LATEST: Sales income dips by 16% at LSL’s high street brands following closure programme

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » LATEST: Sales income dips by 16% at LSL’s high street brands following closure programme previous nextAgencies & PeopleLATEST: Sales income dips by 16% at LSL’s high street brands following closure programmeCompany reveals damage done to its business during 2019 by the closure, merging or transfer of some 120 Your Move and Reeds Rains branches last year.Nigel Lewis28th January 202003,285 Views Agency grouping LSL has revealed the damage its branch closure programme inflicted on revenues during 2019 following its February announcement that 120 Your Move and Reeds Rains branches were to be closed, merged or transferred.The company’s full-year trading update for 2019 reveals that, although it expects profits to be higher year-on-year, overall revenues are down 4% and 16% lower within its estate agency division.But the closures are not the only factor – the slow sales market is also to blame and the company says revenues at its sales division would be down 4% even if it hadn’t closed so many branches.But LSL admits the reductions in revenue are largely down to the branch closure programme, which has seen surplus-to-requirement offices up and down the UK boarded up or transferred to new franchisees.Slow marketThe slow market has also impacted its upmarket London agency, Marsh & Parsons, which has been opening rather than closing branches.Its revenues are down 3% overall including a 5% dip in sales fees and a 2% reduction in lettings.LSL’s financial services has been hit by the closures too as referral leads have declined, but its surveying business is one of the company’s bright spots. Revenues there are up 24% year-on-year after it recently bagged a Lloyds Bank home surveying contract.LSL is relying on 2020 being a better year and an improved sales pipeline at the beginning of this month indicates the market has begun to pick up, it says.The cost of shutting down so many branches has also pushed it further into the red; the group’s net banking debt increased by nearly £10 million last year to £41.9 million, a figure the company’s board says it is ‘comfortable with’. Marsh & Parsons LSL Reeds Rains Your Move January 28, 2020Nigel 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

A HOUSE DIVIDED By Jim Redwine

first_img GAVEL GAMUT By Jim RedwineA HOUSE DIVIDEDMost of us know of and many can even recite President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address delivered during the Civil War on November 19, 1863. And most of us know of and probably sometimes paraphrase his House Divided speech delivered when he was a candidate for United States Senator in Illinois (June 16, 1858). Lincoln lost to Stephan Douglas whom Lincoln later beat for the presidency in 1860.The topic might be a little heavy for a short weekly newspaper column but with our country’s birthday this week and the country in a perpetual state of mutual invective, I humbly submit it is worth our attention.In an attempt to pare down the extremely complex and emotionally charged issues of our country’s Negro slavery, the Civil War, our current status in re civil rights and the cacophony of our public discourse, I will just refer to a few items: (1) The United States Constitution, (2) the Missouri Compromise, (3) the Kansas-Nebraska Act and, (4) the Dred Scott case as decided in 1857 by the U.S. Supreme Court. If you are still with me, I caution it gets worse.Originally slavery was recognized as a States Rights issue, i.e., if a state wanted slavery and wanted to be part of the Union that was okay. But as a device to apportion the number of a state’s congressmen, the Constitution declared Negroes in each state would be counted as 3/5 of a person for census purposes. However, African Americans were not made citizens until the Civil War via the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. Of course, Indians were not included, and women of any race could not vote until 1920 via the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.Because of the great divide between free and slave states, the Missouri Compromise of 1820 was enacted, although many argued it was unconstitutional. The Missouri Compromise allowed for the admission of Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state and prohibited slavery north of a certain parallel (36∞30’) but allowed it below that border.This worked alright until heightened tensions arose between slave and free states so Senator Stephan Douglas in 1854 got the Kansas-Nebraska Act passed, which allowed for the admission of the states of Kansas and Nebraska to the union with the provision of slavery by a popular majority vote of each state’s citizens. Of course, this was not within the spirit or the substance of the Missouri Compromise.Then in 1857, the United States Supreme Court decided the Dred Scott case. Scott was a slave whose owner had taken Scott with the owner to live in a free state then returned with him to Missouri. Scott sued for his freedom claiming that once he was in a free state he was then after always free.Precedent as old as a decision from colonial times in 1772, the Somerset case, was clearly with Scott and most legal authorities, including the lawyer Abraham Lincoln, expected the Supreme Court to declare Scott free. How wrong he and many others were.Chief Justice Roger Taney a former slave owner and a fierce opponent of the Missouri Compromise, ignored established precedent and used Dred Scott’s case to declare no Negro could ever be a citizen of the United States and that the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional. Taney’s overreaching and poorly reasoned opinion led directly to the Civil War four years later.According to the historian Paul Finkelman who wrote the book Dred Scott v. Sandford, A Brief History with Documents:“By the 1850s Taney was a seething, angry, uncompromising supporter of the South and slavery and an implacable foe of racial equality, the Republican Party, and the anti-slavery movement.”See p. 29Taney declared that Blacks:“[A]are not included and were not intended to be included, under the word ‘citizens’ in the Constitution… [T]hey were at that time (1787) considered as a subordinate and inferior class of beings….”ibid p. 35Stephan Douglas held the position the question of slavery should be a matter of state option. Abraham Lincoln, on the other hand, foresaw that a nation half-slave and half-free, that is a nation divided against itself, could not survive. We are still working that out after 242 years. Happy Birthday!For more Gavel Gamut articles go to www.jamesmredwine.comOr “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooksandKnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Former IU McKinney Dean Dies At 70

first_imgIL for www.theindianalawyer.comIndiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law alumna and former dean and professor Susanah M. Mead has died, the school announced Thursday.Mead died Dec. 23 at the age of 70, the school said. She was a 1976 graduate of the Indianapolis law school, where she returned to begin a legal education career in 1978 after clerking for two years for former Indiana Court of Appeals Chief Judge Paul H. Buchanan.Mead’s service to the law school included positions as a legal writing instructor, professor of torts and product liability and director of the legal writing program. She also created the Dean’s Tutorial Society, which was one of the first organized, volunteer law school peer-tutoring programs in the country.After being named associated dean for academic affairs in 1997, Mead began to work on the capital campaign that led to the construction of Lawrence W. Inlow Hall. She was then named interim dean of the law school in 2005, a position she held until 2007 as the first woman and alumnus to serve as dean. Mead was also one of IU McKinney’s first tenured female law professors. “She became more than just a friend and colleague – but also a role model for how to handle even the most difficult issues with patience, thoughtfulness, and grace,” current Dean Andrew Klein, who served as associate dean for academic affairs under Mead, said in a statement. “Perhaps the core of what I learned from Susie is the importance for a leader to confront challenges head-on, and the value of doing so in an open and civil fashion.”Aside from her work with the law school, Mead was active in Indiana’s legal community, serving as the co-chair of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Conclave on Legal Education in 2007, and on the bar’s Buchanan Award selection committee. She received multiple honors for her legal contributions, including being named as an Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellow in 2006, receiving the ISBA’s Presidential Citation in 2007 and being recognized as an Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law Distinguished Barrister in 2009. IU McKinney also honored mead as it Law Alumna of the Year in 2007.A memorial service for Mead will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle, with a reception to follow at the Woodstock Club, 1301 W. 38th St., Indianapolis. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mead’s memory to the Indiana University Foundation, P.O. Box 6460, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Her daughters, Holly, Edie and Sybil, plan to use the funds to support a scholarship for women law students at IU McKinney.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Reporter newspaper chain sold to Newspaper Media Group

