LSB approves new rules for conveyancing referral fees

first_imgSource: ThinkstockThe rule change follows a review by the CLC of its arrangements for the regulation of referral fees, following guidance issued to all frontline regulators by the LSB in 2011.The CLC’s review found there was no justification for a ban on referral fees in conveyancing work, as there was no evidence of detriment to the consumer – a view shared by the LSB and Legal Services Consumer Panel following their own research.Commenting, CLC chair Anna Bradley said: ‘An outright ban on all referral fees that some have called for could not possibly be justified in relation to conveyancing on the evidence.‘We proposed, and the LSB has granted, a proportionate regulatory response in the form of additions to the transparency requirements already in place.’Bradley said the enhanced transparency requirements ‘empower’ the consumer to manage the low level of risk themselves.During its review, the CLC concluded that the biggest threat to the consumer interest posed by referral arrangements was the level and timing of information given to consumers.As a result, it opted to make additions to its disclosure of profits and advantages code, to ensure that referral fees are managed by licensed conveyancers in an open and transparent way.Licensed conveyancers will now have three months to comply with the new arrangements. The Legal Services Board has granted an application by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers to alter the rules on the disclosure of fee sharing and referral arrangements in conveyancing transactions.The rules will require clients to be informed in writing of any fee-sharing agreements with an introducer; referrals will be subject to periodic reviews; clients must be advised that they have a choice of producer, and must be informed of the nature of the arrangements.last_img read more

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CRRC and Sinara sign rolling stock joint venture agreement

first_imgRUSSIA: The chairmen of Russia’s Sinara Group and China’s CRRC Changchun signed an agreement to establish the Sinara-CRRC Rail Transport rolling stock joint venture on July 4, in the presence of national presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping who was on a state visit to Russia.The agreement builds on a memorandum of understanding signed last year which envisages the joint production in Russia of various types of passenger and freight rolling stock, including high speed trainsets capable of speeds over 300 km/h for use on the proposed 770 km Moscow – Kazan high speed line.The Chairman of CRRC Changchun said the company sees Russia as a key market for high speed rail investment, and ‘we are ready for full co-operation, based on the sharing of knowledge, technologies and experience’.last_img read more

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Police Probe Theft of Valuable Caravan – Moffat

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPOLICE SCOTLAND Officers are seeking assistance in the investigation into the theft of a caravan from Moffat on Sunday 12 August 2018. Sometime between 5.35pm and 9pm on Sunday night a Sterling Cruach Ben Lomond caravan was stolen from the driveway of a property on the Old Edinburgh Road in Moffat. The caravan is a 2010 model and valued in the region of £9000.Constable Calum Benson said “we are interested in hearing from anyone in Moffat who may have seen or heard anything suspicious at all on Sunday. In particular we are interested in tracing the two male occupants of a white coloured Ford Ranger which had a 67 registration plate. This vehicle was seen in the area around 5.35pm and again near the scene of the theft at around 6pm. Also, we would like to trace a small white coloured van which may have been in the area shortly after 6pm.“Anyone with any information is asked to call police on the 101 number, and quote the reference 4090 of 12/8.”last_img read more

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Dominican police receives proficient investigator award

first_img Share LocalNews Dominican police receives proficient investigator award by: – January 23, 2014 Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Acting Assistant Superintendent of police, Matthew CuffyMatthew Cuffy, acting assistant superintendent of police, became the first Dominican to be bestowed with the Indictment Award, sponsored by the Embassy of the United States and the British High Commission on Wednesday.The award, bestowed on proficient police investigators within the OECS, was presented to Cuffy by British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Victoria Dean during a short ceremony at the office of the Chief of Police on January 22, 2014.Chief of Police, Daniel Carbon who was present at the ceremony, congratulated Cuffy on his accomplishment. “I’m very much delighted to be selected by the persons of high office…this award is one that is a true manifestation of hard work,” Cuffy said.Cuffy, a 27-year veteran in the field of investigations has distinguished himself as a proficient and industrious investigator having successfully investigated a number of serious crimes in the Commonwealth of Dominica.He explained that the criteria for selection were that of investigative work in terms of crime detection, prosecution and the success at the end of that process.“I think the record speaks for itself in that regard, I’ve always advocated that hard work really pays out and persons who know me can surely concur with me that this is a true manifestation of hard work”.Cuffy, who described the award as “very honourable”, said it should serve as a tool of motivation for his colleagues.“My counterparts can really be encouraged by that, I ask all of them to really take a leaf from my tree in that regard so that they can also be nominated as a candidate for such an award, all it takes is hard work”.He expressed gratitude to the persons who nominated him for the award including Dan Sutter, the United Kingdom’s High Commission Criminal Justice Advisor to the Caribbean region.Cuffy was the lead investigator in the murder of Barbadian national Corey Poleon, 23, between August 31, 2009 and March 18, 2010Sherman Webb of Kingshill, Dominica was found guilty of Poleon’s murder on June 22, 2012 and sentenced to life imprisonmentDominica Vibes News 183 Views   7 commentslast_img read more

