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first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Rogue Manchester landlords to have properties bought off them previous nextRegulation & LawRogue Manchester landlords to have properties bought off themCity’s Labour mayor Andy Burnham says landlords who can’t achieve minimum standards will be offered way out, but not at market value.Nigel Lewis25th April 201801,129 Views  Landlords in Manchester who are reluctant to bring their properties up to the minimum standard will be helped to exit the market by having their buy-to-let properties bought from them, its Mayor Andy Burnham has revealed.The former Labour front bencher and MP says the measure is part of a package designed to drive out rogue landlords from Manchester and transform its private rental sector.Burnham, who used to be Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in Gordon Brown’s Labour government, says his proposed amnesty will give landlords who are not willing to meet minimum standards of service and accommodation a way to exit the sector, although he suggested they were unlikely to receive the full market value of their properties.“We need to isolate those that are giving the sector a bad name,”Speaking at the Residential Landlords Association’s ‘Future Renting North’ conference in Manchester yesterday, Burnham also said he wanted to introduce a Good Landlord Scheme, although details of the plan are sketchy as the mayor is still fleshing out his proposals.Bad landlordsHe said there were still too many bad landlords in the region and, echoing the government’s recent push to introduce improved tenure within the PRS, said he wanted to tackle what he described as an “epidemic of insecurity”.“We need to isolate those that are giving the sector a bad name,” he said.“We will work with [landlords] to establish what’s reasonable, what’s fair and what [they] should be expected to provide.”The Mayor, who was elected in May last year, also said he plans to reveal a new housing policy in June, and that his Good Landlord Scheme would be introduced within 12 to 18 months.Read more about the RLA. Manchester Mayor of Manchester Residential Landlords Association PRS private rental sector Andy Burnham April 25, 2018Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

first_img View post tag: Naval HMS Echo, Tireless Work Round the Clock to Find Malaysian Airliner MH370 View post tag: Clock View post tag: Echo View post tag: News by topic Following a request by the Malaysian authorities for support from the Royal Navy, the survey ship HMS Echo was diverted from her patrol in the Indian Ocean, and HMS Tireless has also been re-tasked to help in the search.HMS Echo is currently searching a vast area 1,000 miles north-west of Perth in company with Chinese vessels Haixun and Dong Hai Jiu, where sensors from one of the Chinese vessels picked up a possible signal on April 5.The Royal Australian Navy’s vessel Ocean Shield is searching 300 miles to the north and she detected signals possibly from the plane’s flight recorders the following day.HMS Tireless is also working as part of the co-ordinated international search. Her sonar, like Echo’s, is listening for the ‘ping’ sent out every second by the black box transponder as long as its battery lasts.And RAF personnel have been flying in Royal Australian Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force maritime patrol aircraft scouring the waters from above, looking for debris and dropping listening buoys.The most promising leads have come from the ships now at the forefront of the search, but the Australian authorities urged caution, saying there was no confirmation that these signals were from the missing plane.HMS Echo’s hi-tech sonar has been specially adapted so it can pick up any transmissions on the black box’s frequency – this is the first time Echo’s sonar has been used this way and so far it has located several possible contacts – but sadly none of them proved to be from MH370’s black box.The ship has lookouts posted around the clock scanning the ocean for possible debris. HMS Echo’s duty swimmer AB Joshua Ruff has been in the water several times to recover objects, none of which so far have come from the crashed jet.Given the scale and importance of the task – Echo’s Commanding Officer Commander Phillip Newell said his 60 men and women were giving the search their all. “My ship’s company are working 24/7 to find MH370. They are young, bright and enthusiastic and will step up to every challenge in the search for the missing aircraft. I am immensely proud of them.”Lt Andy Thomas said his engineering team had been working around the clock to ensure Echo reached the search area in good time – and that the equipment aboard the Devonport-based ship was ready for a mission beyond the norm. “My engineers worked incredibly hard to ensure the main engines and electrical propulsion drives have been running at full power, in order to reach the search area in the shortest possible time,” said the 31-year-old from Fareham.“At the same time, we checked and maintained the survey equipment held on board to allow us the best possible chance to find the aircraft flight data recorder.“Despite the sombre nature of our task I feel privileged to be granted the opportunity to assist in hopefully bringing some closure to the families and loved ones of those involved.”His sentiments are echoed by Petty Officer Simon Hamilton, in charge of seamanship aboard the survey ship. The 42-year-old from Coventry said: “We train hard to do what we do and sometimes it is hard to deal with what is placed in front of us.“At the end of the day, if we can find answers for the relatives of MH370 then it will be a good day for the Royal Navy and a good day for me.”Echo, which is normally based in Devonport, was gathering data on her way from Oman to the Seychelles when she received orders to sail to the southern Indian Ocean to join the international search. Apart from a 12-hour stop in the Maldives to take on supplies and change some of her crew, the survey ship has now been at sea continuously for six weeks.As for Tireless, the Trafalgar-class submarine has been away from Plymouth for three months. [mappress]Press Release, April 9, 2014, Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Malaysian The UK’s survey ship HMS Echo and the nuclear submarine HMS Tireless are searching vast areas of ocean as they join the international hunt to find missing Malaysian airliner MH370. HMS Echo has scoured an area six times the size of Greater London as everyone involved in the hunt faces a race against time before the flight recorder stops sending a signal – any day now. View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: Round View post tag: workcenter_img April 9, 2014 View post tag: HMS Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Echo, Tireless Work Round the Clock to Find Malaysian Airliner MH370 View post tag: Airliner Share this article CDR PHILLIP NEWELL RN ADDRESSES HMS ECHO’S SHIPS COMPANY View post tag: MH370 View post tag: Tireless View post tag: find View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

first_imgQualifications Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsChristian Experience EssayOptional DocumentsResumeCover LetterCurriculum Vitae State and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. Must hold current Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA anda current state license. * Do you attend church regularly?YesNo Responsibilities include providing clinical education andsupervision of undergraduate SLPA interns and/or graduate studentinterns in both on-campus and off-campus clinical sites. Position TitleAdjunct Clinical Faculty in Communication Sciences andDisorders Teaching Responsibilities Posting Detailscenter_img Position Summary The Department of Allied Health Professions at California BaptistUniversity invites applications from qualified individuals toprovide clinical instruction and supervision on an adjunct basis inthe Communication Sciences and Disorders program. If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) * Are you a Christian?YesNo Nondiscrimination Statement Quick Link to Postinghttps://jobs.calbaptist.edu/postings/6081 Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).last_img read more

first_imgA new year sometimes provides new resolve and inspiration for change. While not all problems can be solved by positive thinking (sometimes it takes better health care, help from friends, or even a Gofundme.com fundraiser), it never hurts to try to focus on the more manageable areas of one’s life.Some local residents said they wanted to change bad habits in 2018, while others wanted to work on their relationships. “To be happy,” vowed Nellie Gomez of Union City. “I have so many commotions within my family.”Judging from people’s comments on social media this season, she was not alone in wanting to improve familial relations. Maybe we all need a bit less judgment, more kindness, and an effort to reach out, even if it’s a risk.Here are some of the resolutions from your neighbors.last_img read more

