‘Boycott Rightmove’ Facebook group set to pass 1,500 member mark

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » ‘Boycott Rightmove’ Facebook group set to pass 1,500 member mark previous nextCOVID-19 news‘Boycott Rightmove’ Facebook group set to pass 1,500 member markSet up just three weeks ago following Rightmove’s ill-judged initial ‘deferred payments’ fees offer, the group offers radical ideas and practical advice on dealing with the portal during the crisis.Nigel Lewis14th April 20201 Comment3,266 Views Over 100 estate agents have joined a Facebook group over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend that calls for estate agents to quit Rightmove, taking its membership to nearly 1,500 people.The group was set up by three estate agents on 19th March, the day that Rightmove announced its ill-judged deferred fees offer, and has been rapidly picking up new members.Its Facebook page, which is called Boycott Rightmove, has become a lively debating platform for agents about how best to tackle the portal over its high fees but also a self-help group for agents seeking support over their decision whether to quit the portal or not.The group’s founders are Alan Herbert of Luton agency Esquire Estates, Paul Davies of Horsham firm At Home Estates and Lettings and Imran Khan, also of Esquire Estates.Members of the group, who are calling for more agents to join their campaign to tackle Rightmove head on, have been discussing and voting on a series of ideas.Website leadsThese include requiring the portal to pass leads from its listings direct to agents’ own websites; setting up an industry ‘union’ to enable agents to negotiate collectively with all the portals; alerting each other to deals that Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket have been offering agents individually rather than collectively; and discussing how best to negotiate portal fee reductions or early contract exits.Perhaps most crucially, the page is also packed with comments from estate agents who have quit Rightmove or Zoopla, outlining what happened next to their businesses and lead generation.Visit the group’s Facebook page. Read one agent’s reasoning behind his decision to quit the portal.Esquire Estates Rightmove April 14, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 14th April 2020 at 12:35 pmMy view on Rightmove and its aggressive and corrosive relationship with agents is well known, and I am part of ‘Boycott Rightmove’ an excellent initiative. What is clear though is that, ‘nothing is clear’. As agents have different agendas depending on their own needs, which is to be expected.Maybe the strongest thing that has come to the surface is, Rightmove has a pricing plan that favours some and not others, the true cost of the service is nowhere near the price being charged, and that without agents stock – Rightmove will cease to be.The other extremely positive thing to come out of the anti-Rightmove forums is the solidarity that agents now have, this terrible epidemic has stripped away the usual insular instincts of agents (I was that agent) and it has been replaced by a more humanist and helping philosophy.Maybe now is the time for a collective union of agents, yes there is the NAEA, the Guild etc, all doing worthwhile functions, but an agents Union (not trade union) where all agents have an equal voice, so an owner with one branch, or a self employed hybrid agent, has the same voice as the CEO of a corporate with 700 branches.A union where all agents can have their say, and discuss topics that have a universal impact on them all. Instead of having the government forcing through ill thought out legislation or reforms that have a negative and far reaching impact.With technology, we can now communicate in a split second, so maybe agents could harness this approach to have collective discussions, and make some headway, via a union – because they are in the driving seat rather than real estate elders making decisions about the way agency should go – based on their experiences, which may not be so relevant as agents on the frontline doing business on a daily basis.Log in to ReplyWhat’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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New Zealand: HMAS Tobruk (II) Proves Her Amphibious Force during Pae Tata

