A two branch estate agency in the West Midlands has unexpectedly shut up shop leaving tenants, landlords and maintenance firms owed ‘tens of thousands’ of pounds.Holmes the Property People which has branches in Wolverhampton and Kingswinford, one of the city’s suburban commuter towns, has been fending off increasingly desperate enquiries for several months from worried clients after deposits, rental income and money owed to a local maintenance firm went missing.The business, which used to be known as Eazy Lets, is thought to have been trading for at least four years and describes itself as a family-run “reputable company” with a “wealth of experience”.The firm’s website is still live and lists seven properties for sale and 11 homes to rent but has no listings on Rightmove or Zoopla, despite claiming to market properties via the two portals.A company registered at the address of its Kingswinford branch, MovingHolmes Ltd, has been in trouble for some time having initially been struck off the Companies House register in 2017 and then restored before again having a strike-off order made against it last year, which was discontinued.Estate agencyIts two branches have now closed without warning leaving dozens of clients and suppliers in the dark.This includes a tenant owed an unreturned deposit of £900, a landlord who is owed back-rent of £4,032, another tenant owed a £1,050 deposit and a supplier who told local media that he’s chasing unpaid invoices totalling £4,100 and is currently taking legal action against the company.Holmes The Property People operated both sales and lettings business models which are proving the hardest to make money from at the moment. It charges a flat fee of £750 including VAT to sell a property and a 5% management fee to landlords.Kingswinford Holmes The Property People Wolverhampton May 21, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » West Midlands estate agency suddenly closes it doors previous nextAgencies & PeopleWest Midlands estate agency suddenly closes it doorsHolmes The Property People has left dozens of landlords, tenants and suppliers owed ‘thousands’ of pounds.Nigel Lewis21st May 201902,520 Views
View post tag: Royal Marines UK Royal Marines Train Together with Seychelles Coast Guard Authorities View post tag: train View post tag: with View post tag: together Share this article View post tag: europe Taking a break from patrolling the Indian Ocean, Royal Marines have been training alongside the Seychelles Coast Guard in support of a multi national counter-piracy effort. View post tag: Coast Guard View post tag: Naval View post tag: Seychelles Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Royal Marines Train Together with Seychelles Coast Guard View post tag: Navy July 18, 2014 View post tag: News by topic UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Austin recently completed a five day port visit to the Seychelles during which her embarked detachment of Royal Marines, from 42 Commando, conducted boarding and security training with a Coast Guard team.RFA Fort Austin is a 23,000 tonne fast dry stores ship which has been providing direct support to CTF-150 and UK ships in the region in addition to front line patrol duties since she arrived in the Gulf last year.CTF-150 conducts maritime security operations in the Indian Ocean to deter terrorism and promote peace and security.It is one of three principle task forces operated by the Combined Maritime Forces, a multinational naval partnership of 30 nations based in Bahrain.Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) is a multinational naval partnership of 30 nations, which exists to promote security, stability and prosperity across approximately 2.5 million square miles of international waters, which encompass some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.[mappress]Press Release, July 18, 2014; Image: UK Navy
View post tag: ROK Navy South Korea starts construction of second amphibious assault ship View post tag: DAPA View post tag: ROKS Marado The South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced the construction start of a second Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship on Friday, April 28.The keel-laying ceremony was held at Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. in Busan, according to DAPA.The first Dokdo-class ship, ROKS Dokdo, was built at the same shipyard as the second vessel in the class. It was launched in 2005 and commissioned in 2007.Measuring 199 meters in length with a beam of 31 meters, ROKS Dokdo is one of the largest amphibious assault ships in Asia, DAPA noted.Named ROKS Marado, the second vessel is set to be launched by April 2018, while the commissioning is expected to take place by 2020, following tests and evaluations.DAPA also said the new vessel would incorporate improvements and upgrades that were identified by the Republic of Korea Navy through the operation of ROKS Dokdo. Authorities Share this article View post tag: Dokdo-class Back to overview,Home naval-today South Korea starts construction of second amphibious assault ship April 28, 2017
