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first_imgHome » News » Tenant fees ban WILL drive up rents and lower property standards, MPs are told previous nextRegulation & LawTenant fees ban WILL drive up rents and lower property standards, MPs are toldRevelations come thick and fast as DCLG Select Committee grills experts on looming legislation.Nigel Lewis9th January 20182 Comments8,960 Views MPs put the new housing minister Sajid Javid’s tenant fees ban legislation under scrutiny last night, and it was proven to be lacking on several fronts.Landlords are likely to increase their rents across the tenancy to pay the extra costs of running a tenancy, something the new law can’t stop, and that there is a substantial risk local councils will impose unjustifiably high fines on agents and landlords to finance enforcement, in the absence of government support, it was claimed.The other key criticism made during the session was that the draft bill is likely to be self-defeating – lower fees will mean letting agents are less incentivised to help landlords run their properties professionally.These views were all the more surprising given they came from experts from the policy end of the sector, not agents.The two-hour long session was held by the parliamentary committee that oversees Sajid’s department, the Select Committee that oversees the newly renamed Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government.Tenant fees banHeaded up by MP Clive Betts plus 11 other MPs, it quizzed three experts in the field about how effective the bill will be.These were Shelter’s Head of Policy Kate Webb, the University of York’s Centre for Housing Policy Dr Julie Rugg and Professor Ian Loveland from the City Law School.Several debates raged during the hearing including whether the bill was legally watertight enough, whether councils will have the resources to police it (they won’t, the experts said), weaknesses in the role of the new housing tribunal, the high level of fines – remember agents and landlords face paying up to £30,000 if they are caught flouting the new law – and whether the bill will drive the quality of rented properties down as landlords seek to save money.Shelter’s Kate Webb (pictured, left) also claimed controversially that the poorer the tenant, the higher the fees letting agents charge them, while Ian Loveland picked numerous holes in the bill’s drafting, which he suggested was not robust enough to withstand legal challenges given the huge fines involved.The MPs also debated how letting agents should be fined – and whether it should be based on the additional fees levied on a single property illegally or whether the bill should look at their whole portfolio and then fine them accordingly.The draft Tenants’ Fees Bill will now go to report stage before a third reading.To add your name to petition the Government to reconsider the Tenants’ Fees Bill follow this link https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/206569Read more about the draft Tenants’ Fees Bill.Professor Ian Loveland Kate Webb Sajid Javid Shelter City Law School Clive Betts tenant fees ban tenants’ fees bill Dr Julie Rugg University of York’s Centre for Housing Policy January 9, 2018Nigel Lewis2 commentsMargaret Senior, Craven Homes Ltd Craven Homes Ltd 10th January 2018 at 1:16 pmWhere does Kate Webb get her misguided information from??? The private rental sector is not designed for people that need to be in social housing. Shelter should be putting pressure on the government to provide affordable housing for low income families. In rural settings the rental market and fees charged are nothing like the information given by such as Shelter. The private rental market was never set up as a vehicle to support social housing needs and therefore should not be attached. If they are wanting to target unscrupulous landlords and exorbitant fees cap the fees and/or force landlords to use an agency where the properties can be regularly inspected and repairs can be affected in a timely manner.Banning fees for such as the rental market in rural parts means that in such places as North Yorkshire will only bring about a shortage of rental properties when landlords refuse to pay for the extra costs. Goodness knows they have little tax incentives as it is. Thus deciding to turn their properties into holiday cottages and therefore taking them off the rental market making it harder to find a home for many people. Most landlords in rural settings are not professional landlords with small or large portfolios they are ordinary people who have inherited properties or have family owned properties going back generations or have bought properties as a retirement pension with the view to possibly being able to retire to a beautiful part of the country and just want to let their properties with minimum fuss knowing that they are being professionally looked after by a reputable agent.Please, before this gets out of hand Kate Webb, look beyond the M25 and large cities and understand what renting means for more people than the people who need social housing and speak to people who know the rural areas.Log in to ReplyJeremy McGinn, Jeremy McGinn & Co Jeremy McGinn & Co 9th January 2018 at 5:47 pmWhen is Government going to sensibly consult with the industry before ploughing ahead with new property legislation? Anybody could see that this ridiculous ban will simply push rents up negating any saving on application fees and even increasing the cost of longer tenancies. Home Information Packs all over again and how long did they last??????