Adolph Okoro, Graceland Solicitors, London SE18 The arguments of Junior Lawyers Division chair Hekim Hannan (Comment) are, to borrow his own words, ‘ill-considered and nonsensical’. He appears to speak for less than 10% of junior lawyers, let alone black people and other ethnic minorities, who, after attaining a respectable law degree and LPC, are unable to get a training contract simply because many big firms overlook them. It is my guess that over 90% of BME-run firms cannot afford to pay the present minimum salary. There are hundreds of aspiring solicitors who, after years of training, hard work and financial stress, have no training contract. I was a mature student and a junior lawyer. When I completed my law degree at the University of Central Lancashire and my LPC at BPP Law School, I did not get a training contract despite hundreds of applications. I was 58 years old, so I painfully accepted that becoming a lawyer was one of those unfulfilled dreams. I continued to work as a housing officer at a London council, on £26k pa. A chance meeting with an old acquaintance changed my fortunes. He had done voluntary work with me at a law centre six years before his enrolment as a solicitor and setting up a firm. He was very sympathetic about my plight and was eager to help. The only snag was the minimum salary. We agonised over it, but seeing no other way round it, he signed me on. After paying me the minimum for 10 months, he was on the brink of bankruptcy and had to reluctantly terminate the contract. I found myself in a worse situation because I had quit my employment to commence a training contract that came to an abrupt end. Luckily, a BME principal soon accepted me to complete my training and I qualified. Today, my firm is authorised to take trainee solicitors. We have trained a solicitor and another is training. Six solicitors earn their livelihood as lawyers at the firm. Consider the fact that, on the minimum salary, my hopes of becoming a solicitor were almost dashed. If allowed to do so, I would have accepted a training contract with no salary at all or to be paid on commission. There should be no salary prescription. Applicants and employers should agree a way forward. Rich firms can pay the minimum or more, while struggling firms may pay less. Abolition can only help increase the number of training contracts. It will help junior lawyers and new graduates, and increase diversity in the profession. The so-called ‘key stakeholders’ appear to speak for the privileged few.
A regulation specialist from Birmingham has been elected as the next Law Society deputy vice president.Lubna Shuja will take office on 14 October, becoming vice president in 2021 and president in 2022. Lubna ShujaShuja, a principal solicitor at Legal Swan Solicitors in Birmingham, has been a Law Society council member since 2013 and chair of the membership and communications committee since 2018. She specialises in professional discipline and regulation and is also a mediator dealing with civil and family disputes.She said today: ‘It’s a great honour to be elected to this position – I am looking forward to facing the challenges ahead and working alongside the other office holders and staff. I am proud to be a solicitor and am keenly aware of the issues facing our profession and the public at this exceptionally difficult time. ‘I want to support our members to meet those challenges, whilst also ensuring that the profession maintains its prominence nationally and internationally, through various campaigns including access to justice and the rule of law.’The three elected office holders are the Law Society’s main ambassadors and represent the organisation at home and abroad. The office of president is a full-time appointment and the president is chair of the council. The handover takes place at the annual general meeting, which has now moved to October. Comments on this article are now closed.
GERMANY: Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG has awarded manufacturer Bombardier Transportation a €80m contract to modernise a total of 51 double-deck coaches and 37 Traxx electric and diesel locomotives.The work is to be undertaken at Bombardier’s Hennigsdorf and Kassel plants, with an initial 11 pre-series vehicles to be completed by the end of 2020 and the rest of the fleet by early 2026. Under the mid-life refurbishment the push-pull driving cars will be fitted with a family compartment and additional wheelchair spaces, while 10 coaches will have the first class seating replaced with second class, providing 38 more seats per trainset. Seats and flooring will be renewed, the toilets made more vandal-resistant, and wi-fi, real-time passenger information systems and CCTV installed. LNVG plans to call tenders next year for the refurbishment of a further 169 double-deck coaches by 2026.
