Commons committee measures up property industry for Brexit risk

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Commons committee measures up property industry for Brexit risk previous nextRegulation & LawCommons committee measures up property industry for Brexit riskHouse of Commons panel worry about number of ‘other nationalities’ both working in industry and renting homes.Nigel Lewis21st December 20170933 Views The effect Brexit is likely to have on the property industry has been revealed by a House of Commons committee.Its research, published today, shows that 3% of the UK’s 43,000-strong sales, lettings and property management related workforce are EU nationals and 1.5% are non-EU nationals – or nearly five percent of the workforce in total.Based on ONS figures, the committee therefore concludes that if many of these people were to leave the UK and return to their home countries, it would not pose a threat.“The work of UK-based estate agents is primarily domestic and is generally not highly dependent on EU labour,” the report by the House of Commons Committee on Exiting the European Union says.Brexit: EU rentersMore problematical is the high number of ‘other nationalities’ who rent properties in the UK, the Brexit report suggests.It quotes the most recent English Housing Survey, which points to nearly a quarter of all privately rented accommodation being inhabited by EU nationals or those from outside Europe.The ‘other nationalities’ highlighted in the report also own 3.4% of all owner-occupied properties, although this is much higher in central London’s prime districts, and 8.4% of local authority – and 7.4 of housing association – provided rental accommodation.The report also highlights some interesting facts about the UK property including that 18.8% of all private residential stock is rented, that there are 93,000 businesses in the UK involved in commercial and residential property which between them turnover £62.8 billion and employ over half a million people.Within the residential sector, the report says, there are 20,309 estate agents in the UK employing 161,000 people helping turn over £11.7 billion.Read the full report.House of Commons letting agents ONS Brexit estate agents EU European Union December 21, 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 2021last_img read more

Oxford engineers unveil eco-car

first_imgA group of Oxford University engineers recently unveiled a battery electric car for an international competition to build energy-efficient vehicles.According to Dr J.Bishop, the team manager for the project, PEGGIE is a light-weight carbon fibre car that uses a state of the art lithium-ion battery pack to provide energy to an electric motor located in the hub of the rear wheel, allowing it to travel up to 30km/h (18.64mph).It is being entered into the European leg of the Shell Eco-marathon 2012 in Rotterdam on 16 May where it will compete against 20 other teams in the prototype, battery electric vehicle class.The goal of the Eco-marathon is to minimize the energy used to complete the 16.3km (10.1m) street course.Dr.J.Bishop described the two pronged approach in ensuring that PEGGIE uses energy efficiently. He said, “the car employs a body shape with a low coefficient of aerodynamic drag which is fitted to low rolling resistance tyres”.He added that the team have reduced the mass of the vehicle, explaining, “Less energy is required to deliver a particular velocity. PEGGIE’s carbon fibre chassis is lightweight and strong. The motor and batteries are sized to deliver enough power and energy to complete the course, there’s no excess.“Other technology which the team have introduced includes an eco-driving indicator for the driver. This provides the driver feedback on their speed relative to the optimum for the point that they are in the course. The optimum speed will be updated as based on track conditions, such as an obstruction due to slow moving traffic.”The name PEGGIE comes from EPG (Energy and Power Group) which is contributing to the project. The PEGGIE team is led by Dr. Justin Bishop, James Martin Research Fellow in the Energy and Power Group.On 8th May 2012, Peggie, the electric battery car was revealed to public in a press launch held in Begbroke Science Park, Oxford. At the launch, the team members gave a public demonstration in assembling the car, after which driver Lucy Alexandra Mahony demonstrated the car in action.When asked what the team hoped to achieve in the wider world through this project, Dr.Bishop replied, “The University of Oxford does not have a long history of participating in eco-vehicle competitions. The motivation of entering PEGGIE is to provide a real-world application for our research.‘It challenges us to move beyond the ideal conditions in the lab or on the computer to design and build a robust vehicle. Other learned skills include team work and systems thinking.”When asked what she thought, Ilana Blumberg a first engineer at Lincoln said “it was great to see the University using its resources to find innovative solutions to contemporary issues – PEGGIE really is a fantastic feat of engineering!”last_img read more

