Property transactions hold steady ‘despite Brexit’ worries

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Property transactions hold steady ‘despite Brexit’ worries previous nextHousing MarketProperty transactions hold steady ‘despite Brexit’ worriesPent up demand is beginning to release as buyers get fed up waiting for the UK to leave the EU, but a lack of stock continues to dog the market.Sheila Manchester22nd May 20190926 Views The latest property transactions report from HMRC covering April have revealed a small month-on-month dip in the number of residential sales to 99,420 but, when seasonally adjusted, show sales hovering at around 100,000 a month for the past 12 months.“Against all odds, today’s data reveals that property transactions remained steady across the country in April,” says Paul Smith, CEO of haart estate agents (left)“On the ground, we are seeing pent up demand build among buyers, but the market is still challenged by lack of stock. Latest data from our branches tells us that there are now 12 buyers chasing every instruction across the country, so when the right property does come along it’s not on the market for long.“The bulk of property transactions that are making their way over the line are from first-time buyers, largely due to the support that government has provided to this demographic of the market. However, if we want to see an increase in transactions more generally, we need to muster confidence in both buyers and sellers across the board.“Industry commentators and politicians are continuing to bang the drum for stamp duty reform, and rightly so. We cannot continue to ignore the swarm of robust evidence which proves how the arbitrary taxation is stifling the economy and the market. The market cannot return to normality until we have clarity on Brexit, but in the meantime, the government can make a difference by reforming taxation now.”haart HMRC Transactions statistics Paul Smith property transactions Sheila Manchester May 22, 2019The 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

USS Normandy Arrives in Baltiysk

first_img View post tag: Naval USS Normandy Arrives in Baltiysk View post tag: USS Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Normandy Arrives in Baltiysk Guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) arrived in Baltiysk, Russia, to participate in the annual multinational Exercise FRUKUS 2012, June 24.While the ship remained anchored off of the coast, senior leadership went ashore to meet with local civilian and military officials in support of the exercise.“We are very pleased to be in Baltiysk and look forward to beginning FRUKUS with our Baltic partners,” said Capt. Kevin Hill, commanding officer of Normandy. “We appreciate the people of Baltiysk for their hospitality and can’t wait to get started.”After attending office calls with Russian navy leadership, Normandy hosted a tour for Russian navy Rear Adm. Sergei Popov, commander, Naval Base Baltiysk of the Baltic Fleet, and Ivan Ivanovich Cherbin, mayor of Baltiysk, who served 36 years in the Russian Federation navy.“We are happy to have an American cruiser participating in the exercise,” said Rear Adm. Popov. “In my earlier years, I served aboard destroyers, so it is pleasant that the U.S. Navy could provide such a versatile and mission-capable ship. We are glad that they are here.”FRUKUS is an annual exercise aimed at improving maritime security through an open dialogue and increased training between the navies of France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, June 27, 2012 Share this article June 27, 2012 View post tag: Baltiyskcenter_img View post tag: Russia View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Normandylast_img read more

31st MEU Marines Disembark USS Bonhomme Richard

first_img September 26, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: Defence View post tag: MEU View post tag: Disembark Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today 31st MEU Marines Disembark USS Bonhomme Richard View post tag: News by topic 31st MEU Marines Disembark USS Bonhomme Richardcenter_img View post tag: 31st The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) offloaded Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) after conducting joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility, Sept. 25.During the patrol Bonhomme Richard and the 31st MEU participated in Exercise Talisman Saber 2013 and Exercise Koolendong 2013 (EK 13) with their counterparts in the Royal Australian military. “Working alongside our counterparts from the 31st MEU has been great,” said USS Bonhomme Richard Commanding Officer Capt. Daniel Dusek. “During this patrol we were able to conduct valuable training with the MEU as well as our Australian allies.”This patrol also featured the first time the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, embarked as part of the ACE for their first forward-deployed patrol with Bonhomme Richard.Bonhomme Richard ARG reports to Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley and is currently conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, September 26, 2013 View post tag: Marines View post tag: usa View post tag: Bonhomme View post tag: Richard View post tag: USS View post tag: Navylast_img read more

No taxation without services

first_imgCHRISTOPHER MONTGOMERY To the Editor:In a recent column in the Community News (9/20), Mayor Davis claimed to continue to “have his administration widen its tax base” to increase funding for our city’s services and initiatives. It sounds great and very “mayoral.” However, there’s one simple problem. The mayor and his administration have not demonstrated this at all. Month after month I continue to learn about new developments with substantial tax abatements, thus lessening the base and placing the burden of these developments on the hardworking residents of Bayonne. The developments all use municipal services, be they public works, sanitation, school systems, etc., and yet for some reason, Mayor Davis is pushing out the tax revenue 25 and 30 years in some cases. Not only is this bad fiscal management, it is simply a slap in the face to those residents who remain in Bayonne only to see their taxes go up and their services cut. It’s time for real leadership and a real strategic plan to improve our city. Every other surrounding community is making these adjustments without conceding tax revenue for years to come. Planned development is happening, and those same developers are contributing to the community at large with local union labor, rehabilitating parks and community space, and these communities benefit. It is time for a change and time for action. After all, it is actions that speak louder than words.last_img read more

