Pasadena and East Pasadena Target Stores to be Staffed with a Beauty Conscierge

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Beginning Friday, Target stores in Pasadena and East Pasadena will be one of 96 existing locations in Los Angeles and Orange counties to be staffed with a beauty concierge.Participating stores will be staffed with a Target Beauty Concierge, a highly-trained, brand agnostic beauty enthusiast who is available to answer guests’ questions in-store, according to a news statement.Serving as a trusted expert, the beauty concierge will provide guests with personalized, detailed and unbiased information about beauty and personal care products offered at Target and will act as a knowledgeable source of advice, according to the statement.Beauty concierges will be located in the beauty aisle at Target wearing a distinct black apron. No appointment is necessary. The Pasadena and East Pasadena Target stores are located, respectively, at 777 E. Colorado Blvd. and 3121 E. Colorado Blvd.“Target is excited to offer this unique, special service to our Los Angeles and Orange County area guests – guests whom we know are passionate about beauty,” said Cary Strouse, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the Western region.“In an often crowded and sometimes daunting marketplace, Target’s Beauty Concierge program ensures that guests receive the friendly, personalized assistance and counsel they need, while purchasing their favorite beauty products at affordable prices,” Strouse said.In addition, the program will launch in 27 stores in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Baltimore area, 36 stores in Minneapolis and expand by an additional 41 stores in Chicago, with approximately 200 stores implementing the program in 2013, according to the news statement. Beauty Pasadena and East Pasadena Target Stores to be Staffed with a Beauty Conscierge From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 7:14 pm 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve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 Business News Top of the News center_img Community News Herbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

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Acceptability Of A ‘Will’ In Financial Institutions: Problems And Possible Solutions

