Mediation service launches to keep landlords, agents and tenants out of court

first_imgHome » News » Mediation service launches to keep landlords, agents and tenants out of court previous nextProducts & ServicesMediation service launches to keep landlords, agents and tenants out of courtThe Property Redress Scheme, which has launched the service, says it has been brought forward to cope with the extra tensions being caused by the pandemic.Nigel Lewis28th April 202001,356 Views A unique mediation service to help landlords, letting agents and tenants resolve disputes without having to resort to courts has been launched by the Property Redress Scheme.The launch had been planned for later this year but has been brought forward as the Coronavirus crisis has heightened tensions between the players within the private rental market, particularly over rent waivers and reductions.Its service is also in line with government evictions policy at the moment which, following its ban last month, urges tenants and landlords to talk to each other before getting legal.Also, the director of the courts system, the Master of the Rolls, recently revealed that judges will expect both sides to show that they have tried to negotiate and reach an agreement.And plans by the government to remove Section 21 notice evictions from the process and instead re-launch and reform Section 8 notices means, with a severely restricted ‘no fault’ route, landlords will be forced to negotiate with tenants more.Coronavirus events“We have had the idea for a while following confirmation that the Government intends to change the way courts work and extend redress in the property sector,” says Sean Hooker, Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme.“But the unfortunate events with Coronavirus have encouraged us to accelerate access to the service.“Mediation is a voluntary, without prejudice and confidential process, which allows disputes to be resolved much quicker and with less cost than court.The PRS mediation service is a telephone-based service where the initial instruction comes from the landlord.On logging a case, an independent mediator will contact the tenant to ascertain whether they are happy to liaise with the mediator, and then discuss the issues raised with a view to coming to an agreement on either paying a reduced rent, deferred rent or settlement amount, with agreed ending of the tenancy.Property Redress Scheme PRS April 28, 2020Nigel 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

Spice rack: Cloves

first_imgCloves are the dried flower bud of a tree of the Myrtaceae family and are native to Indonesia, although they are grown in other parts of the world. They are used as a spice in many cuisines worldwide.Cloves are one of the spices contained in mixed spice and go particularly well with apples. In baking, it is best to use ground cloves. Too much can overpower and be a little antiseptic-tasting, but a little added to an apple pie or Dutch apple cake enhances the flavour. Sweetened, puréed cooking apples flavoured with cloves can be added to flour, raising agent and eggs to make a very low-fat cake, which tastes rich because of the texture of the apples. Or you could make a honey and clove cake with a lemon icing drizzled over the top.Ground cloves are also added to pumpkin pie so why not try making pumpkin bread, using puréed pumpkin, flour, raising agents, eggs, hazelnuts, sultanas, ground cloves, ground ginger and ground cinnamon. Or, make chocolate and almond cookies with cocoa, butter, sugar, flour, ground almonds and ground cloves and cinnamon. Cloves can be added to savoury baking too. They go particularly well with bacon or gammon, so try making pasties using chopped bacon, potatoes and vegetables and flavoured with ground cloves.Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the Leiths School of Food and Winelast_img read more

VCE and VMware: Extending the VCE Experience to Strategically Scalable VDI Initiatives

first_imgVMware last week announced VMware Horizon™ 6 as a portfolio update to its application and desktop virtualization platform, which will enable tightly integrated joint virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions with VCE converged infrastructure. Through a single, unified platform, Horizon 6 delivers centralized management of any type of enterprise application and desktop, including physical desktops and laptops, virtual desktops and applications, and employee-owned PCs. VCE works closely with VMware to integrate its technologies into Vblock™ Systems, and Horizon 6 demonstrates another opportunity for how VCE and VMware can continue working together to enable business transformation for customers.VDI holds the promise of not only consolidating desktop computing into the data center for improved manageability, efficiency and security, but also supporting new services such as bring your own device (BYOD) and desktop mobility.  There are significant cost savings for enterprises that migrate to desktop virtualization, offering increased flexibility and productivity.The workspace can now be delivered to any endpoint device with the same look and feel of a traditional, corporate-owned desktop.  It also enables IT personnel to ensure data security, protect application data within the data center, and comply with regulatory policies while keeping operational costs down. VCE and VMware work closely to provide these end-user computing benefits while solving broader challenges in the data center such as management, data protection and the increased overhead of supporting virtual desktop users.Late last year, VCE introduced a new specialized system to solve many of these issues. The Vblock Specialized System for Extreme Applications is designed for running just that – “extreme applications” such as VDI that have unique data center requirements.  Integrated with VMware Horizon View, which is part of the Horizon 6 platform, this specialized system can deliver performance and responsiveness exceeding that of physical desktops, enabling a simplified VDI experience to end users while providing massive scalability for IT to easily manage thousands of user environments (up to 7,000 desktops per system).  In addition, this specialized system from VCE helps drive down the cost per desktop through integrated flash-based storage from EMC XtremIO – helping solve the storage complexity that can slow down VDI adoption.VCE and VMware together have partnered to offer a VDI solution that enables IT to transform their user environments in a world where providing anytime, anywhere access at a low cost is becoming the de facto standard for organizations.  With VMware Horizon 6, we’re taking our partnership to a new level in helping IT and their end users adapt to this changing and ever more mobile paradigm.last_img read more

Alienware and XPS Getting Oculus Ready

first_imgAs you may have seen, Oculus posted a blog providing some additional detail around what it takes to get Oculus Ready. Alienware has been collaborating with Oculus on their certification program from the start and together we’ve been able to establish the best configuration requirements to drive the ideal VR experience.“Rest your head, jaded traveller. Slip on your goggles and feel the fleshy shackles of your life-that-was fall away with a gentle click,” wrote Rich Wordsworth on the RedBull blog. “Reality is dead.”VR is such a new and exciting frontier and choosing the right amount of performance to power your experience is paramount at this early stage; customers will want to be sure the configurations that power their headsets are tested and proven. With the Oculus Ready program, we hope to indicate to our community that through the rigor applied in our mutual quality testing we have delivered the right solutions with the right performance and at the best price. Pre-orders continue for the Oculus Rift and now, as the Oculus Ready program comes to fruition we’re excited to offer official Oculus Ready configurations beginning today!XPS 8900 SE:  Intel Core i5 6400, Windows 10, 8 GB DDR4 Memory, 1 TB Hard Drive, NVIDIA® GTX 970Alienware X51: Intel Core i5 6400, Windows 10, 8 GB DDR4 Memory, 1 TB Hard Drive, NVIDIA® GTX 970Alienware X51: Intel Core i5 6400, Windows 10, 16 GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA® GTX 970Alienware Area 51:  Intel i7-5820K, Windows 10, 16 GB DDR4 Memory, 128GB SSD + 2 TB 7200RPM , NVIDIA® GTX 980Not only are the Oculus Ready certified configurations uniquely developed and configured for impressive VR performance, we’ve teamed up with Oculus to deliver these systems, when bundled with an Oculus Rift, at a discount. By going through the Oculus Rift pre-order process you’ll automatically receive a coupon for $200 off one of the Oculus Ready Alienware & XPS solutions.  The coupons can apply to any of the Oculus Ready desktops and enable the ability to get yourself a sweet VR desktop for less than $1000. To redeem, look for updates in your Oculus Rift Order History; down the page you’ll see the Special Offers section (as seen below) which will include a link and promo code for your Oculus Ready PC.For Alienware, we’re just as excited to start the VR revolution as anyone, and doing it with our community is what makes it that much sweeter. As we all countdown to product availability and track our pre-order shipments, Alienware will be encouraging the community to speak up on your initial experiences. With an industry transition as big as this, opinions and experiences are sure to vary widely. We hope to drive the conversation around how to get the most from your Alienware VR set-up and facilitate an honest dialogue around the community’s insight and input. After all, we’ve been innovating for PC gamers for nearly 20 years and that would never be possible without the honest and active feedback from our community.So get geared up, get Oculus Ready and let’s all speak up. If you aren’t a member of Alienware Arena, sign up and make sure you don’t miss anything! Follow us on Twitter @Alienware and keep an eye out for us on Facebook. In the immediate near turn, please sign on and watch our Twitter stream as we’ll have the latest updates and information during this awesome, exciting time.&nbsp;</p><p>last_img read more

Watch Kristin Chenoweth & James Monroe Iglehart Crash the Couch on The View

first_imgTony winner James Monroe Iglehart recently left his Aladdin glitter and fireworks at the New Amsterdam Theatre and joined the ladies of The View as a co-host. And who was their guest? None other than fellow Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth! In the clip below, we learn the trick to looking as petite as the stage and screen star: Musical Mondays at Soul Cycle! (We wonder if that lucky class pedaled to “My New Philosophy” and “Glitter and Be Gay.”) The pocket soprano recently played London’s Royal Albert Hall and shared details from her European adventure with Iglehart and the girls. Chenoweth and Iglehart also bonded over taking home Tonys, though only one of them had to go through a 14-second quick change just before her acceptance speech. Take a look at the clip below, and catch Iglehart in Aladdin and Chenoweth in her upcoming Broadway return in On the Twentieth Century. Kristin Chenoweth Aladdin from $57.50 Related Showscenter_img View Comments Star Files James Monroe Iglehartlast_img read more

Crayon-Green Trees

first_imgEven shoppers who insist on a natural, live Christmas tree almost always take home an artificially colored tree. And in this case, what you didn’t know won’t hurt you, says a University of Georgia scientist. “The pigment in the colorant is the same thing you find in children’s crayons,” said David Moorhead, an Extension Service forester with the UGA D.B. Warnell School of Forest Resources. “There’s not a problem with the colorant in terms of its being a toxic material,” he said. “It’s a very safe product.” Moorhead said farmers spray the colorant on some tree species to helpthem stay a rich, dark green. Many trees lose their color during late falland may turn yellowish- or reddish-green. The spray-on pigment keeps themgreen for the holidays. Tree farmers prepare their trees with colorant long before the holidaysales begin. “We’ve found that gives the colorant on the tree time to mellow out and look more natural,” said Judy Brewer, who sprays trees on her Liberty County farm in early September. Brewer said most shoppers at her family’s 25-acre choose-and-cut farm prefer the colorized trees. “Even if they say they want an unsprayed tree,” she said, “they can see the difference, and most of them change their minds.” Once farmers apply the colorant, it stays put, Moorhead said. “The trees typically are very well cared for in the field,” he said. Applying the colorant early allows the color to dry completely on the needles and stay colorfast through the holiday season. The color won’t come off on you, your children, pets, gifts, ornaments or other decorations, Moorhead said. Brewer said the tree needles absorb the colorant and gain some protection against moisture loss. “It’s kind of like makeup for trees,” she said. “It really beautifies and protects them.” The colorant, though, won’t keep the tree fresh through the holidays. The trick to doing that is to keep the tree stand filled with plenty of water. Sugar, bleach, aspirin or clear sodas can’t help the tree take up water. Dry trees are much less fire resistant, and just a spark can set them ablaze. COLORING CHRISTMAS TREES provides long-lasting, safe color for holiday decorators. Dave Moorhead, a UGA Extension Service forester said the tree needles absorb the color and stay green through the holidays. Though the needles stay green, it’s not a reliable indicator of freshness. Check the water level in the tree stand daily and add fresh water to keep the water level above the bottom of the tree trunk. (Photo courtesy the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) last_img read more

COVID-19: TNI ready for worst-case scenario, prepares security contingency plan

first_imgHe further said that the outbreak was not only a health issue as it was also related to other aspects, such as social, political and economic, of peoples’ lives.Read also: Uneasy calm descends on empty Jakarta as capital makes it through first day of social restrictionsThe TNI has also proposed a budget to support its contingency plans through the Defense Ministry that was presented during a meeting with House of Representatives Commission I, which oversees defense affairs, Sisriadi told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.He did not elaborate further on the budget, but said the TNI would have enough funding to face the potential security turmoil for five months if the budget proposal was approved, including collaborating with the National Police in security, public order and law enforcement operations. “The TNI is organized as a ‘war organization that can function well [during] peacetime and emergencies’ […], so it is understandable that the military leaders on all levels will always respond to the latest situations and prepare to face the worst situation,” he said.Sisriadi explained that the force would also prepare medical assistance to mitigate the outbreak, including preparing 109 of its health facilities to be used as referral hospitals in the regions and dispatching its medical and paramedical units in the field.“New cases are still emerging in some areas and there are still no signs that we are reaching the peak of the outbreak,” he said.The Executive Office of the President has also braced itself for potential social and security conflicts caused by the increase in unemployment, with the National Police’s Security Intelligence Agency (Baintelkam) confirming the risk of riots and crimes in a time of crisis.The government has estimated that up to 3.78 million Indonesians will fall into poverty and 5.2 million will lose their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.Topics : The Indonesian Military (TNI) is prepared for any potential social unrest stemming from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced businesses to shut their operations and put millions out of work.TNI spokesman Maj. Gen. Sisriadi said the military was preparing a security contingency plan to face the worst-case scenario.“We’ve prepared troops to face the impact of social unrest that could lead to violence. So that we can minimize any security problems,” he said in an online discussion held by Jakarta Defense Studies on Tuesday as reported by read more

Nine more NBA players test positive for COVID-19

first_imgNBA teams are expected to travel on July 7 to Orlando, Florida, where the league plans to resume play on July 30, after the coronavirus outbreak put an abrupt hold on the season in March.Players, coaches and other members of staff will practice, compete and live at Walt Disney World, with daily COVID-19 testing and no fans allowed inside the so-called “bubble.”The Denver Nuggets shut down their training facility over the weekend after two members of the team’s travel party tested positive for COVID-19 and the New Orleans Pelicans said this week that three of their players also tested positive. Topics : Nine more NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19, less than a week before teams are set to travel to Florida to resume the 2020 season.A total of 25 players and 10 team staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since testing began on June 23, the National Basketball Association said in a statement on Thursday.”Any player, coach or team staff member who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until they satisfy public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and have been cleared by a physician,” the league said.last_img read more

Toll rises from rain storms in China as student bus plunges into reservoir

first_imgTopics : But as of last Friday, there were 119 people dead or missing nationwide as a result of the rains storms, while the emergency ministry estimated economic losses to be in excess of 40 billion yuan ($5.70 billion).Guizhou, Anhui, Hunan and Hubei provinces were expected to record 250-280 millimeters (10-11 inches) on Tuesday, according to the China Meteorological Administration.With nearly 11 million students set to sit their college exams, the weather agency warned parents to heed forecasts and prepare school journeys carefully.Exams in some parts of Anhui province were postponed as a result of the worst flooding for 50 years, the local government reported.The city of Qianjiang in the central province of Hubei became the first city to issue a Level I flood response alert on Monday after roads and farmland were inundated.Authorities in Hubei and neighboring Hunan province have also issued orange flood alerts – the second highest – with some rivers 2-3 meters higher than warning levels, according to water ministry data.  A bus carrying high school students plunged into a reservoir on in southwest China on Tuesday, as days of torrential rain triggered flood warnings across large parts of the country and disrupted the first day of national college exams.In the central city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus epidemic first erupted in December, a record-breaking 426 millimeters of rain fell on Sunday, the official China Daily reported, and authorities were using giant pumps to remove water from the flooded roads.State broadcaster CCTV said the students on a bus that crashed into a reservoir in the city of Anshun in southwestern Guizhou province had been on their way to sit the college entry exams. The number of casualties had still to be confirmed.last_img read more

German government presents plan to implement Portability Directive

first_imgThe German government has presented its draft proposals for the implementation the EU’s Portability Directive.As widely expected, it reduced the vesting period from five years to three, in addition to making other changes applicable for both cross-border workers and those changing jobs within Germany.In the commentary published with the draft, the government claimed the Directive would have allowed the implementation of differing regimes for domestic and cross-border mobility.Such a differentiation, it said, would have been “impractical”, leading to an “undesirable discrimination against employees remaining in Germany”. Nor will the German legislation discriminate between benefits from old-age pensions, invalidity payments or those made to widows or children, the government said.It said lowering of the starting age for the vesting period from 25 years to 21 would have a “positive effect on equality policies”, particularly for young women, who often leave work to have children before the age of 25.One area where the new German law will discriminate, the government said, is where employers wish to pay out smaller pension accruals as a lump sum instead of continuing to keep them in the pension fund.This will only be applicable to employees leaving to work in another EU country, not for domestic migration.The government said it would make full use of the transition period suggested by the EU to allow sufficient time for affected company pension plans to be adjusted and to keep the financial burden on affected employers to a minimum.If the law passes Parliament, it will come into effect from 1 January 2018.Click here to read more on how the Portability Directive has informed the debate on proposed industry-wide schemes in Germanylast_img read more