Letting agents under attack again

first_imgAs demand grows for rented homes, supply is, in many areas, short to non-existent. So rents are rising, not desperately quickly, or by huge amounts, according to HomeLet’s research and not everywhere.However, some people have to blame someone and who better than the letting agents?It is certainly an easy call for EasyRoommate, which looked into its data to provide a report of the flat-share market for Q2 2016.They say: “crucial figures regarding the evolution of flat share market (price evolution, average age of the UK roommate, top 10 of the priciest cities to rent a room) and the analysis of Albin Serviant, CEO of EasyRoommate.They report three main noticeable trends stand out from this new report:Flatmates have increased (up to 27 per cent) their budget in four years due to higher rental prices over the years.Agencies are at very heart of the housing boom.For young professionals, flat share is the cheapest alternative to classic rental.Albin Serviant, CEO, says, “Letting agency fees in England are totally unregulated. Every time you are using an estate agency to find your next accommodation, you might incur extra fees. Meanwhile, Scotland decided to ban those hidden fees… in 2012! So what are we waiting for? Rent fees needs to be regulated!”Meanwhile, others are grumbling about the Government’s plans to improve the energy efficiency of rented housing, saying that it will increase rents for tenants.New laws mean that from 2018 it will be illegal to rent out property with the worst energy efficiency levels, but the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is warning that having removed all support for landlords to fund this, the impact will be to raise rents for tenants.Nearly a third of private rented housing was constructed before 1919 making them some of the hardest to treat properties for energy efficiency improvements. With fuel poverty a bigger challenge in the private rented sector as a result, the RLA argues it is remiss that the Government’s consultation, closing this week, on the future of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) makes no reference to the private rented sector.RLA Policy Consultant, Richard Jones, said, “Whilst we all want to see improvements in the energy efficiency of homes to rent, that cannot come at the expense of driving up rents.“The Government’s proposals will amount simply to another tax on tenants.”Peter Armistead, a property investor with 100 properties in Manchester, said the Government should be providing alternative support, now the Green Deal has ended, to help fund energy efficiency improvements. “Landlords have been bombarded with new tax measures over the last 12 months and this is yet another cost that some landlords will have to face. Landlords can’t be expected to absorb all these new taxation measures and just stand back and watch their profits being eroded.  Unfortunately, it will be tenants that will have to bare the brunt of these costs through higher rents.”And finally, Paul Smith (left), CEO of haart estate agents, commented on last week’s ONS Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, “Today’s data shows UK private housing rental prices increased 2.6 per cent on the year as affordability issues in the sales market push up demand and therefore prices in the rental sector. While the number of properties available to rent surged following a rush from buy-to-let investors in advance of the stamp duty changes on the 1st April, we are now seeing a decline in stock as investors withdraw from the market. Ironically, the government’s efforts to help first-time buyers by penalising investors, could end up hindering them as a shortage of rental properties will drive up rents in the long term, making it more difficult to save up for a deposit.”HomeLet research letting agents estate agents flat share market flatmates August 15, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Agencies & People » Letting agents under attack again previous nextAgencies & PeopleLetting agents under attack again“Estate agents are really roofless! We all hate estate agents, now here’s another reason,” says a flatsharing websiteThe Negotiator15th August 20160632 Viewslast_img read more

USA: Bluefin, NRL Round Off Long-Endurance UUV Mission

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: Endurance View post tag: Bluefin Bluefin Robotics, a Quincy-based provider of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), announced that the company, in support of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), has successfully completed a long-endurance UUV mission from Boston to New York totaling over 100 hours with NRL’s Reliant “Heavyweight” UUV.The multi-day mission exercised UUV autonomy methods and demonstrated the capability of a high capacity energy configuration. Further, the endurance test was designed to push the boundaries of traditional UUVs with the objective to uncover the challenges and requirements for significantly extending UUV endurance for new applications. The exercise is part of a series to support NRL’s research in UUV-based technology for the US Navy.Reliant, is an advanced version of the Bluefin-21 vehicle and, when equipped with a Low Frequency Broadband (LFBB) sonar payload, is the prototype SMCM UUV Knifefish system for the US Navy. The vehicle navigates using a fiber-optic gyro-based INS along with supplemental data from a GPS and a Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) to enable precise navigation underwater for long endurance missions. Reliant utilizes Bluefin’s modular vehicle design that enabled the team to easily remove the payload section and add additional energy sections increasing the system’s energy capacity to nearly 40 kWh of power. Configuration took place over only a few days at Bluefin’s headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts.The team mobilized the vehicle on the Boston Harbor Cruise’s, M/V Matthew J. Hughes, and deployed it outside Boston Harbor. To optimize for endurance and range, the vehicle traveled at an average speed of 2.5 knots at 10 meters water depth, resurfacing every 20 kilometers for navigation updates over GPS. Team members on M/V Matthew J. Hughes and onshore were able to receive vehicle status information over Iridium satellite system. While the support vessel was available, it did not provide navigational updates to the UUV, leaving the system to travel completely autonomously. After 109 hours of operation and transiting over 500 kilometers through strong currents, the system successfully reached its end point in New York Harbor with 10% of its battery life remaining.The overall effort was funded by the Office of Naval Research.[mappress]Press Release, October 31, 2013; Image: Bluefin Robotics View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Mission View post tag: NRL View post tag: Long View post tag: Round Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Bluefin, NRL Round Off Long-Endurance UUV Mission Equipment & technology Share this article View post tag: usa October 31, 2013 View post tag: UUV USA: Bluefin, NRL Round Off Long-Endurance UUV Missionlast_img read more

