The residential property market continued to slow in December, as lower demand led to the slowest rate of property price growth since the start of 2014.The annual rate of growth slowed to 7.8 per cent, which is 2.4 per cent lower than the high witnessed in July, and the lowest since the 7.3 per cent of January 2014, the latest data from mortgage lender Halifax reveals.The quarterly rate of growth has now fallen for five months in a row, with prices in the three months to December just 0.3 per cent higher than in the previous quarter, the lowest rate of quarter-on-quarter growth since November 2012.Halifax’s figures act as a further indication that the housing market may be far more muted in 2015.Halifax estimates that house prices will rise this year by between 3 and 5 per cent, which would be around half the rate of growth seen in 2014.“The deterioration in housing affordability as a result of rising house prices, earnings growth that has been consistently below consumer price inflation until very recently, and speculation of an interest rate rise, have combined to temper housing demand since the summer,” said Martin Ellis (left), Halifax housing economist.Although the declining rate of property price increases at the end of 2014 might suggest we are en-route to greater market stability, this should not disguise the need for “ground-breaking action on housing policy” in the upcoming election, according to Peter Williams (right), Executive Director of the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA).He said: “Declining affordability has tempered demand and the housing market in its present state is still a long way from supporting the nation’s home-owning ambitions.“Housing policy is in need of fundamental reform rather than short term voter appeasement that has brought a host of temporary measures and tinkering at the edges without a long-term plan. Successive Governments have failed to address changing housing needs and left us on a downwards trajectory that will see owner-occupation drop to 59 per cent by 2020 if current trends continue.”Williams wants to see the next Government address a managed withdrawal of temporary support measures, a long-term mortgage indemnity guarantee to permanently revive first-time buyer lending, and a review of lending into retirement and the impact of regulatory reforms that have resulted in a far more conservative mortgage market.Equally, he also wants to see house building levels rise sharply to help fix the existing housing supply shortage, which Williams describes as the “tumour behind many issues in the market”.Brian Murphy (left), Head of Lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB), agrees that decreased availability of mortgage finance did have a knock-on effect in terms of declining consumer demand in the final quarter of 2014. However, this is likely to have been exacerbated by seasonal variations as the housing market wound down before Christmas. He believes that demand will rise again in Q1 2015, and current conditions support this view.“The mortgage rate war continues to rage on, with consumers benefiting from record low rates as lenders vie for business,” he said.housing affordability residential property market first-time buyer lending January 21, 2015The 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 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 » Housing Market » Housing market continues to cool previous nextHousing MarketHousing market continues to cool21st January 20150596 Views
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HUDSON COUNTY – Fleet Week New York will run from May 23-29, and the kickoff event, the Parade of Ships will be held on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, the United States Coast Guard Silent Drill Team will perform on Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty, from 1 to 2 p.m.Some of the best places to watch the great ships pass from Battery Park to just south of the George Washington Bridge, once the time and date of the procession have been announced, are on the New Jersey side of the river. All the locations are open to the public and accessible for free.Try watching from the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal at Liberty State Park (1 Audrey Zapp Dr.); Exchange Place in Downtown Jersey City; the NJ Transit Terminal, Pier A Park (100 Sinatra Dr.), Pier C Parks (340 Sinatra Dr.) and Maxwell Place Park (11th Street and Sinatra Drive North) in Hoboken; and Weehawken Waterfront Park (1 Port Imperial Blvd., Weehawken).For up-to-date information on all FWNY events, visit the official FWNY website at www.fleetweeknewyork.com, “Like” FleetWeekNewYork on Facebook, or “Follow” @FleetWeekNYC on Twitter.FWNY photos can be viewed on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/fwnypao and Instagram at www.instagram.com/fleetweeknyc. Join the conversation on social media by using #FleetWeekNYC. ×
On the final night of this past weekend’s Wanee Festival at the beautiful Spirit of Suwanee Music Park, Bob Weir and the Campfire Band returned to the Peach Stage for a headlining performance–their second of the weekend. At his Campfire Band shows, Weir has made a habit of starting the show with a solo acoustic segment before inviting the band to join him for the rest of the performance. For his festival-closing set, Weir welcomed a very special second guest guitarist for the show’s acoustic portion–Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, who had just finished his own set with Trey Anastasio Band on the same stage.The surprise collaboration sent the Wanee crowd–and, in turn, social media–into a frenzy. From the Grateful Dead‘s Fare Thee Well shows to Weir’s precedent-shattering sit-in with Phish in Nashville last Fall, when the worlds of Phish and the Dead collide, the