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Solicitor set to pay for wasted costs

first_imgA London solicitor at the centre of a dispute over alleged illegal file sharing could face a huge costs bill after a judge ruled that he had breached the code of conduct and ‘brought the legal profession into disrepute’. Judge Birss, sitting in the Patent County Court, allowed the first stage of an application for wasted costs against Andrew Crossley and his firm ACS:Law last week. Crossley sent thousands of letters on behalf of client Media CAT, a company that pursues alleged copyright infringers. The correspondence demanded around £500 in compensation from people whom Media CAT claimed had illegally shared pornographic films via the internet. Crossley brought court proceedings against 27 defendants, but attempted to discontinue the actions. Last month Birss formally struck out the proceedings, prompting some of the defendants to pursue Crossley for costs. Birss ruled that Crossley had breached the Solicitors Code of Conduct by entering a prima facie ‘improper and champertous’ agreement with Media CAT, under which he would receive 65% of any damages collected from the alleged file sharers. Under rule 2.04 of the code of conduct, a solicitor ‘must not enter into an agreement to receive a contingency fee for work done in prosecuting or defending any contentious proceedings’ before the court. Birss said: ‘I am quite satisfied to the standard necessary for this stage of a wasted costs application that Mr Crossley is responsible for the basic agreements, and has thereby acted in breach of [the] Solicitors Code of Conduct.’ Birss said ACS:Law’s conduct was ‘chaotic and lamentable’, and that Crossley had lent his assistance to proceedings that were an abuse of the process of the court and ‘brought the legal profession into disrepute’. He said: ‘This was not the behaviour of a solicitor advancing a normal piece of litigation. I do not doubt that this led to unnecessarily incurred costs.’ Crossley will appear before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal later this year. A spokeswoman for the Solicitors Regulation Authority said: ‘The judgment supports our concerns about the effect this sort of correspondence has on the public.’ Mills & Reeve, which represented Crossley and ACS:Law, declined to comment. Michael Forrester, intellectual property partner at national firm Ralli, who represented five of the defendants, said his clients’ costs amounted to £80,000.last_img read more

