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Removals firms struggling to cope as market continues to boom

first_imgThe removals industry is facing an extremely challenging period as firms battle both huge demand for their services and home movers who are struggling to confirm completion dates.This unprecedented situation has been highlighted to The Negotiator by several key players in the property industry who have said removals firms are the latest to struggle as demand ramps up ahead of the stamp duty holiday deadline.One of those is Richard Sexton of e.surv who says that, although valuers have now cleared their backlog, he’s aware that removals firms are the latest cog in the system to show strain – largely because they are one of the last players in the chain of events.Ian Studd (left), Director General of the British Association of Removers, agrees and says his members, like estate agents, are experiencing an extraordinary period of high demand for their services as the housing boom continues, and agrees that this is causing problems.“No one thought we would be in this position back in April, but like other players in the housing market, removals firms are now having to deal with the huge surge in pent-up demand,” he says.“Our members are well reasonably booked up in advance for this time of the year, so home movers will face challenges securing a booking.”Studd says removals companies are seeing two specific problems.Many home movers being unable to confirm their exchange date, and therefore making it difficult for removals firm to confirm bookings, and others are seeking to exchange and complete on the same day, as buyers and vendors attempt to keep buying chains intact in order to complete before the March 31st 2021 stamp duty holiday cut-off.Studd says this can be a ‘nightmare’ scenario because it severely shortens the window within which moves can take place down to hours rather than days.BAR was one of 14 different industry organisations to sign a letter to the Chancellor calling for an extension of the stamp duty holiday deadline.British Association of Removers BAR removals e.surv November 19, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentJames Gibbs, Gibbs Gillespie Gibbs Gillespie 19th November 2020 at 10:22 amIts funny how the media turns this great news into bad news. Removal firms are busy, their staff are all busy its wonderful. Its fantastic that people are busy earning money and paying taxes. They can acquire/rent in more vans/lorries and employ more people wonderful. This is what a vibrant housing market does to the economy. My other point is, exchange and complete on the same day, do they have to do this? I would’nt.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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Removals firms struggling to cope as market continues to boom previous nextProducts & ServicesRemovals firms struggling to cope as market continues to boomTrade association BAR says shifting completion dates and sellers looking to exchange and complete on same day are major challenges.Nigel Lewis19th November 20201 Comment756 Viewslast_img read more

Twisters Whitewash Cougars In Soccer

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters defeated The Trinity Lutheran Cougars 5-0 in Boys Varsity Soccer.‘Our offense is starting to jell. When we share the ball and keep it moving it opens up a lot of opportunities. We did this for parts of the game other times we tried to go too much one on one. I thought in the second half we tried to play to direct forcing our play at times. Trinity seemed to bypass their mid’s and play from the back to the front.  Our defense led  by Adam Huber did a great job of taking that away from them.  Any time you limit the other team to 6 shots with 3 on goal you have to be happy. Our bench just got deeper as Alex Geers was released to play.  Alex is coming back from a broken arm he suffered this summer.’  Twisters Coach Mike Getz.Ben Krause scored in period 1 at 28:37 assisted by Stuart Lamping on a rebound off of Stu’s shot. Stuart Lamping Scored in period 1 at 26:13 assisted by Drew Kersey on a pass into the 18.Stuart Lamping scored in period 1 at 12:20 assisted by Lucas McFee on a head shot from a corner kick. Drew Kersey scored in period 1 at 1:13 assisted by Stuart Lamping on a throw in to the 6. Stuart Lamping scored in period 1 at 0:23 assisted by Adam Mullen on a pass into the 18.  Stuart Lamping scored in period 2 at 20:42 assisted by Drew Kersey on a pass into the 18.Trinity Lutheran had 6 shots with 3 on goal, 1 foul and their keeper had 11 saves.OA had 27 shots with 18 on goal, 3 off sides, 6 fouls, 7 corners, Chris Hautman had 2 saves and Noah Schmahl had 1 save.  Many good passes on both ends of the field.last_img read more

Fresh & Easy scheduled to close in late November

first_imgDue to financial problems, the Fresh & Easy grocery store, located on Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard, is scheduled to close in late November. The South L.A. store, which has been in business for over five years, is one of several hundred Fresh & Easy stores to close across the West Coast due to the company’s recent bankruptcy.Many students who rely on the store because of its selection, proximity to campus and long hours were upset to hear it would be closing. “Fresh & Easy had a very specific niche that it focused on — their ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook meals were ideal for a busy student’s life,” said Sagar Miglani, a senior majoring in computer science and business administration. “It was a favorite amongst USC students.”Miglani, like many other students, lives in University Gateway Apartments, which is located in the same building as Fresh & Easy.“Fresh & Easy was the store I would stop by regularly at on my way to class, either for water or for a meal,” he said.Part of Fresh & Easy’s appeal, other than its easily accessible groceries, was that it was open 24 hours a day.“[Now], my access to late-night groceries are limited, at least temporarily,” said Nimarta Singh, a junior majoring in international relations and the global economy.Singh, like Miglani, also lives in Gateway, and will be affected highly by this change.“Fresh & Easy was one of the main reasons I chose to live in Gateway,” she said. “I know many USC students are unhappy and a little disconcerted.”Students who live on campus, such as Zora Kidron, a freshman majoring in art history, are also disappointed by the closing of the store.“Fresh & Easy is one of the few 24-hour establishments near campus, and its closure will represent a significant inconvenience for me,” Kidron said.Fresh & Easy’s bankruptcy also adversely affects employees, said Fresh & Easy employee Shannyn Eddings.“For most [employees], this is their main job or their only job,” Eddings said. “So now, they have to start over because there are no jobs.”Eddings added that because of the company’s financial situation, employees are not receiving severance pay.“We’re [just] getting our last checks and our [paid/personal time off]. If you haven’t saved up your PTO, that’s nothing,” she said.last_img read more

Grease up those wheels for the 17th annual Fat Tire Festival

first_imgIts followed by Show’n’Shine where riders have a chance to show off their  – funkiest, clunkiest, prettiest, beefiest bikes and chances to win prized for the Best Commuter; Oldest Bike; Most “tricked out” and Cruziest Cruiser. The Kootenay Krawl and Wheelie competition followed before awards conclude the day. Saturday it’s the Double Up Cross Country mountain bike event starting from the Svoboda Road Parking lot at 9 a.m. Later in the day it’s the Kids Cross-country races at Rosemont Park. Registration is 11:30 a.m. with racing starting at 1 p.m. Sunday it’s Double Up Cross Country mountain bike event. Registration is at Gericks or Sacred Ride at 9 a.m. Shuttles up to Placenta begin at 10 a.m. with the best two runs and the best matched time winning. For more information check out the Fat Tire Fest website at http://www.nelsonfattire.com/,It’s time bikers to grease up the wheels, dust off the brakes and get ready for the 17th annual Fat Tire Festival this weekend in Nelson. The event, in honour of Cam Alexander, who was an avid cyclist who lost his life while riding his bike 17 years ago, begins Friday with the BikeFest on Baker. Riders are asked to meet at 5 p.m. at the 400 Block of Baker Street for the annual Bike Parade. The Parade begins at 5:45 p.m. Its followed by Show’n’Shine where riders have a chance to show off their  – funkiest, clunkiest, prettiest, beefiest bikes and chances to win prized for the Best Commuter; Oldest Bike; Most “tricked out” and Cruziest Cruiser. The Kootenay Krawl and Wheelie competition followed before awards conclude the day. Saturday it’s the Double Up Cross Country mountain bike event starting from the Svoboda Road Parking lot at 9 a.m. Later in the day it’s the Kids Cross-country races at Rosemont Park. Registration is 11:30 a.m. with racing starting at 1 p.m. Sunday it’s Double Up Cross Country mountain bike event. Registration is at Gericks or Sacred Ride at 9 a.m. Shuttles up to Placenta begin at 10 a.m. with the best two runs and the best matched time winning. For more information check out the Fat Tire Fest website at http://www.nelsonfattire.com/ It’s time bikers to grease up the wheels, dust off the brakes and get ready for the 17th annual Fat Tire Festival this weekend in Nelson. The event, in honour of Cam Alexander, who was an avid cyclist who lost his life while riding his bike 17 years ago, begins Friday with the BikeFest on Baker. Riders are asked to meet at 5 p.m. at the 400 Block of Baker Street for the annual Bike Parade. The Parade begins at 5:45 p.m.last_img read more

We may not be golden generation but we are united: Kane

first_imgBoth Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard claimed the reason they and the others who made up the so-called ‘golden generation’ fell short at successive finals was they could not shake off their different club rivalries when they joined up with their England team-mates.Kane, though, told the English daily newspapers this is not the case with the present group under Gareth Southgate — as many of them have played with each other at Under-21 level.“It’s not something we’ve had to deal with really — we all get on very well and have come through the ranks together,” said Kane.“We definitely don’t have that divide in the team any more.– ‘Lot of attacking flair’ –England manager Gareth Southgate careful not to heighten expectations © AFP / Paul ELLISKane also took issue with Ferdinand who told The Times last month his priority had been winning trophies with Manchester United.“It’s the one competition that everybody dreams of winning. That’s No 1.“I’d be surprised if the majority of players did not say the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world.“I’d love to win everything with Tottenham, but for me personally the World Cup outweighs them all.”Kane, who says his mum cried when he was handed the captaincy by Southgate, does not expect a repeat of the woeful Euro 2016 campaign which saw them beaten by minnows Iceland in the last 16 and cost then manager Roy Hodgson his job.“I’m confident it won’t happen (again) — I won’t say 100 per cent because you never know in football — but in this team we wear our heart on our sleeve.“We’re proud to be here, we will work hard, be energetic. First and foremost we will run around and do that aspect of the game. We have a lot of attacking flair that can do some damage.”Southgate, who experienced the pitfalls of international football when he missed a penalty in the shootout loss to old foes Germany in the Euro ’96 semi-finals hosted in England, did not wish to heighten expectations which has so often been a crushing burden for the national side.“We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed our matches, I know what those tournament experiences can be like and we desperately want to bring that,” said Southgate, whose side have warmed up with wins over fellow finalists Nigeria and Costa Rica.“We know we are not the finished article, in fact we’re a long way from, but I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play.”Kane and England open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd next Monday, followed by dates with Panama and Belgium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Captain Harry Kane says England approach the World Cup as a tight knit unit, devoid of the divisions that have hindered past World Cup campaigns © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 12 – Captain Harry Kane says England’s bid to end their World Cup drought stretching back over half a century will not be undone by a divided squad.The 24-year-old striker said there were no cliques within the squad that flies out to Russia later on Tuesday seeking to emulate their 1966 predecessors in lifting the trophy.last_img read more

Housing finance help on the way: Zuma

first_img10 February 2012 President Jacob Zuma had good news for South Africans who are struggling to secure finance for housing during his State of the Nation address on Thursday. Delivering his speech to Parliament in Cape Town, the President announced that the state’s R1-billion Guarantee Fund to promote access to home loans, announced in 2010, would begin operations in April. From April, people earning between R3 500 and R 15 000 will be able to obtain a subsidy of up to R83 000 to enable them to obtain housing finance from an accredited bank. In highlighting the government’s efforts to make housing available to all South Africans, the President told the story of a Grahamstown father of three, Mzukisi Mali. Mali, a Fingo resident and public servant, e-mailed Zuma explaining how in 1994 his income was too high for him to get a RDP house but too low to get a bond. Mali, his unemployed wife and their three children, still face the same problem. “When I apply for an RDP, I am told that I do not qualify and cannot get a bond because I am risky to the banks,” he told the President. Zuma encouraged Mali not to give up hope, saying the fund would help people like him. “We are pleased to report that this fund will start its operations in April, managed by the National Housing Finance Corporation. The scheme will enable the banks to lend to people who are in a similar situation as Mr Mali,” Zuma said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Noem My Skollie inspired by the life of writer John W Fredericks

