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Lettings market booms as millions seek new homes after lockdown

first_imgLettings agents have reported a booming rental market with rising demand for property as tenants look for new lifestyles and locations after months of lockdown.ARLA Propertymark’s latest lettings market report says the average number of new prospective tenants registered per branch jumped to 84 in March, up from February’s figure of 82 – the third consecutive monthly increase.West Midlands agents saw the highest number of new tenants registered at 157, while Scotland’s saw the lowest, with an average of 31 new prospective tenants.Tenants experiencing rent rises on renewal increased last month; 60% of agents registered landlords increasing their rent compared to 49% in February.The number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions fell to 1.7% in March, down from 2%, which is the lowest number recorded since October last year.But despite this fizzy market, the number of properties managed per letting agent branch fell from 195 in February to 193.The West Midlands had the highest number of properties managed per letting agent branch at 260, while the capital’s agents experienced the lowest amount of rental stock with an average of 128 properties managed per branch.ARLA Propertymark’s chief policy advisor, Mark Hayward, says: “As demand rises and the number of properties decreases, rent prices will inflate, but we’d encourage letting agents to continue to support landlords and their tenants throughout the ongoing Covid-19 difficulties where possible and ultimately it is positive to see rent flowing and incomes returning for many people.”Read more about rent reductions.ARLA lettings report Mark Hayward ARLA Propertymark rent reductions April 29, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Lettings market booms as millions seek new homes after lockdown previous nextHousing MarketLettings market booms as millions seek new homes after lockdownARLA Propertymark says agents report spike in applications for properties but warns rents will soon rise as stock dwindles.Nigel Lewis29th April 20210495 Viewslast_img read more

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Back in Vladivostok

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Back in Vladivostok View post tag: back After a month-long deployment to the south-eastern Pacific, the Russian Navy Pacific Fleet group returned to the port city of Vladivostok.The group, consisting of the large anti-submarine vessel Admiral Vinogradov, tanker Ilim and sea tug MB-37, embarked on this mission on October 29. Launched from Primorsky, the vessels had the mission “to provide for naval presence and to show the flag in the south-eastern Pacific,” TASS quoted the navy press service Captain First Rank Roman Martov.The vessels sailed a total of 8,000 miles, crossed the equator and held training, anti-submarine and artillery exercises.[mappress mapid=”14607″]Naval Today Staff, Image: Russian Navy Authorities Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Back in Vladivostok December 3, 2014 View post tag: europe Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: Pacific Fleet View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Vladivostok View post tag: Russian Navy View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

SEAS faculty to light up the tube

first_imgFaculty from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are definitely ready for their close-ups. Researchers will appear on the national cable channel The Food Network, and on local favorite, the New England Sports Network (NESN), in August and September.Food Challenge (Food Network)Kit Parker, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, will appear as a guest judge on The Food Network’s Food Challenge. The episode, “Runaway Chocolate” will air on Aug. 29, 2010, 8:00 PM ET/PT; Aug. 30, 2010, 3:00 AM ET/PT; and Sept. 1, 2010, 7:00 PM ET/PM. Parker will apply his engineering know-how to assessing the work of four chocolatiers competing to “create chocolate showpieces inspired by a mode of transportation. The hard part? These delicate chocolate vehicles will have to move.”Shining Cities (NESN)Parker will also appear along with SEAS colleagues—Robert Wood, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and David Edwards, Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering—on Shining Cities. The show, hosted by former Lt. Governor of Massachusetts Kerry Healey ’82, will debut on the New England Sports Network (NESN) on Sept. 3, 2010. Branching out from its usual sports fare, NESN describes the series as highlighting “innovation in all different realms” throughout Boston and New England.last_img read more

Alex Sharp & the Cast of Curious Incident Show Off Their BACA Trophies

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Tony nominee Alex Sharp and the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time had a very good day—the stars, along with playwright Simon Stephens and the creative team, officially received their 2015 Audience Choice Award for Favorite New Play. Check out this Hot Shots of Sharp and the company posing with their shiny new trophies at the Barrymore Theatre, then catch The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and see why fans voted it the best new play of the year! The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time View Commentslast_img read more

State Senator Matt Dunne announces run for Congress

first_imgLetter dated Monday May 16, 2005, from State Senator Matt Dunne (D-Windsor) to supporters announcing his intention to run for Congress.Good Morning.It is with great excitement that I write to share with you my decision to run for the United States Congress.As many of you know, Sen. Jim Jeffords unexpectedly announced last month that he will not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate. Within hours, our lone Congressman Bernie Sanders announced he would seek Jeffords seat. The Vermont political landscape for 2006 is already starting to take shape.This is also an exciting time for my family. My work at Dartmouth College continues to develop, and my efforts in the State Senate are very fulfilling. During this session, I worked on issues that include providing universal healthcare for all Vermonters, encouraging entrepreneurship, finding innovative ways to fight poverty, reducing mercury in our environment, and stimulating the redevelopment of downtowns and abandoned industrial sites. Sarah’s third book is coming out July 1 and her fourth is due to the publisher in November. Most importantly, however, Sarah and I are expecting our first child in late June, a new adventure that we know will change our lives forever.But despite all of this, and after some long conversations, we have decided that there was too much at stake in this election for me to stay in the sidelines.Congress desperately needs to change. The tenor of debate and the priorities of the current leadership do not reflect Vermont values nor, I believe, the values of a majority of the country. Ethical standards are at an all time low and as a result, Americans are becoming more and more cynical about the legislative body that is intended to most closely represent their interests. The vitally important initiatives many of us have developed at the state and federal levels are under constant attack.Serving on Vermont’s Senate Appropriations Committee, I see every day the terrible impacts of poor decisions made in Congress. Funding for housing, community development, micro-enterprise lending, senior programs, and adult education is being slashed left and right. At the same time, this administration and this Congress are running up the largest deficits in our nation’s history, while they underfund brave men and women in uniform, and take steps to roll back environmental standards, intrude on our privacy, and undermine our education system.Change in Washington will not happen overnight. We need someone in Congress who can build coalitions, engage people who feel left out of the process, and return the House of Representatives to a place that values policy solutions, not political warfare. With hard work and a commitment to a long-term effort, I know that change is possible.Why would I get started now rather than next year?The Republicans have already started identifying candidates for the race and promising to fund them from the RNC’s deep pockets. Anyone who is going to run effectively in a hotly contested statewide race needs to start building a team and raising resources now.My timing is also determined by the expected addition to our family. My hope is to work hard now to get ahead on fundraising and outreach so I can spend July and August exclusively focusing on being a new father.While I will not formally announce until next fall, I will spend the next six weeks reaching out to friends across the state, building a campaign team, and raising the money I know will be necessary to get a first class campaign up and running. This is where I need your help with the following:Make a contribution: You can give on-line is external) or send a check to Matt Dunne for Congress, P.O. Box 1134, White River Jct, VT 05001. This will be a much more expensive race than anything I have taken on in the past, so please give what you can. Maximum contribution is $2100.Get the word out: Send an e-mail to Vermont friends encouraging them to sign up, get involved with the campaign and commit their support. If they are currently office holders, encourage them to formally endorse our efforts. This is a critical part of building momentum.I would not be where I am today without you, whether you volunteered to help with mailings in my early House races, drove me door-to-door around Windsor County in my Senate races, contributed financially, worked with me in Washington to make the AmeriCorps*VISTA program the strongest it could be, or served as a sounding board as I have made decisions in Montpelier. Thank you for everything you have done to bring us to this point and I look forward to continuing to work together in this new adventure.Sincerely,Mattlast_img read more

If You Can Play Xbox, You Can Fly A Raven

first_imgBy Dialogo September 13, 2011 A pair of military vehicles rolled into a square of land used by the Iraq army to conduct weapons qualifications, at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. Paratroopers jumped out, walked into the middle of the square and began putting together a toy like airplane, setting up an antenna and powering up a computer. They worked as a team, training together once a week over the previous months. The airplane is a Raven one of the smallest unmanned aircraft in the Army. It weighs only 4 pounds, 8 ounces, and has a 4-foot-3-inch wingspan and is 3 feet, 7 inches long. The Raven is used for aerial reconnaissance when larger unmanned aircraft are unavailable, said Maj. Paul Grant the operations officer for 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, of the 82nd Airborne Division’s, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade. Pfc. Shawn Clark, an infantryman with B Company, 1-325th, launched the Raven by throwing it up into the sky. Another infantryman was manning the controls on the ground, using a screen with two toggles on either side to control the airplane. “If you can play Xbox, you can fly a Raven,” said Spc. Benjamin Halbert, an infantryman with D Company, 1-325th. The Raven can fit into a rucksack and is meant to be carried on patrol with the Soldiers. It features real time surveillance capabilities. The camera can be switched out for use at night. This Raven is a compact tool to enhance situational awareness of a team of Soldiers on the battlefield. These Soldiers went through three weeks of training at Fort Benning, Georgia, last January. “The training was good at the school,” said Clark. “The instructors provided ample time to work with the equipment so that we became proficient on the Raven.” The Soldiers regularly train with equipment such as the Raven to hone their skills and stay flexible so they are prepared for any mission. The paratroopers will come out to Camp Fallujah once a week to train on the equipment, said Grant. “The intent is to maintain proficiency and the capability,” he said. OF THE CALL OF DUTY 3 IT IS OF WARlast_img read more

