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first_imgThe Green Marketing Manifesto  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 November 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Leslie Feinberg stays firm: ‘Free CeCe McDonald!’

first_imgBaltimore Pride 2012This article uses the gender-neutral pronouns hir and ze.Leslie Feinberg, an internationally known and widely respected author, editor and transgender liberation warrior, has been recharged by the Minneapolis attorney’s office for hir June 4 act of solidarity with Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald. Feinberg was arrested and jailed for three nights without bond for hir participation in the actions outside the jail. Mass pressure on the county attorney resulted in Feinberg’s release and the dropping of felony charges.McDonald, a young African-American transgender woman, was brutally attacked by bigots exactly one year before, yet was the only person arrested, charged and convicted in the incident. Facing two felony charges of second-degree murder, McDonald understandably accepted a plea offer for a reduced charge and 41 months in prison.After McDonald’s sentencing on June 4 — her “punishment” by the state for self-defense against a racist, anti-gay, anti-transgender attack by neo-fascists — hundreds protested in the streets outside the jail. Feinberg, who struggles with late stage Lyme disease, traveled from New York state to be in Minneapolis at the sentencing and protest. Feinberg traveled in April to visit McDonald in jail, after which ze announced the rededication of hir groundbreaking novel, “Stone Butch Blues,” to McDonald for its 20th anniversary edition next year.Feinberg has been ordered to appear on Sept. 13 at 8:30 a.m. at the Hennepin County District Court, 401 S. Fourth Street, in Minneapolis. The charge, which is classified as a “gross misdemeanor,” carries with it a possible 1-year prison term plus a $1,000 fine. Supporters are urged to attend and wear purple in solidarity with McDonald.In the meantime, a national campaign has been initiated to demand the Minneapolis city attorney as well as Mayor R.T. Rybak immediately drop the charges against Feinberg. Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal: email: [email protected]; phone: 612-673-2010; fax: 612-673-2189. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak: email: [email protected]; phone: 612-673-2100 twitter: @MayorRTRybak; fax: 612-673-2305.‘I am not intimidated’Feinberg told Workers World ze would not plead guilty. “I’ve asked the National Lawyer’s Guild to help me fight this charge politically.” On Sept. 4, Minnie Bruce Pratt posted on social media the following message from Feinberg to activists:“I travel to South Minneapolis gladly. I wrote the peoples’ verdict on the jail house wall — ‘FREE CECE NOW!’ on June 4 — the day CeCe McDonald was sentenced to prison, and on the last night she would spend in that county jail.“My action in demonstration of solidarity — on the one-year anniversary of the attack on CeCe and her loved ones, and CeCe’s arrest, almost to the hour — was not furtive.“The prosecution is aggressively defending the value, the ‘personhood’ of the jailhouse wall — property!“My action demonstrates my solidarity with the lives of oppressed people struggling behind the walls of the jails, prisons and detention centers in mass, racist concentration camps known as the Prison-Industrial Complex.“The charge of Gross Misdemeanor, like the felony charge, is meant to intimidate — to discourage actions of solidarity in struggle.“I am not intimidated. As an anti-racist, I stand my ground — alongside warriors who are rolling forward towards liberation, and who are double-clicking forward to freedom while confined to bed.“To those who ask how they can help me: Please help keep the focus of my court-ordered appearances on these struggles against oppressions and injustice!“FREE CECE NOW!!”Visit supportcece.wordpress.com for more information on the struggle to free CeCe McDonald.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Gang boss known for hostility towards journalists appointed deputy media minister