first_imgColumnsAcceptability Of A ‘Will’ In Financial Institutions: Problems And Possible Solutions Raghav Kumar Singh26 July 2020 8:07 AMShare This – xAlthough a ‘Will’ is a legal instrument but when it comes to its acceptability, it is obviously not treated at par with that of the Succession Certificate or a letter of administration. Most of the financial institutions have internal policies which require treating of loan proposals/deceased settlement cases with extra care and caution whenever a ‘Will’ is involved. One of the reasons…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAlthough a ‘Will’ is a legal instrument but when it comes to its acceptability, it is obviously not treated at par with that of the Succession Certificate or a letter of administration. Most of the financial institutions have internal policies which require treating of loan proposals/deceased settlement cases with extra care and caution whenever a ‘Will’ is involved. One of the reasons for such instructions is that high number of frauds takes place in cases of ‘Will’. Since, Succession certificate is a conclusive finding of the court regarding determination of the property rights of the members of the family of deceased in case of intestate succession, therefore, Succession Certificate shall always hold a better position in terms of acceptability in the financial institution than a ‘Will’. Since, in a Succession Certificate, the finding which is made by the court, in determining the property rights of the legal heir(s), is equivalent to a judgment of the court, therefore, it can be easily relied upon by the financial institutions in case of it being a part of the chain of title of the property or settlement of the deceased claim. As per the code of Bank’s commitment to customers by Banking codes and standards Board of India, deceased claim has to be settled and payment has to be released to the survivor(s)/ nominee(s) within a period of not exceeding 15 days from the date of receipt of the claim subject to the production of the proof of death of the depositor and suitable identification of the claim(s), to the bank’s satisfaction. It has to be considered here that although there is a timeline which has been specified of 15 days for the release of payment from the time of receipt of documents in case of deceased claim settlement, the same has been left to the satisfaction of the Bank to verify the genuineness and the authenticity of the ‘Will’ and also whether it is the last and final ‘Will’. Therefore, that process may take more time and it differs from case to case basis. Similarly, when a ‘Will’ is involved in the Chain of title of the documents, financial institutions would be careful in considering the same or treating it at par with any other document like sale deed, gift deed, etc, conveying the title of the property for the above-mentioned reasons. Therefore, the question arises here as to how the ‘Will’ should be treated by such financial institutions in order to strike a balance between the interest of the customer as well as the legislative intent of use of a ‘Will’ as a document for conveyance of property rights and safeguarding the security interest of such financial institutions? It would not be wise to expect one straight jacket formula for the aforementioned question. One needs to understand that every document has a degree of acceptability in every institution and there involves varying scope of risk with each document. It is obvious that such document which can be easily verified and authenticity of which can easily be examined would be more acceptable than the other. Considering the aforementioned factors, the question which would arise while considering a ‘Will’ is, can it be easily verified? And can the authenticity of a ‘Will’ be examined conveniently? In order to understand this, first we have to understand, what is the meaning of a ‘Will’? The ‘Will’ is defined under Sec. 2 (h) of the Indian Succession Act, 1925 as “the legal declaration of the intention of a testator with respect to his property which he desires to be carried into effect after his death.” In common terms, a ‘Will’ is the document which allows the owner of the property to enjoy the benefits of such property till his lifetime and then vest such rights relating to the property after his demise to the person of his choice by exercising his prerogative. Generally, this prerogative is exercised in order to do away with the operation of the Law of Intestate Succession. The owner of the property might not want the devolution of the property to take place as per the law of intestate succession since such devolution may not be as per his intention or wishes. Also, one of the other reasons for executing a ‘Will’ is to save the legal heirs from the hardship and rigorous process of obtaining the Succession Certificate from the Court which has cost implications and also consumes a lot of time and effort. In order to understand the complete operation of ‘Will’, it is pertinent to understand the effect of Part V of the Indian Succession Act, 1925 deals with the provisions of Intestate Succession i.e. when a person dies without making a ‘Will’ and PART VI of the Indian Succession Act, 1925 which deals with the provisions of Testamentary Succession. And Section 57 which sets forth that such provisions are applicable in territories of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay subject to the restrictions specified therein. And it is further pertinent to understand what ‘probate’ is? As per section 2(f) of the Indian Succession Act, 1925, Probate means the copy of the will certified under the seal of a court of competent jurisdiction with a grant of administration to the estate of the testator. Basically, it is a judicial proceeding conducted to examine the validity and authenticity of the ‘Will’. Furthermore, Sec.213 (1) of the Indian Succession Act, 1925 states that no right as executor or legatee can be established in any Court of Justice, unless a Court of competent jurisdiction in India has granted probate or the ‘Will’ under which the right is claimed, or has granted letters of administration with the ‘Will’ or with an authenticated copy of the ‘Will’ annexed. The sub section (2) of the said section further states that the said section shall not apply in case of will made by Mohammedans or Indian Christians and shall only apply to the cases of ‘Will’ made by any Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh or Jain where such ‘Wills’ are of the classes specified in clauses (a) and (b) of section 