A personal injury firm claiming to have the biggest high street presence in the UK has announced up to 13 redundancies. Forster Dean began consultation with the affected staff members, including 10 solicitors, this week as a direct response to the government’s civil justice reforms. Industry experts warned it may be the first of many firms that will look to reduce headcount as the PI sector prepares for a series of setbacks. Chief executive Greg Shields confirmed that the process is ongoing, with a number of people opting for voluntary redundancy. He said: ‘We will always be idealistic in Forster Dean in fighting to maintain a presence of qualified lawyers in the high street. To succeed we have to be successful as a business and continue to grow.’ The firm, which has 29 offices in the north-west and Midlands, has been one of the biggest critics of plans to increase the small-claims limit and cut fees for low-value RTA claims. Non-executive director Bill Docherty submitted a freedom of information request in November asking for evidence behind the decision to reduce fixed recoverable costs. The Ministry of Justice has opted to extend the time limit for a reply while it decides whether it would be in the public interest to provide the information requested. In a letter to justice minister Helen Grant, Shields and Docherty predicted a drop of up to 20% in qualified lawyers across the sector, with a knock-on delay in settling cases and an increase in costs. Earlier this week, the Association of Personal Injury Solicitors revealed that its own survey of PI firms had found that more than three-quarters were planning staff cuts in 2013.
This Toolkit Helps Accelerate Development of Low Power Location TrackersThis Toolkit Helps Accelerate Development of Low Power Location Trackers
u-blox has introduced the u-track software and the C030-R410M application board toolset that lets product designers test and optimize the position accuracy and power consumption of wireless location tracking applications that use LTE-M and NB-IoT cellular networks, as well as Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology. The toolset targets product engineers working on battery powered applications such as sport, people and asset trackers. An increasing number of battery powered consumer and industrial products feature integrated GNSS receivers. These products include virtual reality headsets, smart watches, and devices to track elderly people, containers or parcels. With the ongoing roll-out of low power wide area cellular networks (LPWAN) such as LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies around the world and the extremely low power consumption they enable, the range of use cases for wireless location trackers is expected to expand further.The u-track software runs from embedded firmware on the new u-blox C030-R410M application board. The board, specifically designed to rapidly prototype applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), includes an ultra-small, low power u-blox ZOE-M8B GNSS receiver and a size-optimized SARA-R410M LTE-M/NB-IoT cellular communication module.Additionally, u-track includes a PC software application. Its user-friendly dashboard lets users log, retrieve, and visualize power consumption, accuracy, and other important values, such as the time it takes the GNSS receiver to calculate a position (Time-To-First-Fix, TTFF).The u-track and C030-R410M toolset is on display at Mobile World Congress Americas, u-blox Booth no S.2702.
Cricket News Afghanistan U-19 Team Stuns India In Youth ODICricket News Afghanistan U-19 Team Stuns India In Youth ODI
Lucknow: Afghanistan’s U-19 team produced a disciplined effort to script a stunning two-wicket victory over fancied India in a low-scoring fifth Youth ODI here on Saturday.The five-match series, though, ended 3-2 in favour of hosts India. Batting first after winning the toss, India were bowled out for 157 in 49.3 overs at the Ekana Cricket Stadium B ground.Vikrant Bhadoriya made 29 and Kumar Kushagra scored 24 for the home team. Noor Ahmad was the most successful bowler for the visitors, picking 3/39, while there were two wickets apiece for Abid Mohammadi and Shafiqullah Ghafari.In reply, Afghanistan managed to reach the target of 158 in 47.3 overs, with Asif Musazai top-scoring with 42 off 77 balls. For India U-19, Manav Suthar picked up 3/32 in 7.2 overs. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
A serious chance for Jose Mourinho to come to BulgariaA serious chance for Jose Mourinho to come to Bulgaria
