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Montreal Gazette:A couple of months ago, Marisa Murray stepped out to grab a bite to eat with a friend.The restaurant they chose was busy, and the table they sat at was shoehorned between two large families. They didn’t mind, but as Murray settled in, she found herself paying more attention to the people at the tables beside her than the person at her own.What caught the clinical psychology student’s eye was that the families were socializing, but not with each other: Everyone, from the children to the grandparents, was nose deep in an electronic device.“It was so strange. There was no conversation. Within the family, everyone had a cellphone. They ordered their appetizers, then they all got back to their device. There was minimal conversation among the family members,” said Murray, who studies at the University of Ottawa. “The conversation that was happening was along the lines of who was updating Facebook, what they were tweeting or a game they were playing. I couldn’t believe it. To witness firsthand what I have been reading in peer-review journal articles, it boggled my mind.”Read the whole story: Montreal Gazette More of our Members in the Media >
All solicitors will be required to commit to a statement of continuing competence from next year, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has confirmed.The publication of the statement was approved by the SRA board yesterday after a 12-week consultation with the profession.The statement forms part of the new approach to the education and training of solicitors, moving away from the prescriptive system of continuing professional development.The overall benchmark has three sections: the statement itself, the statement of knowledge and the threshold standard. It will be published on the SRA website in early April, at the same time solicitors are able to move to the new approach to continuing competence.The new approach will be compulsory for all new and existing solicitors from November 2016.The competence statement itself will be made up of four elements: ethics professionalism and judgement; technical legal practice; working with other people; and ‘managing themselves and their own work’.The final category introduces the concept of applying good business practice, including demonstrating an adequate understanding of the financial context in which solicitors are working and managing available resources efficiently.Martin Coleman, chair of the SRA’s education and training committee, said: ‘The competence statement gives important guidance to solicitors on the standards they are expected to meet. ‘This is for work we are now undertaking on the competences we expect of would-be solicitors, and also to ensure continuing competence following the abolition of the mandatory continuing professional development hours requirement.’The consultation received 72 formal responses, most of which supported the competence statement as a benchmark of what solicitors should be able to do.A proposal will now be submitted to the Legal Services Board to amend the notes under principle five of the SRA Principles. This will make it clear that, for a solicitor, meeting the competences set out in the competence statement is a requirement of the principle which states ‘you must provide a proper standard of service to your clients’.
President of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, in expressing shock at the passing of veteran sports journalist Tony Becca, described him as an icon of the game. Becca, a former sports editor of The Gleaner, died at age 78 yesterday in the Andrews Memorial Hospital, where he was being treated for a ruptured colon weeks after contracting Dengue Fever. He had a successful operation to remove the colon on Tuesday but then had heart failure and died yesterday morning. Heaven told The Gleaner that the cricketing world has lost a true icon and great individual who was an example for everyone to follow. “The entire cricket fraternity is saddened by the passing of Tony Becca,” said Heaven. “We were always in touch with him, and we were always having discussions about cricket,” he said. “He was never without an idea or an opinion as to how we should go and which way is the preferred in his estimation that we should take. He made a great contribution at different levels,” Heaven said. He added: “He was president of Melbourne Cricket Club for years, and he was a lifetime member of the Jamaica Cricket Association, and he will certainly be missed by all.” In the meantime, Mark Neita, president of the Melbourne Cricket Club where Becca served as its president for many years, said that the country has lost an outstanding individual who always gave of his best for the sport. “We are all shocked at his passing,” said Neita. “I know that he has been ill for sometime and I had the privilege of spending some time with him just earlier this week, but, you know, Tony Becca is an icon,” he said. “He is an intellectual heavyweight who has made a significant contribution to journalism throughout the region,” Neita said. He added that Becca played a significant role in helping to develop the game of cricket at Melbourne. “At Melbourne, he was one of our long-standing presidents. During his presidency, he was instrumental doing a lot of outstanding things, including implementing the Melbourne Cricket Festival, which brought some many great players to Jamaica,” Neita said. “He also helped to rebuild Melbourne from the ashes when we went bankrupt in the 1960s.” Becca, who retired in July 2003 but continued to write a weekly column for The Gleaner, with his final piece appearing in the sports section on February 25, 2019. At a special send-off 16 years ago, former Jamaica Olympic Association president Mike Fennell described him as one of the best. “There is no question about his professional competence as a journalist. He is undoubtedly one of the best anywhere,” Fennell said while speaking at a farewell ceremony. “He is renown throughout the world as a top cricket writer and analyst, and there is no question about that. My knowledge of him is more from his very professional approach because in Jamaica, a small community, there’s always the danger that familiarity leads you to breach of confidence or leads you to do things that are not right. He has been the ultimate professional,” Fennell added.
