The Lettings Hub steps in to look after 300 estate agent clients of failed rival

first_imgHome » News » The Lettings Hub steps in to look after 300 estate agent clients of failed rival previous nextProducts & ServicesThe Lettings Hub steps in to look after 300 estate agent clients of failed rivalLetsXL recently announced it had ceased trading but it has been confirmed that The Lettings Hub is to provide referencing, insurance and rent guarantee services to its customers.Nigel Lewis6th September 201901,341 Views Lettings reference firm LetsXL has struck a deal to transfer its 300 agent clients to rival The Lettings Hub after the Welsh business became commercially unviable and ceased trading.Colwyn Bay-based LetsXL Ltd was established 2002 and had until relatively recently been a workable business offering both referencing, landlord insurance and rent guarantee warranties from major UK companies such as AON, Call Credit and LV=.Rumours about the company’s viability have been circulating for several weeks but the company confirmed on August 30th that it would cease trading.Now, The Lettings Hub has confirmed that it is to step in and continue the provision of all LetsXL’s three key products to its customers.The Lettings Hub is now busy speaking directly to all of LetXL’s customers.“We’re working with the former LetsXL team, who want to protect the interests of both their clients and employees as best they can in the current predicament,” says Heidi Shackell, CEO at The Lettings Hub (left).“We’re pleased to be in a strong position as a brand and this means we’ve been able to step in, take control of the business and get the normal LetsXL operations back up and running within the last 48 working hours.“Employees are back in position, processing referencing, insurance and rent warranties for all clients.“Obviously, we want to assure LetsXL clients that this positive move and that they will see no further disruption to service.“As a leading brand in the market, we have full awareness of our responsibility to them. As part of the deal we have agreed that for those who remain as a customer, we will assume the liability for rent warranties and handle any outstanding claims in line with normal service procedures.”LetsX Heidi Shackell The Lettings Hub September 6, 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

How successful has Khan’s rogue letting agent checker really been?

first_imgThe limited success of an online checking tool for tenants has been revealed in data released via social media by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.In a series of half a dozen tweets Khan has boasted about the significant success of the online tool, which enables tenants in the capital to check if a prospective landlord or letting agent has been fined or prosecuted in the past.Sadiq Khan says his service has been used 1,500 since it launched 20 months ago to help tenants check a company or landlord and that the platform’s website has been visited 185,000 times.Latest listBut a link on the Mayor of London’s own website links to a database that shows the ‘latest list’ contains only 377 records and just 200 different landlords and letting agents.The checker also enables both members of the public and police officers to report individuals and companies to the mayor.“Londoners deserve protection from rogue landlords,” says Khan. “That’s why we introduced the Rogue Landlord Checker to name and shame private landlords and agents who have acted illegally.”The low numbers involved is due to the limited scope of the checker. Many of the reports made to the platform don’t fall into its remit because only agents or landlords who have been successfully prosecuted by a council or the fire brigade are included or expelled from a redress scheme.Also, the length of time a company or appears on the ‘rogue directory’ varies wildly too depending on how serious their offence, ranging from one to ten years.Read more about the Mayor of London.   Mayor of London rogue landlord rogue letting agent Sadiq Khan December 17, 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 2021 Home » News » How successful has Khan’s rogue letting agent checker really been? previous nextRegulation & LawHow successful has Khan’s rogue letting agent checker really been?Mayor has been bragging on Twitter about the success of his online tool since launching it last May but has been choosy about which data to promote.Nigel Lewis17th December 20190722 Viewslast_img read more

