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Perspective on black knife crime | Letters

The causes of stabbings in the black community cannot be understood from intellectual or prejudicial positions, argues Julian Lee, while Nick Moss thinks widely used definitions of such crimes are part of the problem. Plus letters from Alan Clark and Linda MarriottIt is acknowledged that columnists like Afua Hirsch (Rod Liddle is wrong about black deaths, 16 January) write stuff that is a reflection of their views; what is harder to accept is when those views are informed only by intellectual or...
Tags: London, Crime, Police, Race, Communities, Society, UK News, Young People, Gangs, Knife crime, Liddle, Hirsch, Alan Clark, Julian Lee, Nick Moss, Linda MarriottIt


Black police paid less as ethnic pay gap widens, Met figures show

White officers get £1.80 an hour more than black and Asian peers, says studyThe pay gap in the Metropolitan police between white officers and their black and Asian counterparts has widened in the past year despite promises to close the divide, new figures have shown.A Met study of average wages found that black and Asian police officers working in London were paid £1.80 an hour less than their white colleagues last year, compared with £1.52 in 2017. All 37 senior officers on salaries of £100,000...
Tags: London, Police, Race, Society, UK News, Metropolitan Police, Equal Pay


Making Beto go away.

They know they have to do it. Here's what the early-stage ousting looks like on Drudge:Reading the links (in order):1. "MEDIA TURNING AGAINST 'BABBLING' BETO..." = "Preseason is over for Beto O'Rourke" (Carter Eskew in WaPo, reprinted at CT): The nation's best and toughest reporters have his number and want nothing more than to take his measure and knock him down.... The love bubble surrounding O'Rourke is leaking. To his would-be Democratic rivals, he's no longer the scrappy, truth-telling, uni...
Tags: Music, England, Texas, London, Law, Scotland, Senate, White House, Wikipedia, Cnn, The Who, Yale, Jack Kerouac, The Washington Post, BETO, Ray


Friday Roundup: Slaw Jobs

Each Friday, we share the latest job listings from Slaw Jobs, which features employment opportunities from across the country. Find out more about these positions by following the links below, or learn how you can use Slaw Jobs to gain valuable exposure for your job ads, while supporting the great Canadian legal commentary at Slaw.ca. Current postings on Slaw Jobs (newest first): Policy Counsel (Contract Role) | Ottawa, ON (Federation of Law Societies of Canada) Associate Lawyer, Class Actions ...
Tags: London, Law, Slaw, Friday Jobs Roundup, Slaw Jobs, Ottawa ON Federation of Law Societies of Canada, Harrison Pensa


Redbridge mayor-elect withdraws over wife's GBH conviction

Variner Singh-Bola does not want wife’s criminal past to tarnish London borough’s mayoraltyThe mayor-elect of an east London council has withdrawn his nomination after it was revealed that his wife was involved in the killing of a TV executive.Variner Singh-Bola was announced last week as mayor-elect of the London borough of Redbridge. However, he said on Tuesday he would not assume the ceremonial role after his wife’s criminal past was reported in the media. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, London, Crime, Society, UK News, Local Government, Redbridge, Variner Singh Bola


A London DJ's punishment sheds light on Singapore's caning shame | Kirsten Han

It’s a fearful time for Ye Ming Yuen. But Singapore sees foreign lobbying to end corporal punishment as a threat to sovereigntyAny day now, 29-year-old Ye Ming Yuen could be escorted out of his cell at Singapore’s Changi prison and whipped 24 times with a rattan cane. This comes on top of the 20-year sentence he’s already serving after being convicted of seven drug offences in a country that takes pride in its uncompromising approach when it comes to law-breaking. Related: Why the Singapore mo...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Human Rights, Law, Singapore, Society, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Changi, Kirsten Han, Ye Ming Yuen


InCloudCounsel Crosses the Pond, Opens London Office to Serve UK and EU Market

InCloudCounsel, a U.S. company that provides corporations and law firms with freelance attorneys to handle routine legal work, is today announcing its expansion into Europe with the opening of an office in London to serve the UK and European legal markets. Leading the office and the company’s expansion there is Bridget K. Deiters, a London-based managing director at InCloudCounsel. Deiters formerly practiced corporate/capital markets law at the law firms Kirkland & Ellis in London and Chicago an...
Tags: Europe, UK, New York, London, Law, Germany, Uncategorized, Chicago, Kirkland Ellis, Bob Ambrogi, Cravath, EU Market, Deiters, Pond Opens London Office, Bridget K Deiters, InCloudCounsel Deiters


Azerbaijani banker’s £1m diamond ring seized in ‘dirty money’ inquiry

Ring bought by Jahangir Hajiyev from Harrods department store confiscated by National Crime AgencyPolice have seized a Cartier diamond ring worth more than £1m bought by a jailed Azerbaijani banker in Harrods, the latest move in the UK’s first McMafia-style “dirty money” investigation.A district judge on Monday granted the confiscation of the ring worth £1,190,000, plus VAT, that Jahangir Hajiyev obtained from at the department store in London’s Knightsbridge in 2011. The National Crime Agency (...
Tags: Business, UK, London, Crime, Law, UK News, Azerbaijan, Harrods, Knightsbridge, National Crime Agency NCA, Cartier, The super-rich, Jahangir Hajiyev, National Crime AgencyPolice


Popular Liberal Polish Mayor Dies After Being Stabbed In The Heart Onstage

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The popular liberal mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday after he was stabbed during a charity event the evening before by an ex-convict who stormed onstage and said it was revenge against a political party the politician once belonged to. Pawel Adamowicz, 53, died as a result of wounds to the heart and abdomen in spite of efforts to save him that involved a five-hour operation and blood transfusions, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said. “The fight for...
Tags: London, News, Justice, Law, World news, Poland, European Parliament, Kaczynski, Warsaw Poland, Stefan, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Gdansk, Lódz, Lech Walesa, Pawel Adamowicz, Summer Concepcion


InCloudCounsel Crosses the Pond, Opens London Office to Serve UK and EU Market

InCloudCounsel, a U.S. company that provides corporations and law firms with freelance attorneys to handle routine legal work, is today announcing its expansion into Europe with the opening of an office in London to serve the UK and European legal markets. Leading the office and the company’s expansion there is Bridget K. Deiters, a London-based managing director at InCloudCounsel. Deiters formerly practiced corporate/capital markets law at the law firms Kirkland & Ellis in London and Chicago an...
Tags: Europe, UK, New York, London, Law, Germany, Uncategorized, Chicago, Kirkland Ellis, Cravath, EU Market, Deiters, Pond Opens London Office, Bridget K Deiters, InCloudCounsel Deiters, InCloudCounsel


Has the Brexit vote saved London tenants £1,800 pa in rent?

Rent rises 3% lower than forecast partly due to fewer EU migrants and price-out Londoners moving out, says Zoopla Tenants in London have saved as much as £1,800 in rent as a result of the Brexit referendum in 2016, according to an analysis of more than 100,000 rental properties listed on the Zoopla property website.Rent price growth in London is almost 3% lower than the projected rate of growth since the EU referendum announcement, leaving tenants with more money at the end of the month. Continu...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, Money, Housing, Eu, European Union, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Property, Renting Property, Article 50, Brexit


Kings of cocaine: how the Albanian mafia seized control of the UK drugs trade

‘They’re sophisticated, clever – and they always deliver’: from the ports of Europe to the streets of London, one criminal network is now at the top of the UK’s £5bn tradeSomething had kicked off the night before and the guys on the corner were keen to offer advice. “You don’t want to be hanging around here too long,” one said, refusing to elaborate. They were standing near Crispe house, a tower block on east London’s Gascoigne estate, undisputed territory of Hellbanianz.The gang, an Albanian st...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, Crime, Drugs, Thames, Society, UK News, World news, Drugs trade, Albania, Crispe, Gascoigne


Bahrain arbitrarily detained activist's family, UN body rules

Trio are related to UK-based Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who has protested against kingdomBahrain has been found guilty by a UN body of arbitrarily detaining three relatives of a British-based human rights activist as a reprisal for his protest in London against the visit of the country’s king in 2017.In a judgment published on Thursday, the UN called for all three to be released from detention and suggested evidence showed they had been victims of torture and false confessions. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Human Rights, Protest, Law, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, United Nations, Un, Bahrain, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei


Friday Roundup: Slaw Jobs

Each Friday, we share the latest job listings from Slaw Jobs, which features employment opportunities from across the country. Find out more about these positions by following the links below, or learn how you can use Slaw Jobs to gain valuable exposure for your job ads, while supporting the great Canadian legal commentary at Slaw.ca. Current postings on Slaw Jobs (newest first): Policy Counsel (Contract Role) | Ottawa, ON (Federation of Law Societies of Canada) Associate Lawyer, Class Actions ...
Tags: London, Law, Slaw, Friday Jobs Roundup, Slaw Jobs, Ottawa ON Federation of Law Societies of Canada, Harrison Pensa


CPS to test three alleged harassment cases after Soubry abused outside parliament

Police confirm more officers deployed at Westminster following demonstrationsThree cases of alleged harassment outside parliament have been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service after the MP Anna Soubry was repeatedly abused and blocked from entering parliament by pro-Brexit supporters earlier this week.The cases were sent to prosecutors to “test” whether the behaviour witnessed and filmed went beyond legitimate protest, the Metropolitan police said on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, London, Protest, Law, Police, UK News, Westminster, Metropolitan Police, Crown Prosecution Service, Brexit, Anna Soubry, Cps


Injection to halt the progress of Alzheimer’s 'available within decade'

An injection capable of halting the progress of Alzheimer’s could be available to patients within a decade, Britain’s leading dementia organisation predicts. The Alzheimer’s Society says a series of recent breakthroughs in treatments that disrupt harmful genes has brought scientists to a “tipping point” in their fight against the disease. For decades, researchers have sought without success a treatment for Alzheimer’s based on targeting damaging proteins that build up in the brain. However, the ...
Tags: UK, Science, London, Society, Britain, Jasper, Pfizer, Jordan, Lola, Adrian, Daniel, University College, HUNTINGTON, Pickett, Daniel Bradbury, James Pickett


The 20 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2018

What a whirlwind of a year it has been for legal technology. Barely a week into 2018, industry-changing news broke of Avvo’s sale to Internet Brands. Legal tech news has been nonstop ever since – so much that it’s a struggle to keep up with it all. For several years now, I’ve closed out the year with a round-up of the 10 most important legal developments (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). Last year, I bypassed the top 10 to focus on a single overarching development, The Year of Women in Legal Tech. This ...
Tags: Europe, Utah, Florida, UK, New York, London, Microsoft, Law, Washington, Russia, Uncategorized, Toronto, San Francisco, Georgia, Analytics, Portland


The 20 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2018

What a whirlwind of a year it has been for legal technology. Barely a week into 2018, industry-changing news broke of Avvo’s sale to Internet Brands. Legal tech news has been nonstop ever since – so much that it’s a struggle to keep up with it all. For several years now, I’ve closed out the year with a round-up of the 10 most important legal developments (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). Last year, I bypassed the top 10 to focus on a single overarching development, The Year of Women in Legal Tech. This ...
Tags: Europe, Utah, Florida, UK, New York, London, Microsoft, Law, Washington, Russia, Uncategorized, Toronto, San Francisco, Georgia, Analytics, Portland


SDF Podcast 24: Reading the runes for 2019

The SmallDataForum celebrated its third Christmas with a highly calorific and somewhat alcoholic Italian lunch, followed by post-prandial musings about high- and low-lights of 2018, and some crystal ball gazing for 2019. Our regular followers / listeners – or just about anybody with any interest in tech and communication – won’t be surprised by a list being topped by Facebook, and then some more Facebook. Followed by GDPR and other regulatory activities, mainly by the EU. And of cours...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Business, Politics, London, Social Networks, China, Germany, Russia, Trust, Marketing, Communication, Public Relations, Unilever, Eu, Society


Asylum seeker to sue UK for funding Libyan detention centres

Ethiopian teenager says he experienced physical abuse, extortion and forced labour in centres part-funded by UKA teenage asylum seeker from Ethiopia is planning to sue the government for its role in funding detention centres in Libya, where he says he experienced physical abuse, extortion and forced labour.The teenager, who turned 18 a few weeks ago, cannot be named. He lives in London and is waiting for the Home Office to determine his asylum claim. His legal action against the government’s Dep...
Tags: UK, London, Human Rights, Law, Africa, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Middle East and North Africa, Ethiopia, Libya, Department for International Development DfID


Wooden sleeping pods offer privacy to London's homeless

Charity in Deptford upgrades facilities to help cope with sharp rise in rough sleeping this winterA charity in south-east London has introduced sleeping pods for homeless people, as figures revealed a record number of people sleeping rough in the capital.The latest survey found 3,103 people on London’s streets between July and September 2018 – the first time the total has exceeded 3,000 in a three-month period. Charities attributed the surge to a lack of affordable housing. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Housing, Society, UK News, Poverty, Homelessness, Social exclusion, DEPTFORD


The merits of and case for Land Value Taxation

Politics matters for tax as tax matters for politics. The high-minded Scottish economist Adam Smith had four maxims of taxation:Tax should be progressive.Tax should be certain, not arbitrary.Tax should be paid at the time most convenient to the contributor.Tax should take as little from the contributors as possible to pay for the state.In contrast, Jean-Baptiste Colbert reportedly said “the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers wit...
Tags: Books, UK, London, Featured, Law, Scotland, Economics, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Winston Churchill, Philosophy, Colbert, Smith, Property Tax, Council Tax, Taxation, Adam Smith


'I feel conned': Garden Bridge donors plan to sue over failed scheme

Private donors owed about £7m from charity behind abandoned London projectThe charity behind London’s garden bridge project faces being sued by wealthy donors who fear their money might not be returned even after the much-criticised scheme collapsed, with a loss to taxpayers of almost £50m.One individual donor claimed the money he gave the Garden Bridge Trust had been “pissed down the drain by a bunch of incompetents”, and that he wanted it returned. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, London, Law, Environment, Society, UK News, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Charities, Voluntary sector, Boris Johnson, Rivers, The Thames, Garden Bridge


ALM attempting to stop small UK conference from using the phrases “legal tech” and “legaltech”

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot when your legal publishing company is already struggling in the eyes of a lot of folks. ALM is attempting to stop a couple young legal tech entrepreneurs, one a lawyer and one a technologist, in Sheffield, England from using the term or phrase “LegalTech” in the title of their small legal tech conference, LegalTech Conference North, which was held for the first time last month.  As reported by Dan Bindman of Legal Futures, conference coordinators,...
Tags: Publishing, UK, Technology, London, Law, US, Sheffield, Seattle, Northern England, Alm, Companies House, Harding, Pennington, Northern UK, Dan Bindman, Bindman


‘We meet hate with curiosity’: Dustin Lance Black on Tom Daley, babies and the ethics of surrogacy

The screenwriter and his husband had a son in June and bonded deeply with the surrogate mother. Now he has recorded a podcast series exploring the process in depthDustin Lance Black was a screenwriter, living in Los Angeles, in demand and extensively garlanded, when in 2013 he met Tom Daley, the Olympian diver from Plymouth. Black was the ultimate progressive all-rounder – then 39, he had won an Oscar for Milk, a biopic of the assassinated gay rights activist Harvey Milk, and built a reputation ...
Tags: Family, London, Pregnancy, Los Angeles, Sport, Life and style, Society, World news, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Parents and parenting, Surrogacy, Black, Tom Daley, Jesus Christ, Harvey Milk


Mayor Sadiq Khan to look at imposing rent controls in London

Exclusive: Arguments in favour of capping rent inflation ‘overwhelming’, Khan tells MPThe mayor of London has hinted that he is considering introducing rent controls across the capital in a radical overhaul of private rental laws.Sadiq Khan told an MP that London needed to adopt a “strategic approach to rent stabilisation and control”, since the arguments in favour of capping rent inflation are becoming “overwhelming”. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, London, Money, Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Housing Market, Property, Renting Property, Khan, Sadiq Khan


The Grenfell Tower inquiry: ‘You want to believe they know what they're doing’

As phase one of the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire ends, and hopes of justice remain in the balance for the survivors and the bereaved, it’s time to reflect on the process and ask, have we learned the lessons of past public inquiries?In giving evidence to the Grenfell Tower inquiry last month, Robert Black, chief executive of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), which was responsible for the tower block, could not recall very much of the most fateful night of ...
Tags: London, Law, UK News, Kensington, Robert Black, Grenfell, Grenfell Tower, Grenfell Tower fire, Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation KCTMO, Grenfell tower inquiry, Black a Scot


Zerbanoo Gifford Enters the Honorable Society of Knights of Round Table

We are thrilled to learn that our dearest friend and mentor Zerbanoo Gifford has been welcomed into the Honorable Society of the Knights of the Round Table. Zerbanoo Gifford is the founder of the ASHA Centre near Flaxley, now globally recognised as one of the most vibrant places for young people to be empowered and taught the importance of sustainable living, the arts, and community understanding and action. Earlier this year 20 young Zoroastrians from all parts of the world gathered for a...
Tags: Europe, London, News, Life, Society, West, Britain, House, Northern Ireland, Charles Dickens, Camelot, Merlin, Richard, Alex, Limerick, Adrian


British Member of Parliament publishes 250 pages of damning internal Facebook documents that had been sealed by a US court

Damian Collins chairs the UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee; it was he who ordered the Parliamentary Serjeant at Arms to drag a visiting US tech executive named Ted Kramer out of his hotel to surrender his laptop to Parliament so they could see the internal Facebook documents that a US federal judge had ordered sealed. Kramer is CEO of Six4Three, a creepy US startup whose Facebook app helped you find pictures of your friends in bikinis; when the app was neu...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, UK, London, News, Law, US, Parliament, Damian Collins, Collins, Sheryl Sandberg, Ukpoli, Kramer, UK Parliament, Jason Koebler


The Problems Canadians Experience in Key Areas of Life May Be Greater Than We Think

Millions of Canadians live with serious debt, persistent housing problems and face ongoing issues with unemployment. These problems have profound effects on their quality of life. They signal lives of adversity that are impacted by the economic and social constraints that these problems impose. The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice’s (CFCJ’s) 2014 national survey of Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice[1] asked over 3,000 adults in Canada about their experiences with these markers of ad...
Tags: London, Justice, Law, Toronto, Canada, Justice Issues, Forum on Civil Justice, Action Committee on Access to Justice, Lisa Moore, CFCJ, Cost of Justice, Justice Survey, Nigel J Balmer, Social Process Legal Services Research Centre, Pascoe Pleasence Alexy Buck, Legal Services Legal Services Research Centre



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