Rents rising again across the UK, index says

first_imgAverage new tenancy rents in nine out of the UK’s 12 regions increased last month, according to the latest rental index from Homelet.The letting services firm says rents increased on average by 1.1% across the UK year-on-year, and that rises were highest in Northern Ireland where they increased 2.4% during July alone, and 5.4% year on year.Tenants are now paying £10 more a month to rent a property than a year ago, or £925. Scotland had the next highest rents rises at 3.6% followed by the East Midlands at 3.2%.Rent reductionsBut rents have continued dropping in London, the South East and North East, the index shows, by up to 1.7%. This follows national decreases in rent during April and May this year, and the rent reductions in London are the fourth in a row for the capital. A year ago rents in London were rising by 6.6%.“It’s often been the case in recent times that rents have strengthened over the summer period,” says Martin Totty, CEO of Homelet (pictured, left).“It’s a time when renters contemplate moving, demand increases, tenancy terms are set, and when the anniversary of the tenancy often occurs.“This year, that ‘seasonal’ factor brings some relief for landlords, who’ve endured a gradual erosion in rent prices over many months.“Whether the market has now found some equilibrium remains to be seen, but landlords at least will be grateful for even some short respite.”Landlords more confidentHomelet also claims that landords now feel more confident about raising rents but that the rises reflect their awareness that many tenants are only just surviving financially, but that there are fewer properties for tenants to choose from.“The government’s recent attempts via increased taxes to rein back the private rental market and persuade fewer landlords to buy properties to rent out appears to be working,” says Sheraz Dar, CEO of (pictured, right).“A growing number of tenants are now chasing fewer properties to let, helping push up rents as the Homelet figures show.“But despite increasing rents in many areas of the UK, our data shows that an increasing proportion of tenants are looking for ways to help themselves get on the property ladder despite the hurdles they need to clear.”Martin Totty HomeLet sheraz rents creditladder August 7, 2017Nigel 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 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 » Rents rising again across the UK, index says previous nextRents rising again across the UK, index saysAfter months of slowing or dropping prices, new tenancy rents are on the rise again says Homelet.Nigel Lewis7th August 201701,027 Viewslast_img read more

OED editor retires after 37 years

first_imgJohn Simpson, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, has announced his resignation after thirty seven years of service, which he described as a “great honour”. The fellow of Kellogg College will be replaced by Michael Proffitt, the current Editorial Project Director.Simpson announced last week that he will stand down in October 2013.Simpson is only the seventh Chief Editor of the dictionary, the first of whom was James Murray, appointed in 1879, and has held his post since 1993. An expert in slang, he has overseen vast changes to the OED. Since his appointment, there have been over 60,000 new additions, consisting both of new words and updated meanings.Born in Cheltenham in 1953, Simpson was educated at York University and the University of Reading. He joined the OED in 1976, and was Co-Editor of the 1989 Second Edition. He became chief editor in 1993.In addition to his work for the OED, he is a member of the Philological Society and is a founding member of  the European Federation of National Institutions for Language.Before his retirement, Simpson commissioned the first comprehensive review of the dictionary that will review each word in turn. This began in 2000 and is unlikely to be completed for another ten to fifteen years, with over seventy editors working on the text. Updates are published on the internet every quarter, with a selection of words reviewed each time.New words that have made it into the dictionary recently include the American political term ‘supermajority’, ‘boccia’ from the Paralympic sport, ‘dance-off’, and ‘podium’ as a verb.Answering what must be for him, an FAQ (first entry in the OED, 2001), Simpson does not profess to have a favourite word, instead telling Cherwell, “Just now we’ve been working on blue, credit, friend, game, and gang – along with all of their compounds and derivatives – so I’d probably have to say they are my ‘favourite’ words at the moment. There’ll be another batch next month, though”.Another of Simpson’s achievements was to upload much of the OED online in the past few decades, which he describes as a “step-change” in how it works.Simpson told Cherwell, “It’s an established presence on the Internet (and people in Britain can access this via their public library system). The OED has broadened its audience while still retaining its scholarly personality; it is now a flexible, dynamic record of our changing language. And I’m proud of all of this.”Simpson continued, “Unlike other dictionaries which remove archaic and little used words, the OED keeps them all in its full form. This culmination of material means that a print edition now would fill over forty volumes, double that of the last print edition.”He explained, “The OED doesn’t eject words once they’ve fallen out of use. The dictionary just gets bigger, with all the old words and the new ones combined.”last_img read more


