En Venezuela, golpistas de derecha emprenden el camino de la violencia

first_imgLos pasos del golpe de Estado, desde la aparición del desconocido Guaidó a la irrupción pública del régimen de Trump y sus amigos de la región24 de enero — Juan Guaidó se autoproclamó presidente interino de Venezuela. Lo hizo desde una tarima ante su base social movilizada en Caracas. De esta manera aseguró que conducirá los hilos de un gobierno transicional quien hasta el 5 de enero era desconocido, y asumió la presidencia de la Asamblea Nacional por la casualidad de rotación de partidos.Llegó el tuit esperado a los pocos minutos de conocido el hecho: Donald Trump, presidente de los EEUU, anunció que reconocía a Guaidó como legítimo presidente. Siguieron quienes se sabía que lo harían: Iván Duque y Jair Bolsonaro. Se completó así la secuencia programada, el punto de no retorno. A partir de ahora el conflicto ha entrado en una nueva etapa peligrosa: el plan anunciado por parte de la derecha, dirigido desde fuera, solamente puede concretarse mediante una profundización de la violencia.El anuncio era esperado. En efecto el día anterior el vicepresidente norteamericano, Mike Pence, había grabado un video llamando a la movilización de este 23 y dando la bendición a Guaidó. Marco Rubio, diputado republicano, en cruzada contra Cuba y Venezuela, había por su parte mandado tuit con amenazas a Nicolás Maduro: “No empieces una pelea con alguien que ha demostrado que tomará acciones más allá de lo que nadie pensó posible”.De esta manera quedó declarado el Golpe de Estado. La pregunta es: ¿cómo harán para materializarlo, es decir quitar por la fuerza a Nicolás Maduro? Una cosa es anunciar y otra es construir una correlación de fuerzas suficiente.En ese marco las miradas están puestas sobre algunas variables centrales. En primer lugar, cómo evolucionará el frente exterior. Ya la Asamblea Nacional ha enviado a la Organización de Estado Americanos como representante del “nuevo gobierno”, y se espera que los EEUU anuncien nuevas medidas para traducir en hechos concretos el reconocimiento a Guaidó.En segundo lugar, la calle. Este 23 la derecha demostró haber recuperado capacidad de movilización, algo que no lograba desde agosto del 2017. Esa es la dimensión pública de las acciones de calle, retransmitidas internacionalmente. Junto a eso existen las acciones violentas cometidas desde las tardes hasta entrada la madrugada, como lo sucedido el lunes, martes, y este mismo miércoles.Esta última dimensión es central: los actos son presentados comunicacionalmente como espontáneos, cuando se trata de acciones programadas, activadas por grupos armados –malandros con sueldo– para desatar acciones de incendio, asedio, intentar sumar a vecinos de las zonas populares, generar una sensación de acorralamiento al chavismo y poder a la derecha. Irá en ascenso, con la probable activación de fuerzas paramilitares con escalones más elevados que los presentados en el 2017 –donde llegaron a asaltar cuarteles militares. Habrá más muertos, es parte del plan golpista.Tareas actuales del chavismoEl chavismo se encuentra ante la pregunta de cómo enfrentar esa avanzada nacional e internacional, que busca quebrar la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana (Fanb), promover zonas de conflicto en la frontera para justificar acciones de fuerza –el factor Colombia resulta central–, colapsar la economía, y empujar a la población a enfrentamientos civiles.El primer paso fue el de movilizar este 23 de enero para demostrar que el chavismo no ha perdido su capacidad callejera. En ese mismo movimiento evidenció la unidad que se ha logrado mantener, que resulta clave en estas circunstancias. “No aceptamos un presidente impuesto a la sombra de oscuros intereses ni autoproclamado al margen de la ley. La Fanb defiende nuestra Constitución y es garante de la soberanía nacional”, escribió Vladimir Padrino López, Ministro de Defensa.En cuanto a las respuestas diplomáticas se ha dado la que se podía prever: el gobierno rompió relaciones con EEUU, y Rusia declaró nuevamente su reconocimiento a Nicolás Maduro como presidente. El conflicto venezolano es geopolítico.Junto a eso existe la necesidad de no caer en las provocaciones de la derecha que, a diferencia del año 2017, ha comenzado a llevar el conflicto a los barrios populares desde el inicio de la escalada. Se espera un despliegue de violencia que irá tocando diferentes puntos del territorio, un asedio armado a pueblos, barriadas, presentado como pacífico, trabajado con gran poder de rumores a través de las redes sociales.La ‘Asamblea Nacional’En cuanto a la Asamblea Nacional existe la pregunta de qué hacer. Ha sido declarada en ilegalidad por el Tribunal Supremo de Justicia, pero ¿cómo actuar ante la declaración del gobierno paralelo que es una declaración de guerra? Disolverla y llamar a nuevas elecciones sería seguramente apagar un incendio con gasolina, pero, ¿dejarla actuar y avanzar en su plan de Golpe de Estado es una opción? Las respuestas son complejas, contemplan múltiples factores a la vez, un filo peligroso.Venezuela ha entrado en una fase que no parece tener punto de retorno. El plan anunciado por Guaidó, dirigido desde los EEUU, solo puede materializarse a través de la violencia. Buscan las vías, los actores. En cuanto a los tiempos están acelerados, la derecha no parece en condición de mantener un conflicto de estas características por un tiempo prolongado a nivel nacional. El 2017 ha demostrado que la violencia prolongada puede perder legitimidad y aislar al golpismo.Todo tipo de acontecimientos pueden desarrollarse a partir de este momento, desde las más pequeñas como un incendio hasta un hecho de alto impacto que sirva de catalizador. En cualquier momento. Es su tercer asalto violento en cinco años y piensan poder imponerse. Tiene un peso internacional determinante en este caso, y tienen también a su favor el desgaste producido por el cuadro económico. En su contra está el chavismo, un movimiento una y otra vez subestimado, que ha demostrado inteligencia y capacidad de maniobra democrática en escenarios que parecían perdidos.Texto completo en: https://www.lahaine.org/bP7vFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

First-year class is largest in TCU’s history

first_imgFacebook Charlotte Tomlinson Welcome TCU Class of 2025 printTCU has reached a new high in first-year retention, increased overall enrollment and accommodated the largest first-year class to date, according to the 2020 Fact Book. The TCU Office of Institutional Research compiles the Fact Book each year. It contains information about the current makeup of the university. All data is comparable from year to year and is based on figures collected from the twelfth class day and onward. The most notable change was a lower percentage of first-year students living on campus this fall compared to prior semesters. These numbers reflect the pandemic and the fact that students were given the option to choose an online option of study before the semester began.Despite the smaller numbers on campus and in first-year housing, this is TCU’s largest first-year class ever. These numbers are closely monitored throughout the summer months, and the outcome was not surprising to TCU faculty and staff.“[These high numbers of first-year students] was the result of a very concerted effort and lots of work by faculty and staff and an investment of financial resources over late spring and summer to make it possible for TCU to offer an in-person experience this fall to the best of our ability,” said Cathan Coghlan, the director of Office of Institutional Research.Graph shows the total first-year class sizes from 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. One challenge was ensuring that all new students, both at home and on campus, still had a great first-year experience.Kate Bently, a coordinator for Student Development Services, said SDS made creating strong connections within students a priority. “Although creating connection over Zoom is not the same as creating connection in-person, we felt that it was really valuable to maintain consistency in providing those opportunities for our community,” Bently said. “But we will continue to advocate for students in overcoming these challenges by emphasizing time management, new study strategies, and of course, self-care!”For more information on the 2020 Fact Book and data on past years at TCU visit the Office of Institutional Research homepage Student development dean reflects on her 43 years at TCU Student Success Series workshops aim to support TCU students Linkedin Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TCU welcomed students home amid the pandemic.(Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer) Charlotte Tomlinsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/charlotte-tomlinson/ ReddIt Facebookcenter_img What we’re reading: National Guard assembled in two states, U.S. unemployment drops Charlotte Tomlinsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/charlotte-tomlinson/ Mask mandate and other changes make studying more difficult for some students Charlotte Tomlinsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/charlotte-tomlinson/ Twitter Linkedin + posts Previous articleHoroscope: December 4, 2020Next articleShowstopper: Regional theaters hit hard by COVID-19 Charlotte Tomlinson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Charlotte Tomlinsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/charlotte-tomlinson/ ReddItlast_img read more

