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“Can’t live for free”: Weekly rental tenants face eviction despite ban

first_imgEmail Address* State courts have taken different approaches to weekly rentals.In November, an Orlando judge allowed one model to evict three people, but delayed the eviction until Jan. 1, after the moratorium is to expire. In Nevada, Gov. Steve Sisolak imposed a new eviction ban through the end of March, barring any for other than noise-related violations. In Texas and Arizona, courts have sided with the landlord in 50 percent of evictions proceedings filed by Budget Suites of America, owned by billionaire Robert Bigelow.Barnes, the former governor, who is defending Efficiency Lodge in court, said the company is willing to work with tenants — to a point. “There are mortgages to be paid,” he said. “You just can’t live there for free.”[NYT] — E.B. SolomontContact E.B. Solomont Landlords and tenants of weekly rentals are facing off over whether the eviction ban applies to them. (iStock)Weekly rentals are a last resort for low-income tenants. But despite a national eviction ban, they have also become a battleground between landlords and renters.The reason: Weekly rentals fall into a legal gray area. Many are licensed as motels, which are exempt from the eviction moratorium, but they function as rental apartments for tenants who spend months or even years there.Some owners of weekly rental units aren’t waiting for the ban to expire at the end of the year to find out if it affects them, according to the New York Times.Lynetrice Preston, of Georgia, said she was locked out of her $200-a-week apartment this summer when she fell behind on rent. She and two teenage daughters live at Efficiency Lodge, which is partly owned by a broker of former Gov. Roy Barnes.Preston borrowed money to regain access to the unit but is now suing the landlord to stave off eviction.Read moreLandlords and tenants react to NY’s latest eviction ban End of eviction ban to unlease 14,000 warrants in NY Flip flop on eviction ban highlights NY’s chaotic response Share via Shortlink TagsevictionEviction moratoriumrental apartmentscenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Full Name*last_img read more

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Attention turns to Saudi Crown Prince’s Vision 2030 strategy after record-breaking Aramco IPO

first_imgSaudi Aramco IPO is a ‘critical milestone’ in the Vision 2030 projectThe oil-rich state has long depended on its natural resources to drive its economy, and a key focus of the Saudi Vision 2030 plan is to promote a more robust market infrastructure led by private investment rather than sovereign wealth.According to Richard Thompson, editorial director at business intelligence firm GlobalData, the IPO marks an “important step” in this strategy.He said: “The Aramco IPO confirms Saudi Arabia’s national oil company as the most valuable company in the world by market value – and the fact that its listing was massively oversubscribed confirms that there remains considerable interest and confidence in the Saudi economy.“Another important objective of Riyadh’s Vision 2030 reform programme is to roll back the state as the primary driver of economic growth, and to stimulate increased private sector investment.“The IPO is a critical milestone in the kingdom’s privatisation agenda. It has been conducted in parallel with capital market reforms that have improved transparency and corporate government in the kingdom.“The listing of the world’s most valuable company on the Saudi stock exchange adds a huge new asset to the Saudi market.” Absence of international investors a ‘huge disappointment’Despite the headline successes of the listing, it was a process beset by delays and setbacks – not least the September drone attacks on two of its key oil facilities which caused significant production issues and highlighted the investment risks associated with business in the region.In the end, the IPO confined itself to investment from within the Middle East region, reflecting a comparatively low appetite for a slice of the company from international markets.Thompson added: “A very important aspect of the flotation when it was first announced was to attract international institutional investors to invest in the Saudi market.“The fact that the sale ended up only being offered to local and regional investors is a huge disappointment, and reflects a major mismatch between Riyadh’s valuation of the company and appetite for Saudi risk from international investors.“The failure to launch a parallel international listing is also disappointing and reflects some of the political complexities associated with the privatisation.” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud (Credit: Kremlin) Having secured the largest-ever IPO capital raise for Saudi Aramco, the crown jewel of Saudi Arabia’s economy, the pressure is now on for Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to deliver on his Vision 2030 promise, say analysts.But they believe the fact that a lack of major international interest will have been a “huge disappointment” to the kingdom.The Saudi oil giant last week confirmed it will bring in $25.6bn from offering 1.5% of the company on the domestic Tadawul stock exchange – with individual share prices settling at 32 riyals ($8.53) each.It is the highest IPO raise in history, exceeding the debut listing of Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba in 2014 on the New York Stock Exchange, which banked $25bn.It also gives Saudi Aramco the highest market valuation of any company worldwide – well ahead of closest rival Apple – with a worth of $1.7tn.Making a portion of the company public has long been a cornerstone of the Crown Prince’s plan to generate capital with which to modernise the kingdom and reduce its dependence on crude oil exports – a plan known as the Saudi Vision 2030 project.The IPO ultimately fell short of the $2tn valuation bin Salman had coveted, but it is nevertheless a significant amount of money with which to enact an economic reform strategy.S&P Global Platts analysts Claudia Carpenter and Robert Perkins said: “Saudi Aramco priced its IPO at the top of its expected range, making it the world’s largest IPO that could have a profound impact on policy decisions from the world’s biggest crude exporter.“The pressure is now on Mohammed bin Salman to deliver on his Vision 2030 roadmap to transform the kingdom into a diverse economy less dependent on oil.”center_img State-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco raised $25.6bn in the largest-ever IPO – and analysts say pressure is now on Mohammad bin Salman to deliver his economic reform plans for the kingdomlast_img read more

