Brighton pursues desperate tactics to solve student renting crisis

first_imgThe desperate need for affordable student accommodation in Brighton has forced a housing group to turn to radical, if not desperate measures to help the city’s graduates.Seasalt Housing Co-operative has submitted a planning application to turn a bed and breakfast guesthouse close to the city’s seafront into communally-run, low-cost accommodation for students.The Co-operative is the first in the south of England to take such unusual measures to provide for a University town’s accommodation needs, and is a bid to offer a ‘third way’ between private rented accommodation and halls of residence.Brighton has over 21,500 students attending its university and many more studying at other colleges, but those in the private renting sector face high rents of up to £1,000 a month plus bills, not helped by many former shared houses now being used for Airbnb short-lets.“We are really trying to avoid looking at family houses as there is so much stress on those,” says Sam Orenstein from Seasalt.“I think the way families in Brighton already see students is hostile as there are a lot of students living in what were family houses.”Renting concernsInevitably, a neighbouring guesthouse owner has raised concerns about potential noise from students living in the building, but Orenstein say that, as it would be a co-operative, the people living there would have a longer-term commitment to the property.The application is supported by local MP Caroline Lucas and Green Party councillor Martin Osborne.“The situation for students is not great, many end up at the mercy of the private rented sector, living in unaffordable, overcrowded and often poor-quality housing,” says Osborne (left).“An under-explored alternative is housing which is owned by the students and I believe a student-led housing co-operative in Brighton such as Seasalt could be hugely successful.”Read more about the Brighton rental market.    August 8, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 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 » Housing Market » Brighton pursues desperate tactics to solve student renting crisis previous nextHousing MarketBrighton pursues desperate tactics to solve student renting crisisLocal housing co-operative plans to turn an ex guest house on the seafront into affordable student accommodation as other options run out for less wealthy graduates.Nigel Lewis8th August 20190576 Viewslast_img read more

Turkish Navy to Take Over Fifth Vessel within LCT Project

first_img View post tag: Turkish Turkish Navy to Take Over Fifth Vessel within LCT Project Industry news The fifth vessel of Landing Craft Tank (LCT) project undertaken by ANADOLU Shipyard for the Turkish Navy, namely TCG Ç-155, will be delivered on June 1st 2012 Friday, Anadolu Shipyard announced on May 29.A small ceremony will be organized in the Shipyard for the delivery of TCG Ç-155.Landing Craft Tank (LCT) project consists of the acquisition of 8 ships through local design, construction and integration in order to meet operational requirements of the Turkish Naval Forces Command.The responsibility for design, construction, system integration, performance and timely delivery is shouldered by Anadolu Deniz İnşaat Kızakları (Anadolu Shipyard or ADİK).The primary functions of the vessels in question will be amphibious operations and troop transfer, followed by fast humanitarian and rescue aid to disaster areas.The 1,155 tonne ship stretches  72.95 m in length and belongs to a mono-hull type of vessels. It’s all steel construction is driven by 2 X MTU 16V4000 M70 diesel engines with the ability to develop 18.0 knots at full load displacement.This type of ship boasts of sea keeping maneuverability and stability requirements of the Turkish Naval Forces Command. The expected service life will be 30 years.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 30, 2012; Image: ANADOLU Shipyard May 30, 2012 View post tag: fifth View post tag: LCT View post tag: vessel View post tag: take View post tag: News by topic View post tag: over View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Turkish Navy to Take Over Fifth Vessel within LCT Project View post tag: project View post tag: Navy View post tag: within Share this articlelast_img read more

