Exclusive: Opposition to fees ban strongest in rural, Conservative constituencies

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Exclusive: Opposition to fees ban strongest in rural, Conservative constituencies previous nextAgencies & PeopleExclusive: Opposition to fees ban strongest in rural, Conservative constituenciesAnalysis of those who have signed e-petition calling for ban to be replaced with a fees cap reveals where opposition is most vocal.Nigel Lewis19th January 201802,179 Views SIGN THE PETITION AGAINST THE LETTINGS FEE BAN HEREOpposition among agents to the government’s tenant fees ban is strongest in rural, Conservative-voting area of the country, The Negotiator can reveal.Analysis of the 8,500 people who have so far signed an e-petition calling on the government to do a U-turn on the policy and instead bring in a fees cap reveals that the areas with the most signatures are all rural and semi-urban areas with Conservative MPs.The only exceptions to this rule are Coventry, six of London’s inner boroughs including Battersea, Bermondsey, Limehouse, West Ham, Ealing and Finchley, plus, Brighton and Hove, Bournemouth and Bristol West.The areas where most people have signed the petition are in parts of Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, East Sussex, Kent, Essex, East Anglia, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire.Opposition to a ban is weaker in the north although there are hotspots of people signing the petition in North Lincolnshire and Lancashire.Within housing minister Dominic Raab’s constituency of Esher & Walton in Surrey, 17 people have signed the petition, while in Sajid Javid’s constituency of Bromsgrove in the West Midlands, 15 people have.The constituency with the highest number of signatures is in Kettering, where 75 people have signed it, held by Tory MP Philip Hollobone. Running a close second is Bournemouth West with 70 signatures, held by another Tory, Conor Burns.The e-petition, which The Negotiator is urging all agents to sign, was initiated by an Essex lettings firm Friend & Farrelly Property Services.“Tenant fees are a must to survive as a business, we will have to pass on our lost fees to landlords, speaking to our landlords they plan to raise their rents to cover their fees immediately,” says Rob Farrelly (pictured, left).“This action makes no sense at all, we can keep everyone happy, set a reasonable cap so tenants, agents and landlords can continue to survive comfortably.”Sign the petition here.  lettings fee ban lettings fees ban Lettings fee petition letting petition Rob Farrelly Savid Javid tenant fees tenant fees ban tenants’ fees bill dominic raab Friendly & Farrelly Property Services January 19, 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 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

USA: COMNAVSURFLANT Addresses Current, Future Surface Warfare Leaders

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy October 18, 2013 View post tag: Surface Rear Adm. Pete Gumataotao, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (COMSURFLANT), recently discussed his five major points of emphasis with current and future waterfront leaders during two separate events held at Naval Station Norfolk.His remarks at his first SURFLANT Waterfront leadership Commander’s Call Oct. 3 and at the Basic Division Officer Course (BDOC) graduation Oct. 11, will be a recurring drumbeat that will be heard throughout the East Coast surface forces in months to come.“Surface warfare officers have an ethos of producing results, often in spite of insurmountable obstacles. It is a trait that makes our community great,” he said. “During this unprecedented time of uncertainty, I need your help in checking that trait in favor of a deliberate and questioning attitude that ensures safe operations and training.”Gumataotao’s fervent focus is to produce and deliver combat ready ships to safeguard national security and protect the lives and property of our nation’s citizens while preserving the Fleet Readiness Training Plan progression.“Am I enthusiastic about things? Yes! I focus my enthusiasm on the deckplates. I focus my enthusiasm on Sailors. I focus my enthusiasm on the leadership that leads Sailors; that’s where my enthusiasm lies,” said Gumataotao.Displaying this enthusiasm during the graduation ceremony, Gumataotao expressed his pride for the graduates and challenged them to maximize their potential for themselves, for their command, and for the Navy.“Find the discipline to be very good at your profession,” he urged. “You’re not just an ensign. You’re a surface warfare professional.”Elaborating on the teamwork required to achieve success, he discussed the importance of trust, reminding the BDOC graduates that a team cannot succeed without trust, and that there is no trust without competency. His five priorities are based on this principle.Gumataotao’s first four priorities are to improve the tactical and technical competence of Sailors by utilizing as many resources as possible, to produce combat ready ships by taking care of people and systems, to manage wholeness, and to synchronize lines of effort between all surface warfare stakeholders.“Being a good division officer is not just about ship handling. It’s not just about engineering. It is also about your character,” he explained. “I need your help, because at the end of the day, after all your training and all your certifications are done, we’re going to send you out there to do our country’s work. You’re going to execute that. Are you going to be ready?”The admiral’s fifth point of emphasis is to promote Navy family wellness. He asked that everyone remember the civilian workforce who, as part of the Navy family, “took hits for the team” during the recent summer furlough and government shutdown. He asked for a 360 degree perspective from the fleet on how best to support them and seamlessly reintegrate them as they return.Addressing sexual assault in the force, Gumataotao echoed the message being heard throughout the Navy, that assault against one, affects all and will not be tolerated. He tasked the wardroom and chief’s messes to tune in on the message and not let it become background static.“The impact of one case affects the victim, the advocate, the crew, the ship,” he said.The admiral also discussed the fiscally challenging environment SURLFANT faces this year as the Navy forges ahead. His advice to wardrooms and chief’s messes is to remind Sailors of the value they bring to this country and of their responsibility to maintain the greatest Navy in the world.He encouraged leaders to be patient, to communicate with each other, stressing that SURFLANT is here to support the waterfront.“We’re going to be fine; there is a plan. But this is not business as usual – not anymore. Continue to make us proud in all you do by maintaining high standards,” said Gumataotao. “Live our Navy core values. Don’t just talk about it; always strive to be better. Guard against complacency and mediocrity. Finally, treat each other with mutual respect. Work as a team and take care of each other.”[mappress]Press Release, October 18, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Warfare Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: COMNAVSURFLANT Addresses Current, Future Surface Warfare Leaders View post tag: Addresses Training & Education USA: COMNAVSURFLANT Addresses Current, Future Surface Warfare Leaderscenter_img View post tag: current View post tag: leaders View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: COMNAVSURFLANT View post tag: Defense View post tag: futurelast_img read more

