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Rent relief hinges on dwindling goodwill

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Sen. Brian Kavanagh and RSA President Joe Strasburg (Getty, Strasburg via Jeffersons Siegel)Sometime this month, New York landlords and tenants will gain access to $2.3 billion in federal aid allocated by the state.The catch: They’ll have to work together to get it.In a year that’s pushed the cat-dog dichotomy of the landlord-tenant relationship to extremes, cooperation could be elusive.The law allows either party to start an application for relief. But for money to be doled out, tenants must request funds that will go directly to the landlord and the landlord must, in turn, accept them. Both have reasons not to do their part.Romeo Budhoo, a Schenectady landlord just featured in a stunning Washington Post story on the acrimony resulting from a year of unpaid rent, doubts his tenants, protected by an eviction moratorium at least through August, will bother to apply.ADVERTISEMENT“They’re telling themselves, ‘Why should we go and do all these things and hustle to apply when nobody can put us out of our apartment?’” Budhoo said in a phone interview.Read moreLandlords turn down federal reliefLandlords hail aid bill as end of “cancel rent”Rent relief failing to reach New Yorkers Full Name* Tags Budhoo’s pessimism comes from experience: Alfonzo Hill, the tenant in the Washington Post feature, didn’t participate in last summer’s relief program. Hill didn’t reply to a request for comment.Sen. Brian Kavanagh, who chairs the Senate Housing Committee, said this program has much more going for it — up to 12 months of back rent and three months of future rent. Last year’s paid the difference between 30 percent of a tenant’s income and the rent due. He expects the new offer will draw both parties.“Tenants and landlords don’t have to hold hands and have warm feelings for each other to participate,” said Kavanagh.But the tenant-landlord stand-off goes both ways. Even if renters sign up for relief, landlords who accept it can’t evict a paying tenant for a year — and could likewise be stuck with a nonpaying tenant because of an extended moratorium or housing court delays.Still, landlord lobbyist Joe Strasburg believes owners are desperate enough to take that chance.“Our guys are small property owners who haven’t been paid rent since March,” said Strasburg, the president of the Rent Stabilization Association. “They’ll take the money knowing full well that if the tenant decides to game the system for the next year, they’re stuck.”Tenant lawyers warn that the more likely outcome is landlords, embittered by tenants living rent-free, won’t accept out of spite.“There are some landlords,” said the Legal Aid Society’s Ellen Davidson, “that are so angry at their tenants who have struggled during this time that they want to see them homeless. And so they won’t accept the money for them, because it’s not about the money for them.”Budhoo says he’s not in that camp. With $13,000 in unpaid property taxes and the threat of foreclosure on his rentals and his own home creeping closer, he said he is more than willing to cooperate with his tenants to get relief.“At least,” he said, “I’ll try.”Contact Suzannah Cavanaugh Share via Shortlink Message* Email Address* Commercial Real EstateEvictionsPoliticsrent stabilization associationlast_img read more

Barcoding Antarctic biodiversity: current status and the CAML initiative, a case study of marine invertebrates.

The Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML) aims to collate DNA barcode data for Antarctic marine species. DNA barcoding is a technique that uses a short gene sequence from a standardised region of the genome as a diagnostic ‘biomarker’ for species. This study aimed to quantify genetic data currently available in GenBank in order to establish whether a representative cross-section of Antarctic marine taxa and bio-geographic areas has been sequenced and to propose priorities for barcoding, with a particular emphasis on marine invertebrate species. It was found that, amongst marine invertebrate fauna, sequence information covers a limited range of taxa and areas-mainly Crustacea, Annelida and Mollusca from the Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula. Only 15% of genes sequenced in Antarctic marine invertebrates were the standard barcode gene cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (CO1), the majority were other nuclear and mitochondrial genes. There is an urgent need for more in-depth genetic barcoding and species identification studies in Antarctic science, from a range of taxa and areas, given the rate of climate-driven habitat changes that might lead to extinctions in the region. CAML hopes to redress the balance, by collecting and sequencing over the circum-Antarctic area, using material from voyages that occurred during 2008 and 2009, within the framework of the International Polar Year (IPY). read more

