Trump administration can’t ask about citizenship status in 2020 census, federal judge rules

first_imgliveslow/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Trump administration cannot ask a question about citizenship status in the 2020 census, a federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday.U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman concluded that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had violated the public trust in his decision to include a citizenship question on the next census, calling Ross’s decision “arbitrary and capricious.”In the 277-page decision, Furman wrote that such a question would be constitutional, but that Ross had not followed proper procedures when he decided to add it.“He failed to consider several important aspects of the problem; alternately ignored, cherry-picked, or badly misconstrued the evidence in the record before him; acted irrationally both in light of that evidence and his own stated decisional criteria; and failed to justify significant departures from past policies and practices,” Furman wrote. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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On-the-job award is revolutionary

Lastmonth the first Investment Administration Management Awards were presented tostaff who had completed a year-long training programme designed to improvetheir knowledge, business acumen and ability to manage.  Work-basedand focusing on the development of confident team leaders and administrationmanagers, I believe that the nationally accredited award is revolutionary atleast within the investment funds sector – and thought Training readers may beinterested to find out more. Ibelieve that it is revolutionary from two important aspects: –Participants meet award requirements, through continual, on-the-job assessmentrather than one-off exams, and each candidate works under the direction andsupport of a personal “mentor”. They have to complete five modules comprisingcourse work and an assignment, set in conjunction with their line manager. Theyconclude with a project, based again on a real business issue, specific totheir organisation.    –The training represents an unprecedented investment in training foradministration staff oft neglected relative to fund managers and other “frontoffice” staff. Member firms of this association got together to identifythe  skills needs in their respectivefast-moving, hi-tech “back offices” that could not easily be met by piecemealin-house programmes. The evaluation now demonstrates that benefits are alreadybeing realised by award winners and their firms.  Feedbackfrom candidates includes the comment that choosing real subjects forassignments meant that information from workshops and manuals was “retained andput to good use rather than gathering dust in a file”.  Seniorline managers comment that staff have grown in confidence, encouraging otherteam members to work more effectively and identifying opportunities to increaserevenue.TheInvestment Administration Manage-ment Award is a joint-venture project betweenourselves, the investment funds trade association; Edexcel, the leadingawarding body; and MDA, a training provider with relevant expertise.  Successful participants are given a BtecProfessional Development Award.    VictoriaNyeDirector, training and educationAssociation of Unit Trusts and Investment Funds Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article On-the-job award is revolutionaryOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. read more

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Chemist prescribes distance courses

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article High street chemist Lloydspharmacy has launched a versatile, paper-baseddistance learning project to support managers in its 1,300 stores. The Professional Management Development Programme was created by thetraining and development team and consist of four modules – Our People; OurPharmacies; Our Customers and Our Business Performance. Each module includesexercises and case studies to enhance the individual’s learning and supporttheir continuing professional development. “The package can be used to put together a bespoke professionaldevelopment plan because each module is standalone, employees can opt to takeone or as many modules as they feel fit,” said Andrea Turner,Lloydspharmacy training and development manager. An added bonus of the distance-learning project is that it is being used toreinforce a cultural change within the business. Pharmacy management is complex, explained Turner, because it combinesspecialist subject knowledge with people and financial manage-ment and keepingup to speed with changes.” Such is the appeal of the programme that regional training managers andsupervisors have asked to use it. But there are no plans yet to make it aglobal, online resource. By Stephanie Sparrow Chemist prescribes distance coursesOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Americans bought 5.6M homes last year — the most since the bubble