first_imgNoem my Skollie is a film based on the life of South African writer, John W Fredericks. The lead role is played by Dann-Jacques Mouton.Dann-Jacques Mouton, lead character in Noem my Skollie, says to online entertainment magazine that to prepare for the role, he listened to the many stories Boeta John (Fredericks) shared with him. Other things he did included listening to various kinds of music from the 60s. “I also used the costumes to assist me to build the character.” (Image: National Film and Video Foundation)Brand South Africa reporterJohn W Fredericks, writer of the critically acclaimed Noem my Skollie film, has travelled a long road to bring what many consider the most authentic Cape Flats story to the world.[REVIEW] “Noem My Skollie’ is gripping, slick and well made” @TheCitizen_News https://t.co/WguDpfmgJD— CALL ME THIEF (@noemmyskollie) September 5, 2016As the film begins its quest to win a nomination for Best Foreign Film at next year’s Oscars, Fredericks says the story behind the film is inspired by his own journey to redemption.Via @Netwerk24 : Die ‘Skollie’ met die stories – John W Frederickshttps://t.co/o7wlDQegi8 pic.twitter.com/gybZJHUIm0— CALL ME THIEF (@noemmyskollie) September 5, 2016Based on the true story of Fredericks’ experiences growing up in the impoverished ganglands of the Cape Flats during the 1960s, Noem my Skollie is, according to a host of local and international critics, a riveting film, seeped in authenticity and raw emotion that ultimately celebrates the human spirit.This is Noem My Skollie’s competition at the Oscarshttps://t.co/aSGHcUImdX pic.twitter.com/x2GNmb09Uh— Channel24 (@Channel24) October 12, 2016Comparable to films such as Shawshank Redemption, Tsotsi and City of God, Noem my Skollie follows AB Lonzi, played by Dann-Jacques Mouton, and a group of friends navigating through a world of crime and poverty. After ending up in prison, AB discovers his storytelling talent that uplifts his fellow inmates above the cruel and violent complexities of prison life.On @Heart1049FM this morning at 08:00 – @noemmyskollie dir @DaryneJ & #JohnWFredericks in studio – tune in! pic.twitter.com/oBfcZPLY18— CALL ME THIEF (@noemmyskollie) September 1, 2016For the most part, the story of Skollie is also the life of Fredericks, who spent part of his youth in the same Pollsmoor Prison of the film, meeting characters both good and bad, and discovering the power of words to prepare him for adult life.“It’s difficult to describe how I survived psychologically,” Fredericks told the Daily Maverick in October 2016, “but I became tougher, and more determined to change my life around, and that was not easy.”The powerful local drama @NoemMySkollie retained its place at the top of our box office this weekend. Which of these have you seen? pic.twitter.com/IRxyVYTOpF— Cinema Nouveau (@nouveaubuzz) October 17, 2016Inspired by reading discarded books he found in rubbish dumps as a child, Fredericks also developed a deep love for the creative storytelling traditions of the coloured community and some of the more nefarious parts of that culture. Fredericks says he used to love listening to the often graphic, but entertaining tales of old convicts, drug dealers and street characters.“Many [of the youth in the community] aspired to become like them,” he told the Writing Studio website in August 2016, “I found a way out of all this as a writer and storyteller.”Before taking up writing full-time twenty years ago, Fredericks worked as a security guard at a Cape Flats high school. Here, he shared his experiences with young people, warning them off a life of crime and gangsterism with the same stories he had heard as a child.He also gave motivational talks to prisoners, where he met young prisoners eager to change their lives. These talks, coupled with the memories of his own prison experience, gave him the idea to finally put his story on paper, in the hope that its powerful narrative would make an impact on people’s lives.Writing Skollie took time and a toll on Fredericks. “It was a very painful story to tell,” he told the Daily Maverick. “As I was writing, a lot of ugly things surfaced in my mind that I had buried deep in my consciousness, and many a time I found myself in tears as I rolled back the curtain of memories.”Yet Fredericks says the story’s power is not ultimately determined by its violent gangsterism narrative: “It’s about childhood friendship and about loss in adversity… how everyone has a natural gift but how some gifts are harder to find than others. It’s the story of my life.”In between writing the screenplay, Fredericks studied screenwriting and filmmaking at the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), and collaborated on a series of acclaimed documentaries, including Mr Devious: My life, about the popular Cape Flats hip hop icon and champion of the community, the late Mario van Rooy.Fredericks gained global recognition with Shooting Bokkie, a biting satirical mockumentary about drug and gang culture on the Cape Flats, and Hard Living Kids: Tomorrow’s Heroes, a more serious look at the effects of gangsterism on township youth.These experiences all built up to the point where he was ready to tell his own story on screen, alongside first-time feature director Daryne Joshua.Noem my Skollie was produced by Maxi-D Productions, with financing and support from kykNET, NFVF and the Department of Trade and Industry.The film has officially been entered for selection by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars) for Best Foreign Film.Over 40 000 people in South Africa have seen Skollie, which is currently on circuit. It will be available on DVD and local streaming services in December 2016.Sources: Daily Maverick, 10and5, Mail & Guardian and The Writing Studio.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

More Lighting Options, Please?!

first_imgLighting energy-efficiency continues to improve, and last fall the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended Energy Star labeling to LED fixtures. While few Energy Star-labeled LEDs have yet made it to market, and some see the labeling as premature (see BuildingGreen.com post from 9/5/08), this move nevertheless signals a significant step forward for “green” lighting.Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), too, have come a long way from their humble origins. They are smaller and are available in several colors (soft white, natural white, daylight) and lamp styles. (For lots of useful information, go to www.energystar.gov ; on the “Products” tab, click “Lighting”).All Energy Star fixtures are required to use at least 75% less energy than incandescents, and both CFLs (~10x) and LEDs have far greater longevity (~20x) than their incandescent cousins.Even so, designing low-energy residential lighting systems remains a challenge for several reasons:Many people have strong feelings and preferences about lighting aesthetics;Fluorescent lighting has a bad rap from its history of poor color rendition and buzzing (problems which have been largely rectified);Relatively few places in the US are subject to energy-efficiency standards for lighting (California is—does anyone know of others?);As a result, the lighting industry has been slow to innovate and provide energy-efficient fixtures in a wide range of design styles, models (pendant, sconce, etc.), and finish options;Relatively few home lighting systems are designed by energy-savvy designers.When we did an extensive energy retrofit of our home in 2005-06, we wanted to replace the majority of the home’s lighting with Energy Star fixtures. California had just updated its lighting efficiency standards, so I went to the showrooms optimistic about finding what I wanted. I was sorely disappointed. I saw little improvement in selection from a decade prior. I could find Energy Star fixtures, but if I found a pendant I liked, I could not find a companion sconce or couldn’t get the finish I wanted. Even when I broadened my criteria to consider any fluorescent fixture (LEDs were few and far between at that point, and out of our budget range anyway), I had little to choose from.I’d like to encourage the lighting industry to step up to this challenge and provide the design community with more options! Any takers?last_img read more

FEU’s Dennison sets career-high amid jeers from DLSU crowd

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The graduating guard said the jeers only fueled him to play better and he played his best game yet, putting up a career-high 21 points to go along with seven boards, and four assists.“Those boos were added motivation for me,” said Dennison, whose previous career-high of 13 points also came against La Salle, in Filipino. “People close to me know that whenever the crowd is against me I play usually harder.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDennison was also efficient from the floor going 10-of-14 overall and 9-of-12 in the two-point region.Also, Dennison’s 21 points are almost half of his total production from Season 79. He only scored 45 points the entire season last year. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES De Ocampo goes to Meralco in three-team trade Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University lost its opener against defending champion La Salle but another story was Ron Dennison’s personal battle against the crowd in white-and-green inside Mall of Asia Arena Sunday.Dennison was the focus of the La Salle faithful’s hatred, which stemmed from an on-court scuffle involving the Tamaraws and Green Archers in the Kadayawan Cup a few weeks back.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments “I want to show to the La Salle crowd that I can play cleanly,” said Dennnison. “I think they saw that. They aren’t blind for all I know.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more