Activists target Manchester estate agency over disputed tenancy

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Activists target Manchester estate agency over disputed tenancy previous nextAgencies & PeopleActivists target Manchester estate agency over disputed tenancyCompany says it is preparing a full legal response to claims by activists that it has served a Section 21 notice on three tenants incorrectly.Nigel Lewis27th October 202001,654 Views An estate agency at the centre of a disputed tenancy in Manchester says it is preparing a legal response to claims by housing campaigners that it has incorrectly served a Section 21 notice on three tenants.Thornley Groves has been targeted in recent days by campaigners from Acorn and demonstrations have been held outside four of its branches.Acorn claims that three tenants at a property in the city were served a ‘no fault’ notice at the request of the landlord after it was discovered that the trio had been furloughed by their employers, although they have since returned to full-status employment.“It seems abundantly clear that not only are Thornley Groves…oblivious to the effects of their actions on the homelessness crisis, but that they are wilfully contributing to it” says one of the tenants, Toby Bower.Campaigners have taken up the cause of the tenants, who are also members of the organisation, and have launched a social media campaign targeting the agency and its CEO Jason Watkin.RowThe row between the agency and its three tenants highlights the problems facing many landlords and lettings agents as the economic fall-out from the Covid pandemic continues.This includes whether tenants who are furloughed are deemed a ‘high risk’ and whether applicants should disclose furlough status when being referenced.Thornley Groves says it will be preparing a full legal response to the criticisms levelled at it by Acorn in the coming days.The estate agency, which is due to celebrate its 30th anniversary, has seven branches in the centre and suburbs of Manchester and employs 80 staff.Read more about Thornley Groves.Manchester Acorn thornley groves October 27, 2020Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

Bailey George Memorial 5K set for Saturday

first_imgRace to begin at 9 a.m.  The loss of University of Evansville runner Bailey George from cancer earlier this year had such an impact on the Purple Aces program and the Evansville community.  Head coach Don Walters is going to make sure that her memory will continue to live on as he has announced the formation of the Bailey George Memorial 5K Walk/Run.Set for this Saturday, August 6, the race will take place at the Angel Mounds Cross Country Course in Evansville at 9 a.m.  The course was the sight of the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Championships.  It will be a non-timed event, but a clock will be placed at the finish line for participants to view their times.  A 400-meter children’s event will also take place that day.Cost of entry is just $15 with proceeds going to the Bailey George Scholarship Fun.  Donations are also welcome.  All participants will receive a commemorative medal.“What happened to Bailey is just tragic. For someone to be taken so young, it touches everyone,” Walters said.  “The only way that we can remember things is to put them out there and deal with it.  When we do that, we make things better.  We know that Bailey is in a great place and she is watching over us.  We hope that we get able to get great a lot of community support and put on a great event in Bailey’s honor.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Softball Set For MVC Tournament

first_imgDrake is vying for its fourth MVC Tournament crown in program history (1993, 1994 and 2008). The top eight teams in the final regular season standings qualify for the MVC Tournament. The Bulldogs have qualified for the MVC Tournament 12 seasons out of the 14 that head coach Rich Calvert has guided the program. The winner of the three-day, single-elimination tournament earns the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, where Drake has been to two twice, back in 1994 and 2008. CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Drake University softball team will play its first game at the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament hosted by Southern Illinois Friday at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of Friday afternoon’s quarterfinal action between Evansville or Illinois State versus UNI. The MVC Tournament schedule was adjusted to due rain Thursday morning that pushed all the games back. Every game of the MVC Tournament will be broadcast online via The Valley On ESPN3. Drake (29-23, 17-8 MVC) won five of its final six regular season conference games to clinch the tournament’s two seed. The Bulldogs earned an automatic berth in the semifinals with the top-two finish. Wichita State won the 2016 regular season title, one season after Drake captured the regular season crown. This season, Drake endured up-and-down streaks in conference play as the Bulldogs won their first 12 league games then dropped seven straight before rebounding with wins in five of the final six games. If Drake wins Friday night, the Bulldogs advance to Saturday’s title game that will start at 1 p.m.Print Friendly Version Drake swept Evansville in a three-game series to start MVC play, split a weather-shortened two-game series with Illinois State and UNI took out of three games over the Bulldogs.last_img read more

Logan Webb enjoys best outing of young career, Giants win Bruce Bochy’s final road game

first_imgATLANTA — Of the 36 active players on the Giants’ roster, no one has had a greater chance to make an impression on the team’s top decision-makers in September than rookie starter Logan Webb.At 22, the organization’s top pitching prospect is the youngest member of the Giants’ team and a player the front office is hoping it can count on to enjoy a breakout season in 2020.If Sunday’s outing is a sign of what’s to … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img

The Dark Side of Dark Matter Hunts

first_imgDark matter is still a no-show. What will it take for cosmologists to give up on a fruitless quest?Chalk up another failure; one of the candidates for dark matter, the axion, did not turn up in the latest sensitive search. For years, most hunts have focused on WIMPs or MACHOs, but those continually failed. Phys.org reports, “Dark matter experiment finds no evidence of axions.”Physicists from MIT and elsewhere have performed the first run of a new experiment to detect axions—hypothetical particles that are predicted to be among the lightest particles in the universe. If they exist, axions would be virtually invisible, yet inescapable; they could make up nearly 85 percent of the mass of the universe, in the form of dark matter.Kitt Peak Mayall Telescope, c. David CoppedgeOne of the problems with this candidate is that axions are just as hypothetical as dark matter itself. This means that physicists are looking for one ghost to explain another ghost.While they are thought to be everywhere, axions are predicted to be virtually ghost-like, having only tiny interactions with anything else in the universe.“As dark matter, they shouldn’t affect your everyday life,” Winslow says. “But they’re thought to affect things on a cosmological level, like the expansion of the universe and the formation of galaxies we see in the night sky.”In short, cosmologists need the ghosts to keep their theory from failing. But is dark matter even needed?Unusual galaxies defy dark matter theory (Phys.org). A team from the Keck Observatory found a galaxy without dark matter:After drawing both praise and skepticism, the team of astronomers who discovered NGC 1052-DF2 – the very first known galaxy to contain little to no dark matter – are back with stronger evidence about its bizarre nature.Oddly, the team is claiming that the non-discovery of dark matter in this bizarre galaxy is actually evidence for dark matter. The idea is that regular matter and dark matter act independently, so it should be possible to find them with separate means. This is like saying that since they didn’t find ghosts in the living room, it may still be possible to find them hiding in the bedroom.Physicists constrain dark matter (Phys.org). The Russians are in collusion with this conspiracy to find dark matter. Sometimes they use misinformation to claim victory: saying they have “constrained” dark matter actually means they found where it isn’t. Their next hoped-for candidate particle would be 28 orders of magnitude lighter than an electron! That is so tiny and difficult to detect—even if it exists—that legitimate objections could be lodged against any claimed detection about low signal-to-noise, or measurements contaminated by theory. On the other hand, maybe dark matter is 40 orders of magnitude heavier, they say. While speculating on ghosts, might as well have some fun!Lemmings, by JB Greene. Used by permission.Back to Evidence and SenseAstrophysicist Sabine Hossenfelder brings a breath of fresh air to cosmology’s obsession with unobservable phantoms. In her blog BackReaction for March 14, 2019, she mocks, “Particle physicists excited over discovery of nothing in particular.” Incredulous that her colleagues in physics are excited about their failures, she says,The logic here seems to be this: First, mass-produce empty predictions to raise the impression that a costly experiment will answer some big questions. Then, if the experiment fails to answer those questions, proclaim how exciting it is that your predictions were wrong. Finally, explain that you need money for a larger experiment to answer those big questions.The most remarkable thing about this is that they actually seem to think this will work.Needless to say, if the analysis of the recent data reveals a signal of new effects, then the next collider will be built for sure. If nothing new shows up, then particle physicists can either continue to excitedly deny anything went wrong, or realize they have to act against hype and group-think in their community.Just because some particle discoveries were predicted, such as the Higgs boson, that does not mean that every prediction will be confirmed, Hossenfelder reasons.However, the predictions for new particles besides the Higgs were all wrong. And now, rather than owning up to their mistakes, particle physicists want you to think it’s exciting they have found neither dark matter, nor extra dimensions, nor supersymmetry, nor anything else that is not in the standard model.For Relief from Headache, Bang Head HereMeanwhile, big-bang cosmologists have pushed the lumpiness problem into a new contortion. Space.com announced, “Universe Quickly Spawned Stars After Big Bang, Ancient Galaxy Shows.” The galaxy is said to have formed a mere 500 million Darwin Years after the big bang. And it already had oxygen (a heavy element, for astronomers), implying that its stars had already matured and gone supernova. At the rate they are discovering early galaxies, they will find instant galaxies popping into existence right after the bang itself.Might as well read Genesis 1 now and get ahead of their game. The dark side of dark matter hunts, as alluded in our headline, is that scientists are lying to the public about the solidity of the “standard model” because they are engaged in groupthink. (Visited 441 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Are you speculating or hedging?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CornThere was another USDA report last week estimating usage and carryout. It had few surprises; corn carryout raised slightly (this was projected in the March 31st stock reports), which means there is more corn stored on the farm than the trade previously estimated.Expect little corn excitement in the next two months. With plenty of old crop corn, the U.S is not competitive in the world markets as prices approach $4.00. On the other hand, farmers won’t sell below $3.75. A large weather event in May or June would probably be the only reason this trading range would change in the short-term. BeansIt’s hard to be bullish beans. The U.S. and the world for that matter has a mountain of beans in storage and plans to plant record acreage this year are forecasted. The only potential is that it’s a long time to August and making the crop is still open to weather issues. Are you speculating or hedging?Many grain marketing analysts have been predicting futures prices will rally from current levels, advocating farmers should buy calls on any grain they already have sold for new crop. I cringe slightly with this advice, because its effectively telling farmers to become speculators. Why is the strategy to “buy a call” speculating?Buying calls means farmers are buying the right to “re-own” grain at a set price in the future. Or, the farmer is choosing the right to own more grain. But, farmers have no inherent reason to buy grain. Farmers are always producing more grain. Maybe not tomorrow, but they will eventually and continually. The average 500- to 600-acre corn farmer raises 100,000 bushels per year, or 500,000 over the next five years. Therefore, I rarely recommend farmers buy calls. Instead, I suggest rallies in the market should be met with more selling.Making it even more speculative, many farmers have unpriced old crop left to sell and very little new crop sold. Farmers in this type of position need to realize their increased risk exposure with buying calls. What if the market does not rally? How much worse will their financial position be? Betting on the marketFarmers should think about the market this way — the market can move in three different directions at any time: up, down or sideways. So, there is essentially a 33% chance that one of these directions can happen. Market analysts can do their best to predict prices, but they can be wrong and no one really knows where the market is going to go. Assuming the market will rally, and therefore buying calls, should on average lose money 66% of the time. Because, prices could stay stagnant, as they have the last three months and the farmer would lose all of the premium paid for the call. Or prices could decrease further, and obviously the farmer would lose the whole value of the call. Yes a call has limited risk, but it’s still risk of loss. The details on why I don’t recommend buying a callOne analyst made the above recommendation when July corn was trading around $3.85 and Dec corn was trading at $4. Looking at an example, the cost to a farmer would be 20 cents for either the July $4 call or the Dec 4.50 call. While I might agree with the analysts that the corn board could increase, in my opinion betting that the price increase will be above the breakeven points after buying the calls is unlikely and has limited risk of a loss of 20 cents.Buying one of these call means prices need to hit $4.20 before late June for the July call or $4.70 by late November on the Dec call. Is it possible? Yes. Is it probable? I don’t know. Right now many think it’s more probable that old crop stocks will hold the July market back and thus less likely to happen. It would take a weather event for Dec to rally, but no one knows if that will happen or not.Farmers should ask themselves when buying calls, “would I buy Dec $4.70 corn (or $4.20 July) or sell at $4.70 on the Dec (or $4.20 July) if we reach those price levels?” My farm exampleI always tell farmers to take the cost of the call into account before deciding to put it on. I have our 2015 crop sold at $4.71 Dec futures. I could buy a $4.50 call this week for 20 cents, making my selling price guaranteed at $4.51 ($4.71- 20 cents for the call). This means I would have all the upside potential in the market (assuming a weather event occurs) because I bought a $4.50 call and my guarantee is basically the same price. BUT, do I really want to take 20 cents less if the market DOESN’T rally? Straight odds say the market only has a 33% chance of going up. So you never recommend buying calls?No, there are times when it makes sense. Even the example above for my farm looks tempting on a few bushels. I tend to recommend them with part of the crop that is not covered by insurance or if I fear a production issue. I also tend to use them more for soybeans than corn, but the principals are the same for both. It depends on my market strategy and goals during the year.Buying calls like this is similar to “trying to hit the home run.” I understand the mentality of wanting to “hit the home run.” Who doesn’t? But, realistically the chances are low you can hit it (especially every time). And, the risk to the farmer hitting the bottom increases. In marketing grain for our farm and advising my clients, I rarely take the “hitting for the fences” strategy. I prefer to win the game with small single hits every time. While boring to some, a strategy that probably will not hit the top, but avoids hitting the bottom, is a proven winner year after year.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE.  Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process.  After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits.  A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations. Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons.  All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit.  Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction.  The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions.  Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs.  All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision.  The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative.  The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions.  Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. 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