FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(ST. LOUIS) — The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the teams announced on Wednesday.In exchange for the six-time National League All-Star first baseman, the Cardinals traded catcher Carson Kelly, right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver and minor league infielder Andy Young to the Diamondbacks. St. Louis also gave Arizona its 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick.“We’ve been busy this off-season working to upgrade our lineup, and today we are excited to announce the acquisition of one of the game’s premier players in first baseman Paul Goldschmidt,” Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said in a statement.Goldschmidt, 31, was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2009 and was promoted to the majors in 2011. Since then, he has compiled a .297 batting average with 209 home runs and 710 RBI. This past season with Arizona he batted .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund December 6, 2018 /Sports News – National Cardinals Acquire first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks Written by
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — After four Olympics, 12 medals and another four years of training, Ryan Lochte will have to wait a bit longer to jump back into the swimming pool after the International Olympic Committee announced the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.But the six-time gold medalist said this is bigger than any of the athletes and they will adjust their training and be ready to compete when the time comes. “Training will never be perfect, and there’s always going to be something like a bump in the road, and that’s how us athletes train, and this is just another bump in the road,” Lochte told ABC News’ Good Morning America via Skype from his home in Florida on Wednesday.“The Olympics are not canceled. They’re just postponed. So now you have to adjust your training for another year, and just — trust the process,” he continued. “Everything happens for a reason.”The games, which were originally set to kick off in Tokyo on July 24, “will be held by the summer of 2021,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Tuesday. “As soon as I saw it I was disappointed. I mean, I have trained four years for this moment, and this is probably one of my biggest Olympics — that I have ever had in my career,” Lochte said. “But this is bigger than me, this is bigger than the Olympians. This is affecting the entire world. And right now our main thing is staying safe and staying healthy.” Until the COVID-19 crisis is resolved, Lochte, 36, said he is spending lots of time “deep cleaning the house,” adding more dry land training to his routine and enjoying time with his family during this stay-at-home period.“We’re going on family walks, and since all the pools are closed, I can’t be swimming right now, but I’m doing a lot of ab workouts and stuff like that,” he said. The IOC said the historic first-time move to postpone the games was made to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund March 25, 2020 /Sports News – National How Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte reacted to Tokyo news and what he’s doing to train
March 30, 2021 /Sports News – National Utah Jazz team plane makes emergency landing after bird strike Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailmatimix/iStockBy MARK OSBORNE, MINA KAJI, and AMANDA MAILE, ABC News(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) — The Utah Jazz’s team charter was forced to return to the gate at Salt Lake City International Airport Tuesday afternoon due to a bird strike.A Utah Jazz spokesperson confirmed to ABC News the Jazz team charter “returned safely to the Salt Lake City airport today after a bird strike.”Delta Fight 8944 departed Salt Lake City and on takeoff it was reported the plane hit a flock of birds. The engine was shut down as a precaution, the crew declared an emergency and then landed without incident. The plane taxied back to the gate.The Jazz were leaving Salt Lake City to travel to Memphis. Utah is scheduled to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.Utah has the best record in the NBA at 35-11, led by stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.Several of the team’s players posted on social media following the scare, though none explicitly referred to the landing. Several players, including Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson simply posted prayer hands emojis.Gobert posted, “It’s a beautiful day!” — Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) March 30, 2021 — Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) March 30, 2021 Written by It’s a beautiful day!— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) March 30, 2021Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Home » News » Agencies & People » The Property Ombudsman expels agents in Essex and London previous nextRegulation & LawThe Property Ombudsman expels agents in Essex and LondonBoth agents refused to pay awards given to landlords and tenants by TPO in shocking cases.18th May 201702,709 Views Two letting agents have been expelled from UK’s largest dispute resolution service The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme following shocking complaints from client tenants and landlords.The agents are London Corporate Apartments Ltd based in Aldgate in London and Letting Solutions Ltd based in Essex.Ombudsman Katrine Sporle (pictured) has revealed details of the two cases, both of which highlight the difficulties of policing agents which either refuse to cooperate with dispute resolution schemes such as TPO or which fail to keep adequate administration or financial records.London agentCricklewood-based London Corporate Apartments (LCA) has one director – Manchester-based Khaled Abed-Alrazek – whose company was reported to TPO over a disputed deposit. The complainant disputed the deductions made from their deposit and complained it had taken a long time for the rest of the deposit to be returned to them. Complaints of a similar nature are to found online about the company, including several damming Google reviews.TPO reviewed the complaint and found that the agent fell short of the standards required of members and instructed LCA to pay an award of £340. This LCA failed to do so and the company has now been expelled from TPO for two years.“Refusing to fully cooperate with a complaint does not make the issue go away,” says Katrine Sporle.“In this case, I had the rental agreement and other information from the complainant but no information from the agent. I therefore decided that the complainant’s version of events should be accepted and the complaint supported. By refusing to pay the award, the agent is now unable to trade and risks a fine from Trading Standards should they try to do so.”Essex agentThe other expelled agent is Essex firm Lettings Solutions Ltd (pictured, right), which at the time of the complaint was based in Witham outside Chelmsford and previously traded as Witham Lettings Ltd.Its one director is Jayne Purdy. Her company was involved in a highly complex case involving three properties. A landlord complained to TPO about Letting Solutions Ltd after discovering that tenants who subsequently disappeared owing rent and leaving behind significantly damaged properties had not been referenced or had proper deposits collected from them by the agent.Other issues included unprotected deposits, and tenancies that were agreed without the landlord’s approval.TPO says the case was hampered by the agent’s poor record keeping and financial accounting, particularly when it came to disputed monies owed by Lettings Solutions to the landlord.“The agent systematically failed to grasp the fundamental legal principle that the landlord should decide who to rent their property to. My investigation found that Lettings Solutions Ltd had failed to follow Code procedures for referencing and documenting tenant applications,” says Katrine Sporle.The agent was instructed to pay an award of £1,423.74 to the landlord, which it then failed to pay. The company has now been expelled from the TPO and will not be able to register for sales or letting redress for two years.Both companies’ websites are live and both are listed as active with Companies House. Lettings Solutions’ website also still claims that the company is a member of TPO.Katrine Sporle Letting Solutions Ltd London Corporate Apartments expelled by TPO May 18, 2017Nigel 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
View post tag: IFF The navies of Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands have signed a contract with Thales for the delivery of new Mode 5 and Mode S identification friend or foe (IFF) systems for their Karel Doorman-class frigates.The upgrade to the latest NATO IFF standard will enable the vessels to perform military missions with increased dependability and integrity (Mode 5), and better identify civil aircraft (Mode S).The upgrade will also include the civil Mode S to generate a comprehensive recognized air and surface picture.According to Thales, the platforms will be fully operational from 2020.In addition to the supply of identification systems, the contract includes the adjustment of the current LW08 radar systems and the delivery of a user interface for stand-alone control.The Netherlands sold two of its eight M-class frigates to Belgium and another two to Portugal. As a result, Belgian and Portuguese requirements were taken into consideration as well as the requirements of the Royal Netherlands Navy.The contract includes an option for three more new generation identification systems for the Vasco Da Gama frigates of the Portuguese Navy.“We leverage the latest technologies to provide naval forces around the world with the means to better identify air targets and enhance tactical preparedness so they can make the right decisions at the right time. The new generation identification systems will include an advanced user interface to support stand-alone control,” said Gerben Edelijn, CEO, Thales in the Netherlands. View post tag: Portuguese navy View post tag: Karel Dorman-class View post tag: Dutch Navy Share this article Photo: Illustration: Dutch Navy photo of M-class (M for multipurpose) frigate HNLMS Van Speijk View post tag: Thales View post tag: Belgian Navy
For light-duty applications, the Sanyo EMS 1000 microwave oven is newly available from UK agent Valera (West Thurrock, Essex).It has a power output of 1,000 watts and includes a stainless steel cavity and external construction. It also features a ceramic base plate and electronic controls with digital display.Measuring 296mm(h) x 520mm(w) x 412mm(d), the oven will hold a 12in plate. The EMS 1000 features 10 programmable, pre-set controls, and 10 power levels, including variable defrost. It requires a standard 13-amp socket and the list price is £449.