Making Sense by Michael ReaganNow that was a debate.The Mike Pence-Tim Kaine bout Tuesday night wasn’t the main event of 2016.It was what they call in boxing an “undercard” match. It was a contest between two natural lightweights — the VP candidates.There was no exciting 12th round knock out.But Pence and Kaine engaged in a good, spirited political fight that provided much more substance and entertainment value than the Trump-Clinton debate.Pence easily won on points, both for what he said and what he didn’t say. In their post-debate analysis everyone from Rachel Maddow to Sean Hannity agreed on that.Poor Tim Kaine. Everyone — even his wife — also agreed that he made himself look like a rude jerk by interrupting the moderator and Pence way too many times.Kaine was wound up so tight in the opening rounds that the presidential debate commission probably should have ordered a drug test to see if Kaine was on some sort of performance drug.Seriously, though, I hope Trump was watching Pence’s debating style closely.I hope he has been studying the video over and over to see how Pence deflected or ducked his opponent’s punches and pivoted to offense.Pence not only showed Trump how to win a political debate, he was an absolute gentleman while doing it.He didn’t have to say derogatory things about women or Latinos or Muslims. He didn’t suggest using nuclear weapons to fight crime in Chicago.And when Kaine tried to drag him down a rat hole by making him defend something dumb or insulting Trump had said, Pence kept his cool and flicked the example away as silly or untrue.The major criticism from some Republicans and Trumpsters was that Pence didn’t do more to defend Donald Trump.But the reality is, you can’t defend half of what Trump has said and Pence could have wasted two weeks of air time trying.Pence was perfect Tuesday night. What he did won’t move the needle for Trump’s chances to win next month, but it moved the needle on his future.Twenty minutes into the debate lots of people, including those I watched it with, were saying, “Gosh, I wish Mike Pence was on the top of the ticket.”It’s obviously way too late for the GOP to make that happen, but Pence might be the top choice of Republicans in 2020 if Trump loses to the Clinton Crime Family a month from now.The only thing that concerns me about Pence’s pummeling of Kaine is that Trump was so quick to take credit for it.The next day at his rallies Donald was doing his usual “Look at me” routine, praising Pence and boasting he was his first hire.Sorry, Donald. As I tweeted, your first hire was actually campaign consultant Paul Manafort. How did that work out?Trump’s the clear underdog, a raw amateur up against a political heavyweight. He has to win his debate with Hillary Sunday night or at least fight her to a draw.Pence has shown him how the professionals do it.Whether he can learn to box with Hillary without tripping over his huge ego may determine whether Trump ends up the 2016 champ or the 2016 chump.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The 5th Annual Mr. Heavensville competition will be held this Friday, Nov. 17 at 6pm at the Evansville Tropicana Casino Executive Conference Center. Doors open at 6pm, a buffet dinner begins at 6:30pm and the competition begins at 7pm.12 contestants will walk down the runway modeling casual and dress attire, and will either answer a contestant question or lip-synch a number. The contestant that raises the most money will win the competition. All proceeds benefit the Tri-State Alliance and the Tri-State AIDS Holiday Project.Past winners are Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding, WNIN Vice President Tim Black, Wade McNeill formerly of Tropicana Casino, and local attorney Scott Danks.This year’s contestants include Escape Evansville’s Brian Bennett, Nate Boyett of Boyett Treatment Center, Toyota’s Steve Carroll, Justin Coures, retired USI Professor Dr. Phil Fisher, Chris Howard, local drag king Jayden Licious, Evansville Power Yoga’s Damon Murray, Shannon Aleksandr Salon’s JD Opel, Lamasco Bar & Grill’s Chris Passage and Dapper Pig’s Dave Smith.A 3rd act has been added after the crowning of Mr. Heavensville. At 9pm local celebrities will be doing a drag number. The Best Day Ever’s Drew Beasley, KISS-FM’s Gavin Eddings, WEHT’s Ange Humphrey, WEVV’s Gretchin Irons, Dr. Paul Mick, massage therapist Travis Peacock and emcee CoCo Deville.Cost to attend is $40 a person, $320 for a table of 8 or $500 for a runway table. You can pay for an individual seat at the door, or purchase a table at Eventbrite.com and search for Mr. Heavensville.Starting at 9pm the cost