Jailed solicitor denied ‘second chance’ following cocaine conviction

first_imgA solicitor jailed for conspiring to supply cocaine has been banned from the profession after pleading to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for a ‘second chance’.Omar Mohammed Khan, born in 1984 and admitted to the roll in 2012, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court to three years’ imprisonment in April 2016.Publishing its judgment this week, the tribunal said it was satisfied that, in light of Khan’s conviction, he had failed to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice. He supplied a controlled drug to a third party and thereby failed to act with integrity, the tribunal added.The one-day February hearing was heard in Khan’s absence. However, the judgment highlighted mitigation provided by Khan in letters to the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the tribunal.In a letter to the regulator in June 2016, Khan ‘explained that he had “stupidly” started to misuse cocaine himself and had built up a drug debt to a co-defendant’, the judgment states.’This had caused him to work longer hours. The respondent stated that he became unwell in 2015 and provided details of his ill health.’As his health deteriorated, the respondent stated that he made a conscious decision to stop using cocaine in November 2015 and he informed his co-defendant of this. He stated he also told his co-defendant that he would repay any debt owed.’To reduce his ‘drug debt’, Khan said he asked his co-defendant to collect the two grams of cocaine he possessed at the time. His co-defendant asked him to drop one gram to a friend who lived nearby. Khan said he initially ‘relentlessly and repeatedly’ refused. However, due to ‘pressure, coercion and intimidation’, Khan ‘engaged in the supply of one gram to another on [19 November 2015]’. He accepted he engaged in the same activity the following day.The judgment states that Khan ‘was disgusted and ashamed of his actions’.The tribunal continues: ‘The respondent stated he was proud of his status as a solicitor, which he had worked extremely hard to achieve, having come from a humble and underprivileged background.’’He submitted his actions had been stupid, careless and isolated. The respondent sought not to be removed from the roll of solicitors as he stated this would have a devastating and crippling effect on him and his family.’In a letter to the tribunal in September 2016, Khan ‘requested a second chance’, submitting that a suspension would be an appropriate sanction.The tribunal noted that Khan had a previously unblemished record. He co-operated with the regulator and in the disciplinary proceedings. The tribunal also considered remarks made by the sentencing judge, ‘who had concluded the respondent’s case was in many respects a tragedy’.However, the tribunal said Khan’s conduct leading to his conviction, was so serious that a suspension would undermine public confidence in the profession. ‘Whilst that conduct may not be repeated in the future, there was a need to protect the reputation of the legal profession and uphold professional standards,’ the tribunal added.Khan was ordered to be struck off the roll.Khan told the tribunal he had no income, or savings, and that it was likely he would be claiming state benefits when he is released from prison. However, the tribunal said Khan had not provided any documentary evidence of his income, expenditure, capital or assets.Khan was ordered to pay £1,337.32 in costs.last_img read more

Aklan, Negros net 3 golds in WVRAA 2019 opener

first_imgRongo tallied 309 points to finish with the gold medal, while Iloilo Province’s Yna Patricia Teruel (296) and Aklan’s Britney Samson (294) settled for silver and bronze medal, respectively.Armiashane Malicse and Eughene Lachica bagged a gold each for Aklan in elementary girls shot put and secondary girls high jump, respectively, while JeaAngel Esquelito claimed a gold in secondary girls gymnastics.Mark Kent Elequillo delivered the first gold medal for Capiz in bocce when he defeated the bet from Aklan in the finals, 12-6./PN Archers position their attack during the WVRAA Meet 2019 on Monday at Pueblo de Panay in Roxas City. CAPIZ AKSYON NEWS CENTER AKLAN and Negros Occidental kicked off their campaign in the 2019 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet with three gold medals each on Monday in Roxas City.Jamela Poderoso Deasis delivered the first gold medal for the Negrense delegation after topping the secondary girls’ shot put event, which was held at the Villareal Stadium.Deasis captured the gold after finishing with 11.23 meters while teammate Emgiel Duran is at second with 9.99 meters. Cherry Ann Escala of Iloilo Province captured bronze medal with 9.52 meters.Julianne Rongo, meanwhile, bagged the province’s second gold after topping the secondary girls 30 meter distance archery at the Pueblo de Panay in Lawaan, Roxas City. Salvador Escalante III later won the gold in men’s event.last_img read more

