All-female partner round at Winckworth Sherwood

first_imgTop-100 full-service law firm Winckworth Sherwood has promoted three female senior associates in its latest partner round. The appointments, effective 6 April, come from the education, employment and parliamentary practice groups.The new partners are Alexandra Dillistone in parliamentary, Louise Lawrence in employment and Anna Shadbolt in education.Winckworth Sherwood managing partner, Roger Fitton, said: ’It is great to see our firm growing and the partnership evolving through internal promotion. Promotion to partnership is a recognition of many things, including the quality of service provided to our clients, but it also carries a great responsibility to maintain and enhance the firm’s reputation and success.’Winckworth Sherwood is now approaching gender parity at partnership level, with just under half of the 60-strong cohort now female.last_img read more

New quarry act on the cards for Dominica

first_imgLocalNews New quarry act on the cards for Dominica by: – December 27, 2012 Share Quarry at Point Michel. Photo credit: dominica.nuDominica might have a new quarry act in the new year to address concerns which have been raised over quarrying activities on the island.This is all part of efforts to tackle climate change and the island’s participation in a pilot program for climate resilience according to Minister for the Environment, Dr. Kenneth Darroux.The pilot program is being funded by the World Bank and almost forty million dollars has been allocated towards climate resilience.“We are hoping that in the first quarter of 2013 we can start drawing down on these funds for these much needed projects especially infrastructure, sea wall and stuff to protect our coastal development,” Dr. Darroux stated. The strategy identified seven areas towards national development that are being affected by climate change.The Ministry has submitted projects to the World Bank and a team has visited the island on two different missions this year.Dr. Darroux explained that he had been visited by a few quarry operators who expressed their dissatisfaction with the manner in which the new legislation was done.“I had the Planning Division reschedule the workshops with them just so that they could get their feedback.“We know their input would be very important because I’m sure the new quarrying act would mean financial implications for them, etcetera. “So we did that, we went back to the drawing board have their input, and we are in the process of taking some of their suggestions into consideration.”A climate resilience program will also be a main feature of the ministry in 2013.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share 82 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Shining bright like a diamond: Niecy Nash receives star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

first_imgPhoto by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Claws star Niecy Nash was cheered on by fans during the ceremony for her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honorees on Wednesday.“I am very, very grateful for this moment. I love my fans,” Nash said at her ceremony. “I love all of you who have shown up, but I am warning you now, this star right here is just the beginning, not the ending.”Nash, who received her star on Hollywood Boulevard in the television category, said she’d dreamed about the honor since she first visited the Walk of Fame from Compton when she was 9 years old.According to actress, actor Ed Asner happened to be there and Nash informed him then that she’d also be getting a star one day, just like him. “And he walked away, and I was yelling, ‘Remember my name,’” she said.Asner did remember. He, including producer Ryan Murphy, and Cedric the Entertainer showed up at the ceremony to celebrate with her.“She not only deserves a star on the Walk of Fame, she deserves a star on the walk of life,” Cedric the Entertainer said. “Niecy is, she really is, all things.”“She is literally a breath of fresh air in this world,” Murphy said.The Californian native has been nominated for two Primetime Emmys and won a Daytime Emmy as the producer and host of Clean House.In addition to Claws, Nash’s credits include Reno 911!, Getting On, The Soul Man, Dancing with the Stars and Scream Queens.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Utah Jazz GM: Deron Williams deal with Nets was ‘our best option’

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — As far as Jazz CEO Greg Miller and general manager Kevin O’Connor are concerned, the time was right to trade their best player, all-star point guard Deron Williams.Williams was traded Wednesday, the day before the NBA trade deadline, to New Jersey for guard Devin Harris, rookie forward Derrick Favors, a pair of draft choices and money.The trade came days after a report that Williams told associates he wanted to play for New York after his current contract was up and two weeks after Utah coach Jerry Sloan resigned, reportedly in part because of conflicts with Williams.”Nobody likes to lose a marquee player, but given all of the uncertainty about our ability to get a deal done with Deron Williams’ contract beyond the existing one, I felt the deal with the New Jersey Nets was by far our best option,” Miller said. “This trade will allow the Utah Jazz to preserve our assets and to control our destiny.”Miller pointed to Cleveland, Phoenix and Toronto as examples of teams that got little if anything when their star players, LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Chris Bosh, left via free agency.”What it boiled down for me was my gut sense of whether we’d be able to sign Deron,” Miller said. “While I never saw any indication that he wouldn’t sign with us, I never saw any indication that he would sign with us.”The Jazz were also influenced by what has transpired this year with Carmelo Anthony, who was traded to New York on Tuesday after rumors about his impending free agency all season while he played for Denver.O’Connor said there were “three time breaks” that the Jazz had to make a deal for Williams — this coming summer, next season, or now, before the trade deadline.”I think the issue is, were we willing to take that risk and go through what Denver went through this year,” he said. “We just felt we got an offer we pushed for and that we liked.”O’Connor bristled at the suggestion that the trade had anything to do with the apparent dust-up between Sloan and Williams the night of the Chicago game, the night before Sloan resigned.”We did not make this trade because of what happened two weeks ago,” O’Connor said. “Jerry did not leave because of one incident that happened two weeks ago. A lot of people are barking up the wrong tree as far as Jerry’s decision. He would not leave on that note.”O’Connor said although he has hundreds of conversations about possible trades, this trade came about rather quickly, after the Nets’ attempt to get Anthony fell through. He talked with Nets’ GM Billy King, whom he used to work with in Philadelphia, and they worked out a deal.”When that fell through, we both had the same idea and said ‘let’s at least explore it and see if there’s an option we can get to that might make some sense,’ ” O’Connor said.Miller said he called Williams with news Wednesday about 9 a.m. and said, “I wished him luck and he said, ‘all right, I appreciate it. The whole thing lasted maybe 30 seconds.”Miller also said he hopes Williams won’t be made the bad guy in the whole thing.”There’s no need to make him a villain out of this,” he said. “I would like to thank Deron for five and a half seasons with the Jazz. I’d like to wish him well for the balance of his NBA career. I consider Deron a friend, and I have no hard feelings toward him.”With Favors joining Paul Millsap, Andrei Kirilenko on the frontline along with centers Al Jefferson, Kyrklo Fesenko and Francisco Elson, O’Connor was asked if the Jazz were finished with any trade moves before the deadline.He hesitated for a few seconds before saying, “Um, I would say I wouldn’t be doing my job if I said this was the end of the moves. I think the direction we have is to remain competitive and for some of the younger kids to grow and improve within the system. If we can improve our team we will.”O’Connor was excited to have the 19-year-old Favors, who was a No. 3 draft choice last year and called Harris “a good player who gave us fits when he played for Dallas.””We’re excited about these guys we’re picking up and feel they have the opportunity to make us great as well as the draft picks we have in 11 and 12,” O’Connor said. “I’m very excited about the future of the franchise and I think we’re going to be competitive for the next several years until we see how this trade pans out.”He said he wasn’t allowed to talk about the draft picks and whether they are “protected,” meaning the Jazz can’t take them if they are too high. However he did say, “I think I can say that probably with the Nets pick, we’re pretty sure we’ll get it this year.”e-mail: [email protected] Era of superstars in Utah is over Fan reaction to Deron Williams trade Jazz player transfer Media react to Deron Williams trade D-Will KSL/DN survey results Corbin: PG spot up for grabs Related NBA trades since All-Star break Jazz players ‘shocked’ by trade NBA, team reactions to D-Will Favors, Harris bring glossy resumes He’s not ‘Melo, but Nets land a starlast_img read more

U14 Selects pitch shutout en route to Kootenay Zone Playdown title

first_imgIt’s an age-old adage that defence wins championships.The Nelson Selects are well onto their way for a great performance at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup in Kelowna after pitching a shutout in four games en route to the Kootenay Zone U14 Girl’s Playdown title Sunday in Creston.Nelson defeated Creston, Kootenay South (KSYSA), Cranbrook (KEYSA), and Columbia Valley (CV) and finished with a perfect record of 4-0 and a big goosegg in the goals allowed category.”We’re very proud of the team’s performance at the 2012 playdowns,” said coaches Paul Burkart and Pat Perkins.”The squad controlled play during most of their games, and rock solid defending by defensive backs Kyra Burkart, Maya Mierau, Merissa Dawson, Kali Horner and Emma Gregorich with keeper Haley Cooke earned an impressive tournament shutout.” The Reps opened with a narrow 1-0 decision over Kootenay South on a cold, rainy Saturday morning.Brownwyn Sutherland scored the only goal of the game by converting a rebound from the Kootenay South keeper. Nelson then got the offence in gear Saturday afternoon against the hot Creston side, scoring an easy 8-0 win.Darian Voisard opened up the scoring with less than two minutes played, followed by two goals from Naomi Perkins and a single from Lakpa Dietz to make the tally 4 – 0 at the half. VVoisard was unstoppable in the second half adding three more goals while Camille Gebhart added a single. Sunday morning the Nelson Selects faced the squad from Cranbrook and controlled play for most of the game.Despite many quality scoring opportunities, Nelson was unable to convert until Camille Gebhart opened up the scoring with an impressive strike from outside the penalty area.Gebhart added a single in the second half. In the final game of the tourney, Voisard, Dietz, Emily Graeme and Merissa Dawson, on a successful penalty kick, scored to give Nelson a 4 – 0 win over Columbia Valley.The Selects now advance to the Provincial B Cup July 5-8 in the Central Okanagan City.last_img read more