first_imgMessage* Full Name* Share via Shortlink Email Address* (Illustration by The Real Deal)Despite the global pandemic, or perhaps because of it, home sales clocked their best year since 2006.The annual pace of existing home sales in December increased to 6.76 million, seasonally adjusted, up 0.7 percent from November and 22 percent year-over-year, according to the National Association of Realtors’ monthly report.It was a strong finish to a year that saw 5.64 million existing homes change hands, up 5.6 percent from 2019 to the highest level since 2006. Residential construction also posted the busiest year since 2006, though homebuilder confidence has begun to wane over the past two months despite record low levels of housing inventory.Read moreExisting home sales fall for the first time in 5 monthsResidential construction had busiest year since 2006: MBAHomebuilder sentiment falls for second month in a rowcenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink The supply of existing homes for sale hit another historic low with 1.07 million units on the market. At the current sales pace, those homes will be sold within 1.9 months. Seventy percent of homes sold in December were listed for less than a month.The median home price closed the year at $309,800, up nearly 13 percent from a year earlier, and marking the 106th month of consecutive price increases.“The tight resale market has been good for the new home market, which like the resale market is also benefiting from demographic shifts and low mortgage interest rates,” said RCLCO Real Estate Advisors’ Gregg Logan. “For many home buyers the pandemic has created economic and lifestyle changes that have influenced people to make moves.”Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist said he expects December’s momentum will carry into 2021, despite mortgage rates creeping up.“Although mortgage rates are projected to increase, they will continue to hover near record lows at around 3%,” Yun predicted. “Expect economic conditions to improve with additional stimulus forthcoming and vaccine distribution already underway.”Other experts are expressing concern that demand will ebb if prices continue to rise.Joel Kan, head of industry forecasting at the Mortgage Bankers Association, noted in a statement Friday that “disproportionate” growth in higher tiers of the housing market could slow demand.“More acute affordability challenges will emerge if inventory stays this tight and home-price growth continues to accelerate.” Kan said. “This in turn would be especially challenging for first-time homebuyers, who make up a third of all home sales.”Similar concerns were expressed more broadly last year as lenders tightened borrowing criteria, locking non-affluent buyers out of the market.There have been some indications of homebuyers pulling back. Pending home sales, an indicator of future sales, dropped month-over-month in September, October and November. Existing sales fell in November, the first time since June that sales didn’t grow month-over-month. But sales were still up nearly 26 percent compared to November 2019.Contact Erin Hudson TagsHousing MarketResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

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Trans women targeted in sports bans, but are they really at an advantage?

