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Updating Breaking News: Mother was behind plot to abduct Apopka girl

first_img TAGSApopka Police DepartmentBreaking News Previous articleAmerican Heart Month: Commit to a healthy lifestyleNext articleHave a Way With Tools? Here Are Your Career Options If You Like Fixing Things Like Felix Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate From the Apopka Police DepartmentYesterday, the Apopka Police Department issued an Amber Alert for three-year-old Made- line Mejia based on information provided by her father. After the Amber Alert was issued and suspects were detained with the assistance of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Highway Patrol, the Apopka Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division traveled to Tallahassee to further their investigation into this matter. Upon completing interviews with the suspects, it was determined the child was taken by her biological mother and her mothers’ boyfriend without force, however the mother acknowledged she did not have legal custody of Madeline. The mother, Tania Duarte, 19, and her boyfriend Kevin Smith Olmedo-Velis, 19, were arrested on warrants obtained by the Apopka Police Department for interference with child custody and booked into the Leon County Jail.Madeline MejiaTwo other subjects in the vehicle were released and taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The father of the child, Lester Mejia, was re-interviewed by detectives and it was determined he was not completely forthcoming with the original information he provided to the Apopka Police Department. When confronted with the information detectives learned while in Tallahassee, Mejia advised he was contacted by a relative while at work and informed the mother had taken the child. Upon learning that Duarte had taken the child, Mejia called 911 while enroute back to Apopka from work. Mejia was allegedly told by an unknown dispatch center that there was no crime if the mother has the child. Given that information, Mejia was scared he would not see his daughter again so he provided the abduction story in hopes it would assist in recovering his daughter. Although Mejia was not forthcoming with the information he provided to the Apopka Police Department he did have lawful custody of his daughter and Duarte unlawfully removed Madeline from his custody. The Apopka Police Department continues to investigate this matter, and is thankful that Madeline was found safe and returned to Mr. Mejia. Due to the ongoing investigation, the Apopka Police Department will not have any further comments but will provide updates as necessary.  Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Home Builders Stay Confident

first_img May 15, 2017 1,107 Views  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Home Builders Stay Confident Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Construction Home Prices Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Construction Home Prices 2017-05-15 Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home Builders Stay Confidentcenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Mortgage Revenue Took a Hit in Q1 Next: Scott Walter Joins Albertelli Law as Director of Operations Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a contributing writer for DS News. He is a Harding University graduate with a degree in English and a minor in writing, and has studied abroad in Athens, Greece. An East Texas native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Builder confidence in the housing market rises as demand for newly-built, single-family homes rose two points, achieving a total of 70 out of 100, this May, according to the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).Based on a monthly survey from the NAHB, the HMI measures the health of the housing market on a point system from 0 to 100 based on three factors. The survey asks participants to rate market conditions for the sale of new, single-family homes at present, the market conditions for the sale of new, single-family homes in the next six months, and the traffic of prospective buyers of new homes.The first two queries are rated as “good,” “fair,” or “poor,” while traffic of prospective buyers is rated as “high to very high,” “average,” or “low to very low.” By applying the formula “(Good-Poor+100)/2” to the present and future sales sets and “(High/Very High–Low/Very Low + 100)/2” to the buyers traffic set, one may find three separate indices, the weighted average of which is the final HMI. Any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.Although, builders confidence scored an overall total of 70, breaking down the data, consumers rated sales expectations currently at 76 and sales expectations in the next six months at 79. However, buyer traffic was rated relatively low at 51.With a score of 70, the HMI signals growing consumer confidence in the new home market, according to the NAHB. However, there are still issues concerning lots and labor shortages, as well as over increasing building material costs.In three out of four regions, the HMI posted gains in the three-month moving averages, according to reported data. The Northeast, West and South scored 49, 78, and 71, respectively, while the Midwest remained the same as last month at 68. Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Mukul Rohatgi Vs SG Tushar Mehta On CBI ‘s Jurisdiction In West Bengal [Courtroom Exchange In Coal scam Case Before SC]

