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NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgNICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw)  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNICO Holdings Limited provides products and services for general insurance, life insurance and pension administration in the corporate and private sector of Malawi; with interests in banking, asset management and information technology services. NICO Holdings Limited operates in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It was established in 1965, and was the first general insurance company to list on the Malawi Stock Exchange. Its general insurance division covers segments that range from personal accident and household insurance to construction, engineering, professional indemnity, marine hull and cargo, fire and loss of profits. NICO Holdings Limited also offers insurance for individuals and corporate clients which includes endowment assurance and savings protection. The company has a corporate banking division offering standard products and services, aswell as solutions for foreign exchange, investment management and women business programmes. NICO Holdings Limited has invested in providing technology services to clients, including software and Internet systems and communication solutions, card technology and surveillance systems. NICO Holdings Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Chemical & Allied Products Plc (CAP.ng) 2020 Abridged Report

first_imgChemical & Allied Products Plc (CAP.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Chemical & Allied Products Plc (CAP.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Chemical & Allied Products Plc (CAP.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Chemical & Allied Products Plc (CAP.ng)  2020 abridged results.Company ProfileChemical & Allied Products (CAP) Plc manufactures and sells a range of paint finishers for the coatings sector in Nigeria under the Dulux and Caplux brand name. Products in its coatings range include vinyl silk, vinyl matt, vinyl soft sheen, eggshell, high gloss, weathershield masonry and special effect finishes. Emulsions, gloss and textured variants are sold under its Caplux brand. The company distributes and sells its product range through Dulux Trade and Caplux outlets in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. The company also produces a fire protection range which includes fire retardants, fire retardant coatings, fire stopping materials and fire extinguishers. Chemical & Allied Products Plc is a subsidiary of UAC of Nigeria Plc. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Chemical & Allied Products is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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‘Participating in God’s mission’; GEMN wraps up in Bogotá