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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At a JCR meeting Sunday evening, the Corpus Charities Officer apologised for the styling of a college charities mascot. The mascot, a teddy bear known as “Swaggy-B”, has since retired.It is understood that a number of students were concerned that the styling of the mascot was racially insensitive, after a the bear was described in an e-mail as, “some straight-up sick mofo of a bear huz sorry ass has made some mistakes, but wants ta make his mama bear proud” (sic).The JCR rep decided of her own accord to apologise for any offence caused, despite other reps advising that it was unnecessary.The Charities rep was unavailable for comment, but in a statement to Cherwell, Corpus JCR President Erika Pheby said, “Our Rag and Charities Rep came up with the idea of a mascot to help to support a new charity fundraising initiative by the JCR. Due to the styling of the mascot, one or two members thought that the tone could be misinterpreted and suggested that she reconsider the way the character had been developed”.She continued, “The Rep was only too happy to do this, but wanted to go further and apologise in case she had caused any unintended offence. Although her colleagues felt this was unnecessary, she explained the situation very courteously to our meeting and I am happy with the understanding constructive way our members approached the matter – one which we now regard as closed”.One Corpus student, who wished to remain anonymous, told Cherwell, “Like most college people, I deleted the e-mail without reading. I’m actually in two minds. I’m not sure this is racist – although it seems to invoke an ethnic stereotype, it’s not a stereotype exclusive to African-Americans, nor is it a negative one; he’s a nice bear etcetera.”“I hope it won’t negatively impact on the good work many Corpuscles have put into access and our charitable endeavours.” read more


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first_imgRead more about the WISE conference. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) scientists are supporting the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) conference today, Wednesday 9 May 2018, which aims to inspire more girls to choose to study or work in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).In their roles as WISE Co-chair and Executive Sponsor respectively, Phillippa Spencer and Penny Endersby will be panel members at the annual conference – Penny on a panel about creative career paths and Phillippa looking at “patently biased” – about why so few patents are raised by women.Dstl is a corporate member of WISE as part of our commitment to a diverse STEM workforce. 30%, and rising, of Dstl’s 3,000 scientists, engineers and mathematicians are women, and we seek best practice elsewhere to improve gender equality in Dstl. We are also committed to sharing our own good practice and experiences in this area, which is why Penny and Phillippa are delighted to be attending this conference.WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in STEM.The UK government’s new Industrial Strategy makes a commitment to invest in science, research and innovation and to do more to commercialise the UK’s world leading science base to drive growth.Penny Endersby, Division Head at Dstl, said: I have a very soft spot for WISE having had my first experience of what a life in science and technology might be like as a WISE scholar in my sixth form. The inspiration I took from that experience set me off on a career path which has been fulfilling and exciting beyond what the 17-year-old me could ever have imagined. I have since learned the importance of providing mentors and role models at every career stage and the power of being encouraged to try new things. I hope that the conference will cause women at all stages in their careers to back their talent and reach for the next challenge.last_img read more


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first_imgCarr’s Milling Industries is to change its name, in order to better reflect the broad operations the company runs.The firm has proposed that it is known as Carr’s Group, due to its diversity “in both its geography and operations”.A company general meeting (GM) is to be held on 31 March to discuss the name change, where the board will consider the proposal, and pass the name change should they see fit.A company notice of the GM read: “The board believes that it is important to retain the heritage of the company and therefore the Carr’s name. However, ‘Milling Industries’ is not descriptive of the diverse and international business that the company has become. To keep the name of the company strong and simple, shareholder approval is sought to change the name to Carr’s Group plc.”Carr’s will announce its half-year report on Monday 13 April 2015.last_img read more


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first_imgAfter teasing a major announcement, rumors were confirmed yesterday when Prophets Of Rage was revealed to be a supergroup containing three of the four Rage Against The Machine members, alongside Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real and DJ Lord. The band also announced their first-ever concert, planning a day-of performance at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, CA.In a preceding interview, the band members spoke about the band’s necessity to exist in a tense political climate. The tagline on the website says it all: “We can no longer stand on the sidelines of history. Dangerous times demand dangerous songs. It’s time to take the power back.”The interview also revealed plans for the band to play a mixture of songs from all three catalogs, and the group delivered from start to finish. The band opened, predictably enough, with the Public Enemy song from which the band gets their name, “Prophets of Rage,” before rocking into Rage’s “Guerilla Radio” and “Bombtrack.”By all accounts, the band aptly covered the Rage Against The Machine material, though the absence of Zack de la Rocha was strongly felt. Chuck D and B-Real are wonderful vocalists, but there’s nothing quite like de la Rocha. The band even said there would always be a space for him should he decide to return to the stage, so we can keep our fingers crossed.All in all, the band rocked over 20 songs, bringing out iconic tunes from each band’s catalog and two originals – songs called “Shut Them Down” and “The Party’s Over.” The originals probably stood out more than anything else, drenched with the unique energy of these five stalwarts of live music. We can only hope this band continues to make their own music instead of relying on old covers.Still, it’s never a bad thing to hear most of Rage Against The Machine playing hits like “Know Your Enemy” and the show-closer, “Killing In The Name.” It’s never a bad thing to hear Chuck D rapping on “Fight The Power” either, that is for sure.Check out a couple videos from the performance, uploaded by Cypress Hill on Facebook. Update: Full audio from the performance has surfaced. Tune in below. As the band’s second website clock ticks towards another announcement, we’re certainly excited to see what more Prophets of Rage has in store.Setlist: Prophets of Rage at Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles, CA – 5/31/16Prophets of Rage (Public Enemy)Guerilla Radio (Rage Against The Machine)Bombtrack (RATM)Miuzi Weighs A Ton (PE)People of the Sun (RATM)Rock Superstar (Cypress Hill)Testify (RATM)CH/PE Medley (“Shoot Em Up” > “Can’t Trust It” > “Insane In the Membrane” > “Bring The Noise” > “I Ain’t Going Out Like That” > “Welcome To The Terrordome”)Sleep Now In The Fire (RATM)New Song (probably called “Shut Them Down”)Know Your Enemy (RATM)The Party’s Over (Prophets of Rage)No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn/Fight The Power (Beastie Boys/Public Enemy)Bulls On Parade (RATM)Killing in The Name (RATM)last_img read more


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first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Schuyler Bailar ’19 is excited about being excited about the future. More than four years ago, during a gap year in which he came out as transgender, he was uncertain whether there was a future for him.A star swimmer in high school, Bailar was recruited by Harvard to swim on the women’s team, but he postponed his enrollment to deal with an eating disorder that he later found out was masking a gender identity issue.During his gap year, driven by his desire to be “true to himself,” Bailar underwent a double mastectomy and transitioned into a man. He knew he didn’t want to quit swimming, but he was unsure about the University’s response.When Harvard’s women’s swimming and diving coach Stephanie Morawski and men’s swimming coach Kevin Tyrrell learned about Bailar’s transitioning, they both embraced him wholeheartedly. It was a gesture that not only allowed Bailar to carry on his passion for swimming, but one that changed his life, he said.“They gave me a choice between swimming in the women’s and the men’s team,” said Bailar, who is concentrating in psychology. “The University was supportive of my decision, but if I have to break it down, the coaches were absolutely key. They were behaving like parents who love their kids first, and that was incredibly important.”And so Bailar became the first openly transgender swimmer in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division I, the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. His story made national news, gained him an interview on the Ellen DeGeneres show, another on “60 Minutes,” and made him a sought-after speaker on transgender issues.It is a journey that has been difficult, said Bailar, recalling his struggles before coming to Harvard: being bullied in elementary school for not looking quite “girlie,” developing an eating disorder, depression, and self-harm tendencies in high school, and feeling overwhelmed with self-doubt over his swimming career during his gap year. Since he learned how to swim at the same time he was learning how to walk, the only place where he felt safe was the pool, he said.The Virginia native said he has gained strength from the love and understanding he found along the way, not only from Harvard’s coaches, but also from his teammates who welcomed him with open arms, and from his Korean grandparents, who told him they knew it all along and accepted him without reservations.The first ones who showered Bailar with love and acceptance were his parents, whom Bailar considers his best friends. “They always led with love,” he said. “They haven’t always understood everything but have always said, ‘We love you and we’re going to figure it out together.’ That’s the most important thing a parent can do, love their kids first.”For Tyrrell, his decision to welcome Bailar onto the team was easy. “Schuyler loved swimming,” he said. “He was very excited to join the team and wanted to get faster, and sometimes he failed, and sometimes he succeeded. He’s mentally tough and reflective. But the most important thing is that he made the team a better team.”Of his teammates, Bailar said they were great role models. His presence was a win-win for everybody, with Bailar receiving his teammates’ support and the team becoming educated about gender diversity and diversity in general, he said. “I’m so blessed to have the teammates I have. We all kind of figured things out together and bonded a lot during that process but also challenged each other.”As a public speaker on transgender issues, Bailar strives to illuminate some of the misconceptions surrounding transgender people by finding a common humanity that allows audiences to see trans people as human beings. But that work comes with caveats: He receives hate messages and some people question both his identity as transgender and his place in the sport he loves.“A lot of my talks are about me proving my validity and my existence,” he said. “Sometimes, people disagree with my identity as a trans person, and while that can get exhausting, that constant questioning centers me and helps strengthen my conviction that this is who I am.”After graduation, Bailar plans to work for a finance company in Seattle teaching emotional intelligence skills to employees. He looks forward to the next chapter of his life with excitement and relishes the fact that most of the uncertainty surrounding his past is over.“Before coming to Harvard, I was terrified about the future because I wasn’t sure if I was going to be in the future and because nothing excited me,” recalled Bailar on a bench near the Barker Center Café, his voice strong, his demeanor poised. “I’m so thrilled about how everything turned out.”last_img read more


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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Anxiety is paralyzing. It is a fear-based monster moving through the bodies of all agescausing many degrees of physical and emotional paralysis. Anyone who has experienced a panic attack or generalized anxiety attack knows this and knows the fear that goes with it.Unfortunately, in today’s times it seems to have populated itself among our young,showing up in OCD, phobias and generalized anxiety – which means fear dictates their lives instead of a young healthy sense of self. So, what is a healthy sense of self and what is to be done about this?Your sense of self is your center it is where yourself lives. This is true for all of us not just the young, but I have found it very interesting in my practice that it is the young who are most open to putting into practice a simple technique that will bring them to their center. It will not develop their sense of self, but it will bring them to their center, so that they can be in control rather than be controlled.Hence, have the opportunity to slowly develop their own sense of self, which becomes stymied by fear. This technique is a simple breathing technique – yet not so simplistic. It is in the slowness of the breathing that brings about the correct response. One must count to six or seven as one breaths in and the same as one breaths out. As if one were taking the air in through their feet, all the way up – hold for a second and then release just as slow back down through their feet.One can do this in the face of an abuser – someone who is berating or humiliating theminstead of responding in tears or anger – rather stay in control instead and respond rationally as desired. Whether it is a teacher, parent, sibling, friend or partner – it does not matter – the breathing will keep you centered and allow you to get through it.For years the Buddhist population have used this technique to bring themselves to theircenter so why is it so surprising that it would work for others as well. It is not a lark. Yoga breathing will bring you to your center if it is diligently put into practice. The difference is the slowness in breathing verses regular breathing. This slowness causes a physical response opening needed airways that carry oxygen to the brain hence, enabling one to think rationally rather than the frozen confusion and panic that usually evolves from anxiety.I find young people are able to put this technique into effect more so than adults for some reason. Perhaps it is because they are eager to learn and looking for answers. But because of this, they often are able to put their anxiety to rest by centering themselves, taking control and moving on through their lives.Sandra Reinhart is a Psychotherapist with a private practice in Babylon.last_img read more


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first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Planning to drive a lot this summer? You might want to empty out your trunk first.by: Kimberly PalmerIf you have a summer road trip planned, then you might be paying close attention to fluctuating gas prices. While they are relatively low, averaging $2.71 per gallon compared to almost a dollar higher at this time last year, according to AAA, they have been rising lately and prices vary widely based on location. California drivers can expect to pay around $3.81 per gallon, for example, while Alabama drivers fork over around $2.49 per gallon.You might not be able to help where you live, but you can take steps to reduce what you pay to fill up your tank, reduce your need for gas by driving less and make sure your car runs as efficiently as possible. Here are 10 ways to pay less at the pump this summer:1. Clean out the trunk. Using the trunk of your car as a storage unit makes your car work harder to get around. The Energy Department reports that every extra 100 pounds a vehicle carries reduces its fuel efficiency by 1 percent. ​(The smaller the car, the bigger the percentage.) It might be convenient to store strollers, mulch and other heavy items in the back of your car, especially if you have a small home, but it means you’re paying more for gas. continue reading »last_img read more


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first_imgThe 64th meeting of the Commission for Europe of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) started today in Zagreb.  During the opening, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković welcomed all participants in the meeting to Croatia, where important decisions for the future of European tourism will be made. He announced the opening of an office of the Croatian Tourist Board in Spain, Madrid, where it is also the seat of the World Tourism Organization, which will enable even better cooperation between Croatia and the World Tourism Organization.  The meeting of the Commission for Europe of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is being held in Croatia for the second time after we hosted the meeting of the Commission held in Cavtat in 2002, and hosting the 64th meeting of the Commission for Europe in Zagreb is especially important because Croatia currently chairs the said Commission.  Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli He pointed out that the role of the UNWTO since its inception and even today, to serve as a global forum for tourism policy and other issues related to tourism, and therefore it is extremely important that Croatia, as one of the flagships of tourism in the world, actively pursues a policy of promoting importance. tourism and participates in discussions on challenges and opportunities in tourism together with all partners and members. “Through membership in the UNWTO, we have the opportunity to contribute to the development of responsible, sustainable and universally acceptable tourism in the global context, and holding this meeting in Croatia is another opportunity to present ourselves and continue to strengthen our position on the world stage not only as a destination. but also as a leader in world trends in tourism management and development. “, concluded Minister Cappelli. He also pointed out that Croatia wants to present numerous other treasures from the entire territory of Croatia, ie except on the coast and on the continent, highlighting Plitvice Lakes and Slavonia as examples. Therefore, the next largest tourist gathering, the Days of Croatian Tourism, will be held in Slavonia this autumn, which will include special events in five Slavonian counties in order to achieve a balance between Croatian regions. “In addition to sustainable tourism, we want to find space to strengthen continental tourism and combine everything that Croatia has to offer, a wealth of cultural and natural heritage and a diverse and quality service” said Prime Minister Plenković. Tomorrow, as part of this event, a UNWTO workshop on “Growth, Innovation and Partnership” will be held to discuss key priorities for the development and innovation of European tourism. UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili He said that he was extremely pleased to hold today’s meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, which is already in many ways a model for the rest of the world in terms of tourism. ” “This is my first time in Croatia, but with the hope that I will come more often in the future, I want at least one UNWTO event to take place in this beautiful country, which is already a model for the rest of the world in terms of tourism. Today’s meeting is a great opportunity to work together on solutions and discuss the challenges aheadUNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili stressed. Today’s meeting will discuss, among other things, the implementation of the Work Program for the period 2018-2019 and the proposal for the period 2020-2021, the report of the UNWTO Secretary General and the report related to job creation, education and employment. Namely, the UNWTO declared 2019 a year focused on education, skills and job creation, focusing on the possibilities of creating new jobs in accordance with market needs, strengthening competencies and sustainability of tourist destinations. Then, the meeting will elect representatives to the statutory bodies and bodies to be confirmed in September 2019 at the UNWTO General Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia, and will choose the venue for the 65th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe. . Prime Minister Andrej Plenković also emphasized that tourism represents 20 percent of Croatia’s GDP and reminded that last year, with a record tourist season, Croatia generated 12 billion euros in tourism revenues, with almost 20 million arrivals and over 106 million overnight stays. “With continuous investment in the tourism sector, we have raised the level of service, and with the competitiveness of the Croatian coast, in the last few years we have been systematically promoting continental tourism” He said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and added that, in addition to the cities inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, many destinations on the coast have become even more popular, especially due to numerous festivals and other cultural events.  last_img read more


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