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Minister accused of living in cloud cuckoo land for saying rents are

first_imgMinister accused of ‘living in cloud cuckoo land’ for saying rents are rising at a ‘slow rate’ The average cost of renting a home in Ireland in the first three months of this year was at an all time high. Monday 13 May 2019, 3:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/4632272 May 13th 2019, 3:00 PM Short URL By Christina Finn 34,052 Views Share185 Tweet Email2 All counties, excluding Dublin, had rent inflation at least double the Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) 4% cap, while in Dublin rents rose by 7% and are now between €1700 and €2200 – depending on the location.center_img 106 Comments Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article RENTS REMAIN UNACCEPTABLY high, according to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, who added that rents are rising at a “slow rate”. “Rents are rising at a rate that we haven’t seen since 2013. A very slow rate,” he told RTÉ News at One today. The latest Daft.ie report finds that in Dublin, the average cost has risen above €2,000 – with rent increasing in the capital for the 31st consecutive quarter in a row.The average cost of renting a home in Ireland in the first three months of this year was at an all time high of €1,366 – a rise of 8% on the same time last year.The latest quarterly report from Daft.ie has also highlighted that there were just 2,700 homes available to rent nationwide on 1 May which is the lowest recorded since the first time these figures were compiled in 2006. Reacting to the latest figures, Murphy said “rent caps are working” but added that they need to be “strengthened and extended and that is exactly what we’re doing”.  In the coming days, the minister is set to finalise the Residential Tenancies Act, with it set to signed into law within the next fortnight. The Residential Tenancies Act has been a long time coming, with Murphy promising that it will fundamentally change the rental market in Ireland.New powersIt aims to do this by giving the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) the powers to carry out investigations and impose sanctions on landlords, as well as setting the rules for rent pressure zones (with additional zones added just recently).The government also wants to increase the notice periods for tenants, as well as laying down new rules for short-term lets, such as AirBnb.Murphy said today, that for “the first time we are bringing in large institutional landlords under those new rent cap laws so tenants renting from those properties have the same protections as the tenants renting from traditional landlords”. “We know we need to do more… the rent caps that have been working will now be extended to 2021 at the earliest. We are also reforming them so it is not easy for landlords to step outside of their obligations and crucially large institutional landlords, which were not previously covered by rent caps are now being covered by them”.However, Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin criticised the minister’s comments that “rents are rising at a rate we haven’t seen since 2013 – a very slow rate”.He accused the minister of “living in cloud cuckoo land” stating that rents for new tenancies are accelerating at an alarming rate.“The year-on-year increases are overwhelming thousands of renters.“Ten counties had double digit rent increases. Waterford had a rise of 16% while Galway had an increase of almost 17%,” he said, adding: For the minister to focus on the quarterly rise rather than the annual one is either a sign of stupidity or dishonesty. If he really believes what he said, then he is living in cloud cuckoo land.Strategy is failing says Sinn FéinÓ Broin said the government’s rental strategy, including the rent pressure zones, is failing.He said the legislation currently going through the Dáil “will do nothing for those renters who today are facing bills of between €1300 and €2200 for new rentals”.“The time for mealy-mouthed measures are over. We need a rent freeze and a refundable tax credit for renters worth a month’s rent.“We also need a major programme of public investment in affordable cost rental accommodation to provide renters with accommodation that they actually afford,” said the Sinn Féin spokesperson. Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy last_img read more

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Le calendrier Maya nous accorde un siècle de répit

first_imgLe calendrier Maya nous accorde un siècle de répitLe 21 décembre 2012 était jusqu’à présent considéré comme le dernier jour du calendrier Maya, et donc celui de la fin du monde. Mais des scientifiques viennent nous accorder plus de cent ans de répit, assurant que c’est en 2116 que s’achèvera le calendrier.Les frères Böhm, deux scientifiques allemands, révèlent en effet dans une étude publiée par la revue Astronomische Nachrichten, que le calendrier maya ne prend pas fin en 2012, comme on le croyait jusqu’à présent, mais en 2116. Les deux chercheurs assurent que les calculs effectués par John Eric Sidney Thompson, spécialiste de la civilisation maya, ne sont pas exacts. Sa retranscription du temps des Mayas dans le calendrier chrétien ne prenait pas en compte les différentes occupations de cités par les tribus ennemis, et c’est ainsi que 104 années auraient été oubliées.À lire aussiUne immense cité maya révélée sous la jungle du Guatemala grâce à l’imagerie laserC’est en prenant en compte les différents calendriers utilisés par la civilisation maya que les frères Böhm ont réalisé leurs calculs : un calendrier agricole de 365 jours, une version religieuse de 260 jours, un calendrier de neuf jours, et un cycle de 1.872.000 jours. Pour retranscrire le temps maya, ils ont noté les concordances entre les événements de ces calendriers et le calendrier chrétien. Ce n’est pas la première fois que la date du 21 décembre 2012 est remise en cause par des chercheurs. Pour Gerardo Aldana, de l’université de Santa Barbara, il est tout simplement impossible de prévoir avec précision et fiabilité le moment exact auquel prend fin le calendrier maya. Le 18 mars 2011 à 17:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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