Good morning everyone.The story of this country has been told through our magazines and publications.And at this historic venue, what a fitting opportunity to talk about the value of our publishing sector, one of our oldest and most colourful industries.We can be proud that we still have thriving publications that have been going strong since the 19th century, and have been permanent fixtures in this country for longer than Nelson’s Column and Tower Bridge.The PPA does excellent work advocating for this vital industry, the value of which is not just in economic numbers but in the wider value to our society too.ContextBut let us be under no illusions. It is a difficult time for the magazine industry, and indeed for publishing as a whole.In her recent report into high quality journalism, Dame Frances Cairncross painted a stark picture.There are now around 6,000 fewer journalists than there were roughly a decade ago.And over the last ten years, the circulation for local newspapers has halved.The main driver is rapid change in how we consume content. The majority of people now read news online, including ninety-one percent of 18 to 24 years olds.And these same forces have been sweeping the magazine industry.Whilst magazines have seen less of a decline than newspapers, the Review highlights that the print circulation of news and politics magazines fell by an average of 18 per cent over the five years from 2012 to 2017.However, we are seeing some success stories too, which were also highlighted in Dame Frances’ report.She mentioned the Economist and Spectator as examples of publications that are bucking the trend and bolstering their sales in a difficult climate.And Private Eye has also seen a bumper revival in sales. Although to be fair in Westminster we’re giving them plenty of material.In recent years, there have been new and innovative formats for magazines, and new models of generating revenue.For example, British Vogue has responded to the changing landscape by positioning the magazine as part of a global brand, producing bespoke content for platforms like Snap and Instagram.A prosperous publishing sector is so important. Firstly, because it helps to provide the outlets and forums that bring our society together.Just look at this room today – publications representing so many interests, from crocuses to cricket.Supporting people in getting high quality content, whatever their passion may be, and helping to educate and inspire future generations.Second, a lively and sustainable publishing sector is an integral component of a well-informed society.In a world where online disinformation is an increasing concern, fearless and trusted sources of news and information are as important as ever.So we can hold the powerful to account and have a public discourse that puts the facts first.A healthy and diverse media sector is a sign of a healthy democracy. It is in all of our interests to get this right.So I wanted to use my remarks to briefly set out how we might work together to achieve this goal.SustainabilityThe Cairncross Review set out some strong recommendations to chart a new future for our media sector, and I am grateful for the PPA’s engagement with that Review.We have already started work on a number of these recommendations, and we will respond in full later in the year.We are also looking at longer-term structural concerns, and how we as a Government can address them.For example, online advertising now represents a growing part of the economy and forms an important revenue stream for many publishers.But this burgeoning market is largely opaque and extremely complex.And therefore it is currently impossible to know whether the revenue shares received by news publishers are fair and recognise the considerable work that goes into making high quality content.Dame Frances proposed that the Competition and Markets Authority conducts a market study into the digital advertising market.I agree, and such a study would examine whether the online marketplace is operating effectively, and whether it enables or prevents fair competition.Her Review also proposed establishing a new code of conduct, to rebalance the commercial relationship between publishers and online platforms.That recommendation was echoed in the subsequent review by Jason Furman, which called for a digital platform code of conduct.I am very keen to ensure we make progress in these areas, and I have asked my officials to look in depth at this issue, working closely with publishers, and the platforms.Success here will hopefully go some way to level the playing field.Another consequence of the online revolution is that it is harder than ever to protect intellectual property.Intellectual property is the lifeblood of any creative sector and helps artists and producers to be rewarded for their ingenuity.We want to see better protection for creators, while maintaining the rights of users and supporting a thriving digital economy.That is why we have been supportive of the EU Copyright Directive. And while the Directive is not perfect, it is an important modernisation of the copyright framework for the digital age.Just as we do with all legislation, we will work closely with those affected to make sure we implement it in the right way, and that includes the PPA and its members.So there’s