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SF Bay Area drives fascists out, two days running

first_imgWell over 20,000 people showed up in the San Francisco Bay Area on Aug. 26 and 27 to let right-wing white supremacists and neo-Nazis know they are not welcome here.Two rallies had been announced by fascist groups, one called by Patriot Prayer to be held in San Francisco’s Crissy Field, a national park. The other, titled “Say No to Marxism,” was called for Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley. Both were canceled by their organizers less than 24 hours beforehand, as people from all over the Bay Area organized to prevent the fascists from having any platform here.In San Francisco, the turning point came when International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 passed a resolution opposing white supremacy and fascism, and some of its rank- and-file members organized a rally at Crissy Field. ILWU Local 10 has a large Black membership and a long history of taking action to oppose police terror, war, and apartheid in South Africa. Until then, the counter-rallies being called were at points far away from the planned Patriot Prayer rally.Joey Gibson, the Patriot Prayer organizer, was probably planning on protection from Trump’s Department of the Interior, which controls Crissy Field. The feds had in fact set up a perimeter around Crissy Field, announcing they were going to bus in the Patriot Prayer rally-goers on one end of the park, and then set up a checkpoint at the other end.After Gibson announced cancellation of the rally, he stated Patriot Prayer would instead have a press conference at Alamo Square, a residential district of San Francisco. Anti-fascist forces quickly changed their plans and gathered several thousand strong at the square, which had already been entirely closed off by police.The anti-fascist crowd faced off with police for more than an hour trying to get to the square. Finally breaking through, they held a triumphant rally emceed by Benjamin Bac Sierra, a leader in the anti police-terror struggle in San Francisco. A contingent of electrical workers from the IBEW and the painters’ local marched in, chanting, “Up with the workers, down with the fascists.”They then marched 2.5 miles to San Francisco’s Mission District. During the long and spirited march, more and more people joined in. These included thousands who had gathered at San Francisco’s Civic Center and more who marched from the Castro District.The fascists were doing sporadic “pop-ups,” including a couple dozen at Crissy Field. They finally held their press conference in the city of Pacifica, south of San Francisco. Meanwhile, small groups of fascists were seen in the Haight area, trolling for people to harass.Large coalition backs action The next day in Berkeley, thousands turned out again to oppose the white supremacists. For months the city had been the target of neo-Nazis, who seem to feel that if they can establish a platform in this notoriously liberal town, they can move freely anywhere in the country. The Berkeley police set up checkpoints going into the park where the rally was to be held and at Bay Area Rapid Transit station exits. They were trying to stop people from entering with masks, signs on sticks, helmets and weapons.Anti-white-supremacist forces gathered at Hearst and California streets and marched to the park, with a contingent of about 200 Antifa forces moving to the front to provide security. The march swelled to several thousand.The police, heavily armed with riot gear, initially had the entire park cordoned off. Several times they pointed their weapons toward the large crowd. Overwhelmed, they finally marched off, but only after arresting about a dozen people on such charges as wearing a mask. There were several skirmishes in which Antifa and others spotted fascists in the crowd and routed them out.A large coalition of organizations, including the Anti Police-Terror Project, Community Ready Corps, Showing Up for Racial Justice Bay Area, Antifa, Bay Resistance, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Interfaith for Black Lives, National Lawyers Guild SF, Haiti Action Committee, Workers World Party and many more pulled together to let the white supremacists know they would not be allowed here in the Bay Area.Thousands of others gathered near the University of California campus in a “Rally Against Hate.” Ministers and clergy also marched from the First Congregational Church.The media is again attacking Antifa, which was defending everyone from the fascist threat, and blaming its members for creating the violence.At an Aug. 28 press conference, Tur-Ha Ak, from the Anti Police-Terror Project and the Community Ready Corps, said that rather than focusing on Antifa, the media needs to highlight how the Bay Area stood up to white supremacy. Lara Kiswani from AROC explained that we were defending our communities. Pastor Michael McBride stated that we need to look to history and elders to understand white supremacy. Sara Kershnar of NLGSF said it would defend those defending our communities.Meanwhile, the power of the people was certainly on display in the Bay Area this week as unity and struggle beat back the fascist threat.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Are this semester’s SGA elections really ‘elections’?

