Law Society and Bar Council examine new funding options

first_imgThe Law Society and Bar Council have set up a joint working party to look at new ways of funding cases as an alternative to legal aid. With the government poised to announce the details of public spending cuts, the two bodies said they had come together informally to consider the viability of a contingent legal aid fund (CLAF) to provide a new income stream to fund cases. A CLAF is a self-funding scheme that would provide financial assistance to those deemed eligible for help in mounting civil legal claims. The costs of a successful case are recovered in the ordinary way from the defendant, and the claimant pays a proportion of their damages back into the CLAF pool to fund future claims. One hurdle is finding the initial funds to build up the pool. The idea was considered in the Law Society’s recent Access to Justice Review, and Lord Justice Jackson has recommended that the professions should examine the benefits of a CLAF. The working party will assess whether it would be viable and its impact on access to justice. Meanwhile, London legal aid firm Duncan Lewis has published a paper on policy recommendations for David Cameron’s coalition government. Improving legal rights in the UK proposes a levy by the Financial Services Authority on companies in the financial services sector, to contribute to the legal aid budget and compensate for the amount spent on very high cost criminal cases, many of which involve white collar fraud.last_img read more

Salesforce Summer ’19 release preps for Lightning migration: What you need to know

first_imgSalesforce Summer ’19 release preps for Lightning migration: What you need to knowYou are here: HomeDigital MarketingSalesforce Summer ’19 release preps for Lightning migration: What you need to know Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 25th April 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share The latest Salesforce release underscores the company’s efforts to sunset the Classic experience in favor of the Lightning Platform in winter 2020. The Summer ’19 release is designed to provide users with a range of new tools and features to help manage the migration.It is currently only available in preview, but organizations can expect Sandbox upgrades to begin rolling out on May 3 and 4.What to expectWith the new release, all organizations will have access to the Lightning Experience (although it won’t be mandatory until 2020), according to the notes. Below are key tools and features users can expect to see while navigating the shift from Classic to Lightning:Lightning Experience Transition Assistant will replace the Migration Assistant to provide users with a central hub of suggested tools and resources to ease adoption.New in-app guidance menu grants access to easier on-boarding and training, giving admins the ability to create custom content and action buttons for specific users within the organization.Records will remain consistent between Lightning and Classic Experiences, meaning users will be directed to the same page in Lightning, if it exists.Improved Safari compatibility will allow users to run the full desktop version of Lightning from their iPad via the Safari browser.Lightning Scheduler can be embedded on an organization’s website, providing customers with an easy way to create or modify appointments. The Scheduler feature will also integrate with the Actions Plans Unit and Salesforce Surveys.More branding options for Lightning will be available, including custom hyperlink colors and label improvement in the Themes and Branding setup panel.A new utility view will include right-aligned utility items and a new API to inform users when an item is expanded.Two different record display options will be available, including Grouped view and the new Full view – which is similar to the Salesforce Classic view.Salesforce has been transparent in communicating the migration to the Lightning Platform, which will be auto-activated for all users by winter 2020. For organizations still operating in the Classic Experience, it’s necessary to know that all future innovations will only support Lightning as the company phases out Classic. Salesforce admins should get familiar with Lightning features to understand how it could impact internal processes and platforms to avoid headaches and curveballs later on.Other key updates Improved functionality for add-ons like Dialer, Chat, Messaging and increased storage, including native embed optionsEinstein, Salesforce’s AI product, will include enhancements such as faster set-up for bots, a data checker feature in Prediction Builder, and quarterly forecasts in the Sales CloudMobile app improvements add new custom notification options for recordsNew options for developers, including enhancements to Visualforce, Apex, and Salesforce APIs with custom programming languagesA new setup page and Einstein Engagement Frequency features will be available in the Salesforce Marketing Cloud to support customer journeys with personalized contentThis story first appeared on MarTech Today. For more on marketing technology, click here. post Salesforce Summer ’19 release preps for Lightning migration: What you need to know appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Salesforce Summer ’19 release preps for Lightning migration: What you need to knowlast_img read more

Asthma drug may thwart Parkinson’s disease

first_img By Mitch LeslieAug. 31, 2017 , 2:00 PM When people with asthma have trouble breathing, they may reach for an inhaler containing salbutamol, a drug that expands the airways. Salbutamol may have another beneficial effect—protecting against Parkinson’s disease. Individuals who inhaled the highest doses of salbutamol were about half as likely to develop the devastating neurological condition as those who didn’t take the drug, a study reveals.“I’m sure it’s going to be a landmark paper,” says neurologist Joseph Jankovic of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, who wasn’t involved in the research.In Parkinson’s disease, gobs of the protein α-synuclein accumulate in certain brain cells and may kill them. Scientists have tried to craft drugs that speed the elimination of the protein or prevent it from clumping. Neurologist and genomicist Clemens Scherzer of Harvard Medical School in Boston and colleagues decided to try a different strategy. “We wanted to find a drug that could turn down the production of α-synuclein,” he says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To identify promising compounds, the team grew human nerve cells in the lab and tested whether more than 1100 medications, vitamins, dietary supplements, and other molecules altered their output of α-synuclein. Three of the drugs that cut the protein’s production, including salbutamol, work by stimulating the b2-adrenoreceptor—a molecule on some body cells that triggers a variety of effects, including relaxing the airways. The researchers found that these drugs appear to alter how tightly the DNA containing the α-synuclein gene coils, and thus whether the gene is active.Salbutamol is one of the world’s most frequently used drugs, and the researchers wondered whether people who took it were less likely to have Parkinson’s disease. “You need to have very large prescription databases with many years of follow-up to do this analysis,” Scherzer says. The researchers found such a database in Norway, which keeps records of all drugs prescribed for each of its 4.6 million residents. The disease was rare. Roughly 0.1% of people who didn’t use the drug developed Parkinson’s disease. The rate among people who used salbutamol was less than 0.04%. After the researchers corrected for factors such as age and education, they determined that Norwegians who had taken salbutamol at least once in their lives were about one-third less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.How much protection salbutamol provided depended on the dosage. Compared with Norwegians who didn’t use the drug, people who took the highest doses between 2004 and 2007 were about half as likely to get the disease in the subsequent 7 years. In contrast, patients who took the lowest doses had only slightly lower odds of developing Parkinson’s disease in that period, the researchers report online today in Science.The results are “fascinating” and “come out of the blue,” says neurologist Anthony Lang of the University of Toronto in Canada. However, he has misgivings about the analysis of the Norwegian data because salbutamol’s influence on α-synuclein appears to be so powerful that it’s surprising we ever see a Parkinson’s patient with asthma, he says. Given that some people do have both diseases, other factors that correlate with salbutamol use might be affecting Parkinson’s disease susceptibility. “We have to take other possible explanations into account,” he says.Researchers aren’t sure about the best way to harness the results to benefit patients. Clinical trials of salbutamol or related drugs are one possibility. However, none of these drugs is optimized to enter the brain, says neuroscientist Andrew West of the University of Alabama in Birmingham. “The drugs that are going to be ideal for targeting [α-synuclein] have yet to be developed.”Scherzer says that any clinical trials are “a few years off.” He notes that 16 recent trials of potential Parkinson’s disease treatments have failed. He and his colleagues don’t want to have No. 17. Asthma drug may thwart Parkinson’s disease Salbutamol, the drug in this girl’s inhaler, can help her breathe easier, but it might also prevent Parkinson’s disease. 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9 months agoCrystal Palace striker Sorloth already off mark for new club Gent

first_imgCrystal Palace striker Sorloth already off mark for new club Gentby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth is already off the mark for new club Gent.Sorloth joined the Belgians on-loan and scored twice in the friendly win over Holstein Kiel.After the 6-1 victory, he told VG: “It’s really good. It’s good to get started this way. It’s nice that the teammates see that I can play football.”I chose Gent because of (coach) Jess (Thorup). He got the best out of me in Denmark. When going for a six-month loan, it is nice to be sure that the coach knows what I stand for.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Urban Meyer Says “Everything Is Fine” And There’s “No Issue” With Braxton Miller’s Instagram Photo

first_imgBraxton Miller promotes Advocare products.Last week, Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller posted a photo on Instagram that was believed by some to possibly be an NCAA violation. Miller, a rep for Authentik Fitness, promoted the nutritional products in the photo and listed his email as a point of contact for potential buyers. Under NCAA bylaws, student-athletes are not allowed to use their likeness to help companies profit. According to Urban Meyer, though, “everything is fine” and there is “no issue.” Urban Meyer answers @CantonRepdotcom ? About Braxton Miller NCAA endorsement issue “everything is fine. No issue.”— toddporter (@toddporter) March 30, 2015That’s, obviously, good news for Ohio State fans. The Buckeyes open their 2015 season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech. Will Miller be the man behind center?last_img read more

Tourism Minister says Consistent and Reliable Airlift Critical to Growth of Industry

first_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says consistent, reliable and competitive airlift is critical to the further advancement of the tourism sector.The Minister pointed out that the Ministry has been taking strategic steps to target new markets and increase the number of flights to boost tourism arrivals on a sustained basis.He was speaking to journalists at a press conference commemorating the first South West Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, on June 4,“Our tourism partners, such as Southwest Airlines, which provide regular and reliable airlift to the island, have greatly contributed to helping Jamaica achieve our goal of increasing passenger traffic, and we will continue to build on this partnership,” the Minister said.“We have had noteworthy success in our efforts to secure new airlifts. There will be weekly charter flights from Spain and Portugal to Jamaica, beginning next month,” he added.The Portugal flights, the Minister said, will be operated by Orbest from June 9 to September 29 out of the capital city, Lisbon, using a 388-seat Airbus 330.Flights from Spain, he noted, will be operated by Evelop, non-stop out of Madrid into Montego Bay, from June 4 to October 28, also using a 388-passenger Airbus 330.“In addition,  one of Europe’s leading airlines, Eurowings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, will be operating twice-weekly scheduled service between Germany’s largest populated metropolitan region, Bonn/Cologne, and Montego Bay, beginning July 3 this year,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett said the Ministry and its agencies are working diligently to provide a product and a service “that both meet and exceed the expectations of our visitors as well as our important tourism partners”.“I am happy to assure Southwest Airlines that much work is being done to improve and enhance the visitors’ experience at the Sangster International Airport, so they can send in more flights,” the Minister said.“We are also taking steps to ensure the availability of first-class accommodation for our visitors, and Montego Bay is on track in attracting new hotel investments, with 1,000 new rooms coming on stream this year and over 2,000 within the next four to five years,” he noted.Mr. Bartlett emphasised that destination assurance remains critical to the effective development of the tourism product, and this prompted the recent launch of the Destination Assurance Councils for the resort areas, including Negril, Montego Bay and Falmouth; and St. Ann, St. Mary, Portland, and St. Thomas; and Kingston and the South Coast.“They have been tasked with ensuring that the quality, standards and integrity of Jamaica’s tourism product are maintained,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett said Jamaica is happy to have Southwest Airlines as a partner.“Based on your track record of growth and performance, we know that we can look forward to a long and successful partnership as we continue to work to maintain our position as a world-class destination,” the Minister told the gathering. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says consistent, reliable and competitive airlift is critical to the further advancement of the tourism sector. “Our tourism partners, such as Southwest Airlines, which provide regular and reliable airlift to the island, have greatly contributed to helping Jamaica achieve our goal of increasing passenger traffic, and we will continue to build on this partnership,” the Minister said. The Minister pointed out that the Ministry has been taking strategic steps to target new markets and increase the number of flights to boost tourism arrivals on a sustained basis. Story Highlightslast_img read more

A troubled past and attacks from opponents have not deterred Manitoba NDP

first_imgThe Canadian PressTo his supporters, Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew’s troubled past is a story of personal redemption. To his opponents, it’s one of a man who hasn’t fully come clean about his actions and doesn’t deserve the keys to the premier’s office.Kinew, 37, has stayed on as Opposition leader despite previous criminal charges and revelations in the media and in attack ads by the governing Progressive Conservatives about homophobic and misogynistic rap lyrics and social media posts.The revelations, which started just as he was making his first election run in 2016 and continued through to his NDP leadership victory in 2017, might have persuaded some politicians to walk away. But Kinew has persisted and expects the governing Tories to ramp up their ads about his past now that the election campaign is underway.“Whether it’s fatalist, or whether it’s realist, I have accepted the fact that it’s going to be a tough road,” Kinew said in an interview.“I do worry a lot about what the (Tory) attacks ads are going to be like, on a personal level, because I’ve been at the centre of media firestorms before, so that does scare me.“But I continue to believe that the broader goal of standing up for health care and standing up for Manitobans is important enough for me to push forward.”Kinew was born in Kenora, Ont., and lived on the Onigaming First Nation as a young boy. His late father was a residential school survivor who endured horrific abuse and passed on to Kinew the importance of Anishinaabe culture and language.Both Kinew’s parents were well educated and wanted the same for him. He spent some of his formative years in a well-to-do suburb in southern Winnipeg and graduated from a private high school.Kinew studied economics in university and began abusing alcohol.In his 2015 memoir, “The Reason You Walk,” Kinew admitted to some of his legal troubles from 2003 and 2004 — convictions for impaired driving and an assault on a taxi driver.Court records included details about the assault not contained in the book. It started with Kinew hurling racial insults at the driver. Kinew got out and punched the cabbie in the face while he was still sitting behind the wheel, facts read into the court record say.Kinew recently received a record suspension for his convictions.The book also did not mention two assault charges Kinew faced in 2003 involving his former partner Tara Hart. Hart told The Canadian Press in 2017 that Kinew flung her across their living room, leaving her with severe rug burns.The charges were stayed in 2004 and Kinew has denied the allegation.Kinew went to Alcoholics Anonymous in his 20s and, his supporters say, turned over a new leaf. He later worked at the CBC, became the University of Winnipeg’s first director of Indigenous inclusion and wrote his book.He is known as a good public speaker. He has hosted a TV documentary series and toured on the Canadian literature circuit. Political analysts say Kinew’s ability to work a room may be better than that of his opponents.“He is a naturally gifted communicator and he has grown those talents to become even better,” said Paul Thomas, professor emeritus of political studies at the University of Manitoba.Just as Kinew started running in the 2016 election, lyrics and social media posts from his past surfaced.In one song, he bragged about slapping women’s genitalia. In a Twitter post from 2009, he mused about whether it was possible to get avian flu from “kissing fat chicks”. In another Twitter post, he joked about having run over a cat.Kinew has repeatedly apologized for his harmful behaviour while continuing to deny the domestic violence accusation.Thomas says Kinew’s story will resonate with some people as that of a troubled young man making good.“If you read his autobiography and listen to him talk, there was a moment where he turned his life around and he found direction and purpose.“Some people will say, ‘Well, I’m convinced by that. He is a different man.’”Kinew is married to Lisa Monkman, a family physician, and has three children. Despite the spotlight on his personal history, he shows no sign of letting up.“Being in leadership isn’t just about the good times. It’s also about the struggle,” Kinew said.“I really am committed to being the voice of people who are not happy right now in Manitoba, people who want us to do better.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Stevie Wonder wows crowd on smart piano at tech show

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – Trying to distinguish your product among the thousands at the CES gadget show is no easy feat, so it helps when music legend Stevie Wonder pays an unexpected visit.Especially when your product is a “smart” piano designed to teach people how to play.Piano teacher Gabie Perry was demonstrating the internet-connected device, made by a California startup, when someone told her that Wonder asked to try it. She thought it was a joke.Wonder spent about 15 minutes playing tunes as a crowd gathered at The One Music Group’s CES booth in Las Vegas. Wonder says he likes to visit the conference to “see new things” and meet people. He’s among several celebrity musicians attending, including rapper Iggy Azalea and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.CES runs through Friday.last_img read more

DHX Media CEO says strategic review going well should be complete by

first_imgHALIFAX – Executives of DHX Media told its annual shareholders meeting in Halifax that they expect a strategic review of its options to be complete by June 30, at the end of its fiscal fourth-quarter and 2018 financial year.Executive chairman Michael Donovan said DHX is evaluating multiple promising opportunities that he hopes will have a positive effect on the company’s share price.He made the comment in response to a complaint about the DHX share price, which was described as “floundering.”DHX Media shares opened at $4.01 at the Toronto Stock Exchange as the meeting was being held, about 26 per cent lower than it was a year ago and 45 per cent below its 52-week high in September.Donovan and David Regan, the company’s executive vice-president for strategy and corporate development, said they were confident that the company’s financial performance will be improved by initiatives taken over the past year.The biggest of these was the acquisition of rights to the Peanuts cartoon franchise, in a US$345-million deal that DHX management believes will create multiple opportunities to add to the company’s kid-oriented revenue streams.Companies in this story: (TSX:DHX.B)last_img read more

Canadian rental company bans marijuana in its buildings

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – A major Canadian landlord has decided it plans on snuffing out cannabis use in its rental properties once pot becomes legal.Boardwalk has 22,000 properties across Alberta, 5,500 units in Calgary alone.It will be prohibited in their units – even once marijuana is legal in Canada on October 17th. Boardwalk Director of Community Development David McIlveen says they made this decision with the safety of others in mind.“Our buildings like most multi-family residential buildings were not designed for cultivation that requires a lot of hydration and moisture. Moisture buildup can lead to mold and has in the past.”McIlveen says the fact that it’s a drug and there are children around also presents challenges.“Smoke escaping and the fact that it is a drug and there are children around.”In terms of enforcement, he says they will ask tenants to stop, they’d provide a series of warnings and if that doesn’t work, they can evict.“We’re going to respond to the neighbour concerns, the same way we would with an excessive noise complaint or something like that.”Medicinal marijuana users will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.last_img read more