ESPS Victoria scans the coast of Somalia

The Spanish Navy frigate ESPS Victoria, currently deployed in operation Atalanta, visited a total of 30 craft off the coast of Somalia during the second week of January.These endeavors were part of the European Union mission, and are intended to ascertain that piracy in the area is fully under control.During the seven days that the warship was on patrol, several craft were visited in order to draw life patterns of local fishermen and gather valuable information. The ship’s VBSS (visit, board, search and seizure) squad was tasked with this mission.Abiding by the established procedures, the VBSS squad conducted friendly approaches to the dhows. The SH-60B helicopter provided the necessary support and conducted several training activities with the German Navy corvette Erfurt (F 262), also integrated into EUNAVFOR.This collaboration served to certify the interoperability of European units and marked the first time an SH-60B landed on a K130-class warship.[mappress mapid=”17595″] View post tag: Operation Atalanta ESPS Victoria scans the coast of Somalia January 18, 2016 View post tag: ESPS Victoria View post tag: Somalia Authorities View post tag: FGS Erfurt Back to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Victoria scans the coast of Somalia Share this article read more


first_imgThe department of psychiatry is seeing a psychiatrist that willmake rounds, fill out commitment papers, and write orders formedication on patients in psychiatric crisis/ED unit. Candidatewill work collaboratively with staff nurses, social workers andother staff physicians and agency staff. Location and time ofassignments to be mutually agreed upon.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include thefollowing:Provides coverage at psychiatric crisis/ED unit. Services toinclude psychiatric evaluation, medication management, restraintsand staff consultation as required. Provides appropriatedocumentation of care including chart notes and completion ofrequired/requested forms.Must ensure the possession of a functioning phone at all timeswhile on-call.Must respond to any and all calls by telephone response within 15minutes.Must be available and respond to any and all or direct service topatients within one hour of being called for restraint, sentinelevent, near-miss or any other clinical situation that requiresface-to-face clinical care by an independent clinicalpractitioner.Keeps abreast of agency, hospital and departmental policies andprocedures.Submits appropriate billing information.Performs other related duties as assigned.QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, anindividual must be able to perform each essential dutysatisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative ofthe knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilitiesto perform the essential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Graduation from an accreditedschool of medicine with a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor ofOsteopathy degree and completion of a residency at a recognizedinstitution.Experience: One (1) year of experience as a practicingphysician.Licensure: Unrestricted Licensed as a Physician with theState of New Jersey with a current CDS and DEA.Salary: Commensurable with experience.Advertised: Nov 20 2019 Eastern Standard TimeApplications close:last_img read more

Lowest paid set to receive sick pay for the first time

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Eric Krasno’s E3 Organ Trio Welcomes Jeff Coffin, James Casey, Benny Bloom, & More In NYC [Photos]

first_imgPhoto: Matt Rea Eric Krasno played a last-minute show at the Blue Note in New York City, NY with his E3 Organ Trio late last night, welcoming an exciting group of very special guests. The E3 Organ Trio itself consists of drummer Eric Kalb and organ player Eric Finland, with Krasno on guitar and vocals. Last night’s show was billed with guitarist John Scofield, one of Krasno’s “all-time heroes,” as a special guest.However, as the night went on, the crowd was treated to surprise appearances from Lettuce trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom, Trey Anastasio Band saxophonist James Casey, Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Jeff Coffin, guitarist/vocalist James Gray Dawson VIII, and vocalist Victoria Canal.The night prior, Dave Matthews Band wrapped up their two-night run at Madison Square Garden, where he welcomed Eric Krasno on Friday night and James Casey on Saturday night, in addition to Warren Haynes, Jon Faddis, Mark Whitfield, and Ron Blake. With the whole gang in town, Krasno’s last-minute Saturday show announcement seems less like a coincidence, and more like an orchestrated attempt to gather some of his most talented friends to jam in one of NYC’s most legendary rooms.Eric Krasno’s E3 Organ Trio only debuted over the summer, with Saturday night’s performance marking their third ever. With the core band holding it down, the special guests rotated through a setlist full of jazz standards and celebrated covers.Photographer Matt Rea was on the scene to capture the magic, which you can check out below along with the setlist.Setlist: E3 Organ Trio | New York, NY | 12/1/876, Big Brother, That’s Alright, Boozer, Hey Joe, Elizabeth Reed, All About My Girl, Hottentot, Jan Jan, For Granted, Bring It On Home Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Hillary Clinton receives Radcliffe Medal

