The exodus of landlords from the private rented market is rapidly turning into a crisis as the government’s ‘failed’ policies wreak havoc, it has been claimed.The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) claims more landlords are now selling up than those who are buying after it canvassed 2,700 of its members.It has also called for the additional Stamp Duty levy on second homes and buy-to-let properties to be scrapped.Over the next 12 months 31% said they plan to sell a minimum of one property but only 13% said they’d be buying.Landlords exitingLandlords are also exiting despite healthy demand for rental properties; 25% of the landlords the RLA spoke to said demand in their area was rising, while 41% said there had been no change and 15% said it had dropped.The worrying figures from the association reflect similar data from Rightmove and RICS both of which have recorded weakening supply and increasing demand in the private rented market.Commenting on the government’s attempt to free up rental stock for first time buyers, the RLA says: “latest figures however show that this strategy has been a failure”.“Those who argue that a smaller private rented sector is good for tenants wanting to buy a home are plain wrong,” says David Smith, Policy Director for the RLA.“The government’s policies are choking off the supply of homes to rent whilst demand remains strong. This is only making life more difficult and potentially more expensive for those looking for somewhere to live.” October 25, 2019Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Exodus of landlords is turning into a crisis, leading association warns previous nextAssociations & BodiesExodus of landlords is turning into a crisis, leading association warnsThe Residential Landlords Association has slammed government over its ‘failed’ private rental market policies and called for Stamp Duty to be scrapped.Nigel Lewis25th October 201902,721 Views
USS Monterey Finishes Port Visit to Limassol Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Monterey Finishes Port Visit to Limassol November 26, 2013 Guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) returned to her mission of supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations after completing a scheduled port visit in Limassol, Nov. 21.The first day in port, Monterey conducted a change of command ceremony where Capt. Rick Cheeseman relieved Capt. Thomas Kiss as the ship’s commanding officer.“Monterey had a very successful port visit in Limassol,” said Cheeseman. “An important aspect of deployed forces is the fact that liberty is a mission. Monterey’s Sailors portrayed themselves as perfect ambassadors for the U.S.”Taking full advantage of the time in port, personnel improved the material condition of the ship by preserving and painting parts of the ship’s hull. Throughout the rest of the visit, Sailors engaged in community events and enjoyed some much deserved liberty.Over two dozen of Monterey’s Sailors volunteered their time participating in a community service (COMSERV) project at the Theotokos Foundation, a school for children with special needs. Sailors spent five hours cutting grass and cleaning up areas in and around the school.“Being able to give back to these communities is always a great feeling, especially when we are in a foreign port,” said Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Shane Tiffany, the COMSERVs coordinator and a participant. “Monterey Sailors had done a great job making the surrounding areas of the Theotokos Foundation looks more appealing than it had been.”While in port, the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) provided the crew with many affordable tours to explore the cultures and scenery, to relax and recharge for the next underway period.“Crew morale goes hand in hand with this mission,” said Cheeseman. “Monterey Sailors are leaving this port refreshed and ready to meet any mission requirements put forth to them.”Monterey is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.[mappress]Press Release, November 26, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this article
Pinkmans, a Bristol-based bakery concept, has opened its doors with the soft opening taking place on 3 December.The bakery sells a range of sourdough bread and doughnuts as well as meals throughout the day including breakfast pastries and an extensive pizza range.It is a collaboration between experienced restauranteurs Steven Whibley, formerly of Le Pain Quotidien and Gail’s Bakery, and Troels Bendix, formerly of Breads Etcetera and The Hungry Guest.Key to the bakery’s proposition is its emphasis on purity and provenance of ingredients, avoiding any artificial preservatives, colourings and GM and tracing every ingredient to source. All the goods are baked from scratch.Pinkmans said on its website: “Our bakery is about more than just the building. It is the combining of our people, our customers, our community, our supplies and suppliers, all mixed together gently, proved slowly, and baked with a lot of care.“Our bakery is about the connections between the new and the old, about having an international outlook whilst holding the local community at heart. It is about facing everyday troubles with verve and with vigour.“For us Pinkmans is best expressed by the way we make our bread. An eye on the past and an eye to the future – great ingredients, crafted with skill and passion – served with a sense of fun and sun.”
