Al Jazeera transmission restored

first_img October 27, 2020 Find out more News Photo Credit: Revolt Asmarino via Compfight cc Organisation February 18, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al Jazeera transmission restored EritreaAfrica EritreaAfrica RSF_en —–05.02.2013 – Government blocks access to Al Jazeera inside EritreaReporters Without Borders deplores the Eritrean government’s censorship of the Qatari TV news network Al Jazeera since 1 February.According to the Qatar-based newspaper Al-Sharq, the Eritrean authorities were annoyed with Al Jazeera for carrying reports about demonstrations by Eritrean exiles outside Eritrean diplomatic missions in Cairo, London, Frankfurt, Rome, Stockholm and other capitals in opposition to the government and in support of the soldiers who stormed the information ministry in Asmara during a brief mutiny on 21 January. The information ministry issued a decree on 1 February forbidding anyone in Eritrea to provide access to Al Jazeera. Public places such as restaurants, cafés and hotels were specifically targeted. To ensure compliance, Al Jazeera’s English-language channels were jammed.“In a country with no privately-owned media and where national news broadcast in the local language is strictly controlled by the government, the foreign media are only ‘tolerated’ and it is clear that the line that cannot be crossed is coverage of Eritrean news,” Reporters Without Borders said.Amanuel Ghirmai, a journalist with the Paris-based independent Eritrean radio station Radio Erena, told Reporters Without Borders: “This blocking reflects the determination manifested by the Eritrean government in recent months to prevent foreign media carrying reports about Eritrea from broadcasting inside the country.” Ghirmai added: “After Radio Erena, Al Jazeera is the second broadcaster to be subjected to such censorship.”Launched in 2009 by Eritrean exile journalists and supported by Reporters Without Borders, Radio Erena has been the target of jamming and cyber-attacks by President Issaias Afeworki’s government since August 2012.Reporters Without Borders has filed a complaint with the French public prosecutor’s officer requesting an investigation into these acts of piracy against an independent radio station. All the information about Eritrea and Radio Erena.Eritrea was cut off from the world when the regime took an ultra-authoritarian turn and rounded up journalists in September 2001. It is now Africa’s biggest prison for media personnel and is ranked last in the world press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders published on 30 January. RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision Qatar-based Al-Jazeera’s news channels were available again through all outlets in Eritrea by 12 February, 11 days after access was blocked on the government’s orders.Transmission via the big dishes used by hotels, cafés and restaurants and in other public places was restored very soon after the original blocking order but access through the smaller domestic dishes was only restored on 12 February. Newscenter_img to go further Receive email alerts April 14, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Eritrea News January 13, 2021 Find out more Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? Reports Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak caselast_img read more

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Journalist still fears for safety although suspect held for his attempted murder

first_img to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more HondurasAmericas Organisation Joaquín Molina Andrade, 28, was placed in pre-trial detention on 18 July after being brought before a court in the northern city of Puerto Cortés for the attempted murder of JBN TV’s local correspondent, Selvín Martínez, a week earlier in the same city.However, Martínez, who was already the target of a murder attempt in April, is not reassured by Molina’s detention.“My fear has grown since we realized that Molina belongs to a gang of killers,” Martínez told the Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre), a Reporters Without Borders partner organization. “The person who masterminded the attack on me is still at large.”Reporters Without Borders said: “Martínez and his family must urgently be given the protection they have requested and continue to await. The authorities have a clear responsibility. Molina’s arrest does not mean the case has been solved. On the contrary, his evidence should enable much more progress to me made.”Almost all of the 29 murders of Honduran journalists in the past decade remain unpunished. No fewer than 24 of these murders have taken place since the June 2009 coup d’état.____________13.07.12 – Radio reporter gunned down and TV journalist shot at for second timeAdonis Felipe Bueso Gutiérrez, a reporter for the Christian radio station Radio Stereo Naranja, was shot dead with two of his cousins on 8 July in Villanueva in the northern department of Cortés while on holiday visiting his family.He was to have taken part in celebrations on 21 July marking the first anniversary of the station, located in Sonoguera in the department of Colón. His death brings to 29 the number of journalists killed in Honduras in the past decade, of whom 24 have died since the coup d’état on 28 June 2009.“The motive has yet to be determined in this case, despite the fact that some of the victims’ belongings had disappeared, which supports the theory that it was a robbery,” Reporters Without Borders said. “However, the possibility that it was connected with his work cannot be ruled out.“In each of these cases that has plunged the profession of journalism into mourning, the same impunity applies, whether they are attributable to the country’s high crime rate or the political violence spawned by the coup. “So far, the only investigation that has yielded real progress is the one into the death of Alfredo Villatoro.“The authorities should take similar action in all other instances of crime and threats, which constantly afflict journalists, human rights activists and other citizens who provide news and information.” July 20, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist still fears for safety although suspect held for his attempted murder Bueso and his cousins Francisco Ireata López, 20, and 18-year-old Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez Coto were forced into a car by armed men as they left an Internet café in Villanueva about 6 pm. Their bullet-riddled bodies were found in the street half an hour later. Their wallets had been stolen and the tennis shoes worn by one of them had also been taken. Also in the Cortés department, television reporter Selvín Martínez, who works for the station JBN, was the target of a shooting attack yesterday for the second time in less than two months. His home was machine-gunned in April and this time an unidentified gunman fired at him as he was riding his motorcycle to his daughter’s school, according to the Reporters Without Borders partner organization C-Libre.Martinez, who was unhurt, said he counted 12 shots. He believed the perpetrator to be the leader of one of the criminal gangs in Central America known as “maras”, who have a reputation for extreme violence. In May this year, the journalist’s wife escaped a kidnapping attempt. Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate implementation of protective measures as requested by Martínez for himself and those close to him. News News RSF_en RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin Americacenter_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Honduras HondurasAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies December 28, 2020 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more Reports Receive email alerts RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Newslast_img read more

