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8 van passengers killed in head-on crash on Mississippi highway: Officials

first_imgKeikona/iStock(SCUBA, Miss.) — Eight passengers in a van were killed when it collided head-on with a truck on a Mississippi highway early Monday, state officials said.The passenger van was heading east on Highway 16 when it crashed with a westbound Penske truck near Scuba, Miss., at about 4:23 a.m. local time, said Mississippi Highway Patrol Spokesman Sgt. Andy West.The driver of the passenger van was hospitalized in unknown condition, West said. The driver of the Penske truck was not hurt, he said.The accident is under investigation, said West.This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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School Social Work Coordinator

first_imgAurora University seeks talented staff and administrators who arepassionate about supporting an inclusive community dedicated to thetransformative power of learning.Position Purpose: School Social Work Coordinator supportslearning by overseeing the direction, implementation, coordinationand oversight of the School Social Work Specialization in the MSWprogram as well as the Post MSW Professional EducatorLicense-School Social Work Endorsement.Core Competencies: Ability to communicate effectively, including reading, writing,and speaking.Ability ty to build positive relationships with students andpracticing community.Ability to teach.Ability to work on a team with faculty.Ability to use MS Word and Excel software.Performs under general supervision. Determines own methods ofperforming assigned work. Skills: Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits includinghealth, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b)retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission. Please sendresume with cover letter and contact information for threereferences including name, telephone and email address.Apply to:Aurora UniversityHuman Resources347 South Gladstone AveAurora, IL 60506630-844-5650 – [email protected] -emailAurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Essential Job Requirements:Education: Recruit and serve as advisor for all students in the SchoolSocial Work Specialization.Work with appropriate University offices to set deadlines andentrance criteria for Post MSW Professional Educator License -School Social Work Endorsement Program.Review applications to the Post – MSW Professional EducatorLicense- School Social Work Endorsement Program, and assist them infinding internships.Manage and administer all paperwork, monitoring, andcommunication with the Illinois Board of Higher Education – IBHEregulatory offices.Administer, manage, and coordinate the PEL:SSW Field Program inthe SSW.Hire, supervise and mentor all adjunct faculty teaching inSchool Social Work Program.Assists the AU Enrollment Department with admissions byparticipating in student orientations and all MSW student openhouse activities.Participates in activities of departmental academiccommittees.Work with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) toentitle students as the Licensure Officer for the PEL: SSWEndorsement.Attend annual licensure trainings and maintain communicationwith the Illinois State Board of Education.Develop curriculum, update and manage “master” syllabi forschool track courses. Essential Job Functions: Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner withprospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers, andthe community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse groupof faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service,learns and uses operating practices of the department and AuroraUniversity.Upholds the Mission Statement:Aurora University aninclusive community dedicated to the transformative power oflearning.Handles all information with tact and discretion and recognizesthe confidential nature of university business.Supports learning through performance of essential jobfunctions and performing other duties and functions as necessary oras assigned. Master’s Degree in Social Work Required and CurrentProfessional Educator License with a School Social WorkEndorsementlast_img read more

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Congress came through. Why is real estate not satisfied?

