Outgoing SRA chair backs legal apprenticeships

first_imgA leading figure at the Solicitors Regulation Authority says he is confident about the future of the legal profession following the introduction of apprenticeships as an alternative route into the law.Charles Plant (pictured), who steps down as chair of the SRA board on 31 December, made the comments as he received a lifetime achievement award from the City of London Law Society at the British Legal Awards last week.He said: ‘It has been a pleasure and a privilege to spend over 40 years in my chosen profession.‘In that time, I’ve been involved in some key changes, not least solicitors’ rights to appear as advocates in the higher courts, and of course developing the SRA as chair.‘Looking ahead, it is, I think, the widening of access through the introduction of apprenticeships that gives me real confidence in the future of our profession.’Plant joined Herbert Smith & Co in 1967, where he was a litigation practitioner for nearly 40 years. He has been chair of the SRA board for the past five years.SRA chief executive Paul Philip said: ‘We, at the SRA, have benefited in many ways from Charles’ time with us, not only through his excellent leadership, direction and expertise, but also through the role model he has provided.’City of London Law Society chairman Alasdair Douglas praised Plant for recognising the need, and fighting for, proportionate regulation. ‘The City and the UK economy owe much to his guidance and direction,’ he said.Plant’s successor, Enid Rowlands, UK chair of charity Victim Support, will become the SRA’s first non-lawyer chair in January 2015.last_img read more

Counter Logic Gaming releases collaborative apparel with ULT

first_imgNorth American organisation Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) has announced a partnership with ULT, the esports apparel division of Ultimate Media Ventures.The collaboration has given birth to five unique, CLG-inspired designs; the pieces were made available for purchase on ULT’s website on October 11th.Photo credit: Counter Logic GamingRELATED: Overwatch League adds ULT as merchandise providerDan Fleeter, COO of Counter Logic Gaming – who joined the organisation in July – spoke to Esports Insider about the collaboration: “ULT has been a leader at the intersection of esports and lifestyle apparel and we are proud to unveil this collaboration with them, featuring a fresh take on CLG’s iconic look.”The arrangement with CLG is ULT’s second venture with an esports organisation – the first being with eUnited in 2017. More recently, ULT has established partnerships with Overwatch League and DC Shoes.RELATED: Cloud9 partners with We Are Nations for European storeChris Mann, CEO of Ultimate Media Ventures told Esports Insider: “Dating back to 2010, CLG has been an institution and pioneer in the esports world for the global fan community. For ULT, the opportunity to collaborate with a core legacy brand in the space is deeply inspiring. This partnership enables us to celebrate CLG’s journey with the fans through these products that are now available.”Esports Insider says: Esports apparel is a hot sector and ULT is recognised as one of the more prominent companies in the space, even further cemented by its latest collab with CLG. Being that the two companies have headquarters in Los Angeles, it’s unsurprising to see the California-esque designs they’ve come up with.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

Witness video shows police takedown of San Diego pool gunman

first_img Related Courtesy Limor Khorshidi(SAN DIEGO) — Witness video shows the moment police took down the man accused of opening fire at a birthday pool party at a San Diego apartment complex, killing one and injuring seven others who were “just mere feet from him,” police said.The suspected shooter, identified by officials as Peter Selis, 49, was shot and killed by police at the pool area of the La Jolla Crossroads apartment complex Sunday evening, San Diego police said.The witness video, filmed from above the apartment complex pool, shows two police officers with their guns drawn, firing across the pool area in the direction of the suspect.The video later shows those two officers descending on the suspect and five more officers running behind them across the blood-stained pool area.Police said the eight victims, all adults, were hospitalized. One woman later died. Two victims were in critical condition but they and the other five victims are all are expected to survive, police said.San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said Monday that “in the few days prior to this senseless act of violence” Selis and his girlfriend had split up, and his family described him as distraught and depressed.Selis, who worked at a car dealership and lived in the apartment complex, allegedly entered the pool area, sat in a lounge chair, and then called his ex-girlfriend, telling her he just shot two people, police said. Selis allegedly stayed on the phone with his ex as he continued to open fire at the victims who were “just mere feet from him,” Zimmerman said. Selis allegedly wanted his ex to listen in as he “carried out his rampage,” Zimmerman said.Police said it appears the victims were only targeted because they happened to be at the pool at that time.Resident Kaela Wong, who was in the pool’s Jacuzzi when the shooting happened, said the suspected shooter was sitting under an umbrella in the shade and “didn’t draw any attention to himself.”“He had a beer in one hand, and his gun in the other,” Wong told ABC News. “I didn’t even realize that he had a gun until he started shooting.”Wong said she thought the first shot was actually a bottle of champagne being opened. She soon realized it was gunfire but said she didn’t immediately know where it was coming from. People started falling to the ground, Wong said, and she said the suspect sat calmly with his beer, looking at his gun.Wong said she heard the alleged gunman tell pool-goers they could stay and die or they could leave.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Goodbye and farewell Mr. Livingston

