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Lettings agent offers homeless a £2,000-a-month apartment for free over Christmas

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first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Lettings agent offers homeless a £2,000-a-month apartment for free over Christmas previous nextAgencies & PeopleLettings agent offers homeless a £2,000-a-month apartment for free over ChristmasServiced apartments agent hopes his example will inspire other people to help out the homeless during the festive break.Nigel Lewis21st December 201701,759 Views A serviced apartment rentals company is offering a £2,000-a-month, two-bedroom flat (pictured, right) in Kings Cross, central London, free of charge to homeless people over Christmas.The company, City Booker, is headed up by Laurence Lemeche who himself was homeless during his 20s when he first moved to London and says he remembers being in a cycle of homelessness and unemployment – unable to get a job because he had no home and not able get a home because he was unemployed.Laurence (pictured, below) says at one point he slept in his car, but that this cycle was broken when a landlord gave him somewhere to sleep and now he wants to do the same for one of the capital’s homeless, who make up one in every 59 Londoners, according to housing charity Shelter.He hopes that his offer of free accommodation will inspire other landlords to do the same and “help someone else turn their lives around this Christmas”.Any agents or landlords who know someone who is homeless should direct them to Lawrence’s Facebook page to apply to live in the flat.According to Shelter there will be 307,000 people sleeping rough or living in temporary housing this Christmas, and increase of 13,000 compared to last year.The charity also says London has the largest number of homeless people and that of the 50 ‘hotspots’ in the UK, 18 are in the capital, although the increase in homelessness has been most marked in regional cities and leafier towns such as Chelmsford.“On a daily basis, we speak to hundreds of people and families who are desperately trying to escape the devastating trap of homelessness,” says Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Shelter (pictured, right).“A trap that is tightening thanks to decades of failure to build enough affordable homes and the impact of welfare cuts.” December 21, 2017Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

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Birthday boy Kyle wins the Brabazon Trophy

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first_img South Africa’s Kyle McClatchie gave himself the perfect 20th birthday present when he won the Brabazon Trophy after a closely fought final round at Woodhall Spa Golf Club. He finished on 10-under par, after getting up and down from a bunker to birdie the last hole and hang on to his slender one-shot lead. Chasing him to the finish line were the England pair of Jack Singh Brar and Jake Burnage, together with Scotland’s Jamie Stewart who hurtled up the leaderboard with a closing round of five-under 68. They shared second place on nine-under. McClatchie becomes the first South African to win the English men’s amateur open stroke play title since Charl Schwartzel in 2002. He went on to win The Masters so who knows what lies in store for the new winner? “This is just amazing, I can’t believe it’s actually happened,” said McClatchie, who had put birthday celebrations on the back burner until after the golf. “I’ve been working my whole life for something like this and all the hard work has paid off.” McClatchie, from Serengeti Golf Club, set off on today’s final round on eight-under and tied for the lead with Singh Brar (Remedy Oak, Dorset) and Burnage (Saunton, Devon) – and with a four shot cushion over the rest of the field. Over the opening holes they jostled for the lead and the advantage passed from player to player as they picked up or dropped shots. But McClatchie opened up a two-shot lead with a birdie on the 12th and from then on there was no budging him as he worked his way to a score of two-under 71. Singh Brar reduced the gap to one shot with his own birdie on 12 but, try as he might, he couldn’t hole the necessary putts to move ahead. He needed an eagle on the last to tie but, again, the putt refused to drop and he settled for a closing 72. “I feel robbed of it,” he said afterwards. “I hit some good shots in but I didn’t hole anything. But it’s a good result and I’d have taken it at the start of the week.” Burnage appeared to drop out of contention when he slipped to six-under after 13 holes, but he kept his foot down and was rewarded with three closing birdies to return 72 and join the tie for second place. He was partnered with Singh Brar and said: “We both played all right and we spurred each other along, but we didn’t hole the putts. It’s sore for now but second in the Brabazon isn’t that bad, is it.” Meanwhile, Stewart was charging up the leaderboard. He started the day on four-over and looked to be out of it after two bogeys in the first three holes. But he played the rest of the round in seven under with a particularly impressive birdie on 18. His second shot finished on a downhill bunker slope but he deftly flipped the ball to within 2ft of the hole. He played the last 36 holes in 11-under par and said: “It really kicked off over the last two rounds and I almost got into a tie, but I couldn’t have done any more and, fair play to Kyle, he played great and was a deserving winner.” England A Squad player Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool) was fifth on seven-under after a closing 70. English amateur champion Dan Brown (Masham) finished on five-under. Click here for full scores Caption: Top, Kyle McClatchie with the Brabazon Trophy. Below, spectators following the action on the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa. (Images © Leaderboard Photography). 28 May 2017 Birthday boy Kyle wins the Brabazon Trophy last_img read more

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Fair Haven in No Rush to Crush Brush Processing

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first_imgSpitz called the processing center a “missed opportunity,” and a prime location for a dog park, or a community garden. “It is not an appropriate location any longer,” Spitz said. “The neighborhood has changed. It’s not fair to our lives. It’s not fair to our health.” “I don’t see any way to relocate the facility in the borough, so the only other choice would be to close it down,” Mayor Ben Lucarelli said. “Then we’re left with handling the disposable brush in a proper and environmentally conscious way.” Since it’s been a mutually beneficial partnership for both parties, Spitz wondered if the borough could pursue a similar interlocal agreement to take brush processing outside the municipal border. Lucarelli said closing the facility would probably mean adding two more employees to the Department of Public Works and purchasing a $400,000 rear loader vehicle, like a garbage truck. Additional transportation costs would also come into play. To avoid transport during peak school hours, early morning drop-off and afternoon pickup, the grinding can begin as early as 7 a.m. Fair Haven Police Chief Joseph McGovern told residents Monday the operation’s early start time is protected by ordinance. “You’re talking about adding millions of dollars to the budget in order to accomplish this,” Lucarelli said. In an interview, borough administrator Teresa Casagrande said the location of the site – between William Street and several baseball fields, basketball courts and a soccer pitch at Fair Haven Fields – is a pre-existing condition of the neighborhood that dates back to the 1950s. In return, maintenance of Fair Haven parks and municipal grounds, as well as street-sweeping and storm-water catch-basin cleaning falls under the purview of Rumson. Fair Haven and Rumson entered into a shared service agreement in April 2012, trading key maintenance services to collectively cut costs. Lucarelli said it’s something he has explored, but the borough’s Fair Haven Fields Natural Area Advisory Committee quickly squashed. Under the terms, Fair Haven handles the collection and processing of both boroughs’ brush, as well as offering engineering services from in-house professionals for small jobs. FAIR HAVEN – JenniferSpitz said the decorativemolding is rattling off thewalls of her home and anearby brush processingoperation is to blame. Resident Bob Donnelly questioned whether the site could be relocated deeper within the 73-acre Fair Haven Fields tract, possibly in the natural area. Spitz resides on William Street, in a neighborhood that backs up to a wooded area of Fair Haven Fields. At Monday’s borough council meeting she played a 45-second video filmed from the deck in her backyard. Sptiz said twice a year, for days and sometimes two to three weeks at a time, her home shakes, the backyard is unusable and her kids are unable to ride their bikes to school because of the operation. “We’ve worked to makethis as efficient a processas we can. We’ve gottenthe collection down to sixmonths out of the year,when it used to be nine.And now we only processtwice a year and try to havethe operation completed inless than a week, weatherpending,” Casagrande said,noting the job is completedbefore Fair Haven Day andin the late fall. The process includes 18-wheeler trucks transporting brush collected from Fair Haven and Rumson to the facility before it’s loaded into an industrial grinder. “They are quite defensive of that area and want to keep it natural. So I don’t see Fair Haven Fields as a viable option. Hypothetically, if we got approval of that committee, then we’d have to get approval from the county, followed by the state. And from what I understand that’s exceedingly difficult,” Lucarelli said. Casagrande told residents a cooperative county facility for peninsula towns at Fort Monmouth was another option investigated by the mayor, but “Fort Monmouth turned it down.” “I can’t accept ‘no’ any longer,” Sptiz said in a post-meeting interview. “I’m asking (the council) to represent us and find a better way to do this, whether that’s a partnership with another town or with the county. I’d like their help in figuring that out. I know they’re volunteers, which is why I’m willing to volunteer and do the legwork. I just need some direction. I’m pleading with them to help.” It wasn’t the woodland setting that was the focal point, but rather the video’s soundtrack, a constant chorus of industrial buzzing and grinding coming from beyond the trees at the borough’s designated processing site. The next Fair HavenFields Advisory CommitteeMeeting is scheduled forJuly 17.last_img read more

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Regional swimmers of ‘TRAX’ program at CHRISTMAS CRACKER meet

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first_imgTop clubs from Canada and the USA attend this officially sanctioned event with over 800 athletes competing.The TWSC’s Internationally Certified head coach “Bill Park” will be inspiring the following talented TRAX swimmers who reside throughout the West Kootenay area — Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Fruitvale, Montrose, and Pass Creek.The swimmers include, Kira Konkin (12), Kayla Fraser(12), Cyan Ross-VanMierlo(12), Johnny Ekinci(9), Dylan Kormendy(10), Brianne Mager(9), Ian Markus(12), Jackson Konkin(13), Eden Kormendy(13), Aby Elwood(13), Riley Mager(14), Tenysha Ross-Van Meirlo(14), Ella Conliffe(14), Tess Markus(14), Sharman Thomas(14), Samuel Matthew(14) and Martin Gonzalez(15).The Academy swimmers train vigorously at the “Home of Champions” Trail Aquatic and Leisure center with dreams to compete competitively in Provincial, National and International swim meets.The TRAX to future champions academy program successfully prepared many of the junior Academy swimmers to qualify this year for the CHRISTMAS CRACKER meet and the program is well on its way to ensuring more young swimmers get the Quality Fundamental swimming skills that they need to participate at this and higher level meets in the sport of competitive swimming in Canada.For anyone interested in joining the Trail Winter Swim Club please email: [email protected] Trail Regional Academy of EXcellence (TRAX) aquatic program is currently at the Eleventh Annual Pacific Coast Swimming CHRISTMAS CRACKER Invitational Short Course Swim Meet from Thursday to Sunday in Victoria.The TWSC competitive swimmers are registered with Swim Canada and have obtained official qualifying time standards to attend this prestigious event held at the Commonwealth Games Pool.The CHRISTMAS CRACKER swim meet provides the opportunity for swimmers from the West Kootenay area to experience racing against top athletes in the sport of competitive swimming.last_img read more

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Report: Raiders working out Kyler Murray, Ohio State QB this week, but why?

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first_imgA ruse? A trick play? Due diligence? An April fool’s joke?Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer has reported the Raiders are holding a private workout with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray at Oklahoma on Monday. The Raiders’ brief roadie will conclude in Ohio State on Tuesday when they work out quarterback Dwayne Haskins.The question is, why?The Raiders have and apparently like Derek Carr, who has started 78 of the team’s 80 games since he was drafted. Just last week, coach Jon …last_img

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Whale Fossils: Challenge or Support for Evolution?

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first_imgWhen most fossils consist of small shelly creatures, finding a whale is indeed big news.  Two whale fossil discoveries on opposite sides of the world are spectacular and puzzling.  Do they support the theory that whales evolved from land mammals? Aye: Egyptian Whales:  PhysOrg announced triumphantly, “Whale fossils show important characters of the transition to water.”  Easier said than proved.  Limestone plates quarried in Egypt were found to bear fossils of Aegyptocetus tarfa, a putative whale transitional form.  Owen Gingerich [U of Michigan] is usually nearby wherever whale-evolution fossils are found, and this was no exception.  He said this species, alleged to be 40 million years old, “falls right in the middle of what we know about the evolutionary transition of whales from land to sea.”  In what ways?  “The transitional characters present in this species include a retained sense of smell (which is usually lost in aquatic mammal lineages), an enhanced ability to hear (a characteristic of later and modern whales), and the ability to still haul itself out of the water, similar to modern seals.”  The holotype was discovered and named by Gingerich.  Wikipedia says Aegyptocetus is classified under Protocediae, “a diverse and heterogeneous group of cetaceans known from Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America.”  How these diverse fossils relate to one another, let alone to whales, is not clear from the limited write-up on this genus.  The article said nothing about how such a large mammal got buried in fine limestone. Nay: Chilean Whales:  Watch a one-minute video clip on the BBC News about a spectacular assemblage of fossil whales being uncovered in Chile.  Dozens are expected in this fossil graveyard.  The workers exceeded expectations by finding 15 whales in 15 days.  Remains of sharks, dolphins and seals have also been found, with many of the skeletons intact and complete.  Paleontologist Sol Square calls this a “discovery of global importance.  There’s never been a find of this size or this diversity anywhere in the world.”  That boast, though, seems overshadowed by a discovery announced in Geology in 2004 of 346 whale fossils buried in diatomaceous earth (see 2/02/2004).  That discovery was published by creation geologists who believe a global flood was responsible for their burial. Update 11/19/2011:  A report on PhysOrg says it is possible all these whales, in an area covering two football fields, died simultaneously.  The article also states that hundreds more may be found in the area.  The paleontologists seem puzzled trying to explain the mass burial.  “Chilean scientists together with researchers from the Smithsonian Institution are studying how these whales, many of the them the size of buses, wound up in the same corner of the Atacama Desert,” one of the driest spots on Earth.  Hans Thewissen, a spokesperson on ancient whales, thinks they were buried over a long period of time, but offered an alternative scenario that they were stranded in a lagoon whose outlet got cut off.  “Subsequently the lagoon dries up and the whales die,” he said.  Waiting for sediments to accumulate gradually over whales seems highly improbable, though, considering how quickly stranded whales decompose today.  Besides, Nature on Nov. 10 reported that “ancient whales were worm food.”  Sea worms are capable of boring through whale bone, leaving little evidence of dead whales remaining on the ocean floor.  By contrast, “the Chilean fossils stand out for their staggering number and beautifully preserved bones.” Mammal puzzles:  The evolution of whales has to be fitted to the bigger Darwinian picture of the evolution of mammals.  On that subject, Science praised the work of Meredith et al. who produced a new mammal phylogeny (28 October 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6055 pp. 458-459, doi: 10.1126/science.1214544). Kristofer M. Helgen rightly asked, “what group of mammals was the closest relative of primates, or bats, or whales?”  Evolutionists have long puzzled over the bad fit between morphological and genetic data.  Meredith’s magic solution that made everything come together neatly was to use a “relaxed clock approach.”  Helgen described this as something that “allows the tremendous variability in rates of evolution across the mammal tree of life to be taken into account.” Relaxed clock approach.  Right.  The Darwinian rubber band solution comes to the rescue again: use the stretch-and-squish method to force uncooperative data into your storyline (1/18/2006, 12/14/2004). Remember that with evolution, the story comes first, then the data.  Gingerich is an evolution huckster who specializes in whales.  We’d like to have him tell us how hundreds of whales got quickly buried in Peru and Chile.  How many other whale fossil graveyards lie undiscovered between those sites?  And how did his pet transitional form get buried in limestone in Egypt?  Whales don’t just sit on the sea floor waiting for microscopic particles of lime to cover them over millennia.  They are quickly scavenged by other animals all the way to the bone.  Instead of divining for the Spirit of Charlie, Gingerich should be thinking seriously about how these large creatures suffered catastrophic fates in large numbers.  Meanwhile, give him a clock that keeps rigid time.(Visited 141 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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5 reasons to give badminton a try

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first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 3. Boost eye healthA 2013 study from Russia found that playing badminton could help boost eye health. The two-year study found that many children stopped wearing glasses within just two months after taking special badminton lessons three times a week. The findings, from the National Badminton Federation of Russia, even helped put the sports on the country’s sports curriculum.The research also found that the sport could be beneficial to adults who spend too much time working in front of a computer screen, and that badminton’s effect in strengthening eye muscles showed some impressive results.4. Get some fresh airLike other racquet sports such as tennis, badminton is great to play outdoors in the summertime. Getting out into nature and soaking up some vitamin D can also bring additional health benefits, including improved mental health and a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and autism thanks to topping up vitamin D levels.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:10Vico Sotto to strengthen Pasig barangay health centers00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cignal HD wins back-to-back D-League titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1. Burn caloriesAs the fastest racquet sport in the world, badminton can definitely work up a sweat! And although you might not be as fast as two-time Olympic champion Lin “Super” Dan, a game of badminton will still get you moving and your heart rate up. Even a moderately intense workout can help prevent cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and stroke as well as reduce your risk of obesity and diabetes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening2. Reduce mortality riskA large-scale study published last year looking at over 80,000 British adults also found that racquet sports such as badminton, tennis and squash are some of the best for lowering risk of death, with those who enjoy a game on the court benefiting from a 47 percent reduction in their mortality risk than those who do no exercise at all. Badminton can be a great sport to try in summer as well as providing a range of health benefits. Image: simonkr/IStock.com via AFP RelaxnewsWith the Badminton World Championships 2017 currently taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, until Sunday 27 August, you might be feeling inspired to pick up a racquet and give the sport a try.Here we round up five reasons why getting out on the court can not only be fun, but also give your health a boost.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Just remember to also wear sunscreen and seek the shade when you need it to avoid a risk of sunburn, and possibly skin cancer.5. Be more socialA badminton match with friends is a great way to socialize, which has health benefits of its own as well as making sport more fun. Spending time with friends can help to stave off loneliness, depression, reduce the risk of an early death, and help to reduce stress levels, which can also lead to further health problems. JBRELATED STORY:After loss, Aussie Olympian binges on fast food Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

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Young Walters murder victim buried

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first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Jan 2015 – Kenley Walters, killed the day after Boxing Day was yesterday laid to rest and the case of the stabbing death of the young man continues to be in need of public information to bring light to what happened and who killed the 20 year old. Walters’ Family, who was in Jamaica at the time of the stabbing, actually burying his uncle who had died in that November traffic accident on eastern Leeward Highway is still shattered by the situation and has come out asking for public help into the murder probe. Remember you can give information on Kenley Walters’ murder or any other police investigation anonymously at Crime Stoppers: 1-800-TIPS; calls are answered in Miami. Related Items:buried, kenley walterscenter_img FIFTH ARREST IN KENLEY WALTERS MURDER TCI Youth Forum to go on the road; poor turnout criticised by Violence victimlast_img read more

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TCI not in business with Panama Papers law firm says FSC

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNiguel Streete, new Managing Director of the Financial Services Commission confirms that the Turks and Caicos is not involved in the controversial situation dubbed, the Panama Papers where high level G8 country leaders and billionaires are listed as alleged tax evaders. Since the leak of the documents of some 214,000 offshore companies there has been the threat of the UK imposing direct rule on its overseas territories; the TCI is certainly weary of that ever happening again and the threat of direct rule did cause reaction within the country. However, the MG of the FSC said: “The TCI Financial Services Commission has confirmed that the Panamanian law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal, Mossack Fonseca, is not licensed and does not operate as a corporate service provider in the TCI.” Streete encourages TCI companies to remain above board and diligent in their compliance processes. I quote him again, “Despite having no direct involvement with Mossack Fonseca as a corporate service provider, the TCI Financial Services Commission recognises the reputational risk that these events pose to all international financial services centres and continues to actively monitor developments surrounding the Panama Papers.” last_img read more

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How 3D Printing Is Becoming a GameChanger Across Industries

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