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Solicitor ignored £600k tax bill to prioritise bank repayment

first_imgA law firm owner who prioritised bank debts while failing to pay back six-figure sums to the exchequer has been suspended indefinitely.Leeds-based John Barrie Wilson allowed his firm to build up debts of around £600,000 to HM Revenue & Customs in unpaid VAT, PAYE and National Insurance contributions, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard. Another business run by Wilson, LawYours, was served with an immediate demand to pay an outstanding HMRC liability of almost £280,000 in September 2009.The tribunal heard that Wilson had given a personal guarantee to lender NatWest and preferred to pay debts to the bank. His businesses both enjoyed the benefit of group overdraft and loan facilities from NatWest, secured by cross guarantees.The tribunal heard that a ‘compensation payment’ was agreed between Wilson’s companies which was effectively a write-down in LawYours’ accounts of the liability of the law firm. LawYours was wound up in June 2010.The tribunal heard that Wilson effectively avoided personal liability under the personal guarantees. He was disqualified in 2013 for seven years from owning a business for his actions.The tribunal ruled Wilson’s actions and his subsequent disqualification were likely to diminish trust in the profession, but it rejected an SRA allegation that he lacked integrity. A judgment published this week said the tribunal could not be sure the payments to NatWest demonstrated a lack of integrity, suggesting that Wilson could have been ‘firefighting and trying to keep his business afloat’.The tribunal also found it proven that Wilson had breached rules in the way he dealt with an award of £800 compensation made by the Legal Complaints Service in 2009 to  former clients. Wilson paid the award from the office account, after earlier transferred the sum from the monies the clients had on account – effectively meaning they were paying their own compensation.The tribunal said it was satisfied Wilson had planned his conduct and, despite taking professional advice about his firm’s finances, had tried to ‘trade his way out of trouble’.The judgment said: ‘If [Wilson] was suspended this would provide the public and the reputation of the legal profession with protection from future harm by removing [his] ability to practice. Public confidence demanded no lesser sanction.’Wilson had previously appeared before the tribunal in 2010 where a number of charges were proven against him and he was fined £25,000.On this occasion, the tribunal opted to suspend him indefinitely, but it noted Wilson, who is 65, could benefit from retraining so he was no longer a material risk to the public. He was ordered to pay £28,000 in costs.last_img read more

Alstom to convert regional coaches

first_imgSNCF has awarded Alstom a €37m contract to refurbish 48 Corail B6Du regional coaches, with options worth about €18m for a further 30 vehicles.The coaches currently operate in loco-hauled rakes of four to eight cars, and will be converted into driving vehicles for push-pull operation. Crashworthiness improvements will permit an increase in the maximum speed to 200 km/h.The conversion work will be carried out at Alstom’s Reichshoffen plant, with cab equipment coming from Tarbes and controls from St Ouen. SNCF’s Romilly workshops will refit the passenger areas. Each coach will have six second-class compartments, luggage and bicycle space, a disabled-accessible toilet and a drinks vending machine.The first two driving cars are due to be rolled out in October, and the refurbished trains will return to service in 2006-08 for use in Alsace, Rhlast_img read more

Caricom leaders endorse course of action on Zika virus

first_imgCaricom Chairman Dean Barrow Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders have endorsed a course of action to deal with the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and other diseases, Caricom Chairman Dean Barrow said Wednesday.Barrow, the prime minister of Belize, said that his colleagues had agreed at their inter-sessional summit to undertake continuous public education on the virus and other diseases spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.He said there will also be action to implement at ports of entry, health facilities, schools, and private enterprises such as hotels and tourism facilities. “We also agreed that we will designate the second week of May as Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week. Governments are being asked to look at a temporary reduction in import tax on essential public health supplies, such as insecticide-treated beds, insect repellent for the duration of the epidemic in the region.“Nobody knows how long it will last, but we are thinking of the possibility of two years,” he said, adding that the regional leaders have asked the Trinidad based Caribbean Regional Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Guyana-based Caricom Secretariat to report to the Council for Human and Social Development on Health on the implementation and effectiveness of the course of action the leaders have agreed to.“CARPHA made a presentation to the leaders on the disease that has so far been detected in five Caricom countries. Prime Minister Barrow said on the issue of climate change, the regional leaders were pleased with the Caribbean’s representation at the COP21 conference in Paris last year.“We commend the team. We are of course determined that we maintain the engagement full on so that we can support our goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius, noting that at the current levels of commitment, temperature would rise to more than 2.7 degrees.”Prime Minister Barrow said while Caricom was able to get references and recognition “of our goal, the fact is that the way things are currently proceeding we will not realise that goal and, therefore, the pressure must be maintained”.He said that the regional task force on sustainable development headed by St Lucia’s Environment Minister Dr James Fletcher would be maintained “to facilitate the implementation of the agreement reached in Paris”.Prime Minister Barrow said an appeal was being made to all regional leaders to be able to attend the signing of the accord at the United Nations on April 22.last_img read more

