Court of Appeal judge admits motoring offence

first_imgA Court of Appeal Judge has lost his licence for 56 days after speeding through a red light – his fourth motoring offence in eighteen months. Sir Mathew Thorpe (pictured), 73, could have been disqualified for six months, but convinced District Judge Daphne Wickham that this would cause ‘exceptional hardship’ to his farming work. Thorpe admitted failing to comply with a red light in Victoria Embankment on 3 February. He was also fined £250, with £250 costs. City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that Sir Mathew had clocked up nine penalty points for speeding in November 2009, July 2010 and April this year. An additional three penalty points were added for the red light offence, making him liable for disqualification. His Skoda Fabia was snapped by a traffic camera jumping the red light at 39 mph at 6.55am. ‘I do rely on the car to get between my two places of work, but more importantly for my farming in Wiltshire,’ Sir Mathew told the court. ‘The farm buildings are the hub of the wheel. Cattle have to be fed by driving around the hub. I work three days a week on the farm.’ Thorpe told the court he is separated from his wife and has one part-time employee to help him, insisting it was not practical to find more staff. ‘It would be difficult, I can’t say impossible, but in a small community I can’t think of anyone qualified or suitable. ‘I would want somebody who knew what they were doing on a farm.’ Thorpe said he needed to drive animal feed a distance of one-and-a-half miles to take care of his cattle. His lawyer Yvette Kresner said: ‘It is a very difficult junction. There is a large bike lane and two other lanes. ‘It was a split-second decision by Sir Mathew not to cause danger to other road users, and go through the lights.’ District Judge Wickham – who knows Sir Mathew professionally – said: ‘He is entitled to put these circumstances in front of me and six months would be a long time for the defendant to be disqualified if he was able to maintain that aspect of his life.’ A spokesman for the Judicial Office said that accrording to normal procedures, the matter would be referred to the Office for Judicial Complaints for inquiries to be made, and for ‘consideration in due course by the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor’.last_img read more

Dunleavy Leaves Majority Caucus With Budget Vote

first_imgDunleavy said the budget had not been cut far enough and protested any use of the Permanent Fund’s earnings. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Wasilla State Senator Mike Dunleavy has left the Republican Majority caucus after voting against the party’s budget. The budget was passed last Thursday with Dunleavy the only Republican to vote ‘no.’ Sen. Kelly(R-Fairbanks): “His departure was quite gentlemanly and I don’t know that he’s truly articulated what his problems were. I’ve never quite understood them, because I’ve been here for a lot of years and I’ve never been in anything but a budget-cutting environment and every time we’ve cut the budget and taken the hit and done the hard work, there’s been someone who said, ‘oh, you didn’t cut enough.’” Voting for the majority’s budget is the key requirement to remain in the caucus. Dunleavy now loses his committee chairmanships, seat on the Finance Committee, and six extra staffers.center_img Senate President Pete Kelly told our partners at KENI that he’s not clear on why Dunleavy voted against the budget, which cut $270 million from the Governor’s initial proposal, but he respects Dunleavy’s decision… There has been broad speculation that Dunleavy is planning to run for Governor in 2018.last_img read more

