Connells Group buys up Countrywide shares of rival ahead of deal vote

first_imgConnells has bought the Countrywide shares of its principal rival in the race to acquire the estate agency.Investment firm Alchemy has sold its 895,360 shares to Connells, which represent nearly 3% of Countrywide’s available stock.This means Connells now owns or has the backing of shareholders representing just over 55% or 18 million of Countrywide’s shares, largely sealing the deal to buy the company, details of which are due to be voted through on February 15th.Alchemy and Connells have in the past exchanged harsh words during their brief time as competitors in the race to buy Countrywide, including Connells’ assertion that Alchemy lacked the management experience to run a huge estate agency group.Final actToday’s announcement is the final denouement of this battle ahead of the official court-sanctioned vote at which investors will be asked to endorse the deal.Connells will have to secure the votes of investors holding at least 75% of Countrywide’s share but, given it already has 55%, this is largely a formality.The most recent announcement on the deal, issued on Friday, also contained an undertaking by Alchemy that it ‘did not intend to make an offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Countrywide pursuant to Rule 2.7 of the Takeover Code’.But the costs of taking over Countrywide are mounting. Buying Alchemy’s shares will have cost Connells £3.56 million. The overall cost of buying its entire share allocation is set to reach £134 million, backed by the deep pockets of its owner, Skipton Building Society.Alchemy connells Countrywide January 25, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Connells Group buys up Countrywide shares of rival ahead of deal vote previous nextAgencies & PeopleConnells Group buys up Countrywide shares of rival ahead of deal voteAgency says it has agreed to buy 895,360 shares off Alchemy, which at one point was poised to buy Countrywide.Nigel Lewis25th January 202103,290 Viewslast_img read more

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HMS Westminster’s Crew Hone Their Boarding Skills with Saudi Arabian Navy

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: skills Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Westminster’s Crew Hone Their Boarding Skills with Saudi Arabian Navy September 26, 2013 View post tag: UK View post tag: Naval HMS Westminster’s Crew Hone Their Boarding Skills with Saudi Arabian Navy View post tag: Arabian View post tag: crew Share this article View post tag: HMS View post tag: Saudi View post tag: Defense Training & Education Royal Navy warship HMS Westminster has been putting her boarding teams through their paces as part of exercise Red Alligator, an international exercise with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).The Portsmouth-based frigate is working as part of the Cougar 13 Task Group before she continues on her way to fulfil the Royal Navy’s standing commitment to maritime security in the Middle East and Indian Ocean.With the KSA Warship Makkah acting as a suspect vessel with ‘pirates’ on board, it was down to Westminster’s contingent of Royal Marine Boarding Team otherwise known as the ‘Green Team’ to demonstrate their techniques in boarding, crew restraint and handling.With the ship secured it gave the ship’s Royal Navy Boarding team, the ‘Blue Team’ the chance to practice their information exploitation and searching skills.Looking high and low for illicit cargo in hot and humid conditions, the Blue Team demonstrated their searching skills to the Makkah’s own Boarding Team. Led by Lieutenant Glen Kerrigan they were able to use their specialist search skills to find cunningly hidden homemade explosive devices in the ship.Lt Kerrigan said:”Working with our KSA allies has greatly benefited both nations from a training and cultural perspective. It has set us up well for future boarding operations in the region.”HMS Westminster is operating in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden as part of the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG).This is the UK’s high readiness maritime force, comprising ships, submarines, aircraft and a landing force of Royal Marines, who stand at short notice to act in response to any contingency tasking if required by government.Currently on their annual four-month deployment – Cougar 13 – the four Royal Navy warships and five Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships are working in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, the Gulf, and Horn of Africa.Cougar 13 involves exercising with partner nations, and will show the UK Armed Forces’ capacity to project an effective maritime component anywhere in the world.As well as HMS Westminster there are three other Royal Navy ships – HMS Bulwark, HMS Illustrious and HMS Montrose taking part, supported by five Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels.[mappress]Press Release, September 26, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Westminster View post tag: Navy View post tag: Warship View post tag: Hone View post tag: Boarding View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