first_imgPSC golf from The Golf ClubWe had a sad, but inevitable, telephone call last weekend that brought the news of the passing of our great friend, Richard Livingston.  Richard lived and breathed golf all his life, as a European Tour pro in the 70’s he played in 4 Open Championships (once with Gary Player) and probably gave more lessons to Pattaya golfers than anyone else.   As we all know, Richard came from that fine generation of English Gentlemen golfers that is a vanishing breed of humility and gentle charm.  Thanks for the memories, Mr. Livingston.  We will raise our Sangsom & Coke to your passing, Sir, and may you Rest in Peace.Monday, March 31, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford1st Paul Greenaway (12) 42pts 2nd Brian Green (15) 36pts3rd Bill Eyles (24) 35pts3rd Mark Wood (8) 35pts5thAndy Makara (26) 33ptsGood ole Green Valley is our only regular fixture and every Monday the sign-up sheet is full of locals and tourists alike for this popular venue.  The new scorecard showed a revamped hole configuration that we hope will be the last change for awhile!  Most of the gang finished in the dry but the last few groups got a bit of a dousing, but in this heat that’s not such a bad thing!Richard Livingston – R.I.P.Our 8 tee times ended up being 9 and so the game was afoot.  There were the usual suspects of course – some guys have been playing this game and this course for so long they can go ‘round with their eyes closed!Mark Wood has been in the frame on a very consistent basis on this trip out, and today was no exception.  Today he shared 3rd place with Wild Bill Eyles as both turned in cards of 35.  Tourist Brian Green (with his lovely Russian wife Angia) was also good for the podium, as he was the previous week, and 36 points were good enough for sole second.Beating the huddled masses by a whopping 6 strokes, it was Paul Greenaway who added to his paycheck with a terrific round of 41 points to take the win.  Mr. “Take it Easy” did just that as he strolled off with all the handsome man vouchers on this Monday afternoon, well played mate!Wednesday, April 2, Laem Chabang (white tees) – Stableford1st Alan Rothwell (7) 41pts2nd Peter Larsson (14) 36pts3rd Mark Wood (8) 35ptsIt has been yonks since we last set foot here.  Today we booked our 3:30 p.m. tee time to try our hand at the Night Golf facility that Laem Chabang offers.  We played the A course first, and by the 12th hole, the massive floodlights came on like another morning sunrise to light up the B track.  The verdict was generally a good one, but on certain shots the hard shadows were a bit difficult to deal with.  The great benefit of cooler weather was certainly a bonus, and the 1,950 baht all in price was also a sweetener.Laem Chabang was Richard’s favourite golf course in Pattaya.This is still a beautiful golf course in perfect condition.  I think that Laem Chabang has been overshadowed by the grander Siam complex of golf courses, but don’t forget that for years L.C. was ranked in the top 10 Asian courses by Golf Digest.Today it was all Alan Rothwell, as our American friend had the best round of his trip out so far as he shot to 41 Stableford points with 2 blobs on the card!  Peter Larsson and Mark Wood were 2nd and 3rd respectively with respectable scores of 36 and 35 under the lights.Friday, April 4, Khao Kheow (yellow tees) – Stableford1st Masao Ishikawa (15) 35pts2nd Jimmy Dundon (15) 34pts3rd Stefan Berg (3) 31ptsThis Pete Dye golf course is one of the best we have in Pattaya, and now is probably the best value as well.  The guys were raving about the course so it will be on our playlist throughout the summer months.  That said, it is one of the more difficult golf courses in the area, and the scores reflected that challenge.The podium today was very international with Japan, America and Sweden all represented and we like to have that diversity in our comps.  Ishi is his nickname and Masao Ishikawa was the man on top today as 35 points were enough to beat out 18 golfers for first place.New York’s Jimmy Dundon is playing good golf these days and today he was just one shot behind to take second spot.  Stefan Berg, playing off just a 3 handicap, stole the last podium slot with his 31 on the day.Note:  The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro.  Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya .com and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf @gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome!last_img read more

