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One element of the QualitySolicitors launch that struck me was the move into shopping centre retail space. Considered alongside the recent research Shopping Around, by Jon Robins at Jures, that move might appear obvious for general practice firms. Legal services are highly profitable, with complex people businesses needing face-to-face contact to work well and – in some legal areas – a high volume of enquiries.The shopping ‘high street’ has moved in most cities; and it could be said that solicitors firms got left behind. Where better to develop a business than in a high ‘footfall’ retail environment? It has been tried before in many forms. Firms, usually by chance, end up with a shop front on a busy retail street. However, in Marketlaw’s collective experience, very few firms have used their position effectively to increase business. Even fewer have reorganised to present a clear retail offering. Saturday and late night opening is another option that, for many reasons, is usually abandoned after a few months. As you’ll be aware, ‘retail’ is a very different business from professional services and both have changed considerably in recent years. One innovation that’s arrived from the US may provide a flexible opportunity to exploit high cost retail space. I recently came across an example of this in a shopping centre with a large supermarket and what are referred to as concourse retail merchandising units (RMUs). Two of them offered legal services, one a will-writing service, the other a full service local solicitors’ firm. While a retail outlet offers a great opportunity to develop a firm, it requires a very different approach to the office-based solicitors’ set-up. It needs well-prepared staff with a robust approach to dealing with the general public. There should be a focus on looking for the right type of client for the firm, using a system of capturing and monitoring enquiry and client details. This would help establish the return on investment and an evaluation of different retail positions. Those working on RMUs also need the ability to deal with general legal ‘chat’, a polite way of dealing with people with protracted legal issues, and an established procedure of where to recommend that people go if your firm can’t help. One thing it can’t be is a short-term effort, tried for a few weeks and given up as too expensive. As applies with Saturday opening, it needs to be run with clear goals over a minimum period of a year to 18 months. That gives it time to be established in the minds of the potential clients. It’s worth remembering that shoppers standing at a Co-op check-out should see a ‘Legal Service’ leaflet in front of them. This could be an opportunity for your firm to take the retail fight to the heart of the modern retail environment.
BRAZIL: ‘This is a favourable moment to change the transport metrics in Brazil’, announced the Governor of São Paulo state José Serra, addressing the opening session of the UIC Highspeed 2008 congress. Emphasising the importance of high-quality infrastructure to support the country’s rapidly-growing economy, he insisted that Brazil needed to focus investment on the transport and energy sectors over the next few years.The virtual disappearance of inter-city passenger services and past failures to invest in the rail network to match economic growth meant that more than 60% of all freight and passenger movement was undertaken by road, he continued. As a result, he claimed, ‘average transport costs in Brazil are 50% higher than in Europe’. Around the big cities the roads are saturated; the 20 million inhabitants in the São Paulo metropolitan area use 6 million cars and 2·2 million lorries.Serra is a strong supporter of plans to develop a high speed line between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. This 520 km route could offer city-to-city journey times comparable with today’s 2 h airline timings. By contrast, he says the best time achievable by road today is 6 h if there are no delays. With more than 6 million passengers a year travelling between the two cities, Serra believes the project could be profitable, and he has commissioned studies for a 90 km extension from São Paulo to Viracopos and Campinas. According to the President of Brazil’s high speed rail association Adtrem, Guilherme Quintella, the standard-gauge airport express line to be built between São Paulo and Guarulhos airport (RG 4.08 p212) is being designed to form part of a future high speed corridor, enabling trains from Rio to reach the city centre.Local investment bank Bndes and the Inter-American Development Bank have commissioned Halcrow to prepare a feasibility study for the Rio – Sao Paulo route, covering both engineering design and a financing and concession structure. Brazilian transport minister Alfredo Nascimento confirmed last month that the government expects to call tenders for the project in the first quarter of 2009, with construction expected to take around five years. The line is likely to be developed as a public-private partnership concession.According to the minister, construction would cost around R$11bn, of which the majority would be raised from the private sector. However, he warned that this is a preliminary figure, and ‘we will only be able to discuss this in more detail following the conclusion of the studies at the end of April’. Serra suggested last month that the extension to Campinas could add around R$500m to the total cost.Nascimento says trains would run at a minimum speed of 285 km/h, giving a journey time of 1 h 25 min between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and 25 min from São Paulo to Campinas. The government had been looking at existing high speed line projects in Germany, Italy and South Korea, but he insisted that the international call for tenders would be open for bidders to propose any suitable technology. ‘The Lula government intends to endow the country with a new structure of transport’, he concluded.In the longer term, a third high speed corridor could also emerge, running south from São Paulo to Curitiba, the principal city in Paraná state. Samuel Gomes, the President of state-owned railway Ferroeste, says a team of consultants has started work on an analysis of alternatives for a 410 km high speed line linking the two cities. He believes that this could also be a profitable venture, given that the corridor is currently used by around 8 million people a year, with typical road journey times of 7 to 10 h, compared to a potential 2 h 30 min by train. Gomes adds that the busy BR116 between the two cities is the second most dangerous road in the country, with more than 1 000 people a year killed or seriously injured. Quite apart from the annual death toll of 50 000, accidents on Brazilian roads cost the country around US$13bn a year, he estimates.
