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Press release: Legal services and LawTech bolstered with £2 million of government funding

first_imgMore than 200 international firms, from more than 40 jurisdictions, have chosen to base themselves here and English and Welsh law is the most commonly used in international business and dispute resolution.Notes to editorsLawTechLawTech refers to new legal technologies which aim to support, supplement or replace traditional methods for the delivery of legal services. In 2018 the LawTech sector was valued at $15.9 billion globally.LawTech Delivery PanelAnnounced by the Lord Chancellor in July 2018, the LawTech Delivery Panel is industry-led and government supported. The Panel promotes and champions the use of technology in the UK’s legal sector, by identifying both barriers to and catalysts for growth and adoption. The Panel aims to provide direction to the legal sector, help foster innovation and create an environment in which new technology and the UK’s fledgling LawTech community can thrive.The Panel brings together industry, government, academia, judiciary, regulators and the legal technology community to address challenges and seize opportunities related to regulation, investment and funding, education and skills, legal framework and UK jurisdiction, commercial disputes resolution and ethics.Further information on the work of the Panel can be found on the Law Society website. The UK is the second largest legal services market in the world, worth around £25 billion to the economy with more than 300,000 people employed in the sector, and a leading global legal centre.Entrepreneurs, academics, and legal services providers are starting to develop new technology to modernise the sector and improve the UK’s productivity, and the government is committed to supporting this activity and encouraging law firms to utilise emerging technology even further.Justice Secretary David Gauke, said government provides just over £2 million to support new and emerging technologies in the legal sector legal services contribute around £25 billion to the UK economy and £4 billion in exports per yearcenter_img Technology promises to be a key component in the success of our legal services sector and this funding will help support emerging LawTech in the UK and wider economic growth. We are home to some of the best law firms in the world, globally renowned courts and a wealth of legal talent. Through the effective use of technology, we can help the sector advance and continue to lead globally.last_img read more

Play to your strengths

first_img continue reading » To succeed in the workplace, in relationships, and in life, focus on your strengths and manage around your weaknesses, advises author and consultant Marcus Buckingham.He’ll address the 2020 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, Feb. 23-27 in Washington, D.C.In the workplace and within team environments, organizations should characterize people by who they are rather than what they lack, Buckingham says. That’s where companies will see the greatest return on investment from their employees.“Learning is insight,” Buckingham says. “It’s generated from within the learner. What I’m trying to do as a team leader is capture moments so the employee, not me as a manager, can figure out ways to innovate around these moments, reapply them, and maybe even teach others about them.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Why dozens of people accidentally threw out their stimulus checks

first_imgBrindisi said he wants the IRS to do an audit of the program to help ensure every family gets the money intended for them. “The IRS is keeping track of these cards is what I’m told; they can tell who’s using them, who’s not using them,” Rep. Brindisi (D, NY-22) said. “That’s one of the reasons I’m asking for this audit, so they can look at who hasn’t activated, so we can reach out to those individuals.” Every adult making under $100k a year received up to $1200 as part of the federal CARES act, and received up to $500 per child. (WBNG) — One of the biggest efforts to help people during the pandemic has led to major headaches for families.center_img Brindisi said he has supported another stimulus check to help people in need, a stimulus which he said President Donald Trump also supports. The House passed a $2,000 direct payment stimulus under the HEROES Act. People received the money through direct deposit, physical checks or a debit card. However, Congressman Anthony Brindisi told 12 News Monday dozens of people mistakenly threw out those cards, not knowing what they were.last_img read more

Auto-enrolment providers slam NOW: Pensions over cost analysis

first_imgIn contrast, NOW: Pensions’ analysis showed that Smart Pension’s 0.75% annual charge would mean the member would pay £6,636 in fees and accumulate just over £70,000.Adrian Boulding, director of policy at NOW: Pensions, said the “auto-enrolment cost comparison index” showed the “devastating effect” of fees.“We hope our analysis will encourage employees to shop around for the AE provider that suits them best and look at fee structures over the long-term to ensure they are getting the most out of their hard-earned money,” Boulding added. “We also recommend that all savers consolidate their funds, to benefit from economies of scale where providers offer these.”BacklashHowever, the analysis prompted stinging criticism from some of NOW: Pensions’ rivals named in the analysis.A spokeswoman for Smart Pension said: “This is an artful piece of propaganda taken at such an acute angle so as to throw the best possible light on NOW: Pensions – and it should only be viewed from this perspective.“If you look at any piece of recently published independent performance analysis, net of fees, NOW is firmly at the bottom.”Romi Savova, CEO of PensionBee – which NOW: Pensions claimed was the second most expensive provider on the market – also criticised the analysis, highlighting that PensionBee was not an auto-enrolment provider.Savova added: “It is absurd for NOW: Pensions to suggest they are a cost-effective pension provider, and the wider industry response to their auto-enrolment cost comparison index demonstrates this.”Citing a letter sent earlier this year to the UK parliament’s Work and Pensions Select Committee, she argued that NOW: Pensions “routinely erodes the value of their members’ pensions to £0 – an outcome that is inconsistent with the objectives of auto-enrolment”.Frank Field, chair of the committee, wrote to NOW: Pensions’ Boulding on 22 February asking how many of the master trust’s members had experienced “costs higher than returns”, and how many had savings of more than £4,000.NOW: Pensions has yet to respond publicly to the questions.The provider is currently waiting for the results of its application for authorisation from the Pensions Regulator. It received an extension to the 31 March 2019 deadline for submitting its application following its acquisition by Cardano in February.NOW: Pensions is the pension provider for IPE International Publishers. Leading UK master trusts have hit out at a cost analysis from NOW: Pensions that claimed it was the lowest-cost auto-enrolment provider on the market.The provider – which runs more than £1.3bn (€1.4bn) in defined contribution (DC) assets – published a press release last week in which it stated that its charging structure would have the lowest effect on members’ savings over a 20-year period, compared with seven other providers.The analysis was based on a hypothetical pension fund member earning £28,000 a year – the average wage in the UK. Over 20 years saving 8% of salary, the auto-enrolment minimum, NOW: Pensions assumed 2.5% annual wage growth and a 5% annual investment return.After two decades saving with NOW: Pensions, the member would have accumulated more than £73,000 and paid £2,956 in charges, the provider claimed. It charges 0.3% a year plus a £1.50 per month administration fee.last_img read more

Trinidad deacon to help raise funds for Cathedral roof renovation

first_imgLocalNews Trinidad deacon to help raise funds for Cathedral roof renovation by: – July 18, 2012 26 Views   one comment Deacon Sheldon “Crazy Catholic” NarineRoseau, Dominica: One individual has responded to Bishop Gabriel Malzaire’s call to raise money for the Cathedral renovations. He is Sheldon Narine, a Deacon from Trinidad & Tobago, who is also a comedian and famously known as the “Crazy Catholic.” He will be performing at the Arawak House of Culture on Friday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m. and the Portsmouth Church Hall on Sunday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m.Sheldon is the only clergyman in the world that is a comedian and has been making people laugh for the last 28 years. He is totally committed to restoring family values and, as such, does not resort to profanity to entertain his audience. He is also a certified Youth Speaker and will be working with youth attending the Youth Series hosted by VF Inc., some of whom will be participating in the comedy production.Bishop Malzaire said he’s delighted that a member of the clergy has responded to his call, “Fundraising activities for the renovations have to be ongoing so we are grateful to members of our congregation who took the initiative to invite Sheldon to Dominica to put on a show for this cause and very thankful to him for responding positively. He has directed over 100 plays and focuses on family theatre so this is a show that entire families across generations can attend. It will be an evening filled with laughter so we’re inviting everyone to support this effort.”Chairperson of the Cathedral Fundraising Committee and CEO of VF Inc., Dr. Valda Henry, was elated to learn that his trip would coincide with VF Inc.’s 2012 Youth Series. “As a Youth speaker, he will be working with participants on their self-esteem, self-confidence and motivating them to be the best that they can be so we are very excited about his participation and the fact that some of the youngsters will be part of the Show.”Tickets are available at Fadelle’s, VF Inc., members of the Cathedral Fundraising Committee and the Portsmouth Parish Church office.Press release Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Tyson’s company interested in Camp Nou naming rights deal

first_img Loading… Tyson’s business partner Alki David told an interview with BBC Sport, their company, which sells cannabis-based medicinal products, are considering an offer. “It’s a great stadium, and this is something we’ve been looking at and it seems like an amazing idea. “My company is a cannabis company, and Spain has a long history in the European Union of being a leader in the road to legalisation.”Advertisement David also hinted the company could look to sell their items in the stadium’s concession stands if their bid was successful. Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson Read Also: The man who discovered Ronaldo recalls what he said about Juve star La Blaugrana will ask their internal charity, the Barca Foundation, to play a key role in the decision making process in the coming months. Opened in 1957, the stadium has never had another name, with Barcelona resisting previous attempts to purchase naming rights. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo? Mike Tyson’s company SwissX are interested in an ambitious project to secure the naming rights for the Camp Nou, according to his business partner. Barcelona confirmed last week they will allow companies to buy naming rights to their iconic stadium, with the money then donated to the fight against coronavirus.last_img read more

