Mayor of London claims Tenant Fees Bill has been ‘watered down’ by government

first_imgThe Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for the Tenant Fees Bill to be tightened up even more and the few remaining fees letting agents can charge tenants under its terms to be banned.The mayor also says the fine agents can be charged for non-compliance should be raised to £30,000, from £5,000 and that that ministers have ‘backtracked’ on promises to cap deposits at four weeks’ rent made during its consultation process.This follows the latest modifications to the bill, which will now cap deposits at six weeks’ rent. Khan also says the bill does not prevent letting agents charging tenants fees via higher rents spread over a whole tenancy rather than up-front.Tenant fees billThe bill will also enable agents to continue charging for basics services such as responding to emergency call-outs “that should be covered by the management fee landlords have already paid”, he says.Khan claims these measures mean the Bill “opens the door to an entirely new culture of exploitation” and has called for the government to amend to the Bill to cap deposits at three weeks and holding deposits at one day’s rent, banning default fees and also increasing the maximum fine for agents who charges illegal fees.“The Tenants Fees Bill has the opportunity to prevent millions of renters in London from being exploited by hidden fees and bad landlords, but unfortunately the current plans do not go far enough,” says Hannah Gretton, Community Organiser at Citizens UK (pictured, left).“Tenants paying such extortionate hidden fees is completely unacceptable. We’re urging the government to scrap potentially exploitative default fees and give Councils the stronger enforcement powers to deter criminal landlords.”Lord Mayor of London Sadiq Khan Tenant Fees Bill August 6, 2018Nigel 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 » Agencies & People » Mayor of London claims Tenant Fees Bill has been ‘watered down’ by government previous nextAgencies & PeopleMayor of London claims Tenant Fees Bill has been ‘watered down’ by governmentSadiq Khan claims even ‘default’ fees allowed by current Bill should be banned and agent fines increased to £30,000 in all circumstances.Nigel Lewis6th August 20180908 Viewslast_img read more