first_imgTop StoriesMukul Rohatgi Vs SG Tushar Mehta On CBI ‘s Jurisdiction In West Bengal [Courtroom Exchange In Coal scam Case Before SC] Mehal Jain25 March 2021 7:39 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday granted ad interim protection from arrest to the prime accused in the West Bengal coal scam probe, Anup Majee, conditional on him joining in the investigation before the CBI and cooperating in the same. The bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, MR Shah and Sanjiv Khanna further clarified that this order is passed without expression of any opinion on the merits of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday granted ad interim protection from arrest to the prime accused in the West Bengal coal scam probe, Anup Majee, conditional on him joining in the investigation before the CBI and cooperating in the same. The bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, MR Shah and Sanjiv Khanna further clarified that this order is passed without expression of any opinion on the merits of the rival contentions, only as a pro-tem measure in view of the forthcoming Holi recess. “The order will not be a restraint on the investigation in the meantime”, added the bench.”This is a matter where an FIR has been lodged by the CBI and the investigation has been commenced within the territory of the state of West Bengal. This is not a 482 situation, I am not arguing whether I am guilty or not, this is not about whether it is a civil case or a criminal case. I am only on the point of jurisdiction, which arises because of the federal character of the Constitution”, began Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi for Majee.
”Police is a state subject. CBI is the central police authority. It cannot march its army into the state to investigate an offence without the consent of the state. The only exception is where the High Court or the Supreme Court directs the CBI to proceed with the investigation. This has been established in the State of West Bengal case (State of West Bengal v The Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights, West Bengal; 2010) by Justice DK Jain”, continued Mr. Rohatgi.
”The state of West Bengal withdrew its consent so far as the CBI is concerned on 16.11.2018. Still, the FIR came to be lodged  on 27.11.2020. We are here in appeal against the decision of the single judge. The single judge gave a strange finding that the CBI can investigate in the railway area within the state. The High Court cannot carve out an island within the territory of the state!”, he pressed.
 “This is completely mixed up! I am not a fly-by-night operator! I am a purchaser of coal for my own purposes. I have been roped in on account of what is happening in West Bengal, which I don’t want to get into! I don’t want to run away. I am a businessman. But, every time the CBI registers an FIR, it leads to the involvement of the ED. I am looking for an order of ‘no coercive steps’. I assure that I will join the investigation”, he pleaded. 
”What do you mean ‘no coercive steps’?”, asked Justice Shah.”Are you looking for a stay of arrest on your statement to cooperate in the investigation?”, asked Justice Chandrachud.
”I will join the investigation. I will report every day. I will comply with whatever conditions Your Lordships deem fit to impose”, said Mr Rohatgi
At this point, SG Tushar Mehta, for the CBI, sought to intervene-“Let me please complete the chain, in a lighter vein. Mr Rohatgi says that registration of the FIR by the CBI leads to ED. I feel that that leads to Mr Rohatgi which, in turn, leads to ‘no coercive steps’…There are certain subsequent facts – the CBI found that this is not just one instance of the offence. I am saying this after perusing the records of the case. It is a systematic racket where coal of the ECL is stolen. The coal is loaded in the railways. It is a multi-state offence. The ECL had itself carried out an in-house enquiry. Their officers in collusion with the petitioner, as well as the railway officials, were found to be involved in the illegal extraction of huge amounts of coal clandestinely. We registered the case. The investigation is ongoing. A prima facie case has been made out. The role attributed to the petitioner is very serious!” 
”The LPA was rightly filed by the CBI and by the accused. Although now they are changing their stance. There is no estoppel to it, but it is a question of law which Your Lordships may decide. Your Lordships are examining the interim order of the High Court division bench, which allowed that for protecting his personal liberty, the petitioner may move 438 jurisdiction for anticipatory bail! If Your Lordships are disturbing the finding that the CBI has jurisdiction, only then it is a question of this court granting any interim relief”, continued the SG.
”But he is stating that he will cooperate in the investigation. There is no question of not cooperating. Should you want to arrest him, give him time to move anticipatory bail…”, ventured Justice Chandrachud. 
”There are many people in the fray. They will all come in petitions before this court. He is the main kingpin and the maximum role has been imputed to him. Everybody who comes after him will be implicated in an offence of lesser gravity. All the accused will file similar petitions for similar order then. In 438, We can show the serious material that we have gathered that we cannot show before this Court! He may move the 438 court tomorrow, there is no difficulty! 438 court will have jurisdiction and we will show the host of materials we have gathered!”, argued the SG. 
”But we are not staying the investigation even qua the petitioner. It will be a conditional order. You just have to give two days’ notice, before effecting the arrest, to approach the 438 court”, clarified Justice Shah.”If we make it an order of the court, it still could not affect anticipatory bail. Just because the Supreme Court is granting interim relief, it does not become a charter for anticipatory bail”, added Justice Chandrachud. 
”This man has successfully evaded arrest so far. We don’t know if he is even in India. Does he even need this protection?”, argued the SG. 
”The question is of the jurisdiction of the CBI. The Division bench has taken a prima facie view, it is not even a final view. We thought that this would be an equitable and fair order in these circumstances”, observed Justice Khanna.”Since the issue jurisdiction is involved, we have to balance both the sides “, added Justice Chandrachud. 
”Vineet Narain (1997) empowers the CVC to direct investigation by the CBI. The Commission noted ‘the unfolding of a large-scale multi-state scam of coal theft, a national asset’. Noting that it may involve government officials and threatens to hamper the energy security of the nation, besides other industries, the CVC by its order of February 22, directed investigation by the CBI. We are now one month down and these proceedings have become infructuous as nobody challenged that CVC order! The cloud over the jurisdiction goes away”, pressed the SG. 
He pointed out that by virtue of section 8 of the CVC Act, the Commission is authorised to exercise superintendence over the functioning of the Delhi Special Police Establishment in so far as it relates to the investigation of offences alleged to have been committed under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 or an offence with which a public servant (including employees of a government corporation, the officials of ECL in the instant case) may be charged at the same trial; and to inquire or cause an inquiry or investigation to be made into any complaint against any official belonging to such category of officials wherein it is alleged that he has committed an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and an offence with which a public servant may, under the CrPC, be charged at the same trial. 
He indicated the April 2020 judgement in Kanval Tanuj v. State of Bihar in which the Supreme Court has observed that the CBI can investigate into specified offence committed within the Union Territory, by an accused residing in or employed in connection with the affairs of another State, without the consent of that state, even if part of the offence was committed in that state.”Let him approach the 438 court tomorrow. There is no difficulty with the competent court”, he pressed. He indicated the 2008 case of Padam Narain Agarwal, where it was held by the Supreme Court that a condition of 10 days’ notice prior to the arrest is not warranted by law. 
Mr Rohatgi sought to quash these arguments-“Every argument made by the SG is misconceived. He is turning Article 21 on its head in saying that this court should not grant protection if even if I have made out a case. The CVC Act cannot give jurisdiction if the CBI has no jurisdiction. The CVC order need not be under challenge. The CVC was enacted to oversee the working of the CBI. Jurisdiction is a matter of law, the CVC cannot clothe the CBI with jurisdiction”, he advanced. 
”We will consider these things but not today. The consequences of the subsequent CVC order on investigation will be considered at the appropriate state”, assured Justice Shah. 
”If by virtue of the Constitution, the CBI cannot walk into a state, section 8 of the CVC Act cannot grant it the power. Is it a case of a hardened criminal? Have I committed a heinous offence? Day in and day out, Your Lordships grant ‘no coercive steps’ in a normal case of 482! Can I argue the point of jurisdiction in 438? It is the duty of the apex court to protect the liberty of the individual!”, continued Mr Rohatgi. 
”Your Lordships may not take the trouble of passing the order. This matter needs interrogation. Let him go to the competent court under 438 in 3 to 4 days. I assure that he will not be arrested. In the 438 court, we will show the justification for the arrest”, said the SG.  
”The investigation has to proceed, you have to ask him questions and interrogate him, only then will you come to the conclusion”, noted Justice Khanna. “And for custodial interrogation and remand, you may move the application! That right is available to you!”, explained Justice Shah. “We will ensure that he joins the investigation. Should you want to arrest him, then give two working days’ notice to enable him to apply for 438. If you arrest him on Friday, he will not have two working days. He should not be in a situation where he has to move the duty magistrate on Sunday”, added Justice Chandrachud. “No, no…I only don’t want a queue of petitions”, assured the SG.
”If I have a case on jurisdiction, why can I not be protected by the Supreme Court? Why must I be driven to another remedy, to start from the district court to the High Court? Which court will grant me protection if this court does not? Especially when the other side is stating clearly that I am to be arrested! The CBI has no right to collect or show any evidence! This is absolute absurdity! Let me show the DSPE Act and the Constitution! Even the police of one state cannot go to another, forget that of the Union! Sections 5 and 6 of the DSPE Act make it clear that you cannot walk into a state! There are been a flurry of cases where the states are withdrawing their consent to the CBI for political reasons- Maharashtra has withdrawn and then West Bengal has withdrawn. Whatever they have collected is illegal and ultra wires the Constitution. ‘2 working days notice’ is like saying the Supreme Court thinks I don’t have a case for protection. Will the district judge grant me bail after this order of the Supreme Court?”, argued Mr. Rohatgi.
The SG indicated the apex court decision in Dorji (1994) where it was observed that the withdrawal of consent operates only prospectively and the said withdrawal would not apply to cases which were pending investigation.
”It is not just you, a private individual. What if public servants and railway officials are also involved?…You are not being arrested today. We are only asking you to join the investigation. Should they wish to arrest after that, they will give you time”, Justice Chandrachud explained Mr. Rohatgi.
  “In one line, Mr Rohatgi’s submission is ‘protect me on technical grounds'”, commented the SG. 
”The federal structure is not a technicality! This is not a course to be adopted in the facts of the case. It is unfair to the citizen that his liberty may be taken away even though he has made out a case in the Supreme Court only because the government is opposing it “, submitted Mr Rohatgi.
”The issue of jurisdiction has been raised. It is gravely doubtful if the CVC Act can override the restrictions in the DSPE Act. That would go against the federal structure…Firstly, you have undertaken to join the investigation. Secondly, in the course of investigation, should they wish to effect arrest, we will record the SG’s submission for notice of at least 72 hours. Thirdly, you have liberty to take recourse to other available remedies in law. We will not even say 438. And we will place the matter immediately after the Holi holidays”, suggested Justice Chandrachud. 
”Experience shows that notice will be issued to me when I appear. 72 hours will expire on Holi. All the courts will be closed them. I cannot even file 482 or 226 because it is that which has landed me here! My only remedy will be 438 or to get arrested and then seek regular bail under 439. And no court will give me bail or anticipatory bail!  After 72 hours, I will get arrested and not get bail! The writing on the wall is clear! If that is Your Lordships’ pleasure, then I can say nothing more”, replied Mr. Rohatgi.
”You may come before this court also”, assured Justice Shah. “I reserve my right to oppose. Some court must see the material. He is on technicalities”, interjected the SG
”Even this court will be closed for 10 days. Why must Your Lordships be bothered with a simple bail hearing during the break, that too in a pending matter? If I have a case, I must be given protection now! What will happen between today and April 5?”, concluded Mr. Rohatgi.
In passing the order, the bench noted that since the Supreme Court will be in recess commencing from March 28 till April 4, it would not be possible for the court to conclude the hearings in these proceedings instituted. Purely because the court cannot conclude the arguments today, let the matter be lifted on April 6. Conditional on the petitioner joining in the investigation before the CBI in cooperating in the same, we direct that the petitioner shall not be arrested until April 6″, directed the bench.Next Storylast_img read more

