Sister organisations Landlord Action and the Property Redress Scheme have joined forces to offer an evictions mediation service will enable landlords and letting agents to gain possession of properties more quickly.The service costs between £100 and £600 depending on how far down the line tenant and landlord or agent go.The new jointly-offered service is timed well – the evictions ban ended yesterday as the judicial system re-opened for possession hearings.An expected 20,000-strong caseload now threatens to engulf County Courts across the UK, potentially delaying hearing dates.Ministers and the Judiciary have been lobbying landlords and agents hard to attempt mediation before turning to court evictions in a bid to stop courts being overwhelmed.Landlords who use Landlord Action to serve notice on their tenants and start the process of eviction can now choose to simultaneously use the Property Redress Scheme’s mediation service to come to a resolution outside of court.Through the service the landlord and tenant can come to an amicable resolution over rent and repossession and can then choose if they want to formalise the agreement in a legally binding document. This will set out what happens if either party breaks the agreement.“This is a unique and innovative offering,” says Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action. “Now that the courts have re-opened, there is going to be a huge backlog of cases for them to deal with.“This means most landlords will have to wait longer to get their properties back, on top of the new six-month notice periods. I think most landlords will be waiting between a year and 18 months to get possession through the courts.”Find out more.Read more about tenancy mediation services.Landlord Action PRS scheme Paul Shamplina evictions September 22, 2020Nigel 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 » Evictions firm to offer landlords and agents £100 mediation service to avoid court previous nextRegulation & LawEvictions firm to offer landlords and agents £100 mediation service to avoid courtLandlord Action and the Property Redress Scheme have joined forces to stop disputes over unpaid rent ending up in court, where they could wait 18 months to be resolved it is claimed.Nigel Lewis22nd September 202001,234 Views
Review by Frankie Parham Evidently February is the month when everyone is up the duff. While a teen-flick about pregnancy, Juno, is raking in the box office profits, Katie McGettigan has directed an equally triumphant production of Amelia Whittington’s Be My Baby. Set in 1964, we follow the progress of nineteen year-old Mary Adams (Alexandra Hedges), now in her seventh month of pregnancy, unmarried and forced by her prim mother (Frances Rose) to live in a private hospice. Despite the unsympathetic Matron (Camille Watts), the dreary institution has its comforts: Mary befriends three other inmates, similarly all heaving their literal and emotional burdens. Dolores (Crissy Taylor) is the lovingly dappy northerner, contrasting with the sombre Norma (Helen Harvey) and brutally honest Queenie (Jenni Payne). Together, they discover the realities of their positions; they are helpless in a world where money, husband and home are to be their concerns. Love doesn’t come into it. In the bland setting of Exeter’s Saskatchewen room (however exotic that name might sound) you really get the sense of some drab ’60s institution for badly behaved girls. Hedges, ceaselessly quivering with nervous naivety, brings an infective enthusiasm to her character, creating a foundation for the play to stand on. Similarly impressive are her three fellow “sinners”: Harvey is a brilliantly restrained Norma, allowing her angst to gradually increase to the point of madness, while Taylor is consistently genuine for all her childish idiocy. Payne probably has the hardest job as the predictable cynic with a soft centre, but she brings credibility to the role. Ultimately, she draws the most pathos from an audience that has already had its sympathies sucked up by all the others: from the beginning, the shocking reasons why each character is there are slowly revealed. Even Watts’ Matron, who runs the place with the cold sobriety of a Nurse Ratchet, eventually exposes her pitiable suffering with particular subtlety. For a man’s world, the play is refreshingly deficient of any male roles. A guy would have a lot to live up to with this cast, since Katie and her gang have truly shown what Oxford drama is all about. Seizing occupation of an abandoned classroom, borrowing some theatre lights and probably using their own clothes, the girls – unlike their ’60s counterparts – have done it their way. How things have changed… 4/5 7:30pm Wed/ThursTurl Street Arts Festival: Saskatchewen Room, Exeter College
