Let couples divorce amicably, family law body urges politicians

first_imgNigel ShepherdSource: Resolution According to research conducted by Resolution, nine in ten practitioners believe divorce law needs to be modernised to allow for no-fault divorce. A YouGov poll conducted in February shows that almost seven in ten people agree that no-fault divorce should be available.Shepherd says current legislation does not encourage couples to divorce amicably. ‘People often have to cite unreasonable behaviour or adultery on the divorce petition. This leads to unnecessary conflict, makes an amicable separation less likely, and reduces the chances of reaching agreement on children and financial issues,’ he adds.Shepherd cites the recent Owens v Owens case to illustrate why reform is urgently needed. ‘It is simply wrong that in 2017 anyone can be forced to remain in a marriage that they no longer wish to be in,’ he says.Politicians are reminded that no-fault divorce has been legislated before, in the Family Law Act 1996. Scotland, Australia, several US states, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden have divorce without blame.Resolution proposes that the parties adopt a policy that would enable a divorce to be finalised where one or both parties to a marriage give notice that their marriage has broken down irretrievably, and one or both of them remain of that view after six months. Separating couples would be supported by information to help them explore their options.The parties are also urged to commit to providing legal rights for cohabiting couples, who represent nearly 10% of the UK population.Resolution proposes a legal framework of rights and responsibilities when unmarried couples who live together split up. This would also secure ‘fair outcomes’ when couples separate or one partner dies.Cohabitants who meet certain eligibility criteria indicating a committed relationship would have a right to apply for certain financial orders if they separate. This right would be automatic unless the couple chooses to ‘opt out’.Ensuring fair access to the legal system, Resolution believes funding should be provided for free initial advice for people of limited means, to help them identify their options on separation and divorce, helping them to put the needs of any children first, and ensure they are better informed at the start of the process.Shepherd also calls for greater clarity over the legal status of pre- and post-nuptial agreements, which are currently not enforceable in courts in England and Wales. The time has come to end the divorce blame game, the head of a family law group has told politicians, urging them to allow couples to officially part ways amicably.In a letter to the major political parties ahead of next month’s general election, Nigel Shepherd, chair of Resolution, urges them to commit to no-fault divorce in their manifestos. #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

UWF Cruises Past Spring Hill, 81-51

first_img Live Stats Full Schedule Roster Next Game: UWF shot 48 percent and used a 6-for-9 second-half effort from outside to finish 7-for-13. The Argos also outrebounded the Badgers 50-32, pulling down at least 50 boards in their third-consecutive contest. Courtney Meyer and Toni Brewer each collected double-doubles as UWF improved to 4-0 for the first time in 11 years. Meyer finished with a game-highs of 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, while Brewer had 10 and 12. SHC started the contest by jumping out to a 6-2 lead, but a pair of successful free throws from Meyer and an Imani Mulmore lay up tied the score at 6-6. UWF added some breathing room with an 8-4 run, with four different players scoring a basket during the run. The Argos took a 31-26 lead into halftime behind Meyer’s 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Preview Coming back from halftime, UWF built a 19-point lead at 54-35 on the heels of 7-0 and 10-1 runs. The Argonauts outscored the Badgers 23-9 in the third frame. Alex Coyne scored a season-high 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with seven assists and two steals. She surpassed the 200 assist plateau in the game. Katie Bobos had eight rebounds and 12 points to give the Argonauts four players in double figure scoring for the fourth time. UWF will play at Auburn-Montgomery (1-4) Sunday afternoon. Tip-off at the AUM Basketball Complex is set for 3 p.m. Spring Hill (2-2) got 10 points off the bench from Jewel Hill while shooting a season-low 29.7 percent. Watch Live at Auburn-Montgomery 11/27/2016 – 3:00 pm Box ScorePENSACOLA, Fla.  –  The UWF women’s basketball team used a dominating performance in the third quarter to open up a 19-point lead en route to a 81-51 victory over Spring Hill in the home-opener at the UWF Field House Tuesday.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Web 2.0 Expo Wrapup

first_imgJust as it’s become thecustom for Tim O’Reilly to open the Web 2.0 conference keynotes with a fireside chat withJeff Bezos of Amazon.com, and then later for John Battelle to interview a Google exec (itused to be Sergey Brin, but now Eric Schmidt has taken over that task), it’s becomingRead/WriteWeb’s custom to do a conference wrap-up post. Personally I do it mainly to getmy own thoughts in order, because these conferences are very hectic and so it’s hard tothink at a macro level while you’re in the ‘eye of the storm’. In addition, some of theRead/WriteWeb authors have done their own mini-wrapups.So what was different about this web 2.0 conference? It was the 3rd Web 2.0 Conferencerun by CMP/O’Reilly Media that I’ve been to (I followed the 2004 Web 2.0 conferencevirtually). Check out my previous wrapups of the Web 2.0 Summitand the Web 2.0Conference in 2005. The Web 2.0 Expo was the biggest of all 3, both in terms of thevenue and the number of people attending – estimates ranged from 10-16k. It also had more of a developer focus, althoughthere were plenty of business people too. More on that in a minute.Takeaways From a product and webtechnology perspective, there were a lot of enterprise or SME focused startups andproducts on show – particularly in the Expo Hall area (The Land of the Booths). As Iwalked around the plentiful booths, it seemed at least every second product wasfor enterprises or SMEs. This was definitely a change from the previous conferences,where consumer-focused products dominated and usually stole the limelight. I’ve alreadyprofiled Bungee Labs, a next generation web development platform that impressed me. Afew other newcomers that caught my eye were Egnyte (a collaborative document sharingapp), Vidoop (a security solution that featured in the LaunchPad), and robotreplay.com (asite analytics service). That’s naming just a few, and I didn’t manage to see all of thecompanies on show (check the R/WW Author wrapup of the Expo, in the next post, for morestandouts).In terms of the sessions and panels, the Web 2.0 Expo was overall a success – withenough good sessions about new technologies and interesting Web 2.0 issues to keep peoplehappy. There were of course some sessions that were disappointing – e.g. some were justproduct pitchs, or perhaps the discussion between panelists didn’t quite pan out. Butthat happens in every conference. There were unfortunately a lot of issues with the WiFi,despite the best attempts of the organizers to fix it. Another disappointment was thatthe Expo had no closing keynotes on the final afternoon, and the main booth area was alsoclosed at around midday on Wednesday. It seemed kind of a letdown to only have panelsessions running in the final afternoon.Photo: Scott Beale / Laughing SquidBut turning to the positive, the Expo had a great mix of people attending –developers, designers, business people, VCs, bloggers, etc. So unlike the Web 2.0 Summitat the end of last year, this crowd was diverse and more focused on the technologyaspects. I also got the impression that more ‘mainstream’ people, from corporations orsmall/medium businesses, were in attendance – which is a healthy sign. And that wasreally the aim of the conference organizers, encouraged by the different tracks ofsessions (one for design, one for strategy and business, etc). The only complaint I heardabout the tracks was that some of the developer community who already knew about web 2.0,did not find enough detail in their sessions to satisfy them. But on the other hand, Ialso spoke to a company that wasn’t familiar with web 2.0 whose developers were enjoyingthe tracks (this was after the first day). So I guess you can’t please everyone, butoverall the (admittedly few) sessions I attended were interesting. I actually spent mostof my time networking/booth-hopping and in the press room, which in my case wasthe only place I could connect to the Net.HighlightsOther features of this conference I enjoyed: The Expo Hall wasgreat, with a good mix of startups and more established vendors. Strangest sight? The IBMbooth, with IBM staff milling around in red shirts (not IBM blue) and doing on-the-spotclassroom sessions with microphones and videos. That strategy seemed to be pulling in thepunters (many willingly plopped themselves into the IBM chairs and listened to thelessons)… but as a fellow blogger quipped to me yesterday: “I don’t go to web 2.0conferences to listen to IBM”. No disrespect intended, because IBM is doing some greatthings now with web 2.0 technologies. But the real excitement was to be found, at leastfor me, in the many startup booths – e.g. CambrianHouse’s booth was excellent, with akind of tropical theme going (see pic below). All in all, I enjoyed wandering around thebooths and getting demos from the many passionate technologists waiting to gush about their babies.Photo: Scott Beale / Laughing SquidThe Ignite show on Sunday evening was awesome. These were 5 minute quickfire presentationson a particular theme or product, mostly focusing on stuff happening on the edge. Ireally enjoyed them, precisely because they were not the usual ‘product pitches’ – theywere more like 5 minutes on whatever technology passion the presenter had.  The presentations rangedfrom the more traditional – for example Ryan Stewart (who was a last minute addition, sohe had little prep time) did a fantastic 5 minute summary of RIAs – to the bizarre, e.g.the guy who built a web app at the South Pole or the guy who discussed how his hobby ofbee-keeping was a good example of the web 2.0 “hive mind”! My favorite presentation atthe time was the ‘open source hardware’ story about 14 year boys making Lego guns at instructables.com –although given that the Virginia Tech tragedy happened the day after, it is inretrospect more than a little disturbing. At the time it came across as more humorousthan creepy; but thinking about it in the aftermath of the tragedy, it certainly is asomewhat disturbing use of technology to make guns out of lego. In any case, I loved the Ignite sessions. Especially as the audience had theopportunity to vote for the best presentations, using text messaging on mobile phones. Big credit for the concepthas to go to Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Media, who came up with the idea and has beenrunning Ignite in Seattle recently. I will delve more into Ignite in a follow-uppost. The Web2Open was agreat addition to the conference. This was a free event where developers and designersdiscussed the tech issues of the day. I must admit I didn’t have time to attend it (otherthan poking my nose in a couple of times), but I did hear second-hand that the Opensatisfied web 2.0 technologists and the ‘in crowd’. Props to Tara Hunt and Chris Messinafor organizing this.ConclusionWhen it comes down to it, Web 2.0 Expo was a success in my eyes, despite the technicalglitches with WiFi and last day scheduling oddities. From a networking standpoint, it was a greatcrowd of people to mix and mingle with. The cliche is that the best part of a conferenceis the discussions in the hallway – and in the case of the Expo it was discussions inhuge cavernous hallways that were usually teeming with people. I got the feeling thatothers enjoyed the conference, although it’s hard to generalize. The evening partieswere good too, with the Netvibes event on Monday probably the highlight.If you attended the conference, please add your thoughts on it below.All photos in this post are from Scott Beale / Laughing Squid, who has a lot ofgreat Web 2.0 Expo photos on his blog laughingsquid.com.  8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#conferences#web#Web 2.0 Expo 2007#Weekly Wrap-ups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Your Enterprise Is About To Get Even More Mobile

first_imgUnless you have been living in a cave the last 10 years or so, you have noticed a fundamental shift in how information workers work.   Long gone are the days when IT provided every employee a PC that remained at the office and over which IT had absolute control.  Today, thanks to Consumerization and an inexorable move toward mobile computing, using a phone and tablet for work in addition to a PC is almost a birth-right of every information worker. And IT usually does not provide two of the three, much less fully control them. Employees want everything, everywhere, and IT has to figure out how to enable this in the most secure manner possible lest employees figure out how to do it by whatever means necessary. Essentially, IT needs to re-think how users and devices are managed and secured.Mobile device management was born out of the need to bring some control to the chaos employees wrought by bringing in their personal smart phones—and later tablets—to the workplace. Without going into the full history of the evolution of MDM, suffice it to say that it has come to be accepted as the minimum standard for managing mobile devices. To date, it has been used to manage mostly iOS and Android devices. Windows PCs, in all their form factors, could only be managed using the traditional management methods that IT has been using very successfully for decades.Microsoft introduces mobile management for Windows devicesThis is about to change. On October 18, Windows PCs powered by Intel® Core™ and Intel® Atom™ processors are joining the mobile management party. That’s right, now IT will be able to manage Windows PCs with the same MDM tools they use to manage the other mobile devices in the enterprise. The new MDM APIs in Windows 8.1 will allow users to self-enroll their device with an MDM service, just like they have been doing with their smartphones.  The MDM service will then  automatically configure the device so it can access corporate resources securely. With the new MDM APIs, IT will be able to set password policy, provision certificates, configure per app VPN, WiFi, as well as set many other device restrictions.In addition to the MDM APIs, Microsoft is introducing several new features in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 that work together to provide controlled, secure access to corporate resources from devices that are not joined to the domain. For example, Work Folders use centralized file storage to synchronize a user’s documents across devices, whether the devices are domain joined or not. Workplace Join allows devices to be registered with Active Directory so that IT can give more granular access to corporate resources based on the device’s identity. Web Application Proxy allows IT to give controlled access to internal web applications to devices outside the corporate network. There are several more features but those are the major ones.All this can be configured by the user, remotely, without IT having to re-image the device. That’s what makes this set of capabilities so vital for Windows 8.1 devices to participate in the BYOD party.Airwatch is first out of the gateAirwatch, a leading enterprise mobility management vendor, is offering its customers same-day support for the Windows 8.1 MDM APIs. This is history in the making. For the first time, IT will be able to manage Windows tablets like the mobile devices that they are. AirWatch enables capabilities like advanced asset tracking, configurable network settings, remote enterprise wipe, push notifications and application management and tracking on Windows 8.1 tablets. Intel is excited to partner with Airwatch in advancing enterprise mobility to make devices and management even more secure, capable, and user friendly.Intel powers devices for every business needFortunately for users they can also choose from a wide variety of Intel-powered devices that fit their mobile life styles. Ultrabook™ 2 in 1 devices powered by Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors offer the best of both worlds by being a tablet when you want it or a laptop when you need it. Or, if user wants even more mobility, Intel® Atom™ processor based tablets are thin and light and provide longer battery life. No matter which Intel-powered device a user chooses, they are all compatible with existing Windows applications and are easy to integrate into the enterprise, whether IT chooses to traditionally manage them as PCs or use the new MDM method made possible by Windows 8.1.More info on AirwatchFor more information on Airwatch support for Windows 8.1 please attend the webinar and view the video below (both will be available at the following links after 8:30 a.m. EST tomorrow):Webinar: http://www.air-watch.com/resources/webinarsVideo: http://www.air-watch.com/resources/videosRead the Airwatch blog here: http://blogs.air-watch.com.Sign up for a free trial of Airwatch here: http://www.air-watch.com/free-trial.last_img read more

