Sikkerhedsforanstaltninger opgraderinger opfordret til McKenzie og Trans

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er et presserende behov Sikkerhedsforanstaltninger forbedringer af Admirals Vej / McKenzie Avenue / Trans Canada Highway, som har, siden 2013, havde den højeste nedbrud optælling af enhver kryds på Vancouver Island, Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff siger.

“McKenzie er nr 1 styrtet kryds på Vancouver Island. Så jeg tror, ​​det er væsentligt,”canada goose jakke Brownoff sagde.

Brownoff sagde distriktet bør følge samme plan det bruges til at sikre forbedringer af krydset ved Sayward Road og Pat Bay Highway ved at etablere en arbejdsgruppe til at indlede drøftelser om sikkerhed.

I denne uge, Saanich råd påtegnet hendes henstilling at bede provinsen til at foretage høring samfund og nedsætte en arbejdsgruppe, svarende til Sayward Vejkryds arbejdsgruppen.

“For mig, det ligner Sayward. Det er nok fletningen kommer ud af McKenzie sammenlægning på motorvejen,” Brownoff sagde.

“Der er så mange sikkerhedsaspekter omkring denne fusionere, og cyklister, fordi du har fået den [Galloping] Goose passage. Busstoppestedet er forud for lyset, men det er virkelig sub standard, og der er virkelig ingen gangareal for, siger, de børn, der er nødvendige for at fange den bus. ”

Den McKenzie krydset har længe været set som en stor bidragyder til Colwood Crawl. Hvert valg, er det nævnt som en kampagne problem. Brownoff sagde kan gøres forbedringer af sikkerheden forud for eventuelle udveksling, så længe de er planlagt ordentligt.

“Vi kan vente en lang, lang tid, som vi gjorde med Sayward, for store dollars. Så du kan lige så godt starte med de sikkerhedsmæssige aspekter,” sagde hun.

Saanich tog den samme fremgangsmåde med Sayward / Pat Bay Highway kryds i 2010. Til sidst, distriktet oplevede en $ 3 mio investeringer gjort for at løse sikkerhed og forbedre vilkårene for transit, fodgængere og cyklister.

Sam Steel bryter ut mot Prince Albert Raiders

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Sam Steel visste at det var bare et spørsmål om tid.

Den 17 år gamle midt uttrykte tillit til sent i forrige uke at han var på randen av et gjennombrudd sammen med ny høyre kantspiller Cole Sanford, som ble kjøpt på 10 januar i en blockbuster handelen med Medicine Hat Tigers.

Disse ordene viste seg å være profetisk som Steel spilt inn to mål på de to siste minuttene av tredje periode på lørdag,canada goose norge ledet Regina Pats til en 4 2 seier over Prince Albert Raiders.

“Som for sent Jeg har lenge forsøkt å finne på nettet, men meg og Cole spilte godt sammen. Sean Richards, også,” tilbød Steel, som ble holdt til en bistå i de fire første kampene etter Sanford ankomst.

“Vi har fått mange sjanser, vi har bare ikke blitt begrave dem. Vi fikk noen pauser (lørdag). Jeg tror fremdeles vi kan bli bedre, så det er spennende.”

Sanford fikk ballen til å rulle i den første perioden da han brente forsvarer Hunter Warner og løpt i alene og styre pucken mellom putene av keeper Ian Scott.

Sanford ferdig natten med et mål og en assist, noe som gir ham tre mål og en hjelper i fem kamper som medlem av Pats.

Den 20 år gamle sniper nesten lagt et annet bistå i den andre perioden da han leverte et flott innlegg is pass til Steel, som rask skutt slå Scott. Men målet ble veltet da en video gjennomgang viste at pucken traff jern to ganger, men aldri krysset linjen.

“Jeg vet ikke hvordan det ikke gikk inn,” trakk Sanford, en 50 mål mann med Tigrene forrige sesong. “Det ville vært en fin en å få. Når vi spiller med fart vi kommer til å få noen sjanser sånn.”

Som Steel, Sanford følte hans linje hadde vært å bygge mot et utbrudd i de siste kampene.

“Vi hadde noen gode sjanser,” Sanford sa da 4,713 fans på vei mot utgangene på Brandt Centre. “Jeg kunne ha håndtert pucken litt bedre, men det var hyggelig å klikke som en linje. Det gir oss selvtillit. Sammy fikk to sent. Biltur.”

Steel hadde god hjelp på lørdag kveld, markert med et unikt oppsett fra Richards på spillet seiersmålet. Etter å stjele pucken fra Warner i sporet, Richards sparket den over til stål for en kran i mål.

“Jeg hadde en gave der,” sier Steel. “Fyren bundet opp (Richards stokk så han brukte føttene. Det var en stor spiller.”

