USU/SUU Women’s Tennis Commence Fall Season

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Thursday, Utah State and Southern Utah women’s tennis commences their  fall season and the Aggies will have representatives at two tournaments.Competing at the Bedford Cup Thursday, hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy of Colorado Springs, Colo. for the Aggies will be junior Rhoda Tanui of Bradenton, Fla., freshman Annaliese County of Highland, Utah’s Lone Peak High School, freshman Gabrielle Dekkers of Ammerzoden, Netherlands, freshman Sidnee Lavatai of Murray High School and Murray, Utah and sophomore Alexandra Taylor of Sydney, Australia.Southern Utah’s representatives at the Bedford Cup include senior Charity Sagiao of Nu’uli, American Samoa and junior Ghita Nassik of Mohammedia, Morocco.Schools at the Bedford Cup who Utah State and Southern Utah will compete against include host Air Force, Boise State, Idaho, Idaho State, Montana State, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado and Wyoming.The Aggies will also have representatives at the Midland (Texas) Invitational which runs Friday-Sunday.The Aggies at this tournament are junior Hannah Jones of South Ogden, Utah and Bonneville High School and sophomore Alexandra Pisareva of Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine Tags: Air Force/Alexandra Pisareva/Annaliese County/Bedford Cup/Boise State/Gabrielle Dekkers/Hannah Jones/Idaho/Idaho State/Montana State/New Mexico/Northern Arizona/Northern Colorado/Rhoda Tanui/Sidnee Lavatai/Southern Utah/Utah State/Utah State Women’s Tennis/Wyoming Brad James Written by September 12, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU/SUU Women’s Tennis Commence Fall Seasonlast_img read more

Leading agency reveals Help to Buy now drives a third of new homes sales

first_imgNew homes sales giant JLL has told The Negotiator that 32% of the reservations it receives for new-build properties are generated buy Help to Buy, underlining the importance of the sector to developers following the recent collapse of buy-to-let activity.This follows the additional 3% Stamp Duty levied on investment properties and second homes, and the ongoing reductions in landlord tax allowances for mortgage interest payments.The Help to Buy sector is now so important to JLL that it has set up a specialist team to hand-hold prospective buyers through the application and approval process, and help pin point the Help to Buy properties available locally.The team will also work with developers to help them generate Help to Buy sales more quickly in this market, develop their strategies and increase values. The company currently has 11 development sites across London that can be bought via the scheme.“Help to Buy has been an undoubted success, allowing over 150,000 buyers to step onto the property ladder so far, with the Government committing over £40 billion of support,” says JLL’s Head of Residential Andrew Frost (left).“The scheme has been crucial to underwriting the supply of new housing and warrants specialist expertise to help facilitate more transactions.”The new JLL team has a finite life to it – Philip Hammond announced in his Autumn Budget statement that one key Help to Buy scheme, its £22 billion Equity loans element, is to be scrapped in March 2023 while the other part, Shared Ownership, is due for an overhaul.help to buy JLL Andrew Frost February 6, 2019Nigel 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 » Land & New Homes » Leading agency reveals Help to Buy now drives a third of new homes sales previous nextLand & New HomesLeading agency reveals Help to Buy now drives a third of new homes salesThe government scheme is now so important to JLL that it has also set up a dedicated Help to Buy sales team.Nigel Lewis6th February 201901,099 Viewslast_img read more

Share of property sales market held by online agents continues to shrink

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Share of property sales market held by online agents continues to shrink previous nextAgencies & PeopleShare of property sales market held by online agents continues to shrinkFigures from home buyers’ website TheAdvisory shows onliners’ market share slipping for second fortnight but continuing dominance of sector by Purplebricks.Nigel Lewis8th April 201902,102 Views  The share of the property market held by low-fee online estate agents has reduced for the second time in a row, according to the latest research by consumer advice service The Advisory.Its rolling fortnightly snapshot of the sales market reveals that the top ten online estate agents accounted for 4.65% of all new listings over the past two weeks, down from 4.71% the fortnight before.The research also reveals that, although Purplebricks is the clear leader in the online estate agency field, its share of this market has reduced by 4.5% since the beginning of January.Over the past two weeks Purplebricks listed 2,846 new properties while HouseSimple listed 573 and Yopa 481. Most other online agents are a long way behind the top three including Doorsteps (135), 99Homes (53) and HouseNetwork (35).The list of top ten agents by new listings includes eMoov for the first time since its website and tech was bought off its receiver by agency Mashroom late last year and re-opened its doors in mid-January. Over the past two weeks it listed 24 new homes for sale.Market revivalThe Advisory’s market snapshot also points to a minor revival in the property market – the number of homes brought to market over the past two weeks by all types of agent increased by 1.62% to 91,557, compared to the previous two weeks.The figures for the online agent market includes those which compete with traditional ones entirely on price, but excludes hybrid agencies which charge similar fees to high street agents but only or partially operate online. These include EweMove, Sold.co.uk, ExpressEstateAgency, Springbok Properties, BritishHomeSellers, GetAnOffer, SellSimple and BricksMortar. HouseSimple Purplebricks The Advisory online estate agencies Emoov YOPA April 8, 2019Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