Guilty of corruption: Diack sentenced to two years in prison

first_img Loading… “You violated the rules of the game,” Hunault added. Diack, previously an influential sports figure before he became embroiled in corruption, has already lodged an appeal, according to reports. One of Diack’s lawyers, Simon Ndiaye, described the verdict as “unjust and inhuman”. Prosecutors had asked for a four-year jail sentence during the trial in the French capital in June. William Bourdon, another lawyer for the defence, had urged the judges “not to take a decision that stops him from dying with dignity, surrounded by his loved ones, on his native land”. Papa Massata was tried in absentia on charges of money laundering and breach of trust. Prior to the verdict he claimed he and his father had been the victims of an “Anglo-Saxon conspiracy” and insisted they were innocent. He insisted the French court had no jurisdiction as the alleged crimes took place in Russia, Qatar, Senegal, Japan and Turkey. The Diacks are also being investigated on suspicion of corruption in the awarding of the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro and the postponed 2020 Games to Tokyo. “This has been a long five years and we would like to thank the French Prosecutors and the Paris Criminal Court for their time, detailed work and deliberations in to this case,” World Athletics said in a statement. “While we are disappointed this happened in our sport, we are grateful for the strong and clear decisions that have been taken against the individuals involved and charged with these crimes, and we would like to reassure everyone that the reforms our Congress approved in 2016 will ensure that similar actions by individuals can never happen again in our sport. “We are grateful for the damages awarded by the Paris Criminal Court totalling €16 million for embezzled funds and for reputational damage suffered as a direct consequence of these crimes and the resulting media coverage. “As the Court acknowledged, this damage has impacted World Athletics’ finances and had a negative impact on World Athletics’ image and reputation in a deep and lasting way. “We will do everything we can to recover the monies awarded, and return them to the organisation for the development of athletics globally.” The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) also welcomed the verdict, with President Witold Bańka labelling it “a victory for athletes and for clean sport” and a demonstration “that no one is above the law”. WADA director general Olivier Niggli added: “This case, like so many, started with a whistleblower, who brought important information to WADA’s attention. “In 2015, WADA shared this intelligence along with other elements of its then ongoing Pound investigation with French prosecutors and, on that basis, a criminal investigation was opened. “This case shows the importance of WADA’s work with law enforcement agencies around the world as we seek to ensure that those who engage in corruption or try to cheat the system face the appropriate sanctions. “It is particularly pleasing for us that all the factual elements we provided to the French investigators were confirmed by the court’s decision.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mindcenter_img Former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Lamine Diack has been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of corruption by a French court. Diack, who led athletics’ worldwide governing body from 1999 to 2015, was also given a further two years of suspended jail time and has been fined €500,000 (£454,000/$590,000) following his conviction on charges linked to the Russian doping scandal. The 87-year-old has been convicted on several corruption charges but found not guilty of “organised money laundering” by the Paris Criminal Court. Lamine Diack was found to have covered up Russian doping cases so athletes from the country could compete at major events including the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, in exchange for cash. His son Papa Massata, who refuses to be extradited from Senegal, was convicted and jailed for five years in absentia. The former marketing consultant at the IAAF, now called World Athletics, has been fined €1 million (£913,000/$1.2 million). Papa Massata was found to have siphoned off $15 million (£11.5 million/€12.5 million), including commissions, from television contracts and the sale of rights, to his companies while his father led the IAAF. Both Lamine and Papa Massata Diack have been ordered to pay World Athletics €5 million (£4.6 million/$5.9 million) in damages for breach of trust. World Athletics was awared a total of €16 million (£14.5 million/$19 million) in damages. All four other defendants – Gabriel Dollé, the former head of anti-doping at the IAAF, Lamine Diack’s advisor Habib Cisse, ex-Russian Athletics Federation President Valentin Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov, the former the former head distance coach of the Russian national team – were also found guilty. Dollé has been a two-year suspended sentence, while Balakhnichev has been given a three-year jail term. read also:Prosecutors request four-year jail term for ex-IAAF President Diack Cisse and Melnikov were also found guilty. Neither of the two Russians were in attendance after refusing to cooperate with the process. Prosecutors had alleged Lamine Diack solicited €3.45 million (£3.14 million/$3.95 million) from Russian athletes to conceal their doping offences. He was also found guilty of accepting Russian money to help finance Macky Sall’s campaign for President of Senegal in 2012 after stalling anti-doping procedures involving Russian athletes. Judge Rose-Marie Hunault said Diack had been involved in a scheme which offered “full protection” to Russian competitors when announcing the sentence. It is unlikely that Diack will spend any time in prison after the judge told the disgraced former International Olympic Committee member he could “expect conditional release” due to his age. Judge Hunualt said Diack had “undermined the values of athletics and the fight against doping” with his actions.last_img read more