OVERTIME: Top 10 you could care less about. Hollywood Hook­ups

first_imgBILL NEAL:10—First of all thanks to the crew for the help again. Secondly you need to know I am at the coolest spot in town.  Don’t ask, if I tell ya I have to kill ya! Thirdly, last week’s Top 10 got such rave reviews that I had to go to the wall again:  Here’s a Top 10 you could care less about. Hollywood Hook­ups…Super-HOT and Super-NOT!!!  Don’t ask me why?No. 10. John Lennon and Yoko OnoNo. 9. Saundra Bullock and Jessie JamesNo. 8. Marilyn Monroe and Arthur MillerNo. 7. Kim Kardashian and Kanye WestNo. 6. Scarlett Johnansson and Roman DauriacNo. 5. Heidi Klum and Seal tied with Janet Jackson and Jermaine DupreeNo. 4. Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett tied with Ike and TinaNo. 3. Jennifer Lopez and Marc AnthonyNo. 2. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta JonesNo. 1. And the No. 1 Super-HOT and Super-NOT for all the current reasons Kris Kardashian and Bruce “I don’t know who I am” Jenner:09—OK let’s get back to sports stuff…DUH!  The Pirates swept the Diamondbacks. Not a greatest but a sweep is a sweep.:08—The Clippers just made it interesting. Tied it up 2-2 with the Spurs. Trust me “Pop” will see to it that they don’t win another game!:07—The Penguins are done. Guess you fire the coach again!:06—Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will square off Friday night and the winner will be Mayweather! Take it to the bank!:05—In case your living under a huge rock somewhere be advised that yours truly and Odell Richardson host the B-PEP talk show every last and first Saturday of the month at 12:00 noon on 1360 AM WBGN Radio.  Listen in or call but get in on the conversation.  Your community interest is counting on you.:04—Speaking of great fights; do yourself a favor and pull out your Ali-Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle” VHS tape and be reminded of the greatest that was Muhamad Ali. Told everybody he was gonna knock him out, talked to George the whole fight, roped-a-doped him and came out unscratched.  Ali boom aya…Ali boom aya…Ali boom aya!!:03—Achieving Greatness Inc., is still looking for intelligent, aggressive, self-motivated, hardworking, get it done at all cost Executive Leaders to join our team.  There are no limits to how great you can be.  “Greatness Lies Within You.” Call 412-628-4856 if you are interested and serious.:02—You know I’ve never said this before.  If you’re reading this you already know.  But you still need to tell any and everybody you know that need to be subscribing to the New Pittsburgh Courier.  One of the oldest Black newspapers in America…C’mon Man!!!:01—Spurs and CAV’s…LET’S GET IT ON!!!:00—Alex Rodriquez AKA A-Rod is giving the baseball world the finger…Six (6) home runs and counting.  Watch out Willie Mays:00:00—Double overtime Achieving Greatness Inc., will sponsor the first annual high school Jr. and Sr. students athletes life skills seminar Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  To enter your student male or female at no cost, call 412-628-4856.  Lunch, t-shirt and presentations form former college and pro athletes will be providedGame overlast_img read more

Off on the 75th Kokoda trek

first_imgBy Alana Mitchelson TWO deserving high school students have been named recipients of the Harold Bould Kokoda Award, and will…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

$9 million funding boost for community volunteers

first_imgBy Jessica Anstice Local community volunteer groups in Cardinia and Casey regions will benefit from a share in $9 million of federal funding….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Ras Tailteann cyclist Derek Joyce wins Ireland West Duathlon Series 2017