Hurricane Dorian picks up speed, lashes Florida with powerful winds

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Dorian lashed Florida’s east coast with tropical-storm-force winds, forcing evacuations from the Sunshine State to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, as the storm picked up speed Tuesday afternoon.Dorian, a Category 2 storm, is expected to turn north by Wednesday, turning its wrath on Georgia and the Carolinas.The University of Florida canceled classes for Tuesday and Wednesday and over 10 Florida airports were shuttered as the storm moved in.“If you are in the evacuation zones” along the coast, “the time to leave is now,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Tuesday, warning that a western shift of just a few miles could bring enormous damage to the state.“Prepare for the worst,” he said, and “pray for the best.”President Donald Trump tweeted, “The U.S. may be getting a little bit lucky with respect to Hurricane Dorian, but please don’t let down your guard.”‘A historic tragedy’Dorian barreled to shore Sunday afternoon in the Bahamas as a Category 5, making the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record.The storm hovered over the Bahamas for nearly two days, causing unprecedented destruction, submerging an airport, leveling buildings and killing at least seven people on the Abaco Islands. Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called the islands “decimated” and said “we can expect more deaths to be recorded.”Minnis took an initial tour by air of the islands, but authorities have not been able to make a full ground assessment. “Our priority at this time is search, rescue and recovery,” he said.He said they have not yet been able to tour Grand Bahama Island, which fell the brunt of Dorian’s power for the better part of 24 hours.“I have never seen destruction like this on this scale on an island before,” ABC News correspondent Marcus Moore told “Good Morning America” Tuesday from Marsh Harbour, a town in the Abaco Islands.A U.S. State Department official said the Abaco Islands’ Leonard M. Thompson International Airport is completely underwater.Dorian then came to a grinding halt on Monday morning and remained at a virtual standstill over Grand Bahama, pummeling the island with howling winds and fierce rain.There were reports of heavy flooding in Freeport, the main city on Grand Bahama, where Grand Bahama International Airport and the city’s one-story hospital are inundated with water and the main highway has turned into a river, leaving some people trapped, according to the State Department official.Minnis described the devastation as “unprecedented.”“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” Minnis told reporters Monday. “Communication is down, we do not know what’s going on right now,” Iram Lewis, a member of Parliament in the Bahamas, told “GMA” Tuesday. “Never seen anything like this in my life.”“We’re gonna need living arrangements, we’re actually going to need medical supplies — our only hospital on the Bahamas, the 911 hospital, we had to evacuate that,” Lewis said.The greatest need in the Bahamas is for water, non-perishable food, generators, tents and tarp poles Bahamian Consul General Theo Neily told ABC News on Tuesday.“We’re receiving supplies and we’re looking for people who can assist with shipping,” Neily said.The U.S. is providing humanitarian assistance to the Bahamas, beginning with the deployment of a Disaster Assistance Response Team, according to the State Department. Minnis also said Tuesday evening a Royal Navy vessel was arriving soon to deliver food to those in Abaco.The Coast Guard said helicopter crews medevaced 19 people from the Marsh Harbour Clinic to the Nassau International Airport on Monday.‘The time to leave is now’As Dorian picked up speed and inched away from the Bahamas Tuesday, it moved northwest to Florida, lashing the state’s east coast with powerful winds.Flash flooding, storm surge, strong winds and tornadoes are all possible as Dorian moves parallel to — but offshore of — the east coast of Florida from Tuesday night through Wednesday night.By Wednesday afternoon, Dorian is forecast to move off the coast of Jacksonville, eventually passing Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday night.Dorian will then inch toward the Carolinas, possibly making landfall between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and North Carolina’s Outer Banks.Storm surge — which can be life-threatening — could reach 7 feet in the Carolinas.The heaviest rainfall from Dorian is expected to hit the coastal Carolinas, where up to 10 inches is possible.Evacuation orders have been issued for dozens of coastal communities from Florida to North Carolina. Allan Vandall, co-owner of a bar in Charleston, said he’s stayed open for the last four hurricanes and plans to do the same for Dorian.But his street is notorious for flooding so he said the goal is to block the floodwaters from getting in.“If we’re not prepared it would put us out of business for a year with the damage, so we take it very seriously,” Vandall told ABC News Tuesday. “But we’re good at it, we’ve been doing it for a while, so we’re ready.”Vandall added, “it’s not just the damage from the storm that’s a concern — it’s the two weeks before, two weeks after that nobody comes to Charleston. Economically speaking, it hits every business hard.”As Charleston resident Tina White stocked up on sandbags Monday, she told ABC News she’s not planning to evacuate.She called Hurricane Hugo in 1989 “the benchmark.”“As long as it doesn’t look like it’s gonna be Hugo, we try not to go anywhere,” White said. “But if it does, we will go.”“It’s kind of stressful deciding whether to stay or to go, and once you kind of make the decision to say you can kind of focus on getting everything ready, and that provides some relief,” White said. “Then you just kind of wait and hope for the best.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

IT industry slump shrinks graduate opportunities

first_imgGraduate unemployment has increased this year for the first time in 10years, a study by the higher education Careers Services Unit reveals. The CSU attributes this year’s increase to 6.3 per cent from an all time lowof 5.5 per cent the previous two years, largely to the decline in the ITindustry. Mick Hill, chief executive of CSU, said the organisation had predicted thatthe 10-year downward trend in graduate unemployment would come to an end. “This current increase follows two years where graduate unemploymentremained at an all-time low and is still a long way from the highs of 8.2 percent five years ago,” he said. The study reveals that degrees in civil engineering and accountancy offerthe best employment prospects, followed by business and management studies,media studies and building. According to the What do Graduates do? report, 67.7 per cent of graduates in2001 found work within six months of graduation, with nearly a fifth opting forfurther studies. Nearly two-thirds of graduates secured professionalemployment. Nearly four-fifths of civil engineering graduates found employment withinsix months, as did a similar proportion of accountancy graduates. However, only 72.6 per cent of last year’s IT graduates found work withinsix months, down from 79.9 per cent in 2000. The study finds that graduate employment trends often mirror popularculture, and attributes a large rise in the number of women studying law since1996 to the high profile of barrister Cherie Booth and the TV show Ally McBeal. Related posts:No related photos. IT industry slump shrinks graduate opportunitiesOn 19 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Mainstream property sales market ‘holding steady’ but stock taking longer to sell

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Mainstream property sales market ‘holding steady’ but stock taking longer to sell previous nextHousing MarketMainstream property sales market ‘holding steady’ but stock taking longer to sellBrexit effect is only affecting upper end of market in London and the South but could spread further north, predicts Rightmove.Nigel Lewis15th July 20190539 Views Rightmove says the Brexit-influenced slowdown is most pronounced within the upper end of the housing market but that the mainstream lower and middle markets remain ‘robust’.The claim is made within its most recent monthly house index for July within which it predicts an increasingly ‘buyers’ market over the next six months.Rightmove says prices have dipped by 0.2% during July year-on-year, ending a six-month run of rising asking prices recorded by the portal (see above).It says fewer properties are coming on to the market and that sales agreed are beginning to slow down year-on-year.The portal also says  agents’ branches are beginning to fill up with unsold property and that time to sell has already increased to an average of 62 days, the highest for six years.Price aggressively“With activity and prices often weaker in the second half of the year, it will be those sellers who are bold enough to price aggressively who will attract buyers with the confidence to act rather than hesitate,” says Rightmove’s housing analyst Miles Shipside.“It would appear to be sellers in the upper end of the market who need to be boldest on pricing, as data shows that the middle and lower sectors are holding up better.”Lucian Cook, head of residential research at Savills, says the prolonged slowdown in the upper price bracket of the housing market which is largely found in London and the South East is showing signs of spreading north.“Since the Brexit vote, the market has become driven by sentiment far more than the traditional economic drivers of affordability,” he says.Read more about Righmove. house pricers Lucian cook Rightmove Miles Shipside Savills July 15, 2019Nigel 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

IS IT TRUE FEBRUARY 3, 2017

first_imgIS IT TRUE its common knowledge that HB 1487 has been scrapped by its sponsors?  …many of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff Office employees are extremely upset with the open and aggressive way that a couple of democratic office holders openly opposed this bill in City Council, County Council and County Commission meetings?  …if this bill would had passed it would had insured that money would be available to add another correctional pod to our County jail?  …we also hear that some Union members are also upset with them because if this bill was approved it was likely that union workers would had been hired to build this complex?IS IT TRUE that the provision in the law that was set to allow local government to increase the local option income tax by 25% may never see the light of day at the state level?…this little inconvenience has some local authorities in a near panic since they had already planned on spending this money before they even had the authority to take it from taxpayers?…this tax if passed would have costed the average worker in Vanderburgh County an additional $107 per year?…if this doesn’t get authorized at the state level the already full jail may just have to start packing the inmates in tighter than sardines to make up for the taxes they need to ease the burden on the jail’s capacity?…there is one solution that no one seems to dwell very much on and that is to somehow stop the lawless part of our population from being lawless?…in an orderly society with no criminal actions the ideal size of the jail would be exactly zero beds?…while that isn’t practical, it is practical to expect better behavior from the people of this town?…when one considers that the average family is being asked to increase their tax payments on income by 25% to house common criminals or give up those funds that could go to their children’s education, it makes one want to bite a nail in half?IS IT TRUE the University of Evansville Purple Aces dropped a heartbreaker to Indiana State in overtime?…this extends the Aces losing streak to 9 games and has them temporarily in last place by themselves in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 1-10 record?…prior to last night’s game the Aces and the Sycamores were sharing the cellar with identical 1-9 records?…we do hope to see the Aces get out of the funk and have a more prosperous February than January was?IS IT TRUE it has been reported that President Donald Trump is going to make a push to eliminate the seldom enforced IRS rule that jeopardizes the tax exempt status of churches if the church leaders engage in political endorsements inside the church?…this is commonly considered to be part of the separation of church and state on which this country was founded?…in spite of this rule spiritual leaders such as the Pope, televangelists (TV preachers), and even some traditional pastors routinely leave no doubt about what their political preferences are without any financial consequence?…there are several solutions to this conundrum and one that would be the simplest is just to tax the property of churches and let the pastors, rabbis, or ministers say whatever they want to about politics?…we are sure that there will be more made of this than is necessary as most people are well aware of their church’s position on elections with or without the law?…some of the original intent that inspired the separation of church and state had more to do with not allowing persecution of certain religions by agents of the state as was practiced in Europe before the United States was formed?…one would think we can all agree that persecution for one’s beliefs should be banned?…one could also make a strong case that when the state or federal government uses the tax laws to muzzle political discussions among people of like beliefs that the boundary between church and state has actually been violated by the state?FOOTNOTE: Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that our elected officials should push the State to include Ivy Tech in the IU-Evansville Medical school project?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

O.C. Weekend: Fishing Tourney, Railroad Run, Junior Miss O.C.

first_imgFRIDAY, OCT. 16Friday Night Concert Series of the Ocean City Free Public Library: The series continues with the John Walter Cape Community Band, the concert band of Cape May County. The free concert starts at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Senior Center at the opposite end of the Community Center from the library.Red and White Reunion: Ocean City High School’s all-classes reunion will be a pre-game barbecue on the basketball courts at the Civic Center before the varsity football game. The barbecue is 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Read more: OCHS All-Classes Reunion on Friday Before Football Game. SUNDAY, OCT. 18Making Strides With Breast Cancer Walk: New location, 9th St and Boardwalk. Registration 8:30 a.m. Walk begins 10 a.m. By registering, fund raising and participating in one of non-competitive three mile walks, participants will help everyone in all communities touched by breast cancer. All Making Strides events are an important opportunity to unite, honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease and money to help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research, providing free vital information and support, and assisting people reduce their risk of the disease or find it early when it’s most treatable. For information, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/oceancitynj.Lighthouse Challenge: The historic U.S. Life Saving Station 30 at Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue in Ocean City will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. as part of the statewide Lighthouse Challenge. Donations requested. SATURDAY, OCT. 17Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant: Set for the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, at 7 p.m. Eleven contestants between ages 12-15 will compete. Admission is $10, available at the door. Read more: Junior Miss Ocean City to Be Crowned on Saturday48th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament: Sponsored by the Ocean City Fishing Club. Register on day of Tournament from 5:30 to 7 a.m. at the Ocean City Intermediate School, 18th and Bay Ave. Fee is $60 for teams up to six members, Individuals $15. For tournament information, contact Kieth Van Laarhoven, (609) 893-5916, [email protected] or Bob Dever (267) 251-2306, [email protected] Read more: 48th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament Set for Oct. 17 in Ocean City.Ocean City Historical Museum’s Railroad Run (The Great Train Heist): This 5K Run/Walk will follow the original rail road right-of-way down Haven Ave. This year, robbers will be lurking in a danger zone to steal your gold. A fun event for the family. Registration is $20 for adults, $10 for children under 12. Registration forms are available at the Museum, 17th and Simpson Ave., Community Center kiosks and Welcome Center on the 9th St. Bridge. Registration begins 8 a.m. in the Stainton Senior Center, 18th St. side of the Community Center. Race starts 9 a.m., rain or shine. For information, contact the Museum, (609) 399-1801 or email [email protected] Read more: Robbers May Interrupt 5K Railroad Run on Saturday in O.C.Lighthouse Challenge: The historic U.S. Life Saving Station 30 at Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue in Ocean City will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. as part of the statewide Lighthouse Challenge. Donations requested. Here’s the lineup of weekend events in Ocean City for Oct. 16 to 18. Two hundred lined the beaches in Ocean City south of 14th Street in October 2014 for the 47th annual Surf Fishing Invitational Tournament.last_img read more

