Home » News » Latest MEES regulations will be final ‘nail in the coffin’ on buy to let previous nextRegulation & LawLatest MEES regulations will be final ‘nail in the coffin’ on buy to letClaims is made by leading landlords’ representative who says extra costs of rented properties up to minimum standards are too high.Nigel Lewis2nd April 20191 Comment1,562 Views The latest Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations to come into force will be a final ‘nail in the coffin’ for landlords, it has been claimed.The 15% of rented properties in England and Wales that have an EPC rating of F or G now have to prove that the improvements to their properties will cost more than £3,500 including VAT to upgrade to an E rating or face being banned from renting their homes out.From April 2020, all existing tenancies which require an EPC will need to have a minimum E rating, effectively banning all F and G homes from the market.“It’s another nail in the coffin for the buy to let industry”, says Charles Clarke (left), chairman of the Eastern Landlords Association (ELA) based in Norwich.“Landlords face a big dilemma, costs can run into the thousands and as a result several people [within the ELA] have already sold up as they’ve had enough.“If you’ve got one or two properties and aren’t running a company, the work is going to be too expensive for many people and a real trauma.”Landlords who have not carried out the work, are not exempt and who continue to rent out properties can be fined up to £5,000 by local authorities.Since 1 April 2018 landlords have not been permitted to let a residential property with an EPC rating below an E on a new tenancy including an extension or renewal unless they registered an exemption on the PRS Exemptions Register. Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards MEES Charles Clarke Eastern Landlords Association April 2, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentNick Cushing, Tudor Edward Tudor Edward 5th April 2019 at 11:21 amAs an Energy Assessor I do of course have a differing point of view. Landlords hold assets that have been largely left untouched in terms of regulation to minimum energy standards. EPCs have been around for a long time and it makes sense to strive to make improvements over time.You wouldn’t run a car for years without replacing parts and servicing it, so why is it persecution that landlords are being asked to make a contribution to keeping their properties efficiency and competitive in the market.Since 2007 I have heard that EPCs are a tax on ownership. I prefer to see this as a cost of making money from an asset.Log in to ReplyWhat’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
View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Pull View post tag: US View post tag: due View post tag: out View post tag: fears View post tag: Japan View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Ships Pull Out of Japan Due to Radiation Fears View post tag: Navy Two US Navy ships pulled out of the Japanese base at Yokosuka due to fears over rising radiation, Fox News Channel reported Monday…(myfoxboston)[mappress]Source: myfoxboston,March 21, 2011; View post tag: Radiation US Navy Ships Pull Out of Japan Due to Radiation Fears View post tag: ships March 21, 2011 Share this article
Share this article HMS Illustrious Welcomes aboard Hellenic Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) for the Hellenic Navy visited HMS Illustrious on Friday 6 September while the Ship briefly visited Souda Bay, Crete for fuel and stores.Accompanied by Commodore Ionnes Korakakis, Director of Operations, Commodore Dimosthenis Chelmis, Commander Souda Naval Base and Ms Deborah Stokes, Deputy Head of Defence Section within the UK Embassy, the group was given a Capability Presentation by Captain Mike Utley, Commanding Officer HMS Illustrious.Commander Nick Walker, Commander Air on board HMS Illustrious spoke about the generation process for a British warship and focused on how operational sea training and exercises such as NATO’s Joint Warrior prepares a ship for possible contingent tasking as part of the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group.He said: “It was a real pleasure to host Admiral Apostolakis and his Team. The Hellenic Navy CNS was most interested in the flexibility and scalability of the Response Force Task Group and the political and military options it presents.