Welsh agents not displaying fees despite TPO enforcement letters

first_imgAs the deadline for agents to get licensed with Rentsmart Wales passes, Welsh agents will be aware it is not the only organisation trying to police them.The Property Ombudsman late last month said Swansea was one of the Consumer Rights Act non-compliance hotspots after it discovered that agents in the city, along with those in Dorset, had the worst track record for displaying their fees both on their websites and in-branch, as the law now requires.Letters were sent out in a joint campaign with The Chartered Trading Standards Institutes to agents late last month warning them that non-compliant agents would be reported to local Trading Standards officers.But despite this, The Negotiator can reveal, five of the 18 letting agents with properties to let in the city still do not publish details of their fees on their websites.Earlier this month The Property Ombudsman Katrine Sporle (pictured) said up to 50% of agents in Swansea were not compliant and that they had until this Monday to remedy this.  The letter has at least prompted some Swansea agents to get on board. Some 27% of them are non-compliant, an improvement on 50% and a sign that most agents across the UK are becoming aware of the new rules.“As Ombudsman, my primary focus is that agents should be clear and transparent in their dealings with consumers,” says Katrine.“Agents that display their letting fees demonstrate to consumers that they are operating to a high standard, complying with the law and TPO’s Code, and are open in their communication.“As highlighted in TPO’s Annual Report, poor communication is one of the key root causes of consumer complaints. Displaying fees can only help reduce complaints and raise standards.”Katrine Sporle Rentsmart wales Welsh agents Swansea TPO November 23, 2016Nigel 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 » Welsh agents not displaying fees despite TPO enforcement letters previous nextRegulation & LawWelsh agents not displaying fees despite TPO enforcement lettersNon-compliance hotspot Swansea still features agents who don’t publish tenant fee detailsNigel Lewis23rd November 20160596 Viewslast_img read more

Clinical Assistant Professor (64555)

first_imgPEDIATRIC RADIOLOGISTUNIVERSITY OF FLORIDAGAINESVILLEDivision of Pediatric Radiology at the Department of Radiology atthe University of Florida, Gainesville is actively recruiting tofill only ONE position for a fellowship trained academic pediatricradiologist at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. This is afull-time, non-tenure accruing position with primary assignments ofnon-neuro and non-interventional imaging at UF Health ShandsHospital. This position will provide cross coverage in other areasof Radiology.Salary is negotiable. Duties for this position will consist of amix of clinical, teaching, and some researchresponsibilities.Minimum requirements include an M.D. or D.O. degree with experiencein Pediatric Imaging as well as completion of a PediatricFellowship. Candidates must be Board Certified in Radiology (orBoard Eligible) and must have a Medical license in the State ofFlorida. Pediatric Radiology CAQ and Pediatric cardiology trainingpreferred.If you are interested in rewarding position in a friendly,state-of-art environment, please apply via Careers at UF(jobs.ufl.edu). Attach your C.V. and three letter of recommendationto your application. Application deadline for this position isFebruary 15, 2021 with an anticipated start date of July 1,2021.The final candidate will be required to provide official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

Forget the Fable: Hare Beats Tortoise at O.C. Quiet Festival

first_imgBrooke Panico’s white rabbit edges the Turtle Singers’ Big Bart in a rematch of the famous race from Aesop’s Fables on Saturday, Nov. 14, during Ocean City’s Quiet Festival. Photo by Jerry LukasA not-so-well-read rabbit bucked Aesop on Saturday.In a revisitation of the famous fable, Big Bart, the prize-winning tortoise of the Turtle Singers, challenged Brook Panico’s white rabbit to a race during Ocean City’s Quiet Festival.The annual November event in Ocean City pays tribute to all things soothing, serene and silent — like turtles and rabbits.But in a surprise twist, as the crowd at the Ocean City Community Center cheered, Panico urged on her pet, and Big Bart was defeated “by a hair.”last_img

