Property transactions go from ‘strength to strength’

first_imgResidential property sales in the UK hit an 18-month high in August, following a 3.1 per cent month-on-month rise, the latest figures published by HMRC have revealed.The seasonally adjusted data shows that 106,480 property transactions took place in August – more than any month since February 2014.It is the third month in succession the home sales of more than 100,000 have been recorded, which is welcome news for agents. But sales still remain significantly below the monthly sales of close to 150,000 recorded at the height of the property boom in 2006.The seasonally adjusted estimate of the number of residential property transactions in August rose by 5.7 per cent compared with the corresponding month last year.Peter Rollings (left) CEO of Marsh & Parsons, commented, “Taking into account seasonal adjustment, property sales are going from strength to strength, and showing great improvement from this time last year.“With the spectre of higher interest rates being kept at bay, buyer demand is in full swing and summer sales have continued to blossom in August. After slightly fewer home sales than we would expect in a typical July, buyers last month were showing a new enthusiasm and readiness to enter the market.”He continued, “The changes to stamp duty are still washing over London and cooling activity at the topmost tiers of the housing market. But overall demand for property in the capital hasn’t waned, as young professionals and first-time buyers continue to seek out up-and-coming areas to put down roots.“The subsequent squeeze on available property for sale in the capital should keep pushing house price growth along well into the autumn.”property sales property transactions residential property sales stamp duty UK property sales September 30, 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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 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 Home » News » Housing Market » Property transactions go from ‘strength to strength’ previous nextHousing MarketProperty transactions go from ‘strength to strength’HMRC figures for August show that UK property sales exceeded 100,000 for the third month in succession.The Negotiator30th September 20150550 Viewslast_img read more

University changes safety rules after “tragic” cyanide death of transgender researcher

first_imgSpeaking at the inquest, Detective Parsons added: “She had struggled with her gender identity for most of her life. She was doing well and showing no signs of unhappiness.”She had changed her name and was taking speech therapy to adopt a new identity.Tributes have also been paid to Miss Shepherd by those who knew her. Speaking to Cherwell, one of Shepherd’s housemates said that during the two and a half years he knew her, “she became Erin Shepherd”.The housemate explained that there “was no reaction at all” from Shepherd’s flatmates to her transition, and said “she was a very, very good tenant”. He said he had seen a suicide note sent by Shepherd in an email, and described his housemate as “quiet, sharp and switched on”.Police were called to Miss Shepherd’s home on Magdalen Road in East Oxford by her sister after she received the email, entitled “I am so sorry”.The court heard that she phoned her sister to urge her to flush the cyanide down the toilet, but was unable to change her mind.On the day of Erin’s death in January, there was reportedly “havoc” on Magdalen Road, with the emergency services closing the area off to the public.Her housemate said that he believed that Shepherd was “winding down” before ending her life, after she disposed of her collection of Olympic coins, in which she had a keen interest.Darren Salter, Oxfordshire Coroner, described her suicide as a “tragic case’” at the inquest, adding: “This was a great shock. Those closest to her did not foresee this.“Things seemed to be going in the right direction. Very sadly, something caused her to decide to take her own life.” “Our thoughts are with Erin Shepherd’s friends and family during this difficult time. The OU LGBTQ+ society provides support to those who need it.”Tara Stone, Managing Director of Be Trans Support and Development Network North, told Cherwell that despite progress in the past five years, “there is still a long way to go” to deal with issues of transgender suicide.She pointed to a 2012 report by the Scottish Trans-Gender Alliance, which found that 84 per cent of transgender adults thought about ending their lives, while 35 per cent had attempted suicide and 25 per cent had attempted it more than once.Stone said it is “really important for higher education institutions to ensure policies are up to date” and that they are “working with trans-students and academics.”She called for a “whole organisation approach, recognising that all people have a responsibility” to create a welcoming environment for transgender people.OUSU VP for Women and Equality, Orla White, said: “We extend our sincerest sympathies to Erin’s loved ones, to her colleagues and to everyone who might be affected by this news.“If anyone is in need of support, we recommend contacting Switchboard (0300 330 0630) to discuss LGBTQ issues, or the Samaritans (116 123) to talk about depression and suicide.“We know that trans women are often failed by mental health services, which is only compounded by day-to-day experiences of transmisogyny.“In light of this tragedy, OUSU would like to reaffirm our commitment to fighting for the dignity and rights of trans people.” An “outstanding” Oxford University researcher poisoned herself with cyanide after telling friends and family she was transgender, an inquest heard on Wednesday.Despite apparently being happy with her transition from a man to a woman, Oxford Coroner’s Court heard that firemen forced their way into Erin Shepherd’s flat on 20 January to discover the 27-year-old near a container of white powder, now known to contain cyanide.She had recently started as a paid academic in the University’s Chemistry Department, and completed her DPhil in Chemistry at Corpus Christi College.Detective Sergeant Kevin Parsons said Shepherd had likely obtained the cyanide after accessing the University labs at 6am two hours before she died. University regulations allow access to potentially hazardous chemicals for scientists with formal training.Cherwell understands that the University’s Chemistry Department has since reviewed its procedures for hazardous materials. A University spokesperson said the Department is “currently introducing some modifications to an already robust process”.He added: “All scientists are trained thoroughly in the use of hazardous materials and the Department has re-emphasised this to all chemists. As well as this review, all three sections of the Department of Chemistry meet termly to consider and review safety matters. The Department’s Management Board also holds a termly meeting dedicated to safety matters, at which there is an opportunity to review safety procedures when necessary.“We would also stress that Erin’s actions presented no risk to the public at large. The University’s deepest sympathies are with her friends, family and colleagues over her tragic death.” Salter also read evidence from Shepherd’s doctor, Richard Baskerville, who said that she registered with him in 2015.“She had recently come out as transgender. She had an extensive circle of friends and was pleased with her progress in transitioning. Her death was a sudden and tragic event.”Salter concluded Shepherd died of suicide.Professor Mark Brouard, Head of the Chemistry Department, and Professor Steve Cowley, President of Corpus Christi, released a joint statement in February. They paid homage to the “outstanding” work of Miss Shepherd, who had a “highly promising career” in academia.She was awarded a Lilly Prize by the Department of Organic Chemistry in 2012, which is awarded to a select number of graduate chemists for their performance in the first year of their DPhil.Shepherd’s death has raised concerns over the policies in place to prevent transgender suicide in higher education.In a statement to Cherwell, Jennifer Sheppard, the Oxford University LGBTQ+ Society Transgender Rep, highlighted the prevalence of mental health issues in the transgender community at Oxford University.“We were incredibly saddened to hear of the suicide of a student and researcher at Oxford,” she said. “Transgender people are at an increased risk of mental health problems and suicide due to the lack of support networks available and the possibly unsafe surroundings they often find themselves in.“A welfare report recently published by OUSU has stated that LGBTQ+ students were significantly more likely to feel overwhelmed by their time at the University and that 83 per cent of trans students said that the University of Oxford had had a negative effect on their mental health. Sadly, in the wider context of increasing deaths of transgender people, this tragedy is not out of place. If you have been affected by this story, you may find these resources useful:Counselling Service – – 01865 270300 – [email protected] – – 8pm to 8am in term time at 01865 270 270, or also online on skype and instant messengerThe Samaritans – – 116123 or 01865 722122Get in touch with your welfare team and peer supporters if you would like more resources.last_img read more

