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Law Society Council member Derek French withdrew his motion proposing to allow barristers and legal executives to become members of the Law Society, at the Society’s council last week. However, French said the Society’s Membership Board has agreed to prepare a paper on the issue, which will be put before the council for discussion by next May at the latest. French said he had not dropped his plans to push for other lawyers who are not solicitors to be able to gain Law Society membership. However, he said he accepted that the proposal was more likely to be accepted by council, if council members had had the opportunity to read a ‘fully thought through’ paper on the subject by the board before making a decision. French said he had received a ‘mixed reaction’ to his proposal from colleagues on council, but that many senior council members were in favour of it. He said the board had assured him that it would prepare a discussion paper on the possibility of widening Law Society membership to other lawyers, and this would be put before council either in April or May, so that a decision could be made in time for the Law Society’s Annual General Meeting in July. French added that if this did not occur, he would resubmit his own motion on the matter. French’s original motion proposed that the Law Society should accept membership applications from all sectors of the legal profession, with fully-qualified non-solicitors entitled to seek full membership, and trainees and support staff able to apply for associate status. Background papers to French’s motion indicated that the Society’s membership board is already considering whether membership or affiliate status should be offered to non-solicitors. French is the Law Society Council member for the Birmingham District.
Custom MMIC, a fabless RF and Microwave MMIC designer, will be showcasing its latest innovative products at Phased Array 2019, the 9th IEEE International Symposium on Phased Array Systems and Technology from October 15-18. The symposium will be held at the Westin Hotel in Waltham Massachusetts, located in Boston’s famous Route 128 Technology Highway. It will include keynote and plenary sessions, parallel technical sessions, poster sessions, tutorials, and a student paper contest.Custom MMIC represents a new way of thinking about MMICs. Driven by customer challenges, the company offers both hands-on design through testing services, and a growing library of system-ready designs. They are experienced in GaAs, GaN, SiC, InP, and InGaP HBT and have established relationships with the leading foundries in these technologies. They specialize in RF through millimeter-wave circuits for satellite communications, radar systems, cellular infrastructure, consumer electronics, VSAT, and point-to-point radio systems.See products offered by Custom MMIC on everything RF’s.
Flyers face league leaders Leicester Riders at the Leicester Arena on Saturday, January 20th (7.30pm) with all the action available to view for free on the UNILAD Sport Facebook page.Supporters will have ample opportunity to follow their side on their travels in the new year as BBC Sport will also be streaming Flyers’ trips to Worcester and Glasgow for free on the BBC Sport website.Games beyond March, 30th will be announced in due course.The full list of games to be streamed by UNILAD can be found below.
Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Images taken Wednesday appear to show North Korean soldiers refortifying and digging trenches where a defector escaped last week across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) border to South Korea.A video released by United Nations Command showed the 24-year-old defector, identified only by his family name Oh, running toward the border as his fellow North Korean soldiers chased and fired at him on Nov. 13. Oh was able to cross over the military demarcation line (MDL) but was shot at least five times.South Korean soldiers cautiously dragged Oh to safety and transported him to a hospital, where he underwent two surgeries. His operations revealed that Oh had parastitic infections and a hepatitis infection.Marc Knapper, the U.S. diplomatic leader in Seoul, South Korea, tweeted Wednesday as he visited the Joint Security Area, that “the North Koreans have planted two trees and are digging a trench at the spot where their soldier crossed the MDL.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
OKLAHOMA CITY – The MG, which gained a reputation in the 1960s as a good-handling, affordable English sports car, will take on a new life under a Chinese company that wants to resurrect the automotive brand in hopes of appealing to a new generation of car buyers. Nanjing Automobile Corp., China’s oldest carmaker, Wednesday announced plans to locate a manufacturing facility and parts distribution center for the car at the Ardmore Airpark in south-central Oklahoma. This would be the first Chinese automotive plant in the United States. In formalizing an announcement the company made earlier Wednesday, Duke T. Hale, chairman and chief executive officer of Nanjing’s MG Motors North America/Europe Corp., said the strength of the MG brand name will help sell the sporty vehicle. “Owners clubs and enthusiasts are all about the brand,” he said. “They are all about driving an MG.