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Online lettings agency pioneer Upad shuts up shop

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Online lettings agency pioneer Upad shuts up shop previous nextAgencies & PeopleOnline lettings agency pioneer Upad shuts up shopThe ten-year-old business that pioneered the online-only lettings business model has thrown in the towel and is no longer accepting new business from landlords.Nigel Lewis14th October 201903,068 Views One of the UK’s most established and well-known online-only letting agencies, Upad, has revealed that it is closing its doors to new business.Its homepage no longer features any of its products or services and instead redirects visitors to a page revealing that it is ‘no longer accepting new business’. It also thanks past customers for their support.Upad has pioneered the online-only lettings model since it was established in 2008 by its CEO and portfolio landlord James Davis (left) who, until the arrival of competitors such as OpenRent and Howsy, was one of the most high profile digital disruptors in the lettings market.For many years Upad was also the largest online-only lettings agency in the UK and recently claimed to have been used by 12,500 landlords and listed 30,000 properties. It is claimed that 450 landlords will be affected by Upad shutting up shop.The company’s announcement reveals that both tenants and landlords using its service who have entered into tenancies arranged through or managed by Upad should contact each other directly to work out future arrangements.RefundsLandlords who paid Upad for a tenant find service after 1st October will be able to claim a refund, but those who paid before that date will not.“This will be a particularly difficult and sensitive time for Upad and their clients and so I have sent the James Davis an email offering our full support to him and his landlords and tenants,” competitor Jonathan Daines of LettingAProperty.com has told The Negotiator.“We are currently putting together a Upad Client Support service to continue their services with as little disruption to their landlords and tenants as possible.”In September last year the company significantly altered its fee structure to a basic £149 find a tenant service, hoping to then upsell more services that landlords could bolt on.LettingAProperty Jonathan Daines james davis upad October 14, 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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On Speaking, Thinking, and the Future of Democracy

first_imgJOHN BREDIN To the Editor:Kudos to Sean Parker and Chamath Palihapitiya, two social media bigwigs who just blew the whistle on how their industry is destroying society. They ought to be short-listed for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.So, as it turns out, it really is both unhealthy and bizarre that a large percentage of our population now drifts through the day in a computerized trance, like electronic sheep tethered to their devices—counting dopamine-inducing “likes” for a cheap high (a new kind of drug-addict)—while ignoring the awe, wonder, and beauty of actual life; which includes conversations with, um, actual people….remember them?Having taught English at both the high school and college levels since 1997, I’ve had a front row seat for the great “erosion of conversation” in America. If I had a dollar for every student I reminded to turn off their Smartphone in class, to better engage in the joy of real conversation, I’d be a rich man today.Worth more than my measly teacher salary ever paid me not only does poor conversational skills lead to an increase in personal boredom, social isolation, and a sense of alienation or atomization that destroys community (David Brooks has been excellent on this lately), it also paves the way for tyranny. Makes sense, right? If citizens can’t discuss political problems in a calm and rational manner, and without demonizing the other as “Trumpian” or “Liberal,” how can we explore solutions to these problems?Also crucial is the fascinating link between conversation and thinking. Socrates was onto this with his “dialogic method,” but the modern field of cognitive psychology went even further. Created by scholars like Frank Smith (a fierce critic of our testing-obsessed education system) and Jerome Bruner, who discovered that human beings think best in terms of stories, the work of cognitive psychologists needs to be paid more attention to.First, though, we need to shift education away from its current, shallow marketing orientation—of producing better technocrats for the global economy—to one that nurtures more humane, thoughtful, peace-loving citizens. As a first step in this direction, the link between education and democracy (which nobody talks about these days but which seemed obvious to Thomas Jefferson and John Dewey) ought to be known more broadly by the general public.To help this process along, my wife and I created a nonprofit TV show, “Public Voice Salon,” that cares less about pundits and celebrities than artists and thinkers whose ideas could change the world. This year we featured the anti-nuclear activist Alice Slater, who seeks to abolish all nuclear weapons, and Nel Noddings, a philosopher known for her pioneering “theory of care” in education.It might also be time to gather together, in cafes and bookstores and civic spaces, and even in our homes—shutting off our smart (dumb?) phones—to practice the sacred, ancient, democracy-saving art of conversation. Reactions to this letter are welcome at [email protected] last_img read more

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CUNA pushes for CFPB HMDA changes in advance of final rule

first_imgCUNA has taken another proactive measure on behalf of credit unions by urging the exemption of credit unions from certain new Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Regulation C data reporting requirements in a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray.In Thursday’s letter to Cordray, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle reiterated concerns about “particularly burdensome and prohibitive consequences on credit unions and their members” and urged that the CFPB require collection and reporting of only those data points required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act amendments to the HMDA.The CFPB, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act, unveiled proposed HMDA changes in July. The proposed changes include revising the tests for determining which institutions are covered under HMDA and requiring more data points to be reported.Although CUNA “understands the purpose behind HMDA reporting and recognizes the significance HMDA data has in showing how financial institutions are serving the housing needs of their communities,” wrote Nussle, “my concern is that the bureau has gone far beyond the purpose of the statute resulting in a proposed rule that would be detrimental to credit unions and their members.” continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Thompson wins 100m, sets Rabat Diamond League Record

first_imgRABAT, Morocco, (CMC) – Olympic champion Elaine Thompson’s smooth build-up to next month’s London World Championships continued when she streaked to a new meet record in capturing the women’s 100 metres at the Rabat Diamond League here Sunday.The 24-year-old clocked 10.87 seconds to post her 17th consecutive 100m win and finish ahead of Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou in 10.90, with Trinidadian Michelle-Lee Ahye clinching third place in 11.02.Thompson, the heavy favourite ahead of next month’s showpiece, said she was exactly where she wanted to be in her preparation.“I’m pleased with my race. I came here last year and the organisers made a lot of effort for me,” the Jamaican said.“My races are going fine, I’m in the shape that I want to be in and I’m looking forward to the London World Championships.”Running out of lane five, Thompson was kept honest over the first 40 metres by countryman Christiania Williams in lane one and Nigerian Blessing Okagbare and Ta Lou, as they all challenged strongly.Ta Lou in lane six seemed to be getting the better of the last 40 metres but Thompson battled back superbly to pull away at the end.Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo also tasted success when she raced to victory in the women’s 400 metres to clinch her 10th straight win.Miller-Uibo, the reigning Olympic champion, clocked 49.80 to force Americans Natasha Hastings into second with 50.86 seconds and Quanera Hayes into third with 51.08.“This was actually a training race for me,” Miller-Uibo said. “This time is good but it is not very important for me now. What counts are the World Championships.”Jamaicans Novlene Williams-Mills (51.18) and Shericka Jackson (51.20) finished fourth and fifth respectively.In the men’s 200m, former Anguilla star Zharnel Hughes finished third in a season-best 20.22 as Canadian Andre de Grasse took the win in a meet record 20.03.Jamaicans Rasheed Dwyer (20.43) and Warren Weir (2.48) were sixth and seventh respectively.last_img read more

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Blatter, FIFA quizzed on World Cup

