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first_imgAnother national law firm franchise formally launches today, designed to help firms compete against cut-price and ‘faceless’ providers which operate online and through call centres. Face2face solicitors, set up by solicitor Ray Gordon (pictured), is targeting smaller firms and startups, offering reduced overheads and a comprehensive support structure. Shrewsbury solicitor John Burrowes is the first franchisee. He will operate as a sole principal. All franchisee firms will use the name and branding of face2face solicitors and establish themselves as limited companies. They will be connected by a cloud computing system and use software from Solicitors Own Software, which provides case management and legal cashiering software and a complete compliance manual and handbook for outcomes-focused regulation. Firms will pay a £25,000 joining fee plus an annual fee of 8% of their income. They will sign up to a five-year franchise agreement, renewable for a further five years. Gordon said the model does not require firms to offer fixed fees; fees will vary across the country. Firms will receive referrals from other members in cases where they have particular expertise. Those seeking to join must attend a two-day assessment and strategic planning course, costing £2,000. Gordon said the franchise and firm will then decide mutually whether membership is appropriate. Gordon is targeting 600 member firms, a figure that he said equates to 2.5% of the number of sole practitioner firms and practices with up to five partners. He expects growth to be ‘steady’, with around 10-20 members by mid-2012. ‘We are building something for the long term, so we are not going to rush. We need to provide the necessary infrastructure to support the firms properly,’ said Gordon. As the franchise develops, Gordon said it will undertake marketing and advertising on behalf of firms, but this will be done locally. Funding to establish the franchise has come from Gordon in partnership with SOS, and Gordon said the venture will be self-financing. Introducing external investment is not part of the business model. However, if member firms eventually set up as alternative business structures, he said there may be a requirement to seek additional capital. Gordon said: ‘We are looking to put in place exceptional professional service for clients to help the legal profession fight back against cut-price providers of online and call centre-based “faceless” legal services. ‘We’d like to retain the principle of providing clients with a face-to-face service, giving advice over the table. I think this has been overlooked by many firms looking to take advantage of the internet and new opportunities to deliver legal services.’last_img read more

first_imgThese figures bring Antwerp back to the same level as before the recent recession. If the present trend continues, the Port Authority expects to close 2010 with a volume of 175 million tonnes.The main volume driver was container traffic, up by 19.4 percent in comparison with the same period last year, from64.6 to 77.1 million tonnes. The port passed the level of 6 million teu as a volume of 6.3 million teu was achieved, an increase of 16.9 percent. This brings the container volume back to the level of 2008, the best year ever for the port of Antwerp.The volume of bulk freight rose by 4.8 percent in the first nine months of 2010, to 44 million tonnes. There was a particularly sharp rise in dry bulk, liquid bulk for its part crept up by half a percent to 29.3 million tonnes, making it one of the most stable segments during the recession.Conventional/breakbulk freight, including heavy lift and out-of-gauge cargoes, experienced growth of 6.3 percent, with8.4 million tonnes being loaded and unloaded in the period from January to September.last_img read more

LDA installs kite system

first_imgLDA Group owns, charters and operates over 100 vessels worldwide and has been searching for ways to reduce emissions along with its customer Airbus, which also owns AirSeas. The ro-ro ship, equipped with the kite system, is dedicated to the transport of Airbus parts around Europe. LDA recently joined the International Windship Association (IWSA), a non-profit association with over 100 members and registered supporters worldwide that works with the industry, policy makers and regulators to further the development and market uptake of wind propulsion for commercial shipping. “Wind assist and primary wind propulsion is increasingly being viewed as a credible, viable and economic option and we look forward to working with the LDA team to further the uptake of 21st century wind propulsion solutions for the commercial fleet,” said Gavin Allwright, IWSA secretary general.LDA president, Edouard Louis-Dreyfus, said: “We are very excited by the development of wind solutions as a key answer to the decarbonisation challenges we are facing today and it is only natural for us to join the IWSA in its drive to further develop these technologies.”In early 2019, LDA commenced design works for a large, transoceanic ro-ro vessel that fully integrated wind-assisted propulsion systems. It plans to continue development work in this field.Last month, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) announced its intention to install an automated kite system on one of its bulkers, as HLPFI reported here. Indeed, wind assist and primary wind propulsion offers a way to significantly reduce the amount of power required by vessels on many routes and it is likely that the shipping industry will see more companies looking at these technologies in the future.www.lda.fr wind-ship.orglast_img read more