first_imgA photo illustration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty) It’s not the $2.2 trillion that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted, but the $900 billion federal aid package approved Monday has serious funding for real estate: $325 billion for small businesses and $25 billion for rental assistance.The rest of the stimulus — including $166 billion in checks, $120 billion for unemployment and $45 billion for transportation — will help the industry indirectly by sustaining shopping and transit systems. It will provide a figurative shot in the arm while millions of Americans get a literal one.Its omission of funding for city and state governments, however, means real estate will have to fight next year, in New York and probably elsewhere, to stave off tax increases.ADVERTISEMENTCovid cost New York governments a lot of revenue. Not as much as initially feared — because Wall Street’s big year will generate big tax payments — but more than lawmakers are inclined to make up by cutting spending.For the state, the biggest mouths to feed are not agency employees (contrary to what the average Joe thinks) but education and health care. No one should expect Albany to slash these funding streams to balance next year’s budget.Both industries have powerful lobbies — think teachers’ and health care unions, hospitals and nursing homes — and lots of allies in the legislature. They are all well practiced in stirring up public outcry over Johnny’s teacher potentially getting laid off or no nurse answering the bell when Grandma presses the call button.Read moreThe real impact of the pandemic on NYC financesNYC’s fiscal fiasco vexes real estate industryHotel distress could cost city $1.8B in tax revenue Full Name* The real estate lobby that its critics think is so powerful can only dream of having the kind of pull in Albany that education and health care do. Simple math will force the Cuomo administration to find savings from schools and Medicaid, because that is where the money is, but when it comes to tax revenue, real estate’s favorite customers are a likely target.Fights for a pied-à-terre tax and another millionaires’ tax will start to heat up in January and carry to the end of March, when the state budget is decided. Taxing second homes is easy pickings politically, because they are owned by the well off, many of whom live outside New York. Lawmakers are not too worried about the political fallout from enacting a tax that shaves, say, 10 percent off the sale price of non-primary residences worth $5 million or more. (The technicalities of enforcing one are daunting, but that’s another matter.)Legislators might also add a top-tier income tax to the current statewide millionaires’ tax of 8.82 percent, which combined with New York City’s income tax gives the Big Apple the second highest maximum income tax rate in the nation (behind California). Gov. Andrew Cuomo has held off tax increases since taking office in 2011, but this month said they are likely without federal aid. And he got no aid in Monday’s bill.There is a debate about whether the rich will flee New York if taxes are raised. That is the wrong question, though. If the tax rate were raised to 100 percent, of course they would leave. The issue is how high a rate they will tolerate.No one knows the answer, despite anecdotes about people moving to Florida, which has no state income tax. Indeed, the number of billionaires in New York City has increased since the first millionaires’ tax was passed in 2009. It’s apparently in the triple figures now, up from the 70s back then. It seems some folks are too busy making enormous sums of money to bother changing their tax residency, or just live wherever they want because they can“The key is making sure that you are competitive relative to other jurisdictions,” said Andrew Rein, president of the Citizens Budget Commission.What about New York City? Its budget problems have turned out to be not as bad as Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed when he was pleading for a federal bailout. Thanks again to Wall Street and low interest rates (which allowed for debt refinancing), and to previous stimulus bills fueling the economy, this year’s budget is balanced at $92 billion.The next one, beginning July 1, officially has a $3.8 billion deficit — and unofficially $4.8 billion if you add the $1 billion in savings from unions that they and the mayor promised five months ago but have not delivered.Fortunately, the city has $2.8 billion in reserves. Exhausting that would bring the deficit down to $2 billion.The unions should be able to pitch in their billion (consider that more than 90 percent of unionized city employees pay nothing toward their health benefits, and lots of retired city employees get city-funded health care until they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare).The final billion could come from things like attrition — not replacing workers who leave city service. Would that hurt the quality of life that the real estate industry depends on? Not by much. The industry did pretty well when the city’s headcount was 297,000 halfway through de Blasio’s first year in office. Six years later, it was 324,000. Universal pre-K accounted for only 6,000 of the gain. The main impediment to cutting spending is the mayor’s ideology, not the idea that the city would fall apart.The final leg in the three-part stool that underpins real estate is the transit system. Congress is sending only $4 billion of the $12 billion that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it needed to avoid massive service cuts. That buys the MTA time to find recurring savings that close large budget gaps in 2022 and 2023.“The subway is the lifeblood of our economy, without question,” said Rein.Citi Bike will not bring office workers and tourists back to Manhattan. For New York metro area real estate to recover as the world is vaccinated, the trains have to keep coming. But the industry does not want to kick in more tax money for transit, as it did a year ago to fund the system’s capital plan.It is conceivable, but not especially likely, that Congress will make cities, states and transit systems whole with a future aid package. They are essentially on their own, which will keep real estate’s lobbyists busy in 2021.Contact Erik Engquist Email Address* Message*last_img read more

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THW Kiel and PICK Szeged book their TOP 16 places

first_imgLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 5. HC Meshkov Brest6204160:164(-4)4 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsTHW Kiel booked their EHF CL TOP 16 place with a victory over PPD Zagreb 34:27 (16:16). Highly motivated Croatian team showed fighting spirit and energy enough to stay in balance with the “Zebras” in the first half, but after the break, Alfred Gislason men made quickly a clear advantage and took the new points routinely.The first gunner of the German squad was Steffen Weinhold, who scored 9 goals, while Domagoj Duvnjak punished his ex-team with 7 balls into the net.THW KIEL – PPD ZAGREB 34:27 (16:16)THW KIEL:Pallicka 12 saves, Sonne 3 saves; Duvnjak 7, Ranke, Toft Hansen, Sprenger 4, Weinhold 9, Wiencek 2, Ekberg, Lauge, Canellas 6(4), Dahmke 2, Klein 4, VujinPPD ZAGREB: Stevanović 4 saves, Ivić 6 saves; Mihić 3, Brozović 2, Stepančić 5, Šprem, Čorić,  Šebetić 5(3), Raković 2, Horvat 1, Šušnja 1, J. Valčić 4, T. Valčić, Obranović 3, Vuglač 1, LukačecRESULT: 3:0 (4.) 5:2 (7.) 6:4 (11.) 8:7 (16.) 10:7 (19.) 12:9 (22.) 14:14 (27.) 14:15 (29.) 16:16 (30.) 19:16 (33.) 21:17 (37.) 23:18 (40.) 24:21 (41.) 27:23 (49.) 30:24 (54.) 34:27 (60.)Man of the Match: Steffen Weinhold 1. THW Kiel7601220:191(29)12 3. Naturhouse La Rioja6303177:174(3)6 Pingback: Klibba.com » THW Kiel and PICK Szeged book their TOP 16 places 1 Comment 5. Kadetten Schaffhausen6114158:181(-23)3 1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce6600188:162(26)12 1. MOL-Pick Szeged7601198:182(16)12 Related Items:Pick Szeged, THW Kiel 6. HC Metalurg6105146:175(-29)2 3. Aalborg Handball6213153:157(-4)5center_img 6. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…6105137:148(-11)2 4. HC Motor Zaporozhye7205191:195(-4)4 Recommended for you 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…6402169:157(12)8 THW Kiel with +5 from Szeged 1 Comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail Hungarian runners-up PICK Szeged are the second team who sealed TOP 16 berth last night. Team of Juan Pastor had easier job to beat Motor Zaporozhye 29:25 (16:12) in Ukraine than at home. Bombac and Balogh were in the main roles with 7 goals each. Harald Reinkind to stay at THW Kiel SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel in German derby 3. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …7304163:174(-11)6last_img read more

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DVSA clarifies reissued Driver Qualification Card date error

first_imgDVSA has clarified an error with the Driver Qualification Card (DQC) expiry date on some cards that have been reissued to Driver CPC holders who received a seven-month extension to the validity of their existing DQC.The Agency recently announced that new DQCs would be issued to those drivers where the extension is still in force to reflect the change of date by which 35 hours’ training must be completed. However, it has come to light that some of those reissued cards erroneously display the original date of expiry, and not the one that takes account of the extension.A DVSA spokesperson has confirmed that in these instances, a further DQC with the correct expiry date will be dispatched. It is expected that the first of those should arrive very soon, if they have not done so already.The spokesperson adds that if drivers who have benefitted from a seven-month extension that is still current are stopped and asked to produce their DQC before a reissued card displaying the correct expiry date reaches them, they should show their existing card with the expired date on it.The extension to DQC expiry dates was introduced in June 2020. It applies to cards that were due to expire between 1 February-31 August 2020.last_img read more

