Body in Sync trainers and therapists Sushma Patel (from left), Karim Stamati and Kristina Stewart.Soon after Kristina Stewart had her son in 2005, she started to notice a severe numbness in her arm when she picked up the baby. Doctors diagnosed a bone spur in her upper spine. The options were surgery that would leave a large scar on the front of her neck or physical therapy.“I’m way too vain to want surgery [on my neck],” Stewart said. So she went to see Prairie Village physical therapist Sushma Patel. “I did what she said, and she healed me.”So when Stewart, a trained Stott Pilates instructor, heard from friend Karim Stamati, a yoga instructor with three decades of experience, that she was facing an injury as well, Stewart quickly referred Stamati to Patel, who delivered similar results. The three kept in close contact, and often discussed the complementary benefits of Pilates and yoga with physical therapy in rehabilitation and injury prevention.Now, the three have teamed up to offer a first-of-its-kind injury recovery practice that incorporates all three disciplines, Body in Sync. Patel, who has operated her Body in Motion physical therapy practice since 2001, had the idea to bring Pilates, yoga and physical therapy together in response to feedback she was getting from patients. Many people with an injury will go through physical therapy for basic rehabilitation — but they won’t get fully recovered, and often reinjure themselves when they attempt to return to regular activity.“It’s something that I’ve heard from my patients over and over again,” Patel said. “I’ve went to see a personal trainer here, I went to see someone else over there, and then they just end up back in my place.”“Patients want to get all the way to recovery — not just to be rehabbed,” Stewart said. “That’s where we’re trying to fill in the gap.”The new practice has its own studio in the Body in Motion space in the Capitol Federal building at 75th Street and State Line Road, 1900 W. 75th Street, that features standard yoga and Pilates equipment. Body in Sync will offer a variety of programming for patients. A six-session rehabilitation track will provide personalized therapy and exercise guidance for individuals, while the studio will also host small group and private Pilates and yoga classes. Patel said they also plan to offer weekend workshops and education seminars focused on particular injury types, like lower back pain.“It’s a very synergystic approach,” Stamati said of the group’s offerings.Body in Sync will hold an open house this Friday, April 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. Full service will begin in mid-April, but Patel said the group is able to accept new patients immediately.The studio feature Pilates and yoga equipment for the practices personalized programs.
Bicycle race Tour of Croatia is one of the most important sporting events this year in Croatia, which confirms the interest of many famous cycling teams and the media that will transmit the image from Croatia to as many as six continents.The organizer of the race is the agency Top Sport Events, represented by Vladimir Miholjević, sports and technical director and Ivan Črnjarić, event and marketing director of the race. Following the example of a similar practice in major world bicycle races, they organized a ceremonial presentation of stages and teams for representatives of partners and the media.The Tour of Croatia is an event in which the sports arena is actually the whole of Croatia, the race is held over a thousand kilometers, includes 12 host cities and 10 counties, and the stages pass through more than a hundred different places. This is a real example of an event that will strengthen the tourist attractiveness of not only the destinations in which it will be held, but also the whole of Croatia. The effect it has on viewers when they see the beauties of Croatia from the air is best illustrated by the example of a Eurosport commentator who said during the broadcast of last year’s stage that he would be silent for a minute, and let the spectators just enjoy the incredible beauties of Plitvice Lakes. This is the main reason why the Croatian National Tourist Board is strongly involved in the project.Last year, we were able to witness wonderful staff from Croatia through this extremely valuable sporting event, said Minister of Tourism Anton Kliman and added “I am especially glad that this year the race will be further expanded to parts of Slavonia and Northern Croatia and that it will allow spectators around the world to see how beautiful the whole of Croatia really is. This event is also an opportunity to further strengthen our tourist attractiveness in the off-season and thus show that Croatia has much more to offer than just ‘sun and sea’. Therefore, I am extremely glad that the Ministry of Tourism can support the Tour of Croatia this year as well, and I welcome any project that makes Croatia a more interesting, richer and more competitive destination.”There will be two national parks on the route of the race – Plitvice Lakes National Park and Krka National Park, and footage from Osijek will also include Kopački rit. Also, there are nature parks – Učka, Velebit and Bikovo, then the canyon of Cetina, Risnjak and Medvednica, which will be a view of Zagreb as the final stage.Photos: KL-Photo.com”I can proudly say that the Croatian National Tourist Board strongly supports the international cycling race Tour of Croatia this year as well. After excellent last year’s results and indicators, we entered the organization of this year’s race with even greater interest and expectations. This year we are supporting the organization of the race with four million kuna since it is a mega event that will significantly contribute to the promotion of Croatian destinations in the world, and in addition to financial support we will support the whole project through our promotional and PR activities in our most important markets”, Said the director of the Main Office of the CNTB Ratomir Ivičić, adding that he is additionally pleased with the fact that an additional stage was introduced from Osijek to Varaždin, which expanded the race to a total of six stages.The race will be broadcast live by HRT and Eurosport, and every evening it will broadcast summaries with the most exciting moments from the stages. The TV broadcast will be broadcast by a number of television stations from as many as 6 continents – in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia – some of which will also broadcast the Tour live.”Eurosport wants to increase its importance at the local level and the Tour of Croatia is a great opportunity to recognize the potential of Croatia, a country with a rich sports tradition and world-renowned top athletes. We are glad that Eurosport, as an international “home of cycling”, will satisfy fans and admirers of this sport in 51 European countries by broadcasting the Tour of Croatia. In addition, we will share the best moments of the race directly with our fans on the Eurosport Croatia Facebook pageShe said Victoria Davies, Vice President and Country Manager for Discovery and Eurosport CEE.This year’s Tour of Croatia will take place from April 19 to 24 in a total of six stages. The beginning of the race and the city from which the race will start this year is Osijek, from which you drive via Koprivnica and Ludbreg to Varaždin. After those 230 kilometers, the entire organization moves to Plitvice Lakes, from where the cyclists head to Split the next morning. It is also the longest stage of this year’s race of 240 kilometers. The next day is the stage Makarska – Šibenik, which in addition to these two cities will provide television viewers to enjoy the view of Brela, Sinj, Tučepi, Podgora, Drvenik, Gradac, Primošten and Rogoznica. On Friday, April 22, the royal stage of the race Crikvenica – Vojak on Učka is next, and the route will pass through Novi Vinodolski, Kraljevica and Rijeka. The spectacle is guaranteed, because when the race is over and the TV cameras turn towards Kvarner or Istria, it will be a view from the most beautiful balcony in the world. A novelty in this year’s race is the team time trial, which will be run for 40 kilometers between Poreč and Umag, passing through Novigrad. And the last stage starts from LifeClass Terme Sv. Martin na Muri, through Čakovec, Prelog, Sveti Ivan Zelina to Zagreb.In addition to 168 competitors, over 200 members of their support staff come to Croatia, about two hundred people are engaged in the organization and race officers and more than four hundred volunteers. This year we are going a step further and for the first time in Croatia, 4G cameras will be used in sports broadcasting.Source: Ministry of Tourism
Sidewalk clear of snow. Courtesy photoCOUNTY News:During the winter months, Los Alamos County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain passable for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.When possible, and depending upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks.The County does not clear every sidewalk due to limited resources. Sidewalk priorities include:Safe routes to school and heavy pedestrian areas where sidewalks are adjacent to primary arterials and the Central Avenue business district;Public walkways for which the County is responsible;Pathway along SR 4 in White Rock;Ramps & steps at the Golf Course tunnel (cleared by Golf Course personnel);Steps at the tunnel at the Roundabout; andSidewalk areas around bus shelters that require hand cleaning.The County’s complete Snow and Ice Control Plan with detailed listings of the sidewalks that are prioritized for clearing can be found on the County’s website at: https://www.losalamosnm.us/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6435726/File/FY20_Snow_and_Ice_Plan.pdfUnless significant accumulations are encountered (greater than 6 inches), residents are encouraged to wait until after the snowfall has ceased. If snowfalls are greater than 6 inches, residents are requested to periodically clear sidewalks around their property to allow for safe passage of pedestrians. Where practical, property owner should clear sidewalks within 24 hours after the snowfall ceases.In most areas it is to be expected that plowing operations will deposit snow in driveways and on sidewalks. These will be cleared only after emergency response has ended and mop up operations have begun.In addition, if there is a drainage structure in front of or near the resident’s property, residents can assist crews by clearing it to allow snow melt to reach the structure and avoid ponding in the area. Ponded water can re-freeze and cause hazardous conditions.The following suggestions are offered in the spirit of working together with the public, to simplify all snow and ice control efforts:Place shoveled snow on the backside of the sidewalk. Direct the chutes of snow blowers and shovel snow toward lawn areas whenever possible, rather than toward the street. This will provide lawns with additional moisture and prevent that same snow from being plowed back onto surfaces previously cleared by residents. If shoveled snow is placed in the street after the plow has made its initial pass, the snow will not be removed until the mop-up efforts begin.Park cars in off-street parking areas whenever possible. This allows for easier access by the snow plow operators and a more consistent and comprehensive snow clearing effort.If it is necessary to park on the street, don’t park vehicles over storm drain inlets. This slows the drainage process and causes ice buildup, creating potentially hazardous driving conditions.Place a mixture of sand and salt on sidewalks with persistent ice.Residents with questions are asked to call the County’s Traffic & Streets Division at 505.662.8113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Insurance companies cannot enter the ‘circle of confidence’ between solicitors and clients in the hope of unearthing evidence from seized documents that would enable them to refuse indemnity, the Court of Appeal confirmed last week. Upholding the High Court decision of Mr Justice Peter Smith in Quinn Direct v The Law Society, Chancellor of the High Court Sir Andrew Morritt said that there was ‘no reason’ why insurers should be allowed to enter this ‘circle of confidence’ by being granted access to privileged documents held by the Solicitors Regulation Authority following an intervention. Morritt said that no public or regulatory objective would be served by disclosure in these circumstances. The Law Society said solicitors are not obliged to disclose confidential or privileged information in the absence of a claim or waiver from the client. The SRA had intervened into two-partner firm South Bank Solicitors. Quinn then applied to the court for access to all intervention documents held by the SRA, saying it needed access to decide whether or not it was obliged to indemnify one of the firm’s partners in connection with a number of claims (see news story). Smith said at the time that ‘the whole purpose of the present application… is merely an attempt to gather evidence… to enable [Quinn] to refuse an indemnity.’
Beachcroft and Davies Arnold Cooper are discussing a potential merger that would catapult the combined firm into the UK’s top 25 by revenue. The pair said today that together they aim to create one of the largest law firms serving the insurance market, both nationally and internationally. Talks are ongoing. Paul Murray, managing partner of Beachcroft, said: ‘Our merger discussions with Davies Arnold Cooper are driven by the opportunity to enhance how we work with clients in industry sectors in which both firms specialise, and in particular the insurance sector. ‘The combination of Beachcroft’s leading volume and UK insurance practice with Davies Arnold Cooper’s strong insurance and dispute resolution team in London, Spain and South America would create a distinctive, full-service offering for our insurer clients.’ Danny Gowan, senior partner at DAC, said: ‘In addition to creating a stronger offering to the insurance sector and increased investment internationally, a merger would provide significant advantages to our real estate, corporate and employment teams, which have grown significantly over recent years.’ Beachcroft, which can trace its roots through a series of mergers back as far as 1762, has a broad range of specialisms and has offices in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Belgium and Singapore. Established more than 80 years ago, DAC has offices in London, Madrid, Manchester and Mexico City. The firms recorded estimated joint turnover of £177m in 2009/10, with Beachcroft’s 148 partners posting average profit per equity partner of £314,000 and DAC’s 77 partners PEP of £278,000.