News story: Roadwork permits help cut driver disruption

first_img Roads media enquiries Roadworks are the bane of drivers’ lives, causing delays and costing the UK economy £4.3 billion a year. Permit schemes are proven to reduce the length of roadworks, allowing motorists to have fewer disrupted journeys and reducing the burden on businesses. More councils should look at adopting permit schemes, as well as lane rental schemes in due course, to help drivers get to work and visit friends and family quickly and safely. Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 An evaluation report, by Ecorys, published today (June 18 2018) by the Department for Transport shows permit schemes – where companies apply to highways authorities to carry out works – help reduce the length of disruption from roadworks by more than 3 days. It also showed these scheme cut the number of overrunning roadworks.Permit schemes cover works on all local roads and can be complemented by lane rental, where utility companies are charged daily for digging up the busiest roads at peak times. Lane rental guidance will be issued later this year.Around 65% of authorities now have in place these schemes, which are making a real difference. The remaining 35% are being asked to introduce them so that their local communities can benefit from this positive impact on journeys.Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Permit schemes, which were introduced in 2010, give councils more control over roadworks. Local authorities can also add conditions to the roadworks, such as the time when works can start and end, limits on the number of days they can be in place and where equipment should be stored, to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. Councils may charge a fee to cover the administration costs of permits.This follows the announcement of a national rollout of lane rental schemes later this year which will see companies charged up to £2,500 a day to carry out works on busy roads. Pilot lane rental schemes in London and Kent have seen congestion on the busiest roads drop, saving drivers time and boosting the economy.It also comes after Transport Secretary called on companies to carry out works on pavements, where possible, instead of under roads to avoid any disruption to motorists. More details will be revealed in due course.last_img read more

Mungion Showcases Tight Jamming On Ambitious Debut Album, ‘Scary Blankets’ [Listen]

first_imgChicago-based jam outfit Mungion (pronounced Mung-Yin) has been turning heads since bursting onto the scene in the spring of last year. With excitement building from their exploratory live outings, Mungion’s steadily growing fan base has been eagerly awaiting the band’s first full-length studio offering, Scary Blankets, released today on iTunes and various other platforms. Despite high expectations, the album does not disappoint, delivering a satisfying taste of their wide-ranging abilities and influences. The ambitious eight-track set serves as a sort of sonic resume for the fledgling act. With time allotted for showing off the well-trained musical abilities of each individual band member, as well as the complex compositional abilities of the band as a whole, Scary Blankets never loses hold of your interest and attention over its entire hour-long run time. The album begins with the 13-minute jazz-fusion epic “Beneath The Shallows,” featuring jazz-inspired composed instrumental sections, sunny, note-perfect vocal harmonies, a slow-burning piano vamp, and a ripping guitar peak with shades of Derek Trucks’ signature tone. The next track, “Myrtle,” brings out the funk, as up-tempo percussion and chunky, wah-drenched keyboard grooves segue into jazz-infused rock with the help of some economically utilized digital delay before a hypnotic, Abbey Road-esque close-harmony vocal vamp brings the song to a close.The inspiration of their jam scene peers is evident throughout. “Schvingo” and “Hindsight,” built from catchy, strolling bass lines and prog-guitar wailing both deliver handily, displaying the influences of well-loved acts on the band, from Pat Metheny to Frank Zappa to Jimmy Herring and beyond. These influences are perhaps most obvious on songs like “Nuthead,” a character-based, multi-movement composition that inevitably reminds of another “-head” from a certain legendary Vermont quartet. While their influences and stylistic tendencies are pretty obvious throughout, it’s clear that the band sought to create a set of music that was rich, varied and immersive — not just a collection of tunes, but a cohesive, complex sonic story that keeps the listener on their toes. Over the course of the album’s 57+ minutes, the group manages to simultaneously sound enjoyably familiar and refreshingly original. Scary Blankets is an impressive first installment for a band that continues to show tremendous potential. Mungion has officially arrived, and from the way things sound, we’ve only just scratched the surface of what they have to offer. You can check them out live in their hometown this weekend, where the band is set to play a Phish afterparty at Chicago’s Tonic Room on June 24th.Stream the whole album via SoundCloud below:last_img read more

