After hearing oral arguments via Skype on Friday, Judge Barry Ostrager denied Compass’ motion to dismiss the suit and compel arbitration. But he carved out an exception for Corcoran, giving Realogy the opportunity to clarify what allegations related to Corcoran will be litigated as opposed to resolved outside of court.“Arguments advanced by [Compass] with respect to Corcoran could have been advanced against at least one other plaintiff and were not,” Ostrager said. “In the circumstances of this case, the issue of arbitrability is for the Court to determine as there is no unequivocal agreement by Corcoran to arbitrate the issues in this case.”Both sides interpreted the ruling as a win.In a statement, Realogy said: “Open and honest competition in our industry is something we take very seriously, and we are pleased that the New York Court today agreed that our stated claims against Compass are viable and should move forward.”A Compass spokesperson said the brokerage “strongly believes” in the industry’s ability to settle disputes outside of court and maintained the position that Compass and other REBNY members are required to arbitrate disputes.“The Court’s order today upheld those principles and, after Realogy files its amended complaint, Compass intends to enforce them again if needed,” the spokesperson said. “While we’re disappointed that the Court did not grant our motion to dismiss other claims, we’re steadfast in our assertion that these claims are without merit and look forward to demonstrating this fact regardless of the venue.”Realogy hit Compass with a wide-ranging suit last summer, in which the conglomerate accused its rival of “predatory” poaching and collusion.In an interim decision in February, which only took into account some of the allegations, the judge also denied Compass’ motion to dismiss. “This case appears to be the culmination of years of informal and formal disputes among the parties,” he wrote at the time, noting that the defendants “have not satisfied the burden” to justify a dismissal. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Compass CEO Robert Reffkin and Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider (Getty and iStock)A New York judge has denied Compass’ motion to dismiss an explosive lawsuit accusing the brokerage of “predatory” poaching and other wrongdoing.Realogy, the parent company to the Corcoran Group and Coldwell Banker, filed the wide-ranging suit last year, alleging its SoftBank-backed rival engaged in illicit business practices to gain market share “at all costs.”In addition to its motion to dismiss, Compass sought arbitration on the grounds that it and Corcoran are members of the Real Estate Board of New York, which requires members to resolve disputes through mediation.Read moreBiggest claims in Realogy vs Compass lawsuit Realogy, Compass spar over arbitration Realogy says no to arbitration
But the French president must also ponder a stark message: Sarkozy’s surprise elimination in the first round gives him another reason to think carefully before running in January’s Socialist primary — a decision he must make by December 15. As one Socialist apparatchik put it on Monday: “The largest party in France by far is the party of those who want to send their last two presidents home and forget about them.”Hollande’s last sliver of hope is that moderate and left-wing voters will cling to him if the contest shapes up as a duel between the hard Right (Fillon) and far Right (Marine Le Pen). But the many contenders from the Left already lining up against him make that possibility remote. Outside of the Socialist Party, leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon is the current poll favorite; inside the party, former Hollande ministers Benoît Hamon and Arnaud Montebourg seem determined to fight him to the end.François Hollande, Manuel Valls and Emmanuel Macron, in 2015 | Stephane de Sakutin/AFP via Getty ImagesMacron, for his part, reiterated Monday his intention not to run in the Socialist primary, but to fight it alone all the way to the election. If Hollande decides not to run, his current prime minister, Manuel Valls, is warming up as substitute, but he is almost as unpopular as the president and like him has little chance of making it past the first round of the election next April.The final collateral victim of Sunday’s vote may be Marine Le Pen, who remains confident of making it to May’s second round. She faces competition from Fillon on her core issues: Islam, immigration and school reforms. So the Front has begun counterattacking against Fillon’s economic platform, with deputy FN leader Florian Philippot accusing him of planning “incredible violence” against French workers.Front leaders are also reminding French voters that Fillon was prime minister for Sarkozy’s entire five-year term — which may give the ousted Sarkozy a cameo role in next year’s general election. Also On POLITICO French conservatives back François Fillon in runoff By Cynthia Kroet François Fillon, Thatcherite with a thing for Russia By Nicholas Vinocur Fillon, Juppé knock out Sarkozy in French Right’s primary By Nicholas Vinocur PARIS — France’s presidential contenders were scrambling Monday to make sense of the magnitude of dark horse François Fillon’s victory in the first round of the conservative Les Républicains’ party primary.While the center Right was contemplating its possible demise, the center Left — so far represented by former Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron — hoped to appeal to voters repulsed by Fillon’s hard-line social and cultural policies.The Socialists, in disarray, tried to gauge whether Fillon would be an easier foe for President François Hollande, should he decide to run again. And the far-right National Front played up its differences with Fillon, in case its own supporters were tempted to look at him more closely — and more favorably. In other words, just 1.8 million voters — the number who voted for Fillon — brought serious disruption to a French presidential race that was only beginning to make sense.The first major victim of Sunday’s stunner was Alain Juppé, the former prime minister who had been favorite until a few days before the vote and was confident in the electorate’s desire for a safe pair of hands. He now faces an uphill battle after Nicolas Sarkozy, conceding defeat, backed Fillon in the second round saying “whatever the differences” they have had, Fillon “understands France’s challenges” better than Juppé.To clinch the nomination, Fillon needs only to convince a third of Sarkozy’s first-round supporters. A poll published Sunday night saw him winning by 56 percent to Juppé’s 44 percent in next Sunday’s playoff.Former French prime ministers and primary rivals François Fillon and Alain Juppé | Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty IImagesThe Juppé camp affected serenity on Monday. “This can be overcome within a week, it’s doable,” said one aide, identifying the weaknesses in Fillon’s platform as his radical plan to overhaul the public sector and enthusiasm for Russian President Vladimir Putin.The key question is whether people whose motivation for voting on Sunday was to get rid of Sarkozy — as many as 42 percent, according to one poll — will turn out in the second round. “Fillon doesn’t trigger the same tension as Sarkozy did among centrist voters,” said Bruno Jeanbart of polling firm OpinionWay.Polls estimate that 12 to 15 percent of participants in Sunday’s primary were Socialist sympathizers who may believe it is “mission accomplished” now that Sarkozy is out of the race. If they stay away in the second round, that could ensure Fillon an impressive win. However, it is also possible that the first round’s high turnout, with more than 4 million voters in the first-ever primary election for the French Right, will encourage even more people to turn out next Sunday, said Jeanbart.Status quo, or backwardsAnother first round victim of the conservative primary is Macron, the former Hollande cabinet minister courting the same centrist, pro-reform segment of the electorate as Juppé. Like Juppé, he is one of France’s most popular politicians but must face up to the fact that popularity means nothing if it doesn’t translate into votes, as the centrist space of France’s political life seems to be disappearing.Macron told Le Monde on Monday that the Right’s remaining two candidates presented a choice between “the status quo [Juppé] and going backwards [Fillon]” — a reference to Fillon’s conservative stance on social issues such as gay marriage. “Who can these guys turn to now? Certainly not Fillon, who’s an arch-conservative on social matters,” said one Macron adviser.Macron’s fate, however, will be determined by what happens in the Socialist camp, which had bet on Sarkozy as an easier rival in next year’s presidential contest. In a now infamous book of interviews with Le Monde reporters, Hollande had confidently forecast that “Fillon has no chance” in the conservative primary.Hollande’s last sliver of hope is that moderate and left-wing voters will cling to him if the contest shapes up as a duel between the hard Right (Fillon) and far Right (Marine Le Pen).The Hollande team was attempting on Monday to spin the conservatives’ first-round result as proof that polls don’t mean much six months before an election. Fillon was polling at around 5 percent in voter intentions for the primaries back in the summer. That’s close to the 6 percent of voters who believe Hollande is doing a good job, according to polls.
Study highlights mode of COVID-19 household spread, coinfections in kidsA study of 68 children in China with COVID-19 reveals that 96% were household contacts of infected adults who had developed symptoms earlier, and 51% of those tested for common respiratory pathogens also had another type of infection.The study, published today in Pediatrics, involved a retrospective review of electronic medical records of pediatric patients admitted to the Qingdao Women and Children’s Hospital and Wuhan Children’s Hospital from Jan 20 to Feb 27.Nineteen of 34 patients who underwent nucleic acid testing were coinfected with one or more pathogens other than SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, including Mycoplasma pneumoniae, respiratory syncytial virus, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, and influenza A and B.One patient developed severe pneumonia, while 29 (39%) had mild pneumonia, 24 (32%) had acute respiratory tract infections, and 20 (27%) had no symptoms. The most common symptoms in 44 symptomatic patients were cough (32%) and fever (27%). C-reactive protein levels, indicating inflammation, were observed in 13 patients (18%).Abnormal leukocyte counts were found in 23 (31%) of children, with 19 (26%) elevated and 4 (5%) reduced. Ten (14%) had abnormal lymphocyte counts, with 6 (8%) increased and 4 (5%) decreased. Leukocytes and lymphocytes are white blood cells involved in immune response.Thirty-seven of 70 patients who underwent chest computed tomography (CT) (53%) had abnormal findings, 30 (81.1%) of whom had symptoms. Only nine 9 patients (12.2%) had characteristic COVID-19 findings on chest CT.Eight of 10 children assessed showed prolonged fecal shedding of SARS-CoV-2 RNA on real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). All patients recovered.Because the children had different signs and symptoms from those typically seen in adults and coinfections were common, the authors said the study highlights the importance of screening for the novel coronavirus in this age-group.Jun 10 Pediatrics study Early antibiotics for COVID-19 found to have no impact on death, infectionsA small study of COVID-19 patients treated at a community hospital in southern Switzerland found that early administration of antibiotics did not significantly impact mortality or hospital-acquired infections in critically ill patients, Swiss researchers reported in a letter to the Journal of Infection.The retrospective study looked at 48 intensive care unit (ICU) patients who had COVID-19, 19 (40%) of whom received antibiotics before ICU admission because of suspected bacterial co-infection. In general, the characteristics of the patients in the antibiotic and non-antibiotic groups were similar, with cardiovascular disease more frequently observed in the non-antibiotic patients. The most frequently used antibiotic was amoxicillin-clavulanate.Analysis of outcomes showed that mortality was similar between the two groups (24% without antibiotics vs 26% with antibiotics, P = 0.86) and that no difference was observed in the overall number of delayed hospital-acquired infections during ICU stay, though urinary tract infections were more frequently seen in the non-antibiotic patients, and candidemia cases appeared more often in the antibiotic group.Although the low number of patients in the study did not allow the researchers to draw a firm conclusion from the results, they said the findings “call into question the utility of early treatment of a presumptive bacterial superinfection in COVID-19 patients.””Large multi-centric studies are urgently needed to investigate the impact of early antibiotics therapy on mortality, subsequent healthcare associated infections and ICU complications (i.e., duration of mechanical ventilation),” they wrote.Jun 4 J Infect letter Most early COVID-19 treatment studies flawed, researchers findMost registered clinical trials of potential treatments for COVID-19 under way as of late March will have limited value due to poor design, according to a study published yesterday in BMJ Open.Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore analyzed the 201 clinical trials for drugs or plasma to treat COVID-19 registered under ClinicalTrials.gov and the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) international registry as of Mar 26. One-hundred (50%) were registered in China, and 78 (38%) were registered in the United States. Most studies in the US records were registered by international researchers. Overall, 126 (63%) of 201 were enrolling patient from China, 31 (15%) from Europe, and 14 (7%) from the United States.Ninety-two (46%) of the studies involved different drugs and antibody-containing blood plasma.A third of the studies lacked clinical end points to indicate success or failure, nearly half were underpowered to assess modest treatment benefits because they were designed to enroll fewer than 100 patients, two-thirds could have been affected by unconscious bias because the patients and physicians both knew who did and did not receive the treatment, and about a quarter lacked randomization.Nearly all trials involved treatments already used for other diseases because they could be rapidly repurposed for the novel coronavirus owing to established safety profiles and regulatory approval. But the authors said that prescribing even approved drugs for other conditions, called “off-label” use, requires safety and effectiveness studies because they carry risks.Lead author Hemalkumar Mehta, PhD, said in a university press release that the studies’ weaknesses mean that they will likely produce only preliminary evidence: “Given the urgency of identifying definitive evidence on potential COVID-19 treatments, this is an instance where we wish we did not have to say ‘further research is needed’ because of basic trial design shortcomings and small trials,” he said.Jun 9 BMJ Open study and Johns Hopkins press release
LadBaby‘s Pub Lock-in continues tomorrow night with special guest Scarlett Moffatt.The fun-filled 30 minutes of games, quizzes, laughter and light entertainment will stream live on Facebook and YouTube from 9pm. The first Pub Lock-in has had almost 1 million viewers.LadBaby commented: “At a time when community spirit and togetherness couldn’t be more needed, we’re throwing open the doors to our pub (garden shed) and inviting the nation to join us for 30 minutes of fun and entertainment to lift the spirits of everyone who needs it.With borrowed furniture from our local boozer, a special celebrity guest, a quick-fire pub quiz and even an attempt to learn a new bar trick, we’re going to try to spread a bit of positivity to the UK. So whether you’re a parent tired after a week of home schooling your kids, an NHS hero fighting the virus on the frontlines or just someone looking for some company on a Saturday night, we’re here and ready to spread the love online!”The Pub Lock-in attempts to bring the pub to your living room while we’re all on lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.LadBaby has achieved chart success with two consecutive Christmas number ones – I Love Sausage Rolls and We Built This City on Sausage Rolls. Both singles were released to benefit The Trussell Trust’s mission to end the need for food banks in the UK.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland’s two-week Summer Drink Drive Campaign began on the 29th June 2018,Police are warning drivers to leave their car at home when enjoying a drink during the summer months.A Police spokesperson said “Over the next two weeks, we will be conducting intelligence-led high visibility patrols and roadside checks to detect those driving under the influence of drink or drugs. Officers will also be looking out for early morning motorists that may still be under the influence from the night before.Last year 5,791 drivers were detected being over the limit. It was only slightly less than the previous year (5,887) but a high proportion of drivers are still putting themselves and others at risk of being killed or seriously injured. Police Scotland is committed to achieving the Scottish Government’s 2020 casualty reduction targets by tackling the risks associated with drink/drug driving.”Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams said: “For many of us, the holiday season is just about to start so if you’re heading out to socialise and will be drinking alcohol please consider ‘how am I going to get home?’ Whether it’s walking, catching the bus or train or arranging to share a taxi, please keep your car keys in your pocket. Help us to keep our roads safe for everyone this summer.”Humza Yousaf, Justice Secretary said: “Most drivers understand the real damage that can be caused to themselves and others by drink driving. However, it is shocking that there remains a persistent minority who continue to disregard the law and the welfare of other road users.“This is a timely campaign by Police Scotland as summer begins and we continue to enjoy the longer evenings, better weather, and a host of exciting sporting events including football, golf and tennis. The message from me and all road safety partners is clear – when it comes to drinking and driving, the best advice is none.“It is a minimum 12 month driving ban if you are caught, a criminal record, a substantial fine and the possibility of a prison sentence. Drink driving wrecks lives, so it is simply not worth it for the sake of one drink. Please plan ahead, think about how you are getting home and continue to respect the law, other road users and yourself.“
Ahead of their 2018 HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title hunt, the Guyana Amazon Warriors will play two warm up matches at Providence Stadium. The first match is booked for 16:00h today while tomorrow will see the next encounter beginning from 18:00h.According to a release from the team, the time of these matches were set in order to replicate the condition in which they will play.With five matches for the Warriors booked at the venue these practice matches will condition them early to the ground especially the overseas players who never played at Providence while it will be handy if they make it to the playoffs which are also set for the ground. Shoaib Malik who was recently appointed captain and Luke Ronchi both joined the team on Saturday and were part of the training session yesterday while Keemo Paul is still with the West Indies senior team. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 2
Cameroon head coach Alain Wabo has fired the first shot ahead of Sunday’s final at the African Youth Championship in Rwanda.Wabo claims the Satellites will struggle for breathe and strongly believes his side will have a “stroll-in-the park” victory.The Young Lions dismissed Nigeria 2-0 in the second semi-final match on Wednesday and set up a repeat of the 1993 finals against Ghana.Ghana truimphed 2-0 to win her first title in Mauritius and went ahead to win silver at the World Cup in Australia.Both countries played out a one-all draw on the opening day of competition in Group A two-weeks ago.Wabo has promised hell for the Black Satellites as he expects his team to dominate proceedings and cap it with a win. ” People should go and tell Ghana that they will have a very rough evening on Sunday. They have nowhere to escape to. They will have a bad outing that they will never forget,” Wabo said in a post-match interview.Cameroon are chasing their second title of the competition after victory in 1995.Wabo believes he has mastered the play of the Ghanaians to truimph on Sunday.“We will teach Ghana some lessons, because I know how they play and I have studied all their video tapes,” he said.“The play like Nigeria and we know how deal with those tactics.” Source: Ghanasoccernet
Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. MIKE TYSON remains one of the greatest boxers in history – and some would say the greatest.Iron Mike is even planning a fighting comeback after blistering footage emerged of him returning training.Mike Tyson made a big fortune from boxing but lost it allCredit: Getty Images – GettyWhat is Mike Tyson’s net worth?Mike Tyson is estimated to have accrued over $300million throughout his boxing career, but ended up losing it all.Forbes claim his total career earnings could even have been as high as $685million.However, as of 2020 Tyson’s net worth is estimated to be just $3m, according to Wealthy Gorilla.How did Mike Tyson lose his fortune?Like many sporting superstars, Tyson spent his money as quickly as he earned it on big expensive houses, flashy cars and even pet tigers.The 53-year-old has been divorced twice, now on his third marriage and has a total of eight children. He also served three years in prison after being convicted of rape in 1992.In 2003, Tyson was forced to file for bankruptcy, with media at the time reporting he had $23m worth of debt.How did he recover his finances and how does he make money now?Tyson has starred or held minor roles in a number of movies, most notably in The Hangover film franchise.He even had his own animated TV show called Mike Tyson Mysteries.More recently he produces a podcast called Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson which is one of the more popular combat sports-related podcasts out there.Hinted in that title, Tyson has cannabis to thank for his financial recovery. He runs his own weed ranch called the Tyson Ranch, where he grows and sells his own brand of weed as well as weed-based wellness products.Cheat Sheet say the Tyson Ranch sells over $500,000 worth of weed a month, but that Tyson smokes $40,000 worth with his guests. People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Mahershala Ali in a scene from “Green Book.” (Universal Pictures via AP) This image released by Universal Pictures shows Viggo Mortensen, left, and Mahershala Ali in a scene from “Green Book.” (Universal Pictures via AP) 1 of 6 If there is a big studio movie that’s more generally crowd-pleasing than “Green Book ” this season, I have yet to find it. In this landscape of challenging, provocative, edgy films, Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and, of all people, director Peter Farrelly have come along with a movie about friendship that goes down so easy that it’s almost suspect, as though it were flung out of 1996 and gifted to our weary 2018 brains.Based on a true story, “Green Book” recounts a 1962 road trip when a Bronx bred Italian-American Frank Anthony Vallelonga, also known as Tony Lip (Mortensen), was hired to drive a renowned black pianist, Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), to all of his concert engagements across the Deep South. This image released by Universal Pictures shows Viggo Mortensen, foreground, and Mahershala Ali in a scene from “Green Book.” (Universal Pictures via AP) This image released by Universal Pictures shows Mahershala Ali in a scene from “Green Book.” (Universal Pictures via AP) This image released by Universal Pictures shows Linda Cardellini in a scene from “Green Book.” (Universal Pictures via AP) This image released by Universal Pictures shows Viggo Mortensen, left, and Mahershala Ali in a scene from “Green Book.” (Patti Perret/Universal Pictures via AP) The two men are obviously mismatched — what would anyone have to learn if they weren’t? Tony is a working-class bruiser and world class eater with a wife (Linda Cardellini), two sons, a limited vocabulary, institutional racism, but a generally good heart. Dr. Shirley is a wealthy, erudite dandy, a master of his art, a snob and a loner. He also knows he needs reliable protection on this journey to a segregated south, asks around and finds this Copacabana bouncer Tony Lip is the one for the job despite the prejudices.The constructs will feel familiar and well-worn and surprises are few on this journey toward acceptance and friendship, but the pleasure of this film is in the larger than life characters created by the two leads and their perfectly askew chemistry. Mortensen is almost unrecognizable as Tony, packing extra pounds and an astute comedic sensibility. He knows just how far to push his caricature without making it cartoonish. When Dr. Shirley says to make sure that there’s a Steinway piano at every concert venue, Tony scribbles down “STAINWAY” on a sheet of paper. His doltishness is endearing, not annoying.And Ali, so memorable and heart-wrenching in “Moonlight,” puts his own stamp on a character who feels alienated from his own race and those he’s performing for. Although a considerably more staid role than Tony, Ali also manages to have his own fun with Dr. Shirley’s seemingly incurable snobbery, wincing at Tony’s lack of decorum, or care.In fact, this film allows everyone to play against their Hollywood-prescribed “type,” from the actors to the director, who is perhaps the most surprising revelation of them all.The Farrelly name conjures up a very specific kind of movie: The big, bawdy comedy that he and his brother made their own and, later, failed to keep fresh. If anything, the charm and success of “Green Book” makes a heck of a case for giving directors more room to work outside of the genres or styles that they became famous for.There is certainly a more serious story to be told out of this road trip, and about Dr. Shirley’s extraordinary life. “Green Book,” taken from the title of the guide Tony has to use to find the establishments and hotels where people of color are welcome at throughout the South, scratches at the surface of the horrors and indignities Dr. Shirley faced while being a “guest of honor.” Those range from being asked to use an outdoor toilet to being denied the right to dine in the place he’s about to perform. This film chooses a different route, and is in turn funny, heart-warming, illuminating and a joy to watch.“Green Book,” a Universal Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “thematic content, language including racial epithets, smoking, some violence and suggestive material.” Running time: 130 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr
*As if the Cleveland Browns don’t already have enough issues preventing them from winning, now they’ve got this. The team announced that because of the arrest of two players on Christmas, they won’t play today. “We have been made aware of the arrests of De’Ante Saunders and Armonty Bryant after a traffic stop early Friday … Continue reading Two Cleveland Browns Players Arrested on Christmas won’t Play Today →