We are addicted to property

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » We are addicted to property previous nextHousing MarketWe are addicted to propertySince the Thatcher era, we Brits have become peculiarly obsessed with homeownership – and a new survey proves it.The Negotiator8th April 20160580 Views Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared her belief in a ‘property-owning democracy’ and introduced Right to Buy in 1980, the UK was converted into a nation obsessed with residential properties.Let’s be honest, many of us are preoccupied with our homes and particularly how much they are worth. Just turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper on almost any given day and you will find a story about property prices or mortgages and how they are becoming easier or harder to obtain.A new survey by Direct Line Home Insurance shows that 63 per cent of Britons browse property websites even when they are not looking to buy.Some 2.6 million browse portals like Zoopla or Rightmove at least once a day and 38 per cent admit they checked the price of someone else’s home online in the last year.The most enthusiastic property browsers were in Sheffield where 74 per cent confessed to window shopping for homes followed by 72 per cent in London and 70 per cent in Newcastle.People say that they look at online property portals to keep a check on house prices, look at design trends and also daydream about a future home.“We are a nation of property obsessives with very good reason. Our homes are our castles and becoming a homeowner or even climbing the ladder in the UK is a huge challenge and aspiration for many,” said Katie Lomas, head of Direct Line Home Insurance.“Property sites are a source of information and inspiration and browsing these sites has become something of a past-time for millions of people. The flip side of this trend is that those who list on these sites exhibit their homes and belongings to millions of strangers every day,” she added.Rightmove, which attracted a record 1.3 billion visits to in 2015, remains by far the busiest of the property portals.“Our property stock advantage coupled with our brand strength and innovation have substantially increased our audience size and engagement,” said Nick McKittrick, Chief Executive Officer, Rightmove.property ownership homeownership Margaret Thatcher property-owning democracy Right to Buy April 8, 2016The 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

Live: Denison Witmer

first_imgWhen the background music ceased and the speakers rang with a clean, open strum, no one at the bar knew what to do. Was this a sound check? Then, after two tests of the mike, Philadelphia-based folk rocker Denison Witmer launched into ‘Leaving Philadelphia (Arriving in Seattle)’, a sweet/sad reminiscence of lost community from his most recent album, Philadelphia Songs. Alone on stage, his picking sharp without being aggressive, he allowed every note to ring and do its work. Little pockets of silence hid between the phrases, every bit as important as the notes themselves. By the time he had sounded the final chord, he had drawn everyone into the bar. An unpretentious, compelling style characterized Witmer and his music. He wasn’t in your face. He didn’t try to rock your world. He just gave 40 minutes of soulful, sincere music that touched everyone who heard it, and it showed. Witmer’s lyrics, though always aware of the particular settings of his life (it’s not just a train, but a train from Leicester Square; not just Paris, but the place where they filmed Amelie), somehow see beyond the boundaries of his autobiography. They become relevant for everyone who is away from their loved ones and yearning to return, or has lost them forever. They mean something to everyone listening. Once, between songs, Witmer perked his ears up at a ghost of intruding music from the club next door. “I can rock way harder than those guys,” he said, then did a Jackson Brown cover (not rock). Perhaps he can; his rock band the River Bends releases an album in America this week. But he was more than good enough just the way he was.ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004last_img read more