E. coli outbreak

first_imgPast cases linked to other vegetables, fruit “Although this outbreak involves bagged spinach, previous E. coliand salmonella outbreaks have been traced to bagged lettuce,melons and tomatoes,” said Doyle, director of the UGA Center forFood Safety in Griffin, Ga.Doyle says the number of outbreaks may be increasing in partbecauseof the way processors handle produce.”Some processors have cut and bagged vegetable crops inthe field,” he said. “This increases the chance forcontamination, especially in leafy crops like spinach, lettuceand other greens.”E. coli can be transmitted to crops by manure used asfertilizer or by contaminated irrigation water.To reduce the number of future outbreaks, the produce industryneeds to develop critical control points or treatments throughoutthe harvesting and packing process to kill harmful bacteria,Doyle said. But he adds that this would require a mandate by thefederal government. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaIn the wake of one death and many cases of foodborne illnessrelated to contaminated spinach, University of Georgiamicrobiologist Michael Doyle recommends avoiding commerciallybagged greens and vegetables.An internationally known expert on foodborne pathogens like E.coli 0157:H7, Doyle spent most of the week following theoutbreak, fielding reporter calls from across the nation.E. coli O157:H7 causes diarrhea, often with bloody stools. Mosthealthy adults can recover completely within a week, but somepeople develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic UremicSyndrome. This condition usually occurs in young children,elderly people and others with low immune systems. Georgia farmers not affected While California farmers suffer the effects of the recent E. colioutbreak linked to bagged spinach, farmers here in Georgia areunaffected, said Kevin Hendrix, president of the Georgia Fruitand Vegetable Growers Association.”I don’t know of anyone in Georgia who grows spinach or lettucecommercially,” said Hendrix, a Vidalia onion farmer and owner ofHendrix Produce in Metter, Ga.UGA Extension vegetable horticulturist Terry Kelley agrees.“We may have a dab of spinach in a few fields around thestate,” Kelley said. “And we also probably have a handful ofother leafy vegetables such as romaine lettuce, arugula, endive,escarole, etc. in very small quantities.”According to the UGA 2005 Farm Gate Value Report, Georgia farmersdevoted 20,378 acres to greens, which are defined as collards,kale, lettuce, mustard, spinach and turnip greens. This sectionof the state’s overall vegetable crop contributed more than $52million to the state’s economy.“Most of the greens grown in Georgia are collards, turnips,mustard and kale,” Kelley said. “They are generally eatencooked, but not always.”center_img Avoid raw spinach for now While the current outbreak is under investigation, the U.S. Foodand Drug Administration recommends that consumers avoid eatingraw, bagged spinach and fresh spinach.Cooking spinach to 160 degrees Fahrenheit will kill anyharmful organisms. Washing, even in warm water, may not be enoughto eliminate all of the bacteria that may have become embedded inthe plant tissues when stalks or leaves are broken.Doyle doesn’t recommend microwaving spinach, as microwave cookingcan result in hot and cold spots. “The cold spots can stillcontain live E. coli,” he said.last_img read more

Delegation announces $1 million in job-training funding for young Vermonters

first_imgVermont’s congressional delegation on Tuesday announced a $1,024,000 Department of Labor grant to help young Vermonters earn their high school degrees and develop valuable skills.The grant is part of nearly $76 million in funding for YouthBuild programs that provide training to young people throughout the nation. The over $1 million in funding to Vermont will go to ReSOURCE, a non-profit located in Burlington, to implement a two year YouthBuild program that will enroll 64 students in Burlington and Barre. The students will be trained in construction skills and energy efficiency techniques while building affordable housing and completing their high school degrees.‘This program will equip young Vermonters with the skills they need to take advantage of opportunities in the growing energy efficiency and weatherization sectors of our economy,’ Leahy, Sanders and Welch said. ‘By gaining valuable skills and completing their high school education, these young Vermonters will be well positioned for a successful future.’Vermont’s congressional delegation has long been supportive of YouthBuild programs in Vermont. In 2009, Leahy and Welch secured $476,000 in funding for ReSOURCE, then called ReCycle North, to carry out the YouthBuild program.Source: Vermont congressionial delegation. BURLINGTON, Vt., May 17, 2011last_img read more

Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez Dies at 58; VP Maduro Mobilizes Army, Police