first_imgDiaper change as molestation? Experts doubt Arizona charges Author: The Associated Press Published: September 23, 2016 7:11 AM EDT SHAREcenter_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. PHOENIX (AP) – Statements from the Arizona Supreme Court equating diaper-changing to child molestation and the provocative social media headlines that followed have left parents nervous that one day they will need an attorney more than a nanny.A recent court opinion on a Tucson man’s appeal of child molestation and child sex abuse convictions criticized the law as too vague. Two dissenting justices wrote that the criminal statute says any kind of deliberate sexual contact is considered child molestation and does not require proof of sexual intent.So, parents literally commit a felony every time they bathe a toddler or change a diaper, the dissenting justices said.Law experts, however, say it’s doubtful any prosecutor would go after a parent, baby-sitter or doctor for a standard child-caring task. But that hasn’t stopped anxiety-breeding headlines that bath time could lead to jail time.Here are key things to know about Arizona’s child molestation law and the reaction to it:___PARENTS CRITICIZE LAWFor many parents, the law as written would criminalize the assistance they count on from baby-sitters and day care providers.Arizona criminal statute defines child molestation, a felony, as an act by an individual who “intentionally or knowingly” engages in or causes someone to engage in any sexual contact with a child under 15. It does not mention whether the contact is sexually motivated.Tabitha Schmaltz, an accountant and mother of four from the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, sends her youngest child to day care and considers the staff an extension of herself. They are expected to be the parent, feeding and diapering her 1-year-old son.“If I have to choose between my sitter abiding by the legislation and neglecting my child out of fear, or ignoring legislation and caring for my child in a way I know he’s not being neglected, I would happily let my sitter violate this legislation,” Schmaltz said Thursday.Nikole Fletcher, a Phoenix mother pregnant with her second child, said that when she first put her 4½-year-old son in day care, she chose a facility that would assist with things like potty training.“This law, the way that it’s worded, is calling those day-to-day situations that you kind of chuckle about as a parent, they’re calling them into a very serious light,” Fletcher said.___PROSECUTION FOR CAREGIVING?The Arizona Supreme Court acknowledged that in crafting the law, the Legislature likely was not setting out to criminalize bathing or diaper-changing. But that did not stop an outcry across social media about parents or baby-sitters possibly facing arrest in an innocent situation.That led Phoenix’s top prosecutor, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, to try to ease people’s concerns in a statement earlier this week.“It is incredibly insulting to believe any prosecutor reviewing a case for charging would not be able to tell the difference between an adult taking proper care of a child and the molestation of a child victim,” Montgomery said.___WHAT EXPERTS SAYPaul Bender, a longtime professor at Arizona State University’s College of Law, said the law’s wording should be clearer.“I doubt very much whether there are going to be many unjust prosecutions under that interpretation, but it could happen,” Bender said. “Because people are nervous about it, it’s a problem.”He said the law is also problematic because it puts the burden of proving any sexual contact was innocent on the defendant.“If you’re going to accuse someone of a bad thing – of a criminal act – you should have to prove all the things that are necessary to make it a criminal act,” Bender said.Fletcher, the parent, said protecting children should always take precedence, but the law opens up the possibility of an erroneous judgment that could ruin someone’s livelihood.“Who is making the decision of who gets labeled or pulled in or decided against? We all think it should be sexual predators who are actually committing sexual molestation,” Fletcher said..last_img read more

first_img Tweet 306 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Share LocalNews Dominica on track to 100% potable water by: – April 26, 2019 Minister for the Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal – Joseph Isaac Minister for the Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal, Honorable Joseph Isaac informed that the Government of Dominica is continuing on its journey to build a resilient water sector which includes providing potable water island-wide.This was highlighted at a handing over ceremony of water trucks by UNICEF to DOWASCO this week.Isaac said that one hundred percent access to potable water on the island should have been achieved in 2015, however this was halted as a result of tropical storm Erika in that year followed by the passage of hurricane Maria in 2017.These major disasters damaged all of the island’s water systems.“I am happy though, to report that ninety-eight percent of communities around Dominica now have access to potable water. Lest we forget, I want us to remember that we have come a very,very long way from the day of Maria,” he said.DOWASCO has already articulated a number of measures the company will be taking to ensure a more robust water infrastructure as the country works towards resilience.last_img read more