a big programme of work all across Government to create the right conditions for publications, big and small, to both thrive and flourish.RepresentationThe value of a lively publishing sector can be felt all across the UK.Throughout history, our publications have given platforms to those from all walks of life.Publications like The Voice, Jewish News and the Eastern Eye have played a vital role in supporting communities all across the country, and have brought fresh perspectives and new voices to our publishing scene.Just as I am concerned by the closure of local newspapers, the closure of community publications, whether they bind people together through background or through common interest, is of concern too.Creating the right environment for these publications, whether they are online or in print, should make it more likely that everyone has a high quality publication that they can seek out, whatever their background.And it is just as important that we make sure the industry as a whole represents the variety and diversity that makes up modern Britain.Proper representation is vital to maintaining the trust of different audiences – whether it is representation on the byline or elsewhere in the organisation.This isn’t just the right thing to do. It makes good business sense.To know how to evolve to meet the needs of younger, more diverse audiences; you need to employ them.And provide genuine opportunities for those who have talent but may not yet be the finished product, or might not know the right people.I know there is some excellent work taking place here.For example, the Spectator no longer asks for prospective interns to submit CVs, opening the doors to those whose educational background may have previously discouraged them from applying.On top of this, other schemes are tackling wider underlying societal issues. The award winning PressPad is aiming to diversify the media by helping aspiring journalists on work placements to find affordable accommodation with experienced mentors.And I am delighted to be supporting the Creative Careers Programme, which will ensure that at least 160,000 young people will learn about working in the creative sectors though meeting a range of different employers.And it will allow a further two million young people to access careers advice about the creative sector.The programme will be working with employers to help strengthen and develop more routes into the creative industries, so we can have a creative workforce that is more reflective of our wider society.I hope that you can keep building on this momentum, working to provide for diverse, young and UK-wide audiences, and exploring innovative ways to reach them.And I will keep advocating for the industry at the Cabinet table and beyond.ConclusionThe breadth of our publishing industry is something that we can be proud of as a nation.We have a sector that is almost unparalleled in its scale and its vibrancy, spanning multiple formats and many diverse areas.But it is a challenging time and we cannot be complacent about the scale of this challenge.In an era where disinformation and misinformation are posing a grave threat to our democracy and civil society, this is an industry worth fighting for.So thank you for everything you do to entertain and inform our nation.Let’s work together to make this sector stronger and more sustainable in this digital age.Thank you very much.
Yesterday was Jerry Day, which celebrated the 76th birthday of Jerry Garcia. To commemorate the Grateful Dead guitarist and his legacy, Garcia family members Keelin Garcia and Manasha Garcia launched a new label named after the legendary musician. Dubbed the Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC, the organization is “a mission-based company inspired by musician and artist, Jerry Garcia” and will release music and art, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. As the website notes, Garcia considered himself “an artist, that played music.” And so he continues to live on through both his music and his art.To celebrate the launch of the Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC, the organization released a limited number of free downloads of Garcia’s solo acoustic “Ripple” from 1982’s Capitol Theater show in Passaic, New Jersey. As the official Jerry Garcia website points out, “Jerry only played one date (early & late shows) solo. Feeling uncomfortable alone on stage, he made sure that [bassist] John Kahn joined him for his next scheduled show. He never played alone on stage again.”Remastered by audio engineer Joe Gastwirt, the one-and-only solo “Ripple” recording was limited to 2,500 free downloads, but will be made available on most digital music services soon for all to enjoy.In addition to the music, the Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC is offering a limited edition museum quality giclee of Garcia’s watercolor painting, titled “Ripple” as well–going on sale at Terrapin Stationers on August 3rd. According to the organization, a portion of the proceeds from the art piece will support ocean preservation.Check out the watercolor painting, “Ripple” by Jerry Garcia, below. See more art from Jerry Garcia here.For additional information on the Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC, head to their official website.