first_img Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who amassed authoritarian powers while leading a socialist revolution in his oil-rich country, died Mar. 5 at the age of 58. Chávez, who had ruled for 14 years died at a Caracas military hospital from an undisclosed form of cancer in the pelvic area that was first diagnosed in June 2011. “We have received the most difficult and tragic news that we could ever transmit to the Venezuelan people. At 4:25 p.m. on Mar. 5, Comandante President Hugo Chávez Frías died after battling hard against illness,” a tearful Vice President Nicolás Maduro told a national TV audience. Maduro also announced that he was mobilizing the entire Army and Police Force nationwide “in order to guarantee peace” in the aftermath of Chávez’s death. Throngs of mourners gathered outside the National Palace in downtown Caracas while messages of condolences arrived from around Latin America. Under the Venezuelan Constitution, a new presidential election must be called within 30 days. Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said Maduro would be the ruling party’s candidate and that he would serve, in the meantime, as interim president. Chávez rose through officer ranks quickly Before leaving Venezuela in December for a final medical trip to Cuba, where he had been receiving treatment for cancer, Chávez named Maduro as his heir-apparent. Maduro will likely face off against opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who lost by 11 points to Chávez in last year’s presidential race. “I express my solidarity with the family and followers of President Hugo Chávez,” Capriles said on his Twitter account. “At this moment we call for unity among Venezuelans.” However, Chávez proved to be the most polarizing figure in recent Venezuelan history. The son of schoolteachers, he was raised in a shantytown in western Venezuela. Chávez joined the Venezuelan Army — partly to escape poverty — and was quickly promoted. But he grew disillusioned with government corruption and the country’s economic decline. In 1992, Lt. Col. Chávez burst onto the national scene by leading a military uprising against then-President Carlos Andrés Pérez. Though the coup failed and he was sent to prison, many Venezuelans supported his actions. After he received a pardon, Chávez ran for president in 1998 and won in a landslide. He went on to amass enormous powers. Chávez and his allies amended the constitution, allowing him to run for president three more times. His United Socialist Party controlled the National Assembly and served as a rubber-stamp legislature. And Chávez cronies stacked the courts and government watchdog agencies. Oil revenues kept Chávez afloat A fierce critic of the United States and many of its allies, Chávez was also a vocal supporter of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He awarded each of these leaders the “Order of the Liberator,” Venezuela’s highest honor. Yet as the price of oil rose, Chávez spent billions on housing, healthcare, education and other social programs that reduced poverty and won him many admirers among the Venezuelan underclass — and allowed him to keep triumphing at the ballot box. Chávez also served as a role model for a new generation of leftist leaders including Bolivian President Evo Morales and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. He forged close ties to Cuba and helped keep the island afloat by sending subsidized oil to the Castro regime in Havana. So it was no surprise that Chávez — when he learned he had cancer — opted to be treated in Cuba, where his illness was guarded as a state secret. But after a series of operations, his doctors decided they could do no more, and Chávez returned to Venezuela last month to spend his final days in his homeland. BUT IT IS KNOWN THAT CHAVEZ DIED IN CUBA ON DECEMBER 2012. DUE TO THE CORRUPT ENVIRONMENT OF CHAVEZ, HIS CORPSE REMAINED SEQUESTERED, SO THAT THE POWER IS ORGANIZED AND DISTRIBUTED AMONG CHAVEZ’S SUPPORTERS AND THE CORRUPTED ARMY. SOONER OR LATER THE REAL FACTS WILL COME TO LIGHT, AND DOORS WILL BE OPENED ONLY IN THE BUDDY-COUNTRIES FOR THESE CORRUPT CHAVEZ FOLLOWERS. I COMMENT AND COMMENT AND I CAN’T READ MY COMMENTS… PRESIDENT CHAVES WAS THE WORST OF THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN TO VENEZUELA. CRAZY MAN, THE LAST THING HE SAID AS HE WAS LEAVING THIS WORLD WAS THAT NICOLAS MADURO HAS TO BE PRESIDENT. PLEASE, WHO IS NICOLAS MADURO, WHAT IS HIS PROFESSION: TRADE UNIONIST IN THE SUBWAY AND A BUS DRIVER. YOU BELIEVE THAT IN VENEZUELA THERE ARE AS MANY IDIOTS AS BEFORE, HARDLY. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS VOTING WITH THE SLOT MACHINES OF THE CASINOS, THE CASINO NEVER LOSES, THE ONLY OPTION TO BEAT THEM WOULD BE THE CARD. WE ARE FOLLOWING A PRESIDENT WHO CARED MORE ABOUT FIDEL THAN HIS PEOPLE. HE WAS THE GIVER WHO PULLED PRESIDENT KIZNER OUT OF THE MUD, WHO SENT A LOT OF MONEY TO CRISTINA KECHER, WHILE IN VENEZUELA THERE IS NO FOOD OR MEDICINE OR MONEY OR TOILET PAPER OR SUGAR OR OIL OR MILK , AND 6,000 FOOD CONTAINERS AND 600 CONTAINERS OF LONG-LIFE MILK WERE SPOILED. THIS IS THE MOST CORRUPT GOVERNMENT THAT VENEZUELA HAS EVER HAD. LOOK FOR THIS ON GOOGLE, THIS IS FOR EVERYONE WHO HAS INTERNET, SEE THE CHAVES REAL FAMILY AND YOU WILL REACH A SINGLE CONCLUSION: THEY ALL DESERVE LIFE SENTENCE FOR BEING SUPER THUGS, AND IF WE WERE IN THE UNITED STATES, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. HE WENT TO EUROPE AND SOLD TO ANOTHER DICTATOR, PUTIN, A REFINERY THAT VENEZUELA HAD IN GERMANY FOR 1.600 MILLION $$ AND THE REFINERY HAD A VALUE OF 11 BILLION $ $. HE SAID THAT THE SOLD IT BECAUSE THERE WERE NO VENEZUELANS WORKING. 