Preserve Britain as ‘legal hub’, says CityUK

first_imgNearly a quarter of workers in the EU’s legal and accounting sectors are based in Britain and generate more than £15 billion a year in taxes, according to a report that calls on Britain’s leading position as a legal hub to be retained.The report, by professional services lobby group TheCityUK, says that the two sectors generated £15.5bn in tax in 2015/16 – £6.4bn directly levied on the businesses and £9.1bn through payrolls and VAT. According to the report, ‘Total Tax Contribution Study for UK legal and accounting activities’, produced by PwC, the sectors collectively employ 693,000 people across the UK (23% of all EU employees).The report does not give separate figures for the legal profession however a previous report by the group in February this year counted 311,000 people employed in legal services across the country.The report says Britain has a ‘premier position as a legal and accounting services employer’ and is ahead of Germany (21% of all EU workers), France (10%), Spain (8%) and Italy (7%).Miles Celic, chief executive at TheCityUK, said the two sectors are an ‘essential part of the world-leading financial and professional services ecosystem’.‘The UK is the leading global hub for legal and accounting expertise and it is vital that we not only preserve that, but we continue to grow it,’ he added.Earlier this month TheCityUK suggested appointing ‘industry champions’ to promote the rule of law to Whitehall so that a ‘strong, clear and consistent’ system of law will be kept after Britain leaves the EU.last_img read more

Partnership model declines in growing legal services market

first_imgThe traditional partnership model of legal practice has declined dramatically with almost half of all firms now incorporated companies, according to a long-running survey of the sector published today. The ninth annual UK Legal Services Market Report by IRN Research also notes that 1,300 of England and Wales 10,000 law firms are now operating as alternative business structures. Despite the impact of government reforms to the personal injury sector and concerns about the impact of Brexit, the survey finds the sector in robust health, generating £35.1bn across the UK in 2018. That was 6.3% up on the previous year, or 3.7% taking inflation into account. In 2019 it is forecast to grow by  5.4% at current prices. Much of the growth, however, comes from the top 100 firms which continue to outperform the overall market. The is is partly due to acquisitions boosting overall revenue and partly due to the fact that most of their work is in the corporate sector which is performing better than most consumer law sectors.The picture is less bright in the personal injury/accident/medical negligence sector, which accounts for 11% of the UK market. According to the research fewer than half of practitioners expect revenue to grow in the next 12 months. The increase in the small claims limit, in April 2020, will hit the market by pushing more consumers towards ‘DIY law’.Elsewhere, the research predicts downward pressures on fees due to more solicitors working freelance or in unregulated practices. It notes ‘concerns that less regulation of these new suppliers could lower standards’.last_img read more

Drug Use In Public Toilets Not Acceptable Says Carson

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInFollowing a meeting with anxious business owners in Castle Douglas, Finlay Carson MSP has today written to the Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Councillor Elaine Murray, to express his concerns.  Finlay has also called on her to take immediate action. Finlay Carson said: “It is completely unacceptable that drug activity of this nature is taking place in these busy public toilets.  These public conveniences are located next to the bus stop at the bottom end of King Street and are regularly used by families, residents and visitors to the town. Finlay continued: “I met with business owners located adjacent to these toilets and was advised that they regularly witness drug users going in and out of the premises; they are worried for the safety of their own employees as well as the unsuspecting children, families and visitors who use these facilities.center_img I have asked Elaine Murray, Labour Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, to do more to protect the public by installing UV lighting to these premises immediately.”last_img read more

Man fined for intent to supply cannabis

first_imgEdien Canoville, 26, of Campbell who pleaded guilty to two drug-related charges has been fined seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750.00).Canoville was charged for possession of 120 grams of cannabis and possession with intent to supply 120 grams of cannabis when he appeared before Magistrate Arley Gill on April 22, 2014.Information revealed in court by police prosecutor sergeant Valda Powel indicates that on April 20, 2014, members of the Drug Squad who were on patrol in Campbell in plain clothing saw the defendant carrying a multi-color back pack.When he noticed the police vehicle, he began moving quickly in the opposite direction. They followed him and stopped the vehicle next to him. The police informed Canoville that he looked suspicious and that they were going to search him, but nothing liable for seizure was found.Whilst searching the back pack, a clear plastic bag and a black plastic bag were found containing what appeared to be cannabis. When cautioned about the findings, he responded, “The clear one is my smoke, and the black one is for me to make a change”.He was arrested and taken to the Police Headquarters in Roseau. The alleged drug was sent for testing at the government’s laboratory.A report from the laboratory indicated that the drug tested positive as cannabis and he was charged on April 22.The defendant, who has previous convictions of a different nature, told Magistrate Gill that it was not his intention to supply marijuana.“I just had it in my possession. I said the black bag is for me to make a change because I was nervous when the police questioned me,” Canoville said.Magistrate Gill warned him that marijuana is illegal and he should not get himself in that position again.He was reprimanded for the possession of cannabis charge fined $750.00 to be paid in two months for the possession of cannabis with intent to supply.In default of payment, he will spend two months in prison.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Man fined for intent to supply cannabis by: – April 24, 2014 Share 15 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Gilas ‘to do everything’ to have Clarkson in FIBA

