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first_imgSix former partners at international firms have today announced the creation of a new global practice dedicated to arbitration.Three Crowns will have offices in London, Washington and Paris and will focus on international commercial clients.The firm is led by former Freshfields arbitration lawyers Jan Paulsson, Constantine Partasides (pictured) and Georgios Petrochilos, former Jones Day partner Luke Sobota, former Covington & Burling co-chair Gaetan Verhoosel and former Sherman & Sterling partner Todd Wetmore.The new firm promises partner ‘hands-on involvement’ throughout the arbitration process, as well as ‘lean staffing and flexibility in pricing’.Barristers, academic consultants, and ad hoc professionals will be called upon as needed for the needs of each specific case.Paulsson said: ‘International disputes call for specialist, focused advice and advocacy. We are confident clients will be attracted to this model, which ensures they will have direct access to a senior team.  ‘Our new business structure avoids issues inherent to larger firms and brings highly experienced, well-respected names to the specialised field of international arbitration.’Arbitration is increasingly being seen as a worthwhile form of dispute resolution as the nature of commercial transactions and investment become more international.Proponents of arbitration say businesses prefer it to court litigation because of its finality, enforceability and procedural flexibility.last_img read more

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first_imgJustice minister Shailesh Vara has assured MPs that the government’s heroism bill will not give immunity from civil liability for those causing injury through negligence.Vara came under repeated attack from both Conservative and Labour MPs yesterday during the third reading of the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Public Bill in the commons.The legislation seeks to change the court’s attitude to deciding liability for lifesavers, voluntary groups and responsible business owners. It amends the wording of current laws so the court ‘must’ – rather than ‘may’ – have regard to whether the alleged negligence or breach of statutory duty occurred when the person was acting ‘for the benefit of society’.Vara was urged to define what is meant by the phrase ‘a generally responsible approach’ in deciding liability.He said: ‘The bill will help all those hard-working individuals, organisations and small businesses who do the right thing and adopt a responsible approach towards the safety of others in the course of an activity by ensuring that that is taken into account by the court in the event of a claim.‘It will help to discourage speculative and opportunistic claims, and give confidence to responsible employers—and others—to resist them.’Vara acknowledged that the legislation has been criticised by the legal profession but added that ‘this is not a bill aimed at pleasing lawyers’.The minister stressed that judges will still have discretion to decide the merits of cases and said it was wrong to give hypothetical examples of how the bill would work in practice.He did, however, outline a case in which the Cheshire fire service had been subject to legal action by someone who tripped over a hose – albeit Vara did not know if the case was successful.‘I do not know the outcome, but the fact that those people took legal action in the first place is the issue,’ he added.Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan said the bill will ‘change little’ and was the wrong priority for the Ministry of Justice.‘He got his favourable media hit, and the rest is irrelevant,’ said Khan. ‘This treats the House with utter disrespect. Precious legislative time that could have gone on meaningful measures to change people’s lives for the better has been wasted.’The bill came under particularly unfavourable scrutiny from former solicitor general Sir Edward Garnier QC (pictured), a Conservative MP.He added: ‘Between now and the bill’s arrival in the other place, I urge ministers and the very bright lawyers and policy assistants at the MoJ to have another think about it. At the moment, it is a silly bill.’last_img read more

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first_imgbrandpointcontent.com Going outside? Follow these tips to protect your faceIt’s time to embrace the pleasures of summer: long vacations, poolside lounging, and al fresco dining with great views. While soaking up the sun can be fun, it can also pose significant risk for your skin. According to research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the majority of Americans are not regularly using sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays.More than half of women are not using sunscreen regularly on their faces, one of the most exposed areas of the skin, according to the Melanoma Research Alliance.Besides the fact that the sun’s UV rays can prematurely age your skin, exposure can also lead to melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, and one of the most common cancers in young adults, especially young women.