Watch SNL’s Jay Pharoah Perfectly Imitate Every Popular Rapper On Weekend Update

first_imgBeyonce‘s new album Lemonade, which deals with issues of infidelity in her marriage to hip-hop mogul Jay Z, has fans everywhere wondering what’s really going on in the Carter household. Fortunately for us, SNL‘s Jay Pharoah was in attendance at a recent “secret rappers’ meeting,” where he got the inside scoop on the situation. In this hilarious segment from Saturday’s SNL, Pharoah delivers a string of uncanny impressions of popular rappers including Jay, 50 Cent, T.I., Lil Wayne, and host Drake, who drops by the Weekend Update desk to take exception to Pharoah’s imitation of him.Watch the clip below:last_img read more

Get Your Head in the Clouds – Accelerate Your Business with Cloud Native Applications

first_imgWhere does the IT department fit when application development shifts to a cloud native model? Does IT still matter? Do YOU still matter? How do you add value?In our digital-first world, enterprises of all sizes must move at startup speeds to outpace their competition. The need for speed can push application developers and IT to their limits. Traditional application development timelines are no longer a viable option; they leave organizations trailing behind. Those who deploy cloud native applications can meet customer and stakeholder expectations for speed and functionality faster than ever before.It’s called “cloud native” development for a reasonCloud native applications are applications developed to run in any environment and at any scale. They can run on public or private clouds, in traditional data centers, on intelligent edge devices, and with easy growth from a single laptop to operation across multiple data centers. They also do this faster, with greater scale and serviceability than traditional application models. Simple enough, right?Developers predominantly build cloud native applications in containers – executable software packages that include both the application code and the infrastructure dependencies for running that code. And containerization is moving fast. According to Gartner, “by 2022, more than 75% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production, which is a significant increase from fewer than 30% today.”[1]As Michael Dell has said: “The cloud isn’t a place, it’s a way of doing IT.” Accordingly, using a cloud native model doesn’t require you to develop and run your applications in a proprietary public cloud; it’s a style of development and deployment that supports the requirements of a hybrid cloud/multi-cloud way of doing business. Put simply: while containers don’t require a cloud-based approach, they provide an easy way to move to a cloud-based deployment model.This microservices-based model requires the management of a large number of new containers rather than a small number of monolithic applications. To control them, you need a container orchestration tool to keep your container-based applications healthy and nimble. Things like application updates and simplified rollbacks are necessary for true production-ready platforms. While there are many different container orchestration systems, 83% of companies that use one report that they run Kubernetes. It holds a wide lead in market share over any competitor. If you’re unfamiliar with Kubernetes, our good friend Phippy from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation can help you understand it here.Develop a strong partnership between IT, application developers and business leaders to accelerate cloud native applicationsIT can ensure your environment is ready to shift more applications to a cloud native model. Armed with modern tools, they can anticipate and meet the needs of developers and business leaders before they try to solve problems on their own.Developers: We often hear from cloud native application developers that they need flexibility to work on the platform of their choice (VMware, Pivotal, Red Hat, Google, Microsoft, etc.). They want to use the development tools and resources with which they have expertise. They also can’t wait for IT to stand up hardware for running new applications as they have in the past. They want a frictionless experience where they can stand up and tear down containers when they need to and without delay.Business leaders: While business leaders need the speed and rapid update cycles that cloud native development processes deliver, they also want to avoid turbulence. That means protecting applications and data with production-ready solutions that deliver a seamless user experience at lower risk. Business leaders also want assurance before they invest in a new development model; they want to know they’re partnering with industry leaders who aren’t just experimenting with a fleeting technology trend.How can Dell EMC help you realize your cloud native strategy?As a platinum member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Dell Technologies has a proven commitment to accelerating cloud native adoption. At Dell EMC, we leverage that partnership to build products that are more cloud native friendly. We also collaborate with a broad ecosystem of other industry leaders to help IT and developers move into the cloud native world.With Kubernetes running on Dell EMC, you can accelerate your adoption of a cloud native approach in a way that is flexible, frictionless and safe.Flexible – Provide developers the most common cloud native platforms while you maintain control of cost and availability. How? Leverage the Kubernetes deployment option of your choice through Dell EMC platform integration with Pivotal, Google, Microsoft and IBM (Red Hat).Frictionless – Provision and deliver the underlying infrastructure services on demand to your containerized applications wherever they are deployed across your private clouds, public clouds and edge deployments. We provide tools that are deeply integrated and automated to deliver a consistent experience, allowing IT to move at the speed of developers.Safe – Deliver containerized apps with confidence in large-scale production environments through best-in-class data protection, security and support services. We also support a broad curated ecosystem of partners, providing dependable and durable support for your Kubernetes applications.We can help you provide the most popular Kubernetes deployment options to your developers while maintaining control over the IT environment with fast and simple cloud native operations. We can do this all on proven infrastructure with resilient operations, to protect your organization and its valuable data.To learn more about how Dell EMC is innovating across its broad portfolio of servers, storage, networking, data protection and cloud platforms to deliver the best cloud native platform for organizations of all sizes, tune in to our announcements at VMworld 2019 in San Francisco Aug 25-29, or visit our Virtual Press Kit.[1] Gartner, Top Emerging Trends in Cloud-Native Infrastructure, May 2019 – ID G00385619last_img read more

Check Out Laura Benanti & Connie Britton’s Country Duet on Nashville!

first_img View Comments Laura Benanti Did you hear? Laura Benanti is on Nashville! The Broadway funny lady appeared on the ABC hit again this week, and this time, we got to see her show off those guitar skills she’s been bragging about. Take a look below as Sadie Stone, played by Benanti, duets with Connie Britton’s Rayna Jaymes on the country classic “Gasoline and Matches.” In fact, they sound so great, they sang it twice! Once on stage at a concert, and the other just after almost dying in a Thelma and Louise-esque paparazzi car chase. You know, as one does.center_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Stresslines: Beat stress eating

first_imgStresslines: Beat stress eating Dr. Susan Mitchell Let’s face it. Stress is up and so are blood pressure, cholesterol, migraines, and all the other side effects of a schedule that is continually jam-packed with way more “to dos” than is possible in 24 hours. Add to that the aftermath of 9-11 with people stress eating, drinking more, sleeping less and even fearful of what may lie ahead. This uncompromising stress and resulting stress eating not only affects your health but your mental alertness and focus and ultimately your quality of work. In this three-part series, we’ll look at stress and its link to emotional eating and how you as practicing attorneys can apply stress-less strategies to beat stress eating.It’s estimated that 85 percent of all visits to the doctor are for stress related illness, including such problems as tension headaches, TMJ, and backaches. Stress describes the demands and pressures that you experience to some degree each day. The stressful situation is called the stressor and the symptoms you notice when stressed such as an upset stomach or sweaty palms are your stress response. People respond differently to stress. They may:• Turn to food.• Sleep more than usual.• Start to drink or use drugs.• Withdraw from friends and family.As your stress gets worse, you may find yourself skipping breakfast and lunch or both, grabbing a bite between clients and then coming home at the end of the day starving when what I call “arsenic hour” sets in. You’ll eat anything that doesn’t kill you. You’re so hungry that you’re not aware of taste, nutrition or quantity. Immediate gratification is what you need to be satisfied. Eating seems to make you feel more relaxed and calm. Do you find at these times that your choices usually include cookies, chips, cake, candy or other snack items? Have you noticed that the word stressed is desserts spelled backwards? It’s so true, isn’t it? Well, you’re stress eating.Persistent stressors result in both energy depletion and energy reserve depletion. You can’t always change the stressful situations in your life but you can alter the way you feed your body. If your caseload hasn’t changed but your energy level has, try these two tips to beat stress eating and maintain a high level of performance:1. Eat within 20-30 minutes of the time you get up no matter when that is. Eating breakfast jump starts your metabolism and sends fuel to the brain to help you wake up and get focused. Specifically, by including a protein-rich food source as part of your breakfast your body produces the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, both responsible for increased alertness and concentration. starting out your day powered up, it cuts down on hunger, fatigue, and stress eating later in the day and can improve your performance. If you struggle with breakfast, try quick fixes that include a protein-carbohydrate combination, such as peanut butter on a bagel with grape juice or grapes; or string cheese and a pear.2. Choose foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants such as strawberries, oranges and grapefruit, blueberries, kiwi, and cantaloupe. The key here is color. The intense red, yellow-orange, and dark green pigments tell you that a food is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants such as vitamin C, potassium, carotenoids, bioflavonoids, etc. These foods and the nutrients they contain fight stress by helping keep your immune system strong. Dr. Susan Mitchell is a nutrition communication expert based in Orlando. She consults as an expert witness on cases involving nutrition issues and can be reached at [email protected] or (407) 629-1101. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at www.fla-lap.org/qlsm . The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s Web site or by going directly to www.fla-lap.org/qlsm . Stresslines: Beat stress eatingcenter_img June 15, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

RPPTL Section scores legislative victories

first_img RPPTL Section scores legislative victories Mark D. Killian Managing Editor From the creation of a Florida Uniform Disclaimer of Property Interests Act to revisions to the Dead Person’s Statute, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section had an ambitious legislative agenda this year and is pleased with the results.“With the exception of one bill that dealt with revocable trusts and guardianships, all of the proposals and legislation we either had initiated or were supporting passed,” said RPPTL Section Legislative Chair Sandra Diamond. “So we considered it a very successful legislative session.”Diamond said the section’s efforts were generally well received by legislators from both parties in areas of the law “that don’t always have a lot of curb appeal.“It is hard when you get to disclaimers, which is a very technical and dense bill, but is extremely important to the people who practice in the field,” Diamond said. “It is not one that generates lots of enthusiasm among the average members of the legislature, so we are extremely grateful for the support of many members of the legislature.”Diamond said the section works hard to get lawmakers to pay attention to issues that generally don’t generate headlines, by providing straightforward assessments of exactly “what our bills are going to do and what they won’t do.“We had strong support from many members of the legislature and are very appreciative of their willingness to work with us on many of these very technical issues,” she said. H ere is a summary of section initiatives that passed, as provided by the section’s legislative counsel: • CS/SB 1368 (Disclaimer): This bill creates the Florida Uniform Disclaimer of Property Interests Act. It prescribes the general provisions for a person to disclaim interest in property, including property jointly held, and it provides for other appropriate procedures for disclaimer of interests in various types of property. • CS/HB 523 (“Dead Person’s” Statute–Repeal): The bill repeals the “Dead Persons” statute and provides for a hearsay exception permitting the testimony of interested persons regarding oral communications with a deceased person or mentally incompetent person. • CS/HB 531 (Mortgages–Certificates of Release): The bill authorizes title insurance agents to serves as agents of mortgagors or mortgage services for purposes of issuing certificates of release for mortgaged property. The bill establishes the procedures to be followed, the content of the certificate of release and liability of title insurance agents engaged in the activity. • CS/SB 660 (Assets Held in Benefit Plans): The bill provides for protection from creditors of those assets held in health savings accounts, medical savings accounts, education savings accounts, retirement “benefit plans,” and others maintained in accordance with plans pre-approved by the Internal Revenue Service. It also contains a state foundation for “hurricane savings account” advocated by the chief financial officer. • CS/SB 1184 (Statutory Way of Necessity): The bill provides for a statutory way of necessity to access landlocked property, not accessible through common law way of necessity, regardless of the property’s location, use, or intended use. Also, the bill provides for a reversion to existing law if the provisions of the bill are found unconstitutional by a court and that finding is upheld on appeal. • CS/CS/HB 1459 (Real Estate Brokers’ Liens): The bill is a section initiative that was worked out with the Florida Realtors Association to create the Commercial Real Estate Sales Commission Lien Act. It is the product of the joint working group and accommodates the concerns expressed by Gov. Bush in his 2004 veto message, and creates a lien on the sales proceeds for a commercial real estate sale under the terms provided in the legislation. • CS/CS/SB 370 (Satisfaction of Judgments): The bill is a comprehensive rewrite of the provisions of Ch. 55, relating to the satisfaction of judgments, and it includes three of the section’s initiatives, including: • A provision amending §55.141 relating to the satisfaction of foreign judgments; • An amendment to §222.01 concerning homestead protection; and • A change to §701.02 regarding mortgage security interests. T he following is a list of bills that were not RPPTL initiatives, but were supported by the section, and passed this session: • CS/CS/HB 113 (Construction Contracting–Bonds and Liens): The bill makes changes to Ch. 489 concerning payment bonds on public contracts, prohibiting restrictions on certain classes of persons, and increasing penalties for noncompliance. It also makes changes to Ch. 713 concerning disclosure requirements, mechanics for filing a claim of lien, and the enforceability of liens. • CS/HB 897 (Trust Powers): The bill, an initiative of the Florida Bankers Association, concerns the exercise of trust powers, and it expands the definition of “security account,” provides for the resignation of a trustee, and authorizes the trustee to employ persons to assist with the trustee’s duty and pay for the costs of employment. The UPIA “glitch” portion of the bill, jointly supported by the RPPTL Section, the FBA and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, provides a revised definition for “unitrust amount;” provides a definition for “undistributed income;” provides for the appointment of a “disinterested trustee” in appropriate circumstances; sets special rules for money or properties received by certain targeted entities; and makes other changes to the Uniform Principle and Income Act.• CS/SB 2348 (Intangible Tax Rate): The bill reduces the annual tax rate of the intangible personal property tax to 0.5 mill on each dollar value of taxable property, effective January 1, 2006.The full text of each enrolled bill and its status with the governor’s office is available at www.leg.state.fl.us. RPPTL Section scores legislative victories June 15, 2005 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Billy Joel Gives Nassau Coliseum a Big Shot Closing Concert

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