Utah Football Standouts Earn Preseason Honors

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-As was confirmed late Tuesday afternoon, several University of Utah football players, fresh off an appearance in the Pac-12 championship game in 2018, made various preseason football teams.Senior defensive end Bradlee Anae was named as a third-team Phil Steele All-American and a first-teamer on Steele’s All-Pac 12 squad as well as a first-team member on Athlon’s All-Pac-12 team.Senior linebacker Francis Bernard was named to Steele’s second-team on the All-Pac-12 squad.Senior defensive back Julian Blackmon was named as an Athlon All-Pac-12 second-team safety and a second-team defensive back on Steele’s All-Pac-12 squad.Senior linebacker Manny Bowen was named to Steele’s All-Pac-12 squad as a third-teamer.Junior receiver/return specialist Britain Covey was named to Athlon’s All-Pac-12 squad as a first-team punt returner and a second-team all-purpose specialist. Steele named him as a second-team all-Pac-12 receiver and a third-team returner.Sophomore tight end Cole Fotheringham was named to Steele’s All-Pac-12 third team.Senior defensive tackle Leki Fotu was named as a second-team All-American on Steele’s squad and Steele also named him as a first-team All-Pac-12 selection as did Athlon.Junior defensive back Javelin Guidry was named as a third-team All-Pac-12 safety by Athlon and a third-team defensive back by Phil Steele.Senior quarterback Tyler Huntley was named as a third-team all-Pac-12 selection by Athlon.Junior defensive back Jaylon Johnson was named as a third-team All-American cornerback by Steele and a first-team Pac-12 cornerback by Athlon, while also making Steele’s first-team All-Pac-12 squad.Senior running back Zack Moss was named to the Athlon all-Pac-12 first team and to Steele’s all-Pac-12 second team.Senior offensive lineman Darrin Paulo was named to the Athlon all-Pac-12 squad’s second-team offensive line and to Steele’s all-Pac-12’s third team.Senior defensive tackle John Pensini was named to the Athlon all-Pac-12 squad’s second team as well as to Steele’s all-Pac-12 second team. June 12, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Football Standouts Earn Preseason Honors Written by Tags: Bradlee Anae/Britain Covey/Darrin Paulo/Francis Bernard/Javelin Guidry/John Pensini/Julian Blackmon/Leki Fotu/Manny Bowen/Phil Steele/Tyler Huntley/Utah Football/Zack Mosslast_img read more