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Bruno Savi, Derrick Racine earn ITA national awards

first_imgBruno Savi, Derrick Racine earn ITA national awards Bruno Savi, Derrick Racine earn ITA national awards. (Photo by UWF Athletic Communications) Sharecenter_img   SKILLMAN. N.J. – University of West Florida men’s tennis senior Bruno Savi was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association DII Men’s National Senior Player of the Year and head coach Derrick Racine was named the ITA DII Men’s National Coach of the Year.Savi (Santana do Livramento, Brazil) earned his third consecutive Gulf South Conference Player of the Year award this season after leading West Florida to its third straight conference championship this year. The senior posted a 22-0 record in singles play and retained the ITA No. 1 singles ranking for the entire season.Savi posted nine wins over nationally-ranked opponents including a 6-0, 6-3 win over the No. 3-ranked singles player Juuso Ojanen, from Concordia (N.Y.). He recorded his 150th career victory at the Gulf South Conference Championships, and Savi was an ITA All-American in 2013 and 2012 in both singles and doubles. Savi also won the Division II singles title at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.Derrick Racine, the 2014 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, has led his University of West Florida team to a perfect 24-0 record this season and a third consecutive Gulf South Conference championship. His team is ranked No. 1 in the ITA Division II Team Rankings and senior Savi has been the top-ranked player in the nation all season.Racine’s squad also boasts two other Top 15 singles players and a Top 3 doubles team nationally. The Argonauts have notched 13 wins over nationally-ranked opponents including five wins over top-10 opponents. Racine is a three-time Division II Wilson/ITA Men’s Tennis National Coach of the Year, a two-time national champion and a 10-time Wilson/ITA South Region Coach of the Year.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#    Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Tawarkan Pola Setoran, GoFleet Mudahkan Mitra GoCar yang Tak Punya Mobil