WikiLeaks appeals for help as attacks are stepped up

first_img December 6, 2010 – Updated on January 25, 2016 WikiLeaks appeals for help as attacks are stepped up Organisation As the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks comes under mounting cyber-attacks and as hosting companies continue to withdraw their services, it is appealing to its supporters around the world to create mirror sites.“WikiLeaks is currently under heavy attack,” the site said in a message posted yesterday. “In order to make it impossible to ever fully remove WikiLeaks from the Internet, we need your help. If you have a Unix-based server which is hosting a website on the Internet and you want to give WikiLeaks some of your hosting resources, you can help!”The procedure to follow is detailed at this page: http://wikileaks.ch/mass-mirror.html- Set up an account where WikiLeaks can upload files using RSYNC+SSH (preferred) or FTP- Put the WikiLeaks SSH key in this server or create an FTP account- Create a virtual host in your web server, which, for example, can be wikileaks.yourdomain.com,send the IP address of your server to WikiLeaks, and the path where WikiLeaks should upload the content (by filling in a form on this page).WikiLeaks adds that it will take care of all the rest, sending pages to your server and updating them each time data is released.A mirror site is an exact copy of the original site, offering the same information and the same files. Mirror sites are created in order to distribute the bandwidth load and facilitate large numbers of simultaneous downloads. It eases the load on the server hosting the main site by distributing it around the mirror sites.According to the latest reports, WikiLeaks is accessible at www.wikileaks.ch, a Swiss website address operated by the Swiss Pirate Party, a political group that estimates that it is getting 3,000 visits a second. Hundreds of mirror sites have already been created.The White House meanwhile issued a directive on 3 December forbidding unauthorized federal employees from accessing classified documents available on WikiLeaks. The Library of Congress responded a few hours later by blocking access to WikiLeaks from its computers. “Each federal employee and contractor is obligated to protect classified information,” the directive from the White House Office of Management and Budget said, stressing that the fact that documents had been leaked did not mean they had been declassified.The same day, the U.S. military posted the following message on NIPRNet, the Internet network used by its troops in Iraq: “Department of Defence military, civilian and contractor personnel should not access the WikiLeaks website to view or download the publicized classified information.” With Internet users throughout the world now able to access these documents, Reporters Without Borders regards these directives as a violation of the right to information.In another blow to WikiLeaks, the United States-based payment service PayPal has cut off its account, claiming that it has violated a PayPal policy “which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity.”The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, could be arrested this week in Britain for alleged sexual assault, the London-based daily The Times has reported, quoting police sources. If arrested, if would be on the basis of a new international warrant that has just been issued in Sweden, prosecutors in Stockholm said on 3 DecemberOne of Assange’s lawyers told Reporters Without Borders on 4 December that it would normally take ten days for the British police to receive and act on an international warrant after its issue, “unless Mr. Assange is treated differently,” he added. In an online chat on the El País website, Assange said he had received hundreds of death threats, targeting not only himself but also his lawyers and children. RSF_en center_img News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

PARC call on Transport Minister to keep promise on new learner driver laws

first_img Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers News HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ Previous articleBelleek Pottery celebrate anniversary by releasing ‘International centerpiece’ todayNext articleCase of Tuberculosis confirmed at Letterkenny General Hospital News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest By News Highland – August 30, 2012 WhatsApp PARC call on Transport Minister to keep promise on new learner driver lawscenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Twitter The road safety group PARC are calling on the Transport Minsiter to stick to his promise that learner drivers who are caught driving unaccompanied will recieve penalty points.It’s reported today that learner drivers will recieve 1 penalty point and an 80 euro fine if they are caught driving without a qualified motorist.Susan Grey from PARC says this is not what was promised when they met with Leo Varadker recently.She says he must stick to his promise, as 1 penalty point is not enough of a deterrent….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/sus1pm.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

Brundidge applies for waste plant grant

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Council viewed a PowerPoint presentation that included work that has been done to correct a drainage problem on City property behind City Hall. The presentation also included images of the damage to power lines and pole when a semi-truck made an illegal right turn off Main Street onto S.A. Graham Blvd.Thomas said South Alabama Electric Co-op provided assistance in restoring power and repairing the lines.Council member, Cynthia Pearson asked if the truck diver received a ticket for the illegal turn. Thomas said he didn’t know if that was done.The Council reviewed the FY2014 June financials, which revealed that overall the revenues and expenditures are on track with the projected budget.Thomas reported that a staff conference has been set for Sept. 9 regarding the two Brundidge Landfill cases before Judge Thomas Head.“At that time, hopefully, a date will be set for the hearing of these cases,” Thomas said.The Brundidge City Council meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public. The Brundidge City Council voted Tuesday to authorize the application for an Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) grant available through ADECA’s energy division.Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas said ADECA will award statewide four $10,000 grants for wastewater treatment plant improvements.“These grants will be awarded for projects designed to conserve energy at wastewater treatment plants,” he said. You Might Like Power lines being updated Power lines and poles are being upgraded on South Brundidge Street this week with the affected portions being the area… read more Susan Monroe and Associates of Prattville set the fee for writing the application at $750 and $1,750 to administer the grant.“With paying those fees, the City would have $7,500 toward the project and that’s better than zero,” Thomas said.The Council voted to declare the 1996 Dodge Ram 3500 van used by the R.E. Barr Nutrition Center surplus. In so doing, the Council gave the city manager the authority to dispose of the van by legal means.At a previous meeting, the Council voted to purchase a new lawn mower for the street department at a cost of $7,785. At that time, the Council declared surplus a mower that had been in service for five years. That mower was to be sold on gov.deal. Thomas reported the used mower sold for $3,100. Brundidge applies for waste plant grant By The Penny Hoarder Published 8:42 pm Tuesday, August 19, 2014center_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Next UpIf awarded, the City would use the funds to install DFD variable controls on the plant’s motor so that it would run only as fast as needed, therefore, conserving energy, Thomas said.The grant would not include funds for administrative costs.“The City would have to provide the funds necessary for the writing of the grant application and the administration of the grant funds,” Thomas said. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe 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

News

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article NewsOn 16 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today This week’s news in brief.E-mail staff reinstatedMost of the staff suspended from Royal and Sun Alliance’s Liverpool offices for sending a smutty picture of cartoon character Bart Simpson over the company’s e-mail have been reinstated. Seventy of the staff have returned with written warnings. But 10 other employees who were sacked after the images were found are reportedly not returning to work.Census jobs boomThe Office of National Statistics will create about 70,000 jobs for Census 2001 in the biggest peacetime recruitment drive. The search has already started for for people to deliver and collect forms from every UK household. Part-time positions have a wage of £5.50 an hour. Gay hate mail probeAn investigation has started after eight gay police officers were sent threatening letters in the post. A spokesman for Metropolitan Police said that the Directorate of Professional Standards, formerly the Complaints Investigation Bureau, was investigating a series of malicious letters that were sent to officers based at West End Central. Agencies risk debtEmployment agencies are risking bankruptcy and takeover by going into debt in attempts to gain an advantage over competitors, according to research by Plimsoll Publishing. The survey of 1,000 recruitment agencies found that 84 per cent were in debt, with more than half increasing their level of borrowing last year. Only 144 companies showed no debt at all. BASF axes jobsBASF Pharma is cutting 250 jobs after its decision to close its research and development arm in Nottingham. The German chemical conglomerate claims the closure, at the end of next month, is unavoidable due to rationalisation. Malcolm Parry, group HR manager for Knoll, the division of BASF Pharma which owns the r&d plant, said, “Our employees will receive more than the statutory redundancy payment.”60pc are work-sickMore than 60 per cent of people questioned in a survey said they had suffered work-related ill health. The Twenty4-Seven survey of 300 people also claims that 86 per cent felt that those who had suffered ill health at work had the right to seek compensation. The most frequently reported symptoms were fatigue, sleeplessness, lack of concentration and being run down.Civil servants axed in Mexico restructuringAs many as 8,000 civil service jobs are to be axed by Mexico’s new government to compensate for the larger than expected budget deficit. Half of the 14,000 employees at the state-run National Water Commission will be dismissed, and finance minister Francisco Gil Diaz warned more job cuts to the federal bureaucracy were on the way as part of a massive restructuring. FedEx tie-up to spawn jobs bonanza in USUS delivery company Federal Express is to create hundreds of jobs through a new seven-year alliance with the US Postal Service. The agreement was announced on Wednesday and is expected to generate an extra $7bn (£4.7 bn) a year for FedEx. Fedex will provide domestic air transportation for certain postal services, creating jobs for 500 pilots and 1,000 mechanics and handlers. Silicon Valley skills gap may impact on UKIncreasingly large skills gaps in California’s Silicon Valley could affect UK businesses, new research warns. Los Angeles-based IT firm Networking People says the high-paced environment of Silicon Valley has caused technological innovation to spiral, leaving a skills vacuum in its wake. There are 250,000 vacancies for skilled IT professionals, and the numbers are growing rapidly. Tom Smith, UK director of Networking People said, “What happens in the US will affect what happens in the UK. Businesses in this country must start planning for contingencies.”Shortage of computer engineers addressedDistance learning specialist Resource Development International is investing £1m to build a UK training facility in Coventry to arrest a 17 per cent shortfall in computer engineers. The RDI Midland training centre will have places for 300 students. The first two courses are ‘A’ plus, for those wishing to become specialists in PC support, and Microsoft Certified systems engineer, an advanced course on system engineering.Leicestershire learning account shinesLeicestershire Training and Enterprise Council’s Individual Learning Account has been a resounding success, with 95 per cent of respondents in a survey saying they will continue learning. The findings show that 39 per cent would not have been able to study without their Individual Learning Account. The scheme is intended for staff at small and medium-sized businesses, people returning to work, those seeking training in areas of skills shortages and those with few skills.500 pupils on payroll administration courseA payroll administration course has been launched by the Association of Accounting Technicians to address skills shortages in the sector. In its first year the NVQ/SVQ in payroll administration is being studied by more than 500 pupils in the UK. “Employers are finding it more difficult to find staff who can tackle critical issues,” said Jane Scott Paul, AAT chief executive. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Skills focus for service centre roles

first_imgSkills focus for service centre rolesOn 11 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Pharmaceutical giant Astra-Zeneca is optimistic that a new approach torecruitment, introduced to help the company staff its financial service centre,will help keep employee turnover to a minimum. The Financial Services Shared Service Centre opens in Manchester on 2January and will serve 15 European countries. Carmen Drinkwater, Astra-Zeneca’s HR director for European businessservices, said the firm needed to look closely at all aspects of recruitmentbecause the service centre is a first for the company. “It is known there is a high turn-over of staff among shared serviceorganisations so we needed to make sure we were offering somethingdifferent,” she said. The company, working closely with consultants CDA Search & Selection,developed a capability framework based on the technical skills and behaviouralstrengths needed to excel at the various roles in the centre. Candidates have to be good team players, flexible and natural communicatorsas well as have the right technical backgrounds and language skills. Drinkwater said AstraZeneca’s strong emphasis on people development washighlighted during the recruitment process. The organisation used a combination of adverts in local newspapers and onlocal radio. Some were also placed through European consulates in theMan-chester area. For the most senior foreign language-speaking posts, adverts were placed innational newspapers abroad. In January the service centre will go live with 45 staff covering fivecountries. It will be operating at full capacity with 100 staff by the end ofnext year. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Segregation in space and time explains the coexistence of two sympatric sub-Antarctic petrels

first_imgBiological communities are shaped by competition between and within species. Competition is often reduced by inter- and intraspecific specialization on resources, such as differencet foraging areas or time, allowing similar species to coexist and potentially contributing to reproductive isolation. Here, we examine the simultaneous role of temporal and spatial foraging segregation within and between two sympatric sister species of seabirds, Northern Macronectes halli and Southern Macronectes giganteus Giant Petrels. These species show marked sexual size dimorphism and allochrony (with earlier breeding by Northern Giant Petrels) but this is the first study to test for differences in foraging behaviours and areas across the entire breeding season both between the two species and between the sexes. We tracked males and females of both species in all breeding stages at Bird Island, South Georgia, to test how foraging distribution, behaviour and habitat use vary between and within species in biological time (incubation, brood-guard or post-brood stages) and in absolute time (calendar date). Within each breeding stage, both species took trips of comparable duration to similar areas, but due to breeding allochrony they segregated temporally. Northern Giant Petrels had a somewhat smaller foraging range than Southern Giant Petrels, reflecting their greater exploitation of local carrion and probably contributing to their recent higher population growth. Within species, segregation was spatial, with females generally taking longer, more pelagic trips than males, although both sexes of both species showed unexpectedly plastic foraging behaviour. There was little evidence of interspecific differences in habitat use. Thus, in giant petrels, temporal segregation reduces interspecific competition and sexual segregation reduces intraspecific competition. These results demonstrate how both specialization and dynamic changes in foraging strategies at different scales underpin resource division within a community.last_img read more

Government to pay extra £3.5bn towards cladding remediation, but developers face ‘Grenfell levies’

