Time taken to evict tenants increases by seven days to over 17 weeks

first_imgThe time it takes landlords and letting agents to evict a tenant through the Section 21 notice eviction process is getting longer, official figures show, throwing the government’s plan to ban ‘no fault’ evictions into disarray.Figures just released this week by the Ministry of Justice reveal that it took on average 17.3 weeks to make a claim to the courts and get access to a property during the first three months of 2019, a week longer than a year ago.The government is part way through consulting on plans to ban Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions and instead force landlords and letting agents to rely solely on the longer and more complicated Section 8 notice system.This, the Residential Landlords Association has argued, is likely to lead to both additional costs and time taken to evict tenants.Commenting last month on the news of the proposed changes to the eviction process, housing secretary James Brokenshire (left) said: “By abolishing these kinds of evictions, every single person living in the private rented sector will be empowered to make the right housing choice for themselves – not have it made for them,” he said.But as The Negotiator reported earlier this week, the Residential Landlords Association has just completed a poll of 6,500 professionals in the industry about the proposed changes, warning that they would lead to nearly half of landlords exiting the private rental sector.“With the demand for private rented housing showing no signs of slowing down it is vital that landlords are confident that they can quickly and easily get back their property in legitimate circumstances,” said its policy director David Smith.Ministry of Justice James Brokenshire Residential Landlords Association David Smith evictions May 24, 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 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 2021 Home » News » Time taken to evict tenants increases by seven days to over 17 weeks previous nextRegulation & LawTime taken to evict tenants increases by seven days to over 17 weeksOfficial figures from Ministry of Justice put government’s plans to ban Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions into disarray.Nigel Lewis24th May 201901,234 Viewslast_img read more

Talking rot(i)

first_imgNaan bread, it’s the future! As part of the government’s recently announced obesity drive (presumably to reduce it, not promote it), it will be reintroducing cookery in schools, including teaching kids how to make a “simple curry”. Bad timing, then, that curry is now being blamed for a rise in food allergies by intolerance experts YorkTest. The number of UK curry houses swelled from 500 in 1960 to 10,000 now, and recorded intolerances to chilli pepper soared by 350% between 2002-2007. As confirmed curry addicts, British Baker staff met this news with a unified scream of “Lies, all lies!”last_img read more