Turloughmore to honour 1956 county champions

first_imgTurloughmore GAA club will hold a very special celebration day on Saturday 12th of November to mark the 60th Anniversary of the first Turloughmore Senior Hurling team to capture a Senior County title in 1956. The 50th Anniversary of the last title achieved by the historic 6- in a row team of 1961 -1966 will also be celebrated. The festivities will commence at 1.30pm where the adult hurlers of the parish will take part in a novel inter-club tournament at the Pitch in Lackagh. Four teams will be selected to represent the four original clubs in the parish namely – Lackagh, Knockdoe, Coolarne and Cregmore and will play for a parish cup. Celebrations will continue in the GAA centre at 5pm where commemorative plaques will be unveiled to mark the historic achievements of the 1956 and 1961-1966 teams. Players and those associated with these teams will be in attendance and there is an open invitation to the entire club and community to come along and celebrate with these history makers. Light refreshments will be served.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Peewee Leafs rally to capture Nelson Rep Tournament

first_imgGoalie Grady Groenhuysen’s shootout save sparked the Nelson Leafs to a 4-3 victory over Revelstoke in the final of the Nelson Minor Hockey Peewee Rep Tournament Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Groenhuysen’s save came after Dax Dewar put the Leafs, which have now won three consecutive tournaments, up in sudden-death shootout.After both teams advanced to the final, Nelson blasting Wenatchee Wild 10-4 in the semi-final, Revelstoke looked poised to stop the run of the Leafs after jumping to a 3-0 lead after two periods. However, the Leafs began to chip away at the lead 30 seconds into the third period.Leaf’s Captain Sebastian Conne-Correnti cut the lead to 3-1 before Eliot Rude closed the margin to a single goal with a marker.Miller Tedesco then tied the game at 3-3 with time running out in the third period.After two five-minute overtime periods settled nothing — the first five-minute frame a 4-on-4 game —  followed by a 3-3 mini-contest, the teams went to shootout.Tedesco and Jack Boyes scored for Nelson as the teams finished regular shootout tied at 2-2, setting the stage for the sudden death format to decide the championship.Seven teams from Spokane, Wenatchee, Coeur d’Alene, Vernon, Grand Forks and Revelstoke joined host Nelson in the three-day tournament, which began Friday at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

Powerful quake hits Caribbean

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck at 2 p.m. EST and was centered 26 miles southeast of Roseau, capital of Dominica, where the shaking lasted for about 20 seconds. The temblor was felt hundreds of miles away in Puerto Rico to the west, and Venezuela and Suriname to the south. In the neighboring island of Martinique, a government official said police and firefighters were responding to hundreds of calls for help. He said some people sustained minor injuries, but no major casualties have been reported. The official declined to give his name in accordance with government policy. The earthquake collapsed the roofs of a bank and a store in the capital of Martinique, Fort-de-France. Ambulances were called in. “My house shook so hard, I thought it was going to fall,” said a caller to Radio Martinique who identified herself only as Fannie. “The door, the windows, everything shook.” The quake struck at a depth of 90 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site. “I wouldn’t expect major damage because the quake has some depth,” said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said the quake was too deep to generate a destructive tsunami. In Trinidad, the shaking sent workers streaming out of office towers into the streets of the capital, Port-of-Spain. Thousands more ran outside in St. Maarten. Flights at Princess Juliana International Airport were briefly suspended. In Guyana, lawmakers evacuated the South American country’s parliament building. The earthquake did not disrupt production at Trinidad’s state-owned oil refinery, Petrotrin, which produces 160,000 barrels of refined gasoline, diesel and oil daily for domestic use and export to countries, including the United States. “We have not had any reports about breakdowns from our exploration and production fields,” spokesman Arnold Corneal said. “We are still doing checks.” In St. Lucia, Julian Dubois, deputy director of the national emergency management organization, said the quake caused some panic and broke water lines but did not appear to cause severe damage. In the capital, Castries, people spoke of buildings swaying but not toppling. A glass door of one company was shattered. St. Lucia resident Annie Ellis said the quake was the strongest she has experienced. “In all my years, I have never felt any earthquake so powerful,” said the 100-year-old Ellis. “And it lasted such a long time.” In Antigua, islanders said the shaking lasted about 30 seconds. “I haven’t felt one like that in a while,” said Jessie Kentish, a resident of the capital, St. John’s. “It was a long time.” The temblor triggered a series of false quake alarms in California.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASUALTIES: Minor injuries, no tsunami, caused by 7.4 temblor. By Ellsworth Carter The Associated Press ROSEAU, Dominica – A powerful earthquake rocked the eastern Caribbean on Thursday, sending office workers and shoppers on several islands fleeing into the streets. Minor injuries were reported on the island of Martinique. last_img read more