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson first represented the Philippines during the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. POC-PSC MEDIA GROUP MANILA – The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) plans to do everything to have Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson available for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 FIBA World Cup slated from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in China.SBP president Al Panlilio said in an interview with Agence France-Presse that they will once again try to convince FIBA to allow the Filipino-American Clarkson to play as a Filipino citizen.“We have been trying to convince or discuss the matter with FIBA,” Panlilio said. “Everyone is working on the matter and we will do everything we can to make it happen.”He added: “Based on our constitution, he is Filipino. He has a passport. But he got it after he was 16 years old.” Clarkson, in an Instagram post, also showed interest to suit up for the national men’s basketball team in the FIBA World Cup, which he said will be a dream come true for him.“Congrats to my bros and the country such a honor for the country, qualifying for the world cup, so hyped!!! hope to see you guys in China!!!” said Clarkson, currently the leading scorer of the slumping Cavaliers in NBA.Clarkson first represented the Philippines during the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia but the World Cup operates under FIBA rules which could classify him as “naturalized” player after obtaining his Filipino passport after the age of 16.FIBA also restricts each team to one “naturalized” player, meaning Gilas head coach Joseller “Yeng” Guiao will have to choose between Clarkson and naturalized center Andray Blatche for the FIBA World Cup.Gilas Pilipinas reached its second consecutive FIBA World Cup appearance after finishing as the best fourth placer during the year-long Asian qualifier, that concluded last Sunday.“It’s been a journey and it’s been quite difficult because you know we had a major issue with the Australian incident, the brawl,” Panlilio said. “The stars really had to align for us…We are very happy and proud to be back in the World Cup.”/PNlast_img read more

Nikmati Grand Canyon dengan Kereta Vintage Super Mewah yang Bisa Disewa

first_imgMenikmati keindahan salah satu keajaiban dunia Grand Canyon dengan naik kereta bukanlah mimpi. Apalagi kereta yang digunakan merupakan kereta tahun 1940-an dan 1950-an yang sangat mewah namun masih terawat.Baca juga: Enam Kereta dengan Perjalanan Paling Romantis Bersama PasanganKereta ini bernama The Rail Baron Charter yang bisa disewa secara pribadi untuk menikmati keindahan Grand Canyon bersama keluarga atau kerabat. KabarPenumpang.com merangkum laman prnewswire.com (28/10/2019), tiga kereta tua yang dijalankan ini bisa disewa untuk acar khusus seperti pernikahan, pertemuan keluarga, ulang tahun, reuni atau acara apapun.Dalam satu rangkaian ada lima kereta yang ditarik terdiri dari The Kansas, dimana kereta ini memiliki ruang terbuka di bagian belakang. The Utah, yaitu kereta yang berisikan salon, kafe atau lounge untuk dinikmati penumpang. Lalu ada California, ini adalah ruang kereta dengan tempat tidur dan menjadi yang pertama untuk charter (sewa) dari Williams ke Grand Canyon pada 1 November 2019 mendatang. Selain itu ada dua kereta bersejarah lain yang bisa di charter yakni The Santa Fe yang dilengkapi dengan ruang tamu mewah, lounge dan kafe.Selain itu Max Biegert adalah kereta yang dilengkapi dengan ruang tamu mewah serta platform belakang yang terbuka. Untuk menikmati perjalanan, penyewa juga bisa memilih mesin-mesin diesel tradisional atau mesin uap yang luar biasa sebagai lokomotif penarik kereta.Lima kereta ini bisa menampung 200 orang karena memiliki banyak ruang tamu dan kamar tidur serta dapur dalam satu rangkaian. Sebenarnya Grand Canyon Railway bukanlah sebuah kereta wisata atau museum peninggalan (sejarah) sebab ini adalah sebuah kereta penumpang yang berfungsi sehari-hari membentang sepanjang 65 mil atau 104 km dari Williams.Rute Grand Canyon sendiri melalui Rute 66 yang bersejarah hingga beberapa langkah dari Lingkar Selatan Grand Canyon. Untuk menikmati kereta ini, saat meyewa, sudah termasuk dengan dukungan dari teknisi, brakeman, kondektur dan petugas layanan penumpang yang akan memenuhi kebutuhan.Baca juga: Rocky Mountaineer, Kereta Wisata yang Akan Bawa Anda Menempuh Perjalanan RomantisBahkan koki pribadi pun disiapkan untuk melayani makanan penumpang yang menikmati perjalanan itu. Kereta ini dilengkapi dengan berbagai interior mewah dan seperti era masa lampau, berikut televisi dan radio. Untuk sekali perjalanan harga sewa untuk 200 orang atau keseluruhannya $32 ribu (Rp448 juta) atau utuk per orang sekitar $160 (Rp2,2 juta).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTak Mau Kalah dengan Eropa, India Kini Hadirkan Kereta Cepat29/04/2018In “Darat”Enam Kereta dengan Perjalanan Paling Romantis Bersama Pasangan14/07/2017In “Darat”Orient Express, ‘Berjuta Cerita’ dari kereta Mewah Legendaris Eropa08/01/2020In “Darat”last_img read more