The other side of the chip

first_imgEven if you’re only tangentially part of the credit union movement, you’ve surely been exposed to the letters EMV on pretty much a daily basis.  And, with the October deadline looming, the coverage and discussion surrounding these little chips is sure to increase even more.  While the topic has been explored from many angles, I recently realized that those of us in the credit union community haven’t given a lot of attention to how these new security measures will affect our members.  Doing whatever possible to mitigate fraud is, for a variety of reasons, critical for credit unions.  But what about credit union members?  How will the EMV conversion benefit the hard working people we are committed to serving? At CU24 we did some investigating with these questions in mind.  The following article is the result of that investigation.  -MGWhen Sheila Fine* a 48 year old graphic artist and native of Silver Spring, Maryland visits an ATM on any given day (practically a daily occurrence for the past thirty years since she’s had her checking account), thoughts such as, “will I have enough in my account for tonight?” or, “did my paycheck clear?” are typical.But these days, there’s a new dialogue going on in Sheila’s head as she’s punching in her six-digit PIN – “will someone skim my ATM card info and use it to buy something expensive, or steal all my money?”As Fine sees it, she’s not overly paranoid – rather, she’s justifiably concerned. That’s because in the last year she’s had her ATM card skimmed not once, but twice.ATM skimming is a form of identity theft where thieves steal the personal information stored on your card via sophisticated electronics.“The first time it happened I was alerted that my card was skimmed after using an ATM at a convenience store, and I figured, ‘well, heck, it’s a one-time thing,’” said Fine.But a few months later, when she found herself driving through rural, northern Baltimore,, Maryland she opted to use an ATM at a community center.  Once again, her card information was skimmed! “Someone attempted to buy $200 sneakers somewhere in Texas,” said Fine, noting that the “creepy” experience left her with a knot in her stomach that’s never really left. “I felt so violated — I worried that someone was going to run up a bunch of charges. I felt paranoid too, because it made me wonder if one of my coworkers had lifted my number.”Unfortunately, the number of consumers with experiences like Fine’s is growing.  According to a recent report from analytic software firm FICO, the number of ATMs in the US that have been compromised by criminals rose 546% from 2014 – 2015!  In conjunction with this shocking statistic, what’s also rising is the number of major media outlets flooding the Internet with advice on how to reduce the likelihood of ATM skimming.While the spike in ATM-related fraud is well documented, the emotional impact of ATM skimming is often underestimated. As Fine and others can attest to, even when a financial institution replenishes funds, the impact a single skimming incident can have on a consumer’s state of mind or trust in his credit union or bank, extends beyond financial concerns.While few, if any, studies on the emotional impact of ATM skimming have been published, a number of studies on identity theft underscore the non-financial consequences of these kinds of incidents. According to one recent survey by the Identity Theft Resource Center, 69% of victims felt fearful for their personal financial security; 50% of respondents said they had feelings of powerlessness or helplessness; and 29% said they felt shame or embarrassment. The generalized report on financial fraud, FINRA Investor Education Foundation Non-Traditional Costs of Financial Fraud — suggests victims of any kind of money scam are vulnerable to feelings of anxiety. The survey’s most commonly cited non-financial costs of fraud are severe stress, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and depression.But what makes ATM skimming worse than some other forms of fraud is that the crime can easily be repeated on the same unsuspecting victim, as Sheila discovered. Unless you’re using EMV-enabled machines with chip-enabled cards, the only way to “skim proof” your card is to avoid mag-stripe ATMs altogether — which sounds about as logical as not driving, not paying taxes, or shunning any other modern-day necessity.“Anxiety and fear can affect consumer confidence, because if something like ATM skimming happens to you it’s going to be a powerful motivator for you to do what you can to make sure that same something doesn’t happen again,” said behavioral finance expert Les Szarka, a certified financial planner and author of “Money Brain: How Your Subconscious Mind can Hijack Your Investment Decisions.” According to Szarka, “hearing a lot of stories about fraud can feed into that anxiety.”As ATM skimming continues to rise, credit unions and banks that aren’t taking steps to reduce or eliminate skimming could see a bigger impact on their bottom line. Just ask Brian Krebs, author of the blog “Krebs on Security,” who reported in March that credit unions were experiencing “an unusually high level of debit card fraud” from the breach at nationwide fast food chain Wendy’s, for which losses eclipsed those that came in the wake of huge card breaches at Target and Home Depot.“It’s tremendously important for financial institutions to ensure consumer security, as clients can very easily move money from one bank to another,” Szarka added.Dr. Art Harper, PSCU’s Director of Solutions, consulting for card payment solutions, and a member of the EMV Migration Forum, echoed the sentiment.“I believe it will be important to cardholders as more publicity around ATM hacking occurs, and they will be asking their institution if their ATM is secure,” said Harper.While EMV-related upgrade costs can add up, especially for credit unions that haven’t upgraded their ATMs in the past three to five years, the ability to withdraw money without fear is priceless for consumers like Sheila Fine.Shortly after Fine’s second ATM skimming incident, she received her very first card with an EMV chip, which she now uses freely at ATMs or at her favorite stores. Still, she hasn’t stopped compulsively looking under the different panels and nooks of every machine site she encounters to make sure there isn’t a hidden camera tracking her.“While the new card is definitely more cumbersome than the swipe-ready version because transactions take longer, I am definitely glad there’s more security,” said Fine. “I’m still really hyper aware of what to look for when searching for places to withdraw money. So if a place looks sketchy, I trust my gut feeling and avoid it.”* Last names have been changed 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mansel Guerry Mansel Guerry is President and CEO of CU24, operator of the country’s largest credit union-owned POS and surcharge-free ATM networks, and also provides a range of other services to … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Man Aircared After Overnight Incident In Sunman

first_imgSUNMAN, Ind.– Ripley County dispatchers indicate horseplay may be to blame for one man suffering injuries in Sunman early Tuesday morning.They say two men got into some sort of scuffle leading to emergency units being called to the scene around 12:30 a.m.One man was airlifted to a Cincinnati hospital and his identity and condition was not immediately released.last_img