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Amphibious Training & Education New Zealand: HMAS Tobruk (II) Proves Her Amphibious Force during Pae Tata View post tag: Her View post tag: Force View post tag: Tobruk View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Tatacenter_img View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today New Zealand: HMAS Tobruk (II) Proves Her Amphibious Force during Pae Tata HMAS Tobruk (II) once again proved her amphibious force, undertaking the bilateral exercise, Pae Tata, off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand over November 05-15. Commander Task Group, LTCOL Glenn King, 1RNZIR, said Pae Tata successfully exercised NZDF Force Elements in the conduct of operational level planning and tactical level execution of amphibious operations.“Tobruk (II)’s participation in Pae Tata was fundamental in developing the joint aspects of the NZDF amphibious capability,” LTCOL King said.“Tobruk (II) provided the necessary platform for the 1RNZIR HQ Element and embarked land elements to operate from.“With her level of experience, embarked LCM8s and LARCs, she was a vital asset in familiarising the embarked Enhanced Infantry Company in the conduct of amphibious operations.”Force integration training and a free-play advance force field training exercise united maritime, land and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance assets, enabling the Special Forces Task Element and Task Group to effectively carry out their mission.Tobruk (II) proved international interoperability for embarkation and debarkation drills and provided comprehensive induction into Tobruk (II) for 114 Enhanced Infantry Company and 1RNZIR HQ personnel.Issuing of ammunition, small boat work, stern door marriages, craning operations for foreign vehicles and equipment were carried out onboard as part of the NZDF amphibious operations familiarisation process.Amphibious operations were conducted by day and night, overt and covert. A tactical withdrawal of embarked forces and reconstitution phase, preparing the forces for further tasking was also practised.Communication interoperability was proven between RAN and NZDF maritime and land elements with HMNZ Ship’s Manawanui and Taupo also participating in Pae Tata.During the exercise, Tobruk (II) provided assistance to HMNZS Otago’s workup, conducting a Night Steaming in Company. The mutually beneficial station keeping exercise provided Tobruk (II)’s Junior Warfare Officers experience in tactical situations.CO HMAS Tobruk (II), CMDR Tim Watson, said Exercise Pae Tata allowed ship’s company to consolidate and share skills which they had just refined during exercises Sea Lion and Croix du Sud.“Pae Tata has come a great time for Tobruk (II),” said CMDR Watson.“Exercise Sea Lion allowed ship’s company, new and old, to re-acquaint themselves with conducting daily amphibious evolutions.“Exercise Croix du Sud allowed us to put those skills to use and strengthen them in an extensive international environment.“Pae Tata is now giving us the opportunity to share our amphibious experience and polished skills with our New Zealand counterparts.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 19, 2012; Image: RAN View post tag: during View post tag: Pae November 19, 2012 View post tag: Proves Share this articlelast_img read more

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Press release: Big wins for British businesses as Vice Premier Hu Chunhua visits