first_imgSt. Mary’s Auxiliary is hosting a Style Show on Wednesday, April 27, at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Manor Auditorium. Eyewitness News Daybreak anchor Shelly Kirk will serve as emcee for the event with the theme “Come Fly with Me.”The style show will feature the hottest fashions from local stores and boutiques (Victoria’s Boutique, Schön Boutique, Ella Park Bridal) – for any occasion – from day to evening – leisure or formal. This year’s style show will feature models from St. Mary’s Health, Auxiliary, Foundation and the community. Themed raffle baskets from local vendors will be available during the event. Guests could win the grand prize of two airline tickets worth $500 per ticket from Ambassador Travel by filling in stamps of their style show-issued passport.Tickets are $35 each or $300 for a table of ten. Proceeds will help fund the Annual Scholarship Program for nursing students, teen volunteers, and eligible high school seniors.Doors open at 5:00 p.m., dinner is served at 6:00 p.m., and the style show starts at 6:45 p.m. The reservation deadline is April 19.  Call 812-485-4260 to reserve your spot.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Seats are going fast for the 2016 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner!

first_imgPROGRAM PARTICIPANTS TICKETSPrecinct leaders – $25 each or two for $40General admission – $75 eachVIP – $125, includes VIP ReceptionSponsors – Table of Eight – $1,500, includes VIP Reception for Sponsor’s Guests and Special RecognitionNo paper tickets will be issuedRegistration and payment can be completed at www.vanderburghdems.comHowever, if you do not wish to make an online purchase, please call (812) 464-9100Please RSVP as soon as possible to guarantee your spot, seats are going fast!2016 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Planning Committee: Genny Tenbarge, Tony Goben, Matthew Neville, Mark Tuley, Pam Martin & Sherrianne Standley Stephanie Terry – National Anthem The excitement is building! Vanderburgh County Democratic Party2016 Jefferson-Jackson DinnerTropicana Conference CenterThursday, August 4, 6:00 p.m.VIP/Sponsor Reception, 5:00 p.m.SPECIAL GUESTSU.S. Senator Joe DonnellyLt. Governor Candidate Christina HaleAttorney General Candidate Lorenzo ArredondoIndiana Democratic Party Chairman John ZodyKEYNOTE ADDRESS BY CHRISTINA HALEShe is an outstanding speaker who will deliver an inspiring message for our party faithful. Rob Faulkner – WelcomeAlex Burton – Pledge of Allegiancecenter_img Stephen Melcher – Color Guard PresentationRev. Phil Hoy – Invocation Paid For & Authorized by the Vande FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Bakery grows at Canada Bread

first_imgCanadian firm Canada Bread saw overall bakery sales rise, following price increases implemented in early 2011, as well as increased sales volumes in its UK business.Its bakery group, which includes Maple Leaf Bakery UK – owner of the New York Bakery Co brand – saw sales up 4%, to C$400.3m (£253.1m) for the fourth quarter to 31 December 2011.The firm said adjusted operating earnings within its frozen bakery arm, which includes its UK business, were consistent at C$6.7m (£4.2m), with improved results in the UK, despite higher raw material costs, helped by the relaunch of its New York Bakery bagels.During the fourth quarter, the company announced it would be closing its UK bakery in Walsall early in 2012, as part of its move to focus on the manufacture of morning goods and speciality bakery products.In November last year, New York Bakery Co announced it had secured an £11.5m investment package from parent company Maple Leaf Bakery UK to expand the business, following increasing bagel sales.Its existing Rotherham factory will be extended to increase capacity, which will see it become the largest bagel factory in Europe, according to the firm.Canada Bread Company is 90% owned by Canadian-based Maple Leaf Foods.>>Maple Leaf closes bakery despite increased profits>>Maple Leaf to invest £11.5m in bagel growthlast_img read more

Maskin named University Professor

first_imgEric S. Maskin, a Nobel laureate whose work has had widespread impact on economics and aspects of political science, has been named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest honor for a faculty member.Maskin, who helped to lay the foundations of mechanism design theory and has made major contributions to game theory, was recognized for groundbreaking scholarship that crosses academic boundaries and for his dedication to teaching.“An extraordinarily distinguished scholar and educator, Eric Maskin has made contributions across the field of economics, from game theory to intellectual property rights to political economy,” Harvard President Drew Faust said. “As a member of the Harvard faculty, he has distinguished himself not only for his research, but for his outstanding teaching, his skillful mentoring, and his warmth and vitality as a colleague and leader in the University’s intellectual life.”The University Professorships were established in 1935 to recognize individuals whose work on the frontiers of knowledge cross the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines.Maskin’s appointment as the Adams University Professor follows the retirement of musicologist Christoph Wolff, who held the chair for 10 years. There are 23 faculty members who hold the title University Professor.“Being named to the Adams University Professorship is a tremendous honor, for which I feel very grateful,” Maskin said. “My work overlaps with a number of other fields, such as mathematics, government, law, computer science, philosophy, and biology. The new position gives me the wonderful opportunity to teach courses in those areas, probably with faculty from those departments and Schools.”Raised in New Jersey, Maskin earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at Harvard. After a year at the University of Cambridge, he served on the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for seven years before joining the Harvard faculty in 1985 as a professor of economics. He was named Louis Berkman Professor of Economics in 1997. Starting in 2000, he spent more than a decade at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., before returning to Harvard in January 2012.A math concentrator as an undergraduate, Maskin has said that he was drawn to his field almost by accident when on a whim he enrolled in a class on information economics. There, he said, he was enthralled by a discipline that had “the precision, rigor, and sometimes the beauty of pure mathematics, and also addressed problems of real social importance.”Maskin’s Nobel Prize, awarded in 2007, recognized his work on mechanism design theory, which illuminates the interplay of individual incentives, private information, and social costs and benefits in transactions that affect the optimal performance of institutions. “The theory allows us to distinguish situations in which markets work well from those in which they do not,” the Nobel committee noted. “Today, mechanism design theory plays a central role in many areas of economics and parts of political science.”In addition, Maskin’s research has helped to shape the field of game theory, and it has produced insights into monopoly price discrimination and decentralized markets. He has published more than 130 articles and working papers on economic theory, has edited three books and a monograph series on the subject, and has served on the editorial boards of numerous economics journals, including The Quarterly Journal of Economics, of which he was editor from 1984 to 1990.Maskin is also known for his close mentoring of students. He has twice won the Economics Department’s Galbraith Graduate Teaching Prize, and several former students have become close collaborators.He is past president of the Econometric Society and of the Game Theory Society, an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the European Economic Association, and the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory, and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.Among his many distinctions, Maskin has received the 2007 Kempe Award in Environmental Economics, the 2009 Grande Médaille of the City of Marseille, the 2010 Harvard Centennial Medal, and the 2011 Cristóbal Gabarrón Foundation International Economics Award. He has been recognized with honorary degrees and professorships from institutions in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, has delivered dozens of distinguished lectures and keynote addresses, and has advised the British and Polish governments, the Bank of Italy, and the World Bank on the design of auctions and other issues.last_img read more

Idina Menzel, Josh Gad & More Are Back in Frozen Fever Trailer

first_imgLook who’s back! Frozen’s Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and yes, even Sven, will return to the big screen in Frozen Fever, the new animated short that will play in movie theaters before the live action Cinderella beginning March 13. Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff lend their voices yet again to make our dreary winter a little more cheery. Have a look below as Olaf adds his own personal touch to Anna’s birthday cake, Elsa works her ice magic on the decorations, and, uh, some sort of steam room situation (again). If that weren’t enough, the sneak peek also includes a taste of the new song penned by Oscar-winning duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez! Idina Menzel View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img

Lindenhurst Man Sentenced for Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Lindenhurst man was sentenced Friday to six to 18 years in prison for driving drunk and causing the crash that killed a 56-year-old woman in the victim’s hometown of Huntington Station last year.Ryan Gurecki had pleaded guilty in February at Suffolk County court to charges of vehicular homicide, manslaughter, assault and driving while intoxicated.Police have said that the 35-year-old man was driving a Ford Explorer westbound on Jericho Turnpike when he struck a Ford Escape stopped at a red light that was waiting to make a left turn onto Route 110 at 9:23 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2016.The three people in the Escape were taken to Huntington Hospital, where Karen Holden died from her injuries. Her 57-year-old husband who was driving the Escape and her 23-year-old son were admitted to the same hospital in stable condition.last_img read more

Demonstrate exceptional leadership traits at your credit union

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are many traits that make a good leader. From keeping open communications with your team to following through on your commitments, good traits and consistency in action can help people feel comfortable and confident following your lead.I came across a short, but distinct list describing exceptional leadership – and I have to say, I agree with everything on it. The list, composed by Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, described the list as four traits that appeal to all generations. Here’s how the list describes exceptional leaders:They envision the future and get others to do the same. Inspiration is the driving force behind motivation, Schwantes says. In order to empower your team, you have to inspire them so they want to work alongside you to make your vision a reality.They take initiative and act. Great leaders take necessary and beneficial risks and “create urgency with intent and purpose,” he writes. continue reading »last_img read more

Trump Stacks the Pentagon and Intel Agencies With Loyalists. To What End?

first_imgKashyap Patel, Anthony J. Tata and Ezra Cohen-Watnick — three aides whose promotions were announced in a Pentagon statement on Tuesday — are viewed as highly ideological Trump foot soldiers. Mr. Patel has a long history of trying to discredit the investigations into Russian interference, Mr. Tata’s nomination was withdrawn over the summer in part because he had called President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader,” and Mr. Cohen-Watnick was quietly eased out of the National Security Council in 2017 after clashes with Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, then the national security adviser.The three are not believed to have the stature to bully Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the head of the military’s Central Command, into initiating operations, whether overt or secret, against Iran or other adversaries during the final days of Mr. Trump’s presidency.- Advertisement – And a senior official close to Christopher C. Miller, the new acting defense secretary appointed on Monday, said that it was clear from Mr. Miller’s meetings with Mr. Trump that the president has deep reluctance in launching offensive military operations as his time in office nears an end. That is not what his political base seeks, and it runs counter to Mr. Trump’s calls to get troops out of so-called forever wars in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.During a meeting at the White House, Mr. Trump’s message to Mr. Miller, the official said, was to do nothing new or provocative.When jobs open in the last days of an administration, they are usually filled by deputies, whose only charge is to keep the wheels of government turning at least until Inauguration Day.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img It was a sign of the changed atmosphere that when James H. Anderson, an expert on military strategy and missile defense, left the Pentagon after being fired from the No. 3 position — acting under secretary for policy — he was “clapped out,” or applauded by officials lining the halls. A report on Twitter by William Kristol, the conservative commentator who has opposed Mr. Trump, said the White House sought the “names of any political appointees who joined in so they could be fired.”It is possible, some officials say, that what is happening is no more than résumé padding, allowing some of Mr. Trump’s loyalists to claim they held top posts, albeit briefly, or to cement some policy changes before Mr. Biden can take office and seek to reverse them.last_img read more