News Scan for Apr 22, 2019

first_imgTwo new MERS cases recorded in Saudi ArabiaThe Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) today and over the weekend recorded two more cases of MERS-CoV for epidemiologic weeks 16 and 17.On Apr 20 the MOH said an 83-year-old man from Taif was diagnosed as having MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infection. The man’s case is listed as “primary,” and he had recent contact with camels.Today a 56-year-old man from Medina was confirmed as being diagnosed as having MERS. It is not known if he had camel contact, but his illness is also listed as “primary,” meaning it is unlikely he contracted the virus from another person.The cases raise Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV total for the year to 134 cases, including 57 linked to a large outbreak in Wadi ad-Dawasir. Apr 20 MOH report Apr 22 MOH report  WHO: Brazil confirms 75 yellow fever cases in current seasonFrom July 2018 through March 2019, Brazil recorded 75 yellow fever cases, including 17 deaths, resulting in a case-fatality ratio of 23%. The numbers come from a new update published today by the World Health Organization (WHO).Though Brazil is seeing yellow fever spread in regions with low population immunity, the 2018-19 seasonal numbers pale in comparison to the two distinct waves of yellow fever outbreaks seen in recent years. In 2016 and 2017 officials noted 778 human cases, including 262 deaths, and in 2017-18 officials confirmed 1,376 human cases, including 483 deaths.According to the WHO, current cases have been confirmed in Sao Paulo (62), Parana (12), and Santa Catarina (1) states. Of these patients, 88% are men, the median age is 43 years, and 71% are rural workers.These are the first cases recorded in Parana state, located in southeast Brazil, since 2015. The other cases recorded in the last 2 months were in Sao Paulo state. Sao Paulo and Parana states have also reported epizootic cases in the last month, the WHO said.”The geographical distribution of human cases and epizootics from the current and previous two seasonal cycles suggests southward movement of the virus, which presents further risk to the states of Parana, Rio Grande do Sul, and Santa Catarina,” the WHO said. Apr 18 WHO updatelast_img read more

Nice NEC does it

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Will-writing and property firms bring ABS total to seven

first_imgTwo niche firms specialising in will-writing and property respectively have become the latest two organisations to be accepted as alternative business structures (ABSs). Parchment Group, based in Buckinghamshire, and three-partner firm Plainlaw, based in Oxfordshire, had their applications confirmed this week by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The granted licences bring to seven the number of ABSs regulated by the SRA, with around 100 more at stage two of the application process. Parchment was a founder member of the Institute of Professional Willwriters and is the first non-solicitor firm to be granted the ABS licence by the SRA. Plainlaw, which specialises in property, housing and construction law, has an associated ‘corporate member’, Plainlaw.biz Ltd. Under the conditions of the licence, the sole purpose of Plainlaw.biz is to hold an interest in the licensed body and it cannot be held out as providing any type of legal service. Head of legal practice Philip Horn must be paid any profit share directly and not through Plainlaw.biz. Horn said the ABS licence ‘gives us additional flexibility in terms of structuring our business going forward. Our interest in the concept of ABS is driven more by the potential it offers us for the future, than by our current circumstances (where we not intending any immediate change). ‘Our focus will remain on providing a City of London-style real estate service but at provincial fee rates. We have developed a niche in providing an on-demand real estate support service to other leading law firms, many of whom will themselves be considering the benefits of converting to ABS status.’ Parchment, founded in 1989, has since branched out from will-writing to include lasting powers of attorney, probate and inheritance tax planning.last_img read more

BLP targets 30% female partnership

first_imgInternational firm Berwin Leighton Paisner announced a 30% female representation target in the partnership by the end of 2018. Of the firm’s current partners, 22% are women.last_img

Courtroom abuse sparks new McKenzie friend fears

first_imgAn imminent consultation by the judiciary on the proliferation of paid McKenzie friends in court is ringing alarm bells among lawyers, after a former nightclub bouncer was banned from providing such a service for grossly offensive behaviour.Latest Bar Council minutes highlight fears that the judicial report will take a more accommodating line than the bar. Susan Jacklin QC (pictured), chair of the Family Law Bar Association, told a meeting that the judiciary does not share concerns that McKenzie friends ‘are cannibalising work that the bar should be doing’.The bar is launching its own investigation into fee-earning McKenzie friends in response to members’ concerns.These have grown more acute in recent days after Nigel Baggaley, described as the ‘moving spirit’ behind LLPs McKenzie Friends 4U and Diy Law Shop, was banned indefinitely from assisting anyone in court for behaviour which included calling a lawyer a ‘lying slag’. Baggaley has served prison sentences for dishonesty and public order offences.Derek Sweeting QC, chairman of the Bar Council’s Legal Services Committee, said: ‘The Bar Council’s concern is that where members of the public are being asked to pay for the services of a McKenzie friend they should be aware that they are dealing with individuals who are unregulated, uninsured and who seldom have any legal training; often in circumstances where it would be no more expensive to instruct a junior barrister.’The Bar Council said it has not yet formed an official view on the issue and will enter the discussion after the judiciary publishes its consultation.The Legal Services Consumer Panel, which last year welcomed the emergence of remunerated McKenzie friends, also plans to respond to the judicial report.Ray Barry, chair of the newly formed Society of Professional McKenzie Friends, acknowledged recent negative news reports but insisted that ‘one or two bad examples are not typical of the main body of McKenzie friends’.last_img read more

Chiltern Railways puts refurbished Mk III coaches into service

first_imgUK: On May 28 Chiltern Railways put into service the first of four rakes of Mk III coaches that are being heavily refurbished and equipped with sliding plug doors.Deployed on London Marylebone – Birmingham Moor Street services, the Mk IIIs are marshalled between a Class 67 locomotive and a Driving Van Trailer equipped with an auxiliary generator. Next to each DVT is a GFW car inherited from the Wrexham & Shropshire fleet which has 30 seats in 1+2 formation. This is the ‘Business Zone’ with a small buffet counter, and a supplement is collected on board for use of these seats. The other four cars have 2+2 seating but with 72 seats in the two TSO cars and only 69 seats in the two TSOL cars equipped with an accessible lavatory. DB Regio awarded a contract to Wabtec Rail Ltd of Doncaster to comprehensively refurbish a total of 20 Mk III cars. The aim is to have all four rakes in service by December. Perhaps the most difficult task was to install the powered doors, with both ends of each car body removed and rebuilt to produce a larger vestibule with tracks for the sliding plug doors. Rail Door Solutions supplied the door systems, similar to those installed in the Siemens Class 444 Desiro EMUs for South West Trains. Retention toilets compliant with the Persons with Reduced Mobility TSI have been installed. LED interior lighting has been installed throughout the TSOL cars and in all the vestibules, and there is a power socket available at each seat. ‘This really does prove that you can deliver a first class service utilising older rolling stock’, said Chiltern Engineering Director Kate Marjoribanks. ‘The new power doors and additional features allow us to increase capacity and at the same time meet the needs of our passengers’. Railway Gazette International was told that the next steps were likely to be adding a sixth car to each rake, and then producing a fifth rake to provide heavy maintenance cover. Subscribe to Rail Business Intelligence for full coverage of the UK rail industry.last_img read more

Jamaican Government, Sugar Industry

first_imgThe government of Jamaica is holding talks with potential investors in a bid to keep operational, the Long Pond Sugar Factory in Clark’s Town in the northern parish of Trelawny.The Government took over the operations at Long Pond earlier this year in an effort to harvest 95,000 tonnes of cane and Agriculture Karl Samuda, says the Ministry “is working overtime” with the owners of Everglades, which operates Long Pond, to conclude the negotiations.Samuda, told employees and cane farmers on the weekend, that an agreement should be in place by September, which will keep the estate open and viable and give cane farmers “peace of mind” as they prepare for the 2017 sugar crop.“I would say certainly within a month, we should have a very definitive position on exactly what state the negotiations are at. They should be complete, decisions taken and the plans outlined to everybody. I can assure you…we will communicate the results as they occur on a real time basis,” he said.Samuda says the potential investors are energy specialists, who are looking at energy conversion, which would require a higher level of production.“The discussions are to take over a section of the estate, to share in the operations. The plan is for them to continue with the production of cane but the final by-product may not necessarily be in brown sugar,” he said, adding that the Andrew Holness government is very optimistic that the investors will come on board.He said the government is fully committed to ensuring that the factory remains open.last_img read more

Popular artiste resigns from band

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 195 Views   18 comments Share Tweetcenter_img EntertainmentLocalNews Popular artiste resigns from band by: – January 11, 2013 Share Nigel “Nayee” Jno Baptiste in performance with the WCK Band in April of 2012.One of Dominica’s more popular musical artistes has severed ties with the band which he has sung with for over a decade.Nigel “Nayee” Jno Baptiste who served as a songwriter and lead vocalist of the bouyon band, the WCK for thirteen years, has resigned. Nayee who has been referred to as the “prince of bouyon and one of Dominica’s finest talents”, told a press conference on Friday January 11th that his decision was made with a view to pursuing a solo career.“In order to pursue my dreams of becoming a solo artiste, I officially resigned from the WCK Band on September 16th, 2012. “My decision was a hard thought one over a period of time. After much consideration and advise from my trusted team and individuals, I have turned my attention fully devoting my energy towards my immediate goal which is to compose my own solo debut album,” Nayee said.He made it categorically clear that his decision “is not to under mine the band” and that the Band will continue to grow and develop the legacy which it has.He informed that he has been signed under the Fire Nation Label Company as a solo artiste.While he admitted that his previous attempt of “going solo” was unsuccessful, he is confident that this time will be better as he has the benefit of a management team.“Back then I was willing to do the work but my knowledge at the time of the industry was limited. I have now done my homework and tapped into experts to help me. They have studied the ins and outs of the industry. With the experience and knowledge gained over the years, the establishing, networking, strong fan base; I have full confidence that my management team and I have the will power and competence to execute our plans because failure is definitely not in our vocabulary. Nayee admitted that constant communication with his fans is the key; hence he has created Twitter and Facebook accounts, and is in the process of building a website so that he can keep fans abreast with what he is doing.“Let me assure my fans that this time I am ready, ready more than ever before. My foundation is solid and I am confident and eager to enhance and promote Dominica’s music,” he noted.He thanked the WCK Band for recognizing his talent and granting him the opportunity to perform on international stages. “My heart goes out to all the diehard WCK fans who felt, or who still feel disappointed with my decision. “Let me reassure you that I am willing to work with the WCK Band and other interested individuals on a contractual basis.“I promise to continue to remain professional and produce the good music that you, Dominica love me for,” he said.His plans for 2013 include; year round releases, high energy performances, videos, collaborations with local and international artistes just to name a few. Meanwhile, one of the members of his management team, Mr. Hanif Gregoire highlighted the need for proper management of an artiste. “A management team is necessary in order to share the work load, to provide expertise, ideas and collaborative efforts that would make the organization stronger,” Gregoire indicated. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Inside the Lines: Who to Take and Not Take This Weekend in College and Pro Football Action