Gavin Creel, the two-time Tony Award nominee (Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie) will be in Boston giving concerts and master classes for the weekend. He is an actor, musician, human rights activist and a great leader – leading the Hair tribe to marches in Washington D.C. and NYC. He is a respected advocate for the LGBT community and co-founder of Broadway Impact, a grassroots organization of the theater community fighting for marriage equality…. and he just released his new EP “Quiet,” which in its first week broke onto the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart. Creel will be doing a Q&A at OBERON that is free and open to the public on Friday, Dec. 3, at noon. For more information, log on to www.cluboberon.com. Read Full Story
After the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012, Harvard historian Caroline Light felt compelled to explore the roots of the American right to self-defense, which has helped turned the United States into a country with more guns than people.In her new book, “Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense,” Light traces the development of the notion of self-defense from English common law to contemporary stand-your-ground laws. The Gazette sat down with Light to talk about her book, the rise of armed citizenship, and the idea that the right to self-defense has traditionally been wielded by the most privileged against the most vulnerable. GAZETTE: In your book, you trace the history of the American right to self-defense to before the foundation of the United States. Where does this notion come from?LIGHT: I traced the legal theory and ideology of lethal self-defense back to English common law principles, which are foundational to what would eventually become the United States legal system. But self-defense had serious limitations in the English context. People in the United States forget that originally English common law doctrine held a “duty to retreat” that meant that you were obligated to retreat in the face of an attack. The one exception was enunciated in a 1604 court case involving an intrusion of agents of the king into a man’s private dwelling. These are the origins of the Castle Doctrine, which says that you do not have the duty to retreat when you’re in your home because “a man’s home is his castle.” This doctrine originated as an exemption to the duty to retreat, but in the United States it turned into a very expansive set of notions about who is allowed to fight back lethally against whom. The ideology of lethal self-defense is very selective in the U.S., even if we claim to be gender-blind and race-blind. When people in the U.S. said, “A man’s home is his castle,” what they actually meant was, “A white, property-owning man’s home is his castle,” and he’s allowed to fight back.GAZETTE: How did the notion of self-defense that emerged in the 17th century as a privilege for white men who owned property, as you argue, evolve over the centuries?LIGHT: When we look back into the roots of self-defense laws in the United States, we also see that they’re tethered to colonialism, legalized slavery, and the legal doctrine of coverture, which meant that married women couldn’t own any property because their rights were literally “covered” by their husbands. All of these different principles of exclusion were embedded in what would become the United States’ legal system. And as I traced them through time, even as laws started becoming more inclusive, self-defense laws were adjudicated chiefly to protect white men and their property. That took off in the post-Reconstruction era, late in the 19th century, when we see court cases in several states where white men are allowed to fight back lethally even when they aren’t in their home. We don’t see anything like that happening for African-Americans because in the wake of the Civil War, black codes and vagrancy laws, etc., restricted black freedom and access to full citizenship. And most black codes prohibited African-Americans from possessing weapons for self-defense. Similarly, women couldn’t defend themselves against violence from their husbands. I argue that lethal self-defense has been legalized for the most privileged even if, rhetorically, we celebrate self-defense as something universal to all citizens.GAZETTE: What is the turning point at which the “duty to retreat” from threat becomes what you call a “selective right to kill”?LIGHT: The pivotal moment coincides with the end of Reconstruction in the 1870s. There are two crucial court cases, one in Ohio and one in Indiana, in which the state courts decide not to obligate white men to retreat in the face of danger even if they’re outside their homes. This coincided with the moment the federal government withdrew federal forces from the