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Claims firm National Accident Helpline has set up a second alternative business structure.The new ABS – National Law Partners – has been created in partnership with solicitors’ firm Lyons Davidson and will be based in Kettering and Cardiff. It will begin trading next month.Earlier this year, NAH said it planned to take an ownership interest in firms providing legal services and would enter into a joint venture to take a share of profit and play a more ‘proactive role’ in the entire conduct and financing of a case. NAH said at the time that the move would allow it to manage a ’forthcoming period of demand uncertainty’ in the wake of reforms to personal injury.This was followed in July by the news that NAH had set up its first ABS with the creation of Your Law – formed in association with NewLaw solicitors.Simon Trott, NAH managing director, said: ‘We are delighted to have established National Law Partners – our second ABS – with Lyons Davidson, a firm which shares our vision for growth and customer-centred ethical approach. These new ventures will enable us to help more people make it right for them when they go wrong through no fault of their own. At the same time we continue to invest in services for our panel law firms, which remain core to our growth strategy.’Michelle Lennaghan, director of Lyons Davidson, added: ’This new venture will benefit consumers by combining the strengths of NAH and Lyons Davidson in offering high-quality legal advice to consumers.’
Echodyne has now received approval from FCC for widespread deployment of its EchoGuard radar for radio-location and radio-navigation in the United States. The FCC equipment authorization allows the radar to be used throughout the country for ground and airspace surveillance applications that detect and track potential security threats with high accuracy and for ground-based airspace management applications that ensure safe navigation of commercial drone missions.Echodyne’s innovative metamaterials technology and powerful software combine to create Electronically Scanning Array (ESA) radar in a compact, solid-state format at commercial price points for the very first time. The radar has been demonstrating award-winning performance for government, law enforcement, security, and UAS / UTM customers for some time via experimental licenses.With the growing number of troubling drone incursions at airports, stadiums, and other facilities, there is tremendous demand for high-performance radar sensors. Echodyne’s innovative radar technology and software greatly increases the ability for security systems to accurately detect and track drone threats, as well as improves ground tracking of people, vehicles, and vessels. According to Echodyne, the radar outperforms every other radar in its class, is priced for commercial markets, and has proven to be the best mid-range surveillance radar in the market.Features of the high-performance radar include:True electronic beam-steering with market-leading C-SWaP attributesLong-range detection with high reliability and accurate tracking of multiple, concurrent air and ground targetsEasy integration into sensor fusion and security systems for unmatched 3D situational awareness.Click here to view detailed info of the EchoGuard radar for 3D security.
Tianjin Quanjian head coach, Fabio Cannavaro, has revealed that he held talks with Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney, over a possible transfer.Cannavaro says the Chinese Super League club had a “chat” with the England captain, but insists that Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic are higher priorities.He told Tianjin TV: “We did make an approach for Rooney, but it was just chit-chat because he simply doesn’t suit our style of play.“No further discussion was necessary. The truth is we had more frequent contact with Aubameyang.“Unfortunately, our bid was rejected by Borussia Dortmund who said he was needed in this season’s Champions League.“Our prime target is still Kalinic but it’s quite difficult for his club to let him leave at the moment.“Under such circumstances, we are caught in a dilemma. I need to communicate with our managing director.”The England media have reported that Rooney has made up his mind to leave Old Trafford after over 12 years.