first_imgCollege Football Betting Lines Week 4Iowa vs. RutgersIowa -13Iowa lost last week to a FCS school but North Dakota St. could beat a lot of FBS teams. They have enough respect that they are just outside the AP Top 25. While the loss doesn’t look great on paper it is not as bad as it seems. On the other hand Rutgers is a really bad team. Iowa should be able to rebound this week and take care of Rutgers.Florida State vs. USFFlorida State -5Yes I saw how bad Florida State got beat last week by Louisville. Louisville is that good of a team and Lamar Jackson is the real deal. USF has played nobody close to the caliber of team Florida State is. They have top recruits year after year. They did beat a pretty good Ole Miss team in week one. They need to prove themselves to America again after last week and they will want to make a statement this week.Wisconsin vs. Michigan StateMichigan State -4.5Both of these teams have an impressive win already in the young season over a non-conference opponent but I really like Michigan State in this one. The Spartans have the better defense and finally got the offense going a little bit last week. Wisconsin is dealing with some injuries including to both running backs that could stop them from scoring against that Sparty defense.Central Michigan vs. VirginiaCentral Michigan -3Central Michigan needs to try and avoid a trap game here after starting off the season strong and going to a 0-3 opponent. While Virginia is not as good as a lot of the other power schools, they are still a power school. I really like Central because of Senior QB Cooper Rush. He’s putting together a solid season for himself.Stanford vs. UCLAStanford -3This is a game that intrigues me. UCLA has one of the best QBs in the country in Josh Rosen but the offense has been pretty hit or miss all season. Meanwhile they get a break in being at home against Stanford. The Cardinals might be one of the best coached football teams there is and are always ready for the big game. Christian McCaffrey doing it all is a nice help too that UCLA can’t overcome.East Carolina vs. Virginia TechOver 57Here are two offenses certainly capable of putting up over 30 points each and maybe over 40 in this one. Neither defense is that strong either with Virginia Tech allowing 45 to Tennessee in its main game and NC State scoring 33 against ECU for its best opposing offense. This one should hit the 30s on both sides. Pages: 1 2 Related TopicsNCAA LinesNCAA OddsNFLNFL LinesNFL Odds Brandon Urasek While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10last_img read more

Rain shortens NCAA Division II Fall Preview; Sevillano ties for third

first_img DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A rain-logged Tuesday forced the cancellation of the final round of the NCAA Division II Fall Preview, and as a result the West Florida women’s golf team finished sixth overall after the second round results became final. Strong play by Camila Sevillano (Cali, Colombia/La Arboleda) secured her second top-three finish in as many tournaments this season by tying for third with 149 total (73-76). Florida Tech’s Rachel Polson was the individual medalist with a 36-hole total of 145 (72-73).The Argonauts ended the tournament with a combined score of 624 (313-311) and was just stroke out of the top-five. Barry edged Lynn by two strokes to claim the team championship with 606 total, while Florida Tech, Central Oklahoma and Florida Southern completed the five low teams.  Daisy-May Kenny (Purley, England/Woodcote HS) tied for 24th after shooting a team-low 75 on Monday for 156 total. Elin Olsson (Mantorp, Sweden/Bildningscentrum Facetten), Luisa Villar Urquiza (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Saint Mary of the Hills School) and Aimee Paterson (Sherfield on Loddon, England/Queen Mary’s) are finish within two strokes of each other, with Olsson shooting 160 to tie for 33rd. Urquiza and Paterson tied for 39th and 41st, respectively, with scores of 161 and 162. West Florida takes a couple weeks off before traveling to the Guy Harvey Invitational Oct. 8 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# 1 Barry                      305-301 – 606 +30 2 Lynn                       305-313 – 608 +32 3 Florida Tech               309-312 – 621 +45 4 Central Oklahoma           307-315 – 622 +46 5 Florida Southern           308-315 – 623 +47 6 West Florida               313-311 – 624 +48T7 Dallas Baptist             312-313 – 625 +49T7 Newberry                   318-307 – 625 +49 9 Saint Leo                  307-319 – 626 +5010 Academy of Art             320-315 – 635 +5911 Ashland                    325-320 – 645 +6912 West Texas A&M             331-328 – 659 +8313 Belmont Abbey              344-345 – 698 +140 T3 Camila Sevillano         73-76 – 149 +5T24 Daisy-May Kenny           81-75 – 156 +12T33 Elin Olsson               79-81 – 160 +16T39 Luisa Villar Urquiza      82-79 – 161 +17T41 Aimee Paterson            80-82 – 162 +18Print Friendly Version Rain shortens NCAA Division II Fall Preview; Sevillano ties for third Camila Sevilano picks up second-straight top-three finish to start season center_img Sharelast_img read more