Last Updated: 25th January, 2020 15:28 IST Praggnanandhaa, Gukesh Register Impressive Wins; Cheperinov Jumps To Top Spot India’s young guns R Praggnanandhaa and D Gukesh posted impressive wins in the fourth round of the Masters categoryy in the 18th Gibraltar Chess festival FOLLOW US India’s young guns R Praggnanandhaa and D Gukesh posted impressive wins in the fourth round of the Masters categoryy in the 18th Gibraltar Chess festival as Georgia’s Ivan Cheperinov jumped into sole lead with an all-win record. Praggnanandhaa, who suffered a shock loss to compatriot P V Nandhidhaa in the opening round, has bounced back in style and on Friday won his fourth-round match against Russian Voldar Murzin, like him a teen prodigy, to take his tally to three points. Gukesh put it across Dutch player Peter Lombaers in 36 moves to join Praggnanandhaa on three points.Another Indian to shine was young GM Vaibhav Suri (ELO rating 2593), who held world No.7 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, ELO rating 2770) to a creditable draw. The top-seed Shakriar Mammedyarov (Azerbaijan) dropped half a point in his game against Leondro Krysa of Argentina. The top-rated Indians in the event, B Adhiban and K Sasikiran had mixed luck. The former was forced to share the point with compatriot M R Lalith Babu while Sasikiran defeated Azerbaijan’s Woman Grand Master Gunay Mammadzada in 41 moves.There were also wins for Indians players SL Narayanan, S Ravi Teja and Shardul Gugare over Soumya Swaminathan. Narayanan is among a bunch of 12 players in joint second with 3.5 points. Cheperinov continued his superb start as he pushed his pawn to attack on the kingside and was rewarded when broke through on the ‘h’ file in his fourth round match against Maksim Chigaev of Russia in 30 moves. He said it was the best start he could have hoped for and “the thing was that he was playing well with both colours.” Promising Indian junior Divya Deshmukh went down to defending champion in the women’s event-Tan Zhongyi.Important resultsRound 4: Shakriar Memmedyarov (3) drew Leondro Kyrsa (3.5); Maxim Vachier-Lagrave (3) drew Vaibhav Suri (3); B Adhiban (3) drew with M R Lalith Babu (3); K Sasikiran (3) beat Gunay Mammadzada (2).Veselin Topalov (3.5) beat Jaime Santosa Latasa (2.5); R Prgannandhaa (3) beat Volder Murzin (2); D Gukesh (3) beat Peter Lombaers (2); S L Narayanan (3.5) beat Ori Kobo (2.5); Karthikeyan Murali (3) drew Rishi Sardana (3). WATCH US LIVE Press Trust Of India COMMENT LIVE TV First Published: 25th January, 2020 15:28 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By
1 Louis Van Gaal can close the gap on rivals Manchester City in his first Manchester derby on Sunday – LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT, from 1pm.United sit four points behind their city rivals, in 8th place, but head into the clash off the back of Robin Van Persie’s dramatic injury time equaliser against league leaders Chelsea last weekend.City on the other hand lost 2-1 at West Ham before being dumped out of the Capital One Cup at home to Newcastle United in midweek, and to compound their misery it has been confirmed that David Silva will be sidelined for up to three weeks with a knee injury sustained against the Magpies.Red Devils’ captain Wayne Rooney is available once again following his three-match ban for kicking West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing, and with players returning from injury just what will Van Gaal’s starting XI be? talkSPORT takes a look…Rooney to replace Mata?As captain, Rooney will likely walk straight back into the starting XI, a move that suggests Spain international Juan Mata will drop to the bench.Mata has started all three games in Rooney’s absence, but the Spaniard has failed to prove himself under Van Gaal and he was subbed midway through the second-half against his former employers last weekend, despite United searching for an equaliser.There’s no denying Mata’s ability, but he’s yet to shine at Old Trafford since his £37m move in January, with all of his goals for United coming against bottom-half opposition.Rooney is a still devise figure among the club’s fans, but his all-round performance of tracking back and ‘defending from the front’ is admired and will likely see him start against City.The Englishman’s last two games saw him play Leicester City and West Ham, and his goals and assists helped United to five goals, reinforcing his influence at both ends of the pitch.Carrick fit enough for starting XI?United great Bryan Robson spoke this week about Michael’s Carrick absence from the first team, insisting the England international’s steadying influence has been badly missed.Carrick has been absent from the first three months of the season with an ankle injury