first_img(Liputan6.com) Anda tak punya mobil tapi mau ‘narik’ GoCar? Tenang saja, GoJek baru saja meluncurkan program sewa mobil untuk calon mitra pengemudi yang ingin bergabung dan tak memiliki kendaraan. Prgoram ini merupakan hasil kerja sama dengan PT Solusi Mobilitas Bangsa (SMB) yang merupakan perusahaan patungan PT Astra Internasional Tbk.Baca juga: GoJek ‘Disuntik’ Visa, Grab Jalin Kerja Sama dengan MastercardProgram ini dinamakan GoFleet yang mana diharapkan dengan layanan tersebut juga bisa meningkatkan kesejahteraan sektor informal yang ada. Dirangkum KabarPenumpang.com dari berbagai laman sumber, Presiden Direktur GoFleet Meliza M Rusli mengatakan, GoFleet merupakan kolaborasi otomotif dengan teknologi dimana penggabungan dari GoJek dan pengalaman Astra di industri ini. Tahun 2019 ini, GoFleet dikatakan Meliza akan menyediakan setidaknya seribu kendaraan jenis low multi purpose vehicle atau low MPV Avanza dan Xenia hasil join fee dengan Astra. Nantinya untuk kendaraan serta layanan perbaikan, perwatan dan perlindungan asuransi akan disediakan oleh GoFleet bagi mitra pengemudi yang memiliki kualitas sesuai standar Astra.“GoFleet merupakan wujud nyata dari kemitraan strategis antara Astra dan GoJek yang dimulai sejak investasi kami di Gojek pada Februari 2018,” kata Meliza.Dia menambahkan, nantinya bagi pengemudi yang bergabung dengan GoFleet akan berkesempatan memperoleh penghasilan tambahan dari pemasangan iklan seperti banner atau iklan LED di dalam mobil. Pada tahap awal, GoFleet akan beroperasi di Jabodetabek, namun tidak menutup kemungkinan berkembang ke daerah lain. Meski baru diluncurkan, Gofleet telah beroperasi pada awal Juli. Dengan begitu, calon mitra GoCar tetap bisa mendaftarkna diri meski tidak memiliki kendaraan.Untuk dapat bergabung dengan GoFleet, calon mitra wajib mendaftar sebagai mitra GoCar. Setelah itu, pengemudi mesti mengikuti seleksi administrasi, verifikasi, dan training. Mitra juga diwajibkan membayar commitment fee senilai Rp1,5 juta saat mendaftar.Nantinya, GoJek akan menarik biaya berlangganan senilai Rp1,18 juta per pekan yang akan dibayarkan tiap hari. Artinya, setiap hari pengemudi mesti membayar biaya berlangganan sebesar Rp169 ribu.Presiden Direktur Astra Prijono Sugiarto mengatakan, GoFleet sendiri merupakan wujud nyata dari kemitraan strategis antara Astra dan GoJek yang dimulai sejak investasinya pada Februari 2018 lalu. Pihaknya pun mendukukng penuh adanya upaya kolaborasi ini agar dapat memberikan dampak ekonomi sosial yang semakin luas bagi masyarakat Indonesia.“Hal ini sejalan dengan cita-cita Astra untuk sejahtera bersama bangsa,” ucapnya menambahkan.Sementara pendiri dan CEO GoJek Nadiem Makarim mengatakan, “Kerjasama ini sejalan dengan misi kami untuk terus berinovasi dan mencari cara memberikan kesempatan yang merata bagi masyarakat Indonesia.”Baca juga: ‘Jodohkan’ Pengemudi dan Penumpang, GoJek Hadirkan Sistem Meachine LearningDilihat dari pola setoran yang dikenakan per hari bagi para mitra, menjadikan sistem GoFleet punya kemiripan dengan pola setoran pada bisnis taksi konvensional.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedSebelum Dijual, PCX Electric Milik Astra Akan Diuji Coba Mitra GoJek Jemput Penumpang26/07/2019In “Basis Aplikasi”GoJek Rambah Empat Negara di Asia Tenggara25/05/2018In “Basis Aplikasi”Setelah Rp16 Triliun dari Google, GoJek Kembali Dapat Kucuran Rp2 Triliun dari PT Astra Internasional12/02/2018In “Basis Aplikasi”last_img read more

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Lesnar casts bad light on UFC’s new image

first_img The bad guy: Brock Lesnar’s antics after defeating Frank Mir have given the sport’s image a black eye. | AP PHOTO RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES LAS VEGAS – Brock Lesnar is well on his way to becoming mixed martial arts’ biggest name. As he showed in UFC 100, he’s already its biggest jerk.That’s certainly good news for the UFC’s bottom line, since fans of any sport love to hate a proper villain. It’s not so good for the mainstream image of a sport that publicly claims it wants nothing to do with its heavyweight champion’s pro wrestling-style theatrics in the main event at the league’s landmark event Saturday night.center_img “That’s not who Brock really is, and what he did out there is not real,” UFC president Dana White said after the unflattering end to his league’s otherwise successful weekend in its hometown. “You don’t have to act like someone you’re not. This isn’t the WWE. I’m not trying to get someone to act all crazy so we’ll do more pay-per-views. That’s not what this sport is about.”After being chastened by White, Lesnar quickly regretted his bad-boy behavior during his second-round stoppage of Frank Mir for his first title defense. Although the UFC made more than $5 million at the gate while broadcasting the event in a record 75 countries, the former pro wrestler realized he did some damage to that shaky bridge between MMA’s loyal fans and the skeptical general public that already has trouble separating the UFC from the WWE.“I was so jacked up (because) I’m used to selling pay-per-view tickets,” said Lesnar, who left the WWE several years ago. “I come from a business that is purely entertainment. I screwed up, and I apologize.”In just his fifth MMA fight after a winding athletic path through college wrestling, fake wrestling and the Minnesota Vikings’ training camp, Lesnar first refused to touch gloves with Mir. The hulking 120-kg fighter spent most of the bout’s two rounds on top of Mir, using his weight and wrestling skill to wear down Mir’s defenses, before finishing with a relentless series of right hands to Mir’s face.Lesnar (4-1), who lost to Mir last year, then taunted his fallen opponent while Mir still sat on his stool, his face bloody and swollen. When the Mandalay Bay crowd booed, Lesnar made a two-handed obscene gesture, followed by a rambunctious interview in which he insulted a prominent UFC sponsor and made an off-color comment about his own wife.When Lesnar finally left the octagon, White cornered him in a bathroom for a tongue-lashing that left Lesnar apologetic. Yet it didn’t wipe the grin off his face while he drank a Bud Light, just moments after claiming he preferred Coors Light over the UFC sponsor, “because Bud Light won’t pay me.”“The only thing I had against Frank was that he beat me (last year),” said Lesnar, who turned 32 on Sunday. “We both talked a lot of crap, and in the end, I was just amped up.”That’s slight consolation to White, who claimed he was “blown away” by Lesnar’s antics and poor sportsmanship. The UFC knows it still hasn’t sold its respectable image to a widespread audience, and having a heavyweight champion who can’t control his inner 14-year-old doesn’t help.“Brock is talented,” White said. “He’s accomplished something that nobody has ever accomplished (by winning the title so quickly). Let that speak for you, not what you saw out there. . . . That’s not who he is. I’ve spent time with this guy. He’s a smart guy, but he gets in there, the (energy) starts kicking. The mouth is moving, but the brain isn’t sending stuff to the mouth.” IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Japan awaits news on injured Ono, Sa’u

