Relax and engage: 4 ways to learn on vacation

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Vacation is a great time to take your goals and passions off the back burner. A learning vacation can help you reclaim old interests and discover places you never knew existed.With busy schedules and jam packed to-do lists, people often view vacations as a time to simply lounge by the beach and soak up the sun. And while that may sound like paradise, when was the last time you truly pursued a passion, goal or curiosity?Vacation is a great time to take your goals and passions off the back burner. A learning vacation can help you reclaim old interests and discover places you never knew existed. One of the best learning vacation destinations is in western New York State. Home of Chautauqua Institution and many other learning venues, it’s a place to both relax and grow your mind. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends or all on your own, here are some of the best ways to learn on vacation:Find a destination focused on educationInstead of booking a flight to your ordinary vacation spot, why not try somewhere new? Take an adventure to a destination known for learning. The Chautauqua Institution is known for its life-long and vacation learning program. This educational center founded in 1874 on Chautauqua Lake features 750 acres of historic buildings, vacation homes and cottages, the grand Athenaeum Hotel and a nine-week summer schedule filled with learning opportunities for all ages. Nearby, the City of Jamestown is home to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, the Robert H. Jackson Center for Justice and the Lucille Ball – Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy.Go somewhere to learn a new activityIs there a sport, activity or hobby you’ve always wanted to try? If you’re interested in birds or nature, choose to vacation in a place with recreational trails and nature gardens. If you’ve always wanted to give skiing or snowboarding a shot, find a resort like Peek’n Peak Resort in Chautauqua County with learning academies focused on winter sports as well as golf. From sailing and kayaking to fly fishing and stand up paddling, the possibilities are endless for what you can learn in western New York.Be adventurous with food and drinkMake a point to try a dish you’ve never tasted at least once per day on your vacation. Challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and taste the local cuisine. Wherever you’re staying, ask for recommendations on which restaurants to check out. You could even poll some locals to find the best places to go for coffee, and any other must-visit places. Wine enthusiasts can research local wineries to schedule tours and tastings to discover a new favorite and learn how it’s made. Lake Erie Wine Country has several wineries, events and attractions to keep you informed and entertained while relaxing on vacation.Make travel friendsTraveling gives you the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Strike up a conversation with the couple or family next to you at lunch and you could end up making some life-long friendships. Staying in a locally owned hotel or bed and breakfast can also be easy ways to interact with new people on a daily basis. Look for dining and sight-seeing partners; you never know who you’ll meet.Put a fresh spin on your vacation planning this year. Design a learning vacation, enjoy new experiences and return home feeling revived and refreshed. For more information and educational ideas, visit tourchautauqua.com. Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSChatauquaVacation Previous articleUnscrambling the dietary guidelines: Eggs are the new health foodNext articleStill green and still great: Tree City USA program marks 40 years of greening U.S. streets Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

WIN a pair of Amsterdam Sevens 2016 Tickets!

first_imgFriday May 20, 2016 WIN a pair of Amsterdam Sevens 2016 Tickets! The Amsterdam Sevens is celebrating it’s 45th year, so to mark the occasion we are giving away 5 pairs of weekend tickets (27-29 May). To enter, simply hit the button below and fill in your details.In it’s 45th year, the Amsterdam 7s welcomes big names including the national teams of Kenya 7s (under the name Shujaa 7s), Fiji Development (under the name Global Fiji Barracudas), Italy Development, Georgia, and Scotland women. There will also be the best invitational teams like Samurai, ProjecX Waterboys and Susie’s Saloon.ADVERTISEMENTNote: Tickets do not include flights or accomodation. We will draw a winner early next week and contact you asap Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Competition Related Articles 182 WEEKS AGO WIN: Rugby Nations 18 mobile game 184 WEEKS AGO WIN: George North signed Wales shirt PLUS… 200 WEEKS AGO WIN the new England 2017-2018 home jersey… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