Press release: Inspirational exporters recognised with board of trade awards

first_imgThese BOFTAs are awarded during a time of record high exports from the UK. Latest ONS figures show the export of British goods and services rose by 2.3% to £630 billion in the year to November 2018.The awards follow on the momentum of the launch of the Department for International Trade’s Export Strategy last year, which sets out how Government will support companies of all sizes to make the most of the opportunities presented by markets around the world. The strategy was created following extensive engagement with a range of UK businesses and sets a new ambition from Government to increase exports as a proportion of UK GDP to 35%. International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP presented London and southern England businesses with Board of Trade Awards (BOFTAs), a globally-recognised certificate of excellence, shown on product labels of successful businesses of every size. These follow BOFTAs given to other firms from across the UK throughout 2018.International Trade Secretary and President of the Board of Trade Dr Liam Fox MP said: The London and southern England businesses receiving BOFTAs are: Each year, my international economic department helps thousands of companies of every size to break into global markets, ensuring consumers around the world can access the best of British products and services. The BOFTAs given to these companies highlight their exceptional trading performance and will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. Pall Mall Barbers, one of London’s oldest barbershops Granny Gothards, an artisan ice cream and sorbet maker based in Somerset and Devon Lazarus Training, an Essex-based provider of first aid training AliveLab, a creator of Augmented Reality toys based in London LittlePod, a producer of ethically-sourced vanilla from Exeter Alderley Plc, a specialist oil and gas engineering firm headquartered in Gloucestershire Lye Cross Farm, a Somerset cheesemaker operating since 1952 Gamification+, which provides HR, Sales and Marketing courses in gamification with offices in Brighton Warmup Plc, a London-based manufacturer of underfloor heating solutionslast_img read more

A scholar’s brush with religious ire

first_imgReza Aslan, M.T.S. ’99, whose book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” soared on the best-seller lists after an infamous Fox News interview last summer, spoke at Harvard Divinity School on Thursday, saying that while he is a Muslim, he also is “a follower of Jesus” whose “life is deeply influenced by Jesus.”Aslan discussed his portrayal of Jesus as a historical figure and revolutionary insurrectionist against Roman authority rather than as a sacred figure. He also addressed the perils of discussing religion from a scholarly standpoint, his personal faith, and the challenges faced by a scholar who writes for a popular audience.Aslan’s focus in “Zealot” on the secular Jesus has troubled some people of faith. His bold assertions, narrative endnotes, and determination to reach a lay audience have called forth objections from some in academia. But in front of a standing-room-only crowd, Aslan focused on his experience of trying to explain a religious matter in ways non-academics understand, and urged his listeners to learn how to bring tough religious questions before the public successfully.As expected, Aslan was asked about his July 27 Fox News interview. In the exchange, which afterward went viral on the Internet, host Lauren Green repeatedly asked, “Why would a Muslim write a book about the founder of Christianity?” Aslan repeatedly defended his academic credentials and his treatment of the subject. The interview brought sharp criticism of Green’s journalistic approach, focusing on Aslan’s professed faith instead of the merits of his scholarly work.“Look, I know what Fox News is about,” Alsan said to those gathered in the Sperry Room. “Honestly, I was more confused than anything else … The interview was over, and I thought ‘that was weird,’ and I just forgot about it until it became this phenomenon that very quickly stopped being about me, and … became about very important discussions about media and journalistic bias, religion and society, the role of academia in public life and in popular discourse.“These are conversations we [in theology] have amongst each other all the time, and that nobody else listens to,” he added, as the room erupted in rueful laughter. “It was exhilarating to me.“The problem with discussing religion is that everyone thinks they are an expert … If you read the Bible, you’re an expert on religion. When the news media have a conversation about the climate, they bring on a climate scientist. But when they want to talk about religion, they bring on some activist or religious leader, not an expert on religion.”As murmurs of assent rose, Aslan emphasized:  “We have to change that. The responsibility rests on us.“I take faith seriously,” he said. “What I am talking about is very deeply a part of someone’s identity, and they can easily feel as if they are under attack … For us [in academia], it makes sense that we separate our faith from our academic research. But until we figure out how to communicate better with the outside world — and to encourage it among ourselves — then [such an interview] is what’s in store for all of us.”Aslan blamed some of the controversy on those in his field. Chastising the academy for “punishing” popular writing, he recalled how, as a young scholar, his determination to obtain a master’s in writing set back his academic career.  “This is the ethos of academia: Your wanting to be a better writer makes you a weaker candidate.” But he also sees change in the works: “I meet younger scholars who are more engaged in popular media and popular discourse, who are not afraid to break free of the ivy walls.”He urged students to push back against the practice of writing work impenetrable to anyone outside of the scholarly world. “Simplify, simplify,” he suggested. Practice scholarly methods, but remember: “Your grandmother doesn’t care about your methodology and research. She just wants to get to your conclusions.” <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJO0PXZST8c” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/MJO0PXZST8c/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more