When Hope Survives

first_img About Author: Radhika Ojha Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago When Hope Survives Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Previous: Rebuilding Affordable Housing a Year After Hurricane Michael Next: Industry Applauds Nomination of Brian Montgomery for HUD’s Deputy Secretary Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / When Hope Survives The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2019-10-07 Radhika Ojha Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago October 7, 2019 1,111 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Hello Solutions, Founder and CEO Leisha Delgado told DS News, was founded on a simple premise: to give boutique default services law firms a financially viable option to get more sales while not compromising on their innate abilities to provide personalized attention to clients.“I realized that there was a gap, especially in today’s market, where defaults are down,” said Delgado, who spent the better part of her initial career in mortgage selling to servicers and default law firms. “It didn’t make financial sense, especially for smaller default firms, to have a full-time experienced sales representative in a low-volume market like the one we’re facing today.”As a result, many of these smaller firms either relied on their attorneys to do sales or they hired a less-experienced sales representative. “Hello Solutions was born out of that need for a fractionalized sales executive,” Delgado said.She onboarded her first client in November 2017. By June 2018, Delgado had not only added two more firms to her growing business—she had already achieved her yearly goals. She was now thinking of doubling her targets and creating a strategy to achieve them by the end of the year.Life, however, threw her a curveball.Life Is What Happens When You’re Busy Making Plans“My first symptom appeared in February. I went to the doctor and got the tests done. Everything came back fine, so I assumed there was nothing to worry about,” Delgado said. “In June, I received a call from my surgical oncologist inquiring if I was still experiencing those symptoms. When I said that they had not worsened, but were not better either, she suggested I come in for an MRI.”The MRI was followed by a biopsy, and the bad news came soon thereafter—a positive diagnosis for breast cancer.Delgado remembers the day she got her diagnosis. She’d flown out to California from Florida a couple of days ahead for a conference and received the call within 15 minutes of stepping into her room.“I was on the other side of the country, away from everybody I knew,” Delgado said. Her first calls were to her family. The next calls were to her clients.“I had onboarded my latest client in June 2018, barely a month before I received my diagnosis,” Delgado recalled. “When I made those calls to my clients, I thought it was totally fair if some of them bowed out and said that they would like to put the contract on hold.”She was in for a pleasant surprise. “None of them did,” Delgado said. “That made me realize that these people shared my value for doing the right thing.”However, a long and arduous road to recovery lay ahead. Through it all, Delgado said, she was determined not to let her company suffer. Her first hurdle was coming to terms with the fact that what was initially thought to be a stage 0 cancer was in fact more serious.“I initially thought, ‘That’s doable. I’ll work less for a month and then I’ll bounce right back.’ But during the surgery, the doctors realized that I was actually stage 3.”. Even though this was a shock, she remained positive, not only throughout her treatment process but also at work.“By that point, I thought, ‘let’s just do this. I’ll beat this,’” she said.It helped that Delgado had worked hard until her diagnosis to set up a healthy sales pipeline and had built her strategy around what she was going to take up and what she wouldn’t until her health improved.“I opted to put foundational sales—such as building websites, social media presences, etc.—on hold until after the treatment. I decided to only focus on the firms I had and to see through everything I had already begun work on, but not to seek any new leads,” she said.The Road to RecoveryIt’s been a little more than a year after that fateful July evening. Today, Delgado is in remission. She’s completed her surgeries and her chemo, as well as radiation. Her infusions will end in September,  and after that, she will start with one medication for a year.Over this past year of tribulations, Delgado says that she’s not only developed her sense of humor but has also learned that she’s capable of handling much more than she thought was possible.“The most important thing I’ve learned is that we have a choice. When I was going through the worst of it all, I could have buried myself in my room. I could have not worked. I could have felt sorry for myself. But I didn’t,” she said. “Cancer had taken so much from me; those were the things I couldn’t control. I decided I wouldn’t allow it to take away the things that I could control—my happiness and my work.”Giving BackDelgado told DS News she now plans to begin working on a charity to support patients like her get resources she found helpful during her treatment processes. However, organizing charity fundraisers isn’t unfamiliar territory for Delgado.She founded the Puerto Rico Project HOPE after she realized that her efforts to help aid the hurricane-impacted island could reach a much wider audience if she partnered with others.“I was worried after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico,” she said. “I had family there, and I knew \there was a lot of confusion and that aid wasn’t reaching the people on the island.”Delgado said she asked her extended circle of friends and colleagues to create a “virtual hope box” containing useful items such as batteries, solar-powered cell phone chargers, solar-powered lanterns, food, first aid, and other necessities.The idea was that each person participating in this campaign would be the captain of their fundraising for the number of hope boxes they wished to send to the families. Delgado would then take those supplies to the island and deliver them personally to the families who needed them.Under her new charity initiative, these hope boxes will now be distributed cancer patients, although the contents will be different. “You would be surprised at the amount of information you don’t get,” Delgado said. “Before my surgery, for example, I just researched and Googled and thought of things that would be helpful. About 90% of the things that I purchased were super helpful.”Delgado said that when she brought the items she found to her surgical oncologist, the doctor had never seen most of it before. She offered the example of a “shower shirt,” a garment designed to allow a patient to enjoy the comfort of a shower, even if they need to protect their torso from getting wet. “That’s such a big deal for someone who’s gone through a mastectomy because otherwise you have to shower with towels, and doing that for a month is awful.”Delgado said that she plans to call these new iterations of her hope chests “battle boxes.” In the first phase, Delgado plans to give items for breast cancer patients who undergo surgery. Each box will cost approximately $500. Going forward, she plans to introduce these boxes for patients undergoing chemo as well as those with special needs such as pregnant women. She plans to raise around $5,000 per month in the first phase to get all those patients battle boxes before they go into surgery. The box will also contain easily digestible information about their diagnosis and the next steps.“I just want to make it a better, easier, less painful experience for those going through this in the future,” she said.last_img read more

Sierra Club Calls on Vectren for a Clean Energy Transition Plan

first_imgVectren Must Retire Its Coal Plants By 2023 Or Invest $230 Million To Comply With Water Toxics RuleEvansville, IN — On Friday, Sierra Club called on Vectren to present the community with a plan to transition away from its aging and expensive coal-burning plants and to clean energy, even as Vectren announced that it must decide whether to invest at least $230 million into the plants or retire them by 2023.The $230 million is Vectren’s estimate of costs associated with an EPA rule meant to reduce toxic water pollution. Vectren made the announcement at its 20-Year Planning Meeting on Friday.“The decision here is clear. Either you are going to invest $230 million dollars into these plants, or you are going to plan to retire coal units by December of 2023,” Matt Skuya-Boss, Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal to Clean Energy Campaign, told Vectren executives during a presentation at the 20-Year-Planning Meeting.Vectren’s bills are already the highest in Indiana, and according to the United Way’s ALICE study, 47 percent of residents in Evansville are struggling to pay their bills.On Thursday, Citizens Action Coalition (CAC) and Earthjustice filed an appeal, for the second time, on behalf of CAC, Sierra Club, and Valley Watch, in a case in which Vectren seeks to charge its customers tens of millions for pollution controls needed to make the plants comply with other environmental requirements.If it decides to incur the $230 million to comply with the water toxics rule, Vectren will seek to pass those costs onto its customers as well.“Instead of continuing to spend customer money on its expensive, aging plants, Vectren should present the community with a plan to responsibly transition away from coal, invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, create jobs and stabilize our electric bills,” said Wendy Bredhold, Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal to Clean Energy Campaign in the Ohio River Valley. “We call on Vectren CEO Carl Chapman to make the right decision for our community.”These area residents expressed their support for a clean energy transition plan at Friday’s rally:Evansville homeowner Jean Webb, who recently invested in rooftop solar, echoed a concern about costs. “Vectren needs to add renewables to their portfolio mix not only to improve our health and future, but to give us some price stability,” she said, pointing out that currently, a 25-year contract for utility-scale solar currently runs less than 4 cents per kilowatt hour.“With utility scale solar we could have twenty-five years with no price increase,” she said. “Let that sink in. No expensive pollution controls for the air or the water. No expensive legal filings for permits. No lobbying for looser EPA rules.”Tom Bogenschutz, with All Saints Catholic Church Ministry staff said, “By not including in their plan a significant transition to renewable energy, Vectren is failing in their part of it’s moral obligation. We call upon Vectren to put itself on a path now for a more sound future that will benefit all.”Mark Bryant, Valley Watch member and Posey County father of a child with asthma, said, “I’m here to say to Vectren now is the time to move away from a legacy of producing energy from burning toxic coal and start producing energy from clean renewable sources like wind and solar.”After the 20-Year Planning Meeting, Sierra Club presented Vectren CEO Carl Chapman with a petition from the community asking Vectren for a clean energy transition plan.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

NHP on top again towards end of turbulent year

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Fans of Velež will revive ”February Tournament”

first_imgFan club ”Red Army” Mostar will organise ”Red Army February Tournament” in futsal.Number of team is limited and fee is 30 BAM, teams can apply every day from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Fan Club in the Fejić Street, On 3 February there will be drawing of groups at 1 p.m.Organisation of February tournament was helped by Sports Alliance of the City of Mostar, FC Velež, BH Telecom, and Union of Students of the University Džemal Bijedić from Mostar.last_img

Fair Haven Antique Dealer Finds Homes For Treasure – Each With…

first_imgBy Art PetrosemoloThe watches, clocks, jewelry and silver on the shelves at Blue Stove Antiques in Fair Haven all come with a story. Some of them are even as interesting as that of its octogenarian owner Isaak “Ike” Burstein.For more than 40 years, Burstein and his wife Myra have sold unique antique treasurers acquired locally or from locations across the world out of the shop. “It’s a labor of love,” he says, “and many times it is very hard to part with things I have acquired.” It is understandable as Burstein lost everything during the Second World War and lived through the horror of the Holocaust.A look in the store safe confirms Burstein’s sentiments for many of his treasures – trays of watches and jewelry – are locked up each night and brought out daily for display.“I always have been a clock collector,” says Burstein, “and am known for that in the business. Many people will bring their timepieces to me to expedite repair, to sell or just to appraise.”One of Burstein’s favorite and most treasured timepieces is a rare, 1746 Henton Brown Musical Bracket Clock made in London that plays six tunes. Burstein has owned it for more than a half century.In a business where many equate age into high price, Burstein cautions buyers that quality trumps age most times. “Remember,” he smiles, “they made junk 100 years ago just as they do today!”Born in Lithuania in Eastern Europe in 1929, Burstein, experienced the horror of World War II and Nazi atrocities firsthand. The family was unable to escape their homeland after the German invasion in 1941. Burstein survived for four years doing slave labor at Dachau, north of Munich in Southern Germany.Dachau was the first concentration camp the Nazi’s opened in Germany in 1933. There were some 32,000 documented – and thousands of undocumented – deaths during its 12-year existence.Burstein was freed by the allies in May 1945 after Dachau guards marched the remaining prisoners west away from the camp toward the German border in what he describes as a “death march.”Although the memories will be with him forever, Burstein today focuses on what happened since 1945, not before it. “My parents made sure I could speak English as a child,” Burstein says,” and I still speak several languages.”After being liberated, Burstein worked for one year as an interpreter for the United States Army in Munich before immigrating to the United States and starting a new life in New York City not yet having celebrated his 20th birthday.Burstein met his wife on New Year’s Eve in 1947. They were married in 1950 and have lived in New Jersey for more than 40 years. “Myra was interested in, loved and understood antiques and collectibles,” Burstein says, “and we opened the shop here in Fair Haven.”In the 1980s, the Bursteins renovated the building and he gave up his corporate job in New York City to focus on timepieces, jewelry and antiques, something both he and his wife loved.Today Burstein, 86, still travels to estate sales and flea markets looking for hidden treasures but more often than not, collectors bring items to him. He also has a client list with names we’d all recognize and he understandably protects. “You’d be surprised how many people buy quality watches, jewelry and antiques as an investment,” Burstein says. “Many times I actually buy back items from clients for more than I sold it to them because of appreciation.”The Burstein’s have two children. Their son Matt is a well-known antique restorer based in Boston and daughter Beth is a photographer in New Jersey.Burstein is patient with browsers and dabblers who visit his shop looking – many times – for a present with no idea of what they want or the cost involved. We have antiques in all price ranges he smiles as not everyone can afford a Patek Philippe, Breitling or Bvlgari watch that – even used – is expensive.Burstein recalls a woman who came in to have her dad’s Rolex watch looked at and repaired. She said her dad also was considering selling it and she wanted to know its value. “I looked at it,” Burstein says, “and told her that indeed it could be fixed and the watch was so valuable that I would be happy to give her dad a new Rolex to replace it as well as a sizable check.” Burstein says the woman was shocked and talked to her dad who decided he would keep the watch.When describing what makes a timepiece so valuable, Burstein is in his element. He reminds visitors that if you just need to tell time, a battery powered Timex will give you hours, minutes, seconds and probably even the date just fine.“But,” he goes on, “if you value a piece of engineering with hundreds of moving parts that tells time accurately plus accounts for the different length of months, leap year or even the phases of the moon – a watch which could take years to complete as well, running flawlessly for decades inside a precious metal case, and will appreciate in value every year – well that’s a work of art.”Many of Burstein’s collectors look for the unusual and unique. He cites a limited edition Longines’ watch – only 80 were made – to celebrate the 80th anniversary in 2007 of the Charles Lindberg’s trans-Atlantic flight. Burstein had a chance to buy one from an owner and gladly paid more than the retail price. It sits patiently in his shop waiting for its next owner.Burstein has good advice to new collectors of antiques, jewelry and watches. “Be sure you buy something of quality. Keep it serviced and care for it,” he says. “Buy one item of quality rather than waste your money on 10 items because they’re cheap.”last_img read more