first_imgWilliam Burke of Galway Tri showed great grit to finish second overall only a handful of points down, he is sure to be back next year to try and win the title, Ray McNamara Liquid Motion Ballina has been steadily building form through the series and is bound to be a contender in the triathlon season ahead.With over 700 participants taking part in one or more of the rounds throughout the series, each event had a different character, some used off road trails, hilly forest paths or the greenway, participants that came from all over the country were thrilled with the courses with some brilliant feedback has been acknowledged, there were some gigantic battles between the various club/Teams this section is bound to grow as every team participant has a chance to help their squad total.The age categories section proved very competitive especially the over 40 category with a huge battles at each event right to the end of the series.Claremorris promoted the first round on December 28th with the LOTG, the winner for the 2nd year in a row was Anthony Murray Multisport Westport, Tri Lakes TC promoted Rd 2 in Knockma in late January with John Greaney Hurtlocker having a sprint victory over Cavan’s Triathlete Killian Heery.Mid February Ballinrobe hosted Rd 3, Killian Heery eventually got the win over John Greaney.Round 4 was staged in Cong using part of the beautiful Ashford castle grounds (Rory Mc Elroy getting married there ) with Killian Heery taking his 2nd win on the bounce.Westport Leisure park promoted the last round on a beautiful day in late March, probably the strongest field of the series took to the line with Stephen Donnelly Liquid Motion Ballina storming to one of his best ever victories, John Greany Hurtlocker was second and Westport own Sean Mc Loughlin third.Holding form for 3 months isn’t easy but for most of the athletes the series was the ideal building block for Triathlon racing which kicks off in May. The 5 event series was sponsored by Bridge Signs Ballinrobe; the graphic designer even made the national headlines with the work he did with Ashford castle ahead of the Mc Elroy wedding.In the ladies category Ballina Ironwoman Lorraine Carey again nearly took a clean sweep winning 4 out of 5 races; it took the national champion Heather Foley of Belfast the only woman who could match the Ballina flier. She even placed 3rd overall in the series a super achievement in itself, It’s no wonder she won a silver medal at the national Duathlon championships recently.The team classification proved popular, clubs had to have at least 5 finishers at each event, Multisport AM Westport looked to be sailing away with the title for the second year running but a big push from Ballina’s Liquid motion, Tri Lakes TC and Galway’s Hurtlocker team closed the gap, the last race was a four way battle with John Greaney leading home his squad for the team title.The Bridge Signs prize presentation was attended by the various winners and it was held recently at the Clewbay Hotel WestportMale prize winners1st Derek Joyce Galway Bay Cycling Club2nd William Burke Galway Triathlon Club3rd Ray McNamara Liquid Motion Triathlon Club4th Paul Joyce Tri Lakes Triathlon Club5th Ciarán Kilcullen Ballaghaderreen Cycling ClubUnplaced Over 401st Michael Hession Team Hurtlocker Galway2nd Declan Nolan Liquid Motion Triathlon ClubOver 50Martin Kinneavey Western Lakes Cycling ClubOverall Female prize winners1st Lorraine Carey Liquid Motion Triathlon Club2nd Mary Daly MultiSport by Anthony Murray3rd Jean O’Connor Galway Triathlon Club4th Marie Halpin MultiSport by Anthony Murray5th Michelle Reynolds Liquid Motion Triathlon ClubUnplaced Over 401st Susanne O’Beirne Lough Key Triathlon Club2nd Carole King Westport Leisure Park EventsOver 501st Caitlín Woods Swinford Triathlon ClubTeams overall1st Team Hurtlocker  Galway2nd MultiSport by Anthony Murray Westport3rd Liquid Motion Triathlon Club BallinaCorporate teamMcHale Team BallinrobeRelay winners:Paul Coleman & Noel Jennings Hollymount WheelersThanks again to all the various sponsors of the individual events and to all the participants for taking part in the seriesPrizes sponsored by Bridge Signs Ballinrobe for the series.Full Race Results : www.raceface.ieprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Corofin man Derek Joyce believes the huge level of fitness and entrechat preparation required to complete the 8 stage An Post Ras stood to him well in Duathlon racing, even though both disciplines are as different as chalk and cheese in terms of duration and terrain. The Galway man was a complete novice when he entered at the first round of the Bridge Signs Ireland West Duathlon series, The Land of the Giants Duathlon held at Christmas was a baptism of fire for him but by the last event he gained in stature having his best result of the series at the Westport Duathlon on March 25thlast_img read more

