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Choppers no longer grounded

by Luke Patel, Partner, Commercial Dispute Resolution Team, LPatel@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9316 Noisy neighbours can be a real problem for those unfortunate enough to have to live next door to them. Going to court to deal with the problem is always a last resort. If you do however need to pursue court proceedings then there are two main remedies available: you can either pursue a claim for damages or apply for an injunction. Damages are a monetary award designed to compensate the injured party for the noise which it has…

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Printed vs Digital Media: Is printed media still significant in today’s digital age?

Is printed media still significant in today’s digital age? Newspapers, magazines, books and printed publications. We are surrounded by tangible reads and they are still a popular choice for many people. We can’t of course forget that we are living in an increasingly digital age. With internet access, you can have instant insight into news articles, current affairs, and almost everything that is available in print. It is all readily available to read online whenever suits your needs without the restrictions or shops being open and limited availability. Media has…

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Trust says farewell to Shirley after nearly six decades

Elvis Presley, The Shadows and Roy Orbison were topping the music charts, Mary Quant and Twiggy were fashion icons and the NHS was in its infancy when Shirley Hannan began her career in the ‘Swinging Sixties.’ Now, 57 years later, colleagues have said farewell to Shirley who has retired as one of the longest-serving members of staff at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. A special presentation was made to the 72-year-old on her final day as assistant general manager for non-clinical support services, based at St Luke’s Hospital. Shirley,…

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What is branding? And why is it important for your business?

You wouldn’t be mistaken in thinking that your company logo and slogan is the branding for your business. Although these features are key, it does however go far beyond this, branding involves every part of a customer’s experience when they are involved in your business. From your logo on your website, to your social media and online­ presence, to printed advertising and even staff uniforms! Your brand incorporates the way in which you interact with customers, be that on the phone, email or via social media platforms. Branding is the…

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‘Man of Peace’ passes through Bradford

A man is doing the unthinkable by walking across Britain to promote peace. Tanausu Herrera (39), set off from London on 24 May and has so far covered over 800 miles. He landed in Bradford last week and only by chance he was spotted by locals who questioned his passing through the city. Local businessman John Simms, who runs Glyde House, was amazed at Tanausu’s effort, that he convinced the Tenerife born trekker to stay in the city to rest and recover from the strenuous walking distance he has covered….

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Paving Pathways to Prosperity

In a time of austerity and desperation when facing insurmountable economic and financial pressures coupled with loneliness and being a single parent, the future is often bleak. The pathway to prosperity is economic self-sufficiency and for that to happen there should be a strong and stable safety net that works to support single mothers at both the grassroots level and with the aim of bringing progressive policy development change at the highest level. This is very much the fundamental core of the work of Neesie. It believes that in order…

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Stop the overthinking!

This month we will explore overthinking – it is what psychologists call self-focused rumination. This means thinking too much, usually negatively – needlessly, passively, endlessly and excessively pondering the meanings, causes and consequences of your character, your feelings and your problems. I find doing it uncomfortable and painful so when looked into how to stop doing it, I learnt about several strategies, that I use and the result is that I rarely ruminate now. Research shows that overthinking sustains or worsens sadness, fosters negatively biased thinking, impairs a person’s ability…

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Genesis of Extremism and Terrorism

“Terror destabilises, not constructs; and instability creates vacuum, filled, for more often than not, by those with a fascistic agenda, whether that fascism is sponsored by religious fundamentalism or multinational colonialism”, wrote Huck Gutman, professor of English in the University of Vermont, USA. There is no denying the fact that terrorism thrives within the illegitimate borders of occupation and dictatorship; it festers behind security walls put up by imperial powers; it crosses those borders and climbs those fences to explode inside the countries responsible for, or complicit in, occupation and…

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HELPING YOU GROW AND PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS

In a time of mass political and social unrest, how can businesses protect themselves from the pitfalls of an uncertain world and economy? With a snap General Election soon to be upon us, Brexit to be a reality in a matter of months and new attacks on people and infrastructures taking place each day, who in their right mind would want to own or manage a UK business? In truth, today is no better or worse than yesterday to take the plunge into the world of commerce. Though the political…

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Are you really married or not?

It seems like an obvious question to ask, however I often find myself dealing with clients who aren’t actually aware of what their true legal position is. Although a majority of Muslims know that a Nikaah is required in order to be married under Islamic Law, there are many Muslims who do not understand how a Nikaah alone affects their marital status under English law. Working with Islamic divorce client for a number of years, I have seen this situation arise on many occasions. A common example would be where…

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