Steel lagt en tom netter med 23 sekunder på klokken, å sette et utropstegn på en produktiv kveld.

“Sam hadde mange sjanser og (Sanford) skapte noen ting med farten sin,” bemerket hovedtrener / GM John Paddock. “Jeg trodde (Sanford) skøytet bedre enn han gjorde på bilferie, som er like naturlig (som han tilpasser seg et nytt lag.) Han var nærmere spiller som vi ønsker å tro at vi fikk (i handelen). Vi absolutt trenger dem til å produsere, men som et lag vi trenger å spille så mye bedre. ”

Regina seiret til tross for at outshot 33 16, riding en sterk prestasjon av keeper Tyler Brown. Simon Stransky og Parker Kelly scoret for Prince Albert. Adam Berg hadde Regina øvrige mål takket være en stor installasjon av Austin Wagner, som gjorde stykket etter å ha blitt dratt ned foran nettet. denne sesongen.

Det var også deres første hjemmekamp siden 3 januar en 7 3 tap for Raiders.

Før det Regina hadde lidd tre ekstra tid tap mot Prince Albert (to i OT og en via shootout).

“Vi har hatt en rekke nære spill,” lagt Steel. “Det er fint å få seieren. Vi har spilt noen ganske god hockey mot dem, så jeg vil si at vi fortjente det.”

De Brandon Wheat Kings begynner å leve opp til hypen

Konsensus favoritter i WHL East Division kanskje hele ligaen hadde sin måte med Regina Pats på søndag ettermiddag, cruising til en 4 0 beslutning før 4,243 fans på Brandt Centre.

Det var den 30. seier for sesongen for Wheat Kings (30 13 2 2), som har vunnet syv av åtte kamper siden tapet 10 0 til Red Deer Rebels på 2 januar.

Som et resultat, har Brandon polstret forspranget på toppen av divisjonen til sju poeng over Prince Albert Raiders.

Brandon også forbedret sin rekord på 4 0 1 mot Regina denne sesongen. Lagene har tre møter igjen i den ordinære sesongen og kan møte hverandre i første runde av sluttspillet.

“Det er definitivt skuffende,” Pats kaptein Adam Brooks sa søndag ytelse, der laget var outshot 31 22. “Du vil aldri et team tenker de kan komme inn her og ta det med deg i din egen skøytebane, spesielt et lag vi kunne møte i sluttspillet. (innsatsen) må være 60 minutter. jeg vet at det ikke kommer til å være perfekt spill hele tiden, men vi har til å begrense feilene og prøve å gjøre de riktige tingene. ”

Gås egg: målvakt Jordan Papirny møtte bare 22 skudd på vei til sin femte shutout av sesongen og den 11. sin WHL karriere.

A bad night’s fishing – New Drama based on John 21:1-14

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Here is a new drama (or skit for all my readers in the USA) based on John 21:1-14

Two characters. They are called Andrew and Nathan. (Nathan is Nathaniel and while it doesn’t say Andrew was present a number of unamed disciples were fishing that night.) They are stood on the deck of a small fishing boat reflecting on the night’s fishing. Both talk in Northern accents with a “grumpy old man” manner.

 

Andrew:     I reckon it’s your fault Nathan.

 

Nathan:      Oh here we go Andrew. What are you blaming me for now?

 

Andrew:     It’s your fault we caught no fish all night.

 

Nathan:      Oh aye? How do you reckon on that?

 

Andrew:     It’s your aftershave. The fish can smell you a mile off. You must stop going fishing after you’ve been clubbing.

 

Nathan:      Oh right, blame me. More likely to be those two at the back of the boat – Zebedee’s boys. Whoever heard of fishermen called “Sons of Thunder”? – it’ll be all their racket that’s scared the fish.

 

Andrew:     Still reckon it’s your fault. I’m from a family of fishermen like my brother Peter.

 

Nathan:      What? Peter? When future Gospel writers come to write his life story, it’ll say “When Jesus came across Peter, he was mending his nets.” He spends more time sewing than fishing.

 

Andrew:     Hey shut up. He’s listening. You know he’s not been the same since he…well….you know…let Jesus down. You know when he denied him three times. He blames himself for everything.

 

Nathan:      Aye and a good night’s fishing was supposed to put that right. Not much chance of that. I’ve seen more fish in the Dead Sea during a drought on a hot Bank Holiday Monday.

 

Andrew:     Hang on… there’s a nutter on the beach lighting a fire and waving at us. Better not be the People’s Front of Judea doing that Zealot thing again. Still haven’t had the last insurance claim settled….

 

Nathan:      No…listen…John says it’s Jesus.

 

Andrew:     Blimey again? He’s back again? He’s had more comebacks than Dr Who.

 

Nathan:      Hang on… your brother Peter’s jumped in and is splashing through the water. No chance of catching any fish now. He’s being a real muppet.

 

Andrew:     If that’s Jesus, why’s he shouting at us? What? Is he telling us how to fish? Does he know what we do? Does he know we do this for a living? He’s a carpenter from Nazareth. Since when did he go all Robson Green and give tips on extreme fishing?

 

Nathan:      Shut up idiot. Now you’re scaring the fish – just do what he says. Put the net in on the other side.

 

Andrew:     Oh right. Does he think the fish are just messing about? Playing hide and seek under the boat.

 

Nathan:      Look…the nets…they’re full.   There must be…153 fish in that net.

 

Andrew:     What? 153 fish? How do you know?

 

Nathan:      I just do. Google it later and see if I’m right. LOL.

 

Andrew:     I have no idea what you just said. Well this net is heavy. All these fish. I’m going to put my back out.

 

Nathan:      Do you ever stop moaning? Look! Jesus is cooking breakfast. He’s alive. He is risen. And he’s a man who cooks a mean breakfast. Now that truly is a miracle.

 

Andrew:     No, I’ll tell you the real miracle. He’s talking to Peter and he’s smiling and nodding his head. Perhaps this is just what the doctor ordered.

 

This drama was written by Andy Redfern is copyright. However, you can use it freely for non-commercial purposes as long as you provide attribution and reference this site.

Five Ways to Make Learning Lines a Little Bit Easier

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In my view nothing takes the dramatic out of a drama more than all the actors walking around with scripts in their hands. They don’t project their voices. They don’t make eye contact with each other or the audience. And they often still get lost when they try to look up and ad lib.

People will often site lack of time or “it’s only a small congregation” as reasons why they don’t learn lines. Well those may be good excuses but I reckon if it’s worth taking the time of people to watch it, it’s definitely worth taking the time to learn the lines. So how can we learn lines more quickly and more effectively?

  1. Get the script right – if you can’t read and deliver the lines comfortably then tweak the script so you can. If you feel the character wouldn’t say things quite that way, rewrite it so you are comfortable. Of course, you are only rewriting for delivery – make sure you don’t go changing the meaning!
  2. Record the script and listen to it – even if you have to do all the voices yourself most laptops, phones and MP3 players now have the ability to record and playback easily. Listen to it a few times perhaps while you’re doing something else like driving and you will soon be picking up many of the lines.
  3. Record the other speaking lines and then practise adding yours – I use an application called Evernote. It lets me record all the other lines as individual notes. I then play them back in order and give my lines when each note finishes. Great for practising when no one else can help out.
  4. Work with a friend – ask someone else to give all the other lines. Makes sure they encourage you to get the lines exactly right. If you end up getting a line wrong it can throw everyone else.
  5. Make time for rehearsals – there is no better way to polish your lines and your timing.

So next time go the extra mile – your audience or congregation will thank you!

Got any tips you’d like to share?

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In total, the confiscated goods have an estimated value of $10,782.

Seaside Heights Police on Tuesday arrested In The Cut owner Georgios K. Kokotis, who is charged with distributing counterfeit goods, as is manager Ahamad Elkady.

Store clerk Kwabenah Ayeh, 21, has been charged with a disorderly persons offense for allegedly giving cigarettes to a minor at the store, investigators said.

The Seaside Heights Code Enforcement Office revoked In The Cut business license, wholesale jerseys and the store remained shuttered Saturday.

The arrests and seizures came as part of the Division of Consumer Affairs Safe Summer 2014 task force, a collaboration between various law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

Acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman, in a statement, said the effort promoted a safe and family friendly atmosphere on New Jersey boardwalks by finding and eradicating problems, from mercantile violations to the sale of contraband items such as illegal drugs, banned toys, and counterfeit goods.”

The initiative has already resulted in the arrests this summer of at least four boardwalk store owners and employees for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana, prohibited weapons and unlicensed novelty contact lenses.

Value of maps goes beyond getting around

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A friend of mine in college used to like staring at the United States map in the Memorial Union where people posted “need a ride to” requests. He liked to think about where other people were from and what it might be like to live in those places. But he basically just liked maps. They show possibilities.

I like maps, too, so when the Quad City Times recently ran a story about how the state of Iowa isn’t printing so many highway maps anymore because fewer people depend on paper to get around in an era of electronic navigation systems, I felt a need to defend maps for other reasons. wholesale jerseys Hoover, a retired University of Iowa professor and statistician who was for many years the director of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills.

These maps are works of art; many are hand colored prints that contain numerous embellishments in addition to information about the land masses they portray.

They are a timeline of human knowledge. A map from the 1500s, for example, portrays South America as a kind of smallish square because that’s the best information the cartographer had.

They also show viewpoint. An Italian map from 1788 shows British Capt. James Cook’s voyages through the Pacific Ocean. In one corner is a drawing of a bare breasted blonde native (unlikely) who has at her feet a cornucopia from which gold coins are spilling out.

This conveyed the message that the new world was “ripe for the taking,” said Rima Girnius, the curator of the exhibit. I’m not sure I would have drawn that conclusion without her guidance, but the mapmaker must have had some reason for drawing the woman and the gold.

An 1812 French map of the United States shows Louisiana as huge, with the former British colonies squished over in the northeast corner and looking small a controversial statement by France. Other maps show flags of various countries staked on land that wasn’t really theirs, but by drawing a flag, the countries were making a claim.

Treatment of Native Americans on United States maps tells a story of Manifest Destiny at the natives’ expense. The maps depict “Indian territory” as the unexplored land west of European settlement wherever settlement was at the time but as settlement presses farther west, the Indian references simply vanish. In time, “reservations” appear.

One map shows the states of Missouri and Arkansas, and west of them aregeometric shapes representing more than adozen Native American nations with proud names such as Pottawattamie, Kickapoo, Seminole, Shawnee, Omaha, Ioway and Choctwaw. The people of those nations had been forcibly relocated to these places through the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

Girnius said the map exhibit has drawn even more interest than she thought it would, and patrons are buying magnifying glasses in the museum store to better look at the maps’ finer points.

SIDE TRIPS: A great bonus of paper maps as my friend from college knew is that they show possibilities. You look at a map of Iowa to find where you are going, and you can see, off to the side, a point of interest such as the Ada Hayden Prairie, the Grave of Chief Wapello or the American Gothic House.

Yes, these places are probably hiding somewhere inside my Garmin, but I’d never find them.

Plus, with a navigation system, you have to know where you’re going in the first place. What if you don’t? What if you just want to get out a map to see what’s out there, what might be interesting?

SENSE OF GEOGRAPHY: Finally, there’s the matter of understanding our world and its geography. Where countries are located, where they are in relation to each other and where they are in relation to natural resources can explain a lot about why their inhabitants behave as they do.

Only if you don’t know how to use your Garmin, or your Tom Tom. They can be used to re route very easily, and very quickly. Or try this, just take that exit and let the device re route. My Tom Tom does that automatically. If I want an alternative route I just choose a convenient road and the device takes of the rest. It has never failed yet. cheapjerseysz9ws The problem with maps is that they require serious attention. You can’t can’t do that while driving, and the secondary roads are hard to see. And your map won’t display restaurants, stores, fuel service, motels or car repair places. And it won’t calculate your ETA either. It’s a good idea to have one for a backup, but we are never going to see maps reattain superiority over GPS.

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September was a month to remember for Sarahjane Belton captaining Ireland to eighth at the Women’s Rugby World Cup, winning her 50th cap and a place in the World All Star XV.The Wicklow native, who plays for UL Bohemians and Munster, showed her versatility by slotting in at both out half and full back during Ireland’s Cup campaign in Canada.Her assured line kicking, accurate passing and well timed runs were vital as the girls in green overcame South Africa and severely tested both Scotland and Australia, two teams ranked above them in the world rankings.Belton’s inclusion at number 10 in the tournament’s All Star team only confirmed her growing reputation in the game.canada goose uk Back on home soil and back to the daily grind, Belton is focusing her immediate attentions on a new lecturing post in the capital and the All Ireland League season, which starts this Sunday. What attracted you to the sport initially and do you still feel the same way about it?Sarahjane Belton: I took it up as a friend of mine, Ian Costello had started up a team in UL. Just to try something different. I was playing a lot of soccer at the time, in goals, and so the freedom afforded playing full back in rugby was just brilliant. I still love the freedom you are given to run in rugby and really enjoy the tactical and decision making side of things plus the fact that it really is such a team sport.IR: You’ve played at out half, most recently, and full back for Ireland do you have a preferred position?SJB: I played full back exclusively from day one, until the 2004 Six Nations. Our then out half Joanne O’Sullivan broke her finger against England so I had to slot in for her fairly quickly (Joanne has played full back for us for the past few years!). My first ever game at ten was against Spain in that year’s Six Nations tournament. I enjoy both positions I love the freedom of full back and the decision making at ten.IR: Your first call up to the Ireland squad must have been exciting tell us a bit about it?SJB: My first game in the Europeans in 2000. I was still pretty new to the game so, to be honest, the whole thing was a blur. It was a huge learning curve and I enjoyed it thoroughly.IR: Wins have been hard to come by for the Irish team, until recent seasons. How did you deal with those early defeats?SJB: The defeats took their toll alright (and still do) but as with anything, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. The only way to really appreciate success is to have been at the receiving end yourself. And when we do win our games, it means an awful lot to us. Physical Education and Mathematics) in UL with playing rugby for Bohs, Munster and Ireland that must have been tough. How have you managed it?SJB: It has been difficult alright but I don’t regret a second of it. The PESS Department in UL were very supportive over the years and if an exam or lecture clashed with a game, they always worked to accomodate those of us involved as they do for athletes from all disciplines. It was a matter of prioritising things sometimes work/college, sometimes rugby and sometimes, but rarely, other commitments!IR: So what are you currently up to. I believe you’re working up in Dublin? Do you still plan to play for UL Bohs?SJB: I had just submitted my PhD the week before heading to the World Cup and I will have to sit my Viva examination in the coming months to complete the process. At the moment, I’ve started a year’s post lecturing PE with the Education Department in St. Patrick’s Teacher Training College in Drumcondra. I’m living in Wicklow at present so getting used to the traffic is my biggest problem so far!I will continue playing with UL Bohs for the season, but will not be able to train with them as much as I would like however.IR: How was the PhD (The design and validation of a physical activity selft report measure for use with children aged 7 to 9 years)?SJB: The PhD was a great experience and I’m pleased with the findings. The first step will be to publish these findings, and from there, we’ll hopefully use the tool we developed to assess physical activity levels of younger children in primarty schools.IR: Back to the rugby, if you’re in an international week, say for next year’s Six Nations, what would an average week be like for you with regards to training and preparation with the management?SJB: Usually the management have everything well worked out so they don’t need me for anything. There might be a few matters the coach would want to talk about (tell me about!) but that would be it.Training wise, we would typically do three weight sessions (usually in the morning), one or two speed sessions (morning or evening) and one or two multi sprint endurance sessions (evening). After that there would be two club training sessions, and I would fit in kicking practice after a couple of the other sessions.IR: What’s your approach to kicking do you work off your own style or take bits from other people?SJB: I suppose I have taken bits of pieces that other people have shown me and built my own style. It has worked quite well for my punting but not so well for my goal kicking. I definitely need a bit of direction from someone!IR: Do you get annyoed with the inconsistent coverage that women’s rugby gets, or does it bother you?SJB: No I don’t get annoyed about it. It would be great for the development of the game in Ireland if the profile were to be raised consistently, but really when it comes down to playing the games, media coverage isn’t going to make you win or lose. I think, and I hope, that as we start to win more often the media will pull behind us more consistently too.

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Managing my pain became the new normal! I was still in pain ( bone pain, nerve pain, musculoskeletal pain, and some neuropathy), but I actually think I got used to feeling a certain level of pain, and would somehow manage to muddle through the day, always remembering in the back of my mind keep going laying down won’t make you feel better.Cheap Jerseys free shipping I was told when I was diagnosed that Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy was the pain that never goes away boy did I believe that!

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Many law firms are following practice management standards introduced

‘If you get someone and they don’t fit, then it’s ‘cheerio’, and you get someone else,’ they said.

Opposition came from local law societies, too. One wrote that formalised recruitment procedures were pointless because firms had an innate ability to select the right people. To expect them then to give those staff regular appraisals was ‘downright nonsensical’, it added.

It is exactly these kinds of attitudes that the Law Society is hoping to challenge with its practice management standards. Gerald Newman, the society’s practice support manager, stresses that the standards are far from revolutionary. ‘We’re not being pioneers if anything, we’re 10 years behind]’ he says.

Despite what some firms may think, employees would probably welcome the chance to be formally assessed, Mr Newman says. ‘Many staff members have friends who work in big companies. They are used to the idea of appraisal and probably find it strange that they don’t have it.’

Whatever the expectations of staff, the practice management standards will remain voluntary for all but those firms seeking a legal aid franchise (The Legal Aid Board has incorporated the standards into its franchising requirements). They are intended to improve quality of service and profitability by superseding the kind of haphazard management approach typified by the solicitors quoted at the beginning of this article.

The standards cover six main areas: management structure, services and forward planning, financial management, office administration, case management and managing people.

Under the last heading, the society wants firms to give their staff job descriptions, to use a systematic approach towards selection and recruitment, to provide induction training for new members, to evaluate and appraise staff and to provide continuing training where necessary. As Gerald Newman suggests, some firms are already well on the way to introducing the kind of staff management practices recommended by the society.

