Flint lives matter! Arrest Gov. Snyder!

first_imgOver the past few weeks, Michigan residents have read new, damning evidence exposing Gov. Rick Snyder’s criminal role in the poisoning of Flint. Each day, the media reveal more details of the tens of thousands of emails sent to and from the governor’s office and among various state officials over the water crisis. Many emails became public record through Freedom of Information Act requests. Emails from the governor himself — who enjoys FOIA immunity under Michigan state law — were released after public outcry. But much of their text is redacted.The liberal group Progress Michigan released an email sent Feb. 17, 2015, that blows the lid off Snyder’s claim that he only became aware of the Flint water crisis in October 2015. He emailed his executive director, Allison Scott, to propose a meeting on a list of issues that included “Flint water.” By this time, the credibility of Snyder’s ignorance claim was falling apart as emails revealed a growing list of governor-appointed officials and staff who were sounding the alarm about Flint water.These near-daily leaks show that, at least eight months earlier than he claimed, the state’s top boss knew Flint’s water was contaminated. Yet he and his cronies perpetuated the toxic lie that the water was safe to drink and wash with. This is blatant environmental racism.It is now clear that Snyder, not his numerous accomplices, “pulled the trigger” with the now infamous decision for Flint to disconnect from Detroit Water and Sewerage and draw water from the highly polluted Flint River. The state thwarted numerous attempts to reconnect to Detroit. Flint received a $7 million state loan to its general fund on the condition that the city not unhook from the Flint River.Calls for Snyder’s arrest continue to increase. Outside the March 3 GOP debate, hundreds of demonstrators chanted, “Flint lives matter! Arrest Rick Snyder!” The Detroit Light Brigade projected the message, “Arrest Snyder for Flint water,” right onto the outside wall of the Fox Theater, where inside the debating bigots refused to offer a solution to the pain and suffering of Flint residents.While several state officials have resigned or face discipline, none of the culprits are facing criminal charges. Instead, Attorney General Bill Schuette has gone after former state representatives Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser. The two embarrassed the Republican Party when, after running as “family values” candidates, they carried on an extramarital affair and used state resources to cover it up. Schuette, a Tea Party Republican, squandered millions out of the state budget defending Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — funds that could now help Flint. Apparently Schuette’s party’s hypocrisy is a worse crime than poisoning 100,000 people, a majority of them African-American.The Democratic Party has not shown resolve in confronting this tragic injustice. At the March 6 Democratic presidential debate, held in Flint, neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders would call for Snyder to be arrested.State, feds sit on funds; GM offers paltry sumThe people of Flint want their aging water infrastructure — damaged by corrosive Flint River water that was never properly treated — to be rebuilt. The coldheartedness of some politicians, who are sitting on enough funds to replace all of Flint’s lead and lead-soldered pipes, knows no bounds. Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter has asserted that Flint would get no more state aid until October.This means no new pipes. A freeze on assistance means the funding for filters, lead testing in the homes, testing of children and assistance to families affected by lead will dry up. Will even the distribution of free water by the state come to an end? Right now the suffering is only mitigated by the generous solidarity of people around the country. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver blasted Cotter, stating, “For Speaker Cotter to say we should wait until October to maybe — maybe — have these most dire threats addressed shows callous disregard for the lives of the people of Flint.”At the federal level, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah has put a procedural block on voting on $220 million which could go to Flint — or potentially other cities facing a lead-tainted water crisis. The funds are being generated, not by additional tax revenues, but by redirecting money set aside to assist the auto industry when it was in distress.Sen. Lee’s excuse for blocking the federal package is that, when the state budget surplus and the rainy day funds are combined, Michigan is sitting on more than $1 billion in available funds. Lee is making the people of Flint continue to suffer for a crisis they did nothing to create.The state is not the only source of potential funding. General Motors, whose disastrous environmental and economic practices are factors in the Flint water disaster, made an all-time record profit last year of $9.7 billion. The restructuring in auto, which has cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, including 72,000 in Flint, has been a source of astronomical profits. What GM contributed to Flint for water assistance, part of a $3 million donation made jointly with the United Auto Workers, was a mere .0003 percent of their 2015 profits.The money to fix Flint’s water is there. It’s time to join with Flint in chanting, “No pipes, no peace!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Author Abby Stokes Educates Area Seniors on Technology Nuances During Montecedro® Seminar

first_imgReal Estate Author Abby Stokes Educates Area Seniors on Technology Nuances During Montecedro® Seminar From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, February 25, 2013 | 1:29 pm Subscribe Recently, MonteCedro®, a new planned Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Altadena, hosted Abby Stokes, author of “Is This Thing On?”, who encouraged San Gabriel Valley seniors to explore the nuances of today’s technology.During the seminars, approximately 130 area seniors were educated about the ever-changing field of social media and technology gadgets, and learned simple steps on how to virtually stay connected to friends and family..“According to a recent Pew Research study, the top three devices that seniors 65 and older use are cell phones, desktop or laptop computers and an iPod or MP3 player,” states Peggy Buchanan, Director of Sales and Marketing for MonteCedro. “As a community committed to personal growth, we recognized a growing desire to learn these new technologies and hosted Abby Stokes to educate area seniors about this rapidly changing landscape.”Stokes began her presentation by introducing San Gabriel Valley seniors to the differences between computers, laptops, E-readers and tablets, and explained the opportunities that each gadget offers. She also provided attendees with information on the various features of each product and what to consider when purchasing such as cost, feel and look .“Every day technological advances are being made that constantly change how we interact with one another,” states Stokes. “For digital immigrants, those who did not grow up in the digital age, learning the nuances of the various products can be overwhelming. It is an honor to partner with communities like MonteCedro to educate seniors on overcoming this barrier and help them feel more independent.”To conclude the presentation, Stokes provided attendees with a list of age appropriate social networking and educational sites. Attendees were also given the “Grandparents Cheat Sheet for Staying in The Game.” The cheat sheet is filled with interactive tips to connect and stay in touch, which include:• Make a date to connect in real-time online with family or friends• Create a ritual such as Tech Tuesday, to ask technology based questions• Create family history by sharing family photos together online• Send a surprise to a loved one through online shoppingAbby Stokes has assisted over 190,000 people online. She travels across the country to help people through their anxiety of technology. Stokes is a firm believer of, “if my mother can learn the computer anyone can.” In celebration of Heart Health Month, MonteCedro will host Morrison Senior Dining dietician Tracy Blazer and executive chef Brian Johnston who will demonstrate and provide San Gabriel Valley seniors with heart healthy recipes on February 26, 2013. To RSVP or receive additional information about MonteCedro, please visit www.montecedro.com/info or call (877) 282-1584.About MonteCedro®MonteCedro®, a planned Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), is located in Altadena, Calif. As the first CCRC in the San Gabriel Valley area in more than 25 years, MonteCedro will feature a performing arts auditorium, movie theater, underground parking, heated swimming pool, home health services, formal and informal restaurants, and Masterpiece Living® enrichment program. Groundbreaking is scheduled for Summer 2013. For more information about MonteCedro, please contact Peggy Buchanan, Director of Marketing and Sales for MonteCedro at 877-282-1584 or visit www.montecedro.com/info. For more information about Masterpiece Living®, please visit www.mymasterpieceliving.com. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News center_img Make a comment HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. 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What Will Dodd-Frank Modification Bill Mean for Housing?