Newport becomes first in Vermont to adopt form-based code for zoning

first_imgAt the December 6, 2010 Newport City Council meeting, Newport became the first municipality in the state of Vermont to adopt form-based code into its zoning by-law. Form-based code is graphic form standards that regulate form of building rather than use of building. It has a positive approach illustrated by its language of ‘build to lines’ rather than ‘set backs.’ Form-based code defines desired development patterns.‘Form-based code is a three-pronged approach to zoning,’ stated Paul Dreher, Newport City Zoning Administrator. ‘It benefits the city with increased tax base, business benefits from expedited predictable permitting and it benefits the community with better public realm.’Newport accomplished this in only eight months because of partnership. Newport City Renaissance Corporation, a nonprofit organization that acts as a catalyst for community and economic development for downtown Newport, the Newport City Planning Commission and the Newport City Council worked together bringing resources and commitment to the process.‘Adoption of form-based code in record time through the hard work of numerous people and really proves that grass roots efforts pay off,’ stated Paul Monette, Newport City Mayor. ‘This type of zoning greatly improves the ability for the city to attract development while maintaining our historic downtown. While change does not happen overnight, this zoning will help initiate change and much-needed growth.’‘I am elated with the formal passage of the new Forms-Based Code by the Newport City Council,’ said Monette. ‘Newport City is the first in the State of Vermont and one of the few in the country to pass this type of code into its zoning bylaws.’In 2009, Newport was the first municipality in Vermont to receive the American Institute of Architects (AIA) grant for a Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT). The team held community meetings and focus groups with community members and produced a report of recommendations for the City to pursue in planning development and re-development of its downtown and waterfront on Lake Memphremagog. One of its recommendations was to adopt form-based code. If the downtown buildings fell down under the old zoning by-law, it could not be built to replace the fabric of building forms. Form-based code does.Source: Newport City Renaissance Corporation. 12.7.2010‘Form-based code is efficient because it takes away the variance process which slows things down when a project is being developed,’ said Patricia M Sears, Executive Director of Newport City Renaissance Corporation. ‘Form-based code allows for long term vision for the city’s downtown.’Because form-based code promotes mixed use for buildings, with retail on ground floor, offices on second floor and housing on the top floors, Newport is looking forward to form-based code refreshing neighborhoods and promoting entrepreneurs.‘Newport can truly say it is ‘Open for Business’,’ declared Charlie Elliott, chairman of Newport City Planning Commission.last_img read more