first_img to go further Sri LankaAsia – Pacific January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial RSF_en “In what country do you appoint an arsonist to put out fires?” Reporters Without Borders asked today after learning that Mervyn Silva, a politician notorious for insulting and physically attacking journalists, has been appointed deputy minister of media and information. Labour minister in the last government, Silva was confirmed in his new post by parliament on 23 April.“The Sri Lankan government has against distinguished itself by assigning key posts to very controversial figures implicated in attacks on press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The ruling party’s victory in the parliamentary elections is being marred by this kind of appointment, which is casting serious doubt on its ability to carry out reconciliation and reconstruction.”The press freedom organisation added: “We call on Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne to relieve Mervyn Silva of his ministerial post.”Silva’s appointment comes at a time of considerable hostility towards press freedom. The defence secretary (who is the president’s brother) put a great deal of pressure on TV stations and websites not to provide live coverage of opposition leader Sarath Fonseka’s speech at the opening of the new parliament on 22 April. In the event, no TV station broadcasted live the speech delivered by Fonseka, who was let out of prison to attend the inauguration because he won a seat in the parliamentary election. A former army commander, Fonseka has been detained after last January’s presidential election, in which he was the leading opposition candidate.Several newspapers reported his speech on their websites, but did not publish any photos of him in their print editions. “When such pressure comes from the defence ministry, we have no choice but to not publish, or else we will be risking closure,” a Colombo-based journalist told Reporters Without Borders on condition of anonymity.Threats forced several Sri Lankan journalists to flee the country during the campaign for the 8 April parliamentary elections. Later, a team working for the Colombo-based Daily Mirror newspaper was followed and threatened on 21 April in the central city of Kandy by a local journalist apparently acting on the orders of the police. Journalists had gone there to cover a re-poll.A ruling party candidate threatened Wasantha Chadrapala, a correspondent for various media in the eastern district of Ampara, on 4 April because of his coverage of the election campaign. His house was attacked by unidentified assailants that evening.There is still no news of Prageeth Eknaligoda, a reporter and cartoonist who has been missing since 24 January: http://en.rsf.org/sri-lanka-cartoonist-kidnapped-two-months-23-03-2010,3…Opposition journalist Ruwan Weerakoon is meanwhile still being held although he is in very poor health: http://en.rsf.org/sri-lanka-anti-terrorist-police-arrest-18-03-2010,3678…Finally, the government has ordered all journalists, newspaper editors and media owners to submit a declaration of possessions by 30 March.Information about Mervyn SilvaA staunch supporter of President Mahinda Rajapksa, Mervyn Silva is above all known for organising various physical attacks on news media while labour minister, and for his verbal attacks on independent journalists. In December 2007, he led an assault on the headquarters of the state TV station SLRC and was forcibly expelled from the building. At least five of the station’s employees were physically attacked in the weeks that followed – some of them sustaining serious stab wounds – presumably to punish them for humiliating Silva.Silva and his men assaulted several journalists, including a BBC correspondent, during a peaceful meeting near Colombo in 2007.In March 2008, Silva supporters threatened a Sirasa TV crew that went to do a report about a bridge being in Kelaniya, near Colombo. “This time I lift a finger but the next time I will lift a hand if you come back,” Silva told the journalists. The following month, Silva’s thugs threatened photographers from the Daily Mirror and Daily Lankadeepa newspapers who were covering an inauguration.More information about Silva’s hostility towards the media:http://en.rsf.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=26001http://en.rsf.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=20939http://en.rsf.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=25240http://en.rsf.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=26259 Follow the news on Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism chargecenter_img Help by sharing this information Organisation News July 29, 2020 Find out more News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts July 15, 2020 Find out more April 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gang boss known for hostility towards journalists appointed deputy media ministerlast_img read more

OPD: Man pointed gun at wife

first_img Facebook Twitter By admin – June 6, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Rigoberto Aguirre After reportedly pointing a gun at his wife’s head and throwing her against the wall, police charged a man Sunday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.Police were called about a domestic disturbance around 1:42 a.m. Sunday in the 4000 block of Southbrook Court, where they made contact with the 36-year-old victim and her husband, 30-year-old Rigoberto Aguirre, who was found to be intoxicated, the release stated.Aguirre reportedly grabbed a loaded gun and pointed it at his wife’s head during an argument, the release detailed, then grabbed her and threw her against the wall.Surveillance video showed Aguirre assaulting his wife, the release stated, and he was charged and arrested accordingly.Jail records show Aguirre was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Sunday and was released Monday on a $25,000 bond. Pinterest Pinterest OPD: Man pointed gun at wife Facebook Local NewsCrime Previous articleOPD searching for Subway thiefNext articleYPO hosting second Odessa Under 40 Awards adminlast_img read more

What’s One of the Best Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Dog? Making…

first_img Previous articleTips for moving pets — to the White House or yoursNext articleWorldwide Biogas Upgrading Industry to 2025 – The Need to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Worldwide is Driving Growth – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Support Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 1, 2021 What’s One of the Best Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Dog? Making or Buying Them a Special Treat, Survey of Dog Owners Finds Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Local NewsBusiness TAGS  WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Confusion still surrounds future of St Joseph’s Hospital