9,400 MILLION WERE LOST AND HERE THE IDIOTS OF THE CONGRESS SAID NOTHING, BECAUSE THIS CRAZY MAD WAS THE ONLY TO DETERMINE THINGS, HE DECIDED THE VOTE WITH BILLIONS OF $$$. IT WAS CALCULATED THAT MORE THAN 1.500.000.000 DOLLARS WERE RECEIVED FROM REVENUES, SO THEY HAVE JUST DEVALUED THE CURRENCY. YEARS AGO THIS LUNATIC WHO WAS A CONVULSIVE PSYCHOTIC TOOK TEN BILLS OF 100 AND INVENTED THE STRONG BOLÍVAR, THIS IS GOOD FOR NOTHING. OUTRAGEOUS, MR. JOSE BOLIVAR, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO CARRY THAT HONORABLE SURNAME. I DO NOT KNOW IF YOU LIVE IN VENEZUELA, BUT WHEN YOU GIVE THAT OPINION YOU ONLY THINK ABOUT MONEY, AND IGNORE THE REALITY OF VENEZUELA. I WONDER, DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY HOUSES HAVE BEEN BUILT IN CARACAS AND ELSEWHERE IN VENEZUELA? DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY POOR PEOPLE HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE POLICIES OF THE GOVERNMENT? DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY OLD FOLKS ARE BENEFITING FROM THEIR RETIREMENT PENSIONS, THAT BEFORE WERE DENIED TO THEM? DOES BEING A GOOD PRESIDENT MEAN ALLOWING BIG SHOTS TO DO WHAT THEY WANT, SUCH AS MR. ZULOAGA THAT INFLATED CAR COSTS, OR LIKE THE CASE OF THE BUILDERS THAT SOLD THE APARTMENTS FOR UP TO FIVE TIMES THEIR COST; OR LIKE THE CASE OF BANKERS THAT LOST PART OF THEIR CAPITAL IN FISHY BUSINESSES AND CUSTOMERS HAD TO LOSE THEIR SAVINGS. OR THE CASE WHERE VENEZUELA HAD TO PAY MILLIONS IN INTERESTS SO THAT A FOREIGN BANK KEPT ITS GOLD RESERVES. OPPOSITION DIDN’T KNOW TO BE OPPOSITION WITHOUT ATTACKING A PEOPLE FULL OF HOPE, AS IN THE CASE OF THE “OIL STRIKE”. YES, THERE WAS COLLABORATION WITH OTHER COUNTRIES AND OIL WAS NOT GIVEN AWAY. IN SOME CASES, CASH WAS NOT RECEIVED, BUT MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS, SUCH AS THE LONG-LIFE MILK THAT YOU MENTIONED. THE CASE IS THAT WHEN THIS HAPPENED OUR FARMERS THREW THE MILK IN THE RIVERS OF ZULIA AND TACHIRA, BECAUSE THEY WANTED AN INCREASE THREE TIMES MORE THAN WHAT WAS CORRECT. THERE ARE MANY OTHER REASONS LIKE THE ABOVE TO MENTION. THAT IS WHY EVEN TODAY THE LINE TO SEE THE PRESIDENT IS VERY LONG. FACTS CANNOT BE DENIED…………………A BODY DIED, BUT THE IDEOLOGY THAT WAS SOWN REMAINS, AND WILL BE FERTILIZED EVERY DAY …………….CHÁVEZ WILL LIVE FOREVER. I’m ashamed to read comments from people who don’t see the full picture in America. Ask yourself: How was Latin America before Fidel Castro and how is it after the death of Hugo Chavez. If you meditate honestly you will realize that there is less illiteracy, more people have better nutrition, pollution has decreased, values have been less deteriorated and there’s respect towards family. Now, the U.S. can’t stick their noses in other countries as if it were their backyard or their ranch and make decisions according to their own interests, the elections are also more honest, there’s less deceiving to the population, people are noticing how the media is managed by its owners and they filter information or provide information biased to their own interests, that mercantilism is the enemy of humanity, as well as competitiveness which only brings stress to those who enter this wild race. I could say something else, yet I don’t want others to read this and label me as of some political trend, I am only an observer of world facts and I notice the changes that exist today. This is not the global solution, this has another source, but we’re talking about the Hugo Chavez subject and this is my neutral contribution to the topic, from my country, Peru, who has also changed, although family unity has been lost, and respect towards authority, and the media manipulates people, and money is the god of the people and they kill for this money, they sell their lives, they become immigrants, alcoholics, prostitutes or close to be one, they abandon their kids, parents and wife, with different results from those they had expected when they made their decision. Thanks for your patience to read my article, and if it contributed to something then I am satisfied. GOOD LATIN AMERICAN FRIEND, the great homeland. As a person it is a great loss for his family and sycophants around him, as a politician, is a gain for those who want positive things for their country. Latin American presidents of recent times, with their pseudo comeback of “modern socialism”, are applying these recipes prepared by Fidel, who reelected himself for a long time and continues to mistreat his people. The most important measures they applied to make people dependent of the state are the construction of cheap dwellings, allowances to the senior citizens, bonus for students, pregnant women and others.Evo Morales in Bolivia used the same strategy to win more followers (sycophants).By observing the actions of this type of governors, we can conclude that they are antiquated demagogues that use someone else’s money to solve these kind of issues. It is easy to be merciful, giving, a benefactor, if the money doesn’t come out of your pockets.This kind of governors have such an ambiguous conduct that while criticizing materialism, they are the first ones (relatives and entourage included) to use cars worth over two hundred thousand dollars, and buy 38-million dollars planes (like Evo) and use watches that are worth more than 6 thousand dollars, where is the coherence of facts.I ask the Cubans who barely receive a quarter of kilo of chicken per week, I wonder if Fidel and his entourage eat the same that his people are given? I was told no. They order a la carte.”Easier said than done” they say, and by what has been stated are we still going to believe that the rulers of that kind really care for their people? personally I can’t find affirmative answers. pzambrano.