first_img Redington’s Chinese subsidiary, Yuyuan Technology has signed commercial agreements with Taikang Life and Aviva-Cofco Life to provide interactive asset liability management tools. Micro Focus, one of the UK’s largest listed technology companies, announced a series of partnership deals with Chinese company H3C, marking its continued expansion into the Chinese market. The deals were signed and agreed at a ceremony at Mansion House, witnessed by Minister for Trade Policy, George Hollingbery MP.An MoU was also signed between DIT and the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China on infrastructure cooperation in third countries.This is a technical agreement that focusses on facilitating practical cooperation between UK and Chinese firms on projects overseas – ensuring that projects are delivered in line with the highest economic, environmental, social and financial standards in order to deliver sustainable, and inclusive development outcomes and deliver real opportunities for UK and international businesses.Further information on commercial deals and MoUs:Deals valued at £503 million have been agreed, creating 175 new jobs.Financial Services Creative OakNorth, Baillie Gifford and VCP Advisors have announced that they will set up a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE) in China. MultiPass International and UnionPay International concluded an MoU to develop a digital payment platform to further expand issuance and acceptance of UnionPay branded cards outside mainland China. The new partnership is expected to create 105 new jobs over the next 3 years. New business deals representing commercial signings, future contract commitments and MoUs, were agreed by British and Chinese companies as part of the 10th UK China Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) taking place in London this week.The announcements were welcomed by the International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP.In total, the deals are expected to deliver 175 new jobs in the UK, and deliver significant wins for the financial services, education, creative, food and agriculture and technology sectors.Also announced today was a landmark market access agreement for British farmers, supported by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which could put UK producers on track to export British beef to China by the end of 2019.The agreement is expected to be worth an estimated £230 million in the first 5 years.Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox MP, said: China Industrial Bank announced plans for a new representative office in London. The London Representative Office is expected to become an important base for the global initiatives of Industrial Bank. Education XTX markets will become the first foreign non-bank market maker on the CFETS’s G10 market. Wonderbly a UK publishing and education technology company, has signed an MoU for strategic cooperation with China’s biggest publishing group – Phoenix Publishing and Media Group to bring innovative personalised reading and learning to the Chinese market Energy and Built Environment Schroders have been awarded Qualified Foreign Limited Partner (QFLP) licences and quotas. UK engineering consultancy company Arup and Shanghai Urban Construction Design & Research Institute (SUCDRI) have signed and MoU to cooperate on future infrastructure projects. The MoU follows a recently successful joint bid by the two organisations for the Shanghai Central Urban Area Drainage Masterplan project from Shanghai’s municipal government. Cranleigh School and Cogdel Education Group signed an MoU lasting 25 years denoting a partnership to set up Cranleigh’s bilingual school in China. Techcenter_img A new UK-China Fund, targeting £1 billion delivered in partnership by Charterhouse Capital, China Investment Corporation and HSBC to invest in UK SMEs with growth plans linked to China. Export wins for Hayman’s range of Gins; London Distillery; McCann Apples; Rooney Fish; Newby Tea and Baijiu Society. Innovative Physics Limited (IPL) and CNNC Environmental Protection Co. (CEPC) have signed a collaboration framework agreement. Hayward Tylor (HT) have signed an MoU agreement with Shinhoo Canned Motor Pumps (SH) to supply pumps for the energy and chemical industry. BBC Studios announced a wide-ranging partnership with Promotional Partners Worldwide (PPW), to bring British children’s cartoon ‘Hey Duggee’ to China . The agreement will see PPW act as the agent and licensee for Hey Duggee for Greater China – including mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. China Banking Association, Shanghai Stock Exchange, China Investment Corporation (CIC), The Industrial Bank and CITIC Bank have announced they will be upgrading existing branches, opening representative offices or opening new branches in the UK. Cornwall’s The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the UK’s most well-known gardens, has announced a collaboration with Sheng lu Manor in Beijing to create a “Beijing Shenglu Heligan Garden’, to showcase the UK’s cultural, agronomic and horticulture expertise. Britain is a key partner for Chinese trade and investment, and is one of China’s most important trading partners in Europe. Today’s announcements show the breadth and depth of our trading relationship, the success UK firms are having in China, and the huge opportunity the Chinese market holds for British companies, particularly with regards to market access. As an international economic department, DIT will continue to support UK businesses to increase their share in this growing market and build on our substantial export figures, as we progress towards leaving the EU. Thames Holdings Ltd and Shenzhen Fuzhida Management Ltd, signed a contract to form a joint venture to establish 50 nurseries across China in next 5 years. Repton and Kingold have signed an MOU to set up Repton’s billingual schools initially in the Greater Bay Areas. Establishment of Heng’An Standard Life’s (HASL) pension insurance business, the first awarded to a foreign- invested business in China. Food and Drink China National Petroleum Cooperation (CNPC), along with its joint venture partner INEOS, will invest in a New Energy Project in steam and electric power, at the Grangemouth facility. The plant will operational by 2022. Bilateral trade between the UK and China is worth a record £68.5 billion a year, the UK’s fifth-largest trading relationship.Over the past decade UK exports to China have tripled, making China the UK’s sixth largest market globally with more than 10,000 UK businesses now selling goods and services to China.last_img read more

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Public hearing held for proposed Franklin County budget

