House prices declined by 1.6% on average across the UK during March, the Halifax has revealed, blaming the reduction on housing market volatility as transactions continue to remain subdued in London and the South East.The dip follows a rise of 6% during February and a 3% reduction during January, it says. The average house price in the UK is now £233,181.“This reduction partly corrects the significant growth seen last month and again demonstrates the risk in focussing too heavily on short-term, volatile measures,” says Russel Galley, Managing Director of the Halifax.“The more stable measure of annual house price growth held steady at 2.6% and is still within our expectation for the year.”Sam Mitchell, CEO of HouseSimple (left), says that the current house price volatility is being driven by “ uncertainty around Brexit and low stock levels” as well as the “market slowdown in London”.Other commentators have pegged the market volatility on surges and declines in first time buyer activity.Mortgage broker Pete Mugleston of Online Mortgage Advisor, says: “Today’s news aligns with the uplift in enquiries that we have witnessed and we suspect is being driven by first-time buyers taking advantage of the slower house price growth amidst uncertain circumstances.“In fact, Online Mortgage Advisor saw a 58% uplift in first-time-buyer enquiries last month when comparing data from 2018.“Looking at the wider mortgage industry, we saw a 70% rise for general mortgage enquiries, showing that first-time-buyers are the group currently driving enquiries in the market.” 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 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Brexit creating volatile house price fluctuations, says Halifax previous nextHousing MarketBrexit creating volatile house price fluctuations, says HalifaxLender blames sudden 1.6% dip in house prices during March on low transaction levels in London and beyond.Nigel Lewis8th April 201902,637 Views
range of X-ray, metal detection and checkweighing equipment caters for a wide variety of applications and a number of consumer industries, says the Farnborough-based company.By renting inspection equipment, manufacturers can “try before they buy”, as machines are available on a rent-to-buy basis. Renting equipment allows manufacturers to put the machine through its paces and be confident of the machine’s capabilities, it says.
A revamped bakery apprenticeship pathway is in the pipeline, as part of an overhaul of apprenticeships offered in the food and drink industry, with a £2.2m funding pot available to cover the full costs of training.As the government’s funding focus shifts to apprenticeships, grants can be accessed through National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSA) training provi-ders for employees of any age taking an Advanced Appren-ticeship (Level 3); these will be available from 6 April.Food and drink skills council Improve and the NSA have developed new Improve Proficiency Apprenticeships in collaboration with employers. These replace the need to complete an NVQ and a Technical Certificate, with a single Improve Proficiency Qualification (IPQ)aimed at offering greater flexi-bility and over 1,000 learning units to choose from. Apprentices will also have the option to take ’enhanced’ apprenticeships, offering more in-depth learning through additional qualifications.
A world-class technical education system is a crucial ingredient in improving productivity and helping UK plc to compete on the global stage. I’m also pleased to confirm today the details of how we will fund providers to deliver T Levels, and that we are making an additional £3.75 million available to the first T Level providers to support them to develop and offer high-quality courses for every student from 2020. Colleges, like Exeter College, sit at the heart of their communities, and therefore today’s news is great for the ambition of our learners, our city, and our region. Everyone agrees that a radical shake-up of technical and vocational education in this country is long overdue. T Levels are our chance to do that – offering young people high-quality alternatives to our world-class A Levels from September 2020. Extra funding for T Level students who are aged 18 to ensure that they have access to the additional hours that are needed for larger T Level courses. The second wave of post-16 providers we have announced today demonstrates our commitment to making this happen. They will play an important role in ensuring more young people across the country can access these courses and help develop the skilled workforce the country needs for the future. The first three T Levels for Digital, Education and Construction will be taught from September 2020. A further seven will to be taught from 2021, including three in Health and Science, with a further 15 coming on stream from 2022 onwards in sectors such as legal, financial and accounting, engineering and manufacturing, and creative & design.The additional further education providers announced today – bringing the total number of providers to more than 100 – will offer up to ten T Level courses from 2021 as part of the Government’s major upgrade to technical and vocational education.John Laramy, Principal and Chief Executive of Exeter College, said: Exeter College is delighted to have been selected to support the transformation of technical education in England, as an early adopter. Confirmation that additional funding will be provided to support T Level students who have not yet met the minimum English and maths requirement (GCSE or equivalent) so they can continue to gain these vital skills; T Levels will be backed by an additional half a billion pounds of investment every year when the new qualifications are fully rolled out. The