CDC extends national eviction ban through June

first_img Message* The eviction ban imposed by the agency in September was extended through March 31 by President Joe Biden in late January.ADVERTISEMENTAccording to a Census Bureau survey published this month, about 20 percent of adult renters said they did not pay their February rent. The nonpayment rate was nearly 33 percent among Black renters.At least two federal judges have ruled the CDC lacks the power to suspend evictions, but they have not changed the policy while the agency appeals. Landlords say the measure effectively requires them to provide housing for free, as they have no recourse if tenants do not pay.“Short-term policies like eviction moratoria leave renters accruing insurmountable debt and jeopardize the ability for rental housing providers to provide safe, affordable housing,” Bob Pinnegar, president of the National Apartment Association, told CNBC.In a joint statement with the National Multifamily Housing Council, the landlord group called the extension deeply disappointing.“After grappling with the financial distress of the pandemic and eviction moratoriums for more than a year, housing providers have few resources left,” the statement said. “Another extension only serves to exacerbate the challenges facing the rental housing industry and does not address the underlying financial stress of apartment residents.”A rent backlog of $57 billion had accrued as of January, leading to predictions of a reckoning for tenants.Housing experts said the CDC’s extension was necessary because $45 billion in rental, utility and mortgage assistance in Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package will require a few months to be disbursed.[CNBC] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsuda Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Tags CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky (Getty, iStock)A few days before its expiration, the national eviction ban was extended for another three months.The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday it will continue the moratorium through June.“Keeping people in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings — like homeless shelters — by preventing evictions is a key step in helping to stop the spread of Covid-19,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement, CNBC reported.Read moreHow a socialist on City Planning Commission would affect real estateLawmakers rush to pass more limits on residential evictions“Can’t live for free”: Weekly rental tenants face eviction despite ban Share via Shortlink Full Name* evictionMultifamily MarketRental MarketResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Rightmove given green light to buy tenant referencing and landlord insurance firm

first_imgHome » News » Rightmove given green light to buy tenant referencing and landlord insurance firm previous nextProducts & ServicesRightmove given green light to buy tenant referencing and landlord insurance firmPurchase of Van Mildert for £20 million has now gone ahead giving Rightmove a major additional foothold in the private rental market together with its tenant passport platform.Nigel Lewis1st October 201901,637 Views Rightmove has revealed that it has been given official approval to go ahead with its £20 million purchase of tenant referencing firm Van Mildert, which it has now completed.Its purchase of the company was announced on July 26 but Rightmove has been waiting since then for approval from the Financial Conduct Authority, as the portal has had to go through the process of being approved as a financial product provider.This is because Van Mildert, which Rightmove now owns outright, is both a leading tenant referencing firm carrying out 200,000 references on behalf of clients last year but also a rent guarantee insurance provider.The deal also creates an unusual situation; Van Mildert is a reference services provider to several property software platforms including Jupix, which is owned by Zoopla.Tenant passportHowever, the FCA approval is the latest step in Rightmove’s march towards being a provider of services both to letting agents, landlords and tenants via its tenant passport product launched in June 2018 and now Van Mildert.Rightmove believes the renting market is under-served and that it has an opportunity to use its brand, huge cash reserves and marketing muscle to become a player in the sector.“We believe the combination of Rightmove’s unrivalled reach and Van Mildert’s products and operational experience will augment the Rightmove Tenant Passport, helping in our quest to make renting a property faster, easier and more efficient for tenants, landlords, and agents alike,” CEO Peter Brooks-Johnson said earlier this year.Rightmove has paid an initial £16 million for Van Mildert and, if it hits profit and expansion targets, will pay an additional £4 million to its now former shareholders including co-founders Christian Balshen and Richard Hammond. Van Mildert Landlord and Tenant Protection Limited Rightmove Peter Brooks-Johnson tenant passporting October 1, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 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

Mexican Navy receives final two AS565 Panther helicopters

first_img View post tag: Mexican Navy Authorities December 7, 2017 Share this article The Mexican Navy received the final two of overall ten AS565 MBe multi-mission Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, France.The Mexican Navy was the first customer of the new version of the Panther after ordering the units in 2014.The first four helicopters were delivered in 2016 and the remaining six during the course of 2017.Stationed at three naval bases in the Mexican states of Veracruz, Sonora and Michoacan, the helicopters will be performing an average of 300 flight hours for reconnaissance, patrol missions and training flights.The AS565 MBe is equipped with two Safran Arriel 2N engines, which enhance its performance in hot & high conditions and enable it to achieve a top speed of 278 km/h and a range of 780 kilometers, according to Airbus. It also boasts a new main gearbox and a 4-axis autopilot that reduces crew workloadThe MBe Panthers are fitted with a cargo hook, a rescue hoist, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) for night-time rescue missions and a total of four stretchers for medical evacuation.“The arrival of the MBe Panther has enhanced the Navy Aviation’s operational capabilities,” explained Admiral Jose Maria Garcia Macedo, the Mexican Navy’s general director of Naval Aviation.“It is a modern, multi-mission helicopter that we can use in both maritime and land environments for a wide range of missions, including maritime SAR, disaster relief, external load operations and even air ambulance.”“To help ensure success for their critical missions, we have made a technical and logistical support team available to them around the clock in Veracruz. Some 30 pilots have also been trained, many of them receiving specific training in SAR and night vision goggles (NVG),” said Mesrob Karalekian, Airbus Helicopters’ Vice-President for Latin America. Mexican Navy receives final two AS565 Panther helicopters View post tag: Airbus View post tag: AS565 MBe Panther Back to overview,Home naval-today Mexican Navy receives final two AS565 Panther helicopters last_img read more

Corpus passes gender inclusiveness motion

first_imgCorpus Christi College JCR passed a motion this week promoting the use of gender inclusive language. The proposals form part of the wider Oxford University Genderless Campaign. The motion states that “Corpus should explicitly ensure that trans-identified people are accommodated by the JCR” and mandates the JCR President “to review all emails forwarded to the JCR mailing list and check for non-inclusive gender language”.The motion also requires that gender-specific JCR events be open to anyone who identifies as that gender. It advises event organisers not to write phrases like “Girls wear dresses, guys wear suits” but instead to use working like “suits and dresses”.Cristopher Bautista, a recent visiting student at Corpus who identifies himself as “trans”, praised the JCR for passing the motion. He told Cherwell this week, “The fact that Corpus Christi made the extra effort to pass this motion – that’s a big deal. That’s something a lot of schools don’t bother doing. We hear a lot about making universities more gay-friendly, but not trans-friendly. Corpus passing this motion is a rare example of a college that’s making the extra effort to be trans friendly. And for a lot of trans people, that’s important. We don’t take these safe places for granted. We seek out these spaces.’Ivan Dimov, Corpus student, also had reservations about the proposals. He said, “I support the motion in spirit, but I had some issues with its initial statement – namely what ‘gender inclusive language’ constituted. The initial phrasing unwittingly came across, to me at least, as advocating some form of censorship.”Frances Watson, the Trans Rep for LGBTQsoc and organiser of the Oxford Genderless Campaign, said, ‘Basically we’re challenging the binary gender status quo – that there are only two genders, male and female, and you belong to the same one as your genitals, end story. This isn’t true: there are people who strongly identify with the opposite gender to that which they were assigned at birth, and who transition to live their lives as a member of that gender.“There are also people who do not identify as male or female. Someone might identify as one on one day, the other the next, for example; or they may identify as having aspects of both at the same time; or they may identify as having no gender at all.”Gail Bartlett, a spokesperson for the Genderless Campaign, claimed that JCRs have an important role to play in making trans-identified people feel included. She said, “There have been instances of people in JCR’s failing to understand why strictly gendered events do exclude people. Most people do not have to worry about where they will fit in at gendered events or using gendered facilities, but for the effort it takes for the JCR to simply amend wording in entz or dress code they can save a great deal of distress and fear of humiliation.’Ten other Oxford colleges have passed similar motions.last_img read more

T V CHANNEL 44 NEWS-Evansville is Second Most Affordable City in the Country

first_imgEvansville is Second Most Affordable City in the Country                                         by AMANDA DECKER for T V CHANNEL 44Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Niche.com releases its list of most affordable cities across the country and four cities in Indiana, and one in Kentucky are in the top 25 on the list.Evansville comes in at number two, just behind Ft. Wayne at number one. South Bend makes the list at number 6, Louisville is 13 and Indianapolis is 24th.The data is based on several factors including home values, property taxes, rent, groceries and gas. The list also factors in home values compared to income.Here is the list of the top 25 most affordable cities in the country according to the survey:1. Fort Wayne2. Evansville3. Odessa, Texas4. Huntsville, Alabama5. Wichita, Kansas6. South Bend7. Montgomery, Alabama8. Rochester, Minnesota9. Topeka, Kansas10. Cedar Rapids, Iowa11. Abilene, Texas12. Wichita Falls, Texas13. Louisville, Kentucky14. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma15. Davenport, Iowa16. Sioux Falls, South Dakota17. Shreveport, Louisiana18. Springfield, Missouri19. Springfield, Illinois20. Tulsa, Oklahoma21. Toledo, Ohio22. Mobile, Alabama23. Amarillo, Texas24. Indianapolis25. Little Rock, ArkansasFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Reporting in

first_imgAs part of the British Sandwich Association’s annual industry awards, I have had the dubious honour of sampling some 45 new sandwiches and 40 new ingredients that have been launched into the market over the last 12 months.After such a marathon session, I was not sure I wanted to see another sandwich for a day or two! But it is an interesting annual exercise, as the awards generally reveal some of the more innovative ideas currently being tried in the marketplace.Over the last couple of years, however, the judges have been concerned about the way some sandwiches are becoming ’over-created’ – in that they involve increasingly complex combinations of ingredients, which may look good but sometimes fail to live up to taste expectations. While we all recognise the importance of innovation in keeping consumer interest, enthusiasm sometimes needs to be tempered by the principles of ’Will it sell?’The reduction of salt in sandwiches over the last couple of years has also been noteworthy in the blandness of some products. While all the judges felt the standard of innovation was higher this year than last, the most striking factor in this year’s awards was how the independent sandwich bar sector is fighting back strongly against the tide of chain outlets in the high street, with more innovative sandwiches and an ’upmarket’ choice. Maybe there is a lesson here for the independent bakery sector.The results of this year’s British Sandwich Industry Awards will be announced at the BSA Awards Dinner on 15 May.last_img read more

News story: Top international award for ACT Awareness e-Learning

first_img The feedback we have received from users of this product has been overwhelmingly positive. Now we are getting a considerable amount of interest and plaudits from overseas. The way the commercial sector and Counter Terrorism Policing have worked together on developing this product makes us world-leaders in this field. Withdrawn by NaCTSO,The product, developed in a ground-breaking partnership with retailer Marks and Spencer and learning provider Highfield, is now shortlisted for the world final in autumn.Beating off rival submissions to scoop the Business Continuity Institute’s ‘Innovation’ category, ACT Awareness e-Learning provides organisations large and small with a free-to-access course which could help prevent and mitigate against terrorist attacks.Since its launch just over a year ago, 4000 companies have registered to use ACT Awareness e-Learning and 250,000 individuals have taken part online, completing more than one million modules of training.John Frost, Head of Business Continuity at Marks and Spencer, who collected the award in Hamburg, said: Detective Superintendent Michael Orchard, National Co-ordinator for Protective Security, added: We have seen that attacks can take place anywhere at any time. All locations that attract large numbers of people to their premises should take steps to help protect their staff and visitors. Everyone working in crowded places – not just those who have a security role – can follow the course and be in a stronger position to help protect themselves, colleagues and the public. Organisations wanting more information about the ACT Awareness e-Learning package, or to apply for registration, visit www.gov.uk/government/news/act-awareness-elearning.last_img read more