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USS Mitscher to Undergo Modernization at NASSCO

first_img View post tag: NASSCO Authorities View post tag: americas May 18, 2015 Share this article View post tag: Navy General Dynamics NASSCO is being awarded a $36,4 million firm-fixed-price with award fee contract for execution of USS Mitscher (DDG 57) extended selected restricted availability with docking (ESRA(d)). The availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernization, and repair of USS Mitscher (DDG 57).General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk will provide the facilities and human resources capable of completing, coordinating, and integrating multiple areas of ship maintenance, repair, and modernization the ESRA(d).This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $40,3 million.Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by March 2016.The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.[mappress mapid=”16006″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Modernization USS Mitscher to Undergo Modernization at NASSCO View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS Mitscher Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Mitscher to Undergo Modernization at NASSCO last_img read more

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A little (qu)bit closer to a quantum computer

first_imgPhysicists at the Oxford Clarendon Laboratory have developed a highly precise quantum ‘Fredkin gate’, a building-block required to make a quantum computer, bringing us closer to making this theoretical super-computer a reality.A quantum computer is a hypothesised, incredibly powerful machine capable of performing many large calculations simultaneously, in contrast to the desktops we are familiar with which compute far fewer at a time. It would make use of ‘qubits’, the quantum analogue of the digital bits we use today.In traditional computing, ‘bits’ are units of information which can take the value 0 (‘off’) or 1 (‘on’) and which can be strung together to encode ‘words’. Performing a calculation involves electrical signals passing through ‘logic gates’ which change bits from 1 to 0 and from 0 to 1, acting as ‘on-off’ switches. With a quantum computer, however, the qubits make use of the quantum states of sub-atomic particles to store information. The strange quantum behaviour of such particles means that, as well as taking the value 0 and 1, the qubit can also exist in a third, superposed state – effectively existing as both 0 and 1.The Oxford researchers have increased the precision of a quantum version of a three-bit logic gate known as a Fredkin gate to 99.9%, exceeding the theoretical threshold required for the manufacture of a quantum computer. The work makes use of a quantum-phenomenon known as ‘entanglement’: if something happens to one of a pair of entangled particles, the other particle is instantaneously and simultaneously affected, no matter how far away it is. Einstein called this intertwining of fates ‘spooky action at a distance’.There remains much work to be done before quantum computers become a genuine possibility, but the viability of this crucial building-block is an encouraging step.“To put this in context,”, comments co-author Prof David Lucas, “Quantum theory says that – as far as anyone has found so far – you simply can’t build a quantum computer at all if the precision drops below about 99%. At the 99.9% level you can build a quantum computer in theory, but in practice it could very difficult and thus enormously expensive. If, in the future, a precision of 99.99% can be attained, the prospects look a lot more favourable.”Nonetheless this achievement is “another important milestone on the road to developing a quantum computer.”Research paper: High Fidelity Quantum Logic Gates Using Trapped-Ion Hyperfine Qubits, C. J. Ballance, T. P. Harty, N. M. Linke, M. A. Sepiol, and D. M. Lucas, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 060504, 4 August 2016For more science content, please see Cherwell’s sister publication Bang!, at http://www.bangscience.orglast_img read more

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Home Run Kitten Favored in Competitive San Simeon

