Stamp Duty petition signed by 150k people, including many agents, ‘swayed Rishi’

first_imgThe MPs committee that hosted a debate on the Stamp Duty holiday extension following a petition signed by 150,000 people has welcomed the Chancellor’s decision to heed the concerns of the home buying public and do a U-turn.On 16th December the Treasury made it clear that there would be no extension when the petition had only 22,000 signatures, saying: “SDLT is an important source of government revenue, raising several billion pounds each year to help pay for the essential services the Government provides”.But once the petition reached an unprecedented 150,000 votes a few weeks ago, the Government changed its mind.Nevertheless, the chair of the committee has warned that without a tapering system to enable buyers to complete their purchases, the same ‘cliff face’ will soon occur once more.Or two, in fact. The first date will be 31st July when the zero-rate exemption will be restricted to homes for sale under £250,000 and 31st September, when it will be withdrawn entirely.PenalisedCatherine McKinnell (pictured, above), says: “The Stamp Duty holiday announcement will come as a relief to petitioners, but the Government must also ensure that this relief is tapered off in a way which gives house-buyers every opportunity to complete their transactions without being penalised for events outside their control.”And some people with the property industry agree. “This is a form of tapering that will help to avoid a cliff-edge in June, but the potential savings do drop considerably and so many transactions will come under pressure to complete before that first deadline,” says Karen Rodrigues, Director of Sales at eConveyancer.Estate agency and former RICS residential chairman Jeremy Leaf (pictured) adds: I have to say the Chancellor probably gets ‘B’ or ‘B-minus’ on his report card as the Stamp Duty extension, including the tapering, is welcome but there will be another mini cliff-edge in the autumn when this latest holiday finally comes to an end.” Catherine McKinnell stamp duty petition Stamp Duty holiday Jeremy Leaf March 4, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 4th March 2021 at 8:21 amTime to start the next petition regarding SDLT – how about a permanent ban on stamp duty under 500K?Log in to ReplyWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Stamp Duty petition signed by 150k people, including many agents, ‘swayed Rishi’ previous nextHousing MarketStamp Duty petition signed by 150k people, including many agents, ‘swayed Rishi’Petitions Committee leader Catherine McKinnell hails success of campaign to change Chancellor’s mind on Stamp Duty holiday extension.Nigel Lewis4th March 20211 Comment243 Viewslast_img read more

USS Philippine Sea Transits Straits of Gibraltar

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Philippine Sea Transits Straits of Gibraltar View post tag: Transits USS Philippine Sea Transits Straits of Gibraltar USS PHILIPPINE SEA CG 58The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG2), transited safely through the Straits of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea in the early morning of Feb. 27. View post tag: sea View post tag: Navy View post tag: Straits View post tag: Gibraltar For many Sailors aboard this was their first time crossing the Atlantic Ocean and seeing another continent. Two continents actually, The Straits of Gibraltar is a narrow transit which separates Europe and Africa by seven miles at its most narrow point.“It’s pretty exciting, I’ve never seen Europe before,” said Naval Aircrewman (Tacitical Helicopter) 2nd Class Gage Hoogveldt a search and rescue swimmer for the Spartans of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70, which is attached to the ship. “I can’t wait for all the port visits we get to make on this deployment, and hopefully earning my 3rd warfare pin.”Fire Controlmen 3rd Class Brittany Mehlberg, a ship’s computer technician has only been in a handful of states up to this point in her life.“To wake up, go outside, and see Spain to my left and Morocco on my right was a surreal experience,” said Muhlberg. “I’m looking forward to taking my time to appreciate other cultures while I have the chance. I’m not somebody who wants to just fast forward to the end of the deployment.”The Philippine Sea is underway as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG). The GHWBCSG is on a scheduled deployment en route to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibly. With CVN 77 as the flag ship, strike group assets include the embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron 22 and ships USS Truxtun (DDG 103), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).[mappress]Press Release, March 3, 2014, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: USS March 3, 2014 View post tag: Philippine Share this articlelast_img read more

French Navy’s OPV Visits Cape Town, South Africa

first_img View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today French Navy’s OPV Visits Cape Town, South Africa View post tag: French Navy Authorities Share this article View post tag: africa French Navy’s offshore patrol vessel L’Adroit (P725) moored in Cape Town, South Africa, for a port call on Monday, 11 May.OPV L’Adroit came alongside after being at sea for three months, and stayed in town until yesterday, May 17, when it continued its deployment.The vessel was commissioned on 19 March, and handed over to the French Navy on 21 October 2011 for a three-year trial period, during which she carried out a wide variety of naval missions such as fisheries inspections and protection, anti-drugs operations, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance, and search and rescue at sea.L’Adroit is designed to remain at sea for extended periods – up to 220 days per year.This is her second visit to South Africa. The first time she visited was on 3 September 2012.[mappress mapid=”16003″]Image: SA Navy May 18, 2015center_img French Navy’s OPV Visits Cape Town, South Africa View post tag: OPV View post tag: Cape Town View post tag: News by topic View post tag: south africa View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Student campaigns collaborate to rally for intersectional justice

first_img“The University has a moral imperative to take this responsibility seriously and adopt just practices, including providing its workers with a living wage, divesting from fossil fuels, and protecting students placed in or threatened with detention and/or deportation, among others. The other groups followed with their demands, including the classification of students with unsettled status as home students, a more just and accessible campus for people with disabilities, fossil fuel divestment, and a consistent living wage for workers. “We rally in solidarity with all campaigns that are working to promote a more just Oxford and en-courage the University to recognize our demands.” The rally saw representativesfrom the campaigns taking turnsto present demands related to theirgroups’ specific missions. More than 50 students congregated outside the Clarendon Building presenting a list of demands to the university focusing on the need to adopt more socially and environmentally-just policies. Six student-led campaigns joined together for an Intersectional Justice rally at Oxford University last Friday. demands.A campaign that re-examines Acknowledging the connection between campaigns for both social and climate justice, the six campaigns organised the rally to demand an integrated set of practices related to social and environmental justice.center_img Oxford’s colonial past, CommonGround called for “reparative justice and critical examination of Oxford’s physical iconography and curricula.” Intersectional justice refers to the advancement of equality and justice for all by combating in-tersecting forms of structural inequality and discrimination. Organisers of the event releaseda statement summarising their mission. They said: “As one of the best-known and longest-standing academic institutions in the English speaking world, the Universityof Oxford often serves as a model for other universities. The six campaigns, which include Common Ground, the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign (OCJC) and the Student Union Disabilities Campaign, plan to organise similar rallies until they are “thoroughly considered or adopted by the University.” Expressing solidarity with theother groups, Common Groundbegan the rally by presenting their Oxford University has been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Ocean City Schools Launch Facebook Pages

first_imgThe Ocean City School District this month launched Facebook pages for its three schools, and the social media sites provide an additional tool for parents to keep up on school schedules and updates.“Like” the following school pages to get updates in your Facebook news feed:Ocean City High SchoolOcean City Intermediate SchoolOcean City Primary SchoolOcean City School DistrictThe pages feature information such as the “Daily Chalkboard” with calendar listings for student yearbook pictures, SAT registration deadlines, Back to School Night, Freshman Field Day, Intermediate School club sign-ups and more. They also highlight student and school achievements.Research suggests 58 percent of the entire adult population of the U.S. uses Facebook. Among Internet users of men and women ages 18 to 50, the number of Facebook users is greater than 80 percent.“We heard from parents that this is convenient for them,” Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said.She said the district is working to encourage parental involvement, and the Facebook pages are one additional way to allow them to stay connected from home.The schools also maintain websites, a “Global Connect” automated phone system for important and timely announcements, and a traditional system of sending information home with students.last_img read more

