Vacancies: Warehouse Bar + Kitchen requires food and beverage assistants

first_imgWe are currently recruiting for Experienced Bar Staff and Food & Beverage Assistants to join our team in Warehouse Bar + Kitchen. Join our team at Warehouse Bar, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. You will be part of a dynamic workforce, and a company that is constantly growing and expanding worldwide. Our key focus is fantastic food and drinks as well as sport, live music and entertainment.Key Responsibilities of these roles are: · Excellent customer service skills· Previous F&B experience is required (1 year preferably)· Must be knowledgeable of food & drinks service standards· Cleanliness level must be maintained to a high standard· Must be willing to willing to work variable hoursThe ideal candidate for these positions:· Must have a professional and friendly approach· Must be focused on providing excellent customer service· Must be team player and have the ability to multi-task.· Must have excellent attention to detail as well as good communication· Must have excellent time keeping skills· Good level of spoken English is requiredIf you are interested in joining our team and have the relevant experience for these roles, we would like to hear from you, please forward your CV stating what position you are interested in to hr@mcgettiganshotel.com Vacancies: Warehouse Bar + Kitchen requires food and beverage assistants was last modified: April 26th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jobsletterkennyWarehouselast_img read more

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Want to grow Africa’s economy? Include women

first_imgAfrica is rising and women will play a major part in its growth, say delegates at the International Women’s Forum South Africa conference. They called for women to be included in the continent’s mainstream economy. (Image: Brand South Africa)• International Women’s Forum South Africa+27 11 325 5295iwfsa@telkomsa.net• South African women on Forbes Africa tech list• Women taking SA forward• Foster builds a network of support• Towards gender equality• Women’s rights to advance Shamin ChibbaFive of the world’s estimated 20 female central bank governors come from southern African countries – Botswana, Lesotho, Seychelles, Madagascar and South Africa. This was according to Gill Marcus, governor of the South African Reserve Bank and a guest speaker at the International Women’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA) conference held in Johannesburg from 18 to 19 June.With “Africa Rising” as its theme, the conference brought together more than 200 women from business, government and civil society to examine women’s role in the continent’s economy and find ways to include them in the mainstream.The high number of African women in top central bank jobs, Marcus said, was in contrast to the first world, where only one woman heads a state bank. And Janet Yellen’s appointment as chairperson of the American Federal Reserve in February this year caused controversy in the US. “Leading newspapers in the United States discussed, quite seriously, what it would be like to have a ‘pink dollar’,” Marcus said.The only other leading woman in global economics, she said, is France’s Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund.But Marcus added that while this is an achievement for equality in southern Africa, it is how those five women make a difference in everyone’s lives that counts. Women essential to developmentLinah Mohohlo, governor of the Bank of Botswana, said including women in the mainstream economy so they can earn their own money is essential to African development.With 16 years at the helm of Botswana’s bank, Mohohlo is one of the world’s longest-serving reserve bank governors. She said women’s exclusion from the economy is not just a developing world problem but one also found in advanced nations. “Developed countries are experiencing joblessness, which brings concerns over social inequality.”Excluding women from economic activity was a waste of productive resources, she said. One way to include women is to narrow the gap between rich and poor. And technology, she said, was the one thing that could close that divide. “It was not long ago that we were concerned about the digital divide. Now technology is building bridges between those at the top and those at the bottom.” Southern African women are leading the charge in the continent’s economy, with five female central bank governors coming from the region, including governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Gill Marcus. (Image: Shamin Chibba) Africa is risingAs an emerging market economy, Marcus said, Africa is set to soar in the next three years. Before the financial crisis set off in 2008, emerging markets accounted for 25% of the world’s GDP and 17% of global public debt. She said that by 2017 emerging markets will contribute 40% of the world’s GDP and 16% of its debt. “Emerging markets contribute far more to growth in global GDP, whereas advanced economies add to global public debt. Emerging markets have helped sustain the global economy, yet when things get better they are dismissed by advanced economies, who basically say, ‘You are on your own.’”Marcus added that in South Africa, citizens are too critical of economic conditions. Public discourse was more focused on what was wrong in the country and not on its achievements, she said. Instead, we must reflect inward to see where the real problem lies. “South Africa has done phenomenally well in 20 years. So we need to tackle ourselves and see what is wrong with our attitude.” Infrastructure and womenThe impact of infrastructure development on women’s wellbeing was also discussed. Poor energy supply throughout Africa, for example, was a major cause of women’s health problems, Mohohlo said. The smoke from using firewood for energy, particularly indoors, caused illness and sometimes death. She said investment in appropriate energies would reduce the use of firewood and so improve the health of women.Water supply was also discussed as a serious health issue that impeded the development of African women. Pregs Govender, deputy chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, said that when it comes to water, African governments’ macroeconomic policies have done a disservice to marginalised people, particularly women and the poor.Govender said macroeconomic policies – which tackle the broader trends in an economy –were initially designed to reduce inequality and maintain economic balance in society. But they stopped being effective when they were no longer used for the benefit of the people.Human Rights Commission research on water use in South Africa found that these policies, instead, served corporates and ignored poor communities. Corporates pay less per kilolitre for water than households do. More worrying is business is generally the biggest polluter of water, but does not take responsibility for cleaning it up. “Our greatest thief of water is the corporate sector,” said Govender. “They waste water the most. Yet the image of water wastage is of a dripping tap in a poor community.”She added that women in Senegal spend more time sourcing and collecting water than on any other activity.last_img read more

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Mike Lutmer, July 25

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It has been hot and steamy. We just baled some hay the other day and it had only laid two days and baled just fine. The ground where we are baling is really dry. West of us has gotten rain, south of us has gotten rain and we haven’t had any more than a few drops. It has been at least three weeks since we really had a good rain.I have some crops that really look good but it’s not going to be pretty if we don’t get some rain this week. The corn is just getting pollinating. Some of the later corn is just starting to shoot tassels and all of the beans are blooming. The double-crops look alright and little bit of rain would go a long way right now. There is a 30% to 40% chance today and another chance late in the week.Up in South Charleston, I heard they got five inches in 45 minutes last week. It sounded awful, but the crops were not too badly damaged. We don’t need a rain like that.We are trying to get the second cutting hay finished and go from there. It has been pretty favorable for making hay. Second cutting is starting to get a little thin because we haven’t been getting the rain. The stuff we made on Saturday, though, was beautiful.As a whole everything looks pretty good. We just need some rain. The corn looks decent and the beans are coming along. All of the wheat is done and the straw is all but baled around here. There was a good amount of straw, but it remains to be seen how long it will last. There has been a shortage of straw the last couple of years because it has been so wet. There are a lot of bales this year and the quality seems pretty good.last_img read more

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Maharashtra government may bring in ordinance to end restrictions on dahi handi celebrations

first_imgThe Maharashtra government is likely to follow into the footsteps of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In the wake of growing demands seeking removal of restrictions on Dahi Handi celebrations, the state government may promulgate an ordinance to make the festivities legal.The tall human pyramids beyond 20 feet, banned by the High court may once again become legal if the Maharashtra government brings in an ordinance to this effect.After meeting the aggrieved dahi handi and ganpati mandals, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday assured the mandals that if needed, the Maharashtra government would bring in an ordinance to permit festivities to take place the same way they have been for years in the past.”We want the restrictions on height and age limit to be removed. The state has assured us that the festivities will go on smoothly”, said Abhishek Surve, convenor of the Dahi Handi Co-ordination Committee.BOMBAY HC RESTRICTED HEIGHT OF HUMAN PYRAMIDS TO 20 FEET  So far, Dahi Handi is the most popular street festival in Mumbai where thousands take to the streets. But citing growing numbers of accidents particularly involving minors, the Bombay High Court restricted the heights of human pyramids to 20 feet. The Maharashtra government had moved the Supreme Court against the order. The apex court too upheld the high court’s decision in 2016, calling it a scary practice to involve minors in the ritual.No wonder then that the political parties are bringing up the matter to score brownie points. We are of the opinion that festivals must be celebrated the way they are. So this government has taken a stand that if needed, we will bring in an ordinance and change laws so that celebrations like Ganeshotsav or dahi handi do not suffer”, said Mumbai BJP President Ashish Shelar, who was part of the meeting.advertisementLast year, parties like the MNS had openly called for defiance of the court’s orders and the festival was celebrated under police surveillance. This year, the Shiv Sena too has taken up the issue. This also goes on to show that apart from the concern for safety of children, it is the political parties tug-of-war over festivities in Maharashtra that is at work.Also read | Dahi Handi: Unhappy, but will abide by SC’s order, says Shiv Sena’s Pratap SarnaikAlso read | Dahi Handi: MNS workers defy Supreme Court, string up matki over 40 feet in Thane  Also read | Maharashtra declares Dahi-handi an adventure sportlast_img read more

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The Only 10 Teams That Can Win The 2016 NCAA Tournament

first_imgCollege Spun's NCAA tournament bracket.college spun bracketOn Sunday night, the 68-team NCAA Tournament field will officially be revealed, and fans of each of those programs will begin to map out how they will take home the title, no matter how realistic it may be. While it is always fun to see a Cinderella squad make a run, the group of teams that can realistically win six straight games and take home the title is pretty limited.The 2015-16 college basketball season has been pretty crazy, with a handful of teams hitting No. 1 in the polls. However, as we get into the conference tournaments, an upper tier of teams has started to set itself apart from the pack. Upsets happen, and anything can occur in March, but in all likelihood your next national champion will come from one of these 10 schools.Next: Duke >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11last_img read more

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Intentionally Fouling DeAndre Jordan Is Futile

In the 17 years since Don Nelson first urged the intentional fouling of Dennis Rodman in an attempt to stop the Chicago Bulls from scoring so many points, fans of NBA teams with big men who struggle at the free-throw line have come to rue the “Hack-A-Shaq” strategy. Proponents of uninterrupted basketball have decried it for ruining the flow of games, yet for teams facing Shaquile O’Neal (52.7 percent career FT shooter), Dwight Howard (57.4 percent), Andre Drummond (40.2 percent) and DeAndre Jordan (42.5 percent), it has remained an oft-used, and seemingly viable, strategy.Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson is one of its most ardent disciples. In 2012, Jackson famously helped Howard set the NBA record for free throw attempts in a game by telling his players to foul Howard repeatedly. Throughout his three years as a head coach, Jackson has done the same against Jordan and Drummond, and he’s carried the hacking strategy into this year’s playoffs. With three minutes left in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Warriors were up 100-97 and hacked Jordan, a 43 percent free-throw shooter this year. Even though Jordan made both free throws, the strategy earned the praise of preeminent basketball minds like Haralabos Voulgaris, a stats-driven basketball forecaster.The basic math of the “Hack-A-DJ” strategy goes like this: If DeAndre Jordan shoots 43 percent from the free-throw line, fouling him yields two shots and 0.86 expected points. Compare that to the Clippers’ average points per possession this season — 1.12 — and it becomes clear that an intentional foul strategy is, on its face, a savvy one.Except it’s not, once you factor in all the things that happen before and after a free throw.1The basketball blog A Screaming Comes Across the Court did a great job of quantifying the offensive rebound value in a post in February. With a big data assist from ESPN’s Stats & Info group on the Clippers’ and Jordan’s performance over the past two seasons, my calculations make clear that Hack-A-DJ is not a clear-cut winning strategy.To stress-test the intentional foul conventional wisdom, I first broke down how many points the Clippers were expected to score on each possession. That number is 1.12 overall, but intentional fouls are usually given on half-court possessions. If a team fouls a player like Jordan who doesn’t have the ball while another player is on a fast break, it’s possible that the second player will still make a layup that counts for two points, and the free throws will then follow. This exact situation played out in a Kings-Clippers game last season, when Chris Paul made a layup as the Kings intentionally fouled Jordan. Once I limited the expected points per possession to half-court possessions only, the number dropped to 1.04.2Of course, every team is less efficient when you strip out fast breaks, the easiest points in basketball. What was a 0.26 point spread between an intentional foul on Jordan and a regular possession is now 0.18. The advantage is still there, but it’s narrower.Intentionally fouling Jordan also helps the Clippers set their defense on the ensuing possession, which lowers the chances their opponent will score. To figure out how much that’s worth to the Clippers, I measured the difference between the points they allow on possessions after they shoot free throws versus the points they allow after non-free-throw offensive possessions. That difference was 0.04 points, in part because an intentional foul against Jordan ensures the Clippers won’t turn the ball over or allow an opponent to make a fast break after a missed field goal attempt. What was a 0.18 spread between intentionally fouling Jordan and letting the Clippers play on is now 0.14.Finally, and most important, Hack-A-DJ is rendered inefficient because the Clippers are so good at rebounding Jordan’s missed free throws. Over the last two seasons, Jordan has missed 165 free throws with possible rebounds, and the Clippers have grabbed 34 of those rebounds, or 21 percent. That is nearly double the NBA rate of roughly 12 percent and four times the Clippers’ 4.8 percent offensive rebound rate on misses by players other than Jordan. While it’s impossible to know why LA shows such a remarkable ability to grab Jordan’s free-throw misses, it may have something to do with the team expecting a miss, and that the way Jordan misses somehow helping the offensive rebounders. Having Blake Griffin on the blocks can’t hurt, either.These rebounds are important because the Clippers are brutally efficient after corralling missed free throws. In 70 such attempts over the past two seasons, LA has scored 1.36 points per possession. It makes sense that teams would be efficient after missed free throws: The ball is already close to the rim, and the defense is likely in scramble mode, leaving perimeter shooters open.When we include the value of the Clippers’ offensive rebounding, the expected value of a Jordan missed free throw is 0.16 points. With his expected 0.86 points per two free throws, sending Jordan to the line actually yields 1.02 expected points for the Clippers. The gap still exists, but it’s inverted: It’s 0.03 more points more effective to let the Clippers play on than to foul Jordan.You can see how we got here in the chart below.While the Clippers’ free-throw rebounding prowess may decline in the postseason, and their incredible post-free-throw rebound efficiency may be a product of a relatively small sample size of possessions, it’s clear that the intentional-foul strategy is not a sure thing.Of course, every team and every poor foul-shooter is going to have their own break-even points. Dwight Howard, for instance, is a 54.7 percent free-throw shooter this year, so the Rockets expect 1.09 points every time he gets two free throw attempts. But that’s without accounting for the other factors in play — and we do know that those factors matter for all teams. The Rockets might rebound Howard’s misses at a different rate from the Clippers, or play worse defense after missed free throws. It’s just a matter of calculating them.For opponents of Jordan and the Clippers, though, the lesson seems clear: Neither strategy is superior to the other. Over the small sample size of two, four, or six free throws shot by Jordan in a given playoff game, the Hack-A-DJ strategy could look brilliant or foolish. But if the intentional-foul strategy isn’t working against the second-worst free throw shooter in the league, then it may not work against anyone. For fans of an uninterrupted game, that would be a welcome shift. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball looks to build on 2game winning streak with

Junior guard Sam Thompson takes a shot during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorBig Ten basketball — especially this season — can mess with any team’s confidence because of the conference’s competitiveness.The Ohio State Buckeyes are no exception to difficulties and frustrations the conference can provide, having won their first two Big Ten contests before dropping five out of six.Now, OSU (18-5, 5-5) has won back-to-back road games against top 20 opponents — a 59-58 win against then-No. 14 Wisconsin Feb. 1 followed by a 76-69 victory against No. 17 Iowa Tuesday — and the feelings around the team have been a bit on the lighter side.“The mood is way better. I mean in the gym, we go to the weight room … the mood is better,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross said Friday. “In the locker room, everybody’s laughing, where like a week ago, you come in there and it’s sad in there. You can almost put on some gloomy music in there, it’s been real bad in there for us.”The two wins against ranked opponents on the road, though, has gotten things back to where they should be, Ross said.“I think winning — winning cures all,” Ross said. “We was down, we was at our lowest point this season when we lost those couple games, but I think right now, it’s looking good for us.”While the team’s confidence might be on the upswing, its coach doesn’t want the team to head into a Saturday matchup with Purdue (14-9, 4-6) with the attitude that just because the Buckeyes are returning home, a win is guaranteed.“The fact that you’ve won two games on the road and you’re coming home, I know in this league means absolutely nothing if you’re not ready to play at the level you need to play at,” coach Thad Matta said Friday. “There’s no rhyme or reason with why teams are winning right now. It’s just, ‘Hey, whoever plays best for that 40 minutes.’”OSU was able to hold off the Boilermakers, 78-69, in West Lafayette, Ind., Dec. 31, but had its hands full with sophomore center A.J. Hammons, who scored 18 points and snatched 16 rebounds. Hammons also blocked five shots, doing his best to clog up the lane.OSU junior center Amir Williams will likely shoulder the bulk of the responsibility of containing the 7-footer, but taking him out of the game is a team effort, Ross said.“He clogs up the lane. So we’re going to have to find ways to spread him out, get him out of there,” Ross, who scored a game-high 25 points in the win against Purdue on New Year’s Eve, said. “He’s a real big dude. So we gotta work on getting him off the block, and we also gotta give Amir help down there.”A big reason for the Buckeyes’ recent success could be the change in their starting lineup, as junior guard Shannon Scott has been replaced with junior forward Sam Thompson. Scott has come off the bench to average 10 points in the Buckeyes last two games, seeming to be more aggressive than before and give OSU another option offensively.“I think I got my edge back a little bit. I know coming off the bench gotta bring a spark to the team, so I feel like now that’s my role,” Scott said Friday. “And if I’m able to do that by being aggressive, I gotta keep doing that every game.”The Buckeyes have been able to finish off the two close victories on the road by making big plays down the stretch as well as hitting their free throws. That late game confidence for the Buckeyes was missing during their tough run of losses, Matta said.“We’ve been right there in every game that we haven’t won and shots haven’t fell for us in the timely fashion that we needed them to,” Matta said. “I’ve always told our guys and I’m telling them now in late game situations: Be as confident as you possibly can. Take and make a great shot. We’re perfectly fine with it.”Tipoff between the Boilermakers and Buckeyes is set for 6 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Simeone banned from Europa League final

first_imgAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been banned by UEFA from contact with his team on the field at the Europa League final after misconducting at the first leg with Arsenal last week.Simeone was charged with insulting officials and improper conduct, due to which he was sent off. However, even then he continued to communicate with his coaching staff.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…He has been banned for four games, the first of which was the second leg at home against Arsenal, which his team won 1-0 and thus proceeded to the final with an aggregate score of 2-1. Watching the game from an executive box high in the main stand, Simeone claimed he felt what it is like to be a fan, according to the Chicago Tribune.He will be barred from joining his team at the locker room as well and even the touchline when Atletico will be taking on Lyon on 16 May. On top of that, he was fined 10 000 euros. He may appeal the sanction to UEFA, which will most likely happen next week.last_img read more

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Hazard says Cole convinced him to join Chelsea

first_imgThe Belgian superstar has thanked publicly his former teammate for the idea to join the English Premier League clubEnglish legendary footballer Joe Cole has announced his retirement today.And with it, Belgian superstar Eden Hazard has taken some time to thank him for everything, especially for helping decided to join Chelsea.“I spoke to him before I signed for Chelsea. Every day, seriously, he was telling me that Chelsea was the best club for me,” Hazard told Chelsea’s Twitter account.“He said Chelsea was a big club where you can win trophies every season. For that reason I signed, so thank you, Joe Cole!”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Cole and Hazard were teammates in French Ligue 1 club Lille.They spent the 2011-2012 season together..@hazardeden10: ‘I spoke to him before I signed for Chelsea. Every day, seriously, he was telling me that Chelsea was the best club for me. He said Chelsea was a big club where you can win trophies every season. For that reason I signed, so thank you, Joe Cole!’ pic.twitter.com/gKV0yN40Ma— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 13, 2018last_img read more

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Speech By the Hon Attorney General on the Opening of the Supreme

first_img Turks and Caicos Laws now available online Attorney General announces 14 Law Reforms for 2016 Related Items:attorney eneral, rhondalee knowles Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMy Lady Chief Justice, Judges of the Supreme Court, distinguished guests, President of the Bar Council and Colleagues at the Bar, Ladies and Gentlemen.I am pleased to rise to move a motion for the opening of the Supreme Court for the 2015 session after a long abeyance in this practice. On this ceremonial occasion, it is perhaps timely to recall the origins of this event in the Middle Ages in the United Kingdom. For the legal fraternity, this traditional gathering commemorates the principles of defending access to justice and the rule of law. I commend My Lady Chief Justice for reintroducing the practice as such events “… reminds all of those actively involved within the legal system of the need to uphold these principles internationally, as well as at home, for the benefit of society.”With your Ladyship’s leave I propose in moving the motion, to make a few observations by way of a brief retrospective on 2014 as well as a look at some of the work before us.2014 can only be described as another daunting year for the legal profession in the Turks and Caicos Islands. A year in which there was more than the usual share of challenges. Fortunately we were more than able to rise to each challenge and to dispassionately and calmly meet matters head on.My Ladies, 2014 was characterized by continued good work, co-operation and endeavour in a number of areas by stakeholders in the legal arena and significant further progress towards systemic improvements.Access to Law – Work is almost completed on the current Law Revision which has a revision date of 31st December 2014 and is intended to be issued before the end of the first quarter of 2015. In this regard, the question of greater access to the laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands is being explored to provide a solution that would allow more ready access through the use of modern technology whilst at the same time maintain the integrity of the authorized versions of the Law which would be used in the Court room setting.Legislation – I am pleased to report in a bid to give effect to the Government’s Legislative Agenda, that the Legislative Drafting division had another very active year and with the cooperation and involvement of members of the legal profession, associations and the general public a number of important pieces of legislation were progressed. We are grateful for the assistance of all those who participated in the consultation process with respect to the very many pieces of legislation which were considered throughout the year, including legislation dealing with the better regulation of Not For Profit organizations.The hardworking staff of the Legislative Drafting division consists of three drafters and one legislative systems administrator with a vacancy in one of the drafting positions. That small team produced 24 Ordinances and some 50 pieces of subsidiary legislation.Of note:1. The Abolition of Bearer Shares which was done by a December 2013 Ordinance which took effect in the first half of 2014.2. Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance 2014 which provides for the implementation of the United Nations Convention respecting the suppression of the financing of terrorism and the United Nations Security Council resolution on terrorism and generally to make provision for preventing and combating terrorism. The Ordinance is modelled after the UK Terrorism Act 2000 and the Terrorism (Jersey) Law 2002.3. Rehabilitation of Offenders Ordinance 2014 – provides for the rehabilitation of offenders who have not been reconvicted within the specified rehabilitation period. This is to ensure that people do not have lifelong blots on their records because of relatively minor offences in their past, which may impact negatively in such persons acquiring employment or other services. The intention of the Ordinance is to exclude any prejudice which may occur because of disclosures of person’s relatively minor past convictions or offences; and to aid the reintegration and resettlement of ex-offenders into employment by not requiring them or any other person to disclose or answer questions regarding their spent convictions.4. Financial Intelligence Agency Ordinance 2014 – established an independent agency to assist in the detection, prevention and control of financial crimes; by receiving reports of suspicious transactions from financial institutions and other persons; analysing that information and disseminating it to law enforcement authorities and relevant bodies.5. Invest Turks and Caicos Islands Agency 2014 – established the Invest Turks and Caicos Agency as a corporate body with legal personality to assist the Government in encouraging business and commercial development in the Islands.6. Dormant Accounts Ordinance 2014 – makes provision for financial institutions to report dormant accounts to the Permanent Secretary, Finance and to transfer monies in accounts that have not been used for more than 7 years, called “dormant accounts” to the Government, subject to claims for repayment by the owners of the dormant accounts. Prior to the enactment of that Ordinance, all inactive accounts were managed by banks. The Ordinance was based largely on the Cayman Islands Dormant Accounts Law 2010 but consideration was also given to the BVI Dormant Accounts Act 2011 and the Republic of Ireland Dormant Accounts Act 2001.Additionally, a heavy legislative drafting programme is being prepared for the year 2015 in order to give effect to the Government’s Legislative Agenda.Some of the proposals to be implemented by legislative measures include-1. New Domestic Insurance provisions2. Trust law reform3. Immigration law reform4. Important criminal law and procedure reforms5. An Employment Bill to repeal and replace the current law with substantial reforms6. Small Medium Enterprise proposals to encourage local business7. An Attorney General’s Reference Bill to enable questions to be referred to the court8. New and substantial anti Domestic Violence provisions9. More elaborate provision to provide for the Maintenance of Children10. Detailed Family Guardianship Custody and Access to Children provisions11. Better provision for Child (Care and Adoption)12. New provisions relating to Child and Juvenile JusticeAs well as the completion of work on the long consulted new Legal Profession provisions to reform the law in this area to provide for better accountability and effectiveness in areas such as the training of local attorneys and continuous education generally, handling client accounts, requirements relating to good practice for insurance coverage, solvency and discipline.International obligations – As for international obligations, during 2014 the Turks and Caicos Islands completed negotiations and signed a FATCA agreement with the United States of America, was a member of the early adopters group along with all of the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies following recent developments in the new international Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters. We saw the beginning of the National Risk Assessment of our financial services industry using the World Bank tool, which is a self-assessment ahead of the next round of peer assessments by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force. I wish to personally thank the members of the Bar and the private sector generally for their participation and ongoing commitment.Crime – On the crime front, we note the continued extensive work of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Police in meeting the many challenging situations over the past year. In so doing I take this opportunity to thank the outgoing DPP JoAnn Meloche who has served the Islands with energy and determination during her tenure and has seen the progressive development of the Office of the DPP which may be her enduring legacy. Additionally, I wish to offer our sincere gratitude to the outgoing Commissioner of Police Colin Farquhar who has led the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force through the numerous challenges faced by them and the Islands during his tenure. At the same time, I welcome the incoming Commissioner James Smith to the post and extend to him our good wishes for a smooth transition.I also take this opportunity to commend the DPP and the Commissioner and their respective teams of Officers for their strenuous efforts in fighting crime and overseeing law and order.Administration of Justice – Turning now to the administration of justice, our gratitude goes out to the former Chief Justice Edwin Goldsbrough for his competent service to the Islands as head of the Judiciary. With the appointment of My Lady Chief Justice we have already begun to see the fruits of some of the energy referred to by His Excellency Governor Beckingham in his speech at the swearing in. Noting that a new Judge of the Supreme is shortly to arrive and other efforts at reforming the administration of the judiciary are already underway with plans to promote important law reforms, many of which coincide with areas of law reform already being considered. Other areas of welcome reform which are being considered include the publication of statistics and better financial management. On the issue of facilities, we saw the opening of an additional and much needed courtroom on Providenciales, however, it is noted that the increasing reliance on video-conference or remote testimony, in both domestic as well as mutual assistance in criminal matters cases, would be greatly hampered if these facilities were not of an acceptable standard or were not well maintained. My Lady, the Government is committed to ensuring the proper resourcing of the courts and it is hoped that improvements in this area will shortly be realized.The volume of civil and commercial litigation has markedly increased and important work on establishing an accessible repository of judicial decisions which would be greatly assist civil and commercial litigators needs the support of the bar to succeed. All levels of the Courts have been incredibly busy and notwithstanding some challenges, it is obvious that the judiciary has worked assiduously during 2014 and has accomplished much.Personnel side – My Ladies, I am pleased to say that two additional civil/commercial attorneys and one additional drafter are due to be hired within my Chambers in the first quarter of 2015. I am equally pleased to announce that Mrs. Wynante Adrien-Roberts has today taken up her position as Deputy Attorney General following the February 2014 vacancy. Mrs. Adrien-Roberts is a thoroughly qualified and experienced attorney having been solicitor general in Dominica for many years before moving to the private bar. Mrs. Adrien-Roberts will focus on training and development within my Chambers and will undoubtedly be an asset to my already stellar team.We recognize that while change is underway in some areas, there are still steps which need to be taken towards full implementation of others in 2015. The challenges of dispensing justice are numerous and supporting each other is our strength. Together we ought to stand up in our various roles as the judiciary, the legal service and the private bar and make a difference.My Ladies there remains only for me to reiterate the continued commitment of the Government in ensuring the required resources for the smooth administration of Justice, and of my Chambers to providing quality service and our assistance in whatever way we can to facilitate the efficient conduct of the business of these Courts, valuing the independence of the Judiciary as a corner stone to the rule of law and in moving the motion for the opening of the Supreme Court 2015 to wish for your Ladyships, Magistrates, Court Staff, and all here present, a prosperous and productive New Year.I now formally move the motion for the opening of the Turks and Caicos Islands Supreme Court for the year 2015. May it so please you my Ladies.Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, OBEHon. 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