The number of people securing rent reductions rose to three percent of all tenants during August, the highest number since the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) began keeping records.“The rising cost of renting, especially in major cities such as London, is an ongoing issue in both the buying and letting market so it’s promising to see small steps towards better affordability for renters,” says David Cox, ARLA’s Managing Director (pictured, below).The rental renegotiation increase is a jump from 2.1% of all tenants in July and is a surprising blip among a set of otherwise strong figures for the sector released today by ARLA.This includes news that demand for private rented property rose to 37 prospective tenants registered at each branch, and that year-on-year the number of properties registered to let with each branch was up from 178 to 183 or nearly 3%.ARLA also asked its members about the Brexit vote and its effect on the lettings market and 72% of agents said rents have remained the same since the vote, while 63% said demand had remained the same (but 17% said rents had gone down). Some 67% of agents said supply had not changed.“Although Brexit painted a temporary picture of uncertainty for tenants and landlords, our findings show that the market remains in good shape,” says David.“We’re not seeing anything across supply or demand that is out of the ordinary, and while demand is at high levels, this is being matched with a decent volume of properties on the rental market.” ARLA Association of Residential Letting Agents rents September 29, 2016Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Record number of tenants secure rent reductions previous nextAssociations & BodiesRecord number of tenants secure rent reductionsARLA reveals unusual movement in market within its monthly updateNigel Lewis29th September 20160635 Views
Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Featured show jumping competition concluded week four of Desert Circuit at the Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, CA, with the $75,000 Go Rentals Grand Prix. A roster of thirty-four athletes contested Alan Wade’s (IRL) grand prix course with thirteen riders returning for a chance to win the jump-off. The competition was fierce, but in the end, it was Kyle King (USA) and Enzo who would prevail and capture the lion’s share of the prize.Wade’s course consisted of twelve stout 1.50m obstacles which featured a triple bar, a double, and a triple combination. Fifth in the order of go, Mandy Porter (USA) aboard WT Leapfrog posted the first clear round and shortly after, Brooke Rose Morin (USA) and NKH Carrido mastered the course giving us a guaranteed jump-off. As the class progressed, eleven additional pairings added their names to the jump-off list including Kasey Ament (USA), Katie Laurie (AUS), Mark Kinsella (IRL), Mitch Endicott (USA), Brian Morton (CAN), Kaitlin Campbell (USA), Eric Navet (FRA), and Will Simpson (USA). Porter and King each had two rides make it into jump-off contention.The shortened course had riders putting the pedal to the metal to jump clear in the quickest time. The first four riders all had speedy rounds, but unfortunately they fell victim to fences as rails fell. It was Kinsella and his mount Chaplin 92 who posted the first double clear ride and set the Roeckl Gloves time to beat with a time of 39.676 seconds. Only two other riders were able to go fault free, Campbell and King. Campbell put forth an exceptional ride to take over the lead, but King was determined to contend for the top spot.King’s mount Enzo can cover ground fairly well but isn’t known for his speed. “He is just now in his prime. He never really turned well or anything and I have had him a long time now; I really know him. He is just a great horse, always so consistent. Now we have the speed. If we can get that speed involved more, I think there is a lot this horse can do,” narrated King.The duo stopped the clock at 38.495 seconds with a stellar gallop to the last fence. Try as they might, the final two riders just couldn’t catch King’s time. “I really wanted to make up the time in that corner between the two verticals,” explained King. “I saw everyone else getting a slow nine [strides]. I was just a little far off on E.T., if I had committed a little bit sooner; that’s where I knew it would show up on Enzo. I think that’s where I was able to knock off some good time.”King emerged victorious with Enzo and claimed the fourth place title on his second mount Etalon. Enzo, owned by Jim and Maureen Kungle, has been a mount of King’s for some time now.“Enzo is a really special horse to us. Richard Keller was training the horse. He has had a few different riders; Joie Gatlin rode him for a good, long time,” recounted King. “Richard Keller was one of the most influential trainers out on the West Coast for years. I got the ride and got to spend the last year riding for him. He had cancer pretty bad and we were able to get Richard’s last win on Enzo here two seasons ago. It was a pretty big deal for all of us.”Second place honors were given to Campbell and Doraindo for her jump-off time of 38.883 seconds. Her mount, Doraindo is a thirteen-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by SWS Training and Sales. Rounding out the top three was Kinsella and Chaplin 92, a fourteen-year-old Hannovarian gelding owned by Sophie Reiter.Action will resume during week five of Desert Circuit and will feature the return of FEI CSI3* competition. Highlight classes will include three FEI CSI3* classes ranging from 1.40m to 1.50m throughout the week ending on Sunday with the $137,000 FEI 1.55m CSI3*, sponsored by Kubota.Full Results: $75,000 Go Rentals Grand Prix HERE. Tags: Kyle King, Brian Morton, Enzo, show jumping, Desert International Horse Park, Desert Circuit, More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.