Easter Best Bountiful at Fashion Promenade

first_imgThe Easter Stroll is a favorite event among well-dressed families, as in this photo from 2019. By Maddy VitaleJanel and Tim Martinez, of Lansdale, Pa., walked along the Ocean City Boardwalk decked out in their best Easter outfits.Their 2-year-old twins, T.J. and Olivia, may have topped them in the spiffy category.T.J. wore a purple vest and purple pants, while Oliva was adorned in a floral dress with a rose colored ribbon.The family, who summers in Ocean City, wasn’t just out for an Easter stroll.Show emcee Michael Hartman makes 18-month-old boy Carter Regan smile.The Martinez family had a place in mind to showcase their outfits — at the Ocean City Fashion Promenade on the Music Pier. Families flaunted their fancy threads and some over-the-top Easter bonnets for onlookers and judges at the annual Boardwalk show.“This is the first time we are doing the fashion show,” Janel Martinez said. “The weather is awesome. It couldn’t be any better.”The Martinez family, along with many others, took to the stage during a lively event where the cuteness factor was high and emcee Michael Hartman, the city’s Special Events coordinator, joked with the kids throughout the show.“Suspenders are hard to rock, and you are pulling it off,” Hartman joked with one of the kids.Michael Hartman hands over the microphone to a confident contestant.At one point, a little girl was so comfortable on the stage, announcing where she lived and her name before being asked, that Hartman handed her the microphone, joking that she could take over the show.Junior Miss Ocean City Julia Wilson and Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan helped Hartman give out awards and plaques to the winners in the different categories.But when it came to the kids, everyone wins in divisions newborn to 2 years old, 3 to 5 years old, 6 to 8 years old and 9 to 12 years old, and with good reason.Michael Hartman asks the sisters, jokingly, “Are you Meghan and Kate?”Judging by the spectators who oohed and aahed as children strolled onto the stage it was nearly impossible to pick.Little girls were dressed in pastel colored dresses. Some wore technicolor bonnets and ornate, jewel-encrusted headbands. Little boys wore grown-up suits, including a seersucker outfit.There was even a boy dressed as a bunny carrying an egg.The cuteness factor was way off the charts.Some of the adults in the fashion show were regulars to the event. Lori Lawrence, of Ocean City, said she has been doing it for years and she loves being a part of it.The Phillips family, of Philadelphia, wins Best Dressed Family, with Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan and Junior Miss Ocean City Julia Wilson to the right.Hartman said the Phillips family, of Philadelphia, has been in the Fashion Promenade for so long that when they stop being a part of it, he will, too.Bill Phillips said he and his family enjoy dressing up and being involved in the Fashion Stroll every year.The judges liked them, too.In addition to the stroll was the Dueling Pianos show, which kept the crowds entertained before and after the Fashion Promenade. There were also photos with the Easter Bunny.Sisters show off their lavish headbands.The full list of Fashion Promenade winners is as follows:Best Dressed Teen Male went to Connor Fitzgerald, of Bryn Mawr, Pa. Rebecca Kessler of Manahawkin took Best Dressed Teen Female.Best Dressed Gentleman went to Jack Devine of Ocean City and Best Dressed Woman went to Marie Campanile of Philadelphia.Best Dressed Couple went to siblings Benjamin and McKenzie Merrifield of Somers Point.Most Unusual Bonnet went to Lori Lawrence of Ocean City. Best Easter Bonnet went to Sophia Colvin, of Warren, Pa., and Best Dressed Family went to the Phillips family of Philadelphia.Some of the Easter bonnets were over-the-top.Junior Miss Ocean City Julia Wilson (left) and Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan enjoy the Fashion Promenade.This little girl brought her bunny stuffed animal.last_img read more

Speech: Peace and fair elections in Burundi

first_imgAnd thank you to our briefers, Special Envoy Kfando for his update and to Ambassador Lauber for updating us on his trip to Burundi and the region and for so clearly setting out his recommendations.I would also like to welcome the latest report of the Secretary-General which provides a valuable record of factual information of the current situation in Burundi and we look forward to discussing this set of options that the Secretary-General will present to the Council on the UN’s continuing role in Burundi.Mr President, the United Kingdom agrees with the Secretary-General and so many Council Members here today that the East African Community-led inter-Burundian dialogue, led by the region, is the only viable option to guarantee open and inclusive elections in 2020. We also recognise the importance of the African Union in supporting EAC’s efforts in this regard.We commend the EAC for their engagement so far, and commend the efforts of the EAC facilitator, former President Mkapa, and Special Envoy Kfando, despite the many challenges to progress. There is still a long way to go before inclusive, fair and credible elections can take place in 2020. And the credibility of these elections will be essential for the stability of Burundi. Citizens must have faith in their political process in order to accept its results.Mr President, for this reason we share the disappointment of Peru and many other speakers here today that the Government of Burundi did not attend the fifth round of the inter-Burundian dialogue. Their participation is crucial to make this process a success. We therefore encourage the EAC to redouble their efforts to remain engaged and to continue to push for a tangible, inclusive dialogue. A harmonised roadmap that all parties can support and which preserves the gains of the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement is crucial. We hope that discussions on how to achieve this will take place at the EAC Heads of State Summit. We also call on the Government and its allied parties to continue to engage in dialogue with the region and in doing so to send a clear signal of its continued commitment to resolve the ongoing political crisis.Mr President, we continue to be deeply concerned by the reports of human rights violations, abuses and related crimes that have continued since our last briefing in August. And the Special Envoy mentioned this issue during his own briefing.The recent suspension of international NGOs is of deep concern. These NGOs support the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in Burundi including refugees and those with infectious diseases. The humanitarian situation will inevitably deteriorate without these actors and therefore we hope that the registration of the NGOs can continue without delay. I would also like to agree with my Polish colleague when he spoke about the about the centrality of human rights issues to the work of this Council. We heard earlier this year from Prince Zeid that human rights violations and abuses can often be the canary in the coal mine when it comes to predicting conflict so it’s very important that as a Council we remain seized of these issues. I also note that many speakers have noted the role of the Human Rights Council has to play on Burundi and I would therefore urge the Government of Burundi to cooperate fully with the Human Rights Council’s mechanisms including the OHCHR.Mr President, it is clear from the Secretary-General’s report and the wider discussion here today that Burundi should remain on this Council’s agenda. Although the security situation may have improved, armed attacks continue and we have deep concerns about the political crisis, the humanitarian and human rights situation, which as we have seen in many times before, are often the root causes of conflict and must be addressed by this Council.last_img read more