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2A version of the MG was produced in England until 2005, when MG Rover collapsed. There has not been a new version of the MG sold in North America in 26 years. MG Motors plans to offer a full range of sports cars and sedans. The Oklahoma plant will produce a newly designed TF Coupe. The rear-wheel-drive two-seater was designed by MG’s former owners but never built. After viewing an artist’s rendering of the coupe, David Healy, an automotive industry analyst for Burnham Securities Inc., said it could be difficult for Nanjing to break into the competitive North American market. “It’s a generic sports car,” Healy said, “and it’s going to be competing in a crowded field. “They need something other than the MG label to go with it. If they have something new or different, it will fly very well, but if it’s just 5 more horsepower or half a second less on zero to 60 than the competition, they’re in a dog fight.” Three sedans will be built at Nanjing’s facilities in China and the MG TF roadster will be built at the former MG Rover Longbridge assembly plant near Birmingham, England. Hale said Ardmore will be an excellent location for a distribution center because it has rail access, the city’s airpark has the ability to handle large aircraft and Houston can be used as a port. “Ardmore and the airpark truly (are) a logistical, distribution dream,” Hale said. Oklahoma City will be the site of the company’s global headquarters for sales, marketing and distribution outside of Asia. A new research and development facility will be housed at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. “We can take those junior-level, senior-level, graduate-level engineering students that have interest in automotive and give them practical experience,” he said. “We are going to give something back to the community, not just take.” At full capacity, the assembly plant at the Ardmore Airpark will employ about 325 people, the global headquarters in Oklahoma City will employ another 150, and an estimated 35 will work at the research and development entity in Norman, for an estimated annual payroll exceeding $30 million. All three of the Nanjing’s locations in Oklahoma are expected to qualify under the state’s Quality Jobs Act, which allows for quarterly cash payments of up to 5 percent of the company’s payroll for 10 years, said Amy Polonchek, executive director of Oklahoma’s Department of Commerce. The state also is planning to spend $15 million for improvements to the Ardmore airpark from a newly created business development fund, and will provide free startup training for its employees through its CareerTech program, Polonchek said. “So Oklahoma, … I think it may be from a business, commerce perspective the best-kept secret in the U.S.,” Hale said. “I can tell you the incentive package offered by the state is superb. We got a good package. It was a key component in our decision to move to Oklahoma.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri California Adventure8-108-108-108-108-108-108-10 World of Color1111111 Share This!Another Star Wars:Galaxy’s Edge update, and the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival and Get Your Ears on Celebration continue! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.Special Events and Notes© DisneySeveral members of the press were recently given a preview of the new Star Wars:Galaxy’s Edge area at Disneyland, and the reviews so far have been gushing. Len Testa and Jim Hill recently hosted travel writer Carlye Wisel on an episode of the Disney Dish podcast (iTunes – Bandcamp) to talk about her visit, and it gave me goosebumps listening to her describe everything. There’s ample other coverage out there, too, just search, but because I enjoy hearing non-Disney media’s take on Disney projects, I can also recommend the review from Gizmodo’s io9. We’ll continue to keep you posted on new developments as they occur.The most significant thing happening at Disneyland Resort right now is the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, which is running through April 23, 2019. The annual event includes culinary demonstrations and seminars as well as food kiosks featuring small bites and tastes, and is definitely worth a visit. There are several special events that take place during this event as well, including wine tastings, seminars, and special meals. For more details and information on how to make reservations (which are recommended), please check here. As per usual, the Annual Passholder corner will be passing out commemorative buttons and have special photo opportunities for Passholders.Finally, Disneyland is continuing its Get Your Ears On Celebration, commemorating 90 years of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Keep your eyes open for special menu selections, treats, character greetings, entertainment, and merchandise throughout the resort. Make sure you check out Rikki’s preview and Guy’s rundown of the best snacks for more details on what to expect!CrowdsCrowds should be consistently at the medium-high level throughout the week as we kick off the early part of Spring Break season.Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherIt’s looking like another relatively chilly week in Anaheim, with it warming up more as the week continues. Look out for a chance of rain from Sunday through Tuesday.As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsMickey’s Mix Magic, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, and World of Color will be shown every night, and Fantasmic! will be shown only on the weekends. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Dapper Dans, can be found here. ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri Fantasmic!2200002 Admission and HoursSouthern California and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday, with Select Passholders also blocked out on Sunday and Friday. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Regular Price ($129/$122) all week.Regular park hours are as follows this week: Disney’s Mix Magic1111111 For early admission, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsAt Disneyland Park, Astro Orbiter and the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough are offline for extended refurbishments, and Space Mountain is offline through March 15.Over at California Adventure, Grizzly River Run is undergoing its annual cool-weather refurbishment through March 29. The Silly Symphony Swings are likewise offline indefinitely — we’ll let you know when we have a projected end date.As always, be aware that refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so check out our refurbishments page to make sure your favorite ride is still running, and for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s news. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments. Early EntryDLDCADCADLDCADLDCA Disneyland8-128-128-128-128-128-128-11 PriceREGREGREGREGREGREGREG Soundsational Parade2222212
New Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga is the leader of the Orange Democratic Movement, which claimed victory in the country’s disputed 2007 election. (Image: ODM) Raila OdingaKhanyi MagubaneFollowing months of post-election violence in Kenya, a country on the mend is now emerging. On 17 April 2008 opposition leader Raila Odinga was sworn in as the country’s new prime minister. His appointment is part of a power sharing deal brokered at the 11th hour amid fears that talks had reached a deadlock.In his address at the ceremony, Odinga said the cabinet’s top priority would be to resettle those still living in rough conditions because of the post-election violence and paid tribute to the patience of the Kenyan people while the negotiations were conducted.This patience was rewarded on 13 April when President Mwai Kibaki, who won the election in December 2007 under a shroud of controversy, announced that he had finally buried the hatchet with Odinga, his main political rival.The power sharing processThe journey to the power sharing agreement between Kibaki’s Party of National Unity (PNU) and Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) hasn’t been easy. At the end of February, the two men signed the National Accord and Reconciliation Act, which called for an equal sharing of power.However, the negotiation process hit a snag when the two parties were unable to reach an agreement on how to share power. The main point of contention was that since his appointment as the country’s president, Kibaki had already appointed half the cabinet from his own party.Odinga insisted that the deal should not just be about an equal number of members from both parties occupying ministerial portfolios – it had to be about an equal share of the important ones too. At issue were the foreign affairs, cabinet affairs, energy, roads and local government portfolios.When it became clear that the PNU would not yield to the ODM demands, Odinga threatened to walk out of the talks. Fortunately an agreement was finally reached during late night talks on Saturday 12 April.On Sunday afternoon, in a state address broadcast on TV throughout the country, President Kibaki told the nation of this successful conclusion following weeks of hard talking.Besides the expected appointment of Odinga as prime minister, he also announced that the post of local government minister would go to Musalia Mudavadi, one of Odinga’s closest allies, who was also given one of the deputy prime minister posts.The foreign affairs portfolio stays within the PNU, as do the roads and energy portfolios. The cabinet affairs portfolio was done away with.Kenya’s largest cabinetThe government now includes 40 ministers and 52 deputy ministers, with posts divided equally among Kenya’s ethnic communities. It is also the largest cabinet that Kenya has had since independence.Although there have been concerns about the large number of salaries which will now have to be paid, government says that although this seems like a high price to pay for balancing the interests of all concerned, it is a small price to pay for peace in the country.The inauguration makes Odinga only the second prime minister in Kenyan history. Founding president Jomo Kenyatta was prime minister for a year before his title was changed.At the ceremony, held at the State House in Nairobi, Muslim, Christian and Hindu religious leaders led a prayer ceremony before Odinga took his oath of office in Swahili. Reading his oath, Odinga said: “I, Raila Amolo Odinga, do swear that I will be faithful to the president of the Republic of Kenya and to serve it with all my heart, and that I shall preserve, protect and defend the constitution of Kenya by law established. So help me God.”Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who acted as a mediator during the protracted process, was among the dignitaries who witnessed the ceremony. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and other East African leaders also attended the historical event.Related storiesSA sends relief aid to Kenya Useful linksGovernment of Kenya History of KenyaKenya news
Business Blogging Topics: Originally published Jun 20, 2007 6:43:00 PM, updated October 18 2015 I talk to a lot of B2B companies about using blogs, wikis, RSS and other modern marketing methods to engage with prospects and customers to drive lead generation and sales (it is my job after all). A lot of the time I hear that “our customers don’t use that stuff” or “only teenagers use blogs” or “our prospects can’t spell RSS”. Well, now there is some very mainstream data (from BusinessWeek nonetheless) that shows that things like Blogs, RSS, social networks, posting videos online, etc. are a LOT more common, especially with “older” people (myself included) than you might think (I went to college before email was widely used and did not have a cell phone until I got one as part of my first job).If you assume that the 41-50 year old crowd of “young boomers” is a good proxy for a typical B2B buyer, then look at these stats from BusinessWeek as representative of your B2B prospects. And then tell me that creating a blog, publishing using RSS and leveraging social media is not important to your business… with a straight face. Frankly, if you are selling B2B a lot of your purchasers are probably younger than this demographic, so these estimates are probably conservative.• 12% of your B2B prospects publish/create a blog or website or online videos• 18% of your B2B prospects post comments on blogs or write online reviews• 15% of your B2B prospects use RSS• 15% use social networking sites (think LinkedIn, not MySpace)• 31% read blogs and/or listen to PodcastsAnd, overall, 46% of your B2B prospects who are online participate in some form of social media.Here is a link to the full chart of data from Business WeekWhat do you think? How is social media such as blogs and RSS affecting B2B marketing? Leave a comment and we can discuss below… Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Inbound Marketing Education Originally published Oct 13, 2011 3:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Topics: Have you ever read, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum? As the inspiration for my college admissions essay, I have a special fondness for the book, in which Fulghum offers “uncommon thoughts on common things.” Recently, I came across my essay, and now that I’ve moved onto my professional career as an inbound marketer, I’m looking at the book from a whole new perspective.It turns out, a lot of what I know about inbound marketing, I learned in kindergarten! Here are 7 of Fulghum’s insights and how they relate to marketing.All I Really Need to Know [About Inbound Marketing] I Learned in Kindergarten1. “Share everything.” How ridiculously applicable is that to inbound marketing? Inbound marketers everywhere should be nodding their heads in agreement like a flock of drinking birds. One of the core concepts of inbound marketing is creating valuable content and giving it away to members of your target audience — and Fulghum agrees. To be a truly effective inbound marketer, you must share everything, especially your content.2. “Don’t take things that aren’t yours.” With all the free-flowing content available on the web, it’s all too easy to take others’ ideas (and content) and pass them off as your own. Don’t be tempted. If you reference someone else’s work — data, a quotation, an infographic, or simply an image — within your own content, make sure you attribute it appropriately. Oh, and give them some link love, too.3. “Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.” We all make mistakes, even as marketers. The important thing to understand is that if you do screw up every now and again, it’s important to own up to it. Whether it’s a solitary customer complaint in social media or a more widespread issue like your products or services failing to meet expectations, a great crisis communications strategy to adopt is to respond quickly and openly, apologize, and explain what went awry as well as the steps you’re taking to improve/fix/remedy the situation. In marketing, transparency is key.4. “Live a balanced life.” The same can apply to your marketing strategy. Balance the individual tactics you use in your overall marketing strategy, and be sure to include a healthy mix that incorporates social media, SEO, content creation, email, lead nurturing, landing pages, and yes, even offline tactics when appropriate. Don’t rely too heavily on one tactic. Rather, balance your time and efforts based on the effectiveness of each marketing channel for your specific business and industry.5. “Take a nap in the afternoon.” Inbound marketing can take a lot of brainpower, creativity, and, well, work! Work hard, but don’t run yourself into the ground. Manage your time efficiently, and eliminate ineffective tactics and time-sucks from your inbound marketing program where possible. If you’re struggling to come up with content ideas or are suffering from blogger’s block, take a break — yes, even a nap! You’ll be surprised how many fresh ideas will pop into your head once you’ve taken a break or even during your break when you’re not directly focusing on coming up with ideas. 6. “Remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned — the biggest word of all — LOOK.” Don’t undermine the power of such observatory tactics like looking, reading, listening, and researching. Look and keep watch of what your competitors are up to. Read case studies and learn lessons from how other businesses are responding to and leveraging the latest trends in marketing. Listen to your fans and followers — whether they are prospective or current customers, subscribers of your content, or diehard fans of your business. And research how to make your marketing better by subscribing to marketing and industry-specific blogs, websites, and resources.7. “When you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.” Don’t go at inbound marketing alone. Even if you’re the sole proprietor of your business and you’re wearing multiple hats (one of which is marketing), there are always resources and tools that can help you out, especially in regard to content creation. Invite guest bloggers to contribute content, use marketing software to improve your efficiency, and lean on educational content from others to improve your inbound marketing knowledge and, ultimately, effectiveness.Obviously, these lessons aren’t all you need to know about inbound marketing in order to be successful. But they certainly do build a solid foundation.Image Credit: Andre Chinn Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack