first_imgNational firm Keoghs today confirmed it has completed its buyout of commercial firm Hill Dickinson’s insurance practice. Under the deal, 17 partners and 311 Hill Dickinson staff have moved to Keoghs. The buyout takes Keogh’s headcount to 1,740 people across 12 offices.As well as adding staff to existing offices in London and Manchester, Keoghs will sub-let premises from Hill Dickinson in Liverpool as part of the transaction.The sale excludes Hill Dickinson’s marine insurance and clinical negligence work, which has always been undertaken separately to its general insurance practice.Keoghs acts for insurers representing half of the UK general insurance market and is based in Bolton, Coventry, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Southampton. Last year, Peter Jackson, head of Hill Dickinson, told the Gazette that any potential transfer of its insurance business group to a rival firm will be good for those involved.last_img read more

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first_imgGives new meaning to the term “stealing home,” doesn’t it?In the wee hours of Saturday morning, two University of Tennessee students were arrested for breaking into Hawkins Field on the Vanderbilt University campus and attempting to remove home plate.Police identified the men, both age 21, as Forrest Bullen and Austin Shelton.In case you didn’t know, Vanderbilt’s baseball field is almost entirely artificial turf. Home plate is actually painted on the turf.The two alleged perpetrators apparently had done their homework, although their choice of equipment was a bit – shall we say — questionable.During a search, police found a pair of scissors near home plate. Not a box-cutter. Not a carpet blade. Scissors.You can’t make this stuff up.Vandalism is nothing new around the SEC. Alabama fan Harvey Updyke famously poisoned the trees at Toomer’s Corner near the Auburn campus. Updyke spent six months in jail and was ordered to pay about $800,000 to replace the trees.Compared to that, the hijinx at Hawkins Field is pretty tame.But just as stupid.Bullen and Shelton were charged with attempted theft, evading arrest and trespassing. Shelton also was charged with felony vandalism and resisting arrest. They are scheduled to face their charges on Dec. 16.last_img read more

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first_imgKaepernick inspired other players to join his protests, including his then-49ers teammate Eric Reid, who also filed a similar grievance against the NFL. Reid was without a team for some time but signed with the Panthers last September on a one-year deal. He re-signed on a three-year contract with Carolina in February.Reid tweeted in February that Kaepernick is still “in the best shape of his life, and ready to help win a championship.” He advocated during the preseason for the Panthers to consider Kaepernick to “come in and help” if Cam Newton’s foot injury ended up being serious. Reid shared Thursday’s statement on Twitter, writing, in part: “Please read this!! Don’t believe the lies being told about my brother.” Colin Kaepernick’s representatives released a statement Thursday to clarify facts about their client.”There have been so many false narratives in the media regarding Colin, we believe it is important to set the record straight, again,” the statement released by Kaepernick’s sports agent Jeff Nalley and PR director Jasmine Windham and obtained by ESPN, read. “Nothing below is up for interpretation or debate, it’s the truth and nothing else.” Steelers kicker Chris Boswell received death threats last season, Ramon Foster says Jets’ Jamal Adams wins fine appeal for hit on Browns’ Baker Mayfield Titled “Facts to Address the False Narrative Regarding Colin Kaepernick,” the two-page statement aims to answer some of the big questions surrounding Kaepernick’s status as he has been without a team since the 2016 season. Colin Kaepernick’s representatives released statements today to clear up some facts surrounding their client:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2019Among the facts shared to clarify Kaepernick’s situation: Related News The former 49ers quarterback can still be employed by the team after filing a grievance against the NFL. There hasn’t been a single team to offer Kaepernick a job or a workout since he started protesting. The Seahawks brought Kaepernick in but didn’t work him out.Kaepernick hasn’t demanded a specific salary.The quarterback still wants to play and has been working out on his own five days a week for three years. Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers because general manager John Lynch told the quarterback they were going to cut him and he wanted to maximize potential employment opportunities.The statement provides a list of stats to answer the question: “Is Colin still good enough to play?””In summary, it is difficult to think of another young player in NFL history with statistics and character as impressive as Colin’s not being given an opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster after what he has accomplished,” the statement read.Kaepernick settled his collusion case against the NFL and its ownership in February. In the grievance, Kaepernick, who was the first player to kneel during the national anthem to protest social and racial inequality, accused NFL owners of colluding to keep him out of the game.  Bengals’ Zac Taylor on A.J. Green trade rumors: ‘We are not trading that guy’last_img read more

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first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — One Sumner County team has made the preseason top 10 rankings of the Kansas Volleyball Association released Tuesday.Belle Plaine was ranked No. 5 in Class 3A in the preseason poll.In Class 4A, Andale is ranked No. 2, hoping to replace Rose Hill as the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail Div. IV leader, which lost plenty of seniors.Current classifications for the rankings are based on enrollments from 2018-19 and the rankings will be adjusted when the updated classifications are released at the end of September. Class 4A 1. Bishop Miege 2. Andale 3. Topeka-Hayden 4. Louisburg 5. Wichita-Trinity Academy 6. Independence 7. Nickerson 8. Ulysses 9. Abilene 10. Circle Class 3A 1. Silver Lake 2. Royal Valley 3. Beloit 4. Hesston 5. Belle Plaine 6. Frontenac 7. Holton 8. West Franklin 9. Concordia 10. Nemaha Central Class 2A 1. Wabaunsee 2. Smith Center 3. Sedgwick 4. Garden Plain 5. St. Mary’s-Colgan 6. Valley Heights 7. Jefferson County North 8. Ellinwood 9. Maranatha Christian 10. Trego Community Class 1A 1. Centralia 2. Spearville 3. Moundridge 4. Little River 5. Chetopa 6. Central-Burden 7. Rural Vista 8. Thunder Ridge 9. Otis-Bison 10. Beloit-St. John’s/Tiptonlast_img read more

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first_img In this Tuesday, April 19, 2016 photo, Henry Maumalanga, left, plays ukulele while hanging out with friends at a park in Honolulu, Hawaii. The agency that promotes travel to Hawaii is starting an online video campaign to remind locals about the benefits of tourism, the state’s biggest employer. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy) In this Thursday, April 14, 2016 photo, chef Mark Noguchi, right, and his wife Amanda Corby Noguchi play with their youngest daughter at Noguchi’s restaurant Mission Social Hall and Cafe in Honolulu, Hawaii. The state agency promoting travel to Hawaii is starting an online video campaign to remind local residents about tourism’s benefits, including a video featuring Noguchi talking about tourism and his family. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy) The first installment features Honolulu chef Mark Noguchi talking about his brother-in-law’s job at a Waikiki restaurant and his uncle’s work building resorts. He closes the 30-second video saying: “Take care of tourism. It’s a family business.”The campaign is aimed at showing tourism helps a broad cross-section of the state, not just those who work in hotels or at other jobs directly in the industry, said Leslie Dance, the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s vice president for marketing and product development. People sometimes forget how important tourism is and start lamenting there are too many people around, particularly when business is good, she said.“It’s just a tendency for people to start complaining,” Dance said. “And so the thing is, let’s remind everybody again.”But not everyone in Hawaii is on board.Critics say the industry offers poorly paid jobs and exploits Hawaiian culture. But many complaints are about increased traffic and congestion.The campaign comes as the state tries to maintain the momentum that brought a record 8.6 million travelers to Hawaii last year, the fourth-straight year of record-breaking visitor arrivals. Industry officials attribute the growth to an increase in flights and Hawaii’s enduring popularity with global travelers.Online review sites like Yelp are directing tourists to restaurants, hikes and beaches in residential areas where travelers rarely ventured decades ago. Websites like Airbnb also allow more visitors to spend the night in neighborhoods instead of Waikiki hotels, even when most Oahu vacation rentals are illegal under county law.Rena Risso, a 30-year-old who was born and raised in Kailua, understands the positive aspects of tourism, but she believes they’re outweighed by the negatives.“I think, as far as the local’s point of view, it’s humbug,” she said after an early morning walk. “I can’t even take my kids to the beach on a weekend because it’s so crazy.”The tourism agency should do more than promote “uncritical support for the growth of tourism,” said Jonathan Osorio, a professor of Hawaiian studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. It should be required to consider the long-range effects of continued growth on Hawaii’s resources and society, he said.“The admonishment that we should take care of tourism because it’s a family business is a slick seduction that wants to avert the public’s attention from the industry’s abuses,” Osorio said in an email.Dance called the campaign an inexpensive, grass-roots way to have a conversation. The videos cost $18,000 each and are posted on the tourism authority’s YouTube channel.The second clip shows Renee Kimura of Kimura Lauhala Shop discussing how tourists support the Big Island store her great-grandfather founded over a century ago. The next video will be filmed on Kauai.People should be reminded of tourism’s benefits so they’ll treat visitors well and encourage them to come back, said Henry Maumalanga, a hotel security guard who lives in Honolulu.“A lot of tourists come here just because of the aloha spirit and all of that. They hear about all that kind of stuff,” he said. “And we got to show it.”For Amanda Corby Noguchi, an event planner who appears in the first video alongside her husband, tourism is a way to teach people about Hawaii. Her husband, for example, has taken visiting friends and other travelers to fishponds and taro patches in Heeia to show them how organizations are reviving traditional forms of Hawaiian agriculture.“It’s an opportunity to educate people about what real Hawaii is, and what matters,” she said.Noguchi, the chef in the first video, said he means it when he says tourism is a family business. His uncle who designs resorts is a structural engineer. His father and the family company insure a number of resorts on the Gold Coast of Hawaii Island.“That wasn’t made-up lines,” said Noguchi, who runs the Mission Social Hall and Cafe. “We know we might not be a concierge or bellboy or valet, but we are still connected.”center_img HONOLULU | As a record number of visitors stream into Hawaii, state officials want residents to know: Tourism is your friend.The agency that promotes travel to Hawaii is starting an online video campaign to remind locals about the benefits of the state’s biggest employer.last_img read more

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first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – City Councilman Tony Cardenas will announce a $75,000 reward Wednesday for information about the Sept. 10 slaying of two cousins outside a North Hollywood Laundromat. Joel Cortez Alonzo and Alejandro Perez Lopez, both 19, were fatally shot while sitting in a BMW outside the facility in the 7500 block of Lankershim Boulevard. Alonzo’s pregnant girlfriend, Rocio Calliz, 20, was also in the car but survived shots to her leg and abdomen. Cardenas will announce the reward at 5 p.m. the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood Division, 11640 Burbank Blvd. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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