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / What Will Dodd-Frank Modification Bill Mean for Housing? The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: HUD Addresses Concerns About Reverse Mortgage Foreclosures Next: Delinquencies on the Decline About Author: David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Dodd-Frank Act Economic Growth Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act Regulatory Reform Senate Stress Tests Volcker Rule What Will Dodd-Frank Modification Bill Mean for Housing? The United States Senate voted Wednesday afternoon to advance S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, after several weeks of debate, amendments, and negotiation.On Wednesday afternoon, the Senate finally voted 67-31 to end debate on the bill, capping many days’ worth of debate over potential amendments to the bill. The bill must know return and pass the House, which had previously passed a different version of the bill before it went to the Senate.Before the final vote on passage, Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo remarked that America was about to witness a “rare, bipartisan moment that had been years in the making,” adding, “this bill is a bipartisan compromise, the changes are common sense, and it will allow financial institutions to better serve their customers and communities, while maintaining safety and soundness and important consumer protections. At a time of intense political polarization, we have proven that we can work together to get things done. This is good for small financial institutions, good for small business, and good for families across America.”The bill enacts numerous reforms and changes regulations pertaining to lenders. One of the primary changes is increasing the threshold for enhanced regulatory standards from $50 billion to $250 billion, a change designed to exempt some smaller and mid-sized banks from regulations that would still apply to the larger banking entities. The affected regulations pertain to capital and liquidity rules, risk management standards, and stress testing requirements, among other things.Former Sen. Barney Frank, one of the authors of the Dodd-Frank Act, told Scotsman Guide this week, “I think [the asset threshold] should be $125 [billion to trigger FSOC oversight]. So, I would vote against it on those grounds. I would hope to try and change it. But, as far as [non-qualified] mortgages are concerned, I think allowing the smaller banks to make those loans as long as they keep them in portfolio is a perfectly good idea.”The bill also exempts banks with less than $10 billion in assets from the Volcker Rule, which limits risky trading by U.S. banks, and dials back restrictions on small and regional banks when it comes to restrictions on mortgage lending.Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), who has been a longtime opponent of weakening Dodd-Frank, said, “We’ll be paving the way for the next big crash. It’s time for the rest of us to fight back and demand that Washington work for us, not the big bank lobbyists.”The bill does have plenty of Democratic defenders, however, several of whom argue that the reforms could help community banks flourish and help revitalize rural economies. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), a supporter of the legislation, said, “When you don’t respond to these kinds of legitimate concerns from small lenders, there’s a resentment to the overall policy. We tend to throw the baby out with the bathwater with that kind of frustration.”More than a dozen banks sent a letter to Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) earlier this month, expressing their support for the proposed legislation. “Our banks do not threaten U.S. financial market stability, and we should not be subjected to the same regulatory regime as larger banks with more complex and interconnected business models,” the letter read in part. “Regional and traditional lenders and our communities have been disadvantaged by a regulatory model that lumps us together with the largest, most complex banks.”The Credit Union National Association also sent a letter of support to Senate leaders. Their letter read, in part, “We applaud the good faith effort to craft common-sense regulatory reform legislation. S.2155 is the result of months of deliberate bipartisan negotiations and contains several provisions supported by America’s credit unions.”Yana Miles, Senior Legislative Counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending, issued a statement reading, “The financial crisis led to a Great Recession that cost millions of Americans their jobs, homes, and savings. This bill would allow for the return of many of the same reckless financial practices that caused the crash. This bill lifts commonsense safeguards, designed to stop banks from again tanking the economy, while also making it easier for financial companies to sell risky mortgages, discriminate against communities of color, and steer manufactured-home owners into more expensive mortgages. The American public does not want this dangerous bank deregulation. Congress is playing with fire.” Dodd-Frank Act Economic Growth Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act Regulatory Reform Senate Stress Tests Volcker Rule 2018-03-14 David Wharton March 14, 2018 3,569 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Subscribelast_img read more

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Services returning to normal at City of Derry Airport

first_img Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Previous articleFinn Harps asking supporters to turn out on Friday nightNext articleBridge replacement delay due to protection of fresh water mussel admin Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers News By admin – August 27, 2014 Google+ Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released center_img WhatsApp Twitter Services are returning to normal at City of Derry Airport after significant delays this morning because no member of the UK Border Patrol was in place.Dozens of passengers on flights which landed from Alicante and Birmingham were not allowed leave the airport, and were accomodated in the baggage area until a member of staff arrived at the passport control booth.Among the passengers affected was singer Mickey Harte, who was returning with his family from a holiday in Spain.He spoke to Shaun Doherty…………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/mickyjo.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Google+ Services returning to normal at City of Derry Airport RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Pinterestlast_img read more

