PersonalityMatch app – a free and fascinating personality test

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A big heads up for a new app called PersonalityMatch which allows you to take a free personality test and you can also invite your partner and friends to do the same. It is based on the psychological tests by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers and the theories of the psychologist Carl Jung.

It also allows you to compare results and can generate a compatibility score, which shows the areas where you’re most compatible (and where you’re not so). This can then help to highlight areas to focus upon when trying to improve a relationship.

I tried the individual personality test for myself on the app via my telephone. Downloading was simple through the iTunes app store and the test itself was indeed free. It was also very easy to complete and didn’t take long at all. As for the results I found them both fascinating and thought-provoking. They also proved to be surprisingly accurate!

PersonalityMatch is free to download and is available on iTunes and Google Play. The personality test itself is free and then I believe there are in app purchases also available. See for more information, screenshots and a short video. Or click here for links to the apps in the two stores.

July 19, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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‘Missing Books: A Wander through One Man’s Library’ by Brian Harris

51wVTvVviyLThis is a book for the book-lover. The loss of a library can be a catastrophe, but Brian Harris has made the most of his by inviting the reader to take a trip through the contents of his bookshelves, past and present – from children’s books to science fiction, from poets ancient and modern to ground-breaking forms of biography, from literary humour to books on life’s deeper issues. He describes how the writings of an English rope maker helped bring about two of the world’s greatest revolutions, and how a book moved Abraham Lincoln to take up the cause of emancipation. The author has views on a host of other issues, including the importance of reading to the growing child, the inconvenience of over-weighty volumes, and when plagiarism can be justified. Brian Harris is a retired lawyer and former editor with a number of well received books to his credit on subjects such as Injustice, Intolerance, and the life and works of Rudyard Kipling. Available on Amazon.

July 18, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

July 18, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

July 11, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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How to Lodge a Personal Injuries Claim in Western Australia

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If you have ever been involved in an accident on a public road where the blame was with the other driver, you are entitled to compensation for personal injury. This includes accidents involving cars, pedestrians, bicycles and all public transport regardless of which state you are travelling in. The result of the claim may be highly dependent on the level of information you can provide from the time of the incident. For this reason it is of vital importance to get as much information about the other party as possible before you leave the scene.

What information should I get?

As a minimum you should take the other parties name, address and phone number, any witness details and some photos of the damage and injuries. To make an insurance claim you are also required to report the accident to the police.

What does a claim cover?

Most claims cover medical treatment and services involved with the response to the incident. This includes, ambulance, hospital, pharmacy expenses, counselling and home assistance and in some cases travel expenses. A lawyer specialising in injury claims can detail everything that is covered in your specific claim.

How do I lodge a claim?

You can lodge a claim yourself or have a personal injury lawyer lodge it for you. Either way the forms are the same and will be provided by the Transport and Roads authority. You will need to grant the Transport and Roads authority to access medical records and documents pertaining to your identity. Once signed these forms are then processed by the respective insurance companies. Lodgement can be made online or in person at any Transport and Roads authority office. In the case you are using the services of a personal injury lawyer, they will lodge it on your behalf.

When should you lodge the claim?

While claims can generally be lodged within 12 months of the incident it is best to lodge it as soon as possible. Technically, claims can be lodged up to three years after the accident however, there is no guarantee it will be accepted – you must have good reason for the delay. There is a slightly different rule for those under the age of 18 involved in accidents. If under 18 at the time of an accident you have until the day before your 21st birthday to lodge it. It is advisable to lodge the claim as soon as possible once all your paperwork has been completed.

How long does a claim process take once lodged?

The length of time between lodging a claim and settlement can be varied and depends on the severity of the accident and the complexity of the incident. The insurance companies have a 21 day period to accept it or reject it though and if rejected you have up to 12 months to challenge this decision.

If you have been seriously injured in a road accident then you should seek legal advice from an injury lawyer about lodging a claim for compensation. A personal injury lawyer will help you claim for the maximum level of compensation and take care of lodgement so that you can recover and heal from your injuries.

July 8, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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What Is My Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim Worth?

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Motorcycles are one of the most popular ways to get around in the UK. There are around 1.2 million motorbikes on Britain’s roads today. As you can imagine, they provide a fun and versatile way to travel. Plus, they are useful for avoiding traffic jams, given their small size compared to cars.

