Six more firms win ABS status

first_imgPersonal injury firms from both the defendant and claimant sectors are among a glut of new alternative business structures announced today. The Solicitors Regulation Authority confirmed the identities of six new licences to take the total it has granted up to 74. Six more are due to be revealed in the coming days. The new ABSs include: – Somerset remortgage lending specialist Fasttrac. Director Jonathan Stokes said that ABS status would allow Fasttrac to appoint non-lawyers who bring expertise and talent to the business as managers and directors. ‘Fasttrac operates in the lender market and it is vital that our corporate structure reflects that of our major clients,’ he said. ‘To operate to the highest standards it is important that we are able to recruit people with the right skills and mind set, and the opportunity to recruit non-lawyers into senior positions is welcome.’ – Insurance firm Horwich Farrelly. It is one of the first ABSs from that area of work and its chief executive Anthony Hughes told the Gazette there were a number of factors behind the move. As an LDP, the firm would have had to convert into an ABS anyway, but the prospect of changes in personal injury accelerated the need for change. ‘The sector we operate in is quite frankly going through so much change that I didn’t want to be hamstrung by not being an ABS when opportunities come up,’ he said. Hughes added that although three small claimant firms had approached him with a view to a merger in recent weeks, there were no plans for external investments or expansion at this stage. – Manchester-based Acorn Law Northwest Ltd – Liverpool-based Law 4U, another PI claimant firm to be granted an ABS licence. – Welsh legal aid firm Ty Arian. – Mayfair-based personal and business dispute resolution firm Grosvenor Law.last_img read more

Georgia blew early chances in embarrassing 38-10 home loss to Alabama

first_imgAlabama defensive lineman D.J. Pettway (57) stops Georgia tailback Nick Chubb (27) at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. on Saturday October 3, 2015.Alabama defensive lineman D.J. Pettway (57) stops Georgia tailback Nick Chubb (27) at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. on Saturday October 3, 2015.ATHENS, Ga. — As much as I disagree with Georgia’s first play from scrimmage, looking back on it, it was good call.Alabama was geared up to stop Nick Chubb. So the Bulldogs called play action off Chubb and Greyson Lambert went deep to Malcolm Mitchell, who had redshirt freshman Marlon Humphrey on him.Mitchell had Humphrey beat, but Lambert’s pass was underthrown and wound up incomplete.Had Lambert and Mitchell connected, that gets the crowd going in all that rain and Georgia sets the tone of using the pass to set up the run. I’m more of the type that you do what you do best in the big games and to me, that play sent the wrong message. It almost conceded to the notion Georgia couldn’t run the ball on Alabama despite having one of the nation’s best backs.Plus I thought the rain would make Georgia commit more to the run, but Lambert threw the ball four times on Georgia’s first six plays. On the other side, Alabama coach Nick Saban said the weather made him stick even more to the run-first game plan.Now I could harp about that first call all day, but the bottom line is Georgia was doing the job on Derrick Henry early, winning the battle of field position, but went scoreless in the first quarter. That set the tone for what wound up being the worse home loss for Georgia in 20 years as it crumbled, 38-10, to Alabama.“We got whipped and, we all know it and we’ve got to so something about it,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said after the game. “We’ll watch the film and face the truth and look at ways we can improve. We as coaches have to make decisions to do that.”However, the Bulldogs blew early chances to take command.The Bulldogs got the ball off a Henry fumble and ended up having to punt after three plays and two of those were passes. Georgia went 3-and-out on its first three possessions. Had six total in the first half and the final drive last two plays and ended with a sack before time ran out in the second quarter.On the fourth drive, the Bulldogs drove inside the red zone, settled for a field goal, but Alabama was called for a personal foul. That moved the ball to the Alabama 8, but Georgia drew a 15-yard facemask penalty, lost 12 yards on Lambert’s sack and fumble and lost five more yards on Chubb’s screen play. Had Lambert not connected with Terry Goodwin for 26 yards, Georgia would have blew that chance to score. Marshall Morgan ended up tying the game, but at that point, Alabama was thinking, OK, we’re not doing anything on offense, but neither are the Bulldogs.Next thing you know. Derrick Henry pops a 30-yard touchdown run. Georgia goes 3-and-out again. The Bulldogs then start their next offensive drive with a false start and Alabama ended it by blocking punt and scoring off it to go up 17-3.Georgia goes 3-and-out again on the next series. See a pattern. With momentum going, Jake Coker takes a shot deep and hits freshman Calvin Ridley for a touchdown to go up 24-3.Game over. The rain was falling and Georgia’s hopes of winning were getting washed out in the process, but the Bulldogs blew early opportunities to win the game.“The dam broke and unfortunately, we just didn’t have enough counterpunches to get back in it,” Richt said.last_img read more

