Time for a Belfast branch? Northern Ireland booms as rest of UK slows down

first_imgAgents on the English side of the Irish sea looking to expand their business should look to Northern Ireland now that it has been revealed as the surprise star of the UK property market by UK Finance.The number of people taking out mortgages to buy property in Northern Ireland is at its highest since the early noughties, the trade association says.During the second quarter of this year the number of first time buyers increased by 12.5% in Northern Ireland compared to the same period last year, the highest quarterly level since 2005.The amount of money lent to first time buyers also increased by 16.7% to £0.280 billion, while the number of home movers increased by 6.7% to 1,600.Affordable region“Lending to first-time buyers has overtaken remortgaging as the largest sector by value, reversing the position during the previous quarter, as borrowers take advantage of what remains the UK’s most affordable region,” says Derek Wilson, chair of UK Finance’s Northern Ireland Mortgage Committee (right).“With the number of first-time buyers reaching a 12 year high, it will be important to increase the supply of new homes to match this growing demand.”The country’s perky performance compares well with the other parts of the UK for the same period, where property markets are sluggish. England experienced a lower number of first time buyer and home moving borrowers, as did Wales and Scotland.The downturn in lending has been harshest in England, where during June the number of home movers taking out mortgages decreased by 7.9%, first time buyers by 3.6% and buy-to-let landlords by 19.4%. mortgage lending northern ireland Derek Wilson UK Finance August 23, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Time for a Belfast branch? Northern Ireland booms as rest of UK slows down previous nextHousing MarketTime for a Belfast branch? Northern Ireland booms as rest of UK slows downNumber of first time buyers and home movers taking out mortgages increases during second quarter, says UK Finance.Nigel Lewis23rd August 201801,336 Viewslast_img read more

Cladding consultation launched to prepare for key code of practice

first_imgHome » News » Cladding consultation launched to prepare for key code of practice previous nextRegulation & LawCladding consultation launched to prepare for key code of practiceHomeowners and building owners are being asked what new code should contain to help assessors give consistent advice on remedial work.Nigel Lewis27th April 20210361 Views The government has launched a consultation on its new post-Grenfell code for external wall assessments and cladding systems to help surveyors give consistent advice on whether a building needs remedial work or not.This consultation follows complaints from freeholders and leaseholders of residential towers that assessors were giving stakeholders wildly varied advice on whether cladding would have to be removed or modified.Remediation work is extremely expensive to complete while also rendering properties within towers difficult or impossible to sell until the work has been completed.The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says the new code, which is being developed by the British Standards Institution (BSI), will benefit both residents and building owners.After the code is finalised following the consultation, it will ensure external wall assessments are carried out to a high and consistent standard, give building owners clarity on the fire risk of the construction of external walls, and provide consistent, risk-based and proportionate advice on whether remediation of the external walls is needed.“As part of the biggest improvements to building safety standards in 40 years, we are taking firm action to ensure homes and buildings are safer,” says Building Safety Minister Lord Greenhalgh (pictured).“This includes investing over £5 billion to help protect hundreds of thousands of leaseholders from the cost of replacing unsafe cladding on their homes.”Scott Steedman, Director-General of Standards at BSI, says: “We welcome all comments on the draft standard, especially from people living or working on or in these types of buildings, including residents and people from the construction, fire, housing and safety industries.The consultation closes on the 20th May 2021 with the new standard to be published in the Autumn.Read more about the cladding scandal.cladding scandal April 27, 2021Nigel 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 hits the Jackpot

