David Pickup is a partner in Aylesbury based Pickup & Scott I was ill just before Christmas, which is not a good time to be off for various reasons. I will not bore you with the details but it was unpleasant. However, it gave me a chance to get up to speed on the mysterious world of daytime television. Most of the advertisements are for people who, well, put simply, are stuck at home. There are plenty of advertisements offering advice on the various ailments that persons of a certain age are likely to suffer – mostly toilet related. There are also lots of advertisements for making claims of different types of claims. I expected that but not the number of different claims firms. I could not tell which were solicitors and which were another breed of claimers. I am sure they are fine upstanding firms in many ways but they all look the same and have similar sounding names. If you have had an accident, or been mis-sold something how does the victim decide which one to use? Fortunately I recovered to enjoy more festive television, which in the lead up to Charles Dickens’ anniversary featured lots of Dickensian lawyers. Grim-faced men with lots of facial hair, quill pens and simpering clerks. How things have changed. We now have computers not quill pens. My point, if you were wondering, is that the public’s concept of lawyers is either claims firms or Great Expectations. An exaggeration I know but there is some truth in it. Doctors have exciting, glamorous programmes about emergency units; even vets get a better press curing cuddly animals. Which brings me to resolutions. Scrooge in A Christmas Carol vowed to live in the past, present and future. So those are my resolutions. Firstly the past: I will prepare for Christmas better next year. I will give more time, write cards, see people and all the rest. I know I will not but I ought to. I will also enjoy the heritage we have as lawyers. We have a history of service and occasionally as a profession, firms, or as individuals, get it right and make a difference to someone’s life. I will live in the present. I will plan better and work efficiently. I will say ‘no’ when faced with a client asking me to handle a case in an area I am unfamiliar with. I will know what is going on, what is in colleagues’ in-trays, filing cabinets etc. I will encourage an atmosphere of openness. Yes, dear reader, you do all those things now. I will live in the future. I will think how IT, whatever that is, can help. I will ponder about what services the public want. I will encourage youngsters to enter the law if they really want, not because it is a quick route to fame and fortune but because it is a great profession.
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WASHINGTON (AP) Russia President Vladimir Putin offered Wednesday to turn over to Congress records of President Donald Trump’s discussions with Russian diplomats in which Trump is said to have disclosed classified information. His offer added a bizarre twist to the furor over Trump’s intelligence disclosures.Putin’s remarks come as Washington was reeling over revelations late Tuesday that Trump personally appealed to FBI Director James Comey to abandon the bureau’s investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The White House issued a furious denial after Comey’s notes detailing Trump’s request.The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement. Trump himself said he had “an absolute right” as president to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russia. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.Putin told a news conference that he would be willing to turn over notes of Trump’s meeting with the Russian diplomats if the White House agreed. He dismissed outrage over Trump’s disclosures as U.S. politicians whipping up “anti-Russian sentiment.”Asked what he thinks of Trump presidency, Putin said it’s up to the American people to judge but his performance can only be rated “only when he’s allowed to work at full capacity,” implying that someone is hampering Trump’s efforts.As for Comey, whom Trump fired last week, the FBI director wrote in a memo after a February meeting at the White House that the new president had asked him to shut down the FBI’s investigation of Flynn and his Russian contacts, said a person who had read the memo. The Flynn investigation was part of a broader probe into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election.Comey’s memo, an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House, would be the clearest evidence to date that the president has tried to influence the investigation.Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, sent a letter to the FBI on Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump. He said he would give the FBI a week and then “if we need a subpoena, we’ll do it.”The panel’s top Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a constant Trump critic, called the allegation of Trump pressure on Comey “explosive” and said “it appears like a textbook case of criminal obstruction of justice.”John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late Tuesday that the developments had reached “Watergate size and scale.”Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, “It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House.”The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times.The White House vigorously denied it all. “While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” a White House statement said.Trump fired Flynn on Feb. 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians.The intensifying drama comes as Trump is set to embark Friday on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president.When Trump fired Comey, he said he did so based on Comey’s very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and how it affected his leadership of the FBI. But the White House has provided differing accounts of the firing. And lawmakers have alleged that the sudden ouster was an attempt to stifle the bureau’s investigation into Trump associates’ ties to Russia’s meddling in the campaign.Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel’s investigation. “Memos, transcripts, tapes – the list keeps getting longer,” he said.According to the Times, Comey wrote in the February memo that Trump told him Flynn had done nothing wrong. Comey said he replied that “I agree he is a good guy” but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.The newspaper said Comey was in the Oval Office that day with other national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing. When that ended, Trump asked everyone to leave except Comey, and he eventually turned the conversation to Flynn.The administration spent the first half of Tuesday defending Trump’s disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the president’s comments were “wholly appropriate.” He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.The highly classified information about an Islamic State plot was collected by Israel, a crucial source of intelligence and close partner in the fight against some of the America’s fiercest threats in the Middle East. Trump’s disclosure of the information threatened to fray that partnership and piled pressure on the White House to explain the apparently on-the-spot decision to reveal the information to Russian diplomats in the Oval Office.A U.S. official who confirmed the disclosure to The Associated Press said the revelation potentially put the source at risk. 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The wait is finally over and the new season of Top Gear has landed on our TV screens complete with a new line up of hosts. Chris Harris is still there but is now joined by Paddy McGuiness and Freddy Flintoff.It’s always a gamble when a show changes the hosts and it doesn’t always pay off, remember the shouty Chris Evans after the departure of Clarkson and co? Thankfully, the producers in my opinion, with the addition of McGuiness and Flintoff have made a very good choice.McGuiness can be a bit shouty but no more so than usual and Flintoff brings a certain sincerity to the show that it has sometimes been lacking. More importantly, the boys appeared to really get on and genuinely have a laugh with each other.Credit: BBCThis episode sees the boys celebrating the first cars they ever owned. They are each given £4,000 to spend on a car that comes as close as possible to the first car they owned. They are then to meet up in Ethiopia to begin their challenge. McGuiness brings a Ford Escort Mark 2, Harris brings a Mini and Flintoff, believe it or not, brings a Porsche Boxter!The boys then set off on an epic journey across Ethiopia climbing over the Semien Mountain range, crossing the Danakil desert and ending up in the Afar Triangle which is thought to be the cradle of mankind. As you would expect from Top Gear the journey is broken up by a couple of mini challenges.Challenge one is a driving test around a quarry which results in a bit of cheating, a beached car and a very unhappy Freddy Flintoff who has to wear the losers jumper. The jumper is a heavy knit roll neck, perfect for the 40 degrees heat of Ethiopia! The second challenge involves a bit of blindfolded driving because why not!?Credit: BBCThe cars and presenters are really put through their paces on this challenge and I got the impression that it was a great bonding session for this new line-up. As always with the series, the location was captured beautifully and the guys were often in awe of the scenery.Also in the show, Chris puts the Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren 600LT through their paces with one of them taking the crown as the new power lap leader but you’ll have to watch to find out which one.If this is setting the scene for what is to come in this series then I for one am very happy. McGuiness and Flintoff are a nice contrast to each other and to Chris Harris and together they make a very relatable, entertaining team. They were enjoyable to watch and even Paddy’s shouting didn’t detract too much.Top Gear is available to view on BBC 2 at 8pm every Sunday. If you’ve missed it you can always catch up on BBC iPlayer.
Share 138 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews DPSU Suggests Emergency Loan Fund for Public Servants and Raising Retirement Age by: – July 17, 2020 PM Skerrit and Thomas Letang on One on OneA spokesman for the Public Service Union representing the interests of public servants has made two proposals to the head of government to provide public servants with easier access to finances.DPSU General Secretary, Thomas Letang told the head of the public service that a prevailing concern of government workers is the gap of five years between retiring from the public service and qualifying for pension payouts.“We have certain things we believe that can could be considered in favor of the public officers,” Letang proposed. “For example, public officers might be in a position to approach the financial institutions and to get emergency loans. I believe that is something the government could seriously look at, establishing a fund where public officers, if they have an emergency, they could access some of those loans.”Standard pension payouts from Dominica Social Security recognise age 63 and one quarter as the age of retirement.The Dominica Social Security system is incrementally raising the age to ultimately settle at 65. Public servants however retire at 60 years old.Mr Letang feels that the alternative of increasing public officers retirement age to 65 should be explored.“If we are saying that you get benefit at 65 years then I believe we have to look at the age people retire from the public service, shouldn’t we begin to think of 65 instead of 60?”According to the Dominica Social Security, Effective from 2012, and consequent upon amendments to the Social Security legislation, the Pensionable Age (i.e. the age at which an Insured Person becomes eligible for an Age Pension from the DSS) will increase incrementally by six (6) months every year – until the year 2021 when the Pensionable Age will be set at Age 65.
