Press release: Grading under review for Pathfinder, Kinsman and St Andrews housing associations

first_img The regulator’s purpose is to promote a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector able to deliver homes that meet a range of needs. It does this by undertaking robust economic regulation focusing on governance, financial viability and value for money that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer. It also sets consumer standards and may take action if these standards are breached and there is a significant risk of serious detriment to tenants or potential tenants. The regulation of social housing is the responsibility of the Regulation Committee, a statutory committee of the Homes and Communities Agency. The organisation refers to itself as the Regulator of Social Housing in undertaking the functions of the Regulation Committee. Homes England is the trading name of the HCA’s non-regulation functions. The regulatory framework can also be found on the website. For more information visit the RSH website.Our About the Regulator of Social Housing page has contact details for media enquiries.For general queries to RSH, please email [email protected] or call 0300 124 5225. The Regulator of Social Housing reports that Pathfinder Housing Association, Kinsman Housing Limited and St Andrews Community Housing Association have been placed on its Grading under review list.It notifies that at the time of the last Statistical Data Return, the three providers had fewer than 1,000 homes each and therefore do not have a current published regulatory judgement in accordance with our established procedures.The regulator is currently investigating a matter regarding the providers’ compliance with the Governance and Financial Viability Standard. The outcome of the investigation will be confirmed in a regulatory notice, once completed.The GUR list is available on the website.Further informationlast_img read more

News story: Home Office ministers host latest roundtable on moped crime

first_imgThis work sits alongside the consultation on police pursuits launched on 22 May which seeks to give police greater confidence to pursue suspects and will help tackle moped crime. The proposals include plans to make clear in law that a suspect is responsible for their own decision to drive dangerously and blame should not be attached to the pursuing officer.Home Office ministers also welcomed the introduction of MCIA Secured – the new industry standard for a multi-layered anti-theft deterrent across all aspects of security developed by the Motorcycle Industry Association. It will enable customers to know which vehicles are best protected from being stolen and being used for crime.We are taking unprecedented action against violent crime and have published the government’s first Serious Violence Strategy. This strategy marks a major shift in the government’s response to knife crime and gun crime and is backed with £40 million of Home Office funding.The evidence is very clear that the drivers of serious violence are complex and should not be reduced to individual factors. Our new Serious Violence Strategy puts a stronger focus on steering young people away from violence while continuing to ensure the strongest possible law enforcement response. The Metropolitan Police is working hard to tackle moped crime, which has been falling virtually month-on-month in the capital since its peak in July last year. We are determined to support the police in their fight against crime and that is why we are consulting to change the law to give officers greater confidence to chase suspects on the roads. At yesterday’s meeting the Metropolitan Police provided an update to ministers, the Motorcycle Industry Association and the London Mayor’s Office on their latest statistics on moped-enabled crime which shows that there has been a steady fall in offences in London in the last 6 months.Met figures show that from February to May this year there was a 38.5% reduction in the number of times scooters were used to commit crime compared with October 2017 to January 2018.This decline has been aided by the deployment of new tactics such as the use of off-road bikes to aid pursuits and the use of DNA marker sprays to link suspects to the crimes.Policing Minister Nick Hurd said:last_img read more

PHOTOS: Stick Figure & Twiddle Honor Tom Petty, Cover The Beatles In Chicago

first_imgPhoto: Ojeda Photography Last night, the ongoing ‘Above The Storm’ tour arrived at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre for a night of reggae and dub. Headlined by Stick Figure, the show was supported by Iya Terra and well-known jam band Twiddle. It was interesting to see Twiddle play to an audiencethat was a bit different from their own, but ultimately the Rastafarian crowd that came to see Stick Figure left satisfied by all the musicians that played.Iya Terra opened up the show with a short and upbeat set. Twiddle was up next, dove right into their trademark style. Not catering to the crowd, they opened up with the authoritative power chords of “Nicodemus Portulay”. The reggae vibes then seeped in, as they followed that up with “Beethoven & Greene”. Fan favorite Plump: Chapter 1 track “Lost in the Cold” came next. “Doinkinbonk!!!” saw bassist Zdenek Gubb seemingly slapping his strings just short of their point of breaking. For the last song of their set, Twiddle brought out Stick Figure’s Johnny Cosmic on guitar for a rousing rendition of Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, perhaps not-so-coincidentally for the evening on which Petty’s autopsy results were made public and the world learned that his October death was caused by an accidental prescription drug overdose.The headliner of the tour, Stick Figure, then played a set filled with songs spanning their 10+ year career. The band’s leading force and frontman, Scott Woodruff, led the band through the set, bringing along his Instagram-famous tour dog, Cocoa, to join in the fun. At first, it was odd to see a dog on stage the entirety of their set. However, it quickly became clear that the dog was almost as much a member of the band as the other musicians. She had a great stage presence, and it was great to see that Tails of Love, a charity supporting animal rescue, had booths set up so fans could help support animals like Cocoa in need of a loving home.The band played plenty of old favorites like “White Fire” and “Livin’ It” as well as newer numbers “Fire on the Horizon” and “Easy Runaway”. They also invited Twiddle frontman Mihali out for a cover of Bob Marley‘s “Mellow Mood”. Perhaps the most special moment of the evening came during the show’s encore the encore, as Stick Figure worked their way through a sing-along rendition of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”. Finally, a show-ending version of “Smoking Love” with a multitude of musicians from the opening bands brought a great night of reggae music to a close. The ‘Above the Storm’ tour is just starting so be sure to check it out if it comes near your town.For a full list of upcoming “Above The Storm” tour dates, head to Stick Figure’s website here.Below, you can check out a full gallery of photos from the evening courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.SETLIST: Twiddle | Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL | 1/19/18SET: Nicodemus Portulay, Beethoven & Greene, Lost in the Cold, Daydream Farmer, Doinkinbonk !!!, You Don’t Know How It Feels**with Johnny Cosmic of Stick FigureSETLIST: Stick Figure | Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL | 1/19/18SET: Lincoln Intro -> Shadow, Above the Storm, Fire on the Horizon, Weary Eyes, White Fire -> Bongs Jam, Think N Thin, Winds from the West, Coming Home, Mellow Mood^, Smiles on Faces, Boulevard, Livin It, Let the Music Play, Intro -> Choice is Yours, Weight of Sound, Easy RunawayEncore: Shelter, Breathe -> Hey Jude, Smoking Love^^with Mihali[Cover photo: Daniel Ojeda]Twiddle, Stick Figure | Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL | 1/19/18 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda Photo: Daniel Ojeda Load remaining images Ojeda Photographylast_img read more

Bolivia Aims to Export Coca Leaves

first_img about coca leaves and tea…these are Great for everybody..great for exercise and mental clarity…..NOW..what about importing leaves to make cocaine??? … simple economics says this NOT viable financially !! period…nor even close ….Wake up you assholes !!! Having persuaded the United Nations to classify coca leaf chewing as legal, Bolivia will now focus on trying to export leaves on an industrial scale, President Evo Morales said on January 17. China is interested in buying coca leaf to make tea, he told a news conference. Chewing coca leaves is a centuries old tradition in Bolivia. It has a mild stimulant effect, eases stomach pain and is used against altitude sickness in the Andes. The leaf is also the raw ingredient for cocaine. Bolivia withdrew from the Vienna-based UN Convention on Narcotic Drugs last year in protest over the label of “illegal drug” on coca leaves. This month it was readmitted after winning an opt-out that allows its population to keep chewing the leaves. Countries that objected included the United States, Britain, France and Germany. Morales, who is also the leader of a coca-growers union, said “the next battle, of course, is going to be how to export coca leaves.” Bolivia will first consult with other countries allied with it in the regional organization Bolivarian Alliance for the People of the Americas, or ALBA, Morales said. He said Chinese diplomats in Bolivia have expressed interest in buying tons of coca leaves for making tea. Bolivia is the Andean region’s third largest producer of coca leaves, after Peru and Colombia. By Dialogo January 22, 2013last_img read more

Kayla Treanor sparks game-defining run in Syracuse’s 13-10 win over Pennsylvania

first_imgGary Gait knew Pennsylvania’s defense was sliding from Halle Majorana to Kayla Treanor. When Treanor would begin to penetrate, Majorana would be open.And with a minute left in the first half, the Syracuse head coach called timeout and came up with a play to take advantage.Treanor began to move toward the goal and when the Quakers slid, she threw a high lob just to the left of the UPenn crease. Majorana jumped in the air and swatted the ball into the back of the net to give Syracuse a two-goal lead.Treanor, who usually celebrates goals without excessive gestures, lifted her left arm in the air with her stick and her right arm, too, while running to Majorana.“Anytime you can draw something or you take a timeout and you can execute it, it really builds a lot of confidence going into halftime,” Gait said. “We were happy we executed and then we came out and played well in the second half.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat goal came in the middle of a 5-1 run that swung the game in the Orange’s favor. No. 4-seeded Syracuse (15-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) advanced to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals with a 13-10 win over Penn (14-5, 6-1 Ivy) on Sunday afternoon at SU Soccer Stadium. The Orange will play Loyola (17-4, 8-0 Patriot) next weekend in the Carrier Dome.Treanor, a Tewaaraton Award finalist, shined again with four goals and two assists while also taking draw controls in the middle of the game. After halftime, Syracuse scored four goals in an eight-minute span and Treanor contributed on three of them with a goal, an assist and a draw control that sparked a fast break.“I think we took control in the first 10 minutes of the second half,” Gait said, “and really kind of just carried it through the rest of the way.”Thirteen minutes into the game, Treanor won her first draw control. She alternated throughout the game with SU’s regular specialist Kailah Kempney, who is third all-time in the NCAA in career draw controls. After struggling early, Treanor gave her a rest.Though Penn outdrew Syracuse 13-11, Treanor’s contributions in the circle helped mightily on the Orange’s 5-1 run.With a 10-7 lead, Treanor flung the ball off the draw to Taylor Poplawski. She then passed to Riley Donahue, who scored easily from just outside Penn’s crease. The goal gave the Orange its largest lead of the game.“There was a sway in the draws a little bit at one point when they got them for a while and they had the ball more,” Penn head coach Karin Corbett said. “That’s a game about possession. If you have the ball more, you most likely are going to win.”With the game already in hand, Treanor scored SU’s final goal with three minutes left, leaving her mark in a game she controlled in many ways.Afterward, Gait discussed the importance of getting big contributions from his team’s best players in the playoffs.On Sunday, Treanor did it all.Said Treanor: “Luckily we started turning things around and things started going our way.” Comments Published on May 10, 2015 at 6:21 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more