first_imgBailey continued, “The government are proposing some horrendous changes to higher education, but they’re not going to be able to go down without students shouting about it. And quite hopefully without students making a diff erence to their proposed policies.”Sandy Downs, on the BackJack slate was elected as Welfare and Equal Opportunities Officer with 858 final round votes. From St Catherine’s bar, Downs commented, “Genuinely, I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who’s been an absolute godsend since this ridiculous idea was formed.”OUSU President-elect Jack Hampton ran on a platform that included strong emphasis on the importance of student mental health and a pledge to visit either the JCR or MCR of every college each term.Oxford University Labour Club’s usual involvement in the OUSU elections was somewhat reduced this year, with fewer OULC-affiliated candidates fielded this year despite the inclusion of OULC co-chair David Klemperer in the Oh Well, Alright Then slate. Freshly elected as one of OUSU’s NUS delegates, Klemperer told Cherwell, “This is a spectacular triumph for student apathy.” The Oh Well, Alright Then Facebook page gave the following statement in response to their clean-sweep of elections; “On a stunning turnout of 14.2 per cent, all four of us got elected. Thanks. I suppose this means we have to go to NUS Conference now. Oh well, alright then.”The results follow a tense two weeks of OUSU electoral campaigning with increasingly strong rhetoric. Marina Lambrakis, newly elected Vice President for Graduates wih 394 first-preference votes, posted harsh criticism of Hampton on Facebook prior to her election, saying, “I guarantee you, voting for Jack will take us a million steps backwards (BackJack is a pretty accurate description, inadvertently). He doesn’t care about grads, he doesn’t do his research, he doesn’t know what the issues are (local or national), and he doesn’t know how to tackle them effectively.“My ability to do my job next year if I’m elected will be SEVERELY curtailed if a President is elected who doesn’t have a clue. One weak link in the chain will stop OUSU progressing and achieving all the things we’re capable of. Please, let’s have an entire sabbatical team who are committed to each and every Oxford student.”Lambrakis has since been accused of negative electoral practice for her comments towards Hampton.In addition, former OUSU President Louis Trup criticised the BackJack slate’s Tinder and Grindr campaigning as “pointless” as results came in.A number of part-time positions did not receive any electoral candidates and will therefore receive appointments at the next available by-election, likely a campus-wide by-election next Hilary.OUSU is now expected to follow through on a pledge to donate 50p to charity for every vote cast in the election, amounting to £1571. However, returning officers will likely be disappointed that a greater increase in turnout did not result following the introduction of this charitable incentive scheme. One graduate student, Lindsay Lee, tweeted, “There were 3142 voters this time, and 3138 last year? As a grad student in stats, that’s hardly statistically significant.“Super quick and basic t-test gives p-value of 0.51, meaning the difference in voter turnout is not at all significant.”But the modest rise in turnout comes in spite of a reduction in the number of eligible student voters from 22,348 in 2014 to 22,003 this year, suggesting a more noticeable rise in the proportion of the student body voting.This year’s results seemingly represent a narrower margin of victory than in previous years. Last year, now-president Becky Howe won 1343 votes, beating her closest rival Will Obeney by 710 first-preference votes. Jack Hampton has been elected President of Oxford University Student Union, beating his rival Eden Tanner, with 1389 first-preference votes.Turnout in the 2015 OUSU election was 3142, accounting for 14.2 per cent of Oxford students. Following weeks of campaigning, Hampton, leader of the BackJack slate, had secured 1389 fi rst-preference total votes by the time ballots closed at 6pm on Thursday, representing approximately 6.3 per cent of the eligible student body.Speaking to Cherwell in the immediate aftermath of his election, OUSU President-elect Hampton, covered in BackJack stickers, said, “The mental health platform got a mandate and we’re going to follow through on that.“I didn’t think I’d be that nervous. Thank you to my slate – as a lot of people know here I’m not very good at hacking.“My biggest thank you has to be to Catz – I’m basically sure it was Catz what won it. I’m looking forward to taking a million steps forward with OUSU with all my great colleagues.” Hampton then added, “I’m not going to remember this evening – I’ve just drunk an unbelievable amount of brandy in ten minutes.”Hampton’s closest presidential rival, Eden Tanner, told Cherwell, “Thank you to all of the candidates for their efforts in this election, I know there are some really strong people who have been elected and I’m sure they’ll make a phenomenal team. I know OUSU will continue to go from strength to strength with their good work.”The presidential result only partly reflects the wider picture of the OUSU elections, in which it was expected Hampton’s BackJack slate might take a clean sweep of positions. However, BackJack lost the important position of Access and Academic Aff airs Officer to Eden Bailey from the IOU slate. In an immediate reaction to her election, Bailey said, “Oh my gosh! I can’t believe it. I’m so glad.“I’m absolutely delighted. This is such an important time for higher education, and I’m grateful that the students of Oxford have decided that I’m the person to speak up for them all on the university and national level.” Orla White, also from the IOU slate, was elected to Vice President for Women with 677 first-preference votes.last_img read more