first_img By News Highland – October 4, 2017 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Facebook Google+ Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Confusion still surrounds future of St Joseph’s Hospital Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebookcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleConsignment of sillage to arrive in Donegal today to help flood affected framersNext articleMurlog Water Main Replacement Project to commence in coming weeks News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter The Chair of the Save our St Joseph’s Hospital Campaign says there is still considerable confusion about the future of the facility.Fr John Joe Duffy says there’s been much talk about plans and consultation, but very little evidence of movement on the ground.At the weekend, Church of Ireland Rector Reverend Adam Pullen met with HSE officials to discuss the future of the Church of Ireland facility at St Joseph’s.In the plans published initially, the chapel has been removed, but Rev Pullen has been promised a space will be provided and they will be consulted.He also says they’ve been guaranteed that a historic window in the current chapel will be retained and used in the new space.Rev Adam Pullen spoke on the Ten to One Show:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pullen1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Colmcille 1500th commemorative year officially launched

first_img Facebook Colmcille 1500th commemorative year officially launched WhatsApp By News Highland – December 7, 2020 Facebook The programme includes:Appointment of Colmcille 1500 Project Manager to coordinate the Colmcille 1500 commemorations;Conservation works to selected Columban archaeological and built heritage sites;Major cross-border exhibition on the life of Colmcille curated by Donegal County Museum and the Tower Museum in partnership with The Nerve Centre;Colmcille Digital Schools’ Folklore Project coordinated by the Donegal Library Service and Libraries NI in association with The Nerve Centre;Production of an educational resource pack for primary schools on the life and legacy of Colmcille;Academic conference organised by the Magee College campus of Ulster University;Cross-border production by An Grianan Theatre of Brian Friel’s play ‘The Enemy Within’; Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Twitter Previous articlePringle calls for survivors’ access to remaining reports on Mother and Baby HomesNext articleMain Evening News, Sport, and Obituaries Monday 7th December News Highland Many more events are planned by both Councils and by many other stakeholders in Donegal, Derry and further afield, and will be promoted throughout 2021.  Donegal County Council and Derry City & Strabane District Council are working in close partnership and have many joint projects and events planned to commemorate the 1500th anniversary of St Colmcille’s birth. The programme which is being officially launched today, has been developed based on extensive consultation undertaken with a number of relevant bodies.The overall project is being supported by the North West Development Fund, in conjunction with and supported by The Executive Office and The Irish Government.Further projects are in development and supported by other funding bodies and the Councils.Historian Brian Lacey says he was a hugely important figure:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/lacey1pm.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Man dies following road traffic collision in Derry

first_img Facebook Google+ Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – March 15, 2019 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Police in Derry have confirmed that a man aged in his 80’s has died following a road traffic collision at Crescent Link yesterday.The collision involving a silver Citroen car and a pedestrian occurred at around 8pm on Thursday evening.The injured man was taken to hospital but passed away from his from injuries. The driver of the car was spoken to by officers at the scene and the road was closed for a number of hours following the collision, but has since re-opened.Enquiries are ongoing and police are asking any witnesses to the collision or anyone who may have dash-cam footage to contact officers at Strand Road on 101. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGardai warn Donegal motorists to take care this Bank HolidayNext articleRuaille Buaille le Colm Feiritear 12/03/19 News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Man dies following road traffic collision in Derry Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Word to be featured in Art Talk

first_img Published 2:00 am Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Next UpThe title of Word’s Art Talk will be “The Architecture of Troy’s Historical Street” and will begin at 11 a.m.“The Art Talk will be about house styles such as Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne and so forth,” Word said. “The talk will focus on the house styles of the College Street Historic District and will include examples of styles on Walnut, Murphree, Pine and Orange streets. It will also include Craftsman, Tudor and Cape Cod style houses. Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Latest Stories By Blood Sugar Blastercenter_img Word to be featured in Art Talk Word’s Art Talk will include a slide presentation. She will also have handouts on house styles and some architectural elements to supplement the Art Talk. “The talk will be an opportunity to learn how to look at houses and know what style the houses are from Queen Anne to prairie,” Word said.The Art Talk will be about an hour in length with time for questions and answers. Print Article Book Nook to reopen Troy artist Joan Word will be the guest speaker at the Art Talk at the Johnson Center for the Arts Wednesday in downtown Troy.Vicki Pritchett, Johnson Center executive director, said Word is a student of art and of architecture and will focus the art talk on the historical residential areas of Troy. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like Fire fighters respond to vehicle fire (photo) Messenger Photo/Ngoc VoA white Pontiac was on fire at the Sunoco on North Three Notch Street around 4:30 Sunday afternoon…. read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daylast_img read more