57. A combined reading of Sections 213 and 57 of the Act would show that where the parties to the ‘Will’ are Hindus or the properties in question are not in territories falling under Section 57 (a) and (b), Sub Section (2) of Section 213 of the Act applies and sub section (1) has no application. As a consequence, a probate of a ‘Will’ is not required to be obtained by a Hindu, in respect of a ‘Will’ made outside those territories or regarding the immovable properties situated outside those territories i.e. Calcutta, Madras and Bombay. Therefore, it can be safely said that it is not mandatory to probate the ‘Will’ other than in the territories of Calcutta, Madras or Bombay. However, it is advisable to get the WILL probated in order to rule out the coercion, to confirm the subject Will is the last Will and to rule out the contrary claim on the subject property. Now after attaining the clarity about what is a ‘Will’ and what is a ‘Probate’, let us consider the two most important questions i.e. whether a ‘Will’ can be easily verified? And can the authenticity of a ‘Will’ be examined conveniently? Since, it has been already stated that it is not mandatory for the will to be probated apart from the territories of Calcutta, Bombay and Madras; it would mean that any person can make a ‘Will’ on a simple piece of paper, specifying his intention in regard to the devolvement of the property rights as per his prerogative. However, even if that ‘Will’ is not required to be probated, whether it needs Registration? By definition nothing compels a ‘Will’ to be compulsorily registered under section 17 of the Registration Act, 1908. But considering the fact of relevance of ‘Will’, which shall have financial implication, it is always recommended to get a ‘Will’ Registered. Creating a record by virtue of Registration shall afford some degree of genuineness and authenticity to that document. But whether a registered will can be considered as a final ‘Will’ in law? The answer is ‘No’. Even if the ‘Will’ has been registered then also a subsequent ‘Will’ can be made and the previous ‘Will’ can be cancelled. This would mean that even registration does not afford the final word on authenticity and genuineness of the ‘Will’. Therefore, considering the aforementioned tests-Whether a document can be easily verified and can the authenticity of that document be examined conveniently? The answer which we were looking for, which is a comfortable ‘yes’, is missing in the instant case i.e. a registered ‘Will’. Now, the obvious question which arises here is, in order to get the answer that we are looking for i.e. a ‘yes’, what is required in case of a ‘Will’? The answer is pretty simple, as already stated, it is ‘Probate’. Even though it has not been made mandatory as mentioned above, it is the only legal proceeding which gives finality to the ‘Will’ when it comes to its genuineness and authenticity and can be easily relied upon by the financial institutions and increases that scope of acceptability of the document since it can be easily verified as there is a record created in form of an order of probate and authenticity of such document has already been verified by the Court. Therefore, it is advisable to get the ‘Will’ probated. However, probate proceedings incur cost and it takes time to get an order from the Court. One can argue that the basic purpose of creating a ‘Will’ is to make a document which could create property rights without any hassle and as already stated, avoid the hardship of getting a succession certificate from the Court and the very purpose of making a ‘Will’ is frustrated if the person is subjected to visit court and incur expenses for a legal proceeding which is not even mandatory in law. This concern is genuine but again it boils down to the question of acceptability and reliance of the financial document in order to safeguard the security interest of the financial institutions. In such a scenario where there is void to confirm the genuineness and authenticity of ‘Will’ (other than probate cases), the concern of the same being misused is not misplaced. It has to be acknowledged that when a loan is given by any financial institution (apart from loan schemes without security), the same is done on the basis of keeping certain property as a security so that when the loan is not being repaid and has been classified as a Non performing Asset, such financial institution can enforce its security interest to recover the dues. When the document by virtue of which such security interest is intended to be safeguarded itself does not inspire any confidence to the lender in terms of its authenticity and reliability then acceptability of such document is bound to get questioned. Particularly in the world of today, when there are numerous tools available to create a forged document, it becomes more important for the financial institutions to exercise all the available safeguards before disbursing any loan. Does it mean that every financial institution should not act on any ‘Will’ that is not probated? The answer is ‘No’. Every case where a ‘Will’ is involved has to be dealt with on a case to case basis. Every transaction or a chain of title where a ‘Will’ is involved is different from the other. There are certain factors which should be considered while considering an unprobated ‘Will’ like whether a ‘Will’ is registered, whether a reasonable time has been lapsed since the operation of the ‘Will’ and the subject property is in the possession of the person in whose favour the ‘Will’ has been made (legatee), whether there does not seem to exist any dispute in regard to such will and a discreet enquiry has been made to vindicate the same, whether all the legal heirs are aware about the ‘Will’ and there does not exist any dispute, whether publication has been made about the ‘Will’ inviting objections in leading newspapers and no objections were received, etc. These factors are only inclusive and as stated every will is peculiar in nature and has to be dealt accordingly. The act of balancing of legislative intent of not making probate mandatory combined with the interest of the customer producing the unprobated ‘Will’ vis-a-vis safeguarding the security interest of the financial institution has to be made without resorting to any straight jacket formula.Views are personal only.(Author is the Deputy Manager (Law)  at State Bank of India,Bhopal) Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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19th Annual Leadership Conference opens tonight at Troy