The City of Ocean City and Comcast are working to find an alternative location for the Comcast customer service trailer that will be displaced by construction of a new skateboard park on a city-owned parking lot on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue.Comcast plans to maintain a customer service office in Ocean City even after construction of a new skateboard park displaces the cable television company from its current location on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue.City Council will vote Thursday (April 9) on advertising for bids from companies that can construct the new skate park, and Councilman Mike DeVlieger said he’s still hopeful that the project can be completed by summer. (Read more: Ocean City Skateboard Park Still on Track to Open by Summer.)The park is planned for the city-owned parking lot where a temporary Comcast customer service trailer is now housed.Comcast’s permanent office in Ocean City was damaged by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, and the company applied to the state Board of Public Utilities in 2013 to close the Ocean City location altogether. That move would have required customers to travel to a Comcast office in Pleasantville to create and modify accounts, pay bills and exchange equipment.A sign on the door of Comcast’s former location at 341 West Avenue steers customers to the temporary trailer.But the city provided incentive for Comcast to stay: a rent-free space for the company to park a trailer to operate a customer service center.Even though the BPU later said Comcast must remain open in Ocean City only seasonally between April 15 and Oct. 15, the trailers have remained open year-round.Newer regulations allow Comcast close any office without seeking BPU permission unless the nearest other office is more than 35 miles away.A BPU ruling dated Sept. 30, 2014 (see full text in PDF below) approves the closing of Comcast offices in Northfield and Ventnor, but requires Comcast to “keep at minimum a ‘seasonal office’ (April 15 to Oct. 15) on the barrier islands similar to the service provided now by use of the Ocean City trailer.”The ruling notes that the franchise agreements in the towns do not require Comcast to maintain offices there.“The board has reviewed the franchise agreement,” the BPU writes. “Contrary to the contentions of Ocean City, Ventnor and Margate, the proposed office closings are not in contravention of the franchises currently in effect for the respective municipalities. None of the franchises require that the local service office be located within the respective municipalities.”But BPU staff noted that because Ocean City customers would have to travel the farthest to the Pleasantville office (12.7 miles), they would suffer the greatest impact.“We’re working with them to find another location,” Ocean City Business Administrator Jim Mallon said. “We feel it’s important to provide that service to our residents and visitors.”Mallon said the city has not yet identified an alternative location, but he said any potential agreement would be like the prior one: Ocean City would provide the space rent-free, and Comcast would pay to rent a trailer and make it handicapped-accessible._____Sign up for free breaking news updates from Ocean City.Get Ocean City updates in your Facebook news feed. “Like” us._____“At the city’s request, Comcast is making plans to remove its temporary customer service center at Fifth and Asbury in Ocean City to make room for a municipal construction project,” said Jennifer Bilotta, spokesperson for Comcast. “In preparation, we are working with the city to open a new temporary location by early May. Customers will be notified of the change and there will be no gap in service for Ocean City customers, as the existing location will not close until the new service center is open.”Billet said Comcast is still evaluating its plans for the off-season.She encouraged Comcast customers to learn more about services that don’t require a trip to a customer service center. See below._________Comcast Spokesperson Jennifer Bilotta on Comcast remote services:Customers can also take advantage of our other convenient ways to access and pay for products and services, such as online bill payment, automatic deductions, and mailed payments, and for delivery and installation of Comcast products and services through self-install kits mailed to customers or our professionally trained technicians.Specifically, by going to our dedicated self-service website (www.Comcast.com/help), customers can get 24-hour access to useful tips, information and easy-to-understand Self Service features like step-by-step instructional videos. Additionally, we provide customers with helpful instructional videos on YouTube (www.youtube.com/xfinity), the ability to use their Comcast login at xfinity.com to access the “My Account” page and the new “My Account” app for mobile devices – both of which allow customers to access important information about their account or to pay their bills, for example.Download (PDF, 178KB)
the competition opens on 14 January 2019, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 27 February 2019 a UK-based business of any size must lead the project, working with other businesses, research and public sector organisations or charities projects can range in size between £255,000 to £500,000 and last up to 12 months businesses could attract up to 50% of their project costs applicants will need to sign up to the ATI framework agreement A total of £8 million funding is available to develop world-leading civil aerospace technologies in the UK.The funding will be shared across 3 competitions. This latest competition is for collaborative feasibility studies. 