The Brexit effect

first_imgThe post Brexit vote pendulum swings, with more positives and negatives bouncing into the property market every day.Some commentators report that overseas buyers are making a killing on UK property because of exchange rates, while others say that foreign investment is stalling as banks get picky about loans for UK properties – Singapore’s United Overseas Bank has temporarily stopped lending on London properties while others make worried noises.The Bank of England may be pleased that the housing market has slowed, the prediction was that a Leave vote could mean a fall in house prices of 10-18 per cent – again, good news for some, terrible news for others. Developers like Galliard Homes, who allowed buyers get-out clauses in the event of a Leave vote, report that very few had, so far, taken that up.One of the more negative vibes came from Zoopla, saying that the average UK home value will fall by £53,000, from its current level of £297,000 – 18 per cent. Bank of America Merill Lynch put their best guess at a 10 per cent fall, KPMG said five per cent.Dominic Agace (left), CEO of Winkworth says, “We saw this last year with the General Election, with a quieter period in terms of transactions in the lead up to the vote, and so we anticipate a similar effect in the lead up to Referendum. However, the UK and London in particular has always had a draw for foreign investment, not only from Europe but much further afield, and I would expect this to continue whatever the outcome, especially as people come for many reasons including schools and the lifestyle.”Adrian Gill (right), Director of Your Move and Reeds Rains, said, “The Brexit result won’t change the fact that huge numbers of aspiring first-timers want to buy a first home, and lots won’t want to wait out the two years until the renegotiations over the EU have been completed.“In the short-term, the wider market wobbles may benefit first-timers, giving them the leverage to negotiate harder and get a good deal.”post Brexit post Brexit vote property market referendum Bank of England first-time buyers July 3, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 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 Home » News » Housing Market » The Brexit effect previous nextHousing MarketThe Brexit effectIt’s that ‘turmoil’ word again, as the UK flounders in a mire of political pronouncements and predictions.The Negotiator3rd July 20160530 Viewslast_img read more

For the first time in history, Croatia Airlines recorded its two millionth passenger in one year

first_imgCroatia Airlines, the Croatian national airline, recorded its two millionth passenger this year.The jubilee passenger is Nancy Kranjčević from Pula, and he was recorded on the regular international flight OU481 Copenhagen – Zagreb. The two millionth passenger in one year was recorded for the first time in the history of Croatia Airlines, ie since the beginning of passenger transport in May 1991, and by the end of 2017 a total of more than 2,100.000 passengers are expected on the Croatian national carrier’s aircraft. during one year in the history of the company.So far this year, Croatia Airlines has recorded a total increase in passenger traffic of 10 percent, with 11 percent more passengers in international traffic and 7 percent more passengers in domestic scheduled traffic than in 2016. The growth of passenger traffic is, among other things, the result of the introduction of four new seasonal lines in May this year – from Zagreb to Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and Bucharest, and during this year’s tourist season seasonal flights to Lisbon, Milan, Prague and St. Petersburg continued. Petersburg, which were introduced in 2016. In addition, due to the great interest of passengers, this year’s seasonal flights to Barcelona and Lisbon have been extended to the winter flight schedule 2017/2018, ie they are performed for the first time after the tourist season.Croatia Airlines’ fleet consists of twelve aircraft: four Airbuses 319 (capacity 144 seats), two Airbuses 320 (capacity 174 seats) and six turboprop aircraft Dash 8-Q400 (capacity 76 seats). During this year’s tourist season, two 1000-seat CRJ 100 aircraft were leased.<br />
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Texas Man Could Be Innocent After a Computer Algorithm Links DNA to a New Suspect

first_imgNearly a decade into his life sentence for murder, Lydell Grant was released from a Texas prison on bond thanks to a new computer software program that identified the real source of a mixture of DNA.Thanks to the computer analysis, Grant, 42, the judge recommended in December that Texas’ highest criminal court vacate his conviction. His attorneys are hopeful a ruling is made in the coming weeks.For Grant’s exoneration hinged on the DNA evidence being sorted out by a new computer algorithm, which reanalyzed the unidentified DNA which led to the discovery of a new suspect, who has been charged after police said he confessed.At Grant’s trial in 2012, prosecutors centered their case on the eyewitness testimony — a practice that the Innocence Project argues plays a major role in defendants’ being wrongfully accused. In addition, jurors heard about DNA collected from fingernail scrapings from the victim’s right hand. The DNA was actually a mixture of two people: the victim and a second male profile.Houston’s police crime lab could not conclude that the other DNA was Grant’s, but the state’s expert’s testimony suggested to the jury that it “could not be excluded.”Jurors also heard from Grant’s alibi witness, who said he was with Grant on the night of the murder, but his testimony failed to sway them, court documents show.Grant was found guilty of first-degree felony murder. From his jail cell in Harris County, he began writing to anyone he thought could help including the Innocence Project who contacted DNA expert Angie Ambers, an associate professor of forensic science at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.Ambers was familiar with a type of DNA technology known as “probabilistic genotyping.”Ambers learned of one such software program created by Cybergenetics, a small company in Pittsburgh that had analyzed DNA samples from unidentified victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.It was worth a shot: Ware requested the raw DNA data from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and then it was shared with Cybergenetics and run through its program, TrueAllele. (The name is a play on the word that signifies the different forms a person’s genes can take.)The company offered a free preliminary screening, and the software did what a human could not do: determine that Grant’s DNA did not match that of the unknown male profile.Ambers had a hunch that something was off when she first reviewed the case because a large number of alleles present in the DNA mixture were inconsistent with Scheerhoorn’s or Grant’s profiles. But she said TrueAllele’s discovery alone wouldn’t guarantee that Grant would be cleared of a crime because he was convicted by a jury.Typically, federal, state and local law enforcement and government crime labs can upload an unknown profile into the database and compare it for a possible match against that of one of the more than 14 million convicted criminals and those arrested already in the system. The process, for instance, can help authorities link crimes from several scenes to a single person.The South Carolina crime lab’s search resulted in a hit. The DNA profile belonged to a man in Atlanta named Jermarico Carter, who police say left Houston shortly after the murder. Carter also has a lengthy criminal record, and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement in December that he confessed to the killing.Acevedo at the time also issued a rare apology to Grant and his family, “as they have waited for justice all these years.”last_img read more

Nsibambi grabs late winner for Uganda’s KCCA

first_imgNsibambi (left) celebrates his last minute winning goal for KCCA. PHOTO KCCA MEDIAJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Derrick Nsibambi snatched a stoppage-time winner as KCCA of Uganda edged Al Masry of Egypt 1-0 Saturday in the first leg of a CAF Confederation Cup play-off in Kampala.Just when the tie seemed to be heading for deadlock, Benjamin Ochan launched a long freekick in the visitors’ box that found a charging substitute Nsibambi. He struck the ball from a tight angle past Ahmed Abdelhalim to win it for KCCA FC right at the death.This after close to 90 minutes in which KCCA FC kept on throwing all they had to the El Masry backline but the visitors had answers to the questions asked.KCCA FC travels to Egypt for the second leg next Saturday. Share on: WhatsApp Young Africans of Tanzania were another club from the east of Africa to build a 1-0 lead at home over opponents from the north as they beat Mouloudia Alger of Algeria.Zimbabwean Thabani Kamusoko scored the winner midway through the second half in Indian Ocean city Dar es Salaam.Wits of South Africa failed for a third time within two months to penetrate an Egyptian defence when held 0-0 by Smouha in Johannesburg.The South Africans lost 1-0 overall to Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League last month and were demoted to the second-tier Confederation Cup.Mounana of Gabon built a 2-1 lead over ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast, whose hopes of overall success were enhanced when Fabius Dosso halved the deficit on 74 minutes.Louis Autchanga scored midway through the opening half in Libreville and Nic Zamble doubled the advantage soon after half-time.Njiva Rakotoharimalala salvaged a 1-1 draw for CNaPS Sport of Madagascar with a last-minute equaliser against Recreativo Libolo of Angola in Antananarivo.Julsy Boukama-Kaya from Congo Brazzaville had given the visitors a mid-second half lead.Highlight of 10 first legs Sunday is the clash between title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo and JS Kabylie of Algeria.Mazembe have won 10 CAF titles and Kabylie six, placing both clubs among the five most successful in pan-African competitions.The play-offs pit Confederation Cup last-32 winners against Champions League last-32 losers with 16 group places at stake.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal in middle of football controversy in Madrid

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadal couldn’t avoid the issue when he arrived in the Spanish capital for this week’s Madrid Open.“Well, there is a problem with today’s society, that to be a true supporter of one team, it seems that you have to be anti another team,” Nadal said Monday. “I just support Real Madrid. I have a lot of friends that are from Atletico. They are playing in a competition in Europe against an English team. I just went there to support Atletico Madrid. They invited me. I just wanted to enjoy the day, to see a great football match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNadal was captured on camera with the jersey around his neck during the team’s 1-0 win at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Thursday, a result that allowed Atletico to reach the final of Europe’s second-tiered club competition.“The (club’s) president gave me a T-shirt as a gift,” Nadal said. “At night it was a little bit chilly, a little bit cold, and I just used it as a scarf. That’s all. But it’s always the same stuff. Maybe there’s too much hypocrisy, or I would say you people in the media have to write too many things, so you have to explore some stupid things.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Pelicans’ preferred pace presents dilemma vs. Warriors FILE – In this April 29, 2018 file photo, Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts to falling confetti after winning the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament final in Barcelona, Spain. As a longtime Real Madrid supporter, Nadal appeared with a Atletico Madrid jersey in Atletico’s Europa League match against Arsenal on Thursday May 3, 2018, making headlines and attracting a wave of social media reactions by fans from both clubs. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)MADRID  — Rafael Nadal has put himself in the middle of a football controversy in Madrid.A longtime Real Madrid supporter, Nadal appeared with a Atletico Madrid jersey during the club’s Europa League match against Arsenal last week, making headlines across Spain and attracting a wave of social media reactions from fans from both teams.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadal also discussed Sunday’s “clasico” between Barcelona and Real Madrid, which ended in a 2-2 draw after several questionable calls made by the officiating crew at Camp Nou Stadium.“I don’t have to talk about football referees,” Nadal said. “The poor referee will have a lot on his back because you have been speaking about them for hours and hours. I’m not going to contribute to that show. I think it was a great football match, nice to see. I really enjoyed the football.”Nadal said he favors after-game sanctions to try to make the referees’ life easier.“Maybe I am very passionate about football, and I’m not criticizing football,” he said. “But at the end of the day, the referees have a very hard job. It’s very difficult to make decisions when you are under pressure. There are sometimes many players that try to trick other players … It’s just a show.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View commentslast_img read more

Hazard still keen on ‘dream’ Real Madrid move

first_img0Shares0000Real Hazard for Chelsea: Eden Hazard has again stated the lure a move to Real Madrid holds for the Belgian © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 8 – Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has cast fresh doubt over his future despite a blistering start to the season by admitting he is still tempted by the childhood dream of a move to Real Madrid.Hazard has been instrumental in Chelsea’s unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri, scoring eight goals in all competitions, as the Blues sit joint top of the Premier League alongside Manchester City and Liverpool. The Belgian was crowned the second best player at the World Cup and, after leading his country to third place in Russia, stated he felt the time was right for a fresh challenge with Madrid his preferred destination.“I spoke after the World Cup and I said that I think it is time to change because I played a great World Cup,” Hazard told the British media after scoring in Sunday’s 3-0 victory at Southampton.“I am really in the game, I am playing good football at the moment.“Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie today. It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club.“We will see. I don’t want to talk about this every day. I don’t have time but we will talk about my future soon.”Real could do with Hazard’s firepower in the absence of the departed Cristiano Ronaldo, having failed to score in four consecutive games for the first time since 1985.– Different case to Courtois –Eden Hazard doesn’t want to follow Belgium team-mate Thibaut Courtois’ example in forcing an exit from Chelsea to Real Madrid © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEHazard is out of contract in 2020, but doesn’t want to follow the example of international team-mate Thibaut Courtois in forcing his way out of the club.Courtois had just a year to run on his contract, lowering his transfer value, when he refused to return to pre-season training with Chelsea before sealing a move to Real in August.“I don’t want that,” Hazard said. “I want what’s good for me, but I want what’s good for the club because the club has given me everything.“I don’t want to say: ‘Yes, I am signing a new contract’ and then in the end I don’t end up signing. So I will see.“Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future. I am 27 and I will turn 28 in January.”Madrid have won the Champions League for the past three seasons, while Chelsea failed to even qualify for Europe’s premier club competition this season after finishing sixth in the Premier League.However, Hazard insisted it is not trophies, but the enjoyment he gets from his football that will be the determining factor in his decision.And he is thriving in Sarri’s more expansive set-up after two seasons under the more cautious approach of Antonio Conte.“It is not trophies. Of course, when you play, you want to win,” added Hazard. “But I just want to enjoy things on the pitch, like I am at the moment. Then I am happy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fabianski hails ‘special’ night following win over Arsenal

first_img1 Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says it was ‘special’ stealing three points off his former club Arsenal.The 30-year-old Pole was in fine form as his side won 1-0 at the Emirates on Monday night to reach 56 points this Premier League season.The evening was made all the more enjoyable thanks to the warm welcome he got from the Gunners fans.“It’s always special to play against your former team, where I spent such a long time, and to reach 56 points was pretty special, too,” he said.“It was also nice to receive such a good reception before and after the game. It shows the fans are loyal to former players.” Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski last_img read more