first_img× Hudson Reporter Publishers Lucha Malato and David Unger have announced the sale of their company, Hudson Reporter Assoc. LP, to the Newspaper Media Group (NMG) of Cherry Hill, N.J. NMG is the publisher of over 50 weekly, community newspapers in Southern and Central New Jersey, as well as in the Greater Philadelphia market. In addition, NMG also publishes a monthly B to B newspaper on Staten Island.The Hudson Reporter — based in Hudson County in northern New Jersey — currently publishes eight community newspapers: the Bayonne Community News, The Hoboken Reporter, The Jersey City Reporter, The North Bergen Reporter, The Secaucus Reporter, The Weehawken Reporter, The West New York Reporter, and The Union City Reporter. The group also publishes three glossy community magazines in Hudson County – 07030 Magazine, Jersey City Magazine, and Bayonne: Life on the Peninsula.“The decision to purchase the Hudson Reporter was an easy one,” announced Newspaper Media Group Owner and CEO Richard Donnelly. “The award-winning publications fit perfectly into our successful business model of community newspapers. Pooling resources and talent will ensure an even greater success story down the road.”With the addition of the Hudson Reporter family of community publications, NMG will now have nearly 60 community publications in their portfolio, covering much of the state of New Jersey, as well as a number of monthly publications.The Hudson Reporter chain was started in 1983 by Hoboken-based developer Joseph Barry with its first newspaper, The Hoboken Reporter. Malato joined the company in 1983 and Unger in 1985. In 1999, Malato and Unger, minority partners, bought out Barry’s interest in the company. In 1987, the Hudson Reporter started The Secaucus Reporter and went on to add Reporter newspapers in Jersey City, North Bergen, Weehawken, Union City, and West New York. The company purchased the Bayonne Community News in 2004 and relocated from Hoboken to Bayonne in 2016.Over the last 30 years, the Reporter staff has won statewide awards for investigative and feature writing, art, and advertisements, from both the New Jersey Press Association and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.The chain is known for providing a mix of in-depth reporting and community news.“We are proud of the contributions we have made to our communities over the last 35 years,” said Malato and Unger. “Of course, we owe it all to the dedication of our staff. We can’t thank them enough for their hard work. Community newspapers operate like a big family; we have truly felt like our staff is a part of our family. We sell the paper with mixed feelings as we have made so many friends over the years. I think that the sale of the Hudson Reporter to Newspaper Media Group gives it the best opportunity to continue our tradition of robust community engagement.”For more information about Newspaper Media Group, please visit www.newspapermediagroup.com. More information about the Hudson Reporter Assoc. LP can be found here at hudsonreporter.com or by calling 201-798-7800 during business hours.last_img read more

Holiday Season Strong in Ocean City

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEThe holiday shopping season in downtown Ocean City and on the Boardwalk proved successful for many merchants, officials said.Despite the pandemic and a months-long shutdown of some nonessential businesses in the spring, shopkeepers said that people still shopped, still spent money for takeout food and outdoor dining and continued to shop locally, even with the added rules and restrictions due to COVID-19.An early indicator that business would still continue to be strong came with November’s “Earlier Than The Bird” shopping promotion. The event brought tourists to the downtown to shop locally and take advantage of discounts.Another clue that people would still go shopping and give a boost to the local economy was the fact that the real estate market was booming, especially in home sales.And then on New Year’s Day, vacationers and residents filled the downtown to enjoy the First Day Shopping Extravaganza.“We had a decent holiday season,” said Jody Levchuk, co-owner of the Jilly’s shops both on the Boardwalk and in the downtown. “Yesterday and today were packed. I think the best part of the holiday season is that people spent time in Ocean City, even without the city events.”Holiday shoppers get out “Earlier Than The Bird” for a mega-shopping event in November.Levchuk noted, however, that businesses such as Jilly’s Arcade and others in the amusements or dining industry definitely struggled because of the pandemic.“We certainly are struggling still at the arcade as far as visitors and I think that falls in line with things people don’t want to do because of COVID,” he said of his Boardwalk arcade business. “People are being safe and therefore places like the arcade and other businesses are suffering. But no one seems to worry about shopping in the retail stores.”Levchuk, who is also a city councilman, said that the cancellation of city events such as the popular First Night celebration to ring in the new year had an impact on the number of visitors. But surprisingly, he said, the majority of business owners he has spoken to have done well, all things considered.“I think if you were in retail and sold items people were looking for this year, I’m sure you had a good year. But if you had a movie theater, a restaurant that mostly did dining in, an amusement or arcade business, then you didn’t do as well,” Levchuk added.Throughout the pandemic, city officials and shopkeepers have worked together to supply protective masks to the public and have hand sanitizer dispensers available at storefronts, in the downtown and on the Boardwalk.Mayor Jay Gillian has repeatedly urged the public in his weekly messages posted on the city’s website to practice social distancing and wear a mask.Michael Allegretto, aide to the mayor, said, “The city encourages everyone to follow the CDC guidelines to wear masks. The city continued to give out masks so that people could enjoy their holiday season in a safe manner.”The cancellation of many of Ocean City’s special events was due to social distancing and statewide crowd-limit requirements set by Gov. Phil Murphy.Allegretto said that the city is looking at ways to host city events, but to do so safely.“We are looking forward to the new year,” he said. “The city hopes to get back to normal and hold events. Some things we aren’t sure we can do yet, but it will all depend on COVID.”The first city event of 2021 will be a virtual ceremony celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18.“The next events start in April and hopefully we will know what we can do by then. If we can’t do big things, hopefully we can do small things in town that people will enjoy,” Allegretto said.Hand sanitizers are supplied at City Hall and other locations throughout town.Danielle Guerriero, president of the Downtown Merchants Association, said that the holiday season went well for most of the merchants she has spoken to.“The First Day Shopping Extravaganza was so busy. There were a lot of people in town for the new year and the holidays,” she said. “It is nice to see people shopping local. They were in the stores buying gifts for family members.”While Guerriero noted that it was a very different year, people were still out shopping.“It feels good to see people shopping,” she said. “I feel like a lot of stores take all the precautions to make sure everyone is safe. They make sure their customers are safe.”Between the sanitizer dispensers throughout the downtown supplied by the city, to the shopkeepers’ safety precautions, Guerriero said people came to shop throughout the season feeling comfortable and happy.“I am hoping everyone continues to follow the safety precautions,” she said of the COVID guidelines. “People should continue to come down on the weekends. Many of the businesses will still be open. We still need to shop local.”Horse and carriage rides add to the festive atmosphere in the downtown shopping district over the holidays. People flock to the Boardwalk on a busy New Year’s Day weekend. (Photo courtesy of Jody Levchuk)last_img read more