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Assistant Professor – Twentieth-Century Mexican History – (FAC001495)

first_imgThe History Department at the University of Houston seeks toappoint a colleague for a tenure-track position as an assistantprofessor specializing in twentieth-century Mexican history, theDirty War, and the War on Drugs in Mexico between 1969-1985.The candidate should have five years of teaching experience andoffer introductory, upper level and graduate courses not only onthe history of Modern Mexico, but also on the history of the ColdWar in Latin America and political violence in Latin America, therole of women in movements of resistance in Mexico and in LatinAmerica and also Human Rights. The successful candidate will havedemonstrated scholarly potential by having received a number ofpre- and-post-doctoral dissertation fellowships.Candidates should have completed the Ph.D. in History by July 2021,and should have a professional dedication to teaching and topursuing an active research agenda. A strong record ofpublications, with journal articles and book chapters in Spanishand in English are essential to the position. The standard teachingload is two courses per semester.The successful candidate will join a strong cohort of LatinAmericanists dedicated to excellence in teaching and scholarship inareas such as, borderlands, empire, environmental, health andmedicine, race and ethnicity, gender, women, family and revolutionand technology. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching,research, or community service has prepared them to contribute toour commitment to diversity and excellence. Contributing todepartmental programs, service and governance are expected. TheUniversity of Houston is a Carnegie designated Tier One PublicResearch University.Complete applications should include a letter of introduction, CV,a writing sample, and the names and contact information for threereferences. Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Philip Howard [email protected] . Applicants are to apply at jobs.uh.edu under the facultyemployment link by October 20th for full consideration. TheUniversity of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual careercouples.The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual careercouples .The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the Universityprohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexualorientation, gender identity or gender expression.Qualifications :Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. in History by July2021.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of thefinal candidate. All positions at the University of Houston aresecurity sensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

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Reporting in

first_imgMatthew GoodmanPolicy representative, Forum of Private Business (FPB)Here in the waning months of 2009, many business owners are ramping up for the holidays, stocking their shelves, preparing for the change in the rate of VAT and trying to find the right turkey for Christmas dinner! So, I hate to dump some snow on the holiday fire, but I have to ask, have you thought about your business rates?The Valuation Office Agency has just finished its revaluation for 2010-2015, which will set each business premises’ rateable value for the next five years. You should have received your new valuation by post in October. For most businesses, the fall in property prices over the last year will mean a fall in their rateable value and a lower rates bill, but for some, there will be an increase in their valuation. For those businesses that will see a rise or substantial decrease in rates, the government has announced the transitional arrangements and the provisional multipliers to help you calculate your rate bill for 2010/2011.With the holiday season on the way, you might be tempted to leave your rates bill until after the New Year, but I think it is important you make sure that your rateable value is correct as soon as possible. Log on to www.voa.gov.uk/2010 and make sure that the value of your property is generally correct with regard to the others in your neighbourhood or on your street. After all, that valuation will determine your rates bill for the first half of the next decade.If you’re having problems understanding your bill or you think there’s a problem with your valuation, give us a call at the FPB, or talk to a surveyor or advisor you can trust and find out your options.When that’s done, you can get back to the really important things mince pies, mulled wine and, of course, friends and family.last_img read more

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Puratos extends Satin feel

first_imgPuratos has relaunched its Satin Cake Range with a number of new mixes. Joining its already popular Satin Crème Cake Range, the company has added muffin, farmhouse and moist-cake mixes.Based on an original American recipe, Puratos’s Satin Crème Cake range features plain, chocolate, banana, lemon, coffee, toffee, wholegrain, coconut and carrot flavours.The entire range has now been redeveloped with both end-consumers and bakers in mind, said the firm. “New formulations have improved machinability, allowing the mix to glide easily through depositors therefore ensuring minimum wastage, maximum profit and a great-looking finished product every time.”Taste and texture have also been improved, it added.The mixes and concentrates can be used to make any cake creation and can hold almost any flavour and inclusion. Each product in the new range is free from hydrogenated fats, meets Food Standards Agency 2010 salt targets and contains only natural flavours and no AZO dyes.last_img read more

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News story: Pre-emptive strikes on military equipment faults

first_imgOriginally focused on aircraft, the same technology has now been applied to use on board one of the most capable and complex of all UK warships, the Royal Navy’s Type 45 Destroyer. The Type 45 is fitted with thousands of sensors, providing a wealth of big data on which to trial this capability. Working closely with the Royal Navy, Programme Nelson and HMS Diamond Marine Engineers, decisionLab conducted a series of workshops to collaboratively develop new machine learning and anomaly detection models to calculate a system health score based solely on sensor data. A user friendly interface then allows Marine Engineers to interact with the AI model and feedback the actual system state, enabling the model to learn. The AI capability has been developed rapidly and has been deployed onboard HMS Defender for trials.Chris Smith, Navy IW Artificial Intelligence and Data, Programme NELSON, Royal Navy stated: BenefitsThe capability improves maintenance planning by predicting failing components ahead of time so that action can be taken. This has potentially multiple benefits: Reducing costs and improving platform availability Enabling a better understanding of asset degradation (linking cause and effect) which can allow changes to usage that reduces degradation or improved risk management and improved longterm failure prediction DASA funding has transformed our business. It has enabled us to grow by 50% and it has provided a reputational boost which has brought further business investment meaning we can build an effective data science capability that now has potential in many sectors. ChallengeThe Ministry of Defence (MOD) is experiencing a significant growth in the number of sensor platforms it employs. The sheer volume and complexity of data from these sensors and other information sources is a real challenge for operators and military decision makers. For example, over the course of a day, a Type 45 Destroyer can produce up to 10 million lines of Data. If MOD is to get the most out of their people and systems, it needs to continually increase an individual’s ability to analyse and utilise such data to make informed, effective and timely decisions.SolutionUnder a Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) led themed competition to ‘Revolutionise the human information relationship for Defence’, decisionLab submitted a proposal to develop Artificial Intelligence and machine learning as a prediction tool for potential component failure.This resulted in DASA funding of £524,651. decisionLab’s capability uses Artificial Intelligence to analyse and predict the condition of military assets and equipment, reliably predicting potential component failure. This intelligence allows the Military to take pre-emptive action to replace or fix a component quickly and efficiently. This could potentially save MOD millions of pounds in terms of reduced maintenance and improved scheduling.Ian Griffiths, Chief Strategist, decisionLab said: The data engineering and analysis developed in response to the Type 45 dataset have opened up the possibility of expanding the approach to more naval systems. Next StepdecisionLab is looking for opportunities to meet potential collaborators and will be continuing to push exploitation in other sectors.ContactIan Griffiths: [email protected]last_img read more