Credit union industry at-a-glance (1Q19)

first_imgCredit unions have a business model distinct from other financial institutions — one in which members are owners, and their financial wellness is the credit union’s top priority. At the start of 2019, one clear priority for credit unions was enhancing the entire member experience — from opening a checking account, to applying for a first mortgage, and everything in between.While rates are important, it’s not the only part of the credit union experience that matters. It’s more important than ever for credit unions to invest in technology, products, and services for their members and employees. The rise of fintechs and other competition put pressure on credit unions to enhance members’ digital experience in conjunction with physical, in-branch level transactions. “We’re seeing credit unions investing time and energy into creating experiences beyond rates to attract new members,” says Alix Patterson, chief experience officer at Callahan & Associates.Industry PerformanceThe number of credit unions in the country declined from 5,646 in the first quarter of 2018 to 5,451 in the first quarter of 2019. As of March 2019, there were 3,350 federally chartered credit unions and 2,101 state-chartered credit unions. The year-over-year decline of 195 credit unions is consistent with long-running consolidation trends. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier hosts ‘Wings of Hope’ walk for suicide awareness

first_img“Please ask for help. A family member, a friend, a teacher, a coworker, anybody. You’d be surprised who cares and who will help you through your situation,” she said. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, participants were encouraged to come to the park any time from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to complete the four-mile walk. Jessica Hobart of Candor says she came to the walk with her family to honor the memory of her sister who died this spring, and to spread an important message for anyone who is struggling. They were also given the opportunity to release a butterfly in remembrance of a loved one who has taken their own life. center_img WHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — Dozens gathered in Dorchester Park today for the annual ‘Wings of Hope’ walk in honor of Suicide Awareness Month. Organizers say while the event had to be scaled back due to COVID-19, they hope to hold the full-scale event again next year.last_img read more

JLL north-west man Shaw in Manchester shake-up

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Biden wins Virginia, Sanders takes Vermont on Super Tuesday

first_imgBut Sanders’ enthusiastic base is convinced only he can take on Trump, who also defied his party’s establishment and more moderate wing four years ago to claim a surprise victory against Democratic heavyweight Hillary Clinton.”We need energy. We need excitement. I think our campaign is that campaign,” said the 78-year-old Sanders.Sanders supporter Jamison Hanning, a 45-year-old plastics industry technician, said he was “pretty confident” despite the Biden pushback.”I mean it is just people in the establishment being afraid of things being shaken up,” he said.Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren were also on the ballot.Trump, who feels confident with a strong economy and the benefit of having campaigned for re-election since the day he took office, said he would be watching closely.”It’s going to be a very interesting evening of television. It’s going to really be something,” he said. Asked whom he wanted to face, he answered: “Anybody.”Two new national polls have shown Biden surging past Sanders.’We’re in it to win it’ Bloomberg, 78, who has poured hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money into the race but is not expected to win any states on Tuesday, rejected calls to follow Buttigieg and Klobuchar, clearing a path for Biden.”I have no intention of dropping out,” the billionaire told reporters in Florida. “We’re in it to win it.”After disappointing finishes in the first three contests, Biden righted his listing campaign in South Carolina and is hoping the energy from that victory carries over into Tuesday’s contests.A total of 1,357 delegates are at stake, and Biden needs another good performance to prevent Sanders from taking a potentially insurmountable lead into the party convention to be held in Milwaukee in July.A candidate needs 1,991 delegates to win the nomination outright and Bloomberg acknowledged his only hope may be a contested convention, where no single candidate arrives with the delegates needed to win on the first ballot.No ‘revolution’ Biden, who is making his third bid for the White House after failed runs in 1988 and 2008, appears reinvigorated by his recent successes and compared Buttigieg, 38, to his own son Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015.”The fact that he’s prepared to help me means a great deal to me,” Biden said. “I don’t think I’ve ever done this before, but he reminds me of my son Beau.”Biden also sought to warn voters away from Sanders.”Most Americans don’t want the promise of a revolution,” Biden said. “They want results. They want a revival of decency, honor and character.”The endorsements could be the start of Biden’s last hope to seize the initiative.But Democrats will also be looking for turnout and other signs of enthusiasm in a country deeply divided by Trump.California voter Brian Waters, 43, a former English teacher who is now a brewer, said he voted for Sanders because of his position on universal health care.But he added: “I’d vote for a burning dumpster over Trump.”Topics : From there, the action was to pick up speed, with polls closing across a slew of states in the following hours, before culminating in delegate-rich California at 11:00 pm (0400 GMT).The nominating contests across the country give the dwindling field of Democratic hopefuls a giant potential haul of delegates in their bid to win the nomination — and begin campaigning in earnest against the Republican incumbent.Many in the Democratic Party are desperate to stop Sanders’ strong showing in the delegate race, saying the senator will be destroyed in a general election where Trump has signaled he will brand him a socialist bent on ending the American way of life.Biden, counted out after a stumbling early campaign, suddenly rebounded with a landslide win in South Carolina a few days ago, followed by the coordinated decisions by two moderate candidates — Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar — to withdraw and endorse their former rival. Former vice president Joe Biden was projected to win the key Virginia primary and leftist frontrunner Bernie Sanders triumphed in his home state of Vermont as polls closed in the first of 14 states voting Tuesday to pick a Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump.US networks predicted that Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist on a mission to reshape America’s economy, would win as expected in Vermont. However, the 77-year-old centrist Biden looked set to take the far bigger and more diverse Virginia, where polls also closed at 7:00 pm (0000 GMT Wednesday).last_img read more