The EA Sports have release their official player ratings for FIFA 18, with Real Madrid striker, Cristiano rated above his Barcelona rival, Lionel Messi.Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo occupied the very top of the list, though it’s the Real Madrid man who tops the whole rating with a whopping overall ranking of 94 stats.In comparison, Messi is in second place with overall rating of 93 stats while PSG strike, Neymar is placed in behind the Argentine International on 92.Only one Premier League star has been included in the FIFA 18 top ten, with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard sharing ninth place with Toni Kroos, each boasting a rating of 90 apiece.See full list of top 10:Cristiano RonaldoLionel MessiNeymarLuis SuarezThomas MullerRobert LewandowskiSergio RamosEden HazardToni KroosGonzalo Higuain
As the curtain was pulled back and the ESPNU broadcast began on Friday, commentator Jay Bilas summed up the moment succinctly and accurately.“It’s something we’ve never seen before,” he said.And he was right. While other college basketball teams went about their normal early-season practices, Kentucky once again pulled out its big blue spotlight and shined it directly on itself, like only Kentucky can.It was the first day of coach John Calipari’s Wildcats-only NBA scouting combine. The ESPN commentators sat at a courtside set emblazoned with a UK logo. About 90 NBA scouts and executives sat at courtside tables. And thousands of curious fans around the nation—and surely plenty of recruits—sat in front of televisions and watched the Wildcats practice.For a team that is still a month away from playing a real game, Kentucky has already spent a good portion of this offseason soaking up attention, starting with its nationally televised exhibition tour in the Bahamas. Friday’s production was oh-so-Kentucky, oh-so-Calipari and oh-so-brilliant.“It’s a good way to put another event on the calendar for UK,” one NBA team’s director of scouting said in a text message.The genius is that it serves so many purposes, both obvious and unspoken. Calipari will tell you that it is about his players. He wants them to shine in front of the largest collection of talent evaluators possible.The irony is that after this weekend’s spectacle, Calipari plans to mostly close his practices to NBA personnel. He doesn’t want the distractions. So his players will ultimately be seen by scouts less often than they have in previous Octobers.But when a few NBA types shuffle in and out of the Wildcats’ facility each day, no one really talks about it. No one really broadcasts it. We were all talking about this event.“Duke, Carolina, Arizona, etc., let scouts into nearly all of their practices, and it works out fine,” the NBA scouting director said. “Is not letting scouts into the other 27 practices going to win [UK] more games? No, I don’t think so.”But it’s different, it’s a niche, and it will remind everyone who is in control. When Calipari was interviewed during the broadcast, he spoke indirectly to the scouts who were sitting just a bounce pass away.“You don’t need to be back,” he said. “I gave you everything.”The two-hour practice wasn’t exactly riveting television, but infomercials are rarely riveting television. And make no mistake, this was an infomercial.Interviews with Kentucky personnel were spliced into the practice coverage. There was assistant coach Kenny Payne, there was former UK star Tony Delk, there was the team’s new analytics guru, Joel Justus. And of course, there was Calipari. They were talking to the ESPN crew, but they might as well have been talking to recruits. In an honest moment, Calipari even acknowledged that potential edge.“I’m working on my guys,” he said. “If it helps recruiting, that’s fine. But that’s not why I did it.”Will recruits be impressed by this production? I’d think so. It certainly makes UK look important. No, there’s nothing stopping other schools from mimicking this. But good luck getting ESPN and 90 scouts to show up.Surely, other athletic departments will scramble to enter the fray somehow. Calipari knows this, and on Friday he even took a subtle jab at the competition, diluting it with a bit of self-deprecation.“This will probably get outlawed,” he said of the combine. “All you coaches that think you’re going to start doing this, believe me, since I did it first, it’s outlawed.”The second part of that message, the ‘since I did it first,’ was no accident. This was John Calipari’s idea, his vision, his infomercial, and he wants to be sure no one forgets that, because it’s something we haven’t seen before.Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at 502-582-4372 by email email@example.com and on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach
John P. Johnson/HBO(LOS ANGELES) — HBO has announced that its Emmy-winning hit Curb Your Enthusiasm will return and, as expected, its irascible lead Larry David appears just as excited as you’d expect. “Believe me, I’m as upset about this as you are,” David joked in a statement from the cable network. “One day I can only hope that HBO will come to their senses and grant me the cancellation I so richly deserve.”Amy Gravitt, executive vice president of HBO Programming, noted, “This past season tapped into the zeitgeist in such an uncomfortably delightful way. Larry is already busy writing, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store.”As previously reported, the season finale of Curb ended with a prescient twist of things to come, regarding the COVID-19 epidemic. David’s famously germophobic, naturally social distancing character builds a coffee stand to spite a competitor, only to see his dream go up in a blaze of hand sanitizer.Back in March, Curb Your Enthusiasm producer Jeff Schaffer told The Hollywood Reporter, “Everyone is asking, ‘What would Larry do? What would a season of Curb be like in the time of coronavirus?’ It’s always tricky for us because you don’t want to lock yourself into a time that is hopefully very specific…But…Larry has been practicing social distancing his whole life, so some of the stuff is just innate to him. He has been trying to teach people how to behave that way for years. Maybe now people would finally listen.”By Stephen Iervolino Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Governor Terry Branstad prepares to sign a bill.Lawmakers are aiming to finish the work of the 2017 Iowa legislative session this week, but it will require a flurry of votes in the House and Senate.A series of bills outlining more than $7.2 billion in spending for the next state budgeting year have been drafted, but none have reached Governor Terry Branstad’s desk yet.“I think it’s going to be a very productive session, under difficult circumstances,” Branstad told reporters late last week.Lower-than-expected state tax revenue already prompted a round of cuts to the current year’s state budget. An updated and even more depressed report on revenue in March forced Branstad to recalculate his plan for the next state budget. Republican lawmakers have decided to go even lower than Branstad, by about $38 million.“I think the legislature has been working diligently and a number of significant improvements in our public policy are being made,” Branstad said.Policy-related bills that are already law have dramatically changed Iowa’s collective bargaining law and the system for compensating injured workers. The GOP has control of the legislature’s debate agenda, since Republicans outnumber Democrats in both the House and Senate. Senator Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, blasts the GOP spending plan for closing some state parks and likely causing tuition hikes at the state universities and community colleges.“As this Republican budget sees the light of day, it cuts vital services to all Iowans,” Bolkcom said during a speech on the Senate floor last Thursday.Bolkcom said the problem is all the “giveaways” promised to businesses in the form of tax credits — not just reducing taxes, but in some cases, prompting the State of Iowa to write checks to businesses that get more credits than they owe in taxes.“The 99 percent, they’re paying for all these giveaways,” Bolkcom said, “and here we are, balancing the budget on their backs.”A bill still pending in the state senate would let doctors prescribe marijuana as treatment for a number of chronic and debilitating conditions, but Republican House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake said the bill is “pretty broad” and House members would prefer something “more limited.”“Happy to work on it. Happy to have a bill that is helpful to people,” Upmeyer told reporters last week. “But we’ve got to be able to have a bill that we also have enough support for to make work.”Upmeyer said, at a minimum, legislators will at least extend the current state law that decriminalized possession of cannabis oil as treatment for chronic epilepsy. That law is set to expire July 1.Share this:FacebookTwitter
Related Emily Walsh(JUPITER, Fla.) — One baby boy got the ultimate “something borrowed.”Little Bennett Sexton’s baptism outfit was made from his mom’s wedding gown.(To see more pictures of the gown – before and after the transformation – click here.)“My husband and I got married on Nov. 27, 2010. It was our sacrament of marriage so I wanted a way to incorporate it with our first child on his special day,” Shayna Sexton, of Jupiter, Florida, told ABC News.“It’s his baptism welcoming him into God’s family and this was his sacrament, so I wanted a way to tie it all together. I couldn’t think of a better way to use it in the future.”Sexton’s friend, Emily Walsh, an amateur seamstress with surprising talent, spent a month turning the dress into the precious outfit. She said one of her biggest concerns was making sure she didn’t run out of the bridal fabric.“I didn’t want to have to get something that was a different color,” she explained. “I had to measure everything perfectly because I couldn’t get any more, obviously. If I messed up, she’d lose her wedding dress and there’d be no baptism outfit. The hardest part was taking it apart very gingerly and then cutting it just perfectly. I have just a few inches of the fabric left.”Fortunately, the repurposed outfit turned out perfectly. The beautiful lace embellishments on the wedding gown’s train was incorporated into the tiny baptism vest.The bonnet also incorporated special features from the gown.“Our baby is so special to us,” Sexton said of her and her husband. “And obviously our wedding was so special, and he’s a new member of our family and it was a way to have him as an extension of our family and God’s family. It’s really hard for me to put into words. It fills my heart with such happiness to have him here with us. His birth was a humongous day for us, and his baptism was a humongous celebration for us, and so was our wedding, and it was like bringing our wedding back full circle for our baby.”She absolutely plans to use the baptism outfit for their future children, too.“Emily is so ridiculously talented and I am blessed to have her as a friend,” said the proud mother. “Having her make my dress into my son’s baptism outfit was so special because my dress was a representation of the love my husband and I share and a reminder of our wedding day six years ago. It was amazing to have my son’s baptismal gown made from my dress because he is a reflection of our love for each other and for him.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
Related iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In his first overseas trip as vice president, Mike Pence is re-assuring European allies that America will honor its security commitments and has “strong support” for NATO.As recently as January, in an interview with The Times of London, then-President-elect Donald Trump repeated his view that NATO is “obsolete,” raising doubts about whether the United States, under his leadership, would jump to the defense of its NATO allies in Europe if Russia attacked them.“I said a long time ago that NATO had problems. Number one it was obsolete, because it was designed many, many years ago. Number two the countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to pay,” Trump said. “I took such heat, when I said NATO was obsolete. It’s obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror. I took a lot of heat for two days. And then they started saying Trump is right.”In July, when specifically asked in an interview with The New York Times about his views of Russia, Trump said that if it attacked some of the small Baltic states, which are the most recent members of NATO, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing whether those nations “have fulfilled their obligations to us.”Now, the vice president is assuaging European fears with a new message, saying Monday in Brussels, “It is my privilege here at NATO headquarters to express the strong support of President Trump and the United States of America to NATO and our transatlantic alliance.”“This alliance plays a crucial role in promoting peace and prosperity in the north Atlantic and frankly in the entire world,” he added.Pence’s reassuring words come after Defense Secretary James Mattis also affirmed “the full U.S. commitment to NATO” during his meetings in Brussels last week.One European official isn’t letting the new administration forget President Trump’s criticisms of NATO.European Union Council President Donald Turk said Monday that “too many new and sometimes surprising opinions have been voiced over this time about our relations — and our common security — for us to pretend that everything is as it used to be.”“We are counting as always in the past on the United States’ wholehearted and unequivocal — let me repeat, unequivocal — support for the idea of a united Europe,” Tusk said. “The world would be a decidedly worse place if Europe were not united.”“The idea of NATO is not obsolete, just like the values which lie at its foundation are not obsolete,” he added.So, what exactly is NATO? ABC News breaks down the organization’s history, importance and criticisms below:What is NATO?NATO stands for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a security alliance established in 1949 during the early days of the Cold War to counter Soviet aggression in Europe.Now numbering 28 countries in Europe and North America, the alliance’s goal is to “safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means,” NATO’s website reads.The organization promotes “democratic values” and encourages member nations to work together on issues of defense and security to prevent long-term conflict.When security disputes occur, NATO advocates peaceful resolutions. But there are guidelines for how military force can be used, outlined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, the founding treaty of NATO.NATO adheres to a policy of collective defense, meaning an attack on one member is considered “an attack against all.” The policy is outlined in Article 5 and has only been invoked once, after the Twin Towers in New York City were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and NATO members sent troops to Afghanistan.After the Taliban fell, a United Nations Security Council resolution established the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), under NATO’s control, to stabilize the country. There were 1,044 non-U.S. NATO service members killed fighting in Afghanistan.How does NATO work?Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, each member nation is represented by an ambassador that sits on the North Atlantic Council (NAC), the alliance’s political decision-making body. The NAC meets at least once a week and is chaired by Secretary General Stoltenberg, the former prime minister of Norway.When political decisions require the military, NATO’s Military Committee is involved in the planning and resourcing of military elements needed for an operation. While NATO has few permanent military forces, member nations can voluntarily contribute forces when the need arises.The Military Committee is made up of the Chiefs of Defense of NATO-member countries; the International Military Staff, the Military Committee’s executive body; and the military command structure, composed of Allied Command Operations and Allied Command Transformation.Where is NATO operating right now?Currently, NATO’s website lists five active operations and missions: Afghanistan, Kosovo, counter-piracy off of East Africa, monitoring the Mediterranean, and supporting the African Union.Who pays for NATO?NATO recommends that member countries spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defense.Currently, only five members meet that goal: the United States, Great Britain, Greece, Estonia and Poland.In January’s interview with The Times, Trump mentioned the five, saying, “There’s five countries that are paying what they’re supposed to. Five. It’s not much.”Latvia and Lithuania are two Baltic states that don’t meet the target, but those countries are likely to raise their defense spending in the face of growing Russian aggression.On Monday, Vice President Pence repeated Trump’s desire for all NATO members to pay their fair share, telling nations who don’t have a plan to increase their defense spending to “get one.”Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s Secretary General, emphasized in his remarks on Monday that, in 2016, defense spending increased in Europe and Canada by 3.8 percent in real terms, or 10 billion U.S. dollars.“We still have a long way to go,” Stoltenberg admitted.What is the history behind its origin?The North Atlantic Treaty was signed April 4, 1949, in the aftermath of World War II and rising geopolitical tension with the Soviet Union.NATO’s website lists three purposes for its creation: “deterring Soviet expansionism, forbidding the revival of nationalist militarism in Europe through a strong North American presence on the continent, and encouraging European political integration.”As the Cold War settled in, NATO stood in opposition to the Soviet bloc, communist nations that allied with the Soviet Union.In 1991, after the Soviet Union dissolved, NATO developed partnerships with former adversaries.NATO responded to its first major crisis response operation in 1995 in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the Bosnian civil war.More recently, NATO responded to the Libyan crisis in 2011 by carrying out airstrikes to protect civilians under attack by the Gaddafi regime.Is Trump alone in his criticism of NATO?No. Trump isn’t the first to criticize other NATO members for contributing less than the United States.In 2011, Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the future of NATO “dim” if other nations didn’t increase their participation in allied activities.“The blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the U.S. Congress — and in the American body politic writ large — to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense,” he said.It should be noted that Gates made these comments prior to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and escalating regional tension there.NATO’s history is fraught with waves of criticism, often in moments of relative peace. After the fall of the Soviet Union, critics alleged that a European alliance was no longer necessary to counter communist governments. But militant nationalism was still occurring and soon NATO was put to the test with the Balkan Wars. Indeed, changing security threats have consistently pushed NATO to evolve over the past 60 years.But NATO’s website perhaps provides the best defense of itself:“Since its founding in 1949, the transatlantic Alliance’s flexibility, embedded in its original Treaty, has allowed it to suit the different requirements of different times. In the 1950s, the Alliance was a purely defensive organization. In the 1960s, NATO became a political instrument for détente. In the 1990s, the Alliance was a tool for the stabilization of Eastern Europe and Central Asia through the incorporation of new Partners and Allies. Now NATO has a new mission: extending peace through the strategic projection of security.”“This is not a mission of choice, but of necessity. The Allies neither invented nor desired it. Events themselves have forced this mission upon them. Nation-state failure and violent extremism may well be the defining threats of the first half of the 21st century. Only a vigorously coordinated international response can address them. This is our common challenge. As the foundation stone of transatlantic peace, NATO must be ready to meet it.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico