Yopa apologises after tenant claims she was bullied into Covid viewings

first_imgHybrid estate agency Yopa has apologised to a tenant who has claimed she was bullied by her landlord into allowing strangers into her home to do viewings arranged by the firm.Theresa Upton and her 11-year-old daughter moved into the £700-a-month property in Norwich (pictured) seven months ago but the landlord, who has decided to sell the property, appears to have also broken Covid eviction laws by giving her just three months to vacate the house.The landlord has now said an offer has been accepted on the property, even though they are unable to start possession hearings in the courts for a further six months under the Covid evictions ban.Upton has accused the landlord of bullying her into the viewings and that she was given little option but to accept the Yopa-organised bookings.‘No choice’“I feel like I was given no choice but to allow the viewings,” she told local media. “On Friday night I got a message from the landlord saying there was a viewing at 5.30pm on Saturday. I felt I couldn’t say no.“I was then told there were back to back viewings booked on Sunday. I went out for about two and a half hours and it was raining and cold, I felt physically sick when I came home.“I said to the agent I felt really unhappy and uneasy that strangers had been in my home.”The regional representative of Yopa, Ben O’Neill (pictured), has said he was aware that Mrs Upton was unhappy with the viewing arrangements after they took place, and that he was sorry if he had made her feel like that.“Every step I made sure it was Covid secure. The viewings were arranged between Mrs Upton and the owner of the property.“I then gave her a call to confirm and she was happy for them to take place. It was only afterwards she raised concerns.”Yopa also says the Sunday viewings were not ‘back to back’ and that Covid guidance was followed at all times.Government and Propertymark guidelines stipulate that landlords should be aware that some tenants may still want to exercise caution and respect this when engaging with their tenants, and that tenant’s safety should be the priority of letting agents and landlords.Ben O’Neill Theresa Upton Norwich YOPA February 11, 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 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Yopa apologises after tenant claims she was bullied into Covid viewings previous nextCOVID-19 newsYopa apologises after tenant claims she was bullied into Covid viewingsBoth property owner and Yopa say they were unaware at the time that the tenant was unhappy over strangers in her home.Nigel Lewis11th February 202101,624 Viewslast_img read more

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Britvic’s sales boost

first_imgBritvic’s interim results have revealed strong revenue growth for the company. The results for the 28 weeks ended 13 April 2008 show revenue is up by 28.6% to £454.7 million, and profit after tax has increased by 19.3% to £13m. Internationally the soft drinks group, which supplies Tango and Pepsi in the UK, grew revenue by 1.9% to £355.2m. The figures include the first full 28-week contribution from Britvic Ireland, which contributed revenues of £99.5m. Chief executive Paul Moody said it has been “a period of modest growth” in the first half of the year for the overall soft drinks market, with growth evident in the start of the second half. “We are well positioned to drive group earnings growth through brand and product expansion, innovation, a continued close focus on cost control and the realisation of the benefits of the outsourcing of retail distribution,” said Moody. “Britvic has delivered a resilient performance in the first half, with market share gains across the majority of our brands. This is a positive result given the challenging trading environment. The board remains confident that we will deliver on our full-year expectations.”last_img read more

Zakir Hussain Tells The Story Of How He Met The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart [Listen]

first_imgZakir Hussain is a true legend. His work on the tabla was hugely influential, as Indian music broke through into the Western musical mainstream. The album that launched his American music career was Rolling Thunder, Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart’s first solo album, released in 1972. Hussain would go on to have a vibrant career, collaborating with musicians like John McLaughlin and Ravi Shankar, while also contributing music to films like Apocalypse Now. However, it was his connection with Hart that started it all, and he would re-connect with Hart on several occasions throughout his career, appearing on seven more albums and countless shows with Hart over the years.Now,Hussain has revealed just how he initially crossed paths with Hart, in a new interview. Zakir will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the SFJAZZ Gala in January 2017. Hart will be on hand to present the award. Listen to a five-minute clip from the interview below, where Hussain discusses his early encounter with Mickey Hart, and learn how a piece of musical history was made.last_img read more

Watch Lake Street Dive’s Soulful Performance On NPR’s ‘Night Owl’ Series

first_imgLake Street Dive released their new album, Free Yourself Up, via Nonesuch Records earlier this month. In support of the new release, the group made stops at CBS for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and CBS This Morning. Their most recent promotional piece came out of NPR’s Night Owl series, where the Brooklyn-based group performed a laid-back version of “Baby Don’t Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts”.NPR’s Night Owl series highlights bands in “an intimate, unvarnished late-night performance, in the unexpected corners of American cities.” Lake Street Dive’s performance took place at Brooklyn’s Retrofret Vintage Guitars. Watch the band perform “Baby Don’t Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts” below:Free Yourself Up marks Lake Street Dive’s second release on Nonesuch Records. The band—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson—produced the album themselves at Nashville’s Goosehead Palace Studios with engineer Dan Knobler.Lake Street Dive is currently on tour. Most dates on the first leg are already sold out, but they’ve got a lot more coming up between now and November, including shows with support from artists like Madison Ward and the Mama Bears, Mikaela Davis, and Robert Finley. Ticketing information for the upcoming shows can be found via the band’s website and you can order Free Yourself Up here.last_img read more

The story behind the Weinstein story

first_img Getting the record straight New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey uncovered scores of rape, sexual assault, and harassment claims against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein that had been kept secret for decades. More than 85 women would eventually come forward to accuse the powerful film producer, including actors Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Additionally the disclosures prompted thousands of other women to share their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault, igniting the viral #MeToo movement. Kantor and Twohey, who won the Pulitzer Prize for their work, recently published a book, “She Said,” about their investigation and its aftermath.Kantor, who left Harvard Law School in 1998 after one semester to pursue journalism, recently spoke with the Gazette about the book, and both women will appear with actor Ashley Judd, M.C./M.P.A. ’10, one of the first Weinstein accusers to go public, at a discussion on Oct. 7 at First Parish Church in Cambridge.Q&AJodi KantorGAZETTE: The book shows readers how you got the story, all of the deep research and shoe leather required to bring it to light, everything from tracking down the cellphone numbers of celebrities to flying to survivors’ homes to try to talk to them when you were unable to reach them any other way. Why did you feel it was important to share that process?KANTOR: Once we understood how much these events had come to mean to so many people around the world, we wanted to write a book that would take people behind the scenes and bring readers into this journey, whether it was on those very first tentative phone calls with actresses retelling these Weinstein hotel room stories to journalists for the first time, to the final confrontation with Weinstein here in the offices of The New York Times. We wanted to write an accurate historical record, and we thought there were a lot of surprises in terms of how this actually played out. Obviously, there was a lot that was powerful on the page in terms of the pain that these women had been through, the cover-up that played out over the years. But we also knew that there were a lot of powerful things that had never made it into public light, a lot of things that were off the record, that we couldn’t tell anybody about at the time, and so we wanted to bring that together and share it with other people. “Once we understood what the pattern of allegations was and how serious and how recent the allegations were, we felt tremendous pressure to get it right.” Related Probing the past and future of #MeToo The #MeToo surge against sexual abuse provides opportunities for pivotal societal change, but challenges too Scholars at Radcliffe session examine the deep meaning of a movement Champions of the press The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. The women’s revolt: Why now, and where to Jill Abramson and Jane Mayer, set to deliver Theodore H. White Lecture, make case for journalism as pillar of democracy Italian director and actor discusses her assault charges against Harvey Weinstein, and the backlash from Italy’s press GAZETTE: What was it like to be so close to publishing without having any sources go on the record for you, and as you look back now, knowing the dramatic lengths to which Weinstein and his team went to prevent the story from getting out? Were you ever afraid?KANTOR: It’s true that as the investigation got close to publication the pressure was really mounting, and certainly Weinstein and his team did everything they could to stymie our story. But for us, the pressure and the fear were about two things: One was protecting our sources. The first women to go on the record about Weinstein were so incredibly brave. The very first story has 25 years of allegations against Weinstein going all the way back to 1990, all of which had been hushed up in some way, and so in bringing those forward we were really worried about them facing intimidation or retaliation from Weinstein.Our second fear was fear of failure. Once we understood what the pattern of allegations was and how serious and how recent the allegations were, we felt tremendous pressure to get it right. We felt we needed to publish; we did not want to live the rest of our lives watching the Oscars year after year knowing these allegations about Weinstein and having to keep them secret. And we also knew that if the first story was botched in any way, things could play out very badly.GAZETTE: Nondisclosure agreements appear instrumental in silencing accusers and protecting abusers in a lot of sexual harassment and assault cases. And it doesn’t seem like there has been movement to restrict their use. What was the reaction from the women you spoke to who had signed these, and what do you see happening in future?KANTOR: At the end of the day, this reporting is really not just about one predator or a defined set of victims; it’s really about an entire system and [why] we have seen so many of these horrifying #MeToo cases explode in the last two years and the question of [whether] we have the right tools for preventing and addressing this problem.One of the big revelations here has been about the role of secret settlements. When we first started reporting on this about two years ago, there were a lot of us at The Times who had covered gender for a long time, and even we did not understand, at that point, that the United States, in effect, has a secret system for muzzling sexual harassment and assault claims.When many women who have experienced this kind of behavior go to lawyers asking for help, they are asking, in part, for a solution; they want to do something about the problem. And instead, what lawyers often advise them is that their best course of action is a secret settlement. The way secret settlements work is that women are essentially paid hush money to never speak about these experiences. And for a vulnerable woman who has gone through something terrible, this can feel like it makes sense in the moment because you get financial recompense; you get to keep your privacy; you can avoid being branded a tattletale, or a traitor, or a flirt. But what we’ve seen collectively is that these settlements have failed us because they haven’t done anything to actually prevent or address the problem and also, they are very enabling. We were able to show, for example, in our first story that Weinstein gave out at least eight settlements to people over the years starting in 1990. So basically the pattern was that he would pay to silence a woman’s allegations, and then other allegations would crop up a few years later, and there are employees in his company who had no idea that he had previously paid off a woman or women for very similar types of behavior.GAZETTE: Weinstein had this vast machine across two continents assisting him — people who either actively helped him arrange meetings, helped conceal his behavior, or turned a blind eye to his activities for financial or other reasons. Why did no one speak up sooner?KANTOR: I think that people made a couple of errors in the way they thought about this. Over the years, a lot of Weinstein’s employees made the decision to classify what they were hearing as the boss’s embarrassing extramarital behavior. They basically made a category error. Instead of saying, “Hey, this is potentially workplace sexual harassment; it sounds like it could be something really serious,” they instead told themselves things like, “Oh, I don’t want to get involved; the boss is sleeping around. This is embarrassing, he’s cheating on his wife. I don’t really want to know about what’s happening.” Which is somewhat understandable, but caused them to miss or gave them an excuse not to address what was happening at the time.The second thing is that people had this real preconception, this sexist idea that actresses were sluts and that they would do anything for a part. Over and over again, even during our reporting in 2017, people would say things to us like, “They’re desperate; they’ll do anything for a part.” And the casting couch was really an accepted part of Hollywood. People would say things like, “Oh, it’s unfortunate, but it’s always been a part of this business.” But another thing to point out is that part of the reason people didn’t speak out is that Weinstein intimidated people: He threatened them; he used fancy lawyers to silence them; he [used] these secret legal instruments to make sure people didn’t speak up. Women were very afraid of retaliation if they said anything, so there was a real system in place to keep people quiet. “We wanted to push onward and explore what happened with the #MeToo movement and to acknowledge that things have become very complicated.” GAZETTE: What prompted such a fierce backlash to the #MeToo movement, and has that made it harder to report on workplace sexual harassment?KANTOR: We thought that it was really important not to leave the book just with Weinstein. We wanted to push onward and explore what happened with the #MeToo movement and to acknowledge that things have become very complicated. So the last quarter of the book is devoted to what is the first account of what it was like for Christine Blasey Ford to come forward last September. We all watched her public testimony; we have the indelible image of her standing up in that hearing room and telling her story, but what had happened behind the scenes is a much more complicated tale that speaks to the complexity of what’s happened to #MeToo.In our reporting, what Megan and I see is that there are three questions that are still very hotly debated. One is: What’s the scope of behaviors that are under scrutiny? Are we only talking about classic sexual harassment and assaults, or are we also talking about bad dates or are we also talking about verbal abuse? And also, how far back does the scrutiny go in time? The second question is: How do we get to the bottom of what happened, whether it’s in journalism or whether it’s in an HR process in an office? What are the tools we’re using to make sure we really understand the facts about what happened? And then the third question we see is: What should accountability and punishment look like? Each one of those questions is controversial on its own, but what happens in a lot of these cases is that the questions get combined in a way, they become very intertwined in a way that creates controversy instead of putting it to rest.GAZETTE: Most of the powerful men in the corporate world credibly accused since the Weinstein story have paid a price. But that isn’t quite the case for many powerful men in politics. If corporate America, reacting to public sentiment, can move swiftly, then why are lawmakers so divided and slow on this issue?KANTOR: What we have found in our reporting is that politics is the most difficult arena for these kinds of allegations because whatever happens get weaponized. After we broke the Weinstein story, it felt like there was this period where discussion of #MeToo was actually pretty bipartisan. Democrats like [Sen.] Al Franken were accused, but so were Republicans, like [Alabama Judge] Roy Moore. And also, a lot of these stories played out in the corporate arena, which is not particularly political. But the Kavanaugh hearings almost felt in a way like a return to an older pattern, like a return to a pattern that we saw with the allegations against Bill Clinton, Clarence Thomas, and Donald Trump. Those are scenarios in which the allegations take on all of the heat and the poison of American political life. And in those stories, it turns into a holy war very, very quickly and can almost feel like it’s not even about the women anymore.GAZETTE: Did the toxicity of the Kavanaugh hearings derail the movement or does it potentially undermine future claims?KANTOR: Part of what’s been so astonishing about the last couple of years is that the #MeToo movement has proven so durable and so self-correcting. I think there was a moment after the Kavanaugh hearings where it all just felt like it had become impossibly politicized, to the point where it was almost preventing constructive conversation. But then we pretty quickly saw a return to so many stories and in so many realms. I remember just a couple weeks after the Kavanaugh hearings, my colleagues at The Times broke this story about Google. Huge amounts of money, millions and millions of dollars, paid to Google employees, one in particular, who had accumulated serious allegations of misbehavior toward women. And the allegations continued to break this summer when Megan and I started to dive into the Jeffrey Epstein allegations. And I think that’s just a reminder about how much we still don’t understand about what’s happened in the past.Interview has been edited for clarity and condensed for length.last_img read more

Strong signals

first_img“Some of the factors affecting cell phone activity are quite intuitive,” said Sehra, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “But our analysis helps demonstrate the use of anonymous county-level cell phone location data as a way to better understand future trends of the pandemic. Also, we would like to stress that these results should not be used to predict the individual risk of disease at any of these locations.”Co-authors include: Michael George; Douglas J. Weibe, and senior author Joshua F. Baker of Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; and Shelby Fundin of Mount Auburn Hospital and Northeastern University. Tracking mobility of individuals offers hints of whether a problem is rising or falling Finding COVID clues in movement Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in spring, most states implemented stay-at-home advisories — to different degrees and at different times. Cell phone location data showed marked reductions in cell phone activity at workplace and retail locations, and increased activity in residential areas. However, the correlation between this activity and the spread of COVID-19 in a given region was not known.In a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from Harvard-affiliated Mount Auburn Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania analyzed anonymous, county-level cell phone location data, made publicly available via Google, and incidence of COVID-19 for more than 2,500 U.S. counties between January and May 2020. The researchers found that changes in cell phone activity in workplaces, transit stations, retail locations, and at places of residence were associated with COVID-19 incidence. The findings are among the first to demonstrate that cell phone location data can help public health officials better monitor adherence to stay-at-home advisories, as well as help identify areas at greatest risk for more rapid spread of COVID-19.“This study demonstrates that anonymized cell phone location can help researchers and public health officials better predict the future trends in the COVID-19 pandemic,” said corresponding author Shiv T. Sehra, director of the internal medicine residency program at Mount Auburn Hospital. “To our knowledge, our study is among the first to evaluate the association of cell phone activity with the rate of growth in new cases of COVID-19, while considering regional confounding factors.”Sehra and colleagues, including senior author Joshua F. Baker of the University of Pennsylvania, incorporated the cell phone location data and daily reported cases of COVID-19 per capita in majority of U.S. counties (made available by Johns Hopkins University), and adjusted the data for multiple county- and state- level characteristics including population density, obesity rates, and state spending on health care. The researchers then looked at the change in cell phone use in six categories of places over time: workplace, retail locations, transit stations, grocery stores, parks, and residences.The location data showed marked reductions in cell phone activity in public places with an increase in activity in residences, even before stay-at-home advisories were rolled out. The data also showed an increase in workplace and retail location activity as time passed after stay-at-home advisories were implemented, suggesting waning adherence to the orders over time.The study showed that urban counties with higher populations and a higher density of cases saw a larger relative decline in activity outside places of residence and a greater increase in residential activity. Higher activity at the workplace, in transit stations, and retail locations was associated with a higher increase in COVID-19 cases five, 10, and 15 days later. At 15 days, counties with the highest percentage of reduction in retail location activity — reflecting greater adherence to stay-at-home advisories — demonstrated 45.5 percent lower rate of growth of new cases, compared to counties with a lesser decline in retail location activity. Using data science for social good Analytics group joins forces with organizations fighting COVID-19 Michael Sandel explores the ethics of what we owe each other in a pandemic Why some Americans refuse to social distance and wear masks Relatedlast_img read more

Laughter class teaches stress relief techniques

first_imgIf you heard a lot of chuckles emanating from Stapleton Lounge on Tuesday night, don’t be alarmed. Certified laughter leader Mary Labuzienski provided an optimistic guide to college life as part of Saint Mary’s “Love Your Body Week.” Labuzienski presented simple ways to be humorous in times of stress in the talk “Love my body? What’s not to love!” A clinical exercise physiologist, Labuzienski trains people of all ages to release stress in their daily lives. To live healthy lives, Labuzienski said students need to laugh, smile, celebrate and play. “Laugh and make others laugh,” she said. “You have to make it happen.” Labuzienski said laughter is a critical component in performing everyday tasks well. “Laughter is a positive emotion that helps us to move forward,” she said. “It allows us to act. We become paralyzed when we are too stressed.” Labuzienski said stress weakens the physical and emotional aspects of the mind and body. She said positive emotions allow people to take stress away from the body. “Laughter is the shortcut to stress resistance,” she said. For college students, a stress-free lifestyle seems near impossible, Labuzienski said. However, she said social environments full of laughter and positivity can release the negative energy anxiety causes. “On average, a person should laugh a total of 15 minutes, with each being three seconds long throughout a day,” she said. By isolating themselves from others, college students are unable to obtain the daily positive levels needed to keep concentration or creativity. Labuzienski said students need to take the time everyday to engage in humorous interactions, devoting at least five minutes at a time to initiate a comedic conversation or a funny joke. Positive psychology leads people to thrive, and as such, happiness should be a part of every person’s life, Labuzienski said. “Laughter is a shortcut to happiness,” Labuzienski said. “It makes us more attractive people when we are happy and others like happy people.” As such, the role laughter plays in everyday life can contribute to overall levels of happiness. “Fifty percent of happiness is genetic, 10 percent is what happens in a person’s life and 40 percent is what daily events occur in a person’s life,” she said.last_img read more

Merrick Woman Arrested for Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Merrick woman has been accused of hitting a man with her vehicle and fleeing the scene on Monday afternoon.Nassau County police arrested Rhonda Wander and charged her with leaving the scene of an incident with injury.Police said the 59-year-old woman was backing her vehicle on Narwood Avenue when she struck a landscaper who was working in the area at 3:30 p.m.The 48-year-old man she allegedly hit wrote down her license plate information, called 911 and gave it to responding officers who tracked the suspect down, police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of pain to his back, right arm and right leg.Wander was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear at First District Court in Hempstead on April 17.last_img read more

Officials: 4 Group Home Aides Encouraged Developmentally Disabled to Fight

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Four people were arrested for allegedly encouraging two developmentally disabled people to attack one another, authorities said. Those arrested are: Stephen Komara (top left), Justin McDonald (top right), Erin McHenry (bottom left) and Rosemary Vanni (bottom right).Four Long Island Group Home workers were arrested following an investigation into complaints that they allegedly encouraged two people with disabilities to attack one another—and laughed as it was happening, authorities said.The direct care workers—Erin McHenry of Brookhaven, Justin McDonald of Lindenhurst, Stephen Komara of East Moriches and Rosemary Vanni of Eastport—were terminated upon their arrest by Southampton Town police, who obtained “disturbing” cell phone video allegedly showing the group laughing as they egged on developmentally disabled individuals they work with at Manorville’s Independent Group Home Living Program, officials said.Three of the four were arraigned Thursday at Southampton Town Justice Court on two counts of endangering the welfare of an incompetent of physically disabled person, a felony. Bail was set at $10,000 each. A bench warrant was issued for Vanni, who failed to appear in court, officials said.The allegations were first reported to the New York State Justice Center hotline.Their former employer released a statement Thursday afternoon saying they are “outraged and offended by these alleged acts,” adding that the agency is fully cooperating with authorities and supports a “vigorous prosecution.”“Within minutes of learning about this alleged incident, our agency’s investigators and management staff were on the scene, insuring that our consumers were safe and to begin what would be a thorough investigation,” the statement said.The agency then notified Southampton Town police and the New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities and the families of those involved.“IGHL has a zero tolerance policy regarding these types of activities,” the agency added. “We thoroughly screen potential employees, train our staff about abuse prevention and encourage the reporting of suspected mistreatment.”last_img read more