Mixing it up musically

first_imgSpector agrees. “It’s been really cool to sort of help create this program,” she says. “I was so excited that it launched just in time for me to take it. I wanted a liberal arts experience, but I also wanted music, and not just classical.” In addition to her violin work, Spector (a voice principal at Berklee) plays guitar and piano, and has taken songwriting classes on both sides of the river. “It’s a nice mix of performance, composition, and the more scholarly work, which I really enjoy,” she says. “There are definitely clashes and challenges. But there are times when it all lines up nicely.”Spector’s solution to the crosstown back-and-forth has been to dig her old bike out of her family’s garage. “It’s the best thing ever,” she says. “I can stuff my books into my guitar case and ride across the river with it on my back. I can be totally independent, do my own thing.”But even more than the independence, Spector says the biggest advantage of the dual-degree program is the chance to enjoy two vibrant communities.“The biggest value of any institution is the people,” she says. “I feel lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing people at both places. It’s really helping me grow as a student and a performer.” Students can pursue bachelor of arts and master’s in five-year program Harvard and Berklee to offer dual degree Avanti Nagral, a junior psychology and global health concentrator, is similarly relishing the chance to explore Harvard’s intellectual resources on many different subjects. But she’s also been impressed — even amazed — by the caliber of talent and dedication of her fellow students at Berklee. “It’s great to walk into a room and know that maybe 80 percent of the people there are talented and committed,” she says. “You can’t find that at very many other places.”Nagral is a singer-songwriter whose most recent single, “The Other Side,” draws on her experience of living between two worlds: Boston and her hometown of Mumbai, and now Harvard Square and Back Bay. “I remember sitting and reading a neuroscience textbook while I waited for a private lesson at Berklee,” she says with a laugh. “People didn’t know why I was looking at pictures of a brain. But I’m interested in all of it.”Nagral and her fellow students admit that the logistics of pursuing a dual degree can be challenging: “I spend my life on the 1 bus,” Nagral says. But the experiences also inform each other. Nagral has used the techniques she has picked up from private instruction at Berklee in her work as a peer speaking tutor at Harvard, helping other students prepare for speeches and presentations by coaching them on stage presence and body language. “I’ll always start with a vocal warm-up,” she says. “I want them to understand that the voice is more than just words.”Nagral also finds ways to make her Harvard coursework applicable to her music. In the negotiation and conflict-management course she took this fall, she tailored some assignments to deal with contractual and legal issues in the music industry. She also convinced her professor in a gender studies seminar to accept an original song for her final class project.“My experiences definitely inform each other,” she says. “And my classes at Berklee have given me the vocabulary for some things I was already trying in my own music. It’s been great to have these practical skills — creating lead sheets, for example — and also to be asked good questions like, ‘What’s your purpose as an artist?’ I don’t always have an answer, but it’s well worth thinking about.”,“How You Gonna Hate” by 21CC (featuring Jenny Baker and Eric Tarlin) PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen Two degrees, two colleges, two worldsAdjusting to University life is a challenge for any entering student. But for a handful of students enrolled in Harvard College’s dual-degree program with Berklee College of Music, the challenges — and the joys — are twofold.“I couldn’t imagine anything more perfect,” says sophomore Jenny Baker, a singer-songwriter and sociology concentrator. She’s taking advantage of the program to dive deeply into her passions: not only music, but gender studies, social and political inequalities, and criminal justice reform.“I’m so excited about the chance to tap into Harvard’s resources, and Berklee’s too,” says Baker. “There’s such a different energy at both places.”The five-year program, launched in 2016, allows students to pursue a bachelor of arts (A.B.) degree at Harvard and a master of music (M.M.) or master of arts (M.A.) at Berklee at the same time. During their first three years, students pursue a degree in the concentration of their choice at Harvard and take private instruction at Berklee. At the end of their third year, students complete an audition and interview to confirm their readiness for the Berklee master’s program. The fourth year focuses on completing all Harvard requirements, and the fifth year on the requirements for the M.M. or M.A.This fall, Baker was part of both Berklee’s Mixed Pop Styles ensemble and Harvard’s 21 Colorful Crimson, a group of undergraduates in the class of 2021 who create and perform an eclectic mix of music. “There are a lot more musicians at Harvard than I expected,” she says. Going over to Berklee for rehearsals and classes allows her to dive into vocal technique and the experience of performing in an ensemble. She is also interested in other aspects of music, including songwriting, music law, and the challenges faced by artists’ managers. Back at Harvard, she’s taking classes on subjects such as mass incarceration, U.S. immigration policy, and feminist political thought. “I’m interested in doing policy work one day,” she says. “But I’m also dedicated to my music.”,“The Other Side” by Avanti Nagral PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen Voicing their differences PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen Related Sophomore and saxophonist Eric Tarlin agrees. “I’m interested in music tech and music performance, but the liberal arts aspect of the program is really important to me,” he says. “I think that foundation is vital to becoming a thinking adult. So I’ve been thrilled to dig into liberal arts classes and music classes at Harvard, and then private lessons and ensembles and some other classes at Berklee.”Although the students enjoy the range of opportunities, they admit it can be tough to juggle not only the scheduling but the different approaches to music.“There’s a lot more structured classical music at Harvard,” says violinist and music concentrator Emily Spector, a sophomore who also participates in classical ensembles at Harvard. Tarlin, who plays in Harvard’s jazz band, points to the department’s emphasis on musicology, “very different” from the broad range of musically focused disciplines at Berklee. But, he says, the two approaches make for a fascinating give-and-take that is shaping him as a student and a musician.,“When the Highway Ends” by Emily Spector Diversity elevates student group 21 Colorful Crimson: ‘Music is universal and it has no boundaries’ The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Tennis News Coco Gauff, 15-year-old sensation, continues great run to enter fourth round in Wimbledon

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: Fifteen-year-old sensation Coco Gauff’s magical Wimbledon journey continued when the American youngster saved two match points to reach the last 16.  Gauff ranked 313 and who came through qualifying, battled back from 2-5 down in the second set and held her nerve when Slovenian opponent Polona Hercog clawed her way to 4-4 from 1-4 in the decider. Her reward is a fourth-round clash on ‘Manic Monday’ against former world number one and ex-French Open champion Simona Halep.     “I’m just super relieved that it’s over, it was a long match,” said Gauff.  “She was playing unbelievable. It was my first match on Centre Court, people say Court One is my court, maybe Centre can be too now. She added her second set recovery: “I knew I could come back so I just kept going for my shots.”      Gauff’s dramatic victory on an enthralled Centre Court overshadowed Novak Djokovic’s passage to the last 16 for the 12th time. The four-time champion is one of just four top 10 seeds left in the tournament along with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori. Defending champion and world number one Djokovic defeated Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-4.     He will next face Ugo Humbert of France, world number 66. “He was fighting. He was playing well, serving well and hitting clean and accurate shots,” said Djokovic who is now level with Boris Becker in third place on the all-time list with 12 last-16 places.     Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors lead the way with 16 apiece. However, Kevin Anderson, the 2018 runner-up and fourth seed, slumped to a shock third round 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) defeat to Argentina’s Guido Pella, the 26th seed.     “He made life really difficult for me,” said Anderson, playing just his second tournament since March after recovering from an elbow injury.     Pliskova, Halep through     Pella goes on to face 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic for a place in the quarter-finals. In the women’s event, Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova reached the fourth round for the second successive year with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan.     Pliskova, who fired 14 aces and 42 winners, will next face compatriot Karolina Muchova, the world number 68, who put out Estonian 20th seed Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (9/7), 6-3. Muchova is making her Wimbledon debut as is 19-year-old Dayana Yastremska and the 35th-ranked Ukrainian marked the occasion by also making the last 16.     She put out Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 7-5, 6-3 and next meets unseeded Chinese player Zhang Shuai. World number 60 Zhang made the fourth round for the first time, coming back from 0-4 down in the opening set to beat former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 who failed to see eye-to-eye with the Hawk-Eye line-call review system. Before this year, the 30-year-old Zhang had never won a main draw match at Wimbledon in five attempts.     It was a record which reflected her previous struggles — she was 0-14 at the Slams until she broke through to the 2016 Australian Open quarter-finals. On Friday, she fired 26 winners against just eight for Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion.     Wozniacki misery     Wozniacki’s affection for the tournament would not have been helped by her unhappiness at what she claimed to be a number of poor calls by Hawk-Eye.  “You trust that it tells you the right thing. Sometimes you do see the balls a little differently than Hawk-Eye,” said the 28-year-old.     Zhang, the first Chinese woman in the last 16 in five years, said: “These three matches, I’ve moved well. If I want to win, I must be focused, clear my mind and play my game.”      Raonic, the 15th seed, reached the fourth round for the fifth time by seeing off the sport’s tallest man Reilly Opelka of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, 6-1. France’s Benoit Paire booked a last 16 place for the second time with a 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) win over Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely. He will meet Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut who stunned Russian 10th seed Karen Khachanov 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1.    Romanian seventh seed Halep came from 1-3 down in the first set to defeat fellow former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-1. Azarenka was undone by 33 unforced errors. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori are the only seeds remaining.Coco Gauff entered the Wimbledon main draw after winning the qualifiers.Coco Gauff defeated Venus Williams in the opening week of Wimbledon.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Downtime critical to T20 World Cup post-mortem, says chief selector

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC) – West Indies Women chief selector Ann Browne-John says the Caribbean side will use the downtime during the break caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak to critically examine their recent performances, especially in the wake of a disappointing T20 World Cup campaign earlier this year.Playing in the 10-nation tournament Down Under, the Windies won just one of their four group matches to finish third in the preliminaries and miss out on the semi-finals for the first time in six appearances.“As you would be aware, the team did not do as good as we would have liked or we would have expected,” Browne-John said.“But with the coronavirus we have not been able to get together as we would have liked to and do our post-mortems but we have been doing as much we can electronically.“So we have been having discussions and have been looking to see where we fell short, what we did good and how can we use this as a learning curve as we move forward.”West Indies Women won their maiden world title when they captured the T20 World Cup in 2016, beating multiple-time champions Australia in the final in Kolkata.They failed in their title defence two years ago when the Caribbean played host to the tournament, bounced out at the semi-final stage.The Stafanie Taylor-led unit were also unconvincing in this year’s showpiece, beating minnows Thailand in their opener but then falling to Pakistan and England, before suffering a washout against South Africa in their final game.Browne-John said while the current COVID-19 lockdown was frustrating for the players as it kept them out of action, the time away from the game could prove useful.“We are not sure how soon we would be able to move forward because everyday we realise the dates for lockdown or stay-inside order or going further and further back,” she pointed out.“I know it’s affecting a lot of sports people, I know it’s frustrating a lot of the girls and a lot of the cricketers but it is something that we have to do if we want to keep safe.“We’re going to do our work, we will look at what has happened in the World Cup, we will look at the areas we need to build on.”The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted sports globally and the effects have been also felt in the Caribbean, with Cricket West Indies forced to abort several development tournaments including the Women’s Super50 Cup scheduled to start last month in Guyana.Browne-John said the inability to stage the tournament had deprived authorities of the chance to assess emerging players.“We had hoped really that with the regional tournament coming up that we would’ve had a chance to look at so many other players and look at a wide expanse of persons and to see where we can move forward,” Browne-John lamented.“This has not been able to materialise right now but we hope that we will be able to do it as we move forward.”last_img read more

Baah Nuakoh quits Kotoko job

first_imgJoy sports can confirm that Kwame Baah Nuakoh has resigned as International Relations Manager of Asante Kotoko following his boss Dr KK Sarpong’s decision to quit the club.The lecturer at the Economics Department of the University of Ghana, who has been a long time follower of the club, has changed his email details which had the heading of his position to his personal details which reads, Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, PhD Candidate, School of Sports, University of Stirling, UK.Baah-Nuakoh who has been in the news recently confirmed to Joy sports of his resignation at the weekend but declined to state it on record.However, Kwame Baah Nuako has been summoned to appear before the ethicscommittee of the Ghana Football Association on Tuesday for unethical comments made against President of the Ghana FA Kwasi Nyantakyi on our sister station Asempa fm.last_img read more