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Board approves final 2004-05 Bar budget

first_imgBoard approves final 2004-05 Bar budget Board approves final 2004-05 Bar budget June 15, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img The Board of Governors has given final approval for the Bar’s 2004-05 budget. The fiscal plan does not increase the annual membership fees, which remain at $265 for active members and $175 for inactive members.Incoming Budget Committee Chair Jerald Beer told the board, at its May 28 meeting, that there was only one minor change from the budget it initially approved early in April. That is $8,000 for the Special Commission on Lawyer Regulation, which is reviewing the Bar’s disciplinary process.“That’s the only change we had to the budget from April, so this will be the budget that is submitted to the Supreme Court,” Beer told the board.The budget was published in the April 30 Bar News, and the new fiscal year will begin on July 1.The 2004-05 budget projects a surplus of not quite half a million dollars with revenues just under $30 million.The budget envisions a beginning general fund balance of $13.1 million. That’s up from the $11.5 million balance at the start of the 2003-04 budget year, which means the Bar is anticipating a $1.6 million surplus for its FY 2003-04 operations. Much of that comes from increased earnings on Bar investments.The largest income will continue to come from members’ annual fees, expected at $19.5 million for 2004-05, up from $19 million in 2003-04 and $18.6 million in 2002-03.For expenditures, regulation of the practice of law operations — which includes lawyer regulation, the Attorney Client Assistance Program, ethics, advertising, professionalism, and membership records — will continue to be the biggest budget item.last_img read more

Re-enrolment key to ‘nudge’ UK into saving: survey

first_imgGregg McClymont, former Labour party pensions spokesman and now director of policy at BC&E, said: “Re-enrolment is pretty effective. People’s individual circumstances change. Initially they may make a quick judgement about whether a pension is the right thing for them at the time, but the second time around it might be different.”Under the rules of auto-enrolment, which came into force in the UK in October 2012, every three years an employer must offer a pension saving scheme to employees who had previously opted out. Tim Sharp, TUCTim Sharp, policy officer at the Trades Union Congress, said re-enrolment rates were “very high”, but added that employers and unions had a responsibility to explain the full benefits to potential savers – and continue to do so even if staff had initially opted out.One conference attendee noted that some people – including a single parent who had been interviewed by Ignition House – had valid reasons for turning down pensions initially. The automatic re-enrolment of staff into a workplace pension is key to engaging staff with saving, according to evidence presented at the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association’s (PLSA) annual conference last week.In a plenary session on defined contribution (DC) engagement, market research firm Ignition House showed a series of interviews they had conducted with UK workers who had opted out of their workplace pension.  The interviews illustrated the various reasons why the workers had chosen to not pay into a scheme, with several indicating they had not been fully aware of potential benefits, including tax relief. Currently, around 10% of all workers opt out of joining their workplace pension scheme, according to official figures cited by the panel.Once the benefits had been reframed and explained clearly to the interviewees, several said they would reconsider signing up to a pension. Others said they had not been at a point in their lives when it would have been possible to sign up when a scheme was first offered.center_img Gregg McClymont, B&CE“People are not stupid,” said McClymont. “They often make decisions depending on their circumstances. While pensions are central to our lives – sad as it is – for most people it isn’t.”Sharp added that most people didn’t actively think about pensions “as life gets in the way”.Research published last week by personal finance comparison site Finder.com showed 35% of people living and working in the UK did not have a pension.The research estimated that millennials were £395,000 (€446,000) short on their pension pot estimations, while around half of baby boomers were unaware of how much they needed for retirement.Some 21% of adults in the UK said they thought they would need a pension pot of £50,000 to enable a comfortable retirement, which would amount to an average of around £3,333 a year, according to Finder.com.last_img read more