Gold LEAF kicks off new year with meeting on Oct. 17

first_imgFARMINGTON – Continuing a 21-year-old tradition, the Gold LEAF Institute will kick off its year of educational offerings next Wednesday, Oct. 17 with an informational gathering at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.The institute, which focuses on those 50 years and older, has offered a wide variety of activities, classes and socializing opportunities in the Farmington area since 1997, joining only seven other similar programs in the state.Academic courses range from creative writing to wood carving, while field trips bring members to places such as the Sun Journal office and the Foster Tech Center for tours. The group includes 130 members currently, though President Paul Mullin said they are always looking for new people to join.“We’re all about lifelong learning. That’s our goal, but socialization and meeting new people is an important part of what we do,” Mullin said.The kickoff event next week which runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. will allow existing and new members to meet one another, as well as talk to instructors of the classes for more information. Many of the classes are taught by the members themselves, and anyone can bring an idea for a class to Mullin or the rest of the Gold LEAF team.“You end up learning a lot about the community you’re living in,” Gold LEAF organizer Jane Haszko said. “It’s interesting to see what people in Maine are doing that is otherwise hidden. People are really talented and are running classes that you wouldn’t expect.”For more information about the Gold LEAF Institute click here or attend the kick off meeting on Oct. 17 at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.last_img read more

Beck, Cage The Elephant Announce Co-Headlining Tour With Spoon & More

first_imgToday, Beck and Cage The Elephant have announced The Night Running Tour, a lengthy summer 2019 co-headlining jaunt featuring Spoon and a variety of other special guests including Sarcrawler, Wild Belle and Sunflower Bean.The tour is set to hit a number of notable amphitheaters and more nationwide including George, WA’s The Gorge (7/13); Mountain View, CA’s Shoreline Amphitheater (7/16); Chicago, IL’s Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (7/31); Saratoga Springs, NY’s Saratoga Performing Arts Center (8/12); New York’s Forest Hills Stadium (8/17); and Columbia, MD’s Merriweather Post Pavilion (8/22); to name a few.Beck Teams Up With Los Angeles Philharmonic & Feist To Perform “Tarantula” On ‘Corden’ [Watch]Tickets for the upcoming tour will go on sale this Friday, February 15th at 10 a.m. local time. For a full list of dates and venue-specific ticketing links, head here. For more information, you can head over to Beck’s website.Beck The Night Running Tour Dates7/11 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*7/13 – George, WA – The Gorge*7/16 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre*7/17 – Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater*7/19 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater*7/20 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheater*7/21 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion*7/23 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre^7/26 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheater^7/27 – Dallas, TX – The Dos Equis Pavilion^7/28 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion^7/30 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater^7/31 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island^8/2 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center^8/3 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre^8/4 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center^8/11 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage~8/12 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center~8/13 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater~8/15 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center~8/16 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion~8/17 – New York City, NY – Forest Hills Stadium8/20 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center~8/21 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion~8/22 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion~8/24 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park~8/25 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion~8/27 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheater~8/29 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre~8/30 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheater~*with Starcrawler^with Wild Belle~with Sunflower BeanView Tour Dateslast_img read more