first_imgApril 7, 2021 /Sports News – National Trans women targeted in sports bans, but are they really at an advantage? Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABCBy ASHLEY SCHWARTZ-LAVARES, VICTORIA MOLL-RAMIREZ, KAYNA WHITWORTH, and ANTHONY RIVAS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Since high school, running has taken up much of 20-year-old Lindsay Hecox’s life, giving her not only an outlet to build friendships, but also a sense of identity and competitiveness. It’s a “core part” of who she is, she said.“I did cross-country as well and kind of realized this is my thing,” Hecox, of Boise, Idaho, told ABC News’ Kayna Whitworth. “I’m good at it, I like it, and I’m going to continue doing it, because I wanted to really get better.”Yet, while discovering this fundamental aspect of her life in high school, Hecox was suppressing another. Hecox, a transgender woman, was assigned male at birth. Throughout high school, she said she presented as male, but like many transgender teens, she said it did not match her gender identity.“I felt like I wasted a little bit of my life trying to pretend to be a guy and just repressing everything,” Hecox said. “That seems so much better now.”It wasn’t until heading to college that Hecox decided to live her life authentically, and she began transitioning. However, as she waited for the track team tryouts at Boise State University, a new law threatened to uproot all that she’d worked for.In March 2020, Idaho’s legislature passed House Bill 500, the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” which bans transgender girls and women from competing in female sports leagues.Bills like this, Hecox said, may be driven by misconceptions that people have about trans women’s abilities in sports.“I don’t know, [it’s] something about trans women athletes. They feel like it’s going to be some huge, tall, muscular superstar,” Hecox said. “I don’t even think most of my teammates would even think of me as trans — I just look like a regular girl.”The bill prompted Hecox to take action. In April 2020, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups and legal firms, she filed a lawsuit opposing the legislation. In August, a judge issued a preliminary injunction, effectively preventing the law from being enforced while the case remains pending.Still, the bill opened a legislative Pandora’s box, with other states following in Idaho’s footsteps. At least 28 states have either proposed or passed approximately 52 bills excluding trans athletes from participating in school sports — namely, trans girls and women in grades K-12 and college. In Minnesota, legislators have introduced a bill that would make trans female participation in school sports a petty misdemeanor, possibly punishable by a fine.Last month, Missouri father Brandon Boulware, whose transgender daughter plays volleyball, implored the state’s lawmakers to vote against a bill that would block trans teens from participating in high school sports.“As a parent, the one thing we cannot do … is silence our children’s spirit,” he said during his testimony.“I need you to understand that this language, if it becomes law, will have real effects on real people,” he added. “I ask you, please, don’t take that away from my daughter or the countless others like her.”Such marginalization can have devastating effects on trans teens. In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey of nearly 132,000 students, 27% of those who identified as trans said they felt unsafe at or traveling to or from school, and nearly 35% said they’d attempted suicide.However, some cisgender female athletes, who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth, say they feel like they’re being pushed out of their sports by trans athletes.“I know what it’s like to be beat by a biological male in my own sport,” Madison Kenyon, 19, a sophomore runner at Idaho State University, told ABC News. “I’ve seen them beat some of the fastest girls in this nation. … We’re not here for a participation trophy. We’ve been working so hard. We’ve been making so many sacrifices, and we’re not just here to participate. We want to compete, and we want to compete on a fair playing field.”Chelsea Mitchell, 18, is another cisgender woman who says she lost several state track titles after running against two trans girls in high school. Mitchell came in third place, behind the two transgender girls.“Personally, I lost four state championships … and countless other opportunities to advance to meet, to place,” she said. “So, I decided to speak out, because I believe that this was unfair for me and my other competitors.”Mitchell was able to beat one of the transgender runners in later races. She said it made her feel like “I finally got the recognition I deserved.” She is currently a student-athlete on a scholarship at William & Mary in Virginia. Neither of the two trans competitors that once beat her were offered scholarships.Both Mitchell and Kenyon have joined lawsuits against trans women’s participation in women’s sports. They’re represented by the conservative legal advocacy organization Alliance Defending Freedom.They’ve both said their position is not based on hate or anti-trans sentiment but about fairness and opportunity in their sport.“I think that everyone should have a place to compete and everyone has a right to participate in sports, but the question is, where is that most fair?” Kenyon said. “For female athletes, it’s most fair for biological women to be competing against biological women.”Joanna Harper, one of the world’s leading researchers on transitioning athletes, who is a trans woman athlete herself, said the science and biology related to who has an advantage in sports are more nuanced than these laws make it seem.“Many critics of transgender women have suggested that trans women have unfair advantages over gender or typical women, and it is certainly true that as a population group, trans women do have athletic advantages over [cisgender] women,” she said. “We do, however, allow advantages in sports.”For example, Harper said it’s not uncommon in baseball for left-handed players to have some advantages over right-handed players. Athletic abilities vary regardless of the gender someone is assigned at birth, she said.Moreover, she said, the hormone replacement therapy that a trans woman undergoes during transition changes her body in a way that allows “trans women and [cisgender] women to compete against one another in a meaningful fashion in most sports.”“I would suggest that it is never the right response to outright ban trans athletes,” Harper said, adding that she believes that for all sports at all levels, “there is some set of solutions that can be implemented … and still allow for trans women to be integrated within women’s sports.”While more studies may be needed to determine what these solutions should be, leading sports organizations like the NCAA have issued guidance based on their understanding of the current research. In 2011, the college sports organization’s Office of Inclusion released guidance stipulating that trans women should undergo a year of testosterone suppression before joining a team.Hecox met that requirement by taking a year of hormone replacement therapy, which helps a transgender person’s body match their gender identity more closely. Hecox said the therapy changed her athletic abilities. Along with losing muscle mass, Hecox said her stamina decreased as well.“I could feel myself getting slower, and I was all right with that,” she said.Hecox said she believes the hormone replacement therapy brought her athletic abilities more within the range of other female athletes. In fact, despite a rigorous training schedule provided by the school, she was not fast enough to make Boise State’s track team in 2020.While Hecox said she “felt pretty disappointed” with her times, she remains hopeful for a better future. She said she’ll continue to fight the trans athlete law and added that she’ll be trying out for the track team again in 2022.“I don’t really mind if I don’t make the team,” she said. “As long as I have paved the road for future trans athletes to make a team and be happy.”ABC News’ Sony Salzman contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