- the truth, Zambrano, what are you hiding from us, your red ideology; how many houses were built by Chavez (HRCHF), in 14 years of a CORRUPT, MOBSTER AND DISHONEST government? you have only one brain cell. Carlos Andres Perez and Caldera built almost all of the neighborhoods in Venezuela. HRCHF built all the houses with materials brought in from Uruguay and after 3 months they all fell apart, the buildings that he tried to build were never finished because the cement and iron factories property of Venezuela were expropriated by that jerk to Cuba. The Venezuelan Institute of Social Security (IVSS), before your corrupt administration, had around 1,600000 retirees and you are proud that HRCHF pensioned 2 millions, it wasn’t for free, he created 3 Decrees proposing that those who had pending quotes (discounted to the workers from their wages) should pay the missing quotes. Is this a favor? is this a donation? no…! each one paid, and to which pocket did that money go? do you know about this? Afterwards he created a mission to give away pensions. Ah no, but before they had stolen the money from the Retirement and Pension Fund of the oil workers, a theft carried out by the biggest thief, Rafael Ramirez, President of PDVSA, HRCHF and some terrorist name llaramedi, and this money was exchanged in the US by this triad. He created a mission to end poverty? What country do you live in? do you know that according to official statistics, not only are there poor people in Venezuela, but there are PAUPERS?! Maybe they’re giving you money to speak well about the government, because that’s their only formula, but that won’t last forever and specially with the call of your conscience, that says you’ve sold your nation to some buffoons. Venezuela today has no money to pay, buy or import, and with the excuse that abroad they stole the gold, he brought it to Venezuela and stole it ingot by ingot, where is it? People, in this forum there are some people that are taking the task to speak ill of Venezuela and President Chavez, but have no accuracy in their words. I am a native of Venezuela, of this country, not a foreign or just residing here, and I can attest that what is being said is completely false. Readers, do not believe those stupidities that are being said or written. In Venezuela we live a happy life with common problems as in other countries, or is it that there are no problems in the US, Spain, Russia, Mexico or your country or origin?, just to name a few. These things being said are the result of envy, sloth and misinformation given by opponents or repatriated people abroad, who have left or have issues with the Venezuelan justice, etc. etc., and had to flee and are talking paraphernalia of our homeland. As a Venezuelan, I ask you to visit this country and see for yourselves, go anywhere in the state of Venezuela and you will realize all the lies that are spread in the foreign media, which have lent themselves to this evil practice and nothing good. Speak to the poor people, the middle class people and you will see the kind of country we live in. I’ve always said that this country is the land promised to Moses by god, our god, we have everything here for everyone. That’s why they want to invade and privatize us, but the people aren’t ignorant, illiterate or fools anymore, to be tricked into continuing supporting them….They will never come back., I tell you…amen… Maduro, my friend: LIES HAVE SHORT LEGS. CHAVEZ DIED AFTER HIS OPERATION FROM DECEMBER 20TH TILL THE 30TH. WHY MORE LIES AND FARCES? Venezuelans, you should go visit Cuba, everything there is happiness, freedom, progress, it is a slice of heaven or the most beautiful thing a human being can find on earth, and this was accomplished by Castro and its successor Raul, OWNERS OF THE ISLAND. IF YOU DECIDE TO BE OR LIVE LIKE THIS, THEN YOU ARE A CENTIMETER AWAY FROM ACCOMPLISHING IT. As far as I know very few, not to say no one, want YOU to live like this, no matter how much CHAVEZ HAS OPENED YOUR EYES AND ELIMINATED THE OLIGARCHY THAT EXISTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. BECAUSE ALL BEINGS ARE EXPLOITERS, CHAVEZ HIMSELF WAS SHAMELESS WHEN HE STARTED STEALING WITHOUT YOUR KNOWING. IN THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS YOU ONLY HAVE ONE CHOICE, TO CHANGE AND NOT HAND YOURSELVES TO CUBA. I DO NOT WISH FOR YOU TO BE OR LIVE LIKE CUBA, PRAY A LOT IF YOU ARE CATHOLICS OR FROM OTHER RELIGION, DON’T HAND OUT YOUR NATION. THAT’S WHAT MADURO AND THE CIA WANT. There’s nothing worse than a stateless person. They don’t love Venezuela. Deny all the atrocious things that the right-wing has done in Venezuela. You bunch of cowards, underestimating president Maduro because he wasn’t born in a golden crib. Jesus Christ wasn’t born in a manger and he’s still more current than ever. You know why there is shortage? because the entrepreneurs in the cities allow the destabilization in order to blame the government, the only crazy, depraved, bourgeois drug addict is Capriles. By Dialogo March 06, 2013last_img read more

