Guest blog: Should estate agencies and their branches stay open for business?

first_imgBoris has painted himself into a corner. His Chancellor’s refusal to extend the Stamp Duty holiday means he could hardly close down the market for at least half the remaining period prior to the 31st March cut-off date.Keeping the market open, despite feeling uncomfortable, was his only course of action.Many have been running polls about whether offices should be open. Should is a big word – we’re all responsible adults and worried about Covid – but we also have a need to run with the ball here.My business these days is viewings and we’ve done around 100,000 since March last year with, as far as I’m aware, not a single accusation of having caused an infection.InstinctMy instinct is that most are now much more adherent to the rules with hands, face and social distancing the norm.They’ve little time for those openly flouting the law and are getting less British about intervening. This means they can look for a home whilst following the rules.To use a rugby analogy, if we see a gap let’s go for it, head down and with determination. Let’s show the rest of the country we can help them move safely and if you have concerns about bringing the virus into your office or isolating staff – there are solutions.Ed Mead is the co-founder of outsourced viewings platform Viewber.  branches opening covid Ed Mead Viewber 2021-01-06Nigel LewisOne commentJames Gibbs, Gibbs Gillespie Gibbs Gillespie 6th January 2021 at 9:52 amI am 90% sure dishy Rishi will extend or phase the stamp duty holiday or preferably reduce it permanently to a sensible level after the madness of George Osbournes increases. Now we are out of the EU, Britain’s taxes do not have to match those of the rest of Europe. We have seen what low taxes have done to the housing market, it stimulates action and growth. More people able to move home is a good thing and comes with huge benefits for all including increases in revenue for the Gov’t.I am glad this Gov’t is recognising now the importance of our industry to the country. Estate Agents staying open means a large part of the economy can keep turning over.HEALTHY HOUSING MARKET = VIBRANT ECONOMYPOOR HOUSING MARKET = RECESSION UNEMPLOYMENT AND MISERY.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 » COVID-19 news » Guest blog: Should estate agencies and their branches stay open for business? Guest blog: Should estate agencies and their branches stay open for business?Leading industry figure and Viewber founder Ed Mead tackles the hot issue of the day following Boris Johnson’s lockdown announcement.Ed Mead6th January 20211 Comment1,520 Viewslast_img read more

Dirtwire Shares Single “Lost Highway” Ahead Of New Album Release [Premiere]

first_imgNot much can compare to the sonic journey that is Dirtwire, the one of a kind collaboration that features David Satori of Beats Antique, Evan Fraser of Bolo, and Mark Reveley of Jed and Lucia. The trio studied world music together at CalArts in Los Angeles, and while each has gone on to unique musical careers, the three find themselves always coming back for more on this passion project.With such varied influences that incorporate Americana, Beats, World, Funk, Blues and beyond, Dirtwire is truly a journey is listening. The group recently announced plans to release a new album, Showdown, due out on March 9th, 2017. With an all-too important message of peace and unity, the group’s first album with Reveley looks to be a great one.“Showdown is about standing up for what you believe in. We are living in a time of great extremes and polarized political spheres. The risk of totalitarianism is real. The risk of environmental collapse is real. We hope to unify people under the banner of music and inspire action in a world that is crying out for help. Showdown is about walking the walk and not backing down against oppressive powers that be which try to control and manipulate the people in their never ending pursuit of power. It’s also about Shish Kabobs and spaghetti westerns,” says the band.With that theme in mind, the band decided to put their unique spin on a Hank Williams classic, “Lost Highway,” setting it to a 6/8 rhythm with Ethiopian electro sounds accompanying. Get lost in the journey of Dirtwire’s new “Lost Highway” track, streaming below exclusively via L4LM!Dirtwire’s new album Showdown comes out on March 9th, and the band will be touring heavily in support of the new release. See the band’s schedule below, and find all sorts of information about them on their website.Dirtwire Tour Dates03/01 – Hopmonk Tavern – Sebastopol, CA03/02 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA03/03 – Trocadero Room – Reno, NV03/04 – Tahoe Beach Retreat – Tahoe, NV03/05 – Arcata Theatre – Arcata, CA03/07 – Volcanic Theatre Pub – Bend, OR03/08 – Hifi Music Hall – Eugene, OR03/09 – Star Theater – Portland, OR03/10 – Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA03/11 – Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA03/15 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC03/16 – The Royal – Fernie, BC03/17 – Bloom – Nelson, BC03/31 – Powers 2 – Tokyo, Japan04/05 – 04/09 – New Earth Festival – Bali, Indonesia04/07 – 04/09 – Lucidity Festival – Santa Barbara, CA05/18 – 05/21 – Joshua Tree Music Festival – Joshua Tree, CA05/25 – 05/30 – Lightning in a Bottle – Bradley, CA06/15 – 06/18 – Sonic Bloom Festival – Hummingbird Ranch, CO08/17 – 08/23 – Eclipse Festival – Big Summit Prairie, OR[Photo credit: Jason Bruton]last_img read more