QATAR: Volkswagen AG and the Qatar Investment Authority have announced a deal for a fleet of self-driving electric shuttles ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.The partnership will deliver 35 autonomous, electric ID. BUZZ AD cars capable of carrying up to four passengers, as well as 10 Scania buses for bigger groups. The project is intended as an extension of the public transport network and will operate in semi-fixed routes throughout the Westbay area.In addition, the scheme will also facilitate the creation of an appropriate legal framework and the necessary smart city infrastructure. Closed tests are expected to begin this year, with open trials in 2021 and a full project rollout by 2022.According to Scania’s CEO Henrik Henriksson, the deal aims to encourage a focus on sustainable transport.‘In the coming years, technological and infrastructural progress in electric and autonomous vehicles will be key enablers in that shift. A higher degree of sharing is also important, and through advances in autonomous transport it will be simpler to introduce more flexibility in shared people transport’, he said.
Sharing is caring! Tweet Share LocalNews WEATHER: Small Craft warning is in effect for Dominica by: – January 11, 2017 Share Share 201 Views no discussions The Dominica Meteoroloogical Service has issued a small craft warning for Dominica due to northerly sea-swells. The advisory, issued at 12:00 P.M Wednesday 11th January, 2017, is as follows;“A frontal boundary located north of the region is expected to generate northerly sea-swells of 2.5 to 3.5 metres (8 to 12ft) which will affect Dominica today and into the weekend. As a consequence, a SMALL-CRAFT WARNING is now in effect for Dominica from 12:00 p.m. today 11th January through 6:00 p.m. Sunday 15th January, 2017.A small-craft Warning means that seas greater than 3m (10ft) are forecast to affect the marine area.All users of the sea are advised to exercise caution”.
Sensor system supplier HENSOLDT has been awarded a contract by Airbus Defence and Space to develop and produce a new Active Electronic Scanning Array (AESA) radar for the German and Spanish Eurofighter fleets. The project is jointly financed by the Eurofighter partner nations Spain and Germany, who will also be the first users of the radar in their fleets. Following budget approval by the Spanish government and most recently by the German Bundestag in mid-June, the contracts worth over 1.5 billion euros have now been signed.The contracts cover the German-Spanish new development of core components of the Eurofighter radar – including a digital multi-channel receiver and transmitter/receiver modules of the antenna – and the equipping of approximately 130 Eurofighter aircraft of tranches two and three. The development is being carried out by a Spanish-German industrial consortium under German leadership with the support of the Eurofighter nations Great Britain and Italy.The fact that Germany and Spain are taking a pioneering role in the modernization of the Eurofighter is a signal of confidence in European defense co-operation. This decision ensures that the armed forces will continue to be able to fulfil their mission in the future while being protected in the best possible way.The Eurofighter Typhoon is the world’s most modern swing-role fighter. The core of this state-of-the-art weapon system is its identification capability and sensor fusion, based on the CAPTOR-E AESA radar and the PIRATE FLIR sensor while being protected by the PRAETORIAN Electronic Defensive Aid Sub System (DASS). No other fighter aircraft has integrated a comparably high number of European and U.S. weapons and is thus combat ready whatever the mission.HENSOLDT has already been involved in the development and production of the Eurofighter sensor technology currently in use. At its radar centre in Ulm, HENSOLDT currently employs 2,200 people, and in the Eurofighter radar sector alone, the company expects to create 400 highly qualified jobs over the entire programme period. The sensor specialist is also investing around 15 million euros in the necessary capacity expansion, primarily at the Ulm site.
