London lettings boom as demand pushes up rents

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp KCS-content whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeCrowdy FanShe Didn’t Know Why Everyone Was Staring At Her Hilarious T-ShirtCrowdy Fanautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite Herald Thursday 26 August 2010 8:08 pm Sharecenter_img London lettings boom as demand pushes up rents More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com Tags: NULL LONDON’S lettings market remains buoyant with a surge in tenant demand pushing rents in the capital higher.Forty three per cent more chartered surveyors in London reported a rise in demand for property rather than a fall, up from 37 per cent in the first quarter, according to the latest RICS residential lettings survey for May to July. The difficulty of securing mortgage financing is continuing to persuade higher numbers of people to rent, rather than buy, found the survey, which says 76 per cent more surveyors reported a rise in rents than a fall. Just a year ago the picture was very different, as oversupply pushed rents down and more surveyors reported falling not rising rents. A majority, 68 per cent more surveyors expect rents to increase over the next quarter. last_img read more

One-day Internet fundraising course in Northern Ireland

first_img Howard Lake | 10 October 2002 | News One-day Internet fundraising course in Northern Ireland Places cost £89 each and can be secured from PLM Consulting on 02890 598432. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake will be running a one-day training course on Internet fundraising at the Dunadry Hotel and Country Club on Thursday 7 November.Howard Lake is the Director of Fundraising UK Ltd, the pioneering Internet fundraising consultancy, and publisher of UK Fundraising (www.fundraising.co.uk). Howard will be covering How to Create and/or Develop an Effective Internet Presence for your Charitable Organisation, How to Generate More Income From Your Charity Website, and will rounding the day off with a Charity Internet Question and Answer Surgery. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Rangers Foundation announces three new charity partners

first_img Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 August 2005 | News Guide Dogs, The National Deaf Children’s Society and the British Heart Foundation are all set to benefit from a year-long association with The Rangers Charity Foundation following their unveiling today (Friday, 5 August 2005) as the Foundation’s nominated charities for season 05/06.In addition to a cash donation at the end of the season, the Foundation will assist each charity with fundraising and press and publicity via in-kind donations, player appearances, tickets, can collections and signed items. Rangers Foundation announces three new charity partnerscenter_img Advertisement  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Bannon, ¡lo Peor!