to attend is only $10, and can be paid at the door. For more information contact Wally at 812-480-0204, [email protected] or visit Facebook.com/TriStateAlliance. Picture 1: 2015 contestants walk down the runway for Mr. Heavensville.Picture 2: 2016 Mr. Heavensville contestants watch after attorney Scott Danks is crowned the winner.Picture 3: 2015 Mr. Heavensville Tim Black is crowned by 2014 Mr. Heavensville Wade McNeill.Pix 4: Paige Danks and 2016 Mr. Heavensville winner Scott DanksPix 5 Tim Black crowned as 2015 Mr. HeavensvillePix 6 Wade McNeill, 2014 Mr. Heavensville winnerPix 7 The 2013 Mr. Heavensville contestants pose after the competitionPix 8, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding, the 1st Mr. Heavensville in 2013FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
By MADDY VITALEAll of the indicators from beach tag sales to parking revenue show that this may be a banner season in Ocean City with visitors flocking to the beaches, Boardwalk, bayfront and downtown.“Pre-season beach tag sales are always good early indicators of what the summer season may be like,” said the city’s Chief Financial Officer Frank Donato. “Most people come in to make their pre-season purchases to get the discounts. They are making a commitment to come back in the summer.”Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce said since Memorial Day the weather truly has been on their side.“Since Memorial Day we have had a good foundation for a great summer. The cool temperatures at the beach make Ocean City the perfect escape from the heat,” Gillian pointed out. “It’s been a beautiful summer and there is still plenty of time to book your vacation.”Visitors have a lot to see with 2.5 miles of Boardwalk.Beach tag sales are considered a key barometer of the strength of the summer season. Sales topped last year’s pre-season figure for purchases on or before May 31 by $62,000, for a total of $2,121,000 in beach tag sales, Donato said.In June, there was a dramatic upswing in beach tag revenue from the year before, up from $553,000 in 2018 to $623,000 this year.“That is a difference of $70,000 and collectively we are up $130,000 compared to last year,” Donato said, factoring in the pre-season sales and June figures.The July numbers will be coming out within the next week or so, he said.Donato believes, like the months before it, July will prove very fruitful for beach tag revenue.“Based on the good weather and on the weekends, with rains arriving at night, I think we are looking forward to a strong July when the numbers come in from a beach perspective,” he explained.One of the attractions of the beaches in “America’s Greatest Family Resort” is how clean they are, he said.No matter what the temperatures, a dip in the ocean seems to do the trick.“Our Public Works crews are out doing grading and picking up trash and recycling every day to make sure our beaches are clean,” Donato said. “They have held up to coastal storms and they are in great shape.”The popularity of Ocean City’s sandy shoreline was reflected again this summer when it was selected as New Jersey’s “Favorite Beach” in a statewide contest conducted by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. Altogether, Ocean City has taken top honors in the contest 11 years.The city’s 7-mile-long beachfront, which is much bigger than neighboring towns, allows it to handle enormous crowds. At the peak of summer, an estimated 150,000 vacationers visit Ocean City, a community with roughly 11,000 year-round residents.Ocean City tops all of the other shore towns in the state in total beach tag revenue, often coming in at or near the $4 million mark.Beachgoers are scooping up 2019 beach tags.Officials also look at parking revenue as another measure of the strength of the summer season. Just like with beach tag sales, Ocean City is enjoying an increase in parking revenue this year. For parking, revenue was up from last June 30 by $158,000.“Both May and June were up, but May in particular, was very busy for parking compared to last May,” Donato said.Both Donato and Gillian stressed that the city has so much to offer even if the weather is not ideal for beachgoing or water sports.The Boardwalk features rides, attractions and amusements as well as shopping and restaurants. The downtown specializes in boutique-style shopping and a variety of eateries.Ocean City also prides itself on the weekly Farmers Market, Wacky Wednesdays for kids at the Music Pier, Family Night on Thursdays and a host of other activities that fill up a vacationer’s schedule day and night.Gillian emphasized, “With all our activities on the beach, bay, Boardwalk, and downtown, Ocean City is the perfect place for all ages and interests.” Beachgoers enjoy Ocean City over Fourth of July in 2019. Ambassadors from Cape May County will offer advice and information on social distancing.
