LiP’s late email ‘not sufficient’ to justify adjournment

first_imgA ruling from the Court of Appeal underlines the power of judges to dismiss late applications for adjournments which were not properly made.In Alexander v Willow Court Management Company (1985) Ltd, Lady Justice Rafferty (pictured) dismissed a challenge from a former litigant in person who wanted her hearing moved.The judge endorsed a ruling in the lower court which stated that ‘sending an email 24 hours beforehand and simply not turning up is not sufficient’.The appellant, the court heard, had been present during a hearing in Watford in May 2017 where her case was listed for 4 July 2017 in Oxford.On 14 June, she wrote to the Watford court asking that the case be heard either there or in London on medical grounds, enclosing a letter from her GP. She also asked for the hearing to be moved to the end of July to give her time to prepare her case. That letter was stamped as received at Oxford on 28 June.On 3 July, a day before her hearing, she wrote to the court at Oxford repeating her request for an adjournment with the same GP’s letter, saying she had been advised not to travel on her own due to ill health. Rafferty LJTwo emails with similar assertions followed shortly thereafter, along with her explanation that given the lack of a reply to her June letter, she had assumed – wrongly – the court had agreed to her request.At the 4 July hearing, Judge Clarke concluded in Alexander’s absence that she had made no application to adjourn, had sent no one to represent her, and had not supplied medical evidence to explain why she was unable to travel to Oxford. The judge described sending an email 24 hours before a hearing and simply not turning up as insufficient. The appeal court heard that Alexander, who had secured representation by the time of her appeal, criticised the judge for failing to consider an adjournment and for insufficient consideration of the overriding objective.But Lady Justice Rafferty said the appellant faced ‘insuperable difficulties’ in advancing her case, not least because the 14 June letter did not seek an adjournment but a change of venue, and because the GP’s letter did not explain why she could not be present in Oxford.In subsequent emails, she said, no proper grounds for an adjournment were provided. In any case, Judge Clarke enjoyed a ‘wide discretion’ to make a case management decision.last_img read more

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Allen looking to regroup in new-look Steelers secondary

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen (28) goes through agility drills during an NFL football organized team activity, Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh. Allen started the 2014 season with a big pay raise but he ended up injured and is now working his way back into the starting lineup. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Steelers paid Cortez Allen last fall to take over the shutdown cornerback role that Ike Taylor handled for the better part of a decade.The Steelers hardly got their money’s worth, and Allen knows it.A 2014 that began with a five-year, $25 million contract ended with Allen on injured reserve and his confidence decreased.The smart, physical play that highlighted his breakout 2013 crumbled into an avalanche of missed assignments and eventually missed time.It would be easy to call the experience humbling, but that would assume Allen needed to be humbled. Humility has never been an issue for the 26-year-old Citadel graduate.Production, however, is another matter. And Allen is only too aware that two interceptions and a spot on the bench isn’t what Pittsburgh had in mind when the franchise dug into its wallet to keep him from hitting free agency.That doesn’t mean Allen spent the offseason moping. It wouldn’t do any good.“I’ll never say: `woe is me.’ I’ve never been that kind of guy, and I’ll never be that kind of guy,” Allen said. “I’m going to do whatever I can to help my teammates, regardless of how I feel.”Don’t get him wrong, everything feels better than it did six months ago, when the Steelers put Allen and his surgically repaired thumb on injured reserve to end a disastrous season.While some of his teammates spent the winter and early spring in Pittsburgh, Allen stayed away in search of peace of mind and the form that made him one of the team’s most pleasant surprises in 2013.Secondary coach Carnell Lake didn’t mind Allen’s absence. Every defensive back gets beat. The good ones find a way to not let one play affect the next. It’s a vital part of Allen’s development, one helped by getting as far away _ physically and mentally _ from 2014 as possible.Lake encouraged Allen to “get some sunshine and kind of let those green buds sprout and come on back.”The Allen that showed up for the first week of organized team activities this week understands Pittsburgh needs him to take a step forward, particularly with Taylor in retirement.Taylor’s departure leaves Allen and William Gay as the two longest-tenured cornerbacks on a team that gave up plenty of big plays last fall even as it won the AFC North title.Pittsburgh put together a backup plan, taking Mississippi’s Senquez Golson and Ohio State’s Doran Grant in the draft.The Steelers would prefer to have the rookies get comfortable in the NFL instead of thrusting them onto the field too soon. An improved version of Allen would help.“I expect to be better in all aspects,” Allen said.Particularly when it comes to looking for the ball. The first half of 2014 was littered with plays where Allen would be in position only to get beat when he failed to turn his head around in time.By the middle of the year he’d been supplanted by Brice McCain and spent a Monday night win over Tennessee standing on the sideline watching as Pittsburgh’s season went on without him. A week later, he was on injured reserve.It led to some soul-searching. Fortunately Allen had a guide in Taylor.“Ike always emphasized to be honest with yourself and how you played, your preparation, everything you do,” Allen said. “Because if you’re not honest in how you correct things and lie to yourself, how can you correct things and get better? So, growing up with Ike, I learned how to be a professional.”Developing thick skin is part of the job. And Allen could always rely on his teammates, who never hesitated to drop him a line and never wavered in their support.“I didn’t doubt him at all,” Blake said. “Everyone goes through a rough patch every once in a while.”Allen stressed he can “be as good as I want to be.” That includes getting back to a habit he’d gotten away from in Pittsburgh. The Citadel isn’t exactly a factory for NFL players.Allen proved to be an unlikely success story by becoming his own best critic. His goal is to test himself so much that when opponents do it in the fall, he’s prepared.“It’s a challenge that I fully expect,” he said. “So, whether or not it’s difficult, it’s my job and it’s what I do and it’s what I love doing.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img
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Steeler nation has connection to team that’s unmatched (August 9, 2017)