Parish priest calls for unification and love

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Share LocalNews Parish priest calls for unification and love by: – March 9, 2013center_img Tweet 62 Views   6 comments Fr Thomas further called on the congregation to be more honest and patriotic and pray for peace. Photograph shot by Ashton ShillingfordRoman Catholic Priest, Monsignor Eustace Thomas, has emphasized the need for unification and love among Dominican citizens.“Let us be united outside the Church…let’s be a unified people everywhere,” Fr Thomas said when he delivered the Homily at a special memorial mass in President Hugo Chavez’s honour earlier this week.“Let us try to love genuinely, let us be more forgiving and reconciling, let us do away with hatred, greed, envy, jealousy and the character assassination and lead our country and region according to God’s will,” Fr. Thomas urged.He also reminded the congregation that immortality is reserved to God only and that death is not a choice.“We must remember that one day all of us will go. One day we will die and our bodies will decay…therefore it makes sense to respect each other for all of us are equal in the sight of the most high”. Fr Thomas further called on the congregation to be more honest and patriotic and pray for peace.He also committed to praying for the country’s international relations so that the government can make prudent decisions.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Senate bill requires gov’t execs to pass medical certificate annually

first_imgThe yearly physical examination of public officials and employees can be done in a public or a private hospital, or a diagnostics clinic accredited by the Department of Health. Medical certificate, on the other hand, is defined as a written statement issued by a government physician, attesting to the result of a medical examination undergone by the patient. In Sotto’s Senate Bill 1818, public officials should submit their medical certificate showing their physical fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities attendant to their position, as well as laboratory test results, on or before April 30 each year. The physical exam sponsored by the government or agency conducted in partnership with a health maintenance organization is also allowed, Sotto noted in his measure./PN According to Sotto, his measure aimed to raise the level of health consciousness among public officials and employees; ensure the state’s public servants are in good state of health to perform their duties and responsibilities; and promote transparency.center_img Tito Sotto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler MANILA – Public officials would be required to submit a medical certificate showing fitness to work once the bill introduced by Senate President Vicente Sotto III gets approval. Public officials and employees is defined in the bill as elective and appointive officials and employees, permanent or temporary, whether in the career or non-career service, including military and police personnel.last_img read more

World No 1 Djokovic, wife test positive for coronavirus

first_imgWorld No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has tested positive for coronavirus. Djokovic is the fourth player from the Adria Tour, a tennis exhibition that took place in Serbia and Croatia over the past two weeks to have contracted COVID-19 after Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive. Djokovic, who had planned the tour, was not tested in Croatia on Sunday, instead travelling back to Serbia. Upon arrival there it was confirmed he had tested positive for coronavirus, although he is not displaying symptoms. His wife, Jelena, has also tested positive and they will go into self-isolation for 14 days. “The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested,’ Djokovic said in a statement. ‘My result is positive just as is Jelena’s, while our children’s are negative. ‘Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region. ‘We organised the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met. ‘Unfortunately, the virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. ‘I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine.’ The remainder of the Adria Tour has now been cancelled. Adria Tour director and Djokovic’s father Djordje, said: ‘We are extremely sorry that we have to stop organizing the upcoming tennis tournaments in Banja Luka and Sarajevo. We were looking forward to promoting sports and providing financial support to local players, as well as to the audience finally seeing Novak Djokovic and other tennis players live, after many years of waiting. ‘Unfortunately, due to all the events that happened in the last few days, we have decided that the most important thing right now is to stabilize the epidemiological situation, as well as for everyone to recover. The Zadar-based final between Russia’s Andrey Rublev and Djokovic was abandoned after Dimitrov tested positive, with the Bulgarian world No. 19 revealing the news on Instagram. It was no surprise when others including Coric, Troicki and members of Djokovic and Dimitrov’s teams confirmed they had also contracted the virus given the total abandonment of any social distancing during the event.last_img read more