American Legion Post 524 Calls on O.C. to Help Military Family

first_imgNicole and Tech Sgt. Josef Ward, with their children, Lucie, 1, Jude, 4, and 6-year-old Josiah, say COTA and generous people have helped them in a difficult time. (Photo provided by the American Legion Post 524) By MADDY VITALEOcean City American Legion Post 524 Commander Bob Marzulli said he became emotional when he learned of a military family of five, in which two of the children needed liver transplants.Marzulli, along with other Post 524 representatives, asked the business community during the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Flanders Hotel on March 12, to consider helping the Ward family through the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA).“We brought some brochures and packets today explaining what COTA is,” Marzulli explained. “If you’ve ever been involved with a COTA family — this is the first time for me — it really tugs at your heart. Take a packet if you desire and we will be around to talk to you personally.”Air Force Tech Sgt. Josef Ward and his wife, Nicole, of Fort Dix, N.J., formerly of Coral Springs, Fla., have three children, Josiah, 6, Jude, 4, and 1-year-old daughter, Lucie.Jude started having seizures at just four weeks of age, according to a press release provided by the America Legion.It was determined that the child suffered from Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, an inherited genetic disorder that leads to cirrhosis of the liver.American Legion Post 524 adopts the Ward family for 2020.Josef and Nicole completed program materials to become a COTA family. With COTA, the responsibility of fundraising shifts to a community team of trained volunteers.Marzulli and Auxiliary President AnneMarie Maiknor explained to the Chamber that the Ocean City American Legion chose the South Jersey family in need and is committed to raising $10,000 in honor of Jude and Lucie Ward.“We pledge to raise $10,000 by May, and also the same next year,” Maiknor told the crowd. “We are hoping you will help us. We think it is a wonderful thing to raise money for this family.”COTA campaigns are named in honor of the transplant recipient and are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law; COTA funds are available to the family for a lifetime of transplant-related expenses.Fundraising efforts by volunteers of COTA for Team Ward helped make Jude’s liver transplant surgery a success on July 20, 2017. In total, COTA raised $60,000 in funds for the Ward family.COTA has supported the Ward family through the challenge of Jude’s transplant, and they continue to help today, nearly two years later, according to the release.“Life after a transplant is a balance of enjoying life, but also being mindful of keeping Jude healthy,” Nicole Ward said. “The biggest blessing our family has received from Jude’s journey of hope is the blessing of perspective.”Now, Lucie needs a liver transplant.Nicole expressed why COTA is such an important part of their lives.“Without COTA, we simply would not have been able to provide our son with the opportunity to receive the best medical care possible for his disease,” she said. “I do not know how to begin to express my gratitude for The Children’s Organ Transplant Association.”After Marzulli and Maiknor told the business community about COTA and the Ward family, Michele Gillian, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said a few words.She first told the members of Post 524 that they are appreciated for all they do for the community and then she said the Chamber supports them in their endeavors.“We welcome you. We thank the American Legion for all they do for our veterans and active duty,” Gillian said. “We commend all of their activities. We thank you for your service.”For more information call American Legion Post 524 at 609-398-1751 or visit www.legion524ocnj.org. People may also visit COTA.org.last_img read more