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Warburtons hires new MD

first_imgWarburtons has announced that Neil Campbell will take over as its new managing director, following the departure of Robert Higginson last year.Campbell, currently president of Tropicana Beverages North America, has held a number of senior general management and marketing roles at PepsiCo and Cadburys. He will join Warburtons on 1 July.Jonathan Warburton, who has been heading up the business since Higginson’s departure, said: “I will continue in my role as Chairman with full support and involvement from Ross and Brett Warburton.”We believe that Neil brings with him the right experience, cultural values and leadership qualities to really drive us with pace and focus towards our vision of being one of the world’s best family food businesses.”British Baker announced that Higginson was leaving the business in June 2012, after agreeing it was “time for a change”.last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Dedicates King Crimson Cover To John Wetton In Detroit

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee wrapped up their three night “Mitten Run,” playing for the second straight night at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI. The show was filled with big highlights from the jam group, including a ton of classic material and a pair of choice covers throughout the night.The band opened up the night with “Gents > Plunger,” before cruising into classics like “Dump City,” “Miami Virtue” and “Nemo.” They used “Utopian Fir” to sandwich newer song “Speak Up,” and ultimately closed out set one with a cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” Set two brought more of the same Umphrey’s joy, including a big “Hurt Bird Bath > Cut The Cable > Hurt Bird Bath” to start the set. The band also played their cover of King Crimson’s “Red,” as dedicated to the recently deceased John Wetton. They would close the set with a lounge style “Nopener,” and encore the night with “Much Obliged.”Check out a video of “Gents > Plunger,” below, courtesy of the band.You can also watch a portion of “Let’s Dance” here, as taped by Gregory Marcus.The full setlist can be seen below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Fillmore | Detroit, MI | 2/4/17Set One: Gents > Plunger -> Dump City, Miami Virtue > Nemo, Utopian Fir -> Speak Up > Utopian Fir > Let’s DanceSet Two: Hurt Bird Bath > Cut The Cable > Hurt Bird Bath, August, Red, Comma Later > Den, Nopener (lounge style)Encore: Much Obligedlast_img read more

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Lettuce Announces New Album & Tour Dates, Shares First Single “Krewe” [Listen]

first_imgLettuce has officially revealed the details for their sixth studio album, Elevate–due out Friday, June 14th via Regime Music Group. In celebration of the highly-anticipated announcement, the progressive funk group has shared the first single, “Krewe”, a road-tested fan-favorite that certainly previews the ever-evolving sound of Lettuce.While they released their live Miles Davis tribute album Witches Stew in 2017 and their Mt. Crushmore EP in 2016, the new project will mark their first full-length studio LP since 2015’s Crush. Fans were elated to see the new album–produced by multiple Grammy-winner Russ Elevado (D’Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu)–previewed on Wednesday in the trailer for an upcoming six-part film: The Krewe: A Lettuce Documentary Series, produced by Coastless Media. The film will debut next week via the band’s YouTube page with an in-depth interview with bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes. Preview the trailer here.As the press release details about the upcoming album,Lettuce explores its funk roots in the Tower of Power-like punch of “Ready to Live” (a cover of a song by Cold Blood’s Lydia Pense), the Prince-like swagger of “Royal Highness” and the OG blues-soul of “Love Is Too Strong,” which sees a vocal cameo from Marcus King. Expanded trip-hop sounds create a space age audio-scape on tracks like “Trapezoid,” “Gang 10” and “Purple Cabbage.” Their take on the Tears For Fears hit “Everybody Wants to Rule The World” features Hall on vocals, and Smirnoff nods to Carlos Santana and Trey Anastasio on the Latin- flavored and playfully named “Shmink Dabby.” Full track listing is below.“Krewe”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The funk masters have also added shows with Ghost-Note, Antibalas, Nicolay & The Hot At Nights this fall, including stops up and down the east coast. Up next for Lettuce is the band’s 4/20 blowout at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY featuring jazz fusion guitar legend and frequent collaborator John Scofield. For a full list of upcoming Lettuce tour dates, see the graphic below or head to the band’s website here.ELEVATE TRACK LISTING1. Trapezoid2. Royal Highness3. Krewe4. Shmink Dabby5. Everybody Wants to Rule The World6. Gang Ten7. Ready To Live8. Larimar9. Love Is Too Strong10. Purple Cabbage11. Trapezoid DubView Tracklistinglast_img read more