St. Mary’s Medical Center announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. St. Mary’s is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health systemSt. Mary’s underwent a rigorous onsite review in August. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.“St. Mary’s has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend them for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”“We congratulate St. Mary’s for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines St. Mary’s has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”“St. Mary’s is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Dr. Allison Weaver, Neurologist and Stroke Medical Director at St. Mary’s. “The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further.”Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Jay Blakesberg & Alan Paul’s IGE 2018 Barcelona Diary: Greensky Incident, Holly Bowling, Flamenco [Photos]
Innovative Giving Enhancement (IGE)‘s fourth-annual Music and Art Immersion Community in Barcelona, Spain, is currently underway. The yearly event brings a crew of talented musical ambassadors to foreign destinations where they cross paths with a broad range of multi-genre European artists for ten days filled with immersive international improvisation and collaboration. Lauded music photographer Jay Blakesberg and New York Times best-selling Allman Brothers biographer Alan Paul will be bringing you daily updates on the happenings of the 2018 IGE Music and Art Immersion Community via Live For Live Music. You can check out today’s entry from Barcelona below:The IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community is currently happening with Eric Krasno; Nicki Bluhm; Grahame Lesh, Elliot Peck and Ross James of Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Family Band; the String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann, Keith Moseley and Bill Nershi and his wife Jillian; Greensky Bluegrass’s Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck; guitarists Scott Law and Barry Sless; and Everyone Orchestra drummer and leader Matt Butler. Every day and night has the musicians playing in various formations at hand-picked venues around the city, virtually all of them exclusively for the trip participants.Yesterday was day five, the halfway point, and it began with Bill and Jill Nershi playing an intimate acoustic show in the hotel’s H2O room as guests sat rapt, while some sipped coffee and others did their morning yoga at the Nershis’ feet. The afternoon saw Holly Bowling play a two-hour set of her interpretations of Phish and Grateful Dead music in the otherwise empty European Museum of Modern Art.The night was capped off inside a beautiful 17th-century hall with an exclusive and quite excellent flamenco performance, followed by Greensky Incident, a one-time collaboration between Beck, Hoffman, Moseley, Nershi, and Hann. Jill Nershi and Nicki Bluhm jumped on stage for some spirited chorus singing, and when they ended, the guests filed out into the slick cobblestone streets and mostly headed off together for the 15-minute walk back to the hotel.Today began with various group tours of the epic Sagrada Familia. More musical adventures await this evening.–Alan PaulYou can check out Jay Blakesberg’s photos from day five of IGE’s 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community below. Check back tomorrow for another entry in Alan Paul and Jay Blakesberg’s IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community diary, exclusively on Live For Live Music.IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community | Barcelona, Spain | 10/9/18 | Photos: Jay Blakesberg Load remaining images
Speakers from all over the world will come together on April 8, 2017 for Harvard Graduate Council’s Leadership Conference. The event includes TEDtalk style presentations, panel discussions, and problem solving scenarios. Speakers from industries such as social development, business, finance, entertainment will discuss key leadership attributes that lead to success.Speakers include Sri Raj Bhowmik (Founder of Soulbath Peace Foundation), Dennis Benzan (Vice Mayor, Cambridge), Irina Paradnaya (Executive Producer, Bolshoi Theater), Harold Kent Heredia (UN General Assembly Advisor, Philippines), Pavel Krapivin (Former VP of Warner Bros. Entertainment), Antwan Steele (“Single To Single” author), and Dolly Amaya.For speaker bios visit our website. Tickets for the event are available here.
