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YOPA raises another £15m

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » YOPA raises another £15m previous nextAgencies & PeopleYOPA raises another £15mThe Negotiator6th July 20170538 Views Online hybrid estate agent YOPA has raised a further £15 million from investors including the Daily Mail’s parent company DMGT and Grosvenor Hill Ventures, the investment arm of Savills.The company claims increasing market share and that hybrid agents like it and Purplebricks will handle 50 per cent of all sales by 2020.YOPA founders Daniel Attia, Andrew Barclay, David Jacobs and Alistair Barclay, say that the hybrid agency is one of the “country’s top three agents for successful property sale” based on percentages of sales agreed against listing data from Rightmove data.YOPA has a national network of 75 freelance local agents and plans to use the new investment to double the number of agents by the end of this year.“After a strong first quarter of trading, we are delighted to have closed our Series B round of funding,” says Daniel Attia.“Having DMGT lead this round is incredibly exciting and we are also pleased to continue our close relationship with Savills, who have reinvested and maintained their equity stake.“Having two industry giants backing our vision is testament to our model of estate agency, and to the team, the driving force behind the business.”Paul Zwillenberg, CEO of DMGT, says he is “impressed by YOPA, which has quickly established itself as a key player in a new market that has exciting growth potential, and look forward to seeing the progress of the team’s expansion plans”.online hybrid estate agent hybrids YOPA July 6, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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Indiana Abortion Fight Shifts To Ultrasound Laws

first_imgMarilyn Odendahl for www.theindianalawyer.comIn another dispute over an Indiana abortion law emanating passed in 2016, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed its response Friday to the state’s petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the amendment to the state’s ultrasound law.Indiana law has mandated that women seeking an abortion first have an ultrasound where they would be offered the option of viewing the image and hearing the fetal heartbeat. However, the Indiana General Assembly altered the law in 2016 by requiring the ultrasound be performed at least 18 hours before the abortion.The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana imposed a preliminary injunction nine months after the law took effect and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed. On Feb. 4, the state filed a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in Kristina Box, Commissioner, Indiana Department of Health, et al. v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, 18-1019.PPINK, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, argued against granting cert. The women’s health provider asserted a Supreme Court review would be premature because the case is only at an interlocutory stage, and the 7th Circuit’s ruling did not create a split among the circuit courts.“The (district and appellate courts) appropriately considered the evidence of burdens and benefits associated with the challenged law and properly concluded that given the circumstances in Indiana, changing the timing of the ultrasound requirement likely imposed an undue burden,” PPINK wrote in its response brief. “That fact-based conclusion does not conflict with any other decision and does not warrant this Court’s review.”In particular, PPINK maintained the state is seeking a Supreme Court review before full discovery and final judgment. Only the preliminary injunction has been affirmed, leaving the state free to return to the district court to argue for summary judgment or a trial on the merits.Moreover, the state’s case presents very particular facts and circumstances based on a unique legal reform that has been implemented only in Indiana.“… (W)hile other courts have considered different waiting period laws in different states, only this case, arising after (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstadt, ___U.S.___136 St. Ct. 2292 (2016)) involves the weighing of the burdens imposed by a waiting period against any asserted benefit of the change in timing,” PPINK argued in its response. “And the district court’s preliminary injunction expressly rests on its conclusion that Indiana failed to show that the new law had any benefits while imposing substantial burdens.”This is the second writ of certiorari emanating from Indiana House Enrolled Act 1337 of 2016.The first petition, for Box v. PPINK, 18-483, is asking the Supreme Court to uphold other abortion restrictions that the 7th Circuit affirmed violated a woman’s right to abortion. Specifically, the law sought to require the fetal tissue be either buried or cremated and prohibit the termination of a pregnancy based solely on the gender, race or genetic abnormality of the fetus.Since Jan. 4, 2019, that petition has been distributed among the justices for conference nearly 10 times. No decision has been issued, but Wisconsin has withdrawn its support of Indiana’s petition.While Indiana’s ultrasound petition sits at the U.S. Supreme Court, Kentucky’s ultrasound law was upheld April 4 by a split 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.Kentucky’s House Bill 2, known as the “Ultrasound Informed Consent Act,” placed additional requirements on the physician before the abortion is performed. The doctor must show the ultrasound images of the embryo or fetus to the woman, describe in detail the image and have the woman listen to the heartbeat.EMW Women’s Surgical Center P.S.C. in Louisville, the only licensed abortion facility in Kentucky, challenged the law, noting the physician must provide the description even if the woman objects or if the experience causes her emotional or psychological distress.Represented by the ACLU of Kentucky, EMW argued, in part, H.B. 2 violated the First Amendment by forcing medical doctors to deliver a “government-mandated, ideological message” to patients. “… (T)he Act compels physicians to convey to their abortion patients in a private medical setting unwanted government-mandated speech that falls outside accepted and ethical standards and practices for medical informed consent.”The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky at Louisville agreed, but the majority of the 6th Circuit was unconvinced and reversed the lower court.“In sum, H.B. 2, like the Pennsylvania statute in (Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992)), provides truthful, non-misleading, and relevant information aimed at informing a patient about her decision to abort unborn life,” Circuit Judge John Bush wrote for the majority. “Therefore, although the statute requires doctors to disclose certain truthful and non-misleading information relevant to the abortion procedure, it does not violate their First Amendment rights because the required disclosures are incidental to the Commonwealth’s regulation of doctors’ professional conduct.”Judge Bernice Bouie Donald wrote a 20-page dissent, asserting, in part, the majority was wrong to treat H.B. 2 as the equivalent to the Pennsylvania statute in Casey. The Pennsylvania statute gave physicians the ability to exercise their medical judgments to decide not to provide the information, but the Kentucky law does not include that provision.Also, Donald maintained the majority ignored the national standards of medical care and disregarded the evidence showing H.B. 2 is not consistent with the medical practice of informed consent.“Benjamin Franklin warned that ‘[f]reedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruin,’.” Donald wrote. “H.B. 2 is a restriction on speech that has no basis in the practice of medicine. It should be subjected to heightened scrutiny and deemed unconstitutional, lest our constitution dissolve, and tyranny be erected on its ruins.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Tweed, The Beating, lespecial, And More To Perform SENSORiUM This Weekend

first_imgPhiladelphia-based funktronica act Tweed is hosting their own one-day event, SENSORiUM, this coming Saturday, August 26th. The event is is set to take place at Philly’s One Art Community Center and will feature sets from The Beating ft. Jesse Miller of Lotus, Baltimore producer SOOHAN, lespecial, MINKA, Moon Bounce, and more. Most of the acts on the bill are Philly-based, accentuating the thriving music scene presently going on in the City of Brotherly Love. SENSORiUM will also be working with local non-profit organization, Rock to the Future, which provides free and low-cost music programs for underserved kids in the local area. Portions of the proceeds will go to Rock to the Future, and made in honor of Suman Addya, a good friend of the band that recently passed away.Tweed drummer and SENSORiUM organizer Joe Vela discussed the idea behind the event, “We’re really excited about curating our very own event. SENSORiUM will not only feature some of our favorite up and coming acts, but also sensational visual and interactive art installations. We wanted to do something different, and the urban oasis at One Art could not be a better venue for the outdoor extravaganza we envision.”_______________________________________________________Let’s take a closer look at the acts set to appear at SENSORiUM:TweedThe Philly born and bred funktronica outfit has been filling dance floors around the Northeast with a psychedelic brand of electro-funk, high-energy disco dance parties, and are beginning to make a name for themselves around the rest of the country with national tours and various festival appearances.The Beating ft. Jesse Miller of LotusIf you are looking for an analog hyper dance party, look no further than The Beating. With Jesse Miller of Lotus, along with members of both Brothers Past and Grimace Federation, this set is bound to go down!lespecial“Dark future groove”, “death funk,” “trance metal,” and “haunted house party music” have all been terms used to describe the unique sound of Boston/upstate New York-based lespecial. With meticulously crafted songs, the group has an uncanny ability to stretch things out into the ether.MINKAMINKA is a dance band. They live, breathe, and procreate in Philadelphia. They will play your roof or basement, warehouse or venue. They will play the bottom of your swimming pool. Dick Rubin, leader of the band, has been known to perform fully nude. Could be interesting….in more ways than one.SOOHANWith the release of his fourth full-length album, Archetypes, Baltimore-based producer SOOHAN described the various worldly influences that inspired the new music, “I dug deep into some new cultures of music for this compilation. You will hear music from Portugal, Algeria, Spain, India, and Bulgaria this time.”Moon BounceMoon Bounce is Philadelphia’s mutant pop pioneer, Corey Regensburg. Walking the fine line between creation and disintegration, his output combines soulful vocals, bombastic percussion and explosive synthesis; obsessed with groove, yet on the verge of falling apart.The festivities are planned to begin at 1pm and go until midnight. Tickets are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For additional info and updates, join the Facebook Event page.last_img read more

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Vulfpeck Is Live Streaming In Brussels Right Now [Pro-Shot]

first_imgFollowing three sold-out shows at Brooklyn Steel last weekend, Vulfpeck is currently two shows deep into their sold-out European tour. With the last two nights spent in Paris at 3 Pom Prod, the funk/soul/R&B ensemble are bringing their guest-filled show to Brussels tonight. From there, they’ll head to Amsterdam (2 nights), Berlin, Glasgow, London (2 nights), and Dublin (2 nights). This tour brings along frequent collaborator, singer/songwriter/keyboardist/saxophonist Joey Dosik as the opening support–making longtime Vulf fans very pleased with a complete night of musical geniusness. The multi-instrumentalist will emerge throughout the headlining set, alongside guest staples Antwaun Stanley and Cory Wong. All in all, this Vulfpeck tour is shaping up to be the best yet. For a band that is rarely even in the same place at the same time, these European shows will undoubtedly see the best version of Vulfpeck yet–as they continue to gel and season over time from city to city.Lucky for fans everywhere, tonight’s Brussels show is available for live stream, courtesy of the venue AB Grote Zaal. At 20:00 CEST, Joey Dosik will take the stage, follow by Vulfpeck at 21:00 CEST for a 90 minute set. You can watch the full stream below.last_img read more

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Protesters in Lebanon clash with police over virus lockdown

first_imgBEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces have opened fire in violent clashes with dozens of protesters who took to the street in the country’s north for a third consecutive day. The protesters in the city of Tripoli are denouncing deteriorating living conditions amid a strict lockdown aimed at curbing a dramatic rise in coronavirus cases and COVID-19 fatalities in the small, crisis-hit country.  Police say they were responding to hand grenades thrown by the protesters at security forces, injuring nine policemen.  Dozens of protesters were injured in the confrontations. The violence marks a sharp escalation in the confrontations that began Monday. Tripoli is the second largest in Lebanon and the most impoverished.last_img read more

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Tix Now Available to See August Wilson’s Jitney

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 12, 2017 Jitney Related Showscenter_img Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway premiere of Jitney, the only work from August Wilson’s American Century Cycle yet to play the Main Stem. Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the Manhattan Theatre Club production will begin performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on December 28, with opening night scheduled for January 19, 2017.The play follows a group of unlicensed cab drivers as the city’s efforts to shut down the business threaten to drive them apart. Santiago-Hudson won a Tony for his performance in Wilson’s Seven Guitars; he also appeared in Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean on Broadway and directed his The Piano Lesson off-Broadway.The cast and creative team will be announced at a later date. August Wilsonlast_img read more

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D.W. Brooks Awards

first_imgThe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recognized 12 of its finest this week with the D.W. Brooks Awards for Excellence and the CAES Faculty and Staff Support Awards. The D.W. Brooks Awards and Lecture Series was launched more than 30 years ago in honor of Brooks, an alumnus and former faculty member of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, who devoted his career to the improvement of life through contributions to agriculture. As the founder and chairman emeritus of Gold Kist, Inc., Brooks advised seven U.S. presidents on various agriculture and trade issues. He helped to create the integrated poultry production system that transformed Georgia agriculture during the 20th century, and also started Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies in 1941 to provide farmers with insurance. “The list of winners of today’s D.W. Brooks Awards of Excellence are a great testament to him, to the commitment this college continues to have to our land-grant mission and to the legacy of success for our students, our state and agriculture worldwide,” said CAES Dean J. Scott Angle, at the awards ceremony. The awards highlighted keynote speaker and World Food Prize Foundation president, Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, who spoke on agriculture’s power to bring nations together and to ease conflict. Quinn, who served as rural development advisor in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War and later served as ambassador to Cambodia, told the crowd that he had witnessed the stabilizing impact that infrastructure projects and improved agriculture could have on a country. He encouraged the students, faculty and staff gathered to view their work in agriculture as having an impact not just on Georgia, but on the world stage. This year’s award winners included: Professor Terence Centner, of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, won the D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award recognizes his work developing the college’s pre-law and environmental law programs, and his innovative instruction in the classroom. Professor Timothy Grey, of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, won the D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. The award recognizes his work combatting herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth, or pigweed, and developing weed management strategies to replace a recently banned soil fumigant—methyl bromide. Associate Professor Dennis Hancock, of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, won the D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension. The award recognizes his work as the state’s forage specialist and his work promoting sustainable and profitable grazing strategies to farmers across the state and the U.S.Janet Hollingsworth, Family and Consumer Sciences program development coordinator for southeastern Georgia, won the D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension. The award recognizes her work developing successful public health, nutrition and safety programing in Appling and Wayne counties. Professor Ignacy Misztal, of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, won the D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Global Programs. The award recognizes his worldwide reputation as an expert on genetic analysis and animal breeding, and the number of international scholars who have come to UGA to study with him. Assistant Professor Frank Flanders, of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, won the CAES Faculty Award for Outstanding Academic Advisor. The award recognizes his dedication to his position as undergraduate coordinator for agricultural education and his many years spent advising future agricultural educators. Brice Nelson, director of student and employer engagement, won the CAES Staff Award for Administrative or Professional Support. Nelson has led the college’s student recruitment efforts for the past decade and has helped to nearly double the college’s enrollment. Jay Bauer, senior graphics designer in the Office of Communication and Creative Services, won the CAES Staff Award for Technical Support. Bauer created the college’s mascot, Caesar, when he started at the college 13 years ago. Most recently, he created a museum exhibit to celebrate the centennial of the UGA Extension.C.J. O’Mara, senior agricultural specialist, and Brooke Powell, agricultural specialist, of the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center, won the CAES Award for Skilled Trades Support. O’Mara and Powell managed the on-the-ground transition of the 1,055-acre research farm as is it changed hands from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to UGA’s ownership. Associate Professor Cesar Escalante, of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, won the D.W. Brooks Diversity Award for Faculty. The award recognizes his work supporting graduate students from diverse backgrounds and his research into discriminatory lending practices and immigration policy. Brittnee Thirkield, a graduate student in the department of Food Science and Technology, won the D.W. Brooks Diversity Award for Students. Her award recognizes her role as a mentor to younger students, through both formal and informal interactions. For more information about the D.W. Brooks Awards program, please visit www.caes.uga.edu/events/dwbrooks.last_img read more

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Proposed workers’ comp rules reworked

first_img Proposed workers’ comp rules reworked Senior EditorProposed procedural rules for workers’ compensation cases — which caused substantial concern for the Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section — have been substantially revised from the initial draft and have been posted on the Internet.Scott Stephens, deputy chief judge of compensation claims for the Division of Administrative Hearings, said one more public hearing also is likely early next year on the rules. He also said although the Bar section is upset that DOAH is working on the procedural rules revisions instead of the Supreme Court, that the state law clearly gives the agency the rule-making responsibility and authority.The section has filed a motion with the Supreme Court asking it to intervene and block the administrative agency from making procedural rule changes. The Attorney General’s Office, on behalf of DOAH, has filed a response defending the agency’s actions.But Stephens said while that legal issue is pending before the Supreme Court, he’s continuing with the nearly completed work of redrafting the procedural rules. And he said while some section criticisms of the initial draft, contained in a December 1 story in the Bar News, were reasonable, the latest version is substantially different.That new edition reflects suggestions made by workers’ comp lawyers and others from three public hearings, plus the input from each of the state’s 31 judges of compensation claims, Stephens said.“I am committed to trying to keep the procedure as close as possible to the current procedures because I want to minimize disruption,” he said. “There are some important changes in my view that ought to be made.”One of those seeks “to get the judge less involved in the attorney-client relationship. When the rules are being promulgated by an administrative body instead of the court, that’s inappropriate [for a judge to be as involved as an Article V judge],” he said.The concern is that administrative judges, who in this case are members of the executive branch, should not interfere in the judicial branch function of overseeing the legal profession, Stephens said.“Another example is we’re going to increase the flexibility of the judges to decide motions without having to hold a hearing if the judge doesn’t want to hold one,” he added.Overall, “The rules that we have will be shorter; they won’t be repeating the language of the statute as much as the existing rules do,” Stephens said. “In terms of changing the substantive rights of the parties, there’s no intent to do that.”He disagrees with the criticism the proposed rules are excessively couched in legalese, forcing parties to use attorneys. “There’s a conscious effort to make it as plain as possible,” he said. “Given that it’s workers’ compensation and we’re interpreting a very complex statute, that’s very hard to do.”Under state procedures, there will be one more public hearing on his latest draft if anyone requests it, which Stephens anticipates. After any further revisions, the rules will become effective unless there is a legal challenge, which is also a possibility.Stephens praised the work of administrative law Judges Linda Rigot and Kent Wetherell, who he said did most of the drafting of the new rules. And he said DOAH Chief Judge Sharyn Smith has closely monitored the process.“While Judge Smith has designated me to be the primary policy maker on the rules, it has been very much a collaborative effort with DOAH, as well as including the JCCs and Bar comments,” he said.A 1993 law gave the judges of compensation claims authority and responsibility to do their own procedural rules, but it was never done and the Supreme Court continued to do the rules as it does for criminal, civil, and other courts. But Stephens said when he was hired in 2001 to oversee the compensation judges, there was no doubt left that was to change.“The Governor’s office, when I first spoke to them after taking office, made it clear they expected the rules to be promulgated,” Stephens said, adding he also heard from legislators on the issue.And while the section is challenging the effort as undermining the Supreme Court’s authority, Stephens said he disagrees with that analysis. Judges of compensation claims, he argued, are not mentioned in Article V as constitutional judges. They are created in Chapter 440 and the Supreme Court has held they are part of the executive branch, not the judiciary.And the 1993 revision to F.S. § 440.45 made it clear that “the office of the chief judge not just has the authority but the responsibility to make procedural rules applicable to workers’ compensation,” Stephens said.He also noted that while the Workers’ Compensation Section may have had questions about early drafts of the rules, the challenge to the court is a legal issue that has nothing to do with the rules’ content.Stephens hopes to have the rules posted on the Internet early this month, athttp://www.jcc.state.fl.us. January 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Proposed workers’ comp rules reworkedlast_img read more

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Hempstead Murder Suspect Nabbed in Texas

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A suspect wanted for killing a 28-year-old man in the victim’s hometown of Hempstead has been apprehended in Texas and extradited back to Long Island, Nassau County police said.James Marckesano, 24, of Hempstead, was arrested in Houston and charged with second-degree murder on Nov. 23. He was extradited on Tuesday.Homicide Squad detectives said Marckesano killed Victor Benitez, who was found lying on the ground on Clinton Street while suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen at 4:41 a.m. on July 4. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Marckesano will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

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Pennsylvania releases COVID-19 update with report on health care workers

first_imgThe health department says that of the statewide total deaths, 1,614 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.  HARRISBURG, Pa (WBNG) — The Pennsylvania Health Department gave a statewide update on the coronavirus on Saturday. The health department reports 187,071 negative tests to date. They have provided an age breakdown of the patients who have tested positive. The breakdown is as follows: Nearly 1% are aged 0-4Nearly 1% are aged 5-121% are aged 13-18Nearly 6% are aged 19-24Nearly 38% are aged 25-49Nearly 27% are aged 50-64Nearly 27% are aged 65 or older Additionally, they say approximately 2,989 of the total positive cases are health care workers.  For statewide updates on the coronavirus, visit pa.gov.center_img Pennsylvania residents can sign up for AlertPA, which is a notification system for health, weather, and coronavirus updates. Residents can sign up online at this link. The health department has provided a report on nursing and personal care homes in the state. They say there are 8,827 cases among residents and 1,148 among employees. That makes a total of 9,975 in 478 different facilities.  The health department reports 1,334 additional positive cases, which brings the statewide total to 48,305. They also say there are 64 additional deaths, bringing the total to 2,418 For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

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