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On Cuba and Iran, Barack Obama defies his critics

first_imgAfter months of reacting to nonstop crises, Barack Obama has reclaimed his foreign policy narrative this summer — at least for now.In the past week, he has sealed the nuclear deal with Iran he has sought since taking office. And on Monday, he officially restored full diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time since 1961.The two events were the product of a vision Obama first articulated as a candidate in 2008, when he vowed to challenge “conventional Washington thinking” about America’s role in the world and pledged a new era of diplomatic outreach. Secretary of State John Kerry commemorated the new Cuba policy by hosting Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez at the State Department on Monday, the first official visit by a top Cuban diplomat to Washington since 1958.“The United States welcomes the new beginning of its relations with the people of the government of Cuba,” Kerry said, speaking in polished Spanish. “We are determined to live as good neighbors on the basis of mutual respect.”The White House welcomed a sense that Obama is challenging old assumptions about U.S. foreign policy on multiple fronts. “This is yet another demonstration that we don’t have to be imprisoned by the past,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. (That past includes Kerry himself: In an October 2005 address at Georgetown University, Kerry named both Iran and Cuba as being among “regimes we rightfully despise.”)On a day when the United Nations Security Council approved a key component of the Iran nuclear deal, Republicans also drew a connection between Obama’s Iran and Cuba policies.“History will remember July 20, 2015, as Obama’s Capitulation Monday, the day two sworn enemies of the United States were able to outmaneuver President Obama to secure historic concessions,” Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a 2016 presidential contender, said in a statement.Kerry, who will travel to Havana on Aug. 14 to raise the American flag over the U.S. Embassy there, did not suggest on Monday that Washington and Havana are now in perfect harmony. “This does not signify an end to the differences that separate our governments,” he said. “But it does reflect the reality that the Cold War ended long ago.” Though different in their particulars, Obama’s policies toward Cuba and Iran have some noteworthy parallels. In both cases, Republicans in Congress and on the 2016 presidential campaign trail are almost uniformly hostile. In both cases, Kerry and Obama are betting that dialogue will encourage political reform and progress on shared interests.“Both governments are better served by engagement than by estrangement,” Kerry said Monday.And in both Cuba and Iran, administration officials are warning that the new agreements will be tested. On Monday, Kerry cautioned that the emerging relationship with Cuba would face “bumps in the road.” Likewise, Kerry said last week that the Iran nuclear deal is likely to encounter glitches: “I’m not going to stand here and tell you that everything’s going to work without a bump, without a hitch in the road,” Kerry said.In each case, major ideological differences underlie the improved relationships. Iran’s supreme leader speaks about the U.S. with open hostility, for instance, while America and Iran compete for influence in Iraq.And even as he and Kerry exchanged sunny words about new beginnings Monday, Cuba’s Rodríguez reiterated his country’s demands for a total end to America’s economic embargo on Havana and insisted that the U.S. military base at Cuba’s Guantánamo Bay occupies “illegally occupied territory” and must be closed.The Guantánamo base’s closure is not under consideration, even if Obama is trying to shutter the famous detention camp on its grounds. The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution that will lift sanctions on Iran after Tehran has taken steps to limit its nuclear program in compliance with the deal. Some key members of Congress, including the top two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had urged the Obama administration to delay the vote.Kerry said he would have preferred that Congress act first but that America’s five other negotiating partners in Vienna — France, Great Britain, Germany, Russia and China — did not want to wait. A 90-day delay of the U.N. measure’s implementation included in the deal represents a “compromise” solution, Kerry said.“The rights of the Congress to make its evaluation have not changed,” he added. Republican control of Congress means that the U.S. embargo on Cuba isn’t about to end, meanwhile. Republicans have denounced Obama’s opening with Cuba, arguing that the communist regime there has made little progress on human rights and political freedom.But congressional opposition could not block the restoration of diplomatic ties, marked on Monday when Cuba raised its flag over its embassy building on Washington’s 16th Street NW, which had served as the country’s interests section since 1961. That became possible after the State Department removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism this spring.The State Department also raised a Cuban flag in its main atrium Monday morning.The U.S. Embassy in Havana also opened for full diplomatic business Monday, although the U.S. flag won’t fly there until Kerry hoists it next month.Though Kerry will enjoy a major ceremonial role in Havana when he visits the U.S. Embassy there next month, he has been less involved in Cuba policy than in the Middle East and Russia. Much of the diplomatic legwork on Cuba was conducted by top officials on Obama’s National Security Council.As if to underscore the point, Kerry was asked Monday about criticism from lawmakers angry that the United Nations acted on the nuclear agreement Monday morning, before Congress could cast a vote on the deal.last_img read more