AWR, CST and National Instruments will be holding a complimentary series on high-frequency design, simulation, and test workshops in Brazil and Argentina this month. The workshop brings to South American designers hands-on insight into the world of simulation for RF and microwave circuits and systems as well as 3D electromagnetic analysis using AWR and CST software. Attendees will also be introduced to the National Instruments’ PXI platform for RF measurements. Schedule: November 18, 2013 – São Paulo, Brazil http://www.awrcorp.com/news/events/event/high-frequency-design-simulation-and-test-workshop-sao-paolo November 19, 2013 – Campinas, Brazil http://www.awrcorp.com/news/events/event/high-frequency-design-simulation-and-test-workshop-campinas November 21, 2013 – Porto Alegre, Brazil http://www.awrcorp.com/news/events/event/high-frequency-design-simulation-and-test-workshop-porto-alegre November 26, 2013 – Buenos Aires, Argentina http://www.awrcorp.com/news/events/event/high-frequency-design-simulation-and-test-workshop-buenos-aires Event registration is now open. Click Here for more information.
Looking forward to 2016’s regular session, Representative Olson says that majority vote will likely hold up progress again. He also says there are many who feel the state has not made enough budget cuts. Tune in to KSRM 920 AM on Tuesday at 4 pm to hear more from Representative Olson and the upcoming legislative session. 2015’s requirement of a 3/4 vote from legislators to access the Constitutional Budget Reserve resulted in an extended regular session along with two special sessions to conclude state budget talks. Rep. Olson(R-District 30): “For example when the governor was running for office, he said he was going to implement a 15 percent across the board cut and I think what we ended up with a little under four percent. So I think it’s not easy and I think that’s what he discovered is it’s not real easy to do but I think we’re going to have to make more serious cuts before we even discuss going into the Corpus of the Permanent Fund.” Representative Olson says he does not expect the governor’s proposal of a state income tax to go over well either. Rep. Olson(R-District 30): “I would suspect that we’ll go into special session right at the end of the regular session because we won’t have the budget done. I would be guessing right now but I’d say it will run one to two months.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As Legislators gear up to reconvene in Juneau on January 19, Representative Kurt Olson says he expects at least one special session during 2016 in order to come to an agreement on a state budget. The first special session in Juneau cost $440,230, followed shortly thereafter by a special session in Anchorage at a cost of $446,246. The extension costs of the regular session was not tallied since that is technically part of the regular session but the Legislative Affairs Agency showed legislators’ per diem for that period as $105,700.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.BATON ROUGE – “March Sadness,” LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones said while shaking his head last Wednesday as he relived — or re-died — the final moments of his team’s 66-65 loss to North Carolina State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 19.“It wasn’t our year,” Jones said following the season wrap press conference with hopes that another one very soon will be.There is no reason to think that will not be next year with forward signee Ben Simmons, the No. 1 prospect in the nation who may already be NBA ready, and commitment Antonio Blakeney, one of the best guards in the country, set to join returning guards Keith Hornsby, Tim Quarterman, Jalyn Patterson and Josh Gray. Even if star forward Jordan Mickey does enter the NBA Draft, LSU will still be very good and back in the NCAA Tournament. But that doesn’t help now as everyone cuts down nets.This is why Jones is taking to heart two conversations he had in the days after that N.C. State loss — one with former LSU baseball coach Skip Bertman and the other with former LSU basketball coach Dale Brown.“We are excited about the track that we are on after year three,” Jones said as he opened the press conference. “I received calls from Coach Bertman and Coach Brown, and they talked about just how close that we are and the experiences that we share. Coach Bertman shared an experience back at the College World Series.”It was June 5, 1987. Bertman was then just in his fourth year as LSU’s coach and on just his second trip to Omaha, Nebraska, for the College World Series. His Tigers lost, 6-5, to Stanford after freshman pitcher Ben McDonald relieved struggling reliever Barry Manuel with a 5-2 lead with two on and one out in the bottom of the 10th. McDonald hit the first batter to load the bases, then gave up an opposite field, high fly grand slam to Paul Carey. And it was over.Carey was hitting .200 in the CWS with one RBI and was 0-for-3 in that game before that at-bat. “It was a fastball (up), and I got the barrel on it,” he said. “And the wind was blowing out.”Stanford beat LSU 6-5 and went on to beat Texas, 9-3, and Oklahoma State, 9-5, to win the national championship. And that could have been LSU. “We thought we had it won,” Bertman said.“It wasn’t your year,” Stanford coach Mark Marquess, who would also win the 1988 national title, told Bertman.“Unfortunately, a guy puts one out of the park,” Jones said Bertman told him. “The ball gets caught in the wind, goes out of the park. Obviously a tough one.”That one bothered Bertman for a few years. One-point losses after a seemingly comfortable lead can haunt a coach. “I can handle the loss,” Bertman said. “I’ll be back.”With more of a vengeance than Arnold Schwarzenegger, that is. Bertman exorcised his haunting and became the Terminator. He returned LSU to the CWS again in 1989 and ’90 before winning national championships in ’91, ’93, ’96, ’97 and 2000. In ’96, Warren Morris did his best Carey imitation with a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Miami, 9-8, for the only walk-off, championship winning home run in CWS history.Like Bertman, Jones thought he had it won. His team blew a 64-58 lead with 4:30 to go and lost it to North Carolina State’s version of Paul Carey on an opposite-handed shot with 0.1 seconds to go by BeeJay Anya, who was averaging 4.0 points a game. He was 0-for-1 through the first 39:15 of the game. He scored four points – two from each side – over the last 45 seconds.“Threw it up left-handed,” Jones winced.N.C. State had not led since the 8:30 mark of the first half and trailed by 62-48 with 8:38 to go. LSU missed its final six free throws and its last 12 shots of the game to give the Wolfpack the victory. N.C. State went on to knock off No. 1 seed Villanova two days later to reach the Sweet 16. That could have been LSU, which would have matched up with Villanova very well. That will stick with Jones the way it did with Bertman. And Jones will be back, too.“As a competitor, you always want to remember,” Jones said. “It leaves you an empty feeling when that happens because of the magnitude of the NCAA Tournament.”Jones knows that feeling all too well from another afternoon in 1987. It was March 22 of that year, and he was in his third season as an assistant coach under Brown after playing on his Final Four team in 1981. This was the day Indiana and its phone destroying, referee intimidating, bully coach named Bobby Knight was lucky enough to beat LSU, 77-76, in the NCAA Midwest Regional final in Cincinnati. Brown’s Tigers led a more talented Hoosier team, 75-66, with 4:38 to play but self-destructed as well.Knight did little but benefit from his team getting to shoot 24 free throws with 21 makes as Indiana suddenly started going to the line frequently after he dismembered a phone in a typically childish rage in the first half. LSU shot just 10 free throws and made four for the game. LSU point guard Fess Irvin riddled the Hoosiers with 14 points, but he missed the front end of a one-and-one with 26 seconds left and LSU leading 76-75.With one more bucket, LSU wins that game as it would have beaten North Carolina State. With two more points, Brown would have avenged a loss to Indiana in the 1981 Final Four. Knight would have finished with just two national championships as he got lucky again at the end of the Syracuse game a week later for the national title. The Tigers would have advanced to their second straight Final Four and third overall for Brown. Oh, and the 1987 Final Four was in New Orleans. So, those two points could have meant the first and only national championship in LSU basketball history in the Superdome — 87 miles from home.Don’t mention 1987 around Bertman or Brown.“I was sitting on the bench and talked to Coach Brown about the ’87 game in Cincinnati,” Jones said. “It was an opportunity to win it and get to the Final Four there in New Orleans, but we came up short.”Brown never returned to the Final Four or got as close as he did that day 1987, but he did return to the NCAA Tournament every year from 1988 through 1993 with the likes of Chris Jackson and Shaquille O’Neal to complete a then SEC-record run of 10 straight NCAA Tournaments. He also won a fourth SEC title in 1991. Only coaches from Kentucky and Florida have more SEC titles in men’s basketball than Brown.“Just those instances and understanding and going through some setbacks like that made them stronger and propelled them forward,” Jones said. “We are hopeful that we will continue to grow as a team by not only getting to the NCAA Tournament, but to take that next step and make sure we are able to secure wins. The satisfaction wasn’t getting there. We also wanted to make some noise and thought we could win.”Jones got LSU to its first NCAA Tournament since 2009 this past season. He will continue to have the talent to start his own March streak, considering the way he has recruited in just three years.“As close as those guys got this year, I know it left a taste in their mouth to keep them hungry for the future,” Jones said. “You talk about being able to break the rearview, and you remember that experience that you shared.”Skip and Dale will be watching — cracked rearviews in hand. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND
Airline, Benton and Haughton lost games against tough opponents in the Ouachita Parish tournament in Monroe on Friday.The Lady Vikings fell to undefeated Ouachita Parish 11-1, Haughton lost to Pineville 12-0 and Benton dropped a 6-4 decision to Cedar Creek.Benton (6-6) scored three runs in the top of the sixth to cut a four-run Cedar Creek lead to one, but the Lady Cougars added a run in the bottom of the inning.Makenzie Chaffin went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Abby Kent had two hits. Hallie Saintignan doubled.Cedar Creek, which won its sixth in a row, reached the semifinals of the Class 1A playoffs last season.Haughton (5-8) had only three hits against Pineville, a Class 5A quarterfinalist last season. Airline (9-4) had a three-game winning streak snapped. Ouachita Parish, a Class 5A semifinalist last season, improved to 15-0.— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.orgPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBig Data Courses | Search AdBig Data Online Courses Might Actually Surprise YouBig Data Courses | Search Ad|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCars|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWomen's MethodThese were the most covered celeb breakups ever. You’ll never believe #3!Women’s Method|SponsoredSponsoredUndo
The PNG Olympic Committee has expressed its sorrow on the news of the passing of its Life Member and former President, Sir Henry ToRobert. Sir Henry was President of the organisation for 29 years. He first held the role from 1980 to 2000 and then from 2003 to 2012. On his retirement he was awarded Life Membership with the PNGOC. Sir Henry was also involved with the sport of softball. As the head of the Board in the then PNG Sports Federation & National Olympic Committee (PNGSFOC), Sir Henry led the participation of Team PNG at numerous Pacific, Commonwealth and Olympic Games. A man who has had a long association with Sir Henry is Sir John Dawanincura who joined the PNGOC in 1984 as the secretary-general. Sir John recollects Sir Henry first contacting him in 1980 and suggested he apply for the position of General Team Manager for Team PNG to the inaugural Pacific Mini Games in 1981 in Honiara, Solomon Islands, and then to later become the Secretary General. Both men were instrumental in the development of the organisation but it was Sir Henry’s leadership and guidance that was the beacon for the PNGSFOC. “His experience as the founding Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea benefitted us greatly through dealing with important decisions, issues and also ensuring better management for the organisation,” Sir John recalls. He described Sir Henry as an influential figure who contributed enormously to the growth of the organisation and to sport in the country. “He was a private man but a hard worker and very professional in his conduct. I admired his work and also learned some important lessons during my time working with him. “I am deeply saddened by his passing but I have some good memories from our working days that I will forever cherish as I look back on his life and also in my own journey,” he said. “On behalf of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee and its member National Federations, I offer our deepest condolences to the family of the late Sir Henry ToRobert. Secretary-General of the PNG Olympic Committee, Auvita Rapilla remembers Sir Henry as a man of integrity who provided strong leadership for the organisation. She served the first year in her current role with Sir Henry at the helm as President. “He provided the type of leadership that we looked up to and a lot of the organisation’s success can be attributed to the foundation that he set,” Rapilla said. Apart from his affiliation to sport, Sir Henry is a notable figure in Papua New Guinea history having been the first Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea and holding the position for 20 years (1973-1993) making him one of the longest serving governors in the Commonwealth.