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A senior partner who was convinced he had won a lottery has been struck off for misusing client funds to access his ’win’.Hugh Peter Lansdell misappropriated almost £1.5m from his own firm as well as thousands from various trusts, charities and clients.Landsell, 70 this year, had been a solicitor since 1975 and a partner with Norfolk firm Hansells for more than 27 years. He also acted as an intermediary between an investment management company and various trusts benefiting individuals and charities.Around Easter 2015, Lansdell received a letter, purportedly from lottery promoters, advising him that he had won £825,000. When he followed up the letter, he was told there had been an error and that he had actually won £1.825m. The supposed win was bogus; Lansdell was in fact in touch with fraudsters seeking fees to secure the release of his ’winnings’.Between August 2015 and July 2017, Lansdell made 59 payments valued between £1,500 and £168,500 from the Hansells client account, including one ledger relating to the matter of a deceased client.Apart from one payment to repay a private loan from a friend, all other payments from the client account were directly used to fund his purported lottery win fees.He also instructed the investment management company to sell assets from a portfolio of a charity to the value of £235,000. SDT signSource: Michael CrossSolicitors Disciplinary TribunalHansells became suspicious about the way Lansdell was dealing with client money when a solicitor in one of its regional branches reported concerns about an investment he had made. Throughout the subsequent three-month investigation he gave false explanations for the various payments, before admitting he was involved in a lottery scam in August 2017.He accepted the SRA’s allegations of misappropriating client funds and dishonesty, making an agreed outcome with the regulator to present before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.In his mitigation, not agreed by the SRA, he said the misconduct was committed as a consequence of a deception perpetrated by criminals. He genuinely believed he had won a substantial prize and his intention was always to replace the sums misappropriated. He also stated he had been suffering from a serious mental illness at the time.The tribunal agreed to his strike-off and ordered that he pay £27,338 in costs.
COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 28th July, 2020 06:29 IST Canha Homers As Athletics Beat Angels 3-0 For Winning Series Mark Canha homered for the first time this season, Chris Bassitt escaped a big jam, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Monday as the teams concluded their season-opening wraparound series Mark Canha homered for the first time this season, Chris Bassitt escaped a big jam, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Monday as the teams concluded their season-opening wraparound series.A’s slugging first baseman Matt Olson began wearing a mask at his position when runners reached amid a coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins that kept the club in Philadelphia. Olson could be seen chatting with Mike Trout — also masked up — in the top of the eighth after the Angels star drew a walk from Jake Diekman.Bassitt (1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded predicament in the fourth when he threw out Tommy La Stella at the plate to start an inning-ending double play. Bassitt, a 10-game winner last season who is in the rotation for now, pumped his fist as he walked off the field.Ramon Laureano gave Oakland the lead on a sacrifice fly in the third before Matt Chapman’s RBI double.Yusmeiro Petit struck out David Fletcher in an 11-pitch at-bat to end the seventh. Joakim Soria allowed a pair of singles before closing it out for his first save, retiring Trout on a 93-mph called third strike that the slugger argued. He removed his batting helmet while speaking to plate umpire Adam Hamari. Manager Joe Maddon also had a word with the umpire.Closer Liam Hendriks rested after recording a four-out save Sunday and pitching in Friday’s season opener.The A’s took three of four from the Angels and won their opening series of a season for the first time since 2010, when they won three of four against the Mariners.Shohei Ohtani went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts as designated hitter a day after leaving his first start in nearly 23 months after failing to record an out. Slugger Albert Pujols, who at 40 made his 20th consecutive opening day start Friday night, singled in the second for his first hit of 2020 and wound up 1 for 12 with a walk during the four-game series.Right-hander Griffin Canning (0-1) surrendered Canha’s drive to start the fourth just after the Angels’ missed opportunity in the top half of the inning.CLIMBING THE RANKSSlugger Khris Davis played his 355th game as Oakland’s designated hitter, tying him for second most in A’s history with Mitchell Page and trailing Dave Kingman’s 428.TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: Manager Joe Maddon gave 3B Anthony Rendon one more day to rest his oblique injury because “it just seems the right thing to do everybody included was to wait till tomorrow to make that decision, yay or nay.” Rendon could make his Angels debut as soon as Tuesday in the home opener or at least by Wednesday. “He’s trending properly and he should be ready to play relatively soon,” Maddon said.ROSTER MOVEThe A’s released RHP Daniel Gossett, who was designated for assignment Thursday, and added RHP Ben Bracewell to their player pool. He was assigned to the club’s alternate site in San Jose.UP NEXTRHP Daniel Mengden, in the rotation while left-hander A.J. Puk is sidelined by a strained throwing shoulder, makes his 2020 debut when the A’s open a two-game home series with the Colorado Rockies. Angels lefty Patrick Sandoval pitches for Los Angeles in its home opener Tuesday night vs. Seattle.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By First Published: 28th July, 2020 06:29 IST LIVE TV FOLLOW US
That is, unless Lawrence starts playing at that otherworldly level again. He doesn’t have to be the Heisman winner, No. 1 pick or future Super Bowl MVP. He just needs to be the quarterback who puts Clemson in position to win games and earn another shot at the Playoff.Also don’t lose sight of the fact Lawrence would still have had 1:17 on the clock had UNC converted the 2-point try and taken the lead. He probably would have put Clemson in position to win the game.Why would you expect anything less? He led the go-ahead drive with his arms — and legs — to keep the Tigers’ unbeaten streak alive at 20 games and improve his record as a starter to 16-0. He finished 18 of 30 passing for 206 yards and a touchdown, adding 11 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown. Those aren’t Heisman-caliber statistics, but the sophomore quarterback turned it up when it mattered most. He made the plays when they were needed.SN’s TOP 40 PLAYERS: Lawrence at top of loaded classThis was Clemson’s closest call since Lawrence’s first start, against Syracuse last season. The Tigers and Heels were tied 14-14 after a fourth-and-1 stop by Clemson’s defense with 12:34 remaining in regulation. That’s when Lawrence — who was 6 of 14 for 36 yards in the third quarter — turned back the Tar Heels’ upset bid.His three carries for 16 yards on the drive helped set up a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tee Higgins on third-and-6 that put Clemson up 21-14 with 9:54 remaining. The throw, however, forced Higgins to turn around.That has been the story with Lawrence this season. Ever since his 347-yard, three-touchdown performance in last January’s 44-16 victory over Alabama for the national championship, he has been held to an impossible standard: Heisman favorite, future No. 1 draft pick, future Super Bowl MVP.He is expected to be that quarterback on every throw, so the early-season interception bug and ho-hum statistical lines have been picked through as a result. Lawrence hasn’t produced to the level of Heisman favorites Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields or Joe Burrow. He is supposed to be dominating the ACC.MORE: Hurts opens Heisman lead with huge Big 12 debutClemson didn’t dominate North Carolina, but that’s not all on Lawrence. The Tar Heels drove for a potential game-tying touchdown after Clemson had pulled ahead, only to come up short as it went for the big upset. Clemson survived the onside kick and the game, both of which were closer than they needed to be.That’s going to be the rub for Clemson the rest of the way. The Tigers were a 2-point conversion away from being on the outside of a Playoff race that’s complicated by the Tigers’ low strength of schedule. Wake Forest is likely the only team remaining on Clemson’s regular-season schedule that will be ranked.There is good news, though: Clemson has time to reach that untouchable level, and its bye week comes at the right time. The Tigers should be more focused when they return against Florida State on Oct. 12.Here’s the bad news: This performance will leave Clemson with a perception problem. Alabama could be No. 1 on Sunday. The two-SEC-team argument is strengthening, and Ohio State still looks like it can play with Clemson. The Tigers might not get the championship benefit of the doubt if they lose a game in what’s considered a weak ACC. Trevor Lawrence’s brilliance for Clemson in last season’s College Football Playoff championship game created unfair expectations for him and the defending national champions heading into 2019.Lawrence might still be fighting through those otherworldly expectations, but he proved his value once more in No. 1 Clemson’s 21-20 victory at North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels missed a 2-point conversion try and an onside kick in the final minute, but Lawrence had put the Tigers in position to win.
