Two agents investigated by ASA over misleading online property ad complaints

first_imgTwo agents have been investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this week for misleading online property ads following complaints from the public.The more serious of the two was a complaint about two digital adverts by Lincoln-based agency Mundys Property Services.One featured the claim that it offered “100% tenant satisfaction – Let with confidence – 100% of our tenants would be happy to let through Mundys again” and a second that included the text “Mundys… A customer survey about our services produced a 100% satisfaction rating”.The claims were based on a 2013 survey of tenants moving into properties let by the company.The complainant challenged whether the “100% satisfaction” claims were misleading because the survey didn’t canvass the tenants about the company’s overall service.After being approached by the ASA, Mundys said they would removed the ads and would not use the claims again – although at the time of publication the ad remains on one of its website home pages (pictured, left).Online property adsIn a less serious case, Reeds Rains Ltd was referred to the watchdog after a complainant spotted a listing on Rightmove for a rented property that featured an expired 50% discount for tenants who moved in before Christmas. Reeds Rains said that the ad had appeared in error and removed it.Mundys Property Services advertising standards authority ASA Reeds Rains ltd January 17, 2018Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Two agents investigated by ASA over misleading online property ad complaints previous nextRegulation & LawTwo agents investigated by ASA over misleading online property ad complaintsOne ad in particular reveals the perils of making claims that are out of date or inaccurate, the ASA judgement reveals.Nigel Lewis17th January 201801,258 Viewslast_img read more

Image of the Day: USS Donald Cook Transits the Atlantic

first_img View post tag: Image: Displacement Light: approx. 6,765 tons Full: approx. 8,900 tons Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: Atlantic Status In active service, as of 2014 Share this article Image of the Day: USS Donald Cook Transits the Atlantic View post tag: Cook [mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 12, 2014;Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez View post tag: Donald Speed >30 knots (56 km/h) Draft 9.4 m February 12, 2014 Range 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots(8,100 km at 37 km/h) Complement 33 Officers 38 Chief Petty Officers 210 Enlisted Personnel Length 154 m She departed Norfolk, Va. on January 31 bound for her new homeport where three other Arleigh Burke-class destroyers will be deployed within the next two years.Under the EPPA plan, the US Navy will send 1,239 military personnel to Rota, which will cost the US Navy additional USD 92 million. USS DONALD COOKThe Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean en route to Rota, Spain as the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. Beam20 m View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval View post tag: day View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Transits Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: USS Donald Cook Transits the Atlantic USS DONALD COOK (DDG – 75) SPECIFICATIONS last_img read more

Dick’s Sporting Goods to Stop Gun and Ammo Sales

first_imgThe business said that sales declined after the age to purchase firearms was raised to 21.CommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Dick’s Sporting Goods to Stop Gun and Ammo SalesMARCH 14TH, 2019 TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANADick’s Sporting Goods announced it will stop selling guns and ammunition at 125 stores across the country. Last February, the company said it would stop selling assault-style weapons after the Parkland school shooting that resulted in 17 deaths.last_img

Cruz Defends Speech, Spars With Trump Supporters in Explosive Meeting With Texas Delegation