Leising: Honoring the FFA

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Recently, I honored the FFA with House Concurrent Resolution 10 at the Statehouse during National FFA Week.HCR 10 recognizes the FFA for its work both locally and nationally to advance the quality of agricultural education. The FFA national organization, which encompasses all 50 states and two U.S. territories and has more than 650,000 members, was established in 1928, and the Indiana FFA, which has more than 12,000 members, was established in 1929.This organization is so important for the youth of our state and country. Not only does it help prepare our future farmers for the workforce, but it builds character, teaches teamwork and leadership skills, and encourages community involvement, among other things. I am proud of our FFA students, and I look forward to seeing the great things they will do for our communities, state and nation.In addition to being honored with HCR 10, FFA students attended Indiana’s FFA Page Day at the Statehouse, which gives members the opportunity to learn about Indiana’s government, interact with lawmakers and tour the Statehouse. FFA Page Day is held during National FFA Week each year. This year, National FFA Week runs from Feb. 16-23.All state senators were added to the resolution. For more information on HCR 10, click here.last_img read more

The Latest: Triathlon body preferred earlier Olympic dates

first_img March 30, 2020 There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would also clash with European soccer and North American sports leagues.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games.Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.This year’s games were scheduled to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. But the near exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony on Aug. 8. Associated Press ___The governing body of track and field says it supports the new dates for the Tokyo Olympics and is working with organizers in Eugene, Oregon, to move its world championships to 2022.World Athletics says “everyone needs to be flexible and compromise.”The 2021 track worlds were scheduled to be next year from Aug. 6-15.World Athletics says it will consult with the organizers of the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships. Those are other major track events scheduled to take place in 2022.center_img The Latest: Triathlon body preferred earlier Olympic dates Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The governing body of triathlon says it wanted the rescheduled Olympics to be held earlier in the year to avoid the summer heat but has accepted the new dates. World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “even though we would have preferred to move the games to earlier dates, where the impact of the heat was a bit lower, we agreed that these dates are the best solution.”All sports federations involved in the Olympics signed off on the new dates.Casado says “I am absolutely confident that we will have magnificent games in Tokyo next summer, with the help and support of all of us involved in the preparations for hosting the event.”The International Olympic Committee previously moved the marathons and race walking events to Japan’s northern city of Sapporo and scheduled most of them to start early in the morning to avoid the heat in Tokyo.Triathlon has remained in the capital even though it includes running.last_img read more

Syracuse strives for increased in-practice competitiveness ahead of No. 13 Notre Dame, matchups with other top 15 teams

first_imgPlayers dive to the ground to win loose balls. They argue over what should be a foul. The score is kept in nearly every drill.Syracuse is trying to finish its final four regular season games strong by keeping practice intense, despite end-of-season soreness. And by adjusting his starting lineup for nearly every game, SU head coach Phil Wheddon has promoted competition in practice.“Hopefully we grow and we peak at the right time, which should be around mid-October,” Wheddon said on Sept. 16.Though practice intensity remains high, SU (5-7-3, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) has already been eliminated from ACC tournament contention and hasn’t won consecutive games since the first week of September. The Orange is coming off two conference road games — both shutout losses — as it returns to SU Soccer Stadium to play No. 13 Notre Dame (9-4-1, 4-2) at 5 p.m. Saturday.After beating Boston College 3-0 on Oct. 4, captain Jackie Firenze said she thought it might be a turning point. Before that game, Syracuse lacked consistent scoring and she said beating BC could spark the offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Orange followed up that performance with a 2-0 loss at No. 2 Florida State and a 1-0 loss at then-No. 24 Clemson. It is now mid-October and SU is still searching for consecutive conference wins. And three of Syracuse’s final four opponents are in the top-15 of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings.“It started off strong against BC,” sophomore defender Maddie Iozzi said. “Kind of lost a little bit of that peak this weekend but I think these next four games are a great opportunity for us to get that right back.”In six ACC games, Syracuse has a goal differential of minus-1 but has lost four times. In the other five conference games other than Boston College, the Orange’s goal differential is minus-4.Wheddon acknowledges the challenges of playing strong teams and has been modeling his coaching to prepare for them.“We’re still doing some good things,” Wheddon said. “We’re knocking the ball around well, we’ve got good possession. We’re just not creating the opportunities.”As the season wears on, Wheddon has also adjusted the drills he runs in practice. In the beginning of the season, drills were designed for players to practice more technical skills in smaller spaces.Now, drills are designed to practice working together with more teammates at once, similar to gamelike situations.“We want to make sure that our players are playing together on a larger field more often,” Wheddon said. “Earlier on in the season we did a lot of small-sided stuff. Now we’re focusing on our game play.”To be eligible to qualify for the NCAA tournament, Syracuse must have at least a .500 record. With each loss, its chances are thinning, but there are four games left in the regular season to finish strong.And it starts with Notre Dame on Saturday.“We’re looking forward to this game, looking forward to playing at home,” Wheddon said. “It should be a good crowd, playing against a good team and our team, our players rise to the occasion.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 16, 2014 at 12:09 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more