first_img Share UWF’s South Regional Semifinals Match Postponed Another Day Due to Weather  BOCA RATON, Fla. – The NCAA South Regional #2 women’s tennis match between No. 9-ranked University of West Florida and Florida Southern College has been postponed to tomorrow morning due to rain. The match was originally slated for Sunday but was pushed to today due to rain. Multiple rain delays have plagued the first semifinals match and moved the UWF match to tomorrow.In the first women’s semifinals match, host Lynn is facing Florida Tech. The doubles matches were completed and during singles, play was halted for an hour and 15 minutes for rain. The teams were able to get another hour’s worth of play in before another rain delay at 2 p.m. eastern. No. 2-seed Lynn was leading No. 7-seed Florida Tech, 4-1, when play was halted. The teams are hoping to complete the Florida Tech-Lynn match tonight. No. 3-seed UWF and No. 6-seed Florida Southern will start at 9 a.m. eastern. Live stats, results and a recap of the match will be available on GoArgos.com.The two winners will play in the finals of South Regional #2 on Thursday at 10 a.m. eastern. The winner of the regional will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be played May 16-19th in Louisville, Ky. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. — www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgTidak tanggung-tanggung, si empunya restoran menghadirkan sebuah pesawat narrow-body ber-livery-kan sejumlah karakter kartun lucu, seperti Minions dan Mike Wazowski dari film Monster Inc. Seperti yang dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari laman brilio.net, ‘perjalanan’ wisata kuliner Anda kaan dimulai dari area lobi, dimana Anda akan dilayani selayaknya seorang penumpang pesawat. Jika Anda hendak memesan makanan, Anda bisa melakukannya di Counter Check In – seperti yang Anda selalu lakukan sesaat sebelum mengudara.sumber: brilio.comSelesai memesan makanan, tiba saatnya untuk boarding alias masuk ke dalam restoran dengan menggunakan garbarata berlapis kaca pada bagian sisinya.Oh iya, JAR ini menyediakan dua jenis kelas yang dapat dipilih – Ekonomi dan Bisnis. Perbedaan antar kelas ini tampak dari jumlah seat, fasilitas seat, dan juga harga paket makanan. Menurut laman sumber, untuk masuk kabin pesawat, Anda juga harus pesan paket makanan yang sudah ada di menu lho.sumber: brilio.comAda tiga varian menu paket yang bisa Anda pesan, yaitu Paket Ndeso, Paket Kampung, dan Paket Melayu. Masing-masing dari paket tersebut terdiri dari berbagai makanan, mulai dari traditional food hingga western food. Harga menu paketnya Rp 160 ribu untuk empat orang, alias Rp40.000 per orang. Cukup ramah di kantong, bukan?Sebagai informasi tambahan, boarding akan dilakukan setiap jam 11.00 WIB dan 13.30 WIB, kecuali jika ada rombongan yang pesan banyak seat, boarding bisa dilakukan saat itu juga.Baca Juga: Pensiun dari Dunia Aviasi, Boeing 747 Disulap Jadi Restoran Mewah“Sebetulnya dulu itu kita nggak punya pikiran ke konsep resto. Dulu kita beli pesawat itu untuk kargo. Cuma karena pemikiran kita lebih jauh lagi, saingan kargo kan banyak, makanya kami memutuskan tidak bergelut di bidang kargo. Akhirnya kita bergelut di bidang kuliner dan edukasi,” tutur manajer JAR, Ahmad menceritakan sedikit cikal bakal dari hadirnya resto unik ini.“Kita juga bikin berbeda dengan resto-resto yang lain, konsepnya dibuat betul-betul seperti di bandara,” sambungnya.Bagi Anda yang ingin ekslpor menu di luar paket, maka Anda wajib mencoba menu satuan yang dijual dengan harga berkisar Rp4.000 hingga Rp75.000.Bagaimana, Anda tertarik mencobanya?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedMau Makan di Restoran dengan Sensasi Bandara dan Pesawat? Yuk ke Jogja Airport Resto03/05/2020In “Darat”Dijual Restoran Terbesar Bekas Airbus A340 di Turki Seharga Rp20 Miliar, Berminat?07/08/2020In “Featured”Lima Restoran ini Gunakan Body Pesawat Sebagai Lapak Jualannya26/04/2019In “Darat” sumber: brilio.com Selain enak, salah satu magnet kuat yang dapat menyedot pengunjung untuk bertandang ke sebuah restoran adalah konsep yang unik. Ya, lalu bagaimana jadinya jika sebuah restoran sudah memiliki konsep yang unik dan berbarengan dengan varian menu yang menggugah selera? Wah, bukan tidak mungkin jika resto ini akan dipadati oleh pengujung setiap harinya, ya!Baca Juga: Lima Restoran ini Gunakan Body Pesawat Sebagai Lapak JualannyaJika Anda hendak mencari resto komplit semacam ini, datanglah ke Dusun Kadirojo I, Purwomartani, Kalasan, Sleman, dimana Anda akan menemukan Jogja Airport Resto (JAR). Jika dilihat dari namanya saja, sudah barang tentu konsep yang ditonjolkan dari restoran ini adalah seputar dunia penerbangan.last_img read more