Improving the User Experience in the Digital Workplace

first_imgThis post is co-authored by Anand Johnson, Senior Advisor, Technical Marketing, Dell EMC VDI Ready Solutions.Ensuring a good user experience is a challenge for businesses interested in moving toward a digital workplace. While it seems intuitive that user experience improvement leads to increased productivity, that’s not the primary goal. “Increasingly, the success of digital workplace programs is being defined by how well business goals align with user needs, rather than just by productivity and costs savings,” said Esteban Herrera, partner and global head of ISG Research, in a news release about ISG’s recent Digital Workplace of the Future report.In the digital environment, the user’s emotions and attitudes define the user experience. Aligning with user needs includes providing an experience that enhances how a person perceives and feels about the digital workplace. In fact, the ISG report identifies a shift away from traditional service level agreements (SLAs) in favor of end-user experience agreements (XLAs). The goal of an XLA is to monitor the user’s experience, identify gaps affecting the user, and then take corrective action. Ultimately, if the user enjoys working in the digital workplace, the benefits can include embracing new digital tools that improve productivity and collaboration with the business to further improve the digital transformation.Operating systems and digital workplace applications are also designed to enhance the user experience, as software companies realize the important role that the application experience plays in the selection process. For example, each version of the Windows operating system has made advances in improving the user experience. In my own experience, it was an adjustment moving away from using shortcut keys, to the more visual experience provided by the Quick Access Toolbar in Office programs. However, in exchange, we receive a visually rich and intuitive user experience that created a demand for improved graphics virtualization.It’s interesting how the presentation of color can play a significant role in the user interface of a program. “Research reveals people make subconscious judgments about a person, environment, or product within 90 seconds of initial viewing and that between 62% and 90% of that assessment is based on color alone,” according to CCI Color Institute for Color Research. This research highlights the importance of the presentation layer in the digital workplace. While a graphics processing unit does not affect the selection of color used in a user interface, it does affect color depth. In general, the greater the color depth the broader the spectrum of colors available.The new NVIDIA T4 data center GPU with NVIDIA GRID software is designed to provide a native-PC user experience in a digital workplace. Users can use multiple screens and watch 4K video. The T4 also supports VP9 video decode and H.265 (HVEC) encode/decode and provides support for more than 1 TB of system memory.Dell EMC now offers an integrated, validated, and tested solution for the digital workplace. The virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution combines PowerEdge servers with the NVIDIA T4 and GRID software and provides a comprehensive pathway to improving the user experience. After component integration, the solution is performance-tested to ensure its validity. As part of the testing process, engineers tune the system to maximize performance and efficiency, and document best practices. Finally, a separate team of experts evaluate the test results to ensure that the systems can be properly configured and sized for customers.Monitoring the Dell EMC VDI solution is free and easy with Live Optics. Live Optics is a remote and agentless software for collecting data about your PowerEdge environment. It streams workload data from your system to an online analytics engine that measures, analyzes, and reports workload characteristics. Live Optics saves time by automating data collection and drives transparency by enabling system monitoring.The goal of the new Dell EMC solution is to accelerate the time-to-value for the business in achieving an enhanced user experience for digital workplace users. Every digital workplace solution is different, requiring the design and size of the solution to match a customer’s requirements. This solution offers a great deal of flexibly in how it can be configured and sized for digital workplaces. Thus, customers have the capability to start with a foundation that matches their current requirements and incrementally grow as the business grows.The user experience in the digital workplace doesn’t have to be a challenge. Companies can quickly enhance the digital workplace with a powerful combination of NVIDIA T4 cards, GRID software, and PowerEdge servers. This VDI solution was developed by a team of experts who have used digital workplaces, designed solutions, and been customers themselves. They understand the value of solutions that are easy to use and enable your business to quickly achieve its goals.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________About the co-authorAnand is working as a Tech Marketing Engineer in Dell EMC VDI ready Solutions. He is specialized in VDI technologies, primarily based on VMware and Citrix Suites. In his role as Tech Marketing Engineer, he analyzes VDI solutions and build collaterals, which enable customers to understand technology better. Prior to joining Dell EMC, Anand worked on projects related to VDI solutions and managed all aspects of design and implementation of desktop virtualization projects.last_img read more

SMC senior honored for community service

first_imgSaint Mary’s senior Lizzy Pugh tutors children, serves as a teacher’s assistant at a local primary center and writes letters to grade school students through the College’s pen pal program. But Pugh, a religious studies and German double major, does not clock these service hours to further her major. Rather, she got involved in service to get to know the greater community. “I wanted to know South Bend,” Pugh said. “Service is not only an excellent way to know South Bend, but also to know not only the triumphs, but the tribulations the community faces. You get to get in there and be with them in solidarity, face those things and help them overcome them.”As a result of her efforts, Pugh won the “Patricia Arch Green Award for Outstanding Contribution to the College Academy of Tutoring Program.” The Office for Civil and Social Engagement (OCSE) gave the award as part of National Volunteer Week, which ran from April 19 to April 23. Green, for whom the award is dedicated, graduated from the College in 1961 and spent her life doing service. In 2008, Green’s husband established this award, which goes to a student in the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) program who has done “exemplary” volunteer work. Colleagues of Pugh say she is one of these people. “[Pugh] is an example of service and dedication to others,” CAT program director Olivia Critchlow said in a press release. “She leads in a very gentle way that is far beyond her years and is a very compassionate listener to everyone she encounters. She is an asset to the College, but even more importantly, an asset to our community.”Pugh has clocked over 475 hours of service during her time at Saint Mary’s. At Warren Primary Center, Pugh works with children with learning disabilities, such as Attention Deficit Disorder and dyslexia. She said seeing a child transform from a student who cannot stand reading into one who gets excited about it is one of the most fulfilling experiences.“They would rather be dragged through the mud on a rainy, cold day than read a book,” Pugh said. “So, my favorite thing is, even just in a few weeks, they run up to you and say, ‘Can you read with me today?’ They are just so excited about reading.”Pugh said she remembers one girl in particular who struggled with reading for a very long time because she was coping with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.“She was reading [a chapter book], when the year before I had to pull teeth to get her to read a book,” Pugh said. “[It] was really a testament to the work of not only myself, but also the other young women who worked in those classrooms, as well as the teachers.”After graduation, Pugh said she hopes to continue service work, whether in the classroom or aiding women and children. In addition to her work in the local schools, Pugh has also been involved in campus ministry and OCSE events and planning. No matter where life takes her, volunteer work will always play a role, she said. “I know I want to work with kids and faith, or even just service,” Pugh said. “Service is just such a part of my life and I can’t imagine it any other way.”last_img read more