first_img Brave Blossoms, Eddie Jones, Hitoshi Ono, 2015 Rugby World Cup, Male Sa’u GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Ono saw his 96th appearance for his country cut short at halftime after he strained his left hamstring, while Sa’u injured his right knee midway through the second half.There was good news for Jones and Akihito Yamada though, with the wing on the road to recovery after being stretchered off following a knock to the head.“He is recovering well, though he needs to follow the concussion protocol,” Jones said.Yamada was alert enough after the game, despite losing consciousness on the field, to answer a few questions on the injury and his try.“I lost it for a moment,” he said. “I didn’t think I was on the ground for that long. It was only after everyone told me later that I was out for such a long time.”He did, however, remember his try.“I was pretty sure I would get my chance. It is my first try at a World Cup. I am over the moon,” he said.Jones said he would give his side a fairly easy time of it for the next two days before preparations begin for Japan’s final Pool B game against the United States on Oct. 11.“It would be nice if we had another mini project after the U.S. game,” Jones said referring to the possibility of Japan reaching the last eight, should it win and Samoa beat Scotland on Friday.“But the only thing we can control is the U.S. game. Everything else is out of our control. So we can’t worry about it.” RELATED PHOTOS Japan’s Male Sa’u bursts between two Samoa defenders during their Rugby World Cup match in Milton Keynes, England, on Sunday. | AFP-JIJIcenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KEYWORDS WARWICK, ENGLAND – Japan faces a nervous 24 hours as the Brave Blossoms await the full extent of injuries to Hitoshi Ono and Male Sa’u.“They have gone to hospital to get checked out and we will know tonight,” head coach Eddie Jones said Sunday, the morning after Japan’s 26-5 win over Samoa at the Rugby World Cup.last_img read more

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At last, Naomi Osaka has her moment in the spotlight

