REIT conversion would save Derwent £70m

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Profession’s growth ‘defies gravity’, SRA figures show

first_imgThe number of practising solicitors in England and Wales has risen sharply to more than 120,000, with their ranks growing at an accelerated rate despite the economic pressures faced by the profession, the latest figures have shown. One leading industry commentator claimed that the rise ‘defies gravity’. Figures from the Solicitors Regulation Authority revealed that there were 120,847 solicitors with practising certificates on 31 December, up 7% on the end of 2009. This represents a faster rate of expansion than in previous years, with the profession having grown by only 2% in 2009 and 2008, and 3% in 2007. An SRA spokesman described last year’s 7% rise as ‘surprising’. The regulator does not collate the information required to enable the figures to be broken down into practice areas or type of firm. Legal services expert professor Stephen Mayson, who has argued that non-reserved activities will increasingly be performed by non-qualified individuals to reduce the cost of providing legal services, described the growth as ‘counter-intuitive’. He said: ‘The number of solicitors keeps going up and up, and defies gravity. There are already too many qualified solicitors in the market, and the more that come in, the more competitive this market is going to get [driving down salaries]. ‘Somewhere along the line something has to give, and that either means qualified solicitors leaving the market and doing something else, or being swallowed up by new competitors in consolidation, [with] lower earnings. ‘It does not mean solicitors will have to exit the market, but there will be consequences somewhere.’ Mayson added that it was difficult to see ‘where the expanding numbers are coming from’. He said: ‘Residential conveyancing, personal injury, high street and legal aid are not areas that are associated with growth in this cycle of the economy. The bigger commercial firms are not hiring in the way that they used to. ‘The [numbers] are at odds with everything that we know is going on in the market.’last_img read more

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Caught out

first_imgCricketing solicitor Pete Dodd has been back in touch to say that he was not, as he had thought, the only member of the profession to play in the British team in the Lawyers Cricket World Cup in Barbados. Andrew Bretherton, a partner at Edwin Coe in London, was also fielded, and indeed finished the tournament as leading wicket taker. Well bowled, Brethers!last_img

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Allcargo transports power plant equipment

first_imgSasan Power Limited, a subsidiary of Reliance Power, is commissioning a 3960MW thermal ultra mega power plant in the region.Allcargo will be responsible for transportation, Customs clearance and port handling of the cargoes that include a 345 tonne generator-stator, a de-aerator measuring 43 m in length, and transformers with overall dimensions of 6.2 m x 6 m x 5 m.The transportation has required Allcargo to construct a 1,100 m bypass across the Son River, as the current bridges are not capable of supporting such heavy loads.Only last week, Allcargo Logistics transported seven transformers and accessories for Sasan Power Limited from Mumbai the same power grid sub-station.www.allcargologistics.comwww.cargoequipmentexperts.comlast_img read more

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J Grange releases new EP The Costs of Success

first_imgRising British rapper J Grange released his new EP The Costs of Success earlier this month on 1st May.The independent artist has joined the quest to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all as part of UK Mental Health Week (Monday 18th to Sunday 24th May).For J Grange music has been a priceless anchor, helping him believe that he is good enough and he ​can follow his dreams…a message and thought process he wants to share with anyone who’s true potential is so often stifled.J Grange has experience climbing through his own personal battles with ADHD and anxiety to find peace, self validation and confidence through music.For his music, J Grange has taken inspiration from the greats, continuing on his quest to work hard to perfect his craft.Find out more about J Grange at ​https://jgrangeofficial.com.last_img read more

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Carnival Monday & Tuesday winners awarded

