Chancellor considering six-week Stamp Duty holiday extension

first_imgRishi Sunak is considering a six-week extension to the 31st March Stamp Duty holiday deadline, it has been reported over the weekend.The Daily Telegraph has said the Chancellor, who has been under huge pressure to change his mind and consumer and property industry groups have urged him to extend the deadline, has finally twigged that action is needed.This would mean buyers and sellers would have until the 12th May to get their deals to completion.“I think this is a fairly easy-to-police idea – regardless of when an offer was made or accepted, buyers and sellers will have been given a hard-stop final date – and anyway, most people who made an offer based on the SDLT savings last year will be able to their deal over the line now,” says proptech and industry consultant Andrew Stanton.If the Telegraph’s claims prove to be true, an element of political expediency may be involved; an SDLT holiday cut-off date on 12th May would be a week after the local election.As the cut-off date currently stands, Sunak risks weeks of negative media headlines as thousands of buyers discover their purchases have not made the deadline.PetitionThe strength of feeling was demonstrated by the recent parliamentary petition calling for an extension started by a member of the public, which has now been signed by nearly 150,000 people.But many agents are not convinced the 31st March deadline will be the catastrophe many have predicted.“There’s seems to be this overarching opinion that the world will stop turning once the current Stamp Duty holiday expires and this is quite frankly ridiculous,” says Colby Short, CEO of GetAgent.“The idea that the 31st March will act as a property market Armageddon, at which point all existing and future transactions will cease to exist, is just bonkers.”Read the Telegraph’s claims (requires subscription)Stamp Duty holiday Rishi Sunak stamp duty deadline sdlt Colby Short February 14, 2021Nigel Lewis2 commentsTracy Churchwood, Churchwood Stanley Churchwood Stanley 15th February 2021 at 2:33 pmI agree with David Jabbari – 6 weeks just moves the cliff edge and does not ease the burden on the conveyancing process and will more likely increase it. The only sensible solution in my humble opinion is what I have been saying all along, all sales that are underway and draft contracts agreed, prior to the 31st March, should continue to benefit from the SDLT holiday. Mind you if they did both ie: extend deadline by 6 weeks and this. It would ease the pressure pot and hopefully life could get back to some sort of normality for agents and solicitors alike, about the same time as hopefully the lockdown will have ended as well….IF only!Log in to ReplyDavid Jabbari | Solicitor | Founder and CEO of Muve | [email protected] |, Muve Muve 15th February 2021 at 9:19 amWhile we all would welcome this, I am still uncertain how this does anything more than move the cliff edge out by six weeks. Don’t forget it would also create a ‘late surge’ of new instructions. I think the Chancellor is more likely to do something along the lines of saying that all transactions where there has been an exchange of contracts before 31 March 2021 may benefit from the SDLT holiday even if they have not completed before that date. Not only does this create more certainty, it is also consistent with the comments a few weeks ago by Jesse Norman, the financial secretary to the Treasury, that stamp duty legislation recognises the concept of ‘substantial performance’ of a property contract as the key to assessing the effective date of a property transaction.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Chancellor considering six-week Stamp Duty holiday extension previous nextHousing MarketChancellor considering six-week Stamp Duty holiday extensionNational newspaper say its sources within HM Treasury point to likely extension as political pressure grows on Sunak.Nigel Lewis14th February 20212 Comments1,934 Viewslast_img read more