Actress speaks at SMC

first_imgSaint Mary’s welcomed Tony and Grammy Award winner Audra McDonald on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Gillespie Center at the Hilton Garden Inn. She took the stage among students, professors, faculty members and other members from the South Bend community. McDonald was brought to Saint Mary’s as this year’s Margaret Hill Endowed Visiting Artist. This is an annual event made possible by the generous gift from Hill, a Saint Mary’s  alumna and a Broadway producer. The event offers students an entire day to spend with an artist of especially high quality. McDonald is most recently recognized for her performance on four seasons of ABC’s “Private Practice” and a nine-month run of the opera “Porgy and Bess,” winning her fifth Tony Award over the summer for her portrayal of Bess. She is also the first person under 30 to win five Tony Awards. The theatre, film, television and recording studio artist was introduced by Saint Mary’s President Carol Ann Mooney and received an overwhelming round of applause welcoming McDonald as she took the stage. She attributes all the training she still calls upon in her work today to the first theatre she was a part of, from age nine until she graduated high school. She shared her first on-stage experience in “The King and I” where she had never seen the final run-thru until the night of the dress rehearsal. When the king died at the end, McDonald immediately was shocked and began crying. Lesson learned: Read the script, she said. When it came time to apply to college, McDonald said she applied to UCLA, USC, NYU and Carnegie Mellon. After hearing a fellow classmate had auditioned at Juilliard, she decided to audition as well, confident she could do it. “I loved acting and knew I wanted to be on Broadway, but I thought I better [audition] with my strongest talent, which was singing. … [Juilliard] laughed at me during my audition and my call back,” she said. Despite facing ridicule during her audition, McDonald was accepted to Juilliard. “I thought, ‘Juilliard accepted me, I have to go,’” McDonald said. McDonald was accepted to Juilliard’s voice program, however, to her dismay, it turned out to be only voice and music while her peers had the opportunity to explore acting and opera, she said.  “I do not regret my time at Julliard for one minute. At the time, I thought I was so far away from my road I would never get back to it,” McDonald said. McDonald said this was more than just disappointing to the eager student she was at the time. During her lecture, she explained how she had attempted suicide during her time at Juilliard.   McDonald said that after being admitted to a mental hospital and taking some time off, she auditioned for summer performances and began belting out songs in English, something rare among her peers.   While she was there she met a young woman from Boston. This woman went on to work for a casting director. She called McDonald and got her into an audition for her first major role in “The Secret Garden.” Following that performance, she finished up her in the show and graduated from Julliard in May 1993. She was then cast in”Carousel,” which opened on Broadway in the fall of 1994. “[Carousel] is one of the most special memories I have of any show I’ve ever done because it was the first one,” McDonald said. “This Broadway debut was conveniently located at the Lincoln Center, across the street from Juilliard where I felt untalented and struggled during my time there. It was the first of everything for me. It holds a really special place in my heart.” McDonald explained that her drive to continue improving led her to spend four years as Naomi on “Private Practice.” “With film and television, up until that point I was very afraid of the camera and fully letting myself go in front of the camera. I thought, ‘I need to get over that. Let me do a television show,’” she said. As for what comes next, McDonald said she is getting ready to record another album in three weeks, host “Live from the Lincoln Center,” and also begin another Broadway show either this fall or next spring. “I continue to be curious … my motto is I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” McDonald said. As the evening concluded, McDonald advised the young artists in the room to continue pushing themselves.  “Aside from not putting limitations on yourself, get on stage. Anywhere. You learn something every single time you step on stage,” she said. Contact Meaghan Daly at [email protected]last_img read more

