The number of properties available to rent has fallen and prices are rising as the government’s recent Stamp Duty and tax allowance changes take their toll on the the lettings market, says franchise giant Belvoir.“Belvoir’s Q1 rental index, which is prepared for us by property expert Kate Faulkner, has identified some interesting trends, which we believe are a direct result of recent changes to BTL legislation,” says Belvoir’s Chief Operating Officer, Dorian Gonsalves.This includes that the number of landlords bringing between six and ten properties to the market has declined while the number of landlords bringing up to three properties to market remained static.Dorian says the reasons for this include additional Stamp Duty for buy-to-let property buyers and the radical changes to the way mortgage interest tax relief is calculated, which has reduced or cancelled out profits for many landlords.LettingsTo counter these measures, Belvoir says, landlords are seeking the highest rental prices for their properties and driving up rents across the UK which have risen year-on-year by 5.75%.“Since 2008 [when Belvoir began its index] rents have moved broadly in line with wages and large movements over and above +/-5% rarely happen,” says Belvoir’s Chief Operating Officer, Dorian Gonsalves (pictured, left).“Although some areas of the South East reported slight falls in rent, other areas, such as the East Midlands and Yorkshire saw increases of over 7% year on year.”Belvoir says the increases in rent are also being driven by statistical factors in the lettings market such as an increase in the number of HMOs in the market and more prime properties, both of which tend to drive up local averages.“Renting now accounts for 20% or more of the housing market, and with a General Election looming, housing is clearly heading up the rankings of importance,” says Dorian. “A review of the manifestoes of all the main political parties confirm that all are making promises about housing, with particular emphasis on the PRS.“Whilst some initiatives may help some tenants, it is unfortunate that the general view seems to be to ‘curb’ smaller BTL investors in favour of large landlords and a reduction in BTL investment altogether. This could cause a further decrease in stock levels, making it much tougher for tenants to secure a property, especially as demand is expected to continue to increase over the coming years.“All parties are promising an increase in the building of new homes, but the reality is that unless land is sold or developed at a discount, it will be quite difficult to provide rents at anything less than existing landlords are doing. This is already the case in London where large landlords, who are backed by the Government, or Housing Associations and are now entering into the PRS can make renting viable at existing market rents.”Belvoir Dorian Gonsalves June 5, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Govt lettings squeeze drives up rents as landlords exit previous nextHousing MarketGovt lettings squeeze drives up rents as landlords exitRecent Stamp Duty and mortgage interest tax allowance measures are impacting market, says BelvoirNigel Lewis5th June 20170792 Views
USNS Comfort on Its Ninth CP15 Mission Stop Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS Comfort on Its Ninth CP15 Mission Stop Authorities View post tag: americas View post tag: USNS Comfort August 21, 2015 View post tag: Mission Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Ninth US Navy’s Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on its ninth Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15) mission stop in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.An opening ceremony held on August 14 at the 27 de Febrero Naval Base marked the start of this mission stop during Comfort’s six-month deployment and the third time that the Continuing Promise mission has visited the Dominican Republic.CP-15 mission operations began over the weekend, where NGO volunteers and military medical professionals from the Dominican Republic Ministry of Health worked alongside Comfort medical professionals to provide no-cost medical and dental services. Just days into the Dominican Republic mission stop, medical providers have cared for over 3,000 patients at two locations, Parque del Este and Hermandad de los Pensionados.Since deploying in April, Comfort has completed mission stops in Belize, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia and Dominica. Additional stops are planned for Haiti, and Honduras. To date, more than 86,400 patients have been seen and more than 940 surgeries have been performed aboard Comfort.[mappress mapid=”16723″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: CP15