New Legislation Places Further Restrictions On Waste Dumping

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.ALBANY – New legislation to help prevent large scale illegal waste dumping in New York has been signed in to law.Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday to help place further restrictions on waste dumping.According to the Office of the Governor, the legislation strengthens penalties against the illegal disposal of construction debris, demolition debris, and other hazardous substances.Additionally, it will also designate fraudulent schemes involving the disposal of solid waste as a new crime in New York. “Illegal dumping is a significant problem and too often its costs are unjustly passed on to the community,” said Cuomo in a statement. “Not only does this legislation strengthen criminal penalties to ensure sanctions do not simply become another cost of doing business, but it further discourages large-scale illegal dumping by holding developers and waste haulers accountable for creating the problem in the first place.”Cuomo’s office stated that the legislation officially goes into effect on January 1The Governor also signed a law limiting the circumstances under which Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can arrest people on immigration violations at state courthouses.The law, passed by the state Senate and Assembly in July, requires a warrant signed by a judge for ICE to make an immigration arrest. An arrest with an administrative warrant, which is not signed by a judge, or with no warrant at all would not be permitted.The law’s supporters said courthouse immigration arrests had increased in recent years under the Trump administration, leading to fear among some that going to court proceedings on other matters could expose them to immigration enforcement.In June, a federal judge blocked federal immigration authorities from making civil arrests at New York state courthouses or arresting anyone going there for a proceeding.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Share: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)last_img read more

Register for the 1st Annual Exterus Fall Expo Today!

first_imgREGISTER ONLINE NOW AT www.exterusfurniture.com(link is external) or www.exterusbusiness.com(link is external)Exterus Technology for Business and Exterus Business Furniture will be hosting the 1st Annual Exterus Fall Expo 2007 at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington on November 27, 2007. The expo is a one-day exposition featuring 20 furniture and technology exhibitors, educational seminars, product demonstrations, prizes and more. This Expo is designed for new businesses, growing businesses, current office remodeling and those who need to keep abreast of constantly changing technology products and services. There will be educational seminars for attendees to explore the new products and services from both the furniture and technology industries. Registration is free and open to all Vermont professionals. Exterus Technology for Business provides hardware, software and service for all of your business information technology needs. Located in Shelburne, Vermont, Exterus is also a Premier Xerox Authorized Sales Agent with a mission to provide up-to-date technology, consulting, service and support to our customers to enable them to lower their cost of doing business. Exterus Business Furniture offers consultation services, space planning and design, and delivery and installation. Registered online now at www.exterusfurniture.com(link is external) or www.exterusbusiness.com(link is external)last_img read more

Father and son create PPE pipeline website, uniting people in need with products being made

first_img“It really touched us, what can we do to make this more, and expand it and get it out in the community, because there’s such a need for it,” said Joe Weston. However, the father and son said their goals expand far beyond that. Father and son Joe and Aidan Weston were already working to make face shields for people who need them in our area when they decided to step it up. For the duo, the goal now focuses on awareness. The pair noticed a disconnect in the PPE pipeline in the area, Joe Weston saying, “Aidan and I tried to think of a better way to get the word out and have a streamlined hub for people who produce PPE in the community to contact folks who need the PPE in the community.” As of Wednesday you can order masks, shields and ventilator splitters on the website. “Our dream of the project is to, every community takes it and installs it in their community and every county or a couple places in the state that would help immensely with front line workers to get some items that they need,” said Joe Weston. The website became fully operational as of April 14 and has orders from three people and seven volunteers.center_img “We just need more volunteers, again like you pointed out there’s a lot of people making it, we just need them to know about the site,” said Joe Weston. It’s a project the pair said pays off big time. (WBNG) — A local father and son are simplifying the way people acquire personal protective equipment from others in the community through a new website. Solving their problem, the pair, alongside help from local company Sage Solutions, created a new website titled ‘Hometown PPE.’ If you are in need of PPE, you can request what kind of item and how many on the website. Then, a volunteer can take on your need, make the product and it gets delivered to you. “The gratitude that the people have and the comfort they get from it is, it’s unbelievable, you can’t put it into words,” said Joe Weston.last_img read more