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NY Governor Says He Supports Christopher Columbus Statue

first_imgCutout Photo: Kenneth C. Zirkel / CC BY-SA 3.0ALBANY — As activists in several U.S. cities pull down and damage memorials to Christopher Columbus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo voiced support for a statue of the explorer in Manhattan.In recent years, critics who point to evidence of Columbus’ brutality toward indigenous peoples have called for New York City to remove his 70-foot-tall statue standing atop a column in Columbus Circle.Some have suggested that New York rename Columbus Day and call it Indigenous People’s Day, arguing that commemorating Columbus glorifies a symbol of genocide and enslavement and glosses over history.Those calls have been renewed in many cities in the wake of nationwide protests against racism following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Italian American groups, however, have used memorials to Columbus, who was from Genoa, as a way to celebrate their own heritage. The Manhattan statue was put up in 1892 as the Italian American community attempted to overcome prejudice and assimilate into American society.Cuomo, who is Italian American, defended the statue Thursday while saying he understands ongoing dialogue surrounding it.“I understand the feelings about Christopher Columbus and some of his acts, which nobody would support. But the statue has come to represent and signify appreciation for the Italian American contribution to New York,” Cuomo said. “So for that reason I support it.”His remark comes amid a growing push for the nation to reconsider who is honored and reckon with oppression and violence committed by national icons.The colonizer is at times credited with “discovering” the New World though millions lived there, said Onondaga Nation citizen Betty Lyons, who also leads the American Indian Law Alliance. Columbus never landed on what’s now known as the continental United States and faced accusations of tyranny and enslavement toward the native residents of a Caribbean colony he governed for Spain.“Governor Cuomo’s eloquence in response to the anti-racism movement sparked by the murder of George Floyd apparently does not extend to the genocide and enslavement those first transatlantic voyages initiated and which continue to underpin the oppression of indigenous peoples to this day,” Lyons said.In 2017, vandals doused the Columbus statue’s hands in blood-red paint and scrawled the words “hate will not be tolerated.”A 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue led New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to launch a commission that evaluated how to deal with controversial sculptures including the Columbus statue.The commission recommended adding historical markers to give more context.In New York City, Democratic lawmakers have called on the military to rename two streets — General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive — at Fort Hamilton, an Army base in Brooklyn.They wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper that soldiers “deserve to serve on bases that honor their ancestors’ contributions to our nation, not those who fought to hold those same ancestors in bondage.”De Blasio said Thursday: “Nothing should be named after Robert E. Lee at this point in history.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),What most people today fail to realize is that Columbus was Genoese not “Italian”. Columbus himself would not self identify as Italian. The Republic of Genoa was established in 1005 and maintained its autonomy until 1797. Italy, as a united entity, did not exist until the mid 19th century. So to say he was Italian is not historically correct. Besides the aforementioned facts he was in the employ of Spanish monarchs when he “discovered” the “new world”. Italian heritage has little to do with a man who brought suffering and genocide to the native peoples of the new world. In my opinion there is no reason to glorify him in any way.last_img read more

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