Diamondback Energy to acquire QEP Resources for $2.2bn

first_imgWith the acquisition, Diamondback’s total leasehold interests would surpass more than 276,000 net surface acres in the Midland Basin Diamondback Energy to acquire QEP Resources. (Credit: David Mark from Pixabay.) US-based Diamondback Energy has agreed to acquire oil and gas exploration and production firm QEP Resources in an all-stock transaction worth nearly $2.2bn.Under the terms of the agreement, QEP stockholders will receive 0.05 shares of Diamondback common stock in exchange for each share of QEP common stock.The transaction price indicates an indirect value of $2.29 per share to each QEP stockholder, based on the closing price of Diamondback common stock on 18 December 2020, and includes QEP’s $1.6bn net debt.Having unanimously approved by the boards of directors of Diamondback and QEP, the transaction is planned to be completed in the first quarter or early second quarter of next year.The closing of the transaction is subject to the approval of QEP stockholders, satisfaction of certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.Diamondback chief executive officer Travis Stice said: “The acquisition of QEP also checks every box of Diamondback’s corporate development strategy.“The business combination with QEP and the Guidon transaction are accretive on all relevant 2021 financial metrics including free cash flow per share, cash flow per share and leverage, even before accounting for synergies.“Most importantly, the addition of this Tier-1 resource competes for capital right away in Diamondback’s current portfolio, and we will now be able to allocate most of our capital to the high-returning Midland Basin for the foreseeable future.”Once the transaction is closed, Diamondback stockholders are expected to hold around 92.8% ownership in the combined company, while QEP stockholders nearly 7.2%.Diamondback would continue operating from its headquarters in Midland, Texas, with its board of directors and executive team continuing without any changes.With the acquisition, Diamondback’s total leasehold interests would surpass more than 276,000 net surface acres in the Midland Basin.Goldman Sachs & Co. serving as a lead financial advisor to Diamondback for the transaction, while Moelis & Co. acting as financial advisor.Also, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher are serving as legal advisors to Diamondback. Evercore and Latham & Watkins served as exclusive financial advisor and legal advisor to QEP.QEP president and chief executive officer Tim Cutt said: “We believe that this strategic merger with Diamondback, along with the addition of the Guidon assets, provides our shareholders with an exciting investment opportunity, now and in the future.“The large contiguous Tier-1 acreage position in the Northern Midland Basin is expected to lead to operational synergies and deliver capital efficiencies beyond what each company could achieve independently. I believe in this combination and look forward to being a long-term shareholder and watching the value of the company grow with time.”“I also want to take this opportunity to recognise QEP’s employees and publicly thank them for their dedication and hard work in driving QEP’s success. Their tireless efforts over the past several years led to a culture of peer leading operational excellence, safety and efficiency.”last_img read more

Landlord jailed for evading tax of over £150,000

first_imgHome » News » Landlord jailed for evading tax of over £150,000 previous nextRegulation & LawLandlord jailed for evading tax of over £150,000Richard Fuller faces two years and four months in prison after HMRC investigation.The Negotiator14th August 201701,628 Views A landlord who evaded over £150,000 in Capital Gains Tax from the sale of properties has been jailed for two years and three months at Winchester Crown Court (pictured, right).Following an investigation by HMRC, Richard Fuller was found to not have declared tax due on capital gains made on properties he had sold in and around Aldershot in Hampshire between 2006 and 2013.Last week Fuller was sentenced to the jail term following a trial in July – he was arrested at Gatwick Airport in October 2014 after returning with his family from a holiday in Turkey.“The jury found you guilty of dishonesty. This is a serious matter, you deliberately failed to pay your Capital Gains Tax over several years,” said The Recorder of Salisbury His Honour Judge A J Barnett.The 53-year-old had been found guilty by a jury of two counts of Cheating the Public Revenue and three counts of Fraud by False Representation to the tune of £157,725.Task forceThe HMRC says the fraud was discovered by its property task force and then referred for a criminal investigation. The outstanding tax due by Fuller will now be recovered through confiscation proceedings.“Fuller thought he was above the law and decided not to declare or pay the tax due from the sale of some of his property portfolio. It is simply not acceptable to steal from UK taxpayers,” says Richard Wilkinson, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC.“We will continue to pursue those who attempt to hide their gains on assets, their income, and investigate those who attack the tax system.“We ask anyone with information about suspected tax fraud to contact our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”     Judge A J Barnett HMRC richard fuller Richard Wilkinson tax fraud August 14, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

SEPTEMBER – November Highlights in the coming months include the glamorous Baking Industry Awards in September and a Wood Fired Oven Workshop at Cann Mills, Dorset