fervent fans of both bands reliably respond with resounding enthusiasm. However, while the performance alone was enough to stoke the fires of excitement for fans, the main story of the acoustic duo set centered on an unlikely song choice: For the final song of the segment, the two jam band titans chose perform a cover “Million Reasons,” the worldwide hit 2016 single by pop mega-star Lady Gaga. You watch HD video of the re-worked cover below, courtesy of YouTube user Suwannee HD Streams:While the worlds of Phish/The Grateful Dead and the world of contemporary pop music don’t often collide, word of the surprising cover made its way back to Gaga, who took to Twitter to profess her gratitude: “LEGENDS coverin #MillionReasons wow! Trey & Bob I’m so honored this made my day such a dream come true!” read the grateful post. Lady Gaga has identified as a Deadhead before, as she explained on the Howard Stern show, which can be listened to below courtesy of ShaunAKABear.While we don’t know whether or not Lady Gaga is a fan of Phish as well, she’s clearly familiar enough to know that either of the two guitarists covering her song–let alone them covering it together–is an enormous honor. Props to Gaga for giving love where love is due. You can listen to the original song below, via Lady Gaga VEVO:To check out a complete setlist of the acoustic duo performance, and watch HD videos of each song, head here.[h/t – Relix]
National Parks get trashed as government shutdown continues National Parks across the country have taken a hard hit during the government shutdown, reporting overflowing garbage cans, near-capacity pit toilets, and bad behavior from visitors who are bringing in dogs and drones and off-roading vehicles. Although visitor’s centers are closed, ranger programs are cancelled, and staffing is down to a skeleton crew, park gates remain open—free of charge—and people are flooding into the parks. By some estimates, 27 million tons of garbage has been brought into the parks since the shutdown. In some cases, volunteers have stepped up to remove trash and try to keep the parks clean. In the past, parks closed entirely during government shutdowns. The decision to keep parks open is part of a contingency plan put into place last year allowing a small staff to stay on the payroll. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reaches most distant object visited by humankindJust minutes into the New Year, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made it closest approach to a small, icy world nicknamed Ultima Thule, 4 billion miles away. It’s the most distant object visited by humankind and in the days and months to come, scientists expect to receive pictures and scientific data beamed back to earth by New Horizons. Scientists think that Ultima Thule may be unchanged from the solar system’s early days, and that data collected about the distant world could lead to new discoveries about the origin of the sun and planets. Scientists will now begin counting craters, mapping the surface, looking for moons and rings around Ultima Thule and identifying materials on the surface. By doing this work, they hope to gain a better understanding of the thousands of small bodies in the Kuiper belt, a region beyond Neptune littered with icy debris. Plastic straws are officially banned in D.C.On January 1, 2019, Washington, D.C. became the second major U.S. city to ban plastic straws in restaurants and other businesses. Businesses have until July to make the change before any fines kick in. Possible alternatives to plastic straws include hay straws, paper straws and reusable straws. Americans use and toss between 170 million and 500 million straws each day. Worldwide, it is estimated that straws account for 4 percent of plastic pollution found in the oceans by volume. D.C.’s straw ban was passed in 2014 as part of the same legislation that banned Styrofoam food containers but has not been enforced until now. Seattle was the first major U.S. city to ban plastic straws back in mid 2018.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Have you ever walked through the office and heard someone complain about a meeting they had to go to? What about you – how many times have you resented having to leave your desk to head to a conference room?Meetings have, unfortunately, gained a bit of a bad reputation. Usually, it’s not the people in the meeting that create the dread; rather, it’s the content (or lack thereof). If meetings aren’t structured correctly, people leave without knowing what the next steps are and frustrated by the unproductivity.Leadership expert Dan Rockwell puts a number on the cost of inefficient meetings: $399 billion lost by U.S. companies every year. As the leader of an organization, you should be doing all you can to keep business costs efficient. Here are some recommendations from Rockwell to make sure your meetings aren’t wasting time and money:Eliminate back-to-back meetings. Give employees time to catch up on emails and other work before heading into another meeting. See #2, which will help, and Rockwell also suggests ending meetings 10 minutes before the top of the hour.
In a few Huddle Ups I have railed on starting kids too early in sports. This blog will talk about some of the good things I have come across.If the youngsters get a caring adult to coach them, it can be a very educational situation. Here the coach needs to be encouraging, helpful, and low-key. Besides learning a sport, these youngsters are learning how to get along with others. They need to learn to share, take turns, and not get too upset if things don’t go their way.Here is where you need someone who is there to teach them a game and not someone who thinks they are Vince Lombardi or Bobby Knight. Afterall, they are still under 8 years of age and winning is not everything.