Maximize Your Athletic Performance with Dr. Buzz Monday in OC

first_imgDr. Buzz is a recognized national speaker on topics dealing with maximizing athletic performance, as well as behavioral and emotional management. Dr. Buzz Mingin, a nationally recognized sports psychology consultant, will be conducting a training session in sports psychology and performance Monday at 11:45 a.m. at Yoga Ginger. The event will be filmed as an education and promotional tool for coaches and athletes and will be posted on social media.This free event is open to the first 25 people who register.In a conversation on Sunday, Dr. Buzz said, “I wanted to put on a free event to give back to Ocean City. It’s such a great community and so many great things are happening here.”Dr. Buzz Mingin works with pro and amateur athletes of all ages to maximize their performance.Dr. Buzz is a great resource for athletes and coaches seeking the emotional intelligence of a pro athlete. As a Brain and Behavioral Health clinician, his training in Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience allows Buzz to understand the underlying function of people’s performance and behavior.Buzz’s effective communication skills and comprehensive skill set allow him to teach others the specific tools they need to recover, improve and become a high performer.Unlike other clinicians, Buzz’s comprehensive case management allows him to navigate customized treatment plans for clients to achieve their goals. Lastly, Dr. Buzz’s tireless dedication separates him from other clinicians. His magnetic energy and enthusiasm allows him to lift the spirit and climate for all of those he supports.“We need warriors, not worriers,” he said. “Your brain is wired for you to worry. However, there are techniques to manage stress and worry to improve performance.”“It’s knowing how to perform in the moment at critical times,” he added. “Many games are lost because the athlete lost focus on what they should be doing in the moment. They have anxious moments thinking about the ultimate goal or getting caught up in things that happened in the past.”“Our attendees will leave the workshop with techniques and tools for maintaining what needs to be done in those critical moments,” he noted.Where: Yoga Ginger: 717 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City.Registration required: Call or text: 609-231-8987. Leave your name and phone number.Athletes and coaches are invitedLearn how to improve endurance strength, stress management coordination, and emotional intelligence like a pro athlete.This information applies equally to any athletic activity: Football, Crew, Lacrosse, Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Track, Yoga, Surfing, Swimming, Biking, Weight Lifting and other sports.Dr. Buzz Mingin pictured with Hall of Fame Hockey star Ken Daneyko.The audience for this free event will include coaches and athletes, and also business people who deal with stress and anxiety in their jobs.last_img read more

Government implements new Food Information Regulations

first_imgThe UK’s food industry will be required to include clearer information regarding ingredients on product packaging, according to new government rules.Announced today, the decision comes as part of the Food Information Regulations consultation to change current food labelling rules to help offer consumers more information on food product packaging.This will include country-of-origin labelling for products containing meat, which will be subject to Commission rules, as well as information on the plant origin of palm oil used and allergen advice.The government demanded stronger labelling throughout the EU and is now implementing these rules in the UK.David Heath, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, said: “The government is tightening up rules to make it easier for shoppers to make more informed decisions for themselves and their families at the tills. We fought long and hard in Europe for more honest labelling, so that people can make up their own minds about what they eat.“We are making it easier for consumers to know what’s in the food and drink they buy, while at the same time cutting red tape for businesses.” The government has said costs will be kept to a minimum to ensure the food industry has a reasonable period of time to implement the changes, which will allow businesses to adopt the legislative requirements into planned re-labelling schedules.In addition, food firms and interested parties are being asked to come forward and respond to the consultation.last_img read more

Ghost Light Plays Three-Song First Set In Crested Butte, Releases Full-Show Audio [Listen]

first_imgFor this week’s edition of Full Show Friday, Ghost Light has shared the recording of their recent show at Crested Butte, CO’s Center for the Arts.The performance featured an impressive three-song first set, intertwining American Babies‘ “Winter War Games” with “Diamond Eyes” and Bob Dylan‘s “Tangled Up In Blue”. The second set, on the other hand, featured seven tunes, including a cover of The Shins‘ “Simple Song” which sandwiched their own “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”. The band’s “Synth Driver” also played a major role in the second set, as the first and second to last song enclosed by “Fever Dreams” on either side. Needless to say, Ghost Light has gone above and beyond to incorporate original tunes in their setlist, with plenty of material not featured on their recently released album, Best Kept Secrets.Ghost Light – 3/28/19[Audio: hrc333]Setlist: Ghost Light | Center For The Arts | Crested Butte, CO | 3/28/19I: Winter War Games > Diamond Eyes > Tangled Up in Blue >* Diamond Eyes > Tangled Up In Blue > * Winter War Games2: Synth Driver > Swimming at Night > Simple Song >^ Keep Your Hands to Yourself > Simple Song, Beyond/Before, Doorway to a Silent Chamber > Fever Dreams > Synth Driver > Fever DreamsE: Bullseye Blues*Bob Dylan^The ShinsGhost Light is midway through their headlining Texas run with shows in Dallas and Houston this weekend. See below for a full list of dates.Ghost Light Tour Dates:4/5 – Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Company4/6 – Houston, TX – Last Concert Café4/9 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge4/10 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House4/11 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern4/12 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar4/13 – Covington, KY – Madison Live4/16 – Nashville, TN – Basement East4/17 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall4/18 – Charleston, SC – Pour House4/20 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre4/24 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco4/25 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall4/27 – New Orleans, LA – Republic NOLA5/9 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom5/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl5/11 – Portland, ME – Portland House of Music5/15 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre5/16 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club5/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar5/18 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton5/19 – Corolla, NC – Mike Dianna’s Grill Room5/24 – 5/26 – Long Creek, SC – Long Creek Music Festival5/24 – 5/26 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival5/25 – Martinsville, VA – Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival6/6 – 6/8 – Wellston, MI – Camp Greensky Music Festival6/6 – 6/9 – Stephentown, NY – Disc Jam6/27 – 6/30 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival7/5 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater7/18 – 7/21 – North Plains, OR – Northwest String Summit7/20 – Roseberry, ID – Summer Music Festival at Roseberry7/25 – 7/28 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival7/26 – 7/27 – Burlington, VT – Tumble Down Festival8/2 – Johnstown, PA – Flood City Music FestivalView Tour DatesFans heading down to New Orleans during this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival can catch Ghost Light performing a late-night show on Saturday, April 27th (technically early-morning on April 28th) at Republic NOLA. The Ghost Light late-night will immediately follow Tom Hamilton‘s performance with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Mardi Gras World.Tickets for Ghost Light’s New Orleans late-night during Jazz Fest are available here.last_img read more

Professor discusses economic situation in Italy

first_imgLeonardo Morlino, professor of Political Science and director of the Research Center on Democracies and Democratizations at LUISS, Rome, presented his research on Italian economics on Tuesday at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. Morlino’s lecture, titled ‘The Political Consequences of Economic Crisis: Italy and Beyond,’ focused on the relationship between the implementation of democracy in Italy and how it has shaped its current economic situation, as well as the European Union’s role in the issue.You cannot address a question such as, ‘What are the theoretical results of democratization?’ because within democratization, there are several focuses,” Morlino said.Italy currently faces both an enormous public debt and an equally worrying unemployment rate, with over eight million people below poverty level, he said.The period between 1992-2008 is critical in understanding Italy’s economic situation. The years leading up to 2008 were characterized by a decline in electoral participation and dissatisfaction with democracy, Morlino said.“Until 2008, virtually, you have some kind of [political] instability,” he said. “In Italy, they faced a moment of uncertainty, of ambiguity, of stagnate, where there was no expected change. This is in the context of the crisis.”Morlino referred to Italy’s crisis as “the crisis within democracy.” He said knowledge of citizen participation in Italy’s government and the aspects of the country’s constitution are key to understanding Italy’s current situation.“When we consider a traditional perspective of how to analyze the crisis, we consider key mechanisms such as public resources, global economic conflict, pressure of the Europian Union [and] pressure of the market with consequences for our crisis,” Morlino saidBoth Italy’s and Greece’s economies were the most affected by the political crisis faced by the EuropeanuUnion, he saidMorlino said the transition to democracy entails analysis and revision of a country’s constitution in order to implement effective decision-making within a country’s political context.“If we revise the traditional views of a crisis of democracy, we come to some serious results in terms of reshaping of the system,” he said.Contact Gabriela Malespin at [email protected]: economic situation in italy, economy in italy, italy, professor discussionlast_img read more

Leading oil trader Trafigura enters renewable energy sector

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 trader Trafigura Group has formed a new company to invest in solar, wind and energy storage projects globally.Nala Renewables, a joint venture with global institutional fund manager IFM Investors, is aiming to have 2GW of projects operational, in construction or in late-stage development within the next five years.The company will identify, build and operate projects that produce renewable energy in markets in which Trafigura already operates – primarily in Europe, Asia and certain emerging markets. It will also build and operate projects adjacent to the Trafigura Group’s mining, port and smelting infrastructure assets worldwide and the renewable energy generated will be used to power some of those facilities.In addition to developing greenfield projects, Nala Renewables will selectively pursue opportunities to acquire assets or companies at varying stages of development that fit the investment profile of the portfolio.“As highly experienced infrastructure investors, IFM Investors are an excellent partner for this ambitious and timely endeavour,” said Trafigura executive chairman and CEO Jeremy Weir. “The energy transition is driving the need, but also provides the opportunity to make strategic, long-term investments in renewable energy.”More: Trafigura Group forms new renewables company Leading oil trader Trafigura enters renewable energy sectorlast_img read more