Following the passing of a motion to hold a referendum on Oxford’s affliation to the NUS at OUSU Council on Wednesday, a Cherwell survey has found that a significant majority of students would vote to disaffliate from the NUS.Over 850 students, nearly 10 per cent of the undergraduate student body, took part in the survey. Of those surveyed, 57 per cent showed support for the disaffiliation campaign, whilst 29 per cent expressed a desire to stay in the NUS. 14 per cent of students were undecided.The vote at OUSU Council on Wednesday means that a referendum will be held on Oxford’s affiliation to the National Union of Students before sixth week. The OUSU Council motion was proposed by David Klemperer, one of the Oxford’s delegates to the NUS and a member of the ‘Oh Well Alright Then’ slate.The controversial motion was debated for nearly three hours with multiple amendments, dominated by questions surrounding the ability of liberation movements to adequately campaign for NUS membership in the short time frame with their limited resources.It was passed by secret ballot with 67 members voting in favor of a referendum, 56 opposing and three abstaining. Emotions were running high as Becky Howe’s speech ended in tears and Klemperer was accused of lying in the motion.The motion to disaffiliate follows the election of Malia Bouattia as President-elect of NUS, despite allegations of anti-Semitism. Leaders of Jewish Societies at 48 universities across the UK signed an open letter calling on her to answer questions including her comment declaring the University of Birmingham a “Zionist outpost”. Malia responded to the open letter claiming she only took issue with Zionist politics not Jewish faith. She defended herself against this, and other, allegations in a comment piece written for The Guardian.Speaking to Cherwell, Richard Brooks, current NUS Vice-President for Union Development, who will also be serving next year said, “We’re going to campaign in the same way for a few other places that are going to a refer the NUS to a referendum. We will get in contact with the student unions and engage with students.“There is massive benefit to being a part of the NUS, including cheaper items, training and support and a strong national campaign.“One of the main campaigns that the NUS has is Cut The Cost. Every time we can go onto a campaign students are talking about the cost of living, we are listening to Oxford students.”Before the vote, several JCRs mandated their OUSU reps to vote in favor the referendum. Each college can send three representatives to OUSU Council. Trinity, Merton and Magdalen colleges, amongst others, delegated all three representatives to vote in favor of a referendum. Some colleges decided to delegate their representatives proportionately with two voting to reps voting to hold a referendum, and one against.“It’s clear that many people are deeply dissatisfied with the NUS”David KlempererWith almost all colleges backing disaffiliation in Cherwell’s survey, Wadham is a notable outlier, with a slim majority of students indicating support to continue affiliation. Trinity had the highest percentage of those backing disaffiliation.David Klemperer commented, “I’m very glad that the survey shows a real desire for change on the part of Oxford students. It’s clear that many people are deeply dissatisfied with the NUS, and I hope we see a similar result.”Oxford University JSoc President Issac Virchis commented: “The last few weeks have raised some questions about NUS and its leadership. I’m glad Oxford students will have the opportunity to hear strong arguments from both sides and make a decision on their future for themselves.”
Keble College JCR has narrowly voted in opposition to the College’s provisional decision to burn a boat on its front quad ahead of Summer VIIIs, in a non-binding vote held this evening.The College’s Governing Body had voted last week to allow the Keble College Boat Club to burn an old boat in the centre of the College’s Liddon quad if the men’s first crew (M1) or women’s first crew (W1) finish Head of the River next week.Members of the JCR were presented with three options in an emergency motion at a JCR meeting earlier today. JCR members were asked whether they supported the burning of the boat, a celebration of the boat not based around burning, a rejection of the burning altogether, or abstention.50 students voted to reject burning the boat altogether, with 73 choosing to celebrate the boat without burning it. There were 120 votes in favour of burning the boat and four abstentions, leaving a narrow majority of three votes in opposition to the Boat Club proposal.One Keble JCR member, who did not wish to be named, told Cherwell: “It says something about Keble that we sent this motion to debate. We are not afraid to question even the most traditional of traditions. The debate that we had was well-mannered, mature and ultimately helpful for the whole college I think.“Everyone here supports the Boat Club and will be very proud if they gain headship but we also want to ensure that Keble’s values of progressiveness and modernisation are represented in everything that we do.”Keble MCR, which was polled on the question on Sunday, voted 21-18 against burning the boat. Both the JCR and the MCR motions were wholly advisory, with no power to mandate the Boat Club.Sven Jaeschke, the men’s captain of the Boat Club, told The Oxford Student: “The grass won’t be touched and we would use fire retardant blankets to further protect it. The old wooden boat that we intend to burn, however, hasn’t been used for over 40 years and is of almost no value anymore”The Governing Body voted in favour of burning the boat 12-9 with three abstentions, with JCR and MCR representatives not allowed to vote.Keble College Boat Club and Keble College JCR have been contacted for comment.