first_imgSepp Blatter and other FIFA officials involved in choosing Russia and Qatar as future World Cup hosts are being interviewed this week by ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia.Garcia “is currently in Zurich and is also interviewing some of the FIFA executive members as part of his ongoing work,” FIFA said in a statement Thursday.Blatter and 12 colleagues, including UEFA president Michel Platini and Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko, remain on FIFA’s board from the December 2010 vote that handed the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.The bidding process was tarnished even before the vote by widespread allegations of rule-breaking by bidders and favor-seeking by the FIFA ruling committee. Two voters were suspended by FIFA following a cash-for-votes sting by British newspaper The Sunday Times.Among nine voters who have since left FIFA, Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar was banned for life by the governing body in 2012 for financial wrongdoing when leading the Asian Football Confederation.Garcia’s investigating team is focusing on FIFA board members after seeking interviews since last October with officials from the nine World Cup bid committees. His work resumed this week as further suspicion was cast on bin Hammam’s role in the Qatari victory.The Daily Telegraph in London reported it had evidence of a $2 million money trail from a construction company in Doha controlled by bin Hammam to disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago. One note was dated Dec. 15, 2010.The newspaper reported that the FBI is investigating links between Warner and bin Hammam, who were FIFA board colleagues for 15 years.The Qatari World Cup organizing committee has denied persistent allegations of wrongdoing connected to its bid, and distanced itself from bin Hammam, describing him as a “private individual.”Garcia’s law firm in New York, Kirkland and Ellis LLP, has said his investigation should extend “at least several months into 2014.”The former U.S. Attorney has had access for more than a year to a whistleblower hotline opened for potential FIFA evidence. He promised anonymity to those providing information. “As with any investigation, the ethics committee does not comment on ongoing proceedings,” Kirkland and Ellis said in a statement Thursday on behalf of the investigations panel.Garcia will submit a report to the judging chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, led by Joachim Eckert of Germany, which will decide possible sanctions.Blatter has insisted Russia and Qatar will host the World Cup regardless of the investigation’s conclusions.Garcia’s firm, said last October that it is not for the ethics committee “to determine the venue or timing of the World Cup.”FIFA is expected to decide early next year whether to switch the 2022 World Cup to November and December from its traditional June-July slot to avoid the searing desert heat in Qatar. Russia defeated bids from England, Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands. Qatar beat the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea.Garcia is barred by the Russian government from entering the country for his previous work prosecuting an arms dealer who is jailed in the U.S. He has delegated interviews of Russia’s bid team – and of American officials – to a Swiss lawyer who is his deputy chairman of FIFA investigations.last_img read more

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D-League: Marinero loses 17-point lead but holds off Zark’s-Lyceum

first_imgThe Skippers’ depth was in full display in the game between the early contenders as Banal afforded to field in top rookie selections Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter late in the second half, a move which paid dividends considering the short time the two had in preparing with the team.“They delivered down the stretch. They’re still feeling their way in the system, but the good thing is that they were able to deliver when their numbers were called,” said coach Koy Banal.Despite coming out on top, Banal doesn’t want Marinerong Pilipino to get too ahead of itself early in the conference.“This win means nothing. We need to keep on working get better every day because everybody will now prepare for us,” he said.Jaycee Marcelino carried Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists, while Perez had 19 markers and five assists in the defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez then botched their three-point attempts for Zark’s in the final minute.Renzo Subido paced Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds, while Ayonayon scattered 15 markers, three boards, and two dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGab Banal also tallied a double-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals despite committing 10 turnovers, while Papot Paredes got 12 of his 14 markers in the first half, where the Skippers established a comfortable lead.Marinerong Pilipino staged a 12-0 run in the first half to erect a 47-35 halftime lead, which extended to 17, 56-39 early in the third frame. Marinerong Pilipino vs Zark’s Burger-Lyceuym. PBA IMAGESBanking on its experience, Marinerong Pilipino stamped its class over the retooled Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with a tight 94-92 victory in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Skippers squandered a 17-point lead, 56-39, with 7:57 remaining in the third quarter, but held off the Jawbreakers late courtesy of three freethrows from Rian Ayonayon  with 25.6 seconds remaining that put his side up 89-85.ADVERTISEMENT 3×3 could be PH’s path to Olympic basketball stint Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 94 — Subido 20, Ayonayon 15, Paredes 14, Banal 14, Robles 10, Tolentino 4, Tratter 4, Pasaol 4, Terso 3, Lopez 2, Iñigo 2, Babilonia 2, Toth 0.ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 92 — Jc. Marcelino 20, Perez 19, Nzeusseu 18, Ayaay 11, Ibañez 6, Jv. Marcelino 6, Cinco 5, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Pretta 2, Marata 0, Liwag 0.Quarters: 17-19, 47-34, 69-58, 94-92.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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