In 1969, Leonard Cohen released the song “Bird On The Wire” from his Songs from a Room album. The track quickly became one of his signature songs, and would be performed live by Cohen more times than any of his other original music. Inspired by an actual bird sitting on a newly installed telephone wire, “Bird On The Wire” helped lift Cohen out of a depression, and the song’s uplifting lyrics have gone on to inspire countless artists.Two of those inspired artists were the legendary Joe Cocker and Leon Russell, who came together for the “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” live performance in 1970. Among the many songs played by the Mad Dogs band was “Bird On The Wire,” which was only a year old at the time. With Cocker’s unmistakably soulful vocals and Russell’s barreling piano lines, this would go down as one of the all-time great renditions of Cohen’s classic song.Listen to “Bird On The Wire” on Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen 1970 live album, streaming below.In 2015, Lockn’ Festival hosted an all-star tribute concert to Joe Cocker, with the Tedeschi Trucks Band leading special guests along a full cover of the Mad Dogs album. Leon Russell was one of those esteemed guests, participating in the festivities to honor his former bandmate. Watch their live rendition of “Bird On The Wire” below, as we now honor the lives of Leon Russell and Leonard Cohen, who both passed away last year. RIP.
On March 22 the members of the Faculty Council heard five-year legislated reviews of the Electrical Engineering concentration and of the Mechanical Engineering concentration. They also voted to endorse a report on the Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Finally, they heard a motion on oaths, pledges, and affirmations.The Council next meets on April 12. The next meeting of the Faculty is on April 4. The preliminary deadline for the May 2 meeting of the Faculty is April 18 at noon.
WHERE: Waterfront Park, BurlingtonIn downtown Burlington, follow Main Street to the corner of Main and Battery. Turn right on Lake Street. Look for the tents at the end of Lake Street.Parking is available at College and Lake Streets, and in lots and garages throughout downtown Burlington. WHEN: Wednesday, June 7, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. SBA Vermont Small Business Person of the Year and Champion Award CelebrationNEWS EVENT: The 2006 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year and Champion Award recipients will be honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at a ceremony presented by Vermont Business Magazine at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. Gov. James Douglas will present the Small Business Person of the Year award to John Wall, Wall/Goldfinger, Inc., Northfield, Vermont, with additional remarks by Mayor Bob Kiss, City of Burlington, SBA Regional Administrator Charlie Summers, and others. Champion awards will be presented to the following individuals:Janet Bullard, Vermont Commission on Women, Montpelier;James Keyes, Citizens Bank, Burlington;Mark Johnson, WDEV Radio, Waterbury;Robert Johnson, Omega Optical, Brattleboro;Laurie Hammond, Triple Loop Skate & Dance, Colchester;John Durfee & Lang Durfee, Bethel Mills, Inc., Bethel Mills;Stephen Brochu, Vermont Department of Labor, St. Johnsbury; andMargaret Ferguson, Micro Business Development Program, Barre.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York September 27 & 28 mark a rare celestial event.First, it will be a full moon. Second, the moon will be in perigee—its closest proximity to Earth along its elliptical orbit. Third, the moon will be undergoing a total lunar eclipse, whereby it passes directly behind the Earth, cloaked in its shadow. The latter positioning will give the moon a blood-red tint, thus, the return of the ominous, so-called “Blood Moon.”NASA states the full perigee moon appears up to 14 percent larger and up to 30 percent brighter than when it is at its farthest Earth approach, called its apogee. Thus, this upcoming September 27 & 28 lunar phenomenon, dubbed a “SuperMoon” in the 1970s by astrologer Richard Nolle, will be bigger, brighter (before it dims and goes dark)—and blood red.Some believe Super Moons, such as this lunar giant photographed Oct. 8, 2014, foretell of natural disasters and even the Apocalypse. The rare Blood Moon Supermoon will return on Sept. 27 & 28, 2015, inciting similar fears. (WikiMedia Commons)This extraordinary cosmic convergence has once again sent intergalactic chills down the spines of countless Web surfers, Doom’s Day prophets and religious folk across the globe who fear its blood-curling horrifying hue and gigantic size are omens of great calamity and upheaval—even a bone-shivering signal of the Apocalypse. Such foreboding anguish and dread is not extraterrestrial (See what we did there? #SuperMoon #BloodMoon #powww) to such interstellar happenings. The March 19, 2011 SuperMoon—also a full moon at lunar perigee—incited fears across the globe of natural disasters and other worldwide catastrophes. (It came on the heels of the 9.0 undersea megathrust earthquake—known as the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami—which pulverized Japan and spawned devastating tsunamis that claimed more than 15,000 lives and caused nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.)Click Here For More Photos Of A SuperMoonNolle, who publishes astrological predictions on his website astropro.com, has much to say about this upcoming lunar leviathan. His “September 2015 Forecast” warns not just of the havoc caused by the impending lunar eclipse and SuperMoon, but also of untold solar and geophysical events resulting from a “Mercury Max”—“a phase in the Earth-Mercury-Sun relationship,” he explains, “when Mercury swings around from behind the Sun to catch up and pass the slower orbiting Earth. As it does this, Mercury draws closer and closer to our home planet, until it reaches its perigee… At this time, Earth, Mercury and the Sun are aligned with Mercury in the middle, passing between us and the Sun.”All these happenings equate into one hell of a month, according to Nolle. Among some of the mayhem, he predicts heightened risks of solar and geophysical storms, extreme tidal surges, and volcanic and seismic events. “September shapes up to be the biggest geophysical news story of the year: two eclipses (one of them a SuperMoon) plus a Mercury Max make for a lot of turbulence in Earth’s crust, seas, atmosphere and magnetosphere,” he foretells. “It all adds up to a huge potential for powerful storms and seismic activity; along with an increase in solar storms that heighten risks for breakdowns in electrical and electronic equipment—including the bioelectric field that is human consciousness. Sometimes the world can feel haywire and out of control. This month looks like one of those times.“Bringing up the rear this month is the September 28 total lunar eclipse full moon at 4°41’,” continues Nolle. “This one occurs just a couple days before the Sun’s inferior conjunction with Mercury, the anchor point of the current Mercury Max cycle. This points to a heightened risk of a solar storm outburst sometime between September 27 and October 1, which is more or less contiguous to the September 25-October 4 SuperMoon geophysical storm window. This very strongly suggests an unusual outbreak of strong storms and seismic activity (including volcanic eruptions) during this particular SuperMoon stress window.“Being astronomical in scale, a SuperMoon is at least potentially planet-wide in scope,” he continues. “Aside from the obvious targets—the coasts for extreme tidal surges, and known volcanic and seismic risk zones—the atmosphere gets a good SuperMoon stirring that can manifest as powerful storms packing high winds and heavy precipitation just about anywhere.“With this in mind, even though I don’t live anywhere near (nor plan to visit) any tidal basins, volcanoes or seismic hot spots during the September 25-October 4 SuperMoon shock window, I still plan to make sure the bottled water, canned and dried foods and other emergency supplies are ready to hand; just in case,” adds Nolle. “That said, it doesn’t take more than a cursory glance at an astro-locality map for the September 28 SuperMoon to recognize that this one is a complex snare of risk lines. This is due to the fact that so many planets join the Sun and Moon in making important configurations in the sky at this time.”Just as in 2011, NASA has taken to cyberspace to provide scientific data on this latest lunar flyby and perhaps quell some of the anxiety surrounding any alleged adverse effects the moon’s close proximity would render on Earth.On Aug. 31, NASA published an animated feature video about the rare rendezvous, which doesn’t make it seem all that frightening at all.Watch video here: On Sept. 1, Jane Houston Jones from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. published a post and podcast on nasa.gov about the Blood SuperMoon, too. [Listen To NASA’s Jane Houston Jones’ Blood Moon SuperMoon Podcast HERE] Her explanation counters Nolle’s assertion on his website that he coined “SuperMoon” decades ago, and also tones down the extraordinariness of the event. “On the evening of September 27th, observers in North and South America will see a long total lunar eclipse—lasting 72 minutes. This eclipse is also visible in Europe and Africa,” she explains. “It’s the night of the harvest moon—the full moon closest to the September equinox. “Sometimes a full moon is called a “supermoon”—a term coined just a few years ago,” she continues. “A supermoon is a new or full moon which occurs when the moon is at or near its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.“There are four to six supermoons every year on average, so they’re not unusual,” adds Houston Jones. “You won’t really be able to see the difference between this full moon and any other one with your eyes. It’ll only be about 7 percent larger. The moon is 221,000 miles from Earth this month, as opposed to the average distance of 239,000 miles.” She and NASA’s assertions have done little to squash the fears of so many who fear the Blood-Red SuperMoon as an ominous harbinger of horror and dread, however. A Sept. 1 article in Christian Today titled “‘Blood Moon’ This September Could Be Biblical Sign Of Apocalypse, Pastors Say,” for example, begins by quoting the Bible:“In Acts 2:20, Peter the Apostle, warned of these signs of the Apocalypse: ‘The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.’“Similarly, Revelation 6:12 described the same Apocalyptic signs: ‘I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,’” it continues.The article goes on to tell how two pastors—Mark Blitz and John Hagee—believe the Blood-Red Supermoon could be telltale signs of the potential oncoming Apocalypse, citing its timing as the last of the four so-called “Blood Moons” within the last 18 months, its close proximity to Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, and the increase in global seismic activity in recent years.One thing’s for sure, dear readers. The Sept. 27 & 28 “Blood Moon” “Supermoon” has captured the imaginations—and fears—of countless worldwide and will be a cosmic-lunar spectacular of epic proportions that viewers will remember long after its crimson hues fade back into the bright, white, familiar amber glow we Earthlings all know and love.
