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Significant rise in residential property transactions


first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Significant rise in residential property transactions previous nextHousing MarketSignificant rise in residential property transactionsSome estate agents expect to see the number of residential property transactions jump after the General Election.PROPERTYdrum1st May 20150519 Views There has been a sharp increase in the volume of residential property transactions in the UK in the last five years, according to Ludlow Thompson.The company report that transactions have risen by 37 per cent in the last five years, from 878,720 in 2010-11 to over 1.2 million in 2014-15, helping to boost the wider economy.HM Revenue and Customs data reveals that over £10 billion has been raised in revenue from stamp duty on property and land over the past 12 months, which is more than capital gains tax and inheritance tax collectively.Stephen Ludlow, the company’s Chairman, commented, “Not only does the increased activity show that the residential property market is booming, the increased revenue from stamp duty is hugely beneficial in putting the UK on a firmer financial footing.”Last week, HMRC data revealed that the number of residential property transactions reached 100,790 in March, down 2.4 per cent compared to the corresponding month in 2014.“House sale completions are limping along as we approach the final furlongs before the election,” said Adrian Gill (left), Director of Your Move and Reeds Rains estate agents.”But while many prospective buyers are currently dragging their heels, Gill expects to see that see change after the election.“Buyers may be beating around the bush at the moment, but once the political path forward becomes clear, housing market activity will fall back into step,” he added. “We usually see an uptick of confidence following a General Election, almost regardless of the outcome, and any summer boost will propel things from an already high base.”Despite the year-on-year fall in transactions, the Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) said that it was pleasing to see the number of monthly property transactions hit over 100,000 last month.Brian Murphy (right), Head of Lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB), commented, “After a quiet winter – where the number of monthly property transactions dropped below 100,000 for four consecutive months – it is encouraging to see that the growth observed by HMRC in February has been sustained. The number of transactions in March was up four per cent compared to the beginning of the year, suggesting the seasonal slowdown in activity is coming to an end.”Although pleased to see “that there is still plenty of life in the market”, Murphy insists that maintaining affordability and addressing the supply-demand imbalance remains a priority.“A sustained lack of properties coming on the market will stunt future housing activity, and drive up house prices at a rate that could leave first-time buyers on more modest incomes barred from the property ladder,” he added.residential property transactions revenue stamp duty May 1, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more


HMS Bangor Returns to Faslane, UK


first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMS Bangor Returns to Faslane, UK View post tag: to View post tag: Naval View post tag: UK View post tag: News by topic HMS Bangor Returns to Faslane, UK View post tag: Bangor View post tag: Faslane Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: HMS View post tag: Returns The Faslane-based Sandown Class minehunter was welcomed home by families and friends who braved the bitterly cold winds and heavy rain as she sailed into HM Naval Base Clyde this morning, 25 November 2011.Rear Admiral Chris Hockley, Flag Officer Scotland Northern England & Northern Ireland (FOSNNI) was on hand to congratulate the ship’s company on their latest deployment.HMS Bangor sailed to the Mediterranean in June in support of the NATO Operation Unified Protector off Libya. Her tasks involved scouring miles of sea bed off the Libya coast as the battle between rebels and Colonel Gaddafi raged.The painstaking work led to her finding a 2,400-pound (1000kg) mine and a torpedo lying on the seabed off the port of Tobruk in eastern Libya. Both were safely destroyed using the ship’s Sea Fox system – an underwater drone armed with explosive charges.Lt Cdr Neil Marriott, Commanding Officer, said,“HMS Bangor’s Ship’s Company has produced some excellent results during the past five months off the coast of Libya and their efforts have significantly aided the safety of Libyan civilians.“They have spent in excess of 120 days at sea, of which 37 were within range of Pro-Gadaffi Forces’ weapons whilst clearing safe routes for merchant traffic and the delivery of Humanitarian Aid, and cleared 2 pieces of ordnance off the coast of Tobruk.”Bangor did not lose a single day’s work to defects or breakdown during the summer, despite sailing hundreds of miles at a time and working round the clock.Initially bound for duties with NATO in the North Sea, she was retasked to work in the Mediterranean.Ops Room Supervisor, Petty Officer Steve ‘Stirling’ Moss, said:“When we’re mine hunting we have several people watching the screens for any contact.“On the Tobruk task we saw several items which looked about the size of a mine, and two of them turned out to be real.“It’s not a regular thing to happen, so we’re really pleased we found them and we were able to destroy them.”After Colonel Gaddafi fell the operational pace dropped, and Bangor was able to complete the final mine hunting task into Sirte.NATO operations concluded on the 31 October and she commenced her way home.She stopped in Gibraltar off southern Spain last weekend, where sailors could run to the top of the rock ahead of a Remembrance service where a wreath was laid at the territory’s Cenotaph.Lt Cdr Marriott said:“For many, this was their first operational deployment or time away from family and friends, and they are all deserved of their forthcoming leave following the very successful mission, for which they should be rightly proud.”Commander David Bence, the Commanding Officer of the First Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCM1) at HMNB Clyde, said:“Today sees Faslane welcome home a Minehunter from active service in the Mediterranean.“Her contribution to the NATO mission off Libya has been outstanding and has been far in excess of expectations.“HMS Bangor’s ships company epitomise everything that is great about our men and woman, from their stoic response to her short notice activation to the professional and flexible manner in which they conducted operations; the country, the RN and their families should be proud.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , November 28, 2011; Image: royalnavy November 28, 2011 Share this articlelast_img read more


Lecturer – Electrical and Computer Engineering – (ADJ000030)


first_imgThe Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers a broadrange of undergraduate and graduate-level courses and occasionallyhas openings for part-time Lecturers to teach courses beginning inthe fall semester of 2017. Interested and qualified candidates areinvited to apply to be considered for these temporary, part-timepositions. Please indicate the ECE courses that you are interestedin teaching. Lecturer appointments are made on a semesterbasis.Areas that commonly need Lecturers:1. Control Systems2. Embedded Controls3. Electric Power4. Signal Processing5. Computer Engineering6. Communication SystemsThe University of Houston, a designated Hispanic-ServingInstitution (HSI), is among the top 25 colleges and universitiesgranting undergraduate and graduate degrees to Hispanics and amongthe top 50 for enrolling Hispanic graduates and undergraduates.Additionally, the University ranks among the top 25 institutionsfor full-time, four-year undergraduate and graduate enrollment. TheUniversity of Houston is an ADVANCE institution, one of a selectgroup of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of ourcommitment to increase diversity and the participation andadvancement of women in STEM .The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmativeaction employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :Ph.D. or an equivalent doctoral degree in Engineering or relatedfield. The candidate must have an earned Ph.D. or equivalentdoctoral degree at the time of application.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of finalcandidate. All positions at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more


Coordinator, The College Transfer Office (Newark, NJ)


first_imgThe Bard Early Colleges, tuition-free, satellite campuses of BardCollege operated through partnerships with public school systems,are founded on the belief that many high-school-age students areeager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a collegeeducation.Employer Website: http://apply.interfolio.com/80403Bard High School Early (BHSEC) Newark, a partnership between BardCollege and the Newark Board of Education school district inNewark, NJ invites applications from dynamic individual(s) who willjoin our school community as early as November 2020.The College Transfer Office Coordinator responsibilities willinclude but are not limited to:Educate students and parents about the college search andapplication process, including applying for financial aid, andhelping students navigate these processes. Specifically, providingone-one-one and group advising on the career, college exploration,college application, college transfer, and high school-to-collegeprocess.Incorporate families into the college application process.Coordinate and attend college visits, tours, overnights, precollege programs and the annual college fair.Assist in planning and organizing all events that support thecollege transfer office, such as the College MatriculationCeremony, College Decision Week, Back to School Night, FAFSAworkshops and a variety of student and parent workshops relevant tocollege admissions and financial aid.Coordinate with the BHSEC Fellows on curriculum for The CollegeExperience course.Teach one section of The College Experience for Y1 studentsduring the spring semester.Build relationships with colleges and universities in the TriState area and beyond to assist with understanding andacknowledgement of the Bard early college model and formulatingcredit transferal agreements.Providing additional administrative support, especially to theDean of Students.The College Transfer Office Coordinator’s qualifications include:B.A. required Master’s degree and certification in SchoolCounseling preferred.Experience in working with diverse students requiredA demonstrated ability to effectively communicate withadolescents strongly preferredStrong organizational, and communication skills requiredSelf-starter with a passion for young people and theirdevelopment as both intellectual scholars and their personalgrowth;College Admissions experience preferred but not requiredNaviance/EDocs experience preferred but not requiredExperience with college access work including but not limitedto career planning, college choice guidance, college applicationguidance, and FAFSA counseling;To apply: please submit your resume, cover letter and a list ofthree references via Interfolio, using the following link: http://apply.interfolio.com/80403 Questions regarding the position should be directed to ShavieceOsborne, Dean of Students, at [email protected] of applications to begin immediately.Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcomeapplications from those who contribute to our diversity. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physicaldisability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationalorigin, familial status, veteran status, or geneticinformation.Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, andreasonable accommodation for all individuals in employmentpractices, services, programs, and activities.AA/EOElast_img read more


The Local: Martha Rowsell at The Jericho Tavern


first_imgThe Local: Martha Rowsell at The Jericho TavernMartha Rowsell’s favourite venue was a retro clothes shop back home in Brighton. ‘I was surrounded by all these dresses from the 1930’s. It was really quiet, and the woman who owned the shop had make homemade cakes and coffee and stuff. Everyone was packed in amongst the clothes and there were only about twenty people there, so it was really nice and intimate.’Perhaps that’s how you’d describe Martha’s sound when I saw her at the Jericho Tavern – ‘nice and intimate’. In her second year at Brasenose, she plays alone, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. Her set in support of indie outfit The Vice was pretty varied, ranging from the mellow and romantic to the more ebullient. Much of her writing comes from her own experience as a student. ‘It always makes me worried that if I wasn’t a student, and was a full-time musician, I wouldn’t have enough material!’ Does it qualify as procrastination, I wonder? ‘The guitar’s in my room, I’ll write a song – anything to avoid writing the essay! My favourite song of my own is always the one I’ve recently written; the latest one is about the noises the radiator makes in my room.’I ask her about what Oxford has to offer for budding musicians, and after some positives, she offers me a horror story. ‘I got offered a festival by a guy in a music shop. He said it was just half an hours bike ride out by Abingdon.’ This ‘festival’ turned out to consist of a few drunken punters in a field watching her and another band. ‘The stage was a plank of wood, like a pallet. It was pissing down. In the end we all drank and chatted, but it was pretty weird!’Martha sees her life as split between the two pressures of studying and performing. ‘Half the time I’m doing a degree, half the time it’s music’. And where does she hope it will it take her? ‘Carolina, Tennessee, Jacksonville,’ she answers, jokily. ‘I’d like to be a musician. I want to play as much as possible. If I get a job out of it, that’s brilliant, but if I don’t I’ll still love it.’by Nick Coxonlast_img read more


Squatters leave Iffley Open House for University building


first_imgThe Iffley Open House (IOH) occupiers claim to now be squatting in a University-owned building, following their eviction from the Volkswagen garage owned by Wadham College in which they had been living.Today the group secured the power station at Osney Island, an unoccupied space owned by Oxford University, which they claim has been left “unutilised” for several years. The building was used as a physics faculty by Oxford in the 1970s, but has stood empty now for seven years. The space had reportedly been considered for use by the University’s Said Business School.  In a press release IOH said that they “hope to stay for two months, and work with local residents to create a safe space which is just as successful as the original Iffley Open House”.Oxford University said in a statement to Cherwell: “30 people moved into the Old Power Station building owned by the University of Oxford. Around 20 of them are homeless and are using it as a squat after vacating a former car showroom from which they had been given notice to quit. “Ten volunteers working with the homeless are thought to have joined them. The University sympathises with the plight of these homeless people who need somewhere safe to live and has been speaking with their representatives about how to resolve the situation.”IOH squatters were given notice from Wadham two weeks ago that they would have to leave the old VW garage owned by the college by yesterday. This notice came despite tthe group’s claim that in January the leaseholders of the ground floor of the building, the Mid-Counties Co-Operative, had negotiated a lease to allow the squatters to stay until 10 April.Since New Year’s Eve the group had being using the building to house up to 20 homeless people. They had been providing cooked meals and washing facilities, as well as skills to help the residents find new work.Oxford University students, including the ‘Hertford for the Homeless’ campaign, have worked alongside local volunteers to aid IOH’s homeless residents. Students today assembled in Radcliffe Square to take photos to express their solidarity with the project.IOH say that since opening the shelter, two residents have been rehoused, one has been accepted into University, a further two have started new jobs, and several others are awaiting responses from job applications.Sandra Phillips, an IOH voluntee, said: “We fully intend to respect the Power Station and the surrounding community for as long as we stay here, we hope match the level of understanding and support that we’ve received at Iffley Road“Ultimately, this is about providing housing for those who need it most – and we truly believe that the residents of Oxford believe in this cause as much as we do”last_img read more


Rare Blue Lobster Heads to Adventure Aquarium in Camden


first_imgNow, Adventure Aquarium will have two of the remarkably rare crustaceans, whose distinctive blue coloring is caused by a genetic defect.“At this point, we’re very excited to bring him into our collection and have him at our aquarium,” Sabec said.According to the Adventure Aquarium website, only one in about one million lobsters is blue. Other online scientific sources estimate the figure at just one in every two million lobsters.Scientists believe that lobsters may live as long as 100 years, but no one has yet figured out a way to accurately tell their age, the Adventure Aquarium website says.Burcaw estimated the Sea Isle blue lobster is about 7 or 8 years old. Burcaw’s sons, Eric Jr. and Kevin, caught the creature during a lobster-fishing trip about 85 miles off the New Jersey coast on Oct. 23.“I didn’t know what it was. At first, I thought it was one of the blue gloves that we have on board,” Eric Burcaw Jr. recalled of when he initially saw the lobster.When Burcaw and his sons showed off the exotic creature to the media in Sea Isle last Thursday, its cobalt blue shell and claws were glistening in the sun.Eric Burcaw Sr. had never before seen a blue lobster in his four decades of commercial fishing out of Sea Isle City.They have been keeping the lobster in a container submerged in the lagoon where they dock their lobster boat, in Sea Isle’s historic Fish Alley district.Burcaw noted that the lobster has remained active while eating the sardines and butterfish fed to it in the past week.According to plans, the lobster will be placed in a cooler filled with bags of water for the trip to Adventure Aquarium. It will first spend time in quarantine before going on public display, Sabec said.There was some initial confusion over whether Adventure Aquarium actually wanted the lobster. Burcaw said he had trouble reaching anyone in authority at the Camden facility, leaving him with the impression that the aquarium wasn’t interested. But Adventure Aquarium got in touch with Burcaw on Monday, assuring him that it would take the lobster.The Atlantic City Aquarium had also offered to take the blue lobster, Burcaw said. However, he wanted it displayed in a major facility, such as Adventure Aquarium, where it could be viewed by big crowds.“I have nothing against Atlantic City, but Camden is a much bigger aquarium,” he said. “I’m glad for the people who will get a chance to see it.” The brilliant blue lobster rests on a dock in Sea Isle City’s historic Fish Alley district. By Donald WittkowskiMove over, Elvis.Pretty soon you’ll be sharing the tank – and the spotlight – with another blue lobster taking up residence at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden.The aquarium is sending two biologists to Sea Isle City on Tuesday to pick up a rare blue lobster plucked from the ocean last week off the New Jersey coast.Weighing about 1.5 pounds, the brilliant blue crustacean was caught by the crew of the “Two Dukes,” a commercial lobster boat based in Sea Isle and owned by Eric Burcaw Sr.Burcaw hoped to save the lobster by finding it a new home in a major aquarium. On Monday, he learned that Adventure Aquarium was willing to accept it and would put it on display with another blue lobster, named Elvis, that is one of its star attractions.“This is good. They can bill this as, ‘The new addition to the lobster family … the second blue lobster,’” said Burcaw, sounding more like a pitchman than a commercial fisherman.Considering the fame that Elvis has garnered at the Adventure Aquarium, the blue lobster from Sea Isle may indeed generate its own headlines once it arrives in Camden. Elvis has already been featured on NBC’s “Today” show, among other notable public appearances.“We are very lucky to have a blue lobster,” said Deanna Sabec, communications manager for Adventure Aquarium.The blue lobster caught by brothers Kevin and Eric Burcaw Jr., based in Sea Isle City, will go on display at Adventure Aquarium in Camden.last_img read more


Legislation watch


first_imgEmployers who count the eight public and bank holidays as part of their workers’ holiday entitlement will have to give them extra time off from 1 October, law firm DWF has warned.According to the new Working Time (Amendment) Regulations, statutory holidays will increase to a minimum of 5.6 weeks, including the eight bank and public holidays, equivalent to 28 days a year for full-time workers.Currently, workers are entitled to a minimum of 20 days, but this can include bank holidays.DWF said that the biggest problem in holiday entitlement amendments may be clauses stating that employees are entitled to “statutory and bank or public holidays”, as this may lead to workers claiming they are entitled to 36 days. Companies in this position should consult an employment lawyer, it said.The increase will take effect in two stages: four days a year for full-timers once the regulations come into force next month and four more days from 1 April 2009.”With the extra costs bakers are facing these days, including the rising price of flour, butter, energy, and so on, this extra entitlement will hit many employers hard in the industry,” said Gill Brooks-Lonican, chief executive of the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB). “Bakers are already having to contend with the effects of the minimum wage increase that comes into force on 1 October.”The wage for workers aged 22 and over will go up to £5.52 an hour, a rise of 17p. For workers aged 18 to 21, it goes up to £4.60 an hour, a rise of 15p, and for 16 and 17-year-olds, it will go up to £3.40 an hour, a rise of 10p.last_img read more


Paul UK opens first site outside the capital


first_imgFrench artisan bakery Paul UK is to open its first shop outside London, as the beginning of a brand roll-out.The bakery will open in Oxford at the beginning of December, and the company plans to establish a further five shops in 2015, in London and other locations throughout the UK.It takes Paul’s total UK sites to 31, and will create 20 new jobs on the Oxford high street.Jean-Michel Orieux, chief executive of Paul UK, commented: “Oxford is the ideal location for our first bakery outside London, as we believe it has a wonderful balance of cultural heritage, a well-established local community and vibrant economic and tourism activity, which can clearly embrace the growth of our business.“We think that Paul will be a great addition to the busy high street and that the people of the area will enjoy our exclusive range of traditional, hand-crafted bakery and fine patisserie products.”The Oxford bakery will sell patisserie, Viennoiserie, gourmet salads and sandwiches. It will also sell coffee and a range of Christmas and seasonal products; including soups, croques and pizzas.The opening of the new site is planned for Monday 8 December.last_img read more


Ricketts, Ruelas reflect on time in office


first_imgEditor’s note: A version of this story appeared online April 1.When their time in office ended April 1, outgoing student body president and vice president Bryan Ricketts and Nidia Ruelas said they were proud of the work they did and excited for the work left to do. “It’s very bittersweet. I’m excited for Corey and Becca to get a start, for the cabinet to take on some issues that affect our students. I’m excited to get some time back to myself, but it’s also, as we’re getting ready and giving them all these transition materials and prepping … it’s bittersweet,” Ricketts said. Ricketts said the inability to continue working on the many initiatives set forth by their administration is frustrating; however, he said he is excited to see how the next administration steps up. “We’re putting together these materials on issues that are going on — I keep saying ‘Oh, I could do this,’ but no, I can’t anymore and that’s hard,” he said.Olivia Mikkelsen | The Observer Ruelas said it has been a privilege to serve as vice president for the past academic year. “I feel very proud of everything we’ve accomplished this year. We’ve had so many successes and failures. I think that in all of those, though, we’ve learned so much — about ourselves, about the people we work with — and I’d like to say that we’ve all grown, as individuals and as a group,” she said. In a high-pressure and result-driven environment, growth is something that is hard to quantify, Ruelas said.“It’s something you can’t put a timeline on, you can’t put any kind of measure or value on, but I feel very proud that we’ve come this far and been able to accomplish so much,” she said. Ricketts said he was happy with the execution of their campaign promise to promote sexual assault awareness.“With the ‘It’s on Us’ campaign out in the dorms and getting people talking about that and helping funnel them into the Green Dot program, I think we were very successful,” he said. “I’m happy with the work we did on our board report, researching and walking with survivors of sexual violence, in particular with the conduct process and the Title IX process and what we needed to improve with that.”The University has promised to release the campus climate survey results from last year, which Ricketts said was a major success for his administration. “I’m pretty happy on the transparency front as well,” he said. “Getting the promise of releasing the survey was huge. I think that was one of, if not our biggest goal. That’s all stuff to be proud of, I think.”Ruelas said the administration also made progress improving the climate at the University as it pertains to sexual assault. “From the prayer services, and getting students to attend those, to asking people to think about being active bystanders and understanding that it’s all on us as individuals to really make sure that we identify situations and step in … we’ve created a culture of caring, all the time — even when it’s the hardest thing to do,” she said. Ricketts said he has learned a lot about himself and grown as a leader during the past year.“I understand a lot more about who I am and what I want to accomplish, but also how to do all that through relationships — with the administrators, with the cabinet, with the people that aren’t in student government at all. You go back to at the end of the day and ask for help, and all those relationships were key,” Ricketts said. Ruelas said she also learned about the importance of relationships, particularly hers with the student body. “I’ve learned about how resilient we are as a student body, and how important that is to accomplishing our goals, and it really is that we hold each other accountable to a higher standard of character,” she said. “I think that that’s been super important, as we’ve had to learn for ourselves, and we’ve had to tap into that desire to always be better and that desire to always be the best people we can be.”As they leave office and the incoming Robinson-Blais administration takes over, Ricketts said he hopes that they have left a strong foundation, particularly in regards to the relationship between the University and South Bend. “I know [that relationship] is a major focus of so many people, Corey and Becca included, but also so many people across the community, and we’ve tried to get the word out there about South Bend,” Ricketts said. “… The future of Notre Dame is with the future of South Bend, and that’s become evidently clear. I hope we’ve left a good foundation for that to grow on.”Tags: Bryan Ricketts, Nidia Ruelas, Ricketts-Ruelas, Student government, student government turnoverlast_img read more