Hybrid lettings agency warned after landlord complaint

first_imgHome » News » Hybrid lettings agency warned after landlord complaint previous nextRegulation & LawHybrid lettings agency warned after landlord complaintWebsite visitors claimed information about both Howsy’s new app and subscription services were misleading.Nigel Lewis2nd December 20200502 Views Hybrid lettings agency Howsy has got into a pickle with the Advertising Standards Authority after a landlord complained about claims on its website.These were:“Oversee your Howsy home via our app. From a click of a button you can report repairs”“Yearly furniture? Monthly flowers? Weekly cleaner? We have a range of subscription services available, to create the ultimate home experience all from one app”.The complainant told the ASA that they were under the impression that there was ‘no such workable app’ and claimed that the website post was therefore misleading.In reply, Howsy told the ASA that they do have an app but that  it is currently a ‘beta’ app only used by a selection of customers.The lettings agency also said the complainant was incorrectly told by its customer service team that there was no app and instead should have been asked if they wanted to join the beta scheme.Also, the agency said it does have subscription services, but due to Covid lockdown restrictions varying these are subject to change.Howsy has agreed to make changes to make it clear it is a beta app (see above), that it is only used by a select group of people at the moment but that it is open to anyone who asks. Their website also makes it clear that while subscription services exist, they are subject to change.“On that basis, we agreed to close the case informally,” an ASA spokesperson says.Read  more about Howsy. Howsy advertising standards authority ASA December 2, 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

Improvements in IVF treatment

first_imgResearch by Dr Dagan Wells and his team at Oxford University has revealed new methods of screening for genetic abnormalities in embryos, which could enable doctors to implant only the embryos with a better chance of being carried to term.In addition to checking for chromosome abnormalities via array CGH, the team’s new test includes two extra checks. One involves counting mitochondria, and the other test checks telomeres in the cells. Defects in these two structures could potentially cause failed pregnancies.The array CGH process is currently available at 15 British fertility clinics and adds around £2000 to the cost of IVF; the new ‘3-in-1’ test is currently being assessed in a randomised controlled trial, and if data collected in the next year backs up the team’s findings, it could be made widely available in British clinics for a similar cost. “If data holds up then there could be a pretty compelling argument to apply this to all patients undergoing IVF,” Dr Wells told Cherwell.Tony Rutherford, chairman of the British Fertility Society, explained how this “exciting” new technique takes the molecular assessment of embryos to a “new level”; and, although some further assessment will be needed, he praised the potential benefits for “patients, clinics and the health service overall”. Currently only 24% of IVF cycles in Britain lead to a live birth.last_img read more

Bakery shops top high street poll

first_imgBakery shops are the most popular of the specialist food retailers on the high street, according to new shopper research data from Harris International Marketing (HIM).The data, gathered in September 2006, suggests that eight million UK adults (or 17% of the UK adult population) visited a bakery in the past week, compared to seven million (15%) who visited a butcher’s and six million (13%) who visited a greengrocer.The data was gathered by market research company NOP on behalf of HIM. It also asked shoppers how often they visited market stalls and farmers’ markets, and its figures suggested that farmers’ markets are now used weekly by one in 10 adults.Fishmongers had been used by 5% of adults and delicatessens 3% in one week, when the data was gathered in September.HIM predicted that from now until 2010, the number of weekly visits made to specialist retailers will continue to grow, based on a growing focus on local sourcing and perceived quality advantages.According to HIM director Peter Segal, bakers should take advantage of this trend by building a marketing campaign on local issues. They should also seek to build a reputation of offering the best quality and service in the local area. And they should make sure they offer a full range of food-to-go including sandwiches, crisps and drinks, he told British Baker.HIM also advised that tastings and product samplings should be introduced. And ranges should be developed that embrace customer demand for both quality and convenience.last_img read more