first_imgSwift Technique, Philadelphia’s fiery funk extravaganza, is sprinting into their ninth year of existence at full speed! Their unique blend of funk, soul, rock, hip-hop and relentless showmanship has propelled the group into their most successful period to date. Featuring the powerhouse vocal tandem of Chelsea ViaCava and Nik Greeley, the band is releasing two new singles, “Lucky Bump” and “Reason to Be” to add to an ever-growing recording catalogue. With bombastic horns, thunderous bass and drums, driving guitar and keys, and more dance moves than you can shake a booty at, Swift Tech’s live performances are unmatched in energy, musicianship and pure feel-good fun. And with a recent appearance on the award winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, the group is commanding national attention.Step into the world of Swift Technique with their latest music video, “Lucky Bump.” Ever wonder what a troop of Punk Funkers does during the day? Did they ever leave High School? Under the guidance of their trusty penguin, Senator Squawks, Swift Technique delivers a Funky odyssey for the ages.With their first releases of 2017, Swift Technique presents two of their most polished, powerful and representative singles to date. In addition to the soulful vocal combo of Nik Greeley & Chelsea ViaCava, the group employs the talents of their large extended family of Philly musicians. The first single, ‘Lucky Bump’ takes you for a ride on the Soul Train and gets you moving with its classic and infectious groove. This feel good song is right at home in the roller rink or any dance club. It’s a true showcase for the members’ musical skill and cohesion.Check out their first wave of Spring / Summer Tour announcements below:3/23 Ardmore, PA Ardmore Music Hall3/24 Hamden, CT The Ballroom at The Outer Space3/31 Kerhonkson, NY Rock and Roll Resort v74/1 Syracuse, NY Funk n’ Waffles Downtown4/27 Brooklyn, NY The Hall @ MP5/18 Hammonton, NJ Camp Jam in the Pines5/19 Bedford, PA Domefest6/9 Stephentown, NY Disc Jam Music Festival7/14 Scranton, PA Camp Bisco7/15 Roanoke, VA Deschutes Street Pub[Music Video Directed & Produced by Bob Sweeney]Don’t miss Swift Technique when they bring their high-energy funk to The Hall @ MP on Thursday, April 27th in support of improvisational-reggae masters Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad   [Buy Tickets]last_img read more

first_imgSteven PinkerJohnstone Family Professor of PsychologyHarvard College ProfessorIn the mid-20th century, psychology was no longer “the science of mental life” (as William James had defined it), but “the science of behavior.” Mentalistic concepts —thoughts, memories, goals, emotions — had been banned as unscientific, replaced by associations between stimuli and responses.But new ideas about computation, feedback, information, and communication were in the air, and psychologists realized they had enormous potential for a science of mind. Four Harvard scholars used them to launch the “cognitive revolution.”George Miller noted that people could label, quantify, or remember about seven items at a time, whether they were tones, digits, words, or phrases. That meant the human brain must be constricted by a bottleneck of seven (plus or minus two) units, which Miller called “chunks.”Linguist Noam Chomsky, while at the Harvard Society of Fellows, noted that people can produce and understand an infinite number of novel sentences. They must have internalized a grammar, or set of rules, rather than having memorized a list of responses. Children are not taught this grammar, and so are equipped with a “language acquisition device” that instantiates a “universal grammar.”Jerome Bruner co-authored “A Study of Thinking,” which analyzed people as constructive problem-solvers rather than passive media as they mastered new concepts. His colleague Roger Brown analyzed the relationship of concepts to language and initiated a new science of language development in children.In 1960, Bruner and Miller founded the Harvard Center for Cognitive Studies, which institutionalized the revolution and launched the field of cognitive science. Today the study of the human mind is among the most exciting frontiers of science. Its practical applications include the design of software, the diagnosis of neurological disease, and the formation of public policy, and its theories have revolutionized our understanding of ancient problems such as consciousness, free will, and human nature.last_img read more