“The chance to look around an aircraft carrier was not to be missed and he was particularly engaged with the command and control of aviation operations and the concept of operations for Task Groups.”The Hellenic delegation received a tour of HMS Illustrious which included an amphibious demonstration in the aircraft hangar, a capability presentation on the Lynx Mark 8 and Mark 7 helicopter, a walk around the flight deck, and a visit to the Bridge, Flying Control and the Operations Room.The Cougar 13 deployment will operate in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, and Horn of Africa.It involves exercising with partner nations, and will show the UK Armed Forces’ capacity to project an effective maritime component anywhere in the world as part of the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group, commanded by Commodore Paddy McAlpine OBE ADC Royal Navy.The RFTG is the United Kingdom’s high readiness maritime force, made up of ships, submarines, aircraft and a landing force of Royal Marines, at five days notice to act in response to any contingency tasking including humanitarian disaster relief or international military intervention.HMS Illustrious the Portsmouth based amphibious helicopter and commando carrier is part of the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group and deployed with the Cougar 13 Task Group.The Cougar 13 Task Group is a versatile, flexible and scalable force at very high readiness prepared to react to any contingency as directed by Ministers, and will undertake international engagement and bilateral training with strategic partners throughout the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf region.[mappress]Press Release, September 10, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Illustrious Welcomes aboard Hellenic Chief of Naval Staff View post tag: Defense View post tag: Defence View post tag: UK Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Staff View post tag: Naval September 10, 2013 View post tag: HMS View post tag: Illustrious View post tag: Hellenic View post tag: welcomes View post tag: chief
The New College of the Humanities this week faced vehement criticism and scepticism from students and academics alike.Many have speculated that NCH, a privately funded university, is the answer to funding cuts to the humanities from the government, and that it will rival to Oxbridge’s teaching standards. Niall Ferguson, a distiguished television historian who will teach at NCH said to Cherwell, “I am very enthusiastic about this venture and have been reading with incredulity some of the criticisms in the media this week.“The best universities in the United States are, with a few exceptions, private institutions – not least my employer Harvard. The same can be said about the best secondary schools in Britain.” Ferguson continued, “Only a fool would oppose the creation of a liberal arts college like New College. Anyone who cares about the teaching of the humanities in Britain should be cheering on Anthony Grayling, and hoping that others will be emboldened to follow his example.”However, students have condemned the university for the £18,000 annual tuition fee which only a small minority of privileged students will be able to afford. David Barclay, OUSU President slated the NCH, and stated, “The New College of the Humanities is a clear foretaste of the dystopian future the Coalition Government’s policies will lead the higher education sector into. “It is an affront to Oxford’s tradition of working to improve fair access to high quality undergraduate education, and yet more cause for the resounding vote of no confidence which we have now delivered to the Government.”However, Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, said, “We welcome competition and we are relaxed about the growth in private universities, like the New College of the Humanities, as long as such institutions do not put significantly increased pressure on the already high-cost student support system.“It would be unlikely that the NCH could join us if it is to be a teaching-only institution.”India Lenon, a third year Classicist at New College, commented, “‘The founders claim that their new university will rival Oxbridge, but I’m not convinced this will be the case. “There will be two sorts of people who apply: students not bright enough to get into a good state-funded university, and students who are spellbound by either the word ‘Oxbridge’ or the ‘big names’ in the new place’s prospectus.”Oxford Education Campaign have organised a protest next Friday, to greet Grayling when he arrives in Oxford to chair a talk at St. Antony’s College to show their discontent at this “unjust private institution”. OxEd Campaign urge students to “Fill in an application form online, telling them you plan to win the lottery, rob banks, etc in order to pay the 54k”.