2 competitions have already been run for expressions of interest for: A portfolio approach will be applied across the 3 opportunities, with funding split across a spread of themes, project durations and costs.Innovate UK is working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) to fund and manage the programme.Demonstrating the feasibility of new solutionsThe competition is looking for high risk, high-impact projects that demonstrate visionary, revolutionary or disruptive ways of tackling the biggest aerospace challenges in the UK.It is designed to support and speed up industry investment in supply chain companies.Projects should focus on one of more of the following: concept designs for radical or unconventional medium and long-range aircraft concept designs for urban and regional air vehicles, vertical take-off and landing and short take-off and landing identifying and evaluating the requirements for a scalable, hybrid electric power demonstrator facility modelling high-temperature, superconducting electrical power machines establishing the environmental impact of novel air vehicles, including gaseous and particulate emissions integrating single crew or autonomous vehicles into controlled airspace fast-track collaborative research and development projects that could be exploited within 3 to 5 years longer collaborative research and development projects, taking 5 years or more for exploitation Competition information Find out more about the competition and apply. Find out more about the strategy and its technical themes. They should align with the UK aerospace technology strategy to maximise the UK’s share of the global commercial aircraft market.
Some loss of memory is usually considered an inevitable part of aging, but new research reveals how some people appear to escape that fate. A study by investigators at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) examined a group of older adults with extraordinary memory performance and found that certain key areas of their brains resembled those of young people.The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, is the first step in a research program aimed at understanding how some older adults retain youthful thinking abilities and the brain circuits that support those abilities. The program is led by two senior authors of the new study — Bradford Dickerson, a Harvard Medical School (HMS) associate professor of neurology and director of the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit in the MGH Department of Neurology, and Lisa Feldman Barrett of the hospital’s Department of Psychiatry.While most older adults experience a gradual decline in memory ability, some researchers have described “super-agers” with unusually resilient memories. For the new study, the investigators enrolled 40 adults ages 60 to 80 — 17 of whom performed as well as adults four to five decades younger on memory tests, and 23 with normal results for their age group — and 41 adults ages 18 to 35.“Previous research on super-aging has compared people over age 85 to those who are middle-aged,” said Alexandra Touroutoglou of MGH neurology and HMS, who co-authored the research with Dickerson and Barrett. “Our study is exciting because we focused on people around or just after typical retirement age — mostly in their 60s and 70s — and investigated those who could remember as well as people in their 20s.”Imaging studies revealed that super-agers had brains with youthful characteristics. While the cortex — the outermost sheet of brain cells that is critical for many thinking abilities — and other parts of the brain typically shrink with aging, in the brains of super-agers a number of those regions were comparable in size to those of young adults.“We looked at a set of brain areas known as the default mode network, which has been associated with the ability to learn and remember new information, and found that those areas, particularly the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex, were thicker in super-agers than in other older adults,” Touroutoglou said. “In some cases, there was no difference in thickness between super-agers and young adults.”Barrett, who is also University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University, added: “We also examined a group of regions known as the salience network, which is involved in identifying information that is important and needs attention for specific situations, and found preserved thickness among super-agers in several regions, including the anterior insula and orbitofrontal cortex.”Critically, the researchers showed not only that super-agers had no shrinkage in these brain networks but also that the size of these regions was correlated with memory ability. One of the strongest correlations between brain size and memory was found in an area at the intersection of the salience and default mode networks. Previous research has shown that this region — the para-midcingulate cortex — is an important hub that allows different brain networks to communicate efficiently.“We believe that effective communication between these networks is very important for healthy cognitive aging,” said Touroutoglou.Understanding which factors protect against memory decline could lead to important advances in treating age-related memory loss and possibly even various forms of dementia, said Dickerson.“We desperately need to understand how some older adults are able to function very well into their seventh, eight, and ninth decades. This could provide important clues about how to prevent the decline in memory and thinking that accompanies aging in most of us.”
Kristin Chenoweth View Comments It’s Kristin Chenoweth and Andrew Lippa! Or is it Andrew Lippa and Kristin Chenoweth? The duo gets goofy in this promo for the concert presentation of the composer’s I Am Harvey Milk, which is set to play Avery Fisher Hall on October 6. The Tony-winning soprano will join Lippa for the choral/theater piece, which weaves the story of Harvey Milk’s life from boyhood, to rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California to his assassination. Then the two kiss, which is OK, because neither one is sick and he’s married. Like you’re the only gay guy who’s ever had the urge to kiss Kristin Chenoweth, Lippa. Take a look as the two chat up the show below! Star Files
What a difference a couple of years makes. Two years ago, I participated in a 12-hour race at the Black Mountain Monster. I use the term “participated” rather than ran or competed because I walked the entire thing. Six weeks had elapsed since I had undergone major back surgery and although I was forbidden to run for another few weeks, my PT had given me the go-ahead to “walk as much as I wanted”. Little did she know that I would take her literally, covering 42 miles or fourteen rotations around the 3-mile loop.That was an interesting experience, and although I had fun, my pride took a beating as I was lapped over and over again. Although I knew that I was out there only for the experience and the camaraderie, the competitor within me hated the fact that I was out of the mix from the start.At that point in time, both the doc and I viewed the surgery as a success and I was thrilled to be able to walk all day without pain (although I was forced to lie down and ice every two hours). We still didn’t know what the future held in store for my running, however. The surgeon made no promises and it was still unclear if I’d ever run again. I told myself that I’d be thrilled if I could simply jog a few miles without pain, although deep in my heart I knew that what I really wanted was to continue to be an ultrarunner.Fast forward two years, and I’m standing at the start of this race once again. This time the walk breaks will be short and purposeful. I will walk for three minutes at the start of each lap, enough time to rehydrate and suck down a gel. I won’t even think about my back (although there will be plenty of pain and discomfort in other areas to occupy my thoughts).The day was terrific – perfect weather and the camaraderie that comes with reuniting with old trail-running friends and meeting new ones. I ran with a sense of gratitude that my body was allowing me to do what I love, knowing that many others are not as fortunate. I was psyched to surpass my goal distance with a total of 68 miles for the day.I’m not an advocate of running through severe pain or injury, but I definitely believe in pushing our limits. Some people would’ve given up running at the first mention of back surgery. If I was that type of person, I never would’ve taken up running in the first place, being a lifelong asthma sufferer. Or perhaps I would’ve quit fifteen years ago, when an orthopedist said that I had bad knees and suggested that I take up biking instead.Some might consider my decisions risky or foolish, but I’d rather try and fail, succumbing to my body’s limitations only after giving it my best shot, than live a life full of what-if’s.
While the Southeastern U.S. is now my home, I lived in northern England for 5 years. At that time, the Peak District National Park, in north central England, always meant one thing and one thing only to me: climbing. The area is full of fantastic opportunities for climbing, mostly on relatively short outcrops of gritstone—a type of sedimentary rock only found in the U.K. and Ireland. Despite rumors of gritstone in Mongolia, no one has ever actually found it there. Gritstone offers the best friction of any rock type and so it is highly prized among climbers. But on a visit back to the Peak District this year, I discovered that the gritstone edges also make for some excellent running. There are footpaths everywhere in the park; you can run for miles and miles from one climbing area to the next, along the tops, and down into the towns in the valleys. There is an endless choice of technical trails, grassy cross-country style running, and smooth, wide footpaths and bridleways. You can link up loops of gradual and rolling hill terrain, or you can run steep ascents and thin ridges. In short, it’s an unsung trail running destination that is worthy of a place on any trail runner’s list of destinations to visit.