The creative crusader

first_imgActress and arts activist Jane Alexander on Friday received the 2013 Radcliffe Medal, which recognizes someone “whose life and work substantially and positively influenced society,” said Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, who presented the medal.Alexander is a “warrior for the arts,” Cohen said during the afternoon event known as Radcliffe Day, a luncheon and reunion celebration traditionally held a day after Harvard’s Commencement. Alexander’s work at the head of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from 1993 to 1997 helped deepen and expand the group’s constituencies and helped protect arts funding, ensuring “that Americans enjoy continued access to the arts,” Cohen said. Alexander’s talents and accomplishments, she added, “have touched us all.”The actress has garnered four Oscar nominations, nine Emmy nominations and two wins, and seven Tony nominations, including a win for her Broadway turn in “The Great White Hope.” She is also known for her advocacy work. Responding to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, the actress joined the civil and human rights movements, protested the Vietnam War, and became an outspoken critic of nuclear proliferation.During her remarks, Alexander called for more arts funding and education in public schools. She said that the recent educational movement toward focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math, known as S.T.E.M., should instead be a concentrated effort to generate S.T.E.A.M., with an added A for arts. She lauded the Rhode Island School of Design for its efforts to get the S.T.E.A.M. initiative going.“I applaud President [Drew] Faust and Dean Cohen for all they are doing here on these campuses to put more arts into the curriculum, because I think that is what we need for the future,” Alexander said.She urged her listeners to engage with the arts, either on their own or with their children. “It’s important to find what is important to you in your creative life … [and allow] yourself to fail over and over again on your own terms.” Failure, she added, “is the most exacting teacher and defines your path to success.”“Creativity can be encouraged,” said Alexander, “and exploring the arts is a fabulous way to do it.”She said her own arts epiphany came at age 6, when her father took her to the ballet. “I was gobsmacked,” said Alexander, who recalled thinking, “Oh my God, is this possible? Does this really exist in life?” From that moment she wanted to be on the stage, and initially focused on dancing. But the rigors of dance proved too hard, so Alexander turned to the theater, nabbing the role of Long John Silver in the fifth grade.She attended Sarah Lawrence College for two years, where she concentrated on theater. But her true education came, she said, during a transformative year studying abroad in Scotland. She hitchhiked across Europe, sang, acted, and won a leading role in a Tennessee Williams play during the new Edinburgh Festival Fringe. “I got an education my parents never dreamed of,” she joked. Back in the United States, instead of returning to school, Alexander headed to New York City “with $40 in my pocket, and I have never looked back.”Alexander also offered a note of caution about the wonders of social networking tools such as YouTube and Facebook. “It is exhilarating, and it is sometimes edifying, but I don’t think we have passed yet from the information stage and made the leap to creativity and storytelling.” While many artists may struggle to move forward in this digital age, they will find a way, she said. That leap “is about to come … I think we are on the cusp of that breakthrough.”Alexander’s message resonated with many in the audience, including Claire Gilman Selfridge, a graduate of the Class of 1948. “I was inspired,” said Selfridge, a onetime singer. Selfridge said the talk encouraged her be open to artistic and creative outlets. “If I am open to it, then I can just let it come.”Earlier in the day, the theme of arts and creativity held center stage as four panelists, all artists and former Radcliffe Fellows, took part in a discussion titled “From Artist to Audience” at the Loeb Drama Center of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). Diane Paulus, A.R.T. artistic director, moderated the Radcliffe-sponsored panel that unfolded on the set of the theater’s current production, “The Pirates of Penzance.”As part of Radcliffe Day, A.R.T. artistic director Diane Paulus (right) moderated a panel of artists and former Radcliffe Fellows titled “From Artist to Audience” at the Loeb Drama Center.The panelists — a poet, a painter, a composer, and a designer/photographer —  discussed their creative process, technology and the arts, the importance of funding, creativity blocks, and engaging an audience.“Being an artist is the hardest job I’ve ever had,” said Beverly McIver RI ’03, a painter and a professor of art at North Carolina Central University whose work examines racial, gender, and social identity. She said she has been the fortunate recipient of numerous grants during her career, but that money is always a worry. What she studied in school “gave her the skills,” she said, “but not the financial means,” and she urged aspiring artists to study business and administrative practices in addition to their craft.Poet Elizabeth Alexander, RI ’08, who composed “Praise Song for the Day” and delivered it at the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, said she welcomes the Internet’s connective powers. But the chair of the Department of African American Studies at Yale University also urged caution when reading poetry online.Line breaks in a poem are critical to its structure, offering the reader both breath and time, said Alexander, who also is an essayist and playwright. Too often, she said, poems get “deformatted” on the Internet. “Always know what your sources are,” she suggested.Poet Elizabeth Alexander, RI ’08: “You never know what is going to draw someone into a work of art.”She said when it comes to connecting with her readers, she never tries to second-guess her audience, since “You never know what is going to draw someone into a work of art.”Attracting an audience to his work always involves some level of seduction, said photographer Mark Robbins RI ’03. The executive director of the International Center of Photography, Robbins said that he often looks for some kind of material or color — “things that have a resonance so that people can enter in enough to begin to engage.”Music is the domain of contemporary composer Augusta Read Thomas RI ’91. Her work often consists of complex scores, she said, but her goal is to always make her music sound spontaneous.last_img read more