Zimbabwe’s minister of Media, Simon Moyo has spoken highly of China’s foreign policy priorities outlined in the report delivered by CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping at the opening of the 19th National Congress.Moyo highlighted the longstanding relationship between China and Zimbabwe. In his speech, Xi communicated China’s core value of shared peace and respect for the rights of other countries.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPOLICE Officers in Dumfries are appealing for witnesses following an incident on Buccleuch Street Bridge that left a 61 year old man with a fractured thumb.Around 10:15 PM on Saturday 20th April 2019, the victim and his wife were walking across the bridge when they became involved in a confrontation with a man on a bike.The cyclist thereafter assaulted the victim and fled towards Palmerston Café.The suspect is described as being in his 30’s, slim/medium build, short brown hair, wearing a white t-shirt with epaulettes and blue jeans. He was using a grey/black mountain bike.A police Spokesperson staterd “Anyone who was in the area and witnessed the assault or can identify the suspect should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 1808 of 21/04/2019.”
252 Views no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! HAVANA, Cuba, (Associated Press)– Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro delivered a valedictory speech on Tuesday to the Communist Party he put in power a half-century ago, telling party members he would soon die and exhorting them to help his ideas survive.“I’ll be 90 years old soon,” Castro said in his most extensive public appearance in years. “Soon I’ll be like all the others. The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Communists will remain as proof on this planet that if they are worked at with fervor and dignity, they can produce the material and cultural goods that human beings need, and we need to fight without truce to obtain them.”Castro spoke as the government announced that his brother Raul will retain the Cuban Communist Party’s highest post alongside his hardline second-in-command.That announcement and Fidel Castro’s speech together delivered a resounding message that the island’s revolutionary generation will remain in control even as its members age and die, relations with the United States are normalised, and popular dissatisfaction grows over the country’s economic performance.Government news sites said Raul Castro, 84, would remain the party’s first secretary and Jose Ramon Machado Ventura would hold the post of second secretary for at least part of a second five-year term. Castro currently is both president and first secretary. The decision means he could hold a Communist Party position at least as powerful as the presidency even after stepping down from the government post in 2018.Machado Ventura, 85, is known as an enforcer of Communist orthodoxy and voice against some of the country’s biggest recent economic reforms who fought alongside Castro and his brother, revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, to overthrow dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959.Fidel Castro made his rare appearance at the Communist Party congress to rousing shouts of “Fidel!” according to state media that showed a delayed, edited broadcast of the day’s events.Government-run television showed rare images of the 89-year-old leader seated at the dais in Havana’s Convention Palace, dressed in a plaid shirt and sweat top and speaking to the crowd in a strong if occasionally trembling voice, pausing occasionally to consult a written version of his speech.Raul Castro’s decision to remain in power alongside a deputy even he has criticised for rigidity capped a four-day meeting of the Communist Party notable for its secrecy and apparent lack of discussion about substantive new reforms to Cuba’s stagnant centrally planned economy. Even high-ranking government officials had speculated in the weeks leading up the Seventh Party Congress that Machado Ventura could be replaced by a younger face associated with free-market reforms started by Castro himself.The party congress also chose the powerful 15-member Political Bureau, mostly devoid of fresh faces associated with the party’s younger generations. Five members were new but none are high-profile advocates for reform.Esteban Morales, an intellectual and party member who had complained about the secrecy of the congress, said he was gratified by Raul Castro’s decision to submit the guidelines approved by the 1,000 delegates to an ex-post-facto public discussion and approval. He said he expected the first and second secretaries to remain in their positions only until Castro leaves the presidency in 2018, after what Morales called a necessary transition period.A physician by training, Machado Ventura organised a network of rebel field hospitals and clinics in the Sierra Maestra mountains in the 1950s, participating in combat as both a medic and a fighter under Castro in the revolution against Batista. After the revolution he became health minister and later assumed more political roles within the Communist Party. He also sat on the powerful Politburo starting in 1975. NewsPoliticsRegional Fidel Castro tells his country goodbye by: – April 20, 2016 Share Share Share