The 1968 Concert Film That Revived Elvis Presley’s Career Is Coming To Theaters This Summer

first_imgNBC’s 1968 concert film Singer Presents… ELVIS is more commonly known as ‘68 Comeback Special—and with good reason. After spending seven years focused on his movie career and falling out of touch with the musical trends of the day, Elvis Presley’s iconic broadcast put The King back on the map, signaled his return to the live arena, and set the stage for his final #1 hit, 1969’s “Suspicious Minds”.Nearly 50 years later, the ’68 Comeback Special will be screened in movie theaters across the United States. Most of the screenings are slated for August 16th—the 41st anniversary of Elvis’ death—with repeat screenings set for August 20th.Rolling Stone reports that the operation is being organized by Authentic Brands Group, which owns Elvis Presley Enterprises, in conjunction with Fathom Events. ABG also manages and/or owns the the brands of numerous other celebrities, including Shaquille O’Neal and Marilyn Manson.Elvis Presley – “Heartbreak Hotel” (from ’68 Comeback Special)The owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Authentic Brands Group–which also owns and manages branding for Marilyn Monroe and Shaquille O’Neal, among others–is arranging the screening with Fathom Events. They have yet to announce the screening times.“Seeing Elvis onscreen is one of the most memorable and influential brand experiences and we look forward to bringing this special and future events to audiences around the world,” ABG’s senior vice president of entertainment, Marc Rosen, reportedly said in a statement.Additionally, NBC will celebrate the broadcast’s semicentennial as well with The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special. Scheduled for 2019, the new special will look back at the iconic production, which was the top-rated show of NBC’s 1968-69 season. According to Deadline, The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special will feature rare footage of Elvis Presley and performances by various musical stars, who will recreate parts of the show by performing some of Elvis’ biggest hits.last_img read more

Fats: Controversy and consensus

first_img Read Full Story Fats have been in the news recently following a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine questioning recommendations on limiting saturated fat intake, which was covered by many media outlets, including by New York Times columnist Mark Bittman in a column titled “Butter is Back.”Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers Dariush Mozaffarian, a co-author of the paper, and Walter Willett favor putting an end to low-fat diets, but clarify that that is not a green light to indulge. They say that cutting saturated fats in favor of eating more carbohydrates does not benefit cardiovascular health. However, switching to the healthier fats found in foods such as fish and olive oil does have heart-healthy benefits.Mozaffarian is associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Willett is Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Nutrition Department chair.last_img read more

Young Farmers

first_imgSeminole County, Georgia, 4-H member Kellee Alday won first place in this year’s Georgia 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest. The 128-pound ‘Carolina Cross’ watermelon she grew landed Alday the win, which was far from her first, but it will be her last.Alday’s at college and will be ineligible to enter next year’s competition, but she left the world of high school 4-H as a watermelon-growing champion. She won first place and a $100 prize with a 108-pound watermelon in 2010. She won second place twice, with a 120-pound watermelon in 2011 and again with a 126-pound watermelon in 2009. She won third place four times, with a 115-pound watermelon in 2016, with a 109-pound watermelon in 2015, with a 103-pound watermelon in 2014 and with a 91-pound watermelon in 2013. In 2012, she won 12th place with a 59-pound watermelon.In this year’s contest, second place and $50 went to Long County, Georgia, 4-H member Andrew Groover for his 121.1-pound melon. Wayne County, Georgia, 4-H member Jack Ogden won the third-place honor and $25 prize for his 86-pound melon.Sponsored by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, the contest is designed to pique students’ interest in agriculture. “We had 24 entries this year, and we are extremely grateful for the time and effort of all of our participating 4-H’ers,” Michael Rabalais, a Georgia 4-H program specialist and the contest’s coordinator.Growing gigantic, award-winning watermelons takes skill, patience and time, and young gardeners should plan ahead and persevere. “Don’t get discouraged your first time. Keep on going and try your best,” Alday said.Any watermelon variety may be grown, but University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts recommend the ‘Carolina Cross’ variety.Kellee Alday and her brother, Sammy Alday, grew and entered watermelons into the contest after their father, Ricky Alday’s, encouragement.“I hadn’t grown watermelons since the late ‘80s, but I grew up doing it with my daddy and my granddaddy,” Ricky Alday said. “They grew them all the way back to the ‘50s.”The Alday siblings began by growing “a few hills” of watermelons. Their mother, Gina Alday, served as record-keeper.“It became something we did as a family. Sammy competed for nine years, and he won first in the watermelon contest one time and first in the pumpkin-growing contest twice. He placed in the top five in eight out of the nine years he entered,” Ricky Alday said. “He graduated and went off to college and Kellee kept competing.”Just like large-scale farmers, the young farmers fretted over the weather and associated effects on their crops.“There have been a lot of times we sat out in the garden and prayed over the melons because south Georgia weather is really unpredictable,” she said. “When we had a flood, we panicked. It’s been a crazy road, but it was totally worth it.”Her secret to growing award-winning watermelons is to save the seeds for the next season.  “Sometimes we grew the ‘Carolina Cross’ variety for the contest mixed in with the ‘Crimson Sweets’ for cutting and eating,” she said. “We cut the real big ones and save the seeds out of them. The ones with mold on them, we throw to the livestock.”The cows don’t complain, but humans typically would not enjoy the taste of the award-winning melons.“The big ones are coarse inside, so the meat isn’t good to eat, like a regular eating melon,” said Ricky Alday, who admits he is sad to see the family activity come to an end.“I once grew a 183-pound ‘Carolina Cross,’ but that was years ago. I think I’ve enjoyed (entering the contest) more than the kids,” he said. “My folks always showed me how to grow something to eat. Maybe this will help them decide to have a garden one day and grow their own food.”Georgia 4-H members are now submitting their entries for the 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest which is also sponsored by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. To enter either contest, a 4-H’er must grow the watermelon or pumpkin, submit a photo of themselves with their melon and have it weighed by their local UGA Extension agent. The pumpkin contest deadline this year is Monday, Oct. 2. Kellee Alday’s 317-pound pumpkin has already been entered.Information about the contests, including photos of the past winners, can be found online at read more

Skeeter Beater

first_img In the time-honored tradition of long-haul truckers and cheapskates road tripping across the United States, the backseat of my car has long served as an ad hoc bed for covert slumber away from home and on an adventure. Pull over, crack the windows, grab a fleece jacket for your pillow, and goodnight.Employed carefully — and legally — sleeping in a car makes a lot of sense for a quick night’s rest at a mountain trailhead before a climb or in a campground when you pull in too late to erect a tent. Drive a truck or a van and you can unfurl pads and blankets in back to convert your Ford into a makeshift motorhome.Timco Industries LLC of St. Louis Mo., makes a product to “turn your vehicle into a tent in seconds.” Essentially square sheets of netting with magnets stitched on the edges, the Skeeter Beater window screens attach on a car’s exterior to create instant screened window openings.Made of polyester no see-um mesh, the Skeeter Beaters can keep out mosquitoes, gnats and other bugs.In my test, the magnets snapped tight to the car’s metal and held the screen in place with no gaps. Strong wind might move the Skeeter Beaters, though in a windy setting gnats and mosquitoes — not to mention in-car ventilation — won’t be an issue.In the past, lack of ventilation often hampered my nights sleeping in a car on reclined bucket seats. But with the Skeeter Beaters air flows freely through the mesh-covered open windows, granting easy warm-weather slumber.Since they attach around the windows on the edge of a door, you can go in and out of a vehicle without removing the screens.The company ( sells the Skeeter Beater for about $30 a pair. They come in several colors and eight sizes to fit dozens of vehicles, from a Chevy Suburban to a Ford Focus.(Stephen Regenold writes a daily blog on outdoors gear at read more