first_img¿Qué está haciendo Stephen Bannon en el Consejo de Seguridad Nacional? El CSN es el comité ejecutivo del complejo militar-industrial e incluye un panel de asesinatos secreto. (Reuters, 5 de octubre de 2011)El proto-fascista Bannon es el principal estratega político de Trump y ex jefe del derechista Breitbart News, el medio de comunicación preferido de los supremacistas blancos. Fue Bannon quien anuló la decisión del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de eximir a titulares de tarjetas verdes [de residencia] de la prohibición de Trump a las/os viajeros de países musulmanes. (New York Times, 29 de enero)Mientras que a Bannon le dieron un asiento permanente en el CSN, la posición del general de Marina Joseph Dunford, nombrado por Obama y quien dirige el Estado Mayor Conjunto, fue degradada. Dunford asistirá a las reuniones del CSN sólo cuando sea invitado. También lo hará el Director de Inteligencia Nacional.El CSN ya está dirigido por el ex teniente general del ejército Michael Flynn, ex jefe de la Agencia de Inteligencia de Defensa, quien fue despedido de ese cargo por el presidente Obama en 2014.Desde entonces, Flynn ha tuiteado acerca de Hillary Clinton estar involucrada con el “tráfico sexual de niños” y haber “secretamente librado la guerra” contra la Iglesia Católica. Flynn también acusó a Obama de haber “lavado” dinero para terroristas. (Politico, 5 de diciembre 2016)Hacer Flynn Asesor de Seguridad Nacional y promover Bannon, mientras se degrada al Gen. Dunford, significa que el CSN puede llevar a cabo reuniones sólo con los aliados de Trump. Esa es una fórmula siniestra para establecer un estado policial, tal vez en coordinación con el FBI.Esto podría ser una opción real si hay una nueva guerra o simplemente para aplastar cualquier oposición a Trump. En los últimos 75 años, el capitalismo estadounidense no ha salido de una crisis económica sin una nueva guerra.Ayudando a este escenario de pesadilla están los demócratas del Senado. Sólo un senador votó en contra de la confirmación de “Mad Dog” (perro rabioso) James Mattis como Secretario de Defensa de Trump.Kirsten Gillibrand, de Nueva York, fue la única que se opuso a poner al ex general de la Marina a cargo del Pentágono, lo que es una burla al control civil de los militares. El resto del “mejor cuerpo deliberativo del mundo” no tuvo ningún problema con el militar que ha declarado: “Es divertido disparar a algunas personas”. (ABC News, 1 dic. 2016)Sólo unos 11 senadores votaron en contra de confirmar a John Kelly – otro ex-general de cuatro estrellas de la Marina – como el Secretario de Trump para Seguridad Nacional. Los policías de Kelly en los aeropuertos han violado las órdenes de los tribunales federales llevando a cabo la directiva racista de Trump para evitar la entrada de inmigrantes musulmanas/es.No es tan sorprendente que el líder demócrata del Senado Chuck Schumer votara por Mattis y Kelly. Pero también lo hizo el senador Bernie Sanders. No es por eso por lo que millones de votantes votaron por Sanders en las primarias demócratas del año pasado.El voto de Sanders apoyando a “Mad Dog” y Kelly no era tanto una capitulación al militarismo, como un voto de alianza con él. Los liberales como Sanders realmente creen que rodeando a Trump con “adultos” como estos dos ex-generales de alguna manera restringirá a la Casa Blanca.Esa ilusión fue arruinada cuando Trump nombró a Bannon al CSN. Sólo el pueblo puede detener a Trump. ¡A permanecer en las calles!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Defensive ends highlight eight Horned Frogs receiving All-Big 12 honors

first_img Previous articleListen: Frogflix: Episode 10Next articleWomen’s Basketball outlasts Ole Miss in SEC/Big 12 challenge, 55-50 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Linkedin printLed by defensive ends Ben Banogu and L.J. Collier, eight Horned Frogs were honored Wednesday by conference coaches as All-Big 12 selections.Banogu and Collier were both first-team selections, making this the second-straight year for TCU’s starting defensive ends to make first-team. Banogu and Mat Boesen achieved the feat last year.Cornerback Jeff Gladney, safety Ridwan Issahaku, offensive tackle Lucas Niang and wide receiver Jalen Reagor received second-team recognition, while defensive tackle Corey Bethley and linebacker Ty Summers were given honorable mention accolades.Defensive end Ben Banogu (15) tackles Kansas running back Khalil Herbert. Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.comAlong with being first-team All-Big 12 for the second-straight year, Banogu is also an honorable mention for Defensive Lineman of the Year. The McKinney, Texas, native leads the team with 17.0 tackles for a loss (second-highest in the Big 12), 7.5 sacks, eight quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.Second to Banogu with 9.5 tackles for a loss and 5.0 sacks, Collier also recorded five quarterback hurries and four pass breakups. He had a career-high eight tackles (4.0 for a loss) and 2.0 sacks in the Horned Frogs’ 14-13 win over Kansas State.Gladney leads the Horned Frogs with 14 passes defended (3rd in the Big 12). This included one interception and 13 pass breakups. While holding Biletnikoff Award semifinalist Tylan Wallace to four catches for 64 yards, barely more than half of his season average, the New Boston, Texas, native had four pass break-ups and an interception, as TCU beat Oklahoma State 31-24 to become bowl eligible.Jeff Gladney put a cherry on top of his phenomenal defensive season with a pick against OSU. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoIssahaku leads TCU with two interceptions this season and comes in second with 74 tackles. In the win against the Cowboys, the senior had a career-high 12 tackles.Niang played right tackle this season and was the only offensive lineman to start all 12 games this season.Perhaps the most exciting part of TCU’s offense, Reagor leads the Horned Frogs with 72 receptions, 1,061 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns.Jalen Reagor set several school records this season as one of the Big 12’s most electric players. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoBethley also started every game this season and he is third on the team with 8.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks. His season was highlighted by a two sack, five tackle game in a win over SMU.Summers recorded 44 stops, including 5.5 tackles for a loss and 3.0 sacks. This year splitting time between linebacker and defensive end, Summers reached 315 career tackles, which ties with Jason Phillips (2005-08) for the second-most in Gary Patterson’s 18-year career as head coach. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Facebook Colin Post Twitter ReddIt TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Ben Banogu had a career-high 10 tackles against Baylor. Photo by Jack Wallace Facebook Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Linkedin Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award + posts Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Twitterlast_img read more

