrint Friendly Version
The victory was a career ninth on the tour for the 27-year-old and her third this year following triumphs at the Studio Alice Ladies in April and last week’s Vernal Ladies.“I thought it was going to be a playoff when I finished my round. I never thought I would be able to win this tournament and I just tried to pick up as many birdies as possible,” said Lee, who beat overnight leader Michie Oba by two shots.Lee hit 17 greens in regulation with solid iron play and made two birdies on the front nine. She continued her final-round charge with more birdies on the 11th, 14th and 15th before another birdie on the par-4 17th effectively sealed the victory.Oba, who led the tournament after each of the first two rounds, appeared headed for her first title since 2001 after a chip-in birdie on the ninth in a bogey-free front nine. But she bogeyed four holes after the turn, including two straight in the final two holes that cost her a fifth career win.Oba ended the week at 3-under 213 after shooting her second straight 74. South Korean Lee Eun Hye shot a 68 and moved into a tie for third with Asuka Tsujimura (69) and Kaori Suzuki (71) at 214.Sakura Yokomine (73) and Miho Koga (74) were another stroke behind along with five other players. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES TOYOTA, Aichi Pref. – Lee Ji Hee overcame a six-shot deficit to win the Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open after a final-round 66 on Sunday, claiming her second title on the Japan LPGA tour in as many weeks.Lee, whose second-round 76 dropped the South Korean into a tie for 20th place Saturday, made six birdies without dropping a shot for the best score of the final round and a winning total of 5-under-par 211 at the Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino Course. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS The group opposing Japan Amateur Boxing Federation chairman Akira Yamane is looking for a complete systematic transformation of the JABF. Otherwise, they feel, the very existence of the sport in Japan could be in jeopardy going forward.That said, the members are not content with only Yamane’s resignation on Wednesday in Osaka, which came a few hours before they held their own news conference in Tokyo. The group was cautious in its reaction to Yamane’s resignation.“We certainly heard about it (the announcement), but it’s still unclear whether he’s resigning as the chairman or as a board member, and whether or not he continues to have influence on the federation,” said Yoshio Tsuruki, the head of the privately formed amateur boxing support group. “So we’re a little confused right now.”What the group is seeking is an assurance from Yamane that the 78-year-old is completely cutting ties with the governing body.They want Yamane expelled and all board members of the governing body to be dismissed in order to bring about a complete overhaul of the organization.Yamane has been accused of multiple improprieties by the 333-member group. In the long list of accusations, Yamane was said to have pressured referees for favorable treatment for fighters from Nara Prefecture, where he had served as the chairman of the prefectural federation.On Wednesday, the group revealed a pair of audio recordings it obtained that suggest there were conversations about the manipulation of matches inside the federation.In one of the recordings, a man alleged to be Yamane says he pressures referees into giving wins to boxers from Nara Prefecture when their fights are close.According to the group, the recording was taped on February 5, 2016. Yusuke Toda, the group’s attorney, said it has full confidence in credibility of the recordings.The group has also accused Yamane, and other board members who supported him, of misappropriation of the subsidy from the Japan Sport Council meant for a boxer. Yamane admitted to this, yet acknowledged he didn’t know if it was against the rules.The group said there have been other questionable uses of the federation’s money, such as “reward money” for those who have been part of the Olympic delegations. The group said the operation lacks transparency.The group added it has confirmed through its investigation other questionable usages of money, such as payments to board members under the pretext of “transportations fees” or “communication costs.”The group wants the federation to be completely reborn and all things decided “democratically,” instead of by a few executives with ultimate power.Toda said the term for the chairman of federation is supposed to be two years, per the articles of the association. So the fact Yamane, who assumed the post in 2011, has acted as a lifelong chairman has been improper.Toda insisted the investigation of the federation would ideally be conducted by the Japanese Olympic Committee, not the independent probe which is going to be launched by the federation.“We are concerned if objectivity will be secured with the third party committee,” Toda said. RELATED PHOTOS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Japan Amateur Boxing Federation, Akira Yamane, Yoshio Tsuruki Former JABF board member Yoshio Tsuruki (standing) speaks during a news conference on Wednesday in Tokyo. Tsuruki is leading a group seeking a complete overhaul of amateur boxing’s governing body in Japan. | KYODO
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker says debate over this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend should be considered settled. Senate Finance is working on its version of the budget. He took issue, however, with a Senate subcommittee’s denial of some of his public safety funding requests. Walker says he supports that amount and that it should no longer be an issue as lawmakers seek to finish their work with the end of the 90-day session approaching. He says a final budget, at minimum, should provide added funding tor Alaska State Troopers to travel to rural communities, pilots to fly troopers to those communities and support staff for troopers, among other things. The Senate Finance Committee has proposed paying Alaskans a $1,600 check from the oil-wealth fund this year. The House recommended the same.
Turnstiles for the Wednesday night encounter will open from 6.15pm, ahead of the later 8pm kick-off at Ashton Gate.Tickets will be available to purchase on the night from the South Stand ticket office, adjacent to the Atyeo Statue.Remember, quid-a-kid is in operation, meaning under-12s can come along for just £1.In addition, it’s Red’N’White Night in BS3, so supporters are urged to turn out in their colours.Lee Johnson’s side will be looking to do the double over the Cottagers, after recording a 4-0 at Craven Cottage back in September.