first_imgHousing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that the government is to spend an additional £3.5 billion on paying for high-rise towers with dangerous cladding to be remediated, but is to introduce two new taxes for house builders to help recoup this huge cost.Along with the existing £1.6 billion already spent by the Government on emergency measures to fix the cladding scandal following the Grenfell tower fire in 2017, this means the public purse has now paid out £5 billion to replace cladding in the private and public housing sectors.But Jenrick revealed today that the extra funds would be only for towers over 18 metres tall or six storeys, and that those living in properties under that height would instead be offered long-term loans that would be guaranteed to cost no more than £50 a month.Dominic Agace, chief executive of Winkworth, says: “The Government needs to allocate funds to remove cladding and fire safety defects from all blocks, irrespective of height. Most important of all, the homeowners in lower rise blocks should not have to bear any of the costs to make their homes safe.“A loan scheme will mean that these homeowners will be shackled with another financial burden, which could make it extremely difficult to sell the property.”LeviesJenrick also said developers building towers in the future would pay an additional cladding levy, along with a general extra tax on large house builders, details of which will be revealed soon.“Remedying the failures of building safety cannot just be a responsibility for taxpayers. That is why we will also be introducing a levy and tax on developers to contribute to righting the wrongs of the past,” he said.“These measures will provide certainty to residents and lenders, boosting the housing market, reinstating the value of properties and getting buying and selling homes back on track. We are working with lenders and surveyors to make this happen.”BetrayedBut leasehold campaigners remain unconvinced. Paul Afshar (pictured) of End Our Cladding Scandal says: “The Government promised us no leaseholder would have to pay to make their homes safe. Today we feel betrayed.“We were hoping for a solution to stop the sleepless nights and for millions living in buildings less than 18m there has been none.  Robert Jenrick needs to get a grip on the cladding crisis.“Loans longer than mortgage terms for millions and not even enough to cover the cost of making the buildings that the government consider most high risk safe.”Safety concernsMark Hayward (pictured), Chief Policy Adviser, Propertymark, says: “We hope that extra funds announced today will make the process quick, efficient and cover the work needed to resolve any safety concerns residents face.“Today’s announcement is just a start and the Government must now also commit to completely eradicating this type of cladding to ensure the safety of all properties and residents, not just in England but across the United Kingdom.“Supporting and challenging our industry to deliver change is more vital now than ever, and it is encouraging to be one step closer to ensuring that people are safe within the confines of their own homes, as standard.”LaughableAndrew Southern (pictured), Chairman of property developer Southern Grove, says: “Taxing developers, most of whom weren’t responsible for the cladding crisis, is just laughable.“Why should a company that has never installed dangerous cladding, and perhaps never built high rise blocks in the past, be tarred with the same brush and penalised when they’re no more responsible for this scandal than those in other sectors building cars, running our hospitals and educating our children.”David Westgate, group chief executive of Andrews Property Group, says: “This extra funding will barely scratch the surface of the cladding crisis in this country.“Millions of property owners are stuck in limbo because their building has potentially unsafe cladding, and haven’t got the time to wait for it be replaced, which could take years.”Read more about the cladding scandal.End Our Cladding Scandal cladding Robert Jenrick Mark Hayward February 10, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Government to pay extra £3.5bn towards cladding remediation, but developers face ‘Grenfell levies’ previous nextLand & New HomesGovernment to pay extra £3.5bn towards cladding remediation, but developers face ‘Grenfell levies’Housing minister Robert Jenrick says remediation will be paid but only for properties that are over 18m or six storeys tall.Nigel Lewis10th February 202101,928 Viewslast_img read more

Jesus bar prices raised

first_imgStudents at Jesus were shocked to return to heavily inflated bar prices at the beginning of Michaelmas. A JCR mandate to reduce the price of a pint seems to have back-fired, making it the most expensive college at which to drink in Oxford. In a drive to bring their college bar within former University guidelines and fulfil their manifesto, Jesus JCR petitioned the governing body in Hilary to bring the average cost of drinking to twenty percent below that of local establishments. Relevant surveys by Senior and Junior Common Rooms were subsequently found to have marked discrepancies; the latter’s with the lower average price. Consequently the JCR’s report was thrown out by the governing body in favour of their own, and bar tariffs raised by fifty pence on alcopops, fifteen pence on beer and up to £4 on a bottle of wine, bringing the college in line with the original request. A source at the college told Cherwell that the JCR survey had been based on special offer rather than standard prices. However, the JCR President, Rich Davies, flatly denies this claim. The rise in prices comes alongside a college clampdown on binge drinking, highlighted at a specially convened meeting between the Dean and College Sports’ captains. Despite the hike in prices, the bar’s turn over on Friday of Freshers’ Week was £1200, Bar Rep Caroline Howe said that “Prices have had no effect on binge drinking, people are just poorer”. Disgruntled second year engineer Rhys Jones advises “Don’t drink? Come to Jesus.” JCR President Rich Davies, in an interview with Cherwell, admitted that the inflation “came as a major blow to the JCR’s campaign” but is “pleased the College now has a long term policy on bar prices to prevent future increases.” He added that the JCR enjoys a “much better relationship with our SCR than most colleges but we are seeking a compromise that will suit both the students and the SCR”.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more