first_imgSaint Mary›s College Dance Marathon, a yearlong fundraising project for Riley Hospital for Children, is hosting a 5-kilometer (5K) race tonight at 6:30 p.m. to raise money for the hospital and to promote the final dance marathon in March. While preregistration took place last week, people can still sign up anytime between 6 and 6:30 p.m. at the race start, which is located by the Saint Mary’s softball fields. Race-day registration costs $5. Any students, faculty or staff from Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross may participate. The event is also open to the public. Senior Amy Tiberi, Dance Marathon president, said the event was part of a growing tradition. “This will be our sixth year doing the 5K,” Tiberi said. The Dance Marathon fundraiser at Saint Mary’s College began eight years ago and the 5K has been a part of the fundraising efforts for a majority of the program’s existence. “[The 5K] used to be called Trots for Tots but we decided to call it FT5K because it is for the kids,” Kate Kellogg, Dance Marathon co-vice president, said. “[The name] really embodies our mission statement and what we stand for.” Tiberi said about 90 people participated in last year’s race. There are currently 85 runners registered, but she said she hopes that number will increase with race-day registration. “Seeing people wearing the 5K T-shirt throughout campus really raises awareness. It’s just really cool to see campus get involved with Dance Marathon,” Kellogg said. As an added incentive to participate, a gift card to a local business will be given to the top three female and male finishers of the race. “I planned this event last year and this year and now I am one of the vice presidents and it’s really cool to see directing and seeing the dynamics [of the 5K],” Kellogg said. Tiberi said Dance Marathon will host other events this fall to raise funds and awareness for Riley. “On Nov. 1, we are having a benefit concert on campus [and] in October we are having dancer registration,” Tiberi said. “I think it’s a great event to come out to because people are exercising and enjoying the great weather …. People would be doing that anyways, so why not do both by supporting a good cause?”last_img read more

first_imgTestimony: FirstEnergy Takeover of West Virginia Plant Would Cost Customers $470 Million FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Gazette Mail (Charleston):A proposed deal for FirstEnergy subsidiaries to acquire a coal-fired power plant would likely cost customers $470 million over the next 15 years, according to testimony from an energy and environmental consultant filed with the state Public Service Commission Friday.David Schlissel, president of Schlissel Technical Consulting, submitted his prepared testimony on behalf of groups against the acquisition. He said Mon Power and Potomac Edison’s proposed Pleasants Power Station purchase from FirstEnergy should be rejected by the PSC because customers would be saddled with higher utility bills.According to Schlissel, revenues earned from selling electricity generated by the Pleasants County plant wouldn’t be enough to cover the costs of maintaining it. The $470 million figure Schlissel reached is based on an economic analysis of energy market prices, Pleasants’ generation for the past year and generating capacity price estimates, he said in the filing.“There is a high risk that the plant will not be profitable and will not produce a net benefit to ratepayers,” Schlissel said. “In fact, if there was not such a high risk, AE Supply and FirstEnergy would not be looking to offload the Pleasants plant to begin with.”The groups Schlissel provided testimony for, WV SUN and West Virginia Citizen Action Group, have argued the $195 million deal would raise customer utility bills to benefit company shareholders and is similar to Mon Power’s Harrison power plant purchase, which an IEEFA report said cost customers more than $160 million.If the purchase is approved by both the PSC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the plant would exit a competitive market and become a part of West Virginia’s regulated market, where it is guaranteed a profit.More: WV PSC testimony: Pleasants Plant deal could cost ratepayers $470 millionlast_img read more

first_imgHave you ever wondered what goes into stocking a Southern Appalachian trout stream? The hardworking folks at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries field hundreds of question every year about the magic behind trout stocking and, as a result, have decided to clear up any misconceptions with a series of informative videos that track the journey of a stocked trout all the way from egg to adult fish. The first episode features Bryan Beers, the manager of the Paint Bank Fish Hatchery in Paint Bank, Virginia—a class A cold-water facility raising brown, brook and rainbow trout.“We do approximately 150,000 pounds of trout a year,” Beers says. “That means that at least 800,000 fingerling fry are produced here each year.”The essential task of the the Paint Bank Fish Hatchery, Beers says, is to provide eggs, fingerlings and advanced fingerlings for transfer to other facilities such as the Coursey Springs and Motebello fish hatcheries.Follow along with the stocking process in the video above, and stayed tuned for more informative videos like this by following Virginia Department of Game and Inlands Fisheries on Facebook.last_img read more