first_img Share Share 953 Views   no discussions Share EntertainmentLocalNews Carnival Monday & Tuesday winners awarded by: – February 21, 2018center_img Lumi-Nation T-shirt bandAn award ceremony recognizing the winners of Mas Dominik 2018 Carnival parade judging categories was held today at the Dominica Festivals Committee.Ten categories were judged over the course of the two days, including costume bands, t-shirt bands, lapo kabwit and J’ouvert groups.According to Chairman of the DFC, Gerald Cools-Lartigue, the winners only received trophies and plaques as cash prizes were not possible due to obvious circumstances.Klubird (Most Creative T-shirt Band)The award for Most Creative J’ouvert group went to Chou Poul, while the Police Lapo Kabwit took home the award for Largest Lapo Kabwit band.The Longest Lap Kabwit award went to the Newtown Lapo Kabwit, and Lumination by Signal Band took home the award for the Largest J’ouvert Group.Dorian Carbon won the award for Most Creative Individual Male for his depiction of ‘Going in the Shower’, while the award for Most Creative Individual Female went to Yvette Bannis for her depiction of ‘Maria Tarpaulin’. Bacchanal Women won the award for Most Creative Traditional Group.Klubird took the award for Most Creative T-shirt Band, while Thunderbird won the award for the Most Creative Costume Band. Grand Fond Primary school took the award for Most Creative school band.Lucia Lander Dance Group, Pioneer Preparatory, and the Castle Bruce Secondary School each received certificates of participation. Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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West Florida men’s golf announces 2015-16 schedule

first_img2015-16 Men’s Golf SchedulePENSACOLA, Fla. – The three-time defending Gulf South Conference men’s golf champions University of West Florida is slated for nine regular season tournaments this upcoming academic year, highlighted by the university hosting the Argonaut Invitational on April 4-5, as announced by Argonauts head coach Steve Fell. The squad tees off the 2015-16 campaign with a trip to Flagler College on September 21-22 for the Jay Jennison Memorial at The Slammer and Squire at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. Men’s golf will wrap up September with the Patriot Intercollegiate hosted by George Mason University on September 27-28 at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia, before kicking off October with a trip to Nova Southeastern University on October 12-13 to participate in the Guy Harvey Invitational at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The team will then head to another Sunshine State Conference opponent on October 26-27 with the McDonough Cup in Orlando, Florida at Rio Pinar Country Club with Rollins College playing host to conclude the Argos’ fall schedule. Men’s golf resumes play after the semester break on February 8-9, as they head to Lone Palm Golf Club in Lakeland, Florida for the Matlock Collegiate Classic hosted by Florida Southern College, with the team’s following tournament being the Las Vegas Desert Classic on February 28-29 being hosted by University of Missouri – St. Louis at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort. Argonauts men’s golf follows up its Las Vegas trip with a tournament at Valdosta State University, seeing action at the Southeastern Collegiate at Forest Golf Club on March 13-15. The team continues its March schedule on March 16-17 when men’s golf participates in the Bobcat Invitational at Golf Club Cuscowilla hosted by Georgia College. UWF men’s golf will conclude its regular season schedule with hosting the Argonaut Invitational on April 4-5 at Tiger Point Golf Club in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Men’s golf will look to defend its three consecutive Gulf South Conference championships, as postseason play begins with the Gulf South Conference Championships on April 18-19 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional action takes place from May 2-4 at Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, with top finishers being able to advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships that will be held Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver, Colorado, on May 16-20. “It’s pretty much the same schedule as last year, but a couple new tournaments as well,” said Fell. “I’m looking forward to this season, I believe it’s going to be a good team. A pretty young one, but a lot of talent and I’m excited to see what we can do (this year).” The men’s golf team looks towards capturing its fourth straight GSC championship and 14th conference championship overall in 2015-16. The team finished 2014-15 as Gulf South Conference champions and finished seventh at last year’s NCAA South/Southeast Regional. All-GSC Second Team selection and top finisher of the 2015 GSC championship, Esteban Castro (Bogota, Colombia/IMG Academy), will return to lead the 2015-16 efforts. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Local Product in Padres System Shines in Pitching Start Against Lake County

first_img NEOSI Staff By Mike HolzheimerIt was an impressive baseball night for a Cleveland kid.Nick Margevicius, a St. Ignatius High School graduate, started on the mound for Fort Wayne Thursday night in a Class A minor league game against the Lake County Captains.Margevicius, who starred collegiately at Rider University, didn’t appear to be nervous on the big stage of professional baseball. A seventh-round draft choice of the San Diego Padres, the southpaw pitcher retired the first 10 batters he faced striking out seven of them.He didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning, and was then subsequently taken out of the game. Margevicius worked 5.2 innings finishing the night with nine strikeouts. Lake County, though, managed to win the game in walk-off fashion, 3-2.Still, a good night for the young man who began this professional baseball journey as a kid on the playgrounds of Cleveland.And if last night’s effort is any indication, the best is still yet to come. Related TopicsNick Margeviciuslast_img read more