“Wearing sunscreen every day is one of the most important steps you can take to help protect your skin and prevent melanoma.  Applying a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher every day can help keep your skin healthy looking and beautiful at any age,” says Dr. Rocio Rivera, L’Oréal Paris director of scientific communications.As your hours in the sun increase this season, here are a few tips to help keep your skin protected – minimizing your risk and maximizing your fun.Protect your face. When you’re going to spend time outside, apply a broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher to any exposed skin, even on a cloudy day. “It is important to apply and re-apply broad spectrum SPF sunscreen daily and every two hours if you are swimming or sweating to ensure proper continuous protection,” says Dr. Rivera.  Also, incorporating skincare products formulated with broad spectrum SPF like Revitalift Bright Reveal Day Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 from L’Oréal Paris is a cinch and ensures your skin is hydrated and protected.Consider a faux tan.If you are not a sun person, don’t worry. There are many self-tanning options that can help you get a natural-looking glow without baking in the sun or under the lights of a tanning bed. Try a wash-off bronzer or a self-tanning serum that can be mixed with your favorite SPF moisturizer.  But always remember to apply SPF even if you are going faux.Don’t forget eyes, ears, lips and hands.Every part of your body that’s exposed to the sun needs protection, so don’t forget to wear lip balm with SPF and apply broad spectrum sunscreen to your ears. Along with being a chic summer accessory, sunglasses are a must for shielding your eyes from the sun. Some research shows that exposure to UV rays can damage your eyes, according to the organization Prevent Blindness.Wear a hat.A wide-brimmed hat is a classic summer look for good reason: it will block about half of UV rays. Since harmful rays can still bounce off surfaces, it’s important to think of a hat as additional protection, not a substitute for sunscreen.Apply, reapply and repeat. After a couple hours, the protection in sunscreen starts wearing off, even if you’re not doing anything athletic. Set a timer reminding yourself to reapply, especially if you are swimming or sweating.This summer, don’t take a vacation from sun protection for your skin.Since 2013, L’Oréal Skin Expert Paris has donated $750,000 to the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) to support the fight to prevent melanoma. For the next three years, L’Oréal Skin Expert Paris will continue supporting the MRA by donating $250,000 a year to this worthy organization. In addition to obtaining a “healthy looking glow” through Sublime Bronze products, remember to wear a broad spectrum SPF each day to help keep your skin beautiful at every age and help prevent melanoma. To learn more about the cause, visit www.itsthatworthit.org.last_img read more

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first_imgBanyak yang mengiri anjing itu menunggu dan mencari pemilik yang telah meninggalkannya di stasiun sebelum berangkat dengan kereta api. Diketahui, aktivitas anjing ini telah tertangkap kamera CCTV sejak 2 Januari 2018 dan setiap jam 11 malam anjing itu berada di peron 1 dan menatap kereta yang menuju Kalyan.Anjing tanpa pemilik ini setiap malam ketika kereta pukul 11 tersebut berhenti di stasiun, dia mencari-cari seseorang. Penumpang kereta lain yang sering memperhatikan anjing tersebut beranggapan pemiliknya seorang wanita, karena selalu menunggu di gerbong wanita tersebut.Karena perlakuan yang aneh ini, kemudian penduduk setempat, Sameer Thorat memvideokan perlakuan anjing tersebut kemudian mengunggahnya ke sosial media dan menjadi viral. “Cara menunggu kereta larut malam dan anjing itu mengintip ke gerbong wanita, seperti sedang mencari orang tertentu yang memberinya makan secara teratur atau meninggalkannya,” ujar Thorat.Tak hanya itu, pemandangan yang terjadi setiap hari, membuat penduduk setempat atau penumpang kereta iba dan memberi makan induk anjing serta empat anaknya tersebut. Beberapa penumpang juga ada yang menyebutkan kemungkinan pemilik anjing tersebut seorang wanita yang tidak lagi bisa merawatnya.Baca juga: Karena Sapi Dianggap Suci, Penumpang Rela Turun dari KeretaTetapi juga yang mengatakan anjing tersebut menunggu seseorang yang biasa memberinya makanan. Sourav Verma yang sering memberi makan anjing tersebut mengatakan, dirinya dan anjing tersebut sudah menjadi teman serta sering bermain dengan anak-anaknya.“Saya mencari orang yang akan mengadopsi mereka setelah ada prosedur yang jelas,” tambah Verma.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedBosan Dengan Tampilan Google Street View? Coba Google Dog’s View!13/03/2018In “Basis Aplikasi”Anjing Lucu Berperilaku Penumpang Bus, Bikin Gemas Sang Pengemudi15/04/2019In “Bus dalam kota”Kereta Ikonik ”Katak Hijau” Dipindah ke Tempat Kelahiran Hachiko11/08/2020In “Darat” Aning menunggu pemiliknya di stasiun (Mirror.co.uk) Bila di Jepang ada cerita tentang Hachiko, seekor anjing yang menunggu tuannya turun dari kereta hingga mati di stasiun. Di India baru-baru ini ada seekor anjing yang setiap malam berdiri di atas peron yang sama di depan kereta komuter yang sama.Baca juga: Halau Rusa di Jalur Kereta, Peneliti Jepang Pasang Klakson Suara Anjing Melolong di LokomotifKabarPenumpang.com melansir dari laman dailymail.co.uk (25/2/2018), anjing betina ini memiliki empat anak dan tampak menunggu seseorang saat menatap penuh harap pada kereta api yang tiba setiap malam di stasiun Kanjurmarg, Mumbai, India. Penumpang yang berada di stasiun tersebut pun tidak ada yang tahu kenapa anjing tersebut melakukan hal itu.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A LifeMed helicopter was reportedly grounded in a North Sterling Field this morning due to inclement weather. Passing motorists may have seen the chopper, which landed around 4:30am this morning. There were reportedly no patients on board and no medical emergency. Pilots decided to land and wait for visibility to improve. The crews were retrieved and returned to Soldotna while the helicopter was left to wait out the wintry conditions.last_img

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: David Warner created history on day 2 of the Pink Ball Test between Australia and Pakistan in Adelaide as he smashed his maiden triple century. Warner, who had managed just 95 runs in the five Ashes Tests in England, roared back to form in grand style with a magnificent century in the first Test in Brisbane as Australia won the match by an innings and five runs. In the second Test, Warner looked in total command and punished the Pakistan bowlers as he continued his purple patch against them. When Warner drilled Mohammad Abbas straight down the ground, the right-hander entered a special club of batsmen who have scored triple centuries in Tests. In the course of his knock, Warner smashed plenty of records.This was the first time that a batsman had scored a triple century at the Adelaide Oval. The previous best was an unbeaten 299* by Sir Don Bradman against South Africa in 1932. Warner also became the second Australian to score a triple century in Tests in Australia after Matthew Hayden smashed 380 during the Perth Test against Zimbabwe in 2003. The left-hander also became the second Australian player after Mark Taylor to hit a triple ton against Pakistan. Mark Taylor had smashed 334 in 1998 at Peshawar.Warner also became the fourth batsmen to hit a triple ton against Pakistan in Tests. Sir Garfield Sobers of the West Indies was the first to smash a triple century when he hit an unbeaten 365 in the 1958 Test at Sabina Park. Taylor was the second while India’s Virender Sehwag blasted 309 during the 2004 Test at Multan. Warner is also the seventh Australian to smash a triple century in Tests. Bradman has two triple tons while the other Australian players to achieve this feat are Bob Simpson, Bob Cowper, Taylor, Hayden and Michael Clarke.When Warner blasted a six and a four off Mohammad Abbas, he went past Azhar Ali’s tally of 302* which was the previous highest score in a Day-Night Test. Azhar, the current skipper of the Pakistan cricket team, had achieved this feat during the Pink Ball Test against the West Indies in Dubai in 2016. Warner continued to notch up milestones and he went past Taylor and Bradman to finish with an unbeaten 335 as Australia declared on 589/3, which is the highest score in Pink Ball Tests.Warner reached his fifty on day 1 in streaky style when an overthrow resulted in six runs. Labuschagne notched up his half century with a couple of boundaries off Musa and Yasir Shah as Pakistan struggled. After the dinner break, Warner continued to find the boundary on a regular basis and he reached his century with a tap to backward point. Along with Warner, Labuschagne also grew in confidence and he neared his century with two boundaries off Musa, who was having a nightmare debut. Labuschagne entered the 90s with a couple of fours off Yasir Shah and he reached his landmark by working a legbreak to midwicket for a couple.Also Read | David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne Tons Decimate Pakistan In Pink Ball TestOn day 2, Warner was caught off the bowling of Muhammad Musa but once again, the debutant pacer overstepped and just like Naseem Shah in the Brisbane Test, he was robbed off a maiden wicket due to a no-ball. Warner continued his dominance and despite some streaky edges, he did not give Pakistan a chance to build pressure and he calmly went past each and every landmark in style. Thanks to Warner’s historic triple, Australia are now on the cusp of yet another whitewash of Pakistan and this knock has also banished the ghosts of the Ashes in grand style.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Guyana table tennis community has reacted in shock, sadness and disbelief to the sudden untimely passing of one of Trinidad and Tobago’s greatest table tennis players, Dexter St Louis, who passed away last Thursday in Bordeaux, France where he lived for over two decades. Record holder for the most national men’s singles titles, Sydney Christophe, who is based in the United States of America (USA) said he was saddened to learn of St Louis’s untimely passing.He was just 51.“First of all I would like to extend sincere condolences to the family of the late Dexter St. Louis,” said Christophe, who like St Louis is a southpaw and a former Caribbean men’s singles champion. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 3Sydney ChristopheAndrew DalyIdi Lewis, with Rheann Chung, former Caribbean women’s singles champion and Dexter St Louis’ stepdaughter. “I am deeply saddened to learn of his sudden passing in France,” Christophe told Stabroek Sport, adding…”Dexter will be remember for his strong fighting spirit. “Only last year,  St Louis, who has had several run ins with the Trinidad and Tobago Table tennis Federation over the years, sought the intervention  of the Trinidad  and Tobago Olympic Committee after he was bypassed for selection on the team for the CAC games in Colombia.“His courage and determination was exemplified over the years in the many battles he fought on and off the table, which allowed his country, opponents and teammates to label him among the greatest table tennis players ever in the Caribbean, “said Christophe.“To me he will fondly be remembered as a friend who was willing to share much that he knew about the sport. Rest in Peace Dexter. “May the pleasant memories he gave us all comfort the lives of his relatives during this difficult time.Another southpaw and former Caribbean junior boys champion Idi Lewis said he too was shocked to hear of St Louis’ passing.“I’m extremely saddened and shocked to hear of his passing. He was definitely someone that I was inspired by seeing we both came up under similar conditions and he was able to make it to the highest stages of table tennis. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family especially his daughter Rheann who I’ve shared a close friendship with over the years,” said Lewis. Andrew Daly, former national player and currently the senior vice-president of the Guyana Table Tennis Association said it was sad to hear of the passing of the table tennis stalwart.“It is indeed sad to hear of the passing of a Caribbean stalwart. He’ll surely be missed by the Caribbean table tennis fraternity.“As senior vice president of the Guyana Table tennis Association, I would like to express the sympathy of the GTTA and my own family. May his soul rest in peace,” said Daly. To fans of table tennis St Louis was no stranger, but a likeable, loveable individual. And though he might have won most of his battles against Guyanese table tennis players following his sojourn in France, two defeats, by Godfrey-Perry Leacock and Matthew Khan, probably rankled the most. He had burst upon the table tennis scene at the 1983 Caribbean championships held in Guyana at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall and was part of a young brigade of players such as Ludlow ` The Admiral’ Bailey, Sharon Becca, daughter of the late Jamaica Gleaner Sports Editor, Tony Becca and Julie Armstrong.Going from strength to strength, he was one of the favourites to win the 1989 men’s singles title at the championships held in Curacao, but was eliminated easily by Cuba’s Raoul Bettancourt, who neutralized St Louis’ much vaunted power loops by playing the ball close to the net.“The table will be this small tomorrow,” Bettancourt had predicted on the eve of his match against St Louis.Upset by the defeat St Louis took up residence in France and from there his career took off even though he was only playing semi-professionally at the time. At the 19996 Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia USA, St Louis, Michael Hyatt and Keith Evans of Jamaica were the Caribbean representatives.St Louis placed fourth in his group losing to Sweden’s Jorgen Persson, Brazil’s Hugo Hoyama and Kim Song Hui of North Korea.He was to qualify for yet another Olympic Games in sensational fashion winning four straight points to eliminate Marcos Madrid of Mexico in a seven-game thriller at the qualifiers in the Dominican Republic in April of 2008 and book his ticket to Beijing.  St Louis was to win the last of his five Caribbean men’s singles title in 2013 at the 55th annual championships in St Lucia and following his triumph he promptly ripped off his shirt.He later told Stabroek Sports that the win was his most satisfying simply because there was a campaign waged against himself and his stepdaughter Rheann Chung to stop them from playing.“There were emails left, right and centre to sort of stop me from playing because I live in France and they probably had to spend US$2500 for me and Rheann plane tickets,” he explained. Dexter St Louis, a colossus in table tennis regionally, is no more. Let’s hope that he finds peace wherever he is at and that there are no more battles to be waged in the interest of fair play and team selection.Rest in Peace Dexter! You will be greatly missed.last_img