European expansion sees Unikrn hire Andrew Vouris as operations lead

first_img Submit Tabcorp calls for leadership makeover as Attenborough ends CEO tenure July 23, 2020 Related Articles Share Rahul Sood, UnikrnSeattle-based esports betting platform Unikrn has confirmed the appointment of Andrew Vouris as new Chief Operations Officer (COO), as the company prepares for its upcoming ‘2018 European rollout’.A seasoned gambling executive, Vouris joins Unikrn leadership from Australian ASX gambling group Tabcorp Holdings, where he most recently served as Group Deputy COO for the firm’s media and wagering division (2016-2017).Vouris will lead Unikrn operations in a critical year for the esports betting platform, which plans to launch its services within 80% of regulated European betting markets, having recently been approved a Malta Gaming License.A pleased Rahul Sood CEO of Unikrn welcomed Vouris’ appointment; “We hope none of our competitors will hold a grudge that Andrew picked Unikrn. It was never a fair fight given our recent success and his long-established love of both esports and our company,”“With UnikoinGold and our European expansion, we have a busy year ahead of us. Andrew is going to bring the experience and discipline that we need to accelerate Unikrn’s path toward unprecedented success.”Sood detailed to the media, that Vouris has a deep knowledge of Unikrn services and operations, having served as a key stakeholder in Tabcorp Holdings 2015 enterprise investment in the esports wagering firm.As Unikrn COO, Vouris will lead wagering and gaming growth strategies, as well as overseeing the development of global teams in Unikrn’s four primary offices in Seattle, Las Vegas, Sydney and Berlin.“I first met the Unikrn crew back in 2014. That’s when I made the decision that Tabcorp would invest in them to help them build their business,” said Andrew Vouris on joining Unikrn. “Obviously, I fell in love with the team, the brand, the vision and the product — this company is the future, and I’m going to make sure we expose them to the world.” Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 Share Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Smith set to fight for English title

first_imgMitchell Smith is set to fight for the English title at the Copper Box on 12 April.Harrow Weald’s super-featherweight prospect, 21, became southern area champion at the same venue last year and in February he extended his unbeaten record to 8-0 by beating Mark Evans.He is now poised to face Hartlepool’s Peter Cope, 22 and also unbeaten, for the vacant title.All of Cope’s nine wins have been on points, while Smith’s second-round demolition of Evans was his fourth stoppage victory.My little girl wants a new belt at home! All my hard work WILL pay off on April 12th AND THE NEW— 父Mitchell Smith父 (@MitchellSmith92) March 18, 2014Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Half-time: Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona

first_imgEden Hazard’s brilliant goal put Chelsea ahead in the final pre-season friendly of their American tour.Hazard showed his trademark skill to beat four defenders and fire home in the 10th minute of the game at FedEx Field in Washington DC.The goal came after Barca keeper Marc-André ter Stegen had produced an early save to keep out Kurt Zouma’s header.After going ahead, the Blues continued to attack and almost scored again when Oscar’s free-kick hit the post.At the other end, Thibaut Courtois twice produced saves to deny former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.The Chelsea keeper also did well to keep out an effort from Barca captain Sergio Busquets.Kenedy, who has been training with the Chelsea squad, was included in the starting line-up.His move from Fluminese is yet to be formally completed but the Brazilian club granted permission for him to play. Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Kenedy, Oscar, Hazard, Costa. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Weekend round-up: Hiddink explains substitution, Judge injury woe, QPR man praised