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Osaka’s eyes welled up with tears once again during her victory speech, but this time they were of joy, in contrast to the emotions she exhibited as the pro-Williams U.S. Open crowd derided the chair umpire with jeers that spilled over into the trophy presentation following a controversy-filled match.For a while Saturday it looked as if her moment would again be taken away from her, this time through play on the court rather than drama off of it.While returning serve and up 5-3 in the second set, Osaka saw three championship points come and go as Kvitova fought valiantly to extend play at Rod Laver Arena.Osaka’s nerves, steely up until that point, then showed up in a big way as she attempted to serve out the match. Kvitova promptly broke her and steamrolled her way into a third and deciding set.Osaka, seemingly on the verge of tears, quickly left the court for a bathroom break and, evidently, a brief bit of self-therapy.“I just thought to myself that this is my second time playing a final. I can’t really act entitled,” the WTA quoted her as saying following the match. “To be playing against one of the best players in the world, to lose a set (and) suddenly think that I’m so much better than her, that that isn’t a possibility.”Even six months ago, the talented but, at the time, inconsistent Osaka might have crumbled under such circumstances. Rackets would be thrown, eyes would be rolled and screams of frustration would be heard across the stadium grounds. But she and her coach, Sascha Bajin, have gone to great lengths to improve her mental game, an essential part of any champion’s tennis DNA.From the start of their player-coach relationship, Bajin “was very positive and I was really happy about that because I tend to (get) down on myself a lot,” she told the tournament’s official website after the match.The newfound strength between her ears was evident in her third-round contest against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei, a match that nearly brought an early end to Osaka’s Australian Open as she was forced to come back from a set and 4-2 down. And it would have to show itself again if she was going to survive a third set against the two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova.The 21-year-old returned from the brief break looking like the confident player that graced the court for the first set and a half and had her opponent reeling, and nothing like the shell-shocked one who had let the second frame slip away.From that point forward, Osaka again dictated the flow of the match, using her powerful serve to set herself up for easy putaways and blasting returns whenever the strong-serving Kvitova gave her even a tiny window of opportunity.In the third set, Osaka fired a pair of aces and 12 winners to Kvitova’s zero and seven. She also got more aggressive on her second serve, upping her average speed from 130 kph in the second set — where she won a nightmarish 25% of her second serve points — to 141 kph in the third set, good enough to net her 50% of those points.And when it came time to close out the match, the nervy one-time grand slam champion was nowhere to be found. In her place: The world No. 1 and a bonafide superstar. KEYWORDS Australian Open, Petra Kvitova, Naomi Osaka Over four months since her U.S. Open win catapulted her into the realms of tennis’ elite, Naomi Osaka at last got to have a true moment in the spotlight.She was deprived of such a moment in New York in September, her win having been largely marred by a series of tirades by legend Serena Williams against the chair umpire. But there were no boos Saturday night in Melbourne as Osaka solidified her position at the top of women’s tennis with a nail-biting 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 win over the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open final, making her the first Asian woman to top the WTA or ATP singles rankings.center_img RELATED PHOTOS Japan’s Naomi Osaka holds the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at Melbourne’s Brighton Beach on Sunday, following her win over Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. | AP IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Showdown talks – Ricketts set for crucial meeting with absentee Morrison

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Michael Ricketts says that he will be holding talks with former Manchester United and West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison after the England-born player rejected an invitation to represent the Reggae Boyz at the ongoing Concacaf Gold Cup in the United States. The 26-year-old Morrison, who represented England at the youth level, received his Jamaican citizenship over a year ago but is yet to make his debut for the Reggae Boyz after expressing an interest to represent the country at the senior international level. In fact, Morrison did not accept the invitation by head coach Theodore Whitmore for the Concacaf Nations League match against Suriname in November last year, raising doubts at that point about his interest in representing the country. He was then selected as a member of Jamaica’s provisional 40-man squad the Gold Cup tournament, but did not make the final 25-man group for the tournament. Concerned Ricketts told The Gleaner that he is concerned with Morrison’s prolonged absence for the Reggae Boyz set-up and shared that he would be having dialogue with the player in the coming weeks. “I have not spoken to him personally, but I will have to do so very soon,” said Ricketts. “Initially, it was said that he had some injuries and he wasn’t fully recovered and then I was told that he had some issues travelling to the US, but I have not gotten that from him personally,” Ricketts added. “I will try and have a discussion with him myself because the team manager has said to me that he still wants to play for Jamaica, but he needs to sort out these issues,” Ricketts pointed out. The JFF boss underlined that his federation would love to have Morrison in the Reggae Boyz unit and believes that he would certainly help to add some quality to the Jamaican team. “He had shown much interest initially because he came to Jamaica himself, paying his own expenses and he worked with us to get his Jamaican passport,” said Ricketts. “He has a lot of quality, and so we would certainly love to have him here playing for the Reggae Boyz because I believe that he has something to offer to our national team,” he said.Morrison, who has also had troubled stints at Serie A Club Lazio and Queens Park Rangers in the Championship, is reportedly on trial at newly promoted English Premier League side Sheffield United. He has, in the last two years, also played at Atlas in Mexico and Ostersunds in Sweden.last_img read more

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