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Agent’s no-deposit scheme investigated after complaint

first_imgHome » News » Agent’s no-deposit scheme investigated after complaint previous nextProducts & ServicesAgent’s no-deposit scheme investigated after complaintLeaders Romans says case of woman chased for £1,318 over damage to property depsite having paid to join its ‘no deposit option’ scheme was handled correctly.Nigel Lewis12th April 201904,613 Views Leaders Romans has been investigated by a personal finance website over claims that its ‘no deposit option’ is unfair to tenants.Daily Mail-owned ThisIsMoney has published the findings after its examination of the agency’s deposit-free renting scheme, which charges tenants a monthly fee in lieu of a full deposit but still chases them for payment if they damage a property or end a tenancy early.Although the half a dozen schemes in the market claim to be gaining traction, the case highlights how some can cause disputes between letting agents and tenants.The investigation reveals that a single mum who moved into a property in June last year and who took up Leaders Romans’ no-deposit option then decided to quit the tenancy after seven months because of the property’s poor condition.Single mumShe was then chased for £1,318 in damages claimed by the landlord which the single mother of three was told she would have to foot despite having paid £537 in ‘no deposit option’ payments to Romans.The case is typical of the misunderstandings that poor communication between agents and tenants about no deposit schemes can create.Many tenants assume their payments cover them for damage to a property even though none of the schemes offer this; almost all insure the landlord against any costs, and chase tenants for payment through a variety of different arbitration schemes.“We have always been concerned about some operators in the market who are structuring the cost to tenants in a disproportionate way, or forcing tenants to take on additional insurances as a prerequisite,” says Daniel Jeczmien (left), co-founder of deposit alternative company Flatfair.“We believe the costs to the tenant should be proportionate to the benefit, and there needs to be a clear differentiation between insurance-based companies who are charging tenants excessive or recurring fees, and technology firms, like ourselves, where tenants are charged a one-off transparent fee without any hidden costs”.Read the report in full. rental deposits Romans The Leaders Romans Group (LRG) April 12, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Speech: Secretary of State’s speech to British Irish Parliamentary Assembly