Chipmunks may look cute, but when they wreak havoc in the landscape their charm quickly fades.A species of small rodent, chipmunks are quite common in Georgia. They are considered minor agricultural pests, but they can cause significant structural damage under patios, stairs and retention walls.Chipmunks are burrowers and their tunnels are usually 20 to 30 feet long and may be more complex in areas where cover is scarce. Chipmunks are usually ground-dwelling critters, but will climb trees and shrubs for food and to escape predators.These little critters consume flower bulbs, seeds, seedlings, grass seed, pet foods and birdseed from bird feeders. Chipmunks also will gnaw on wooden structures, eat garden vegetables, fruits and flowers; clog downspouts and chew on the bark and buds of ornamental plantings.Chipmunks are territorial and rarely become numerous enough to cause a significant amount of damage. However, when the resources are right, populations can reach 20 individuals or more in an urban landscape. When populations reach densities high enough to cause significant damage, homeowners have several options to lessen or even eliminate the damage they cause.While their natural habitat is in open wooded areas with ample food-producing trees and bushes, chipmunks will make their homes around the edges of forests and urban landscapes. In these areas, food and protection are offered by shrubbery, flowers and gardens, allowing chipmunks to thrive and eventually become pests.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension recommends following the HERL model of control: habitat modification, exclusion, repellent and lethal control.The first option for mitigating chipmunk damage is habitat modification. In other words, make the landscape less attractive to these scurrying little creatures. This starts by removing any yard debris, wood piles or brush that could be used as denning sites.Often considered a nuisance in its own right, English ivy provides shelter for many rodents, including chipmunks. Treat these areas with foliar and stump-cut herbicide applications of either glyphosate or triclopyr. This can remove cover, thus removing the chipmunk’s habitat.A common mistake seen in landscaping is the continuous planting of trees, shrubs or ground cover. Like English ivy, this pattern provides chipmunks with a continuous, covered corridor. Plantings should be placed away from sidewalks, driveways and foundations to dissuade chipmunks from burrowing under those structures.Next is exclusion. Prevent chipmunks from entering buildings by caulking holes where gas lines, television and internet cables, and air conditioning lines penetrate the house. It’s important to seal off dryer and exhaust vent lines, downspouts and rain gutters with one-quarter-inch hardwire mesh. This prevents chipmunks from building nests in these areas and stops potential damage from water backing up along foundation walls.Homeowners often want to use a spray to get rid of their chipmunk problem, however repellents are rarely the long-term answer.Homeowners frequently use moth balls — naphthalene — to repel a variety of nuisance wildlife, however using moth balls in this way goes against their labeled use and is illegal. Other home remedies that have been temporarily effective are hot sauce, rotten eggs and predator urine.Taste aversion repellents, like Bitrex or Thiram, can be applied to landscape plants to discourage chewing and eating. Other repellents labelled for use against deer and rabbits are also effective. It is important to remember that repellents are temporary control methods and must be changed up frequently so that chipmunks do not become habituated to one particular deterrent.The final action that can be taken is lethal control. Trapping in large, wooden rat traps can be quite effective. These traps are usually baited with peanut butter or an oatmeal-peanut butter mix. Traps should be placed along runways or at burrow openings.Other forms of lethal control include poisons. Treatments registered for use against chipmunks can be found on the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s pesticide product registry.On the legal front, all nongame wildlife is protected in Georgia. It is illegal to kill any species unless specifically permitted by regulations such as hunting and fishing laws. Normally, homeowners can protect their property from mammals causing damage, but it is always a good idea to check first with your local Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division.Catching and releasing live animals into unfamiliar territory is not recommended. Live animals also should not be released on county, state or federal lands.
Pursuant to the Vermont Energy Act of 2009 Act 45), the Public Service Board is required to open and complete, by September 15, 2009, a “noncontested case docket” to determine whether the statutorily-defined default prices for qualifying Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development (“SPEED”) resources, “constitute a reasonable approximation of the price that would be paid applying the criteria” established by the Act. Pursuant to the Act, if the Board determines that the default prices are not a reasonable approximation, the Board must set interim prices by September 15, 2009. Act 45 further requires that the Board update these interim prices by January 15, 2010, following an opportunity for more in-depth examination.In this Order we determine that, with the exception of farm methane resources, for whichwe establish a higher interim price, the default prices established by statute are a reasonableapproximation of the price that would be paid for renewable resources when applying the criteriaestablished by the Act. In addition, we determine “the average residential rate per kWh chargedby all of the state’s retail electricity providers weighted in accordance with each such provider’sshare of the state’s electric load,” which the Act establishes as the statutory default price forhydroelectric power, biomass, and wind resources over 15 kW.2 These determinations applyduring the first few months of the program and will likely change following the more detaileddeterminations due on January 15, 2010. In this Order we establish the following interim pricesfor renewable resources:The Act provides the Board with the discretion to “consider different generic costs forsubcategories of different plant capacities within each category of generation technology.”Several participants advocated that the Board include increased “granularity” in its pricedeterminations. In this Order we conclude that based on the available information and thelimited time for first-stage interim analysis, although further granularity than that provided in thestatute may be appropriate, additional information and analysis are needed before reaching aconclusion. We will reexamine this issue during the process leading to our determination ofprices by January 15, 2010.Source: Vermont PSB. 9.15.2009. The full document is attached. AttachmentSize PSB interim price order.pdf226.07 KB
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The €4.2bn media pension fund PNO said it lost 1.8 percentage points of its 4.5% return on investments due to a 50% interest hedge on its liablities, following rising interest rates last year. It closed 2013 with a funding just over the required minimum of 105% – meaning the scheme is still at risk, the board said in its annual report.It concluded that, as a result, indexation before 2017 was unlikely, with inflation compensation currently in arrears of 17.5%.With a yield of 13%, equity was PNO Media’s best performing asset class. The scheme chiefly attributed the under-performance of 0.8 percentage point to disappointing performance of investments in the Far East, as well an under-weight in Japanese equity, which performed well. In contrast to high returns of equity developed markets – European small caps delivered 37% – the media scheme incurred losses on investments in Latin America and Asia, following disappointed growth and a drop in local currencies.It reported a 2.7% loss on its fixed income investments – an out-performance of 1.1% – with the underlying portfolios showing mixed results.Dutch mortgages and credit generated 7.3% and 3.2% respectively. However, the pension fund lost 8% on its emerging markets bonds, while its investments in euro-denominated bonds delivered -5.9%, following rising interest rates, it said.Property investments – in non-listed residential and retail funds, chiefly in the Netherlands and other Western Europe – returned 0.6%.PNO Media further attributed the modest 1.5% yield of its infrastructure holdings to the addition of two new funds during their (expensive) start up phase.Private equity – in a joint portfolio with the €12.6bn railways scheme SPF – produced 6% last year, it said.PNO Media’s board indicated that it had decided to slightly decrease the strategic weighting of emerging market equity, property, private equity and credit, in favour of developed country equity, mortgages and government bonds.Last year, it reduced the pensions contribution from 19% to 17.6% of the salary, following lower pension costs, triggered by a decrease of the yearly pensions accrual as well as the rise of the official retirement age to 67.PNO Media reported administration costs of 220 euro per participant, and said it had spent 0.72% and 0.16% of its assets respectively on asset management and transactions.The pension fund has 15,610 active participants, 8,930 pensioners and 32,225 affiliated with 465 companies.