Health trusts’ free flu jabs keep staff off the sick list

first_imgHealth trusts’ free flu jabs keep staff off the sick listOn 18 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Health trusts which offered employees free flu jabs say they will repeat theexercise next year after avoiding high levels of staff sickness.HR managers say it is impossible to judge exactly how effective thevaccinations were. But they say the number of staff reporting sick with flu hasnot been as high as expected, and urged the private sector to follow suit.Nigel Youngman, deputy human resources director at Norfolk Mental HealthcareTrust, said: “We have not had any undue problem with flu. We did provideflu jabs free to any of our staff who wanted them in October.”It was the first year we have done it and about 230 staff out of 1,800took that up. I believe a fair proportion of those were nursing staff.”It is difficult to tell to what extent it has been successful but Ithink we would be keen to repeat it.”John Adsett, head of personnel project development at Basildon and ThurrockGeneral Hospital Trust, said it also offered free vaccinations last October.”We were particularly targeting nursing staff. We have been hit but notas badly as some places.”Vaccine manufacturer Medeva said it sells the jab for around £4 a dose. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Worley secures contract extension for BP’s North Slope operations

first_imgThe Australia-based Worley will continue to provide wells support services and fluids hauling for BP’s Alaskan fields BP gives contract extension to Worley for its North Slope operations. Photo: courtesy of Rickmouser45/Wikipedia.org. Worley revealed that it has secured a two-year contract extension from BP Exploration (Alaska) related to the latter’s North Slope operations in Alaska.The contract extension for the Australian engineering services company is for wells support services and fluids hauling for the North Slope operations.The financial terms of the contract were not disclosed by the Australia-based firm.The company said that the extension was given before BP entered into a deal in August 2019 to sell the Alaskan business to Hilcorp Alaska for $5.6bn. The sale includes BP Exploration (Alaska), which holds BP’s upstream oil and gas interests in Alaska, apart from the stake of BP Pipelines (Alaska) in the 1,287km long Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS).Worley won the original contract in 2012Worley said that it will continue to be responsible for the maintenance, modifications, operations and drilling support for new and also existing wells, in addition to well sites for BP’s Alaska wells and fluids organisation. The original contract was won by the company in 2012.The services will be carried out by Worley’s Alaskan team with support from its global business.Worley CEO Andrew Wood said: “We are pleased this contract has been renewed so we can continue to support BP in the challenging and remote conditions on the North Slope.”The upstream part of BP’s North Slope operations includes the company’s 26% stake in the onshore Prudhoe Bay oilfield, which has been in production since 1977. The Prudhoe Bay oilfield is estimated to potentially yield more than a billion additional barrels.BP also has non-operating stakes in the producing Milne Point and Point Thomson fields. In addition to that, the oil and gas firm has non-operating interests in the Liberty project, offshore Alaska, and exploration lease interests in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in northeastern Alaska.BP’s deal to sell its Alaskan business to Hilcorp Alaska is subject to receipt of state and federal regulatory approval, is expected to be closed in 2020.last_img read more