The 16 partner Exeter firm, Anstey Sargent Probert is committed to introducing appraisals for all fee earners and staff, as part of its gearing up for accreditation under BS5750, the British Standard guaranteeing quality of systems. The firm’s managing partner, Jeremy Robinson, says that effective appraisals will eventually allow the firm to introduce a system of profit related pay.

‘If profits are to be significantly improved to justify the expenditure on quality the culture needs to be changed,’ he says. Mr Robinson stresses that changes need to be introduced carefully. His firm had already aborted its early system of staff appraisals. ‘We told people that it would be confidential to certain partners, but the information leaked, so we brought the shutters down,’ Mr Robinson says. Staff appraisals will be reintroduced only once the firm is confident it can run them effectively, and after other quality procedures are in place, he says.

Gotelee Goldsmith, in Ipswich, is also working cautiously towards staff appraisals. The 12 partner practice a member of the law firm network LawNet wants to have its quality systems in place before subjecting staff to a formal process of assessment. ‘We felt that appraisal ought to be only one aspect of a much wider review of how we treat our staff,’ says the firm’s managing partner, Michael Sparrow.

The firm has been working with management consultants to help it develop better communications between staff and partners. ‘It was an interesting exercise’, Mr Sparrow says. ‘There proved to be a great disparity between what the partners thought they were getting right and what the staff thought.’

Mr Sparrow was ‘exhorted’ to change his own behaviour. ‘I used to run 10 minutes late, as a matter of course. I suppose it made me feel busy,’ he says.

The consultants discovered that the other fee earners similarly always ran behind schedule. Most clients, however, were found to arrive 10 minutes early, and as a result had to wait at least 20 minutes before being seen. ‘It is a bit difficult to shake off 20 years of being late,’ Mr Sparrow says. ‘But you have to ask yourself, ‘Do I really need to take that last phone call’? ‘

When the staff appraisal system is finally in place, Mr Sparrow believes it may be extended to include partners. ‘Partners appraisal is always a bit of a sticky subject, but I see no reason why we shouldn’t do it. It would get my vote,’ he says.

One firm that is already running partner appraisals is the Devon based 16 partner Woollcombe Beer Watts, a member of the network LawGroup. Marjory Mulrooney, the practice manager, says the experience has been relatively painless, adding that the process has already resulted in higher profits.

Everyone at the firm has an annual appraisal to consider his or her general career progression and development.http://www.cheapjerseysfreeshipping.cc All partners, including the senior partner, and other fee earners also have monthly appraisals to assess the level of income they have generated.

In a similar spirit of what’s sauce for the goose, Hancocks, a three partner practice in Oxford, has opened its partnership meetings to all staff. The open approach replaces what Andrew Rigby, a barrister and the firm’s chief executive, describes as a ‘command and control’ management style. The only matters now kept secret from staff concern hiring and firing, and partners’ personal financial information.

Following the change in management style, the firm’s reception staff have developed their own ‘client promises’. These include giving each new client an appointment within 36 hours and answering the telephone within four rings.

Hancocks is now moving on to tackle what Mr Rigby calls ‘ ‘ideas to exceed clients’ expectations’. So far these include the free use of a telephone for business clients who are kept waiting and keeping an eye on car parking time.

These ideas, like most moves to improve quality, are just common sense, Mr Rigby says. They are also good business sense. During the first year of Hancocks’ quality programme, turnover went up by 20 per cent; in the second year (1992 / 93), it increased by a further 54 per cent.

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ORLANDO, Fla. >> After days of alleging repeatedly that President Barack Obama literally founded the Islamic State group, Donald Trump abruptly shifted tone on Friday and insisted his widely debunked claim had been sarcastic.

Trump, in an early morning post on Twitter, blamed CNN for reporting seriously that he had called Obama and Democrat Hillary Clinton the extremist group founder and most valuable player. It a claim that Trump repeated at least a dozen times in three cities since debuting the attack line Wednesday during a rally outside Fort Lauderdale.

In fact, Trump had refused to clarify that he was being rhetorical or sarcastic when asked about the remark during interviews. On Tuesday, when conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt tried to steer Trump toward explaining he really meant Obama Mideast policies created conditions that IS exploited, Trump wanted none of it.

I meant he the founder of ISIS. I do, Trump said, using another acronym for the extremist group. Told that Obama was trying to defeat the militants, Trump added, don care. He was the founder. Trump is encountering worrying signs as his campaign moves into the November election. Clinton lead over Trump in national polls has widened in recent days, while a growing number of fellow Republicans have declared they won support their own party nominee.

Clinton is looking to take advantage by expanding into traditionally Republican states, seeking a sweeping victory in November.

It wasn immediately clear why Trump altered course Friday and said the whole notion was sarcastic. wholesale nfl jerseys But the allegation had elicited fresh concerns about Trump relationship with the truth and his preparedness to be commander in chief.