first_imgSeptember1 – 2 Continental, Italian and French BreadsLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 5 Basic BreadmakingLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] Basic Breadmaking, one-day courseLocation: Ludlow, ShropshireContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] Ludlow Master ClassLocation: Ludlow, ShropshireContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 14 Advanced Practical Biscuit TechnologyLocation: CCFRA, Chipping CampdenContact, tel: 01386 84210414 Italian Breads, one-day courseLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] FlatbreadsLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 19 Going ProfessionalLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] Baking For A Healthier Diet: developing products for optimal nutritionLocation: CCFRA, Chipping CampdenContact, tel: 01386 84210422 – 23 Whole Grain Baking, two-day courseLocation: Bread Matters, CumbriaContact, tel: 01768 88189922 – 23 Wood-fired Oven WorkshopLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 30 Baking for a LivingLocation: Bread Matters, CumbriaContact, tel: 01768 881899October1 – 8 Bakers’ Tour in FranceLocation: Rhone valley, FranceContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 5 Basic Principles Of BakingLocation: CCFRA, Chipping CampdenContact, tel: 01386 8421046 – 7 Italian Baking, two-day courseLocation: Bread Matters, CumbriaContact, tel: 01768 8818996 – 10 International Richemont Club ConferenceLocation: CroatiaContact, tel: +385 1 662 2608email: [email protected] – 14 Basic BreadmakingLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] Bakers’ Fair North West 2007Location: Bolton Arena, BoltonContact, tel: 01293 846596email: [email protected] or visit [http://www.bakersfair.co.uk]16 – 17 French Breads, with sourdoughLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447Email: [email protected] – 24 Residential BreadmakingLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 26 Advanced Practical Bread TechnologyLocation: CCFRAContact, tel: 01386 84210430 – 31 Italian BreadsLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] One-Day Basic BreadmakingLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 4473 – 4 British Traditional BreadsLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 9 Practical Pastry TechnologyLocation: CCFRAContact, tel: 01386 842104 (The Training Department)last_img read more

Two men killed in apparent boating accident in LaPorte County

first_img WhatsApp Previous articleMan, 32, killed in wrong way crash in LaPorte CountyNext articleKansas Point Of No Return Tour at The Lerner rescheduled Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. By Jon Zimney – March 14, 2021 0 209 Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Twitter Two men killed in apparent boating accident in LaPorte County (Photo Supplied / Indiana DNR Law Enforcement District 2) Indiana Conservation Officers and the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a boating accident that resulted in two fatalities.Officers from both agencies responded to a private body of water near US 421 and Interstate 94 early Sunday afternoon, March 15, after receiving a report of two individuals who had fallen in the water while fishing.A search was immediately initiated, and two deceased adult males were located. A joint investigation with the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana Conservation Officers is ongoing. Identities of the victims are being withheld pending family notifications.Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, and the LaPorte County Coroner’s Office. Pinterest Google+last_img read more

News story: Home Office provides £2m to stem human trafficking in Albania

first_img When I accessed services my life started, because now I am free and now I can laugh and I can make friends, I can chose to do what I want, all because of my support workers. First there was no life, because I was held against my will. A £2m boost to deliver work in Albanian human trafficking hotspots has been announced today (Thursday 11 October), by Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins.The programme will help tackle the flow of modern slavery to the UK by supporting victims to rebuild their lives and by deterring vulnerable people from falling into the hands of traffickers in Albania. The UK will also support criminal justice officials to ensure perpetrators of this awful crime are brought to justice.The package was agreed as part of a meeting held in London, between Victoria Atkins and Albanian Deputy Minister of Interior Rovena Voda, yesterday. In 2017, over 770 potential modern slavery victims were referred to UK authorities and identified as Albanian nationals – the highest figure for a country outside Britain.Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins said: In recent years The Salvation Army has seen a continued growth in the number of potential victims of modern slavery from Albania. It is overwhelmingly the country from which we receive the highest number of people, mainly women, referred for support to recover from the exploitation they have experienced. This trend shows no sign of abating. Their stories tell of organised crime and sexual exploitation which will require a coordinated effort to address. We therefore welcome the willingness of the Albanian government to engage with the UK in tackling this issue at source. We hope this funding will effect a reduction and ultimate end to the flow of vulnerable people from Albania to be exploited across Europe and into the UK. The Salvation Army has held the government contract to provide specialist support to adult victims of modern slavery in England and Wales for 7 years and has supported more than 7,000 victims in that time. Government research has highlighted that the capital Tirana and the 3 northern districts of Diber, Shkoder and Kukes, in Albania, are where the majority of victims originate. It is in these districts where the UK will focus its support.Testimonies from Albanian victims who have been trafficked into the UK highlight the importance of working to tackling modern slavery in the region:center_img The funding runs until March 2021 to assist Albanian victims with their reintegration into society once they are identified, as well as educating vulnerable communities about the dangers of trafficking.Kathy Betteridge, Director of Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery for The Salvation Army, said: The package, from the Home Office’s Modern Slavery Fund, also includes training for Albanian criminal justice officials so that they are better prepared to deal with human trafficking cases, meaning those responsible are more likely to face justice.Albania has endorsed Prime Minister Theresa May’s international Call to Action to end modern slavery. The UK is committed to working closely with Albania to combat the issue. Modern slavery is an abhorrent crime that entraps the most vulnerable people globally and denies them their liberty. The UK is regarded as a world leader in tackling this crime, not only due to our tough laws and support for victims at home, but also our work abroad to support victims, ensure offenders are caught and stop vulnerable people falling into the hands of traffickers. By working with our Albanian partners, we can make a crucial difference to the lives of those who have had some of their most basic rights stolen from them.last_img read more