29th annual IMCA Harris Clash Aug. 4 at Deer Creek

first_imgThis is the third year Deer Creek has hosted the Clash. Pit gates at Spring Valley open at 3 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. Spectator admission is $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $20 for kids and $5 for ages five and under.  Drivers can pre-enter at the www.harrisclash.com website. Pre-entry is now $75 for Modifieds and $50 for SportMods. Entry after July 31 is $100 for Modifieds and $75 for Northern SportMods.  More information is available on the www.harrisclash.com and www.deercreekspeedway.com websites, and by calling event promoter Bob Harris at 515 292-9200.  The 10-lap, $1,000 to win Harris Clash Race of Champions is open to all former Clash winners and is sponsored by Wehrs Machine and Racing Products. center_img The 29th annual event will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Modifieds run for $3,000 to win, plus a $500 bonus if their chassis was built by a Manufacturers’ Cup participant, as well as a spot on the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Northern SportMods race for a top prize of $1,200.  IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and KMJ Performance Minnesota State points will be awarded in both divisions; Modifieds also earn Side Biter Chassis North Central Region points.  SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods return to Deer Creek Speedway for the legendary Harris Clash on Tuesday, Aug. 4.last_img read more

MBB : John: You always know what you’re getting with Boeheim

first_img Comments Jim Boeheim had every intention of commenting on what he believed were personal attacks on his recent track record as a head coach. To him, a line had been crossed. And he wasn’t about to just let it go.It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the job or in your 35th year as the head coach at a basketball powerhouse. It’s almost impossible to keep your cool when you become the target of public criticism.That’s why it’s hard to fault Boeheim for taking issue with a graphic and an accompanied story in The Post-Standard when he stepped to the podium Monday after Syracuse’s 63-52 win over West Virginia.The graphic and story, which ran Saturday, pointed out Boeheim’s six (now seven) consecutive losses against Rick Pitino.Boeheim took issue with the fact that the graphic only showed Pitino’s 6-1 record against the Orange during his time at Louisville. It neglected to show that Boeheim has had his fair share of success against Pitino, with a 6-3 record, before Pitino took over at UL.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd after looking at the graphic, it’s understandable why Boeheim would be upset.Yet at the same time, Boeheim doesn’t exactly have an exemplary track record when it comes to making personal attacks of his own. Over the years, it’s no secret Boeheim has had his fair share of run-ins with the media. Most of the time, he is simply coming to the defense of his team or his own reputation.But on Dec. 4 following a Syracuse win over North Carolina State inside the Carrier Dome, what could have been a simple ‘next question’ became a five-minute reproach. And it became personal.During the postgame press conference, I asked Boeheim about Scoop Jardine’s shot selection. It was a question he had already addressed in part. I tried to prod for more specifics, and Boeheim wasn’t having that.‘Didn’t I just answer that question?’ Boeheim replied.Instead of it ending there, though, Boeheim came back to it after another reporter began to ask a question.‘Do you guys pass any classes?’ Boeheim said. ‘Seriously. I don’t know. Listen. You’re worse than my kids.’Fair or not, there is a strain between coaches and the media. And often times, though usually unintentional, someone crosses the line and makes it personal.Although I never really considered it to be a big deal, I still get asked about that incident occasionally. I think it’s because a lot of people who were there at the press conference thought those remarks were a bit personal. And it was far from an isolated incident for Boeheim.Some feel that line was crossed again when Boeheim came after two reporters from The Post-Standard because of the story and graphic. To him, it’s not a big deal. He was just defending himself against what he believed to be unfair criticism.On Thursday, Boeheim maintained his statements are never meant to be personal.‘There’s nothing personal about anything I’ve ever said,’ Boeheim said in a phone interview. ‘I don’t talk about somebody’s personal life. It’s business. It’s not personal. Personal is when you attack somebody’s character or what they do off the court or off their job. That’s personal. Their integrity, their honesty or whatever.‘But everybody has their own opinion, and I’ve had my say, and it’s over. It’s no big deal. People are making some big deal about it. It’s not.’It’s interesting to note that despite Syracuse’s win over West Virginia, which gave the Orange its 21st victory of the season, the conflict came with four games remaining in the regular season and a NCAA Tournament bid awaiting.‘We’ve got four games left and have won 21 games, but the season is over with in some people’s minds,’ Boeheim said Monday. ‘It never ceases to amaze me.’The reality is Syracuse is just one game out of third place in the best league in the country with four games left to play.It doesn’t matter if you cover the team or simply watched some games this season. It’s difficult to deny Boeheim’s squad has shown flashes this season, despite a recent 3-6 stretch. This is the same team that won 18 in a row.And whether he’s making wise cracks or busting on you for asking a stupid question in the postgame press conference, you know what you’re getting from him.That’s Jim Boeheim.Like a lot of us, he sometimes takes things personal, too. If you’re going to criticize his team or his recent record against another coach, make sure it’s fair.And heading into the last four games of the regular season, with a lot still left to play for, it’s time to hold the criticism and wait and see what happens.Andrew L. John is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 17, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