Farmingville Man Found Shot to Death in Home

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 54-year-old man was found shot to death in his Farmingville home on Thursday night, Suffolk County police said.Wayne Booker was found suffering from gunshot wounds in his Iroquois Avenue home after a friend went to the victim’s house to check on his welfare at 8:25 p.m., police said.Investigators pronounced Booker dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 631-852-6392or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Japan, Thailand face H5N1 in birds again

first_imgJan 16, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza has flared again in the poultry populations of two Asian countries that had enjoyed prolonged quiet periods—Japan and Thailand—as authorities battled spreading bird outbreaks in Vietnam.Japan’s farm ministry today confirmed the country’s first H5N1 avian flu outbreak in chickens in nearly 3 years, Reuters reported. According to an outbreak report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), 3,800 birds on a farm in the Miyazaki prefecture in southwestern Japan died of the disease. Authorities are culling the remaining 8,200 birds.No human cases or additional poultry outbreaks have been reported, Reuters said. Japan has never reported a human H5N1 case.A prefecture official told Reuters authorities would inspect 11 chicken farms within a 6-mile radius of the affected poultry farm and take blood samples from the birds. An initial report on the findings was expected later today.Similar checks are being conducted in other parts of the prefecture and around the nation, Reuters reported.Yesterday Thailand confirmed its first H5N1 outbreak in 6 months, affecting ducks in the country’s northern province of Phitsanulok, according to an OIE report. A farm owner notified livestock officials Jan 11 of mass duck deaths, the Bangkok Post reported today. The OIE report said the disease killed 100 ducks; 1,970 were destroyed.Agriculture Minister Yukol Limlamthong said the latest outbreak points to problems with duck-farm management. Many farmers ignore livestock officials’ warnings against free-range duck farming, which heightens the ducks’ exposure to the virus.The outbreak affected 5-month old Khaki Campbell ducks that were free to feed on nearby rice fields during the day and were housed at night. The report noted that wild birds in the area feed alongside the ducks during the day.Authorities ordered close surveillance of a 5-km area around the infected farm and are keeping a close watch on flood-affected provinces in northern and central Thailand, the Post reported.Lab tests are being conducted to determine if an “N1virus” detected in wild birds in Thailand’s central Suphan Buri province is H5N1, Chaweewan Leowijuk, a Thai livestock official, told Thai News Agency (TNA) today.No human infections have been reported so far, TNA reported. Another livestock official, Methee Ket-adiorn, told TNA all provinces will set up “war rooms” to assist with surveillance and rapid response.Thailand has the world’s third highest number of human H5N1 cases, 25.Meanwhile, in Vietnam the number of Mekong Delta provinces reporting poultry outbreaks recently grew to 7, Agence France-Presse reported Jan 14. The government’s television network reported that the lethal H5N1 strain killed 130 ducks in Soc Trang province and 800 ducks in Tra Vinh province.The country has been battling dozens of outbreaks in the Mekong Delta since early December, but no human cases have been reported since November 2005.In Indonesia, where 5 human cases have been confirmed this month, a scientist is reporting a survey suggesting that 1 in 5 stray cats is carrying the H5N1 virus, Japan’s Kyodo News reported yesterday.C.A. Nidom, a molecular biologist at the University of Airlangga, told Kyodo News he tested 500 feral cats on Java island and in Lampung province of Sumatra island from September to December 2006 and found that 100 carried the virus. He said he reported his results to the Indonesian Health Ministry, which has not published the results.”I’m worried that the virus will be more easily transmitted to humans because the body temperature of mammals like cats is similar to that of humans,” he was quoted as saying.I Nyoman Kandun, director of disease control and environmental health at Indonesia’s health ministry, told Kyodo News he had not received any information about Nidom’s research. He added that there are many unproved “rumors” about avian flu.The H5N1 virus has been detected in stray cats in Indonesia before. In October, researchers from the Indonesian Environment Information Center in Yogyakarta announced that stray cats had caught the H5N1 virus from infected poultry at live marketsOther documented instances of cats infected with the H5N1 virus include house cats in Germany, Thailand, and Austria, and a leopard and tigers at a zoo near Bangkok. However, the role of cats in transmitting the H5N1 virus is not known.The World Health Organization said last year that no human cases have been linked to diseased cats. However, Albert Osterhaus, a virologist with the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands, said cat-to-human transmission was theoretically possible and that cat-to-cat transmission had been shown in a laboratory setting.See also:OIE report on Japanese poultry outbreakOIE report on Thailand duck outbreaklast_img read more