Ministers ‘not listening’ on perfect storm facing high street estate agents

first_imgHome » News » Ministers ‘not listening’ on perfect storm facing high street estate agents previous nextRegulation & LawMinisters ‘not listening’ on perfect storm facing high street estate agentsJoint letter from ARLA and NAEA to Leadsom warns estate agents are being forced off the high street by higher regulation costs, extortionate business rates and unfair online competition.Nigel Lewis21st January 202001,848 Views  ARLA and the NAEA Propertymark have written a uncharacteristically blunt joint letter to business minister Andrea Leadsom warning that business rates are driving estate agents off the high street and helping reduce employment within the sector.Signed by both David Cox and Mark Hayward, the letter reflects the growing anger within the industry that the government is unaware of the perfect storm being faced by high street agents.This includes being charged higher business rates than retail premises because agents’ branches are considered offices rather than shops; and facing both increased costs created by additional regulation and competition from online agents, who utilise home-based representatives rather than office staff.“One of our members has told us that the amount they pay in business rates is greater than the annual profit made in a year,” the letter says.Fewer jobsIt also suggests that this cost is beginning to impact employment levels; 3,000 fewer people were working within the sales and lettings sectors last year than compared with 2017, Propertymark claims.The letter also points out that while agents support the government’s recent investment in towns and communities and Boris’s electoral commitment to ‘thriving high streets’, the cost of business rates threatens to empty the high street of estate agents.“Propertymark urges the Government to extend the small business retail discount to include estate and letting agents in order to retain and promote growth not only of the sector, but the local high street, in turn improving the experience for homeowners and tenants,” it says.Read the letter in full.NAEA Propertymark Mark Hayward high streets online agents ARLA Propertymark David Cox January 21, 2020Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

New Philippine Navy frigates to field Kelvin Hughes radars

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today New Philippine Navy frigates to field Kelvin Hughes navigation radars UK-based navigation systems supplier Kelvin Hughes announced it has been awarded a contract to deliver its navigation radars for the Philippine Navy’s two new frigates currently being constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries.The contract for the construction of the 2,600 ton frigates was awarded to HHI in October 2016 with the first ship expected to be handed over in 2020.In addition to its SharpEye navigation radars, Kelvin Hughes said it would be also supplying two multifunction bridge radar displays for the Philippine Navy frigate acquisition program.The frigates are designed as a smaller version of the Incheon-class frigate which is already in service with the Republic of Korea Navy.According to HHI, the 107 meter frigates will be propelled with a CODAD (Combined Diesel and Diesel) propulsion system reaching maximum speeds of 25 knots.The vessels (hull numbers P159 and P160) will have stealth characteristics, further complemented by the low radar cross section design of the upmast SharpEye™ radar sensor carbon fibre housing and antenna turning unit.With a projected range of 4,500 nautical miles range at a cruising speed of 15 knots, the ships will be operable up to Sea State 5. View post tag: Philippine Navy October 24, 2017 Authorities New Philippine Navy frigates to field Kelvin Hughes navigation radars View post tag: HHI Share this article View post tag: Kelvin Hugheslast_img read more

Review: ‘Delete this at your peril’ by Bob Servant

first_imgThis is a book that needed to be written. It is a declaration of defiance and warfare against one of the most dangerous threats to civilisation today. This is ‘one man’s fearless exchanges with Internet spammers’.Ostensibly written by Bob Servant, a 62 year-old ‘unemployed gigolo’, the book is essentially a transcript of eight e-mail conversations between ‘Bob’ and the spammers, people posing as anything from Russian brides to African military generals, all in an effort to extract money from naïve web surfers. In each case, Bob neatly turns the tables, leaving a trail of comic carnage as he gradually draws the unsuspecting crooks into his own outlandish schemes. Granted, the conversations hold little literary merit, but they are eminently readable and absurdly funny. Highlights include a supposed lawyer who becomes involved in creating recipes for ‘Uncle Bob’s African Adventure’, and an exchange with a man who claims to be the son of ‘late King Arawi of tribal land’ and ends up trying to persuade Bob that he can indeed send talking lions to a Scottish zoo.The book is similar in style to other popular humour, consisting principally of ludicrously surreal outbursts to complete strangers and, while certainly amusing, quickly becomes repetitive. Often the funniest parts of Bob’s conversations are the replies, as the bewildered victims resort to increasingly ham-fisted attempts to extract money from a raving madman. However, the book really succeeds as a manifesto on how to take revenge on those who fill our inboxes with junk. We can all sleep a little more easily now that Bob has taken up the challenge of out-spamming the spammers.By Jonathan Tanlast_img read more

Dan Levin supports Councilman Gadsden

first_imgSincerely,Daniel Levin Dear Editor:My wife and I are supporting Chris Gadsden in the upcoming run-off election on Dec. 5 for Ward B City Council because he has been among the few council voices on two very important issues to our family – funding education and traffic safety. Since he won the special Ward B City Council election in November 2016, in less than a year of time on the council, he has quickly earned our support.This past May, Councilman Gadsden sponsored an ordinance that would have by law sent an amount from tax abatements to the school district equal to what would be due to the district if a tax abated property was taxed conventionally. For too long luxury housing that has been subsidized via tax abatements by everyone else has not contributed to paying for our schools and he wants to change that.As our streets only become more dangerous, Councilman Gadsden has been the only council person to tackle traffic safety and has supported the work of Bike JC and Safe Streets JC. Back in July, as a promise made to the sister of the woman who was killed at the Communipaw and West Side intersection by a van that something would be done, Councilman Gadsden met with Jersey City Director of Traffic and Transportation and key stakeholders. They discussed surrounding traffic calming and pedestrian safety solutions at Communipaw and West Side and Harrison and West Side and came up with some concrete short and long term solutions.It is has been more than a dozen years since Ward B has had a council member serve a full term. Ward B deserves stability.Please vote for Chris Gadsden on Dec. 5 for the Ward B seat.last_img read more

Cotton Losses.

first_imgGeorgia farmers who delay picking their cotton could lose moneyby sacrificing the crop’s quality, say University of Georgia cottonexperts.Many of the state’s farmers grow both cotton and peanuts, whichmature at about the same time. They harvest peanuts throughoutSeptember and October and pick cotton from mid-September intoDecember.Handling both harvests at the same time can strain farmers’resources. The peanut harvest coincides with the time they applychemicals to remove the cotton plants’ foliage and stop growth.”Right now, most farmers don’t have the luxury of handlingthe majority of peanut and cotton harvest at the same time,”said Don Shurley, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultureand Environmental Sciences. “Most farmers leave the cottonto get in the peanuts.”Getting Bad GradesShurley and Craig Bednarz, a CAES assistant professor of cottonphysiology, began a study three years ago to find out how muchgrowers lose by postponing cotton defoliation and harvest.The cotton plant opens its bolls, the part that produces thelint, for about six weeks. Soon after, Bednarz said, the qualityand potential yields decline. The bolls don’t all open at once.Some will be open and subject to decline, while others continueto develop.When quality declines, cotton mills lower the price they paythe farmer. In some cases, they even refuse to buy some of thecotton. The mills want high-quality cotton that can more easilybe processed into yarn.Last year, deductions due to poor quality cost state growers$40 million, Shurley said. The 1999 crop was worth about $440million, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.Timing Versus Quality”The main reason we’re doing this research is that thefiber properties in the state aren’t as good as some mid-Southcotton,” Bednarz said. “Harvest timing has somethingto do with this.””We got peanuts to pick, and we got cotton to pick,”said Roy Roberts, an Ocilla, Ga., farmer. Because of limited manpowerand time, Roberts will usually opt to pick his peanuts first anddelay his cotton harvest.But Roberts, who also manages a gin, has seen cotton qualitydecline over the years. He worries about the state’s positionas a leading producer.”I’d like to see us do a better job on staggering outthe peanut and cotton planting, going back to having a good reputationfor producing a good quality crop,” he said. He pointed tothe need for a timely harvest and a uniform crop.Bednarz said the research could help farmers find a more profitablebalance between cotton and peanuts for harvest resources, suchas labor, equipment and chemical applications.Best TimingAt the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga., Bednarzscheduled harvest at 13 stages of crop maturity.He began harvest-aid applications when 10 percent of the bollswere open and continued every week for 13 weeks. Each plot wasmechanically harvested following defoliation.By adjusting income to compensate for losses to grade deductions,the 1999 economic analysis shows the per-acre dollar value increasedfrom week 1 to week 6. It peaked at $684 per acre.Research in 1998 showed the best time to defoliate cotton waswhen the crop had 60 percent open bolls. In 1999, the profit peakedat about 70 percent open bolls.Bednarz said the research results are still early. The weatherchanges and affects cotton differently from year to year, he said.So multiple-season data will be needed before they can set a stableguideline for farmers.last_img read more

Farm bill

first_imgA different weather pattern in 2013 has affected planting, as growers have seen much cooler weather later into this year than last year. Many growers planted later in the spring, and Beasley said warmer weather will be needed in the fall.“It’s a complete turnaround from what we had last year,” he said. “It was very warm in early April last year, and we got some timely rain last July and August which made it such a good year. We’ll need some warm weather into late October this year because the start of planting was delayed, but that wouldn’t be that unusual to have those kinds of temperatures.” The recent vote by the U.S. House of Representatives Agricultural Committee to approve a five-year, $500 billion farm bill has encouraged Georgia peanut growers and given them hope that some legislation will be decided on this year.However, UGA peanut specialists say there is still a lot of work to be done before they know specifics about what farmers can expect.Last year Congress decided to extend the 2008 Farm Bill by one year, as no new legislation was agreed upon. John Beasley, a peanut agronomist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said knowing what the future holds is key for farmers who need to plan for the year ahead.“Growers want some sort of bill just so they’ll know the rules and regulations which they’re operating under,” said Beasley. “It’s always a challenge to get a crop planted and not know where it’s going. Going into the winter, we were out talking to farmers, sharing research, and most weren’t sure how many acres they needed to plant. They weren’t sure about crop rotation and the financial end of it. And our lending institutions are reluctant to provide capital if they don’t know where it’s going.”The bills produced by the agricultural committees in both the U.S. House and Senate are similar, said UGA peanut economist Nathan Smith. Both bills eliminated direct payments, but they do provide some stabilization for rural economies.“The loss of the direct payment program wasn’t really unexpected,” Smith said. “With the budget deficit and everything that has come out of the super committee and the fact that the 2008 Farm Bill was extended out for this year, we thought that farmers would lose direct payments. But there is some choice for producers with the choice between the price loss program and the shallow loss program. That’s something new and something that should be good for our farmers.”Smith added that revenue insurance is relied on heavily by corn and grain growers in other parts of the country but does not benefit Southern growers as much. While he is encouraged by the progress in Washington, Smith believes there are still some serious discussions to be had.“One of the biggest hurdles we’re going to have is the funding cuts to the nutrition title programs, which really impact the funding for the farm bill,” he said. “SNAP programs and the WIC and school lunch programs are a big part of that, and there’s a lot more support now for locally grown and less processed foods. That could have an impact on produce growers.”“The regulations still have to be written, and as they say, the devil is in the details sometimes,” Smith said. Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission, said he expects debate to move to the floors of Congress in the next few weeks. He hopes the process is completed by the fall, which would leave growers with time to seek financing for the 2014 planting season.”Both bills authorize programs that provide an economic benefit to rural areas whose economies are highly dependent on the success of agricultural production,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to get us through that process. I’m optimistic when I look at the votes, and I think we have some major challenges staring us in the face. But getting it out of committee right now is a major step in the right direction.”center_img Beasley said the 2012 peanut crop was by far the most successful Georgia has seen, exceeding the 2011 yields by 1,000 pounds per acre. An unexpected rise in export of peanuts to China kept prices from dropping too far with such a large supply.last_img read more

Sugarbush Resort extends season through Easter Sunday

first_imgSugarbush Resort,Thanks to a 300-inch snowfall year, Sugarbush will remain open through Easter Sunday on April 24, 2011 â ¦ at least.To celebrate the long spring season, Sugarbush is announcing deep lift ticket and lodging discounts, including free skiing and riding for the rest of the spring for purchasers of 2011-2012 season passes. ‘We’re feeling the positive aftershocks of the third snowiest winter on record here in Vermont,’ said Sugarbush president and owner Win Smith. ‘The mountain still has a superb amount of snow, and with warmer weather here it’s just a fabulous, fun time to be on the hill.’ The special spring deals at Sugarbush include: ·    Free skiing or riding for the rest of the 2011 spring, for those who buy a 2011-2012 season pass (All Mountain 7, Mount Ellen Plus, Fancy Pass, or College Pass·     $48 per person, per night, spring vacation lodging packages at the luxurious Clay Brook slopeside hotel.  ·    $199 Spring Passes that are good for the remainder of the 2010-2011 season.  Sugarbush’s Lincoln Peak is 100% open, with 72 trails of skiing and riding, including daily grooming on select trails.For details on any of the discounts or for up-to-date ski reports, log on to www.sugarbush.com(link is external)last_img read more