Northwest grocery workers prepare to strike

first_imgAug. 2 — “Are you aware that Fred Meyer pays $3.53 more per hour to male workers than to female workers?” A United Steelworkers’ member posed this question to a Fred Meyer grocery store shopper. Shoppers were shocked and stopped to listen. Most took flyers showing the facts and figures, and many signed the petition demanding that Fred Meyer “Fix the Gap.”The steelworker, who came by the store after putting in an 8-hour shift, and his co-writing partner (a retired meatcutter and member of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400, were leafleting and petitioning in support of UFCW Local 555. The largest private sector union in Oregon, Local 555 represents nearly 25,000 retail grocery store workers in Oregon and southwest Washington. The local is in contract negotiations with Allied Employers, Inc., an owners group of Fred Meyer, QFC/Kroger, Safeway and Albertsons. While targeting Fred Meyer, the union believes that all chains in Allied Employers pay higher wages to men than women. “Whatever we can agree to that closes this gap for Fred Meyer will likely rectify any similar situations or patterns that may exist with other employers,” the union explained. The “Gap” is evident at FM, where on Schedule B the average wage is $13.69 per hour and 68 percent are women, versus Schedule A, where the average wage is $17.20 per hour and 66 percent are men. The two groups of workers in the same store, all doing essentially the same work — putting merchandise on shelves and providing customer service — are paid substantially different wages. When a worker applies for a job at Fred Meyer, they are assigned to a schedule. The worker has no choice.But not only does FM discriminate against women with regard to wages, the older the woman is the more she is discriminated against. On average women (including those not on Schedule B) aged 24 and under make $1 an hour less than men; women 25-29 make $1.50 less; women 35-39 make $1.75 less. Women over 60 fare even worse — making an average of $2.25 an hour less than men their age. Union statistics show that men under 30 were twice as likely to get promotions as women under 30. The major demand of Local 555 negotiators is to “Fix the Gap.” The union membership agrees. So far, 10,000 members in Portland voted overwhelmingly to strike in June if the owners do not meet their demands, which also include an hourly wage increase for all workers and improved health and welfare benefits. The other 15,000 workers in the region will participate in strike authorization votes between now and the end of August, when a final decision will be made.While the owners cry poverty, the board of Kroger (also a major shareholder in Fred Meyer) just posted a 14 percent increase in stockholder dividends. (​tinyurl.com/y6nh6pko)​The volunteers leafleting and petitioning in support of Local 555 were organized by Jobs with Justice, a labor support organization made up of Portland and Vancouver, Wash., area unions, community groups and political parties, including the Portland branch of Workers World Party. All statistics about the workers are from ufcw555.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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New stage in the struggle to FREE MUMIA!

first_imgPolitical prisoner and world-renowned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal and his supporters are closer than ever to winning his release, 38 years after he was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. The Fraternal Order of Police, former district attorneys and other political higher-ups who participated in the frameup are now shaking in their boots because this innocent man may be given a new trial in which judicial, police and prosecutorial misconduct will be exposed. In the late 1970s and early 80s, Abu-Jamal was a daily radio reporter for WHYY and NPR who earned acclaim for his award-winning reporting.  As a reporter who supported the MOVE organization against state repression, he drew the ire of the Philadelphia FOP and the notoriously racist Police Commissioner and later Mayor Frank Rizzo. On Dec. 9, 1981, while driving a cab to supplement his income, Abu-Jamal happened upon his brother in an altercation with Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.  Faulkner was killed. Abu-Jamal, who was shot and severely beaten by police, was charged in Faulkner’s death, even though witnesses reported seeing another man, most probably the passenger in Abu-Jamal’s brother’s car, running from the scene. Imprisoned for nearly four decades, Abu-Jamal has maintained his innocence.  With global support, he successfully won his release from Pennsylvania’s death row in 2011. In December 2018 he won the right to appeal his 1982 conviction because of biased judicial oversight by PA Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille. In early January 2019, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner reported finding six boxes of previously undisclosed evidence held by prosecutors in the case and allowed Abu-Jamal’s attorneys to review the files. In September 2019 Abu-Jamal’s lawyers filed new appellate briefs, including a request that the case be returned for a hearing before the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court based on their finding of concrete evidence of prosecutorial misconduct by the DA’s office in his 1982 trial.A Sept. 9 press release from attorneys Judith Ritter and Sam Spital reads: “This week, Mumia Abu-Jamal filed a brief in PA Superior Court to support his claim that his 1982 trial was fundamentally unfair in violation of the Constitution. For example, he argues that the prosecution failed to disclose evidence as required and discriminated against African Americans when selecting the jury. And, his lawyer did not adequately challenge the State’s witnesses.“Mr. Abu-Jamal also filed a motion containing new evidence of constitutional violations such as promises by the prosecutor to pay or give leniency to two witnesses. There is also new evidence of racial discrimination in jury selection.”The evidence uncovered in the hidden boxes shows that Joseph McGill, the prosecutor in Abu-Jamal’s case, paid off witnesses with favors and cash, while allowing a cab-driver witness with a suspended license to keep driving.  McGill illegally struck down Black jurors and fixed outstanding cases of key witnesses. Attorney Ritter contends that the new evidence shows Abu-Jamal’s trial was “fundamentally unfair and tainted by serious constitutional violations.” DA Krasner under attack by FOP In April of this year, DA Larry Krasner bowed to massive community pressure and withdrew his initial opposition to Abu-Jamal’s appeal moving forward in Pennsylvania’s higher courts. Following the September filings by Abu-Jamal’s attorneys, Krasner acquiesced to their petition that the newly uncovered evidence is grounds for the case to be sent back to Common Pleas Court. This was the final straw as far as the FOP is concerned. They immediately launched an attack on Krasner, using Faulkner’s widow, Maureen Faulkner-Palkovic.  On Sept. 18, claiming “victim’s rights,” she filed a petition to have Krasner replaced by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro “in criminal actions in which there is an appeal.”  She alleges that the lack of “finality” in this case has caused trauma for her — completely ignoring the impact on Abu-Jamal’s family. Faulkner bases her petition largely on unfounded claims that DA Krasner and attorneys in his office had some connection with Abu-Jamal’s case in the past. When her petition was dismissed by higher courts, Faulkner and the FOP tried another ploy. Faulkner filed a King’s Bench Petition on Nov. 12 with the state’s higher courts, again requesting Krasner’s removal from the case.  In addition to charging Krasner with conflicts of interest in the Abu-Jamal case, Faulkner claims that Krasner should have colluded with former prosecutor McGill to bury the evidence. The use of the “King’s Bench” application shows the growing desperation of the FOP team. Their petition would skip past the popularly elected district attorney and the Common Pleas Court. It would bring the matter directly to the PA Supreme Court where they hope for more sympathy from the conservative and classist institution. All out Dec. 7 for Mumia! Krasner is expected to submit a response soon to arguments from Abu-Jamal’s lawyers for a new trial — taking a stand for justice against FOP intimidation. The current FOP attack on Krasner is part of the 38-year effort to silence Abu-Jamal once and for all. We who believe in justice will not allow that to happen.Abu-Jamal’s 38th year of unjust imprisonment will be marked on Dec. 7 with a program titled “Youth Rise Up Against US Empire” in Philadelphia.  The event, to be held at Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker Campus, 5301 Media St., will include a report on all the new developments in his legal case, while focusing on his trilogy of books on U.S. imperialism.  Speakers and videos will express solidarity with the inspiring mass protests, many led by youth, taking place all over the globe as they call out white supremacist oppression and exploitation by U.S. capitalism.  For more information, visit mobilization4mumia.com. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Cast Ballots for Indiana Soybean Alliance Contested Election by July 31

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Cast Ballots for Indiana Soybean Alliance Contested Election by July 31 Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 13, 2017 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Cast Ballots for Indiana Soybean Alliance Contested Election by July 31 Indiana soybean farmers must cast their votes for the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) annual election by July 31. There is one contested race in this year’s election. “Farmers who vote for ISA board members play an important role in influencing how their checkoff dollars work for farms and Indiana agriculture,” said Tom Griffiths, chairman of ISA and farmer from Kendallville, Ind. “The ISA board directs how checkoff dollars are spent, and Indiana soybean farmers shape the direction of the board through casting their votes for new board members.”The board is responsible for investing Indiana soybean checkoff funds in programs to increase the viability of Indiana soybean farmers. Currently, ISA has seven major areas of focus, including grain marketing, livestock, aquaculture, production research, consumer education, sustainability programs, and new uses for soybeans.ISA has contested races in one of its four districts this year. Ballots have been distributed to Indiana soybean farmers in Districts 1 by mail, and ballots must be postmarked by July 31.The candidates from District 1 are Denise Scarborough from LaCrosse in LaPorte County, Joe Tuholski from Mill Creek in LaPorte County and Kyle Tom from Warsaw in Kosciusko County.District 1 counties include: Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Elkhart, Fulton, Howard, Jasper, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Lake, Marshall, Miami, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Tipton, Wabash and White.Farmers who vote in the election must have grown a soybean crop within the past two years, must vote in the county they reside, and may vote once per farm entity. Farmers in this district who have not received a ballot can request one by calling 1-800-735-0195.Those farmers elected in July will begin serving on the ISA board of directors in December 2017 and will serve a three-year term.There is no formal election process for Districts 2, 3 and 4 because of uncontested races. However, the districts did have candidates who will serve a three-year term on the ISA Board of Directors.The candidates from District 2 are CJ Chalfant from Hartford City in Blackford County and John Emmert from Ligonier in Noble County. District 2 counties include: Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Huntington, Jay, LaGrange, Madison, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Wayne, Wells and Whitley.The candidate from District 3 is Derika Lynam-Spaetti from Evansville in Vanderburgh County. District 3 counties include: Clay, Daviess, Dubois, Fountain, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Spencer, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren and Warrick.The candidates from District 4 are Jim Douglas from Flat Rock in Shelby County and Anngie Steinbarger from Edinburgh in Shelby County. District 4 counties include: Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Orange, Perry, Ripley, Rush, Scott, Shelby, Switzerland, Union and Washington.For more information, visit www.indianasoybean.com/elections or call Hannah Vorsilak, ISA Director of Education and Training at 1-800-735-0195. Previous articleNebraska Ag Director Being Considered for USDA Under SecretaryNext articleBearish News from USDA in July Report Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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Financial literacy program promotes saving, spending wisely

first_imgUpdate: No forced entry in TCC student’s homicide Facebook Linkedin TCU steps up efforts to promote financial literacy with new additions to Money Week Linkedin printGetting a job and a paycheck is important, but so is learning how to save and spend wisely.Financial literacy, or knowing how to make, manage and invest money, is a skill not often emphasized in the classroom. At TCU, the One Million Reasons initiative is bringing financial literacy education straight to the students.The Office of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid, the Office of Admission and Student Development Services partnered to create the program last fall.The initiative helps students manage their money while in school and plan for the future, said Rachael Capua, assistant director of the sophomore and junior year experience.“We want to make this a special area of focus because we want students to be more prepared when they graduate, especially in the circumstances of having student loans,” Capua said.One Million Reasons hosted the first annual TCU Money Week last week as part of its campus programming efforts. TCU Money Week is a week of activities held across campus to promote financial fitness.“It’s a great way and initiative to bring a lot of different activities, workshops, and presentations to campus all relating to money,” Capua said. “I really hope this is a launch into making it a campus conversation.”The initiative also uses a specific curriculum, FOUNDATIONS, in workshops with student organizations and classrooms on campus.To promote campus programming and curriculum workshops, students were enlisted to be ambassadors of One Million Reasons. The ambassadors “represent their colleges and can help facilitate group presentations on curriculum topics alongside TCU staff members,” according to the One Million Reasons website.Elizabeth Rosales, graduate associate for One Million Reasons, said she was interested in being a One Million Reasons ambassador after her first-hand experience as a college counselor at a high school.“I assisted my students with financial aid [and] scholarships, so I really saw the importance a lot more in financial literacy,” Rosales said. “I wanted to be on the other side of that.”Rosales said One Million Reasons is effective because it gives students opportunities to gain awareness and education about financial literacy.“In college, your ultimate goal is to graduate and to find a career, and within that comes a lot of financial planning and decisions,” Rosales said. “I feel that the program does help a lot in opening those doors to students and giving them the opportunity to become more aware how important budgeting is going to be when they graduate.”Professors and campus organizations can request a One Million Reasons workshop by emailing [email protected] said the program has been well-received on campus so far.“There’s really a million reasons why topics like this are important to look at, and we’ve been really thrilled with how successful the program has been these past two semesters,” Capua said. Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals week Ryder Buttryhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryder-buttry/ Previous articleTCU police: More than 40 responses to stolen property noticeNext articleArrieta hurls second career no-hitter Ryder Buttry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt During TCU Money Week, students could take a ride in the “cash cab” and answer money trivia questions for prizes. Fort Worth businessman donates full first-year tuition for TCU medical school students Twittercenter_img + posts ReddIt Twitter Ryder Buttryhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryder-buttry/ Ryder Buttryhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryder-buttry/ SGA holds student memorial to honor lives of four students Facebook Ryder Buttryhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryder-buttry/ The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Ryder Buttry last_img read more

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New guide helps parents support students

first_imgAdvertisement Print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Previous articleMount Trenchard issues raised at report launchNext article#Win Tickets for The Rubberbandits at Lime Tree Theatre John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.iecenter_img Linkedin NewsNew guide helps parents support studentsBy John Keogh – May 13, 2015 666 Email Tom Boland, chief executive of the Higher Education Authority; Patrice Twomey, director, Cooperative Education & Careers Division, UL; Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan and Prof Don Barry, President UL launched ‘Aiming Higher: a Guide for Parents and Guardians’ at the University of Limerick.Pic Sean Curtin FusionshootersMINISTER for Education Jan O’Sullivan this week launched a new guide aimed at helping parents and guardians support prospective third level students.‘Aiming Higher: A Guide for Parents and Guardians’ was launched at the University of Limerick on Friday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The guide is by Patrice Twomey, director of the Cooperative Education and Careers Division at UL and funded by the Higher Education Authority.The new publication aims to give parents and guardians a practical understanding of the higher education system in Ireland and to help them to support their child in making informed decisions around third level courses and career choices.It is the first guide of its kind that is specifically targeted at parents and extensive consultation with parents drove much of its content.“Aiming Higher” makes a hugely practical contribution in setting our young people on the pathway to success, armed with a very clear picture of the expectations and demands they will face during their higher education experience.  It will equip parents with the knowledge that they need to help their children make the right choices,” said Minister O’Sullivan.Patrice Twomey commented: “Parents are the most significant influence on their children’s third level and career choices. They don’t need to have all of the answers. What ‘Aiming Higher’ does is that it helps parents to frame the questions that will prompt their daughter or son’s thinking around their individual talents, strengths and interests, and ultimately their chosen course.“We hope that the guide will help parents to approach the ‘third level conversation’ with a greater and more informed confidence. In a broader context, we hope that Aiming Higher will contribute to the successful transitioning from second level to third level education, an area of strategic priority for the University of Limerick.”Copies of the guide will be circulated to all second level schools in the country and it will be available on the UL website www.ul.ie/careers/aiminghigher.last_img read more

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Parent/Child golf tournament

first_img Facebook Parent/Child golf tournament WhatsApp Local News Twitter Previous articleIndoor picnic and movie nightNext articleBenefit concert admin Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Ratliff Ranch Golf OdessaRatliff Ranch Golf Links’ Parent/Child Golf Tournament is set for July 7 and 8 at Ratliff Ranch Golf Course, 7500 N. Grandview Ave.Shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days.Registration fee is $130 per team (which includes green fees, cart fees, range balls, tee gift and meal).The deadline to register is July 3.Call Chris McQuatters at 550-8181. Facebook Pinterest Ratliff Ranch golf logo WhatsApp By admin – June 23, 2018 last_img read more

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Working for Women

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Working for Women The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago September 4, 2017 1,955 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Rachel Williams Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles The disparity between men and women in leadership positions and compensation is one of the most pressing issues facing the financial services sector today.Despite broad recognition of the importance of tapping into the talents and perspectives of female executives, gender imbalance continues to plague the financial services industry, according to “Women in Financial Services 2016,” a global study sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Companies. The research cites the challenges faced by companies seeking the “right recipe” to create more opportunities for women’s advancement.Contributors to the study agree that improving workforce gender diversity is not just a “nice thing to do” but a commercial imperative as well.Ocwen, a leading mortgage servicing company, is going beyond talk to meet the challenge head-on. One of only a handful of companies in the mortgage banking world with a female board chair, Ocwen committed time and resources to its diversity and inclusion strategy by launching its first company-wide affinity group, the Ocwen Global Women’s Network (OGWN), in January.“We are fully committed to improving opportunities for women across our global workforce and ensuring balanced gender perspectives are well-represented at all levels of the company,” commented Ron Faris, Ocwen’s CEO. “We launched OGWN as a combination sounding board for business insights, learning platform, and networking forum to support our corporate focus on diversity, inclusion, and talent development.”OGWN provides members with an environment that promotes mentoring, professional development, workplace flexibility, and representation of women at all levels. The group is a platform for sharing information and ideas and accelerating employee skills and knowledge through networking.“One of our most critical success factors is the active commitment of our senior leaders, starting with Ocwen’s Board Chair Phyllis Caldwell and Chief Executive Officer Ron Faris,” said Toni Harrigan, Ocwen’s Chief Market and Credit Risk Officer and one of the executive co-leaders of OGWN.“Both Phyllis Caldwell and Ron Faris have spoken at our group meetings, but more importantly, they have spent time listening to the concerns of our team members,” Harrigan added. “Their participation fosters a constructive dialogue through which we can help our employees confront real issues they encounter in our workplace.”The group is open to all Ocwen employees worldwide. Already, OGWN’s registered membership, including men and women, is more than 10 percent of the company’s global full-time workforce.“Having this forum in place and available to all creates a platform for team members at every level and in every location to collaborate and contribute to making our company better,” commented Lola Oyewole, Ocwen’s Director of Human Resources and a founding member of the groupOGWN is organized at the regional level. Educational and networking activities are planned and carried out in each corporate location at least once a quarter. The programs range from informal coffee sessions to panel discussions with Ocwen executives and external speakers, including internationally recognized experts like Dr. Lois P. Frankel, a bestselling author and executive coach in women’s leadership development.“For a company like Ocwen, with employees located around the world, OGWN serves an important role in bridging cultural barriers and helping executives appreciate the unique needs of our female team members located in places like India and the Philippines,” said Diksha Dutt, VP Customer Care Center, who heads up the international arm of OGWN. “The more our senior executives understand how culture influences workplace behavior, the more receptive they will be to our locally generated ideas.”In observance of International Women’s Day in March, OGWN organized events across the globe, including panels of women entrepreneurs and industry stalwarts sharing their journeys to success and their approaches to breaking gender stereotypes. Ocwen board members Phyllis Caldwell and Jacques Busquet were part of the conversation.Barbara Holmes, Director of Ocwen’s Internal Review Group and OGWN co-leader, is already starting to see the benefits of OGWN participation come through in the day-to-day lives of employees. Since January, 50 percent of the leadership promotions at director and above level have been females in the U.S., while 25 percent of the employees hired into leadership positions at director and above were females in the U.S. Additionally, 50 percent of hires into senior manager roles in Asia Pacific have been females.“We are confident that this initiative will empower our female co-workers to take on more responsibility and build out their skills and expertise with greater confidence,” Holmes said. “At the same time, the participation of senior executives will contribute to a culture of greater understanding of the unique needs and challenges of our female employees, especially in overseas offices.”center_img Women in Housing 2017-09-04 Brianna Gilpin Tagged with: Women in Housing Rachel Williams attended Texas Christian University (TCU), where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude with a dual Bachelor of Arts in English and History. Williams is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, widely recognized as the nation’s most prestigious honor society. Subsequent to graduating from TCU, Williams joined the Five Star Institute as an editorial intern, advancing to staff writer, associate editor and is currently the editor in chief and head of corporate communications. She has over a decade of editorial experience with a primary focus on the U.S. residential mortgage industry and financial markets. Williams resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband. She can be reached at [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Working for Women The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: The Single Refiling Rule Reconsidered Next: Leading the Charge Subscribelast_img read more

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Durkan concerned for services after Derry bus hijack

first_imgNewsx Adverts 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report WhatsApp Facebook Durkan concerned for services after Derry bus hijack Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme By News Highland – May 17, 2011 Pinterest Facebook Previous articleLetterkenny YIC celebrates European Youth WeekNext articleLetterkenny 400 event launched News Highland Pinterestcenter_img Google+ WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Twitter Twitter Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Foyle MLA Mark H.Durkan says an attack on a bus on Glengalliagh Road last night could have long term implications for the area.Three masked men, one of them armed with a handgun, boarded the bus at around 10.30 last night. A passenger was ordered off, and the driver was told to move the bus into the middle of the road where it was set it alight.Glengalliagh Road remains closed this morning.Mark H.Durkan says talks are underway between Translink and union representitives, with fears that services may be curtailed in light of the risk of further attacks.He says the incident has also disrupted students doing GCSE music exams at St Brigid’s School.last_img read more