Consequences of the pandemic on hoteliers: Cancellations of reservations, temporary suspension of most hotels

first_imgPalace hotel Zagreb reports that, after the adoption of extraordinary measures and recommendations, cancellations of accommodation and meeting reservations for March, April and May 2020 began. For the period from June there are no significant cancellations, however new inquiries from the affected emitting markets are missing. Although the current annual booking situation is better than last year, Valamar Riviera reports that the number of new reservations has slowed significantly following the coronavirus escalation. The current booking cancellations recorded primarily relate to the period from March to May this year and only to a lesser extent to the rest of the main season which accounts for over 85% of annual operating income. It is stated in a statement on the Zagreb Stock Exchange. And that is why at the moment perhaps the best advice for everyone in the tourism sector – is to prepare promotional campaigns and strategies, because when the situation stabilizes, you should immediately start aggressively with promotional campaigns, not just start thinking about them and waste time. I know that it may be ridiculous to think about promotion now, to say the least, but we can’t influence the current situation, while we can influence the moment of “corona after”. And that is why we should all be ready to welcome “that” moment to activate the entire economy as soon as possible, including the tourism sector. Iz FTB tourism they say they have a plan to open their hotels in Cavtat on April 1st and 19th, but they cannot say for sure given the slow entry of new bookings and the cancellation of existing ones. High risk for business, as they say, are certainly the legally regulated restrictions on the movement of citizens of certain countries, especially the main markets, Great Britain and France. Hotels Adriatic according to the first indicators, they expected a successful tourist year, but in the last two weeks their numerous reservations for April and May were canceled, and sales for the rest of the season were stopped. Furthermore, the inflow of funds has been stopped by agencies seeking lower prices, and more flexible cancellation and deposit terms. Liburnia Riviera hotels state that the occurrence of coronavirus has a negative impact in terms of cancellations and reduced capacity utilization. According to current data, 19% of total confirmed bookings were canceled in February, 64% in March and 62% in April. Cancellations in May and June are slightly lower and amount to 31 and 21%, respectively. Liburnia riviera hotels say that the further duration of the disease will continue to negatively affect their business, and the effects will depend on the duration of exposure to the disease in Croatia and in the countries from which their clients come. Given the current situation in Maestral hotels estimate that the opening of the hotel for this tourist season will not be achieved at the planned pace, and currently only one hotel is open. Reservations from focal states for group arrangements for March and April were canceled, and the entry of new provisions for the rest of the year was slowed by 50% compared to last year. Yesterday, at the meeting of the President of the Management Board of the members of the Croatian Tourism Association, the leading hotel companies made a decision to temporarily suspend the operation of most hotels for a period of 2 weeks. HUT points out that the operation of one hotel for accommodation will be provided in each coastal destination, while the operation of several hotels will be provided in Zagreb.  And in Hotels in Zivogosce they expected good results in 2020, but their main commercial partner with a share of more than 81% in total revenues last year, due to force majeure, suspended the contracts, so new negotiations will follow. Although the Živogošće Hotels are optimistic and believe in signing new contracts, they emphasize that they expect potential liquidity problems in the event of continued negative trends. Iz Blue lagoons state that in the period from the end of February the Company recorded cancellations in the amount of 25% of the plan in March and April, while there are currently no cancellations in the high season periods.center_img The whole current situation around the coronavirus affects tourism the most. Borders are being closed, all events have been canceled, a ban on gathering over 100 people is in force, schools, colleges and kindergartens are being closed, and it is recommended not to travel and stay in public places, ie to keep people in self-isolation. Unfortunately, currently in this situation talking about tourism is out of place. Hotel Medora Auri 4 * started operating on February 04, 2020, but, due to difficult travel conditions from the main emitting markets, it will be closed from March 14 to 30, 2020, ie until the date of change of the stated circumstances. For other facilities Medora hotels and resorts no change in the schedule of operational work is envisaged. Imperial Riviera states that the current state of provisions is at the level of last year, but the entry of new provisions has slowed down significantly. Cancellations of reservations mainly relate to April and May. Everyone in the tourist “chain” is under attack, from travel agencies, renters, including hotels, which have high fixed costs of cold drive, and due to the current situation have to temporarily close their facilities. As we can see from the reports on Zagreb Stock Exchange, hotels recorded cancellations of accommodation reservations and various gatherings in the period for March, April and May, a drop in stock prices, but for now there are no significant cancellations of reservations for the period from June onwards, which is good news in this situation. HOTELS TEMPORARILY SUSPEND A CERTAIN NUMBER OF HOTELS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO WEEKS Business until early March, they say Maistra and Adris groupsand, it took place in accordance with expectations, but after the adoption of extraordinary measures and recommendations in the Republic of Croatia and other neighboring countries, cancellations of accommodation and meetings for March, April and May 2020 began, mainly in the MICE segment. There are currently no significant cancellations for the period from June onwards. As the main tourist season brings hotels, as well as everyone, more than 85 percent of annual operating income, we hope that the whole situation will calm down as soon as possible and that the entire tourist sector can still count on traffic in the main tourist season. Although it is difficult to predict how much this situation, when it calms down, will affect travel in general, ie how long it will take to activate the tourist market. When the situation stabilizes, it will be in everyone’s interest for the whole economy to be activated and move as soon as possible, including tourism. A large number of canceled reservations in the pre-season and at the beginning of the summer season are also recorded Hotels Vodice, which is why the official opening of the hotel was postponed to mid-April.last_img read more