The Solicitors Regulation Authority will appoint an independent reviewer to oversee the way it handles complaints in a bid to improve efficiency. The SRA plans to introduce a single complaints-handling policy that will deal with all complaints, including those involving discrimination. The complaints consultation proposes a three-stage process, whereby complaints will initially be dealt with internally by the SRA. But where a complainant is not satisfied or the matter is serious, it will be referred for an external independent review. To date, the SRA has developed a number of different mechanisms, depending on the nature of the complaint. The consultation closes on 13 November and can be accessed.
Nigeria’s Flying Eagles got their 2011 African Youth Championship campaign off to great start, defeating rivals Ghana 2-1 in their opening Group B game at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.The battle of the two West African teams was a real battle of attrition on a difficult pitch – not only was it heavy from the large amount of rain in recent days, it was also bumpy and cut-up from having three successive games on it over the weekend.Nonetheless, John Obuh’s team edged the match thanks to a brace from striker Innocent Nwofor, though his second goal was a complete fluke.Nigeria started the stronger of the two teams, with star attacker Ahmed Musa looking dangerous down the right flank, while the lanky Nwofor posed a troubling aerial threat.The Flying Eagles deservedly took the lead in the 17th minute, taking advantage of some poor defending from their Ghanaian counterparts.A cross from the right flank was flicked-on by Abdul Ajagun and Innocent Nwofor was able to fire the ball beyond the reach of goalkeeper James Achampong to make it 1-0. The goal seemed to spur the Black Satellites into action and they got back on level terms in the 32nd minute. Right-back Richmond Nketiah crossed to the near post from a corner kick and Kwame Nsor scored with a glancing header.The score remained 1-1 up to half time, but Nsor should have put Ghana ahead just a few minutes before the interval, skewing a shot wide of the target after Nigeria had failed to clear a straightforward free kick.Both teams had their chances to add to the score in the second half but it took until the 82nd minute for the deadlock to be broken.Nwofor found himself in space on the right flank and looked to be lining up a cross – the ball bobbled up off the pitch, causing the attacker to mis-time his kick, but the ball looped over a helpless Acheampong and found the back of the net.It was either the most brilliant piece of innovation from Nwofor, or – more likely – an utter fluke. Either way, it was enough to decide the game in Nigeria’s favour. Source: MTNFootball.com
Don’t let life’s lemons sour your summer. Use them to sour your beer, instead.It’s what’s called a shandy, a refreshing drink that classically is beer mixed with lemonade, though other flavors can be used. It has been a seasonal staple in Europe since at least the mid-1800s when British drinkers ordered their “shandygaff,” often beer mixed with ginger ale.But lately it’s been showing up on American cocktail menus and supermarket shelves, with new bottled and canned varieties on the market and bartenders experimenting with their own fruity beer combos.“Shandies have gained tremendous momentum the past several years, and we don’t see this slowing down anytime soon,” says Danelle Kosmal, vice president, alcoholic beverages, for market research firm Nielsen.This June 15, 2015 photo shows MillerCoors’ Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch, Harpoon Brewery’s UFO Big Squeeze Shandy and Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co. in Concord, N.H. The shandy, classically beer mixed with lemonade, though other flavors can be used, has been a seasonal staple in Europe since at least the mid-1800s. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)In fact, while shandy sales remain a tiny niche of the overall multibillion dollar beer market, sales have grown 15 percent by volume and 18 percent by value over the past 52 weeks, Nielsen data show.Brands on the market include MillerCoors’ Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Co., as well as Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch. Also in stores, Narragansett Del’s Shandy, made in collaboration with Del’s Lemonade, a Rhode Island institution, and Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co., part of Boston Beer Co.’s Vermont-based Alchemy & Science subsidiary.Lemon mixes are a zesty classic, but shandies aren’t always made with lemonade, and they aren’t always called shandy.In Germany, the drink is known as radler, or bicyclist, because the fruity, lower-alcohol drink was considered just the thing to refresh a weary cyclist, says Armin Buehler, senior market manager for Radeberger Gruppe USA, which introduced Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen (wheat beer) in 2013.It sounds a little out there. Grapefruit? Beer? But in the case of Schofferhofer, the grapefruit shandy is refreshing with a strong but not overpowering taste of citrus harmonizing with the yeasty beer. And grapefruit turns out to be a trend within a trend. Other recent releases include Leinenkugel Grapefruit Shandy and Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Ale.Buehler likes Schofferhoffer Grapefruit as an outdoor drink. “I envision myself being on a rooftop seeing the sun go down, drinking that,” he says, though he also finds it makes a great mixer.Beer cocktails have been a trend for a while now and the shandy surge is giving them an extra kick.Take the Shandy slushy, a summer offering of Narragansett lager and lemon shaved ice that is on the summer menu at the New York City branch of Toro, the Barcelona-inspired tapas bar from chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette.Beverage Director Caitlin Doonan, who has spent some time on Rhode Island beaches, was inspired by the popularity of the frozen Del’s Lemonade sold there in summer to create Shandy slushy, a mix of Narragansett beer with a house-made lemon shaved ice. Depending on how well the slushy does, she’s got a few other variations in mind, including grapefruit.The idea is to have fun with a drink that’s a little bit lower in alcohol and a departure from some of the oh-so-serious drinks that have been dominating cocktail menus recently.“This was a way for us to have something that’s a little bit tongue in cheek,” Doonan says.