first_imgLatest Stories Book Nook to reopen Foster sentenced to 48 years for Christmas Eve 2017 murder, shooting Charles Louis Foster was sentenced on Wednesday to 48 years in prison for the murder of Eddie Blair and attempted… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The 19th Annual Leadership Conference will get underway at 4:30 p.m. today with a pre-conference workshop for teachers facilitated by Dr. Fred Figliano and Eujon Anderson. The topic of the workshop is “Engineering Design Through Integrated STEM Education.”The conference will officially open tonight at 6:15 at Troy University’s Trojan Center. The opening keynote speaker will be Dr. Mary Frances Berry who, for more than four decades, has been one of the most visible and respected activists in the cause of civil rights, gender equality and social justice. Serving as chairperson of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Berry led the charge for equal rights and liberties for all Americans over the course of four Presidential administrations.On Saturday morning, the General Session speakers will be Lieutenant General Gwen Bingham, (Ret.), Col. Nathan C. Mooney II, Rev. Curtis Kennington, Christopher Scott and Tiffany Slater. 19th Annual Leadership Conference opens tonight at Troy Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Bingham is a United States Army retired three-star general. She was deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. She has been a trailblazer, serving as the first woman to hold numerous positions as a General Officer. Bingham’s awards included the 2019 White House Correspondents’ “Be Fearless” award and the 2019 Joint Women’s Leadership in Excellence Meritorious Service Award. Mooney currently serves as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair and Associate Professor of Strategic Leadership at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University in Washington D.C.  Mooney also serves as co-leader for the Eisenhower School’s Space and Counterspace Industry.Kennington has been at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Troy since June 2017. During his time in Troy, Kennington has worked to foster a strong and diverse community with progressive teachings and outreach. He has a large heart which is evident in his work. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe 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 Kennedy has participated on special panels and delivered keynote addresses at national and state conferences, government agencies and corporate events. She has participated in programs at the National Archives, Congressional Forums with Congressman John Lewis and on the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March.Adult registration for the 2020 Leadership Conference is $30. Student registration is $15. Registrations may be made at the door. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsoncenter_img By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author Published 9:41 pm Thursday, January 30, 2020 You Might Like Skip Scott is an engineer and entrepreneur. As a network engineer, he remotely manages three of AT&T’s network sites in Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador. He owns and operates a personal finance and life education brand called LifeLiteracy and a photo booth company. The 19th Annual Leadership Conference will close at noon on Saturday. The closing keynote speaker will be Peggy Wallace Kennedy, the daughter of the late, George C. Wallace.last_img read more