Clinton campaign has cried foul and accused Trump of mimicking Russian President Vladimir Putin talking points, and the Democratic Party had asked for an apology.

just do not think insults and bullying is how we are to get things done, Clinton said as she laid out her economic plan Thursday in Warren, Michigan.

Yet even as he worked to quell one campaign controversy, Trump appeared to spark another late Wednesday when said he was with trying Americans suspected of terrorism in military tribunals at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. citizens, Trump told the Miami Herald that he didn like that Obama and others wanted to try them in traditional courts.

would say they could be tried there, Trump said, referring to Guantanamo Bay. be fine. citizens from being prosecuted in military tribunals.

GOP concerns about Trump are compelling enough that dozens of worried Republicans were gathering signatures for a letter urging the party chairman to stop helping Trump and focus on protecting vulnerable House and Senate candidates, according to a draft obtained by the Associated Press. Trump said he wasn worried Republicans would cut him off and threatened to stop fundraising for the party if they do.

Trump campaign planned to sit down with RNC officials in Orlando on Friday. But both Republican Party officials and Trump campaign said the meeting was focused on campaign strategy in battleground states like Florida, and not tensions between the campaign and the GOP.

Trump On His Plan To Ban Muslims

to refuse to let any Muslim from anywhere into the United States.

It has prompted very strong criticism, including from some of his fellow Republican candidates and state party leaders.

Trump’s proposal came the day after President Obama’s Sunday night televised address from the Oval Office in which the president urged Americans to reject discrimination against Muslim Americans.”I wrote something today that I think is very very salient, very important and probably not politically correct, but I don’t care,” Trump said at a rally on an aircraft carrier turned museum in South Carolina.

The statement earned him a standing ovation at an event in which two protesters were led out. Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

He cited polls as evidence of “hatred” of Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. One was a survey from Pew Research. He didn’t include specifics, so it’s not clear what the data there really show.

A 2011 Pew Global Attitudes survey found majorities of Muslims in other countries described Westerners as “selfish,” “violent” and “arrogant.”

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump pointed out, citing different Pew data:

“The polling firm has found that Muslims across the globe are overwhelmingly opposed to the Islamic State and in 2007 that Muslims were much less likely to view suicide bombings as justified than five years prior. Pew also found a partisan split in which Republican Americans were far more likely to hold negative views of Muslims than Democrats. Muslims almost never consider suicide bombings to be justified.”

At his rally, Trump then went on to highlight another poll.

“This was from the Center for Security Policy, very highly respected group of people, who I know, by the way 25 percent of those polled agreed violence against Americans is justified. It’s Muslims 25 percent,” Trump said.

The poll is highly suspect. Its methodology is questionable polling online and its questions in many cases are leading.

There may be a reason for that. and about the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating this country. Council of Muslim Organizations is simply the leading edge of the jihadist movement in this country. Gaffney even has a petition page set up on his group’s website seeking to kick Norquist and Suhail Kahn out of the American Conservative Union and accusing them of “running influence operations against conservatives on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist causes.”

Reaction from other GOP presidential hopefuls came quickly. Ben Carson tried to draw this line: “Everyone visiting our country should register and be monitored during their stay,http://www.cheapjerseys6vm5.top as is done in many countries,” spokesman Doug Watts said. “We do not and would not advocate being selective on one’s religion.”

Others all out rejected Trump’s proposal.

Ted Cruz, who is competing with Trump for both the Tea Party and the evangelical vote, spoke to NBC News. “No, that is not my policy,” he said. “I believe the focus should be on radical Islamic terrorism.”

Jeb Bush called Trump “unhinged.”

Marco Rubio said Trump’s plan was outlandish and offensive.

Chris Christie said Trump has no idea what he’s talking about.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was asked about it during an appearance on the Hugh Hewitt Radio program.

“Well, I think this whole nation, that we can say, ‘No more Muslims,’ that we can just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in,” he said.

Muslim civil rights groups, meanwhile, reacted with alarm. Nihad Awad of the Council on American Islamic Relations said Trump sounded like the leader of a lynch mob.

“If such hatred and bigotry is not outright rejected by the GOP, then it will be part of its legacy for many years to come,” Awad said.

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For two months pro democracy activists have occupied various parts of the territory, and protests have occasionally turned violent.

But the High Court began granting injunctions to businesses and industry groups to clear roads in November, triggering a round of clearances by bailiffs and the police.

The first clearance in Admiralty on 18 November passed off peacefully.

The students have insisted that public opinion is still on their side, but the numbers at protest sites and polls indicate that the public has grown increasingly weary of the disruption and unrest.

At its peak, the pro democracy movement saw tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents from all walks of life take to the streets. Cheap Jerseys china Two months on, just a few hundred remain camped out in tent cities, most of whom are students and young workers.

Meanwhile, a mid November poll done by the University of Hong Kong’s public opinion programme found that a majority of respondents did not support the protests.

A majority also backed the Hong Kong government’s clearance of the sites, though some believed that it could allocate other areas for protesters.

Student leaders have also found it difficult to make headway.

On 2 December, three of the co founders of the Occupy Central movement called for protesters to retreat.

What is the Chinese government saying?One of the Hong Kong business groups that has taken out an injunction to clear the protest sites is a joint venture controlled by Chinese state owned Citic Group.

Though it remains unclear whether Beijing had a direct hand in the applications, many in the business sector which is increasingly reliant on China have opposed the protests since day one, on the grounds that it would hurt the economy and anger Beijing.

What Causes High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a serious condition that affects one in four adults. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body. It is the force of blood against the walls of arteries. It makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body and causes the hardening of the arteries. Normal blood pressure is less than 130/85. High blood pressure is higher than 140/90. Hypertension is between 120/80 and 140/90. Causes of High Blood Pressure Studies show many different kinds of secondary high blood pressure where the primary causes may be quite different from the continuing causes. An example is a rare disease known as coarctation of the aorta, a disease of the large artery carrying blood out of the heart. In this condition, the aorta is tightly constricted a few inches beyond its origin and then expands to its normal diameter. Undoubtedly, blood pressure must rise above the constriction and fall below it, just as it does when one compresses a hosepipe. Yet, if this constriction is removed surgically and the normal continuity of the aorta is restored, blood pressure usually takes several years to fall to normal level. The initial case of high blood pressure is the constriction, but the continuing cause is probably complex changes in circulating hormones, which function to maintain blood flow through the kidneys despite the obstruction, which may persist for a long time even after the obstruction, has gone. Pressure in a hose can be regulated either by controlling the rate at which fluid passes through it or by widening it. Pressure inside your arteries can cause the muscles that line the walls of the arteries to thicken. Your blood pressure is at its highest when the heart beats, pumping the blood. When the heart is at rest, between beats, your blood pressure falls. Still, for most of your waking hours, your blood pressure stays pretty much the same when you are sitting or standing still. The last cause is one in which you have absolutely no control over. It is genetics. On its own, genetics doesn’t cause high blood pressure, but it feeds all the other causes. Think of it as fertilizer so to speak. If you have a family history of high blood pressure, then your very prone to getting it yourself. With the right genes you can have a high fat and sodium diet, never exercise, drink tons of coffee and stress out on a daily basis, yet still have a reasonably low blood pressure. With the wrong genes, even a little too much salt may be enough to kick your blood pressure into a dangerous range. Symptoms of High Blood Pressure High blood pressure has no symptoms. But if you feel a dull ache in the back of your head when you wake up one morning, or you have few more nosebleeds than normal, you could have a high blood pressure. Headaches, nosebleeds, and dizziness are also common warning signs and symptoms of high blood pressure, but these do not occur until high blood pressure has reached a more advanced stage. However, many people even with the highest blood pressure readings do not feel any of these symptoms. Palpitations, tension headaches and hyperventilation are symptoms of anxiety and so are common in people who are anxious or frightened. If they already have these symptoms and are then unfortunately found to have high blood pressure, then the diagnosis may confirm their fears and reinforce the symptoms. Others may get palpitations for the first time after they have been told that they have high blood pressure.http://www.cheapnfljerseysonlinef.top They are not caused by high blood pressure itself, but by fear of it and what the diagnosis means. The symptoms usually disappear, although not always immediately, with adequate explanation of what a diagnosis of high blood pressure really means. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is considered a modern day disease that can lead to heart disease and stroke. As soon as symptoms are apparent, the proper treatment should be sought immediately. Hypertension, if left untreated, can cause the heart to enlarge due to the increased force necessary to pump blood against the greater resistance in your vessels. It is often called “the silent killer”. It affects nearly 50 million Americans High Blood Pressure Treatment Complimentary Therapies Right medication will curb the level of blood pressure. Living a life with the right practice and involvement will help you to get better relief. It is advisable to join any meditation group or even you can buy books that teach you meditation. In spite of increasing the level of blood pressure, meditation will put an end to the trouble. Moreover, meditation will make your mind to achieve balance pose and position. Acupuncture combined with electric stimulation or electro acupuncture can lower elevations of blood pressure in human beings. When the research was conducted for the first time, acupuncture needles were inserted on the inside of the forearm just above the wrist, but to no avail. Researchers then started adding electric stimulation to the needles, which means that electric would start flowing from the needles to the body.

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