first_imgFARMINGTON – The Franklin County Budget Committee met Monday evening for a public hearing on the proposed 2020/21 county budget. Recommendations from the committee and the Franklin County Commissioners were, for the most part, aligned.One difference in the proposed figures relates to the commissioner budget: the request was $174,082; commissioners recommended $171,569 and the budget committee recommended $163,569.The Franklin County Cooperative Extension office requested $50,750; commissioners recommended $49,400 and the budget committee recommended $49,400. Two program grants were requested at a total of $28,700; commissioners recommended $23,700 and the budget committee recommended the same amount. If approved, the two programs receiving funds this year would be the Franklin County Soil & Water and the Franklin County Firemen’s Association.When questioned about the cut of funding for several non-profit social service agencies, Commissioner Charlie Webster said commissioners are doing “what they were elected to do.”“We looked at the budget, and looked at all the programs. Most of the money didn’t go to services, it went to wages, so we decided together to find ways to save spending,” Webster said.Last year the commissioners declined to fund Western Maine Transportation after the committee approved funding. Webster said the commissioners asked their attorney if that was money they were required to pay, and when the answer came back as no the commissioners chose to move $40,000 from surplus to cover taxes and not pay WMT the $40,000.“Why do we talk about all this stuff if you don’t do what we ask?” Budget Committee member Morgan Dunham said.Webster replied that the commissioners are the ones elected by residents and that they are doing “what the people want.”“I don’t have any doubt in my mind that the people in this county are thanking the commissioners for making decisions on behalf of the taxpayers, not on behalf of some special interest group,” Webster said.The next line item brought the County Detention Center budget to discussion. The Sheriff’s Department requested a total of $1.85 million, Commissioners recommended $1.82 million and the budget committee recommended the same amount.“I appreciate that Commissioner Webster is continually concerned about where money for grants is going, but as a taxpayer I am continually concerned about where money for the Sheriff’s Department is going. It does not feel like the budget is examined with a fine tooth comb, and those budgets go up and up and yet serve much fewer people than social service agencies,” resident Vicky Cohen said.Sheriff Scott Nichols replied that both his budget and the jail budget went up less than 1 percent and represents a “truly bare bones” budget.“We can never know what’s gonna happen. When we put a budget together we plan on not spending it all to prepare ourselves for these costs that come out of nowhere,” he said. “Public safety is unpredictable.”Nichols said that in the last month alone the department had to pay for an unexpected Life Flight to Lewiston, and for the birth of a premature birth for one of their inmates. He also said that unfunded mandates come from the state frequently, such as the requirement to wear body cameras which could cost $4,000 or $5,000 per unit.The budget for the jail was requested at $2.27 million, commissioners recommended $2.25 million and the budget committee recommended the same.The Emergency Management Agency requested a total of $194,404 for this year’s budget, commissioners recommended $1,100 less than that amount and the budget committee recommended the same. The communications budget came in at a request of $979,460, commissioners recommended $979,098 and the budget committee recommended the same figure.The budget for the county treasurer was requested at $104,449; commissioners recommended $97,033 and the budget committee recommended the same amount. The treasurer position is an elected position. The cut in funding recommended by the commissioners is due to a the transition to an electronic time clock system. Payroll is currently recorded manually.“We need to look out for our employees, but we also need to look at what a comparable position might pay. The benefits here are generous, so we try to balance it all out,” Webster said.Webster also told the budget committee that, in the end, they have no control over wages, and that the commissioners under state law determine whether taxes go up or not.Former Franklin County judge probate Richard Morton told the commissioners he thinks the decision to cut benefits is a “colossal mistake.”“It’s short sighted, and not only a mistake but mismanagement of this enterprise,” he said.The District Attorney budget was requested at $307,609; commissioners recommended $304,637 and the budget committee recommended the same. IT services recommended $243,654, commissioners recommended $242,486 and the budget committee recommended the same.last_img read more

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The objects of their reflection