first_imgFormer U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday received the Radcliffe Medal, which annually honors a recipient whose life and work have had a “transformative impact on society.”Addressing the annual May gathering at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, departing Dean Lizabeth Cohen presented Clinton with the medal as hundreds of Radcliffe alumnae and Harvard luminaries looked on. Cohen cited Clinton’s extensive career as a lawyer and champion for the rights of women and children, as first lady, as U.S. senator from New York, as secretary of state, and as the Democratic nominee for president in 2016. Clinton was the first woman nominated by a major party for that office.“She has lived a life of public service. She uses her fierce intellect and determination to create meaningful social and political change. She displays the courage demanded of those who go first,” Cohen told the audience at the Radcliffe Day luncheon, reading the medal’s citation. Previous medalists include U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole.Hillary Clinton has a wide-ranging conversation with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey ’92. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerPrior to receiving her award, Clinton sat down with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey ’92 for a wide-ranging conversation about her life, work, and thoughts on the state of the nation.Assessing the current situation with North Korea, Clinton said she was hopeful that American officials can regroup after plans for talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fell through this week. But she cautioned U.S. leaders to enter into future talks with their “eyes wide open,” ready to “push as hard as possible.”She recalled that when you’re in the White House situation room, trying to come to an agreement on a difficult decision, you need to have “as much information — dare I say facts and evidence — as you possibly could, in order to advise and then make the best decisions.”But even with all the best information, “There’s no guarantee that the decision you make will be the right one,” she said, recalling her part in advising President Barack Obama about whether to target the suspected Pakistan hideout of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in 2011.“It was by no means a 100-to-nothing decision. And it certainly wasn’t a decision that could be made by the gut of the president,” she said. Instead it was a decision that was made after advisers carefully considered the evidence, assessed the risks, and offered informed opinions. “Of course, the president has to make the decision,” Clinton said. “There is no way that I can imagine important life-or-death decisions being made without that kind of thoughtfulness, and the State Department has a deep reservoir of people with experience.“I am hoping that people who are currently in the government, not political appointees, will stay as long as they can, fighting for facts and evidence and our values,” she said, “and I hope that people, if they are so motivated, will still go into our government.”Clinton said she has been inspired by the many women, some of them political newcomers, who have been running for office in recent months, a development that she is supporting through her new political action organization, called Onward Together. She said she also finds the rise of young advocates for common-sense gun-safety laws “thrilling.”,Discussing her early years, Clinton recalled that her mother, who had worked to support herself during high school, was an inspiration “who guided me and picked me back up when I was knocked down.” She urged her listeners to think about how to “develop empathy and kindness in our children, for themselves and for others.” She also urged her listeners to speak up and speak out, encouraging them to defend the importance of a free press and higher education, to vote in “every election, not just for the national election,” and to “find an issue that you really care about and go deep and go long.”“We are living through a time when fundamental rights, civic virtue, freedom of the press, even facts and reason, are under assault like never before, but we are also witnessing an era of new moral conviction, civic engagement, a sense of devotion to our democracy and our country,” she added in closing remarks.During the afternoon session, Madeleine Albright, who from 1997‒2001 was the first woman to serve as secretary of state and was also the 2001 Radcliffe Medalist, praised Clinton for her dedication and devotion to the country. “She takes seriously the words that symbolize what this country’s all about,” Albright said, “that all men and women are created equal, and that our shared purpose should be about liberty and justice for everyone regardless of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or whether someone arrived in this land as an immigrant or refugee.”Radcliffe Day was also something of a prelude to farewell for Cohen, who is stepping down as dean on June 30 after leading Radcliffe since 2011. During her tenure, Cohen helped re-envision the institute’s academic mission, bringing experts from myriad disciplines to engage with the Harvard community. She also oversaw a range of physical improvements to the campus, helped integrate the arts further into programming and campus life, and led the Radcliffe Campaign, the institute’s branch of Harvard’s capital campaign, which raised $87 million.last_img read more

Former Montana state regulator blasts Colstrip bill, says NorthWestern will benefit, consumers will pay

first_imgFormer Montana state regulator blasts Colstrip bill, says NorthWestern will benefit, consumers will pay FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Montana Public Radio:NorthWestern Energy is asking Montana lawmakers to back a bill that would allow them to bypass some oversight by state regulators.The so-called Montana Energy Security Act of 2019 passed out of the Senate late last week. It would give NorthWestern, the state’s largest monopoly utility company, the ability to forgo some regulation by Montana’s elected Public Service Commission. They’d be allowed to pass on to customers the costs of purchasing of a bigger share of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant. Critics say that wouldn’t be fair to customers.Travis Kavulla is a former chairman of the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC), and a sharp critic of the bill NorthWestern is lobbying for. He’s now the energy policy director at R-Street, a free market think-tank based in Washington, D.C.“If a usually regulated utility gets to buy something, but without regulatory oversight, I’d guess I’d call that deregulation,” Kavulla says. “The bill very plainly allows NorthWestern to charge consumers $75 million plus an unspecified amount of decommissioning and remediation costs. I’ve never seen in my experience any piece of legislation like this anywhere in the United States, which allows a monopoly from which consumers don’t have a choice in service, to essentially set rates for them that they have to pay.”The bill would allow NorthWestern to buy 150 megawatts of power generating ability at Colstrip without PSC oversight. It would increase its 30 percent share at one of the Colstrip units to 50 percent, for the outlined purchase price of $1. The legislation also allows $75 million in potential costs to be passed onto customers, without regulatory oversight for a decade.“As to the idea that Colstrip might be saved by this transaction, I disagree with the premise. I think it’s as likely as not that this move hastens of closure of Colstrip. So, I think we’re actually introducing quite a bit of risk into this. But it all comes back to the bottom line, that NorthWestern is a business and it should be expected to act like a business. You shouldn’t need to play this mother-may-I game with the Montana Legislature when Montana law already gives NorthWestern every authority and permission it would need to exercise this option that they’ve negotiated behind closed doors.”More: Colstrip bill: Deregulation is in the eye of the beholderlast_img read more

Costa Rica, U.S. Team Up to Implement SIMEP Security Program

first_img SAN JOSÉ — In 1994, when Mayor Rudolph Giuliani took office in New York, he promised to clean up the city’s streets. “It’s about time law enforcement got as organized as organized crime,” the politician famously said during his campaign. Giuliani’s resulting CompStat program led to a 66 percent reduction in murders and a 50 percent drop in major crimes by 2001, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report’s 2001 Index of Crime. The program’s success led to its adoption by other cities throughout the country including Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Now, more than 12 years later, it’s spreading overseas — this time to Costa Rica. “This change is historic for our country,” said Deputy Security Minister Walter Navarro. “This program is going to completely change the structure and effectiveness of the nation’s police force.” Costa Rica’s new initiative has been dubbed the Integrated System for the Improvement of Police Strategy (SIMEP), and has been branded a complete new philosophy by the nation’s Ministry of Security. SIMEP is rooted in community development through the integration and cooperation of regular citizens into police work. This, combined with a U.S. investment of nearly $500,000 worth of mapping technology, will help police pinpoint where and when crime occurs. “This technology is absolutely the best tool our police force could have in fighting crime,” said Navarro. Costa Rica is not CompStat’s first appearance abroad. Panama has slowly been implementing the program over the past few years with U.S. assistance from the State Department. Panamanian officials have credited the program, at least in part, to a decrease in corruption within the police force in the capital city. SIMEP’s three pillars SIMEP, like CompStat, is based on three pillars: dividing community police into quadrants, the use of mapping technology and accountability. In the first phase, sectoring the city, personnel are permanently assigned to a quadrant. This is designed to help the community familiarize itself with law enforcement in the area. The program relies heavily on the participation of civilians in reporting crime. “This is designed to grow this relationship with the community,” said Navarro. “There are things citizens know that the police do not, and if they learn those things they will be able to fight crime much more effectively.” Information collected from civilians and patrols is then aggregated and statistics are inputted into the new mapping software. This software, called R2Police, takes data from incident reports and forms digital maps of where and when crimes take place. “With this new working philosophy we will have police that are closer to communities,” said Mario Zamora, Costa Rica’s minister of security. “We will have a new technological tool that will monitor crime incidents daily and enable us to prevent crime by taking preemptive, immediate action.” The third and, according to Navarro, “key component” to the new management system is a series of mechanisms designed to analyze its effectiveness. In order to do this, the Security Ministry will hold frequent meetings with both the community and officers in order to develop future action plans. This accountability is important not only for determining how well the program works but also for cutting down on corruption within the police force. During the four years following implementation of Panama’s version of CompStat, public approval of the police force grew nearly 10 percent, according to Panamanian government statistics. The process is cyclical, and after each set of evaluations the patrols change to respond to each quadrant’s needs, and the statistics are collected again. The goal is an immediate reaction to changes in crime patterns. Fighting international crime CompStat’s main goal is to help every city is to fight crime locally, the same as with Costa Rica’s SIMEP. Through community involvement, the program seeks, first and foremost, to battle local crime. “We are looking for the guy who always sells drugs on your street, the convenience store that consistently sells alcohol to underage children,” said Navarro. Several years ago, local petty crime would have been Costa Rica’s only concern, but recently it has seen dramatic growth in the entry of drugs, and with it, increased drug-related violence. In 2007, cocaine seizures were seven times as high as in 2005, according to the Costa Rican Institute of Drugs. The World Bank noted in a report last year that the number of crime victims in Costa Rica jumped 50 percent between 1997 and 2008, and that the country’s homicide rate is almost double what it was in 2004. These problems are more complicated than local crime. In its latest annual report, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found that nearly half of all drug-related arrests in Costa Rica were foreigners. “We aren’t talking about crime that stops at the border,” said Zamora. “In order to operate through our country it is necessary that these organizations have some kind of local operation. This is what we hope this program can fight.” SIMEP’s execution After almost five years of technology development and training, SIMEP’s pilot program was launched in the small San José suburb of Tibás this past September. The little community received several cycles of the program and served as a training ground for newcomers to the technology. Creating the mapping software proved to be a challenge for programmers in a country without addresses or street names. While a final version of the software has been released, U.S. consultants will maintain a hands-on training role until the police force is comfortable with the new system. Based on the success of the past few months, Tibás officials have given the program a tentative stamp of approval. “We are not even scared to say good things about this program,” said Víctor Hugo Segura Carvajal, president of the San Rafael Security Committee in Tibás. “We can tell already, based on feedback, that this is working.” Feeding off the pilot’s success, the Security Ministry has begun expanding the program to other parts of the country. Some of the nation’s largest cities — among them San José, Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia and Limón — are the first on the list for the police force makeover. The ministry hopes to finish Phase III the project by the end of 2013, bringing the new program to both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts along with more rural regions of the country. This level of expansion is an unprecedented move for the program that has previously only been implemented at a city level. “Our hope is to bring the project to the entire country very soon,” said Zamora. “Our goal is that through this type of concrete cooperation, between the police force and ordinary citizens, we can bring better service to each community.” The strategy is fabulous and full of hope but none of this will be possible as long as there isn’t an equal distribution of the mobile, logistic and human resources among the different police units that are part of our Ministry of Public Security. By Dialogo December 26, 2012last_img read more

Police Revive Man Who Overdosed on Heroin in Lake Grove

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police Friday revived a man who had overdosed on heroin in the parking lot of Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, police said.Officers were called to the scene after they received a report of an unconscious 23-year-old man who was turning purple inside a car in the mall’s parking lot, police said. A friend of the victim told police that his friend had a history of using heroin, police said.The man regained consciousness after an officer administered Narcan, a prescription drug that is used to reverse opiate overdoses, police said.The unidentified man was then transported by ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital, police said.The Suffolk County Police Department has been using Narcan as part of a New York State Department of Health pilot program. The program is being used in all Suffolk police precincts.last_img read more