Ask a baker if they want their bottom boosted and chances are they’ll run a mile. Those who stick around are clearly in the market for the latest in tunnel oven kit, as was the case with one leading bakery food manufacturer, which is installing Britain’s first Mecatherm three-deck tunnel oven. While we’re not allowed to reveal the name of the baker, we can share the specs with you. The unique oven combines convection and radiant, allowing products to be baked on both the trays and the hearth. The Mecatherm FTM oven incorporates a Bottom Bake Booster (BBB) system, which consists of a controlled hot air convection bake limited to the sole of the product. The top is baked by radiant heat without any turbulence in the baking chamber.It comes as part of a line that includes an automatic prover, vacuum depanner, a cooling system for the empty trays and a tray storage system enabling changeover of trays. Epsom-based European Process Plant, which supplies the ovens, is just about to finish the commissioning trials.”This combination of radiant heat and controlled air convection heat results in a very high quality finished product,” said EPP managing director Keith Stalker. “For example, it allows plant bakers to control crust thickness and produce sandwich breads with a thin top crust and a heavier crust at the sole. Another advantage is that products can be baked on the hearth without marking the bottom crust.”Flexible systemThe modular oven is also suitable for producers of part-baked hearth products that require very short bake times. This results in high residual humidity in the products without any collapsing. It is also said to increase the product’s shelf life.The system is very flexible, allowing rapid switching from hearth production to tray baking. The oven’s advanced, easy-to-use control system gives the baker full control over the bake with the oven’s parameters being able to be quickly changed. The non-turbulent atmosphere created by the use of radiant heat results in reduced steam consumption and excellent development of the upper crust, claims EPP.One bakery we can name that has recently installed a tunnel oven is Manchester’s GH Sheldon. The morning goods supplier needed additional bespoke baking capacity to meet increased demand the company supplies all the major multiples and is focusing on growing the Sheldon brand throughout the UK. A brown muffin has been introduced, extending the broad range of white and brown baps, teacakes and potato cakes.Sheldon’s signature product is the Lancashire oven bottom muffin, baked on both sides in the traditional way a unique process patented by Sheldon. With an extremely tight crumb structure and premium ingredients, it required consistent baking.Expansion plans created the need for two additional tunnel ovens and, after a thorough search of the market, Sheldon went with Dutch baking specialist Den Boer Baking Systems, which had supplied its existing 15-year-old tunnel oven. Den Boer, now part of the Tromp group, has been making industrial tunnel ovens for more than 100 years. They can be found all over the world in wide-ranging applications, including bread bakeries, pizza plants and on pie and puff pastry lines.”We were obviously influenced by the fact that our existing Den Boer tunnel oven had worked for so long,” says managing director Lee Sheldon.The two new gas-fired ovens run 24 hours a day, six days a week, and are installed in an additional building, which doubles Sheldon’s production capacity.”We don’t believe that regional products such as the Lancashire oven bottom muffin are dying; in fact, they seem to be becoming accepted nationwide,” says Sheldon.While some bakers are finding success with traditional products, the increase in popularity of speciality breads with toppings has generated new challenges for bakers, particularly in terms of cleaning and safety.Toppings such as butter and cheese can be extremely volatile. If they drop into the bottom of the oven and become trapped they can pose a serious fire risk.The Double D Clean In Place (CIP) system was developed to address this very issue. An integral part of Double D’s Continuous Baking Oven, the CIP is a unique system of sparge pipes that deliver a pressurised, heated, caustic solution throughout the oven, thoroughly cleaning any debris or residue. This significantly reduces the fire risk and can impact considerably on insurance premiums.”This system is vital to us as baking with toppings requires much stricter hygiene and safety standards,” says Mark Jones, manufacturing director of New Primebake, part of the Bakkavör Group, which has factories in Nantwich, Barton and Crewe. The plant at Crewe uses a Double D Continuous Baking Oven to produce speciality breads for most of the UK’s major supermarkets, together with a range of hand-crafted breads with speciality toppings.”The oven can be fully programmed and accurately timed to bake each product exactly how you want