RCB beat Mumbai Indians despite Pandya heroics

first_imgROYAL Challengers Bangalore (RCB) stopped the rot with a 14-run Indian Premier League (IPL) victory over Mumbai Indians despite an excellent all-round display from Hardik Pandya.RCB had lost two consecutive matches to give themselves plenty of work to do in their quest for a top-four finish, but they claimed only a third win of the tournament at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium yesterday.Manan Vohra top-scored with 45 on a dry pitch, but the RCB lost their way, Brendon McCullum (37) and captain Virat Kohli (32) failing to go on after getting starts, posting 167-7.Pandya took 3-28 and made 50 off only 42 balls, but the RCB bowlers were much improved and raised their game in the field to claim an important victory.Defeat for defending champions Mumbai leaves them facing a major battle to reach the semi-finals.Vohra made his presence felt in only his third appearance of the tournament, smashing four sixes at the top of the order.JP Duminy suffered at the hands of the opener, who hit two sixes and two fours in four balls during a fourth over which went for 22.Pandya made a nightmare start, conceding seven runs off one ball when McCullum (37 from 25) hit a delivery above waist height over the ropes before taking full advantage of the free hit with a ramp for six to take 13 off one legal ball.Pandya was in no mood to feel sorry for himself, running former New Zealand captain McCullum out with a superb direct hit to leave RCB 121-3 in the 15th over.The India star also saw the back of Mandeep Singh and Washington Sundar as the RCB lost five wickets for 22 runs in the space of four overs.Colin de Grandhomme flexed his muscles in the final over with what proved to be a key contribution, emulating McCullum by hitting a full toss from fellow Black Cap Mitchell McClenaghan for six off what would have been the last ball and doing the same again with the free hit.de Grandhomme had already smashed the fourth delivery off the final over – which cost 24 – for a maximum to finish unbeaten on 23 off 10.The RCB bowlers have come in for some flak, but delivered under pressure on this occasion.Mumbai slumped to 84-5 when Umesh Yadav produced a great piece of fielding to send Duminy on his way and also finished with figures of 2-29.Tim Southee (2-25) and Mohammed Siraj (2-28) also made an impact, the former dismissing Pandya in the final over to all but end the contest. (Yahoo Sport)last_img read more

Thai AirAsia X passes major international safety audit

first_imgBangkok-based Thai AirAsia X has passed a major international safety audit, the International Air Transport Association Operation Safety Audit (IOSA), that covers more than 1060 separate parameters.Thai AirAsia X is a JV between Thai nationals Tassapon Bijleveld and Julpas Krueospon with 51% share and Air Asia X with 49%.Thai AirAsia X operates 8 A330s to 7 destinations in Asia.The operational safety audit is compulsory for IATA members and airlines that have completed the audit have a safety record almost four times better than those that have not.See the video of ANA A380 superjumbo turtle being painted.Now 427 airlines have completed the audit, which is renewed every two years.The completion of the audit elevates the Thai operation from three stars to six-stars out of a possible seven-star safety rating with AirlineRatings.com.The airline is the fifth in AirAsia Group to become IOSA accredited following AirAsia X Malaysia in 2015, AirAsia Indonesia in August 2018, AirAsia Malaysia in September 2018 and AirAsia Philippine in November 2018.Nadda Buranasiri, Group CEO of AirAsia X, said the carrier’s completion of the IOSA accreditation process confirms the ongoing focus on continual improvement in the areas of operational and safety integrity and is a testament to the hard work of the whole team at AirAsia X Thailand.“I would like to thank all our team members for their diligent and stringent work to ensure robust safety and service procedures that meet the highest world safety standards.  Our achievement of IOSA is a credit to all of your efforts and will instill further confidence amongst our passengers,” Mr. Nadda said.IATA is a world-recognized aviation industry operations, management and standards control inspection and evaluation agency.  The IOSA accreditation process covers eight key areas, namely; corporate organization and management systems, flight operations, operational control – flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling, cargo operations, and operational security.The awarding of the IOSA accreditation is expected to be a major boost for the airline.The IOSA certification audit is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.The audit covers eight functional and operational areas: organization and management system, flight operations, operational control, and flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling operations, cargo operations, and security management.IOSA was introduced to stem the increasing number of crashes in the late 1990s and into the beginning of the last decade.The AirAsia Group airlines fly to 165 destinations in 25 countries.It has just ordered or reconfirmed orders for 100 A330s for its AirAsia X operation.Also, it is evaluating Airbus’ long-range version of the  A321neo as it moves to target more destinations within a range of seven hours.Powered by CFM International’s LAEP-1A engines, the A321neo LR,  is due to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2018 and is designed to carry up to 240 passengers 4000 nautical miles.last_img read more