first_imgProgress is a nice word.Daylight and everything. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle. I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars. Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Who am I making this out to?It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you. Who am I making this out to? Shut up and get to the point!And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, you mean while for the love of God, don’t not do it!Doomsday device? Ah, now the ball’s in Farnsworth’s court! You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Shut up and get to the point! I’ve got to find a way to escape the horrible ravages of youth. Suddenly, Going to the bathroom like clockwork, every three hours. And those jerks at Social Security stopped sending me checks. Who am I making this out to?They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. Just once I’d like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn’t bound and gagged. I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself. Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious.I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. Quite possible. We live long and are celebrated science. And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to. A Bicyclops Built For TwoI love you, buddy! Yep, I remember. They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars.For the last time, I don’t like lilacs! Your first wife was the one.But the flesh is spongy and spanac bruised? And when we woke up, we had these bodies. They’re like, except I’m having them! Oh, I think we should just stay friends. You’ll have all the Slurm you can drink when you’re partying with Slurms McKenzie Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry?Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. Quite possible.It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.You guys go on without me! I’m going to go… look for more stuff to steal! You guys realize you live in a sewer, right? Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? If rubbin’ frozen dirt in your crotch is wrong, hey I don’t wanna be right.Fetal stemcells, aren’t those controversial? You don’t know how to do any of those. What’s with you kids? Every other day it’s food, food, food. Alright, I’ll get you some stupid food. You won’t have time for sleeping. Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.Oh yeah, good luck with that. Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing.center_img Oh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. When will that be? Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Everyone in this world is somehow connected.Ah, computer dating. It’s like pimping, but you rarely have to use the phrase “upside your head.” Who am I making this out to?You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Throw her in the brig. Michelle, I don’t regret this, but I both rue.Daylight and everything. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. So I really am important? How I feel when I’m drunk is correct?Good man. Nixon’s pro-war and pro-family. And then the battle’s not so bad? And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, for the love of God, don’t not do it! Shut up and get to the point! Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? I’m sure those windmills will keep them cool.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I love you, buddy! Please, Don-Bot… look into your hard drive, and open your mercy file! You guys aren’t Santa! You’re not even robots. How dare you lie in front of Jesus? Hey, whatcha watching? That’s right, baby. I ain’t your loverboy Flexo, the guy you love so much. You even love anyone pretending to be him!Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.Kids have names? That could be beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing. No! I want to live! There are still too many things I don’t own! Yeah, I do that with my stupidness. You can see how I lived before I met you. Do a flip!Hello Morbo, how’s the family? I’ve been there. My folks were always on me to groom myself and wear underpants. What am I, the pope? I love this planet! I’ve got wealth, fame, and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring. We’ll need to have a look inside you with this camera.last_img read more

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The Rolling Stones Hint At New Blues Album With Teaser Video & More [Watch]

first_imgFollowing a their massive performance in Cuba this past spring, The Rolling Stones hit the studio to record tracks for their first new studio album since 2005’s A Bigger Bang. As guitarist Ronnie Wood confirmed in an April interview with the Associated Press, “We went in to cut some new songs, which we did, but we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues [songs] in two days. They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people. But they really sound authentic.”While the Stones will head to Indio, CA for the first weekend of Desert Trip this Friday, it seems that playing the super-fest is not the only thing the band has in store for fans this week: Earlier today, the band posted a teaser video for the upcoming “blues-themed” new album, with the caption “Coming October 6th.” Whether this refers to the album’s release, or the reveal of its release date remains to be seen. Check out the video below:In addition to the teaser video (which references British Grove Studios in Chiswick, London and gives a brief taste of the new album’s blues sound), the band has changed the photos on their social media pages to a blue version of their iconic lips-and-tongu logo in preparation for the release.We can’t wait to see what the Rolling Stones have in store for us on Thursday!last_img read more

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Tom Marshall & RJ Bee’s Live ‘Couch Report’ Will Welcome Steve Pollak & Mike Greenhaus During Phish’s NYE Run

first_imgOn Friday, December 28th, Phish opens up their four-night New Year’s run at The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden.The following evening, Saturday, December 29th, Tom Marshall and his Osiris Podcast co-founder and CEO, RJ Bee, will be hosting their Couch Report live via Relix at 6:30 p.m. (EST). Marshall and Bee will welcome longtime Phish collaborator and lyricist Steve Pollak (a.k.a. the Dude of Life), as well as Relix’s editor-in-chief Mike Greenhaus.The upcoming webcast will feature a discussion of the first night of the NYE run and the history of Phish at The Garden, plus a special conversation between fellow Phish lyricists Marshall and Pollak.Phish will also be webcasting for each of their four upcoming sold-out New Year’s run shows, set to take place from December 28th–31st at New York’s Madison Square Garden.The LivePhish webcasts are available to order as a discounted four-night package or by individual night in 4K, HD, and SD quality. In addition to the webcasts, Phish announced a contest to give away a four-night 4K webcast pass and a $500 LivePhish gift certificate. Three additional winners will receive a New Year’s Eve 4K webcast and a $100 LivePhish gift certificate. You can enter the contest for free here.For more information, or to pre-order your Phish New Year’s run webcasts now, head here.While you wait for New Year’s run to arrive, you can get in the mood with our Phishmas 2018 Advent calendar as we’ve been revealing one Phishy surprise per day.[H/T Jambands.com]last_img read more

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A tale of two Japanese drugs in tests to fight COVID-19

first_imgTopics : In the global hunt for coronavirus treatments, a Japanese antiviral medicine known as Avigan has won plaudits from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and $128 million in government funding.But it’s not the only game in town.Camostat, a 35-year old pancreatitis drug made by Osaka-based Ono Pharmaceutical Co, has captured the interest of scientists in Japan and overseas with little fanfare or state assistance. Abe’s administration has pledged to give away free supplies of the drug, with some 43 countries making formal requests. Fujifilm chairman Shigetaka Komori is a longtime backer of Abe, though the cabinet has denied there is any connection between their relationship and the government’s promotion of Avigan.The use of Avigan is decided by doctors and its approval will depend on medical and scientific evaluation in due course, said Fujifilm spokeswoman Kana Matsumoto.”The use of Avigan has nothing to do with the relationship between the Prime Minister and any particular company,” she said.Destructive to fetuses Avigan, known generically as favipiravir, was developed in the late 1990s by a company that was later purchased by Fujifilm as part of its transition from photo businesses to healthcare. The drug works by short-circuiting the reproduction mechanism of certain RNA viruses such as influenza.Avigan can be taken as a pill, which would make it more accessible than Gilead’s remdesivir, currently administered only as an intravenous infusion. But the mechanism that makes Avigan effective against viruses also makes it destructive to the rapid cell growth of fetuses.After being tested against a range of viruses, Avigan was finally approved in Japan in 2014, but only for emergency use against flu epidemics, and it was licensed in China where it has since gone off patent.Also clinically unproven is a camostat mesylate. Developed by Ono Pharmceutical, most famous for its blockbuster Opdivo cancer drug, camostat is a protease inhibitor that has been used primarily to treat pancreatitis and some types of cancer. But past laboratory and animal tests against SARS-CoV-1 showed it has antiviral functions, and it can be safely administered in high enough doses to match the concentrations that were effective in the lab.A study published in the scientific journal Cell in March found that camostat blocks an enzyme essential for the entry of the coronavirus into the lungs, drawing researchers’ interest. One of them was Dr. Joseph Vinetz, a professor at the Yale School of Medicine, who is ready to launch a clinical trial of camostat.”It’s got a 35-year track record, so it seemed to be a very safe drug,” he said. “I said we’ve got to try it. I’m a physician and we’re desperate for anything we can give to people.”Vinetz is still trying to raise money for the trial.”I’m 100% certain that we needed to start this trial a month ago. And we can have a definitive result in a month.”Ono launched camostat, known commercially in Japan as Foipan, as a treatment for chronic pancreatitis in 1985 and postoperative reflux esophagitis in 1994. The company is now supplying the drug for COVID-19 studies in Japan and overseas, according to spokesman Yukio Tani.Itzchak Levy at the Sheba Medical Center in Israel launched a self-funded camostat trial in April. “Up to now we recruited 14 patients and look forward to further recruitment,” Levy said.Another trial being carried out at the University of Kentucky is testing whether camostat can inhibit the virus’s preferred pathway into human cells, and with hydroxychloroquine – the malaria drug touted by Trump — also block the back door, boosting the treatment’s effectiveness.Existing science behind camostat’s mechanism of action and tolerance in patients “is why we were enthusiastic about its potential,” said Elijah Kakani, an assistant professor at the university involved in the research. “However, at this point we need to temper our enthusiasm and be objective in our evaluation of this medication for the problem at hand.” center_img The two compounds are among dozens undergoing testing around the globe and illustrate how the race to develop treatments and vaccines is still wide open despite politicians such as Abe and US President Donald Trump promoting the potential benefits of certain drugs.Gilead Science Inc’s remdesivir has pulled into the lead after promising early trial results prompted emergency approval in the United States and Japan. While remdesivir has shown promise in reducing recovery times of hospitalized patients, the search continues for additional treatment options.Interest in Avigan soared in March after a Chinese official said that it appeared to help patients recover from COVID-19, the flu-like infection caused by the coronavirus. It is now the subject of at least 14 clinical trials. Amidst a global rout in stocks, shares in Fujifilm have shot to record highs.Abe has called for Avigan to be approved for use by the end of this month if these trials are effective – unprecedented speed, particularly for a drug known to cause birth defects.last_img read more

