Which? is wrong about tenancy deposits

first_imgWhich? has just published a report that casts doubt over tenancy deposit protection. But if its recommendations were implemented there is a real possibility that consumer protection for tenants might end up being made worse, not better.Discussing the future of tenancy deposit protection (TDP) is of course something that we actively encourage.TDS (Tenancy Deposit Scheme) protects almost 1.5m deposits across the UK and we’ve been looking after tenants’ deposit cash longer than any other scheme.  Last month we celebrated our 15th anniversary of doing just that.Tenancy deposits are continually developing, and we know that it’s a significant and emotive subject. It is in everyone’s interest to constantly look at how the private rented sector and tenancy deposit protection can become stronger.PassportingWhich? had several criticisms of the current  system. Some of these are valid and echo our concerns. For example, it found that one in six tenants took longer than four weeks to get their deposits back.At the TDS Academy we stress the need to resolve deposit deductions quickly; once 10 days have elapsed from the time that tenants first ask for their money back, they are able to raise the issue with the tenancy deposit schemes.We also share the concern that some tenants face (especially in London) must find another deposit for their next property whilst still waiting for their current deposit to be repaid.Which? (as well as others) often promotes so called deposit ‘passporting’ as a solution; allowing tenants’ existing deposits to be paid directly to a new landlord.It sounds like a great idea, but the problem is that the new landlord cannot be certain that the tenant’s existing deposit will be paid back in full, so why should they take the risk?This means passporting is a non-starter without some form of tenant guarantee.  For example, we have analysed the last 20,000 deposit repayments we have made for TDS Custodial and in 42% of cases the tenant agreed some form of payment to the landlord.The average payment is £275.  In a deposit passporting world this would mean that the new landlord would not be getting what they expected in 42% of cases.  If you were a landlord would you take this risk?Instead we promote a variation of an insurance policy to help bridge the gap between the old deposit being repaid and the need to pay a new deposit now. But there is no easy solution to this perennial problem and people have been looking at the issue for years.Tenancy deposit replacementWe also agree that there is room in some parts of the market for an insurance-style product and therefore we are working with Zero Deposit.But we are stressing to Government the need to ensure that these new providers are properly regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  And interestingly organisations like Shelter and Generation Rent are opposed to these schemes as they feel they do not offer value for money for tenants.A lettings regulator?Which? has also suggested the creation of an independent regulator for lettings and management agents. We support his alongside its call for a code of practice.  These reflect our own code of practice which we launched last year. The Government has already conceded this point in its response to the recent consultation.Existing TDP schemes?But it is the report’s criticisms of the existing tenancy deposit protection schemes which must be challenged.Which? says the most common reason for deposit deductions was for cleaning and it claimed that many of those who faced deductions for this were unhappy.  This mirrors our experience over the last 11 years of deposit protection. Disputes over cleaning feature very high up our own league table of deductions.Cleaning is an emotive subject as no-one likes to be told they have left their property dirty but day-in and day-out we see evidence in check-out reports that properties are being left in a less than clean condition by outgoing tenants. We also see cases where these claims are exaggerated.Simply put: if the case goes to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and the landlord can’t prove that a deduction is valid, then the landlord’s claim will be lost.  We have invited Which? to our offices to see how we deal with cleaning claims so that in future they can base their recommendations based on what really happens in practice.The issue which most concerned me in the Which? report was the assertion that half of tenants who didn’t get their money back in full challenged the decision.This statistic was used to make the point that the tenancy deposit protection schemes are not working effectively.  The facts however do not support this claim and we are disappointed that Which? did not bother to check their facts with us beforehand.We have evidence of tenant behaviour and know that in 19,742 agreed deposit repayments handled by our Custodial scheme in the period from April 2016 to July 2018 a total of 11,387 (58%) of tenants got their deposit back in full with the agreement of the landlord.The remaining 8,355 (42%) saw the tenants agreeing that the landlord could receive a deduction from the deposit.  In every single one of these cases the tenant could have taken the case to our adjudication service but they chose not do so.  There were only an extra 286 cases in the same period that went to the ADR process.In our view this shows that the tenancy deposit protection system is working very well; in 58% of cases tenants get their money back in full because the landlord and tenant agree and in 42% of deposits the landlords and tenants agreed that there is some reason why a deduction should be paid to the landlord.  Indeed in 6% of deposit repayments the tenants agreed that all the deposit should be paid to the landlord.Our statistics show that Tenancy Deposit Scheme is offering a really simple way for the tenants and landlords to agree who should get what.Tenancy agreementsWhich? claimed that there was a lack of clarity about what deposit money can be used for.  In our experience, in almost all cases we see the tenancy agreement sets out what the deposit can be used for and if there is a dispute and the tenancy agreement does not allow a specific deduction, the schemes will reject it.Alternative satisfaction99% of all deposits we protect don’t end up in dispute.  Where there is a dispute, we have a robust, impartial process to ensure that the right money goes to the correct party.  Our adjudicators start from the premise that the deposit belongs to the tenant and it is up to the landlord to prove that a deduction can and should be made.When a tenant (or indeed a landlord) loses an adjudication, it’s understandable that they might feel disappointed.  When we survey people who use our ADR service this is also what we find.The Which? report said only a third of tenants who raised a dispute were satisfied with the process.In 2017-18 TDS dealt with over 14,630 disputes and only received 240 (1.6%) complaints about the adjudication decision. These tend to be where the complainant argues that the adjudicator may have missed some compelling evidence which means that the adjudication is not sound.All of these are investigated by another adjudicator and we acknowledged we had made errors in 70 cases (or 0.4% of disputes).  This shows that TDS does have an effective complaints process which puts things right when we make mistakes in our adjudication.Be careful what you wish forThere is a strange climate around lettings now. The Government’s view that the housing market is broken is leading to a plethora of legislation, changes and consultations.There are improvements that could be made to how the tenancy deposit protection schemes work and we have made suggestions to Government such as: removing the need for prescribed information and asking the schemes to provide this; introducing a decision review process as happens in Scotland and Northern Ireland and removing the statutory declaration requirements for single claims.Before 2007 when deposit protection was introduced tenants regularly got ripped off by landlords and agents, and this was what led to statutory tenancy deposit protection being introduced.During 2018 nearly all deposits were properly protected; tenancy agreements specify what deductions can be taken from the deposit; inventories have become almost universal and of higher quality; and tenancy deposit schemes have developed on-line solutions to enable tenants and landlords to negotiate their return and free ADR exists to resolve any disputes.The fact is that TDP is a success and is something we should all be proud of. And as for Which? – our door is always open and we can show you what really happens on the ground.Steve Harriott tenancy deposits The Tenancy Deposit Scheme Which? August 13, 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Lawyer leading RICS governance probe asks members to help with evidence30th April 2021 Home » Features » Which? is wrong about tenancy deposits previous nextRegulation & LawWhich? is wrong about tenancy depositsSteve Harriott, Chief Executive of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, defends how his organisation handles deposits and contested deductions.Steve Harriott13th August 201801,753 Viewslast_img read more

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UK: Rolls-Royce Creates Dedicated Team Focused on Naval Ship Design

first_img View post tag: Rolls-Royce Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Rolls-Royce Creates Dedicated Team Focused on Naval Ship Design Industry news Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: ship View post tag: Naval View post tag: creates View post tag: News by topiccenter_img UK: Rolls-Royce Creates Dedicated Team Focused on Naval Ship Design Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has broadened its capability in ship design with the establishment of a new team dedicated to the development of naval ship designs.Rolls-Royce has been at the forefront of innovative ship design for nearly 40 years, designing over 800 vessels, used mainly in the commercial sector.This new team will develop vessels for customers such as navies, coast guards and other maritime agencies. The new designs, which include variants of the award winning Environship merchant ship concept, will leverage innovative and cost effective technologies from commercial Rolls-Royce ship designs and products, adapted and integrated for the specific requirements of naval operations.Garry Mills, Rolls-Royce, Chief of Naval Ship Design, said: “There has been a growing trend for commercial marine technology to cross over into the naval market, delivering cost reduction and proven capability. Governmental customers are looking for cost effective and innovative ships and with Rolls-Royce already hugely experienced in ship design, coupled to the world’s largest marine product portfolio, we can offer integrated ‘whole ship’ solutions suited to the demanding roles of the world’s navies.“Naval vessels typically involve the integration of many disparate and complex technologies, into what tend to be unique ships. We have some exciting designs under development, bringing together world leading capability in propulsion, control systems and deck machinery into advanced hull forms.”One of the Rolls-Royce designs includes a replenishment ship for refueling and supplying naval fleets and is available in the 9,000 to 25,000 deadweight tonne range. The design is based on the Rolls-Royce Environship concept, featuring a wave piercing bow and hybrid electric propulsion system which increases operation efficiency while reducing fuel consumption.The design team will focus on offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), survey ships and support vessels, rather than combatant ships such as frigates and destroyers.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 26, 2012; Image: Rolls-Royce View post tag: design October 26, 2012 View post tag: Dedicated View post tag: team View post tag: Focusedlast_img read more

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Cortinas, Capurso, Caballero O.T. heroes for Rockets

first_imgReeling from a second straight overtime loss to the (5-0) Comets, the (2-3) Rockets needed to refocus as they took to the court to face the (0-4) Sonics to close out week 4 in the JCC of Bayonne Indoor Soccer Sr. Division. Taking advantage of a sluggish start by the Rockets, the Sonics exploded out to a 3-0 lead as Jaiden Garcia (2 goals) and Jacob Rivera (1 goal, 2 assists) racked up goals with Drew Radil pitching in with a long distance assist. Having their first victory well insight, the Sonics began to flinch as Matteo Capurso railed in two quick goals with Christopher Caballero notching two assists. Still holding a slim 3-2 lead with just 5 minutes remaining the Sonics hunkered down with Mariam Rasslan and Sebastian Echeverry dog fighting every Rockets’ advance. Throwing “the kitchen sink” at the Sonics, Aaliyana Cifuentes, Jason Herbert and Ezekiel Lupainez tried in vain to gain some ground for the Rockets. Ten seconds away from their first victory, the Sonics suffered a defensive lapse just long enough for Caballero to assist Capurso on his game tying third goal of the game to force another overtime shootout. With bitter memories of two overtime defeats still echoing in their heads, the Rockets’ Raul Cortinas played the hero’s role by bulling in the game winner giving his squad a 4-3 O.T. win.Week 4 Sr. DivisionOffensive Player of the Week: Matteo Capurso – RocketsDefensive Player of the Week: Drew Radil – SonicsTeamwork/Leadership Player of the Week: Christopher Caballero – Rocketslast_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Debuts Audioslave, “Piña Colada” Song Covers In Peoria [Photos]

first_imgOn Sunday night, following a memorable performance in Indianapolis the previous evening, Chicago jam staples Umphrey’s McGee made their way to CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing in Peoria, IL for a Sunday evening show on the banks of the Illinois River.The night’s first set began with “Eat,” which got a nice dose of improv before a “Push The Pig” > “Cut Off” saw the band truly start to settle in. Next up was “Onward & Upward,” making its second appearance in nearly three years, before the band moved into instrumental “The Pequod” and “Conduit” to close the first frame.Set two began with “All Things Ninja,” featuring fantastic solo slots from Kris Myers (drums) and Jake Cinninger (guitar). “Attachments” came next, before Brendan Bayliss stepped back into the spotlight for “2×2.” The fan-favorite tune was succeeded by a solidly played “Utopian Fir,” which eventually made its way to a jam on Rupert Holmes “Escape,” known to most as the “Pina Colada” song. “Kula” > “Wappy Sprayberry” followed, before a debut cover of Audioslave‘s “Cochise” brought the set to an end. Finally, the band returned for an encore of “End of the Road > “Out Of Order.”Below, you can view a stunning gallery of photos from Umphrey McGee’s Peoria performance courtesy of the ever-impressive Keith Griner of Phierce Photo. Follow @PhiercePhoto on Instagram of a steady stream of incredible live music shots!Umphrey’s now begins a brief hiatus from the road before their scheduled performance at Major Rager Charlotte in Charlotte, NC on August 10th. For a full list of upcoming shows, head to the Umphrey’s McGee website.SETLIST: Umphrey’s McGee: CEFCU CENTER STAGE AT THE LANDING, PEORIA, IL, | 7/23/17Set 1: Eat, Push the Pig > Cut Off, Onward & Upward > The Pequod > ConduitSet 2: All Things Ninja, Attachments, 2×2, Utopian Fir > Escape[1] > Utopian Fir > Kula > Wappy Sprayberry > Cochise[2]Encore: End of the Road > Out Of OrderSetlist notes:[1] debut, Rupert Holmes; incomplete[2] debut, AudioslaveSETLIST: Umphrey’s McGee | CEFCU CENTER STAGE AT THE LANDING, PEORIA, IL, | 7/23/17 | Photos: Phierce Photo by Keith G. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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4 win Marshall, International Rhodes scholarships

first_imgA difficult year is ending joyfully for three Harvard College students and an alumnus who have been awarded Marshall and International Rhodes scholarships.Jorge Ledesma, Humza Jilani, Evelyn Wong, and Eli Zuzovsky plan to continue their educations with graduate studies at Oxford University and at University College London. In interviews with the Gazette, they shared their reactions and their future plans.,Related 2020 Rhodes, Mitchell Scholars named Graduate research will range from theater direction to criminal justice center_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img

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Sexual assault reported

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) sent an email to students Tuesday evening alerting them of a report of sexual assault committed by an acquaintance in a North Quad men’s residence hall early Saturday morning.The email stated the report was made to a University administrator and warned students of the risk of sexual assault.“Sexual assault can happen to anyone,” the email stated. ” On college campuses, perpetrators are more likely to assault an acquaintance than a stranger.  Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault.“Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault.“The perpetrator, not the survivor, is responsible for any instance of sexual assault.  Nothing a survivor does or does not do is an excuse for sexual assault.”Tags: observer staff report, sexual assaultlast_img read more

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Judicial Council hosts final debate before student body election

first_imgThe Judicial Council hosted the final debate for the regular student body elections Monday night at 9 p.m. in the Midfield Commons of the Duncan Student Center.Running for office this year are the following tickets, for president and vice president, respectively: junior Noble Patidar and freshman Connor Patrick; junior Connor Whittle and sophomore Jack Rotolo; junior Zachary Mercugliano and freshman Aviva Lund; freshmen Henry Bates and Thomas Henry; juniors Michael Dugan and Ricardo Pozas Garza and juniors Rachel Ingal and Sarah Galbenski.All six tickets were present at the debate, which was moderated by junior and Judicial Council president Halena Hadi.Hadi began the debate by explaining the questions posed to the candidates came directly from students, and three randomly generated tickets would have the opportunity to answer each question. The pairs of candidates then introduced themselves and provided a brief overview of their platforms. The Bates-Henry ticket concluded the introductions by spontaneously ripping off their tear-away pants, much to the amusement of the crowd.The first question was in reference to the upcoming presidential debate that will be hosted on campus next fall and how each ticket’s administration planned to unify the campus in the midst of such a divisive political climate.Galbenski started the conversation with a proposition to include a voter registration module in the Moreau First Year Experience because of the influx of “newly minted 18 year olds” on campus in the fall. Photo courtesy of Patrick McGuire Candidates for student body president and vice president debated Monday night at 9 p.m. in Midfield Commons. The election is Tuesday, and voting commences at 8 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m.Whittle brought up his ticket’s initiative titled “Share Your Story Week.” “There would be a video booth around campus with simple questions like, ‘Who inspires you?’ ‘What’s your story?’ I think questions like that raise an overall important way of approaching dialogue that is meaningful,” he said. Lund emphasized the “blue dot / gold dot” initiative.“Starting in the dining halls, we would want people to be open to having conversations with cool, new people by putting a gold dot on their table,” Lund said. “If you’re busy studying, you could put up the blue dot.” The next question asked candidates to explain how they would help students from diverse backgrounds feel a sense of belonging on campus.Pozas Garza discussed why increasing club funding could help promote inclusion. “BridgeND can provide a model that suits that conversation [about diversity],” Pozas Garza said. “Did you know that Diversity Council, for example, is a club? Those are the kinds of things we want to improve our funding upon.”Diverse religious backgrounds were also a part of this conversation. Patidar suggested a method reminiscent of ConvergeND’s quiz format for pairing up students of different faith backgrounds to engage in productive dialogue.The Bates-Henry ticket chimed in as well, proposing the national anthem of every country represented in the Notre Dame student body be played before every sports event “at the same time to promote unity on campus.”When asked how they would address transgender rights on campus, Whittle decisively communicated his ticket’s stance. “Hate has no place on this campus,” he said. “We believe that sexual orientation and sexual identity should be added to the University’s non-discrimination clause.”Ingal agreed with the importance of this addition to the clause, sharing an anecdote about a Notre Dame graduate student who faced discrimination from an academic advisor as a result of her transgender identity.In response to the next question about sustainability, the Patidar-Patrick ticket shared a specific facet of their platform.“At Starbucks … people don’t know that only the lid and the cupholder are recyclable and the actual cup is not,” Patidar said. “I don’t see why having an awareness initiative where you put a poster where you throw your trash away that shows what’s recyclable and what’s not … is that hard to do.”The following question dealt with the inclusion of low-income students in residential and student life.Dugan explained that as a low-income student himself, he had experienced some of these limitations firsthand. He emphasized a necessary change in compensation for resident assistants and increased communication from the Student Activities Office about student programming jobs.He also said the Dugan-Garza ticket would reallocate $10,000 in student union funds. “What we would do with that $10K is give it to the Office of Student Enrichment, which is the office that serves low-income students like myself,” he said.In regards to gender relations issues, Ingal said it was crucial to take a pre-emptive approach with the gender relations issue on campus.“Something that’s really important to us is protecting women during the ‘red zone’ which is the first six weeks of a semester,” she said. “That is the time when you’re most likely to see sexual assaults carried out successfully. … One way we want to do that is by amplifying GreeNDot training not only for Welcome Weekend staff but also for people at bars or ushers at football games.”Dugan provided statistics to support the claim that women need greater access to confidential sexual assault resources on campus.“Twenty seven percent of women on this campus experience non-consensual sexual contact, and 7% of men do,” he said. “Of those who experience non-consensual sexual contact, 4% are able and 2% wind up reporting. Those are numbers we should not accept.”The candidates were then asked how Notre Dame should extend its community to the locals of South Bend.Mercugliano shared his experience with a craft fair that allowed him to connect with local business owners.“They expressed a lot of interest in both having more craft fairs of the like and small business fairs not only here on campus but in downtown South Bend,” he said. “I think that would be a great way to increase community involvement.”Rotolo proposed the addition of a community engagement module to the Moreau First Year Experience curriculum.To round out the debate, the candidates gave their closing statements, where they thanked their campaign teams and summarized the key takeaways from their platforms. Hadi reminded the audience that the election would take place Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and students could vote via email or the Judicial Council’s website. She also said there would be a runoff debate Wednesday at the same location and time and runoff elections would take place Thursday. Tags: Judicial Council, Student Body President, student body presidential debate, student government elections 2020last_img read more

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Why the United States Should Use Special Operations Forces to Fight the Islamic State (ISIS)

first_imgBy Dialogo February 29, 2016 It will also be very important for the United States to properly plan for the SOFs’ commitment to combat missions. This implies a proper and thorough assessment and taking into account the risks to the force itself due to the possibility of casualties and further difficulties of recuperation based on the time and costs involved in replacement. But the political, strategic, and operational consequences that could be brought about by an unsuccessful mission also need to be considered. Therefore, before committing to a potential mission, commanders and advisers must conduct thorough planning and take into account any future effects. Given these developments, it is clear that the United States should use special operations forces to fight the Islamic State. A key element in current U.S. defense policy is the use of SOF, which have gained significant importance in modern war, mainly due to the capabilities they can deploy, their rigorous training, their organizational flexibility, the types of missions they carry out, the impact of their actions, and the characteristics of the new threat where uncertainty and asymmetry prevail. As we can see, the varied and contradictory combat scenarios that may be encountered by a force of this nature demand detailed knowledge of the range of skills they possess – confirming the special operations forces’ importance as an appropriate Military response instrument in times of peace, crisis, and war. Given the SOFs’ ability to provide rapid and normally covert actions with a reduced volume of units, they are particularly suited to carry out Military operations in response to various threats. The multiplicity of tasks that such forces can execute – in war and in military operations outside of war – make them a suitable instrument for fast and flexible Military responses, unlike conventional forces that can cause or aggravate an escalation of a crisis. It is precisely in this context that one of the special operations forces’ main challenges arises: developing a flexible and versatile force capable of fighting and overcoming conventional threats in a typical scenario of interstate conflict and dealing with non-state organizations, such as terrorist groups, paramilitary organizations, etc., based on the each country’s reality and legal rules. The countries in the region with special operations forces that have trained with their American counterparts include Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. In this context, the full validity of the longstanding and well-known aphorism of “boots on the ground” is evident, as the presence and deployment of ground forces is necessary to achieve the conquest and occupation of a territory consolidated as a result of a Military operation. The U.S. Army’s Special Operations Forces (SOF) have been arriving in Iraq to carry out operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) as part of a more concerted and effective effort to disrupt the terrorist organization. This is complemented by the presence of U.S. SOF in Syria, where they obtain intelligence, perform Military Assistance tasks with Kurdish forces, and conduct raids on high-value targets. One of the initial strategies designed by U.S. President Barack Obama to address the threat of ISIS was a series of air strikes on specific targets aimed at destroying jihadist enclaves. However, in light of events, Military officials sent SOF to achieve certain goals that by their nature can only be achieved through the use of such units. In addition, the United States has openly called on other countries to send special operations forces to join the fight against ISIS, including from the U.S.’s traditional allies, such as the United Kingdom and Australia, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter confirmed. “There are states in the region that have been requested to take a more active role in the Military campaign against Islamic terrorism.” Lieutenant Colonel Rocco Vergara Lancellotti is the Deputy Director of the Chilean Army’s War Academy.last_img read more

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Long Island Exec Raises Funds For Syrian Refugees

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Port Washington marketing executive launched a YouCaring.com fundraiser with the goal of helping Syrian refugees relocate to Canada, but the effort sparked what he described as a mind-blowing amount of blowback.Dave Kerpen, the CEO of Likeable Local, a social media marketing company, has so far raised more than $5,000 of the $20,000 that Canadian nonprofit Naida Now needs to relocate one Syrian family from the war-torn country. His goal is to raise $100,000 to help five families escape Syria.“Najda Now essentially adopts Syrian refugee families and does everything from getting all their paperwork together, to helping with travel expenses, to resettling them, helping them find a home to helping them find a job,” Kerpen said.Dave KerpenSyria’s civil war, which has dragged on for nearly seven years, has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and sparked what experts have termed the worst refugee crisis since World War II.Kerpen, an author and former reality TV personality, got the idea to launch the fundraiser after a conversation with his friend, local restaurateur and government official Adam Haber, at their temple in Manhasset, the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore.“It’s a pretty amazing organization,” Kerpen said. “And when we realized we could do this, it felt like an amazing way to help, given that we obviously can’t bring Syrian refugees to the United States because of the political climate.”One of President Donald Trump’s first orders of business was to cut the number of Syrian refugees allowed into the country after suggesting that terrorists could be using the relocation program to sneak into the country. But Kerpen said he felt inspired to take up the cause given his personal history.“As a Jewish person, I consider it part of my mission, as a descendent of Holocaust survivors, to help whenever there are people who are being mistreated and massacred, as Syrians are today,” he said. “It can be very frustrating not being able to help. But through this organization we can actually help real people. So that’s what this effort is all about.”To the social media guru’s surprise, his online posts sparked more push-back than anticipated after he shared the fundraiser with his Facebook group of about 150,000 members.“I got some people that supported us, but I got so many people that have so much hatred and were so bigoted and intolerant,” he said. “It blew my mind.”Some suggested that he focus his energy on caring for American military veterans instead.“The thing is, it doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game,” he said. “I care deeply about our veterans and I think that the way we treat our veterans is a travesty. But that doesn’t mean that we should ignore people dying. So from my perspective, to answer calls for love and help with hatred is ironic and very sad.”He tried to show his critics the light.“I care about veterans too, send me a link to a cause where you want support for veterans, and I’d be happy to help,” he replied online. “I wish people were more positive than negative.”Despite the negativity he’s encountered, Kerpen continues to work toward his goal to sponsor the Sheikh Haidar family, which has been separated due to the war. He believes this cause can continue to do good in the months to come.“I like to think big,” he said. “I’ve been very fortunate thinking big in my career… It’s one dollar at a time and one family at a time.”last_img read more

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Southern Tier on track for phase 2 of reopening

first_imgIn total, 448 cases of the virus have been reported. Garnar says he expects to hear more from the state about moving onto the second phase early next week. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says the region is on pace to advance into phase two of reopening. For a map detailing where cases are located in the county, click here. Broome County May 21 coronavirus update: As of May 21, Garnar says about 100 businesses in Broome County are operating. Phase two: Coronavirus numbers: There are 86 active cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. 32 people died from the virus and 330 people have recovered. Garnar says the county continues to meet the criteria to remain open and move onto the next reopening stage. He says the county is doing better now than when phase one began. A chart detailing how the Southern Tier is performing can be found by clicking here.last_img read more

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