Falconer Vehicle Parade To Honor The Class Of 2020

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.FALCONER — A vehicle parade honoring graduates at Falconer Central Schools will take place this week.The Village of Falconer and Falconer Central Schools are holding a parade Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. on Main Street to congratulate the FCS Class of 2020.Village residents are asked to stand in driveways and lawns, using safe social distancing practices as the parade goes by. Residents are invited to make up signs, banners and such to display to the graduates.The parade will start at Falconer Central School and proceed West on East Main Street to North Alberta Street, turn north on Alberta Street to West Falconer Street and then East on West Falconer Street back to Falconer Central School, where it will end. Graduates and their families will participate, along with area volunteer fire departments and The Town of Ellicott Police Department.On Friday evening, Falconer Central School is hosting a social distancing graduation ceremony on their football field.last_img read more

Seventh Generation partners with Carmichael Lynch to re-launch brand

first_imgDoug Spong, president of Carmichael Lynch said, The Seventh Generation brand is a perfect fit for our agency. We brought a lot of great experience to the table, including our deep understanding of the LOHAS consumer. Seventh Generation is an outstanding brand and we can t wait to start shaking the category with innovative and award-winning work. About Carmichael Lynch   This was the best game we ve ever brought, said Mike Lescarbeau, Carmichael Lynch CEO. The ideas and passion came from every discipline and melded into something that you couldn t look away from. This is going to be a powerful partnership. Carmichael Lynch will deliver an integrated campaign encompassing advertising and digital. Seventh Generation is committed to being the most trusted brand of household and personal care products for your living home. Their products are healthy and safe for the air, the surfaces, the fabrics, the pets, and the people within your home ¬─ and for the community and environment outside of it. For information on Seventh Generation cleaning, paper, baby and feminine personal care products, to find store locations, and explore the company’s Web site visit www.seventhgeneration.com(link is external).  I m very impressed by the spirit and culture of Carmichael Lynch and I think it will meld well with ours, said Chuck Maniscalco, chief executive officer of Seventh Generation. Additionally, their dedication to sustainable business practices is commendable and consistent with our mission and vision as an organization.   Seventh Generation,Seventh Generation, the leading brand of nontoxic and environmentally safe household and personal care products, has chosen to partner with Carmichael Lynch following an extensive review. The Burlington, Vermont-based company is looking to Carmichael Lynch to help re-launch its brand to a broader market and solidify its position as the most trusted line of authentic, safe and environmentally responsible products for a healthy home. For more than two decades, Seventh Generation has been at the forefront of a cultural change in both consumer demand and business ethics. One of the country’s first self-described socially responsible companies, Seventh Generation found much common ground with Carmichael Lynch. About Seventh Generation Carmichael Lynch is known for its reputation as one of the greenest agencies in America, with its LEED-qualified work space, utilization of 100 percent wind-sourced power and recognition as an EPA Green Power Partner. As for its culture, in 2008 Carmichael Lynch was honored among the Best Places to Work by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for the third time. Seventh Generation chief marketing officer, David Kimbell said, Carmichael Lynch has shown us the value of collaboration with their holistic thinking and ideas for our brand across several different disciplines. There is great opportunity for us to move our brand forward into the hearts and homes of a broader audience while working with Carmichael Lynch. We re excited by the passion and ideas they will bring to our brand on all levels. Seventh Generation joins other recent brands on the Carmichael Lynch roster including top housewares/professional quality cookware brand Calphalon and fast-growing, quick-casual restaurant Noodles & Company.  Carmichael Lynch has earned a worldwide reputation for building brands through inventive ideas in advertising, digital and public relations. The agency boasts a portfolio of clients that includes Harley-Davidson, Subaru of America, Jack Link s Beef Jerky, Calphalon, Noodles & Co. and other envied brands. The agency is also one of the most socially and environmentally responsible creative agencies, sourcing its energy from 100 percent wind credits and being named an EPA Green Power Partner. Carmichael Lynch Inc. is owned by the Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (NYSE: IPG), New York. For more information, visit www.carmichaellynch.com(link is external). Source: MINNEAPOLIS (October 5, 2009) Seventh Generationlast_img read more