first_imgArmenian charm scroll Spell-engraved bamboo stick Bohlman heard everything from politically conscious Polish rock music to bootlegged news reports from broadcasters sympathetic to the Solidarity movement.“Cassette tapes are convenient materials for politically subversive communication — you can wipe them with a magnet, you can record over them, but you can also copy them infinitely,” Bohlman said.Solidarity-related cassette tapes became the cornerstone of Bohlman’s dissertation, now a forthcoming book, “Musical Solidarities: Political Action and Music in Late Twentieth-Century Poland.”“Now everywhere I go to conduct research, I look for weird sound recordings,” Bohlman says. “They’re an untapped resource.”To read the full story, visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website. PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen * * *Jeremy Zallen ’14 wanted to write about the history of illumination for his Ph.D. dissertation. While exploring the earliest forms of electric light in the United States he came across the records of the Bijou Theatre.In the 1880s, the Boston venue became the first fully electrified theater in the country. A single, fragile light bulb survived from that era and sits in Houghton alongside the theater’s financial records.If you put this tiny bulb on a shelf in Home Depot, you might not notice that it is a relic from the 1880s, with a bamboo, rather than tungsten, filament.“The bulb would have been made in Menlo Park, under the direction of Thomas Edison. In those days, they were experimenting with a number of filament types,” Zallen says. “The bamboo filament would have been less bright than previous electric light bulbs, but it would have lasted at least a few days — which was a big improvement.”The bulb brought up more questions than answers for Zallen: Why did someone save this solitary light bulb? Were the electric lights’ primary purpose functional, or were they really just props to publicize Edison’s invention?Photo courtesy of Harvard University LibraryLight bulb from the 1880s PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen “There were two Armenian students in the class. Seeing that scroll blew their minds. They were posting on Instagram and texting other Armenian students.” — Katherine Leach * * *Today, we can zoom in on any part of the world through Google Maps and Street View.When German cosmographer Sebastian Münster made his Cosmographia, a book intended to capture the world as he knew it in the 16th century, he did not have the benefit of Google’s tools.Instead, Münster recruited a resident from every German burg to provide him with drawings of their cities, says Jasper van Putten ’15.A Ph.D. student in the history of art and architecture when he found the text at Houghton, van Putten launched a research project that would have astonished Münster.Using GIS mapping tools — with landmarks such as church spires and old city walls as his guide — he overlaid the antique drawings from Münster’s book over modern satellite maps of German cities.Surprisingly, the old illustrations were fairly accurate, van Putten says. However, in some, important landmarks were nudged into positions that made the cities look more important.“One city moved a castle about 300 meters to put it in the center of the view,” according to van Putten.The Cosmographia stayed in print for about 90 years with maps added or redesigned in later editions, van Putten says, so he stacked up the views in GIS to flip back and forth and see how the cities had changed over time. He has put his work online, giving researchers and history buffs anywhere a bird’s eye view of the way that 16th century Germans saw their world.Cosmographia * * *Andrea Bohlman, Ph.D. ’12 in music, unexpectedly discovered a series of underground recordings at Houghton while preparing for a trip to Poland that she says, “changed my research methodology forever.”“I was probably on page 57 of search results in the HOLLIS catalog when I stumbled upon the Solidarity Collection,” Bohlman said.Comprising dozens of cassette tapes belonging to Poles who resisted or subverted the Communist government as a part of the Solidarity movement of the 1980s, the collection opened up a whole new world of research for Bohlman. “Now everywhere I go to conduct research, I look for weird sound recordings.” — Andrea Bohlman It’s hard to imagine even the most jaded student entering the Houghton Library without a sense of awe. Within these walls, you can read a letter signed personally by Vladimir Lenin, unfold a book of spells from Indonesia, and marvel at Emily Dickinson’s writing desk and chair.As Houghton celebrates its 75th anniversary, scholars take a look back at how some of the library’s rare holdings have inspired their research. Their stories are paired with audio clips from Houghton librarian Emilie Hardman, who provides some context for the the objects.* * *Katherine Leach, a Ph.D. student in Celtic languages and literatures, took her students to Houghton to explore medieval and early modern tracts against witchcraft.Librarian Emilie Hardman showed them original sources from the period such as the Malleus Maleficarum but to the delight of the class, she also rolled out an Indonesian spell book, bamboo sticks engraved with spells, and an Armenian charm scroll.“The class changed because of what Emilie brought in to show my students,” Leach says. “There were two Armenian students in the class. Seeing that scroll blew their minds. They were posting on Instagram and texting other Armenian students.”Leach says that as a medievalist, she’s often focused exclusively on texts and manuscripts but “seeing these artifacts made the topic more relatable, more real” for her students.“I was so impressed with the collection and with Emilie,” Leach says.‘Malleus Maleficarum’ PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreenlast_img read more

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Swipe no more: the contactless Irish1Card