It’ll be tough for Dawgs to beat USC for top receiver

first_imgFour-star wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) committed to USC just over a month ago. However, anybody that follows football recruiting knows that committing doesn’t necessarily mark the end of a top football prospect’s recruitment as college football coaches will continue trying to reel in the top players.That’s not necessarily the case though for Imatorbhebhe.Josh ImatorbhebheJosh Imatorbhebhe“I feel like I have to initiate the contact for them to start talking to me,” Imatorbhebhe said of other programs that recruited him prior to his announcement. “A lot of people thought I was done after I committed. People still send graphics from Alabama, South Carolina and Ohio State, but nothing like serious. Stanford is still talking to me. Auburn was on me really hard, but I guess they were sad I committed and I haven’t heard from then since.”USC set the bar high for what a school needs to have in order to flip his commitment.“I love USC, and until somebody can come close in my mind to what they are, I don’t know,” Imatorbhebhe said. “If they want to try to, they can try, but right now USC is number one for me.”If schools such as Georgia – who offered him a scholarship before his commitment – continue to recruit him, Imatorbhebhe will entertain them.“I would be polite,” Imatorbhebhe said. “I’m committed, but I’m always making sure I’m making the right decision. Like I said, until somebody can prove they are better than the place I am committed to now, I’m resting easy.”So what made USC the right choice for the Rivals250 member?“It’s a combination of everything. It’s not really to me about what’s right with USC. I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong with USC and there is nothing. The only thing is the distance. Everything else is great. It has great weather. It’s a great location. There is a lot of stuff to do, great football, great tradition, great education. It’s like ‘Wow, what is wrong with this place?’ “Imatorbhebhe planned a trip out west to Southern Cal before he heads north to Oregon for The Opening. He’s going there on a mission.“First of all, I want to prove to myself that I’m as good as I want to be and also prove to everybody else that they have been sleeping on me and that I’m one of the best receivers in the country,” Imatorbhebhe said.Dan McDonald writes for UGASports.comlast_img read more