For the most part, motorcycle riders experience little to no problems on the road. But, the sad truth is that some get involved in collisions with other road users. As you can appreciate, motorcycles are vulnerable on the road compared to other vehicles. That’s because they don’t feature a metal cage and glass around them.

When a motorcycle accident happens, the results can sometimes be devastating. And, in a lot of cases, injured motorcyclists could end up with life-changing disabilities.

If you’re injured in a motorcycle accident, you’ll likely experience physical injuries and trauma. As a result, you may have to take time off work to recover. And that alone can impact other areas of your life, your financial stability being one of them.

In those situations, you could get awarded compensation for your motorcycle accident. The trouble is, few people know what kind of awards they could expect to receive.

If you wish to pursue a compensation claim, it’s important to know all the facts. The following details some common examples of injuries. Plus, you can learn how much compensation you could get awarded as a result of your accident:

Hearing loss

If you have slight hearing loss following your accident, you could get £4,850 to £8,250. Some people suffer from tinnitus, which is a ringing or buzzing noise in the ears. In those cases, a compensation award will usually range between the following:

  • £8,250 to £9,570 – mild tinnitus;
  • £9,750 to £19,500 – moderate tinnitus;
  • £19,500 to £30,000 – severe tinnitus.

A total loss of hearing in one ear can attract £20,500 to £30,000. For total deafness in both ears, the compensation goes up: £59,500 to £72,000.

Head trauma and brain damage

As you can imagine, head trauma and brain damage have devastating consequences for motorcyclists. At the less severe end, mild head trauma injuries are worth £1,450 to £8,400 for compensation. If epilepsy ensues, as a result, claim awards go up and are worth £36,000 to £98,500.

Brain damage tends to attract high levels of compensation. That’s because injuries are usually permanent and disabling. In some cases, injured motorcyclists may need lifelong care as a result. The compensation levels vary depending on the severity of the brain damage:

  • £10,000 to £150,000 – minor brain damage;
  • £144,500 to £1,500,000 – moderate to severe brain damage;
  • £185,000 to £3,000,000 – very severe brain damage.

Neck and shoulder injuries

They are the injuries that usually happen the most in a motorcycle accident. Depending on the speed of all vehicles involved, the force of impact can be moderate to quite severe. The compensation that one can claim will depend on the severity of any neck and shoulder injuries.

For instance, whiplash injuries that take less than two years to heal are worth £1,000 to £6,000. If the healing process is nearer two years, the compensation will rise from £5,150 to £9,000. Clavicle bone fractures can attract awards of £3,400 to £8,000. And a shoulder injury that can lead to disability is worth £5,150 to £8,400.

Severe neck injuries, such as fractured bones, can range from £16,400 to £21,600. Meanwhile, a permanent disability from neck injuries is as much as £21,600 to £97,500.

Arm and wrist injuries

When a rider falls off their bike after impact with other vehicles, they will often injure their arms. Compensation claims can include such injuries as well as the ones listed on this page so far.

A fractured wrist can result in claims worth £2,300 to £4,850. If those injuries lead to long-term pain and stiffness, the claim’s worth £8,250 to £16,100. A disability that follows a severe wrist injury attracts compensation of £16,100 to £39,000.

£4,350 to £12,600 is what you can expect for minor arm injuries and fractures. Serious arm injuries that lead to disabilities increase the claim to £25,750 to £86,000.

Back and leg injuries

Of course, the upper body isn’t the only area that can get injured in a motorcycle accident. Minor back sprain injuries can result in claims of up to £8,250. Permanent disabilities increase compensations awards to around £111,000.

Leg injuries are also similar when it comes to compensation amounts. For example, minor leg fractures range from £1,000 to £6,000. And serious foot injuries range from £16,400 to £20,500.

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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

July 4, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Do you need a criminal lawyer in spousal assault cases?

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The charge of spousal assault is a serious criminal offence in Canada. If convicted, those charges carry serious consequences. If you are charged, there are lots of great criminal lawyers in Abbotsford BC who can help you get the best chance of a positive outcome.

In many cases, charges of domestic violence are challenging to defend. This is particularly true if more than one party backs up the charges against the accused. It is for this reason that having a qualified and experienced defence attorney in your corner is so important. Your lawyer plays a significant role in fighting these cases by offering legal services to prove your innocence or reduce your punishment. A lawyer’s primary role in these cases is that of a counselling role.  A good lawyer will advise you of your rights, responsibilities and obligations as a result of the charges. For example, in most cases you will be required to live separately from your spouse during the court proceedings, and you may not be allowed to interact with your children.  They will help you to present your case in the best possible light so that a positive outcome will result from your court appearance. Although it is very difficult to defend against criminal assault/domestic violence charges (as the legal system heavily leans toward protecting victims) it is possible with the services of a good lawyer.  Even if you are convicted, a good lawyer can help minimize your punishment and, as a result, mitigate the negative effect that such a conviction could have on the rest of your life.

It’s important to remember that when charges of spousal assault are made against someone, the complainant loses control of the process after that.  They cannot simply say they changed their minds and expect that the charges will be dropped.  Stated that they lied or exaggerated their claims can result in the complainant him/herself being charged with public mischief. This protocol is in place because in the past it was very common for complainants to be intimidated, guilt-tripped or even threatened into dropping charges, either by the offender himself or herself, or by family members who, for cultural, religious or other reasons, believe it is not acceptable for such charges to be laid by one partner against another. Police are under strict instructions to take every claim of domestic violence seriously. In most cases, they will make an arrest first and then ask questions later, regardless of whether it is a minor altercation (no injuries, for example) or something much more serious. This is in place to protect victims and to prevent situations from escalating from something minor to a more serious situation.

June 29, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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The Great New York Law School

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Founded in 1891 in Lower Manhattan, the New York Law School has since gone on to become one of the top law schools in both the United States and the World. In this article we will take a brief look at the history of the school and it’s notable alumni, many of whom have gone on to great success as a result of the excellent education that they have received in one of the oldest law schools in the United States of America.

Brief History

Theodore Dwight created the school in 1891 following a dispute at Columbia University into the methods that they were using, Dwight took many faculty members and students with him as he formed a school that he thought could better provide education for the students. After only a year the school became the second biggest in the United States and by 1904 became the single biggest. Throughout the war years the school’s popularity declined before regaining its status once again in the 1970’s through more student sign ups and renovation of the school’s buildings.

In the 21st Century the school is going from strength to strength, sale of old buildings gave the school a money to re-invest in its services and in 2005 it opened its first dormitory in New York’s East Village. In this year’s report from the U.S. News and World Report, the school was ranked as 111 in the United States, not quite the same as its former glories but it is improving year on year.

The school offers both part-time and full-time courses to its students, fees as of 2016 are $72,000 per year for full-time and this usually entails a 3 year course. The school’s curriculum centers on the integration of both theory and practice and in order to successfully complete the course, students must gain 86 credits or higher. 

Currently the percentage of students who go on to pass the bar and end up in employment sits at 44% and 5% for those who go into part-time work. The figure for those who reach employment after obtaining a JD advantage currently sits at around 18%, all of which a very strong levels of success compared with many law schools in the country.

Notable Alumni

Charles Phillips – Charles Philips is now CEO of enterprise applications company Infor, he has previously worked as an industry analyst for Morgan Stanley and worked as Co-President of software technology firm Oracle Corporation.

Zygmunt Wilf – Now the head of Garden Commercial Properties and the principal owner of NFL team Minnesota Vikings

Albert C.Cohn – Currently working for the New York State Supreme Court justice.

Judith Sheindlin – AKA Judge Judy a New York family court judge and television personality

Arnold Kopelson – Now a film director who won a Golden Globe for his film Platoon and a Oscar nomination for his production The Fugitive.

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TheBuskerOut with TheBusker again today with whom I think I’ve learned more in a few days that with UpTights in a few months.  Today he was defending a theft and it all boiled down to whether the prosecution’s witness was credible or not.  Looked pretty clear cut to me on the face of the papers and I said so to TheBusker.

“Nothing’s ever clear cut, BabyB.  Not when it comes to memories.  There’s no smooth little movie being recorded in that head of yours.  It’s all a tapestry of jagged images and sounds, stitched together with imagination.  Watch out for stitches BabyB.  They’ll win you case after case.”

So it was today.  TheBusker was as friendly as you like to the witness, getting her full story in intimate detail.  Then he went back and simply asked,

“And is each part of the evidence you have given as true as the next?”

“Of course,” came the reply.

“Thank you.  Now, If we can just go over a few of these details again…”

As you might have guessed, he’d grasped into thin air and found stitch of the imagination as he’d put it.  She’d given evidence that our client had come from her left.  Turns out that she actually hadn’t seen that but instead had merely assumed it based upon where he was when she first heard the victim’s shouts.  On such details is a man’s liberty determined.

June 28, 2016 · Tim Kevan · No Comments
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