first_imgThe future is here and it is contactless. The Irish1Card system — the new ID cards for students, faculty and staff that include contactless technology — is in the final stages of implementation, Daniel Tormey, program director of Irish1Card, said. As of this summer, all residential halls, dining halls and on-campus point-of-sale locations are equipped with contactless card readers, Gina Grear, the Irish1Card project manager, said. Some residence hall laundry card machines and vending machines on campus still solely use magnetic strip readers, but those will be updated over time, Tormey said. The Irish1Card initiative has been in the works since before 2016, Tormey said. Before that, Notre Dame’s card system originated as a branch of food services in the mid-nineties in the basement of South Dining Hall. As technology evolved over the years, the need for an updated and streamlined identification card program was realized. Though magnetic strip cards are reliable and inexpensive, they are considered less secure than contactless ones, Tormey said. The Irish1Card system was put in place to provide more sophisticated functionality, with features such as allowing the card to have different meal plans and the contactless payment method. “We’re trying to get people used to using the contactless reader in this phase because it’s more secure,” Tormey said. “We also recognize that whether it’s a student cardholder or employee there’s still a transition time.”Before developing the Irish1Card program, Notre Dame observed peer institutions including Villanova University and University of Pennsylvania and attended national conferences, Grear said.The redistribution of cards to everyone at a university can take from five to 10 years, Tormey said, and is usually done by phasing out the old cards with each graduating class. However, Notre Dame utilized an “aggressive” re-carding campaign on campus, and replaced all student, faculty and staff cards in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. In total, about 25,000 cards were replaced.“We’re in a good place now,” Tormey said. “We’re pushing and being innovative in ways that other schools are very interested in what Notre Dame is doing with our ID card program.”This year’s incoming students uploaded pictures for their cards on “Get,” an app used in the Irish1Card, and received Irish1Cards from their residential halls upon moving in. Tormey recommends that all students, faculty and staff download the app, as it can also be used to add funds to your Domer Dollar account, report your current card as lost or re-activate it if found, access card transaction history and lists locations that accept the ID card. For example, Tormey said many students and faculty may be unaware that Irish1Cardholders have access to the South Bend bus service for free.Tormey expects the program to continue introducing innovative ways to use the new card technology. One such program, NDtogo, will utilize the mobile food ordering app ‘Tapingo’ for campus dining locations such as Starbucks. Students will be able to link their Irish1Card to the app and order ahead for pickup. More information regarding this program will be released in the next few weeks, Tormey said.“Those are the types of services that we would have struggled to be able to do with the old system and the old way we did things,” Tormey said. “I think that’s one of the most beneficial things from a student perspective.”Though not a core priority of the Irish1Card program team, there is also a longer-term plan in place to eventually provide all individual residential hall rooms with contactless card entry, Tormey said, which has already been implemented in Flaherty and Dunne. Other future innovations could even include mobile technology or event biometric readers. Some schools, including Georgia Southern University, identify students through eye or hand scanners for entry to dining halls, he said. Installation work will continue for vending and laundry, Tormey said, but the Irish1Card project meetings will wrap up towards the end of this year. “The card is one of those things that as long as it’s working right, people don’t really think about it,” he said. “My goal is to maintain a consistent level of service so people don’t really have to think about it.”Tags: contactless, Daniel Tormey, Irish1Card, technologylast_img read more

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Chief judge-clerk rule tabled for now