first_imgBy Diálogo October 18, 2019 In the cacao-growing region of Barlovento, in Miranda state, about 62 miles west of Caracas, the Venezuelan chocolate business is a bitter one. While producers in the region face a series of obstacles — red tape, theft, and even the confiscation of cacao beans by security forces — members of a company linked to the Maduro regime rub elbows with chocolate distributors in the most important events of the sector worldwide.Although Venezuelan cacao represents only 1 percent of the cacao traded worldwide, according to the International Cocoa Organization, it is sought after as one of the best for its aroma and quality.The Flores and cacaoAccording to investigations from the Venezuelan digital platform Armando Info, Integrated Agriculture Specialists (ESAICA, in Spanish), a company created in Barlovento in 2015, counts among its members relatives of Cilia Flores, Nicolás Maduro’s wife. Among them are Mariana Staudinger, wife of Yosser Gavidia Flores (Cilia Flores’ son); and Jenifer Fuentes, the partner of Walter Gavidia Flores (Cilia Flores’ son). Also listed as a member is Erika Albornoz Gavidia, the niece of Walter Gavidia Rodríguez, a chavista leader and Cilia Flores’ ex husband.In July 2019, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Mariana Staudinger, Yosser Gavidia Flores, and Walter Gavidia Flores for their participation in acts of corruption involving the Maduro regime’s national program of subsidized food, known as CLAP. According to Armando Info, another member is Mario Bonilla, a friend of Cilia Flores’ children and one of the suspects named in a Florida court in 2018 for participating in a $1.2 billion money laundering scheme.“They are using the same scheme with cacao that they are trying to use with gold,” a spokesperson for Acción Campesina (Farmer’s Action), a Venezuelan organization that defends farmers’ rights, told Diálogo. “There is a criminal structure around the cacao industry, including State security forces, which affects some producers, while others remain untouched. All this to benefit the government,” said the man, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.Although ESAICA is located in the most violent area of the country, with the highest homicide, kidnapping, and theft rates, according to civil organizations such as the Venezuelan Violence Watch (OVV, in Spanish) and Acción Campesina, the company doesn’t experience the same problems as the other producers. On its website, the company promotes its business with photo galleries of its fair stands in France, Japan, and the Netherlands, and with serene images of its fields.Other producers, however, face increasingly difficult scenarios. Many fall prey to thieves who steal cacao in the fields and sell it on the black market and to criminal gangs who extort them, OVV says. For its part, the government halts cacao exports with red tape, imposing up to 20 bureaucratic steps with different ministries to be able to export.In December 2018, producers told international news agency Reuters that they had lost more than 80 tons of cacao beans at government checkpoints. More recently, in May 2019, the Bolivarian National Guard in Miranda said on its Twitter account that it had confiscated more than 56,200 pounds of cacao due to the lack of legal documentation.“Convoys carrying their [ESAICA’s] cacao are protected by the National Guard, while others are detained and seized by the same National Guard,” said Acción Campesina’s spokesperson.The affected producers tried to recover the product and filed complains with several government offices, Armando Info said, but the cacao was handed over to the Venezuelan Cacao Socialist Corporation (CSCV, in Spanish), a department under the Ministry of Agriculture that manages and develops State activities in cacao production, processing, and distribution.A bureaucratic mazeIn Miranda state, producers face additional difficulties since chavista Héctor Rodríguez became governor in October 2017. Under his plan “Miranda Smells Like Cacao,” Rodríguez created a bureaucratic structure that regulates cacao prices, imposes a fee on the producer, which is paid at the corresponding municipality, and then exports the product at international prices.According to the Venezuelan think tank Dissemination of Economic Knowledge for Freedom Center (CEDICE Libertad, in Spanish), a ton of Venezuelan cacao is valued at up to $8,000. The government claims to produce 35,000 tons of cacao per year.Few companies manage to beat the system, CEDICE Libertad says, and producers are forced to sell their goods to the government at a much lower price than they’re worth.last_img read more