Government turns deaf ear to call for Ching Cheong’s release

first_img RSF_en News Organisation to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts The Singapore and British governments should pressure for the immediate release of the journalist, the worldwide press freedom organisation said in letter addressed to the Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and British Foreign Minister Jack Straw.The organisation insisted that Singapore government had an obligation to protect the freedom of the journalist who was working for a pro-government newspaper Straits Times. The Singapore ministry of foreign affairs however stated on 30 May that the Chinese authorities had not contacted it about the subject so they did not have sufficient information.Ching Cheong, 55, travelled to Guangzhou to collect documents connected with the former communist party leader, Zhao Ziyang, who died in January while under house arrest for negotiating with demonstrators in 1989.Ching is the second journalist employed by a foreign newspaper to be detained in China. New York Times contributor, Zhao Yan, was arrested by Chinese authorities in October 2004 and accused of “divulging state secrets”.sign the international appeal for Ching Cheong August 16, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government turns deaf ear to call for Ching Cheong’s release Speaking on behalf of the government, a Beijing official has rejected the call made by Reporters Without Borders and the Hong Kong Journalists Association for the release of journalist Ching Cheong, although more than 13,000 people signed a petition to President Hu Jintao calling for him to be set free.Wang Rundeng, the deputy director of the parliamentarians’ bureau, said: “You cannot break the law simply because you are a journalist.”Reporters Without Borders condemned the rigidity of the Chinese authorities and reiterated its call for Ching’s release. “Beijing cannot just turn a deaf ear to such a momentum of solidarity,” the press freedom organisation said.Ching has not been allowed to see his family ever since his arrest on 22 April_____________________________________________________________________________05.08.2005Hong Kong journalist formally charged with spying for TaiwanReporters Without Borders is outraged by the charge of spying for Taiwan which, according to the official news agency Xinhua, was formally brought by the Chinese state security bureau today against Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong, who is accused of selling economic, political and military information to Taiwanese agents for millions of dollars since 2000. Some of this “top secret” information endangered national security, Xinhua said.Ching faces possible life imprisonmentThe Singapore-based Straits Times daily newspaper confirmed that it was informed by the Chinese ambassador about the charges against Ching, its correspondent for China. The newspaper again asked China’s representatives to let it have access to its correspondent and to provide him with a lawyer.The Chinese foreign ministry announced on 31 May that Ching had confessed to being a “spy in the pay of foreign agencies.” Although based in Hong Kong, he is a resident of Singapore. He holds a “British National Overseas” passport, a category of passport reserved for the citizens of Hong Kong. He was arrested on 22 April in the southern city of Guangzhou and is now held in Beijing.More than 13,000 people have so far signed a petition for his release which is available at www.petition-chingcheong.org_______________________________________________________________________________31.05.2005Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong accused of spyingReporters Without Borders expressed dismay at accusations of spying levelled against Ching Cheong by the Chinese foreign ministry. The authorities in Beijing announced on 31 May that the correspondent for the Singapore daily Straits Times had confessed to being a spy in the pay of foreign agencies. The official statement read, “Ching Cheong confessed : Following instructions from a foreign intelligence agency, he engaged in intelligence gathering activities in China and received significant a large spying fee.” The management of Straits Times said it was shocked at these accusations. The journalist’s wife, Mary Lau, told the press that her husband had told her he could be held for a long period. She also explained that he had apparently fallen into a trap set by an intermediary as he was trying to obtain recordings of secret interviews with former prime minister Zhao Ziyang.——————————————————————-Hong Kong journalist detained in Beijing for more than one month30 May 2005 Reporters Without Borders called on Singapore and Britain to act to obtain the release of journalist Ching Cheong (photo), Hong Kong correspondent for the Singapore daily Straits Times who has been detained in Beijing for more than one month. The Singapore-resident journalist, who was picked up by Chinese police in Guangzhou, southern China on 22 April, is the holder of a British National Overseas (BNO) passport specific to Hong Kong. He faces a possible charge of “stealing state secrets”. ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Newscenter_img April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the charge of spying for Taiwan which, according to the official news agency Xinhua, was formally brought by the Chinese state security bureau today against Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong, who is accused of selling economic, political and military information to Taiwanese agents for millions of dollars since 2000. Some of this “top secret” information endangered national security, Xinhua said. March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Hollande urged to take firm official position on Saudi blogger

first_img Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more News News March 9, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges French President François Hollande to officially request Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s release during a two-day visit to Riyadh that begins today.During his visit, Hollande is to meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and to become the first western leader to attend a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council states, at which he will be received with great pomp.Reporters Without Borders thinks he should seize the opportunity to make a firm, public request for the release of Badawi, winner of the 2014 RSF Press Freedom Prize, who was sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes on 7 May 2014.“It is inconceivable that France could continue saying nothing about the barbaric sentence imposed on this young blogger, who could at any time be retried for apostasy and sentenced to death,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“France must follow the example of the US state department, the European Parliament, Canada and Sweden, which have all publicly condemned this unjust sentence and called for Baidawi’s release. Human rights and freedom of information cannot be trampled on for the sake of the economic interests uniting Paris and Riyadh.”After Badawi was subjected to an initial session of 50 lashes on 9 January 2015, subsequent public flogging sessions were postponed without any new date being set. According to his wife, Ensaf Haidar, his case may be transferred to the Saudi supreme court, which could impose a death sentence. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Receive email alerts to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges French President François Hollande to officially request Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s release during a two-day visit to Riyadh that begins today. June 8, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 4, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hollande urged to take firm official position on Saudi blogger News Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBSlast_img read more

Pasadena Unified’s 2016-2017 Open Enrollment is January 12 Through February 2, 2016

first_img Community News Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Education Pasadena Unified’s 2016-2017 Open Enrollment is January 12 Through February 2, 2016 Information Sessions December 11, January 9 Article and Photo courtesy of PUSD Published on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 5:37 pm Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeauty The Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) annual Open Enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year begins Jan. 12, 2016 with the general online application process. To assist families in making decisions and navigating the Open Enrollment process, PUSD has scheduled informational sessions Friday, December 11, 2015 and Saturday, January 9, 2016.The annual Open Enrollment process offers families an opportunity to apply for award-winning schools and signature programs throughout the district. While every child living within PUSD boundaries is guaranteed placement in their neighborhood school, through Open Enrollment children can attend a different campus that offers specialized programs such as dual language immersion in Spanish and Mandarin, International Baccalureate, STEM, visual and performing arts, high school college and career academies, and much more.The online application period for the first lottery of the 2016-2017 Open Enrollment is Jan. 12 through Feb. 2, 2016. Notifications will be made by March, with registration occurring shortly thereafter. A second lottery and registration for any remaining spots will take place in April.For a schedule of school tours, information about PUSD schools and 2016-2017 Open Enrollment go to openenrollment.infoOpen Enrollment Information Sessions:* Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, 9 a.m. Victory Park, 2504 Paloma St., Pasadena* Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, 9 a.m. Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., PasadenaFor information on enrollment, contact the PUSD Office of Enrollment, Permits & Student Records at (626) 396-3600, ext. 88340.Stay connected to the Pasadena Unified School District! Visit us online at www.pusd.us; follow us on Twitter @PasadenaUnified, www.twitter.com/PasadenaUnified; like PUSD on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PasadenaUnifiedSchoolDistrict; text PUSD to 888777; and subscribe to PUSD’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/klrnpasadena. Or call the Communications Office, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 396-3606.“Our Children. Learning Today. Leading Tomorrow.”center_img 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News 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. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Pasadena Center Operating Company Says It Will Take Years to Make Up for Lost Hotel Room Tax Revenue