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Japan stays perfect at worlds

first_imgJapan cruised to its second straight victory by brushing aside Egypt 3-0 at the women’s volleyball World Cup on Sunday.After a 3-0 victory over Argentina in its opener Saturday, Japan maintained its 100 percent start to the Athens Olympic qualifying tournament as it overwhelmed the internationally inexperienced Africans 25-10, 25-15, 25-21 to the delight of 10,000 fans at Yoyogi Gymnasium. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Japan’s captain Tomoko Yoshihara and Kana Oyama led the charge and reinforced the defense at the net while all the Egyptians could manage were some courageous attempts at sustaining the rallies and occasional spikes that found their mark.In other games Sunday, Italy scored a key 3-0 victory against South Korea after a huge start in their first set paved the way for a confident win while the United States also produced a crisp straight sets win over Argentina.In Kagoshima, Asian and World Grand Prix champion China continued its impressive start with a supreme display of teamwork to down defending champion Cuba 3-0 for its second consecutive win at Site B. center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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Cricket News Marnus Labuschagne Slams Maiden Double Ton, New Zealand Fight In Sydney Test Vs Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: Marnus Labuschagne’s average ever since he was used as the first concussion substitute in Test cricket has been close to 90. After Steve Smith was laid low with a concussion due to a bouncer from Jofra Archer, Labuschagne has stepped up to the plate and played admirably by scoring four centuries in five Tests. After finishing the year as the leading run-getter for Australia in Tests last year, Labuschagne enhanced his reputation by slamming his maiden double ton on day 2 of the Sydney Test between Australia and New Zealand. However, the Kiwi opening pair of Tom Blundell and Tom Latham fought on and ensured New Zealand did not lose a wicket at the end.The day, though, belonged to Labuschagne as he continued to pile on the runs. Matthew Wade was out in the day’s first over, bowled off-stump while attempting to sweep off-spinner Will Somerville for no addition to his overnight score of 22. Melbourne centurion Travis Head fell to Matt Henry, cutting too close to his body and snicking to wicketkeeper BJ Watling. The Kiwi bowlers had strangled his scoring shots and his 10 runs came off 42 balls. Matt Henry was bowling despite fracturing his left thumb on Friday. He had the injury strapped and placed in a splint to continue on playing.At the other end, the right-handed Labuschagne was going well but he faced a couple of dodgy moments as he was stuck on 199 for 20 minutes. However, he thick edged Colin de Grandhomme through the vacant slips to the ropes to bring up his double ton. The milestone came off 363 balls with 19 fours and a six and eclipsed his previous Test record of 185 against Pakistan in Brisbane last November. “They batted really well to finish the day off. I thought we bowled really well. The wicket looks like it’s going to go a little up and down and spin a bit but we stuck to our guns there and hopefully the rewards will come tomorrow. It’s always a privilege to play for Australia and it was nice to get some runs today and when you’re batting well it’s nice if you can make them count,” Labuschagne said on getting to the landmark.Labuschagne’s prodigious form has notched him a total of 837 runs since November and he has now leapfrogged the great Neil Harvey (834) for most runs scored by an Australian during a five-Test summer. He was also Test cricket’s leading run-getter last year with 1,104 runs. The Kiwis finally dispatched him after he was caught and bowled by leg-spinner Todd Astle. Skipper Tim Paine supported Labuschagne to reach his double century before he was bowled between his bat and pad by de Grandhomme for 35.Wickets tumbled quickly just before tea with James Pattinson bowled by Neil Wagner for two, Pat Cummins caught off Astle’s bowling for eight and Mitchell Starc hitting a breezy 22 off 21 balls before he was bowled by Wagner, who finished with three for 66 as Australia finished on 454.Also Read | Marnus Labuschagne Betters Ricky Ponting With Epic Double Ton In Sydney Test Vs New ZealandIn response, the Blackcaps grittily batted through the final session without losing a wicket, leaving skipper Tom Latham on 26 and Melbourne Test centurion Tom Blundell at 34 in their team’s total of 63. There were a couple of close calls — notably a leg before wicket appeal off Nathan Lyon and a possible edge off Pat Cummins — but the Kiwis showed plenty of fight after enduring five tough sessions in the field in sapping heat. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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