Rocco Gagliano of Reuter Construction tosses debris into a dumpster while cleaning up from a duplex fire at 48th Street and Central Avenue. By Maddy Vitale An early morning fire that destroyed two duplexes and damaged a third at 48th Street and Central Avenue on Dec. 27 began in a kitchen, but the cause remains undetermined, Ocean City Fire Chief Jim Smith said Thursday.Fire investigators from Ocean City, Margate, Cape May County and the state conducted the investigation and determined the fire broke out at 4829-4831 Central Ave. No injuries were reported.“Our job is to find where it started. It was a ground floor kitchen. Everyone thought it started in the middle duplex, but it didn’t,” Smith explained. “We were able to pinpoint the fire to the kitchen. We can’t say whether it was an appliance. We were unable to determine the heat source.”The home where the fire began sustained less damage than the middle property, 4835-4837 Central Ave. Smith said that was because it was mostly wood, built in 1990. The newer home had vinyl siding. Smith explained that wood burns slower than vinyl.Chris Cashman was the owner of one of the middle duplexes. The morning of the fire, he and his friend, Denise D’Andrea, viewed the devastation and spoke with Smith. Cashman said he only owned the property since 2015, but had a lot of good memories there.On Thursday, all that remained of Cashman’s duplex was an empty lot and charred debris. Shortly after the fire, Ocean City’s Code Enforcement Officer Neil Byrne ordered that the unsafe structures were to come down. Smith noted that the homeowners are now dealing with their insurance companies.On New Year’s Day the cleanup began.Rocco Gagliano, an employee of demolition contractor Reuter Construction, based in Marmora, picked up piles of charred rubble and metal and tossed them into a large dumpster Thursday. “We started the cleanup on New Year’s Day,” Gagliano said. “They asked me if I wanted to work and I said, ‘Sure.’ I think the mayor set it up.”Gagliano stood on top of the massive pile of debris and said, “It’s a good thing it wasn’t summer time. I rather clean up from a vacant house. You can let houses go but you can’t replace life – not people or your pets.”Demolition crews took down the middle duplex.The Ocean City Fire Department responded to multiple calls reporting a structure fire on the 4800 block of Central Avenue at 3:20 a.m. Dec. 27.Firefighters from Fire Station 3 arrived in just 90 seconds, but the fires were already raging and fully engulfing the structures. Flames shot through the roofs, Smith said. The blaze also badly damaged a third duplex next door.On Thursday, Mike Corvasce, whose family owns the third duplex, located at 4839-4841 Central Ave., checked on their home.“My family has owned it for more than 20 years,” he said.It sustained damage from the heat of the fire and it appeared the vinyl siding melted. There was also water and smoke damage on one side.Corvasce said his family is waiting to hear what is to become of the home. “We are trying to figure it all out and evaluating the situation,” he said.He added that he and his family are thankful there were no injuries.Mike Corvasce talks about the family home.Smith said there were several issues with the fire. The first, and most important one, he said, was a major delay in notifying the Fire Department of the blaze.He said it definitely hindered the Fire Department’s ability to fight the fire, get it under control and save properties.“The delay of notification was the most major impact on this fire. A neighbor heard noises at 1:30 a.m., thinking there was construction going on. It woke her up. It is not normal for construction to be going on at that time,” Smith explained. “The construction she thought she heard was the fire growing. This was two hours prior to 911 being called and the fire was getting bigger and bigger.”He said it is vital that people report any unusual activity to authorities as soon as possible.“The police department is excellent in this town,” Smith said. “They are out on patrol. Between the police and fire, we will come out and investigate the issues and concerns you have.”The charred shell of the house that still stands is where the fire began, officials say.The early morning fire rages Dec. 27. (Provided by Ocean City Fire Chief Jim Smith)
rising rates of detention under the Act the disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups detained under the Act processes that are out of step with a modern mental health care system The review looked at: choice and autonomy – ensuring service users’ views and choices are respected least restriction – ensuring the Act’s powers are used in the least restrictive way therapeutic benefit – ensuring patients are supported to get better, so they can be discharged from the Act people as individuals – ensuring patients are viewed and treated as rounded individuals The final report sets out recommendations covering 4 principles that the review believes should underpin the reformed Act: This page includes Easy Read and summary versions of the report plus an analysis of the survey data. The summary version also includes an illustrative guide to the review’s recommended changes.
Secrets are often harmless, but they can prompt major problems when they happen at the highest levels of government.So what are the consequences when a U.S. president is dangerously preoccupied with secrecy? According to author Mary Graham and Brookings Institution fellow Norman L. Eisen, both panelists at a Harvard Kennedy School gathering Monday evening called “Presidential Secrecy from Washington to Trump,” that question is particularly relevant with a new administration taking charge.Moderated by Kennedy School Academic Dean Archon Fung, the Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, the panel discussed issues involving the Trump administration. But both panelists set their views in a historical context. Graham, who is co-director of the Kennedy School’s Transparency Policy Project and author of “Presidents’ Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Power,” said that only three presidents have ever been transparent: George Washington, and to a lesser extent Gerald Ford and Barack Obama.She said that every other administration withheld some crucial information, whether about Woodrow Wilson’s stroke, Richard Nixon’s burglaries, or Bill Clinton’s affairs. “Secrecy turns out to be the president’s greatest power,” she said. “And if not controlled, it’s also the greatest threat to democracy.”Playing devil’s advocate, Fung asked whether too much transparency also might paralyze the government. Eisen, who was U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic under Obama, countered that transparency was more of an advantage. Citing his own earlier work in helping craft the Dodd-Frank law on Wall Street regulation, Eisen said that “We conducted that in an extraordinary atmosphere of openness, from releasing our administration blueprint to the public before Congress had done its drafting. In the end, we got 80-90 percent of what we asked for, so it didn’t cause any gridlock.”In response to a student question, Eisen said that even Obama felt the need to be somewhat secretive when conducting controversial drone strikes against suspected terrorists. “There are times when you have competing moral imperatives,” Eisen said. “And I know that was something the president struggled with.”Still, both panelists agreed that it was a problem when President Trump implemented his travel ban on immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. “I think the president owes us an apology,” Graham suggested. “He kept his plans hidden not only from his advisors, but from the lawyers and from the agents who would have to carry it out, and it was disruptive to thousands of immigrant people. I think this is a particularly dangerous moment, because nothing can stop a president who wants to do harm behind closed doors. Accountability is after the fact, and we don’t have a way to stop a president who wants to do something unwise, foolish, or illegal.”Both panelists expressed concern that Trump, the oldest elected U.S. president, has yet to make public his medical records or his tax returns. “I worry a lot about corruption,” Eisen said. “And I think that darkness is an enabling factor for corruption. It has a corrosive effect on government decision-making, and those decisions can cost people their lives. We need to know, for example, about the relationship with Russia. It pops up and occupies the media, then it submerges again. The president says he has no business dealings with Russia, and his son says they have money pouring in. So which is it? Our founding fathers were so concerned about this that they wrote a conflicts clause into the Constitution.”An audience member pushed further, asking whether media scrutiny has devolved into infotainment. “With the new phenomenon of reality TV, I’m surprised it took as long as it did for a Donald Trump” to arrive, Eisen replied. “The traditional media was slow to react. They maintained the ‘he said, she said’ approach and the wall between editorial and coverage. But when you have a political virus in the system, you can’t maintain those practices.”The upside, said Graham, is that the new era of government secrecy is likely to be an age of activism.“That’s where my book ended, on an optimistic note,” Graham said. “I don’t think limits on secrecy have ever depended on the Congress and the courts. They depend on the courage of individuals. And there are more people watching now than there ever were before. You can’t keep secrets from a democracy for very long.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Amanda Kosby (L) and Tara Riley (R) were arrested for heroin possession with their children in the car.Two mothers who were allegedly in possession of heroin and who police said had gotten high earlier in the day Wednesday were arrested in East Patchogue after being discovered inside a parked car along with their children and open heroin bags, Suffolk County police said.Two police officers were on patrol when they saw the two women—26-year-old Tara Riley of Medford and 27-year-old Amanda Kosby of North Bellport—sitting in a 2002 Ford Explorer in the parking lot of East Winds apartment complex on Montauk Highway at 9:30 p.m., police said.Both women were allegedly in possession of “hypodermic instruments containing heroin,” police said. Riley’s 4-year-old daughter and Kosby’s 5-year-old son were in the back passengers seat, police said.The two officers also found open bags of heroin on the front seat, police said, adding that the women said they had gotten high earlier in the day.Riley and Kosby were charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument. Both women will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Thursday.Both children were released into the custody of family members, police said. Suffolk County Child Protective Services was also notified.
continue reading » Small credit unions face many challenges these days to keep pace in a hotly competitive market and to recruit talented employees. HUD Federal Credit Union has launched an initiative to deal with the latter of those difficulties as a long-term play to address the former.The $45 million, 5,000-member credit union based in Washington, D.C. is developing ambitious internship and management training programs designed to provide hands-on learning and match trainees with seasoned industry mentors.Paid, part-time internships are offered to college students whose courses of study and career goals align the HUD FCU’s needs. When they graduate, interns will be considered for a program that offers a “passport to executive management” with training across eight core disciplines: accounting, administration, compliance, data analytics, HR, IT, lending, marketing and business development, member services and operations.Interns and management trainees work alongside the credit union’s 12 employees and also benefit from the expertise of “consultants,” long-time credit union managers who are seeking new opportunities in the wake of mergers, starting their own businesses or moving toward retirement. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Australia unveiled a draft law Friday to force Google and Facebook to pay news media for their content or face huge fines in one of the most aggressive moves by any government to curb the power of the US digital giants.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the “mandatory code of conduct” to govern relations between the struggling news industry and the tech firms after 18 months of negotiations failed to bring the two sides together.In addition to payment for content, the code covers issues like access to user data and transparency around the algorithms used to rank content in the platforms’ news feeds and search results. “The government’s heavy-handed intervention threatens to impede Australia’s digital economy and impacts the services we can deliver to Australians,” said Mel Silva, Google’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand.Facebook issued a terse one-line response that hinted it could reconsider its activites in Australia if the proposals were implemented.”We are reviewing the government’s proposal to understand the impact it will have on the industry, our services and our investment in the news ecosystem in Australia,” said Will Easton, Facebook’s local manager.The initiative has been closely watched around the globe as news media worldwide have suffered in an increasingly digital economy, where advertising revenue is overwhelmingly captured by Facebook, Google and other big tech firms.The crisis has been exacerbated by the economic collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with dozens of Australian newspapers closed and hundreds of journalists sacked in recent months.Unlike other countries’ so-far unsuccessful efforts to force the platforms to pay for news, the Australian initiative uses competition law and not copyright regulations to challenge what Australia calls an “acute bargaining power imbalance” between media and the US giants.’We want it to be fair’ The move has been strongly pushed by Australia’s two biggest media companies, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and Nine Entertainment, who stand to gain the most from the crackdown.News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller called Friday’s announcement a “watershed moment” and declared the “platforms’ days of free-riding are ending”.Frydenberg warned Google and Facebook that any “discrimination” against Australian media as a result of the new law would be considered a punishable breach of the code.He said the aim was “not to protect Australian news media businesses from competition, or from disruption that’s occurring across this sector” but rather “to create a level playing field”.”We want Google and Facebook to continue to provide these services to the Australian community which are so much loved and used by Australians.”But we want it to be on our terms. We want it to be in accordance with our law. And we want it to be fair.”Under the code, drawn up by the Australian anti-trust watchdog ACCC, tech companies will be required to negotiate with news firms “in good faith” over payments for use of their content.If agreement cannot be reached within three months, the issue will go to binding arbitration.Violations of the code will draw penalties of up to Aus$10 million (US$7 million) per breach or 10 percent of the company’s local turnover, which the ACCC has estimated at some US$4 billion annually.Both Facebook and Google say advertising revenue linked to news content is a small fraction of their overall revenue and that they have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to local news media by driving traffic to their online services, providing grants and purchasing some content.But ACCC chief Rod Sims said Friday such efforts failed to address the unfair power wielded by the tech titans.”We wanted a model that would address this bargaining power imbalance and result in fair payment for content, which avoided unproductive and drawn-out negotiations, and wouldn’t reduce the availability of Australian news on Google and Facebook,” he said.Topics : “Nothing less than the future of the Australian media landscape is at stake with these changes,” Frydenberg said, calling the legislation a “world-leading regulatory framework”.He said legislation implementing the code would be introduced to parliament in the coming weeks after a final round of consultations — and would include “substantial penalties” that could cost the tech companies hundreds of millions of dollars.While the code could eventually apply to any digital platform, Frydenberg said it would initially focus on Facebook and Google, two of the world’s richest and most powerful companies.Google responded quickly, saying it was “deeply disappointed” with the proposal.