10 January 2014The Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, visited Bafana Bafana at their training camp in the city on Thursday, ahead of Saturday’s kick off of the 2014 African Nations Championships (Chan) at Cape Town Stadium.The teams in the tournament are composed of players that ply their trade in their home countries. South Africa plays in the opening game against Mozambique, with kick off at 6pm, followed by fellow Group A contestants Mali and Nigeria doing battle at 9pm.De Lille personally met each and every player and member of the coaching staff before they began training. She also received a Bafana Bafana jersey from coach Gordon Igesund and captain Itumeleng Khune.‘They represent you and me’“It is always great and an honour to meet our sports stars because they represent you and me. It is even greater that, for the first time ever, we Cape Town are hosting Bafana Bafana for an international tournament,” she told the players.“I want to wish you the best of luck in the Chan competition. The whole nation is behind you, so go out there and do the nation proud.“I would also like to remind football fans around the country, in particular Capetonians, to go get their tickets and come support not just Bafana Bafana but the whole tournament,” she added.The history of ChanThe African Nations Championship has been played twice previously, with the Democratic Republic of Congo winning the first tournament, hosted by the Ivory Coast in 2009, by beating Ghana 2-0 in the final. Zambia finished third after a 2-1 defeat of Senegal.In 2011, in Sudan, Tunisia crushed Angola 3-0 in the final to capture the title. Sudan finished third after edging Algeria 1-0.Chan and Bafana BafanaSouth Africa failed to qualify for the first African Nations Championship finals after losing to Zimbabwe 3-0 on aggregate in the qualifiers.Bafana Bafana, however, made it to the finals in 2011 after seeing off both Botswana and Zambia on 2-1 aggregates in the qualifiers. They then finished top of Group B after wins of 2-1 over Ghana, 2-0 over Niger and 2-1 over Zimbabwe.South Africa’s tournament was ended by Algeria in the quarterfinals, with the North Africans scoring a 2-0 victory.SAinfo reporter and South African Football Association
david strom Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… If you own a scanner, chances are you are using Nuance’s Windows-based PaperPort software, the tool that has been bundled with scanners for more than 20 years. Today the company introduced version 14 of the venerable utility, a new iOS app and a cloud-based scanning solution called PaperPort Anywhere. What is interesting is how Nuance has taken a piece of desktop PC software that has been around so long and incorporated these more modern innovations, to make a powerful way to leverage how we work between cloud and desktop programs and enable users to more closely tie in cloud storage with their desktop files. Anywhere has three different accounts: free, $10 or $25 a month that vary by the amount of cloud-based storage (one, 10 or 50 GB), and per-document file size limits (500 MB, one or two GB). By way of reference, a ten-page document will be 5 MB when scanned and compressed. You can store any digital file, just like Dropbox or SkyDrive, as well as take scans and move them to this repository. The display of files in your cloud drive can show you thumbnails of each document, as you can see in the screen shot below:But more importantly than just transportation, you can also search for keywords or text within the document easily too. The PaperPort software will synch the same folder structure that you have on your desktop, which is better than some of the cloud services that just limit you to a single synch folder. When you synch folders, their names are bolded on your desktop software to remind you.In addition to a link to the Anywhere cloud service, the newest version 14 of the Windows software (there wasn’t any 13 for superstitious reasons) includes the Nuance Cloud connector, which allows you to connect to over 20 different cloud-based services, including Amazon’s S3, Google Docs, Microsoft Live SkyDrive, Box.net and Evernote, among others. You can treat these services just like local desktop folders, such as drag and drop files from your desktop to the cloud, something missing from some of the clients for these cloud services. You can also scan a document and send it to these services too. There is also support for Windows 7 jump lists to improve navigation, and access to the Windows Context menu to be able to easily compress multiple documents. “Our users don’t have to leave our desktop to do tasks that they previously had to do on the Windows desktop itself,” says Jeff Segarra, director of imaging product management of Nuance. Nuance will also introduce downloadable mobile applications for iPhone, iPad and Android devices that allow users to access and send documents from PaperPort Anywhere. Again, this is similar to what the mobile clients on Box.net and others offer, for example. PaperPort v14 is available now in two versions for $99 for the basic version and $199 for the professional version, which includes PDF creation and some other tools. Upgrades will cost $99 for the Professional version if you are an existing Nuance customer, and available until the end of September. Tags:#Announcements#cloud#news Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts
4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi… Related Posts signe brewster You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… Jaunt’s virtual reality cameraIn the year since cinematic virtual reality startup Jaunt launched, the world of VR has once again turned upside down. There are new headsets, new industries interested and, finally, definite plans to release it to consumers. The race is on to determine which content will define the world’s first experiences with the medium.Jaunt CEO Jens Christenson can’t help but get excited about all the activity and identify one of its greatest opportunities: I think technology has gotten to the point [where] people are excited about it. They’re going to get the headsets, especially mobile headsets. The biggest overarching thing is just creating enough content so we can have what I call critical mass of content in 2015. So when people get their headsets, there is great content they can view, but also fresh content coming every day, every week, so they keep coming back.At the South By Southwest festival, Christensen had a fresh reel of content to show me, including aerial shots of rock climbers and an on-stage view of a Paul McCartney concert. Jaunt’s custom camera captures 360 degrees of 3D video that pulls on the emotional strings that make virtual reality feel so real. VR Films Are No Laughing MatterJaunt’s founders take a moment to yuck it up for the cameras.It’s clear that Jaunt is beginning to experiment with new forms of video. Back when the company was still in stealth mode, its clips felt mostly like home movies—simple shots of a children’s choir, BMX bikers and a tranquil yard. There was one experimental scene from a horror film.Today, the production value feels much higher. In one scene from “Other Space,” the upcoming Yahoo comedy by the creator of “Freaks and Geeks,” characters lobbed mildly humorous insults and got in my face while examining me aboard their spaceship. See also: 6 Ways The HTC Vive Will Freak Out Virtual-Reality GeeksThis was the first comedy I’ve seen in virtual reality. While I don’t have great things to say about the script writing, it raised some interesting thoughts. Oculus Rift, one of several headsets that Jaunt films will support.You know how people like to keep a little distance between themselves and other people or objects? Your desire for personal space in real life still exists in VR. But the scene didn’t ask me to laugh at some character on the screen getting poked and prodded—it asked me to laugh at myself. It was a conflicting feeling of discomfort and amusement. Another clip, “Stress Level Zero,” is Jaunt’s first piece to feature computer-generated material. An animated alien in a spacesuit lands and begins performing a DJ set, while live-action FBI agents shout at it to freeze. The combination felt natural in VR. Virtual Opportunity—And CompetitionJaunt plans to remain goggle agnostic, but its biggest boost may come from mobile headsets, which eliminates wires by using a phone as their screen. “We’re very excited about the mobile solution,” Christensen said. “The thing that’s so great about mobile for us is, it plays video really well. It’s really not that suited for video games.”Jaunt CTO Arthur van Hoff, vice president of engineering Tom Annau and CEO Jens Christensen.That means less competition for eyeballs on the platform that could be the first VR experience for millions of people. Films run just fine on headsets like Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus, which have higher-quality screens, but they were born for gaming and need to be tethered to a computer. Samsung and Oculus’ Gear VR headset is made to be out in the world getting strapped onto as many heads as possible. Christensen said he is even excited about Cardboard, Google’s inexpensive headset that is literally made out of cardboard. I agree with Christensen that it’s all about content now. Even today, you can have a great experience in VR whether you’re using Gear or HTC’s new Vive, which was the hit of the 2015 Game Developers Conference. Jaunt is under similar pressure. While it has the intellectual property rights to protect its camera, plus its editing and distribution software and apps, it is no longer the only company creating high-quality videos for VR. See also: Samsung Is Getting Serious About Producing Its Own Virtual-Reality VideosBut Jaunt’s latest demos convinced me that its inventiveness could still give it the edge. The company provides evolving creation tools to artists and developers, and it’s clearly thinking hard about what VR cinema should feel like. Christensen’s team is also considering how to make watching VR videos more social, to beat back the feelings of isolation common in virtual reality environments. The questions that remain for cinematic VR creators will take years to answer. But hopefully, when the first headsets emerge later this year, the industry will have a compelling start.Camera photo and color shot of founders by Signe Brewster for ReadWrite; all others courtesy of Jaunt The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… Tags:#Jaunt#SXSW#SXSW 2015#virtual reality#VR
The International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) threat to withdraw Olympic qualifiers from the country forced the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to try and bring the two warring hockey factions together, but their meeting on Tuesday failed to break the deadlock yet again.Indian Olympic Association president Vijay Kumar Malhotra.Soon after the meeting, interim IOA president Vijay Kumar Malhotra admitted that there was no guarantee if Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federations (IHF) would be able to arrive at a solution that suits all the stake holders involved.For months, there have been numerous meetings to resolve the crisis in the Indian hockey administration without any fruitful outcome. The government tried to broker peace between the two factions and sports minister Ajay Maken even sounded optimistic about the developments.However, there have only been verbal assurances which have hardly moved in any positive direction and subsequently, (FIH) withdrew the Champions Trophy from India.”It is definitely a very complicated matter. We have asked the two bodies to leave their egos aside for the interest of Indian hockey. This was a preliminary meeting and we will wait for some more time to see how things move from here,” Malhotra told Mail Today.While Narinder Batra was present on behalf of Hockey India, IHF was represented by KPS Gill, Ashok Mathur and Amrit Bose at the meeting.”Both the bodies have taken very rigid stands and although we are working to improve the situation, still there’s no guarantee if the matter can be resolved in time.advertisement”We want to see India at the Olympics and certainly don’t want the qualifiers to be moved out of the country. That is the reason this meeting was convened today,” Malhotra added.The ongoing impasse between the two bodies has already taken away India’s Champions Trophy hosting rights and the FIH has also threatened to shift the Olympic qualifiers, scheduled for next year, out of the country.In a recent letter to the sports ministry, FIH president Leandro Negre reiterated the world body’s stand of a sole governing authority to run the sport in India.”We wouldn’t have liked to interfere in the functioning of hockey but in the current scenario, the IOA had to intervene because it will be the IOA contingent that we will participate at the Olympics,” said Malhotra, adding that Hockey India is the only body recognised by IOA to run the sports in India.In fact, the FIH also asked the ministry to release the money that India owes to the international federation for the World Cup last year.Meanwhile, the Lanco International Super Series hockey tournament in Australia, featuring both the men’s and women’s teams from India, will be telecast live on ESPN STAR Sports from October 20 to 23.
In case you had any doubts about the future of your freelance career, Work Market has reported that professional freelance labor has increased 11.5% and the average freelancer assignment value is up 23% in 2013. Heck yeah, freelancing.Some other interesting findings from the study:Total freelancer earnings for 2013 are projected to be 72 percent greater than in 2012.California has the highest demand for freelancers. Texas is #2, New York #3.Businesses with more than 50 employees use the same freelancer for an average of 9 jobs per year. Small business with less than 10 employees use the same freelance for only 4 jobs.Spending on freelancers in media production will increase 1222% in 2014. (You’re probably thinking what I’m thinking: What is that and how can we all do that?)Freelancers, do you find that bigger companies give you more freelance work? Or have you found that freelancing at small businesses has other advantages?An infographic from Work Market: