Month: August 2019

  • Man arrested for arson

    first_imgA man who was wanted for arson which destroyed a car and badly damaged two others was arrested on Wednesday at noon in Limassol.The 30-year-old is suspected of setting his 31-year-old ex-wife’s car on fire in the early morning hours.Police and fire fighters rushed to the scene as soon as they received information about the fire at around 1.25am.Preliminary investigations concluded that the fire broke out in the woman’s car and then spread to two cars parked next to the vehicle.The suspect is expected to appear in court on Thursday to be remanded.While his ex-wife believes he is guilty of the crime, he denies any involvement in the incident.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

  • Weekend work for 36 per cent of young employed Cypriots

    first_imgTWENTY-NINE per cent of employed persons in the EU, aged 20 to 34, and 36 per cent in Cyprus usually worked at the weekends in 2016, according to Eurostat.Almost half of young employed in Greece (47 per cent) reported working on weekends in 2016. More than a third of young people employed in Italy regularly worked on weekends (40 per cent), closely followed by Ireland (38 per cent), Cyprus and the Netherlands (both 36 per cent), Spain (35 per cent) and the United Kingdom (34 per cent). By contrast, Hungary recorded the lowest proportion of young employed working on weekends (11 per cent), followed by Portugal (12 per cent), Poland (13 per cent), the Czech Republic and Croatia (both 18 cent).The lowest proportion of young employed who work on weekends is among persons with tertiary education (20 per cent). However, those with tertiary education are also most likely to work long hours, defined as 49 hours or more per week (8 per cent).At EU level, young employed with a low level of education (lower secondary or below) are most likely to work on weekends (37 per cent), followed by those with a medium level of education, defined as upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education (33 per cent).There are only minor differences between those with medium level general qualifications and those with medium level vocational qualifications. The lowest proportion of young employed who work on weekends is among those with tertiary education (20 cent). Young employed with tertiary education were least likely to work on weekends in all EU member states except Portugal.You May LikeHealthZapBurdened With Doubts; Man Got Down The LadderHealthZapUndoCruises | Search AdsCost of Cruises in United States May Surprise YouCruises | Search AdsUndoBuzznFunThe top 20 most expensive cities nowBuzznFunUndo Widowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

  • A poets longest journey

    first_img“Imbued with the themes of islands, the sea, dreams, nostalgia, visionary prophecy, multilingualism and above all Trikomo village – the poetry and prose of Stephanos Stephanides ‘of Trikomo’ are a love song for the place where his life began.” This is how Cypriot poet and novelist Andriana Ierodiaconou sums up the latest book by Cypriot-born author, poet, translator, academic, ethnographer and documentary filmmaker Stephanos Stephanides.He will launch his new book ‘The wind under my lips’ – written in both English and Greek – on Monday.“It is an anthology of my work, a compilation of prose and poetry, mainly written in the last 20 years with a few new works and some from the 80s and 90s,” he told the Sunday Mail.Published in Athens, the anthology was originally meant to be a Greek translation, but Stephanides thought a bilingual publication better reflected his transcultural experience and also allowed Greek speakers who know English quite well to read across.His themes are ambitious and very personal. “What I write about is questioning memory and forgetfulness, about dislocation, movements, arrivals and departures rather than origin, and the processes of identity,” he said.He believes places and spaces are elusive and this can be best expressed in poems.When it comes to realising the artistic ambitions of his book, the relevance of Stephanides’ background cannot be overstated. He grew up in the 1950s in rural Trikomo, but at the age of eight was suddenly taken to England by his father, who was separated from his mother. Until then Stephanides only spoke Greek.“I have grown up between languages, and I want to break down the borders of English and other languages,” he said.He describes his departure from Cyprus in a poem: …”I stretched in all directions, rolled off into the plains, up to the mountain and the skies, then the seas stole me away”, writing not only about his physical departure but about his experiences.Speaking about the journey, he said it was not only a question of leaving Trikomo and landing in the UK.“It was the beginning of the longest journey of my childhood. I do not know really when journeys end. Journeys become layered with time. Once they begin, you do not know where they are going to take you. They do not end when you step off the ship or the train or the plane; they go on afterwards and depend on how long you carry the journey with you.”He knows what he is talking about, as he has travelled extensively and lived in several countries for 34 years before returning to Cyprus in 1992 as part of the founding faculty of the University of Cyprus, where he retired as professor of English and Comparative Literature in 2017.It was only in 2003, when Cypriots were allowed to cross the green line, that he returned to Trikomo, of which he has fragmented memories, and found the house with the “green balcony” where he once lived.The rural village life he experienced as a child is partly where his writing comes from, but not only.“I would say that I write out of place, trying to find a place or way of being in the world. I write from here, there, elsewhere, everywhere and nowhere; and where all of these are continually redistributed in the act and process of writing.”In the introduction of the book, associate professor Stavros Stavrou Karayanni explains the significance of Stephanides’ work:“Cyprus has the capacity to engender moments of metamorphosis, but Stephanides’ poetry is what turns these moments from individual experience to words of poignant lyrism, from local happening to poetic image.” ‘The wind under my lips’ by Stephanos Stephanides, To Rodakio, Athens, 2018, ISBN 978-618-5248-31-4, €20.00 is available at the Moufflon bookshop in Nicosia.Book presentation: Garden of the Old Powerhouse, Nicosia, June 18, 7pm. In English and Greek. Duration one hour. Drinks will be served.  You May LikeFood PreventThis Is What Might Happen To Your Body When You Eat 3 Eggs Every DayFood PreventUndoTravelAbout to Travel? 20 Places You Must VisitTravelUndoTerdstores5 Vacuum Cleaners Every Home Is Falling In Love With – TERDSTORESTerdstoresUndo British woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

  • Hotel stay for family whose home was damaged in heavy storm

    first_imgA five-member family whose roof was torn off on Thursday night by strong winds in the village of Stavrokonnou in Paphos have been temporarily moved to a hotel while authorities are working to restore the damage, the district’s administration officer said on Friday.During Thursday’s heavy storms in Paphos, winds tore off the tin roof of a house in Stavrokonnou. In the house, a Turkish Cypriot property, live a couple with their three children.Paphos district administration officer, Mary Lambrou, told the Cyprus News Agency on Friday that the family was immediately moved on Thursday night to a hotel, with the expenses expected to be covered by the district’s social welfare service.According to Lambrou, a crew from the Turkish Cypriot properties department has already replaced the roof and are working to fully restore the damage.The strong winds also damaged another building in the same village which is vacant. No injuries were recorded.Reports also said that four electricity poles were also cut, leaving the village without power.   You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

  • Bank deposits down 996 per cent in April

    first_imgTHE FLOW of deposits in the domestic banking system recorded a monthly drop of 9.96 per cent, or €6.34 billion. in April according to data released by the Central Bank of Cyprus on Thursday.The yearly outflow of deposits was even greater, since compared with April 2012, deposits dropped by 19.87 per cent or €14.23 billion.The reduction of deposits during the first month of 2013 was due to an outflow of deposits concerning euro zone countries’ residents, third country residents and Cyprus residents alike.The data show that compared with March 2013, deposits of Cypriot residents in the domestic banking system recorded a decrease of €2.97 billion to €38.32 billion. The annual drop recorded was €5.26 billion or 12.1 per cent.Third-country residents’ deposits dropped in April 2013 by €3.08 billion to €15.95 billion compared to where they stood in April 2012 €19.03 billion. The annual drop amounts to 27.2 per cent.Deposits of euro zone countries’ residents dropped by €300 million reaching €3.09 billion compared to March 2013 and by €3.05 billion compared with April 2012.Loans also recorded a decrease of €2 billion in April compared with the previous month, reaching a total of €68.42.  Compared with April last year, loans recorded a small drop of the order of 1.4 per cent or €97 million.General government deposits also dropped in April reaching €365.9 million down from €428.8 million in March 2013 and €529 million in April 2012.Household deposits were reduced by €1.32 billion, reaching €31.44 billion down from €32.76 billion in the previous month. Business deposits also recorded a drop in April reaching €15.28 billion down from €19.28 billion in March 2013 and €23.70 billion in April of last year.Credit institutions’ loans to Cyprus residents came to €53.1 billion in April 2013 compared with 54.29 billion the previous month.However, on an annual basis an increase was recorded since loans to Cyprus residents came to €52.06 billion in April 2012.Loans to third country residents dropped to €11.65 billion down from €12.28 billion in March 2013 and €13.04 billion last April.Consumer loans dropped in April 2013 to €3.36 billion down from €3.50 billion in the previous month and €3.49 billion in April 2012.Housing loans also fell to €14.28 billion down from €14.68 billion in March 2013 and €15.06 billion in April 2012. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

  • Former Oncology centre head tipped for health chief role

    first_imgThe former head of the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Centre is tipped to replace the chairman of the board of the state health services organisation (Okypy) Sir David Nicholson who decided to step down after allegations of conflict of interest.The Cyprus Mail understands that Alecos Stamati will be proposed by the health ministry to replace Nicholson. The final decision will be taken by the cabinet.Stamati was the head of the oncology centre for many years and since last January has been the patients’ representative at Okypy’s scientific council.Nicholson resigned over what he said was an orchestrated attack against him by institutions he thought should be supporting such a massive reform and not placing obstacles.Nicholson, who assumed his duties a little over a year ago, in December 2017, had been under fire by opposition parties over an alleged conflict of interest concerning himself and his wife.Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides had also asked the cabinet earlier in the year to examine a possible conflict of interest citing a legal opinion by the attorney-general.An audit service report showed that Nicholson had not stated all his business affiliations when applying for the position and as required by law.The law states that Okypy members have a conflict of interest if they are linked to “any businesses dealing with health issues”. Okypy members are also required to state the interests of up to fourth-degree relatives.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

  • Police to review online footprints of other missing women

    first_imgGiven that two of the victims of the Mitsero mine killer had accounts on dating site Badoo, police are to review the online footprints of other women on its list of missing persons to see if they had contact with ‘Orestis’ the internet persona suspected of killing at least two women and a six-year-old child so far.There are reportedly 32 women on the police missing list, three of whom are Cypriots and the remainder foreign. Three of the most recent were from the Philippines and two from Somalia. But according to a domestic workers advocate, 22 are domestic workers who have gone missing in the past two to three years though the police website does not reflect this in terms of its missing persons list.Mary Rose Tiburcio, 39, from the Philippines was the first victim to be located at the Mitsero mine on April 14. She and her daughter Sierra were reported missing from Larnaca on May 5, 2018.The police bulletin at the time published a photo of Mary Rose but not her daughter, which critics say now could have helped locate her. Tiburcio went to meet ‘Orestis’, from social media, according to her roommate, and brought her daughter along, reportedly at his request.The second woman pulled up from the well last Saturday has been named as Arian Palanas Lozano, 28, also from the Philippines though she has not been officially identified yet. Lozano was reported missing on July 21, 2018 in Nicosia.According to reports, she worked for a former assistant police chief who reported her missing when she failed to return from visiting a friend in Platres. The reports, always citing police sources, said her friend in Platres knew nothing about the planned visit and after an investigation, apparently more thorough than that of Tiburcio, it was deemed a ‘non-police’ matter.Although Tiburcio’s body was the first to be found, authorities believe there are two more bodies in the mine shaft. The victim’s daughter has not been found though searches are going on both at the mine and at a lake near Xyliatos.If there is also another adult woman’s body in the mine shaft, and given the profile of the first two victims, the third missing Filipino woman on the more recent police list might have met a similar fate, and more disturbingly, prior to both Tiburco and Lozano.Maricar Valdez Arquiola, 30, was reported missing from Nicosia on December 13, 2017, which means she could have been the first victim, but the question remains open as to how far back the killings really go. Police made a second public appeal regarding Arquiola in February 2018 but no trace of her has been found so far other than her identity card being found on a street in the capital.According to Reporter, both a friend of Arquiola and the missing woman’s mother had conversations with ‘Orestis’. The news outlet said it had spoken to both women. ‘Orestis’, according to the report, sent the friend a message on social media shortly after the disappearance saying he had information about the missing woman and asked her to meet but she was too afraid and didn’t go.It said Arquiola’s mother then contacted ‘Orestis’ through messaging to find out what he knew but he didn’t want to talk with her, just with the friend who subsequently received a message from Arquiola’s mobile phone. The message unsettled the two women because they all communicated in a local dialect and the message was in formal Tagalog, the official language of the Philippines, and appeared to be a Google translation as it was not grammatically correct.The message said that Arquiola was planning to cross to the north from Ledra Street in Nicosia to be with her boyfriend as she ‘could not live without him’. Arquiola’s mother said the last time she had spoken to her daughter was December 11, 2017 and she was planning to go to a birthday party of a friend in Strovolos.17-year-old Mona Jabiri from Somalia, missing in Larnaca on January 25, 201922-year-old Apdi Asho from Somalia, missing Kofinos in December 2018.Two young Somalian women are also on the police missing list. Apdi Asho, 22, was reported missing from Kofinou in December 2018 and Mona Jabiri, 17 was reported missing in Larnaca on January 25, 2019. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

  • Protest planned against building of Larnaca mall

    first_imgSmall shopkeepers’ union Povek on Wednesday called on shopkeepers to take action against the building of a mall in Larnaca.According to Povek, on January 25 a public hearing will be held to discuss the application by the monastery of Ayios Georgios Kontou to erect a mall next to the army training camp in Larnaca.The union is holding the hearing before the presidential elections because the issue is so important, the announcement said.A meeting is also scheduled to take place at the union’s premises in Larnaca at 7.30pm on January 22 where decision-makers will discuss how to coordinate their protests.The possibility of the construction of two malls, one in Larnaca and one in Aradippou, was reported in March 2017 but no details were announced at the time.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

  • Office residential rents record doubledigit rise in Q3

    first_imgRent prices rose at an increasing rate in the third quarter of 2017, driven mainly by office space and residential properties, the Cyprus division of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said.Office rents rose 22 per cent year-on-year in July to September last year and a quarterly 5.7 per cent, against an increase in property values of 8.8 per cent and 4.2 per cent respectively, RICS said in an statement. The highest increase in rent prices was in Nicosia where they rose an annual 33 per cent and a quarterly 9.6 per cent. In Limassol, rent prices for offices rose 18 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively.Rents for apartments and houses rose 12 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017 and 9.2 per cent on a quarterly basis, RICS said. Compared to the previous quarter, rent prices rose 4.6 per cent and 2.5 per cent respectively.Residential rent prices rose again the most in Limassol, where they increased an annual 36 per cent and a quarterly 12 per cent in the case of flats. In houses, the increase was 27 per cent and 9.1 per cent respectively, according to the RICS data. Larnaca was the only district in which rent prices for both houses and apartments fell in the third quarter compared to the third quarter of 2016 — 2.8 per cent in the case of houses and 0.4 per cent in the case of apartments. Compared to the second quarter, renting a flat became 1.2 per cent less affordable while house rents fell 3.7 per cent.Retail property rents rose a quarterly 1.2 per cent and an annual 6.1 per cent island-wide in July to September of 2017, RICS said. The highest increase was in the Famagusta area, where they went up 11 per cent compared to the third quarter of 2016, and 2.5 per cent compared to the second quarter. While shop rent prices rose in all other districts, in Larnaca, they remained unchanged both on an annual and quarterly basis.Lastly, warehouse rents rose 1.6 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter and 0.9 per cent compared to the second quarter, the institute said. The increase resulted from higher rent prices in mainly Nicosia and followed by Limassol. In Larnaca and Paphos, rent prices remained unchanged.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

  • Rep LaFontaine named to the Committee on Committees

    first_img Named to the committee by Speaker–elect Kevin CotterState Rep. Andrea LaFontaine has been named to a team of legislators that will help guide the crafting of policy committees for the next legislative term. The Committee on Committees is a temporary committee established to prepare for the 2015-16 legislative session and will be dissolved once its work is completed.“I am honored to be able to work with some of my current and future colleagues in developing a list of committees and members that will continue the positive momentum we as a legislature have had over the past two years,” said LaFontaine, R-Columbus. “It is only November but it is critical that we work on these decisions now so that come January we can have a seamless transition and keep Michigan moving forward on its path to a brighter future.”The Committee on Committees will be chaired by Rep. Bruce Rendon. LaFontaine will also be joined by Reps. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac; Al Pscholka, R- Stevensville; Ray Franz, R-Onekama; Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan; and Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, as well as Reps.-Elect Jim Tedder of Clarkston and Dr. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville on the committee.Committee assignments will be announced in January.### 17Nov Rep. LaFontaine named to the Committee on Committees Categories: Newslast_img read more

  • Rep Heise supports added funding for PlymouthCanton Northville schools

    first_img State Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth Township, voted in support of the 2017 Fiscal Year School Aid budget, which allocates $14.2 billion to educational districts throughout the state of Michigan.“There were two things I liked most about this K-12 budget – it allocates $3,090,614 more for Plymouth-Canton Schools and $933,875 more for Northville Public Schools,” Rep. Heise said. “Throughout House and Senate reviews, then the Conference committees, I’m glad we only need the Governor’s signature to help the students and teachers in the 20th District.”Today’s approved budget will increase the per-pupil allocation for Plymouth-Canton district from $7,391 to $7,511, while Northville will see its funding grow to $8,229 per student. Categories: News 08Jun Rep. Heise supports added funding for Plymouth-Canton, Northville schoolslast_img read more

  • Graham Crackers and Diversity A Formula for Surviving and Thriving in Evolutionary

    first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares April 4, 2014;CBS NewsHoney Maid graham crackers have been publicly acknowledging that they live in the twenty-first century by running commercials that show biracial families and families with same-sex parents. This would seem to be a smart move, in that the number of interracial and interethnic households jumped 28 percent from 2000 to 2010 and the number of same-sex couple households increased precipitously by 80 percent. Choosing inclusive images would appear to be wise, even in the face of polarization on these issues. A February poll from the Public Religion Research Institute found that over half of Americans they surveyed approved of same-sex marriage while just 20 percent of respondents strongly opposed it.So maybe Honey Maid, which is owned by Mondelez (MDLZ), was not surprised by the onslaught of hate messages they received from consumers and interested others. But instead of watering their approach down, they came out even more strongly, but almost with a bit of martial artistry. They took the mean-comment printouts and fashioned them into a paper sculpture spelling the word “Love,” and then they surrounded the sculpture with printouts of the positive responses.The author of the article writes,“Increasingly, marketers are finding that diversity pays by delivering an almost predictable response: a vocal critical minority that gets drowned out by a wave of support from diversity-friendly viewers. At the risk of alienating a small group of consumers, brands are finding this formula can provide a sure-fire way to create engagement with their product.One thing is for sure—that approach tracks with demographic shifts in the U.S.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Nonprofit Housing Providers Balancing the LandlordTenant Relationship

    first_imgShare13TweetShareEmail13 SharesOctober 14, 2014; Next City ClevelandNextCity features a story by Anna Clark about a Cleveland-based neighborhood development organization adopting a “rent equity” plan for their tenants. This is one of a series of social innovations designed to rebalance the landlord-tenant relationship in an effort to stabilize rental housing. Promoting household stability is critical if rental housing is to become the “new normal” in the U.S. housing market, competing on an equal footing with homeownership.According to the story, Northeast Shores Development Corporation (NSDC) has licensed the “renter equity” program from a Cincinnati-based nonprofit developer called Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity (CCSE). NSDC explains that it adopted the renter equity model because its mission is to promote homeownership. At a time when many households are blocked from purchase by a past foreclosure, new stringent credit requirements, or a need for geographic mobility, a rental model that rewards tenants for their social investment in the property could be a nice compromise.Here’s how renter equity works:Residents fulfill commitments in their lease agreement: work assignments on the property, making timely rent payments, following house rules and participating in tenant meetings. In return, they earn financial credits that they can exchange for cash after five years. The fund is replenished by savings owed to low turnover and high occupancy rates. Renters can earn up to $10,000 over 10 years.Renter equity seems to offer four advantages over older models that try to blend ownership and rental.There’s no price of admission. Unlike rent-to-own, land contract, or traditional housing cooperatives, “renter equity” does not require a lump sum payment at the beginning of the relationship.The period to “vest” in the equity savings plan is comparable to the average time that a homeowner starts building equity. Equity in a land contract could be as short as five years or could take longer, depending on the payment schedule. Equity in rent-to-own often doesn’t begin until the property is transferred.Renter equity converts “social investments” to cash value. This feature makes it easy for low-income (cash poor) residents to create an “ownership” interest.Renter equity does not require tenant to make a balloon payment after a fixed term in order to convert he/his interest in the property into conventional ownership.Still, Ms. Clark leaves some questions unanswered. Like many property owners, NSDC and CCSE like to refer to their customers as “residents,” which is a much broader term than “tenant.” In Ohio, a tenant is very specifically a person who entitled to exclusive use of the premises subject to a rental agreement and governed by the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law (ORC 5321). Are “renter equity” residents still tenants? Under the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law, a landlord may not shift a landlord duty (e.g., doing common area maintenance) to a tenant by a rental agreement. One can imagine that compliance with maintenance duties under “renter equity” must therefore be strictly voluntary. Another issue for tenants could be whether they risk the loss of earned equity if the owner terminates the rental agreement before the five-year vesting period is up. This potential concern is not addressed in either the NextCity article or the websites of CCSE or NSCD. Finally the duty/opportunity to earn equity points under “renter equity” could be a barrier for persons with disabilities. Are landlords/owners ready to provide “reasonable accommodations” for persons with disabilities so that they have comparable opportunities to earn equity points?Here’s another question that’s not addressed in the article. What exactly is CCSE selling to NSDC? The NextCity article describes the business relationship as a licensing agreement, but what does that mean? “Renter Equity” is a trademarked term used by CCSE to describe their program, but it is not clear from the article or from either organization’s website what, besides the use of the term “Renter Equity,” is conveyed with NSDC’s license.Later, the NextCity article seems to misstate the role of Renting Partnerships (RP) in describing the deal between CCSE and NSDC. Margery Spinney, director of RP conceived and implemented the rental equity plan at Cornerstone. A change in the board of CCSE in 2012 led Ms. Spinney and CCSE property manager Carol Smith to leave the organization and found RP, a nonprofit housing development organization which is not affiliated with CCSE. After Ms. Spinney’s departure, CCSE trademarked the term “Renter Equity.” As a result, Ms. Spinney now describes her focus as “participatory management,” and the credit system as an “equity exchange.” To Ms. Spinney, that’s more than a difference in terminology. She believes the financial inducement of equity points is not the primary goal of her model.Carol and I founded Renting Partnerships so that we could pass on the practices and procedures of participatory management that we felt were ignored with changes made in the Cornerstone organization. I developed the credit system as a way to fairly determine or distribute shares in the financial fund generated by financial value added by committed residents. In my opinion, the credit system has been mistaken as a payment for behaviors that management wants to incentivize. I believe that management must change its own behaviors so that residents are making a vital contribution, or the project essentially defaults to rental housing with a financial twist. The benefit to residents of being empowered to create an environment in which people live and work together for the benefit of the whole community is lost.Ms. Spinney continues to proselytize for her vision of participatory management. She will appear as a presenter at National Conference of Community Land Trusts in Lexington, Kentucky this week seeking to spread the word.—Spencer WellsShare13TweetShareEmail13 Shareslast_img read more

  • Resettlement Plans for Syrian Refugees Cause Continued Controversy across US

    first_imgShare22TweetShare1Email23 Shares“Dancing and singing to forget the pain of Syrias conflict (11235994366)” by DFID – UK Department for International Development by russavia. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons.November 26, 2015; The AtlanticTennessee state lawmaker Glen Casada made headlines after the attacks in Paris when he called for “gathering up” Syrian refugees who have settled in the state and “politely” taking them back to Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the message, “They’re not coming to Tennessee, they’re yours.” In response to reporters’ questions about whether he had gone too far, Casada denied that he was speaking about internment camps. “No,” he said. “We gather them, we take them back to ICE…and we say, ‘Gentlemen, make sure these guys have no tie to terrorist activities.’”Tennessee is one of the more than half of U.S. states whose governors have formally opposed accepting refugees from Syria. Covering the governors’ campaign as it began to unfold, Rick Cohen saw the states’ actions and those at the federal level as a political tool aimed at not just Syrian refugees, but the nation’s entire resettlement apparatus, which could bring in 85,000 asylum seekers next year, of whom perhaps 10,000 might be Syrians.Meanwhile, as Ruth McCambridge reports, over in Texas, the Health and Human Services Commission asked nonprofits involved with resettlement to stop serving refugees from Syria. While Catholic Charities of Dallas initially agreed that it would comply, everyday Catholics taking to social media and other outlets brought about a swift reversal in the agency’s position.Both McCambridge and Cohen challenge the nonprofit community to have a strategy for standing up to those using fear and hatred as political tools. Yesterday, McCambridge pointed to groups in New Jersey and Indiana that are pushing back. While those in the resettlement community have come out with strongly worded responses, we are reminded that any organization whose mission promotes inclusion, openness and democracy has a stake in this.As has been reported in news articles and stories since the Paris attacks, anti-Muslim and anti-refugee rhetoric and actions have brought to sharp relief America’s fear of and objectification of the other. As Emma Green writes:Muslims—whether they’ve been in the U.S. for generations or for just a few years; whether they’re white or South Asian or of Arab descent; whether they’re practicing or lapsed or somewhere in between—are often considered as a mass, and mostly in relation to terrorism.Some are preparing for the prospects of legal battles. As Lavinia Limón, head of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, puts it, “This is America and we’re very concerned about protecting these refugees from the ugliness that we hear every day on the television.”And ugly it is. Ben Carson’s referring to refugees as “rabid dogs” is not only the most visible example, it is unfortunately illustrative of the tropes that have taken over much of the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, at the dinner table, on talk radio and among cable news pundits. “Politicians won’t solve this problem”; “All those refugees look like able-bodied young men to me”; “No one is even looking at their paperwork”; “They come in and have babies and then they stay here forever”; “Who pays for all of the free services?”Molly Ball attended a Trump rally South Carolina and, as she writes in The Atlantic, those expressing these viewpoints aren’t “skinheads. They don’t seem like jerks.” Describing the mood of the rally, she says, “the energy in this room does not feel dark and aggressive and threatening. It doesn’t feel like a powder keg about to blow, a lynch mob about to rampage. It feels joyous,” despite the negativity and fear. And as Ball candidly observes, the reporters like being there. They know the more outrageous his comments, the more likely they’ll get airtime.But practiced on the ground, the motivation is anything but lightness and love, as a scene in front of the Idaho state Capitol recently revealed when groups opposing refugees carried hateful signs and squared off against those who had come to support the plans for Syrian refugee resettlement. Muslim leaders have reported threats, vandalism, and other crimes targeting mosques in Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Nebraska, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, and other states. And then of course there is the campaign from the 31 state governors, led by Michigan’s Rick Snyder, whose state has been known for decades for being home to one of the largest Arab-American communities outside the Middle East.In New York City, Muslims have been reporting individual threats and intimidation, a phenomenon the Council on American-Islamic Relations calls “the mainstreaming of Islamophobia.” As Ferida Osman, a Muslim born and raised in the U.S. and a senior at Hunter College, told the Times’ Kirk Semple after she was spit on by a stranger in Penn Station last week, “I didn’t feel like a person anymore.”She added, “You feel like you are alone. It’s a horrible feeling of isolation.”The U.S. Holocaust Museum issued a notable statement last month calling on public figures and citizens to avoid condemning today’s refugees as a group, invoking the memories of Jews trying to escape Nazi Germany. The International Rescue Committee debunks four myths that drive the misguided efforts of elected officials calling for a halt to resettlements. Sparing no words, the IRC is blunt: “We deplore the insinuation in the recent banning orders against Syrian refugees that either they are terrorists, or that it is impossible to separate them from those seeking to come here to commit terrorism.”Church World Service is also clear that “fearmongering has no place in society,” and calls on people of all faiths to stand in solidarity with refugee and migrant communities. World Relief, an evangelical organization, says that actions by Republican presidential nominees “do not reflect what we’ve been hearing from our constituencies.” And the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement:Instead of using this tragedy to scapegoat all refugees, I call upon our public officials to work together to end the Syrian conflict peacefully so the close to 4 million Syrian refugees can return to their country and rebuild their homes. Until that goal is achieved, we must work with the world community to provide safe haven to vulnerable and deserving refugees who are simply attempting to survive. As a great nation, the United States must show leadership during this crisis and bring nations together to protect those in danger and bring an end to the conflicts in the Middle East.As for the refugees themselves, as Lavinia Limón puts it: “I hope they don’t learn English too quickly; they’ll have to understand what certain people are saying.”There is a scene in the beginning of the movie Hotel Rwanda in which Georges Rutaganda, one of the then-leaders of the Rwandan Hutu militia, is heard on RTLM radio inciting his countrymen to wipe out the rebel “cockroaches,” calling them “murderers” and “invaders.” While clearly a dramatic device, it reveals the way in which the deliberate and calculated objectification of human beings insinuates itself into the national conversation and then, over time, ceases to shock. As the discourse around immigrants and refugees devolves increasingly into incendiary rhetoric, it’s more important than ever that those serving the most marginalized continue protecting those they serve, pushing back against the demagoguery, and laying the facts out front and center.—Patricia SchaeferShare22TweetShare1Email23 Shareslast_img read more

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