it,” continues Jones. “The consistency across the belt is always excellent, as the airflow system gives complete control over both top and bottom heat and provides equal firing at the edges of the band there is never any scorching. It also contains a water bath, which collects and discards the volatile residue, while halving our cleaning down-time.”Versatile programmingThe high impingement oven can be programmed to suit any number of different recipes and specifications, while the travelling stainless steel belt can be custom-built to practically any required width. Pizza, quiche, pastries, pies, savouries, morning rolls and confectionery can all be baked consistently at high volumes. Double D, which is now part of JBT FoodTech, has also developed a high temperature continuous oven for pizza and flat bread production, which can bake a 10-inch pizza in 1½-2 minutes at 750°F.When you’re baking on an industrial level, you want to clamp down on the energy usage. The Hanseat range from Germany-based Daub is a multi-deck tunnel oven system that can either be batch or continuous. It offers a step-loading system that means heat cannot escape when doors are opened. Its main point of difference is its use of thermal oil.Daub’s ovens use thermal oil to heat a radiator which runs through the oven and maintains it at the optimum temperature throughout its entire length a bit like a domestic central heating system that maintains the same heat throughout a property. Thermal oil has allowed Daub to increase the efficiency of a radiator system and minimise the heat conveyance losses external and internal to the oven. This high heat capacity means the peak radiator temperature can be lower, so losses are reduced.Thermal oil also allows the manufacturer to look closely at its radiator design. A thermal oil radiator is not part and parcel of the oven structure it is a radiator optimised for heat transfer. It can be manufactured and optimised separately to the structure of the oven, says supplier Benier UK, which is part of the Kaak Group, Europe’s largest manufacturer of bakery equipment. Claims of up to 30% saving on energy costs, based on existing users’ experiences, are certainly worth noting as margins on high-volume products look set to get ever tighter.
Related Shows Brooklynite View Comments Doyle’s Broadway credits include War Horse, Spring Awakening,The Book of Mormon and Bye Bye Birdie; he is currently headlining Brooklynite off-Broadway. Jasper In Deadland follows 17-year-old Jasper, who faces demons, gods and monsters while in search of his best friend. The musical, with music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver and a book by Oliver and Hunter Foster, explores what it means to die and to truly be alive. The show has undergone extensive development since its 2014 incarnation at New York’s West End Theater. Matt Doyle is going west! The Broadway fave will reprise his off-Broadway role in Jasper in Deadland in Seattle. The previously reported production at the 5th Avenue Theatre will begin performances on April 30 and officially open on May 14. Brandon Ivie will direct the limited engagement, which will run through May 24. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015
Related Shows Bienvenue! Full casting has been announced for the Josie Rourke-helmed Les Liaisons Dangereuses, starring Tony winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber. Raffi Barsoumian (Privacy) and Ora Jones (Matilda) will join the cast as Le Chevalier Danceny and Madame de Volanges, respectively. Performances of the play, which is based on the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos and has been adapted by Oscar winner Christopher Hampton, will begin on October 8 at the Booth Theatre.Also joining the cast are Katrina Cunningham (Paramour) as Émilie, Josh Salt (The Cripple of Inishman) as Azolan and Joy Franz (Into the Woods) as Victoire. David Patterson and Laura Sudduth will make their Broadway debuts in the production as Major-domo and Julie, respectively. As previously reported, the cast will also feature Elena Kampouris as Cécile Volanges, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Madame de Tourvel and Mary Beth Peil as Madame de Rosemonde.The dark comedy follows lovers-turned-rivals La Marquise de Merteuil (McTeer) and Le Vicomte de Valmont (Schreiber) as they challenge each other to games of reputation-ruining seduction. Among their targets is the young convent girl Cécile (Kampouris), whose love for her music teacher is exploited to thwart her engagement. Les Liaisons Dangereuses View Comments Raffi Barsoumian & Ora Jones(Photo: Johan Persson) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017
Enzo Biochem, Inc. (NYSE:ENZ) announced today a co-marketing partnership between its Enzo Life Sciences subsidiary of Farmingdale, New York, a world leader in non-radioactive probe technology, and BioTek Instruments of Winooski, Vermont, a privately held global leader in the development, manufacture and sale of microplate instrumentation for drug discovery and life science applications, involving powerful, integrated solutions for high throughput live cell analysis.Aimed at research institutions, as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, this reagents-instrumentation collaboration creates a highly reproducible and reliable platform for live cell analysis, offering a cost effective alternative to dedicated microplate imaging-based systems, which often are too costly for investigators to implement.The collaboration will be formally launched next month at MipTec 2009 in Basel, Switzerland with the presentation of the scientific poster, entitled “A cost-effective workflow for high-throughput screening of G-Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs).” The poster details the use of Enzo’s new FluoForte™ Calcium Assay Kit for monitoring intracellular calcium mobilization with BioTek’s Synergy™ Mx Monochromator-based Multi-Mode Microplate Reader.Drugs targeting GPCRs represent the core of modern medicine, accounting for the majority of the best-selling drugs and roughly 40% of all prescription pharmaceuticals on the market today. Using BioTek’s Precision™ XS Automated Sample Processor for all dispensing steps in conjunction with Enzo’s proprietary calcium indicator dye technology and Synergy Mx Microplate Reader provides a small-scale, cost effective, automated cell-based screening approach for identifying GPCR agonists and antagonists. The described assay workflow provides low sample-to-sample variability and excellent assay performance in a miniaturized format.“Through this collaboration, researchers will be able to obtain integrated instrumentation and reagent solutions that are high-performance, yet affordable,“ said Wayne Patton, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer for Enzo Life Sciences. “The collaboration will provide validated turn-key solutions to the research community.”“Previously, a major source of frustration for many researchers has been that selected assays were not compatible with a particular instrument and vice-versa,” said Peter Banks, PhD, Scientific Director for BioTek Instruments. “Our companies each provide key expertise and capabilities in the live-cell analysis arena bringing together BioTek’s capabilities in microplate and dispensing technology that matches perfectly with Enzo’s cutting-edge live cell analysis reagents and kits.”About EnzoEnzo Biochem is engaged in the research, development, manufacture and licensing of innovative health care products and technologies based on molecular biology and genetic engineering techniques, and in providing diagnostic services to the medical community. Enzo’s Life Sciences division develops, produces and markets proprietary labeling and detection products for gene sequencing, genetic analysis and immunological research among others. Its catalog of over 30,000 products serves the molecular biology, drug discovery and pathology research markets. The Company’s therapeutic division is in various stages of clinical evaluation of its proprietary immune regulation medicines for uveitis and Crohn’s disease and conducts pre-clinical research on several candidate compounds aimed at producing new mineral and organic bone, including technology that could provide therapy for osteoporosis and fractures, among other applications. Enzo’s Clinical Labs division provides routine and esoteric reference laboratory services for physicians in the New York Metropolitan and New Jersey areas. Underpinning the Company’s technology and operations is an extensive intellectual property estate in which Enzo owns or licenses over 240 patents worldwide, and has pending applications for over 200 more. For more information visit our website www.enzo.com(link is external).About BioTek InstrumentsBioTek Instruments, Inc., headquartered in Winooski, VT, USA, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of microplate instrumentation and software. The company has distribution in over 70 countries and an installed base of 75,000 instruments. BioTek instrumentation is used to aid in the advancement of life science research, facilitate the drug discovery process and to enable cost-effective quantification of disease relevant molecules in the clinic.Safe Harbor StatementExcept for historical information, the matters discussed in this news release may be considered “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements include declarations regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company and its management. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could materially affect actual results. The Company disclaims any obligations to update any forward-looking statement as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.Source: BioTek. Enzo. Farmingdale, NY, and Winooski, VT, October 2, 2009 —
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