There are legions of fat-cat legal aid lawyers living off the cream of the land in Britain, or so certain newspapers have been telling us for years. And those papers may be right: as recently as 2010 the UK genuinely did pay out more in legal aid than any other country in Europe.In that same year, our judiciary was second only to Azerbaijan for having the highest proportion of male judges, which was one in the eye for the ‘political correctness gone mad’ that we were told characterised our public services.Our senior (mostly male) judges were overpaid when compared with most of the rest of Europe, this despite the number of professional judges in England and Wales falling by more than a quarter between 2006 and 2010.Where do these figures come from? The Council of Europe (CoE), in the guise of its European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice, recently published a lengthy report based on 2010 data comparing the efficiency and quality of the justice systems in 46 of its 47 member states. Only Liechtenstein, apparently, was unable to provide the required information.The report’s authors are careful not to compare like with unlike. For example, they say it would be meaningless to compare the CoE’s smallest states – such as Andorra or San Marino – according to a scale per 100,000 inhabitants against much larger states such as the Russian Federation or Germany.And since you are probably itching to know, the populations in July 2006 of Andorra and San Marino were both 300,000, while the Russian Federation weighed in with 143m and Germany with 82.6m.The report also warns that it is misleading to rank nations, where some countries are wealthy and others are still emerging, by the proportion of gross domestic product (GDP) that each allocates to its judicial system. A small proportion of Monaco’s GDP, for instance, goes further than a somewhat larger proportion of Moldova’s. But enough of these caveats – let’s get back to the meat of the report.In 2010, England & Wales granted an average of £2,831 per case in legal aid. Second and third in the rankings were Ireland at £1,077 and Austria at £820, which should give at least some of us a warm glow about how much we as a nation used to be willing to invest in access to justice for people who couldn’t afford to pay for it.When it came to the number of cases that received legal aid, we fared less well compared with some other states – but then we were paying out a lot more per case. We allowed legal aid for 1,286 cases per 100,000 people, which was substantially lower than the Netherlands on 3,074, Monaco on 1,985 and Finland, Lithuania, Portugal, Ireland and France.In 2010, we had the third lowest number of professional judges sitting in courts for every 100,000 inhabitants compared with the rest of the CoE’s member states. We had 3.6 judges, whereas Scotland had just 3.5 and Ireland just 3.2. In contrast, Germany had 34.3, the Russian Federation 22.6 and Ukraine 18.3. Except, again, different states define the status and functions of their ‘judges’ differently and so care must be taken only to compare like with like.Some 77% of professional judges in England & Wales in 2010 were men, a proportion beaten only by Scotland with 79% and by Azerbaijan – the first Muslim nation to give women political equality with men – which romped home with 91%.Gross annual salaries for Supreme Court judges (or their equivalent) in 2010 were highest in Switzerland at £210,500. Ireland came in at second place with £205,620, while we were third with a mere £193,945.Why did we pay our senior judges such a paltry sum? Because we were shelling out so much on legal aid, of course… Follow Jonathan on Twitter Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-group
A QC has been forced to pull out of the election for vice chair of the Criminal Bar Association following a furore over his comments appearing to liken solicitors to ’the postman’.In a letter published on the CBA’s website Simon Spence QC wrote that he was ‘prepared for an honest debate’ but not for the ‘personal abuse’ he received form some quarters.It means his rival candidate Christopher Henley QC will automatically become the new vice chair on 1 September.The controversial comments appeared in Spence’s manifesto in which he called for the advocates’ graduated fee scheme (AGFS) to be altered and for a ’re-allocation of funding away from the litigators’ fee.’At present litigators ‘are often paid more than the advocate for little more than instructing counsel and inviting them onto the CCDCS [Crown Court Digital Case System]. It is quite wrong that the postman gets paid more than the person to whom he delivers the post and who has to read and digest it,’ Spence wrote.Solicitors were quick to criticise Spence. In an open letter, the Criminal Law Solicitors Association said solicitors see clients on ‘countless occasions’ before a brief is even delivered and that clients ‘regularly turn to us with a manner of problems that don’t ever come anywhere near your letterbox’.Spence wrote an open letter in response in which he said he was not suggesting a reduction in fee levels for solicitors but was making a point that fewer cases proceed by way of committal through the magistrates’ court than before and that the introduction of the CCDCS has removed the necessity of solicitors physically briefing counsel.In his resignation letter Spence says that proposed changes to both the AGFS and LGFS is the ‘single most important issue’ facing the two branches of our profession but also the most divisive.He added: ‘I am sorry that the way I expressed myself in my statement has caused such difficulties, especially to my colleagues at Red Lion Chambers.’Red Lion Chambers said the manifesto does not represent the views of the chambers.
BELARUS: CNR Datong Electric Locomotive has announced a 700m yuan agreement to supply national railway BC with 12 two-section electric freight locomotives following a visit to Belarus by Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping.There is significant international transit freight through Belarus, and the state railway wishes to improve efficiency by increasing trains from 5 500 tonnes to 7 500 tonnes. CNR has developed range of electric locomotives from 7·2 to 9·6 MW for the Chinese domestic market, as well as the 4·4 MW HXN3 diesel. The 25 kV 50 Hz BCG-1 electric locomotives for Belarus will be derived from the HXD2, which in turn is based on Alstom’s Prima family. They will be rated at 9·6 MW, with a top speed of 120 km/h, built-in fault diagnostics and modular components designed to simplify maintenance. Chinese firms will also assist with electrifying the Homel – Zhlobin – Asipovichy and Zhlobin – Kalinkavichy lines, totalling 294 route-km, to be funded with a loan from China’s Exim bank. BC has also signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s Ministry of Railway setting out plans to co-operate in the development of high speed rail in Belarus.
Mozambique mourning for victims of Cyclone Idai China, EU join international aid effort for Cyclone Idai victims An aerial view part of damaged city in Beira, Thursday, March 21, 2019. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) In this photo supplied by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre survivors of Cyclone Idai arrive by rescue boat in Beira, Mozambique, Thursday, March 21, 2019. The confirmed death toll in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi surpassed 500, with hundreds more feared dead in towns and villages that were completely submerged. (Photo -Denis Onyodi – Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre via AP)Even as flood waters began to recede in parts of Mozambique on Friday, fears rose that the death toll could soar as bodies are revealed.The number of deaths could be beyond the 1,000 predicted by the country’s president earlier this week, said Elhadj As Sy, the secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesIn addition to worries about the number of dead, As Sy told The Associated Press that the humanitarian needs are great.“They are nowhere near the scale and magnitude of the problem,” As Sy said. “And I fear we will be seeing more in the weeks and months ahead, and we should brace ourselves.”Thousands of people were making a grim voyage toward the city of Beira, which although 90 percent destroyed has become a center for frantic rescue efforts throughout the region.Pedestrians walk on the edge of a collapsed bridge in Nhamatanda, about 100km west of Beira, Thursday, March 21, 2019. Some hundreds are dead, many more still missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding across the region including Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Some walked along roads carved away by the raging waters a week ago. Others, hundreds of them, were ferried in an extraordinary makeshift effort by local fishermen who plucked stranded people from small islands.Helicopters set off into the rain for another day of efforts to find people clinging to rooftops and trees.For those who reach Beira with their few remaining possessions, life is grim. Waterborne diseases are a growing concern as water and sanitation systems were largely destroyed.“The situation is simply horrendous, there is no other way to describe it,” As Sy said after touring transit camps for the growing number of displaced. “Three thousand people who are living in a school that has 15 classrooms and six, only six, toilets. You can imagine how much we are sitting on a water and sanitation ticking bomb.”What moved him the most was the number of children without their parents, separated in the chaos or newly orphaned.For residents of Beira, life staggered on. People salvaged the metal strips of roofs that had been peeled away like the skin of a fruit. Downed trees littered the streets. And yet there were flashes of life as it used to be. White wedding dresses stood pristine behind an shop window that hadn’t shattered.Zimbabwe was also affected by the cyclone and as roads began to clear and some basic communications were set up, a fuller picture of the extent of the damage there is beginning to emerge.The victims are diverse: a mother buried in the same grave with her child, headmasters missing together with dozens of school students, illegal gold and diamond miners swept away by raging rivers and police officers washed away with their prisoners.The Ministry of Information said 30 pupils, two headmasters and a teacher are missing.Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Thursday that officers and prisoners were washed way.In Mutare, fear gripped residents even though they are more than 140 kilometers (85 miles) from Chimanimani, the worst-hit part of Zimbabwe.Maina Chisiriirwa, a city resident, said she buried her son-in-law, who had left the city to go to Chiadzwa diamond fields to mine illegally.“There are no jobs and all he wanted as to feed his family. He was with his colleagues. They thought it would be easier to mine since the rains would keep the guards and the police away from patrolling,” Chisiriirwa said. His colleagues survived but her son-in-law was swept away, she said.A man who traveled several kilometers to a reception center for survivors in Chimanimani said several of his colleagues were swept away as they tried to cross a river while fleeing from a mountain known for rich gold deposits and frequented by hordes of illegal miners.Related Cyclone Idai devastates Mozambican port