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first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Lockdown will reduce house prices by 5.1% this summer previous nextHousing MarketLockdown will reduce house prices by 5.1% this summerPrice comparison site Reallymoving says conveyancing quotes created between March and May show declining prices across UK.Nigel Lewis8th June 20202 Comments944 Views House prices are set to drop by up to 5.1% across the UK this summer as the economic uncertainty created by the Coronavirus crisis drives buyers and vendors to agree lower prices.Leading price comparison site Reallymoving says its lockdown conveyancing quotes data from 8,000 house moves between March and May this year reveals the significant agreed price decline, which is currently feeding through the system.This will mean the average property price will fall from £308,280 in June to £296,485 in August when these deals complete. It is also predicted that August will see a hefty 1.4% reduction in house prices in August year-on-yearReallymoving says it sees price movements earliest within the industry because the company collects data at the beginning of the property purchase process, when buyers agree a deal and seek conveyancing quotes, and is therefore an early-warning system for price changes.“For sellers now facing a period of great uncertainty and a scarcity of buyers, doing a deal at a reduced price of 3-4% could look considerably more appealing than sitting tight and waiting to see what happens over the next few months,” says CEO Rob Houghton (left).“Transaction volumes are at half their normal levels and the economy is currently propped up by the Government through the furlough scheme alongside mortgage payment holidays, so although the market is open once again, its underlying health has not yet been tested.“Levels of unemployment and confidence in the jobs market will be key factors in determining whether the housing market recovers in the autumn with a levelling out of prices or continues in a downward trajectory.”house prices reallymoving rob houghton June 8, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 8th June 2020 at 10:06 amPS Just agreed a sale that fell through prior lockdown£5000 less than previous sale (under 1.5% lower that’s all)Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 8th June 2020 at 9:52 amSorry, I can’t agree although I accept our area is very “localised”.We are very short of new instructions (all agents say the same) and are getting a lot of new buyer enquiries.I had 3 viewings on 1 house we do have only this weekend.I do wish we would not focus on the negatives. Articles like this only serve to put fear into the, already nervous, buying public.And if an average house price is £215k ? Then 5% is £10k. Hardly a vast amount in the overall picture. Even in our area of NW London where average is probably now close to £1m for a house, thats “only” £50k. And I don’t think it will be either.Let’s focus on the positive please!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 2021last_img read more

first_imgNairn-based Ashers Bakery has rolled out masked shortbread biscuits that highlight life during the coronavirus pandemic.The Law Abiding Scots biscuits are shortbread people with pink and blue sugar paste masks and kilts.Available at an rsp of £1.29 from Ashers stores and retailers including Scotmid and Spar, they are a ‘coronavirus twist’ on Ashers’ MacGinger biscuits, with gingerbread people wearing kilts.But the biscuits have caused a stir on social media with debate on the bakery’s Facebook post regarding the wearing of facemasks.One user described the biscuits as a “seriously bad business move”, adding “I hope it boosts your sales for now because it has done your reputation no good”.It wasn’t all negative though, as many users described the biscuits as “great fun”, “clever”, “a reminder of protection” and “the new norm for a while”. The bakery added that it has increased production as the biscuits have proved so popular.“We had not expected the debate that it opened on our Facebook after launching the new product,” said co-managing director Ali Asher.“We certainly do not want to offend anyone who is anti-wearing a facemask – they have every right to their opinion on the matter, as do people who are pro-wearing facemasks. We just ask that people are kind and respectful to each other.”He added that feedback had been largely positive, and that the products were intended as a fun representation of current conditions.Most Ashers shops are now open again, but opening hours are being reviewed to meet customer needs and keep staff safe.Established in 1877, Ashers Bakery has 12 shops across the Highlands and Morayshire.last_img read more

first_imgOn Monday, the USC Shoah Foundation hosted a special presentation in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center by Douglas Greenberg about the “forgotten” Holocaust story of the providence of Wolyn, Poland.History buff · Douglas Greenberg focused on Holocaust survivors in Poland. He credits his interest in this time period to his grandfather. – Kirstin Louie | Daily TrojanThe event focused on the story of the Jewish population of Wolyn during the Holocaust and how its story has been widely forgotten.Greenberg is a current Rutgers University professor who served as executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation from 2000 to 2008. He returned to USC this year as an Institute Fellow to carry out research in USC’s Visual History Archive regarding the richly historic, yet often overlooked region of Wolyn.“I feel that I gained a completely different perspective from the lecture,” said Jason Cheong, a sophomore majoring in history. “In class we’ve only been taking one approach to the history of the Holocaust, so it was interesting to learn this side too.”In his presentation, Greenberg discussed how his personal interest in this field began with his own grandfather, who lived in the region of Wolyn. This personal connection, combined with Greenberg’s background in history, are both factors which sparked his curiosity in the Holocaust history of Wolyn.His research seeks to reconstruct and shine a light on the experience of the Wolyn survivors. This task, however, is incredibly difficult due to the complex history of Wolyn, as well as the fact that only 1.5 percent of Jews in Wolyn communities survived the Holocaust.“I think that I have uncovered an aspect of the Holocaust that is mostly unknown,” Greenberg said. “I hope that [attendees of the lecture] come away with an awareness that the Holocaust was not a simple event in history, and its complexity is important.”Many of the students who attended were able to relate the lecture directly to their various classes, such as those in Jewish history courses and religious or conflict study classes.“In my class, we’re examining different case studies and deciding whether or not religion is directly tied to violence,” said Natalie Tecimer, a junior majoring in international relations. “The Holocaust is clearly a prime example of this, and I feel like I gained a better understanding of my class and of the Holocaust itself by listening to this lecture.”Greenberg discussed the specific nature of his work in the archives, as well. Over the years, he has devoted himself to research which relies on approximately 500 video interviews in the Shoah Foundation archive.During the presentation, Greenberg played an archive segment of one of the Wolyn survivors detailing her experience in escaping Wolyn. The survivor touched on the fact that the horrific and unspeakable experiences that her loved ones faced are forgotten in history.“Personally, it was my first time hearing about Wolyn,” said Rebecca Ahdoot, a sophomore majoring in public relations. “Seeing that video made me realize how much of a tragedy it is that those people’s lives and experiences are just forgotten.”As Greenberg shared, 98.5 percent of Wolyn Jews were exterminated, leaving a very limited number of survivors to tell their story. Through his research in the archives, however, Greenberg hopes to raise not only awareness of the issue, but also tolerance and education of the complexity of this event.“The speaker really brought to life the fact that those in Wolyn did not receive as much attention those murdered in the concentration camps,” said Emily Shemian, an undecided freshman. “Public memory needs to be amended and bring forth these truths that have been really held back.”When asked about the most difficult part of his research, Greenberg noted that the subject is incredibly emotionally taxing.“It is challenging to maintain composure and emotional distance [when watching the archives] for scholarly work, while simultaneously feeling such powerful emotion towards the subject,” Greenberg said. “However, I do feel that my research has made me a better human being.”last_img read more

first_imgASBURY PARKThe fury of Super Storm Sandy wrecked communities, destroyed countless homes and displaced thousands of people leaving them without essentials: food, water, baby supplies, warm clothes, and more.Christine Zilinski and her team at Salon Concrete are inviting all salons and stylists, wherever you are, to participate in the massive “Scissors for Sandy” cut-a-thon to provide relief to the thousands of individuals and devastated families!The Scissors for Sandy event will held from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 in the ballroom at the Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park. Hairdressers will unite to offer haircuts for a minimum $40 donation.All proceeds will benefit New Jersey Hometown Heroes, an organization that supports communities during times of crisis, and their Restore the Shore initiative, and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in New York City.The organizers are asking salons across the country to make it a nationwide effort.Those who are interested in participating are asked to contact organizer at: [email protected] scissorsforsandy; www.scissorsforsandy.com; [email protected] or [email protected] salonconcrete.com. LITTLE SILVERThe Little Silver Senior’s December meeting will be held at noon Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the clubhouse on Church Street.The