A character fit for a novel

first_imgThanks to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar-winning film “Schindler’s List,” many know the story of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved hundreds of Polish Jews during World War II by employing them in his factories.Thanks to the work of Radcliffe Fellow Julie Orringer, many readers will soon be familiar with a lesser-known, somewhat unlikely wartime hero. Varian Fry was an American journalist and Harvard graduate who helped saved more than 2,000 artists and anti-Nazi activists by way of a daring rescue network in occupied France.For 13 months from 1940 to 1941, Fry, based in Marseilles, forged papers and planned escape routes for a list of people that reads like a Who’s Who of Europe’s cultural elite. It includes Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, and Max Ernst.“It surprised me all the more reading that list that I had never heard of Fry,” said Orringer on a recent rainy morning in her office at Byerly Hall. On a wall next to her desk, haunting black-and-white photos of Arendt, Chagall, Ernst, and André Breton serve as vivid reminders of Fry’s work. Orringer is writing a novel based on his life during her fellowship year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.An alumna of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Orringer initially considered herself content with writing stories — her collection “How to Breathe Underwater” was published in 2005. But an emotional conversation several years ago changed everything. After her grandfather described how he had been conscripted into the Hungarian army as a Jew in 1939, Orringer set out to tell his story with her debut novel. It was while researching that 2010 work, “The Invisible Bridge,” that she encountered Fry.Orringer had come across an article in the Franco-German armistice known as the “surrender on demand” clause, a mandate that required the French state to turn over German nationals on French soil to German officials.“When I did a Google search for ‘surrender on demand,’ up came an autobiography of the same title by this gentleman I’d never heard of.”The more Orringer learned about Fry, the more her curiosity grew. Fry’s memoir raised even more questions. When she tracked down the book’s original introduction she found it “indignant and impassioned” compared with the version that appeared in print. Fry’s editors, she later discovered, worried the public would react badly to reading about “the horrible things that were happening in Europe at the time.”“I came to understand pretty quickly that there was a lot that Fry couldn’t reveal about his own experience when his book was published in 1945. … The style in which it’s written is very guarded. It’s theatrical in a way,” said Orringer. “He speaks as if he were writing a spy movie about himself. I was wondering who this person was behind this artifice.”Orringer soon discovered that Fry, who graduated from Harvard in 1930, was just as guarded with many of his friends and collaborators. “A novelist immediately begins to pay attention when somebody talks about obsessive secret-keeping. I wanted to know what his secrets were.”A window into some of those secrets has opened for Orringer at Harvard. While at Radcliffe she has delved into Harvard’s archives, poring over Fry’s student file to learn more about his College years.A keen intelligence and rebellious spirit punctuated Fry’s time in Cambridge. When the literary journal The Harvard Advocate refused their work, Fry and classmate Lincoln Kirstein founded their own quarterly, The Hound & Horn. Fry’s intellect was matched by his love of mischief. He was fond of parties and drinking, said Orringer, and was eventually suspended for placing a “For Sale” sign on the lawn at the home of the Harvard College dean.Included in the archives are letters Fry’s father and the administration exchanged over the young man’s bad behavior, as well as pleas from some of the professors who supported his reinstatement.“There’s a wealth of material here that I could find nowhere else in the world,” said Orringer, “and that’s in addition to the amazing information that’s available through the Harvard libraries.”Two Harvard undergraduates are helping Orringer with her research, developing a detailed timeline of Fry’s stay in France and compiling information on the writers and artists he aided.Why a novel when nonfiction works about Fry’s life, as well as a 2001 TV movie — “Varian’s War” with William Hurt in the lead — are readily available? Orringer insists that fiction offers a chance at a more psychologically layered portrait.“In a novel we can proceed from a kind of inner perspective that allows the reader the most intimate access to the forces that drive us, and that make us afraid, and that animate us, to the kind of amazing work that Fry ended up doing.”Orringer’s own life has followed something of a twisting path shaped by her passion. The daughter of two doctors, she was in her sophomore year at Cornell on a pre-med track when she met “living, working writers” during a series of creative writing workshops. Though she had crafted plays as a schoolgirl and won numerous writing contests, Orringer had never considered writing “something you could study or do professionally” until that moment.When she called her parents to tell them she wanted to become a writer, she held her breath.“I assumed they were going to be horrified … after a long silence they both began to laugh and they said, ‘We wondered how long it was going to take for you to figure that out.’”Julie Orringer will deliver this year’s Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in the Arts and Humanities at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Radcliffe’s Knafel Center.last_img read more