Government has also published the response to its T Level funding consultation today which confirms how it intends to distribute the increased funding, including: Education Secretary Damian Hinds has today (18 June) confirmed that new T Level qualifications will become a reality from September 2020, as a second wave of further education providers are announced to deliver courses from 2021.The move signals a major step forward in Mr. Hinds’ 10-year ambition to overhaul technical education, and is further demonstration of the Government’s commitment to give more young people access to high-quality training opportunities so they can secure rewarding careers.T Levels will be high-quality technical alternatives to A Levels, combining classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement – of at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days – where students will build the knowledge and skills they need in a workplace environment.As the first T Level providers start gearing up to roll-out the courses from September 2020, the Government has also announced a further £3.75 million for 2019/20 to cover costs such as producing high-quality materials to help them recruit young people, and published the details of how the new courses will be funded.Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, said: Providing additional funding to support disadvantaged young people including while on an industry placement; Part of the significant funding being made available by the Government to deliver T Levels is a £20 million investment to help prepare the further education sector for the introduction of the new courses. This includes the £8 million T Level Professional Development offer which is already helping teachers and staff prepare for the roll-out of the new qualifications and the £5 million Taking Teaching Further programme which aims to attract industry experts to work in the sector.To support the development and delivery of T Level industry placements, the Government recently announced a new package of support for employers. This builds on the £60 million already invested to help make sure every student can access a high-quality placement from September 2020. So that young people have access to the latest, high quality equipment and state-of the art facilities during their studies, £38 million is also being made available to support the first T Level providers to be ready to teach T Levels from September 2020.The pioneering new courses are being co-created with leading employers so they provide young people with the skills industry need and will help set more young people on a clear path to a good job. Earlier this month, the official T Level branding was unveiled so that stakeholders and providers can start to recruit the first T Level students from September next year. Being a 2020 provider, and now, based on this announcement a 2021 provider, is great news for our students, employers and staff. T Levels align with our vision to be an exceptional college and drive a line of sight to industry, which we see as key for our technical provision.
Tool fans have been waiting patiently as their favorite band works on the highly-anticipated follow up album to 10,000 Days (2006). Tool has toured very infrequently over the last few years, though they did play a handful of performance in 2016. It seems that they’ll continue that trend with more scattered performances in 2017, according to a report from the reputable source, Consequence of Sound.CoS is reporting that Tool will be among the headliners for this year’s Governors Ball Music Festival, which is set to take place in New York, NY from June 2nd through the 4th. This would be Tool’s first New York performance in 11 years! Consequence of Sound also has a great track record for reporting information before it is released, as they correctly predicted LCD Soundsystem’s reunion and many major festival headliners over the last few years.Despite all of that, Governors Ball is keeping their lips sealed on the subject. Their only response to these reports: “The full Governors Ball lineup will be announced early next year, at which point tickets will also go on sale.”If Tool does headline at Governors Ball, this of course raises questions about the band’s future plans. Will they be releasing the new album next year? Will there be more tour dates? While this remains to be seen, we’re very optimistic about this exciting news!
Live For Live Music: With so many songwriters in Fruition, I always wonder how much of a scrum the sessions are. How many songs did you have to choose from for the new album?Jay Cobb Anderson: It was difficult. There were a lot of songs on the table. In the past, we’ve tried to split it up more equally so you heard from each songwriter. For this album we wanted to pick all of the songs we felt the strongest about. I ended up having more songs on this record than the others, but we think these songs fit together the best and were the strongest. This was an especially difficult one though.L4LM: Have you guys considered a double or even a triple album?JCA: Absolutely. Seeing how this one goes…that may end up happening for the next record. We have so much material. That said, another thing we want to do is get a live record out there too. We might end up putting two things out, a live record and an LP. We’ll see.L4LM: I feel like you have a rabid-enough fan base that you could put out two records a year, easily.JCA: I totally agree with you. That’s the thing with being self-promoted. Our whole goal as a band has been to build a strong enough team, including funding, to be able to put out records as much as we would like. That’s been difficult. But we did just sign on with LoHi Records, and this whole experience working with them has been