AusSquad Launch A Success

first_imgField one was filled with children at the launch, as well as the Australian Men’s and Women’s Open National Training Squads, who were on hand to help launch the program. The children were split up into eight different groups, working on the core competencies of Touch Football, with Australian squad members on each station to help teach the children new skills. Touch Football Australia’s National Sport Development Coordinator, Adam Raptis, is responsible for the AusSquad program and hopes the children got something out of today’s launch. “The AusSquad program is about junior development and particularly tonight we are focussing on the skills and development aspect of the programs, so in more depth we are focussed on the eight core competencies of the game. Basically we had eight drills, covering those eight core competencies and hopefully the kids enjoyed it and had fun,” Raptis said. Australian Men’s Open squad member, Matt Prowse, was one of the players involved in the launch, and told the crowd what they should do in order to get to where he and his fellow Australian squad members are today. “I think probably something that I got told when I was younger was to listen to your coaches and work as hard as you can and you don’t have to be the star in the game to make it,” Prowse said. Touch Football Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, was pleased with how the launch went and is excited for the program to keep developing. “The AusSquad launch was fantastic, in terms of seeing something that has conceptually been put together. To see a concept that the organisation has worked very hard on and believes in and there’s a lot of work to do with it but to see it actually come into fruition and see our national representatives actually working with the kids and knowing that some of those national representatives have been coached by certain individuals that are at the event watching that, it was just a fantastic advertisement for the game to see people contributing back and hopefully that spurs on other people in the same way,” Maguire said. To find out more about the AusSquad program, please contact Touch Football Australia.last_img read more