first_imgIntroductionIt’s a great pleasure to be with you in these magnificent surroundings this morning for the bi-annual plenary session of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly and to have the opportunity to update you on the current situation in Northern Ireland.At the outset I would like to thank the Co-Chairs Andrew Rosindell MP and Seán Crowe for their kind invitation to address you and for their warm words of welcome.And also huge appreciation for Edward Beale and the rest of the team for all your hard work without which this plenary session simply would not happen.Today I want to talk to you about the close and special relationship which the people of the UK and Ireland enjoy.I want to talk about how organisations like yours can help to deepen those bonds.And I want to talk about how we are working with our friends and neighbours in all the work we do on Brexit, and work to restore a devolved Government in Northern Ireland.Work of BIPAThis is, of course, my first BIPA plenary session since the Prime Minister asked me to take on the role of Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in January.And since 1990 this Assembly has played a key role in ensuring a strong link between the Houses of Parliament and the Houses of the Oireachtas.It symbolises the close collaboration and good working relationships with our friends and neighbours in Ireland and the whole island of Ireland.You’ve brought people closer together … which is the basis of all that we want to achieve.Like most friends and neighbours, we don’t always agree on everything.But I firmly believe that what unites us is far stronger and enduring than what might from time to time divide us.Politics, ultimately, is all about delivering for people and this organisation has been at the heart of uniting the people of our nations, which can only be a force for good.Much has been written and discussed about the UK and Irish relationship, not least against the backdrop of Brexit and the work to restore the Executive at Stormont.And throughout all of this we have continued to work incredibly closely together, while always, of course, in respect of Northern Ireland recognising and observing constitutional proprieties. The Prime Minister and the Taoiseach speak regularly on a whole range of issues.While I have a very close working relationship with An Tanaiste, Simon Coveney.And I know officials in my Department, and others across Whitehall, speak to their counterparts and neighbours in Scotland, Ireland and Wales more regularly than they ever have before.There is little doubt that the bilateral relationship between our two countries is stronger than at any point since Irish independence nearly a century ago.It is only by that kind of trust and close working that we can make progress – on Brexit, on devolution, and on other important issues. That’s what we all want to see continue, and it will.The work of the BIPA is central to that. Whether through your bi-annual plenary meetings and your Committee work; or your events and debates – you help to build the bonds that lay the foundation of the strong working relationships the UK and Ireland enjoy today.So thank you for everything you have done and, I am sure will continue to do, in the years to come.Commitment to Belfast AgreementThis year of course marks the 20th anniversary of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement. It’s provides an opportunity for all of us to take a step back and reflect on all that’s been achieved.The Agreement was a historic landmark in the history not just of Northern Ireland but of these islands as a whole. It was, as I said in April, a triumph of politics over the previous decades of violence, division and despair.Twenty years on it is perhaps easy for some to lose sight of the magnitude of what was achieved by the participants in those talks twenty years ago.The Belfast Agreement is quite simply one of the most important documents in the complex, intertwined and not always happy history of the United Kingdom and Ireland.As a result of the Belfast Agreement…The constitutional position of Northern Ireland settled on the principle of consent and the Irish constitution was amended to reflect that fact.Political institutions were established to accommodate and give expression to both the main traditions in Northern Ireland.Strong new bodies were implemented to foster greater North-South and East-West Co-operation.Powerful protections for people’s rights, culture and identities were embedded.And the policing and the criminal justice system was reformed to make it more accountable and widely acceptable across the whole community.And of course the consequences of all of this is a more peaceful, stable and prosperous Northern Ireland that is in so many ways unrecognisable since the dark days of the troubles.Though we do of course continue to face a severe threat from dissident republicans.But overall Northern Ireland is a place transformed from where it was 20 years ago.Employment is at near record levels with some 60,000 more people are in work in Northern Ireland today than in 2010, while unemployment at just over 4 per cent is at near record lows.Northern Ireland remains the most popular location for FDI outside of London and the South East, with the highest number of FDI jobs per head of any part of the UK.Since 2011, exports are up by 11 per cent, and external sales, including to the rest of the UK, are up 18 per cent.Tourism is booming as anyone who has seen the cruise ships docked in Belfast this year will testify.And of course next year the eyes of the world will once again be on Northern Ireland as the oldest and most famous golfing championship in the word, the Open, is played at Royal Portrush.All of these gains were hard fought the result of years of painstaking discussions and negotiations. And we should never forget just how precious they are.So all of us who care deeply about Northern Ireland have an overriding responsibility to do all that we can to protect, preserve and promote that Agreement.Need for Devolved GovernmentBut – at the heart of that agreement – behind it all, is the principle of shared power, given effect through a devolved power sharing Government.And that, regrettably and to the deep frustration of so many, is what Northern Ireland has now been without for over 20 months.Let me be very clear about our position.The UK Government believes wholeheartedly in devolution for Northern Ireland. We want to see local politicians taking local decisions fully accountable to a local Assembly.And I believe we can get that Executive back up and running.After all, there is no sustainable alternative, there is no other arrangement which truly honours all that was achieved 20 years ago.When the most recent round of talks ended in February, I was as disappointed as I’m sure you all were.Since then I’ve been working tirelessly with all parties to re-establish a basis for talks, and to try to find common ground.And both Simon Coveney and I have been working very closely … in accordance with the three stranded approach to Northern Ireland affairs.There are some who think it’s easy – what’s the problem? Call them all into a room and sort it out. If only it were so. The reality, as you all know, is that no one can force the parties together.Agreement cannot be imposed from outside.It requires trust, time, effort, and it needs to come from within Northern Ireland and the parties. I remain convinced that an agreement can be delivered.But the parties need time and space to rebuild dialogue and agree a basis for re-entering the Executive. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to deliver precisely that.So the Bill I introduced last week will create a temporary period where the duty on me to call an election will be dis-applied. It will enable an Executive to be formed at any time.The legislation includes provisions to give greater clarity and certainty to enable NI departments to continue to take decisions in the public interest and to ensure the continued delivery of public services. The NICS have done, and pardon the pun, sterling work over the last 20 months and they deserve our sincere thanks.This bill will help them to continue to uphold Northern Ireland’s vital public services.In addition, the Bill will enable me to make key public appointments, for example, to the Northern Ireland Policing Board.But while we will continue to make the necessary interventions to ensure good governance and the delivery of public services, this can never be a substitute for local decision making.That’s why I’ll be engaging the parties urgently, along with the Tanaiste in line with the well-established three stranded approach, to work to find a solution that gets the Executive back up and running for the people of NI.Importance of Devolution to the UnionDevolution is right for Northern Ireland so that local decisions can be made according to local priorities.It brings people together from both main traditions in partnership working for the good of the whole community in Northern Ireland.And, speaking as a member of the Conservative and Unionist Party, I believe that it strengthens the Union in ways that no alternative arrangements can possibly achieve.So I will continue to strive for the restoration of devolved government with every ounce of energy I can muster.We owe the people of Northern Ireland nothing less.BREXITUpdate on negotiationsWe also owe it to the people of Northern Ireland to get the best possible deal as the United Kingdom as a whole leaves the European Union next March. So let me say a few words about where we are. After we leave, the UK wants a deep and special partnership with the EU. And our negotiations to achieve that have now reached a critical phase.As the Prime Minister said in the House of Commons last week, now is the time for a “clear-eyed focus on the few remaining but critical issues that are still to be agreed”.We remain confident of getting a deal: a deal that works for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – as well as Gibraltar and the three Crown Dependencies.In recent weeks negotiating teams have made real progress on both the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration on our future relationship.This means that the overall shape of the agreement on the terms of our exit is now clear, with agreed legal text on issues such as the implementation period, citizen’s rights and the financial settlement. And, as the Prime Minister set out last week, we also have broad agreement on the structure and scope of the framework for our future relationship, with progress on issues such as security, transport and services.Respecting the resultI recognise that leaving the EU creates concerns. I know you hear those concerns from businesses and individuals in your constituencies. But respect for the referendum result is vital. The UK Parliament voted overwhelmingly to give the choice to the people of the United Kingdom as a whole as to whether to leave or remain in the European Union.The result was clear. It falls to us to deliver on that result, both for the 52 and the 48.Because it is only by delivering on that result that we can uphold faith in democracy and in our politicians. That is why there can be no prospect of another referendum. The decision has already been made by the people and must be respected.It is of course the UK that chose to leave.And I understand that many of the positions adopted by EU in that regard reflect that reality. For our part we have made clear all along our determination to uphold the Belfast Agreement in all its parts. We are committed to avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland. And we cannot accept any proposal that threatens the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom. Both the EU and UK are in agreement that our future partnership is the answer to this and will provide the solutions in the long term. But to cater for a situation where a future relationship is not in place in time, we accept that an insurance policy is needed for the people of Northern Ireland.Earlier in the year, we put forward a proposal as to how to this could be done in the context of the backstop.But as the Prime Minister has set out, two issues still remain. We want to find solutions to these and deliver a deal as soon as possible.We remain confident for a positive outcome.Next stepsSo we will continue to engage seriously and intensively with a strong commitment to resolving these outstanding issues, with a laser focus on delivering on the referendum result in a way that respects the constitutional integrity of our Union.And throughout this process, we will make sure that we protect the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement in all its parts under all circumstances.Working to prepare for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union has required unprecedented collaboration between the UK Government and the Irish Government, the Scottish and Welsh Governments, and the governments of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar.It is only by continuing that collaboration – both in the run-up to March and after – that we will be able to make a success of Brexit. And I look forward to continuing to working with you all to achieve that.ENDlast_img read more