first_img December 1, 2004 Senior Editor Regular News Chief judge-clerk rule tabled for now Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A controversial procedural rules amendment on the relationship between chief circuit judges and court clerks has been tabled until next summer.The Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, at its October 28 meeting, voted to reconsider its earlier suggested change to Rule of Judicial Administration 2.050. It then decided to table the matter until July 1, after the Florida Legislature meets next spring and has a chance to address the matter.“We’re going to back off and show respect for the process,” said committee Chair and 13th Circuit Judge Claudia Isom.At issue is the autonomy of clerks and the authority of the legislature to regulate what clerks do. The committee’s proposed amendment would have clerks report to chief circuit judges when it comes to their functions that support court operations. That is different from language approved by the legislature when it drew up laws to implement Revision 7, the constitutional amendment that required the state to take over more funding of the trial courts.The proposed rule had raised reservations among legislators involved in Revision 7, as well as the Bar Board of Governors. Lawmakers said appropriations for clerks is a legislative prerogative, but the proposed rule would appear to give circuit judges some of that authority by allowing them to define clerks’ duties.“Appropriations is a legislative function, not a judicial function,” said Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, one of six lawmakers who sent a letter to the Bar about the proposed rule amendment. “A lot of what is being proposed for the chief judges in the circuit to do would have some potential funding ramifications. We think that’s a legislative function and it’s not appropriate to blur those lines.”The legislature is also ready to look at any problems arising in clerks support of the courts in glitch legislation, Goodlette said. He also sent to the Bar and committee a legislative staff analysis making a constitutional separation of powers argument on why the committee’s suggested rule change was wrong.The possibility of legislative action was also raised by Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson when she wrote to the committee passing along the Board of Governors’ suggested changes, adopted at its August meeting, to the committee’s proposed amendment.“The Florida Bar believes that those conscientious Florida legislators charged with continued implementation of Revision 7 will readily understand these new concerns, will appreciate their impact on an open court system, and will deal with them responsibly in the coming session,” she wrote.going to the legislature, Johnson said, “the BoG opted for a course of action that next places this issue in a different governmental arena, still allowing for continued discussion of this topic among those legislators, clerks, and judges involved with ongoing Revision 7 matters during the 2005 Legislative Session.”The Rules of Judicial Administration Committee proposed including this sentence in Rule 2.050(3): “The clerk of court shall discharge its constitutional and statutory duties at the direction of and in consultation with the chief judge to effectively and efficiently accomplish the administrative plan.”Subsection (9) would add this sentence: “The clerks of court shall be subject to the direction of the chief judge for the efficient and proper administration of all courts within the circuit. The clerk of court shall perform all responsibilities required by law and provide such other services for the efficient and proper administration of the court as may be required by administrative order or local rule.”The board’s proposed modifications would alter both sections to say the chief judge would have “administrative supervision” rather than “direction” over the clerks. The last sentence of subsection (9) would be shortened to “The clerk of court shall perform all responsibilities required by law.”Officials from the Supreme Court’s Trial Court Budget Commission, which approved in negotiations the law passed by the legislature, also said the proposed amendment would undermine their ability to work with the legislature on trial court financial matters.Isom said she will have to write the Supreme Court, which had asked the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee to look at the clerk issue, and ask for a delay.A subcommittee also studied the issue and concluded under case law clerks in their court supporting functions are part of the judicial branch, and not the executive or legislative, she said. Isom added, though, that the committee is aware of the opinion prepared by House staff for Rep. Goodlette, and that his assurance the legislature would look into the committee’s concerns had a lot to do with the panel deciding to table the rule for now.Under policies for procedural rules, the Bar cannot change a rule committee’s proposed amendments, but can endorse them or recommend changes to the Supreme Court or advise the amendments be rejected. Johnson, at the board’s October meeting, noted the board’s actions from August were sent to the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee in hopes it would change its amendments before forwarding them to the Supreme Court.“We are not suggesting there is not an issue or a problem there. What we are saying is at this time we do not need to do this [rule amendment],” she told board members, urging them to contact committee members. “If it’s still a problem in a year, we can revisit it.. . . A lot of us are very concerned about the impact this would have in the legislature next year. A lot of our friends in the legislature are warning us.”At the August meeting, board members said they understood committee members’ arguments that the issue was about separation of powers. But in this case, they agreed with the legislature and clerks were correct in that the clerks, as constitutional officers, do not fall directly under the control of the courts. Chief judge-clerk rule tabled for nowlast_img read more

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Pope says worst of virus is over, Vatican clear of cases

first_img“But be careful… do not celebrate victory too soon,” he added, warning of the need to continue following social distancing rules. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement late Saturday that the last person found to have been infected with the coronavirus in recent weeks had tested negative. “Today there are no more cases of coronavirus among employees of the Vatican,” or within Vatican City, he said. Twelve people in total within the Vatican had been infected by the virus.  Pope Francis said on Sunday the worst of the coronavirus crisis was over in Italy, addressing the faithful for the first time in Saint Peter’s Square since the health emergency began.The pontiff’s address came a day after the Vatican said there were no more cases of COVID-19 within its population.”Your presence in the square is a sign that in Italy the acute phase of the epidemic is over,” Francis told those assembled for his weekly Angelus prayer. The Argentine pope expressed his sympathy for those in some Latin American countries like Brazil and Peru, which have been hit hard by the coronavirus. “Unfortunately in other countries — I am thinking of some of them — the virus continues to claim many victims,” he said. “Last Friday, in one country, one person died every minute! Terrible. I wish to express my closeness to those populations, to the sick and their families, and to all those who care for them,” he said.During Italy’s two-month lockdown. which began in March, Francis continued to address the faithful via videoconference from within a chapel within his Vatican residence. The COVID-19 epidemic has killed nearly 34,000 people in Italy, but experts believe it has now been mostly been controlled. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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New China law a ‘serious risk’ to Hong Kong’s freedoms: UN experts