South, which meant it withdrew protections for newly freed people. This was done in the interest of protecting white property, especially given the end of slavery. This legal shift accompanied an effort by whites to retain a claim to what had been their property, to maintain control over formerly enslaved people. The 13th Amendment carried a loophole by which white Southerners could continue enslaving African-Americans under the guise of incarceration for criminal behavior. For instance, vagrancy laws could be used to keep African-Americans in prison. All of these things are part of a larger constellation in which self-defense laws were mobilized selectively in the interest of white property.GAZETTE: How would you describe the legacy of this belief system in today’s American society?LIGHT: Lethal self-defense, in many ways, has become naturalized as a universal civil right. What that means is that many Americans see it as their right to carry a lethal weapon in the interest of self-defense. I tracked the transition from the late 20th-century focus on hunting to what we see today, which is an urgent accumulation of firearms for self-defense. On top of that, stand-your-ground laws have spread to over half the states, declaring that you can “stand your ground” against an attack wherever you may be, even outside your home. But as we’ve seen with cases like Trayvon Martin’s, these laws are not adjudicated in a way that entitles everybody to protect themselves from what they perceive to be a reasonable threat.GAZETTE: You said that the killing of Trayvon Martin inspired you to write this book. How so?LIGHT: That moment was crucial for many Americans. Trayvon’s death and his killer’s ability to walk free were an awakening to the prevalence of racial violence in our supposedly color-blind society. And even though many people would say that the Trayvon Martin case had nothing to do with stand-your-ground laws, it still resonates in terms of how the jury was instructed to consider George Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence. Stand-your-ground laws provide an exemption from criminal prosecution for people who use lethal self-defense in response to a reasonable threat, and that’s what the jury acted on. They believed that it was reasonable for Zimmerman to fear for his life when he saw an unarmed black teenager. I think that speaks volumes to the pernicious injustice of stand-your-ground laws.GAZETTE: In your book, you call stand-your-ground laws part of the “Do-It-Yourself Security Citizenship” movement. Could you tell us what this means?LIGHT: “Do-It-Yourself Security Citizenship” is the idea that an individual can and will be heroically prepared to fight in defense of himself and other innocent lives around him. It’s a seductive narrative for many people. And gun ownership, this notion that you must be prepared to kill or be killed, is at the center of “Do-It-Yourself Security Citizenship.” Whether you have a gun or not, the core idea is that no one is going to protect you, the government won’t protect you, and law enforcement won’t protect you. So as a good citizen, you need to take your safety and security into your own hands. The National Rifle Association [NRA] plays a powerful role in distributing and naturalizing this knowledge, making it seem like an emblem of patriotism to accumulate and carry weapons. Gun ownership is no longer about hunting or recreation; it’s about an urgent necessity to protect yourself from danger and to participate in armed citizenship, which the NRA characterizes as the ideal of American patriotism. Their message is that when you protect yourself, you make everybody safer. I’m not saying that it’s wrong to protect yourself, but I’m asking people to be more self-critical about the way in which “Do-It-Yourself Security Citizenship” is based on anxiety and fear about criminal strangers, including the perception of black masculinity as a threat in and of itself.GAZETTE: Would you say that the notion of the right to self-defense is part of the DNA of the country? If so, how do you think it will evolve?LIGHT: Yes, in a way, it’s in our DNA, but we have our own particular genetic mutations. As the duty to retreat and the Castle Doctrine were transported to what would become the United States, they changed due to the influence of our specific economy, our ideal of Manifest Destiny, the legacy of slavery, and also our willful amnesia around the ways in which the violence of slavery has not been left in the past at all. It is in many ways built into our DNA, but does that mean we can’t change it? I remain hopeful that we may become more critical about armed citizenship and its impact on public safety. It’s going to take all of us to rethink and question DIY Security Citizenship as the emblem of patriotism.