O.C. Housing Authority Names Building in Honor of Deceased Commissioner

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiAn Ocean City Housing Authority commissioner who helped the agency recover from an embezzlement scandal this year involving its former executive director will be posthumously honored by having a new building named in his memory.The authority announced Tuesday during its monthly board meeting that a proposed $4.2 million affordable-housing project will be named in honor of Edmond C. Speitel Sr., who died on Sept. 11 at the age of 61.Also at the meeting, the authority swore in three new commissioners to finally bring its seven-member board up to full strength. The commissioners are Mike Dattilo, a former Ocean City business administrator, M. Sean Scarborough, a prominent residential and commercial developer, and Beverly McCall, an attorney.Speitel’s wife of 40 years, Diane, was at the meeting to receive a copy of a resolution that lauded her husband’s dedication to an agency that provides affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, families and disabled residents.“He would be so humbled by this honor,” Diane Speitel told the board members. “This was one of his biggest passions.”In a brief interview afterward, Speitel noted that it was “quite a shock” when she first learned on Sunday of the authority’s plans.Edmond Speitel’s name will grace a new senior-citizen complex that is replacing the authority’s Pecks Beach Village housing site on Fourth Street. The 20-unit project is expected to be ready by the end of 2019.The two-story building for senior citizens will be constructed on what is now a parking lot adjacent to the authority’s Bay View Manor housing complex at Sixth Street and West Avenue. It will be funded by a Hurricane Sandy recovery grant.Ocean City Housing Authority headquarters at 204 Fourth Street.Speitel, who was chairman of the authority’s finance and redevelopment committees, helped to oversee the project from the conceptual phase. Authority representatives are scheduled to meet with city officials on Nov. 29 to begin some of the preliminary work leading up to construction. A public hearing will be scheduled later to give Ocean City residents an overview of the project, including its construction timetable.By naming the building in Speitel’s honor, it will ensure that his legacy at the housing authority will always be remembered, the board members said.“As a result of what we’re doing tonight, his memory will live on in Ocean City and at the housing authority forever,” said Bob Barr, a city councilman who also serves as chairman of the authority.Speitel took on a leading role in reforming the authority’s management and finances following the firing in May of former Executive Director Alesia Watson, who pleaded guilty to embezzling federal housing funds from the agency. Watson was sentenced to three years of probation in September.Barr praised Speitel for helping the agency recover from the “chaos” of the past year. The authority has since restructured its finances and brought on a new executive director, Jacqueline Jones, as it continues to regroup from the embezzlement crisis.Barr said even now, two months after Speitel’s death, he still must fight the urge to call Speitel to seek his advice and discuss housing authority business.“Boy, did I get to know a quality person,” Barr said, becoming emotional during his remarks.“He was a pillar of the community,” Barr added.Scott Halliday, an authority commissioner who served with Speitel on the board, recalled Speitel’s attention to detail and his willingness to go the “extra mile” to help the agency.“He wanted to do it the right way, and he did it the right way,” Halliday said.From left, Mike Dattilo, Beverly McCall and M. Sean Scarborough join the Ocean City Housing Authority as new board commissioners.Sean Scarborough, one of the authority’s new commissioners, noted that he worked closely with Speitel in the private sector and was a friend.“We worked together for 30 years,” Scarborough said.Speitel, who owned an engineering firm, collaborated with Scarborough’s development company, Scarborough Properties, on its residential and commercial projects.Following Speitel’s death and the resignation of another housing commissioner, Portia Thompson, the board dipped to only four members and struggled to conduct its business. The September and October board meetings were canceled due to the lack of a quorum.The appointments of Scarborough and Mike Dattilo to the board were announced in October, but Tuesday was their first meeting. Scarborough’s appointment was approved by City Council. Dattilo’s appointment was made by Mayor Jay Gillian.Dattilo brings more than 30 years of local government service to the housing authority. During his municipal career with Ocean City, he held a series of high-level positions. Most notably, he was appointed as the city’s business administrator when Gillian became mayor in 2010. Dattilo retired five years later.There had been another vacancy on the housing authority for more than a year because of a delay by Gov. Chris Christie in appointing his representative to the board. However, the governor’s seat has now been filled by Beverly McCall, a Sea Isle City attorney who lives in Ocean City. Tuesday was McCall’s first board meeting.McCall said she expressed interest in the housing authority seat in a letter to Sen. Jeff Van Drew, the Democratic lawmaker who represents Cape May County. She noted that Van Drew passed her letter along to the governor’s office, resulting in her appointment.McCall, who has practiced law for more than 30 years, said she hopes to use her extensive legal experience to help the housing authority. Ocean City Housing Authority Executive Director Jacqueline Jones, left, presents a resolution honoring the late Edmond C. Speitel Sr. to Speitel’s wife, Diane.last_img read more

Racking ’n’ rolling

first_imgA trusted name, a universal oven and an ability to last for at least 20 years, are just some of the reasons Adrian Mitchell, Duchy Originals’ manufacturing manager, chose Double D’s (Broxburn, West Lothian) rack ovens for its first bakery production unit in Launceston, Cornwall, last year. “We’re not a big plant bakery, but the Double D rack ovens match the scale of what we’re doing – targeting a niche market with a new range of organic pastry products, a line which we discovered wasn’t viable for larger manufacturers,” Mitchell says.== GAP IN THE MARKET ==Duchy Originals works with around 30 partner licensees which produce a range of bakery products all carrying The Prince of Wales’s seal. Duchy Originals spotted a gap in the market for organic pastry products, and so launched the organic range, which includes four 7.5-inch tarts in lemon, chocolate, Bakewell and treacle, mini jam and lemon curd tarts, Cornish pasties and cheese-based flans.Following initial training and familiarisation with the Revorack oven’s technology, including the CCS I controller, the staff at the bakery now operate 20 different baking programmes, designed to give the desired bake for each product, or product stage.”The Revorack ovens include a sophisticated airflow system, which gives consistency and can continually be fine-tuned,” says Mitchell. “We blind bake all pastry cases, then fill them and bake them again to achieve the premium product we’re looking for. The technology allows us to accurately control every aspect of each bake, so we always know what to expect. Also, we commissioned two-door ovens so we have controls on both sides, which makes the baking process more efficient.”It’s still relatively early days for the new bakery and the Revorack ovens are in use up to six hours a day, leaving plenty of capacity for baking further organic product lines, including meat pies, which are due to be launched before the year end.== range development ==”There has been a lot of work to get to this stage, but we’re now comfortable with the product and, coupled with the Revorack ovens’ technology, we’re looking forward to developing the range further,” adds Mitchell.Like all Double D products, the Revorack oven can be custom-built and comes in a range of sizes, from the compact single-rack up to 10-rack capacity, including high-volume dedicated ovens for pie, savoury and quiche production, says the firm. Double D believes it is worth investing time in finding exactly the right oven to suit each customer’s requirements. The company says it has been host to bakers from all over the world who visit Double D’s test centre near Edinburgh to trial the company’s products using their own recipeslast_img read more

Add sparkle to Christmas

first_imgEdible glimmering pigment powder from Cream Supplies is designed to add a bit of sparkle to your Christmas products.The Perlazoon powder can be added to cakes, biscuits and desserts and is available in either gold or red varieties. It can either be sprinkled on to the tops of cupcakes or whole cakes, for example, or can be mixed with vodka (which evaporates quickly) to form a paste which can then be painted on.The powder comes in 300g tubs, with a list price of £8.50.last_img

