Strong Christmas drives second profit upgrade in two months at Laura Ashley

first_img More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org FASHION and homewares retailer Laura Ashley issued its second profit upgrade in two months yesterday.The company said it was confident that full-year profits would be better than City forecasts.It said a strong performance over Christmas and early January means that the results will be “significantly higher than earlier expectations”.Analysts on average were expecting a pre-tax profit of £15.8m.The brand is still associated with its distinctive floral prints.Lately it has expanded overseas, opening its first store in Bahrain and is eyeing opportunities across the globe. The group, which has 221 stores in the UK and Ireland, posted like-for-like sales growth of 2.7 per cent in the 19 weeks to 11 December. The company will announce its full-year results for the year to 29 January at the end of March.Meanwhile, shares jumped by around 20 per cent following the upbeat trading statement. The retailer opened its first gift and accessories store at London’s Liverpool Street station last July. The chain has 233 franchise stores overseas and also aims to expand into China, Indonesia and Russia.Laura Ashley, which was set up in a London flat in 1953, floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1985.It had struggled in previous years but has stormed back into the public eye recently. Thursday 20 January 2011 7:31 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.com Strong Christmas drives second profit upgrade in two months at Laura Ashley KCS-content whatsappcenter_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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ICE North America Digital: Day 5 round-up

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter ICE North America Digital concluded with a look to the future through a discussion of esports and innovation, and featured a very special guest, with New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement director Dave Rebuck joining the discussions. First up was Rahul Sood, founder of esports betting specialist Unirkn and Seth Schorr of Fifth Street Gaming (pictured below respectively) discussing how the bricks and mortar industry can rebound after the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, while embracing new products and technology.Schorr pointed that the Las Vegas has constantly reinvented itself over the years, underpinned by a focus on delivering “great in-person experiences”. But he admitted that in a state with 70-80% of revenue coming from gaming, it has faced a significant hit from the crisis, and the short-term outlook was far form positive. He warned that any business or property that was experiencing difficulties before Covid-19 hit was very unlikely to reopen in the post-pandemic environment. Looking ahead, he predicted that products such as esports and virtuals would become a bigger component of operators’ entertainment offering. Sood suggested this was something regulators were aware of, and had been “more than accommodating” in helping Unirkn work its way through licensing processes. While its core business has been esports betting, it is now evolving to cover new forms of gambling, such as virtual sports. He pointed out that customers rarely have any deep level of engagement with current virtuals products. “You’re just placing a bet then letting it go,” he said. “There’s been a shift to make it more interesting, with new graphics, but we felt that wasn’t enough.”Unirkn is therefore looking to build ongoing engagement by creating digital thoroughbreds, which have different bloodlines to give them different strengths and weaknesses, and can be bred, traded and raced. “We’re not trying to make them look like real horses, we’re creating racetracks on the Las Vegas Strip, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, trying to create what racing in 2140 looks like,” he said. While Schorr said this would certainly add to the experience, it would be even more engaging when enjoyed with others. “That’s something the online experience will never be able to offer. We can’t forget about the value of brick and mortar,” he said “It is going to be tough for the next six to 12 months, but it will be lack.”Sood was hopeful of Las Vegas rebounding. He pointed out the huge investment in the city, not to mention a number of sports franchises moving there, as some of an ever-increasing number of reasons for visitors to return as soon as the pandemic eased.NJ takes centre stage In a wrap-up session, special guest and Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement David Rebuck (pictured centre in picture below right surrounded by the week’s moderators) focused on the success of online casino in New Jersey, and questioned why other states had not taken steps towards regulating the vertical.“As regulators, many of us would argue that the controls and standards we have in play on the online side of the house are superior to a brick-and-mortar establishment,” Rebuck said. “The data we have, the information, the ability to verify their identity to the utmost degree is all so much better. You cannot be anonymous online.“Nobody can say the regulatory systems for overseeing online gambling are weak.”Rebuck added that online gambling had been thriving in New Jersey since land-based venues shut down.“Obviously we were zeroed out on retail operations, but our online operations had some staggeringly impressive numbers,” Rebuck said. “If the monthly numbers were to continue at that pace, it’s an industry that would surpass $1bn annually.“Whether that continues when retail comes back, I think that’s unknown.”Moving to the long-term effects of Covid-19, Clarion Gaming director of industry insight and engagement Ewa Bakun said the shutdown was the perfect opportunity to innovate.“This is the time to pause, but also to innovate, partly because the industry might be forced into it,” Bakun said. “The big question to me is about the sustainability of products like virtuals and esports that the industry has been talking about for a long time.”Clarion Gaming non-executive director Michael Caselli said he feared the virus would lead to less innovation than it should.“We have a tendency to do things quarter-by-quarter,” Caselli said. “If things worked in the last quarter then that’s good enough for us. I’m worried that when things open up again, we’ll just go back to normal.”Jason Rosenberg, chief executive and founder of American iGaming Solutions, said anyone looking at New Jersey would see that things should not return to normal.“The answer is to look at the results in New Jersey. Not just online gaming, even social gaming. It’s allowing brands to take in revenue and interact with players.”Read iGB North America’s round-ups of day one, two and three. If you’d like to explore these topics and more with your peers and a host of leading expert speakers, remember all sessions are available on demand. Find out more and register free here. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Skill Games Video Gaming ICE North America Digital concluded with a look to the future through a discussion of esports and innovation, and featured a very special guest, with New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement director Dave Rebuck joining the discussions.  15th May 2020 | By contenteditor Regions: US Casino & games ICE North America Digital: Day 5 round-up Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Video gaming Email Addresslast_img read more

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Bitcoin ‘to hit $20,000’ by Christmas! Who cares? I’m buying UK shares to retire rich

first_imgBitcoin ‘to hit $20,000’ by Christmas! Who cares? I’m buying UK shares to retire rich Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Given the choice, would you buy UK shares or Bitcoin today? If you based your decision purely on recent performance, you’d plump for the cryptocurrency. It’s up 158% year-to-date to $18,625 at time of writing, while the FTSE 100 is down around 15%.Personally, I wouldn’t touch Bitcoin at today’s price. For me, UK shares make a much better long-term investment. I would rather buy them today when they are cheap, than Bitcoin while it is expensive.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…Investing is a personal decision. Which asset classes you buy rests on factors such as age, goals and timescale. It also depends on whether you are investing or gambling. Personally, I think buying Bitcoin is a gamble. Buying shares, by contrast, is investing. Here’s the difference.I’m not buying Bitcoin at this priceWhen buying equities, you are investing in real-world businesses that produce goods and services that people buy and (in most cases) need. Oil and gas companies, supermarkets, housebuilders, utilities, tech, telecoms, banks and mining companies all have a key function. Better still, you can calculate value of these shares, based on factors such as revenues, profits, cash flow, book value, and so on.In contrast to UK shares, you can’t value Bitcoin. It doesn’t have a real-world function that you cannot get elsewhere. Some might call it a store of value, but we already have gold for that.Another advantage of shares is that as well as capital growth, you get dividend income, too. Over the longer run, this may deliver the majority of your returns. By contrast, cryptocurrencies do not pay any income income at all.Basically, when you buy Bitcoin, you are betting on future price movements. The problem is, those are impossible to predict. Of course the same applies to shares. I couldn’t tell you where BP’s stock will stand next year. However, I could look at factors, such as the pace of the post-Covid economic recovery, the oil price outlook, and financials such as revenues, cash flow and costs, to produce an informed idea of what it might do and whether it’s worth buying.Here’s why I’d buy UK sharesBitcoin is impossible to analyse in this way. Most people don’t even know why it went up or down after it has moved. Even hindsight is no use here. Having said that, I’ll stick my neck out and say Bitcoin will hit $20,000 this year, surpassing December 2017’s all-time high. Why? The Bitcoin price is driven primarily by sentiment, and that is bullish right now. Note how it dropped last week, then quickly recovered. After that who knows? Who cares? This is no way to build long-term wealth. UK shares are.More than 80% of my portfolio is in equities. Yes, stock markets can be volatile, too, but history shows that over the longer run, they beat almost every other asset class. So good luck to Bitcoin traders/gamblers. But I’m not trusting to luck, I’m building my retirement on shares. You could start with this one. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Harvey Jones | Monday, 30th November, 2020 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. Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. See all posts by Harvey Jones 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. 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One million bass, 4000 likes, two key arrests…

first_img Reply Mama Mia Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. December 7, 2016 at 5:06 pm 2 COMMENTS Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 I saw the blimp again today about 4:10 pm or so…..heading southeast again, this time floating over the downtown area and on toward Walmart. I wonder why it keeps floating over Apopka? Is there some big event in Orlando coming up soon? Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Miacenter_img TAGSThe Week in Review Previous articleApopka grad named to West Florida hall of fameNext articleDrug Free Coalition works with Heroin Task Force Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply This is a different subject but does anybody know what that offense strange smell was or is in the air around Welch Road, Vick, and Old Dixie? I was riding down Welch toward Errol and had my window down and thought it was a dead animal along the road, but then it was down Vick toward Old Dixie and on that road too. It is a strange stench, it doesn’t smell like a dead animal, sewage, or pesticide. I don’t know what it smells like, but it is stinky and odd smelling. Oh, and did anyone see the blimp over Apopka today? It was down around Welch and the AHS area and drifted toward town southeast direction. Couldn’t tell if it was the Goodyear or the MetLife Blimp, probably one of those two. Please enter your comment! Apopka: The week in review…Apopka police arrest suspect in overnight shootingDexter Hughley shooting suspect arrestedThe Apopka Voice Reaches MilestoneA “central park concept” coming to Apopka?Lake Apopka emerging from “Dead Lake” stigma You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here December 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more

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Santa Julia House / Josep Ferrando

first_img 2007 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/173765/santa-julia-house-josep-ferrando Clipboard CopyHouses•Sant Julià de Vilatorta, Spain Architects: Josep Ferrando Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Year:  Santa Julia House / Josep FerrandoSave this projectSaveSanta Julia House / Josep Ferrando ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/173765/santa-julia-house-josep-ferrando Clipboard “COPY” Area:  500 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Spain Save this picture!© Adrià Goula+ 23 Share Photographs:  Adrià GoulaText description provided by the architects. The building is an abstract, concrete box that appears to float over the flat plot. On the ground level this 12x14m box contains the more intimate and nocturnal areas to the north and the more social, daylight activity area is south-facing. In this area, where we find the dining and sitting rooms as well as the kitchen the box is perforated with a large 12m void opening the views to the garden and the distant church. This briefing separation with intimate areas facing north is solved through a large central element that serves as separator as well as containing the areas that serve the house, such as stairways, bathrooms and storage. Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApavisaBetonCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD21CompositesULMA Architectural SolutionsPolymer Concrete Facade in Sinafer HeadquartersThe dining area is a double height area, creating a special continuity between the second and first floors, where there is a studio and library. Different heights for the ceiling of the separating element and the study create a skylight effect with transversal views from the sitting room to the distant mountains. Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaText provided by Josep FerrandoProject gallerySee allShow lessJeju World Natural Heritage Center / poly.m.urArticlesZaha Hadid wins 2011 RIBA Stirling PrizeArticles Share Santa Julia House / Josep Ferrando ArchDaily Houses “COPY” Projects CopyAbout this officeJosep FerrandoOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesSant Julià de VilatortaSpainPublished on October 04, 2011Cite: “Santa Julia House / Josep Ferrando” 04 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – RainfinityVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HousePartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsBedroom furnitureFlexformMirror – EgonWaterproofing/SealantsEffisusPre-Fab System – Ecofacade Pre-fab TrueSealConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXRoller Shades – Arion Large SizedWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealSunscreen – Terracotta BaguettesWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT BauBucheLightingLumenpulseLED Projector Lumenbeam GrandeMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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Clerestory House / Lai Cheong Brown

first_img Australia Projects Manufacturers: Louis Poulsen, MODWOOD, Modinex, Mutina, Westinghouse, ROYAL OAK FLOORS Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description CopyHouses, Extension•Melbourne, Australia Area:  209 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily “COPY” Year:  CopyAbout this officeLai Cheong BrownOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionMelbourneAustraliaPublished on February 15, 2017Cite: “Clerestory House / Lai Cheong Brown” 14 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Clerestory 住宅 / Lai Cheong Brown是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Architects: Lai Cheong Brown Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/805320/clerestory-house-lai-cheong-brown Clipboard Clerestory House / Lai Cheong BrownSave this projectSaveClerestory House / Lai Cheong Brown “COPY” Clerestory House / Lai Cheong Brown Photographs:  Jaime Diaz-Berrio Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Products used in this ProjectLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionArchitects In Charge:Rowan Brown, Christina Lai CheongOther Collaborators:BHS Consultants, Floreancig Smith Building Surveyors, Smart Building ConceptsCity:MelbourneCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Jaime Diaz-BerrioText description provided by the architects. The project focused on the re-imagining of a solid brick Inter-war heritage home as both a downsize for a retiring couple and a multi-generational home for additional members of the family. The house also needed to accommodate the gatherings of a large family cohort, many of whom live only streets away.Save this picture!© Jaime Diaz-BerrioAs a heritage controlled building, the design response needed to accommodate all of the expansion to the rear of the block. Externally the project repaired and refurbished the tiled roof, clinker brick façade and chimney while replacing original window joinery to a matched detail. New wrought iron gates were designed based on the motif of the original 1930’s ironwork.Save this picture!© Jaime Diaz-BerrioSave this picture!Floor PlanThe extension is completed in a mix of re-used and recycled clinker bricks with the new living space, topped by its lantern roof, differentiated in dark blue dry pressed brickwork.Save this picture!© Jaime Diaz-BerrioSave this picture!© Jaime Diaz-BerrioInternally the house provides a new interior that blends retained and refurbished heritage details with contemporary elements.The house accommodates both a retired couple and an adult family member in connected but separate accommodation. An integrated apartment with its own bathroom, laundry and kitchen facilities is set within the house’s original master suite. The remaining sections of the house and a new extension accommodate the retired couple comfortably and with enough space to connect with the house’s other occupant and a host of nearby family when they choose to.Save this picture!© Jaime Diaz-Berrio A full height walnut veneered hallway joins the original octagonal entry vestibule to the new clerestory topped open plan living and dining space, which centres the new home and provides a large light filled area to enjoy with extended family. A small snug off the main living spaces serves as a small intimate retreat for the couple day to day.Save this picture!© Jaime Diaz-BerrioProduct Description. Timber was used throughout the project internally to add warmth and texture while drawing together the original heritage elements and more contemporary forms into a single cohesive design. As a central focal point of the project the clerestory exemplified this focus on timber with the use of pre-finished two tone Western Red Cedar lining boards, with a batten profile, helping to add both drama and warmth to this key space.Project gallerySee allShow lessHair Salon in Nakazaki / Shimpei Oda Architect’s OfficeSelected ProjectsCowiche Canyon Kitchen and Icehouse Bar / Graham Baba ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/805320/clerestory-house-lai-cheong-brown Clipboard Save this picture!© Jaime Diaz-Berrio+ 19 Share 2016last_img read more

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Trump v. birth control case heard by Supreme Court

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Health care is the most pressing issue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. So it’s in keeping with the Trump administration’s overall right-wing agenda to attempt to destroy a vital plank of the Affordable Care Act through Trump v. Pennsylvania, the legal case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on May 6.A March 2016 demonstration in support of birth control coverage in the Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.Health care is the most pressing issue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. So it’s in keeping with the Trump administration’s overall right-wing agenda to attempt to destroy a vital plank of the Affordable Care Act through Trump v. Pennsylvania, the legal case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on May 6. At stake is the issue of whether a business, a university or a religious nonprofit should pay for birth control for its employees or students when the entity objects to contraception on “religious and moral grounds.” This is the third time this issue — which affects women and gender-nonconforming people of reproductive age (15-44) and their families — comes before SCOTUS.Setting the stage for the court case is the fact that the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services controlled by the president, ruled during the Obama presidency that birth control was “preventive care.” That meant contraception could be free — totally covered by the employer’s insurance without copays or cost-sharing. The first case that came to the Supreme Court was Burwell v. Hobby Lobby in 2014. SCOTUS ruled then that private employers could claim religious objections to paying for such insurance, but the court stipulated that the Obama administration had to provide workers with a way to access such health coverage, which it did by having state medical groups or insurers cover the cost.The second case, Zubik v. Burwell, heard in 2016, was a “religious-freedom challenge” to the birth control mandate by a group of religious nonprofits. Similar to the Hobby Lobby accommodation, nonprofits were to notify the state groups or insurers of their objection, and the state or insurer would cover the cost. But the nonprofits claimed that due to the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act such a provision placed a “substantial burden” on them — for merely having to register their objection. Rather than issue a ruling, the court threw the case back to appeal courts, where it has lingered until now.In the meantime, in keeping with Trump’s vitriolic assault against reproductive freedom and LGBTQ2+ rights, and his hypocritical cheering for religious rights, Trump’s HRSA reversed the ACA mandate on Oct. 6, 2017. That expanded the rights of private and nonprofit employers and universities to claim “religious and moral principles” to deny insurance coverage for contraception. The reversal offered no alternate means for affected workers or students to gain birth control coverage.Civil rights lawyers were quick to condemn the fact that the expanded and sweeping definition of religious freedom could be used to deny civil rights protections for LGBTQ2+ people. What’s at stakeBoth Pennsylvania and New Jersey brought the current suit against the HRSA, supported by amicus briefs from many states, medical, civil rights and reproductive health organizations. The case claims HRSA does not have the legal authority to give employers such a broad exemption. The Trump administration cited its power under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and insisted HRSA had the authority to create “comprehensive guidelines” for preventive care.There has been a trend among legal conservatives to oppose new policy giving more power to the executive branch. Vox’s Ian Millhiser points out that tendency seems to have continued despite Trump’s election. He notes that all five conservatives on the court express “a desire to shrink Congress’s power to delegate authority to executive agencies.” Both Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch implied during the hearing that neither RFRA nor the ACA provided enough guidance to create religious exemptions. (May 6)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg led the progressive opposition to the case when she proclaimed from her sickbed: “You have just tossed entirely to the wind what Congress thought was essential … that women be provided these services, with no hassle, no cost to them. Instead you are shifting the employer’s religious beliefs, the cost of that, on to these employees who do not share those religious beliefs.” (nymag.com, May 11-24)Who was Ginsburg speaking for? The millions of women and gender-nonconforming people — low-wage workers who are predominantly “essential” Black and Brown staff, youth, rural women, im/migrants, women with disabilities and domestic violence survivors — who made up at least half of U.S. jobholders and contributed about 40 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017.Before the ACA, birth control made up about 30 percent of women’s total out-of-pocket health care costs, according to the National Women’s Law Center. In 2013 that mandate saved women more than $1.4 billion for birth control pills, which is a lot of money, considering white women only make 81 cents for every dollar a white man makes — and women of color make much less. “When cost is not a barrier to birth control, patients are better able to choose the method that meets their needs and have access to it consistently,” said Kristyn Brandi of Physicians for Reproductive Health. (HuffPost, May 6) The Guttmacher Institute reported that the number of abortions in 2017 fell to the lowest rate recorded since abortion was legalized in 1973 — due to the birth control mandate. One obvious solution to this issue of public health, which has been turned into a political football, is a single-payer system of health care for all — with employers totally removed from the picture. It will take mass, grassroots organizing to create a truly not-for-profit, nondiscriminatory, free health care system for the 99%.The Supreme Court will issue its ruling in late June. All those who value women’s and LGBTQ2+ people’s contributions to society will be rooting for a verdict trouncing Trump’s misogyny and bigotry.last_img read more

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Mada: How one app is helping you pick what to wear

first_imgReddIt Facebook Minority students talk about election results Alexis King Image Magazine: Spring 2021 Twitter Alexis Kinghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-king/ Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting TCU and UNTHSC develop COVID-19 research group printLoading 50%Written by: Alexis KingHow the Mada app is changing the world of stylingWhat makes the perfect outfit? Is it shoes, your favorite handbag or jewelry? The world of styling has changed through the years right before our eyes. Trends come and go like clockwork. But even though dressing to the trends sounds easy enough, too often we look in our closets and have “nothing to wear.” Many of us have encountered the trials and triumphs of styling ourselves and our friends. But one Boston College graduate developed an app that eases the stress of creating the perfect outfit for any occasion. 2015 was Madison Semarjian’s first year of college and she was struggling to create an outfit for a first date. Soon after, she decided she never wanted to face this feat again and the Mada App, a personalized shopping and styling app, was created.“I was rushing to get ready for a first date when I couldn’t find anything to wear– even though my credit card statement could confirm that I had enough clothes,” said Semarjian. “We swipe left and right on our romantic prospects. Why couldn’t we do the same for our clothes? And that’s how Mada was born.”Founder of The Mada App, Madison Semarjian poses in a House of Sunny sweater. (Photo Courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Founder of The Mada App, Madison Semarjian poses in a House of Sunny sweater. (Photo Courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Semarjian spent the next four years building the concept for the Mada App and launched it shortly before she graduated. Using artificial intelligence and patent-pending technology, Mada allows users to choose outfits for any possible occasion.We spoke with Madison about everything Mada and what Mada means for the future of fashion and styling…Five spring and summer pieces that posted on the Mada App’s Featured Outfits Page which gives customers full outfit ideas. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Five spring and summer pieces that posted on the Mada App’s Featured Outfits Page which gives customers full outfit ideas. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)A Staud Moon bag featured on @themadaapp Instagram page. Staud Clothing offers reasonably- priced statements pieces and accessories designed to be worn season after season. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)A Staud Moon bag featured on @themadaapp Instagram page. Staud Clothing offers reasonably- priced statements pieces and accessories designed to be worn season after season. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Statement blazers are a popular item on the Mada App for people who want a professional look. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Statement blazers are a popular item on the Mada App for people who want a professional look. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Item 1 of 3Five spring and summer pieces that posted on the Mada App’s Featured Outfits Page which gives customers full outfit ideas. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Five spring and summer pieces that posted on the Mada App’s Featured Outfits Page which gives customers full outfit ideas. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)A Staud Moon bag featured on @themadaapp Instagram page. Staud Clothing offers reasonably- priced statements pieces and accessories designed to be worn season after season. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)A Staud Moon bag featured on @themadaapp Instagram page. Staud Clothing offers reasonably- priced statements pieces and accessories designed to be worn season after season. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Statement blazers are a popular item on the Mada App for people who want a professional look. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Statement blazers are a popular item on the Mada App for people who want a professional look. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)AK: How do you think the Mada App or styling apps, in general, could help the styling aspect of the fashion industry?MS: Modern consumers want to be inspired, and it’s not enough to just sell good products anymore. You need to emotionally connect with your customer. My generation is criticized for being a bit fickle when it comes to loyalty in comparison to other generations, but I beg to differ. I think we, as consumers, want more, and expect more from brands. So, at Mada, we are helping brands and retailers step up to my generation’s expectations and provide that inspiration for the shopper through styling.AK: What would you say describes your style aesthetic?MS: According to my Mada profile, I tend to dress mostly feminine and trendy, which is very accurate because Mada knows me so well at this point. I’m a pretty minimalist expression of this though– I tend to dress in only one or two colors and gravitate to black, white or pastels. Fun, but no fuss. AK: What are some challenges when styling outfits for yourself or your friends?MS: A great wardrobe is one that makes you feel amazing, so sometimes when styling friends I need to see what they naturally gravitate towards before styling. It’s a trial-and-error process since personal style is so intimate and emotional, whether you’re into fashion or not. But I have a pretty good sense of what will look good on people, and so I’ll be at a store or a showroom and know, “oh, this is meant for Taylor.” Honestly, I don’t really struggle with styling myself anymore, but I attribute that to knowing myself very well. I have my uniform that I know I feel good in, so I tend to stick to variations of that. Creature of habit! It makes my life easy so I can focus on the fun stuff. And really that’s what we are aiming to do with the app– get our users to a place where they know what they love and don’t even need us anymore.AK: In your opinion, what completes the perfect outfit?MS: Confidence! And a killer coat. AK: Do you see styling apps like Mada being effective for the fashion industry with fashion trends and styling aesthetics constantly cycling back into style (for example, 90s style trends coming back into 2020-21)?  What about individuality?MS: At Mada, we don’t just recommend the trendiest look, though we do for those wanting to dress trendy. We recommend outfits that will make you feel amazing. For some people, that’s wearing the newest runway collection. For others, it’s playing it a bit safe and wearing something classic. Others like to wear a trend after it’s been around for a while. We help you find and amplify your own personal style, so trends become pretty irrelevant whether they are recycled or not. So yes– 100%. Mada will be effective as long as we are inspiring our customers, regardless of what’s “in style.” P.S., HUGE 90s style fan. Popular items that can be found browsing the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Popular items that can be found browsing the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Amina Muaddi is a female-founded fashion brand carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Amina Muaddi is a female-founded fashion brand carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Suit by Black Halo carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Suit by Black Halo carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Item 1 of 3Popular items that can be found browsing the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Popular items that can be found browsing the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Amina Muaddi is a female-founded fashion brand carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Amina Muaddi is a female-founded fashion brand carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Suit by Black Halo carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Suit by Black Halo carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).TCU fashion students have seen how styling apps, like the Mada App, have had an impact on the future of fashion and its consumers. Meghan McCoy, a junior fashion merchandising major, said she has heard of the Mada App and thought it was a “really creative idea that brings brands and consumers together.” Bringing brands and consumers together is important as today’s fashion industry is consumer driven. “Consumers want experiences that feel personalized to them, are fast and accessible and Mada achieves this.” McCoy said. Having a style aesthetic that is a mix of classic, contemporary and preppy, McCoy said that an app like Mada would be an app that she would use herself. “One of my biggest problems with online shopping is the lack of time to sit and scroll through website after website,” McCoy said. “Taking away the products that I as a consumer wouldn’t buy is a great way to increase sales in the fashion industry.” But some fashion merchandising majors do not think styling apps are effective at matching the average consumer’s individuality.“I do not think apps like Mada or styling apps, in general, are effective for individuality because they are doing the styling for you,” said Tessa Worner, a fashion merchandising major at TCU. “Personally, if you want your individuality to shine through, I think styling yourself is the best option for an occasion.”But Worner said styling apps can have their benefits. Since styling pieces is harder to do online, apps like this can help with that issue. “Styling apps are also great for people who struggle more with fashion but still want to put together cute outfits,” said Worner.With the Mada App, styling the perfect outfit is only a few clicks away. To learn more about the Mada app and how to style your first outfit, visit the Mada App website.Alexis King is a journalism major with a minor in digital culture/data analytics from Plano, Texas. Alexis hopes to pursue a career in the fashion industry after she graduates. Alexis enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends & family.TopBuilt with Shorthand Alexis King is a journalism major with a minor in digital culture/data analytics from Plano, Texas. Alexis hopes to to work in entertainment news after she graduates. Alexis enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends & family. Alexis Kinghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-king/ TCU News Now 2/24/2021 ReddIt Twittercenter_img TCU News Now 3/24/2021 + posts Linkedin Previous articleHoroscope: May 2, 2021Next articlePosting with a passion: TCU student builds loyal following with Instagram blog Alexis King Cowgirl: A look at the most glamorous women in rodeo Alexis Kinghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-king/ Image magazineMada: How one app is helping you pick what to wearBy Alexis King – May 3, 2021 284 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Alexis Kinghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-king/ Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s Facebook Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices Linkedinlast_img read more

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Call for investigation after Hamas TV cameraman badly wounded by Israeli gunfire

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns the shooting of Al-Aqsa TV cameraman Imad Ghanem by Israeli troops yesterday. “The Israeli army’s repeated attacks on media and journalists constitute violations of international humanitarian law,” the organisation said. to go further PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News June 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Reporters Without Borders condemns the Israeli army’s actions in firing yesterday on a Palestinian cameraman employed by the Hamas-owned satellite TV station Al-Aqsa as he was covering an Israeli incursion into the central part of the Gaza strip. The cameraman was seriously injured and had to have both legs amputated.“This attack tragically illustrates the dangers to which Palestinian journalists are exposed,” the press freedom organisation said. “The Israeli army’s repeated attacks on media and journalists during military operations are unacceptable and constitute violations of international humanitarian law. A thorough investigation must be quickly carried out to establish why soldiers fired on this journalist after he had been injured and knocked to the ground by the blast of a grenade.”An Israeli military source told Agence France-Presse that Al-Aqsa cameramen “could not be regarded as journalists as they are part of Hamas’ armed wing and their films are used for propaganda purposes or instruction.”During an interview with Reporters Without Borders representatives last December, Israeli deputy defence minister Efraim Sneh advocated attacking the new Hamas TV station’s premises “if hostilities resumed and if the Islamic party announced the resumption of its terrorist activities.” He added that, “media belonging to terrorist organisations cannot enjoy the same rights as other media since they glorify violence.”In the view of Reporters Without Borders, Hamas’ activities cannot be used as an excuse or justification for attack an Al-Aqsa TV employee. “Firstly, journalists enjoy the same status as civilians and are therefore protected as such under international humanitarian law,” the organisation said. “Secondly, Protocol Additional 1 to the Geneva Conventions states that radio and TV installations may only be regarded as legitimate targets if they are used for military purposes and directly contribute to the war effort.”Imad Ghanem, 23, was covering yesterday’s Israeli military incursion to the east of the Al-Barij refugee camp in the centre of the Gaza Strip. Although he was not wearing anything that identified him as a member of the press, he was carrying a TV camera and he was with a large number of fellow journalists.Wounded by the blast of a rocket fired from a helicopter, Ghanem was lying on the ground when Israeli troops fired at him. Footage filmed by his colleagues shows him being hit in the legs by two shots fired in quick succession. He was taken to Deir-al-Balah where both of his legs were amputated. He was then transferred to Al-Shifa hospital where his condition was reported to be stable. RSF_en Receive email alertscenter_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Reporters Without Borders has registered at least nine cases of journalists being wounded by Israeli military fire since the start of the year. For the most part, they were injured by shrapnel from stun or tear grenades or by rubber bullets.An Israel Defence Forces spokesperson told Reporters Without Borders: “Israel views the freedom of speech as a fundamental principal to democratic society and makes every effort to prevent the harm of journalists. IDF forces were operating in the region as part of the struggle against the terrorist activity in the Gaza Strip including Qassam rocket launchings and the attempted abduction of soldiers into Gaza, as occurred on June 9th, 2007. However, as witnessed in that same event, terror operatives often disguise themselves utilizing equipment ( a jeep branded with the label “press”) to manipulate their true identity which is of a threatening nature. This illustrates the challenges the IDF faces while being aware of the presence of journalists in the zone of battle. The footage published in the different media outlets indicates that in the incident in question the so-called journalist did not carry any identifying “press” sign and operated among the gunmen. Moreover, the footage does not clearly identify the source of fire.“ Journalist Wounded by the israeli armyenvoyé par _u_5Io_I_II RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes News Follow the news on Palestine July 6, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for investigation after Hamas TV cameraman badly wounded by Israeli gunfire May 28, 2021 Find out more News News May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Lack of Significant Progress on Gaoth Dobhair Sewerage Scheme Unacceptable – Doherty

first_imgA Donegal Deputy has criticised the lack of progress which has been made in delivering the Gaoth Dobhair Sewerage Scheme.The comments come from Deputy Pearse Doherty, following recent correspondence from Irish Water in which the utility states that it is continuing to engage with both Donegal County Council and the Department of the Environment to resolve the problem.Deputy Doherty says the people of Gaoth Dobhair have been waiting for over 40 years for a much needed sewerage scheme to serve the region.He says the fact progress is still at consultation stage is completely unacceptable:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/pearse1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Twitter Twitter Google+ Previous articleLetterkenny General Hospital gets the highest bill in the country for employing temporary staffNext articleGardai appeal for information following robbery in Buncranna admin Pinterest By admin – October 23, 2015 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img Facebook Lack of Significant Progress on Gaoth Dobhair Sewerage Scheme Unacceptable – Doherty WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

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