Nitrogen management continues to be a water quality issue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A revolution in Midwestern agriculture has to happen to minimize the Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxic zone, according to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE).In September, iSEE Directors and Affiliates published a commentary piece in Nature Sustainability, produced as a result of the iSEE Critical Conversation 2018: The Nitrogen Reduction Challenge, a collaborative forum that united scientists and scholars to generate innovative solutions.According to a team of Illinois researchers, each annual harvest removes just 60% to 70% of nitrogen from fields.“Ultimately, via the Mississippi River, the remaining nitrogen will flow into the Gulf, facilitating hypoxia (oxygen deficiency) and endangering marine life,” said Madhu Khanna, iSEE Associate Director for Research and principal author.Based on discussions at the critical conversation and existing research, Khanna and her co-authors suggest a two-pronged strategy to address the issue. Nitrogen requirements typically differ from site to site, even in a single field. However, many farmers opt to fertilize uniformly, which can be detrimental to crop health and facilitate excess chemical runoff. This paper proposes blending big data technology with site-specific “precision farming” — real-time, comprehensive data repositories can allow farmers to apply nitrogen in optimal quantities.Current strategies to mitigate the Gulf’s biological and financial hazards are high-cost, low-reward, often relying on voluntary participation and demanding financial incentive. However, iSEE’s proposed solutions are proactive.“The insight needed to vary nitrogen applications in response to site-specific conditions will be instrumental in reducing nutrient loss and increasing profitability,” Khanna said.The authors posit genome editing as a second strategy to reduce corn’s dependence on nitrogen. To close, they suggest a series of next steps centered on research into precision farming, stakeholder education and engagement, and legislation to advance genome editing and water quality regulations.The writing team of “Harnessing Emerging Technologies to Mitigate the Hypoxia Challenge” also includes: Benjamin M. Gramig, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics; Evan H. DeLucia, iSEE Baum Family Director; Ximing Cai, iSEE Associate Director for Campus Sustainability; and Praveen Kumar, Colonel Harry F. and Frankie M. Lovell Endowed Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The authors acknowledge the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund for sponsorship of iSEE Critical Conversations.last_img read more

Pasaol pleased with UE’s campaign despite 3-11 record

first_imgProtesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next But the 6-foot-3 swingman is sticking to the positives in his breakout season, with the brightest moment his 49-point outburst against La Salle.“I’m happy that I was able to break the record of my idols in the PBA. But again, I’m thankful for them because they gave me so much trust,” he said.Pasaol’s performance may have very well landed him in the roster of awardees this year, but he maintained that he’s not content with his showing, noting that just like the rest of Red Warriors, he’ll continue working hard in the offseason.“That’s the lesson we got this year, that we need to continue the hard work in everything we do. If you can give more than 100-percent, you should give it your all,” he said. “I know I have to work hard because if I won’t perform, the team won’t play well. I have to push myself on everything on the court.”Pasaol also said he’s eyeing a stint in the PBA D-League this season.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “I’ll work on applying in the D-League and improving there,” he said. “I’m so happy with our run. Even though we’re at the bottom of the standings, I’m happy with the way we fought on the court,” he said.“I’m grateful that I had the chance to play with our graduating players like (Mark) Olayon, (Clark) Derige, and (Rey) Acuño. I wouldn’t be where I am if not for the trust of my teammates.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPasaol ended his sophomore year with UE on a four-game losing streak, the last of which an 85-88 defeat to University of Santo Tomas on Sunday.READ: UST averts winless season, beats UE Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jacobs easily outpoints Arias in return to ring MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Alvin Pasaol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netForget the record. Alvin Pasaol is still satisfied with how University of the East fared this UAAP Season 80.Finishing the year at seventh place with a 3-11 record, the 22-year-old Pasaol couldn’t be more proud with how the Red Warriors competed.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Six Nations tickets worth £370,000 touted on Viagogo, investigation reveals

first_img Pinterest Viagogo releases data showing huge scale of ticket touting Six Nations 2019 Six Nations The tickets were marked as “Resale not allowed”.Despite the CMA’s court order, which demands that traders give their genuine contact details, the address for “harry tout” was given as the Scottish newspaper the Daily Record, which has campaigned virulently against ticket touting. The Daily Record said it had no involvement with the listing.None of the traders could be reached for comment. A spokesman for the Rugby Football Union said the use of secondary market websites to resell tickets is prohibited by the RFU’s ticket terms and conditions and that ticket holders known to have breached the terms and conditions would be refused entry.“Where tickets are resold on secondary market websites – especially at inflated prices – it is not just the genuine fans, but the wider game, whom suffer.”The Irish Rugby Football Union urged fans not to buy resold tickets, which they said might be cancelled. The Welsh Rugby Union also warned fans against buying from ticket resale companies, warning that buyers risked ejection from the ground.This stance does not appear to dissuade traders. Touts have 194 tickets for sale for Scotland vIreland alone with a combined ticket price of £57,758 which, if sold, will prove the most lucrative game of the tournament for traders.Traders are selling 223 tickets for sale for the Scotland v Wales match on 9 March with a combined value of £49,318. Read more Screen grab of ticket for sale on the Viagogo website Facebook Consumer affairs Support The Guardian She pointed out that Viagogo was the subject of a court order by the Competition and Markets Authority, which has taken action against the company over alleged breaches of consumer law. “Viagogo must now make any necessary changes without delay and I expect the CMA to take further action if they fail to do so,” she said.The CMA has already warned that it has “serious concerns” about Viagogo’s compliance with the terms of the court order. And listings for Six Nations games raise fresh doubts about whether the company is abiding by its terms.The trader with the highest combined ticket price had 173 for sale with a total asking price of £79,719 (including booking fees and delivery).While the CMA’s court order calls for traders’ full contact information to be advertised, entries for the trader’s tickets simply listed his details as “Dublin”.The highest number of tickets for sale by an individual trader was under the name of an Eileen Green, who listed 290 tickets with a combined price of £64,704.Another prolific seller, a company called Tick Tock Ltd that listed its address as Panama City, had 100 tickets the combined cost of which stood at £45,981. Another trader, Candy & Co, gave a postbox address in Texas, while a fifth, Tyne and Wear Ltd, is based in Newcastle.The most expensive tickets, for sale by a trader listed as “harry tout” carried a total cost of £4,772 for two seats in the fourth row with a view of the tryline for the sold-out match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on 9 February. More than a thousand tickets for the Six Nations have appeared for sale on the controversial website Viagogo for a combined £370,000, according to Guardian analysis that illustrates the grip wielded by ticket touts over in-demand events.Details of the scale at which Six Nations tickets are being touted prompted concern from the digital minister, Margot James, and condemnation from rugby governing bodies, who warned that Viagogo’s customers risk being refused entry at the turnstile.The Guardian examined 1,155 tickets with a “Trader” label advertised on Viagogo for the Six Nations and found they were being listed for £369,526, including VAT, delivery costs and booking fees, collected by the website.The true amount of tickets controlled by touts is likely to be much higher, given that the Guardian’s analysis covered only two days of Viagogo listings.These tickets, two-thirds of which were in the hands of just five traders, are listed despite the risk that buyers will be turned away at the door.James said the Guardian’s findings were very concerning. “Fans should be able to attend major sporting events at a fair price,” she said. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Read morecenter_img Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Rugby union Eddie Jones’s England options a cause for joy but they bring problems too Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics Ticket prices … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest When contacted, Viagogo said it was “perfectly legal” to resell tickets and that any bought through its website were valid and should not result in fans being turned away.A spokesperson said: “Event organisers sometimes make claims that they will deny entry to people who have purchased resold tickets. These types of entry restrictions are highly unfair and in our view, unenforceable and illegal.“Therefore, as with all tickets on our platform, Viagogo customers should feel confident that they will gain entry to the event, and that is why we back every ticket with the Viagogo guarantee.”Under the terms of the CMA’s court order secured against the company, Viagogo has been obliged to publish not just names of touts but also more detailed information about what consumers are buying, such as seat number at the venue.But the Guardian found dozens of cases that did not display the seat number.Tom Watson, the shadow secretary for digital, culture, media and sport and deputy Labour leader, said it was “disgraceful to see that ticket touts on Viagogo are still ripping off rugby fans”.“Viagogo has been told time and again that it needs to clean up its act. They are flagrantly disobeying the law and even ignoring a court order. It’s unacceptable that consumers may not be able to see basic details about their tickets, like the seller’s name and the seat number. Secondary ticketing platforms have been taking advantage of loyal fans for far too long. This has got to change.”In late January the CMA, which had given Viagogo until mid-January to overhaul its business practices, said the changes made by Viagogo after the court order were “insufficient”.Viagogo, in turn, issued a statement which simply said: “We are compliant.”MethodologyThe Guardian analysed all listings for Six Nations tickets listed on the Viagogo website which carried a “Trader” logo on two consecutive days.The analysis covers 1,007 unique tickets on sale on the Viagogo website on Wednesday 30 January plus 148 unique tickets which subsequently came up for sale on Thursday 31 January. Checks were carried out to ensure no duplicate tickets were recorded by manually checking the ticket details, price and trader.• This article was amended on 8 February 2019 to remove an incorrect personal name. Twitter last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini won’t rule out move for Medel

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini won’t rule out move for Medelby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini refused to rule out a January move for Besiktas midfielder Gary Medel yesterday.Medel, formerly of Cardiff City, is being linked with the Hammers.And Pellegrini stated: “Those names are among 25 over the last few weeks.“We are happy with the squad we know we need to replace players that won’t play more this season – Carlos Sanchez, Yarmolenko. “I will not talk about individual players now.“ last_img read more

10 months agoCannavaro backing Napoli to win Europa League

first_imgCannavaro backing Napoli to win Europa Leagueby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBallon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro is backing Napoli to win the Europa League.The former centre-back lifted the trophy with Parma in 1999.“I was the last to win what was still the UEFA Cup in 1999,” Cannavaro told Il Mattino.“I was at Parma, and at that time we dominated the UEFA Cup like the Spaniards do now. I don’t know why, over time, Italian teams have snubbed this competition, although it’s certainly tiring.“Winning it brings great joy though, and Napoli have all the means to do that.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more