“READERS FORUM” APRIL 8, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Should City Council should give Federal and State tax dollars to EHO Housing without knowing the findings of the police investigation and the Forensic audit?Please take time and read our articles entitled “Statehouse Files, Channel 44 News, Daily Devotions, Law enforcement, Readers Poll, Birthdays, Hot Jobs, and Local Sports.You are now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Aces women’s basketball adds two assistant coaches

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Head coach Matt Ruffing adds impressive names to staffEVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Evansville Interim Head Women’s Basketball Coach Matt Ruffing has announced the hiring of assistant coaches Bailey Harmon and Omega Tandy, effective immediately.“We are very excited to add Bailey and Omega to our staff, the athletic department and this university.  Both had successful playing careers and will be great mentors for our players,” Ruffing commented.  “Their coaching experience will be an asset on the court and on the recruiting trail as we search for young women of outstanding character, competitive drive, and those that have the desire to be the very best.  I am excited to get both of them in town and working for our program.”Harmon comes to UE after spending a total of four years with the women’s basketball program at Western Illinois, three of those seasons as an assistant coach for the Leathernecks.  She helped the program advance to the Women’s Basketball Invitational in 2016 where they won the first postseason game in its history.  It was also the first postseason appearance for WIU in ten years.She coached eight All-League selections in her time at WIU, including Ashley Luke, who was the 2014-15 Summit League Player of the Year.  Luke was also the COSIDA Academic All-America of the Year.A native of Independence, Mo., Harmon played college ball at Illinois-Springfield, serving as the captain in her junior and senior seasons.  She remains in the record books for making the most 3-point field goals in a season.  Prior to her time at UIS, she played at Cottey College, a NJCAA program in Nevada, Mo. where she was First Team All-Region and an NJCAA Academic All-American.  The 2012 graduate of UIS earned her degree in Mathematics and completed her master’s degree in Sport Management at WIU in 2014.  Harmon and her husband, Chad Harmon, were married in May of 2015 and have a dog, Hooper.“I’m honored and blessed to have an opportunity to work with Coach Ruffing and his wonderful staff,” Harmon said.  “There are a lot of positive things happening at UE. Evansville is a one of a kind place with a great tradition and I can’t thank Coach Ruffing enough for believing in me and giving me a chance to help him build a successful program on and off the court. Aces Aces!!”As a player, Tandy played for both Duquesne and Cleveland State.  With the Vikings, she earned the captaincy and led the team in scoring.  She left CSU ranking among the best in school history in minutes played and three-point percentage.Following her college career, Tandy began coaching AAU in the Indianapolis area for eight seasons, assisting in several student-athletes advancing their careers to the collegiate level.In 2008-09, she served as an assistant coach for Hall of Famer Stan Benge at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.  The squad won the state and national championship on their way to a perfect 30-0 mark.  Last year, Tandy was the head coach at Hamilton Heights HS in Arcadia, Ind. and helped the squad to an impressive turnaround as she implemented a culture changes.The 2006 CSU graduate earned a degree in sociology and worked in child abuse and neglect prevention/preservation.  Tandy is married to George Tandy IV, who played for the men’s basketball squad at Cleveland State and had a professional career in Germany.  The couple has two daughters – Aven Rae (5) and Grace (4).“My family and I thank God and Coach Ruffing for the opportunity to join the Purple Aces family.  The University of Evansville’s mission of developing students’ skills and wisdom to lead and serve parallel my purpose as a wife, mother and coach,” Tandy explained.  “I believe in Coach Ruffing’s vision for academic excellence, accountability, pride and building self confidence in the student-athletes we serve.  I look forward to learning under his tutelage and further developing myself as a coach.”last_img read more

Ocean City Girls Basketball Takes S.J. Title

first_imgBy LESLEY GRAHAMThe Ocean City girls basketball team captured the South Jersey Group 3 championship Tuesday afternoon by defeating the top-seeded Mainland Mustangs, 31-29.The Red Raiders and the Mustangs have battled for the South Jersey Group 3 title the past four years. Mainland was victorious last year on its way to a state title, but Ocean City was triumphant in 2017 and 2018.Now, the Red Raiders have rounded out their third title in four years.Leading the way was Ocean City senior captain Abbey Fenton, who dropped in a game high 15 points with the help of four three-pointers.Ocean City trailed after the first half, 16-8, in what proved to be a low-scoring affair. As the second half got underway, the Red Raiders fought their way back to tie the game at 20 with only a quarter remaining.In what was a down-to-the-wire game, both the Mustangs and the Red Raiders were not about to let the championship slip away without giving it their all.Ocean City held a slight lead with 20 seconds remaining, but Mainland hit a big three-pointer to close the gap to one point.With under 10 seconds to play in the game, Mainland was forced to foul, but the Red Raiders were able to make a free throw, giving them a two-point lead and ultimately securing the victory.Fenton, who leads the team in points this season, was thrilled with the victory.“We have worked so hard to get to this game, and to win it and overcome the odds feels so great,” she said.Ocean City will face Central Jersey Group 3 champion Westampton Tech in the Group 3 state semifinals on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Deptford High School. The Ocean City girls basketball Red Raiders celebrate their South Jersey Group 3 championship on March 10.last_img read more

Bakeries sign up to help CLIC Sargent

first_imgOver 20 bakery businesses have so far confirmed their support to help raise money for National Cupcake Week’s partner charity CLIC Sargent, which supports children with cancer.Among them are craft bakery chains Simmons Bakers and Greenhalgh’s, while ingredients supplier Puratos and bakery supplier Rich Products have also pledged their support.Simmons is giving a 20p donation from the sales of four different cupcakes at all its 31 bakeries. It will also be displaying the information leaflets and making pin badges available to purchase. Peter Williams, bakery director, said Simmons had produced four cupcakes especially for the Week. “We are hoping to sell as many as we can to help raise money for this valuable service.” The bakery has also been in touch with its local radio station to promote what it is up to.Sandra Ogden, head of Greenhalgh’s retail operations, said the baker would be donating 5p from every cupcake sold in its shops during National Cupcake Week, “which is a great way to help make a difference to children with cancer”. “The funds raised will go directly towards providing support to these children and their families,” she said. >>National Cupcake Champion signs new deal for premiseslast_img read more

News story: UK’s most advanced jets deploy overseas for the first time

first_imgOwned and operated by the RAF, the Lightning Force is jointly manned by both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. This deployment will allow personnel from both services to gain vital experience in maintaining and flying the aircraft in an unfamiliar environment.The deployment will also train and test all aspects of moving this aircraft to a new location, including logistics, maintenance, and sustainment of all the equipment and crew that comes with this impressive aircraft.The Lightning, as the aircraft is known in the UK, is the first to combine radar-evading stealth technology with supersonic speeds and the ability to conduct short take-offs and vertical landings. With the ability to operate from land and sea, the F-35 forms a vital part of delivering a ‘carrier strike’ capability to the UK when combined with Britain’s new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said: This first overseas deployment of these world-beating British F-35B aircraft to RAF Akrotiri, together with their embarkation in HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time in the Autumn of this year, are important milestones to prove their readiness for deployed operations anywhere in the world in defence of our national interests. It is great to see 617 Squadron, the modern day Dambusters, flying the most advanced and dynamic fighter jet in the UK’s history and about to start their first overseas deployment. I have no doubt that this short deployment will offer many tests, but likewise I am confident that our highly trained and skilled personnel will rise to the challenge and confirm our ability to deliver truly formidable capability. Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC DL Royal Navy, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff said: These formidable fighters are a national statement of our intent to protect ourselves and our allies from intensifying threats across the world. This deployment marks an important milestone in this game-changing aircraft’s journey to becoming fully operational. Britain’s new cutting-edge F-35B aircraft will depart their home station of RAF Marham in Norfolk later this year for Cyprus in their first overseas deployment.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: The UK currently owns 17 F-35B aircraft with the reformed 617 Sqn having arrived back in the UK last year, with RAF Voyager aircraft providing air-to-air refuelling on their trans-Atlantic journey. More jets are due in Britain over the coming years, and there is an overall plan to procure 138 aircraft over the life of the Programme.The F-35 is the world’s largest defence programme at over $1.3 trillion, with UK industry providing 15% by value of every one of over 3,000 jets set for the global order book. That makes the economic impact greater than if we were building 100% of all 138 aircraft which we intend to buy. The programme has already generated $12.9 billion worth of orders and at peak production will support thousands of British manufacturing and engineering jobs.last_img read more

The Flaming Lips Share Psychedelic Collaboration With Miley Cyrus [Watch]

first_imgThe Flaming Lips is releasing a new album, Oczy Mlody, due out next week on January 13th. The psychedelic rock band hasn’t released a full length album since their 2014 Beatles tribute, With A Little Help From My Fwends, and hasn’t released original music since The Terror in 2013. So the coming of Wayne Coyne and company’s new project is that much more exciting.They’ve released a few songs so far, the most recent of which hinted at collaborations with Miley Cyrus. The Flaming Lips appeared on her 2015 surprise album as her Dead Petz, and the music for the Lips’ new “Sunrise (Eyes of the Young)” is extremely similar to Cyrus’s “The Floyd Song (Sunrise)” from their collaborative album. Today’s lyrical video confirms her contributions to the album with the newest release of “We a Famly”. Check it out: The Flaming Lips will hit the road in support of Oczy Mlody on March 3rd, hitting mid-sized concert clubs throughout the U.S. and Toronto. The tour runs from March 3rd to April 4th with fourteen dates total, and comes just a month after the band wraps up their run through Europe in the end of January. You can see the tour schedule posted below.Flaming Lips Tour Dates03/03 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues03/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore03/05 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club03/06 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club03/08 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall03/09 – New York, NY @ Terminal 503/13 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel Complex03/14 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater03/29 – Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium03/30 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore03/31 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz04/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle04/03 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues04/04 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live,The Flaming Lips will hit the road in support of Oczy Mlody on March 3rd, hitting mid-sized concert clubs throughout the U.S. and Toronto. The tour runs from March 3rd to April 4th with fourteen dates total, and comes just a month after the band wraps up their run through Europe in the end of January. You can see the tour schedule posted below.Flaming Lips Tour Dates03/03 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues03/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore03/05 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club03/06 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club03/08 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall03/09 – New York, NY @ Terminal 503/13 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel Complex03/14 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater03/29 – Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium03/30 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore03/31 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz04/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle04/03 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues04/04 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Livelast_img read more

Watch Prince’s Bassist, MonoNeon, And Rapper A Weirdo From Memphis’s New Music Video [Premiere]

first_imgMonoNeon, the legendary and late Prince’s last bassist before his death, has been cranking out a ton of new tunes in 2017. Like his musical mentor Prince, MonoNeon has a particular curated aesthetic with an emphasis on innovation and boundary-pushing, whether that be musically or visually. Recently, MonoNeon and rapper A Weirdo From Memphis teamed up, collaborating on the track “America’s Perverted Gentlemen (Drawls)” off MonoNeon’s newest album, Selfie Quickie 2WOOO, which was released at a name-your-price rate on Bandcamp. To accompany the track, MonoNeon and A Weirdo From Memphis brought on director IMAKEMADBEATS for the track’s newly released music video.You can check out the 90’s punk-inspired video below, courtesy of MonoNeon. You can also catch MonoNeon at the Michael Jackson vs. Stevie Wonder Tribute at The Howlin’ Wolf on May 7th for late-night after Jazz Fest party.  MonoNeon will be joining Eric “Benny” Bloom, DJ Williams, Adam Deitch, Will Blades, Nigel Hall, and more in New Orleans for this special tribute, following Zigaboo Modeliste’s 19th Annual Funk Revue. You can check out other Live For Live Music Jazz Fest late nights here!last_img read more