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Medallion announces binding open season for expansion of crude oil pipeline

first_imgThrough the open season, Medallion proposes to expand two pipeline segments to transport increased quantities of crude oil, produced from acreage proximate to Medallion’s system, to downstream pipelines and markets Image: Medallion announces binding open season for expansion of crude oil pipeline. Photo: courtesy of Johannes Rupf from Pixabay. Medallion Pipeline Company, LLC (Medallion) today announced a binding open season to solicit long-term, firm shipper commitments for an expansion of its crude oil pipeline system in the Midland Basin. Through the open season, Medallion proposes to expand two pipeline segments to transport increased quantities of crude oil, produced from acreage proximate to Medallion’s system, to downstream pipelines and markets.The Existing Medallion Pipeline SystemThe existing Medallion pipeline system consists of approximately 800 miles of 6-inch diameter and larger crude oil pipeline spanning some of the most prolific crude oil producing counties in the Permian Basin.1 The Medallion pipeline, which consists of eight pipeline segments located in Crane, Glasscock, Howard, Irion, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Reagan, Scurry and Upton counties, all within the state of Texas, serves as an intrabasin header system providing diversified market access to ten downstream pipelines that interconnect with the Medallion system at Medallion’s Crane Hub, Midland Hub, and Colorado City Hub.The ExpansionTo address the growing need for pipeline capacity in the region, Medallion plans to construct an operational loop of its existing Howard Lateral and an expansion of its Midkiff Lateral from the Garden City Station to the Midkiff Station. The open season provides an opportunity for interested shippers to acquire long-term firm capacity under binding transportation services agreements, as a committed firm shipper on one or both expansion segments.Open Season ProcessThe open season begins today, September 24, 2019 and ends at 4:00 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 18, 2019. All bids must be submitted during the open season, except as provided in the open season notice.Existing committed firm shippers will be provided the option to participate in the open season to 1) amend an existing transportation services agreement for transportation on the Howard Lateral to obtain the lower expansion rates offered on the Howard expansion in return for an extension of the primary term of the existing transportation services agreement, and 2) add the Midkiff Station as a destination point to an existing transportation services agreement for committed firm transportation on the Midkiff Lateral. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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HouseSimple offers vendors a free ‘no catch’ service

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » HouseSimple offers vendors a free ‘no catch’ service previous nextAgencies & PeopleHouseSimple offers vendors a free ‘no catch’ serviceOffer is being kicked off in Yorkshire and NW and agency says it has already tested the ‘no fee’ approach and seen listings increase five-fold.Nigel Lewis27th June 201901,977 Views Hybrid estate agent HouseSimple has launched an offer on its website to sell homes for free and without any commission which is to debut in Yorkshire and the NW but eventually go nationwide.The offer appears not to be a PR stunt and has been launched with a tagline of ‘seriously, it’s on the house’ but with no published end date.HouseSimple’s marketing move also appears to be a response to competitor HouseShop, which is offering a similar deal and points to a ‘race to the bottom’ as online and hybrid agents fight for leads.Online agents have form using this ‘free offers’. When easyProperty first launched four years ago it gave the first 200 people to sell their homes via the company a free service.After registering with HouseSimple for an appointment, potential vendors are offered the free service which includes portal listings, photos and floorplans, negotiation and sales progression, a valuation, local property expert, for sale board, online dashboard and a service that operates until 8pm.Referral incomeThe hybrid agency is hoping to make money from passing on leads from its customers to third party suppliers including for mortgages, EPCs, conveyancing and landlord insurance.But the offer makes no mention of viewings, which the company has always charged extra for at £35 a viewing and £50 for a key-holding service, although its ‘free’ offer says that there is ‘no catch’.Sam Mitchell (left), chief executive officer at Housesimple, says: “It’s time for change in estate agency. We believe selling a property should be a great experience and that’s why we are making it simple, transparent and free.“The ability to sell a home through advertised listings and professional support, without paying any estate agent fees, is unique in the UK. Housesimple is the only company to offer this service and we expect it will quickly become the most popular way to sell a property.“This is a bold move but one that has been tested. Within just six months of trialling this offer we’ve increased our property listings 5-fold and are now one of the leading agents by listings in cities like Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester.”House Simple was established in 2007 and currently has 1,307 homes for sale on Rightmove and 15 properties to rent.HouseSimple hybrid estate agency June 27, 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 2021last_img read more

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