The Batesville 7th Grade Volleyball team won over The Greensburg Lady Pirates 25-22 and 25-13.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th grade lost a hard fought game at Greensburg 25-18, 25-12. Greensburg was an aggressive team with lots of attacks. The Bulldogs did a very good job digging up those hits. Kaylin Hinners, Kaylie Raver, and Margaret Wilson led in digs. In the second game the Bulldogs were more aggressive at the net and attacked the Pirates. Raver led all hitters with 4 kills, Wilson had 3 kills, Hinners & Renee Lecher each earned a kill. Serving was also a strong attribute for the team. The team was 35 for 39 from the service line; which is 90% accuracy. Top servers were Wilson with 10 points; all in the second game. Lecher earned 6 points. Raver had 3 points. Laura Schwegman & Taylor Blanton each earned 2 service points.The Volleyball team is at home on Thursday. Come support your Bulldogs.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.
LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement he’s “fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule,” especially the ANA Inspiration.Earlier, the tour called off events in Thailand, Singapore and China.Two California events on the developmental Symetra Tour also were postponed, the IOA Championship in Beaumont from March 27-29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor from April 2-4.___5:40 p.m. The league says the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference says it has made the institution involved and tournament personnel aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.___5:55 p.m.The LPGA Tour has postponed golf’s first major championship of the season and two other events because of the coronavirus.The tour called off the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix on March 19-22, the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, on March 26-29 and the major ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 2-5. Associated Press ___7:35 p.m.US Sailing has advised all American Olympic-class sailors who are training in Europe to return home and resume training domestically. The move came after the 470 World Championships in Spain were postponed until officials can re-evaluate the situation in April.“We strategically kept training boats stateside, so we will go home to train efficiently on our own,” Olympic head coach Luther Carpenter said.The postponement of the 470 World Championships and possible changes to the 2020 Finn Gold Cup in May will impact the U.S. Olympic Trials. US Sailing said it will re-evaluate the selection procedures for the Olympic team. The NASCAR Cup Series race winning team and second- and third-place finishers will be available via teleconference. In short, there will be no in-person competitor availability this weekend outside of live broadcast partners and NASCAR Productions.___6:09 p.m.The Colonial Athletic Association says an official who worked a game during its men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus. 6:27 p.m.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self isolation.Arsenal was due to play at Brighton on Saturday, with the Premier League pushing ahead with a full fixture list and stadiums with fans — unlike most other major sports.However, Arsenal said “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.” The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.” The statement says discussions between F1 and the other nine team principals “concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead.”There had been two practice sessions scheduled Friday, with qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s GP. No fans had been allowed into the Albert Park circuit on Friday morning.___7 p.m.Cavaliers star forward Kevin Love is committing $100,000 toward helping arena workers in Cleveland who were impacted by the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. March 12, 2020 The three-day event typically draws more than 130,000 fans. Local officials said earlier Thursday that no general admission would be permitted. Only essential personnel will be permitted inside the fencing that surrounds the course.The event will also be shortened to two days, with Friday used for driver health screenings and determining who is considered essential.___3 p.m.The NFL has canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida. The No. 3 Lady Bears went into a holding pattern for about a half-hour and never got off the ground after the Big 12 men’s and women’s tournaments were canceled. The No. 5 Baylor men, who spent five weeks at No. 1 this season and set a Big 12 record with 23 consecutive wins, were already in Kansas City, where they had been scheduled to play Thursday. The NCAA later canceled its men’s and women’s tournaments, where both Baylor teams were likely going to be No. 1 seeds. The Lady Bears were set to host first- and second-round games.“These are unprecedented circumstances, and it’s just much bigger than athletics,” Rhoades said. “I think the right decisions have been made.”Rhoades said he felt for all of the players whose seasons suddenly ended, and had spoken to both coach Scott Drew and Mulkey. Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.Races at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in.Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.”___5:30 p.m. That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league, beginning with the NBA, put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic.The NCAA also canceled all of its championships in every winter and spring sport, including hockey, baseball, lacrosse and several others.___3:30 p.m.The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic-related activities. That includes all games, practices, recruiting — and participation in NCAA championships until further notice. 11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas.Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days.He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Love announced his intentions to make the donation through the Kevin Love Fund on Instagram.Love, who has been very open about his struggles with anxiety, said he appreciates how the outbreak can be “extremely overwhelming” to people and that the suspension of the NBA season has caused a “sudden life shift” for workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — home of the Cavs.The team announced plans to financially help staff during the interruption.Earlier, arena CEO Len Komorwski said despite the cancellation of the Mid-American Conference tournament that employees will be paid as if the event was held.___ 1:05 p.m.The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35.As the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament.___ The Latest: Baylor misses chances for title runs Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):8:10 p.m.Defending women’s national champion Baylor was on a plane on the tarmac in Waco, Texas, preparing to leave Thursday for the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, when coach Kim Mulkey got a call from athletic director Mack Rhoades. The NCAA has not — at this point — postponed the men’s basketball tournament that’s scheduled for next week, but several individual schools have announced they’re taking a break from sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement that “this is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority.”