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Donegal town bracing itself for more flooding as high tides imminent

first_img Facebook Residents around Donegal town are bracing themselves for more high tides this morning after a number of homes were flooded overnight. A combination of the incoming tide along with already high volumes of water in the River Eske is said to be leaving the town majorly susceptible to more flooding.Currently, the approach toad from Laghey to Donegal Town near the craft village which is impassable while road between the Abbey Vocational school and Abbott’s pharmaceutical is also said to severely impacted.Director of Economic Development and Emergency Services at Donegal County Council Garry Martin says they are doing all they can to mitigate any more damage:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/garryfghgfhgfhfgmartin2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – October 4, 2019 Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applications AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterestcenter_img Donegal town bracing itself for more flooding as high tides imminent WhatsApp Previous articleDerry City face Dundalk as Europa League chase continuesNext articleHarps Chairperson Sean Quinn emphasises importance of home crowd News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

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‘A PIECE OF HISTORY’: Bicentennial mural prints capture moments in time

first_img Just in time for Christmas, prints of Troy’s Alabama Bicentennial mural are available for sale.Stephanie Baker, Reunion Troy committee chair, said the mural print was the result of the great amount of interest expressed by community members in having a print of the city’s Alabama Bicentennial mural.“So many had said they would like to have a print of the mural for their homes, offices and businesses or to send to family members or friends so the committee made the decision to have prints made,” Baker said. “But, the committee also decided to have smaller prints made of the individuals and groups of people featured on the mural.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day ‘A PIECE OF HISTORY’: Bicentennial mural prints capture moments in time Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The mural was designed by Alex McLendon, a Troy native and a 2019 Troy University graduate with a major in art. Art students from Charles Henderson and Pike Liberal Art high schools, seniors from the Colley Complex and other volunteers assisted McLendon with the painting of the mural.The Reunion Troy committee realized a published guide was needed to identify the buildings and people of interest included on the mural so the mural project was extended to include the guide.“The committee understood how important the mural and the guide would be for future generations in accessing our city’s history,” Baker said. “Committee member Nicklaus Chrysson had done such a great job of researching information for the mural that the committee asked him to compile the information and photographs he had available and make them available in a softback booklet publication that would be a compilation of his research. Print Article Email the author You Might Like Skip Latest Storiescenter_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell HUSTLE AND BUSTLE: Steed looks back on thriving grocery store in downtown Brundidge Lamar Steed doesn’t show his age so it might be hard for others to believe that he has stories to… read more Chrysson said, too, the information was worthy of being preserved in print and agreed to undertake the project.He followed suit with the Alabama Historical Commission and chose the title of the bookletabout Troy, “City of Troy: Our People, Our Places, Our Stories.”The Alabama Historical Commission planned a three-year celebration of Alabama’s Bicentennial, and dedicated 2017 to Alabama’s people, 2018 to its places and 2019 to its stories. Published 9:20 pm Friday, December 13, 2019 Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… And, those three areas of interest are the focus of Troy Reunion’s booklet which Chrysson said encapsulates the history of the mural.“In doing the research for the mural, I learned a lot about the City of Troy and the people who helped make it the great city that it is,’ Chrysson said. “Much of the research came from Bill Rice, Sr.’s “Troy 1828-2006” and Margaret Pace Farmer’s “History of Pike County and also personal interviews.”The booklet includes photos of many of the individuals featured and a brief history of each. Also included are photographs of local landmarks.The mural project items are now on sale with all proceeds dedicated to the maintenance of the Troy Bicentennial Mural and other murals around the city and to future mural projects.Prints of the full mural without the individual groups are $30 each.The prints of the individuals and groups are: Dr. Edge, $10; Jean Lake, $10; elected officials, $15; Ann Love, $15; architects, $10; educators, $10; and musicians, $10. The “Our People, Our Places, Our Stories” booklet is $30.The Christmas package deals are $75 for all prints (booklet not included) and four prints for $30. Full mural and one smaller people print are $35.The mural prints and booklets are available at Troy City Hall. Cash and checks are accepted. Checks should be made out to City of Troy-Reunion Troy. 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An assessment of operational Antarctic analyses based on data from the FROST Project