first_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Washington, DC ‘Participating in God’s mission’; GEMN wraps up in Bogotá Rector Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Dianne Smith says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Events Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Comments (1) Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Latin America, Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET May 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm Kudos and gratitude to The Rev. Dr. Ted Gaiser, who developed, organized and implemented this conference for GEMN, Title IX and missioners everywhere! An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET By Lynette WilsonPosted May 10, 2013 Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Comments are closed. Tags Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release Province IX Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Young Adult Service Corps missionaries Nina Boe and Ashley Bingaman during the closing Eucharist of the 18th annual Global Episcopal Mission Conference in Bogotá.Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Bogotá, Colombia] “Together Christ’s body can and will reconcile and heal this world. ¡Si, se puede!” said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in a sermon delivered during the closing Eucharist of the 18th annual Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) conference.“Well, friends, I think you’ve found some powerful assurance in these last few days.  For one, you’re not alone. There is quite a team gathered here, and it represents a much larger network of missioners and disciples. This body is like the handful of disciples watching Jesus rise into the clouds,” said Jefferts Schori.“There are some wonderful old paintings and stained-glass windows that show just his feet, hanging out from under the cloud into which he’s disappeared. Those feet are here, along with Jesus’ hands and heart and spirit. In a very real sense, those disciples couldn’t get to work until Jesus left – while he was there, they wanted him to fix everything. He kept telling them, ‘you feed them’ and ‘you heal them,’ but they never really got started until he was no longer there to do it for them.” [Sermon text available in English and Spanish here.]Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preaches during the closing Eucharist of the 18th annual Global Episcopal Mission Conference. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceGEMN is a network of individuals, representatives of development organizations diocesan mission representative who are committed to sharing mission information and promoting mission. Ninety Episcopalians from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean gathered May 5-9 in Bogotá, Colombia, for the conference themed “Companions in Faith and Resources: Participating in God’s Mission.” The 2014 GEMN conference will take place in the Seattle, Washington, area May 29-June 1.In a departure from previous GEMN conferences, in addition to mission the Bogotá conference includes a focus on financial sustainability appropriate with it being held in Province IX, which in 2012 adopted self-sustainability as a focus.“North Americans like to support social and humanitarian programs, but if the churches are not self-sustaining they will not be able to work through the diocese on those programs,” said Bob Stevens, the outgoing executive director of the Dominican Development Group, during the start of a May 9 panel discussion on self-sustainability.Dominican Republic Bishop Julio Cesar Holguín, Honduras Bishop Lloyd Allen and Colombia Bishop Francisco Duque-Gómez, during a May 9 panel on self-sustainability. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceStevens moderated the discussion, which included Colombia Bishop Francisco Duque-Gómez, Honduras Bishop Lloyd Allen and Dominican Republic Bishop Julio Cesar Holguín, each of whom described their diocese’s efforts toward self-sustainability.“Dependency destroys human beings,” said Allen, who has set the year 2019 as the goal for his diocese’s independence from the Episcopal Church’s financial support. He has told his clergy and seminarians, “If we are going to change we all have to support self-sufficiency, each congregation, urban or rural, needs to have a microenterprise …  If you are not willing to support a self-sufficient project, this is not the place for you to be.”The 2012 General Convention allocated $1 million to guide the Province IX dioceses towards self-sufficiency. Currently only the Diocese of Puerto Rico, which operates a large hospital system, is self-sufficient.The Dominican Republic has set 2015 as its year to reach self-sufficiency, said Holguín, during his presentation, a goal that has been strengthened by the diocese’s partnership with the Dominican Development Group, which was established in 1998 to assist in the development and self-sufficiency of the diocese, one of the fastest growing dioceses in the Episcopal Church.“Ninety percent of the people in our parishes are poor and maybe 10 percent are middle or low class and one or two might be in a better financial situation,” said Holguín, adding that in a situation like this you need to be very entrepreneurial, though he said the church is educating members about the importance of tithing 10 percent of their income.To reach its goal, the Diocese of the Dominican Republic depends on partnerships with its 16 companion dioceses, parish, friends and other supporters.“They fall in love with the way we carry out the mission in our diocese,” he said.Since 1991, the Dominican Republic has decreased its dependence on the Episcopal Church from 84 to 18 percent, said Holguín, adding that support from the Dominican Development Group raised 60 percent of its $6 million endowment; the ultimate goal is to raise $7 million.“The church developed with a dependence… and it was harmful because they [the Episcopal Church] never asked us to achieve a goal,” said Holguín. “They gave us the fish every day but never taught us to fish.”In Colombia, the youngest diocese of the Episcopal Church, 90 percent of the priests are college-educated professionals who do not draw a salary from the diocese, and each parish has modest revenue that allows them to support, at a minimum, the infrastructure, said Duque-Gomez.In addition to Colombia, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, there are four more Province IX dioceses spread across the Caribbean and Central and northern South America. They are Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Ecuador Central and Ecuador Litoral, all of which were represented at the Bogotá conference.In 2010, the Episcopal Church informed the dioceses of Province IX that it was cutting their budgets by 32 percent. For Allen, he said, it was a “degrading” experience.“They didn’t ask us how we felt about that because we are dependent,” he said.GEMN itself was formed by a group of bishops during a time of contraction when the 1994 General Convention decided to cut the mission budget, said Gini Peterson, a GEMN board member from the Diocese of Atlanta.“I think the support and encouragement that are intangible is part of the greatest benefit of membership,” said Peterson.Holding the conference in Colombia served to strengthen the bonds between the dioceses of Province IX and the U.S.-based dioceses and parishes, said the Rev. Juan Carlos Restrop, who serves La Catedral De San Pablo in Bogotá.As for the Diocese of Colombia, which is beginning to see itself not as subordinate, but rather as moving toward self-sufficiency, it was important to host the conference and educate others about some of the diocese’s successes.Earlier in the conference, attendees were given the opportunity to experience some of the diocese’s ministries, all of which are supported by parishes.The 18th annual GEMN conference was the first ever attended by Rev. Canon Francisco Salazar of the Diocese of Venezuela. It served as a platform for dialogue on mission and for that reason exceeded his expectations, he said.Episcopal Church missionaries Heidi Schmidt and Monica Vega during a May 9 excursion to Mision de Santa Marta outside Bogotá. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceFor north Americans to travel to South America to see for themselves the resources of the Latin American churches is an important step in allowing for an open conversation on how north American missioners can help the church in Latin America develop those resources, said Salazar.“That is the strength of this conference,” he said.Laura Walta, director of global mission for the Diocese of Massachusetts, thought the GEMN conference set a context for mission and what it means to be involved in mission, and the discussions reinforced the notion of a changing approach.“The paradigm needs to shift from one of paternalism, charity and crisis,” she said. “People look at poverty like it can be fixed. They see material poverty and treat it with a North American approach. People need to learn about the whole person.”Mission should reflect, at the heart of it, Walta said, the vow Episcopalians take in the Baptismal Covenant: “ … to seek and serve Christ in all persons.”For Young Adult Service Corps missionary Nina Boe, who serves in the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil, the conference’s theme brought to mind a quote by Lilla Watson, an indigenous Australian woman: “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time; but if you are here because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”Much of mission and humanitarian aid still is approached in a patriarchal way, through donations and gifts, said Boe.“When people go out into the field they are changed and we are changed as well. In a healthy relationship, it goes both ways,” she said. “But are we willing to encounter God and the other in the field?”In addition to Boe, two other YASC missionaries and 14 Episcopal Church missionaries attended the GEMN Conference.Organizations like GEMN connect to the Episcopal Church’s Office of Global Partnerships because the office strives to coordinate its work with all the various organizations in support of mission across the church, said the Rev. David Copley, the Episcopal Church’s team leader for global partnerships and director of mission personnel.“GEMN is able to network on a grassroots level with parishes and dioceses and the church so they are a valuable resource,” he said.For the most part, the GEMN conference was held in Spanish, with simultaneous English interpretation, which for Sandra McPhee, chair of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on World Mission, was something new and shifted a leadership role to Province IX.“It gives me great pleasure to see Province IX stepping up and being out front in leadership and claiming their proper place in the Episcopal Church.”— Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 last_img read more