___3:15 p.m.IndyCar will open its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, without spectators. The biggest events on the upcoming schedule are the road, time trial and criterium national championships scheduled for June 18-21 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and mountain bike nationals July 7-12 in Winter Park, Colorado. Both are crucial races for determining the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics.___7:10 p.m.Formula One organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix hours ahead of the first official practice sessions because of concern over the spreading coronavirus.The sport’s governing body, FIA, issued a joint statement with F1 and the Australian Grand Prix to confirm the cancellation of the race. It followed McLaren’s decision to withdraw after one of its team members tested positive for the virus. ___7:25 p.m.USA Cycling is recalling its athletes, coaches and support staff from locations abroad and curtailing all international travel for teams and staff members as the national governing body responds to the coronavirus pandemic.Many of the country’s elite cyclists train in Europe, where the track cycling world championships were recently conducted.The organization also said that the collegiate BMX national championships April 4-5 have been postponed, but that the remainder of its national championship schedule will continue as planned. “I think the first (thing) was I’m sorry. I’m sorry because both both had such great seasons,” Rhoades said, when asked what he told them. “The decision is much bigger than me, or certainly any one person, but you just feel bad.”___7:58 p.m.Little League International has recommended that its leagues “exercise an abundance of caution and implement a temporary suspension of all league activities until no earlier than April 6.”Little League International operates more than 6,500 programs in more than 84 countries. 6:58 p.m.The Grand Prix of Long Beach scheduled for April 19 has been canceled because of a ban on large scale gatherings in the California city.Race organizers said they are in conversation with the city of Long Beach and the Convention Center about potentially rescheduling the street race. Long Beach is the second most popular event on the IndyCar schedule behind the Indianapolis 500.Organizers said if a later date this year is not possible, the race will return on April 18, 2021. ___ Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the 32 teams “after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts,” according to a league statement. Goodell said the decision was made out of “concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.”Further changes could be coming for the draft, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25.Major football issues, including playing rules, bylaws and resolutions, as well as other business matters on the agenda for the March meetings will instead be handled at the May 19-20 spring meeting in Marina del Rey, California.___2:30 p.m. Football season is months away, but spring practice for college teams was in full swing around the country. That is being put on hold in many places, too. USC and Notre Dame both announced they would suspended practice as their campuses shut down. The SEC’s suspension of sport through March will also take football teams off the practice fields.___1:45 p.m.The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19.Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs.Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”___ USA Gymnastics has canceled all sanctioned events through the end of March, which includes local meets scheduled at hundreds of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned clubs throughout the United States. The cancellations also extend to USA Gymnastics-sponsored workshops and clinics as well as any national team camps. The organization had already limited travel for USA Gymnastics staff and national team athletes.___4:30 p.m.The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The decision came one day after the NCAA announced games that were scheduled to start next week would be played in mostly empty arenas. Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was called off on Wednesday after players came into contact with a rival team owner who announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19. They met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis after the Greek team won at Arsenal in the Europa League on Feb. 27.___6:17 p.m.NASCAR has put strict regulations in place for this weekend’s race at Atlanta, which will be held without spectators. Photographers will not be permitted at the event beyond a pool photographer, and media will not have access to the garage area or pit road. All driver availability will take place via teleconference, fed into the media center. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead July 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Esports Entertainment Group finalises Argyll takeover July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative August 17, 2020 Submit Newly Nasdaq-listed online gambling group Esports Entertainment Group has signed a ‘letter of intent’ (“LOI”) to acquire the competitive gaming live and digital events and tournaments organiser Esports Gaming League (EGL).This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here.The UK-based esports company, founded in 2010, serves a rapidly expanding community of gamers in Europe, Middle East, and the Americas with over 350,000 registered users. The growing user base and demographics of EGL’s audience was a major factor in Esports Entertainment Group’s decision to purchase the firm.Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group, said: “At our IPO we committed to having a tournament platform up and operational before the end of the calendar year, and with this transaction, we have delivered on this commitment.“EGL generated approximately $1.3 million in revenue last year and is positioned for triple-digit growth moving forward. Their complementary platform, large user base, excellent team, and marquee advertising partner relationships are key drivers behind this transaction. Together, I believe we can accelerate growth both in the US and internationally.”EGL’s services include full turnkey esports events, live broadcast production, game launches, and online branded tournaments. Moreover, the company provides brand owners and advertisers with the opportunity to promote products and services to a 18-35 core demographic.“We are extremely excited to be joining the Esports Entertainment Group family, it will give us an opportunity to push our technology and resources to further grow our client roster,” added Glen Elliott, CEO of EGL. “The vision Grant has around building an esports ecosystem is visionary for the industry and EGL is a perfect fit.”Esports Entertainment Group’s latest acquisition adds to its previous letter of intent to purchase certain assets of mobile games studio Flip Sports last month. Additionally, the firm has also recently completed the purchase of online betting and gaming operator Argyll Entertainment along with its operating subsidiaries.