first_imgVolume 14, Issue 6 (December 1999)Add to FavoritesEmailDownload to Citation ManagerTrack CitationsGlossaryPermissions——————————————————————————–Full-textPDF Turner, John, Steven Leonard, Gareth J. Marshall, Michael Pook, Lance Cowled, Richard Jardine, Stephen Pendlebury, Neil Adams, 1999: An Assessment of Operational Antarctic Analyses Based on Data from the FROST Project. Wea. Forecasting, 14, 817–834. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/1520-0434(1999)0142.0.CO;2 An Assessment of Operational Antarctic Analyses Based on Data from the FROST Project John Turner, Steven Leonard, and Gareth J. MarshallBritish Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, United KingdomMichael PookInstitute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, AustraliaLance Cowled, Richard Jardine, and Stephen PendleburyBureau of Meteorology, Hobart, AustraliaNeil AdamsAntarctic Cooperative Research Centre and Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart, Australia Abstract The quality of the Antarctic operational analyses that were distributed over the Global Telecommunications System during the First Regional Observing Study of the Troposphere project special observing period of July 1994 is considered. Numerical analyses from the U.K. Meteorological Office, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Prediction are compared with high quality analyses prepared using all available late data and high-resolution satellite imagery. The subjective assessment of the analyses indicated that no large, synoptic-scale systems were missing, but major discrepancies were found in terms of the depth of the lows, location errors, and failures to resolve the complexities of systems. Generally, the central pressures of the lows were handled better than the locations of the centers. Only 4 lows out of a total of 161 in the Eastern Hemisphere during the period 22–28 July had to be relocated more than 500 km. High-quality satellite imagery was very important in correcting the locations of the lows and in resolving the structure of multicentered systems, which were often found to be much more complex than analyzed on the operational charts. The satellite imagery was of less value over the continent since some of the lows here, which were analyzed using automatic weather station data, had no cloud associated with them as a result of the atmosphere being very dry. Few changes were made to the positions of anticyclones and only minor modifications to ridges were required. The mean pressure at mean sea level fields for July 1994 as produced by the four models were all very similar, but the Australian model stood out as slightly different over the Amundsen Sea because of large differences in the handling on one large low during the early part of the month. The Phillpot technique for the analysis of the 500-hPa surface over the interior of the continent was of particular value in resolving structure in the circulation.last_img read more

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Purplebricks and other hybrid LPEs face HMRC crack-down, warn lawyers

first_imgA leading legal firm has warned large corporates like Purplebricks who ‘employ’ small armies of self-employed staff face a significant crack-down by HMRC similar to that experience following the introduction of anti-money laundering rules.The legal firm has also predicted that companies who use self-employed staff like LPEs will be asked to report people who they believe are not declaring their earnings honestly.Experts from International firm Osborne Clarke appear in a video in which they also warn that HMRC wants to ensure self employed workers such as Purplebricks LPEs which are currently ‘under the tax radar’ are taxed correctly on their earnings.Lawyer Ian Hyde of Osborne Clarke reveals that HMRC has been waging a war on large corporate like Purplebricks to behave better, and that getting their ‘gig economy’ staff included in this is HMRC’s latest initiative.£8.3 billion“One study put it that £8.3 billion of income tax was under-declared and a large part of that would be the gig economy,” he says.“Against that background, these regulations have now become part of that brand risk that comes with tax, that a large corporate will not want to be seen on the front of certain newspapers or being interviewed in a Parliamentary Committee.“So what the Revenue are doing is trying to ensure that the large corporate firms either stop trading with fraudulent contractors who aren’t declaring their taxes deliberately, provide information on those contractors to the Revenue so the Revenue can go find them themselves or actually take the tax risk on board as a large corporate.”Osborne Clarke self employed staff Purplebricks January 17, 2020Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks and other hybrid LPEs face HMRC crack-down, warn lawyers previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks and other hybrid LPEs face HMRC crack-down, warn lawyersLegal firm Osborne Clarke says HMRC wants to recoup some of the £8.3 billion annual undeclared earnings, some of which is hidden by self-employed staff like hybrid agency LPEs, it is claimed.Nigel Lewis17th January 202004,553 Viewslast_img read more

