Beech: ‘Exciting opportunities’David Beech, chief executive, said the firm remains confident in its growth plans following the listing, which created a £50m warchest for purchasing other businesses. Beech added: ‘We continue to see exciting opportunities in the regional legal sector and will look to make further acquisitions of businesses which offer complementary services in targeted geographies and sectors.’ Knights confirmed it will move the Turner Parkinson business into larger offices next spring to enable further growth. The firm now operates from eight offices in the Midlands, west country and north west, and has moved into the top 100 UK firms by revenue. The plc’s share price dropped around 3.4% following today’s update. A listed firm with two acquisitions already under its belt in 2018 says it will seek more opportunities to grow in the coming year. In a trading update today, Knights plc said its listing on the AIM stock exchange in June had been successful, with half-year results in line with expectations. The firm envisages a double-digit increase in organic revenue compared with the same period in 2017, alongside ‘strong’ profit growth. Half-year results covering the period ending 31 October are due to be published in January. During the six months in question, Knights has acquired Manchester firm Turner Parkinson and Leicester practice Spearing Waite, as well as floating on the stock market.
Sportswear manufacturing giant Nike has withdrawn its supply of boots to Iran just before the start of Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup on Thursday.The decision made by Nike was prompted by fresh US sanctions and that has left Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz and his players frustrated.American President Donald Trump had earlier withdrawn from the nuclear deal between the Asian nation and world powers.Trump also vowed to reimpose economic sanctions that were overlooked when the deal was signed in 2015.The move from Trump made several major companies suspend their activities in Iran and Nike is not left out.In a statement explaining its position, Nike said: “US sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time.”“Sanctions applicable to Nike have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law.” The statement further said.Any US entity found guilty of violating the sanctions could face punishment in the form of hefty fines, according to US Treasury.Former Real Madrid and Portugal coach Queiroz has asked world football’s governing body, FIFA, to intervene.He told reporters that: “Players get used to their sports equipment, and it’s not right to change them a week before such important matches.“We are only managers and footballers, and should not get involved in such matters. But we are asking Fifa to help us with this.” He concluded.Related
When I was a young boy, British soldiers swarmed our home, brutally slammed young men playing ball in the backyard, threw them like garbage into the back of Army trucks, took them to an isolated area at the back of the village where they beat them to a pulp. This was all part of the conspiracy to overthrow Cheddi Jagan and the People’s Progressive Party Government. Several years later, still as a teenager, I witnessed many people in Albion deprived of their votes, some told they had died, others told they had voted already, as the People’s National Congress (PNC) brutally installed a dictatorship. Ever since, I go to bed praying for my country, in the same way I pray for my family and my friends. Routinely I pray for democracy in my country because I fervently believe that with freedom and democracy our people will craft a destiny that can bring alive Eldorado.Without democracy, the future of our nation is bleak and dark. The period 1964 to 1992 stands as a stark example of the under-development that dictatorship guarantees. Even black gold, oil, cannot save us in a dictatorship. Unfortunately, the prevailing winds emanating out of Congress Place and from the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) are ominous, howling, swirling, rattling the foundations of democracy in Guyana. In just two years, APNU/AFC, with its autocratic DNA deeply rooted in the PNC, has stymied democratic practices and rattled democratic institutions. The foundations of our democracy are under threat, none more so than the infrastructure that provides for a free and fair election – the Guyana Elections commission (GECOM) – and our Parliament.This week there have been two blatant attacks, first on GECOM and, second, on Parliament that must not escape our attention and we must not underestimate because they represent an unrelenting drive towards dictatorship. No matter what our ethnicity, culture, religion, past and present political leanings, rich or poor, professional or labourer, we should all be dismayed, but committed to resist this reckless embrace of dictatorship. For a brief moment we need to put aside our differences and together resist another period of dictatorship in our country. The unity that stopped dictatorship in 1992 is needed again to nip in the bud this new effort to return Guyana to pre-1992.The first attack this week occurred when President Granger elevated the obstructionist policies of APNU/AFC by informing the Leader of the Opposition that he has officially rejected the list of nominees for the chair of GECOM. This is the second list he has rejected, even though both list were totally within the spirit and letter of the Constitution and consisted of 12 names of distinguished Guyanese citizens, chosen through extensive consultation with civil society. Both times, the excuses have been absurd, reckless, provoking and unconstitutional. The rejection is designed to take control of GECOM. Granger is determined to appoint a person who will be totally beholden to him and APNU/AFC for the purpose of rigging the 2020 elections, as the PNC did with elections in 1968, 1973, 1980, 1985 and in the referendum in 1978.The second attack on democracy this week occurred when the Speaker of Parliament halted plans by the Economic Services Committee to conduct hearings in the sugar belt relating to the closure of sugar estates which will leave more than 10,000 people without jobs. Parliament, as a foundation of our democracy, is a place for debate and dissent – fierce, sustained, and unflinching when necessary – a place where citizens can deposit their concerns, a place where MPs can engage citizens and citizens can formally engage their MPs. At a time when not only sugar estates are being closed, but the threat of ending sugar in Guyana has become real, Parliament cannot sit still.Both of these attacks on democratic practices and institutions by APNU/AFC leadership are grotesque abuse of power. Both are scary portent of what is coming. I diligently pray for my country, but I can hear the clanging of dictatorship roaring in the distance. Each passing day now, the roar gets louder. When Granger makes clear he intends to name his own Chair for GECOM and the Speaker deems dialogue with sugar workers and citizens not the business of Parliament, the rumblings sound too close for comfort. In the face of dictatorship, silence is the fertilizer; resistance by raising our voices is the remedy.
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