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first_imgFinally, in the 35th year of his managerial career, Arsene Wenger broke a contract. It was always a great source of personal pride that he had always previously honoured them, even though – as he rarely failed to mention – during the peak years, there had been plenty of offers. And so in one small and irrevocable act, the Wenger era at Arsenal came to a shuddering halt. He could refuse Madrid and Manchester United, the lure of England and the riches of the Gulf. But he couldn’t refuse time.The question of what Wenger does now is shrouded in uncertainty, and not a little trepidation. This is, after all, a man with few material interests beyond football: no horses or wine collection, no burgeoning property empire or hotel/bar sideline. All he had, he gave to Arsenal. And given that he was occasionally disposed to equating retirement with death, one assumes he will continue to graft, somehow, in some capacity.But perhaps, when the curtain finally comes down on his 22 years, he will grant the one luxury he has never before afforded himself: a backward glance.For Wenger the manager, the past held only ghosts and guilt, anxieties and distractions, resentments and irrelevances. Maybe when he finally takes stock, he will also see the glories and triumphs, the art and the science, the hairs raised and the trophies lifted (even if he rarely, if ever, bothered to keep his medals).For Wenger the man, English football was his natural home. It was a logical progression from the impetuous, brooding young coach that French football got to know in the 1980s, through the sage and respectful sensei of Japanese football in the 1990s. English football gave him the emotional tools to explore the full extent of his talents. “It’s the country of the heart,” he said in a 2015 interview. “It is not afraid of emotion. We [the French] pollute our emotions because of our Cartesian spirit. We don’t know how to love without limits. The English know how to lose themselves in emotions.”And so, in a league without fetters, Wenger would play football without compromise. In a game transfixed by dominant personalities, Wenger would become one of the most dominant of them all. In a nation in thrall to Blairism, Wenger would be intensely relaxed about making his players obscenely rich as long as they remembered their responsibilities. Ever the innkeeper’s son, ever the economics graduate, he trusted innately in the virtue of the market, and in his own intrinsic worth.Perhaps this is what cost him so dearly in the end, as the wealth, first of Roman Abramovich at Chelsea, and later Abu Dhabi and Qatar, began to warp the concrete certainties that Wenger had taken as an article of faith. For too long Wenger abided by the traditional rules of the market – balancing the books, avoiding debt, investing in infrastructure – when all the impulses of football were charging in the opposite direction.For too long he trusted in the sanctity of the game, which is why he was so grievously afflicted by the dereliction of Financial Fair Play, the rise of the footballer-as-brand, the shadowy spectres of doping and match-fixing, which he always suspected were more prevalent than people were prepared to admit. In the end, Wenger was undone by his simple optimism. We should all reflect on what that says about our beloved sport.And yet these are the same reasons why, you suspect, history will remember Wenger kindly. Not so much for the silverware or the sports science, the Invincibles or the Insufferables, the pasta or the press conference quips, the built-in excuses or the big coat, but that simple optimism. Above all, what Wenger recognised was that football could be more. More than a job. More than a game. More than numbers on a scoreboard, more than a simple ledger of who won and who lost, league tables and net spends. Wenger believed that in the right hands, football could be art. Football could be beauty. Football could be religion and football could be celebration. Football could build you a house and give you a family. Football was honesty and humility and a whole greater than the sum of its parts.And more than that: unless football was all these things, it was nothing at all. Football was worthless unless it touched all the emotions: joy, sadness, longing, despair, boredom, faith, hope and love.“My love and support for ever,” Wenger wrote in his closing remarks, and of the 105 immaculately efficient words in his statement, these were by far the most devastating.Football will carry on without Arsene Wenger. Wenger may even, just about, carry on without football. But already the game feels somehow a little colder, a little less pure, a little less loving, than it did yesterday. And let that be his legacy. The game has lost not just a great mind, but a true believer.Relatedlast_img read more

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