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Hargreaves Lansdown in profit surge

first_imgThursday 10 February 2011 3:25 am John Dunne whatsapp Hargreaves Lansdown in profit surge Show Comments ▼ whatsappcenter_img Share Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’Sportsnaut by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndoDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndo Tags: NULL Hargreaves Lansdown on Thursday posted a 38 per cent rise in first-half underlying pre-tax profit, aided by buoyant global markets, and the British wealth manager and stockbroker said it was well placed to build on the momentum.The Bristol-based company, which provides investment management products and services to private investors in the UK, declared an interim dividend of 4.5 pence.For the six months to 31 December, pre-tax profit before items rose to £59.3m from £43.1m last year. Revenue grew 30 per cent to £97m.Hargreaves Lansdown, which was founded in 1981 by Peter Hargreaves and Stephen Lansdown, said its value of total assets under administration grew 27 per cent to £22.3bn as at 31 December, from £17.5bn at end-June.The Bank of England’s decision on interest rates later on Thursday will be crucial as Britain battles with soaring inflation and a fitful economic recovery.Financial markets see a one-in-five chance that the Bank of England will raise interest rates from their record low 0.5 per cent after what is likely to be its most finely balanced decision in years.Hargreaves shares, which have nearly risen 87 per cent over the past year as stock markets recovered. Chief executive Ian Gorham said: “Despite increased costs relating to our new office building, continued investment in IT systems, increased loyalty bonus payments to clients and most notably a Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) additional levy of £3m, our costs have been tightly controlled.” last_img read more

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Utility Aid offers ‘The nicest job in Britain’

first_img Utility consultancy Utility Aid is advertising for what it claims is ‘The Nicest Job in Britain”. The job title is National Philanthropy Manager, and it involves helping 45 charities or third sector organisations across the UK in just one year, spending one week with a different one.To apply, individuals must submit a short video entry explaining why they deserve the role.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube] Utility Aid offers ‘The nicest job in Britain’ With support from headline sponsor British Gas, the role has a good package. The selected candidate will receive a salary of £35,000 for the year, a car to enable them to travel round the country to the various charities, holiday leave and free flights to a destination of your choice, and “comfortable accommodation for the duration of your stay in each area”.They will also receive £2,500 to donate to the charity of their choice.Utility Aid is currently showing 38 video applications for the role.Applications can be made at The Nicest Job in Britain. The closing date is 7 November 2014. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  42 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Tagged with: corporate Recruitment / people Howard Lake | 6 November 2014 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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LBMC 2021 Business Trends Report Outlines Insights from C-Level Executives from Seven Industries Across…

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Unemployment Rate Falls Year-Over-Year in 42 States, D.C.

first_img Employment Jobs U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Unemployment Rate 2014-11-25 Brian Honea Tagged with: Employment Jobs U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Unemployment Rate  Print This Post Unemployment Rate Falls Year-Over-Year in 42 States, D.C. Previous: FHFA Says Conforming Loan Limits Will Not Change for 2015 Next: Consumer, Government Spending Boost Revised Q3 GDP Rate Up to 3.9 Percent Though regional and state unemployment rates changed little from September to October, 42 states and the District of Columbia saw year-over-year declines in their respective unemployment rates, according to the October 2014 Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).In October, the unemployment rate increased in only five states year-over-year (Alaska, Iowa, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Wyoming) while it held steady in three states from October 2013 to October 2014 (Alabama, North Dakota, and Vermont). Month-over-month, the unemployment rate decreased in 34 states plus the District of Columbia, increased in five states, and stayed the same in 11 states in October 2014, according to BLS. Georgia had the highest unemployment rate in October at 7.7 percent, while North Dakota had the lowest at 2.8 percent, according to BLS.Thirty-eight states saw a month-over-month increase in nonfarm payroll employment in October, while 12 states and the District of Columbia saw employment decline during the month, BLS reported. California (41,500 jobs added), Texas (35,200 added) and Florida (34,400 added) had the largest increase from September to October. The largest monthly increases in employment, percentage-wise, occurred in Wyoming (gain of 1.4 percentage points), Idaho (plus 0.8), and Utah (plus 0.7).The states with the largest decrease in employment from September to October were Nevada (minus 7,300 jobs), New York (minus 5,600), and New Jersey (minus 4,500), while the largest percentages of decrease in employment month-over-month occurred in Montana and Nevada (minus 0.6 percentage points each) and Rhode Island (minus 0.5 percentage points), according to BLS.Year-over-year, Alaska was the only state that saw a decrease in nonfarm employment for October 2014. Alaska saw a decline of 0.2 percentage points, while the largest increases during that period occurred in North Dakota (plus 5.0 percentage points), Utah (plus 3.8 percent), and Texas (plus 3.7 percent), BLS reported.All four regions of the U.S., the Midwest, Northeast, West, and South, all saw significant year-over-year declines in unemployment in October 2014, according to BLS. The Midwest and Northeast each saw a decline of 1.4 percentage points, while the unemployment rate fell by 1.2 percentage points in the West and 0.7 points in the South. The West had the highest regional unemployment rate at 6.5 percent in October, and the Midwest had the lowest rate (5.6 percent) during the month.Earlier this month, BLS reported that the national unemployment rate for October hit a six-year low (5.8 percent) for the second month in a row, even though the number of jobs added for October (214,000) fell well short of expectations. The national unemployment rate for October is down 1.4 percentage points from October 2013, though that number may be skewed by the near record number of people designated as “not in the labor force” who do not have jobs but are not categorized as unemployed because they are not currently searching for a job. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Unemployment Rate Falls Year-Over-Year in 42 States, D.C. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save November 25, 2014 1,026 Views Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. last_img read more

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Supreme Court Weekly Round Up [February 1 to February 7 2021]