David Rhodes’ Consent Will Receive Premiere Off-Broadway

first_imgConsent will premiere off-Broadway at The Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. The new play, penned and helmed by David Rhodes, will play a limited engagement beginning June 2; opening night is scheduled for June 11.The cast of Consent will include Catherine Curtin (Orange Is The New Black, The Lady of Dubuque, Love, Janis), Michael Goldstein (Belgrade Trilogy), Mark McCullough Thomas (Our Lady of 121st Street, Guiding Light) and Angela Pierce (You Don’t Know Jack, Unburden).Ron Sullivan, former pro-NFL player and award-winning architect, is experimenting with sexual freedom in his SoHo loft. Done with coming out and nearly divorced from his high school sweetheart, Ron has a chance encounter with Kurt, a hot Yale law student, that pushes him to the edge of his sexual boundaries…or beyond them. The passion that follows transforms both men, and ripples into the lives of Ron’s wife and his sister Emily. Emily questions the ethics and risks of sex games, but it’s ultimately up to the audience to determine who is seducing whom in the murky realm of power play and consent.The production will feature scenic design by Scott Tedmon-Jones, costume design by Izzy Fields, lighting design by John Eckert, sound design by Chad Raines, video design by Chelsie McPhilimy and props by Addison Herren.Consent is not a production of Roundabout Theatre Company although it is playing in a Roundabout space. View Commentslast_img read more

Garden open house

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaBoth plant lovers and professional growers are invited to the Gardens at UGA, formerly known as the UGA Trial Gardens, for two open house events. The gardens host its annual public open house from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 21. The commercial open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 18.Hosted by the Athens Area Master Gardeners, the public open house will be held rain or shine. The event will include a plant sale, garden tours and a book sale and signing by Dr. Alan Armitage. Rain barrels will also be for sale.“Join us in the garden for a spectacular look at the trials including the newest of the new and the best of the best,” said Brenda Beckham, a master gardener from Athens.Admission is $5. For more information or for directions, visit ugatrial.hort.uga.edu or www.athensselect.com or e-mail Brenda Beckham at [email protected] For more information on the commercial open house, contact Armitage at [email protected]last_img read more

3 reasons to attend the Wegner Awards

first_imgThere is still time to get your tickets and sponsorships for the dinner, click here for more information. We hope to see you on the 24th! It’s our favorite time of the year here at the National Credit Union Foundation! We love coming to Washington, DC to attend the CUNA GAC to learn and grow from thousands of other leading credit union professionals.On Monday night, February 24th, of the GAC we get to host the “Academy Awards” of the credit union movement, the Wegner Awards.  Here are the top three reasons why you won’t want to miss this year’s event:Celebrate the three awardees John Fiore, Teresa Freeborn and Maurice R. Smith! These individuals have lived and breathed what the credit union difference is all about it, and this dinner provides an opportunity to not only learn from their work but to honor their commitment and contributions to our movement.Networking with industry leaders. We are on track to have the highest attendance to date with over 950 credit union professionals from around the world. The “who’s who” in the movement will be there – and you should too!Ground yourself in purpose. The awards gala is a reminder for all who attend what our true purpose is in credit unions and why the work that we do matters every day. You will leave re-energized and fueled with passion to go out and improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. 51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lacey Yasick Lacey is the Communications Manager for the National Credit Union Foundation. She works to develop and execute all communication efforts that support the Foundation’s national programs and engagement strategy.Lacey … Web: www.ncuf.coop Detailslast_img read more

Deer Park Teen Fatally Hit by SUV

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 17-year-old pedestrian who was hit by an SUV while walking along an avenue in her hometown of Deer Park on Saturday night has died.Suffolk County police said Shakira Wilson was walking westbound on Long Island Avenue when she was struck by a westbound Lexus SUV shortly after 8 p.m.The victim was taken to to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where she was listed in critical condition with a serious head injury before she died Sunday morning.The driver, 67-year-old Joseph Ulysse of Wheatley Heights, suffered minor injuries.Wilson’s 21-year-old sister, who was walking with her, was not injured.First Squad detectives impounded the truck, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to call them at 631-854-8152. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more