Related Topics The Saint Ignatius Wildcats won their fourth consecutive Cleveland Cup Championship, defeating rival Saint Edward, 5-2, on Saturday, Feb. 11.Five different playerd scored goals for Ignatius and although the Wildcats finished strong, tbe Eagles owned momentum for most of the first period.St. Edward wasted no time, as Josh Tomasi scored 40 seconds into play, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead.St. Edward was in control for the next 11 minutes, but the Wildcats answered back, as Benji Rechin knotted the game up at one with 4:01 remaining in the first period.Neither side could strike for the last four minutes of the frame, and the rivals headed to the intermission tied at one.The back-and-forth battle raged on, as Greg Langermeir gave Ignatius its first lead of the night early in the second period.Curtis Szelesta came right back for St. Edward, tying the game at two with 7:25 left in the second.Less than two minutes later, Connor Koehnke delivered for the Wildcats, giving Ignatius a 3-2 lead.The final 5:40 of the second period were scoreless and Ignatius headed to the dressing room with a one-goal lead.The Wildcats maintained momentum after a strong second period and came out of the gate in attack mode to start the third, as Grayson Gerard scored two minutes into play, giving Ignatius a 4-2 lead.The two sides went more than 11 minutes without striking, but Seth Whitey sealed the deal, making it a 5-2 game with only 1:10 remaining.HKY: The coaching staff and the seniors pose with the Cup after tonight’s win#GoCats pic.twitter.com/zCbfqIMU6k— SIHS Sports (@SIHSSports) February 12, 2017 Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medley The @GLHL1 Champs. #GoCats pic.twitter.com/89E86m3wf4— SIHS Sports (@SIHSSports) February 12, 2017Ignatius (23-8-2) heads into the State Tournament ranked No. 2 in Ohio, looking to defend its title and win a third championship in four years.The Wildcats open up the Brooklyn District Tournament on Feb. 18 at 12 pm, facing the winner of Normandy vs. Brecksville-Broadview Heights.St. Edward (26-8-0), ranked No. 4 in Ohio, takes on the winner of Parma vs. Benedictine on Feb. 19 at 12 pm.
February 1, 2016 — GoArgos.com — Print Friendly Version UWF opens its 2017 campaign on Friday evening against Florida Southern. First pitch from Jim Spooner Field is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Pensacola native JT Granat is scheduled to start opening night for the Argos. In the South Region UWF is the third highest ranked team, trailing only No. 1 Nova Southeastern and No. 5 Tampa. For information on all UWF athletics, visit GoArgos.com. PENSACOLA, Fla. – The UWF baseball team notched its third 2017 preseason national ranking after sliding into the No. 17 spot in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s national rankings. In addition senior relief pitcher Jarrod Petree was named a NCBWA Preseason All-American Honorable Mention. West Florida enters 2017 ranked No. 19 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 3 by Perfect Game. The NCBWA voted UWF into the No. 3 spot in the South Region last week and had four Preseason All-South Region selections with Petree, JT Granat, Walker O’Connor and Nic Strasser. West Florida is the only ranked Gulf South Conference program and was voted most likely to win the GSC by league head coaches earlier this preseason. Full Rankings & Preseason Teams Petree collected the preseason honor a season after posting a 6-2 record, 1.53 earned run average and a .182 opponent’s batting average in 2016.
Exclusively in this month’s episode, group head of communications Lisa Knights talks to Bristol City’s Rene Gilmartin and Carla Humphrey. Ashton Gate chairman Martin Griffiths and Bristol Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas also talk to Bristol Sport TV, following yesterday’s showcase of the revised plans around the Sports & Convention Centre in the city’s new Sporting Quarter.Subscribe to Bristol Sport TV by clicking here.
—LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 23, 2015) — A group of government, civic and business leaders from Central Arkansas previously submitted an application to the NCAA for a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision game to be played in Little Rock. Mayors of Little Rock and North Little Rock, the chambers of commerce and the convention and visitors bureaus of the two cities have been involved in this effort. After a significant amount of effort, it has been determined that a game in December 2015 is not feasible.“Those of us who have been involved in this process have confirmed that all of the pieces for a successful bowl game are in place in our community. We have a historic venue in War Memorial Stadium, supportive public partners and private sponsors. While we are disappointed that the game will not occur in 2015, the depth of information gathered has demonstrated that Little Rock could be a fantastic site for a bowl,” said Kevin A. Crass, chairman of the War Memorial Stadium Commission.The efforts of the group were led by the work of former UALR Athletic Director Chris Peterson as a volunteer. Peterson did a significant amount of due diligence and analysis to offer support to the effort.“We appreciate the work of the staffs of the Sun Belt and American conferences,” said Chris Peterson. “I feel strongly that Central Arkansas has a great deal to offer for a bowl, and we will continue to work toward a bowl game in the future.”