Mike Gordon Plays Intimate Performance In Syracuse, NY Record Store [Video]

first_imgPhish bassist Mike Gordon is currently making his way around the nation on a 17-date Fall Tour in support of his newly released album, OGOGO. In addition to the scheduled performances, Gordon announced two intimate daytime performances/autograph signings in local record stores. The first of the pair was yesterday, Thursday, September 28th, at The Sound Garden in Syracuse, New York, prior to Mike’s scheduled performance at Syracuse’s Wescott Theatre tonight, Friday, September 29th.Mike Gordon Brings “Trapezoidal Sunshine” To New HavenRoughly 100 fans showed up for the lunchtime show, for which he played three tracks from OGOGO: “Victim,” “Stealing Jamaica,” and lead single “Steps.” “We’ve been working on these songs for a year but we still don’t really know what they’re about,” said Gordon to his unusually small audience, “It could be the light side of darkness. Or the mushy side of solidness.”What We Learned From Mike Gordon’s Q&A Before Today’s Release Of New LP, OGOGO [Album Stream]Gordon’s second special record store appearance will take place at Denver’s Twist and Shout Records on October 14th—the afternoon of Gordon’s final show of his fall tour at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO.You can watch crowd-shot footage from the intimate performance below, via YouTube user Casezille Elizabeth:Mike Gordon’s solo tour continues tonight in earnest at The Westcott Theater in Syracuse, before the band heads to Toronto on Saturday and Detroit on Sunday. For a full list of dates, see below. For more information, or to buy tickets, head to Mike’s website.Remaining Mike Gordon Fall 2017 Tour Dates:Fri 9/29 The Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NYSat 9/30 Phoenix Concert Theatre, TorontoSun 10/1 St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MITue 10/3 Bells Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo, MIWed 10/4 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OHThu 10/5 The Vogue, Indianapolis, INFri 10/6 The Metro, Chicago, ILSun 10/8 Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WITue 10/10 Slow Down, Omaha, NEWed 10/11 Madrid Theatre, Kansas City, MOFri 10/13 Boulder Theater, Boulder, COSat 10/14 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO[Cover photo via Katrina Tulloch][h/t – Syracuse.com]last_img read more

Startup points toward minimally invasive heart repair

first_imgA minimally invasive surgical device could fundamentally transform the way doctors correct organ defects. For patients with certain conditions such as a hole in the heart, the device might one day provide a lasting repair without the complications and risks common to more invasive types of surgery.Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) has established a licensing agreement with HoliStick Medical, granting the Paris-based startup exclusive worldwide rights to commercially develop this medical technology co-owned by Harvard, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and MIT.The enabling technology is a specialized catheter device that can repair holes in the heart, or tissue defects in other organs, using deployable soft structures. Designed to work with sticky and flexible materials such as patches, the device incorporates mechanisms to delicately close a hole without requiring the use of sutures or rigid devices. Critically, the device offers a noninvasive approach to tissue repair, facilitating clinicians’ access to difficult-to-reach organs, as demonstrated in successful animal studies and published in Science Translational Medicine.The technology was created through a collaboration between bioengineers and clinicians working with the Harvard Biodesign Lab, led by Conor Walsh, who is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a core faculty member at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.The lead scientist on the project was Ellen Roche, a doctoral student at SEAS who was co-advised by Walsh and Professor David Mooney. (Roche has since joined the MIT faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science.)Walsh’s lab is known for combining elements of engineering, industrial design, medical practice, and business savvy to design novel robotic systems and smart medical devices that address human needs.“Part of our lab’s goal is to develop disruptive technologies that augment or restore human performance, and in this case we’ve developed a technology that augments a doctor’s ability to perform a medical procedure,” said Walsh. “Ellen’s brilliant leadership of this project and the essential input of our engineering and clinical colleagues have resulted in the creation of a less-invasive, less-traumatic device that could really improve the way difficult tissue repairs are performed and, hopefully, reduce the need for procedures like open-heart surgery.”HoliStick is backed by Truffle Capital, a French venture capital firm that focuses on disruptive startups in life sciences and information technology, with $1.2 billion in assets under management.“To carry an early stage medical technology into clinical application requires both commitment and strategic sophistication,” said Sam Liss, executive director for Strategic Partnerships in Harvard OTD. “We’re thrilled to see this technology enter commercial development in the hands of a well-resourced startup that shares our vision of advancing innovation to transform patient care worldwide.”Walsh and Roche were joined on the project by co-principal investigators Pedro del Nido, chief of cardiac surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and Jeffrey M. Karp, a principal investigator at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and professor of Medicine at HMS, along with members of their research groups and other collaborators. Del Nido is also principal investigator of the Boston Pediatric Device Consortium, an FDA-funded resource for inventors developing devices designed for children.Research to develop and evaluate the catheter device at Harvard and collaborating institutions was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.last_img read more