first_imgIn a very tense meeting with the Texas delegation Thursday morning at the Republican National Convention, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was asked repeatedly to explain his behavior the previous night. Cruz gave a speech in which he laid out a conservative vision for the future, but the message was overshadowed by what wasn’t in his speech – a Donald Trump endorsement. Instead of telling voters to support the GOP nominee, he told them to “vote their conscience” – a seeming nod to the “Never Trump” movement, who used the same word on Monday when they tried to prevent a Trump nomination.Just like Wednesday night’s speech, Cruz was met with applause, yet dismissed with boos on Thursday.Cruz defended his speech to the Texas delegates by insisting he never said one bad word about Donald Trump, and he doesn’t intend to in the future.“I won’t be talking negative about Trump going forward,” he promised.It wasn’t so much about Donald Trump, Cruz argued, but about the need to defend the United States of America.“This is about standing for what we believe in,” he said.“They knew exactly what I was going to say,” Cruz said, convincing him that they believed his delivering that message would encourage people to get out to vote.“I asked Americans – do not stay home in November.”Cruz also insisted his remarks were intended to help Trump defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.His speech, he said, was an “outline to Trump and his campaign on how to win.The dominant message has to be freedom, Cruz urged. If “email server” is last word, “we’re going to lose.”Yet, Cruz then appeared to throw some shade at Trump supporters who booed him off stage last night.It was somewhat dismaying, he said, that apparently some of Donald’s biggest partisan supporters, when they heard him say people should vote for someone they trust and they know will defend the Constitution, they immediately began booing.“What does it say when you stand up and say vote your conscience and rabid supporters of our party say ‘what a horrible thing to say?’” he asked.During the question and answer section, Cruz sparred with a few Trump supporters, one of whom (loudly) reminded the Texas senator he was supposed to honor his pledge and support the party.Cruz said he’s happy to talk to the gentleman, but will “not get in a screaming match” with him. “I believe in treating people with civility,” he said.“I’m going to defend your rights even to insult me,” he said to another combative attendee demanding to know why Cruz won’t endorse Trump.Cruz then proved this was still a personal issue, referencing Trump’s attacks on both his wife Heidi and his father Rafael.Cruz spoke at the convention, “despite the fact” that the Trump campaign has never taken back what they said about his family, he said.“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” he said.When asked if Cruz will be voting for Trump, he deferred, only noting who he will not be voting for.“I can tell you, I’m not voting for Hillary.”Between Wednesday’s night’s speech and Thursday morning’s combative meeting, it begs the question whether Cruz is being sincere, or just trying to incite trouble and prepare himself for a 2020 presidential run.I’ll let another Texas delegate have the last word.“I have to say, it’s not about Trump or Cruz, it’s about the United States of America.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Playland’s Castaway Cove Fire Won’t Stop Summer Season

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEA day after a fire swept through the arcade at Playland’s Castaway Cove in Ocean City, leaving just charred remains of the building that has stood at 10th Street and the Boardwalk since 1941, owners vow that it will be rebuilt and the amusement park will open in time for the 2021 summer season.But the iconic replica of a pirate and pirate ship that was the signature entryway to the popular amusement park for years may be gone forever.On Sunday, crowds of onlookers looked at the scorched remains of the ship and the front facade of Playland’s. Some shot video, while others snapped photos with their cellphones.An Ocean City police officer kept people from crossing a barrier to get a closer look at the aftermath of the fire.A fire marshal vehicle, fire engines and a couple of ambulances were parked between 10th and 11th Streets near the amusement park.Brian Hartley, vice president of Playland’s Castaway Cove, said in an interview Sunday that they will rebuild the arcade. However, the front entryway will be different than the pirate motif that was part of Playland’s brand.“I don’t know about the pirate or pirate ship. The issue is we would have to build it off of the frame, and I don’t know with the current height restrictions,” Hartley said of the city’s construction regulations. “Now might be a time to have ideas come to fruition that we have been thinking about for years. It would be a totally different concept.”Flames and thick black smoke rise above the Boardwalk in the early stages of the blaze.The 7:40 a.m. fire Saturday sent plumes of black smoke billowing toward the ocean. The fire raged. Ocean City firefighters, with the assistance of multiple fire agencies, got the blaze under control by about 11 a.m. There were no reported injuries and the investigation continues.But as for the building holding the arcade and offices and the tenants’ shops, everything was destroyed, Hartley said. However, the outdoor rides and amusements were basically untouched by the flames.“Pretty much the entire building is gone,” he said. “There is nothing to salvage.”He noted that while many of the arcade games can be replaced, there was one in particular that could not.“The shooting gallery had some handcrafted pieces that we just won’t get back. But a lot of the games can be replaced,” he said.An aerial photo posted on Facebook by John H. Pedrick shows the amount of destruction to Playland’s arcade building.In addition to the arcade, Dairy Queen, operated by Playland’s Castaway Cove, and tenants Hamburger Construction Company and Brume Juice were destroyed in the same building.The building has been there since 1941 and operated as Bingham’s Arcade from 1941 to 1959. In 1959, the Simpson family, the owners of Playland, purchased the building and continued the tradition of running it as an arcade, Hartley said.“There was a lot of history in that building and that is why we wanted to keep it and maintain it for its historical value,” he said.The building was disassembled from the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair and reassembled at 10th Street and the Boardwalk.Playland’s Castaway Cove is a landmark amusement park, featuring 32 rides, according to its website Its centerpiece attraction is the Gale Force roller-coaster, which soars 125 feet in the air over the Boardwalk.Winds blew the flames and smoke toward the ocean and the businesses had the required structural firewalls between the properties, which helped to quell further damage.“The good thing is for the most part is the rides were spared,” Hartley said. “There were some parts of rides stored inside the building for the winter. So some of the rides will not have some of the vehicles this summer, but we will work through that the best we can.”The iconic pirate ship at Playland’s Castaway Cove that overlooked the Boardwalk entrance was destroyed in the fire.Hartley hopes that the fire investigation gets underway so that he and Playland’s owner, Scott Simpson, and the staff can get back to work to prepare for summer 2021.He and Simpson have no idea how the blaze started, he said.“We were out of there on Friday. Typically we work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” he said. We have no idea how the fire started. We welcome the investigation and look forward to at least getting some answers.”As for summer of 2021, Hartley said the team will be ready to offer rides and amusements to the visitors who make going to Playland’s Castaway Cove a family tradition each year.And to the residents and visitors who have been going to the park for generations, he wanted to assure the public that Playland will remain open.“We are not gone,” Hartley said. “We will do the best we can and open as quickly as we possibly can.”Onlookers get a glimpse of the fire destruction from the beach. The charred remains of the arcade at Playland’s Castaway Cove.last_img read more

News story: Commercial ideas in cyber security: apply for academic funding

first_imgInnovate UK, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has up to £500,000 for ideas in cyber security coming out of academic institutions.Priorities for the next 5 yearsThe UK government set out its priorities for the next 5 years in the 2016 National Cyber Security Strategy.It has 3 aims: Find out more about this competition and apply. the competition opens on 22 January 2018, and the deadline is at midday on 31 January 2018 it is open to anyone based in a UK academic institution we expect grants to be worth up to £16,000 applicants can apply for 100% of their eligible costs a briefing event will take place on 19 January 2018 Protecting information systemsThe competition is seeking ideas to protect information systems, data and services from unauthorised access or accidental harm.There must be a clear intention to commercialise the idea, and that must have the support of the relevant academic institution.Successful applicants will take part in a 6-week programme and be expected to attend 4 or 5 days of events during February and March. Industry experts will support the programme.Competition information Find out more about how Innovate UK supports digital technologies. This funding is part of the cyber security academic startup programme. This aims to increase the amount of academic research being commercialised. develop our cyberspace deter adversaries develop capabilitieslast_img read more

Record year for Scottish food and drink exports

first_imgFood and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421m in 2016 to a record £5.5bn.The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports over the past year, with food exports alone growing by 22% to £1.5bn.Exports to EU countries were worth £2.3bn overall, up £133m on last year.These figures come ahead of the launch of a new food and drink industry strategy on 23 March at the Scotland Food & Drink Annual Conference, where president of Scottish Bakers Craig McPhie will represent the organisation at the official launch with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.Chief executive of Scottish Bakers Alan Clarke (pictured centre) said: “We have been one of the architects of the food and drink export plan for Scotland in partnership with other key food and drink representative organisations and key public sector partners. “Our own Scottish Bakers Export Group, chaired by Martin Lightbody, is also moving into a new exciting phase with specialist export support being provided to our members.”Rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Since this government came into office, the value of food exports has more than doubled. Food and drink is now one of the standout success stories in our economy, increasing growth and supporting jobs across the country.“Scotland’s food and drink sector is in fantastic health, and the strategy launch will outline how we plan to support the industry to build upon this success and further grow the sector to 2030.”last_img read more

Practice Tips: Forget to put your client’s address in the judgement?