Mountain Mama: Marathon Training is Getting Real

first_imgWith Month Two of Marathon Training Behind Her, Mountain Mama is learning a lot about running, but even more about life.Some people would prefer electric shock therapy than be alone with their own thoughts. At least that’s what the findings of a study published in Science found.I can relate. Faced with the prospect of going solo on my first double digit long run, I searched for someone to run with, paying a babysitter to squeeze a run in Thursday evening, finishing with a headlamp. Ten miles alone seemed so long, all alone in the woods, left alone with my thoughts. But it turned out that no matter how much I tried to avoid thinking, running that long presented quiet pockets that I couldn’t avoid.My first ten-miler started off pleasantly enough. We walked to warm-up before trotting onto a trail with dips and swerves. I’d had a long week at work, and enjoyed the distraction of hearing about my friend’s new running shoes and life updates.I was still in an optimistic frame of mind when the single-track stopped in front of an old road. My friend turned to me and causally asked, “Have you ever been on North Boundary before?”“Nope.” I was already economizing on words, mentally struggling with the run. I was tired and couldn’t imagine how I’d actually finish ten miles.He must have picked up on my need to be distracted because, usually a man of few words, he carried on a one-sided conversation for the next ten minutes uphill.“It’s not so bad, is it? A long uphill, but the slope is gentle,” he said in a cheery voice that only served to make me feel worse. Because it was bad for me, I was struggling with that unending hill. The top of every switchback hid the next ascent, the canopy overhead giving me false hope that we were about to crest the mountain.I could only manage an “uh huh.” Then I was back in the prison of my mind, which turned to all my friends who had recently told me of their travel plans. One was in Hawaii as I huffed and puffed up the mountain. Others had told me about winter trips to whitewater kayak in Ecuador and complete yoga teacher certification programs in Bali. With my bank account balance hovering dangerously around zero, any extra money was going to replace my fifteen-year-old hot water heater. Heck, I wasn’t even going to Gauley Fest (like every other friend in the Southeast who kept posting on Facebook about packing) or the Feather Fest (like all my California friends who were excited to escape the smoke from fires for a weekend). Everyone was living a Big Life, going to exotic places and having amazing experiences. Except for me. My life felt small and mundane and full of ascents.My friend pulled me out of this pit of misery pointing to the view on our right, where the canopy gave way to blue-tinted mountains lining the horizon, like waves stretching into infinity. The late evening sun backlit the mountains, making them look dreamy and soft, enshrined with a magical blue halo.“Wow!” I said, really meaning it. I kept my eyes glued to the right, anticipating every gap in the trees to watch the setting sun. The trail climbed upward and we trotted along. My stomach rumbled from my decision to drink a late afternoon latte and two snack sized Snickers. My feet still felt weighted and my body sluggish. But my mind felt different.We ran in silence, taking in the beauty that existed a few minutes from our backdoors. I inhaled into the hill, pulling one foot after another up, up, up. I breathed in the beauty of the mountains and felt my resistance to the long run soften.Finally the top of the mountain came into view. My feet felt lighter, my pace quickened at the prospect of summiting. We stood there for a minute, gulping in air along with the view. I swelled with the abundance of being able to run with a friend surrounded by the mountains and the woods. I beamed down at my legs who had taken me there to that moment.But the sun was setting and we weren’t halfway home so we turned down a steep single-track and leaned down the mountain. My feet danced with the terrain, waltzing with roots, rocks, and ruts. I flirted with gravity, pushing my torso forward and daring my feet to keep pace when it occurred to me that I was going somewhere.I was running down the mountain, chasing the last of the waning sun. And I realized that focusing on what was right in front of me was pretty exciting. I didn’t have to go halfway around the world for an adventure or to live the kind of big life I dreamed of. I’d been putting so much energy into everyone else’s lives and the extraordinary things they were doing that I was missing out on my own.I let go of my pathetic bank account balance at mile 5, the office bullshit at mile 6, my parenting woes at mile 7, and my epic love failures at mile 8. After that, it was all I could do to see the last two miles of trail.A few stars guided us as we cooled down, my mind quieter and less frazzled. Endorphins flooded me. We high-fived, congratulating each other on a great run. I chugged water that tasted like heaven in my mouth.The big lesson I’ve learned from month two of marathon training has nothing to do with warming up, negative splits, hydration, or the right gear. I’m learning how to run when I don’t feel like running. I remind myself that I chose to run this race and it’s a luxury to have the time to focus on doing something so good for my mind and body. Marathon training has taught me to stop comparing myself to everyone else. I’m living the hell out of the life I have.last_img read more

How can I tell if my staff is keeping their business continuity plan up-to-date?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you’re like most credit unions, you’ve worked hard to get your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan into shape this past year. If you are an Ongoing Operations client, you’ve also updated your business impact analysis (BIA) and probably had a tabletop exercise. But what happens after the “formal” activities are over?How can you tell if your staff remains engaged in BCP planning?For the most part, if you are still relying on a paper plan it will be pretty tough for you to measure your staff’s participation in the planning process. Outside of the normal “sign in” sheets you might compile during regularly scheduled DR/BCP related activities (fire drills, shelter-in-place drills, tabletop, etc.) there really isn’t a way to see if the plan is being kept up-to-date.However, if you have an online plan (like CURecover) there are many ways to measure your staff’s activities (and as a result be able to demonstrate activity during an NCUA Audit):Check the web stats on your portal – One of the reasons we love SharePoint as our development platform is the built-in reporting functionality known as Web Analytics. Web analytics data is available at the site collection level and the individual site level. Key performance indicators that you can use are: continue reading »last_img read more

Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey keen on Arsenal move

first_imgPartey has a £45m release clause (Picture: Getty)Partey has a release clause of £45million which Arsenal could trigger at any time but they must be convinced that the midfielder wants to make the move.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat may be a formality though as the Telegraph claim the Ghanaian has told friends that he wants to move to the Emirates this summer.Partey, 26, is keen on proving himself in the Premier League after five years in the Spanish capital.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe make-up of any deal is unclear and Arsenal could trigger Partey’s release clause before agreeing a fee for Lacazette but what’s clear is that Arteta believes he needs a strong midfield to compete for top four places.Granit Xhaka wanted to leave in January and could be allowed to do so this summer, while Lucas Torreira has been frozen out and has attracted interest from AC Milan.MORE: How Sir Alex Ferguson was convinced to sign Henrik Larsson at Manchester United Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 May 2020 8:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kShares Comment Thomas Partey wants to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal target Thomas Partey has told friends he wants to join the Gunners this summer and is hopeful that an agreement can be reached with Atletico Madrid.The Ghanaian has been identified by Mikel Arteta as a priority target this summer, with the Spaniard keen on adding greater defensive cover in his central midfield.Arsenal have long searched for a defensive midfielder after Arsene Wenger neglected the role in his later years at the Emirates but Arteta was set to have a limited budget this summer before the coronavirus pandemic hit. The pandemic is set to further impact Arsenal’s finances but Arteta remains hopeful that a deal can be done and knows that Atletico are interested in Alexandre Lacazette, who he’s willing to part with. ADVERTISEMENT Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey keen on Arsenal move Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

KBR lands PMC deal for ADNOC’s Dalma, Hail & Ghasha projects

first_imgEngineering and construction services firm KBR has been awarded a project management consultancy (PMC) contract by Occidental for management of two projects offshore Abu Dhabi.KBR said on Tuesday that the contract was awarded to the company by Occidental on behalf of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).As agreed in the contract, the U.S. company will manage the front end engineering and design services (FEED) phase of the Dalma gas field development and the detailed design and surveys phase of the Hail & Ghasha Islands project.Under the terms of the deal, KBR will provide project management consultancy services. This work is expected to be performed over 24 months, with an option to extend for another 12 months.ADNOC is undertaking a project for the development of the Dalma Gas Field in line with its objective to deliver a more sustainable and economical gas supply. The oilfield is located to the west of Abu Dhabi’s offshore territory between Dalma Island and the maritime border with Qatar.On the other hand, the Hail & Ghasha Project, one of the largest sour gas fields projects that ADNOC is developing, is a project forecast to produce about 1 billion cubic feet of sour gas per day. The infrastructure requirements for the Hail & Ghasha offshore project include a minimum of eleven offshore artificial islands to be designed and constructed.According to ADNOC, the company is working towards a potential $20 billion investment to develop the Hail, Ghasha, Dalma, Nasr, and Shuwaihat fields, which could produce 1.2 billion standard cubic feet per day (bscfd) of gas.Jay Ibrahim, KBR president for EMEA, said: “KBR is pleased with the opportunity to continue our sustained relationship with ADNOC by providing our expertise, best practices and knowledge in project management to oversee ADNOC’s field production activities in Abu Dhabi.”KBR added that the revenue associated with this project was undisclosed and would be booked into the backlog of unfilled orders for KBR’s E&C business segment in the second half of 2017.last_img read more