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier “Our wedding day is almost here, my beautiful Hippolyta. We’ll be getting married in four days, on the day of the new moon. But it seems to me that the days are passing too slowly—the old moon is taking too long to fade away! That old, slow moon is keeping me from getting what I want, just like an old widow makes her stepson wait to get his inheritance.” (Theseus addressing Hippolyta modern text excerpt from; “A midsummer night’s dream,” by William Shakespeare)On Aug. 4 and 6, the Pittsburgh Steelers held two very public exhibitions, rehearsals, practices or however one chooses to define the events that allowed the public-at-large to again get a small glimpse behind the “steel veil” of secrecy. Steeler nation sometimes appears as if they are an anxious groom, preparing to marry into tradition, impatiently waiting and wanting the inheritance of six NFL championships to morph into their seventh Vince Lombardi Trophy. They want their inheritance and they want it now. As far as they are concerned their dowry is incomplete without a present championship ring. As I sat in the dorm room at St. Vincent College after the night practice at Latrobe High School, Aug. 4, observing a full moon, something hit me harder than Steelers linebacker James Harrison ever could.There is far more to a stint at the Steelers training camp than bodies and sweat flying in opposite directions. Several years ago, I was interviewed for the pregame show of a nationally-televised Thursday night game between the Steelers and Ravens. During the exchange, I told the interviewer: “The Pittsburgh Steelers are not just a football team. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a culture.”The spirits of Art Rooney Sr., Dan Rooney, Chuck Noll and Bill Nunn Jr. continue to freely roam the grounds of St. Vincent College in Latrobe as well as inhabiting the tunnels and bowels of Heinz Field. These hallowed grounds are more than present reservoirs of flesh. Many spirits remain on call as hopeful athletes petition a higher power for assistance, whether that power be within or without.In the wee hours of the next morning I flashed back to the experience, meeting Steelers fans Jeff Gilmore and Jodi McGrew. They had driven four hours from Ohio just to see the Steelers practice. Not play, just practice! During their journey to Latrobe they were fully aware that due to the forecasted weather outlook, there was a distinct possibility that practice would be canceled. Whether they are legally married or not, it almost appeared as if they were on a second honeymoon when I was able to snap a photo with them and ex-Steelers nose tackle Edmund Nelson and his son, Quentin. After I texted the above photo to Gilmore he turned to me with a very serious look on his face and said, “We are from Ohio, but that doesn’t matter because we love the Steelers. No matter where you come from the Steelers nation rules.” McGrew nodded in agreement.See folks, there is a personal connection by the Steelers fans to their team that cannot be easily explained. When thousands of fans entered Heinz Field for the Steelers Family Fest this past Sunday (Aug. 6), many of them also did not care whether the Steelers were playing another team. As far as they were concerned, practice makes perfect and they felt good just being part of the process…So goes the culture of the Pittsburgh Steelers social phenomenon. Lynne Hayes-Freeland of KDKA-TV pointed out that, “There was a lot to do on this warm summer evening. And the stars of the night, the Pittsburgh Steelers, came onto the field like rock stars.”When camp concludes, there are many players that are going to be left stranded at the “altar” of possibility, being forced to face the “Turk” as the late Chuck Noll used to call the messenger that informed a player that his tenure with the team was over.To the hopeful fans and players, the days are passing too slowly—the old moon is taking too long to fade away! That old, slow moon is keeping the young players from getting what they truly desire. They don’t want to be like a jilted bride abandoned at the altar, although in their dreams and their reality they know that they may be here today, but tomorrow is never promised because no sacred vows will be ever be exchanged between team and player. However, as the late comedian Dan Rowan might say, “You can bet your sweet bippy” that Steelers nation will always be there to welcome the next suitors that come calling, looking to start an NFL career and suit up wearing the armor and the colors of the Black and Gold.last_img read more

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Who stays and who goes

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER WGCA DISTRICT DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 13 (day 2) THE musical chairs at the top of District…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Trauma forum for teachers

first_imgBy Helena Adeloju This year’s Kinders Together annual forum focused on childhood trauma. More than 150 participants gathered in the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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