Brokering an opioid settlement

first_img Yet this all-or-nothing approach may not be to patients’ advantage First-time opioid prescriptions drop by 50 percent Pharma-to-doc marketing a vulnerability in opioid fight A nation nearer to the grave Another decline in U.S. life expectancy signals urgent need for more comprehensive strategy against opioids, suicide, specialist says Harvard-Michigan summit on issue explores addiction, policy center_img Drug companies and distributors are facing thousands of lawsuits filed by U.S. cities, towns, and tribal governments whose communities have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives from overdoses. Resolving all those legal actions separately is impractical, many legal experts say. Instead, lawyers for the states and attorneys general are exploring a solution that would resolve all the cases in a so-called “global deal.” Currently two drug companies and three distributors have proposed a settlement framework for such a deal worth approximately $48 billion that would include cash and medication to treat addiction. But many local governments are wary of such an arrangement, skeptical about how the money would be divided. The Gazette spoke with Alexandra Lahav, 2019-20 Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and professor at the University of Connecticut who studies tort law, about how global settlements operate.Q&AAlexandra LahavGAZETTE: What is a global settlement? Do all parties involved have to sign on or agree to it?LAHAV: A global settlement is an agreement that includes everyone involved in a large-scale litigation. An example is the class action. In a class action, all the people who meet a certain description — for example, cellphone customers during a certain period — are included in the class. They are represented by a named plaintiff, and if that lawsuit reaches a settlement they would all be bound by it and not be able to sue on their own. But there are other ways to reach a global settlement as well. For example, a defendant can offer a single amount in settlement on condition that everyone who has a claim against them agrees to be part of that settlement. What makes a settlement global is that everyone or nearly everyone agrees to sign on.GAZETTE: Can you talk a bit about the discussions around crafting an agreement to settle the thousands of opioids lawsuits?LAHAV: Right now, several attorneys general have suggested a global settlement in the opioids litigation. In that case, there is a very novel settlement structure on the table. The court has certified a class action, which includes all the cities and towns in the United States. They have the option to opt out of this class. If they don’t, then they are deemed to have agreed to the following structure: When a settlement is reached, the terms will be circulated to the class. If 75 percent approve of the settlement, it will bind everyone, even the 25 percent who did not approve. This is called a “negotiated class action,” and it has never been tried before. It was the idea of a Harvard law professor, William Rubenstein, and a Duke law professor, Francis McGovern.“It seems to me there isn’t an appetite to have all of these companies go bankrupt. For example, some of them distribute a lot of drugs that people depend on,” said Alexandra Lahav. Photo by Tony RinaldoGAZETTE: What is the challenge with this type of arrangement?LAHAV: There are a few. First, will everyone agree to join this settlement structure, knowing that they will be bound by a supermajority vote? Second, what about the attorneys general who have brought separate lawsuits, many of whom have opposed this settlement structure? Also what is the relationship between the state attorney general that represents the state as a whole, and all of the state’s subdivisions? For example, let’s say all the cities and towns in Massachusetts are included in a settlement. What then is the role of Attorney General Maura Healey? Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? I haven’t heard of anybody who knows the answer to this. It’s sort of a local government question in a way. And each state law is going to be different with respect to the power of cities and towns to sue when the state is also suing.GAZETTE: What’s the advantage of settling the lawsuits in this way?LAHAV: It’s not realistic that every case is going to go to trial. We are talking about many thousands of cases, and the system just can’t handle it. You can imagine a world where the judge holds a trial every six months, and the defendant settles one for $200 million here and another for $200 million there, and this goes on and on and on. That’s just not good for the communities, and it’s not good for the defendants. The idea behind a global settlement is to come up with something that benefits both and that resolves the dispute.GAZETTE: How would a global settlement like this compare to the Big Tobacco case in 1998?LAHAV: There are some similarities, in that both are public health crises that led to massive lawsuits. But there are also a few important differences. First, the tobacco cases were settled exclusively by state attorneys general. Here both attorneys general and individual municipalities are suing, and they have more competing interests. This makes it harder to reach a global agreement. Second, there appears to be less money available here than there was in the tobacco case, which settled for around $200 billion.GAZETTE: Do you think public anger and the desire for an admission of guilt or an apology factor into whether or not these cases end in a settlement, or are taken to trial?LAHAV: It seems to me there isn’t an appetite to have all of these companies go bankrupt. For example, some of them distribute a lot of drugs that people depend on. Others have played a relatively small role in the opioid crisis. That said, I do think people want accountability. But you know, one of the things about the American system that’s so interesting is that we do settle a lot of cases, and in most of those settlements, there is no apology, and there is no admission of liability. Instead, we sort of take the amount of money as the apology and the admission of liability, as if the dollars speak for the accountability.GAZETTE: What can be put in place in these settlements to stop similar crises from happening?LAHAV: This is a very difficult question to answer. The general theory of deterrence says that if wrongdoers are forced to pay for the harms they cause, then in the future companies considering wrongdoing will not do similar things. We hope that is the case. But it isn’t clear that a litigation can prevent the kind of regulatory failure that we saw in the opioids situation. If there is a settlement it’s likely to provide some relief to states and localities that are suffering, but it is not clear what preventative effect it will have.GAZETTE: What do you expect to happen next and what are the chances that the global settlement under consideration will be achieved?LAHAV: Right now there is a settlement proposal on the table proposed by several attorneys general for $48 billion over a period of years. But it is not clear that it will be agreed to by the lawyers for the local governments, who at the moment are opposing it. And some states have also voiced concerns. In order to reach a global settlement, that proposal would need the agreement of the lawyers representing this class of localities. I think we will see a settlement eventually, but when and for how much remains to be seen.GAZETTE: Are there specific reasons why plaintiffs like or prefer a global settlement, and why defendants prefer it?LAHAV: Defendants prefer a global settlement because they can wrap up their liability at once. This allows them to announce to the markets the scope of liability. It also gives them the opportunity to move on. Plaintiffs may prefer global settlements because they have greater leverage than they would individually to negotiate a better deal overall, but they may also feel left behind or left out, especially as they lose the power to negotiate individually.GAZETTE: Do you expect to see criminal trials in these cases? And would they also be solved with a global settlement?LAHAV: I don’t know if there will be criminal trials, but any criminal action would be completely separate from the global settlement we have been discussing. Any global settlement would only resolve civil claims against these companies.This interview was edited for clarity and condensed for space. Related Conference finds that it keeps users from seeking help, taints views of medical professionals Stigma of opioids a hurdle to solving crisislast_img read more