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Coronavirus news: University imposes quarantine for all students

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 897,000 people worldwide.Over 27.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 6.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 189,718 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 744,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 662,000 cases and over 650,000 cases, respectively.Nearly 170 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least six of which are in crucial phase three trials.Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:Sep 09, 10:09 amMiami University reports 159 new cases over Labor Day weekendMiami University in Ohio reported 159 new cases of the coronavirus over the Labor Day weekend, bringing the university’s total number of cases to 1,037 in the last two weeks, according to a school dashboard.Over the long weekend, six Miami University students were cited for breaking the city’s ordinance against large gatherings, ABC Cincinnati affiliate WCPO-TV reported.The students told police they tested positive for COVID-19 and were supposed to be quarantining, WCPO reported.Sep 09, 8:59 amNo trick-or-treating allowed in Los Angeles CountyNo trick-or-treating is allowed this Halloween in Los Angeles County due to the pandemic, ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV reported.The health department said it’s too difficult to maintain social distancing with door-to-door trick-or-treating.Parties, haunted houses and “trunk or treating” — when kids go from car to car instead of house to house — are also not allowed.Car parades, dressing up houses and Halloween-themed meals at outdoor restaurants are permitted, the Department of Health said.California has the most coronavirus cases of any state in the U.S., with over 745,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins University data.Over 249,000 of California’s cases are in Los Angeles County, according to county data. At least 6,036 people in the county have died.Sep 09, 8:31 amUniversity in Illinois imposes two-week quarantine for all studentsA private university in central Illinois is requiring its entire student body to quarantine for two weeks and is temporarily reverting to remote learning due to clusters of COVID-19 cases on campus.Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, has confirmed just under 50 positive cases on campus so far, according to the school’s president, Stephen Standifird, who expressed concern over seeing “both large and small gathering where masks and physical distancing are not observed.”“Although it may seem extreme, this move to temporary remote learning and a two-week, all-student quarantine allows us to focus on the continuity of the educational experience for all of our students while giving us time to gather data on the full extent of the spread of the virus and assess the best way to proceed as a community,” Standifird said in a message to students Tuesday.From Tuesday, the school is requiring students to limit nonessential interactions, stay in their residence halls or off-campus housing and take classes remotely.“This two-week quarantine creates an opportunity for us to reset our behaviors so we can have a successful semester,” Standifird added. “I still think it’s possible for us to do so. We would not engage in the two-week quarantine if I did not believe it was possible for us to complete the semester on campus successfully, but this only happens if we collectively change our behaviors moving forward.”Bradley University currently enrolls nearly 6,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs, according to its website.Sep 09, 8:00 amUK ‘urgently reviewing’ halted vaccine trial after volunteer falls illThe U.K. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said it is “urgently reviewing all the information and actively engaging with the researchers to determine whether the trial should restart as quickly as possible,” following news that AstraZeneca had paused its COVID-19 vaccine study being conducted with England’s University of Oxford due to what the pharmaceutical company described as a “potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials.”The government body is responsible for deciding when the trial can resume.“Participant safety in any clinical trial is our top priority,” said Dr. Siu Ping Lam, the MHRA’s director of licensing division, said in a statement Wednesday. “We are working with the Oxford Vaccine Centre following the temporary pause of their COVID-19 vaccine trial to allow for the review of safety data. This is in line with the authorized protocol for the trial.”The University of Oxford wouldn’t give details on the participant’s condition or whereabouts, citing patient confidentiality.“Whilst it has been reported that one trial volunteer has become ill, this may be due to an issue related to the vaccine. It also may not,” a university spokesperson told ABC News Wednesday morning.During an interview with Sky News on Wednesday, British Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock revealed that it’s not the first time the trial has been halted.“It’s not actually the first time it has happened to the Oxford vaccine and it’s a standard process in clinical trials,” Hancock said. “There was a pause earlier in the summer and that was resolved without a problem.”Sep 09, 7:33 amEngland bans social gatherings above 6 for the ‘foreseeable future’New rules limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings in England to six people will remain in place for the “foreseeable future,” British Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said Wednesday.“I really hope we can turn this round before Christmas,” Hancock told BBC radio.The restrictions, which will take effect Monday and be enforceable by law, will not apply to schools, workplaces or “life events” such as weddings and funerals, Hancock said. Unlike the previous set of coronavirus-related guidelines, people could be fined for failing to comply with the new rules — 100 British pounds (approximately $130) the first time, doubling on each offense up to a maximum of 3,200 British pounds (approximately $4,140), according to Hancock.Sep 09, 4:37 amUS reports under 30,000 new cases for second straight dayThere were 26,387 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the second straight day that the United States has reported under 30,000 new cases in a 24-hour reporting period. Tuesday’s tally is well below the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.An additional 445 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Tuesday, down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.A total of 6,328,051 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 189,680 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.Last week, an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News showed the number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States had ticked upward while new deaths had decreased in week-over-week comparisons.Sep 09, 3:49 amIndia records over 89,000 new cases as government relaxes restrictionsIndia confirmed another 89,706 COVID-19 cases and 1,115 deaths in the past 24 hours, as the government gradually eases restrictions in a bid to resuscitate the economy which shrank by nearly 24% in the last quarter.The country’s cumulative total now stands at 4.37 million cases and 73,890 fatalities, according to the latest data from the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. India has the second-highest tally of cases in the world and the third-highest death toll in the coronavirus pandemic, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The recent rise in cases can be partly attributed to increased testing. The number of daily tests being conducted across the vast country of 1.3 billion people has grown to over a million. So far, nearly 3.3 million people in India have recovered from COVID-19.Despite the soaring infections, the health ministry announced Tuesday that schools outside containment zones will be permitted to reopen from Sept. 21 for students of 9-12th grades who seek guidance from teachers. In-person attendance will be voluntary and face masks will be required at all times. Online learning will still be permitted as students, teachers and staff members living in containment zones won’t be allowed to attend classes.India’s most popular tourist attraction, the Taj Mahal, will also reopen Sept. 21, with a maximum 5,000 visitors allowed per day to prevent overcrowding.The government allowed the phased resumption of metro rail operations across the country from Monday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Classification and ordination of cryptogamic communities in Wilkes Land, Continental Antarctica

first_imgThe entirely cryptogamic vegetation of Bailey and Clark Peninsulas, Windmill Islands, Budd Coast, Wilkes Land, Antarctica, is described for the first time. The vegetation of this area is exceptionally well developed and diverse and represents one of the most important botanical sites on the continent. The macroflora comprises three species of moss, one liverwort, three fruticose lichens, four foliose and over 20 crustose lichens; several macroalgae also occur. Seventy stands of relatively homogeneous vegetation were analysed and the percentage cover afforded by every species within 20 quadrats per site was recorded. A subjective classification was developed by visual ordering of the data sets and a hierarchical system erected which incorporates one moss- and one lichen-dominated sub-formation; the former includes two associations and seven sociations, while the latter comprises one association which includes four sociations. The data were then arranged by centroid linkage analysis to produce an objective classification, and subsequently ordinated by principal components analysis to generate groups of stands, the inter-relations of which were interpreted in ecological and environmental terms. The objective classification and ordination strongly support the subjectively derived groupings or sociations. Examples of plant interactions are qualitatively described.last_img read more

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(Poly)phenolic compounds in pollen and spores of antarctic plants as indicators of solar UV-B: a new proxy for the reconstruction of past solar UV-B?

first_imgThe morphology, size and characteristics of the pollen of the plant species Antarctic hairgrass (Deschampsia antarctica, Poaceae) and Antarctic pearlwort (Colobanthus quitensis, Caryophyllaceae) are described by scanning electron microscopy and light microscopy. Based on the number of pores the pollen of Colobanthus quitensis is classified as periporate or polypantorate, while that of Deschampsia antarctica is monoporate.Pollen of Vicia faba plants, exposed to enhanced UV-B (10.6 kJ m–2 day–1 UV-BBE) in a greenhouse, showed an increased content of UV-B absorbing compounds. There was also an increase of UV-B absorbing compounds in response to exposure to UV-A. By sequential chemical extraction three `compartments’ of UV-B absorbance of pollen can be distinguished: a cytoplasmic fraction consisting of, e.g., flavonoids (acid-methanol extractable), a wall-bound fraction, consisting of, e.g., ferulic acid (NaOH extractable) and aromatic groups in the bioresistant polymer sporopollenin possibly consisting of, e.g., para-coumaric acid monomers (fraction remaining after acetolysis). The sporopollenin fraction in the pollen of Helleborus foetidus showed considerable UV-B absorbance (280–320 nm). There is evidence that enhanced solar UV-B induces increased UV-B absorbance (of sporopollenin) in pollen and spores of mosses, which may be preserved in the fossil record. As there are no instrumental records of solar UV-B in the Antarctic before 1970 and no instrumental records of stratospheric ozone over the Antarctic before 1957, the use of UV-B absorbing polyphenolics in pollen (and spores) as bio-indicator, or proxy of solar UV-B, may allow reconstruction of pre-ozone hole and subrecent UV-B and stratospheric ozone levels. Pollen and spores from herbarium specimens and from frozen moss banks (about 5000–10000 years old) in the Antarctic may, therefore, represent a valuable archive of historical UV-B levels.last_img
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Purplebricks signals imminent move into Europe with extra £125m from German publisher

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks signals imminent move into Europe with extra £125m from German publisher previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks signals imminent move into Europe with extra £125m from German publisherHuge investment by Europe’s largest publisher and portal owner Axel Springer is to help the hybrid agent move into new markets, expand faster in the US and upgrade its IT systems.Nigel Lewis26th March 201803,395 Views German publisher and property portal owner Axel Springer has invested £125 million in Purplebricks for 11.5% of its share capital, it has been announced, subject to a board meeting likely to rubber-stamp the deal next month.The surprise move by the €7 billion publisher of Europe’s largest tabloid newspaper Bild is to help fund a faster roll-out of the hybrid agency in the US, to prepare for entry into new markets and to improve its IT systems.Berlin-based Axel Springer’s investment, which echoes the Daily Mail’s involvement with Zoopla, is being led by its classified advertising chief Andreas Wiele, who joins the Purplebricks’ board as a non-exec director.But the investment also adds to Axel Springer’s existing property portal portfolio – it operates several leading European versions of Rightmove including SeLoger, Immowelt and Immoweb.European expansion?And like many UK publishers who have invested in digital media in the past, the move is designed to offset the huge migration by many agents from traditional publishing to online, and suggests an imminent move by the hybrid agent into European markets such as Germany and France.“Under the leadership of its founder Michael Bruce, Purplebricks has created a highly innovative digital real estate platform and has become the clear market leader in the UK in a short space of time,” says Andreas Wiele.“For Axel Springer, this minority stake offers the opportunity to participate in an innovative, fast growing business model in new markets.”The deal is being funded through a £100m purchase of new shares in Purplebricks, and the buy-up of existing shares from several of Purplebricks’ senior management team.“The strategic partnership with Axel Springer is ground breaking and will propel Purplebricks further towards our strategic goals and global ambition,” says Purplebricks’ CEO Michael Bruce.“We now have the platform, funding and, through Axel Springer’s experience, as well as the appointment of four new leading non-executive directors, the expertise to achieve our vision.”Read more about Purplebricks.Purplebricks Michael Bruce Andreas Wiele axel springer March 26, 2018Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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University buys space centre