great. We loved working with them. They love us. Watching It All Fall Apart, the new record, it’s a product of that love.With that love in mind, we are already starting to think of stuff for a new album, like I said. We hope this is the start of a long and successful friendship. We’re really excited about that. The way the music industry works now, everything is on you. We want to make more music, but when it’s all on you it’s a lot more difficult.L4LM: Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and his partners really seem to have put something wonderful together with LoHi Records. Did you get to work with Tim on Watching It All Fall Apart?JCA: He didn’t work on the record itself, but he was the catalyst for us joining on LoHi. He sat in with us at the Hillberry Music Festival, and when we got done with our set he asked us what we planned on doing with our new material. That was about the same time when we were considering what to do ourselves. He listened to what we had and said he loved it and invited us to work with LoHi.It was perfect timing. We had been shopping around for a home for the music and hadn’t found any offers we liked. Then we chatted with the crew at LoHi and it evolved into what it is now. And we’re really stoked.Fruition – “Labor Of Love” – Northwest String Summit – 7/12/17[Video: Live For Live Music]L4LM: When writing songs do you ever have moments where you think…”This is it, this is one of the good ones,” or even the opposite like, say, “This blows. No one is gonna dig this at all.” If so, how often are you right?JCA: Absolutely! It’s funny. A lot of the time I get it wrong. Our first single, “I’ll Never Sing Your Name”, wasn’t even on the table for the new record. I thought it was just this little crappy song that I wrote and it ended up being the first single.That happened in the past too…on our album Just One Of Them Nights, I thought the title track was no good at all. Then I played a solo show with my buddy Brad Parsons and he was like “Where did that song come from?” I said something dismissive and he was like, “No man, you need to play that. You need to play that for your band!” And then it became the title track of that album. So I guess I’m not that good at predicting…L4LM: How many shows did Fruition play last year?JCA: Oh god, I have no idea. At least 150. Probably closer to 200.L4LM: Are you folks looking to match the same pace this year?JCA: Oh yeah. We’re on the first leg of a two-and-a-half month tour. I think we’re doing five weeks, taking ten days off, then another five. Then, for spring into the summer we start doing all the one-offs, week-long runs and, of course, the festivals!L4LM: The glorious festivals!JCA: YES!L4LM: When Fruition gets going, you front-line folks have been known to slam around the stage in an almost basketball team-style weave. Ever slip up and slam into each other when you get all caught up in the music?JCA: Oh yeah. A lot of that energy you see, at least like what you are describing, started out in our origins as a busking band. When you’re out on the street playing for cash and trying to get attention, you tend to move around a lot. So much of that stuff, like our movement, comes from that era. Most of the worst instances of banging into each other happened back then…Once we started playing on stages, we got to the point where we had a lot more room. Luckily most of the stages these days give us enough room.L4LM: You gotta watch out for Mimi…she looks like she could take you out with those elbows.JCA: I worry mostly about me and my lanky self.Fruition – “Hey Hey What Can I Do” (Led Zeppelin cover) – Hoxeyville Music Festival – 8/19/17:[Video: Live For Live Music]L4LM: Your live performances are exhausting to watch, but damn exciting too. Do you feel like the new record captures that live Fruition vibe?JCA: Most of the songs that we recorded for this disc are ones we hadn’t played live. It was fun to try and translate that energy into them. I do think this one captures the energy better. The song “I’ll Never Sing Your Name” [on the album] was recorded totally live. There are a couple of tunes on this record that were recorded almost completely in-the-moment.L4LM: Do you feel like the zeitgeist influences your songwriting? The world is getting kinda weird and harsh lately…JCA: I think with this album it definitely did. Like you said…it’s a strange world out there. There’s no big social commentary on this album, but I think Watching It All Fall Apart kinda works for a title and a description of the way the world seems sometimes.We want to make more of a political statement, but you have to be careful. It seems one of the big problems is the splitting along lines and the dividing that is happening among people being so hard on one side or the other. We don’t want to make that gap bigger…we want to bring people together.For a full list of upcoming Fruition tour dates, head to the band’s website. You can listen to their new album, Watching It All Fall Apart, below via Spotify:Fruition – Watching It All Fall Apart[Cover photo via Sam Shinault] Over the past year, Fruition has seen their stardom rise on a national scale, slowly but steadily climbing up the bills of renowned music festivals and performing at iconic venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. We caught up with Fruition lead guitarist Jay Cobb Anderson as he prepared to load in for a gig in Kansas the same week the band’s released their newest disc, Watching It All Fall Apart. The life of a touring musician may be a dream come true, but no one ever claimed it was easy. Even with all that going on, Jay was more than happy to talk about the stellar selection of new tunes on Fruition’s new album and the process the band went through to composing and selecting the tracks.
The six-year conflict has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and forced nearly 5 million people to flee their homes.To maintain some sanity, Mardini is careful not to follow news about the war too closely. With her parents trying to start a new life in Canada, and her two brothers studying and working there and in the United States, she doesn’t have to worry about her family’s safety.“I know I’m not going back,” said Mardini. “My life in the past is Aleppo. It’s not my future.”But since the president’s order, Mardini worries about her future. She had hoped to work in the tech industry in the United States after graduation, but she fears that companies might be reluctant to hire people like her, given the precarious political climate.“It’s caused some fear and restlessness in my life,” said Mardini. “It’s really upsetting to hear about people, basically in my position, who were in the U.S. pursuing their studies and spending time with friends that are now no longer allowed to come back, while life without them in college continues. I’m unsure about what my future looks like.” Trials for a global university Related For Karen Mardini ’18, the Syrian war began the day it reached her doorstep.The conflict between rebels and government forces started in 2011, after rulers in Egypt and Tunisia were toppled in the Arab Spring. In the early months, rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad engaged with government forces in Damascus and other parts of the country.The northern city of Aleppo, Mardini’s home, endured occasional power outages, street protests, and armed skirmishes, and residents learned quickly to avoid going out at night. But it wasn’t until the violence shut down her school that Mardini, then in 10th grade, realized that war had finally invaded her life.“What was I going to do?” said Mardini, who was born in Canada and grew up in the neighborhood of Al-Sabil, near the Old City of Aleppo. “When I heard that the school was closing, I knew I had to leave home.”And so she did. A small Western Massachusetts boarding high school that Mardini found online offered her full financial aid, and, using her Canadian passport, she entered the United States in 2012. Two years later, she moved to Cambridge after being accepted to Harvard. She still misses her childhood home — her family’s old piano, the smell of her mother’s home-cooked meals — but she has found a new one.“I’m really happy here,” said Mardini, a computer science concentrator who lives in Winthrop House. “My roommate is my best friend. Here, I can always call someone and within five minutes we can hang out.”The Mardini family poses before dining in their home in Aleppo. Courtesy of Karen MardiniThe sense of security Mardini had enjoyed since leaving Syria suffered a jolt when President Trump ordered a 90-day block on the entry of citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Syrian, and Yemen, citing concerns over ties to terrorist organizations in an act some saw as anti-Muslim. Mardini’s mother is an Armenian Christian, and her whole family practices the Christian faith. Still, with the executive order now in federal court, her days are filled with fear and uncertainty.“My dad called me the next day and warned me against leaving the country under any circumstance,” said Mardini. “I’m scared to think whether or not I would have been admitted into the country to go back to school if classes had started after Trump’s announcement.”Last year, to offer support to other Syrian students on campus and to raise awareness of the civil war, Mardini joined Nisreen Shiban ’17 and Tala Atassi ’18 to start the Syrian Humanitarian League at Harvard. But they couldn’t do much.“We wanted to keep the group as a humanitarian organization,” said Shiban, who has lost five relatives in the war. “There was anxiety over becoming entangled in politics, and fear for our families back home. Now there is a sense of hopelessness.”That’s what Mardini felt during her last year in Aleppo. Life as she knew it changed dramatically. Her father’s licorice factory was burned down, and the grand hotel she used to pass on her way to school was reduced to rubble. Aleppo, one of the oldest cities in the world, has been nearly destroyed. With travel to U.S. banned from some nations, Harvard moves to support members of its international community
The Student Union Board (SUB) has worked to invite notable figures to speak on campus, introduce new events and expand programs from previous years.Major goals for the year among committee leaders and directors included an increased focus on diverse representation, heightened collaboration with other student government groups and involvement of freshman students in event planning.For the largest SUB-sponsored event of the semester, Yusef Salaam, one of the “Central Park Five” convicted as a teenager of assaulting and raping a jogger who was later exonerated, was invited to speak at Notre Dame. SUB executive director, Eric Kim, estimated attendance at Salaam’s speech to be 400.The special events committee hosted three different comedians this year, as well as entertainer Mat Lavore, who specializes in magic, mind-reading and hypnotism. The committee also held several smaller events, including giving out free coffee for international coffee day and celebrating international redhead day — a first for SUB — with orange food, music by redheaded artists and a cutout of Ron Weasley, a Harry Potter character.While SUB typically hosts a concert in both the fall and the spring, there was no fall concert this year. Senior Jackie Weinrich, co-director of programming, said SUB had planned to host a concert this semester and had booked an artist, but the artist cancelled at the last minute. Weinrich did not identify the artist.