USC places 13th in NCAA Championships

first_imgOne year after finishing fourth overall at the NCAA Championships, the USC men’s swimming and diving team had a slightly more difficult time putting together the kind of team effort it would have taken to top last year’s performance. After only dropping one head-to-head meet during the regular season and finishing second in the Pac-12 Championships, the Trojans finished 13th overall at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Georgia.Texas, the winner of last year’s national championship, repeated this year with a dominant collective effort. Led by junior Will Licon and sophomore Joseph Schooling, who each set NCAA records in their respective events, the Longhorns never trailed on their way to the national title. With their win in this year’s championships, Texas ties Michigan for the most all-time men’s swimming titles with 12.At 13th overall, the Trojans were the second-highest finisher of all Pac-12 competitors. Cal, last year’s Pac-12 champions, finished second overall at the meet with 351 points. USC edged out Stanford — this year’s conference champion — by 4.5 points; the Trojans scored 117 to the Cardinal’s 112.5.The Trojans began the tournament on Wednesday with a ninth-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay to match their ninth overall ranking in the nation. Freshman Patrick Mulcare, junior Michael Domagala, senior Morten Klarskov and junior Reed Malone turned in solid times in their individual legs, but collectively they were not quick enough to repeat their title-winning performance from last year.On Thursday, the Trojans saw strong efforts from Malone and their two star divers, seniors Collin Pollard and Deon Reid. Malone placed third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:12.55; Malone also reached the podium at the 2015 championships with another third-place finish.Pollard, last year’s Pac-12 swimmer of the month, was an NCAA “A” Finalist for the first time this season with a seventh-place finish on the 1-meter. Last year, Pollard scored twice to become a “B” Finalist for the first time, but his score this year was good enough to make him a first-time All-American, a fitting finish to his stellar collegiate career. Reid finished ninth on the 1-meter for his first-ever “B” Final.“I am so pleased with the first diving event [Thursday],” diving coach Hongping Li said. “Collin and Deon really opened it with a super performance. The key success for both divers was to dive with fun and to meet a personal target score, which they did.”Malone continued his strong showing on Friday, finishing 5th overall in the 200-yard freestyle. His time of 1:32.54 is USC’s second-best time in the event in school history, and his new personal best time in the event. Sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov also placed fifth in his event, the 100-yard backstroke, after finishing 8th last year as a freshman. Mulcare also scored points for the Trojans on Friday, finishing seventh in the “B” Final in the 100-yard backstroke.Several USC swimmers scored on Saturday, the final day of the meet. Sophomore Pawel Furtek was the first swimmer to contribute with a personal-best time in the mile, good enough for 10th overall. Mulcare, swimming in his first NCAA “A” Final, finished 8th in the 200-yard backstroke, an event he has dominated all season. Tribuntsov scored again with a 15th overall finish in the 100-yard freestyle.Two Trojans scored in the 200-yard breaststroke: junior Steven Stumph, who has won the past two conference titles in the event, won the “B” Final with a ninth place overall finish, and freshman Carsten Vissering scored his first-ever NCAA points with a 16th overall finish in the event. Tribuntsov, Mulcare, junior David Morgan Jr. and Malone placed seventh in the “B” Final of the 400-yard freestyle relay to close out the meet for the Trojans.Despite not matching last year’s top-four finish, the future looks bright for USC. All of this year’s scoring swimmers, with the exception of Klarskov, will be returning next season, and the young core of talent now has one additional postseason under their belts. The diving team will have a difficult time replacing Pollard and Reid, but whoever steps in to replace those divers will look up to rising junior Dashiell Enos and the rest of the veteran squad.last_img read more