first_img March 1, 2004 Regular News Forget to put your client’s address in the judgement? James W. Martin A recent decision of the Second District Court of Appeal reminds Florida lawyers what happens when a lawyer fails to put the client’s address in a final judgment: Recording a certified copy does not make it a lien on real property. Even including the attorney’s address in the judgment does not help. It must be the client’s address.In Tomalo v. Kingsley Displays, Inc., 2003 Fla. App. LEXIS 19266;29 Fla. L. Weekly D 12 (Fla. 2d DCA Case No. 2D02-5702, December 19, 2003), the judgment did not include Kingsley’s address, but it did include Kingsley’s name followed by “c/o” and the address of its lawyer. The court said that this did not satisfy the requirement of F.S. §55.10(1). This statute is the one that says a lien on real property is created when a certified copy of the judgment is recorded in the county in which the land is located. The statute also states that, “A judgment…does not become a lien on real estate unless the address of the person. . . is contained in the judgment. . . or an affidavit with such address is simultaneously recorded.” The court held that the statute specifically required the judgment holder’s address, so the attorney’s address did not satisfy the statute.The court cited similar cases reaching similar results in the First and Fourth districts ( Hott Interiors, Inc. v. Fostock, 721 So. 2d 1236, 1238 (Fla. 4th DCA 1998), and Robinson v. Sterling Door & Window Co., 698 So. 2d 570, 571 (Fla. 1st DCA 1997)). Thus, it appears that this simple error of not including the client’s address in a judgment is one that is common throughout the state and is one that has potentially serious consequences.In the Tomalo case, Kingsley’s judgment was recorded a year before Tomalo’s judgment, but the court found that Kingsley’s judgment did not create a valid lien on real property due to its failure to include Kingsley’s address, so Tomalo won. We can all learn from that lesson: Put your client’s name and address on the judgment, not just your address. James W. Martin is a corporate, real estate, and probate lawyer in St. Petersburg, who has written for the Florida Bar Journal and News , ALI-ABA Practical Lawyer, and West Publishing, and has more information on his Web site, Practice Tips: Forget to put your client’s address in the judgement?last_img read more

‘Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer’ aims to feeds millions of children

first_imgHunger Solutions NY director of communications and public relation Sherry Tomasky said the $420 was determined to be the amount distributed because that number offsets the lost meals each student missed out on. (WBNG) — A food program across New York State is helping families feed their children. NYS determines who is eligible for these programs. Tomasky said paperwork, an EBT card and more information has been sent or is being sent to those families. “Families need all the help they can get right now,” Tomasky said. “This is a really important benefit for so many families who will need it.” More than 2.1 million children are eligible, with the program sending cards with $420 per eligible child to families in order to help feed them during the pandemic.center_img The cards will hold the money for up to a year. Tomasky said families can choose to spend the money over a period of time or even all at once. The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer program helps provide food to children who lost free or reduced meals when schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To find out if your child is eligible, you can contact your school district, and can click here for more information. The program was given the green light a few months back in The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Commends State Police for Ending Forensic Rape Kit Backlog, Supporting Crime Victims

first_img Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today commended the Pennsylvania State Police forensics for completing the testing of more than 1,100 kits in 2018 and reducing its backlog from 390 kits to zero.“I commend the Pennsylvania State Police for its commitment to ending the backlog of untested rape kits,” Gov. Wolf said. “When I took office in 2015, I made it a priority to bring the right level of staff on board at the Pennsylvania State Police to do this incredibly important forensic work in a much timelier manner,” Gov. Wolf said. “Timely testing of these vital pieces of evidence helps to ensure victims know they are supported, and their case is important. Test results also ensure perpetrators are held accountable for this heinous crime.”“For every untested kit there is both a victim without resolution in their respective case and an unknown perpetrator who could be identified,” Jennifer Storm, Victim Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania said. “It is unconscionable to think of evidence just lying around untested that could lead to justice and prevent further sexual violence and I applaud the Pennsylvania State Police for helping to end the backlog.”The Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act was amended on July 10, 2015, with the passage of Act 27. As amended, local law enforcement agencies are required to submit the number of sexual assault kits in their inventory with any backlogged evidence awaiting testing to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which in turn publishes an annual report at the end of April. Each testing laboratory used by a local law enforcement agency is required to submit the same information to the department.The annual report is intended to provide a comprehensive view of the number of untested sexual assault kits in the commonwealth and to ensure that those kits are tested in a timely fashion. This, in part, ensures that sexual assault data is uploaded into the requisite federal database to help solve related sexual assault cases.Kits may be considered backlogged for a number of reasons, including that some kits are from victims who have not yet consented to testing and anonymous victims. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 17, 2019center_img Gov. Wolf Commends State Police for Ending Forensic Rape Kit Backlog, Supporting Crime Victimslast_img read more