Construction on Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex continues

first_imgAs the Spring semester comes to a close for students, work on the new Saint Mary’s Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex continues to develop. Benjamin Bowman, the Saint Mary’s construction manager, said, as of right now, the project is on schedule and under budget.“The contractors are doing are a great job,” he said. “They’ve had to work through a lot of different weather conditions.”Despite being on schedule, Bowman said even though the weather has caused delays along the way, Weigand Construction has been working Saturdays and occasional Sundays to make up for lost time.“Normally in the winter the ground will freeze hard and the contractors can move heavy equipment over it,” he said. “This winter it never really froze hard, it created these muddy conditions which was difficult for the contractors when they were putting in the concrete foundations.”Bowman said contractors are currently working on phase one of three which entails work on the field house and the lower level restrooms.“That space they need to turn over to us in August,” he said. “That’s so the Fall athletes have a place to practice indoors.”Athletic director, Julie Schroeder-Biek said in an email that being without an athletic facility has been a challenge for Spring sports teams practice schedules.“It adds an entirely new level of planning for our coaches — if we have inclement weather that doesn’t allow us to practice outside, we have to get very creative,” she said. “Coaches may take their athletes to hit the weight room, watch game film or use various indoor spaces available in the local community or at Notre Dame.”Despite the challenges, Schroeder-Biek said she is looking forward to the new complex.“This building is going to be beautiful,” she said. “It is a building that we are going to be so proud of.”Bowman said phase two, the coach’s offices, is then projected to be completed in either October or November. Phase three, the final phase, will be the health and counseling suite on the South side of the building and should be completed in January of 2018.“It’s pretty amazing,” Bowman said. “The old facility was 44,000 square feet, this one’s 103,000. So it’s over double what the old facility was in size.”However, the 44,000 square feet did not go to waste when the building was torn down. Bowman said Saint Mary’s requires 50 to 75 percent of the demolished material must be recycled for sustainability purposes.“The metal gets sorted and melted down and created into new beams,” he said. “The block and all the concrete parts gets ground up and made into new concrete.”Schroeder-Biek said she thinks the complex will help bring the Saint Mary’s community together. As a result, extending facility hours is currently being considered.“This building will be home to athletics, health and counseling, [the Belles Against Violence Office] and a cafe,” Schroeder-Biek said. “It will be a great place to gather, to cheer on the Belles, to get in a work out, to study with friends, to grab a cup of coffee or a smoothie.”Bowman said Sodexo, a food services company, is currently working on a menu for the cafe that will include healthier options such as smoothies, salads, panini and made-to-order sandwiches. In addition to the cafe, there will be a total of five lounges for students. In order to accommodate for those spaces, there will be 85 wireless access points throughout the building.“There should never be an issue connecting to Wi-Fi,” Bowman said. “Even some of the new equipment will communicate wirelessly.”Besides some equipment pieces that are only a couple years old, Bowman said the rest of the equipment will be new.Other new features include an elevator and a ramp going to the lower level which Bowman says will be able to support an ambulance if needed, a new one-eighth mile track, rather than the previous one-tenth mile track, with smoother corners, not one, but three separate locker rooms for Saint Mary’s athletic teams with a varsity lounge next to them, a laundry facility and a locker room for visiting teams instead of using the racquetball court as teams have in the past.“Not only is it a good collaborative space, but it will also be a space where you’ll see a lot of activity, which will potentially motivate students, employees and faculty,” Bowman said. “It will be a lively space.”The abundance of windows incorporated in the building will help add to the liveliness of the complex Bowman said – that is what he and the contractors call “daylight harvesting.”“The north [side] will have more than the south,” he said. “That’s because the south side is where the sun is, less windows will ensure the building doesn’t gain too much heat.”Even the structure of the building specifically allows for more activity he said.“The design of the building itself has a major north-south spine which lines up with the entry to the athletic fields and LeMans tower,” he said. “So when students park in that North parking, you have the option to walk through the building to get to campus which is part of the activity.”Bowman said what he is looking forward to most is seeing the transformation and the community’s reactions.“I’m on my sixth group of people touring through the building,” he said. “I enjoy doing that and seeing their eyes light up and the excitement in their faces.”All are able to enjoy the transformation both on and off campus through two cameras that have been mounted on campus. To view the progress, visit the Saint Mary’s Athletics page under the “Renovations” tab.Tags: angela athletic and wellness complex, Saint Mary’s Construction, Weigand Construction Colast_img read more

How To: Grayson Highlands State Park

first_imgGrayson Highlands State Park is an easy portal to the vast 120,000-acre Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in Southwest Virginia. In fact, Grayson Highlands was originally called Mount Rogers State Park when it opened in 1965.  The Highlands  are an expansive windswept grassland with fields of rocky outcroppings, which offer spectacular views of the region’s tallest peaks. Grayson Highlands also boasts plush backcountry camping spots and the occasional sighting of wild ponies. The miniature horses often ask visitors for handouts; state park officials ask that you resist the temptation to feed them, which leads to nuisance and health problems for the horses.Summit RogersFrom Grayson Highlands you can easily bag the biggest peak in Virginia, 5,729-foot Mount Rogers. The biggest reward about topping Rogers isn’t standing at its summit, which is engulfed in forest, but the scenic eight-mile round-trip jaunt. Starting at Massie Gap, follow the Rhododendron Trail to the Appalachian Trail. Along the way you’ll cross the outcroppings of Wilburn Ridge, which offers panoramic views of the Highlands Range. In late spring and early summer, enjoy colorful thickets of wildflowers as you cross through Rhododendron Gap at the juncture with the A.T., which then goes on to the summit.Sleep UNDER THE STARSThe state park has 96 established campsites with nearby toilets, grill pits, and a general store with other creature comforts. But Grayson Highlands also affords an abundance of appealing backcountry slumber options. Just jump on the A.T. and you’ll run into a number of inviting open fields with grassy plots that are perfect for a night under the stars.Road to DamascusFor local eats and accommodations, head into the quaint little trail town of Damascus, located 20 miles west of the park on Route 58. Grab a quaint cottage at Creeper Trail Cottages (creepercottage.com), or work up an appetite with a bike ride (sundogoutfitter.com) on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Damascus sits midway along the 34-mile rail trail, which runs from Abingdon to Whitetop Station.last_img read more