For more than three years VCE has been perfecting the science of building and supporting its Vblock System and IDC’s recent report shows our remarkable success with customers. Our clients and peers can point to the precision with which the Vblock System is engineered and tested, world-class components and manufacturing facilities, compliance and certification software and expert support teams as reasons for our success. These are all impressive, but there is another contributor: VCE’s vArchitects, or system engineers.Our customers come to us with a variety of needs – each seeking to offer some type of enhanced service to their user community. Many of these enterprises understand that IT must become more agile, scalable and available to better serve users. Some understand how to transform their infrastructure and departments to meet these needs, but others are just beginning. Sometimes we have precise metrics to work with, such as sizing SAP from existing installations, but in many cases, our clients are looking for guidance as to how to begin their transformational journey.Our vArchitects lay the groundwork for success long before any of the technology or process is brought to bear. The vArchitect works with our clients in the earliest days of our relationship and prepares them to transform both their IT technology as well as processes and organizations from the traditional siloed approach to convergence.“Customers look to the VCE system engineer to understand the ways we can flexibly fine-tune VCE offerings to solve seemingly impossible or costly problems. In an ever-changing business landscape, some cases may appear too complex or ambiguous to solve, but vArchitects have developed their own artistry for solving these challenges.ShareThe Vblock System provides an extraordinary foundation for quickly remedying customer problems, but sometimes customers require a bit more flexibility. Our vArchitects, many of whom have practiced their craft for 20 or more years, draw on their depth of experience to solve these client requests. They are not deterred by incomplete information or changing requirements, instead vArchitects embrace this complexity and ambiguity in helping guide our clients toward transformational designs that accommodate change and prepare them to embrace these challenges as a core part of our value. The vArchitects can work with a customer to pre-integrate, pre-test and pre-validate additional requirements that fulfill client-specific technological needs that are not provided on every Vblock System.This process reminds me of an earlier role from years ago, where my data center infrastructure team was vexed by continuously changing and conflicting priorities from the various application teams we supported. Several times a month we would have changes in priorities and face incredible churn. As we planned and mobilized to meet one requirement, new challenges arose, and we needed to re-plan to a different set of priorities. In that environment, our team decided to re-align its project management to use Agile methods to structure our cycle times to our developers’ Scrum iterations. Rather than fighting the nature of our developers’ needs we re-aligned our way of working to their way of working. All of a sudden we were delivering applications and satisfying their requirements with relative ease.Similarly, experienced system engineers draw on years of system design and deployment experiences to see patterns and help our clients embrace and prepare for the agility and velocity being required of them in their businesses. They create system designs, which anticipate growth and other unknown variables as well as potential needs, without breaking the bank on up front capacity. They align our Vblock System options and software to client organization and governance requirements and guide them toward deployments that allow our customers to transform at a rate of change that is consumable. This is where the art comes into play.In engineering, we often talk about “design elegance” with great reverence. It’s an aesthetic quality that sometimes refers to simplicity. It’s a harmony or even visual balance between the problem and solution. As consumers, we often find that mobile products have these qualities. It’s hard to describe, but consumers sometimes feel an emotional connection with the technological harmony.VCE customers often feel that harmony in our products, especially when vArchitects and clients collaborate to develop unique solutions and see them arrive beautifully constructed. Again and again, we hear stories of our clients having pictures taken in front of their new Vblock Systems. They’re thrilled to tour our manufacturing facilities and see THEIR system being assembled. Some clients have even asked to sign the side panels of their new systems.When I have the privilege of speaking to our new vArchitects at VCE, which happens very often, I challenge them to not only use their technological intellect to solve hard problems, but I also remind them to use their creative side to artistically solve these problems. Engineers that embrace design elegance and take the time to collaborate with clients to create technological solutions that “fit” their clients’ culture, abilities and weaknesses can help provide an even greater transformation to their business.“We are rapidly hiring around the world. If you are a wicked smart and technically rigorous engineer, but are willing to let your artistic side come through, check out our Careers page.Share
