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Leave regulation alone while lawyers deal with Brexit – Society

first_imgThe Law Society today warned government that now is the ‘wrong time’ for a shakeup of legal services regulation – stressing that the profession will be focusing on supporting its clients through a period of unprecedented change in the wake of last week’s Brexit vote.  Speaking before giving evidence to the House of Commons Justice Committee, chief executive Catherine Dixon pledged that Chancery Lane would work with solicitors, clients, the public and government to support a ‘calm transition’ after the UK voted to leave the EU.But with the Ministry of Justice expected to consult soon on options including a formal separation of legal representative bodies from regulators, she pointed to the overriding need for stability.The Law Society has a ‘vital role’, said Dixon, in convening legal expertise to help the country deal with the aftermath of last Thursday’s poll.She alerted MPs to what she described as ‘the dangers of picking away at the finely balanced legal services sector when the sector, constitution and economy are going through a period of such unprecedented change’.She also outlined some of the sectoral issues which will need to be addressed in the event that Article 50 is triggered.These include: maintaining single market access; enabling solicitors to continue to practise across the EU; maintaining financial services passporting arrangements; ensuring the mutual recognition of judgments; maintaining extradition arrangements including the European Arrest Warrant; and maintaining England and Wales as the jurisdiction of choice, and the use of English and Welsh law across the globe.The prospect of separation of the SRA and Law Society – along with other legal regulators from their representative bodies – was raised by the Treasury last year, with a consultation expected to be published this summer.Dixon disagreed with her SRA counterpart Paul Philip during the evidence session over which body should ‘own’ professional standards, legal education and entry into the profession, and the awarding of the professional title of solicitor.She said that in the event that government is minded to review legal services regulation, the Society’s vision is for the profession to own and drive professional standards.She said this would enable the regulator to concentrate on setting regulatory rules to ensure effective market regulation and concentrate on addressing the ‘mischief’ from which clients need protection. However, this would require a wholesale review of the current arrangements and now is not the time to embark on such a review, she added.There was a divergence of opinion over the need for reviewing the current arrangements. The SRA’s Philip said the retained links between bodies gave the perception of a lack of independence. But Dixon suggested that if there is a perception issue, then that issue should be dealt with, rather than undergoing wholesale change to legal services regulation as the regulator already operates independently.Dixon said: ‘The current system is broadly effective. It would be the wrong time given the outcome of the referendum to undertake a full review of legal services.‘Given the public and the legal profession would be going through a period of what would be unprecedented change, I would question whether now is the right time.’Philip claimed that the SRA receives 20 calls a day from people who are confused about whether the regulator is part of the Law Society and said the status quo leads to a ‘crisis of confidence’.He added: ‘Although we do treat them fairly and act in their interests, it is difficult to convince them that is the case when we are essentially part of the Law Society.’Dixon responded: ‘If there is a perception issue the key thing is we tackle [it]. If the public is confused we should be focusing on public legal education – there is no dispute regulation is operating independently.‘It would be a bit of a sledgehammer to crack a nut to go through a complex process of changing primary legislation to change what seems to be a perception issue.’Philip rejected the idea the Law Society could manage and drive professional standards.‘Professional standards must be owned by the regulator,’ he said. ‘It is the standards the public can expect of a solicitor: to give it to the organisation that represents solicitors would appear to be a conflict of interests.’Both Philip and Dixon, as well as Bar Council chair Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC and Bar Standards Board director general Dr Vanessa Davies, who also gave evidence, rejected the idea of a single legal services regulator.Philip said it was inevitable the profession would see ‘consolidation’ of the current nine different regulators, with a reduction ‘a foregone conclusion’.last_img read more

Congressional Delegation Push For ANWR Opening

first_imgU.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced legislation on January 5th to allow for the development of no more than 2,000 surface acres in the 1002 Area of ANWR. Congressman Don Young introduced the American Energy Independence and Job Creation Act on January 3, one of his first actions after being sworn into office earlier that day. It’s the 13th time Young has overseen a bill to open ANWR, but only one made it through Congress; it was then vetoed by President Bill Clinton. Walker said drilling in ANWR “would fill TAPS and bring much needed revenue to our state coffers.” The effort to open ANWR has the support of state leaders. Governor Bill Walker calling it a “bold move” and promising “the state will do everything it can to provide the infrastructure needed to responsibly access the 1002 section of ANWR.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s congressional delegation is preparing for President-Elect Trump’s inauguration on Friday, January 20, with plenty of activity in the nation’s capital, but all three have been making time this month to continue the push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for development. The area is believed to be the largest onshore oil prospect in North America, holding an estimated 10.4 billion barrels of conventional oil.last_img read more

Report: Bristol City U18s 2-2 Crewe Alexandra U18s

first_imgThe away side scored two first half goals, through Malachi Linton and Connor Heath, as Crewe went into half-time with a healthy lead.However, Sam Bell tapped in from close range for Trevor Challis’ side after good work from Lucas Sinclair, before Ryley Towler bundled in on the line for City’s equaliser.It was a superb fightback from City, who now travel to Burnley for the final game of the season on Saturday (April 14th).Both sides had chances in the game’s opening moments, but it was City who came closest to opening the deadlock. Kieran Smith’s shot found Bell, who put the ball over the bar from close range.Sam Pearson then came close for City. Surging forward, the youngster was about to pull the trigger when a Crewe defender blocked him before he could shoot.Alex Hurst then had a bursting run of his own. Beating a few City defenders, then forcing a good save out of James Carey, who tipped it over his crossbar.The away side then took the lead. Malachi Linton was found in space, cut inside the box and fired beyond Carey.Within moments of going a goal down, City almost found an instant reply. Harry Smith’s goal-bound effort had beaten the Crewe goalkeeper, but was kept out by a brilliant clearance from a defender.Crewe then doubled their lead shortly before half time. Connor Heath stole the ball from a City defender. The midfielder saw Carey off his line, and decided to try his luck from over 30 yards out. The ball went over Carey’s head and into the back of the net.City tried to find a goal before half time and came within inches of doing so. Towler found K.Smith, whose effort took a deflection before coming off the crossbar.Despite a good amount of chances, City went into half time two goals down. The words of the manager no doubt still ringing in the players’ ears as they started the second half.Pearson, who had been promising in the first half, had City’s first opportunity in the second. His stabbed effort went narrowly wide of Will Appleyard’s goal.Only moments later, Pearson came close again. The youngster turned inside the defender, and his effort went narrowly wide yet again.The second half showed City’s attacking intent with a flurry of chances. James Burford was the next player to test Appleyard’s goal, with his effort tipped over the bar.City got their first goal of the tie just after the hour mark. Lucas Sinclair skilfully advanced past a few Crewe players, before putting the ball across goal for Bell to tap in.Less than ten minutes later, City had their equaliser. A deflected cross fell into the path of Towler, who scrambled the ball across the line for two each.James Taylor then came close to finding a third for City. Sam Pearson went down under challenge, and the linesman flagged for a penalty, but Taylor continued and forced a smart stop out of the Crewe goalkeeper.Pearson then came close to finding a winner only moments from time for City. A ball found the youngster at the back post, but Appleyard produced a fine save to keep his side level and ensured they returned to Cheshire with a point.City Under-18s: Carey, Williams, Soady, Harry Smith, Burford, Spark, S.Pearson, Towler, Bell, K.Smith (Taylor), Sinclair. Subs not used: Hall, Webb.By Ryan Paynelast_img read more

Rutherford excited about CPL 2018

first_imgTHE emergence of young Sherfane Rutherford as a future star was given a major boost, when the talented all-rounder from the city-based Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), was snapped up by the Guyana Amazon Warriors for a first time for this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League.Rutherford, was rewarded for being equally effective with both bat and ball in his maiden stint with the Guyana Jaguars during the last regional four-day and Super50 tournaments, where he filled one of the all-rounder’s position with absolute permanency.The 19-year-old who was bought for US$ 4,000 when the players’ draft was held on Thursday in London, is anxiously awaiting the sixth edition of the League as yet another chance for him to continue his swift rise to recognition.In an exclusive interview yesterday, Rutherford indicated that while he is extremely excited to be a part of this year’s tournament, he is equally excited to make it count.“Definitely I am very excited to be on board,” he said.The all-rounder further pointed out that he is even more excited to rub shoulders with the foreign players and gain from their experiences.Commenting on the squad, he said, “I think we have a well-balanced squad and I am confident we will cross that final hurdle this time.”Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd and Akshaya Persaud are the local fresh faces in the squad.Veerasammy Permaul, Shimron Hetmyer, Devendra Bishoo, Gajanand Singh and Keemo Paul, are the other Guyanese.Guyana Amazon Warriors, one of the most consistent sides in the tournament, confirmed all-rounder Shoaib Malik, batsman Cameron Delport, leg-spinner Imran Tahir and ICC Americas player Saurabh Netravalkar as their international newcomers.The Warriors have retained their best batsman and bowler from last season-Chadwick Walton and Sohail Tanvir.Opener Walton had 458 runs, the most in the competition, while Tanvir had the most wickets (17) in the tournament.All-rounder Rayad Emrit, Luke Ronchi, Jason Mohammed, Singh, Permaul, Paul and Roshon Primus were retained from last season.The 2018 tournament will run from August 8 to September 16.last_img read more

GFSCA honours softball cricket stalwarts Mark Bobb and Vicky Ramsaywack

first_imgTHE Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) recently honoured two outstanding veteran softball cricketers Mark Bobb of the USA and Vicky Ramsaywack of Georgetown. They were rewarded at the presentation ceremony of the recently concluded ‘Guyana Softball Cup 8’. The tournament was a huge success and the Association took the opportunity to recognise the contributions of both players to the game, on and off the field.President of GFSCA, Ramchand Ragbeer, was high in praise for the recipients and reminded the large gathering that Bobb has participated in every single softball tournament around the world from the inception in 1999 in Orlando, Florida.That is 19 years ago. Even though he didn’t participate on the field in the 2018 edition of Guyana Softball Cup, he graced the tournament and inspired everyone with his usual sound advice and jolly antics.Ramsaywack is the owner of Savage Masters and his team participates in every tournament run by the GFSCA.He personally participates in tournaments in Canada, New York, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Ramsaywack who is popular for his pony tail and dark shades is a close friend of the GFSCA. In closing, Bobb and Ramsaywack thanked the GFSCA for recognising them and that they were pleasantly surprised. Both of them said that they love the game very much and will continue to contribute to raise the level even higher. They also wished the Association more success and pledged their continued support.last_img read more

LSU’s Cameron, Chavis among highest paid assistants in nation

first_imgBATON ROUGE – The LSU athletic department did not get what it paid for from a major part of the LSU football program in the 2014 season.According to USA Today’s college football assistant coaches’ salary database of virtually all upper level programs released Wednesday, LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is the third highest paid assistant in the nation with a salary of more than $1.3 million. His exact compensation, excluding bonuses, is $1,315,967. LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis earned $1,312,300, for fourth in the nation.The database, which excluded private schools and others that do not release such information, is available at http://sports.usatoday.com/ncaa/salaries/football/assistant.Cameron’s offense in the 2014 season, though, ranked No. 77 in the nation in yards per game at 383.4, 73rd in scoring offense with 27.6 points a game and 114th out of 125 schools in passing offense with 163.9 yards a game.“Obviously, as the season played out, there were some things we would have liked to have done better,” Cameron said during a pre-scheduled interview on the LSU Radio Network on Sunday night. “I think there were some things we did extremely well running the football and establishing an identity, but we all know there were some things we could’ve added to help us.”LSU finished 27th in the nation in rushing offense with 219.5 yards a game. It was the passing game that was a major problem throughout the season, though, as first-year starting quarterback Anthony Jennings finished 89th in passing efficiency with a 115.3 rating based on a .488 completion percentage and 10 touchdowns with seven interceptions.“I think it’s real simple,” said Cameron, who had little experience at wide receiver as well. “It’s the chemistry and the me-you element, and the completion percentage that we’ve got to solve. Our accuracy has got to improve, and I think it will. We’ve got to improve that completion percentage.”Cameron, who came to LSU after getting fired as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens late in the 2012 season following a decade in the NFL mostly as an assistant, is in the second year of a three-year contract through the 2015 season. “I think there’s no doubt that moving forward we’ll be outstanding on offense,” he said.LSU’s entire staff of assistant coaches is No. 1 in the nation for the second consecutive year in salary with a total compensation of $5,499,269, according to USA Today, with Alabama coming in second at $5,213,400. The Tigers finished 8-4 overall in 2014 and fourth in the Southeastern Conference West at 4-4. The Tigers play Notre Dame (7-5) in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tennessee. Alabama (12-1, 7-1 SEC) won the SEC championship and will play Ohio State in the College Football Playoffs semifinal in New Orleans on Jan. 1.Alabama first-year offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin checked in at No. 23 in the nation with a $680,000 salary, but his offense finished 16th in the nation in total yards a game with 490.5, 16th in scoring offense with 37.1 points a game and 21st in the nation in passing with 281 yards a game. And his quarterback — first-year starter Blake Sims — finished seventh in the nation in passing efficiency at 161.9 with a .647 completion percentage and 26 touchdowns against seven interceptions.With senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger and junior wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry last season, LSU finished 33rd in the nation in total offense with 5,893 yards and 43rd in passing offense with 251 a game under Cameron. Mettenberger finished among the nation’s leaders in efficiency at 171.4, and Beckham Jr. and Landry each went over 1,100 receiving yards. All are in the NFL along with running backs Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue from 2013.“We had a special group a year ago as we see those guys playing on Sunday,” Cameron said.Chavis had a better 2014 than Cameron. LSU led the nation in pass efficiency defense with a 98.7 rating and finished No. 8 in total defense with 305.8 yards allowed a game. The highest paid assistant in the nation is Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster at $1,369,500, followed by Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart at $1,355,850.LSU’s third highest paid assistant is recruiting coordinator/running backs coach Frank Wilson, who is 24th nationally at $665,967, followed by defensive line coach Brick Haley at $465,967 for No. 82 nationally, offensive line coach Jeff Grimes at $377,500 for 126th, special teams coordinator/defensive assistant Bradley Dale Peveto at $360,000 for 139th, receivers coach Adam Henry at $349,634 for 154th, secondary coach Corey Raymond at $325,967 for 170th and tight ends coach Steve Ensminger at $325,967 for 171st.COLLINS HONORED AGAIN: LSU senior left tackle La’el Collins won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy from the SEC office on Wednesday after being named to the All-SEC first team by the Associated Press on Monday and by the league coaches Tuesday.last_img read more

LSU ready for ‘traditional power’ in Notre Dame

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. – LSU head coach Les Miles was handed a Tigers-themed guitar during Monday’s final news conference for the Music City Bowl. The instrument seemed to be foreign to Miles before a bowl official strummed it for him.The LSU fans that have flooded Broadway hope their team strikes a better tune against the University of Notre Dame on Tuesday at LP Field when the 23rd-ranked Tigers aim to complete an often-frustrating season with a ninth victory.“If I had to pick the most important games to win in a year, it would be the first one and the last one,” Miles said.Despite the rocky road, the Tigers appear to have plenty of support. You can point to the opponent as a reason why LSU will represent a solid portion of the 60,000 tickets sold as of Monday.Miles believes Notre Dame has also grabbed the attention of his players.“At the end of the season, we wanted a traditional football power to play and a great venue. The Franklin American Music City Bowl is that,” he said.Notre Dame (7-5) stole the show Monday with the announcement of Malik Zaire as the starting quarterback against LSU. Tuesday will mark the first start of the redshirt freshman’s career.Zaire gets the nod over junior Everett Golson, the starter for the Fighting Irish during their run to the national title game to cap the 2012 season.“We’ll obviously play both quarterbacks,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said. “Tomorrow is about 2014, it’s not about 2015. Our focus is on winning (Tuesday’s) football game. We think playing both of them gives us the best chance to do that.“We’ll figure out 2015 in January.”Golson, a lefty, relieved Golson in the regular-season against USC. He was 9-for-20 passing for 170 yards. He added rushing touchdown.No matter the rotation, Miles said he expects to see “the best” of Notre Dame’s offense.Notre Dame ranked 39th in the nation by scoring 33 points per game.LSU’s is No. 8 in the country in total defense and No. 3 in scoring defense (16.4 points allowed per game).Notre Dame jumped to a 6-0 start this year before losing five of its final six games.Kelly said the feel and the flow of the game will determine how much both quarterbacks play.“This is not scripted,” he said. “We wanted to challenge Malik and put him in this kind of environment. We’ll learn a lot about him.”While the 2014 records are similar, the Tigers and Irish appear to have different track records in recent postseason games.LSU is 6-3 in bowl games under Les Miles while Notre Dame has won three of its past 14 bowls. However, the Irish have won three of their past five postseason affairs.Miles has lost just two non-conference games in 47 tries with the Tigers. Both losses came in bowl games (2010 vs. Penn State, Capital One Bowl; 2012 vs. Clemson, Peach Bowl).LSU was no stranger to issues at the quarterback position this season. Sophomore Anthony Jennings started all but one game – true freshman Brandon Harris started at Auburn. The Tigers ranked 116th in the country with 163.9 passing yards per game and 74th with 27.6 points per game.Kelly was quick to praise the Tigers’ running game. LSU racked up more than 219 rushing yards per game to rank 29th in the country.True freshman Leonard Fournette garnered plenty of attention in Monday’s preview talk with the coaches.“He’s a true freshman that’s physically gifted,” Miles said. “He has great speed — he won the 100 meters in his state track meet. He continues to mature. He’s a team player. It’s not about me. He should get a number of touches in this game.”Twitter: @RoyLangIIIlast_img read more

| ” I’m with Dhoni ” | Mangalam

first_imgChennai: Suresh Raina’s announcement comes just before the shock of Dhoni’s retirement. Raina, who is also a consistent fielder, was at the forefront of implementing Dhoni’s tactics in the 2011 ODI World Cup, which India won.The dynamism reminiscent of fielding legend Jonty Rhodes of South Africa became Raina’s trademark. Raina also batted well against Pakistan and Australia in the World Cup. Last played in 2018. He was left out of the squad for the ensuing World Cup. Dhoni and Raina were at the Chennai Super Kings’ training camp when they announced their retirement on Instagram. Raina’s post was with the note that I will join Dhoni.Super Kings later tweeted a video of the two hugging each other and team members hugging each other. The Super Kings’ training camp started on Saturday at the Chidambaram Stadium. The team will travel to the UAE for the IPL after the camp, which ends on the 20th. RainaTest: 18Run: 768Average: 26.48Century: 1Half century: 7ODI: 226Run: 5615Average: 35.31Century: 5Half century: 36Twenty20: 78Run: 1605Average: 29.18Century: 1Half century: 5last_img read more