“[The artist cancelling] is an unfortunate reality of show business, but that’s kind of exciting because it means we have a lot more resources to put towards a spring concert,” Weinrich said. “We’re going to try to bring in a couple big artists. We never really know what’s going to happen, but it should be something fun.”Junior Cameron Lucas, co-director of programming, oversees the committee for AcoustiCafe, a free weekly concert where student musicians perform short musical sets in the Hagerty Family Cafe. While SUB has run the event for several years, Lucas said the committee introduced weekly themes for the concerts, including a “spooky” theme for Halloween at which candy was given out, “AcoustiCornucopia” for Thanksgiving, featuring free food from Chick-Fil-A and others.SUB also hosted the Fall Mall, selling school and housing supplies, in the Stepan Center in August. Lucas said this year’s Fall Mall had a record number of sales.Kim said one of SUB’s successes this year has been more effectively involving and empowering freshman members of SUB in the planning process. The First Year Student Union Board (FYSUB) was established in 2016 to encourage freshmen to join SUB and help them develop planning and coordinating skills.“We have a huge retention rate right now with our FYSUB group because they are passionate about what they do and I believe that they feel more involved with the organization, they feel more connected and more responsible for the jobs that they do,” Kim said.SUB co-director and senior Annie Morejon joined SUB as a freshman and went through FYSUB during its first year. She said she went through the program with a “critical eye,” which has helped her to implement positive changes to improve the program’s effectiveness.“One of the biggest things we’ve tried to focus on is giving our FYSUB-ers the space to flex their muscles,” Morejon said. “… There’s a tendency with freshmen to be like ‘stand back and let us do it,’ but we’ve really tried to put as much power into their hands as possible because they are very capable and creative and wonderful human beings.”While members of FYSUB were still largely “learning the ropes,” Morejon said they successfully organized the Fall Fest on Nov. 1, where SUB members gave out pumpkins, cider and other seasonal items.In addition to the Spring concert, SUB officers expressed anticipation for several events planned for next semester, including inviting two more stand-up comedians, a “puppies and pizza” event and more themed AcoustiCafe events. Additionally, for the first time, FYSUB is planning to host an acoustic concert with an unannounced outside artist. SUB has continued to hold and build on successful events from previous years such as AcoustiCafe, while introducing new and successful events to appeal to a diverse array of students. While it is unfortunate the fall concert was cancelled for reasons beyond SUB’s control, SUB has seen success in many other of its events this semester, especially the Yusef Salaam speech. Additionally, the continued development of the FYSUB program offers a valuable way for first-year students to get involved and contribute to campus life. Grade: A-Tags: Student Government Insider 2019
After charming California in the world premiere of Amélie, Samantha Barks will return to the screen in the film adaptation of Strike!, a 2005 musical about the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. Composer and producer Danny Schur told the Winnipeg Free Press that the Les Miserables star will take on the role of suffragette Rebecca in the film, which is scheduled to shoot this summer.The film will also feature Alan Doyle of the Canadian folk band Great Big Sea and Barenaked Ladies’ Steven Page. Schur collaborated with Rick Chafe on the screen adaptation of their musical. Joseph Novak will direct.In addition to playing Eponine both on stage and screen, the Les Miz darling has appeared on stage in City of Angels, Cabaret, Oliver! and Chicago. Her additional upcoming film projects include Bitter Harvest and A Hundred Streets. No official word yet if she will reprise her title performance in Amélie once it eventually heads to Broadway.Strike! depicts an ill-fated love story between Stefan, the godson of a Ukranian immigrant working in Canada and his Jewish neighbor Rebecca. The show has received multiple stagings in Canada, one of which was recorded for CBC Radio. A short film adaptation was produced in 2007; check out a clip below. View Comments
by: Peter StrozniakKarolyn J. Stattelman, the former manager of the merged $1.5 million Jayhawk Federal Credit Union in Lawrence, Kan., was sentenced Tuesday to three years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Carlos Murguia in Topeka, Kans.She also was ordered pay restitution of $173,600, according to court documents.Stattelman, who is from Topeka, pleaded guilty in June to theft of credit union funds, admitted embezzling $93,500 and concealing it by manipulating credit union accounts for money orders, share drafts, ATM and returned checks. She also admitted to allowing a teller to steal $81,000 from the credit union, federal prosecutors said. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr