£1.6billion lost from UK house prices, says home.co.uk

first_imgValuing residential property is no easy task, set it too low and the vendor may well choose another agency. Set it too high, it may not sell. Every agent knows this, but it seems, in this difficult market, that many prices are, currently, set too high.Greater London, for example, has, according to the latest news from home.co.uk, has a glut of homes for sale, with more on the market now than there was in October 2010 – not great news for sellers. The south of England is also struggling to sell its homes and over the whole country supply is up by 10 per cent year-on-year.In June, a total of £1.6 billion was slashed from asking prices of properties on the market in England and Wales – while supply of stock rose by 9.7 per cent.Doug Shepherd (pictured), Director at Home.co.uk, says, “We also expect price cutting to increase. Monthly totals of price-cut properties have already risen by 19 per cent (June 2018 vs. June 2017), nearing levels last seen in 2012.However, it may be some time before we reach the extent of drastic price slashing last experienced in 2008 when a quarter of the entire stock for sale took a haircut each month.”housing market Home.co.uk doug shepherd July 17, 2018Sheila ManchesterWhat’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 » Housing Market » £1.6billion lost from UK house prices, says home.co.uk previous nextHousing Market£1.6billion lost from UK house prices, says home.co.ukLatest property price figures reveal stock rising, prices falling, according to Home.co.uk.The Negotiator17th July 20180807 Viewslast_img read more

Australian CN No Longer in Command

first_img View post tag: News by topic June 27, 2014 Australian Chief of Navy (CN) Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN has gone to sea for the last time as Chief of Navy onboard HMAS Arunta, just as the ship has achieved a significant milestone with the completion of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade Programme. View post tag: Australian Sailing overnight in the second of the eight ANZAC Frigates to complete the upgrade enabled CN to revisit a ship he commanded over 12 years prior.As the sun set in the West Australian Exercise Area, Chief of Navy reflected on his time in command of the Royal Australian Navy.“I have been so humbled to lead an organisation of amazing men and women. Together we have had three years of significant change, challenges and achievements,” said Vice Admiral Griggs.“I am most proud of the progress we have made with cultural reform associated with New Generation Navy, development of the seaworthiness management system, implementation of the Rizzo Report recommendations and of course the spectacular success of the International Fleet Review”CN’s visit to Arunta coincided with their sea qualification trials following the Anti-Ship Missile Upgrade. During the last eighteen months every compartment within Arunta has been affected with more than 30,000 metres of fibre optic cabling laid. A substantial maintenance package was also completed to ensure compliance with the tenets of seaworthiness.[mappress]Press Release, June 27, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: longer View post tag: CN View post tag: Asia-Pacific Australian CN No Longer in Command View post tag: Command Share this article Authorities View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian CN No Longer in Command View post tag: Navallast_img read more

OUSU again voted least popular student union in the UK

first_imgOxford University Student Union (OUSU) has been ranked as the worst student union in the country for the second year running, in a student satisfaction survey published last week.The annual National Student Survey, a high-profile annual census of nearly half a million students across the UK, ranks institutions for ‘student satisfaction’ in a number of areas. Oxford’s student union was given a satisfaction rating of just 36%. This score was even lower than in last year’s survey, which saw OUSU come joint last with Oxford Brookes student union with 39%.Tom Rutland, OUSU President, told Cherwell, “Clearly the result is disappointing, but it is unsurprising. This result is best understood by comparison with another. The Student Barometer Survey, which asks students the question of who has ‘used’ the Student Union, and then asks them of their satisfaction with it, delivered a 92% satisfaction rating in 2012. “It is clear that when OUSU reaches students, it provides outstanding services and assistance to them. The problem is that most students aren’t reached by OUSU, hence the 40% of students who responded to the NSS saying they were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with their Student Union.“OUSU’s poor communication is a direct result of its lack of resources, but we’re working to change that with the hiring of a Communications Manager for the new academic year. Students elected me to sort this out, and they recognise that it’s about time this world-leading University provided its students with a world-leading student union, not one that comes bottom of league tables.”However, the results have caused some students to again question the relevance of a central student union to the collegiate Oxford system. One Brasenose student commented, “Whatever they do behind the scenes, I think the fact that Brasenose had a concrete bust run for OUSU President says a lot about students’ attitudes to the student union.”Lincoln JCR President Rachel Jeal commented, “I think that whilst OUSU is an incredibly valuable resource at Oxford, it does play a very different role to that of most other universities as a result of the services provided by individual JCRs. Most of OUSU’s work is done in areas beyond that of normal student life, such as working with Oxford City Council and providing help and advice with rent negotiations.“Therefore whilst it does not provide entertainment and social services in the same way that most Unions do, due to the independent Entz and Welfare teams that are so important in JCRs, on a wider platform it is an important forum for working with Oxford town and giving JCRs advice on some of the key decisions that need to be made throughout the year.”However, some were more sympathetic. Queen’s JCR President Jane Cahill, “I think OUSU does a great job with the students it does have contact with, the problem is it doesn’t interact with a many students as it would like. It needs more money, it needs more space and I think as students we have a right to demand that from the university so that we can belong to colleges through our JCRs, and to Oxford University through our student union.”last_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare JOHN HAYDEN RESIGNATION STATEMENT FROM THE EVANSVILLE CITY COUNCILI have loved serving the 3rd Ward, the city as a whole, working with fellow city-councilmen, and alongside Mayor Winnecke’s administration and will miss it.I am excited for the future of Evansville and what is to come and will continue to be committed to seeing things move forward in any way I can.  My wife and I were approached by someone interested in buying our house, and although the timing didn’t exactly line up to allow me to finish my term, it was something we had to consider for the future of our family.Although we looked in the 3rd Ward for our next home, we ultimately landed with something outside of the 3rd Ward which forces me to resign.  I had every intention, and even investigated the rules with the State of Indiana, on finishing my term but the statutes indicate I must vacate my seat.  It is certainly a sad day for me, but I look forward to watching Mayor Winnecke and the new Council in 2020 continue to move Evansville forward!John Hayden3rd Ward Evansville, City CouncilFOOTNOTE:  Steve Melcher’s is currently the official Republican candidate for the 3rd Ward seat in the upcoming November General election. Mr. Melcher was the 3rd Ward City Councilman for almost 18 years. The local GOP party Chairman Wayne Parke will be calling a party caucus in the very near future to select someone to serve out City Councilman John Hayden unexpired term.  Odds on favorite to replace Mr. Hayden is Steve Melcher.Mr. Melcher Democrat opponent is Zac Heronemus.last_img read more

Ginsters enforces local ingredients message with giant scarecrow

first_imgSavoury pastry brand Ginsters has launched a new national television campaign for 2010, as part of its £3.5 million media spend this year.The adverts, to be aired from early February, aim to promote Ginster’s “Real Honest Food’ tagline, and locally sourced ingredients message.The 30 second advertisement features a local community gathering in a field, bringing with them tools and materials for hammering, sawing and building. The frame then zooms out to reveal that they have been constructing a giant scarecrow to keep watch over their local ingredients.“This February sees our biggest ever burst of TV advertising as we aim to drive wide recognition of our properly filled, quality ingredients message,” said head of brand marketing Andy Valentine. “We are proud to support British farmers and to be able to say that we only use fresh British meat in our products.”last_img read more

Statement to parliament: Statement on suspension of work on the Wylfa Newydd nuclear project

first_imgWith permission, Mr. Speaker, I would like to make a statement following Hitachi’s announcement that they intend to suspend development of the proposed Wylfa Newydd new nuclear project, as well as work related to Oldbury.Mr. Speaker, the economics of the energy market have changed significantly in recent years. The cost of renewable technologies such as offshore wind has fallen dramatically, to the point where they now require very little public subsidy and will soon require none. We have also seen a strengthening in the pipeline of projects coming forward, meaning that renewable energy may now not just be cheap, but also readily available.As a result of these developments over the last eight years we have a well-supplied electricity market. Our electricity margin forecast is currently over 11% for this winter – having grown for each of the last five years.Whilst this is good news for consumers as we strive to reduce carbon emissions at the lowest cost, this positive trend has not been true when it comes to new nuclear. Across the world, a combination of factors including tighter safety regulations, have seen the cost of most new nuclear projects increase, as the cost of alternatives has fallen and the cost of construction has risen. This has made the challenge of attracting private finance into projects more difficult than ever, with investors favouring other technologies that are less capital-intensive upfront, quicker to build, and less exposed to cost overruns.But as I made clear to the House in June, this government continues to believe that a diversity of energy sources is a good way and the best way of delivering secure supply at the lowest cost, and nuclear has an important role to play in our future energy mix. In my June Statement I therefore reaffirmed the government’s commitment to nuclear. I also announced that we would be entering into negotiations with Hitachi over their project at Wylfa. Given the financing challenges facing new nuclear projects, I made clear to the House in June that we would be considering a new approach to supporting Wylfa that included the potential for significant direct investment from the government.Mr. Speaker, while negotiations were ongoing, I am sure the House will understand that the details were commercially sensitive, but following Hitachi’s announcement I can set out in more candid terms the support that the government was willing to offer in support of the project. Firstly, the government was willing to consider taking a one third equity stake in the project, alongside investment from Hitachi and Government of Japan agencies and other strategic partners. Secondly, the government was willing to consider providing all of the required debt financing to complete construction. Thirdly, the government agreed to consider providing a Contract for Difference to the project with a strike price expected to be no more £75 per megawatt hour.I hope the House would agree that this is a significant and generous package of potential support that goes beyond what any government has been willing to consider in the past. Despite this potential investment, and strong support from the government of Japan, Hitachi have reached the view that the project still posed too great a commercial challenge, particularly given their desire to deconsolidate the project from their balance sheet and the likely level of return on their investment.Mr, Speaker, the government continues to believe that nuclear has an important role to play, but critically it must represent good value for the taxpayer and the consumer. I believe the package of support that we were prepared to consider was the limit of what could be justified in this instance. I was not prepared to ask the taxpayer to take on a larger share of the equity, as that would have meant taxpayers taking on the majority of construction risk and the government becoming the largest shareholder with responsibility for the delivery of a nuclear project. I also could not justify a strike price above £75 per megawatt hour for this financing structure, given the declining costs of alternative technologies and the financial support and risk sharing already on offer from the government which was not available for Hinkley Point C.I would like to reassure the House that Hitachi’s decision to suspend the current negotiations on the project was reached amicably between all parties once it became clear that it was not possible to agree a way forward. Hitachi have made clear themselves that while they are suspending project development at this stage, they wish to continue discussions with the government on bringing forward new nuclear projects at both Wylfa and Oldbury and we intend to work closely with them in the weeks and months ahead. We will also continue to strengthen our long-standing partnership with the Government of Japan on a range of civil nuclear matters. And importantly, we will continue to champion the nuclear sector in North Wales, which is home to world-leading expertise in areas such as nuclear innovation and decommissioning, and offers ideal sites for deploying small modular reactors.Mr Speaker, if new nuclear is to be successful in a more competitive energy market – which I very much believe it can be – it is clear that we need to consider a new approach to financing future projects, including those at Sizewell and Bradwell. As I initially set out in June, we are therefore reviewing the viability of a Regulated Asset Base model and assessing whether it can offer value for money for consumers and taxpayers. I can confirm to the House that we intend to publish our assessment of this method by the summer at the latest.Through our nuclear sector deal, we are also exploring working with the sector to put the UK at the forefront of various forms of nuclear innovation. We are therefore exploring whether advanced nuclear technologies, such as small modular reactors, could be an important source of low carbon energy in the future and are considering a proposal from a UK Consortium led by Rolls Royce that would result in a significant joint investment.Finally, I started this statement by outlining the challenges that the nuclear industry faces as the energy market changes. I will set out a new approach to financing new nuclear as part of the planned Energy White Paper this summer. I know the future of the nuclear sector is of great interest to many Members of this House and I will ensure that Members across this House, and its Select Committee, have the opportunity to consider the proposals.Mr. Speaker, I understand the disappointment the dedicated and expert staff at Wylfa and Oldbury will feel as a result of today’s announcement by Hitachi. New commercial nuclear investments around the world over are experiencing the same challenges as new sources of power become cheaper and more abundant.Nuclear has an important role to play as part of a diverse energy mix, but must be at a price that is fair to electricity bill payers and to taxpayers. We will work closely with Hitachi and the industry to ensure that we find the best means of financing these and other new nuclear projects. And our commitment to Anglesey – with nuclear, renewables, and the deep expertise that it has, a real island of energy – will not be changed by this decision. I will work with the member for Ynys Môn, the Welsh Government and the local community to ensure its renown is supported and strengthened, and I will do the same with my Honourable Friend the Member for Thornbury and Yate.I would like to pay tribute to the staff of Horizon, Hitachi and to my own officials and those of in the Department of International Trade and the Government of Japan, who have spent many months doing their utmost to support a financing package. I know that they left no stone unturned in seeking a viable commercial model for this investment and I very much hope that their work and professionalism will lead to a successful partnership following this period of review.I commend this statement to the House.last_img read more

Aqueous Releases Glorious Cover Of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” From Colorado

first_imgOn September 8th-9th 2017, Buffalo-based groove-rock quartet Aqueous joined a roster of fellow rising stars in the jam scene including Spafford, The Main Squeeze, Mungion, Organ Freeman, Cycles, and more for a weekend of fantastic music at one of the most breathtaking live music venues in the country: Bellevue, CO’s Mishawaka Amphitheatre.Inaugural Canyon Jam Brings Spafford, Aqueous, Main Squeeze, & More To The Mish [Photo/Video/Audio]Founded in 1916, “The Mish” is an iconic outdoor venue that sits along the banks of Colorado’s Cache la Poudre River, offering breathtaking views of its serene surroundings for both the fans that attend concerts there and the artists who play there. The river, whose French name translates to English as “hide the powder,” earned its title from an incident in the 1820s when French trappers caught in a snowstorm were forced to bury the gun powder they were carrying with them along the river bank. Today, artists continue to be affected by the venue’s natural beauty, as the natural backdrop of the surrounding mountains and the river–which quite literally flows directly behind the stage–consistently draws inspired performances out of artists.The “Mishawaka Effect” was in full effect during Aqueous’s set when, toward the end of their performance, they moved into a cover of The Beatles‘ iconic Magical Mystery Tour hit, “Strawberry Fields Forever”. Over the course of the song’s main portion and the gracefully expanding jam that followed, Aqueous masterfully channeled the energy of their hallowed surroundings to stunning effect, leaving jaws littering the amphitheatre’s floor.“There’s certain times that your environment can really seep in and influence the direction the music takes,” explains guitarist/vocalist Mike Gantzer of the Mish “Strawberry Fields” jam. “The improv section of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ from Canyon Jam stands as a testament to that idea. The Mishawaka Amphitheater is one of the most beautiful and scenic venues that Aqueous has had the honor of playing, and a vibe just sort of took hold as we navigated around this jam; it was a chill-inducing, emotional moment on stage, and that feeling lives in this version of the tune for sure. Those are the moments we live for as a band!”You can relive the blissful, soaring “Strawberry Fields Forever” from Canyon Jam below. Tune in, zone out, and let Aqueous take you down to Strawberry Fields through fields of color, via the band’s Facebook page:For a list of Aqueous’ upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.[Cover photo:Bill McAlaine]last_img read more

How to Unspoil Your Child Fast: A Speedy, Complete Guide to Contented Children and Happy Parents

first_imgNearly 95 percent of parents think their own children are overindulged; now Bromfield, a clinical instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychology, lays down rules — “take back the power!” — to parenting, the hardest job in the world.last_img

Arts First, last, and in between

first_img Rite of spring One artist will attempt to dig a hole to the other side of the planet. A group of first-years will perform an entirely student-produced musical about love and work set 35,000 feet in the air. Twenty dance troupes will convene for an outdoor showcase.These are just three of the concerts, exhibitions, and hands-on activities that comprise the Arts First festival this weekend, celebrating Harvard’s creative spirit both inside and out of the classroom.The festival, now in its 27th year, opens with the Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony on Thursday, celebrating this year’s recipient, U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith ’94. Returning alumni performers also include saxophonist and composer Don Braden ’85, theater director Peter Sellars ’81, and musician and writer Ali Sethi ’06.As an undergraduate, Sethi, a classically trained singer from Pakistan, relished the opportunity to see artists perform and discuss their crafts on campus. As an alumnus working in the arts, he sees great value in performing at Arts First.“It’s very heartening to see art being celebrated in your academic environment,” he said. “The quality of life and discourse, the ability to revel in the subtleties of text and the joys of music, to be able to enter into and take part in a centuries-old craft — these are some of the things that make life worth living.”Sethi will bring classical Sufi poetry to the contemporary stage with “The Covenant of Love: The Poetry, Music, and Spirituality of South Asian Muslim Cultures,” which closes the festival. Sethi, Grammy-winning producer Noah Georgeson, and a group of musicians will perform musical tributes to Sufi Muslim poetry with commentary from Ali Asani ’77, a professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures.,Sethi and Asani will also explore the music and poetry of the ghazal, a form of literature dating to the seventh century, at a Friday event sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute. “The Art of the Ghazal” will provide intellectual and cultural context for the art form that, for Sethi, is a channel for building connections between ancient spirituality and contemporary issues of identity and culture.“The ghazal has been the main vehicle for edgy love poetry through the ages, and poets have used the amorous form of the ghazal to put forth very political ideas,” said Sethi. “They have challenged hierarchies and normative thinking about gender, religion, sexuality, and the division between material pursuits and spiritual pursuits. Many of the issues that we call identity politics today have been discussed in interesting and creative ways through ghazal poetry.”Like Sethi, other performers at Arts First reimagine classical forms of theater, studio art, and music for contemporary audiences.The Harvard Pops Orchestra will bring its signature offbeat symphony to Science Center Plaza on Saturday for a triple-header with CityStep and The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers (THUD) to kick off the daylong Performance Fair.“An assumption about classical music is that it’s stodgy, but that’s not what Pops is,” said orchestra co-president Elida Kocharian ’21. “At a Pops concert, you’ll see people laughing onstage. It’s very different from other classical performances.”The Pops program includes the “Star Wars” title song, a video-game play-along to “The Legend of Zelda,” a piece based on the 1888 poem “Casey at the Bat” arranged by music director Allen Feinstein ’86, and “CatCerto,” a Mindaugas Piečaitis piano concerto written for a cat accompanied by orchestra.“The performance is going to be experimental and different, which is the best thing about Pops,” said Ava Hampton ’21, the Pops’ other co-president. “The goal is to have as much fun as possible and to have everyone in that crowd having fun. At Arts First, it’s all about participation and making art accessible.”,The spirit of accessibility at the festival is physical, cultural, and financial. Many events are free and open to the public. The Smith Campus Center will house new public art installations like “Passage of Time,” a sculpture installation by Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student Meng Jiang that evokes a Zen garden.“The arts at Harvard are abundant and constant throughout the academic year, and Arts First is the culmination of the arts year on campus,” said Jack Megan, director of the Office for the Arts (OFA). “It’s this great crescendo where we all come together and celebrate our community of creativity. There are no barriers to entry. Whatever your background and ability, everyone belongs in the festival. It’s my favorite weekend of the year.”Highlights include:At the Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony, Tracy K. Smith ’94 will converse with radio and TV journalist Callie Crossley, Nieman Foundation ’83, Institute of Politics ’02, with a welcome by poet Professor Jorie Graham and a presentation by Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow. Thursday, 4 p.m., Agassiz Theatre.One hundred and eighty students from the Radcliffe Choral Society, Harvard Glee Club, and Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum will perform “A Sea Symphony” by Ralph Vaughan Williams in a celebration of Walt Whitman. Friday, 8 p.m., Sanders Theatre.The Fromm Players at Harvard will perform “Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine,” a reimagining of the life of Josephine Baker directed by Sellars and featuring soprano Julia Bullock. Friday, 10 p.m., A.R.T.’s Oberon theater.Allston brings Arts First across the river with the OFA Ceramics Program, a discussion with the Boston Ballet leadership, the Ed Portal’s Western Avenue Arts Walk, and more. For all Allston listings, visit https://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/arts/allstonTheater, Dance & Media presents “The Danube,” a love story by playwright María Irene Fornés directed by Morgan Green. Thursday through Sunday, Farkas Hall.The Bow & Arrow Press, a working letterpress in Adams House, hosts an open house for those interested in learning the art of letterpress. Saturday, 11 a.m., Adams House B-Entry.For a complete listing of events, visit https://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/arts Arts First at 25 Relatedcenter_img Exuberant Arts First celebrates on both sides of the river Organizers and participants reflect on festival’s evolution and impactlast_img read more