The group representating RTA solicitors has reaffirmed its opposition to members offering up-front payments or gifts for cases.The Gazette understands that the issue was discussed at the annual general meeting of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society yesterday and members chose to continue to support a ban.The Ministry of Justice has prohibited claims management companies from offering inducments, but the Solicitors Regulation Authority has opted out of a ban.This week justice secretary Chris Grayling said he wanted talks with the SRA to discuss a possible ban as part of the response to the government’s consultation on whiplash injury claims.In his speech at the MASS conference today, chair Craig Budsworth said it was up to solicitors to fight the idea of a compensation culture, and that banning enticements should be a key part of that effort. ‘Whatever the figures might actually demonstrate, there is a perception of a compensation culture,’ said Budsworth. ‘And a perception that we are at least in part responsible. We need to change that perception.’He said that all three regulators – the Claims Management Regulator, the SRA and the Financial Conduct Authority, have a responsibility to regulate similar practices within the field of road accidents. ‘We have called for greater consistency and effective communication between the three regulators. This is vital to create a level playing field across the sector.’The Gazette understands that some MASS members who offer up-front payments have registered their dismay at their representative’s stance. They argue they chose to offer enticements instead of paying referral fees for claims, and in doing so have made sure money goes to clients rather than claims managers.One law firm manager told the Gazette: ’These monies are used to assist our clients, not to coerce them into bringing a claim. The said sums are only paid out once a full admission is received and once medical evidence has been agreed by the claimant.’
GE TRANSPORTATION: The unveiling of the first PH37ACai PowerHaul diesel locomotive designed for continental Europe, launching the ETCS-compatible Tempo suite of signalling products and highlighting the training opportunities offered by GE Transportation University will be among the company’s objectives at InnoTrans.The first appearance of a European version of the PowerHaul family is expected to attract a lot of attention. Assembled by GE Transportation’s Turkish partner Tülomsas, it has a full-width body in contrast to the narrow-bodied version operated by Freightliner within the tight UK loading gauge, which was on show at InnoTrans 2010. German open access freight operator Heavy Haul Power International is to take delivery of an initial pilot batch of two to six European-profile PowerHaul locomotives. These are intended for use on ‘a specific project’, and HHP will work with GE Transportation to obtain approval for use in Germany and the Benelux countries. Further orders are expected to follow. According to Rob McKeel, General Manager for Locomotives at GE Transportation, the target market is ‘medium weight, medium power’ applications in Europe and Turkey, where a Tülomsas-built UK profile locomotive has been tested by TCDD with a view to placing future orders. A separate version of PowerHaul for the Australian market is under development in partnership with UGL, while 25 PowerHaul locomotives are to be built by Hyundai Rotem in South Korea for use on Korail passenger and freight services at up to 150 km/h from 2014. The PowerHaul on show at InnoTrans features the first commercial deployment of GE Transportation’s Tempo signalling equipment, which is being launched this year. Tempo is an integrated platform of signalling technology suitable for a wide range of applications from CBTC for metros to ERTMS equipment for high speed lines suitable for speeds above 300 km/h. Enabling customers to get the most of out of their products and optimise maintenance is also a key aim of GE Transportation University, an online training portal designed to equip operators and technicians in the rail, marine, mining and stationary power industries with the technical knowledge to recognise, diagnose and solve problems. Railway Gazette International is the only official international media partner for InnoTrans. Further details of GE Transportation’s presence at the show appear in the September 2012 issue.Guide to vehicles on show at InnoTrans 2012
ABC/Mike Rosenthal(LOS ANGELES) — Ellen Pompeo is no stranger to speaking up against injustice, so it’s no surprise that she was out and about over the weekend participating in protests.What may come as surprise though, is the drastic difference the Grey’s Anatomy star noticed between the Black Lives Matter protests and others. “I’ve been to other protests. I’ve never seen police with machine guns [there],” she explained in an Instagram Story.The 50-year-old actress continued,”I’ve never seen the National Guard with machine guns. We’re at a march for black lives, and we’re here to talk about the fact that they matter. And there’s machine guns—big ones—and aggression. They’re on rooftops, they’re in cars, they’re in tanks, and I haven’t ever seen that show of force and that show—not that it’s as forceful as a lot that we’ve seen, but, I mean, we’re in the middle of the day here.”“At other protests, I’ve never seen that amount of ammunition. So, I’m just wondering why that is: Why at the Women’s March there’s no machine guns. Why at Pride marches there’s no machine guns. But the Black Lives Matter march, machine guns everywhere. I don’t know. You tell me,” she concluded.By Danielle LongCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.