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Independence Day Apopka style: Amphitheater, fireworks, music

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Thank you for an amazing, 5 star fireworks display tonight! Beautiful setting, easy to get in and out, shortest distance I ever had to walk from my car to a perfect, unobstructed view. The fireworks were impressive and flawless! I’m so proud to live in Apopka! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom July 4, 2017 at 10:37 pm TAGS4th of JulyCity of ApopkaIndependence Day Previous articleA caregivers prayer of patienceNext articleCan’t wait until the 4th? Try Red Hot & Boom Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Karena Whitworth Reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 center_img Apopka celebrates with fireworks and Motown Music for the 4th… From the City of ApopkaCelebrate the Fourth of July in Apopka with a big night of fireworks, kids activities and live music performances reliving decades of classic Motown music.The free event from 5 to 9 p.m. July 4th at the Northwest Recreation Complex in Apopka includes one of Central Florida’s best fireworks shows. Motown Madness hits the stage with amazing celebrity impersonators performing some of the most popular songs from the past 60 years. Enjoy great food and inflatable attractions for the kids.Free parking is available around the 182-acre Northwest Recreation Complex, 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway. Bring blankets and chairs – the large site provides a wide variety of unobstructed views of the fireworks. The Apopka Amphitheater features 1,300 seats around an outdoor concert stage. Tents, pets and outside food and drinks are not permitted.The Motown Madness concert will feature the band Derek and the Slammers backing a cast of entertainers including a Stevie Wonder impersonator with hit songs like “Signed Sealed Delivered,” “Superstition” and more. A tribute to Aretha Franklin will include the songs “RESPECT,” “Think” and “Natural Woman.” Rock out to Tina Turner classics like “Proud Mary” and “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” Relive the Blues Brothers with “Soul Man,” “Everybody Needs Somebody,” “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Rawhide” and many more great songs. 1 COMMENT Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Pub industry newspaper supports Tap into WaterAid