first_imgA recap of the action during a weekend when Chelsea lost their first league game under Guus Hiddink, QPR and Fulham both won late on, while Brentford’s victory was marred by a nasty injury…Chelsea were beaten by Swansea at the Liberty StadiumSwansea City 1 Chelsea 0 Match report  Hiddink reaction  Player ratings Action: A lacklustre Chelsea lost their first Premier League game under Guus Hiddink, thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s first-half strike.Reaction: Afterwards, Blues boss Guus Hiddink revealed why he took Matt Miazga off at half-time – partly because he did not want the rookie defender being sent off.However, he added that, despite defeat, he was happy to continue to give chances to those who have not been regulars so far this season.Blues man of the match: Ruben Loftus-Cheek stood out for both his workrate and ability – click here to see how we rated the players.Slavisa Jokanovic has guided Fulham to three straight league winsFulham 2 Cardiff City 1Match report  Jokanovic reaction  Action: Fulham took a giant stride towards Championship survival as Emerson Hyndman’s injury-time winner – his first goal for the club – earned them their third victory in the space of a week.Reaction: Boss Slavisa Jokanovic predicted match-winner Hyndman would grow into an important player for Fulham – and insisted Fulham needed to focus on securing the points they need to guarantee survival.Meanwhile, Cardiff boss Russell Slade admitted his side have “a mountain to climb” to reach the Championship play-offs after their defeat.Alan Judge was stretchered off at Portman Road.Ipswich Town 1 Brentford 3 Match report  Action: Lasse Vibe scored twice as Brentford all but ensured Championship status for next season – but their third successive victory was marred by a serious injury to midfielder Alan Judge.Reaction: Brentford later confirmed Judge had broken his leg, and that he was under the care of “leading lower limb consultant in the country”.Nasser El Khayati scored the late winner against CharltonQPR 2 Charlton Athletic 1Match report  Hasselbaink reaction  Player ratings  Action: Nasser El Khayati’s injury-time strike – his first goal for QPR – gave them victory over troubled Charlton at Loftus Road.Reaction: Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink insisted goalkeeper Alex Smithies deserved the credit for his side’s 2-1 win over Charlton.R’s man of the match: Tjaronn Chery continued his fine form, while a number of other players produced solid performances. Click here to see how we think the QPR players fared.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bumble Books named Africa’s best children’s publishers

first_img03 May 2016A South African company was named the best children’s publisher on the continent at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy.Bumble Books of Noordhoek was among many publishing houses, publishers’ associations and other book institutions that took part in this annual event, which ran from 4 to 7 April 2016.Robin Stuart-Clark, founder and publishing director at Publishing Print Matters and Bumble Books, told radio station Cape Talk that the group had competed against the best children’s publishers across Africa. Countries such as Ghana, Guinea and Benin had been represented.To Stuart-Clark, the award belonged to the group’s illustrators who were doing extraordinary work. “We have nothing to apologise for, we are up there with the best,” he said.Other winnersAndersen Press won the fair’s Children’s Publisher of the Year prize in the European category, according to The Bookseller. The award was for “publishers who have most distinguished themselves for their creative and publishing excellence over the year, showing originality as well as professional and intellectual skills”.There are also awards for Central and South America, North America, Asia and Oceania.According to its website, Publishing Print Matters publishes books on South African art, craft and heritage “with a particular focus on those artists, craftspeople and individuals who have been overlooked yet made an impact on South African culture: they have stories to tell and vision to share that can empower our youth and restore pride in our collective heritage”.Bumble Books is its illustrated children’s book imprint. It showcases new South African illustrators and authors, with an emphasis on fun and entertainment. It publishes illustrated children’s books showcasing new South African illustrator- authors internationally.Guests at the Italian book fair tweeted their enjoyment of the event:Live painting en @BoChildrensBook #BCBF16 pic.twitter.com/Jq3qvOhzNv— Sara Fratini (@sarafratini) April 5, 2016So inspiring to walk around #BCBF16 and see all the worldwide trends for children’s illustration! pic.twitter.com/Qi5ayWlOwS— The Bright Group (@Bright_Group) April 5, 2016South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

City updates

first_imgLondonCapital drawsUnconditional (16 Monmouth Street; 020 7836 6931) is not a place where you find the expected. Rather, it’s the unconventional, bordering almost on weird and odd, that you will find here, whether its clothing for men or women. There are also other labels, home stuff and jewellery.Think of a cosy place for coffee, sandwiches, and a host of other vegetarian dishes. Then you are probably thinking of the Whitechapel Gallery Cafe (77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel; 020 7522 7888) in the East End. Go for the vegetarian platter and wide variety of cakes.Without even knowing it, one encounters Henry Moore all the time. Tate Britain (Millbank; 020 7887 8888) attempts to right size such memories with a show of his works from almost all periods of his life. It runs till August.Latin American food is not among the most prolific in London. So El Rincon Quiteno (235 Holloway Road, Holloway; 020 7700 3670) sets out to fill a bit of that gap. It is a mix of Ecuadorian and Bolivian, and made homely by the competing flavours. Surely taste the prawn cocktails.Must see: Looks like the colonial mindset is a difficult thing to shed, even if it is just to give the oppressed an exalted status. With a show evocatively titled The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today at Saatchi Gallery (Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road,020 7811 3070) which runs till early May, it’s all about size and impact. Participants include India’s most well known contemporary names: Atul Dodiya, Jitish Kallat, Subodh Gupta, Pushpamala and 26 others.New YorkBig apple, big biteThis one is not just for the morbid minded. The popular comic strip and show, The Addams Family is now a musical (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street, Manhattan) and after a successful shows elsewhere, it debuts first week of April on Broadway.advertisementWho thought that Shakespeare could successfully transit into parks? Among his best plays, Hamlet, will pan out in the 3.5 acres of the World Financial Centre (Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street, Lower Manhattan; 212 945 0505), with actors moving and mingling with the audience. It opens in early April.For fans of Middle Eastern cuisine, there’s no dearth in the big apple, but new places are always welcome. Al Bustan (19 E 53rd Street between First and Second Avenues, 212-759-5933) serves a predominantly Lebanese selection. Especially popular is the mezze spread.Among the latest pizza eateries to open doors in New York is the quaintly named Motorino with two branches (19 Graham Avenue (Devoe Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718) 599-8899; 349 East 12th Street (Second Avenue), East Village; (212) 777-2644). Both places are a haven for the younger crowd, not to mention of course, the heavenly pizzas and a wine list to match.Do dogs and music go together? Certainly. At least that’s what Dennis DeYoung of the Styx band thinks having scored the music for 101 Dalmatians, (Wa Mu Theatre, Madison Square Garden) the musical, which will run for 10 days from April 7. No, there are no 101 of those affectionate mutts, but there are certainly 15 of them.If the name Ivanka Trump stirs vague familiarity, then that’s logical. She’s Donald Trump’s daughter and has launched Ivanka Trump (683A Madison Avenue (between 61 and 62nd Streets), Upper East Side 212-756-9912), set like a plush boudoir and showcasing luxurious jewellery made of diamonds, pearls and black onyx.Must see: Mark Twain will be dead for a 100 years this April. And what better to commemorate the event than by dramatising Tom Sawyer, one of his most lovable creations, an infrequently sly and heroic character, in this new adaptation to stage. The play opens April 7 at Hartford Stage (Company, 50 Church Street, Hartford; 860 527 5151).ChennaiSouthern spiceIt’s called Primal Patterns (Shastrinagar, Adyar) and seems like a strange name for a fitness studio. But it’s not any old fitness centre. It’s creator Shanker Basu, who’s dealt with such names as Anil Kumble and Joshna Chinnappa. Not just exercise but physiotherapy, sports, nutrition and all kind of things go into his regimen.Mind and body stressed out? A spa session is a good idea, or better still try medical aromatherapy at the Apollo Wellness Plus (7/4, Rutland Gate, 5th Street, Nungambakkam; 044 28330300) The session includes whole body rejuvenator, a regimen for joint pain relief, head and foot massage to name a few.A cup of coffee is no longer a tumbler of filter coffee. To be flummoxed by an entire range, go to Illy Coffee (Muffin Tree, Courtyard by Mariott, Teynampet; 044 6676 4488). There are so many varieties with all different kinds of ingredients, so its no longer ‘just’ coffee.Chinese and buffet might seem like a strange juxtaposition, but Lemon Grass (The Raintree Hotel, Alwarpet; 044 4225 2525) demonstrates it is both possible and enjoyable as well. There’s plenty of choice, but try the focus on the dimsums.advertisementDubaiHarbour postIt’s the season of re-inventions and Loca (Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah; 04-3461111), heads the pack, turning itself into a trendy bar with beer flowing. Expect the unusual, such as shrimp tacos with cilantro, though Mexican staples such as rice and beans are as good as ever.At Silk Route (Arabian Courtyard, Bur Dubai; 04-3519111) it’s Thai and Chinese all the way. And even though this is the authentic stuff, there are plenty of choices for vegetarians, which is somewhat of a rarity in speciality restaurants. Try the fish cake, Hokkien noodles, veg fried rice and stir fried tofu.What happens when a group of international artists come together to express all kinds of abrstract art? The answer is at Art Couture Gallery (Dubai Marina; 04 399 4331) where the artists have used mixed media, colours and techniques and their individualism to give expression. On till end April.It’s the ultimate shoppers’ paradise. America’s most loved brand Bloomingdale’s comes to Dubai (The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa) with 200,000 sq ft of shopping space, and the first outside of the USA. It has all the regulars and over 800 brands.DelhiArtist Javier Castaneda captured his vision of the world from 2004 till date with a mobile phone. More than 300 of his works are being highlighted at the exhibition Micrografas sat Instituto Cervantes (Hanuman Road, Connaught Place, 011 43681907) with a collection of over 300 images. The show is on till end AprilThis is your chance to see Maurice Brown performing live on the songs from his latest album The Cycle of Love at India International Centre (Max Mueller Marg, Lodi Estate, near Khan Market) on April 12 at 8p.m. This is the famous album that released on Brown Record. The poignant melodies and powerful personality make for a killer package.last_img read more