The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), a leading organization supporting the adoption of next-generation Wi-Fi services across the Wi-Fi ecosystem, has announced the world’s first Wi-Fi 6 Industrial Enterprise and IoT trial, as part of its ongoing Wi-Fi 6 program. Mettis Aerospace, a designer and manufacturer of precision-forged, machined and sub-assembled components for the aerospace and defense industry, will work with WBA members to test several use cases which include multi-stream live video monitoring; real-time energy monitoring; ultra-reliable low latency communications with sensors on critical systems and augmented reality for troubleshooting, on a Wi-Fi 6 network at its 27-acre West Midlands facility. The trial, the first of a series of global trials, will enable the use of augmented reality, real-time monitoring of equipment and a host of other applications in an enterprise network environment designed to digitize Mettis’ production line. The Mettis Aerospace environment is challenging from a connectivity perspective as it has a large area which needs to be covered with industrial radio interference that can disrupt signals. Some applications will require high bandwidth, others low latency and mission-critical applications need clear prioritization for data. Wi-Fi 6 is well-positioned to support the provision of cost-effective enterprise-level connectivity in this industrial environment, to these standards using the latest security capabilities.The West Midlands region, under the leadership of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, was selected to be the UK’s 5G Testbed for manufacturing and security by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. This trial will demonstrate the role that Wi-Fi 6 has to play in the broader 5G ecosystem.The trial is being managed by the WBA and Mettis Aerospace and supported by WBA members including British Telecom, Boingo, Broadcom, BSG Wireless, CableLabs, Cisco, HPE Aruba, and Intel.Click for more information on the WBA Wi-Fi 6 trials.
Stallion had a chance to tie things up early in the second half courtesy of Ilonggo Jan Jesus Melliza from inside the box but his attempt was blocked by Villanueva.The Laguna team tied the scores in the 55th minute as Melliza intercepted the ball from Kaya’s Camelo Tacusalme to slot the ball past the defense of Villanueva.Kaya had two close chances to snatch the advantage but Lopez Mendy’s shot from the edge of the box was halted by the defense and another attempt from him late in the game was just over.It was the fifth and final meeting for the former and current Iloilo-based football clubs, with both teams tallying two wins against each other in their first four encounters./PN Ilonggo Jan Jesus Melliza of Stallion Laguna blocks the streaking Alfred Osei of Kaya Iloilo. PFL MANILA – Kaya Iloilo failed to sustain its early lead and settled for a 1-1 draw with Stallion Laguna in the 2018 Philippines Football League on Sunday at the Biñan Football Stadium in Laguna.Even with the outcome, Kaya remained on second place in the standings with 43 points on a 13-6-4 win-loss-draw slate. Stallion, on the other hand, is on fourth with 35 points on a 12-9-2 record.Both teams had a hard time making decent attempts early in the game until Stallion had a close one in the 29th minute courtesy of Carlo Polli but this was snapped by Kaya’s Nathaniel Villanueva.After a series of misses, Kaya finally entered the scoring column in the 39th minute on a header by Ilonggo Jovin Bedic from a cross by teammate Robert Lopez Mendy.
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Friday night starter Wil Crowe has been named Southeastern Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week.The sophomore right-hander had probably his best outing of the season in a 10-1 victory over Kentucky when he allowed one unearned run on one hit and three walks, while striking out 10 in a seven inning appearance.He owns a 3-1 record with a 2.67 earned run average. He leads the SEC with 41 strikeouts, while only walking 10 in 30 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .221 against him.Crowe is the first Gamecock to win the honor this season. He won the honor twice a year ago and was once named SEC Freshman of the Week.Crowe, Schrock power South Carolina to win in SEC baseball opener