A serious chance for Jose Mourinho to come to Bulgaria appeared in the last hours. This became clear after UEFA determined the probable rivals of CSKA and Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) for the second qualifying round of the Europa League at midnight.Tottenham, where last season the Special replaced Mauricio Pochettino, is among the three options for the opponent of the “black and whites”. The other two probabilities are Apoel Beer Sheva (Israel) and Kolos Kovalivka (Ukraine).Even after the elimination of the Montenegrin Iskra last week, the coach of Loko (Plovdiv) Bruno Akrapovich wanted Tottenham as a rival in Plovdiv.1000 BGN Online casino Bonus from efbetCSKA got seemingly easier options for a rival. The Reds will face BATE Borisov (Belarus), Shkendija (Northern Macedonia) and Partizan (Serbia).The draw, which will take place today after 14:00, will determine the rivals of the Bulgarian teams as well as the hosts in the matches. As it is known, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the program had to be tightened and that is why the matches from the qualifying rounds of the European tournaments are played in direct elimination in one match.BLIC presents everything about the Bulgarian participation in Europe
ASUS – Republic of Gamers has been brought on as the main sponsor of the DreamHack Masters series in Stockholm for at least the next two years.ASUS ROG will be the exclusive provider of monitors and PCs at the event along with laptops at the broadcast desk.Marc Winther, Director of DreamHack Masters said: “We’re extremely pleased to once again partner up with ASUS ROG, this time for our Stockholm event, following partnerships to both 2016 and 2017 editions of the Malmö event as well as Las Vegas. We continue to work with ASUS ROG on multiple projects, together we’ve achieve great things over the years. DreamHack Masters is our most prestigious tournament series and with ASUS ROG onboard it secures the premium environment for the players to compete in, with these top of line products.”The DreamHack Masters series is a touring CS:GO championship spread throughout different cities and venues throughout the year with at least $250,000 in prize money. In 2017 DreamHack signed a two-year deal with peripheral company CORSAIR for the DreamLeague and DreamHack Masters series’.ASUS ROG is a prime sponsor in esports, holding deals with teams like NRG and Echo Fox and the the H1Z1 Pro League. The company has also recently invested $16m (£11.5m) to set up a cultural and media firm in China, with plans to be predominantly involved in professional esport business operations.Esports Insider says: There’s nothing too special about this partnership considering ASUS has heavy involvement with event sponsorships already. The two-year deal will benefit both parties in the long run especially as DreamHack begins to expand its events.ESI London 2019 – Find out more
FX renews ‘Atlanta’ for a fourth season — before third has even started shootingFX renews ‘Atlanta’ for a fourth season — before third has even started shooting
Quantrell Colbert/FX(LOS ANGELES) — FX apparently has high hopes for Donald Glover’s critically acclaimed series Atlanta.On Tuesday, the network announced that it’s renewing the series for fourth season, even though the third season hasn’t even started production. Production on both seasons will officially begin during the spring of 2020.Seasons three and four of the Emmy-Award winning comedy will have eight episodes each. The second season, “Atlanta: Robbin’ Season,” was called “the best show on television;” comedian Katt Williams received an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his guest appearance.The series, which stars Glover as Earn, Brian Tyree Henry as his cousin Paper Boi, and Lakeith Stanfield as Darius, centers on Earn and Paper Boi’s relationship as they navigate Atlanta’s rap scene. The series also stars Zazie Beetz.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Utah Utes soccer: Win over No. 19 Broncos ‘bittersweet’Utah Utes soccer: Win over No. 19 Broncos ‘bittersweet’
Because he both played and coached at Santa Clara for several years before he came to Utah, Ute soccer coach Rich Manning still has some feelings for his old school.Of course, he was thrilled his team beat the 19th-ranked Broncos 1-0 Friday at Ute Field, but he had mixed feelings afterward.”It was a great win,” said Manning, who added, “It’s not just another game. It’s bittersweet.”The Utes got an early goal from senior Kelly Isleib on a free kick after Lauren Hair was fouled just outside the box. Isleib curved it past goalkeeper Bianca Henninger into the lower right corner in the 14th minute for the only goal of the game.”Lala (Hair) did a lot of the work by getting that foul and put me in a nice spot by the box,” Isleib said. “I guess I just curved it in.”From there, the Utes relied on their defense as goalkeeper Hannah Turpen along with the back line of Lauren Porter, Morgan Skeen, Lauren Dudley and Nicole Cardon kept the Broncos out of the net.”What I found out tonight is that we can compete against the top teams,” said Manning. “We played with great heart, defended well and played with a lot of confidence against a really good team.”Besides playing at Santa Clara in 1982-86, Manning was an assistant coach for the women’s team for four years, including their national championship year of 2001. He came to Utah the following year.The victory moved the Utes to 3-0 on the season with four home games coming up, beginning with Sunday’s game against Cal Poly at 1 p.m.e-mail: [email protected]