*José E. Cardona, Training Specialist at WHINSEC acted on behalf of Diálogo to make this article possible. Private Salaverría’s responsibilities there included watching for enemy movement especially when the artillery captain was not there. “I would see that the enemy was moving forward and request support fire when it was needed. This request for fire took me closer to Cpt. Valencia.” Don Raúl, as he is known, sat down with Diálogo during the summer of 2012 to share a few of his vivid memories from more than 60 years ago. In early 1951, a then 19-year-old enlisted officer first knew of Gen. Valencia Tovar onboard the Allied ship that crossed the Pacific to pick up the Colombian Battalion from the Port of Cartagena. Although they did not meet in that opportunity, Don Raúl recalls hearing of then-Captain Valencia because “he was a very prominent soldier who rightfully earned his recognition due to his experience, military knowledge and ease of languages – Cpt. Valencia Tovar was one of the few officers that spoke English as well as his native Spanish fluently, and this facilitated communication during the war.” After his participation in the Korean War, Don Raúl went on to fight in Vietnam. He came back to New York as a Chief Enlisted Instructor with the U.S. Army National Guard, and retired from the U.S. Army in 1970. “About 3,000 Chinese troops attacked the ridge and the Colombians –even with the support of the 7th Division, were forced to abandon it,” said Don Raúl. “I made the call to request flares, so they could see the enemy during the night combat. But the Colombians were steadfast in their positions until they were forced out by the enemy’s push. They were highly decorated for their brave struggle that day.” “I always wondered about Cpt. Valencia, and heard years later that he had been promoted to general. Then I happened to read the article on Diálogo magazine…” And the all the memories of those years came back vividly. Private Salaverría was assigned to the M Company 31st Infantry Regiment’s 7th Infantry Division, to which – unbeknownst to him, the Colombian Battalion had also been assigned. “I found out later that it was because I was one of the few Puerto Ricans to understand English and I knew a lot about mortars; I was also an Infantry man and knew a lot about heavy weaponry,” he says. After Diálogo published an interview in early 2012 with retired Colombian Army General Álvaro Valencia Tovar, one of few Korean War veterans still alive, the story resonated with many readers. Among them was retired Master Sergeant Raúl Salaverría, also a veteran of the Korean War with the U.S. Army’s Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment. “I communicated with him directly by radio operator. One night, I called for support fire because I saw that the enemy – a group of about 20 or 30 of them, was moving toward us. I had to get authorization from the S3 for support, so that night I spoke to Cpt. Valencia and he gave me the OK. “We would remain vigilant ahead of them. We gave them support if they needed it and they would do the same.” “I met Gen. Valencia when I was assigned to Pork Chop Hill for three months as a forward observer; from there, I could see Old Baldy to the west, so I was in a strategic observation point,” recalled the 21-year-veteran. “Old Baldy” was the nickname the Allies gave Hill 266, after artillery and mortar fire destroyed the trees on its crest. It was the highest point on a strategically-important ridge that dominated the Korean terrain in three directions. It was located in west-central Korea, where the Battle of Old Baldy took place from June 1952 to March 1953 – and coincidentally where the Colombian Battalion stood out for its valor on March 23. By Dialogo October 23, 2012 Called “The Borinqueneers”, the 65th Infantry Regiment where Don Raúl fought, was composed mainly of Puerto Rican servicemen, among them 11 other of his family members. “I had siblings, first cousins, second cousins, uncles and even my father was a platoon sergeant in the heavy mortar company.”
MENA, Ark. – A long-time backer of the IMCA Late Model division adds an award for the top rookie driver in the winged division this season.The national IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car rookie of the year receives a set of spec cylinder heads from Brodix of Mena, Ark.Brodix manufactures the official cylinder heads for IMCA Late Models. Both the national Late Model and Deery Brothers Summer Series rookies of the year earn cylinder head sets again in 2015.All three awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November.“The Sprint Car award is a natural progression as we continue to develop and enhance the RaceSaver relationship,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Those heads will go through French Grimes and be officially certified and documented prior to their presentation at our national banquet.”Rookie drivers in both divisions must display two Brodix decals on their race car to be eligible. Brodix is in its 19th season as an IMCA marketing partner.Information about Brodix-made cylinder heads and intake manifolds is available at the www.brodix.com website, on Facebook or by calling 479 394-1075.