1,000 protest anti-Chinese racism in San Francisco

first_imgOver a thousand people marched from San Francisco Chinatown to Union Square on Feb. 29 to protest the wave of racism against Chinese people in U.S. media and political circles, since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. Organized by a broad coalition of Chinese-American organizations and supported by a local chapter of Veterans for Peace, the march started out in Portsmouth Square Park, then took over Grant Avenue on the way to a mass rally in Union Square. People sang patriotic songs and enjoyed a militant dance by martial artists. Judge Julie Tang, interviewed in Chinese on Sing Tao Radio, said “Let us fight back together.” — Report by Dave Welsh, photo by Elias WelshFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

Masked men torch opposition TV station

first_imgWith the help of other media, Raajje TV resumed limited broadcasting on a temporary basis at 1 pm today. It broadcast security camera footage of the fire and an interview with the vice-president of the Maldives Broadcasting Commission.Today’s arson attack came just a few days after Raajje TV broadcast a report entitled “Forum 15” about the threats it had been receiving. Yesterday evening, Raajje TV CEO Yamin Rasheed submitted a written request for protection to the police along details of the newest threats.His request received no reply, but the police have confirmed that they got his letter and said they stepped up patrols in the district today.Yesterday evening, Raajje TV covered an opposition Maldivian Democratic Party demonstration against the supreme court’s 23 September decision to suspend elections indefinitely. When a new government was installed in February 2012, both the police and the president’s office announced that they would no long cooperate with Raajje TV, which has been banned from the president’s news conferences and denied police protection during demonstrations.Raajje TV was previously prevented from broadcasting by incidents in August 2012 and, in February 2013, the station’s news director, Ibrahim Asward Waheed, was attacked by men on a motorcycle, who beat him with steel bars and left him for dead. Follow the news on Maldives RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist October 7, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Masked men torch opposition TV station Help by sharing this information News MaldivesAsia – Pacific Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further April 23, 2018 Find out more News September 12, 2018 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns an arson attack by six masked men early this morning that destroyed much of the headquarters of Raajje TV, one of Maldives’ most popular television stations, one that supports the opposition.“This criminal act is a direct blow to freedom of information and we deplore the attitude of the police, who failed to do what was necessary to prevent the attack although the head of TV station requested protection a few hours before it took place,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The police must immediately launch an investigation so that those who started this fire are arrested and brought to justice. We also call on the Maldivian authorities and the international community to help Raajje TV to resume providing news and information as soon as possible.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The national authorities have a duty to provide Raajje TV with proper equipment so that it can function in the same way as it did before the fire.”The fire was started by six masked men armed with steel bars and machetes who forced their way into the building in the early hours of this morning after restraining and stabbing its security guard. They then broke through a steel door leading to the TV station’s studios on the second floor, doused it with gasoline and set it alight.A witness said the injured guard repeatedly asked police stationed nearby to intervene, with no immediate success. Other witnesses said they called the police, who did not respond until after the entire premises were ablaze. The fire started at around 4:45 a.m. and was not put out until 7 a.m. MaldivesAsia – Pacific RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers News July 15, 2020 Find out more Newslast_img read more