Reporting in

first_imgThe last few months have seen extraordinary gyrations in grain prices. The quality wheat market has been especially affected as Canadian prices doubled between November and February before falling back in the first week of March.Looking forward, most expectations are for continuing volatility associated with uncertainties about the forthcoming harvest, amplified by the activities of investment funds. Index-linked funds are estimated to hold £200bn of commodity stocks today, up from £15bn in 2002. Funds are believed to hold up to 40% of wheat futures open positions in certain US markets.In the UK, the open position on the LIFFE wheat market has doubled over the last 12 months, while farmers have sold a lesser amount. This investment activity is likely to generate more volatility for traditional buyers and sellers.There is some good news. In the UK and elsewhere, wheat plantings are up. Current estimates suggest a global wheat crop of 645 million tonnes in 2008, 7.5% higher than in 2007. A similar increase is forecast for the UK, but there has been a shift away from better quality varieties.As a result, new crop prices are currently lower, but should harvests around the world fail to meet expectations – even if there is a good crop in the UK – all bets are off.last_img read more

Exclusive: Warburtons and union in deal to boost staff conditions and flexibility

first_imgWarburtons and the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) have agreed a “landmark” deal to improve employee terms and make the business more agile.The business, producer of Britain’s biggest bread brand, said the move would enable it to meet changing consumer demand through innovation while improving the long-term security of its staff.The new collective agreement – which has taken Warburtons and the union months to thrash out – includes a simpler pay structure and a higher hourly base rate that the company said would leave the majority of its workers better off.In addition, the deal will give the business the opportunity to introduce new shift patterns.“This is not about cost savings from salaries – this has required an investment from the business into our people and is about creating better working conditions and better pay for them, while also allowing us the flexibility and agility we need,” a Warburtons spokesperson told British Baker.Following a strong recommendation from the BFAWU, an “overwhelming majority” of union members voted in favour of the deal in a company-wide ballot. The agreement will apply to 1,600 workers – primarily shop-floor staff – who make up around a third of Warburtons’ workforce. It will not apply to drivers or office staff.“We are so proud of what we’ve achieved alongside Warburtons,” said BFAWU national president Ian Hodson. “By putting its people at the heart of the business, Warburtons is leading the way and is showing the food and drinks industry how things should be done. We hope others follow the example of this landmark deal.”Warburtons said the finer details of new shift patterns and working arrangements have yet to be decided.“What it will mean is that someone may be working on a bread plant in the morning, and then perhaps the Thins plant in the afternoon,” added the spokesperson. “We need people to be able to do different things and that required us to change the terms and conditions of how the teams are set up and what roles they fill.“Over the past five years we have seen a greater need to produce different products – not just bread loaves made in a particular way on a particular line. Innovation such as Thins, Toastie Pockets and Giant Crumpets all require people to work slightly differently and have different sets of skills.”Warburtons chairman Jonathan Warburton said he believed the modern terms and conditions would support the business and its staff for the long term“Ensuring the long-term success of our family business means we need to set ourselves up to face the challenges of the future,” he added. “We’re pleased that our people have voted to accept the proposal, and we will continue to work closely with them and the BFAWU to implement them over the coming months.”Separately, Warburtons this week announced it was rebranding its free-from product range.last_img read more

Vulfpeck Premieres “Animal Spirits” Music Video With Lyrics

first_imgEver the masters of pop-funk, Vulfpeck has shared their newest music video release from their 2016 The Beautiful Game. At the heart of it all is an insatiable groove, powered by Jack Stratton, Theo Katzman, Joe Dart and Woody Goss. “Animal Spirits” is perhaps the album’s purest pop in the spirit of the Jackson 5, as explained in our album review. But instead of Little Michael we hear Theo Katzman singing lead and displaying impeccable range and precision. His vocals are never overly flashy and they serve the song perfectly. With typically catchy and winking lyrics, thick layers of keyboards and of course some great Joe Dart bass work, this song is pure fun. Also listen closely to the smooth and rhythmic outro lyrics by Christine Hucal and you’ll hear a clever nod to another Vulf favorite, “Back Pocket.”Paired with the classic video antics of Jack Stratton, this song is given new life in a lyrical video (in both English in Japanese) with a classic Vulfified Stratton dancing in his red and whites in what appears to be the field from The Beautiful Game drone video premiere. “Twitter on your telly, ramen in you belly, economics, put it in my pocket,” the lyrics read across the screen of an otherwise difficult part of the song to understand. Everything is so clear now! So wonderfully clear.last_img read more

Madeleva lecturer discusses global economy

first_imgThursday, the Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality presented the 29th Madeleva Lecture. Christine Firer Hinze spoke at the lecture, titled “Glass Ceilings and Dirt Floors: Women, Work, Catholic Social Teaching and the Global Economy.”Elizabeth Groppe, director of the Center for Spirituality, said that Hinze is a theology professor and director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. She is the author of two books and numerous scholarly essays in books and journals.Saint Mary’s College President Carol Ann Mooney said the lecture is a highlight of the academic year. “Our mission statement talks about instilling in our students a life of intellectual vigor,” Mooney said. “This lecture is a wonderful example of the intellectual life which exists here on campus.”Hinze said she plans to focus on the possibility for a renewed approach to the economies within we work and live today. “I will look at economy from the other end of the usual telescope: regarding market economy from the perspective of the non-market work and activities performed very locally, in households, especially the households of non-elites and the working poor,” Hinze said. “And while taking this standpoint may seem humble, more ‘dirt floorish’ than ‘glass celingish’, we will find that it connects us directly to the most significant, practical ‘ground-floor’ economic and ecological issues facing us today.” Hinze began by talking about household economy. She said household economy’s job is to assure its members’ provisioning through the work of producing, acquiring, distributing and stewarding its resources. “What do people seek to gain by participating in these local and household economies?” Hinze said. “… We might say we seek livelihood. … Catholic social thinker John A. Ryan summarized the elements of economic livelihood nicely as sufficiency, security and status.” “These words can help us imagine what God’s economy provides and enables us, in turn, to provide for ourselves and others,” Hinze said. “God’s great household envelops, grounds and surpasses all the other households and economies in which we dwell.”Secondly, Hinze spoke about modern market economies and the shifts in livelihood that have impacted the households and people economies are meant to provide for.“First, with the rise of modern market economies, productive work became separated from its traditional location within or near familial households … Second, to manage this new dependency on an impersonal, wage economy, there arose a new, gendered division of labor,” Hinze said. “In a third major shift, economic sufficiency becomes dislodged from fixed or stable measurement … [having] ‘enough’ becomes an ever-receding goal that is redefined as more, better, newer than now and threatens to lose all meaning.”Hinze also said feminism has recently brought married women and mothers of young children into the waged workplace. To conclude the lecture, Hinze spoke about how we need to move toward modern oikos economics, coming from the Greek word Oikonomia, management of households. She said prior to the modern era, economy and household were similes. “Oikos economics will thus cultivate open and fair markets whose boundaries, rules of engagement [and] activities are carefully regulated in light of the dignity and wellbeing of the real people and the interrelated, human and natural economies they serve, affect and depend upon,” Hinze said.               Tags: economy, justice, lecture, Madelevalast_img read more

Young the Giant to headline spring SUB concert with Sure Sure opening

first_imgRock band Young the Giant will perform in the Stepan Center on Notre Dame’s campus Feb. 22 for the spring SUB concert, the Student Union Board (SUB) announced Wednesday in an email to the student body.Young the Giant, famous for hit songs including “Cough Syrup” and “My Body,” is currently touring with Sure Sure to promote its latest album, Mirror Master. Sure Sure, an “up-and-coming alternative band,” will open the show at 8 p.m., the email said.Tickets are free, but required to attend the concert. According to the email, these tickets will be available at the LaFortune Box Office beginning Thursday at 9 a.m. and will be on sale during the box office’s operating hours of 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.Students may get one ticket per Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s or Holy Cross student ID, but they will be limited to two student IDs per person when picking up tickets. The email said any unclaimed tickets will be available for pickup at the Stepan Box Office instead of the LaFortune Box Office on the day of the concert.Doors will open for the concert at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22.Tags: Student Union Board, SUB concert, Sure Sure, Young the Giantlast_img read more

4 ways to improve your mood while quarantined

first_imgBeing quarantined has even the happiest of people a little bit down. If you’re feeling’ “blah”, here are a few simple ways you can turn that frown upside down…Dance more: You may not be in a dancin’ mood these days, but you know there’s that one song that could get you there. It doesn’t matter if it’s Steve Winwood or Lizzo, whatever gets you moving will be good for your soul. I’ve even heard of companies having dance parties over Zoom. I know the thought of that makes some of you nervous, but who cares? Let loose and have fun. We’re on quarantine rules now.Rest more: Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. If you feel like working from home is making you work way too much, it’s time to make rest a priority. According to research, happy people sleep better and sleeping well makes you happier. It’s a win-win situation.Socialize more: If you live alone, then you may be spending a lot of time alone right now. Your mood is greatly influenced by those we surround ourselves with, so surround yourself with positivity however you can. If you need a daily conversation with your neighbor from the safety of your own front yards, then go outside and yell across the street if you have to. Also take advantage of FaceTime and any other similar video chat apps. It’s uplifting to be around the people you care about, even if it’s only in a virtual way.Give more: One of the best ways to make yourself happier is to give happiness to someone else. Studies have shown that those who volunteer are happier than those who don’t. An act of kindness can also have a great effect on you. Come up with some simple ways you can make someone’s day and see if it turns your mood around. Obviously, your options may be limited right now, but even if you can’t donate your time, you can always lend a financial hand to those who are on the frontlines. Find a way to thank first responders for the hard work they’re doing right now. 68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

The typical 401(k) saver withdrew $12,000 during coronavirus: Vanguard

first_img– Advertisement – The typical 401(k) investor pulled $12,000 from their account in the form of a “coronavirus-related distribution,” according to a new Vanguard analysis of its client data.This figure represents the median withdrawal — in other words, the amount right in the middle of all withdrawal amounts.More from Personal Finance:This risk threatens retirees’ nest eggsHere’s a decade-by-decade guide to retirement planningHere’s what’s ahead for President-elect Biden’s tax plan- Advertisement – Retirement savers appear to be taking advantage of relaxed rules around 401(k) withdrawals during the coronavirus pandemic.- Advertisement – It’s also more than double the withdrawal rate through the end of May, when fewer than 2% of Vanguard 401(k) investors had used the withdrawal mechanism, according to company data.This suggests more people have turned to this CARES Act safety valve as the recession has dragged on and other temporary financial relief measures provided by the law, like one-time stimulus checks and enhanced unemployment benefits, have ended.The CARES Act allowed investors to withdraw up to $100,000 from 401(k) plans, individual retirement accounts and other account types, through Dec. 30 in the form of a coronavirus-related distribution. Investors don’t have to pay a tax penalty for withdrawing retirement funds early and get some flexibility around paying income taxes.  The typical amount withdrawn has increased slightly since May, to $12,000 from about $10,400.In May, the typical investor withdrew more than half their 401(k) savings in the form of a coronavirus distribution, according to an earlier Vanguard analysis. Jamie Grill | Blend Images | Getty Images Coronavirus-related distributions are a new type of retirement withdrawal, enacted in March by the federal CARES Act to help cash-strapped individuals during the economic downturn.About 4.5% of Vanguard 401(k) investors took a coronavirus distribution between March and September, indicating that few participants used the remedy, the Vanguard analysis said.However, it equates to almost 187,000 investors, according to a CNBC analysis of Vanguard data published over the summer, which indicated that a coronavirus distribution was available to about 4.2 million 401(k) customers. – Advertisement –last_img read more