Art Bank Joburg: helping local artists

first_imgYvonne Mamothusi Harvey – Three women. Ellen Papciak – TV dog. Lance Friedlander – Road to Ventersdorp.(Images: Art Bank Joburg)MEDIA CONTACTS • Vishnu SinghCity of Joburg+27 11 838 6266Wilma den HartighArt Bank Joburg, the only initiative of its kind in South Africa, is providing a much-needed platform for emerging local artists to showcase their work.Art Bank Joburg owns some of South Africa’s best art by upcoming and established local artists, proving that the country can be proud of its outstanding artistic talent.The initiative is now in its fourth year, and in spite of a tough economic climate, and declining corporate budgets for art, it continues to provide exposure for South African artists.“We have such a diversity of talent in South Africa – there are people from so many walks of life and this situation produces great variety in South African art,” says Vishnu Singh, GM of Creative Industries for the City of Joburg.The initiative was the brainchild of Ben Ngubane, the former minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. Ngubane was introduced to the Canadian Art Bank concept on a visit to Ottawa in Canada, and decided that a similar project in South Africa could support local artists.Art Bank Joburg was established by the City of Joburg to buy art from emerging and established artists in the city, and then lease it to public and private sector clients. The art finds a temporary home in corporate reception areas, offices, and government departments in the city, such as the Johannesburg High Court, the Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Metro Police and the Office of the Speaker. Monash University leases one of the largest collections.The bank was established in Newtown, Johannesburg’s arts and culture hub, but has since also opened a satellite branch just off Nelson Mandela Square in the business district of Sandton, north of the city centre.Real benefits for emerging artistsOne of the biggest difficulties for local artists is earning a sustainable income from their art. However, through the Art Bank initiative, artists benefit directly.Prospective works are assessed by a committee of respected members of the art community, who then decide if the Art Bank should purchase the piece. If the committee agrees that it is a valuable addition to the collection, Art Bank Joburg buys the art at its current market value and the artist receives payment immediately.Artworks are leased to clients at a fee of 20% of market value, and are reevaluated annually.Singh says that the bank’s main focus is sourcing art from emerging artists. “We want to take their work and give them exposure and access to the market,” he says.The team has never struggled to find good art, either. “The artists usually find us,” he says.On Wednesdays, Art Bank Joburg hosts an open day where artists can present their works. This gives them the confidence of knowing that there is a place where they can take their art for consideration.If a particular piece has potential, Art Bank Joburg takes a photo of it and registers it on its database for later evaluation. Some of the art also comes to them through workshops and incubator projects in and around Johannesburg.If an artist can’t make it to the open day they may make an appointment to visit at a more convenient time.Emerging and established artistsThe bank houses art from both emerging and established artists, in a variety of media including paint, sculpture, photography, wire art, mosaics, print-making, mixed media and craft. Singh says just about any art medium is welcome, as long as the work is not created from biodegradable materials.Work by well-known artists such as William Kentridge (a donation to Art Bank Joburg), Robert Hodgins, Sam Nhlengethwa, David Koloane, Penny Siopis and Pat Mautloa is also available.Leasing art can be a form of corporate social investment. It also contributes to cultural development in Johannesburg and provides good market exposure for local artists.Some of the leased art has led to private sales – if a client likes the art, Art Bank Joburg puts them in contact with the artist for further commissions. Singh says that artists such as John Vusi Mfupi, who specialises in collage art, first received exposure through the Art Bank Joburg and went on to receive international recognition for his work.According to African Colours, a website that promotes contemporary African art, most of Mfupi’s work has been purchased by corporate companies and the South African high court. He has also exhibited abroad in Scotland, Malaysia, Germany, Portugal, Brussels and in the Netherlands at The Hague.For many people, the arts remain a highbrow affair but as more art is leased from Art Bank Joburg, it becomes more accessible. In a corporate or public space, people who would usually not show an interest in art, or do not have access to it, have the opportunity to engage with high quality artwork.“As people are exposed to art, they learn to appreciate it,” Singh says.last_img read more

Mature Workers- The Center of Tomorrow’s Workforce

first_imgOver the coming decades “Mature Workers” (defined as age 50+) will be one of the largest sources of talent available. Given this reality and the invaluable nature of older workers’ experience and skills, organizations must develop both acquisition and retention strategies to employ the mature workforce and stay competitive. That’s where SHRM, the SHRM Foundation, and AARP come in. About 10,000 of the 77 million U.S. Baby Boomers have been turning 65 every day since 2011, and large numbers of them have already retired, taking with them their insider knowledge and skills.  Since 2010, the SHRM-AARP Partnership has sought to increase awareness of issues facing older workers and to provide strategies and resources to address those issues.  The bottom line is that older workers have unique skills and traits that are crucial for the U.S. economy to compete globally.  HR and other leaders must develop strategies to retain and engage Baby Boomers while also transferring their knowledge to younger employees, leveraging their skills after they retire, and recruiting older talent when necessary from outside.SHRM and the SHRM Foundation have been pursuing this goal as part of their “Aging Workforce Initiative”, funded by a $900,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  They have developed a suite of resources, research and practical tools to provide effective practice applications to help HR professionals understand and solve Aging Workforce issues. To access these tools and learn more about the joint research studies, check out the SHRM Foundation’s website.     To learn more, I invite all of you to join us during the June 5th (2pm ET) SHRM-AARP webinar, “Building an Age Diverse Workforce:  SHRM and AARP Insights.”  I will be joined by Tony Lee, SHRM’s Vice President of Editorial, and Jean Setzfand, AARP’s Senior Vice President of Programs. In this free one-hour webinar we will discuss best practices for attracting, hiring and retaining workers age 50+ to develop an age-diverse workforce at your organization.  Register now for this Age Diverse Workforce webinar.Viewing this entire presentation, either as a live event or archived, counts for one SHRM Professional Development Credit (PDC) for recertifying the SHRM-CPSM and SHRM-SCPSM credentials.  This presentation has also been pre-approved for one credit hour toward PHR/SPHR/GPHR General recertification.Beth McFarland, Acting Executive Director, SHRM Foundationlast_img read more