The advent of biometrics means passwords soon will be a thing of the past, says Bob Long of Daon.“Biometrics is real,” he says. “It’s here, and it’s being used today. Passwords are going away.”Long participated in Tuesday’s “Speed Rounds” at the CUNA Tech/OpSS Council Conference in Orlando on Tuesday.Speed Rounds, a series of product pitches, gives presenting vendors seven minutes apiece to describe the purpose and functionality of their products and answer questions from the audience.Attendees vote on the presentations, and the winner among the 22 participating vendors will be announced shortly.Long says USAA introduced Daon’s IdentityX biometrics platform in January. It can authenticate users by facial and vocal recognition, and more than one million people now use it to access their accounts. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
As credit unions seek ways to support members impacted by the coronavirus, including through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) new paycheck protection program, NAFCU remains steadfast in its commitment to provide the best federal advocacy, compliance assistance, and education to ensure credit unions can do so effectively.Last week, the SBA released an interim final rule to implement the program. NAFCU developed a set of FAQs following the rule’s release for credit unions interested in providing loans through the program. Several credit unions have had difficulties accessing the required systems and submitting paperwork; NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt told Reuters these issues should have been resolved before the application process started.In addition, to ensure credit unions and other financial institutions have capacity within their balance sheets to offer as many loans as possible through the program, the Federal Reserve announced it is working with the Treasury Department to establish a facility to purchase loans made by financial institutions under the paycheck protection program. More details are expected later this week. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Lauren reveals how Arsene Wenger convinced him to snub Real Madrid and join Arsenal Wenger helped convinced Lauren to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Lauren decided to snub Real Madrid and move to Arsenal at the start of this century, with Arsene Wenger’s ‘warmth’ a factor in his decision.The full-back, who was part of Arsenal’s famous “Invincibles” side met with Real Madrid officials, but was unimpressed with the Spanish giants’ attitude. But after flying to north London to speak with Wenger and former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, he knew he would make the switch to the Premier League instead.‘We met [Juan] Onieva [Real Madrid’s vice-president], but we didn’t reach an agreement, so we got a flight, flew to London, landed, went straight to David Dein’s house. And by the time we left, my mind was made,’ Lauren told The Guardian.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I didn’t feel any sadness not to be going to Madrid, The way Madrid negotiated back then was way off what it should be. It was like you had to do what they said. “This is how it is, full stop. Because we’re Real Madrid.” ‘And when another club comes along with another attitude, however much you liked Madrid, you go. You join the people who treat you best. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 May 2020 3:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link210Shares Lauren snubbed Real Madrid (Picture: AFP via Getty)‘Madrid’s attitude was: “If you like it, great. If not, see you.” So, I said: “OK, very good, I’m off to London.” I don’t think they expected it.‘Arsenal offered a better contract and better opportunities for a young player, light years from Madrid’s offer. It was very clear from the start, in the way Dein and Wenger acted. ‘It wasn’t: “Come to the club [offices].” No, it was: “Come to my home, with my family. Join us.” In negotiations normally everyone sits there all serious, in suit and tie, but they were totally different. 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‘Dein’s treatment man-to-man was fantastic. And Wenger’s sitting there with that human warmth, that approachability. It immediately feels different.‘Wenger didn’t say much. He listened. He knew about the football; he knew perfectly what you could do. He wanted to see the person: the character, whether you could handle it. They saw I was mature, I could take that step.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: How Jack Wilshere reacted to Arsenal selling Robin van Persie to Manchester UnitedMORE: Jeremie Aliadiere tells Arsenal star to ‘grow up’ after training ground bust-up Advertisement Comment