Be amazed at all the wonders of life

first_imgAre you paying attention? Life’s amazing… be amazed! Sometimes we get stuck in our routines, challenges and seemingly humdrum lives and forget that this life we are living is truly amazing. Recently an astronaut came back from a six-month exploration on the moon. On return to earth, all he could say was that it was the “best ride of my life!” Many others who have also had this rare experience of travelling to outer-space equally speak about feeling in total awe when looking at Mother Earth from “out there”, and seeing how breathtaking our world is. And we live here? Wow! Yes we are actually here, off to the edge of a vast floating whirlpool of stars, alive and conscious, walking and talking on a big rock circling a bigger burning ball of gas. Here, now, nearly 14 billion years after the cosmos emerged out of what was once nothing. Amazeballs!Becoming aware of this, the mind stops yapping and, if we allow ourselves, we can feel the delight and awe of a little child who for the first time sees a butterfly, or tastes ice-cream, or realises that the stars above are really very far away. Gratitude and something edging into, dare I say it… sacred, can wash through us during these experiences. This often happens to me. In a word, becoming aware of this can lead to a sense of amazement, which means “filled with wonder and surprise,” even “overwhelmed with wonder”.Besides the simple happiness in this experience, it lifts us above the tangled pressures and worries we can get stuck to like a bug on flypaper. Amazement is an instant stress reliever. It also opens the heart: one feels more profoundly connected to others and to something greater than ourselves. Perhaps most deeply, being amazed brings you into the truth of things, into relationship with the inherent mysteries and overwhelming gifts of existence, starting from the tiniest molecular systems of life, to the love and forgiveness in human hearts, to the dark matter that glues the universe together. Wow. Really. Wow!Opportunities for amazement are all around us. I think back to that look in the eyes of my son when he was born, blinking in the light of the room, surprised by all the shapes, sounds and colours, entering a whole new world. Seen with the eyes of a child, the simplest thing is amazing: a budding flower, being licked by a puppy, the taste of sweet berries, riding piggyback on dad, or the fact that running your eyes over lines of black squiggles fills your mind with stories of dragons and heroes and fairy godmothers.Look around you. This morning I sat down to my computer, clicked a mouse, while my radio filled the room with music. Awesome! Imagine a Stone Age person transported 50 000 years forward into your chair. Glass windows, flat wood (or flat-screen TV), the smell of coffee, pencils, computers, woven cloth, a metal spoon… it would all be amazing to him.Try to see more of your world in this way, as if you are seeing it for the first time, perhaps through the eyes of a child if not a caveman. If you’re not amazed, you’re not truly paying attention. Explore and have a “don’t know mind” – not “duh” mind, but an openness that doesn’t immediately slot things into boxes, but allows a freshness and curiosity, a “beginner’s mind”. The brain naturally categorises and labels things to help us survive and make our lives easier. That’s fine, but underneath this skim of constructed meaning laid over the boiled milk of reality, we don’t truly know what anything is. We use words like “minds” and “quarks” and “photons” but no one knows what a mind, quark or photon actually is. We don’t know what love actually is, either, but it is all around us. It’s amazing to me that people love one another, amazing that people forgive each other, that those once at war with each other can eventually live in peace. Think about people you know, how they keep going when they’re tired, breathe through pain, get up yet again to walk a crying baby, settle down in the middle of an argument and admit fault and move on. To me, that a mother can embrace the young man who murdered her son is more amazing than an exploding supernova or brushing shoulders with celebrities.We don’t have to wait to be dazzled. We don’t have to wait to be presented with something groundbreaking and revolutionary before exercising our “wonder muscles”. If we are just willing to consciously lower our “amazement threshold” and notice the incredible nature of everything that surrounds us moment by moment, we can all be reconnected to our innate childlike wonder and to see and fully experience life as it is.The next time you get yourself a glass of water, take a moment to consider that every drop of water you are about to drink are the exact same drops that arrived on Earth around 4.5 billion years ago on icy comets from the far reaches of space. And how that transparent liquid is responsible for all life on this planet. And how if it weren’t for some fluke (or miracle) of universal physics, that water might not have arrived and you and I wouldn’t even be here to observe it. Isn’t that mind blowing?How about looking down at your hands? Wiggle your fingers. Observe them with a sense of curiosity. How much of what you do in your life is only possible because of those interesting, spindly, tentacle-like appendages?Isn’t it fascinating how a caterpillar, from their fragile little cocoon, morphs into a colourful butterfly?How amazing is it that we, as a relatively young species, have managed to achieve and create so much? From harnessing energy and sending humans into space, to being able to jump in our cars and go to the supermarket to gather our food for meals instead of hunt and gather for them.Just for today, see how far you can lower your own amazement threshold. Amazement, wonder and gratitude are nutrient rich supplements that nourish and inspire the mind, body and soul. If we were brave enough to be more often filled with wonder and surprise, we would treat ourselves, others and our delicate world with much more kindness and thoughtfulness. Be amazed. * This column will appear every two weeks. Carin-Lee Masters is a clinical psychologist in private practice. While she cannot enter into correspondence with individual readers, she will try to answer as many queries as possible through this column or refer you to organisations that can assist. Write to her at helpmecarin@inl.co.za or send a WhatsApp message or SMS to 082 264 7774.last_img read more

Law Society welcomes super-exam delay

first_imgThe Law Society has welcomed the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s decision to delay plans for a new ‘super-exam’ to be taken by all would-be solicitors, after the proposal attracted an overwhelmingly negative response.  SRA executive director Crispin Passmore revealed last week that a consultation had received some 250 responses. Of these around 40-50 were ‘wholly positive’, about 100 were ‘wholly negative’, and around 100 said they were ‘not keen on this as you’ve designed it at the moment’, he said.‘Considerable’ opposition came from universities and academic representative groups. However, the SRA insists that the case for the solicitors qualifying exam remains strong.The regulator had planned to make a decision this month on the principle of introducing the exam and then consult on the details. It will now work on more detailed proposals, including how the exam could work alongside a period of work-based learning.The SRA’s decision to postpone was widely welcomed. Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said: ‘It’s important the relevant stakeholders have ample opportunity to take a holistic view of how the qualification process would work and to ensure that the best are able to enter the profession irrespective of background.’He said that Philip’s comments on the inclusion of a two-year work-based training period and a degree-level qualification ‘are a positive indication that feedback from the Law Society is being taken on board by the SRA’.The Law Society has said it strongly supports centralised assessment – provided that the level is set appropriately and does not result in a dilution of standards.last_img read more