Ricky Ponting quits as Australian skipper

first_imgDays after suffering loss to hosts India in the ongoing ICC World Cup match, Ricky Ponting stepped down as the Australian captain on Tuesday.One of the Australia’s most successful captains, Ponting said he took the decision on his own and not because he was forced to. He had been facing a lot of criticism after the quarterfinal defeat to India.Making the announcement of quitting as captain, Ponting said he would be available for both Test matches and ODIs as a specialised batsman. He said this was the right time for another captain to assume responsibility.Ponting said it was unlikely that he would be around when the Ashes takes place in 2013-2014 or the World Cup in 2015.Ponting led Australia to successive World Cup wins in 2003 and 2007. He also became the only Australian captain in more than 100 years to lose three Ashes series against arch-rivals England.Australia’s recent dip in form, failure to defend the World Cup crown this year and Ponting’s own inconsistent show with the bat were the key factors for the big development.last_img read more

Carrier Consolidation Turns Up the Heat on APM Terminals

first_imgzoom The ongoing consolidation of container carriers through acquisitions and alliances continues to exert pressure on terminal operators, according to APM Terminals.Namely, following the formation of THE and Ocean Alliance Maersk’s terminal operator lost some liner services, denting the company’s underlying result of USD 98 million.Fewer liner services and accompanying rate pressure also hurt the company’s revenue that totaled USD 989 million, down from last year’s USD 1.1 billion.The overall overcapacity, as well as continued low import volumes and adverse currency developments in oil dependent markets, were also listed as factors contributing to the company’s poor financial results.APM Terminals posted a loss of USD 100 million in the second quarter of 2017 amid impairments of USD 250 million from some of its financially troubled terminals.However, the company said that volumes were boosted by the slot purchase agreements signed in Q1 with HMM and Hamburg Süd which give them access to certain services on the 2M network.During the quarter, APM Terminals completed 18 agreements for new volume while five existing agreements discontinued during 2017. The port operator also completed the divestment of Pentalver, the UK based provider of container transport, with a gain of USD 35 million.For the remainder of 2017, the port operator believes in the growth recovery in global container traffic.Drewry’s forecast for global port throughput growth is 4.0% for Q2 2017 and 4.1% for the full year 2017, with a positive and higher growth forecast in almost all regions compared to 2016.Drewry’s forecast for global port throughput growth is 4.0% for Q2 2017 and 4.1% for the full year 2017, with a positive and higher growth forecast in almost all regions compared to 2016.Strong improvements are expected in Latin America, where growth is set to increase from negative 1.6% to positive 4.1%, and West Africa with growth forecast up from negative 4.9% to positive 2.0%, the company said.last_img read more