Guyana will be observing Youth Week from May 18 – 25 2019, and it is expected that some 5000 young people from across the country would participate in various activities aimed at raising awareness about the issues affecting this segment of the population, and to possible lobby for changes at all levels.During the launch last Wednesday, Director of Sport (ag), Leslyn Boyce, was quoted as saying that Youth Week activities were geared towards inspiring young people to commit themselves to pursuing the type of technical, vocational and entrepreneurial skills training to boost a green economy. She related that the Week further sought to provide an opportunity for youths across Guyana, regardless of political preference or religion, to be united for a better cause.According to UN estimates, there are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world. This is the largest youth population ever. But one in 10 of the world’s children live in conflict zones, and 24 million of them are out of school. The UN notes that political instability, labour market challenges, and limited space for political and civic participation have led to increasing isolation of youth in societies.Here, in Guyana, there are ills affecting young people, and programmes and support services to help address these issues could never be enough. For example, currently, the youth unemployment rate stands at 22 per cent as at the end of 2018. This is quite high, and, if not addressed urgently, could result in serious social and other problems.The use of illegal drugs and alcohol; crime, suicide, domestic and other forms of violence and so on are having a huge negative impact on communities. Now, more than ever before, there is need for a genuine, collaborative approach, with inclusive planning and coordination to help find practical and lasting solutions to these many ills.While the Government must play a crucial role in designing the relevant policies and putting in place the necessary legislative framework and other support mechanisms aimed at addressing these issues, this burden must also be shared by other stakeholders — such as religious groups and the private sector etc. A case in point is that there is hardly any family in Guyana that has never been touched directly or indirectly by suicide. Experts have pointed to the fact that about 90 per cent of people who die by suicide had had some sort of mental illness at the time of their death. Young people are crying out for attention; they need guidance, or simply someone to speak with; many want to find a way out of their misery. However, sometimes accessing that source of help is very difficult.As alluded to earlier, the role of the private sector should never be underestimated. There is need for funding for many crucial programmes aimed at creating better opportunities for young persons. Such programmes, once effectively implemented, would see our children and young people become well equipped with the necessary skills to develop themselves, and in turn contribute to the overall development of the country.We had stated before that the private sector is one of the main beneficiaries of an educated and skilled workforce, and it should seek to invest in, and help to build, the pool of talent it wishes to draw from.Additionally, it is well accepted that progressive countries in the world have strong systems for engaging youth in policy formation, and in creating or altering programmes designed to support youth.With General Elections just around the corner, it is hoped that young people from across the country would come out of the shadows and actively participate in the debates and discussions about the issues which impact them and the kind of policies they wish to see implemented to address these issues. With opportunities afforded by newer technologies, including access to social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, there are numerous avenues to make these views known.Our hope is that policy makers and other relevant stakeholders, who have an interest in seeing young people progress and achieve their full potential, would use Youth Week to truly reflect on where our young people are; e.g. what their priority needs are, and come up with meaningful mechanisms to ensure that these concerns and expectations are given serious attention.
Tom Rennie is joined by the former West Ham, QPR & Fulham left-back Rufus Brevett to look ahead to Saturday’s action – including Manchester City vs. West Ham. Can the Hammers follow up wins at Anfield and the Emirates with victory at the Etihad, which would end City’s 100% start?We’re also talking about Chelsea vs. Arsenal with the reigning Champions going into the match just above the relegation zone after 5 weeks and without a home win in the league.Shaun Derry is with us to have his say on Tottenham taking on his former team Crystal Palace. Spurs picked up their first win of the season at Sunderland last time out, but will find it tough against one of the Premier League’s surprise packages.Plus – Sports Breakfast host and former Manchester United & Ipswich striker Alan Brazil gives us his ‘three to watch’ and Alvaro Romeo, talkSPORT’s Spanish Editor, plays the Predictor game ‘Tom against the World’.