Next shares: should I buy now? I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images Nadia Yaqub | Saturday, 13th March, 2021 | More on: NXT Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Nadia Yaqub Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address I have written about Next (LSE: NXT) shares before. I reckon the coronavirus pandemic has sifted the strong retailers from the weak. In Next’s case, it has emerged as a winner.I continue to like the FTSE 100 stock and would buy it in my portfolio. A recent announcement from the company has caught my eye and I reckon it’s worth analysing. So here’s my take on it.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Recent developmentsOn Wednesday, Next announced that it has agreed terms to acquire a 25% stake in Reiss. I should stress that this deal has not been finalised and is subject to regulatory clearance. Next will make an equity investment of £33m and a debt investment of £10m, financed from its own cash resources.What I like about the agreement is that Next has the option to purchase an additional 26% interest until July 2022. This means its potential holding could be 51%.Why do I think it’s good for Next shares?Next has weathered the coronavirus crisis through its online sales. E-commerce currently accounts for over 50% of its revenue and I expect this to continue.Reiss offers a luxury apparel brand that operates at the upper end of the high street. It sells clothing and accessories for men and women. Why I think this is great for Next shares is that the company has diversified its offering while allowing Reiss to retain its own management and creative independence.The terms of the deal mean that Reiss’s website and online operations will use Next’s Total Platform. This includes warehousing and distributions services. Reiss is a much smaller retailer than Next and this partnership, in my opinion, should work well. It expects Reiss will go live on the platform in February 2022.What I also like is that this could be a potential way for the retailer to expand its offering. If its partnership with Reiss is a success, I reckon other smaller brands could jump on the bandwagon of using Next’s infrastructure.I think it’s a great way to lure in small retailers to use the company’s resources in exchange for investment stakes. This way Next can grow it’s retail empire in the UK and overseas.Reiss: an overviewAs I mentioned, Reiss pitches itself at the higher end of the high street in terms of clothing and accessories. According to Next’s statement, Reiss generated £227m in sales in the year to 1 February 2020.I like that the brand is growing as it achieved an increase of 22% on the prior year. I think its a great addition to Next’s business. This comes after it was involved in a bid to take over Topshop, part of Sir Philip Green’s collapsed Arcadia empire, but pulled out earlier this year.The risksWhile Next has a big online business versus its competitors, it’s not immune to the pandemic. Potential high unemployment and reduced consumer spending could impact revenue.The longer government restrictions are in place means the longer the company is paying rent on closed retail stores. Although the share price has slipped, it’s still close to all-time highs.But for now, I think the crisis could throw up some great takeover opportunities. This could be a great way for the company to expand its retail empire. Hence I’d buy Next shares in my portfolio. Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Next. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Today’s offering is, well agony for the almost try-scorers as this video looks at some of those unfortunate players who blew it (hilariously in some cases) with the try line at their mercy. Some deserved the agony as they were showboating and for others, well you can’t do anything but sympathise and hope it never happens to you!!!
David Flatman, Gareth Thomas and Carl Fearns are also among those to have responded to the post: Controversy: Israel Folau is at the centre of another social media storm (Getty Images) This time Rugby Australia have responded swiftly and decisively.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Rugby Australia set to sack Israel Folau for latest anti-gay commentsIsrael Folau faces the sack following his latest anti-gay comments on social media.Rugby Australia have been trying to contact the full-back over the past 24 hours since his controversial posts, but with no response they have said: “In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.”Waratahs and Wallabies star Folau caused controversy with two separate posts on Instagram and Twitter.His Instagram post said that “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators” were destined for hell unless they repented: If heaven is full of people like Israel Folau then you can count me out. #sinforthewin #athiest— Carl Fearns (@Carl_Fearns) April 10, 2019New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has also criticised Folau after being asked about his posts in a press conference. She said: “Obviously at a personal level I clearly don’t agree with what he said, and I’m very mindful of the fact that he is for many a role model. He’s a person in a position of influence and I think that with that comes responsibility.