3 questions with Think|Stack’s Andrea DiGiacomo

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details CUInsight CO-Founder Randy Smith is joined by Andrea DiGiacomo, COO of Think|Stack for a quick interview with just 3 questions:(1:01) What is your company doing to support credit unions and their members during the COVID-19 crisis?(5:41) How do you think that COVID-19 might affect credit unions and the way that we do business in the long-term?(7:59) What tips do you have for staying sane during trying times?Click here to learn more about Think|Stack!last_img read more

Tioga County pharmacist explains how coronavirus pandemic is impacting medication supply

first_img“They are allocating some supplies because if there is an outbreak in Broome or Tioga County where are we going to get this stuff?” he said. “That’s what we’re thinking about as a pharmacist,” While the pharmacy will remain open, Lalkaya said you may notice changes in the amount of medication you are able to get. This is due to restrictions put in place by manufacturers in response to increased demand as a result of the pandemic. Lalkaya said these limits are put in place to discourage hoarding and to ensure supply lines are ready for anything. “They are limiting the quantity to each pharmacy on the main things like antibiotics and things like that,” he said. Lalkaya also told 12 News that the UPS store attached to the pharmacy will also remain open throughout the pandemic as New York State considers shipping services to be essential. APALACHIN (WBNG) — Apalachin Pharmacy on Route 434 is determined to continue serving the public throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Lalkaya urges customers to think about the future and other customers in need of medication during this difficult time. “They’re not going to stop manufacturing so why do you have to hoard and stock a six month supply?” he said. “There is no need. Even with sanitizes and tissues, and medication you don’t need more than two months supply,” he said. “Even if the crisis comes here more we will still open through the drive through so that people don’t have to come inside,” said owner and pharmacist Jay Lalkaya. last_img read more

JOBS project to be officially launched in Dominica Thursday

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet EducationLocalNewsTertiary JOBS project to be officially launched in Dominica Thursday by: – January 19, 2012center_img Share 28 Views   no discussions Photo credit: thewestindiannews.comThe University of the West Indies will on Thursday officially launch the Job Opportunities for Business Scale-Up (JOBS) project in Dominica.Project Manager Audra Stevenson Drakes says its aim is to support the growth of an entrepreneurial culture and diversifying the service-oriented economies of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. “It focuses on three major areas: human capacity building, institutional capacity building and research initiatives. It is hoped that through developing these areas Barbados and the OECS collectively will become a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. It terms of building human capital, there are several training program that have evolved from the project. We are also looking to ensure that those who teach entrepreneurship have all the tools they need,” she said.The JOBS project is funded and coordinated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is expected to benefit the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States over the next three years. Drakes said one of the first initiatives that will get underway following the official launch is a young entrepreneurship competition.“It will be a regional competition that will encourage anybody between the ages of 18-35 who is a member of a tertiary institution to let us know what their idea is and there will be cash prizes available so they could take their business plan further. We have also developed a short term workshop that we will make available to persons in Dominica at no charge,” she said.The official launch will be held at the Fort Young Hotel and will begin at 3:00 p.m. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Two arrested on multiple drug charges

first_imgColumbus, IN—On Monday, the Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET) arrested two people on multiple drug-related charges.An arrest warrant was served on Bryce Hatton, 20, Columbus, stemming from a drug investigation for two counts of dealing with illegal narcotics. Illegal narcotics, Fentanyl, marijuana, drug-related paraphernalia, and cash were found inside the residence.Also arrested was Isabell Nida, 19, of Columbus. Both were taken to the Bartholomew County Jail.Bryce Hatton was preliminarily charged with dealing in cocaine, dealing in marijuana, possession of cocaine/narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia, and Bartholomew County warrant for two counts of dealing illegal narcotics.Isabella Nida was preliminarily charged with dealing in cocaine, dealing in marijuana, possession of cocaine/narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of paraphernalia.The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, a combined unit of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office is proactively targeting the manufacturing and abuse of dangerous drugs in Columbus and Bartholomew County.last_img read more