Uruguayan Air Force to Deploy Airplane Seized from Drug Traffickers

first_imgSince the Assets Forfeiture Fund began in 2010, authorities have seized 600 motor vehicles (of which 500 have already been sold at auction), three ships, 24 real-estate properties, and at least six airplanes. Among the aircraft, authorities are in the process of auctioning off two; another was given to the Air Force Technical School, two are being used by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the other was transferred to the Ministry of Defense. At about the same time, security agents seized a second aircraft that was loaded with more than 470 kilograms of drugs on a clandestine airstrip in the department of Rocha, near the border with Brazil. The FAU will also deploy the plane “to fight fires, for health outreach and liaison missions – activities that are in alignment with the Liaison Squadron’s primary mission,” he added. Single-engine Cessnas are favored by drug trafficking organizations because they can carry a large amount of cargo, fly a long range at low altitudes to avoid radar, and land on short, dirt airstrips. The list of single-engine planes preferred by drug traffickers is led by the Cessna 182 Skylane, which is light, seats four, can carry 400 kilograms of cargo, and fly for four hours on a full fuel tank, according to the website Aviación Argentina. Drug traffickers also like the Cessna 206, for its excellent flight range, and the Cessna 210 Centurion, which can carry up to 700 kilograms. The Cessna was being used by drug traffickers when security forces seized it. The FAU intercepts a narco-plane “The Uruguayan government and the Armed Forces act in unison in the continuing fight against organized crime and money laundering,” Menéndez said. “We are also constantly conducting professional training to confront these threats.” On July 29, 2013, two A37-B Dragon Fly airplanes belonging to the FAU’s Second Air Squadron intercepted the plane, which was marked with Paraguayan tail number ZP-TMF, and forced it to land in Durazno after it violated Uruguayan airspace. Security forces seize planes, cars, and properties used by drug traffickerscenter_img By Dialogo November 17, 2015 “The Air Force, its airmen, officers, and NCOs [non-commissioned officers] have demonstrated that this country can be secure in its defense of the country’s airspace,” Romani stated. “Coordinated and professional work performed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Defense, the Judiciary, and the Prosecutor’s Offices allowed us to confirm that the aircraft was acting as an escort to smuggle illegal substances into this country,” Menéndez said. “The engine did not have a serial number; it had been erased previously.” Security forces have a solid track record of seizing narco-planes, automobiles, maritime vessels, and properties used by drug traffickers. The Uruguayan Air Force (FAU, for its Spanish acronym) will use in its counter-narcotics fight a small plane that was seized by the Directorate General against Illicit Drug Trafficking in 2013. It will “contribute greater strength to the fight on drugs in this country,” National Defense Ministry Undersecretary Jorge Menéndez said in an interview with Diálogo. Menéndez, along with FAU Commander in Chief Air Force General Alberto Zanelli received the single-engine Cessna C-210 Centurion from Milton Romani, the secretary general of the National Drug Enforcement Bureau, at the Santa Bernardina Second Air Brigade in the city of Durazno on October 6. The processes governing the Assets Forfeiture Fund’s seizure, forfeiture, and administration “were carried out quickly. This wouldn’t have happened without a suitable statutory framework, which is new and which closely tracks international norms,” Menéndez explained. last_img read more

Compliance: CUNA’s ADA website accessibility resources

first_imgAs CUNA Chief Compliance Office Jared Ihrig mentioned in last week’s webinar on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website accessibility, CUNA has developed a number of compliance resources designed to help credit unions ward off potential legal threats. As credit unions are facing increasing threats of litigation over ADA uncertainty, CUNA has made it a top advocacy priority.CUNA’s FAQ document explains the current status of potential rulemaking, and advises credit unions on standards they should follow in the absence of federal regulations.Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium, is used by many website operators as a de facto standard. It contains “success criteria” categorized into three levels: Level A (provides the most basic accessibility features); Level AA (addresses most common barriers); and Level AAA (the highest level of web accessibility). continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cinesite spies a better deal in Soho

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