Tenant Referencing

first_imgHome » News » Tenant Referencing previous nextTenant Referencing22nd July 20140736 Views Hands-on approachAlthough many agents do outsource their tenant referencing service to a third-party, there are others who prefer to keep the work in-house.“We have so far avoided the temptation to outsource referencing and continue to undertake the task ourselves,” said Mark Sandall of Andrew Granger & Co. “This means we are able to monitor the situation more closely and build up a better relationship with the applicant. We can also see how the applicants conduct themselves through the referencing process to ensure they are suitable.”Charlotte Baker of Belvoir in Melton Mowbray concurred. “We do our referencing in-house as we see it as an opportunity to really assess the tenant. We find it more revealing than a ‘yes or no’ from a referencing company, although we do use Experian for the credit check.”Rent guaranteeFor many landlords, their biggest fear is not being paid rent. Yet, despite the recovering economy, Shelter is warning that over 215,000 homes in England are at risk of eviction or repossession, equating to 4,140 households under threat every week, mainly because tenants are struggling to pay their rent, reinforcing the need for tenant reference checks.“We also perform our own internet search on potential clients and use Lonres to ensure there is no detrimental information about them.” Nicky Ennor-Glynn Strutt & Parker“Due to the high volume of repossessions, referencing procedures are even more important as there are tenants out there who are giving false information,” said Mike Howard of Mistoria Lettings.Aside from tenant references, there are many companies offering a range of rent guarantee or loss of rent and legal expenses insurance schemes, to protect landlords against tenants who fail to pay their rent.It is usually a condition of the rent guarantee insurance policy that the landlord from a specialist tenant referencing firm, before the start of a new tenancy.Mandy Stevenette of Stevenette & Co said, “If you want to provide a rent guarantee, as part of a management service, it [tenant reference] is part of the requirement for that.”Credit checksRosalind Florence, Head of Lettings at Glentree, who described tenant referencing as “much the same as if you are taking out a mortgage”, said that her firm use the services of a credit rating agency who check all aspects of a prospective tenant and then issue a credit rating.“If it is an A rating then the credit rating agency will offer rent insurance cover, that is, if the tenant defaults the insurance cover will pay the rent until the tenant is evicted,” said Florence. “If the rating comes up as a B the tenant will be asked to supply a guarantor and the whole process starts again.”“If the tenant cannot supply adequate references, an agency credit check will be taken out to ensure they are who they say they are and then the tenant will be asked to pay all the rent in advance,” she added.Florence insists that it is everyone’s interest – agent, landlord and tenant – to ensure that the tenant is in a strong financial position” to meet their rent payments, proving a platform for “a happy relationship between all three parties”, but at what cost?Tenant feesThe amount that agents charge tenants for things like tenant referencing has been a topic of hot debate in recent months, with the Labour party going as far as actually trying to ban agents from charging tenant fees by forcing a vote in the Commons in May, which they lost.Although Labour’s policy was defeated by opposing MPs, the issue of tenant fees simply will simply not go away, with Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds still insisting that more should be done.So we asked a number of agents to explain how they recoup the cost of the tenant referencing  service and the majority said that they generally charge tenants a ‘reference charge’ or include the cost as part of a general ‘administration fee’, although some agents do also charge landlords, albeit usually a smaller amount.“Our initial ‘tenancy set up’ charge is the tenants bundled up contribution towards the cost of referencing, tenancy agreements, assisting in setting up of utilities and general administration,” said Howard Cundey’s Arlo Risby. “The landlord also makes a smaller contribution toward the  administration of £100.”W.A.Ellis charge a reference fee of £50 + VAT per person which is payable by the tenant. “This covers W.A.Ellis applying for and verifying individual references on the tenant, and also a credit check carried out by a referencing firm, LetRisks,” said Lucy Morton, Senior Partner at W.A.Ellis.”Among the fees that they charge, Glentree ask tenants to pay for the credit check which costs approximately £25.Rentify does not charge tenants for referencing. The company offers two services: a free credit check and comprehensive background references which cost £15 + VAT per tenant, paid for by the landlord.Room for growthWith a growing number of people struggling to buy property, demand for rental homes will almost certainly rise, with the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association forecasting that 16.9 million homes, or 51 per cent, of all 33.1 million residential properties in the UK will be privately or socially rented by 2032, placing greater importance on the tenant referencing procedure in the process.Some key referencing suppliers:Agent Assure www.agentassure.co.ukAssurant Let www.assurantintermediary.co.ukCall Credit www.callcredit.co.ukEndsleigh www.endsleigh.co.ukHomeLet www.homelet.co.ukLetRisks www.letrisks.comLetAlliance www.letalliance.co.ukMaras www.maras.co.ukRentguard www.rentguard.co.ukSourceLet www.sourcelet.co.ukContacts:Belvoir www.belvoirlettings.comStrutt & Parker www.struttandparker.comGlentree Estates www.glentree.co.ukStevenette and Co www.stevenette.comW.A.Ellis www.waellis.comHoward Cundey www.howardcundey.comMistoria Lettings www.mistorialettings.co.ukResidential Landlords Association www.rla.org.ukAndrew Granger www.andrewgranger.co.ukCentury 21 UK www.century21uk.comRentify www.rentify.com July 22, 2014The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? 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“READERS FORUM” JULY 27, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Are you pleased with the direction that Vanderburgh County is headed?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: Tech sector backs British AI industry with multi million pound investment

