In the future there will be no female leaders, Facebook chief Sheryl Sandberg famously said, there will just be leaders. Well, perhaps the future starts now. It’s International Women’s Day so what better time to look at Plymouth’s female business leaders who are already proving it doesn’t matter what gender you are, as long as you have the drive, brains and daring it takes to be a success. So here are 50 business women Plymouth can be proud of: Dynamic business bosses: Soo Brizell – charity chief Soo makes tireless efforts as a parent and head of employability at Shekinah - a Devon-based charity which provides opportunities for people in recovery from homelessness, drug and alcohol issues, offending behaviours or mental ill health. In recognition of her work Soo won the Business Mother of the Year category as part of the Devon Venus Awards 2016 - an event designed to inspire and encourage women to reach their full potential. Sophie Glover – fashion … [Read more...] about 50 business women Plymouth can be proud of
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It was a small, inner-city school with just a few hundreds pupils, and that's what makes its legacy even more impressive. Situated in the centre of Swansea, it produced an extraordinary number of pupils who went on to excel in their chosen fields. They include MPs, entertainers, lawyers, sportsmen, and even a man whose work is credited with helping to bring World War 2 to a premature end. It also provided a schooling to someone who became a religious leader to more than 80 million people across the world, and his classmate who became a familiar and much-loved figure living on the streets of the city. The Higher Grade School was founded in 1883 in Trinity Place before moving ten years later to the site from where it would take its ultimate name. First though, it was the Swansea Municipal School, before adopting the name by which it is most well known - Dynevor; later Secondary Grammar, finally Comprehensive. Even today, approaching twenty years after it closed for good, its former … [Read more...] about The vanished Swansea school with a quite remarkable list of former pupils
Facing conflict of interest proceedings under tightened EU rules, billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš may soon become the first European politician found in violation of the bloc’s new law. Babiš, the second wealthiest Czech, is suspected of still owning the sprawling Agrofert chemicals, food and media group despite having formally transferred ownership to trust funds to comply with the law. Separate proceedings sparked by the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International and the opposition Pirate Party show that Babiš has reason to worry. Last month Babiš’s minority government lost a confidence vote, forcing him to try to cut a deal with opposition parties to stay in office while he battles the allegations. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s minority government lost a confidence vote yesterday (16 January), forcing him to try to cut a deal with opposition parties to stay in office while he also … [Read more...] about Commission to rule on Czech PM conflict of interest ahead of EU elections
Facing conflict of interest proceedings under tightened EU rules, billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis may soon become the first European politician found in violation of the bloc's new law. Babis, the second wealthiest Czech, is suspected of still owning the sprawling Agrofert chemicals, food and media group despite having formally transferred ownership to trust funds to comply with the law. Separate proceedings sparked by the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International and the opposition Pirate Party show that Babis has reason to worry. "Agrofert gets EU subsidies, Czech subsidies, and takes part in public procurement," David Ondracka, head of the Czech branch of Transparency International, told AFP. "Babis is in a conflict of interest in all these segments and they all should be suspended." Last September, Transparency and the Pirates asked the European Commission whether Agrofert was entitled to receive billions in EU agricultural subsidies if Babis still controls … [Read more...] about Billionaire Czech PM tests EU’s new conflict of interest law
When was legal aid established? Free schemes run by volunteer lawyers to advise the poor who found themselves before a judge emerged at the end of the 19th century. The modern system was created by Clement Attlee’s Labour government, through the 1949 Legal Aid and Advice Act. The white paper preceding legislation said the aim was “to provide legal advice for those of slender means and resources, so that no one would be financially unable to prosecute a just and reasonable claim or defend a legal right; and to allow counsel and solicitors to be remunerated for their services”. Legal support and representation was to be available in all courts. There were merit tests and, above a certain limit, a sliding scale of contributions. Initially the scheme was overwhelmingly involved with divorce cases but provision gradually extended to other areas of the law. Devised at the same time as the welfare state, legal aid was not a nationalised service like the NHS or the benefits … [Read more...] about Legal aid: how has it changed in 70 years?