French sport of pétanque finds a home in Blue Hill

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 BLUE HILL — White hat on his head, Andre Strong pulls a steel ball roughly the size of a baseball from a nearby picnic table. He walks toward a rubber hoop no larger than 2 feet in diameter that lies on the other side of a rectangular patch of dirt. It’s a cool, breezy afternoon in late September at the Maine Boules Club, and it’s Strong’s turn to throw.He steps into the ring and positions his feet no more than a millimeter apart from one another as he arches his back at a slight angle. He’s focused on his shot, but he doesn’t take a deep breath. Instead, he stands completely still with his eyes locked in on a small, wooden jack that sits 10 meters away.Strong waits. Five seconds pass. Then 10. Then, he makes a flicking motion and sends the ball toward the jack. The ball spins around and around as it goes through the air, but he can tell it’s off target. As the ball sinks to the dirt, it makes slight contact with another steel ball and bounces away.“We got pretty lucky there, Marcia,” one of Strong’s opponents, Debbie Barry, tells teammate Marcia Henderson. “Maybe wind took that one a little.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the 30 seconds since Strong first stepped toward the hoop, that wind here has picked up even more. The boules court, which lies between two massive yachts and a small group of trees behind Blue Hill’s Boatyard Grill, is already shaded from the sun, and the added breeze has made it even colder. Despite this fact, nobody moves. They’ve all waited a week for this Maine Boules Club meeting and aren’t about to stop playing one of their favorite games: pétanque.***The Boatyard Grill is tucked away off the beaten path in an overlooked area off Route 176 in this small Hancock County town. If you blink, you’ll be well past it before you even have time to notice. Even with a GPS, there’s a good chance you’ll drive right past the entrance the first time.Once here, a dirt road that seems as if it’s heading nowhere takes you to a small section of the Blue Hill Bay waterfront. Between the two aforementioned boats are several plots of dirt on which anywhere from 10 to 30 players play pétanque every Thursday afternoon.“Most of us here are people who just love to play all sorts of games,” club member Paula Hogan said. “Pétanque is fun to play, and anyone can play it.”Pétanque is a French game that’s been played in its current form for more than 100 years. It bears many similarities to the Italian game of bocce, a popular lawn game throughout the country and all over the world.The rules of the game are simple. Two teams get six balls that must be distributed evenly amongst two or three players. Like bocce, the goal is to have one of your team’s balls closest to the jack, which is thrown no more than 10 meters before the start of each round. One point is awarded for each ball your team throws that lies closer to the jack than the other team’s closest ball.Although the games are mostly similar, there are key differences. For example, pétanque balls are usually tossed toward the jack instead of rolled. Bocce balls are larger than those used in pétanque, which is played on a smaller court. Pétanque is also played to 13 instead of 12.“Pétanque is simple in some ways, but there’s plenty of strategy to it,” Strong said. “You have to know when to point, which means to get the ball close to the jack. You also have to know when to shoot your ball at an opponent’s ball. The terrain, that can also mess you up if you don’t know which way it will roll.”Each player has his or her own way of putting a ball in play. For Strong, it’s the underhand flick that leaves his hand no farther than an inch from his body. Hogan prefers the lob, which involves the ball being thrown above head height to prevent it from rolling once it hits the ground. Other players use a simple underhanded toss to get the job done.“There’s no best way to do it,” Strong said. “I wouldn’t even teach anyone my toss because it’s not really good form, but it’s always worked for me.”***The scene here isn’t what it was when Strong started the Maine Boules Club in 1983. Members have come and gone, and the location is one town over from Strong’s Penobscot home — the place where it all began.The club has since met in several locations throughout western Hancock County, and it has called Boatyard Grill home since 2012. The club members’ passion for pétanque has taken them to tournaments across the country and even France itself.Pétanque lacks the popularity in the United States that it has in other countries, and it’s even less popular in Maine than it is in other states. Many club members picked up the game on trips to France or former French colonies, and some have even spread word of the club’s existence to friends who also play.“I’ve always loved Boules but never really knew anyone in Maine who played it until I saw a friend of mine wearing a pétanque T-shirt when I was in Deer Isle one day,” Barry said. “She told me about this place, and I’ve been coming here constantly ever since. I think a lot of people here have had experiences like that.”Although Blue Hill is far from France, the Maine Boules Club at least provides a taste of it — brie, French bread and various French wines are commonly served during games. When the breeze blows, the aroma from those delicacies can be noticed all the way down at the waterfront. Combine that with Strong’s exquisite knowledge of the French language, and a boatyard that portrays the stereotypical Maine maritime environment instead feels like a positive draw.Despite the relaxed setting, pétanque games are often competitive environments. Conversations here are more focused on game situation and strategy than on small talk, and close games can often become intense and emotional. Some of the players here will be participating in the national tournament in Florida next month, and every ball offers an opportunity for improvement.“It’s not a wildly popular game here, but there’s definitely a niche for those of us who love playing it,” club member Kate Unkel said. “When you play the first time, you’re hooked, and you’ll keep coming back here.”***Kate Unkel prepares to throw during a pétanque game outside the Boatyard Grill in Blue Hill.As the breeze dies down a bit and a new round begins, Unkel crouches down and prepares to throw. Her tossing style is somewhat similar to Strong’s — an underhanded flick in which the wrist is positioned at a 90-degree angle from the forearm before straightening out as the ball is released.Just as she’s about to place her shot, something seems amiss. She pulls a gray cloth from her back pocket and begins wiping her ball down, a strategy that can be used to keep balls warm on colder days or to help player get a better release. It’s not necessarily a cold day by Maine standards, but Unkel’s grip just doesn’t feel right.After wiping her ball off, Unkel re-grips. She has her eyes set not on the jack but rather on another ball less than 2 inches next to it. That ball belongs to Strong, who bounced back from his mistake earlier to get his ball in the perfect position.Unkel thinks for a moment, cocks her wrist back and releases. Her shot is right on target, so much so that it knocks Strong’s ball out of play and replaces it in the exact same spot. It’s a strategy known as the “carreau,” and it’s considered the best — and the most difficult — one in the game.“That couldn’t have gone any better,” Unkel says.For Strong, it sure could have. Through no fault of his own, his redemption shot has been reduced to nothing in mere moments. As Unkel smiles and walks toward the picnic table to await her next turn, Strong lets out a shy smirk.Although it’s only one round of a game he’s played thousands of times throughout his life, it’s still worth a remark. Moments later, Strong sits down and starts to speak with a younger player who hasn’t been playing the sport very long.“I can teach you anything about pétanque you want to know, so just keep that in mind,” he says, smirk still on his face. “But unless you promise to never do to me what she just did, I won’t teach you that.” Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. 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Former player, SU trustee passionately defends Fine amid allegations