Knorr-Bremse begins production of low-noise brake blocks for new wagons

first_imgSPAIN: Knorr-Bremse’s Pamplona plant has begun volume production of Problock J816M low-noise composite brake blocks for new-build wagons, adding to the low-noise brake blocks which the company supplies for retrofitting to existing vehicles.‘This product represents a key strategic addition to our portfolio’, said Dr. Nicolas Lange, Chairman of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems. ‘On the one hand, it provides us with new opportunities to access market share in the OEM sector. And on the other, it cements our position as a system partner and one-stop shop for wagon brake equipment and maintenance.’The composite brake blocks help to reduce braking noise by up to 10 dB(A) compared to conventional grey cast iron blocks, with the noise level only half as loud to the human ear.Knorr-Bremse delivered its first consignment of Problock J816M blocks to ‘a major operator in a German-speaking country’ in May, under a ‘six-figure euro’ contract.last_img read more

CDC calls on Americans to Wear Masks to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

first_imgSurvey: Acceptance of face-mask guidance increased “We are not defenseless against COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield. “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.” This review included two case studies out today, one from JAMA, showing that adherence to universal masking policies reduced SARS-CoV-2 transmission within a Boston hospital system, and one from CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), showing that wearing a mask prevented the spread of infection from two hair stylists to their customers in Missouri. In an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), CDC reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities. There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. COVID-19 prevention in a Missouri hair salon The results of the Missouri case study provide further evidence on the benefits of wearing a cloth face covering. The investigation focused on two hair stylists — infected with and having symptoms of COVID-19 — whose salon policy followed a local ordinance requiring cloth face coverings for all employees and patrons. The investigators found that none of the stylists’ 139 clients or secondary contacts became ill, and all 67 clients who volunteered to be tested showed no sign of infection. CDC analyzed data from an internet survey of a national sample of 503 adults during April 7–9 and found that about 62% said they would follow the newly announced recommendations to wear a face mask when outside the home. A repeat survey during May 11-13 showed that the percentage of adults endorsing face mask wearing increased to more than 76%. The salon in which they worked had a policy requiring both stylists and their clients to wear face coverings, consistent with the local government ordinance. Both stylists wore double-layered cloth face coverings or surgical masks when seeing clients. The median appointment time was 15 minutes and ranged from 15 to 45 minutes. More than 98% of clients wore a face covering—47% wore cloth face coverings, 46% wore surgical masks, and about 5% wore N-95 respirators. When customers were asked whether they had been ill with any respiratory symptoms in the 90 days preceding their appointment, 87 (84%) reported that they had not. None of the interviewed customers developed symptoms of illness. Among 67 (48%) customers who volunteered to be tested, all 67 tested negative for the virus that causes COVID-19. Several family members of one of the stylist’s subsequently developed symptoms and received a diagnosis of COVID-19.center_img One of the stylists developed respiratory symptoms but continued to see clients for eight days. The other, who apparently became infected from her co-worker, also developed respiratory symptoms and continued to see clients for four days.  Additional data in today’s MMWR showed that immediately after the White House Coronavirus Task Force and CDC advised Americans to wear cloth face coverings when leaving home, the proportion of U.S. adults who chose to do so increased, with 3 in 4 reporting they had adopted the recommendation in a national internet survey. When two stylists at a Missouri hair salon tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, researchers from CoxHealth hospitals, Washington University, the University of Kansas, and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department worked together to trace contacts, investigate the cases, and publish their findings in the MMWR. Americans are increasingly adopting the use of cloth face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19, and the latest science may convince even more to do so. The increase was driven largely by a significant jump in approval by white, non-Hispanic adults, from 54% to 75%.  Approval among Black, non-Hispanic adults went up from 74% to 82%, and remained stable among Hispanic/Latino adults at 76% and 77%. The finding adds to a growing body of evidence that cloth face coverings provide source control – that is, they help prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading COVID-19 to others. The main protection individuals gain from masking occurs when others in their communities also wear face coverings. There was also a large increase in face-mask approval among respondents in the Midwest, from 44% to 74%.  Approval was greatest in the Northeast, going from 77% to 87%.last_img read more