that required surgery, but he returned to action in a Under-21 game last week and was on the bench against Chelsea on Sunday.Given the tenacity of a derby, it is perhaps too soon to risk the Englishman, so Spain star Ander Herrera will likely partner the rejuvenated Marouane Fellani, if he can prove his fitness after a rib injury.Van Persie to continue as lone strikerRarely has an equaliser been celebrated with as much euphoria as Van Persie’s injury time strike against Chelsea, and the Dutchman’s reaction was a sign of relief following the criticism of his performances in recent weeks.Radamel Falcao has emerged as a popular figure at Old Trafford in his short time at the club, but his absence last week through injury resulted in Van Persie leading the line and the Dutchman will likely continue in that role.Van Persie has not hit the heights of his first year at the club, but fans will hope that last week’s goal against the Blues will lead to good run of form from the former Arsenal man.Despite the criticism levelled at him, Van Persie has still found himself in dangerous positions and given his big-game experience and relationship with Van Gaal, he has the trust of the manager and should start against City.Is this how Manchester United will line-up against Manchester City? 1 Louis Van Gaal takes his side to Manchester City on Sunday in his first Manchester derby since taking the helm at Old Trafford. Man United fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Man City? Comment below…Man City v Man United is LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT, Sunday from 1pm. Click here to tune in.
We would like to thank Steven for his efforts whilst at club and wish him all the best for the future.” Defender Steven Caulker has left Dundee minutes before the closing of the transfer window.The English centre-back has activated a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the club and meaning he will be a free agent and able to move to another side after the deadline.In a brief statement on the club website, a Dundee spokesperson said: “Dundee Football Club can confirm that Steven Caulker has this evening parted company with the club.“Steven has triggered a release clause in his contract to leave before the end of the transfer window in search of a new challenge.
New Delhi, Oct 19 (PTI) Terming as “despicable act” the ink attack on a Jammu & Kashmir MLA and ransacking of BCCIs Mumbai office, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today said the climate of intolerance and hate in the country is a matter of deep concern.The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said that growing acts of intolerance and “hate-mongering” will weaken the social fabric and enfeeble the bonds of amity and brotherhood in the society.”Either there will be climate of intolerance and hate or one marked by pluralism and composite culture, there can be no in between,” he said, adding that leadership of the BJP has to make a choice between the two to save this country from turning into another Pakistan.Few activists allegedly belonging to a right-wing organisation blackened the face of Sheikh Abdul Rashid, an independent MLA from the state, here protesting against his hosting a beef party in Srinagar earlier this month. Rashid was attacked after his press conference.”It is a despicable act on the part of such elements who are not comfortable with the language and spirit of democratic polity and pluralistic ethos”, said Azad, adding “climate of intolerance and hate in the country is a matter of deep concern for all the enlightened citizens who wish India to attain its rightful place in the comity of nations”.Azad said though he does not subscribe to many of the views of Rashid, however, to indulge in violence and hooliganism is not a way to oppose him.advertisement”Law of the land is supreme and nobody can be allowed to subvert the rule of law and democratic ethos of the country,” he said.He condemned he ink attack on Rashid and vandalism of the office of Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) in Mumbai “carried out by lumpen elements and hate-mongers”.”Our country will soon turn into an anarchical society if the current trend is not reversed,” Azad said, adding that a small spark can take us back by decades, and our stature and esteem will be lowered at the international level.He said that the entire leadership of freedom movement under Mahatma Gandhi has combated the menace of communalism with great commitment and created a unique socio-political architecture of modern India.”We cannot squander the sacrifices made by our great leaders to preserve the multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-lingual identity of our country,” he said. PTI AKV SKL ZMN