first_imgIn a letter made public Friday, the UN advisers warned parts of the legislation “appear to criminalize freedom of expression or any form of criticism” of China.”The National Security Law… poses a serious risk that those fundamental freedoms and due process protections may be infringed upon,” the rapporteurs said.The letter warned the legislation may “impinge impermisibly on the rights to freedom of opinion, expression and of peaceful assembly.”The rapporteurs urged China’s “reconsideration” of the legislation and for a fully independent reviewer to be appointed to ensure it complies with China’s international human rights obligations. They also expressed concern over one of the most controversial points of the law – which allows cases can be transferred from the jurisdiction of Hong Kong to mainland China – and warned it could undermine the right to a fair trial.Critics believe the security law has ended the liberties and autonomy that Beijing promised Hong Kong could keep after its 1997 handover by Britain – freedoms unique within China.The broadly worded law criminalized certain political speech overnight, such as advocating sanctions, and greater autonomy or independence for Hong Kong.Lawyers acting for some of the more than 20 people arrested under the law so far say police are trawling through historic actions of pro-democracy activists to beef-up their cases.The UN experts also raised concerns over the definition of terrorism under the national security law.They warned it extends to damage of physical property such as transport facilities – which goes well beyond the UN Security Council’s definition of terrorist conduct as aiming to cause death or serious bodily harm.Since the law was imposed on Hong Kong, a raft of nations have ended bilateral deals with the city, including extradition treaties with the US, Britain, Canada, Australia, France and Germany.The law has also sparked fears over plunging press freedoms, particularly after the arrest of a pro-democracy media tycoon under the new law last month. China’s national security law for Hong Kong poses a serious risk to the city’s freedoms and breaches international legal obligations, UN special rapporteurs on human rights have warned.Beijing has faced a barrage of criticism over the law, which was imposed in late June after pro-democracy protests rocked the semi-autonomous city last year.The law, which criminalizes secession, subversion, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces, carries a maximum life sentence and has intimidated many protesters into silence.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains why Granit Xhaka ‘deserves’ to captain Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Sep 2019 5:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link287Shares Advertisement Comment Manager Unai Emery had the squad vote on who should skipper the side (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believes the Arsenal squad have made the right decision in appointing Granit Xhaka as the new club captain, while he intends to help out as part of the leadership team.Manager Unai Emery had the squad vote on who should wear the armband following Laurent Koscielny’s departure over the summer, with Xhaka – who has already captained the side six times this season – getting the nod.Aubameyang was also elected to be part of the leadership group as the first vice-captain, with Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil – in that order – joining him.center_img Xhaka’s appointment as captain is no surprise, often wearing the armband this season (Getty)There has been plenty of criticism of Xhaka’s performances recently, and the decision to make him skipper, but Aubameyang has defended the Swiss midfielder and says he is an invaluable influence.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think he’s an important guy in the club. He’s a guy who everybody can learn about him,’ the Arsenal striker told Sky Sports ahead of the Gunners’ clash with Manchester United.‘He’s a strong guy. I know that he had a bad moment, but we’re here for him. If he’s captain today, it’s because he deserves it.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAubameyang also expanded on his own role as part of the leadership group, continuing: ‘I think we will try to help everybody. As I say, everybody can have bad moments, especially us.‘We are older than the other players, so we will try to help the young players because we have a lot of young players that are coming in and playing well. We have to make sure that they continue. So we’re here for that.’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains why Granit Xhaka ‘deserves’ to captain Arsenal Aubameyang feels the older players have a duty to help the club’s youngsters (Picture: Getty)Speaking about Xhaka’s appointment as captain, Emery said: ‘He is mature and he has experience, and we are living all the time under pressure, under criticism as coaches, as players, as a club.‘The most important thing is to stand up in each moment, go ahead and show his quality with his behaviour, with his commitment. In the dressing room the players voted for him as the first.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

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