Getting Dangerous Paint Strippers Off the Shelves

first_imgStory behind the storyLowe’s decision came after more than 200,000 consumers nationwide, including tens of thousands of National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) online activists, signed petitions urging the company to act. In early May, advocates held a week of action in more than a dozen states following a letter by our coalition that generated more than 40,000 public comments to the company and more than three million views of an NRDC Instagram video calling for Lowe’s to lead the industry in a ban.NRDC also purchased a stock share in Lowe’s in order to attend its June shareholder meeting to make our case directly to the board and CEO, and we planned a press conference prior to the meeting. After learning of our plans, Lowe’s acted before the press conference and meeting, garnering positive headlines about its action and avoiding negative ones about its lack thereof. Pruitt’s stubborn EPAIn January 2017, the EPA proposed banning paint strippers containing these chemicals under the newly strengthened Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), citing the products’ unreasonable risks to human health. However, deferring to the wishes of the chemical industry, the agency later shelved the proposed ban soon after Scott Pruitt was confirmed as EPA Administrator, and Pruitt has failed to finalize the ban over the past 18 months.In May of this year, two days after Pruitt met with families who have lost loved ones due to methylene chloride exposure in the past 18 months, the EPA announced that it would finalize a methylene chloride rule. However, the agency has revealed few details on its planned regulatory action, offered no timeline, and has taken no final action.The public fight with EPA over methylene chloride and NMP in paint-strippers is one important piece of a larger battle with the industry-friendly interests now in charge, including efforts to compel bans, testing requirements and other actions on other toxic solvents, “Teflon-like” PFAS chemicals, and organophosphate pesticides like chlorpyrifos. By SHELLEY POTICHA All About Indoor Air Quality Understanding Indoor Air QualityThe Hazards of Cooking With GasWorrisome Chemicals Lurk Even In Green Buildings People can actIt also signals an effective tactic in our efforts against toxics: When the federal government won’t do the right thing, taking the case to the American people will keep the pressure on to get dangerous chemicals that damage our and our children’s health off the market.The vigorous and brave actions of the families of those hurt and killed by these toxics was key in educating millions of Americans and inspiring thousands to speak out.As a result, this victory signals that the chemical industry, with its vast financial resources, consultants, lobbyists, and a friendly EPA trying to dismantle science programs, right-to-know programs, and toxics programs, won’t always get its way.We will continue to work on multiple fronts, choose our battles, and fight at the federal and state levels and in the marketplace with concerned Americans to take on the industry on behalf of human health and well-being. His devastated family discovered that dozens of other people have died from exposure to the chemical over that last several decades — even though it is readily available over the counter to consumers.center_img RELATED ARTICLES Three American companies have moved to protect people’s lives from a deadly chemical that the federal government has so far refused to ban from store shelves — a major victory in the fight to stop the dismantling of protections against toxic substances in our workplaces, homes, and lives.We hope this bold action against the sale of methylene chloride in response to public pressure will inspire the federal government to do what’s right and follow suit.Without an outright ban there’s still a chance for another tragic story like that of young entrepreneur Drew Wynne, who was fatally overcome by toxic fumes from methylene chloride, commonly found in paint strippers.Less than a year ago, Wynne’s business partner found him dead after Wynne, 31, attempted to resurface the floor of a walk-in refrigerator at his cold brew coffee company in Charleston, S.C., with a paint stripper containing methylene chloride that he bought at Lowe’s. Wynne was wearing a respirator and gloves. Deadly legacyMethylene chloride has been linked to more than 60 deaths nationwide since 1980 and is also linked to lung and liver cancer, neurotoxicity, and reproductive toxicity. Another dangerous paint stripper, N-methylpyrrolidone, or NMP, which will also be removed, has been found to hinder fetal development and can cause miscarriage and stillbirth. According to the EPA, more than 60,000 U.S. workers and 2 million consumers are exposed to methylene chloride and NMP annually.Lowe’s announced in late May that it will no longer sell products containing methylene chloride and NMP — some 19 products in all, under brand names such as Goof Off, Jasco, and Klean Strip.Two weeks after the Lowe’s announcement, Sherwin-Williams, too, said publicly it will pull these toxic products off the shelves. Then, June 19, Home Depot followed suit, meaning the three major retailers selling these chemicals will remove them from their stores by the end of the year.We hope that the Environmental Protection Agency will follow the logic that we and our close partner Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, as well as other coalition members laid out for the retailers and put the United States in the company of the other countries that have declared a ban. Shelley Poticha is managing director, Healthy People & Thriving Communities program, at the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog.last_img read more

Sometimes You Have to Stand Alone

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now There will be times that you have to stand up for what is right, and doing so means you will have to stand alone. Stand anyway.Sometimes standing up for yourself means that you will have to stand alone, too. No matter much how much it feels like you need someone to stand with you, no matter how afraid you may be, stand alone, come what may.It’s never easy to stand alone, but there will times when you have to stand alone to protect those who cannot stand for themselves.No matter what people think of you, no matter what they say about you behind your back, and even if you become the target of their fears (and bullying, anger, resentment, and all other forms of violence are all a form of fear at their core), stand alone anyway.You will never regret standing up for what is right, for what you believe, or for those who can’t stand for themselves. Real character is a rare commodity, and is worth whatever price you pay.But know this: those who stand alone often turn around to find that there are many standing behind them.last_img read more