BSB offers special guest places for anniversary conference

first_imgAs part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, the British Society of Bakers (BSB) is offering members who book a place at their upcoming conference the chance to bring a guest along for free.The 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Conference will be held on 13-14 October at the Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa with the theme of Developing Business: Developing People.Industry experts have already been lined up to speak at the event, including Chris Brockman, research manager at Mintel Food & Drink, and Craft Bakers’ Association president David Smart, whose talk will involve information on the CBA’s Trailblazer Apprenticeship Training Scheme.Click here for more information and to book tickets for the conference.last_img read more

Closing the gap

first_imgMortality rates after cancer surgery declined for Black as well as white patients during a recent 10-year period, although the mortality gap between the two groups did not narrow, according to new research by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard University investigators.The findings, published online today by JAMA Network Open, present a mixed picture for health care policymakers: While postsurgical mortality rates have fallen for patients generally, more targeted efforts are needed to reduce disparities between Black and white patients undergoing such surgery, study authors say.“Black Americans are likely to be diagnosed with more advanced cancer than whites and, historically, have had higher mortality rates following cancer surgery,” said lead author Miranda Lam of Dana-Farber, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School. “Hospitals have put a variety of policies in place to improve surgical cancer care over the past 15 years. This study provided an opportunity to gauge the effects of those measures for patients in general and for Black and white [people] specifically.”Investigators used national Medicare data to examine the trends in mortality rates for the years 2007-2016 in Black and white patients who had undergone surgery for any of nine major types of cancer. (The racial group was determined by patients’ self-identification in Medicare documentation.) The data covered 870,929 cancer operations in all.The researchers found that national mortality trends following cancer surgery improved for Black and white patients by 0.12 percent and 0.14 percent per year, respectively. Because mortality rates for Black patients were higher to begin with than for white patients, the equal decline in rates for both groups meant the gap between them did not shrink.“The findings tell us that even though policies designed to improve cancer surgery outcomes are working better for all patients, none of them have been specific enough to close the gap in mortality between Black and white [people],” Lam said. “It’s possible that part of the gap may be due to upstream and/or downstream issues from the surgery itself, such as late referrals which may lead to late presentation at time of surgery, fragmented follow-up after discharge, and limited resources in the community, and that different policies and interventions may be needed to address disparities in cancer surgery.”The senior author of the study is Jose F. Figueroa of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s, and Harvard Medical School. Co-authors are Katherine Raphael and Jessica Phelan of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Winta T. Mehtsun, E. John Orav, and Ashish K. Jha of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s, and Harvard Medical School.last_img read more

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