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTak Berikan Struk Pembayaran, Pengemudi Taksi Singapura Kena Denda 50 Dollar16/06/2020In “Darat”Pengemudi Taksi di Beberapa Negara Positif Terkena Virus Corona04/03/2020In “Darat”Dampak Virus Corona, Tiap Hari Bandara Changi Kehilangan 20 Ribu Pelancong13/02/2020In “Bandara” Bahkan para pengemudi pun juga diminta untuk mengukur suhu tubuh mereka sebanyak dua kali dalam sehari. LTA menyebutkan ada delapan lokasi untuk pengecekan suhu yang didirikan oleh tujuh perusahaan Singapura.Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari channelnewsasia.com (10/2/2020), pengemudi taksi yang suhu tubuhnya dalam kisaran normal akan menerima stiker pada hari itu. Stiker ini menunjukkan bahwa pengemudi sehat dan sedangkan pengemudi persewaan swasta diminta mengukur suhu tubuh mereka sendiri dan mengirimkan hasilnya melalui aplikasi.LTA bersama Asosiasi Taksi Nasional (NTA) dan Asosiasi Kendaraan Perekrutan Pribadi Nasional (NPHVA) akan meningkatkan jumlah stasiun pengecekan suhu di Singapura agar semua pengemudi terjangkau. Langkah tersebut diambil setelah seorang pengemudi taksi dan mobil sewaan terkena virus corona dari tujuh kasus baru yang diumumkan pada Sabtu kemarin.“Kami sedang bekerja dengan operator untuk meningkatkan langkah-langkah pembersihan. Pengemudi kami sarankan untuk menurunkan jendela setelah perjalanan untuk kebersihan udara dalam kendaraan dan menyemprotkan desinfektan ke mobil lebih teratur,” kata LTA.LTA menyebutkan, pengemudi taksi dan mobil sewaan yang terkena virus corona harus dikarantina akan diberi tunjangan S$100 atau Rp985 ribu per hari dari pemerintah. Pengemudi bisa mendapatkannya jika memenuhi syarat untuk tunjangan tersebut.Semua operator taksi, serta perusahaan persewaan swasta GoJek, Grab dan Ryde, mengatakan mereka akan menghapuskan biaya sewa kendaraan untuk pengemudi yang dikarantina. Tak hanya itu, mereka juga berkomitmen untuk memberi tunjangan yang bisa digunakan satu kali sebanyak S$100.Sedangkan pengemudi yang menjadi anggota NTA atau NPHVA juga berhak mendapat tunjangan sekali pakai sebesar S$200 atau sekitar Rp1,9 juta. Menteri Senior Transportasi Janil Puthucheary bertemu dengan sekitar 60 supir taksi dan swasta di Institut Devan Nair untuk membahas kekhawatiran mereka atas berita dua pengemudi yang terinfeksi,Dia mengatakan, langkah yang diumumkannya pada hari itu bertujuan untuk mengembalikan kepercayaan pada industri.  Janil mengatakan, bahwa banyak penumpang yang sulit naik ride hailing di lokasi-lokasi seperti rumah sakit. Menurutnya ini karena pengemudi merasa cemas bila mengangkut penumpang dari rumah sakit dan baiknya pengemudi tidak ragu-ragu karena menggunakan masker.Janil juga membantah laporan yang menyatakan bahwa virus corona baru itu mengudara, mencatat bahwa pemerintah Cina sendiri mengatakan virus itu tidak ada di udara. Sebab semua bukti saat ini menunjukkan bahwa virus ini disebarkan oleh tetesan, bukan udara.Dia mengakui bahwa tindakan yang diumumkan dapat disalahgunakan, misalnya oleh pengemudi yang mengklaim masker untuk diri mereka sendiri daripada memberikannya kepada penumpang yang sakit.Baca juga: Di Tengah Ancaman Virus Corona dan Pembatalan Peserta, Singapore AirShow 2020 Jalan Terus“Saya pikir kita harus menerima dengan itikad baik bahwa (pengemudi) akan menjaga diri mereka sendiri dan orang-orang di sekitar mereka.” Taksi Singapura Semakin merebaknya kasus orang terinveksi virus corona di Singapura membuat para pengemudi taksi dan kendaraan sewaan harus mendapatkan perlakuan ekstra, wujudnya berupa pemberian masker yang nantinya akan diberikan kepada penumpang yang dalam kondisi tidak sehat.Baca juga: Pendapatan Turun, Pengemudi Taksi Singapura Tetap Bekerja dan Semprotkan Desinfektan serta Gunakan MaskerOtoritas Angkutan Darat (LTA) Singapura mengatakan, mulai Selasa (11/2/2/2020), sebanyak 300 ribu masker akan dibagikan kepada pengemudi melalui perusahaan taksi. Pihak LTA mengatakan, bahwa penumpang yang sakit juga harus bisa memainkan peran mereka dengan menggunakan masker sebelum naik taksi atau menyewa mobil pribadi.last_img read more