A Changing Environment and its Security Implications for Latin America

first_imgBy U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander (ret.) Oliver Barrett/Diálogo October 01, 2019 Militaries across the Americas must boost preparedness for the risks and consequences of natural disasters, experts in climate change and its security implications say. While armed forces of the region increasingly participate in combined training and exercises based on natural disaster scenarios — such as the annual U.S. Southern Command- (SOUTHCOM) led exercise FAHUM, which brings together hundreds of service members of the region to face natural disaster simulations — recent climate trends suggest that more needs to be done to prepare for changes in the natural environment and how these might disrupt military capabilities and facilities.Drought and flooding due to sea level rise, experts say, are examples of slow-moving trends that military organizations generally don’t consider security related, and therefore don’t work on mitigating the risks. These non-traditional risks not only threaten peace and stability in the region, but also significantly affect the facilities where armed forces plan, train, and launch operations.“In Latin America and the Caribbean, climate change involves significant risks that affect specific areas in different ways. From the melting glaciers of the Andes to the floods in the Amazon basin, from intensifying droughts in the Brazilian cerrado (tropical savannah) to growing food insecurity in Central America, from extreme weather events in the Caribbean to shifting rain patterns in Patagonia, the entire region faces a series of emerging challenges,” the Igarapé Institute, a Brazilian think tank that focuses on emerging security and development issues, indicates on its website.According to a January 2019 report from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), 53 out of 79 mission critical U.S. military bases are vulnerable to recurrent flooding, due to storm surges and sea level changes, and 60 of those installations will face that threat in the next 20 years.In its 2017 report, Climate Change and the Armed Forces, Spain’s Center for National Defense Studies, a main teaching institution for the Spanish Armed Forces, said that sea level rises have already started to affect facilities worldwide where militaries train and operate.“Rising sea levels present a formidable risk for near-shore military installations, some of them quite threatened, especially when combined with extreme weather phenomena such as intense hurricanes,” the report indicated.Risks due to the environment-security link fall into two broad categories. The first are elevated risks to military installations. In addition to flooding, the DoD report addresses desertification, thawing permafrost, and wildfires. For example, in August 2018, a wildfire broke out — the second in a month — at the Colombian Military Forces’ Tolemaida base, in Cundinamarca department, burning more than 340 acres and impacting infrastructure and training.The second risk is related to food and water insecurities due to climate change, such as drought. For example, in its 2019 report, Central America: Climate, Drought, Migration, and the Border, Washington-based Center for Climate and Security cites the El Niño driven drought of 2016-2018 as a catalyst for emigration from Central America due to its effect on regional economic and security conditions.SOUTHCOM’s Environmental Security office has led efforts to sensitize regional militaries to these environmental security risks and the DoD report cites the SOUTHCOM-funded National Preparedness Baseline Assessments that include a gap analysis and a five-year plan to build capabilities and capacities within the countries of the region.“The armed forces, particularly the navy, should carry out studies of their barracks and infrastructures, since coastal military installations at sea level are likely to be victims of the rise of the ocean. As such, military commanders should set up equipment that can study-long term naval infrastructure plans, such as fuel bases, power plants or marine shipyards,” said Commander (ret.) Patrick Paterson, professor of Security Studies at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Studies, in his 2017 report Global Warming and Climate Change in South America.Mitigating sea level rise, experts agree, should be among the most urgent actions.. Allocating research and planning resources to better understand the environment-security links will help militaries stay ahead and be proactive in their role as national security guardians.last_img read more

Klopp expected to make sweeping changes for tonight

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to make wholesale changes to his side for the visit of Leeds to Anfield in the EFL Cup. Playmaker Philippe Coutinho is out for six weeks, while the likes of Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino are all carrying knocks. Tonight’s other game is at the K-Com Stadium, where Hull entertain Championship leaders, Newcastle.  Both games kick off at 7.45.last_img

Fox’s Dodgers-Astros World Series Game 7 best-watched since Angels-Giants in 2002

first_imgThe Dodgers-Astros World Series Game 7 on Wednesday night from Dodger Stadium delivered an 18.8 rating and 31 share in the national metered markets, making it the second-highest baseball telecast of any kind since the 2002 Angels-Giants World Series Game 7 at Angel Stadium, which had a 19.8 rating and 28 share.Fox also reported from its preliminary Nielsen numbers Thursday that the Houston market had a 47.1 rating and 66 share for Game 7, the best MLB telecast on record for that TV market, which is the fourth-largest in the nation. No. 2 TV market Los Angeles had a 36.7 rating and 56 share watching on KTTV-Channel 11.Other markets of note for Game 7: Austin, Tex. (31.3/52), San Antonio (27.3/43) and Dallas/Ft. Worth (21.8/36) ranked third, fourth and eighth; San Diego (24.8/40) was sixth.The 18.8 quick national rating is actually a 25 percent decline from last year’s Cubs-Indians extra-inning Game 7 from Cleveland, but 24 percent over the 2014 Game 7 between the Giants and Royals and 15 percent better than the 2011 Game 7 between the Rangers and Cardinals. “This unbelievable World Series absolutely showcased the power of great baseball,” Fox Sports president Eric Shanks said. “Not only did it give the city of Houston a moment of triumph in challenging times, but the evenly matched and intensely battled series engaged a nation well beyond anyone’s expectations. These seven games — with 106 million viewers tuning in to catch a look — give us all something to celebrate.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Fox research indicated 106 million viewers watched all or part of the World Series, and 29.3 million were there for Game 7 — 28.3 million on Fox, another 778,000 on Fox Deportes and 294,000 on Fox Sports Go live streaming.Video: What went wrong for the Dodgers in Game 7?The overall seven-game rating was 10.7 with an average of 18.9 million viewers, the second-best World Series since 2009. It was 19 percent below the Cubs-Indians of 2016.As far as Fox Deportes, Game 7 viewership was up 37 percent from last year and makes it the most-watched non-soccer sports event in Spanish language cable TV history. It averaged 476,000 viewers over the seven games, up 34 percent from last year and more than double the 2015 World Series.last_img read more

UFC boss Dana White pays tribute to retiring Conor McGregor

first_img“He has the money to retire and his whiskey is killin’ it,” White told ESPN. “It totally makes sense. If I was him I would retire too.”He’s retiring from fighting. Not from working. The whiskey will keep him busy and I’m sure he has other things he’s working on.”He has been so fun to watch. He has accomplished incredible things in this sport. I am so happy for him and I look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the octagon as he was in it.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearHey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019Speaking to Jimmy Fallon on Monday’s airing of “The Tonight Show,” McGregor said: “We’re in talks for [a fight in] July, so we’ll see what happens. I am in shape and I am ready, so let’s see what happens.”I don’t necessarily need to fight, I am set for life, my family is set for life. But I am eager to fight.”However, hours later he posted on social media that his fighting career was over, and White was full of praise for the former featherweight and lightweight champion.MORE: Q&A with Johnny Walker, the most exhilarating man in MMA Dana White paid tribute to former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor after the Irishman announced his retirement early Tuesday.McGregor had hinted at a return to the octagon once he had served his six-month ban for the brawl after his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October – which the Russian won.last_img read more