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Claimant solicitors have dismissed a report into whiplash by insurer Axa as ‘highly biased’ and based on inaccurate or outdated statistics.The insurance giant yesterday put pressure on the government to impose new medical and time limits for making low-value RTA claims.The report pointed to countries such as Sweden and France as proof that the number of exaggerated or fraudulent claims will fall if the threshold is set higher.But the Motor Accident Solicitors Society today rejected Axa’s report and said it ‘promised enlightenment but delivers only a blinkered view’.In a statement, MASS said: ‘There are real dangers in trying to draw direct comparisons across different legal systems which have alternative structures, classifications of injuries and systems of award.‘Other countries may have a smaller proportion of whiplash claims, but this is likely to mean that genuine accident victims are not compensated and cannot access the support and rehabilitation services that they need.’Axa had claimed that whiplash accounts for just 3% of all bodily injury claims in France, but MASS argued this figure was back-dated to 2004. The claimant organisation said the insurance industry’s own research, published this year, found there had been a 1,000% increase in whiplash claims, which now account for 30% of all PI claims.Axa had lobbied for whiplash claims to be rejected without an x-ray or MRI scan, but MASS said it was ‘disingenuous’ to impose such rules for a soft-tissue injury.The group added that by excluding injured people from receiving damages, more pressure would be placed on the NHS and the benefits system because it would have to support claimants unable to work.The Law Society, which is running an advertising campaign urging accident victims to go to a solicitor, also dismissed the Axa recommendations.A Society spokesman said: ‘Whiplash can cause real, painful and debilitating injuries, not always revealed by x-rays or MRI scans. There is evidence that some insurers have offered paltry, insulting sums in compensation for nasty injuries.‘We are not interested in defending the small minority of accident claims which are fraudulent, but anyone who has suffered a genuine injury should get advice from a solicitor.’
RAILWAY DIRECTORY: In today’s fast-moving and increasingly globalised railway industry, information is key to business success. Knowing who is operating in the market, and where to find potential suppliers, customers or competitors is vital.Since 1895, Railway Directory has provided a comprehensive overview of the world’s railway sector. Its distillation of key facts and statistics in a consistent format has long been widely acknowledged by railway professionals as an indispensable source of information and an essential tool for doing business in this market. The 2017 edition provides data and contact details for 5524 organisations in 142 countries, together with listings for more than 22000 senior executives and 210 full-colour maps of the rail networks in every country and 149 major cities. 1574 railways, train operators and infrastructure managers; 647 urban rail operators; 330 government and regulatory bodies; 220 industry associations.Arranged by product category and geographical region, the buyers’ guide includes entries for 2745 manufacturers, suppliers and consultants. To simplify searching, entries are grouped by country within six main categories: rolling stock, components, traction & control, infrastructure, data & information systems, and consultants & support services. Railway Directory 2017 is available in book format at €500 including postage, while a package deal including a year’s access to the complementary online version with additional functionality is priced at €660 including postage (plus VAT where applicable). A web-only subscription is also available for €540 plus VAT. ISBN 978-0-9557740-9-6 DVV Media UK Ltd, Chancery House, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey SM1 1JB, UK.
ASIA: The 1·3 km cross-border rail link between Arayaprathet in Thailand and Poipot in Cambodia which was completed last year is to be opened on April 22, Thailand’s Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith told the ASEAN PPP Summit in Bangkok on April 4.Speaking to Railway Gazette International on the sidelines of the event, the minister said an agreement on the procedures for the operation of cross-border rail services would be signed on the same day as the opening ceremony. The launch of through rail services to Phnom Penh ‘will take some time’, he added, as ‘we need to work on the agreement.’ In his speech to the summit, Termpittayapaisith said the cross-border link could be followed by other routes in the region. He mentioned the Chinese-backed rail project in Laos as being part of a broader plan for more rail connections between Thailand and its neighbours. The minister also emphasised that the private sector was welcome to use public-private partnerships to develop transport infrastructure in Thailand. As examples, he cited Bangkok’s Orange Line project which is under construction and plans to extend the proposed Pink Line monorail to the Impact convention centre at Muang Thong Thani.
The World Bank said on Sunday that it will help Kenya connect poor households to the country’s electricity grid.World Bank Kenya program leader on the sustainable development sector, Meskerem Brhane, told Xinhua in Nairobi that the bank was currently financing a pilot project to connect 15,000 households in informal settlements in Kenya to electricity.“The World Bank has given Kenya a grant of 11 million U.S. dollars to connect an additional 25,000 to 30,000 households in the urban slums beginning in December,” Brhane said.Brhane said low-income households in Kenya can’t afford to pay the cost of electricity connection and therefore turn to other alternatives such as kerosene lamps.Brhane said some of the households in informal settlements tap illegally into the national electricity grid. “This is both bad for the transmission network and risky for the households,” she said.She said Kenya had performed “relatively well” in expanding access to electricity, but pointed out the issue of land acquisition as a challenge to Kenya’s efforts to extend its electricity system.Official data shows nearly 50 percent of Kenyans have access to the national grid.World Bank is also funding the Kenya-Ethiopia electricity transmission line.The power interconnection is part of the East African Power Pool which will allow trade of electricity in the region.“The regional power pool will also help to bring down the cost of electricity in Eastern Africa,” Brhane said.
She was the only player to be named GSC Player of the Week twice (February 16 and April 12), and on February 16 she became the first player to win GSC Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week awards in the same week in conference history. Chapman, a senior from Boonville, Indiana, made the team as a utility-pitcher, earning credit for her performances at the plate and in the circle. She has hit a team-best nine home runs and leads UWF with a .600 slugging percentage, to go along with a .333 batting average. The senior ranks in the top five in the GSC in wins (20), opponent batting average (.217), innings pitched (168), and strikeouts (163), with a 2.42 ERA. Chapman’s season was highlighted by four one-hitters, including a shutout against then-No. 18 Valdosta State in which she struck out 10 batters. She was twice named the GSC Pitcher of the Week, first on March 1 and then on April 19 after the series against Delta State. Sassman was the only freshman to make the first team, and she also made the team as a utility player, getting recognition for her time at shortstop, third base and catcher during the season. She has been one of the best freshmen in the conference, leading UWF in doubles (14), triples (6) and total bases (98). Sassman’s 98 total bases are the most in a single season for a UWF player since 2010, and her six triples are the most for UWF since 2002. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of West Florida softball players Kalyn Chapman and Rhiannon Sassman were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-South Region first team on Thursday morning. The honor is the first all-region nod for both Chapman and Sassman, and both were named to the All-GSC second team in late-April. West Florida will continue its season with a game against Rollins College in the NCAA South Regional in Valdosta, Georgia, slated for a 4 p.m. ET start on Thursday. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version
NORMAN, Okla. – UWF men’s golf standouts Christian Bosso and Jacob Huizinga were each named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars for the 2018-19 season as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The duo were part of record setting year for the award as 540 student-athletes earned the title of All-America Scholar, the most since the awards inception in 1982. Out of the 555 honorees, 279 players were Division I selections, 113 in Division II, 24 NAIA recipients, and 18 NJCAA award winners. 2019 marks the first year in which NJCAA players are eligible for the award.To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically in Division I, II, III, and NAIA, or receiving their Associate’s Degree and in their last year of athletic eligibility in the NJCAA. In addition, they participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 78.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, 77.0 in NJCAA, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university. Print Friendly Version Bosso ended the year with a 71.92 stroke average and won three tournaments as a senior. He graduated in December with a degree in Sport Management and spent the Spring semester enrolled in UWF’s MBA program. Huizinga had a 74.12 stroke average on the year before he graduated with a 3.77 GPA in Sport Management. Huizinga finished sixth at the GSC Championship, 12th at NCAA Super Regional and sixth at the NCAA Championship. Both players received their Mackenzie Tour Cards in May and are playing professionally on the PGA Tour’s Canada circuit.
Addie Camp is now the second train car atop Whistle Hill Loop, just outside of Soldotna. Brew@602 opened its doors in December of 2017. Krull: “The car itself will be seating only with tables, and attached to the train car will be a two story building. Tha houses the kitchen, bathroom, and there will be rentable space on the second story of the building.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Addie Camp, was built in 1913 and was shipped from South Dakota where it was taken out of service in 2008. Mary Krull has now transformed that retired train car into a local beer and wine bar mixed with a restaurant. Addie Camp will officially open its doors on January 3, from 5-9pm, for dinner service. Reservations are highly recommended. Fresh and local food will be served from the kitchen run by Maya Wilson the author of Alaska from Scratch. The Addie Camp railcar holds special meaning to the Krull family, who spent their summers in South Dakota riding the train, and as a family sat in this very train car when it was in operation. The train car has been attached to a retro style building. The building features a beer and wine bar, and a 2nd story dining and meeting space. Krull: “A lot of our greens are coming from Fresh 365, which is our hydroponic greenhouse located behind Addie Camp.” Krull: “This will be our official opening, but we will end up doing a grand opening later down the line.” Photos courtesy of: AddieCamp on Instagram
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, of Jamaica, celebrates after winning the women’s 100-meter final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Didlick)Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce powered her way to 100 metres gold on Sunday to become the first person to win four gold medals over the distance at the athletics world championships.Fraser-Pryce, who returned to the track in earnest only last year after giving birth to a son, stormed across the line in a season-best time of 10.71 seconds followed by Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith in 10.83.Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou, world silver medallist at 100m and 200m in London two years ago, completed the podium, grabbing bronze with 10.90.The victory cemented Fraser-Pryce’s status as one of the all-time great sprinters, with her four world titles going alongside Olympic gold won in 2008 and 2012 and perhaps more to come at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.The 32-year-old Jamaican now stands alone in terms of the world championships where her four titles are one better than her compatriot Usain Bolt and Americans Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene.The results confirmed that Jamaican women have taken over the mantle of global sprint superpower from their men whose dominance has been in decline since the retirement of 100 and 200m record holder Bolt, who is not competing at the worlds for the first time since 2003.Related2017 IAAF World Championships: Track Queen Okagbare Headlines 14-man ListJuly 26, 2017In “Sports”Doping Will Kill Athletics – Usain BoltAugust 2, 2017In “Sports”ATHLETICS: Nigeria’s 400m Hurdler Stripped of Gold MedalMay 11, 2019In “Africa”
Rugby League Goodbye Robbie, goodbye Tigers. Robbie Farah’s NRL career is over and the Wests Tigers’ eight-year finals drought will continue for at least another 12 months, as Paul Gallen – who kicked the first field goal of his career – moved on to the finals to fight another day. Inspired by rookie winger Ronaldo Mulitalo, Cronulla gate-crashed the Tigers’ celebrations at their beloved Leichhardt Oval on Sunday to book their passage into the finals series with a 25-8 victory in front of a capacity crowd of 19,491. For the Sharks, Manly awaits. For the Tigers, another off-season of soul searching looms. A week ago Michael Maguire said he would do his best to ensure the lead-up to the must-win game didn’t become a circus. That plan failed miserably. The whole week was about one man, and just as it looked like the circus rolled into town without its star attraction, the crowd got what they wanted. An injury to Corey Thompson in the warm-up saw Farah sprint up the tunnel to trade his track pants and polo for jersey No.21. The Tigers’ preparations were thrown into a frenzy, with an underdone Farah called into action in a match he had no right to play in given he’d broken his leg just four weeks earlier. But there would be no fairytale farewell from Leichhardt. There were plenty of sub plots to the Farah show, with Aaron Woods returning home to Leichhardt for the first time in opposition colours and Josh Reynolds playing in his 150th NRL game. But nothing was more important than the top eight spot on the line. The Tigers began with all the momentum, gifted an early lead with a penalty goal right in front of the posts after just six minutes. Despite having all the ascendancy and momentum to start with, the Tigers were first to concede a try when Shaun Johnson combined with Briton Nikora to hush the vocal Leichhardt crowd. Another Tigers penalty saw them square the ledger, and it looked as though both teams would head into the sheds with the scores locked up at 4-4. However a controversial penalty on the stroke of half time, with David Nofoaluma penalised for playing the ball before he was deemed held, pushed the Sharks out to a two point lead. The news didn’t get any better to start the second half, with Esan Marsters fumbling a Johnson grubber to allow Josh Morris to dive on the loose ball and take the Sharks out to a 12-4 lead. There was another contentious call by the officials soon after, with Luke Brooks penalised for placing Nikora into a dangerous position despite replays suggesting the Sharks backrower may have contributed largely to the outcome. It was compounded by back-to-back tries for the Sharks, who stretched out to an almost unassailable 24-4 lead with 30 minutes remaining. By the time Farah found himself on the field with 25 minutes remaining, the game was all but gone. The Tigers gave the hopeful crowd something to dream about when Luke Garner hit a hole off Brooks and stepped past Dugan to score. However it was to no avail, with the Tigers struggling to find a way through a disciplined Cronulla defence. The Sharks will now take on the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval next Saturday night. In other finals matches, the Roosters will take on South Sydney on Friday night, minor premiers Melbourne host the Raiders on Saturday, while the Eels play at home to the Broncos on Sunday.