David Elleray believes video reviews will transform the game and spare referees

first_img1 The former Premier League referee is now the technical director for the IFAB The introduction of video replays to help referees could be the “most significant change” in football’s history, according to David Elleray.The former Premier League referee is now the technical director for the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the game’s law-making body that announced last year a two-year period of “live experiments” to trial video assistant referees (VARs).Thirteen countries signed up to take part in those trials, with three more, including England, following their progress closely.Speaking to reporters at Wembley this week, Elleray said the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and there is every chance VARs will be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.“It’s pretty daunting but it’s also exciting because it could change the face of football – it’s potentially the most significant change to football ever,” said Elleray.“It’s not a panacea but it could put an end to injustices like the (Thierry) Henry and Maradona goals, so it is a clear benefit.“We’re not looking for perfection but the 10 worst decisions of my career could probably have been changed pretty quickly with video.“All referees live with the scars of their worst decisions on their back; this will remove some of those scars.”The “Henry and Maradona goals” he referred to are two of football’s more memorable controversies, with clear handballs missed in crucial goals against Ireland in 2009 and England in 1986 respectively.Henry controlled a free-kick with his hand before teeing up William Gallas to score in a play-off and send France to the 2010 World Cup, while Maradona punched the ball past Peter Shilton at the 1986 finals in Mexico.As well as Elleray answering questions about the benefits of giving officials more assistance, the 62-year-old Englishman explained IFAB’s “minimum interference – maximum benefit” approach and how VARs will work in practice.The VARs themselves will be current or recently retired referees watching the action either in an on-site video room or truck, or at a central location, as is common in American sport. They will have access to at least six different camera angles and will view and review contentious incidents as the match progresses.They and the assistant referees will be able to recommend an official review but only the referee will be able to initiate one, which he or she will do by drawing an imaginary TV screen with their hands, just as in cricket and rugby.The referee must give a decision before a review can be made and he or she must always stay in sight. The review will take as long as it takes to get it right and will only reverse the original decision if it is a clear mistake.Elleray said the VARs are not intended to replace referees or break the flow of the game, so only decisions on goals, penalties, straight red cards and incidents where the wrong player has been penalised will be reviewed.FIFA has already trialled VARs at the 2016 Club World Cup in Japan and will do so again at the U-20 World Cup in South Korea in May, this summer’s Confederations Cup in Russia and the next Club World Cup in December.Last week, the Football Association said it was keen to start using VARs from the third round onward of next season’s FA Cup.Elleray added that VARs will never be “imposed” on any country or league, it will be an option. But he believes video reviews will improve player behaviour – in terms of foul play, simulation and interaction with the match officials – and even be a weapon against match-fixing.He also said referees should not worry about their bad decisions being corrected, as the experience from American football’s NFL is nobody remembers the original call as long as the right call is made in the end.last_img read more

Delay in govts plans to set up commercial divisions in HCs

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 10 (PTI) Fresh delays have marred governments plans to set up commercial divisions in high courts to settle high value business disputes as part of its ease of doing business initiative as a parliamentary panel examining the proposed law has been granted another extension. The department related standing committee on Law and Personnel was to table its report in Parliament on The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill, 2015 by end of July. But it was granted a months extension till August 30. Yet again the panel sought a fresh extension till November 30, which has been granted, a Rajya Sabha bulletin said. The committee has toured various states to get a feedback from people and legal experts on the various provisions of the bill. Any progress on the bill — pending in the Rajya Sabha — is now possible only in the Winter session which usually starts in the third week of November and continues till the third week of December. The Commercial Division of High Courts Bill has been pending for a long time. After being referred to a Rajya Sabha Select Committee in UPAs tenure, it was sent to the Law Commission. Based on the law panels recommendations, the present government re-drafted the bill as part of its ease of doing business in India policy. It was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in April. The introduction of the Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts and Commercial Courts Bill was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the budget speech. PTI NAB ZMNadvertisementlast_img read more