A property company working for a student estate agent in Reading has been accused of pocketing thousands of pounds worth of deposits - after three student households were left waiting more than three months for a total of nearly £10,000 to be sent to their accounts. Sam Pringle, 20, spoke to MailOnline after his house of five were left waiting three months for their £3,675 deposit to be returned. Another female student, who wished to remain anonymous, says she was forced to call Ridgemoor Properties, a business associate of Cintra Estates, every day for 12 days straight when her household's £2,700 deposit failed to appear two months after they'd moved out. Sam Pringle (pictured), 20, spoke to MailOnline after his house of five were left waiting three months for their £3,675 deposit to be returned Bethany Allis, another student at the University of Reading contacted this website to ask for help and student Lauren Richards says her housemates are waiting for … [Read more...] about Students are left furious after being forced to wait up to THREE MONTHS for nearly £10,000 in rental deposits to be returned
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Britain is set to be hit by winds of up to 65-mph this week as arctic weather storms through the UK with a vengeance. The Met Office's yellow weather warnings are expected to come hand-in-hand with power disruptions and school closures - while drivers are being warned to be especially vigilant on the roads. And as with any storm, travel delays are also forecast - with Eurostar already cancelling some trains. So what are your rights? "Flight disruptions aren't ideal, especially when you’re looking forward to your big getaway, however, there are some tips that are worth bearing in mind to minimise disruption," explains Emma Grimster at TravelSupermarket. "If you have a flight booked, check with your airline and airport well before leaving home for any updates and advice on disruption to schedules. Alternatively contact your airline by phone and ensure it has your up-to-date contact details lodged in your booking. "Rail companies also publish details of delays and changes to … [Read more...] about Trains cancelled and flights grounded because of snow – your refund rights
Nancy Pelosi is rushing to conclude the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. On Thursday, just over two months after the inquiry was launched, Pelosi announced she was instructing investigators to draft articles of impeachment. These will be voted on by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives as soon as this month. The impeachment articles seem likely to focus only on the president’s attempt to blackmail Ukraine into interfering in the 2016 election, and his subsequent attempts to obstruct investigations into the scheme. “Our democracy is what is at stake,” Pelosi said in a news conference, standing before a backdrop of placidly hanging American flags. “The president leaves us no choice but to act, because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election.” Another hearing is scheduled in the judiciary committee for this coming Monday, but the timeline is now clear: the House will vote to impeach the president, probably in a party-line … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi is bungling the impeachment inquiry into Trump
Britons’ love of novelty Christmas jumpers is helping to fuel the world’s plastic pollution crisis, a report has warned. Whether emblazoned with flashing lights or alpine motifs, 12m jumpers are set to be snapped up this year, despite 65m already languishing in UK wardrobes. But as well as triggering huge levels of waste, the research by the environmental charity Hubbub has shown that most new sweaters contain plastic. Its analysis of 108 garments on sale this year from 11 high street and online retailers – including Primark, George at Asda and Topshop/Topman – found that 95% of the jumpers were made wholly or partly of plastic materials. The charity said the garment had become one of the worst examples of fast fashion, now recognised as hugely damaging to the environment. With so-called Christmas jumper day – an annual publicity push by the charity Save the Children – looming on Friday 13 December, millions of consumers are expected to scour shops … [Read more...] about Christmas jumpers add to plastic pollution crisis, says charity
Arwa Mahdawi: ‘There’s a big difference between no-platforming and not promoting’ Hi Moira, I’ll jump right into it. Radio stations have started to drop R Kelly and Michael Jackson from their playlists. I support this. It would be hard to play these guys on the radio at the moment without it sounding like you’re either endorsing or ignoring their alleged behavior. But what I don’t support are calls for streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube to remove Kelly or Jackson’s music altogether. This isn’t because I think you should separate art from the artist – you shouldn’t. It’s because I’m vehemently against censorship and banning their music would be censorship. It’s really as simple as that. I think what’s key here is that there’s a big difference between no-platforming and not promoting. I know that’s obvious, but it feels like this distinction isn’t stressed enough in … [Read more...] about The debate: should Spotify ban R Kelly and Michael Jackson?