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Already sold! Buyers backing new trend in auction room

first_imgHome » News » Auctions news » Already sold! Buyers backing new trend in auction room previous nextAuctions newsAlready sold! Buyers backing new trend in auction roomSheila Manchester10th June 20192 Comments958 Views The way residential property is sold has changed over the last five years, with online agency, hybrid agency, hubs and even sell-by–owner. However, it is probably the auction process that has been modernised more than any other route to sale.Now a new buying tactic has been reported by Network Auctions. The results of its sale on 6th June show that buyers are buying before auction. Of the auction lots offered in their latest sale, 52% sold prior to auction.“Buyers are keen to make good property purchases and we see this increasing, with strong offers being made before auction. The uncertainty surrounding Brexit has lifted a little and we’ve been much busier in terms of viewings and response – and that converted to positive sales,” says Toby Limbrick, Director, Network Auctions.“Sellers are also more responsive to pre-auction offers – especially when they are above reserve and show the buyer understands the market. Auctions create a momentum to the sales process which is lacking in private treaty, plus you have the certainty of sale – something which every buyer and seller wants more and more.”Sales online, pre sale and ‘in the room’The ballroom sale still attracted keen bidding in the room with highlights including a two-bedroom cottage in Bedfordshire selling for £164,000 (guide of £110,000+), a residential investment of six flats in Wembley selling for £725,000, and a two-bedroom maisonette in Aylesbury achieving 30% more than guide selling at £123,000 against a guide of £95,000.Toby added, “Today we sold a property which had been on the market and had a sale progressing at £139,000. The buyer was procrastinating and so the seller decided to enter it to auction to get closure. We guided it at £110,000+ and after 50 viewings and 29 legal packs downloaded, we sold it for £164,000 after a bidding war including the previous buyer. That’s the result of auction – auction forces people into action.’Network Auctions raised a total of £8,616,500 and achieved a 78% sales success rate.Network Auctions Sheila Manchester Toby Limbrick June 10, 2019The Negotiator2 commentsGuy Charrison, Mr Mr 11th June 2019 at 12:29 pmPaulIn general I agree with your comments; but in the current market we have experienced that we have obtained prices well beyond what we would have expected in the room by doing deals prior; sometimes we have had limited interest and from that by selling prior were able to deliver prices well ahead of the reserve for the seller, and in some cases £60,000 or £70,000 above on lot values of £300,000.I hope you are keeping well and keep knocking the lots down!Best wishesGuyLog in to ReplyPaul Fosh, Paul Fosh Auctions Paul Fosh Auctions 10th June 2019 at 10:48 amIf a property is listed for auction, sellers and auctioneers should have the courage to let the property run to the room. Buyers will always want to purchase outside of the room but it’s up to us as property professionals to muster that pre auction interest and take the property to the room rather than rush into doing deals prior.Log in to ReplyWhat’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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Oxford ‘Shoe Strike’ for climate change

first_imgThis was part of a global movement that saw parents joining youth climate strikers taking part in a global day of climate action on September 25th 2020. Parents from Brazil, Nigeria, India, Australia, Poland, Israel, UK, and Germany all took part in the day to support their children in the fight for climate action.  The organisation, Parents for Future, was launched in 2019 by a network of parents inspired by Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future movement. There are now over 130 groups in more than 27 countries working to engage adults on the issue and normalise climate activism amongst parents.  In accordance with government regulations, only six members of the organisation met to set it up. They laid out 177 pairs of shoes, some with notes attached stating hopes and fears for the future. These were accompanied by a sign that read: “Would you want to be in our kids’ shoes.” Alongside this strike, Parents for Future Oxford is encouraging people to take action digitally by writing to MPs about supporting the ‘Future Generations Climate and Ecological Bill’, and taking part in the ‘Fridays for Future Digital Strike.’ Image Credit: Parents for Future Shoe Strike Oxford A ‘Shoe Strike’ organised by Parents for Future Oxford, in support of youth climate strikes and the future generations who stand to be most impacted by Climate Change, took place last Friday morning in front of the Radcliffe Camera. Since the art installation, there have also been further donations of shoes to the cause and these, alongside the shoes that were part of the installation, will be donated to charity. The organisation has noted that they have spoken specifically with refugee charities as a potential destination for the shoes. Speaking to Cherwell, Rowan Ryrie of Parents for Future UK said the intended impact for the ‘Shoe Strike’ was “to try to engage more parents in recognising that we need to take action for our children’s generation. Although activism isn’t something that necessarily comes naturally to parents, in the current situation we are in with climate chaos getting worse, all parents need to be able to speak up… to raise the issue as an intergenerational issue.” The symbolism of the shoes was to represent both those unable to protest due to COVID-19 restrictions and future generations who will be the most impacted by Climate Change. last_img read more