Purplebricks bags Foxtons’ acquisitions chief Chris Beckwith

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks bags Foxtons’ acquisitions chief Chris Beckwith previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks bags Foxtons’ acquisitions chief Chris BeckwithSeasoned estate agency player is joining the hybrid agency to head up its push to grab more market share from traditional agents.The Negotiator20th March 20210751 Views Purplebricks has appointed Foxtons director Chris Beckwith to the newly-created role of chief sales officer to help achieve the daunting – and some say unlikely – goal of significantly increasing its market share.An estate agent for more than 25 years, Beckwith started his career at Dexters, becoming MD before joining Currell (part of the Savills group) as CEO. He’s worked at Foxtons since 2019, where he led its recent flurry of acquisitions.His appointment follows other heavyweight additions to the Purplebricks’ executive leadership team, with a chief people officer, chief digital officer and chief marketing officer all joining the company over recent months.Expansion plansBeckwith’s remit covers all aspects of Purplebricks sales. Supported by a team of divisional sales directors, he will be charged with overseeing the sales journey for customers, using innovative technology along with a UK-wide team of local property experts to help the business expand its market share.He says he’s joined the online firm at a pivotal time for agencies. “No other player in the market is as well positioned as Purplebricks to take advantage of the current interest and high levels of demand,” he says. “With their strong brand and advertising, online platform and tech-led approach, the business is uniquely placed to deliver what customers are looking for.”Purplebricks CEO Vic Darvey adds (pictured): “I’m delighted to have a leader of Chris’ calibre join our team. His appointment comes at an incredibly exciting time for our business – our model has never been so relevant with customers actively embracing technology as part of their move.“With his in-depth industry knowledge and expertise, Chris is the ideal leader to support our brilliant team of estate agents across the UK.”chris beckwith Purplebricks Savills Currell Dexters vic darvey Foxtons March 20, 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

Alice Through the Looking Glass

first_imgWhenever I hear that a new adaptation of Alice Through the Looking Glass is being made, whether in theatre or film, I react with very little enthusiasm. Most often I worry that the adaptation will stress the well-mannered “English” nature of it excessively, and lose much of the haunting darkness that casts itself over so many scenes in the book; that it will force through its own interpretative critical agenda to the extent that so much resonance of the piece is lost. I can unequivocally say that this new adaptation for the stage succeeds by avoiding both of these dangers, whilst it remains innovative in its experimentation.The opening scene, the prologue to the play, has a truly haunting quality to it: a lone, indistinct figure delivers the poem in a truly ethereal way as chill piano music accompanies him. One of the great features of the performance is the innovative use of the chorus. Not only does it provide a flexible selection of actors to play the characters Alice meets, but it is also able to narrate Alice’s adventures and to reinforce with backing vocals and performance many of the play’s poems and much of its action. The performance of the play’s poems especially reveal the power behind such a decision: “Jabberwocky”, for instance, uses the vocal range offered by the chorus to switch from the haunting and mysterious, to the violent and animated, and then to the joyous, flowing easily into and out of each stage. Indeed the best aspect of this play is that it respects Carroll’s own caveat, which he represents in the character of Humpty Dumpty: that a true understanding of the book and its poetry is not to be achieved through careful, academic analysis, but through an appreciation of the language itself, its sounds, and the emotions it conveys in those resonances.Indeed the focus of the play through the quality of the acting, the brilliant, though at times incongruous, music, and the experimental set design and props, is always kept on the ridiculous and illogical world that Alice has slipped into, especially with the script’s insistent preservation of the absurd paradoxes and contradictions throughout.However, the play does seem to lack the shape (rather than unity: a quite absurd word in the chaotic world of the looking glass) that would be required in adapting such a book to the stage. Occasionally, too, one feels that it is too long and meandering to hold our interest constantly. The script, despite having many thematic touches of brilliance, should have been edited to a more manageable length. Moreover, on occasion the choreography of chaos falls below the standard one has come to expect from the rest of the play in terms of crafted absurdity. However, if you wanted to see a play that combines both wit, darkness, and challenges to the secure reason of our existence in the strange and illogical reversed world of the looking glass, then you couldn’t choose a better play to see, whose concepts are never betrayed by the quality of its acting and presentation.by James Taylorlast_img read more

Welcome to the baking industry awards 2009

first_imgMany congratulations to all the winners and finalists in this year’s Baking Industry Awards!In the following pages, we celebrate your talents and contribution to the industry.It is essential to keep raising standards, keep striving for the best, boost innovation and improve levels of service. It is what these awards set out to recognise and reward.Importantly, the awards would not be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors, so a very big thank you to you all!The entry level and standard this year was very high and I know some judges have found it really challenging to decide the winners. I hope that this will make the finalists and other entrants even more determined to raise the bar in future.In the following pages, we look at each sponsor’s category and highlight just some of the facets that made the finalists and winners stand out. Thank you, as well, to the independent judges who gave their time and talents in judging.So please turn the pages and celebrate some of the best businesses and most talented individuals, who can make us all proud to be part of this fantastic industry.Sylvia Macdonaldlast_img read more

BSC presents Barrett Award to senior

first_imgDavid Gootenberg ’11, a chemical and physical biology concentrator, was presented with the Joseph L. Barrett Award at a special ceremony May 2. The Barrett Award is given by the Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) in memory of Joseph L. Barrett ’73 to honor exceptional students who generously give their time and support to assist their peers in developing more meaningful academic and university experiences.Gootenberg serves as a peer tutor at the BSC and was cited for his commitment to ongoing learning and for modeling a spirit of inquiry and self-reflection for the other peer tutors. In presenting the award, the BSC thanked Gootenberg for his extraordinary service and wished him well as he continues to pursue excellence in teaching and learning.last_img

Radcliffe Institute launches public art competition for Harvard students

first_imgThe Radcliffe Institute, Harvard’s institute for advanced study, today announces the launch of its first public art competition, to be held annually and dedicated to giving Harvard students the opportunity to create new art for the community. The winning student or team of students will receive a $5,000 prize and funding for construction of a public art installation in a prominent new garden space on Brattle Street at the Radcliffe Institute.“The Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition offers students a unique opportunity to design and create an outdoor installation in a highly visible public space while contributing to the enrichment of intellectual and aesthetic life at Harvard,” says Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen.The competition is open to all students enrolled in a Harvard degree program. Simple registration is due by November 30, 2012, and final submissions are due on January 30, 2013. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Hot Shot! Taye Diggs Debuts His Glittery New Look For Hedwig

first_imgBefore he dons a full Farrah Fawcett wig and high-heeled boots in the Tony-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, incoming star Taye Diggs is giving us a sneak peek of his glam new makeover. In People, the star revealed he’s psyched to take on the role of the transgender East German rock goddess, and there’s another perk, too: “I also like wearing nail polish,” he said. The Rent favorite begins performances July 22, succeeding current star Darren Criss in the title role. What do you think of Diggs’ new look? Let us know in the comments below! View Comments Related Shows Hedwig and the Angry Inch Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015last_img

Experts push hard for early seasonal flu vaccination

first_imgSep 10, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Today was the 12th year the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has held a press conference to discuss its expectations for the upcoming flu season, but discussions were far from routine, reflecting uncertainty surrounding the pandemic flu strain and the complexity of launching two vaccine campaigns.Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), told reporters that it’s hard to make predictions about how the flu season will play out, but she said urging the public to get their seasonal flu vaccines—available now—is a good place to start. “It’s important to not lose sight of the fact that seasonal flu takes its toll year in and year out,” she said.The HHS expects 116 million doses of the seasonal flu vaccine to be distributed to clinics and immunization sites, she said. Yesterday, vaccine experts, in a National Influenza Vaccine Summit conference call, slightly lowered their vaccine production estimate from the 118 million doses projected earlier. They also noted some vaccine providers are having trouble getting the doses they ordered because of prebooking problems.Tom Frieden, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said 40 million doses have already been delivered to physicians’ offices. He said it’s too soon to predict how well the seasonal vaccine will match the circulating seasonal flu strains. In March, researchers from British Columbia identified a drifted strain of the seasonal H3N2 flu virus, the Canadian Press (CP) reported. In July, laboratory officials in the southern hemisphere reported finding a drifted seasonal H3N2 virus strain, according to another CP report. The findings raise the threat of a vaccine mismatch for the northern hemisphere’s upcoming flu season.”We’ll be tracking to see what happens,” Frieden said.Regarding the vaccine supply issue, he said that although there may be spot shortages, companies have ample supplies of seasonal flu vaccine.Influenza experts speaking at today’s NFID press conference had tough words for healthcare workers who opt not to receive their annual flu immunization. Gregory Poland, MD, a virologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who represented the American College of Physicians today, said, “It is an embarrassing fact that 60% don’t get vaccinated. I’m sorry, but it is not about you. It’s about the patients you’re privileged to care for.” The medical literature suggests that healthcare worker flu vaccination can reduce death rates in intensive care units by as much as 60%, he said.Poland praised California and New York for making flu vaccines for healthcare workers mandatory, and he urged other states and medical facilities to do the same. “This should be a priority for all institutions that take patient safety seriously,” he added.The experts urged the public not to be complacent about seasonal flu, despite the singular focus on the pandemic H1N1 virus. David Tayloe, MD, a pediatrician in Goldsboro, NC, who is president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, says parents sometimes see flu as just a nuisance. “But it can rapidly act savagely and fatally,” he said.Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD, an internist in Buffalo, NY, and immediate past president of the American Medical Association, spoke to the importance of getting the vaccine out early and the key role physicians will play in the administration of both vaccines. “Public health is every physician’s second specialty. All physicians are going to be involved in helping their patients,” she said.She added that getting the seasonal vaccine into patients’ arms as early as possible will help free up physicians to assist in the rollout of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available in mid October.Tayloe added that juggling two vaccine campaigns “isn’t going to be pretty, but if we get the kids in now, then we can tackle the H1N1 vaccine later.”Cora L. Christian, MD, MPH, a family physician in the US Virgin Islands and a member of the Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons (AARP) board of directors, says she tells patients who see her while she has a seasonal flu vaccine supply, “I’ll give you what I have now.””The will of the physician to make sure it [flu vaccination] happens, to me, is the underlying message,” she said.See also:Sep 9 CIDRAP News story “Providers having trouble getting seasonal flu vaccine”NFID influenza portalhttp://www.nfid.org/influenza/last_img read more