EMITE Test Platform leads the 5G device OTA test market in the United States

first_imgFour main wireless carriers operate in the United States. After the approval of EMITE E-Series Test Platform by one US carrier for 4G OTA testing of devices a few years ago, the EMITE H-Series 5G OTA Test Platform has now been selected by the largest US carrier for testing 5G devices over the air.Among the many EMITE-inherent technical advantages considered for the selection, was an outstanding fully-automated and complete system and instrument control GUI software capable of batch testing overnight, the integration of climatic-control, the use of different 3GPP-approved test methods, an astonishing 0.5 dB inter-lab repeatability and the ability to operate diverse signaling boxes were considered key factors.EMITE 5G OTA Test Platforms have also been recently listed at PTCRB, and can now be considered the state-of-the-art for 5G OTA testing. The company will open its USA branch office near New York shortly to complement Acentury Americas local teams in Dallas and San Francisco, and will serve its USA customers even better than before. A special price campaign for H-Series 5G OTA Test Platform after PTCRB approval is scheduled to be launched within 2019.last_img read more

UWF Drops Final Game of 2015-16 Slate To Valdosta State

first_imgFull Schedule Roster BOX SCORE: PDF | HTMLPENSACOLA, Fla. – Jason Laatsch led four players in double figures but it wasn’t quite enough as West Florida fell to Valdosta State, 75-66, at the UWF Field House Saturday. UWF finishes the season with a 7-19 record and a 5-17 mark in Gulf South Conference play. The Argonauts won four of their final seven games on the year, including three of six league contests. Laatsch had 18 points and a career-high eight rebounds. Rashaan Benson posted 15 points and five assists, while Deangelo Legrier added 11 points and nine boards off the bench, and Austin Somerfield collected 10 points and eight rebounds. UWF was unable to get the big runs it needed on Saturday, never getting any closer than seven points in the final five minutes. The Argos trimmed the deficit to four three times in the second half but each time saw the Blazers stretch the lead back in their favor.The Argos shot just 32 percent and were just 7-of-27 from outside. UWF turned the ball over a season-low six times. VSU (17-10, 13-9 GSC) was led by Chris Longoria’s first career double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Blake Justin had 17 and was perfect on four attempted from outside to go along with four assists. The Argos recognized graduate student Lendward Griffin and redshirt junior Justin Williams for each of their commitments to the program following the game with a video tribute. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Video: Take A Cab Ride With K13LOCK for the Cavs Watch Party for Game 3

first_img Kevin Oblocki is know by the soccer world as k13lock (pronounced k-block).Kevin’s passion for the beautiful game began in 2003 when he discovered Real Madrid vs Manchester United in front of his grandma’s TV while on Spring Break and his love for the game never stoppedKevin’s main stage is on youtube (youtube.com/k13lock) where he “keeps the ball rolling on this football we call planet Earth”. Amongst his content you will find: pick up lines on women, Soccer Sedan (the “cash cab” like trivia show), kit unboxings, matchday vlogs, and more. Don’t miss out! Buckle up, test your knowledge, and get ready for Game 3! Kevin Oblockicenter_img Related TopicsCavsWarriorslast_img read more

Investigation Continues into Lethal Force Used in Sterling by Trooper

first_imgDuring the altercation, Trooper King was struck multiple times by Ployhar about the head and face. Ployhar failed to stop for three to four minutes while Trooper King followed him. Eventually Ployhar pulled into the driveway of a private residence, exited the vehicle and attempted to flee. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation’s preliminary findings determined that Trooper John King attempted to initiate a traffic stop near Mile 82 of the Sterling Highway on a 1983 Lincoln that 49-year-old Jon Ployhar was driving. Ployhar’s death was determined to have been caused by the single gunshot wound to the chest according to the autopsy conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s office. Once the officer caught up to Ployhar, the driver resisted and a physical confrontation commenced, causing both men to fall to the ground. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers have released more details about the case involving a Trooper fatally shooting a Sterling man following a physical altercation. When completed, the Alasks Bureau of Investigation’s report will be forwarded to the Department of Law’s Office of Special Prosecutions who will determine whether the use of deadly force was legally justified under the circumstances. Trooper King attempted to use his taser but Ployhar grabbed it and King eventually fired one round from his duty weapon, hitting Ployhar in the chest according to the report. Trooper King issued verbal commands to stop and then chased after Ployhar on foot.last_img read more