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More than 500 protest for renter protection, affordable housing

first_imgIn addition, the group presented a list of 100 buildings in which tenants are considered at risk for eviction by unscrupulous landlords, condo conversions or demolitions. “We know they’re going to have to do a little thinking. We’re going to give them a week and that’s it,” Hurd said. But the groups’ protest was met with lukewarm response from city leaders, who have been trying to balance the needs of both tenants and landlords. “There are ways to get your point across. I don’t know how well their point was received,” said Councilman Herb Wesson, who heads the Council’s Housing and Economic Development Committee. “A citywide housing policy is something that has to be thought out in a methodical way.” A spokesman for Villaraigosa said Helmi Hisserich, the deputy mayor for housing, will meet with affordable-housing advocates to discuss their demands. Angry tenants and homeless residents filled the City Council chambers Wednesday, pounding the lectern and calling for more renter protections and affordable housing in Los Angeles. More than 500 people protested inside and outside City Hall and presented a list of demands including a moratorium on condo conversions, a citywide housing policy and a requirement that developers include affordable units in their projects. “Something has to be done. We’re talking about hundreds of units where people are being evicted all the time. Where are these people going to go?” said Alvivon Hurd, a downtown resident who belongs to ACORN, a low-income housing advocacy group. She and others demanded that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council adopt stronger policies to build and protect affordable housing. “In many ways, we’re already on the same page,” spokesman Gil Duran said. “Everybody wants to see more affordable housing and see it built much more rapidly.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Consumer help: estate and rental agents

first_imgGuidelines for renting, buying or selling property through an estate agent, how to protect your interests when doing so, and what you can do if things go wrong.We profile the organisations that can help you in real estate. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterEstate Agency Affairs BoardA body established by the government to protect your interests when you buy and sell property through an estate agent. All agents have to register with the board, and must comply with the board’s code of conduct. Agents are issued with an annual fidelity fund certificate, which they should display. You can check with the board whether the agent is registered or not.You can also complain against an estate agent whom you suspect has violated either the law or the code of conduct governing the industry.You are entitled to claim repayment from the board’s fidelity fund if an estate agent has stolen or mismanaged your money. Their website includes a wealth of related information and resources, such as guides for property buyers and guidelines for estate agents.Website: www.eaab.org.zaWhistleblower hotline: 0800 223 225The website’s disciplinaries section provides information on how to lodge complaints.Rental Housing TribunalsIf you have a problem with your landlord, you should approach the Rental Housing Tribunal in your province.Rental Housing Tribunals are independent bodies appointed by the Provincial Housing Minister to ensure stability in rental housing market and resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. These include problems with unfair practices such as the refunding of deposits, privacy, overcrowding, exploitative rentals, maintenance and repairs and illegal lockout or disconnection of services.Offices comprise three to five member who have expertise in housing management, housing development, and consumer matters relating to rental housing.The tribunals have the authority to arrange mediations or to subpoena parties to a hearing. Rulings by the tribunal are deemed to be judgments of a magistrate’s court.Rental Housing Tribunals operate on a provincial basis, generally falling under the Human Settlements department. See the Department of Human Settlements’ website.Or contact:Eastern CapeFree StateGautengKwaZulu NatalLimpopoMpumalangaNorthern CapeNorth WestWestern CapeOriginally published 24 April 2002Reviewed 12 July 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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41% of IT Pros Surveyed Admit to Abusing Admin Privileges

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Of the over 400 IT professionals who responded to Cyber-Ark Software’s fourth annual “Trust, Security and Passwords” survey, 41% admitted to abusing administrative passwords to access sensitive or confidential information, such as HR records and customer databases. This is an increase of 8% since last year’s survey.Considering the somewhat small sample size, and the fact Cyber-Ark sells vaulting technology specifically designed to solve this type of problem, the results of this survey should be viewed with some skepticism. But it highlights significant challenges in internal data security and the migration towards the cloud.As we reported Monday, 87% of respondents in a recent cloud computing survey are concerned with security in the cloud, but many enterprises’ own internal security processes are far from perfect.According to the Cyber-Ark survey, 70% of organizations have controls to monitor privileged access, but 61% say of respondents say they can circumvent these controls. The other 30% of organizations have no protection against admin abuses at all.Meanwhile, 35% of respondents believe that sensitive data had been leaked to competitors by ex-employees. Only 10% of data leaks were believed to have been the result of malicious external hackers.As pointed out in a report by the Cloud Security Alliance, storing data in the cloud increases the total number of individuals with potential access to sensitive data, and thereby increases the risk of data theft by a malicious insider. But many of the same practices used to protect against internal data theft can be applied in the cloud as well.Security software company Trend Micro has some suggestions for dealing with this issue as well: Enforce strict supply chain management and conduct acomprehensive supplier assessment.Specify human resource requirements as part of legal contracts.Require transparency into overall information security andmanagement practices, as well as compliance reporting.Determine security breach notification processes.Another possible solution is to encrypt all data stored in the cloud (Trend Micro has promised a cloud encryption solution). In our new free report The Future of the Cloud: Cloud Platform APIs are the Business of Cloud Computing, Mike Kirkwood writes that data tracking will be as important as data protection in the cloud.And of course, read these 12 Questions To Ask a Provider About Cloud Security.Thanks to Mirko Zorz of Help Net Security for bringing this survey to our attention. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#saas last_img read more

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