first_imgGeorge Hicker, former Syracuse University men’s basketball player and a member of the SU Board of Trustees, rejected the idea that Thursday’s allegations against Bernie Fine are in any way accurate. Fine, an associate head coach for the men’s basketball team, is accused of molesting two former ball boys, Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, according to an article published by ESPN on Thursday. The Syracuse Police Department is investigating the allegations against Fine. Fine is now on administrative leave. ‘I’ve been around him in every imaginable circumstance in life,’ Hicker said of Fine. ‘And there is no chance, no chance these allegations are right.’ Hicker played for the men’s basketball team from 1964-68. As a sophomore, Hicker played alongside then-senior SU head coach Jim Boeheim. Hicker said he has known both Boeheim and Fine, who was a student manager of the team at the time, for at least 45 years. ‘I know them. There’s no way this kind of stuff is going on,’ Hicker said. ‘Boeheim never saw anything, this guy is lying, and Bernie never did it.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Hicker criticized ESPN for reporting on the investigation without having full knowledge of the facts, calling it ‘irresponsible journalism.’ What happened at the Pennsylvania State University is not similar to the events at SU, Hicker said. ‘It’s an entirely different situation at Penn Sate, where there was a grand jury investigation,’ Hicker said. ‘They only just initiated a police investigation here so it’s not even a comparable thing. They’re going to investigate it and then they’re going to drop it.’ When asked whether Hicker had spoken with Boeheim or Fine, Hicker didn’t provide comment. However, Hicker said he had spoken to a ‘tremendous amount of people’ after the news broke, many of whom played for both Fine and Boeheim. He described those he spoke with as ‘flabbergasted by the allegations’ and said no one believes the accusations to be true. Hicker said he doesn’t know how long it will take for the allegations to die down, but hopes the situation will settle as soon as possible so that each party involved can move on. Said Hicker: ‘Hopefully they can get to it quickly so that he can go back to his job and when he walks into the Carrier Dome he gets an ovation for what he’s meant to the school.’ [email protected] Comments Published on November 17, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more