first_imgA consortium including Oxford University has bought the majority of Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station in Cornwall. Oxford will work with defence technology firm QinetiQ and the UK Space Agency to turn the former telecommunications hub into a world class space centre. Steve Rawlings, Professor of Astrophysics at Oxford and academic head of the 1.5 billion Euro Swuare Kilometre Array Radio Astronomy Project (SKA), said, “The opportunity to include Goonhilly in a number of leading radio astronomy projects and related research and development work is truly exciting. He said that the University is “thrilled by the possibilities of having its students and staff down in Cornwall where the new outreach centre will attract many young new scientists who will be rubbing shoulders with top flight engineers and physicists from around the world.”last_img read more

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Cinemark Movies 14 in Mishawaka will reopen July 10

first_img Facebook Twitter (“Movie Theater” by MathWizXP, CC by-SA 2.0) It’s nearly time to pop the corn at Cinemark Movies 14 in Mishawaka.The theatre announced Wednesday that they’ll reopen on July 10th with enhanced safety measures.Cinemark says they’ll be showing classic movies at reduced prices, and thoroughly cleaning the theatre at least every 30 minutes.They are also providing a supply of hand sanitizer and seat wipes, improving their air quality, and more. Pinterest Google+ Cinemark Movies 14 in Mishawaka will reopen July 10 Previous articleF.O.P. Survey: 80% SBPD officers have considered leaving the departmentNext articleCongressman Upton speaks up in support of the energy industry Tommie Lee Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook By Tommie Lee – June 17, 2020 0 401 last_img read more

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Stop the Week: online

first_imgThis week’s round-up is inadvertently animal-themed as bears and birds terrorise the bakery world. Bearing up after theftWe always thought that leaving the last one of something on a plate was a very British thing to do. How many times have you seen one olive, or one roll left as everybody is just too ruddy polite to take the last one?Apparently, the same affliction affects Canadian bears. Clearly the season of gorging is upon us as a bear broke into a bakery in Lyons, Colorado by smashing a window and climbing onto the oven. He proceeded to eat 24 pies, as well as bags of ingredients.You may assume he’d guzzle anything on offer, but it turns out he saved some for the next hungry customer. Mikaela Lehnert, daughter of the owner, told The Guardian: “He went for the apple and the cherry, but left behind the strawberry rhubarb, so he was a picky little guy.”As well as being polite and thoughtful, the bear’s midnight snack has caused much welcome publicity for the bakery, and business has boomed since, so there are no hard feelings should he want to come back.Note: It is unlikely that this is the same bear mentioned above.Greedy gullWould you consider the theft of your food a crime? Could you blame a man for reporting such a theft to the police?It turns out you can – when the criminal in question is a seagull. A peckish man caused widespread derision this week after logging a call to the police to complain about the bird. Just as he was launching into a full blow-by-blow account of the greedy gull’s scavenge attempt, the operator sharply cut him off with: “Yes, but what does this have to do with the police?”Maybe this is a valid query – who IS policing the animals? What do you do if you are chased by a badger or attacked by a ram?During a 24-hour tweetathon by Avon and Somerset Police, 41 calls deemed of “inappropriate” substance for 999 were recorded. Other examples included someone complaining of a tight taxi seatbelt offering no leeway and someone else who had been splashed by a puddle.On balance, the man with the seagull issue was making a fair point. Note: It is odd how the bird is scarier than the bear.Cat loaf loveBritish Baker purred with delight when we came across these adorable cat-shaped loaves. Admittedly, the painted-on eyes, nose and mouth were essential to recognising what would otherwise be a lumpy loaf as a cat – but adorable all the same.The loaves have cat ears added, with painted yet edible cat faces.Creator Lou, from Lou Lou P’s Delights, said: “The inspiration behind Cat Loaf is my elderly cat Marble. Marble is now 20 years old and is almost completely blind, yet she still remains content and packed full of spirit. I adore the expression ‘Cat Loaf’, that pose a kitty takes when she folds under her paws, perfectly mimicking a nice big bloomer.”last_img read more

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