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Brexit update outlines Oxford’s research strategy

first_imgOxford has promised to “keep staff and students informed” of development in negotiations that might affect them, after releasing its latest Brexit update.The University announced its ‘Brexit strategy for research’ last week, and outlined its intention to mitigate any risks.The strategy has four key aims, which anticipate four main areas of work. These aims are: mitigating risks to research activities; targeting alternative non-UK sources of funding for research; strengthening EU collaboration; and pursuing engagement with the UK government and its agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for research at Oxford.In addition to these aims, the University also repeated its intentions to “recruit and retain the best staff regardless of nationality”, and “recruit the best students regardless of nationality.”The statement emphasised that “the University’s desired outcomes from the Brexit negotiations remain unchanged.”Several EU students have had their say on the University’s latest update.George Maier, a first-year biomedical scientist from Romania, told Cherwell: “I’m not well informed about the how would Brexit affect me, but I don’t think it will affect my future academic pathway in research.”Lukasz Gwozdz, a first-year law student from Poland, said: “It’s not going to directly affect my studies, including financially, but I’m definitely more willing to look for job or further education opportunities outside the UK after I graduate.”last_img read more

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Cellar faces threat of closure after fire safety concerns

first_imgThe Cellar’s future is again under threat after authorities ruled its fire escape is too narrow for the venue’s current capacity. Oxfordshire County Council has ordered the venue to reduce its maximum capacity from 150 people to 60, as its 70cm fire escape is 30cm too narrow.The club’s management have said that one events promoter has already pulled out from future work due to the impact of capacity reduction on the club’s viability as a live music venue.The news comes just one year after The Cellar fought off plans to redevelop the site into a storage basement. The current capacity was agreed in the 1970s and has remained unchanged ever since.Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service Fire Protection and Business Safety Manager, Dave Bray, noted that the venue’s “means of escape from the basement…was found not adequate for 150 people.” The order reducing the number of possible attendees will remain in place “until the alternate escape route is improved,” Bray added. The owner of The Cellar, Tim Hopkins, told The Oxford Mail that he was “shocked and frustrated” by the Council’s decision. The club takes “health and safety very seriously” but noted that it would now cost “tens of thousands of pounds” to upgrade the venues fire escapes to maintain the venue’s current capacity. Hopkins suggested that one solution may be for Cellar to expand into the premises of the Lush shop above the basement venue, which has now moved into Westgate Centre. The owners of those premises have said that “no proposals” had been received for Hopkins’ possible plans. Mr Hopkins told the The Oxford Mail that with staffing numbers considered, only approximately 50 tickets could be sold per event. As a consequence, one promoter has now pulled out. Hopkins said: “There’s a lot of history and it’s been a stepping stone for a lot of bands. There is already a shortage of venues…to close a place of this size would leave a massive gap.”“It’s used by breakthrough bands, students, different sections of the community and for fundraisers. But once it’s gone, it’s gone,” Hopkins added. The Cellar has been open for at least 45 years. Hopkins notes it is “one of the oldest gig venues in Europe.” It has previously hosted breakthrough bands like Foals and Stornoway, as well as iconic names like Mumford and Sons and The National. Last year, the property’s owners, The St. Michael’s and All Saints charities, sought to redevelop the basement. This led to a petition to prevent the venue’s closure, signed by over 13,600 people. Nightshift Magazine have claimed that, ultimately, it “would be handy” for neighbouring property developers “if the pesky music people cleared off.”last_img read more

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