How Dak Prescott fell from Heisman Trophy front-runner

first_imgSTARKVILLE Dak Prescott didn’t attend practice on Saturday. For the majority of Mississippi State’s season, many expected a trip to New York City to cause the absence. Instead, Prescott was in Starkville attending his graduation.Prescott’s performance through the Bulldogs’ first six games thrust him into the Heisman Trophy discussion. Bovada Sportsbook listed him as the favorite on Oct. 14 with 9/4 odds after he guided the Bulldogs to three straight victories over top 10 opponents and a No. 1 ranking.Prescott threw for 14 touchdowns compared to four interceptions in leading Mississippi State (10-2, 6-2 SEC) to a 6-0 start.The second half of the season brought struggles for the quarterback in his first full season as MSU’s starter.“Thinking back on it, in all the film I watched, I didn’t get the feeling that Dak Prescott regressed in the second half of the year,” ESPN analysts Jesse Palmer said. “I think the competition was a little bit different in the second half of the year.”Prescott finished eighth in the Heisman voting. It’s the best finish of any Bulldog in program history.Prescott threw 10 touchdowns along with six interceptions during the second half of the season. As Mississippi State hit the heart of the SEC schedule, Prescott played without his favorite target in Jameon Lewis. Lewis never found the chemistry he shared with Prescott since suffering a cracked fibula against LSU on Sept. 20. Prescott wasn’t completely healthy, either.He played with a foot injury throughout the season. Opponents also began forcing Prescott to pass.Despite steamrolling through three top-10 teams, Prescott’s toughest tests came at the end of the season.“Arkansas and Alabama whipped them up front. They were equipped with their defensive lines,” Palmer said. “Ole Miss as well. I don’t think it was so much of a schematic thing. I think it was more of a personnel thing.”The three games are the only contests in which Mississippi State didn’t rush for at least 220 yards. The Bulldogs turned in efforts of 128 (Arkansas), 138 (Alabama) and 163 (Ole Miss) in the defeats. They coincide with Prescott’s worst outings. He threw four touchdowns and five interceptions.In MSU’s 10 wins, it averaged 244 yards on the ground. Prescott threw for 20 touchdowns and five interceptions.“When Mississippi State became one dimensional in some of those games, especially in the Alabama game, when they’re not physical at the point of attack and they become one-dimensional,” Palmer said. “Then they become much easier to stop.”It remains to be seen if his second-half struggles will affect his draft stock. CBS Sports ranks Prescott as a second–round pick for the 2015 NFL Draft. He’s ranked fourth among quarterbacks, behind Heisman Trophy winner and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Florida State’s Jameis Winston and UCLA Brett Hundley.All three are expected to declare. Only Michigan State’s Connor Cook ranks higher among quarterbacks in the 2016 class, according to CBS.“Over the second half, Dak showed what we already knew. Extremely talented, but could use another year of seasoning before he’s ready for what the NFL will throw at him,” CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler said.Prescott already filed paperwork with the league to request a draft grade. The grade doesn’t tie him to the NFL but is used to help inform underclassmen when making the decision whether or not to leave early.Palmer pointed to decision-making and accuracy as areas Prescott needs to improve.If he returns, Prescott will be slated as the league’s best quarterback. But MSU’s offensive line loses three starters, Lewis graduates, and a report came out Saturday that coach Dan Mullen could be a leading candidate to fill the coaching vacancy at Michigan, according to Footballscoop.com.The 2015 Heisman discussion will begin as soon as Prescott steps on the field next August.“His path to winning it,” Palmer said, “is actually going to be more difficult next year than it was this season.” Contact Michael Bonner at (601) 961-7289 or mbonner@jackson.gannett.com. Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.last_img read more

Willian insists he wants to stay at Chelsea

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Conte defends tactics after Chelsea defeatConte shrugs off reports linking him with PSGManchester City v Chelsea player ratingsChelsea youngsters make it nine in a row and maintain three-year home record Willian has told Brazilian outlet Planeta SporTV he has no desire to leave Chelsea.It comes after reports linking the Brazil international with Manchester United.Willian, 29, has insisted he intends to stay at Stamford Bridge and would like to extend his contract. His current deal runs until 2020.AdChoices广告“My goal is to stay here at Chelsea,” Willian said. “I want to stay here for many more years and, if it is possible, to renew my contract.“On that (a new contract), we have not talked yet. It might happen.“I intend to continue here until the end of my contract, to renew, and then to continue for more years.”center_img Willian has been linked with Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

Chelsea not keen on Batshuayi loan deal – Monaco chief

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Atletico in talks with Chelsea over Morata dealTalks ongoing over Hudson-Odoi, says Bayern chiefHiguain close to finalising Chelsea moveChelsea fans unite against racism Chelsea are seeking to sell Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal rather than loan out the striker, according to Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.AdChoices广告Blues fans can take advantage of Betfred promotion code 2019 to place a bet on where Batshuayi will end up, as well as various other Chelsea-related bets.  Batshuayi, who scored the decisive goal in Chelsea’s 2016-17 title win under Antonio Conte, spent the second half of last season on loan at Borussia Dortmund and the first half of this campaign at Valencia.The Spanish side want to cut short the loan and Monaco boss Thierry Henry has expressed an interest after working with Batshuayi for Belgium.However, there is work to do for the move to materialise.Speaking at the unveiling of former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas,Vasilyev said: “We have an agreement with the player and with Valencia, but not with Chelsea. They would rather have a (permanent) transfer.”last_img read more