Rent records and mortgage petition

first_imgIt’s often advertised that a mortgage payment can be less than an equivalent rent, but many tenants still have difficulty in securing a mortgage as even a perfect rental payment record is no guarantee of a mortgage offer.Jamie Pogson, a frustrated mortgage applicant set up a petition for his record of £70,000 in rent on time to be recognised as evidence that his mortgage payments would be paid – and he has (as of 14th March) received 143,845 signatures. This means that Parliament must consider the petition for debate. You too can sign this petition to help more tenants get a mortgage:https://petition.parliament.uk/ petitions/186565mortgage lending mortgage petition petitions rent records April 19, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Rent records and mortgage petition previous nextProducts & ServicesRent records and mortgage petitionThe Negotiator19th April 20170509 Viewslast_img read more

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News round up 2007

first_imgJanuaryl With 1,327 shops, bakery giant Greggs dwarfs its rivals on the high street, both in the takeaway and fast food sectors, topping British Baker’s first Top 50 Bakery Retailers league table.l Private equity firm Vision Capital’s purchase of the assets of Northern Foods’ bakery businesses is approved by shareholders.l Pies and malt loaf baker Oakdale Bakeries, with sites in Doncaster and Wigan, calls in administrators. It is sold to Bakesense in March.l Supermarket bread on sale in London is cheaper than bread on sale in Cairo, Bangkok, Beijing and Manchester, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. A standard loaf cost 61p/kg in London, ranking 114th out of the 130 cities in the survey.—-=== December ===l Sainsbury’s strikes a unique deal to supply its 360 in-store bakeries with traceable British flour, as part of an initiative to become what it calls “the best baker in town”.l Convenience foods specialist Greencore Group becomes the latest bakery supplier to complain that the unseasonal summer weather and raw material cost inflation have hit its profits in 2007.—-=== November ===l French-based yeast group Lesaffre acquires yeast company GB Ingredients and sister business BFP Wholesale for an undisclosed sum.l Maple Leaf Bakery UK buys Bernard Matthew’s bakery in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.European Bakeries (UK) goes into liquidation as the landlord of its London bakery calls in the bailiffs over unpaid rent.l Speculation mounts that Allied Bakeries is to be sold by parent Associated British Foods, after ABF says it has underperformed over the year.l Celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin stars in the latest Morrisons advert, promoting the retailer’s bread and in-store bakeries.—-=== October ===Finsbury Food Group acquires Weight Watchers low-fat cake manufacturer Anthony Alan Foods.l Supermarket Morrisons acquires the whole of the Rathbone Kear plant bakery business, buying out bakery entrepreneur Harry Kear’s 20% stake.l Chester-based P&A Davies scoops the Richemont Club 2007 Trophy at the Club’s annual competition, held at Bakers’ Fair North West. Pictured are judges Steve Gibbons and Kevin Rusden from Milling & Baking, looking at savouries—-=== August ===l Millers and bakers are reported to be going through “hair-tearing” times as wheat and commodity prices soar, including dairy and fats.l The Dutch group CSM, owner of BakeMark UK, acquires Kate’s Cakes for £20.5m plus £12m debt.l Maple Leaf Bakery UK adds to its growing UK empire with the £18.75m acquisition of premium breads supplier La Fornaia.l Sandwich chain Subway hits the 1,000 outlet milestone in the UK and Ireland, moving towards a target of having 2,010 outlets by 2010.Tesco launches its first range of breads with no artificial additives, using long fermentation.—-=== June ===l Cake giant Inter Link suspends trading of its shares on the AIM, following an initial decision by McCambridge to withdraw an offer to buy the company. With £63m debts, shares, once traded at 770p each, were worthless.l European Bakeries, which supplies Aldi and Compass, goes into administration.l Cooplands of Scarborough buys Skeltons from administration in a deal that almost doubles its estate from 43 to 77 shops.Skoda creates a tasty motor, a full-sized replica of its Fabia, made out of cake and confectionery.l Druckers Vienna Patisserie joins forces with Patisserie Valerie after Luke Johnson buys the 42-strong Druckers chain for about £20m.—-=== May ===l Allied Bakeries restructures its UK mainland business into eight regional business units to improve service levels and efficiency.l The Food Standards Agency (FSA) decides to recommend mandatory fortification of baked goods with folic acid, either at the flour or bread stage to ministers, in a bid to reduce birth defects caused by its deficiency in expectant mothers. The FSA is reviewing the situation.l Bread sales go up in value across the board over the last year, apart from the white in-store bakery sector, TNS Worldpanel data reveals. It announces that total bread sales were worth £1.43bn in the year to 25 February 2007, a growth in value of 9% on the previous year.—-=== March ===l Ainsleys of Leeds wins its long-running legal battle over VAT payments on its ciabatta melts and other fresh-baked products, after a High Court appeal is dropped by HM Revenue & Customs.l Hull-based Skeltons, which has 43 shops, calls in administrators on March 27, blaming supermarket competition and a recent significant increase in energy costs.l The bread and bakery products market sees its best year of sales growth in four years in 2006, according to the KeyNote 2007 report. The bread and bakery products market is worth £3.27bn at retail selling prices in 2006, up by 3.1% on 2005.—-=== February ===l Finsbury Food Group buys Lightbody Celebration Cakes, making it the leading player in the premium cakes sector.Premier Foods’ £1.2 billion purchase of RHM is cleared, creating Britain’s biggest food producer and bringing together brands such as Branston Pickle, Hovis bread and Mr Kipling cakes.l Allied Bakeries reveals plans for the “UK’s biggest-ever bakery relaunch” as a £40m turnaround plan gets under way.l A corporate recovery firm makes an asset purchase of Welsh firm Ferrari’s Bakery.—-=== September ===l Premier Foods reveals that profits have halved in its bakery division in the six months to June 30.John Waterfield scoops the prestigious Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards and John Gillespie (pictured with Joanna Lumley) takes the British Baker Special Award.l Country Style Foods buys the former RHM frozen desserts factory in Flint, Wales, from Premier Foods.l Plant bakers report wastage levels between 5% and 20%, due to a poor UK harvest.l New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals a 2.3% decline in the number of bakery manufacturers over the last year, while the number of bakery retailers grew slightly.—-=== July ===l Irish bakery group McCambridge buys cake company Inter Link.l Bakesense Bakeries, formerly Oakdale Bakeries, goes into administration for the second time in the year. Administrators fail to find a buyer and 200 jobs are lost.l Flooding hits Gloucestershire businesses badly, amid scenes of panic-buying.—-=== April ===l Asda says its fresh bakery sales are up, following a high-profile advertising campaign, featuring actress and comedienne Victoria Wood (pictured).l MPs start a campaign in Westminster to exclude the UK from EU moves to abolish standard-size British bread loaves.l Sandwich supplier Brambles Foods is sold to Adelie Food Holdings for £22m.last_img read more