first_imgMore than 50 leading technology companies and organisations have contributed to the development of an AI deal worth almost £1 billion, including almost £300m of private sector investment into UK sector 1,000 new government funded AI PhDs will keep the UK at the forefront of innovation and build UK status as AI research hotspot Organisations in Wales actively embracing AI in what they do include IQE, MedaPhor, Amplyfi and Artimus Top-ranking Vancouver-based venture capital firm Chrysalix, is also going to establish a European HQ in the UK and use it to invest up to £110 million in AI and robotics Notes to editors: AI holds transformative implications for every aspect of our lives and every sector of the economy. The economic prize is clear: potentially adding 10% to UK GDP by 2030 if adoption is widespread (PWC), and a productivity boost of up to 30% (Bank of America). The Industrial Strategy, published in 2017 , following the independent review of AI in the UK in 2017, ‘Growing the Artificial Intelligence Industry in the UK’, commits to the Grand Challenge of putting the UK at the forefront of the AI and data revolution, helping sectors boost their productivity through new technologies, helping people develop the skills they need and leading the world in the safe, ethical use of data. The Sector Deal is the first major initiative under the grand challenge, that outlined proposals for how government could work with industry to stay ahead of the competition and grow the UK’s use of AI right across the economy in a safe and ethical way, for the benefit of all in society. The interim Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation will start work on key issues straight away and its findings will be used to inform the final design and work programme of the permanent Centre, which will be established on a statutory footing in due course. A public consultation on the permanent Centre will be launched soon. We are announcing new challenges where we will work with industry to develop innovative uses of AI and advanced analytic technologies through the£1.7 billion Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. These include ‘Next-Generation Services’ , ‘Early Diagnostics and Precision Medicine’, and ‘Transforming Food Production’. IQE, a specialist in semiconductors, is investing £38m alongside Cardiff University to develop a new state-of-the-art facility that will manufacture components used in AI applications. More than 50 leading businesses and organisations have contributed to the development of a £1 billion deal to put the nation at the forefront of the artificial intelligence industry, featuring almost £300 million of new private sector investment.The deal between the UK Government and industry, announced by Business Secretary Greg Clark and Digital Secretary Matt Hancock today (Thursday 26 April 2018), also includes more than £300 million of newly allocated government funding for AI research to make the UK a global leader in this technology.Building on the commitment made in the Industrial Strategy and its AI Grand Challenge, the deal marks the first phase of a major innovation-focused investment drive in AI which aims to help the UK seize the £232 billion opportunity AI offers the UK economy by 2030 (10 per cent of GDP).The Artificial Intelligence Sector Deal follows record levels of investments into UK tech in 2017 and today’s deal includes new investments such as: The University of Cambridge opening a new £10 million AI supercomputer and making its infrastructure available to businesses Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: Wales is already embracing the opportunities provided by artificial intelligence to revolutionise many different areas of work, including the medical and semiconductor sectors. Today’s deal will mean even closer cooperation between UK Government and industry in Wales, creating jobs in new fields and building a stronger, more resilient economy. Antony Walker, deputy CEO, techUK said: The UK has an impressive track-record on AI. But we must keep pace and scale of innovation continues to accelerate, we need to ensure that the UK stays at the forefront in the development and application of these powerful new technologies. The Government’s AI Sector Deal provides a clear blueprint for how the UK can become a world-leader in innovative, responsible and ethical AI. The sector deal focuses on the key issues of maintaining leadership and driving uptake, building the skills pipeline and ethics. Success will depend upon AI companies being deeply engaged in the process. The new sector deal is the focal point of the government’s Artificial Intelligence Grand Challenge, a key part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy which sets out a long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK. The AI Grand Challenge aims to put the UK at the forefront of the AI and data revolution ensuring the vast social and economic benefits of this technology are felt in every corner of Britain.The Industrial Strategy set out four Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future. AI and Data is one of these and this sector deal provides the blueprint for delivery.Dame Wendy Hall said: It is very exciting to see the recommendations in the AI Review turned into reality through this bold and ambitious Sector Deal for AI. We are at a pivotal point in the application of AI across many different sectors of industry and I truly believe the U.K. can take a leadership role in developing the use of AI in industry in a safe and ethical way that will be of benefit to everyone. Amplyfi is an artificial intelligence start-up that wants to transform the business intelligence industry. Its DataVoyant software platform harvests and reads data that is both publicly available online and from the deep web — the parts of the internet that are not indexed by standard search engines. The technology enables clients to spot potential disruptions to their businesses, whether a war, a market shift, or a new technology. Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: Artificial intelligence provides limitless opportunities to develop new, efficient and accessible products and services which transform the way we live and work. Today’s new deal with industry will ensure we have the right investment, infrastructure and highly-skilled workforce to establish the UK as a driving force in the development and commercial use of artificial intelligence technologies. As with all innovation there is also the potential for misuse which puts the whole sector under scrutiny and undermines public confidence. That is why we are establishing a new world-leading body, to ensure the ethical use of data in AI applications for the benefit of all. AI in WalesThe AI sector deal will not only support new adopters of AI, it will help the Wales’ trailblazing companies who are already embracing this tech and using it to create clusters of expertise, high-skill jobs and investing in developing this technology.Companies and bodies in Wales actively embracing AI in what they do include: The Alan Turing Institute and Rolls-Royce will jointly-run research projects exploring: how data science can be applied at scale, the application of AI across supply chains, data-centric engineering and predictive maintenance, and the role of data analytics and AI in science. The AI sector deal will make Britain the go to place for AI and make sure this technology is used as a force for good to benefit people, from government’s investment in early diagnostics and precision medicines projects that will use AI to help diagnose chronic illnesses, to a commitment to establishing Data Trusts between government, industry and academia to ensure