US finally issues visas to Prensa Latina’s two UN correspondents

first_imgNews The US State Department announced yesterday that it would after all issue US entry visas to the two New York-based Cuban journalists – Tomás Granados Jiménez and Ilsa Rodríguez Santana – who were initially refused visas when they tried to return to the United States after a holiday in Cuba. The US government never explained the reasons for its decision to refuse them visas, not even after changing its mind. Granados and Rodríguez are accredited UN correspondents for the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina.——————–30.09.08 – Two Cuban journalists with UN accreditation denied visas to reenter the United StatesReporters Without Borders calls on the office of the UN secretary-general to intercede on behalf of husband-and-wife journalists Tomás Granados Jiménez and Ilsa Rodríguez Santana – both UN correspondents for the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina – who were refused visas to reenter the United States after a short holiday in Cuba. Based in New York for the past three years, the couple were not given any explanation by the US authorities for the refusal, which Reporters Without Borders regards as arbitrary. They were, however, given a form suggesting they are regarded as a threat to the United States.“This measure is both persecutory and incomprehensible,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Since when could journalists who have been accredited to the United Nations for three years suddenly pose a ‘threat’ to the United States? That is what the US authorities seem to think, to judge by the clause they brandished without further explanation.”The press freedom organisation added: “The office of the UN secretary-general must demand an explanation from the US State Department and ensure that Granados and Rodríguez are able to return to their posts.”Granados and Rodríguez were refused US visas yesterday in Havana as they were about to return to New York. The US Interests Section (which functions as embassy and consulate in the absence of diplomatic relations) gave them a State Department document referring to a clause “212F,” which apparently authorises the US president to deny entry to anyone posing a “threat” to the United States. The Interests Section provided them with no explanation.The couple, who have been covering the UN for more than three years, have accreditation that is valid until next year. Prensa Latina, which was created in 1959 after the Cuban revolution, said it has always had correspondents at the UN and none of them has ever been the victim of such a measure in the 50 years of its existence.Granados and Rodríguez described the episode as “an aggression not only against Prensa Latina’s journalists but also against good journalism.” October 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Cuba to go further Newscenter_img CubaAmericas New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council October 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US finally issues visas to Prensa Latina’s two UN correspondents CubaAmericas Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet October 12, 2018 Find out more News News May 6, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Keith lines out for suicide patrol

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ TAGSCorbett Suicide Prevention PatrolsKeith EarlsMusic Limerick WhatsApp Keith Earls autobiography coming this October NewsLocal NewsKeith lines out for suicide patrolBy Alan Jacques – March 20, 2014 909 Breaking: Keith Earls Extends IRFU Contract Email Printcenter_img Mike Haley hails ‘unbelievable’ Keith Earls Facebook Linkedin Advertisement MUNSTER, Ireland and Lions rugby star Keith Earls has signed up to tackle the serious issue of suicide in Limerick as an ambassador for the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol.The city suicide group that patrols the River Shannon made contact with the 26-year-old Moyross man through Munster head offices last month. And, according to Paul Hogan of the voluntary group, Earls was quick to pledge his support.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We are about prevention but we are also about awareness. We have been asked to give lots of talks on the issue of suicide and the fact that Keith Earls has now given us his support will help raise our profile,” Mr Hogan said.“When we contacted Keith, he said he was well aware of the work we do. We are absolutely delighted to have such a well-known ambassador for our organisation. His support will help raise more awareness and the more we talk about this issue, the better,” he explained.The CSPP have been involved in over 80 interventions along the Shannon since setting up over a year ago. The volunteer suicide group have also launched a new helpline number — 085-2120987 — for families who might be concerned about a loved one who is missing.The group will hold a fundraising event at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on March 29 next. Tickets cost €10 and are available via the voluntary group’s facebook page. Previous articleWeekly Golf Notes 22/3/14Next articleLosses change everything for Limerick GAA Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick ‘He’s one of the best players I’ve played with’ – Rory Best backs Keith Earls for Lions call last_img read more

The Viatel Group Makes a Splash with Ripplecom Acquisition

first_imgTHE Viatel Group have today announced the acquisition of fellow Irish telecoms and security company Ripplecom. Since 2009, Ripplecom have been providing telecoms and security services to many leading Irish business and public sector organisations, and to residential users from their base in Limerick.  The Ripplecom team are the connectivity powerhouse service behind well-known companies such as Glanbia, Barry Group, Regeneron and the Department of Education.  BusinessLimerickNewsThe Viatel Group Makes a Splash with Ripplecom AcquisitionBy Staff Reporter – October 17, 2020 430 Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Viatel is the leading Irish independent company who provide connectivity, cloud and security solutions to businesses across Ireland.  The Group employs over 120 people across Ireland and they own and operate their own Data Center facility in Blanchardstown Dublin.  Viatel provide connectivity services to leading Irish companies along with public sector and multi nationals and include Centric Health, CPL, Voxpro, Kingston International, Department of Agriculture and Department of Educations as clients.   Find out more about how Viatel can help your business at  https://www.viatel.com/ especially what existing customers say about Viatel at https://www.viatel.com/customer-stories. Linkedin WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live “I am delighted to welcome the Ripplecom customers and team to the Viatel and Digiweb families.  Together we can build something special.  We have been very impressed by the capabilities of the Ripplecom team and we are convinced we will have a bright future together.  “Together I feel we can build a new and even stronger team with the right capabilities and continue to support business and consumer needs for superb customer service, great technology and disruptive solutions.” said Paul Rellis CEO Viatel. “On the back of this acquisition, we will see more consolidation happening in the telecoms and technology market in Ireland and beyond”.Commenting on the announcement John McDonnell, Managing Director of Ripplecom, commented that “Joining forces with Viatel means our customers can access a broad new range of cloud solutions and enjoy 100% connectivity coverage across Ireland and beyond. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Our two organisations share complementary core competencies that, combined, form a formidable cloud communications partner. I believe this is a very welcome development for both companies and the wider business community.”The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.  In 2021, with the acquisition of Ripplecom, the Group is forecasting revenues north of 38M euro next year, with a combined 3,500 business customers and 28,000 residential customers.  About Ripplecom:Ripplecom employ 31 people in their HQ in Limerick since 2009, and they have been an active and vocal participant in the business scene both in rural and metropolitan locations across Ireland.  They deliver superior telecoms and IT security services to the B2B market and public sector across Ireland, and to many residential customers too.  They proudly have a full national fiber and wireless network which services both business and residential users.   Ripplecom are the official Telecommunication partners for Limerick GAA and supporters of Munster Rugby (much to Viatel’s delight) The Viatel Group is comprised of Viatel, providing services to businesses, and Digiweb, providing residential broadband services to consumers: Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleA new look for Parteen Co-Op SuperstoreNext articleLimerick Tile & Wood Centre feature on DIY SOS The Big Build Ireland this Sunday Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Most importantly for The Group: we are proud members of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies program, and a committed member of the Guaranteed Irish organisation in supporting sustainable jobs and contributing strongly in the community in Ireland.  Ireland’s continued growth and success means a lot to us!  Find out more about how Guaranteed Irish can help you – https://www.guaranteedirish.ie/. Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Digiweb is a strong independent brand providing broadband and voice services to residential consumers.  Digiweb operates from Dundalk and has long been established and recognized for being a special brand since it’s foundation in 1997.  The team in Dundalk have been recognized for sustaining amazing levels of customer service for years now.  There is no other broadband provider as good on customer service – and that is recognized by Digiweb consistently being awarded 5 Stars on TrustPilot.  Check Digiweb out on https://digiweb.ie/.  In fact, FIRST check what customers are saying about the Digiweb service on https://www.trustpilot.com/review/digiweb.ie. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Twitter October 15th 2020The Viatel Group have today announced the acquisition of fellow Irish telecomsand security company Ripplecom. Since 2009, Ripplecom have been providing telecoms and securityservices to many leading Irish business and public sector organisations, and to residential users fromtheir base in Limerick.  The Ripplecom team are the connectivity powerhouse service behind well-known companies such as Glanbia, Barry Group, Regeneron and the Department of Education.Pictured outside Ripplecom HQ in Limerick are Viatel CEO Paul Rellis, left, and Ripplecom Managing Director John McDonnell.Photo by Diarmuid Greene Advertisementlast_img read more

Former police officer to go on trial for killing neighbor in apartment mix-up

first_imgMarilyn Nieves/iStock(DALLAS) — In a homicide case that sparked days of protests in Dallas and calls for justice from the victim’s family in the Caribbean, a former police officer is expected to go on trial Monday, accused of fatally shooting a 26-year-old unarmed black man after mistaking his apartment for her own and wrongly suspecting he was a burglar.Amber Guyger, who is white and a former Dallas police officer, is charged with murder stemming from the Sept. 6, 2018, fatal shooting of Botham “Bo” Jean at the South Side Flats apartment complex in Dallas. “Anytime you bring a case against a police officer it’s difficult anywhere in the country because there’s so much automatic credibility given to law enforcement officers,” Lee Merritt, an attorney representing Jean’s loved ones, told ABC News on Sunday.Merritt said he is hoping the judge presiding over the case rejects Guyger’s attempt to use Texas’s Castle Doctrine as a defense. Similar to Florida’s “stand your ground” law, the Castle Doctrine allows people to use lethal force to defend themselves from harm that presents itself in the comfort of their own home.“Of course that’s tricky because we know Amber Guyger was not in her own home,” Merritt said.He said if the judge refuses to instruct the jury on the Castle Doctrine, Guyger is likely to be convicted.Opening arguments in the case are expected to begin Monday after a jury was picked earlier this month to hear the case.Jean’s family, including his parents, brother and sister, are expected to hold a prayer vigil on the steps of the Dallas courthouse Monday morning before the trial begins, Merritt said.“We’re hoping to see a diverse jury that’s able to critically analyze testimony from law enforcement officers,” Merritt said.Guyger, 31, was fired from the Dallas Police Department 18 days after she fatally shot Jean. She had been a member of the department for four years.She told investigators she arrived home about 10 p.m. after working a 15-hour shift and parked her car on the fourth floor of the building instead of the third floor, which corresponded to her apartment, according to an arrest warrant affidavit by investigators from the Texas Rangers, a division of the Texas Department of Public Safety.Guyger’s apartment was directly beneath Jean’s fourth-floor unit.“Guyger entered the building and walked down the fourth-floor hallway to what she thought was her apartment,” according to the arrest warrant. “She inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door keyhole. The door, which was slightly ajar prior to Guyger’s arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion.”When the door opened, she saw a “large silhouette” in the nearly completely dark apartment and believed it was a burglar, according to the warrant.Guyger told investigators she drew her firearm, gave verbal commands that were ignored and fired twice, hitting Jean, who lived alone, in the torso, according to the document.She was still in her uniform at the time of the shooting.“Due to the interior darkness of the apartment, Guyger turned on the interior lights while on the phone with 911. Upon being asked where she was located by emergency dispatchers, Guyger returned to the front door to observe the address and discovered she was at the wrong apartment,” according to the arrest warrant.During his funeral, Jean, who was an accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, was recalled by mourners as a man of many talents: a strong Christian, a beloved friend, dependable work colleague and a gifted singer. Jean’s uncle said he had aspirations of becoming a politician in his native country of Saint Lucia.“The sound of gunshots did not have the resonance to be heard on our small island, but their impact was of nuclear proportions,” Jean’s uncle, Ignatius Jean, told mourners at the funeral. “A nuke had been unleashed on our family by someone charged to protect and serve.”Guyger was initially arrested and charged with manslaughter. But a Dallas County grand jury later indicted her on one count of murder.Guyger’s defense team had requested a change of venue for the trial, arguing Guyger couldn’t get a fair trial in Dallas County because of the publicity surrounding the case.A judge rejected the request.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A reckoning on rent

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink (Getty, iStock/ Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)Three of Petra Drauschak’s 14 tenants have abandoned their leases during the pandemic.One had already stopped paying by February 2020, when Covid began sweeping across the U.S., but Drauschak’s hands were tied by Pennsylvania’s eviction ban. The tenant left in August without paying the remaining rent and arrears.Tipped off by a neighbor, Drauschak followed the tenant to her ex-fiance’s house and successfully served her papers. A court awarded the landlord $12,000, but the tenant disappeared without settling the debt. Drauschak’s legal costs were $600.The second tenant stopped paying when federal rental assistance became available in June. After Drauschak filed for an eviction, the renter applied for federal rent relief, and Drauschak was made whole with a check for $5,800.ADVERTISEMENTThe third tenant did not qualify for federal relief because undocumented immigrants are not eligible. Upon losing work at a landscaping company, the tenant was unable to pay rent for four months and was asked to leave.“I said, ‘Listen, I can’t do this, this is a business,’” Drauschak recalled. It took her four more months to find a paying tenant.“A lot of [undocumented people] are in a really tough position,” said Drauschak. “These people are truly screwed.”With the pandemic causing billions of dollars in unpaid rent to pile up and sapping demand for rentals, a new dynamic has emerged between millions of tenants and their landlords. Eviction bans and the weakening of the rental market have made landlords less inclined to play hardball when tenants miss payments or skip out on leases. But tenants face deterrents as well. Failure to pay can lead to legal troubles and garnished wages years later, not to mention lower credit scores and rejected applications for housing.Peter Von Der Ahe, a top multifamily broker at Marcus & Millichap, said the unpaid rent will follow tenants long after they have given back the keys.“If you sign a lease and don’t pay it, it’s like a telephone bill,” said Von Der Ahe. “Verizon will eventually find you, and you’ll have to pay it or you’ll never have a cellphone again.”High stakesLandlords who go after tenants for unpaid rent run the risk of incurring legal fees to win judgments that cannot be collected. Collection efforts can even trigger lawsuits against the property owner.In a case this month, five renters at a Carnegie Management building in Bushwick sued the Brooklyn-based landlord, alleging it inflated the rental arrears it reported to collection agencies.Dinging tenants’ credit for unpaid rent is not new, but the lawsuit claimed Carnegie had added late fees, violating a ban put in place by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the first six months of the pandemic. The tenants argued the fees were a punishment for organizing.Carnegie Management principal Isaac Jacobowitz said his firm engaged the collection agency just as “any utility company” would for customers who skip payments. The strategy worked to recover rent in most cases, Jacobowitz said, because tenants do not want their unpaid balances reported to credit bureaus.“People shouldn’t be left without a house,” Jacobowitz said. “But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have to pay.”Another option for landlords is using the security deposit to cover unpaid rent, but that has its drawbacks. Typically, it is only one month’s rent, so it is quickly exhausted, leaving the landlord less recourse if the tenant damages the apartment or exits with unpaid rent.Tapping security deposits can also spur tenants to file a complaint.One who lived in one of Steve Croman’s East Village apartment buildings said the landlord did not return full security deposits to many who moved out during Covid.She said the third-party company that manages the buildings “whittled down” her $3,995 security deposit to $1,645 for things like “teeny-tiny” nail holes — and then failed to return even the smaller amount after she moved out in April.Speaking anonymously because the case is ongoing, the tenant said she and some of her former neighbors filed a complaint with New York Attorney General Letitia James. No money has been recovered. The management firm, an affiliate of Besen Partners, did not return a request for comment.Eviction-proof tenantsCamden Property Trust, a real estate investment trust that controls nearly 60,000 apartments across the country, reported that revenue from its more than 2,100 apartments in Los Angeles and Orange counties was down 5 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter. Annual revenue fell more than 13 percent from the year before.The problem, Camden CEO Ric Campo said, was not that tenants could not pay, but that they chose not to, taking advantage of eviction moratoriums and inspired by the “cancel rent” movement. “They look at it as a free loan from Camden,” said Campo. ”But ultimately, they will have to pay or their credit will be destroyed.”Most tenants, especially in market-rate apartments, have continued to pay rent. But financial problems have mounted for workers in industries hardest hit by the pandemic. In July, four months after shutdowns began, an advisory firm’s study calculated rent arrears at $21 billion nationally. As of January, Moody’s expected the number to be $57 billion, including utilities and late fees — an average of $5,600 across approximately 10 million delinquent households.Those who don’t pay face a reckoning. Landlords in New York have six years to sue for back rent, said Shanna Tallarico, a consumer debt attorney at New York Legal Assistance Group. But she does not expect them to wait that long.“Everyone is anticipating this flood of cases,” said Tallarico. “We are going to get so many calls soon — I can’t even fathom what it will look like in a year from now.” One client, a tenant receiving federal Section 8 benefits, left her Bronx apartment in 2016 and relocated to North Carolina. In 2019, her bank account was suddenly frozen because of a default judgment won by her landlord, Genesis Realty Group, which filed a case more than two years after she moved out.In March, the tenant drove to New York City to appear in court. One week before the courts shut down for Covid, a judge canceled the judgment. The case is now one of many in limbo as courts work through their backlogs.No Covid discountSuzanne Pichulik Eisenberg, a landlord in Decatur, Georgia, said she’s not negotiating a “Covid discount” with her tenants, and none has walked away yet. “I just wasn’t going to negotiate based on an anomaly,” said Eisenberg, who renewed leases at current levels. With vacations canceled, fewer date nights and no babysitting expenses, she is hoping her tenants are saving money for future increases.Owners in her state have greater leverage than they do in New York. “It’s very different in Georgia,” Eisenberg noted, “because it is more landlord-friendly than tenant-friendly.”In New York City, political victories by tenant advocacy groups and the pandemic-driven drop in demand for rentals have strengthened tenants’ hand. The state’s rent stabilization law enacted in 2019 increased penalties for rent overcharges, severely limited rent increases and took steps to eliminate the so-called tenant blacklist — Housing Court records used by landlords to screen applicants for apartments.Adam Mermelstein, whose Treetop Development has 1,500 rent-stabilized units in the city, says the tenant movement’s gains have empowered renters to walk away from their agreements.“We do find in New York City people break leases more so than in other places,” he said. “Up until recently that hasn’t been a problem, because rents always went up. But now when the tenant breaks the lease, it’s a big deal.”Before Covid and the new rent law, owners of the city’s 900,000-plus rent-stabilized apartments relished vacancies because they allowed landlords to raise the rent up to 20 percent in a market with robust demand.With those factors gone and Covid lingering, waging a legal battle with a tenant isn’t always worth it. In many cases, Mermelstein said, it’s better to negotiate a rent reduction, or let the tenant leave without paying all the remaining rent.“More often than not, we work something out,” the landlord said. “We have to pick our battles.” compassResidential Real EstateRobert Reffkin Tags Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 3/8/18

first_img Written by March 7, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/8/18 Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores from yesterday’s sports events: INTERLEAGUE Final  Miami           7  Houston       6 Final  Philadelphia    2  Boston        1 Final  Toronto        13  Pittsburgh    4 Final  N-Y Yankees    11  N-Y Mets      4 Final  Milwaukee      10  Kansas City   6 Final  Chi White Sox  14  Cincinnati   12 Final  L-A Dodgers     4  L-A Angels    2 Final  Colorado        5  Texas         4 Final  Chi Cubs       11  Cleveland     6 AMERICAN LEAGUE Final  Toronto     6  Detroit     5 Final  Minnesota   8  Boston      1 Final  Baltimore   7  Tampa Bay   2 Final  Oakland     7  Seattle     3    NATIONAL LEAGUE Final  St. Louis   4  Washington      3 Final  San Diego   4  San Francisco   4, 10 Innings  NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final  Utah         104  Indiana      84 Final  Chicago      119  Memphis     110 Final  Houston      110  Milwaukee    99 Final OT  Toronto      121  Detroit     119 Final  New Orleans  114  Sacramento  101 Final  L.A. Lakers  108  Orlando     107 Final  Cleveland    113  Denver      108   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final  Calgary      5  Buffalo        1 Final  Pittsburgh   5  Philadelphia   2 Final  Arizona      2  Vancouver      1TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final  (12) North Carolina   78  Syracuse   59Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more