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Radiohead’s New Album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ Is Finally Here

first_imgTwo days ago, the mysteriousness of Radiohead continued when they shared a new single, “Daydreaming,” and revealed that they would be releasing their highly anticipated album today, Sunday the 8th at 2PM EST. With no details as far as the album’s title, artwork, or tracklisting, the album finally went live on iTunes about an hour ago and is currently available on the band’s website. Entitled A Moon Shaped Pool, the band’s “LP 9” comes five years after their 2011 The King of Limbs. The record includes eleven songs, including both “Daydreaming” and “Burn The Witch,” which they had released earlier this week. The tracklist also includes songs previously performed live by Radiohead, like “Ful Stop,” “Identikit,” “Present Tense,” and “Desert Island Disk.” The debut of “True Love Waits” goes all the way back to their 2001 live EP, I Might Be Wrong.With seven of the eleven songs being somewhat familiar, we are left with four new tunes to sit back and enjoy the life of Radiohead’s newest work. The album’s tracklist goes as follows:A Moon Shaped Pool Tracklist:01. Burn The Witch02. Daydreaming03. Decks Dark04. Desert Island Disk05. Ful Stop06. Glass Eyes07. Identikit08. The Numbers09. Present Tense10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief11. True Love WaitsRadiohead will be hitting the road for their world tour this summer, starting May the 20th in Amsterdam, and arriving in the United States for two nights at Madison Square Garden on July 26 & 27. This morning, news broke that drummer Clive Dreamer from Portishead would also be joining Radiohead on the road, with a post on Dreamer’s website, saying he’s “looking forward to [Radiohead’s] first gig in Amsterdam” with the below photo of him sitting atop an equipment case.Radiohead 2016 Tour Dates:05/20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall05/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall05/23 – Paris, FR @ Zenith05/24 – Paris, FR @ Zenith05/26 – London, UK @ Roundhouse05/27 – London, UK @ Roundhouse05/28 – London, UK @ Roundhouse06/01 – Lyon, FR @ Nuits de Fourvière06/03 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound06/17 – Reyjavik, IC @ Secret Solstice07/02 – St. Gallen, CH @ OpenAir St. Gallen07/08 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive Festival07/26 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden07/27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden07/29 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza07/31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival08/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium08/06 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music Festival08/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium08/20 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic08/21 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic09/11 – Berlin, DE @ Lollapalooza Berlin09/30-10/02 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits10/03 – Mexico City, MX @ Palacio de los Deportes10/04 – Mexico City, MX @ Palacio de los Deportes10/07-09 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits[H/T CoS]last_img read more