holiday season will be celebrated with an Italian buffet luncheon followed by a performance of the Monmouth Regional Dancers.The cost is $10 for members and $12 for guests.Additional information is available by Annemarie Schweitzer at 732-542-7257 or publicity chair Rene O’Neil at 732-842-0805. RED BANKPilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank is hosting its annual “Community Go Red Service“ at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.The “Go Red” service highlights health and wellness issue’s that affect the community, including presentations on the issue of HIV/AIDS and its impact on our society.Hypertension screening and health-related discussions will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall.The community is invited to wear the color red (ties, hats, coats, pins, etc.) in support of health awareness. All are welcome.Additional information is available by calling 732-747-2348center_img RUMSONCladdagh na nGael is hosting a Christmas social/fundraiser to benefit Sandy victims from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec 16, at Molly Maguires Blackpoint Inn, 132 East River Road.The event will be an afternoon of Irish music and family entertainment. More than 20 musicians are looking to participate. It will be an open session and children and student musicians are welcome.New unwrapped toys will be collected for distribution to children whose families were hit hard by Super Storm Sandy. The toys will be donated to Project Paul, which operates the largest food pantry in Monmouth County with distribution to approximately 1,600 individuals a week.Donations for the organization will also be accepted. Checks should be made payable to Project Paul.Those who can’t afford a toy or monetary donation are invited to bring their families and listen to the good music.Information about Project Paul is available at www.projpaul.org.last_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2015)–English-bred Birdlover shortened up out of two consecutive one mile turf routes to take Friday’s $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes by a head going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Doug O’Neill, Birdlover pressed favored Home Journey early and exacted a narrow victory following a head and head battle through the lane, getting the distance in 1:13.56.“I pushed Rafael (Bejarano, aboard eventual runner-up Home Journey) pretty good the first part and then we were able to ease back some,” said Smith. “I’ve ridden Birdlover before and she tends to wait when she gets to the front. She gave me that ‘locked-on’ feeling today though She wasn’t going to let her go by.”A 5-year-old mare by the Green Desert stallion Byron, Birdlover, who is owned by Cseplo, Keh, Kramer and W.C. Racing, was off as the second choice at 2-1 and paid $6.40, $2.80 and $2.40.“You never expect a charge down to the wire like that,” said O’Neill. “We know she’s a nice mare and Mike has ridden her well in the past…She broke well, he put her in a great spot and it was a great horse race. You could do that 10 times and they each would probably win five of them.”Third, beaten a head in the Grade III Wilshire Stakes April 26, Birdlover got her third win from five starts down Santa Anita’s unique hillside layout and improved her overall mark to 17-6-5-1. With the winner’s share of $47,100, she increased her earnings to $317,635.Off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of seven fillies and mares 3-and-up, Home Journey finished 5 ½ lengths clear of Alexis Tangier and paid $2.60 and $2.20.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Alexis Tangier cut to the inside turning for home, but had to settle for third money while finishing 2 ¾ lengths in front of longshot Sayes So. The third choice in the tote at 7-2, Alexis Tangier paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.75, 44.76 and 1:07.54.First post time on Saturday, California Gold Rush Day, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgIT promises to be the stand-out event of the summer this Saturday – as thousands of people converge on Lissadell House in north County Sligo to celebrate the 150th birthday of national poet W B Yeats.There will, of course, be poetry competitions.But there will be loads more as Lissadell becomes a new adventure centre for the North West. Events include:Unveiling of the Poetry Plaque On A Political PrisonerYeats Dawn Cycle Race – Wild Atlantic WheelsYeats’ Muse by the Curlew Theatre CompanyPoetry recitations and writers literary talksTraditional Sean Nos singers from Clare IslandFootball exhibition matchesMusic by a variety of different artistsWoodland poetry walkThere will also be food stalls offering tastes from local produce from Donegal and Sligo – and from around the world.“It is going to be a spectacular day, showing off all that is great in the North West of Ireland,” said Lissadell owner Eddie Walsh. “We have loads of people coming from Donegal and the more than come the merrier. It promises to be a very special day for people from throughout this corner of the country.“It’s a celebration of Yeats, but it’s also a celebration of all that is great up here.”Jarlath Gantly from Wild Atlantic Wheels and Lissadell Adventure – based on the sprawling estate – says the fun won’t end this Saturday.As part of plans to open up the estate, he has introduced a cycle trail through the grounds, which Donegal U14 girls footballers sampled last week.They are also offering kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) along the 3km of beach on the estate. “We are blessed with the most spectacular scenery and we are linking with Donegal tourism to make this part of the Wild Atlantic Way more accessible and a must-see destination in the North West,” he said.“Lissadell is a stately home and estate, but it’s all open now and we are adding some wonderful adventure to the mix.”ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR AT LISSADELL THIS SATURDAY – AND MORE ADVENTURE TO COME! was last modified: June 9th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Great Yeats BirthdayLissadellparty Saturdaylast_img read more

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – Even for someone who prides himself on staying consistent with his day-to-day routine, Quinn Cook admitted that preparation can only do so much to ensure success. Stability helps, too.In related news, Cook scored 18 points while going 8-of-13 from the field in 21 minutes in the Warriors’ 108-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Earlier …last_img read more

first_img(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Birds are as smart as apes, even though long separated in ancestral time according to Darwin.Check out this snowy oil pictured on PhysOrg. It can fly 6,000 miles between the East Coast and the Canadian Arctic. A large male named Baltimore, the article says, was outfitted in 2014 with an advanced transmitter, allowing scientists to follow his movements. This bird can navigate, find food, escape predators like wolves. That takes a lot of brain power and know-how.Scientists are wondering how birds can be just as smart as apes despite having gone their separate ways on Darwin’s tree of life since the first tetrapods climbed out of the water hundreds of millions of years ago in the evolutionary timetable. Scientists find that their brain architectures are remarkably similar in terms of wiring and basic architecture. Even dodos, PhysOrg now claims, were not the dummies they are often made out to be. They “might have been quite intelligent, a new study says.”When comparing the size of the birds’ brains to their body sizes, Gold and collaborators found that the dodo was “right on the line.”“It’s not impressively large or impressively small—it’s exactly the size you would predict it to be for its body size,” Gold said. “So if you take brain size as a proxy for intelligence, dodos probably had a similar intelligence level to pigeons. Of course, there’s more to intelligence than just overall brain size, but this gives us a basic measure.”An article on Science Daily disputes the size proxy. “While ape brains weigh 275 to 500 gram on average, birds, who are just as skilful [sic] despite lacking a cortex, only manage 5 to 20 gram.” It’s not the size but the programming. Yet the article puzzles over the fact that “The mental abilities of corvids [crows, ravens] and parrots are as sophisticated and diverse as those of apes,” an evolutionist from the University of Vienna admits. How can this be? The “Origin of similarities is unknown”—It is not known how these similarities have evolved. Either their last common ancestor passed the neuronal basis to birds and mammals. Or — and the authors consider this more likely — they evolved independently of each other, because both animal groups faced the same challenges. According to the researchers, this would mean that certain wiring patterns in the brain are necessary to boost cognitive performance.Necessity may be the mother of invention, but not for blind, unguided processes. No bird sat around thinking, “I’m going to need this wiring pattern to face this challenge.” The simplest solution is to just go extinct. A hurdle can’t make a human jump over it just because it’s there. To have one group of animals hit upon a working brain by chance is miracle enough; to have two groups arrive at it multiplies the miracles beyond belief.Evolutionary theory fails within the Class Aves, too. PhysOrg reports that penguins have not suffered brain loss due to the loss of flight. There are differences between the skulls of fossil penguins and modern penguins, but these cannot be accounted for by the change in habitat or lifestyle.It’s difficult to know why modern penguins’ brains look different than their ancestors’ brains, Proffitt said. It’s possible that millions of years of flightless living created gradual changes in the brain structure. But the analysis shows that these changes are not directly related to initial loss of flight because they are not shared by the ancient penguin brain.Another surprise for evolution is the diversity of early birds from the Cretaceous. PhysOrg describes a new “basal bird from China” that from the artist’s reconstruction looks all the world like a modern tropical bird. It had perching feet, a beak, and the whole suite of flight feathers. Where is the evidence for ancestry in the article’s spring egg song about how it “sheds light on evolution”?Over the past three decades, representatives of all major Mesozoic bird groups have been reported from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of northeastern China. A new species, Chongmingia zhengi, reported in the journal of Scientific Reports on 25 January 2016, sheds light on the early evolution of birds. Phylogenetic analyses indicate that it is basal to the dominant Mesozoic avian clades Enantiornithes and Ornithuromorpha, and represents a new basal avialan lineage. This new discovery adds to our knowledge regarding the phylogenetic differentiation and morphological diversity in early avian evolution.The source paper finds a lot of “homoplasy” (convergent evolution or mosaicism) in this bird. “The skeleton of Chongmingia highlights the mosaic evolution in early avian history, and demonstrates that the early evolution of birds was complex and homoplastic,” the authors say, attributing the mixture of features to some kind of “evolutionary experimentation” —by whom? The bird? “The unique combination of features present in this species demonstrates that numerous evolutionary experimentations took place in the early evolution of powered flight.” No wonder that bird had good brains. It was a lab researcher.Birds and apes are smart because the same smart Designer designed them both. That fits the observations. Convergence, mosaicism, “evolutionary experimentation” and other made-up phrases do not. They are merely confabulations concocted out of Darwin Flubber, pretending to explain while they sidestep empiricism to maintain a dogma that must be believed, facts be damned.Andrew Sibley discusses the Jehol Biota in a recent article for Creation Ministries International. He shows how evolutionists fudge the dates on different parts of the strata in order to keep their “phylogenetic analyses” in line with the hard data from the fossils. The Jehol was originally assigned to the Jurassic, for instance, but that would put bird evolution too early, so it was reassigned to the Cretaceous. “Instead of adjusting the hypotheses to fit the new discoveries, evidence has been forced to fit the prevailing paradigm, sometimes through misleading interpretations and occasionally through apparent fraud.” He documents examples in the article.last_img read more

first_img24 November 2006The government is to roll out a R6.1-billion literacy campaign over the next five years, targeting 4.7-million South Africans who were previously denied access to education.“Illiteracy is hampering our people’s ability to enjoy the full benefits of the country’s democracy and economic successes,” government spokesperson Themba Maseko said following a Cabinet meeting in Pretoria on Wednesday.“This campaign will target 4.7-million South Africans who were denied access to education and training under apartheid.”Education Minister Naledi Pandor is to submit a detailed implementation plan for the campaign to the Cabinet next year.It will target young people, women and adults with special learning needs, kicking off in 2007 with 1.2-million learners.The campaign will be aligned with other government programmes, such as the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and the National Skills Development Plan.Through Asgi-SA, the government aims to achieve 6% economic growth by 2010 and to halve unemployment and poverty by 2014, while the EPWP promotes skills development by employing labour-intensive methods in construction projects.“The plan will address issues such as the scarcity of literature in African languages, mobilisation of society, the use of electronic media, the role of civil society and the contribution that could be made by retired professionals such as principals, teachers, nurses, and magistrates,” Maseko said.Public service academyThe Cabinet also approved a proposal for the establishment of a public service academy to replace the South African Management Development Institute (SAMDI), where government employees currently receive specialised training.The new academy would “play a key role in the overall transformation of the public service and enhance government’s capacity to deliver services to the public,” Maseko said.He added that the academy’s programmes would be delivered in collaboration with higher and further education institutions in the public and private sectors.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this week’s Pioneer Field Report, Ohio Ag Net is joined by Pioneer Field Agronomist Brad Ott. Ott discusses the extended planting season in front of us and what that means from a consideration of crops going to the field. He’s encouraging growers to not make too many changes at this point, but be evaluating needs on a field-by-field basis. Alfalfa and wheat stand needs are also important at this time going forward across Ohio. Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190521_PioneerFieldReport_BradOtt_FullIntv.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more