first_imgThe Publican, the weekly pub and bar industry newspaper, is supporting WaterAid’s Tap into WaterAid fundraising campaign.The media partnership coincides with the introduction on 6 April of the government’s mandatory code for the industry, requiring pubs to provide patrons with free tap water.Over 100 pubs, restaurants and cafés take part in Tap into WaterAid by encouraging their customers to make a small donation to WaterAid when they order tap water. The suggested 15p donation for a glass or jug of tap water is either added to the customer’s bill or collected in money boxes.Matt Eley, Deputy Editor of The Publican, said: “We are launching the partnership to coincide with the new drinks law. We hope that licensees across the UK will see this as an easy, cost-free way to put a positive spin on the code and be inspired to get involved today.”The media partnership runs for a year until April 2011 and aims to raise £50, 000 for WaterAid.www.wateraid.org.uk Howard Lake | 31 March 2010 | News Pub industry newspaper supports Tap into WaterAid AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: corporate About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  83 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

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North Carolina Fightback Conference unites workers

first_imgThe Southern Workers Assembly.WW photo: Dante StrobinoRaleigh, N.C. — Workers from across North Carolina joined together on Sept. 21 for a statewide Workers Fightback Conference hosted by the Southern Workers Assembly.In the last few months, over 950 people were arrested in protests at the State Capitol and tens of thousands took to the streets as part of the Moral Monday movement. At the same time, the SWA was building a campaign to elevate the struggles for workers’ rights, including having many rank-and-file workers arrested in the civil disobedience actions.Gathered for this important conference were members of the N.C. Public Service Workers Union-UE Local 150, ?the N.C. Association of Educators,? the Farm Labor Organizing Committee of the AFL-CIO, the Carolina Workers Organizing Committee (which is helping fast-food workers organize), ?OUR Walmart of the United Food and Commercial Workers, ?the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 322, as well as unorganized workers, the unemployed, youth, and community and faith leaders.President Angaza Laughinghouse of UE Local 150 said there had been an intensified legislative assault on unions in the state this year: “The workers’ movement is currently at a critical juncture here in the ‘right-to-work’ for less state of North Carolina. This convening of rank-and-file union leaders, organizing workers and activists to share lessons and plan action, is a strategic response. Today’s Workers Fightback Conference is an important step to resist this ongoing war against workers.”Laughinghouse added, “Today we must develop our broad campaign to oppose House Bill 6, which would put right-to-work, the ban on collective bargaining rights for public employees, and a ban on card check neutrality for union recognition into this state’s constitution.”Conference participants discussed how workers’ democracy and power must be promoted as an essential tenet of a democratic society. This is especially important now, with the attacks on democracy driven by the economic crisis and the capitalist push for austerity given as a solution.According to a conference document, “North Carolina workers and workers throughout the South, in addition to having the worst labor laws and anti-union climate in the country, are now undergoing further attacks on workers’ rights. N.C. is a testing ground for the introduction and passage of the most extreme right-wing and racist laws. Its open declaration of corporate control of state government was made clear by the governor’s appointment of multimillionaire Art Pope — who is the state’s single largest donor and a founding board member of the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity and Tea Party — in charge of the state’s budget as deputy budget director.“The right-wing push to make right-to-work part of the N.C. Constitution must be described as a major attack on labor and worker rights. The passage of a referendum constitutionalizing right-to-work would be a serious political blow to the labor movement in N.C. and throughout the U.S., as it would be defined as a people’s mandate, siding with the right of the employers to exercise total power over workers.”An opening panel of the conference focused on the struggle of workers to fight for family-supporting wages. The “Low Wages Have to Go!” panel featured Jessica Benton, a Millbrook Elementary School teacher and member of NCAE and Organize 2020; Terrance Kellon, a fast-food worker with Carolina Workers Organizing Committee; Meliton Hernandez, a 14-year farmworker with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee; and Larry Mackey, a utilities worker in the city of Charlotte and member of UE Local 150.“Whether I have to go to jail, or whatever it takes, I am going to fight for fast-food workers to get a raise,” said Kellon, a Little Caesar’s employee. “We want to form our own union and come together with other unions.”Workers in North Carolina have no majority sign-up or collective bargaining rights. The conference discussed how to build campaigns that elevate rights at work and also working conditions, using Workers Bill of Rights campaigns. Currently being utilized by state mental health workers and municipal workers in UE Local 150, such campaigns can be a major step forward in the process of building collaboration between groups in the labor movement.In the closing section of the conference, participants adopted a six-month plan to develop local Workers Assemblies in Charlotte, Goldsboro and Durham, N.C., to bring workers in those areas together to discuss actions and local working conditions as part of a Workers Democracy Campaign. nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Emergency services praised for swift response to Malin rescue

first_img Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Twitter Google+ Emergency services praised for swift response to Malin rescue Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous article“Clear change” in the way Covid-19 is spreadingNext articleFears reignite over controversial sewerage scheme plans News Highland The emergency services are being praised for their swift response to a rescue off Malin Head yesterday evening. The alarm was raised after reports of a small boat in difficulty at around 7pm with both the Greencastle Coastguard and the Rescue 118 helicopter attending the scene.A man was airlifted to Altnagelvin Hospital after being in the water for some time while the other causality was treated at the scene by paramedics.Local Cllr Martin McDermott says the men are very lucky:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/magfhgfhgfrtinrecue.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – July 10, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ Twitter Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApplast_img read more

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Buyers hunt Hamptons, North Fork homes — often in vain

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Full Name* Douglas Ellimanlong islandnorth forkResidential Real EstateThe Hamptonstristate-weekly Message* (Getty, iStock)Home shoppers in the Hamptons and North Fork are more eager than ever, but sales are falling because so little is left to buy.The number of first-quarter sales in the Hamptons plunged 37 percent from the previous quarter, from 803 to 509, according to a report by appraiser Miller Samuel for Douglas Elliman. On the North Fork, sales declined 38 percent, from 291 to 181.Read moreLong Island home sales spike in Q4The tri-state rental market’s endless summerGreenwich home sales double and hit 16-year high countywide Share via Shortlink Email Address* Sales remain well ahead of their pace of a year ago, however. In the Hamptons and North Fork they were 48 percent and 59 percent higher than in January through March of 2020, respectively.ADVERTISEMENTHigh demand and rising home values have not inspired many owners to sell. In the Hamptons, listing inventory fell 34 percent in the quarter — the fastest rate in the 13 years that Miller Samuel has been tracking the data.In North Fork, inventory decreased 11 percent from the fourth quarter and 58 percent from the first quarter of 2020.The houses that do list are flying off the market. In the Hamptons, they sold in just 101 days, on average — 32 percent faster than a year ago. The North Fork’s number was a mere 73 days, a 39 percent drop.The trend mimics other parts of the country. In March, 49 percent of U.S. homes that went into contract had been on the market for less than two weeks, according to Redfin.Other parts of the tri-state area have seen similar interest from buyers, pushing inventory down and prices up. In Greenwich, home sales nearly doubled in the first quarter compared with the same period in 2020.Contact Sasha Joneslast_img read more

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Will Wales now copy England’s fees ban?

first_imgHome » News » Will Wales now copy England’s fees ban? previous nextRegulation & LawWill Wales now copy England’s fees ban?Labour and Plaid politicians united in call for actionNigel Lewis28th November 20160549 Views High-profile Labour Welsh Assembly Member (AM) Jenny Rathbone has called for a tenant fees ban in Wales, despite voting against a similar proposal by Plaid Cymru last year.Her comments follow a 2012 ban in Scotland against tenant fees as well as last week’s announcement by the Chancellor that they are to be banned in England next year, following a consultation.Rathbone (pictured) has been active in Wales campaigning against fees. In a Senedd debate earlier this year she said “it should be the landlord paying the letting agency, not the tenant” and that “letting agencies are getting away with simply not providing a service in exchange for a fee”, in particular highlighting fees for taking properties off the market while contracts are drawn up.And Rathbone is worried that Wales is now seen as protecting tenants “less than in England and Scotland”, she told the BBC.But in Wales, unlike in England and Scotland, Rathbone is one of a relatively small group of politicians to campaign for a fees ban. Welsh ministers have taken the view recently that rents would rise if landlords are asked to pay for the cost of post-tenancy property cleaning, inventories, credit checks and references.There is also some confusion about whether the Welsh Government has the powers to introduce a ban. Rathbone and other Labour AMs voted against a Plaid Cymru attempt to introduce a ban last year after being advised that it would not be possible to implement, although later it was revealed that the Assembly does have the powers.Jenny Rathbone tenant fees ban Welsh assembly Welsh Government November 28, 2016Nigel 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

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The Hole Truth

first_imgNew research by Oxford University is trying to demonstrate how the mathematics underpinning Darwinian natural selection can be used to further our knowledge about black holes and the origins of the universe.The Oxford-based team, which includes evolutionary theorist, Andy Gardner, and theoretical physicist, Joseph Conlon, have been working on a paper which builds on the ‘cosmological natural selection hypothesis’ – a theory first advanced in the 1990s which uses the mechanics of natural selection to explain the apparent ‘fine-tuning’ of the universe’s basic parameters.Cosmological natural selection proposes that new universes are actually born inside black holes. This means that a ‘multiverse’ of many possible universes could be shaped by a process similar to natural selection so that successive generations of universes evolve to become better at making black holes.Speaking to Cherwell, lead author Dr Gardner explained the significance of theresearch: “The Standard Model of physics has 30 parameters, and the values of these parameters seem to be entirely arbitrary, but cosmologists have suggested that if they were even slightly different then the universe would not be able to support life.”“For example, if the cosmological constant was very slightly higher or lower, then the universe would either have very quickly collapsed in on itself or else very quickly undergone a heat death, before stars and galaxies had a chance to form. Cosmological natural selection leads to the idea of the universe being adapted to produce black holes, and in order to have black holes you need stars, so that is one possible explanation for the apparent fine-tuning.”The paper itself proposes that Price’s theorem – a basic equation from the science of evolutionary genetics – can capture the process of cosmological natural selection and explain how the universe seems ‘designed’ for the purpose of making black holes in the same way that a fish can appear ‘designed’ to swim or a bird can appear ‘designed’ to fly.Speaking about his motivation for conducting the research, Dr Gardner said: “I’m an evolutionary biologist, and I’m interested in the fundamentals of how selection gives rise to adaptive design, so it was interesting to explore how the logic of Darwinism plays out in a non-biological medium. The idea that cosmological natural selection has led to the universe being designed to produce black holes had not previously been expressed in a way that evolutionary biologists would consider mathematically proper, and so this iswhat the paper is doing.”One second-year Hertford physicist commented on the research, sayingthat: “Cosmological natural selection is a highly speculative topic.” Adding that: “Still, we should always be open about which avenues of investigation we decide to pursue. Some of our greatest discoveries in physics were only made after pushing a concept to its logical extreme.”A report of the research is due to be published in the online journal Complexitylater this year.last_img read more

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