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Phil Lesh And Terrapin Family Band Covers Wilco To Open Chicago Run [Watch]

first_imgPhil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band rolled into Chicago to play their first of two shows at Thalia Hall on Thursday. While Lesh doesn’t tour as often–rarely at all anymore–as he did in his days with the Grateful Dead, the bassist and the TFB seem to be starting a tradition of honoring local music heroes in the various cities they visit. The band paid tribute to fellow rock artists including Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix during a show in Seattle last month and kept the honorary covers going on Thursday with a live rendition of “Misunderstood” by Wilco finding its way into the setlist.Related: Phil Lesh Announces Additional “Thunder & Lightning” Shows At Terrapin CrossroadsThe night’s performance began with a pair of early Dead favorites in “China Cat Sunflower” and “Mr. Charlie”, with Elliot Peck singing lead on the latter. Peck remained at the mic to sing a cover of Bob Weir‘s “Looks Like Rain”, only to be replaced on vocal duties by Ross James, who then led the way in performing “Throwing Stones”. Next up was “Jack Straw”, followed by “Black Peter”. The first set continued with the band taking the audience on a ride with a trio of uptempo Dead hits starting with the classic “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” song combination, which continued into “Casey Jones” to take the show into set break.The band returned to the stage to start the second half of the show by revisiting “Slipknot!”, which transitioned right into another song out of the Weir songbook in “Cassidy”. The band then went from Weir to Garcia with a cover of the Jerry Garcia Band‘s “Reuben & Cerise” before returning to “Cassidy”. Next up was “Dark Star”, which transitioned into a cover of Paul Kanter‘s “Mountain Song” and back into “Dark Star” to close out their performance of the mystic psych-rock ballad. The show continued with “Scarlet Begonias”, followed by “Eyes Of The World” and the always-climactic “Terrapin Station” to end the set. Fans can watch the fan-shot video below to hear a portion of last night’s second set closer.Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band – “Terrapin Station” – 3/7/2019[Video: Mortal Death]The band returned to the stage for a two-song encore beginning with a vocally-harmonic rendition of “Uncle John’s Band”, followed by their cover of Wilco’s “Misunderstood”. Fans can watch the fan-shot video below to hear the band’s live version of the 1996 Wilco tune.Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band – “Misunderstood” (Wilco cover) – 3/7/2019[Video: Tomorrow’s Verse]Lesh’s 2019 performance schedule continues to grow with the recent additions of Mountain Jam and Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival onto his concert calendar. Fans can head to Lesh’s website for the full list of upcoming performances and tickets.Setlist: Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band | Thalia Hall | Chicago, IL | 3/7/2019Set One: China Cat Sunflower, Mr. Charlie, Looks Like Rain (Bob Weir cover), Throwing Stones, Jack Straw, Black Peter, Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Casey JonesSet Two: Slipknot! > Cassidy (Bob Weir cover) > Reuben & Cerise (Jerry Garcia band cover) > Cassidy, Dark Star > Mountain Song (Paul Kantner cover) > Dark Star, Scarlet Begonias, Eyes Of The World, Terrapin StationEncore: Uncle John’s Band, Misunderstood (Wilco cover)last_img read more

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Dual Degree Program

first_imgGrowing up in Tifton, Georgia, Logan Moore knew that he would follow the family tradition of earning his associate degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Remaining in his hometown and earning his bachelor’s degree in agriscience and environmental systems from the University of Georgia Tifton campus made sense, too. “It’s about as good as it gets,” he said. After learning he could earn simultaneous master’s degrees from UGA and one of Italy’s leading research institutions, Moore decided to spread his wings even further. He will spend the next 18 months conducting research and taking classes for his thesis at the University of Padova, or Universitá Degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD), making him the first UGA graduate student to pursue this new dual master’s degree opportunity.The new program is the result of faculty relationships that date back two dozen years, when Francesco Morari traveled to Tifton to conduct research for his dissertation. Morari is now an associate professor of environmental agronomy at UNIPD.“Francesco and I became friends while he was in Tifton and, through the years, we’ve looked for opportunities to collaborate,” said George Vellidis, UGA professor of crop and soil sciences.One of their earliest efforts dates back to 2004 with the establishment of the TransAtlantic Precision Agriculture Consortium that includes faculty from UGA, Auburn University and Mississippi State University in the U.S., UNIPD in Italy, the Technical University of Munich in Germany, and the University of Thessaly in Greece.“Our first exchange program focused on undergraduate students studying in the U.S. or at one of the European universities for a semester,” Vellidis said. “Then, we began some internship exchanges for master’s (degree) students.”In 2015, UGA and UNIPD signed a memorandum of understanding to offer a dual graduate degree in sustainable agriculture. The next year was spent studying all aspects of the programs at the two universities, from admissions requirements to required courses.“In order for the students to qualify for a master’s degree from both universities, each university had to examine the courses that were being taken and ensure they covered the appropriate concepts and had the same level of rigor,” Vellidis said. “We also had to determine how the students’ faculty committees would be established to ensure there was balanced representation from the two institutions.”Ultimately, details were ironed out and, in fall 2016, Moore was accepted into the program at UGA along with two Italian students who began their year of coursework at UNIPD. Moore, who moved to Padova in mid-May along with his wife, Casey, will be studying the brown marmorated stinkbug, a relatively new pest in both Georgia and Italy, but one that could cause millions of dollars in damage if not controlled. In the fall, he will take a course on plant breeding and continue his research under the direction of Professor Alberto Pozzebon, who studies sustainable pest management in orchards and vineyards. By the time he returns to UGA next fall, Moore hopes to have completed his research and defended his thesis.Founded in 1222, UNIPD is considered the fifth-oldest university in the world. Located about 25 miles from Venice in northern Italy’s Veneto region, the city of Padova is much older. Padova traces its roots to 1183 B.C. In addition to scores of notable faculty and alumni – Galileo Galilei taught mathematics at UNIPD for 17 years, and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and Andrea Vesalio, the founder of modern anatomy, both studied there – the world’s oldest botanical garden, established in 1545, is also located at the university.However, it’s not Padova’s storied history that appealed to Vellidis in pursuing the dual master’s degree program.“The University of Padova is a top-ranking institution in many areas of research, including agriculture,” he said. “By studying there for a year or more, our graduates will develop a global perspective and understanding of agriculture. They’ll also have had the opportunity to live and learn in a place that has different ways of doing things. Those experiences will prepare them to explore a far broader range of professional opportunities.”Although the dual master’s degree program is just beginning, it has already been recognized by UGA as an important contribution to the internationalization of the institution. Earlier this spring, the Richard Reiff Internationalization Award was given to Vellidis, Miguel Cabrera and Victoria McMaken for their efforts in establishing the degree. Cabrera is a professor and graduate coordinator in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. McMaken is associate director of the CAES Office of Global Programs.As the program gets underway, Vellidis hopes more UGA and UNIPD faculty will become involved. “Now that it’s actually happening, we want to create more relationships with our counterparts,” he said. “You can’t sustain a dual master’s (degree program) without having faculty in both locations doing some of the same types of research.”While the UGA master’s degree will be in crop and soil sciences with an emphasis in sustainable agriculture, Vellidis and his colleagues are committed to providing a broad range of research opportunities. In the case of Moore, for example, Vellidis and Mike Toews, a UGA entomology professor who has studied the stinkbug for several years, will serve as co-major professors.Moore said that he has few concerns about spending a year and a half abroad, despite the fact that his previous international travel has been limited to short trips to Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic. “I’m not really nervous,” he said. “There are a lot of younger people in Padova who speak English and I’m looking forward to trying to learn Italian and finding my way around.”Moore also agrees with Vellidis’ perception that earning dual master’s degrees will better prepare him for the future, whether that future includes earning a doctorate and pursuing a research or faculty position or returning to the family business in south Georgia, which conducts a wide array of crop testing and research for private companies. He also recognizes the added bonus that the majority of his expenses in Padova will be covered by scholarships.last_img read more

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Why credit unions should be more like camels

first_imgI was recently listening to a TED Talks podcast while working out about the discovery of fossil bones in the Arctic Circle. (Am I getting old or what? I used to listen to AC/DC when I worked out; now I’m listening to educational podcasts!) But the discovery of these bones by paleo-biologist made me think of our credit union clients.First, the rest of the story about the discovery: the fossils that were found were identified as the leg bone of a large cloven-hoofed mammal and they were 3.5 million years old. After 4+ years of research and digging, it was determined that this discovery was the tibia of a dromedary. That’s right, a camel in the frigid cold of the Arctic Circle less than ten degrees from the North Pole. How could that be?Now here’s how it relates to your credit union:Think about the incredible evolution of that animal over the past 3.5 million years and its unbelievable migration from the northern and coldest part of Earth to some of the warmest -the Sahara Desert and eastern Asia.The camel had to re-use its cloven hooves from gaining traction in snow to gaining traction in sand. It had to reuse its famous hump as a fat-storage resource that helped it survive a barren cold climate to survive a barren hot climate. It had to change the shedding of its fur to progress from keeping it warm to assisting it remain cool.How has your credit union evolved over the past ten years, never mind 3.5 million years? Have you learned to re-imagine and retrofit the resources that you have at your disposal like the camel did?Many credit unions I see are still deploying staff the same way they did in the past, even though they need different and better talent today. Many are still conducting strategic planning the same way they always have and it doesn’t produce the new, better strategies they crave. Many are leading the same way they have in the past when younger generations of staff are more productive in different cultures and environments.Those scientists believe the camel they discovered was much bigger and looked dramatically different than the camels we know and love today. I’m not suggesting your credit union needs to make similarly dramatic changes. However, being willing and able to redeploy your “hooves”, “humps”, and “fur” could make the difference in your credit union evolving into a thriving species in future generations or falling to the grips of extinction.Also, think about how the scientist had to totally change their perspective on their discovery before accepting the fact that they had found a camel at the North Pole. They looked at data the same way they always had only to be frustrated with the lack of answers. It was only after trying a new process for assessing and interpreting that data that they came to their profound conclusion.How does your credit union process your data? How do you assess the facts that make up your organization? What new perspectives have you gained on your strengths and weaknesses over the past two or three years that might lead you to profoundly different outcomes?Many credit unions I know still deploy staff the same way they did in the past even though their delivery channels are changing radically. Many are looking at their membership through the same “one size fits all” model even though their current and potential members can be easily segmented into clearly disparate dynamics. Many are still adhering to stale, old processes that contradict members’ desire for convenience, speed, and ease-of-use.As new competitors enter our industry (some with far more robust resources than your credit union) we need to look at every aspect of our business from a new and fresh perspective. Steve Jobs instilled in Apple the concept of “Think Different” when they design a new product or launch a campaign. Richard Branson has engaged new teams at Virgin called “Disruptors” to challenge the manner in which they conduct all business activities. What has your credit union done to break the cycle of redundancy and sameness?To begin your process of evolution, like the camel, here are a few ideas:See your business through new lenses. Ask new members about their experience with you and their feelings about your brand. Do the same with non-members, whenever possible. New employees are also good resources for this information. Talk to other business and community leaders what they think about how you do business and how you compare to other financial service providers.Share that data with your staff. Brainstorm ways to be better. Don’t just rely on the same group of decision-makers (i.e., Senior Management) but get ideas from all employees – frontline, back office, middle-managers, facilities workers, everyone has a voice. It’s amazing how insightful your staff can be … if you just ask them!Challenge the current mindset. Assess all your operations and processes. Find out what works and what doesn’t. Try to be 50% better in everything that you do. Look at speed and accuracy. Consider quantity as well as quality. A combination of incremental improvements can make you 50% better overall so no improvement is insignificant.Keep the ball rolling. Once you start this “discovery” process, keep it going. Make it a part of the fabric of your organization. Track and report your improvement. Recognize and even reward successes. Don’t stop looking differently at your data or finding ways to better use your resources.Imagine if those scientists near the North Pole continued to look at their discovery through the same old lenses. They would’ve been limited to considering only those species known to exist in the frozen north tundra. Also imagine if the camel had not evolved and begun using its resources in new and different ways. It would’ve fallen to the fate of many of its brethren over the past 3.5 million years.Just as evolutionary biology is a dynamic field, so should the industry of financial services be dynamic. The successful scientists don’t remain static with their assumptions; they evolve and look at their discoveries in new and fresh ways. They reframe what they thought they knew based on current and different data.If your credit union becomes dynamic, adjusts to new discoveries, and reimagines your business model, like the camel, it too can stave off extinction and thrive in a new and different environment. After all, we’re all just one discovered tibia away from looking at our world in a whole new way.If your credit union needs to embark on a dynamic new evolutionary process, my firm would be happy to assist with your scientific discovery. Learn more at www.fi-strategies.com or contact me at [email protected] or 636-578-3280. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Detailslast_img read more

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Cheryl Burke, AJ McLean Say They’re ‘Both Addicts’ on ‘DWTS’

first_imgThe “Back Porch Bottle Service” singer agreed, noting that his and Burke’s shared struggles have brought them closer together during the tough competition.“I’ve definitely grown since we started this just in my own [way],” he told Us. “I can relate a lot of what we talk about and what we do into my world of recovery, into my family life, into all of it. It’s a great, positive ripple effect.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! “We’re definitely both addicts and just trying to be the best version of ourselves we can be,” the California native said to her partner during their rehearsal package.The “As Long As You Love Me” singer’s journey to sobriety has lasted nearly 20 years. Though he’s faced challenges along the way — including two overdoses and multiple rehab stints — he proudly declared that he’s been clean for 11 months. After relapsing during a trip to Las Vegas, McLean credits his family for helping him back on the wagon. The Florida native shares daughters Ava, 8, and Lyric, 3, with wife Rochelle McLean.“My youngest daughter went to come cuddle with me and then she walked away from me and said, ‘You don’t smell like my daddy,’” the Grammy nominee recalled of his recent relapse. “My kid saved my life.”- Advertisement – After their vulnerable moment in the ballroom, AJ took to Twitter to share his gratitude with his fans. “Feeling like a weight’s been lifted after tonight’s performance. Our Rumba was an artistic expression of my journey to sobriety and all I have overcome within the past year,” he wrote. “To everyone who voted for #TeamPrettyMessedUp tonight on #DWTS, we love you so much!”Cheryl Burke and AJ McLean Connect Over Sobriety During Emotional Dancing With The Stars EpisodeCheryl Burke and AJ McLean on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ on November 2, 2020. ABC/Eric McCandlessAs they continue to build their partnership on the ballroom competition series, AJ and the Dance Moms alum have bonded over more than just their love of performing. In September, the duo revealed that their rehearsal time often turns into “therapy talk” instead.“I always believe that people come into your lives because it’s either a reflection of who you are or who you want to be or who you’re trying not to be,” Burke told Us Weekly exclusively at the time, adding that AJ has been a “positive” influence in her life. “But there’s always this reason. There’s a reason for this energy and energy coming together. … AJ is just a reflection of who I am at times, which is someone who tries to control the situation. I’m seeing him and I’m like, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is what I do!’”- Advertisement – Opening up. Cheryl Burke and AJ McLean had a powerful moment about their shared experiences with getting sober during the Monday, November 2, episode of Dancing With the Stars.Before the ballroom pro, 36, and Backstreet Boys member, 42, performed a rumba to Kaleo’s “Way Down We Go,” McLean detailed his battle with drug and alcohol addiction, which began to take over at the height of his career with the boy band. Burke, for her part, recently revealed that she is currently two years sober.Cheryl Burke and AJ McLean Connect Over Sobriety During Emotional Dancing With The Stars EpisodeCheryl Burke and AJ McLean on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ on November 2, 2020. ABC/Eric McCandless- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Where has Rp 540 billion in Bank Bali evidence gone?: Ex-KPK chairman

first_imgAntasari, who chaired the antigraft commission between 2007 and 2009, handled the 1998 Bank Bali case during his time at the Attorney General’s Office (AGO).Antasari was recently questioned by the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) about the graft case, particularly in regard to the escape of graft convict Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra, who was sentenced to two years in prison for his involvement in the scandal.“What investigators – whether they are prosecutors, the KPK, or the police – need to keep in mind is that the retrieval of state funds should be the priority,” he said.He urged investigators to be transparent, saying that all evidence must be logged in the investigation report.To determine whether the ruling had been put into action, Antasari called on the police to question the head of the South Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office at the time, Deputy Attorney General Setia Untung Arimuladi. (rfa)Topics : Former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Antasari Azhar has asked where the Rp 546 billion (US$36.5 million) seized as evidence in the high-profile Bank Bali graft case has gone and has urged authorities to ensure the security of the state funds.The funds, seized in 2009, were supposed to be transferred to an escrow account, he said.“To every party who cares about this case and future corruption eradication efforts, I personally ask whether [the ruling] has been executed,” Antasari said on Friday, as quoted by Antara News Agency.last_img read more

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Mikel Arteta speaks out on Lucas Torreira and Reiss Nelson after Arsenal’s Carabao Cup win

first_imgLucas Torreira was left out once again as Arsenal beat Leicester City (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta refused to rule out the prospect of Arsenal losing Lucas Torreira and Reiss Nelson before the end of the transfer window.The Uruguay international has yet to feature for the Gunners this season and is reportedly close to joining Atletico Madrid on loan for the remainder of the season.Nelson has also been made available on loan and is expected to leave Arsenal before the window closes on October 5.Torreira has trained with his Arsenal teammates this week but once again failed to make Arteta’s matchday squad on Wednesday evening as the Gunners beat Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Arteta claims Torreira was left out because he is not ‘in the best possible condition’ to play.‘I am not making decisions because players might leave or stay, it is just for the players we see every day who are in the best possible condition to compete and get us closer to winning football matches,’ said Arteta.Asked if Torreira could be leaving Arsenal soon, Arteta replied: ‘Again, I cannot discuss any internal things.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 24 Sep 2020 9:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kShares Reiss Nelson could leave Arsenal on loan before the end of the transfer window (Getty Images)Arteta also praised Nelson’s display in the 2-0 victory over Brendan Rodgers’ side.‘He played really well, I think he put in a really good performance,’ said the Arsenal boss.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He wasn’t in the squad for the last two Premier League games because of the competition we have up front so everyone needs to fight for their places.’But when asked if Nelson will be leaving on loan, Arteta said: ‘We don’t discuss things are happening behind closed doors, but he played really well tonight.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta speaks out on Lucas Torreira and Reiss Nelson after Arsenal’s Carabao Cup win Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Edge Hill, Whitfield and Stratford home owners keep up renovations

first_imgInterior and building designer Sophie Pedersen chooses some colours for a renovation PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSCAIRNS homeowners continue to invest in renovations across the city’s premier suburbs despite new data showing Australians are increasingly forgoing loans for house upgrade projects.The Australian Bureau of Statistic’s lending finance data shows loans for home renovations dropped 10.7 per cent in February, the largest decline in seven years.Loans for renovations fell 11.8 per cent over the year which represented the weakest annual growth rate in five years.Total new lending commitments, which includes new housing, personal, commercial, and lease loans, fell 1 per cent in February to $70.7 billion, down from $71.4 billion in January. Total loan commitments were up 4.7 per cent on the same time last year.Loans for alterations and additions fell from $377.3 million in January to a three-year low of $337 million in February. In contrast however, loans to buy blocks of land was at a record high of $8.13 billion for the twelve months to January.This is despite the number of dwellings approved in Australia falling for the fifth straight month in February 2018 in trend terms with a 0.1 per cent decline.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoApprovals for private sector houses have remained stable at around 10,000 for a number of months.“The decline in total dwellings was driven by private dwellings excluding houses, which have fallen for five consecutive months,” ABS constructions statistic director Justin Lokhorst said.Approvals for private sector houses rose 0.2 per cent in trend terms in February overall but fell in Queensland to 1.1 per cent.FNQ Home Maintenance owner James Andrews agreed.“People in Cairns are not taking out big loans they are just doing low-level renovations, like replacing cabinets, plastering and fixing chipped tiles,” he said.“The days of big loans for renovations has gone. A lot of people have said they want to renovate but the banks aren’t approving loans.” But Kenick Constructions’ Rachel Whymark said she was still charting “a lot of strong inquiries for home renovations” in Cairns, particularly on the beaches and in Edge Hill, Whitfield and Stratford. “People love their home, they love their neighbourhood, they’re settled and don’t want to move,” she said.“They want deck extensions to increase outdoor living, they’re adding on extra bedrooms and extra bathrooms because a lot of the older home only have one bathroom. Additional car storage and garages is also a big one, too.”last_img read more

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