Travel law specialists Slater and Gordon have appointed two new solicitors to join the firm’s flagship office in Manchester. Victoria Cox and Joanna Holyst-Salej will act exclusively for people who have suffered serious accidents or injury abroad. Formerly colleagues at CFG Law, they join an experienced team across the country dealing with a wide range of multi-jurisdictional matters including package holiday claims, road traffic collisions, accidents on flights and cruise ships and botched cosmetic surgery. Holyst-Salej is originally from Poland and previously worked as a translator and interpreter which sparked her interest in the language of law. “I mainly worked at the magistrates’ and crown courts, translating often complex legal arguments, and I found it fascinating,” she said. “It’s something I’ve carried into my current job as I work with a lot of Polish clients who speak limited English and it’s incredibly reassuring for … [Read more...] about Law firm Slater and Gordon appoint two new solicitors
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POPE John Paul II is known among some Catholics as Saint John Paul The Great — thanks in part to his lengthy spell as God's spokesman on Earth. But who was the late Pontiff who was born born Karol Józef Wojtył? Here's all you need to know. Who was Pope John Paul II? Pope John Paul II was born Karol Józef Wojtył on 18 May 1920 in the Polish town of Wadowice. He and his father moved to Krakow which in 1939 was occupied by German troops invading the country — sparking World War II. Karol was rounded up and forced to work, but he was injured in a tram accident and was then hit by a lorry in the space of just a few months in 1940. The death of his father from a heart attack in 1941 led him to consider priesthood, and he began studying at the Bishop's Palace in the city. He was later honoured for helping rescue Jews from being sent to concentration camps during the Nazi occupation. Karol left Poland after being ordained as a priest in November … [Read more...] about When did Pope John Paul II die, what date was his papal inauguration and who succeeded him as Pope?
Bart Jansen USA TODAY Published 5:32 p.m. UTC Jun 5, 2018 WASHINGTON — Federal investigators on Tuesday blamed the shipping company Baja Ferries’ poor maintenance and safety training for a fire that caused six serious injuries aboard the Caribbean Fantasy near Puerto Rico in 2016. The National Transportation Safety Board noted that nobody died in the fire Aug. 17, 2016, while 387 passengers and 124 crew members made it to shore about two miles away. But the evacuation of the ship took 3 hours and 43 minutes, rather than the goal of 30 minutes, according to investigators. The accident caused an estimated $20 million in damage. The fire continued to burn for three days before the ship was towed to San Juan harbor and extinguished. The fire spread quickly because fuel valves were blocked in open positions, investigators found. Three life boats failed to deploy correctly for lack of crew training. And five serious ankle injuries were blamed on an inflated slide … [Read more...] about NTSB: Puerto Rico ship fire revealed maintenance problems, poor crew training
0 Have your say As Sting prepares to open his new musical in Edinburgh, he tells Janet Christie about growing up, community spirit and visits from his late father It’s a cold winter’s day and Sting slides out of a minivan with blacked-out windows, wearing yoga trousers and a navy fisherman’s jumper. He pads quickly across the cobbles into Leith Dockers Club past a line of fans queuing to watch him perform a mini preview of songs from his debut musical, The Last Ship. It’s an incongruous setting for the multi-millionaire musician universally known by his sole moniker, a small social club in the heart of Leith, yet it’s entirely appropriate for a show inspired by the closure of the shipyard in Wallsend, Sting’s home town. With the last ship built in the Leith yards rolling down the slipway in 1983/4 and Swan Hunter closing its gates in Wallsend a decade later, both places are inextricably linked with shipbuilding and the effects of its … [Read more...] about Interview: Sting on bringing his debut musical to Scotland
If you’re scared at the thought of Friday the 13th, you’re not alone. It’s a common fear, so much so psychologists have even come up with a word for how you’re feeling – paraskavedekatriaphobia. But why is Friday the 13th supposed to be unlucky? Take your pick. According to Christian scholars, Jesus was crucified on Friday 13th and Judas - the apostle who ultimately betrayed him - was the thirteenth guest to sit down at the Last Supper. Geoffrey Chaucer described the date being bad luck in his Canterbury Tales and advised readers to put off anything planned on it. It was extremely unlucky for members of the Knights Templar, a Catholic military order, when on Friday October 13, 1307, when hundreds of them were rounded up and burnt alive. Their leader was also tortured and crucified. But is it coincidence or just superstitious nonsense? Here we detail 13 scary or unlikely things that have on Friday the 13th which could give you pause for thought. 1. It was … [Read more...] about From Margaret Thatcher’s birth to Armageddon