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Disability Rights Florida seeks board members

first_imgDisability Rights Florida seeks board members Disability Rights Florida seeks board members Disability Rights Florida — a federally funded, protection and advocacy system serving individuals with disabilities throughout the state for 40 years — is seeking volunteer attorneys with strong records of personal or professional involvement in developmental disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, or vocational rehabilitation to serve on its governing board. “Attorneys or other professionals with experience in financial management, accounting, organizational leadership and board governance who are committed to our purpose are also encouraged to apply,” according to the independent, not-for-profit organization headquartered in Tallahassee, with offices in Gainesville, Tampa, and Hollywood. Disability Rights Florida is governed by a 15-member board of directors that approves overall policy, goals, and budgets that meets quarterly. Members of the board serve without compensation, but are reimbursed for ordinary and necessary expenses of attending board meetings. Fundraising is not required. For more information, visit www.disabilityrightsflorida.org or email Executive Director Maryellen McDonald at [email protected] February 1, 2017 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Rep. Christine Chandler To Hold Town Hall With Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver On ‘Protecting Our Elections’

first_imgFrom the Christine Chandler for Dist. 43 Campaign:Rep. Christine Chandler (HD43) will hold an online Town Hall at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, with Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on “Protecting Our Elections”. They also will be joined by Rep. Joy Garratt (HD29) to talk about the steps the state is taking to ensure the security of the upcoming election.“This will be an election like no other,” Rep. Chandler said. “Secretary Toulouse Oliver has put in place many steps to protect our election process and ensure the security of this election. It’s important that voters know and understand these critical steps.”The Town Hall will be broadcast LIVE on Rep. Chandler’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/Christine4NM.The Town Hall will discuss the steps that the state is taking to ensure the security of the upcoming election, to certify all votes are counted in a timely manner, and how the state is working with local county clerks to ease access to voting. Questions will be taken at the event.Voters may request an absentee ballot now at NMVote.org. The first round of absentee ballots will begin being mailed out on October 6. In addition, voters may vote early in-person Oct. 17-31, or on election day. All polling locations and instructions can be found at NMVote.org.Chandler will be on the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election ballot. She was first elected in 2018 and must run every election cycle to keep her seat in the New Mexico Legislature.last_img read more

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Halabi completes £260m Aviva Tower purchase

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Chris Anderson Appointed Executive VP, Elgin World Trade

first_imgELGIN, Ill. – Chris Anderson has been appointed executive vice president of Elgin World Trade, an operating unit of global engine and chassis parts manufacturer Elgin Industries. Anderson, who joined Elgin in 2000, will oversee the World Trade business’ product import, export and sales operations. He reports to Elgin President Bill Skok.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementElgin World Trade markets a broad range of engine and steering and suspension products for automotive and commercial vehicle applications. The unit serves customers in more than 58 nations.“Chris has been an important contributor to our global growth for many years and is well-qualified to lead our operations as we expand our product range and distribution footprint,” Skok said.Anderson resides in Geneva, Ill., with his wife, Brannon, and two children. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.To learn more about Elgin Industries and Elgin World Trade, visit www.elginind.com.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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On Site Gas Systems launch nitrogen generators in Australia

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Italy’s first LNG production facility opens

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City parks to reopen

first_imgThe City of Cape Town has announced its decision to open parks immediately. On Sunday July 12, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would remain under Alert Level 3 lockdown, but parks would open for physical exercise.Following the announcement, Mayor Dan Plato has requested that city officials reopen all City parks immediately.“Parks by their nature encourage social distancing and we are pleased that national government has finally changed its stance on this. Capetonians will now benefit from additional activities through the access to parks. This will assist in enabling daily exercise to increase mental and physical well-being during this challenging time,” said Mr Plato.The City’s Recreation & Parks is ready to open all parks within the metropole, including Khayelitsha Wetland Park, Nantes Park, Arderne Gardens, Company’s Gardens and Westridge Gardens.Mr Plato added, “I am very thankful for the city staff who have been hard at work during the lockdown to ensure that our parks are ready for our residents. Teams have been carrying out maintenance over the past two weeks to ensure safety and compliance. I am sure our residents will appreciate having these spaces to exercise and enjoy some fresh air.” Residents are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear their masks at all times when visiting parks.last_img read more

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Lawyers Online in £2m TV relaunch

first_imgLong-established legal internet service provider Lawyers Online has relaunched itself as a referral site for legal services. The company was formed in 1998 and generates revenue through providing hardware and internet connectivity to law firms.The company currently has 200 law firms as members and wants to establish a co-operative group marketing scheme based on a £2m TV advertising campaign. It will not charge solicitors for the website referral service.The company said it aims ‘to build regional panels of firms who will receive exclusive leads by areas of specialism’.Fourteen firms in the London area are piloting the scheme, receiving leads via a call centre. ‘All leads are vetted by our in-house team of lawyers before being forwarded to the firms,’ the company said.Chief executive Rosie Houghton (pictured) said that high street firms are seeking to develop their online brands in the face of increasing competition from alternative business structures such as Co-op Legal Services and Stobart’s One Legal.Houghton said when the company was originally set up lawyers were not internet savvy and speeds were too slow to provide them with a useful online business presence.‘Lawyers are taking on board that they need the internet full time,’ she said.Lawyers Online is in talks with private equity firm JPT for additional funding. She said the company was interested only in the UK market. ‘We are concentrating on branding; branding is the future for law firms.’last_img read more

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St Joseph man fined for beating elderly man

first_imgFifty-two year old Reid Anthony of St Joseph has pleaded guilty to wounding and beating an eighty-two year old man of the same village.He also admitted guilt to causing damage to the man’s trouser valued at $60 and stealing a number of items from him including a Casio watch, a pack of cigarette and 4 boxes of matches.The elderly man said the defendant had beaten him on 2nd May, took his belongings and tore his trousers in the process.In his report to police, the man said he had just returned from collecting his pension when the defendant, who is also his neighbour, met him and said “you report me to police for your fence but tonight I will deal with you”.It was then, that the defendant stole his items, some of which were in the pocket of his trouser.Anthony was fined $500 for wounding which he must pay by 31st July or spend 1 month in prison in default of payment and compensation of $60 for the damage caused to the trouser, by 8th June or spend one month in prison in default of payment.There were no separate penalties for battery or theft.Meanwhile, Kenrick Xavier of Newtown is at the state prison awaiting a proper surety to secure his bail.Xavier was charged at a magistrate’s court on Tuesday, 7th May for causing grievous bodily harm to a female with intent to disfigure her on 12th April, 2013 at Pointe Michel. He was not allowed to plea as the offence is an indictable one.The prosecution, represented by inspector Claude Weekes, did not object to bail but requested that stringent bail conditions be imposed.Mr Weekes requested that the defendant surrender his passport to the court, report to the Roseau police station three times weekly, and stay away from all witnesses in the matter including the complainant who is seeking medical attention in Barbados.Bail was set in the sum of $20,000 by Magistrate Bernard Pacquette.The defendant, was remanded until he can secure a surety. He was represented by attorney Wayne Norde.Dominica Vibes News 26 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share LocalNews St Joseph man fined for beating elderly man by: – May 8, 2013last_img read more