Brandon “Taz” Niederauer is the latest notable musician to confirm his return to performing in the era of social distancing at shows.The young guitarist initially announced last month that his first public performances after what’s been a lengthy break from playing live through the spring and summer will take place at The Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA on Friday, August 28th, and Wasena Park in Roanoke, VA the following evening on Saturday, August 29th. Unlike last month’s announcement, however, Niederauer confirmed on Wednesday that the August 28th show will now only include one set, rather than two separate sets as initially planned.Related: Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Covers Stevie Wonder At Justice Comes Alive [Watch]“We’re so excited to get back out there and play for you all,” Taz added with Wednesday’s announcement. “We ask everyone who plans to attend to do so responsibly, by following all rules and recommendations for physical distancing and use of face coverings. Stay safe, take care of each other, and we’ll see you soon!”Niederauer was supposed to perform at southern California’s Ohana Festival next month prior to the event’s cancelation.Head to Niederauer’s website for more info.
The specialist regulator for conveyancers plans to cut regulatory fees for all firms by a fifth, it was announced today.The Council for Licensed Conveyancers said it intends to apply an ‘across the board’ cut of 20% to practice fee rates from 1 November. Rates have been frozen for the past four years. Rates for contribution to the body’s compensation fund ‘will remain flat’.CLC chief executive Sheila Kumar said savings to the regulator’s cost base would ‘begin to be realised’ this year and ‘can be built into our planning for the coming years’.She said: ‘Alongside the review of the CLC’s handbook that is now underway, these changes demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that specialist regulation of specialist property lawyers is as tailored and proportionate as possible so that we continue to support innovation and growth in the sector.’The CLC is expected to consult on fee details in the next few weeks.The announcement comes a month after the CLC’s business plan stated that there would be a review of the regulatory fees framework ‘on the back of reductions in staff numbers and streamlining of CLC activity’ in 2015. After relocating from Chelmsford to London in August, the CLC’s 2015 annual report showed that it realised over £1m from the sales of its Chelmsford office and a nearby storage unit.However, there was also bad news for conveyancers today, after research by search provider SearchFlow showed that only a third of practitioners carry out electronic anti-money laundering checks for all transactions.According to SearchFlow’s conveyancing sentiment survey, 38% of conveyancers never carry out electronic identity checks to verify the customer’s identity; 29% ‘sometimes’ carry out electronic checks.The findings showed sole practitioners were most vulnerable to fraud, with 5% carrying out electronic checks compared to half of larger firms (15 or more partners).SearchFlow managing director Greg Bryce warned that money laundering schemes were ‘continually’ adapting, but that many conveyancers are ‘still merely asking to see their clients with their documentation’.He said: ‘Conveyancers are leaving themselves open to criminal activity that can seriously impact their careers and reputations.’
Share LocalNews Over 7000 ambulance calls responded to by Fire and Ambulance services in 2018 by: – January 11, 2019 Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 293 Views no discussions Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Fire and Ambulance Services, Wayne Letang stated that during the year the Fire and Ambulance Services responded to an excess of 7000 ambulance calls across the island.He said the approximate amount is 7284 and would have represented a slight increase over that of 2017. “We also had 187 fire calls responded to and those calls were statistics from all over the island which included the various stations,” Letang stated.Meantime Letang said that although the year was a challenging one, fire officers were still able to continue their hard work in rescue, fire prevention, fire safety and other activities.He said a number of activities were carried out by the Fire Prevention Unit in 2018, and there was a slight decrease in the number of activities that were conducted in the fire prevention unit.Letang said approximately 2335 persons were trained in fire safety and first aid during 2018.“We had in first aid 417 persons trained and in fire safety and evacuation management. We had 1594 persons trained,” he stated.Letang said as it relates to accident calls the Fire and Ambulance Services responded to 70 accident calls during the year and the Roseau Fire Station responded to 44 of those accidents.