More protests called in Moscow to demand Navalny’s release

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Moscow is bracing for more protests seeking the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces a court hearing Tuesday. Tens of thousands filled the streets across the vast country Sunday for a second straight weekend calling for his freedom, with thousands of arrests in the largest outpouring of discontent in Russia in years. They chanted slogans against President Vladimir Putin. Navalny was jailed last month and faces years in prison. A human rights group says over 5,400 protesters were detained, and some were beaten. One of those taken into custody for several hours was Navalny’s wife, Yulia, who was ordered to pay a fine of about $265 for participating in an unauthorized rally.last_img

Photos! See New Chicago Star Carly Hughes Get Fierce in Fishnets

first_img Related Shows Chicago Is it hot in here, or is it just Carly Hughes? The Pippin and Beautiful alum is taking the stand beginning February 2 in the hit Broadway musical Chicago, and if these new promo photos are any indication, she’s gonna be fierce and fabulous! Hughes will play Velma Kelly in the long-running musical alongside Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles as Roxie Hart. The pair will razzle-dazzle ‘em through March 29 at the Ambassador Theatre. Check out these sizzling shots of Hughes as Velma, then see her in action on Broadway! from $49.50 View Commentslast_img

CUNA backs amendment to allow CUs to serve legal cannabis biz

first_imgCUNA wrote in support of an amendment to the FIRST STEP Act (S. 756) that would clarify the federal treatment of marijuana in states where it is legal Monday. The text of the CUNA-backed Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act of 2018 (S. 3032) was added to S. 756, which is currently pending on the Senate floor.“CUNA supports this amendment which would clarify the federal treatment of marijuana in states where it is legal, and permit credit unions in those states to safely serve their members’ related financial needs,” the letter reads. “The legislation would provide credit unions and other financial institutions accepting deposits from, extending credit or providing payment services to an individual or business engaged in marijuana-related commerce in states where such activity is legal with appropriate legal protections, so long as they are compliant with all other applicable laws and regulations.“Furthermore, the legislation makes clear that compliant financial transactions do not constitute trafficking or result in proceeds of an unlawful transaction, providing additional clarity to credit unions and the members they serve. This is a reasonable and sound approach,” the letter adds. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Salmonella cases prompt sprouts recall

first_img Sprouters Northwest Inc. is recalling 2-, 3-, and 5-pound trays of sprouts sent to various institutions, the FDA said. The agency said 12 cases of Salmonella Bovismorbificans infection possibly linked to consumption of raw alfalfa sprouts have been reported. The FDA repeated its standard warning that raw sprouts may pose a health risk. People at high risk for serious complications of foodborne disease, and people who simply want to reduce their risk of foodborne illness, should not eat raw sprouts, the agency said. People at risk for complications include children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Jun 3 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2004/ucm108307.htm The agency said it is working with state officials and the company to determine the cause of the problem and possible steps to correct it. Food service operations that have the recalled product should not use it and should contact the company at 253-872-0577, officials said. S Bovismorbificans is rarely seen in the United States but can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immunity, the FDA said.center_img People who have experienced fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain after eating raw sprouts should contact their physician or the local health department, the FDA advised. Jun 4, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A firm in Kent, Wash., is recalling raw alfalfa sprouts because they may be linked with a recent increase in Salmonella infections in Washington and Oregon, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday. See also:last_img read more

EU to unveil plans to boost European firms, rein in US tech giants

first_imgThe European Commission will on Wednesday launch the first of a raft of proposals to help European companies exploit their rich trove of industrial data and at the same time rein in online giants Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Amazon.com Inc .The data strategy and artificial intelligence discussion papers are part of a bigger scheme to help European companies better compete with US tech giants and state-aided Chinese companies in the digital world.European digital and antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager and European industry chief Thierry Breton will present the proposals around noon. They will come up with a final draft by the end of the year following feedback from interested parties. The core of the EU’s data strategy is the creation of a single European data market and smaller data markets centered on key industries, according to a draft seen by Reuters last month.Other elements include new rules covering cross-border data use, data interoperability and standards related to manufacturing, climate change, the auto industry, healthcare, financial services, agriculture and energy.One of the possibly controversial proposals calls for doing away with EU competition rules against anti-competitive data sharing.In response to complaints about the power wielded by large online platforms, the Commission is also considering introducing rules to stop these companies from unilaterally imposing conditions for access and use of data or benefiting from this in a disproportionate manner.The discussion paper on artificial intelligence aims to set up a framework to govern the use of this technology used by an increasing number of companies, a draft seen by Reuters showed. The rules would apply to high-risk sectors such as healthcare, transport and predictive policing.More onerous rules known as the digital services act, which could force the tech giants to take on more responsibilities for their actions and content hosted on their platforms, are expected to be announced towards the end of the year.Topics :last_img read more