first_imgFacebook ReddIt Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Will Jezek is running unopposed for Vice President of External Affairs. Photo by Cristian Argueta Soto. Previous articleListen: Ball Don’t Lie: Playoff C’sNext articleNAACP chapter leads efforts to revive on campus Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Robbie Vaglio Twitter Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution + posts Twitter What to watch during quarantine Facebook Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ printCalling this year’s selection process “elections” would be a misrepresentation: three out of the four students running for Student Body Office are unopposed.The only position with competition, the race for student body president, features two candidates: Abbey Widick and Laredo Loyd.Laredo Loyd says he is running to revolutionize student government. Photo by Shane Battis.Last year, two candidates ran for vice president of operations, three for vice president of external affairs and four for president. The treasurer seat was unopposed.Vice President of External Affairs Hudson Trent said the disparity is not the result of a culture change in SGA.“This is not the result of some internal power vacuum keeping people from running for student body officer positions,” Trent said. “SGA is an organization just like every other in that its composition changes year to year, and even semester to semester as people go abroad, or focus on other things. The cabinet is composed of all seniors except for presidential candidate Abbey Widick.”Trent said that the House of Student Representatives is composed mostly of first-year and sophomore students who typically wait a couple of years until they run. He also said many SGA members are leaders in other organizations, meaning a lot of student representatives do not have time for the responsibilities of a student body officer (SBO).”McKenzie Keetch, Will Jezek and Kat Nestor are each running unopposed for treasurer, vice president of external affairs and vice president of operations, respectively.Kat Nestor is running unopposed for Vice President of Operations. Her role is focused on making TCU a better place internally. Photo by Cristian Argueta Soto.Jack Leonhard, a representative for the Class of 2021, is disappointed about the situation and places the blame on the student government.“Seeing how there are three positions running unopposed just goes to show how SGA has been out of touch with the student body and how we are lacking the motivation to get things done,” Leonhard said. “I wish I could have seen more competition.”First-year AddRan College representative Tucker Wilkie concurs with Leonhard and said that SGA needs to be more accessible to the student population.“I think the student body is more than capable to fulfill those positions,” Wilkie said. “But I wonder if a new strategy is necessary to communicate that with the students. We need to communicate with students that these positions ought to be filled and they can do that.”Loyd said SGA has been blessed with a great class of first-year students but is worried they may fall back to the current “resume-building culture.”“Individuals join House and then do not take their positions to new heights or contribute to the overall atmosphere of House or reach out to those they represent,” Loyd said.Leonhard expanded on Wilkie’s comments saying if students cannot name their student body officers, it’s SGA’s fault.“It shows a lack of us trying to reach out to them,” Leonhard said. “It’s our goal to make their college experience the best that it can be. This election stands as a testament to that: we need to work on how we face the student body and how we get their ideas.”Loyd said SGA can start to improve their relations with students by being there for them.While critical, Leonhard remains optimistic that a change will be made in SGA.“SGA is one of the best ways students can make an impact on campus,” Leonhard said. “All of us are incredibly confident that we will find new ways to engage the student body and continually make their TCU experience better.”There is only one qualification to run for student body office: students first need to be a representative. Leonhard said that SGA may need to readdress the qualifications.“The office of the speaker is something you need experience beforehand,” Leonhard said. “You need to know how to run the parliamentary procedure and know how the meetings run in House to be able to fill that office. The positions of VPO, VPE and treasurer are three positions that I believe the student body could place a capable person in those positions.”Widick said it’s important for all students looking to run for SBO to serve in the House beforehand.“We have not had a student body president in the past nine years that has been president without having previously served on cabinet because of the experience, knowledge and understanding that is gained from that,” Widick said.Widick said she wants to empower the voices of the student body if she were elected president. Photo by Cristian Argueta Soto.Keetch, a sophomore finance and accounting double major and current Neeley School of Business representative, approached the election differently. To the student body, she is running unopposed but she approached the election as if she were running against a competitor.“Originally, I was running against someone else until a few days ago,” Keetch said. “It was difficult to reestablish how hard I’m going to approach the election so students don’t feel overwhelmed by me thinking I’m running opposed. I prepared as if it was going to be a little more of a competition.”Leonhard, the campaign manager for Jezek’s campaign, said one of Jezek’s goals during the campaign process is to familiarize himself with the student body.“Even though they weren’t given another option,” Leonhard said, “He wants to prove to them that he would have been the best person, no matter what.”While three positions are running unopposed, Wilkie and Leonhard said SGA is lucky to have the best candidates running for their positions.“What’s unique about our situation here is that the three positions that are unopposed are all people that I would be in support of if those positions were contested,” Wilkie said. “While it’s unfortunate that those positions are uncontested, I think that we have a great opportunity to realize that these are positions that deserve to be filled by capable people.”Leonhard said that all three are the best of what SGA has to offer and is excited about what they will do for the student government.“I’m incredibly glad that those are the three people that chose to fill the positions, stepped up and chose to lead our school,” Leonhard said. “We’re going to have a really good year in SGA and I think that students might be more motivated to get involved in elections going forward.”Voting for student body officers will begin tomorrow, Apr. 19 at 9 a.m. and the winners will be announced Apr. 20. 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Hydrofarm’s Phantom PHOTOBIO™•TX and PHOTOBIO™•T Greenhouse and Indoor Grow Lights Power Green for Sustainable…

first_img Previous articleIn Israel and beyond, virus vaccines bring political powerNext articleJuniper Research: Smart Traffic Management to Significantly Reduce Congestion and Emissions; Saving Cities $277 Billion by 2025 Digital AIM Web Support Twitter WhatsApp PETALUMA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– Hydrofarm Holdings Group, Inc. (“Hydrofarm”) (Nasdaq: HYFM), a leading independent wholesaler and manufacturer of hydroponics equipment and commercial horticultural products, unveiled PHOTOBIO•TXand PHOTOBIO•T linear top lights— the newest additions to the Phantom PHOTOBIO series of next generation LED tech solutions. The high-performance products, optimized for greenhouse applications, were developed by Hydrofarm and further expand the Company’s portfolio of innovative and proprietary branded products such as lighting, climate control, nutrients and growing media. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005560/en/ Hydrofarm’s Phantom PHOTOBIO™•TX and PHOTOBIO™•T Greenhouse and Indoor Grow Lights Power Green for Sustainable Farming (Photo: Business Wire) “We believe that our PHOTOBIO TX and T top lights are smart, affordable investments for growers looking to successfully cultivate all types of crops in controlled environments and in their homes. The Phantom PHOTOBIO LED line’s exacting design, extreme efficiency and extraordinary performance support the power to grow healthier food and plants,” said Bill Toler, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Hydrofarm. “Following our December 2020 IPO, we continue to enhance our portfolio with equipment to empower our customers.” Phantom PHOTOBIO•TX and PHOTOBIO•T are slim, high efficiency LED top lights that act as a natural light supplement for greenhouses. They provide minimal self-shading and can also act as a strong sole-source LED that provides better plant canopy access. The ultra-effective commercial design utilizes a proprietary heat sink construction, and the products are built with architectural-grade aluminum and a unique heat pipe cooling system that provides superior heat dissipation. The S4 spectrum delivers ideal conditions for plant health to deliver consistent crop quality. These fixtures provide horticulture professionals increased performance and yields while maximizing ROI. WATCH: Phantom PHOTOBIO: How Quality Is Made (video) Suggested retail pricing (SRP) for the PHOTOBIO•TX is $999 and PHOTOBIO•T is $599. The LED linear top lights are available for sale at specialty hydroponics retailers and to commercial / greenhouse distributors through Hydrofarm’s commercial sales team. Click here for more information. About Hydrofarm Holdings Group, Inc. Hydrofarm is a leading independent distributor and manufacturer of controlled environment agriculture equipment and supplies, including high-intensity grow lights, climate control solutions, and growing media, as well as a broad portfolio of innovative and proprietary branded products. For more than 40 years, Hydrofarm has helped growers in the U.S. and Canadian markets make growing easier and more productive. The Company’s mission is to empower growers, farmers and cultivators with products that enable greater quality, efficiency, consistency and speed in their grow projects. For additional information, please visit: www.hydrofarm.com View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005560/en/ CONTACT: Media: The LAKPR Group Hannah Arnold, 202-559-9171,[email protected] Lynn Trono, 323-672-8226,[email protected] -or- Hydrofarm Lisa Gallagher, 513-505-2334,[email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: MEN HOME GOODS OTHER NATURAL RESOURCES RESTAURANT/BAR CONSUMER AGRICULTURE NATURAL RESOURCES SPECIALTY CHEMICALS/PLASTICS FOOD/BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING RETAIL OTHER CONSUMER ENVIRONMENT WOMEN SENIORS ONLINE RETAIL SOURCE: Hydrofarm Holdings Group, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 10:00 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 10:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005560/enCopyright Business Wire 2021.Hydrofarm’s Phantom PHOTOBIO™•TX and PHOTOBIO™•T Greenhouse and Indoor Grow Lights Power Green for Sustainable Farming Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 center_img Pinterest Facebook Facebook TAGS  Local NewsBusiness Hydrofarm’s Phantom PHOTOBIO™•TX and PHOTOBIO™•T Greenhouse and Indoor Grow Lights Power Green for Sustainable Farminglast_img read more

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Consider Opening Schools In A Phased Manner Than Taking A Uniform Policy For Entire State: Karnataka High Court To State

first_imgNews UpdatesConsider Opening Schools In A Phased Manner Than Taking A Uniform Policy For Entire State: Karnataka High Court To State Mustafa Plumber21 Dec 2020 8:45 PMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Monday directed the state to consider opening up schools on a regular basis in taluks having less number of Covid-19 cases, rather than adopting a uniform policy for the entire state. A division bench of Justice B V NAGARATHNA and Justice NATARAJ RANGASWAMY said “State to apply its mind on whether in phased manner schools could be opened on regular basis…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?LoginThe Karnataka High Court on Monday directed the state to consider opening up schools on a regular basis in taluks having less number of Covid-19 cases, rather than adopting a uniform policy for the entire state. A division bench of Justice B V NAGARATHNA and Justice NATARAJ RANGASWAMY said “State to apply its mind on whether in phased manner schools could be opened on regular basis having regard to the number of covid-19 cases in a particular taluk, rather than adopting a uniform policy for the entire state.” It added “We (judiciary) have also gone district wise. From 10 now we have courts functioning in 17 districts. So go taluk wise, if cases are less in a particular taluk open schools in that taluk, on a regular basis, rather than saying throughout the state no schools.” The bench during the hearing of a public interest litigation filed by A. A. Sanjeev Narrain, Arvind Narrain and Murali Mohan, directed the government to file a status report with regard to steps taken for the admission of children to Standard I, on completion of their stint with Aanganwadi’s. State to also report about steps taken to ensure that children have taken readmission to higher class, during this period of pandemic. Justice Nagarathna said “Aforesaid directions are issued having regards to the fact that there was closure of schools from March 2020, due to covid-19. There is no regular functioning of school till date. The reasons as to why these directions are issued is in order to ascertain whether children during this period have been forced into child labour or child marriages or have been victims of trafficking.” The bench added “In usual course they (children) would have been probably, but during this pandemic anganwadi is also closed, school is also closed. The parent will tell the child or just keep the 6 year old child at home or he may take the child to the field, because school is closed, with no admission in the schools.” The state government filed a memo before the court stating that pursuant to directions issued by this court on December 4, a decision has been taken by state government to recommence the Vidya Gama program, for standards I to X, students in all schools across the state. It was also informed that a circular dated December 16 is issued pursuant to the government order that the Vidya gama program will re-commence from Jan 1 2021, in private and government schools across the state. Senior Advocate Harish Narasappa appearing for petitioner submitted that as per the order of the court the state government was to raise money for purchase tablets and laptops. No formal appeal is made by the government to corporates. Following which the court noted “By our order dated December 4, we had also observed that the state could make an appeal for funding its program of education through Vidya Gama through the mechanism of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). AGA submits that no formal appeal has been made as such subsequently to the order.” It added “We think that state can make a specific appeal for aid to be sought through the mechanism of CSR, as envisaged under section 135 of Companies Act, so that the discontinuity in education of children or disruption thereof is mitigated, if there is good response to the appeal made by the state. Hence the state to take steps in this regard and report by the next date of hearing.” The bench opined that this was in the larger context of ‘out of school children’. The petition states that the respondents in not providing adequate online resources to school children prior to resumption of online classes, is violative of Article 21-A read with the provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, 2009 (“RTE Act”) read with the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2010 (“RTE Rules”) read with the Karnataka Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2012 (“Karnataka RTE Rules”). It seeks directions to immediately formulate a plan of action to ensure the procurement and disbursal of low-cost laptops, tablets, and any other digital resources to school children belonging to the disadvantaged and economically weaker sections to allow them attend online classes. The matter will be next heard on January 18, 2021. Next Storylast_img read more

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Supreme Court Issues Notice On PIL Seeking Caste-Wise Census In 2021

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Issues Notice On PIL Seeking Caste-Wise Census In 2021 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK26 Feb 2021 2:07 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice in a public interest petition filed seeking directions to the Government for conducting a Caste Wise Census for Backward Classes in 2021. The plea has sought directions to be issued to Government’s Home Ministry, Social Justice & Empowerment Department and the National Commission for Backward Classes to conduct. During the…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?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice in a public interest petition filed seeking directions to the Government for conducting a Caste Wise Census for Backward Classes in 2021. The plea has sought directions to be issued to Government’s Home Ministry, Social Justice & Empowerment Department and the National Commission for Backward Classes to conduct. During the hearing today, Advocate GS Mani appearing for the petitioner submitted before a three-judge Bench of CJI Bobde, Justice Bopanna and Justice Ramasubramanian, that the Court had issued notice in a case similar to the present matter. The petitioner has argued that the caste wise census of backward classes has an imperative role in implementing reservations regarding education, employment sectors, panchayat Raj elections and Municipal elections, and lack of such census creates problems in deciding the percentage of reservations for backward classes proportionate to their population. According to the petition, the government is planning to conduct a national census in 2021 and a proforma was released containing 32 columns with details of SC&STs, Hindus, Muslim, etc but a column of Other Backward Classes has not been included in the proforma. There is a vital necessity for caste wise census of backward class community. The plea has stated that the Central and State Government in India are introducing and implementing multiple schemes for education, employment, economic and political sectors with a great motto for backward classes development and with intention to keep the said community out of below poverty. A budget is being allocated every year for the said schemes but difficulties are being faced in sharing the budget with every case in backward classes for the lack of caste wise survey. Further, the plea has stated that the Justice Rohini Commission set up in 2017 to make recommendations for benefit of the marginalised communities in the existing OBCs, also needs more time to submit its report and has received its ninth extension for six months till January 31,2021. A letter was also written to the Union Minister pointing out the issues related to the backward community and requesting for caste-wise census of backward classes, but no reply has been received.  The petition has also stated that under the Constitutional mandate while there is a prohibition that the State will not discriminate against any citizen on the grounds only of religion, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them, the State is also empowered to make provisions for the upliftment of socially and educationally backward classes, scheduled classes, casts and tribes or for women and children. The petition has been filed by by Advocate Anzu Varkey and drawn by Advocate Mahesh Chary.Next Storylast_img read more

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Two boys injured in quad bike crash in west Donegal

first_img WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – January 7, 2021 Two boys have been injured in a quad bike crash in west Donegal. The quad bike overturned on the beach at Keadue Strand, Burtonport yesterday evening at approximately 4.45p.m.Both boys aged 17 and 12 years of age were removed to Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment to injuries which are considered non-life threatening.Investigations are ongoing. Facebook Google+ Google+center_img Twitter Previous articleInvestigation launched into overnight shooting in DerryNext articleGarda Covid-19 checkpoints begin again News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Two boys injured in quad bike crash in west Donegal Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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Flexible work law to cause mass upheaval

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Flexible work law to cause mass upheavalOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today More than half of employers have had to change procedures to satisfy the newlegislation on the right to request flexible working, a new survey suggests. Many employers, in the poll by Linklaters, thought the new legal process –which came in on 6 April – will be more unwieldy than current practices onhandling flexible working requests. The key findings were: – 82 per cent of respondents already had a formal flexible working policy – Three-quarters said the new legislation would not make them more likely togrant a flexible working request, as they had their own policies – Seventy-one per cent will introduce a formal appeals procedure for whenrequests to work flexibly are denied. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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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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