The Journey to Next Generation Security Leader

first_imgThe Next Generation Security Leader (NGSL) program was developed by the Security Executive Council (SEC) in collaboration with industry thought leaders and security practitioners to create a curriculum intended to guide the next generation of strategic thinking.Approved and tested on six continents with the industry acclaimed University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of International Business, this program delivers: • A strategic business approach to all-hazards risk mitigation • Access to the latest research and proven practices presented by our Solution Innovation Partners • A collaborative influence platform that benefits Security leaders and their functional colleagues such Human Resources, Operations, Marketing, and Finance • A persuasive value proposition for your organization including the modeling and creation of a program case study for senior executives. • Access to a highly leveraged network of current and former risk and security executivesMany security practitioners have relied on the 3 C’s – compliance, crisis responseand complacency – in lieu of continuous improvement. Francis D’Addario, emeritus faculty for Strategic Influence and Innovation for the Security Executive Council and former vice president of Partner and Asset Protection for Starbucks Coffee,states: “In this atmosphere of global risk, our sometimes poor decisions have resulted in a short supply of long-term security results producers and successors. Our next-generation leadership maybe our last, best chance to compensate for dwindling resources.”- Sponsor – “Our research shows that much of a security leader’s success revolves around communication and receptiveness,” says Kathleen Kotwica, EVP and Chief Knowledge Strategist for the Security Executive Council.Approved for up to 9 CPE credits with ASIS International, attendees will come away from this conversation with actionable ideas they can interject into their programs.This is an event for security practitionerscreated by security practitioners. To learn more about NGSL and to see the agenda for the next event, please visit: https://www.securityexecutivecouncil.com/spotlight/?sid=29527. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

New products, places, fads and trends…

first_imgCall timeChristian Dior launches a mini handset that’s elegant, sensual and truly exclusive. Designed like a piece of jewellery, this phone is a first-of-its-kind gem that anyone would love to flaunt. Among the smallest and lightest mobile phones in the market, it’s quite a marvel of miniaturisation. Weighing just 25,Call timeChristian Dior launches a mini handset that’s elegant, sensual and truly exclusive. Designed like a piece of jewellery, this phone is a first-of-its-kind gem that anyone would love to flaunt. Among the smallest and lightest mobile phones in the market, it’s quite a marvel of miniaturisation. Weighing just 25 grams, this is the ultimate object of desire. Flaunt it.Wristy businessThis summer, what better colour than a cool blue? This stunning watch from the house of Seiko is part of their Ladies Elegant Dress Series. The handpiece is classy and at the same time sports a youthful design and colour. With its stainless steel case, it’s a tough one. At the office, at a party with friends, or just chilling by pool, this stunning piece is sure to grab eyeballs (and yes, it is water resistant). Price: Rs 10,400. Available at Helvetica, Spencer Plaza. Tel: 28490013.Best footStep out in style with these well-cut boots from Pavers England. The perfect finishing touch to a business suit, this sleek pair can also be combined with clubwear for a stylish night out. Four-eyelet lace, squared toe and side overlay accents make them ultra chic. Price: Rs 2,999.Au naturaleWhat’s new Kalpa Kshema is Chennai’s finest one-stop retail store for organic products.Price Rs 70 onward.Try out Rice, sugar, cereals (all organic), handmade soaps and shower gels.Go to Gopalapuram 1st Street, Cathedral Road. Call 28117652.last_img read more

Permission denied for Azad Maidan, Anna says will fast in jail

first_imgAnti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Friday said he is ready to fast in jail if he doesn’t get permission to hold his protest elsewhere. Maharashtra state sports department has denied permission to Team Anna for their three-day protest at Azad Maidan in Mumbai.Team Anna was earlier holding the fast at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) ground but due to financial constraints the venue was shifted to Azad Maidan.Also read: Full text of Lokpal BillThe 74-year-old activist plans to sit on a hunger strike from December 27 to December 30 to protest against the government’s Lokpal Bill draft. This is the same time when the bill will be debated in Parliament.The Mumbai Police was in a dilemma over Hazare’s protest as it was unable to limit the number of people participating in the agitation at Azad Maidan to 4,000.Team Anna had once considered Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan as their protest venue but with the city reeling under cold waves, the venue was shifted to Mumbai. Team Anna begins resgistrations for jail bharoTeam Anna has now launched an online campaign for their ‘jail bharo’ agitation from December 30 against government’s Lokpal Bill wherein people can register themselves for the protest.Besides online registration, people can also approach Team Anna through text messages and a missed call service.Those planning to participate in the ‘jail bharo’ agitation can either register through www.jailchalo.com or sent a text message to 575758 or give a missed call to 073031509500.Till now, over 5,500 people have registered for the agitation through online alone with Maharashtra and Delhi topping the list with over 1,000 each volunteers joining hands with Team Anna.advertisementlast_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of May 6 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of May 6, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Claire C. (Murphy) D’Entremont, 82Patricia A. (McLaughlin) Doucette, 85Diane (Ray) LeBlanc, 61George J. Shdeed, 85Previously Lived In Wilmington:Donald E. Kirby, 95William G. “Billy” Landry, 63Glenn J. Steeves III, 65Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Hazel Vera (Bragg) Malcolm, 92Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more