MoJ seeks to plug legal aid housing gap

first_imgThe government has moved to plug at least one of the gaps in legal aid housing services highlighted by the Law Society last week in a shocking infographic, the Gazette has learned.The Society’s ‘legal aid deserts map’ showed that nearly a third of legal aid areas have just one solicitor provider who specialises in housing and whose advice is available through legal aid.Surrey, Shropshire and Suffolk have no housing provider at all.A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice told the Gazette that housing contracts are being offered for the Surrey procurement area after firms were invited to submit an ‘expression of interest’ in April.Services will be in place ‘imminently’, the spokesperson said.Society chief executive Catherine Dixon said early legal advice on housing matters could make the difference between a family being made homeless or not.Citizens Advice has warned that some families trying to keep a roof over their head are finding that no local legal aid lawyers will take their case.Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said (pictured): ‘People threatened with eviction and facing homelessness are among those who often can’t access free legal representation, even if they qualify for it.’Research shows that nine out of 10 Citizens Advice bureaux have encountered difficulties in referring people to the specialist legal advice they need since 2013, when the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act emasculated civil legal aid.Guy said: ‘It is crucial that people who qualify for legal aid can find lawyers that can help them with housing problems, especially with more people turning to us for help after being threatened with eviction illegally.’Guy said that in the 12 months to March 2016, 2,000 people sought Citizens Advice’s help after being threatened with illegal eviction, representing a 47% rise from the previous year.last_img read more

Curry leads Warriors to big second half win over Kings

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Curry leads Warriors to big second half win over Kings’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Wednesday, January 11, 2017[/av_textblock][/av_one_full][av_three_fifth first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”] [av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]SACRAMENTO – Steve Kerr pulled a Gregg Popovich. One missed defensive assignment with no backdoor help on DeMarcus Cousins, and Kerr called a timeout 18 seconds into the game.”Nobody can make a move like Pop, I’m a very cheap version of him, if at all,” the Golden State coach quipped about Popovich, the longtime San Antonio coach.”It definitely made a statement,” Draymond Green said.Stephen Curry scored 30 points and the defense started rolling after halftime, with the Warriors taking their first lead midway through the third quarter on the way to a 117-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.Once the 3-pointers began to fall, the Warriors were on their way.Kevin Durant had 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four blocks, and Klay Thompson added 18 points. The Warriors reached 124 regular-season games in a row without suffering back-to-back defeats.”It’s deflating for other teams when we can get stops and protect the rim, get steals, force them into tough shots and tough misses and on the other end we’re just running it right back down the paint,” Curry said. ”We have to allow that part of our game to shine.”Green had 10 assists for his 12th game with double digits assists and third in four, while Zaza Pachulia scored 10 points to reach double figures for the fourth straight game. Yet one for the highlight reel was Pachulia’s no-look, backward over-the-head pass to Curry after the big man got the ball when Durant blocked a shot by Cousins.”We scored, right? Nobody’s going to say anything. If it was a turnover, first thing on the film,” Pachulia said.Golden State had 30 assists for the 26th time this season and won its 13th straight against the Kings, seventh in a row in Sacramento. (AP)[/av_textblock][/av_three_fifth][av_two_fifth min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_image src=’’ attachment=’92506′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image][/av_two_fifth]last_img read more

Cruz Clobbers Twins Past Royals

first_img Auto (360p) About Connatix V56490 720p HD 360p The Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 Monday night at Target Field. The Twins have rebounded from an early-August skid to win four of their past five games.Nelson Cruz provided the offense for Minnesota Monday with a pair of home runs, giving him eight on the season. Cruz is playing at an MVP level, with a .354 batting average and an American League-leading 23 runs batted in.The Twins did not use a traditional starting pitcher in the contest, instead relying on six relievers to hold the Royals scoreless until the ninth inning. The Twins’ homestand continues Tuesday night when they host the Brewers at Target Field. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on WJON.MN Twins On CameoGetty ImagesThe Twins on CameoA number of Minnesota professional athletes will record a greeting to be sent to you, a friend or a loved one… for a price. Over 40 current and former Minnesota Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves players are on Cameo, a website that offers fans the opportunity to purchase a video message from athletes and celebrities for varying prices.Here’s a look at the Minnesota Twins who are currently available on Cameo and the price it will take to hire them to record your message.Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoDevin Smeltzer – $15Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoNelson Cruz – $100Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoLewis Thorpe – $10. Aussie prospect. Triumph BooksMN Twins On CameoDick Bremer – $50Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoChuck Knoblauch – $40. World Series hero and multi-time All Star with a checkered post-baseball runGetty ImagesMN Twins On CameoMatt Garza – $25. Debuted in 2006, Traded to Tampa in ’07. Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoDenard Span – $25Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoBrent Rooker – $20. Twins prospect, has not yet played in MLB. Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoChris Colabello – $35. Remember him? He played seven years of Indy ball before landing with the Twins in 2012center_img 1080p HD 1/1 About Connatix V56490 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip last_img read more

Gerena’s new problem: Roberta out of Levski

first_imgLevski’s goal scorer Nigel Roberta will most likely miss the match with Eter, which is on Sunday (September 13) at Gerena, due to injury.The striker, who has not played in a very good mood since the beginning of the season, did not take part in the visit of Montana in the front round due to injury. Even without him, the “blues” won 4-0 at “Ogosta”. Before that, Levski had scored only 1 goal since the beginning of the season – the work of Paulinho against Arda Kardzhali (1: 1). Roberta continues training in the gym together with Simeon Slavchev.last_img read more

IKON launches gaming challenge platform

first_imgGaming challenge platform IKON has officially launched, allowing players to challenge friends and fans.At the time of launch, IKON supports League of Legends and PlayerUnknown’s Battle Grounds (PUBG). More supported titles – including Apex Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – are set to be officially announced in the coming days and weeks. Image credit: IKONIKON is a piece of software that runs alongside a game, recording your gameplay as you go. Once the game is over, the software provides clips of your best moments and has an editing suite so the clips can be customised. From there, it allows you to share videos to social media to challenge others.Jonathan Weinberg, CEO of IKON discussed the platform in a release: “IKON, at its core, is a platform for players and creators to create new experiences for their friends and followers. Challenge and creativity is the backbone of gaming – so we wanted to create an awesome sandbox for creators to use challenges as a way to be a part of their fans’ gameplay even when they’re done streaming.” Image credit: IKONIKON has options for monetization and is seen as another means of interacting with fans. The software is already populated with challenges set by beta users and gaming brands, though anybody can create challenges. Esports Insider says: It’s an interesting concept to appeal to gamers’ competitive nature in a way other than attending events or playing online tournaments. Fostering fans and a community on social media is an important aspect of remaining relevant in today’s climate so there appears to be a market for IKON.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more