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Northern Foods reveals strong bakery rise

first_imgNorthern Foods has reported strong underlying growth in its bakery division, with revenue up by 3.9% for the 26 weeks to 26 September 2009.Brand investment in Fox’s biscuits helped it achieve its highest brand share since 2006, and the firm also announced that a new marketing campaign for its Matthew Walker puddings brand will be launched ahead of the Christmas trading period. According to Northern Foods, new discount lines in sandwiches and salads helped drive revenue in its chilled division, up 8.8%. However, its “rationalisation programme” and the closure of a pizza manufacturing site at Poldys in Ireland last year contributed to the 7.5% drop in revenue within its frozen arm. The firm also relinquished a number of marginal own-label contracts and terminated its Birds Eye co-pack agreement to supply individual frozen pies, thus enabling its McDougall’s brand to compete in this segment.last_img read more

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Kosciusko County improves to orange status in new state update

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Kosciusko County improves to orange status in new state update Twitter By Nick Deranek – January 27, 2021 1 219 Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleBudget hearings getting underway at Indiana StatehouseNext articleIndiana’s food chain nearly decimated by spring shutdown Nick Deranek Latest metrics for District 2 counties, which includes Kosciusko County. (Map/data provided by the Indiana State Department of Health) In the latest weekly update of county metrics from the Indiana Department of Health, Kosciusko County has moved back into the orange level, or Advisory Level 3 of 4, when it comes to coronavirus spread.The key factor in the improvement came with the latest positivity rate in the county, which was at 10.65 percent. Weekly cases per 100,000 residents remained at a high level of 268. If that number were to fall under 200, and positivity rate were to fall below 10 percent, the county could improve another level in the coming weeks.You can read about the different metrics and what they mean here.Nearby, Elkhart and Marshall Counties saw improvement in their metrics, which if those hold another week, could move those two areas into the yellow level.Whitley County remained on the red level this week as the positivity rate was at 15.13 percent and the weekly cases per 100,000 residents was at 453.The dashboard noted that all neighboring counties around Kosciusko County saw some sort of improvement in numbers over the past week.On a daily note, Kosciusko County’s rolling average of daily new cases fell to 25, continuing on an improving trend that has been seen since the early part of January. Pinterest Twitter Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Marketlast_img read more

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Press release: Unlocking of government’s mapping and location data to boost economy by £130m a year

first_imgAs part of the Prime Minister’s London Tech Week roundtable today, the government has announced that key parts of the OS MasterMap will be made openly available for the public and businesses to use.It is estimated that this will boost the UK economy by at least £130m each year, as innovative companies and startups use the data.The release of OS MasterMap data is one of the first projects to be delivered by the new Geospatial Commission, in conjunction with Ordnance Survey. The aim is to continue to drive forward the UK as a world leader in location data, helping to grow the UK’s digital economy by an estimated £11bn each year.This is a step on a journey towards more open geospatial data infrastructure for the UK.Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, David Lidington, said Opening up OS MasterMap underlines this Government’s commitment to ensuring the UK continues to lead the way in digital innovation. Releasing this valuable government data for free will help stimulate innovation in the economy, generate jobs and improve public services. Location-aware technologies – using geospatial data – are revolutionising our economy. From navigating public transport to tracking supply chains and planning efficient delivery routes, these digital services are built on location data that has become part of everyday life and business. The newly available data should be particularly useful to small firms and entrepreneurs to realise their ideas and compete with larger organisations, encouraging greater competition and innovation. Ordnance Survey holds the most accurate and comprehensive set of location data for Great Britain, making public sector services work more efficiently and helping to build innovative businesses across every sector of the economy. Since its launch in 2001, OS MasterMap has been one of the most comprehensive and detailed geospatial reference datasets in the world. This latest development is another step on Ordnance Survey’s open data journey. We’re looking forward to supporting the Geospatial Commission in making this data more accessible and more widely used. Read more information on the announcement here. OS MasterMap data already supports emerging technologies such as driverless vehicles, 5G and connected cities – important drivers of economic growth.Today’s announcement follows the launch of the first GovTech challenge in May this year – a competition designed to incentivise Britain’s tech firms to come up with innovative solutions to improve public services. These competitions will be delivered using the £20m GovTech fund launched by the Prime Minister in November 2017.Neil Ackroyd, Interim CEO of Ordnance Survey said:last_img read more

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