“I’m particularly mindful of young people who are members of our rainbow community, there is a lot of vulnerability there. I totally disagree with what he’s said and the way he’s using his platform.”It is a year since Folau caused similar fury with homophobic comments on social media. On that occasion he met with Rugby Australia and was reminded to “use social media in a respectful way”, but there were no formal sanctions and he recently signed a new four-year deal with the Waratahs and Wallabies. In a statement shortly after these went online, Rugby Australia described the Instagram post as “unacceptable” and added: “It does not represent the values of the sport and is disrespectful to members of the rugby community.”Qantas, the Wallabies’ main sponsors, also spoke out, stating: “These comments are really disappointing and clearly don’t reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity that we support.”Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union have repeatedly tried to contact Folau since the posts but “he has failed to communicate directly with either organisation”. The statement goes on to say: “Whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport. We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts.“Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he cannot share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality.“As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.“In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.” On Twitter he criticised the decision by the state of Tasmania to make listing a baby’s gender on birth certificates optional: Waratahs and Wallabies full-back Israel Folau has sparked controversy with his recent social media posts To @IzzyFolau hope this reaches you . Please think about it . pic.twitter.com/MDtZtiHhba— MichaelLeitchリーチマイケル (@g_leitch) April 11, 2019Harlequins prop Joe Marler responded to the comments with a photo of two men kissing: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Many rugby players have come out to criticise Folau. Japan captain Michael Leitch has released a video describing Folau as a “bully” and calling for an apology:
Area: 10500 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeSpaces [email protected]#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNew DelhiOn FacebookIndiaPublished on March 20, 2020Cite: “The Screen House / Spaces [email protected]” 19 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Photo Courtesy of AARP.orgAfter businesses sought to woo customers on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, nonprofits are hoping Giving Tuesday will help bolster their charitable endeavors throughout Pasadena and the world.Started in 2012 to encourage generosity, Giving Tuesday calls for the public to take a break from the shopping and bustle of the holiday season to give something back, whether it be a donation to a charity or simply lending a helping hand to a stranger.While the event is traditionally held on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, organizers this year added an additional Giving Tuesday event in May as a response to the increased need created by the COVID-19 pandemic.The pandemic has brought increased need while also precluding the types of in-person events and fundraisers nonprofit organizations often rely on for support. Many have turned to online endeavors.But the generosity of those Pasadenans still in a position to help others has remained strong, according to Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, who serves as CEO of the nonprofit Friends in Deed.“We are really fortunate to have some wonderful donors and supporters, but yes, our food pantry lines were the highest we’ve ever had last week, with nearly 400 in two days,” he said. Grater estimated food pantry use has risen by 30 percent during the pandemic.“So we know that every dollar matters so that we can feed folks and we can help people get off the streets,” Grater said. “And so we’re putting a little extra effort into giving Tuesday this year.”With social distancing mandates still in effect, “This year, we are doing a little something different,” he said.The first 50 donors to contribute $100 or more will receive overnight bags emblazoned with the Friends in Deed logo, according to Grater.Throughout the year, Friends in Need collects not only monetary donations, but also food and other necessities to stock its pantry, Grater said.Looking forward to January, Grater said the organization was preparing to distribute cold and wet weather gear, since the pandemic won’t allow the usual overnight shelter. Donations for that effort were also needed.The Pasadena Symphony and Pops is also trying a new approach to Giving Tuesday, symphony CEO Laura Unger said.“We have a special promotion and a special offer that combines Giving Tuesday and Cyber Monday in one,” she said.Over the course of the pandemic, Pasadena Symphony and Pops Music Director David Lockington has been recording duets with guest artists, Unger said.“We are releasing an online concert of his duets,” she said. “Every donor who participates between the 48 hours of Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday will receive, as a gift, this online concert of his duets. So it’s a way to really be part of the community and support your local orchestra and receive a gift from us in return.”With concerts banned for months by health orders, the symphony and the music industry at large has taken a significant hit, Unger said.“First of all, our hearts go out to the entire musicians’ community of Southern California, and the nation, for that matter,” she said. “There is no real takeout version.”Despite severely reduced income, the organization is doing what it can for the musicians, she said.“The symphony has been taking care of our musicians’ health insurance during this crisis because we are unable to hire the full orchestra on stage, but we are committed to doing our part supporting our musicians’ health insurance during this time period where we can’t hire them fully, Unger said.“And our donors have been sticking with us and we really do have the support from our board and our community to weather this storm,” she added.While live performances have been off the table, the Pasadena Symphony and Pops has expanded its online educational programs, Unger said.The lessons learned in recent months won’t vanish once the COVID-19 virus is vanquished, she said. “We will be a stronger and a more artistically robust organization on the other side of this.”Azita Milanian of Altadena runs Children of One Planet, dedicated to fighting child hunger and raising awareness about child trafficking.The pandemic has brought her day dancewear store business, TOSCA Fashion, to a grinding halt, she said. But that has meant much more time to devote to her charity.“Children of One Planet is getting bigger because we have new board members,” she said.“Hopefully one day, I’m going to open my own Children of One Planet homes. That’s what my idea is. But in the meantime, I have to do whatever I can to bring awareness to the children,” Milanian said.American Cancer Society Executive Director for the Los Angeles-Central Coast Area Dan Witzling said his organization has seen a large impact from the pandemic, which it hoped Giving Tuesday might help correct.“It’s been really difficult, quite honestly, for the American Cancer Society this year,” he said. “It’s really varied. Here in Pasadena and across the country, in terms of giving, our business model has been based largely on localized community events.“We found a really effective way to engage local populations around our cause by doing activities like Relay for Life, the Breast Cancer Walks, the galas. And obviously you can’t do any of those in person through the majority of this year,” Witzling said. “Our event season, in fact, started with the pandemic…. but we pivoted to digital strategies.“We are going to be doing some storytelling about cancer survivors and the hardships that they’re going through right now and different ways that we’re trying to support them,” he said.Witzling also urged people not to forego regular cancer screening due to the pandemic.At the Fire Family Foundation in Los Angeles, Executive Director Elizabeth Dever said the pandemic has changed a great deal about daily life, and nonprofits are no exception.“Obviously, so many more people who maybe in the past were able to donate are now the ones on the receiving end of some of those donations because they’ve lost jobs or their situation at their work has changed,” she said. “…for those who can give, we’re really hoping that they’ll decide to step up and maybe do a little bit more knowing that there are many more people who are needing the different services from all of our local nonprofits.”Like many other charities, “many of our traditional in-person fundraising events had to be canceled [or moved online],” Dever said.“Giving Tuesday has always been that sort of online viral movement,” she said. “So we’re really hoping that people will decide this year to maybe give a little bit more this year, or if they’ve never participated in the past, then hopefully they will decide to participate this year.”More information on Giving Tuesday is available online at hq.givingtuesday.org.More information on Friends in Deed’s Giving Tuesday campaign is available at facebook.com/FriendsInDeedPasadena/posts/4007853262560933.More information on the Pasadena Symphony and Pops is available at https://pasadenasymphony-pops.org.More information on Children of One Planet can be found at childrenofoneplanet.org.Details on the American Cancer Society’s campaign are posted at acsgiving.org.More information on the Fire Family Foundation can be found at firefamilyfoundation.org. Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Non-Profits News Pasadena Nonprofits Gear Up for Giving Tuesday By DAVID CROSS and BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, November 30, 2020 | 4:28 pm Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website 90 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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. Top of the News Herbeauty10 Reasons Why Ultimatums Are Unhealthy For RelationshipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Facebook SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– PolarityTE, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTE) is pleased to report the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for U.S. Application No. 16/165,169 filed on October 19, 2018. This is the Company’s second patent allowance in the United States. The newly allowed claims provide additional protection for methods of making skin-regenerative compositions with the Company’s minimally polarized functional unit (MPFU) technology as well as methods of treatment utilizing the compositions. Additionally, a decision to grant Patent Application No. PI 2017701990 was recently issued in Malaysia. The allowed claims in Malaysia cover the same minimally polarized functional unit compositions as those patented in the United Kingdom. This news brings the Company’s total number of allowed patent applications and granted patents worldwide to nine. The Company continues to pursue additional patent applications in the United States and abroad related to its regenerative technologies, including SkinTE®. David Seaburg, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The allowance of PolarityTE’s second U.S. patent is yet another step in protecting our valuable regenerative medicine assets, most notably SkinTE.” Mr. Seaburg continued, “This achievement further bolsters our patent portfolio and speaks to the steadfast efforts of the entire organization, including our intellectual property team.” Jennifer Burdman, Chief Intellectual Property Officer, commented, “As we’ve always said, the process of patent prosecution takes time and we are committed to the investment of our time and resources to protect PolarityTE’s patentable innovations through this process. We are now seeing our efforts pay off and are pleased that the USPTO has now twice recognized the patentability of our MPFU-related innovations.” About PolarityTE® PolarityTE is focused on transforming the lives of patients by discovering, designing, and developing a range of regenerative tissue products and biomaterials for the fields of medicine, biomedical engineering and material sciences. Rather than manufacturing with synthetic and foreign materials within artificially engineered environments, PolarityTE manufactures products from the patient’s own tissue and uses the patient’s own body to support the regenerative process. From a small piece of healthy autologous tissue, the company creates an easily deployable, dynamic, and self-propagating product designed to regenerate the target tissues. PolarityTE’s innovative methods are intended to promote and accelerate growth of the patient’s tissues to undergo a form of effective regenerative healing. Learn more at www.PolarityTE.com – Welcome to the Shift®. About SkinTE® SkinTE is a human cellular and tissue-based product derived from a patient’s own skin (autologous) intended for the repair, reconstruction, replacement, or supplementation of skin tissue. Aseptic surgical procedures and handling during skin harvest, wound preparation, and SkinTE deployment are mandatory. SkinTE is currently marketed as a human cell, tissue, and cellular and tissue-based product regulated solely under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) and 21 CFR Part 1271 (i.e., as a 361 HCT/P). PolarityTE plans to file an investigational new drug application (IND) with FDA followed by a biologics license application (BLA) to have SkinTE regulated as a biologic under the federal Food Drug & Cosmetic Act and Section 351 of the PHS Act (i.e., as a 351 HCT/P), and will propose to FDA a plan for transitioning SkinTE from a 361 HCT/P to a 351 HCT/P. Forward Looking Statements Certain statements contained in this release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. They are generally identified by words such as “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intend,” “plan,” “will,” “would,” “should” and similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are based upon the Company’s beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and FDA regulatory matters, which cannot be predicted, and the risk factors and other items described in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the SEC (copies of which may be obtained at www.sec.gov ). Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law. POLARITYTE, the POLARITYTE logo, SKINTE, WHERE SELF REGENERATES SELF and WELCOME TO THE SHIFT are trademarks or registered trademarks of PolarityTE, Inc. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005922/en/ CONTACT: Investors: Rich Haerle VP, Investor Relations PolarityTE, Inc. [email protected] (385) 315-0697 KEYWORD: UTAH UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BIOTECHNOLOGY HEALTH OTHER HEALTH SOURCE: PolarityTE, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 04:15 PM/DISC: 02/03/2021 04:16 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005922/en By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Twitter Facebook TAGS Previous articleW. R. Berkley Corporation Announces Pricing of $300 Million of 4.125% Subordinated Debentures Due 2061Next articleOregon leads Pac-12 in recruiting for third straight year Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp PolarityTE Receives Allowance for Additional U.S. Patent
Stephen Brashear/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Travelers asked airlines on Monday whether a new plane that’s now been involved in two deadly crashes since October — the Boeing 737 MAX 8 — is safe to fly.On Sunday, one of those planes, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed just minutes after taking off from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. In October, the same model aircraft crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board. The plane, flown by Lion Air, started service in May 2017.While no U.S. airline has stopped flying the 737 MAX 8, aviation regulators in China, Ethiopia and Indonesia have grounded their fleets until the plane’s safety is confirmed.Though a full range of information isn’t yet available, ABC News’ transportation unit has answered some of the questions circulating in the aftermath of the crashes.Is there any connection between the two crashes?ABC News’ Senior Transportation Correspondent David Kerley reports:Though both involved the same plane, it’s too early to make a connection between the deadly plane crash that killed 157 people near the capital of Ethiopia on Sunday and the crash that killed 189 people in Indonesia in October.Though there is a lot of information from the Lion Air crash, which experts say was likely caused by a combination of maintenance and pilot error issues, there’s still very little information available from the crash in Ethiopia.It’s promising that responders found two black boxes at the site of the Ethiopia crash — but how quickly experts can recover data from the crash will depend on the conditions the black boxes are in. The investigation could take weeks or months.What’s significant from the little information that is known, however, is that shortly after takeoff, both airplanes had flight control issues. The data available so far from the crash in Ethiopia is that the aircraft started “porpoising,” or tilting up and down because of a problem with vertical airspeed.The plane crashed within six minutes of takeoff.The Boeing 737 is the best-selling jetliner ever — considered the workhorse of aviation — and the MAX 8 is the latest derivative, with upgrades and new technology.The question now comes down to whether there is something inherently wrong with this brand new aircraft.Though both pilots in both incidents were dealing with flight control issues, the two crashes could also turn out to be completely different.Watch the full report from ABC News’ Senior Transportation Correspondent David Kerley here.Which airlines fly the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and where?ABC News’ transportation reporter and producer Jeffrey Cook reports:ABC News spoke to the three airlines that fly the MAX 8 in the U.S. and all three confirmed they would continue to do so, expressing confidence in the airplane. There are 72 flying in the U.S. currently and 350 worldwide — with a backorder of around 4,600.Here’s the breakdown by airline:American Airlines has 24 in its fleet, mostly based out of Miami and serving its Caribbean routes.Southwest Airlines has 34 in its fleet, operating routes all over the country, including the Boston-Houston route, the Vegas-Chicago route and the Austin, Texas-Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., route.United Airlines doesn’t operate any MAX 8 airplanes but operates 14 MAX 9s — a longer model of the MAX 8 that can hold more passengers. Those planes mostly fly out of Houston.How can passengers find out if they’re scheduled to fly on a Boeing 737 MAX 8?ABC News’ transportation reporter and producer Christine Theodorou reports:Many ticket holders have taken to Twitter, trying to figure out if their upcoming flights are on a Boeing 737 MAX 8. Generally, they’re finding out that there’s no guarantee which plane they’ll be flying until around 24 hours before their flight leaves.“You would have to reach out to us roughly 24 [hours] prior to your flight so that we can see which aircraft we will be utilizing to fly that route,” a customer service representative for Southwest Airlines responded to a concerned customer on Twitter Monday morning.In another tweet, the same representative dismissed another concerned passengers questions about aircraft type and possible reservation changes because of it, insisting Southwest remained confident in the safety of all of its Boeing airplanes, including the latest 737 MAX 8 version.“Southwest has operated approximately 31,000 flights utilizing the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, and we plan on operating those aircraft going forward,” the tweet stated.“We remain confident in the safety and airworthiness of our entire fleet of more than 750 Boeing 737 aircraft, and we don’t have any changes planned to 737 MAX operations,” Southwest said in a statement.“We are fielding some questions from Customers asking if their flight will be operated by the Boeing 737 MAX 8. We are not, however, observing a high number of cancellations or reschedules,” the statement said. “Our Customer Relations Team is responding to concerned Customers individually, emphasizing our friendly, no-change-fee policy.”American Airlines similarly tweeted from its account, saying “We have full confidence in the aircraft and our crew members, who are the best and most experienced in the industry.”American wouldn’t say whether it’s received cancellation requests or if it’s making accommodations for frightened passengers.Neither Southwest nor American is bending their rules for flight change fees, despite the new fears, they both said in response to customers on Twitter Monday.United, which flies a Boeing 737 that’s similar but larger than the MAX 8 called the MAX 9, said on Twitter that if a passenger preferred not to fly that plane they would “do what is best in our capabilities to find alternative travel arrangements.” They did not say if that meant waiving change fees.United responded to most passengers that it has confidence in its pilots, who are “properly trained to fly the 737 MAX 9 aircraft safely.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
National Missing and Unidentified Persons System(CHICAGO) — A year ago, Kierra Coles, a young, pregnant U.S. postal worker, disappeared from her Chicago neighborhood.Since then there have been desperate pleas for help, but the case remains unsolved, with more questions than answers. Chicago police, who initially said foul play was suspected, have provided few details and family members and activists hope that the case will not be forgotten, which has happened in numerous cases of people of color.“If you know something, say something,” Coles’ heartbroken mother, Karen Phillips, told ABC News. “Come forward and say something to end this nightmare.”‘Any and all leads’Coles’ case has been a mystery since the beginning. She was last seen on surveillance video wearing her postal worker uniform and leaving her South Side apartment. Her car was found in front of her apartment with her purse, phone and a packed lunch still inside, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).Chicago police initially said last October that they suspected possible foul play, in part because she had “fallen off the grid.”When asked Friday if foul play is still suspected and if investigators have any leads, Chicago police officer Anthony Spicuzza would only say that the case remains open.“This missing person case remains an open and active investigation,” he wrote in an email. “If anyone has any information regarding this case they should contact the detectives.”The Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement branch of the U.S. Postal Service, is also conducting an investigation and looking “at any and all leads,” Postal Inspection Service representative Julie Kenney told ABC News this week.Coles started working as a part-time city carrier assistant in April 2017, Kenney said. She didn’t have a regular route and filled in as needed.Coles, who was off duty when she disappeared, had called and asked for “leave” for Oct. 3, according to Kenney. But she didn’t say when the call was made and declined to provide the reason Coles gave, citing employee confidentiality.“We can’t say” if there was foul play, Kenney said. “We don’t know at this point.”The Postal Inspection Service is offering a $25,000 reward in the case.‘Say something to end this nightmare’Coles and her mother, Phillips, spoke every day. During their last phone call on Oct. 1, 2018, “everything seemed fine,” her distraught mom said.“She didn’t seem like she was upset or nothing,” Phillips told ABC News on Tuesday. “She was just asking what’s the best milk to get.”“She was already excited about becoming a mother,” Phillips said. “That’s all my child ever wanted, to be a mom and accomplish all the things she set to accomplish — to have a nice paying job which she had, to get a new car which she bought, to move into her own apartment which she did, and to become a mother which she was about to.”A year in with no answers is taking its toll on the worried mother and she’s pleading with anyone with information to come forward.“Not a day goes past I don’t think about my child and what she could be going through, what may have happened to her,” Phillips said. “I feel she is alive — being held where, I wouldn’t know.”Coles’ father, Joseph Coles, told reporters in July, “I just want my baby to come home, along with my grandbaby that I never got to meet.”He told reporters he believed his daughter was alive and might be held captive in a vacant home.“Somebody knows something,” he said. “If you’ve got any information, please come forward… I will keep pushing this information until she is brought home safely to me.”Joseph Coles could not be reached by ABC News, but he wrote on Facebook last week: “I’m still looking for answers I want to know.”‘The story could die’More than 600,000 Americans went missing in 2018, according to FBI data, and a third of those were black, despite making up only 13% of the total U.S. population. By comparison whites made up nearly 60 percent of missing persons and more than 76 percent of the population, according to FBI and Census data.One of the concerns among activists and family members is the seeming lack of attention paid to missing black people. Only about one-fifth of these cases receive media coverage, according to an analysis published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.“Blacks definitively face dual types of disparity, as they are both less likely to appear in the news at all and also tend to receive less coverage even when they do appear,” said the study, which examined the phenomenon “Missing White Woman Syndrome.”Relatives of missing people of color often feel like they’re “stereotyped as being involved in some type of criminal activity, or that’s the life that’s lived in that particular community or neighborhood, so their lives are not valued,” said Natalie Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc.“Ms. Cole’s disappearance has received a number of media stories, but we have to keep this information in the news. I feel so horrible for her family,” Wilson told ABC News. “It’s heartbreaking. What happened to this beautiful young lady?”Wilson says police may have information they don’t want to release as to not jeopardize the investigation.“And I hope that’s the case, why they’re not providing information,” Wilson said. “I think for the family’s sake and the community’s sake just providing updates is important.”And Wilson notes that it’s not just one person missing now — it’s two people: Kierra Coles, whose 27th birthday was last week, and her child, who was due in April.Now that it’s one year into the investigation, “unfortunately the story could die” in the media, Wilson says. But for the families, the unknown tends to be hardest part, she said.“Her family and the community and we all have to continue to fight until we have closure as to what happened to Kierra and her baby,” Wilson said. “We ask families to please hold onto hope because there have been stories where individuals have been reported missing and they came back home and were found many many years later. And we’re holding onto hope that that’ll be the case for Kierra and her baby.”Kierra Coles’ union, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), has offered a $2,500 reward for information, according to Mack Julion, the Chicago-area president of the NALC.Reward money has also been contributed by a Chicago activist and a private company, he said.“Her union has not given up hope,” Julion told ABC News. “She’s still considered a member in good standing and we’ll continue to support the family and do anything to get some information.”Employees at the Charles Hayes post office in Chicago, where Kierra Coles worked, plan to hold a balloon release Wednesday morning, Kenney said. They’re also going to pass out missing persons flyers Wednesday evening.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Home » News » Policies please! Propertymark launches its general election ‘manifesto’ previous nextRegulation & LawPolicies please! Propertymark launches its general election ‘manifesto’Industry association wants to see action on RoPA, Stamp Duty, property MOTs, downsizing problems and a new housing court from the next government.Nigel Lewis5th November 20190563 Views Propertymark has published its manifesto for the looming December 12th General Election called by Boris Johnson last week outlining its ‘must haves’ for the next government to tackle.The industry association has managed to beat all the major political parties, who are all still scrabbling to put theirs together after Johnson unexpectedly won a vote to hold an election.Parliament will be dissolved tomorrow, and electioneering will start in earnest the day after.Propertymark’s manifesto hold considerable clout – ARLA’s David Cox and the NAEA’s Mark Hayward meet ministers on a regular basis and their advice plays a major role in policy making.RoPAThe manifesto includes a plea for Lord Best’s RoPA proposals to be turned into law including licensing of agents, minimum qualifications and a code of practice.Stamp DutyPropertymark wants the government to abolish the additional 3% Stamp Duty that second home purchasers and buy-to-let landlords must pay when buying properties, a policy that has lead to stagnation within the private rental market.Property MOTsDavid Cox says the current discretionary licensing schemes that have sprung up all over the UK should be scrapped and replaced with a compulsory annual ‘MOT’ for all privately rented homes.DownsizerPensioners wishing to downsize should be given tax and other incentives to make it more financially viable to sell up and move to a small home. The expense of the Stamp Duty has trapped many older home owners by making it too expensive for potential buyers to purchase their huge homes which in turn has been become a contributing factor to the slow sales market.Housing courtThe government is proposing to ban Section 21 notice evictions. Propertymark says that beforehand, it should set up a dedicated property court to handle the expected deluge of eviction cases that will follow the ban, or otherwise evictions may take even longer than they do now.Mark Hayward NAEA propertymark ARLA David Cox November 5, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Teaching faculty at Guilford Technical Community College areresponsible for supporting student success by creating an optimumlearning environment, responding to student needs, managingeffective instructional activities, developing curriculum courses,modeling employability skills, demonstrating professionalism,developing cooperative work relationships with other faculty andstaff, supporting college administrative requirements, andmaintaining competency in their instructional field. He/she will beresponsible for quality instruction and for effective participationand interest in the total affairs of the college.Under general supervision, this individual will develop,prepare, and teach Health Careers courses within the department (toinclude nursing assistant, medication aide, phlebotomy, and otherhealth career programs as developed) as well as potentially beingresponsible for organization, administration, continuous review,planning development, and general effectiveness of clinicalexperiences for students enrolled in a health career trainingprogram. Instructional responsibilities require a broad-basedknowledge of the role of the nursing assistant in the healthindustry. Faculty will also be responsible for advising andrecruiting students and collaborating with business and industrypartners to provide necessary training and education. Theindividual must meet certification and credentialing requirementsspecific for affiliated clinical practice agencies.Education Required- Associate degree in Nursing from a regionally accreditedpost-secondary institution with the ability to obtain a bachelor’sdegree within 2 years of hire. – North Carolina Registered Nurseunencumbered license or the ability to attain one prior tohire.Education Preferred- Bachelor’s degree or higher in Nursing from a regionallyaccredited post-secondary institution.Experience Required- Two years of relevant industry experience with administrativeand clinical procedures routinely performed by nursing assistants -Two years of work experience as a Registered Nurse, i.e., 4000hours in the United States – Post-secondary teaching and/orindustry training experience in Nursing Assistant topics using anyof the following formats: teaching courses, training sessions,conducting professional development workshops, and/or othercontinuing education seminars.Experience Preferred- Greater than two years of relevant industry experience withadministrative and clinical procedures routinely performed bynursing assistants – Greater than two years of work experience as aRegistered Nurse, i.e., 4000 hours in the United States -Experience teaching in a community college – Experience withassessment of student learning outcomes – Experience with distancelearning and/or alternate instructional delivery systemshttp://gtcc.peopleadmin.com/postings/4101