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Community News More Cool Stuff Community News Pasadena Center Operating Company Says It Will Take Years to Make Up for Lost Hotel Room Tax Revenue Despite the impact of COVID-19 on hospitality sector, group is optimistic about FY 2022 By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 4:20 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 17 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img According to a report included in the City Council’s Finance Committee agenda, the Pasadena Center Operating Co. will not begin to make up for lost Transient Occupancy Tax caused by the pandemic until fiscal year 2024.The tax is paid by everyone who stays at a local hotel.The PCOC manages the Pasadena Convention Center, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Pasadena Ice Skating Center.“The PCOC’s forecasted share of TOT revenue forecast is $5,725,000 which is a decrease in TOT revenue of $5.375 million compared to the FY20 original budget and $2.959 million lower than FY20 actual,” according to a staff report. “We anticipate we will not be back to FY19 TOT revenue until FY24.”The committee is scheduled to receive an update on the PCOC at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.Currently, the PCOC has $16 million in reserves. Due to its nonprofit status, the PCOC has been unable to access Payment Protection Program loans, but has advocated for the expansion of these programs and has requested the support of Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, and U.S. Rep. Judy Chu.“It has been a trying year at the Pasadena Center Operating Co. since all facilities were required to be closed back in March. The hospitality industry has been decimated by this pandemic,” said Vice Mayor and PCOC Board Chair Tyron Hampton.“In response to COVID-19, the PCOC responded quickly to reduce costs, prepared the facility for the new health protocols, all while supporting our community through local business promotion efforts and meal distribution programs,” Hampton said.“Although the PCOC is forecasting a major budget shortfall due to COVID, as TOT and TBID [Tourism Business Improvement District] are at historic lows while our debt payments on the city’s Convention Center continue to rise, we feel confident we have the reserves to cover this deficit,” he said.Locally, the Langham Hotel reopened on Aug. 1, but the Hotel Constance and Sheraton Pasadena remain closed at this time, and so far no reopening date has been disclosed.According to consultations with local hotels and the city, as well as projections by Tourism Economics for LA County and Smith Travel Research (STR), occupancy rates are expected to average 44 percent for the first six months of the 2021 fiscal year. The average daily rate (ADR) of revenue of every room is expected to be $125.“Due to restrictions on large gatherings and as an indoor facility, revenue-generating options are limited at this time,” according to a city staff report.Impacts of shutdownPrior to COVID-19, the PCOC anticipated hosting more than 350 events, $11 million in revenue, and a surplus of over $500,000 in FY21, according to a staff report contained in the committee’s agenda.“In March, PCOC’s facilities were forced to close due to the statewide Stay at Home Order and restrictions on large gatherings,” the agenda report states. “The PCOC team quickly shifted our focus on living within our new COVID financial means. Across the company, we reviewed every line item and contract agreement, including CIP [capital improvement program] to cut or drastically reduce spending. [The] Ice Skating Center was closed and the ice was removed in early May.”The PCOC board approved a revised FY21 budget at its June meeting. The budget included a scenario with a reduction in revenue by 50 percent; a second scenario with a 70 percent reduction in revenue; and expenses reduced accordingly with each scenario.All told, 36 full-time employees and130 part-time employees were not assigned hours due to the cancellation of events. The decisions, including furloughs, reduced payroll by $200,000 per month, or $1.5 million since March.Since then, several maintenance projects have been completed, including roof repairs at the Civic Center, new air conditioning in the offices, a cooling tower replacement at the ice rink, complete testing of all ice equipment, an LED lighting retrofit in the conference building, and carpet replacement in the ballroom and lobby areas.Short term, long termBut there are some revenue opportunities for the center. The PCOC could make $1.6 million for the 250-room alternative care facility designed to operate as an overflow space if Huntington Hospital reached capacity during the pandemic. The makeshift facility was never used and shuttered in June.A U.S. District Court jury empanelment event is currently on the books, and the city’s Human Resources Department will use the facility for multiple exam days.Studio/film streaming partnerships and car research opportunities are also possibilities and the PCOC is in discussions with the Pasadena Symphony for a social distance season.The Pasadena Convention Center will serve as a five-day voting center beginning Oct. 30.Between January and June, there are 60 events on the books, including “America’s Got Talent” auditions, multiple award shows, and graduations.“One thing I am most proud of is our employees. We value their dedication and expertise, and as such we are working to extend health benefits for one year to all who have been laid off,” Hamp[ton said.“The PCOC Board is committed to lead the Convention Center, Civic Auditorium, Ice Rink, and CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau) through these difficult times. We anticipate having an excellent FY 22,” he said. Subscribe 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. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

‘Improving Transparency and Accountability at CFPB’

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / ‘Improving Transparency and Accountability at CFPB’ in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News  Print This Post Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Borrowers CFPB consumers Credit Union Dodd-Frank Fair Lending Financial Services Committee HMDA Lenders Mick Mulvaney mortgage Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. ‘Improving Transparency and Accountability at CFPB’ Borrowers CFPB consumers Credit Union Dodd-Frank Fair Lending Financial Services Committee HMDA Lenders Mick Mulvaney mortgage 2018-06-06 Radhika Ojha Share Save Previous: The Lingering Impact of Harvey on Houston’s Housing Market Next: Industry Pulse: Updates on Ginnie Mae, Hyland, and Morecenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago In a hearing by the House Financial Services Committee in April, Mick Mulvaney, Acting Director at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) had made recommendations to improve the “transparency and accountability,” at the Bureau. On Wednesday, The Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing entitled “Improving Transparency and Accountability at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection” that discussed Mulvaney’s recommendations and other reforms that would help promote greater transparency and accountability at the Bureau.In his remarks at the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Blaine Luetkemeyer said that Mulvaney was striving to foster an environment that promoted transparency, legitimacy, and greater consumer choice. However, recognizing that not all reforms could be done administratively, Luetkemeyer said, “The American people deserve a Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection that enforces the law rather than creates it, and that gives power and choice back to the consumers.”During their testimonies at this hearing, Steven Day, President American Land Title Association; Richard Hunt, President and CEO, Consumer Bankers Association; Kate (Larson) Prochaska, Director Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Hillary O. Shelton, Director, Washington Bureau and SVP, Advocacy and Policy, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and Elmer Whitaker, CEO, Whitaker Bank Corporation of Kentucky gave the panel a number of recommendations. They included:Instituting Congressional control over CFPB’s budget and subjecting CFPB to the Congressional appropriations processCoordinating regulatory activities with other agencies to avoid duplication and burdenReforming the consumer complaint databaseProviding clear rules and avoid rulemaking by enforcementReviewing the amount of information and number of mortgage lenders required to make public their loans under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA)Reasserting the enforcement powers of the Office of Fair LendingEstablishing a bipartisan commission at the CFPB to lead the BureauReviewing Rules for small-dollar bank lending and small business lendingEstablishing debt collection regulations for third-party debt collectors for the right balance between consumer protection and consumer engagementCreating a CFPB Advisory Opinion ProcessReviewing Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act that requires the Bureau to prescribe rules for collecting and reporting data on lending to minority-owned and women-owned small businessesApart from these recommendations the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) also sent a letter to the subcommittee urging the CFPB to streamline regulatory burdens for credit unions and work more closely with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) on compliance.“Consumers lose when one-size-fits-all rules force credit unions to pull back safe and affordable options from the market, pushing consumers into the arms of the providers engaged in the very activity that the rules were designed to curtail,” the letter said. 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