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First Presbyterian Church, Altadena: Mary Jane Tashiro Benefit Piano Concert-Aug. 18

first_img More Cool Stuff 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Religious Music First Presbyterian Church, Altadena: Mary Jane Tashiro Benefit Piano Concert-Aug. 18 Article and Photos courtesy of First Presbyterian Church Published on Friday, July 27, 2012 | 3:14 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Herbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe A benefit concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Altadena, Church Sanctuary, Saturday, August 18 at 2:00pm. The concert will feature composer Mary Jane Tashiro. A free will donation will be taken at the door, and all proceeds will benefit CARES and Angel Interfaith Network (AIN).Presbyterian Women will provide light refreshments at the conclusion of the concert. It all makes for a wonderful afternoon, good music, good friends, and good causes!About Mary Jane TashiroMary Jane Tashiro is a composer, pianist, teacher and publisher, taught at Cal State, University, L.A. and was the first woman graduate of the Equal Interval System of Horizontal Compositions by Lyle (Spud) Murphy. Her compositions premiered in Switzerland in February 1981. English pianist Jon Sivell received a standing ovation for performing her 1st two books called “Magical Moving Moments.” She has composed numerous pieces for several instruments as well as piano, and has done several commissioned pieces for Mr. Thomas Robb.Ms. Tashiro has traveled the world performing and has played her works in Holland, Austria, Russia, Osaka, and Tokyo, as well as here in the United States in Los Angeles, and New York.Mary Jane currently resides in Irvington, New York. Her sisters are Betty Mikuni and Peggy Mikuni, daughter Nancy (Joel) Castillo, grandsons, Jason and Jon Castillo, and great granddaughter, Zara Castillo.First Presbyterian Church, 2775 Lincoln Avenue, Altadena, (626) 791-4271 or visit www.altadenapresbyterian.org. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business Newscenter_img Community News Make a comment Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

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Senator Liu Announces $47 million to Retrofit Local Schools Funds to Support Energy Savings and Job Creation

first_imgGovernment Senator Liu Announces $47 million to Retrofit Local Schools Funds to Support Energy Savings and Job Creation From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, July 15, 2013 | 11:24 am Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Senator Carol Liu (D- La Cañada) announces that an estimated $450 million will be available to fund energy efficiency and clean energy projects, including roughly $47 million for schools in the 25th Senate District. Additionally, nearly $50 million will be provided to fund energy projects at California’s 112 community colleges. These projects provide a triple benefit by reducing energy bills, improving school conditions and providing needed jobs to help employ the 400,000 plus unemployed construction workers in the state.As a main recipient of funds from the Proposition 39 – California Clean Energy Jobs Fund for the upcoming fiscal year, public schools will benefit from long-term energy savings. Clean energy projects will help reduce energy and utility bills due to inefficient lighting, heating, insulation, ventilation, and air conditioning.Each school district will be provided a funding allotment based on the average daily attendance (ADA) and weighted for poverty. In order to ensure the projects proposed meet energy efficiency and clean energy requirements, school districts will need to submit an application to the California Energy Commission prior to receiving funds. The Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office will allocate funds for community colleges based on the number of full-time equivalent students.Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy and Jobs Act, was approved by the voters in November with more than 60% support. It closed a corporate tax loophole that only benefited out-of-state corporations. It will generate about $1 billion a year for California. For the next five years, half of the money will be going to the state’s general fund and the other half toward measures designed to create jobs and save energy. The Yes on Prop 39 campaign was co-chaired by Senator Kevin De León (D-22, Los Angeles), Tom Steyer, and former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz.Sen. Liu represents about 930,000 people in the 25th Senate District, which includes Burbank, Glendale, Sunland-Tujunga, Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, Altadena, San Marino, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Bradbury, Duarte, San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont, Glendora, and Upland. More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community Newscenter_img Make a comment Top of the News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

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Hundreds of saplings to be planted around Limerick as part of…

first_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostNational Tree Week 2021 People’s ParkCastletroy Park Highfield, Ennis RoadBoro Field, Janesboro NewsCommunityEnvironmentLimerickHundreds of saplings to be planted around Limerick as part of National Tree WeekBy Sarah Carr – March 24, 2021 188 Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Sarsfield Park, Ennis RoadThe Demesne, Newcastle West Advertisement Linkedin Bourke Avenue, Lower Edward StreetFoynes Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Aherlow Close, CaherdavinAspen Gardens Photo by Madison Nickel on Unsplash FOUR hundred and seventy saplings are being planted across Limerick city and county by Limerick City and County Council to mark National Tree Week 2021.The trees, which are a mixture of native and common species will be planted over the coming weeks include: Alnus Glutinosa (Alder); Betula (Birch); Crataegus (Red Thorn); Malus Domestica (Crab Apple); Quercus Robur (Oak); Sorbus Aucuparia (Mountain Ash) and Tilia (Lime).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The trees will be planted in the following areas: Rostrevor Close, CaherdavinAbbeyfeale Park Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img Dromroe, RhebogueFaha View, Patrickswell WhatsApp Traditionally, Limerick City and County Council would have marked National Tree Week by distributing saplings to schools across the city and county for planting, however this has not been possible this year.Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins said: “Visiting schools around to plant and discuss the importance of trees to our environment as part of National Tree Week has always been an important job for the Mayor. While this is not possible at present, I am encouraging everyone during this week to understand the important role trees can play as part of actions to protect our environment and climate.”In addition to the planting of 470 saplings, Limerick City and County Council is hosting ‘The Beauty of Trees’ webinar with Mary Keenan.Mary has a degree in Horticulture and has a wealth of experience in the area.She was a lecturer in the Botanic Gardens before joining the Parks and Landscape Department of South Dublin County Council. She was President of The Tree Council of Ireland and later its Director.Mary was on the board of the Heritage Council for 10 years, runs Gash Gardens and since leaving South Dublin County Council, she is now the editor of the Irish Garden magazine. Mary is also a National TidyTowns adjudicator.‘The Beauty of Trees’ is taking place on Thursday 25 March 2021 at 8pm.Logon here to register.You will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleOn This Day: 2014 Hurlers prove too strong for Laois & the U21 footballers fall to Kerry in 11′Next articleKenny Privileged Ahead of World Cup Qualifying Opener Sarah Carrhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Ted Russell ParkO’Brien Park Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Twitter Facebook Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Print Mayorstone QuarryCoolraine Heights, Old Cratloe Roadlast_img read more

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GHS plant sale being held now due to coronavirus closing

first_imgLatest Stories Rich said there is still a good selection of flowers and vegetable plants and at a good price.“Not good prices, great prices,” said Sandy Walker who bought a trunk-load. “It’s almost like they are giving them away. The plants are all healthy and beautiful. These students have done such a great job. I’m excited with all my plants.”Rich said the students are taking all precautions when handling the plants. Print Article Sponsored Content Published 9:29 pm Monday, March 16, 2020 Skip Email the author Students at the Agriculture Academy at Goshen High School filled three greenhouses with plants they had neutered from seeds to maturity.  The closing of schools due to the coronavirus left things “hanging” so to speak.Baskets of Boston ferns, Spider ferns, Wandering Jew and Geraniums were hanging from the rafters and the tables were filled with periwinkles, lantana, succulents, tomatoes, squash … just to name a few of the plants destined for sale.“The plant sale was planned to begin March 30 but, because school would be out, we had to move the sale to Monday (March 16),” said Jamie Rich, Ag Academy instructor. “We didn’t really know what to expect but we were so blessed. We opened Monday with three full greenhouses and now we have one and a half.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsoncenter_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “We are keeping everything wiped down and clean,” she said. “The students are using hand sanitizer so there should be no concern about the handing of the plants.”The Ag Academy Plant Sale will continue today and Wednesday during school hours. Plants and prices are: Boston ferns, $8; Macho ferns, $15; Asparagus fern, $10; Spider plants, $3; Succulents, $2; Wax begonias, $10; Petunias (white/6 pack), $3; vegetables, (6 pack), $2.50; Vinca (periwinkle/6 pack) $2.50; Geraniums (red) $5; Pothos (variegated) $5 and Wandering Jew, $10. Rich expressed appreciation to Pike County for the tremendous support of the plant sale and of the students for their dedication and hard work. “The support has been a true blessing and we are so grateful,” Rich said. By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day GHS plant sale being held now due to coronavirus closing You Might Like Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits MEETING OF THE MINDS: Officials meet to discuss COVID-19 coronavirus preparations The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) issued new guidance on Monday advising people to avoid or cancel gatherings of… read morelast_img read more

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Death of researcher in apparent murder-suicide may have thwarted ‘significant findings’ about coronavirus

first_imgkali9/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY, ABC NEWS(PITTSBURGH) — A medical researcher in Pittsburgh was “on the verge of making very significant findings” about the coronavirus before he was shot and killed Saturday, officials said.Bing Lu, a medical researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, was shot and killed as a result of a “lengthy dispute regarding an intimate partner,” according to the university and police in suburban Ross Township.Lu was found dead in his Elm Court home Saturday with gunshot wounds to the head, neck, body and extremities, police said.Another man, Hao Gu, was found dead nearby in his car from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.“The males are both known to each other,” said Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp. “Investigative leads developed throughout the weekend have led us to believe that the male from the car shot and killed the man in the townhome before returning to his car and taking his own life.”Kohlhepp said there was “zero evidence” the shooting deaths had anything to do with “work being conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and the current health crisis affecting the United States and the world.”“Bing was on the verge of making very significant findings toward understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie SARS-CoV-2 infection and the cellular basis of the following complications,” officials with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said in a statement. “We will make an effort to complete what he started in an effort to pay homage to his scientific excellence.”Bing, who earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in Computer Science at the National University of Singapore, had worked at Pitt since 2014 and prior to that was a post-doctoral fellow in the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University.“His loss will be felt throughout the entire scientific community,” the University of Pittsburgh statement said.Police said neither victim was a United States citizen and the case was referred to federal authorities.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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An assessment of the surface turbulent heat fluxes from the NCEP-NCAR reanalysis over western boundary currents

first_imgWith the completion of the NCEP-NCAR and ECMWF reanalyses there are now global representations of air-sea surface heat fluxes with sufficient spatial and temporal resolution to be useful in characterizing the air-sea interaction associated with individual weather systems, as well as in developing global-scale oceanic heat and moisture budgets. However, these fluxes are strongly dependent on the numerical models used, and, as a result, there is a clear need to validate them against observations. Accurate air-sea heat flux estimates require a realistic representation of the atmospheric boundary layer, and the implementation of an appropriate surface flux parameterization. Previous work at high latitudes has highlighted the shortcomings of the surface turbulent heat flux parameterization used in the NCEP-NCAR reanalysis during high wind speed conditions, especially when combined with large air-sea temperature differences. Here the authors extend this result through an examination of the air-sea heat fluxes over the western boundary currents of the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans. These are also regions where large transfers of heat and moisture from the ocean to the atmosphere take place. A comparison with in situ data shows that the surface layer meteorological fields are reasonably well represented in the NCEP-NCAR reanalysis, but the turbulent heat flux fields contain significant systematic errors. It is argued that these errors are associated with shortcomings in the bulk flux algorithm employed in the reanalysis. Using the NCEP-NCAR reanalysis surface layer meteorological fields and a more appropriate bulk flux algorithm, “adjusted” fields for the sensible and latent heat fluxes are presented that more accurately represent the air-sea exchange of heat and moisture over the western boundary currents.last_img read more

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Surge in tenants searching for properties follows tenants fees ban

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Surge in tenants searching for properties follows tenants fees ban previous nextHousing MarketSurge in tenants searching for properties follows tenants fees banRightmove says many tenants have been waiting for the fees ban to come in before moving home, pent up demand that has now been released into the market.Nigel Lewis19th July 20190637 Views The tenant fees ban has led to a huge surge in the number of people looking for properties following its introduction on June 1st, Rightmove has claimed.Demand increased by 7% during May and June, seven times the normal uplift in tenants looking for property at this time of year, while in London demand increased by a staggering 13%.May and June are usually a quiet time for letting agents as tenants put off moving home to take holidays, but the surge recorded by the portal would suggest many tenants have delaying their home moves for several months in order to avoid paying fees.Rightmove says people have been “given a new impetus to move by the removal of most tenant fees, giving them a saving of hundreds of pounds in some cases”.Fees banOne agency, Chestertons, says it has seen the number of tenants registering with it increase by 17% since the ban began.But while the ban may give with one hand, it may soon take away with the other. The unusual surge in demand, couple with ongoing problems with stock availability as more landlords quit the market, is already pushing up rents significantly.Average asking rents outside London hit an all-time high of £817 a month in the second quarter of the year, while nationally rent rises have been accelerating and are increasing by 2.7%.“The rise in rental prices may also mean some agents or landlords have attempted to raise rents to help compensate for a loss of tenant fees,” says Rightmove’s housing spokesperson Miles Shipside (left).“More build to rent developments with more premium offerings and rents could also be adding to the average increase.”Rightmove Miles Shipside Chestertons tenant fees ban July 19, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Housing minister hints at longer minimum length for tenancies AGAIN

first_imgHome » News » Housing minister hints at longer minimum length for tenancies AGAIN previous nextHousing minister hints at longer minimum length for tenancies AGAINEsther McVey says longer tenancies promote better mental health for tenants and says a decision will be made after the AST consultation ends in October.Nigel Lewis6th September 20192 Comments1,351 Views  Housing minister Esther McVey has hinted heavily that the Government will introduce regulations to introduce a longer minimum tenancy period for renters as part of its proposed reforms of the Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) system.In her first parliamentary written reply to an enquiry since being appointed a housing minister, McVey told Welsh MP Chris Ruane that: “Earlier this year, the Government announced its commitment to improve security for renters, and intends to introduce a new, fairer deal for both tenants and landlords.“A number of people responded that increased security would improve tenants’ mental health and well-being.“In particular respondents mentioned that fewer house moves could help tenants have better access to local amenities, such as schools and GP clinics, and feel more integrated into their communities.”ConsultationIn July the government published its consultation document on the reform of AST which is due to close on October 12th which includes the controversial proposal to abolish Section 21 eviction notices, which would effectively make ASTs indistinguishable from assured or open-ended tenancies.The consultation also asks letting agents, tenants and landlords to comment once more on whether tenancy length should be extended after a previous consultation was inconclusive on this point and that led to initial assumptions that compulsory three-year tenancies would be abandoned as a proposal.“The Government will collaborate with and listen to tenants, landlords and others in the sector to develop a more effective system that works for everybody,” says McVey.Assured Shorthold Tenancies AST Esther McVey September 6, 2019Nigel Lewis2 commentsJohn Redden, Belvoir Tynedale Belvoir Tynedale 7th September 2019 at 9:30 amJulian I sadly agree with you on consultation they listen to Shelter and the industry counts for nought. The fee ban is a case in point as rents are rising to cover increased costs and my tenants will be out of pocket to prove the governments efforts to save tenants money.I can only speak for my business we have a current tenancy average of around 46 months so a longer tenancy is pointless for us. Will this longer tenancy fixed term be binding on both parties? as many tenants specifically ask for six months as they do not wish to be tied. My experience of the last 17 years with landlords is that they want to have long term tenants and provided the rent is paid and the property looked after I have yet to have a landlord end a tenancy except to move back in or sell. More pointless legislation.Log in to ReplyJulian Blackmore, BNE BNE 6th September 2019 at 10:50 amWhat consultation? they never consult with anyone with a clue, do what they like and sit back and watch it backfire. Watch landlords sell up in droves; me included.Log in to ReplyWhat’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

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