data sharing is safe and secure.To better understand the ethical and security implications of data sharing and privacy breaches, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is investing £11 million in eleven new research projects, led by universities, to analyse the important challenges for people and businesses that use data and those that allow access to their data. They have also committed to make £300 million available in support for new research projects to complement the new Centres for Doctoral Training.Neil Crockett, Chief Digital Officer, Rolls-Royce, said: At Rolls-Royce, we believe that AI is central to unleashing huge value for our customers and from within our own business, and in achieving our goal of pioneering the power that matters. This MoU signals an exciting new phase in Rolls-Royce’s relationship with The Alan Turing Institute. We believe this collaboration will further strengthen Rolls-Royce’s reputation as a world-leading adopter of AI technologies in an industrial context. At the same time, it will support the institute’s position, and thus the UK’s position, as a global centre of excellence for data science and AI. Artimus in Cardiff provides artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions using expertise from a broad range of disciplines including engineering. Gerard Grech, CEO Tech Nation, said: One of the biggest changes the UK faces over the next 10 years is technological and the development of Artificial Intelligence will be at the forefront of it. The UK needs to embrace it and shape it. As a recognised global centre of AI expertise with companies like DeepMind, Improbable and 5AI, the UK is in a great position, and by building strong networks of shared knowledge and expertise, we can make it even stronger. Tech Nation cannot wait to get started on shaping its first programme for the UK’s fastest-growing AI companies next year, which will help those who have proven their potential to reach the next level. Marc Waters, Managing Director (UK & Ireland), Hewlett Packard Enterprise said: Artificial intelligence presents a significant opportunity to create competitive advantage for the UK economy with benefits for companies, workers and consumers. The opportunity exists not only to harness the power of AI for innovation and scientific discovery but to improve productivity and provide economic growth. However, many UK enterprises are still struggling to find viable use cases for their business and take tangible, near-term steps toward making these a reality. To help fill this gap, HPE is investing in and providing these organisations with the specialised AI expertise and supercomputing infrastructure needed to support AI applications. Professor Michael Denham, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Mindtrace Ltd said: Just as computing technology has served us well by allowing us to make complex computations which are far beyond human capabilities, AI technology will increasingly support us in our ability to make complex and timely decisions, in healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, security, and many other areas, with super-human levels of accuracy, speed and efficiency, enhancing our lives in ways which we are only beginning to understand. Hugh Milward, Senior Director, Corporate External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft UK, said: The UK is poised to do great things in the field of AI. If the Sector Deal can ensure that the development of AI is ethical, inclusive and responsible then the UK, as the home of the father of AI Alan Turing, will have a bright future as a world leading centre for AI. MedaPhor, based within Cardiff University, develops advanced hi-fidelity ultrasound simulators, artificial intelligence image analysis software and augmented reality needle guidance systems for medical practitioners. Japanese venture capital firm Global Brain opening its first European HQ in the UK and investing £35 million in UK deep-tech start-ups Developing AI SkillsThe deal will help establish the UK as a research hotspot, with measures to ensure the innovators and tech entrepreneurs of tomorrow are based in the UK, with investment in the high-level post-graduate skills needed to capitalise on technology’s huge potential.It includes money for training for 8,000 specialist computer science teachers, 1,000 government-funded AI PhDs by 2025 and a commitment to develop a prestigious global Turing Fellowship programme to attract and retain the best research talent in AI to the UK.This will make sure every secondary school has a fully qualified computer science GCSE teacher to give the next generation the skills they need to develop and capitalise on future technology. As part of the deal, the accountancy firm Sage have also committed to delivering an AI pilot programme for 150 young people across the UK.Regional Tech HubsThe government will build on its reputation as an international hub for AI innovation and provide £20 million of funding to help the UK’s service industries, including law and insurance, with new pilot projects to identify how AI can transform and enhance their operations.The government has also pledged £21 million of funding to create Tech Nation, a new UK-wide organisation working across the country to create a high-growth tech network for ambitious entrepreneurs. One of Tech Nation’s new goals will be to establish an internationally-respected programme for mid-stage AI companies to help bring them to scale.World’s first Centre for Data EthicsThe deal highlights government work to ensure all AI developments in Britain are conducted to the highest ethical standards by establishing a world-leading Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.The £9 million Centre will be an important part of plans to make the UK the best place in the world for businesses developing AI to grow and thrive. It will address the challenges posed by the adoption of AI and advise on the measures needed to enable and ensure safe, ethical and innovative uses of data-driven technologies, while helping protect consumers.Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Matt Hancock said: The UK must be at the forefront of emerging technologies, pushing boundaries and harnessing innovation to change people’s lives for the better. Artificial Intelligence is at the centre of our plans to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business. We have a great track record and are home to some of the world’s biggest names in AI like Deepmind, Swiftkey and Babylon, but there is so much more we can do. By boosting AI skills and data driven technologies we will make sure that we continue to build a Britain that is shaping the future. The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick said: Artificial intelligence will enable us to work smarter, boost our productivity and make the country richer. From search engines to self-driving cars, this technology will be at the heart of our new economy. That’s why we continue to back our AI innovators in order to cement the UK’s position as a world-leader in this cutting-edge technology. Additional quotes:Nicholas Sleep, Chief Technology Officer of Medaphor Group in Cardiff said: We’re trying to translate technology for the benefit of doctors. We use artificial intelligence to make ultrasound scanning easier for clinicians; making machines smarter to speed up scanning, and to aid clinicians in their decision making. The Government is absolutely right to be prioritising this technology, and putting Britain at the forefront of applying this technology in the medical sector, where it will make a big difference in improving safety and reducing the cost of healthcare. ENDSlast_img read more

