That right kids! Ultra Music Festival 2013 completely sells out of its Weekend 2 tickets. Do not fret though; there are still Weekend 1 tickets to be purchased. VIP for the second weekend cleared the shelves Monday, pushing fans to buy sooner rather than later. It’s a pretty safe bet that Weekend 1 tickets will sell out quickly now that Weekend 2 is bye-bye. Don’t get stuck with fake tickets or hiked up prices. Follow the yellow brick road to Ultra and get your tickets now!This year’s line-up is stacked, featuring Ultra vets like Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, and David Guetta, along with the last ever performance from Swedish House Mafia, the UMF return of Deadmau5, a rare set from Skrillex and Boys Noize collaboration Dog Blood, and a live set from Snoop Dogg.http://ultramusicfestival.com/tickets/
Criminal legal aid cuts will not affect the quality of lawyers, according to the legal aid minister Shailesh Vara.The former City solicitor, who took over the legal aid brief from Lord McNally in the recent reshuffle, told the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal and Constitutional Affairs that those who qualify for legal aid will continue to get a ‘world class’ service, despite the planned £220m cuts.He said officials are currently analysing the ‘roughly 2,000 responses’ received to the second consultation on the proposals and the government expects to publish its response in the ‘near future’.Vara (pictured) assured the profession: ‘We have been listening and we will continue to do so.’ He said: ‘We want to ensure the long-term sustainability of the legal profession in the difficult environment that it faces,’ insisting that cuts were needed due to the financial situation.The Law Society’s deputy vice president, Jonathan Smithers, stressed the ‘extremely challenging’ impact the cuts will have on solicitors. ‘We know from the evidence we are collecting that many firms will struggle to survive even the first cut, which is likely to affect the supplier base very considerably,’ he said.Many firms, he suggested, can only continue to provide legal aid services because they cross-subsidise with other parts of work.Smithers raised concerns over the introduction of a single flat fee regardless of plea, which he said ‘cannot be justified in the interests of justice’. He said the proposed national fixed fee for police station work was ‘unsustainable’ and questioned the lack of escape fees for this work.But Vara stressed that with the cuts to very high cost case (VHCC) work, the government had tried to ensure that high earners bore the brunt of the cuts. Vara claimed that 17% of barristers received a six-figure fee income last year, solely from criminal legal aid, and that around two thirds of criminal legal aid barristers doing VHCCs receive fee incomes of over £100,000.One case, he said, cost £8.5m and would still cost £6m after the changes, and the top three cases cost the taxpayer £21m. After the cuts, he said, the cost of those three cases would still be a ‘staggering’ £14m.‘Even after the latest proposals, we will have one of the most generous legal aid systems in the world, costing £1.5bn a year,’ said Vara, adding that the system will ‘remain loyal’ to its founding principles.Liberal Democrat peer and barrister Lord Carlile QC challenged the minister over the fee cut for VHCC work, which he said could be as much as 40%, calling his figures ‘grossly misleading’. He questioned the ‘ethics of government’ that could allow a ‘unilateral breach of contract’, suggesting that any predicted savings are ‘illusory’ as the cases will have to be prepared again after barristers refuse to do the work. ‘I warn you that if you go down that road, you will have chaos in the residual VHCC work because the bar will withdraw from them wholesale,’ said Carlile.Bar chair Maura McGowan QC took issue with the claim that England and Wales has one of the most expensive legal aid systems in the world, saying she wanted to ‘nail the lie’.When you measure like for like, she pointed to National Audit Office research that said the spend in England and Wales is ‘average’.McGowan said the country continues to enjoy a justice system that is the envy of the world, but warned that in a couple of years it will be ‘no better than it is in a couple of states of America’.
AMID a passionate and excited crowd, the Guyana Amazon Warriors prevailed in a low-scoring, nail-biting contest by three runs in match 4 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), against St Lucia Stars, last evening at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.In a dramatic finish, the game had all the ebbs and flows throughout and in the end the Stars could not prevent a miserable 13-match losing streak.Chasing 141 for victory, the Stars ponder over the botched run-chase, and eventually reached 138-7, as the hosts’ pace and spin combination ensured the losing streak continued for the Stars.Besides the bucketful of tricks that leg-spinner Imran Tahir possesses in his armoury in terms of his googlies, top-spinners and leg-breaks that had the Stars’ batsmen perplexed last night, with figures of 2-23, it was the medium pacers, Rayad Emrit (3-26), and Keemo Paul, who held their nerves together in the final two overs in the run chase.With 23 required in the final two overs, Emrit took two wickets and gave away just seven runs before Paul took the wicket of Kavem Hodge and gave away just 13 runs in the final over to help three-time CPL finalists prevail in the end.Stars’ chase gathered slow momentum for most of the innings. The openers failed to find a middle ground in orchestrating the chase as they vacillated between forward defence and scratchy slogs.However, the Proteas leg-spinner removed both David Warner, who may have felt very unlucky, and Andre Fletcher in his first over, at 30-2 inside the seventh over. Warner made 11 off 21 balls, while Fletcher struggled to a 17-ball 14.Rayad Emrit celebraties with his teammates after taking a wicket at the back end of the innings.Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard then held the innings together with a crucial third-wicket stand as they added some 83 runs in 9.4 overs, at a run rate of 8.58.Simmons, once a Warriors recruit, had struck five colossal sixes in his 39-ball 45 before he was dismissed in the 17th over, edging behind off Emrit.At that point, the Stars had needed 29 runs off 21 balls, but lost a flurry of wickets, including Pollard (32) and Rahkeem Cornwall in the 19th over, which eventually shattered any hopes of a victory.Having gone with an unchanged side, Chadwick Walton had given the Amazon Warriors the fillip early on, as they raced to a great start, but it was all spin after that quick start. 17-year-old Qais Ahmad pulled things back during his fine spell of 3-15 with support from Hodge and later by Cornwall.The right-hander Walton took the fight to the opposition, outscoring his partner Luke Ronchi by some distance. The Jamaican peppered the boards with astonishing frequency from the word go, blasting four fours and a six in the first six overs. With Ronchi not hanging around either despite getting little of the strike, the 50 came up inside the Powerplay overs.However, after being put down by Lendl Simmons on the long-off boundary, Walton was stumped soon after off leg-spinner Ahmad for a 24-ball 31.Shimron Hetmyer, who has been in sublime touch, joined Ronchi, and began with some forceful blows, hitting Ahmad for his first of three boundaries before he decided to mete out special treatment to Kieron Pollard, with back-to-back boundaries in the ninth over.The frustration of Pollard, Stars skipper, grew markedly by then, as he tried venting it out animatedly on Hetmyer.Ronchi then greeted Kesrick Williams with a maximum down the ground. However, the Stars did well to pull things back with Ahmad managing to snare the wickets of Hetmyer and Shoaib Malik in a space of eleven balls.Both batsmen were undone by ripping googlies, with the left-hander edged behind for 21, while the Pakistani was bowled through bat/pad.Ronchi, laboured his way to 42, but he had become edgy towards the end. He completely missed an arm ball from Mark Chapman, but was unlucky to be dismissed lbw.Sherfane Rutherford and Jason Mohammed struggled to apply the finishing touches.Saturday’s match attracted another huge turnout. (Adrian Narine photos)The Warriors will face off with Barbados Tridents this evening from 18:00hrs.GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS inningsC. Walton stp. Fletcher b Qais Ahmad 31L. Ronchi lbw b Chapman 42S. Hetmyer c Fletcher b Qais Ahmad 21Shoaib Malik b Qais Ahmad 8J. Mohammed not out 20S. Rutherford not out 16Extras: (b-1, w-2) 3Total: (four wkts, 20 overs) 141Fall of wickets: 1-54, 2-86, 3-98, 4-113.Bowling: Mohammad Sami 2-0-20-0, K. Hodge 4-0-24-0, M. McClenaghan 1-0-15-0, K. Pollard 2-0-14-0, Qais Ahmad 4-0-15-3, K. Williams 3-0-28-0, R. Cornwall 3-0-16-0, M. Chapman 1-0-8-1.ST LUCIA STARS inningsA. Fletcher lbw b Imran Tahir 14D. Warner lbw b Imran Tahir 11L. Simmons c Ronchi b Emrit 45K. Pollard (c) c Mohammed b Emrit 32M. Chapman stp. Ronchi b Green 2R. Cornwall b Emrit 3K. Hodge b Paul 0Qais Ahmad not out 9M. McClenaghan not out 9Extras: (nb-1, w-12) 13Total: (seven wkts, 20 overs) 138Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-30, 3-113, 4-116, 5-120, 6-120, 7-126.Bowling: Sohail Tanvir 4-0-19-0, C. Green 4-0-28-1, R. Emrit 4-0-26-3, Imran Tahir 4-0-23-2, K. Paul 4-0-42-1.
According to a report released last week by the Education Department, over half of all faculty members at American colleges and universities are now working part-time, as adjunct positions and short-term contracts slowly but surely replace the tenure track. The so called “casualization of academic labor” is part of a bigger story of American jobs, of course– the transformation of one of the traditionally most generous and secure lines of work into something riskier and more uncertain (although for some adjuncts, perhaps, more flexible and stimulating). Within the academy, there are worries about the effect of tenure decline on academic freedom. As a student advocate, I also worry about the effect of tenured professors who sway liberal arts students to enter graduate school and a profession that may be evaporating. But what’s really interesting for Freelancers Union members is that the move toward “freelance” professors has become the basis for a lot of old-fashioned union organizing–adjuncts are making up a growing share of new faculty union units. Recently, all three national faculty unions–the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the American Association of University Professors–have begun campaigns to improve the working conditions of adjuncts and bring their pay and benefits more in line with that of full-timers. The AAUP is lobbying for bills in several states that would require public universities to have at least 75 percent full time faculty. Most freelancers don’t have a state government as their employer to lobby for better pay and conditions. But if part time “freeway flyer” faculty members juggling appointments in several colleges can be active in a union, and get results, maybe we can too.