first_imgSt Catherine Football Association (SCFA) president candidate, Ricardo Valentine, expects a comfortable victory over his opponent, Elaine Walker-Brown, at the association’s annual general meeting and selection of officers on October 20. Valentine, who is being endorsed by former president Peter Reid, told The Gleaner at the launch of his manifesto that he knows that he has the overwhelming support of the clubs and expects what he describes as an easy win against his highly respected opponent. “I expect to win and win quite easily,” he said. “I have majority support from the clubs. They know me, and know I am the person to lead this parish,” he said. “I am happy she (Walker-Brown) has put herself forward to serve. Our past president (Reid) tried to get her to help. She declined. Now she wants to lead the association. That means she is ready to offer herself, and we have no problem. I wish her the best. “But I hope after the election, the type of communication she is having with the clubs continues and she genuinely tries to help the clubs and that it’s not about getting a seat or position. But I have no problem with her. She is someone I speak with. I respect her and what she has done in football even though our parish has not benefited a lot from it.” SUCCESSION PLAN Valentine said that under Reid, the SCFA made strides and he intends to move the association into the next phase, which is why it is on a succession plan. “A lot of us are from the incumbent, so we have done the job,” he said. “The things we highlighted did not come by chance. There are plans we want to develop and build on. There are things we are going to do a bit differently as there is always going to be a change in focus areas when you have a new administration. So we certainly will go into areas we have not gone before, but these are plans we would have had within the association for 10 years.” Valentine says the SCFA would become the top parish association in the near future. “We are not very far from KSAFA (Kingston and St Andrew Football Association), and in another year or two, we will be the best in Jamaica. We respect our neighbours, KSAFA, but we feel our teams will start to outperform them in the next three years, and that is how confident we are about moving football,” he said. Valentine’s slate includes Roy Simpson, first vice-president; Craig Richards, second vice-president; Julius Thompson, treasurer; Norman Blair, general secretary; Laurence Garriques, assistant secretary treasurer; Stafford Chang, Marcia Pinnock, and Ainsley Sharpe (council members). livingston.scott@gleanerjm.com Valentine’s manifesto n Amendment of the SCFA constitution to limit presidencies to a maximum of two terms. n Reduce number of votes to clubs from two to one. n Play a greater role in assisting clubs to understand international transfer market, reaping benefits of solidarity payments for player development. n Revive women’s football competition, with the addition of another division. n Improve the physical, managerial infrastructure of the clubs with more workshops, seminars, and courses. n Include more clubs in Lincoln ‘Happy’ Sutherland Knock Out Competition.last_img read more

first_imgWayne Gerald DeAbreu and Devin Persaud on Saturday last, represented Archery Guyana at the 2019 World Archery approved tournament – Double 720 Qualification – in Baltimore, Canada. Under bright blue skies, the two Guyanese started the day in Baltimore with a half – hour of practice session to then started shooting 72 arrows, scoring the first 720 during the morning session which resulted in DeAbreu  gaining a score of 626 and Persaud 620.After a break, the afternoon session commenced with the other round of 72 shots and that concluded the second 720 round, after which DeAbreu secured 603 and Persaud emerged with a 644 thereby elevating his ranking.Archery Guyana, in a press release, said it was pleased to report that Persaud is currently ranked ninth in Canada after the top five scores were recorded while DeAbreu is now ranked 17th. Currently, plans are in place to give the athletes more opportunities to shoot at upcoming tournaments to continuously produce better scores and to raise the ranking and ultimately the level of archery. The Board of Archery Guyana said that it stands behind their two highest ranked archers as they continue to represent Guyana.last_img read more

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