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first_imgHome » News » Infamous landlord Fergus Wilson convicted of abusing parking attendant previous nextRegulation & LawInfamous landlord Fergus Wilson convicted of abusing parking attendantThe 71-year-old was taken to court following an argument with an attendant about a parking ticket he received in Maidstone.Nigel Lewis11th November 201902,185 Views A multi-millionaire and high-profile landlord in Kent has been convicted of racially abusing a parking attendant 18 months ago while visiting one of his properties in the county.71-year old landlord Fergus Wilson (pictured, above with wife Judith) achieved considerable notoriety last year when he featured on an investigative BBC TV show that looked into several allegations against him.At one point he and his wife Judith owned a portfolio of 750 new-build buy-to-let properties but recently sold a significant part of their portfolio for a reported £90 million.Fergus denied the claims, made at Medway Magistrates’ Court, that he racially abused the parking attendant despite the expletive-rich rant, which was aimed at the Slovakian-born meter maid.Cam kitBut his words were recorded by the officer’s body cam kit, during which he tells the attendant to go back ‘where she came from’.Before the trial began Wilson contacted The Negotiator to say he is not racist and that he lets properties to ‘people of all race and creed’.In 2017 Wilson received considerable media attention after it was revealed that he had instructed his letting agent not to rent his houses out to Indian or Pakistani origin tenants because of the ‘curry smells’. He was later told this renting policy was unlawful.The charge arose from an incident 18 months ago in April 2018 when Wilson, who is from Maidstone, parked outside two properties owned by his wife that were being renovated for conversion into housing for women who had suffered domestic abuse. November 11, 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 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 2021last_img read more


first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Chancellor’s Budget announcements drive ‘busiest day EVER for property market’ previous nextHousing MarketChancellor’s Budget announcements drive ‘busiest day EVER for property market’Claim is made Rightmove but backed up by agents who also say millions of people were prompted to start property searches by Sunak’s Budget.Nigel Lewis5th March 20210765 Views Rishi Sunak’s Budget 2021 stamp duty and mortgage support announcements on Wednesday prompted one of the busiest days ever for both estate agency and property portal websites as millions of buyers rushed to search for property.The stamp duty holiday has now been extended from March 31st to June 30th for the portion of a property’s value up to £500,00 and then to the end of September for up to £250,000.The mortgage support package guarantees a slice of a property’s mortgage for first time buyers if they can save up a 5% deposit and secure them a 95% LTV mortgage.Rightmove says Wednesday was it’s busiest day ever for traffic with over nine million people piling in to search for property, 6% higher than its last record day, which was Sunak’s previous budget announcement on 8th July 2020.Rightmove’s Tim Bannister (pictured) says: “It’s clear from our record-breaking traffic numbers that the Spring Budget has introduced buyers into the market who were not perhaps able to consider moving until now or who were waiting to hear what was going to happen to stamp duty.”But agents have also seen record visits to their websites. Winkworth says it saw a 15 per cent surge in traffic to its website after the Budget announcements on the stamp duty holiday extension and the mortgage guarantee scheme.Dominic Agace, its chief executive, says: “We saw an immediate spike in activity compared to before the Budget and the same period last week. “Talking to our offices, some noticed a surge of interest when the stories on stamp duty and 95 per cent mortgages emerged over the past week or so.“The stamp duty holiday extension will take the pressure off those battling to beat the deadline and the mortgage guarantee scheme is a great boost to buyers and sellers in London, particularly in a sector of the market which has struggled due to lower mortgage availability.”Winkworth says there are 388,000 visits to it website every month on average, and 4.6 million visit during 2020.Read more about the budget.budget 2021 Rishi Sunak Rightmove winkworth March 5, 2021Nigel 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 2021last_img read more


first_img Pinterest Twitter Google+ Facebook Previous articleMan sentenced after pleading guilty to Fulton County school shooting plotNext articleState makes COVID-19 vaccine available to more Hoosiers Brooklyne Beatty Google+ Elkhart house fire sends one to hospital Tuesday By Brooklyne Beatty – March 10, 2021 0 395 (Source: https://goo.gl/4hRlFI License: https://goo.gl/OOAQfn) A few people are recovering from injuries after a house fire in Elkhart Tuesday.The Elkhart Fire Department was called to the fire in the 1500 block of Kilbourn Street just after 3 p.m., where they found smoke coming from the back of a single story house with a basement.Police had arrived prior to the fire department, and were able to help the residents out of the home.Two of the residents were treated by Elkhart Fire Paramedics on the scene and released, while one was transported to a local hospital for treatment and observation.The fire was quickly extinguished and an investigation revealed it originated in the basement due to improperly discarded smoking materials.center_img TAGSElkhartElkhart Fire DepartmentfirehouseIndianainjuredKilbourn Street Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more


first_imgNicholas ChristakisProfessor of Sociology (FAS) andProfessor of Medical Sociology (Harvard Medical School) andand Professor of Medicine (Harvard Medical School)last_img


first_imgThe newly renovated Barker Arts Café, brainchild of Diana Sorensen and the Humanities Project, aims to be a bohemian locus of student activity and conversation around the arts and humanities at Harvard College, and it is succeeding. Miles Hewitt, a sophomore English concentrator in Pforzheimer House, is a student musician who performed his original work at the café last Thursday evening.Hailing from the state of Washington, Hewitt does more than just read books. He learned piano when he was 10, and now plays guitar, sings, and writes songs, often of a folk-indie inclination. As he sat with me in the dimly lit café before going on stage, he talked about performing at Starbucks in Harvard Square throughout freshmen year and with his band, The Solars. Though he finds live solo performances enjoyable, recording and building relationships with his band is Hewitt’s focus. Alongside a drummer and keyboardist from Berklee College of Music, “loud rock music with good people is absolutely the goal,” he attested with a smile.But being a musician while simultaneously being a Harvard student isn’t always smooth sailing. “Music has always been my main love, but it’s definitely a challenge trying to integrate being a student into being a musician, and finding that balance. I feel my plans are probably pretty different from many of my peers. I admire their well-thought-out plans, but for me it’s not as clear.”Despite that uncertainty, Hewitt has his academic side. As a student studying English, he loves “great writing,” and that shows in his music. As he bantered with the audience between songs, he brought the listeners into his writing process, saying how he drew inspiration from sources as varied as the Bible and James Joyce’s “Dubliners.” He thinks that playing music is akin to being a storyteller, and he has a special love for David Foster Wallace.The café, which reopened with its new mission in October, has begun hosting performances like Hewitt’s, as well as readings, discussions and exhibitions under the direction of lecturer Liz Maynes-Aminzade. With events ranging from storytelling to live jazz to comedy nights, and a rustic bohemian vibe to top it off, the café is shaping up to be a popular spot for study, conversation, or a coffee break. Sorensen, dean for the Arts and Humanities and professor of Romance languages and literatures, wrote about the idea behind renovating the café: “Our goal … was to create an inviting place that really belonged to the arts and humanities community, where students and faculty members in our division could meet to talk about ideas and artistic initiatives, to work together … [and] share in two of the great pleasures of life: collegial conversation and participating in artistic and performance events.”As Miles’ performance came to a close, I saw Sorensen’s vision becoming reality. The rotunda audience burst into applause, and Hewitt smiled in gratitude. In discussing his musical future, he was clear-sighted. “You know, it’s not a straight path, like majoring in Ec — not that there’s anything wrong with that — it’s just different,” he said. “It’s hard for me to imagine music as the main thing I do, but it will remain my biggest love, and I trust that I’ll find my own way.”With recording, composing, and reading great literature on his mind, Hewitt left the café a little more alive for his performance. At the café, there’ll be more to come.last_img read more


first_imgDaisy Eagan(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Star Files Leslie Odom Jr. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Tony Winner Daisy Eagan to Return to Secret GardenOver 25 years after her Broadway debut in The Secret Garden, which garnered her a Tony Award, Daisy Eagan is set to return to the musical, this time as Martha, the role she played at an LCT concert presentation earlier this year. Directed by David Armstrong, the cast will also include Michael Xavier (who recently starred opposite Glenn Close in London’s Sunset Boulevard) in his American debut, Tony nominee Josh Young and Lizzie Klemperer. Created by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Tony-winning tuner is scheduled to play at Washington, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company from November 15 through December 31 and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre from April 14, 2017 through May 6.Leslie Odom Jr. Will Head to West CoastLeslie Odom Jr. isn’t throwing away his shot! The Broadway favorite has scheduled his first West Coast performance since winning the Tony for Hamilton. Odom Jr. is set to headline Los Angeles’ Valley Performing Arts Center on November 17. As previously reported, his holiday album, Simply Christmas, will drop on November 11 and he has also landed a role in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming starry remake of Murder on the Orient Express.Jane Krakowski & Tituss Burgess Team Up On StageSpeaking of the holidays, this is one very special way to celebrate the New Year! Broadway vets and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt costars Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess will collaborate on their first ever full-length concert together on December 31. The event, with the San Francisco Symphony, is set to play the Davies Symphony Hall and you can expect the pair to sing hits from the stage and screen…with a healthy dose of charisma and humor thrown in!Blue Man Group’s Novel IdeaBlue Man Group’s first-ever book, Blue Man World, is now available. Published by Black Dog & Leventhal, the tome is a cheekily clever deep dive into the world of the Blue Men, as well as a cultural satire. It features specially commissioned artwork, archival photographs, infographics, interviews with Blue Man experts (both real and potentially not real) and more. The hit show has been playing off-Broadway since 1991.P.S. Check out below as James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess Quickstep to “The Hollywood Wiz” from Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour on Dancing with the Stars. View Commentslast_img read more


first_imgVermont ranked fifth in a national survey of energy efficiency, as Massachusetts supplanted perennial leader California and New York State finished third. A sour US economy, tight state budgets, and a failure by Congress to adopt a comprehensive energy strategy have not slowed the growing momentum among US states toward increased energy efficiency, according to the fifth edition of the annual ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) during a National Press Club news conference. Available online at http://aceee.org/research-report/e115(link is external), the ACEEE Scorecard shows that the top 10 states are: Massachusetts (taking the #1 position for the first time); California (slipping from the top spot it held for the first four editions of the ACEEE Scorecard); New York State; Oregon; Vermont; Washington State; Rhode Island; Minnesota, Connecticut; and Maryland (making its first appearance in the top 10 and also one of the six most improved states in the 2011 ACEEE Scorecard). The 10 states most in need of improvement (from dead last to #42) are: North Dakota; Wyoming; Mississippi; Kansas; Oklahoma; South Carolina; West Virginia; Missouri; Alabama (also one of the top six most improved states); and South Dakota.  The six most improved states include Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska, Alabama, Maryland, and Tennessee. “Energy efficiency is America’s abundant, untapped energy resource and the states continue to press forward to reap its economic and environmental benefits,” said ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel. “The message here is that energy efficiency is a pragmatic, bipartisan solution that political leaders from both sides of the aisle can support. As they have over the past decades, states continue to provide the leadership needed to forge an energy-efficient economy, which reduces energy costs, spurs job growth, and benefits the environment.”  “Thanks to our investments in innovation and infrastructure, Massachusetts is now leading the nation in energy efficiency,” said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. “Through our Green Communities Act, we set aggressive goals and laid the foundation for greater investment in energy efficiency — and now we are proud to be a model for the nation and world.” “I am thrilled that Maryland is being recognized as one of the top ten states and one of the most improved states for energy efficiency,” said Malcolm Woolf, director of the Maryland Energy Administration. “As a result of Governor O’Malley’s vision in establishing one of the nation’s most aggressive energy efficiency goals, Marylanders have already saved over 700,000 MWh of electricity and over $91 million dollars since 2009, and our peak demand program has helped us avoid major blackouts during our record-setting summer heat wave.” “Illinois is a purposeful leader in the area of sustainability, investing more than $600 million in energy efficiency projects over the last four years alone,” Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Warren Ribley said. “By supporting aggressive policies including the state’s energy efficiency portfolio standard and advanced building industry training and education, we are creating jobs, building more sustainable communities and securing our place in the new energy economy.” “We are excited that Michigan’s positive action on energy efficiency is being recognized nationally,” said Valerie Brader, the chief energy policy officer for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The ACEEE report observed that Michigan’s improvement is particularly due to the implementation of energy efficiency programs advanced in state legislation P.A. 295.  The fifth edition of the ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard presents a comprehensive ranking of the states based on an array of metrics that capture best practices and recognize leadership in energy efficiency policy and program implementation. The Scorecard benchmarks progress and provides a roadmap for states to advance energy efficiency in the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors. A new, diverse set of states has followed a group of leading states by adopting significant energy efficiency policies, which will lead to innovative and effective programs. Tremendous potential remains for energy efficiency savings in all of the states should motivate decision-makers to advance energy efficiency.  “Clearly, 2011 has not been kind to our economy, but energy efficiency remains a growth sector that attracts investment and creates jobs,” said Michael Sciortino, ACEEE senior policy analyst and the report’s lead author. “With even higher energy savings possible, we expect leading states to continue pushing the envelope next year and inspire those at the bottom of the rankings to embrace energy efficiency as a core strategy to gain a competitive advantage by generating cost-savings, promoting technological innovation, and stimulating growth.”OTHER KEY FINDINGS Facing uncertain economic times, states are continuing to use energy efficiency as a key strategy to generate cost-savings, promote technological innovation, and stimulate growth. The ACEEE Scorecard documents the following trends: Total budgets for electricity efficiency programs increased to $4.5 billion in 2010, up from $3.4 billion in 2009. Combined with natural gas program budgets of about $1 billion, total energy efficiency budgets in 2010 equal about $5.5 billion. Given the increasing regulatory commitments to energy efficiency, this growth will likely continue over the next decade.Twenty-nine (29) states have either adopted or have made significant progress toward the adoption of the latest energy-saving building codes for homes and commercial properties – up from twenty in 2010 and ten in 2009.Twenty-four (24) states have adopted an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS), which sets long-term energy savings targets and drives utility-sector investments in energy efficiency programs. States that adopted EERS policies in 2007 and 2008 are now realizing significant energy savings and moving ahead in the Scorecard rankings.States continue to improve policies to reduce financial, technical, and regulatory barriers to adoption and deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) systems, which generate electricity and thermal energy in an integrated system. Tremendous potential remains for CHP, particularly in states with heavy industrial and manufacturing bases.A group of leading states remains ahead of the curve in adopting policies to reduce vehicle miles traveled and promote the purchase and manufacture of efficient vehicles. A major gap exists, however, as over half the states have minimal or no policies to encourage efficiency in the transportation sector.MethodologyThis ACEEE Scorecard provides a comprehensive assessment of policy and programs that improve energy efficiency in our homes, businesses, industry, and transportation sectors. The Scorecard examines six state energy efficiency policy areas and presents these results in six chapters: (1) utility and public benefits programs and policies; (2) transportation policies; (3) building energy codes; (4) combined heat and power; (5) state government initiatives; and (6) appliance efficiency standards. States can earn up to 50 possible points in these six policy areas combined, with the maximum possible points in each area weighted by the magnitude of its potential energy savings impact. ABOUT ACEEE  The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. For information about ACEEE and its programs, publications, and conferences, visit www.aceee.org(link is external).WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 20, 2011):last_img read more


first_img Welcome to Mount Rogers Hiking in Jefferson National Forest In the farthest southwest fingers of the Jefferson National Forest is a slice of Virginia that is too often overlooked. Trails climb through the forests and spill into a wide-open high-elevation frontier, strewn with giant boulders and pierced by rugged, rocky crags. Harsh winds carve through the moraines and sweep through the fields. Wild ponies roam the bald peaks and ridgelines. Bears lumber through the rhododendron thickets and feed on the huckleberry bushes. This is the high country of Mount Rogers.With over 400 miles of trails, 120,000 acres of mountain terrain, and three designated wilderness areas, the highlands of the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area are about as wild as it gets and are fairly accessible thanks to miles of primitive singletrack trails, old logging roads, railroad grades, and horse trails. The A.T. also cuts through this area, passing within a half mile of the trail to Mount Rogers’ 5,729-foot peak, the highest point in Virginia. Here are three unforgettable backcountry experiences in the high country.A Day in the High CountryHead into Grayson Highlands State Park from the south and park at Massie Gap. From there, follow the Appalachian Spur Trail. At the top, hang a left and the A.T. will deposit you right into Wilburn Ridge. Head up in late summer and you can pick blueberries and huckleberries ‘til you puke. You’ll see wild ponies grazing the grassy mountain plains, scramble through boulders and rocky trails, and catch sunsets and  360-degree views.Two Days of Little WilsonMake camp at Grayson Highlands State Park and head into the upland hardwood forests of Little Wilson Creek Wilderness. The Big Wilson Creek trail will take you in and you can branch off and do plenty of exploring, but before you’re done, grab your fly rod and take joy in the solitude of the Little Wilson Creek Trail along the creek bed and make a fishing day out of it. Catch yourself some of the beautiful brook trout that swim the waters of cold, bubbling waters and call it a day with a fire back at camp.Three Days on the TrailTwo and a half miles west of Troutdale, park at Fairwood and catch the A.T. This will take you through the gorgeous lower elevation rhododendron jungles and uphill towards the Old Orchard Shelter. Continue climbing and the A.T. will suddenly open up into the stunning highlands, where you can hike to an old fenced-in pony weigh station known as The Scales. Wild pony herds keep the area trimmed. Continue heading towards the Wise Shelter. This area is scattered with places to camp near the woods of Big Wilson Creek, where you are protected from the sometimes-brutal winds of high-elevation campsites. You’ll have access to water and beautiful starry skies to gaze upon.The next day follow the A.T. towards Wilburn Ridge and through to Rhododendron Gap. You’ll scramble over rocks and boulders, up and down the ridgelines, and boulder the rocky faces of Rhododendron Gap peaking at 5,525 feet. You’ll want your camera here as you gaze out over the moors of Mount Rogers. There are plenty of great campsites around Rhododendron Gap. Set up camp under the spruce trees and save time for a side-trip in the morning before closing the loop. Mount Rogers is home to rare Southern Applachian red spruce and Fraser fir, and its summit lays just a half-mile west from the A.T. Close out your trip by following the Pine Mountain Trail to the A.T. and back down towards the Old Orchard Shelter and Fairwood.center_img Big sky countrylast_img read more


first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU reiterated its call for preservation of the credit union federal corporate income tax exemption in a letter Monday to the House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, which holds a hearing on tax-reform proposals this afternoon.“The cumulative benefit credit unions provide the greater economy totals over $17 billion a year,” NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler wrote in his letter to subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, R-La., and Ranking Member Richard Neal, D-Mass. “This number far outpaces the cost of the credit union tax exemption and any potential revenue that would be raised by eliminating the exemption.”Thaler was referring to finds of an independent study commissioned by NAFCU on the value of the tax exemption and the impact if it were eliminated.“Eliminating the credit union tax exemption would result in the loss of 150,000 jobs a year, a shrinking of the GDP and a net loss of revenue to the federal government,” Thaler wrote. He added, “Simply put, the tax exemption is an issue of survival for credit unions and their 103 million members.” continue reading »last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are investigating a failed child abduction at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream Thursday in which the suspect yelled “Give me the baby” to a mother inside a restroom while trying to grab the tot. Police said a mother was tending to her one-year-old child inside a Kohl’s restroom at 10:45 a.m. when a woman commented “That is a beautiful baby.” The suspect approached the woman and repeatedly said “Give me the baby” while grabbing the tot’s arm. The mother pushed the woman’s arm and was able to exit the restroom safely before notifying security. The suspect, described as Hispanic and five-feet, five-inches tall with long blonde hair wearing a blue jacket, yellow shirt and multi-colored skirt, was last seen leaving Kohl’s in a black livery cab. Police said the investigation is ongoing. Detectives ask anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.last_img read more