Ring in the fall at local festival

first_imgPALMDALE – Tens of thousands of visitors are expected today and Sunday at the city’s 21st annual celebration of autumn, offering music, food, arts and crafts and children’s activities. A 50 percent chance of showers is forecast for today, but weather has never halted the Palmdale Fall Festival, and organizers think any rain that falls will be slight. “It doesn’t look like there’s going to be lots of precipitation here,” said Palmdale special events manager Steve Buffalo, who has been studying weather forecasts for the weekend. “We’ll go on regardless.” About 35,000 to 50,000 visitors are expected for the festival, which runs 9a.m. to 8p.m. today and 10a.m. to 6p.m. Sunday at Marie Kerr Park, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd. Other attractions include strolling entertainers, an arts and crafts fair with 145 artisans, a farmers market and a health, beauty and fitness expo. Returning this year will be the stage show “Illumination.” Also returning is the Enchanted Fairy Garden with costumed fairies, Celtic music and children’s activities. A state-of-the-art animatronic dragon that debuted at last year’s event is returning. A special children’s area, Target’s Magical Experience for Children, will include live entertainment, rides and interactive events. Another children’s attraction will be Patch’s Pumpkin Stage, featuring the Palmdale Festival of Books and the live stage show “Old West Jamboree.” Among returning attractions will be an aerospace exposition with displays from Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Antelope Valley’s aerospace history will be emphasized in a display on aviation, “100 years of Flight.” If you go WHAT: Palmdale Fall Festival WHEN: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday WHERE: Marie Kerr Park, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale ADMISSION: $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, seniors 62 and over, and military personnel. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free Palmdale Fall Festival schedule FESTIVAL STAGE TODAY Teddy Geiger, 6 p.m. STARLIGHT THEATER STAGE TODAY Nuns for Fun, 11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m. Cadillac Angels, 1 p.m., 4 p.m, 6 p.m. SUNDAY Nuns for Fun, 11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m. Cadillac Angels, 1 p.m, 4 p.m. PINK PALACE STAGE TODAY Lost Knights, 11:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m, 4 p.m. Illumination, 1 p.m, 7 p.m. SUNDAY Lost Knights, 11:30 a.m, 2:15 p.m, 5 p.m. Illumination, 1 p.m., 4 p.m. GARDEN STAGE TODAY Hollywood Hi-Tones, 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Orquesta d’Soul, 12:30 p.m, 3 p.m., 5 p.m. SUNDAY Hollywood Hi-Tones, 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Orquesta d’Soul, 12:30 p.m, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAdmission is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 12, seniors 62 and older, and military personnel. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. A two-day pass is $12. The festival’s headline entertainer will be pop-rocker Teddy Geiger, an 18-year-old who landed a top-40 hit this summer with the single “For You I Will (Confidence),” and whom Seventeen magazine named America’s hottest guy age 17 to 21. Geiger performs at 6p.m. today at the Palmdale Amphitheater. The city’s teenage parks workers say Geiger is being talked about at local high schools, and they have heard people are coming from as far as San Diego County, Buffalo said. Also scheduled to perform this year: Nuns for Fun; world music act Alturas; Kids of Rock Theater; LA Salsa Kids; Lost Knights, featuring original cast members from the Broadway musical “Grease”; Cadillac Angels; Orquesta d’Soul, a contemporary world music act; and Hollywood Hi-Tones, an oldies group. last_img read more

Compare 6 top content management systems

first_imgCompare 6 top content management systemsYou are here: Selecting the right CMS is a critical part of creating your business website. From basic capabilities for adding and editing content to more robust role and workflow management to support your internal processes, understanding and selecting a CMS that works for your end user and your organization is an imperative part of your digital strategy.This white paper from Bayshore Solutions outlines 4 steps to organize and approach the key business decision of selecting the right foundation for your website and includes:why you need a CMS.popular CMS features to consider.overview of the primary pricing models.comparison of 6 top CMS platforms.Visit Digital Marketing Depot to download “Selecting a CMS.”From our sponsors: Compare 6 top content management systems HomeDigital MarketingCompare 6 top content management systems Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 25th May 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

Steedman man accused of stealing ATV

first_imgA stolen ATV turns up in southern Callaway County.Deputies say it was reported stolen on Aug. 10 from near Route NN. They found it on Oak Street in Mokane at about 2 a.m. Thursday.Deputies would arrest Jamon Otey, 19. The Steedman man allegedly stole the ATV, and had meth on him when he was cuffed.Otey is now out on $9,500 bond.last_img

Young: ‘Of course’ Man Utd can win UCL

first_imgUEFA Champions League Young: ‘Of course’ Manchester United can win Champions League Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 11:52 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) AshleyYoung - cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Manchester United Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla As the Red Devils prepare to face Sevilla in the last 16, the veteran feels his team can go all the way Ashley Young believes Manchester United are capable of winning the Champions League this season.Jose Mourinho’s men make the trip to Sevilla for the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday and are coming off an FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town.AdChoices广告While United are only considered an outside chance of winning the Champions League, Young believes they are capable. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Of course [we can win the Champions League],” he said.”You don’t enter a competition not to win it. That’s what we will be looking to do and take each game as it comes.”The next one is against Sevilla. That’s a tough away game like Huddersfield, like Newcastle away. That’s what the stadium is like. We just have to concentrate on ourselves.”A brace from Romelu Lukaku helped United past Huddersfield and into the FA Cup quarter-finals.The Belgium international has scored 21 goals in all competitions in his first season at Old Trafford and Young hailed the 24-year-old.”When you have a striker scoring goals, it’s always important. His hold-up play, his all-round game was fantastic at Huddersfield, and he’s done that all throughout the season,” Young said.”He’s getting goals. When you’ve got someone who can hold up the ball like he can and get in the box it’s fantastic.”And you can see the combinations between them. Alexis [Sanchez] comes inside and Rom’s seen him and picked him up as well and they’re picking each other out and they have worked well together so far.”last_img read more

DBRS upgrades Bombardier rating to stable one month after Moodys downgrade

first_imgMONTREAL – DBRS Ltd. has upgraded Bombardier Inc. slightly to a trend of stable from negative, one month after Moody’s downgraded the transportation company.The rating service on Monday maintained its B rating.However, DBRS notes that there is evidence of stabilization in the company’s (TSX:BBD.B) financial profile, “albeit at a very weak level,” and an outlook for modest improvement over the next 12 months.It says there has been material progress in improving margins, especially in the rail division, over the last two years and there is “greater visibility” about the viability of the C Series following the Airbus partnership.DBRS says strategic moves like the Airbus deal and development of the Global 7000 business jet demonstrated the more stable footing, while its cash position remains “adequate” in the near-term.The rating comes about a month after Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Bombardier’s corporate rating to B3 from B2 and changed its rating outlook to negative from stable.Moody’s said its downgrade reflected the belief that Bombardier’s debt will remain high through 2019 and it will face challenges in generate positive cash flow because of the potential delay of C Series deliveries.last_img read more

In repeat battle, candidates talk of restoring Faridabad’s glory

first_imgFaridabad: It is the repeat of 2014 Lok Sabha election as BJP candidate Kishan Pal Gurjar is once again will be seen competing against Avatar Singh Bhadana from Congress.In 2014, Gurjar won with the margin of 4.60 lakh votes, however, this time Bhadana who rejoined the Congress party feels that tides will turn against his rival. What has made the contest of Faridabad even more interesting is the entry of Naveen Jaihind, who will be fighting his second Lok Sabha election and Mandhir Maan of Bahujan Samaj Party, who is banking on a strong OBC vote. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderBhadana is raking up several local issues in the city that is plaguing the residents of Faridabad. Among the main issues that have been raised by Bhadana includes rising levels of air pollution in the city. “Faridabad today is among the most polluted cities not only in the country but in the world. There has been no effort by the government to tackle this challenge. In fact the apathy of the state, as well as the central government, has resulted in the situation getting worse,” says Bhadana. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAnother issue raised by Bhadana is the increase in the number of cases of cancer from the Faridabad. It is important to note that in the official report submitted by the Haryana government in 2017 Faridabad topped in the number of deaths due to Cancer at 771. “The Agra canal this is the main source of supply of water to Faridabad today is fully toxic. It is the consumption of this contaminated water that is making us sick with deadly diseases like cancer. We will try to deal with this challenge,” said Bhadana. The 61-year-old Congress Lok Sabha candidate added that Faridabad as a city was developed by the Congress party which made into the successful industrial zone. However, the apathy by the BJP government in the last five years ensure that the growth in the South Haryana Lok Sabha seat. Admitting to the fact that Faridabad has lost to Gurugram and Noida due to the negligence of the previous governments, Kishan Pal Gurjar is vowing to bring the glory days of Faridabad back again. Among his major achievements, Gujjar assets that in his tenure the connectivity of Faridabad was improved that spurred the industrial growth again. He also highlighted that he had also worked towards improving the public health and education systems in the city. Gurjar assured that his priorities will be to complete all the pending projects which once completed will speed up the progress in Faridabad. Naveen Jaihind of AAP who filed his nomination on April 23 is banking on the support of the middle class and the working class electorate. On Wednesday, Naveen Jaihind approached the advocates of district courts of Faridabad and asked for their support in electing him to the parliament. Jaihind in 2014 had contested from Rohtak Lok Sabha constituency which is also his hometown. He lost to Deepinder Singh Hooda of Congress. Founded in the 17th century by Sheik Farid, the treasurer of Mughal ruler Jehangir, Faridabad is a major industrial hub. It is the second most populated city after Gururgam. There are a total of 17 lakh voters. The major segment of voters includes two lakh Gujjars, 2.8 lakh Jats. 1.5 lakh Meos and 4 lakh voters from SC/ST category. Though Faridabad has bagged the smart city tag and Rs 400 crore funds, the work on the ground is moving at a snail’s pace. Critics, including MLAs from rival political parties, are vocal about his failures and inadequacies. Out of the nine assembly segments in Faridabad Lok Sabha constituency, only three are represented by the ruling BJP legislators. Badkhal, Ballabhgarh and Faridabad are represented by BJP MLAs, Seema Trikha, Mool Chand, and Vipul Goel, respectively. The rest six are represented by the INLD (Hathin and Faridabad NIT), the Congress (Palwal, Tigaon and Hodal) and the BSP (Prithla).last_img read more