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Arsenal to complete double transfer deadline day deals for David Luiz & Kieran Tierney

first_imgArsenal to complete double transfer deadline day deals for David Luiz & Kieran Tierney Comment David Luiz is said to have fallen out with Frank Lampard (Picture: Getty)Chelsea cannot sign a direct replacement given their transfer ban and are said to want at least £20million for a player who was a near ever-present last season.Emery also wants to another option at left-back with Nacho Monreal set to turn 34 in February and Sead Kolasinac unsuited to playing in a flat back four, a system Arsenal are likely to return to this season.Arsenal have pursued Tierney, who is still recovering from a double hernia operation and a hip injury, aggressively all summer long and have failed with at least two formal bids. Celtic value the Scotland international at £25million but had been unhappy with the proposed structure of Arsenal’s offersAccording to Sky Sports, the Scottish champions have finally relented and Arsenal will belatedly address their defensive issues before tomorrow’s 17.00 deadline.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Unai Emery is set to welcome two new defenders to Arsenal on transfer deadline day (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are poised to seal the transfer deadline day signings of both David Luiz and Kieran Tierney.Unai Emery has addressed the attacking deficiencies in his squad already this summer, shattering the club’s transfer record to sign winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille.Dani Ceballos will add creativity and versatility in midfield having joined on loan from Real Madird, while Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba, who has been sent back to Saint-Etienne for 12 months, are both exciting prospects for the future.The Arsenal head coach, however, has been frustrated in his attempts thus far to bolster a defence which badly undermined last season’s hopes of Champions League qualification.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery had hoped to beat the deadline to sign RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano but admitted Arsenal lacked the funds to complete the deal, while Juventus were unwilling to relinquish Daniele Rugani.Arsenal have quickly turned their attentions to Luiz who has fallen out with Frank Lampard and opted not to take part in first team training on Wednesday.Lampard is happy to sanction the sale of the experienced 32-year-old centre-half whose agent is said to be in London in an attempt to convince Chelsea to let the Brazilian leave. Arsenal are set to sign Kieran Tierney from Celtic (Picture: Getty)center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 7:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.3kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Supreme Court rules in favour of baker who would not make wedding cake for gay couple

first_imgNZ Herald 5 May 2018Family First Comment: Great decision….“Government hostility toward people of faith has no place in our society, yet the state of Colorado was openly antagonistic toward Jack’s religious beliefs about marriage. The court was right to condemn that. Tolerance and respect for good-faith differences of opinion are essential in a society like ours. This decision makes clear that the government must respect Jack’s beliefs about marriage.”#FreeToBelieveThe US Supreme Court yesterday ruled for a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple.In an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy that leaves many questions unanswered, the court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had not adequately taken into account the religious beliefs of baker Jack Phillips.In fact, Kennedy said, the commission had been hostile to the baker’s faith, denying him the neutral consideration he deserved. While the justices split in their reasoning, only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented….Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner, who represented Phillips, praised the ruling. “Government hostility toward people of faith has no place in our society, yet the state of Colorado was openly antagonistic toward Jack’s religious beliefs about marriage,”she said “The court was right to condemn that. Tolerance and respect for good-faith differences of opinion are essential in a society like ours. This decision makes clear that the government must respect Jack’s beliefs about marriage.”Scattered across the country, florists, bakers, photographers and others have claimed that being forced to offer their wedding services to same-sex couples violates their rights. Courts have routinely turned down the business owners, as the Colorado Court of Appeals did in the Phillips case, saying that state anti-discrimination laws require businesses that are open to the public to treat all potential customers equally.There’s no dispute about what triggered the court case in 2012, when same-sex marriage was prohibited in Colorado. Charlie Craig and David Mullins decided to get married in Massachusetts, where it was legal. They would return to Denver for a reception, and those helping with the plans suggested they get a cake from Masterpiece bakery.The couple arrived with Craig’s mother and a book of ideas, but Phillips cut short the meeting as soon as he learned the cake was to celebrate the couple’s marriage.Phillips recalled: “Our conversation was just about 20 seconds long. ‘Sorry guys, I don’t make cakes for same-sex weddings.’”The couple then learned that Colorado’s public accommodations law specifically prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation, and they filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The commission ruled against Phillips, and the appeals court upheld the decision.The case is Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12064576last_img read more

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