News story: Biometrics Commissioner 2018 annual report: update

first_imgOn 29 March 2019, the Biometrics Commissioner presented his annual report for 2018 to the Home Secretary, as required under section 21 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (PoFA).Once the Home Secretary has considered the report, it will then be laid before Parliament.The role of the Biometrics Commissioner was established by PoFA and Paul Wiles was appointed as the second Commissioner on 1 June 2016.His role is to provide independent oversight of the regime established by PoFA, which came into force on 31 October 2013, to govern the retention and use by the police in England and Wales of DNA samples, DNA profiles and fingerprints.In addition to various casework responsibilities in relation to DNA and fingerprints, he also has a UK-wide oversight function as regards their retention and use by the police on national security grounds.The Commissioner’s 2018 report, which will be published once it has been laid before Parliament, deals primarily with developments since the publication of his 2017 report. It covers his casework activities, the general operation of the PoFA regime and a variety of wider issues that have arisen in connection with biometrics in both the normal policing and national security spheres.If you have any queries, please contact Justin Hawkins on 0779 255 1301.last_img read more

Roberts unveils snacking subscription service

first_imgSource: Roberts BakeryRoberts Bakery has launched a monthly subscription service with a host of ‘healthy’ snacks. Subscribers can choose from three different sizes of snack box: Starter Snacker with eight snacks, Classic Snacker with 16, and Pro Snacker with 24. Roberts is also offering new products to try for between £12 and £29 a month.The Cheshire-based bakery, which is offering new additions from its snacking range, has partnered with national delivery service DPD to provide free next-day delivery, direct to consumers’ doors.The line-up features:Raspberry & Chia Pangel, comprising a fusion of soft pancake and bagel.Chocolate Orange Brookie, made up of Brazilian orange oil, soft brioche bun and a swirl of cookie.Cranberry & Coconut Porridge Loaves, with each mini loaf featuring fresh fruit pieces.Each snack contains 250 calories or less and is individually wrapped.“A box full of home-delivered goodies can make your day, or even a week, instantly better. Even more so when we can’t get out and about as much as we’d like,” said Alison Ordonez, director of innovation at Roberts Bakery.“There’s a real demand for tasty and delicious snacks – and the benefits of healthy energy and feeling full – at a time when we need it most, safely, conveniently and regularly every month,” Ordonez added.This latest launch by Roberts follows the rollout of its six-strong breakfast-inspired range in August, which tapped into the hybrid bakery trend.The home deliveries are contact-free and adhere to social distancing measures, the company added.last_img read more