Tristan Thompson could return against Hawks, but his role remains unclear

first_imgINDEPENDENCE, OHIO– Tristan Thompson may return to the court on Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks, but with his arrival comes questions about his role.Thompson has not played since Nov. 1 when he suffered a calf injury. At the time, the team said it was a calf strain that would require the Cavs’ starting center to miss three-to-four weeks of action. Thompson said that timeline itself was inaccurate and that the injury was worse than a strain. He declined to go into details about the nature of the injury itself.“Who said that was a real timetable,” Thompson said after Cavs’ practice on Monday. “They told you guys three-to-four weeks. That was never the case. The first week I was on crutches for a week, so there was no chance. So, I don’t know who told you guys three-to-four weeks. I feel bad, I’m sorry. Ya’ll should have just asked me or DMed me, I would have told ya’ll the truth.” As Thompson nears his return however, the last major hurdle he has to overcome is seeing how the calf feels after playing three-on-three on Monday with Isaiah Thomas. When he does return though, his role with the team isn’t as clear cut, especially considering the team’s improvements during their 13-game win streak and the gelling of the second unit.Head coach Tyronn Lue said that Thompson would not start, which makes sense considering putting Kevin Love back to the forward position would change the Cavs’ pick and roll defense as well as Cleveland’s ability to create mismatches on offense. But Lue also said that Channing Frye and Kyle Korver will continue to play together. For a coach that enjoys playing a nine or 10-person rotation, it’s unclear exactly how much time Thompson will see.“I mean, it’s part of the game,” Lue said. “Everyone goes through it, and Tristan’s a big part of what we do. However we gotta figure out how to use him, we gotta do that. I have a plan in place and we’ll just see how it works.”Lue says he has not yet had a conversation with Tristan about what his role will be, but also stressed Tristan has been a “big part of what we do. However we gotta figure out how to use him, we gotta do that.” @NEOSportsInside— Ashley Bastock (@AshleyBastock42) December 11, 2017While figuring out the puzzle that is the Cavs’ rotation, however, Lue was clear that he still recognizes the value that Thompson brings to the team. The team could still use him has a rim protector, and Lue said overall they have missed his rebounding and energy.Thompson, for what it’s worth, says that he has “never” questioned his role on the team and that his individual role doesn’t matter as long as the Cavs are winning. In talking with the media, he also stressed how “happy” he was to see Frye put up quality minutes, and to see Kevin Love improve defensively at the 5 position.“I don’t care If I don’t play, that’s fine as long as we’re winning, I’m going to cheer my teammates on,” Thompson said. “If I play two minutes, three minutes, 20 minutes, it don’t matter to me as long as we win.”“At the end of the day, our team is rolling, so wherever T-Lue wants to put me, I’m a team first guy. I’m all about winning games, no one remembers second place. I’m all about winning. So if it means coming off the bench and being a spark, I’m fine with that. Come out and just play hard, give the guys a good breather, keep the plus-minus up high, and then come back and cheer the guys on.”Tristan says he has “never” questioned his role while he’s been out and says he is happy for Channing Frye considering how well he is playing. Also says he doesn’t care how much he plays himself as long as the team is winning @NEOSportsInside— Ashley Bastock (@AshleyBastock42) December 11, 2017 Related TopicsCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersNBATristan ThompsonTyronn Lue Ashley Bastock Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42last_img read more

Fishing, Hunting License Fees To Rise Jan 1

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享License fees for sport fishing, hunting, and trapping will rise next year, thanks to a bill supported by conservation and guiding groups. The new fees go into effect on January 1, 2017. The legislation raises hunting license fees from $25 to $45, the first increase in 25 years. Sportsfishing licenses will be raised from $24 to $29.center_img One of the most significant raises was for nonresident hunting licences, which will almost double to $160.last_img

Nishikori keeping feet on ground after successful season

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Kei Nishikori IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Kei Nishikori stretches to hit a shot during his ATP World Tour Finals semifinal defeat to Novak Djokovic in London on Saturday. | AP RELATED PHOTOScenter_img KEYWORDS A clear-cut, straight-sets defeat to Novak Djokovic on Saturday in the last four of the ATP World Tour Finals saw Kei Nishikori’s season close on a downer, but his disappointment should be tempered given the strides he made in 2016.Nishikori, who ends the season ranked No. 5 in the world, racked up a career-high 58 wins over a season that saw him become the first Japanese in 96 years to reach the Olympic tennis podium and beat now world No. 1 Andy Murray in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. The 26-year-old is, nonetheless, keeping things in perspective.“A year that I won most matches does carry some significance, but what is important is how much I can win at big tournaments,” said Nishikori after exiting the season-ending tournament in London.Wins over Rafael Nadal in the bronze-medal match in Rio de Janeiro and Murray a month later in New York were his second against both players, with the classic against the latter in London on Wednesday again showing the 26-year-old has the quality to tussle with his rivals at the sport’s summit.“Result-wise, this has been my best year,” Nishikori said. “I’ve played well against the top-10 players and have been winning against the likes of Nadal and Murray, who I couldn’t beat before.“I’m confident I have the ability to challenge for No. 4, No. 3 in the world.”Nishikori, who lost in the final at two ATP 1000 tournaments (Miami Open, Rogers Cup), still has aspects of his game to work on, as was evident during the tour final comeback defeat to Marin Cilic a day before his loss to Djokovic, and is well aware of what needs rectifying.“I need to be more cautious of determining which points in the match I have to focus, and how I can win break points in a more assured manner. That’s what is most required for me at the moment,” Nishikori said.“My tennis is becoming more consistent and I’m making fewer mistakes as I get older. I hope to keep building, bit by bit.” last_img read more