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Government faces High Court action over children’s rights

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The guidance also covers support for runaways A children’s charity is taking High Court action against the government over its claims that some protections of children in care are “myths”. The Article 39 charity is seeking a judicial review of Department for Education guidance to local councils responsible for vulnerable children. The “myth-busting guide” suggests some duties around social worker visits, protections for missing children and care leavers’ support can be cut back. DfE lawyers approved the guide. The guide, which was published last…

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Federer to make clay court return at Madrid Open

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Fourth Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2019. Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during the match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo (Reuters) – Roger Federer confirmed his participation for this year’s Madrid Open on Wednesday, marking his return to the European clay court season after two years away. The 20-times Grand Slam champion has not played this year since his Australian Open round of 16 defeat by Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in January. Federer, whose sole French Open title came…

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Caster Semenya unquestionably a woman, say her lawyers before court case against IAAF

Caster Semenya won 800m and 1500m gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Caster Semenya’s lawyers say the world and Olympic 800m champion is “unquestionably a woman” before a court case against athletics’ governing body. Semenya is challenging a proposed IAAF rule that aims to restrict the levels of testosterone in female runners. The Times reported that IAAF lawyers will say Semenya, 28, is a “biological male” as well as classified as female. The IAAF denied on Wednesday it will class any athlete with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) as male.…

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Caster Semenya: IAAF denies it will tell court athletes like South African should be classed as male

Caster Semenya is the reigning two-time Olympic and three-time World 800m champion Athletics’ governing body has denied it will tell a court female athletes with high testosterone levels like Caster Semenya should be classified as male. World and Olympic 800m champion Semenya is challenging a proposed IAAF rule that aims to restrict the levels of testosterone in female runners. The case will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) next week. The Times reported that IAAF lawyers will say Semenya is a “biological male” as well as…

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High Court judge apologises after falling asleep

Image copyright UPPA/TopFoto Image caption Mrs Justice Parker is the second longest-serving judge serving in the Family Division A High Court judge has been given “formal advice” after “momentarily” falling asleep during a hearing. The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) said the conduct of Mrs Justice Parker was found to have the potential to undermine public confidence in the judiciary. The judge, 68, who serves on the Family Division of the High Court in London, was investigated following a complaint. The JCIO said she “expressed remorse” for the incident. Judges…

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Libby Squire: Arrested man in court on unrelated charges

Image copyright PA Image caption Pawel Relowicz appeared at Hull Magistrates’ Court A man arrested in connection with the disappearance of student Libby Squire has appeared in court charged with unrelated offences. Pawel Relowicz, 24, of Raglan Street, Hull, appeared at Hull Magistrates’ Court accused of voyeurism, outraging public decency and burglary. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and was remanded in custody. Mr Relowicz was arrested in connection with Ms Squire’s disappearance on Wednesday. Source link

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Petra Kvitova: Tennis star tells court of knife attack horror

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJuly 2017: Petra Kvitova ‘had flashbacks’ after knife attack but has ‘won her fight’ by being at Wimbledon Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova has testified at the trial of the man accused of stabbing her in her home in the Czech Republic. The tennis star suffered damage to ligaments and tendons in her playing left hand when fighting off an intruder in December 2016. Kvitova had surgery for her injuries and returned to tennis five months after the attack. She testified via…

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U.S. FCC faces tough questions from court on net neutrality repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court asked pointed questions of the Federal Communication Commission on Friday in hearing a challenge to whether the Trump administration acted legally when it repealed landmark net neutrality rules governing internet providers in December 2017. FILE PHOTO: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas The panel heard more than four hours of arguments in the first court hearing on the FCC’s controversial decision to reverse the Obama administration’s 2015 rules,…

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U.S. appeals court hears challenge to FCC net neutrality repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court was hearing arguments on Friday over whether the Trump administration acted legally when it repealed landmark net neutrality rules governing internet providers in December 2017. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas The panel, which set aside 2-1/2 hours to hear the case, is made up of Judges Robert Wilkins and Patricia Millett, two appointees of Democratic former President Barack Obama, and Stephen Williams, an appointee of Republican Ronald…

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Supreme Court rejects government appeal on criminal records scheme

Image copyright PA The Supreme Court has rejected a government appeal against a human rights ruling won by people who claimed their lives were blighted by past minor criminal convictions. The judges found a revised criminal records disclosure scheme was “disproportionate” in some respects. People need to disclose their criminal record when applying for certain jobs. The government will have to consider reform of the system, said BBC legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman. Christopher Stacey, co-director of the charity Unlock, said it was an “important ruling”, which stands to affect…

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