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Goodlord! Half of agents support letting fees ban, claims proptech firm

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first_imgNearly half of all agents across the UK are in favour of the government’s letting fees ban announced in the recent Queen’s Speech.The claim is being made by lettings and tenancy management platform Goodlord, which says 49% of the 130 letting agents it quizzed were in favour of a ban on admin fees.Some 48% wanted a cap on the size of deposits, a measure also mentioned during the opening of parliament.And a similar proportion of agents also though it a cap on rent rises would be a good idea while 64% of London agents believe the government should build more social housing, although only 54% of those outside the capital believe this.Goodlord says that agents think the sector needs reforming and that overall it is “inefficient” and “lacks transparency” and is often unfair to tenants, the research revealed, and only 42% of the agents though tenants really understand how renting a home works.Moving costsThe proptech company says the agents were also “broadly supportive” of ending the current system of landlords being able to terminate tenancies after six months without giving a reason, and that landlords should reimburse them for at least part of their moving costs.The research also revealed that London’s white-hot competition means agents working in the capital are least likely to think the rental process is efficient or fair.But there was little support for longer tenancies – only a third thought tenants should have the right to sign tenancies for up to five years.“Tenants across the country pay out vast sums of money each month for accommodation and service levels that are substandard, sometimes even dangerous,” says Goodlord chief executive Richard White (pictured, left)“We know that they urgently want to see reform but it may surprise many that estate agents also want to see reform of the sector they work in.”“Agents think rental reform is not only the right thing to do but also makes good business since it will help good landlords that provide a much-needed product to prosper and force the cowboys out of the sector.“The Government has promised reforms, but now it is time to deliver them. Tenants will not tolerate being treated like second class citizens for any longer.”  July 12, 2017Nigel 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 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Goodlord! Half of agents support letting fees ban, claims proptech firm previous nextRegulation & LawGoodlord! Half of agents support letting fees ban, claims proptech firmIndustry also supports smaller deposits and capped rent rises, says research.Nigel Lewis12th July 201701,102 Viewslast_img read more

GD NASSCO Gets USS Enterprise Contract

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first_img View post tag: gets Back to overview,Home naval-today GD NASSCO Gets USS Enterprise Contract View post tag: Naval View post tag: NASSCO General Dynamics (GD) NASSCO Earl Industries has received a $25,072,533 modification to a previously awarded contract for USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Ship Terminal Operation Program in support of the deactivation of the ship. Read more.As we wrote earlier, the U.S. Navy is going to scrap the nation’s oldest active duty warship USS Enterprise (“Big E”).USS Enterprise is the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth United States naval vessel to bear the name. Like her predecessor of World War II fame, she is nicknamed the “Big E”.The only ship of her class, Enterprise is the second oldest commissioned vessel in the United States Navy, after the wooden-hulled, three-masted frigate USS Constitution.The work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by June 2013.GD  NASSCO is one of three shipyards in the Marine Systems group of General Dynamics Corporation. General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 90,000 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,November 5, 2012 View post tag: contract View post tag: USS View post tag: GD View post tag: Navy View post tag: Enterprise GD NASSCO Gets USS Enterprise Contract November 5, 2012 Industry news Share this article View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Hamster made member of Worcester JCR

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first_imgWorcester College has recently voted in favour of a motion to make a Russian dwarf pet hamster, named Luka, an honorary member of their JCR.The motion was passed with thirty-four votes in favour and six against and was proposed by second year student and owner of Luka the hamster, Angus Barry. Barry explained his reasons for proposing the motion, telling Cherwell, “As soon as I brought Luka back to Worcester I had a steady stream of people coming to visit him and before Facebook took down his profile (which Luka still maintains is the fault of an ‘evil bourgeoisie of  cats’) he had 123 facebook friends, many of whom were Worcester students. “I thought it was silly for him to be such a large part of college life and not be an official part of it.  So I had a look through our JCR constitution and found a clause which allowed non humans to become honorary members.”The motion read,  ‘This JCR notes that: Hamsters are incredibly cute’ and that ‘Adopting a hamster would therefore be beneficial to the happiness and general well-being of the members of the JCR.’It continued, ‘Angus Barry, member of the JCR, is in possession of a young Russian Dwarf hamster (called Luka) that is in need of adoption.  Luka is already well loved by many JCR members’ and noted that, ‘Luka’s personality fits well with the spirit of the College.  He is adventurous, enjoys cuddles and likes grapes’.Luka’s personal hero is Abrahamster Lincoln and he enjoys moving cotton wool around his house, scratching his nose and going on adventuresAs an honorary member, Luka will not be able to run for election but there is nothing to prevent him from attending and voting in JCR meetings, although Barry explained that, “he often has difficulty following proceedings as English is his third language after Hamster and Russian.”Luka plans on continuing to make the college happy through his cute appearance and hopes to propose a motion demanding hamster-sized portions in Formal Hall.last_img read more

South Bend Police Transparency Hub upgraded to include residents’ suggestions

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first_img Twitter South Bend Police Transparency Hub upgraded to include residents’ suggestions By Jon Zimney – December 1, 2020 0 295 Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleGas prices to hover around $2/gallon mark in IndianaNext articleOpportunity to comment on plans to build new I&M lines, substation for South Bend Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ WhatsApp Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC The South Bend Police Department Transparency Hub has been upgraded to include suggestions from residents.Mayor James Mueller says the enhancements were made to help build greater trust with the community.The updated Transparency Hub adds a new incident map, which allows residents to view recent crime data and filter by incident type, date, time of day, and more.The hub has also been expanded into multiple pages that focus on Community Compliments and Complaints, Group Violence Intervention, and officer recruitment data.It is also now compatible for viewing on smartphones.The Transparency Hub can be reached by visiting https://southbendin.gov/police-transparency. Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

News story: UK authorises Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

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first_imgA Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: The government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use. This follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA who have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) will shortly publish its final advice for the priority groups to receive the vaccine, including care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly and the clinically extremely vulnerable. The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week. The NHS has decades of experience in delivering large-scale vaccination programmes and will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination. To aid the success of the vaccination programme it is vital everyone continues to play their part and abide by the necessary restrictions in their area so we can further suppress the virus and allow the NHS to do its work without being overwhelmed. Further details will be set out shortly.last_img read more

BSA coffee shop judging commences

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first_imgCoffee shops and cafés around the UK are being visited by judges of the Beverage Standard Association’s (BSA) Awards panel.As part of the Beverage Standards Awards, due to take place on 20 September, out-of-home retail outlets will be assessed on a number of criteria including the quality of drinks, standards of service and the development and training of staff.Ranald Paterson, chairman of the judges, said: “The judges have started visiting outlets incognito. The standard of entries is very high this year and we will have a difficult job. We have found potential 5 Cup and Best Drink Award sites. They are offering customers a good choice of different coffees, teas and hot chocolates, just as they would have a choice of wines or food.“We are seeing exciting menus explaining products clearly, with knowledgeable staff who are not just selling a drink, but encouraging the sale of more drinks and ancillary products.”The BSA said judges will be assessing outlets not only by the quality of the beverages, but the service, facilities and atmosphere as a whole experience.For the first time, entrants will be judged on environmental sustainability – for example, whether they use recycled materials and follow a strict environmental policy.Businesses can additionally put forward three choices in the Best Drinks Awards category, including small espressos, cappuccino, lattes, flat white coffee, filter or cafetière coffees and teas.Successful winners will be awarded with the BSA’s ‘cup’ rankings, between one and five cups in total, which can be displayed on doors or windows of outlets.last_img read more

Smashing Pumpkins Play The Hits Alongside Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Disney Covers In Tour Opener [Videos]

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first_imgLast night, the Smashing Pumpkins began their highly publicized Shiny and Oh So Bright reunion tour in Glendale, Arizona, reuniting original members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin alongside longtime touring guitarist Jeff Schroeder, keyboardist Katie Cole, and bassist Jack Bates in place of original bassist D’arcy Wretzky.The buzz surrounding the reunion began in earnest in February, when the band launched an official countdown clock, with many speculating that the clock was counting down to the new tour’s announcement. Though much of that ensuing week was marred by (still more) ugly back-and-forth between Billy and D’arcy, who informed a number of outlets that she was purposefully excluded from the reunion (a claim that Corgan vehemently denied), the band eventually announced its “Shiny And Oh So Bright” reunion tour.The ensuing months were no less rocky, as the public Corgan/Wretzky feud continued, and Billy took flack for some controversial political statements, but on Thursday night, the band finally got to put the drama aside and return to the music.After beginning the show with early favorites like “Disarm”, “Rocket”, “Siva”, and “Rhinoceros”. The band’s go-to cover of David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity” followed, as Billy Corgan channeled the late rock icon from a raised platform in a shimmering, Ziggy Stardust-style cloak. After a few more favorites and live staples including “Drown”, “Zero”, “The Everlasting Gaze”, “Stand Inside Your Love”, “Thirty-Three”, “Eye”, and “Soma”, the band dusted off Pisces Iscariot rarity “Blew Away” for the first time since 2000.A pair of odes to the fairer sex came next with “For Martha” and “To Sheila” followed by “Mayonnaise” and “Porcelina of the Vast Oceans”. Next, the band delivered their fan-favorite acoustic rendition of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Landslide”, originally recorded by the band as a B-side for “Disarm” in 1994. Another favorite, “Tonight, Tonight” followed.From there, the band had a surprise in store, moving into their live debut of Led Zeppelin opus “Stairway To Heaven”. Another run of hits followed with “Cherub Rock”, “1979”, and “Ava Adore”, followed by the band’s first “Try, Try, Try” since 2012 and their first “The Beginning Is the End Is The Beginning” since 2012. Finally, the set wrapped up with “Hummer”, “Today”, “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”, and “Muzzle”.For their encore, the band returned to introduce their recently-released single, “Solara“, to the stage for the first time, before rounding out their performance with their first-ever performance of “Baby Mine” from classic Disney cartoon, Dumbo.You can watch fan-shot videos from the Smashing Pumpkins’ reunion tour opener below:The Smashing Pumpkins – Opening, “Disarm”[Video: SpinPunkRecords94]The Smashing Pumpkins – “Space Oddity” [David Bowie cover][Video: Johnnie Walker]The Smashing Pumpkins – “Drown”[Video: WillCorg]The Smashing Pumpkins – “Zero”[Video: Johnnie Walker]The Smashing Pumpkins – The Everlasting Gaze[Video: Johnnie Walker]The Smashing Pumpkins – “1979”[Video: Johnnie Walker]The Smashing Pumpkins – “Stairway To Heaven” [Led Zeppelin cover, partial][Video: Johnnie Walker]The Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”[Video: Johnnie Walker]The Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”[Video: Johnnie Walker]View VideosThe Shiny and Oh So Bright tour contines in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Saturday, July 14th. For a full list of upcoming dates, head here.Setlist: Smashing Pumpkins | Gila River Arena | Glendale, AZ | 7/12/18Set: Disarm, Rocket, Siva, Rhinoceros, Space Oddity*, Drown, Zero, The Everlasting Gaze, Stand Inside Your Love, Thirty-Three, Eye, Soma, Blew Away^, For Martha, To Sheila, Mayonaise, Porcelina of the Vast Oceans, Landslide**, Tonight, Tonight, Stairway to Heaven^^, Cherub Rock, 1979, Ava Adore, Try, Try, Try&, The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning%, Hummer, Today, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, MuzzleEncore: Solara, Baby Mine#Notes: *David Bowie cover; ^First performance since 2000; **Fleetwood Mac cover; ^^Led Zeppelin cover, live debut; &First performance since 2008; %First performance since 2012; #From Disney’s Dumbo, live debutlast_img read more

Anderson .Paak Announces 2019 World Tour In Support Of ‘Oxnard’

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first_imgAnderson .Paak will head out on a world tour next winter in promotion of his new studio album, Oxnard. The California native and his band The Free Nationals have kept a busy schedule over the last week weeks, and life will be even busier when the first leg of his 2019 world tour begins with an opening night performance at San Francisco’s The Masonic on February 11th.Announced on Monday, Anderson .Paak’s winter run—branded as the Andy’s Beach Club Tour—includes 25 shows spread out across the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. The North American leg runs from February 11th–26th and includes scheduled stops at venues in mostly major markets including The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO (2/13); Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, GA (2/18); Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY (2/22); The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA (2/24); And REBEL in Toronto, ON (2/26), just to name a few.The international run of shows will begin just a few days later beginning in Oslo, Norway on March 4th and continuing throughout the winter month before wrapping on March 27th with a show in Vienna, Austria. The overseas leg will hit a range of European and British cities including Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Dublin, Berlin, Milan, and Munich. .Paak’s announcement specifically mentions that these 2019 dates marked the “first leg” of the tour, so fans should be ready for more dates throughout the summer or fall of next year to be announced in the coming months as well.As he gets ready to hit the road and perform for the masses, Anderson .Paak has also shared a video of him prepping his onstage dance moves for the tour. Watch .Paak get down to Oxnard single “Who R U?” below:Anderson .Paak – “Who R U?” – ChoreographyAnderson .Paak and his band have taken full advantage of their promotional opportunities as they begin what should be a strong album cycle for the popular singer-songwriter. .Paak made his performance debut on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, where he was joined during one of the songs by his friend and collaborator, Kendrick Lamar. He was also a part of the star-studded Mac Miller: A Celebration Of Life tribute concert at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre back on Halloween.Tickets for the newly announced world tour will begin public on-sale starting this Friday, December 7th at 10 a.m. local time, and can be found on the tour page of .Paak’s website. Anderson .Paak 2019 Tour DatesFeb. 11 – San Francisco, CA – The MasonicFeb. 13 – Denver, CO – Fillmore AuditoriumFeb. 15 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore DetroitFeb. 16 – Chicago, IL – Riviera TheatreFeb. 18  – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola RoxyFeb. 19 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore CharlotteFeb. 20 – Washington, DC – The Theater at MGM National HarborFeb. 22 – New York, NY – Manhattan Center Hammerstein BallroomFeb. 23 – Boston, MA – Orpheum TheatreFeb. 24 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore PhiladelphiaFeb. 26 – Toronto, ON – REBELMarch 4 – Oslo, Norway – SpectrumMarch 5 – Stockholm, Sweden – AnnexetMarch 7 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal ArenaMarch 9 – Amsterdam, Holland – AFAS LiveMarch 10 – Antwerp, Belgium – Lotto ArenaMarch 12 – Paris, France – ZenithMarch 15 – London, United Kingdom – Alexandra PalaceMarch 16 – Manchester, United Kingdom – O2 Victoria WarehouseMarch 18 – Dublin, Ireland – OlympiaMarch 22 – Berlin, Germany – ColumbiahalleMarch 23 – Frankfurt, Germany – JahrhunderthalleMarch 25 – Milan, Italy – FabriqueMarch 26 – Munich, Germany – TonhalleMarch 27 – Vienna, Austria – GasometerView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Beach Road Weekend Announces 2019 Lineup: Phil Lesh & Friends, John Fogerty, Grace Potter, More

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first_imgThe inaugural Beach Road Weekend will take place at Veterans Memorial Park in Martha’s Vineyard, MA this summer on August 9th-11th.The new three-day music event will see performances by Phil Lesh & Friends, John Fogerty, Grace Potter, Dispatch, Galactic, Matisyahu, The Original Wailers, Alejandro Escovedo, Mason Jennings, and North Mississippi Allstars. Beach Road Weekend will also feature Jaws: Film In Concert, performed by The Cape Symphony.The festival is being promoted by Adam Epstein, CEO of Innovation Arts and Entertainment, which also puts on the Summer Concert Series on the island.Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on Friday, May 31st at 10 a.m. (EST). Fans should head here for ticketing and more information on pre-sale access.For general information on Beach Road Weekend’s inaugural event, head to their website.last_img read more

CVPS shareholders overwhelmingly approve sale to Gaz Métro

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first_imgWith virtually no opposition, shareholders of Central Vermont Public Service Corp (NYSE-CV) have approved the sale of the company to Gaz Métro Limited Partnership in voting that concluded this morning.  Gaz Métro is the parent company of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas Systems; CVPS and GMP will ultimately merge into one Vermont company after the sale is completed in 2012. Shareholders began voting in late summer by phone, mail and Internet, and final votes were cast today at a special shareholder meeting in Rutland.  Over 75 percent of the outstanding shares of the company were represented at the meeting, and of those, more than 97 percent voted in support of the $702 million sale. ‘This is a critical milestone in the sale process,’ said CVPS President and CEO Larry Reilly.  ‘The overwhelming support of CVPS shareholders demonstrates the soundness of the agreement and the value it will provide to CVPS’s owners, customers, employees and other constituents.’ ‘I am very pleased that CVPS shareholders have accepted our offer and merger proposal, which will create one strong electric utility to help our Vermont customers save hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 20 years by combining CVPS and GMP service areas,’ said GMP President and CEO Mary Powell, who will lead the new company. ‘These savings will allow families, businesses and communities to reinvest to strengthen Vermont, which is so important for our economic vitality.’       Earlier this week, CVPS received clearance for the sale from the Federal Trade Commission.  The transaction must still be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Vermont Public Service Board, among others.  The PSB has already held one pre-hearing conference and has set a preliminary schedule for the docket, with a workshop in October, a public hearing on Nov. 1, and technical hearings in February. The sale agreement provides significant benefits for customers, communities, employees and shareholders, including $144 million in customer savings over 10 years, benefits for low-income customers, and the establishment of the Headquarters for Operations and Energy Innovation in Rutland.  Savings will not be achieved through layoffs ‘ other than some executive officers ‘ but instead through natural retirements and attrition, which will allow for the smooth integration of both companies’ workforces. The all-cash transaction will provide CVPS shareholders $35.25 per common share, a 45 percent premium over the closing price of $24.32 immediately prior to the announcement of the previous agreement CVPS had reached with Fortis Inc.  The CVPS board of directors terminated the agreement with Fortis after deeming ‘superior’ the offer from Gaz Métro. ‘The sale will create one much-stronger company, which will capitalize on the strengths of both CVPS and GMP,’ Reilly said.  ‘The new company will continue to provide the top-quality service for which both companies are known, and will build on the environmental, renewable energy and community-focused programs they have developed individually.’  Powell and Reilly said now that CV’s shareholders have voted with such overwhelming support, the focus will turn to gaining the remaining required regulatory approvals, particularly the approval of the PSB. ‘CVPS and GMP will work together to provide regulators with a clear view of the tremendous benefits the sale and merger will provide to customers and Vermont as a whole,’ Powell and Reilly said.  ‘We are extremely optimistic that they will find the sale to be in the public interest, and that the combined company will be uniquely positioned to provide high-quality, affordable and clean energy services for decades to come.’ About Central Vermont Public ServiceCVPS, the largest electric utility in Vermont, serves more than 160,000 customers in 163 cities and towns across Vermont.  The company is a three-time winner of the Edison Electric Institute’s national Emergency Recovery Award, and CVPS Cow Powerâ ¢ won the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Utility Green Program of the Year Award.  CVPS has been listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the most trusted companies in America for more than five years. About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation. It serves more than 96,000 customers. About Gaz MétroWith over $3.6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is Quebec’s leading natural gas distributor. Its 10,000-kilometer network serves 300 municipalities. Gaz Métro has operated in this regulated industry since 1957 and is the trusted energy provider to its customers in Quebec and Vermont, who choose natural gas for its competitive price, efficiency, comfort and environmental benefits. Gaz Métro is also present in the electricity distribution market and is involved in natural gas transportation and storage, the development of projects such as wind power, natural gas as fuel for the transportation industry, and biomethanation. Gaz Métro is committed to the satisfaction of its customers, partners, employees and the communities it serves.Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from the liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.  Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements include: the occurrence of any event, effect or change that could give rise to a termination of the definitive agreement entered into with Gaz Métro; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against CV and others following announcement of the agreement; the inability to complete the transaction due to the failure to obtain shareholder approval or the failure to satisfy other conditions to the completion of the transaction, including the receipt of certain regulatory approvals; risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations and creates potential difficulties in employee retention; and the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to the transaction. These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.CVPS. 9.29.2011last_img read more