Experts discuss HHS contraceptive mandate at panel

Four experts contended the recent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate is an attack on religious freedom in a panel discussion Tuesday titled “Notre Dame and the HHS Contraceptive Mandate.” Daniel Philpott, a professor of international relations, moderated the Notre Dame Right to Life-sponsored event in the Eck Hall of Law and said the United States was meant to be an example of religious freedom. “Many people feel, however, that in recent years … there’s been a move toward closure and increasing [governmental] control and management over the Church,” he said. “And perhaps nothing signifies that so much and exemplifies that so much as the recent contraceptive mandate.” Carter Snead, a professor of law and expert on public bioethics, said in March 2010, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which required health care plans to cover certain preventive services to women without charging them out-of-pocket costs. HHS asked the independent Institute of Medicine (IOM) to recommend which preventive measures should be covered, Snead said. In August 2011, the IOM determined all contraceptives, sterilization methods and forms of contraceptive education qualified. “Some of the drugs that are approved by the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] … can function in certain contexts to cause the death of the newly developing human embryo, not only before implantation, but also after implantation,” Snead said. “There is not just a religious liberty objection to the mandate. There is also what I will call a pro-life objection because it includes these kinds of drugs that have embryo side effects.” Snead said HHS authorized an exemption n Aug. 3, 2011 for religious employers whose purpose was to inculcate religious values, employed and served primarily people that shared its tenants and was a non-profit organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. On Jan. 20, HHS announced a one-year temporary safe harbor to allow non-exempt organizations that object to the mandate to find a way to comply, Snead said. He said HHS later announced it would develop rules that would try to satisfy non-exempt organizations by August 2013. Richard Garnett, associate dean for faculty research at the Law School, said the HHS mandate is a threat to the religious freedom of minority groups. “The religious freedom of … communities like Notre Dame is not just the freedom to avoid being coerced into doing evil … [but] to bear witness of the truth of the faith and to act with integrity and to act coherently in accord with their Catholic character as they understand it,” he said. Garnett said the mandate potentially violates the free exercise clause of the First Amendment by exempting some religious believers but not others. He said the Religious Freedom Restoration Act requires the government to identify a compelling reason for imposing a burden on religious groups. “Sometimes a democracy like ours, with ideals like ours, accommodates religious freedom even when it doesn’t have to,” Garnett said. “In this case, it seems to me, the better policy … would be to provide a broader religious freedom exemption to the preventative services mandate.” Even if such an accommodation was made, the exemption would still be very narrow, Garnett said. “To have that narrow exemption codified in our regulatory apparatus, it’s like leaving a loaded gun around for a kid to pick up,” he said. Lisa Everett, co-director of the Office of Family Life of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, said the Obama administration flouted the principle of equal protection under the law by exempting certain groups and not others. “The conviction of those currently in power that contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs constitute essential preventive services that enhance the health of women … in the administration’s mind … trumps any right that religious employers might have to refuse to pay for such essential services,” she said. Everett said pregnancy is not a disease and many contraceptives are actually dangerous to women’s health. “We call on President Obama and our representatives in Congress to allow religious institutions and individuals to continue to witness to the faith and all its fullness, conscious that it is precisely this faith that protects the dignity of women,” she said. Gabby Speach, a senior and member of Notre Dame Right to Life, said female advocates of the mandate have charged to oppose it is to wage a war on women. But contraception cannot properly be called health care, she said. “Based on our standard conception of health, then fertility and pregnancy cannot be considered diseases that need a cure, and contraceptives are not medicines that cure fertility and pregnancy,” she said. Speach said contraception is easily accessible through drugstores, doctors and in some states, through Medicaid. She said it is also available at religious institutions for non-contraceptive reasons. “If you need contraception for a medically necessary reason that’s not a contraceptive reason, you can get it here [at Notre Dame],” Speach said. “To say that opposing the mandate is a war on women is to twist the rhetoric.” Everett said HHS could develop a policy allowing religious institutions to act in accord with their moral principles. “To me, one possibility would be to have employers offer insurance coverage for family planning methods that are in accord with their moral principles,” she said. Contact Marisa Iati at [email protected] read more

Windjammer first Vermont hotel to earn ENERGY STAR certification

first_imgBest Western Plus Windjammer Inn & Conference Ctr.,On August 3, 2011 the Best Western Windjammer Inn and Conference Center in South Burlington, Vermont earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. ‘Earning the EPA ENERGY STAR certification displays the Best Western Windjammer Inn’s commitment to lowering energy usage and their overall carbon footprint, said Alan Hebert, Planning and Development Manager for Restaurants, Lodging and Ski Areas at Efficiency Vermont.  ‘The hotel has proven that it is a leader within Vermont’s tourism industry by being the first hotel in Vermont to earn this designation.’‘The Best Western Windjammer Inn and Conference Center is pleased to accept the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts’ said Karen Wisehart, General Manager.  ‘Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.’ Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  The Best Western Windjammer Inn improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building. EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide.  A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.  Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses. For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings:  www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings(link is external)last_img read more

Venezuela Provides Safe Haven to Hezbollah, US Warns

first_imgBy Jaime Moreno / Voice of America March 04, 2020 In an interview with Voice of America, U.S. Department of State spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that it was necessary for more countries in the region to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Ortagus added that the Nicolás Maduro regime provides a safe haven to Hezbollah members.Two decades ago, the U.S. government designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Countries in Latin America have slowly started to follow suit. Argentina and Paraguay made the designation in 2019, Colombia and Honduras made the official declaration in January 2020.“This is really important because you have a terrorist group backed by Iran in our region. People think that Hezbollah’s threat is confined to the Middle East, but it’s not. Hezbollah is in our region. It is a present threat, and it is important for all countries in the region to follow the initiative of Colombia and Argentina, and others, in naming Hezbollah as a terrorist organization because we know that Hezbollah has nothing but bad intentions for the United States and for our allies,” Ortagus said during the interview.At the recent counterterrorism conference in Bogotá, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was emphatic in denouncing the Maduro regime for protecting Hezbollah operators in Venezuela.“We know that Maduro and his cronies are trying to provide a safe haven for Hezbollah and the ELN [National Liberation Army] and other terrorist organizations. At this time we are focused on denouncing the behavior of the Maduro regime for allowing Hezbollah to have a safe haven, and at the same time we are also focused on supporting Juan Guaidó and all those who in Venezuela want to see a legitimate return to democracy,” the U.S. Department of State spokesperson said.The designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, which the United States is requesting of Latin American countries, allows countries to freeze the financial assets of people in the region who are connected to Hezbollah.The U.S. Department of State’s spokesperson also spoke about Russia’s relationship with Maduro, which she considers detrimental to Venezuelan interests.“They have a detrimental influence in Venezuela. They are not there to support the people of Venezuela. Look at the atrocities we see by the Russian regime in Syria. Indiscriminate bombing, death of civilians, which is what we are seeing in Idlib and other places,” Ortagus told VOA.She added that the United States does not intend to impose a government in Venezuela, but that the citizens of that country should choose their leaders freely, without the interference of Russia, the United States, or any other country.last_img read more

Huntington Pols OK Drone Regulations

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Huntington town lawmakers last week passed a law regulating drones, but its focus on protect privacy rights raised questions about whether it may violate the First Amendment.The Huntington Town Board unanimously passed the resolution with no discussion on Oct. 6. Drone hobbyists spoke out against the measure during a public hearing in July, defending the increasingly popular radio-controlled unmanned aircraft. Civil liberties experts, who said they’re watching how they law will be enforced, called its provision requiring permission for drone photography in public “problematic.”“I think there has to be a balance between people’s privacy rights…and [an] unfettered right to take pictures,” said Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who proposed the measure. He acknowledged that there is no right to privacy in public places, but said that people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in certain places such as their backyards.A spokeswoman for the Nassau County Legislature’s Republican majority has said lawmakers are similarly debating whether to propose drone regulations. So is the Town of Hempstead, Village of Saltaire on Fire Island and Federal Aviation Administration, which has estimated that drone sighting reports nearly tripled nationwide so far this year over 2014.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, citing the First Amendment right to take pictures in public places, this summer vetoed a bill the county legislature passed that would have improperly banned drone photography at county beaches. Bellone last month signed a revised version that simply created a permitting process to fly drones at county parks.Under the Huntington law, drone operators would face fines up to $1,000 or up to 15 days in jail if they don’t get permission of the owner before flying the devices over private property. Drone operators would also need permission of the town before flying one over town property, but the law did not create a formal permitting process, Cuthbertson said.Jason Starr, interim director of the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Suffolk chapter, told The Long Islander that he found requiring someone to have a permit to take pictures in the public space is “problematic.”“We’ll have to see how the town will enforce the provision that requires prior permitting,” he told the newspaper.“If they think it rises to that level and there’s going to be a suit about it, we’ll figure it out,” Cuthbertson said.The law prohibits “imaging technology for aerial surveillance with an unmanned aircraft…having the capability of obtaining high-resolution photographs and/or video, or using any types of sensors, for the collection, retention or dissemination of surveillance data or information on individuals, homes, businesses or property at locations where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.” It also prohibits flying drones “near or over unprotected persons or moving vehicles at a height less than 25 feet.”Among those who criticized Huntington’s drone regulation idea during a town board meeting in July was Dennis Andreas, president of Long Island Aero Modelers Association, a model airplane group that includes drone hobbyists.“Model aircraft have been flying safely on Long Island for decades,” he said. “Education, not legislation, is the answer.”Small drone sightings reported to local authorities saw a fivefold increase so far this year over all of last year on LI, according to FAA and local police, the Press exclusively reported last month. Of the more than 40 drone sightings reported by pilots, air traffic controllers and citizens in Nassau and Suffolk counties over the past two years, more than half were spotted in Suffolk.Of 17 reports in Nassau over the past two years—four in 2014, 13 between Jan. 1 and Aug. 20 of this year—at least eight were in the Town of Hempstead, which borders John F. Kennedy International Airport, where pilots regularly report spotting drones.Of the 23 in Suffolk in the same time span—two last year and 21 through August—most were scattered between the towns of Islip, Babylon, Riverhead, East Hampton and Southampton. Huntington officials did not specify how many drone sightings they’ve received, but none of those listed in the FAA data were from the northwestern Suffolk town.last_img read more

CUNA publishes analysis of MLA final rule

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA advocacy staff have completed an analysis of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) final rule regarding military lending, and have published the results on CUNA’s Removing Barriers blog.The changes to the Military Lending Act (MLA) were finalized July 22, will become effective Oct. 1 and compliance will become mandatory on Oct. 3, 2016.“Under the final rule, DOD expands the scope of the MLA regulation by aligning its scope with that of the Truth in Lending Act and Regulation Z; as amended, ‘consumer credit’ covered under the MLA is now generally consistent with credit covered by Regulation Z,” the blog reads. “Thus, a wide range of credit transactions that are subject to Regulation Z–including open-end credit and installment loans–are now also subject to the MLA regulation for the first time. However, the final rule does not apply to residential mortgage loans, secured motor vehicle and personal property loans, and transactions not covered by Regulation Z.” continue reading »last_img read more