Board of Bar Examiners vacancy

first_imgBoard of Bar Examiners vacancy Board of Bar Examiners vacancy Florida Board of Bar Examiners Vacancy : Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill a vacancy on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The Board of Governors will be selecting three nominees for the lawyer vacancy at its December 16 meeting. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill the remainder of a five-year term commencing immediately and expiring on October 31, 2009.Attorney members must have been a member of The Florida Bar for at least five years. They must be practicing lawyers with scholarly attainments and have an affirmative interest in legal education and requirements for admission to the Bar. Appointment or election to the bench at any level of the court system will disqualify any applicant. Law professors or trustees are ineligible.Board members of the bar examiners must be able to attend approximately 10 meetings a year in various Florida locations. Members volunteer 300 or more hours per year on board business depending on committee assignments. Actual travel expenses connected with the meetings and examinations are reimbursed.Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may download the application from the Bar’s Web site at or should contact The Florida Bar at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the proper application form. Applications may also be obtained by writing the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, 32399-2300. Completed applications must be received no later than the close of business December 5. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews. December 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Video tellers: How the jury is leaning

first_img continue reading » The jury is still out on how successfully video tellers can replace face-to-face transactions, says Chris Gill, senior director of global advisory services at Diebold Nixdorf, Canton, Ohio, an ATM manufacturer.“It could catch on or die out,” he says. “It has had mixed success with members so far depending on how and where the technology has been deployed. We hear some feedback that the video tellers aren’t being used and that the financial institutions that invested in them aren’t getting the ROI they expected. And some financial institutions that track usage are finding that people who use a video teller once never use it again.”Interactive teller machines that offer teller functionality through video seem to be used more in an automated branch setting outside of a traditional branch than they are when placed in an existing branch as an alternative to an existing human teller line, notes Lori Basch, senior product manager at PSCU, a CUES Supplier member in St. Petersburg, Fla. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tests reveal most crash drivers had taken drugs

first_imgNZ Herald 27 August 2012More than half the drivers taken to hospital after causing a crash were found to have drugs in their system, a study has found.The Ministry of Transport study used blood samples taken from 453 drivers who caused crashes.Drugs were detected in the systems of 258 drivers, analysis by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) found.Of that group, 156 were found to be on drugs not administered by a medical professionalNinety people sent to hospital had both cannabis and alcohol in their system.Yesterday, the Automobile Association renewed its calls for random roadside saliva tests to be used to target drug drivers.Such saliva screening devices can detect only three drugs – cannabis, methamphetamine and Ecstasy – and are used in every Australian state. up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

I’m now capable of coaching Barca, Xavi finally declares

first_imgRead Also: Neymar shows off pink hair, matching suit in fashion shoot“I like him,” he said. “Who doesn’t?“He stands out, gives depth and finds space where there’s very little.“Barcelona are right to take an interest.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The club approached their former midfielder as they sought a replacement for Ernesto Valverde only for him to turn them down, but that decision doesn’t appear to have been taken due to any self doubt on Xavi’s part. Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldHere Are The 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All Time7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art Xavi Hernandez feels ready to coach Barcelona despite turning them down earlier this year.Advertisementcenter_img “I’ve tested myself as a coach,” Xavi told YouTuber DJMariiO in an interview for Post United.“I see myself as capable and it’s a dream to return to Barcelona.“I’ve said on a number of occasions that Barcelona is my home, it’s my life.”Even if Barcelona is his dream job, Xavi is still enjoying his time in Qatar.“I’m learning a lot in Qatar,” he explained.“Obviously coaching Barcelona is a big thing. I have to think clearly.“I have to be very prepared. It’s all a process and I hope that the chance comes someday.”Neymar has been linked with a Camp Nou return since leaving the club for Paris Saint-Germain, and it’s something that Xavi views favourably.“Why not?” He responded when asked about the Brazilian going back.“Football-wise I have no doubts.“I’ve been with him in the dressing room and he seems to be a great person.“He was a professional and made a difference.“On the pitch he’s in the top five.”Lautaro Martinez appears to be the Catalans’ current priority though, and he’s another player that Xavi likes. Loading… last_img read more

Tri Kappa annual Fourth of July parade canceled

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Organizers with the Tri Kappa Sorority in Greensburg have announced that the annual parade will be canceled for 2020.   As this is recognized as a make-shift reunion of the community, as many people trek home for the event, canceling the parade is in the best interest of keeping the community safe and healthy as it is very hard to socially distance in a parade. Tri Kappa notes that it is always their main priority to maintain safety while celebrating the country.  They hope the community continues to stay safe and look forward to hosting the parade in 2021.last_img read more

Forgotten rules for Weld

first_img Big Orange set a sensible pace in the heavy ground, with Pallasator, Marzocco and Flying Officer not far behind and Biographer last of the nine. The pace quickened half a mile from home as Big Orange and Pallasator tried to make their stamina count, but it was Forgotten Rules who held the aces. The Queen’s Estimate failed to act on the ground and finished tailed off, while Leading Light was one of those hampered in the closing stages but looked unlikely to trouble the winner. Smullen, who was suspended for three days for careless riding, said: “He was always going to get there – he has unbelievable stamina. He was a bit sluggish out of the gates but I was happy with the speed we were going. He was always going to stay.” Weld added: “This has been a lucky meeting for me. I won this race with Rite Of Passage a few years ago and this is a pretty similar horse. “I thought this would be an ideal race for him. He was always going to appreciate the ease in the ground. He’s a Cup horse, for sure.” Connections of Leading Light, this season’s Gold Cup winner, felt a rough race had led to his demise. Jockey Joseph O’Brien said: “The ground wasn’t ideal, but he got hampered at a crucial stage.” Estimate’s decorated career is over after her retirement was confirmed by The Queen’s racing and bloodstock advisor, John Warren. Warren said: “Ryan (Moore, jockey) said it was like a ploughed field out there. It was the same for everyone, but Ryan said she never felt right at any time. The long and short of it is she’s now off to stud.” Pat Smullen brought the Dermot Weld-trained four-year-old with a strong run down the outside in the straight to make it three wins from just three career starts. And despite appearing to cause some interference as the horses started to struggle in the testing conditions, Forgotten Rules (3-1) went on to score by a length and three-quarters from Biographer, with Pallasator a neck away third. Forgotten Rules overcame inexperience to run out a ready winner of the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Masai Ujiri’s ‘Giants of Africa’ Extends Basketball Mission to Six African…

first_imgPresident and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri, who is also the president and founder of ‘Giants of Africa’, announced yesterday that ‘Giants of Africa’ project will be conducting camps in six countries across Africa this summer.Dedicated to supporting the growth of basketball in Africa, ‘Giants of Africa’ will expand camps from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda to also include Botswana and Senegal basketball camps.The events are scheduled to hold as follows; Senegal between August 7 and 9; Ghana between August 12 and 14; Nigeria between 16 and 18; Kenya between August 19 and 22; Rwanda from August 23 to 25, and Botswana from August 26 to 29. Each summer, ‘Giants of Africa’ brings top international coaches to the continent to host basketball camps designed to help young African players develop athletically, establish life goals and to refine their fundamental knowledge of the game.In addition to on-court basketball skills coaching, ‘Giants of Africa’ strives to foster participants’ development through life skills education. As part of the summer programme, the Giants of Africa team also conducts local community outreach initiatives in each country it visits.This year, the team will be supporting the following outreach programmes across Africa – SEED Academy and Village Pilote in Senegal, The Village of Hope in Ghana, Little Saints Orphanage in Nigeria, Mully Children’s Family, as well as the installation of a new basketball court in Kiberia, (a partnership between Giants of Africa and H.E. Evans Kidero, the Governor of Nairobi County) in Kenya, Rafiki Club Kigali in Rwanda and the MPULE Foundation in Botswana.“Encouraging the dreams of African youth is at the core of what we strive to achieve with Giants of Africa,” said Ujiri, “Basketball is a sport that has become increasingly popular across the globe. And we want to support African youth by using basketball as a tool to educate and teach core values such as dedication, discipline, and respect for others.“We believe supporting the infrastructure of basketball in Africa via coaches, facilities and camps is imperative to create opportunities for African youth to play and develop both on and off the court. We are thrilled to be extending our reach to six African countries this year,” he noted.‘Giants of Africa’ began hosting camps in Africa 14 years ago. Since the camps inception more than 100 camp attendees have moved on to high school or university in the United States, with approximately 18 participants now playing basketball professionally in Europe.Modelled after the NBA’s ‘Basketball Without Borders’ initiative, ‘Giants of Africa’ holds two types of annual camps – Top 50 Camp and Big Man Camp.The Top 50 Camp focuses on the top 50 kids from across the country and provides campers with three intense days of instruction.The Big Man Camp teaches young athletes at 6-foot-8 and above the basic fundamentals of the game with a focus on running, catching, footwork and shooting.Giants of Africa summer camps are made possible through the support of partners from across the globe with special thanks to the NBA, Nike, Nestlé Milo, Ecobank, MLSE Foundation, Fortress, Blackberry, MasterCard, Bell and Sportscorp Travel.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more