Well done to Aminess! They introduced the products of local family farms into their gastronomic offer

first_imgIt is interesting how the whole project is imagined in Aminess. Namely, local menus of family farms will be present on the menus, and members of the Aminess gourmet team will additionally present the offer of food and drinks to the guests. Croatia in a bottle presents an offer of drinks, from indigenous wine varieties and brandies and spirits to wild and tame ingredients from untouched nature. After the drink, it’s his turn Croatia on a plate, offering flavors of regions where the Mediterranean intertwines with the continent. Olive oils, delicious fish and shellfish, prosciutto and cheese, truffles and national specialties made from local ingredients are just some of the gastronomic trump cards from the menu. The Aminess Maravea Camping Resort also has a bakery that unites the segment Croatia on the shelf. Among products such as golden cereals, honeys of irresistible floral notes, marmalades made from healthy locally harvested fruit and dairy products from cows and sheep grazing on the nearby glades, everything is finally well rounded off with an offer of homemade food from local family farms. Yes, this is how tourism is strategically and sustainably developed, and not to encourage imports through tourism. Tastes of Croatia project  The idea came from the project Aminess Gourmet Lab, led by chef David Skoka, who aims to educate young chefs, waiters, bartenders and other members of the Aminess gourmet team. With this concept of promoting Croatian indigenous products, Aminess wants to offer its guests the best gastronomic experience.  Guests of Aminess hotels and camps will thus have the opportunity to get acquainted with Croatian gastronomy through three segments of the restaurant offer – Croatia on the bottle, Croatia on the plate and Croatia on the shelf. Travel company Aminess has launched a project called “Tastes of Croatia” with the aim of offering guests of all a la carte and boarding houses restaurants in their hotels and camps a special gastronomic experience with exclusively domestic products of selected regional producers and family farms. Photo: Pexels.com This must be our vision of the bend, ie it should have been set a long time ago. This is exactly how Blue and Green Croatia are connected. Just imagine how much is the daily need of, say, Pula or Split for home-made eggs? And monthly? Here we are talking about the number of over 100 thousand eggs… How many family farms should be included only for the production of eggs for tourism in each city. Not one large company, but thousands of small family farms, which would employ 3-5 employees, stay in rural areas, develop as a supplement to rural tourism (the example of Tuscany). This offer will soon be introduced in other Aminess hotels, and in the summer months the offer will be extended to fresh fruits and vegetables. Aminess has launched the Tastes of Croatia project. Well done to Aminess. A great rounded story, which I hope will only grow in the context of involving more and more local family farms. At the moment, through the morning and evening menu on the buffet tables in the Aminess Maestral hotel, the Tastes of Croatia project includes producers Agro Cluster with products from Vukovar-Srijem County, Histris with homemade Istrian meat delicacies without gluten, soy and lactose, Fishermen’s Cooperative Istria with specialties made from freshly caught fish from the Adriatic Sea, and OPG Orbanić with a family tradition of preparing cheeses and dairy delicacies made from milk from Istrian pastures. Exactly what is the very essence of tourism, because guests want to try something new and different, they want to try authentic gastronomy. And it is through incredible diversity and authenticity that Croatia can and must position itself in this segment. Also, it creates a healthy and sustainable system, stimulates the local economy, and we are based on quality through fresh, home-grown food. last_img read more

Critics decry reopening of migrant worker placement

first_imgIda said in a press conference on July 30 that the new decree aimed at supporting the recovery of the domestic economy during the transition to the so-called COVID-19 new normal.“We see it as necessary for Indonesian migrant worker candidates to return to work in their destination countries while we are maintaining the principles of protection of workers’ rights and health protocols,” said Ida.When asked about the controversial timing of the decision, the Manpower Ministry’s acting director general for training and placement Aris Wahyudi said the government was trying to carefully balance the economic concerns of workers who sought employment abroad and public health.“If we revoke [the ban] too soon, it will be perceived as if we are abandoning health [aspects],” Aris told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “On the other hand, we don’t want to see a steep decline [in the economy]. With the WHO [World Health Organization] saying this pandemic will continue for a long time, should we refrain from engaging in economic activities [for a lengthy period]?”Aris said his office took into account the demands to lift the ban from both prospective migrant workers and the P3MIs, while acknowledging that there was also demand for Indonesian migrant workers from foreign countries.Aris maintained that health protocols would be strictly enforced during the recruitment and placement processes, partly to avoid Indonesia being perceived by other countries as a “virus exporter”.The ministry initially said that it would allow Indonesian migrant workers to be sent to 14 territories, namely Kuwait, Algeria, Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Maldives, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Qatar, Taiwan, Turkey, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This was based on consultations with Indonesian diplomats abroad, according to Ida.However, it has now removed Kuwait from the preliminary list after Kuwait issued on Aug. 1 an entry ban for 31 countries, including Indonesia.Ida said that the number of countries listed as placement destinations could change at a moment’s notice.“The list can either be expanded or reduced depending on conditions at home and abroad. The government has to make sure that the placement process is safe and guarantees the protection of our migrant workers,” Ida told the Post on Tuesday.She went on to say that the placement process would officially start after her office finalized the list of the first batch of destination countries or territories.The ministry is now working together with the BP2MI to establish a joint team to monitor daily developments relating to the pandemic and migrant labor, given the dynamics of the health crisis.According to BP2MI data, 88,973 worker candidates’ applications were suspended when the government imposed the restriction in March.Aris said the government would first select the migrant workers from this pool of candidates, prioritizing applicants who met the requirements in the new decree before moving to other prospective workers.“Not all those whose [application processes] were halted can immediately go abroad. There will be reselection,” said Aris. “If the conditions do not allow them to go, then they will not go.”BP2MI head Benny Rhamdani earlier said that his agency was ready to join hands with the ministry in ensuring that the resumption of recruitment and placement was accompanied by strict health protocols. He said the move was made to ensure access to employment.According to BP2MI data, 3.74 million Indonesian migrant workers abroad sent home a total of Rp 160 trillion (US$10.9 billion) in remittances in 2019. He said that sending migrant workers abroad was a risky move at a time when COVID-19 in Indonesia showed no signs of abating and while other countries were confronting a second wave of outbreaks.Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah signed on July 29 a ministerial decree that essentially revoked an earlier decree that had put restrictions in place on March 18.The new decree stipulates that the government gradually allows worker placement to selected countries that have declared that they are open for migrant workers. The recruitment and placement processes are subject to health protocols, the cost of which may not be passed on from the P3MIs to applicants.Prospective migrant workers who already have visas in hand, are already registered with the Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers’ (BP2MI) protection system and whose application processes are handled by registered P3MIs will get priority in being sent abroad, the decree states. Topics :center_img Critics have decried the government’s recent decision to lift a ban on the recruitment and placement of Indonesian migrant workers, which was suspended in March when the country was dealing with the early emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.Wahyu Susilo from labor rights group Migrant Care said the decision could lead to haphazard recruitment and placement processes and encourage illicit activities by illegal migrant worker placement companies (P3MIs).“This could lead to a haphazard recruitment process in Indonesia’s migrant-sending regions,” he said.last_img read more