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Weekly Round Up [February 1 to February 7 2021] Nupur Thapliyal6 Feb 2021 9:37 PMShare This – xJUDGMENTS THIS WEEK1. Violation Of Fundamental Right To Speedy Trial Is A Ground For Constitutional Court To Grant Bail In UAPA Cases: Supreme Court[Union of India v. K.A. Najeeb] CITATION: LL 2021 SC 56 The bench comprising Justices NV Ramana, Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose held that Section 43D (5) of UAPA per se does not oust the ability of Constitutional Courts to grant bail on…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginJUDGMENTS THIS WEEK1. Violation Of Fundamental Right To Speedy Trial Is A Ground For Constitutional Court To Grant Bail In UAPA Cases: Supreme Court[Union of India v. K.A. Najeeb] CITATION: LL 2021 SC 56 The bench comprising Justices NV Ramana, Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose held that Section 43D (5) of UAPA per se does not oust the ability of Constitutional Courts to grant bail on ground of violation of Fundamental Right to Speedy Trial. “The presence of statutory restrictions like Section 43D (5) of UAPA per se does not oust the ability of Constitutional Courts to grant bail on grounds of violation of Part III of the Constitution. Indeed, both the restrictions under a Statue as well as the powers exercisable under Constitutional Jurisdiction can be well harmonized. Whereas at commencement of proceedings, Courts are expected to appreciate the legislative policy against grant of bail but the rigours of such provisions will melt down where there is no likelihood of trial being completed within a reasonable time and the period of incarceration already undergone has exceeded a substantial part of the prescribed sentence. Such an approach would safeguard against the possibility of provisions like Section 43D (5) of UAPA being used as the sole metric for denial of bail or for wholesale breach of constitutional right to speedy trial.” The court observed while dismissing the appeal filed by National Investigation Agency against the Kerala High Court order granting bail to the accused in palm chopping of Thodupuzha Newman College professor T J Joseph in 2011.2. Collusive Commercial Transactions With Corporate Debtor Will Not Constitute ‘Financial Debt’ Under IBC : Supreme Court[Phoenix Arc Private Limited v. Spade Financial Services Limited]CITATION: LL 2021 SC 55 Supreme Court Bench comprising of Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee has held that collusive or sham transactions with a corporate debtor will not amount to “financial debt” within the meaning of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016(IBC). The Supreme Court was hearing appeals challenging the orders of the NCLAT and the NCLT which excluded two entities(AAA & Spade) from the Committee of Creditors constituted for the insolvency resolution of a corporate debtor. The Bench also held that a financial creditor which is not a “related party” to the corporate debtor at present can also be excluded from the Committee of Creditors (CoC) if it is found that its removal of the “related party” label was a part of strategy to bypass the bar under Section 21(2), first proviso of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code(IBC).3. Creditor Will Not Become ‘Financial Creditor’ Under IBC If A Corporate Debtor Has Only Given Security By Pledging Shares, Without Undertaking To Discharge Borrower’s Liability: Supreme Court[Phoenix Arc Pvt Ltd v. Ketulbhai Ramubhai Patel]CITATION : LL 2021 SC 60 The Supreme Court Bench comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah has held that if a corporate debtor has only offered security by pledging shares, without undertaking to discharge the borrower’s liability, then the creditor in such a case will not become ‘financial creditor’ as defined under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code(IBC). The Court held that such a creditor could be a secured creditor but will not be a financial creditor under the IBC entitled to take part in the insolvency resolution process. “A person having only security interest over the assets of corporate debtor, even if falling within the description of ‘secured creditor’ by virtue of collateral security extended by the corporate debtor, would not be covered by the financial creditors as per definitions contained in sub-section (7) and (8) of Section 5″. Apex Court held.4. Corruption Is An Offence Against Society: Supreme Court Sets Aside Gujarat HC Judgment Acquitting An Accused[State of Gujarat v. Bhalchandra Laxmishankar Dave]CITATION: LL 2021 SC 58 Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah observed that Offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act are offences are against the society. The bench made the observation while setting aside a Gujarat High Court judgment acquitting an accused in a corruption case.”An Appellate Court while dealing with an appeal against acquittal passed by the Learned trial Court, is required to bear in mind that in case of acquittal there is double presumption in favour of the accused. Firstly, the presumption of innocence is available to him under the fundamental principle of criminal jurisprudence that every person shall be presumed to be innocent unless he is proved guilty by a competent court of law. Secondly, the accused having secured his acquittal, the presumption of his innocence is further reinforced, reaffirmed and strengthened by the trial Court. Therefore, while dealing with the cases of acquittal by the trial Court, the Appellate Court would have certain limitations.” The bench held. 5. Mere Recovery Of Currency Notes From Public Servant Does Not Constitute Offence U/s 7 Of Prevention Of Corruption Act: Supreme Court[N.Vijayakumar v. State of Tamil Nadu] CITATION: LL 2021 SC 59 Supreme Court has observed that mere possession or recovery of currency notes is not sufficient to constitute an offence under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. To prove the charge, it has to be proved beyond reasonable doubt that accused voluntarily accepted money knowing it to be bribe, the bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah observed while setting aside a High Court judgment which convicted an accused in a corruption case.In this case, the accused, a Sanitary Inspector of Madurai Municipal Corporation, was acquitted in a corruption case by the Trial Court. The High Court, allowing the appeal filed by the State, reversed the Trial Court judgment and convicted the accused. In appeal, taking note of the evidence on record, the bench observed that the demand for and acceptance of bribe amount and cell phone by the appellant, is not proved beyond reasonable doubt. 6. ‘Belief Of Commission Of Act Of Money Laundering’ Has To Be Recorded Before Directing Freezing Of Bank Accounts Under PMLA: Supreme Court[OPTO Circuit India Ltd. v. Axis Bank] CITATION: LL 2021 SC 61 The Supreme Court bench headed by CJI S.A. Bobde observed that before directing freezing of bank accounts under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the Authority has to record the belief of commission of the act of money laundering. The observation came while dealing with the case of Deputy Director, Directorate of Enforcement who had, through the communication addressed to the Anti Money Laundering Officer of some Banks, instructed them that the accounts maintained by the a company be ‘debit freezed/stop operations’ until further orders, with immediate effect. The High Court had upheld this, while disposing the writ petitions filed by the Company. The Apex Court referring to sec. 17 of the PMLA observed that “It certainly is not the requirement that the communication addressed to the Bank itself should contain all the details. But what is necessary is an order in the file recording the belief as provided under Section 17(1) of PMLA before the communication is issued and thereafter the requirement of Section 17(2) of PMLA after the freezing is made is complied. There is no other material placed before the Court to indicate compliance of Section 17 of PMLA, more particularly recording the belief of commission of the act of money laundering and placing it before the Adjudicating Authority or for filing application after securing the freezing of the account to be made. In that view, the freezing or the continuation thereof is without due compliance of the legal requirement and, therefore, not sustainable.” Holding thus, the bench directed to defreeze of the accounts of the company. 7. Litigant Cannot Seek Recusal Of A Judge On The Ground That He/She May Not Get A Favourable Order: Supreme Court[Neelam Manmohan Attavar v. Manmohan Attavar (D) through LRs] CITATION: LL 2021 SC 65 The division bench of Apex Court comprising of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice M.R. Shah observed that a litigant cannot seek recusal of a judge from hearing his/her case on the ground that he/she may not get a favourable order. The observation came while the bench rejected a plea seeking recusal of Justice DY Chandrachud from hearing a case.”We see no valid and good ground for recusal by one of us. Merely because the order might not be in favour of the applicant earlier, cannot be a ground for recusal. A litigant cannot be permitted to browbeat the Court by seeking a Bench of its choice. Therefore, the prayer of the applicant­ petitioner in person that one of us (Dr. Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, J.) should recuse from hearing the present miscellaneous application is not accepted and the said prayer is rejected.” The bench observed.8. Illegal Occupants Of Government/Panchayat Land Cannot Claim Regularization As A Matter Of Right: Supreme Court[Joginder v. State of Haryana] CITATION: LL 2021 SC 66 The Supreme Court observed that persons in illegal occupation of the Government Land/Panchayat Land cannot, as a matter of right, claim regularization. “Regularization of the illegal occupation of the Government Land/Panchayat Land can only be as per the policy of the State Government and the conditions stipulated in the Rules. If it is found that the conditions stipulated for regularisation have not been fulfilled, such persons in illegal occupation of the Government Land/Panchayat Land are not entitled to regularization”, the bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah observed.In this case, the applicants who were in illegal possession of the land belonging to Gram Panchayat, made an application under Rule 12(4) of the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Rules, 1964. This application was rejected by the competent authority by holding that applicants were in illegal occupation of area more than the required area up to a maximum of 200 square yards. The High Court dismissed the writ petition challenging the order passed by the authority.The bench in appeal held that the applicants were found to be in illegal occupation of the area of more than 200 square yards and therefore one of the conditions mentioned in Rule 12(4) is not satisfied. 9. Recruitment Of Candidates In Excess Of Notified Vacancies Would Be Unconstitutional: Supreme Court[Gajanan Babulal Bansode v. State Of Maharashtra] CITATION : LL 2021 SC 67 The Supreme Court observed that recruitment of candidates in excess of the notified vacancies, will be violative of Articles 14 and 16 (1) of the Constitution of India. An authority cannot fill up more than the notified number of vacancies advertised, the bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Indu Malhotra and Vineet Saran observed while setting aside orders passed by the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal and High Court. The observation came while dealing with a Government Circular issued by the State of Maharashtra dated 27.06.2016 which notified 828 vacancies for promotion to the post of Police Sub-Inspector through the LDCE– 2016. Later, vide a Government Resolution, it notified a policy decision to accommodate 636 additional candidates who had secured more than 230 marks in the LDCE – 2016 examination. This resolution is under challenge before the Administrative Tribunal. An interim ‘status quo’ order passed by the Tribunal was later vacated by it. The High Court issued a direction to the State to send the additional list of 636 candidates for training of 9 months during the pendency of proceedings before the Tribunal. The bench therefore observed that the Government Resolution will remain stayed during the pendency of proceedings before the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal.IMPORTANT APEX COURT UPDATES 1. Supreme Court Orders Release Of Comedian Munawar Faruqui; Stays Madhya Pradesh HC Order And Production Warrant In UP CaseA division bench of Justices RF Nariman and BR Gavai granted ad-interim bail to comedian Munawar Faruqui in a case registered by Madhya Pradesh police for alleged hurting of religious sentiments. In doing so, the bench also took note of the submission of his counsel, Senior Advocate Saurabh Kirpal, that the arrest was made in violation of Section 41A of Cr.P.C, without following the dictum laid in the Arnesh Kumar judgment. The Court also stayed the the production warrant issued in a case by UP Police.The Bench was considering the special leave petition filed against the order passed by the High Court dismissing his bail application on January 28. Apart from the SLP challenging the HC order, Munawar Faruqui has also filed a writ petition against the MP police FIR.Also read: ‘Such People Must Not Be Spared’: Madhya Pradesh High Court Reserves Orders On Munawar Faruqui’s Bail Plea2. Centre & UPSC Agree To Grant Extra Chance To Candidates Who Had Last Attempt In October 2020 & Are Not Age-Barred As One-Time RelaxationThe Central Government has informed the Supreme Court that the Centre and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) have agreed to grant a “one-time, restricted relaxation to prospective candidates” who had given their last attempt of the UPSC exam in October 2020, and were not age-barred. ASG SV Raju submitted to the Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar that the extra chance would be given, only to the extent of providing an extra attempt, limited to the exam in 2021. Further, it would granted only to those candidates who had given their last attempt in CSE-2020 and were not age-barred. On earlier ocassion, the bench told ASG SV Raju “It’s just a one-time relaxation. If it has been done before, why not this time”. 3. Maratha Quota: Constitution Bench of Supreme Court To Begin Final Hearing From 8th MarchA Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court fixed the dates for hearing of the challenge against the constitutionality of the Maharasthra Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018, which provided for a quota to Marathas in jobs and education. The Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan has directed for hearing to commence on 8th March and to be concluded by 18th March, 2021. 4. Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case : President Competent Authority To Decide Perarivalan’s Pardon, Says Tamil Nadu GovernorThe Centre has informed the Supreme Court that the Tamil Nadu Governor has proposed that the President of India is the competent authority to deal the request of remission of sentence in case of AG Perarivalan, the convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case The Ministry of Home Affairs has submitted an affidavit, filed in pursuance of the Court’s order dated 22.01.2021, stating that the Tamil Nadu Governor, after considering facts and circumstances of the case, recorded that the President would be the competent authority and the Central Government will process the proposal in accordance with the law.5. Any “Senior, Responsible Officer” From Facebook Can Appear Before Delhi Legislative Assembly: Dr. Abhishek Singhvi Clarifies Before Supreme CourtDr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, senior counsel appearing on behalf of Delhi Legislative Assembly informed the Supreme Court this week that “any senior, responsible officer from Facebook” can come and appear before the Assembly and not necessarily Mr. Ajit Mohan. The bench headed by Justice SK Kaul continued the hearing in Facebook India Vice President, Ajit Mohan’s challenge to the two summons issued by the Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Committee Peace and Harmony in connection with the Delhi riots that broke out in February 2020. Dr. Singhvi has also submitted before the bench that the Delhi Assembly is competent to discuss Delhi’s Peace and Harmony issue as the same falls under the subject of good governance for GNCTD. Earlier this week, Arvind Datar concluded his arguments on behalf of Facebook by submitting that the Delhi Assembly lacked competence to summon Facebook for enquiry into Delhi riots. Harish Salve has already concluded his submissions on behalf of Mr. Mohan.Also Read: Delhi House Panel Cannot Deal With ‘Law And Order’ As It Is Union’s Subject : Salve Submits For Facebook VPAlso Read: Only Centre Can Control Internet Intermediaries; Legislative Assembly Cannot : Salve Submits For Facebook VP6. ‘Approach High Court’ : Supreme Court Allows Withdrawal Of Petitions Challenging “Love Jihad” Ordinance Of UPThe Supreme Court bench headed by CJI S.A. Bobde allowed the withdrawal of two writ petitions challenging the controversial Uttar Pradesh Ordinance on Unlawful Religious Conversions with the liberty to approach the High Court.”The High Court is already seized of the matter. We would like to have the benefit of the High Court’s view on this as well”, the CJI told the counsel for the petitioners.The court had also dismissed a petition last month filed by the UP Government seeking transfer of the petitions pending in the High Court to the Supreme Court.7. ‘We Are Sure Govt Is Enquiring’: Supreme Court Refuses To Entertain Pleas Seeking Probe Into Tractor Rally ViolenceA bench headed by CJI S.A. Bobde refused to entertain a batch of petitions seekingenquiry into the violence during farmers’ tractor rally held in the national capital on the Republic Day. The Court allowed the petitioners to withdraw the plea with liberty to approach the appropriate Government Minstry.”We are sure that the government is enquiring into it and taking appropriate action. We read a statement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in press that that Law will take its own course. So the government is already investigating it.” CJI observed at the outset.The bench while hearing petitioners, dismissed similar PILs seeking protection of common men and police officers during protests, seeking judicial enquiry by a retired SC/HC judge into the events or NIA/CBI investigation.8. Supreme Court Asks Petitioner Challenging WhatsApp Business’s Privacy Policy To Move Delhi High CourtThe Supreme Court bench headed by CJI declined to entertain a petition by Confederation of All India Traders against the new privacy policy of social media chat platform WhatsApp, since a similar plea was challenged before the Delhi High Court.WhatsApp updated its privacy policy on January 4, 2021 and made it compulsory for its users to accept its terms and conditions, failing which the accounts and services would be terminated after February 8, 2021 for the respective user. Later, following public outcry, WhatsApp informed that it was pushing back the new privacy policy and assured users that no accounts will be suspended on February 8.9. Supreme Court Directs Distribution Of 9122 Crores To Unit Holders Under Franklin Templeton’s Six Mutual Fund SchemesA division bench of Justice Abdul Nazeer and Justice Sanjeev Khanna this week directed that amount of 9122 crores that is cash ready with Franklin Templeton as on 15th January 2021 be distributed amongst the unit holders under the six mutual fund schemes. The Court has stated that the distribution is to be done in proportion to their respective interest in assets of scheme and will be undertaken by SBI Mutual funds as agreed by both Franklin Templeton Trust and SEBI.The bench was hearing plea by Franklin Templeton challenging a Karnataka HC order which restrained winding up of six of its debt schemes without obtaining the consent of its investors by a simple majority. The Bench was examining objections to the e-voting results to decide if disbursal or payment to the unit holders should be made.The Bench has further directed the process to preferably be completed in period of 20 days from date of this order and has given liberty to the parties to can move an application and approach the Court in case of any difficulty in the process.10. Supreme Court Seeks WhatsApp, Facebook, Google Pay, Amazon Pay Response On Plea Seeking Data Protection On UPI PlatformsA bench headed by CJI S.A. Bobde, earlier this week, sought response of WhatsApp India, Facebook, Google Pay, Amazon Pay and the Union Government on a plea seeking directions to ensure that data collected by Unified Payment Interface(UPI) platforms is not shared with parent company or any other third party under any circumstances.The direction was issued to the respondents on the PIL filed by Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam who belongs to the Communist Party of India(CPI).11. Uniform Marriage Age For Men & Women : Supreme Court Issues Notice On Plea To Transfer Petitions From High CourtsSupreme Court bench headed by CJI S.A. Bobde issued notice on petition seeking transfer of petitions pending before the Rajasthan High Court & Delhi High Court which have sought uniform age of marriage for both men & women. The plea was filed by lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay.The plea states that it has been filed in order to avoid multiplicity of litigations and conflicting views on interpretation of Articles 14, 15 & 21 and judgments involving gender justice & equality. Moreover, the petition seeks transfer of the petitions pending in the High Courts to the Supreme Court.12. ‘This Script Is Well Written’ : Supreme Court On Mukul Rohatgi’s Advice To Withdraw Sonu Sood’s PleaThe remark came after a bench headed by CJI S.A. Bobde allowed Actor Sonu Sood’s plea for withdrawal of his petition pending before Bombay City Civil Court at Borivili Division, Dindoshi, Bombay, in view of the application for regularisation filed pursuant to the notice dated 2 24.10.2020 under Section 44 of the Maharashtra Regulation and Town Planning Act, 1966The plea, filed by actor Sood, challenged Bombay High Court’s recent order dismissing his appeal against Civil Court’s rejection in granting temporary injunction against the Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation.SIGNIFICANT OBSERVATIONS OF THE WEEK1. Daughter Being In Parents’ Custody Doesn’t Always Amount To Illegal Detention : Supreme Court In ‘Spiritual Guru’s Habeas PleaSupreme Court bench headed by the CJI S.A. Bobde this week refused to entertain a petition filed by a ‘spiritual guru’, challenging the verdict of the Kerala High Court which dismissed his habeas corpus petition seeking release of his ‘spiritual live in partner’ allegedly under illegal detention of her parents.The Court expressed disinclination to entertain the petition observing that the High Court has not found that the woman was under “illegal detention” of her parents. The bench observed that there was a “big difference between custody and detention” and that custody will not always amount to “illegal detention”.”There is a big difference between custody and detention. If a daughter is said to be in her parents’ custody, it does not mean that she is detained.” CJI remarked at the outset.However, the Court granted liberty to the petitioner to approach the High Court to seek a finding on the question of illegal detention.2. Supreme Court Stays Karnataka HC Order Directing State To Reconstruct Migrants’ Huts Destroyed During LockdownA bench comprising of Justices SK Kaul, Hrishikesh Roy and Dinesh Maheshwari stayed an order passed by the Karnataka High Court, by which it had directed the state government to reconstruct at its own cost the huts/shanties of migrant workers in Bengaluru, which were burnt down near the Kachakaranahalli slum in Bengaluru East, by unknown miscreants, when the occupants had left for their native places after the announcement of the lockdown.The SLP filed by the State Government states that the land in question was undisputedly a government land, with respect to which notifications for slum clearance were already issued. Furthermore, it was stated that an alternate plot of 4 acres was identified for the rehabilitation of Kachakaranahalli slum dwellers. However despite these facts, the HC ordered for the re-construction of huts at the very same land at the cost of the government.3. Request For Inspection, Recounting Of Ballot Papers Not To Be Considered Unless Specific Genuine Ground & Valid Reasons Cited: SCA bench headed by CJI S.A. Bobde, while dismissing pleas by two defeated candidates in 2015 Kerela Panchayat Elections, observed that a request for inspection, recounting of ballot papers etc. have to be considered only if it is accompanied with a really genuine ground, supported by valid reasons.The bench was hearing two SLPs against the December 14, 2020 orders of the Kerala High Court holding that a mere filing of the application with vague pleadings will not entitle the party to get an order to open the ballet box and to recount the votes casted earlier, and that such a prayer can be granted only if valid reasons are assigned by the party who approach the court with such a request.4. Supreme Court Requires States/UTs To Furnish Details Of Financial Stability Of Parents/Guardians Of Children ‘Restored’ In PandemicA bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao required the state governments/Union Territories to provide information in 2 weeks about the financial stability of the families of those children who were restored to their parents/guardians from the Child Care Institutions on account of the COVID situation, in the wake of increasing risks of child trafficking etc.The observation came after the bench noted submissions of Mr. Gaurav Agarwal, amicus curiae in the matter.The bench also asked the states and the Union Territories to furnish the position as to the children who had been restored to their parents/guardians during the pandemic and how many of them have been sent back to the CCIs. The bench also required the state governments and the Union Territories to furnish information relating to the vacancy positions in the Child Welfare Committees and Juvenile Justice Boards in two weeks.PETITIONS THIS WEEK IN THE APEX COURT1. “Section 124A IPC Is A Threat To Fundamental Rights” : Plea In Supreme Court Challenges The Constitutional Validity Of Sedition LawA plea has been filed before the Supreme Court urging it to declare the law against Sedition under section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code as ultra-vires the Constitution of India. The plea states that a colonial provision like section 124A which was intended to subjugate the subjects of British crown should not be permitted to continue in a democratic republic, under the continuously expanding scope of the fundamental rights.The petitioners, Advocates Aditya Ranjan, Varun Thakur and V. Elenchezhiyan, have filed the plea being aggrieved by the increased chilling effect of blatant misuse of section 124-A of IPC on the constitutional democracy and on the fundamental rights and under Article 19(1)(a) and Article 21.2. Shashi Tharoor, Rajdeep Sardesai Move Supreme Court Against Multiple FIRs For Tweets On Sikh Youth’s Death During Farmer ProtestsPetition has been filed by Congress Leader and Member of Parliament Dr Shashi Tharoor and Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai against multiple FIRs registered in different states for allegedly sharing unverified news about the death of a protestor during the farmers’ tractor rally on 26th January. Journalists Mrinal Pande, Zafar Agha, Paresh Nath and Anant Nath have also approached the Supreme Court challenging FIRs.According to an NDTV report, multiple police cases have been filed in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and six journalists for allegedly “misreporting” and “spreading disharmony” on Republic Day when a tractor rally by farmers turned violent in Delhi. All of them face charges including sedition, criminal conspiracy and promoting enmity under the Indian Penal Code.3. Plea In Supreme Court Seeks Inquiry By NIA To Find The Truth About Protests That Took Place In Delhi On Republic DayAOR Narender Kumar Verma on behalf of social activist KK Ramesh has filed a plea seeking directions on the National Investigation Agency to conduct an inquiry into the protests which took place in Delhi on Republic Day ,26th January, 2021.The plea further prays for the formulation of strict rules and guidelines “against agitation and procession by political parties or any organization religious or non-religious all over India”. It also seeks for a ban against processions or agitations in favour of the three contentious farm laws till the matter is decided by the Supreme Court.4. Plea In SC Seeks Safety And Protection For Protesting Farmers, Stop Propaganda Against Sikh Community, Probe In To The Death Of Sikh Youth During Farmers ProtestsThe plea filed by Advocates Sanpreet Singh Ajmani and Pushpinder Singh seeks directions to the authorities to ensure safety and protection of the farmers, who are protesting at the borders of the points i.e. Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri, and ensure the supply of basic amenities such as water and electricity to them.It also seeks an independent probe in the unfortunate incident of death of a young boy namely Navneet Singh resident of Bazpur, District Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand during the protest, who had allegedly sustained gunshot injury, but, in his PMR, the cause of death has been reported as “shock and hemorrhage as a result of ant mortem head injury” andsubsequently, the eye witness to the said incident has also been reported dead.SUPREME COURT IN NEWS THIS WEEK1. ‘PM Modi Most Loved, Popular, Vibrant & Visionary Leader’ : SC Judge Justice MR Shah Says At Gujarat HC EventSupreme Court judge Justice MR Shah termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi “our most popular, loved, vibrant and visionary leader”, while speaking at a virtual function related to the release of a commemorative stamp on the occasion of the diamond jubilee of the Gujarat High Court. “I am glad and feel proud & privileged to participate in this important function of release of commemorative stamp of Gujarat HC on completion of 60 years and that too by our most popular, loved, vibrant & visionary leader, Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendabhai Modi”, Justice Shah said while starting his address.2. Our Supreme Court Has Become Number One In World In Hearing Cases Through Video Conferencing : PM Modi”Our Supreme Court has become number one in the world in hearing cases through video-conferencing”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the commemorative function of 60 Years of Gujarat High Court. Prime Minister Modi was celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the Gujarat High Court with the release of a commemorative postage stamp. Justice MR Shah of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Vikram Nath of the Gujarat High Court, Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad, Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani, and Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta were also in attendance in the virtual event.3. Senior Advocates Appeal To AG To Request Government To Extend Vaccination For COVID-19 To Members Of Legal FraternityDuring an exchange that took place this week before the Constitution Bench hearing the Maharashtra Reservation Matter, Senior Advocates appealed to the Attorney-General to request the government to ensure that vaccination for COVID-19 was made available at its earliest to senior members of the Bar.Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi remarked, “I think the AG should exercise his constitutional right and request the government to ensure that the vaccine is given to all senior lawyers of the Bar”.During the discussion, which also included Senior Advocates Arvind Datar, Kapil Sibal and Shyam Divan, Rohatgi informed the Court that only 50% people were turning up for vaccination and that stocks were piling. 4. Physical Court Hearings To Resume Soon With Virtual Courts In Hybrid Manner: Chief Justice Of India AssuresThe Chief Justice of India SA Bobde this week has assured that the physical court hearings will resume in a hybrid manner with virtual courts at the earliest, after considering the medical advice and clearing the existing impediments with relation to health of the Stake holders, Technology Infrastructures and availability of Registry staff.Earlier this week, a meeting was called by the CJI which was attended by the Solicitor General, the Chairman Bar Council of India, officer bearers of Supreme Court Bar Association and Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association, and Senior Advocate Vikas Singh. The resumption of physical hearings in a hybrid manner will be based on normal listing of cases and not based on consent of the Advocates On Record or Advocates.The development came after the Supreme Court Advocates On Record Association had written to the Chief Justice of India seeking resumption of physical hearings with the existing virtual Courts in a hybrid manner.5. Supreme Court Collegium RecommedationsThe following recommendations have been given by the Supreme Court collegium this week:A. Appointment of Senior Advocate Aditya Sondhi and judicial officers Rajendra Badamikar and Khazi Jayabunnisa Mohiuddin as Karnataka High Court Judges.B. Elevation of 8 Judicial Officers as Judges of the Calcutta High CourtC. Elevation of 2 Judicial Officers as Judges of the Chhattisgarh High CourtD. Elevation Of 11 Judicial Officers As Allahabad High Court JudgesSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Multiple states report COVID-19 cases linked to Sturgis rally

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Health experts’ fears about the hundreds of thousands of bikers who descended on South Dakota for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the middle of a pandemic are coming true.Dozens of coronavirus cases in eight states are believed to be linked to the 10-day motorcycle event earlier this month. South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming and Washington state health departments all have reported cases.Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, who spoke at the Republican National convention Wednesday, supported holding the rally in her state.“We are not — and WILL not — be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts,” she tweeted on Tuesday. “We the People are the government.”A patron who visited multiple bars in Sturgis, as well as a tattoo shop employee, tested positive for COVID-19, according to the South Dakota Health Department.“Currently 40 cases have been reported to the South Dakota Department of Health related to the Sturgis Rally,” the health department told ABC News in a statement. “This includes three out-of-state cases that we were notified of because those cases had close contact with a South Dakota resident.”On Aug. 7, the opening day of the rally, South Dakota had roughly 9,000 COVID-19 cases, according to the health department. By Aug. 26, positive cases had risen to 11,500. The state’s positivity rate also rose, from 6% for the 14 days before Aug. 7, to 9% for the 14 days before Aug. 26.A high positivity rate can be a sign that a state is only testing its sickest patients and failing to cast a net wide enough to accurately capture community transmission, according to Johns Hopkins University. The World Health Organization recommends that governments get their positivity testing threshold below 5%.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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BREAKING: Reapit CEO quits to join Michael Bruce proptech start-up

first_imgHome » News » BREAKING: Reapit CEO quits to join Michael Bruce proptech start-up previous nextProptechBREAKING: Reapit CEO quits to join Michael Bruce proptech start-upGary Barker steps down after 13 years at property software giant promising to reveal details of new business ‘in due course’.Nigel Lewis14th July 20201 Comment3,255 Views The world of property software CRMs has been shaken this morning following the resignation of Reapit CEO Gary Barker who is to join Purplebricks founder Michael Bruce’s new proptech business.The 43-year-old’s departure follows 13 years leading Reapit and before that senior roles within Countrywide’s finance and IT teams.“The time has come for me to take on the exciting challenge of a disruptive new venture, working alongside a formidable team with a genuinely compelling offer,” says Barker.“I am looking forward to sharing our vision, and more details of the new brand, in due course.”Barker is the first public hire by Michael Bruce for his new business, which is currently called ‘Launch B’ and due to reveal itself fully later this year. It has already signed up to Reapit’s Foundations platform.Barker will be the company’s CEO but remain a shareholder in Reapit. He will also retain his involvement with Propertymark, Guild parent group epropservices and Agents Giving.“I am delighted that I will be joining a very exciting new business, which will bring huge benefits and rewards to agents, and a much more engaging experience for them and consumers than anything that has ever been available before,” says Barker.“We will be opening up the market more widely and giving everyone access to technology that makes interesting things happen and should bring the market alive.“Launch B have attracted world class talent and done a fantastic job of creating and building a unique business, a compelling model and an impressive brand building marketing strategy.”Michael Bruce (left), Executive Chairman of Launch B, says: “I am delighted to welcome Gary to the business and thrilled that he will be overseeing its launch.“Our mission will help agents to determine and shape the future and put them at the forefront of innovation whilst materially advancing the experience for everyone looking to buy, sell or let property. I welcome a great leader and an enormous talent.”Reapit reaction“Throughout Gary’s tenure as CEO of Reapit, we have always appreciated his deep commitment to the PropTech space, to Reapit’s customers and our employees,” said Park Durrett, Managing Director of Accel-KKR and a member of Reapit’s board of directors.“Since our investment in Reapit, the team has more than doubled the size of the business, expanded internationally and launched major industry innovations. Reapit’s strong management team is now poised to enter the next phase of growth through organic and strategic M&A opportunities.Reapit is now on the hunt for a new CEO during a ‘managed transition’ phase and non-exec Reapit board member Adrian Gill (left) is filling Barker’s boots until a suitable candidate can be found.Gill has spent the last twenty years in property services including 10 years at Connells Estate Agents before becoming CEO of LSL plc’s estate agencies.After leaving LSL, he became Group CEO at Leaders Romans, a private equity-owned 150-branch estate agency. Gill has served on Reapit’s board of directors since 2019.   gary barker July 14, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 15th July 2020 at 7:53 amThe pandemic when seen through the rear view mirror will be seen as the force that forced change, change in all sectors, including the legacy driven, paper driven, world of real estate.In one stroke the debate about can residential agency be conducted from ‘home’ has been answered, at last agents realise that clients wanting to transact property related business in all sectors, start and finish this journey on their mobile phone.Digital has come of age, and the efficiency it can drive are wondereous, and with 5G on the horizon and the new faster technologies it will spawn will further hasten a modernisation of how we transact property business.Gary Barker is at the epicentre of all things digital, and Messrs Michael and Kenny Bruce are a formidable and forward thinking unit. I have been a harsh critic of Puplebricks seeing it as ‘agency lite’ but their legacy model did list over 60,000 properties in the UK last year, more than Countrywide, Connells and Sequence did by nearly 20,000.Is this significant – Yes. The consumer, vendor class of the UK is breaking free from the old order of agency and saying – let us do business in a seamless quick manner, it used to take 5 calls and a day to arrange a viewing, with software from say Homehere, a buyer can message an agency, and digitally their needs and wants will be dealt with, prior to human intervention, viewing booked, applicant loaded to CRM, applicant pre-qualified, the blocks to efficient agency are being removed.My biggest hope that Launch B, given the industrial amount of Full stack developers and tech team being hired is that it will galvanise all of the real estate space to realise that they are all in the ‘space race’ and to sit and ‘do business as usual’ means doing no business because Gen-Z is coming of age and will not tolerate slow, inefficient ways of doing business, they want to engage, transact and then go rollerskating, they will not stay in line like mum and dad and wait 18 weeks to move into their new home.Just you wait and see – Launch B is just the start of what is really coming.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? 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Dan Grimm Retires from Fire Department

first_imgGrimm RetiresAs poet Geoffrey Chaucer once penned “All good things must come to an end.” That was Grimm’s sentiment as he wraps up 28 ½ years on the department this week. Grimm, the department’s PIO for most of the last 16 years will retire on July 10th and says it’s very bittersweet. “Most people can’t say they have a job they truly enjoy most of the time, let alone love.”“I will certainly miss seeing the guys, but I intend to stay active in the union and that should help keep me connected” said Grimm. People keep asking him, what are your plans? Simple. Enjoy life! “I’ve got 5 grandkids that all play sports and that keeps my wife and I very busy.” When asked if July 10th was a special date, he said not really but by coincidence it was exactly 17 years ago that he became Chief Administrative Officer and came to the Administration.Beside Chief of Administration and PIO, Grimm has been assigned as Fire Suppression Chief, EMS Chief, Fire Merit Commission Liaison, Chief of Training, Chief of Operations, Chief Fire Marshal, and Chief of Health & Safety. Many hats to be sure, but his favorite is PIO. “I’ve made many friends in the media over the years. Most have come and gone but I occasionally see a few from way back when” Grimm said.First order of business after you retire? “A nice dinner with my wife and then start on those long ignored projects around the house and of course lots of sporting events.”Beside the accomplishments above, Grimm has been on the Firefighter’s Local 357 Executive Board, founding member and past Commander of the Honor Guard, 1998 Greenriver Kiwanis Firefighter of the Year, an EMT-B for 28+ years, an EMT-PI (Primary Instructor) for 25 years and holds 18 IDHS/FBSD* recognized certifications.Godspeed Chief Grimm!*Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security/Fire & Building Safety DivisionFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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News story: Sam Gyimah hosts free speech summit

first_imgAlistair Jarvis, Universities UK Chief Executive, said: Free speech on campus should be encouraged and those attempting to shut it down must have nowhere to hide, the Universities Minister makes clear to sector leaders at a free speech summit he chaired today (Thursday 3 May).Sam Gyimah called on higher education organisations to stamp out the ‘institutional hostility’ to unfashionable views that have emerged in some student societies and urged them to work with the government following recent reports of a rise in so-called ‘safe spaces’ and ‘no-platform’ policies that have appeared on campuses.He said that the current landscape is “murky”, with numerous pieces of disjointed sector guidance out there, creating a web of complexity which risks being exploited by those wishing to stifle free speech.The Universities Minister demanded further action is taken to protect lawful free speech on campus and offered to work with the sector to create new guidance that will for the first time provide clarity of the rules for both students and universities – making this the first government intervention of its kind since the free speech duty was introduced in 1986.The guidance signals a new chapter for free speech on campus, ensuring future generations of students get exposure to stimulating debates and the diversity of viewpoints that lie at the very core of the university experience.Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said: Universities are committed to promoting and protecting free speech within the law. Tens of thousands of speaking events are put on every year across the country, the majority pass without incident. A small number of flash points do occasionally occur, on contentious or controversial issues, but universities do all they can to protect free speech so events continue. As the Joint Committee on Human Rights recently found, there is no systematic problem with free speech in universities, but current advice can be strengthened. We welcome discussions with government and the National Union of Students on how this can be done. Our universities are places where free speech should always be promoted and fostered. That includes the ability for everyone to share views which may be challenging or unpopular, even if that makes some people feel uncomfortable. This is what Timothy Garton-Ash calls ‘robust civility’. The Office for Students will always encourage freedom of speech within the law. We will never intervene to restrict it. Notes to Editors:The Joint Committee on Human Rights launched an inquiry on freedom of speech on 22nd November and issued its report on 25th March. A Government response will follow.The roundtable attendee include:center_img The free speech summit was hosted in London and brought together a wide range of influential organisations, including those that have existing guidance in this area, such as the Charity Commission, UUK and EHRC.The Office for Students, which came into force on April 1, will act to protect free speech and can use its powers to name, shame or even fine institutions for not upholding the principle of free speech.Sir Michael Barber, Chair of the Office for Students, said: A society in which people feel they have a legitimate right to stop someone expressing their views on campus simply because they are unfashionable or unpopular is rather chilling. There is a risk that overzealous interpretation of a dizzying variety of rules is acting as a brake on legal free speech on campus. That is why I have brought together leaders from across the higher education sector to clarify the rules and regulations around speakers and events to prevent bureaucrats or wreckers on campus from exploiting gaps for their own ends. Home Office – Matt Collins, Director of Prevent Office for Students (OfS) – Yvonne Hawkins, Director of Universities and Colleges Charity Commission – Helen Stephenson, Chief Executive NUS – Amatey Doku, Vice President EHRC – Rebecca Thomas, Principal, Programmes Universities UK (UUK) – Chris Hale, Director of Policy iHE – Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive GuildHE – Alex Bols, Deputy CEOlast_img read more

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News story: Matt Hancock: shake-up of GP IT will remove outdated systems

first_img Too often the IT used by GPs in the NHS – like other NHS technology – is out of date. It frustrates staff and patients alike, and doesn’t work well with other NHS systems. This must change. I love the NHS and want to build it to be the most advanced health and care system in the world – so we have to develop a culture of enterprise in the health service to allow the best technology to flourish. I want to empower the country’s best minds to develop new solutions to make things better for patients, make things better for staff, and make our NHS the very best it can be. The next generation of IT services for primary care must give more patients easy access to all key aspects of their medical record and provide the highest quality technology for use by GPs. They must also comply with our technology standards to ensure that we can integrate patient records across primary care, secondary care and social care. In addition, we intend to strengthen quality controls and service standards, and dramatically improve the ease with which GPs can migrate from one supplier to another. We are committed to working with existing and new suppliers to deliver these extended capabilities for the benefit of GPs and patients. We’re very excited about the huge opportunities that will arise from improving the sophistication and quality of these services. Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive at NHS Digital, said:center_img The GP IT Futures framework will create an open, competitive market to encourage the best technology companies to invest in the NHS. All systems will be required to meet minimum standards to ensure they can talk to each other across boundaries.The current market is dominated by 2 main providers, which slows down innovation and traps GP practices in long-term contracts with systems that are not suited to the digital age.The framework will look at how patient data will be moved to modern cloud services to allow clinicians and patients to securely access crucial, life-saving information in real time.By 2023 to 2024 we want every patient in England to be able to access GP services digitally, with practices able to offer online or video consultations.The changes will free up staff time and reduce delays by allowing seamless, digitised flows of information between GP practices, hospitals and social care settings. It builds on Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock’s tech vision for the NHS.The new standards, developed by NHS Digital, will introduce minimum technical requirements so systems can talk to each other securely and are continuously upgradable.Any system that does not meet these standards will not be used by the NHS and the government will look to end contracts with providers that do not understand these principles for the health and care sector.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:last_img read more

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Harvard’s undergraduate dining halls are certified green restaurants

first_imgHarvard University’s undergraduate dining halls have all earned Green Restaurant Association 2- or 3-star certification for their sustainability. Certification recognizes Harvard University Dining Services’ (HUDS) ongoing efforts to operate efficiently and source sustainable products.“Sustainability is a core value for HUDS,” notes Managing Director David P. Davidson. “We work continuously to reduce the environmental impact of our kitchens and our menus, with the engagement of our staff and customers in making the daily choices that green our operations.”The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) awards points in seven categories:Water efficiencyWaste reduction and recyclingSustainable furnishings and building materialsSustainable foodEnergyDisposablesChemical and pollution reductionEach of HUDS’ 13 undergraduate dining halls has been certified, with the majority earning 3-star recognition. Green features of HUDS dining halls include: energy-efficient HVAC, lighting, refrigeration, and exhaust; organic, sustainable, cage-free, and vegetarian or vegan menu options; low-flow water management devices; recycling, composting and reusables for waste management; compostable or recycled material disposables; and other pollution reduction initiatives such as public transportation incentives and reduced packaging.GRA continues to work with certified restaurants to develop next steps for further practice improvements. HUDS expects to partner with GRA on further certifying its retail locations as well (Sebastian’s at the Harvard School of Public Health is already 3-star certified).HUDS operates residential, retail, and catering services on Harvard’s campus. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Flu Facts

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaAsian bird flu has never infected poultry in the United States. Ever vigilant, the U.S. poultry industry tests continuously to make sure the virus that causes Asian bird flu doesn’t get a foothold in commercial poultry flocks. There is no danger of contracting Asian bird flu from eating or handling chicken or turkey. Since Asian bird flu does not exist in U.S. poultry, there is virtually no chance of coming into contact with meat from infected birds.The U.S. has banned poultry imports from all countries where Asian bird flu has occurred. Proper cooking and food-handling practices also essentially eliminate any chance of food-related disease.Most experts don’t believe Asian bird flu is likely to become a serious human health issue. At present, the virus that causes Asian bird flu does not easily infect humans.In spite of all the media attention, a very small number of people (only about 100 mainly in Thailand and Vietnam) have contracted Asian bird flu. Almost all of those infected have had very close, direct contact with diseased birds.The chance of large numbers of people contracting Asian bird flu is very remote, because virus doesn’t spread easily from one person to another or from birds to people.There is concern that if the virus mutates in such a way that it begins to spread from human to human, many more people could become infected. However, public health professionals in affected countries are working diligently with support from the international community to control the virus and eliminate this potential threat.Great effort is being made to prevent Asian bird flu from being introduced into the United States. Extensive plans have been developed to minimize the chance that Asian bird flu might infect U.S. poultry and to quickly eliminate it in the unlikely case it does.Federal, state, university, public health, poultry industry trade groups and poultry companies have all worked together to develop a coordinated, rapid and comprehensive response.If Asian bird flu is detected, a wide area around the outbreak will be immediately quarantined, infected birds will be humanely destroyed and disposed of in an environmentally sound way to stop the chance of any further spread. The U.S. poultry industry has had successfully controlled similar virus-caused diseases and is prepared to contend with this threat.The modern methods of poultry production in the U.S. makes an Asian bird flu outbreak much less likely here. Most poultry in Asia are kept in people’s backyards or allowed to roam free. Wild birds carry the virus that causes the disease and spread it to these “outdoor” poultry.In the U.S., commercial poultry flocks are kept in environmentally controlled poultry houses where they are protected from contact with wild birds and other vectors that may cause disease.(This information provided by the University of Georgia Department of Poultry Science, the American Association of Avian Pathologists, the National Chicken Council and the National Turkey Federation.)last_img read more

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Quick Hits: Patagonia Founder Donates Trump Tax Cut Profits + Tennessee Wilderness Moves Forward

first_imgPatagonia founder to give away millions saved from Trump tax cut to fight climate changeLast week, the founder of outdoor apparel company Patagonia announced it would donate the additional $10 million in profits it received in 2018 under Trump’s new corporate tax cut to grassroots groups fighting climate change. In 2017, Trump lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia’s founder, said in a statement, “our government continues to ignore the seriousness and causes of the climate crisis. It’s pure evil.” Chouinard has not been quiet about Trump’s assault on the environment. When the Trump administration reduced the size of Bear Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments earlier this year, Patagonia sued the president. The case is ongoing and waiting to be heard in a federal court in Washington D.C. Tennessee wilderness bill expected to pass With decades of effort behind it, the Tennessee wilderness act is expected to pass after its inclusion in the farm bill. The act would protect an additional 19,558 acres of the 655,598-acre Cherokee National Forest in northeast Tennessee as wilderness under the 1964 wilderness act. The bill, which was introduced into the Congressional session by Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and sponsored in the House of Representatives by Congressman Phil Roe, would expand five existing wilderness areas within the Cherokee National Forest and create one new area. If the bill is passed, about 13 percent of Cherokee National Forest would be protected as wilderness. Wilderness designation provides the best legislative protection for federal lands by providing an overlay of restrictions that are designed to maintain the forever-wild status of the area. Facial recognition technology used to identify bears over timeApplied Conservation Science Lab in Canada’s British Columbia is working on technology that could shape the way bears are tracked and monitored in the future. In 2018 the lab was awarded a 2-year grant to support their work developing facial recognition for brown bears. At their primary field site, the lab has been collecting a database of wild bear images since the late 1990’s. These images are being used to test how the recognition system performs when analyzing images of the same bears over time. A bear’s appearance can change dramatically from spring to late fall and over successive years. The lab hopes that the technology will one day be used to improve non-invasive monitoring techniques for bears and other large mammals.last_img read more

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Long-term care insurance: the ultimate GAP protection

first_imgIt’s estimated that 75 percent of all credit union members are age 50 or older, according to myCUsurvey. Living longer is wonderful, but it doesn’t come without some risks. Today, 70 percent of those who live past the age of 65 will need some kind of long-term care, which can be very expensive and – in too many cases – can exhaust assets saved over a lifetime, leaving many families destitute. Too many credit unions have looked past their largest demographic, and perhaps the greatest opportunity for fee income to the credit union: long-term care insurance. It has never been more important to help aging lifelong members bridge the gap between the day they retire and the 20 to 30 additional years they will live beyond that retirement date.Why do credit unions offer members GAP insurance for their cars and trucks?Having Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) coverage is like having a bridge when you need to get past a raging river or difficult terrain in a rugged mountain valley. Even the most skilled backpacker or mountain climber can have difficulty traversing these obstacles, and can make mistakes that can be costly and even fatal. But a bridge can take them safely to their destination. The many years I’ve spent backpacking and fording rivers and streams in the Pacific Northwest has helped me appreciate the bridges that others have built so that people like me can make it safely over rough waters.Likewise, even the most cautious driver in the world can get into an accident that has the potential to cause financial hardship under certain circumstances. GAP coverage can be a bridge between the actual cash value of a vehicle and the balance still owed on the vehicle. Credit unions offer their members GAP insurance to protect them from Point A (the purchase of the vehicle) to Point B (the paying off the vehicle loan).Why should credit unions offer members long-term care insurance for their golden years?The same analogy applies to long-term care insurance, except the stakes are much higher. Today’s statistics show that three out of four who live past the age of 65 will need long-term care. How many of your members have built enough assets to take them to their 80th or even their 90th birthday? Would the day they come to a raging river – maybe a major health event, such as diabetes, a stroke or Alzheimer’s – have an effect on how long their savings will support them? How will they make the journey from the day their money runs out to their 90th birthday? These are all good questions, and frequently at the top of the list of those asked by your aging members. In fact, it tends to be their primary concern. A very close second is the fear that because their money will run out they will have to be cared for by their children, thus being a burden on them. Long-term care insurance is that bridge that protects their assets when they come to that river in life.Does our government recognize the need for long-term care insurance to help bridge the gap?Absolutely, it’s called the Partnership Program. Costly illness and medical issues trigger nearly half of all personal bankruptcies, despite the existence of health insurance in the majority of the scenarios, and 50 percent of all couples and 70 percent of single adults are impoverished within one year of entering a nursing home, therefore Medicaid is the largest source of long-term care financing according to a Harvard University study. 40% of those needing care find themselves on welfare, which has become a tremendous fiscal burden on many states budgets.If you live in a state that participates in the Partnership Program, your members may be able to qualify for Medicaid in your state while retaining more assets than would otherwise be allowed under your members’ state Medicaid eligibility requirements. By purchasing long-term care insurance, for every dollar of benefit your member receives for covered care, an equal amount of their assets would be protected. This is what they call dollar-for-dollar asset protection. How would this benefit your members? Suppose your member purchases qualified long-term care insurance, and under the terms of the coverage, they receive $200,000 in benefits. Generally, they would be able to keep an additional $200,000 in savings or investments in addition to the assets their state already allows them to keep and still qualify for Medicaid. This is possibly the best-kept secret when it comes to protecting your members from the cost of care and, at the same time, preserving the assets that you have helped them build.Now it’s up to you.Your members will thank you for helping them bridge the gap through retirement. When they reach a turbulent river or the treacherous canyon in their golden years, they will be grateful their credit union built another bridge that protected them.It makes sense to take care of the things you can control. Your members’ potential long-term care needs are among the things you can help them prepare for now. It can be an affordable solution for your aging member demographic who stand a very good chance of needing long-term care in their future, as well as a wonderful source of fee income for your credit union. It is extremely satisfying knowing that you have protected your members’ assets and financial independence. Let me, a trusted Long-Term Care Insurance Specialist, help you learn how to offer long term care insurance to your members. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Nelson Michael is a trusted professional whose sincere desire is to educate communities, helping them to understand and make sound, informed decisions about their future long-term care options. He understands the … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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With the development of the global FlixBus green network, Croatia is accessible to an increasing number of tourists from Europe

first_imgFlixBus, a European start-up that has managed to create the largest network of bus lines in Europe in just 5 years, continues to expand by networking cities in Croatia, from Slavonia to Istria and Dalmatia.By tripling the number of passengers last season, FlixBus created a strong foundation for another successful tourist season this spring by opening new lines and increasing the frequency of departures. Istria and Kvarner, led by Rijeka and Pula, are increasingly connected to Europe. From 14.6. Rijeka and Crikvenica are additionally connected with Trieste, Venice, Verona, Zurich, Prague and Lyon. The frequency of lines from Munich, Genoa and Graz to Pula has also increased, and for the first time there is a direct green line Bologna – Pula.”Traditionally, Croatia is a favorite tourist destination for travelers from Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. By connecting these countries with direct lines to numerous Croatian cities in different regions, from Slavonia, Istria, Kvarner to Dalmatia, we have opened the way for tourists and made Croatia more accessible and closer. ”  said Petra Milanović, Public Relations Manager for the Flixbus CEE South region.The wave of international green lines from Slavonia began in March this year with connections to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria, as well as 8 new destinations, including Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava, as well as airports in Budapest and Vienna. With this connection, FlixBus stimulated the tourist potential of Slavonia because we all know that quality transport connections are the first prerequisite for the development of tourism.Also, Zagreb has recently been directly connected with Krakow, which opened the way for tourists from Poland, and Zagreb, as one of the unavoidable destinations in Croatia before going on holiday by the sea, can be reached directly from 11 European countries, FlixBus points out. they add that regular FlixBus routes that run directly from airports in Venice, Vienna or Bratislava have enabled passengers to combine planes and buses, thus opening the way for tourists coming from outside Europe.High frequency of departures and easy availability of FlixBus services in CroatiaFlixbus also emphasizes the development of a domestic network of lines within Croatia. In September 2017, the first domestic line was launched connecting Osijek with Varaždin and Čakovec, and recently the first FlixBus line connecting Zagreb with Trogir and Split has been operating.”By developing the domestic network of the line and connecting Croatian cities, we are influencing mobility and promoting Croatia as a tourist destination. By cooperating with numerous tourist agencies and tourist communities, we also influence excursion tourism by providing frequent daily lines from nearby European destinations to numerous Croatian cities, ideal for shorter weekend trips. It is certainly desirable to emphasize our wide network of night lines, which leaves passengers with better use of the day, especially if it is a shorter trip.” Milanovic added.Currently, almost 120 destinations in Croatia are connected with 11 European countries directly, and interconnections via the most important European transport hubs (Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Munich, Frankfurt and many others) can be reached by green bus from almost all of Europe with just one ticket. .last_img read more

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Regal Gold Coast residence on the market for $15 million

first_imgThe developer bought the land in 2009 and began his project. He enlisted Jared Poole for the design and Vitto Ulliana handled the two-year build, which cost more than $6 million. “It just evolved,” Mr Kelly told the Bulletin in 2016. “I just love the openness of it, that’s probably the one thing I really wanted. A wide open home and inside-outside living.” The house at 46-48 Norseman Court, Paradise Waters, last sold for $10.2 million. The circular loungeroom is one of the main features of the grand abode.The grand five-bedroom home is now reportedly owned by Shujei Sun who used the property as a permanent residence and is selling to move interstate. A circular formal lounge room serves as the centrepiece of the house and features a 7m ceiling with a statement crystal chandelier.The kitchen was designed for entertaining with a butler’s pantry and cool room. There’s also a home theatre, temperature-controlled wine cellar, bar, pool, gym, sauna and multiple alfresco areas.All bedrooms are oversized and feature marble ensuites, walk-in wardrobes and alfresco terraces, while the main offers a gas fireplace, study nook, dressing room and sitting area. There’s also a guesthouse with a loft bedroom, bathroom and open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. The owner is selling to move interstate. Chandeliers feature throughout.Ray White Broadbeach duo Sam Guo and Julia Kuo are marketing the luxury listing. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“This is one of the best houses on the Gold Coast,” Mr Guo said. “Not to sound too clichéd, it’s incomparable in every way — even the basement is huge and can accommodate up to eight cars.” Mr Guo said the Chinese owner spent a lot of money improving areas of the home, including adding Swarovski chandeliers and customised New Zealand wool rugs and updating the outdoor areas. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenGold Coast’ s most expensive house00:47 A regal Gold Coast residence has hit the market with a jaw-dropping price tag.A DISTINCTIVE Paradise Waters mansion has hit the market with an eye-watering $15 million price tag. The residence was the creation of Gold Coast property veteran Mike Kelly, who offloaded it in 2016 for $10.2 million. Mr Kelly had initial $12.5 million price hopes before slashing it by $1.5 million and later settling for the $10 million figure. MORE NEWS: Where it is cheaper to buy than rent MORE NEWS: Want to live the island life? It’s the fifth property on the Gold Coast market with an eight-figure price tag.The listing forms part of a string of mega-mansions that have hit the market recently with eight-figure price tags. At the top end, the Coast’s biggest residential property at 26 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands, has an asking price of US$30 million (AU$45 million) and around the corner a futuristic property at 7-13 King Arthurs Court, the owners are seeking AU$30 million. A mansion on main river at 255 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters, has a price guide of more than $12.95 million. On Mermaid Beach’s Millionaires’ Row, 17 Hedges Ave was listed with a $12.5 million asking price and further up the illustrious strip, 111 Hedges Ave has a price tag just under the $10 million mark.last_img read more

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