Liverpool v Chelsea player ratings

first_imgEden Hazard’s brilliant goal took Chelsea through. [Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire]Eden Hazard scored a sublime individual winner as Chelsea came from behind to beat Liverpool in the third round of the Carabao Cup. Here’s how we rated each Blues player in the victory at Anfield.AdChoices广告Willy Caballero: 7The Argentine made two decent first-half saves in quick succession from Naby Keita’s strike and Sadio Mane’s header. He also took up a good position to make an unknowing but vital second-half save from Mane after Ross Barkley’s defensive error in a faultless display.Cesar Azpilicueta: 6He was caught out of position as he pressed forward in the first half, but his pace got him out of trouble and he remained solid and effective in defence.Gary Cahill: 7An impressive return to the starting line-up for the captain, who was composed and calm in possession, making good angles and finding Cesc Fabregas at every available opportunity to enable Chelsea to play from the back. Had his work cut out after the interval as Liverpool seized control, but he stood firm.Andreas Christensen: 5Christensen looked a little edgy in the first half, making a couple of mistakes that could have proved costly and struggled more after the break with his confidence having been shaken. Got away with a woeful backpass that led to Daniel Sturridge missing an open goal and was culpable for Liverpool’s goal with a daft attempt to play the ball out from the back when under pressure.Sturridge’s goal looked like taking Liverpool through. [Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire]Emerson: 7Neat and tidy and he had some bright moments in the final third, but was sometimes over-enthusiastic with his forward running and subsequently left the left side of the defence exposed. He was one of the few Chelsea players to improve after the break and capped an increasingly promising performance with the equaliser.Cesc Fabregas: 7The star man in a fine first-half midfield performance by Chelsea, he sat deepest of the central trio and used all his quality and extensive passing range to dictate play. His long-range first-half ball to set up Alvaro Morata was vintage Fabregas but, like his team-mates, he was rattled by the home side’s increased tempo and started to get sloppy.Morata should have scored after being set up by Fabregas. [Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire]Matteo Kovacic: 7Alongside Fabregas the Croatian was mightily impressive as Chelsea seized control in the first 30 minutes, creating space and making countless telling runs. But he barely saw the ball after the interval and was taken off after 64 minutes with Chelsea being over-run in midfield.Ross Barkley: 7The former Everton man had a decent evening, linking up play well and striding through on numerous occasions but was also guilty of giving the ball away too cheaply. Barkley stayed positive and kept demanding possession and his fine header led to the leveller.Victor Moses: 7Sparky and always involved, Moses had plenty of opportunities to run at Alberto Moreno and was a consistent threat on the right.Willian: 7He was busy and dangerous, winning back possession high up the pitch and making several surging runs, before being replaced by Eden Hazard.Alvaro Morata: 5Morata was unfortunate not to score from the exquisite Fabregas pass and also when played in by Willian. But should have scored from a delicious outside-of-the-foot pass by Willian after the break, heading wastefully over. The Spaniard has had his fair share of bad luck in front of goal but needs to show more conviction and urgency.Eden Hazard: 9A brilliant strike that even eclipsed his stunning Premier League goal at Anfield in May 2016. Hazard was slow to make an impact after coming on but it was worth the wait and he was head and shoulders above anyone on the pitch in the closing stages.Hazard was Chelsea’s hero yet again. [Martin Rickett/PA Wire]N’Golo Kante: 8He brought much-needed zest and energy just when the Blues needed it most.David Luiz: 7The Brazilian made a significant contribution in his late cameo, settling those around him with his ability to bring the ball out of defence and coolness under pressure. See also:Zola: Hazard is among the world’s bestBrilliant Hazard gives Chelsea cup victory at AnfieldKlopp insists Liverpool were unlucky against ChelseaSarri v Klopp: How do they match up?Hazard probably the world’s best – BarkleyCahill ‘very useful’ for Chelsea – Sarri Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Smith hundred takes sting out of Scorpions

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada,  CMC – Veteran opener Devon Smith continued his domination at first class level, stroking his 36th hundred as Windward Islands Volcanoes kept under-pressure Jamaica Scorpions in the field all day on the opening day of their fifth round match here yesterday. The 37-year-old hit a superb 124 which steered the hosts to 263 for six in their first innings, after they were inserted at the Grenada National Stadium.Kavem Hodge extended his good form with 56 while wicketkeeper Denis Smith ended the day unbeaten on 36.Left-arm spinner Dennis Bulli led the attack in the absence of veteran Nikita Miller, claiming five for 94. In fact, it was Bulli who put Scorpions in command in the morning session, taking all three wickets as the hosts stumbled to 61 for three. He trapped Taryck Gabriel lbw for 10 at the start of the second hour before bowling both Tyrone Theohile (6) and captain Kirk Edwards (6).However, Devon Smith and Hodge came together to prop up the innings in a fourth wicket stand worth 144.While the left-handed Smith struck 16 fours off 209 deliveries, Hodge faced 96 balls and counted five boundaries. When Bulli broke the stand by having Smith stumped, Volcanoes lost three wickets for two runs before Denis Smith and Sherman Lewis, unbeaten on 16, combined in an unbroken 56-run, seventh wicket stand to frustrate Scorpions.Smith has so far faced 71 deliveries and struck four fours.last_img read more