Featuring a book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black (who collaborated with Lloyd Webber on Sunset Boulevard), Stephen Ward tells the story of the scandalous Profumo Affair of 1963, in which Secretary of State John Profumo had an affair with a call girl by way of an osteopathic experimentalist (the titular Stephen Ward) who stands trial for pimping out clients. The production stars Alexander Hanson as Ward, with Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler, Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice-Davies, Anthony Calf as Lord Astor, Daniel Flynn as John Profumo, Joanna Riding as Valerie Hobson, Ian Conningham as Ivanov, Chris Howell as Murray, Ricardo Coke Thomas as Lucky Gordon and Wayne Robinson as Johnny Edgecomp. The world premiere of Stephen Ward, the latest musical from legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, has set a closing date of March 29 in London’s West End. Directed by five-time Olivier winner Richard Eyre, the show began previews at the Aldwych Theatre on December 3, 2013 and opened on December 19. View Comments
Soul Doctor In addition to Nelson, the cast includes Dan’yelle Williamson as Nina Simone, as well as Dianna Barger, Debra Cardona, Jacob Heimer, Anthony Laciura, Don Meehan, Hayden Wall, Lee Hollis Bussie, Rosalie Graziano, Janelle McDermoth, Erin Mosher, John Plumpis, and Jesse Swimm. Welcome back, Shlomo! The off-Broadway production of Soul Doctor opens officially on December 14 at The Actors Temple. Mindy Cooper directs a cast that features Josh Nelson as Shlomo Carlebach. The musical., which played on Broadway in 2013, features music by Carlebach, lyrics by David Schecter with additional lyrics by Carlebach and a book by Daniel S. Wise. View Comments The bio-musical tells the story of the beloved yet controversial father of popular Jewish music, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, and his friendship with legendary jazz singer Nina Simone. As a “Rock Star Rabbi” of the 1960s, Carlebach struggled to harmonize his traditional beliefs with the “free love” generation. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 25, 2015 Related Shows
How does The New Group celebrate their 20th anniversary season? With a star-studded reunion! The original stars of the 2007 world premiere production of Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Things We Want performed a benefit reading on January 5 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, directed by Ethan Hawke. After the performance, stars Paul Dano, Peter Dinklage, Josh Hamilton and Zoe Kazan posed for a company photo with Sherman and Hawke, as well as New Group artistic director Scott Elliott and executive director Adam Bernstein. Congratulations! Star Files View Comments Ethan Hawke
It’s still too early for precise figures, but Georgia blueberrygrowers estimate at least a 15-percent crop loss as a result ofthe recent freeze.”It will take another couple of weeks to really see thefull damage because the flowers still have to open,” saidRusty Bell, president of the Georgia Blueberry Growers Association.”Then we’ll be able to see how much damage has been done.And when we harvest, we’ll know a lot more, too.”Georgia growers begin harvesting their earliest varieties ofsouthern highbush blueberries as early as mid-April and May. Themain harvest of rabbiteye blueberries, the later varieties, startsin June.Growers Make More on Early BerriesThough the actual damage isn’t known, Bell does know the freezewill hit growers’ wallets. “The main fruit we lost,”he said, “is from our early varieties when the fruit sellsfor $3 to $4 a pound. For the rest of the season, the fruit sellsfor 70 cents a pound.”Georgia’s blueberry crop is in the southeastern counties ofPierce, Bacon, Appling, Clinch and Ware. With 30 percent to 40percent of the crop sold on the fresh market, most berries aresold frozen.”Our berries, both fresh and frozen, are shipped all overthe United States and outside,” he said. “Japan is areally big fresh buyer, and we’re trying to open up some marketsin Taiwan.”The freeze seems to have spared Florida and North Carolinablueberries, Bell said, either because it didn’t get as cold asin Georgia or the plants weren’t flowering yet.The flower holds the key. If the plant’s bloom dies, the fruitdies with it.Planning for Freezing TemperaturesGrowers can take precautionary measures against potential freezes.But this one hit too hard.”A light freeze of 26 degrees or so we can prepare for,but not one in the teens,” Bell said. “Usually the coldwill just affect pollination. But this freeze killed everythingdown inside the bud.”Given enough notice, growers use frost protection to preparefor freezes. Through sprinklers, they spray plants with a quarter-inchof water per hour or more.”This sounds odd, but as ice forms it heats up the plant,”Bell said. “As long as water is continually applied and freezesto form clear ice, the plant temperature will remain around 28to 32. However, this approach can only be used when there is nowind, or for temperatures in the low 20s.”Of Georgia’s 4,500 acres of blueberry plants, 200 acres aresouthern highbush varieties and the rest rabbiteye types. Thesouthern highbush plants were hit hardest because they bloom first.”Rabbiteyes like Tifblue and Brightwell saw just a smallamount of damage because they flower a little later,” Bellsaid. “Only about 20 percent of the whole rabbiteye cropwas hurt.”New UGA Variety Bred to Bloom LaterBell says blueberry growers need a variety that flowers laterbut still matures early. Alapaha, a new University of Georgiaand U.S. Department of Agriculture rabbiteye introduction, isjust that.”This new variety blooms 10 days later than Climax, themost popular early-season rabbiteye,” said Scott NeSmith,a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. “Ten days doesn’t sound like a long time. But itcan make all the difference in the world when a freeze hits.””Everyone I’ve talked to is excited about the new release,”Bell said. “It sounds good, but we want to get a couple ofrows in and treat them like real farm plants and see for ourselves.Field conditions with commercial picking will be the real tests.”